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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821017/the-location-of-australian-buruli-ulcer-lesions-implications-for-unravelling-disease-transmission
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Arvind Yerramilli, Ee Laine Tay, Andrew J Stewardson, Peter G Kelley, Emma Bishop, Grant A Jenkin, Mike Starr, Janine Trevillyan, Andrew Hughes, N Deborah Friedman, Daniel P O'Brien, Paul D R Johnson
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is increasing in incidence in Victoria, Australia. To improve understanding of disease transmission, we aimed to map the location of BU lesions on the human body. METHODS: Using notification data and clinical records review, we conducted a retrospective observational study of patients diagnosed with BU in Victoria from 1998-2015. We created electronic density maps of lesion locations using spatial analysis software and compared lesion distribution by age, gender, presence of multiple lesions and month of infection...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821007/measurement-tools-for-mental-health-problems-and-mental-well-being-in-people-with-severe-or-profound-intellectual-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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Samantha Flynn, Leen Vereenooghe, Richard P Hastings, Dawn Adams, Sally-Ann Cooper, Nick Gore, Chris Hatton, Kerry Hood, Andrew Jahoda, Peter E Langdon, Rachel McNamara, Chris Oliver, Ashok Roy, Vasiliki Totsika, Jane Waite
Mental health problems affect people with intellectual disabilities (ID) at rates similar to or in excess of the non-ID population. People with severe ID are likely to have persistent mental health problems. In this systematic review (PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015024469), we identify and evaluate the methodological quality of available measures of mental health problems or well-being in individuals with severe or profound ID. Electronic searches of ten databases identified relevant publications. Two reviewers independently reviewed titles and abstracts of retrieved records (n=41,232) and full-text articles (n=573)...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820862/shiftwork-and-the-retinal-vasculature-diameters-among-police-officers
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Luenda E Charles, Ja K Gu, Claudia C Ma, Lisa M Grady, Anna Mnatsakanova, Michael E Andrew, Desta Fekedulegn, John M Violanti, Ronald Klein
OBJECTIVE: To investigate associations of central retinal arteriolar equivalent (CRAE), a measure of retinal arteriolar width, and central retinal venular equivalents (CRVE), a measure of retinal venular width, with shiftwork in 199 police officers (72.9% men). METHODS: Shiftwork (day, afternoon, night) was assessed using electronic payroll records. Four digital retinal images per officer were taken. Mean diameters of the retinal vasculature were compared across shifts using analysis of variance (ANOVA)/analysis of covariance (ANCOVA)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820079/validation-of-a-system-for-monitoring-individual-feeding-and-drinking-behaviour-and-intake-in-young-cattle
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B R Oliveira, M N Ribas, F S Machado, J A M Lima, L F L Cavalcanti, M L Chizzotti, S G Coelho
The objective of this study was to validate an electronic system for monitoring individual feeding and drinking behaviour and intake developed for young cattle housed in group. A total of 35 Holstein-Gyr crossbred heifers (BW: 180±52 kg; age: 121.5±32.5 days), fitted with an ear tag containing a unique passive transponder, were distributed in three groups of 12, 12 and 11 animals per period and had free access to 12 electronic feed bins and two electronic water bins (Intergado® Ltd). The dimensions of feed and water bins, as well as the sensors position were appropriate for young cattle...
August 18, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819929/a-comparative-study-of-the-adhesion-of-biosynthesized-gold-and-conjugated-gold-prodigiosin-nanoparticles-to-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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S O Dozie-Nwachukwu, J D Obayemi, Y Danyuo, N Anuku, O S Odusanya, K Malatesta, W O Soboyejo
This paper explores the adhesion of biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and gold (Au) nanoparticle/prodigiosin (PG) drug nanoparticles to breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231 cells). The AuNPs were synthesized in a record time (less than 30 s) from Nauclea latifolia leaf extracts, while the PG was produced via bacterial synthesis with Serratia marcescens sp. The size distributions and shapes of the resulting AuNPs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), while the resulting hydrodynamic diameters and polydispersity indices were studied using dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818549/integration-of-dpc-and-clinical-microbiological-data-in-japan-reveals-importance-of-confirming-a-negative-follow-up-blood-culture-in-patients-with-mrsa-bacteremia
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Naoki Miyamoto, Koji Yahara, Rie Horita, Tomomi Yano, Naotaka Tashiro, Daiichi Morii, Atsuko Tsutsui, Kenichiro Yaita, Keigo Shibayama, Hiroshi Watanabe
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia is one of the commonest and most life-threatening of all infectious diseases. The morbidity and mortality rates associated with MRSA bacteremia are higher than those associated with bacteremia caused by other pathogens. A common guideline in MRSA bacteremia treatment is to confirm bacteremia clearance through additional blood cultures 2-4 days after initial positive cultures and as needed thereafter. However, no study has presented statistical evidence of how and to what extent confirming a negative follow-up blood culture impacts clinical outcome...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818007/kiwi-omnicup-handheld-vs-mityvac-m-style-conventional-vacuum-system-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Tal Weissbach, Nasreen Hag-Yahia, Michal Ovadia, Keren Tzadikevitch Geffen, Omer Weitzner, Tal Biron-Shental
INTRODUCTION: To improve choice of vacuum-assisted delivery (VAD) system, we compared outcomes of Kiwi handheld system and Mityvac M-style conventional system (both use disposable plastic cups). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective observational study with data collection from electronic medical records. The study was conducted at a tertiary medical center, with approximately 7000 deliveries annually. Categorical and continuous variables were analyzed using chi-square test and t-test, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817861/population-health-management-and-cancer-screening
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Bradley Kamstra, Mark K Huntington
Population health management (PHM) is a new health care model being implemented. It has been defined as "the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." This includes health outcomes and patterns of health determinants, and policies and interventions that link these two. Moving from a fee-for-service payment system to a quality- or value-based system, this model places on the clinician more responsibility for the costs of health care and its reimbursements...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817791/using-practice-facilitation-to-increase-rates-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-community-health-centers-north-carolina-2012-2013-feasibility-facilitators-and-barriers
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Bryan J Weiner, Catherine L Rohweder, Jennifer E Scott, Randall Teal, Alecia Slade, Allison M Deal, Naima Jihad, Marti Wolf
INTRODUCTION: Practice facilitation involves trained individuals working with practice staff to conduct quality improvement activities and support delivery of evidence-based clinical services. We examined the feasibility of using practice facilitation to assist federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in North Carolina. METHODS: The intervention consisted of 12 months of facilitation in 3 FQHCs. We conducted chart audits to obtain data on changes in documented recommendation for colorectal cancer screening and completed screening...
August 17, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817321/community-health-worker-impact-on-chronic-disease-outcomes-within-primary-care-examined-using-electronic-health-records
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Maia Ingram, Kevin Doubleday, Melanie L Bell, Abby Lohr, Lucy Murrieta, Maria Velasco, John Blackburn, Samantha Sabo, Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Scott C Carvajal
OBJECTIVES: To investigate community health worker (CHW) effects on chronic disease outcomes using electronic health records (EHRs). METHODS: We examined EHRs of 32 147 patients at risk for chronic disease during 2012 to 2015. Variables included contact with clinic-based CHWs, vitals, and laboratory tests. We estimated a mixed model for all outcomes. RESULTS: Within-group findings showed statistically significant improvements in chronic disease indicators after exposure to CHWs...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816917/factors-associated-with-developmental-behavioral-pediatricians-prescribing-psychotropic-medication-to-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-study-of-three-dbpnet-sites
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Carissa Jackel, Justine Shults, Susan Wiley, Jareen Meinzen-Derr, Marilyn Augustyn, Nathan Blum
OBJECTIVE: Psychotropic medications are frequently prescribed to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but little is known about the prescribing practices of developmental-behavioral pediatricians (DBPs). Our objective was to determine whether clinical site, age, insurance, or comorbidities influenced DBPs prescribing psychotropic medication for children with ASD. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed using electronic health record data of all patients with ASD seen at 3 academic developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) clinical programs from January 2010 to December 2011...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816912/distance-learning-adhd-quality-improvement-in-primary-care-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Alexander G Fiks, Stephanie L Mayne, Jeremy J Michel, Jeffrey Miller, Manju Abraham, Andrew Suh, Abbas F Jawad, James P Guevara, Robert W Grundmeier, Nathan J Blum, Thomas J Power
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a distance-learning, quality improvement intervention to improve pediatric primary care provider use of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rating scales. METHODS: Primary care practices were cluster randomized to a 3-part distance-learning, quality improvement intervention (web-based education, collaborative consultation with ADHD experts, and performance feedback reports/calls), qualifying for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit, or wait-list control...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816111/updated-2014-stopp-criteria-to-identify-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-in-community-dwelling-in-elderly-patients%C3%A2
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María Luisa Nicieza-Garcia, Gloria Manso, Esther Salgueiro
OBJECTIVE: To analyze potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) using the 2014 version of STOPP criteria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prescriptions were analyzed by using invoicing data and electronic medical records. RESULTS: At least one STOPP criterion was observed in 9 out of every 10 patients. The most common STOPP criteria found were: "any drug prescribed without an evidence-based clinical indication" and "any drug prescribed beyond the recommended duration, where treatment duration is well defined"...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815772/ectropion-improvement-with-topical-tazarotene-in-children-with-lamellar-ichthyosis
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Brooke Hanson, Lauren Becker, Kristen Hook, Ingrid Polcari, Raymond G Areaux, Sheilagh Maguiness
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Lamellar ichthyosis (LI) is a well-described phenotypic subtype of autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI). The condition typically presents at birth with collodion membrane and leads to thick, plate-like scaling of the skin throughout the body, alopecia, and prominent ocular manifestations. Ocular complications include bilateral cicatricial ectropion and lagophthalmos. These ocular complications can lead to chronic exposure keratitis and in some cases corneal ulceration and blindness...
August 17, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815603/registration-of-phase-contrast-images-in-propagation-based-x-ray-phase-tomography
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L Weber, A Hänsch, U Wolfram, A Pacureanu, P Cloetens, F Peyrin, S Rit, M Langer
X-ray phase tomography aims at reconstructing the 3D electron density distribution of an object. It offers enhanced sensitivity compared to attenuation-based X-ray absorption tomography. In propagation-based methods, phase contrast is achieved by letting the beam propagate after interaction with the object. The phase shift is then retrieved at each projection angle, and subsequently used in tomographic reconstruction to obtain the refractive index decrement distribution, which is proportional to the electron density...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815546/clusters-of-week-specific-maternal-gestational-weight-gain-pattern-and-their-association-with-birthweight-an-observational-cohort-study
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Huan Liang, Chuanmin Yin, Xinran Dong, Ganesh Acharya, Xiaotian Li
INTRODUCTION: Gestational weight gain (GWG) varies widely among different populations, and an inappropriate GWG is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. We aimed to investigate week-specific serial changes in GWG in an urban Chinese population to derive clusters of GWG pattern and explore the impact of GWG patterns on birthweight. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was an observational cohort study of 6130 women delivered at a university hospital in Shanghai, China...
August 16, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815480/evaluation-of-electronic-healthcare-databases-for-post-marketing-drug-safety-surveillance-and-pharmacoepidemiology-in-china
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Yu Yang, Xiaofeng Zhou, Shuangqing Gao, Hongbo Lin, Yanming Xie, Yuji Feng, Kui Huang, Siyan Zhan
INTRODUCTION: Electronic healthcare databases (EHDs) are used increasingly for post-marketing drug safety surveillance and pharmacoepidemiology in Europe and North America. However, few studies have examined the potential of these data sources in China. METHODS: Three major types of EHDs in China (i.e., a regional community-based database, a national claims database, and an electronic medical records [EMR] database) were selected for evaluation. Forty core variables were derived based on the US Mini-Sentinel (MS) Common Data Model (CDM) as well as the data features in China that would be desirable to support drug safety surveillance...
August 16, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815363/the-use-of-natural-language-processing-on-pediatric-diagnostic-radiology-reports-in-the-electronic-health-record-to-identify-deep-venous-thrombosis-in-children
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Jorge A Gálvez, Janine M Pappas, Luis Ahumada, John N Martin, Allan F Simpao, Mohamed A Rehman, Char Witmer
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a potentially life-threatening condition that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. We sought to improve detection and reporting of children with a new diagnosis of VTE by applying natural language processing (NLP) tools to radiologists' reports. We validated an NLP tool, Reveal NLP (Health Fidelity Inc, San Mateo, CA) and inference rules engine's performance in identifying reports with deep venous thrombosis using a curated set of ultrasound reports...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815152/populating-physician-biographical-pages-based-on-emr-data
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Feichen Shen, Sunghwan Sohn, Majid Rastegar-Mojarad, Sijia Liu, Joshua J Pankratz, Michael A Hatton, Nancy Sowada, Om K Shrestha, Shawna L Shurson, Hongfang Liu
The physicians' biographical pages are essential in providing information about physicians' specialties. However, physicians may not have biographical pages or the current pages are not comprehensive. We hypothesize that physicians' specialty information can be mined from Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) of their patients. We proposed an automated physician specialty populating (PSP) system that analyzes physician-ascertained diagnoses in EMRs, aggregates them to an appropriate granularity based on the current biographical pages, and populates the biographical pages accordingly...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815151/eye-tracking-for-clinical-decision-support-a-method-to-capture-automatically-what-physicians-are-viewing-in-the-emr
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Andrew J King, Harry Hochheiser, Shyam Visweswaran, Gilles Clermont, Gregory F Cooper
Eye-tracking is a valuable research tool that is used in laboratory and limited field environments. We take steps toward developing methods that enable widespread adoption of eye-tracking and its real-time application in clinical decision support. Eye-tracking will enhance awareness and enable intelligent views, more precise alerts, and other forms of decision support in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR). We evaluated a low-cost eye-tracking device and found the device's accuracy to be non-inferior to a more expensive device...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
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