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Owen Bebb, Marlous Hall, Keith A A Fox, Tatendashe B Dondo, Adam Timmis, Hector Bueno, François Schiele, Chris P Gale
Aims: To investigate the application of the European Society of Cardiology Acute Cardiovascular Care Association quality indicators (QI) for acute myocardial infarction for the study of hospital performance and 30-day mortality. Methods and results: National cohort study (n = 118,075 patients, n = 211 hospitals, MINAP registry), 2012-13. Overall, 16 of the 20 QIs could be calculated. Eleven QIs had a significant inverse association with GRACE risk adjusted 30-day mortality (all P < 0...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329109/impact-of-early-fontan-completion-on-postoperative-outcomes-in-patients-with-a-functional-single-ventricle%C3%A2
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Masamichi Ono, Melchior Burri, Julie Cleuziou, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Elisabeth Beran, Martina Strbad, Alfred Hager, Jürgen Hörer, Christian Schreiber, Rüdiger Lange
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to evaluate whether early timing of total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC) affects postoperative outcomes. METHODS: Of 460 consecutive TCPC patients, 51 (11.1%) underwent TCPC ≤ 18 months of age (group A), and 409 patients >18 months of age (group B). We compared the clinical outcomes and exercise capacity between groups. RESULTS: Median age at TCPC was 1.4 (interquartile ranges: 1.3-1.5) years in group A and 2...
February 23, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325612/cost-effectiveness-of-high-sensitivity-troponin-compared-to-conventional-troponin-among-patients-presenting-with-undifferentiated-chest-pain-a-trial-based-analysis
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Billingsley Kaambwa, Julie Ratcliffe, Matthew Horsfall, Carolyn Astley, Jonathan Karnon, Penelope Coates, Margaret Arstall, Christopher Zeitz, Matthew Worthley, John Beltrame, Derek P Chew
BACKGROUND: Patients with low and intermediate risk chest pain features comprise the greatest proportion presenting to emergency services for evaluation of suspected acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The efficient and timely identification of patients with these features remains a major challenge within clinical practice. Troponin assays are increasingly being used for the determination of risk among patients presenting with chest pain potentially facilitating more appropriate care. To date, no economic evaluation comparing high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) reporting to standard troponin T (c-TnT) reporting in the routine management of suspected ACS and based on longer-term clinical outcomes has been conducted...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325356/primary-cutaneous-spindle-cell-b-cell-lymphoma-a-report-of-three-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
Cynthia M Magro, Shabnam Momtahen
Primary cutaneous spindle cell lymphoma is a rare variant of primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma (PCBCL). Herein, we present 3 cases of primary cutaneous spindle cell B cell lymphoma, 2 males and one female (age range 66-76years). The patients presented with solitary skin lesions, distributed in the head and neck area and chest. The dominant cell size was in the intermediate to large cell size range. While the main cell type was a spindled one, other cells with a nuclear morphology quite typical for a centroblast were noted and as well careful inspection in the three cases revealed a focal residuum of germinal center-like structures...
April 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323505/pattern-of-uveitis-in-a-referral-hospital-in-bangladesh
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Zahedur Rahman, Ziaul Ahsan, Niaz Abdur Rahman, Parthopratim Dutta Majumder
PURPOSE: To report the pattern of uveitis in a tertiary eye care center in Bangladesh. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all uveitis cases visiting uveitis clinic of Bangladesh Eye Hospital between January, 2009 and April, 2015. RESULTS: In total, 652 patients (mean age 32.3 years, female 47.8%) were included in the study. Uveitis was bilateral in 42.6% of cases. Anterior uveitis was the most common (39.2%) case, closely followed by intermediate uveitis (22...
March 21, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322431/exploring-societal-solidarity-in-the-context-of-extreme-prematurity
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Manya J Hendriks, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Sabine D Klein, Jürg C Streuli, Ruth Baumann-Hölzle, Jean-Claude Fauchère
QUESTION: Extreme prematurity can result in long-term disabilities. Its impact on society is often not taken into account and deemed controversial. Our study examined attitudes of the Swiss population regarding extreme prematurity and people's perspectives regarding the question of solidarity with disabled people. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide representative anonymous telephone survey with 1210 Swiss residents aged 18 years or older. We asked how people estimate their own personal solidarity, the solidarity of their social environment and the solidarity across the country with disabled persons...
March 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321120/decision-analysis-of-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndrome-stratified-according-to-the-revised-international-prognostic-scoring-system-ipss-r
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M G Della Porta, C H Jackson, E P Alessandrino, M Rossi, A Bacigalupo, M T van Lint, M Bernardi, B Allione, A Bosi, S Guidi, V Santini, L Malcovati, M Ubezio, C Milanesi, E Todisco, M T Voso, P Musto, F Onida, A P Iori, R Cerretti, G Grillo, A Molteni, P Pioltelli, L Borin, E Angelucci, E Oldani, S Sica, C Pascutto, V Ferretti, A Santoro, F Bonifazi, M Cazzola, A Rambaldi
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) represents the only curative treatment for patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), but involves non-negligible morbidity and mortality. Crucial questions in clinical decision making include the definition of optimal timing of the procedure and the benefit of cytoreduction before transplant in high risk patients. We carried out a decision analysis on 1728 MDS who received supportive care, transplantation or hypomethylating agents (HMAs). Risk assessment was based on the revised International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS-R)...
March 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319365/rendering-high-surface-area-mesoporous-metal-organic-frameworks-electronically-conductive
#8
Timothy C Wang, Idan Hod, Cornelius O Audu, Nicolaas A Vermeulen, SonBinh T Nguyen, Omar K Farha, Joseph T Hupp
We report the design and synthesis of a MOF-polythiophene composite that has comparable electronic conductivity to reported conductive 3-D MOFs, but with display and retention of high porosity, including mesoporosity. A robust zirconium MOF, NU-1000, was rendered electronically conductive by first incorporating, via solvent-assisted ligand incorporation (SALI), a carefully designed pentathiophene derivative at a density of one pentamer per hexa-zirconium node. Using a cast film of the intermediate composite (termed pentaSALI) on conductive glass, the incorporated oligothiophene was electrochemically polymerized to yield the conductive composite, Epoly...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318554/decubitus-ulcers-in-patients-undergoing-vascular-operations-do-not-influence-mortality-but-affect-resource-utilization
#9
J Hunter Mehaffey, Amani D Politano, Castigliano M Bhamidipati, Margaret C Tracci, Kenneth J Cherry, John A Kern, Irving L Kron, Gilbert R Upchurch
BACKGROUND: While it is anticipated that decubitus ulcers are detrimental to outcomes after vascular operations, the contemporary influence of perioperative decubitus ulcers in vascular surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the National Impatient Survey, all adult patients who underwent vascular operation were selected. Patients were stratified by the presence or absence (non-decubitus ulcers) of decubitus ulcer. Case-mix adjusted hierarchical mixed-models examined in-hospital mortality, the occurrence of any complication, and discharge disposition...
March 17, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318350/clinical-course-and-outcomes-of-pediatric-tubercular-uveitis-in-north-india
#10
Savleen Kaur, Kanika Aggarwal, Aniruddha Agarwal, Deepti Suri, Anju Gupta, Ramandeep Singh, Reema Bansal, Surjit Singh, Nirbhai Singh, Amod Gupta, Vishali Gupta
PURPOSE: To analyze the clinical features, course, management, and outcomes of tubercular (TB) uveitis in the pediatric population and assess the response to anti-tubercular therapy (ATT). METHODS: Hospital records of children (≤16 years) from a large tertiary-care institute between January 2001 and December 2015 were reviewed. RESULTS: A total of 32 children (mean age: 10.7 ± 4.27 years; range 2-16) were diagnosed with TB-associated uveitis...
March 20, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315738/pulmonary-sarcomatoid-carcinomas-commonly-harbor-either-potentially-targetable-genomic-alterations-or-high-tumor-mutational-burden-as-observed-by-comprehensive-genomic-profiling
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Alexa B Schrock, Shuyu D Li, Garrett M Frampton, James Suh, Eduardo Braun, Ranee Mehra, Steven Buck, Jose A Bufill, Nir Peled, Nagla Abdel Karim, Cynthia Hsieh, Manuel Doria, James Knost, Rong Chen, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Jeffrey S Ross, Philip J Stephens, Paul Fishkin, Vincent A Miller, Siraj M Ali, Balazs Halmos, Jane J Liu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (PSC) is a high-grade non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) characterized by poor prognosis and resistance to chemotherapy. Development of targeted therapeutic strategies for PSC has been hampered due to limited and inconsistent molecular characterization. METHODS: Hybrid-capture based comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) was performed on DNA from 15,867 FFPE NSCLCs including 125 PSCs (0.8%). Tumor mutational burden (TMB) was calculated from 1...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315116/evaluating-the-prevalence-of-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-in-older-adults-in-intermediate-care-facilities-a-cross-sectional-observational-study
#12
Anna Millar, Carmel Hughes, Cristín Ryan
Background Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) [encompassing potentially inappropriate medicines (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs)], is prevalent amongst older adults in primary and secondary care. However, PIP prevalence in intermediate care (IC) is unknown. Objective To determine the prevalence of PIMs/PPOs and associated patient factors. Setting Three IC facilities in Northern Ireland. Method The Screening Tool of Older People's Prescriptions and the Screening Tool to Alert doctors to Right Treatment were used to identify PIP over 8 weeks...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302101/preventing-diabetes-in-obese-latino-youth-with-prediabetes-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Erica G Soltero, Yolanda P Konopken, Micah L Olson, Colleen S Keller, Felipe G Castro, Allison N Williams, Donald L Patrick, Stephanie Ayers, Houchun H Hu, Matthew Sandoval, Janiel Pimentel, William C Knowler, Kevin D Frick, Gabriel Q Shaibi
BACKGROUND: Obese Latino adolescents are disproportionately impacted by insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is an intermediate stage in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and represents a critical opportunity for intervention. However, to date, no diabetes prevention studies have been conducted in obese Latino youth with prediabetes, a highly vulnerable and underserved group. Therefore, we propose a randomized-controlled trial to test the short-term (6-month) and long-term (12-month) efficacy of a culturally-grounded, lifestyle intervention, as compared to usual care, for improving glucose tolerance and reducing diabetes risk in 120 obese Latino adolescents with prediabetes...
March 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300619/brain-neurotransmitters-in-an-animal-model-with-postpartum-depressive-like-behavior
#14
Y Avraham, Y Hants, L Vorobeiv, M Premishlano, Wiessam Abu Ahmad, D Mankuta, E Galun, S Arbel-Alon
Post-Partum Depression (PPD) occurs in 15% of pregnancies and its patho-physiology is not known. We studied female BALB/c ("depressive") and C57BL/6 (control) mice as a model for PPD and assessed their behavior and correlates with brain neurotransmitters (NTs) - norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin and intermediates, during the pre-pregnancy (PREP), pregnancy (PREG) and post-Partum (PP) periods. Depressive-like behavior was evaluated by the Open Field (OFT), Tail Suspension (TST) and Forced Swim (FST) tests...
March 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299645/new-concepts-in-embolotherapy-of-hcc
#15
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F Pesapane, N Nezami, F Patella, J F Geschwind
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide with rapidly growing incidence rates in the USA and Europe. Despite improving surveillance programs, most patients are diagnosed at intermediate to advanced stages and are no longer amenable to curative therapies, such as ablation, surgical resection and liver transplantation. For such patients, catheter-based image-guided embolotherapies such as transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) represent the standard of care and mainstay therapy, as recommended and endorsed by a variety of national guidelines and staging systems...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297635/oh-initiated-transformation-and-hydrolysis-of-aspirin-in-aops-system-dft-and-experimental-studies
#16
Lin He, Xiaomin Sun, Fanping Zhu, Shaojie Ren, Shuguang Wang
Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) are widely used in wastewater treatment of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs). In this work, the OH-initiated transformation as well as the hydrolysis of a typical PPCPs, aspirin, was investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations and laboratory experiments. For DFT calculations, the frontier electron densities and bond dissociation energies were analyzed. Profiles of the potential energy surface were constructed, and all the possible pathways were discussed...
March 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294491/an-efficient-chemoenzymatic-synthesis-of-dihydroartemisinic-aldehyde
#17
Melodi Demiray, Xiaoping Tang, Thomas Wirth, Juan A Faraldos, Rudolf K Allemann
Artemisinin from the plant Artemisia annua is the most potent pharmaceutical for the treatment of malaria. In the plant, the sesquiterpene cyclase amorphadiene synthase, a cytochrome-dependent CYP450, and an aldehyde reductase convert farnesyl diphosphate (FDP) into dihydroartemisinic aldehyde (DHAAl), which is a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of artemisinin and a semisynthetic precursor for its chemical synthesis. Here, we report a chemoenzymatic process that is able to deliver DHAAl using only the sesquiterpene synthase from a carefully designed hydroxylated FDP derivative...
March 13, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294310/longitudinal-analysis-of-quality-of-diabetes-care-and-relational-climate-in-primary-care
#18
Marina Soley-Bori, Justin K Benzer, James F Burgess
OBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of relational climate on quality of diabetes care. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: The study was conducted at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA All Employee Survey (AES) was used to measure relational climate. Patient and facility characteristics were gathered from VA administrative datasets. STUDY DESIGN: Multilevel panel data (2008-2012) with patients nested into clinics. DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS: Diabetic patients were identified using ICD-9 codes and assigned to the clinic with the highest frequency of primary care visits...
March 10, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293640/cost-analysis-of-a-novel-enzymatic-debriding-agent-for-management-of-burn-wounds
#19
Giuseppe Giudice, Angela Filoni, Giulio Maggio, Domenico Bonamonte, Michelangelo Vestita
Introduction. Given its efficacy and safety, NexoBrid™ (NXB) has become part of our therapeutic options in burns treatment with satisfactory results. However, no cost analysis comparing NXB to the standard of care (SOC) has been carried out as of today. Aim. To assess the cost of treatment with NXB and compare it to the SOC cost. Methods. 20 patients with 14-22% of TBSA with an intermediate-deep thermal burn related injury were retrospectively and consecutively included. 10 of these patients were treated with the SOC, while the other 10 with NXB...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292582/-profile-and-evolution-of-chronic-complex-patients-in-a-subacute-unit
#20
Neus Gual, Anna Yuste Font, Belen Enfedaque Montes, Carles Blay Pueyo, Remedios Martín Álvarez, Marco Inzitari
OBJECTIVE: To improve the management of geriatric pluripathologic patients in Catalonia, the identification of chronic complex patient (PCC) or patients with advanced chronic disease (MACA) has been promoted. Patients with exacerbated chronic diseases are promoted to be admitted in subacute units (SG) located in intermediate hospitals and specialized in geriatric care, as an alternative to acute hospital. The results of the care process in patients identified as PCC/MACA in SG have not been evaluated...
March 11, 2017: Atencion Primaria
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