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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331660/persistent-contamination-of-heater-cooler-units-for-extracorporal-circulation-cured-by-chlorhexidine-alcohol-in-water-tanks
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Sara Romano-Bertrand, Marine Evrevin, Chloé Dupont, Jean-Marc Frapier, Jean-Claude Sinquet, Elodie Bousquet, Bernard Albat, Estelle Jumas-Bilak
Recently, surgical site infections due to non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) have been linked to heater-cooler units (HCUs) contamination. ECDC and manufacturers now recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide in filtered water to fill HCU tanks. After implementation of these measures in our hospital, HCUs became heavily contaminated by opportunistic waterborne pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. No NTM were detected but fast-growing resistant bacteria could impair their detection...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282266/senior-high-cost-healthcare-users-resource-utilization-and-outcomes-a-protocol-of-a-retrospective-matched-cohort-study-in-canada
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Sergei Muratov, Justin Lee, Anne Holbrook, J Michael Paterson, Jason Robert Guertin, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Tara Gomes, Wayne Khuu, Priscila Pequeno, Andrew P Costa, Jean-Eric Tarride
INTRODUCTION: Senior high-cost users (HCUs) are estimated to represent 60% of all HCUs in Ontario, Canada's most populous province. To improve our understanding of individual and health system characteristics related to senior HCUs, we will examine incident senior HCUs to determine their incremental healthcare utilisation and costs, characteristics of index hospitalisation episodes, mortality and their regional variation across Ontario. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A retrospective, population-based cohort study using administrative healthcare records will be used...
December 26, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204740/living-with-conduct-problem-youth-family-functioning-and-parental-perceptions-of-their-child
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Ruth Roberts, Eamon McCrory, Helene Joffe, Nicole De Lima, Essi Viding
Parenting children with conduct problems (CP) is challenging, yet very little is known about the impact of the child's behaviour on family functioning or how parents of children with CP perceive their child. The aim of this research was to examine whether families with children with CP and high vs. low levels of callous-unemotional traits (HCU vs. LCU) experience differences in family functioning and parental perceptions. One hundred and one parents/caregivers of boys aged 11-16 [Typically developing (TD) n = 31; CP/HCU n = 35; CP/LCU n = 35] completed the McMaster Family Assessment Device, measuring multiple domains of family functioning...
December 4, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180552/neighborhood-socioeconomic-status-and-receipt-of-opioid-medication-for-new-back-pain-diagnosis
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Sarah Gebauer, Joanne Salas, Jeffrey F Scherrer
BACKGROUND: Although treatment for new back pain is heavily guideline driven, deviations occur frequently. Neighborhood socioeconomic status (nSES) may contribute to these deviations. OBJECTIVE: Determine whether nSES is associated with type of treatment provided for patients seeking treatment for new back pain in primary care clinics. METHODS: This retrospective cohort was conducted in academic internal and family medicine practices. Data were examined from the Primary Care Patient Data Registry...
November 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128409/breast-cancer-related-perceptions-and-practices-of-health-professionals-working-in-brazil-s-network-of-primary-care-units
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Benjamin D Hallowell, Douglas M Puricelli Perin, Eduardo J Simoes, Diana C Paez, Diana C Parra, Ross C Brownson, Mona Saraiya
In 2004 the Brazilian National Cancer Institute (INCA) established breast cancer screening guidelines for women in Brazil: annual clinical breast exam for women age 40-49 and biennial mammogram for women age 50-69. Healthcare provider's adherence to these guidelines is currently unknown. The objective of this study is to describe the perceptions and practices related to breast cancer screening among physicians, nurses, and health unit coordinators working in the network of primary healthcare units (HCUs) in Brazil...
November 8, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119254/potential-pharmacological-chaperones-for-cystathionine-beta-synthase-deficient-homocystinuria
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Tomas Majtan, Angel L Pey, Paula Gimenez-Mascarell, Luis Alfonso Martínez-Cruz, Csaba Szabo, Viktor Kožich, Jan P Kraus
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is the most common loss-of-function inborn error of sulfur amino acid metabolism. HCU is caused by a deficiency in enzymatic degradation of homocysteine, a toxic intermediate of methionine transformation to cysteine, chiefly due to missense mutations in the cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) gene. As with many other inherited disorders, the pathogenic mutations do not target key catalytic residues, but rather introduce structural perturbations leading to an enhanced tendency of the mutant CBS to misfold and either to form nonfunctional aggregates or to undergo proteasome-dependent degradation...
November 10, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108485/minimising-the-risk-of-mycobacterium-chimaera-infection-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-by-the-removal-of-heater-cooler-units-from-the-operating-room
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Thomas A Barker, Uday Dandekar, Nina Fraser, Lincoln Dawkin, Paul Sweeney, Fraser Heron, Jacqui Simmons, Jitendra Parmar
INTRODUCTION: Mycobacterium chimaera ( M. chimaera) is a recently characterised bacterium that can cause life-threatening infections in small numbers of patients who undergo cardiopulmonary bypass during cardiac surgery. The likely mode of transmission is thought to occur through aerosolisation from contaminated water reservoirs. The airborne bacteria then contaminate the surgical field, leading to an infection months or even years later. The preferred practical solution to disrupt the transmission of these airborne bacteria to the patient is to remove the heater-cooler units (HCUs) from the operating room (OR)...
November 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101223/taurine-treatment-prevents-derangement-of-the-hepatic-%C3%AE-glutamyl-cycle-and-methylglyoxal-metabolism-in-a-mouse-model-of-classical-homocystinuria-regulatory-crosstalk-between-thiol-and-sulfinic-acid-metabolism
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Kenneth N Maclean, Hua Jiang, Stefanos Aivazidis, Eugene Kim, Colin T Shearn, Peter S Harris, Dennis R Petersen, Robert H Allen, Sally P Stabler, James R Roede
Cystathionine β-synthase-deficient homocystinuria (HCU) is a poorly understood, life-threatening inborn error of sulfur metabolism. Analysis of hepatic glutathione (GSH) metabolism in a mouse model of HCU demonstrated significant depletion of cysteine, GSH, and GSH disulfide independent of the block in trans-sulfuration compared with wild-type controls. HCU induced the expression of the catalytic and regulatory subunits of γ-glutamyl ligase, GSH synthase (GS), γ-glutamyl transpeptidase 1, 5-oxoprolinase (OPLAH), and the GSH-dependent methylglyoxal detoxification enzyme, glyoxalase-1...
November 3, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084290/exploring-differences-in-healthcare-utilization-of-prisoners-in-the-canton-of-vaud-switzerland
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Karine Moschetti, Véra Zabrodina, Pierre Stadelmann, Tenzin Wangmo, Alberto Holly, Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen, Bernice S Elger, Bruno Gravier
Prison healthcare is an important public health concern given the increasing healthcare needs of a growing and aging prison population, which accumulates vulnerability factors and suffers from higher disease prevalence than the general population. This study identifies the key factors associated with outpatient general practitioner (GP), nursing or psychiatric healthcare utilization (HCU) within prisons. Cross-sectional data systematically collected by the prison medical staff were obtained for a sample of 1664 adult prisoners of the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, for the year 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044829/enzyme-replacement-therapy-prevents-loss-of-bone-and-fat-mass-in-murine-homocystinuria
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Tomas Majtan, Insun Park, Erez M Bublil, Jan P Kraus
Skeletal and connective tissue defects are the most striking symptoms in patients suffering from classical homocystinuria (HCU). Here, we determined body composition and bone mass in three mouse models of HCU and assessed whether a long-term administration of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) corrected the phenotype. The mouse models of HCU were analyzed using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and the data were complemented by plasma biochemical profiles. Both the mouse model lacking CBS (KO) and the one expressing human CBS mutant transgene on a mouse CBS null background (I278T) showed marked bone loss and decreased weight mostly due to a lower fat content compared with negative controls...
October 16, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031760/impact-of-diagnosing-and-treating-obstructive-sleep-apnea-on-healthcare-utilization
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Robert J Walter, Scott I Hagedorn, Christopher J Lettieri
PURPOSE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) contributes to an increased risk for multiple co-morbidities and decreased quality of life. As a result, OSA patients may have higher usage of healthcare resources which can be mitigated with effective treatment. This study evaluates changes in healthcare utilization (HCU) following the initiation of therapy for OSA. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of newly diagnosed OSA patients. To assess total HCU, we incorporated the sum total of outpatient clinic encounters, laboratory tests, and medication prescriptions into a composite HCU score...
October 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020407/does-obesity-along-with-major-depression-or-anxiety-lead-to-higher-use-of-health-care-and-costs-a-6-year-follow-up-study
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Yeshambel T Nigatu, Ute Bültmann, Robert A Schoevers, Brenda W J H Penninx, Sijmen A Reijneveld
Background: Evidence lacks on whether obesity along with major depression (MD)/anxiety leads to higher health care use (HCU) and health care-related costs (HCC) compared with either condition alone. The objective of the study was to examine the longitudinal associations of obesity, MD/anxiety, and their combination with HCU and HCC. Methods: Longitudinal data (2004-2013) among N = 2706 persons at baseline and 2-,4-, and 6-year follow-up were collected on obesity, MD/anxiety and HCU...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883615/development-of-new-experimental-platform-mars-multiple-artificial-gravity-research-system-to-elucidate-the-impacts-of-micro-partial-gravity-on-mice
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Dai Shiba, Hiroyasu Mizuno, Akane Yumoto, Michihiko Shimomura, Hiroe Kobayashi, Hironobu Morita, Miki Shimbo, Michito Hamada, Takashi Kudo, Masahiro Shinohara, Hiroshi Asahara, Masaki Shirakawa, Satoru Takahashi
This Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project focused on elucidating the impacts of partial gravity (partial g) and microgravity (μg) on mice using newly developed mouse habitat cage units (HCU) that can be installed in the Centrifuge-equipped Biological Experiment Facility in the International Space Station. In the first mission, 12 C57BL/6 J male mice were housed under μg or artificial earth-gravity (1 g). Mouse activity was monitored daily via downlinked videos; μg mice floated inside the HCU, whereas artificial 1 g mice were on their feet on the floor...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876621/the-absolute-number-of-repeat-operations-for-complex-intra-abdominal-sepsis-is-not-a-useful-predictor-of-non-survival
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M F Scriba, G L Laing, J L Bruce, D L Clarke
BACKGROUND: When multiple repeat laparotomies are required to manage intra-abdominal sepsis, questions about futility of treatment frequently arise. This study focuses specifically on patients who required two or more repeat laparotomies and describes the spectrum of disease necessitating multiple repeat laparotomies and the associated outcomes in the hope of clarifying the issue. METHOD: This study was conducted over a 20-month period (December 2012 - July 2014) at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa...
June 2017: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846059/mortality-trends-among-cocaine-users-treated-between-1989-and-2013-in-northern-italy-results-of-a-longitudinal-study
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Raimondo Maria Pavarin, Angelo Fioritti
A total of 852 participants attending 11 centers for addiction treatment in north Italy following problems due to cocaine abuse between 1989 and 2013 were recruited. Two typologies were created: cocaine users (never heroin) (CU) and heroin and cocaine users (HCU). During the 38-year follow-up period, 4.8% of the whole cohort died. Over the whole period, tumors were the main causes of death; starting in 2010, suicide deaths became the first cause of death. Among CUs, most deaths were due to road accidents and suicide; among HCUs, most of the deaths were from opiate overdose and from cardio-circulatory system diseases...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821635/enzyme-replacement-prevents-neonatal-death-liver-damage-and-osteoporosis-in-murine-homocystinuria
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Tomas Majtan, Helena Hůlková, Insun Park, Jakub Krijt, Viktor Kožich, Erez M Bublil, Jan P Kraus
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is an inborn error of sulfur amino acid metabolism caused by deficient activity of cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), resulting in an accumulation of homocysteine and a concomitant decrease of cystathionine and cysteine in blood and tissues. In mice, the complete lack of CBS is neonatal lethal. In this study, newborn CBS knockout (KO) mice were treated with recombinant polyethyleneglycolylated human truncated CBS (PEG-CBS). Full survival of the treated KO mice, along with a positive impact on metabolite levels in plasma, liver, brain, and kidneys, was observed...
August 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801090/leptin-concentrations-and-scd-1-indices-in-classical-homocystinuria-evidence-for-the-role-of-sulfur-amino-acids-in-the-regulation-of-lipid-metabolism
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Soraia Poloni, Poli Mara Spritzer, Roberta H Mendes, Vânia D'Almeida, Kamila Castro, Fernanda Sperb-Ludwig, Johanna Kugele, Sara Tucci, Henk J Blom, Ida V D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: We describe body composition, lipid metabolism and Stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 (SCD-1) indices in patients with classical homocystinuria (HCU). METHODS: Eleven treated HCU patients and 16 healthy controls were included. Body composition and bone mineral density were assessed by dual X-ray absorptiometry. Sulfur amino acids (SAA) and their derivatives (total homocysteine, cysteine, methionine, S-adenosylmethionine, S-adenosylhomocysteine, and glutathione), lipids (free fatty acids, acylcarnitines, triglycerides and lipoproteins), glucose, insulin, leptin, adiponectin, and isoprostanes were measured in plasma...
October 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777128/spinal-cord-injury-following-a-mild-trauma-in-homocystinuria-related-bone-frailty-neurorehabilitation-and-education-on-bone-health-management
#18
Ginny Varghese, Wafa Al Yazeedi, Mohammed Al Hamawi, Mohammed N Awad, Giorgio Ferriero, Elena Giovanazzi
Homocystinuria (HCU) is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by the deficiency of cystathionine β-synthetase, presenting with variable clinical features including micronutrient deficiency-related osteoporosis. Early-onset osteoporosis results in increased bone fragility, which is associated with low-impact fractures. To date, no traumatic myelopathy has ever been described in patients with HCU. This case report describes a 30-year-old male patient with HCU who was not aware that he was at high risk of sustaining debilitating bone fractures...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713217/the-burden-of-illness-related-to-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-exacerbations-in-qu%C3%A3-bec-canada
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Tam Dang-Tan, Shiyuan Zhang, Ruben V Tavares, Melissa Stutz, Afisi S Ismaila, Julie Vaillancourt, Diane Corriveau, Richard H Stanford, Xiwu Lin, Gilbert A Nadeau, Alexander Simidchiev, Daria Parsons, John S Sampalis
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence in Canada has risen over time. COPD-related exacerbations contribute to the increased health care utilization (HCU) in this population. This study investigated the impact of exacerbations on COPD-related HCU. METHODS: This retrospective observational cohort study used patient data from the Québec provincial health insurance databases. Eligible patients with a new HCU claim with a diagnostic billing for COPD during 2001-2010 were followed until March 31, 2011...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711585/global-outbreak-of-severe-mycobacterium-chimaera-disease-after-cardiac-surgery-a-molecular-epidemiological-study
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Jakko van Ingen, Thomas A Kohl, Katharina Kranzer, Barbara Hasse, Peter M Keller, Anna Katarzyna Szafrańska, Doris Hillemann, Meera Chand, Peter Werner Schreiber, Rami Sommerstein, Christoph Berger, Michele Genoni, Christian Rüegg, Nicolas Troillet, Andreas F Widmer, Sören L Becker, Mathias Herrmann, Tim Eckmanns, Sebastian Haller, Christiane Höller, Sylvia B Debast, Maurice J Wolfhagen, Joost Hopman, Jan Kluytmans, Merel Langelaar, Daan W Notermans, Jaap Ten Oever, Peter van den Barselaar, Alexander B A Vonk, Margreet C Vos, Nada Ahmed, Timothy Brown, Derrick Crook, Theresa Lamagni, Nick Phin, E Grace Smith, Maria Zambon, Annerose Serr, Tim Götting, Winfried Ebner, Alexander Thürmer, Christian Utpatel, Cathrin Spröer, Boyke Bunk, Ulrich Nübel, Guido V Bloemberg, Erik C Böttger, Stefan Niemann, Dirk Wagner, Hugo Sax
BACKGROUND: Since 2013, over 100 cases of Mycobacterium chimaera prosthetic valve endocarditis and disseminated disease were notified in Europe and the USA, linked to contaminated heater-cooler units (HCUs) used during cardiac surgery. We did a molecular epidemiological investigation to establish the source of these patients' disease. METHODS: We included 24 M chimaera isolates from 21 cardiac surgery-related patients in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK, 218 M chimaera isolates from various types of HCUs in hospitals, from LivaNova (formerly Sorin; London, UK) and Maquet (Rastatt, Germany) brand HCU production sites, and unrelated environmental sources and patients, as well as eight Mycobacterium intracellulare isolates...
October 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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