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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726598/pandemic-related-health-behavior-repeat-episodes-of-influenza-like-illness-related-to-the-2009-h1n1-influenza-pandemic
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O Mgbere, K Ngo, S Khuwaja, M Mouzoon, A Greisinger, R Arafat, J Markee
The Houston Health Department (HHD) in Texas tracks influenza-like illness (ILI) in the community through its Influenza Sentinel Surveillance Program, which began in 2008. After the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic (pH1N1) in 2009, investigators sought to assess the feasibility of this program as a non-traditional data source for tracking and monitoring care-seeking activities. Through the process of characterizing and describing patients who had 'return visits', or who were considered the heaviest ILI-related care-utilizers, the investigators sought to understand the strengths and limitations of this data source...
July 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725909/skeletal-fluorosis-due-to-fluorocarbon-inhalation-from-an-air-dust-cleaner
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Katherine Peicher, Naim M Maalouf
Skeletal fluorosis (SF) is an osteosclerotic metabolic bone disorder caused by excessive ingestion or inhalation of fluoride. SF is extremely rare in developed countries. We report a case of SF due to inhalational abuse from a fluoride-containing air dust cleaner. A 33-year-old man with no past medical history presented with progressively worsening low back pain for 2 years. Physical examination was notable for loss of lumbar lordosis and tenderness over the lumbar spine. Radiographs were notable for uniform generalized osteosclerosis in the long bones, entire spine, rib cage, and pelvic bones, and loss of the normal lumbar curvature...
July 20, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723834/talking-with-a-doctor-during-a-visit-elicits-increases-in-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure
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Wenqiang Qi, Qinghua Wu, Yanqing Wu, Qiang Peng, Ping Li, Xiaoshu Cheng, Hai Su
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of talking with doctors on blood pressure (BP) in outpatients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 122 hypertensive and 78 normotensive outpatients. BP was measured initially in silence with oscillometric BP monitors three times at 1-min intervals as follows: pre-1, pre-2, and pre-3. BP was then measured with the same device immediately, at 3 min, and at 5 min after talking commenced as follows: during-1, during-3, and during-5...
July 18, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723587/evaluation-of-an-electronic-clinical-decision-support-tool-for-incident-elevated-bp-in-adolescents
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Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, Stephen E Asche, Alan Sinaiko, James D Nordin, Heidi L Ekstrom, Patricia Fontaine, Steven P Dehmer, Nancy E Sherwood, Patrick J O'Connor
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate, among adolescents 10-17 years with an incident hypertensive BP (≥95(th) percentile) at a primary care visit, whether TeenBP, a novel electronic health record (EHR) linked clinical decision support tool (CDS), improved recognition of elevated BP and return for follow-up BP evaluation. METHODS: We conducted a pragmatic cluster randomized trial in 20 primary care clinics in a large Midwestern medical group. Ten clinics received the TeenBP CDS, including an alert to remeasure a hypertensive BP at that visit, an alert that a hypertensive BP should be repeated in 1-3 weeks and patient-specific order sets...
July 16, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720631/accrued-cost-savings-of-a-free-clinic-using-quality-adjusted-life-years-saved-and-return-on-investment
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Jim Sanders, Marcus Lacey, Clare E Guse
INTRODUCTION: Savings garnered through the provision of preventive services is a form of profit for health systems. Free clinics have been using this logic to demonstrate their cost-savings. The Community-Based Chronic Disease Management (CCDM) clinic treats hypertension using nurse-led teams, clinical protocols, and community-based settings. METHODS: We calculated CCDM's cost-effectiveness from 2007 to 2013 using 2 metrics: Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) saved and return on investment (ROI)...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719282/travelers-diarrhea-and-other-gastrointestinal-symptoms-among-boston-area-international-travelers
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Rhett J Stoney, Pauline V Han, Elizabeth D Barnett, Mary E Wilson, Emily S Jentes, Christine M Benoit, William B MacLeod, Davidson H Hamer, Lin H Chen
AbstractThis prospective cohort study describes travelers' diarrhea (TD) and non-TD gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms among international travelers from the Boston area, the association of TD with traveler characteristics and dietary practices, use of prescribed antidiarrheal medications, and the impact of TD and non-TD GI symptoms on planned activities during and after travel. We included adults who received a pre-travel consultation at three Boston-area travel clinics and who completed a three-part survey: pre-travel, during travel, and post-travel (2-4 weeks after return)...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717637/phage-therapy-in-a-16-year-old-boy-with-netherton-syndrome
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Pikria Zhvania, Naomi Sulinger Hoyle, Lia Nadareishvili, Dea Nizharadze, Mzia Kutateladze
Netherton syndrome (NS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by a classical triad of clinical features, including congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma, trichorrhexis invaginata, and atopic diathesis coupled with frequent bacterial infections (1). The genetic basis for the disease has been recently identified with mutations in gene SPINK5, which is involved in the regulation of formation of skin barriers. We report on a 16-year-old male with all the typical manifestations of NS, including atopic diathesis and ongoing serious staphylococcal infections and allergy to multiple antibiotics whose family sought help at the Eliava Phage Therapy Center when all other treatment options were failing...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713495/awareness-of-epidural-analgesia-among-pregnant-women-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia
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Abdulrahim Gari, Ala Aziz, Nourah ALSaleh, Yosra Hamour, Hanaa Abdelal, Raed Sayed Ahmed
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Labor pain is one of the most severe forms of pain that women experience throughout their lifetime. Many pregnant women decide to have an epidural anesthesia to cope with labor pain. This study has focused on general awareness about epidural anesthesia among pregnant women in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional hospital-based study using a self-administered questionnaire, conducted in King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center and International Medical Centre...
May 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710893/fracture-of-the-medial-intercondylar-eminence-of-the-tibia-in-horses-treated-by-arthroscopic-fragment-removal-21-horses
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L M Rubio-Martínez, R Redding, B Bladon, H Wilderjans, R J Payne, C Tessier, O Geffroy, R Parker, C Bell, F A Collingwood
BACKGROUND: Fractures of the medial intercondylar eminence of the tibia (MICET) are scarcely reported in horses. OBJECTIVES: To report the clinical and diagnostic findings, surgical treatment and outcome in a series of horses presented with MICET fracture and treated with arthroscopic fragment removal. STUDY DESIGN: Multi-centre retrospective case series. METHODS: Case records of horses diagnosed with MICET fractures that had undergone surgical treatment were reviewed...
July 15, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709794/performance-of-patient-reported-outcomes-measurement-information-system-promis-upper-extremity-ue-versus-physical-function-pf-computer-adaptive-tests-cats-in-upper-extremity-clinics
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Casey M Beleckas, Alex Padovano, Jason Guattery, Aaron M Chamberlain, Jay D Keener, Ryan P Calfee
PURPOSE: To examine the performance of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Upper Extremity (UE) Function Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) relative to the PROMIS Physical Function (PF) CAT in patients seeking specialty care for upper extremity conditions. METHODS: This observational trial analyzed prospectively collected PROMIS UE and PF CAT scores from 5,202 adult patients with 10,344 outpatient clinic visits presenting to a tertiary orthopedic clinic...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709419/the-clinical-and-virological-features-of-the-first-imported-case-causing-mers-cov-outbreak-in-south-korea-2015
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Ji Yeon Lee, You-Jin Kim, Eun Hee Chung, Dae-Won Kim, Ina Jeong, Yeonjae Kim, Mi-Ran Yun, Sung Soon Kim, Gayeon Kim, Joon-Sung Joh
BACKGROUND: In 2015, the largest outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection outside the Middle East occurred in South Korea. We summarized the epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory findings of the first Korean case of MERS-CoV and analyzed whole-genome sequences of MERS-CoV derived from the patient. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68-year-old man developed fever and myalgia 7 days after returning to Korea, following a 10-day trip to the Middle East...
July 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705179/improving-health-literacy-through-group-antenatal-care-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jody R Lori, Henrietta Ofosu-Darkwah, Carol J Boyd, Tanima Banerjee, Richard M K Adanu
BACKGROUND: To examine whether exposure to group antenatal care increased women's health literacy by improving their ability to interpret and utilize health messages compared to women who received standard, individual antenatal care in Ghana. METHODS: We used a prospective cohort design. The setting was a busy urban district hospital in Kumasi, the second most populous city in Ghana. Pregnant women (N = 240) presenting for their first antenatal visit between 11 and 14 weeks gestation were offered participation in the study...
July 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704268/safe-discharge-and-outpatient-investigation-of-ureteric-colic-a-retrospective-analysis
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Michael Stewart
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography of the kidneys, ureters and bladder is the recommended imaging modality for suspected urolithiasis. Early scanning is advised in guidelines, but there is limited published evidence to support this recommendation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a retrospective study, we reviewed patients managed according to a local guideline. Patients without high-risk features were either imaged during their initial visit (if in the daytime) or discharged for outpatient scans...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699942/hospital-level-factors-associated-with-pediatric-emergency-department-return-visits
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Zachary Pittsenbarger, Cary Thurm, Mark Neuman, Sandra Spencer, Harold Simon, Craig Gosdin, Samir Shah, Richard McClead, Anne Stack, Elizabeth Alpern
BACKGROUND: Return visits (RVs) and RVs with admission (RVAs) are commonly used emergency department quality measures. Visit- and patient-level factors, including several social determinants of health, have been associated with RV rates, but hospital-specific factors have not been studied. OBJECTIVE: To identify what hospital-level factors correspond with high RV and RVA rates. SETTING: Multicenter mixed-methods study of hospital characteristics associated with RV and RVA rates...
July 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697159/outpatient-parenteral-antimicrobial-therapy-and-judicious-use-of-pediatric-emergency-resources
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Michael Xu, Quynh Doan
BACKGROUND: Pediatric returns to the emergency department (RTED) vary between 3% and 13% of the total ED volume of visits. However, the incidence and contribution of scheduled RTED on pediatric emergency department (PED) utilization is less clear. Antimicrobial stewardship programs on inpatient wards have been shown to improve judicious use of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) in upon discharge. The implementation of such programs in PEDs has yet to be reported. The objectives of this study are to quantify the burden of scheduled RTED for OPAT on PED utilization and to examine how frequently OPAT use are supported by published practice standards for 3 common pediatric infections-cellulitis, pneumonia, and urinary tract infections...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695345/is-pain-relief-after-vaginal-mesh-and-or-sling-removal-durable-long-term
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Karen Jong, Shreeya Popat, Alana Christie, Philippe E Zimmern
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: This study was to review our experience of pain relief durability in women who experienced initial pain resolution after vaginal mesh and/or sling removal (VMSR). METHODS: A retrospective chart review of consecutive, nonneurogenic women who underwent VMSR for pain and reported persistent pain relief at the 6-month postoperative follow-up visit were assessed. Pre- and postoperative data collected were self-reported chief complaints, physical examination, other medical conditions associated with chronic pain, use of pain medications, Urogenital Distress Inventory-6 (in which question 6 specifically addresses pain), and the Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS)...
July 10, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693580/telemedicine-and-other-care-models-in-pediatric-rheumatology-an-exploratory-study-of-parents-perceptions-of-barriers-to-care-and-care-preferences
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Danielle R Bullock, Richard K Vehe, Lei Zhang, Colleen K Correll
BACKGROUND: The United States pediatric rheumatology workforce is committed to a mission of providing children access to pediatric rheumatology care. With a limited number and distribution of pediatric rheumatologists, telemedicine has been proposed as one way to meet this mission, yet the adoption of this modality has been slower than expected. The purpose of this study was to explore the parent perspective on barriers to accessing pediatric rheumatology care and to explore the acceptability of telemedicine and other alternative care models...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692384/advancing-the-use-of-emergency-department-syndromic-surveillance-data-new-york-city-2012-2016
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Ramona Lall, Jasmine Abdelnabi, Stephanie Ngai, Hilary B Parton, Kelly Saunders, Jessica Sell, Amanda Wahnich, Don Weiss, Robert W Mathes
INTRODUCTION: The use of syndromic surveillance has expanded from its initial purpose of bioterrorism detection. We present 6 use cases from New York City that demonstrate the value of syndromic surveillance for public health response and decision making across a broad range of health outcomes: synthetic cannabinoid drug use, heat-related illness, suspected meningococcal disease, medical needs after severe weather, asthma exacerbation after a building collapse, and Ebola-like illness in travelers returning from West Africa...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688994/comparison-of-30-day-emergency-department-bouncebacks-after-pediatric-versus-adult-urologic-surgery
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Courtney L Shepard, Julian Wan
INTRODUCTION: More pediatric patients seem to present to the emergency department (ED) for non-urgent matters after urologic procedures than adult patients. Under new and expanding healthcare reform, pediatric urologists may be penalized for these visits. We compare our 30-day postoperative bounceback rates to the ED and the acuity of the concerns in these populations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All urology consults at our institution are maintained on a prospectively tracked database...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685179/management-of-common-ailments-requiring-referral-in-the-pharmacy-a-mystery-shopping-intervention-study
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Jack Charles Collins, Carl Richard Schneider, Renee Faraj, Frances Wilson, Abilio Cesar de Almeida Neto, Rebekah Jane Moles
Background Pharmacists can play a key role in managing ailments through their primary roles of supplying over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines and advice-giving. It must be ensured that pharmacy staff practise in an evidence-based, guideline-compliant manner. To achieve this, mystery shopping can be used as an intervention to assess and train pharmacy staff. Objective To determine if repeated student pharmacist mystery shopping with immediate feedback affected the outcome of scenarios requiring referral to a medical practitioner...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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