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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719707/community-triage-of-otology-patients-using-a-store-and-forward-telemedicine-device-a-feasibility-study
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Nishi Gupta, Neeraj Chawla, Digant Gupta, Nidhi Dhawan, Vidya R Janaki
Chronic otitis media is a major contributor to acquired hearing loss in developing countries. Developing countries such as India, with huge populations and poor health infrastructures, have always felt the shortage of trained specialists who can provide quality care to meet the enormous demand for treatment of this disease. This pilot study assessed the feasibility of empowering trained health workers equipped with ENTraview, a store-and-forward telemedicine device that integrates a camera- enabled smart phone with an otoscope...
July 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719143/osteoporotic-vertebral-fracture-prevalence-varies-widely-between-radiological-assessment-methods-the-rotterdam-study
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L Oei, F Koromani, S J Breda, J T Schousboe, E M Clark, Jbj van Meurs, M A Ikram, J H Waarsing, Fja van Rooij, M C Zillikens, G P Krestin, Ehg Oei, F Rivadeneira
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of vertebral osteoporotic fractures is crucial for the identification of individuals at high risk of future fractures. Different methods for radiological assessment of vertebral fractures exist, but a gold standard is lacking. The aim of our study was to estimate statistical measures of agreement and prevalence of osteoporotic vertebral fractures in the population-based Rotterdam Study, across the two most commonly applied assessment methods. METHODS: The quantitative morphometry (QM) method, evaluates vertebral height loss that affects vertebral shape whereas the algorithm based qualitative (ABQ) method judges endplate integrity and includes guidelines for the differentiation of vertebral fracture and non- fracture deformities...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719087/mri-guided-stereotactic-neurosurgical-procedures-in-a-diagnostic-mri-suite-background-and-safe-practice-recommendations
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Paul S Larson, Jon T Willie, Sudhakar Vadivelu, Hooman Azmi-Ghadimi, Amy Nichols, Loretta Litz Fauerbach, Helen Boehm Johnson, Denise Graham
The development of navigation technology facilitating MRI-guided stereotactic neurosurgery has enabled neurosurgeons to perform a variety of procedures ranging from deep brain stimulation to laser ablation entirely within an intraoperative or diagnostic MRI suite while having real-time visualization of brain anatomy. Prior to this technology, some of these procedures required multisite workflow patterns that presented significant risk to the patient during transport. For those facilities with access to this technology, safe practice guidelines exist only for procedures performed within an intraoperative MRI...
July 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719064/the-association-between-dental-general-and-mental-health-status-among-underserved-and-vulnerable-populations-served-at-health-centers-in-the-us
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Vy H Nguyen, Sue C Lin, David P Cappelli, Suma Nair
OBJECTIVES: Vulnerable populations in underserved communities are disproportionately at high risk for multiple medical, dental, and behavioral health conditions. This study aims to: a) examine the occurrence of acute dental needs and b) investigate the association of acute dental needs and self-rated general and mental health status among the adult dentate health center population. METHODS: This cross-sectional study analyzed data on adult patients (n = 5,035) from the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey, a nationally representative survey of health center patients...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718841/development-of-an-immunosensor-for-pfhrp-2-as-a-biomarker-for-malaria-detection
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Aver Hemben, Jon Ashley, Ibtisam E Tothill
Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 (PfHRP 2) was selected in this work as the biomarker for the detection and diagnosis of malaria. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was first developed to evaluate the immunoreagent's suitability for the sensor's development. A gold-based sensor with an integrated counter and an Ag/AgCl reference electrode was first selected and characterised and then used to develop the immunosensor for PfHRP 2, which enables a low cost, easy to use, and sensitive biosensor for malaria diagnosis...
July 18, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718607/-interdisciplinarity-for-obese-patient-global-management
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Frank Habicht, Marie-Luce Guillermin-Spahr, Elisabetta Bobbioni-Harsch
Obesity is a chronic illness involving serious somatic comorbidities and psychological disorders. Furthermore, obese patients often suffer from personal and / or socio-cultural problems. Taken together these elements amount to a complex illness requiring comprehensive patient care and hence an interdisciplinary approach aimed at integrating and coordinating the interventions of the different health professionals. Through various initiatives, the Interdisciplinary group for the treatment of obesity (GITO) endeavours to apply and promote an interdisciplinary approach both in clinical practice and in the debate on the problems relating to obesity...
March 15, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718499/-meeting-contraceptive-needs-of-hiv-positive-women-effect-on-elimination-of-vertical-transmission-of-hiv
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Marcela Gómez-Suárez
Nearly 38% of unplanned pregnancies occur because of unmet contraceptive needs. In HIV-positive women, these figures triple, a phenomenon explained by social determinants such as poverty, access to health services, violence, and forced displacement, all of which are frequent elements in the lives of these women. Unplanned pregnancies represent a psychological burden related to women's fear of transmitting the infection to their children, orphanhood, and assuming risks during pregnancy, in addition to family and social consequences that are expressed in lack of prenatal care, neglect of their health, and an increased likelihood of vertical transmission...
December 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718496/-introduction-of-rapid-syphilis-and-hiv-testing-in-prenatal-care-in-colombia-qualitative-analysis
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María Teresa Ochoa-Manjarrés, Hernando Guillermo Gaitán-Duarte, Sidia Caicedo, Berta Gómez, Freddy Pérez
Objective: Interpret perceptions of Colombian health professionals concerning factors that obstruct and facilitate the introduction of rapid syphilis and HIV testing in prenatal care services. Methods: A qualitative study based on semi-structured interviews was carried out. A convenience sample was selected with 37 participants, who included health professionals involved in prenatal care services, programs for pregnant women, clinical laboratories, and directors of health care units or centers, as well as representatives from regional departments and the Ministry of Health...
December 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718321/breathlessness-services-as-a-new-model-of-support-for-patients-with-respiratory-disease
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Claudia Bausewein, Michaela Schunk, Philipp Schumacher, Julika Dittmer, Anna Bolzani, Sara Booth
The complexity of breathlessness in advanced disease requires a diversity of measures ideally tailored to the individual patient needs. 'Breathlessness services' have been systematically developed and tested to provide specific interventions and support for patients and their carers. The aim of this article is (1) to identify and describe components of breathlessness services and (2) to describe the clinical model of one specific service in more detail. This article is based on a systematic review evaluating randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs which examine the effectiveness of services aiming to improve breathlessness of patients with advanced disease...
January 1, 2017: Chronic Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717658/targeting-breast-cancer-outcomes-what-about-the-primary-relatives
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Alison Johnston, Michael Sugrue
BACKGROUND: Up to 65% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients had not been screened correctly before diagnosis resulting in increased stage of cancer at presentation. This study assessed whether their primary relatives are, in turn, assessed appropriately. METHODS: An ethically approved prospective study involving 274 primary relatives of women diagnosed with breast cancer, between 2009-2012, at a symptomatic breast unit in Ireland. Telephone interview established: demographics, menstrual history, family history verification, breast screening history...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717383/what-influences-feeding-decisions-for-hiv-exposed-infants-in-rural-kenya
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Helen M Nabwera, Joyline Jepkosgei, Kelly W Muraya, Amin S Hassan, Catherine S Molyneux, Rehema Ali, Andrew M Prentice, James A Berkley, Martha K Mwangome
BACKGROUND: Infant feeding in the context of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) poses unique challenges to mothers and healthcare workers in balancing the perceived risks of HIV transmission and nutritional requirements. We aimed to describe the decision-making processes around infant feeding at a rural HIV clinic in Kenya. METHODS: We used a qualitative study design. Between March and August 2011, we conducted in-depth interviews (n = 9) and focus group discussions (n = 10) with purposively selected hospital and community respondents at Kilifi County Hospital, Kenya...
2017: International Breastfeeding Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717236/high-performance-micro-flow-cytometer-based-on-optical-fibres
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S Etcheverry, A Faridi, H Ramachandraiah, T Kumar, W Margulis, F Laurell, A Russom
Flow cytometry is currently the gold standard for analysis of cells in the medical laboratory and biomedical research. Fuelled by the need of point-of-care diagnosis, a significant effort has been made to miniaturize and reduce cost of flow cytometers. However, despite recent advances, current microsystems remain less versatile and much slower than their large-scale counterparts. In this work, an all-silica fibre microflow cytometer is presented that measures fluorescence and scattering from particles and cells...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716999/improving-recognition-of-anxiety-and-depression-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-qualitative-study-in-a-community-clinic
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Annabelle Machin, Samantha Hider, Nicky Dale, Carolyn Chew-Graham
BACKGROUND: Comorbid anxiety and depression are common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but are often under-recognised and treated, contributing to worse outcomes. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that patients with RA should be offered a holistic annual review, including an assessment of mood. AIM: To explore patients' perspectives of anxiety and depression in RA and preferences for disclosure and management of mood problems...
July 17, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716998/extended-training-to-prepare-gps-for-future-workforce-needs-a-qualitative-investigation-of-a-1-year-fellowship-in-urgent-care
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Jeremy Dale, Rachel Russell, Frances Harkness, Veronica Wilkie, Matthew Aiello
BACKGROUND: It has been argued that UK general practice specialist training should be extended to better prepare GPs for the challenges facing 21st-century health care. Evidence is needed to inform how this should occur. AIM: To investigate the experience of recently trained GPs undertaking a 1-year full-time fellowship programme designed to provide advanced skills training in urgent care, integrated care, leadership, and academic practice; and its impact on subsequent career development...
July 17, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716650/the-use-of-prostate-specific-antigen-screening-in-purchased-versus-direct-care-settings-data-from-the-tricare-military-database
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Alexander P Cole, Wei Jiang, Stuart R Lipsitz, Peter A Learn, Maxine Sun, Toni K Choueiri, Paul L Nguyen, Adam S Kibel, Mani Menon, Jesse D Sammon, Tracey Koehlmoos, Adil Haider, Quoc-Dien Trinh
PURPOSE: Fee for service (FFS) reimbursement incentives may affect care. We sought to compare odds of PSA screening among former and active duty United States (US) military service members based on receipt of primary care from integrated military health facilities versus community providers reimbursed via FFS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of all active duty and retired male service members (40-64) covered by the TRICARE military health benefit in 2010...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716560/integrated-mental-health-training-for-pediatric-and-psychology-trainees-using-standardized-patient-encounters
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Sandra H Jee, Constance Baldwin, Rita Dadiz, Marybeth Jones, Linda Alpert-Gillis
Primary care pediatricians and psychology practitioners who co-manage mental health problems can develop interdisciplinary communication and collaborative skills from joint standardized patient encounters and debriefings, combined with brief didactics. Learners demonstrated increased confidence in shared management of behavior health problems.
July 14, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716018/prediction-of-extubation-readiness-in-extremely-preterm-infants-by-the-automated-analysis-of-cardiorespiratory-behavior-study-protocol
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Wissam Shalish, Lara J Kanbar, Smita Rao, Carlos A Robles-Rubio, Lajos Kovacs, Sanjay Chawla, Martin Keszler, Doina Precup, Karen Brown, Robert E Kearney, Guilherme M Sant'Anna
BACKGROUND: Extremely preterm infants (≤ 28 weeks gestation) commonly require endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation (MV) to maintain adequate oxygenation and gas exchange. Given that MV is independently associated with important adverse outcomes, efforts should be made to limit its duration. However, current methods for determining extubation readiness are inaccurate and a significant number of infants fail extubation and require reintubation, an intervention that may be associated with increased morbidities...
July 17, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716014/the-comprehensive-post-acute-stroke-services-compass-study-design-and-methods-for-a-cluster-randomized-pragmatic-trial
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Pamela W Duncan, Cheryl D Bushnell, Wayne D Rosamond, Sara B Jones Berkeley, Sabina B Gesell, Ralph B D'Agostino, Walter T Ambrosius, Blair Barton-Percival, Janet Prvu Bettger, Sylvia W Coleman, Doyle M Cummings, Janet K Freburger, Jacqueline Halladay, Anna M Johnson, Anna M Kucharska-Newton, Gladys Lundy-Lamm, Barbara J Lutz, Laurie H Mettam, Amy M Pastva, Mysha E Sissine, Betsy Vetter
BACKGROUND: Patients discharged home after stroke face significant challenges managing residual neurological deficits, secondary prevention, and pre-existing chronic conditions. Post-discharge care is often fragmented leading to increased healthcare costs, readmissions, and sub-optimal utilization of rehabilitation and community services. The COMprehensive Post-Acute Stroke Services (COMPASS) Study is an ongoing cluster-randomized pragmatic trial to assess the effectiveness of a comprehensive, evidence-based, post-acute care model on patient-centered outcomes...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714379/prevalence-study-on-potential-drug-drug-interaction-in-cancer-patients-in-piacenza-hospital-s-onco-haematology-department
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Vecchia Stefano, Orlandi Elena, Confalonieri Corrado, Damonti Enrico, Riva Alessandra, Sartori Alessia, Cavanna Luigi
Background Cancer patients can be a human model of potential drug interactions. Usually they receive a large number of different medications, including antineoplastic agents, drugs for comorbid illness and medication for supportive care, however information about these interactions are fragmented and poor. Objective We assessed a prospective study to evaluate the prevalence of drug interaction among patients hospitalized in the Onco-Haematology department, Hospital of Piacenza. Methods Data on drugs administered for cancer, comorbidities, or supportive care were collected from different computerized prescription software in use in the department; we compared them with a database to focus on the co-administration of drugs...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714357/pharmaceutical-assistance-programs-for-cancer-patients-in-the-era-of-orally-administered-chemotherapeutics
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Aaron Mitchell, Benyam Muluneh, Rachana Patel, Ethan Basch
Introduction The rising cost of cancer drugs may make treatment unaffordable for some patients. Patients often rely on drug manufacturer-administered Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (PAPs) to obtain drugs and reduced or no cost. The overall usage of PAPs within cancer care delivery is unknown. Methods We included all cancer patients across an academically affiliated, integrated health system in North Carolina during 2014 ( N = 8591). We identified the subset of patients receiving PAP assistance to afford one or more cancer drugs, in order to calculate the proportion of patients receiving PAP assistance, and the retail value of the assistance...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
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