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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049933/systemic-autoimmune-diseases-are-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-bipolar-disorder-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Ling-Yi Wang, Jen-Huai Chiang, Shih-Fen Chen, Yu-Chih Shen
BACKGROUND: Studies suggested autoimmunity plays a role in the etiology of bipolar disorder (BD). This study aimed to investigate the association between systemic autoimmune diseases (SADs) and the subsequent development of BD, and examine the potential risk factors for developing BD. METHODS: Patients with SADs were identified in the Taiwan National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). A comparison cohort was created by matching patients without SADs with age. The SADs cohort consisted of 65,498 while the comparison cohort consisted of 261,992 patients...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049919/comparison-of-cha2ds2-vasc-chads2-and-hatch-scores-for-the-prediction-of-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-in-cancer-patients-a-nationwide-cohort-study-of-760-339-study-participants-with-competing-risk-analysis
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Wei-Syun Hu, Cheng-Li Lin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The current study was conducted to assess the ability of CHA2DS2-VASc, CHADS2 and HATCH scores in predicting new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) among patients with cancer. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed cancer between 1 January, 2000 and 31 December, 2011, from the Registry for Catastrophic Illness Patient Database, were defined as the study cohort. CHA2DS2-VASc, CHADS2 and HATCH scores were used for new-onset AF prediction in these study patients, and the predictive accuracy of the scores was assessed by the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve...
October 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049464/clustering-of-neuropsychiatric-disease-in-first-degree-and-second-degree-relatives-of-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Margaret O'Brien, Tom Burke, Mark Heverin, Alice Vajda, Russell McLaughlin, John Gibbons, Susan Byrne, Marta Pinto-Grau, Marwa Elamin, Niall Pender, Orla Hardiman
Importance: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition primarily involving the motor system. There is increasing epidemiologic evidence of an association between ALS and a wider spectrum of neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders among family members, including schizophrenia and psychotic illness and suicidal behavior. Objective: To examine the frequency and range of neuropsychiatric conditions that occur within individual first-degree and second-degree relatives of patients with ALS...
October 16, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049339/reliability-of-transcardiopulmonary-thermodilution-cardiac-output-measurement-in-experimental-aortic-valve-insufficiency
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Martin Petzoldt, Constantin J Trepte, Jan Ridder, Stefan Maisch, Philipp Klapsing, Jan F Kersten, Hans Peter Richter, Jens C Kubitz, Daniel A Reuter, Matthias S Goepfert
BACKGROUND: Monitoring cardiac output (CO) is important to optimize hemodynamic function in critically ill patients. The prevalence of aortic valve insufficiency (AI) is rising in the aging population. However, reliability of CO monitoring techniques in AI is unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of AI on accuracy, precision, and trending ability of transcardiopulmonary thermodilution-derived COTCPTD in comparison with pulmonary artery catheter thermodilution COPAC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049285/2009-2010-influenza-a-h1n1-related-critical-illness-among-aboriginal-and-non-aboriginal-canadians
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James J Jung, Ruxandra Pinto, Ryan Zarychanski, Deborah J Cook, Philippe Jouvet, John C Marshall, Anand Kumar, Jennifer Long, Rachel Rodin, Robert A Fowler
BACKGROUND: Preliminary studies suggested that Aboriginal Canadians had disproportionately higher rates of infection, hospitalization, and critical illness due to pandemic Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09. METHODS: We used a prospective cohort study of critically ill patients with laboratory confirmed or probable H1N1 infection in Canada between April 16 2009 and April 12 2010. Baseline characteristics, medical interventions, clinical course and outcomes were compared between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049187/a-myeloid-sarcoma-involving-the-small-intestine-kidneys-mesentery-and-mesenteric-lymph-nodes-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ping Wang, Quan Li, Li Zhang, Hong Ji, Cheng-Zhou Zhang, Bin Wang
RATIONALE: Myeloid sarcomas (MSs) are rare malignant hematological tumors. They most commonly occur in patients with acute or chronic myeloid leukemia. A de novo MS with no evidence of blood system disease is rare, but may represent the first sign of a systemic illness that precedes a full-blown disease. Herein, we report the computed tomography (CT) findings of an extremely rare case of a nonleukemic MS that progressed to acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and simultaneously involved the small intestine, kidneys, mesentery, and mesenteric lymph nodes...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049134/in-trauma-patients-the-occurrence-of-early-onset-nosocomial-infections-is-associated-with-increased-plasma-concentrations-of-chromogranin-a
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Francis Schneider, Céline Marban, Gharib Ajob, Sophie Helle, Max Guillot, Anne Launoy, Quentin Maestraggi, Francesco Scavello, Olivier Rohr, Marie-Hélène Metz-Boutigue
In previously healthy persons suffering from acute illnesses, nosocomial infections are frequent. Their prevalence suggests the existence of as yet unknown conditions that may promote care-related infection. This study assessed whether 1) the measurement of plasma chromogranin A, a stress-related protein involved in innate defence, is related to nosocomial infection risk and 2) whether any chromogranin-A-derived fragment included in vasostatin-I displays immunosuppressive activities related to AP-1 or NF-kappa B down regulation...
October 18, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049111/risk-management-for-opioid-prescribing-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-pain-from-cancer-or-terminal-illness-inadvertent-oversight-or-taboo
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David J Copenhaver, Nicolas B Karvelas, Scott M Fishman
As the United States experiences an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and guidelines on safe practices in prescribing opioids in chronic pain have subsequently emerged from professional organizations and governmental agencies, limited guidance exists for prescribers of opioids to treat pain in patients with cancer or terminal illness. Patients with active cancer or terminal illness often have pain and are frequently prescribed opioids and other controlled substances. Current studies suggest that patients with cancer have similar rates of risk for misuse, abuse, and addiction as the general public...
November 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049042/atrial-fibrillation-occurring-transiently-with-stress
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William F McIntyre, Stuart J Connolly, Jeff S Healey
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Atrial fibrillation may be detected in the setting of an acute stressor, such as medical illness or surgery. It is uncertain if atrial fibrillation detected in these settings (AFOTS: atrial fibrillation occurring transiently with stress) is secondary to a reversible trigger or is simply paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. This distinction is critical for clinicians, who must decide if AFOTS can be dismissed as a reversible phenomenon, or if it signals the need for chronic therapy; in particular, anticoagulation...
October 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048982/symptom-relief-and-palliative-care-during-the-last-week-of-life-among-patients-with-heart-failure-a-national-register-study
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Kristofer Årestedt, Anette Alvariza, Kurt Boman, Joakim Öhlén, Ida Goliath, Cecilia Håkanson, Carl Johan Fürst, Margareta Brännström
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a disease with high morbidity, mortality, and physical and psychological burden. More knowledge about the care provided for patients with heart failure close to death is needed. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to describe key aspects of palliative care during the last week of life in patients with heart failure, as reported by healthcare professionals. DESIGN: This is a national register study. SETTING/SUBJECTS: The study included 3981 patients with diagnosed heart failure as the underlying cause of death...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048709/comparison-of-percutaneous-dilatational-tracheostomy-guided-by-ultrasound-and-bronchoscopy-in-critically-ill-obese-patients
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Jieqiong Song, Lizhen Xuan, Wei Wu, Duming Zhu, Yijun Zheng
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) with ultrasound (US) or bronchoscopic guidance for critically ill patients, notably obese patients. METHODS: This work was a retrospective study. The study included mechanically ventilated patients who underwent PDT from August 2013 to July 2015 in the Department of Critical Care Medicine of Zhongshan Hospital. The patients were classified according to the different guidance methods during tracheotomy and their body mass index in the following 4 groups: normal bronchoscopy group, normal US group, obese bronchoscopy group, and obese US group...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048295/detection-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsia-dna-by-deep-sequencing
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Rikki M A Graham, Steven Donohue, Jamie McMahon, Amy V Jennison
After conventional molecular and serologic testing failed to diagnose the cause of illness, deep sequencing identified spotted fever group Rickettsia DNA in a patient's blood sample. Sequences belonged to R. honei, the causative agent of Flinders Island spotted fever. Next-generation sequencing is proving to be a useful tool for clinical diagnostics.
November 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048177/the-role-of-a-palliative-care-intervention-in-moderating-the-relationship-between-depression-and-survival-among-individuals-with-advanced-cancer
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Anna T Prescott, Jay G Hull, J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Tor D Tosteson, Kathleen Doyle Lyons, Zhigang Li, Zhongze Li, Konstantin H Dragnev, Mark T Hegel, Karen E Steinhauser, Tim A Ahles, Marie A Bakitas
OBJECTIVE: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of early palliative care interventions in advanced cancer have positively impacted patient survival, yet the mechanisms remain unknown. This secondary analysis of 2 RCTs assessed whether an early palliative care intervention moderates the relationship between depressive symptoms and survival. METHOD: The relationships among mood, survival, and early palliative care intervention were studied among 529 advanced cancer patients who participated in 2 RCTs...
October 19, 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048099/patients-illness-perception-as-a-tool-to-improve-individual-disease-management-in-primary-cutaneous-lymphomas
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Stefanie Porkert, Eva Lehner-Baumgartner, Julia Valencak, Robert Knobler, Elisabeth Riedl, Constanze Jonak
The Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQ-R) has been shown to assess illness perception reproducibly in primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL). Illness perception reflects patients' individual concepts of understanding and interpretation of the disease, influencing illness behaviour and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). This study investigated the clinical relevance of the relationships between illness perception, illness behaviour, and HRQOL in CTCL and cutaneous B-cell lymphomas (CBCL). A total of 92 patients completed the IPQ-R, the Scale for the Assessment of Illness Behavior (SAIB), and a skin-specific HRQOL tool (Skindex-29)...
October 19, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047428/symptom-and-laboratory-based-ebola-risk-scores-to-differentiate-likely-ebola-infections
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Shefali Oza, Alieu A Sesay, Neal J Russell, Kevin Wing, Sabah Boufkhed, Lahai Vandi, Sahr C Sebba, Rachael Cummings, Francesco Checchi
Rapidly identifying likely Ebola patients is difficult because of a broad case definition, overlap of symptoms with common illnesses, and lack of rapid diagnostics. However, rapid identification is critical for care and containment of contagion. We analyzed retrospective data from 252 Ebola-positive and 172 Ebola-negative patients at a Sierra Leone Ebola treatment center to develop easy-to-use risk scores, based on symptoms and laboratory tests (if available), to stratify triaged patients by their likelihood of having Ebola infection...
November 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047423/antimicrobial-nonsusceptibility-of-gram-negative-bloodstream-isolates-veterans-health-administration-system-united-states-2003-2013-1
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Michihiko Goto, Jennifer S McDanel, Makoto M Jones, Daniel J Livorsi, Michael E Ohl, Brice F Beck, Kelly K Richardson, Bruce Alexander, Eli N Perencevich
Bacteremia caused by gram-negative bacteria is associated with serious illness and death, and emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance in these bacteria is a major concern. Using national microbiology and patient data for 2003-2013 from the US Veterans Health Administration, we characterized nonsusceptibility trends of community-acquired, community-onset; healthcare-associated, community-onset; and hospital-onset bacteremia for selected gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter spp...
November 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047411/mildly-elevated-lactate-levels-are-associated-with-microcirculatory-flow-abnormalities-and-increased-mortality-a-microsoap-post-hoc-analysis
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Namkje A R Vellinga, E Christiaan Boerma, Matty Koopmans, Abele Donati, Arnaldo Dubin, Nathan I Shapiro, Rupert M Pearse, Peter H J van der Voort, Arjen M Dondorp, Tony Bafi, Michael Fries, Tulin Akarsu-Ayazoglu, Andrius Pranskunas, Steven Hollenberg, Gianmarco Balestra, Mat van Iterson, Farid Sadaka, Gary Minto, Ulku Aypar, F Javier Hurtado, Giampaolo Martinelli, Didier Payen, Frank van Haren, Anthony Holley, Hernando Gomez, Ravindra L Mehta, Alejandro H Rodriguez, Carolina Ruiz, Héctor S Canales, Jacques Duranteau, Peter E Spronk, Shaman Jhanji, Sheena Hubble, Marialuisa Chierego, Christian Jung, Daniel Martin, Carlo Sorbara, Jan Bakker, Can Ince
BACKGROUND: Mildly elevated lactate levels (i.e., 1-2 mmol/L) are increasingly recognized as a prognostic finding in critically ill patients. One of several possible underlying mechanisms, microcirculatory dysfunction, can be assessed at the bedside using sublingual direct in vivo microscopy. We aimed to evaluate the association between relative hyperlactatemia, microcirculatory flow, and outcome. METHODS: This study was a predefined subanalysis of a multicenter international point prevalence study on microcirculatory flow abnormalities, the Microcirculatory Shock Occurrence in Acutely ill Patients (microSOAP)...
October 18, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047353/precision-medicine-for-all-challenges-and-opportunities-for-a-precision-medicine-approach-to-critical-illness
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Christopher W Seymour, Hernando Gomez, Chung-Chou H Chang, Gilles Clermont, John A Kellum, Jason Kennedy, Sachin Yende, Derek C Angus
All of medicine aspires to be precise, where a greater understanding of individual data will lead to personalized treatment and improved outcomes. Prompted by specific examples in oncology, the field of critical care may be tempted to envision that complex, acute syndromes could bend to a similar reductionist philosophy-where single mutations could identify and target our critically ill patients for treatment. However, precision medicine faces many challenges in critical care. These include confusion about terminology, uncertainty about how to divide patients into discrete groups, the challenges of multi-morbidity, scale, and the need for timely interventions...
October 18, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047211/exploring-the-nature-of-illness-perceptions-in-people-with-end-stage-kidney-disease
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Jessica Rees, Joseph Chilcot, Warren Donnellan, Laura Soulsby
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis and treatment for End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) results in vast lifestyle changes. Despite the high prevalence of depression in people with ESKD, the psychosocial impacts of ESKD are still often overlooked. Illness perceptions enable people to make sense of their illness and are closely associated with depression. Due to the high levels of depression within ESKD, this study sought to understand the nature of illness perceptions in people with ESKD. METHODOLOGY: In this qualitative study, eleven participants were identified through hospital and online patient support groups...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047178/the-effect-of-montelukast-on-early-life-wheezing-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-study
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Ozlem Keskin, Ebru Arik Yilmaz, Christine Motzkus, Cansin Sackesen, Craig M Lilly, Omer Kalayci
BACKGROUND: Cysteinyl-leukotrienes are increased in the airways of infants with virus-associated wheezing. We aimed to determine the effects of a cysteinyl-leukotriene-1 receptor antagonist on symptoms during an early-life wheezing illness and to investigate the factors that affect the response to this drug. METHOD: This placebo-controlled double-blinded randomized controlled trial recruited children aged 3-36 months with wheezing illness and randomized to active drug or placebo for 56 days...
October 19, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
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