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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724126/comparative-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-among-black-and-white-patients-treated-at-us-veterans-affairs-hospitals
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Taisei Kobayashi, Thomas J Glorioso, Ehrin J Armstrong, Thomas M Maddox, Mary E Plomondon, Gary K Grunwald, Steven M Bradley, Thomas T Tsai, Stephen W Waldo, Sunil V Rao, Subhash Banerjee, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Deepak L Bhatt, A Garvey Rene, Robert L Wilensky, Peter W Groeneveld, Jay Giri
Importance: Current comparative outcomes among black and white patients treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are not known. Objective: To compare outcomes between black and white patients undergoing PCI in the VA health system. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study compared black and white patients who underwent PCI between October 1, 2007, and September 30, 2013, at 63 VA hospitals using data recorded in the VA Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking System for Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (CART-CL) program...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723614/generating-a-robust-prediction-model-for-stage-i-lung-adenocarcinoma-recurrence-after-surgical-resection
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Yu-Chung Wu, Nien-Chih Wei, Jung-Jyh Hung, Yi-Chen Yeh, Li-Jen Su, Wen-Hu Hsu, Teh-Ying Chou
Lung cancer mortality remains high even after successful resection. Adjuvant treatment benefits stage II and III patients, but not stage I patients, and most studies fail to predict recurrence in stage I patients. Our study included 211 lung adenocarcinoma patients (stages I-IIIA; 81% stage I) who received curative resections at Taipei Veterans General Hospital between January 2001 and December 2012. We generated a prediction model using 153 samples, with validation using an additional 58 clinical outcome-blinded samples...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722244/risk-of-liver-decompensation-with-cumulative-use-of-mitochondrial-toxic-nucleoside-analogues-in-hiv-hepatitis-c-virus-coinfection
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Vincent Lo Re Rd, Bret Zeldow, Michael J Kallan, Janet P Tate, Dena M Carbonari, Sean Hennessy, Jay R Kostman, Joseph K Lim, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Robert Gross, Amy C Justice, Jason A Roy
PURPOSE: Among patients dually infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV), use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) containing mitochondrial toxic nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (mtNRTIs) might induce chronic hepatic injury, which could accelerate HCV-associated liver fibrosis and increase the risk of hepatic decompensation and death. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study among 1747 HIV/HCV patients initiating NRTI-containing ART within the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (2002-2009) to determine if cumulative mtNRTI use increased the risk of hepatic decompensation and death among HIV-/HCV-coinfected patients...
July 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722169/prognosis-based-shoulder-hemiarthroplasty-after-resection-of-proximal-humeral-malignancy
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Chao-Ming Chen, Po-Kuei Wu, Shang-Wen Tsai, Cheng-Fong Chen, Wei-Ming Chen
After wide excision of proximal humeral bony malignancy, prognosis-based reconstruction was performed at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. Bone prosthesis composite (BPC) was carried out among patients with a favored prognosis, while cement-spacer prosthesis composite (CSPC) was preserved for patients with poor prognosis. The aim of our study is to compare the clinical outcomes between the BPC and CSPC reconstruction procedures. From January 2000 to December 2014, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical outcomes of 34 patients who underwent shoulder hemiarthroplasty following wide excision of a malignant lesion of the proximal humerus, 15 of whom were treated with a BPC reconstruction and 19 cases were treated with a CSPC reconstruction...
July 19, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720557/comparing-mobile-health-strategies-to-improve-medication-adherence-for-veterans-with-coronary-heart-disease-mobile4meds-protocol-for-a-mixed-methods-study
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Linda G Park, Eileen G Collins, Janet K Shim, Mary A Whooley
BACKGROUND: Adherence to antiplatelet medications is critical to prevent life threatening complications (ie, stent thrombosis) after percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs), yet rates of nonadherence range from 21-57% by 12 months. Mobile interventions delivered via text messaging or mobile apps represent a practical and inexpensive strategy to promote behavior change and enhance medication adherence. OBJECTIVE: The Mobile4Meds study seeks to determine whether text messaging or a mobile app, compared with an educational website control provided to all Veterans, can improve adherence to antiplatelet therapy among patients following acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or PCI...
July 18, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719273/bungarus-multicinctus-multicinctus-snakebite-in-taiwan
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Yan-Chiao Mao, Po-Yu Liu, Liao-Chun Chiang, Shu-Chen Liao, Hung-Yuan Su, Szu-Yin Hsieh, Chen-Chang Yang
AbstractAlthough specific antivenom is available in Taiwan, respiratory failure and general pain frequently accompany Bungarus multicinctus envenomation and there have been few reports on the management of B. multicinctus envenomation. We retrospectively analyzed 44 cases of B. multicinctus bite admitted to Taichung Veterans General Hospital (VGH) or to Taipei VGH. Demographic data, treatment, and outcome of patients with and without respiratory failure were compared. In this study, 20.5% patients had bites without noticeable signs or symptoms of significant envenoming, 27...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717517/knowledge-mapping-visualization-analysis-of-the-military-health-and-medicine-papers-published-in-the-web-of-science-over-the-past-10%C3%A2-years
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Xuan-Ming Zhang, Xuan Zhang, Xu Luo, Hai-Tao Guo, Li-Qun Zhang, Ji-Wei Guo
BACKGROUND: Military medicine is a research field that seeks to solve the medical problems that occur in modern war conditions based on public medicine theory. METHODS: We explore the main research topics of military health and medical research in the web of science™ core collection (WoSCC) from 2007 to 2016, and the goal of this work is to serve as a reference for orientation and development in military health and medicine. Based on CiteSpace III, a reference co-citation analysis is performed for 7921 papers published in the WoSCC from 2007 to 2016...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716318/surveillance-strategies-for-neurogenic-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
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Randy A Vince, Adam P Klausner
Patients with neurogenic lower urinary tract dysfunction (NLUTD) experience significant morbidity and mortality due to urological complications including upper tract damage and bladder malignancy. This has led to increased surveillance in patients NLUTD. This article discusses the methods available for surveillance of patients with NLUTD and pulls information from the largest and most established organizations that have produced evidence-based surveillance guidelines for NLUTD. These organizations include the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), US Department of Veterans Affairs, European Association of Urology (EAU), The NICE organization from the UK, and cites additional literature not been included in these documents...
August 2017: Urologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716089/greater-periventricular-white-matter-hyperintensity-severity-in-basilar-artery-branch-atheromatous-disease
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Po-Chen Lin, Feng-Chi Chang, Hui-Chi Huang, Jui-Yao Tsai, Yung-Yang Lin, Chih-Ping Chung
BACKGROUND: Basilar artery branch atheromatous disease (BABAD), in which basilar artery atheroma occludes penetrating arteries at their origin, is a common etiology of posterior circulation stroke (PCS). It is currently unknown whether white matter hyperintensity(WMH), a marker of small vessel disease(SVD), is associated with BABAD. METHODS: The present study analyzed data from patients with PCS who were enrolled in the Taipei Veterans General Hospital Stroke Registry between January 1, 2010 and February 28, 2014...
July 17, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716049/comparison-of-dsm-iv-and-dsm-5-criteria-for-alcohol-use-disorders-in-va-primary-care-patients-with-frequent-heavy-drinking-enrolled-in-a-trial
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Traci Takahashi, Gwen Lapham, Laura J Chavez, Amy K Lee, Emily C Williams, Julie E Richards, Diane Greenberg, Anna Rubinsky, Douglas Berger, Eric J Hawkins, Joseph O Merrill, Katharine A Bradley
BACKGROUND: Criteria for alcohol use disorders (AUD) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) were intended to result in a similar prevalence of AUD as DSM-IV. We evaluated the prevalence of AUD using DSM-5 and DSM-IV criteria, and compared characteristics of patients who met criteria for: neither DSM-5 nor DSM-IV AUD, DSM-5 alone, DSM-IV alone, or both, among Veterans Administration (VA) outpatients in the Considering Healthier drinking Options In primary CarE (CHOICE) trial...
July 18, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715848/patient-outcomes-in-dose-reduction-or-discontinuation-of-long-term-opioid-therapy-a-systematic-review
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Joseph W Frank, Travis I Lovejoy, William C Becker, Benjamin J Morasco, Christopher J Koenig, Lilian Hoffecker, Hannah R Dischinger, Steven K Dobscha, Erin E Krebs
Background: Expert guidelines recommend reducing or discontinuing long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) when risks outweigh benefits, but evidence on the effect of dose reduction on patient outcomes has not been systematically reviewed. Purpose: To synthesize studies of the effectiveness of strategies to reduce or discontinue LTOT and patient outcomes after dose reduction among adults prescribed LTOT for chronic pain. Data Sources: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library from inception through April 2017; reference lists; and expert contacts...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715704/oxytocin-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-attachment-and-ptsd-results-from-the-national-health-and-resilience-in-veterans-study
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Lauren M Sippel, Shizhong Han, Laura E Watkins, Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Steven M Southwick, John H Krystal, Miranda Olff, Richard Sherva, Lindsay A Farrer, Henry R Kranzler, Joel Gelernter, Robert H Pietrzak
The human oxytocin system is implicated in social behavior and stress recovery. Polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) may interact with attachment style to predict stress-related psychopathology like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The objective of this study was to examine independent and interactive effects of the OXTR single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs53576, which has been associated with stress reactivity, support-seeking, and PTSD in prior studies, and attachment style on risk for PTSD in a nationally representative sample of 2163 European-American (EA) U...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715281/admission-for-copd-exacerbation-is-associated-with-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-hypertension-results-from-a-retrospective-longitudinal-study-of-a-veteran-population
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Sarah K Medrek, Amir Sharafkhaneh, Andrew M Spiegelman, Arnav Kak, Lavannya M Pandit
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary hypertension (PH-COPD) have an increased risk of hospitalizations and death compared to COPD alone. Identifying PH in COPD is challenging because performing right heart catheterization, the gold standard for PH diagnosis, is invasive and not routinely performed. Clinical characterization of COPD patients at risk who are progressing toward PH will aid therapeutic development at earlier stages of progressively fatal PH-COPD. We studied the records of 5,45,086 patients in a large Veterans Affairs healthcare network (2000-2012) with a primary discharge diagnosis of COPD based on encounters' ICD-9 codes and further stratified into those who received an additional ICD-9 code for a PH diagnosis...
July 17, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714723/the-implementation-and-testing-of-a-referral-management-system-to-address-barriers-to-treatment-seeking-among-primary-care-veterans-with-ptsd
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Kyle Possemato, Emily M Johnson, Laura O Wray, Brad Webster, Tracy Stecker
Primary care (PC) patients have low rates of engagement in evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD due to a variety of patient- and system-level barriers. We conducted a hybrid effectiveness-implementation study of a referral management system, called coordinated and alternative pathway to engagement (CAPE), to address barriers to receiving evidence-based treatment for PTSD. CAPE included the delivery of 1 session of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) within PC to identify and change treatment-seeking beliefs, phone contacts to assist veterans in attending appointments, and PC staff trainings on how to implement clinical practice guidelines for PTSD in PC...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714721/mental-health-productivity-monitoring-in-the-veterans-health-administration-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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Lisa K Kearney, Clifford Smith, Daniel R Kivlahan, Robert C Gresen, Eileen Moran, Mary Schohn, Jodie Trafton, Antonette M Zeiss
Achieving quality outcomes and cost efficiency within mental health are overarching objectives of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The mental health care workforce has long been oriented toward the goal of high quality outcomes; however, cost efficiency has only recently been elevated into this important value equation. With increased demand for access to mental health services within the VHA, leadership sought to advance methods of determining and improving mental health provider productivity. Monitoring of productivity data may also provide data signaling the potential need for additional staffing to keep up with demand for services...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713319/neuropsychological-predictors-of-trauma-centrality-in-oif-oef-veterans
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Roland P Hart, Rohini Bagrodia, Nadia Rahman, Richard A Bryant, Roseann Titcombe-Parekh, Charles R Marmar, Adam D Brown
This study examined whether reduced performance on two neuropsychological tasks, cognitive flexibility and working memory, were associated with higher levels of trauma centrality. A growing body of research has shown that trauma centrality, the extent to which a person believes a potentially traumatic event has become central to their self-identity and life story, is associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Furthermore, PTSD is often associated with alterations in neuropsychological functioning...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713307/posttraumatic-growth-and-dyadic-adjustment-among-war-veterans-and-their-wives
#17
Yael Lahav, Yaniv Kanat-Maymon, Zahava Solomon
The controversy regarding the nature of posttraumatic growth includes two main competing claims: one which argues that posttraumatic growth reflects authentic positive changes and the other which argues that posttraumatic growth reflects illusory defenses. While the former might suggest that posttraumatic growth enhances intimacy and close relationships, the latter might imply that posttraumatic growth hinders interpersonal relations. The present study aimed to test these claims by investigating the association between posttraumatic growth and dyadic adjustment over time at both the individual and dyadic levels, and the potential role of posttraumatic stress symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713306/parenting-with-ptsd-a-review-of-research-on-the-influence-of-ptsd-on-parent-child-functioning-in-military-and-veteran-families
#18
REVIEW
Suzannah K Creech, Gabriela Misca
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is strongly associated with exposure to war related trauma in military and veteran populations. In growing recognition that PTSD may influence and be influenced by social support and family systems, research has begun to explore the effects that war related trauma and the ensuing PTSD may have on varied aspects of close relationship and family functioning. Far less research, however, has examined the influence of war-related PTSD on parent-child functioning in this population...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713032/psychosocial-rehabilitation-after-war-trauma-with-adaptive-disclosure-design-and-rationale-of-a-comparative-efficacy-trial
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Julie D Yeterian, Danielle S Berke, Brett T Litz
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from warzone exposure is associated with chronic and disabling social and occupational problems. However, functional impairment is rarely assessed or targeted directly in PTSD treatments, which instead focus on symptom reduction. Trauma-related contributors to diminished functioning, including guilt, shame, and anger resulting from morally compromising or loss-based war experiences, are also underemphasized. The goal of this clinical trial is to fill a substantial gap in the treatment of military-related PTSD by testing a modified Adaptive Disclosure (AD) therapy for war-related PTSD stemming from moral injury and traumatic loss focused on improving psychosocial functioning AD...
July 13, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711610/night-eating-among-veterans-with-obesity
#20
Lindsey M Dorflinger, Christopher B Ruser, Robin M Masheb
The obesity rate is higher among veterans than the general population, yet few studies have examined their eating behaviors, and none have examined the presence of night eating and related comorbidities. This study examines night eating syndrome (NES) among veterans seeking weight management treatment, and relationships between NES and weight, insomnia, disordered eating, and psychological variables. The sample consisted of 110 veterans referred to a weight management program at VA Connecticut Healthcare System...
July 12, 2017: Appetite
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