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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432756/high-rate-of-systemic-corticosteroid-prescription-among-outpatient-visits-for-psoriasis-a-population-based-epidemiological-study-using-the-korean-national-health-insurance-database
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Sang Jun Eun, Sihyeok Jang, Jin Yong Lee, Young Kyung Do, Seong Jin Jo
The use of systemic corticosteroids (SC) for the treatment of psoriasis is not recommended according to textbooks and guidelines. In clinical practise, however, many physicians frequently prescribe SC for patients with psoriasis. To determine the magnitude of SC prescription for outpatients with psoriasis in Korea and identify factors associated with the use of SC, we used the 2010-2014 nationwide claims data of the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service of Korea. In frequency analysis for the full scale of prescribed SC, oral methylprednisolone was the most frequently prescribed SC, followed by dexamethasone and betamethasone injections...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432751/acute-kidney-injury-plasma-lactate-concentrations-and-lactic-acidosis-in-metformin-users-a-godarts-study
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Paul J Connelly, Mike Lonergan, Enrique Soto-Pedre, Louise Donnelly, Kaixin Zhou, Ewan R Pearson
AIMS: Metformin is renally excreted and has been associated with the development of lactic acidosis. Although current advice is to omit metformin during illnesses that may increase risk of acute kidney injury (AKI), the evidence supporting this is lacking. We investigated the relationship between AKI, lactate concentrations and the risk of lactic acidosis in those exposed to metformin. METHODS: We undertook a population-based case-control study of lactic acidosis in 1,746 participants with Type 2 diabetes and 846 individuals without diabetes with clinically measured lactates with and without AKI between 1994-2014...
April 21, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432646/is-there-a-role-for-ivabradine-in-the-contemporary-management-of-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-in-academic-and-community-heart-failure-clinics-in-canada
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Sherryn Roth, Carlos Fernando, Sadia Azeem, Gordon W Moe
INTRODUCTION: In patients with heart failure (HF) and reduced ejection fraction, increased heart rate (HR) is an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes. In systolic HF treatment with the If inhibitor ivabradine trial (SHIFT), Ivabradine improved survival when added to conventional treatment including β-blockers. However, the extent of benefit in the real world is unclear. We examined the characteristics of patients on guideline-directed therapy and determined who had SHIFT-like characteristics...
April 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432574/a-critical-appraisal-of-the-quality-of-adult-dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-guidelines-in-osteoporosis-using-the-agree-ii-tool-an-euroaim-initiative
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Carmelo Messina, Bianca Bignotti, Alberto Bazzocchi, Catherine M Phan, Alberto Tagliafico, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Francesco Sardanelli, Luca Maria Sconfienza
OBJECTIVES: Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the most widely used technique to measure bone mineral density (BMD). Appropriate and accurate use of DXA is of great importance, and several guidelines have been developed in the last years. Our aim was to evaluate the quality of published guidelines on DXA for adults. METHODS: Between June and July 2016 we conducted an online search for DXA guidelines, which were evaluated by four independent readers blinded to each other using the AGREE II instrument...
April 21, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431847/guideline-compliance-and-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-with-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-with-infectious-diseases-consultation-in-addition-to-antimicrobial-stewardship-directed-review
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Kevin Buehrle, Jennifer Pisano, Zhe Han, Natasha N Pettit
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have shown infectious diseases consultation (IDC) for Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) improves management and outcomes. The influence of IDC on outcomes for SAB in addition to an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) review for adult inpatients with SAB has not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of IDC on SAB management with concomitant ASP review and resulting outcomes. METHODS: Adult inpatients with SAB admitted December 2012-October 2014 were included...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430076/on-using-distributional-analysis-techniques-for-determining-the-onset-of-the-influence-of-experimental-variables
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Eyal M Reingold, Heather Sheridan
Much of the investigation of eye-movement control in visual cognition has focused on the influence of experimental variables on mean fixation durations. In the present paper we explored the convergence between two distributional analysis techniques that were recently introduced in this domain. First, Staub, White, Drieghe, Hollway and Rayner, (2010) proposed fitting the ex-Gaussian distribution to individual participants' data in order to ascertain whether a variable has a rapid or a slow influence on fixation durations...
April 21, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427905/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening-practices-impact-of-the-2014-u-s-preventive-services-task-force-recommendations
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Evan J Zucker, Alexander S Misono, Anand M Prabhakar
PURPOSE: To assess changes in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound screening associated with the release of revised U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on June 24, 2014. METHODS: All AAA screening ultrasound examinations performed in the Massachusetts General Hospital radiology department in the 15 months before and after the new guidelines were retrospectively reviewed to assess changes in examination volume and appropriateness, demographics, aneurysm detection rate and size at diagnosis, frequency and type of incidental findings, and radiologist recommendations...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427747/percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-for-aspiration-pneumonia-a-10-year-single-center-experience
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Hiromi Tomioka, Shyuji Yamashita, Nobuaki Mamesaya, Masahiro Kaneko
BACKGROUND: The significance of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) in patients with aspiration pneumonia is unknown. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics and outcomes of aspiration pneumonia patients who underwent PEG. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients hospitalized with pneumonia who underwent PEG from 2005 to 2014. RESULTS: Of 2281 cases of pneumonia, 92 patients with aspiration pneumonia underwent PEG during their hospital stay...
May 2017: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427109/traveler-s-diarrhea-vision-abnormalities-and-unsteady-gait-in-a-young-woman
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Tobias Mühling, Felix Gundling, Thomas Helmberger, Wolfgang Schepp
We report on the course of disease in a young woman, originally admitted with suspected refractory infectious tropical traveler's diarrhea. However, symptoms did not resolve upon either symptomatic or subsequent antibiotic therapy. When neurologic deterioration was observed, imaging studies revealed a dramatic series of thromboembolic events, including intracranial hemorrhage caused by extensive sinus vein thrombosis as well as thrombi of the right cardiac ventricle. Colonic mucosal biopsy samples finally led to the histologic diagnosis of ulcerative colitis...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426561/unfractionated-heparin-versus-low-molecular-weight-heparin-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-in-trauma
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Benjamin N Jacobs, Anne H Cain-Nielsen, Jill L Jakubus, Judy N Mikhail, John J Fath, Scott E Regenbogen, Mark R Hemmila
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in trauma patients. Pharmacologic prophylaxis is utilized in trauma patients to reduce their risk of a VTE event. The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma guidelines recommend use of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) as the preferred agent in these patients. However, there is literature suggesting that unfractionated heparin (UFH) is an acceptable, and less costly, alternative VTE prophylaxis agent with equivalent efficacy in trauma patients...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425898/compliance-with-school-nutrition-policies-in-ontario-and-alberta-an-assessment-of-secondary-school-vending-machine-data-from-the-compass-study
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Michelle M Vine, Daniel W Harrington, Alexandra Butler, Karen Patte, Katelyn Godin, Scott T Leatherdale
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the extent to which a sample of Ontario and Alberta secondary schools are being compliant with their respective provincial nutrition policies, in terms of the food and beverages sold in vending machines. METHODS: This observational study used objective data on drinks and snacks from vending machines, collected over three years of the COMPASS study (2012/2013-2014/2015 school years). Drink (e.g., sugar-containing carbonated/non-carbonated soft drinks, sports drinks, etc...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424984/management-of-ingested-hijab-pin
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Evyatar Hubara, Galina Ling, Vered Pinsk, Yotam Lior, Sharon Daniel, Shalev Zuckerman, Baruch Yerushalmi
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Accidental swallowing of hijab (or turban) pin was reported mainly among adolescent girls. Current guidelines indicate emergent intervention endoscopy in case a long sharp object is found in the gastrointestinal tract. The aims of the current study are to present the results of an observational approach and to assess the need for intervention. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted including all 5-18-year-old patients who presented with hijab-pin ingestion between 2003 and 2014...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424549/seasonal-variability-in-clinical-care-of-copd-outpatients-results-from-the-andalusian-copd-audit
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Jose Luis López-Campos, Maria Abad Arranz, Carmen Calero-Acuña, Fernando Romero-Valero, Ruth Ayerbe-García, Antonio Hidalgo-Molina, Ricardo I Aguilar-Pérez-Grovas, Francisco García-Gil, Francisco Casas-Maldonado, Laura Caballero-Ballesteros, María Sánchez-Palop, Dolores Pérez-Tejero, Alejandro Segado Soriano, Jose Calvo-Bonachera, Bárbara Hernández-Sierra, Adolfo Doménech, Macarena Arroyo-Varela, Francisco González-Vargas, Juan J Cruz-Rueda
OBJECTIVES: Clinical practice in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be influenced by weather variability throughout the year. To explore the hypothesis of seasonal variability in clinical practice, the present study analyzes the results of the 2013-2014 Andalusian COPD audit with regard to changes in clinical practice according to the different seasons. METHODS: The Andalusian COPD audit was a pilot clinical project conducted from October 2013 to September 2014 in outpatient respiratory clinics of hospitals in Andalusia, Spain (8 provinces with more than 8 million inhabitants) with retrospective data gathering...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424243/nutrition-and-high-flow-nasal-cannula-respiratory-support-in-children-with-bronchiolitis
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Katherine N Slain, Natalia Martinez-Schlurmann, Steven L Shein, Anne Stormorken
OBJECTIVES: No guidelines are available regarding initiation of enteral nutrition in children with bronchiolitis on high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) support. We hypothesized that the incidence of feeding-related adverse events (AEs) would not be associated with HFNC support. METHODS: This retrospective study included children ≤24 months old with bronchiolitis receiving HFNC in a PICU from September 2013 through April 2014. Data included demographics, respiratory support during feeding, and feeding-related AEs...
April 19, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421912/a-survey-of-school-nurse-emergency-preparedness-2014-2015
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Margaret R Ugalde, Danielle Guffey, Charles G Minard, Angelo P Giardino, Gwendolyn A Johnson
Well-prepared school nurses are more likely to handle emergencies properly. Thus, assessing crisis management preparedness is important. In August 2014, a questionnaire was sent to 275 nurses in a large Texas school system to collect data about nurse and school characteristics, emergency frequency and management, and equipment availability. Completed surveys (201, 73%) were analyzed. Fisher's exact test was used to evaluate comparisons among nurses' confidence levels, school characteristics, emergencies, and medical emergency response plans (MERP)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of School Nursing: the Official Publication of the National Association of School Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421714/endometrial-cells-on-pap-tests-ideal-reporting-is-more-complex-than-just-finding-the-right-age-ideal-reporting-of-endometrial-cells-on-pap-tests
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Gabor Fischer, Maha Haddad, Karen Cormier
BACKGROUND: The age for reporting normal endometrial cells (EMCs) on Pap tests was changed to ≥ 45 years in the latest Bethesda update (2014). This recommendation is solely based on age with no consensus on optimal reporting guidelines. METHODS: Pap tests with EMCs for women ≥40 years were retrieved from our Laboratory Information System (LIS). Patient age, last menstrual period (LMP) and available follow-up histology were recorded. Follow-up diagnoses were categorized as: no significant pathology, benign, hyperplasia ± atypia, or malignant...
April 19, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420803/comparison-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-and-the-european-society-of-cardiology-guidelines-for-the-management-of-patients-with-valvular-heart-disease
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Aya J Alame, Aris Karatasakis, Judit Karacsonyi, Barbara A Danek, Paul Sorajja, Mario Gössl, Santiago Garcia, Hani Jneid, Nikolaos Kakouros, Jose Roberto Martinez-Parachini, Erica Resendes, Pratik Kalsaria, Michele Roesle, Bavana V Rangan, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
BACKGROUND: The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) have developed guidelines to assist clinicians in making evidence-based decisions. This study compares the ACC/AHA and ESC guidelines for the management of patients with valvular heart disease (VHD). METHODS: The current ACC/AHA and ESC guidelines for VHD, last updated in 2014 and 2012, respectively, were compared by class of recommendation (COR), level of evidence (LOE), and content...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420294/smart-recognising-the-value-of-existing-practice-and-introducing-recent-developments-leaving-no-stone-unturned-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-the-pdoc-patient
#18
H Gill-Thwaites, K E Elliott, R Munday
Over the last 25 years there have been a number of papers highlighting the issues of high rates of misdiagnosis in prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC) (Andrews, K., Murphy, L., Munday, R., & Littlewood, C. (1996). Misdiagnosis of the vegetative state: Retrospective study in a rehabilitation unit. BMJ, 313(7048), 13-16; Childs, N. L., Mercer, W. N., & Childs, H. W. (1993). Accuracy of diagnosis of persistent vegetative state. Neurology, 43(8), 1465-1467). Surprisingly, these rates still remain at the same level despite defined criteria for diagnosis (Schnakers, C...
April 18, 2017: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419562/international-opinions-and-national-surveillance-suggest-insufficient-consensus-regarding-the-recognition-and-management-practices-of-infants-with-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infections
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J Gunkel, J Nijman, M A Verboon-Maciolek, T F W Wolfs, L S de Vries
AIM: This study evaluated the recognition and management practices with regard to congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infections by a select group of experts and through a national surveillance study. METHOD: A questionnaire was sent to international experts involved in mother and infant care in 2014-2015. Monthly surveillance was conducted among Dutch paediatricians for cases of cCMV infections from 2013 until 2015. RESULTS: The questionnaire was completed by 63/103 (62%) respondents, who indicated that recognition and management practices varied...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418870/neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-as-prognostic-indicator-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Randy C Bowen, Nancy Ann B Little, Joshua R Harmer, Junjie Ma, Luke G Mirabelli, Kyle D Roller, Andrew Mackay Breivik, Emily Signor, Alec B Miller, Hung T Khong
An accurate, time efficient, and inexpensive prognostic indicator is needed to reduce cost and assist with clinical decision making for cancer management. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), which is derived from common serum testing, has been explored in a variety of cancers. We sought to determine its prognostic value in gastrointestinal cancers and performed a meta-analysis of published studies using the Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology guidelines. Included were randomized control trials and observational studies that analyzed humans with gastrointestinal cancers that included NLR and hazard ratios (HR) with overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), progression-free survival (PFS), and/or cancer-specific survival (CSS)...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
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