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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749318/probabilistic-linkage-to-enhance-deterministic-algorithms-and-reduce-data-linkage-errors-in-hospital-administrative-data
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Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Katie Harron, Harvey Goldstein, Robert Aldridge, Ruth Gilbert
 BACKGROUND: The pseudonymisation algorithm used to link together episodes of care belonging to the same patients in England (HESID) has never undergone any formal evaluation, to determine the extent of data linkage error. OBJECTIVE: To quantify improvements in linkage accuracy from adding probabilistic linkage to existing deterministic HESID algorithms. METHODS: Inpatient admissions to NHS hospitals in England (Hospital Episode Statistics, HES) over 17 years (1998 to 2015) for a sample of patients (born 13/28th of months in 1992/1998/2005/2012)...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746806/disposable-amperometric-pcr-free-biosensor-for-direct-detection-of-adulteration-with-horsemeat-in-raw-lysates-targeting-mitochondrial-dna
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Víctor Ruiz-Valdepeñas Montiel, María Luisa Gutíerrez, Rebeca M Torrente-Rodríguez, Eloy Povedano, Eva Vargas, A Julio Reviejo, Rosario Linacero, Francisco J Gallego, Susana Campuzano, Jose M Pingarron
A novel electrochemical disposable nucleic acid biosensor for simple, rapid and specific detection of adulterations with horsemeat is reported in this work. The biosensing platform involves immobilization of a 40-mer RNA probe specific for a characteristic fragment of the mitochondrial DNA D-loop region of horse onto the surface of magnetic microcarriers. In addition, signal amplification was accomplished by using a commercial antibody specific to RNA/DNA duplexes and a bacterial protein conjugated with an HRP homopolymer (ProtA-HRP40)...
July 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745967/improving-patient-safety-and-healthcare-quality-examples-of-good-practice
#3
John Tingle
John Tingle, Reader in Health Law at Nottingham Trent University, discusses a recent report by the Care Quality Commission that showcases eight NHS trusts that have improved their patient safety and healthcare quality.
July 27, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745592/the-international-aids-society-lancet-commission-on-the-future-of-the-hiv-response-and-global-health
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Chris Beyrer, Pamela Das, Richard Horton, Owen Ryan, Linda-Gail Bekker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 22, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745502/versatile-luminescent-europium-iii-%C3%AE-diketonate-imidazo-bipyridyl-complexes-intended-for-white-leds-a-detailed-photophysical-and-theoretical-study
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Kasturi Singh, Rajamouli Boddula, Sivakumar Vaidyanathan
Three ancillary ligands based on imidazo-bipyridyl with phenyl (Ph), naphthyl (Np), and triphenylamine (TPA) substitution were synthesized and secondhand to formulate the consistent europium(III) ternary complexes using thenoyltrifluoroacetone as an anionic ligand. The complete investigation of spectroscopic, photophysical, and electrochemical properties was carried out. The attained results for all the ancillary ligands and their corresponding Eu complexes were compared with one another. All the Eu complexes reveal a broad excitation band ranging from the near-UV to blue region, along with high intense emission and apposite color purity...
July 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745181/praise-for-mental-health-staff-despite-safety-fears
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Matthew Mckew
A fall in the number of mental health nurses has been linked to increased risk to patient safety, in an England-wide Care Quality Commission (CQC) report.
July 26, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743340/-ventilator-bundle-guided-by-context-of-jci-settings-can-effectively-reduce-the-morbidity-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Lili Zhao, Lili Liu, Jing Chen, Caili Yang, Jianjian Nie, Minwei Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the impact of improving the compliance of ventilator bundle on morbidity of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in intensive care unit (ICU) patients undergoing mechanical ventilation (MV) guided by context of Joint Commission International (JCI) settings, and to study the oral care efficacy of suction tube sponge brush. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted. The patients who needed MV admitted to Department of Critical Care Medicine of the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University from January 2013 to December 2016 were enrolled...
July 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742505/effects-of-a-hops-humulus-lupulus-l-dry-extract-supplement-on-self-reported-depression-anxiety-and-stress-levels-in-apparently-healthy-young-adults-a-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-crossover-pilot-study
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Ioannis Kyrou, Aimilia Christou, Demosthenes Panagiotakos, Charikleia Stefanaki, Katerina Skenderi, Konstantina Katsana, Constantine Tsigos
OBJECTIVE: The Humulus lupulus L. plant (hops) is used as a herbal medicinal product for anxiety/mood disorders. Our aim was to study the effects of a hops dry extract on self-reported depression, anxiety and stress levels in young adults. DESIGN: Apparently healthy young adults from our university completed the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale-21 (DASS-21) and those reporting at least mild depression, anxiety and stress were invited to complete the study intervention...
April 2017: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739210/bile-salt-stimulated-lipase-inhibition-by-phospholipids-and-relief-by-phospholipase-a2
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Elena Venuti, Dmitry Shishmarev, Philip W Kuchel, Shoma Dutt, Caron S Blumenthal, Kevin J Gaskin
INTRODUCTION: Bile salt stimulated lipase (BSSL; Enzyme Commission (EC) number 3.1.1.13) has been a candidate triglyceridase for improving enzyme therapy for pancreatic insufficiency; however, its efficacy is near absent. We hypothesise that similarly to pancreatic lipase, BSSL is inhibited by phospholipids and this inhibition is relieved by Phospholipase A2 (PLA2; EC 3.1.1.4), and the present study was undertaken to explore this possibility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Synthetic emulsions of triglyceride and phosphatidylcholine (PC) or lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC)/bile salt mixed micelles were used as a model of intestinal digestion-media...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738571/determination-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-infant-formula-using-solid-state-urea-clathrate-formation-with-gas-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Zoltán Nyiri, Márton Novák, Zsolt Bodai, Noémi Petrovics, Zsuzsanna Eke
An analytical method has been developed for the quantitative determination of the 16 EU priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in infant formula. Prior to analysis infant formula is subjected to sample preparation including the extraction of PAHs from the sample, transesterification of the triglyceride content of the extract to fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), and solid state urea clathrate formation to remove the FAMEs. Measurements were carried out with gas chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738137/public-health-and-economic-consequences-of-vaccine-hesitancy-for-measles-in-the-united-states
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Nathan C Lo, Peter J Hotez
Importance: Routine childhood vaccination is declining in some regions of the United States due to vaccine hesitancy, which risks the resurgence of many infectious diseases with public health and economic consequences. There are ongoing policy debates on the state and national level, including legislation around nonmedical (personal-belief) exemptions for childhood vaccination and possibly a special government commission on vaccine safety, which may affect vaccine coverage. Objective: To estimate the number of measles cases in US children and the associated economic costs under scenarios of different levels of vaccine hesitancy, using the case example of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination and measles...
July 24, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737630/first-in-the-nation-one-unit-s-journey-to-achieving-fragility-fracture-certification
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Audry McDonald, Samantha Church, Laura Hixon, Linda Vo, Martha Sleutel
Osteoporosis is related to more than 2 million fractures and $19 billion in healthcare costs each year (). A fragility fracture (FF) is a low-energy fracture of the distal radius, proximal humerus, ankle, or proximal femur (hip) from minimal trauma such as a fall from a standing height. In addition to cost, FFs often result in the loss of independence and productivity (). In 2015, our orthopaedic unit received the first certification ever awarded for FFs. Fragility fracture certification is a new certification demonstrating that a healthcare facility complies with national patient care standards and uses evidence-based practice guidelines to deliver quality outcomes...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737525/death-by-snow-a-fatal-forensic-case-of-cocaine-leakage-in-a-drug-mule-on-postmortem-computed-and-magnetic-resonance-tomography-compared-with-autopsy
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Patricia Mildred Flach, Dominic Gascho, René Fader, Rosita Martinez, Michael J Thali, Lars C Ebert
This forensic case presents unique postmortem imaging of a "drug mule" with fatal intoxication due to cocaine leakage on postmortem computed and magnetic resonance (MR) tomography compared with autopsy.Imaging by postmortem computed and MR tomography was performed before autopsy, histology, and toxicology were commissioned. Forensic imaging revealed 91 hyperdense, uniformly shaped body packs with signs of leakage, which was confirmed by autopsy. Postmortem MR imaging displayed the rarely described hypointense appearance of the body packs in T1- and T2-weighted sequences...
July 22, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736248/comparison-of-survival-for-partial-vs-radical-nephrectomy-in-young-patients-with-t1a-renal-cell-carcinoma-treated-at-commission-on-cancer-accredited-facilities-and-influence-of-comorbidities-on-treatment-choice
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Daniel C Wang, Kyle Plante, Telisa Stewart, Dongliang Wang, Margaret Formica, Michael Daugherty, Gennady Bratslavsky
PURPOSE: There is a paucity of data comparing effects of partial nephrectomy (PN) vs. radical nephrectomy (RN) on overall survival in young patients. In this study, the National Cancer Database was used to evaluate the survival outcomes of those treated with PN and RN, and influence of comorbidities on surgical treatment (PN vs. RN) in young patients while accounting for Charlson-Deyo Comorbidity Score (CDCS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients between 20 and 44 years old (n = 9,849) surgically treated for pT1a renal cell carcinoma between 2004 and 2013 were identified from the National Cancer Database...
July 20, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735444/past-present-and-future-of-the-climate-and-human-health-commission
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Pablo Fdez-Arroyabe, Daysarih Tápanes Robau
The following paper presents the history of the Climate and Human Health Commission at the International Society of Biometeorology after more than one decade since its creation. A brief history of the origins of the human biometeorology is revealed through some of the main research topics and publications of the founders of the society in this field. Secondly, it is presented as a brief review of the activities of the commission in the last 10 years, based on the reports that have periodically been submitted by members of the commission to the Bulletin of the society...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734995/senior-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-resident-confidence-in-performing-invasive-temporomandibular-joint-procedures
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Mohmedvasim Momin, Michael Miloro, Louis G Mercuri, Alexander Munaretto, Michael R Markiewicz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the level of confidence that senior-level oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) residents have in the management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, determine their exposure to various invasive TMJ procedures during training, and assess their confidence in performing those procedures on completion of residency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was designed, and a link to a University of Illinois at Chicago Qualtrics Survey platform (Qualtrics, Provo, UT) was e-mailed to all program directors at Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited OMS training programs in the United States...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734822/icotinib-versus-whole-brain-irradiation-in-patients-with-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-multiple-brain-metastases-brain-a-multicentre-phase-3-open-label-parallel-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jin-Ji Yang, Caicun Zhou, Yisheng Huang, Jifeng Feng, Sun Lu, Yong Song, Cheng Huang, Gang Wu, Li Zhang, Ying Cheng, Chengping Hu, Gongyan Chen, Li Zhang, Xiaoqing Liu, Hong Hong Yan, Fen Lai Tan, Wenzhao Zhong, Yi-Long Wu
BACKGROUND: For patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and multiple brain metastases, whole-brain irradiation (WBI) is a standard-of-care treatment, but its effects on neurocognition are complex and concerning. We compared the efficacy of an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), icotinib, versus WBI with or without chemotherapy in a phase 3 trial of patients with EGFR-mutant NSCLC and multiple brain metastases. METHODS: We did a multicentre, open-label, parallel randomised controlled trial (BRAIN) at 17 hospitals in China...
July 19, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734195/implementation-of-psychological-clinical-trials-in-epilepsy-review-and-guide
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REVIEW
Avani C Modi, Janelle Wagner, Aimee W Smith, Tanja S Kellermann, Rosa Michaelis
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Neuropsychiatry commission and United States Institute of Medicine report both identified cognitive and psychological comorbidities as a significant issue for individuals with epilepsy, with rates as high as 60%. However, there is a paucity of evidence-based treatments for many psychological conditions (e.g., learning disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders). Because of inherent challenges in the implementation of psychological therapy trials and specific considerations for the population with epilepsy, the focus of the current review was to provide guidance and recommendations to conduct psychological trials for individuals with epilepsy...
July 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732650/adjuvant-tamoxifen-and-exemestane-in-women-with-postmenopausal-early-breast-cancer-team-10-year-follow-up-of-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Marloes G M Derks, Erik J Blok, Caroline Seynaeve, Johan W R Nortier, Elma Meershoek-Klein Kranenbarg, Gerrit-Jan Liefers, Hein Putter, Judith R Kroep, Daniel Rea, Annette Hasenburg, Christos Markopoulos, Robert Paridaens, Jan B E Smeets, Luc Y Dirix, Cornelis J H van de Velde
BACKGROUND: After 5 years of median follow-up, the Tamoxifen Exemestane Adjuvant Multinational (TEAM) trial reported no difference in disease-free survival between exemestane monotherapy and a sequential scheme of tamoxifen followed by exemestane in postmenopausal patients with early-stage, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. As recurrence risk in hormone receptor-positive breast cancer remains linear beyond 5 years after diagnosis, we analysed long-term follow-up outcomes of this trial...
July 18, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732274/new-source-models-to-represent-the-irradiation-process-in-panoramic-gamma-irradiator
#20
Maritza R Gual, Felix M Milian, Amir Z Mesquita, Claubia Pereira
The use of gamma irradiation technologies generates a number of complex scientific and technical problems; for example, the target is manually loaded onto turntables and is rotated during the entire irradiation process and the MCNPX three-dimensional geometry simulation is kept static. For this, it is necessary to introduce additional approaches. In this paper, two new methodologies are proposed for the simulation of irradiation process in panoramic gamma irradiator. The study was performed at the gamma irradiation facility at the Nuclear Technology Development Center of the National Nuclear Energy Commission, Brazil...
June 30, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
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