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Andrew McAinsh received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, working in the laboratory of Steve Jackson on DNA damage and repair mechanisms in yeast. He then joined the laboratory of Peter Sorger as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow to work as a post-doc on kinetochore biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. In 2005, he returned to the UK to establish his independent laboratory at the Marie Curie Research Institute, Surrey, before moving to the University of Warwick in 2009 to co-found the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology (CMCB)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Jeong-Ki Kim, Arghavan Louhghalam, Geonhui Lee, Benjamin W Schafer, Denis Wirtz, Dong-Hwee Kim
In the original version of this Article, the affiliation details for Arghavan Louhghalam were incorrectly given as 'Institute for NanoBioTechnology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA', and it should have been given as 'Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA'. Furthermore, an incorrect grant number, R1610512, was acknowledged. The correct grant number is NRF-2016R1C1B2015018. These errors have now been corrected in both the PDF and HTML versions of the Article...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, Susan Druker, Christine Frisard, Shira I Dunsiger, Sybil Crawford, Florence Meleo-Meyer, Beth Bock, Lori Pbert
Whether mindfulness training (MT) could improve healthy behaviors is unknown. This study sought to determine feasibility and acceptability of integrating MT into school-based health education (primary outcomes) and to explore its possible effects on healthy behaviors (exploratory outcomes). Two high schools in Massachusetts (2014-2015) were randomized to health education plus MT (HE-MT) (one session/week for 8 weeks) or to health education plus attention control (HE-AC). Dietary habits (24-h dietary recalls) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA/7-day recalls) were assessed at baseline, end of treatment (EOT), and 6 months thereafter...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
Alberto Falk Delgado, Anna Falk Delgado
Recently, in the four top journals of humanities, an institutional bias towards publication of authors from Harvard and Yale was shown. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is today the highest ranked general medical journal. It is unknown if there exists institutional bias favoring publication of articles originating from Harvard University, since the NEJM is produced by the Massachusetts Medical Society with close connections to the Harvard University. We examined if studies originating from the Harvard University published in the NEJM were noninferior in terms of citation rates compared to articles with an origin outside Harvard University...
2018: Scientometrics
Bernar Tan Wen Sheng, Patrick Wong, Constance Teo Ee Hoon
INTRODUCTION: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis results in hoarseness, stridor and airway obstruction. Management is surgical, with most surgeons using microdebrider or laser. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has been successfully utilised for the excision of oropharyngeal malignancies and paediatric airway surgery. This is the first case report of TORS being used for the excision of laryngeal papillomas. CASE REPORT: A 36 year old Chinese female was diagnosed with juvenile onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Kathrin Boerner, Jason Rodriquez, Emma Quach, Meghan Hendricksen
This study examined how the Medical Order for Life-sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is implemented in two nursing homes in Massachusetts; one had primarily long-term care residents and high hospice utilization, the other had low hospice utilization and a high proportion of post-acute care residents. Qualitative in-person interviews with 21 staff members who had a role implementing the MOLST explored their experiences using the form in their daily work routines. Staff at both nursing homes described benefits of the MOLST such as providing guidance for staff and family...
March 6, 2018: Geriatric Nursing
Nancy Krieger, Rockli Kim, Justin Feldman, Pamela D Waterman
Background: Metrics that quantify economic and social spatial polarization at multiple geographical levels are not routinely used by health agencies, despite rising inequalities. Methods: We employed the Index of Concentration at the Extremes (ICE), which quantifies how persons in a specified area are concentrated into the top vs bottom of a specified societal distribution, to examine associations with Massachusetts mortality data (2010-14). Our a priori hypotheses were that these associations would: be greater at the local [census tract (CT)] compared with city/town level; vary by race/ethnicity but not gender; and be greatest for our new ICE for racialized economic segregation...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Epidemiology
Thomas R Radomski, Felicia R Bixler, Susan L Zickmund, KatieLynn M Roman, Carolyn T Thorpe, Jennifer A Hale, Florentina E Sileanu, Leslie R M Hausmann, Joshua M Thorpe, Katie J Suda, Kevin T Stroupe, Adam J Gordon, Chester B Good, Michael J Fine, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented robust strategies to monitor prescription opioid dispensing, but these strategies have not accounted for opioids prescribed by non-VA providers. State-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a potential tool to identify VA patients' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers, and recent legislation requires their use within VA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate VA physicians' perspectives and experiences regarding use of PDMPs to monitor Veterans' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Paolo Zocca, Marlies M Kok, Kenneth Tandjung, Peter W Danse, Gillian A J Jessurun, Raymond W M Hautvast, K Gert van Houwelingen, Martin G Stoel, Alexander R Schramm, R Melvyn Tjon Joe Gin, Frits H A F de Man, Marc Hartmann, J Hans W Louwerenburg, Gerard C M Linssen, Marije M Löwik, Carine J M Doggen, Clemens von Birgelen
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to evaluate for the first time the 5-year outcomes after treating an all-comers population with newer-generation cobalt chromium-based Resolute Integrity zotarolimus-eluting stents (ZES) (Medtronic, Santa Rosa, California) versus platinum chromium-based PROMUS Element everolimus eluting stents (EES) (Boston Scientific, Natick, Massachusetts). BACKGROUND: The DUTCH PEERS (TWENTE II) (DUrable polymer-based sTent CHallenge of Promus ElemEnt versus ReSolute integrity: TWENTE II) trial is a randomized, multicenter, single-blinded, investigator-initiated all-comers trial that found at its main analysis similar 1-year safety and efficacy for both drug-eluting stents...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Lina Ma, Caiyun You, Mikhail Hernandez, Arash Maleki, Andres Lasave, Alexander Schmidt, Andrew Stephenson, Thongzen Zhao, Stephen Anesi, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To assess the long-term efficacy and safety of IVIg monotherapy in patients with recalcitrant ocular cicatricial pemphigoid (OCP). METHODS: A chart review of all OCP patients seen at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI) between 2005 and 2015 was completed. Stage was graded by using the Foster grading system. IVIg infusion was 2g/kg/cycle administered in 3 consecutive days monthly. RESULTS: Of 512 OCP patients, 17 patients (34 eyes) treated with IVIg monotherapy were identified...
March 8, 2018: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Matheus Martini Cavalheiro, Leonardo C Caserta, Marcia M A B Dos Santos, Ana C S Barnabé, Ricardo Durães-Carvalho, Marina Aiello Padilla, Raphael M Simão, Laís S Rizotto, Paulo V M Simas, Juliana C S Bastos, Tereza C Cardoso, Paulo A N Felippe, C W Arns, Helena L Ferreira
The detection of avian coronaviruses (AvCoV) in wild birds and the emergence of new AvCoV have been increased in the past few years. In the present study, the pathogenicity of three avian coronavirus (AvCoV) isolates was investigated in day-old chicks. One AvCoV isolated from a pigeon, which clustered with the Massachusetts vaccine serotype, and two AvCoV isolated from chickens, which grouped with a Brazilian genotype lineage, were used. Clinical signs, gross lesions, histopathological changes, ciliary activity, viral RNA detection, and serology were evaluated during 42 days post infection...
March 8, 2018: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
David Smelson, Ian Farquhar, William Fisher, Karen Pressman, Debra A Pinals, Barbara Samek, Mary-Kate Duffy, Leon Sawh
Little research has focused on systematically integrating clinical treatment within existing drug court procedures. This could be particularly useful for clients with substance use disorders, who comprise those on court dockets and often have co-existing mental health issues. This article reports on the preliminary outcomes of integrating MISSION-Criminal Justice (MISSION-CJ), a co-occurring mental health and substance use wraparound intervention, within two Massachusetts drug courts. In this open pilot, clients completed intake and 6-month follow-up assessments...
March 7, 2018: Community Mental Health Journal
Allison J Kwong, Matthew S Chang, Ruth E Tuomala, Laura E Riley, Julian N Robinson, Muthoka L Mutinga, Karin L Andersson, Robert S Brown, Emily Oken, Chinweike Ukomadu, Anna E Rutherford
Objectives Hepatitis B (HBV) remains a significant public health burden, despite effective therapy. Routine HBV screening is recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risk of vertical transmission, but the rates of follow-up care peri-partum are low. The aim of this study was to evaluate physician practices and knowledge regarding HBV in women diagnosed perinatally. Methods A survey was distributed to obstetricians and midwives within the Partners HealthCare system at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital...
March 6, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Michelle L Bell, Geetanjoli Banerjee, Gavin Pereira
Health studies on spatially-varying exposures (e.g., air pollution) during pregnancy often estimate exposure using residence at birth, disregarding residential mobility. We investigated moving patterns in pregnant women (n = 10,116) in linked cohorts focused on Connecticut and Massachusetts, U.S., 1988-2008. Moving patterns were assessed by race/ethnicity, age, marital status, education, working status, population density, parity, income, and season of birth. In this population, 11.6% of women moved during pregnancy...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
Roxana Khalili, Scott M Bartell, Xuefei Hu, Yang Liu, Howard H Chang, Candice Belanoff, Matthew J Strickland, Verónica M Vieira
After publication of the article [1], it was brought to our attention that a number in Table 1 is incorrect.
March 6, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
Brenna S Fullerton, Cristine S Velazco, Charles R Hong, Alexandra N Carey, Tom Jaksic
PURPOSE: Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) screening by T-cell receptor excision circles (TREC) has been part of Massachusetts routine newborn screening since 2009. Tetratricopeptide repeat domain 7A gene (TTC7A) mutations responsible for hereditary multiple intestinal atresia with combined immunodeficiency (MIA-CID) were also recently identified. We reviewed newborn SCID screening among infants with intestinal failure and correlated results with patient characteristics and outcomes...
January 2018: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Sean Hickey, Jeremy Goverman, Jonathan Friedstat, Robert Sheridan, John Schulz
INTRODUCTION: There are an estimated 2.75 million electronic cigarette (EC) users in the United States. ECs have become the most commonly used nicotine-containing product in young adults ages 18-24 years. Thermal, blast, and missile injuries from EC explosions has grown rapidly in recent years. Burn surgeons must remain up to date regarding management and treatment of burn injuries related to EC device ignition. METHODS: An IRB approved retrospective review of all patients admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital Burn Center from January 2015 to April 2017 was performed...
March 1, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Edward J Arous, Dejah R Judelson, Jessica P Simons, Francesco A Aiello, Danielle R Doucet, Elias J Arous, Louis M Messina, Andres Schanzer
OBJECTIVE: The demand for vascular surgeons is expected to far exceed the current supply. In an attempt to decrease the training duration and to address the impending shortage, integrated vascular surgery residencies were approved and have expanded nationally. Meanwhile, vascular fellowships have continued to matriculate approximately 120 trainees annually. We sought to evaluate the supply and demand for integrated vascular residency positions as well as changes in the quality of applicants...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Gabriela Spilberg, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Udo Hoffman, David A Rosman, James Brink, Joshua A Hirsch, Brian B Ghoshhajra
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February 28, 2018: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Zahava Berkowitz, Xingyou Zhang, Thomas B Richards, Marion Nadel, Lucy A Peipins, James Holt
Background: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine screening for colorectal cancer for adults ages 50 to 75 years. We generated small-area estimates for being current with colorectal cancer screening to examine sociogeographic differences among states and counties. To our knowledge, nationwide county-level estimates for colorectal cancer screening are rarely presented. Methods: We used county data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS; n = 251,360 adults), linked it to the American Community Survey poverty data, and fitted multilevel logistic regression models...
March 2018: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
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