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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822240/statin-use-and-venous-thromboembolism-in-cancer-a-large-active-comparator-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study
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Sherif M El-Refai, Esther P Black, Val R Adams, Jeffery C Talbert, Joshua D Brown
BACKGROUND: Statins have been shown to have a protective effect for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the general population. This study sought to assess the association between statins and the risk for cancer-associated deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed cancer were followed for up to one year in a healthcare claims database (2010-2013). Three treatment groups included statin users, non-statin cholesterol lowering medication users, and an untreated group with pre-existing indications for statin therapy (hyperlipidemia, diabetes, or heart disease)...
August 10, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822052/bariatric-surgery-worldwide-baseline-demographic-description-and-one-year-outcomes-from-the-second-ifso-global-registry-report-2013-2015
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Richard Welbourn, Dimitri J Pournaras, John Dixon, Kelvin Higa, Robin Kinsman, Johan Ottosson, Almino Ramos, Bart van Wagensveld, Peter Walton, Rudolf Weiner, Natan Zundel
BACKGROUND: Five International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) surveys since 1998 have estimated the volume and type of bariatric surgery being done in constituent member countries. These reports did not include baseline demographic descriptions. METHODS: An IFSO Global Registry pilot project in 2014 demonstrated that it was possible to amalgamate large numbers of individual patient data from different local and national database systems...
August 18, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822042/implementation-of-a-big-data-accessing-and-processing-platform-for-medical-records-in-cloud
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Chao-Tung Yang, Jung-Chun Liu, Shuo-Tsung Chen, Hsin-Wen Lu
Big Data analysis has become a key factor of being innovative and competitive. Along with population growth worldwide and the trend aging of population in developed countries, the rate of the national medical care usage has been increasing. Due to the fact that individual medical data are usually scattered in different institutions and their data formats are varied, to integrate those data that continue increasing is challenging. In order to have scalable load capacity for these data platforms, we must build them in good platform architecture...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821915/risk-and-outcomes-of-fracture-in-peripheral-arterial-disease-patients-two-nationwide-cohort-studies
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F-L Liu, C-S Lin, C-C Yeh, C-C Shih, Y-G Cherng, C-H Wu, T-L Chen, C-C Liao
Using national insurance claims data of Taiwan, we found that patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) had increased risk of fracture during the follow-up period of 2000-2013. History of PAD was also associated with adverse outcomes in hospitalized fracture patients. Prevention strategies were needed in this susceptible population. INTRODUCTION: Limited information was available on the association between PAD and fracture. The purpose of this study is to evaluate fracture risk and post-fracture outcomes in patients with PAD...
August 18, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821527/systematic-review-of-economic-analyses-in-patient-safety-a-protocol-designed-to-measure-development-in-the-scope-and-quality-of-evidence
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Alexander W Carter, Rishi Mandavia, Erik Mayer, Joachim Marti, Elias Mossialos, Ara Darzi
INTRODUCTION: Recent avoidable failures in patient care highlight the ongoing need for evidence to support improvements in patient safety. According to the most recent reviews, there is a dearth of economic evidence related to patient safety. These reviews characterise an evidence gap in terms of the scope and quality of evidence available to support resource allocation decisions. This protocol is designed to update and improve on the reviews previously conducted to determine the extent of methodological progress in economic analyses in patient safety...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821193/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-and-its-impact-on-drug-levels-an-aclps-critical-review
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Caleb W Cheng, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Christopher A Tormey, Davinder Sidhu
Objectives: To examine and summarize the current literature on the effects of therapeutic plasma exchange on medication levels. Methods: Literature review was performed via searches of the Cochrane Database and PubMed-MEDLINE (1996 to August 2016) looking for all case reports, case series, and human randomized controlled trials involving therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE)-associated drug removal. Results: Approximately 60 peer-reviewed articles were identified with the majority being case reports; no randomized controlled trials were identified...
September 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820902/from-hospitalization-records-to-surveillance-the-use-of-local-patient-profiles-to-characterize-cholera-in-vellore-india
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Melissa S Cruz, Tania M AlarconFalconi, Meghan A Hartwick, Aishwarya Venkat, Hanna Y Ehrlich, Shalini Anandan, Honorine D Ward, Balaji Veeraraghavan, Elena N Naumova
Despite availability of high quality medical records, health care systems often do not have the resources or tools to utilize these data efficiently. Yet, hospital-based, laboratory-confirmed records may pave the way for building reliable surveillance systems capable of monitoring temporal trends of emerging infections. In this communication, we present a new tool to compress and visualize medical records with a local population profile (LPP) approach, which transforms information into statistically comparable patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820896/a-strategy-for-scaling-up-access-to-comprehensive-care-in-adults-with-chagas-disease-in-endemic-countries-the-bolivian-chagas-platform
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Maria-Jesus Pinazo, Jimy Pinto, Lourdes Ortiz, Jareth Sánchez, Wilson García, Ruth Saravia, Mirko-R Cortez, Silvia Moriana, Enric Grau, Daniel Lozano, Joaquim Gascon, Faustino Torrico
BACKGROUND: Bolivia has the highest prevalence of Chagas disease (CD) in the world (6.1%), with more than 607,186 people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection, most of them adults. In Bolivia CD has been declared a national priority. In 2009, the Chagas National Program (ChNP) had neither a protocol nor a clear directive for diagnosis and treatment of adults. Although programs had been implemented for congenital transmission and for acute cases, adults remained uncovered. Moreover, health professionals were not aware of treatment recommendations aimed at this population, and research on CD was limited; it was difficult to increase awareness of the disease, understand the challenges it presented, and adapt strategies to cope with it...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820545/assessment-and-management-of-acute-severe-mitral-regurgitation-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Marina Leitman, Vladimir Tyomkin, Ehud Raanani, Ram Sharony, Ludmila Tzatskin, Eli Peleg, Alex Blatt, Zvi Vered
BACKGROUND: Acute severe mitral regurgitation (MR) is a serious medical condition. Whilst clear guidelines exist regarding the management of chronic MR, acute severe MR is usually treated on an individual basis. Currently, few data exist regarding acute MR in the era of primary coronary interventions (PCI). The present study included patients admitted to the Department of Cardiology during recent years with acute severe MR of different etiologies, and an analysis of these data in the light of previous investigations...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820363/incidence-of-perioperative-medical-complications-and-mortality-among-elderly-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-spinal-deformity-analysis-of-3519-patients
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Amit Jain, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Varun Puvanesarajah, Eric O Klineberg, Daniel M Sciubba, Michael P Kelly, D Kojo Hamilton, Virginie Lafage, Aaron J Buckland, Peter G Passias, Themistocles S Protopsaltis, Renaud Lafage, Justin S Smith, Christopher I Shaffrey, Khaled M Kebaish
OBJECTIVE Using 2 complication-reporting methods, the authors investigated the incidence of major medical complications and mortality in elderly patients after surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD) during a 2-year follow-up period. METHODS The authors queried a multicenter, prospective, surgeon-maintained database (SMD) to identify patients 65 years or older who underwent surgical correction of ASD from 2008 through 2014 and had a minimum 2 years of follow-up (n = 153). They also queried a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services claims database (MCD) for patients 65 years or older who underwent fusion of 8 or more vertebral levels from 2005 through 2012 (n = 3366)...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820309/advanced-cone-beam-ct-venous-angiographic-imaging
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Visish M Srinivasan, Gouthami Chintalapani, Edward A M Duckworth, Peter Kan
OBJECTIVE The evaluation of the venous neurovasculature, especially the dural venous sinuses, is most often performed using MR or CT venography. For further assessment, diagnostic cerebral angiography may be performed. Three-dimensional rotational angiography (3D-RA) can be applied to the venous system, producing 3D rotational venography (3D-RV) and cross-sectional reconstructions, which function as an adjunct to traditional 2D digital subtraction angiography. METHODS After querying the database of Baylor St...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820231/interventions-for-treating-persistent-pain-in-survivors-of-torture
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REVIEW
Emma Baird, Amanda C de C Williams, Leslie Hearn, Kirstine Amris
BACKGROUND: Persistent (chronic) pain is a frequent complaint in survivors of torture, particularly but not exclusively pain in the musculoskeletal system. Torture survivors may have no access to health care; where they do, they may not be recognised when they present, and the care available often falls short of their needs. There is a tendency in state and non-governmental organisations' services to focus on mental health, with poor understanding of persistent pain, while survivors may have many other legal, welfare, and social problems that take precedence over health care...
August 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819817/estimation-of-entrance-surface-air-kerma-due-to-diagnostic-x-ray-examinations-of-adult-patients-in-uttarakhand-india-and-establishment-of-local-diagnostic-reference-levels
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Satish C Uniyal, Vineet Chaturvedi, Sunil D Sharma, Shailendra Raghuvanshi
It is well established that diagnostic X-ray practices must be optimised to keep patient radiation dose as low as compatible with providing the diagnostic information required. For effective optimisation of diagnostic exposures, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) introduced the concept of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in 1996. The present study aimed to carry out an extensive dose survey of diagnostic radiography installations in the Uttarakhand region of India to establish local DRL Values for the different diagnostic practices...
August 17, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818864/palliative-care-for-hospitalized-patients-with-stroke-results-from-the-2010-to-2012-national-inpatient-sample
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Tarvinder Singh, Steven R Peters, David L Tirschwell, Claire J Creutzfeldt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Substantial variability exists in the use of life-prolonging treatments for patients with stroke, especially near the end of life. This study explores patterns of palliative care utilization and death in hospitalized patients with stroke across the United States. METHODS: Using the 2010 to 2012 nationwide inpatient sample databases, we included all patients discharged with stroke identified by International Classification of Diseases-Ninth Revision codes...
August 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818638/association-of-the-hemoglobin-a1c-variability-and-the-incidence-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-arterial-hypertension
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Jun Gu, Yu-Qi Fan, Jun-Feng Zhang, Chang-Qian Wang
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the association between variability in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and incidence of symptomatic heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and arterial hypertension. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted on eligible patients with T2DM and hypertension and without clinical signs or symptoms of heart failure in our hospital medical record database...
August 14, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818549/integration-of-dpc-and-clinical-microbiological-data-in-japan-reveals-importance-of-confirming-a-negative-follow-up-blood-culture-in-patients-with-mrsa-bacteremia
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Naoki Miyamoto, Koji Yahara, Rie Horita, Tomomi Yano, Naotaka Tashiro, Daiichi Morii, Atsuko Tsutsui, Kenichiro Yaita, Keigo Shibayama, Hiroshi Watanabe
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia is one of the commonest and most life-threatening of all infectious diseases. The morbidity and mortality rates associated with MRSA bacteremia are higher than those associated with bacteremia caused by other pathogens. A common guideline in MRSA bacteremia treatment is to confirm bacteremia clearance through additional blood cultures 2-4 days after initial positive cultures and as needed thereafter. However, no study has presented statistical evidence of how and to what extent confirming a negative follow-up blood culture impacts clinical outcome...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818277/economics-of-self-measured-blood-pressure-monitoring-a-community-guide-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Verughese Jacob, Sajal K Chattopadhyay, Krista K Proia, David P Hopkins, Jeffrey Reynolds, Anilkrishna B Thota, Christopher D Jones, Daniel T Lackland, Kimberly J Rask, Nicolaas P Pronk, John M Clymer, Ron Z Goetzel
CONTEXT: The health and economic burden of hypertension, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, is substantial. This systematic review evaluated the economic evidence of self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring interventions to control hypertension. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: The literature search from database inception to March 2015 identified 22 studies for inclusion with three types of interventions: SMBP used alone, SMBP with additional support, and SMBP within team-based care (TBC)...
September 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818147/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-and-fatal-accidents-in-aviation-medicine
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Tanja Laukkala, Robert Bor, Bruce Budowle, Antti Sajantila, Pooshan Navathe, Markku Sainio, Alpo Vuorio
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interfere with functioning and/or development. ADHD occurs in about 2.5% of adults. ADHD can be an excluding medical condition among pilots due to the risk of attentional degradation and therefore impact on flight safety. Diagnosis of ADHD is complex, which complicates aeromedical assessment. This study highlights fatal accident cases among pilots with ADHD and discusses protocols to detect its presence to help to assess its importance to flight safety...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817972/real-world-research-and-the-role-of-observational-data-in-the-field-of-gynaecology-a-practical-review
#19
Oskari Heikinheimo, Johannes Bitzer, Luis García Rodríguez
OBJECTIVES: In the context of women's health, we examine (1) the role that observational ('real-world') studies have in overcoming limitations of randomised clinical trials, (2) the relative advantages and disadvantages of different study designs, (3) the importance of outcome data from observational studies when making health-economic or clinical decisions, and (4) provide insights into changing perceptions of observational clinical data. METHODS: PubMed and internet searches were used to identify (i) guidance and expert commentary on designing, conducting, analysing, and reporting clinical trials or observational studies, (ii) supporting evidence of the rapid growth of observational ('real world') studies and publications since the turn of millennium in the fields of contraception, reproductive health, obstetrics or gynaecology...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817856/back-to-basics-the-effect-of-healthy-diet-and-exercise-on-chronic-disease-management
#20
Robert L Allison
INTRODUCTION: The increase in obesity rates in the U.S. and other less developed industrial countries have led to a worldwide epidemic of chronic disease states. Increased obesity rates are implicated in the treatment failures for illnesses such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension and cancer. Effective prevention of obesity through diet and exercise contributes to the successful medical management of multiple chronic disease states. OBJECTIVE: Review the last 10 years of literature (2006-2016) on the effects of diet and exercise as they relate to the prevention of chronic disease...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
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