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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934718/urinary-bpa-and-phthalate-metabolite-concentrations-and-plasma-vitamin-d-levels-in-pregnant-women-a-repeated-measures-analysis
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Lauren E Johns, Kelly K Ferguson, David E Cantonwine, Thomas F McElrath, Bhramar Mukherjee, John D Meeker
BACKGROUND: In addition to its well-established role in maintaining skeletal health, vitamin D has essential regulatory functions in female reproductive and pregnancy outcomes. Phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) are endocrine disruptors, and previous research has suggested that these chemical agents may disrupt circulating levels of total 25(OH)D in adults. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the relationships between repeated measures of urinary phthalate metabolites and BPA and circulating total 25(OH)D in a prospective cohort of pregnant women...
August 31, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930833/readmission-due-to-infection-following-total-hip-and-total-knee-procedures-a-retrospective-study
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Nadine Zawadzki, Yao Wang, Hui Shao, Emelline Liu, Chao Song, Michele Schoonmaker, Lizheng Shi
Policymakers have expanded readmissions penalty programs to include elective arthroplasties, but little is known about the risk factors for readmissions following these procedures. We hypothesized that infections after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) lead to excess readmissions and increased costs. This study aims to evaluate the proportion of readmissions due to infections following THA and TKA.Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-State Inpatient Databases were used for the study...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930064/increasing-alcohol-taxes-analysis-of-case-studies-from-illinois-maryland-and-massachusetts
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Rebecca L Ramirez, David H Jernigan
OBJECTIVE: The effectiveness of alcohol taxes in reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related problems is well established in research, yet increases in U.S. state alcohol taxes are uncommon. This study examined how alcohol tax increases occurred recently in three U.S. states, what public health's role was, and what can be learned from those experiences. METHOD: Review of available documentation and news media content analysis provided context and, along with snowball sampling, helped identify proponents, opponents, and neutral parties in each state...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926775/geographic-and-demographic-correlates-of-autism-related-anti-vaccine-beliefs-on-twitter-2009-15
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Theodore S Tomeny, Christopher J Vargo, Sherine El-Toukhy
This study examines temporal trends, geographic distribution, and demographic correlates of anti-vaccine beliefs on Twitter, 2009-2015. A total of 549,972 tweets were downloaded and coded for the presence of anti-vaccine beliefs through a machine learning algorithm. Tweets with self-disclosed geographic information were resolved and United States Census data were collected for corresponding areas at the micropolitan/metropolitan level. Trends in number of anti-vaccine tweets were examined at the national and state levels over time...
September 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926342/recent-trends-in-the-industrial-use-and-emission-of-known-and-suspected-carcinogens-in-ontario-canada
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Catherine E Slavik, Sheila Kalenge, Paul A Demers
BACKGROUND: In 2010, Ontario, Canada's most populous province, implemented its Toxics Reduction Act, Ontario Regulation 455/09 (TRA), which requires four major manufacturing and mineral processing industry groups that already report releases of pollutants federally to the National Pollutant Release Inventory to additionally track, account and report their use and creation. The TRA was modeled after the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, which has been very successful and reported significant reduction in toxic use and carcinogen release...
September 19, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926087/self-reported-function-more-informative-than-frailty-phenotype-in-predicting-adverse-postoperative-course-in-older-adults
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Alok Kapoor, Theofilos Matheos, Matthias Walz, Christine McDonough, Abiramy Maheswaran, Evan Ruppell, Deeqo Mohamud, Nicholas Shaffer, Yanhua Zhou, Shubjeet Kaur, Stephen Heard, Sybil Crawford, Howard Cabral, Daniel K White, Heena Santry, Alan Jette, Roger Fielding, Rebecca A Silliman, Jerry Gurwitz
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Current preoperative assessment tools such as the American College of Surgeons Surgical Risk Calculator (ACS Calculator) are suboptimal for evaluating older adults. The objective was to evaluate and compare the performance of the ACS Calculator for predicting risk of serious postoperative complications with the addition of self-reported physical function versus a frailty score. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. SETTING: Two tertiary care academic medical centers in Massachusetts...
September 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924418/optical-coherence-tomography-findings-and-successful-repair-of-retina-detachment-in-knobloch-syndrome
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Nazanin Ebrahimiadib, Bobeck S Modjtahedi, Kevin Ferenchak, Thanos D Papakostas, Jason S Mantagos, Demetrios G Vavvas
A 7-year-old Afghani girl was referred to the retina clinic of Massachusetts Eye and Ear for a chronic-appearing, macula-off retinal detachment in the left eye. On examination, best-corrected visual acuity was 20/400 in the right eye and 20/800 in the left eye. She had bilateral horizontal nystagmus. Ophthalmoscopy revealed prominent choroidal vessels, chorioretinal atrophy in the macular area, attenuated retinal vasculature, and pale optic discs bilaterally. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography demonstrated atrophy of the choriocapillaris and the retinal pigment epithelium, retinal thinning, and abnormal foveal contour...
2017: Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: DJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920518/the-indirect-costs-of-underfunding-foreign-partners-in-global-health-research-a-case-study
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Johanna T Crane, Irene Andia Biraro, Tamer M Fouad, Yap Boum, David R Bangsberg
This study of a global health research partnership assesses how U.S. fiscal administrative policies impact capacity building at foreign partner institutions. We conducted a case study of a research collaboration between Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mbarara, Uganda, and originally the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), but now Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Our case study is based on three of the authors' experiences directing and working with this partnership from its inception in 2003 through 2015...
September 16, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916005/massachusetts-child-psychiatry-access-project-2-0-a-case-study-in-child-psychiatry-access-program-redesign
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Barry D Sarvet, Marcy Ravech, John H Straus
The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program is a statewide public mental health initiative designed to provide consultation, care navigation, and education to assist pediatric primary care providers in addressing mental health problems for children and families. To improve program performance, adapt to changes in the environment of pediatric primary care services, and ensure the program's long-term sustainability, program leadership in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health embarked on a process of redesign...
October 2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910436/integrating-data-collection-into-office-work-flow-and-electronic-health-records-for-clinical-outcomes-research
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C Alessandra Colaianni, Patricia A Levesque, Robin W Lindsay
Meticulous collection of clinical outcomes metrics in patients undergoing elective surgery is important to ensure quality care; it is also increasing in importance as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services moves to tie reimbursement to outcomes and insurance approval. This study assesses a systematic method for gathering preoperative and postoperative data on patients with nasal obstruction who undergo functional septorhinoplasty that was developed at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts...
September 14, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906266/impact-of-public-reporting-of-30-day-mortality-on-timing-of-death-after-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery
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May Hua, Damon C Scales, Zara Cooper, Ruxandra Pinto, Vivek Moitra, Hannah Wunsch
BACKGROUND: Recent reports have raised concerns that public reporting of 30-day mortality after cardiac surgery may delay decisions to withdraw life-sustaining therapies for some patients. The authors sought to examine whether timing of mortality after coronary artery bypass graft surgery significantly increases after day 30 in Massachusetts, a state that reports 30-day mortality. The authors used New York as a comparator state, which reports combined 30-day and all in-hospital mortality, irrespective of time since surgery...
September 13, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903165/association-of-panic-disorder-generalized-anxiety-disorder-and-benzodiazepine-treatment-during-pregnancy-with-risk-of-adverse-birth-outcomes
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Kimberly Ann Yonkers, Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden, Ariadna Forray, Heather S Lipkind
Importance: Registry data show that maternal panic disorder, or anxiety disorders in general, increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, diagnoses from registries may be imprecise and may not consider potential confounding factors, such as treatment with medication and maternal substance use. Objective: To determine whether panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in pregnancy, or medications used to treat these conditions, are associated with adverse maternal or neonatal pregnancy outcomes...
September 13, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902404/quality-of-life-after-surgery-for-intracranial-meningioma
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Luke S Benz, Margaret R Wrensch, Joellen M Schildkraut, Melissa L Bondy, Joshua L Warren, Joseph L Wiemels, Elizabeth B Claus
BACKGROUND: To the authors' knowledge, limited data exist regarding long-term quality of life (QOL) for patients diagnosed with intracranial meningioma. METHODS: The data in the current study concerned 1722 meningioma cases diagnosed among residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Texas, and North Carolina from May 1, 2006 through March 14, 2013, and 1622 controls who were frequency matched to the cases by age, sex, and geography. These individuals were participants in a large, population-based, case-control study...
September 13, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901245/investigation-into-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfass-in-a-cranberry-bog-method-development-and-sampling-results
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Susan Genualdi, Nahyun Jeong, Lowri deJager, Timothy Begley
The contamination of groundwater and surface water from previous uses of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), particularly products containing the contaminants perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), has become a concern for drinking water and as a potential exposure route to the food supply. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was asked to investigate a bog in Massachusetts where the surface water was believed to be contaminated with PFASs. As a result, a method was developed for the analysis of PFASs in cranberries, and water and fruit from the affected bog were evaluated...
September 13, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899445/microbial-disruption-indices-to-detect-colonization-with-multidrug-resistant-organisms
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Rafael Araos, Veronica Montgomery, Juan A Ugalde, Graham M Snyder, Erika M C D'Agata
OBJECTIVE To characterize the microbial disruption indices of hospitalized patients to predict colonization with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). DESIGN A cross-sectional survey of the fecal microbiome was conducted in a tertiary referral, acute-care hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. PARTICIPANTS The study population consisted of adult patients hospitalized in general medical/surgical wards. METHODS Rectal swabs were obtained from patients within 48 hours of hospital admission and screened for MDRO colonization using conventional culture techniques...
September 13, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899394/a-two-state-comparative-implementation-of-peer-support-intervention-to-link-veterans-to-health-related-services-after-incarceration-a-study-protocol
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Molly M Simmons, Benjamin G Fincke, Mari-Lynn Drainoni, Bo Kim, Tom Byrne, David Smelson, Kevin Casey, Marsha L Ellison, Christy Visher, Jessica Blue-Howells, D Keith McInnes
BACKGROUND: Approximately 600,000 persons are released from prison annually in the United States. Relatively few receive sufficient re-entry services and are at risk for unemployment, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse relapse and recidivism. Persons leaving prison who have a mental illness and/or a substance use disorder are particularly challenged. This project aims to create a peer mentor program to extend the reach and effectiveness of reentry services provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA)...
September 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898230/massachusetts-injects-more-cash-into-jobs
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September 11, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895835/massachusetts-what-universal-coverage-could-look-like
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Joseph Burns
The lowest rate of uninsured, but costs are a concern. That's due, in part, to the clout of the state's large prestigious health care systems, especially Partners Healthcare in Boston, which includes Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's hospitals.
July 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895517/assessment-of-molecular-and-genetic-evolution-antigenicity-and-virulence-properties-during-the-persistence-of-the-infectious-bronchitis-virus-in-broiler-breeders
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Filipe Santos Fernando, Thaiane Coelho Kasmanas, Priscila Diniz Lopes, Maria de Fátima da Silva Montassier, Marcos Antônio Zanella Mores, Viviane Casagrande Mariguela, Caren Pavani, Romeu Moreira Dos Santos, Mário Sérgio Assayag, Helio José Montassier
The infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) causes a highly contagious disease [infectious bronchitis (IB)] that results in substantial economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. We conducted a molecular and phylogenetic analysis of the S1 gene of Brazilian (BR) IBV isolates from a routinely vaccinated commercial flock of broiler breeders, obtained from clinical IB episodes that occurred in 24-, 46- and 62-week-old chickens. We also characterized the antigenicity, pathogenesis, tissue tropism and spreading of three IBV isolates by experimental infection of specific pathogen-free (SPF) chickens and contact sentinel birds...
September 12, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895450/identifying-occupations-at-risk-for-laryngeal-disorders-requiring-specialty-voice-care
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Matthew C Mori, David O Francis, Phillip C Song
Objective To identify occupational groups' use of specialty voice clinic evaluation. Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting Tertiary subspecialty clinic. Subjects and Methods We analyzed data collected on patients presenting to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Voice and Speech Laboratory over a 20-year period (1993-2013). The relative risk (RR) and 99% confidence interval (CI) of presentation were calculated for each occupational category in the greater Boston population using year-matched data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)...
September 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
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