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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926934/public-health-interventions-for-aedes-control-in-the-time-of-zikavirus-a-meta-review-on-effectiveness-of-vector-control-strategies
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Maha Bouzid, Julii Brainard, Lee Hooper, Paul R Hunter
BACKGROUND: There is renewed interest in effective measures to control Zika and dengue vectors. A synthesis of published literature with a focus on the quality of evidence is warranted to determine the effectiveness of vector control strategies. METHODOLOGY: We conducted a meta-review assessing the effectiveness of any Aedes control measure. We searched Scopus and Medline for relevant reviews through to May 2016. Titles, abstracts and full texts were assessed independently for inclusion by two authors...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926914/comorbidities-in-turkish-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-association-with-the-health-related-quality-of-life-in-terms-of-disease-activity-functional-and-radiological-status-severity-of-pain-and-social-and-emotional-functioning
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Yesim Garip, Filiz Eser, Hatice Bodur
AIMS: The aim of our study was to investigate the comorbidities in Turkish RA patients and evaluate the impact of comorbidities on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in terms of disease activity, functional and radiological status, severity of pain, and social and emotional functioning. METHODS: In a cross-sectional setting, a total of 160 RA patients who were admitted to our outpatient clinic between December 2013 and February 2014 were consecutively enrolled in the study...
November 23, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926797/cesarean-outcomes-in-us-birth-centers-and-collaborating-hospitals-a-cohort-comparison
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Patrick Thornton, Barbara L McFarlin, Chang Park, Kristin Rankin, Mavis Schorn, Susan Stapleton
INTRODUCTION: High rates of cesarean birth are a significant health care quality issue, and birth centers have shown potential to reduce rates of cesarean birth. Measuring this potential is complicated by lack of randomized trials and limited observational comparisons. Cesarean rates vary by provider type, setting, and clinical and nonclinical characteristics of women, but our understanding of these dynamics is incomplete. METHODS: We sought to isolate labor setting from other risk factors in order to assess the effect of birth centers on the odds of cesarean birth...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926766/teledermatology-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-skin-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Anna Finnane, Kathy Dallest, Monika Janda, H Peter Soyer
Importance: As technology becomes more commonplace in dermatological practice, it is essential to continuously review the accuracy of teledermatology devices and services compared with in-person care. The last systematic review was conducted over 5 years ago. Objective: To synthesize and assess the quality of the evidence to address 3 research questions: (1) How accurate is teledermatology for skin cancer diagnosis compared with usual care (face-to-face [FTF] diagnosis)? (2) Does teledermatology save clinician and/or patient time, compared with usual care? (3) What are the enablers and barriers to adoption of teledermatology in clinical practice for the diagnosis of skin cancer? Evidence Review: The review protocol was registered in the PROSPERO database...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926675/improvement-in-total-joint-replacement-quality-metrics-year-one-versus-year-three-of-the-bundled-payments-for-care-improvement-initiative
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John M Dundon, Joseph Bosco, James Slover, Stephen Yu, Yousuf Sayeed, Richard Iorio
BACKGROUND: In January 2013, a large, tertiary, urban academic medical center began participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative for total joint arthroplasty, a program implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011. Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) 469 and 470 were included. We participated in BPCI Model 2, by which an episode of care includes the inpatient and all post-acute care costs through 90 days following discharge...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926626/frailty-assessed-by-the-forecast-is-a-valid-tool-to-predict-short-term-outcome-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Adrian R Kobe, Alexander Meyer, Hassan Elmubarak, Jörg Kempfert, Jovana Pavicevic, Francesco Maisano, Thomas Walther, Volkmar Falk, Simon H Sündermann
OBJECTIVE: The term frailty is frequently used during decision-making in transcatheter heart valve procedures. Nevertheless, frailty is still measured by eyeballing rather than by using standardized frailty assessments. In a previous study, we developed a frailty score in a cardiac surgical patient population including patients, who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Here, we present the results from the subsequent validation study focusing on the TAVR cohort. METHODS: One hundred thirty patients underwent TAVR...
December 6, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926563/truth-in-reporting-how-data-capture-methods-obfuscate-actual-surgical-site-infection-rates-within-a-health-care-network-system
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Liliana Bordeianou, Christy E Cauley, Donna Antonelli, Sarah Bird, David Rattner, Matthew Hutter, Sadiqa Mahmood, Deborah Schnipper, Marc Rubin, Ronald Bleday, Pardon Kenney, David Berger
BACKGROUND: Two systems measure surgical site infection rates following colorectal surgeries: the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pay-for-performance initiatives use National Healthcare Safety Network data for hospital comparisons. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare database concordance...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926559/preoperative-immunonutrition-and-elective-colorectal-resection-outcomes
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Lucas W Thornblade, Thomas K Varghese, Xu Shi, Eric K Johnson, Amir Bastawrous, Richard P Billingham, Richard Thirlby, Alessandro Fichera, David R Flum
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials demonstrate the efficacy of arginine-enriched nutritional supplements (immunonutrition) in reducing complications after surgery. The effectiveness of preoperative immunonutrition has not been evaluated in a community setting. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine whether immunonutrition before elective colorectal surgery improves outcomes in the community at large. DESIGN: This is a prospective cohort study with a propensity score-matched comparative effectiveness evaluation...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926555/avoiding-radical-surgery-in-elderly-patients-with-rectal-cancer-is-cost-effective
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Christopher Rao, Arthur Sun Myint, Thanos Athanasiou, Omar Faiz, Antony Paul Martin, Brendan Collins, Fraser McLean Smith
BACKGROUND: Radical surgery is associated with significant perioperative mortality in elderly and comorbid populations. Emerging data suggest for patients with a clinical complete response after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy that a watch-and-wait approach may provide equivalent survival and oncological outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of watch and wait and radical surgery for patients with rectal cancer after a clinical complete response following chemoradiotherapy...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926542/measuring-quality-of-life-in-advanced-heart-failure
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Jane MacIver, Kirsten Wentlandt, Heather J Ross
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with Stage D heart failure can benefit from palliative care consultation to help them manage unpleasant symptoms and improve quality of life. Although guidelines describe how to manage symptoms, very little direction is provided on how to evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. RECENT FINDINGS: Numerous studies have used the measurement of symptoms, emotional distress, functional capacity and quality of life to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in heart failure...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926449/the-role-of-dopamine-in-the-pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-apathy
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T T-J Chong, M Husain
Disorders of diminished motivation, such as apathy, are common and prevalent across a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, stroke, depression, and schizophrenia. Such disorders have a significant impact on morbidity and quality of life, yet their management lacks consensus and remains unsatisfactory. Here, we review laboratory and clinical evidence for the use of dopaminergic therapies in the treatment of apathy. Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter that regulates motivated decision making in humans and other species...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926353/roles-of-body-image-related-experiential-avoidance-and-uncommitted-living-in-the-link-between-body-image-and-women-s-quality-of-life
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Inês A Trindade, Cláudia Ferreira, José Pinto-Gouveia
The current study aimed to test whether the associations of body mass index, body image discrepancy, and social comparison based on physical appearance with women's psychological quality of life (QoL) would be explained by the mechanisms of body image-related experiential avoidance and patterns of uncommitted living. The sample was collected from October 2014 to March 2015 and included 737 female college students (aged between 18 and 25 years) who completed validated self-report measures. Results demonstrated that the final path model explained 43% of psychological QoL and revealed an excellent fit...
December 7, 2016: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925642/high-complication-rate-in-young-patients-with-high-energy-intertrochanteric-femoral-fractures
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Michael H Amini, John J Feldman, John C Weinlein
Although intertrochanteric femoral fractures in elderly patients are common injuries that have been studied extensively, little has been reported about high-energy intertrochanteric fractures in younger patients. This study examined the injury characteristics and outcomes of high-energy intertrochanteric fractures in patients younger than 65 years treated with either sliding hip screws (SHSs) or cephalomedullary nails (CMNs). A total of 37 patients younger than 65 years (mean age, 45 years) with high-energy intertrochanteric fractures and mean follow-up of 34 weeks were identified; 21 patients were treated with SHSs, and 16 patients were treated with CMNs...
December 7, 2016: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925597/tackling-missing-data-in-community-health-studies-using-additive-ls-svm-classifier
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Guanjin Wang, Zhaohong Deng, Kup-Sze Choi
Missing data is a common issue in community health and epidemiological studies. Direct removal of samples with missing data can lead to reduced sample size and information bias, which deteriorates the significance of the results. While data imputation methods are available to deal with missing data, they are limited in performance and could introduce noises into the dataset. Instead of data imputation, a novel method based on additive least square support vector machine (LS-SVM) is proposed in this paper for predictive modeling when the input features of the model contain missing data...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925466/a-prospective-evaluation-of-contrast-and-radiation-dose-and-image-quality-in-cardiac-ct-in-children-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-low-concentration-iodinated-contrast-agent-and-low-tube-voltage-and-current
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Qiao-Ru Hou, Wei Gao, Yu Min Zhong, Ai Min Sun, Qian Wang, Hai Sheng Qiu, Fang Wang, Jian Ying Li, Liwei Hu
OBJECTIVE: To assess image quality, contrast dose and radiation dose in cardiac CT in children with congenital heart disease using low-concentration iodinated contrast agent and low tube voltage and current in comparison with standard-dose protocol. METHODS: 110 patients with congenital heart disease were randomized to one of the two scan protocols: Group A (n=45) with 120mA tube current and contrast agent of 270mgI/ml in concentration (Visipaque, GE Healthcare), and Group B (n=65) with the conventional 160mA and 370mgI/mL concentration contrast (Iopamiro, Bracco)...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925428/measuring-sedentary-behaviours-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-using-wrist-worn-accelerometers
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Chris Atkins, Mark Baxter, Andrew Jones, Andrew Wilson
Introduction - Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients suffer increasing functional limitation with disease worsening disease. Increasing time in sedentary behaviour has been associated with poorer quality of life. Determining thresholds for activity in patients with respiratory disease is difficult due to variable cardiorespiratory limitations between individuals. Measuring sedentary behaviour is not confounded by this limitation and may be a better measurement of activity in patients with respiratory disease...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925422/preventing-hospital-acquired-venous-thromboembolism-improving-patient-safety-with-interdisciplinary-teamwork-quality-improvement-analytics-and-data-transparency
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Anneliese M Schleyer, Ellen Robinson, Roxana Dumitru, Mark Taylor, Kimberly Hayes, Ronald Pergamit, Daphne M Beingessner, Mark C Zaros, Joseph Cuschieri
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE) is a potentially preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. Despite high rates of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in accordance with an institutional guideline, VTE remains the most common hospital-acquired condition in our institution. OBJECTIVE: To improve the safety of all hospitalized patients, examine current VTE prevention practices, identify opportunities for improvement, and decrease rates of HA-VTE...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925340/evaluation-of-epididymis-storage-temperature-and-cryopreservation-conditions-for-improved-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-membrane-integrity-sperm-motility-and-in-vitro-fertilization-in-bovine-epididymal-sperm
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M Nichi, T Rijsselaere, Jda Losano, Dsr Angrimani, Gkv Kawai, Igf Goovaerts, A Van Soom, V H Barnabe, Jbp De Clercq, Pej Bols
The maintaining of the epididymis at lower temperatures during storage and transport improves sperm quality. Our study aimed to test whether epididymis storage temperature (post-mortem) and sperm cryopreservation affect sperm kinetics, membrane integrity, mitochondrial potential and fertility capacity. Thirty-six epididymides were collected from 18 bulls after slaughter and divided into two groups: at 4 or 34°C for 2-3 hr. The sperm was collected from the epididymis cauda. The evaluation consisted of computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA), SYBR14/PI/JC1 to evaluate membrane integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and measurement of lipid peroxidation (TBARS)...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925335/the-relationship-between-self-blame-for-the-onset-of-a-chronic-physical-health-condition-and-emotional-distress-a-systematic-literature-review
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Leah Callebaut, Philip Molyneux, Tim Alexander
OBJECTIVE: Past literature presents contrasting perspectives regarding the potential influence of self-blame on adjustment to illness. This systematic literature review aimed to summarize findings from all investigations to date that have explored the relationship between self-blame for the onset of a chronic physical health condition and emotional distress. METHOD: Between November 2014 and February 2015, electronic databases were searched for relevant literature...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925292/cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-impact-on-quality-of-life-of-carers
#20
R A Lawson, A J Yarnall, F Johnston, G W Duncan, T K Khoo, D Collerton, J P Taylor, D J Burn
BACKGROUND: The quality of life (QoL) of informal caregivers of people with Parkinson's disease (PD) (PwP) can be affected by the caring role. Because of cognitive symptoms and diminished activities of daily living, in addition to the management of motor symptoms, carers of PwP and cognitive impairment may experience increased levels of burden and poorer QoL compared with carers of PwP without cognitive impairment. This study aimed to investigate the impact of cognitive impairment in PD upon QoL of carers...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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