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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214365/peripheral-blood-leukocytes-show-differential-expression-of-tumour-progression-related-genes-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-who-have-a-postoperative-intra-abdominal-infection-a-prospective-matched-cohort-study
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S Alonso, X Mayol, L Nonell, S Salvans, M Pascual, M Pera
AIM: Anastomotic leak is associated with higher rates of recurrence after surgery for colorectal cancer. However, the mechanisms responsible are unknown. We hypothesized that the infection-induced inflammatory response may induce overexpression of tumour progression-related genes in immune cells. The aim was to investigate the effect of postoperative intra-abdominal infection on the gene expression patterns of peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL) after surgery for colorectal cancer. METHODS: Prospective matched cohort study...
February 18, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213572/impact-of-expanding-the-prehospital-stroke-bypass-time-window-in-a-large-geographic-region
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Ian G Stiell, Catherine M Clement, Kristy Campbell, Mukul Sharma, Doug Socha, Marco L A Sivilotti, Albert Jin, Jeffrey J Perry, Jim Lumsden, Cally Martin, Mark Froats, Richard Dionne, John Trickett
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Ontario Acute Stroke Medical Redirect Paramedic Protocol (ASMRPP) was revised to allow paramedics to bypass to designated stroke centers if total transport time would be <2 hours and total time from symptom onset <3.5 hours. We sought to evaluate the impact and safety of implementing the Revised ASMRPP. METHODS: We conducted a 12-month implementation study involving prehospital patients presenting with possible stroke symptoms. A total of 1317 basic and advanced life support paramedics, of 9 land services in 10 rural counties and 5 cities, used the Revised ASMRPP to take appropriate patients directly to 6 designated stroke centers...
February 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212161/hearing-impairment-and-the-amelioration-of-avoidable-medical-error-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Patrick Henn, Colm OʼTuathaigh, Darrelle Keegan, Simon Smith
OBJECTIVES: Hearing loss contributes to suboptimal medical treatment. We investigated the nature and magnitude of potential health-care harm of hearing loss alone on a patient's understanding of medical consultations, investigations, and treatments of health conditions unrelated to their hearing loss. METHODS: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based design of a convenience sample of students with hearing loss, registered with the institutional disability support service in 8 Irish and 15 UK third-level institutions...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211003/an-easy-to-build-low-budget-point-of-care-ultrasound-simulator-from-linux-to-a-web-based-solution
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Domagoj Damjanovic, Ulrich Goebel, Benedikt Fischer, Martin Huth, Hartmut Breger, Hartmut Buerkle, Axel Schmutz
BACKGROUND: Hands-on training in point-of-care ultrasound (POC-US) should ideally comprise bedside teaching, as well as simulated clinical scenarios. High-fidelity phantoms and portable ultrasound simulation systems are commercially available, however, at considerable costs. This limits their suitability for medical schools. A Linux-based software for Emergency Department Ultrasound Simulation (edus2TM) was developed by Kulyk and Olszynski in 2011. Its feasibility for POC-US education has been well-documented, and shows good acceptance...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210493/reducing-the-blame-culture-through-clinical-audit-in-nuclear-medicine-a-mixed-methods-study
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P Ross, J Hubert, W L Wong
OBJECTIVES: To identify the barriers and facilitators of doctors' engagement with clinical audit and to explore how and why these factors influenced doctors' decisions to engage with the NHS National Clinical Audit Programme. DESIGN: A single-embedded case study. Mixed methods sequential approach with explorative pilot study and follow-up survey. Pilot study comprised 13 semi-structured interviews with purposefully selected consultant doctors over a six-month period...
February 2017: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210359/intentional-recreational-abuse-of-quetiapine-compared-to-other-second-generation-antipsychotics
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Lauren Klein, Stacey Bangh, Jon B Cole
INTRODUCTION: Case reports and poison center data have demonstrated that the second-generation antipsychotic quetiapine is being obtained and used for recreational abuse. The purpose of this study was to describe the relative rates of single-substance abuse for different atypical antipsychotics and compare their demographic and clinical features. METHODS: We conducted a 10-year retrospective analysis of the National Poison Data System (NPDS) database (2003 - 2013)...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209500/theoretical-estimation-of-64-cu-production-with-neutrons-emitted-during-18-f-production-with-a-30mev-medical-cyclotron
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Lucrezia Auditore, Ernesto Amato, Sergio Baldari
PURPOSE: This work presents the theoretical estimation of a combined production of (18)F and (64)Cu isotopes for PET applications. (64)Cu production is induced in a secondary target by neutrons emitted during a routine (18)F production with a 30MeV cyclotron: protons are used to produce (18)F by means of the (18)O(p,n)(18)F reaction on a [(18)O]-H2O target (primary target) and the emitted neutrons are used to produce (64)Cu by means of the (64)Zn(n,p)(64)Cu reaction on enriched zinc target (secondary target)...
February 3, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209414/barriers-and-facilitators-to-the-implementation-of-evidence-based-practice-by-pediatric-surgeons
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Katrina J Sullivan, Carolyn Wayne, Andrea M Patey, Ahmed Nasr
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Evidence-based practice (EBP) has been identified as a foundation of mainstream medical practice, yet pediatric surgery has been slow in the acceptance and implementation of EBP. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews of 14 pediatric surgeons were conducted to determine barriers and facilitators to EBP. Resulting data were analyzed using a systematic 3-step approached of coding, generation of specific beliefs, and identification of domains relevant to practice change...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209160/odontogenic-tumors-in-ethiopia-eight-years-retrospective-study
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Bruktawit Kebede, Dawit Tare, Birke Bogale, Fessahaye Alemseged
BACKGROUND: Odontogenic tumor (OT) comprises a large heterogeneous group of lesions arising from tooth producing tissues or its remnants. Studies on OTs are scarce in Ethiopia. Thus, the present study aimed to assess the pattern of OTs in Ethiopia. METHODS: An 8 years retrospective study was conducted at the Dental and Maxillofacial Department, St. Paul's referral hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Data were collected by reviewing the medical records of patients who visited the Department from September 2008 to August 2015...
February 16, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208883/fostering-educational-research-among-medical-teachers-evaluation-of-a-faculty-development-program-in-india
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Tripti K Srivastava, Lalitbhushan S Waghmare, Alka Rawekar, Ved Prakash Mishra
INTRODUCTION: Medical education can be enormously benefitted from research. Since clinicians/medical teachers are directly involved in teaching learning processes, they should participate in Educational Research (ER) practices to generate evidence and insights about teaching learning. Faculty Development Program (FDP) has a positive influence amongst health professionals and therefore can prove to be of consequence in instilling a strong educational research culture. AIM: Present study was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy of a Faculty Development Fellowship Program in Medical Education to foster educational research culture amongst medical teachers...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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/28207996/the-use-of-a-contextual-modal-and-psychological-classification-of-medication-errors-in-the-emergency-department-a-retrospective-descriptive-study
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C J Cabilan, J A Hughes, C Shannon
BACKGROUND: The causes of medication errors are unique in every clinical setting; hence error minimisation strategies are not always effective. For this reason, it is fundamental to understand the causes specific to the emergency department so that targeted strategies can be implemented. OBJECTIVES: To describe the contextual, modal, and psychological classification of medication errors in the emergency department to know the factors associated with the reported medication errors...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207513/reduced-risk-of-all-cancer-and-solid-cancer-in-taiwanese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-treated-with-etanercept-a-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibitor
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Joung-Liang Lan, Chun-Hung Tseng, Jiunn-Horng Chen, Chi-Fung Cheng, Wen-Miin Liang, Gregory J Tsay
Biologics has been widely used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. We aimed to determine whether etanercept, a TNF-α inhibitor (TNFi) that is used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), affects cancer risk.This retrospective matched cohort study used data in the Registry of Catastrophic Illness Database in Taiwan from January 1, 1996 to December 31, 2010. RA, all-cancer, and solid cancer were defined using International Classification of Disease codes (ICD-9-CM 714.X, 140-208, and 140-199, respectively)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206874/a-quality-improvement-initiative-on-the-use-of-psychotropic-drugs-in-nursing-homes-in-flanders
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Majda Azermai, Maarten Wauters, Dirk De Meester, Lisa Renson, Danny Pauwels, Laurine Peeters, Hans Warie, Mirko Petrovic
INTRODUCTION: Government-funded quality improvement projects aimed to reduce the high psychotropic medication use in Belgian long-term care settings. DESIGN: A pilot project (2013-2014) with a pre-post and follow-up intervention design. METHODS: Two nursing homes received three educational courses. In the intervention nursing home (INH) additionally, a transition towards person-centred care through professional support was applied. Drug use was recorded at baseline, after 10 months (post) and after 22 months (follow-up), and coded into the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification...
February 16, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205022/understanding-breast-cancer-survivors-beliefs-and-concerns-about-adjuvant-hormonal-therapy-promoting-adherence
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Alejandra Hurtado-de-Mendoza, Roxanne E Jensen, Yvonne Jennings, Vanessa B Sheppard
Adjuvant hormonal therapy is recommended for women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive breast cancer. Though critical, many patients are non-adherent to this therapy. Few scales have been developed to specifically address beliefs about adjuvant hormonal therapy. This study explores the clarity and relevance of the Beliefs about Medicine Questionnaire (BMQ) in the context of adherence behaviors to hormonal therapy in Black and White breast cancer survivors. We recruited women diagnosed with HR-positive cancer from the Washington, DC, area...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203683/identification-of-unique-venous-thromboembolism-susceptibility-variants-in-african-americans
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John A Heit, Sebastian M Armasu, Bryan M McCauley, Iftikhar J Kullo, Hugues Sicotte, Jyotishman Pathak, Christopher G Chute, Omri Gottesman, Erwin P Bottinger, Joshua C Denny, Dan M Roden, Rongling Li, Marylyn D Ritchie, Mariza de Andrade
To identify novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with venous thromboembolism (VTE) in African-Americans (AAs), we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of VTE in AAs using the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, comprised of seven sites each with DNA biobanks (total ~39,200 unique DNA samples) with genome-wide SNP data (imputed to 1000 Genomes Project cosmopolitan reference panel) and linked to electronic health records (EHRs). Using a validated EHR-driven phenotype extraction algorithm, we identified VTE cases and controls and tested for an association between each SNP and VTE using unconditional logistic regression, adjusted for age, sex, stroke, site-platform combination and sickle cell risk genotype...
February 16, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202786/dopamine-modulates-adaptive-prediction-error-coding-in-the-human-midbrain-and-striatum
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Kelly M J Diederen, Hisham Ziauddeen, Martin D Vestergaard, Tom Spencer, Wolfram Schultz, Paul C Fletcher
Learning to optimally predict rewards requires agents to account for fluctuations in reward value. Recent work suggests that individuals can efficiently learn about variable rewards through adaptation of the learning rate, and coding of prediction errors relative to reward variability. Such adaptive coding has been linked to midbrain dopamine neurons in nonhuman primates, and evidence in support for a similar role of the dopaminergic system in humans is emerging from fMRI data. Here, we sought to investigate the effect of dopaminergic perturbations on adaptive prediction error coding in humans, using a between-subject, placebo-controlled pharmacological fMRI study with a dopaminergic agonist (bromocriptine) and antagonist (sulpiride)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199740/incidence-of-abnormal-liver-biochemical-tests-in-hyperthyroidism
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Tiffany Y Lin, Anshula O Shekar, Ning Li, Michael W Yeh, Sammy Saab, Mark Wilson, Angela M Leung
OBJECTIVE: Abnormal serum liver function tests are common in patients with untreated thyrotoxicosis, even prior to the initiation of antithyroidal medications that may worsen their severity. There is a wide range of the incidence of these abnormalities in the published literature. The aim of this study was to assess the risks factors and threshold of thyrotoxicosis severity for developing an abnormal liver biochemical test upon the diagnosis of new thyrotoxicosis. DESIGN: Single-institution retrospective cohort study...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199137/patient-and-hospital-characteristics-associated-with-inter-hospital-transfer-for-adults-with-ventilator-dependent-respiratory-failure
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Nandita R Nadig, Andrew J Goodwin, Annie N Simpson, Kit N Simpson, Jeremy Richards, Dee W Ford
RATIONALE: Patients with ventilator-dependent respiratory failure have improved outcomes at centers with greater expertise, yet most patients are not treated in such facilities. Efforts to align care for respiratory failure and hospital capability would necessarily require inter-hospital transfer. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the prevalence and patient and hospital factors associated with inter-hospital transfer of adults residing in Florida with ventilator-dependent respiratory failure...
February 15, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198722/triad-viii-nationwide-multicenter-evaluation-to-determine-whether-patient-video-testimonials-can-safely-help-ensure-appropriate-critical-versus-end-of-life-care
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Ferdinando L Mirarchi, Timothy E Cooney, Arvind Venkat, David Wang, Thaddeus M Pope, Abra L Fant, Stanley A Terman, Kevin M Klauer, Monica Williams-Murphy, Michael A Gisondi, Brian Clemency, Ankur A Doshi, Mari Siegel, Mary S Kraemer, Kate Aberger, Stephanie Harman, Neera Ahuja, Jestin N Carlson, Melody L Milliron, Kristopher K Hart, Chelsey D Gilbertson, Jason W Wilson, Larissa Mueller, Lori Brown, Bradley D Gordon
OBJECTIVE: End-of-life interventions should be predicated on consensus understanding of patient wishes. Written documents are not always understood; adding a video testimonial/message (VM) might improve clarity. Goals of this study were to (1) determine baseline rates of consensus in assigning code status and resuscitation decisions in critically ill scenarios and (2) determine whether adding a VM increases consensus. METHODS: We randomly assigned 2 web-based survey links to 1366 faculty and resident physicians at institutions with graduate medical education programs in emergency medicine, family practice, and internal medicine...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
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