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Morad Chughtai, John J Kelly, Jared M Newman, Assem A Sultan, Anton Khlopas, Nipun Sodhi, Anil Bhave, Michael C Kolczun, Michael A Mont
This study evaluated the use of telerehabilitation during the postoperative period for patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA). Specifically, this study evaluated the following: (1) patient compliance and adherence to the program, (2) time spent performing physical therapy exercises, (3) the usability of the virtual rehabilitation platform, and (4) clinical outcome scores in a selected primary knee arthroplasty cohort. A total of 157 consecutive patients underwent TKA ( n  = 18) or UKA ( n  = 139)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
A Covarrubias-Pinto, A I Acuña, G Boncompain, E Pápic, P V Burgos, F Perez, M A Castro
Ascorbic acid (Asc) is an antioxidant molecule essential for physiological functions. The concentration of extracellular Asc increases during synaptic transmission and renal reabsorption. These phenomena induce an increase of the Sodium-dependent-Vitamin-C-transporter 2 (SVCT2) at plasma membrane (PM) localization, as we previously demonstrated in neuronal and non-neuronal cells. Hence, the aim of this study was to evaluate intracellular SVCT2 trafficking kinetics in response to Asc. We observed two peaks of SVCT2 localization and function at the PM (at 5-10min, "acute response", and 30-60min, "post-acute response") when cells were incubated with Asc...
March 12, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Simone de Campos Neitzke Winter, Rafael Michel de Macedo, Júlio Cesar Francisco, Paula Costa Santos, Ana Paula Sarraff Lopes, Leanderson Franco de Meira, Katherine A Teixeira de Carvalho, José Rocha Faria Neto, Ana Carolina Brandt de Macedo, Luiz César Guarita-Souza
BACKGROUND: Physical exercise should be part of the treatment of post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of two training prescription models (continuous x interval) and its impact on ventricular function in rats after AMI with normal ventricular function. METHODS: Forty Wistar rats were evaluated by echocardiography 21 days after the AMI. Those with LVEF = 50% (n = 29) were included in the study and randomized to control group (CG n = 10), continuous training group (CTG n = 9) or interval training group (ITG, n = 10)...
March 12, 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Kathrin Boerner, Jason Rodriquez, Emma Quach, Meghan Hendricksen
This study examined how the Medical Order for Life-sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is implemented in two nursing homes in Massachusetts; one had primarily long-term care residents and high hospice utilization, the other had low hospice utilization and a high proportion of post-acute care residents. Qualitative in-person interviews with 21 staff members who had a role implementing the MOLST explored their experiences using the form in their daily work routines. Staff at both nursing homes described benefits of the MOLST such as providing guidance for staff and family...
March 6, 2018: Geriatric Nursing
Amol S Navathe, Alexander M Bain, Rachel M Werner
BACKGROUND: While early evidence suggests that Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) may reduce post-acute care (PAC) utilization for attributed beneficiaries, whether these effects spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in ACOs stray is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate whether changes in PAC use and Medicare spending spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Robert E Burke, Edward Hess, Anna E Barón, Cari Levy, Jacques D Donzé
OBJECTIVES: To derive a risk prediction score for potential adverse outcomes in older adults transitioning to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) from the hospital. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (2003-11). PARTICIPANTS: Previously community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries who were hospitalized and discharged to SNF for postacute care (N=2,043). MEASUREMENTS: Risk factors included demographic characteristics, comorbidities, health status, hospital length of stay, prior SNF stays, SNF size and ownership, treatments received, physical function, and active signs or symptoms at time of SNF admission...
March 2, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Avital Hershkovitz, Corina Angel, Shai Brill, Ran Nissan
BACKGROUND: Anticholinergic (AC) drugs are associated with significant impairment in cognitive and physical function which may affect rehabilitation in older people. We aimed to evaluate whether AC burden is associated with rehabilitation achievement in post-acute hip-fractured patients. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study carried out in a post-acute geriatric rehabilitation center on 1019 hip-fractured patients admitted from January 2011 to October 2015. The Anticholinergic Cognitive Burden Scale (ACB) was used to quantify the AC burden...
March 3, 2018: Drugs & Aging
Guy R Orangio
The economic burden of cancer on the national health expenditure is billions of dollars. The economic cost is measured on direct and indirect medical costs, which vary depending on stage at diagnosis, patient age, type of medical services, and site of service. Costs vary by region, physician behavior, and patient preferences. When analyzing the economic burden of survivors of colon cancer, we cannot forget the societal burden. Post-acute care and readmissions are major economic burdens. People with colon cancer have to be followed for their lifetime...
April 2018: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Austin T Robinson, Adriana Mazzuco, Ahmad S Sabbahi, Audrey Borghi-Silva, Shane A Phillips
Dietary pre-workout supplements are popular among recreational exercisers and athletes. However, the effects of these supplements on the vasculature, both at rest and during exercise, are not well studied. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of one week of supplementation with a multi-ingredient dietary pre-workout supplement on measures of vascular function at rest and immediately following acute resistance exercise in young, recreationally active adults. Twelve participants (9 males, 3 females; age: 24...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Lauren S Penney
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February 26, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Gloria-Beatrice Wintermann, Jenny Rosendahl, Kerstin Weidner, Bernhard Strauß, Andreas Hinz, Katja Petrowski
BACKGROUND: Fatigue often occurs as long-term complication in chronically critically ill (CCI) patients after prolonged intensive care treatment. The Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory (MFI-20) has been established as valid instrument to measure fatigue in a wide range of medical illnesses. Regarding the measurement of fatigue in CCI patients, the psychometric properties of the MFI-20 have not been investigated so far. Thus, the present study examines reliability and validity of the MFI-20 in CCI patients...
February 20, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Holly Dabelko-Schoeny, Ji Won Shin, Emily Kowal, Janine Overcash, Jeffrey M Caterino, Mary Beth Happ
The purpose of this study was to examine the perception of adult day services (ADS) staff and hospital discharge planners regarding the feasibility of ADS to provide post-acute care (PAC) for persons with dementia. We conducted key informant interviews with emergency department (ED) and inpatient hospital discharge planners ( n = 9), and two focus groups with ADS staff ( n = 15) representing five ADS programs. Four thematic categories were identified from the discharge planners, including concerns for patients, factors influencing discharge, experience with ADS, and conditions for ADS referrals...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
Meenakshi Singh, Boriana Parvez, Agnes Banquet, Jordan S Kase
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether Post-Acute Care Inpatient Rehabilitation (PACIR) admission after NICU stay affects the total length of stay (LOS) of very preterm (VPT: ≤30 weeks of gestation) infants. METHODS: A retrospective case control study of VPT infants d/c'd from the NICU at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital (MFCH) to either a PACIR (Blythedale Children's Hospital: BH) for convalescent care (cases) or directly home (controls). RESULTS: 35 cases and 70 controls...
February 20, 2018: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Hai-Ting Zhao, Yu-Hu Zhang, Ying-Hui Zhang, Yue Shen, Yi-Dan Zhang, Fang-Fang Bi, Bo Xiao, Hao Zhang, Wen Ye, Hong-Hai Zhang, Yi-Wei Liao
Neurogenesis in the cerebral infarction after an ischemic event is important to the rehabilitation of patients. However, the mechanism of angiogenesis around cerebral ischemia is not clear. Our study designed to test whether the nerve growth factor (NGF)-P-focal adhesion kinase (FAK) signaling pathway for associations with angiogenesis plays a key role in post-acute cerebral ischemia of rats. Firstly, we implanted the Matrigel, a carrier of basement membrane matrix, into the abdominal skin of rats to identify the relevant components of the NGF-P-FAK signaling pathway related to angiogenesis...
February 16, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Jo-Ana D Chase, David Russell, Liming Huang, Alexandra Hanlon, Melissa O'Connor, Kathryn H Bowles
Few studies have explored racial/ethnic differences in health care outcomes among patients receiving home health care (HHC), despite known differences in other care settings. We conducted a retrospective cohort study examining racial/ethnic disparities in rehospitalization and emergency room (ER) use among post-acute patients served by a large northeastern HHC agency between 2013 and 2014 ( N = 22,722). We used multivariable binomial logistic regression to describe the relationship between race/ethnicity and health care utilization outcomes, adjusting for individual-level factors that are conceptually related to health service use...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
I Churilov, L Churilov, R J MacIsaac, E I Ekinci
Sarcopenia is associated with poor function and increased risk of falls and disability. This work reports a systematic review and meta-analysis of prevalence of sarcopenia in post acute inpatient rehabilitation. Sarcopenia is found to be present in approximately 50% of rehabilitation patients and its prevalence may vary with admission diagnosis. PURPOSE:  To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of reported prevalence of sarcopenia in post acute inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS:  Systematic review conducted according to PRISMA guidelines (PROSPERO registration number CRD42016054135)...
February 18, 2018: Osteoporosis International
Matthew W Sherwood, Renato D Lopes, Jie Lena Sun, Danny Liaw, Robert A Harrington, Lars Wallentin, Daniel T Laskowitz, Stefan K James, Shaun G Goodman, Harald Darius, Basil S Lewis, C Michael Gibson, Karen S Pieper, John H Alexander
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients with prior stroke are at greater risk for recurrent cardiovascular events post-acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and may have a different risk/benefit profile with antithrombotic therapy than patients without prior stroke. METHODS: We studied 7391 patients with ACS from APPRAISE-2, stratified by the presence or absence of prior stroke. Baseline characteristics and outcomes of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke were compared between groups...
March 2018: American Heart Journal
João Pedro Ferreira, Nicolas Girerd, John Gregson, Ichraq Latar, Abhinav Sharma, Marc A Pfeffer, John J V McMurray, Azmil H Abdul-Rahim, Bertram Pitt, Kenneth Dickstein, Patrick Rossignol, Faiez Zannad
BACKGROUND: Stroke can occur after myocardial infarction (MI) in the absence of atrial fibrillation (AF). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify risk factors (excluding AF) for the occurrence of stroke and to develop a calibrated and validated stroke risk score in patients with MI and heart failure (HF) and/or systolic dysfunction. METHODS: The datasets included in this pooling initiative were derived from 4 trials: CAPRICORN (Effect of Carvedilol on Outcome After Myocardial Infarction in Patients With Left Ventricular Dysfunction), OPTIMAAL (Optimal Trial in Myocardial Infarction With Angiotensin II Antagonist Losartan), VALIANT (Valsartan in Acute Myocardial Infarction Trial), and EPHESUS (Eplerenone Post-Acute Myocardial Infarction Heart Failure Efficacy and Survival Study); EPHESUS was used for external validation...
February 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Arinori Kamono, Naomichi Ogihara
The ability to shift weight toward the paretic leg has been considered an essential ability to restore independent walking for post-acute stroke patients. However, few data are available regarding the relationship between the weight-shift ability and gait performance. No clear mechanism has been provided as to why and how the weight-shift ability improves walking performance in stroke patients. We therefore investigated changes in the weight-shift ability and kinematic and kinetic parameters of walking gait in post-stroke patients during rehabilitation...
February 1, 2018: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Antoinette Conca, Angela Gabele, Barbara Reutlinger, Philipp Schuetz, Alexander Kutz, Sebastian Haubitz, Lukas Faessler, Marcus Batschwaroff, Ursula Schild, Zeljka Caldara, Katharina Regez, Susanne Schirlo, Gabi Vossler, Timo Kahles, Krassen Nedeltchev, Anja Keller, Andreas Huber, Sabina De Geest, Ulrich Buergi, Petra Tobias, Martine Louis Simonet, Beat Mueller, Petra Schäfer-Keller
BACKGROUND: Early identification of patients requiring transfer to post-acute care (PAC) facilities shortens hospital stays. With a focus on interprofessional assessment of biopsychosocial risk, this study's aim was to assess medical and neurological patients' post-acute care discharge (PACD) scores on days 1 and 3 after hospital admission regarding diagnostic accuracy and effectiveness as an early screening tool. The transfer to PAC facilities served as the outcome ("gold standard")...
February 13, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
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