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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821017/the-location-of-australian-buruli-ulcer-lesions-implications-for-unravelling-disease-transmission
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Arvind Yerramilli, Ee Laine Tay, Andrew J Stewardson, Peter G Kelley, Emma Bishop, Grant A Jenkin, Mike Starr, Janine Trevillyan, Andrew Hughes, N Deborah Friedman, Daniel P O'Brien, Paul D R Johnson
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is increasing in incidence in Victoria, Australia. To improve understanding of disease transmission, we aimed to map the location of BU lesions on the human body. METHODS: Using notification data and clinical records review, we conducted a retrospective observational study of patients diagnosed with BU in Victoria from 1998-2015. We created electronic density maps of lesion locations using spatial analysis software and compared lesion distribution by age, gender, presence of multiple lesions and month of infection...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821006/adherence-to-antiepileptic-drugs-in-children-and-adolescents-a-retrospective-study-in-primary-care-settings-in-germany
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Louis Jacob, Hajo M Hamer, Karel Kostev
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to analyze adherence to antiepileptic drugs (AED) in children and adolescents treated in pediatric practices in Germany. METHODS: The present study included patients aged between 2 and 17years who were diagnosed with epilepsy (ICD-10: G40) and had received at least two prescriptions of AED between January 2006 and December 2015 in 243 pediatric practices in Germany. The medication possession ratio (MPR) was used to estimate adherence, and patients with a MPR greater than 80% were considered adherent...
August 15, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820967/identifying-predictors-for-bleeding-in-hospitalized-cancer-patients-a-cohort-study
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Rushad Patell, Alejandra Gutierrez, Lisa Rybicki, Alok A Khorana
BACKGROUND: Bleeding and thrombosis are both major complications of hospitalization in cancer patients. Concern regarding bleeding risk may reduce compliance with thromboprophylaxis. We assessed incidence of major and clinically relevant non-major bleeding (MCRNMB) and identified risk factors associated with in-hospital bleeding risk in hospitalized cancer patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of consecutive adults admitted to general oncology floor at Cleveland Clinic from 11/2012-12/2014 (n=3525)...
August 12, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820957/the-association-between-pregnancy-intention-and-breastfeeding
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Shimrit Keddem, Rosemary Frasso, Melissa Dichter, Alexandra Hanlon
BACKGROUND: Although breastfeeding is associated with proven benefits to both mother and child, there are many factors that influence a mother's decision to breastfeed. Pregnancy intentionality at the time of conception is associated with postpartum maternal behavior including breastfeeding. Research aim: We sought to understand how maternal and paternal pregnancy intentions were associated with breastfeeding initiation and duration in a nationally representative sample. METHODS: We used a cross-sectional, retrospective study of the CDC National Survey of Family Growth data to examine the link between pregnancy intentionality and breastfeeding initiation and duration among women ages 15 to 44 years...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820850/ultrasonographic-findings-in-the-vitreous-of-patients-with-age-related-macular-degeneration-treated-with-intravitreal-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-injections
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Tamara Mato-Gondelle, Manuel F Bande, Laura Paniagua, María J Rodríguez-Cid, Maximino Abraldes, Maribel Fernández, María J Blanco-Teijeiro, Antonio Piñeiro
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the relationship of repeated intravitreal injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor, the main treatment for exudative age-related macular degeneration, with changes in vitreous ultrasonographic findings in patients with age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: We retrospectively collected data from 41 patients (41 age-related macular degeneration eyes, 41 control eyes) on age, sex, number of injections, and type of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (ranibizumab, aflibercept)...
August 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820848/ranibizumab-and-aflibercept-for-the-treatment-of-pigment-epithelial-detachment-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-data-from-an-observational-study
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Anagha Vaze, Vuong Nguyen, Vincent Daien, Jennifer J Arnold, Stephanie H Young, Chui M Cheung, Ecosse Lamoureux, Mayuri Bhargava, Daniel Barthelmes, Mark C Gillies
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of intravitreal ranibizumab and aflibercept on retinal pigment epithelial detachment (RPED) in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of data from a prospectively designed and implemented clinical audit. Analysis included change in RPED dimensions and visual acuity in 92/233 treatment-naive eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration and RPED 6 months after treatment with either aflibercept or ranibizumab...
August 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820845/concomitant-panniculectomy-affects-wound-morbidity-but-not-hernia-recurrence-rates-in-abdominal-wall-reconstruction-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Salvatore Giordano, Patrick B Garvey, Donald P Baumann, Jun Liu, Charles E Butler
BACKGROUND: Panniculectomy (PAN) is often performed during abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) to decrease wound healing complications and hernia recurrence rates. However, studies of AWR with concurrent panniculectomy (AWR+PAN) have reported contradictory results. We hypothesized that patients undergoing AWR+PAN experience more wound healing complications but similar rates of hernia recurrence compared to AWR alone. METHODS: In this retrospective study of 548 consecutive patients, 305 (52...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820843/cephalometric-predictors-of-clinical-severity-in-treacher-collins-syndrome
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Elcin Esenlik, Natalie M Plana, Barry H Grayson, Roberto L Flores
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to identify cephalometric measurements associated with clinical severity in patients with Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS). METHODS: A retrospective single-institutional review of patients with TCS was conducted. Pre-operative cephalograms and computed tomography scans (n=30) were evaluated. 50 cephalometric measurements were compared to age-specific normative data using ANOVA. These cephalometric measurements and the patient's Pruzansky classification were correlated to clinical severity using Spearman analysis...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820839/smaller-diameter-anastomotic-coupling-devices-have-higher-rates-of-venous-thrombosis-in-microvascular-free-tissue-transfer
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Summer E Hanson, Matthew B Mitchell, Nihanth Palivela, S Andrew Peng, Lei Feng, Rene D Largo, Charles E Butler, Patrick B Garvey
BACKGROUND: Smaller anastomotic coupling devices may increase the risk of complications in free flap reconstructions; however, the relationship between coupler size and venous thrombosis rates has not been adequately evaluated. We hypothesized that smaller-diameter coupling devices are associated with higher rates of venous thrombosis than larger diameter devices in free tissue transfer. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data prospectively entered into a central departmental database for all patients who underwent microsurgical free tissue transfer at our institution in 2001-2013...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820759/thromboprophylaxis-in-spinal-surgery
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William P Mosenthal, David C Landy, Haroutioun H Boyajian, Olumuyiwa A Idowu, Lewis L Shi, Edwin Ramos, Michael J Lee
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis OBJECTIVE.: Determine the incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in spinal surgery patients receiving no thromboprophylaxis, mechanoprophylaxis, and chemoprophylaxis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The incidence of thromboembolic complications after spinal surgery is not well established. While a variety of effective mechanical and chemical thromboprophylaxis interventions exist, their role in spinal surgery remains unclear...
August 17, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820719/central-nervous-system-infection-associated-with-orientia-tsutsugamushi-in-south-korea
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Han Sang Lee, Jun-Sang Sunwoo, Seon-Jae Ahn, Jangsup Moon, Jung-Ah Lim, Jin-Sun Jun, Woo-Jin Lee, Soon-Tae Lee, Keun-Hwa Jung, Kyung-Il Park, Ki-Young Jung, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu
Orientia tsutsugamushi is a major cause of vector-borne infection in Asia. Prompt recognition and appropriate treatment are crucial because of its potentially fatal complications and lack of response to beta-lactam antibiotics. The present study retrospectively evaluated the clinical characteristics and laboratory findings of 16 patients with scrub typhus-related central nervous system (CNS) infections. Single titers ≥ 1:40 of total serum antibodies against O. tsutsugamushi detected by an indirect immunofluorescent assay were considered as positive results...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820710/accuracy-of-a-rapid-diagnostic-test-cypress-chagas-quick-test-%C3%A2-for-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-chagas-disease-in-a-nonendemic-area-a-retrospective-longitudinal-study
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Andrea Angheben, Silvia Staffolani, Mariella Anselmi, Stefano Tais, Monica Degani, Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Maria Gobbo, Zeno Bisoffi
We analyzed the accuracy of Chagas Quick Test(®), a rapid diagnostic test, for the diagnosis of chronic Chagas disease through a retrospective study on a cohort of 669 patients consecutively examined at a single reference center in Italy, during a 7-year period. We observed high concordance with serological reference standard but low accuracy for screening purposes (sensitivity/specificity: 82.8%/98.7%) at least in our nonendemic context.
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820702/predictive-model-for-permanent-shunting-in-cryptococcal-meningitis
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Woralux Phusoongnern, Siriluck Anunnatsiri, Kittisak Sawanyawisuth, Amnat Kitkhuandee
Cryptococcal meningitis may have long-term morbidity and requires a permanent cerebrospinal fluid shunt. This study aimed to evaluate the risk factors and create a predictive model for permanent shunt treatment in cryptococcal meningitis patients. This was a retrospective analytical study conducted at Khon Kaen University. The study period was from January 2005 to December 2015. We enrolled all adult patients diagnosed with cryptococcal meningitis. Risk factors predictive for permanent shunting treatment were analyzed by multivariate logistic regression analysis...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820685/immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-in-hiv-infected-immigrants
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María Pérez-Rueda, Michele Hernández-Cabrera, Adela Francés-Urmeneta, Alfonso Angel-Moreno, Elena Pisos-Álamo, Nieves Jaén-Sánchez, Cristina Carranza-Rodríguez, Jose-Luis Pérez-Arellano
Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) includes a group of potentially serious inflammatory processes that may be present in HIV-infected patients after initiating highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Paradoxical IRIS is a worsening of symptoms, after an overwhelming response to a previously diagnosed opportunistic infection (OI); unmasking IRIS reveals a previously occult OI. The main objective of the study was to describe the epidemiological, clinical, and outcome data of HIV-infected immigrants, stratified according to high- or low-income countries of origin, who developed IRIS and to compare them with native-born Spanish patients...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820683/malaria-in-the-guangxi-zhuang-autonomous-region-in-china-a-twelve-year-surveillance-data-study
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Kangming Lin, Haiyan Wei, Weikang Jiang, Jun Li, Weiwei Zhang, Shujiao Wei, Yichao Yang, Yaming Huang, Xiangyang Feng, Hong Tu, Jun Feng
The incidence of an indigenous malaria, defined as malaria acquired by a local mosquito transmission, declined from 2004 to 2015 in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. However, imported malaria, defined as malaria acquired from other endemic regions outside of China, has been increasing in the region, as in the rest of the country, particularly the disease caused by Plasmodium falciparum. A retrospective study was conducted to explore malaria-endemic characteristics in Guangxi during the 2004-2015 timeframe; a total of 2,726 confirmed malaria cases were reported, and the majority (90...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820674/restoration-of-fmri-decodability-does-not-imply-latent-working-memory-states
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Sebastian Schneegans, Paul M Bays
Recent imaging studies have challenged the prevailing view that working memory is mediated by sustained neural activity. Using machine learning methods to reconstruct memory content, these studies found that previously diminished representations can be restored by retrospective cueing or other forms of stimulation. These findings have been interpreted as evidence for an activity-silent working memory state that can be reactivated dependent on task demands. Here, we test the validity of this conclusion by formulating a neural process model of working memory based on sustained activity and using this model to emulate a spatial recall task with retro-cueing...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820670/a-retrospective-look-at-the-experience-of-parental-incarceration-and-family-reentry-during-adolescence
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Carrie Jefferson Smith, Diane S Young
Few studies provide firsthand experiences of parental incarceration in adolescents' own voices. Fourteen young men and women retrospectively shared their experiences of parental incarceration and family reentry during adolescence. Individual interviews focused on the following qualitative research questions: (1) What is the experience of parental incarceration and reentry for adolescents? (2) How does the child-parent relationship change from pre- to postincarceration? Relationships with incarcerated parents tended toward estrangement...
August 18, 2017: Social Work in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820610/asthma-treatment-and-outcomes-for-children-in-the-emergency-department-and-hospital
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Rupali Drewek, Lucia Mirea, Peter Touresian, Philip David Adelson
OBJECTIVE: To describe and compare the treatment of acute asthma exacerbations in children seen in the emergency department (ED) and admitted to acute care floor in the hospital or intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: Retrospective chart review of visits for acute exacerbation of asthma treated at Phoenix Children's Hospital between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016. RESULTS: A total of 287 asthma exacerbation cases were identified including 106 (37%) ED visits, 134 (47%) hospital floor and 47 (16%) ICU admissions...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820554/warfarin-therapy-after-mechanical-valve-replacement-a-tool-for-predicting-bleeding-events
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Insil Jang, Sukjung Choo, Kyunghee Kim
BACKGROUND: Mechanical valve replacement is associated with positive outcomes, but patients must undergo life-long anticoagulation therapy with warfarin, which carries a significant risk of bleeding complications. Therefore, a systematic and continuous assessment and supervision of warfarin treatment is essential in such patients, and approaches that can predict the risk of bleeding in advance are required. The study aim was to develop a classification tool to predict bleeding events in South Korean patients with mechanical valve replacement undergoing oral warfarin therapy...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820544/use-of-adjuncts-reduces-cardiopulmonary-bypass-time-during-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement
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Alice Wang, Sharon L McCartney, Judson B Williams, Asvin Ganapathi, Donald D Glower, Alina Nicoara, Jeffrey G Gaca
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) through a mini-thoracotomy is comparable to AVR through a sternotomy, but may have increased surgical times. The development of adjuncts such as the automatic knot fastener and percutaneous coronary sinus (CS) catheter may reduce this disadvantage. METHODS: A retrospective review conducted between 2002 and 2015 at a single institution revealed 78 patients who underwent MIAVR with adjuncts. The automatic knot fastener was used on all patients, and a successful CS catheter was placed and confirmed by echocardiography in 67 patients (86%)...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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