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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774755/radiographic-progression-in-non-radiographic-axial-spondyloarthritis
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Mikhail Protopopov, Denis Poddubnyy
Non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) represents a subtype of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) with no significant structural damage in sacroiliac joints and spine. Despite that, patients with nr-axSpA demonstrate a substantial burden of illness, and a considerable share of them might progress to radiographic axSpA (r-axSpA) over time. The amount and quality of published data allows crude estimation of progression rate and factors related to a higher risk of progression. Areas covered: This review discusses the available data reporting the rates and predictors of radiographic progression in the sacroiliac joints and in the spine in patients with nr-axSpA as well as predisposing factors for such a progression...
May 18, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774649/end-of-life-trajectory-of-coping-and-self-care-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-meta-synthesis-using-meta-ethnography
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Yasuko Igai
AIM: This study aimed to extract patient narratives regarding the end-of-life trajectory of their self-care and coping experiences as patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and to use meta-ethnography to discover common metaphors of their experience in order to inform the development of nursing interventions. METHODS: A comprehensive search of qualitative research using electronic databases, in English and Japanese, regarding patients with IPF, identified four articles...
May 17, 2018: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773478/preventive-strategies-for-mental-health
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REVIEW
Celso Arango, Covadonga M Díaz-Caneja, Patrick D McGorry, Judith Rapoport, Iris E Sommer, Jacob A Vorstman, David McDaid, Oscar Marín, Elena Serrano-Drozdowskyj, Robert Freedman, William Carpenter
Available treatment methods have shown little effect on the burden associated with mental health disorders. We review promising universal, selective, and indicated preventive mental health strategies that might reduce the incidence of mental health disorders, or shift expected trajectories to less debilitating outcomes. Some of these interventions also seem to be cost-effective. In the transition to mental illness, the cumulative lifetime effect of multiple small effect size risk factors progressively increases vulnerability to mental health disorders...
May 14, 2018: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772982/randomized-pilot-study-to-compare-metal-needles-versus-plastic-cannulae-in-the-development-of-complications-in-hemodialysis-access
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Rosa M Marticorena, Niki Dacouris, Sandra M Donnelly
BACKGROUND: Hemodialysis requires needle insertions every treatment. Needle injury (mechanical or hemodynamic) may cause complications (aneurysms/stenosis) that compromise dialysis delivery requiring interventions. Metal needles have a sharp slanted "V"-shaped cutting tip; plastic cannulae have a dull round tip and four side holes. Preliminary observations demonstrated a difference in intradialytic blood flow images and mean Doppler velocities at cannulation sites between the two devices...
May 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771945/comparison-of-incidence-and-cost-of-influenza-between-healthy-and-high-risk-children-60-months-old-in-thailand-2011-2015
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Wanitchaya Kittikraisak, Piyarat Suntarattiwong, Wiboon Kanjanapattanakul, Darunee Ditsungnoen, Chonticha Klungthong, Kim A Lindblade, Stefan Fernandez, Fatimah S Dawood, Tawee Chotpitayasunondh, Sonja J Olsen
INTRODUCTION: Thailand recommends influenza vaccination for children aged 6 months to <36 months, but investment in vaccine purchase is limited. To inform policy decision with respect to influenza disease burden and associated cost in young children and to support the continued inclusion of children as the recommended group for influenza vaccination, we conducted a prospective cohort study of children in Bangkok hospital to estimate and compare influenza incidence and cost between healthy and high-risk children...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771620/self-reported-functional-mobility-balance-confidence-and-prosthetic-use-are-associated-with-daily-step-counts-among-individuals-with-a-unilateral-transtibial-amputation
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Jaclyn Megan Sions, Elisa Sarah Arch, John Robert Horne
BACKGROUND: Adults postamputation are not meeting physical activity recommendations. Physical activity is an important consideration in prosthetic prescription. The objective of this study was to determine if functional mobility, balance confidence, and prosthetic use are associated with physical activity among adults with a lower-limb amputation. METHODS: This study recruited patients aged 18-85 years with unilateral transtibial amputations. The Cumulative Illness Rating Scale was used to determine comorbidity burden...
June 1, 2018: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770569/frontal-cortical-thickness-correlates-positively-with-impulsivity-in-early-psychosis-male-patients
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Philipp S Baumann, Paul Klauser, Alessandra Griffa, Philippe Golay, Julie Palix, Luis Alameda, Valérie Moulin, Patric Hagmann, Kim Q Do, Philippe Conus
AIM: Impulsive behaviours, which are frequent in young people suffering from psychosis have been linked to risky and violent behaviours and participate to the burden of psychotic illness. Given that morphological brain correlates of impulsivity in schizophrenia have been poorly investigated especially in young adults, the aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between impulsivity and cortical thickness in early psychosis (EP) patients. METHOD: A total of 17 male subjects in the early phase of psychosis were recruited...
May 17, 2018: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770051/agriculture-and-agri-food-canada-s-research-program-on-antimicrobial-resistance
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E Topp
A key strategy for attenuating the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is ensuring judicious use of antimicrobials in human and veterinary medicine and in agriculture. Research on AMR in agriculture includes risk assessment, risk management, and identifying the role of agricultural practices in development of AMR. Risk assessment includes an impact assessment of antimicrobial use in livestock and on the environment; for example, many antimicrobials are excreted unchanged and thus reach the environment through manure application...
November 2, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769256/early-use-of-antibiotics-for-at-risk-children-with-influenza-archie-protocol-for-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Kay Wang, Tricia Carver, Sharon Tonner, Malcolm G Semple, Alastair D Hay, Michael Moore, Paul Little, Christopher Butler, Andrew Farmer, Rafael Perera, Ly-Mee Yu, Susan Mallett, Jane Wolstenholme, Anthony Harnden
INTRODUCTION: Influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) create considerable burden on healthcare resources each winter. Children with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes mellitus and cerebral palsy are among those at greatest risk of clinical deterioration from influenza/ILI. The Antibiotics for at Risk CHildren with InfluEnza (ARCHIE) trial aims to determine whether early oral treatment with the antibiotic co-amoxiclav reduces the likelihood of reconsultation due to clinical deterioration in these 'at risk' children...
May 16, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769017/a-cross-sectional-investigation-of-the-health-needs-of-asylum-seekers-in-a-refugee-clinic-in-germany
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Laura F Goodman, Guy W Jensen, Joseph M Galante, Diana L Farmer, Stephanie Taché
BACKGROUND: Over one million asylum seekers were registered in Germany in 2016, most from Syria and Afghanistan. The Refugee Convention guarantees access to healthcare, however delivery mechanisms remain heterogeneous. There is an urgent need for more data describing the health conditions of asylum seekers to guide best practices for healthcare delivery. In this study, we describe the state of health of asylum seekers presenting to a multi-specialty primary care refugee clinic. METHODS: Demographic and medical diagnosis data were extracted from the electronic medical records of patients seen at the ambulatory refugee clinic in Dresden, Germany between 15 September 2015 and 31 December 2016...
May 16, 2018: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768942/updated-meta-review-of-evidence-on-support-for-carers
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Jane Dalton, Sian Thomas, Melissa Harden, Alison Eastwood, Gillian Parker
Objective To update a 2010 meta-review of systematic reviews of effective interventions to support carers of ill, disabled, or older adults. In this article, we report the most promising interventions based on the best available evidence. Methods Rapid meta-review of systematic reviews published from January 2009 to 2016. Results Sixty-one systematic reviews were included (27 high quality, 25 medium quality, and nine low quality). The quality of reviews has improved since the original review, but primary studies remain limited in quality and quantity...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768464/photocatalytic-disinfection-of-surfaces-with-copper-doped-ti02-nanotube-coatings-illuminated-by-ceiling-mounted-fluorescent-light
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Tilen Koklic, Štefan Pintarič, Irena Zdovc, Majda Golob, Polona Umek, Alma Mehle, Martin Dobeic, Janez Štrancar
High economic burden is associated with foodborne illnesses. Different disinfection methods are therefore employed in food processing industry; such as use of ultraviolet light or usage of surfaces with copper-containing alloys. However, all the disinfection methods currently in use have some shortcomings. In this work we show that copper doped TiO2 nanotubes deposited on existing surfaces and illuminated with ceiling mounted fluorescent lights can retard the growth of Listeria Innocua by 80% in seven hours of exposure to the fluorescent lights at different places in a food processing plant or in the laboratory conditions with daily reinocuation and washing...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767766/cost-transparency-in-neurosurgery-a-single-institution-analysis-of-patient-out-of-pocket-spending-in-13-673-consecutive-neurosurgery-cases
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Michael A Mooney, Seungwon Yoon, Tyler Cole, John P Sheehy, Michael A Bohl, F David Barranco, Peter Nakaji, Andrew S Little, Michael T Lawton
BACKGROUND: Patient out-of-pocket (OOP) spending is an increasingly discussed topic; however, there is minimal data available on the patient financial burden of surgical procedures. OBJECTIVE: To analyze hospital and surgeon expected payment data and patient OOP spending in neurosurgery. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of neurosurgical patients at a tertiary-referral center from 2013 to 2016. Expected payments, reflecting negotiated costs-of-care, as well as actual patient OOP payments for hospital care and surgeon professional fees were analyzed...
May 15, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765242/claims-based-proxies-of-patient-instability-among-commercially-insured-adults-with-schizophrenia
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Charles Ruetsch, Hyong Un, Heidi C Waters
Objective: Schizophrenia (Sz) patients are among the highest utilizers of hospital-based services. Prevention of relapse is in part a treatment goal in order to reduce hospital admissions. However, predicting relapse is a challenge, particularly for payers and disease management firms with only access to claims data. Understandably, such organizations have had little success predicting relapse. A tool that allows payers to identify patients at elevated risk of relapse could facilitate targeted interventions prior to relapse and avoid rehospitalization...
2018: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761755/a-deadly-wait-for-u-s-health-insurance-coverage-sitting-on-the-couch-with-malaria
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Jonathan S Schultz, Adam J Atherly, Andrés F Henao-Martínez
Uninsured and unprepared travelers to countries with endemic tropical diseases pose great health-care burdens and financial risks on returning to the United States. We discuss the delayed presentation of an uninsured U.S. traveler returning from West Africa with severe malaria who required intensive care measures to save his life. Despite being critically ill on his return, he sat rigoring on his couch taking antipyretics for 3 days, while he applied for insurance on the Affordable Care Act website and waited for approval because he was fearful of the costs of seeking care...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759956/too-important-to-ignore-leveraging-digital-technology-to-improve-chronic-illness-management-among-black-men
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Stuart W Grande, Ledric D Sherman
Health disparities associated with chronic illness experiences of black men demonstrate widespread, systematic failures to meet an urgent need. Well-established social and behavioral determinants that have led to health disparities among black men include racism, discrimination, and stress. While advocacy work that includes community-engagement and tailoring health promotion strategies have shown local impact, evidence shows the gaps are increasing. We suspect that failure to reduce current disparities may be due to conventional public health interventions and programs; therefore, we submit that innovative interventions, ones that embrace digital technologies and their ability to harness naturally occurring social networks within groups, like black men, have particular importance and deserve attention...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759034/motives-offending-behavior-and-gender-differences-in-murder-perpetrators-with-or-without-psychosis
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Henning Hachtel, Margaret Nixon, Debra Bennett, Paul Mullen, James Ogloff
Little is known whether differences exist in motivation and reactive/instrumental offense behaviors between murder offenders with and without psychotic disorder. To contribute to better prevention strategies, the aim of this study was to investigate offense characteristics in murder offenders with a psychotic, nonpsychotic or no psychiatric diagnosis, and whether these factors differ according to sex. This data study examined the population of murder offenders between 1997 and 2005 ( N = 435) in Victoria, Australia...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758022/determinants-of-hardship-financing-in-coping-with-out-of-pocket-payment-for-care-seeking-of-under-five-children-in-selected-rural-areas-of-bangladesh
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Tazeen Tahsina, Nazia Binte Ali, Md Abu Bakkar Siddique, Sameen Ahmed, Mubashshira Rahman, Sajia Islam, Md Mezanur Rahman, Bushra Amena, D M Emdadul Hoque, Tanvir M Huda, Shams El Arifeen
BACKGROUND: Around 63% of total health care expenditure in Bangladesh is mitigated through out of pocket payment (OOP). Heavy reliance on OOP at the time of care seeking poses great threat for financial impoverishment of the households. Households employ different strategies to cope with the associated financial hardship. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to understand the determinants of hardship financing in coping with OOP adopted for health care seeking of under five childhood illnesses in rural setting of Bangladesh...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756406/interspecific-network-centrality-host-range-and-early-life-development-are-associated-with-wildlife-hosts-of-rift-valley-fever-virus
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M G Walsh, S M Mor
Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV) is responsible for a substantive disease burden in pastoralist communities and the agricultural sector in the African continent and Arabian Peninsula. Enzootic, epizootic and zoonotic RVFV transmission dynamics remain ill-defined, particularly due to a poor understanding of the role of mammalian hosts in the epidemiology and infection ecology of this arbovirus. Using a piecewise structural equation model, this study sought to identify associations between biological and ecological characteristics of mammalian species and documented RVFV infection to highlight species-level traits that may influence wildlife host status...
May 13, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755917/sharing-is-caring-minimizing-the-disruption-with-palliative-care
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EDITORIAL
Abd Moain Abu Dabrh, Robert P Shannon, Richard J Presutti
There is an upward trend incidence of multiple chronic life-limiting conditions with a well-documented associated impact on patients and their caregivers. When patients approach the end of life, they are often faced with a challenging multidimensional burden while navigating a complex health care system. Patients and families/caregivers are faced with daily decisions, often with little or no frame of reference or medical knowledge. The "what, how, when, and where" puzzle during this challenging time can be overwhelming for patients and their families, and when clinicians do not contemplate this associated workload's impact on patients and caregivers' capacity for self-care, patients and caregivers scramble to find compensatory solutions, often putting their health care at lower priority...
March 13, 2018: Curēus
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