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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161116/corticosteroid-therapy-for-critically-ill-patients-with-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome
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Yaseen M Arabi, Yasser Mandourah, Fahad Al-Hameed, Anees A Sindi, Ghaleb A Al Mekhlafi, Mohamed A Hussein, Jesna Jose, Ruxandra Pinto, Awad Al-Omari, Ayman Kharaba, Abdullah Almotairi, Kasim Al Khatib, Basem Alraddadi, Sarah Shalhoub, Ahmed Abdulmomen, Ismael Qushmaq, Ahmed Mady, Othman Solaiman, Abdulsalam M Al-Aithan, Rajaa Al-Raddadi, Ahmed Ragab, Hanan H Balkhy, Abdulrahman Al Harthy, Ahmad M Deeb, Hanan Al Mutairi, Abdulaziz Al-Dawood, Laura Merson, Frederick G Hayden, Robert A Fowler
RATIONALE: Corticosteroid therapy is commonly used among critically ill patients with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), but its impact on outcomes is uncertain. Analyses of observational studies often do not account for patients' clinical condition at the time of corticosteroid therapy initiation. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association of corticosteroid therapy on mortality and on MERS coronavirus RNA clearance in critically ill patients with MERS...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161078/obesity-impairs-the-adaptive-immune-response-to-influenza-virus
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William D Green, Melinda A Beck
Influenza, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection, affects millions of adults and children each year. Several high-risk populations include children, the elderly, the immunocompromised, and recently the obese. Given the dramatic rise in obesity over the past few decades, this increased risk for influenza infection poses a serious public health threat because nearly 500 million adults and children worldwide are classified as obese. Obesity impairs the immune response to influenza and influenza vaccination through alterations of the cellular immune system...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159034/hamman-rich-syndrome
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Arshiya Mastan, Nilaani Murugesu, Adil Hasnain, Terry O'Shaughnessy, Vladimir Macavei
INTRODUCTION: Acute interstitial pneumonia is a rare but important diagnosis, associated with a high mortality rate and important to identify early. CASE PRESENTATION: A 76 year-old individual presented to hospital with a two-week history of shortness of breath, fevers and a non-productive cough. Treatment initially was for lower respiratory tract infection but returned to hospital three days later as her shortness of breath and peripheral oedema was worsening despite diuretic treatment...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158691/project-for-the-introduction-of-prehospital-analgesia-with-fentanyl-and-morphine-administered-by-specially-trained-paramedics-in-a-rural-service-area-in-germany
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Maximilian Scharonow, Timo Alberding, Wolfgang Oltmanns, Christian Weilbach
Background: In patients with serious illness or trauma, reduction of severe pain is a key therapeutic goal of emergency medical service (EMS) teams. In Germany, only physicians are allowed to use opioid analgesics. In the rural EMS area studied, the mean arrival time for paramedics is 8 minutes, 23 seconds, and for the rescue physician between 10 minutes, 30 seconds and 16 minutes, 59 seconds, depending on EMS site. In cases of parallel callouts, rescue-physician arrival times may be considerably longer...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155662/global-disease-detection-achievements-in-applied-public-health-research-capacity-building-and-public-health-diplomacy-2001-2016
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Carol Y Rao, Grace W Goryoka, Olga L Henao, Kevin R Clarke, Stephanie J Salyer, Joel M Montgomery
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established 10 Global Disease Detection (GDD) Program regional centers around the world that serve as centers of excellence for public health research on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. The core activities of the GDD Program focus on applied public health research, surveillance, laboratory, public health informatics, and technical capacity building. During 2015-2016, program staff conducted 205 discrete projects on a range of topics, including acute respiratory illnesses, health systems strengthening, infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, and emerging infectious diseases...
November 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152759/retrieval-of-adult-patients-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-by-an-intensive-care-physician-model
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Aidan J C Burrell, David V Pilcher, Vincent A Pellegrino, Stephen A Bernard
The optimal staffing model during the inter-hospital transfer of patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is not known. We report the complications and outcomes of patients who were commenced on ECMO at a referring hospital by intensive care physicians and compare these findings with patients who had ECMO established at an ECMO center in Australia. This was a single center, retrospective observational study based on a prospectively collected ECMO database from Melbourne, Australia. Patients with severe cardiac and/or respiratory failure failing conventional supportive treatment between 2007-2013 were placed on ECMO via a physician-led model of ECMO retrieval, including two intensivists in a four person team, using percutaneous ECMO cannulation...
November 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151424/-research-progress-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-ali
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Huanping Zhou, Meiyun Liu, Xin Lyu
Acute lung injury (ALI) is one of the most common clinical critical illnesses. Its severe stage is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), characterized by rapid onset and high mortality. There is no effective treatment. Based on many preclinical studies, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have great potential as a therapeutic strategy for ALI, clinical trials are underway, and studies on the therapeutic effects of MSCs progressively deep into the molecular mechanism and continue to make new progress. However, the use of MSCs, their specific methods and risks, especially on the risk of iatrogenic tumor formation remains unresolved...
November 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150972/patient-level-factors-and-the-quality-of-care-delivered-in-pediatric-emergency-departments
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James P Marcin, Patrick S Romano, Parul Dayal, Madan Dharmar, James M Chamberlain, Nanette Dudley, Charles G Macias, Lise E Nigrovic, Elizabeth C Powell, Alexander J Rogers, Meridith Sonnett, Leah Tzimenatos, Elizabeth R Alpern, Rebecca Andrews-Dickert, Dominic A Borgialli, Erika Sidney, T Charles Casper, J Michael Dean, Nathan Kuppermann
OBJECTIVE: Quality of care delivered to adult patients in the emergency department (ED) is often associated with demographic and clinical factors such as a patient's race/ethnicity and insurance status. We sought to determine whether the quality of care delivered to children in the ED was associated with a variety of patient-level factors. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational cohort study. Pediatric patients (<18 years) who received care between January 2011 and December 2011 at one of twelve EDs participating in the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) were included...
November 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147474/new-onset-of-insomnia-in-hospitalized-patients-in-general-medical-wards-incidence-causes-and-resolution-rate
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An Ho, Bronson Raja, Richard Waldhorn, Valentina Baez, Idiris Mohammed
Background: Insomnia is common in hospitalized patients. However, no study has examined new onset of insomnia in patients without a prior history of insomnia. Objectives: Incidence of new onset of insomnia in inpatients, associated factors and resolution rate after 2 weeks. Method: This is a prospective observational study conducted at a community hospital. We used the Insomnia Severity Index questionnaire to screen for insomnia in all patients located in the general medical floors from day 3 to day 5 of their hospital stay...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146382/on-the-bias-of-estimates-of-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-from-test-negative-studies
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Kylie E C Ainslie, Meng Shi, Michael Haber, Walter A Orenstein
Estimates of the effectiveness of influenza vaccines are commonly obtained from a test-negative design (TND) study, where cases and controls are patients seeking care for an acute respiratory illness who test positive and negative, respectively, for influenza infection. Vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates from TND studies are usually interpreted as vaccine effectiveness against medically-attended influenza (MAI). However, it is also important to estimate VE against any influenza illness (symptomatic influenza (SI)) as individuals with SI are still a public health burden even if they do not seek medical care...
November 13, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144598/estimating-burden-of-influenza-associated-influenza-like-illness-and-severe-acute-respiratory-infection-at-public-health-care-facilities-in-romania-during-the-2011-12-2015-16-influenza-seasons
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Giedre Gefenaite, Adriana Pistol, Rodica Popescu, Odette Popovici, Daniel Ciurea, Christiaan Dolk, Mark Jit, Diane Gross
BACKGROUND: Influenza is responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality, but there is limited information on reliable disease burden estimates, especially from middle-income countries in the WHO European Region. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the incidence of medically attended influenza-associated influenza-like illness (ILI) and hospitalizations due to severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) presenting to public health care facilities in Romania. PATIENTS/METHODS: Sentinel influenza surveillance data for ILI and SARI from 2011/12-2015/16, including virological data, was used to estimate influenza-associated ILI and SARI incidence/100000 and their 95% confidence intervals (95% CI)...
November 16, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143492/molecular-epidemiological-survey-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-bovine-influenza-d-virus-in-japan
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H Mekata, M Yamamoto, S Hamabe, H Tanaka, T Omatsu, T Mizutani, B M Hause, T Okabayashi
The influenza D virus, a new member of the Orthomyxoviridae family, is predominantly found in cattle. Although viral pathology and clinical disease in cattle appear mild, this virus plays an important role as a trigger of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). BRD is a costly illness worldwide. Thus, epidemiological surveys of the influenza D virus are necessary. Here, we conducted a molecular epidemiological survey for the influenza D virus in healthy and respiratory-diseased cattle in Japan. We found that 2.1% (8/377) of the cattle were infected with influenza D...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142747/clinical-characteristics-of-critically-ill-cancer-patients-who-are-undergoing-isolated-limb-perfusion
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Silvio A Ñamendys-Silva, Arturo M Ruiz-Beltran, Mireya Barragán-Dessavre, Andoreni R Bautista-Ocampo, Abelardo Meneses-García, Octavio González-Chon, Angel Herrera-Gómez
The aim of the present study was to investigate the incidence of organ dysfunction, and to describe the clinical characteristics and intensive care unit (ICU) outcomes of critically ill cancer patients who were admitted to an oncological ICU during the isolated limb perfusion post-operative period. The present study was an observational investigation of 42 critically ill cancer patients who were admitted to the ICU of the Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, during the isolated limb perfusion post-operative period, between July 2010 and February 2016...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142383/assessment-of-doripenem-meropenem-and-imipenem-against-respiratory-isolates-of-pseudomonas-aeroginosa-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-of-north-india
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Arti Negi, Mridu Anand, Avinash Singh, Awadhesh Kumar, Chinmoy Sahu, Kashi Nath Prasad
Objective: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the leading pathogen causing healthcare-associated infections, particularly in immunocompromised and critically ill patients. The development of carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa infections is worrisome. Data specifically comparing the susceptibility of the three available carbapenems are lacking in the Indian subcontinent. Materials and Methods: We evaluated the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of the three commonly used carbapenems- imipenem, meropenem, and doripenem against, 435 P...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142080/human-parechovirus-an-increasingly-recognized-cause-of-sepsis-like-illness-in-young-infants
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Laudi Olijve, Lance Jennings, Tony Walls
Human parechovirus (HPeV) is increasingly being recognized as a potentially severe viral infection in neonates and young infants. HPeV belongs to the family Picornaviridae and is currently divided into 19 genotypes. HPeV-1 is the most prevalent genotype and most commonly causes gastrointestinal and respiratory disease. HPeV-3 is clinically the most important genotype due to its association with severe disease in younger infants, which may partly be explained by its distinct virological properties. In young infants, the typical clinical presentation includes fever, severe irritability, and rash, often leading to descriptions of "hot, red, angry babies...
January 2018: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141664/prevalence-and-prognosis-of-acutely-ill-patients-with-organ-failure-at-arrival-to-hospital-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Peter Bank Pedersen, Asbjorn Hrobjartsson, Daniel Lykke Nielsen, Daniel Pilsgaard Henriksen, Mikkel Brabrand, Annmarie Touborg Lassen
BACKGROUND: Acutely ill patients are a heterogeneous group, and some of these suffer from organ failure. As the prognosis of organ failure improves with early treatment, it is important to identify these patients as early as possible. Most studies on organ failure have been performed in intensive care settings, or on selected groups of patients, where a high prevalence and mortality have been reported. Before patients arrive to the intensive care unit, or the general ward, most of them have passed through the emergency department (ED), where diagnosis and treatment has been initiated...
November 15, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140516/effectiveness-of-masks-and-respirators-against-respiratory-infections-in-healthcare-workers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Vittoria Offeddu, Chee Fu Yung, Mabel Sheau Fong Low, Clarence C Tam
This systematic review and meta-analysis quantified the protective effect of facemasks and respirators against respiratory infections among healthcare workers. Relevant articles were retrieved from Pubmed, EMBASE, and Web of Science. Meta-analyses were conducted to calculate pooled estimates. Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicated a protective effect of masks and respirators against clinical respiratory illness (CRI) (risk ratio [RR] = 0.59; 95% confidence interval [CI]:0.46-0.77) and influenza-like illness (ILI) (RR = 0...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138128/will-participatory-syndromic-surveillance-work-in-latin-america-piloting-a-mobile-approach-to-crowdsource-influenza-like-illness-data-in-guatemala
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José Tomás Prieto, Jorge H Jara, Juan Pablo Alvis, Luis R Furlan, Christian Travis Murray, Judith Garcia, Pierre-Jean Benghozi, Susan Cornelia Kaydos-Daniels
BACKGROUND: In many Latin American countries, official influenza reports are neither timely nor complete, and surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) remains thin in consistency and precision. Public participation with mobile technology may offer new ways of identifying nonmedically attended cases and reduce reporting delays, but no published studies to date have assessed the viability of ILI surveillance with mobile tools in Latin America. We implemented and assessed an ILI-tailored mobile health (mHealth) participatory reporting system...
November 14, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135617/lessons-to-learn-from-epidemiologic-studies-in-ards
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Bairbre A McNicholas, Grainne M Rooney, John G Laffey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in our understanding of the epidemiology of ARDS has generated key insights into the incidence, risk factors, demographics, management and outcomes from this devastating clinical syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: ARDS occurs in 10% of all ICU patients, in 23% of all mechanically ventilated patients, with 5.5 cases per ICU bed each year. Although some regional variation exists regarding ARDS incidence, this may be less than previously thought...
November 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135343/effects-of-influenza-immunization-on-pneumonia-in-the-elderly
#20
Jung Yeon Heo, Joon Young Song, Ji Yun Noh, Min Joo Choi, Jin Gu Yoon, Saem Na Lee, Hee Jin Cheong, Woo Joo Kim
Influenza virus is a common pathogen implicated in respiratory tract infections, annually affecting up to 20% of the general population, and pneumonia is a leading cause of death after influenza infection. Post-influenza pneumonia is especially common in the elderly and chronically ill patients. The risk of post-influenza pneumonia is significantly increased according to the number of concurrent comorbidities. Vaccination is the primary measure used to abate influenza epidemics and associated complications...
November 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
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