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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092342/integrity-of-outer-retinal-layers-after-resolution-of-central-involved-diabetic-macular-edema
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Ilkay Kilic Muftuoglu, Nadia Mendoza, Raouf Gaber, Mostafa Alam, Qisheng You, William R Freeman
PURPOSE: To evaluate the integrity of outer retina layers after resolution of central involved diabetic macular edema (DME) and to demonstrate the effect of various baseline factors for the final vision and final external limiting membrane (ELM) integrity. METHODS: Fifty-nine eyes of 48 patients with resolved DME were included. Several optical coherence tomography parameters including central subfield thickness, maximum foveal thickness, foveal center point thickness, and the extent of the ellipsoidal (ISe) layer and ELM damage were assessed at the time of DME and after resolution of DME...
January 13, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004588/2015-annual-report-of-the-american-association-of-poison-control-centers-national-poison-data-system-npds-33rd-annual-report
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James B Mowry, Daniel A Spyker, Daniel E Brooks, Ashlea Zimmerman, Jay L Schauben
INTRODUCTION: This is the 33rd Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' (AAPCC) National Poison Data System (NPDS). As of 1 January 2015, 55 of the nation's poison centers (PCs) uploaded case data automatically to NPDS. The upload interval was 9.52 [7.40, 13.6] (median [25%, 75%]) minutes, creating a near real-time national exposure and information database and surveillance system. METHODS: We analyzed the case data tabulating specific indices from NPDS...
December 2016: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995643/loperamide-trends-in-abuse-and-misuse-over-13-years-2002-2015
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Daniel R Lasoff, Cynthia H Koh, Bryan Corbett, Alicia B Minns, F Lee Cantrell
STUDY OBJECTIVE: With the increasing amount of information available on the Internet describing techniques for using loperamide either for self-treatment of opioid withdrawal syndromes or for recreational use ("legal highs"), the objective was to describe a statewide poison control system's experience with loperamide misuse and abuse, with specific interest in cases of cardiotoxicity, and to determine if there has been a recent increase in reported loperamide misuse or abuse cases. DESIGN: Retrospective review...
December 20, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984266/unintentional-epinephrine-auto-injector-injuries-a-national-poison-center-observational-study
#4
Marco Anshien, S Rutherfoord Rose, Brandon K Wills
BACKGROUND: Epinephrine is the only first-line therapeutic agent used to treat life-threatening anaphylaxis. Epinephrine auto-injectors are commonly carried by patients at risk for anaphylaxis, and reported cases of unintentional auto-injector injury have increased over the last decade. Modifications of existing designs and release of a new style of auto-injector are intended to reduce epinephrine auto-injector misuse. STUDY QUESTION: The aim of the study was to characterize reported cases of unintentional epinephrine auto-injector exposures from 2013 to 2014 and compare demographics, auto-injector model, and anatomical site of such exposures...
November 24, 2016: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940763/childhood-victims-of-snakebites-2000-2013
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Joann Schulte, Kristina Domanski, Eric Anthony Smith, Annelle Menendez, Kurt C Kleinschmidt, Brett A Roth
BACKGROUND: Snakebites are not a reportable condition (to state health departments), and 1 major assessment of US children with snakebites was published 50 years ago. Increasing urbanization, population shifts south and west, newer antivenom therapy, and the importation of exotic snakes may have changed snakebites. Poison control centers are often consulted on treatment and collect surveillance data. METHODS: Generic codes for venomous, nonvenomous, and unknown snakebites were used to characterize victims aged ≤18 years reported to US poison control centers between 2000 and 2013...
November 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936038/abuse-and-diversion-of-immediate-release-opioid-analgesics-as-compared-to-extended-release-formulations-in-the-united-states
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Janetta L Iwanicki, S Geoff Severtson, Heather McDaniel, Andrew Rosenblum, Chunki Fong, Theodore J Cicero, Matthew S Ellis, Steven P Kurtz, Mance E Buttram, Richard C Dart
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic use and abuse of prescription opioids in the United States increased substantially between 1990 and 2010. The Centers for Disease Control estimated deaths related to pharmaceutical opioids reached nearly 19,000 in 2014. Of prescription opioids sold, 10% are extended release (ER) and 90% immediate release (IR). However, most regulations and interventions have focused on decreasing ER abuse. Our objective was to compare rates of abuse and diversion of ER and IR opioid analgesics over time using multiple surveillance programs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921219/nationwide-scorpion-exposures-reported-to-us-poison-control-centers-from-2005-to-2015
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A Min Kang, Daniel E Brooks
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies of scorpion envenomation in the United States (US) have focused on Arizona and the bark scorpion, Centruroides sculpturatus. Although many other scorpion species live in the US, information about envenomations in other states is lacking. METHODS: Nationwide scorpion exposures from 2005 to 2015 were analyzed using the National Poison Data System. RESULTS: Of the 185,402 total exposures, Arizona (68.2%), Texas (10...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919472/the-value-of-a-poison-control-center-in-preventing-unnecessary-emergency-department-visits-and-hospital-charges-a-multi-year-analysis
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Casey R Tak, Marty C Malheiro, Heather K W Bennett, Barbara I Crouch
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the economic value of the Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) by examining its contribution to the reduction of unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and associated charges across multiple years. METHODS: A multi-year (2009-2014) analysis of cross-sectional data was performed. Callers were asked what they would do for a poison emergency if the UPCC was not available. Healthcare charges for ED visits averted were calculated according to insurance status using charges obtained from a statewide database...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896660/ayahuasca-exposure-descriptive-analysis-of-calls-to-us-poison-control-centers-from-2005-to-2015
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C William Heise, Daniel E Brooks
BACKGROUND: Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic plant preparation which usually contains the vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the shrub Psychotria viridis. This tea originates from the Amazon Basin where it is used in religious ceremonies. Because interest in these religious groups spreading as well as awareness of use of ayahuasca for therapeutic and recreational purposes, its use is increasing. Banisteriopsis caapi is rich in β-carbolines, especially harmine, tetrahydroharmine and harmaline, which have monoamine oxidase inhibiting (MAOI) activity...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889404/adolescent-suicidal-ingestion-national-trends-over-a-decade
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David C Sheridan, Robert G Hendrickson, Amber L Lin, Rongwei Fu, B Zane Horowitz
PURPOSE: Suicide attempts by adolescents most commonly involve the overdose of medications. To date, there has been little information on the over-the-counter or prescription medicines that adolescents ingest for self-harm. Identification of medications chosen in suicide attempts may help guide anticipatory guidance to parents by primary care providers and Poison Centers in prevention programs. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study using the American Association of Poison Control Center's National Poison Data System...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888682/affective-temperaments-as-measured-by-temps-a-among-self-poisoning-nonlethal-suicide-attempters
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Amir Rezaei Ardani, Farhad Farid Hosseini, Zahra Asadpour, Amir Masoud Hashemian, Bita Dadpour, Mahsa Nahidi
Suicidal behaviors are serious public health problems. The prominent association of mood disorders with suicide, along with the renaissance of the spectrum concept of psychiatric disorders in the recent decades, prioritizes the investigation of temperament variants in suicidal individuals. This study aimed to explore the relationship between affective temperaments and nonviolent suicide attempts. We administered Temperament Evaluation of the Memphis, Pisa, Paris, and San Diego Auto questionnaire (TEMPS-A) to 141 (27 males and 114 females) consecutive self-poisoning non-lethal suicide attempters at a Medical Toxicology Center and a sex and age matched group of healthy individuals (28 males, 112 females)...
January 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869952/-poison-related-hospitalizations-of-children-aged-0-14-at-a-teaching-hospital-in-southern-brazil-2006-2011
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Samara Messias Domingos, Nataly Barbosa Alves Borghesan, Maria de Fátima Garcia Lopes Merino, Ieda Harumi Higarashi
OBJECTIVE: to describe the profile of poisoning leading to children's hospitalizations, as registered at the Maringá Regional University Hospital Poisoning Control Center in the period 2006 to 2011. METHODS: this was a descriptive epidemiological study using secondary data from Intoxication Incident Report Forms, involving poisoned children aged between 0 and 14 years, hospitalized for at least 12 hours. RESULTS: 694 hospitalizations due to poisoning were registered, with medication poisoning accounting for 42...
April 2016: Epidemiologia e Servicos de Saude: Revista do Sistema Unico de Saude do Brasil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855148/notes-from-the-field-cardiac-dysrhythmias-after-loperamide-abuse-new-york-2008-2016
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William Eggleston, Jeanna M Marraffa, Christine M Stork, Maria Mercurio-Zappala, Mark K Su, Rachel S Wightman, Karen R Cummings, Joshua G Schier
Loperamide is an over-the-counter antidiarrheal with opioid-receptor agonist properties. Recommended over-the-counter doses (range = 2-8 mg daily) do not produce opioid effects in the central nervous system because of poor oral bioavailability and P-glycoprotein efflux* of the medication (1); recent reports suggest that large doses (50-300 mg) of loperamide produce euphoria, central nervous system depression, and cardiotoxicity (2-4). Abuse of loperamide for its euphoric effect or for self-treatment of opioid withdrawal is increasing (5)...
November 18, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853104/characteristics-of-hand-tremor-and-postural-sway-in-patients-with-fetal-type-minamata-disease
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Toyoto Iwata, Shigeru Takaoka, Mineshi Sakamoto, Eri Maeda, Masaaki Nakamura, Xiao-Jie Liu, Katsuyuki Murata
About forty certified patients aged around 50 years old existed as living witnesses to fetal-type Minamata disease (methylmercury poisoning due to in utero exposure) in Minamata, Japan in 2006. Computerized hand tremor and postural sway tests with spectral analysis were conducted for 24 of them and in matched control subjects to examine the pathophysiological feature of neuromotor function. The tremor intensities of the patients with fetal-type Minamata disease were significantly larger than those of the 67 controls at every frequency band for both hands...
2016: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818322/an-overview-of-herb-and-dietary-supplement-efficacy-safety-and-government-regulations-in-the-united-states-with-suggested-improvements-part-1-of-5-series
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Amy Christine Brown
This is the first of five review articles investigating dietary supplements (DS; includes herbs) that now exceed over 50,000 in the Office of Dietary Supplement's "Dietary Supplement Label Database." Four review articles follow summarizing published medical case reports of DS related to liver toxicity, kidney toxicity, heart toxicity, and cancer. The most popular DS were vitamin or mineral supplements (43%) followed by specialty supplements (20%), botanicals (20%; herbs), and sports supplements (16%). The 2013 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers revealed 1692 fatalities due to drugs, and zero deaths due to DS...
November 3, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749797/adolescent-intentional-abuse-ingestions-overall-10-year-trends-and-regional-variation
#16
David C Sheridan, Robert G Hendrickson, Gillian Beauchamp, Amber Laurie, Rongwei Fu, B Zane Horowitz
OBJECTIVE: Adolescent intentional ingestions remain a significant public health problem in the United States with little research to date on the over-the-counter or prescription medicines that adolescents abuse. These data are important for anticipatory guidance by primary care providers, preventive health, and poison center outreach. METHODS: This was an observational study using the American Association of Poison Control Centers National Poison Data System. The study population consisted of all cases of patients aged 13 to 19 years from 2004 to 2013 with a coding of "intentional abuse...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718162/impact-of-the-use-of-regional-poison-control-centers-in-an-urban-ems-dispatch-system
#17
Michael Levine, John Flores, Seth A Seabury, Stephen Sanko, Marc Eckstein
BACKGROUND: The public commonly calls 911 for unintentional ingestions, rather than calling the local poison center. By utilizing a series of scripted questions, 911 dispatchers in Los Angeles determine if an ingestion meets "omega-1" classification. Under such circumstances, the regional poison center is contacted prior to dispatch of paramedics. If the poison center advises that the patient can remain at home, EMS is not dispatched and the patient is followed at home by the poison center...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650036/electronic-cigarette-toxicity
#18
J Drew Payne, David Michaels, Menfil Orellana-Barrios, Kenneth Nugent
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are often advertised as a healthier product when compared with traditional cigarettes. Currently, there are limited data to support this and only a threat of federal regulation from the US Food and Drug Administration. Calls to poison control centers about e-cigarette toxicity, especially in children, and case reports of toxic exposures have increased over the past 3 years. This research letter reports the frequency of hazardous exposures to e-cigarettes and characterizes the reported adverse health effects associated with e-cigarette toxicity...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27595368/analysis-of-gastric-lavage-reported-to-a-statewide-poison-control-system
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Jimmy Donkor, Patil Armenian, Isaac N Hartman, Rais Vohra
BACKGROUND: As decontamination trends have evolved, gastric lavage (GL) has become a rare procedure. The current information regarding use, outcomes, and complications of GL could help refine indications for this invasive procedure. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine case type, location, and complications of GL cases reported to a statewide poison control system. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of the California Poison Control System (CPCS) records from 2009 to 2012...
October 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27576099/teaching-infant-car-seat-installation-via-interactive-visual-presence-an-experimental-trial
#20
David C Schwebel, Anna Johnston, Jenni Rouse
OBJECTIVE: A large portion of child restraint systems (car seats) are installed incorrectly, especially when first-time parents install infant car seats. Expert instruction greatly improves the accuracy of car seat installation but is labor intensive and difficult to obtain for many parents. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of 3 ways of communicating instructions for proper car seat installation: phone conversation; HelpLightning, a mobile application (app) that offers virtual interactive presence permitting both verbal and interactive (telestration) visual communication; and the manufacturer's user manual...
August 30, 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
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