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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346794/clinicoepidemiologic-features-of-chronic-urticaria-in-patients-with-versus-without-subclinical-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-cross-sectional-study-of-150-patients
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Sakshi Kohli, Vikram K Mahajan, Baldev S Rana, Karaninder S Mehta, Rashmi Kaul Raina, Pushpinder S Chauhan, Vikas Sharma, Ritu Rawat
BACKGROUND: The Helicobacter pylori infection is linked to chronic urticaria in nearly 60% of patients. We studied clinicoepidemiologic features in patients with chronic urticaria with and without H. pylori infection. METHODS: Endoscopic antral biopsy for the rapid urease test (RUT) and histopathology, and serum IgG ELISA for H. pylori infection were performed in 150 patients (male:female ratio 1:2.4) of chronic urticaria aged 18-68 years. Clinicoepidemiologic features including age, gender, age of onset and duration, frequency and distribution of wheals, urticaria severity score, and systemic symptoms were analyzed in patients with and without H...
January 19, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346789/mentalization-and-self-efficacy-as-mediators-between-psychological-symptom-severity-and-disabilities-in-activities-and-participation-in-psychotherapy-patients
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Thomas Probst, Maria Dehoust, Anna Levke Brütt, Holger Schulz, Christoph Pieh, Sylke Andreas
BACKGROUND: Psychotherapy patients can be more or less disabled by their psychological symptoms. The present study investigated whether mentalization and self-efficacy contribute to the association between psychological symptom severity and disabilities in activities and participation. METHODS: The data of 216 psychotherapy inpatients were examined in a cross-sectional design. Bootstrapping-enhanced mediation analyses were performed to investigate whether self-efficacy and mentalization are mediators between psychological symptom severity and disabilities in activities and participation...
January 19, 2018: Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346662/shifting-determinants-of-health-inequalities-in-unstable-times-portugal-as-a-case-study
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Inês Campos-Matos, Giuliano Russo, Luzia Gonçalves
Background: We explore how health inequalities (HI) changed in Portugal over the last decade, considering it is one of the most unequal European countries and has gone through major economic changes. We describe how inequalities in limitations changed considering different socioeconomic determinants, in order to understand what drove changes in HI. Methods: We used cross-sectional waves from the European Survey on Income and Living Conditions database to determine how inequalities in health limitations changed between 2004 and 2014 in Portugal in residents aged 16 years and over...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346634/are-people-getting-quality-thalassemia-care-in-twin-cities-of-pakistan-a-comparison-with-international-standards
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Tehreem Tanveer, Haleema Masud, Zahid Ahmed Butt
Objectives: This study was conducted to determine if thalassemia patients were getting quality care in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan, as per international standards and to identify determinants for better quality of thalassemia care. Design: A cross sectional study was conducted using interview based structured questionnaire, which was developed using standards of thalassemia care used by International Thalassemia Foundation. Setting: Five healthcare facilities catering to the needs of thalassemia patients in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346570/implementation-status-of-morbidity-and-mortality-conferences-in-swiss-hospitals-a-national-cross-sectional-survey-study
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Isabelle Praplan-Rudaz, Yvonne Pfeiffer, David L B Schwappach
Objective: To determine the implementation status and current practice of morbidity and mortality conferences (M&MCs) in Switzerland. Design: A national cross-sectional online survey was conducted in spring 2017. The questionnaire focused on overall goals, structure and procedures of hospital M&MCs. Further topics included satisfaction, perceived effectiveness and support requirements. Setting: A total of 913 chief physicians of surgery and internal medicine, and specialist fields of obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthesiology and intensive care from Swiss acute care hospitals were invited to the survey...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346568/are-infection-specialists-recommending-short-antibiotic-treatment-durations-an-escmid-international-cross-sectional-survey
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Gabriel Macheda, Oliver J Dyar, Amandine Luc, Bojana Beovic, Guillaume Béraud, Bernard Castan, Rémy Gauzit, Philippe Lesprit, Pierre Tattevin, Nathalie Thilly, Céline Pulcini
Objectives: To evaluate the current practice and the willingness to shorten the duration of antibiotic therapy among infection specialists. Methods: Infection specialists giving at least weekly advice on antibiotic prescriptions were invited to participate in an online cross-sectional survey between September and December 2016. The questionnaire included 15 clinical vignettes corresponding to common clinical cases with favourable outcomes; part A asked about the antibiotic treatment duration they would usually advise to prescribers and part B asked about the shortest duration they were willing to recommend...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346499/repeatability-and-agreement-of-visual-acuity-using-the-etdrs-number-chart-landolt-c-chart-or-etdrs-alphabet-chart-in-eyes-with-or-without-sight-threatening-diseases
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Voraporn Chaikitmongkol, Onnisa Nanegrungsunk, Direk Patikulsila, Paisan Ruamviboonsuk, Neil M Bressler
Importance: The Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) alphabet chart is not feasible for measuring best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) for individuals who are unfamiliar with the Roman alphabet. The ETDRS Landolt C chart is an alternative, but it may not reflect true BCVA among those with confusion between left and right. The ETDRS number chart might overcome these limitations, but little is known regarding its reliability. Objective: To evaluate repeatability and agreement of BCVA using the ETDRS number chart or Landolt C chart compared with ETDRS alphabet charts in healthy and diseased eyes...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346485/adverse-events-in-facial-implant-surgery-and-associated-malpractice-litigation
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Hani M Rayess, Peter Svider, Curtis Hanba, Vivek Sagar Patel, Michael Carron, Giancarlo Zuliani
Importance: Facial implants represent an important strategy for providing instant and long-lasting volume enhancement to address both aging and posttraumatic defects. Objective: To better understand risks of facial implants by examining national resources encompassing adverse events and considerations facilitating associated litigation. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional study reviewed complications following facial implants...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346475/current-status-of-radiology-training-in-otolaryngology-residency-programs
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Kirkland N Lozada, Joseph M Bernstein
Importance: Otolaryngologists use head and neck imaging on a daily basis. However, little is known about the training residents receive on the subject. Understanding the current training environment is important to identify areas of improvement for resident education. Objective: To assess the current state of radiology training in otolaryngology residency programs. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a cross-sectional survey of 106 otolaryngology residency program directors involving multiple academic institutions...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346472/a-revised-estimate-of-costs-associated-with-routine-preoperative-testing-in-medicare-cataract-patients-with-a-procedure-specific-indicator
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Catherine L Chen, Theodore H Clay, Stephen McLeod, Han-Ying Peggy Chang, Adrian W Gelb, R Adams Dudley
Importance: Routine preoperative medical testing is not recommended for patients undergoing low-risk surgery, but testing is common before surgery. A 30-day preoperative testing window is conventionally used for study purposes; however, the extent of routine testing that occurs prior to that point is unknown. Objective: To improve on existing cost estimates by identifying all routine preoperative testing that takes place after the decision is made to perform cataract surgery...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346448/a-cross-sectional-study-to-estimate-prevalence-of-periodontal-disease-in-a-population-of-dogs-canis-familiaris-in-commercial-breeding-facilities-in-indiana-and-illinois
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Judith L Stella, Amy E Bauer, Candace C Croney
The objectives of this cross-sectional study were: 1) to estimate the prevalence and characterize the severity of periodontal disease in a population of dogs housed in commercial breeding facilities; 2) to characterize PD preventive care utilized by facility owners; and 3) to assess inter-rater reliability of a visual scoring assessment tool. Adult dogs (N = 445) representing 42 breeds at 24 CB facilities in Indiana and Illinois were assessed. Periodontal disease was scored visually using the American Veterinary Dental Collage 0-IV scale...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346443/exposure-to-previous-cart-is-associated-with-significant-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients
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Evrim Anadol, Kristina Lust, Christoph Boesecke, Carolynne Schwarze-Zander, Raphael Mohr, Jan-Christian Wasmuth, Jürgen Kurt Rockstroh, Jonel Trebicka
INTRODUCTION: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has improved survival in HIV-patients. While the first antiretrovirals, which became available in particular D-drugs (especially didanosine and stavudine) and unboosted protease inhibitors, may impair liver function, the modern cART seems to decrease liver fibrosis. This study assessed the influence of exposure to previous antiretrovirals on liver fibrosis in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: This observational cross-sectional single-center study recruited 333 HIV patients and assessed liver fibrosis using transient elastography (TE)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346420/initial-acquisition-and-succession-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-lung-microbiome-is-associated-with-disease-progression-in-infants-and-preschool-children
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Marianne S Muhlebach, Bryan T Zorn, Charles R Esther, Joseph E Hatch, Conor P Murray, Lidija Turkovic, Sarath C Ranganathan, Richard C Boucher, Stephen M Stick, Matthew C Wolfgang
The cystic fibrosis (CF) lung microbiome has been studied in children and adults; however, little is known about its relationship to early disease progression. To better understand the relationship between the lung microbiome and early respiratory disease, we characterized the lower airways microbiome using bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples obtained from clinically stable CF infants and preschoolers who underwent bronchoscopy and chest computed tomography (CT). Cross-sectional samples suggested a progression of the lower airways microbiome with age, beginning with relatively sterile airways in infancy...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346408/long-lasting-insecticidal-bed-nets-ownership-access-and-use-in-a-high-malaria-transmission-setting-before-and-after-a-mass-distribution-campaign-in-uganda
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Humphrey Wanzira, Thomas Eganyu, Ronald Mulebeke, Fred Bukenya, Dorothy Echodu, Yeka Adoke
INTRODUCTION: Uganda is conducting a second mass LLIN distribution campaign and Katakwi district recently received LLINs as part of this activity. This study was conducted to measure the success of the campaign in this setting, an area of high transmission, with the objectives to estimate LLIN ownership, access and use pre and post campaign implementation. METHODS: Two identical cross sectional surveys, based on the Malaria Indicator Survey methodology, were conducted in three sub-counties in this district (Kapujan, Magoro and Toroma), six months apart, one before and another after the mass distribution campaign...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346357/type-of-cows-milk-consumption-and-relationship-to-health-predictors-in-new-zealand-preschool-children
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Hajar Mazahery, Carlos A Camargo, Carolyn Cairncross, Lisa A Houghton, Cameron C Grant, Jane Coad, Cathryn A Conlon, Pamela R von Hurst
AIMS: New Zealand dietary guidelines recommend children from two years of age consume low- or reduced-fat milk. We aimed to investigate the predictors of type of milk consumption in preschool children. METHODS: Data were drawn from a cross-sectional study which enrolled preschool children (2-<5 years, n=1,329) from throughout New Zealand. RESULTS: Cows' milk was consumed regularly by 88% of children. Of these, 26% consumed plain low- or reduced-fat milk, while 74% consumed full-fat milk...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346307/knowledge-and-attitudes-of-general-practitioners-and-sexual-health-care-professionals-regarding-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-for-young-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Samuel W D Merriel, Carrie Flannagan, Joanna M Kesten, Gilla K Shapiro, Tom Nadarzynski, Gillian Prue
Men who have sex with men (MSM) may be at higher risk for human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers. Healthcare professionals' recommendations can affect HPV vaccination uptake. Since 2016, MSM up to 45 years have been offered HPV vaccination at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in a pilot programme, and primary care was recommended as a setting for opportunistic vaccination. Vaccination prior to potential exposure to the virus (i.e., sexual debut) is likely to be most efficacious, therefore a focus on young MSM (YMSM) is important...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346238/trends-in-severe-pediatric-emergency-conditions-in-a-national-cohort-2008-to-2014
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Kenneth A Michelson, Joel D Hudgins, Laura G Burke, Todd W Lyons, Michael C Monuteaux, Richard G Bachur, Jonathan A Finkelstein
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the incidence and recent trends in serious pediatric emergency conditions. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample from 2008 through 2014, and included patients with age below 18 years with a serious condition, defined as each diagnosis group in the diagnosis grouping system with a severity classification system score of 5. We calculated national incidences for each serious condition using annualized weighted condition counts divided by annual United States census child population counts...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346231/the-complex-association-of-race-ethnicity-with-pain-treatment-quality-in-an-urban-medical-center-with-2-pediatric-emergency-departments
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Erika M Kipping, James M Chamberlain
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore racial differences in analgesia quality. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study of 24,733 visits by individuals 21 years or younger with pain scores of 4 to 10 was performed using electronic medical records. We compared 2 process metrics, treatment with any analgesics within 60 minutes and treatment with opioids within 60 minutes, and one outcome metric, a reduction in pain score by 2 or more points within 90 minutes...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346187/quality-in-postoperative-patient-handover-different-perceptions-of-quality-between-transferring-and-receiving-nurses
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Elizabeth Reine, Johan Ræder, Tanja Manser, Milada C Småstuen, Tone Rustøen
This cross-sectional study assessed how nurses transferring and receiving patients in the postoperative care unit evaluate quality in patient handovers. Analysis of 192 questionnaires showed that transferring nurses had more positive evaluations of handover quality compared with the receiving nurses. Handovers evaluated as having lower quality had a higher frequency of time pressure, uncertainty, and clinical problems. The findings in the study point at a need to assess handover quality in a wider perspective...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346167/new-reference-values-for-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-in-children
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Joel Blanchard, Samuel Blais, Philippe Chetaille, Michele Bisson, François P Counil, Thelma H Girard, Jade Berbari, Pierre Boulay, Frederic Dallaire
INTRODUCTION: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is an essential tool to assess cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) in children. There is a paucity of adequate pediatric reference values that are independent of body size and pubertal stage. The purpose of this study is to provide Z score equations for several maximal and sub-maximal CRF parameters derived from a prospectively recruited sample of healthy children. METHODS: In this cross-sectional multicenter study, we prospectively recruited 228 healthy children aged 12 to 17 years old in local schools...
January 17, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
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