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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350512/electronic-health-record-problem-lists-accurate-enough-for-risk-adjustment
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Timothy J Daskivich, Garen Abedi, Sherrie H Kaplan, Douglas Skarecky, Thomas Ahlering, Brennan Spiegel, Mark S Litwin, Sheldon Greenfield
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether comorbidity information derived from electronic health record (EHR) problem lists is accurate. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of 1596 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1998 and 2004 at 2 Southern California Veterans Affairs Medical Centers with long-term follow-up. METHODS: We compared EHR problem list-based comorbidity assessment with manual review of EHR free-text notes in terms of sensitivity and specificity for identification of major comorbidities and Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) scores...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349812/drug-promotion-practices-a-review
#2
Nilan T Jacob
Over the years, the pharmaceutical industry has been at the forefront of research and innovation in drug discovery and development. The process of drug discovery extending from pre-clinical studies to multi-centric clinical trials and post-marketing phase is a costly affair running into billions of dollars. On the flip side, not all investigational molecules clear the trial phases and get approved; which puts pressure on the manufacturers to maximise the profit from approved drugs. It is in this key area, the practice of drug promotion plays its role...
January 18, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348801/the-attack-of-the-smart-particles-should-bacteria-be-afraid
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EDITORIAL
Carina I C Crucho
A shocking state of affairs; the use of nanoparticles as simple carriers is dead and outdated. Stimuli-responsive nanoparticles have emerged as active participants in the therapeutic landscape, rather than inert molecule carriers. And this time they are here to join the ongoing war against an old enemy: bacteria.
January 11, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346587/are-root-cause-analyses-recommendations-effective-and-sustainable-an-observational-study
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Peter D Hibbert, Matthew J W Thomas, Anita Deakin, William B Runciman, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Stephanie Lomax, Jonathan Prescott, Glenda Gorrie, Amy Szczygielski, Tanja Surwald, Catherine Fraser
Objective: To assess the strength of root cause analysis (RCA) recommendations and their perceived levels of effectiveness and sustainability. Design: All RCAs related to sentinel events (SEs) undertaken between the years 2010 and 2015 in the public health system in Victoria, Australia were analysed. The type and strength of each recommendation in the RCA reports were coded by an expert patient safety classifier using the US Department of Veteran Affairs type and strength criteria...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345997/trends-in-health-insurance-and-type-among-military-veterans-united-states-2000-2016
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Carla E Zelaya, Colleen N Nugent
OBJECTIVES: To describe long-term national trends in health insurance coverage among US veterans from 2000 to 2016 in the context of recent health care reform. METHODS: We used 2000 to 2016 National Health Interview Survey data on veterans aged 18 to 64 years to examine trends in insurance coverage and uninsurance by year, income, and state Medicaid expansion status. We also explored the current proportions of veterans with each type of insurance by age group. RESULTS: The percentage of veterans with private insurance decreased from 70...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345407/hepatitis-c-eradication-with-daa-and-risk-of-liver-cancer-recurrence-the-debate-unrests
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Massimo Colombo, Vincenzo Boccaccio
The advent of user friendly and highly successful oral regimens based on direct antiviral agents (DAA), has made a cure of hepatitis C possible in more than 95% of treated patients, including those who were considered difficult to cure with interferon, a vast category including patients with advanced liver disease and those who had a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) successfully eradicated by resection or local ablation1 . Despite low rates of treatment uptake and response to therapy with interferon, such hard to treat patients were able to gain significant health benefits, like halting of progression towards liver failure and prevention of second primary tumours, once replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) was permanently shut down2,3 ...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344631/a-brief-exposure-based-treatment-vs-cognitive-processing-therapy-for-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-randomized-noninferiority-clinical-trial
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Denise M Sloan, Brian P Marx, Daniel J Lee, Patricia A Resick
Importance: Written exposure therapy (WET), a 5-session intervention, has been shown to efficaciously treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, this treatment has not yet been directly compared with a first-line PTSD treatment such as cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Objective: To determine if WET is noninferior to CPT in patients with PTSD. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this randomized clinical trial conducted at a Veterans Affairs medical facility between February 28, 2013, and November 6, 2016, 126 veteran and nonveteran adults were randomized to either WET or CPT...
January 17, 2018: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344083/psychosocial-problems-in-traumatized-refugee-families-overview-of-risks-and-some-recommendations-for-support-services
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EDITORIAL
J M Fegert, C Diehl, B Leyendecker, K Hahlweg, V Prayon-Blum
This article is an abridged version of a report by an advisory council to the German government on the psychosocial problems facing refugee families from war zones who have settled in Germany. It omits the detailed information contained in the report about matters that are specific to the German health system and asylum laws, and includes just those insights and strategies that may be applicable to assisting refugees in other host countries as well. The focus is on understanding the developmental risks faced by refugee children when they or family members are suffering from trauma-related psychological disorders, and on identifying measures that can be taken to address these risks...
2018: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342920/asbestos-consumption-in-mongolia-1996-2014
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Naransukh Damiran, Arthur Frank
Asbestos is still used in Mongolia in the energy and construction sectors, among others. However, limited data is available on asbestos consumption and asbestos-related disease in Mongolia. The purpose of this paper is to present the available information on the importation of asbestos into Mongolia. We used data on annual asbestos imports between 1996 and 2014 from Mongolian Customs Statistics and the National Council on Toxic and Hazardous Substances Affairs. The uses of this material are also presented with respect to chrysotile alone...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342320/association-of-pre-esrd-serum-calcium-with-post-esrd-mortality-among-incident-esrd-patients-a-cohort-study
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Yoshitsugu Obi, Christina Park, Melissa Soohoo, Keiichi Sumida, Takayuki Hamano, Connie M Rhee, Csaba P Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Elani Streja
Albumin-corrected serum calcium (cSCa) decline at late stages of chronic kidney disease and rise after dialysis initiation. While hypercalcemia is associated with higher mortality in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), there are scarce data on the impact of pre-ESRD cSCa on post-ESRD mortality. Therefore, we used a large national cohort of 21,826 US veterans with incident ESRD who transitioned to dialysis in all US Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities over 2009-2014 to examine the associations with all-cause and cause-specific post-ESRD mortality of (1) cSCa concentrations averaged over the last six months and (2) its rate of decline during the last 12 months before dialysis initiation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340898/epidemiological-aspects-of-healthcare-associated-infections-and-microbial-genomics
#11
C Mirande, I Bizine, A Giannetti, N Picot, A van Belkum
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a cause of continuously increasing morbidity and mortality. Most of these infections are caused by a limited set of bacterial species, which share the capability to efficiently spread from patient to patient and to easily acquire antibiotic resistance determinants. This renders correct and rapid species identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) important and underscores the relevance of bacterial epidemiological typing. The latter is needed for the sensitive detection and exact tracing of nosocomial spread of these potentially multidrug-resistant microorganisms (MDRO)...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339646/automated-screening-for-diabetic-retinopathy-a-systematic-review
#12
Mads Fonager Nørgaard, Jakob Grauslund
PURPOSE: Worldwide ophthalmologists are challenged by the rapid rise in the prevalence of diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the most common complication in diabetes, and possible consequences range from mild visual impairment to blindness. Repetitive screening for DR is cost-effective, but it is also a costly and strenuous affair. Several studies have examined the application of automated image analysis to solve this problem. Large populations are needed to assess the efficacy of such programs, and a standardized and rigorous methodology is important to give an indication of system performance in actual clinical settings...
January 16, 2018: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339013/the-use-of-telemental-health-to-meet-the-mental-health-needs-of-women-using-department-of-veterans-affairs-services
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Jessica L Moreau, Kristina M Cordasco, Alexander S Young, Sabine M Oishi, Danielle E Rose, Ismelda Canelo, Elizabeth M Yano, Sally G Haskell, Alison B Hamilton
BACKGROUND: Women veterans are a growing segment of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) users with distinct mental health needs and well-documented barriers to care. Telemental health holds much promise for reducing barriers to mental health care. We assessed VA stakeholders' perceptions of telemental health's appropriateness and potential to address the mental health needs of women veteran VA users. METHODS: We conducted semistructured qualitative interviews with 40 key leadership and clinical stakeholders at VA medical centers and associated outpatient clinics...
January 12, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337486/improving-risk-stratification-among-veterans-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer-impact-of-the-17-gene-prostate-score-assay
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Julie A Lynch, Megan P Rothney, Raoul R Salup, Cesar E Ercole, Sharad C Mathur, David A Duchene, Joseph W Basler, Javier Hernandez, Michael A Liss, Michael P Porter, Jonathan L Wright, Michael C Risk, Mark Garzotto, Olga Efimova, Laurie Barrett, Brygida Berse, Michael J Kemeter, Phillip G Febbo, Atreya Dash
BACKGROUND: Active surveillance (AS) has been widely implemented within Veterans Affairs' medical centers (VAMCs) as a standard of care for low-risk prostate cancer (PCa). Patient characteristics such as age, race, and Agent Orange (AO) exposure may influence advisability of AS in veterans. The 17-gene assay may improve risk stratification and management selection. OBJECTIVES: To compare management strategies for PCa at 6 VAMCs before and after introduction of the Oncotype DX Genomic Prostate Score (GPS) assay...
January 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336277/evaluation-of-hypoglycemia-and-potential-risk-factors-in-a-veterans-affairs-community-living-center
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Marissa L Ostroff, Kristin Aloi, William Bryan, Jason Moss, Lindsay Garris, Richard Sloane, Jennie Hewitt, Carrie Thomas, Janine Bailey
OBJECTIVES: To describe hypoglycemic events in a Veterans Affairs (VA) community living center (CLC) population and to determine predictive risk factors associated with hypoglycemia. DESIGN: Retrospective, exploratory, observational chart review. SETTING: Tertiary-care VA Healthcare System CLC. PATIENTS: Residents residing in a VA CLC with at least one active order for insulin between June 1, 2009, and June 30, 2013, were evaluated over a 90-day study period...
January 1, 2018: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335238/automating-quality-measures-for-heart-failure-using-natural-language-processing-a-descriptive-study-in-the-department-of-veterans-affairs
#16
Jennifer Hornung Garvin, Youngjun Kim, Glenn Temple Gobbel, Michael E Matheny, Andrew Redd, Bruce E Bray, Paul Heidenreich, Dan Bolton, Julia Heavirland, Natalie Kelly, Ruth Reeves, Megha Kalsy, Mary Kane Goldstein, Stephane M Meystre
BACKGROUND: We developed an accurate, stakeholder-informed, automated, natural language processing (NLP) system to measure the quality of heart failure (HF) inpatient care, and explored the potential for adoption of this system within an integrated health care system. OBJECTIVE: To accurately automate a United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) quality measure for inpatients with HF. METHODS: We automated the HF quality measure Congestive Heart Failure Inpatient Measure 19 (CHI19) that identifies whether a given patient has left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%, and if so, whether an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin-receptor blocker was prescribed at discharge if there were no contraindications...
January 15, 2018: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334874/a-comparison-of-collaborative-care-outcomes-in-two-health-care-systems-va-clinics-and-federally-qualified-health-centers
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Kathleen M Grubbs, John C Fortney, Jeffrey Pyne, Dinesh Mittal, John Ray, Teresa J Hudson
OBJECTIVE: Collaborative care for depression results in symptom reduction when compared with usual care. No studies have systematically compared collaborative care outcomes between veterans treated at Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics and civilians treated at publicly funded federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) after controlling for demographic and clinical characteristics. METHODS: Data from two randomized controlled trials that used a similar collaborative care intervention for depression were combined to conduct post hoc analyses (N=759)...
January 16, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334323/development-of-functional-agricultural-products-utilizing-the-new-health-claim-labeling-system-in-japan
#18
Mari Maeda-Yamamoto, Toshio Ohtani
In April 2015, Consumer Affairs Agency of Japan launched a new food labeling system known as "Foods with Function Claims (FFC)." Under this system, the food industry independently evaluates scientific evidence on foods and describes their functional properties. As of May 23, 2017, 1023 FFC containing 8 fresh foods have been launched. Meanwhile, to clarify the health-promoting effects of agricultural products, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) implemented the "Research Project on Development of Agricultural Products" and demonstrated the risk reduction of osteoporosis of β-cryptoxanthin rich Satsuma mandarins and the anti-allergic effect of the O-methylated catechin rich tea cultivar Benifuuki...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332642/current-affairs-future-perspectives-of-tuberculosis-and-antitubercular-agents
#19
REVIEW
Jineetkumar Gawad, Chandrakant Bonde
Tuberculosis (TB) is the major threat for humans from past several decades. Even after advent of several antitubercular drugs, researchers are still struggling for the mycobacterial infections in humans are TB and leprosy. Chronic infections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae. A particular problem with both of these organisms is that they can survive inside macrophages after phagocytosis, unless these cells are activated by cytokines produced by T-lymphocytes, because of this researchers are not yet succeeded in finding effective treatment on TB...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332626/symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-and-11-year-all-cause-mortality-in-men-and-women-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-cabg-surgery
#20
Galit Geulayov, Ilya Novikov, Daniella Dankner, Rachel Dankner
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the overall and the sex-specific association of preoperative and one-year post coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery symptoms of depression and anxiety with 11-year all-cause mortality. METHODS: A multicenter prospective study including 1125 patients who completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) before an elective CABG surgery, of whom 850 completed the HADS again at one-year follow-up. Information on all-cause mortality was obtained through the Israeli Ministry of Internal Affairs Register...
February 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
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