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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353022/using-medical-examiner-case-narratives-to-improve-opioid-overdose-surveillance
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Emily Hurstak, Christopher Rowe, Caitlin Turner, Emily Behar, Rachel Cabugao, Nikolas P Lemos, Phillip Coffin
BACKGROUND: Current opioid overdose mortality surveillance methods do not capture the complexity of the overdose epidemic. Most rely on death certificates, which may underestimate both opioid analgesic and heroin deaths. Categorizing deaths using other characteristics from the death record including route of drug administration may provide useful information to design and evaluate overdose prevention interventions. METHODS: We reviewed California Electronic Death Reporting System records and San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) toxicology reports and investigative case narratives for all unintentional opioid overdose deaths in San Francisco County from 2006 to 2012...
January 17, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350791/comparison-of-outpatient-medically-attended-and-community-level-influenza-like-illness-new-york-city-2013-2015
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Kate E Russell, Ashley Fowlkes, Melissa S Stockwell, Celibell Y Vargas, Lisa Saiman, Elaine L Larson, Philip LaRussa, Steve Di Lonardo, Michael Popowich, Kirsten St George, Andrea Steffens, Carrie Reed
BACKGROUND: Surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States is primarily conducted through medical settings despite a significant burden of non-medically attended ILI. OBJECTIVES: To assess consistency between surveillance for respiratory viruses in outpatient and community settings using ILI surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Incidence Surveillance Project (IISP) and the Mobile Surveillance for Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) and Influenza-Like Illness in the Community (MoSAIC) Study...
January 19, 2018: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350432/national-public-health-data-systems-in-the-united-states-applications-to-child-agricultural-injury-surveillance
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Barbara Marlenga, Richard L Berg, William Pickett
PURPOSE: The United States has no comprehensive national surveillance system for fatal or nonfatal child agricultural injuries. Thus, important knowledge gaps exist about recurrent injury patterns that could provide targeted focus for prevention efforts. The purpose of this study was to explore existing US public health data systems to determine their utility with respect to informing child agricultural injury surveillance and primary prevention. METHODS: Public health data systems were selected if they: (1) were national in scope, (2) were active and ongoing, (3) included physical injuries, and (4) contained a "farm" location variable...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350393/is-it-possible-to-improve-compliance-in-hypertension-and-reduce-therapeutic-inertia-of-physicians-by-mandatory-periodical-examinations-of-workers
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Andrzej Marcinkiewicz, Michał Plewka, Wojciech Hanke, Paweł Kałużny, Marta Wiszniewska, Agnieszka Lipińska-Ojrzanowska, Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa
BACKGROUND: Due to high prevalence, insufficient recognition and ineffectual treatment, hypertension (HT) still remains a major medical and socio-economic problem. There is a real necessity to develop effective prophylaxis for cardiovascular disorders (CVD), based on strategies which support compliance during long-term therapy. The Polish scheme of occupational health services (OHS) with mandatory periodical employee check-ups creates a unique opportunity for effective HT prophylaxis...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346423/the-association-of-estimated-salt-intake-with-blood-pressure-in-a-viet-nam-national-survey
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Paul N Jensen, Tran Quoc Bao, Tran Thi Thanh Huong, Susan R Heckbert, Annette L Fitzpatrick, James P LoGerfo, Truong Le Van Ngoc, Ali H Mokdad
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of salt consumption with blood pressure in Viet Nam, a developing country with a high level of salt consumption. DESIGN AND SETTING: Analysis of a nationally representative sample of Vietnamese adults 25-65 years of age who were surveyed using the World Health Organization STEPwise approach to Surveillance protocol. Participants who reported acute illness, pregnancy, or current use of antihypertensive medications were excluded...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346063/linking-data-from-health-surveys-and-electronic-health-records-a-demonstration-project-in-two-chicago-health-center-clinics
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Fikirte Wagaw, Catherine A Okoro, Sunkyung Kim, Jessica Park, Fred Rachman
INTRODUCTION: Monitoring and understanding population health requires conducting health-related surveys and surveillance. The objective of our study was to assess whether data from self-administered surveys could be collected electronically from patients in urban, primary-care, safety-net clinics and subsequently linked and compared with the same patients' electronic health records (EHRs). METHODS: Data from self-administered surveys were collected electronically from a convenience sample of 527 patients at 2 Chicago health centers from September through November, 2014...
January 18, 2018: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344013/isbt-128-standard-for-coding-medical-products-of-human-origin
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REVIEW
Paul Ashford, Matthew Delgado
Background: ISBT 128 is an international standard for the terminology, coding, labeling, and identification of medical products of human origin (MPHO). Full implementation of ISBT 128 improves traceability, transparency, vigilance and surveillance, and interoperability. Methods: ICCBBA maintains the ISBT 128 standard through the activities of a network of expert volunteers, including representatives from professional scientific societies, governments and users, to standardize and maintain MPHO identification...
November 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343216/an-appraisal-how-notifiable-infectious-diseases-are-reported-by-hungarian-family-physicians
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Katalin Vraukó, Zoltán Jancsó, László Kalabay, Andrea Lukács, Gabriella Maráczi, Lajos Mester, Anna Nánási, József Rinfel, Tamás Sárosi, Ferenc Tamás, Albert Varga, József Vitrai, Imre Rurik
BACKGROUND: Within the frame of National Epidemiological Surveillance System, family physicians have an obligation to report infections and suspicions cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, daily practice and the reporting activities of Hungarian family physicians regarding to infectious diseases. METHODS: A self-administered survey was developed, validated and used. The survey was completed by family physicians who had taken part in continuous medical educational programmes of all Hungarian medical faculties...
January 17, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342165/increased-colon-cancer-risk-after-severe-salmonella-infection
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Lapo Mughini-Gras, Michael Schaapveld, Jolanda Kramers, Sofie Mooij, E Andra Neefjes-Borst, Wilfrid van Pelt, Jacques Neefjes
BACKGROUND: Colon cancer constitutes one of the most frequent malignancies. Previous studies showed that Salmonella manipulates host cell signaling pathways and that Salmonella Typhimurium infection facilitates colon cancer development in genetically predisposed mice. This epidemiological study examined whether severe Salmonella infection, usually acquired from contaminated food, is associated with increased colon cancer risk in humans. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed a nationwide registry-based study to assess colon cancer risk after diagnosed Salmonella infection...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340817/adenoma-detection-rate-metrics-in-colorectal-cancer-surveillance-colonoscopy
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Jamie M Tjaden, Jessica A Hause, Daniel Berger, Samantha K Duveneck, Shriram M Jakate, Bruce A Orkin, Elizabeth L Hubbard, Joshua E Melson
BACKGROUND: A target goal for screening adenoma detection rate (S-ADR) of ≥ 25% has been set to define high-quality colonoscopy performance. However, there is no current accepted target goal for ADR in colorectal cancer (CRC) surveillance. This makes quality assessment challenging when physicians perform cancer surveillance colonoscopy but minimal screening procedures. METHODS: In this cohort study, consecutive colonoscopies performed at either Rush University Medical Center or Rush Oak Park Hospital by a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon in average risk screening population and CRC surveillance population were reviewed retrospectively from 2006 to 2012 and prospectively from 2013 to 2016...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340312/ckd-screening-and-surveillance-in-australia-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Sree K Venuthurupalli, Wendy E Hoy, Helen G Healy, Anne Cameron, Robert G Fassett
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) was largely a hidden health problem until the publication of an internationally agreed approach to its identification, monitoring, and treatment. The 2002 National Kidney Foundation CKD classification and the subsequent 2006 Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) recommendations are powerful tools for translating thinking about CKD into clinical practice. These guidelines were strongly endorsed by the international community, including Australia, and were incorporated into CKD practice guidelines...
January 2018: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338987/update-on-the-epidemiology-of-scorpion-envenomation-in-the-south-of-tunisia
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Olfa Chakroun-Walha, Rim Karray, Mouna Jerbi, Abdennour Nasri, Fadhila Issaoui, Ben Rebeh Amine, Mabrouk Bahloul, Mounir Bouaziz, Hichem Ksibi, Noureddine Rekik
INTRODUCTION: Scorpion envenomation is still a frequent occurance in tropical and subtropical regions. In Tunisia, multiple studies on scorpion envenoming have contributed to an improved understanding of cardiac dysfunction and factors predictive of poor prognosis. These previous studies have contributed to the current standardized management of envenomed patients. However, the epidemiology of scorpion envenoming in Tunisia has not been updated for more than 10 years. The aim of this study was to report an update of the epidemiological features of scorpion envenomation in the southern region of Tunisia...
January 12, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338952/behavioral-risk-factors-and-regional-variation-in-cardiovascular-health-care-and-death
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Kathleen M Fairfield, Adam W Black, F Lee Lucas, Andrea E Siewers, Mylan C Cohen, Christopher T Healey, Allison C Briggs, Paul K J Han, John E Wennberg
INTRODUCTION: Reducing the burden of death from cardiovascular disease includes risk factor reduction and medical interventions. METHODS: This was an observational analysis at the hospital service area (HSA) level, to examine regional variation and relationships between behavioral risks, health services utilization, and cardiovascular disease mortality (the outcome of interest). HSA-level prevalence of cardiovascular disease behavioral risks (smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity) were calculated from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; HSA-level rates of stress tests, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, and revascularization from a statewide multi-payer claims data set from Maine in 2013 (with 606,260 patients aged ≥35 years), and deaths from state death certificate data...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338316/retroareolar-masses-and-intraductal-abnormalities-detected-on-screening-ultrasound-can-biopsy-be-avoided
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Yang Guo, Madhavi Raghu, Melissa Durand, Regina Hooley
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the malignancy rate of retroareolar masses and intraductal abnormalities discovered in asymptomatic women during screening whole breast ultrasound (US-S) and determine if biopsy can be avoided. METHODS: This is a HIPAA compliant retrospective study. Our radiology electronic medical records were searched for the phrases "retroareolar mass" or "intraductal mass" combined with "screening whole breast ultrasound" performed between 10/1/2009 to 5/30/2015...
January 17, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337985/increased-risk-of-ischemic-heart-disease-hypertension-and-type-2-diabetes-in-women-with-previous-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-target-group-in-general-practice-for-preventive-interventions-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Barbara Daly, Konstantinos A Toulis, Neil Thomas, Krishna Gokhale, James Martin, Jonathan Webber, Deepi Keerthy, Kate Jolly, Ponnusamy Saravanan, Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with developing type 2 diabetes, but very few studies have examined its effect on developing cardiovascular disease. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study utilizing a large primary care database in the United Kingdom. From 1 February 1990 to 15 May 2016, 9,118 women diagnosed with GDM were identified and randomly matched with 37,281 control women by age and timing of pregnancy (up to 3 months)...
January 2018: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337486/improving-risk-stratification-among-veterans-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer-impact-of-the-17-gene-prostate-score-assay
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Julie A Lynch, Megan P Rothney, Raoul R Salup, Cesar E Ercole, Sharad C Mathur, David A Duchene, Joseph W Basler, Javier Hernandez, Michael A Liss, Michael P Porter, Jonathan L Wright, Michael C Risk, Mark Garzotto, Olga Efimova, Laurie Barrett, Brygida Berse, Michael J Kemeter, Phillip G Febbo, Atreya Dash
BACKGROUND: Active surveillance (AS) has been widely implemented within Veterans Affairs' medical centers (VAMCs) as a standard of care for low-risk prostate cancer (PCa). Patient characteristics such as age, race, and Agent Orange (AO) exposure may influence advisability of AS in veterans. The 17-gene assay may improve risk stratification and management selection. OBJECTIVES: To compare management strategies for PCa at 6 VAMCs before and after introduction of the Oncotype DX Genomic Prostate Score (GPS) assay...
January 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337111/early-re-staging-and-molecular-subtype-shift-surveillance-of-locally-recurrent-or-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-new-pet-ct-integrated-precise-algorithm
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Wei Guo, Bing Hao, Nana Luo, Dan Ruan, Xiuyu Guo, Hao-Jun Chen, Hua Wu, Long Sun
Recurrent breast cancer poses considerable diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for clinic. Clinical suspicion of recurrence must be first confirmed by imaging studies. Then re-biopsy of suspected recurrence and metastasis in patients with breast cancer is recommended in the practice guidelines of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) to confirm whether the molecular subtype changes. It may change the individual treatment plan directly. Our research provided an integrated algorithm for locally recurrent or distant metastatic breast cancer, including early relapse detection and subsequently a new practical PET/CT imaging guide biopsy approach for surveilling molecular subtype shifts of the recurrent breast cancer...
January 11, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337039/the-presence-of-small-and-diminutive-proximal-hyperplastic-polyps-is-associated-with-higher-rates-of-synchronous-advanced-neoplasia-compared-with-patients-without-serrated-lesions
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Hamoudah Thayer, Ma Karen, Esteban Marcus, Hayat Waqas, Mahon Brett, Jakate Shriram, Melson Joshua
BACKGROUND: The association of proximal small and diminutive hyperplastic polyps (HPs) with synchronous neoplasia (AN) is not well defined. However, sessile serrated polyps, even when small, are known to portend synchronous neoplastic risk. Currently, when proximal small hyperplastic polyps are detected, the USMTF does not recommend a change in surveillance interval. We aimed to compare the rates of synchronous AN in a screening colonoscopy cohort of patients with small and then diminutive proximal HPs in comparison, first to a cohort absent any serrated or proximal hyperplastic polyps, and then in comparison with a cohort with small proximal sessile serrated polyps (SSPs)...
January 11, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336924/immunization-of-preterm-infants-with-gsk-s-hexavalent-combined-diphtheria-tetanus-acellular-pertussis-hepatitis-b-inactivated-poliovirus-haemophilus-influenzae-type-b-conjugate-vaccine-a-review-of-safety-and-immunogenicity
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Felix Omeñaca, Liliana Vázquez, Pilar Garcia-Corbeira, Narcisa Mesaros, Linda Hanssens, Jan Dolhain, Ivonne Puente Gómez, Johannes Liese, Markus Knuf
BACKGROUND: Infants with history of prematurity (<37 weeks gestation) and low birth weight (LBW, <2500 g) are at high risk of infection due to functional immaturity of normal physical and immunological defense mechanisms. Despite current recommendations that infants with history of prematurity/LBW should receive routine immunization according to the same schedule and chronological age as full-term infants, immunization is often delayed. METHODS: Here we summarize 10 clinical studies and 15 years of post-marketing safety surveillance of GSK's hexavalent vaccine (DTPa-HBV-IPV/Hib), a combined diphtheria-tetanus-acellular-pertussis-hepatitis-B-inactivated-poliovirus-Haemophilus influenzae-type-b (Hib) conjugate vaccine, when administered alone, or co-administered with pneumococcal conjugate, rotavirus, and meningococcal vaccines and respiratory syncytial virus IgG to infants with history of prematurity/LBW in clinical trials...
January 11, 2018: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336918/current-prevention-and-control-of-health-care-associated-infections-in-long-term-care-facilities-for-the-elderly-in-japan
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Naoko Kariya, Naomi Sakon, Jun Komano, Kazunori Tomono, Hiroyasu Iso
Residents of long-term care facilities for the elderly are vulnerable to health care-associated infections. However, compared to medical institutions, long-term care facilities for the elderly lag behind in health care-associated infection control and prevention. We conducted a epidemiologic study to clarify the current status of infection control in long-term care facilities for the elderly in Japan. A questionnaire survey on the aspects of infection prevention and control was developed according to SHEA/APIC guidelines and was distributed to 617 long-term care facilities for the elderly in the province of Osaka during November 2016 and January 2017...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
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