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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914143/urologic-diseases-in-korean-military-population-a-6-year-epidemiological-review-of-medical-records
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Se Young Choi, Chang Gyo Yoon
We sought to describe the incidence rate of the urologic disease in the Korean military by reviewing diagnoses made in active duty soldiers from 2008 to 2013. A total of 72,248 first visits were generated in the Defense Medical Statistics Information System (DMSIS) with its gradually increasing trend over 6 years. A sharp increase of first visit was observed after implementation of the regular health check-up for all conscripted soldiers since 2013. Urolithiasis, prostatitis, epididymoorchitis, urethritis, and varicocele were prevalent...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914141/unfavorable-course-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism-in-children-with-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-compared-to-those-with-isolated-non-autoimmune-hyperthyrotropinemia
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Yun Jeong Lee, So Yoon Jung, Hae Woon Jung, So Youn Kim, Young Ah Lee, Seong Yong Lee, Choong Ho Shin, Sei Won Yang
Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is a common problem in pediatric population, and the natural history of SCH varies depending on its etiology. Whether Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) negatively affects the natural course of SCH was investigated in pediatric patients without concomitant diseases. Predictors for levothyroxine medication were also evaluated. Medical records of 109 children with SCH (91 girls, 5?18 years) diagnosed between 2005 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were classified into HT (n = 37) and isolated non-autoimmune hyperthyrotropinemia (iso-NAHT, n = 72)...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914131/the-role-of-pharmacomechanical-endovascular-intervention-for-iliofemoral-vein-thrombosis-compared-to-conventional-anticoagulation-therapy
#3
In Sub Kim, Won Min Jo
Although anticoagulation therapy is the primary treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT), it has not been associated with the rapid recanalization of the venous occlusion. Moreover, it is associated with long-term disability due to post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). In contrast, pharmacomechanical endovascular intervention (PMI) results in more rapid clinical improvement in DVT patients, but there are few reports on its long-term outcomes. This retrospective study evaluated the clinical effectiveness of PMI compared to conventional anticoagulation therapy (ACA) for acute and subacute iliofemoral DVT...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914127/impact-of-initial-vancomycin-trough-concentration-on-clinical-and-microbiological-outcomes-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-in-children
#4
Ree Nar Yoo, Seo Hee Kim, Jina Lee
It is important to use vancomycin in a proper manner to ensure optimal drug exposure. Despite extensive use of vancomycin in children, studies on its optimal trough concentration (Ctrough) in the pediatric population remained rare. This retrospective study included children < 18 years old with culture-confirmed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia who were hospitalized in our institute from January 2010 to April 2014. Clinical characteristics, initial vancomycin dose, Ctrough and clinical/microbiological outcomes were retrospectively collected from medical records...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913869/ranibizumab-for-vascularized-pigment-epithelial-detachment-1-year-anatomic-and-functional-results
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Olivier Chevreaud, Hassiba Oubraham, Salomon Y Cohen, Camille Jung, Rocio Blanco-Garavito, Farah Gherdaoui, Eric H Souied
PURPOSE: To assess the anatomical and functional efficacy of ranibizumab on vascularized pigment epithelial detachment (V-PED) secondary to neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). METHODS: One hundred and nine patients (116 eyes) were retrospectively selected from medical records of 2097 patients who benefited from intravitreal injection between January 2011 and June 2013 in a tertiary-care University-based Department of Ophthalmology. Inclusion criteria were: nAMD, treatment-naive eyes, presence of V-PED higher than 250 μm, intravitreal ranibizumab with a loading phase, followed by a pro-re-nata regimen, and 1-year follow-up...
December 3, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913657/cost-benefit-analysis-of-telehealth-in-pre-hospital-care
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James R Langabeer, Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Diaa Alqusairi, Junghyun Kim, Adria Jackson, David Persse, Michael Gonzalez
OBJECTIVE: There has been very little use of telehealth in pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), yet the potential exists for this technology to transform the current delivery model. In this study, we explore the costs and benefits of one large telehealth EMS initiative. METHODS: Using a case-control study design and both micro- and gross-costing data from the Houston Fire Department EMS electronic patient care record system, we conducted a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) comparing costs with potential savings associated with patients treated through a telehealth-enabled intervention...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913607/autoimmune-comorbidities-in-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-different-patterns-of-association-in-adulthood-and-childhood-adolescence
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R M Ruggeri, F Trimarchi, G Giuffrida, R Certo, E Cama, A Campennì, A Alibrandi, F De Luca, M Wasniewska
OBJECTIVE: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), the most common autoimmune thyroid disease at any age, is often associated with other autoimmune diseases. The present study was aimed to describe the type and frequency of non-thyroidal autoimmune diseases (NTADs) in HT patients and to delineate the clinical pattern of diseases clustering in pediatric/adolescent and adult age. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: 1053 newly diagnosed HT patients (500 adults (467 F, mean age 40...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913400/incidence-risk-factors-and-outcome-of-life-threatening-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-giant-cell-myocarditis
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Kaj Ekström, Jukka Lehtonen, Riina Kandolin, Anne Räisänen-Sokolowski, Kaisa Salmenkivi, Markku Kupari
BACKGROUND: Ventricular tachyarrhythmias are characteristic of giant cell myocarditis, but their true incidence, predictors, and outcome are unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: Our work involved 51 patients with giant cell myocarditis (35 women) aged 52±12 years. Their medical records were reviewed for history, results of laboratory and imaging studies, and occurrence of serious cardiac events, including life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias. Sudden cardiac death (fatal or aborted) was the primary end point of our analyses, whereas the composite of sudden cardiac death and ventricular tachycardia requiring treatment constituted the secondary end point...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913366/deepr-a-convolutional-net-for-medical-records
#9
Phuoc Nguyen, Truyen Tran, Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Svetha Venkatesh
Feature engineering remains a major bottleneck when creating predictive systems from electronic medical records. At present, an important missing element is detecting predictive regular clinical motifs from irregular episodic records. We present Deepr (short for Deep record), a new end-to-end deep learning system that learns to extract features from medical records and predicts future risk automatically. Deepr transforms a record into a sequence of discrete elements separated by coded time gaps and hospital transfers...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913363/detecting-breathing-and-snoring-episodes-using-a-wireless-tracheal-sensor-a-feasibility-study
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Marcel Mlynczak, Ewa Migacz, Maciej Migacz, Wojciech Kukwa
OBJECTIVE: Sleep-disordered breathing is both a clinical and a social problem. This implies the need for convenient solutions to simplify screening and diagnosis. The aim of the study was to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of a novel wireless system in detecting breathing and snoring episodes during sleep. METHODS: A wireless acoustic sensor was elaborated and implemented. Segmentation (based on spectral thresholding and heuristics) and classification of all breathing episodes during recording were implemented through a mobile application...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913246/measuring-content-overlap-during-handoff-communication-using-distributional-semantics-an-exploratory-study
#11
Joanna Abraham, Thomas Kannampallil, Vignesh Srinivasan, William Galanter, Gail Tagney, Trevor Cohen
OBJECTIVE: We develop and evaluate a methodological approach to measure the degree and nature of overlap in handoff communication content within and across clinical professions. This extensible, exploratory approach relies on combining techniques from conversational analysis and distributional semantics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We audio-recorded handoff communication of residents and nurses on the General Medicine floor of a large academic hospital (n=120 resident and n=120 nurse handoffs)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913214/alk-rearranged-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-is-associated-with-a-high-rate-of-venous-thromboembolism
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Alona Zer, Mor Moskovitz, David M Hwang, Anat Hershko-Klement, Ludmila Fridel, Grzegorz J Korpanty, Elizabeth Dudnik, Nir Peled, Tzippy Shochat, Natasha B Leighl, Geoffrey Liu, Ronald Feld, Ronald Burkes, Mira Wollner, Ming-Sound Tsao, Frances A Shepherd
BACKGROUND: Patients with lung cancer are at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), particularly those receiving chemotherapy. It is estimated that 8% to 15% of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) experience a VTE in the course of their disease. The incidence in patients with specific molecular subtypes of NSCLC is unknown. We undertook this review to determine the incidence of VTE in patients with ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase)-rearranged NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We identified all patients with ALK-rearranged NSCLC diagnosed and/or treated at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PM CC) in Canada between July 2012 and January 2015...
October 26, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913201/early-mortality-and-associated-factors-among-patients-with-stroke-admitted-to-a-large-teaching-hospital-in-tanzania
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Kigocha Okeng'o, Pilly Chillo, William K Gray, Richard W Walker, William Matuja
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of death worldwide and 85.5% of stroke deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries due to stroke. The aim of this study was to investigate correlates and predictors of 30-day mortality in stroke patients in urban Tanzania. METHODS: A prospective 30-day follow-up study was conducted at the Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We recruited all patients with stroke seen at the Emergency Medicine Department and medical wards...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913084/quality-of-communication-about-medicines-in-united-states-hospitals-a-national-retrospective-study
#14
Lauren Mullings, Jayashri Sankaranarayanan
BACKGROUND: Despite the benefits of improving transitions across care, literature is very limited on inpatient "Communication about Medicines" (ComMed) by staff across United States (U.S.) hospitals. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate ComMed quality variations by hospital characteristics. METHODS: In a cross-sectional, retrospective study of publicly available U.S. Medicare's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Plans Survey (HCAHPS) data (January 2013-September 2014), ComMed quality (high = above average/excellent vs...
October 26, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913082/efficacy-and-feasibility-of-objective-structured-clinical-examination-in-the-internal-assessment-for-surgery-postgraduates
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Anitha Muthusami, Subair Mohsina, Sathasivam Sureshkumar, Amaranathan Anandhi, Thirthar Palanivelu Elamurugan, Krishnamachari Srinivasan, Thulasingam Mahalakshmy, Vikram Kate
INTRODUCTION: Traditionally assessment in medical training programs has been through subjective faculty evaluations or multiple choice questions. Conventional examinations provide assessment of the global performance rather than individual competencies thus making the final feedback less meaningful. The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a relatively new multidimensional tool for evaluating training. This study was carried out to determine the efficacy and feasibility of OSCE as a tool for the internal assessment of surgery residents...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913059/cha2ds2-vasc-scores-and-major-bleeding-in-patients-with-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation-who-are-receiving-rivaroxaban
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W Frank Peacock, Sally Tamayo, Manesh Patel, Nicholas Sicignano, Kathleen P Hopf, Zhong Yuan
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Assessing stroke risk associated with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation depends on the evaluation of patient characteristics and clinical features. Clinicians must determine that the net clinical benefit from anticoagulation therapy outweighs its risk, namely, bleeding. Risk assessment for stroke is commonly performed by calculating a CHA2DS2-VASc (congestive heart failure/left ventricular dysfunction, hypertension, ≥75 years, diabetes mellitus, previous stroke or transient ischemic attack or thromboembolism, vascular disease, aged 65 to 74 years, sex female) score...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912975/patient-reported-swedish-nationwide-outcomes-of-children-and-adolescents-with-total-colonic-aganglionosis
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Pernilla Stenström, Matilda Brautigam, Helena Borg, Christina Graneli, Helene Engstrand Lilja, Tomas Wester
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nationwide outcome of children with total colonic aganglionosis (TCA) during the last 20years. METHODS: This was an observational, cross-sectional study where all patients with TCA, including aganglionosis of 0-50cm of ileum, born in Sweden 1995-2014 were included. Data were collected from the medical records. Patients >4years old without stoma answered a questionnaire regarding bowel function (bowel function score, BFS, score 1-20), medical treatment and nutrition...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912930/prognostic-significance-of-venous-invasion-and-maximum-standardized-uptake-value-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-surgically-resected-t1n0-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
J H Jeon, J M Lee, D H Moon, H C Yang, M S Kim, G-K Lee, J I Zo
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to analyze the risk factors of recurrence in patients with early stage esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 190 patients with confirmed T1N0M0 ESCC after curative esophagectomy. The following potential prognostic factors for recurrence were investigated: age, sex, pathologic T category, tumor location, differentiation grade, tumor size, venous invasion, angiolymphatic invasion, perineural invasion and the maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of the primary tumor...
November 22, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912906/patient-and-provider-factors-associated-with-endometrial-pipelle-sampling-failure
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Shalkar Adambekov, Sharon L Goughnour, Suketu Mansuria, Nicole Donnellan, Esther Elishaev, Hugo J Villanueva, Robert P Edwards, Dana H Bovbjerg, Faina Linkov
OBJECTIVE: To explore risk factors associated with sampling failure in women who underwent Pipelle biopsy. METHODS: A consecutive sample of 201 patient records was selected from women who underwent Pipelle biopsy procedures for suspected uterine pathology in a large healthcare system over a 6-month period (January 2013 through June 2013). Personal and medical data including age, BMI, gravidity and parity, and previous history of Pipelle biopsy were abstracted from medical records for each patient...
November 29, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912778/medical-priority-dispatch-codes-comparison-with-national-early-warning-score
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Marko Hoikka, Sami Länkimäki, Tom Silfvast, Tero I Ala-Kokko
BACKGROUND: In Finland, calls for emergency medical services are prioritized by educated non-medical personnel into four categories-from A (highest risk) to D (lowest risk)-following a criteria-based national dispatch protocol. Discrepancies in triage may result in risk overestimation, leading to inappropriate use of emergency medical services units and to risk underestimation that can negatively impact patient outcome. To evaluate dispatch protocol accuracy, we assessed association between priority assigned at dispatch and the patient's condition assessed by emergency medical services on the scene using an early warning risk assessment tool...
December 3, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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