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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648751/the-muc5b-promoter-polymorphism-and-telomere-length-in-patients-with-chronic-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-an-observational-cohort-control-study
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Brett Ley, Chad A Newton, Isabel Arnould, Brett M Elicker, Travis S Henry, Eric Vittinghoff, Jeffrey A Golden, Kirk D Jones, Kiran Batra, Jose Torrealba, Christine Kim Garcia, Paul J Wolters
BACKGROUND: Patients with hypersensitivity pneumonitis are at risk of developing pulmonary fibrosis, which is associated with reduced survival. In families with multiple affected members, individuals might be diagnosed as having idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) or chronic (fibrotic) hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which suggests these disorders share risk factors. We aimed to test whether the genomic risk factors associated with the development and progression of IPF are also associated with the development of fibrosis and reduced survival in people with chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis...
June 22, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644590/mutyh-associated-polyposis-the-irish-experience
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T P McVeigh, M Duff, C Carroll, R O'Shea, L Bradley, M Farrell, D J Gallagher, C Clabby, A J Green
MUTYH is involved in DNA damage repair. Bi-allelic MUTYH mutations predispose to polyposis and gastrointestinal malignancies, distinct genetically from autosomal dominant familial adenomatous polyposis coli. Two common European MUTYH mutations account for 90% of MUTYH-associated polyposis (MAP). We aimed to examine the incidence of MAP in Ireland. A retrospective cohort study was undertaken. Patients undergoing MUTYH testing from 2003-2016 were identified by searching electronic databases using terms "MUTYH" and "MYH"...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644589/when-do-we-think-it-is-safe-to-drive-after-hand-surgery-current-practice-and-legal-perspective
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S F Murphy, J D Martin-Smith, W Martin-Smith, E O'Broin, A J P Clover
Patients recovering from hand surgery frequently ask when it is safe to drive and it is unclear where the responsibility lies; the surgeon, the patient or the insurance company. An eight-question survey looking at various aspects of clinical practice was circulated to consultant and trainee plastic and orthopaedic surgeons in Ireland and the UK. Of the 89 surgeons who replied, (53%) felt the decision when to drive was the patient's compared with the insurance company (40%) and the surgeon (7%). 80% advised patients to contact their insurance company...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644588/clinical-consensus-guidelines-on-the-application-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-recommendations-of-the-irish-network-for-biomarkers-in-neurodegeneration
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A M Miller, E Begley, R Coen, M Doyle, J Dunne, S Hutchinson, S P Kennelly, R A Kenny, R P Killeen, A Lynch, S O'Dwyer, C O'Neill, S S O'Sullvan, M J Rowan, N Sheehy, C McGuigan, B A Lawlor
It is accepted that a lumbar puncture (LP) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker analysis support the routine diagnostic work-up for the differential diagnosis of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) within certain patient cohorts1. These tests, which measure CSF protein concentrations of amyloid-β42 (Aβ42), total tau (t-tau) and phospho tau (p-tau), were recently validated, accredited and made available clinically for the first time in Ireland. A working group, comprising Irish clinical and scientific researchers, met to review a) the validation results; b) international consensus opinions, and c) research and clinical evidence as to the clinical utility of CSF biomarker analysis for AD dementia diagnosis...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644587/recent-trends-in-vaginal-birth-after-caesarean-section
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A Brick, R Layte, M Farren, R Mahony, M J Turner
In developed countries, caesarean section (CS) rates continue to escalate and in Ireland nearly one in three women are now delivered by CS. The purpose of this study was to compare the management of women after one previous CS in two large Dublin maternity hospitals with the management in two other well-resourced countries. Data were analysed for Dublin, Massachusetts in the United States, and Hesse in Germany. It was found that since 1990, the CS rate in Dublin has increased by much more than in the other areas...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644584/autumn-weather-and-winter-increase-in-cerebrovascular-disease-mortality
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R McDonagh, J Harbison
Mortality from cerebrovascular disease increases in winter but the cause is unclear. Ireland's oceanic climate means that it infrequently experiences extremes of weather. We examined how weather patterns relate to stroke mortality in Ireland. Seasonal data for Sunshine (% of average), Rainfall (% of average) and Temperature (degrees Celsius above average) were collected for autumn (September-November) and winter (December-February) using official Irish Meteorological Office data. National cerebrovascular mortality data was obtained from Quarterly Vital Statistics...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643377/randomized-feasibility-trial-to-improve-hydroxyurea-adherence-in-youth-ages-10-18-years-through-community-health-workers-the-habit-study
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Nancy S Green, Deepa Manwani, Sergio Matos, April Hicks, Luisa Soto, Yina Castillo, Karen Ireland, Yvonne Stennett, Sally Findley, Haomiao Jia, Arlene Smaldone
INTRODUCTION: The main therapeutic intervention for sickle cell disease (SCD) is hydroxyurea (HU). The effect of HU is largely through dose-dependent induction of fetal hemoglobin (HbF). Poor HU adherence is common among adolescents. METHODS: Our 6-month, two-site pilot intervention trial, "HABIT," was led by culturally aligned community health workers (CHWs). CHWs performed support primarily through home visits, augmented by tailored text message reminders. Dyads of youth with SCD ages 10-18 years and a parent were enrolled...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642256/revision-for-prosthetic-joint-infection-following-hip-arthroplasty-evidence-from-the-national-joint-registry
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E Lenguerrand, M R Whitehouse, A D Beswick, S A Jones, M L Porter, A W Blom
OBJECTIVES: We used the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man (NJR) to investigate the risk of revision due to prosthetic joint infection (PJI) for patients undergoing primary and revision hip arthroplasty, the changes in risk over time, and the overall burden created by PJI. METHODS: We analysed revision total hip arthroplasties (THAs) performed due to a diagnosis of PJI and the linked index procedures recorded in the NJR between 2003 and 2014...
June 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639298/prevalence-patterns-and-factors-associated-with-psychotropic-use-in-older-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities-in-ireland
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M O'Dwyer, J Peklar, N Mulryan, P McCallion, M McCarron, M C Henman
BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disability (ID) are at increased risk of exposure to psychotropic drugs and psychotropic polypharmacy because of the higher prevalence of mental health conditions present and more controversially, the use of these agents to treat challenging behaviours. Despite the fact that many adults with ID are exposed to psychotropic polypharmacy, few studies to date have focused on the patterns of use of multiple psychotropics, or factors associated with psychotropic polypharmacy, particularly in the older population...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639034/ageing-health-status-and-coverage-rate-effects-on-community-prescription-costs-in-ireland
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Martin Kenneally, Brenda Lynch
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to explore how GMS drug costs depend on age, gender, income, health status, community drug scheme coverage rates and whether they display significant differences across regions of Ireland. We also aim to find out whether the GMS drug costs of high and low income cohorts respond similarly to changes in their health status. The paper projects GMS drug costs in 2026 and examines the separate cost of population ageing and population growth over the period...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637734/pregnancy-specific-stress-fetoplacental-haemodynamics-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-women-with-small-for-gestational-age-pregnancies-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-multicentre-prospective-observational-trial-to-optimise-paediatric-health-in-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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Terri A Levine, Ruth E Grunau, Ricardo Segurado, Sean Daly, Michael P Geary, Mairead M Kennelly, Keelin O'Donoghue, Alyson Hunter, John J Morrison, Gerard Burke, Patrick Dicker, Elizabeth C Tully, Fergal D Malone, Fiona A Alderdice, Fionnuala M McAuliffe
OBJECTIVES: To examine associations between maternal pregnancy-specific stress and umbilical (UA PI) and middle cerebral artery pulsatility indices (MCA PI), cerebroplacental ratio, absent end diastolic flow (AEDF), birthweight, prematurity, neonatal intensive care unit admission and adverse obstetric outcomes in women with small for gestational age pregnancies. It was hypothesised that maternal pregnancy-specific stress would be associated with fetoplacental haemodynamics and neonatal outcomes...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637642/emergency-department-attendance-following-4-component-meningococcal-b-vaccination-in-infants
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Sarah Kapur, Thomas Bourke, Julie-Ann Maney, Paul Moriarty
INTRODUCTION: In September 2015, the UK became the first country in the world to introduce the 4-component meningococcal B vaccine(4CMenB) into the routine vaccine schedule for infants. 4CMenB is known to cause fever in infants. Infants presenting with fever, particularly those under 3 months, have a significant risk of serious bacterial infection(SBI). METHOD: Between September 2015 and January 2016, we performed a prospective audit of management of infants between 30 and 180 days attending the regional paediatric emergency department(ED) in Northern Ireland, within 4 days of receiving 4CMenB...
June 21, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637529/predictors-of-adults-body-mass-index-and-the-association-with-index-child-s-infant-birth-weight-in-the-lifeways-cross-generation-cohort-study-of-a-thousand-families-in-the-republic-of-ireland
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S McKey, M Heinen, J Mehegan, R Somerville, H Khalil, R Segurado, C Murrin, C C Kelleher
The Lifeways study is novel in having information on three generations of the same families. It is well established that infant birth weight (IBW) predicts individuals' risk of adult chronic disease and more recently studies report cross-generation transmission of risk patterns. The aims of this analysis were to examine whether adults' birth weights were associated with measures of own health status or social position and to relate adults' birth weights to that of the index child's IBW. Finally, we assessed whether birth weight of either adults or children was associated with adult body mass index (BMI) of parents and grandparents...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637141/misconceptions-about-traumatic-brain-injury-among-probation-services
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Conall O'Rourke, Mark A Linden, Maria Lohan
PURPOSE: The prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among offender populations is significantly higher than among the general population. Despite this, no study has yet assessed the knowledge of members of the probation service surrounding TBI. METHOD: Knowledge was assessed among members of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) using a cross-sectional online version of the Common Misconceptions about TBI (CM-TBI) questionnaire. Mean total misconception scores, along with scores on four subdomains (recovery, sequelae, insight, and hidden injury) were calculated...
February 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637090/early-warning-systems-and-rapid-response-to-the-deteriorating-patient-in-hospital-a-realist-evaluation
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Jennifer Mcgaughey, Peter O'Halloran, Sam Porter, John Trinder, Bronagh Blackwood
AIM: To identify those contexts and mechanisms that enable or constrain the implementation of Rapid Response Systems on acute general hospital wards to recognise and respond to patient deterioration. BACKGROUND: Rapid Response Systems allow deteriorating patients to be recognised using Early Warning Systems, referred early via escalation protocols and managed at the bedside by competent staff. DESIGN: Realist Evaluation. METHODS: The research design was an embedded multiple case study approach of four wards in two hospitals in Northern Ireland which followed the principles of Realist Evaluation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636649/factors-associated-with-successful-transition-among-children-with-disabilities-in-eight-european-countries
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John Ravenscroft, Kerri Wazny, John M Davis
INTRODUCTION: This research paper aims to assess factors reported by parents associated with the successful transition of children with complex additional support requirements that have undergone a transition between school environments from 8 European Union member states. METHODS: Quantitative data were collected from 306 parents within education systems from 8 EU member states (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the UK). The data were derived from an online questionnaire and consisted of 41 questions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636443/personal-protective-equipment-supply-chain-lessons-learned-from-recent-public-health-emergency-responses
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Anita Patel, Maryann M D'Alessandro, Karen J Ireland, W Greg Burel, Elaine B Wencil, Sonja A Rasmussen
Personal protective equipment (PPE) that protects healthcare workers from infection is a critical component of infection control strategies in healthcare settings. During a public health emergency response, protecting healthcare workers from infectious disease is essential, given that they provide clinical care to those who fall ill, have a high risk of exposure, and need to be assured of occupational safety. Like most goods in the United States, the PPE market supply is based on demand. The US PPE supply chain has minimal ability to rapidly surge production, resulting in challenges to meeting large unexpected increases in demand that might occur during a public health emergency...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635525/the-role-of-prenatal-obstetric-and-post-partum-factors-in-the-parenting-stress-of-mothers-and-fathers-of-9-month-old-infants
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Karen Matvienko-Sikar, Gillian Murphy, Mike Murphy
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this paper was to examine the role of perinatal, obstetric and post partum factors on maternal and paternal stress. It will present the first examination of the role of prenatal, obstetric, post-partum, and demographic variables in parenting stress for mothers and fathers at 9 months. METHODS: Data from 6821 parental dyads of 9-month-old infants were extracted from the Growing Up in Ireland National Longitudinal Study of Children. Participants completed the Parental Stress Scale, the Dyadic Adjustment Scale, the Quality of Attachment Sub-scale from the Maternal and Paternal Postnatal Attachment Scales, and a single item health status question from the Short Form 12 Health Survey...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635449/nursing-care-after-death-in-northern-ireland
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Lynne Pearce
Essential facts According to the Registrar General Annual Report, there were 15,548 deaths in Northern Ireland in 2015. Almost two thirds of these were of people aged 75 or over, and almost half occurred in NHS hospitals, with a further 20% in other hospitals or nursing homes. There are significant differences between what happens after death in Northern Ireland and in other UK countries. For example, in Northern Ireland it is common practice to hold a wake, where family and friends come together to view the deceased person in their home...
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633951/beach-litter-sourcing-a-trawl-along-the-northern-ireland-coastline
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A T Williams, P Randerson, C Allen, J A G Cooper
Fourteen non-recreational coastal locations in Northern Ireland were investigated as to whether beach litter deposition was related to seasonal or site specific factors. Litter items were counted in 100m width transects and 1km strand-line surveys over a five-season period (autumn to autumn). Survey sites comprised fishing ports; estuarine areas, north (high energy) and east coast (low energy) beaches. Fishing ports accumulated the most litter. In the 100m beach surveys, plastics, string and cord, bottle caps, food items, rope, and drink containers dominated...
June 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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