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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811986/elderly-age-as-a-risk-factor-for-30-day-postoperative-outcomes-following-elective-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion
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John Di Capua, Sulaiman Somani, Jun S Kim, Kevin Phan, Nathan J Lee, Parth Kothari, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is one of the most commonly performed spinal procedures. Considering the high success and low complications rate of ACDF and high prevalence of age-related degeneration of the cervical spine, the rates of ACDF are expected to continually rise. The objective is to identify the association between patient age and 30-day postoperative outcomes following elective ACDF...
August 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810972/when-military-fitness-standards-no-longer-apply-the-high-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-recent-air-force-retirees
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Marcus M Cranston, Mark W True, Jana L Wardian, Rishawn M Carriere, Tom J Sauerwein
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. With MetS prevalence rates increasing in the U.S. population, prevention efforts have largely focused on diet and exercise interventions. Before retirement, military service members have met fitness requirements for at least 20 years, and have lower MetS rates compared to age-matched U.S. population controls (23.4% vs. 39.0%), which suggests a protective effect of the lifestyle associated with military service...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810129/opioid-prescribing-for-chronic-pain-in-a-community-based-healthcare-system
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Robert J Romanelli, Laurence I Ikeda, Braden Lynch, Terri Craig, Joseph C Cappelleri, Trevor Jukes, Denis Y Ishisaka
OBJECTIVES: We sought to evaluate opioid prescribing in an ambulatory setting among patients with noncancer chronic pain (CP). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: We identified patients with at least 2 CP encounters at least 30 days apart in 2012 in the electronic health records of a community-based healthcare delivery system in northern California. We used logistic regression models to assess associations of receiving an opioid prescription with respect to number and type of CP conditions and patient demographics and characteristics...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808632/survival-rates-against-fracture-of-endodontically-treated-posterior-teeth-restored-with-full-coverage-crowns-or-resin-composite-restorations-a-systematic-review
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Warattama Suksaphar, Danuchit Banomyong, Titalee Jirathanyanatt, Yaowaluk Ngoenwiwatkul
This systematic review aims to summarize the current clinical studies that investigated survival rates against fracture of endodontically treated posterior teeth restored with crowns or resin composite restorations. Literature search were performed using keywords. Publications from 1980 to 2016 were searched in PubMed, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, MEDLINE, and SCOPUS. Included studies were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Three clinical studies were included: 1 randomized controlled trial and 1 prospective and 1 retrospective cohort studies...
August 2017: Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807892/parent-mediated-intervention-training-delivered-remotely-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-living-outside-of-urban-areas-systematic-review
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Dave Parsons, Reinie Cordier, Sharmila Vaz, Hoe C Lee
BACKGROUND: Parent training programs for families living outside of urban areas can be used to improve the social behavior and communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, no review has been conducted to investigate these programs. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to (1) systematically review the existing evidence presented by studies on parent-mediated intervention training, delivered remotely for parents having children with ASD and living outside of urban areas; (2) provide an overview of current parent training interventions used with this population; (3) and provide an overview of the method of delivery of the parent training interventions used with this population...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807138/prevalence-and-predictors-of-post-stroke-mood-disorders-a-meta-analysis-and-meta-regression-of-depression-anxiety-and-adjustment-disorder
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Alex J Mitchell, Bhavisha Sheth, John Gill, Motahare Yadegarfar, Brendon Stubbs, Mohammad Yadegarfar, Nick Meader
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the prevalence and predictors of mood disorders, determined by structured clinical interviews (ICD or DSM criteria) in people after stroke. METHODS: Major electronic databases were searched from inception to June 2016 for studies involving major depression (MDD), minor depression (MnD), dysthymia, adjustment disorder, any depressive disorder (any depressive disorder) and anxiety disorders. Studies were combined using both random and fixed effects meta-analysis and results were stratified as appropriate...
July 2017: General Hospital Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807024/society-for-immunotherapy-of-cancer-consensus-statement-on-immunotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-bladder-carcinoma
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Ashish M Kamat, Joaquim Bellmunt, Matthew D Galsky, Badrinath R Konety, Donald L Lamm, David Langham, Cheryl T Lee, Matthew I Milowsky, Michael A O'Donnell, Peter H O'Donnell, Daniel P Petrylak, Padmanee Sharma, Eila C Skinner, Guru Sonpavde, John A Taylor, Prasanth Abraham, Jonathan E Rosenberg
The standard of care for most patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) is immunotherapy with intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), which activates the immune system to recognize and destroy malignant cells and has demonstrated durable clinical benefit. Urologic best-practice guidelines and consensus reports have been developed and strengthened based on data on the timing, dose, and duration of therapy from randomized clinical trials, as well as by critical evaluation of criteria for progression...
August 15, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806567/strategies-to-analyse-data-obtained-from-liquid-intrusion-experiments-of-loose-porous-materials
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Geoffrey Tan, David A V Mortona, Ian Larson
Liquid intrusion remains one of the most common methods to measure the contact angle of liquids to powders. However, as there are two unknown variables in the Washburn equation: the material constant (that is, the pore structure of the powder bed) and the contact angle of the liquid to the powder, this method requires the use of two liquids-a liquid of interest (the probe liquid) and a reference liquid. The reference liquid should, ideally, make a contact angle of 0° to the sample. However, in practice a low surface tension liquid is normally selected...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805684/miniaturized-monitors-for-assessment-of-exposure-to-air-pollutants-a-review
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Francesca Borghi, Andrea Spinazzè, Sabrina Rovelli, Davide Campagnolo, Luca Del Buono, Andrea Cattaneo, Domenico M Cavallo
Air quality has a huge impact on different aspects of life quality, and for this reason, air quality monitoring is required by national and international regulations. Technical and procedural limitations of traditional fixed-site stations for monitoring or sampling of air pollutants are also well-known. Recently, a different type of miniaturized monitors has been developed. These monitors, due to their characteristics (e.g., low cost, small size, high portability) are becoming increasingly important for individual exposure assessment, especially since this kind of instrument can provide measurements at high spatial and temporal resolution, which is a notable advantage when approaching assessment of exposure to environmental contaminants...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805457/selection-of-surrogate-bacteria-for-use-in-food-safety-challenge-studies-a-review
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Mengyi Hu, Joshua B Gurtler
Nonpathogenic surrogate bacteria are prevalently used in a variety of food challenge studies in place of foodborne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Clostridium botulinum because of safety and sanitary concerns. Surrogate bacteria should have growth characteristics and/or inactivation kinetics similar to those of target pathogens under given conditions in challenge studies. It is of great importance to carefully select and validate potential surrogate bacteria when verifying microbial inactivation processes...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803708/anti-phospholipid-syndrome-current-opinion-on-mechanisms-involved-laboratory-characterization-and-diagnostic-aspects
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Jean Amiral, Marie Peyrafitte, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jerard Seghatchian
Anti-phospholipid syndrome is a complex and severe clinical situation, associated with symptoms such as recurrent thrombosis, arterial or venous, at any site, pregnancy loss, and other related syndromes. These clinical burdens, are highly variable from patient to patient, and are associated with biological abnormalities, such as the presence of the Lupus Anticoagulant or phospholipid dependent antibodies, confirmed on two occasions at least 12 weeks apart. From the diagnosis standpoint, both, functional (clotting) or immunological assays, are difficult to standardize and to optimize, due to the absence of reference material, or a characteristic clinical group, and international reference preparations...
July 15, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800832/knowledge-of-appropriate-outpatient-pediatric-echocardiogram-ordering-in-primary-care-physicians-and-trainees
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Sean M Lang, Joshua A Daily, Micheal R FitzGerald, Xinyu Tang, Thomas H Best, James M Robbins, R Thomas Collins
Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for the initial use of outpatient pediatric echocardiography were established to aid all clinicians in the evaluation of children with possible heart disease, and limit low diagnostic yield studies. We sought to (1) assess PCPs' and trainees' awareness of the AUC document; (2) compare their knowledge of appropriate echocardiogram ordering with that of pediatric cardiologists; and (3) identify additional medical and nonmedical factors affecting PCP echocardiogram ordering. An online survey with clinical scenarios derived from the AUC guidelines was distributed to PCPs and trainees in Arkansas, and pediatric cardiologists from Arkansas Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800059/the-impact-of-educational-interventions-on-attitudes-of-emergency-department-staff-towards-patients-with-substance-related-presentations-a-quantitative-systematic-review
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Miriam Gonzalez, Diana E Clarke, Asha Pereira, Krystal Boyce-Gaudreau, Celeste Waldman, Lisa Demczuk, Carol Legare
BACKGROUND: Visits to emergency departments for substance use/abuse are common worldwide. However, emergency department health care providers perceive substance-using patients as a challenging group to manage which can lead to negative attitudes. Providing education or experience-based exercises may impact positively on behaviors towards this patient population. Whether staff attitudes are similarly impacted by knowledge acquired through educational interventions remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To synthesize available evidence on the relationship between new knowledge gained through substance use educational interventions and emergency department health care providers' attitudes towards patients with substance-related presentations...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799301/rickettsial-infections-in-goa-not-just-scrub-typhus
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Kedareshwar Narvencar, Gurleen Kaur, Savio Rodrigues
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Rickettsial infections are an important cause of undifferentiated febrile illness in tropics. While scrub typhus was reported from Goa, other rickettsial infections have not been reported earlier. The present study was planned to identify pattern of rickettsial infections in Goa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients presenting with undiagnosed acute febrile illness were recruited over a two-year period. Other causes of febrile illness were ruled out by appropriate tests...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798268/how-safe-and-effective-are-existing-treatments-for-wide-necked-bifurcation-aneurysms-literature-based-objective-performance-criteria-for-safety-and-effectiveness
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REVIEW
David Fiorella, Adam S Arthur, Richard Chiacchierini, Evelyne Emery, Andy Molyneux, Laurent Pierot
INTRODUCTION: Wide-necked bifurcation aneurysms (WNBAs) present unique technical challenges for both endovascular and surgical treatments which aim to achieve complete occlusion of the aneurysm without compromising the patency of the incorporated regional parent vessels. We present a meta-analysis of traditional therapies for WNBAs to provide critical benchmarks for safety and effectiveness. METHODS: Following a systematic search of the literature and the application of pre-specified appropriateness criteria, 43 (including 2794 aneurysms treated) and 65 (including 5366 patients treated) references with sufficient detail were identified to include in a meta-analysis of efficacy and safety, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797311/risk-factors-for-adverse-outcomes-in-older-adults-with-blunt-chest-trauma-a-systematic-review
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Jake Sawa, Robert S Green, Brent Thoma, Mete Erdogan, Philip J Davis
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to systematically review the published literature for risk factors associated with adverse outcomes in older adults sustaining blunt chest trauma. METHODS: EMBASE and MEDLINE were searched from inception until March 2017 for prognostic factors associated with adverse outcomes in older adults sustaining blunt chest trauma using a pre-specified search strategy. References were independently screened for inclusion by two reviewers...
August 11, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796920/recommendations-for-the-management-of-comorbidity-in-hidradenitis-suppurativa
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E Dauden, P Lazaro, M D Aguilar, A J Blasco, C Suarez, I Marin, R Queiro, J Bassas-Vila, A Martorell, J García-Campayo
BACKGROUND: The association between hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and some diseases is becoming relevant in recent years. Providing appropriate management of HS from an early stage requires to include prompt diagnosis and treatment of concomitant diseases and to prevent any potential comorbidity. This approach should consider the adverse events of the drugs used to treat HS potentially related to the onset of a comorbidity. OBJECTIVE: To provide the dermatologist with an accurate, easily used tool that will inform the diagnosis of HS comorbidity, and to facilitate decision-making regarding the referral and treatment of patient with HS-associated comorbidity...
August 10, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796905/aerobic-uterine-isolates-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-in-mares-with-post-partum-metritis
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M S Ferrer, R Palomares
BACKGROUND: The potential for life-threatening complications of metritis requires prompt initiation of antimicrobial treatment, often before microbiological test results are reported. However, published studies to guide first-line antibiotic selection are scarce. OBJECTIVES: To report the most frequent bacterial species, antimicrobial susceptibility and prevalence of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cases of equine metritis. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of uterine bacterial culture and antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) results from mares with metritis...
August 10, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796674/neonatal-morbidity-of-small-and-large-for-gestational-age-neonates-born-at-term-in-uncomplicated-pregnancies
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Suneet P Chauhan, Madeline Murguia Rice, William A Grobman, Jennifer Bailit, Uma M Reddy, Ronald J Wapner, Michael W Varner, John M Thorp, Kenneth J Leveno, Steve N Caritis, Mona Prasad, Alan T N Tita, George Saade, Yoram Sorokin, Dwight J Rouse, Jorge E Tolosa
OBJECTIVE: To compare morbidity among small-for-gestational-age (SGA; birth weight less than the 10th percentile for gestational age), appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA; birth weight 10th to 90th percentile; reference group), and large-for-gestational-age (LGA; birth weight greater than the 90th percentile) neonates in apparently uncomplicated pregnancies at term (37 weeks of gestation or greater). METHODS: This secondary analysis, derived from an observational obstetric cohort of 115,502 deliveries, included women with apparently uncomplicated pregnancies of nonanomalous singletons who had confirmatory ultrasound dating no later than the second trimester and who delivered between 37 0/7 and 42 6/7 weeks of gestation...
August 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796443/relative-cerebral-blood-volume-is-a-potential-biomarker-in-late-delayed-radiation-induced-brain-injury
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Ying Xie, Haiwei Huang, Junjie Guo, Dongxiao Zhou
PURPOSE: To assess whether relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) can provide information to reliably evaluate the stages of late delayed radiation-induced brain injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty patients diagnosed with late delayed radiation-induced brain injury were enrolled. The patients were examined using a 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system equipped with an 8-channel head coil. An echo planar imaging (EPI) sequence was used in perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI)...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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