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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319580/hospital-characteristics-associated-with-risk-standardized-readmission-rates
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Leora I Horwitz, Susannah M Bernheim, Joseph S Ross, Jeph Herrin, Jacqueline N Grady, Harlan M Krumholz, Elizabeth E Drye, Zhenqiu Lin
BACKGROUND: Safety-net and teaching hospitals are somewhat more likely to be penalized for excess readmissions, but the association of other hospital characteristics with readmission rates is uncertain and may have relevance for hospital-centered interventions. OBJECTIVE: To examine the independent association of 8 hospital characteristics with hospital-wide 30-day risk-standardized readmission rate (RSRR). DESIGN: This is a retrospective cross-sectional multivariable analysis...
March 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319043/glucocorticoid-receptors-finding-the-middle-ground
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Sofie J Desmet, Karolien De Bosscher
Glucocorticoids (GCs; referred to clinically as corticosteroids) are steroid hormones with potent anti-inflammatory and immune modulatory profiles. Depending on the context, these hormones can also mediate pro-inflammatory activities, thereby serving as primers of the immune system. Their target receptor, the GC receptor (GR), is a multi-tasking transcription factor, changing its role and function depending on cellular and organismal needs. To get a clearer idea of how to improve the safety profile of GCs, recent studies have investigated the complex mechanisms underlying GR functions...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318850/safety-and-efficacy-of-hyperosmolar-irrigation-solution-in-shoulder-arthroscopy
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Nicholas M Capito, James L Cook, Bernardo Yahuaca, Marie D Capito, Seth L Sherman, Matthew J Smith
BACKGROUND: A hyperosmolar irrigation solution has been reported to be safe and have potential benefits for use during shoulder arthroscopy in an animal model study. In this study, the clinical effects of a hyperosmolar solution were compared with a standard isotonic solution when used for shoulder arthroscopy. METHODS: A prospective, double-blind, randomized controlled trial was performed to compare isotonic (273 mOsm/L) and hyperosmolar (593 mOsm/L) irrigation solutions used for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318138/safety-and-efficacy-of-6-month-versus-12-month-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-after-implantation-of-multiple-biodegradable-polymer-coated-sirolimus-eluting-coronary-stents-insight-from-the-i-love-it-2-trial
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Jing Qi, Yi Li, Jing Li, Quanmin Jing, Kai Xu, Chuanyu Gao, Likun Ma, Zhi Zhang, Bo Xu, Yaling Han
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to compare the clinical outcomes of 6-month versus 12-month dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in patients receiving multiple biodegradable polymer-coated sirolimus-eluting stents (BP-SES) implants. BACKGROUND: The clinical outcomes for patients who undergo multiple BP-SES implantation with different DAPT durations are uncertain. METHODS: In the I-LOVE-IT 2 trial, 907 patients treated with multiple BP-SES (total stent number ≥2) were assigned to receive 6-month (n = 440) or 12-month (n = 467) DAPT...
March 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315177/physical-symptoms-screening-for-cardiopulmonary-complications-of-obesity-using-audio-computer-assisted-self-interviews
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Jorge L Morales-Estrella, Farah D Ciftci, William E Trick, Keiki Hinami
PURPOSE: The main study objective was to assess the predictive value of selected physical symptoms for screening obstructive sleep apnea and major cardiac conditions in adults with obesity, thus providing the evidence for routine symptom screening of obesity complications endorsed by obesity management clinical practice guidelines. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using patient-reported outcomes data including the physical symptoms severity component of the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale administered through Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews combined with data from the electronic medical records of an urban safety-net primary care clinic...
March 17, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306157/psychiatric-diagnoses-among-older-recipients-of-publicly-funded-mental-health-services
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Sarah T Stahl, Charles F Reynolds, Ellen M Whyte, Steven M Albert
OBJECTIVES: To compare the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses among older recipients of publicly funded mental health services (county safety-net base services and Medicaid) to psychiatric diagnoses in an insured population of older adults from the same county. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of county human services claims data and claims from an insured population in the same county. SETTING: Inpatient and outpatient clinics in Allegheny County, PA...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302288/valvular-heart-disease-patients-on-edoxaban-or-warfarin-in-the-engage%C3%A2-af-timi-48-trial
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Raffaele De Caterina, Giulia Renda, Anthony P Carnicelli, Francesco Nordio, Marco Trevisan, Michele F Mercuri, Christian T Ruff, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: The use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) instead of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and coexisting valvular heart disease (VHD) is of substantial interest. OBJECTIVES: This study explored outcomes in patients with AF with and without VHD in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective Anticoagulation with factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 48) trial, comparing edoxaban with warfarin...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301845/dietary-intakes-of-arachidonic-acid-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-in-early-life-with-a-special-focus-on-complementary-feeding-in-developing-countries
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Stewart Forsyth, Sheila Gautier, Norman Salem
BACKGROUND: In developing countries, dietary intakes of arachidonic acid (ARA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in early life are lower than current recommended levels. This review specifically focusses on the contribution that complementary feeding makes to ARA and DHA intakes in medium- to low-income countries. The aims of the review are (1) to determine the availability of ARA and DHA food sources in developing countries, (2) to estimate the contribution of complementary feeding to dietary intakes of ARA and DHA in infants aged 6-36 months, and (3) to relate the dietary ARA and DHA intake data to key socioeconomic and health indicators...
March 17, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298564/proteomic-analysis-of-sera-from-individuals-with-diffuse-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-reveals-a-multianalyte-signature-associated-with-clinical-improvement-during-imatinib-mesylate-treatment
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D James Haddon, Hannah E Wand, Justin A Jarrell, Robert F Spiera, Paul J Utz, Jessica K Gordon, Lorinda S Chung
OBJECTIVE: Imatinib has been investigated for the treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc) because of its ability to inhibit the platelet-derived growth factor receptor and transforming growth factor-β signaling pathways, which have been implicated in SSc pathogenesis. In a 12-month open-label clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of imatinib in the treatment of diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc), significant improvements in skin thickening were observed. Here, we report our analysis of sera collected during the clinical trial...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296752/racial-ethnic-differences-in-obesity-and-comorbidities-between-safety-net-and-non-safety-net-integrated-health-systems
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Bijal A Balasubramanian, Michael P Garcia, Douglas A Corley, Chyke A Doubeni, Jennifer S Haas, Aruna Kamineni, Virginia P Quinn, Karen Wernli, Yingye Zheng, Celette Sugg Skinner
Previous research shows that patients in integrated health systems experience fewer racial disparities compared with more traditional healthcare systems. Little is known about patterns of racial/ethnic disparities between safety-net and non safety-net integrated health systems.We evaluated racial/ethnic differences in body mass index (BMI) and the Charlson comorbidity index from 3 non safety-net- and 1 safety-net integrated health systems in a cross-sectional study. Multinomial logistic regression modeled comorbidity and BMI on race/ethnicity and health care system type adjusting for age, sex, insurance, and zip-code-level incomeThe study included 1...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296574/high-initiation-of-adjuvant-hormonal-therapy-among-uninsured-stages-i-iii-breast-cancer-patients-treated-in-a-safety-net-healthcare-system
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Caitlin C Murphy, Jasmin A Tiro, Gary W Jean, Bijal A Balasubramian, Carlos A Alvarez
OBJECTIVE: Despite benefits of adjuvant hormonal therapy (AHT), many eligible breast cancer patients do not complete therapy as recommended. Patterns of AHT use have not been well studied among uninsured breast cancer patients who fall into coverage gaps or are ineligible for public insurance programs. METHODS: We identified 291 patients newly diagnosed with stages I-III hormone receptor-positive breast cancer from January 2008 to December 2012. All patients were treated at a safety-net healthcare system and enrolled in an income-based medical assistance program that fills AHT prescriptions at low cost...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293640/cost-analysis-of-a-novel-enzymatic-debriding-agent-for-management-of-burn-wounds
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Giuseppe Giudice, Angela Filoni, Giulio Maggio, Domenico Bonamonte, Michelangelo Vestita
Introduction. Given its efficacy and safety, NexoBrid™ (NXB) has become part of our therapeutic options in burns treatment with satisfactory results. However, no cost analysis comparing NXB to the standard of care (SOC) has been carried out as of today. Aim. To assess the cost of treatment with NXB and compare it to the SOC cost. Methods. 20 patients with 14-22% of TBSA with an intermediate-deep thermal burn related injury were retrospectively and consecutively included. 10 of these patients were treated with the SOC, while the other 10 with NXB...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292641/evaluating-lanreotide-as-maintenance-therapy-after-first-line-treatment-in-patients-with-non-resectable-duodeno-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumours
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Côme Lepage, Laetitia Dahan, Nadia Bouarioua, Christos Toumpanakis, Jean-Louis Legoux, Karine Le Malicot, Rosine Guimbaud, Denis Smith, David Tougeron, Astrid Lievre, Guillaume Cadiot, Frédéric Di Fiore, Karine Bouhier-Leporrier, Olivia Hentic, Roger Faroux, Marianne Pavel, Ivan Borbath, Juan W Valle, Anja Rinke, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Michel Ducreux, Thomas Walter
INTRODUCTION: Patients with metastatic or locally advanced, non-resectable, grade 1 or 2 well-differentiated duodeno-pancreatic (WDDP) NETs are treated following European guidelines. Patients (Pts) with aggressive disease, i.e. progressive and/or symptomatic metastases and/or with significant hepatic invasion (>30-50%), and/or bone metastases, anti-tumour therapy should receive systemic combination of chemotherapy once disease control is obtained. AIM(S): The aim is to stop chemotherapy until progression...
March 11, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291732/can-safety-netting-improve-cancer-detection-in-patients-with-vague-symptoms
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Brian D Nicholson, David Mant, Clare Bankhead
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November 9, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291213/-intraoperative-fluorescence-diagnosis-using-5-aminolevulinic-acid-in-surgical-treatment-of-children-with-recurrent-neuroepithelial-tumors
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A V Kim, V A Khachatryan
AIM: To analyze the efficacy and safety of 5-aminolevulinic acid for intraoperative fluorescence diagnosis (FD) during repeated surgery for recurrent neuroepithelial tumors (NETs) in children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of the results of recurrent NET resection in 13 children aged from 3 to 17 years in the period between December 2013 and May 2015. The source of 5-ALA was a drug "Alasens" that was administered at a dose of 20 mg/kg of body weight 4 h before the beginning of tumor resection...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289116/patients-typing-their-own-visit-agendas-into-an-electronic-medical-record-pilot-in-a-safety-net-clinic
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McHale O Anderson, Sara L Jackson, Natalia V Oster, Sue Peacock, Janice D Walker, Galen Y Chen, Joann G Elmore
Collaborative visit agenda setting between patient and doctor is recommended. We assessed the feasibility, acceptability, and utility of patients attending a large primary care safety-net clinic typing their agendas into the electronic visit note before seeing their clinicians. One hundred and one patients and their 28 clinicians completed post-visit surveys. Patients and clinicians agreed that the agendas improved patient-clinician communication (patients 79%, clinician 74%), and wanted to continue having patients type agendas in the future (73%, 82%)...
March 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279836/autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-antiphospholipid-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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Alessia Leone, Massimo Radin, Ahlam M Almarzooqi, Jamal Al-Saleh, Dario Roccatello, Savino Sciascia, Munther Khamashta
BACKGROUND: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been proposed as a therapeutic option for patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) refractory to standard therapy. This therapeutic approach has been applied to other severe autoimmune diseases refractory to standard therapy with promising results. AIM: To systematically review the literature and analyze the available evidence on HSCT therapy in patients with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), with a focus on therapy efficacy and occurrence of adverse events...
March 7, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279550/tale-of-2-health-care-systems-disparities-in-demographic-and-clinical-characteristics-between-2-ischemic-stroke-populations-in-los-angeles-county
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Amytis Towfighi, Erica Patel, Nerses Sanossian, Natalie P Valle, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Individuals who present to the emergency departments of safety-net systems often have poorly controlled risk factors due to lack of primary care. Little is known about potential differences in presenting characteristics, discharge medications, and discharge destinations of patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) who present to safety-net settings versus university medical centers (UMCs). METHODS: Demographic characteristics, medical history, premorbid medication use, stroke severity, discharge medications, and discharge destination were assessed among consecutive admissions for AIS over a 2-year period at a UMC (n = 385) versus 2 university-affiliated safety-net hospitals (SNHs) (n = 346) in Los Angeles County...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279251/oral-anticoagulants-for-primary-prevention-treatment-and-secondary-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolic-disease-and-for-prevention-of-stroke-in-atrial-fibrillation-systematic-review-network-meta-analysis-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Jonathan Ac Sterne, Pritesh N Bodalia, Peter A Bryden, Philippa A Davies, Jose A López-López, George N Okoli, Howard Hz Thom, Deborah M Caldwell, Sofia Dias, Diane Eaton, Julian Pt Higgins, Will Hollingworth, Chris Salisbury, Jelena Savović, Reecha Sofat, Annya Stephens-Boal, Nicky J Welton, Aroon D Hingorani
BACKGROUND: Warfarin is effective for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF), but anticoagulation is underused in clinical care. The risk of venous thromboembolic disease during hospitalisation can be reduced by low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH): warfarin is the most frequently prescribed anticoagulant for treatment and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Warfarin-related bleeding is a major reason for hospitalisation for adverse drug effects. Warfarin is cheap but therapeutic monitoring increases treatment costs...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277181/quantitative-analysis-of-sudan-dye-adulteration-in-paprika-powder-using-ftir-spectroscopy
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Santosh Lohumi, Ritu Joshi, Lalit Mohan Kandpal, Hoonsoo Lee, Moon S Kim, Hyunjeong Cho, Changyeun Mo, Young-Wook Seo, Anisur Rahman, Byoung-Kwan Cho
As adulteration of foodstuffs with Sudan dye, especially paprika- and chilli-containing products, has been reported with some frequency, this issue has become one focal point for addressing food safety. FTIR spectroscopy has been used extensively as an analytical method for quality control and safety determination for food products. Thus, the use of FTIR spectroscopy for rapid determination of Sudan dye in paprika powder was investigated in this study. A net analyte signal (NAS)-based methodology, named HLA/GO (hybrid linear analysis in the literature), was applied to FTIR spectral data to predict Sudan dye concentration...
February 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
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