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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527158/asymptomatic-cryptococcal-antigenemia-in-people-living-with-hiv-plhiv-with-severe-immunosuppression-is-routine-crag-screening-indicated-in-india
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S Anuradha, Abhaya Narayana H, Richa Dewan, Ravinder Kaur, K Rajeshwari
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a common, life-threatening opportunistic infection (OI) among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India. Serum Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) positivity is predictive of future occurrence of CM and pre-emptive treatment reduces its mortality. Routine CrAg screening among PLHIV is not adopted by India's national programme. This study evaluated the prevalence of CrAg and assessed CrAg positivity in predicting all-cause mortality among PLHIV. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care, public health facility in New Delhi, India...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526661/the-parasol-protocol-an-implementation-science-study-of-hiv-continuum-of-care-interventions-for-gay-men-and-transgender-women-in-burma-myanmar
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Andrea L Wirtz, Soe Naing, Emily Clouse, Kaung Htet Thu, Sandra Hsu Hnin Mon, Zin Min Tun, Stefan Baral, Aung Zayar Paing, Chris Beyrer
BACKGROUND: Efforts to improve HIV diagnosis and antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation among people living with HIV and reduce onward transmission of HIV rely on innovative interventions along multiple steps of the HIV care continuum. These innovative methods are particularly important for key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TW). The HIV epidemic in Myanmar is concentrated among key populations, and national efforts now focus on reducing stigma and improving engagement of MSM and TW in HIV prevention and care...
May 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526314/efficacy-of-the-world-health-organization-recommended-handwashing-technique-and-a-modified-washing-technique-to-remove-clostridium-difficile-from-hands
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Philippe Deschênes, Frédéric Chano, Léa-Laurence Dionne, Didier Pittet, Yves Longtin
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended handwashing technique against Clostridium difficile is uncertain, and whether it could be improved remains unknown. Also, the benefit of using a structured technique instead of an unstructured technique remains unclear. METHODS: This study was a prospective comparison of 3 techniques (unstructured, WHO, and a novel technique dubbed WHO shortened repeated [WHO-SR] technique) to remove C difficile...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526274/dietary-patterns-and-colorectal-cancer-risk-in-middle-aged-adults-a%C3%A2-large-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Sangah Shin, Eiko Saito, Norie Sawada, Junko Ishihara, Ribeka Takachi, Akiko Nanri, Taichi Shimazu, Taiki Yamaji, Motoki Iwasaki, Shizuka Sasazuki, Manami Inoue, Shoichiro Tsugane
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A finding between dietary pattern and cancer may provide visions beyond the assessment of individual foods or nutrients. We examined the influence of dietary pattern with colorectal cancer (CRC) among a Japanese population. METHODS: A total of 93,062 subjects (43,591 men, 49,471 women) who participated in the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Study were followed from 1995-1998 to the end of 2012, during which 2482 cases of CRC (1514 men, 968 women) were newly identified...
May 5, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526043/management-of-rare-diseases-of-the-head-neck-and-teeth-results-of-a-french-population-based-prospective-8-year-study
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Lisa Friedlander, Rémy Choquet, Eva Galliani, Myriam de Chalendar, Claude Messiaen, Amélie Ruel, Marie-Paule Vazquez, Ariane Berdal, Corinne Alberti, Muriel De La Dure Molla
BACKGROUND: In the last ten years, national rare disease networks have been established in France, including national centres of expertise and regional ones, with storage of patient data in a bioinformatics tool. The aim was to contribute to the development and evaluation of health strategies to improve the management of patients with rare diseases. The objective of this study has been to provide the first national-level data concerning rare diseases of the head, neck and teeth and to assess the balance between demand and supply of care in France...
May 19, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525905/the-effect-of-pre-pregnancy-body-mass-index-and-excessive-gestational-weight-gain-on-the-risk-of-gestational-diabetes-in-advanced-maternal-age
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Beibei Dong, Hong Yu, Qiong Wei, Mengmeng Zhi, Chunhua Wu, Xiangyun Zhu, Ling Li
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: With the popularization of a two-child policy in China, the number of pregnant women of advanced maternal age will increase steadily. We aimed to assess the association between pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and weight gain in the first and second trimester and the risk of gestational diabetes (GDM) in the advanced maternal age group and control group defined as maternal age of 20-35 years. RESULTS: The risk of GDM for obesity before pregnancy was 2...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524715/prevalence-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-slovakia-and-associated-risk-factors-a-mobile-clinic-based-cross-sectional-epidemiological-survey
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Vladimir Krasnik, Jana Stefanickova, Ivajlo Popov, Jela Valaskova, Sandeep Saxena, Peter Kruzliak
PURPOSE: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly population. Although there are prevalence studies for AMD in Europe, data are scarce for the Slovakian population. METHODS: This was a prospective, multicenter, non-interventional, mobile clinic-based cross-sectional study that assessed age-specific prevalence of AMD in the Slovakian population and risk factors associated with AMD. The type of AMD was graded based on the international age-related maculopathy grading system; optical coherence tomography (OCT) was used for the differential diagnosis...
May 19, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524619/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicines-is-associated-with-delay-to-initiation-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-therapy-in-early-inflammatory-arthritis
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Manjari Lahiri, Amelia Santosa, Lay Kheng Teoh, Jane A Clayton, Sheen Yee Lim, Gim Gee Teng, Peter P M Cheung
OBJECTIVES: To study the predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in patients with early inflammatory arthritis (EIA), and its impact on delay to initiation of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD). METHODS: Data were collected prospectively from EIA patients aged ≥ 21 years. Current or prior CAM use was ascertained by face-to-face interview. Predictors of CAM use and its effect on time to DMARD initiation were determined by multivariate logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards, respectively...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524248/how-should-hospital-reimbursement-be-refined-to-support-concentration-of-complex-care-services
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Chris Bojke, Katja Grašič, Andrew Street
The English National Health Service is promoting concentration of the treatment of patients with relatively rare and complex conditions into a limited number of specialist centres. If these patients are more costly to treat, the prospective payment system based on Healthcare Resource Groups (HRGs) may need refinement because these centres will be financially disadvantaged. To assess the funding implications of this concentration policy, we estimate the cost differentials associated with caring for patients that receive complex care and examine the extent to which complex care services are concentrated across hospitals and HRGs...
May 19, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523721/a-prospective-study-of-quality-of-life-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
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B Jakobsson Larsson, A G Ozanne, K Nordin, I Nygren
OBJECTS: The aim of this prospective and longitudinal study was to describe individual quality of life in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and its correlations with physical function and emotional well-being from diagnosis and over time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients were included in the study. Individual quality of life was measured with the Schedule of Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life-Direct Weighting (SEIQoL-DW), illness severity was assessed using the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale (ALS FRS-R), and emotional distress was measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)...
May 19, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521839/associations-between-systemic-bone-mineral-density-and-early-knee-cartilage-changes-in-middle-aged-adults-without-clinical-knee-disease-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Andrew J Teichtahl, Yuanyuan Wang, Anita E Wluka, Boyd J Strauss, Joseph Proietto, John B Dixon, Graeme Jones, Flavia M Cicuttini
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis has a high prevalence in people with high bone mineral density (BMD). Nevertheless, whether high systemic BMD predates early structural features of knee osteoarthritis is unclear. This study examined the association between systemic BMD and knee cartilage defect progression and cartilage volume loss in middle-aged people without clinical knee disease. METHODS: Adults (n = 153) aged 25-60 years had total body, lumbar spine, and total hip BMD assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at baseline (2005-2008), and tibial cartilage volume and tibiofemoral cartilage defects assessed by magnetic resonance imaging at baseline and follow up (2008-2010)...
May 18, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521552/unmet-needs-in-the-depressed-primary-care-elderly-and-their-relation-to-severity-of-depression-results-from-the-agemoode-study
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Sophie Alltag, Janine Stein, Alexander Pabst, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Wolfgang Maier, Lisa Miebach, Martin Scherer, Anne Stark, Birgitt Wiese, Silke Mamone, Hans-Helmut König, Jens-Oliver Bock, Steffi G Riedel-Heller
OBJECTIVES: This study aims at examining the distribution of unmet environmental, physical, social and psychological care needs in a sample of the oldest old primary care patients with different levels of depression severity. Furthermore, the objective of this study was to analyze the association between specific unmet care needs and severity of depression. METHOD: The sample of patients aged 75 years (n = 202) and more was derived from the multicenter prospective cohort study AgeMooDe ('Late-life depression in primary care: Needs, health care utilization and costs')...
May 19, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520597/key-performance-indicators-assessment-to-develop-best-practices-in-an-emergency-medical-communication-centre
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Yann Penverne, Brice Leclere, Julien Labady, Frederic Berthier, Joel Jenvrin, Francois Javaudin, Eric Batard, Emmanuel Montassier
INTRODUCTION: Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) represents a pivotal link in the chain of survival for those requiring rapid response for out-of-hospital medical emergencies. Assessing and grading the performance of EMCCs are warranted as it can affect the health and safety of the served population. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our work was to describe the activity on an EMCC and to explore the associations between different key performance indicators. METHODS: We carried out our prospective observational study in the EMCC of Nantes, France, from 6 June 2011 to 6 June 2015...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518220/postdonation-iron-replacement-for-maintaining-iron-stores-in-female-whole-blood-donors-in-routine-donor-practice-results-of-two-feasibility-studies-in-australia
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Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Denese C Marks, Hannah Salvin, Tania Brama, Anthony J Keller, Joanne Pink, Joanna Speedy
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency represents a risk to donor health and the blood supply. Efficacy trials indicate that postdonation iron replacement improves iron stores but they do not account for complexities of implementation in the routine collection context. We therefore conducted two prospective feasibility studies in Australian donor centers. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In both studies we recruited female donors between 18 and 45 years who had made at least one donation in the previous 12 months...
May 18, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516868/predicting-responses-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-to-disease-modifying-agents-using-baseline-clinical-data
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Nicola J Gullick, Aneela N Mian, Fowzia Ibrahim, David Walker, Andrew Hassell, Patrick D W Kiely, David A Walsh, Adam Young, David L Scott
OBJECTIVES: The optimal treatment for active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is unresolved, particularly in early RA. We used data from an observational cohort to develop the simple predictor algorithm and evaluated its application in two completed clinical trials in early and established RA. We assessed whether using a simple algorithm can identify patients who have persisting active disease despite treatment with disease-modifying drugs (DMARDs). We also examined if patients who have lower likelihoods of persisting active RA are likely to benefit from intensive treatment...
May 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516519/exercise-training-in-diastolic-heart-failure-ex-dhf-rationale-and-design-of-a-multicentre-prospective-randomized-controlled-parallel-group-trial
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Frank Edelmann, Anna Bobenko, Götz Gelbrich, Gerd Hasenfuss, Christoph Herrmann-Lingen, André Duvinage, Silja Schwarz, Meinhard Mende, Christiane Prettin, Tobias Trippel, Ruhdja Lindhorst, Daniel Morris, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher, Kathleen Nolte, Hans-Dirk Düngen, Rolf Wachter, Martin Halle, Burkert Pieske
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a common disease with high incidence and increasing prevalence. Patients suffer from functional limitation, poor health-related quality of life, and reduced prognosis. A pilot study in a smaller group of HFpEF patients showed that structured, supervised exercise training (ET) improves maximal exercise capacity, diastolic function, and physical quality of life. However, the long-term effects of ET on patient-related outcomes remain unclear in HFpEF. The primary objective of the Exercise training in Diastolic Heart Failure (Ex-DHF) trial is to investigate whether a 12 month supervised ET can improve a clinically meaningful composite outcome score in HFpEF patients...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516272/uterine-artery-embolization-for-symptomatic-adenomyosis-7-year-clinical-follow-up-using-ufs-qol-questionnaire
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Annefleur M de Bruijn, Marieke Smink, Wouter J K Hehenkamp, Robbert J Nijenhuis, Albert J Smeets, Focco Boekkooi, Paul J H M Reuwer, Willem J Van Rooij, Paul N M Lohle
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess clinical outcomes 7 years after uterine artery embolization (UAE) in the treatment of symptomatic adenomyosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, one specialized hospital in the Netherlands recruited patients with symptomatic adenomyosis or adenomyosis in combination with fibroids for UAE. The 7-year post-intervention outcomes were health-related quality of life (HRQOL), symptom severity scores (SSS), satisfaction, menopause and re-interventions...
May 17, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516245/municipal-solid-waste-derived-biochar-for-the-removal-of-benzene-from-landfill-leachate
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Yohan Jayawardhana, S S Mayakaduwa, Prasanna Kumarathilaka, Sewwandi Gamage, Meththika Vithanage
The potential of biochar, produced from fibrous organic fractions of municipal solid waste (MSW), for remediation of benzene, one of the frequently found toxic volatile organic compounds in landfill leachate, was investigated in this study based on various environmental conditions such as varying pH, benzene concentration, temperature and time. At the same time, landfill leachate quality parameters were assessed at two different dump sites in Sri Lanka: Gohagoda and Kurunegala. MSW biochar (MSW-BC) was produced by slow temperature pyrolysis at 450 °C, and the physiochemical characteristics of the MSW-BC were characterized...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515213/rapid-identification-of-five-classes-of-carbapenem-resistance-genes-directly-from-rectal-swabs-using-the-xpert%C3%A2-carba-r-assay
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Nicholas M Moore, Rafael Cantón, Edoardo Carretto, Lance R Peterson, Robert L Sautter, Maria M Traczewski
Carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPO) have been identified by global health leaders as an urgent threat. Detection of patients with gastrointestinal carriage of CPO is necessary to interrupt their spread within healthcare facilities. In this multi-site study, we assessed the performance of the Xpert® Carba-R test, a rapid real-time PCR (qPCR) assay that detects five families of carbapenemase genes (blaIMP, blaKPC, blaNDM, blaOXA-48, and blaVIM) directly from rectal swab specimens. Using dual swabs, specimens from 755 patients were collected and tested prospectively...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512714/comparison-of-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-pet-mri-to-pet-ct-acquired-fdg-brain-exams-for-seizure-focus-detection-a-prospective-study
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Michael J Paldino, Erica Yang, Jeremy Y Jones, Nadia Mahmood, Andrew Sher, Wei Zhang, Shireen Hayatghaibi, Ramkumar Krishnamurthy, Victor Seghers
BACKGROUND: There is great interest in positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance (MR) as a clinical tool due to its capacity to provide diverse diagnostic information in a single exam. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this exam is to compare the diagnostic accuracy of PET/MR-acquired [F-18]2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (FDG) brain exams to that of PET/CT with respect to identifying seizure foci in children with localization-related epilepsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional Review Board approval and informed consent were obtained for this Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant, prospective study...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
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