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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918409/qualitative-interview-study-of-parents-perspectives-concerns-and-experiences-of-the-management-of-lower-respiratory-tract-infections-in-children-in-primary-care
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Amy Halls, Catherine Van't Hoff, Paul Little, Theo Verheij, Geraldine M Leydon
OBJECTIVE: To explore parents' perspectives, concerns and experiences of the management of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) in children in primary care. DESIGN: Qualitative semistructured interview study. SETTING: UK primary care. PARTICIPANTS: 23 parents of children aged 6 months to 10 years presenting with LRTI in primary care. METHOD: Thematic analysis of semistructured interviews (either in person or by telephone) conducted with parents to explore their experiences and views on their children being prescribed antibiotics for LRTI...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917176/health-based-ingestion-exposure-guidelines-for-vibrio-cholerae-technical-basis-for-water-reuse-applications
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Annetta P Watson, Anthony Q Armstrong, George H White, Brandolyn H Thran
U.S. military and allied contingency operations are increasingly occurring in locations with limited, unstable or compromised fresh water supplies. Non-potable graywater reuse is currently under assessment as a viable means to increase mission sustainability while significantly reducing the resources, logistics and attack vulnerabilities posed by transport of fresh water. Development of health-based (non-potable) exposure guidelines for the potential microbial components of graywater would provide a logical and consistent human-health basis for water reuse strategies...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914121/evidence-based-recommendations-to-improve-reproductive-healthcare-for-incarcerated-women
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Andrea Knittel, Angeline Ti, Sarah Schear, Megan Comfort
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe standards for evidence-based reproductive healthcare for incarcerated women. Design/methodology/approach The literature on reproductive healthcare in the US criminal justice system and recommendations from professional organizations were reviewed and critical areas of concern were identified. Within these areas, studies and expert opinion were synthesized and policy recommendations were formulated through an iterative process of group discussion and document revision...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914100/acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-the-infectious-diseases-consultant
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Victor Mulanovich, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis
Infectious complications following treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are important causes of morbidity and mortality. The spectrum and complexity of these infections is reflected by the severe net state of immunosuppression of AML patients, that is dynamic and continuously changing, the polypharmacy, including the widespread use of anti-infectives and the complex epidemiology of severe and frequently resistant pathogens afflicting these patients. Infectious diseases (ID) consultants having a critical mass of expertise and intimate knowledge of the intricacies of leukemia care, add considerable value in improving outcomes of patients with AML who develop infections...
September 15, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910912/-percutaneous-catheterization-for-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-a-retrospective-case-series
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X Y Li, H Y He, X Tang, R Wang, C Y Zhang, S Q Wang, B Sun, Z H Tong
Objective: To review the experience of percutaneous catheterization for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) by respiratory intensivists at a single institution. Methods: A retrospective review of 87 patients undergoing percutaneous catheterization for ECMO in Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital from November 2009 to January 2017. Subject demographics, type of support, cannulation configuration, types of cannulas, use of imaging modalities, and complications were recorded and summarized...
September 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910222/restricted-access-state-medicaid-coverage-of-sofosbuvir-hepatitis-c-treatment
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Marea B Tumber
Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection can persist for decades without symptoms. Many Americans are unaware of their infection status and are not receiving necessary care and treatment. This places them at greater risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and increases the likelihood that they will transmit the virus to others. In late 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved a direct acting antiviral drug called sofosbuvir to treat chronic HCV infection. Sofosbuvir is a highly effective, but very expensive, curative treatment for HCV...
January 2017: Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906137/treatment-of-achromobacter-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-critically-ill-trauma-patients
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G Christopher Wood, Brittany L Jonap, George O Maish, Louis J Magnotti, Joseph M Swanson, Bradley A Boucher, Martin A Croce, Timothy C Fabian
BACKGROUND: Achromobacter sp are nonfermenting Gram-negative bacilli (NFGNB) that rarely cause severe infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Data on the treatment of Achromobacter pneumonia are very limited, and the organism has been associated with a high mortality rate. Thus, more data are needed on treating this organism. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the treatment of Achromobacter VAP in critically ill trauma patients. METHODS: This retrospective, observational study evaluated critically ill trauma patients who developed Achromobacter VAP...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905709/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-laboratory-animal-facilities
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Heather L Narver
Bacterial resistance to antimicrobial drugs has become a global health crisis. Physicians and veterinarians are embracing the concept of 'antimicrobial stewardship' (AMS) to preserve the efficacy of antibiotics for future generations. Antimicrobials are used in laboratory animals to treat clinical disease, to protect populations that may be vulnerable to infection, and in research projects including studies of the microbiome and to influence expression in genetically engineered animals. This overview provides a critical look at the use of antimicrobials in contemporary vivaria, with special attention to rodents because they are the most commonly used species in research and because antimicrobial use in rodents is not straightforward...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905701/outcomes-of-patients-with-severe-influenza-infection-admitted-to-intensive-care-units-a-retrospective-study-in-a-medical-centre
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chih-Cheng Lai, Khee-Siang Chan, Kuo-Chen Cheng, Willy Chou, Kuo-Shu Yuan, Chin-Ming Chen
PURPOSE: This study assessed clinical manifestations and prognostic factors of critically ill patients with severe influenza admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) in Taiwan's recent outbreak. METHODOLOGY: Patients admitted to ICU for severe influenza between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were identified and their medical records were retrospectively reviewed. The primary endpoints were outcomes and predictors of in-hospital mortality. RESULTS: There were 125 patients with an average Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) score of 20...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905331/antibiotic-distribution-into-cerebrospinal-fluid-can-dosing-safely-account-for-drug-and-disease-factors-in-the-treatment-of-ventriculostomy-associated-infections
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Nilesh Kumta, Jason A Roberts, Jeffrey Lipman, Menino Osbert Cotta
Ventriculostomy-associated infections, or ventriculitis, in critically ill patients are associated with considerable morbidity. Efficacious antibiotic dosing for the treatment of these infections may be complicated by altered antibiotic concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid due to variable meningeal inflammation and antibiotic properties. Therefore, doses used to treat infections with a higher degree of meningeal inflammation (such as meningitis) may often fail to achieve equivalent exposures in patients with ventriculostomy-associated infections such as ventriculitis...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902721/hiv-associated-pulmonary-hypertension
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Harish Jarrett, Christopher Barnett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: HIV-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (HIV-PAH) is a well-recognized severe cardiovascular complication of HIV infection that confers an adverse prognosis irrespective of the stage of disease. This review will summarize the available data on HIV-PAH epidemiology and provide insights into the pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies currently available. RECENT FINDINGS: Patients with HIV are several thousand times more likely to develop HIV-PAH compared to the incidence of idiopathic PAH...
September 11, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902680/multicountry-validation-of-samba-a-novel-molecular-point-of-care-test-for-hiv-1-detection-in-resource-limited-setting
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Johnson Ondiek, Zikulah Namukaya, Sekesai Mtapuri-Zinyowera, Suna Balkan, Ali Elbireer, Ines Ushiro Lumb, Charles Kiyaga, Neha Goel, Allyson Ritchie, Patience Ncube, Kenneth Omuomu, Kenneth Ndiege, Adeodata Kekitiinwa, Douglas Mangwanya, Mary G Fowler, Lou Nadala, Helen Lee
INTRODUCTION: Early diagnosis of HIV-1 infection and the prompt initiation of antiretroviral therapy are critical to achieving a reduction in the morbidity and mortality of infected infants. The Simple AMplification-Based Assay (SAMBA) HIV-1 Qual Whole Blood Test was developed specifically for early infant diagnosis and prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs implemented at the point-of-care in resource-limited settings. METHODS: We have evaluated the performance of this test run on the SAMBA I semiautomated platform with fresh whole blood specimens collected from 202 adults and 745 infants in Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900356/humidifiers-for-oxygen-therapy-what-risk-for-reusable-and-disposable-devices
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V La Fauci, G B Costa, A Facciolà, A Conti, R Riso, R Squeri
INTRODUCTION: Nosocomial pneumonia accounts for the vast majority of healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Although numerous medical devices have been discussed as potential vehicles for microorganisms, very little is known about the role played by oxygen humidifiers as potential sources of nosocomial pathogens. The purpose of this research was to evaluate the safety of the reuse of humidifiers by analysing the rate of microbial contamination in reusable and disposable oxygen humidifiers used during therapy, and then discuss their potential role in the transmission of respiratory pathogens...
June 2017: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898195/user-centered-design-for-developing-interventions-to-improve-clinician-recommendation-of-human-papillomavirus-vaccination
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Michelle L Henninger, Carmit K Mcmullen, Alison J Firemark, Allison L Naleway, Nora B Henrikson, Joseph A Turcotte
INTRODUCTION: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US and is associated with multiple types of cancer. Although effective HPV vaccines have been available since 2006, coverage rates in the US remain much lower than with other adolescent vaccinations. Prior research has shown that a strong recommendation from a clinician is a critical determinant in HPV vaccine uptake and coverage. However, few published studies to date have specifically addressed the issue of helping clinicians communicate more effectively with their patients about the HPV vaccine...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894637/epidermal-stem-cells-in-skin-wound-healing
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REVIEW
Yuanyuan Li, Jamie Zhang, Jiping Yue, Xuewen Gou, Xiaoyang Wu
Significance: Skin serves as a protective barrier for mammals. Epidermal stem cells are responsible for maintaining skin homeostasis. When cutaneous injuries occur, skin homeostasis and integrity are damaged, leading to dire consequences such as acute, chronic, or infected wounds. Skin wound healing is an intrinsic self-saving chain reaction, which is crucial to facilitating the replacement of damaged or lost tissue. Recent Advances: An immense amount of research has uncovered the underlying mechanisms behind the complex and highly regulated wound healing process...
September 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893445/cost-benefit-analysis-of-different-air-change-rates-in-an-operating-room-environment
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Thomas Gormley, Troy A Markel, Howard Jones, Damon Greeley, John Ostojic, James H Clarke, Mark Abkowitz, Jennifer Wagner
BACKGROUND: Hospitals face growing pressure to meet the dual but often competing goals of providing a safe environment while controlling operating costs. Evidence-based data are needed to provide insight for facility management practices to support these goals. METHODS: The quality of the air in 3 operating rooms was measured at different ventilation rates. The energy cost to provide the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to the rooms was estimated to provide a cost-benefit comparison of the effectiveness of different ventilation rates currently used in the health care industry...
September 8, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893264/maximizing-research-study-effectiveness-in-malaria-elimination-settings-a-mixed-methods-study-to-capture-the-experiences-of-field-based-staff
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Sara E Canavati, Cesia E Quintero, Britt Haller, Dysoley Lek, Sovann Yok, Jack S Richards, Maxine Anne Whittaker
BACKGROUND: In a drug-resistant, malaria elimination setting like Western Cambodia, field research is essential for the development of novel anti-malarial regimens and the public health solutions necessary to monitor the spread of resistance and eliminate infection. Such field studies often face a variety of similar implementation challenges, but these are rarely captured in a systematic way or used to optimize future study designs that might overcome similar challenges. Field-based research staff often have extensive experience and can provide valuable insight regarding these issues, but their perspectives and experiences are rarely documented and seldom integrated into future research protocols...
September 11, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886384/hpv16-e7-genetic-conservation-is-critical-to-carcinogenesis
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Lisa Mirabello, Meredith Yeager, Kai Yu, Gary M Clifford, Yanzi Xiao, Bin Zhu, Michael Cullen, Joseph F Boland, Nicolas Wentzensen, Chase W Nelson, Tina Raine-Bennett, Zigui Chen, Sara Bass, Lei Song, Qi Yang, Mia Steinberg, Laurie Burdett, Michael Dean, David Roberson, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Lorey, Silvia Franceschi, Philip E Castle, Joan Walker, Rosemary Zuna, Aimée R Kreimer, Daniel C Beachler, Allan Hildesheim, Paula Gonzalez, Carolina Porras, Robert D Burk, Mark Schiffman
Although most cervical human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) infections become undetectable within 1-2 years, persistent HPV16 causes half of all cervical cancers. We used a novel HPV whole-genome sequencing technique to evaluate an exceptionally large collection of 5,570 HPV16-infected case-control samples to determine whether viral genetic variation influences risk of cervical precancer and cancer. We observed thousands of unique HPV16 genomes; very few women shared the identical HPV16 sequence, which should stimulate a careful re-evaluation of the clinical implications of HPV mutation rates, transmission, clearance, and persistence...
September 7, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885390/epidemiology-of-admissions-from-the-emergency-department-among-febrile-infants-younger-than-90-days-in-the-united-states-2002-to-2012
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Diana K Nguyen, Ross J Fleischman, Scott Friedlander, Kenneth M Zangwill
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Febrile infants younger than 90 days are often subjected to invasive diagnostic evaluation and hospitalization to monitor for serious bacterial infection (SBI) despite recent changes in SBI risk and advances in diagnostics. Nationwide provider practices, over time, are unknown for this group. Our objective was to determine the likelihood of admission and associated complications of care for such infants, particularly those at lowest risk for SBI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study including multisite emergency department (ED) visits using administrative data from the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network Core Data Project...
September 5, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882325/antimicrobial-stewardship-programme-in-critical-care-medicine-a-prospective-interventional-study
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J Ruiz, P Ramirez, M Gordon, E Villarreal, J Frasquet, J L Poveda-Andres, M Salavert-Lletí, A Catellanos
OBJECTIVE: Hospital antimicrobial stewardship programmes have achieved savings and a more rational use of antimicrobial treatments in general wards. The purpose of this report is to evaluate the experience of an antimicrobial stewardship programme in an intensive care unit (ICU). DESIGN: Prospective interventional, before-and-after study. SCOPE: 24-bed medical ICU in a tertiary hospital. INTERVENTION: Prospective audit and feedback antimicrobial stewardship programme...
September 4, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
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