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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645181/the-clinical-benefits-of-perioperative-antioxidant-vitamin-therapy-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-meta-analysis
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Jun Geng, Ju Qian, Weijun Si, Hao Cheng, Fuhai Ji, Zhenya Shen
The clinical benefits of perioperative antioxidant vitamin therapy in cardiac patients remain controversial. Here, we conducted a meta-analysis to determine the strength of the evidence supporting the perioperative use of antioxidant vitamins in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. We searched 4 databases (PubMed, EMBASE, Science Citation Index and Cochrane Library) for randomized controlled trials that reported the effects of antioxidant vitamin therapy on patients undergoing cardiac surgery until 6 June 2016...
June 22, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644736/asymptomatic-microscopic-hematuria-as-a-predictor-of-neoplasia-in-the-urinary-tract
#3
Maria Ordell Sundelin, Jørgen Bjerggaard Jensen
OBJECTIVE: The Danish hematuria guidelines were revised in January 2016. Before revision, it was recommended that asymptomatic microscopic hematuria in patients more than 40 years old should be routinely urologically investigated. In the revised guidelines, patients with asymptomatic microscopic hematuria are not recommended to be investigated, irrespective of age. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether asymptomatic microscopic hematuria was predictive of neoplasia of the urinary tract in a referred cohort of patients...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644381/an-efficient-user-authentication-and-user-anonymity-scheme-with-provably-security-for-iot-based-medical-care-system
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Chun-Ta Li, Tsu-Yang Wu, Chin-Ling Chen, Cheng-Chi Lee, Chien-Ming Chen
In recent years, with the increase in degenerative diseases and the aging population in advanced countries, demands for medical care of older or solitary people have increased continually in hospitals and healthcare institutions. Applying wireless sensor networks for the IoT-based telemedicine system enables doctors, caregivers or families to monitor patients' physiological conditions at anytime and anyplace according to the acquired information. However, transmitting physiological data through the Internet concerns the personal privacy of patients...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644300/breathlessness-in-the-primary-care-setting
#5
Noel Baxter
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breathlessness is a high-volume problem with 10% of adults experiencing the symptom daily placing a heavy burden on the health and wider economy. As it worsens, they enter the specialist and hospital-based symptom services where costs quickly escalate and people may find themselves in a place not of their choosing. For many, their care will be delivered by a disease or organ specialist and can find themselves passing between physicians without coordination for symptom support...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643577/an-assessment-of-advance-relatives-approach-for-brain-death-organ-donation
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Carine Michaut, Antoine Baumann, Hélène Gregoire, Corinne Laviale, Gérard Audibert, Xavier Ducrocq
BACKGROUND: Advance announcement of forthcoming brain death has developed to enable intensivists and organ procurement organisation coordinators to more appropriately, and separately from each other, explain to relatives brain death and the subsequent post-mortem organ donation opportunity. Research aim: The aim was to assess how potentially involved healthcare professionals perceived ethical issues surrounding the strategy of advance approach. RESEARCH DESIGN: A multi-centre opinion survey using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire was conducted in the six-member hospitals of the publicly funded East of France regional organ and tissue procurement network called 'Prélor'...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643543/measuring-compassionate-care-reliability-and-validity-of-the-greek-version-of-a-compassionate-care-assessment-tool
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Katerina Grimani
This study attempts to fill the gap regarding the adequacy of a compassionate care assessment tool by evaluating the tool for use with Greek patients. The Greek version of the compassionate care assessment tool was developed by using forward and backward translation. The reliability and validity of the measures were investigated in a sample of patients hospitalized in public hospitals in Athens. The internal consistency of the instrument was examined based on Cronbach's α coefficients, and the validity was evaluated by subjecting the items of the instrument to factor analysis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643490/characterization-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-genes-of-shigella-flexneri-isolates-with-fosfomycin-resistance-from-patients-in-china
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Yanyan Liu, Yue Cheng, Haifei Yang, Lifen Hu, Jun Cheng, Ying Ye, Jiabin Li
BACKGROUND: The emergence of fosfomycin resistance and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) genes is a serious threat to public health and a new challenge in shigellosis treatment. The purpose of this study was to identify fosfomycin resistance and characterize β-lactamase genes in fos-carrying isolates of Shigella flexneri from patients in China. METHODS: A total of 263 S. flexneri isolates were collected from 34 hospitals in the Anhui Province of China during September 2012-September 2015 and screened for fosA3, fosA, and fosC2 by PCR amplification and sequencing...
September 2017: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643112/a-retrospective-study-of-antibiotic-de-escalation-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-malaysia
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Rahela Ambaras Khan, Zoriah Aziz
Background Antibiotic de-escalation is an important strategy to conserve the effectiveness of broad-spectrum antibiotics. However, the outcome of this strategy for the treatment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has not been widely studied in developing countries. Objectives To evaluate the outcome on intensive care unit (ICU) mortality, 28 days mortality, and length of ICU stay among VAP patients who receive de-escalation therapy. Setting This study was conducted in an ICU of a Malaysian public hospital...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642372/the-highland-health-advocates-a-preliminary-evaluation-of-a-novel-programme-addressing-the-social-needs-of-emergency-department-patients
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Lia Ilona Losonczy, Dennis Hsieh, Michael Wang, Christopher Hahn, Tarak Trivedi, Marcela Rodriguez, Jahan Fahimi, Harrison Alter
OBJECTIVES: Patients commonly come to the emergency department (ED) with social needs. To address this, we created the Highland Health Advocates (HHA), an ED-based help desk and medical-legal partnership using undergraduate volunteers to help patients navigate public resources and provide onsite legal and social work referrals. We were able to provide these services in English and Spanish. We aimed to determine the social needs of the patients who presented to our ED and the potential impact of the programme in resolving those needs and connecting them to a 'medical home' (defined as a consistent, primary source of medical care such as a primary care doctor or clinic)...
June 22, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642218/the-effectiveness-of-information-technology-supported-shared-care-for-patients-with-chronic-disease-a-systematic-review
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Laura Kooij, Wim G Groen, Wim H van Harten
BACKGROUND: In patients with chronic disease, many health care professionals are involved during treatment and follow-up. This leads to fragmentation that in turn may lead to suboptimal care. Shared care is a means to improve the integration of care delivered by various providers, specifically primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialty care professionals, for patients with chronic disease. The use of information technology (IT) in this field seems promising. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to systematically review the literature regarding the effectiveness of IT-supported shared care interventions in chronic disease in terms of provider or professional, process, health or clinical and financial outcomes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642086/geographical-outcome-disparities-in-infection-occurrence-after-colorectal-surgery
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Nasser Bagheri, Luis Furuya-Kanamori, Suhail A R Doi, Archie C A Clements, Art Sedrakyan
BACKGROUND: Despite improved surgical practices and in-hospital surveillance systems, surgical site infections remain a major public health problem worldwide and often require readmission to hospital. The aim was to apply an advance and innovative spatial analysis approach to identify spatial pattern and clustering (hotspots) of surgical site infection rate (CSIR), and quantifying disparities across communities. METHODS: We used the Admitted Patient Data Collection for patients aged 18 years and over who underwent colorectal surgery in a public hospital between 2002 and 2013 in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW)...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642027/-monitoring-devices-and-their-alarms-incident-reports-suggest-problems-with-device-knowledge
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Kathrin Lange, Miriam Nowak, Claudia Neudörfl, Wolfgang Lauer
Missing or false device alarms pose a risk in clinical practice. Publications from the United States suggest that alarm errors are not only caused by technical issues but to a considerable degree result from user-device interaction problems. To safely operate a medical device, users have to thoroughly understand both device behavior and device functioning. They also need to foresee the exact consequences of their interactions with the device. This can be challenging, especially if a device has multiple functions, is applied in various use contexts or networked with other devices - as is often the case with patient monitors...
June 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641321/identifying-and-acting-on-potentially-inappropriate-care-inadequacy-of-current-hospital-coding-for-this-task
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P David Cooper, David R Smart
INTRODUCTION: Recent Australian attempts to facilitate disinvestment in healthcare, by identifying instances of 'inappropriate' care from large Government datasets, are subject to significant methodological flaws. Amongst other criticisms has been the fact that the Government datasets utilized for this purpose correlate poorly with datasets collected by relevant professional bodies. Government data derive from official hospital coding, collected retrospectively by clerical personnel, whilst professional body data derive from unit-specific databases, collected contemporaneously with care by clinical personnel...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641098/trends-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-activity-in-lebanon
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Ali Bazarbachi, Ammar Zahreddine, Radwan Massoud, Jean Cheikh, Colette Hanna, Fadi Nasr, Miguel Abboud, Ahmad Ibrahim
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been accessible to the population residing in Lebanon and surrounding countries since 1997. HSCT programs were developed in two major hospitals in Beirut: American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and Makassed General Hospital. Mount Lebanon Hospital initiated an autologous HSCT activity later. Between 2012 and 2016, the HSCT activity in Lebanon reached a total of 897 transplants, among which 303 (33.8%) were allogeneic HSCT and 594 (66.2%) were autologous HSCT...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640799/screening-for-syphilis-and-other-sexually-transmitted-infections-in-pregnant-women-guam-2014
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Susan Cha, Tasneem Malik, Winston E Abara, Mia S DeSimone, Bernadette Schumann, Esther Mallada, Michael Klemme, Vince Aguon, Anne Marie Santos, Thomas A Peterman, Gail Bolan, Mary L Kamb
Prenatal screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can prevent adverse perinatal outcomes. In Guam, the largest of the three U.S. territories in the Pacific, primary and secondary syphilis rates among women increased 473%, from 1.1 to 6.3 per 100,000 during 2009-2013 (1). In 2013, the first congenital syphilis case after no cases since 2008 was reported (1,2). Little is known about STI screening coverage and factors associated with inadequate screening among pregnant women in Guam. This study evaluated the prevalence of screening for syphilis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and examined correlates of inadequate screening among pregnant women in Guam...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640768/perceptions-of-cardiology-administrators-about-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-south-america-and-the-caribbean
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Gabriela Lima de Melo Ghisi, Raquel Britto, Thaianne Cavalcante Servio, Claudia Victoria Anchique Santos, Rosalia Fernandez, Eduardo Rivas-Estany, Claudio Santibañez, Graciela Gonzalez, Gerard Burdiat, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Artur Haddad Herdy, Sherry L Grace
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs can address the cardiovascular disease epidemic in South America. However, there are factors limiting CR access at the patient, provider, and system levels. The latter 2 have not been extensively studied. The objective of this study was to investigate cardiology administrator's awareness and knowledge of CR and perceptions regarding resources for CR. METHODS: This study was cross-sectional and observational in design...
July 2017: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640686/prevalence-of-financial-fraud-and-scams-among-older-adults-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
David Burnes, Charles R Henderson, Christine Sheppard, Rebecca Zhao, Karl Pillemer, Mark S Lachs
BACKGROUND: The financial exploitation of older adults was recently recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a serious public health problem. Knowledge of the prevalence of elder financial exploitation is mostly limited to the category of financial abuse, which occurs in relationships involving an expectation of trust. Little is known about the other major category of elder financial exploitation-elder financial fraud and scams, which is perpetrated by strangers...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640677/constant-lethality-of-gunshot-injuries-from-firearm-assault-united-states-2003-2012
#19
Philip J Cook, Ariadne E Rivera-Aguirre, Magdalena Cerdá, Garen Wintemute
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the validity of the apparent downward trend in the national case-fatality rate for gunshot wounds from assault. METHODS: We reanalyzed the estimated annual number of nonfatal firearm injuries the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System reported from 2003 to 2012. We adjusted the estimates for discontinuities created by the substitution of 1 hospital for another in the sample and for a downward trend in the percentage of gunshot injuries classified as "unknown circumstance...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640237/broad-consent-for-health-care-embedded-biobanking-understanding-and-reasons-to-donate-in-a-large-patient-sample
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Gesine Richter, Michael Krawczak, Wolfgang Lieb, Lena Wolff, Stefan Schreiber, Alena Buyx
PurposeTo facilitate ethically acceptable and practically successful health care-embedded biobanking, the attitudes and understanding of patients and their motivation to participate need to be explored.MethodsA questionnaire study was conducted among 760 outpatients of a northern German university hospital to assess their awareness of, and motivation for giving broad consent to health care-embedded biobanking, also addressing the issue of feedback on individual-level research findings.ResultsThe overall willingness to give broad consent was high (86...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
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