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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733959/increasing-precision-of-clinical-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-using-a-combined-algorithm-incorporating-clinical-and-novel-biomarker-data
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Marwan N Sabbagh, Lih-Fen Lue, Daniel Fayard, Jiong Shi
Establishing the in vivo diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) or other dementias relies on clinical criteria; however, the accuracy of these criteria can be limited. The diagnostic accuracy is 77% for a clinical diagnosis of AD, even among experts. We performed a review through PubMed of articles related to specific diagnostic modalities, including APOE genotyping, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing, fludeoxyglucose F 18 positron emission tomography (PET), amyloid PET, tau PET, computed tomography (CT), single-photon emission CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and B12 and thyroid-stimulating hormone screening, to determine the specificity and sensitivity of each test used in the clinical diagnosis of AD...
July 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733273/whatsapp-messenger-as-an-adjunctive-tool-for-telemedicine-an-overview
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Vincenzo Giordano, Hilton Koch, Alexandre Godoy-Santos, William Dias Belangero, Robinson Esteves Santos Pires, Pedro Labronici
BACKGROUND: The advent of telemedicine has allowed physicians to deliver medical treatment to patients from a distance. Mobile apps such as WhatsApp Messenger, an instant messaging service, came as a novel concept in all fields of social life, including medicine. The use of instant messaging services has been shown to improve communication within medical teams by providing means for quick teleconsultation, information sharing, and starting treatment as soon as possible. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform a comprehensive systematic review of present literature on the use of the WhatsApp Messenger app as an adjunctive health care tool for medical doctors...
July 21, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733171/are-residents-prepared-for-surgical-cases-implications-in-patient-safety-and-education
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Minh-Bao Mundschenk, Elizabeth B Odom, Trina D Ghosh, Grant M Kleiber, Andrew Yee, Kamlesh B Patel, Susan E Mackinnon, Marissa M Tenenbaum, Donald W Buck
OBJECTIVE: In surgical education, the areas of focus and evaluation are skewed toward technical skill and operative knowledge; less emphasized is familiarity with the patient's medical history. The purposes of this study were to characterize how surgical trainees prepare for cases and to determine the comprehensiveness of their preparation. DESIGN: A 27-question survey was created through a web-based software program and distributed to all resident physicians and fellows in the Departments of Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Otolaryngology at our institution...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732280/evaluation-of-a-novel-median-power-spectrogram-for-seizure-detection-by-non-neurophysiologists
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Peter Yan, Tamar Melman, Sherry Yan, Munkhzul Otgonsuren, Zachary Grinspan
PURPOSE: (1) To evaluate how well resident physicians use a novel EEG spectral analysis tool (the median power spectrogram; MPS) to detect seizures. (2) To assess the capability of the MPS to identify different seizure types. METHODS: 120 EEG records from children with intractable seizures were converted to MPS by taking the median power across leads and using multi-taper spectral estimation. Twelve blinded neurology residents were trained to interpret the spectrogram with a five-minute video tutorial and post-test...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732001/-eosinophilic-gastroenteritis-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Maryleen Muñoz-Guzmán, Andrea Hernández-Suyo, Joëlle Deriaz-Alvarez, Diana Rodríguez-Hurtado
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a rare primary disease distinguished by abundant eosinophilic infiltration of the intestinal mucosa. It concerns variable and nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms according to the depth of infiltration and may cause severe complications. We reported a case of a 52-year- old woman without prior diseases with 8-month history of diarrhea, abdominal pain, ascites and weight loss. After having performed routine tests and rolled out most common diseases, we get to the diagnosis. Eosinophilic gastroenteritis requires a high suspicion for the diagnosis; because of chronic symptoms, it shows a burden on the nutritional status and quality of life of patients...
April 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731402/twenty-four-hour-emergency-intervention-versus-early-intervention-in-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Joseph R Linzey, Craig Williamson, Venkatakrishna Rajajee, Kyle Sheehan, B Gregory Thompson, Aditya S Pandey
OBJECTIVE Recent observational data suggest that ultra-early treatment of ruptured aneurysms prevents rebleeding, thus improving clinical outcomes. However, advances in critical care management of patients with ruptured aneurysms may reduce the rate of rebleeding in comparison with earlier trials, such as the International Cooperative Study on the Timing of Aneurysm Surgery. The objective of the present study was to determine if an ultra-early aneurysm repair protocol will or will not significantly reduce the number of incidents of rebleeding following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731209/evaluating-atypical-features-of-femur-fractures-how-change-in-radiological-criteria-influenced-incidence-and-demography-of-atypical-femur-fractures-in-a-community-setting
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Erin S LeBlanc, A Gabriela Rosales, Dennis M Black, Harry K Genant, Richard M Dell, Darin M Friess, David L Boardman, Douglas C Bauer, Anne de Papp, Arthur C Santora, Eric S Orwoll
Identification of atypical femoral fractures (AFFs) can be challenging. To assist in the radiological assessment, an ASBMR Task Force developed a case definition for AFFs in 2010, revising it in 2013. How the revised definition performs in a community setting compared to the 2010 definition is unknown. We applied the 2013 criteria to 372 femoral fractures that occurred between January 1, 1996, and June 30, 2009, employing two independent expert physician reviewers. We used radiographs that had been categorized in a previous study on the incidence of atypical fractures using 2010 ASMBR criteria (BEAK1)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729007/the-feasibility-of-point-of-care-ankle-ultrasound-examination-in-patients-with-recurrent-ankle-sprain-and-chronic-ankle-instability-comparison-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Sun Hwa Lee, Seong Jong Yun
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of point-of-care ankle ultrasound compared with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for diagnosing major ligaments and Achilles tendon injuries in patients with recurrent ankle sprain and chronic instability, and to evaluate inter-observer reliability between an emergency physician and a musculoskeletal radiology fellow. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cross-sectional study was conducted in an emergency department. Patients with recurrent ankle sprain and chronic instability were recruited...
July 13, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727258/changing-systems-through-effective-teams-a-role-for-simulation
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Elizabeth D Rosenman, Rosemarie Fernandez, Ambrose H Wong, Michael Cassara, Dylan D Cooper, Maybelle Kou, Torrey A Laack, Ivette Motola, Jessica R Parsons, Benjamin R Levine, James A Grand
Teams are the building blocks of the healthcare system, with growing evidence linking the quality of health care to team effectiveness, and team effectiveness to team training. Simulation has been identified as an effective modality for team training and assessment. Despite this, there are gaps in methodology, measurement, and implementation that prevent maximizing the impact of simulation modalities on team performance. As part of the 2017 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference "Catalyzing System Change through Health Care Simulation: Systems, Competency, and Outcomes," we explored the impact of simulation on various aspects of team effectiveness...
July 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726351/correction-of-horizontal-neck-lines-our-preliminary-experience-with-hyaluronic-acid-fillers
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Soo-Keun Lee, Hei Sung Kim
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing trend shifting the esthetic focus downward from the face with a significant number of new treatments aimed at the aging neck. Hyaluronic acid (HA) filler injection is widely performed into the horizontal neck lines in Korea, but there are few reports assessing its effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of HA filler injection in the treatment of horizontal neck lines. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on cases of horizontal neck lines treated with HA fillers...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725541/delayed-intervention-of-small-renal-masses-on-active-surveillance
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Mohit Gupta, Michael L Blute, Li-Ming Su, Paul L Crispen
Although surgical excision is the standard of therapy for small renal masses (SRMs), there is a growing recognition of active surveillance as an option in select patients who are poor surgical candidates or who have shorter life expectancy. A number of patients on expectant management, however, subsequently advance to definitive therapy. In this study, we systematically reviewed the literature and performed a pooled analysis of active surveillance series to evaluate the rate and indications for definitive treatment after initiating a period of active surveillance...
2017: Journal of Kidney Cancer and VHL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724142/the-aging-physician-and-the-medical-profession-a-review
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E Patchen Dellinger, Carlos A Pellegrini, Thomas H Gallagher
Importance: The issue of the aging physician and when to cease practice has been controversial for many years. There are reports of prominent physicians who practiced after becoming dangerous in old age, but the profession has not demonstrated the ability to prevent this. A mandatory retirement age could be discriminatory and take many competent physicians out of practice and risk a physician shortage. An increasing body of evidence regarding the relationship between physicians' age and performance has led organizations, such as the American College of Surgeons, to revisit this challenge...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723479/infectious-complications-of-circumcision-and-their-prevention
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REVIEW
Itzhak Brook
CONTEXT: A growing body of evidence supports the health benefits of circumcision, but the occurrence of infectious complications is of concern. OBJECTIVE: To review literature presenting past data and studies of infectious complications of circumcision and their prevention. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A literature search was conducted of the Cochrane Library, Embase, Turning Research into Practice, PubMed, and Medline databases from their inception through June 25, 2015...
October 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721091/comparison-of-single-injection-ultrasound-guided-approach-versus-multilevel-landmark-based-approach-for-thoracic-paravertebral-blockade-for-breast-tumor-resection-a-retrospective-analysis-at-a-tertiary-care-teaching-institution
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Jagroop Singh Saran, Amie L Hoefnagel, Kristin A Skinner, Changyong Feng, Daryl Irving Smith
BACKGROUND: The role of thoracic paravertebral blockade (TPVB) in decreasing opioid requirements in breast cancer surgery is well documented, and there is mounting evidence that this may improve survival and reduce the rate of malignancy recurrence following cancer-related mastectomy. We compared the two techniques currently in use at our institution, the anatomic landmark-guided (ALG) multilevel versus an ultrasound-guided (USG) single injection, to determine an optimal technique. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of patients who received TPVB from January 2013 to December 2014...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720673/challenges-with-implementation-of-a-respiratory-therapist-driven-protocol-of-spontaneous-breathing-trials-in-the-pediatric-icu
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Conrad Krawiec, Dale Carl, Christy Stetter, Lan Kong, Gary D Ceneviva, Neal J Thomas
BACKGROUND: Timely ventilator liberation is crucial in the pediatric ICU. In many pediatric ICUs, the decision to initiate weaning is driven by the physician, which may lead to delays in ventilator liberation. The objectives of this quality improvement project were to develop and implement a respiratory therapist (RT)-led protocol for screening for spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) readiness, to test protocol feasibility, and to evaluate its impact on SBT timing. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on all intubated patients in the pediatric ICU for 18 months prior to protocol institution...
July 18, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720630/primary-care-physician-roles-in-health-centers-with-oral-health-care-units
#16
Hannah L Maxey, Connor W Norwood, Donald L Weaver
INTRODUCTION: Integrating oral health care and primary care is a priority for improving population health. Primary care physicians (PCP) are filling expanded roles within oral health care to secure strong overall health for their patients. METHODS: This comparative case study examines the roles of PCPs at 5 federally qualified health centers that have integrated oral health care and primary care. Administrative data were obtained directly from the Health Resources and Services Administration...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719395/closing-the-gap-in-cochlear-implant-access-for-african-americans-a-story-of-outreach-and-collaboration-by-our-cochlear-implant-program
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Sheree Sims, Lisa Houston, Ivy Schweinzger, Ravi N Samy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Minorities often lag behind in hearing loss evaluation and treatment. Our cochlear implant program aimed to identify the socioeconomic and cultural barriers that prevented our African-American cochlear implant candidates from seeking help for their hearing loss, specifically cochlear implant surgery. RECENT FINDINGS: Our pilot study surveyed 11 African-Americans with cochlear implants and identified obstacles that included patient-physician mistrust, social stigma, financial cost, and lack of education about the devices and procedures...
July 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719270/mycetoma-madura-foot-in-israel-recent-cases-and-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#18
Ohad Bitan, Yonit Wiener-Well, Rina Segal, Eli Schwartz
AbstractMycetoma is a chronic soft tissue infection caused by fungal or bacterial pathogens, and is endemic in tropical and subtropical regions. Cases in developed countries outside the mycetoma belt are rare and usually imported by immigrants. Sporadic cases have been reported in Israel. Unpublished cases in the participating medical centers are reported. In addition, a systematic review of the literature was performed. All published mycetoma cases diagnosed in Israel were included with relevant variables collected...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717900/elements-of-program-design-in-medicare-s-value-based-and-alternative-payment-models-a-narrative-review
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Karen E Joynt Maddox, Aditi P Sen, Lok Wong Samson, Rachael B Zuckerman, Nancy DeLew, Arnold M Epstein
Increasing emphasis on value in health care has spurred the development of value-based and alternative payment models. Inherent in these models are choices around program scope (broad vs. narrow); selecting absolute or relative performance targets; rewarding improvement, achievement, or both; and offering penalties, rewards, or both. We examined and classified current Medicare payment models-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP), Medicare Advantage Quality Star Rating program, Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) and its successor, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) on these elements of program design and reviewed the literature to place findings in context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716614/evaluation-of-a-pain-assessment-procedure-in-long-term-care-residents-with-pain-and-dementia
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Janine van Kooten, Martin Smalbrugge, Johannes C van der Wouden, Max L Stek, Cees M P M Hertogh
BACKGROUND: The management of pain in long-term care residents with dementia is complex. A prospective exploratory study was conducted to describe the course of pain and pain management strategies following a guideline-based pain assessment procedure in long-term care (LTC) residents with pain and dementia. MEASURES: Pain observations with the MOBID-2 Pain Scale, review of the medical records and pharmacy files and physical examination of LTC residents with pain and dementia...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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