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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161801/impact-of-sarcopenia-on-long-term-mortality-and-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis
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Jwa-Kyung Kim, Sung Gyun Kim, Ji-Eun Oh, Young-Ki Lee, Jung-Woo Noh, Hyung Jik Kim, Young Rim Song
Background/Aims: A high body mass index (BMI) is known to correlate with better survival in patients on hemodialysis (HD). However, the impacts of body composition and sarcopenia on survival have not been well studied in this population. Methods: One hundred and forty-two prevalent HD patients were recruited and followed prospectively for up to 4.5 years. Low muscle mass (measured using a portable, whole-body, bioimpedance spectroscopic device) was defined as a lean tissue index (LTI) two standard deviations (SD) or more below the normal gender-specific mean for young people...
November 23, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161779/micronuclei-assay-in-exfoliated-buccal-cells-of-radiation-treated-oral-cancer-patients
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Gayathri Ramesh, Smriti Chaubey, Amrita Raj, Ravi Kumar Seth, Anuradha Katiyar, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: Micronuclei are suitable internal dosimeters for revealing tissue-specific genotoxic damage in individuals exposed to carcinogenic mixtures. Evaluation of radiation-induced cellular changes to predict radiosensitivity has invested many investigators since such changes were first found in biopsy material. AIM: The aim of the present study was to assess the relationship of with histopathological grade and number of radiation therapy sittings with the frequency of micronuclei and nuclear anomalies among oral cancer patients...
November 2017: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161722/the-impact-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-and-polymorphisms-on-long-term-stroke-outcomes
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Ju-Wan Kim, Man-Seok Park, Joon-Tae Kim, Hee-Ju Kang, Kyung-Yeol Bae, Sung-Wan Kim, Myung-Geun Shin, Ki-Hyun Cho, Jae-Min Kim
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of predictions regarding disability that sets in after stroke could be improved by using blood biomarker measurements. This study aimed to investigate the roles of serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL)-1β concentrations and polymorphisms in stroke outcomes. METHODS: In total, 286 patients were evaluated at the time of admission and at 2 weeks after stroke, and 222 of these patients (78%) were followed up for 1 year to evaluate the consequences of stroke during both the acute and chronic stages...
November 21, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161535/effect-of-dedicated-lactation-support-services-on-breastfeeding-outcomes-in-extremely-low-birth-weight-neonates
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Sharareh Gharib, Molly Fletcher, Richard Tucker, Betty Vohr, Beatrice E Lechner
BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding is associated with major benefits for high-risk infants born prematurely, yet this population faces significant challenges to breastfeeding. Lactation services provide successful interventions, yet the impact of lactation services on breastfeeding outcomes in preterm infants is understudied. Research aim: The provision of full-time lactation support in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will improve quantitative breastfeeding measures in premature infants...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161521/lessons-from-the-camden-coalition-of-healthcare-providers-first-medicaid-shared-savings-performance-evaluation
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Aaron Truchil, Natasha Dravid, Stephen Singer, Zachary Martinez, Teagan Kuruna, Scott Waulters
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) aim to reduce health care costs while improving patient outcomes. Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers' (Camden Coalition) work already aligned with this aim before receiving state approval to operate a certified Medicaid ACO in New Jersey. Upon its formation, the Camden Coalition ACO partnered with UnitedHealthcare and, through state legislation, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) was established as its external evaluator. In evaluating the Camden Coalition ACO, Rutgers CSHP built on the Medicare Shared Savings model, but modified it based on the understanding that the Medicaid population differs from the Medicare population...
November 21, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161465/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-for-the-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolism
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Shahab Hajibandeh, Shahin Hajibandeh, George A Antoniou, James Rh Scurr, Francesco Torella
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a serious but preventable cause of morbidity and mortality. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation systems (NMES) for the prevention of VTE may be beneficial for patients in whom pharmacological or standard mechanical prophylaxis methods are contraindicated or are regarded as unsafe or impractical. Although findings of experimental studies suggest that NMES reduce venous stasis, the clinical utility and effectiveness of NMES in VTE prevention remain controversial...
November 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161456/integrated-care-with-indigenous-populations-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Melissa E Lewis, Laurelle L Myhra
INTRODUCTION: The integration of behavioral health into medical care is related to positive results including improved patient health outcomes, provider satisfaction, and cost-offset. Indigenous people suffer from the highest health disparities in the nation and disproportionately experience barriers to health care; yet it is unknown if integrated care is effective for this population. METHODS: A systematic literature review was completed on the state of integrated care at Indigenous-serving health care sites in 2014 and was updated in 2016...
2017: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: the Journal of the National Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161432/modeling-mutant-wild-type-interactions-to-ascertain-pathogenicity-of-prokr2-missense-variants-in-patients-with-isolated-gnrh-deficiency
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Kimberly H Cox, Luciana M B Oliveira, Lacey Plummer, Braden Corbin, Thomas Gardella, Ravikumar Balasubramanian, William F Crowley
A major challenge in human genetics is the validation of pathogenicity of heterozygous missense variants. This problem is well-illustrated by PROKR2 variants associated with Isolated GnRH Deficiency (IGD). Homozygous, loss of function variants in PROKR2 were initially implicated in autosomal recessive IGD; however, most IGD-associated PROKR2 variants are heterozygous. Moreover, while IGD patient cohorts are enriched for PROKR2 missense variants similar rare variants are also found in normal individuals. To elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms distinguishing IGD-associated PROKR2 variants from rare variants in controls, we assessed 59 variants using three approaches: (i) in silico prediction, (ii) traditional in vitro functional assays across 3 signaling pathways with mutant-alone transfections, and (iii) modified in vitro assays with mutant and wild-type expression constructs co-transfected to model in vivo heterozygosity...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161426/family-history-of-gastric-mucosal-abnormality-and-the-risk-of-gastric-cancer-a-population-based-observational-study
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Huan Song, Isabella Guncha Ekheden, Alexander Ploner, Jan Ericsson, Olof Nyren, Weimin Ye
Background: An increased prevalence of gastric premalignant abnormalities was reported among relatives of gastric cancer (GC) patients, with rather unexplored clinical significance. Methods: In Swedish computerized pathology registers, we identified, as 'index' persons 232 681 patients who were born after 1931 and underwent endoscopic examination with stomach biopsy between 1979 and 2014. Through linkage with the Multi-Generation Register, we compiled a cohort consisting of 903 337 first-degree relatives of these biopsied patients...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161424/clinical-impact-of-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-primary-prevention-of-total-mortality-in-non-ischaemic-cardiomyopathy-results-from-a-meta-analysis-of-prospective-randomized-clinical-trials
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Jorge Romero, Juan Carlos Díaz, Michael Grushko, Renato Quispe, David Briceno, Ricardo Avendano, Anjani Golive, Ileana Pina, Andrea Natale, Mario J Garcia, Ulrich P Jorde, Luigi Di Biase
Aim: Primary prophylactic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have demonstrated a clear all-cause mortality benefit in patients with ischaemic cardiomyopathy, with less compelling evidence supporting its use in patients with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy (NICM). We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the role of ICD for reduction in total mortality in NICM patients. Methods and results: An electronic search on PubMed, the Cochrane Library, and EMBASE databases was performed to identify the RCTs evaluating the role of prophylactic ICD placement in NICM patients...
November 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161402/fit-for-surgery-perspectives-on-preoperative-exercise-testing-and-training
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K Richardson, D Z H Levett, S Jack, M P W Grocott
There is a consistent relationship between physical activity, physical fitness, and health across almost all clinical contexts, including the perioperative setting. Physiological measurements obtained during physical exercise may be used to infer the risk of adverse outcome after major surgery. In particular, data obtained from perioperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing have an expanding role in perioperative care. Such information may be used to inform a variety of changes in clinical practice, including interventions that may reduce the risk of perioperative adverse events...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161395/postoperative-cognitive-dysfunction-and-dementia-what-we-need-to-know-and-do
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M J Needham, C E Webb, D C Bryden
Approximately 12% of apparently previously cognitively well patients undergoing anaesthesia and noncardiac surgery will develop symptoms of cognitive dysfunction after their procedure. Recent articles in this Journal have highlighted the difficulties of confirming any clear links between anaesthesia and cognitive dysfunction, in part because of the lack of consistency regarding definition and diagnosis. Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is usually self-limiting and rarely persists in the longer term, although plausible biological mechanisms for an impact on brain protein deposition do exist...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161297/prognostic-performance-of-mr-pro-adrenomedullin-in-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-the-emergency-department-compared-to-clinical-severity-scores-psi-and-curb
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Jacopo Maria Legramante, Maria Mastropasqua, Beniamino Susi, Ottavia Porzio, Marta Mazza, Grazia Miranda Agrippino, Cartesio D Agostini, Antonella Brandi, Germano Giovagnoli, Vito Nicola Di Lecce, Sergio Bernardini, Marilena Minieri
AIM: (i) evaluate the performance of MR-pro-ADM in reflecting the outcome and risk for CAP patients in the emergency department, and (ii) compare the prognostic performance of MR-pro-ADM with that of clinical scores PSI and CURB65. METHODS: Observational prospective, single-center study in patients with suspected community acquired pneumonia (CAP). Eighty one patients underwent full clinical and laboratory assessment as by protocol, and were followed up a 28 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161279/whole-exome-sequencing-for-determination-of-tumor-mutation-load-in-liquid-biopsy-from-advanced-cancer-patients
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Florence Koeppel, Steven Blanchard, Cécile Jovelet, Bérengère Genin, Charles Marcaillou, Emmanuel Martin, Etienne Rouleau, Eric Solary, Jean-Charles Soria, Fabrice André, Ludovic Lacroix
Tumor mutation load (TML) has been proposed as a biomarker of patient response to immunotherapy in several studies. TML is usually determined by tumor biopsy DNA (tDNA) whole exome sequencing (WES), therefore TML evaluation is limited by informative biopsy availability. Circulating cell free DNA (cfDNA) provided by liquid biopsy is a surrogate specimen to biopsy for molecular profiling. Nevertheless performing WES on DNA from plasma is technically challenging and the ability to determine tumor mutation load from liquid biopsies remains to be demonstrated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161276/association-between-diabetes-mellitus-and-active-tuberculosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Rami H Al-Rifai, Fiona Pearson, Julia A Critchley, Laith J Abu-Raddad
The burgeoning epidemic of diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the major global health challenges. We systematically reviewed the published literature to provide a summary estimate of the association between DM and active tuberculosis (TB). We searched Medline and EMBASE databases for studies reporting adjusted estimates on the TB-DM association published before December 22, 2015, with no restrictions on region and language. In the meta-analysis, adjusted estimates were pooled using a DerSimonian-Laird random-effects model, according to study design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161264/proprioceptive-assessment-in-clinical-settings-evaluation-of-joint-position-sense-in-upper-limb-post-stroke-using-a-robotic-manipulator
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Sara Contu, Asif Hussain, Simone Kager, Aamani Budhota, Vishwanath A Deshmukh, Christopher W K Kuah, Lester H L Yam, Liming Xiang, Karen S G Chua, Lorenzo Masia, Domenico Campolo
Proprioception is a critical component for motor functions and directly affects motor learning after neurological injuries. Conventional methods for its assessment are generally ordinal in nature and hence lack sensitivity. Robotic devices designed to promote sensorimotor learning can potentially provide quantitative precise, accurate, and reliable assessments of sensory impairments. In this paper, we investigate the clinical applicability and validity of using a planar 2 degrees of freedom robot to quantitatively assess proprioceptive deficits in post-stroke participants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161240/rapid-nodal-staging-of-head-and-neck-cancer-surgical-specimens-with-flow-cytometric-analysis
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Valtteri Häyry, Åsa Kågedal, Eric Hjalmarsson, Pedro Farrajota Neves da Silva, Cecilia Drakskog, Gregori Margolin, Susanna Kumlien Georén, Eva Munck-Wikland, Ola Winqvist, Lars Olaf Cardell
BACKGROUND: Detection of metastatic spread of head and neck cancer to cervical lymph nodes is essential for optimal design of therapy. Undetected metastases lead to mortality, which can be prevented by better detection methods. METHODS: We analysed 41 lymph nodes from 19 patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Each lymph node was divided in two, one half processed for histopathology and the other half dissociated into single-cell suspension, stained for the carcinoma cell markers cytokeratin 5/8 (CK5/8), epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and epithelial mucin (MUC-1), and analysed with flow cytometry...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161217/use-of-vascular-closure-devices-for-endovascular-interventions-requiring-a-direct-puncture-of-pete-grafts
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Artur I Milnerowicz, Aleksandra A Milnerowicz, Marcin Protasiewicz, Wiktor Kuliczkowski
BACKGROUND: Effectiveness of vascular closure devices during endovascular procedures requiring a direct puncture of a vascular prosthesis placed in the inguinal region is unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The retrospective analysis included 134 patients with a history of polyethylene terephthalate (PETE) graft implantation in the inguinal region. In 20 (15 %) patients, haemostasis was achieved with manual compression, in 21 (16 %) with the StarClose™, and in 93 (69 %) with the AngioSeal™ device...
November 21, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161181/public-perception-of-telemedicine-and-surgical-telementoring-in-the-pediatric-population-results-of-a-parental-survey
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Sophia Abdulhai, Ian C Glenn, Neil L McNinch, Domenic Craner, Edwin Chou, Todd A Ponsky
INTRODUCTION: Telemedicine and surgical telementoring strive to provide equal access to specialized healthcare, regardless of patient location. It also aims to provide providers in remote locations real-time, second opinions from more experienced physicians who are otherwise not readily available. The goal of this study is to gauge the public perception of this technology in the pediatric population. METHODS: Patient families in our pediatric surgery and gastroenterology clinics were asked to complete a seven-question survey after being shown a 1-minute video describing telemedicine and surgical telementoring...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161170/examining-the-implementation-of-collaborative-competencies-in-a-critical-care-setting-key-challenges-for-enacting-competency-based-education
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Joanne Goldman, Simon Kitto, Scott Reeves
Interprofessional collaboration is recognised as an important factor in improving patient care in intensive care units (ICUs). Competency frameworks, and more specifically interprofessional competency frameworks, are a key strategy being used to support the development of attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours needed for an interprofessional approach to care. However, evidence for the application of competencies is limited. This study aimed to extend our empirically based understanding of the significance of interprofessional competencies to actual clinical practice in an ICU...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
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