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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453399/monitoring-of-co-in-residences-with-bulk-wood-pellet-storage-in-the-northeast
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Alan Rossner, Carolyn E Jordan, Cameron Wake, Lydia Soto-Garcia
The interest in biomass fuel is continuing to expand globally and in the Northeastern US as wood pellets are becoming a primary source of fuel for residential and small commercial systems. Wood pellets for boilers are often stored in basement storage rooms or large bag type containers. Due to the enclosed nature of these storage areas, the atmosphere may exhibit increased levels of carbon monoxide. Serious accidents in Europe have been reported over the last decade in which high concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) have been found in or near bulk pellet storage containers...
April 28, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448772/the-effect-of-a-federal-controlled-substance-act-schedule-change-on-hydrocodone-combination-products-claims-in-a-medicaid-population
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Stephanie Tran, Pavel Lavitas, Karen Stevens, Bonnie C Greenwood, Karen Clements, Caroline J Alper, Kimberly Lenz, Mylissa Price, Tasmina Hydery, Jennifer L Arnold, Mito Takeshita, Rachel Bacon, Justin P Peristere, Paul L Jeffrey
BACKGROUND: In 2012, hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) were the most prescribed medications in the United States. Under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970, hydrocodone alone was classified as a Schedule II drug, while HCPs were classified as Schedule III, indicating a lower risk for abuse and misuse. However, according to a Drug Enforcement Agency analysis, the addition of nonopioids has not been shown to diminish abuse potential of hydrocodone. In response to concerns for drug abuse and overdose, the Drug Enforcement Agency rescheduled HCPs to Schedule II in October 2014, with the intent of limiting overprescribing and increasing awareness of their abuse potential...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448757/prevalence-and-types-of-gender-affirming-surgery-among-a-sample-of-transgender-endocrinology-patients-prior-to-state-expansion-of-insurance-coverage
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Maya Kailas, Hsun Ming Simon Lu, Emily F Rothman, Joshua D Safer
OBJECTIVE: Transgender individuals now have many options for medical intervention, including gender affirmation surgeries. However, it is unknown how common it is for transgender individuals to undergo these surgeries. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to assess the prevalence of gender affirming surgeries among transgender patients in 2015, which was immediately prior to insurance changes that made gender affirming surgery more affordable for Massachusetts residents. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review of 99 transgender patients was performed at the Endocrinology Clinic at Boston Medical Center, an urban safety net hospital...
April 27, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445566/variation-in-outcomes-at-bariatric-surgery-centers-of-excellence
#4
Andrew M Ibrahim, Amir A Ghaferi, Jyothi R Thumma, Justin B Dimick
Importance: In the United States, reports about perioperative complications associated with bariatric surgery led to the establishment of accreditation criteria for bariatric centers of excellence and many bariatric centers obtaining accreditation. Currently, most bariatric procedures occur at these centers, but to what extent they uniformly provide high-quality care remains unknown. Objective: To describe the variation in surgical outcomes across bariatric centers of excellence and the geographic availability of high-quality centers...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444119/spatial-variability-in-adhd-related-behaviors-among-children-born-to-mothers-residing-near-the-new-bedford-harbor-superfund-site
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Verónica M Vieira, M Patricia Fabian, Thomas F Webster, Jonathan I Levy, Susan A Korrick
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has an uncertain etiology, with potential contributions from different risk factors such as prenatal environmental exposure to organochlorines and metals, social risk factors, and genetics. The degree to which geographic variability in ADHD is independent of, or explained by, risk factors may provide etiological insight. We investigated determinants of geographic variation in ADHD-related behaviors among children living near the polychlorinated biphenyl-contaminated New Bedford Harbor (NBH) Superfund site in Massachusetts...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441231/patient-specific-classification-of-icu-sedation-levels-from-heart-rate-variability
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Sunil B Nagaraj, Siddharth Biswal, Emily J Boyle, David W Zhou, Lauren M McClain, Ednan K Bajwa, Sadeq A Quraishi, Akeju Oluwaseun, Riccardo Barbieri, Patrick L Purdon, M Brandon Westover
OBJECTIVE: To develop a personalizable algorithm to discriminate between sedation levels in ICU patients based on heart rate variability. DESIGN: Multicenter, pilot study. SETTING: Several ICUs at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. PATIENTS: We gathered 21,912 hours of routine electrocardiogram recordings from a heterogenous group of 70 adult ICU patients. All patients included in the study were mechanically ventilated and were receiving sedatives...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434885/early-performance-on-an-eye-surgery-simulator-predicts-subsequent-resident-surgical-performance
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Ramak Roohipoor, Mehdi Yaseri, Amir Teymourpour, Carolyn Kloek, John B Miller, John I Loewenstein
OBJECTIVE: To examine early performance on an eye surgery simulator and its relationship to subsequent live surgical performance in a single large residency program. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology. METHODS: In a retrospective study, we compared performance of 30 first-year ophthalmology residents on an eye surgery simulator to their surgical skills as third-year residents...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432111/regional-vascular-density-visual-field-sensitivity-relationship-in-glaucoma-according-to-disease-severity
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Joong Won Shin, Jiyun Lee, Junki Kwon, Jaewan Choi, Michael S Kook
AIMS: To study whether there are global and regional relationships between peripapillary vascular density (pVD) assessed by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and visual field (VF) mean sensitivity at different glaucoma stages. METHODS: Microvascular images and peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer (pRNFL) thicknesses were obtained using a Cirrus OCT-A device in 91 glaucoma subjects. The pVD was measured at various spatial locations according to the Garway-Heath map, using a MATLAB software (The MathWorks, Natick, Massachusetts)...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431236/unicystic-ameloblastoma-revisited-comparison-of-massachusetts-general-hospital-outcomes-with-original-robinson-and-martinez-report
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Anne-Frédérique Chouinard, Zachary S Peacock, William C Faquin, Leonard B Kaban
PURPOSE: Robinson and Martinez established unicystic ameloblastoma (UA) as a distinct pathologic entity in 1977. By use of their original description, the aim of this study was to compare the clinical presentation and outcomes of UA treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) with outcomes reported in the original article. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of MGH patients treated for UA during a 15-year period. Patients were included if they had a confirmed clinical and histologic diagnosis of UA...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429582/obesity-and-addiction-can-a-complication-of-surgery-help-us-understand-the-connection
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V Ivezaj, L E Stoeckel, N M Avena, S C Benoit, A Conason, J F Davis, A N Gearhardt, R Goldman, J E Mitchell, C N Ochner, K K Saules, K J Steffen, E Stice, S Sogg
Obesity is a multifactorial, chronic disease that has proven difficult to treat. An increased understanding of aetiological mechanisms is critical to the development of more effective obesity prevention and treatment strategies. A growing body of empirical evidence has demonstrated parallels between obesity, overeating and substance abuse, including shared behavioural, psychological and neurophysiological factors implicated in the excessive intake of both food and substances of abuse. Several different lines of research have recently emerged that hold the potential to shed light on the connection between obesity, food reward and addiction, with studies examining changes in alcohol use/misuse after weight loss surgery providing a particularly interesting perspective on these interrelationships...
April 21, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429378/expanding-access-to-naloxone-for-family-members-the-massachusetts-experience
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Sarah M Bagley, Leah S Forman, Sarah Ruiz, Kevin Cranston, Alexander Y Walley
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program provides overdose education and naloxone rescue kits to people at risk for overdose and bystanders, including family members. Using Massachusetts Department of Public Health data, the aims are to: (i) describe characteristics of family members who receive naloxone; (ii) identify where family members obtain naloxone; and (iii) describe characteristics of rescues by family members...
April 20, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429291/correlation-of-carotid-blood-flow-and-corrected-carotid-flow-time-with-invasive-cardiac-output-measurements
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Irene W Y Ma, Joshua D Caplin, Aftab Azad, Christina Wilson, Michael A Fifer, Aranya Bagchi, Andrew S Liteplo, Vicki E Noble
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive measures that can accurately estimate cardiac output may help identify volume-responsive patients. This study seeks to compare two non-invasive measures (corrected carotid flow time and carotid blood flow) and their correlations with invasive reference measurements of cardiac output. Consenting adult patients (n = 51) at Massachusetts General Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory undergoing right heart catheterization between February and April 2016 were included...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428977/19th-workshop-of-the-international-stroke-genetics-consortium-april-28-29-2016-boston-massachusetts-usa-2016-001-mri-defined-cerebrovascular-genomics-the-charge-consortium
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S Debette, Y Saba, D Vojinovic, X Jian, H Adams, G Chauhan, M Sargurupremraj, S Kaffashian, J Ding, J C Bis, P Nyquist, K Mather, C Van Duijn, L J Launer, M A Ikram, H Schmidt, W T Longstreth, M Fornage, S Seshadri
The CHARGE consortium is an investigator-initiated collaboration to facilitate meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and genomic analyses based on next generation sequencing (NGS), among multiple large and well-phenotyped population-based cohort studies around the world (http://www.chargeconsortium.com). Within the neuro-CHARGE working group, we are presenting an update of ongoing genomic studies on MRI-markers of cerebrovascular disease. Large population-based studies have shown that the burden of cerebrovascular disease extends far beyond that of clinical stroke...
March 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427905/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening-practices-impact-of-the-2014-u-s-preventive-services-task-force-recommendations
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Evan J Zucker, Alexander S Misono, Anand M Prabhakar
PURPOSE: To assess changes in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound screening associated with the release of revised U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on June 24, 2014. METHODS: All AAA screening ultrasound examinations performed in the Massachusetts General Hospital radiology department in the 15 months before and after the new guidelines were retrospectively reviewed to assess changes in examination volume and appropriateness, demographics, aneurysm detection rate and size at diagnosis, frequency and type of incidental findings, and radiologist recommendations...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427355/identifying-and-characterizing-hepatitis-c-virus-hotspots-in-massachusetts-a-spatial-epidemiological-approach
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Thomas J Stopka, Michael A Goulart, David J Meyers, Marga Hutcheson, Kerri Barton, Shauna Onofrey, Daniel Church, Ashley Donahue, Kenneth K H Chui
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections have increased during the past decade but little is known about geographic clustering patterns. METHODS: We used a unique analytical approach, combining geographic information systems (GIS), spatial epidemiology, and statistical modeling to identify and characterize HCV hotspots, statistically significant clusters of census tracts with elevated HCV counts and rates. We compiled sociodemographic and HCV surveillance data (n = 99,780 cases) for Massachusetts census tracts (n = 1464) from 2002 to 2013...
April 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426852/an-outbreak-of-endogenous-fungal-endophthalmitis-among-intravenous-drug-abusers-in-new-england
#16
Aubrey R Tirpack, Jay S Duker, Caroline R Baumal
Importance: Intravenous drug abuse (IVDA) is a known risk factor for endogenous fungal endophthalmitis (EFE), a severe intraocular infection caused by hematogenous seeding of mycotic organisms to the eye. Reporting significant increases in heroin-related deaths since 2014, the New England region is in the midst of an opioid crisis that has led to a substantial increase in patients at risk for this vision-threatening disease. Objective: To present an update on characteristics, management, and visual outcomes in patients with EFE...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426303/measures-of-local-segregation-for-monitoring-health-inequities-by-local-health-departments
#17
Nancy Krieger, Pamela D Waterman, Neelesh Batra, Johnna S Murphy, Daniel P Dooley, Snehal N Shah
OBJECTIVES: To assess the use of local measures of segregation for monitoring health inequities by local health departments. METHODS: We analyzed preterm birth and premature mortality (death before the age of 65 years) rates for Boston, Massachusetts, for 2010 to 2012, using the Index of Concentration at the Extremes (ICE) and the poverty rate at both the census tract and neighborhood level. RESULTS: For premature mortality at the census tract level, the rate ratios comparing the worst-off and best-off terciles were 1...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422931/development-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-professional-practice-work-environment-inventory
#18
Jeanette Ives Erickson, Mary E Duffy, Marianne Ditomassi, Dorothy Jones
OBJECTIVE: The purpose is to examine the psychometric properties of the professional practice work environment inventory (PPWEI). BACKGROUND: Derived from the Professional Practice Environment (PPE) and the Revised PPE scales, the PPWEI was designed to measure 8 components of the PPE that can be used to assist nurse administrators in decision-making. METHODS: A psychometric evaluation was undertaken with 874 nurses who were providing direct care to patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital and who provided no missing data on the newly developed 72-item PPWEI...
May 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419770/pilot-survey-of-the-health-of-massachusetts-dentists
#19
Romesh P Nalliah, Alan Budd, Veerasathpurush Allareddy
AIM: Dentistry is a career that is very rewarding because of the direct opportunity to deliver essential health services to patients in need. Dentistry is also very demanding; mentally, physically, and even emotionally. Little is known about the health of dentists and how it compares to the health of the general population. The aim of the present study was to report on the general health and health practices of dentists in Massachusetts. METHODS: A medical health and health practices survey was developed from the Delaware Valley Community Health Center and customized...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418449/association-of-a-communication-training-program-with-use-of-antipsychotics-in-nursing-homes
#20
Jennifer Tjia, Jacob N Hunnicutt, Laurie Herndon, Carolyn R Blanks, Kate L Lapane, Susan Wehry
Importance: Off-label antipsychotic prescribing in nursing homes (NHs) is common and is associated with increased risk of mortality in older adults. Prior large-scale, controlled trials in the NH setting failed to show meaningful reductions in antipsychotic use. Objective: To quantify the influence of a large-scale communication training program on NH antipsychotic use called OASIS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This investigation was a quasi-experimental longitudinal study of NHs in Massachusetts enrolled in the OASIS intervention...
April 17, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
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