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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107670/pharmaceutical-opioid-use-among-oral-and-intravenous-users-in-australia-a-qualitative-comparative-study
#1
George Dertadian, Jenny Iversen, Thomas C Dixon, Katrina Sotiropoulos, Lisa Maher
BACKGROUND: Between 1992 and 2012 dispensing episodes for pharmaceutical opioids (PO) in Australia increased from 500000 to 7500000. In the US, increases in the prescription of PO have been linked to increases in opioid-related morbidity and mortality and transitions to heroin injection. However, Australian data indicate that morbidity and mortality related to PO are relatively low, particularly when compared to heroin and other drugs. This paper explores the characteristics and patterns of non-medical pharmaceutical opioid (NMPO) use among a sample of young people in Sydney, Australia...
January 17, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107591/the-role-of-autonomic-dysfunction-in-predicting-one-year-mortality-after-liver-transplantation
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Kuang-Cheng Chan, Jia-Rong Yeh, Wei-Zen Sun
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score has been extensively used to prioritize patients for liver transplantation and determine their prognosis, but with limited predictive value. Autonomic dysfunction may correlate with increased mortality after liver transplant. In this study, two autonomic biomarkers, complexity and deceleration capacity, were added to the predicting model for one-year mortality after liver transplantation. METHODS: Thirty patients with end-stage liver diseases awaiting liver transplantation were included...
January 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107579/experience-of-skin-cancer-and-contact-with-health-professionals-is-associated-with-increased-skin-cancer-knowledge-but-not-sun-safety-knowledge-or-behaviour
#3
Charlotte L Thomas, Pablo Fernández Peñas
The mortality and morbidity associated with melanoma is unquestionable, but its global incidence is greatly outnumbered by that of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). The economic burden of NMSC is significant, falling within the US' top five most costly cancers (1) . In Australia, a high level of skin cancer awareness has been reported (2) . Public health campaigns and advice provided by individual health professionals seek to increase knowledge about skin cancer, risk factors and protective sun-safety behaviours...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107491/association-of-in-hospital-mortality-and-dysglycemia-in-septic-patients
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Hsiao-Yun Chao, Peng-Hui Liu, Shen-Che Lin, Chun-Kuei Chen, Jih-Chang Chen, Yi-Lin Chan, Chin-Chieh Wu, Gerald N Blaney, Zhen-Ying Liu, Cho-Ju Wu, Kuan-Fu Chen
BACKGROUND: The associations between dysglycemia and mortality in septic patients with and without diabetes are yet to be confirmed. Our aim was to analyze the association of diabetes and sepsis mortality, and to examine how dysglycemia (hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia and glucose variability) affects in-hospital mortality of patients with suspected sepsis in emergency department (ED) and intensive care units. METHODS: Clinically suspected septic patients admitted to ED were included, and stratified into subgroups according to in-hospital mortality and the presence of diabetes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107264/readmission-and-late-mortality-after-critical-illness-in-childhood
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Mary E Hartman, Mohammed J Saeed, Tellen Bennett, Katri Typpo, Renee Matos, Margaret A Olsen
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the ongoing mortality risk and healthcare utilization among U.S. children after discharge from a hospitalization involving ICU care. We sought to understand risks for hospital readmission and trends in mortality during the year following ICU discharge. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. SETTING: This study was performed using administrative claims data from 2006-2013 obtained from the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Database...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107211/type-2-myocardial-infarction-incidence-presentation-treatment-and-outcome-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Dragana Radovanovic, Thomas Pilgrim, Burkhardt Seifert, Philip Urban, Giovanni Pedrazzini, Paul Erne
AIMS: The clinical definition and optimal treatment for myocardial infarction (MI) type 2 (T2MI) are not well established. We assessed differences in presentation, treatment and outcomes of patients with MI type 1 (T1MI) and T2MI. METHODS: The data of MI patients enrolled in the AMIS Plus cohort with T2MI were compared with T1MI using propensity score matching. RESULTS: A total of 13 829 patients had T1MI and 1091 (7.3%) T2MI. Patients with T2MI were older, often female, with more risk factors and comorbidities, and less ST segment elevation...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107026/impact-of-mobile-intensive-care-unit-use-on-total-ischemic-time-and-clinical-outcomes-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-real-world-data-from-the-acute-coronary-syndrome-israeli-survey
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Edward Koifman, Roy Beigel, Zaza Iakobishvili, Nir Shlomo, Yitschak Biton, Avi Sabbag, Elad Asher, Shaul Atar, Shmuel Gottlieb, Ronny Alcalai, Doron Zahger, Amit Segev, Ilan Goldenberg, Rafael Strugo, Shlomi Matetzky
BACKGROUND: Ischemic time has prognostic importance in ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients. Mobile intensive care unit use can reduce components of total ischemic time by appropriate triage of ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients. METHODS: Data from the Acute Coronary Survey in Israel registry 2000-2010 were analyzed to evaluate factors associated with mobile intensive care unit use and its impact on total ischemic time and patient outcomes. RESULTS: The study comprised 5474 ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients enrolled in the Acute Coronary Survey in Israel registry, of whom 46% ( n=2538) arrived via mobile intensive care units...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106669/translational-studies-identify-long-term-impact-of-prior-neonatal-pain-experience
#8
Suellen M Walker
Pain sensitivity and risk of chronic pain can be influenced by past experience. Childhood stress/adversity has been associated with chronic pain, mood disorders, and altered disease vulnerability decades later. As the rate of preterm birth and survival at earlier gestational ages increases, and advances in peri-operative care and surgery allow more complex surgical interventions to be performed in neonates, evaluation of treatment 'success' must extend beyond acute morbidity and mortality to encompass effects on subsequent neurodevelopmental outcome, and also sensory, cognitive and behavioral responses to pain in later life...
January 12, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106663/the-role-of-laser-doppler-flowmetry-tests-serum-angiopoietin-2-asymmetric-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-to-predict-outcome-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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János Nemcsik, Orsolya Cseprekál, József Egresits, Jan Kielstein, Philipp Kümpers, Alexander Lukasz, Ádám Tabák, Adrienn Marton, Zsófia K Németh, Zoltán Járai, Gabriella Godina, László Sallai, Katalin Farkas, István Kiss, András Tislér
OBJECTIVE: The role of biochemical and functional markers of microvascular dysfunction to predict cardiovascular outcomes in nondialyzed chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains unclear. In this prospective cohort study, we assessed whether biochemical [serum level of angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2), asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginin] and functional (laser Doppler flowmetry) measures of microvascular function predicted cardiovascular events, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in CKD patients...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106499/retrospective-study-of-long-term-outcome-after-brain-arteriovenous-malformation-rupture-the-rap-score
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Eimad Shotar, Matthieu Debarre, Nader-Antoine Sourour, Federico Di Maria, Joseph Gabrieli, Aurélien Nouet, Jacques Chiras, Vincent Degos, Frédéric Clarençon
OBJECTIVE The authors aimed to design a score for stratifying patients with brain arteriovenous malformation (BAVM) rupture, based on the likelihood of a poor long-term neurological outcome. METHODS The records of consecutive patients with BAVM hemorrhagic events who had been admitted over a period of 11 years were retrospectively reviewed. Independent predictors of a poor long-term outcome (modified Rankin Scale score ≥ 3) beyond 1 year after admission were identified. A risk stratification scale was developed and compared with the intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) score to predict poor outcome and inpatient mortality...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106245/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-mediterranean-diet-and-metformin-to-prevent-age-related-diseases-in-people-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Patrizia Pasanisi, Giuliana Gargano, Maria Gaetana Di Mauro, Mauro Cortellini, Alice Casagrande, Anna Villarini, Eleonora Bruno, Eliana Roveda, Gabriella Saibene, Elisabetta Venturelli, Franco Berrino
PURPOSE: Age-related non-communicable chronic diseases (ArCDs) are the leading cause of mortality. The major metabolic risk factor for their development is the metabolic syndrome (MetS), defined as a clustering of risk factors of metabolic origin such as abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, dyslipidemia and high fasting glycemia. There is increasing observational and experimental evidence that improving diet and the use of metformin (a calorie-restriction mimetic drug) may modify the risk of developing MetS and ArCD...
January 20, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106020/renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-blockers-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Pınar Kızılırmak, Yağız Üresin, Oktay Özdemir, Burçak Kılıçkıran Avcı, Lale Tokgözoğlu, Zeki Öngen
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is the most prevalent modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to assess the effects of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) blockade on CV outcomes. METHODS: This study was designed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systemic reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. Databases were searched for articles published as of December 2014. Two sets of studies were selected...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106017/relationship-between-serum-osteopontin-level-and-atrial-fibrillation-recurrence-in-patients-undergoing-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation
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Hacı Murat Güneş, Gamze Babur Güler, Ekrem Güler, Gültekin Günhan Demir, Filiz Kızılırmak Yılmaz, Mehmet Onur Omaygenç, Ayşe İstanbullu Tosun, Taylan Akgün, Bilal Boztosun, Fethi Kılıçarslan
OBJECTIVE: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Atrial fibrosis augments recurrence rate following AF catheter ablation. Osteopontin is a multifunctional molecule involved in several pathophysiological pathways, including fibrosis. Presently described is investigation of relationship between serum osteopontin level and AF recurrence after AF cryoablation. METHODS: The study was designed to be prospective and observational; 60 patients with paroxysmal (n=47) and persistent (n=13) AF were included...
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105610/antithyroid-drug-induced-agranulocytosis-state-of-the-art-on-diagnosis-and-management
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Nuno Vicente, Luís Cardoso, Luísa Barros, Francisco Carrilho
Agranulocytosis is a rare but serious complication of antithyroid drug therapy, and an up-to-date understanding of this topic is important. Both direct toxicity and immune-mediated responses have been described as possible mechanisms. Some major susceptibility loci have recently been identified, which may lead the diagnosis of agranulocytosis into a genomic era. Onset is acute and patients present with symptoms and signs of infection together with high fever. Clinical suspicion is pivotal and should prompt blood sampling...
January 19, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105547/ability-to-predict-the-development-of-surgical-site-infection-in-cardiac-surgery-using-the-australian-clinical-risk-index-versus-the-national-nosocomial-infections-surveillance-derived-risk-index
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A Figuerola-Tejerina, E Bustamante, E Tamayo, C A Mestres, J Bustamante-Munguira
Surgical site infection (SSI) is a major infectious complication that increases mortality, morbidity, and healthcare costs. There are scores attempting to classify patients for calculating SSI risk. Our objectives were to validate the Australian Clinical Risk Index (ACRI) in a European population after cardiac surgery, comparing it against the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance-derived risk index (NNIS) and analyzing the predictive power of ACRI for SSI in valvular patients. All the patients that who underwent cardiac surgery in a tertiary university hospital between 2011 and 2015 were analyzed...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105481/-thoracic-injuries-in-severely-injured-children-association-with-increased-injury-severity-and-a-higher-number-of-complications
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Philipp Störmann, Julia Nadine Weber, Heike Jakob, Ingo Marzi, Dorien Schneidmueller
BACKGROUND: Severely injured children and adolescents in clinical practice are rare. For adequate treatment of these patients, detailed knowledge of anatomical and physiological peculiarities, as well as abundant injury patterns, are indispensable. Traumatic brain injuries are known to lead to an unfavorable outcome. In addition, thoracic trauma is regarded as prognostically unfavorable. OBJECTIVES: This study depicts epidemiology and injury patterns of severely injured children and adolescents focusing on peculiarities in the severely injured with associated thoracic injuries...
January 19, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105362/pre-treatment-serum-inflammatory-cytokines-as-survival-predictors-of-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-receiving-chemoradiotherapy
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Adel F Al-Kholy, Omminea A Abdullah, Mamdouh Z Abadier, Manal M Hassaan, Mohamed F Shindy, Dalia M Nor El-Dien, Ali Hasaneen
The present study aimed to examine the predictability of pre-treatment serum levels of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α for determining the outcome of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) assigned for chemoradiotherapy. A total of 35 patients with NPC were subjected to clinical examination and evaluation of performance status using Karnofsky scoring. Nasopharyngoscopy was performed for evaluation and to obtain a biopsy. Blood samples were obtained pre- and post-treatment for polymerase chain reaction quantitative estimation of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA plasma load and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for estimation of serum cytokines...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105355/evaluation-of-prognostic-markers-for-patients-with-curatively-resected-thoracic-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinomas
#18
Masahide Ikeguchi, Yusuke Kouno, Kyoichi Kihara, Kazunori Suzuki, Kanenori Endo, Seiichi Nakamura, Takashi Sawada, Tetsu Shimizu, Tomoyuki Matsunaga, Yoji Fukumoto, Hiroaki Saito
The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and prognostic nutritional index (PNI) are prognostic parameters for malignancies. Additionally, serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCC-Ag) and cytokeratin 19 fragments (CYFRA 21-1) are tumor markers for squamous cell carcinoma. In the present study, the prognostic importance of these markers in patients with resectable thoracic esophageal cancer was investigated. In this retrospective study, 84 enrolled patients diagnosed with resectable clinical stage I-III thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCs) underwent thoracic esophageal resection and three-field lymph node dissection at Tottori University Hospital between January 2007 and December 2013...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105333/animal-models-for-the-study-of-primary-and-secondary-hypertension-in-humans
#19
Hiu Yu Lin, Yee Ting Lee, Yin Wah Chan, Gary Tse
Hypertension is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is defined as systolic and diastolic blood pressures (SBP/DBP) >140 and 90 mmHg, respectively. Individuals with an SBP between 120 and 139, or DBP between 80 and 89 mmHg, are said to exhibit pre-hypertension. Hypertension can have primary or secondary causes. Primary or essential hypertension is a multifactorial disease caused by interacting environmental and polygenic factors. Secondary causes are renovascular hypertension, renal disease, endocrine disorders and other medical conditions...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105212/emt-influences-the-expression-of-ck19-in-pleural-effusion-derived-lung-cancer-cells-and-their-invasion-and-metastasis
#20
Dongyun Huang, Wenjing Xu, Xingxiang Xu, Xudong Zhang, Rui Zhou, Ping Chen
Lung cancer is the most common cancer after breast and colon cancer, with high rates of mortality, worldwide. There are two main types of lung cancer, small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC), which accounts for approximately 20% of all lung cancer cases and non-SCLC, which accounts for almost 80% of lung cancer cases. Although lung cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer, progress in achieving better clinical outcomes has been gradual. Even though a number of markers have been suggested for the diagnosis of lung cancer and monitoring of disease progression, there is no clear way of assessing the invasion, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and metastasizing capability of the primary tumor cells...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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