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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521781/telling-our-stories-heroin-assisted-treatment-and-snap-activism-in-the-downtown-eastside-of-vancouver
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Susan Boyd, Dave Murray, Donald MacPherson
BACKGROUND: This article highlights the experiences of a peer-run group, SALOME/NAOMI Association of Patients (SNAP), that meets weekly in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. SNAP is a unique independent peer- run drug user group that formed in 2011 following Canada's first heroin-assisted treatment trial (HAT), North America Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI). SNAP's members are now made up of former research participants who participated in two heroin-assisted trials in Vancouver...
May 18, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509648/video-assisted-extirpation-of-cranial-mediastinal-masses-in-dogs-18-cases-2009-2014
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Melissa A MacIver, J Brad Case, Eric L Monnet, Geraldine B Hunt, Philipp D Mayhew, Michelle L Oblak, Jeffrey J Runge, Ameet Singh, Daniel D Smeak, Michele A Steffey, Sarah E Boston
OBJECTIVE To characterize clinical findings, surgical procedures, complications, and outcomes in dogs undergoing extirpation of masses from the cranial mediastinum via video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and establish preliminary guidelines for case selection when considering VATS for thymectomy in dogs. DESIGN Retrospective case series. ANIMALS 18 client-owned dogs that underwent extirpation of a cranial mediastinal mass by means of VATS at 5 academic referral hospitals from 2009 through 2014. PROCEDURES Medical records were reviewed and data extracted regarding signalment, clinical signs, physical examination findings, diagnostic imaging results, surgical approach and duration, cytologic and histologic examination results, complications, outcome, and cause of death, when applicable...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495235/prenatal-detection-of-megacystis-not-always-an-adverse-prognostic-factor-experience-in-25-consecutive-cases-in-a-tertiary-referral-center-with-complete-neonatal-outcome-and-follow-up
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Marcella Pellegrino, Daniela Visconti, Vincenzo Davide Catania, Luisa D'Oria, Carlo Manzoni, Maria Giovanna Grella, Alessandro Caruso, Lucia Masini, Giuseppe Noia
INTRODUCTION: Megacystis is a condition of abnormal enlarged fetal bladder for gestational age, which is usually associated with urological malformations that may constitute a life-threatening condition for the baby. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the prognostic and etiological criteria of fetal megacystis and to describe the neonatal outcome in a large series collected in a single tertiary center. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective observational study was conducted between 2008 and 2012...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492461/overcoming-barriers-to-initiating-medication-assisted-treatment-for-heroin-use-disorder-in-a-general-medical-hospital-a-case-report-and-narrative-literature-review
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Sameer Hassamal, Matthew Goldenberg, Waguih Ishak, Margaret Haglund, Karen Miotto, Itai Danovitch
Deaths due to heroin overdoses are increasing and are the leading cause of death among intravenous heroin users. Although medication-assisted treatment (MAT) improves morbidity and mortality in patients with opioid use disorders, it is underutilized. Most efforts to expand access to MAT have focused on outpatient settings. Although the inpatient medical setting presents a critical opportunity to initiate treatment, general hospitals are often unfamiliar with MAT, creating a number of barriers to its use. In this report, we describe the case of a woman with heroin use disorder who was initiated on buprenorphine maintenance treatment while hospitalized for cardiac disease related to her intravenous heroin use...
May 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492114/assisted-suicide-and-assisted-voluntary-euthanasia-stransham-ford-high-court-case-overruled-by-the-appeal-court-but-the-door-is-left-open
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David J McQuoid-Mason
Whether persons wishing to have doctor-assisted suicide or voluntary active euthanasia may make a court application based on their rights in the Constitution has not been answered by the Appeal Court. Therefore, if Parliament does not intervene beforehand, such applications can be made - provided the applicants have legal standing, full arguments are presented regarding local and foreign law, and the application evidence is comprehensive and accurate. The Appeal Court indicated that the question should be answered by Parliament because 'issues engaging profound moral questions beyond the remit of judges to determine, should be decided by the representatives of the people of the country as a whole'...
April 25, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490169/ethical-considerations-in-the-field-of-assisted-reproductive-technology
#6
Lindsey N Cobb, Raymond W Ke
Human reproduction has always generated more than its share of emotion that exceeds the life and death issues of medicine. For patients that are unable to conceive naturally, medical advances have greatly expanded treatment options. Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is a highly evolving, complex, and controversial field of medicine in which ethical principles play a large role in decision-making. The following highlights ethical considerations regarding ART, specifically in vitro fertilization (IVF), that practicing obstetricians and indeed all physicians may encounter...
May 8, 2017: Minerva Endocrinologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488554/-how-can-life-threatening-external-blood-loss-be-stopped-treatment-options-in-the-prehospital-phase
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L M G Geeraedts, T W H Rijnhout, S E van Oostendorp, G F Giannakopoulos, E C T H Tan
- 3,500 people die of injuries in the Netherlands every year; 40% of the deaths are attributable to bleeding.- Treatment of patients with life-threatening blood loss is part of the trauma care continuum: all the way from incident to hospital treatment.- This article presents an overview of all treatment options for stopping life-threatening external blood loss, divided in medical assistance phases. It also makes a distinction between different types of care providers, based on the presence or absence of their medical skills...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474345/impact-of-pharmacists-assisting-with-prescribing-and-undertaking-medication-review-on-oxycodone-prescribing-and-supply-for-patients-discharged-from-surgical-wards
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T Tran, S E Taylor, A Hardidge, D Findakly, P Aminian, R A Elliott
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVES: Overprescribing of oxycodone is a contributor to the epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and deaths. Practice models to optimize oxycodone prescribing and supply need to be evaluated. We explored the impact of pharmacist-assisted discharge prescribing and medication review on oxycodone prescribing and supply for patients discharged from surgical wards. METHODS: A retrospective audit was conducted on two surgical inpatient wards following a 16-week prospective pre- and post-intervention study...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462740/what-happened-at-vienna-s-allgemeines-krankenhaus-after-semmelweis-s-contract-as-assistant-in-the-first-maternity-division-was-terminated
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P P Jadraque, K C Carter
Ignác Fülöp Semmelweis is famous for dramatically reducing puerperal mortality while he was an Assistant in Vienna's largest hospital, the Allgemeines Krankenhaus; he did this, mainly, by requiring medical personnel to disinfect their hands by washing in a chlorine solution. But Semmelweis was soon removed from his post as assistant. The conventional view, which is suggested by Semmelweis's own account, is that his contemporaries were skeptical of his results, that he was marginalized and that once he was no longer directly responsible for caring for maternity patients, puerperal mortality returned to its former high levels...
May 2, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459909/inpatient-management-of-opioid-use-disorder-a-review-for-hospitalists
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Jesse Theisen-Toupal, Matthew V Ronan, Amber Moore, Elana S Rosenthal
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of nonmedical opioid use and opioid overdose-related deaths. As a result, there have been a number of public health interventions aimed at addressing this epidemic. However, these interventions fail to address care of individuals with opioid use disorder during hospitalizations and, therefore, miss a key opportunity for intervention. The role of hospitalists in managing hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder is not established. In this review, we discuss the inpatient management of individuals with opioid use disorder, including the treatment of withdrawal, benefits of medication-assisted treatment, and application of harm-reduction strategies...
May 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448801/the-placental-factor-in-spontaneous-preterm-birth-in-twin-vs-singleton-pregnancies
#11
Eran Weiner, Ann Dekalo, Ohad Feldstein, Elad Barber, Letizia Schreiber, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
OBJECTIVE: The association between infection and inflammatory response in singleton preterm birth (PTB) is well established, yet, less is known about PTB in twins. We aimed to compare the placental component and pregnancy outcome in pregnancies complicated with PTB of singletons vs. twin deliveries. We hypothesized that due to different underlying mechanisms, placental inflammatory lesions will be more prevalent in placentas derived from singleton pregnancies than twins. STUDY DESIGN: Labor characteristics, neonatal outcome and placental histopathology reports of spontaneous PTB at 24-33(6)/7 weeks, from 1/2008-12/2015, were reviewed...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437370/ethics-guide-recommendations-for-organ-donation-focused-physicians-endorsed-by-the-canadian-medical-association
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Sam D Shemie, Christy Simpson, Jeff Blackmer, Shavaun MacDonald, Sonny Dhanani, Sylvia Torrance, Paul Byrne
Donation physicians are specialists with expertise in organ and tissue donation and have been recognized internationally as a key contributor to improving organ and tissue donation services. Subsequent to a 2011 Canadian Critical Care Society-Canadian Blood Services consultation, the donation physician role has been gradually implemented in Canada. These professionals are generally intensive care unit physicians with an enhanced focus and expertise in organ/tissue donation. They must manage the dual obligation of caring for dying patients and their families while providing and/or improving organ donation services...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426127/postpartum-hypertension-etiology-diagnosis-and-management
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Kathryn J Sharma, Sarah J Kilpatrick
Importance: Postpartum hypertension complicates approximately 2% of pregnancies and, similar to antepartum severe hypertension, can have devastating consequences including maternal death. Objective: This review aims to increase the knowledge and skills of women's health care providers in understanding, diagnosing, and managing hypertension in the postpartum period. Results: Hypertension complicating pregnancy, including postpartum, is defined as systolic blood pressure 140 mm Hg or greater and/or diastolic blood pressure 90 mm Hg or greater on 2 or more occasions at least 4 hours apart...
April 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424157/childhood-adversity-and-risk-of-suicide-cohort-study-of-548%C3%A2-721-adolescents-and-young-adults-in-sweden
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Charlotte Björkenstam, Kyriaki Kosidou, Emma Björkenstam
Objective To examine the relation between childhood adversity, the role of school performance, and childhood psychopathology and the risk of suicide.Design Cohort study of register based indicators of childhood adversity (at ages 0-14) including death in the family (suicide analysed separately), parental substance abuse, parental psychiatric disorder, substantial parental criminality, parental separation/single parent household, receipt of public assistance, and residential instability.Setting Swedish medical birth register and various Swedish population based registers...
April 19, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422537/morbidity-and-mortality-associated-with-prehospital-lift-assist-calls
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Lauren Leggatt, Kristine Van Aarsen, Melanie Columbus, Adam Dukelow, Michael Lewell, Matthew Davis, Shelley McLeod
INTRODUCTION: When an individual requires assistance with mobilization, emergency medical services (EMS) may be called. If a patient does not receive treatment on scene and is not transported to hospital, these are referred to as "Lift Assist" (LA) calls. It is possible this need for assistance represents a subtle onset of a disease process or decline in function. Without recognition or treatment, the patient may be at risk for recurrent falls, repeat EMS visits or worsening illness. OBJECTIVE: To examine the 14-day morbidity and mortality associated with LA calls and determine factors that are associated with increased risk of these outcomes...
April 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421900/the-magnitude-and-factors-related-to-facility-based-maternal-mortality-in-mozambique
#16
Leonardo Chavane, Martinho Dgedge, Olivier Degomme, Osvaldo Loquiha, Marc Aerts, Marleen Temmerman
Facility-based maternal mortality remains an important public health problem in Mozambique. A number of factors associated with health system functioning can be described behind the occurrence of these deaths. This paper aimed to evaluate the magnitude of the health facility-based maternal mortality, its geographical distribution and to assess the health facility factors implicated in the occurrence of these deaths. A secondary analysis was done on data from the survey on maternal health needs performed by the Ministry of Health of Mozambique in 2008...
May 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407198/chlorpromazine-dose-for-people-with-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Katharine Dudley, Xiaomeng Liu, Saskia De Haan
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) Model Lists of Essential Medicines lists chlorpromazine as one of its five medicines used in psychotic disorders. OBJECTIVES: To determine chlorpromazine dose response and dose side-effect relationships for schizophrenia and schizophrenia-like psychoses. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group's Study-Based Register of Trials (December 2008; 2 October 2014; 19 December 2016)...
April 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401138/prevalence-of-symptoms-at-the-end-of-life-in-an-acute-care-hospital-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#18
Daniel Kobewka, Paul Ronksley, Dan McIsaac, Sunita Mulpuru, Alan Forster
BACKGROUND: There is currently debate over the benefits and harms of physician-assisted death. One of the factors influencing this debate is concern about symptoms in the days before death. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of symptoms before death and determine patient characteristics associated with these symptoms. METHODS: We reviewed the medical record of every patient who died at a multisite academic teaching hospital over a 3-month period...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398089/post-mortem-in-the-victorian-asylum-practice-purpose-and-findings-at-the-littlemore-county-lunatic-asylum-1886-7
#19
Lynsey T Cullen
This article examines the purpose of the post-mortem in the late Victorian asylum and discusses what the findings reveal about contemporary understanding of mental health. By examining the practice at the Littlemore Asylum of Oxford, the definition of the asylum post-mortem will be questioned and issues of consent and ownership of the dead body explored. It will be argued that the purpose of the examination was partly to appease the demands of the Commissioners in Lunacy, to protect the asylum against accusations of malpractice, and to appease the resident assistant medical officer's own morbid curiosity...
April 1, 2017: History of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392683/factors-contributing-to-high-cost-hospital-care-for-patients-with-copd
#20
Sunita Mulpuru, Jennifer McKay, Paul E Ronksley, Kednapa Thavorn, Daniel M Kobewka, Alan J Forster
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of hospital admission, the fifth leading cause of death in North America, and is estimated to cost $49 billion annually in North America by 2020. The majority of COPD care costs are attributed to hospitalizations; yet, there are limited data to understand the drivers of high costs among hospitalized patients with COPD. In this study, we aimed to determine the patient and hospital-level factors associated with high-cost hospital care, in order to identify potential targets for the reorganization and planning of health services...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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