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Larry P Hoscheit, Hock Gan Heng, Chee Kin Lim, Hsin-Yi Weng
Image quality in B-mode ultrasound is important as it reflects the diagnostic accuracy and diagnostic information provided during clinical scanning. Quality assurance programs for B-mode ultrasound systems/components are comprised of initial quality acceptance testing and subsequent regularly scheduled quality control testing. The importance of quality assurance programs for B-mode ultrasound image quality using ultrasound phantoms is well documented in the human medical and medical physics literature. The purpose of this prospective, cross-sectional, survey study was to determine the prevalence and methodology of quality acceptance testing and quality control testing of image quality for ultrasound system/components among veterinary sonographers...
March 12, 2018: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Solina Tith, Garinder Bining, Laurent Bollag
Background : Opioid use during pregnancy is a growing concern in the United States. Buprenorphine has been recommended by "The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology" as an alternative to methadone to decrease risks associated with the use of illicit opioids during pregnancy. The partial μ-opioid agonists' unique pharmacology, including its long half time and high affinity to the μ-opioid receptor, complicates patient management in a highly kinetic, and often urgent field like obstetric anesthesia...
2018: F1000Research
Subir Bhatia, Shilpkumar Arora, Sravya M Bhatia, Mohammed Al-Hijji, Yogesh N V Reddy, Parshva Patel, Charanjit S Rihal, Bernard J Gersh, Abhishek Deshmukh
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains an independent predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. CKD complicates referral for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) patients because of the risk for acute kidney injury and the need for dialysis, with American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines underscoring the limited data on these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using the National Inpatient Sample to analyze hospitalizations in the United States from 2004 to 2014, we sought to assess PCI utilization and in-hospital outcomes in NSTEMI admissions with CKD...
March 10, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Kristl Tomlin, Lucia Mirea, Amy Williamson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have identified the menstrual cycle as essential in assessing overall health of adolescent girls. Menses should be considered a "vital sign" and documentation of last menstrual period (LMP) is recommended at every patient encounter. The aim of this study is to estimate and compare LMP documentation among adolescent and pediatric healthcare providers. STUDY DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective cohort study identified a random sample of 50 female patients seen in the general pediatrics (PEDS), adolescent medicine (AM), and pediatric and adolescent gynecology (PAG) ambulatory clinics at Phoenix Children's Hospital between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Cori Russell, Samip Sheth, Douglas Jacoby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We provide an overview of our current understanding of combination lipid-lowering therapies intended for dyslipidemia treatment and cardiovascular disease prevention. First, we analyze recent statin and non-statin combination therapy guidelines and clinical studies since the publication of 2013 American College of Cardiology Cholesterol Guidelines. Second, we examine the clinical utility of non-statin agents alone and in combination in terms of LDL-C lowering and ASCVD risk reduction...
March 7, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
Yashika Garg, Jatinder Singh, H S Sohal, Rajeshwari Gore, Arun Kumar
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic progressive degenerative disease of weight-bearing joints and the leading cause of disability in elderly. Current medical management of OA is mostly palliative with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) being the mainstay of therapy. Reports of gastrointestinal adverse effects with traditional NSAIDs and cardiovascular adverse effects associated with selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors have prompted the hunt for a better NSAID with no or minimal adverse effects...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Kurt Ruetzler, Peirong Lin, Jing You, Yehoshua Schacham, Amanda J Naylor, Daniel I Sessler, Leif Saager
BACKGROUND: Laboratory testing is a common component of preanesthesia evaluation and is designed to identify medical abnormalities that might otherwise remain undetected. While blood testing might optimally be performed shortly before surgery, it is often done earlier for practical reasons. We tested the hypothesis that longer periods between preoperative laboratory testing and surgery are associated with increased odds of having a composite of 30-day morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We obtained preoperative data from 2,320,920 patients in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program who were treated between 2005 and 2012...
March 1, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Edward J Arous, Dejah R Judelson, Jessica P Simons, Francesco A Aiello, Danielle R Doucet, Elias J Arous, Louis M Messina, Andres Schanzer
OBJECTIVE: The demand for vascular surgeons is expected to far exceed the current supply. In an attempt to decrease the training duration and to address the impending shortage, integrated vascular surgery residencies were approved and have expanded nationally. Meanwhile, vascular fellowships have continued to matriculate approximately 120 trainees annually. We sought to evaluate the supply and demand for integrated vascular residency positions as well as changes in the quality of applicants...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Oded Langer
Controversies persist over the most efficacious pharmacologic treatment for gestational diabetes mellitus. For purposes of accuracy in this article, the individual American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin and American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care positions on each issue are quoted and then deliberated with evidence of counter claims presented in point/counterpoint. This is a review of all the relevant evidence for the most holistic picture possible. The main issues are (1) which diabetic drugs cross the placenta, (2) the quality of evidence and data source validity, (3) the rationale for the designation of glucose control as the primary outcome in gestational diabetes mellitus, and (4) which drugs (metformin, glyburide, or insulin) are most effective in improving secondary outcomes...
February 28, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mark L Wieland, Jason H Szostek, Majken T Wingo, Jason A Post, Karen F Mauck
Clinicians are challenged to identify new practice changing articles in the medical literature. To identify the practice-changing articles published in 2017 most relevant to outpatient general internal medicine, five internists reviewed the following sources: 1) titles and abstracts from internal medicine journals with the 7 highest impact factors, including New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, British Medical Journal, Public Library of Science Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA-Internal Medicine; 2) synopses and syntheses of individual studies, including collections in American College of Physicians Journal Club, Journal Watch, and Evidence-Based Medicine; 3) databases of synthesis, including Evidence Updates and the Cochrane Library...
February 26, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Daniel Z Grunspan, Randolph M Nesse, M Elizabeth Barnes, Sara E Brownell
Background and objectives: Evolutionary medicine is a rapidly growing field that uses the principles of evolutionary biology to better understand, prevent and treat disease, and that uses studies of disease to advance basic knowledge in evolutionary biology. Over-arching principles of evolutionary medicine have been described in publications, but our study is the first to systematically elicit core principles from a diverse panel of experts in evolutionary medicine. These principles should be useful to advance recent recommendations made by The Association of American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to make evolutionary thinking a core competency for pre-medical education...
2018: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
Bruce D Gelb, Hélène Cavé, Mitchell W Dillon, Karen W Gripp, Jennifer A Lee, Heather Mason-Suares, Katherine A Rauen, Bradley Williams, Martin Zenker, Lisa M Vincent
PurposeStandardized and accurate variant assessment is essential for effective medical care. To that end, Clinical Genome (ClinGen) Resource clinical domain working groups (CDWGs) are systematically reviewing disease-associated genes for sufficient evidence to support disease causality and creating disease-specific specifications of American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics-Association for Molecular Pathology (ACMG-AMP) guidelines for consistent and accurate variant classification.MethodsThe ClinGen RASopathy CDWG established an expert panel to curate gene information and generate gene- and disease-specific specifications to ACMG-AMP variant classification framework...
March 1, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Mohammad Reza Pourreza, Parisa Tahmasebi, Nader Saki, Morteza Hashemzadeh Chaleshtori, Rasoul Salehi, Javad Mohammadi-Asl
Objective Hearing loss (HL) is the most common sensory-neural defect and the most heterogeneous trait in humans, with the involvement of >100 genes, which make a molecular diagnosis problematic. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a new strategy that can overcome this problem. Study Design Descriptive experimental study. Setting Diagnostic laboratory. Subjects and Methods A comprehensive family history was obtained, and clinical evaluations and pedigree analysis were performed in a family with multiple individuals with HL...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Faisal Aziz, Erik B Lehman
OBJECTIVES: Readmissions after surgical procedures are increasingly considered a metric to indicate the quality of care received during the index hospitalization. Patients with peripheral arterial disease requiring Peripheral Vascular Interventions (PVI) or Lower Extremity Bypasses (LEB) often have several serious medical comorbidities. Risk factors associated with readmission after PVI and LEB have previously been identified. The purpose of this study is to compare the readmissions among patients receiving PVI and LEB procedures to identify risk factors associated with high risk of readmission...
February 23, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Anna Gu, Shweta Kamat, Edgar Argulian
AIMS: The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline defined patients with diabetes aged 40-75 years as a major statin benefit group. We explored the temporal trends and disparities in statin utilization and LDL-C levels among patients with diabetes aged 40-75 years. METHODS: A total of 4860 patients from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999 to 2014 were included in this study. Differences in statin use and LDL-C levels were explored by patient characteristics...
February 21, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Michael R Sargen, Lucy Shi, Roderick S Hooker, Suephy C Chen
Trends in the training, supply, availability, career decisions, and retirement of US dermatology physicians are not well delineated. The current study evaluates whether growth in the dermatology workforce will keep pace with population expansion in the United States. A dermatologist supply model was projected to 2030 drawing on data from the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Association of Medical Colleges, and other associations. The clinically active dermatologist workforce in 2015 was 36 per capita (1,000,000); entry following postgraduate training was age 30 with career separation at age 65 on average...
September 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Angelo A Licata, Neil Binkley, Steven M Petak, Pauline M Camacho
OBJECTIVE: High-quality dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans are necessary for accurate diagnosis of osteoporosis and monitoring of therapy; however, DXA scan reports may contain errors that cause confusion about diagnosis and treatment. This American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology consensus statement was generated to draw attention to many common technical problems affecting DXA report conclusions and provide guidance on how to address them to ensure that patients receive appropriate osteoporosis care...
February 2018: Endocrine Practice
Lee Benjamin, Karen Frush, Kathy Shaw, Joan E Shook, Sally K Snow
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March 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Holt S Cutler, Javier Z Guzman, Nathan J Lee, Parth Kothari, Jun S Kim, John I Shin, Dante M Leven, Samuel K Cho
Study Design: Retrospective study. Objective: Anterior fixation of odontoid fracture has been associated with high morbidity and mortality in small, single institution series. Identifying risk factors may improve risk stratification and highlight factors that could be optimized preoperatively. The objective of this study was to determine the 30-day complication rate following anterior fixation of odontoid fractures and to identify associated risk factors among patients in a large national database...
February 2018: Global Spine Journal
Zengwu Wang, Zuo Chen, Linfeng Zhang, Xin Wang, Guang Hao, Zugui Zhang, Lan Shao, Ye Tian, Ying Dong, Congyi Zheng, Jiali Wang, Manlu Zhu, William S Weintraub, Runlin Gao
Background -Although the prevalence of hypertension (HTN) continues to increase in developing countries including China, recent data are lacking. A national wide survey was conducted from October 2012 to December 2015 to assess the prevalence of HTN in China. Methods -A stratified multistage random sampling method was used to obtain a nationally representative sample of 451,755 residents aged ≥18 years from 31 provinces in mainland China from October 2012 to December 2015. Blood pressure (BP) was measured after resting for 5 minutes by trained staff, using a validated oscillometric BP monitor...
February 15, 2018: Circulation
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