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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086883/which-factors-affect-health-care-use-among-older-germans-results-of-the-german-ageing-survey
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André Hajek, Jens-Oliver Bock, Hans-Helmut König
BACKGROUND: It remains an open question how changes in predisposing, enabling, and need factors affect health care use. Consequently, we aimed to investigate how changes in these variables affect health care use in community-dwelling older persons longitudinally. METHODS: Data from two waves of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS), a representative sample of the community-dwelling German population aged ≥40 years, was used. Predictors of visits to general practitioners and specialists as well as hospital stays during a 12-month period were analyzed by fixed effects regressions...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077109/cause-of-neonatal-deaths-in-northern-ethiopia-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Hayelom Gebrekirstos Mengesha, Berhe W Sahle
BACKGROUND: Despite the significant reduction in childhood mortality, neonatal mortality has shown little or no concomitant decline worldwide. The dilemma arises in that the lack of documentation of cause of death in developing countries, where registration of vital events is virtually nonexistent. Understanding of the causes of death in neonates is important to guide public health interventions. The present study identifies the common causes of neonatal death in Ethiopia. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted among neonates born between April 2014 and July 2014 in seven hospitals, in Tigray region, Ethiopia...
January 11, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075341/a-non-invasive-multichannel-hybrid-fiber-optic-sensor-system-for-vital-sign-monitoring
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Marcel Fajkus, Jan Nedoma, Radek Martinek, Vladimir Vasinek, Homer Nazeran, Petr Siska
In this article, we briefly describe the design, construction, and functional verification of a hybrid multichannel fiber-optic sensor system for basic vital sign monitoring. This sensor uses a novel non-invasive measurement probe based on the fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The probe is composed of two FBGs encapsulated inside a polydimethylsiloxane polymer (PDMS). The PDMS is non-reactive to human skin and resistant to electromagnetic waves, UV absorption, and radiation. We emphasize the construction of the probe to be specifically used for basic vital sign monitoring such as body temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate...
January 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072987/-a-pilot-clinical-study-of-immediate-provisionalization-with-a-chairside-computer-aided-design-and-computer-aided-manufacture-monolithic-crown-for-single-tooth-immediate-implant-placement
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J H Tian, P Di, Y Lin, Y Zhang, D H Wei, H Y Cui
Objective: To evaluate the primary clinical outcomes of immediate provisionalization with a monolithic crown utilizing a novel chairside computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) workflow for single tooth immediate implant placement. Methods: This pilot study was a prospective within-subjects design. Thirteen consecutive patients were included and diagnosed with untreatable single incisor or premolar with fine general and local anatomical conditions. The trial was conducted at Department of Implantology, Peking University School and Hospital of Stomatology, Beijing, between January 2016 and June 2016...
January 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069173/periconceptional-maternal-biomarkers-of-one-carbon%C3%A2-metabolism-and-embryonic-growth-trajectories-the-rotterdam-periconceptional-cohort-predict-study
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Francesca Parisi, Melek Rousian, Anton H J Koning, Sten P Willemsen, Irene Cetin, Eric A P Steegers, Régine P M Steegers-Theunissen
OBJECTIVE: To study the associations between the periconceptional maternal biomarkers of one-carbon metabolism and embryonic growth. DESIGN: Prospective, periconceptional hospital-based birth cohort. SETTING: Tertiary medical care center. PATIENT(S): Between 2010 and 2014, 236 women with early singleton ongoing pregnancies that resulted in 139 strictly dated spontaneous pregnancies and 97 pregnancies conceived after assisted reproductive technology...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068789/pragmatic-trial-of-video-education-in-nursing-homes-the-design-and-rationale-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial-in-the-nursing-home-setting
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Vincent Mor, Angelo E Volandes, Roee Gutman, Constantine Gatsonis, Susan L Mitchell
Background/Aims Nursing homes are complex healthcare systems serving an increasingly sick population. Nursing homes must engage patients in advance care planning, but do so inconsistently. Video decision support tools improved advance care planning in small randomized controlled trials. Pragmatic trials are increasingly employed in health services research, although not commonly in the nursing home setting to which they are well-suited. This report presents the design and rationale for a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial that evaluated the "real world" application of an Advance Care Planning Video Program in two large US nursing home healthcare systems...
January 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065689/virtual-teach-to-goal%C3%A2-adaptive-learning-of-inhaler-technique-for-inpatients-with-asthma-or-copd
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Valerie G Press, Colleen A Kelly, John J Kim, Steven R White, David O Meltzer, Vineet M Arora
BACKGROUND: Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) result in more than 1 million hospitalizations annually. Most hospitalized patients misuse respiratory inhalers. This misuse can be corrected with in-person education; however, this strategy is resource intensive and skills wane quickly after discharge. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop and pilot a virtual teach-to-goal™ (V-TTG™) inhaler skill training module, using innovative adaptive learning technology...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062529/a-mixed-reality-simulator-concept-for-future-medical-emergency-response-team-training
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Robert J Stone, R Guest, P Mahoney, D Lamb, C Gibson
The UK Defence Medical Service's Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) capability includes rapid-deployment Medical Emergency Response Teams (MERTs) comprising tri-service trauma consultants, paramedics and specialised nurses, all of whom are qualified to administer emergency care under extreme conditions to improve the survival prospects of combat casualties. The pre-deployment training of MERT personnel is designed to foster individual knowledge, skills and abilities in PHEC and in small team performance and cohesion in 'mission-specific' contexts...
January 6, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047693/we-fg-207b-11-objective-image-characterization-of-spectral-ct-with-a-dual-layer-detector
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O Ozguner, S Halliburton, A Dhanantwari, G Wen, S Utrup, D Jordan
PURPOSE: To obtain objective reference data for the spectral performance on a dual-layer detector CT platform (IQon, Philips) and compare virtual monoenergetic to conventional CT images. METHODS: Scanning was performed using the hospital's clinical adult body protocol: helical acquisition at 120kVp, with CTDIvol=15mGy. Multiple modules (591, 515, 528) of a CATPHAN 600 phantom and a 20 cm diameter cylindrical water phantom were scanned. No modifications to the standard protocol were necessary to enable spectral imaging...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047671/su-g-iep2-09-iodine-imaging-at-spectral-ct-with-a-dual-layer-detector
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O Ozguner, A Dhanantwari, S Halliburton, G Wen, S Utrup, D Jordan
PURPOSE: To evaluate the attenuation response of iodine and the accuracy of iodine quantification on a detector-based spectral CT scanner. METHODS: A Gammex 461A phantom was scanned using a dual-layer detector (IQon, Philips) at 120 kVp using helical acquisition with a CDTIvol of 15 mGy to approximate the hospital's clinical body protocol. No modifications to the standard protocol were necessary to enable spectral imaging. Iodine inserts at 6 concentrations (2, 5, 7...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045940/applying-the-integrated-practice-unit-concept-to-a-modified-virtual-ward-model-of-care-for-patients-at-highest-risk-of-readmission-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lian Leng Low, Shu Yun Tan, Matthew Joo Ming Ng, Wei Yi Tay, Lee Beng Ng, Kanchana Balasubramaniam, Rachel Marie Towle, Kheng Hock Lee
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence from the virtual ward care model showed that multidisciplinary case management are inadequate to reduce readmissions or death for high risk patients. There is consensus that interventions should encompass both pre-hospital discharge and post-discharge transitional care to be effective. Integrated practice units (IPU) had been proposed as an approach of restructuring the organization and work processes of multidisciplinary teams to achieve value in healthcare...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043993/safety-and-reproducibility-of-virtual-assisted-lung-mapping-a-multicentre-study-in-japan%C3%A2
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Masaaki Sato, Taiji Kuwata, Keiji Yamanashi, Atsushi Kitamura, Kenji Misawa, Kota Imashimizu, Masashi Kobayashi, Masaki Ikeda, Terumoto Koike, Shinji Kosaka, Ryuta Fukai, Yasuo Sekine, Noritaka Isowa, Shin Hirayama, Hiroaki Sakai, Fumiaki Watanabe, Kazuhiro Nagayama, Akihiro Aoyama, Hiroshi Date, Jun Nakajima
OBJECTIVES: Virtual-assisted lung mapping (VAL-MAP) is a preoperative bronchoscopic multispot dye-marking technique using virtual images. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety, efficacy and reproducibility of VAL-MAP among multiple centres. METHODS: Selection criteria included patients with pulmonary lesions anticipated to be difficult to identify at thoracoscopy and/or those undergoing sub-lobar lung resections requiring careful determination of resection margins...
January 2, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017556/bilateral-globus-pallidus-internus-deep-brain-stimulation-for-dyskinetic-cerebral-palsy-supports-success-of-cochlear-implantation-in-a-5-year-old-ex-24%C3%A2-week-preterm-twin-with-absent-cerebellar-hemispheres
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Jean-Pierre Lin, Margaret Kaminska, Sarah Perides, Hortensia Gimeno, Lesley Baker, Daniel E Lumsden, Anzell Britz, Sandra Driver, Alec Fitzgerald-O'Connor, Richard Selway
BACKGROUND: Early onset dystonia (dyskinesia) and deafness in childhood pose significant challenges for children and carers and are the cause of multiple disability. It is particularly tragic when the child cannot make use of early cochlear implantation (CI) technology to relieve deafness and improve language and communication, because severe cervical and truncal dystonia brushes off the magnetic amplifier behind the ears. Bilateral globus pallidus internus (GPi) deep brain stimulation (DBS) neuromodulation can reduce dyskinesia, thus supporting CI neuromodulation success...
December 10, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003825/endometrial-volume-measured-by-vocal-compared-to-office-hysteroscopy-for-diagnosis-of-endometrial-polyps-in-premenopausal-women-with-abnormal-uterine-bleeding
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Mohamed Laban, Sherif H Hussain, Alaa S Hassanin, Waleed M Khalaf, Mohamed K Etman, Mohammed S E Elsafty, Ahmed M Bahaa Eldin, Ahmad S Hasanien, Noha A Sakna, Mohammed Taema, Mohammed H Mostafa, Marwa M Eisa
The aim is to compare hysteroscopy, two-dimensional transvaginal ultrasound (2D TVUS), and three-dimensional (3D) Virtual Organ Computer-aided AnaLysis™ (VOCAL) to detect endometrial polyps (EPs) in premenopausal women with abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). This prospective study was done at Ain Shams Maternity Hospital, Egypt, from March 5, 2015, to December 30, 2015, enrolling 118 premenopausal women with AUB. 2D TVUS, 3D VOCAL, and hysteroscopy were done. 109 patients reached final analysis. 36 women (33%) were diagnosed with EP by 2D TVUS...
2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993163/aiming-to-improve-readmissions-through-integrated-hospital-transitions-airtight-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Andrew McWilliams, Jason Roberge, Charity G Moore, Avery Ashby, Whitney Rossman, Stephanie Murphy, Stephannie McCall, Ryan Brown, Shannon Carpenter, Scott Rissmiller, Scott Furney
BACKGROUND: Hospital readmissions remain highly prevalent despite being the target of policies and financial penalties. Evidence comparing the effectiveness and costs of interventions to reduce readmissions is lacking, leaving healthcare systems with little guidance on how to improve quality and avoid costly penalties. Effective interventions likely need to bridge inpatient and outpatient settings, incorporate information technology, and use dedicated providers. Such complex innovations will require rigorous evaluation...
December 19, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982363/-efficiency-indicators-to-assess-the-organ-donation-and-transplantation-process-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Marina Martins Siqueira, Claudia Affonso Araujo, Bartira de Aguiar Roza, Janine Schirmer
Objective: To search the literature and identify indicators used to monitor and control the organ donation and transplantation process and to group these indicators into categories. Method: In November 2014, a systematic review of the literature was carried out in the following databases: Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde (BVS), EBSCO, Emerald, Proquest, Science Direct, and Web of Science. The following search terms (and the corresponding terms in Brazilian Portuguese) were employed: "efficiency," "indicators," "organ donation," "tissue and organ procurement," and "organ transplantation...
August 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942401/two-decades-of-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-harefield-experience
#17
REVIEW
Shahzad G Raja
The morbidity and mortality associated with conventional coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) attributed to invasiveness of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) has been well documented. Recognition of this invasiveness with a focus centered on abolishing, or at least reducing the CPB associated morbidity and mortality led to the resurgence of off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) surgery nearly two decades ago. At about the same time, OPCAB was adopted at Harefield hospital partly as an institutional drive to promote innovation and partly as a strategy to improve outcomes...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939053/experimental-variation-of-social-stress-in-virtual-reality-feasibility-and-first-results-in-patients-with-psychotic-disorders
#18
Klaus Hesse, Philipp A Schroeder, Jonathan Scheeff, Stefan Klingberg, Christian Plewnia
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Social interaction might lead to increased stress levels in patients with psychotic disorders. Impaired social stress tolerance is critical for social functioning and closely linked with symptom relapse and hospitalization. We present an interactive office built-up in virtual reality (VR). METHODS: Patients with psychotic disorders (PP, N = 26 including N = 5 dropouts) and matched healthy controls (HC, N = 20) were examined with a VR simulating an open-plan office...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933153/improving-pneumococcal-vaccination-rates-of-medical-inpatients-in-urban-nepal-using-quality-improvement-measures
#19
Allison Bock, Kathan Chintamaneni, Lisa Rein, Tifany Frazer, Gyan Kayastha, Theodore MacKinney
Streptococcus pneumoniae infection is associated with high morbidity and mortality in low income countries. In Nepal, there is a high lung disease burden and incidence of pneumonia due to multiple factors including indoor air pollution, dust exposure, recurrent infections, and cigarette smoking. Despite the ready availability of effective pneumococcal vaccines (PNV), vaccine coverage rates remain suboptimal globally. Quality Improvement (QI) principles could be applied to improve compliance, but it is a virtually new technology in Nepal...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933135/impact-of-laparoscopic-surgery-training-laboratory-on-surgeon-s-performance
#20
REVIEW
Fabio C M Torricelli, Joao Arthur B A Barbosa, Giovanni S Marchini
Minimally invasive surgery has been replacing the open standard technique in several procedures. Similar or even better postoperative outcomes have been described in laparoscopic or robot-assisted procedures when compared to open surgery. Moreover, minimally invasive surgery has been providing less postoperative pain, shorter hospitalization, and thus a faster return to daily activities. However, the learning curve required to obtain laparoscopic expertise has been a barrier in laparoscopic spreading. Laparoscopic surgery training laboratory has been developed to aid surgeons to overcome the challenging learning curve...
November 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
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