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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324277/using-multivariate-techniques-to-assess-the-effects-of-urbanization-on-surface-water-quality-a-case-study-in-the-liangjiang-new-area-china
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Kun Luo, Xuebin Hu, Qiang He, Zhengsong Wu, Hao Cheng, Zhenlong Hu, Asit Mazumder
Rapid urbanization in China has been causing dramatic deterioration in the water quality of rivers and threatening aquatic ecosystem health. In this paper, multivariate techniques, such as factor analysis (FA) and cluster analysis (CA), were applied to analyze the water quality datasets for 19 rivers in Liangjiang New Area (LJNA), China, collected in April (dry season) and September (wet season) of 2014 and 2015. In most sampling rivers, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, and fecal coliform exceeded the Class V guideline (GB3838-2002), which could thereby threaten the water quality in Yangtze and Jialing Rivers...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320071/adherence-to-national-exercise-guidelines-by-patients-attending-emergency-departments-a-multi-site-survey
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Paul Berlingeri, Neil Cunningham, David McD Taylor, Jonathan Knott, Daniel McLean, Rex Gavan, Luke Plant, Hayley Chen, Tracey Weiland
OBJECTIVE: The proportion of adults in Australia meeting or exceeding the national guidelines for physical activity has remained relatively static over the past 10 years. The research objective was to measure self-reported physical activity and sedentary behaviour among ED patients in accordance with Australia's current physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines, revised in 2014. METHODS: A convenience sample of participants was recruited from three EDs in Melbourne between February and May 2016...
March 20, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320069/usefulness-of-laboratory-and-radiological-investigations-in-the-management-of-supraventricular-tachycardia
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Aadith Ashok, Miguel Cabalag, David McD Taylor
OBJECTIVE: Although ED patients presenting with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) are commonly investigated, the value of these investigations has been questioned. We aimed to determine the frequency and utility of investigations in patients with SVT. METHODS: We undertook an explicit retrospective medical record audit of patients with SVT who presented to a single ED (January 2004 to June 2014). Data on demographics, presenting complaints, investigations and outcomes were extracted...
March 20, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318891/lessons-from-a-national-audit-of-acute-pancreatitis-a-summary-of-the-ncepod-report-treat-the-cause
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REVIEW
D A O'Reilly, S J McPherson, M T Sinclair, N Smith
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) is an independent organisation whose remit is to review the quality of medical and surgical care provided in the United Kingdom. We undertook a review into the care provided to patients treated for acute pancreatitis during a 6 month study period between 1st January and 30th June 2014. This included assessment of care at an organisational level, clinical level within hospitals and external peer review. From a random sample, 712 patients underwent hospital clinician review and 418 patients had external peer review...
February 17, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318613/latent-tuberculosis-infection-screening-prior-to-biological-treatment-in-tunisian-patients
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Marwa Slouma, Ines Mahmoud, Olfa Saidane, Selma Bouden, Leila Abdelmoula
OBJECTIVES: The screening of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is necessary to prevent infection in patients with chronic inflammatory disease (CID) undergoing biological treatment. We aimed to assess the efficacy of LTBI screening prior to biological treatment in Tunisia, considered as a high-incidence area of active TB disease. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study over a period of 8 years [2007-2014] including patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatism receiving biologic agents since at least 6 months...
February 24, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318531/national-survey-on-postoperative-care-and-treatment-circuits-in-neurosurgery
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R Valero, E Carrero, N Fàbregas, F Iturri, N Saiz-Sapena, L Valencia
INTRODUCTION: The analysis of surgical processes should be a standard of health systems. We describe the circuit of care and postoperative treatment for neurosurgical interventions in the centres of our country. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From June to October 2014, a survey dealing with perioperative treatments and postoperative circuits after neurosurgical procedures was sent to the chiefs of Anaesthesiology of 73 Spanish hospitals with neurosurgery and members of the Neuroscience Section of SEDAR...
March 16, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317015/evaluation-of-the-2015-aga-guidelines-on-pancreatic-cystic-neoplasms-in-a-large-surgically-confirmed-multicenter-cohort
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Phillip S Ge, V Raman Muthusamy, Srinivas Gaddam, Diana-Marie Jaiyeola, Stephen Kim, Alireza Sedarat, Timothy R Donahue, Lindsay Hosford, Robert H Wilson, David P Grande, Rajesh N Keswani, Vladimir M Kushnir, Daniel Mullady, Steven A Edmundowicz, Dayna S Early, Srinadh Komanduri, Sachin Wani, Rabindra R Watson
Background and study aims The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recently published guidelines for the management of asymptomatic pancreatic cystic neoplasms (PCNs). We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic characteristics of the AGA guidelines in appropriately recommending surgery for malignant PCNs. Patients and methods A retrospective multicenter study was performed of patients who underwent endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for evaluation of PCNs who ultimately underwent surgical resection from 2004 - 2014...
March 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316912/intensity-of-commonly-reported-classroom-based-physical-activity-opportunities-in-public-schools
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Timothy K Behrens, Whitney M Holeva, Dick Carpenter, Elizabeth Tucker, Carmen Luna, John Donovan, Julaine Field, Cheryl Kelly
The purpose of this study was to examine the intensity levels of PA opportunities offered in public school classrooms. Schools (N = 101) in school districts (N = 25) reported PA opportunities offered in classrooms using an online data collection tool over a two-year period (2014-2016). Using a randomized sampling technique, 20-30% of teachers in each school were selected each week to report PA in their classroom. These responses resulted in N = 18,210 usable responses. A researcher determined the intensity of PA opportunities using the 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities as a guideline; two additional researchers confirmed the coded categories...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316281/are-potentially-clinically-meaningful-benefits-misinterpreted-in-cardiovascular-randomized-trials-a-systematic-examination-of-statistical-significance-clinical-significance-and-authors-conclusions
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G Michael Allan, Caitlin R Finley, James McCormack, Vivek Kumar, Simon Kwong, Emelie Braschi, Christina Korownyk, Michael R Kolber, Adriennne J Lindblad, Oksana Babenko, Scott Garrison
BACKGROUND: While journals and reporting guidelines recommend the presentation of confidence intervals, many authors adhere strictly to statistically significant testing. Our objective was to determine what proportions of not statistically significant (NSS) cardiovascular trials include potentially clinically meaningful effects in primary outcomes and if these are associated with authors' conclusions. METHODS: Cardiovascular studies published in six high-impact journals between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2014 were identified via PubMed...
March 20, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315732/2017-aha-acc-focused-update-of-the-2014-aha-acc-guideline-for-the-management-of-patients-with-valvular-heart-disease-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-task-force-on-clinical-practice-guidelines
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Rick A Nishimura, Catherine M Otto, Robert O Bonow, Blase A Carabello, John P Erwin, Lee A Fleisher, Hani Jneid, Michael J Mack, Christopher J McLeod, Patrick T O'Gara, Vera H Rigolin, Thoralf M Sundt, Annemarie Thompson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314797/effect-of-2013-acc-aha-blood-cholesterol-guidelines-on-statin-treatment-patterns-and-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-in-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-patients
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Ted Okerson, Jeetvan Patel, Stefan DiMario, Tanya Burton, Jerald Seare, David J Harrison
BACKGROUND: Preceding release of the 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) cholesterol guidelines, prescribers aimed for specific low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) goals in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). The 2013 guidelines changed this focus to treating patients with appropriate statin intensity given their ASCVD risk. We examined statin use and LDL-C levels before and after the 2013 ACC/AHA guidelines in patients with clinical ASCVD as defined in the guidelines...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314170/-pseudo-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-sign-on-early-brain-computed-tomography-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survivors-receiving-targeted-temperature-management
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Byung Kook Lee, Youn-Jung Kim, Seung Mok Ryoo, Su Jin Kim, Dong Hun Lee, Kyung Woon Jeung, Won Young Kim
PURPOSE: Newly updated guidelines suggest brain computed tomography for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors to identify a neurologic cardiac arrest cause. We hypothesized that the "pseudo-subarachnoid hemorrhage" (p-SAH) sign in cardiac arrest survivors is associated with poor outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the registries of 2 tertiary hospitals, identifying 836 adult (≥18 years) patients achieving return of spontaneous circulation after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306587/comparison-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-and-the-european-society-of-cardiology-guidelines-for-the-management-of-patients-with-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Aya J Alame, Aris Karatasakis, Judit Karacsonyi, Barbara A Danek, Erica Resendes, Jose R Martinez Parachini, Pratik Kalsaria, Michele Roesle, Bavana V Rangan, Paul Sorajja, Hani Jneid, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
INTRODUCTION: The American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) have been developing guidelines to assist clinicians in making evidence-based decisions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The current ACC/AHA and ESC guidelines for non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTE-ACS) that were updated in 2014 and 2015, respectively, were compared to assess the number of recommendations on the basis of class of recommendation and level of evidence (LOE), the sources cited, and the content...
March 16, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306523/evaluation-of-thyroid-test-utilization-through-analysis-of-population-level-data
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Jasmine Gill, Vilte E Barakauskas, Dylan Thomas, Karina Rodriguez-Capote, Trefor Higgins, Don Zhang, Amanda VanSpronsen, Oksana Babenko, Roberta Martindale, Mathew P Estey
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate laboratory test utilization can result in unnecessary patient testing and increased healthcare costs. While several thyroid function tests are available, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is recommended as the first-line test for investigating and monitoring thyroid dysfunction. We evaluate thyroid test utilization in Northern Alberta in terms of testing patterns, frequencies, and reflex cutpoints. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed thyroid test requests from January to December 2014...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301680/variation-in-the-use-of-advanced-imaging-at-the-time-of-breast-cancer-diagnosis-in-a-statewide-registry
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N Lynn Henry, Thomas M Braun, Tara M Breslin, David H Gorski, Samuel M Silver, Jennifer J Griggs
BACKGROUND: Although national guidelines do not recommend extent of disease imaging for patients with newly diagnosed early stage breast cancer given that the harm outweighs the benefits, high rates of testing have been documented. The 2012 Choosing Wisely guidelines specifically addressed this issue. We examined the change over time in imaging use across a statewide collaborative, as well as the reasons for performing imaging and the impact on cost of care. METHODS: Clinicopathologic data and use of advanced imaging tests (positron emission tomography, computed tomography, and bone scan) were abstracted from the medical records of patients treated at 25 participating sites in the Michigan Breast Oncology Quality Initiative (MiBOQI)...
March 16, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301593/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-of-south-african-healthcare-workers-regarding-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-influenza-among-hiv-infected-individuals
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Jazmin Duque, Sisanda Gaga, David Clark, Madeleine Muller, Bulenani Kuwane, Cheryl Cohen, Sibongile Walaza, Stefano Tempia, Puleng Ramatoboe, Tsakani Furumele, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Meredith L McMorrow, Adam L Cohen
BACKGROUND: The South African Department of Health (DOH) publishes annual guidelines identifying priority groups, including immunosuppressed individuals and healthcare workers (HCW), for influenza vaccination and treatment. How these guidelines have impacted HCW and their patients, particularly those infected with HIV, remains unknown. METHODS: We aimed to describe the knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding influenza and the vaccine among South African HCW...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299259/facial-feminization-surgical-modification-for-indian-european-and-african-faces
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S M Balaji
INTRODUCTION: Gender reassignment surgery for facial feminization is being increasingly sought out by males with gender nonconformity issues. Noninvasive camouflage measures such as changing hairstyle, makeup, and filler inserts often do not fetch desired long lasting effects and surgery is sought as a last resort. The facial feminization surgery (FFS) for Indian faces, has no definitive protocol till date and largely remains as an arbitrary undertaking based on individual patient's perception, expectation, and surgeon's ability...
July 2016: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298725/evaluation-of-the-indications-for-performing-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-female-pelvis-at-a-referral-center-for-cancer-according-to-the-american-college-of-radiology-criteria
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Camila Silva Boaventura, Daniel Padilha Rodrigues, Olimpio Antonio Cornehl Silva, Fabrício Henrique Beltrani, Rayssa Araruna Bezerra de Melo, Almir Galvão Vieira Bitencourt, Gustavo Gomes Mendes, Rubens Chojniak
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the indications for performing magnetic resonance imaging of the female pelvis at a referral center for cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective, single-center study, conducted by reviewing medical records and imaging reports. We included 1060 female patients who underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the pelvis at a cancer center between January 2013 and June 2014. The indications for performing the examination were classified according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) criteria...
January 2017: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298458/2017-aha-acc-focused-update-of-the-2014-aha-acc-guideline-for-the-management-of-patients-with-valvular-heart-disease-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-task-force-on-clinical-practice-guidelines
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REVIEW
Rick A Nishimura, Catherine M Otto, Robert O Bonow, Blase A Carabello, John P Erwin, Lee A Fleisher, Hani Jneid, Michael J Mack, Christopher J McLeod, Patrick T O'Gara, Vera H Rigolin, Thoralf M Sundt, Annemarie Thompson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298208/looking-back-to-move-forward-a-twenty-year-audit-of-herpes-zoster-in-asia-pacific
#20
REVIEW
Liang-Kung Chen, Hidenori Arai, Liang-Yu Chen, Ming-Yueh Chou, Samsuridjal Djauzi, Birong Dong, Taro Kojima, Ki Tae Kwon, Hoe Nam Leong, Edward M F Leung, Chih-Kuang Liang, Xiaohong Liu, Dilip Mathai, Jiun Yit Pan, Li-Ning Peng, Eduardo Rommel S Poblete, Philip J H Poi, Stewart Reid, Terapong Tantawichien, Chang Won Won
BACKGROUND: Herpes zoster (HZ) is a prevalent viral disease that inflicts substantial morbidity and associated healthcare and socioeconomic burdens. Current treatments are not fully effective, especially among the most vulnerable patients. Although widely recommended, vaccination against HZ is not routine; barriers in Asia-Pacific include long-standing neglect of adult immunisation and sparse local data. To address knowledge gaps, raise awareness, and disseminate best practice, we reviewed recent data and guidelines on HZ from the Asia-Pacific region...
March 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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