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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586255/disparities-in-assisted-reproductive-technology-utilization-by-race-and-ethnicity-united-states-2014-a-commentary
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Ada C Dieke, Yujia Zhang, Dmitry M Kissin, Wanda D Barfield, Sheree L Boulet
Disparities in infertility and access to infertility treatments, such as assisted reproductive technology (ART), by race/ethnicity, have been reported. However, identifying disparities in ART usage may have been hampered by missing race/ethnicity information in ART surveillance. We review infertility prevalence and treatment disparities, use recent data to examine ART use in the United States by race/ethnicity and residency in states with mandated insurance coverage for in vitro fertilization (IVF), and discuss approaches for reducing disparities...
June 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577692/ulcerative-colitis-treatment-patterns-and-cost-of-care
#2
Kyle D Null, Yihua Xu, Margaret K Pasquale, Chinyu Su, Amy Marren, James Harnett, Jack Mardekian, Alireza Manuchehri, Paul Healey
OBJECTIVES: To examine treatment patterns, dosing, health care resource utilization, and cost of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi), adalimumab (ADA) and infliximab (IFX), among patients enrolled in US Humana insurance plans who have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study identified the first pharmacy or medical claim for ADA or IFX (from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2014) in patients with continuous enrollment for 6 months or more preindex and 12 months or more postindex, with one or more UC diagnosis claim 6 months pre- or postindex...
June 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507772/clinically-significant-depressive-symptoms-and-sexual-behaviour-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Ada R Miltz, Alison J Rodger, Janey Sewell, Andrew Speakman, Andrew N Phillips, Lorraine Sherr, Richard J Gilson, David Asboe, Nneka C Nwokolo, Amanda Clarke, Mark M Gompels, Sris Allan, Simon Collins, Fiona C Lampe
BACKGROUND: The relationship between depression and sexual behaviour among men who have sex with men (MSM) is poorly understood. AIMS: To investigate prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms (Patient Health Questionnaire-9 score ≥10) and the relationship between depressive symptoms and sexual behaviour among MSM reporting recent sex. METHOD: The Attitudes to and Understanding of Risk of Acquisition of HIV (AURAH) is a cross-sectional study of UK genitourinary medicine clinic attendees without diagnosed HIV (2013-2014)...
May 2017: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488283/switching-of-biologics-in-psoriasis-reasons-and-results
#4
Hiromi Honda, Yoshinori Umezawa, Sota Kikuchi, Koichi Yanaba, Osamu Fukuchi, Toshihiro Ito, Yoshimasa Nobeyama, Akihiko Asahina, Hidemi Nakagawa
Efficacy and safety profiles of biologics have been established for moderate to severe psoriasis. However, inefficacy or adverse events sometimes require changing the treatment to other biologics. Here, we examine the effectiveness of this strategy. We retrospectively investigated cases requiring switching biologics. We enrolled 275 psoriatic patients treated with biologics between January 2010 and December 2014 in our hospital. Of these, 51 required a switch to another biologic. First-line therapies were infliximab (IFX, n = 26), adalimumab (ADA, n = 18) and ustekinumab (UST, n = 7), and second-line therapies were IFX (n = 5), ADA (n = 21) and UST (n = 25)...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483337/individualised-prediction-model-of-seizure-recurrence-and-long-term-outcomes-after-withdrawal-of-antiepileptic-drugs-in-seizure-free-patients-a-systematic-review-and-individual-participant-data-meta-analysis
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Herm J Lamberink, Willem M Otte, Ada T Geerts, Milen Pavlovic, Julio Ramos-Lizana, Anthony G Marson, Jan Overweg, Letícia Sauma, Luigi M Specchio, Michael Tennison, Tania M O Cardoso, Shlomo Shinnar, Dieter Schmidt, Karin Geleijns, Kees P J Braun
BACKGROUND: People with epilepsy who became seizure-free while taking antiepileptic drugs might consider discontinuing their medication, with the possibility of increased quality of life because of the elimination of adverse events. The risk with this action, however, is seizure recurrence. The objectives of our study were to identify predictors of seizure recurrence and long-term seizure outcomes and to produce nomograms for estimation of individualised outcomes. METHODS: We did a systematic review and meta-analysis, and identified eligible articles and candidate predictors, using PubMed and Embase databases with a last update on Nov 6, 2014...
May 5, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479884/prevalence-and-socioeconomic-correlates-of-autism-among-children-attending-primary-and-secondary-schools-in-south-east-nigeria
#6
Josephat M Chinawa, Pius C Manyike, Elias C Aniwada, Awoere T Chinawa, Herbert A Obu, Odutola I Odetunde, Ada Rc Nwokocha, Roland R Ibekwe
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence and socio-economic determinants of autism among children attending primary and secondary schools in South East, Nigeria. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study that assessed the prevalence and socio-economic pattern of childhood autism among children attending primary and secondary schools in Enugu and Ebonyi states, South East Nigeria. The questionnaire was adapted from American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR, 2000)...
December 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406120/knowledge-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-traders
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U C Okonkwo, O E Ngim, H Osim, M A Inyama, M Kooffreh-Ada E Esu, R Ndoma-Egba, E Ezedinachi
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a public health problem in Nigeria, with 13% of its general population having evidence of a previous or current infection. Lack of awareness of HBV, its risk factors, and its consequences are recognized as major deterrents to adopting positive preventive behavior including immunization among HBV high-risk groups. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of HBV infection among traders...
April 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347721/extra-analytical-quality-indicators-and-laboratory-performances
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REVIEW
Laura Sciacovelli, Ada Aita, Mario Plebani
In the last few years much progress has been made in raising the awareness of laboratory medicine professionals about the effectiveness of quality indicators (QIs) in monitoring, and improving upon, performances in the extra-analytical phases of the Total Testing Process (TTP). An effective system for management of QIs includes the implementation of an internal assessment system and participation in inter-laboratory comparison. A well-designed internal assessment system allows the identification of critical activities and their systematic monitoring...
July 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241357/effect-of-collaborative-care-vs-usual-care-on-depressive-symptoms-in-older-adults-with-subthreshold-depression-the-casper-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Simon Gilbody, Helen Lewis, Joy Adamson, Katie Atherton, Della Bailey, Jacqueline Birtwistle, Katharine Bosanquet, Emily Clare, Jaime Delgadillo, David Ekers, Deborah Foster, Rhian Gabe, Samantha Gascoyne, Lesley Haley, Jahnese Hamilton, Rebecca Hargate, Catherine Hewitt, John Holmes, Ada Keding, Amanda Lilley-Kelly, Shaista Meer, Natasha Mitchell, Karen Overend, Madeline Pasterfield, Jodi Pervin, David A Richards, Karen Spilsbury, Gemma Traviss-Turner, Dominic Trépel, Rebecca Woodhouse, Friederike Ziegler, Dean McMillan
Importance: There is little evidence to guide management of depressive symptoms in older people. Objective: To evaluate whether a collaborative care intervention can reduce depressive symptoms and prevent more severe depression in older people. Design, Setting, and Participants: Randomized clinical trial conducted from May 24, 2011, to November 14, 2014, in 32 primary care centers in the United Kingdom among 705 participants aged 65 years or older with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) subthreshold depression; participants were followed up for 12 months...
February 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221250/factors-associated-with-discontinuation-of-anti-tnf-inhibitors-among-persons-with-ibd-a-population-based-analysis
#10
Laura E Targownik, Aruni Tennakoon, Stella Leung, Lisa M Lix, Zoann Nugent, Harminder Singh, Charles N Bernstein
INTRODUCTION: Antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) medications are known to be highly efficacious in persons with moderate-to-severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There is a paucity of data from population-based sources to elucidate persistence with these medications in the general population of IBD. Discontinuation of anti-TNF therapy is a marker of lack of effectiveness, intolerance, and patient/physician practice preferences. METHODS: We identified all persons with IBD in Manitoba who were dispensed infliximab (IFX) and adalimumab (ADA) between 2001 and 2014...
March 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160418/comparison-of-the-risk-of-infections-in-different-anti-tnf-agents-a-meta-analysis
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Hongxing Liao, Zhixiong Zhong, Zhanliang Liu, Xuenong Zou
BACKGROUND: Anti-tumor necrosis factor α (anti-TNF-α) treatments are widely used in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, the increased risk of infections is one of the most important side effects of anti-TNF-α agents. This study evaluated the differences between monoclonal antibodies and the soluble receptor for infections in patients with RA by direct comparison of observation studies. METHODS: A systemic literature search was conducted in March 2014 and an up-to-date search was conducted in August 2014...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153987/sex-differences-in-faculty-rank-among-academic-cardiologists-in-the-united-states
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Daniel M Blumenthal, Andrew R Olenski, Robert W Yeh, Doreen DeFaria Yeh, Amy Sarma, Ada C Stefanescu Schmidt, Malissa J Wood, Anupam B Jena
BACKGROUND: Studies demonstrate that women physicians are less likely than men to be full professors. Comprehensive evidence examining whether sex differences in faculty rank exist in academic cardiology, adjusting for experience and research productivity, is lacking. Therefore, we evaluated for sex differences in faculty rank among a comprehensive, contemporary cohort of US cardiologists after adjustment for several factors that impact academic advancement, including measures of clinical experience and research productivity...
February 7, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152842/measuring-adherence-to-a-choosing-wisely-recommendation-in-a-regional-oncology-clinic
#13
Gary H Lyman, Karma L Kreizenbeck, Catherine R Fedorenko, April Alfiler, Heather Noble, Tracy Kusnir-Wong, Ada Mohedano, F Marc Stewart, Benjamin E Greer, Scott David Ramsey
196 Background: Natural language processing (NLP) has the potential to significantly ease the burden of manual abstraction of unstructured electronic text when measuring adherence to national guidelines. We incorporated NLP into standard data processing techniques such as manual abstraction and database queries in order to more efficiently evaluate a regional oncology clinic's adherence to ASCO's Choosing Wisely colony stimulating factor (CSF) recommendation using clinical, billing, and cancer registry data...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146414/timing-of-lower-extremity-injuries-in-competition-and-practice-in-high-school-sports
#14
Kyle Nagle, Bernadette Johnson, Lina Brou, Tyler Landman, Ada Sochanska, R Dawn Comstock
BACKGROUND: Laboratory-based experiments demonstrate that fatigue may contribute to lower extremity injury (LEI). Few studies have examined the timing of LEIs during competition and practice, specifically in high school athletes across multiple sports, to consider the possible relationship between fatigue and LEIs during sport events. HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to describe the timing of LEIs in high school athletes within games and practices across multiple sports, with a hypothesis that more and severe injuries occur later in games and practices...
May 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100170/interaction-between-acyl-ghrelin-and-bmi-predicts-clinical-outcomes-in-hemodialysis-patients
#15
Ilia Beberashvili, Inna Sinuani, Ada Azar, Gregory Shapiro, Leonid Feldman, Keren Doenyas-Barak, Kobi Stav, Shai Efrati
BACKGROUND: Ghrelin, a gastric orexigenic peptide, and body mass index (BMI) are known as inversely associated to each other and are both linked to cardiovascular (CV) risk and mortality in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. However, it is unclear whether the interaction between ghrelin and BMI is associated with a risk of all-cause and CV death in this population. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed on 261 MHD outpatients (39% women, mean age 68...
January 18, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070750/examining-trends-in-prediabetes-and-its-relationship-with-the-metabolic-syndrome-in-us-adolescents-1999-2014
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Arthur M Lee, Cyrelle R Fermin, Stephanie L Filipp, Matthew J Gurka, Mark D DeBoer
AIMS: We sought to investigate temporal trends in prediabetes prevalence among US adolescents using two definitions and evaluate relationships with obesity and a MetS-severity score. METHODS: We evaluated data from 5418 non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Hispanic adolescents aged 12-19 participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2014 with complete data regarding MetS and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). Prediabetes status was defined by American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria: fasting glucose 100-125 mg/dL or HbA1c 5...
April 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053673/diagnostic-protocol-for-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-gdm-iadpsg-ada-2011-influence-on-the-occurrence-of-gdm-and-mild-gestational-hyperglycemia-mgh-and-on-the-perinatal-outcomes
#17
Mariana Pinto Sirimarco, Helena Maciel Guerra, Eduardo Guimarães Lisboa, Joice Monalisa Vernini, Bianca Nicolosi Cassetari, Roberto Antonio de Araujo Costa, Marilza Vieira Cunha Rudge, Iracema de Mattos Paranhos Calderon
BACKGROUND: In August 2011, the Specialized Center for Diabetes and Pregnancy of the Botucatu Medical School/Unesp adopted a new diagnostic protocol for gestational diabetes mellitus, recommended by the American Diabetes Association and the International Association of the Diabetes and Pregnancy Study Group. The glycemic profile was evaluated using the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) used to diagnose mild gestational hyperglycemia, recognized and treated in our department as gestational diabetes mellitus...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001229/sociodemographic-and-epidemiological-profile-of-leprosy-patients-in-an-endemic-region-in-brazil
#18
Ronald Jefferson Martins, Maria Emília Oliveira Gomes Carloni, Suzely Adas Saliba Moimaz, Cléa Adas Saliba Garbin, Artênio José Ísper Garbin
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of Hansen's disease is high in overlooked populations. METHODS: Data of Hansen's disease cases reported in the information system of the Department of Informatics, Brazilian Unified Health System, from 2013 to 2014 were analyzed. RESULTS: Among 434 studied cases of Hansen's disease, the female sex (52.5%), adult age (73.7%), low educational level (61.8%), and multibacillary form were associated with higher prevalence rates...
November 2016: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926640/preeclampsia-and-long-term-risk-of-maternal-retinal-disorders
#19
Nathalie Auger, William D Fraser, Gilles Paradis, Jessica Healy-Profitós, Ada Hsieh, Marc-André Rhéaume
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether preeclampsia is associated with risk of maternal retinal disease in the decades after pregnancy. METHODS: We carried out a longitudinal cohort study of 1,108,541 women who delivered neonates in any hospital in Quebec, Canada, between 1989 and 2013. We tracked women for later hospitalizations until March 31, 2014. Preeclampsia was measured at delivery categorized by severity (mild or severe) and onset (before or at 34 weeks or more of gestation)...
January 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899602/the-human-phenotype-ontology-in-2017
#20
Sebastian Köhler, Nicole A Vasilevsky, Mark Engelstad, Erin Foster, Julie McMurry, Ségolène Aymé, Gareth Baynam, Susan M Bello, Cornelius F Boerkoel, Kym M Boycott, Michael Brudno, Orion J Buske, Patrick F Chinnery, Valentina Cipriani, Laureen E Connell, Hugh J S Dawkins, Laura E DeMare, Andrew D Devereau, Bert B A de Vries, Helen V Firth, Kathleen Freson, Daniel Greene, Ada Hamosh, Ingo Helbig, Courtney Hum, Johanna A Jähn, Roger James, Roland Krause, Stanley J F Laulederkind, Hanns Lochmüller, Gholson J Lyon, Soichi Ogishima, Annie Olry, Willem H Ouwehand, Nikolas Pontikos, Ana Rath, Franz Schaefer, Richard H Scott, Michael Segal, Panagiotis I Sergouniotis, Richard Sever, Cynthia L Smith, Volker Straub, Rachel Thompson, Catherine Turner, Ernest Turro, Marijcke W M Veltman, Tom Vulliamy, Jing Yu, Julie von Ziegenweidt, Andreas Zankl, Stephan Züchner, Tomasz Zemojtel, Julius O B Jacobsen, Tudor Groza, Damian Smedley, Christopher J Mungall, Melissa Haendel, Peter N Robinson
Deep phenotyping has been defined as the precise and comprehensive analysis of phenotypic abnormalities in which the individual components of the phenotype are observed and described. The three components of the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO; www.human-phenotype-ontology.org) project are the phenotype vocabulary, disease-phenotype annotations and the algorithms that operate on these. These components are being used for computational deep phenotyping and precision medicine as well as integration of clinical data into translational research...
January 4, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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