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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087496/digital-pills-to-measure-opioid-ingestion-patterns-in-emergency-department-patients-with-acute-fracture-pain-a-pilot-study
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Peter R Chai, Stephanie Carreiro, Brendan J Innes, Rochelle K Rosen, Conall O'Cleirigh, Kenneth H Mayer, Edward W Boyer
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to prescribed regimens for opioid analgesic agents contributes to increasing opioid abuse and overdose death. Opioids are frequently prescribed on an as-needed basis, placing the responsibility to determine opioid dose and frequency with the patient. There is wide variability in physician prescribing patterns because of the lack of data describing how patients actually use as-needed opioid analgesics. Digital pill systems have a radiofrequency emitter that directly measures medication ingestion events, and they provide an opportunity to discover the dose, timing, and duration of opioid therapy...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079865/differences-in-mortality-characteristics-in-neonates-with-down-s-syndrome
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C L Cua, U Haque, S Santoro, L Nicholson, C H Backes
OBJECTIVE: Neonates with Down's syndrome (nDS) may have multiple medical issues that place them at increased risk for mortality during the newborn period. Goal of this study was to determine if there are differences in baseline characteristics, medical complications or procedures performed during hospitalization between nDS who survived versus those who died during initial hospitalization. STUDY DESIGN: Data from 2000 to 2014 were reviewed using the Pediatric Health Information Systems (PHIS) database on all DS patients admitted to the hospital <30 days postnatal life...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077833/-adaptation-process-to-group-home-living-by-older-adults
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Hee Sook Yoon, Sohyune Sok
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to explore and describe the adaptation process of older people to group homes. METHODS: Participants were twenty older adults aged 65 or older who were living in group homes. Data were collected from January to April, 2015. In-depth unstructured interviews were conducted with individual participants. Data were analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's grounded theory method. RESULTS: From open coding, 100 concepts, 38 sub-categories, and 14 categories were identified...
December 2016: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077095/geographic-information-system-for-improving-maternal-and-newborn-health-recommendations-for-policy-and-programs
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Yordanos B Molla, Barbara Rawlins, Prestige Tatenda Makanga, Marc Cunningham, Juan Eugenio Hernández Ávila, Corrine Warren Ruktanonchai, Kavita Singh, Sylvia Alford, Mira Thompson, Vikas Dwivedi, Allisyn C Moran, Zoe Matthews
This correspondence argues and offers recommendations for how Geographic Information System (GIS) applied to maternal and newborn health data could potentially be used as part of the broader efforts for ending preventable maternal and newborn mortality. These recommendations were generated from a technical consultation on reporting and mapping maternal deaths that was held in Washington, DC from January 12 to 13, 2015 and hosted by the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) global Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)...
January 11, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076275/atmospheric-fine-particulate-matter-and-breast-cancer-mortality-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Giovanna Tagliabue, Alessandro Borgini, Andrea Tittarelli, Aaron van Donkelaar, Randall V Martin, Martina Bertoldi, Sabrina Fabiano, Anna Maghini, Tiziana Codazzi, Alessandra Scaburri, Imma Favia, Alessandro Cau, Giulio Barigelletti, Roberto Tessandori, Paolo Contiero
OBJECTIVES: Atmospheric fine particulate matter (PM2.5) has multiple adverse effects on human health. Global atmospheric levels of PM2.5 increased by 0.55 μg/m(3)/year (2.1%/year) from 1998 through 2012. There is evidence of a causal relationship between atmospheric PM2.5 and breast cancer (BC) incidence, but few studies have investigated BC mortality and atmospheric PM2.5. We investigated BC mortality in relation to atmospheric PM2.5 levels among patients living in Varese Province, northern Italy...
November 14, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074589/on-patient-well-being-and-professional-authority
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Mildred Z Solomon
Two papers in this issue address the limits of surrogates' authority when making life-and-death decisions for dying family members or friends. Using palliative sedation as an example, Jeffrey Berger offers a conceptual argument for bounding surrogate authority. Since freedom from pain is an essential interest, when imminently dying, cognitively incapacitated patients are in duress and their symptoms are not manageable in any other way, clinicians should be free to offer palliative sedation without surrogate consent, although assent should be sought and every effort made to work with surrogates as harmoniously as possible...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074585/a-good-death
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Tia Powell, Adira Hulkower
A good death is hard to find. Family members tell us that loved ones die in the wrong place-the hospital-and do not receive high-quality care at the end of life. This issue of the Hastings Center Report offers two articles from authors who strive to provide good end-of-life care and to prevent needless suffering. We agree with their goals, but we have substantial reservations about the approaches they recommend. Respect for the decisions of patients and their surrogates is a relatively new and still vulnerable aspect of medical care...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072753/engraftment-site-and-effectiveness-of-the-pan-caspase-inhibitor-f573-to-improve-engraftment-in-mouse-and-human-islet-transplantation-in-mice
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Andrew R Pepper, Antonio Bruni, Rena Pawlick, John Wink, Yasmin Rafiei, Boris Gala-Lopez, Mariusz Bral, Nasser Abualhassan, Tatsuya Kin, A M James Shapiro
BACKGROUND: Islet transplantation is an effective therapy in type 1 diabetes and recalcitrant hypoglycemia. However, there is an ongoing need to circumvent islet loss posttransplant. We explore herein the potential of the pan-caspase inhibitor F573, to mitigate early apoptosis-mediated islet death within portal and extrahepatic portal sites in mice. METHODS: Mouse or human islets were cultured in standard media ±100 μM F573 and subsequently assessed for viability and apoptosis via TUNEL staining and caspase-3 activation...
January 9, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070671/place-of-death-of-children-with-complex-chronic-conditions-cross-national-study-of-11-countries
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Cecilia Håkanson, Joakim Öhlén, Ulrika Kreicbergs, Marylou Cardenas-Turanzas, Donna M Wilson, Martin Loucka, Sandra Frache, Lucia Giovannetti, Wayne Naylor, YongJoo Rhee, Miguel Ruiz Ramos, Joan Teno, Kim Beernaert, Luc Deliens, Dirk Houttekier, Joachim Cohen
: Cross-national understanding of place of death is crucial for health service systems for their provision of efficient and equal access to paediatric palliative care. The objectives of this population-level study were to examine where children with complex chronic conditions (CCC) die and to investigate associations between places of death and sex, cause of death and country. The study used death certificate data of all deceased 1- to 17-year-old children (n = 40,624) who died in 2008, in 11 European and non-European countries...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070060/the-brugada-syndrome%C3%A3-from-gene-to-therapy
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Antonio Curcio, Giuseppe Santarpia, Ciro Indolfi
It is almost a quarter of century that a pioneering work of 2 researchers named Brugada brought the entire scientific community to understanding the molecular, clinical, and electrophysiological aspects of a distinctive syndrome. It affects mainly young adults with syncope and/or sudden cardiac death caused by polymorphic ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation in the absence of any sign of cardiac degeneration or alteration. Although the involvement of the epicardial layer of the right ventricular outflow tract, and the requirement of pharmacologic challenge for unveiling concealed forms, have been fully characterized, many areas of uncertainties remain to be elucidated, such as the unpredictable usefulness of programmed ventricular stimulation, the role of radiofrequency catheter ablation for reducing ST-segment elevation, and the value of risk stratification in patients diagnosed with upper displacement of right precordial leads...
January 7, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068368/a-virtual-out-of-body-experience-reduces-fear-of-death
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Pierre Bourdin, Itxaso Barberia, Ramon Oliva, Mel Slater
Immersive virtual reality can be used to visually substitute a person's real body by a life-sized virtual body (VB) that is seen from first person perspective. Using real-time motion capture the VB can be programmed to move synchronously with the real body (visuomotor synchrony), and also virtual objects seen to strike the VB can be felt through corresponding vibrotactile stimulation on the actual body (visuotactile synchrony). This setup typically gives rise to a strong perceptual illusion of ownership over the VB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065555/stability-of-endogenous-ghb-in-vitreous-humor-vs-peripheral-blood-in-dead-bodies
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Francesco Paolo Busardò, Giulio Mannocchi, Raffaele Giorgetti, Manuela Pellegrini, Giovanni Baglio, Simona Zaami, Enrico Marinelli, Simona Pichini
For the first time, the stability of GHB was tested in post-mortem peripheral blood and vitreous humor samples, collected from 22 dead bodies at two different times: at the external body examination at the place of death and then during autopsy. An ad hoc method for the detection and quantification of GHB in vitreous humor by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was developed and validated, with a good linearity between 0.1 and 50μg/mL (r(2)=0.991) and a precision and accuracy always better than 10% and an analytical recovery higher than 90%...
December 26, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061807/gender-differences-in-sudden-cardiac-death-in-the-young-a-nationwide-study
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Bo Gregers Winkel, Bjarke Risgaard, Thea Bjune, Reza Jabbari, Thomas Hadberg Lynge, Charlotte Glinge, Henning Bundgaard, Stig Haunsø, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen
BACKGROUND: Hitherto, sudden cardiac death (SCD) in the young has been described with no distinction between genders. SCD occurs more often in men (SCDm) than women (SCDw), but this disparity is not understood and has not been investigated systematically in a nationwide setting. Our objective was to report gender differences in SCD in the young in a nationwide (Denmark) setting. METHODS: All deaths in persons aged 1-35 years nationwide in Denmark between 2000 and 2009 were included...
January 7, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060462/end-of-life-care-for-people-dying-with-dementia-in-general-practice-in-belgium-italy-and-spain-a-cross-sectional-retrospective-study
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Yolanda W H Penders, Gwenda Albers, Luc Deliens, Guido Miccinesi, Tomás Vega Alonso, Maite Miralles, Sarah Moreels, Lieve Van den Block
AIM: To describe and compare end-of-life care for people with mild or severe dementia in general practice in Belgium, Italy and Spain, in terms of place of care, place of death, treatment aims, use of specialized palliative care and communication with general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: Cross-sectional retrospective survey was carried out of nationwide networks of GPs in Belgium, Italy and Spain, including patients who died aged 65 years or older in 2009-2011 and were judged by the GP to have had dementia (n = 1623)...
January 6, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059804/bupivacaine-increases-the-rate-of%C3%A2-motoneuron-death-following-peripheral%C3%A2-nerve-injury
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Susanna C Byram, Scott W Byram, Nicholas M Miller, Keith N Fargo
BACKGROUND: Appropriate management of pain after an injury or surgical procedure has been shown to improve patient outcomes. While infrequent, nerve damage resulting from regional anesthesia can be devastating, however the mechanism remains unknown. Local anesthetics are neurotoxic yet are frequently applied to sites where peripheral nerves are regenerating. Therefore, understanding their effects on injured and growing neurons may have important implications for clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if local anesthetics exacerbate the rate of motoneuron death following axotomy...
January 4, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057703/advance-directives-and-end-of-life-care-among-nursing-home-residents-receiving-maintenance-dialysis
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Manjula Kurella Tamura, Maria E Montez-Rath, Yoshio N Hall, Ronit Katz, Ann M O'Hare
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the relation between the content of advance directives and downstream treatment decisions among patients receiving maintenance dialysis. In this study, we determined the prevalence of advance directives specifying treatment limitations and/or surrogate decision-makers in the last year of life and their association with end-of-life care among nursing home residents. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Using national data from 2006 to 2007, we compared the content of advance directives among 30,716 nursing home residents receiving dialysis to 30,825 nursing home residents with other serious illnesses during the year before death...
January 5, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057286/transcatheter-valve-in-ring-implantation%C3%A2-for-the-treatment-of-residual%C3%A2-or-recurrent-tricuspid-valve-dysfunction-after-prior-surgical-repair
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Jamil Aboulhosn, Allison K Cabalka, Daniel S Levi, Dominique Himbert, Luca Testa, Azeem Latib, Raj R Makkar, Younes Boudjemline, Dennis W Kim, Joelle Kefer, Sabine Bleiziffer, Gunter Kerst, Danny Dvir, Doff B McElhinney
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe the results of transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-ring (TVIR) implantation for treatment of tricuspid regurgitation (TR). BACKGROUND: Off-label use of transcatheter valves within surgically placed tricuspid annuloplasty prostheses has only been described in small reports. An international multicenter registry was developed to collect data on TVIR implantation. METHODS: Data were collected from 13 sites on 22 patients (5 to 69 years of age) with TR who underwent catheterization with the intent to perform TVIR implantation...
January 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056634/relating-cause-of-death-with-place-of-care-and-healthcare-costs-in-the-last-year-of-life-for-patients-who-died-from-cancer-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-heart-failure-and-dementia-a-descriptive-study-using-registry-data
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Annicka Gm van der Plas, Mariska G Oosterveld-Vlug, H Roeline W Pasman, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen
BACKGROUND: The four main diagnostic groups for palliative care provision are cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure and dementia. But comparisons of costs and care in the last year of life are mainly directed at cancer versus non-cancer or within cancer patients. AIM: Our aim is to compare the care and expenditures in their last year of life for Dutch patients with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure or dementia. DESIGN: Data from insurance company Achmea (2009-2010) were linked to information on long-term care at home or in an institution, the National Hospital Registration and Causes of Death-Registry from Statistics Netherlands...
January 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055008/early-nucleolar-disorganization-in-dictyostelium-cell-death
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M F Luciani, Y Song, A Sahrane, A Kosta, P Golstein
Cell death occurs in all eukaryotes, but it is still not known whether some core steps of the cell death process are conserved. We investigated this using the protist Dictyostelium. The dissection of events in Dictyostelium vacuolar developmental cell death was facilitated by the sequential requirement for two distinct exogenous signals. An initial exogenous signal (starvation and cAMP) recruited some cells into clumps. Only within these clumps did subsequent cell death events take place. Contrary to our expectations, already this initial signal provoked nucleolar disorganization and irreversible inhibition of rRNA and DNA synthesis, reflecting marked cell dysfunction...
January 5, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049547/palliative-care-during-the-final-week-of-life-of-older-people-in-nursing-homes-a-register-based-study
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Jonas Smedbäck, Joakim Öhlén, Kristofer Årestedt, Anette Alvariza, Carl-Johan Fürst, Cecilia Håkanson
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to explore the presence of symptoms, symptom relief, and other key aspects of palliative care during the final week of life among older people residing in nursing homes. METHOD: Our study employed data from the Swedish Palliative Care Register on all registered individuals aged 60 and older who had died in nursing homes during the years 2011 and 2012. Variables pertaining to monitoring and treatment of symptoms, end-of-life discussions, circumstances around the death, and the individual characteristics of deceased individuals were explored using descriptive statistics...
January 4, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
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