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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055250/clinical-characteristics-of-patients-with-diagnostic-uncertainty-of-major-depressive-disorder
#1
Taichi Mogi, Hiroyuki Toda, Aihide Yoshino
BACKGROUND: Physicians do not always confidently diagnose psychiatric disorders. The present study was conducted to identify the clinical characteristics of patients in whom a definitive diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) could not be established. METHODS: The participants were 199 consecutive outpatients with MDD, who were comprehensively diagnosed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI). The physician in charge of each patient quantified his/her sense of self-confidence in diagnosing the patient with MDD using the self-rating questionnaire in which the score ranged from 1 (not at all confident) to 5 (definitely MDD)...
October 16, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054570/estimated-seroprevalence-of-anaplasma-spp-and-spotted-fever-group-rickettsia-exposure-among-herders-and-livestock-in-mongolia
#2
Michael E von Fricken, Sukhbaatar Lkhagvatseren, Bazartseren Boldbaatar, Pagbajab Nymadawa, Thomas A Weppelmann, Bekh-Ochir Baigalmaa, Benjamin D Anderson, Megan E Reller, Paul M Lantos, Gregory C Gray
BACKGROUND: To better understand the epidemiology of tick-borne disease in Mongolia, a comprehensive seroprevalence study was conducted investigating exposure to Anaplasma spp. and spotted fever group (SFG) Rickettsia spp. in nomadic herders and their livestock across three provinces from 2014 to 2015. METHODS: Blood was collected from 397 herders and 2370 livestock, including sheep, goats, cattle, horses and camels. Antibodies against Anaplasma spp. and SFG Rickettsia were determined by indirect immunofluorescence using commercially available slides coated with Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Rickettsia rickettsii antigens...
October 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054187/accuracy-of-exercise-tolerance-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-left-dominant-coronary-circulation
#3
Armin Attar, Arman Mehrzadeh, Mohsen Foulad, Davar Aldavood, Mohammad Amin Fallahzadeh, Mohammad Assadian Rad, Shahdad Khosropanah
BACKGROUND: Exercise is a physiologic stress that helps the physicians to clarify the presence or absence of cardiovascular disease which may be obscure at rest. Although it is sensitive, its specificity is affected by several parameters, such as some metabolic conditions, some structural heart diseases, and some baseline electrocardiogram abnormalities. Currently, the relationship between coronary dominance and accuracy of EET is not examined. Therefore, this study was conducted to determine the potential impact of coronary dominance on the accuracy of EET...
September 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053719/total-disc-replacement-using-tissue-engineered-intervertebral-discs-in-the-canine-cervical-spine
#4
Yu Moriguchi, Jorge Mojica-Santiago, Peter Grunert, Brenton Pennicooke, Connor Berlin, Thamina Khair, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Rodolfo J Ricart Arbona, Joseph Nguyen, Roger Härtl, Lawrence J Bonassar
The most common reason that adults in the United States see their physician is lower back or neck pain secondary to degenerative disc disease. To date, approaches to treat degenerative disc disease are confined to purely mechanical devices designed to either eliminate or enable flexibility of the diseased motion segment. Tissue engineered intervertebral discs (TE-IVDs) have been proposed as an alternative approach and have shown promise in replacing native IVD in the rodent tail spine. Here we demonstrate the efficacy of our TE-IVDs in the canine cervical spine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053490/paea-accreditation-task-force-briefing-paper-moving-toward-outcomes-based-accreditation
#5
Mary Jo Bondy, Sara Fletcher, Steven Lane
In anticipation of a revision to the Standards for Accreditation, the Phyisician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) charged a small task force to develop a strategy for engaging its members in the revision process. Rather than focusing on the current Standards, the task force members recommend a backward design approach to determine the desired outcomes of a successful revision to the Standards. Ultimately, the group believes that shifting to an outcomes-based model for accreditation will allow for greater innovation in physician assistant education and reduce the strain on programs facing resource limitations, particularly clinical site shortages...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Physician Assistant Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052691/discontinuing-inappropriate-medication-use-in-nursing-home-residents-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Hans Wouters, Jessica Scheper, Hedi Koning, Chris Brouwer, Jos W Twisk, Helene van der Meer, Froukje Boersma, Sytse U Zuidema, Katja Taxis
Background: Inappropriate prescribing is a well-known clinical problem in nursing home residents, but few interventions have focused on reducing inappropriate medication use. Objective: To examine successful discontinuation of inappropriate medication use and to improve prescribing in nursing home residents. Design: Pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial, with clustering by elder care physicians and their wards. (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01876095)...
October 10, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051888/triplane-ankle-fracture-with-concomitant-ipsilateral-shaft-of-tibia-fracture-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#7
Sarang Kasture, Koldo Azurza
INTRODUCTION: Triplane fracture is a rare adolescent ankle injury. Its association with ipsilateral tibial shaft fracture is very rarely reported in the literature. CASE REPORT: This is a case of a 14-year-old male who sustained a twisting injury to his right leg after a fall from a height. He sustained a minimally displaced spiral fracture of the mid-shaft of his right tibia with a concomitant ipsilateral two part triplane fracture of the ankle. He underwent minimally invasive percutaneous locking plate fixation for tibial fracture and percutaneous screw fixation for an ankle fracture...
May 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050738/-timma-ultrasonographic-scale-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-by-vascular-neurologists
#8
K Yayehd, N Morel, W Vadot, G Rodier, C Maugras, J Jund, L Belle, T Berremili
BACKGROUND: Carotid atherosclerosis is a powerful predictive factor of vascular risk at the individual patient level. Ultrasonography is a reference technique for the evaluation of this condition. However, its use in common practice remains difficult due to a lack of standardization and inter-operator variability. We present a new and simple technique for the assessment of carotid atherosclerosis; and evaluate the ability of vascular neurologists to obtain results consistent with those of an expert in vascular ultrasound...
October 16, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050007/comparison-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-tacrolimus-versus-infliximab-for-active-ulcerative-colitis
#9
Ken Takeuchi, Takahiro Shimoyama, Takayuki Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: This narrative review was to determine which medication, tacrolimus (TAC) or infliximab (IFX), is safer and more effective in the management of active UC. Our literature search identified 5 studies directly comparing the outcomes of TAC versus IFX for active UC. A review of the 5 studies was undertaken. SUMMARY: The incidence of serious adverse events was not significantly different between the TAC and IFX groups. The short-term clinical remission and response rates and the colectomy-free rates were similar between the groups...
October 19, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049614/anticoagulation-management-following-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-is-similar-across-all-provider-strategies
#10
Asia McDavid, Kelly MacBrair, Sitaramesh Emani, Lianbo Yu, Peter H U Lee, Bryan A Whitson, Brent C Lampert, Riddhima Agarwal, Ahmet Kilic
OBJECTIVES: Thromboembolic and bleeding events are potential complications following left ventricular assist device implantation. A tight control of the international normalized ratio (INR) is believed to be crucial in the reduction of postimplant complications. There is significant variability among institutions as to whether a device implanting centre should be managing the INR. In this study, we evaluated the effect of INR management strategies in maintaining a therapeutic INR. METHODS: A retrospective review was utilized to identify patients implanted with either the HeartMate II or the HeartWare HVAD between January 2011 and February 2016...
August 14, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049530/risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-among-otolaryngology-patients-vs-general-surgery-and-plastic-surgery-patients
#11
John D Cramer, Amanda E Dilger, Alex Schneider, Stephanie Shintani Smith, Sandeep Samant, Urjeet A Patel
Importance: Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, is the number 1 cause of preventable death in surgical patients. Current guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians provide VTE prevention recommendations that are specific to individual surgical subspecialties; however, no guidelines exist for otolaryngology. Objective: To examine the rate of VTE for various otolaryngology procedures compared with an established average-risk field (general surgery) and low-risk field (plastic surgery)...
October 19, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049425/comparison-of-internal-medicine-and-general-surgery-residents-assessments-of-risk-of-postsurgical-complications-in-surgically-complex-patients
#12
James M Healy, Kimberly A Davis, Kevin Y Pei
Importance: Anticipating postsurgical complications is a vital physician skill, particularly when counseling surgically complex patients on their risks of intervention. Although internists and surgeons both counsel patients on surgical risks, it is uncertain who is better equipped to accurately anticipate surgical complications. Objective: To examine how internal medicine and general surgery trainees compare in their assessment of risk of surgically complex patients...
October 11, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049273/tdap-vaccination-coverage-during-pregnancy-selected-sites-united-states-2006-2015
#13
Stephen Kerr, Carla M Van Bennekom, Jennifer L Liang, Allen A Mitchell
Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended during the third trimester of each pregnancy to provide protection to newborns, who are at risk for pertussis-related morbidity and mortality (1). As part of its case-control surveillance study of medications and birth defects, the Birth Defects Study of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University (the Birth Defects Study) has recorded data on vaccinations received during pregnancy since 2006. Among 5,606 mothers of infants without structural birth defects in this population (control group), <1% had received Tdap vaccine before 2009...
October 20, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049178/evaluation-of-smoking-cessation-intervention-in-patients-with-chronic-diseases-in-smoking-cessation-clinics
#14
Changxi Zhou, Lei Wu, Qinghui Liu, Huaijie An, Bin Jiang, Fan Zuo, Li Zhang, Yao He
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of psychological intervention and psychological plus drug intervention on smoking cessation among male smokers with single chronic diseases.A total of 509 male smokers were divided into psychological group (n = 290) and psychological plus drugs (n = 219) groups according to their will. The physicians provided free individual counseling and follow-up interviews with brief counseling for all the subjects. In addition to mental intervention, patients in psychological plus drug group also received bupropion hydrochloride or varenicline tartrate to quit smoking...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049076/fatigue-risk-management-the-impact-of-anesthesiology-residents-work-schedules-on-job-performance-and-a-review-of-potential-countermeasures
#15
Lily R Wong, Erin Flynn-Evans, Keith J Ruskin
Long duty periods and overnight call shifts impair physicians' performance on measures of vigilance, psychomotor functioning, alertness, and mood. Anesthesiology residents typically work between 64 and 70 hours per week and are often required to work 24 hours or overnight shifts, sometimes taking call every third night. Mitigating the effects of sleep loss, circadian misalignment, and sleep inertia requires an understanding of the relationship among work schedules, fatigue, and job performance. This article reviews the current Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines for resident duty hours, examines how anesthesiologists' work schedules can affect job performance, and discusses the ramifications of overnight and prolonged duty hours on patient safety and resident well-being...
October 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048991/impacts-of-early-guideline-directed-21-gene-recurrence-score-testing-on-adjuvant-therapy-decision-making
#16
Hannah Dzimitrowicz, Sarah Mougalian, Sherri Storms, Sandra Hurd, Anees B Chagpar, Brigid K Killelea, Nina R Horowitz, Donald R Lannin, Malini Harigopal, Erin Hofstatter, Michael P DiGiovanna, Kerin B Adelson, Andrea Silber, Maysa Abu-Khalaf, Gina Chung, Wajih Zaheer, Osama Abdelghany, Christos Hatzis, Lajos Pusztai, Tara B Sanft
PURPOSE: The 21-gene recurrence score (RS) assay is used to help formulate adjuvant chemotherapy recommendations for patients with estrogen receptor-positive, early-stage breast cancer. Most frequently, medical oncologists order RS after surgery. Results take an additional 2 weeks to return, which can delay decision making. We conducted a prospective quality-improvement project to assess the impact of early guideline-directed RS ordering by surgeons before the first visit with a medical oncologist on adjuvant therapy decision making...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048710/correlations-among-ultrasound-guided-diffuse-optical-tomography-microvessel-density-and-breast-cancer-prognosis
#17
Sihua Niu, Qingli Zhu, Yuxin Jiang, Jiaan Zhu, Mengsu Xiao, Shanshan You, Weixun Zhou, Yu Xiao
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the correlation among ultrasound-guided diffuse optical tomography (DOT), microvessel density, and breast cancer prognosis. METHODS: Before surgery, the total hemoglobin (Hb) concentrations of 184 female patients with breast cancer with only a single lesion were measured. During follow-up, 23 patients had recurrence or metastatic disease after surgery. Among these patients, 18 with recurrence or metastatic disease within 3 years after surgery were paired with 18 patients without recurrence or metastatic disease...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048447/strategies-for-disease-prevention-and-health-promotion-in-urban-areas-the-erice-50-charter
#18
D D'Alessandro, S Arletti, A Azara, M Buffoli, L Capasso, A Cappuccitti, A Casuccio, A Cecchini, G Costa, A M De Martino, M Dettori, E Di Rosa, G M Fara, M Ferrante, G Giammanco, A Lauria, G Melis, U Moscato, I Oberti, C Patrizio, M G Petronio, A Rebecchi, V Romano Spica, G Settimo, C Signorelli, S Capolongo
The Erice 50 Charter titled "Strategies for Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion in Urban Areas" was unanimously approved at the conclusion of the 50th Residential Course "Urban Health. Instruments for promoting health and for assessing hygienic and sanitary conditions in urban areas", held from 29th March to 2nd April 2017 in Erice, at the "Ettore Majorana" Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture and promoted by the International School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine "G. D'Alessandro" and the Study Group "Building Hygiene" of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI)...
November 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048264/counseling-parents-at-risk-of-delivery-of-an-extremely-premature-infant-differing-strategies
#19
Marlyse F Haward, Annie Janvier, John M Lorenz, Baruch Fischhoff
BACKGROUND: It is not known how neonatologists address the affective and cognitive loads on parents deciding whether to resuscitate infants born extremely preterm. This study explores expert neonatologists' views on these decision-making processes and their own roles in counseling parents. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews asked internationally recognized experts to share their perspectives on perinatal consultations. Their responses were subjected to thematic analysis...
October 19, 2017: AJOB Empirical Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047407/a-web-based-collection-of-genotype-phenotype-associations-in-hereditary-recurrent-fevers-from-the-eurofever-registry
#20
Riccardo Papa, Matteo Doglio, Helen J Lachmann, Seza Ozen, Joost Frenkel, Anna Simon, Bénédicte Neven, Jasmin Kuemmerle-Deschner, Huri Ozgodan, Roberta Caorsi, Silvia Federici, Martina Finetti, Maria Trachana, Jurgen Brunner, Liliana Bezrodnik, Mari Carmen Pinedo Gago, Maria Cristina Maggio, Elena Tsitsami, Wafaa Al Suwairi, Graciela Espada, Anna Shcherbina, Guzide Aksu, Nicolino Ruperto, Alberto Martini, Isabella Ceccherini, Marco Gattorno
BACKGROUND: Hereditary recurrent fevers (HRF) are a group of rare monogenic diseases leading to recurrent inflammatory flares. A large number of variants has been described for the four genes associated with the best known HRF, namely MEFV, NLRP3, MVK, TNFRSF1A. The Infevers database ( http://fmf.igh.cnrs.fr/ISSAID/infevers ) is a large international registry collecting variants reported in these genes. However, no genotype-phenotype associations are provided, but only the clinical phenotype of the first patient(s) described for each mutation...
October 18, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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