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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230752/impact-of-particulate-matter-exposure-and-surrounding-greenness-on-chronic-absenteeism-in-massachusetts-public-schools
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Piers MacNaughton, Erika Eitland, Itai Kloog, Joel Schwartz, Joseph Allen
Chronic absenteeism is associated with poorer academic performance and higher attrition in kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) schools. In prior research, students who were chronically absent generally had fewer employment opportunities and worse health after graduation. We examined the impact that environmental factors surrounding schools have on chronic absenteeism. We estimated the greenness (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)) and fine particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5) within 250 m and 1000 m respectively of each public school in Massachusetts during the 2012-2013 academic year using satellite-based data...
20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230452/prescription-drug-utilization-and-reimbursement-increased-following-state-medicaid-expansion-in-2014
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Nirosha Mahendraratnam, Stacie B Dusetzina, Joel F Farley
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health care and medication insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion in select states. Expansion has the potential to increase the availability of health services to patients, including prescription medications. However, limited studies have examined how expansion affected prescription drug utilization and reimbursement. OBJECTIVE: To compare prescription drug utilization (number of prescriptions filled) and reimbursement trends between states that did and did not expand Medicaid coverage in 2014, while accounting for known effects of expansion on Medicaid enrollment...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229038/geographic-area-based-rate-as-a-novel-indicator-to-enhance-research-and-precision-intervention-for-more-effective-hiv-aids-control
#3
Xinguang Chen, Kai Wang
Ending the HIV epidemic needs additional methods to better assess the incidence and prevalence of HIV infection. In this study, a new indicator - G-rate was developed for the evaluation of HIV epidemics across regions with regard to geographic area size. Different from the commonly used incidence and prevalence rates that assess the HIV epidemic with reference to population (termed as P rate in this study), G rate measures the number of new infections (incidence) or cases (prevalence) over a unit land area in one year...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224675/substance-use-treatment-provider-behavior-and-healthcare-reform-evidence-from-massachusetts
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Johanna Catherine Maclean, Brendan Saloner
We examine the impact of the 2006 Massachusetts healthcare reform on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities' provision of care. We test the impact of the reform on treatment quantity and access. We couple data on the near universe of specialty SUD treatment providers in the USA with a synthetic control method approach. We find little evidence that the reform lead to changes in treatment quantity or access. Reform effects were similar among for-profit and non-profit facilities. In an extension, we show that the reform altered the setting in which treatment is received, the number of offered services, and the number of programs for special populations...
February 21, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219490/a-multisite-study-of-family-functioning%C3%A2-impairment-in-pediatric-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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S Evelyn Stewart, Yu-Pei Hu, Aldrich Leung, Elaine Chan, Dianne M Hezel, Sarah Yao Lin, Laura Belschner, Casey Walsh, Daniel A Geller, David L Pauls
OBJECTIVE: Familial aspects of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), including accommodation and treatment, have received notable and warranted attention. However, individual perspectives of its repercussions on family functioning, including emotional and occupational parental burden, have not been closely examined. The present study details this topic using a large multicenter sample. METHOD: Participants included 354 youth affected with OCD and their mothers and fathers ascertained through OCD programs in Boston, Massachusetts (n = 180) and Vancouver, British Columbia (n = 174)...
March 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214219/perpetuating-stigma-or-reducing-risk-perspectives-from-naloxone-consumers-and-pharmacists-on-pharmacy-based-naloxone-in-2-states
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Traci C Green, Patricia Case, Haley Fiske, Janette Baird, Shachan Cabral, Dina Burstein, Victoriana Schwartz, Nathan Potter, Alexander Y Walley, Jeffrey Bratberg
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about attitudes of pharmacists and consumers to pharmacy naloxone. We examined perceptions and experiences of pharmacy naloxone from people with opioid use disorder, patients taking chronic opioids for pain, caregivers of opioid users, and pharmacists from 2 early pharmacy naloxone adopter states: Massachusetts and Rhode Island. DESIGN: Eight focus groups (4 per state) were held in October to December 2015. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Participants were recruited from pharmacies, health clinics, and community organizations; pharmacists were recruited from professional organizations and pharmacy colleges...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213837/brief-report-meeting-the-needs-of-medically-hospitalized-adults-with-autism-a-provider-and-patient-toolkit
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Jocelyn Carter, Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, Ann Neumeyer, Ann Giauque, Ann Kao, Christiana Iyasere
In an effort to meet the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while hospitalized, a team of experts and providers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MGH for Children as well as parents of individuals with ASD was sparked in 2013. This became a multidisciplinary collaborative, the MGH Autism Care Collaborative, to improve adult care for inpatients with ASD. The collaborative was created with three goals in mind: (1) to educate internal medicine adult inpatient providers and staff on the unique needs of adults with ASD when hospitalized; (2) to create ASD specific resources for internal medicine adult inpatient providers; (3) to optimize patient care from admission to discharge among adults with ASD admitted to internal medicine services...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213381/outcomes-of-treatment-with-direct-acting-antivirals-for-infection-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-1-4-in-an-ambulatory-care-setting
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Timothy A Bach, Kathy Zaiken
PURPOSE: Outcomes with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1-4 were determined. METHODS: A total of 360 patients at 36 clinical sites in Massachusetts with HCV genotypes 1-4 and a prescription for at least one DAA medication between May 2011 and October 2015 were included. The primary investigator completed a retrospective and concurrent chart review, and data were collected through April 2016. RESULTS: A total of 446 patients were assessed for eligibility into the study, with 86 patients excluded...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211561/comparison-of-observed-and-expected-levels-of-genetic-diversity-based-on-surname-frequencies-an-example-from-historical-massachusetts
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John H Relethford
OBJECTIVES: The inverse of random inbreeding based on surname frequencies (1/Fr ) is an estimate of genetic diversity, and its expectation is a function of the number of migrants into a population. Observed and expected values of (1/Fr ) were compared to determine if observed diversity matches theoretical expectations under conditions of rapid demographic change using data from historical Massachusetts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data on migration and surnames were taken from 6,038 marriage records from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from five towns in north-central Massachusetts...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211301/early-results-of-patellofemoral-inlay-resurfacing-arthroplasty-using-the-hemicap-wave-prosthesis
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Akash Patel, Zakir Haider, Amarjit Anand, Dominic Spicer
BACKGROUND: Common surgical treatment options for isolated patellofemoral osteoarthritis include arthroscopic procedures, total knee replacement and patellofemoral replacement. The HemiCap Wave patellofemoral resurfacing prosthesis is a novel inlay design introduced in 2009 with scarce published data on its functional outcomes. We aim to prospectively evaluate early functional outcomes and complications, for patients undergoing a novel inlay resurfacing arthroplasty for isolated patellofemoral arthrosis in an independent centre...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210882/prostate-cancer-screening-decision-making-in-three-states-2013-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-analysis
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Jun Li, Ingrid J Hall, Guixiang Zhao
INTRODUCTION: Given the discordant prostate cancer screening recommendations in the United States, shared decision-making (SDM) has become increasingly important. The objectives of this study were to determine who made the final decision to obtain prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening and identify factors associated with the screening decision made by both patients and their health care providers. METHODS: Using the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from Delaware, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, we calculated weighted percentages of SDM...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210536/race-and-place-differences-in-patients-hospitalized-with-an-acute-coronary-syndrome-is-there-double-jeopardy-findings-from-trace-core
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Robert J Goldberg, Joel M Gore, David D McManus, Richard McManus, Mayra Tisminetzky, Darleen Lessard, Jerry H Gurwitz, David C Parish, Jeroan Allison, Connie Ng Hess, Tracy Wang, Catarina Kiefe
The objectives of this longitudinal study were to examine differences between whites and blacks, and across two geographical regions, in the socio-demographic, clinical, and psychosocial characteristics, hospital treatment practices, and post-discharge mortality for hospital survivors of an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In this prospective cohort study, we performed in-person interviews and medical record abstractions for patients discharged from the hospital after an ACS at participating sites in Central Massachusetts and Central Georgia during 2011-2013...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208198/the-pulmonary-embolism-response-team-what-is-the-ideal-model
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Josanna Rodriguez-Lopez, Richard Channick
Treatment of patients with intermediate- and high-risk pulmonary embolism (PE) is a controversial area. Many therapeutic options exist, and deciding on appropriate treatment can be difficult. In addition, multiple specialties are often involved in the care of PE patients. To better organize the response to serious PE patients, several hospitals and academic centers across the United States, spearheaded by Massachusetts General Hospital, have created pulmonary embolism response teams (PERTs). The goal of a PERT is to have a single multidisciplinary team of experts in thromboembolic disease, who can respond rapidly to patients with acute PE, and offer consultation with the full spectrum of therapeutic options...
February 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208140/first-diagnosis-of-atrial-fibrillation-at-the-time-of-stroke
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Leila H Borowsky, Susan Regan, Yuchiao Chang, Alison Ayres, Steven M Greenberg, Daniel E Singer
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of ischemic stroke. Individuals with undiagnosed AF lack the stroke protection afforded by oral anticoagulants. We obtained a contemporary estimate of the percentage of AF patients newly diagnosed at the time of stroke. METHODS: We identified patients admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013 with acute ischemic stroke and either previously or newly diagnosed AF using hospital stroke registry data and stroke and AF ICD-9 code searches of hospital databases...
February 17, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207913/differentiating-residual-symptoms-of-depression-from-adverse-events-among-patients-initiating-treatment-with-an-antidepressant
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Marlene P Freeman, Lauren Fisher, Alisabet Clain, Richard Rabbitt, James Pooley, Lee Baer, Maurizio Fava
BACKGROUND: In treated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), residual symptoms are common and challenging to disentangle from possible antidepressant side effects. Our objective was to prospectively differentiate between rates of residual symptoms and treatment-emergent side effects. METHODS: Participants in an episode of MDD were enrolled in a 6-week trial of an antidepressant. Assessments occurred at baseline and after 6 weeks of treatment, using the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology Self-Report (QIDS-SR) and the Massachusetts General Hospital Cognitive and Physical Functioning Questionnaire (MGH CPFQ)...
February 2017: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry: Official Journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197765/a-cost-analysis-of-stenting-in-uncomplicated-semirigid-ureteroscopic-stone-removal
#16
Stephan Seklehner, Karl-Dietrich Sievert, Richard Lee, Paul F Engelhardt, Claus Riedl, Thomas Kunit
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcome and the costs of stenting in uncomplicated semirigid ureteroscopic stone removal. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A decision tree model was created to evaluate the economic impact of routine stenting versus non-stenting strategies in uncomplicated ureteroscopy (URS). Probabilities of complications were extracted from twelve randomized controlled trials. Stone removal costs, costs for complication management, and total costs were calculated using Treeage Pro (TreeAge Pro Healthcare version 2015, Software, Inc, Williamstown Massachusetts, USA)...
February 14, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196198/en-face-doppler-optical-coherence-tomography-measurement-of-total-retinal-blood-flow-in-diabetic-retinopathy-and-diabetic-macular-edema
#17
ByungKun Lee, Eduardo A Novais, Nadia K Waheed, Mehreen Adhi, Talisa E de Carlo, Emily D Cole, Eric M Moult, WooJhon Choi, Mark Lane, Caroline R Baumal, Jay S Duker, James G Fujimoto
Importance: Alterations in ocular blood flow play an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR). However, the measurement of retinal blood flow in clinical studies has been challenging. En face Doppler optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides an effective method for measuring total retinal blood flow (TRBF) in the clinic. Objective: To investigate TRBF in eyes with DR of varying severity, with or without diabetic macular edema (DME), using en face Doppler OCT...
February 9, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194567/ultrastructural-characterization-of-mammary-analogue-secretory-carcinoma-of-the-salivary-glands-a-distinct-entity-from-acinic-cell-carcinoma
#18
Julie Guilmette, Gunnlaugur P Nielsen, William C Faquin, Martin Selig, Vânia Nosé, Anthony W S Chi, Peter M Sadow
Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) of the salivary glands is a recently described neoplasm of the salivary glands with a characteristic morphology complemented by a specific cytogenetic translocation and gene rearrangements. Although immunophenotypic and cytogenetic differences allow for a more reliable distinction, ultrastructural features can also provide important information about the relationship between MASC, classic acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), and AciCC intercalated duct cell-predominant variant...
February 13, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192645/cytological-molecular-and-clinical-features-of-noninvasive-follicular-thyroid-neoplasm-with-papillary-like-nuclear-features-versus-invasive-forms-of-follicular-variant-of-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
#19
Liena Zhao, Dora Dias-Santagata, Peter M Sadow, William C Faquin
BACKGROUND: The noninvasive follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) has an indolent clinical behavior in comparison with other PTCs, including the invasive follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (IFVPTC). Recently, the term noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) was introduced to emphasize the low biological potential of these tumors. This study compares clinical, cytological, and molecular features of NIFTP and IFVPTC...
February 13, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190507/best-practices-in-early-phase-medical-device-development-engineering-prototyping-and-the-beginnings-of-a-quality-management-system
#20
Kristy Fearis, Aidan Petrie
Kristy Fearis is the founder and president of KPConsulting. She has held various positions in the medical device and research industry. She has led programs for medical industry leaders Medtronic, Edward Lifesciences, and Kimberly-Clark Healthcare to develop and commercialize Class II and III devices. Although a true quality management systems specialist at heart, Kristy has a passion for effectively and efficiently applying quality systems principles to early stage development to maximize benefit while minimizing impact on resources and time to market...
March 2017: Surgery
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