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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151046/the-association-between-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-and-subsequent-rheumatoid-arthritis-occurrence-a-nested-case-control-study-from-taiwan
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Herng-Ching Lin, Sudha Xirasagar, Cha-Ze Lee, Chung-Chien Huang, Chao-Hung Chen
OBJECTIVE: Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common comorbidity among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While GORD has been attributed to the antirheumatic medications, no studies of human cohorts have investigated a link between GORD and RA. This study investigates whether GORD is associated with a subsequent RA diagnosis over a 5-year follow-up using a population-based dataset. SETTING: Taiwan PARTICIPANTS: We used data from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150775/influences-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-on-blood-pressure-variability-might-not-be-limited-only-nocturnally-in-middle-aged-hypertensive-males
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Liang Shao, Mulalibieke Heizhati, Xiaoguang Yao, Yingchun Wang, Suofeiya Abulikemu, Delian Zhang, Ling Zhou, Jing Hong, Nanfang Li
PURPOSE: In this cross-sectional study, we analyzed the potential association between sleep measures and blood pressure variability. METHODS: Ninety-three middle-aged hypertensive males, who underwent polysomnography and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, were enrolled. Blood pressure variability was assessed by blood pressure standard deviation. Obstructive sleep apnea (apnea hypopnea index ≥ 15) was diagnosed in 52 (55.91%) patients. Mean body mass index and age were 27...
November 17, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149950/structural-and-functional-adaptation-of-the-remnant-kidney-after-living-kidney-donation-long-term-follow-up
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M Meier, J Winterhoff, L Fricke, H Lehnert, M Nitschke
OBJECTIVE: Several adjustments occur after nephrectomy (NT) in the donor's remnant kidney. We investigated kidney donors 10 years after NT and compared several parameters before and after transplantation. METHODS: A total of 42 kidney donors of the University of Luebeck's Transplant Center were scheduled for a 10-year follow-up and were offered several investigations: laboratory tests, urinalysis and kidney ultrasound examination including determination of kidney volume (KV), resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148968/collecting-practice-level-data-in-a-changing-physician-office-based-ambulatory-care-environment-a-pilot-study-examining-the-physician-induction-interview-component-of-the-national-ambulatory-medical-care-survey
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Meghan C Halley, Katharine A Rendle, Brian Gugerty, Denys T Lau, Harold S Luft
Objective This report examines ways to improve National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) data on practice and physician characteristics in multispecialty group practices. Methods From February to April 2013, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) conducted a pilot study to observe the collection of the NAMCS physician interview information component in a large multispecialty group practice. Nine physicians were randomly sampled using standard NAMCS recruitment procedures; eight were eligible and agreed to participate...
November 2017: Vital and Health Statistics. Series 2, Data Evaluation and Methods Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148356/specialization-as-an-organizing-principle-the-case-of-ambulatory-surgery-centers
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Kathleen Carey, Jean M Mitchell
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) recently have grown to become the dominant provider of specific surgical procedures in the United States. While the majority of ASCs focus primarily on a single specialty, many have diversified to offer a wide range of surgical specialties. We exploited a unique data set from Pennsylvania for the years 2004 to 2014 to conduct an empirical investigation of the relative cost of production in ASCs over varying degrees of specialization. We found that for the majority of ASCs, focus on a specialty was associated with lower facility costs...
August 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148080/genetic-risk-factors-for-perception-of-symptoms-in-gerd-an-observational-cohort-study
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A Patel, S Hasak, B D Nix, G S Sayuk, R D Newberry, C P Gyawali
BACKGROUND: Genetic polymorphisms in G-protein beta-3 subunit (GNβ3) and beta-2 adrenergic receptor (ADRB2) are associated with pain and gut hypersensitivity, which can overlap with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). AIM: To evaluate relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within GNβ3 and ADRB2 systems, and reflux symptom burden, GERD phenotypes from ambulatory reflux monitoring, and quality of life. METHODS: Symptomatic adults undergoing ambulatory reflux testing were recruited and phenotyped based on acid burden and symptom reflux association; major oesophageal motor disorders and prior foregut surgery were exclusions...
November 17, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147964/diabetes-care-in-qatar-a-survey-of-pharmacists-activities-attitudes-and-knowledge
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Maguy Saffouh El Hajj, Safae E Abu Yousef, Meena Ali Basri
Background Diabetes mellitus is recognized as a major public health issue and is one of the top ten causes of death in Qatar. Objective To describe the activities, and attitudes of Qatar pharmacists toward diabetes, to measure their diabetes knowledge and to assess their perceived barriers for diabetes care. Setting Community and ambulatory pharmacies in Qatar. Method Study objectives were addressed in a cross sectional survey of community and ambulatory pharmacists in Qatar. A phone call explaining the study was made to all community and ambulatory pharmacists in Qatar...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147167/validation-of-the-risk-score-of-the-mortality-and-lower-limb-loss-considering-ambulatory-status-after-surgical-revascularization-in-maintaining-patients-with-dialysis
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Haruto Yamazaki, Hisae Hayashi, Morio Kawamura, Ayana Sasaki, Eriko Kondo, Shinya Ito, Kenji Wakai
Surgical revascularization is performed to preserve limb and to maintain functional status of patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). The PREVENT III risk score helps to predict the postoperative course of CLI. However, this score is not available to estimate the risk of amputation or death properly in patients with hemodialysis (HD) and tissue loss (HD: 4 points, Tissue loss: 3 points), because they are classified as a high-risk group. Therefore, we investigated 213 patients with revascularized HD for CLI and proposed prognosis amputation or death for patients with HD risk score (PAD for HD risk score)...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147164/a-series-of-210-peripheral-arterial-disease-below-knee-amputations-and-predictors-for-subsequent-above-knee-amputations
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Jing Ting Wu, Maggie Wong, Zhiwen Joseph Lo, Wei-En Wong, Sriram Narayanan, Glenn Wei Leong Tan, Sadhana Chandrasekar
Objective: To review patient characteristics and outcomes after peripheral arterial disease (PAD)-related below-knee amputation (BKA), and identify risk factors predicting subsequent above-knee amputation (AKA). Materials and Methods: A retrospective study of 210 BKAs between May 2008 and December 2015. Results: The mean age of the study population was 66 years. Most of the patients had cardiovascular comorbidities, and 33% had end-stage renal failure (ESRF); 89% were American Society of Anesthesiologists 3 or 4...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146158/plasma-microrna-155-5p-is-increased-among-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-and-nocturnal-hypertension
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Dominika Klimczak, Marek Kuch, Tomasz Pilecki, Dorota Żochowska, Agnieszka Wirkowska, Leszek Pączek
MicroRNAs play multiple roles in the regulation of blood pressure (BP). Nevertheless, to date, no study has assessed the association between microRNA plasma expression and BP control in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. Given this background, we evaluated the plasma expression of miR-155-5p, a translational inhibitor of angiotensin receptor type I, in CKD patients, to determine the association between miR-155-5p level and BP control. In this single-center cross-sectional study, we analyzed the miR-155-5p concentration by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction using the U6 snRNA as a reference gene and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in CKD patients (stage ≥2) in relation to a control group of healthy age-matched and gender-matched individuals, with normal BP proven by the ambulatory blood pressure monitoring...
October 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146139/how-to-prevent-renal-cachexia-a-clinical-randomized-pilot-study-testing-oral-supplemental-nutrition-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-and-without-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Michael Zilles, Christoph Betz, Oliver Jung, Stefan Gauer, Renate Hammerstingl, Astrid Wächtershäuser, Thomas J Vogl, Helmut Geiger, Aida Asbe-Vollkopf, Rainer U Pliquett
OBJECTIVE: End-stage renal disease associates with catabolism and sarcopenia. Hypothetically, peroral supplemental nutrition over 6 months prevents catabolism in hemodialysis patients. DESIGN: Prospective randomized pilot study (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00687050). SUBJECTS: Twenty-three hemodialysis patients (15 males and 7 females) with or without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection of 2 ambulatory hemodialysis centers...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145986/hand-surgery-in-the-ambulatory-surgery-center
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Norfleet B Thompson, James H Calandruccio
Outpatient surgery, especially in free-standing ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), provides a safe, cost-effective option for a variety of surgical procedures and has become the preferred choice over inpatient and hospital-based outpatient surgery for most hand and wrist procedures. Complication rates after ASC hand surgery are low (0.2%-2.5%). Patient dissatisfaction with ASC surgery is primarily associated with postoperative nausea and vomiting and inadequate pain control.
January 2018: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145873/group-physiotherapy-compared-to-individual-physiotherapy-to-treat-urinary-incontinence-in-aging-women-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chantale Dumoulin, Mélanie Morin, Marie-Hélène Mayrand, Michel Tousignant, Michal Abrahamowicz
BACKGROUND: Urinary incontinence (UI), one of the most prevalent health concerns confronting women aged over 60 years, affects up to 55% of older community-dwelling women-20-25% with severe symptoms. Clinical practice guidelines recommend individualized pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) as a first-line treatment for stress or mixed UI in women, although lack of human and financial resources limits delivery of this first-line treatment. Preliminary data suggest that group-based treatments may provide the answer...
November 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145584/critical-lessons-from-high-value-oncology-practices
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Douglas W Blayney, Melora K Simon, Beatrice Podtschaske, Scott Ramsey, Margaret Shyu, Craig Lindquist, Arnold Milstein
Importance: Cancer care is expensive. Cancer care provided by practice organizations varies in total spending incurred by patients and payers during treatment episodes and in quality of care, and this unnecessary variation contributes to the high cost. Objective: To use the variation in total spending and quality of care to assess oncology practice attributes distinguishing "high value" that may be tested and adopted by others to produce similar results. Design, Setting, and Participants: "Positive deviance" was used in this exploratory mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) analysis of interview results...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145507/light-sensors-for-objective-light-measurement-in-ambulatory-polysomnography
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Rachel Schembri, Jo Spong, Allison Peters, Peter Rochford, Philip Wilksch, Fergal J O'Donoghue, Kenneth M Greenwood, Maree Barnes, Gerard A Kennedy, David J Berlowitz
Ambulatory polysomnography (PSG) does not commonly include an objective measure of light to determine the time of lights off (Loff), and thus cannot be used to calculate important indices such as sleep onset latency and sleep efficiency. This study examined the technical specifications and appropriateness of a prototype light sensor (LS) for use in ambulatory Compumedics Somte PSG.Two studies were conducted. The first examined the light measurement characteristics of the LS when used with a portable PSG device, specifically recording trace range, linearity, sensitivity, and stability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145327/current-practice-and-usual-care-of-major-cervical-disorders-in-korea-a-cross-sectional-study-of-korean-health-insurance-review-and-assessment-service-national-patient-sample-data
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A Ryeon Choi, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Me-Riong Kim, Min-Seok Oh, Eun-Jung Lee, Sungchul Kim, Mia Kim, In-Hyuk Ha
Neck pain is a highly common condition and is the 4th major cause of years lived with disability. Previous literature has focused on the effect of specific treatments, and observations of actual practice are lacking to date. This study examined Korean health insurance review and assessment service (HIRA) claims data to the aim of assessing prevalence and comparing current medical practice and costs of cervical disorders in Korea.Current practice trends were determined through assessment of prevalence, total expenses, per-patient expense, average days in care, average days of visits, sociodemographic characteristics, distribution of medical costs, and frequency of treatment types of high frequency cervical disorders (cervical sprain/strain, cervical intervertebral disc displacement [IDD], and cervicalgia)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145197/inflammatory-and-angiogenic-factors-linked-to-longitudinal-microvascular-changes-in-hemodialysis-patients-irrespective-of-treatment-dose-intensity
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Nicos Mitsides, Tom Cornelis, Natascha J H Broers, Nanada M P Diederen, Paul Brenchley, Nicole Heitink-Ter Braak, Frank M van der Sande, Casper G Schalkwijk, Jeroen P Kooman, Sandip Mitra
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is a major contributor to the poor outcomes observed in hemodialysis. We investigated the relationship between hemodialysis intensity and vascular parameters in high-dose (HDHD; >12hrs/week) and Conventional (CHD; ≤12hrs/week) hemodialysis intensity over a 6-month period. METHODS: We present the 6-month longitudinal analysis of a 2-year multicenter study investigating the effects of HDHD on cardiovascular parameters. We used pulse wave velocity, 24hr ambulatory blood pressure and sublingual dark field capillaroscopy measurements to assess macro- and microcirculation on 6-monthly basis...
November 16, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144543/primary-thromboprophylaxis-in-individuals-without-cancer-admitted-to-a-geriatric-palliative-care-unit
#18
Adam J Gurau, Anna Berall, Jurgis Karuza, Giulia-Anna Perri
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of individuals with advanced noncancer disease is increasing on palliative care units (PCUs), but there are no current guidelines to direct venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis decisions in these individuals. The aim of this study was to compare primary VTE prophylaxis in elderly adults with advanced noncancer diagnoses with that of those with advanced cancer on a dedicated geriatric PCU. DESIGN: Single-center retrospective chart review...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143405/cost-effectiveness-modeling-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-compared-to-electroconvulsive-therapy-for-treatment-resistant-depression-in-singapore
#19
Ying Jiao Zhao, Phern Chern Tor, Ai Leng Khoo, Monica Teng, Boon Peng Lim, Yee Ming Mok
BACKGROUND: Compared to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the cost-effectiveness of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in the management of treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of rTMS vs. ECT for TRD from Singapore societal perspective. METHODS: We constructed a Markov model to project the cost and benefit of rTMS compared with ECT over one year in patients with TRD...
November 16, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143383/who-performs-colonoscopy-workforce-trends-over-space-and-time
#20
Jan M Eberth, Michele J Josey, Lee R Mobley, Davidson O Nicholas, Donna B Jeffe, Cassie Odahowski, Janice C Probst, Mario Schootman
PURPOSE: With the increased availability of colonoscopy to average risk persons due to insurance coverage benefit changes, we sought to identify changes in the colonoscopy workforce. We used outpatient discharge records from South Carolina between 2001 and 2010 to examine shifts over time and in urban versus rural areas in the types of medical providers who perform colonoscopy, and the practice settings in which they occur, and to explore variation in colonoscopy volume across facility and provider types...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
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