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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918414/a-protocol-of-a-cross-sectional-study-evaluating-an-online-tool-for-early-career-peer-reviewers-assessing-reports-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Anthony Chauvin, David Moher, Doug Altman, David L Schriger, Sabina Alam, Sally Hopewell, Daniel R Shanahan, Alessandro Recchioni, Philippe Ravaud, Isabelle Boutron
INTRODUCTION: Systematic reviews evaluating the impact of interventions to improve the quality of peer review for biomedical publications highlighted that interventions were limited and have little impact. This study aims to compare the accuracy of early career peer reviewers who use an innovative online tool to the usual peer reviewer process in evaluating the completeness of reporting and switched primary outcomes in completed reports. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a cross-sectional study of individual two-arm parallel-group randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in the BioMed Central series medical journals, BMJ, BMJ Open and Annals of Emergency Medicine and indexed with the publication type 'Randomised Controlled Trial'...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918407/burden-of-non-adherence-to-latent-tuberculosis-infection-drug-therapy-and-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-adherence-interventions-in-canada-a-simulation-study
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Anik R Patel, Jonathon R Campbell, Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Fawziah Marra, James C Johnston, Kirsten Smillie, Richard T Lester
OBJECTIVE: Pharmaceutical treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) reduces the risk of progression to active tuberculosis (TB); however, poor adherence tempers the protective effect. We aimed to estimate the health burden of non-adherence, the maximum allowable cost of hypothetical new adherence interventions to be cost-effective and the potential value of existing adherence interventions for patients with low-risk LTBI in Canada. DESIGN: A microsimulation model of LTBI progression over 25 years...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918404/combined-caesarean-with-splenectomy-in-pregnancy-with-portal-hypertension-defining-plausibility
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Manjunath Maruti Pol, Latika Uniyal Chawla, Yashwant Singh Rathore, Ritesh Goel
24-year-old woman at 28 weeks gestation was referred from peripheral hospital with diagnosis of pregnancy with portal hypertension. She had received multiple transfusion for pancytopaenia in the past and had undergone endoscopic sclerotherapy for oesophageal varices. Initially, she was admitted in our hospital at 28 weeks gestation for blood transfusion and was evaluated by multispecialty team of doctors. She was advised splenectomy for transfusion-dependent pancytopaenia secondary to hypersplenism in non-cirrhotic portal hypertension...
September 15, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918387/prospective-comparative-effectiveness-cohort-study-comparing-two-models-of-advance-care-planning-provision-for-australian-community-aged-care-clients
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Karen Margaret Detering, Rachel Zoe Carter, Marcus William Sellars, Virginia Lewis, Elizabeth Anne Sutton
OBJECTIVES: Conduct a prospective comparative effectiveness cohort study comparing two models of advance care planning (ACP) provision in community aged care: ACP conducted by the client's case manager (CM) ('Facilitator') and ACP conducted by an external ACP service ('Referral') over a 6-month period. METHODS: This Australian study involved CMs and their clients. Eligible CM were English speaking, ≥18 years, had expected availability for the trial and worked ≥3 days per week...
September 16, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918135/effects-of-addition-of-malic-or-citric-acids-on-fermentation-quality-and-chemical-characteristics-of-alfalfa-silage
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W C Ke, W R Ding, D M Xu, L M Ding, P Zhang, F D Li, X S Guo
We studied the effects on alfalfa preservation and chemical composition of the addition of different levels of malic acid and citric acid at ensiling as well as the utilization efficiency of these 2 organic acids after fermentation. Alfalfa was harvested at early bloom stage. After wilting to a dry matter content of approximately 40%, the alfalfa was chopped into 1- to 2-cm pieces for ensiling. Four levels (0, 0.1, 0.5, and 1% of fresh weight) of malic acid or citric acid were applied to chopped alfalfa at ensiling with 4 replicates for each treatment, and the treated alfalfa forages were ensiled for 60 d in vacuum-sealed polyethylene bags (dimensions: 200 mm × 300 mm) packed with 200 to 230 g of fresh alfalfa per mini silo and an initial density of 0...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917551/-impact-of-the-preservation-of-the-branches-of-intercostobrachial-nerve-on-the-quality-of-life-of-patients-operated-for-a-breast-cancer
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Zenaba Saleh, Julia Salleron, Sandrine Baffert, Alain Paveau, Jean-Marc Classe, Frédéric Marchal
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of the preservation of the intercostobrachial nerve on the quality of life of patients operated for breast cancer. METHODS: This study was ancillary to cost comparison study of axillary sentinel lymph node detection and axillary lymphadenectomy in early breast cancer. It was a prospective multicenter, observational, non-randomized study. The quality of life was assessed using two questionnaires: QLQ-C30 and specific module QLQ-BR23 Surveys have been performed before initiation of surgery, one week, and 1 month, 8 months and 12 months after discharge from hospitalization for the first surgical procedure...
September 13, 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917091/recovery-from-diabetes-insipidus-and-preservation-of-thyroid-function-after-craniopharyngioma-removal-and-pituitary-stalk-sectioning
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Yoshikazu Ogawa, Kuniyasu Niizuma, Teiji Tominaga
OBJECTIVES: Craniopharyngioma is a slow-growing tumor, but long-term tumor control with maintenance of quality of life is sometimes very difficult to achieve, and hypothalamic disturbance should be strictly avoided in the treatment. However, management of the pituitary gland and/or pituitary stalk varies among surgeons and institutions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective review identified 44 patients, 24 males and 20 females with craniopharyngiomas who were initially treated by surgery through the extended transsphenoidal approach with pituitary stalk sectioning at a single institute...
September 9, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916960/a-novel-approach-using-the-enhanced-view-totally-extraperitoneal-etep-technique-for-laparoscopic-retromuscular-hernia-repair
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Igor Belyansky, Jorge Daes, Victor Gheorghe Radu, Ramana Balasubramanian, H Reza Zahiri, Adam S Weltz, Udai S Sibia, Adrian Park, Yuri Novitsky
BACKGROUND: The enhanced-view totally extraperitoneal (eTEP) technique has been previously described for Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair. We present a novel application of the eTEP access technique for the repair of ventral and incisional hernias. METHODS: Retrospective review of consecutive laparoscopic retromuscular hernia repair cases utilizing the eTEP access approach from five hernia centers between August 2015 and October 2016 was conducted. Patient demographics, hernia characteristics, operative details, perioperative complications, and quality of life outcomes utilizing the Carolina's Comfort Scale (CCS) were included in our data analysis...
September 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916895/the-cost-of-conversion-in-robotic-and-laparoscopic-colorectal-surgery
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Robert K Cleary, Andrew J Mullard, Jane Ferraro, Scott E Regenbogen
BACKGROUND: Conversion from minimally invasive to open colorectal surgery remains common and costly. Robotic colorectal surgery is associated with lower rates of conversion than laparoscopy, but institutions and payers remain concerned about equipment and implementation costs. Recognizing that reimbursement reform and bundled payments expand perspectives on cost to include the entire surgical episode, we evaluated the role of minimally invasive conversion in total payments. METHODS: This is an observational study from a linked data registry including clinical data from the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative and payment data from the Michigan Value Collaborative between July 2012 and April 2015...
September 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916882/evaluating-a-mental-health-program-for-palestinian-refugees-in-lebanon
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Nasser Yassin, Asma A Taha, Zeina Ghantous, Mia Malda Atoui, Fabio Forgione
Medecins sans Frontière, an international non-governmental organization, initiated a mental health program for Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. To evaluate the impact of the program after its completion, focus groups were conducted with three target groups: (1) patients, (2) staff, and (3) local community stakeholders. Participants voiced overall satisfaction with the program. The program provided easy access, good quality care, decreased stigma, as perceived by participants, and revealed a sense of community contentedness...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916640/clinical-profile-and-consequences-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Ethan J Rowin, Anais Hausvater, Mark S Link, Patrick Abt, William Gionfriddo, Wendy Wang, Hassan Rastegar, N A Mark Estes, Martin S Maron, Barry J Maron
Background -Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common sustained arrhythmia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), is capable of producing symptoms that impact quality of life and is associated with risk for embolic stroke. However, the influence of AF on clinical course and outcome in HCM remains incompletely resolved. Methods -Records were accessed of 1558 consecutive patients followed at the Tufts Medical Center Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Institute for 4.8 ± 3.4 years, from 2004 to 2014. Results -Of the 1558 HCM patients, 304 (20%) had episodes of AF, of which 226 (74%) were confined to symptomatic paroxysmal AF (PAF; average 5 ± 5; range 1 to > 20), while 78 (26%) developed permanent AF, preceded by 7 ± 6 PAF episodes...
September 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916567/perspective-an-extension-of-the-strobe-statement-for-observational-studies-in-nutritional-epidemiology-strobe-nut-explanation-and-elaboration
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Agneta Hörnell, Christina Berg, Elisabet Forsum, Christel Larsson, Emily Sonestedt, Agneta Åkesson, Carl Lachat, Dana Hawwash, Patrick Kolsteren, Graham Byrnes, Willem De Keyzer, John Van Camp, Janet E Cade, Darren C Greenwood, Nadia Slimani, Myriam Cevallos, Matthias Egger, Inge Huybrechts, Elisabet Wirfält
Nutritional epidemiology is an inherently complex and multifaceted research area. Dietary intake is a complex exposure and is challenging to describe and assess, and links between diet, health, and disease are difficult to ascertain. Consequently, adequate reporting is necessary to facilitate comprehension, interpretation, and generalizability of results and conclusions. The STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement is an international and collaborative initiative aiming to enhance the quality of reporting of observational studies...
September 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916353/outcomes-of-adults-with-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-after-implementation-of-the-2010-resuscitation-guidelines
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Chih-Hung Wang, Chien-Hua Huang, Wei-Tien Chang, Min-Shan Tsai, Ping-Hsun Yu, Yen-Wen Wu, Wen-Jone Chen
BACKGROUND: The 2015 guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are based on an update of the 2010 guidelines with minor revisions. It is important to assess the 2010 guidelines to ensure their efficacy, which may help promote widespread adoption of the 2015 guidelines. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study in a single center that evaluated patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) between 2006 and 2014. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate associations between independent variables and outcomes...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916216/coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-bundled-payment-proposal-will-have-significant-financial-impact-on-hospitals
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Robert B Hawkins, J Hunter Mehaffey, Kenan W Yount, Leora T Yarboro, Clifford Fonner, Irving L Kron, Mohammed Quader, Alan Speir, Jeffrey Rich, Gorav Ailawadi
OBJECTIVES: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to institute a 5-year trial of bundled payments for coronary artery bypass grafting through 90 days after discharge. To investigate the impact, we reviewed actual inpatient costs for patients undergoing bypass surgery relative to the target price. METHODS: A total of 13,276 Medicare patients with estimated cost data underwent isolated coronary artery bypass grafting from 2008 to 2015 in 18 hospitals over 8 Medicare-defined regions within the Commonwealth of Virginia...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916139/online-adaptive-radiation-therapy
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Stephanie Lim-Reinders, Brian M Keller, Shahad Al-Ward, Arjun Sahgal, Anthony Kim
The current paradigm of radiation therapy has the treatment planned on a snapshot dataset of the patient's anatomy taken at the time of simulation. Throughout the course of treatment, this snapshot may vary from initial simulation. Although there is the ability to image patients within the treatment room with technologies such as cone beam computed tomography, the current state of the art is largely limited to rigid-body matching and not accounting for any geometric deformations in the patient's anatomy. A plan that was once attuned to the initial simulation can become suboptimal as the treatment progresses unless improved technologies are brought to bear...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915862/self-detection-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-an-aged-population-three-year-follow-up-of-the-lietoaf-intervention-study
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Jussi Jaakkola, Raine Virtanen, Tuija Vasankari, Marika Salminen, K E Juhani Airaksinen
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is often asymptomatic and undiagnosed until an ischaemic stroke occurs. An irregular pulse is a key manifestation of AF. We assessed whether pulse self-palpation is feasible in screening of AF. METHODS: Altogether 205 residents of Lieto municipality aged ≥75 years were randomized in 2012 to receive brief education on pulse palpation focusing on evaluating rhythm regularity. Self-detected pulse irregularity and new AF diagnoses were recorded, and the subjects' quality of life and use of health care services were assessed during a three-year follow-up...
September 16, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915503/availability-and-consistency-of-health-and-non-health-data-for-road-traffic-fatality-analysis-of-data-from-195-countries-1985-2013
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Helai Huang, Qingyi Yin, David C Schwebel, Peishan Ning, Guoqing Hu
High-quality data are critical for validly monitoring progress toward global initiatives related to road traffic crash prevention. We assessed the availability and consistency of road traffic mortality data from health and non-health departments in national governments, plus changes in data consistency over time from 1985 to 2013. Using freely accessible data, we systematically assessed availability and consistency of health and non-health data from 1985 to 2013 in 195 countries. Data availability was reflected by the presence of data on motor vehicle mortality rates in that country at any points between 1985 and 2013...
September 12, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915287/efficacy-and-safety-of-desoximetasone-0-25-spray-in-adult-atopic-dermatitis-subjects-pilot-study
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Lauren K Hoffman, Leon Kircik
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, relapsing, inflammatory skin disorder. One of the most disturbing symptoms of AD is pruritus. The first line treatment for AD is topical corticosteroids, topical immunomodulators, topical barrier creams, oral antihistamines, and systemic treatments. Desoximetasone 0.25% spray is a superpotent topical corticosteroid delivered in a novel way and it may be a suitable option for the treatment of pruritus in adult atopic dermatitis patients...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915166/factors-associated-with-hospital-participation-in-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-accountable-care-organization-programs
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Askar S Chukmaitov, David W Harless, Gloria J Bazzoli, Yangyang Deng
BACKGROUND: In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs. Organizations in the MSSP model shared cost savings they generated with CMS, and those in the Pioneer program shared both savings and losses. It is largely unknown what hospital and environmental characteristics are associated with the development of CMS ACOs with one- or two-sided risk models. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the organizational and environmental characteristics associated with hospital participation in the MSSP and Pioneer ACOs...
September 15, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915156/a-risk-calculator-using-preoperative-opioids-for-prediction-of-total-knee-revision-arthroplasty
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Jordan Starr, Irene Rozet, Alon Ben-Ari
OBJECTIVES: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a procedure to improve quality of life. However, some patients require early total knee revision (TKR). Chronic opioid use before TKA is associated with TKR. No risk calculator including opioid use or other risk factors is currently available for predicting TKR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed medical records of Veterans Affairs patients who underwent TKA from January 1, 2006 to January 1, 2012. Patients were followed until January 1, 2013...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
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