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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693482/the-development-and-feasibility-of-a-personal-health-optimization-system-for-people-with-bipolar-disorder
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Øystein Eiring, Kari Nytrøen, Simone Kienlin, Soudabeh Khodambashi, Magne Nylenna
BACKGROUND: People with bipolar disorder often experience ill health and have considerably reduced life expectancies. Suboptimal treatment is common and includes a lack of effective medicines, overtreatment, and non-adherence to medical interventions and lifestyle measures. E- and m-health applications support patients in optimizing their treatment but often exhibit conceptual and technical shortcomings. The objective of this work was to develop and test the usability of a system targeting suboptimal treatment and compare the service to other genres and strategies...
July 10, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675916/-termination-of-reimbursement-of-arthroscopy-in-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee-is-this-decision-based-on-scientific-grounds
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Thoralf Randolph Liebs, Steffen Berger
Background In Germany, arthroscopy of the knee used to be an accepted procedure in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. However, as of April 1, 2016 reimbursement for this procedure has been discontinued. This was a decision of the Joint Federal Committee (Gemeinsamer Bundesausschuss, G-BA). That decision was based on a report of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). This report is essentially based on a few studies, three of which have been published in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine...
July 4, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664348/paravertebral-blocks-for-same-day-breast-surgery
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REVIEW
Mark R Jones, Graham R Hadley, Alan D Kaye, Philipp Lirk, Richard D Urman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breast surgery, performed for medical or cosmetic reasons, remains one of the most frequently performed procedures, with over 500,000 cases performed annually in the USA alone. Historically, general anesthesia (GA) has been widely accepted as the gold-standard technique, while epidural anesthesia was largely considered too invasive and thus unnecessary for breast surgery. Over the past years, paravertebral block (PVB) has emerged as an alternative analgesic or even anesthetic technique...
August 2017: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645254/comparing-self-and-provider-collected-swabbing-for-hpv-dna-testing-in-female-to-male-transgender-adult-patients-a-mixed-methods-biobehavioral-study-protocol
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Sari L Reisner, Madeline B Deutsch, Sarah M Peitzmeier, Jaclyn M White Hughto, Timothy Cavanaugh, Dana J Pardee, Sarah McLean, Elliot J Marrow, Matthew J Mimiaga, Lori Panther, Marcy Gelman, Jamison Green, Jennifer Potter
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer, nearly all cases of which are caused by one of several high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus (hr-HPV), leads to significant morbidity and mortality in individuals with a cervix. Trans masculine (TM) individuals were born with female reproductive organs and identify as male, man, transgender man, or another diverse gender identity different from their female assigned sex at birth. Routine preventive sexual health screening of TM patients is recommended, including screening for cervical cancer and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs); however, as many as one in three TM patients are not up-to-date per recommended U...
June 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644697/contemporary-treatment-of-renal-tumors-a-questionnaire-survey-in-the-nordic-countries-the-norenca-i-study
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Harry Nisen, Petrus Järvinen, Magnus Fovaeus, Eirikur Guðmundsson, Bjarne Kromann-Andersen, Börje Ljungberg, Lars Lund, Frode Nilsen, Pernilla Sundqvist, Christian Beisland
OBJECTIVE: The five Nordic countries comprise 25 million people, and have similar treatment traditions and healthcare systems. To take advantage of these similarities, a collaborative group (Nordic Renal Cancer Group, NORENCA) was founded in 2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire of 17 questions on renal tumor management and surgical education was designed and sent to 91 institutions performing renal tumor surgery in 2015. The response rate was 68% (62 hospitals), including 28 academic, 25 central and nine district hospitals...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608352/an-approach-to-an-acute-emotional-stress-reference-scale
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J M Garzon-Rey, A Arza, C de-la-Camara, A Lobo, A Armario, J Aguilo
INTRODUCTION: The clinical diagnosis aims to identify the degree of affectation of the psycho-physical state of the patient as a guide to therapeutic intervention. In stress, the lack of a measurement tool based on a reference makes it difficult to quantitatively assess this degree of affectation. AIM: To define and perform a primary assessment of a standard reference in order to measure acute emotional stress from the markers identified as indicators of the degree...
June 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602138/validation-of-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-computerized-adaptive-tests-against-the-foot-and-ankle-outcome-score-for-6-common-foot-and-ankle-pathologies
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Jayme C B Koltsov, Stephen T Greenfield, Dylan Soukup, Huong T Do, Scott J Ellis
BACKGROUND: The field of foot and ankle surgery lacks a widely accepted gold-standard patient-reported outcome instrument. With the changing infrastructure of the medical profession, more efficient patient-reported outcome tools are needed to reduce respondent burden and increase participation while providing consistent and reliable measurement across multiple pathologies and disciplines. The primary purpose of the present study was to validate 3 Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System computer adaptive tests (CATs) most relevant to the foot and ankle discipline against the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS) and the Short Form 12 general health status survey in patients with 6 common foot and ankle pathologies...
June 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589283/evaluation-of-focus-surface-water-pesticide-concentration-predictions-and-risk-assessment-of-field-measured-pesticide-mixtures-a-crop-based-approach-under-mediterranean-conditions
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Ana Santos Pereira, Michiel A Daam, Maria José Cerejeira
FOCUS models are used in the European regulatory risk assessment (RA) to predict individual pesticide concentrations in edge-of-field surface waters. The scenarios used in higher tier FOCUS simulations were mainly based on Central/North European, and work is needed to underpin the validity of simulated exposure profiles for Mediterranean agroecosystems. In addition, the RA of chemicals are traditionally evaluated on the basis of single substances although freshwater life is generally exposed to a multitude of pesticides...
June 6, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589179/the-role-of-surgeons-on-the-development-and-performance-of-endoscopy
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REVIEW
Kemal Dolay, Mustafa Hasbahçeci
Endoscopy is being frequently performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications in surgical practice. Surgery, as a scientific area, has an important role in the propagation of therapeutic endoscopic procedures. The contribution of surgeons to the evolution of endoscopic applications and its practice is a triggering factor for the improvement of endoscopic instruments and their widespread use. Training and education on basic diagnostic and therapeutic surgical endoscopy should be implemented as part of general surgery residency core program, according to accepted standardized criteria, in order for general surgeons to perform endoscopic applications in the future...
2017: Turk J Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569219/hdl-cholesterol-efflux-capacity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-contributing-factors-and-relationship-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Beatriz Tejera-Segura, María Macía-Díaz, José David Machado, Antonia de Vera-González, Jose A García-Dopico, José M Olmos, José L Hernández, Federico Díaz-González, Miguel A González-Gay, Iván Ferraz-Amaro
BACKGROUND: Lipid profiles appear to be altered in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients because of disease activity and inflammation. Cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC), which is the ability of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to accept cholesterol from macrophages, has been linked not only to cardiovascular events in the general population but also to being impaired in patients with RA. The aim of this study was to establish whether CEC is related to subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in patients with RA...
May 31, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557817/accuracy-of-capillary-and-arterial-whole-blood-glucose-measurements-using-a-glucose-meter-in-patients-under-general-anesthesia-in-the-operating-room
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Brad S Karon, Leslie J Donato, Chelsie M Larsen, Lindsay K Siebenaler, Amy E Wells, Christina M Wood-Wentz, Mary E Shirk-Marienau, Timothy B Curry
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a glucose meter with surgical patients under general anesthesia in the operating room. METHODS: Glucose measurements were performed intraoperatively on 368 paired capillary and arterial whole blood samples using a Nova StatStrip (Nova Biomedical, USA) glucose meter and compared with 368 reference arterial whole blood glucose measurements by blood gas analyzer in 196 patients. Primary outcomes were median bias (meter minus reference), percentage of glucose meter samples meeting accuracy criteria for subcutaneous insulin dosing as defined by Parkes error grid analysis for type 1 diabetes mellitus, and accuracy criteria for intravenous insulin infusion as defined by Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines...
May 30, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544834/in-vitro-pulsatile-flow-measurement-in-prosthetic-heart-valves-an-inter-laboratory-comparison
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Stephen M Retta, Jeff Kepner, Salvador Marquez, Bruce A Herman, Mark C S Shu, Laurence W Grossman
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF STUDY: One of the first steps in qualifying a new prosthetic valve for eventual clinical use is preclinical flow performance testing in vitro. Such testing is typically performed in an in-vitro test system that simulates the pumping mechanics of the left ventricle of the heart, generally referred to as a pulse duplicator or duplicator. Historically, test results in these systems have varied from duplicator to duplicator. This collaborative effort between heart valve manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was designed to evaluate the variability of the pulse duplicator test technology for pulsatile flow performance measurement in an interlaboratory round robin...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536088/the-use-of-text-messaging-to-improve-the-hospital-to-community-transition-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients-txt2prevent-intervention-development-and-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-protocol
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Emily S Ross, Brodie M Sakakibara, Martha H Mackay, David Gt Whitehurst, Joel Singer, Mustafa Toma, Kitty K Corbett, Harriette Gc Van Spall, Kimberly Rutherford, Bobby Gheorghiu, Jillianne Code, Scott A Lear
BACKGROUND: Acute coronary syndrome, including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), is one of the leading causes for hospitalization, with AMI 30-day readmission rates around 20%. Supporting patient information needs and increasing adherence to recommended self-management behaviors during transition from hospital to home has the potential to improve patient outcomes. Text messages have been effective in other interventions and may be suitable to provide support to patients during this transition period...
May 23, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497936/grading-health-claims-by-weight-of-evidence-would-make-for-a-better-informed-public
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François A Allaert, Jacques Vandermander, Florent Herpin, Gabrielle Ventura
In the European Regulation 1924/2006 and especially its first recital, the evaluation of health claims (HC) by European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) was introduced so as "to ensure a high level of consumer protection, [and] give the consumer the necessary information to make choices in full knowledge of the facts…". Now, with 10 years of hindsight since the Regulation was adopted, it can be asked whether EFSA HC process of evaluation that led to a marginal number of accepted claims is consistent with this objective, not just for protecting consumers but for allowing them to decide freely and make informed choices...
September 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478703/a-bioreactor-to-identify-the-driving-mechanical-stimuli-of-tissue-growth-and-remodeling
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Mathieu A J van Kelle, Pim J A Oomen, Jurgen A Bulsink, Marloes W J T Janssen-van den Broek, Richard G P Lopata, Marcel C M Rutten, Sandra Loerakker, Carlijn V C Bouten
Tissue growth and remodeling are essential processes that should ensure long-term functionality of tissue-engineered (TE) constructs. Even though it is widely recognized that these processes strongly depend on mechanical stimuli, the underlying mechanisms of mechanically induced growth and remodeling are only partially understood. It is generally accepted that cells sense mechanical changes and respond by altering their surroundings, by means of extracellular matrix growth and remodeling, in an attempt to return to a certain preferred mechanical homeostatic state...
June 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475139/intake-procedures-in-colorado-animal-shelters
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Anna Fagre, Francisco Olea-Popelka, Rebecca Ruch-Gallie
The purpose of this study was to describe intake procedures in Colorado animal shelters, compare infectious disease screening protocols in shelters taking in animals from out-of-state to shelters only accepting animals from Colorado, and analyze perceived risk of diseases in Colorado by responding shelter personnel. A questionnaire was designed and administered to shelter personnel across the state of Colorado via the survey tool SurveyMonkey© (http://www.surveymonkey.com) or a mailed hard copy. Information collected concerned general shelter characteristics and intake procedures performed in various circumstances as reported by responding shelter personnel...
May 5, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452384/an-academic-researcher-s-guide-to-increased-impact-on-regulatory-assessment-of-chemicals
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Marlene Ågerstrand, Anna Sobek, Karl Lilja, Maria Linderoth, Lina Wendt-Rasch, Ann-Sofie Wernersson, Christina Rudén
The interactions between academic research and regulatory assessment of chemicals may in theory seem straightforward: researchers perform studies, and these studies are used by regulators for decision-making. However, in practice the situation is more complex, and many factors decide a research study's regulatory use. According to several EU chemical legislations, all available and relevant studies can be used in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals. However, in practice, standard tests conducted under GLP and sponsored and provided by industry are predominantly used...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444772/multiatlas-approach-with-local-registration-goodness-weighting-for-mri-based-electron-density-mapping-of-head-and-neck-anatomy
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Reza Farjam, Neelam Tyagi, Harini Veeraraghavan, Aditya Apte, Kristen Zakian, Margie A Hunt, Joseph O Deasy
PURPOSE: The growing use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a substitute for computed tomography-based treatment planning requires the development of effective algorithms to generate electron density maps for treatment planning and patient setup verification. The purpose of this work was to develop a method to synthesize computerized tomography (CT) for MR-only radiotherapy of head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: The algorithm is based on registration of multiple patient datasets containing both MRI and CT images (a "multiatlas" algorithm)...
July 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426561/unfractionated-heparin-versus-low-molecular-weight-heparin-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-in-trauma
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Benjamin N Jacobs, Anne H Cain-Nielsen, Jill L Jakubus, Judy N Mikhail, John J Fath, Scott E Regenbogen, Mark R Hemmila
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication in trauma patients. Pharmacologic prophylaxis is utilized in trauma patients to reduce their risk of a VTE event. The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma guidelines recommend use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) as the preferred agent in these patients. However, there is literature suggesting that unfractionated heparin (UFH) is an acceptable, and less costly, alternative VTE prophylaxis agent with equivalent efficacy in trauma patients...
July 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419255/unannounced-versus-announced-hospital-surveys-a-nationwide-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Lars Holger Ehlers, Katherina Beltoft Simonsen, Morten Berg Jensen, Gitte Sand Rasmussen, Anne Vingaard Olesen
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of unannounced versus announced surveys in detecting non-compliance with accreditation standards in public hospitals. Design: A nationwide cluster-randomized controlled trial. Setting and participants: All public hospitals in Denmark were invited. Twenty-three hospitals (77%) (3 university hospitals, 5 psychiatric hospitals and 15 general hospitals) agreed to participate. Intervention: Twelve hospitals were randomized to receive unannounced surveys (intervention group) and eleven hospitals to receive announced surveys (control group)...
June 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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