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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812989/small-smart-fast-and-cheap-microchip-based-sensors-to-estimate-air-pollution-exposures-in-rural-households
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Ajay Pillarisetti, Tracy Allen, Ilse Ruiz-Mercado, Rufus Edwards, Zohir Chowdhury, Charity Garland, L Drew Hill, Michael Johnson, Charles D Litton, Nicholas L Lam, David Pennise, Kirk R Smith
Over the last 20 years, the Kirk R. Smith research group at the University of California Berkeley-in collaboration with Electronically Monitored Ecosystems, Berkeley Air Monitoring Group, and other academic institutions-has developed a suite of relatively inexpensive, rugged, battery-operated, microchip-based devices to quantify parameters related to household air pollution. These devices include two generations of particle monitors; data-logging temperature sensors to assess time of use of household energy devices; a time-activity monitoring system using ultrasound; and a CO₂-based tracer-decay system to assess ventilation rates...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812924/susceptibility-testing-and-reporting-of-new-antibiotics-with-a-focus-on-tedizolid-an-international-working-group-report
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Mark H Wilcox, Natalia Dmitrieva, Ana Cristina Gales, Irina Petukhova, Suleiman Al-Obeid, Flavia Rossi, Joseph M Blondeau
Inappropriate use and overuse of antibiotics are among the most important factors in resistance development, and effective antibiotic stewardship measures are needed to optimize outcomes. Selection of appropriate antimicrobials relies on accurate and timely antimicrobial susceptibility testing. However, the availability of clinical breakpoints and in vitro susceptibility testing often lags behind regulatory approval by several years for new antimicrobials. A Working Group of clinical/medical microbiologists from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the UK recently examined issues surrounding antimicrobial susceptibility testing for novel antibiotics...
August 16, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812836/understanding-internal-accountability-in-nigeria-s-routine-immunization-system-perspectives-from-government-officials-at-the-national-state-and-local-levels
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Daniel J Erchick, Asha S George, Chukwunonso Umeh, Chizoba Wonodi
BACKGROUND: Routine immunization coverage in Nigeria has remained low, and studies have identified a lack of accountability as a barrier to high performance in the immunization system. Accountability lies at the heart of various health systems strengthening efforts recently launched in Nigeria, including those related to immunization. Our aim was to understand the views of health officials on the accountability challenges hindering immunization service delivery at various levels of government...
December 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812833/evaluating-the-implementation-and-feasibility-of-a-web-based-tool-to-support-timely-identification-and-care-for-the-frail-population-in-primary-healthcare-settings
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Beverley Lawson, Tara Sampalli, Stephanie Wood, Grace Warner, Paige Moorhouse, Rick Gibson, Laurie Mallery, Fred Burge, Lisa G Bedford
BACKGROUND: Understanding and addressing the needs of frail persons is an emerging health priority for Nova Scotia and internationally. Primary healthcare (PHC) providers regularly encounter frail persons in their daily clinical work. However, routine identification and measurement of frailty is not standard practice and, in general, there is a lack of awareness about how to identify and respond to frailty. A web-based tool called the Frailty Portal was developed to aid in identifying, screening, and providing care for frail patients in PHC settings...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812471/effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-parenteral-testosterone-undecanoate-a-post-marketing-surveillance-study
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Jan Wolf, Dieter Keipert, Heiko Motazedi, Michael Ernst, Joanne Nettleship, Louis Gooren
This observational post-marketing study of parenteral testosterone undecanoate (TU) in a non-selected population aimed to: examine the effectiveness of TU as treatment of hypogonadism; record adverse drug reactions (ADR) quantitatively particularly regarding polycythemia, prostate safety and cardiovascular-related metabolic risk factors; and verify whether recommended injection intervals apply to routine clinical practice. Eight hundred and seventy subjects from 259 outpatient units scheduled to visit the clinic six times were included...
August 16, 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812402/older-persons-experiences-of-a-home-based-exercise-program-with-behavioral-change-support
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Marina Arkkukangas, Annelie J Sundler, Anne Söderlund, Staffan Eriksson, Ann-Christin Johansson
BACKGROUND: It is a challenge to promote exercise among older persons. Knowledge is needed regarding the maintenance of exercise aiming at preventing falls and promoting health and well-being in older persons. PURPOSE: This descriptive study used a qualitative inductive approach to describe older persons' experiences of a fall-preventive, home-based exercise program with support for behavioral change. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 elderly persons aged 75 years or older, and a qualitative content analysis was performed...
August 16, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812303/circulating-tumor-dna-as-a-liquid-biopsy-current-clinical-applications-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Kimberly M Komatsubara, Adrian G Sacher
Tumor genomic sequencing has become part of routine oncology practice in many tumor types, in order to identify potentially targetable mutations and to personalize cancer care. Plasma genotyping via circulating tumor DNA analysis is a noninvasive and rapid alternative method of detecting and monitoring genomic alterations throughout the course of disease. Multiple assays have been developed to date, each with different test characteristics and degrees of clinical validation. Here we review the clinical data supporting these different plasma genotyping methodologies, and present a practical approach to the interpretation of the results of these tests...
August 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812302/management-of-sleep-wake-disturbances-comorbid-with-cancer
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Ann M Berger Aprn, Ellyn E Matthews Cbsm, Ashley M Kenkel
It is critical that clinicians and healthcare systems adopt routine screening and affordable interventions to reduce chronic insomnia and improve the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. We provide expert clinical advice on how to manage sleep-wake disturbances that occur comorbidly with cancer. Our discussion focuses on the etiology, screening, and assessment of sleep-wake disturbances, and on both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions to manage sleep disturbances, insomnia, and sleep-related breathing disorders...
August 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812290/a-preliminary-report-of-cerebral-white-matter-microstructural-changes-associated-with-adolescent-sports-concussion-acutely-and-subacutely-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Trevor Wu, Tricia L Merkley, Elisabeth A Wilde, Amanda Barnes, Xiaoqi Li, Zili David Chu, Stephen R McCauley, Jill V Hunter, Harvey S Levin
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has demonstrated its utility in detecting microscopic post-concussion cerebral white matter structural changes, which are not routinely evident on conventional neuroimaging modalities. In this study, we compared 10 adolescents with sports concussion (SC) to 12 orthopedically-injured (OI) individuals within 96 h and three months post injury to 12 typically-developing (TD) participants using DTI and volumetric analyses. In terms of volume, no group differences were noted between SC, OI and TD groups at both 96 h and three months post concussion...
August 15, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812230/simulation-of-left-ventricular-dynamics-using-a-low-order-mathematical-model
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Michael J Moulton, Brian D Hong, Timothy W Secomb
The eventual goal of this study is to develop methods for estimating dynamic stresses in the left ventricle (LV) that could be used on-line in clinical settings, based on routinely available measurements. Toward this goal, a low-order theoretical model is presented, in which LV shape is represented using a small number of parameters, allowing rapid computational simulations of LV dynamics. The LV is represented as a thick-walled prolate spheroid containing helical muscle fibers with nonlinear passive and time-dependent active contractile properties...
August 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812226/in-light-of-recently-published-clinical-trials-and-their-implication-for-clinical-practice-does-a-large-catchment-area-acute-hospital-require-24%C3%A2-hour-ct-neck-and-head-angiography-and-or-neuro-interventional-services-in-the-setting-of-acute-ischaemic-stroke
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REVIEW
J Halpin, C Peters, J O'Brien, T Scanlon, M Shelly, N Cunningham, L Hickey
BACKGROUND: Recently published clinical trials have resulted in a significant change in the guidelines used to manage patients suffering an acute ischaemic stroke. New neuro-interventional techniques have revolutionised stroke outcomes. Currently, such services are only available in two specialist centres. AIMS: We attempted to evaluate the need for the provision of routine computed tomography (CT) angiography and neuro-interventional services at a university teaching hospital in Limerick...
August 15, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812205/values-in-time-discounting
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Conrad Heilmann
Controversies about time discounting loom large in decisions about climate change. Prominently, a particularly controversial debate about time discounting in climate change decision-making has been conducted within climate economics, between the authors of Stern et al. (Stern review on the economics of climate change, 2006) and their critics (most prominently Dasgupta in Comments on the Stern review's economics of climate change, 2006; Tol in Energy Environ 17(6):977-981, 2006; Weitzman in J Econ Lit XLV:703-724, 2007; Nordhaus in J Econ Lit XLV:686-702, 2007)...
August 15, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812129/-device-based-remote-monitoring-current-evidence
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REVIEW
David Duncker, Roman Michalski, Johanna Müller-Leisse, Christos Zormpas, Thorben König, Christian Veltmann
Telemedicine is increasingly used in clinical cardiology. It offers early detection of arrhythmias, technical device follow-up and support of heart failure management. Regarding technical device follow-up, remote monitoring significantly reduces usage of the health care system. Furthermore, remote monitoring is associated with a significantly reduced time from device malfunction to physician's perception of the event. Using remote monitoring, inappropriate ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) shocks can be significantly reduced compared to routine in-office follow-up...
August 15, 2017: Herzschrittmachertherapie & Elektrophysiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812122/-how-does-knowledge-reach-health-care-practice-implementation-research-and-knowledge-circulation
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REVIEW
Horst Christian Vollmar, Sara Santos, Anneke de Jong, Gabriele Meyer, Stefan Wilm
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based knowledge is among the most important resources in health care. However, relevant knowledge is often not implemented. There are about 100 different concepts for the "knowledge-to-practice gap". OBJECTIVES: We conducted this review to identify relevant concepts that describe and try to overcome this situation: implementation research and knowledge translation or circulation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We initially conducted a systematic search in the databases CINAHL, Embase, ERIC, Medline, PsycINFO, Scopus, Cochrane Library and Web of Science without time or language restrictions...
August 15, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812057/screening-for-syphilis-in-cases-of-suspected-gonorrhea-and-chlamydia-infections
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Kumara V Nibhanipudi, Kenneth Cody
Background. In all cases of suspected sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it has been routine practice to screen for syphilis with a blood sample. The incidence of syphilis seems to be lower than that of commonly screened STIs. Objective. The objective of our study was to determine whether it is cost-effective to screen for syphilis with serological testing in cases of suspected gonorrhea and chlamydia infections. Hypothesis. Our hypothesis is that it is not cost-effective to screen for syphilis in cases of presumed gonorrhea and chlamydia infections...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812038/should-patients-with-frozen-shoulder-be-screened-for-diabetes-mellitus
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Ori Safran, Madi El-Haj, Gil Leibowitz, Shaul Beyth, Zohar Furman, Charles Milgrom, Leonid Kandel
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic frozen shoulder (nontraumatic) is commonly encountered in patients between the ages of 35 and 60 years in general orthopaedic practice. While the prevalence of frozen shoulder among the general population is estimated to be between 2% and 4%, a significantly higher prevalence of 10% to 22% has been reported in patients with diabetes mellitus. Since diabetic patients are more prone to develop frozen shoulder than nondiabetics, the question arises as to whether patients diagnosed as having idiopathic frozen shoulder are at greater risk to develop diabetes mellitus and should be routinely screened for this condition...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811994/the-measurement-of-liver-fat-from-single-energy-quantitative-computed-tomography-scans
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Xiaoguang Cheng, Glen M Blake, J Keenan Brown, Zhe Guo, Jun Zhou, Fengzhe Wang, Liqiang Yang, Xiaohong Wang, Li Xu
BACKGROUND: Studies of soft tissue composition using computed tomography (CT) scans are often semi-quantitative and based on Hounsfield units (HU) measurements that have not been calibrated with a quantitative CT (QCT) phantom. We describe a study to establish the water (H2O) and dipotassium hydrogen phosphate (K2HPO4) basis set equivalent densities of fat and fat-free liver tissue. With this information liver fat can be accurately measured from any abdominal CT scan calibrated with a suitable phantom...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811947/solitary-skull-metastasis-as-the-first-presentation-of-a-metachronous-primary-lung-cancer-in-a-survivor-from-pancreatic-cancer
#18
Ali Altalhy, Yazid Maghrabi, Zuhoor Almansouri, Saleh S Baeesa
Skull metastasis from lung cancer is relatively common, yet the first presentation for this malignant disease is a rare occurrence. We herein report a case of a 54-year-old female, who had a good outcome following Whipple procedure for periampullary adenocarcinoma five years before her current presentation. During a routine follow-up, she was found to have a slowly progressive painless right parietal swelling. The systemic screening workup revealed no abdominal disease, but a solitary pulmonary nodule was identified...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811918/shared-decision-making-in-medication-management-development-of-a-training-intervention
#19
Ute Stead, Nicola Morant, Shulamit Ramon
Shared decision-making is a collaborative process in which clinicians and patients make treatment decisions together. Although it is considered essential to patient-centred care, the adoption of shared decision-making into routine clinical practice has been slow, and there is a need to increase implementation. This paper describes the development and delivery of a training intervention to promote shared decision-making in medication management in mental health as part of the Shared Involvement in Medication Management Education (ShIMME) project...
August 2017: BJPsych Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811905/surgical-sympathectomy-for-buerger-s-disease
#20
REVIEW
Daniel G Cacione, Daniel H Moreno, Luis Cu Nakano, José Cc Baptista-Silva
Buerger's disease is characterized by recurring progressive inflammation and occlusions in small and medium arteries and veins of the limbs. Its cause is unknown, but it is most common in young men with a history of tobacco use. It is responsible for ischemic ulcers and extreme pain in the hands and feet. In many cases, notably in patients with the most severe presentations, there is no possibility of improving the condition with surgery (limb revascularisation), and therefore, alternative therapies (e.g. sympathectomy) is used...
August 2017: JRSM Open
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