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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103460/-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-107-hiv-infected-patients-admitted-to-the-department-of-infectious-diseases-at-santa-maria-hospital-lisbon-2002-2013
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Vilma Grilo, Aida Pereira
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia remains one of the most common opportunistic illnesses in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. It is currently the most reported AIDS-defining infection in Portugal. The aims of this study were to analyze the features of a human immunodeficiency virus /Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia coinfected population, to compare it with the current literature, and to evaluate comparatively subpopulations of patients based on the previous knowledge of the human immunodeficiency virus infection, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia diagnostic method and discharge results...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103129/the-role-of-urinary-kim-1-ngal-ca19-9-and-%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-in-the-assessment-of-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction-in-adults
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Eduardo P Miranda, Ricardo Jordão Duarte, José de Bessa, Roberto Iglesias Lopes, Victor Srougi, Hiury Silva Andrade, Rodolfo Ast Bandeira, Marco Antônio Arap, Anuar Ibrahim Mitre, Nayara Izabel Viana, Sabrina Thalita Dos Reis, Kátia Ramos Moreira Leite, Miguel Srougi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic properties of urinary biomarkers in adults with ureteropelvic junction obstruction: KIM-1, NGAL, CA19-9, and β2-microglobulin. We also assessed urinary biomarker concentrations following pyeloplasty. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We prospectively studied adults from December 2013 to February 2015. We included 47 patients with a mean age of 38.6 ± 12.7 years. Each patient provided four samples of voided urine for biomarker measurement, one at preoperative consultation and the others at 1, 3 and 6 months of postoperative follow-up...
January 19, 2017: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101824/empirically-derived-weights-for-gms-capitation-payments-to-general-practitioners
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B McElroy
AIM: Unlike other weighted capitation schemes used in Irish health service financing and in health systems internationally, the GMS capitation payments scheme for General Practitioners lacks transparency in both the data used and the model employed. In this study, evidence-based weights were generated and compared to current payment weights. METHODS: Four datasets on GP utilisation were interrogated. RESULTS: Evidence-based weights indicated that over 70s had higher payments per consultation than other groups...
January 18, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101714/assessment-of-zinc-status-in-school-age-children-from-rural-areas-in-china-nutrition-and-health-survey-2002-and-2012
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Xiaobing Liu, Jianhua Piao, Yu Zhang, Yuna He, Weidong Li, Lichen Yang, Xiaoguang Yang
Zinc is an essential trace element for growth and development in children, but zinc deficiency is a serious nutritional problem worldwide. Our study aimed to assess the zinc status of school-age children living in rural areas of China and to examine the change of zinc status based on the China Nutrition and Health Survey 2002 and 2012. We used the probability proportional to size sampling method for subject selection, and a total of 3407 school-age children were included in this study. Zinc status was assessed by three items of indicators recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG)...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096690/the-relationship-between-findings-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-previous-history-of-low-back-pain
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Juichi Tonosu, Hiroyuki Oka, Ko Matsudaira, Akiro Higashikawa, Hiroshi Okazaki, Sakae Tanaka
The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and previous low back pain (LBP) in participants without current LBP. Current LBP was defined as LBP during the past month. Previous LBP was defined as a history of medical consultation for LBP. Ninety-one participants without current LBP were included. Sagittal T2-weighted MRI was used to assess the intervertebral space from T12/L1 to L5/S1. These images were classified into five grades based on the Pfirrmann grading system...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095802/a-case-control-study-investigating-factors-associated-with-high-infant-death-in-saiha-district-of-mizoram-india-bordering-myanmar
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Alok K Deb, Shanta Dutta, Chhaihlo Hnichho, Mary Vanlalpeki, Hli Thapi Phosa, Khaila Rakhu, Samuel Lalfakawma Fanai, Manoj Chakrabarti, Samiran Panda
BACKGROUND: Infant mortality has dropped considerably in India over the last 5 years. A sharp contrast to this decline in national average of infant mortality is the rate recorded during 2014-2015 from the southernmost district of Saiha, Mizoram having a common international border with Myanmar. As this district specific rate (113 per 1000 live births) is 3 times higher compared to the national and state average, the present investigation was carried out to identify associated factors...
January 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093312/palliative-medicine-and-preparedness-planning-for-patients-receiving-left-ventricular-assist-device-as-destination-therapy-challenges-to-measuring-impact-and-change-in-institutional-culture
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Brandon P Verdoorn, Angela J Luckhardt, Sara E Wordingham, Shannon M Dunlay, Keith M Swetz
CONTEXT: While left ventricular assist devices as destination therapy (DT-LVAD) can improve survival, quality of life, and functional capacity in well-selected patients with advanced heart failure, there remain unique challenges to providing quality end-of-life care in this population. Palliative care involvement is universally recommended, but how to best operationalize this care and measure success is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the process of preparedness planning (PP) for patients receiving DT-LVAD at our institution and better understand opportunities for quality improvement or procedural transferability...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092648/does-brief-chronic-pain-management-education-change-opioid-prescribing-rates-a-pragmatic-trial-in-australian-early-career-general-practitioners
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Simon Mark Holliday, Chris Hayes, Adrian J Dunlop, Simon Morgan, Amanda Tapley, Kim M Henderson, Mieke L van Driel, Elizabeth G Holliday, Jean I Ball, Andrew Davey, Neil Allan Spike, Lawrence Andrew McArthur, Parker John Magin
We aimed to evaluate the effect of pain education on opioid prescribing by early-career general practitioners. A brief training workshop was delivered to general practice registrars of a single regional training provider. The workshop significantly reduced "hypothetical" opioid prescribing (in response to paper-based vignettes) in an earlier evaluation. The effect of the training on "actual" prescribing was evaluated using a nonequivalent control group design nested within the Registrar Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) cohort study: 4 other regional training providers were controls...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091358/a-survey-of-exercise-advice-and-recommendations-in-united-kingdom-paediatric-cardiac-clinics
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Craig A Williams, Lucy Gowing, Richard Horn, Alan Graham Stuart
BACKGROUND: Physical activity and exercise have important health benefits for children and adolescents with CHD. The objective of this study was to survey the provision of advice and recommendations in United Kingdom paediatric CHD clinics. METHODS: A three-page questionnaire was sent out to paediatric cardiac consultants in the United Kingdom, paediatric consultants with expertise in cardiology, and nursing staff (Paediatricians with Expertise in Cardiology Special Interest Group), as well as all members of the British Congenital Cardiovascular Association...
January 16, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091353/the-development-of-a-national-nutrition-and-mental-health-research-agenda-with-comparison-of-priorities-among-diverse-stakeholders
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Karen M Davison, Carla D'Andreamatteo, Scott Mitchell, Pat Vanderkooy
OBJECTIVE: To develop a national nutrition and mental health research agenda based on the engagement of diverse stakeholders and to assess research priorities by stakeholder groups. DESIGN: A staged, integrated and participatory initiative was implemented to structure a national nutrition and mental health research agenda that included: (i) national stakeholder consultations to prioritize research questions; (ii) a workshop involving national representatives from research, policy and practice to further define priorities; (iii) triangulation of data to formulate the agenda; and (iv) test hypotheses about stakeholder influences on decision making...
January 16, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090199/mastr-ms-a-web-based-collaborative-laboratory-information-management-system-lims-for-metabolomics
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Adam Hunter, Saravanan Dayalan, David De Souza, Brad Power, Rodney Lorrimar, Tamas Szabo, Thu Nguyen, Sean O'Callaghan, Jeremy Hack, James Pyke, Amsha Nahid, Roberto Barrero, Ute Roessner, Vladimir Likic, Dedreia Tull, Antony Bacic, Malcolm McConville, Matthew Bellgard
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of research laboratories and core analytical facilities around the world are developing high throughput metabolomic analytical and data processing pipelines that are capable of handling hundreds to thousands of individual samples per year, often over multiple projects, collaborations and sample types. At present, there are no Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) that are specifically tailored for metabolomics laboratories that are capable of tracking samples and associated metadata from the beginning to the end of an experiment, including data processing and archiving, and which are also suitable for use in large institutional core facilities or multi-laboratory consortia as well as single laboratory environments...
2017: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089415/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-federal-bureau-of-prisons-approaches-from-the-national-and-local-levels
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Michael J Long, Brian N LaPlant, Justin C McCormick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of national and local antimicrobial stewardship measures on overall antibiotic prescribing in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). SETTING: Care was delivered to more than 160,000 inmates in 122 BOP facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Medical centers and health services clinics staffed by in-house medical staff, consultants, and specialists. Staffs include a variety of disciplines, including physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, infection control personnel, therapists, health services administrators, and institution executive staff...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088420/exploring-expert-opinion-on-the-practicality-and-effectiveness-of-biosecurity-measures-on-dairy-farms-in-the-united-kingdom-using-choice-modeling
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Orla Shortall, Martin Green, Marnie Brennan, Wendela Wapenaar, Jasmeet Kaler
Biosecurity, defined as a series of measures aiming to stop disease-causing agents entering or leaving an area where farm animals are present, is very important for the continuing economic viability of the United Kingdom dairy sector, and for animal welfare. This study gathered expert opinion from farmers, veterinarians, consultants, academics, and government and industry representatives on the practicality and effectiveness of different biosecurity measures on dairy farms. The study used best-worst scaling, a technique that allows for greater discrimination between choices and avoids the variability in interpretation associated with other methods, such as Likert scales and ranking methods...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088203/a-3-arm-randomised-controlled-trial-of-communicating-healthy-beginnings-advice-by-telephone-chat-to-mothers-with-infants-to-prevent-childhood-obesity
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Li Ming Wen, Chris Rissel, Louise A Baur, Alison J Hayes, Huilan Xu, Anna Whelan, Myna Hua, Miranda Shaw, Philayrath Phongsavan
BACKGROUND: With an increasing prevalence of obesity in young children globally, there is an urgent need for the development of effective early interventions. A previous Healthy Beginnings Trial using a nurse-led home visiting program has demonstrated that providing mothers with evidence-based advice can improve maternal practice regarding obesity prevention, and can reduce Body Mass Index (BMI) in the first few years of life. However, the costs for scale-up of home visiting limit its population reach...
January 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088179/chronic-constipation-diagnosis-and-treatment-evaluation-the-chro-co-di-t-e-study
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Massimo Bellini, Paolo Usai-Satta, Antonio Bove, Renato Bocchini, Francesca Galeazzi, Edda Battaglia, Pietro Alduini, Elisabetta Buscarini, Gabrio Bassotti
BACKGROUND: According to Rome criteria, chronic constipation (CC) includes functional constipation (FC) and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). Some patients do not meet these criteria (No Rome Constipation, NRC). The aim of the study was is to evaluate the various clinical presentation and management of FC, IBS-C and NRC in Italy. METHODS: During a 2-month period, 52 Italian gastroenterologists recorded clinical data of FC, IBS-C and NRC patients, using Bristol scale, PAC-SYM and PAC-QoL questionnaires...
January 14, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086812/person-centred-care-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-cross-sectional-study-of-patients-desires-for-self-management-support
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Kathryn Havas, Clint Douglas, Ann Bonner
BACKGROUND: People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) must self-manage their illness to assist with slowing disease-progression, but this is a complex task requiring support from healthcare professionals. Despite the established importance of person-centred care, people with CKD are rarely consulted regarding their desires for self-management support (SMS). METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted face-to-face in a Queensland primary care clinic and distributed Australia-wide via an online interface promoted by Kidney Health Australia during 2015...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078523/simple-vs-six-branches-autologous-suburethral-sling-during-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-to-improve-early-urinary-continence-recovery-prospective-randomized-study
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Andrea Cestari, Matteo Ferrari, Mattia Sangalli, Matteo Zanoni, Massimo Ghezzi, Fabio Fabbri, Francesco Sozzi, Carolina Lolli, Vincenzo Dell'Acqua, Patrizio Rigatti
We have recently described the use of a retropubic suburethral autologous sling created and placed during robotic radical prostatectomy (RARP). In this study, we assess the effectiveness of newly designed six-branches compared to two-branches suburethral autologous sling in improving early urinary continence (UC) recovery. 120 patients submitted to RARP were prospectively randomized according to the intraoperative positioning of six-branches (group 1, n = 60) or two-branches autologous sling (group 2, n = 60) obtained by different configuration of a same tract of vas deferens removed...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078462/assessment-of-predictive-factors-for-recurrence-in-laparoscopic-ventral-hernia-repair-using-a-bridging-technique
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P Hauters, J Desmet, D Gherardi, S Dewaele, H Poilvache, P Malvaux
AIM: To assess the long-term incidence and predictive factors for recurrence after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using a bridging technique. METHODS: The study group consisted of 213 consecutive patients operated by laparoscopy for primary ventral (n = 158) or incisional hernia (n = 55) between 2001 and 2014. Patients had a repair without fascia closure by intra-peritoneal onlay placement of a Parietex(®) composite mesh centred on the defect with an overlap of at least 3 cm...
January 11, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077348/user-centered-design-of-serious-games-for-older-adults-following-3-years-of-experience-with-exergames-for-seniors-a-study-design
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Ellen Brox, Stathis Th Konstantinidis, Gunn Evertsen
BACKGROUND: Seniors need sufficient balance and strength to manage in daily life, and sufficient physical activity is required to achieve and maintain these abilities. This can be a challenge, but fun and motivational exergames can be of help. However, most commercial games are not suited for this age group for several reasons. Many usability studies and user-centered design (UCD) protocols have been developed and applied, but to the best of our knowledge none of them are focusing on seniors' use of games for physical activity...
January 11, 2017: JMIR Serious Games
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077347/translating-e-mental-health-into-practice-what-are-the-barriers-and-enablers-to-e-mental-health-implementation-by-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-health-professionals
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James Bennett-Levy, Judy Singer, Simon DuBois, Kelly Hyde
BACKGROUND: With increasing evidence for the effectiveness of e-mental health interventions for enhancing mental health and well-being, a growing challenge is how to translate promising research findings into service delivery contexts. A 2012 e-mental health initiative by the Australian Federal Government (eMHPrac) has sought to address the issue through several strategies, one of which has been to train different health professional workforces in e-mental health (e-MH). OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to report on the barriers and enablers of e-MH uptake in a cohort of predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals (21 Indigenous, 5 non-Indigenous) who occupied mainly support or case management roles within their organizations...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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