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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926654/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-and-ethical-approaches-to-the-identification-of-pregnant-women-who-use-drugs
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Mishka Terplan, Howard Minkoff
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of opioid use, addiction, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Consequentially, a great deal of public, and public health, attention has turned toward the timely recognition of pregnant women who use drugs. We explore the clinical efficacy and ethical acceptability of different methods of identification-contrasting drug testing (using biologic samples such as urine) with screening (using an instrument or questionnaire) under both universal and selective approaches within the current legal and social landscape, which is fraught with potential adverse consequences for both the woman and her child...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926639/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-the-risk-of-congenital-malformations
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Brian T Bateman, Elisabetta Patorno, Rishi J Desai, Ellen W Seely, Helen Mogun, Sara Z Dejene, Michael A Fischer, Alexander M Friedman, Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, Krista F Huybrechts
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between first-trimester angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor exposure and the risk of overall major congenital, cardiac, and central nervous system malformations. METHODS: We used a cohort of completed pregnancies linked to liveborn neonates derived from Medicaid claims from 2000 to 2010. We examined the risk of malformations associated with first-trimester exposure to an ACE inhibitor. Propensity score-based methods were used to control for potential confounders including maternal demographics, medical conditions, exposure to other medications, and measures of health care utilization...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926557/long-term-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-permanent-end-ileostomy-results-of-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-survey
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Tobias S Schiergens, Verena Hoffmann, Tamara N Schobel, Gerhard H Englert, Martin E Kreis, Wolfgang E Thasler, Jens Werner, Michael S Kasparek
BACKGROUND: Patients with permanent end ileostomy are at high risk for detrimental stomal effects on their quality of life. However, little is known about the long-term quality of life of these patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess long-term quality of life in patients with permanent end ileostomy. DATA SOURCES: Registration at the German self-help organization ILCO was used for this study. STUDY SELECTION: Selection included a cross-sectional survey of 1434 patients with permanent end ileostomy...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926378/automated-segmentation-of-white-matter-fiber-bundles-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-data-and-a-new-density-based-clustering-algorithm
#4
Tahereh Kamali, Daniel Stashuk
OBJECTIVE: Robust and accurate segmentation of brain white matter (WM) fiber bundles assists in diagnosing and assessing progression or remission of neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, autism and depression. Supervised segmentation methods are infeasible in most applications since generating gold standards is too costly. Hence, there is a growing interest in designing unsupervised methods. However, most conventional unsupervised methods require the number of clusters be known in advance which is not possible in most applications...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925681/measuring-medical-students-motivation-to-learning-anatomy-by-cadaveric-dissection
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Eiman M Abdel Meguid, Mohammed K Khalil
Motivation and learning are inter-related. It is well known that motivating learners is clearly a complex endeavor, which can be influenced by the educational program and the learning environment. Limited research has been conducted to examine students' motivation as a method to assess the effectiveness of dissection in medical education. This study aimed to assess and analyze students' motivation following their dissection experience. A 29-item survey was developed based on the Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction model of motivation...
December 7, 2016: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925503/persistence-of-protective-anti-hbs-antibody-levels-and-anamnestic-response-to-hbv-booster-vaccination-a-cross-sectional-study-among-healthcare-students-20%C3%A2-years-following-the-universal-immunization-campaign-in-italy
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Guglielmo Dini, Alessandra Toletone, Ilaria Barberis, Nicoletta Debarbieri, Emanuela Massa, Chiara Paganino, Francesca Bersi, Alfredo Montecucco, Cristiano Alicino, Paolo Durando
Vaccination against Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) became mandatory in Italy for all newborns and twelve years-old individuals in the 1991. The immunogenicity of HBV vaccine and the effectiveness of the universal immunization strategy have been widely demonstrated. However the need to assess the antibody concentrations above the well known serological correlate of protection for HBV infection (≥ 10 mIU/mL), established in individuals immunized with a three doses vaccination course, is still recommended in subjects exposed to occupational risks in different settings, particularly the healthcare services...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925499/non-adherence-to-psychotropic-medication-among-adolescents-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Alexander Häge, Lisa Weymann, Lucia Bliznak, Viktoria Märker, Konstantin Mechler, Ralf W Dittmann
INTRODUCTION: Whether patients take their medication as prescribed is of increasing importance in adolescent psychiatry since both the number of efficacious pharmaceutical treatments and the rate of prescriptions of psychotropic compounds are on the rise. Previous research showed high rates of medication nonadherence among both adolescents with medical disorders and adult patients with psychiatric disorders. METHODS: The present review was performed according to PRISMA guidelines and evaluates existing scientific literature concerning adherence to psychotropic medication among adolescents...
December 7, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925480/evaluation-of-background-parenchymal-enhancement-on-breast-mri-a-systematic-review
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Bianca Bignotti, Alessio Signori, Francesca Valdora, Federica Rossi, Massimo Calabrese, Manuela Durando, Giovanna Mariscotti, Alberto Tagliafico
OBJECTIVES: To perform a systematic review of the methods used for background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) evaluation on breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Studies dealing with BPE assessment on breast MRI were retrieved from major medical libraries independently by four reviewers up to 6 October 2015. The keywords used for database searching are "background parenchymal enhancement', 'parenchymal enhancement', "MRI" and "breast". The studies were included if a qualitative and/or quantitative methods for BPE assessment were described...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925447/rehospitalization-of-preterm-infants-according-to-the-discharge-risk-level
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Burcu Aykanat Girgin, Güler Cimete
PURPOSE: The rehospitalization rate of preterm infants is between 22 and 52% within the first year after discharge. The purpose of this study was to investigate the rehospitalization of preterm infants within 2 months following discharge, considering the level of risks originating from the infant, parents, and the social factors. DESIGN AND METHODS: The sample was composed of 238 preterm infants and their parents. The data were collected with a Descriptive Information Form, the Post-Discharge Infant Follow-up Form, and the Neonatal Discharge Assessment Tool (N-DAT)...
December 7, 2016: Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: JSPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925424/evaluation-of-an-institutional-project-to-improve-venous-thromboembolism-prevention
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REVIEW
Christina A Minami, Anthony D Yang, Mila Ju, Eckford Culver, Kathryn Seifert, Lindsey Kreutzer, Terri Halverson, Kevin J O'Leary, Karl Y Bilimoria
BACKGROUND: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) was historically a poor performer on the venous thromboembolism (VTE) outcome measure. As this measure has been shown to be flawed by surveillance bias, NMH embraced process-of-care measures to ensure appropriate VTE prophylaxis to assess healthcare-associated VTE prevention efforts. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of an institution-wide project aimed at improving hospital performance on VTE prophylaxis measures...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925421/reducing-the-incidence-of-hospital-associated-venous-thromboembolism-within-a-network-of-academic-hospitals-findings-from-five-university-of-california-medical-centers
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REVIEW
Ian H Jenkins, Richard H White, Alpesh N Amin, Nasim Afsarmanesh, Andrew D Auerbach, Raman Khanna, Gregory A Maynard
BACKGROUND: Almost 700 patients suffered from hospital-associated venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE) across 5 University of California hospitals in calendar year 2011. OBJECTIVE: Optimize venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis (VTEP) in adult medical/surgical inpatients and reduce HA-VTE by at least 20% within 3 years. DESIGN: Prospective, unblinded, open-intervention study with historical controls. SETTING: Five independent but cooperating academic hospitals...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925391/academic-poster-design-at-a-national-conference-a-need-for-standardised-guidance
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Alan Gopal, Melody Redman, David Cox, David Foreman, Elizabeth Elsey, Simon Fleming
BACKGROUND: Academic posters are a common means of disseminating information at conferences. Presentation at conferences is frequently given weight in postgraduate training programme recruitment. Some conferences provide guidance for visual presentation of posters. For the Association of the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) 2015, poster abstract guidance was provided; however, the guidance on poster design was limited to size and orientation. The aim of this study was to investigate academic poster quality at a national medical education conference to identify where standards could be promoted and improved...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925380/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-polymorphisms-and-postexercise-hypotension-in-hypertensive-medicated-individuals
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Karla F Goessler, Marcos D Polito, Gloria de F Mota, Edilamar M de Oliveira, Véronique A Cornelissen
The renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) is associated with diverse physiological responses and adaptations to exercise. The angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) 2 has vasodilatory effects, which might be associated with the blood pressure (BP) responses to acute exercise. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of ACE2 polymorphisms in postexercise hypotension (PEH). Thirty-four medicated hypertensive (61·3 ± 1·7 years, 76·1 ± 2·7 kg, 160 ± 1·6 cm) men (n = 12) and women (n = 22), participated in a control and a moderate intensity exercise session in a randomized order...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925166/new-guidelines-for-screening-diagnosing-and-treating-gestational-diabetes-evaluation-of-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-finland-from-2006-to-2012
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Anni Ellenberg, Nanna Sarvilinna, Mika Gissler, Veli-Matti Ulander
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we have assessed the changes in pregnancy outcomes following the implementation of national guidelines for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). These national guidelines changed the screening policy from risk-based to comprehensive screening. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We designed a retrospective register-based cohort study based on the data from the Finnish Medical Birth Register and Hospital Discharge Register including 34 794 singleton births in 2006-2008 and 36 488 in 2010-2012...
December 7, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925145/the-oldest-old-in-the-emergency-department-impact-of-renal-function
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T Brünnler, M Drey, G Dirrigl, C Weingart, F Rockmann, C Sieber, U Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: The ageing population implicates an increasing numbers of older adults attending Emergency Departments (ED). We assessed the effect of estimated glomerular filtration rate as a predictor of clinical outcomes in oldest-old patients ≥ 85 years attending the ED in an university teaching hospital. DESIGN: Within three years, 81831 patient contacts were made in our ED. 7799 (9.5%) were older than 85 years, in whom we analyzed the impact of renal function on various outcome parameters...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925124/-maternal-intention-to-breastfeed-a-systematic-review
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Tatiana de Oliveira Vieira, Camilla da Cruz Martins, Géssica Silva Santana, Graciete Oliveira Vieira, Luciana Rodrigues Silva
This study seeks to identify the factors associated with maternal intention to breastfeed (MIB) in pregnant women. A systematic review of articles in the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (PubMed/Medline) and the Latin American and Caribbean Literature in Health Sciences (Lilacs) databases was conducted. Two independent reviewers performed the search, using the "Medical Subject Headings" and "Key words in Science and Health" vocabulary, referring to: breastfeeding, intention, and pregnant women...
December 2016: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925040/the-diagnosis-of-acute-appendicitis-in-pregnant-versus-non-pregnant-women-a-comparative-study
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Abbas Aras, Erbil Karaman, Çağhan Pekşen, Remzi Kızıltan, Mehmet Çetin Kotan
Objective: To investigate whether the diagnosis of acute appendicitis is affected by pregnancy or not. Method: A retrospective study with the analysis of the medical records of all women suspected of having appendicitis who underwent appendectomy at our hospital between June 2010 and March 2015 were reviewed. The patients were divided into two groups according to whether they were pregnant or not during the surgery: group I, pregnant women, and group II, non-pregnant women...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924735/-clinical-medication-reviews-in-elderly-patients-with-polypharmacy-a-cross-sectional-study-in-dutch-community-pharmacies
#18
S H Chau, A P D Jansen, P M van de Ven, P Hoogland, P J M Elders, J G Hugtenburg
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the nature and prevalence of drug related problems (DRPs) in older patients with polypharmacy identified by community pharmacists in daily practice through means of a clinical medication review (CMR) and assess the implementation rate of proposed interventions to solve DRPs. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study METHOD: We analysed the CMR data of 3,807 older patients (≥ 65 years) with polypharmacy (≥ 5 drugs) completed in January-August 2012...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924388/laparoscopic-and-robotic-skills-are-transferable-in-a-simulation-setting-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lauren Thomaier, Megan Orlando, Melinda Abernethy, Chandhana Paka, Chi Chiung Grace Chen
BACKGROUND: Although surgical simulation provides an effective supplement to traditional training, it is not known whether skills are transferable between minimally invasive surgical modalities. The purpose of this study was to assess the transferability of skills between minimally invasive surgical simulation platforms among simulation-naïve participants. METHODS: Forty simulation-naïve medical students were enrolled in this randomized single-blinded controlled trial...
December 6, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924231/a-tobacco-cessation-intervention-with-rural-medically-underserved-blue-collar-employees-a-quasiexperimental-study
#20
Telisa Stewart, Margaret K Formica, Anna M Adachi-Mejia, Dongliang Wang, Meg Gerrard
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to increase knowledge regarding the dangers associated with tobacco use, and decrease secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use behaviors with an antitobacco messaging campaign among rural, medically underserved, blue-collar workers. METHODS: A quasiexperimental study was conducted with employees at two worksites. One worksite received the intervention, which consisted of nine different antitobacco messages. Baseline and follow-up surveys were conducted at each worksite to assess change in knowledge and behavior; the data were compared across the two worksites...
December 2016: Safety and Health At Work
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