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Bassel G Diebo, Denis Cherkalin, Cyrus M Jalai, Neil V Shah, Greg W Poorman, George A Beyer, Frank A Segreto, Virginie Lafage, Qais Naziri, Jared M Newman, William P Urban, Thomas J Errico, Frank J Schwab, Carl B Paulino, Peter G Passias
Retrospective review of National Inpatient Sample (2000-2012) revealed that 31.28% of musculoskeletal (MSK) patients were found to have in-hospital psychological burdens (PBs). Adult spinal deformity (ASD), degenerative disc disease (DDD) and lung cancer patients had highest PB-prevalence. MSK patients with PB were more often young, white females with increased Deyo index compared to no-PB patients. Patients who underwent spinal revision procedures had higher PB rates than with primary procedures; a converse trend was observed for total hip/knee arthroplasty...
June 2018: Journal of Orthopaedics
Michael A Preston, Glen P Mays, Zoran Bursac, Billy R Thomas, Jonathan Laryea, J Mick Tilford, Michelle Odlum, Sharla A Smith, Ronda S Henry-Tillman
Precision public health requires research that supports innovative systems and health delivery approaches, programs, and policies that are part of this vision. This study estimated the effects of health insurance mandate (HiM) variations and the effects of physician utilization on moderating colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates. A time-series analysis using a difference-in-difference-in-differences (DDD) approach was conducted on CRC screenings (1997-2014) using a multivariate logistic framework. Key variables of interest were HiM, CRC screening status, and physician utilization...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Matthew J Resnick, Amy J Graves, Sunita Thapa, Robert Gambrel, Mark D Tyson, Daniel Lee, Melinda B Buntin, David F Penson
Importance: Despite rapid diffusion of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), whether ACO enrollment results in observable changes in cancer screening remains unknown. Objective: To determine whether Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO enrollment changes the appropriateness of screening for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers. Design, Setting, and Participants: For this population-based analysis of Medicare beneficiaries, we used Medicare data from 2007 through 2014 and evaluated changes in screening associated with ACO enrollment using differences-in-differences (DD) analyses...
March 19, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Amy Peacock, Brian Eastwood, Andrew Jones, Tim Millar, Patrick Horgan, Jonathan Knight, Kulvir Randhawa, Martin White, John Marsden
BACKGROUND: This was a national English observational cohort study using administrative data to estimate the effectiveness of community pharmacological and psychosocial treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). METHODS: All adults commencing AUD treatment in the community reported to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (April 1 2014-March 31 2015; N = 52,499). Past 28-day admission drinking pattern included drinks per drinking day (DDD): 0 ('Abstinent'), 1-15 ('Low-High'), 16-30 ('High-Extreme') and over 30 DDD ('Extreme')...
March 13, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Grzegorz Ziółkowski, Iwona Pawłowska, Lech Krawczyk, Jadwiga Wojkowska-Mach
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii strains are currently the most commonly isolated non-fermenting rods at Polish intensive care units (ICUs), and they are the dominant aetiological agents of pneumonia. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of A. baumannii isolated from patients who were hospitalised at Sosnowiec Hospital's ICU. We also investigated the drug sensitivity of A. baumannii in relation to antibiotic consumption expressed as the defined daily dose (DDD) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Jack Zigler, Nicole Ferko, Chris Cameron, Leena Patel
AIM: To compare the efficacy and safety of total disc replacement, lumbar fusion, and conservative care in the treatment of single-level lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD). MATERIALS & METHODS: A network meta-analysis was conducted to determine the relative impact of lumbar DDD therapies on Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) success, back pain score, patient satisfaction, employment status, and reoperation. Odds ratios or mean differences and 95% credible intervals were reported...
March 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Adrian H Heald, Mark Livingston, Zuzanna Bien, Gabriela Y C Moreno, Ian Laing, Mike Stedman
BACKGROUND: In the financial year 2016/17 there were 52.0 million items prescribed for diabetes at a total net ingredient cost of £983.7 million - up from 28.9 million prescription items and £572.4 million in 2006/07. Anti-diabetes drugs (British National Formulary section 6.1.2) make up 45.1 per cent of the total £983.7 million net ingredient cost of drugs used in diabetes and account for 72.0 per cent of prescription items for all diabetes prescribing. METHODS: We examined the way that agents licensed to treat type 2 diabetes were used across GP practices in England in the year 2016/2017...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Masao Takahashi, Nicolas Badenco, Jacques Monteau, Estelle Gandjbakhch, Fabrice Extramiana, Marina Urena, Nicole Karam, Eloi Marijon, Vincent Algalarrondo, Emmanuel Teiger, Nicolas Lellouche
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the impact of pacemaker mode programming on clinical outcomes in patients with high-degree atrioventricular conduction disturbance (AVCD) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). BACKGROUND: Although high-degree AVCD after TAVI can receive pacemaker, recovery of the AVCD is often observed. Specific pacemaker algorithms (AAI-DDD mode switch) are available which favor spontaneous atrioventricular conduction. METHODS: Of 1,621 consecutive multi-center TAVI patients, 269 (16...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Weiheng Wang, Yang Wang, Guoying Deng, Jun Ma, Xiaodong Huang, Jiangming Yu, Yanhai Xi, Xiaojian Ye
Objective: Special hypoxic and hypertonic microenvironment in intervertebral discs (IVDs) decreases the treatment effect of cell transplantation. We investigated the hypothesis that hypoxic preconditioning (HP) could improve the therapeutic effect of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) to IVD degeneration. Methods: BMSCs from green fluorescent protein-transgenic rats were pretreated with cobalt chloride (CoCl2 , 100  μ M, 24 h) for hypoxic conditions in vitro ...
2018: Stem Cells International
Jonas W Wastesson, Jaana E Martikainen, Helga Zoëga, Morten Schmidt, Øystein Karlstad, Anton Pottegård
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is one of the most commonly used analgesics in Europe; however, both the safety and efficacy of paracetamol have recently been questioned. Little is known about cross-national differences in the sales of paracetamol. Using national wholesale statistics and nationwide prescription drug registers, we investigated trends in total and prescribed use of paracetamol in the Nordic countries. The total sales of paracetamol (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification system code: N02BE01) measured as defined daily doses (DDD) per 1000 inhabitants/day, and the sales by prescription (users per 1000 inhabitants per year), increased in the Nordic countries from 2000 to 2015...
March 12, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Blerim Mujaj, Daniel Bos, Mariana Selwaness, Maarten J G Leening, Maryam Kavousi, Jolanda J Wentzel, Aad van der Lugt, Albert Hofman, Bruno H Stricker, Meike W Vernooij, Oscar H Franco
BACKGROUND: Statins represent a key treatment for cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, the direct effects of statin treatment on the composition of atherosclerotic plaques remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the association of statin treatment with the presence of different plaque components located in the carotid arteries within a population-based setting. METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 1740 participants with carotid atherosclerosis (mean age 72...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
A H Heald, A A Fryer, S G Anderson, M Livingston, M Lunt, M Davies, Gyc Moreno, R Gadsby, R J Young, M Stedman
AIMS: Despite increasing spend on new Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) therapies, the proportion of people with T2DM achieving target glycaemia outcomes is declining. Our aim was to determine, using published General Practice level data, how differences in T2DM prescribing patterns relate to glycaemic target achievement levels. METHODS: Multiple linear regression modelling was used to link practice characteristics and defined daily dose (DDD) of class of medication in 2015/16 and changes to 2014/15 in medication to proportions achieving target glycaemic control (TGC; glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) ≤7...
March 8, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
M Vankalakunti, R Augustine, R Jangamani, V Siddini, R Bonu, K Babu, S H Ballal
Dense deposit disease (DDD), earlier called Type II membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis is distinct disease having frequent relapses reaching end-stage kidney disease by 10-year in up to 50%-60% of cases and high recurrence rate in the allograft. The term DDD is derived from its distinctive ribbon-like osmiophilic deposits in the lamina densa of glomerular basement membrane by electron microscopy. Pathogenetically, alternate pathway dysfunction leads to this disease, which is diagnosed by ultrastructure...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
K J Low, K Stals, R Caswell, M Wakeling, J Clayton-Smith, A Donaldson, N Foulds, A Norman, M Splitt, K Urankar, K Vijayakumar, A Majumdar, Ddd Study, S Ellard, S F Smithson
CHN is genetically heterogeneous and its genetic basis is difficult to determine on features alone. CNTNAP1 encodes CASPR, integral in the paranodal junction high molecular mass complex. Nineteen individuals with biallelic variants have been described in association with severe congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy, respiratory compromise, profound intellectual disability and death within the first year. We report 7 additional patients ascertained through exome sequencing. We identified 9 novel CNTNAP1 variants in 6 families: three missense variants, four nonsense variants, one frameshift variant and one splice site variant...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Zhi-Gang Zhang, Fei Chen, Jian-Zhong Chen
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the effect of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASP) on reducing antimicrobial resistance rate, antibiotics consumption and multi-drug resistance bacterial infections in the pediatric patients. METHODS: This study was carried out in the Pediatric Center of a tertiary hospital of Shandong Province, China. The study duration was separated into two periods according to introduction of ASP (began from April 2011). Before intervention: from April 2009 to March 2011; after intervention: from April 2012 to March 2014...
March 5, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Gilles Norotte, Carlos Barrios
OBJECTIVE: Recent improvements in cage designs with integral fixation and screw attachments have made stand-alone ALIF a viable option with several possible advantages. The aim of this study was to confirm the efficacy and safety of a PEEK cage filled with hydroxyapatite nanoparticles without adding a bone graft for stand-alone ALIF in the treatment of L5-S1 isolated degenerative disc discopathy (DDD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty-five patients who required surgery for DDD were evaluated...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
John P Buchweitz, Keri Carson, Sarah Rebolloso, Andreas Lehner
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is an insecticidal organochlorine pesticide with; known potential for neurotoxic effects in wildlife. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) registration for this pesticide has been cancelled and there are currently no federally active products that contain this ingredient in the U.S. We present a case of a colony of big brown bats (E. Fuscus) found dead in the attic roost of an administrative building; in the city of Hamilton, Montana from unknown cause...
February 26, 2018: Chemosphere
Joseph Rwagitinywa, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Robert Bourrel, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Agnès Sommet
Adherence to antiretroviral (ARV) is crucial to achieve viral load suppression in HIV-infected patients. This study aimed to compare adherence to generic multi-tablet regimens (MTR) ver-sus brand MTR likely to incorporate ARV drugs without breaking fixed-dose combinations (FDC) and brand single-tablet regimens (STR) likely to incorporate generics by breaking the FDC. Patients aged of 18 years or over, exposed to one of the generic or the brand of lamivu-dine (3TC), zidovudine/lamivudine (AZT/TC), nevirapine (NVP), or efavirenz (EFV), or the brand STR of efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir (EFV/FTC/TDF)...
March 5, 2018: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Amadou Barry, Djibrilla Issiaka, Tiangoua Traore, Almahamoudou Mahamar, Boubacar Diarra, Issaka Sagara, Diakalia Kone, Ogobara K Doumbo, Patrick Duffy, Michal Fried, Alassane Dicko
BACKGROUND: Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), the administration of complete therapeutic courses of antimalarials to children aged 3-59 months during the malaria transmission season, is a new strategy recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for malaria control in Sahelian countries such as Mali with seasonal transmission. The strategy is a highly cost-effective approach to reduce malaria burden in these areas. Despite the substantial benefits of SMC on malaria infection and disease, the optimal approach to deliver SMC remains to be determined...
2018: PloS One
Jiaquan Luo, Hongbo Wang, Jun Peng, Zhongyuan Deng, Zhen Zhang, Shixue Liu, Daidong Wang, Ming Gong, Shuo Tang
BACKGROUND: The concern of adjacent segment disease (ASD) has led to the development of motion-preserving technologies such as cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA). However, there is still controversy whether CDA is superior to anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) as to the incidence of ASD. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the rate of ASD between CDA and ACDF. METHODS: Systematic searches of all relevant studies through November. 2017 were identified from Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase and CNKI...
February 27, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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