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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731863/screening-adolescents-for-alcohol-use-tracking-practice-trends-of-massachusetts-pediatricians
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Sharon Levy, Rosemary E Ziemnik, Sion K Harris, Lily Rabinow, Louise Breen, Christina Fluet, Heather Strother, John H Straus
OBJECTIVES: Substance use screening is a recommended component of routine healthcare for adolescents. A 2008 survey of Massachusetts primary care physicians found high rates of screening, but low rates of validated tool use, leading to the concern that physicians may be missing substance use-related problems and disorders. In an effort to improve practice, a cross-disciplinary group developed and distributed an adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment toolkit in 2009...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730233/assessment-of-t-and-b-lymphocytes-and-vegf-a-in-acute-pancreatitis
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Elena Irina Căluianu, Dragoş Ovidiu Alexandru, Elena Anca Târtea, Marius Georgescu, Dorin MercuŢ, Emil Tiberius Traşcă, Maria Iancău
AIM: Highlighting certain characteristics of T- and B-lymphocytes, as well as of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) as a prognosis factors for patients suffering from acute pancreatitis, with the scope of establishing diagnosis and therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pancreatic tissue samples were analyzed, originating from 21 patients deceased due to acute pancreatitis, between the years 2015 and 2016. The study group was subdivided into two subgroups by pathology duration...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729428/fluorine-18-labeled-carboplatin-derivative-for-pet-imaging-of-platinum-drug-distribution
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Narottam Lamichhane, Gajanan K Dewkar, Sundaresan Gobalakrishnan, Li Wang, Purnima Jose, Muhammad Otabashi, Jean-Luc Morelle, Nicholas Farrell, Jamal Zweit
Increasing evidence indicates that reduced intracellular drug accumulation is the parameter most consistently associated with platinum drug resistance, and emphasizes the need to directly measure intra-tumor drug concentration. In the era of precision medicine and with the advent of powerful imaging and proteomics technologies, there is an opportunity to better understand drug resistance, by exploiting these techniques to provide new knowledge on drug-target interactions. Here, we are contributing to this endeavor by reporting on the development of a fluorine-18 labeled carboplatin derivative ((18)F-FCP) that can be used to potentially image drug uptake and retention, including intra-tumoral distribution, by positron emission tomography (PET)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729368/increased-stroke-risk-among-patients-with-open-angle-glaucoma-a-10-year-follow-up-cohort-study
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Tyler Hyungtaek Rim, Sang Yeop Lee, Hyoung Won Bae, Sung Soo Kim, Chan Yun Kim
BACKGROUND: Although several studies showed the association between stroke and open-angle glaucoma (OAG), there is still lack of longitudinal studies based on large populations. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the risk of stroke after OAG diagnosis over a 10-year follow-up period. METHODS: We performed a retrospective nationwide propensity score-matched cohort study. OAG and comparison groups were selected from a large database from the Korean National Health Insurance Service, comprising 1 025 340 random subjects...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728485/factors-associated-with-global-longitudinal-strain-decline-in-hypertensive-patients-with-normal-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Nabila Soufi Taleb Bendiab, Abderrahim Meziane-Tani, Souhila Ouabdesselam, Nadera Methia, Samia Latreche, Latefa Henaoui, Jean-Jacques Monsuez, Salim Benkhedda
Background Early detection of risk factors for left ventricular (LV) dysfunction may be useful in patients with high blood pressure (HBP). Methods Patient from an outpatient HBP clinic underwent a two-dimensional Doppler-coupled echocardiography with determination of LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) by speckle-tracking. Results Among 200 patients (mean age 61.7 ± 9.7 years), 155 were overweight, 93 had diabetes, 83 had dyslipidemia, and 109 had uncontrolled HBP. LV hypertrophy (LVH) was found in 136 patients (68%), including concentric ( n = 106) and eccentric ( n = 30) LVH...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728481/feasibility-of-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-in-evaluation-of-arterial-stiffness-comparison-with-pulse-wave-velocity-and-conventional-sonographic-markers-of-atherosclerosis
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Michał Podgórski, Piotr Grzelak, Magdalena Kaczmarska, Michał Polguj, Maciej Łukaszewski, Ludomir Stefańczyk
Objective Arterial stiffening is an early marker of atherosclerosis that has a prognostic value for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Although many markers of arterial hardening have been proposed, the search is on for newer, more user-friendly and reliable surrogates. One such potential candidate has emerged from cardiology, the speckle-tracking technique. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of the two-dimensional speckle tracking for the evaluation of arterial wall stiffness in comparison with standard stiffness parameters...
January 1, 2017: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727652/surgical-emphysema-following-canalplasty-for-aural-exostoses
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Michael C Baxter, Matthew Keller, Anil Shah, Sean Wise
OBJECTIVE: To describe the presentation and management of surgical emphysema involving the temporomandibular joint and deep neck following exostoses removal. PATIENT: A 60-year-old male surfer presented with hearing loss and recurrent infections in the right ear. An examination revealed obstructing bony exostoses in the right external auditory canal. He underwent right canalplasty using a postauricular approach. At 5 weeks after surgery, he presented with right otalgia, swelling of the right face and neck, and complaints of a squeaking noise in the right ear with mandibular excursions...
July 19, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726806/data-sharing-as-a-national-quality-improvement-program-reporting-on-brca1-and-brca2-variant-interpretation-comparisons-through-the-canadian-open-genetics-repository-cogr
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Matthew S Lebo, Kathleen-Rose Zakoor, Kathy Chun, Marsha D Speevak, John S Waye, Elizabeth McCready, Jillian S Parboosingh, Ryan E Lamont, Harriet Feilotter, Ian Bosdet, Tracy Tucker, Sean Young, Aly Karsan, George S Charames, Ronald Agatep, Elizabeth L Spriggs, Caitlin Chisholm, Nasim Vasli, Hussein Daoud, Olga Jarinova, Robert Tomaszewski, Stacey Hume, Sherryl Taylor, Mohammad R Akbari, Jordan Lerner-Ellis
PurposeThe purpose of this study was to develop a national program for Canadian diagnostic laboratories to compare DNA-variant interpretations and resolve discordant-variant classifications using the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes as a case study.MethodsBRCA1 and BRCA2 variant data were uploaded and shared through the Canadian Open Genetics Repository (COGR; http://www.opengenetics.ca). A total of 5,554 variant observations were submitted; classification differences were identified and comparison reports were sent to participating laboratories...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726649/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-as-a-marker-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
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P Štefanič, I Kopolovets, Z Hertelyová, Š Tóth, M Frankovičová
The aim of this study was to compare the concentration of inflammatory vascular markers and morphological structure of atherosclerotic plaque in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with the stenosis of internal carotid artery (ICA). The research was carried out in 70 patients with hemodynamically significant stenosis of ICA out of which 40 (57%) were asymptomatic patients and 30 (43%) were symptomatic patients, of which 20 patients (66%) have had a stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), 10 patients (33%)...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726598/pandemic-related-health-behavior-repeat-episodes-of-influenza-like-illness-related-to-the-2009-h1n1-influenza-pandemic
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O Mgbere, K Ngo, S Khuwaja, M Mouzoon, A Greisinger, R Arafat, J Markee
The Houston Health Department (HHD) in Texas tracks influenza-like illness (ILI) in the community through its Influenza Sentinel Surveillance Program, which began in 2008. After the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic (pH1N1) in 2009, investigators sought to assess the feasibility of this program as a non-traditional data source for tracking and monitoring care-seeking activities. Through the process of characterizing and describing patients who had 'return visits', or who were considered the heaviest ILI-related care-utilizers, the investigators sought to understand the strengths and limitations of this data source...
July 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726359/earplugs-during-the-first-night-after-cardiothoracic-surgery-may-improve-a-fast-track-protocol
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Johannes Menger, Bernhard Urbanek, Keso Skhirtladze-Dworschak, Viktoria Wolf, Arabella Fischer, Harald Rinösl, Martin Dworschak
BACKGROUND: Sleep deprivation after major surgery is common and associated with worse outcome. Noise is one important reason for sleep fragmentation, which contributes to enhanced morbidity. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the impact of earplugs on patients' sleep quality during their first night after cardiothoracic surgery to eventually improve an existing fast-track concept. METHODS: Sixty-three patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery eligible for a postoperative fast- track regimen on our cardiothoracic post anaesthesia care unit (C-PACU) were prospectively included...
July 20, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725962/optimal-positioning-of-the-nipple-areola-complex-in-men-using-the-mohrenheim-estimated-tangential-tracking-line-mett-line-an-intuitive-approach
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Tobias R Mett, Nicco Krezdorn, Rosalia Luketina, Maria K Boyce, Helga Henseler, Ramin Ipaktchi, Peter M Vogt
INTRODUCTION: The reconstruction of the body shape after post-bariatric surgery or high-grade gynecomastia involves, besides skin tightening, the repositioning of anatomical, apparent landmarks. The surgeon usually defines these during the preoperative planning. In particular, the positions of the nipple-areola complexes (NAC) should contribute to the gender-appropriate appearance. While in the female breast numerous methods have been developed to determine the optimal position of the NACs, there are only a few, metric and often impractical algorithms for positioning the nipples and areoles in the male...
July 19, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725549/performance-of-unscented-kalman-filter-tractography-in-edema-analysis-of-the-two-tensor-model
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Ruizhi Liao, Lipeng Ning, Zhenrui Chen, Laura Rigolo, Shun Gong, Ofer Pasternak, Alexandra J Golby, Yogesh Rathi, Lauren J O'Donnell
Diffusion MRI tractography is increasingly used in pre-operative neurosurgical planning to visualize critical fiber tracts. However, a major challenge for conventional tractography, especially in patients with brain tumors, is tracing fiber tracts that are affected by vasogenic edema, which increases water content in the tissue and lowers diffusion anisotropy. One strategy for improving fiber tracking is to use a tractography method that is more sensitive than the traditional single-tensor streamline tractography...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725149/using-an-integrated-information-system-to-reduce-interruptions-and-the-number-of-non-relevant-contacts-in-the-inpatient-pharmacy-at-tertiary-hospital
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Saleh Binobaid, Mohammed Almeziny, Ip-Shing Fan
Patient care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals intended for high-quality and safe patient care. Accordingly, the team must work synergistically and communicate efficiently. In many hospitals, nursing and pharmacy communication relies mainly on telephone calls. In fact, numerous studies have reported telephone calls as a source of interruption for both pharmacy and nursing operations; therefore, the workload increases and the chance of errors raises. This report describes the implementation of an integrated information system that possibly can reduce telephone calls through providing real-time tracking capabilities and sorting prescriptions urgency, thus significantly improving traceability of all prescriptions inside pharmacy...
July 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724394/development-of-newborn-screening-connect-nbs-connect-a-self-reported-patient-registry-and-its-role-in-improvement-of-care-for-patients-with-inherited-metabolic-disorders
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Yetsa Osara, Kathryn Coakley, Aishwarya Devarajan, Rani H Singh
BACKGROUND: Newborn Screening Connect (NBS Connect) is a web-based self-reported patient registry and resource for individuals and families affected by disorders included in the newborn screening panel. NBS Connect was launched in 2012 by Emory University after years of planning and grassroots work by professionals, consumers, and industry. Individuals with phenylketonuria (PKU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) or tyrosinemia (TYR) have been recruited through distribution of outreach materials, presentations at parent organization meetings and direct recruitment at clinic appointments...
July 19, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
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/28723845/lean-six-sigma-techniques-to-improve-ophthalmology-clinic-efficiency
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Thomas A Ciulla, Mohan V Tatikonda, Yehya A ElMaraghi, Rehan M Hussain, Amanda L Hill, Julie M Clary, Eyas Hattab
PURPOSE: Ophthalmologists serve an increasing volume of a growing elderly population undergoing increasingly complex outpatient medical care, including extensive diagnostic testing and treatment. The resulting prolonged patient visit times ("patient flow times") limit quality, patient and employee satisfaction, and represent waste. Lean Six Sigma process improvement was used in a vitreoretinal practice to decrease patient flow time, demonstrating that this approach can yield significant improvement in health care...
July 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723562/integrative-genomics-identifies-the-molecular-basis-of-resistance-to-azacitidine-therapy-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Ashwin Unnikrishnan, Elli Papaemmanuil, Dominik Beck, Nandan P Deshpande, Arjun Verma, Ashu Kumari, Petter S Woll, Laura A Richards, Kathy Knezevic, Vashe Chandrakanthan, Julie A I Thoms, Melinda L Tursky, Yizhou Huang, Zara Ali, Jake Olivier, Sally Galbraith, Austin G Kulasekararaj, Magnus Tobiasson, Mohsen Karimi, Andrea Pellagatti, Susan R Wilson, Robert Lindeman, Boris Young, Raj Ramakrishna, Christopher Arthur, Richard Stark, Philip Crispin, Jennifer Curnow, Pauline Warburton, Fernando Roncolato, Jacqueline Boultwood, Kevin Lynch, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen, Ghulam J Mufti, Eva Hellstrom-Lindberg, Marc R Wilkins, Karen L MacKenzie, Jason W H Wong, Peter J Campbell, John E Pimanda
Myelodysplastic syndromes and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia are blood disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis and progressive marrow failure that can transform into acute leukemia. The DNA methyltransferase inhibitor 5-azacytidine (AZA) is the most effective pharmacological option, but only ∼50% of patients respond. A response only manifests after many months of treatment and is transient. The reasons underlying AZA resistance are unknown, and few alternatives exist for non-responders. Here, we show that AZA responders have more hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs) in the cell cycle...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721941/blood-glucose-concentration-control-for-type-1-diabetic-patients-a-non-linear-suboptimal-approach
#19
Yazdan Batmani
In this study, a closed-loop treatment strategy is proposed for the control of blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetic patients. Toward this end, a non-linear technique for designing suboptimal tracking controllers, called the state-dependent Riccati equation tracker, is used based on a mathematical model of the glucose-insulin regulatory system. Since two state variables of the utilised model are not available to the controller, a non-linear filter is also designed to estimate these variables using the measured blood glucose concentration...
August 2017: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721905/inter-and-intrafractional-variation-in-the-3-dimensional-positions-of-pancreatic-tumors-due-to-respiration-under-real-time-monitoring
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Mami Akimoto, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Akira Nakamura, Nobutaka Mukumoto, Takashi Kishi, Yoko Goto, Takashi Mizowaki, Masahiro Hiraoka
PURPOSE: To quantify the 3-dimensional pancreatic tumor motion during the overall treatment course using real-time orthogonal kilovoltage X-ray imaging. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study included 10 patients with pancreatic cancer who underwent 6-port static intensity modulated radiation therapy with real-time tumor tracking in 15 fractions, except for 1 patient (5 fractions). The tumor and abdominal wall positions were acquired simultaneously during the overall treatment course...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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