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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933568/healthcare-costs-among-patients-with-heart-failure-a-comparison-of-costs-between-matched-decedent-and-survivor-cohorts
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Engels N Obi, Jason P Swindle, Stuart J Turner, Patricia A Russo, Aylin Altan
INTRODUCTION: Prior research suggests increased costs during the final months of life, yet little is known about healthcare cost differences between patients with heart failure (HF) who die or survive. METHODS: A retrospective claims study from a large US health plan [commercial and Medicare Advantage with Part D (MAPD)] was conducted. Patients were ≥18 years old with two non-inpatient or one inpatient claim(s) with HF diagnosis code(s). The earliest HF claim date during 1 January 2010-31 December 2011 was the index date...
December 8, 2016: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933413/investigation-on-genetic-thrombophilic-factors-in-ffpe-autopsy-tissue-from-subjects-who-died-from-pulmonary-embolism
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Francesco Brandimarti, Federica Alessandrini, Mauro Pesaresi, Chiara Catalani, Letizia De Angelis, Roberta Galeazzi, Simona Giovagnetti, Rosaria Gesuita, Elisa Righi, Raffaele Giorgetti, Adriano Tagliabracci
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a multifactorial disease determined by a combination of inherited and acquired factors. Inherited factors include mutations in the genes coding for coagulation factors, some of which seem to exert a differential influence on the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). In post-mortem studies of subjects who have died from pulmonary embolism (PE), the analysis of the factors that may have augmented the VTE risk is often limited to acquired factors...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932670/annals-express-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-and-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-are-associated-with-outcomes-of-adult-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients-admitted-to-intensive-care-unit
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Yuan-Lan Huang, Zhi-Jun Han, Zhi-De Hu
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) and neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) have been reported to be associated with outcomes of acute cerebral infarction. However, their prognostic value in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) remains largely unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of RDW and NLR in SAH patients. METHODS: Medical records of adult SAH patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) were extracted from Multiparameter Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care II (MIMIC II, version 2...
December 8, 2016: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932631/dying-in-the-hospital-setting-a-meta-synthesis-identifying-the-elements-of-end-of-life-care-that-patients-and-their-families-describe-as-being-important
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Claudia Virdun, Tim Luckett, Karl Lorenz, Patricia M Davidson, Jane Phillips
BACKGROUND: Despite most expected deaths occurring in hospital, optimal end-of-life care is not available for all in this setting. AIM: To gain a richer and deeper understanding of elements of end-of-life care that consumers consider most important within the hospital setting. DESIGN: A meta-synthesis. DATA SOURCES: A systematic search of Academic Search Complete, AMED, CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, PubMed, Google, Google Scholar and CareSearch for qualitative studies published between 1990 and April 2015 reporting statements by consumers regarding important elements of end-of-life hospital care...
December 8, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932426/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-hemodynamic-support-of-ventricular-tachycardia-ablation
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Francesca Baratto, Federico Pappalardo, Teresa Oloriz, Caterina Bisceglia, Pasquale Vergara, John Silberbauer, Nicolò Albanese, Manuela Cireddu, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Ambra Licia Di Prima, Fabrizio Monaco, Gabriele Paglino, Andrea Radinovic, Damiano Regazzoli, Simona Silvetti, Nicola Trevisi, Alberto Zangrillo, Paolo Della Bella
BACKGROUND: We report the experience in a cohort of consecutive patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation during catheter ablation of unstable ventricular tachycardia (VT) at our center. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2010 to 2015, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was initiated in 64 patients (average age: 63±15 years; left ventricular ejection fraction in 27±9%; cardiogenic shock in 23%, and electrical storm in 62% of patients) undergoing 74 unstable VT catheter ablation procedures...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932364/mortality-in-the-hertfordshire-ageing-study-association-with-level-and-loss-of-hand-grip-strength-in-later-life
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Holly Emma Syddall, Leo David Westbury, Richard Dodds, Elaine Dennison, Cyrus Cooper, Avan Aihie Sayer
BACKGROUND: weak hand grip strength in later life is a risk factor for disability, morbidity and mortality and is central to definitions of sarcopenia and frailty. It is unclear whether rate of change in grip strength adds to level of grip strength as a risk factor for poor ageing outcomes. METHODS: study participants were 292 community-dwelling men and women whose grip strength was measured during the 1994/5 (average age 67) and 2003/5 (average age 76) phases of the Hertfordshire Ageing Study, UK...
December 7, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932271/deactivation-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-differing-perspectives-of-cardiology-and-hospice-palliative-medicine-clinicians
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Colleen K McIlvennan, Sara E Wordingham, Larry A Allen, Daniel D Matlock, Jacqueline Jones, Shannon M Dunlay, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Beliefs around deactivation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) vary substantially between clinicians, institutions, and patients. Therefore, we sought to understand perspectives regarding LVAD deactivation among cardiology and hospice/palliative medicine (HPM) clinicians. METHODS AND RESULTS: We administered a 41-item survey via electronic mail to members of 3 cardiology and 1 HPM professional societies. A convergent parallel mixed methods design was used...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932104/short-term-outcomes-of-100-consecutive-kidney-transplantations-in-a-3-year-period-a-single-center-experience
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C I Alfaro Sanchez, M J Molina Higueras, J P Moiron Fernandez-Felechosa, J M Mora Gutierrez, P L Martin Moreno, N Garcia Fernandez, F J Lavilla Royo, P Errasti Goenaga
BACKGROUND: The results of kidney transplantation have improved significantly in the last decade with patient and graft survival rates that range from 92% to 95%. METHODS: We analyzed the clinical results in the last 100 consecutive patients with a follow-up of 6-42 months at our institution. We also made a general evaluation of the patients before surgery as candidates for transplantation and divided them into 3 groups (good, moderate, and poor). RESULTS: We had 8 living donors and 92 cadaveric kidney transplantation cases...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932102/kidney-transplantation-results-in-very-highly-sensitized-patients-included-in-a-virtual-crossmatch-program-analysis-of-kidney-pairs
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A Mazuecos, A Alvarez, A Nieto, M A Gentil, M Cabello, A Rodriguez-Benot, C Gracia, F Gonzalez, P Castro, M Alonso
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation in highly-sensitized (HS) patients can improve with organ-exchange strategies based on virtual crossmatch (V-XM). Experience in very-HS patients is limited. METHODS: In June 2012, Andalusia started a V-XM protocol for very-HS patients (calculated panel reactive antibodies ≥95%). After organ allocation a cytotoxic-XM performed immediately before transplantation had to be negative for surgery to proceed. We analyzed results up until December 2015...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932093/midterm-results-of-renal-transplantation-from-controlled-cardiac-death-donors-are-similar-to-those-from-brain-death-donors
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O Lafuente, B Sánchez-Sobrino, M Pérez, P López-Sánchez, D Janeiro, E Rubio, A Huerta, M Marques, M R Llópez-Carratala, J J Rubio, J Portolés
BACKGROUND: The systematic use of grafts from controlled donors after cardiac death (cDCD) started in our country in 2012 and expanded with the strategic support of National Transplant Organization. We present our experience in kidney transplantation with organs from cDCD donors with a mean follow-up of 3 years. METHODS: Observational prospective study of all transplants performed in our center in 2012-2013 followed to 2016. The immunosuppression protocols were triple therapy for low-risk recipients from a standard brain death donor (DBD), adding basiliximab or thymoglobulin induction for extended-criteria donor or high-risk recipient, respectively, and thymoglobulin induction plus triple therapy for all cDCD recipients...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931607/causes-of-death-in-anticoagulated-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Antonio Gómez-Outes, Julián Lagunar-Ruíz, Ana-Isabel Terleira-Fernández, Gonzalo Calvo-Rojas, Maria Luisa Suárez-Gea, Emilio Vargas-Castrillón
BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation reduces the risk of mortality in atrial fibrillation (AF), but examination of the causes of death is essential to design new strategies to further reduce the high mortality rates observed in this population. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to analyze and compare causes of death in patients receiving direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) or warfarin for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism (SE) in AF. METHODS: The authors systematically searched for randomized trials of DOAC versus warfarin for prevention of stroke/SE in AF...
December 13, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931582/liver-transplantation-for-hepatitis-b-in-early-adulthood-analysis-of-the-united-network-for-organ-sharing-database
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G Rifai, A Anani, I A Hanouneh, B Mohamad, A Matloob, R Lopez, N N Zein, N Alkhouri
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has a mild course in most children that may delay initiation of treatment even when indicated. Unfortunately, a small number of cases can progress rapidly to cirrhosis, which may require liver transplantation (LT) in early adulthood. The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of HBV-positive young adults who received LT and to evaluate post-transplant outcomes including patient and graft survival and differences between pre- and post-implementation of Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) prioritization...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931203/perinatal-mortality-among-infants-born-during-health-user-fees-cash-carry-and-the-national-health-insurance-scheme-nhis-eras-in-ghana-a-cross-sectional-study
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Abdallah Ibrahim, Ernest T Maya, Ernestina Donkor, Irene A Agyepong, Richard M Adanu
BACKGROUND: This research determined the rates of perinatal mortality among infants delivered under Ghana's national health insurance scheme (NHIS) compared to infants delivered under the previous "Cash and Carry" system in Northern Region, especially as the country takes stock of its progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5. METHODS: The labor and maternity wards delivery records of infants delivered before and after the implementation of the NHIS in Northern Region were examined...
December 8, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930701/natural-and-undetermined-sudden-death-value-of-post-mortem-genetic-investigation
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Olallo Sanchez, Oscar Campuzano, Anna Fernández-Falgueras, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Irene Mademont, Jesus Mates, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Monica Coll, Ferran Pico, Anna Iglesias, Coloma Tirón, Catarina Allegue, Esther Carro, María Ángeles Gallego, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Anna Hospital, Narcís Bardalet, Juan Carlos Borondo, Albert Vingut, Elena Arbelo, Josep Brugada, Josep Castellà, Jordi Medallo, Ramon Brugada
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexplained death may be the first manifestation of an unknown inherited cardiac disease. Current genetic technologies may enable the unraveling of an etiology and the identification of relatives at risk. The aim of our study was to define the etiology of natural deaths, younger than 50 years of age, and to investigate whether genetic defects associated with cardiac diseases could provide a potential etiology for the unexplained cases. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Our cohort included a total of 789 consecutive cases (77...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930585/the-incidence-and-outcome-of-major-complication-following-conventional-tae-tace-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jianfei Tu, Zhongzhi Jia, Xihui Ying, Dengke Zhang, Shaoqin Li, Feng Tian, Guomin Jiang
To investigate the incidence and outcome of major complication following conventional transarterial embolization/chemoembolization (TAE/TACE) therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).From May 2010 to May 2016, all patients with major complication following conventional TAE/TACE for HCC were included. Major complication was defined as admission to a hospital for therapy, an unplanned increase in the level of care, prolonged hospitalization, permanent adverse sequelae, or death after conventional TAE/TACE therapy by Society of Interventional Radiology...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929458/in-vivo-biosensor-tracks-non-apoptotic-caspase-activity-in-drosophila
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Ho Lam Tang, Ho Man Tang, Ming Chiu Fung, J Marie Hardwick
Caspases are the key mediators of apoptotic cell death via their proteolytic activity. When caspases are activated in cells to levels detectable by available technologies, apoptosis is generally assumed to occur shortly thereafter. Caspases can cleave many functional and structural components to cause rapid and complete cell destruction within a few minutes. However, accumulating evidence indicates that in normal healthy cells the same caspases have other functions, presumably at lower enzymatic levels. Studies of non-apoptotic caspase activity have been hampered by difficulties with detecting low levels of caspase activity and with tracking ultimate cell fate in vivo...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928991/mortality-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-addison-s-disease-a-nationwide-matched-observational-cohort-study
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Dimitrios Chantzichristos, Anders Persson, Björn Eliasson, Mervete Miftaraj, Stefan Franzén, Ragnhildur Bergthorsdottir, Soffia Gudbjörnsdottir, Ann-Marie Svensson, Gudmundur Johannsson
OBJECTIVE: Our hypothesis was that patients with diabetes mellitus obtain an additional risk of death if they develop Addison's disease (AD). DESIGN AND METHODS: Nationwide, matched, observational cohort study cross-referencing the Swedish National Diabetes Register with Inpatient, Cancer and Cause of Death Registers in patients with diabetes (type 1 and 2) and AD and matched controls with diabetes. Clinical characteristics at baseline, overall, and cause-specific mortality were assessed...
January 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928509/unexpected-deaths-in-cardiology-outpatients-what-can-we-learn-from-case-review
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Thomas Michael Kitz, Nikki Burnand, Astrid Ortner, Ian G Rudd, Rod Sampson, Gordon F Rushworth, Stephen James Leslie
OBJECTIVES: A proportion of cardiac patients managed at a cardiology outpatient clinic will die between clinic visits. This study aimed to identify the cause of death, to determine if case review occurred and if a formal review of such cases might be useful. DESIGN: Single-centre retrospective cohort study. SETTING: A remote regional centre in the North of Scotland. PARTICIPANTS: All patients who had been removed from the cardiology outpatient clinic due to death in the community...
December 2016: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928077/prevention-of-early-mortality-by-presumptive-tuberculosis-therapy-study-an-open-label-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yukari C Manabe, William Worodria, Frank van Leth, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Afsatou Ndama Traore, Josefo Ferro, Nadine Pakker, Matthias Frank, Martin P Grobusch, Robert Colebunders, Frank Cobelens
Early mortality after initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) occurs in 9-39% of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. A significant proportion of deaths are attributable to tuberculosis (TB). Low baseline CD4 T-cell count and low body mass index (BMI) are strongly associated with early mortality. We hypothesized that initiation of ART concurrent with presumptive anti-TB chemotherapy in high-risk patients would reduce mortality within the first 6 months by treating unrecognized TB. From October 2011 to December 2012, ART-naive, smear-negative participants with a CD4 T-cell count < 50 cells/μL and BMI < 18 kg/m(2) were randomly assigned to undergo either empiric four-drug anti-TB treatment followed 2 weeks later by efavirenz-based ART (N = 23) (ART + TB) or ART only (N = 20)...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927865/impact-of-infectious-diseases-consultation-on-mortality-of-cryptococcal-infection-in-patients-without-hiv
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Andrej Spec, Margaret A Olsen, Krunal Raval, William G Powderly
BACKGROUND: An infectious disease (ID) consultation is often obtained to treat patients with cryptococcosis due to the complex nature of the disease, but has never been demonstrated to impact outcomes. METHODS: We assembled a retrospective cohort of 147 consecutive cases of cryptococcosis in patients without HIV. Patients who were diagnosed less than 24 hours prior to death were excluded. Survival analysis was performed with Cox regression with survival censored past 90 days...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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