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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346284/an-electronic-cardiac-rehabilitation-referral-system-increases-cardiac-rehabilitation-referrals
#1
James P Pirruccello, Kathleen C Traynor, Pradeep Natarajan, Carol Brown, Michael K Hidrue, Kenneth A Rosenfield, Sekar Kathiresan, Jason H Wasfy
AIM: Although cardiac rehabilitation attendance is associated with improved clinical outcomes for patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), it remains underutilized nationally. We sought to determine whether replacing traditional, paper-based referrals for cardiac rehabilitation for patients with AMI with an electronic referral system would increase utilization. METHODS AND RESULTS: We implemented the change from traditional, paper-based referrals to electronic referrals at the Massachusetts General Hospital on 10 December 2013...
March 24, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343904/clinical-and-serologic-responses-after-a-two-dose-series-of-high-dose-influenza-vaccine-in-plasma-cell-disorders-a-prospective-single-arm-trial
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Andrew R Branagan, Eamon Duffy, Randy A Albrecht, Dennis L Cooper, Stuart Seropian, Terri L Parker, Geliang Gan, Fangyong Li, Daniel Zelterman, Chandra Sekhar Boddupalli, Lin Zhang, Rakesh Verma, Thomas M Ferencz, Madhav V Dhodapkar
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) and other plasma cell disorders are highly susceptible to influenza infections, which are major causes of morbidity in this population, despite the routine administration of a seasonal influenza vaccination. Existing data are limited by small and retrospective studies, which suggest poor seroprotection rates of < 20% after standard influenza vaccination in patients with MM. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with plasma cell dyscrasia (n = 51) were treated with a 2-dose series of high-dose inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine during the 2014 to 2015 influenza season...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342504/retraction-notice-to-long-term-trends-1986-2003-in-the-use-of-coronary-reperfusion-strategies-in-patients-hospitalized-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-central-massachusetts-int-j-cardiol-131-2008-83-89
#3
Robert J Goldberg, Frederick A Spencer, Joseph Okolo, Darleen Lessard, Jorge Yarzebski, Joel M Gore
This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief and Author. This article is a duplicate of a paper that has already been published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, 23 (2007) 163-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11239-006-9029-0. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that the paper is not under consideration for publication elsewhere...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337538/prevalence-and-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-free-range-chickens-from-grocery-stores-and-farms-in-maryland-ohio-and-massachusetts-usa
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Yuqing Ying, Shiv K Verma, Oliver C H Kwok, Fatima Alibana, Rima Mcleod, Chunlei Su, Jitender P Dubey, Abani K Pradhan
Chickens are considered important in the epidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii. Chicken hearts (n = 1185) obtained from grocery stores were tested for T. gondii infection. Antibodies to T. gondii were assayed in fluid removed from the heart cavity using the modified agglutination test (MAT) at 1:5, 1:25, and 1:100 dilutions. MAT antibodies were detected in 222 hearts at 1:5 dilution and 8 hearts at 1:25 dilution, but none were positive at 1:100 dilution. Seropositive (n = 230, 19.4%) chicken hearts were bioassayed in mice and seronegative (n = 157) chickens were bioassayed in cats...
March 24, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336605/draft-genome-sequence-of-chromobacterium-subtsugae-mwu12-2387-isolated-from-a-wild-cranberry-bog-in-truro-massachusetts
#5
Kristin Vöing, Alisha Harrison, Scott D Soby
Chromobacterium subtsugae MWU12-2387 was isolated from the rhizosphere of cranberry plants. While it is unknown what environmental role these bacteria play in bog soils, they hold potential as biological control agents against nematodes and insect pests. Potential virulence genes were identified, including the violacein synthesis pathway, siderophores, and several chitinases.
March 23, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334235/establishment-of-parasitoids-of-the-lily-leaf-beetle-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-in-north-america
#6
Lisa Tewksbury, Richard A Casagrande, Naomi Cappuccino, Marc Kenis
Three larval parasitoids were imported from Europe to control the lily leaf beetle, Lilioceris lilii Scopoli (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), an accidentally introduced herbivore of native and cultivated lilies in North America. Tetrastichus setifer Thomson (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) was introduced in Massachusetts in 1999, and was found to be established there in 2002. Subsequent releases of T. setifer were made and two additional parasitoids, Lemophagus errabundus Szepligeti (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) and Diaparsis jucunda (Holmgren) (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), were introduced...
March 7, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333333/why-aren-t-women-choosing-stem-academic-jobs-observations-from-a-small-group-discussion-at-the-2016-american-society-for-microbiology-annual-meeting
#7
Elizabeth M Adamowicz
This commentary summarizes a small-group discussion that recently occurred at the American Society for Microbiology annual general meeting, ASM Microbe, in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16-20, 2016, on the topic 'why are so few women choosing to become academics?' Specifically, the discussion focused on asking what the actual and perceived barriers to academic STEM careers women face, and possible solutions to address them which would make women more likely to seek out academic careers. The conclusions reached suggest that, despite improvement in recent years, women and minorities still face complex barriers to STEM academic careers, and further research is needed to determine the best solutions to this problem...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330891/evaluation-of-the-bionexia-legionella-test-including-the-impact-of-incubation-time-extension-for-the-detection-of-legionella-pneumophila-serogroup-1-antigen-in-urine
#8
Paul Badoux, Sjoerd M Euser, Jacob P Bruin, Patrick P G Mulder, Ed P F Yzerman
In this study, we compared the bioNexia (bioMérieux, Marcy-l'Étoile, France), a new immunochromatographic assay for the detection of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 in urine, with the BinaxNOW urinary antigen test (Alere, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA). After 15 minutes of incubation (in accordance with the manufactures instructions), the sensitivity and specificity were, respectively, 76.5% and 97.2% for the bioNexia test and 87.1% and 100% for the BinaxNOW test. After a prolonged incubation time of 60 minutes, the sensitivity and specificity increased to, respectively, 89...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329641/differences-in-incidence-and-persistence-of-atopic-dermatitis-by-race-ethnicity
#9
M Blomberg, S L Rifas-Shiman, Ca Jr Camargo, D R Gold, J P Thyssen, A A Litonjua, M W Gillman, M M Asgari, E Oken
BackgroundMost studies on racial disparities in childhood atopic dermatitis (AD) did not consider persistent AD or account for differences in vitamin D status.MethodsAmong 1418 children recruited from a Massachusetts HMO into the pre-birth Project Viva cohort, we examined associations of child's race/ethnicity with maternal report of child's AD diagnosis by annual questionnaires. We used multivariable logistic regression adjusted for socio- demographics (maternal education, household income, smoking exposure, parental atopy, breastfeeding duration, child sex) and cord blood 25-hydroxyvitamin D, to estimate odds ratios (OR) of incident AD by early childhood (median age 3...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329006/dimorphic-cocoons-of-the-cecropia-moth-hyalophora-cecropia-morphological-behavioral-and-biophysical-differences
#10
Patrick A Guerra, Steven M Reppert
The larvae of the giant silk moth (Hyalophora cecropia) spin strikingly dimorphic, multilayered cocoons that are either large and fluffy (baggy) or significantly smaller and tightly woven (compact). Although these cocoon-morphs share the same function (i.e., housing for pupal to adult development during overwintering), previous work has been unable to determine why cocoon dimorphism exists. We addressed this issue in cecropia moth cocoons collected along power line right-of-way habitats in Massachusetts. We first characterized the architectural differences between cocoon-morphs for all three cocoon sections (outer and inner envelopes, and the intermediate layer separating the two)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328735/building-workforce-capacity-abroad-while-strengthening-global-health-programs-at-home-participation-of-seven-harvard-affiliated-institutions-in-a-health-professional-training-initiative-in-rwanda
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Corrado Cancedda, Robert Riviello, Kim Wilson, Kirstin W Scott, Meenu Tuteja, Jane R Barrow, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Gene Bukhman, Jennifer Scott, Danny Milner, Giuseppe Raviola, Barbara Weissman, Stacy Smith, Tej Nuthulaganti, Craig D McClain, Barbara E Bierer, Paul E Farmer, Anne E Becker, Agnes Binagwaho, Joseph Rhatigan, David E Golan
A consortium of 22 U.S. academic institutions is currently participating in the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program (HRH Program). Led by the Rwandan Ministry of Health and funded by both the U.S. Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the primary goal of this seven-year initiative is to help Rwanda train the number of health professionals necessary to reach the country's health workforce targets. Since 2012, the participating U.S. academic institutions have deployed faculty from a variety of health-related disciplines and clinical specialties to Rwanda...
March 21, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324854/accounting-for-urban-biogenic-fluxes-in-regional-carbon-budgets
#12
Brady S Hardiman, Jonathan A Wang, Lucy R Hutyra, Conor K Gately, Jackie M Getson, Mark A Friedl
Many ecosystem models incorrectly treat urban areas as devoid of vegetation and biogenic carbon (C) fluxes. We sought to improve estimates of urban biomass and biogenic C fluxes using existing, nationally available data products. We characterized biogenic influence on urban C cycling throughout Massachusetts, USA using an ecosystem model that integrates improved representation of urban vegetation, growing conditions associated with urban heat island (UHI), and altered urban phenology. Boston's biomass density is 1/4 that of rural forests, however 87% of Massachusetts' urban landscape is vegetated...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321393/an-integrated-approach-to-falls-prevention-a-model-for-linking-clinical-and-community-interventions-through-the-massachusetts-prevention-and-wellness-trust-fund
#13
Laura J Coe, Julie Ann St John, Santhi Hariprasad, Kalpana N Shankar, Patricia A MacCulloch, Amy L Bettano, Jean Zotter
Older adult falls continue to be a public health priority across the United States-Massachusetts (MA) being no exception. The MA Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) program within the MA Department of Public Health aims to reduce the physical and economic burdens of chronic health conditions by linking evidence-based clinical care with community intervention programs. The PWTF partnerships that focused on older adult falls prevention integrated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Stopping Elderly Accidents, Death and Injuries toolkit into clinical settings...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295260/hospital-readmission-and-social-risk-factors-identified-from-physician-notes
#14
Amol S Navathe, Feiran Zhong, Victor J Lei, Frank Y Chang, Margarita Sordo, Maxim Topaz, Shamkant B Navathe, Roberto A Rocha, Li Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of seven social factors using physician notes as compared to claims and structured electronic health records (EHRs) data and the resulting association with 30-day readmissions. STUDY SETTING: A multihospital academic health system in southeastern Massachusetts. STUDY DESIGN: An observational study of 49,319 patients with cardiovascular disease admitted from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2013, using multivariable logistic regression to adjust for patient characteristics...
March 13, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292615/perinatal-outcomes-among-singletons-after-assisted-reproductive-technology-with-single-embryo-or-double-embryo-transfer-versus-no-assisted-reproductive-technology
#15
Angela S Martin, Jeani Chang, Yujia Zhang, Jennifer F Kawwass, Sheree L Boulet, Patricia McKane, Dana Bernson, Dmitry M Kissin, Denise J Jamieson
OBJECTIVE: To examine outcomes of singleton pregnancies conceived without assisted reproductive technology (non-ART) compared with singletons conceived with ART by elective single-embryo transfer (eSET), nonelective single-embryo transfer (non-eSET), and double-embryo transfer with the establishment of 1 (DET -1) or ≥2 (DET ≥2) early fetal heartbeats. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort using linked ART surveillance data and vital records from Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Connecticut...
March 11, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290940/effects-of-combat-deployment-on-anthropometrics-and-physiological-status-of-u-s-army-special-operations-forces-soldiers
#16
Emily K Farina, Jonathan C Taylor, Gary E Means, Kelly W Williams, Nancy E Murphy, Lee M Margolis, Stefan M Pasiakos, Harris R Lieberman, James P McClung
INTRODUCTION: U.S. Army Special Operations Forces (SOF) soldiers deploy frequently and conduct military operations through special warfare and surgical strike capabilities. Tasks required to execute these capabilities may induce physical and mental stress and have the potential to degrade soldier physiological status. No investigations have longitudinally characterized whether combat deployment alters anthropometrics or biochemical markers of physiological status in a SOF population of frequent deployers...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289108/access-to-primary-care-appointments-following-2014-insurance-expansions
#17
Karin V Rhodes, Simon Basseyn, Ari B Friedman, Genevieve M Kenney, Douglas Wissoker, Daniel Polsky
PURPOSE: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded coverage to roughly 12 million individuals by mid-2014 and 20 million by 2016, raising concern about the capacity of the primary care system to absorb these individuals. We set out to determine how justified the concern was. METHODS: We used an audit design in which simulated patients called primary care practices seeking new-patient appointments in 10 diverse states (Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas) from November 2012 through March 2013 and from May 2014 through July 2014, before and after the major ACA insurance expansions...
March 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287147/radiation-associated-circulatory-disease-mortality-in-a-pooled-analysis-of-77-275-patients-from-the-massachusetts-and-canadian-tuberculosis-fluoroscopy-cohorts
#18
Van Tran, Lydia B Zablotska, Alina V Brenner, Mark P Little
High-dose ionising radiation is associated with circulatory disease. Risks associated with lower-dose (<0.5 Gy) exposures remain unclear, with little information on risk modification by age at exposure, years since exposure or dose-rate. Tuberculosis patients in Canada and Massachusetts received multiple diagnostic x-ray fluoroscopic exposures, over a wide range of ages, many at doses <0.5 Gy. We evaluated risks of circulatory-disease mortality associated with <0.5 Gy radiation exposure in a pooled cohort of 63,707 patients in Canada and 13,568 patients in Massachusetts...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286983/stigma-medical-mistrust-and-perceived-racism-may-affect-prep-awareness-and-uptake-in-black-compared-to-white-gay-and-bisexual-men-in-jackson-mississippi-and-boston-massachusetts
#19
Sean Cahill, S Wade Taylor, Steven A Elsesser, Leandro Mena, DeMarc Hickson, Kenneth H Mayer
Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) account for more than two thirds of new HIV infections in the U.S., with Black MSM experiencing the greatest burden. Antiretroviral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can reduce MSM's vulnerability to HIV infection. Uptake of PrEP has been limited, particularly among racial and ethnic minority MSM. Four semi-structured focus groups with gay and bisexual men and other MSM at risk for HIV infection were convened in Boston and Jackson in late 2013. The analysis plan utilized a within-case, across-case approach to code and analyze emerging themes, and to compare results across the two cities...
March 12, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285525/geochemical-and-hydrologic-factors-controlling-subsurface-transport-of-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-cape-cod-massachusetts
#20
Andrea Kristina Weber, Larry B Barber, Denis R LeBlanc, Elsie M Sunderland, Chad David Vecitis
Growing evidence that certain poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are associated with negative human health effects prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue lifetime drinking water health advisories for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in 2016. Given that groundwater is a major source of drinking water, the main objective of this work was to investigate geochemical and hydrological processes governing the subsurface transport of PFASs at a former fire training area (FTA) on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where PFAS-containing aqueous film-forming foams were used historically...
March 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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