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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542393/head-to-head-comparison-of-microflex-lt-and-vitek-ms-systems-for-routine-identification-of-microorganisms-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-in-chile
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Lorena Porte, Patricia García, Stephanie Braun, María Teresa Ulloa, Mónica Lafourcade, Alisson Montaña, Carolina Miranda, Gerardo Acosta-Jamett, Thomas Weitzel
BACKGROUND: Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) is a new and revolutionary identification method for microorganisms and has recently been introduced into clinical microbiology in many industrialized countries in Europe and North America. OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to compare the performance and practicality of two commercial MALDI-TOF MS platforms in a head-to head manner at a routine laboratory in Chile...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542277/first-report-of-a-japanese-family-with-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-10-the-second-report-from-asia-after-a-report-from-china
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Hiroyuki Naito, Tetsuya Takahashi, Masaki Kamada, Hiroyuki Morino, Hiroyo Yoshino, Nobutaka Hattori, Hirofumi Maruyama, Hideshi Kawakami, Masayasu Matsumoto
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 10 (SCA10) is an autosomal-dominant cerebellar ataxia that is variably accompanied by epilepsy and other neurological disorders. It is caused by an expansion of the ATTCT pentanucleotide repeat in intron 9 of the ATXN10 gene. Until now, SCA10 was almost exclusively found in the American continents, while no cases had been identified in Japan. Here, we report the first case of an SCA10 family from Japan. The clinical manifestations in our cases were cerebellar ataxia accompanied by epilepsy, hyperreflexia and cognitive impairment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537977/perioperative-use-of-focused-transthoracic-cardiac-ultrasound-a-survey-of-current-practice-and-opinion
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Frederick Conlin, Neil R Connelly, Michael P Eaton, Patrick J Broderick, Jennifer Friderici, Adam C Adler
BACKGROUND: The advent of portable ultrasound machines in recent years has led to greater availability of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in the perioperative and critical care setting. To our knowledge, its use in the perioperative setting among anesthesiologists remains undefined. We sought to assess the use of FoCUS by members of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) in clinical practice, to identify variations in its application, to outline limits to its use, and to understand the level of training of physicians using this technology...
May 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535455/the-effectiveness-of-telemedicine-delivered-opioid-agonist-therapy-in-a-supervised-clinical-setting
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Joseph K Eibl, Graham Gauthier, David Pellegrini, Jeffery Daiter, Michael Varenbut, John C Hogenbirk, David C Marsh
OBJECTIVE: Opioid use disorder has been declared a public health crisis across North America and opioid agonist therapy (OAT) is the standard of care for these patients. Despite the increasing adoption of telemedicine as a delivery method for OAT, its effectiveness has not yet been evaluated against traditional in-person treatment. This study compared treatment outcomes for in-person versus telemedicine-delivered OAT. METHODS: We conducted a non-randomized cohort comparison study using an administrative database for patients who commenced OAT between 2011 and 2012 across 58 clinic sites in the province of Ontario, Canada...
May 17, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534722/a-survey-of-established-veterinary-clinical-skills-laboratories-from-europe-and-north-america-present-practices-and-recent-developments
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Marc Dilly, Emma K Read, Sarah Baillie
Developing competence in clinical skills is important if graduates are to provide entry-level care but it is dependent on having had sufficient hands-on practice. Clinical skills laboratories provide opportunities for students to learn on simulators and models in a safe environment and to supplement training with animals. Interest in facilities for developing veterinary clinical skills has increased in recent years as many veterinary colleges face challenges in training their students with traditional methods alone...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533831/molecular-characterisation-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-isolated-at-a-large-referral-hospital-in-zambia
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Mulemba Tillika Samutela, Annie Kalonda, James Mwansa, Chileshe Lukwesa-Musyani, John Mwaba, Enoch Mulowa Mumbula, Darlington Mwenya, Edgar Simulundu, Geoffrey Kwenda
INTRODUCTION: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is globally recognized as an important public health problem. Whereas comprehensive molecular typing data of MRSA strains is available, particularly in Europe, North America and Australia, similar information is very limited in sub-Saharan Africa including Zambia. METHODS: In this study, thirty two clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, collected at a large referral hospital in Lusaka, Zambia between June 2009 and December 2012 were analysed by Staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec), Staphylococcus protein A gene typing (spa) and detection of the Panton-Valentine Leukocidin genes (pvl)...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532428/practices-of-lyme-disease-diagnosis-and-treatment-by-general-practitioners-in-quebec-2008-2015
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Salima Gasmi, Nicholas H Ogden, Patrick A Leighton, Ariane Adam-Poupart, François Milord, L Robbin Lindsay, Sapha Barkati, Karine Thivierge
BACKGROUND: Lyme disease (LD), a multisystem infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (B. burgdorferi), is the most reported vector-borne disease in North America, and by 2020, 80% of the population in central and eastern Canada could live in LD risk areas. Among the key factors for minimising the impact of LD are the accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of patients bitten by ticks. In this study, the practices of Quebec general practitioners (GPs) on LD diagnosis and management of patients bitten by infected ticks are described...
May 22, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530041/hiv-healthcare-transition-outcomes-among-youth-in-north-america-and-europe-a-review
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Vicki Tepper, Stefanie Zaner, Patrick Ryscavage
INTRODUCTION: The transition from paediatric to adult care poses risks to the health of young adults living with HIV if unsuccessful, including interruptions in care and poor health outcomes. Evolving best practices in HIV healthcare transition should ideally be informed by real-world qualitative and quantitative clinical healthcare transition outcomes. There has been a recent proliferation of HIV healthcare transition outcome research, largely from Europe and North America. METHODS: A literature search was undertaken using the online databases PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529467/radiotherapy-for-pertussis-an-historical-assessment
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Edward J Calabrese, Gaurav Dhawan, Rachna Kapoor
X-ray therapy was used to treat pertussis/whooping cough during a 13-year period from 1923 to 1936 in North America and Europe. Twenty studies from clinicians in the United States reported that approximately 1500 cases of pertussis were treated by X-ray therapy usually with less than 0.5 erythema dose. Young children (<3 years) comprised about 70% to 80% of the cases, with the age of cases ranging from as young as 1 month to 50 years. In general, symptoms of severe coughing, vomiting episodes, and spasms were significantly relieved in about 85% of cases following up to 3 treatments, while about 15% of the cases showed nearly full relief after only 1 treatment...
April 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527649/antimicrobial-activity-of-fidaxomicin-against-clostridium-difficile-clinical-isolates-in-aichi-area-in-japan
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Yuka Yamagishi, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Yoko Matsukawa, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Mao Hagihara, Kiyomitsu Katsumata, Hiroshige Mikamo
We evaluated the susceptibility of 100 Japanese Clostridium difficile isolates to fidaxomicin, a new macrocyclic antibiotic. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) range of fidaxomicin was 0.03-0.5 μg/mL, with a MIC for inhibition of 50% (MIC50) of 0.12 μg/mL, and for inhibition of 90% (MIC90) of 0.25 μg/mL. We also evaluated the susceptibilities of the same 100 C. difficile isolates to vancomycin, metronidazole, moxifloxacin, clindamycin, meropenem, and ampicillin. Of all the antibiotics tested, fidaxomicin showed the most potent antimicrobial activity against this group of C...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526564/direct-detection-of-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-by-polymerase-chain-reaction-followed-by-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-from-human-blood
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Heimo Lagler, Nicole Harrison, Manuel Kussmann, Markus Obermüller, Heinz Burgmann, Athanasios Makristathis, Michael Ramharter
Bacterial pathogens not detectable in commercial blood culture assays constitute an important challenge for infectious disease physicians, in particular if clinical symptoms of the illness are unspecific. In this report Anaplasma phagocytophilum was detected directly from a peripheral blood sample of a febrile patient reporting a tick bite by a commercial system based on polymerase chain reaction followed by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Therefore, the diagnosis of human granulocytic anaplasmosis infection was established by this diagnostic methodology for the first time...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525510/zika-virus-obstetric-and-pediatric-anesthesia-considerations
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Jacqueline L Tutiven, Benjamin T Pruden, James S Banks, Mario Stevenson, David J Birnbach
As of November 2016, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed more than 4000 travel-related Zika virus (ZIKV) infections in the United States with >700 of those in Florida. There have been 139 cases of locally acquired infection, all occurring in Miami, Florida. Within the US territories (eg, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands), >30,000 cases of ZIKV infection have been reported. The projected number of individuals at risk for ZIKV infection in the Caribbean and Latin America approximates 5 million...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523381/national-clinical-guidelines-for-non-surgical-treatment-of-patients-with-recent-onset-neck-pain-or-cervical-radiculopathy
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REVIEW
Per Kjaer, Alice Kongsted, Jan Hartvigsen, Alexander Isenberg-Jørgensen, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Bolette Søborg, Charlotte Krog, Christian Martin Møller, Christine Marie Bækø Halling, Henrik Hein Lauridsen, Inge Ris Hansen, Jesper Nørregaard, Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, Lars Valentin Hansen, Marie Jakobsen, Martin Bach Jensen, Martin Melbye, Peter Duel, Steffan W Christensen, Tina Myung Povlsen
PURPOSE: To summarise recommendations about 21 selected non-surgical interventions for recent onset (<12 weeks) non-specific neck pain (NP) and cervical radiculopathy (CR) based on two guidelines from the Danish Health Authority. METHODS: Two multidisciplinary working groups formulated recommendations based on the GRADE approach. RESULTS: Twelve recommendations were based on evidence and nine on consensus. Management should include information about prognosis, warning signs, and advise to remain active...
May 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522650/examining-the-association-between-hemodialysis-access-type-and-mortality-the-role-of-access-complications
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Pietro Ravani, Robert Quinn, Matthew Oliver, Bruce Robinson, Ronald Pisoni, Neesh Pannu, Jennifer MacRae, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Matthew James, Marcello Tonelli, Brenda Gillespie
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: People receiving hemodialysis to treat kidney failure need a vascular access (a fistula, a graft, or a central venous catheter) to connect to the blood purification machine. Higher rates of access complications are considered the mechanism responsible for the excess mortality observed among catheter or graft users versus fistula users. We tested this hypothesis using mediation analysis. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We studied incident patients who started hemodialysis therapy from North America, Europe, and Australasia (the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study; 1996-2011)...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521781/telling-our-stories-heroin-assisted-treatment-and-snap-activism-in-the-downtown-eastside-of-vancouver
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Susan Boyd, Dave Murray, Donald MacPherson
BACKGROUND: This article highlights the experiences of a peer-run group, SALOME/NAOMI Association of Patients (SNAP), that meets weekly in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SNAP is a unique independent peer- run drug user group that formed in 2011 following Canada's first heroin-assisted treatment trial (HAT), North America Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI). SNAP's members are now made up of former research participants who participated in two heroin-assisted trials in Vancouver...
May 18, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521171/review-of-phase-i-and-ii-trials-for-wilms-tumour-can-we-optimise-the-search-for-novel-agents
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REVIEW
Jesper Brok, Kathy Pritchard-Jones, James I Geller, Filippo Spreafico
Survival rates for patients with Wilms' tumour (WT) approximate 90% with refined use of currently available interventions. However, a subgroup of patients, with initial high-risk histopathology or relapsing disease, have a poor prognosis, and it is a challenge to identify and prioritise the development of new innovative approaches for these subgroups. We conducted a systematic literature search for published phase I and II clinical trials that registered patients with WTs and characterised the early phase trial activity, quantified response rates and highlighted avenues for further development...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520718/retrospective-observational-evaluation-of-postoperative-oxygen-saturation-levels-and-associated-postoperative-respiratory-complications-and-hospital-resource-utilization
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Satya Krishna Ramachandran, Aleda Thompson, Jaideep J Pandit, Scott Devine, Amy M Shanks
INTRODUCTION: The clinical importance of postoperative episodic hypoxemia is still unclear, and therefore largely under-studied. As a result, there is limited understanding of its relationship with early postoperative respiratory complications (PRC, defined as intubation within three days of surgery) and hospital resource utilization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single center study was performed using a retrospective observational design. We described population based definitions of desaturation from continuous SpO2 monitoring data captured in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU), namely median SpO2 in PACU, duration of desaturation below median, nadir desaturation, and length of oxygen therapy relative to PACU duration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514783/dialysis-access-as-an-area-of-improvement-in-elderly-incident-hemodialysis-patients-results-from-a-cohort-study-from-the-international-monitoring-dialysis-outcomes-initiative
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Jochen G Raimann, Claudia Barth, Len A Usvyat, Priscila Preciado, Bernard Canaud, Michael Etter, Xiaoqi Xu, Adrian Guinsburg, Christina Marelli, Neill Duncan, Albert Power, Frank M van der Sande, Jeroen P Kooman, Stephan Thijssen, Yuedong Wang, Peter Kotanko
BACKGROUND: Commencing hemodialysis (HD) using a catheter is associated with a higher risk of adverse outcomes, and early conversion from central-venous catheter (CVC) to arteriovenous fistula/graft (non-CVC) improves outcomes. We investigated CVC prevalence and conversion, and their effects on outcomes during the first year of HD in a multinational cohort of elderly patients. METHODS: Patients ≥70 years from the MONDO Initiative who commenced HD between 2000 and 2010 in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North-, and South-America and survived at least 6 months were included in this investigation...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509828/modular-fluted-tapered-stems-in-aseptic-revision-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Matthew P Abdel, Umberto Cottino, Dirk R Larson, Arlen D Hanssen, David G Lewallen, Daniel J Berry
BACKGROUND: Modular fluted tapered stems have become the most commonly employed category of femoral component in revision hip arthroplasty in North America as a result of favorable early results and simplicity of use. Despite wide adoption, the majority of published data are limited to relatively small series with modest follow-up. The goal of the current study was to determine the success rate and factors associated with success, failure, and complications of the use of modular fluted tapered stems in aseptic revision total hip arthroplasties (THAs) in a large patient cohort...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509817/modified-delphi-process-for-the-development-of-choosing-wisely-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Geoffrey C Nguyen, Karen Boland, Waqqas Afif, Brian Bressler, Jennifer L Jones, Adam V Weizman, Sharyle Fowler, Smita Halder, Vivian W Huang, Gilaad G Kaplan, Reena Khanna, Sanjay K Murthy, Joannie Ruel, Cynthia H Seow, Laura E Targownik, Tanya Chawla, Luis Guimaraes, Aida Fernandes, Sherif Saleh, Gil Y Melmed
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The prevalence and incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in North America is among the highest in the world and imparts substantial direct and indirect medical costs. The Choosing Wisely Campaign was launched in wide variety of medical specialties and disciplines to reduce unnecessary or harmful tests or treatment interventions. METHODS: The Choosing Wisely list for IBD was developed by the Canadian IBD Network for Research and Growth in Quality Improvement (CINERGI) in collaboration with Crohn's and Colitis Canada (CCC) and the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG)...
June 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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