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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907084/community-art-support-groups-in-mozambique-the-potential-of-patients-as-partners-in-care
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Kebba Jobarteh, Ray W Shiraishi, Inacio Malimane, Paula Samo Gudo, Tom Decroo, Andrew F Auld, Vania Macome, Aleny Couto
BACKGROUND: High rates of attrition are stymying Mozambique's national HIV Program's efforts to achieve 80% treatment coverage. In response, Mozambique implemented a national pilot of Community Adherence and Support Groups (CASG). CASG is a model in which antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients form groups of up to six patients. On a rotating basis one CASG group member collects ART medications at the health facility for all group members, and distributes those medications to the other members in the community...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907049/dual-energy-ct-pulmonary-angiography-with-6g-iodine-a-propensity-score-matched-study
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Andreas Meier, Kai Higashigaito, Katharina Martini, Moritz Wurnig, Burkhardt Seifert, Dagmar Keller, Thomas Frauenfelder, Hatem Alkadhi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of low contrast media (CM) dose dual-energy computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) with advanced monoenergetic reconstructions in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study had institutional review board approval; all patients gave written informed consent. Forty-one patients (25 men, 16 women, mean age 62.9±14.7 years) undergoing low CM dose (15ml, 6g iodine) dual-energy CTPA with advanced monoenergetic reconstructions were matched via propensity-scoring based on logistic regression analysis with a comparison group of 41 patients (24 men, 17 women, mean age 62...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906870/effectiveness-of-low-molecular-weight-heparin-versus-unfractionated-heparin-to-prevent-pulmonary-embolism-following-major-trauma-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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James P Byrne, William Geerts, Stephanie A Mason, David Gomez, Christopher Hoeft, Ryan Murphy, Melanie Neal, Avery B Nathens
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of delayed mortality in patients with severe injury. While low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is often favored over unfractionated heparin (UH) for thromboprophylaxis, evidence is lacking to demonstrate an effect on the occurrence of PE. This study compared the effectiveness of LMWH versus UH to prevent PE in patients following major trauma. METHODS: Data for adults with severe injury who received thromboprophylaxis with LMWH or UH were derived from the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program (2012-2015)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906601/association-between-pre-operative-cefazolin-dose-and-surgical-site-infection-in-obese-patients
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William J Peppard, David G Eberle, Nathan W Kugler, Danielle M Mabrey, John A Weigelt
BACKGROUND: A fixed dose of cefazolin results in serum concentrations that decrease as body mass increases. Current national guidelines suggest a pre-operative cefazolin dose of two grams may be insufficient for patients ≥120 kg; thus a three gram dose is recommended. These recommendations, however, are based on pharmacokinetic rather than outcome data. We evaluate the efficacy of pre-operative cefazolin two gram and three gram doses as measured by the rate of surgical site infection (SSI)...
December 1, 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906048/comparative-effectiveness-of-abatacept-versus-tocilizumab-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-prior-tnfi-exposure-in-the-us-corrona-registry
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Leslie R Harrold, George W Reed, Daniel H Solomon, Jeffrey R Curtis, Mei Liu, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Joel M Kremer
BACKGROUND: We compared the effectiveness of abatacept (ABA) vs tocilizumab (TCA) in tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) experienced patients. METHODS: We identified rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from a large observational US cohort (1 January 2010-31 May 2014) who had discontinued at least one TNFi and initiated ABA or TCZ in moderate or high disease activity based on the Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and had no prior exposure to the comparator drug...
December 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905676/association-between-daily-hemodialysis-access-to-renal-transplantation-and-patients-survival-in-france
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Adélaïde Pladys, Cécile Vigneau, Maryvonne Hourmant, Gabrielle Duneau, Cécile Couchoud, Sahar Bayat
AIM: Daily hemodialysis improves patients' quality of life and blood purification, but its effect on survival remains controversial. The aim of this study was to analyze the association between daily hemodialysis and renal transplantation and survival in France. METHODS: This was an observational cohort study based on the French REIN registry. All incident patients ≥18 y/o who started daily hemodialysis in France between 2003 and 2012 were included. Using a propensity score, 575 patients on daily hemodialysis were matched with 1696 patients receiving thrice-weekly hemodialysis...
December 1, 2016: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905049/radiofrequency-ablation-vs-microwave-ablation-for-patients-with-benign-thyroid-nodules-a-propensity-score-matching-study
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Wen-Wen Yue, Shu-Rong Wang, Feng Lu, Li-Ping Sun, Le-Hang Guo, Yong-Lin Zhang, Xiao-Long Li, Hui-Xiong Xu
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy and the safety of radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation for treatment of benign thyroid nodules using a propensity score matching study design. METHODS: Two hundred and sixty patients with benign thyroid nodules were studied retrospectively, including 102 patients treated with radiofrequency ablation and 158 treated with microwave ablation. To reduce confounding bias due to retrospective assignment, propensity score matching was performed to balance the preablation data of the two groups...
November 30, 2016: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903931/comparison-of-perioperative-outcomes-in-endovascular-versus-open-repair-for-juxtarenal-and-pararenal-aortic-aneurysms-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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Nathan T Orr, Daniel L Davenport, David J Minion, Eleftherios S Xenos
OBJECTIVE: Endoluminal aortic aneurysm repair is suitable within certain anatomic specifications. This study aims to compare 30-day outcomes of endovascular versus open repairs for juxtarenal and pararenal aortic aneurysms (JAA/PAAs). METHODS: The ACS-NSQIP database was queried from 2012 to 2015 for JAA/PAA repairs. Procedures characterized as emergent were included in the study; however, failed prior repairs and ruptured aneurysms were excluded. The preoperative and perioperative patient characteristics, operative techniques, and outcome variables were compared between the open aortic repair and the endovascular aortic repair groups...
November 30, 2016: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903589/impact-of-left-atrial-appendage-closure-during-cardiac-surgery-on-the-occurrence-of-early-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation-stroke-and-mortality-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis-of-10-633-patients
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Rowlens M Melduni, Hartzell V Schaff, Hon-Chi Lee, Bernard J Gersh, Peter A Noseworthy, Kent R Bailey, Naser M Ammash, Stephen S Cha, Kaniz Fatema, Waldemar E Wysokinski, James B Seward, Douglas L Packer, Charanjit S Rihal, Samuel J Asirvatham
BACKGROUND: -Prophylactic exclusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is often performed during cardiac surgery ostensibly to reduce the risk of stroke. However, the clinical impact of LAA closure in humans remains inconclusive. METHODS: -Out of 10,633 adults who underwent CABG and/or valve surgery between January 2000 and December 2005, 9,792 patients with complete baseline characteristics, surgery procedure and follow-up data were included in this analysis. A propensity-score matching analysis based on 28 pretreatment covariates was performed and 461 matching pairs were derived and analyzed to estimate the association of LAA closure with early postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) (AF ≤30 days of surgery), ischemic stroke and mortality...
November 30, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903484/loss-of-kidney-function-after-endovascular-treatment-of-peripheral-arterial-disease
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T A Sigterman, L J J Bolt, A G Krasznai, M G Snoeijs, R Heijboer, G W H Schurink, L H Bouwman
BACKGROUND: Administration of radiocontrast during endovascular procedures for peripheral arterial disease may cause acute kidney injury, which generally recovers with supportive treatment. Long-term effects of endovascular procedures on renal function remain to be investigated. METHOD: This retrospective observational cohort study includes all patients who newly presented to the vascular surgery outpatient clinic with rutherford class II or III peripheral arterial disease and who were treated with either supervised exercise therapy or endovascular interventions...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903300/inhaled-nitric-oxide-and-the-risk-of-renal-dysfunction-in-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-propensity-matched-cohort-study
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Sheng-Yuan Ruan, Hon-Yen Wu, Hsien-Ho Lin, Huey-Dong Wu, Chong-Jen Yu, Mei-Shu Lai
BACKGROUND: Inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) is a rescue therapy for severe hypoxemia in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Pooled data from clinical trials have signaled a renal safety warning for iNO therapy, but the significance of these findings in daily clinical practice is unclear. We used primary data to evaluate the risk of iNO-associated renal dysfunction in patients with ARDS. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study using data from a tertiary teaching hospital to evaluate the risk of incident renal replacement therapy (RRT) in iNO users compared with that of non-users...
November 30, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902833/evaluation-of-ischemic-and-bleeding-risks-associated-with-2-parenteral-antiplatelet-strategies-comparing-cangrelor-with-glycoprotein-iib-iiia-inhibitors-an-exploratory-analysis-from-the-champion-trials
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Muthiah Vaduganathan, Robert A Harrington, Gregg W Stone, Efthymios N Deliargyris, Ph Gabriel Steg, C Michael Gibson, Christian W Hamm, Matthew J Price, Alberto Menozzi, Jayne Prats, Steven Elkin, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Harvey D White, Deepak L Bhatt
Importance: In the context of contemporary pharmacotherapy, optimal antiplatelet management with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been well established. Objective: To compare the ischemic and bleeding risks associated with glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (GPIs) and a potent P2Y12 antagonist, cangrelor, in patients undergoing PCI. Design, Setting, and Participants: An exploratory analysis of pooled patient-level data from the 3 phase 3 Cangrelor vs Standard Therapy to Achieve Optimal Management of Platelet Inhibition (CHAMPION PCI, CHAMPION PLATFORM, and CHAMPION PHOENIX) trials of patients undergoing elective or nonelective PCI...
November 30, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902588/short-term-hypertension-management-in-community-is-associated-with-long-term-risk-of-stroke-and-total-death-in-china-a-community-controlled-trial
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Zengwu Wang, Guang Hao, Xin Wang, Wen Wang, Weiwei Chen, Manlu Zhu
BACKGROUND: It is not fully clear whether the effect of short-term management in community can reduce the long-term risk of stroke OBJECTIVES:: To evaluate whether short-term hypertension management is associated with long-term incidence of stroke and total death in community health centers in China. DESIGN: Community controlled trail. PARTICIPANTS: Six community health centers (4 active, 2 control) in China, patients with hypertension. CONTROL ARM: Patients were treated with normally therapy method...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902568/health-utilities-in-people-with-chronic-pain-using-a-population-level-survey-and-linked-healthcare-administrative-data
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Mary-Ellen Hogan BScPhm, Anna Taddio BScPhm, Joel Katz, Vibhuti Shah, Murray Krahn
Health utilities are a preference-based measure of health-related quality of life that facilitates comparison of disease burden across conditions. We estimated utilities using a population-based, matched sample of adolescents and adults with and without chronic pain, controlling for comorbidity.Ontarians aged ≥12 years with and without chronic pain were identified from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2000-01 and 2009-10 and linked to their provincial healthcare administrative data. Individuals with chronic pain were matched to those without using age, sex, survey year, and a propensity score for having chronic pain estimated from a rurality index, income quintile and comorbidity...
November 24, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902515/comparison-of-health-related-quality-of-life-and-disability-in-ulcerative-colitis-patients-following-restorative-proctocolectomy-with-ileal-pouch-anal-anastomosis-versus-anti-tumor-necrosis-factor-therapy
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Sara van Gennep, Saloomeh Sahami, Christianne J Buskens, Gijs R van den Brink, Cyriel Y Ponsioen, André D'Hoore, Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten, Gert van Assche, Marc Ferrante, Séverine Vermeire, Willem A Bemelman, Geert R A M D'Haens, Mark Löwenberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Health-related quality of life (HRQL) and disability were compared in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients who underwent restorative proctocolectomy versus patients who received treatment with anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents. PATIENTS AND METHODS: UC patients who underwent restorative proctocolectomy or started anti-TNF treatment between January 2010 and January 2015 were included at two tertiary referral centers. A matched cohort was created using propensity score matching for the covariates disease duration, Montreal classification, age, and sex...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902443/association-between-cataract-and-risk-of-incident-atrial-fibrillation-a-nationwide-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study
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Wei-Syun Hu, Cheng-Li Lin
OBJECTIVE: To identify the association between cataract and the subsequent atrial fibrillation (AF) risk. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Our retrospective cohort study was designed to analyze the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 of the Taiwan National Health Insurance program. We established a cataract cohort (n=39,347) and a noncataract cohort (n=39,347) to observe the incidence of AF. The cataract cohort included patients who were newly diagnosed with cataract from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2010...
October 27, 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900737/three-year-mortality-in-30-day-survivors-of-critical-care-with-acute-kidney-injury-data-from-the-prospective-observational-finnaki-study
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Henriikka Mildh, Ville Pettilä, Anna-Maija Korhonen, Sari Karlsson, Tero Ala-Kokko, Matti Reinikainen, Suvi T Vaara
BACKGROUND: The role of an episode of acute kidney injury (AKI) in long-term mortality among initial survivors of critical illness is controversial. We aimed to determine whether AKI is independently associated with decreased survival at 3 years among 30-day survivors of intensive care. RESULTS: We included 2336 30-day survivors of intensive care enrolled in the FINNAKI study conducted in seventeen medical-surgical ICUs in Finland during a 5-month period in 2011-2012...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900718/survival-and-time-to-transplantation-of-peritoneal-dialysis-versus-hemodialysis-for-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-competing-risks-regression-model-in-a-single-italian-center-experience
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Marta Rigoni, Emanuele Torri, Giandomenico Nollo, Diana Zarantonello, Alessandro Laudon, Laura Sottini, Giovanni Maria Guarrera, Giuliano Brunori
AIMS: Despite several studies reporting similar outcomes for peritoneal dialysis (PD) and hemodialysis (HD), the former is underused worldwide, with a PD prevalence of 15% in Italy. In 2008, the Unit of Nephrology and Dialysis of the Healthcare Trust of the Autonomous Province of Trento implemented a successful PD program which has increased the proportion of PD incident patients from 7 to 47%. We aimed to assess the effect of this extensive use of PD by comparing HD and PD in terms of survival and time-to-transplantation...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900668/propensity-score-weighting-compared-to-matching-in-a-study-of-dabigatran-and-warfarin
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John D Seeger, Katsiaryna Bykov, Dorothee B Bartels, Krista Huybrechts, Sebastian Schneeweiss
INTRODUCTION: Comparing medications in observational settings requires differences in patient characteristics to be accounted for. Propensity score (PS) methods can address these differences, but PS weighting approaches may introduce bias. METHODS: Within a cohort study of anticoagulant initiators from October 2010 through to December 2012, PS values for dabigatran relative to warfarin were estimated, and study outcomes (stroke or major bleeding) among the cohort were identified...
November 29, 2016: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900029/thymosin-%C3%AE-1-therapy-subsequent-to-radical-hepatectomy-in-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-retrospective-controlled-study
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Yong-Rong Liang, Zhe Guo, Jing-Hang Jiang, Bang-De Xiang, Le-Qun Li
The clinical efficacy of thymosin α1 (Tα1) therapy in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) subsequent to radical hepatectomy is unclear. In the present study, the impact of Tα1 therapy on outcomes in HCC patients after radical hepatectomy was retrospectively evaluated. Medical records were retrospectively reviewed for 146 patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated HCC who were treated by radical hepatectomy and subsequently with Tα1 therapy, as well as for 412 control patients with HBV-associated HCC treated by radical hepatectomy...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
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