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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933554/use-of-anticoagulant-rodenticides-by-pest-management-professionals-in-massachusetts-usa
#1
Kristin Memmott, Maureen Murray, Allen Rutberg
Secondary exposure to chemical rodenticides, specifically second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), poses a threat to non-target wildlife including birds of prey. Federal regulations in the United States currently limit homeowner access to SGARs as a way of minimizing this threat. With legal access to SGARs, pest management professionals (PMPs) represent a potential linkage to non-target exposure. There is limited research focused on rodent control practices, chemical rodenticide preferences, level of concern and awareness, or opinions on rodenticide regulations as they relate to PMPs...
December 8, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932656/draft-genome-sequences-of-two-historical-listeria-monocytogenes-strains-from-human-listeriosis-cases-in-1933
#2
Vikrant Dutta, Sangmi Lee, Todd J Ward, Nathane Orwig, Eric Altermann, Dereje Jima, Cameron Parsons, Sophia Kathariou
We report here the draft genome sequences of two Listeria monocytogenes strains from some of the earliest reported cases of human listeriosis in North America. The strains were isolated in 1933 from patients in Massachusetts and Connecticut, USA, and belong to the widely disseminated hypervirulent clonal complex 1 (CC1) and CC2.
December 8, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930753/immune-response-to-hpv16-e6-and-e7-proteins-and-patient-outcomes-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#3
Heather H Nelson, Michael Pawlita, Dominique S Michaud, Michael McClean, Scott M Langevin, Melissa N Eliot, Karl T Kelsey
Importance: Pathology-based measures of human papillomavirus (HPV) status are routinely obtained in the care of head and neck cancer and are clearly associated with patient outcome for cancers of the oropharynx. However, it is unclear if HPV status is of high value for cancers of the larynx and oral cavity. In addition, it is possible to assess HPV infection using serology-based methods; however, the suitability of this pathology-independent measure for predicting patient outcome in head and neck cancer is unknown...
December 8, 2016: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927842/parental-contributions-to-early-embryo-development-influences-of-urinary-phthalate-and-phthalate-alternatives-among-couples-undergoing-ivf-treatment
#4
Haotian Wu, Lisa Ashcraft, Brian W Whitcomb, Tayyab Rahil, Ellen Tougias, Cynthia K Sites, J Richard Pilsner
STUDY QUESTION: Are preconception urinary concentrations of phthalates and phthalate alternatives associated with diminished early stage embryo quality in couples undergoing IVF? SUMMARY ANSWER: Male, but not female, urinary concentrations of select metabolites of phthalates and phthalate alternatives are associated with diminished blastocyst quality. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although phthalates are endocrine disrupting compounds associated with adverse reproductive health, they are in widespread use across the world...
December 7, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926784/preoperative-characteristics-and-cytological-features-of-136-histologically-confirmed-pancreatic-mucinous-cystic-neoplasms
#5
Aristana Scourtas, Jonathan C Dudley, William R Brugge, Abdurrahman Kadayifci, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Martha B Pitman
BACKGROUND: Mucinous cystic neoplasms (MCNs) of the pancreas present a management conundrum. The majority are benign but all are resected due to their malignant potential. Recent studies have recommended nonsurgical management. In the current study, the authors analyzed the preoperative imaging, cytology, and cyst fluid characteristics of 136 histologically confirmed MCNs to assess predictors of a high-risk (HR) cyst for surgical triage. METHODS: MCNs resected at the Massachusetts General Hospital between 1990 and 2014 formed the study cohort...
December 7, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923680/the-100-most-cited-manuscripts-in-emergency-abdominal-surgery-a-bibliometric-analysis
#6
Thomas Ellul, Nicholas Bullock, Tarig Abdelrahman, Arfon G M T Powell, Jolene Witherspoon, Wyn G Lewis
BACKGROUND: The number of citations a scientific article receives provides a good indication of its impact within any given field. This bibliometric analysis aimed to identify the 100 most cited articles in Emergency Abdominal Surgery (EAS), to highlight key areas of interest and identify those that have most significantly shaped contemporary clinical practice in this newly evolving surgical specialty. This is of increasing relevance as concerns grow regarding the variable and suboptimal outcomes in Emergency General Surgery...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922769/see-test-treat-a-5-year-experience-of-pathologists-driving-cervical-and-breast-cancer-screening-to-underserved-and-underinsured-populations
#7
Barbarajean Magnani, Beth Harubin, Judith F Katz, Andrea L Zuckerman, William C Strohsnitter
CONTEXT: - See, Test & Treat is a pathologist-driven program to provide cervical and breast cancer screening to underserved and underinsured patient populations. This program is largely funded by the CAP Foundation (College of American Pathologists, Northfield, Illinois) and is a collaborative effort among several medical specialties united to address gaps in the current health care system. OBJECTIVE: - To provide an outline for administering a See, Test & Treat program, using an academic medical center as a model for providing care and collating the results of 5 years of data on the See, Test & Treat program's findings...
December 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922518/hepatitis-c-point-of-care-testing-in-vulnerable-populations-a-human-factors-study
#8
Donna M Zucker, Akshaya Shanmugam
One third of all hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases in the United States are incarcerated in jails and prisons. Hepatitis C virus testing is primarily accomplished through a clinical laboratory, yet point-of-care (POC) testing is less invasive and results are available in 20 minutes compared with up to 3 weeks. The purpose of this article was to describe the findings of a collaborative project between the Colleges of Engineering and Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in executing a human factors study for HCV antibody testing and screening...
November 2016: Gastroenterology Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920269/same-care-different-populations-return-to-learn-practices-following-concussion-in-primary-and-secondary-schools
#9
Laura S Blackwell, Anna F Robinson, Mark R Proctor, Alex M Taylor
The authors conducted a cross-sectional survey of Massachusetts school nurses examining return-to-learn practices for children recovering from concussion in prekindergarten through high school. Regardless of school setting, all students received academic accommodations to support learning during recovery. School nurses perceived less benefit to prolonged cognitive rest (>4 days) for high school students relative to students in elementary school, but provided academic accommodations to them for comparatively longer periods of time (10-14 days vs 6-10 days)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917677/infectious-bronchitis-vaccine-virus-detection-and-part-s1-genetic-variation-following-single-or-dual-inoculation-in-broiler-chicks
#10
Christopher Ball, Faez Awad, Sally Hutton, Anne Forrester, Matthew Baylis, Kannan Ganapathy
An investigation was undertaken of the extent of genetic variation occurring within infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccine strains following vaccination of day-old broiler chicks. Chicks were divided into seven groups, with two groups receiving single Massachusetts (Mass) vaccinations and the other four were inoculated with combinations of different IBV serotypes; Mass, 793B, D274, and Arkansas (Ark). The remaining group was maintained as an unvaccinated control. Following vaccination, swabs and tissues collected at intervals were pooled and RNA was extracted for detection of IBV by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR)...
December 5, 2016: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916432/the-international-generalisability-of-evidence-for-health-policy-a-cross-country-comparison-of-medication-adherence-following-policy-change
#11
Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Helen Whelton, Jessica Myers Franklin, Jennifer Milan Polinski
Copayments for prescriptions may increase morbidity and mortality via reductions in adherence to medications. Relevant data can inform policy to minimise such unintended effects. We explored the generalisability of evidence for copayments by comparing two international copayment polices, one in Massachusetts and one in Ireland, to assess whether effects on medication adherence were comparable. We used national prescription data for public health insurance programmes in Ireland and Medicaid data in the U.S. New users of oral anti-hypertensive, anti-hyperlipidaemic and diabetic drugs were included (total n=14,259 in U...
October 26, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916367/esophageal-duplication-cysts-and-closure-of-the-muscle-layer
#12
Leo Andrew Benedict, Sigrid Bairdain, Jessica K Paulus, Carl-Christian Jackson, Catherine Chen, Cassandra Kelleher
BACKGROUND: Foregut duplication cysts are rare congenital anomalies that require surgical intervention with approximately 10%-15% of all gastrointestinal duplication cysts originating from the esophagus. Consensus is lacking among surgeons regarding closure of the esophageal muscle layer after resection of an esophageal duplication cyst and long-term outcomes are poorly documented. Therefore, we conducted the first study comparing complication rates in patients undergoing closure versus nonclosure of the esophageal muscle layer after esophageal duplication cyst resection...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915354/some-thoughts-on-the-future-of-libraries-journals-impact-factors-and-replicability
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EDITORIAL
Thomas W Elwood
A report on the "The Future of Libraries" is the outcome of a year's worth of discussions among faculty members, staff, and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While its findings and recommendations still are preliminary, the report presents a vision of the library as an "open global platform" that provides access to information to help solve global challenges. Digital access already has changed the face of research, making it more efficient for individual library users. Instead of going to a library building today to find and read books and journal articles, students and faculty access, organize, and read scholarly content on their own electronic devices...
2016: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913719/surgical-site-infections-in-major-head-and-neck-surgeries-involving-pedicled-flap-reconstruction
#14
Neerav Goyal, Bharat B Yarlagadda, Daniel G Deschler, Kevin S Emerick, Derrick T Lin, Debbie L Rich, James W Rocco, Marlene L Durand
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate surgical site infections (SSI) after pedicled reconstruction in head and neck surgery. METHODS: Records of patients with pedicled flap reconstructions between 2009 and 2014 at Massachusetts Eye and Ear were reviewed. Onset of SSI or fistula ≤30 days postoperatively was noted. A free flap cohort was reviewed for comparison. RESULTS: Two hundred and eight pedicled reconstructions were performed for cancer (83%), osteoradionecrosis (7%), and other reasons (10%)...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913306/effect-of-bradykinin-receptor-antagonism-on-ace-inhibitor-associated-angioedema
#15
Brittany T Straka, Claudia E Ramirez, James B Byrd, Elizabeth Stone, Alencia Woodard-Grice, Hui Nian, Chang Yu, Aleena Banerji, Nancy J Brown
BACKGROUND: The B2 receptor antagonist icatibant is approved for treatment of attacks of hereditary angioedema. Icatibant has been reported to decrease time-to-resolution of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor-associated angioedema in one study of European patients. METHODS: Patients with ACE inhibitor-associated angioedema (defined as swelling of lips, tongue, pharynx or face during ACE inhibitor use and no swelling in the absence of ACE inhibitor use) were enrolled at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from October 2007 through September 2015 and at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2012...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911073/reducing-risky-alcohol-use-what-health-care-systems-can-do
#16
Amity E Quinn, Mary Brolin, Maureen T Stewart, Brooke Evans, Constance Horgan
Risky, non-dependent alcohol use is prevalent in the United States, affecting 25% of adults (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014b). Massachusetts has higher rates of alcohol use and binge drinking than most states (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015). Serious physical, social, and economic consequences result. Excessive alcohol use contributes to cancer, cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, birth defects, motor vehicle injuries, and suicide, and it complicates management of chronic illnesses (Green, McKnight-Eily, Tan, Mejia, & Denny, 2016; Laramee et al...
April 27, 2016: Issue Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911071/severe-brain-injury-in-massachusetts-assessing-the-continuum-of-care
#17
Laura Lorenz, Gabrielle Katz
Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a major public health problem in Massachusetts (Hackman et al, 2014) and includes traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, ABI-related infectious diseases, metabolic disorders affecting the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and brain tumor. Advances in emergency medical care and neurosurgery mean that more people are surviving severe traumatic brain injury (Trexler et al, 2014). Yet many patients with severe TBI in particular, are not receiving inpatient services after initial treatment (Hackman et al, 2014; CDC, 2014) or later that are known to be effective (Malec & Kean, 2015; Lewis & Horn, 2015; BI Commission, 2011; Kolakowsky-Hayner et al, 2000; Interviews)...
December 10, 2015: Issue Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906909/asthma-among-employed-adults-by-industry-and-occupation-21-states-2013
#18
Katelynn E Dodd, Jacek M Mazurek
Workers in various industries and occupations are at risk for work-related asthma* (1). Data from the 2006-2007 adult Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Asthma Call-back Survey (ACBS), an in-depth asthma survey conducted with respondents who report an asthma diagnosis, from 33 states indicated that up to 48% of adult current asthma might be related to work and could therefore potentially be prevented (2). Identification of the industries and occupations with increased prevalence of asthma might inform work-related asthma intervention and prevention efforts...
December 2, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906157/validation-of-the-breathlessness-cough-and-sputum-scale-to-predict-copd-exacerbation
#19
Rebecca DeVries, David Kriebel, Susan Sama
The breathlessness, cough and sputum scale (BCSS) is a three-item questionnaire rating breathlessness, cough and sputum on a 5-point Likert scale from 0 (no symptoms) to 4 (severe symptoms). Researchers have explored the utility of this tool to quantify efficacy of treatment following a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation; however, little work has been done to investigate the ability of the BCSS to predict COPD exacerbation. As part of a prospective case-crossover study among a cohort of 168 COPD patients residing in central Massachusetts, patients were asked standard BCSS questions during exacerbation and randomly identified non-exacerbation (or healthy) weeks...
December 1, 2016: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903561/keeping-weight-off-study-protocol-of-an-rct-to-investigate-brain-changes-associated-with-mindfulness-based-stress-reduction
#20
Carl Fulwiler, Julia A Siegel, Jeroan Allison, Milagros C Rosal, Judson Brewer, Jean A King
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a growing epidemic fuelled by unhealthy behaviours and associated with significant comorbidities and financial costs. While behavioural interventions produce clinically meaningful weight loss, weight loss maintenance is challenging. This may partially be due to failure to target stress and emotional reactivity. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) reduces stress and emotional reactivity and may be a useful tool for behaviour change maintenance. This study seeks to provide a mechanistic understanding for clinical trials of the benefits of MBSR for weight loss maintenance by examining changes in functional connectivity (FC) and the association of these changes with clinical outcomes...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Open
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