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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340488/national-and-sub-national-age-sex-specific-and-cause-specific-mortality-and-disability-adjusted-life-years-dalys-attributable-to-household-air-pollution-from-solid-cookfuel-use-hap-in-iran-1990-2013
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Mehrnoosh Abtahi, Ali Koolivand, Sina Dobaradaran, Kamyar Yaghmaeian, Anoushiravan Mohseni-Bandpei, Shokooh Sadat Khaloo, Sahand Jorfi, Reza Saeedi
National and sub-national mortality, years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLLs), years lived with disability (YLDs) and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for household air pollution from solid cookfuel use (HAP) in Iran, 1990-2013 were estimated based on the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013). The burden of disease attributable to HAP was quantified by the comparative risk assessment method using four inputs: (1) exposure to HAP, (2) the theoretical minimum risk exposure level (TMREL), (3) exposure-response relationships of related causes (4) disease burden of related causes...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340285/the-six-minute-walk-test-in-patients-with-al-amyloidosis-a-single-centre-case-series
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Vina Pulido, Gheorghe Doros, John L Berk, Vaishali Sanchorawala
The six-minute walk test (6MWT) has been widely used as an objective evaluation of functional exercise capacity and response to medical intervention in cardiopulmonary diseases. However, little is known about the 6MWT in evaluating patients with AL amyloidosis. We performed a retrospective study of 120 adults with systemic AL amyloidosis (60 with cardiac involvement and 60 without cardiac involvement) who had their initial evaluation at the Amyloidosis Center between 2013 and 2015 and had undergone 6MWT as a measure of functional exercise capacity...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340220/her2-neu-status-determination-in-breast-cancer-a-single-institutional-experience-using-a-dual-testing-approach-with-immunohistochemistry-and-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization
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James P Solomon, Marie Dell'Aquila, Oluwole Fadare, Farnaz Hasteh
Objectives: According to current guidelines, either immunohistochemistry (IHC) or in situ hybridization (ISH) can be used to determine human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2/neu) status in breast carcinoma. While the guidelines explicitly delineate result interpretation, there is no consensus on the most appropriate testing algorithm. Methods: The Her2/neu statuses of 369 consecutive cases of invasive breast cancer (from 351 patients) were assessed in a dual-testing algorithm that uses both IHC and fluorescence ISH (FISH)...
March 11, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340207/effect-of-the-2014-2015-ebola-outbreak-on-reproductive-health-services-in-a-rural-district-of-guinea-an-ecological-study
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Bienvenu S Camara, Alexandre Delamou, Ermias Diro, Abdoul H Béavogui, Alison M El Ayadi, Sidikiba Sidibé, Fassou M Grovogui, Kudakwashe C Takarinda, Patrice Bouedouno, Sah D Sandouno, Junko Okumura, Mamadou D Baldé, Johan Van Griensven, Rony Zachariah
Background: The 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak was the most sustained in history. In Guinea, we compared trends in family planning, antenatal care, and institutional deliveries over the period before, during and after the outbreak. Methods: We carried out an ecological study involving all the health facilities during pre-Ebola (1 March 2013 to 28 February 2014), intra-Ebola (1 March 2014 to 28 February 2015) and post-Ebola (1 March to 31 July 2016) periods in Macenta district...
March 18, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340123/rapid-ascent-from-zero-quality-to-international-organization-for-standardization-accreditation%C3%A2-a-case-study-of-hai-duong-preventive-medicine-center-in-vietnam-2012-2013
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Cuong Ngoc Duong, Kyle B Bond, Humberto Carvalho, Hien Bui Thi Thu, Thuong Nguyen, Thomas Rush
Objectives: In 2012, the Vietnam Ministry of Health sought to improve the quality of health laboratories by introducing international quality standards. Methods: Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA), a year-long, structured, quality improvement curriculum (including projects and mentorship) was piloted in 12 laboratories. Progress was measured using a standardized audit tool (Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340112/long-term-mortality-of-patients-with-an-alcohol-related-wernicke-korsakoff-syndrome
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Arantza Sanvisens, Paola Zuluaga, Daniel Fuster, Inmaculada Rivas, Jordi Tor, Miguel Marcos, Antonio J Chamorro, Roberto Muga
Aims: To characterize a series of contemporary patients with alcohol-related Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) or Korsakoff's syndrome (KS) and to update the current prognosis of disease. Methods: Retrospective and prospective study of patients diagnosed with an alcohol-related WE or KS between 2002 and 2011 in a tertiary hospital. Socio-demographic, alcohol use characteristics, signs and symptoms, co-morbidity and blood parameters were obtained at admission. Patients were followed up until 2013 and causes of death were ascertained through the review of charts...
March 10, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340102/impact-of-unrestricted-access-to-pregabalin-on-the-use-of-opioids-and-other-cns-active-medications-a-cross-sectional-time-series-analysis
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Herman Kwok, Wayne Khuu, Kimberly Fernandes, Diana Martins, Mina Tadrous, Samantha Singh, David N Juurlink, Tara Gomes
Objective. : Access to pregabalin via Ontario's public drug insurance program was expanded to an unrestricted model on April 1, 2013, from a prior authorization model. This study aims to identify the effect of expanded access on the rate of pregabalin use by publicly insured persons and to assess the characteristics of new patients initiating pregabalin following this expanded access. Methods. : We conducted a cross-sectional time series analysis using the linked health administrative records of residents of Ontario, Canada, with public drug coverage who were dispensed a prescription for pregabalin between April 1, 2006, and December 31, 2014...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340060/physician-dispensing-of-oxycodone-and-other-commonly-used-opioids-2000-2015-united-states
#8
Karin Ann Mack, Christopher McCall Jones, Roderick John McClure
Objective.:  An average of 91 people in the United States die every day from an opioid-related overdose (including prescription opioids and heroin). The direct dispensing of opioids from health care practitioner offices has been linked to opioid-related harms. The objective of this study is to describe the changing nature of the volume of this type of prescribing at the state level. Methods.:  This descriptive study examines the distribution of opioids by practitioners using 1999-2015 Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System data...
March 15, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340046/validation-of-a-screening-risk-index-for-serious-prescription-opioid-induced-respiratory-depression-or-overdose-in-a-us-commercial-health-plan-claims-database
#9
Barbara K Zedler, William B Saunders, Andrew R Joyce, Catherine C Vick, E Lenn Murrelle
Objective.:  To validate a risk index that estimates the likelihood of overdose or serious opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) among medical users of prescription opioids. Subjects and Methods.:  A case-control analysis of 18,365,497 patients with an opioid prescription from 2009 to 2013 in the IMS PharMetrics Plus commercially insured health plan claims database (CIP). An OIRD event occurred in 7,234 cases. Four controls were selected per case. Validity of the Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD), developed previously using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patient data, was assessed...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340029/the-proportion-of-errors-in-medical-prescriptions-and-their-executions-among-hospitalized-children-before-and-during-accreditation
#10
Tal Margalit Mekory, Hilla Bahat, Benjamin Bar-Oz, Orna Tal, Matitiahu Berkovitch, Eran Kozer
Objective: To evaluate the rate of medication related errors in the pediatric ward and pediatric emergency department (PED), before and after implementing intervention strategies according to the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation program. Design: A retrospective cross-sectional study that included chart review. Setting: A university affiliated pediatric ward and PED. Participants: Children 0-18 years old admitted on February 2013 (before the JCI program) and February 2014 (during implementation of the JCI program)...
March 10, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339895/does-parental-health-mediate-the-relationship-between-parental-uninsurance-and-insured-children-s-health-outcomes-evidence-from-a-u-s-national-survey
#11
Ilhom Akobirshoev, Diana Bowser, Susan L Parish, Cindy Thomas, Sara S Bachman
Although the United States has made great strides in ensuring near universal health care access for children, the health insurance coverage gap between children and their parents remains high. This study analyzed aggregated data from the 2006-2013 National Health Interview Survey to investigate the direct relationships between parental uninsurance and children's health outcomes. Authors explored how parental health mediates the relationship between parents' health and children's health outcomes. Results suggest that insured children of uninsured parents have worse health status and are at higher risk of asthma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and mental disabilities compared with insured children of insured parents...
March 2, 2017: Health & Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339797/the-american-society-for-clinical-pathology-s-2015-wage-survey-of-medical-laboratories-in-the-united-states
#12
Edna Garcia, Patrick B Fisher
Objectives: To inform the pathology and laboratory field of the most recent national wage data from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Historically, the results of this biennial survey have served as a basis for additional research on laboratory recruitment, retention, education, marketing, certification, and advocacy. Methods: The 2015 wage survey was conducted through collaboration between the ASCP's Institute of Science, Technology, & Policy in Washington, DC, and the ASCP Board of Certification in Chicago, Illinois...
February 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339758/safety-and-efficacy-of-the-new-bidirectional-rotational-evolution%C3%A2-mechanical-lead-extraction-sheath-results-from-a-multicentre-italian-registry
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Patrizio Mazzone, Federico Migliore, Emanuele Bertaglia, Domenico Facchin, Elisabetta Daleffe, Vittorio Calzolari, Martino Crosato, Francesco Melillo, Francesco Peruzza, Alessandra Marzi, Nicoleta Sora, Paolo Della Bella
Aims: The aim of this prospective multicentre study is to evaluate safety and efficacy of the new bidirectional rotational mechanical lead extraction (LE) sheath (Evolution RL, Cook Medical, USA) in chronically implanted leads (>1-year-old leads). Methods and results: Between September 2013 and June 2016, a total of 238 leads in 124 consecutive patients were removed by using the new Evolution RL rotational mechanical sheath. Indications for LE were cardiac device infection in 63 (50...
February 23, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339727/rapid-decrease-in-rates-of-hospitalization-resulting-from-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-and-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children-aged-60-months-after-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-introduction-in-argentina
#14
Eduardo L López, Eduardo Glatstein, Gustavo C Ezcurra, Marisa Iacono, Eduardo Teplitz, Analía V Garnero, Daniela L Lazzarini, Miryan Vázquez, María M Contrini
Background.: In January 2012, Argentina included universal pneumococcal vaccination in the routine childhood vaccination program using a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13). A 2 + 1 schedule (2 doses in the first year of life and a booster dose at 12 months of age) in children aged <2 years and 2-dose catch-up immunization in children aged 13 to 24 months was administered during the first year of vaccine introduction. The purpose of this study was to assess the burdens of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) and/or community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in hospitalized children younger than 5 years during the first 2 years of the program compared to those in the prevaccination period in our setting...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339674/family-history-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-risk-of-autoimmune-disease-nationwide-cohort-study-in-denmark-1977-2013
#15
Constance Jensina Ulff-Møller, Jacob Simonsen, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Søren Jacobsen, Morten Frisch
Objective.: To provide population-based estimates of relative risk of SLE and other autoimmune diseases (ADs) in relatives of SLE patients. Methods.: A cohort of 5 237 319 Danish residents identified through the Civil Registration System was coupled to their relatives through the parental link and followed for SLE and other ADs between 1977 and 2013 through linkage to the National Patient Register. Twin zygosity was established through the Danish Twin Registry. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% CIs were calculated using Cox proportional hazards regression analyses...
February 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339652/comments-on-clinical-features-and-changes-in-epidemiology-of-infective-endocarditis-on-pacemaker-devices-over-a-27-year-period-1987-2013-reply
#16
Francisco Carrasco, Juan Carlos Castillo, Martín Ruiz, Manuel Anguita
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 18, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339644/development-and-validation-of-a-structured-query-language-implementation-of-the-elixhauser-comorbidity-index
#17
Richard H Epstein, Franklin Dexter
Objective: Comorbidity adjustment is often performed during outcomes and health care resource utilization research. Our goal was to develop an efficient algorithm in structured query language (SQL) to determine the Elixhauser comorbidity index. Materials and Methods: We wrote an SQL algorithm to calculate the Elixhauser comorbidities from Diagnosis Related Group and International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes. Validation was by comparison to expected comorbidities from combinations of these codes and to the 2013 Nationwide Readmissions Database (NRD)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339642/meaningful-use-of-health-information-technology-and-declines-in-in-hospital-adverse-drug-events
#18
Michael F Furukawa, William D Spector, M Rhona Limcangco, William E Encinosa
Objective: Nationwide initiatives have promoted greater adoption of health information technology as a means to reduce adverse drug events (ADEs). Hospital adoption of electronic health records with Meaningful Use (MU) capabilities expected to improve medication safety has grown rapidly. However, evidence that MU capabilities are associated with declines in in-hospital ADEs is lacking. Methods: Data came from the 2010-2013 Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System and the 2008-2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Database...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339616/time-trends-in-smoking-onset-by-sex-and-race-ethnicity-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-findings-from-the-2006-2013-national-survey-on-drug-use-and-health
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Azure B Thompson, Paul D Mowery, Jacob Kraemer Tebes, Sherry A McKee
Introduction: During the 2000s the number of adolescents who became new smokers in the United States declined while the number of young adults who did so increased. However, we do not know among which demographic groups these changes occurred. Methods: We analyzed data from the 2006 to 2013 National Survey of Drug Use and Health (n = 180 079). Multivariate linear regression models were used to assess annual trends in smoking onset and log-binomial regression models to assess changes over time in the risk of smoking onset among young adults (18- to 25-years-old) relative adolescents (12- to 17-years-old)...
January 30, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339595/does-starting-to-smoke-cigars-trigger-onset-of-cannabis-blunt-smoking
#20
Brian J Fairman, James C Anthony
Introduction: Among United States teens during the 1990s, increasing cigar use coincided with increasing use of tobacco cigar shells filled with cannabis, called "blunts." Cigar smokers are more likely to use cannabis, and we hypothesized that starting to smoke cigars might be a probabilistic "trigger" of blunt smoking. We turned to the case-crossover approach to evaluate this hypothesis. Methods: Within US National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, 2009-2013, we identified a nationally representative sample of newly incident blunt smokers aged 12- to 21-years-old (n = 4868) and compared month-of-onsets for smoking of cigars and blunts...
January 25, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
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