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Sarah F Pollack, Olivia R Grocott, Kimberly A Parkin, Anna M Larson, Ronald L Thibert
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neurogenetic imprinting disorder caused by loss of the maternally inherited Ube3a gene and is characterized by generalized epilepsy, limited expressive speech, sleep dysfunction, and movement disorders. Myoclonic seizures are often the first seizure type to appear, and myoclonic status, associated with developmental regression, may occur in the first few years of life. Additionally, there have been rare reports of prolonged episodes of myoclonus without electrographic correlate in adults with AS...
March 16, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Alberto Falk Delgado, Anna Falk Delgado
Recently, in the four top journals of humanities, an institutional bias towards publication of authors from Harvard and Yale was shown. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is today the highest ranked general medical journal. It is unknown if there exists institutional bias favoring publication of articles originating from Harvard University, since the NEJM is produced by the Massachusetts Medical Society with close connections to the Harvard University. We examined if studies originating from the Harvard University published in the NEJM were noninferior in terms of citation rates compared to articles with an origin outside Harvard University...
2018: Scientometrics
Allison J Kwong, Matthew S Chang, Ruth E Tuomala, Laura E Riley, Julian N Robinson, Muthoka L Mutinga, Karin L Andersson, Robert S Brown, Emily Oken, Chinweike Ukomadu, Anna E Rutherford
Objectives Hepatitis B (HBV) remains a significant public health burden, despite effective therapy. Routine HBV screening is recommended during pregnancy to reduce the risk of vertical transmission, but the rates of follow-up care peri-partum are low. The aim of this study was to evaluate physician practices and knowledge regarding HBV in women diagnosed perinatally. Methods A survey was distributed to obstetricians and midwives within the Partners HealthCare system at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital...
March 6, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Brenna S Fullerton, Cristine S Velazco, Charles R Hong, Alexandra N Carey, Tom Jaksic
PURPOSE: Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) screening by T-cell receptor excision circles (TREC) has been part of Massachusetts routine newborn screening since 2009. Tetratricopeptide repeat domain 7A gene (TTC7A) mutations responsible for hereditary multiple intestinal atresia with combined immunodeficiency (MIA-CID) were also recently identified. We reviewed newborn SCID screening among infants with intestinal failure and correlated results with patient characteristics and outcomes...
January 2018: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Sean Hickey, Jeremy Goverman, Jonathan Friedstat, Robert Sheridan, John Schulz
INTRODUCTION: There are an estimated 2.75 million electronic cigarette (EC) users in the United States. ECs have become the most commonly used nicotine-containing product in young adults ages 18-24 years. Thermal, blast, and missile injuries from EC explosions has grown rapidly in recent years. Burn surgeons must remain up to date regarding management and treatment of burn injuries related to EC device ignition. METHODS: An IRB approved retrospective review of all patients admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital Burn Center from January 2015 to April 2017 was performed...
March 1, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Jordan D Bohnen, Leah Demetri, Eva Fuentes, Kathryn Butler, Reza Askari, Rahul J Anand, Emil Petrusa, Haytham M A Kaafarani, D Dante Yeh, Noelle Saillant, David King, Susan Briggs, George C Velmahos, Marc de Moya
OBJECTIVE: Resuscitative Thoracotomy or Emergency Department Thoracotomy (EDT) is a time-sensitive and potentially life-saving procedure. Yet, trainee experience with this procedure is often limited in both clinical and simulation settings. We sought to develop a high-fidelity EDT simulation module and assessment tool to facilitate trainee education. DESIGN: Using the Kern model for curricular development, a group of expert trauma surgeons identified EDT as a high-stakes, low-frequency procedure...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Shehryar N Khawaja, Steven J Scrivani, David A Keith
BACKGROUND: Ischemic heart disease manifests as pain on the left side, in the retrosternal or the precordial region, with subsequent radiation to the ipsilateral shoulder, face, and cervical region. Less frequently, it may manifest solely as face pain. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 57-year-old man sought care at the Massachusetts General Hospital Oral and Maxillofacial Pain Center with a symptom of pain in the mandibular left posterior region, in the medial aspect of the ipsilateral eye, and in the left side of the neck...
March 2018: Journal of the American Dental Association
Michael Hoerger, Joseph A Greer, Vicki A Jackson, Elyse R Park, William F Pirl, Areej El-Jawahri, Emily R Gallagher, Teresa Hagan, Juliet Jacobsen, Laura M Perry, Jennifer S Temel
Purpose We describe the key elements of early palliative care (PC) across the illness trajectory and examine whether visit content was associated with patient-reported outcomes and end-of-life care. Methods We performed a secondary analysis of patients with newly diagnosed advanced lung or noncolorectal GI cancer (N = 171) who were randomly assigned to receive early PC. Participants attended at least monthly visits with board-certified PC physicians and advanced practice nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Jessica Sheehan Tangren, Camille E Powe, Jeffrey Ecker, Kate Bramham, Elizabeth Ankers, S Ananth Karumanchi, Ravi Thadhani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Kidney stones are associated with future development of hypertension, diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome. Our objective was to assess whether stone formation before pregnancy was associated with metabolic and hypertensive complications in pregnancy. We hypothesized that stone formation is a marker of metabolic disease and would be associated with higher risk for maternal complications in pregnancy. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of women who delivered infants at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 2006 to 2015...
February 22, 2018: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Hovik J Ashchyan, Daniel C Butler, Caroline A Nelson, Megan H Noe, William G Tsiaras, Stephen J Lockwood, William D James, Robert G Micheletti, Misha Rosenbach, Arash Mostaghimi
Importance: Pyoderma gangrenosum is an inflammatory neutrophilic dermatosis. Current knowledge of this rare disease is limited owing to a lack of validated diagnostic criteria and large population studies. Objective: To evaluate the association of age with the clinical presentation and comorbidities of pyoderma gangrenosum. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a multicenter retrospective cohort study performed at tertiary academic referral centers in urban settings...
February 14, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
Mette Lodahl, Roi Treister, Anne Louise Oaklander
Introduction: Multiple studies now confirm that ∼40% of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome meet diagnostic criteria for small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) and have objective pathologic or physiologic evidence of SFPN, whereas 60% do not. Given possibilities that tens or hundreds of millions globally could have SFPN, developing screening tools becomes important. Objectives: This analysis explored whether specific symptoms might help distinguish these fibromyalgia endophenotypes...
January 2018: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
Zachary S Peacock, Alfonso Salcines, Maria J Troulis, Leonard B Kaban
PURPOSE: 1) To assess the fate of the permanent teeth in and adjacent to the regenerate in pediatric patients who underwent mandibular distraction osteogenesis (DO) and 2) to compare the postoperative growth of the distracted mandible with age- and gender-matched controls. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of children who underwent mandibular DO during the primary or mixed dentition period and before completion of somatic growth (boys aged ≤14 years and girls aged ≤12 years) at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1996 to 2014...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Richard Ngo, Elaina Pullano, Zachary S Peacock, Edward T Lahey, Meredith August
PURPOSE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients with retrognathia and measurable anatomic airway determinants may represent a subset of OSA patients and have distinct comorbidity profiles. Our aim was to compare the medical comorbidities of OSA patients managed surgically with maxillomandibular advancement with those of nonsurgical patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional retrospective study, patients for both cohorts were identified through the Massachusetts General Hospital oral and maxillofacial surgery data registry and the Massachusetts General Hospital Research Patient Data Registry...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Lori R Berkowitz, Kaitlyn James, Emil Petrusa, Carey York-Best, Anjali J Kaimal
OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of a low-cost educational module for OB/GYN faculty skills maintenance for total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH), a low frequency core procedure in obstetrics and gynecology. DESIGN: After review of existing educational tools and utilization of a modified Delphi method to establish consensus regarding key procedural components for skills maintenance, a 2-hour workshop was developed to review knowledge and participate in a simulation focused on the critical steps in performing TAH...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Tomoyo Sugiyama, Erika Yamamoto, Krzysztof Bryniarski, Lei Xing, Hang Lee, Mitsuaki Isobe, Peter Libby, Ik-Kyung Jang
Importance: Patients with culprit plaque rupture are known to have pancoronary plaque vulnerability. However, the characteristics of nonculprit plaques in patients with acute coronary syndromes caused by plaque erosion are unknown. Objective: To investigate the nonculprit plaque phenotype in patients with acute coronary syndrome according to culprit plaque pathology (erosion vs rupture) by 3-vessel optical coherence tomography imaging. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this observational cohort study, between August 2010 and May 2014, 82 patients with ACS who underwent preintervention optical coherence tomography imaging of all 3 major epicardial coronary arteries were enrolled at the Massachusetts General Hospital Optical Coherence Tomography Registry database...
February 7, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Pauline Y Ng, Andrew K-Y Ng, Balachundhar Subramaniam, Sara M Burns, Fanny Herisson, Fanny P Timm, Cand Med, Maira I Rudolph, Cand Med, Flora Scheffenbichler, Cand Med, Sabine Friedrich, Cand Med, Timothy T Houle, Deepak L Bhatt, Matthias Eikermann
Importance: Perioperative stroke is a major complication for patients undergoing surgery. Patent foramen ovale (PFO) represents a possible anatomical link between venous thrombosis and stroke. Objective: To determine whether a preoperatively diagnosed PFO is associated with increased risk of perioperative ischemic stroke. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study from Massachusetts General Hospital and 2 affiliated community hospitals between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2015...
February 6, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Sarah Magaziner, Madeline C Montgomery, Thomas Bertrand, Daniel Daltry, Heidi Jenkins, Brenda Kendall, Lauren Molotnikov, Lindsay Pierce, Emer Smith, Lynn Sosa, Jacob J van den Berg, Theodore Marak, Don Operario, Philip A Chan
BACKGROUND: Partner notification services (PNS) are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a public health intervention for addressing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Barriers and facilitators to the partner notification process from a public health perspective have not been well described. METHODS: In 2015, a coalition of New England public health STD directors and investigators formed to address the increasing STD prevalence across the region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and to promote communication between state STD programs...
January 31, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Sarah I Sheikh
Sarah Isabel Sheikh speaks to Laura Dormer, Commissioning Editor: Sarah I Sheikh, MD, MSc, MRCP, is a Senior Medical Director in Late Stage Clinical Development at Biogen. Her current focus is on developing therapies for multiple sclerosis/neuroinflammation, remyelination and neuro-repair. Prior to Biogen, Dr Sheikh was an attending in Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She completed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and residency in Neurology and Neuromuscular fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital...
January 31, 2018: Neurodegenerative Disease Management
Qingqing Mao, Melissa Jay, Jana L Hoffman, Jacob Calvert, Christopher Barton, David Shimabukuro, Lisa Shieh, Uli Chettipally, Grant Fletcher, Yaniv Kerem, Yifan Zhou, Ritankar Das
OBJECTIVES: We validate a machine learning-based sepsis-prediction algorithm ( InSight ) for the detection and prediction of three sepsis-related gold standards, using only six vital signs. We evaluate robustness to missing data, customisation to site-specific data using transfer learning and generalisability to new settings. DESIGN: A machine-learning algorithm with gradient tree boosting. Features for prediction were created from combinations of six vital sign measurements and their changes over time...
January 26, 2018: BMJ Open
Ashkan Ghanbarzadeh Dagheyan, Ali Molaei, Richard Obermeier, Andrew Westwood, Aida Martinez, Jose Angel Martinez Lorenzo
Accurate and early detection of breast cancer is of high importance, as it is directly associated with the patients' overall well-being during treatment and their chances of survival. Uncertainties in current breast imaging methods can potentially cause two main problems: (1) missing newly formed or small tumors; and (2) false alarms, which could be a source of stress for patients. A recent study at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) indicates that using Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) can reduce the number of false alarms, when compared to conventional mammography...
January 25, 2018: Sensors
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