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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544102/a-multicenter-retrospective-case-cohort-study-of-the-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-among-cord-blood-transplant-recipients
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Carolyn D Alonso, David A Braun, Ishan Patel, Mona Akbari, Daniel Jungmyung Oh, Tomi Jun, Malgorzata McMasters, Sarah P Hammond, Brett Glotzbecker, Corey Cutler, Daniel Leffler, Karen K Ballen, Ciarán P Kelly
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of health-care associated infectious diarrhea. The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and risk factors for CDI in the 100 days following umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) at three Boston hospitals. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, retrospective, case-cohort study of 226 UCBT recipients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center from 2003-2012...
May 24, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521888/clinical-significance-of-lipid-rich-plaque%C3%A2-detected-by-optical-coherence%C3%A2-tomography-a%C3%A2-4-year-follow-up-study
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Lei Xing, Takumi Higuma, Zhao Wang, Aaron D Aguirre, Kyoichi Mizuno, Masamichi Takano, Harold L Dauerman, Seung-Jung Park, Yangsoo Jang, Chong-Jin Kim, Soo-Joong Kim, So-Yeon Choi, Tomonori Itoh, Shiro Uemura, Harry Lowe, Darren L Walters, Peter Barlis, Stephen Lee, Amir Lerman, Catalin Toma, Jack Wei Chieh Tan, Erika Yamamoto, Krzysztof Bryniarski, Jiannan Dai, Thomas Zanchin, Shaosong Zhang, Bo Yu, Hang Lee, James Fujimoto, Valentin Fuster, Ik-Kyung Jang
BACKGROUND: Lipid-rich plaque (LRP) is thought to be a precursor to cardiac events. However, its clinical significance in coronary arteries has never been systematically investigated. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the prevalence and clinical significance of LRP in the nonculprit region of the target vessel in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: The study included 1,474 patients from 20 sites across 6 countries undergoing PCI, who had optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the target vessel...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461751/trichotillomania-the-impact-of-treatment-history-on-the-outcome-of-an-internet-based-intervention
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Steffi Weidt, Annette Beatrix Bruehl, Aba Delsignore, Gwyneth Zai, Alexa Kuenburg, Richard Klaghofer, Michael Rufer
BACKGROUND: Many patients suffering from trichotillomania (TTM) have never undergone treatment. Without treatment, TTM often presents with a chronic course. Characteristics of TTM individuals who have never been treated (untreated) remain largely unknown. Whether treatment history impacts Internet-based interventions has not yet been investigated. We aimed to answer whether Internet-based interventions can reach untreated individuals and whether treatment history is associated with certain characteristics and impacts on the outcome of an Internet-based intervention...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441231/patient-specific-classification-of-icu-sedation-levels-from-heart-rate-variability
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Sunil B Nagaraj, Siddharth Biswal, Emily J Boyle, David W Zhou, Lauren M McClain, Ednan K Bajwa, Sadeq A Quraishi, Akeju Oluwaseun, Riccardo Barbieri, Patrick L Purdon, M Brandon Westover
OBJECTIVE: To develop a personalizable algorithm to discriminate between sedation levels in ICU patients based on heart rate variability. DESIGN: Multicenter, pilot study. SETTING: Several ICUs at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. PATIENTS: We gathered 21,912 hours of routine electrocardiogram recordings from a heterogenous group of 70 adult ICU patients. All patients included in the study were mechanically ventilated and were receiving sedatives...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431236/unicystic-ameloblastoma-revisited-comparison-of-massachusetts-general-hospital-outcomes-with-original-robinson-and-martinez-report
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Anne-Frédérique Chouinard, Zachary S Peacock, William C Faquin, Leonard B Kaban
PURPOSE: Robinson and Martinez established unicystic ameloblastoma (UA) as a distinct pathologic entity in 1977. By use of their original description, the aim of this study was to compare the clinical presentation and outcomes of UA treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) with outcomes reported in the original article. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of MGH patients treated for UA during a 15-year period. Patients were included if they had a confirmed clinical and histologic diagnosis of UA...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429291/correlation-of-carotid-blood-flow-and-corrected-carotid-flow-time-with-invasive-cardiac-output-measurements
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Irene W Y Ma, Joshua D Caplin, Aftab Azad, Christina Wilson, Michael A Fifer, Aranya Bagchi, Andrew S Liteplo, Vicki E Noble
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive measures that can accurately estimate cardiac output may help identify volume-responsive patients. This study seeks to compare two non-invasive measures (corrected carotid flow time and carotid blood flow) and their correlations with invasive reference measurements of cardiac output. Consenting adult patients (n = 51) at Massachusetts General Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory undergoing right heart catheterization between February and April 2016 were included...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427905/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening-practices-impact-of-the-2014-u-s-preventive-services-task-force-recommendations
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Evan J Zucker, Alexander S Misono, Anand M Prabhakar
PURPOSE: To assess changes in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound screening associated with the release of revised U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on June 24, 2014. METHODS: All AAA screening ultrasound examinations performed in the Massachusetts General Hospital radiology department in the 15 months before and after the new guidelines were retrospectively reviewed to assess changes in examination volume and appropriateness, demographics, aneurysm detection rate and size at diagnosis, frequency and type of incidental findings, and radiologist recommendations...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422931/development-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-professional-practice-work-environment-inventory
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Jeanette Ives Erickson, Mary E Duffy, Marianne Ditomassi, Dorothy Jones
OBJECTIVE: The purpose is to examine the psychometric properties of the professional practice work environment inventory (PPWEI). BACKGROUND: Derived from the Professional Practice Environment (PPE) and the Revised PPE scales, the PPWEI was designed to measure 8 components of the PPE that can be used to assist nurse administrators in decision-making. METHODS: A psychometric evaluation was undertaken with 874 nurses who were providing direct care to patients at the Massachusetts General Hospital and who provided no missing data on the newly developed 72-item PPWEI...
May 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403477/risk-stratification-for-surgical-site-infections-in-colon-cancer
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Ramzi Amri, Anne M Dinaux, Hiroko Kunitake, Liliana G Bordeianou, David L Berger
Importance: Surgical site infections (SSIs) feature prominently in surgical quality improvement and pay-for-performance measures. Multiple approaches are used to prevent or reduce SSIs, prompted by the heavy toll they take on patients and health care budgets. Surgery for colon cancer is not an exception. Objective: To identify a risk stratification score based on baseline and operative characteristics. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective cohort study included all patients treated surgically for colon cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital from 2004 through 2014 (n = 1481)...
April 12, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375881/institutional-substance-use-disorder-intervention-improves-general-internist-preparedness-attitudes-and-clinical-practice
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Sarah E Wakeman, Genevieve Pham Kanter, Karen Donelan
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of hospital substance use disorder (SUD) initiative, which, beginning in October 2014, implemented an inpatient addiction consult team, a postdischarge addiction clinic, recovery coaches, and SUD treatment within primary care on general internists' attitudes, clinical practice, and preparedness to care for SUD. METHODS: Pre and postintervention survey of general internal medicine physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, in September 2014 (n = 290) and 2015 (n = 296) was conducted...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362828/geospatial-analysis-of-emergency-department-visits-for-targeting-community-based-responses-to-the-opioid-epidemic
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Daniel A Dworkis, Lauren A Taylor, David A Peak, Benjamin Bearnot
The opioid epidemic in the United States carries significant morbidity and mortality and requires a coordinated response among emergency providers, outpatient providers, public health departments, and communities. Anecdotally, providers across the spectrum of care at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA have noticed that Charlestown, a community in northeast Boston, has been particularly impacted by the opioid epidemic and needs both emergency and longer-term resources. We hypothesized that geospatial analysis of the home addresses of patients presenting to the MGH emergency department (ED) with opioid-related emergencies might identify "hot spots" of opioid-related healthcare needs within Charlestown that could then be targeted for further investigation and resource deployment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346284/an-electronic-cardiac-rehabilitation-referral-system-increases-cardiac-rehabilitation-referrals
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James P Pirruccello, Kathleen C Traynor, Pradeep Natarajan, Carol Brown, Michael K Hidrue, Kenneth A Rosenfield, Sekar Kathiresan, Jason H Wasfy
AIM: Although cardiac rehabilitation attendance is associated with improved clinical outcomes for patients after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), it remains underutilized nationally. We sought to determine whether replacing traditional, paper-based referrals for cardiac rehabilitation for patients with AMI with an electronic referral system would increase utilization. METHODS AND RESULTS: We implemented the change from traditional, paper-based referrals to electronic referrals at the Massachusetts General Hospital on 10 December 2013...
June 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328735/building-workforce-capacity-abroad-while-strengthening-global-health-programs-at-home-participation-of-seven-harvard-affiliated-institutions-in-a-health-professional-training-initiative-in-rwanda
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Corrado Cancedda, Robert Riviello, Kim Wilson, Kirstin W Scott, Meenu Tuteja, Jane R Barrow, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Gene Bukhman, Jennifer Scott, Danny Milner, Giuseppe Raviola, Barbara Weissman, Stacy Smith, Tej Nuthulaganti, Craig D McClain, Barbara E Bierer, Paul E Farmer, Anne E Becker, Agnes Binagwaho, Joseph Rhatigan, David E Golan
A consortium of 22 U.S. academic institutions is currently participating in the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program (HRH Program). Led by the Rwandan Ministry of Health and funded by both the U.S. Government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the primary goal of this seven-year initiative is to help Rwanda train the number of health professionals necessary to reach the country's health workforce targets. Since 2012, the participating U.S. academic institutions have deployed faculty from a variety of health-related disciplines and clinical specialties to Rwanda...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266038/using-direct-antiglobulin-test-results-to-reduce-unnecessary-cold-agglutinin-testing
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Craig B Wilen, Garrett S Booth, Brenda J Grossman, William J Lane, Penny C Szklarski, Ronald Jackups
BACKGROUND: Cold agglutinin disease (CAD) is a rare autoimmune hemolytic anemia mediated by autoantibodies that preferentially react at 4°C. Laboratory testing for cold-reactive autoantibodies is laborious and may not be ordered judiciously, particularly in patients with a negative direct antiglobulin test (DAT). We sought to determine whether a negative DAT using anti-human complement (anti-C3) rules out elevated cold agglutinin (CA) titers and the diagnosis of CAD. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of patients with a CA test performed at three major academic medical centers: Barnes-Jewish Hospital (2003-2014), Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2007-2009), and Massachusetts General Hospital (2009-2014)...
March 7, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259520/derivation-and-external-validation-of-the-plasmic-score-for-rapid-assessment-of-adults-with-thrombotic-microangiopathies-a-cohort-study
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Pavan K Bendapudi, Shelley Hurwitz, Ashley Fry, Marisa B Marques, Stephen W Waldo, Ang Li, Lova Sun, Vivek Upadhyay, Ayad Hamdan, Andrew M Brunner, John M Gansner, Srinivas Viswanathan, Richard M Kaufman, Lynne Uhl, Christopher P Stowell, Walter H Dzik, Robert S Makar
BACKGROUND: Among the syndromes characterised by thrombotic microangiopathy, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is distinguished by a severe deficiency in the ADAMTS13 enzyme. Patients with this disorder need urgent treatment with plasma exchange. Because ADAMTS13 activity testing typically requires prolonged turnaround times and might be unavailable in resource-poor settings, a method to rapidly assess the likelihood of severe ADAMTS13 deficiency is needed. METHODS: All consecutive adult patients presenting to three large academic medical centres in Boston, MA, USA, with thrombotic microangiopathy and a possible diagnosis of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura between Jan 8, 2004, and Dec 6, 2015, were included in an ongoing multi-institutional registry (the Harvard TMA Research Collaborative)...
April 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254107/protocol-testing-the-relevance-of-acupuncture-theory-in-the-treatment-of%C3%A2-myofascial-pain-in-the-upper-trapezius-muscle
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Dale S Elsdon, Selina Spanswick, Chris Zaslawski, Peter C Meier
A protocol for a prospective single-blind parallel four-arm randomized placebo-controlled trial with repeated measures was designed to test the effects of various acupuncture methods compared with sham. Eighty self-selected participants with myofascial pain in the upper trapezius muscle were randomized into four groups. Group 1 received acupuncture to a myofascial trigger point (MTrP) in the upper trapezius. Group 2 received acupuncture to the MTrP in addition to relevant distal points. Group 3 received acupuncture to the relevant distal points only...
January 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252677/increasing-clinical-faculty-engagement-in-problem-driven-research-the-magic-wand-initiative-at-massachusetts-general-hospital
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Lilit Garibyan, R Rox Anderson
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March 2, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238953/cost-effectiveness-of-screening-patients-with-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-for-barrett-s-esophagus-with-a-minimally-invasive-cell-sampling-device
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Curtis R Heberle, Amir-Houshang Omidvari, Ayman Ali, Sonja Kroep, Chung Yin Kong, John M Inadomi, Joel H Rubenstein, Angela C Tramontano, Emily C Dowling, William D Hazelton, E Georg Luebeck, Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar, Chin Hur
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is important to identify patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), the precursor to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). Patients with BE are usually identified by endoscopy, which is expensive. The cytosponge, which collects tissue from the esophagus non-invasively, could be a cost-effective tool for screening individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), who are at increased risk for BE. We developed a model to analyze the cost effectiveness of using cytosponge in first-line screening of patients with GERD for BE with endoscopic confirmation, compared to endoscopy screening only, METHODS: We incorporated data from a large clinical trial of cytosponge performance into 2 validated microsimulation models of EAC progression (the esophageal adenocarcinoma model from the Massachusetts General Hospital and the microsimulation screening analysis model from Erasmus University Medical Center)...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235809/management-and-outcome-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-caused-by-plaque-rupture-versus-plaque-erosion-an%C3%A2-intravascular-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Sining Hu, Yinchun Zhu, Yingying Zhang, Jiannan Dai, Lulu Li, Harold Dauerman, Tsunenari Soeda, Zhao Wang, Hang Lee, Chao Wang, Chunyang Zhe, Yan Wang, Gonghui Zheng, Shaosong Zhang, Haibo Jia, Bo Yu, Ik-Kyung Jang
BACKGROUND: Plaque rupture and erosion are the 2 most common mechanisms for acute coronary syndromes. However, the outcome of these 2 distinct pathologies in patients with acute coronary syndromes has never been studied. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively studied 141 patients with acute coronary syndromes who underwent optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the culprit lesion prior to stenting from the Massachusetts General Hospital OCT Registry. Management (stent versus no stent), poststent OCT findings, and outcomes were compared...
February 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213837/brief-report-meeting-the-needs-of-medically-hospitalized-adults-with-autism-a-provider-and-patient-toolkit
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Jocelyn Carter, Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, Ann Neumeyer, Ann Giauque, Ann Kao, Christiana Iyasere
In an effort to meet the needs of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while hospitalized, a team of experts and providers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MGH for Children as well as parents of individuals with ASD was sparked in 2013. This became a multidisciplinary collaborative, the MGH Autism Care Collaborative, to improve adult care for inpatients with ASD. The collaborative was created with three goals in mind: (1) to educate internal medicine adult inpatient providers and staff on the unique needs of adults with ASD when hospitalized; (2) to create ASD specific resources for internal medicine adult inpatient providers; (3) to optimize patient care from admission to discharge among adults with ASD admitted to internal medicine services...
May 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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