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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549329/abnormal-small-world-brain-functional-networks-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-patients-with-poor-insight
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Hui Lei, Yan Cui, Jie Fan, Xiaocui Zhang, Mingtian Zhong, Jinyao Yi, Lin Cai, Dezhong Yao, Xiongzhao Zhu
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on neurobiological correlates of poor insight in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This study explored whether specific changes occur in small-world network (SWN) properties in the brain functional network of OCD patients with poor insight. METHOD: Resting-state electroencephalograms (EEGs) were recorded for 12 medication-free OCD patients with poor insight, 50 medication-free OCD patients with good insight, and 36 healthy controls...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549313/the-persistent-shadow-of-suicide-ideation-and-attempts-in-a-high-risk-group-of-psychiatric-patients-a-focus-for-intervention
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Jane G Tillman, A Jill Clemence, Robyn Cree, Katie C Lewis, Jennifer L Stevens, David Reiss
OBJECTIVE: Patients with a history of suicidal ideation or attempts, especially if they have serious psychopathology with repeated hospitalizations, are burdened by ongoing risk for suicide. We studied this high-risk group to assess their psychological status following their most recent suicide attempt, in contrast to equally ill patients without a suicide history. Further, among suicidal patients, we compared those with only ideation, with a non-medically serious suicide attempt and with medically serious suicide attempts...
May 18, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549293/automated-recognition-of-the-pericardium-contour-on-processed-ct-images-using-genetic-algorithms
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É O Rodrigues, L O Rodrigues, L S N Oliveira, A Conci, P Liatsis
This work proposes the use of Genetic Algorithms (GA) in tracing and recognizing the pericardium contour of the human heart using Computed Tomography (CT) images. We assume that each slice of the pericardium can be modelled by an ellipse, the parameters of which need to be optimally determined. An optimal ellipse would be one that closely follows the pericardium contour and, consequently, separates appropriately the epicardial and mediastinal fats of the human heart. Tracing and automatically identifying the pericardium contour aids in medical diagnosis...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549281/defining-excessive-over-or-hyper-pronation-a-quandary
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REVIEW
Andrew M Horwood, Nachiappan Chockalingam
Abnormal-pronation, excessive-pronation, over-pronation, or hyper-pronation, are terms with a long historical use in both medical and research terminology pertaining to an abnormal movement of the foot. These terms are commonly used as a potential kinematic aetiology to explain the occurrence of multiple lower limb and foot pathologies. Yet despite this widespread use there is no clear definition to explain what the terms abnormal, excess, over, or hyper-pronation, mean. Without a strict definition the use of these terms as a patho-mechanical explanation of injuries, leaves a distinct lack of clarity and is meaningless in regards to being able to distinguish what movement may need clinical intervention...
March 8, 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549278/effects-of-varenicline-and-nicotine-replacement-therapy-on-arterial-elasticity-endothelial-glycocalyx-and-oxidative-stress-during-a-3-month-smoking-cessation-program
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Ignatios Ikonomidis, Margarita Marinou, Dimitrios Vlastos, Kallirhoe Kourea, Ioanna Andreadou, Nikolaos Liarakos, Helen Triantafyllidi, George Pavlidis, Elias Tsougos, John Parissis, John Lekakis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The effects of medically-aided smoking cessation on vascular function and oxidative stress are not fully clarified. METHODS: One hundred eighty-eight current smokers were randomized to varenicline or nicotine replacement treatment (NRT) for a 3-month period. We assessed: (a) augmentation index (Aix) and pulse wave velocity (PWV); (b) perfusion boundary region (PBR) of sublingual microvasculature (range:5-25 μm), an index of the endothelial glycocalyx thickness, using Sideview, Darkfield imaging; (c) the exhaled CO; and (d) the malondialdehyde (MDA) and protein carbonyls (PC) plasma levels, as markers of oxidative stress, at baseline and after 3 and 12 months...
May 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549273/body-weight-supported-bedside-treadmill-training-facilitates-ambulation-in-icu-patients-an-interventional-proof-of-concept-study
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Juultje Sommers, Denise C Wieferink, Dave A Dongelmans, Frans Nollet, Raoul H H Engelbert, Marike van der Schaaf
PURPOSE: Early mobilisation is advocated to improve recovery of intensive care unit (ICU) survivors. However, severe weakness in combination with tubes, lines and machinery are practical barriers for the implementation of ambulation with critically ill patients. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of Body Weight-Supported Treadmill Training (BWSTT) in critically ill patients in the ICU. METHODS: A custom build bedside Body Weight-Supported Treadmill was used and evaluated in medical and surgical patients in the ICU...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549263/prevalence-reasons-perceived-effects-and-correlates-of-medical-marijuana-use-a-review
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REVIEW
Ji-Yeun Park, Li-Tzy Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in some U.S. states and other jurisdictions, such as Canada, and Israel. Despite the widespread legalization of medical marijuana globally, there is limited information on patterns and correlates of medical marijuana use (MMU). We conducted a literature review to assess prevalence, reasons, perceived effects, and correlates of MMU among adolescents and adults. METHODS: We searched peer-reviewed articles in English between January 1996 and August 2016 from several databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, CINAHL, and PsycINFO) using different combinations of keywords...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549221/preventing-underfeeding-and-overfeeding-a-clinician-s-guide-to-the-acquisition-and-implementation-of-indirect-calorimetry
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Amy K Ladd, Heather E Skillman, Matthew A Haemer, Peter M Mourani
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients, indirect calorimetry (IC) is the gold standard to determine energy needs, as the use of predictive equations can result in underfeeding or overfeeding. The aim of this quality improvement (QI) initiative was to describe the rationale for and implementation of a process to target energy provision according to IC measurements in a tertiary academic medical center pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: To justify the purchase of an indirect calorimeter for clinical use, a needs assessment was conducted, followed by a training and implementation period...
May 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549161/cigarette-smoking-cessation-intervention-for-buprenorphine-treatment-patients
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Sharon M Hall, Gary Humfleet, James Gasper, Kevin L Delucchi, David Hersh, Joseph Guydish
Introduction: Patients receiving Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for opioid use disorder have high cigarette smoking rates. Cigarette smoking interventions have had limited success. We evaluated an intervention to increase cigarette abstinence rates in patients receiving buprenorphine-assisted therapy. Methods: Cigarette smokers (N=175; 78% male; 69% Caucasian; 20% Hispanic), recruited from a buprenorphine clinic were randomly assigned to either an extended innovative system intervention (E-ISI) or to Standard Treatment Control (STC)...
May 26, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549108/longitudinal-associations-between-vitamin-d-metabolites-and-sarcopenia-in-older-australian-men-the-concord-health-and-aging-in-men-project
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Vasant Hirani, Robert G Cumming, Vasi Naganathan, Fiona Blyth, David G Le Couteur, Benjumin Hsu, David J Handelsman, Louise M Waite, Markus J Seibel
Background: To explore the associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25D) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25D) levels at baseline and incidence of sarcopenia over time in older Australian community-dwelling older men. Methods: Of the 1,705 men aged ≥70 years (2005-2007) participating in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project, those without sarcopenia at baseline (n = 1,312 for 25D and n = 1,231 for 1,25D), 2 years (n = 1,024 for 25D and n = 956 for 1,25D), and 5-year follow-up (n = 709 for 25D and n = 663 for 1,25D) were included in the study...
May 25, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549099/impact-of-resident-and-fellow-changeovers-on-patient-outcomes-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
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Jean-David Zeitoun, Jeanne Reboul-Marty, Jérémie H Lefèvre
Findings regarding the association of cohort changeovers with patient outcomes are mixed. We sought to examine the association of resident and fellow changeovers with a comprehensive set of indicators. We performed a cross-sectional comparative study including all French teaching and non-teaching hospitals. All-cause mortality and length of stay were assessed. Focused analysis for three medical conditions (myocardial infarction, intestinal hemorrhage, stroke) and three surgical procedures (colorectal, vascular and spine surgery) was performed regarding other quality and efficiency indicators (readmissions, intensive care unit admission, transfers)...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549063/food-addiction-and-obesity-unnecessary-medicalization-of-hedonic-overeating
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REVIEW
Graham Finlayson
The concept of addiction is loaded with connotations and is often used for its political as much as its medical utility. The scientific case for 'food addiction' as a clinical phenotype currently rests on its association with generic diagnostic criteria for substance-related disorders being applied to everyday foods and eating-related problems. This has fused the concept of obesity with addiction regardless of whether it fits the definition. The hedonic, or reward, system can account for the ingestion of foods and drugs, confirming that they share neural substrates that differentiate liking and wanting...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549059/elimination-diet-and-the-development-of-multiple-tree-nut-allergies
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Arnon Elizur, Jennifer B Bollyky, Whitney M Block
BACKGROUNDDespite its high prevalence, relatively little is known about the characteristics of patients with multiple tree-nuts allergies.METHODSPatients (n=60, aged 4-15 years), recruited for a multiple food (tree-nuts, peanut, milk, egg, soy, sesame and wheat) oral immunotherapy (OIT) study, filled a questionnaire on their initial allergy evaluation. Medical records were reviewed. At OIT enrollment (median interval, 7.5 years), patients underwent oral food challenges (OFC) to foods still eliminated.RESULTSThere was significantly less evidence for eliminating tree-nuts compared to other foods, as reflected by lower rate of acute reaction to the offending food, either as the trigger for initial allergy evaluation (5...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549050/use-of-noncontact-low-frequency-ultrasound-in-deep-tissue-pressure-injury-a-retrospective-analysis
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Pamela Wagner-Cox, Heather M Duhame, Christina R Jamison, Robin R Jackson, Suzy T Fehr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of noncontact low-frequency ultrasound (NLFU) on deep tissue pressure injury (DTPI), both hospital-acquired and those present on admission (POA). DESIGN: Retrospective, descriptive study. SAMPLE AND SETTING: Medical records from 44 adult patients with a DTPI treated with NLFU were reviewed; 22 had a hospital-acquired DTPI (HADTPI) and 22 had DTPI POA. Their mean age was 71.3 ± 16...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549048/disposable-versus-reusable-absorbent-underpads-for-prevention-of-hospital-acquired-incontinence-associated-dermatitis-and-pressure-injuries
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Kathleen Francis, Sau Man Pang, Brenda Cohen, Helene Salter, Peter Homel
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of our study was to determine if there is a difference in the occurrence of hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) and incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) in incontinent adults using a disposable versus reusable absorptive underpads. We also compared hospital length of stay in the 2 groups. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial using cluster randomization based on inpatient care unit. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Four hundred sixty-two patients admitted to 4 medical-surgical study units participated in the study; 252 used reusable underpads (control group) and 210 subjects used disposable underpads (intervention group)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549024/the-epidemiology-of-hospital-death-following-pediatric-severe-sepsis-when-why-and-how-children-with-sepsis-die
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Scott L Weiss, Fran Balamuth, Josey Hensley, Julie C Fitzgerald, Jenny Bush, Vinay M Nadkarni, Neal J Thomas, Mark Hall, Jennifer Muszynski
OBJECTIVE: The epidemiology of in-hospital death after pediatric sepsis has not been well characterized. We investigated the timing, cause, mode, and attribution of death in children with severe sepsis, hypothesizing that refractory shock leading to early death is rare in the current era. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING: Emergency departments and ICUs at two academic children's hospitals. PATIENTS: Seventy-nine patients less than 18 years old treated for severe sepsis/septic shock in 2012-2013 who died prior to hospital discharge...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549011/use-of-elderly-donors-in-liver-transplantation-a-paired-match-analysis-at-a-single-center
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Davide Ghinolfi, Quirino Lai, Daniele Pezzati, Paolo De Simone, Erion Rreka, Franco Filipponi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of elderly donors in liver transplantation (LT) and identify risk factors associated with a worse outcome. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Use of livers from very old donors could expand the donor pool but is not universally implemented. METHODS: This is a retrospective, single-center medical record review. From January 2001 to December 2014, 1354 LTs were performed. After exclusion of donors <18 years, ABO-incompatible LT, re-LT and UNOS 1 status patients, LT recipients were stratified into 2 groups based on donor age: 18-69 (n=692) vs...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549000/a-comparison-of-anterior-and-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusions-complications-readmissions-discharge-dispositions-and-costs
#18
Rabia Qureshi, Varun Puvanesarajah, Amit Jain, Adam L Shimer, Francis H Shen, Hamid Hassanzadeh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Database Review OBJECTIVE.: To understand medical complication rates, readmission rates, costs and discharge dispositions in ALIFs versus TLIF/PLIFs for lumbar degenerative disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Indications for anterior (ALIFs) vs posterior lumbar interbody fusions (PLIFs) can vary, though benefits of anterior approach surgery include full access to the anterior column and ability to place fusion devices. METHODS: The PearlDiver Database of Medicare records was utilized for this retrospective database review...
May 25, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548990/outbreaks-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
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Geeta Sood, Nikki Parrish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize the emerging literature on nontuberculous mycobacteria outbreaks in healthcare settings. As our ability to identify mycobacterial species develops, we are better able to recognize epidemiologic connections and better understand the prevalence and importance of these outbreaks and pseudo-outbreaks in healthcare settings. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of outbreaks related to nontuberculous outbreaks is increasing because of heightened awareness and better diagnostic tests for species level identification of mycobacteria...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548973/beneficial-effects-of-two-types-of-personal-health-record-services-connected-with-electronic-medical-records-within-the-hospital-setting
#20
Jisan Lee, James G Boram Kim, Meiling Jin, Kiwhan Ahn, Byungjun Kim, Sukwha Kim, Jeongeun Kim
Healthcare consumers must be able to make decisions based on accurate health information. To assist with this, we designed and developed an integrated system connected with electronic medical records in hospitals to ensure delivery of accurate health information. The system-called the Consumer-centered Open Personal Health Record platform-is composed of two services: a portal for users with any disease and a mobile application for users with cleft lip/palate. To assess the benefits of these services, we used a quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design, assigning participants to the portal (n = 50) and application (n = 52) groups...
May 26, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
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