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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346638/standardized-languages-and-notations-for-graphical-modelling-of-patient-care-processes-a-systematic-review
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Pierpaolo Mincarone, Carlo Giacomo Leo, Maria Del Mar Trujillo-Martín, Jan Manson, Roberto Guarino, Giuseppe Ponzini, Saverio Sabina
Purpose: The importance of working toward quality improvement in healthcare implies an increasing interest in analysing, understanding and optimizing process logic and sequences of activities embedded in healthcare processes. Their graphical representation promotes faster learning, higher retention and better compliance. The study identifies standardized graphical languages and notations applied to patient care processes and investigates their usefulness in the healthcare setting. Data sources: Peer-reviewed literature up to 19 May 2016...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346609/decreased-serum-levels-of-ghrelin-and-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-premenopausal-women-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Masoumeh Jabbari, Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
Objective: We aimed to investigate the association between serum levels of ghrelin and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) with MetS and its components in premenopausal women. Methods: 43 patients with MetS and 43 healthy controls participated in this study. Participants' body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP) were measured. Serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C and HDL-C), fasting blood sugar (FBS), insulin, BDNF and ghrelin determined...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344931/relationship-between-body-mass-lean-mass-fat-mass-and-limb-bone-cross-sectional-geometry-implications-for-estimating-body-mass-and-physique-from-the-skeleton
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Emma Pomeroy, Alison Macintosh, Jonathan C K Wells, Tim J Cole, Jay T Stock
OBJECTIVES: Estimating body mass from skeletal dimensions is widely practiced, but methods for estimating its components (lean and fat mass) are poorly developed. The ability to estimate these characteristics would offer new insights into the evolution of body composition and its variation relative to past and present health. This study investigates the potential of long bone cross-sectional properties as predictors of body, lean, and fat mass. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Humerus, femur and tibia midshaft cross-sectional properties were measured by peripheral quantitative computed tomography in sample of young adult women (n = 105) characterized by a range of activity levels...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344813/stroke-volume-variation-and-serum-creatinine-changes-during-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-surgery-a-time-integrated-analysis
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Paolo Lentini, Luca Zanoli, Pasquale Fatuzzo, Faeq Husain-Syed, Rudi Stramanà, Diego Cognolato, Vincenzo Catena, Marco Baiocchi, Antonio Granata, Roberto Dell'Aquila
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) surgery with suprarenal clamping are at high risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) and major cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE). We aimed to assess whether the stroke volume variation (SVV), a measure of hemodynamic instability, is associated with AKI in hypertensive patients undergoing elective AAA surgery with suprarenal clamping. METHODS: In a cohort of 51 hypertensive patients, we performed serial measurements of SVV (n = 459) and serum creatinine (sCr) (n = 255)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344520/did-the-international-alpps-meeting-2015-have-an-impact-on-daily-practice-the-hamburg-barmbek-experience-of-58-cases
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Gregor A Stavrou, Marcello Donati, Mohammad H Fard-Aghaie, Martin Zeile, Tessa M Huber, Axel Stang, Karl J Oldhafer
Background: ALPPS (associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy) was introduced only 10 years ago and has gained wide acceptance as a variation of staged procedures in liver surgery. It has been criticized for its high morbidity and mortality, which all centers reported in their initial series. Methods: After a world expert meeting in Hamburg in 2015 where all experts in the field met to discuss this method, caveats were extracted and formulated...
December 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343854/towards-healthier-supermarkets-a-national-study-of-in-store-food-availability-prominence-and-promotions-in-new-zealand
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Stefanie Vandevijvere, Wilma Waterlander, Janine Molloy, Helen Nattrass, Boyd Swinburn
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The retail environment is a key setting for potential public health interventions. This study assessed the healthiness of New Zealand supermarket food environments. SUBJECT/METHODS: A sample of 204 (about 50% of national total) supermarkets across three chains was selected in 2016, half in the most deprived socioeconomic areas. Healthiness indicators related to food availability (ratio of cumulative linear shelf length for healthy versus unhealthy foods), prominence (proportion of 'junk food free' check-outs and end-of-aisle endcaps), and promotion (proportion of 'junk food free' promotions in flyers and in-store) were measured...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343250/evaluation-of-health-status-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-treated-with-and-without-interferon
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R Ragusa, G Bertino, A Bruno, E Frazzetto, F Cicciu, G Giorgianni, L Lupo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of technology in healthcare has increased the health care's costs and, the universal healthcare systems, in developed countries, need to ensure proper allocation of resources. Thus, the major issue is assessing the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The evaluation of quality of life in response to new treatments has become a key indicator in chronic conditions for which medical interventions are evaluated not only in terms of increasing the number of expected life years but also in terms of increasing quality of life...
January 17, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342036/trends-in-intraoperative-testing-during-cochlear-implantation
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Joshua Cody Page, Matthew D Cox, Blake Hollowoa, Juliana Bonilla-Velez, Aaron Trinidade, John L Dornhoffer
OBJECTIVE: No consensus guidelines exist regarding intraoperative testing during cochlear implantation and wide variation in practice habits exists. The objective of this observational study was to survey otologists/neurotologists to understand practice habits and overall opinion of usefulness of intraoperative testing. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTING: A web-based survey was sent to 194 practicing Otologists/Neurotologists. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Questions included practice setting and experience, habits with respect to electrodes used, intraoperative testing modalities used, overall opinion of intraoperative testing, and practice habits in various scenarios...
January 16, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340950/dermatologic-lesions-submitted-to-an-oral-and-maxillofacial-pathology-biopsy-service-an-analysis-of-2487-cases
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Rekha Reddy, Liya Davidova, Indraneel Bhattacharyya, Donald M Cohen, Mohammed N Islam, Sarah G Fitzpatrick
Skin lesions are often submitted to oral and maxillofacial pathology practices. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the frequency, distribution, variability, and composition of dermatologic lesions within a large oral and maxillofacial pathology biopsy service. An IRB-approved retrospective search of skin lesions diagnosed at University of Florida oral and maxillofacial pathology biopsy service between 1994 and 2015 was performed. 2487 cases were included in the study. Gender was reported in 2466 cases, of which 59% were male and 41% female...
January 16, 2018: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340571/comparison-of-physician-visual-assessment-with-quantitative-coronary-angiography-in-assessment-of-stenosis-severity-in-china
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Haibo Zhang, Lin Mu, Shuang Hu, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Alexandra J Lansky, Bo Xu, Georgios Bouras, David J Cohen, John A Spertus, Frederick A Masoudi, Jeptha P Curtis, Runlin Gao, Junbo Ge, Yuejin Yang, Jing Li, Xi Li, Xin Zheng, Yetong Li, Harlan M Krumholz, Lixin Jiang
Importance: Although physician visual assessment (PVA) of stenosis severity is a standard clinical practice to support decisions for coronary revascularization, there are concerns about its accuracy. Objective: To compare PVA with quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) as a means of assessing stenosis severity among patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in China. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional study (2012-2013) of a random subset of 1295 patients from the China Patient-centered Evaluative Assessment of Cardiac Events (PEACE) Prospective PCI Study was carried out...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340450/therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-benznidazole-and-nifurtimox-a-systematic-review-and-quality-assessment-of-published-clinical-practice-guidelines
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Mario Javier Olivera, Johana Alexandra Fory, Antonio José Olivera
The pharmacological management of adults with chronic-phase Chagas disease is challenging despite it being the recent focus of extensive research. One of the challenges in the current clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) landscape is the existence of non-evidence-based recommendations for the use of laboratory tests in treatment monitoring. This study aimed to systematically assess the quality and consistency of recommendations of CPGs on the pharmacological management of adults with chronic-phase Chagas disease...
November 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339657/the-practical-management-of-chronic-pancreatitis-a-multidisciplinary-symposium-held-at-the-annual-meeting-of-the-pancreatic-society-of-great-britain-and-ireland-manchester-2016
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Santhalingam Jegatheeswaran, Joanne M Puleston, Sinead Duggan, Andrew Hart, Kevin C Conlon, Ajith K Siriwardena
AIM: This study is about a questionnaire survey of delegates attending the chronic pancreatitis symposium at the 2016 meeting of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and seeks a multidisciplinary "snapshot" overview of practice. METHODS: A questionnaire was developed with multidisciplinary input. Questions on access to specialist care, methods of diagnosis and treatment including specific scenarios were incorporated. Eighty-three (66%) of 125 delegates effectively participated in this survey...
January 16, 2018: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338764/cropping-practices-manipulate-abundance-patterns-of-root-and-soil-microbiome-members-paving-the-way-to-smart-farming
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Kyle Hartman, Marcel G A van der Heijden, Raphaël A Wittwer, Samiran Banerjee, Jean-Claude Walser, Klaus Schlaeppi
BACKGROUND: Harnessing beneficial microbes presents a promising strategy to optimize plant growth and agricultural sustainability. Little is known to which extent and how specifically soil and plant microbiomes can be manipulated through different cropping practices. Here, we investigated soil and wheat root microbial communities in a cropping system experiment consisting of conventional and organic managements, both with different tillage intensities. RESULTS: While microbial richness was marginally affected, we found pronounced cropping effects on community composition, which were specific for the respective microbiomes...
January 16, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338108/the-timing-of-liver-resection-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-and-synchronous-liver-metastases-a-population-based-study-of-current-practice-and-survival
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A E Vallance, J van der Meulen, A Kuryba, S C Charman, I D Botterill, K R Prasad, J Hill, D G Jayne, K Walker
AIM: There is uncertainty regarding the optimal sequence of surgery for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) and synchronous liver metastases. This study was designed to describe temporal trends and inter-hospital variation in surgical strategy, and to compare long-term survival in a propensity score-matched analysis. METHODS: The National Bowel Cancer Audit dataset was used to identify patients diagnosed with primary CRC between 1st January 2010 and 31st December 2015 who underwent CRC resection in the English National Health Service...
January 16, 2018: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337830/exploring-the-effects-of-playing-formations-on-tactical-behaviour-and-external-workload-during-football-small-sided-games
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Jorge Baptista, Bruno Travassos, Bruno Gonçalves, Paulo Mourão, João L Viana, Jaime Sampaio
This study aimed to identify the effects of playing formations on tactical behaviour and external workload during football small-sided games. Twenty-three semi-professional footballers integrated three different playing formations in a 7-a-side small-sided game, according to their specific player positions: team 4:3:0 (4 defenders, 3 midfielders); team 4:1:2 (4 defenders, 1 midfielder, 2 forwards); and team 0:4:3 (4 midfielders, 3 forwards). Based on players' movement trajectories, the following individual and collective tactical variables were calculated: total distance covered and distance covered while walking, jogging, running and sprinting, distance from each player to both own and opponent's team centroid (Dist CG and Dist OPP CG, respectively), individual area, team length, team width and surface area...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337744/defining-the-intrinsic-cardiac-risks-of-operations-to-improve-preoperative-cardiac-risk-assessments
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Jason B Liu, Yaoming Liu, Mark E Cohen, Clifford Y Ko, Bobbie J Sweitzer
BACKGROUND: Current preoperative cardiac risk stratification practices group operations into broad categories, which might inadequately consider the intrinsic cardiac risks of individual operations. We sought to define the intrinsic cardiac risks of individual operations and to demonstrate how grouping operations might lead to imprecise estimates of perioperative cardiac risk. METHODS: Elective operations (based on Common Procedural Terminology codes) performed from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015 at hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program were studied...
February 2018: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337660/guidance-for-evaluating-the-safety-of-experimental-releases-of-mosquitoes-emphasizing-mark-release-recapture-techniques
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Mark Q Benedict, J Derek Charlwood, Laura C Harrington, L Philip Lounibos, William K Reisen, Walter J Tabachnick
Experimental releases of mosquitoes are performed to understand characteristics of populations related to the biology, ability to transmit pathogens, and ultimately their control. In this article, we discuss considerations related to the safety of experimental releases of living mosquitoes, applying principles of good practice in vector biology that protect human health and comfort. We describe specific factors of experimental releases of mosquitoes that we believe are critical to inform institutional biosafety committees and similar review boards to which proposals to conduct mosquito release experiments have been submitted...
January 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337603/an-integrative-review-of-nonpharmacological-interventions-to-improve-sleep-among-adults-with-advanced-serious-illness
#18
Elizabeth Capezuti, Rana Sagha Zadeh, Nicole Woody, Aleksa Basara, Ana C Krieger
BACKGROUND: Sleep fragmentation is common among those with advanced serious illness. Nonpharmacological interventions to improve sleep have few, if any, adverse effects and are often underutilized in these settings. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to summarize the literature related to nonpharmacological interventions to improve sleep among adults with advanced serious illness. METHODS: We systematically searched six electronic databases for literature reporting sleep outcomes associated with nonpharmacological interventions that included participants with advanced serious illness during the period of 1996-2016...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337124/evaluation-of-prophylactic-antibiotic-use-for-delayed-sternal-closure-post-cardiothoracic-surgery
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Jamie L Eckardt, Matthew R Wanek, Chiedozie I Udeh, Elizabeth A Neuner, Thomas G Fraser, Tamer Attia, Eric E Roselli
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines provide recommendations for surgical prophylaxis in patients undergoing cardiothoracic procedures. However, there are currently no recommendations guiding the management of antibiotic prophylaxis in patients requiring delayed sternal closure following cardiothoracic surgery. METHODS: This is a single-center, retrospective analysis. Data was extracted from the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) Database and electronic medical record for the time period of July 2011 - January 2016...
January 11, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336832/anticoagulation-in-neonatal-ecmo
#20
REVIEW
Aditi Kamdar, Natalie Rintoul, Leslie Raffini
Despite advances made in technology and neonatal intensive care, the rate of hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications remains unacceptably high in patients undergoing extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and these complications negatively impact morbidity and mortality. Management of anticoagulation in neonates who have a developing hemostatic system is vastly different from adults and poses unique challenges. Variation in practice among ECMO centers regarding anticoagulation monitoring and titration reflects the lack of high-quality evidence...
January 11, 2018: Seminars in Perinatology
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