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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088248/the-spectrum-of-rheumatic-in-patient-diagnoses-at-a-pediatric-hospital-in-kenya
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Angela Migowa, Inés Colmegna, Carol Hitchon, Eugene Were, Evelyn Ng'ang'a, Thomas Ngwiri, John Wachira, Sasha Bernatsky, Rosie Scuccimarri
BACKGROUND: Pediatric rheumatic diseases are chronic illnesses that can cause considerable disease burden to children and their families. There is limited epidemiologic data on these diseases in East Africa. The aim of this study was to assess the spectrum of pediatric rheumatic diagnoses in an in-patient setting and determine the accuracy of ICD-10 codes in identifying these conditions. METHODS: Medical records from Gertrude's Children's Hospital in Kenya were reviewed for patients diagnosed with "diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue" as per ICD-10 diagnostic codes assigned at discharge between January and December 2011...
January 14, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087544/children-s-experiences-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-cfs-me-a-systematic-review-and-meta-ethnography-of-qualitative-studies
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Roxanne M Parslow, Sarah Harris, Jessica Broughton, Adla Alattas, Esther Crawley, Kirstie Haywood, Alison Shaw
OBJECTIVE: To synthesis the qualitative studies of children's experiences of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-ethnography. BACKGROUND: CFS/ME is an important disabling illness, with uncertain cause and prognosis. As a result, children with CFS/ME can find themselves living with greater uncertainty and stigma, exacerbating the impact of the condition. There is a growing body of qualitative research in CFS/ME, yet there has been no attempt to systematically synthesis the studies involving children...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087245/the-severe-clinical-phenotype-for-a-heterozygous-fabry-female-patient-correlates-to-the-methylation-of-non-mutated-allele-associated-with-chromosome-10q26-deletion-syndrome
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Mohammad Arif Hossain, Hiroko Yanagisawa, Takashi Miyajima, Chen Wu, Ayumi Takamura, Keiko Akiyama, Rina Itagaki, Kaoru Eto, Takeo Iwamoto, Takayuki Yokoi, Kenji Kurosawa, Hironao Numabe, Yoshikatsu Eto
Heterozygous Fabry females usually have an attenuated form of Fabry disease, causing them to be symptomatic; however, in rare cases, they can present with a severe phenotype. In this study, we report on a 37-year-old woman with acroparesthesia, a dysmorphic face, left ventricular hypertrophy, and intellectual disability. Her father had Fabry disease and died due to chronic renal and congestive cardiac failure. Her paternal uncle had chronic renal failure and intellectual disability, and her paternal aunt was affected with congestive cardiac failure...
January 7, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086870/a-pilot-study-of-a-community-health-agent-led-type-2-diabetes-self-management-program-using-motivational-interviewing-based-approaches-in-a-public-primary-care-center-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Thais Moura Ribeiro do Valle Nascimento, Ken Resnicow, Marcia Nery, Alexandra Brentani, Elizabeth Kaselitz, Pooja Agrawal, Simanjit Mand, Michele Heisler
BACKGROUND: Rates of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes are escalating in low and middle-income countries such as Brazil. Scalable primary care-based interventions are needed to improve self-management and clinical outcomes of adults with diabetes. This pilot study examines the feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes of training community health agents (CHAs) in Motivational Interviewing (MI)-based counseling for patients with poorly controlled diabetes in a primary care center in São Paulo, Brazil...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086812/person-centred-care-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-cross-sectional-study-of-patients-desires-for-self-management-support
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Kathryn Havas, Clint Douglas, Ann Bonner
BACKGROUND: People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) must self-manage their illness to assist with slowing disease-progression, but this is a complex task requiring support from healthcare professionals. Despite the established importance of person-centred care, people with CKD are rarely consulted regarding their desires for self-management support (SMS). METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted face-to-face in a Queensland primary care clinic and distributed Australia-wide via an online interface promoted by Kidney Health Australia during 2015...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078833/clinical-profile-and-outcome-of-patients-with-severe-sepsis-treated-in-an-intensive-care-unit-in-india
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T T Paary, M S Kalaiselvan, M K Renuka, A S Arunkumar
Introduction: Sepsis is the leading cause of intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and is associated with high mortality. Objectives: To identify the incidence, risk factors and outcome of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Methods: A prospective observational study was done in a multidisciplinary ICU over a period of 18 months. We included all adult patients admitted to ICU with features of severe sepsis and septic shock as per SCCM/ACCP guidelines...
30, 2016: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078204/treatment-adherence-in-bipolar-disorder-a-patient-centred-approach
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Subho Chakrabarti
About half of the patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD) become non-adherent during long-term treatment, a rate largely similar to other chronic illnesses and one that has remained unchanged over the years. Non-adherence in BD is a complex phenomenon determined by a multitude of influences. However, there is considerable uncertainty about the key determinants of non-adherence in BD. Initial research on non-adherence in BD mostly limited itself to examining demographic, clinical and medication-related factors impacting adherence...
December 22, 2016: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078100/asthma-costs-and-social-impact
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REVIEW
Carlos Nunes, Ana Margarida Pereira, Mário Morais-Almeida
In recent decades, both asthma prevalence and incidence have been increasing worldwide, not only due to the genetic background, but mainly because of the effect of a wide number of environmental and lifestyle risk factors. In many countries noncommunicable diseases, like asthma, are not yet considered a healthcare priority. This review will analyze and discuss disparities in asthma management in several countries and regions, such as access to healthcare human resources and medications, due to limited financial capacity to develop strategies to control and prevent this chronic disease...
2017: Asthma research and practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077450/aging-in-myanmar
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John Knodel, Bussarawan Teerawichitchainan
This spotlight provides an overview of the situation of older persons in Myanmar, an understudied country of over-50-million population. Myanmar is of particular interest to researchers and policy makers, given its overall level of poverty and modestly rapid population aging. Research on older persons, while increasing in recent years, remains sparse. Empirical evidence indicates that Myanmar older persons are in relatively poorer health compared to those in neighboring countries. Many live in abject poverty and depend on their families for material support...
January 11, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076358/a-randomized-trial-examining-housing-first-in-congregate-and-scattered-site-formats
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Julian M Somers, Akm Moniruzzaman, Michelle Patterson, Lauren Currie, Stefanie N Rezansoff, Anita Palepu, Karen Fryer
OBJECTIVE: No previous experimental trials have investigated Housing First (HF) in both scattered site (SHF) and congregate (CHF) formats. We hypothesized that CHF and SHF would be associated with a greater percentage of time stably housed as well as superior health and psychosocial outcomes over 24 months compared to treatment as usual (TAU). METHODS: Inclusion criteria were homelessness, mental illness, and high need for support. Participants were randomised to SHF, CHF, or TAU...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075489/cough-augmentation-techniques-for-extubation-or-weaning-critically-ill-patients-from-mechanical-ventilation
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REVIEW
Louise Rose, Neill Kj Adhikari, David Leasa, Dean A Fergusson, Douglas McKim
BACKGROUND: There are various reasons why weaning and extubation failure occur, but ineffective cough and secretion retention can play a significant role. Cough augmentation techniques, such as lung volume recruitment or manually- and mechanically-assisted cough, are used to prevent and manage respiratory complications associated with chronic conditions, particularly neuromuscular disease, and may improve short- and long-term outcomes for people with acute respiratory failure. However, the role of cough augmentation to facilitate extubation and prevent post-extubation respiratory failure is unclear...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075190/gestational-age-within-normal-range-and-infants-health-and-temperament-at-3-months-of-age
#12
Marsha Kaitz, David Mankuta, Ann Marie Rokem, Stephen V Faraone
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between gestational age (GA) at birth across the normal GA spectrum (37-41 weeks) and the temperament and health of 3-month old infants. METHODS: The sample comprised 242 "low-risk" mothers and infants without chronic illnesses or severe pregnancy complications. Infant temperament was defined by three constructs: Negative Affectivity (NA), Extraversion, and Regulation, assessed by parents' reports on the Infant Behavior Questionnaire...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074756/risk-factors-and-effects-of-care-management-on-hospital-readmissions-among-high-users-at-an-academic-medical-center
#13
Quang H Pham, Sara X Li, Brent C Williams
Few studies have examined predictors of hospital readmission among high-using patients enrolled in a behaviorally oriented intensive care management program. The purpose of this case control study was to describe risk factors and the effectiveness of a complex care management program for hospital readmission among vulnerable patients at a large academic medical center. One hundred sixty-three patients enrolled in the University of Michigan Complex Care Management Program (UM CCMP) were hospitalized between January 2014 and March 2015...
September 1, 2016: Care Management Journals: Journal of Case Management ; the Journal of Long Term Home Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074577/permanent-patients-hospital-discharge-planning-meets-housing-insecurity
#14
Jennifer L Herbst
Not all hospital inpatients need the level of care (including staffing, testing, monitoring, and treatment) uniquely available in the acute-care setting. In the United States, these longer-term, nonacute inpatients tend to be some combination of chronically ill, poor, homeless, undocumented, uninsured, and disabled-all groups who have struggled for health equity, political recognition, and voice. Even so, these "permanent patients" continue to receive care in one of the most expensive settings. This phenomenon is the result of federal legislation that creates an affirmative duty to care for all able to access our emergency departments without also making safe housing available to all...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073904/comparability-of-health-service-use-by-veterans-with-multisymptom-illness-and-those-with-chronic-diseases
#15
Stella M Gwini, Andrew B Forbes, Malcolm R Sim, Helen L Kelsall
OBJECTIVE: To compare health service utilization and disability claims among military personnel with multisymptom illness (MSI) (but no chronic diseases), those with chronic disease(s) and those without MSI or chronic diseases. MSI is also known as Gulf War illness. DESIGN: Cohort study. SETTING: Australia. PARTICIPANTS: In total, 1288 participants of a Gulf War veterans' study conducted in 2000-2003 (Wave-1) were followed up in 2011-2012 (Wave-2), aged on average 40 years...
January 9, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073476/health-impacts-from-cyanobacteria-harmful-algae-blooms-implications-for-the-north-american-great-lakes
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REVIEW
Wayne W Carmichael, Gregory L Boyer
Harmful cyanobacterial blooms (cHABs) have significant socioeconomic and ecological costs, which impact drinking water, fisheries, agriculture, tourism, real estate, water quality, food web resilience and habitats, and contribute to anoxia and fish kills. Many of these costs are well described, but in fact are largely unmeasured. Worldwide cHABs can produce toxins (cyanotoxins), which cause acute or chronic health effects in mammals (including humans) and other organisms. There are few attempts to characterize the full health-related effects other than acute incidences, which may go unrecorded...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073146/value-based-care-in-hepatology
#17
REVIEW
Mario Strazzabosco, John I Allen, Elizabeth O Teisberg
The migration from legacy fee-for-service reimbursement to payments linked to high value health care is accelerating in the United States because of new legislation and re-design of payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Since patients with chronic diseases account for substantial use of health care resources, payers and health systems are focusing on maximizing the value of care for these patients. Since chronic liver diseases impose a major health burden worldwide affecting the health and lives of many individuals and families as well as substantial costs for individuals and payers, hepatologists must understand how they can improve their practices ...
January 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072930/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-be-prepared
#18
J S Evans, S J Huang, A S McLean, M Nalos
The current trend to treat hypotension in critically ill patients is to place a greater emphasis on inotropic support and less on fluid resuscitation in order to limit the potential harm from fluid overload. This combination may trigger left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) in susceptible patients. Although LVOTO is classically described in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy it has been reported in other conditions including septic shock, apical ballooning syndrome, myocardial infarction, respiratory failure, and post valvular surgery...
January 2017: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072681/effects-of-a-group-focused-cognitive-behavioral-health-education-program-on-cigarette-smoking-in-a-sample-of-nigerian-prisoners
#19
Kay C N Onyechi, Chiedu Eseadi, Prince C I Umoke, Amaka B Ikechukwu-Ilomuanya, Mkpoikanke S Otu, Jaachimma C Obidoa, Fedinand U Agu, Okechukwu O Nwaubani, Anthonia N Utoh-Ofong, Chijioke D Ncheke, Felix O Ugwuozor
BACKGROUND: Smoking is a learned habit that has an impact on the psychological and biochemical health of individuals. It is the leading preventable cause of chronic illness worldwide. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a group-focused cognitive behavioral health education program (GCBHEP) on cigarette smoking in a sample of Nigerian prisoners. METHODS: The study used a pretest-posttest randomized control group design. Twenty inmates were identified through self-reporting, 1-to-1 counseling, and observation...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072644/use-of-an-analog-scale-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-to-optimize-assessment-and-clinical-outcome
#20
Sheldon H Preskorn
This column explains how a clinician can use an analog scale for patients with bipolar disorder: (1) to elucidate the course of the illness in a specific patient and (2) to assess response to treatment. This scale complements other standardized rating scales, such as the Young Mania Rating Scale, because its anchors are tailored to each specific patient in terms of the worst depressive or hypomanic/manic episode (ie, a -10 or +10, respectively) the person has ever experienced. The scale also allows clinicians to track how the individual patient's episodes have responded to treatment in the past, including whether the patient ever has achieved a full remission (ie, score of 0) following the initial onset of the disorder...
January 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
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