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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107604/predicting-recovery-in-patients-with-acute-low-back-pain-a-clinical-prediction-model
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T da Silva, P Macaskill, K Mills, C Maher, C Williams, C Lin, M J Hancock
BACKGROUND: There is substantial variability in the prognosis of acute low back pain (LBP). The ability to identify the probability of individual patients recovering by key time points would be valuable in making informed decisions about the amount and type of treatment to provide. Predicting recovery based on presentation 1-week after initially seeking care is clinically important and may be more accurate than predictions made at initial presentation. The aim of this study was to predict the probability of recovery at 1-week, 1-month and 3-months after 1-week review in patients who still have LBP 1-week after initially seeking care...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107540/impact-of-adding-a-decision-aid-to-patient-education-in-adults-with-asthma-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Myriam E Gagné, France Légaré, Jocelyne Moisan, Louis-Philippe Boulet
BACKGROUND: Not providing adequate patient education interventions to asthma patients remains a major care gap. To help asthma patients and caregivers discuss inhaled controller medication use, our team has previously developed a decision aid (DA). We sought to assess whether adding this DA to education interventions improved knowledge, decisional conflict, and asthma control among adults with asthma. METHODS: A parallel clinical trial (NCT02516449). We recruited adults with asthma, aged 18 to 65 years, prescribed inhaled controller medication to optimize asthma control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107221/cash-vs-food-assistance-to-improve-adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-among-hiv-infected-adults-in-tanzania-a-randomized-trial
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Sandra I McCoy, Prosper F Njau, Carolyn Fahey, Ntuli Kapologwe, Suneetha Kadiyala, Nicholas P Jewell, William H Dow, Nancy S Padian
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effectiveness of short-term cash and food assistance to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention in care among people living with HIV in Tanzania. METHODS: At three clinics, 805 participants were randomized to three groups in a 3 : 3 : 1 ratio, stratified by site : nutrition assessment and counseling (NAC) and cash transfers (∼$11/month, n = 347), NAC and food baskets (n = 345), and NAC-only (comparison group, n = 113, clinicaltrials...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107158/human-trafficking-in-areas-of-conflict-health-care-professionals-duty-to-act
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Christina Bloem, Rikki E Morris, Makini Chisolm-Straker
Given the significant global burden of human trafficking, the ability of clinicians to identify and provide treatment for trafficked persons is critical. Particularly in conflict settings, health care facilities often serve as the first and sometimes only point of contact for trafficked persons. As such, medical practitioners have a unique opportunity and an ethical imperative to intervene, even in nonclinical roles. With proper training, medical practitioners can assist trafficked persons by documenting human trafficking cases, thereby placing pressure on key stakeholders to enforce legal protections, and by providing adequate services to those trafficked...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107151/saving-the-starfish-physicians-roles-in-responding-to-human-rights-abuses-in-global-health-practice
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Monir Moniruzzaman
This paper examines how an overseas medical student can improve the life of a kamlari, an indentured servant girl in Nepal. I argue that physicians and students should not only provide care for the health and well-being of patients but also act to ameliorate the suffering of their patients, particularly when patients' social, cultural, economic, and political vulnerabilities overshadow their immediate clinical needs. I also address the point that medical schools need to offer courses on health advocacy and activism in order to promote health equity and social justice for all...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107131/an-overview-of-the-peer-assessment-rating-par-index-for-primary-dental-care-practitioners
#6
James Ij Green
The Peer Assessment Rating (PAR) index is a valid and reliable measure of orthodontic treatment outcome and is the most widely accepted such index. Assessing outcomes with the PAR index requires the examination of pre-treatment and post-treatment orthodontic study models. Beginning with the pre-treatment models, a score is given to each feature that deviates from an ideal occlusion (all anatomical contact points adjacent, good interdigitation between posterior teeth and non-excessive overjet/overbite), the scores are then added together to give a total that represents the severity of the malocclusion...
November 1, 2016: Primary Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106820/current-and-emerging-technology-for-continuous-glucose-monitoring
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REVIEW
Cheng Chen, Xue-Ling Zhao, Zhan-Hong Li, Zhi-Gang Zhu, Shao-Hong Qian, Andrew J Flewitt
Diabetes has become a leading cause of death worldwide. Although there is no cure for diabetes, blood glucose monitoring combined with appropriate medication can enhance treatment efficiency, alleviate the symptoms, as well as diminish the complications. For point-of-care purposes, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices are considered to be the best candidates for diabetes therapy. This review focuses on current growth areas of CGM technologies, specifically focusing on subcutaneous implantable electrochemical glucose sensors...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106610/-opt-out-and-access-to-anesthesia-care-for-elective-and-urgent-surgeries-among-u-s-medicare-beneficiaries
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Eric C Sun, Franklin Dexter, Thomas R Miller, Laurence C Baker
BACKGROUND: In 2001, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a rule allowing U.S. states to "opt out" of the regulations requiring physician supervision of nurse anesthetists in an effort to increase access to anesthesia care. Whether "opt out" has successfully achieved this goal remains unknown. METHODS: Using Medicare administrative claims data, we examined whether "opt out" reduced the distance traveled by patients, a common measure of access, for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, total hip arthroplasty, cataract surgery, colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, appendectomy, or hip fracture repair...
January 19, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106577/nursing-informatics-education-from-automation-to-connected-care
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Diane J Skiba
The use of health information technologies has evolved over the last 50 years. These technologies have moved from the automation of data and data processing to connected care tools that are part of a health care ecosystem that provides the best care at the point of care. To correspondence with the evolution of technologies and their disruptions within the health care delivery system, there is a need to re-examine the necessary competencies of health care professionals.
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106499/retrospective-study-of-long-term-outcome-after-brain-arteriovenous-malformation-rupture-the-rap-score
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Eimad Shotar, Matthieu Debarre, Nader-Antoine Sourour, Federico Di Maria, Joseph Gabrieli, Aurélien Nouet, Jacques Chiras, Vincent Degos, Frédéric Clarençon
OBJECTIVE The authors aimed to design a score for stratifying patients with brain arteriovenous malformation (BAVM) rupture, based on the likelihood of a poor long-term neurological outcome. METHODS The records of consecutive patients with BAVM hemorrhagic events who had been admitted over a period of 11 years were retrospectively reviewed. Independent predictors of a poor long-term outcome (modified Rankin Scale score ≥ 3) beyond 1 year after admission were identified. A risk stratification scale was developed and compared with the intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) score to predict poor outcome and inpatient mortality...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106333/translating-precision
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EDITORIAL
Michael A Pacanowski
Precision medicine is based on a simple precept that deep information about an individual patient can be used to guide his or her health care. In the not-too-distant future, clinicians may have point-of-care access to an individual's entire genome, dense data captured from wearable devices, and informatics tools that aggregate data from clinical experience to allow for real-time decision support. The innovative technologies being developed in pursuit of precision medicine afford researchers and clinicians the opportunity to generate and consume information at an unprecedented scale...
January 20, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106159/temporal-variations-in-presynaptic-release-probability-in-the-lateral-habenula
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Hoyong Park, Myunghyun Cheon, Sungmin Kim, ChiHye Chung
Rhythmicity plays an important role in a number of biological systems. The habenular complex is reported to contain an intrinsic molecular clock and to show rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes and proteins including per2/PER2. In this study, we observed that there is a temporal rhythmicity in the presynaptic efficacy of the lateral habenula (LHb) neurons. We collected a substantial number of recordings at different time points of the day during the light phase. The frequency and amplitude of spontaneous excitatory transmission were increased in the afternoon compared to recordings performed in the morning...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105581/point-of-care-ultrasound-identification-of-pneumatosis-intestinalis-in-pediatric-abdominal-pain-a-case-report
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Vigil James, Aswin Warier, Khai Pin Lee, Gene Yong-Kwang Ong
We describe a case report of an infant with intussusception who presented to a pediatric emergency department with diarrhea and increased irritability. Pneumatosis intestinalis (intra-mural air) detected on point-of-care ultrasonography (but not apparent on plain abdominal radiographs) alerted the emergency physicians towards the severity of disease process.
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105068/overdiagnosis-of-mental-disorders-in-children-and-adolescents-in-developed-countries
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REVIEW
Eva Charlotte Merten, Jan Christopher Cwik, Jürgen Margraf, Silvia Schneider
During the past 50 years, health insurance providers and national registers of mental health regularly report significant increases in the number of mental disorder diagnoses in children and adolescents. However, epidemiological studies show mixed effects of time trends of prevalence of mental disorders. Overdiagnosis in clinical practice rather than an actual increase is assumed to be the cause for this situation. We conducted a systematic literature search on the topic of overdiagnosis of mental disorders in children and adolescents...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104597/preferences-about-information-and-decision-making-among-older-patients-with-and-without-cancer
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Elena Paillaud, Florence Canoui-Poitrine, Gwenaelle Varnier, Narges Anfasi-Ebadi, Ester Guery, Olivier Saint-Jean, Mathilde Gisselbrecht, Thomas Aparicio, Sylvie Bastuji-Garin, Marie Laurent, Philippe Caillet
BACKGROUND: information of older patients with cancer is crucial to ensure optimal care. OBJECTIVES: to compare older patients with and without cancer regarding their preferences about medical information, decision-making and surrogate designation. DESIGN: an intention-to-act questionnaire was completed by patients ≥70 y enroled in the ELderly CAncer PAtients cohort between January and June 2013 and by patients in the same age group enroled in a cross-sectional survey conducted in 2005 in acute geriatric wards...
January 18, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104547/residential-eviction-and-exposure-to-violence-among-people-who-inject-drugs-in-vancouver-canada
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Mary Clare Kennedy, Ryan McNeil, M-J Milloy, Huiru Dong, Thomas Kerr, Kanna Hayashi
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) experience markedly elevated rates of physical and sexual violence, as well as housing instability. While previous studies have demonstrated an association between homelessness and increased exposure to violence among PWID, the relationship between residential eviction and violence is unknown. We therefore sought to examine the association between residential eviction and experiencing violence among PWID in Vancouver, Canada. METHODS: Data were derived from two open prospective cohort studies of PWID: the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS) and the AIDS Care Cohort to evaluate Exposure to Survival Services (ACCESS)...
January 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104466/age-related-differences-pre-intra-and-postcholecystectomy
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Hadia Maqsood, Kalpesh Patel, Hamid Ferdosi, Anne M Sill, Bin Wu, Thomas Buddensick, Amanda Sautter, Haroon Shaukat, Gisela Sulkowski, Dusty Marie Narducci, Mustafa Siddique, Farin Kamangar, Gopal C Kowdley, Steven C Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Cholecystectomy (CCY) is increasingly performed in older individuals. We sought to examine age-related differences in pre-, intra-, and postoperative factors at a community hospital, using a very large, single-institution cholecystectomy database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 6868 patients who underwent CCY from 2001 to 2013 was performed. ROC analysis identified the optimal age cutoff when complications reached a significant inflection point (<55 and >55 years)...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103895/feasibility-of-antiretroviral-treatment-monitoring-in-the-era-of-decentralized-hiv-care-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Minh D Pham, Lorena Romero, Bruce Parnell, David A Anderson, Suzanne M Crowe, Stanley Luchters
BACKGROUND: Regular monitoring of HIV patients who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) is required to ensure patient benefits and the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of ART programs. Prompted by WHO recommendations for expansion and decentralization of HIV treatment and care in low and middle income countries, we conducted a systematic review to assess the feasibility of treatment monitoring in these settings. METHODS: A comprehensive search strategy was developed using a combination of MeSH and free text terms relevant to HIV treatment and care, health service delivery, health service accessibility, decentralization and other relevant terms...
January 19, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103883/performance-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-for-the-diagnosis-of-malaria-among-malaria-suspected-pregnant-women-in-northwest-ethiopia
#19
Banchamlak Tegegne, Sisay Getie, Wossenseged Lemma, Abu Naser Mohon, Dylan R Pillai
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a major public health problem and an important cause of maternal and infant morbidity in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ethiopia. Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria with effective treatment is the best strategy for prevention and control of complications during pregnancy and infant morbidity and mortality. However, laboratory diagnosis has relied on the identification of malaria parasites and parasite antigens in peripheral blood using Giemsa-stained microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) which lack analytical and clinical sensitivity...
January 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103460/-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-107-hiv-infected-patients-admitted-to-the-department-of-infectious-diseases-at-santa-maria-hospital-lisbon-2002-2013
#20
Vilma Grilo, Aida Pereira
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia remains one of the most common opportunistic illnesses in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. It is currently the most reported AIDS-defining infection in Portugal. The aims of this study were to analyze the features of a human immunodeficiency virus /Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia coinfected population, to compare it with the current literature, and to evaluate comparatively subpopulations of patients based on the previous knowledge of the human immunodeficiency virus infection, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia diagnostic method and discharge results...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
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