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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920972/potentially-preventable-hospitalizations-for-acute-and-chronic-conditions-in-alaska-2010-2012
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Prabhu P Gounder, Sara M Seeman, Robert C Holman, Alice Rarig, Mary K McEwen, Claudia A Steiner, Michael L Bartholomew, Thomas W Hennessy
OBJECTIVE: The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Prevention Quality Indicators comprise acute and chronic conditions for which hospitalization can be potentially prevented by high-quality ambulatory care. The Healthy Alaska 2020 initiative (HA2020) targeted reducing potentially preventable hospitalizations (PPH) for acute and chronic conditions among its health indicators. We estimated the PPH rate for adults aged ≥ 18 years in Alaska during 2010-2012. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of state-wide hospital discharge data obtained from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and the Indian Health Service...
December 2016: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919507/predictors-of-long-term-interferon-discontinuation-in-newly-diagnosed-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis
#2
Marcello Moccia, Raffaele Palladino, Antonio Carotenuto, Cinzia Valeria Russo, Maria Triassi, Roberta Lanzillo, Vincenzo Brescia Morra
BACKGROUND: Interferon-β has long-term safety and efficacy profiles for Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). However, the increasing number of available treatments requires to improve patient profiling and to perform individualized clinical decisions. Therefore, the present study investigated predictors of Interferon-β discontinuation. METHODS: The present retrospective observational cohort study included 499 newly diagnosed, drug naïve RRMS subjects receiving Interferon-β as first disease modifying treatment (DMT), during a 7...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919497/comparative-efficacy-and-discontinuation-of-dimethyl-fumarate-and-fingolimod-in-clinical-practice-at-12-month-follow-up
#3
Carrie M Hersh, Thomas E Love, Samuel Cohn, Claire Hara-Cleaver, Robert A Bermel, Robert J Fox, Jeffrey A Cohen, Daniel Ontaneda
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) and fingolimod (FTY) are approved oral disease modifying therapies (DMT) for relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS). Phase 3 trials established these agents as effective and generally well tolerated, though comparative efficacy and discontinuation remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: To assess real-world efficacy and discontinuation of DMF and FTY over 12 months in patients with MS. METHODS: We identified 458 DMF-treated and 317 FTY-treated patients in a large academic MS center...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919484/vitamin-d-supplementation-reduces-relapse-rate-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patients-treated-with-natalizumab
#4
Julie Hejgaard Laursen, Helle Bach Søndergaard, Per Soelberg Sørensen, Finn Sellebjerg, Annette Bang Oturai
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D insufficiency is common among multiple sclerosis patients, and hypovitaminosis D has been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) risk and disease activity. OBJECTIVE: To investigate how recommendations on vitamin D3 supplements affect 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels in patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and to examine the clinical effects associated with changes in 25(OH)D levels. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, baseline blood samples were collected from 170 natalizumab-treated RRMS patients during winter 2009-2010 and were repeated the following winter...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917772/awareness-perceived-risk-and-practices-related-to-cervical-cancer-and-pap-smear-screening-a-cross-sectional-study-among-hiv-positive-women-attending-an-urban-hiv-clinic-in-johannesburg-south-africa
#5
Idah Mokhele, D Evans, K Schnippel, A Swarts, J S Smith, C Firnhaber
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is a major cause of cancer-related deaths, especially in the context of the HIV epidemic. OBJECTIVE: To examine awareness, perceived risk and practices related to cervical cancer screening among HIV-positive women. METHODS: Interviewer-administered structured questionnaires were administered to HIV-positive women (aged ≥18 years) enrolled in a cervical cancer screening study at the Themba Lethu Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 2009 to December 2011...
December 1, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910101/early-safety-and-efficacy-of-fingolimod-treatment-in-denmark
#6
A Voldsgaard, N Koch-Henriksen, M Magyari, F Sellebjerg, P S Sørensen, A B Oturai
BACKGROUND: Initiation of fingolimod treatment is associated with a transient decrease of heart rate, and atrioventricular (AV) conduction block may occur. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic effect and safety of fingolimod treatment in MS patients in Denmark with focus on cardiac and pulmonary side effects at treatment onset. MATERIALS & METHODS: We analysed data from the first 496 fingolimod-treated Danish patients, observed for at least 3 months...
January 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906867/external-validation-of-the-air-medical-prehospital-triage-score-for-identifying-trauma-patients-likely-to-benefit-from-scene-helicopter-transport
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Joshua B Brown, Mark L Gestring, Francis X Guyette, Matthew R Rosengart, Nicole A Stassen, Raquel M Forsythe, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry
BACKGROUND: The Air Medical Prehospital Triage (AMPT) score was developed to identify injured patients who may benefit from scene helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) transport. External validation using a different dataset is essential to ensure reliable performance. The study objective was to validate the effectiveness of the AMPT score to identify patients with a survival benefit from HEMS using the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcomes Study (PTOS) registry. METHODS: Patients age≥16years undergoing scene HEMS or ground EMS (GEMS) transport in the PTOS registry 2000-2013 were included...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906084/quasi-poisson-versus-negative-binomial-regression-models-in-identifying-factors-affecting-initial-cd4-cell-count-change-due-to-antiretroviral-therapy-administered-to-hiv-positive-adults-in-north-west-ethiopia-amhara-region
#8
Awoke Seyoum, Principal Ndlovu, Temesgen Zewotir
BACKGROUND: CD4 cells are a type of white blood cells that plays a significant role in protecting humans from infectious diseases. Lack of information on associated factors on CD4 cell count reduction is an obstacle for improvement of cells in HIV positive adults. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to investigate baseline factors that could affect initial CD4 cell count change after highly active antiretroviral therapy had been given to adult patients in North West Ethiopia...
November 9, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900627/extended-duration-versus-short-duration-pharmacological-thromboprophylaxis-in-acutely-ill-hospitalized-medical-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Aaron Y L Liew, Siavash Piran, John W Eikelboom, James D Douketis
Extended-duration pharmacological thromboprophylaxis, for at least 28 days, is effective for the prevention of symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) in high-risk surgical patients but is of uncertain benefit in hospitalized medical patients. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of extended-duration thromboprophylaxis in hospitalized medical patients. We conducted a systematic PubMed, Medline and EMBASE literature search until June 2016 and a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials which compared extended-duration with short-duration thromboprophylaxis in hospitalized medical patients...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894753/association-between-timing-of-cervical-excision-procedure-to-minimally-invasive-hysterectomy-and-surgical-complications
#10
Stephanie A Sullivan, Leslie H Clark, Allison S Staley, Arthur-Quan Tran, Aaron Winn, Kenneth H Kim
OBJECTIVE: To determine if the time interval between excision procedure and definitive minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for cervical cancer impacts 30-day postoperative complications. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer from January 2000 to July 2015 was evaluated. Patients who underwent a cervical excision procedure followed by definitive MIS within 90days were included. Early definitive surgery was defined as ≤6 weeks following excision procedure, while delayed was defined as 6weeks to 3months...
November 25, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893600/prevalence-and-correlates-of-genital-infections-among-newly-diagnosed-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-adults-entering-human-immunodeficiency-virus-care-in-windhoek-namibia
#11
Gaston Djomand, Madeleine Schlefer, Steve Gutreuter, Sarah Tobias, Roopal Patel, Nickolas DeLuca, Julia Hood, Souleymane Sawadogo, Cheng Chen, Alexinah Muadinohamba, David W Lowrance, Naomi Bock
BACKGROUND: Identifying and treating genital infections, including sexually transmitted infections (STI), among newly diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals may benefit both public and individual health. We assessed prevalence of genital infections and their correlates among newly diagnosed HIV-infected individuals enrolling in HIV care services in Namibia. METHODS: Newly diagnosed HIV-infected adults entering HIV care at 2 health facilities in Windhoek, Namibia, were recruited from December 2012 to March 2014...
November 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893293/prevelence-of-primary-aldosteronism-in-an-urban-hypertensive-population
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Sandi-Jo Galati, Khadeen C Cheesman, Ryan Springer-Miller, Sarah M Hopkins, Lawrence Krakoff, Emilia Bagiella, Rachel A Zhuk, Tiffany K Ying, Chelsey Amer, Michael K Boyajian, W B Inabnet, Alice C Levine
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of primary aldosteronism (PA) in hypertensive patients presenting to the primary care clinic at The Mount Sinai Hospital, regardless of the degree of hypertension and to identify clinical criteria that should prompt screening for PA. METHODS: An aldosterone:renin ratio (ARR, cutoff ≥20, with plasma aldosterone concentration [PAC] ≥10 and suppressed renin) was used to prospectively screen 296 hypertensive patients (blood pressure [BP] ≥140/90) over the age of 18 from August 2012 through May 2013...
November 2016: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886368/written-information-for-patients-or-parents-of-child-patients-to-reduce-the-use-of-antibiotics-for-acute-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-in-primary-care
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Jack W O'Sullivan, Robert T Harvey, Paul P Glasziou, Amanda McCullough
BACKGROUND: Acute upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) are frequently managed in primary care settings. Although many are viral, and there is an increasing problem with antibiotic resistance, antibiotics continue to be prescribed for URTIs. Written patient information may be a simple way to reduce antibiotic use for acute URTIs. OBJECTIVES: To assess if written information for patients (or parents of child patients) reduces the use of antibiotics for acute URTIs in primary care...
November 25, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885398/real-world-risk-of-diabetes-with-antipsychotic-use-in-older-new-zealanders-a-case-crossover-study
#14
Prasad S Nishtala, Te-Yuan Chyou
PURPOSE: The primary aim was to examine and compare the increased risk of incident diabetes associated with second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) and first-generation antipsychotics (FGAs), with and without adjusting for potential confounding factors. The secondary aim was to recalculate the relative risks of diabetes onset using a semi-symmetric bidirectional case-crossover (SSBC) design to adjust for time-trend bias. METHOD: Prescription records (2005-2015) of antipsychotics were sourced from New Zealand Pharmaceutical Collections...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885065/effectiveness-of-mycophenolate-mofetil-as-first-line-therapy-in-aqp4-igg-mog-igg-and-seronegative-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
#15
Alexis Montcuquet, Nicolas Collongues, Caroline Papeix, Helene Zephir, Bertrand Audoin, David Laplaud, Bertrand Bourre, Bruno Brochet, Jean-Philippe Camdessanche, Pierre Labauge, Thibault Moreau, David Brassat, Bruno Stankoff, Jerome de Seze, Sandra Vukusic, Romain Marignier
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and tolerance of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) as a first-line treatment in neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). METHODS: In all, 67 NMOSD patients treated by MMF as first-line therapy, from the NOMADMUS cohort were included. A total of 65 fulfilled 2015 NMOSD criteria, and 5 were myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)-immunoglobulin G (IgG) positive. Effectiveness was evaluated on percentage of patients continuing MMF, percentage of patients free of relapse, pre- and post-treatment change in the annualized relapse rate (ARR), and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)...
November 24, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882524/clinical-recognition-of-acute-aortic-dissections-insights-from-a%C3%A2-large-single-centre-cohort-study
#16
W W Jansen Klomp, G J Brandon Bravo Bruinsma, L M Peelen, A P Nierich, J G Grandjean, A W J van 't Hof
AIMS: Acute aortic dissection (AD) requires immediate treatment, but is a diagnostic challenge. We studied how often AD was missed initially, which patients were more likely to be missed and how this influenced patient management and outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study including 200 consecutive patients with AD as the final diagnosis, admitted to a tertiary hospital between 1998 and 2008. The first differential diagnosis was identified and patients with and without AD included were compared...
November 23, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881099/predictors-of-hiv-infection-a-prospective-hiv-screening-study-in-a-ugandan-refugee-settlement
#17
Kelli N O'Laughlin, Dustin J Rabideau, Julius Kasozi, Robert A Parker, Nirma D Bustamante, Zikama M Faustin, Kelsy E Greenwald, Rochelle P Walensky, Ingrid V Bassett
BACKGROUND: The instability faced by refugees may place them at increased risk of exposure to HIV infection. Nakivale Refugee Settlement in southwestern Uganda hosts 68,000 refugees from 11 countries, many with high HIV prevalence. We implemented an HIV screening program in Nakivale and examined factors associated with new HIV diagnosis. METHODS: From March 2013-November 2014, we offered free HIV screening to all clients in the Nakivale Health Center while they waited for their outpatient clinic visit...
November 23, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879549/fingolimod-use-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis-in-a-clinical-practice-setting-in-madrid
#18
Victoria Galán Sánchez-Seco, Ignacio Casanova-Peño, Roberto Álvarez-Lafuente, Mónica Sánchez-Jiménez, Ángel García-Martínez, María Inmaculada Domínguez-Mozo, Ana María Arias-Leal, Marta García-Montojo, Rafael Arroyo-González
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness and safety of fingolimod use in a Spanish clinical practice setting. METHODS: Retrospective study with multiple sclerosis patients who received at least 1 fingolimod dose between January 2004 and January 2015. Effectiveness and safety data were collected during the entire treatment of each patient. Analysis was performed for the total population and stratified according to prior treatment, sex, and age at treatment initiation...
November 22, 2016: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867345/language-impairment-resulting-from-a-de-novo-deletion-of-7q32-1q33
#19
María S Jiménez-Romero, Montserrat Barcos-Martínez, Isabel Espejo-Portero, Antonio Benítez-Burraco
We report on a girl who presents with hearing loss, behavioral disturbances (according to the Inventory for Client and Agency Planning) as well as motor and cognitive delay (according to Battelle Developmental Inventories) which have a significant impact on her speech and language abilities [according to the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (ed 3), and the Prueba de Lenguaje Oral de Navarra-Revisada (Navarra Oral Language Test, Revised)]. Five copy number variations (CNVs) were identified in the child: arr[hg18] 7q32...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867343/park2-microduplication-clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-further-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#20
Orazio Palumbo, Pietro Palumbo, Maria P Leone, Raffaella Stallone, Teresa Palladino, Marcella Vendemiale, Stefano Palladino, Francesco Papadia, Massimo Carella, Rira Fischetto
We report on a patient with psychomotor deficits, language delay, dyspraxia, skeletal anomalies, and facial dysmorphisms (hirsutism, right palpebral ptosis, a bulbous nasal tip with enlarged and anteverted nares, and a mild prominent antihelix stem). Using high-resolution SNP array analysis, we identified a 0.49-Mb microduplication in chromosome 6q26 inherited from the mother involving the PARK2 gene: arr[hg19] 6q26(162,672,821-163,163,143)×3 mat. To the best of our knowledge, this is the third patient to date described in whom a 6q26 microduplication encompassing only the PARK2 gene has been reported in medical literature...
October 2016: Molecular Syndromology
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