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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741408/appropriateness-of-tympanostomy-tubes-in-the-boston-metropolitan-area-are-the-aao-hnsf-guidelines-being-met
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Amy L Hughes, David Roberson, Cassandra Bannos, Emily K Trudell, Louis Vernacchio
Introduction Otitis media (OM) is the most common reason children receive general anesthesia, with bilateral tympanostomy tube (TT) insertion the second most common surgery in children. Prior research suggests overuse of TT. As part of a project designed to improve appropriateness of OM referrals, we evaluated appropriateness of TT insertion in a patient cohort. Methods Patients younger than 9 years with initial otolaryngology (ORL) visits in academic and private office settings for OM from January 1, 2012, to August 31, 2013, were identified through claims database...
July 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740410/genotyping-of-hbv-and-tracking-of-resistance-mutations-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Sidelcina Rugieri Pacheco, Maria Isabel Magalhães Andrade Dos Santos, Andreas Stocker, Maria Alice Sant'Anna Zarife, Maria Isabel Schinoni, Raymundo Paraná, Mitermayer Galvão Dos Reis, Luciano Kalabric Silva
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Resistance mutation analogs to nucleos(t)ides have been described in treatment-naïve patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), with clinical implications. The aim of this study was to investigate primary resistance mutations and genotypes circulating in patients naïve to chronic hepatitis B, in the Northern and Northeastern regions of Brazil. METHODS: We conducted a study of resistance mutations and genotypic characterization of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in 189 treatment-naïve patients chronically infected with HBV...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739202/the-relationship-between-dietary-intake-growth-and-body-composition-in-phenylketonuria
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Maureen Evans, Helen Truby, Avihu Boneh
AIM: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of protein metabolism that results from perturbation in phenylalanine hydroxylase activity leading to elevated blood levels of phenylalanine (phe). We aimed to explore the relationships between dietary patterns (total-protein, natural-protein, amino-acid formula), and the ratio of protein to energy intake with growth and body composition. METHOD: Longitudinal prospective data (1-6 measurements) of growth, dietary intake and body composition in patients treated with phe-restricted diet only (D-PKU; n=32), and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4)±phe-restricted diet (BH4-PKU; n=5) were collected over a two-year period...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738325/a-proposal-of-the-european-association-for-the-study-of-obesity-to-improve-the-icd-11-diagnostic-criteria-for-obesity-based-on-the-three-dimensions-etiology-degree-of-adiposity-and-health-risk
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Johannes Hebebrand, Jens-Christian Holm, Euan Woodward, Jennifer Lyn Baker, Ellen Blaak, Dominique Durrer Schutz, Nathalie J Farpour-Lambert, Gema Frühbeck, Jason G C Halford, Lauren Lissner, Dragan Micic, Dana Mullerova, Gabriela Roman, Karin Schindler, Hermann Toplak, Tommy L S Visscher, Volkan Yumuk
Diagnostic criteria for complex medical conditions caused by a multitude of both genetic and environmental factors should be descriptive and avoid any attribution of causality. Furthermore, the wording used to describe a disorder should be evidence-based and avoid stigmatization of the affected individuals. Both terminology and categorizations should be readily comprehensible for healthcare professionals and guide clinical decision making. Uncertainties with respect to diagnostic issues and their implications may be addressed to direct future clinical research...
July 22, 2017: Obesity Facts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736132/high-on-treatment-platelet-reactivity-to-adenosine-diphosphate-predicts-ischemic-events-of-minor-stroke-and-transient-ischemic-attack
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Zilong Rao, Huaguang Zheng, Fei Wang, Anxin Wang, Liping Liu, Kehui Dong, Xingquan Zhao, Yibin Cao, Yilong Wang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between thromboelastography adenosine diphosphate maximum amplitude (TEG-ADPMA) and recurrent ischemic events in patients with minor ischemic stroke or high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS: A total of 265 patients received dual antiplatelet therapy were consecutively enrolled. High on-treatment platelet reactivity (HTPR) to ADP was assessed by TEG-ADPMA and detected the CYP2C19 genotype; recurrent ischemic events were followed up for 90 days after onset...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735836/importance-of-deformable-image-registration-and-biological-dose-summation-in-planning-of-radiotherapy-retreatments
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Eeva Boman, Mika Kapanen, Lyndsey Pickup, Sirpa-Liisa Lahtela
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of nonrigid and fractionation-corrected dose summation on total doses in radiotherapy and to demonstrate the benefits of such dose summation on clinical decision-making for planning of retreatments. Dose summation of organs at risk (OARs) was investigated for 3 clinical cases with need of retreatment to the same site: head and neck, brain, and mediastinum. Three different summation methods over old and new radiotherapy treatment plans are presented and compared: (1) rigid raw sum with rigid registration of the planning images and direct dose summing; (2) deformable raw sum with deformable image registration and direct dose summing; and (3) deformable biological sum with deformable registration and takes into account the dose per fraction in biological manner in certain critical organs...
July 20, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735780/electromyographic-activity-of-the-vastus-intermedius-muscle-in-patients-with-stiff-knee-gait-after-stroke-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Davide Mazzoli, Erika Giannotti, Mario Manca, Maria Longhi, Paolo Prati, Michela Cosma, Giovanni Ferraresi, Monica Morelli, Paolo Zerbinati, Stefano Masiero, Andrea Merlo
Stiff-knee gait (SKG) in hemiplegic patients is often due to an inappropriate activity of the quadriceps femoris. However, there are no studies in literature addressing the vastus intermedius (VI) involvement in SKG. In this study, VI activity was analyzed in a sample of 46 chronic stroke patients with SKG, during spontaneous gait. VI activity was recorded by fine-wire electrodes inserted under ultrasound guidance then confirmed by electrical stimulation. The measured VI activity was compared to the normal reference pattern reported in literature and classified (e...
July 5, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735363/routine-follow-up-radiographs-for-distal-radius-fractures-are-seldom-clinically-substantiated
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N L Weil, M El Moumni, S M Rubinstein, P Krijnen, M F Termaat, I B Schipper
INTRODUCTION: The value of routine radiographs during follow-up after distal radius fractures is unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether routine radiographs performed during the follow-up period in patients with a distal radius fracture influenced clinical decision making. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included patients aged ≥18 years who were treated for a distal radius fracture at four hospitals in The Netherlands in 2012. Demographic and clinical and radiographic characteristics were collected from medical records...
July 22, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734928/lv-mass-independently-predicts-mortality-and-need-for-future-revascularization-in%C3%A2-patients-undergoing-diagnostic-coronary-angiography
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Ahmed Abdi-Ali, Robert J H Miller, Danielle Southern, Mei Zhang, Yoko Mikami, Merril Knudtson, Bobak Heydari, Andrew G Howarth, Carmen P Lydell, Mathew T James, Stephen B Wilton, James A White
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess associations between left ventricular (LV) mass, all-cause mortality, and need for revascularization in patients undergoing coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: LV hypertrophy is associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in healthy subjects. However, its influence in those with known or suspected coronary artery disease is poorly understood. METHODS: A total of 3,754 patients (mean age 59...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733500/clinical-decision-making
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July 22, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731408/defining-the-biological-basis-of-radiomic-phenotypes-in-lung-cancer
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Patrick Grossmann, Olya Stringfield, Nehme El-Hachem, Marilyn M Bui, Emmanuel Rios Velazquez, Chintan Parmar, Ralph Th Leijenaar, Benjamin Haibe-Kains, Philippe Lambin, Robert Gillies, Hugo Jwl Aerts
Medical imaging can visualize characteristics of human cancer noninvasively. Radiomics is an emerging field that translates these medical images into quantitative data to enable phenotypic profiling of tumors. While radiomics has been associated with several clinical endpoints, the complex relationships of radiomics, clinical factors, and tumor biology are largely unknown. To this end, we analyzed two independent cohorts of respectively 262 North American and 89 European patients with lung cancer, and consistently identified previously undescribed associations between radiomic imaging features, molecular pathways, and clinical factors...
July 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730847/guidelines-for-the-assessment-and-diagnosis-of-patients-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-and-other-psychotic-disorders
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Donald Addington, Sabina Abidi, Iliana Garcia-Ortega, William G Honer, Zahinoor Ismail
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to identify best practices in the diagnosis and assessment of patients with schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. The diagnosis and assessment may occur in a range of situations from the emergency room to the outpatient clinic and at different stages of the disorder. The focus may be on acute exacerbations of illness, residual symptoms, levels of function, or changes in the response to treatment. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted for guidelines published in the last 5 years for schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders...
January 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730697/impact-of-simultaneous-glutamate-dehydrogenase-gdh-and-toxin-a-b-rapid-immunoassay-on-clostridium-difficile-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-hospitalized-patients-with-antibiotic-associated-diarrhea-in-a-university-hospital-of-brazil
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Guilherme Grossi Lopes Cançado, Rodrigo Otávio Silveira Silva, Amanda Pontes Nader, Francisco Carlos Faria Lobato, Eduardo Garcia Vilela
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is a major cause of health care-associated infection, but disagreement between diagnostic tests is an ongoing barrier to clinical decision making. Conventional enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for toxin detection is currently the most frequently used technique for CDI diagnosis, but its low sensitivity makes the development of an alternative strategy necessary for improving the diagnosis in developing countries. METHODS: Between years 2011 and 2015, 154 stool samples from patients with antibiotic-associated diarrhea were examined by toxigenic culture (TC) and EIA for the diagnosis of CDI...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730671/many-faces-of-rationality-implications-of-the-great-rationality-debate-for-clinical-decision-making
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Benjamin Djulbegovic, Shira Elqayam
Given that more than 30% of healthcare costs are wasted on inappropriate care, suboptimal care is increasingly connected to the quality of medical decisions. It has been argued that personal decisions are the leading cause of death, and 80% of healthcare expenditures result from physicians' decisions. Therefore, improving healthcare necessitates improving medical decisions, ie, making decisions (more) rational. Drawing on writings from The Great Rationality Debate from the fields of philosophy, economics, and psychology, we identify core ingredients of rationality commonly encountered across various theoretical models...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730455/does-professional-experience-save-teeth-a-survey-among-prosthodontists
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Shaza Bishti, Julia Lautensack, Jens C Türp, Stefan Wolfart
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of clinical experience and educational background on clinical decision-making of dentists presented with two prosthodontic cases. METHODS: A questionnaire-based survey was performed among 66 prosthodontists who were divided into two groups. The first group included clinicians from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands covering a wide spectrum of dental experience. The second (specialized) group consisted of German dentists performing their last module of a 3-year postgraduate master program in prosthodontics...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729232/development-feasibility-and-small-scale-implementation-of-a-web-based-prognostic-tool-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-results-cancer-survival-calculator
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Michelle Henton, Bridget Gaglio, Laurie Cynkin, Eric J Feuer, Borsika A Rabin
BACKGROUND: Population datasets and the Internet are playing an ever-growing role in the way cancer information is made available to providers, patients, and their caregivers. The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Cancer Survival Calculator (SEER*CSC) is a Web-based cancer prognostic tool that uses SEER data, a large population dataset, to provide physicians with highly valid, evidence-based prognostic estimates for increasing shared decision-making and improving patient-provider communication of complex health information...
July 20, 2017: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729183/differentiation-between-idiopathic-granulomatous-mastitis-and-malignant-breast-lesions-using-strain-ratio-on-ultrasonic-elastography
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B Yağcı, I Erdem Toslak, B Çekiç, M Öz, B R Karakaş, M Akdemir, S Yıldız, D Süren, D Bova
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to investigate the strain elastography imaging characteristics of idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) and compare strain ratio values of IGM with those of breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-three consecutive women with IGM (mean age, 37.9±6.6 [SD] years; range: 26-52 years) and 45 women with malignant breast tumor (mean age, 52.8±12.0 [SD], range, 32-77 years) who had been scheduled for ultrasound-guided core biopsy were recruited to the study...
July 17, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728642/a-latent-profile-analysis-of-aggression-and-victimization-across-relationship-types-among-veterans-who-use-substances
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RaeAnn E Anderson, Erin E Bonar, Maureen A Walton, Jason E Goldstick, Sheila A M Rauch, Quyen M Epstein-Ngo, Stephen T Chermack
OBJECTIVE: This study examined patterns of violence victimization and aggression in both intimate partner and nonpartner relationships among U.S. military veterans using latent profile analysis to identify subtypes of violence involvement. METHOD: Participants were 839 substance use treatment-seeking veterans (93% male) from a large Veterans Affairs Medical Center who completed screening measures for a randomized controlled trial. RESULTS: Past-year violence involvement, including both intimate partner violence (IPV) and nonpartner violence (NPV), was common in the sample, although NPV occurred at somewhat higher rates...
July 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727889/clinical-assessment-of-uterine-contractions
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REVIEW
Wayne R Cohen
The assessment of uterine contractions is important in clinical decision-making, but the precise role for appraising contractions remains controversial. Four clinical approaches to assessing contractions are available: manual palpation; intrauterine pressure determination; external tocodynamometry; and electrohysterography. Palpation is inexpensive and harmless but requires the constant bedside presence of a trained observer. Intrauterine pressure measurement is considered the most sensitive and specific technique, and has become the standard by which other methods are judged; however, its quantitative measurements are not always precise or reproducible...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726979/chronic-disease-registries-trends-and-challenges
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Joachim Schüz, Michael Fored
BACKGROUND: This accompanying editorial is an introduction to the focus theme of "chronic disease registries - trends and challenges". METHODS: A call for papers was announced on the website of Methods of Information in Medicine in April 2016 with submission deadline in September 2016. A peer review process was established to select the papers for the focus theme, managed by two guest editors. RESULTS: Three papers were selected to be included in the focus theme...
July 19, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
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