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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354671/recruiting-patients-after-hospital-discharge-for-acute-exacerbation-of-copd-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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Gary T Ferguson, Bonnie Beck, Emmanuelle Clerisme-Beaty, Dacheng Liu, Byron M Thomashow, Robert A Wise, Richard ZuWallack, Barry J Make
Background: Hospitalizations for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) are associated with increased mortality and decreased quality of life. Replicate hospital discharge studies were initiated to examine efficacy and safety of once-daily tiotropium HandiHaler® versus placebo, in addition to usual care, in patients discharged from the hospital after an AECOPD. Methods: Both studies were randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-group, multicenter, with inclusion/exclusion criteria providing a diverse COPD patient cohort hospitalized for ≤14 days with AECOPD...
August 10, 2017: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353260/wide-variation-in-severe-neonatal-morbidity-among-very-preterm-infants-in-european-regions
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Anna Karin Edstedt Bonamy, Jennifer Zeitlin, Aurélie Piedvache, Rolf F Maier, Arno van Heijst, Heili Varendi, Bradley N Manktelow, Alan Fenton, Jan Mazela, Marina Cuttini, Mikael Norman, Stavros Petrou, Patrick Van Reempts, Henrique Barros, Elizabeth S Draper
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the variation in severe neonatal morbidity among very preterm (VPT) infants across European regions and whether morbidity rates are higher in regions with low compared with high mortality rates. DESIGN: Area-based cohort study of all births before 32 weeks of gestational age. SETTING: 16 regions in 11 European countries in 2011/2012. PATIENTS: Survivors to discharge from neonatal care (n=6422)...
January 20, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352396/the-association-between-the-intersection-of-immigrant-status-and-insurance-with-adverse-birth-outcomes-among-mexican-women-residing-in-the-san-joaquin-valley-a-mediation-analysis-of-late-initiation-or-no-prenatal-care
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Brittany D Chambers, John A Capitman
Latinos are the largest growing population and have the highest fertility rates in the US. In response, this study assessed if late initiation of or no prenatal care (PNC) mediated the relationship among adverse birth outcomes and interactions between immigrant and insurance status. This study used cross-sectional data (2002-2004) limited to 109,399 women of Mexican ethnicity who had singleton births in the San Joaquin Valley, California. We conducted hierarchical mediation analyses. US-born Mexican women who used private or public insurance for PNC were more likely to have infants born at low-birth weight and premature compared to Mexican first generation immigrant women...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350787/fathers-experiences-with-their-preterm-babies-admitted-to-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-multi-method-study
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Alberto Stefana, Ezio Maria Padovani, Paolo Biban, Manuela Lavelli
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate fathers' emotional experiences of their infant's preterm birth and subsequent stay in neonatal intensive care unit. BACKGROUND: When a baby is born preterm, there is also the premature interruption of the process of preparation for fatherhood. As a result, the impact on fathers of the preterm birth can bring negative consequences for the development of father-infant relationship. DESIGN: A multi-method approach was used which included ethnographic observation, semi-structured interviews with fathers, a self-report questionnaire and clinical information between September 2015-March 2017...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350333/deltoid-muscle-morphometry-as-an-index-of-impaired-skeletal-muscularity-in-neonatal-intensive-care
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Theodore Dassios, Ourania Kaltsogianni, Miltiadis Krokidis, Ann Hickey, Anne Greenough
We hypothesised that extremely premature infants would have decreased muscle mass at term-corrected age compared to term-born infants and that the degree of reduced muscle mass acquisition would correlate with the duration of invasive mechanical ventilation. The MRI brain scans of infants admitted in the neonatal unit at King's College Hospital between 1 January 2010 and 1 June 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. The coronal cross-sectional area of the left deltoid muscle (DCSA) was measured in 17 infants born < 28 weeks of gestation and in 20 infants born at term...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349938/improved-regional-disparities-in-neonatal-care-by-government-led-policies-in-korea
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In Gyu Song, Seung Han Shin, Han Suk Kim
BACKGROUND: Although the number of high-risk neonates has increased in Korea, hospitals were reluctant to open or maintain neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) due to the low medical cost. Consequently, there were regional disparities in facilities, equipment, and neonatal health outcomes. For these reasons, the Korean government began to invest in neonatal care during the last decade. We identified the status of NICUs in Korea and assessed changes after the government-driven policies...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349843/pregnancy-after-bariatric-surgery-maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-of-39-pregnancies-and-a-literature-review
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Maria Manuel Costa, Sandra Belo, Pedro Souteiro, João S Neves, Daniela Magalhães, Rita B Silva, Sofia C Oliveira, Paula Freitas, Ana Varela, Joana Queirós, Davide Carvalho
AIM: We aimed to evaluate the impact of bariatric surgery (BS) on maternal and fetal outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive, observational study of 39 pregnant women who underwent BS in our institution between 2010 and 2014 was carried out. A sample of women who became pregnant after BS was evaluated, based on data concerning pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns. RESULTS: Of the 1182 patients who underwent BS at our institution during the study period, 1016 (85...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349215/public-health-and-the-economy-could-be-served-by-reallocating-medical-expenditures-to-social-programs
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Linda Diem Tran, Frederick J Zimmerman, Jonathan E Fielding
As much as 30% of US health care spending in the United States does not improve individual or population health. To a large extent this excess spending results from prices that are too high and from administrative waste. In the public sector, and particularly at the state level, where budget constraints are severe and reluctance to raise taxes high, this spending crowds out social, educational, and public-health investments. Over time, as spending on medical care increases, spending on improvements to the social determinants of health are starved...
December 2017: SSM—Population Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346141/caffeine-controversies
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Samuel J Gentle, Colm P Travers, Waldemar A Carlo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Caffeine use in preterm infants has endured several paradigms: from standard of care to possible neurotoxin to one of the few medications for which there is evidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) risk reduction. The purpose of the review is to analyze this dynamic trajectory and discuss controversies that still remain after decades of caffeine use. RECENT FINDINGS: Following concerns for caffeine safety in preterm infants, a large randomized controlled trial demonstrated a reduction in BPD and treatment for patent ductus arteriosus...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345159/weighing-in-on-the-risks-and-benefits-of-probiotic-use-in-hiv-infected-and-immunocompromised-populations
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A U Happel, S L Barnabas, R Froissart, J S Passmore
Probiotics are used in the prophylaxis and treatment of several conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhoea, necrotising enterocolitis (NEC) and colic in infants. Despite the long history of probiotic use in humans, there is still significant debate about their efficacy and safety, particularly in HIV-infected and immunocompromised individuals. Here, we reviewed the safety and adverse event (AE) reporting from clinical trials that have tested probiotics in at risk populations, including HIV-infected individuals, the terminally ill and elderly, and neonates...
January 18, 2018: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345047/effects-of-maternal-heart-sounds-on-pain-and-comfort-during-aspiration-in-preterm-infants
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Dilek Küçük Alemdar, Fatma Güdücü Tüfekcİ
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of providing prerecorded maternal heart sounds on the level of pain and comfort that are experienced by preterm infants during aspiration. METHODS: This was a randomized controlled trial. Preterm infants (N = 62) who were receiving care or treatment at a neonatal intensive care unit were eligible for participation in this study. Infants in the intervention group (n = 32) were provided with prerecorded maternal heart sounds before, during, and after aspiration, whereas the infants in the control group (n = 30) received routine care...
January 17, 2018: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344584/early-and-late-outcomes-after-cord-blood-transplantation-for-pediatric-patients-with-inherited-leukodystrophies
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Brigitte T A van den Broek, Kristin Page, Annalisa Paviglianiti, Janna Hol, Heather Allewelt, Fernanda Volt, Gerard Michel, Miguel Angel Diaz, Victoria Bordon, Tracey O'Brien, Peter J Shaw, Chantal Kenzey, Amal Al-Seraihy, Peter M van Hasselt, Andrew R Gennery, Eliane Gluckman, Vanderson Rocha, Annalisa Ruggeri, Joanne Kurtzberg, Jaap Jan Boelens
Leukodystrophies (LD) are devastating inherited disorders leading to rapid neurological deterioration and premature death. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) can halt disease progression for selected LD. Cord blood is a common donor source for transplantation of these patients because it is rapidly available and can be used without full HLA matching. However, precise recommendations allowing care providers to identify patients who benefit from HSCT are lacking. In this study, we define risk factors and describe the early and late outcomes of 169 patients with globoid cell leukodystrophy, X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, and metachromatic leukodystrophy undergoing cord blood transplantation (CBT) at an European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation center or at Duke University Medical Center from 1996 to 2013...
January 9, 2018: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344079/factors-associated-with-breastfeeding-intent-among-mothers-of-newborn-babies-in-da-nang-viet-nam
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Phuong Thi Kim Nguyen, Hoang Thi Tran, Thuy Thi Thanh Thai, Kirsty Foster, Christine L Roberts, Ben J Marais
Background: Breastfeeding is recognized as the single most cost-effective intervention to reduce child morbidity and mortality. However, few studies have explored perceived barriers to breastfeeding and factors associated with breastfeeding intent among mothers of newborn babies in Viet Nam. We conducted a study to assess breastfeeding initiation rates, intent to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months or more and perceived barriers to breastfeed among mothers of newborn babies in Da Nang, Viet Nam...
2018: International Breastfeeding Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344051/experiences-of-fathers-with-inpatient-premature-neonates-phenomenological-interpretative-analysis
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Tahmineh Dadkhahtehrani, Narges Eskandari, Zohre Khalajinia, Hoda Ahmari-Tehran
Background: Birth and hospitalization of premature neonates create enormous challenges for the family with serious impacts on parents' mental and emotional health. The present study was designed to explore the experiences of fathers with premature neonates hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Materials and Methods: In this interpretative phenomenological study, data were collected using in-depth interviews guided with a semi-structured questionnaire and analyzed by interpretative phenomenological analysis...
January 2018: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343984/appropriateness-of-sham-or-placebo-acupuncture-for-randomized-controlled-trials-of-acupuncture-for-nonspecific-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yan Xiang, Jinyuan He, Rui Li
Objectives: To establish whether sham acupuncture (SA) or placebo acupuncture (PA) is more efficacious for reducing low back pain (LBP) than other routine treatments and to discuss whether SA or PA is appropriate for randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for LBP. Methods: Six databases were searched on 31 May 2017. We included only randomized controlled trials of adults with LBP and lower back myofascial pain syndrome. The studies had at least two control arms: a sham-controlled acupuncture arm and a routine care or waiting list arm (people who did not receive acupuncture until the end of treatment)...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343133/central-nervous-system-malformation-associated-with-methamphetamine-abuse-during-pregnancy
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Silvia Maya-Enero, Júlia Candel-Pau, Mónica Rebollo-Polo, Santiago Candela-Cantó, Rafael de la Torre, María Ángeles López-Vílchez
INTRODUCTION: Prenatal methamphetamine exposure is related to prematurity, fetal growth restriction, neurobehavioral effects and long-term motor and cognitive sequelae. PATIENT PRESENTATION: We report the case of a newborn from a Filipina with no prenatal care with a complex brain malformation. Methamphetamine was identified in maternal and neonatal urine and in maternal hair, raising our suspicion of methamphetamine as a cause of this malformation. DISCUSSION: Methamphetamine abuse is a growing problem worldwide...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341890/periodontal-diseases-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-is-there-a-role-for-vitamin-d
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Anne Marie Uwitonze, Peace Uwambaye, Moses Isyagi, Chrispinus H Mumena, Alice Hudder, Afrozul Haq, Kamrun Nessa, Mohammed S Razzaque
Studies have shown a relationship between maternal periodontal diseases (PDs) and premature delivery. PDs are commonly encountered oral diseases which cause progressive damage to the periodontal ligament and alveolar bones, leading to loss of teeth and oral disabilities. PDs also adversely affect general health by worsening cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Moreover, maternal PDs are thought to be related to increasing the frequency of preterm-birth with low birth weight (PBLBW) new-borns. Prematurity and immaturity are the leading causes of prenatal and infant mortality and is a major public health problem around the world...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341395/health-of-southern-tasmanian-4-to-6-year-old-children-in-out-of-home-care-compared-to-peers
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Marie Rauter, Anagha Jayakar, Tom Clemens, Zaharenia Galanos, Louise Newbery, Andrew Whelan
AIM: To compare the health of 4- to 6-year-old children in out-of-home care (OOHC) in Southern Tasmania with their peers. METHODS: Demographic and health data collection and prospective health assessment of all 4- to 6-year olds in OOHC in Southern Tasmania on 30 August 2011 was undertaken. Data were compared to Tasmanian and/or Australian peers. RESULTS: A total of 109 of 129 children aged 4 to 6 years were included in the study. Time in OOHC was on average 38 (range 0-76) months...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337686/forgotten-public-health-impacts-of-cancer-an-overview
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Susana Viegas, Carina Ladeira, Ana Costa-Veiga, Julian Perelman, Goran Gajski
Cancer is one of the diseases of greatest concern in developed countries and much effort has been invested in discovering and developing therapeutics for curing cancer. Despite the improvements in antineoplastic therapeutics in the last decades, cancer is still one of the most harmful diseases worldwide. The global burden of cancer also implies financial costs: these can be direct costs, such as those related to treatment, care, and rehabilitation and indirect, which include the loss of economic output due to missed work (morbidity costs) and premature death (mortality costs)...
December 20, 2017: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337017/management-of-diabetes-in-older-adults
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G Sesti, R Antonelli Incalzi, E Bonora, A Consoli, A Giaccari, S Maggi, G Paolisso, F Purrello, G Vendemiale, N Ferrara
Type 2 diabetes prevalence is high in older adults and is expected to rise in the next decades. Diabetes in the population of frail older adults is accompanied by functional disability, several comorbidities, and premature mortality. A comprehensive geriatric assessment, including functional, cognitive, mental and social status, is advisable for identifying the glycemic targets and glucose-lowering therapies, focused on patient preferences, needs, and risks. The therapeutic options for older adults with diabetes are like those for the adult population...
December 7, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
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