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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441307/90-day-readmission-after-lumbar-spinal-fusion-surgery-in-new-york-state-between-2005-and-2014-a-10-year-analysis-of-a-statewide-cohort
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Ali A Baaj, Gernot Lang, Wei-Chun Hsu, Mauricio J Avila, Jialin Mao, Art Sedrakyan
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To assess 90-day readmission and evaluate risk factors associated with readmission after lumbar fusion in New York State. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Readmission is becoming an important metric for quality and efficiency of healthcare. Readmission and its predictors following spine surgery are overall poorly understood and limited evidence is available specifically in lumbar fusion. METHODS: The New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPACRS) was utilized to capture patients undergoing lumbar fusion from 2005-2014...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440983/-detection-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-healthcare-workers-on-the-basis-of-who-jnc-7-atp-iii-criteria
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Roma Rubí Rodríguez-Reyes, José Eduardo Navarro-Zarza, Tania Leticia Tello-Divicino, Isela Parra-Rojas, Oscar Zaragoza-García, Iris Paola Guzmán-Guzmán
BACKGROUND: Anthropometric and blood pressure measurements are significant parameters in the assessment of cardiovascular risk (CVR). The aim was to establish the distribution of clinical-anthropometric parameters in health care workers according to the criteria established by WHO/JNC 7/ATP III. METHODS: Observational, cross-sectional study in 350 workers of a general hospital. Definitions of anthropometric alterations were made considering the criteria established by WHO and the Asian ATP III, while altered blood pressure was defined by criteria JNC 7 and ATP III...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440902/between-visit-changes-in-suicidal-ideation-and-risk-of-subsequent-suicide-attempt
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Gregory E Simon, Susan M Shortreed, Eric Johnson, Arne Beck, Karen J Coleman, Rebecca C Rossom, Ursula S Whiteside, Belinda H Operskalski, Robert B Penfold
BACKGROUND: While clinicians are expected to routinely assess and address suicide risk, existing data provide little guidance regarding the significance of visit-to-visit changes in suicidal ideation. METHODS: Electronic health records from four large healthcare systems identified patients completing the Patient Health Questionnaire or PHQ9 at outpatient visits. For patients completing two questionnaires within 90 days, health system records and state vital records were used to identify nonfatal and fatal suicide attempts...
April 25, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440898/comparing-induction-of-labour-with-oral-misoprostol-or-foley-catheter-at-term-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-a-randomised-controlled-multi-centre-non-inferiority-trial
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Mieke L G Ten Eikelder, Gert-Jan van Baaren, Katrien Oude Rengerink, Marta Jozwiak, Jan Willem de Leeuw, Gunilla Kleiverda, Inge Evers, Karin de Boer, Josien Brons, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Ben W Mol
OBJECTIVE: To assess the costs of labour induction with oral misoprostol compared to Foley catheter. DESIGN: Economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Obstetric departments of six tertiary and 23 secondary care hospitals in the Netherlands. POPULATION: Women with a viable term singleton pregnancy in cephalic presentation, intact membranes, an unfavourable cervix (Bishop score <6) without a previous caesarean section, had been randomised for labour induction with oral misoprostol (n = 924) or Foley catheter (n = 921)...
April 25, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439218/pediatric-reference-intervals-for-biochemical-markers-gaps-and-challenges-recent-national-initiatives-and-future-perspectives
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Houman Tahmasebi, Victoria Higgins, Angela W S Fung, Dorothy Truong, Nicole M A White-Al Habeeb, Khosrow Adeli
Reference intervals provide valuable information to medical practitioners in their interpretation of quantitative laboratory test results, and are critical in the assessment of patient health and in clinical decision-making. The reference interval serves as a health-associated benchmark with which to compare an individual test result. While the concept of reference intervals and their utility appear straightforward, the process of establishing accurate and reliable reference intervals is considerably complex and involved...
March 2017: EJIFCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438733/use-and-customization-of-risk-scores-for-predicting-cardiovascular-events-using-electronic-health-record-data
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Julian Wolfson, David M Vock, Sunayan Bandyopadhyay, Thomas Kottke, Gabriela Vazquez-Benitez, Paul Johnson, Gediminas Adomavicius, Patrick J O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Clinicians who are using the Framingham Risk Score (FRS) or the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Pooled Cohort Equations (PCE) to estimate risk for their patients based on electronic health data (EHD) face 4 questions. (1) Do published risk scores applied to EHD yield accurate estimates of cardiovascular risk? (2) Are FRS risk estimates, which are based on data that are up to 45 years old, valid for a contemporary patient population seeking routine care? (3) Do the PCE make the FRS obsolete? (4) Does refitting the risk score using EHD improve the accuracy of risk estimates? METHODS AND RESULTS: Data were extracted from the EHD of 84 116 adults aged 40 to 79 years who received care at a large healthcare delivery and insurance organization between 2001 and 2011...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437620/american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-guidelines-for-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Paul S Jellinger, Yehuda Handelsman, Paul D Rosenblit, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, George Grunberger, Chris K Guerin, David S H Bell, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Rachel Pessah-Pollack, Kathleen Wyne, Donald Smith, Eliot A Brinton, Sergio Fazio, Michael Davidson
OBJECTIVE: The development of these guidelines is mandated by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors and American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Board of Trustees and adheres with published AACE protocols for the standardized production of clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). METHODS: Recommendations are based on diligent reviews of the clinical evidence with transparent incorporation of subjective factors, according to established AACE/ACE guidelines for guidelines protocols...
April 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436583/physical-activity-and-exercise-for-chronic-pain-in-adults-an-overview-of-cochrane-reviews
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REVIEW
Louise J Geneen, R Andrew Moore, Clare Clarke, Denis Martin, Lesley A Colvin, Blair H Smith
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting beyond normal tissue healing time, generally taken to be 12 weeks. It contributes to disability, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, poor quality of life, and healthcare costs. Chronic pain has a weighted mean prevalence in adults of 20%.For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning...
April 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434484/practical-aspects-in-the-management-of-statin-associated-muscle-symptoms-sams
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Ulrich Laufs, Krysztof J Filipiak, Ioanna Gouni-Berthold, Alberico L Catapano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Statin-associated muscle symptoms (SAMS) frequently cause statin non-adherence, switching and discontinuation, contributing to adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes. Therefore, the management of SAMS is key in the effective treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), through achievement of maximum-tolerated statin dosing and other practical aspects. The aim of this article is to provide practical, focused advice for healthcare professionals on the management of patients with SAMS...
April 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434483/what-imaging-techniques-should-be-used-in-primary-versus-secondary-prevention-for-further-risk-stratification
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François Schiele, Eliano Pio Navarese, Adriana Visoná, Kausik Ray
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: An accurate assessment of the cardiovascular (CV) risk of an individual is key for guiding the appropriate treatment strategy for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although conventional risk factors for CVD are well established, there can be substantial variation in the extent of atherosclerosis between patients. The use of a variety of imaging modalities can be beneficial in the primary prevention stage and in the classification of an individual's CV risk. Therefore, appropriate implementation of these imaging techniques for risk assessment purposes, in line with clinical guidelines, can influence the outcomes of CVD prevention...
April 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434482/how-to-implement-clinical-guidelines-to-optimise-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Michel Farnier, Fernando Civeira, Olivier Descamps
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a genetic disorder associated with significantly elevated plasma low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and premature coronary heart disease (CHD). Optimal management of FH relies on early identification and treatment with statins alone or in combination with other lipid-lowering therapies. A lack of awareness of FH and its manifestations among primary care physicians and specialists has led to many individuals being misdiagnosed in the early stages of the disease, further increasing the risk of CHD and requiring much more intensive lipid-lowering strategies...
April 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434481/is-there-a-role-for-lifestyle-changes-in-cardiovascular-prevention-what-when-and-how
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Lluís Masana, Emilio Ros, Isabella Sudano, Denis Angoulvant
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lifestyle has been found to play an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is evidence to suggest that if lifestyle factors are modified successfully, the relative risk of CVD can be reduced. Risk factors for CVD such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus and dyslipidaemias can be modified by lifestyle changes. The main aim of this article is to provide best practice approaches and support for healthcare professionals on the role of lifestyle changes in the prevention of CVD...
April 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434458/relationship-between-state-malpractice-environment-and-quality-of-health-care-in-the-united-states
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Karl Y Bilimoria, Jeanette W Chung, Christina A Minami, Min-Woong Sohn, Emily S Pavey, Jane L Holl, Michelle M Mello
BACKGROUND: One major intent of the medical malpractice system in the United States is to deter negligent care and to create incentives for delivering high-quality health care. A study was conducted to assess whether state-level measures of malpractice risk were associated with hospital quality and patient safety. METHODS: In an observational study of short-term, acute-care general hospitals in the United States that publicly reported in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Hospital Compare in 2011, hierarchical regression models were used to estimate associations between state-specific malpractice environment measures (rates of paid claims, average Medicare Malpractice Geographic Practice Cost Index [MGPCI], absence of tort reform laws, and a composite measure) and measures of hospital quality (processes of care, imaging utilization, 30-day mortality and readmission, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators, and patient experience from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [HCAHPS])...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434408/secure-internet-of-things-based-cloud-framework-to-control-zika-virus-outbreak
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Sanjay Sareen, Sandeep K Sood, Sunil Kumar Gupta
OBJECTIVES: Zika virus (ZikaV) is currently one of the most important emerging viruses in the world which has caused outbreaks and epidemics and has also been associated with severe clinical manifestations and congenital malformations. Traditional approaches to combat the ZikaV outbreak are not effective for detection and control. The aim of this study is to propose a cloud-based system to prevent and control the spread of Zika virus disease using integration of mobile phones and Internet of Things (IoT)...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433325/the-role-of-private-non-profit-healthcare-organizations-in-nhs-systems-implications-for-the-portuguese-hospital-devolution-program
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REVIEW
Álvaro S Almeida
The national health services (NHS) of England, Portugal, Finland and other single-payer universalist systems financed by general taxation, are based on the theoretical principle of an integrated public sector payer-provider. However, in practice one can find different forms of participation of non-public healthcare providers in those NHS, including private for profit providers, but also third sector non-profit organizations (NPO). This paper reviews the role of non-public non-profit healthcare organizations in NHS systems...
April 1, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432660/management-of-dyslipidemias-in-europe-and-the-usa-same-evidence-different-conclusions-can-we-find-common-ground
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REVIEW
Ian M Graham, Alberico L Catapano
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An examination of the current ACC/AHA and ESC/EAS Guidelines on the management of dyslipidemias for common ground and differences. RECENT FINDINGS: There is much common ground. Both note that ASCVD is, in most people, the product of a number of risk factors, notably tobacco exposure, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, inactivity, overweight and diabetes. They stress that risk calculators can help in the assessment of risk in apparently healthy persons...
June 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432074/incidence-of-first-stroke-in-pregnant-and-nonpregnant-women-of-childbearing-age-a-population-based-cohort-study-from-england
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Lu Ban, Nikola Sprigg, Alyshah Abdul Sultan, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Philip M Bath, Jonas F Ludvigsson, Olof Stephansson, Laila J Tata
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women may have an increased risk of stroke compared with nonpregnant women of similar age, but the magnitude and the timing of such risk are unclear. We examined the risk of a first stroke event in women of childbearing age and compared the risk during pregnancy and in the early postpartum period with the background risk outside these periods. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted an open cohort study of 2 046 048 women aged 15 to 49 years between April 1, 1997, and March 31, 2014, using linked primary (Clinical Practice Research Datalink) and secondary (Hospital Episode Statistics) care records in England...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430677/changes-in-hair-mercury-levels-among-women-of-child-bearing-age-following-an-educational-intervention
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Michelle Raymond, Krista Y Christensen, Brooke Thompson, Henry Anderson
OBJECTIVE: Describe mercury exposures among women of childbearing age before and after an educational intervention. METHODS: Women age 18 to 45 were recruited to participate in an educational intervention concerning fish consumption. Fish consumption habits and total mercury concentration in hair were assessed pre- and post-intervention. Regression models examined associations between mercury, fish consumption, and demographics. RESULTS: Overall, 234 women completed the study...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428506/-a-new-therapeutic-approach-for-cancer-related-breakthrough-pain-focused-on-oral-transmucosal-fentanyl
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Kinomi Yomiya, Masayuki Kaneshima, Beni Kyosaka, Etsuko Warita, Rie Hosonuma, Shinnosuke Osato
In 2013, oral transmucosal fentanyl was first approved in Japan for reducing breakthrough pain(BTP). The development of BTP may contribute to less-effective analgesia, a reduced satisfaction with analgesia therapy, obstacles in daily life, mood disorders, and an increased use of healthcare resources. In most BTP, both the duration from BTP onset to its maximum intensity and the overall duration of BTP episodes are relatively short. The need for improved rapid pain relief for BTP in this setting has led to the development of rapid-onset opioids(ROOs), including oral transmucosal fentanyl citrate(OTFC)...
April 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427475/protocol-a-systematic-review-of-studies-developing-and-or-evaluating-search-strategies-to-identify-prognosis-studies
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Nadia Corp, Joanne L Jordan, Jill A Hayden, Emma Irvin, Robin Parker, Andrea Smith, Danielle A van der Windt
BACKGROUND: Prognosis research is on the rise, its importance recognised because chronic health conditions and diseases are increasingly common and costly. Prognosis systematic reviews are needed to collate and synthesise these research findings, especially to help inform effective clinical decision-making and healthcare policy. A detailed, comprehensive search strategy is central to any systematic review. However, within prognosis research, this is challenging due to poor reporting and inconsistent use of available indexing terms in electronic databases...
April 20, 2017: Systematic Reviews
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