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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646991/understanding-the-immune-signature-fingerprint-of-peritoneal-dialysis-related-peritonitis
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Tadashi Takeuchi, Hiroshi Ohno, Naoko Satoh-Takayama
Although acute peritonitis is a common and severe complication associated with peritoneal dialysis, the culture-based test used as the diagnostic criterion for this disease is often too slow to allow appropriate point-of-care diagnosis of specific bacterial infection. To address this problem, Zhang et al. report the efficacy of a novel set of immune biomarkers derived from a machine-learning algorithm applied to patient data. This fingerprint could predict major pathogenic causes of peritonitis.
July 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646888/utilization-of-hiv-testing-services-among-pregnant-mothers-in-low-income-primary-care-settings-in-northern-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yihun Mulugeta Alemu, Fentie Ambaw, Annelies Wilder-Smith
BACKGROUND: HIV testing of women in child bearing age is an entry point for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT). This study aims to identify the proportion of women tested for HIV and to determine factors associated with utilization of HIV testing services among pregnant mothers in primary care settings in northern Ethiopia. METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted in 416 pregnant women from four primary care centers between October 2, 2012 and May 31, 2013 in East Gojjam, Ethiopia...
June 24, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646739/contribution-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-to-whole-toxicity-of-water-samples-collected-in-effluent-dominated-urban-streams
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Ikumi Tamura, Yusuke Yasuda, Kei-Ichiro Kagota, Saori Yoneda, Norihide Nakada, Vimal Kumar, Yutaka Kameda, Kumiko Kimura, Norihisa Tatarazako, Hiroshi Yamamoto
Water samples were collected from effluent-dominated urban streams in Tokushima, Kyoto, and Saitama in Japan to roughly determine the contribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and surfactants to whole toxicity of the water. Approximately 100 PPCPs including anionic surfactants such as linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), were chemically analyzed. Using 14 water samples, chronic or sub-chronic toxicity tests were conducted on three aquatic species, the green alga Raphidocelis subcapitata, the cladoceran Ceriodaphnia dubia, and the zebrafish Danio rerio...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646627/collecting-validity-evidence-for-simulation-based-assessment-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-skills
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Jesper Kørup Jensen, Liv Dyre, Mattis Enggaard Jørgensen, Lisbeth Anita Andreasen, Martin Grønnebaek Tolsgaard
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the validity of a simulator test designed to evaluate focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) skills. METHODS: Participants included a group of ultrasound novices (n = 25) and ultrasound experts (n = 10). All participants had their FAST skills assessed using a virtual reality ultrasound simulator. Procedural performance on the 4 FAST windows was assessed by automated simulator metrics, which received a passing or failing score...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645985/a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-interactive-web-based-intervention-cancercope
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Suzanne K Chambers, Lee Ritterband, Frances Thorndike, Lisa Nielsen, Joanne F Aitken, Samantha Clutton, Paul Scuffham, Philippa Youl, Bronwyn Morris, Peter Baade, Jeffrey Dunn
INTRODUCTION: Approximately 35% of patients with cancer experience clinically significant distress, and unmet psychological supportive care needs are prevalent. This study describes the protocol for a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an internet-based psychological intervention for distressed patients with cancer. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: In phase I, the intervention was developed on an interactive web platform and pilot tested for acceptability using a qualitative methodology with 21 patients with cancer...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645301/the-sternal-management-accelerated-recovery-trial-s-m-a-r-t-standard-restrictive-versus-an-intervention-of-modified-sternal-precautions-following-cardiac-surgery-via-median-sternotomy-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Md Ali Katijjahbe, Linda Denehy, Catherine L Granger, Alistair Royse, Colin Royse, Rebecca Bates, Sarah Logie, Sandy Clarke, Doa El-Ansary
BACKGROUND: The routine implementation of sternal precautions to prevent sternal complications that restrict the use of the upper limbs is currently worldwide practice following a median sternotomy. However, evidence is limited and drawn primarily from cadaver studies and orthopaedic research. Sternal precautions may delay recovery, prolong hospital discharge and be overly restrictive. Recent research has shown that upper limb exercise reduces post-operative sternal pain and results in minimal micromotion between the sternal edges as measured by ultrasound...
June 23, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644046/paper-based-point-of-care-testing-in-disease-diagnostics
#7
Leila Syedmoradi, Frank A Gomez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643629/faecal-immunochemical-tests-to-triage-patients-with-lower-abdominal-symptoms-for-suspected-colorectal-cancer-referrals-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Marie Westwood, Isaac Corro Ramos, Shona Lang, Marianne Luyendijk, Remziye Zaim, Lisa Stirk, Maiwenn Al, Nigel Armstrong, Jos Kleijnen
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer in the UK. Presenting symptoms that can be associated with CRC usually have another explanation. Faecal immunochemical tests (FITs) detect blood that is not visible to the naked eye and may help to select patients who are likely to benefit from further investigation. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of FITs [OC-Sensor (Eiken Chemical Co./MAST Diagnostics, Tokyo, Japan), HM-JACKarc (Kyowa Medex/Alpha Laboratories Ltd, Tokyo, Japan), FOB Gold (Sentinel/Sysmex, Sentinel Diagnostics, Milan, Italy), RIDASCREEN Hb or RIDASCREEN Hb/Hp complex (R-Biopharm, Darmstadt, Germany)] for primary care triage of people with low-risk symptoms...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643228/a-urologic-stethoscope-urologist-performed-sonography-using-a-pocket-size-ultrasound-device-in-the-point-of-care-setting
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Arnon Lavi, Sharon Tzemah, Anan Hussein, Ibrahim Bishara, Nikolay Shcherbakov, Genady Zelichenko, Alon Mashiah, Michael Gross, Leonid Cherbinski, Ziv Neeman, Michael Cohen
PURPOSE: Ultrasound is commonly used in urology. Technical advances with reduced size and cost led to diffusion of small ultrasound devices to many clinical settings. Even so, most ultrasound studies are performed by non-urologists. We aimed to evaluate the utility of a pocket-size ultrasound device (Vscan™ GE Healthcare) and the quality of urologist performed study. METHODS: Three consecutive studies were performed: (1) a urologist using the pocket ultrasound, (2) a sonographist using the pocket ultrasound, and (3) a sonographist using a standard ultrasound device...
June 22, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641909/effect-of-the-affordable-care-act-medicaid-expansion-on-emergency-department-visits-evidence-from-state-level-emergency-department-databases
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Sayeh Nikpay, Seth Freedman, Helen Levy, Tom Buchmueller
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We assess whether the expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) results in changes in emergency department (ED) visits or ED payer mix. We also test whether the size of the change in ED visits depends on the change in the size of the Medicaid population. METHODS: Using all-capture, longitudinal, state data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Fast Stats program, we implemented a difference-in-difference analysis, which compared changes in ED visits per capita and the share of ED visits by payer (Medicaid, uninsured, and private insurance) in 14 states that did and 11 states that did not expand Medicaid in 2014...
June 11, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641717/soluble-cd14-subtype-a-new-biomarker-in-predicting-the-outcome-of-critically-ill-septic-patients
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Giovanni Matera, Angela Quirino, Cinzia Peronace, Pio Settembre, Vito Marano, Maria T Loria, Nadia Marascio, Luisa Galati, Giorgio S Barreca, Aida Giancotti, Bruno Amantea, Maria C Liberto, Alfredo Focà
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the role of presepsin (soluble CD14 subtype, sCD14-ST) in predicting the outcome of critically ill septic patients in parallel with procalcitonin and C-reactive protein. METHODS: This study was an observational, prospective study that enrolled 58 surgical and medical intensive care unit patients with suspected sepsis. All studied subjects were retrospectively stratified into survivors and nonsurvivors based on 28 days survival and according to microbiological results in blood culture positive and negative groups...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640845/is-self-assessment-of-medical-abortion-using-a-low-sensitivity-pregnancy-test-combined-with-a-checklist-and-phone-text-messages-feasible-in-south-african-primary-healthcare-settings-a-randomized-trial
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Deborah Constant, Jane Harries, Kristen Daskilewicz, Landon Myer, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate feasibility of self-assessment of medical abortion outcome using a low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test, checklist and text messages. The study assessed whether accurate self-assessment required a demonstration of the low-sensitivity urine pregnancy test or if verbal instructions suffice. METHODS: This non-inferiority trial enrolled 525 adult women from six public sector abortion clinics. Eligible women were undergoing medical abortion at gestations within 63 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640723/intravitreal-injections-service-a-patient-experience-evaluation
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Hani Hasan, Sarah Flockhart, Waseem Qureshi, Selina Khan, Shahina Ahmed, Nimish Shah
INTRODUCTION: This survey has been conducted following the introduction of nurse-led intravitreal injections clinics at the Great Western Hospital. A team of 5 nurses regularly carry out an average of 90 injections per week. METHODS: A series of 169 consecutive injection patients have been offered the study questionnaire between 28 January 2016 and 28 February 2016; patients with no previous experience with a nurse injector were excluded. RESULTS: 76...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639989/use-of-expenditure-analysis-to-enhance-returns-on-investments-in-hiv-services
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Brian Honermann, Richael O'Hagan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Globally, the response to the HIV epidemic is at a crisis point. International investments in the HIV response have been essentially flat for 8 years and domestic budgets in low and middle-income countries - still recovering from the global recession - have not been able to fill the resource gap to drive a full-fledged HIV response. Still, efficiencies and prioritization of evidence-based interventions enable a significant scale-up of treatment, but millions more people remain without treatment...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639569/performance-of-simplified-acute-physiology-score-3-in-predicting-hospital-mortality-in-emergency-intensive-care-unit
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Qing-Bian Ma, Yuan-Wei Fu, Lu Feng, Qiang-Rong Zhai, Yang Liang, Meng Wu, Ya-An Zheng
BACKGROUND: Since the 1980s, severity of illness scoring systems has gained increasing popularity in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Physicians used them for predicting mortality and assessing illness severity in clinical trials. The objective of this study was to assess the performance of Simplified Acute Physiology Score 3 (SAPS 3) and its customized equation for Australasia (Australasia SAPS 3, SAPS 3 [AUS]) in predicting clinical prognosis and hospital mortality in emergency ICU (EICU)...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638471/rapid-detection-of-avian-influenza-virus-by-fluorescent-diagnostic-assay-using-an-epitope-derived-peptide
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Duong Tuan Bao, Do Thi Hoang Kim, Hyun Park, Bui Thi Cuc, Nguyen Minh Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Phuong Linh, Nguyen Chien Huu, Trinh Thi Thuy Tien, Nguyen Thi Viet Anh, Tung Dao Duy, Chom-Kyu Chong, Seung-Taek Yu, Do-Young Choi, Seon-Ju Yeo
Currently, the point of care testing (POCT) is not fully developed for subtype-specific avian influenza virus detection. In this study, an H5N1 hemaglutinin 1 (HA1) epitope (P0: KPNDAINF) and three modified peptides (P1: KPNTAINF, P2: KPNGAINF, P3: KPNDAINDAINF) were evaluated as POCT elements for rapid detection of avian influenza virus. Based on modeling predictions by Autodock Vina, binding affinity varied depending on alteration of one amino acid in these peptides. The binding energy of P2 indicated its potential for a strong interaction with HA...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637781/detecting-optic-nerve-head-swelling-on-ultrasound-and-optical-coherence-tomography-in-children-and-young-people-an-observational-study
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Annegret Hella Dahlmann-Noor, Gillian W Adams, Moritz Claudius Daniel, Alison Davis, Joanne Hancox, Melanie Hingorani, Patricia Ibanez, Becky McPhee, Himanshu Patel, Marie Restori, Clare Roberts, Maria Theodorou, James Acheson
BACKGROUND: Following high-profile cases, referrals for evaluation of 'suspicious optic discs' to eye clinics in the UK have sharply increased, asking ophthalmologists to reliably distinguish between true and pseudopapilloedema. Optic nerve sheath dilatation (ONSD) on ocular ultrasound (US) is considered a reliable sign of true papilloedema, but this test is not widely available. Recently, anterior bowing of Bruch's membrane (BM) and increased retinal nerve fibre layer thickness on optical coherence tomography (OCT) have emerged as indicators of intracranial hypertension, and OCT is widely available...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637738/the-reanimation-low-immune-status-markers-realism-project-a-protocol-for-broad-characterisation-and-follow-up-of-injury-induced-immunosuppression-in-intensive-care-unit-icu-critically-ill-patients
#18
Mary-Luz Rol, Fabienne Venet, Thomas Rimmele, Virginie Moucadel, Pierre Cortez, Laurence Quemeneur, David Gardiner, Andrew Griffiths, Alexandre Pachot, Julien Textoris, Guillaume Monneret
INTRODUCTION: The host response to septic shock is dynamic and complex. A sepsis-induced immunosuppression phase has recently been acknowledged and linked to bad outcomes and increased healthcare costs. Moreover, a marked suppression of the immune response has also been partially described in patients hospitalized in intensive care unit (ICU) for severe trauma or burns. It has been hypothesized that immune monitoring could enable identification of patients who might most benefit from novel, adjunctive immune-stimulating therapies...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637514/performance-of-point-of-care-international-normalized-ratio-measurement-to-diagnose-trauma-induced-coagulopathy
#19
Thomas Mistral, Yvonnick Boué, Jean-Luc Bosson, Pauline Manhes, Jules Greze, Julien Brun, Pierre Albaladejo, Jean-François Payen, Pierre Bouzat
BACKGROUND: Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is a common feature after severe trauma. Detection of TIC is based upon classic coagulation tests including international normalized ratio (INR) value. Point-of-care (POC) devices have been developed to rapidly measure INR at the bedside on whole blood. The aim of the study was to test the precision of the Coagucheck® XS Pro device for INR measurement at hospital admission after severe trauma. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study in a French level I trauma center...
June 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636866/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-trichomonas-vaginalis-and-other-sexually-transmissible-infections-among-women-attending-antenatal-clinics-in-three-provinces-in-papua-new-guinea-a-cross-sectional-survey
#20
Lisa M Vallely, Pamela Toliman, Claire Ryan, Glennis Rai, Johanna Wapling, Carolyn Tomado, Savarina Huliafi, Gloria Munnull, Patricia Rarau, Suparat Phuanukoonnon, Handan Wand, Peter Siba, Glen D L Mola, John M Kaldor, Andrew J Vallely
Background Papua New Guinea (PNG) is estimated to have among the highest prevalences of HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) of any Asia-Pacific country, and one of the highest burdens of maternal syphilis globally. The prevalence of curable STIs, such as Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV), among pregnant women in PNG is relatively unknown. METHODS: A cross-sectional bio-behavioural survey to investigate the epidemiology of CT, NG, TV and other STIs among pregnant women in three provinces of PNG was undertaken...
October 2016: Sexual Health
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