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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743048/the-ketogenic-diet-in-patients-with-myoclonic-status-in-non-progressive-encephalopathy
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Roberto Caraballo, Francesca Darra, Gabriela Reyes, Marisa Armeno, Araceli Cresta, Graciela Mestre, Bernardo Dalla Bernardina
Myoclonic status in non-progressive encephalopathy (MSNPE) is characterized by the recurrence of long-lasting atypical status epilepticus associated with attention impairment and continuous polymorphous jerks, mixed with other complex abnormal movements, in infants suffering from a non-progressive encephalopathy. The ketogenic diet (KD) has been used as an alternative to antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) for patients with refractory epileptic encephalopathies. PURPOSE: In this study we assess the efficacy and tolerability of the KD in patients with MSNPE...
July 11, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743041/prospects-for-engineering-and-improvement-of-cross-protective-virus-strains
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REVIEW
Heiko Ziebell, Robin MacDiarmid
Mild strain cross-protection is currently an important method for the production of high quality plant products; despite challenge from severe virus isolates the initial protecting strain precludes symptom development. The mechanism of cross-protection is not yet resolved as RNA silencing does not sufficiently explain the phenomenon. Six requirements have been put forward to ensure long-lasting protection. We propose two additional requirements for effective and durable mild strain cross-protection; mild strains based on knowledge of the mechanism and consideration of impacts to consumers...
July 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743031/high-ph-thresholding-of-beef-with-vnir-hyperspectral-imaging
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Stuart O J Crichton, Sascha M Kirchner, Victoria Porley, Stefanie Retz, Gardis von Gersdorff, Oliver Hensel, Barbara Sturm
Initial quality grading of meat is generally carried out using invasive and occasionally destructive sampling for the purposes of pH testing. Precise pH and thresholds exist to allow the classification of different statuses of meat, e.g. for detection of dry, firm, and dark (DFD) (when dealing with cattle and sheep), or pale, soft exudative meat (when dealing with pork). This paper illustrates that threshold detection for pH level in beef with different freshness levels (fresh, fresh frozen-thawed, matured, and matured frozen-thawed)...
July 18, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742774/improving-adherence-to-intraoperative-lung-protective-ventilation-strategies-at-a-university-medical-center
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Sean A Josephs, Gretchen A Lemmink, Judith A Strong, Cassandra L Barry, William E Hurford
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative lung-protective ventilation (ILPV) is defined as tidal volumes <8 mL/kg ideal bodyweight and is increasingly a standard of care for major abdominal surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia. In this study, we report the result of a quality improvement initiative targeted at improving adherence to ILPV guidelines in a large academic teaching hospital. METHODS: We performed a time-series study to determine whether anesthesia provider adherence to ILPV was affected by certain improvement interventions and patient ideal body weight (IBW)...
July 24, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742772/medication-errors-in-pediatric-anesthesia-a-report-from-the-wake-up-safe-quality-improvement-initiative
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Lauren M Y Lobaugh, Lizabeth D Martin, Laura E Schleelein, Donald C Tyler, Ronald S Litman
BACKGROUND: Wake Up Safe is a quality improvement initiative of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia that contains a deidentified registry of serious adverse events occurring in pediatric anesthesia. The aim of this study was to describe and characterize reported medication errors to find common patterns amenable to preventative strategies. METHODS: In September 2016, we analyzed approximately 6 years' worth of medication error events reported to Wake Up Safe. Medication errors were classified by: (1) medication category; (2) error type by phase of administration: prescribing, preparation, or administration; (3) bolus or infusion error; (4) provider type and level of training; (5) harm as defined by the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention; and (6) perceived preventability...
July 24, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742732/educational-colonoscopy-video-enhances-bowel-preparation-quality-and-comprehension-in-an-inner-city-population
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Ajish Pillai, Radha Menon, David Oustecky, Asyia Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Quality of bowel preparation and patient knowledge remains a major barrier for completing colorectal cancer screening. Few studies have tested unique ways to impact patient understanding centering on interactive computer programs, pictures, and brochures. Two studies explored instructional videos but focused on patient compliance and anxiety as endpoints. Furthermore, excessive video length and content may limit their impact on a broad patient population. No study so far has studied a video's impact on preparation quality and patient understanding of the colonoscopy procedure...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742645/quality-improvement-in-management-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-continuing-medical-education-and-peer-coaching-improve-antiplatelet-medication-adherence-and-reduce-hospital-readmissions
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Amy Larkin, Michael LaCouture, Kathleen Geissel, Peri Barr, Eric R Bates, Christopher P Cannon, Deepak L Bhatt
BACKGROUND: Reducing hospital readmissions and improving patient adherence to antiplatelet medications after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event are important goals for improving patient health and decreasing healthcare costs. Nearly half of patients will have a secondary event within 1 year of the initial ACS event. Quality improvement (QI) initiatives that include continuing medical education and peer coaching may improve physician practice patterns and, therefore, patient outcomes...
September 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742372/health-care-price-transparency-and-communication-implications-for-radiologists-and-patients-in-an-era-of-expanding-shared-decision-making
#8
Gelareh Sadigh, Ruth C Carlos, Elizabeth A Krupinski, Carolyn C Meltzer, Richard Duszak
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to review the literature on communicating transparency in health care pricing, both overall and specifically for medical imaging. Focus is also placed on the imperatives and initiatives that will increasingly impact radiologists and their patients. CONCLUSION: Most Americans seek transparency in health care pricing, yet such discussions occur in fewer than half of patient encounters. Although price transparency tools can help decrease health care spending, most are used infrequently and most lack information about quality...
July 25, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742162/trajectories-of-anxiety-and-health-related-quality-of-life-during-pregnancy
#9
K Oliver Schubert, Tracy Air, Scott R Clark, Luke E Grzeskowiak, Edward Miller, Gustaaf A Dekker, Bernhard T Baune, Vicki L Clifton
Anxiety and health related Quality of Life (HRQoL) have emerged as important mental health measures in obstetric care. Few studies have systematically examined the longitudinal trajectories of anxiety and HRQoL in pregnancy. Using a linear growth modeling strategy, we analyzed the course of State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI)- and Short Form (36) Health Survey (SF-36) scores between the 12th and the 36th week of gestation, in a sample of 355 women. We additionally analyzed the impact of depressive symptoms and a chronic medical condition (asthma), on STAI and SF-36 trajectory curves...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742129/treatment-outcomes-of-pre-surgical-infant-orthopedics-in-patients-with-non-syndromic-cleft-lip-and-or-palate-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#10
Hamid Reza Hosseini, Eleftherios G Kaklamanos, Athanasios E Athanasiou
BACKGROUND: Non-syndromic clefts lip and/or palate (CL/P) defects may have manifold significant and detrimental consequences for the affected individuals and their family environment. Although the use of pre-surgical infant orthopedics (PSIO) was introduced as a means to improve management and treatment outcomes, there still remains a controversy. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of PSIO in patients with non-syndromic CL/P and evaluate the quality of the available evidence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742095/statistical-process-control-applied-to-mechanized-peanut-sowing-as-a-function-of-soil-texture
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Cristiano Zerbato, Carlos Eduardo Angeli Furlani, Antonio Tassio Santana Ormond, Lucas Augusto da Silva Gírio, Franciele Morlin Carneiro, Rouverson Pereira da Silva
The successful establishment of agricultural crops depends on sowing quality, machinery performance, soil type and conditions, among other factors. This study evaluates the operational quality of mechanized peanut sowing in three soil types (sand, silt, and clay) with variable moisture contents. The experiment was conducted in three locations in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The track-sampling scheme was used for 80 sampling locations of each soil type. Descriptive statistics and statistical process control (SPC) were used to evaluate the quality indicators of mechanized peanut sowing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741863/development-of-quality-metrics-for-ambulatory-pediatric-cardiology-infection-prevention
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Jonathan N Johnson, Cindy S Barrett, Wayne H Franklin, Eric M Graham, Nancy J Halnon, Brandy A Hattendorf, Catherine D Krawczeski, James J McGovern, Matthew J O'Connor, Amy H Schultz, Jeffrey M Vinocur, Devyani Chowdhury, Jeffrey B Anderson
INTRODUCTION: In 2012, the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Council established a program to develop quality metrics to guide ambulatory practices for pediatric cardiology. The council chose five areas on which to focus their efforts; chest pain, Kawasaki Disease, tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries after arterial switch, and infection prevention. Here, we sought to describe the process, evaluation, and results of the Infection Prevention Committee's metric design process...
July 25, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741684/how-does-mandibular-bone-atrophy-influence-the-masticatory-function-ohrqol-and-satisfaction-in-overdenture-wearers-clinical-results-until-1-year-post-loading
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Raissa Micaella Marcello-Machado, Fernanda Faot, Alessandra Julie Schuster, Amália Machado Bielemann, Otacílio Luiz Chagas Júnior, Altair Antoninha Del Bel Cury
This longitudinal clinical study investigated the differences in the masticatory function (MF), satisfaction and oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) between atrophic patients (AP) and non-atrophic patients (NAP) before and after rehabilitation with mandibular overdenture (MO). Twenty-six complete denture (CD) wearers were categorized into two groups, according to the mandibular bone atrophy (MBA) degree. MF was evaluated before and after 1, 3, 6 and 12 months of the MO loading via 2 standardized tests: i) MP, masticatory performance (MP_X50, MPB, ME 5...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741581/regret-about-the-decision-to-start-dialysis-a-cross-sectional-dutch-national-survey
#14
N Berkhout-Byrne, A Gaasbeek, M J K Mallat, T J Rabelink, S P Mooijaart, F W Dekker, M van Buren
BACKGROUND: More older patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are starting dialysis. Elderly patients often prefer treatments that focus on quality of life rather than primarily extending life and a substantial group of elderly dialysis patients might regret their decision to start dialysis. Healthcare provider and patient-related factors may be involved. Our objective was to measure the percentage of patients in the Netherlands who regretted their decision to start dialysis. METHODS: Cross-sectional Dutch national survey of dialysis patients...
July 2017: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741446/uncovering-the-unknown-a-grounded-theory-study-exploring-the-impact-of-self-awareness-on-the-culture-of-feedback-in-residency-education
#15
Subha Ramani, Karen Könings, Karen V Mann, Cees van der Vleuten
AIM: Self-assessment and reflection are essential for meaningful feedback. We aimed to explore whether the well-known Johari window model of self-awareness could guide feedback conversations between faculty and residents and enhance the institutional feedback culture. METHODS: We had previously explored perceptions of residents and faculty regarding sociocultural factors impacting feedback. We re-analyzed data targeting themes related to self-assessment, reflection, feedback seeking and acceptance, aiming to generate individual and institutional feedback strategies applicable to each quadrant of the window...
July 25, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741360/influence-of-chemical-mechanical-and-transport-processes-on-wellbore-leakage-from-geologic-co2-storage-reservoirs
#16
Susan A Carroll, Jaisree Iyer, Stuart D C Walsh
Wells are considered to be high-risk pathways for fluid leakage from geologic CO2 storage reservoirs, because breaches in this engineered system have the potential to connect the reservoir to groundwater resources and the atmosphere. Given these concerns, a few studies have assessed leakage risk by evaluating regulatory records, often self-reported, documenting leakage in gas fields. Leakage is thought to be governed largely by initial well-construction quality and the method of well abandonment. The geologic carbon storage community has raised further concerns because acidic fluids in the CO2 storage reservoir, alkaline cement meant to isolate the reservoir fluids from the overlying strata, and steel casings in wells are inherently reactive systems...
July 25, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741051/a-nationwide-prospective-cohort-study-of-patients-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease-in-japan-the-reach-j-ckd-cohort-study
#17
Junichi Hoshino, Kei Nagai, Hirayasu Kai, Chie Saito, Yukiko Ito, Koichi Asahi, Masahide Kondo, Kunitoshi Iseki, Chiho Iseki, Hirokazu Okada, Naoki Kashihara, Ichiei Narita, Takashi Wada, Christian Combe, Ronald L Pisoni, Bruce M Robinson, Kunihiro Yamagata
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology and outcomes of Japanese patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD)-an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) < 45 ml/min/1.73 m(2)-has remained largely unexamined. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide survey to determine the distribution of Japanese CKD patients, and are conducting a cohort study of these patients. A questionnaire eliciting details about facilities and their CKD practices was sent to all clinics/hospitals with nephrologists...
July 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740995/basic-cardiac-life-support-2016-singapore-guidelines
#18
Swee Han Lim, Fong Chi Wee, Tek Siong Chee
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) refers to the skills required (without use of equipment) in the resuscitation of cardiac arrest individuals. On recognising cardiac arrest, chest compressions should be initiated. Good quality compressions are with arms extended, elbows locked, shoulders directly over the casualty's chest and heel of the palm on the lower half of the sternum. The rescuer pushes hard and fast, compressing 4-6 cm deep for adults at 100-120 compressions per minute with complete chest recoil...
July 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740811/change-in-daytime-sleepiness-and-cognitive-function-in-a-6-month-double-blind-study-of-lurasidone-and-quetiapine-xr-in-patients-with-schizophrenia
#19
Philip D Harvey, Cynthia O Siu, Antony D Loebel
Daytime sleepiness is a commonly reported adverse effect associated with psychotropic agents that may impair cognitive performance and functioning. The objective of this post-hoc analysis was to evaluate the long-term effects of lurasidone and quetiapine XR on daytime sleepiness and neurocognitive performance during a 6-month, double-blind continuation study, in subjects who completed an initial 6-week, randomized, placebo-controlled trial comparing these agents. Daytime sleepiness, cognitive performance, and health-related quality of life were assessed with the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), CogState computerized battery, and the Quality of Well-Being (QWB-SA) Scale, respectively...
September 2016: Schizophrenia Research. Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740752/long-term-resource-addition-to-a-detrital-food-web-yields-a-pattern-of-responses-more-complex-than-pervasive-bottom-up-control
#20
Kendra L Lawrence, David H Wise
BACKGROUND: Theory predicts strong bottom-up control in detritus-based food webs, yet field experiments with detritus-based terrestrial systems have uncovered contradictory evidence regarding the strength and pervasiveness of bottom-up control processes. Two factors likely leading to contradictory results are experiment duration, which influences exposure to temporal variation in abiotic factors such as rainfall and affects the likelihood of detecting approach to a new equilibrium; and openness of the experimental units to immigration and emigration...
2017: PeerJ
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