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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342694/nursing-led-home-visits-post-hospitalization-for-children-with-medical-complexity
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Sarah Wells, Margaret O'Neill, Jayne Rogers, Kevin Blaine, Amy Hoffman, Sarah McBride, Meghan M Tschudy, Igor Shumskiy, Sangeeta Mauskar, Jay G Berry
PURPOSE: Hospital discharge for children with medical complexity (CMC) can be challenging for families. Home visits could potentially benefit CMC and their families after leaving the hospital. We assessed the utility of post-discharge home visits to identify and address health problems for recently hospitalized CMC. DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective study of 36 CMC admitted to a children's hospital from 4/15/2015 to 4/14/2016 identified with a possible high risk of hospital readmission and offered a post-discharge home visit within 72h of discharge...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339431/perioperative-ketamine-administration-for-thoracotomy-pain
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Daniel W Moyse, Alan D Kaye, James H Diaz, Muhammad Y Qadri, David Lindsay, Srinivas Pyati
BACKGROUND: Of all the postsurgical pain conditions, thoracotomy pain poses a particular therapeutic challenge in terms of its prevalence, severity, and ensuing postoperative morbidity. Multiple pain generators contribute to the severity of post-thoracotomy pain, and therefore a multimodal analgesic therapy is considered to be a necessary strategy. Along with opioids, thoracic epidural analgesia, and paravertebral blocks, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonists such as ketamine have been used as adjuvants to improve analgesia...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338778/caregiving-volunteering-or-both-comparing-effects-on-health-and-mortality-using-census-based-records-from-almost-250-000-people-aged-65-and-over
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Dermot O'Reilly, Michael Rosato, Finola Ferry, John Moriarty, Gerard Leavy
Background: the health impacts of caregiving and volunteering are rarely studied concurrently, despite the potential for both synergies and conflicts. This population-based study examines the association of these activities on health and subsequent mortality. Method: a census-based record-linkage study of 244,429 people aged 65 and over, with cohort characteristics, caregiving and volunteering status, and presence of chronic health conditions derived from the Census returns...
February 22, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337659/a20-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-parkinson-s-disease-clue-to-a-common-dysregulation-of-anti-inflammatory-pathways
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Simona Perga, Serena Martire, Francesca Montarolo, Nicole D Navone, Andrea Calvo, Giuseppe Fuda, Alberto Marchet, Daniela Leotta, Adriano Chiò, Antonio Bertolotto
Chronic inflammation significantly contributes to the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders. In physiological conditions, a chronic inflammatory state is prevented through the termination of the acute inflammatory response once the triggering insult is eliminated. Several mechanisms regulate the resolution of inflammation. Among these, a potent inhibitor of the pro-inflammatory NF-kB signaling known as A20 has emerged as a key player. Recent studies have shown reduced blood levels of A20 in the patients of diverse chronic inflammatory diseases...
March 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335444/hiv-education-and-welfare-services-in-primary-care-an-empirical-model-of-integration-in-brazil-s-unified-health-system
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Rahbel Rahman, Rogério M Pinto, Melanie M Wall
Integration of health education and welfare services in primary care systems is a key strategy to solve the multiple determinants of chronic diseases, such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). However, there is a scarcity of conceptual models from which to build integration strategies. We provide a model based on cross-sectional data from 168 Community Health Agents, 62 nurses, and 32 physicians in two municipalities in Brazil's Unified Health System (UHS)...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331623/gum-arabic-as-novel-anti-oxidant-agent-in-sickle-cell-anemia-phase-ii-trial
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Lamis Kaddam, Imad Fadl-Elmula, Omer Ali Eisawi, Haydar Awad Abdelrazig, Mohammed Abdelraman Salih, Florian Lang, Amal M Saeed
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia patients suffer from oxidative stress due to chronic inflammation and self-oxidation of sickle hemoglobin (Hb S). Chronic oxidative stress contributes to endothelial dysfunction, inflammation and multiple organ damage in sickle cell disease (SCD). Thus, antioxidant medication may favorably influence the disease. Gum Arabic (GA), edible, dried, gummy exudates from Acacia Senegal tree, has been claimed to act as an anti-oxidant and cytoprotective agent, protecting against experimental hepatic, renal and cardiac toxicities in rats...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331358/pain-behavior-mediates-the-relationship-between-perceived-injustice-and-opioid-prescription-for-chronic-pain-a-collaborative-health-outcomes-information-registry-study
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Junie S Carriere, Marc-Olivier Martel, Ming-Chih Kao, Michael Jl Sullivan, Beth D Darnall
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Perceived injustice has been defined as an appraisal regarding the severity and irreparability of loss associated with pain, blame and a sense of unfairness. Recent findings have identified perceived injustice as an important risk factor for pain-related outcomes. Studies suggest that perceived injustice is associated with opioid prescription in patients with pain conditions. However, the mechanisms by which perceived injustice is linked to opioid prescription are not well understood...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329429/racial-disparity-in-life-expectancies-and-life-years-lost-associated-with-multiple-obesity-related-chronic-conditions
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Su-Hsin Chang, Yao-Chi Yu, Nils P Carlsson, Xiaoyan Liu, Graham A Colditz
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated racial disparity in life expectancies (LEs) and life years lost (LYL) associated with multiple obesity-related chronic conditions (OCCs). METHODS: Data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2008-2012, were used. Four OCCs were studied: diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke. LE for each subpopulation was simulated by Markov modelling. LYL associated with a disease for a subpopulation was computed by taking the difference between LEs for members of that subpopulation without disease and LEs for members of that subpopulation who had that disease...
March 22, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329125/outcomes-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-implantable-electronic-device-infection-managed-with-chronic-antibiotic-suppression
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Eugene M Tan, Daniel C DeSimone, M Rizwan Sohail, Larry M Baddour, Walter R Wilson, James M Steckelberg, Abinash Virk
Background: Most cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) recipients are elderly, have multiple comorbid conditions, and are at increased risk of CIED infection (CIEDI). Current guidelines recommend complete device removal in patients with CIEDI to prevent relapse and mortality. However, comorbidities or other factors may preclude device removal, thus prompting a non-surgical approach that includes chronic antibiotic suppression (CAS). There are limited data on outcomes of patients receiving CAS for CIEDI...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326356/effect-of-four-monthly-doses-of-a-human-monoclonal-anti-fgf23-antibody-krn23-on-quality-of-life-in-x-linked-hypophosphatemia
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Mary D Ruppe, Xiaoping Zhang, Erik A Imel, Thomas J Weber, Mark A Klausner, Takahiro Ito, Maria Vergeire, Jeffrey S Humphrey, Francis H Glorieux, Anthony A Portale, Karl Insogna, Munro Peacock, Thomas O Carpenter
X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH) is characterized by lower extremity deformities that lead to bone and/or joint pain that result from decreased renal tubular reabsorption leading to hypophosphatemia caused by elevated levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23). OBJECTIVE: Validate the use of SF-36v2 Health Survey (SF-36v2) and the Western Ontario and McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) to measure previously unstudied health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in XLH patients and determine the change in HRQoL before and after treatment with KRN23, a human monoclonal anti-FGF23 antibody...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326177/characterization-of-secondary-care-for-copd-in-sweden
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Josefin Sundh, Christer Janson, Gunnar Johansson, Anders Lindén, Claes-Göran Löfdahl, Thomas Sandström, Kjell Larsson
Introduction: Only a selected proportion of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are managed in secondary care. The aim of this study was to characterize disease severity, treatment and structure of secondary care for COPD in Sweden. Methods: Information was collected from 29 of 33 existing secondary care units of respiratory medicine in Sweden, using both individual data from 373 consecutively enrolled COPD patients with Global initiative on Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stage III-IV and a structural questionnaire about available resources at the units...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325763/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-alginate-overproduction-promotes-coexistence-with-staphylococcus-aureus-in-a-model-of-cystic-fibrosis-respiratory-infection
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Dominique H Limoli, Gregory B Whitfield, Tomoe Kitao, Melissa L Ivey, Michael R Davis, Nora Grahl, Deborah A Hogan, Laurence G Rahme, P Lynne Howell, George A O'Toole, Joanna B Goldberg
While complex intra- and interspecies microbial community dynamics are apparent during chronic infections and likely alter patient health outcomes, our understanding of these interactions is currently limited. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are often found to coinfect the lungs of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), yet these organisms compete under laboratory conditions. Recent observations that coinfection correlates with decreased health outcomes necessitate we develop a greater understanding of these interbacterial interactions...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325536/self-reported-neuropathic-pain-characteristics-of-women-with-provoked-vulvar-pain-a-preliminary-investigation
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Emma Dargie, Ian Gilron, Caroline F Pukall
BACKGROUND: Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is a common chronic genital pain condition affecting approximately 12% of premenopausal women. Although parallels have been drawn between PVD and neuropathic pain (NP), no studies have examined self-reported NP characteristics in PVD. AIM: To explore pain symptoms that resemble NP reported by those with PVD and compare responses with those with an established NP condition. METHODS: Women with provoked vulvar pain (PVP; n = 65) completed online questionnaires designed to assess characteristics of NP...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325523/total-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-as-an-independent-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Katsuya Onishi
Patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) often have multiple comorbid conditions that may interact with each other, confound the choice of treatments, and reduce mortality. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most important comorbidities of CVD, which causes serious consequences in patients with ischemic heart disease, stroke, arrhythmia, and heart failure. COPD shares common risk factors such as tobacco smoking and aging with CVD, is associated with less physical activity, and produces systemic inflammation and oxidative stress...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324150/stress-stones-stress-recurrent-stones-a-self-propagating-cycle-difficulties-in-solving-this-dichotomy
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Montserrat Arzoz-Fabregas, Josep Roca-Antonio, Luis Ibarz-Servio, Dalielah Jappie-Mahomed, Allen Rodgers
Numerous studies have reported an association between stress and urolithiasis. Although urinary risk factors have been measured in several of these, compelling evidence of a causal relationship has not been established. A shortcoming is that alterations in single urinary parameters rather than ratios and quotients, which provide a more synergistic risk evaluation, have been measured. Recently, we speculated about a possible association between chronic stress and stone recurrence. This presents an intriguing dichotomy of whether stress causes stones or vice versa, or whether they are linked in a self-propagating stress-stones-stress-recurrence cycle...
March 21, 2017: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323510/positive-association-between-the-changes-in-chemerin-and-adiponectin-levels-after-weight-reduction
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Hyun-Young Shin, Sohee Park, Ji Won Lee
PURPOSE: Adiponectin and chemerin have been reported their associations with insulin resistance and chronic inflammation. However, the relationship between adiponectin and chemerin themselves has not been fully elucidated. Therefore, we investigated the effects of changes in adiponectin and chemerin levels after a weight intervention. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 136 healthy overweight or obese subjects from 2006 to 2009 and provided all participants lifestyle modification therapy with diet consultations over 16 weeks...
March 21, 2017: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322588/a-questionnaire-study-to-explore-the-views-of-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-of-using-smartphone-technology-for-health-care-purposes
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Nicola Griffin, Maria Kehoe
PURPOSE: Delivering interventions over the lifetime of people with chronic conditions is an international healthcare challenge. The benefits of technology in healthcare have been demonstrated in many health conditions. This study aims to seek the views of People with multiple sclerosis (MS) of the feasibility and perceived acceptability of smartphone use for healthcare purposes. METHODS: Using SurveyMonkey™, respondents answered 21 items about their smartphone use and acceptance of smartphones in healthcare...
March 21, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321162/mortality-associated-with-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-children-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Thomas M Attard, Mikaela Miller, Chaitanya Pant, Ashwath Kumar, Mike Thomson
AIM: To determine the clinical characteristics of children with gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) who died during the course of their admission. METHODS: We interrogated the Pediatric Hospital Information System database, including International Classification of Diseases, Current Procedural Terminology and Clinical Transaction Classification coding from 47 pediatric tertiary centers extracting the population of patients (1-21 years of age) admitted (inpatient or observation) with acute, upper or indeterminate GIB (1/2007-9/2015)...
March 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320841/prefrontal-cortex-kca2-channels-regulate-mglu5-dependent-plasticity-and-extinction-of-alcohol-seeking-behavior
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Reginald Cannady, Justin T McGonigal, Ryan J Newsom, John J Woodward, Patrick J Mulholland, Justin T Gass
Identifying novel treatments that facilitate extinction learning could enhance cue-exposure therapy and reduce high relapse rates in alcoholics. Activation of mGlu5 receptors in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex (IL-PFC) facilitates learning during extinction of cue-conditioned alcohol-seeking behavior. Small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (KCa2) channels have also been implicated in extinction learning of fear memories, and mGlu5 receptor activation can reduce KCa2 channel function. Using a combination of electrophysiological, pharmacological, and behavioral approaches, this study examined KCa2 channels as a novel target to facilitate extinction of alcohol-seeking behavior in rats...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319824/effect-of-long-term-remote-ischaemic-conditioning-on-platelet-function-and-fibrinolysis-in-patients-with-chronic-ischaemic-heart-failure
#20
Kasper Pryds, Jacobina Kristiansen, Søs Neergaard-Petersen, Roni R Nielsen, Michael R Schmidt, Jens Refsgaard, Steen D Kristensen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Anne-Mette Hvas, Erik L Grove
INTRODUCTION: Remote ischaemic conditioning (RIC) protects against ischaemia-reperfusion injury through cellular protective pathways, but may also modulate haemostasis. We aimed to investigate the effect of long-term RIC on platelet function and fibrinolysis in patients with chronic ischaemic heart failure (CIHF). MATERIAL AND METHODS: In a prospective, outcome-assessor blinded, paired study, 16 patients with CIHF and 21 age- and gender-matched controls without ischaemic heart disease (IHD) were treated with RIC once daily for 28±4days...
March 10, 2017: Thrombosis Research
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