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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156054/hospice-care-cancer-directed-therapy-and-medicare-expenditures-among-older-patients-dying-with-malignant-brain-tumors
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Laura L Dover, Caleb R Dulaney, Courtney P Williams, John B Fiveash, Bradford E Jackson, Paula P Warren, Elizabeth A Kvale, D Hunter Boggs, Gabrielle B Rocque
Background: End-of-life care for older adults with malignant brain tumors is poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to quantify end-of-life utilization of hospice care, cancer-directed therapy, and associated Medicare expenditures among older adults with malignant brain tumors. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included deceased Medicare beneficiaries age ≥65 with primary (PMBT) or secondary (SMBT) malignant brain tumor receiving care within a Southeastern cancer community network including academic and community hospitals from 2012-2015...
November 15, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156003/chronic-respiratory-disease-an-unrecognized-risk-factor-in-dialysis
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Cécile Couchoud, Clémence Béchade, Abdelkader Bemrah, Jean-Christophe Delarozière, Guillaume Jean
Background: Few studies have analysed the impact of chronic respiratory disease (CRD) on outcomes in dialysis. We therefore sought to describe patients with CRD and end-stage renal disease and their outcomes after dialysis start, compared with patients without CRD, focusing especially on causes of death, access to renal transplantation and causes of hospital admissions. Methods: The study included 52 797 adults aged 18 years and older who began dialysis from 2008 to 2013 and are recorded in the French national REIN registry...
May 30, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155976/description-of-a-mass-poisoning-in-a-rural-district-in-mozambique-the-first-documented-bongkrekic-acid-poisoning-in-africa
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Eduardo Samo Gudo, Kyla Cook, Amelia M Kasper, Alfredo Vergara, Cristolde Salomão, Fernanda Oliveira, Hamida Ismael, Cristovão Saeze, Carla Mosse, Quinhas Fernandes, Sofia Omar Viegas, Cynthia S Baltazar, Timothy J Doyle, Ellen Yard, Alaina Steck, Mayda Serret, Travis M Falconer, Sara E Kern, Jennifer L Brzezinski, James A Turner, Brian L Boyd, Ilesh V Jani
Background: On January 9, 2015, in a rural town in Mozambique, over 230 people became sick and 75 died from an illness linked to drinking pombe, a traditional alcoholic beverage. Methods: An investigation was conducted to identify cases and determine the cause of the outbreak. A case was defined as any resident of Chitima who developed any new or unexplained neurologic, gastrointestinal, or cardiovascular symptom from January 9 at 6:00 a.m. through January 12. We conducted medical record reviews; healthcare worker and community surveys; anthropological and toxicological investigations of local medicinal plants and commercial pesticides; and laboratory testing of the suspect and control pombe...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155133/seirs-epidemics-with-disease-fatalities-in-growing-populations
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REVIEW
Tom Britton, Désiré Ouédraogo
An SEIRS epidemic with disease fatalities is introduced in a growing population (modelled as a super-critical linear birth and death process). The study of the initial phase of the epidemic is stochastic, while the analysis of the major outbreaks is deterministic. Depending on the values of the parameters, the following scenarios are possible. i) The disease dies out quickly, only infecting few; ii) the epidemic takes off, the number of infected individuals grows exponentially, but the fraction of infected individuals remains negligible; iii) the epidemic takes off, the number of infected grows initially quicker than the population, the disease fatalities diminish the growth rate of the population, but it remains super critical, and the fraction of infected go to an endemic equilibrium; iv) the epidemic takes off, the number of infected individuals grows initially quicker than the population, the diseases fatalities turn the exponential growth of the population to an exponential decay...
November 16, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153961/welcoming-expertise-bereaved-parents-perceptions-of-the-parent-healthcare-provider-relationship-when-a-critically-ill-child-is-admitted-to-the-paediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Ashleigh E Butler, Beverley Copnell, Helen Hall
BACKGROUND: Entering the paediatric intensive care unit with a critically ill child is a stressful experience for parents. In addition to fearing for their child's well-being, parents must navigate both a challenging environment and numerous new relationships with healthcare staff. How parents form relationships with staff and how they perceive both their own and the healthcare providers' roles in this early stage of their paediatric intensive care journey is currently unknown. PURPOSE: This paper explores bereaved parents' perceptions of their role and their relationships with healthcare providers when their child is admitted to the intensive care unit, as part of a larger study exploring their experiences when their child dies in intensive care...
November 15, 2017: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153824/cancer-related-hypercalcemia-in-oral-cancer
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T-C Lin, K-L Liang, L-C Lee, C-Y Hsu, T-T Yen
Cancer-related hypercalcemia (CRH) is a critical paraneoplastic disorder in advanced cancer patients. In clinical practice, patients with CRH have a poor prognosis. The medical records of 3198 oral cancer patients with CRH diagnosed at Taichung Veterans General Hospital from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2015 were reviewed. The criteria for patient enrolment were a diagnosis of hypercalcemia or the use of antihypercalcemia medication. Patients who met any of the following criteria were excluded: use of total parenteral nutrition, incomplete serum calcium data, and unknown date of death...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153738/pregnancy-outcomes-following-cardiac-transplantation
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Rohan D'Souza, Elisabeth Soete, Candice K Silversides, Nusrat Zaffar, Tim Van Mieghem, Johan Van Cleemput, Catriona Bhagra, Mathew Sermer, Heather Ross
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to report pregnancy outcomes in women following cardiac transplantation. METHODS: This was a descriptive retrospective cohort study of women with pregnancies following cardiac transplantation managed at two large tertiary centres in Canada and Belgium between 2001 and 2017. RESULTS: Sixteen women had 17 singleton pregnancies following cardiac transplantation. The mean maternal age was 28 ± 5.8, and the transplant-to-pregnancy interval was 7...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153577/2d-and-3d-echocardiography-derived-indices-of-left-ventricular-function-and%C3%A2-shape-relationship-with-mortality
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Diego Medvedofsky, Francesco Maffessanti, Lynn Weinert, David M Tehrani, Akhil Narang, Karima Addetia, Anuj Mediratta, Stephanie A Besser, Elad Maor, Amit R Patel, Kirk T Spencer, Victor Mor-Avi, Roberto M Lang
OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and global longitudinal strain (GLS) derived from 3-dimensional echocardiographic (3DE) images would better predict mortality than those obtained by 2-dimensional echocardiographic (2DE) measurements, and that 3DE-based LV shape analysis may have added prognostic value. BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that both LVEF and GLS derived from 2DE images predict mortality. Recently, 3DE measurements of these parameters were found to be more accurate and reproducible because of independence of imaging plane and geometric assumptions...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153331/reduced-mortality-risk-in-the-recent-era-in-early-stage-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients-treated-with-radiation-therapy-with-or-without-chemotherapy
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Chirayu G Patel, Evan Michaelson, Yu-Hui Chen, Barbara Silver, Karen J Marcus, Mary Ann Stevenson, Peter M Mauch, Andrea K Ng
PURPOSE: To determine the effect of treatment changes over time on all-cause mortality risk in patients with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) after radiation therapy. The long-term survivorship of those with HL necessitates quantification of the late risk of mortality from HL and other causes. METHODS AND MATERIALS: An institutional review board-approved retrospective study was conducted using a multi-institutional database of 1541 stage I and II HL patients treated from 1968 to 2007 with radiation therapy alone or combined-modality treatment...
October 5, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153308/leukapheresis-do-not-improve-early-death-rates-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-with-hyperleukocytosis
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Umit Yavuz Malkan, Osman Ilhami Ozcebe
Hyperleukocytosis (HL) is defined as the clinical condition when the white blood cell (WBC) count is above 100,000/mm(3) in peripheral blood. It has been already shown in the literature that leukapheresis, a conventional technique to decrease the serum WBC level, is ineffective for long-term survival in cases of hyperleukocytotic acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with leukostasis. However, the effect of leukapheresis on early mortality is still unclear. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of leukapheresis on early mortality of patients with AML who have HL...
November 8, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152887/association-between-maternal-sleep-practices-and-late-stillbirth-findings-from-a-stillbirth-case-control-study
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Aep Heazell, M Li, J Budd, Jmd Thompson, T Stacey, R S Cronin, B Martin, D Roberts, E A Mitchell, Lme McCowan
OBJECTIVE: To report maternal sleep practices in women who experienced a stillbirth compared with controls with ongoing live pregnancies at similar gestation. DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. SETTING: Forty-one maternity units in the United Kingdom. POPULATION: Women who had a stillbirth after ≥ 28 weeks' gestation (n = 291) and women with an ongoing pregnancy at the time of interview (n = 733). METHODS: Data were collected using an interviewer-administered questionnaire that included questions on maternal sleep practices before pregnancy, in the four weeks prior to, and on the night before the interview/stillbirth...
November 20, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151481/a-low-normal-free-triiodothyronine-level-is-associated-with-adverse-prognosis-in-euthyroid-patients-with-heart-failure-receiving-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Yu-Yang Chen, Xiao-Rong Shu, Zi-Zhuo Su, Rong-Jie Lin, Hai-Feng Zhang, Wo-Liang Yuan, Jing-Feng Wang, Shuang-Lun Xie
Thyroid dysfunction is prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF) and hypothyroidism is related to the adverse prognosis of HF subjects receiving cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). We aim to investigate whether low-normal free triiodothyronine (fT3) level is related to CRT response and the prognosis of euthyroid patients with HF after CRT implantation.One hundred and thirteen euthyroid patients who received CRT therapy without previous thyroid disease and any treatment affecting thyroid hormones were enrolled...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151425/-paraquat-poisoning-mechanism-and-its-clinical-treatment-progress
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Baisheng Sun, Yuezhong He
Paraquat (PQ) as a kind of sterile and herbicides, has effects of contact-kill and systemic action, which can be absorbed quickly by green plants and make them wither and die. Therefore, it is widely used in the agricultural production and occupies a large part in our country's pesticide market. PQ poisoning has become one of the most common pesticide poisoning in our country. PQ can be passivated when combining with soil, but it has great toxicity for human. There are still no specific antidotes for PQ poisoning at home and abroad, and the death rate of PQ oral poisoning is up to 95%...
November 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151044/mortality-among-referrals-to-a-community-based-intermediate-care-team
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Bharath Lakkappa, Sanjay Shah, Stephen Rogers, Leanne Helen Holman
OBJECTIVES: Intermediate care services have been introduced to help mitigate unnecessary hospital demand and premature placement in long-term residential care. Many patients are elderly and/or with complex comorbidities, but little consideration has been given to the palliative care needs of patients referred to intermediate care services. The objective of this study is to determine the proportion of patients referred to a community-based intermediate care team who died during care and up to 24 months after discharge and so to help inform the development of supportive and palliative care in this setting...
November 18, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151027/plasma-nitrate-and-incidence-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-all-cause-mortality-in-the-community-the-framingham-offspring-study
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Renke Maas, Vanessa Xanthakis, Thomas Göen, Johannes Müller, Edzard Schwedhelm, Rainer H Böger, Ramachandran Vasan
BACKGROUND: Nitrate is a dietary component as well as an endogenously formed metabolite and source of the signaling molecule nitric oxide. Harmful as well as beneficial effects of nitrate have been advocated. Data regarding the prognostic relevance of plasma nitrate are limited. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prospective association of plasma nitrate with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assayed plasma nitrate in 2855 Framingham Offspring Study participants (mean age 59 years, 54% women) by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and evaluated its association with all-cause mortality and incident CVD...
November 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150890/suspended-animation-the-past-present-and-future-of-major-cardiothoracic-trauma
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REVIEW
Syed Mohiyaddin, Prakash Nanjaiah, Ahmed O Saad, Metesh N Acharya, Tanveer A Khan, Rhodri H Davies, Saeed Ashraf
About 50% of the trauma victims die at the scene mostly because of exsanguinating haemorrhage. Most trials of resuscitation fail in face of the ongoing bleeding. Ongoing research/studies to save these victims by inducing rapid hypothermia using cardiopulmonary bypass as an emergency initial measure along with delayed resuscitation show improved outcomes. A comprehensive review of this research and analysis of studies showed that rapid induction of hypothermia within 5 min of cardiac arrest is associated with better survival and improved neurological outcome...
November 18, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150519/biological-containment-of-genetically-modified-bacillus-subtilis
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Siamand Hosseini, Alex Curilovs, Simon M Cutting
Genetic manipulation of bacterial spores of the genus Bacillus has shown potential for vaccination and for delivery of drugs or enzymes. Remarkably, proteins displayed on the spore surface retain activity and generally are not degraded. The heat stability of spores coupled with their desiccation resistance makes them suitable for delivery to humans or to animals by the oral route. Despite these attributes one regulatory obstacle has remained regarding the fate of recombinant spores shed into the environment as viable spores...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150405/cirrhosis-with-ascites-in-the-last-year-of-life-a-nationwide-analysis-of-factors-shaping-costs-health-care-use-and-place-of-death-in-england
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Benjamin Hudson, Jeff Round, Brendan Georgeson, Andrew Pring, Karen Forbes, Catherine Anne McCune, Julia Verne
BACKGROUND: Liver disease mortality increased by 400% in the UK between 1970 and 2010, resulting in rising pressures on acute hospital services, and an increasing need for end-of-life care. We aimed to assess the effect of demographic, clinical, and health-care factors on costs, patterns of health-care use, and place of death in a national cohort of patients with cirrhosis and ascites in their last year of life. METHODS: We did a retrospective, nationwide analysis of all patients who died from cirrhosis in England between 2013 and 2015, who required large-volume paracentesis in their last year of life...
November 14, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150225/nondisplaced-pubic-ramus-fracture-associated-with-exsanguination-and-death
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Chana Rich, James Rayner, Neha Raukar
We present a case of an elderly man who sustained non-displaced fractures through the right superior and inferior pubic rami after a fall from standing and had a tragic outcome. While minimally displaced pubic ramus fractures are typically stable and require only symptomatic treatment, there have been reports, such as this one, of low-energy pubic rami fractures resulting in massive hemorrhage. Despite aggressive resuscitation and embolization of the right obturator artery, our patient ultimately died during his hospitalization...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149953/myocardial-perfusion-scans-and-mortality-in-asymptomatic-patients-awaiting-renal-transplantation
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A Jauhal, S Harenberg, J J Crawford, I Bare, B Prasad, L Zahorski, G Ollenberger, V Trivedi, V Chopra, A Shoker, A Lavoie, P Dehghani
Cardiac risk assessment for asymptomatic patients awaiting renal transplantation is controversial. Patients awaiting renal transplantation in Southern Saskatchewan from 2005 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients underwent cardiac risk stratification with stress myocardial perfusion scan. Baseline clinical characteristics, nuclear scan results, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events were analyzed. Abnormal scans were defined as studies with reversible defects, wall motion abnormalities, lung uptake, or transient ischemic dilation...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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