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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821194/primary-benign-and-malignant-thyroid-neoplasms-with-signet-ring-cells-cytologic-histologic-and-molecular-features
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Nada A Farhat, Ayse M Onenerk, Jeffrey F Krane, Dora Dias-Santagata, Peter M Sadow, William C Faquin
Objectives: Signet ring cells (SRCs) can be seen in a variety of thyroid tumors and can pose a diagnostic pitfall on cytology. This study describes the cytologic, histomorphologic, and molecular aspects of a cohort of primary thyroid tumors with SRCs. Methods: A search was performed of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA) pathology archives for the keywords thyroid, signet, and signet ring features between 2000 and 2014...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806102/effects-of-alcohol-consumption-on-blood-pressure-in-hypertensive-women
#2
Naomi Deirdre Lakshmi Fisher, Endel John Orav, Grace Chang
BACKGROUND: Problem drinking carries significant health burdens, including an increased risk of hypertension. The effect of chronic alcohol intake on blood pressure (BP) in women is understudied and poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine the relationships between drinking habits and BP in hypertensive women. METHODS: We analyzed drinking habits in 113 women followed in the Brigham and Women's Hospital Hypertension Clinic for at least one year...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796462/malformations-surveillance-comparison-between-findings-at-birth-and-age-1-year
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Emma G Thomas, Cathleen Higgins, Marie-Noel Westgate, Angela E Lin, Marlene Anderka, Lewis B Holmes
BACKGROUND: Malformations surveillance programs among newborn infants are used to determine the prevalence of congenital anomalies. A comparison in the same group of infants between the malformations detected at birth and those detected at 1 year of age will identify errors in the surveillance process and, also, the abnormalities more likely not to be detected at birth, but later in the first year of life. METHODS: The malformations identified at birth by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in the years 2000 and 2005 have been compared with the abnormalities detected in the same infants up to age 1 year by the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program...
August 10, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776576/gnas-mutations-in-primary-mucinous-and-non-mucinous-lung-adenocarcinomas
#4
Lauren L Ritterhouse, Marina Vivero, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Lynette M Sholl, A John Iafrate, Valentina Nardi, Fei Dong
GNAS mutations have been described in mucinous and non-mucinous epithelial neoplasms of the appendix, pancreas, and colon, with hotspot GNAS mutations found in up to two-thirds of pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. Additionally, many GNAS-mutated tumors have concurrent mutations in the Ras/Raf pathway. The clinicopathologic features of GNAS-mutated lung carcinomas, however, have not yet been characterized. Primary lung carcinomas from Brigham and Women's Hospital (n=1282) or Massachusetts General Hospital (n=1070) were genotyped on a targeted massively parallel sequencing panel of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes including GNAS...
August 4, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752411/alcohol-consumption-and-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Anil Can, Victor M Castro, Yildirim H Ozdemir, Sarajune Dagen, Dmitriy Dligach, Sean Finan, Sheng Yu, Vivian Gainer, Nancy A Shadick, Guergana Savova, Shawn Murphy, Tianxi Cai, Scott T Weiss, Rose Du
Alcohol consumption may be a modifiable risk factor for rupture of intracranial aneurysms. Our aim is to evaluate the association between ruptured aneurysms and alcohol consumption, intensity, and cessation. The medical records of 4701 patients with 6411 radiographically confirmed intracranial aneurysms diagnosed at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital between 1990 and 2016 were reviewed. Individuals were divided into cases with ruptured aneurysms and controls with unruptured aneurysms...
July 27, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738986/pilot-testing-fall-tips-tailoring-interventions-for-patient-safety-a-patient-centered-fall-prevention-toolkit
#6
Patricia C Dykes, Megan Duckworth, Stephanie Cunningham, Sasha Dubois, Melissa Driscoll, Zinnia Feliciano, Michael Ferrazzi, Farah E Fevrin, Stephanie Lyons, Mary Ellen Lindros, Allison Monahan, Matthew M Paley, Saby Jean-Pierre, Maureen Scanlan
BACKGROUND: Patient falls during an acute hospitalization cause injury, reduced mobility, and increased costs. The laminated paper Fall TIPS Toolkit (Fall TIPS) provides clinical decision support at the bedside by linking each patient's fall risk assessment with evidence-based interventions. Strategies were needed to integrate this evidence into clinical practice. METHODS: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Framework for Spread is the conceptual model for pilot implementation of Fall TIPS at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH; Boston) and Montefiore Medical Center (MMC; Bronx, New York)...
August 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689230/the-extended-transnasal-transsphenoidal-approach-for-anterior-skull-base-meningioma-considerations-in-patient-selection
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Joseph P Castlen, David J Cote, Hasan A Zaidi, Edward R Laws
PURPOSE: In this study, we set out to define our institutional criteria for patient eligibility for transsphenoidal resection of parasellar meningiomas, and to report our experience with extended transnasal approaches for these lesions. We aimed to discuss the important considerations of patient selection and risk stratification to optimize outcomes for patients with these difficult lesions, and also include considerations that should be reviewed during surgical approach selection. METHODS: Medical records from Brigham and Women's Hospital were retrospectively reviewed for all patients who underwent transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary disease with the senior author from April 2008 to March 2017 (938 procedures)...
July 8, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687072/evaluating-the-feasibility-of-the-kdigo-ckd-referral-recommendations
#8
Karandeep Singh, Sushrut S Waikar, Lipika Samal
BACKGROUND: In 2012, the international nephrology organization Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) released recommendations for nephrology referral for chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The feasibility of adhering to these recommendations is unknown. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the primary care population at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). We translated referral recommendations based upon serum creatinine, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and albuminuria into a set of computable criteria in order to project referral volume if the KDIGO referral recommendations were to be implemented...
July 7, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679813/a-systematic-intervention-to-improve-serious-illness-communication-in-primary-care
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Joshua R Lakin, Luca A Koritsanszky, Rebecca Cunningham, Francine L Maloney, Brandon J Neal, Joanna Paladino, Marissa C Palmor, Christine Vogeli, Timothy G Ferris, Susan D Block, Atul A Gawande, Rachelle E Bernacki
Improving communication about goals and values for patients with advancing serious illness nearing the end of life is a key opportunity to improve the value of care. The Serious Illness Care Program, implemented at primary care clinics affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, is a multicomponent intervention designed to support best practices in communication by clinicians to increase conversations with patients with serious illness about their goals and values. We conducted a study of the program in fourteen primary care clinics participating in a high-risk care management program based in an accountable care organization...
July 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669499/the-impact-of-margins-on-outcomes-after-wedge-resection-for-stage-i-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#10
Andrea S Wolf, Scott J Swanson, Rowena Yip, Bian Liu, Elizabeth S Tarras, David F Yankelevitz, Claudia I Henschke, Emanuela Taioli, Raja M Flores
BACKGROUND: The relationship between margin distance and recurrence and survival for stage I non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) less than or equal to 2 cm is not clear. METHODS: Patient clinicopathologic data were reviewed from a pooled data set of stage I NSCLC lesions less than or equal to 2 cm resected by wedge resection at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) between 2000 and 2005 and the International Early Lung and Cardiac Action Program (I-ELCAP) between 1999 and 2015...
June 29, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654579/detection-of-high-risk-histologic-features-and-tumor-upstaging-of-nonmelanoma-skin-cancers-on-debulk-analysis-a-quantitative-systematic-review
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Babu Singh, Adriana Dorelles, Nellie Konnikov, Bichchau M Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Histologic analysis of tumor debulks from Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) or wide local excision may lead to the detection of adverse features missed on initial biopsy. OBJECTIVE: Determine the incidence of (1) high-risk features on debulk analysis compared with initial biopsy and (2) upstaging of tumors on debulk analysis according to the American Joint Committee of Cancer-7th Edition (AJCC-7) and the Brigham and Women's Alternative (BWH) staging criteria...
June 28, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639314/determinants-of-red-blood-cell-alloantibody-detection-duration-analysis-of-multiply-alloimmunized-patients-supports-peritransfusion-factors
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Lorette Noiret, Amy Slater, John M Higgins
BACKGROUND: Alloimmunization to red blood cells (RBCs) can cause serious transfusion reactions and complicate the search for compatible blood products. Alloantibodies can be detected for periods ranging from a few days to several years, yet the mechanisms controlling the duration of detectability remain unknown. We studied the detection durations in patients forming multiple antibodies to investigate whether the duration is more strongly determined by conditions present at the time of each transfusion (peritransfusion factors) or by more stable patient-specific factors likely to persist across transfusions...
August 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603435/an-active-learning-curriculum-improves-fellows-knowledge-and-faculty-teaching-skills
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Jennifer A Inra, Stephen Pelletier, Navin L Kumar, Edward L Barnes, Helen M Shields
OBJECTIVES: Traditional didactic lectures are the mainstay of teaching for graduate medical education, although this method may not be the most effective way to transmit information. We created an active learning curriculum for Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) gastroenterology fellows to maximize learning. We evaluated whether this new curriculum improved perceived knowledge acquisition and knowledge base. In addition, our study assessed whether coaching faculty members in specific methods to enhance active learning improved their perceived teaching and presentation skills...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585909/agreement-analysis-comparing-ipad-lcva-and-sloan-testing-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#14
Neda Sattarnezhad, Samantha Farrow, Dorlan Kimbrough, Bonnie Glanz, Brian Healy, Tanuja Chitnis
BACKGROUND: Visual symptoms are common in multiple sclerosis (MS). Low-contrast visual acuity (LCVA) testing using Sloan charts has demonstrated increased sensitivity for visual deficits compared to high-contrast acuity testing. Computerized testing of visual acuity may facilitate use in the clinic setting. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the agreement between an iPad-based and Sloan testing of LCVA in a cohort of MS patients. METHODS: A total of 38 patients with relapsing-remitting MS were enrolled after providing informed written consent at Partners MS Center, Brigham and Women's hospital...
June 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577841/aortic-atheroma-increases-the-risk-of-long-term-mortality-in-20-000-patients
#15
Carolyn Goldberg Butler, Jamahal Maeng Ho Luxford, Chuan-Chin Huang, Julius I Ejiofor, James D Rawn, Kerry Wilusz, John A Fox, Stanton K Shernan, Jochen Daniel Muehlschlegel
BACKGROUND: The association between long-term survival and aortic atheroma in cardiac surgical patients has not been comprehensively investigated. In this study we determine the relation between grade of atheroma and the risk of long-term mortality in a retrospective cohort of more than 20,000 patients undergoing cardiac operation during a 20-year period. METHODS: We included 22,304 consecutive intraoperative transesophageal and epiaortic ultrasound examinations performed at Brigham and Women's Hospital between 1995 and 2014, with long-term follow-up...
June 1, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544102/a-multicenter-retrospective-case-cohort-study-of-the-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-among-cord-blood-transplant-recipients
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Carolyn D Alonso, David A Braun, Ishan Patel, Mona Akbari, Daniel Jungmyung Oh, Tomi Jun, Malgorzata McMasters, Sarah P Hammond, Brett Glotzbecker, Corey Cutler, Daniel A Leffler, Karen K Ballen, Ciarán P Kelly
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of health-care associated infectious diarrhea. The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and risk factors for CDI in the 100 days following umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) at three Boston hospitals. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, retrospective, case-cohort study of 226 UCBT recipients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center from 2003 to 2012...
August 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527078/our-headache-fellowship-a-10-year-history
#17
Paul Rizzoli
There has been a clear trend in American medical education after World War II toward training specialization and subspecialization. After some early specialization efforts by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, further efforts were undertaken by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), leading to the introduction of the neurologic subspecialty of Headache Medicine in March, 2005. The training program at our center at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts, was accredited in 2008 and has graduated 14 trainees since its inception...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520927/preoperative-stratification-of-transsphenoidal-pituitary-surgery-patients-based-on-surgical-urgency
#18
Hasan A Zaidi, Amy J Wang, David J Cote, Timothy R Smith, Daniel Prevedello, Domenico Solari, Paolo Cappabianca, Monica Quiroga, Edward R Laws
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no prioritization scale available to distinguish those patients with pituitary tumors who require urgent surgical intervention from those who are candidates for elective treatment. OBJECTIVE: To develop a classification system that can help primary care physicians, endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, ancillary support staff, and hospital administrators identify high-priority surgical candidates. METHODS: An expert international panel of clinicians consisting of endocrinologists and neurosurgeons who are involved in the diagnosis and management of sellar disease was convened...
May 18, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486603/clinical-identification-of-oncogenic-drivers-and-copy-number-alterations-in-pituitary-tumors
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Wenya Linda Bi, Noah F Greenwald, Shakti H Ramkissoon, Malak Abedalthagafi, Shannon M Coy, Keith L Ligon, Yu Mei, Laura MacConaill, Matt Ducar, Le Min, Sandro Santagata, Ursula B Kaiser, Rameen Beroukhim, Edward R Laws, Ian F Dunn
Pituitary tumors are the second most common adult primary brain tumor, with a variable clinical course. Recent work has identified a number of genetic determinants of pituitary tumor subtypes, which may augment classic histopathologic classification schemes. We sought to determine whether pituitary tumors could be stratified based on objective molecular characteristics using a clinical genomics assay. We profiled pituitary tumors using OncoPanel, a clinical multiplexed next-generation sequencing assay and retrospectively collected the clinical information and sequencing results for 127 patients from 2012-2016 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital...
May 8, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486371/trends-in-mode-of-hysterectomy-after-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-power-morcellation-advisory
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Helga Ottarsdottir, Sarah L Cohen, Mary Cox, Allison Vitonis, Jon I Einarsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the trends in mode of surgery for benign hysterectomy after the 2014 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) morcellation guidelines. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of all patients who underwent a hysterectomy for benign indications, specifically for leiomyomas, at Brigham and Women's Hospital from 2013 to 2015. The rates of abdominal, vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy as well as the perioperative outcomes were compared over the study period...
June 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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