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Debrah I Boeras, John N Nkengasong, Rosanna W Peeling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in point-of-care technologies to ensure universal access to affordable quality-assured diagnostics have the potential to transform patient management, surveillance programmes, and control of infectious diseases. Decentralization of testing can put tremendous stresses on fragile health systems if the laboratory is not involved in the planning, introduction, and scale-up strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The impact of investments in novel technologies can only be realized if these tests are evaluated, adopted, and scaled up within the healthcare system with appropriate planning and understanding of the local contexts in which these technologies will be used...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078665/computerized-pharmacy-surveillance-and-alert-system-for-drug-related-problems
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O Ferrández, O Urbina, S Grau, J Mateu-de-Antonio, M Marin-Casino, J Portabella, S Mojal, M Riu, E Salas
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Because of the impact of drug-related problems (DRPs) on morbidity and mortality, there is a need for computerized strategies to increase drug safety. The detection and identification of the causes of potential DRPs can be facilitated by the incorporation of a pharmacy warning system (PWS) in the computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and its application in the routine validation of inpatient drug therapy. A limited number of studies have evaluated a clinical decision support system to monitor drug treatment...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077782/serum-and-tissue-markers-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-cholangiocarcinoma-clinical-and-prognostic-implications
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REVIEW
Massimiliano Berretta, Carla Cavaliere, Lara Alessandrini, Brigida Stanzione, Gaetano Facchini, Luca Balestreri, Tiziana Perin, Vincenzo Canzonieri
HCC represents the sixth most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Despite the high incidence, treatment options for advanced HCC remain limited and unsuccessful, resulting in a poor prognosis. Despite the major advances achieved in the diagnostic management of HCC, only one third of the newly diagnosed patients are presently eligible for curative treatments. Advances in technology and an increased understanding of HCC biology have led to the discovery of novel biomarkers...
December 14, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063620/-the-virological-and-epidemiological-aspects-of-human-adenoviral-conjunctivitis-in-tunisia
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N Fedaoui, N Ben Ayed, A Ben Yahia, L Matri, L Nacef, H Triki
Human adenoviruses (HAdV) are the main cause of viral conjunctivitis. In Tunisia and North Africa more generally, there is no regular nationwide surveillance program that monitors viruses causing conjunctivitis and keratoconjunctivitis. In this study, we report the results of HAdV screening in conjunctival samples collected for over 14 years in Tunisia. A total of 282 conjunctival samples received between 2000 and 2013 were investigated. Detection and identification of genotype were performed by PCR-sequencing at the hexon gene; 64...
January 4, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057607/the-value-of-electronic-medical-record-implementation-in-mental-health-care-a-case-study
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Sanaz Riahi, Ilan Fischler, Melanie I Stuckey, Philip E Klassen, John Chen
BACKGROUND: Electronic medical records (EMR) have been implemented in many organizations to improve the quality of care. Evidence supporting the value added to a recovery-oriented mental health facility is lacking. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this project was to implement and customize a fully integrated EMR system in a specialized, recovery-oriented mental health care facility. This evaluation examined the outcomes of quality improvement initiatives driven by the EMR to determine the value that the EMR brought to the organization...
January 5, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043601/best-approaches-to-drug-resistance-surveillance-at-the-country-level
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A M Cabibbe, D M Cirillo
In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation to include the endorsed rapid molecular technologies (Xpert MTB/RIF, line probe assays) into surveillance systems and surveys allowed the testing of more tuberculosis (TB) patients for drug resistance at country level than ever before. The whole genome sequencing (WGS) approach is emerging as a more powerful tool for epidemiological and drug-resistant routine surveillances, promising a rapid and simultaneous screening of all the clinically-relevant mutations for the determination of resistance to the first-, second-line, and new anti-TB drugs...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042386/endoscopic-evaluation-in-diagnosis-and-management-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Carthage P Moran, Barra Neary, Glen A Doherty
Endoscopy is a keystone in the management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is the fundamental diagnostic tool for IBD, and can help discern between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Endoscopic assessment provides an objective end point in clinical trials, and identifies patients in clinical practice who may benefit from treatment escalation and may assist risk stratification in patients seeking to discontinue therapy. Recent advances in endoscopic assessment of patients with IBD include video capsule endoscopy, and chromoendoscopy...
December 16, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031301/social-mobilization-and-community-engagement-central-to-the-ebola-response-in-west-africa-lessons-for-future-public-health-emergencies
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Amaya M Gillespie, Rafael Obregon, Rania El Asawi, Catherine Richey, Erma Manoncourt, Kshiitij Joshi, Savita Naqvi, Ade Pouye, Naqibullah Safi, Ketan Chitnis, Sabeeha Quereshi
Following the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in July 2014, UNICEF was asked to co-lead, in coordination with WHO and the ministries of health of affected countries, the communication and social mobilization component-which UNICEF refers to as communication for development (C4D)-of the Ebola response. For the first time in an emergency setting, C4D was formally incorporated into each country's national response, alongside more typical components such as supplies and logistics, surveillance, and clinical care...
December 23, 2016: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025242/a-new-era-in-quality-measurement-the-development-and-application-of-quality-measures
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Terry Adirim, Kelley Meade, Kamila Mistry
Quality measures are used for a variety of purposes in health care, including clinical care improvement, regulation, accreditation, public reporting, surveillance, and maintenance of certification. Most quality measures are 1 of 3 types: structure, process, or outcome. Health care quality measures should address the domains of quality across the continuum of care and reflect patient and family experience. Measure development for pediatric health care has a number of important challenges, including gaps in the evidence base; the fact that measures for most conditions must be age-specific; the long, resource-intensive development process; and the national focus on measure development for adult conditions...
January 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017225/stroke-survivors-in-nigeria-a-door-to-door-prevalence-survey-from-the-niger-delta-region
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Martinsixtus C Ezejimofor, Olalekan A Uthman, Omosivie Maduka, Aloysius C Ezeabasili, Arthur C Onwuchekwa, Benedeth C Ezejimofor, Eme Asuquo, Yen-Fu Chen, Saverio Stranges, Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala
The burden of stroke has been projected to increase in low-and middle-income countries due to the ongoing epidemiological transition. However, community-based stroke prevalence studies are sparse in sub-Saharan Africa particularly in Nigeria. This study aimed to provide a comparative estimate of the prevalence of stroke survivors in the rural Niger Delta region. A three-phased door-to-door survey was conducted using WHO modified instruments. In the first-phase, 2028 adults (≥18years) participants randomly selected from two rural communities were screened by trained health research assistants for probable stroke...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005900/diagnostic-tests-to-support-late-stage-control-programs-for-schistosomiasis-and-soil-transmitted-helminthiases
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REVIEW
Kenneth R Hawkins, Jason L Cantera, Helen L Storey, Brandon T Leader, Tala de Los Santos
Global efforts to address schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH) include deworming programs for school-aged children that are made possible by large-scale drug donations. Decisions on these mass drug administration (MDA) programs currently rely on microscopic examination of clinical specimens to determine the presence of parasite eggs. However, microscopy-based methods are not sensitive to the low-intensity infections that characterize populations that have undergone MDA. Thus, there has been increasing recognition within the schistosomiasis and STH communities of the need for improved diagnostic tools to support late-stage control program decisions, such as when to stop or reduce MDA...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004604/issues-in-contemporary-and-potential-future-molecular-diagnostics-for-dengue
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Shamala Devi Sekaran, Hui Jen Soe
Dengue has been the most common arbovirus infection worldwide with 2.5 billion people living in over 100 endemic tropical and subtropical regions. Due to the high number of asymptomatic cases and the signs and symptoms being rather unspecific, dengue cases are often under-reported and might influence dengue surveillance programs. Therefore, a rapid, easy to use, inexpensive, and highly sensitive and specific diagnostic tool is essential for early and accurate diagnosis to ease the clinical management of patients as well as for the development of new interventions...
December 30, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999049/improving-feedback-of-surveillance-data-on-antimicrobial-consumption-resistance-and-stewardship-in-england-putting-the-data-at-your-fingertips
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Alan P Johnson, Berit Muller-Pebody, Emma Budd, Diane Ashiru-Oredope, David Ladenheim, Doris Hain, Russell Hope, Alex Bhattacharya, Suzanne Elgohari, Rebecca Guy, Katherine Henderson, Richard Puleston, Graeme Rooney, Simon Thelwall, Edgar Wellington, Theresa Lamagni, Susan Hopkins
The provision of better access to and use of surveillance data is a key component of the UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy Since April 2016, PHE has made data on practice (infection prevention and control; antimicrobial stewardship) and outcome (prevalence of AMR, antibiotic use and healthcare-associated infections) available through Fingertips, a publicly accessible web tool (https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/amr-local-indicators). Fingertips provides access to a wide range of public health data presented as thematic profiles, with the above data being available through the 'AMR local indicators' profile...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997580/natalizumab-related-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-in-multiple-sclerosis-findings-from-an-italian-independent-registry
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Luca Prosperini, Nicola de Rossi, Cristina Scarpazza, Lucia Moiola, Mirco Cosottini, Simonetta Gerevini, Ruggero Capra
BACKGROUND: The monoclonal antibody natalizumab (NTZ) is a highly effective treatment for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, this drug is associated with increased risk of developing Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML), an opportunistic infection of central nervous system (CNS) caused by the John Cunningham polyomavirus (JCV). OBJECTIVE: To describe the 12-month clinical course of 39 patients with MS (28 women, 11 men) who developed NTZ-related PML after a mean exposure of 39 infusions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995182/automatic-and-unbiased-assessment-of-competence-in-colonoscopy-exploring-validity-of-the-colonoscopy-progression-score-cops
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Louise Preisler, Morten Bo Søndergaard Svendsen, Bo Søndergaard, Lene Brink, Tyge Nordentoft, Lars Bo Svendsen, Lars Konge
: Background and aims: Colonoscopy is a difficult procedure to master. Increasing demands for colonoscopy, due to screening and surveillance programs, have highlighted the need for competent performers. Valid methods for assessing technical skills are pivotal for training and assessment. This study is the first clinical descriptive report of a novel colonoscopy assessment tool based on Magnetic Endoscopic Imaging (MEI) data and the aim was to gather validity evidence based on the data collected using the "Colonoscopy Progression Score" (CoPS)...
December 2016: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974721/liquid-biopsy-a-future-tool-for-posttreatment-surveillance-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Joost H van Ginkel, Manon M H Huibers, Rob Noorlag, Remco de Bree, Robert J J van Es, Stefan M Willems
The prognosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is largely based on disease stage. Despite improvements in treatment, recurrence rates are still considered high. Currently, disease progression or regression after curative treatment is monitored by clinical evaluation combined with flexible endoscopy and/or imaging. However, specificity of imaging is low due to the posttreatment effects. Detection of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) from blood samples of HNSCC patients is a minimally invasive technique that could lead to an earlier detection of recurrence...
December 15, 2016: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964921/esophagectomy-outcomes-in-the-endoscopic-mucosal-resection-era
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Karen J Dickinson, Kenneth Wang, Lizhi Zhang, Mark S Allen, Stephen D Cassivi, Francis C Nichols, Robert Shen, Dennis A Wigle, Shanda H Blackmon
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and esophagectomy are treatment options for cT1 esophageal adenocarcinoma. Our aim was to study outcomes for patients undergoing EMR then esophagectomy. METHODS: We identified patients undergoing EMR and esophagectomy for cT1 esophageal adenocarcinoma over 10 years. EMR histology was used to predict nodal involvement with a risk-scoring tool. Patient demographics, surgical techniques, pathology, postoperative outcomes, and survival were recorded...
December 10, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931229/a-national-health-facility-survey-of-malaria-infection-among-febrile-patients-in-kenya-2014
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Sophie Githinji, Abdisalan M Noor, Josephine Malinga, Peter M Macharia, Rebecca Kiptui, Ahmeddin Omar, Kiambo Njagi, Ejersa Waqo, Robert W Snow
BACKGROUND: The use of malaria infection prevalence among febrile patients at clinics has a potential to be a valuable epidemiological surveillance tool. However, routine data are incomplete and not all fevers are tested. This study was designed to screen all fevers for malaria infection in Kenya to explore the epidemiology of fever test positivity rates. METHODS: Random sampling was used within five malaria epidemiological zones of Kenya (i.e., high lake endemic, moderate coast endemic, highland epidemic, seasonal low transmission and low risk zones)...
December 8, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930551/assessment-of-2013-aha-acc-ascvd-risk-scores-with-behavioral-characteristics-of-an-urban-cohort-in-india-preliminary-analysis-of-noncommunicable-disease-initiatives-and-research-at-amrita-niram-study
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Vidya P Menon, Fabia Edathadathil, Dipu Sathyapalan, Merlin Moni, Ann Don, Sabarish Balachandran, Binny Pushpa, Preetha Prasanna, Nithu Sivaram, Anupama Nair, Nithu Vinod, Rekha Jayaprasad, Veena Menon
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death and disability in India. Early and sustained exposure to behavioral risk factors leads to development of CVDs.The aim of this study was to determine the baseline risk of a "hard CVD event" in subjects attending comprehensive health clinic and assess behavioral characteristics in "at risk" population.Using WHO STEPwise approach to Surveillance modified questionnaire, prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and risk factors was estimated in this cross-sectional study of 4507 subjects...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927666/epigenetic-biomarkers-in-progression-from-non-dysplastic-barrett-s-oesophagus-to-oesophageal-adenocarcinoma-a-systematic-review-protocol
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T Nieto, C L Tomlinson, J Dretzke, S Bayliss, M Dilworth, A D Beggs, O Tucker
INTRODUCTION: Barrett's oesophagus (BO), a metaplastic condition affecting the lower oesophagus due to long-standing gastro-oesophageal reflux and chronic inflammation, is a precursor lesion for oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OADC). There is no clinical test to predict which patients with BO will progress to OADC. The British Society of Gastroenterology recommends endoscopic surveillance of patients with BO. Epigenetic changes have been well characterised in the neoplastic progression of ulcerative colitis to colonic carcinoma, another gastrointestinal cancer associated with chronic inflammation...
December 7, 2016: BMJ Open
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