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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331169/the-introduction-of-simple-cardiorespiratory-fitness-testing-in-overweight-obese-type-2-diabetics-a-pilot-study
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Ľubica Cibičková, David Karásek, Jiří Lukeš, Norbert Cibiček
BACKGROUND: Low level of cardiorespiratory fitness has been recognized as an important independent and modifiable risk factor of increased morbidity and mortality. However, in standard outpatient settings, patients are not routinely screened for fitness and advantages of such testing for the management of type 2 diabetes have not been defined. Aim To describe the toleration of a fast, simple and practicable fitness test (2-min step-in-place test) by overweight/obese type 2 diabetics and their performance indicated by 2-min step-in-place test score (STS)...
January 14, 2018: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330643/antihypertensive-medication-and-dementia-risk-in-older-adult-african-americans-with-hypertension-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Michael D Murray, Hugh C Hendrie, Kathleen A Lane, Mengjie Zheng, Roberta Ambuehl, Shanshan Li, Frederick W Unverzagt, Christopher M Callahan, Sujuan Gao
BACKGROUND: African Americans are especially at risk of hypertension and dementia. Antihypertensive medications reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, but may also reduce the risk of dementia. OBJECTIVE: To assess the longitudinal effects of antihypertensive medications and blood pressure on the onset of incident dementia in a cohort of African Americans. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. PARTICIPANTS: 1236 community-dwelling patients from an inner-city public health care system, aged 65 years and older, with a history of hypertension but no history of dementia, and who had at least three primary care visits and a prescription filled for any medication...
January 12, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330246/the-accuracy-of-trigger-tools-to-detect-preventable-adverse-events-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review
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Joshua Davis, Nicole Harrington, Heather Bittner Fagan, Barbara Henry, Margot Savoy
PURPOSE: To understand the ability of trigger tools to detect preventable adverse events (pAEs) in the primary care outpatient setting using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Outpatient Adverse Event Trigger Tool (IHI Tool). METHODS: The OVID MEDLINE and OVID MEDLINE In-process and non-Indexed citations databases were queried using controlled vocabulary and Medical Subject Headings related to the concepts "primary care" and "adverse events." Included articles were conducted in the outpatient setting, used at least 1 of the triggers identified in the IHI Tool, and identified pAEs of any type...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330227/earlier-post-operative-hypocortisolemia-may-predict-durable-remission-from-cushing-s-disease
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Natasha Ironside, Gregoire Chatain, David Asuzu, Sarah Benzo, Maya Lodish, Susmeeta Sharma, Lynnette Nieman, Constantine Stratakis, Russell Lonser, Prashant Chittiboina
CONTEXT: Achievement of hypocortisolemia following transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) for Cushing's disease (CD) is associated with successful adenoma resection. However, up to one third of these patients recur. OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether delay in reaching post-operative cortisol nadir may delineate those at risk of recurrence for CD following TSS. METHODS: A retrospective review of of 257 patients who received 291 TSS procedures for CD at NIH, between 2003 and 2016...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329957/safety-and-tolerability-of-a-novel-polyclonal-human-anti-mers-coronavirus-antibody-produced-from-transchromosomic-cattle-a-phase-1-randomised-double-blind-single-dose-escalation-study
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John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Parag Kumar, Kanakatte Raviprakash, Hua Wu, Jin-An Jiao, Eddie Sullivan, Thomas Luke, Richard T Davey
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a severe respiratory illness with an overall mortality of 35%. There is no licensed or proven treatment. Passive immunotherapy approaches are being developed to prevent and treat several human medical conditions where alternative therapeutic options are absent. We report the safety of a fully human polyclonal IgG antibody (SAB-301) produced from the hyperimmune plasma of transchromosomic cattle immunised with a MERS coronavirus vaccine...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329922/a-multistate-investigation-of-health-care-associated-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-infections-related-to-liquid-docusate-sodium-contamination-january-october-2016
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Janet Glowicz, Matthew Crist, Carolyn Gould, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Judith Noble-Wang, Tom J B de Man, K Allison Perry, Zachary Miller, William C Yang, Stephen Langille, Jessica Ross, Bobbiejean Garcia, Janice Kim, Erin Epson, Stephanie Black, Massimo Pacilli, John J LiPuma, Ryan Fagan
BACKGROUND: Outbreaks of health care-associated infections (HAIs) caused by Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) have been associated with medical devices and water-based products. Water is the most common raw ingredient in nonsterile liquid drugs, and the significance of organisms recovered from microbiologic testing during manufacturing is assessed using a risk-based approach. This incident demonstrates that lapses in manufacturing practices and quality control of nonsterile liquid drugs can have serious unintended consequences...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328996/acute-and-sub-acute-neurological-toxicity-in-children-treated-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Natalia C Millan, Analía Pastrana, Myriam R Guitter, Pedro A Zubizarreta, María S Monges, María S Felice
Eighty percent of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survive with current treatments. Neurotoxicity is an infrequent adverse event. We describe clinical presentations of neurological toxicity, phases of treatment when these adverse events were more frequent and patients ́ outcome. From January-1995 to December-2015, 1379 ALL cases were admitted. Neurotoxicity was diagnosed in 49 patients (3.6%) and classified according to neurological syndromes. Medical records, laboratory-tests and images were reviewed...
January 2, 2018: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328007/-prophylactic-hydration-to-protect-renal-function-from-intravascular-iodinated-contrast-material-in-patients-at-high-risk-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-amacing-a-prospective-randomised-phase-3-controlled-open-label-non-inferiority-trial
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E C Nijssen, R J Rennenberg, P J Nelemans, B A Essers, M M Janssen, M A Vermeeren, V van Ommen, J E Wildberger
BACKGROUND: Intravenous saline is recommended in clinical practice guidelines as the cornerstone for preventing contrast-induced nephropathy in patients with compromised renal function. However, clinical-effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of this prophylactic hydration treatment in protecting renal function has not been adequately studied in the population targeted by the guidelines, against a group receiving no prophylaxis. This was the aim of the AMACING trial. METHODS: AMACING is a prospective, randomised, phase 3, parallel-group, open-label, non-inferiority trial of patients at risk of contrast-induced nephropathy according to current guidelines...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327684/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-nasal-and-paranasal-inverted-papillomas-epidemiology-and-own-experience
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Joanna Nowosielska-Grygiel, Piotr Pietkiewicz, Kalina Owczarek, Jurek Olszewski, Jarosław Miłoński
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to analyse the occurrence of inverted papillomas of the nose and paranasal sinuses in patients that underwent endoscopic sinus surgery in our department. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between 2006 and 2016, 3,574 patients underwent surgery due to paranasal sinus diseases. Patients were qualified for surgery based on medical history, computed tomography, and laboratory tests. Data were gathered from medical files, and they included age, sex, and histopathological diagnosis...
December 30, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327345/serum-lipoprotein-a-predicts-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-patients-with-severe-carotid-stenosis
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Fabio Rigamonti, Federico Carbone, Fabrizio Montecucco, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Fabienne Burger, Aline Roth, Maria Bertolotto, Giovanni Spinella, Bianca Pane, Domenico Palombo, Aldo Pende, Franco Dallegri, François Mach, Stefano Bertolini, Livia Pisciotta
Different cut-off values of serum lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] were recently identified in order to better stratify cardiovascular risk categories. Both pathophysiological and prognostic values of Lp(a) remain unclear. Here, the prognostic value of Lp(a) and its correlation with intraplaque features were assessed in patients with severe carotid artery stenosis undergoing endarterectomy (n=180). The cut-off value of 10 mg/dL for serum Lp(a) was selected to predict 24-month follow-up acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In addition, the association between serum Lp(a) and intraplaque lipids, collagen, inflammatory and vascular cells was assessed...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327339/electronic-registry-for-the-management-of-childhood-obesity-in-greece
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Penio Kassari, Panagiotis Papaioannou, Antonis Billiris, Haralampos Karanikas, Stergiani Eleftheriou, Eleftherios Thireos, Yannis Manios, George P Chrousos, Evangelia Charmandari
BACKGROUND: Obesity in childhood and adolescence represents a major health problem in our century. In Greece, more than 30-35% of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using information and communication technologies, we developed a "National Registry for the Prevention and Management of Overweight and Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence" for guidance and training of Pediatricians and General Practitioners. The application supports interoperability with other national infrastructures and multi-layered security spanning preventive, detective and administrative controls...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327057/distinguishing-uveitis-secondary-to-sarcoidosis-from-idiopathic-disease-cardiac-implications
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Yong Seop Han, Erick Rivera-Grana, Sherveen Salek, James T Rosenbaum
Importance: Idiopathic disease is the most frequent diagnosis in a uveitis clinic. The need to distinguish sarcoidosis from idiopathic uveitis is controversial. However, cardiac involvement in sarcoidosis can be life-threatening. Objective: To report a series of patients with uveitis and cardiac sarcoidosis to illustrate the importance of categorizing the causes of uveitis. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective observational case series reviewed the medical records of 249 patients with uveitis who were referred to the Casey Eye Institute between July 1, 2008, and February 28, 2017...
January 11, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326417/factors-causing-disagreement-between-measured-and-calculated-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-ldl-c-in-clinical-laboratory-services
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Veeravan Lekskulchai
BACKGROUND Since measured low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) has been available in clinical laboratories, there have been concern about the disagreement between measured and calculated LDL-C and the factors causing their disagreement. MATERIAL AND METHODS Serum lipid concentrations were collected from 1,339 medical records of patients admitted to hospital between 2013 and 2015. They were grouped by their total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) concentrations and the agreement between measured and calculated LDL-C was statistically analyzed...
January 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326146/prior-authorization-requirements-for-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-inhibitors-across-us-private-and-public-payers
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Jalpa A Doshi, Justin T Puckett, Michael S Parmacek, Daniel J Rader
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9is) are an innovative treatment option for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia or clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who require further lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. However, the high costs of these agents have spurred payers to implement utilization management policies to ensure appropriate use. We examined prior authorization (PA) requirements for PCSK9is across private and public US payers...
January 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326035/myoclonus-in-the-elderly-a-retrospective-analysis-of-clinical-and-electrophysiological-characteristics-of-patients-referred-to-an-electrophysiology-laboratory
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Meral E Kiziltan, Aysegul Gunduz, Melih Tutuncu, Sibel Ertan, Hulya Apaydin, Gunes Kiziltan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Late-onset myoclonus in the elderly is mainly related to dementia or systemic disease. In this report, we aimed to investigate the clinical and electrophysiological features of patients with late-onset myoclonus. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We retrospectively assessed the medical records of patients who were referred to our electromyography laboratory. From these records, we included all patients who had myoclonus which started after the age of 60 years and in whom it was confirmed by polymyography...
December 26, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326023/exploring-quality-of-care-and-social-inequalities-related-to-type-2-diabetes-in-hungary-nationwide-representative-survey
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Attila Nagy, Nóra Kovács, Anita Pálinkás, Valéria Sipos, Ferenc Vincze, Gergő Szőllősi, Orsolya Csenteri, Róza Ádány, János Sándor
AIMS: The study aimed to launch a T2DM adult cohort that is representative of Hungary through a cross-sectional study, to produce the most important quality indicators for T2DM care, to describe social inequalities, and to estimate the absolute number of T2DM adult patients with uncontrolled HbA1c levels in Hungary. METHODS: A representative sample of the Hungarian T2DM adults (N=1280) was selected in 2016. GPs collected data on socio-demographic status by questionnaire, and on history and laboratory parameters from medical records...
January 8, 2018: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326013/a-cluster-of-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-among-patients-arriving-in-europe-from-the-horn-of-africa-a-molecular-epidemiological-study
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Timothy M Walker, Matthias Merker, Astrid M Knoblauch, Peter Helbling, Otto D Schoch, Marieke J van der Werf, Katharina Kranzer, Lena Fiebig, Stefan Kröger, Walter Haas, Harald Hoffmann, Alexander Indra, Adrian Egli, Daniela M Cirillo, Jérôme Robert, Thomas R Rogers, Ramona Groenheit, Anne T Mengshoel, Vanessa Mathys, Marjo Haanperä, Dick van Soolingen, Stefan Niemann, Erik C Böttger, Peter M Keller
BACKGROUND: The risk of tuberculosis outbreaks among people fleeing hardship for refuge in Europe is heightened. We describe the cross-border European response to an outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis among patients from the Horn of Africa and Sudan. METHODS: On April 29 and May 30, 2016, the Swiss and German National Mycobacterial Reference Laboratories independently triggered an outbreak investigation after four patients were diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis...
January 8, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325539/chinese-cervicocephalic-artery-dissection-study-ccads-rationale-and-protocol-for-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Zhu Zhu, Yuyuan Xu, Yilong Wang, Zhenhua Zhou, Xiang Han, Aihua Liu, Jing Peng, Yi Xu, Luyao Wang
BACKGROUND: Cervicocephalic artery dissection (CAD) is an important etiology of stroke in the youth. Findings from recent studies suggest it a "group of disease entities" with different underlying etiologies, presentations and prognosis, necessitating an integral study including various types of CAD to get a better understanding of this disease. In addition, Chinese patients with CAD are likely to carry different features from their western counterparts, which remains uncertain yet. Chinese Cervicocephalic Artery Dissection Study (CCADS) therefore aims at exploring the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical/radiological features, diagnosis and prognosis of CAD in Chinese patients...
January 11, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325000/alcohol-tobacco-and-health-care-costs-a-population-wide-cohort-study-n-606-947-patients-of-current-drinkers-based-on-medical-and-administrative-health-records-from-catalonia
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Laia Miquel, Jürgen Rehm, Kevin D Shield, Emili Vela, Montserrat Bustins, Lidia Segura, Joan Colom, Peter Anderson, Antoni Gual
Background: Most cost of illness studies are based on models where information on exposure is combined with risk information from meta-analyses, and the resulting attributable fractions are applied to the number of cases. Methods: This study presents data on alcohol and tobacco use for 2011 and 2012 obtained from a routine medical practice in Catalonia of 606 947 patients, 18 years of age and older, as compared with health care costs for 2013 (all costs from the public health care system: primary health care visits, hospital admissions, laboratory and medical tests, outpatient visits to specialists, emergency department visits and pharmacy expenses)...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324775/the-optimal-threshold-of-serum-ceruloplasmin-in-the-diagnosis-of-wilson-s-disease-a-large-hospital-based-study
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Rong Xu, Yong-Fang Jiang, Yong-Hong Zhang, Xu Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A ceruloplasmin (CP) concentration <200 mg/L is conventionally considered as one of the major diagnostic criteria for Wilson's disease (WD). However, the diagnostic accuracy of this threshold has never been investigated in a sufficiently large group of patients. This study aims to present the results of serum CP measurements in various patients and to identify the optimal cutoff value of CP for the diagnosis of WD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified patients whose CP levels were evaluated from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 using a laboratory information database...
2018: PloS One
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