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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930064/increasing-alcohol-taxes-analysis-of-case-studies-from-illinois-maryland-and-massachusetts
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Rebecca L Ramirez, David H Jernigan
OBJECTIVE: The effectiveness of alcohol taxes in reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related problems is well established in research, yet increases in U.S. state alcohol taxes are uncommon. This study examined how alcohol tax increases occurred recently in three U.S. states, what public health's role was, and what can be learned from those experiences. METHOD: Review of available documentation and news media content analysis provided context and, along with snowball sampling, helped identify proponents, opponents, and neutral parties in each state...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920518/the-indirect-costs-of-underfunding-foreign-partners-in-global-health-research-a-case-study
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Johanna T Crane, Irene Andia Biraro, Tamer M Fouad, Yap Boum, David R Bangsberg
This study of a global health research partnership assesses how U.S. fiscal administrative policies impact capacity building at foreign partner institutions. We conducted a case study of a research collaboration between Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Mbarara, Uganda, and originally the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), but now Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Our case study is based on three of the authors' experiences directing and working with this partnership from its inception in 2003 through 2015...
September 16, 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903165/association-of-panic-disorder-generalized-anxiety-disorder-and-benzodiazepine-treatment-during-pregnancy-with-risk-of-adverse-birth-outcomes
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Kimberly Ann Yonkers, Kathryn Gilstad-Hayden, Ariadna Forray, Heather S Lipkind
Importance: Registry data show that maternal panic disorder, or anxiety disorders in general, increase the risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. However, diagnoses from registries may be imprecise and may not consider potential confounding factors, such as treatment with medication and maternal substance use. Objective: To determine whether panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in pregnancy, or medications used to treat these conditions, are associated with adverse maternal or neonatal pregnancy outcomes...
September 13, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902404/quality-of-life-after-surgery-for-intracranial-meningioma
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Luke S Benz, Margaret R Wrensch, Joellen M Schildkraut, Melissa L Bondy, Joshua L Warren, Joseph L Wiemels, Elizabeth B Claus
BACKGROUND: To the authors' knowledge, limited data exist regarding long-term quality of life (QOL) for patients diagnosed with intracranial meningioma. METHODS: The data in the current study concerned 1722 meningioma cases diagnosed among residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Texas, and North Carolina from May 1, 2006 through March 14, 2013, and 1622 controls who were frequency matched to the cases by age, sex, and geography. These individuals were participants in a large, population-based, case-control study...
September 13, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899445/microbial-disruption-indices-to-detect-colonization-with-multidrug-resistant-organisms
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Rafael Araos, Veronica Montgomery, Juan A Ugalde, Graham M Snyder, Erika M C D'Agata
OBJECTIVE To characterize the microbial disruption indices of hospitalized patients to predict colonization with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). DESIGN A cross-sectional survey of the fecal microbiome was conducted in a tertiary referral, acute-care hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. PARTICIPANTS The study population consisted of adult patients hospitalized in general medical/surgical wards. METHODS Rectal swabs were obtained from patients within 48 hours of hospital admission and screened for MDRO colonization using conventional culture techniques...
September 13, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895835/massachusetts-what-universal-coverage-could-look-like
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Joseph Burns
The lowest rate of uninsured, but costs are a concern. That's due, in part, to the clout of the state's large prestigious health care systems, especially Partners Healthcare in Boston, which includes Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's hospitals.
July 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888151/evaluation-of-the-ac-ok-mental-health-and-substance-abuse-screening-measure-in-an-international-sample-of-latino-immigrants
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Ligia M Chavez, Patrick E Shrout, Ye Wang, Francisco Collazos, Rodrigo Carmona, Margarita Alegría
BACKGROUND: Early detection and intervention in primary care is integral to behavioral health. Valid, practical screening assessments are scarce, particularly for non-English speaking populations. We address this need by evaluating the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the AC-OK Screen for Co-occurring Disorders for first and second generation immigrant Latinos in Massachusetts, USA, and Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. METHODS: 567 Latino participants were recruited in waiting areas of clinics or by referral from Primary Care, Mental Health, Substance Use, and HIV Treatment Clinics, as well as Community Agencies...
August 24, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862107/collateral-scoring-on-ct-angiogram-must-evaluate-phase-and-regional-pattern
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Colin Casault, Abdulaziz S Al Sultan, Anurag Trivedi, Sung Il Sohn, Emmad Qazi, Matthew Bokyo, Mohammed Almekhlafi, Christopher d'Esterre, Mayank Goyal, Andrew M Demchuk, Bijoy K Menon
PURPOSE: We measured anterior cerebral artery (ACA)-middle cerebral artery (MCA) and posterior cerebral artery (PCA)-MCA pial filling on single-phase computed tomography angiograms (sCTAs) in acute ischemic stroke and correlate with the CTA-based Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and digital subtraction angiography (DSA)-based American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology (ASITN) score. METHODS: Patients with acute stroke and M1 MCA±intracranial internal carotid artery occlusion on baseline CTA were included...
September 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858756/a-spatio-temporal-prediction-model-based-on-support-vector-machine-regression-ambient-black-carbon-in-three-new-england-states
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Yara Abu Awad, Petros Koutrakis, Brent A Coull, Joel Schwartz
Fine ambient particulate matter has been widely associated with multiple health effects. Mitigation hinges on understanding which sources are contributing to its toxicity. Black Carbon (BC), an indicator of particles generated from traffic sources, has been associated with a number of health effects however due to its high spatial variability, its concentration is difficult to estimate. We previously fit a model estimating BC concentrations in the greater Boston area; however this model was built using limited monitoring data and could not capture the complex spatio-temporal patterns of ambient BC...
August 28, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855408/association-of-intracranial-aneurysm-rupture-with-smoking-duration-intensity-and-cessation
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Anil Can, Victor M Castro, Yildirim H Ozdemir, Sarajune Dagen, Sheng Yu, Dmitriy Dligach, Sean Finan, Vivian Gainer, Nancy A Shadick, Shawn Murphy, Tianxi Cai, Guergana Savova, Ruben Dammers, Scott T Weiss, Rose Du
OBJECTIVE: Although smoking is a known risk factor for intracranial aneurysm (IA) rupture, the exact relationship between IA rupture and smoking intensity and duration, as well as duration of smoking cessation, remains unknown. METHODS: In this case-control study, we analyzed 4,701 patients with 6,411 IAs diagnosed at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital between 1990 and 2016. We divided individuals into patients with ruptured aneurysms and controls with unruptured aneurysms...
August 30, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830670/ultrasound-gel-as-an-unrecognized-source-of-exposure-to-phthalates-and-phenols-among-pregnant-women-undergoing-routine-scan
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Carmen Messerlian, Vicente Mustieles, Blair J Wylie, Jennifer B Ford, Myra Keller, Xiaoyun Ye, Antonia M Calafat, Paige L Williams, Russ Hauser
BACKGROUND: Systemic absorption of phthalates and parabens has been demonstrated after dermal application of body lotion, and medical devices such as intravenous bags and tubing have been identified as a source of exposure to di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). However, use of products during medical procedures such as aqueous gel applied during obstetrical ultrasound in pregnancy has not been investigated as a potential source of endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) exposure. Human studies have associated EDCs with various adverse pregnancy outcomes...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823685/employment-impacts-of-alcohol-taxes
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Roy Wada, Frank J Chaloupka, Lisa M Powell, David Jernigan
There is strong scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of increasing alcohol taxes for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related problems. Opponents have argued that alcohol tax increases lead to job losses. However, there has been no comprehensive economic analysis of the impact of alcohol taxes on employment. To fill this gap, a regional macroeconomic simulation model was used to assess the net impact of two hypothetical alcohol tax increases (a 5-cent per drink excise tax increase and a 5% sales tax increase on beer, wine, and distilled spirits, respectively) on employment in Arkansas, Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Wisconsin...
August 16, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821194/primary-benign-and-malignant-thyroid-neoplasms-with-signet-ring-cells-cytologic-histologic-and-molecular-features
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Nada A Farhat, Ayse M Onenerk, Jeffrey F Krane, Dora Dias-Santagata, Peter M Sadow, William C Faquin
Objectives: Signet ring cells (SRCs) can be seen in a variety of thyroid tumors and can pose a diagnostic pitfall on cytology. This study describes the cytologic, histomorphologic, and molecular aspects of a cohort of primary thyroid tumors with SRCs. Methods: A search was performed of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA) pathology archives for the keywords thyroid, signet, and signet ring features between 2000 and 2014...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816003/prevalence-of-gastrointestinal-symptoms-in-angelman-syndrome
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Laura W Glassman, Olivia R Grocott, Portia A Kunz, Anna M Larson, Garrett Zella, Kriston Ganguli, Ronald L Thibert
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability, expressive speech impairment, movement disorder, epilepsy, and a happy demeanor. Children with AS are frequently reported to be poor feeders during infancy and as having gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, reflux, and abnormal food related behaviors throughout their lifetime. To assess the prevalence of gastrointestinal disorders in individuals with AS, we retrospectively analyzed medical records of 120 individuals seen at the Angelman Syndrome Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital and 43 individuals seen at the University of North Carolina Comprehensive Angelman Clinic...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810177/use-of-atypical-antipsychotics-in-pregnancy-and-maternal-gestational-diabetes
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Alice Panchaud, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Marlene P Freeman, Adele C Viguera, Sarah C MacDonald, Alexandra Z Sosinsky, Lee S Cohen
BACKGROUND: Second generation antipsychotic medications (SGAs) are widely used by reproductive-age women to treat a number of psychiatric illnesses. Some SGAs have been associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, although information regarding their diabetogenic effect in pregnant women is scarce. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the risk of gestational diabetes (GDM) among women treated with SGA. METHOD: The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) National Pregnancy Registry for Atypical Antipsychotics (NPRAA) collects data on drug use, pregnancy outcomes, and other characteristics from pregnant women, ages 18-45 years, using 3 phone interviews conducted at (1) enrollment during pregnancy, (2) 7 months' gestation, and (3) 2-3 months postpartum...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800694/variability-drivers-and-effects-of-atmospheric-nitrogen-inputs-across-an-urban-area-emerging-patterns-among-human-activities-the-atmosphere-and-soils
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Stephen M Decina, Pamela H Templer, Lucy R Hutyra, Conor K Gately, Preeti Rao
Atmospheric deposition of nitrogen (N) is a major input of N to the biosphere and is elevated beyond preindustrial levels throughout many ecosystems. Deposition monitoring networks in the United States generally avoid urban areas in order to capture regional patterns of N deposition, and studies measuring N deposition in cities usually include only one or two urban sites in an urban-rural comparison or as an anchor along an urban-to-rural gradient. Describing patterns and drivers of atmospheric N inputs is crucial for understanding the effects of N deposition; however, little is known about the variability and drivers of atmospheric N inputs or their effects on soil biogeochemistry within urban ecosystems...
December 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797530/factors-affecting-voice-therapy-completion-in-singers
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Michelle Adessa, Tara Stadelman-Cohen, Lauryn Zipse, A J Guarino, James T Heaton
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine (a) which factors may affect singers' completing voice therapy, and (b) develop predictive profiles to capture those singers at risk for dropping out of voice therapy. STUDY DESIGN: A case-control study was conducted comparing singers who completed voice therapy to singers who dropped out of voice therapy. METHODS: Six factors, including age, gender, diagnosis, length of time between laryngology referral and commencement of therapy, type of singer, and referral source were investigated in relation to voice therapy completion using the medical records of 409 singers in the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center database...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785737/production-and-breeding-of-transgenic-cloned-pigs-expressing-human-cd73
#18
Seung-Chan Lee, Haesun Lee, Keon Bong Oh, In-Sul Hwang, Hyeon Yang, Mi-Ryung Park, Sun-A Ock, Jae-Seok Woo, Gi-Sun Im, Seongsoo Hwang
One of the reasons to causing blood coagulation in the tissue of xenografted organs was known to incompatibility of the blood coagulation and anti-coagulation regulatory system between TG pigs and primates. Thus, overexpression of human CD73 (hCD73) in the pig endothelial cells is considered as a method to reduce coagulopathy after pig-to-non-human-primate xenotransplantation. This study was performed to produce and breed transgenic pigs expressing hCD73 for the studies immune rejection responses and could provide a successful application of xenotransplantation...
June 2017: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783808/recrudescence-of-deficits-after-stroke-clinical-and-imaging-phenotype-triggers-and-risk-factors
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Mehmet A Topcuoglu, Esen Saka, Scott B Silverman, Lee H Schwamm, Aneesh B Singhal
Importance: Reemergence of previous stroke-related deficits (or poststroke recrudescence [PSR]) is an underrecognized and inadequately characterized phenomenon. Objective: To investigate the clinical features, triggers, and risk factors for PSR. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective study incorporated a crossover cohort study to identify triggers and a case-control study to identify risk factors. The study used the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Patient Data Repository to identify patients for the period January 1, 2000, to November 30, 2015, who had a primary or secondary diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease, who underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the brain at least once, and whose inpatient or outpatient clinician note or discharge summary stated the term recrudescence...
September 1, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776576/gnas-mutations-in-primary-mucinous-and-non-mucinous-lung-adenocarcinomas
#20
Lauren L Ritterhouse, Marina Vivero, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Lynette M Sholl, A John Iafrate, Valentina Nardi, Fei Dong
GNAS mutations have been described in mucinous and non-mucinous epithelial neoplasms of the appendix, pancreas, and colon, with hotspot GNAS mutations found in up to two-thirds of pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. Additionally, many GNAS-mutated tumors have concurrent mutations in the Ras/Raf pathway. The clinicopathologic features of GNAS-mutated lung carcinomas, however, have not yet been characterized. Primary lung carcinomas from Brigham and Women's Hospital (n=1282) or Massachusetts General Hospital (n=1070) were genotyped on a targeted massively parallel sequencing panel of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes including GNAS...
August 4, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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