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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-containing 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...
August 8, 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
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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...
July 12, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538044/mycobacterium-chimaera-infections-associated-with-heater-cooler-units-in-cardiac-surgery
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Peter W Schreiber, Hugo Sax
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mycobacterium chimaera infections following cardiac surgery have been reported from an increasing number of countries. These infections are characterized by a poor prognosis with a case fatality rate around 50% despite treatment. Since the first description in 2013, our understanding has grown steadily. Several outbreak investigations, case series, and experiments with heater-cooler units (HCUs) have been published. This review summarizes the current knowledge. RECENT FINDINGS: M...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532976/microbiological-problems-and-biofilms-associated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-used-for-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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J Walker, G Moore, S Collins, S Parks, M I Garvey, T Lamagni, G Smith, L Dawkin, S Goldenberg, M Chand
The role of heater-cooler units (HCUs) in the transmission of Mycobacterium chimaera during open heart surgery has been recognized since 2013. Subsequent investigations uncovered a remarkable global outbreak reflecting the wide distribution of implicated devices. HCUs are an essential component of cardiopulmonary bypass operations and their withdrawal would severely affect capacity for life-saving cardiac surgery. However, studies have demonstrated that many HCUs are contaminated with a wide range of micro-organisms, including M...
July 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473009/a-year-in-the-life-of-a-contaminated-heater-cooler-unit-with-mycobacterium-chimaera
#7
Mark I Garvey, Craig W Bradley, Jimmy Walker
OBJECTIVE Heater-cooler units (HCUs) have been shown to be a source of Mycobacterium chimaera infections. For the past year, weekly water samples have been taken from HCUs used at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust. We report the microbial contamination of the HCUs over a year detailing the decontamination regimes applied at UHB to reduce the microbial load. DESIGN Observational study SETTING UHB is a tertiary referral teaching hospital in Birmingham, United Kingdom, that provides clinical services to nearly 1 million patients every year...
May 5, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385672/characterization-of-health-care-utilization-in-patients-receiving-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-therapies-an-analysis-of-the-managed-ventricular-pacing-trial
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John Rickard, David Whellen, Lou Sherfesee, Brett J Peterson, Tara Nahey, Anthony S Tang, Kenneth A Ellenbogen, Alan Cheng
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are effective in terminating lethal arrhythmias, but little is known about the degree of health care utilization (HCU) after ICD therapies. OBJECTIVE: Using data from the managed ventricular pacing trial, we sought to identify the incidence and types of HCU in ICD recipients after receiving ICD therapy (shocks or antitachycardia pacing [ATP]). METHODS: We analyzed HCU events (ventricular tachyarrhythmia [VTA]-related, heart failure-related, ICD implant procedure-related, ICD system-related, or other) and their association with ICD therapies (shocked ventricular tachycardia episode, ATP-terminated ventricular tachycardia episode, and inappropriately shocked episode)...
April 4, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291718/cystathionine-beta-synthase-deficiency-alters-hepatic-phospholipid-and-choline-metabolism-post-translational-repression-of-phosphatidylethanolamine-n-methyltransferase-is-a-consequence-rather-than-a-cause-of-liver-injury-in-homocystinuria
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René L Jacobs, Hua Jiang, John P Kennelly, David J Orlicky, Robert H Allen, Sally P Stabler, Kenneth N Maclean
Classical homocystinuria (HCU) due to inactivating mutation of cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) is a poorly understood life-threatening inborn error of sulfur metabolism. A previously described cbs-/- mouse model exhibits a semi-lethal phenotype due to neonatal liver failure. The transgenic HO mouse model of HCU exhibits only mild liver injury and recapitulates multiple aspects of the disease as it occurs in humans. Disruption of the methionine cycle in HCU has the potential to impact multiple aspect of phospholipid (PL) metabolism by disruption of both the Kennedy pathway and phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEMT) mediated synthesis of phosphatidylcholine (PC)...
March 2, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196927/healthcare-utilization-and-expenditures-associated-with-appropriate-and-inappropriate-implantable-defibrillator-shocks
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Mintu P Turakhia, Steven Zweibel, Andrea L Swain, Sarah A Mollenkopf, Matthew R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: In patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, healthcare utilization (HCU) and expenditures related to shocks have not been quantified. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators identified from commercial and Medicare supplemental claims databases linked to adjudicated shock events from remote monitoring data. A shock event was defined as ≥1 spontaneous shocks delivered by an implanted device...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103865/can-healthcare-utilization-data-reliably-capture-cases-of-chronic-respiratory-diseases-a-cross-sectional-investigation-in-italy
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A Biffi, R Comoretto, A Arfè, L Scotti, L Merlino, A Vaghi, A Pesci, R de Marco, G Corrao
BACKGROUND: Healthcare utilization data are increasingly used for chronic disease surveillance. Nevertheless, no standard criteria for estimating prevalence of high-impact diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, are available. In this study an algorithm for recognizing COPD/asthma cases from HCU data is developed and implemented in the HCU databases of the Italian Lombardy Region (about 10 million residents). The impact of diagnostic misclassification for reliably estimating prevalence was also assessed...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035898/mycobacterium-chimaera-in-heater-cooler-units-in-denmark-related-to-isolates-from-the-united-states-and-united-kingdom
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Erik Svensson, Elsebeth Tvenstrup Jensen, Erik Michael Rasmussen, Dorte Bek Folkvardsen, Anders Norman, Troels Lillebaek
Mycobacterium chimaera was present at high rates (>80%) in heater-cooler units (HCUs) from all 5 thoracic surgery departments in Denmark. Isolates were clonal to HCU-associated isolates from the United States (including some from patients) and United Kingdom. However, M. chimaera from 2 brands of HCU were genetically distinct.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033198/assessment-of-biopsychosocial-complexity-and-health-care-needs-measurement-properties-of-the-intermed-self-assessment-version
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Arianne K B van Reedt Dortland, Lilian L Peters, Annette D Boenink, Jan H Smit, Joris P J Slaets, Adriaan W Hoogendoorn, Andreas Joos, Corine H M Latour, Friedrich Stiefel, Cyrille Burrus, Marie Guitteny-Collas, Silvia Ferrari
OBJECTIVE: The INTERMED Self-Assessment questionnaire (IMSA) was developed as an alternative to the observer-rated INTERMED (IM) to assess biopsychosocial complexity and health care needs. We studied feasibility, reliability, and validity of the IMSA within a large and heterogeneous international sample of adult hospital inpatients and outpatients as well as its predictive value for health care use (HCU) and quality of life (QoL). METHODS: A total of 850 participants aged 17 to 90 years from five countries completed the IMSA and were evaluated with the IM...
May 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003776/chronic-abdominal-pain-in-children-and-adolescents-parental-threat-perception-plays-a-major-role-in-seeking-medical-consultations
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Claudia Calvano, Petra Warschburger
Background. Pain symptoms, associated impairment, and parental perception of threat are reported to be predictors of health care utilization (HCU) in childhood chronic abdominal pain (CAP). However, mediating variables and their interrelations have not yet been systematically studied. Objectives. This study aims to identify mediating pathways of influence between child's abdominal pain and the number of pain-related medical visits. Methods. In a multicenter study, we recruited N = 151 parent-child dyads with children aged 6-17 years suffering from CAP...
2016: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918263/mycobacterium-chimaera-colonisation-of-heater-cooler-units-hcu-in-western-australia-2015-investigation-of-possible-iatrogenic-infection-using-whole-genome-sequencing
#15
James Owen Robinson, Geoffrey Wallace Coombs, David John Speers, Terillee Keehner, Anthony David Keil, Victoria D'Abrera, Peter Boan, Stanley Pang
Following the reported link between heater-cooler unit (HCU) colonisation with Mycobacterium chimaera and endocarditis, mycobacterial sampling of all HCUs in use in Western Australia was initiated from August 2015, revealing M. chimaera colonisation in 10 of 15 HCUs. After M. chimaera was isolated from a pleural biopsy from a cardiothoracic patient who may have been exposed to a colonised HCU, a whole genome sequencing investigation was performed involving 65 specimens from 15 HCUs across five hospitals to assess if this infection was related to the HCU...
November 17, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918256/mycobacterium-chimaera-infections-associated-with-heater-cooler-units-hcu-closing-another-loophole-in-patient-safety
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EDITORIAL
Marc J Struelens, Diamantis Plachouras
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704025/patterns-of-healthcare-utilization-among-veterans-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus-hcv-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-and-coinfected-with-hiv-hcv-unique-burdens-of-disease
#17
Shereen Katrak, Lawrence P Park, Christopher Woods, Andrew Muir, Charles Hicks, Susanna Naggie
Background.  Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of cirrhosis and the primary cause of liver transplantation in the United States, and coinfection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) increases the risk of comorbidities. However, healthcare utilization (HCU) patterns among HIV/HCV-coinfected patients are poorly understood. This study compared the rates of HCU and reasons for hospital admission among HCV-infected, HIV-infected, and HIV/HCV-coinfected veterans. Methods.  Hepatitis C virus- and HIV-infected and HIV/HCV-coinfected veterans in care with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 1998 to 2009 (n = 335 371, n = 28 179, n = 13 471, respectively) were identified by HIV- and HCV-associated International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision codes from the clinical case registry...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27472686/hand-carried-ultrasound-use-in-clinical-nephrology-case-report
#18
Kathryn D Winters, Stephanie Toth-Manikowski, Carol Martire, Tariq Shafi
BACKGROUND: Correctly assessing and managing volume status are critical elements of daily care for patients managed by nephrologists. However, intravascular volume is difficult to assess by physical examination alone. METHODS: We present vignettes illustrating the potential for using hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) to improve volume assessment in common clinical scenarios faced by the renal consultant in the hospital setting. These include patients with acute kidney injury and patients treated with hemodialysis...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27445595/healthcare-use-for-pain-in-women-waiting-for-gynaecological-surgery
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Sarah Walker, Wilma M Hopman, Meg E Carley, Elizabeth G Mann, Elizabeth G VanDenKerkhof
Background. Pain while waiting for surgery may increase healthcare utilization (HCU) preoperatively. Objective. Examine the association between preoperative pain and HCU in the year prior to gynecological surgery. Methods. 590 women waiting for surgery in a Canadian tertiary care centre were asked to report on HCU in the year before surgery. Pain was assessed using the Brief Pain Inventory. Results. 33% reported moderate to severe pain intensity and interference in the week before surgery. Sixty-one percent (n = 360) reported a total of 2026 healthcare visits, with 21% (n = 126) reporting six or more visits in the year before surgery...
2016: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27444187/telehealth-clinics-increase-access-to-care-for-adults-with-cystic-fibrosis-living-in-rural-and-remote-western-australia
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Jamie Wood, Siobhain Mulrennan, Kylie Hill, Nola Cecins, Sue Morey, Sue Jenkins
INTRODUCTION: A significant proportion (15%, n = 28) of the adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Western Australia (WA) live in rural and remote areas and have difficulty accessing specialist care at the state adult CF centre, located in Perth. We aimed to increase access by offering telehealth clinics, and evaluate the impact on health outcomes. METHODS: Telehealth clinics were offered via videoconference over a 12-month period, with uptake and satisfaction measured at the end of the intervention...
July 20, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
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