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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910853/holographic-free-electron-light-source
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Guanhai Li, Brendan P Clarke, Jin-Kyu So, Kevin F MacDonald, Nikolay I Zheludev
Recent advances in the physics and technology of light generation via free-electron proximity and impact interactions with nanostructures (gratings, photonic crystals, nano-undulators, metamaterials and antenna arrays) have enabled the development of nanoscale-resolution techniques for such applications as mapping plasmons, studying nanoparticle structural transformations and characterizing luminescent materials (including time-resolved measurements). Here, we introduce a universal approach allowing generation of light with prescribed wavelength, direction, divergence and topological charge via point-excitation of holographic plasmonic metasurfaces...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910542/design-and-first-plasma-measurements-of-the-iter-ece-prototype-radiometer
#2
M E Austin, M W Brookman, W L Rowan, S Danani, E W Bryerton, P Dougherty
On ITER, second harmonic optically thick electron cyclotron emission (ECE) in the range of 220-340 GHz will supply the electron temperature (Te). To investigate the requirements and capabilities prescribed for the ITER system, a prototype radiometer covering this frequency range has been developed by Virginia Diodes, Inc. The first plasma measurements with this instrument have been carried out on the DIII-D tokamak, with lab bench tests and measurements of third through fifth harmonic ECE from high Te plasmas...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910457/applying-the-new-gamma-ray-imager-diagnostic-to-measurements-of-runaway-electron-bremsstrahlung-radiation-in-the-diii-d-tokamak-invited
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C M Cooper, D C Pace, C Paz-Soldan, N Commaux, N W Eidietis, E M Hollmann, D Shiraki
A new gamma ray imager (GRI) is developed to probe the electron distribution function with 2D spatial resolution during runaway electron (RE) experiments at the DIII-D tokamak. The diagnostic is sensitive to 0.5-100 MeV gamma rays, allowing characterization of the RE distribution function evolution during RE growth and dissipation. The GRI consists of a lead "pinhole camera" mounted on the DIII-D midplane with 123 honeycombed tangential chords 20 cm wide that span the vessel interior. Up to 30 bismuth germanate (BGO) scintillation detectors capture RE bremsstrahlung radiation for Pulse Height Analysis (PHA) capable of discriminating up to 20 000 pulses per second...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908679/skin-surface-brachytherapy-a-survey-of-contemporary-practice-patterns
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Anna O Likhacheva, Phillip M Devlin, Shervin M Shirvani, Christopher A Barker, Phillip Beron, Ajay Bhatnagar, Stephen W Doggett, Lawrence Hochman, Charles Hsu, Michael Kasper, Martin Keisch, Subhakar Mutyala, Bradley Prestidge, Silvia Rodriguez Villalba, Vershalee Shukla, Srinath Sundararaman, Mitchell Kamrava
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to define current patterns of care among radiation oncologists who use skin surface brachytherapy for the treatment of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) in academic and community settings. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A 30-question electronic survey was administered to clinician members of the American Brachytherapy Society. The respondents were asked to provide details regarding their clinical practice and their approach to skin surface brachytherapy...
November 28, 2016: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908334/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-management-of-sepsis
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REVIEW
Michael S Pulia, Robert Redwood, Brian Sharp
Sepsis represents a unique clinical dilemma with regard to antimicrobial stewardship. The standard approach to suspected sepsis in the emergency department centers on fluid resuscitation and timely broad-spectrum antimicrobials. The lack of gold standard diagnostics and evolving definitions for sepsis introduce a significant degree of diagnostic uncertainty that may raise the potential for inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing. Intervention bundles that combine traditional quality improvement strategies with emerging electronic health record-based clinical decision support tools and rapid molecular diagnostics represent the most promising approach to enhancing antimicrobial stewardship in the management of suspected sepsis in the emergency department...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906972/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-ssri-antidepressants-in-pregnancy-and-congenital-anomalies-analysis-of-linked-databases-in-wales-norway-and-funen-denmark
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Sue Jordan, Joan K Morris, Gareth I Davies, David Tucker, Daniel S Thayer, Johannes M Luteijn, Margery Morgan, Ester Garne, Anne V Hansen, Kari Klungsøyr, Anders Engeland, Breidge Boyle, Helen Dolk
BACKGROUND: Hypothesised associations between in utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and congenital anomalies, particularly congenital heart defects (CHD), remain controversial. We investigated the putative teratogenicity of SSRI prescription in the 91 days either side of first day of last menstrual period (LMP). METHODS AND FINDINGS: Three population-based EUROCAT congenital anomaly registries- Norway (2004-2010), Wales (2000-2010) and Funen, Denmark (2000-2010)-were linked to the electronic healthcare databases holding prospectively collected prescription information for all pregnancies in the timeframes available...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906782/predicting-heart-dose-in-breast-cancer-patients-who-received-3d-conformal-radiation-therapy
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Daniel Wollschläger, Heiko Karle, Marcus Stockinger, Detlef Bartkowiak, Sandra Bührdel, Hiltrud Merzenich, Thomas Wiegel, Heinz Schmidberger, Maria Blettner
Cardiac late effects are a major health concern for long-term survivors after radiotherapy for breast cancer. Large cohort studies to better understand the exact dose-response relationship require individual estimates of radiation dose to the heart. To predict individual cardiac dose from information that is typically available for all members of a retrospective epidemiological cohort study, 774 female breast cancer patients treated with megavoltage tangential field radiotherapy in 1998-2008 were examined. All dose distributions were calculated using Eclipse with the anisotropic analytical algorithm (AAA) for photon fields and the electron Monte Carlo algorithm for electron boost fields...
January 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906471/negotiated-safety-components-context-and-use-an-integrative-literature-review
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NataIie M Leblanc, Jason W Mitchell, Joseph P De Santis
AIM: To examine the components and use of negotiated safety in the context of HIV prevention and to identify reported factors associated with the concept. BACKGROUND: There is an emerging interest in dyadic approaches to address HIV transmission. Although there are theoretical foundations for how interpersonal relationships influence individual behaviour, how these dyadic processes influence on health is still not wholly understood. DESIGN: Integrative review of empirical and theoretical literature...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905075/a-description-of-medication-errors-reported-by-pharmacists-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Shane Pawluk, Myriam Jaam, Fatima Hazi, Moza Sulaiman Al Hail, Wessam El Kassem, Hanan Khalifa, Binny Thomas, Pallivalappila Abdul Rouf
Background Patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are at an increased risk for medication errors. Objective The objective of this study is to describe the nature and setting of medication errors occurring in patients admitted to an NICU in Qatar based on a standard electronic system reported by pharmacists. Setting Neonatal intensive care unit, Doha, Qatar. Method This was a retrospective cross-sectional study on medication errors reported electronically by pharmacists in the NICU between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900502/values-and-preferences-on-the-use-of-oral-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-for-hiv-prevention-among-multiple-populations-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Florence M Koechlin, Virginia A Fonner, Sarah L Dalglish, Kevin R O'Reilly, Rachel Baggaley, Robert M Grant, Michelle Rodolph, Ioannis Hodges-Mameletzis, Caitlin E Kennedy
Daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of antiretroviral drugs by HIV-negative people to prevent HIV infection. WHO released new guidelines in 2015 recommending PrEP for all populations at substantial risk of HIV infection. To prepare these guidelines, we conducted a systematic review of values and preferences among populations that might benefit from PrEP, women, heterosexual men, young women and adolescent girls, female sex workers, serodiscordant couples, transgender people and people who inject drugs, and among healthcare providers who may prescribe PrEP...
November 29, 2016: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897470/faculty-development-efforts-to-promote-screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-sbirt-in-an-internal-medicine-faculty-resident-practice
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Alanna Stone, Maria Wamsley, Patricia O'Sullivan, Jason Satterfield, Derek D Satre, Katherine Julian
BACKGROUND: Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is a practical means to address substance misuse in primary care. Important barriers to implementing SBIRT include adequacy of training and provider confidence as well as logistical hurdles and time constraints. A faculty development initiative aimed at increasing SBIRT knowledge and treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) should lead to increased use of SBIRT by faculty and the residents they teach. This study examined how a faculty development program to promote SBIRT influenced faculty practice and resident teaching...
November 29, 2016: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896978/development-and-performance-of-text-mining-algorithms-to-extract-socioeconomic-status-from-de-identified-electronic-health-records
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Brittany M Hollister, Nicole A Restrepo, Eric Farber-Eger, Dana C Crawford, Melinda C Aldrich, Amy Non
Socioeconomic status (SES) is a fundamental contributor to health, and a key factor underlying racial disparities in disease. However, SES data are rarely included in genetic studies due in part to the difficultly of collecting these data when studies were not originally designed for that purpose. The emergence of large clinic-based biobanks linked to electronic health records (EHRs) provides research access to large patient populations with longitudinal phenotype data captured in structured fields as billing codes, procedure codes, and prescriptions...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895505/evaluating-increased-resource-use-in-fibromyalgia-using-electronic-health-records
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Jay M Margolis, Elizabeth T Masters, Joseph C Cappelleri, David M Smith, Steven Faulkner
OBJECTIVE: The management of fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic musculoskeletal disease, remains challenging, and patients with FM are often characterized by high health care resource utilization. This study sought to explore potential drivers of all-cause health care resource utilization and other factors associated with high resource use, using a large electronic health records (EHR) database to explore data from patients diagnosed with FM. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of de-identified EHR data from the Humedica database...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894227/multidisciplinary-teams-involved-detection-of-drug-related-problems-through-continuity-of-care
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Elena Yaiza Romero-Ventosa, Marisol Samartín-Ucha, Alicia Martín-Vila, María Lucía Martínez-Sánchez, Isabel Rey Gómez-Serranillos, Guadalupe Pineiro-Corrales
OBJECTIVE: To quantify Drug-Related problems (DRPs) by establishing a Strategic Continuity of Care Program (e-Conecta- Concilia Program; e-CC) focused on the drug therapy of patients within an Integrated Management Structure, in order to guarantee the therapeutical efficiency, safety and traceability of patients. METHOD: A prospective study at 8 months. The project included 22 Hospital Pharmacists and 12 Primary Care Pharmacists. Electronic clinical records were used, which can be accessed by all healthcare levels...
November 1, 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891571/high-risk-medications-in-hospitalized-elderly-adults-are-we-making-it-easy-to-do-the-wrong-thing
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Nina L Blachman, Rosanne M Leipzig, Madhu Mazumdar, Jashvant Poeran
OBJECTIVES: To examine dosages of high-risk medications administered to elderly adults who fall in the hospital and to determine whether electronic default doses are appropriate for elderly adults. DESIGN: Retrospective. SETTING: Large urban academic hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older experiencing a fall. MEASUREMENTS: Prescribed daily dosages and use of high-risk medications (opiates, benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine-receptor agonists (BRAs), sleep medications, muscle relaxants, antipsychotics) administered within 24 hours before a fall were ascertained and compared with published recommended dosages for older adults and the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR) default doses for these drugs...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890768/proton-pump-inhibitor-and-histamine-2-receptor-antagonist-use-and-iron-deficiency
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Jameson R Lam, Jennifer L Schneider, Charles P Quesenberry, Douglas A Corley
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs) suppress gastric acid production, which may inhibit iron absorption. However, little data exist regarding whether these medications increase the risk of clinical iron deficiency. METHODS: A community-based case-control study evaluated the association between acid-suppressing medication use and the subsequent risk of iron deficiency. It contrasted 77,046 patients with new iron deficiency diagnoses (January, 1999-December, 2013), with 389,314 controls...
November 24, 2016: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889301/glycemic-control-and-weight-outcomes-for-exenatide-once-weekly-versus-liraglutide-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-1-year-retrospective-cohort-analysis
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Carrie McAdam-Marx, Hiep Nguyen, Marisa B Schauerhamer, Mukul Singhal, Sudhir Unni, Xiangyang Ye, David Cobden
PURPOSE: Data comparing real-world effectiveness of the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) exenatide once weekly (QW) and liraglutide in the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D) are limited. Furthermore, there is limited information on exenatide QW or liraglutide response by glycemic control and insulin use status. This study identifies 1-year glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and weight outcomes with exenatide QW and liraglutide in the real-world setting overall and in insulin-naive patients with uncontrolled T2D...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889294/increasing-the-detection-of-fh-using-general-practice-electronic-databases
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Alistair W Vickery, Jackie Ryan, Jing Pang, Jacquie Garton-Smith, Gerald F Watts
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a common autosomal co-dominant condition that causes premature cardiovascular disease. Awareness of FH is poor and only 10-15% of the affected population is identified. Electronic health records provide an opportunity to increase detection and awareness in general practice OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a simple electronic extraction tool can increase detection of FH in general practice. METHOD: An extraction tool applied to general practice electronic health records (EHR) to screen for FH, total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) levels in association with entered diagnostic criteria and demographic data in five general practices...
November 15, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887585/reduction-in-antibiotic-prescribing-for-respiratory-tract-infections-in-swedish-primary-care-a-retrospective-study-of-electronic-patient-records
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Mia Tyrstrup, Anders Beckman, Sigvard Mölstad, Sven Engström, Christina Lannering, Eva Melander, Katarina Hedin
BACKGROUND: Swedish studies on antibiotic use in primary care have been based on one-week registrations of infections. In order to study adherence to guidelines, analyses based on large databases that provide information on diagnosis linked prescriptions, are needed. This study describes trends in management of infections in Swedish primary care particularly with regards to antibiotic prescribing and adherence to national guidelines. METHODS: A descriptive study of Sweden's largest database regarding diagnosis linked antibiotic prescription data, the Primary care Record of Infections in Sweden (PRIS), for the years 2008, 2010 and 2013...
November 25, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886386/costs-of-perennial-allergic-rhinitis-and-allergic-asthma-increase-with-severity-and-poor-disease-control
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Manon Belhassen, Pascal Demoly, Evelyne Bloch-Morot, Gérard de Pouvourville, Marine Ginoux, Antoine Chartier, Laurent Laforest, Niels Serup-Hansen, Massoud Toussi, Eric Van Ganse
BACKGROUND: Perennial allergic rhinitis (PAR) represents a global and public health problem, due to its prevalence, morbidity, and impact on the quality of life. PAR is frequently associated to allergic asthma (AA). Costs of PAR with or without AA are poorly documented. OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to detail medical resource utilization (MRU) and related direct cost for PAR, with or without concomitant AA, in France. METHODS: Using Electronic Health Records (EHRs), we identified in 2010 two cohorts of PAR patients, based on General Practitioners' diagnoses and prescribing data, with and without concomitant AA...
November 25, 2016: Allergy
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