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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918448/a-systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-screening-interventions-for-assessing-the-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-women-considering-combined-oral-contraceptives
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Zanfina Ademi, C Simone Sutherland, Joris Van Stiphout, Jöelle Michaud, Goranka Tanackovic, Matthias Schwenkglenks
Use of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) by women increases the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), which can have a major impact on an individuals' quality of life. VTE is also associated with an increase in healthcare costs. Our aim was to systematically review cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) considering any screening for risk of VTE in women using COCs. The quality of reporting in each study was assessed, a summary of results was prepared, and the key drivers of cost effectiveness in each of the eligible CEAs were identified...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918144/short-communication-molecular-epidemiology-of-streptococcus-agalactiae-differs-between-countries
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J Reyes, M Chaffer, Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Lecompte, Javier Sánchez, Ruth N Zadoks, Natasha Robinson, Ximena Cardona, N Ramírez, G P Keefe
Group B Streptococcus or Streptococcus agalactiae continue to be challenging for milk quality programs in countries with emerging dairy industries, such as Colombia, where high prevalence has been reported. Molecular typing of isolates is needed to understand the variability and epidemiology of this pathogen and to develop effective control and eradication programs. We characterized the molecular profile of Strep. agalactiae isolated from cows with subclinical mastitis in 21 Colombian dairy herds and measured diversity within and between herds using multilocus sequence typing...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916181/replicability-of-time-varying-connectivity-patterns-in-large-resting-state-fmri-samples
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Anees Abrol, Eswar Damaraju, Robyn L Miller, Julia M Stephen, Eric D Claus, Andrew R Mayer, Vince D Calhoun
The past few years have seen an emergence of approaches that leverage temporal changes in whole-brain patterns of functional connectivity (the chronnectome). In this chronnectome study, we investigate the replicability of the human brain's inter-regional coupling dynamics during rest by evaluating two different dynamic functional network connectivity (dFNC) analysis frameworks using 7 500 functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) datasets. To quantify the extent to which the emergent functional connectivity (FC) patterns are reproducible, we characterize the temporal dynamics by deriving several summary measures across multiple large, independent age-matched samples...
September 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916174/evaluation-of-beat-to-beat-ventricular-repolarization-lability-from-standard-12-lead-ecg-during-acute-myocardial-ischemia
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Salah S Al-Zaiti, Mohammad Alrawashdeh, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton Callaway, David Mortara, Jan Nemec
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial ischemia is a common cause of ventricular arrhythmias, yet recent ECG methods predicting susceptibility to ventricular tachyarrhythmia have not been fully evaluated during spontaneous ischemia. We sought to evaluate the clinical utility of alternans and non-alternans components of repolarization variability from the standard 10-second 12-lead ECG signals to risk stratify patients with acute chest pain. METHODS: We enrolled consecutive, non-traumatic, chest pain patients transported through Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to three tertiary care hospitals with cardiac catheterization lab capabilities in Pittsburgh, PA...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906390/empathy-and-burnout-of-emergency-professionals-of-a-health-region-a-cross-sectional-study
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Oriol Yuguero, Carles Forné, Montserrat Esquerda, Josep Pifarré, María José Abadías, Joan Viñas
The objective of this study is to assess the association between levels of empathy and burnout of emergency professionals in all the assistance levels.A cross-sectional observational study was conducted in the health region of Lleida and the Pyrenees with 100 professionals from the field of Urgency. Participation reached 40.8%. Empathy and burnout were measured using the Spanish versions of the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE) and Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) respectively. The total MBI score and its 3 dimensions (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment) were analyzed...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905296/potentially-preventable-medical-hospitalizations-and-emergency-department-visits-by-the-behavioral-health-population
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Eric M Schmidt, Simone Behar, Alinne Barrera, Matthew Cordova, Leonard Beckum
This study investigated geographic variation in potentially preventable medical outcomes that might be used to monitor access to high-quality medical care in the behavioral health population. Analyzing public and non-public data sources from California on adults admitted between 2009 and 2011 to all non-federal licensed medical inpatient (N = 6,603,146) or emergency department units (N = 21,011,958) revealed that 33.6% of nearly 1 million potentially preventable hospitalizations and 9.8% of 1.5 million potentially preventable emergency department visits were made by people with mental or substance use disorder diagnoses...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902768/economic-and-clinical-outcomes-resulting-from-the-stage-4-chronic-kidney-disease-case-management-quality-improvement-initiative
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Beverly Everett, Liana D Castel, Matthew McGinnis, Amy Beresky, Rudolph C Cane, Tasha Cooper, Rajesh K Davda, Donna Farmer, Stella M John, Denise L Sollars, John F Rausch
PURPOSE OF STUDY: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a costly and burdensome public health concern. The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact on outcomes and utilization of a pilot program to identify and engage beneficiaries with CKD at risk for progression from Stage 4 to Stage 5. PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTINGS: A quality improvement initiative was conducted to assess the impact of case management on costs and outcomes among 7,720 Cigna commercial medical beneficiaries with Stage 4 CKD enrolled in the United States between January 2012 and October 2012...
September 11, 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902700/effectiveness-of-collaboration-between-emergency-department-and-intensive-care-unit-teams-on-mortality-rates-of-patients-presenting-with-critical-illness-a-systematic-review
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Kerchelle McDowald, Svetlana Direktor, Elizabeth A Hynes, Anna Sahadeo, Margaret E Rogers
BACKGROUND: The increasing volume of adult patients with critical illness entering emergency departments (EDs) burdens the resources of EDs worldwide. This subpopulation faces a high risk of mortality because they require specialized care which many EDs are not yet poised to deliver. An element crucial to delivering care and decreasing the mortality of critically ill patients in the ED is expert collaborative practice across disciplines. Several ED and intensive care unit (ICU) collaborative models exist including: emergency department intensive care units (EDICU) and medical emergency teams (MET)...
September 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901969/disorders-of-consciousness-after-severe-brain-injury-therapeutic-options
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Caroline Schnakers, Martin M Monti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Very few options exist for patients who survive severe traumatic brain injury but fail to fully recover and develop a disorder of consciousness (e.g. vegetative state, minimally conscious state). RECENT FINDINGS: Among pharmacological approaches, Amantadine has shown the ability to accelerate functional recovery. Although with very low frequency, Zolpidem has shown the ability to improve the level of consciousness transiently and, possibly, also in a sustained fashion...
September 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901622/assessment-of-prior-image-induced-nonlocal-means-regularization-for-low-dose-ct-reconstruction-change-in-anatomy
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Hao Zhang, Jianhua Ma, Jing Wang, William Moore, Zhengrong Liang
PURPOSE: Repeated computed tomography (CT) scans are prescribed for some clinical applications such as lung nodule surveillance. Several studies have demonstrated that incorporating a high-quality prior image into the reconstruction of subsequent low-dose CT (LDCT) acquisitions can either improve image quality or reduce data fidelity requirements. Our proposed previous normal-dose image induced nonlocal means (ndiNLM) regularization method for LDCT is an example of such a method. However, one major concern with prior image based methods is that they might produce false information when the prior image and the current LDCT image show different structures (for example, if a lung nodule emerges, grows, shrinks, or disappears over time)...
September 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901030/treating-osa-current-and-emerging-therapies-beyond-cpap
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REVIEW
Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho, Fernanda R Almeida, Patrick J Strollo
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment for moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). However, adherence to CPAP is limited and non-CPAP therapies are frequently explored. Oral appliance (OA) therapy is currently widely used for the treatment of snoring, mild, moderate and severe OSA. The most commonly used and studied OA consists of a maxillary and mandibular splint which hold the lower jaw forward during sleep. The efficacy of OA is inferior to CPAP; however, the effectiveness as measured by sleepiness, quality of life, endothelial function and blood pressure is similar likely due to higher acceptance and subjective adherence...
September 12, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899525/restless-legs-syndrome-after-high-risk-tia-and-minor-stroke-association-with-reduced-quality-of-life
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Mark I Boulos, Anthony Wan, Sandra E Black, Andrew S Lim, Richard H Swartz, Brian J Murray
BACKGROUND: Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a movement disorder that is associated with poor quality of life and depressive symptoms in the general population. Emerging evidence suggests that RLS is closely associated with cerebrovascular disease. We assessed the effect of RLS on quality of life after stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA). METHODS: In this single-center prospective study, we recruited patients within 14 days of high-risk TIA or minor stroke...
September 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899236/looking-forward-the-effects-of-photographs-on-the-qualities-of-future-thinking
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Rebecca B Bays, Brianna C M Wellen, Katherine S Greenberg
Future episodic thinking relies on the reconstruction of remembered experiences. Photographs provide one means of remembering, acting as a "cognitive springboard" for generating related memory qualities. We wondered whether photographs would also invite embellishment of future thought qualities, particularly in the presence (or absence) of associated memories. In two studies participants generated future events in familiar (associated memories) and novel (no associated memories) locations. Half of the participants viewed scene location photographs during event generation...
September 12, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895900/laser-indirect-shock-welding-of-fine-wire-to-metal-sheet
#14
Xiao Wang, Tao Huang, Yapeng Luo, Huixia Liu
The purpose of this paper is to present an advanced method for welding fine wire to metal sheet, namely laser indirect shock welding (LISW). This process uses silica gel as driver sheet to accelerate the metal sheet toward the wire to obtain metallurgical bonding. A series of experiments were implemented to validate the welding ability of Al sheet/Cu wire and Al sheet/Ag wire. It was found that the use of a driver sheet can maintain high surface quality of the metal sheet. With the increase of laser pulse energy, the bonding area of the sheet/wire increased and the welding interfaces were nearly flat...
September 12, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894957/efficacy-of-a%C3%A2-multidisciplinary-pulmonary-rehabilitation-outpatient-program-on-exacerbations-in-overweight-and-obese-patients-with-asthma
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Ipek Candemir, Pinar Ergun, Dicle Kaymaz
BACKGROUND: Even though many studies have investigated the effectiveness of weight loss interventions, the efficacy of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has not yet been proven in obese patients with asthma. The aims of this study were to investigate the efficacy of PR on asthma exacerbations in the first year after PR and to evaluate the efficacy of PR in exercise capacity, quality of life, psychosocial symptoms and control of asthma in overweight patients. METHODS: The exercise capacity, health-related quality of life scores, psychosocial symptoms, asthma control test (ACT) data, number of emergency admissions and hospitalizations of 35 overweight patients with asthma who completed a 1-year multidisciplinary PR program were recorded and analyzed...
September 11, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893261/a-tale-of-two-systems-practice-patterns-of-a-single-group-of-emergency-medical-physicians-in-taiwan-and-china
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I-Anne Huang, Tang-Her Jaing, Chang-Teng Wu, Chee-Jen Chang, Shan-Hsuan Hsia, Nicole Huang
BACKGROUND: The quality of pediatric emergency care has been a major concern in health care. Following a series of health system reforms in China, it is important to do this assessment of pediatric emergency care, and to explore potential influences of health care system. This study aimed to compare practice differences in treating children with respiratory illnesses in two emergency department (ED) settings within different health care systems: China and Taiwan. METHODS: A pooled cross-sectional hospital-based study was conducted in two tertiary teaching hospitals in Xiamen, China and Keelung, Taiwan belong to the same hospital chain group...
September 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893043/psychometric-utility-in-determining-dental-organizational-attribute-a-cross-sectional-study-in-ghaziabad-india
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Irfan Ali, Ashish Singla, Ritu Gupta, Basavaraj Patthi, Kuldeep Dhama, Lav Kumar Niraj, Monika Prasad, Jishnu Krishna Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Psychometrics is the field of research involved with the objective measurement of finesse and intelligence, skills, temperament, personality traits, and educational success and technique of psychological measurement. Oral healthcare along with patient satisfaction and quality of care are main factors responsible for organizational attribute. Patient safety is relatively emerging domain which will result in improving patient's conditions without causing harm to them. AIM: To assess the psychometric behaviours as well as organization attribute with the help of modified version of Survey of Organizational Attributes for Primary Care (SOAPC) instrument among the dental care practitioners in Ghaziabad city, Uttar Pradesh, India...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892437/public-health-system-research-in-public-health-emergency-preparedness-in-the-united-states-2009-2015-actionable-knowledge-base
#18
Elena Savoia, Leesa Lin, Dottie Bernard, Noah Klein, Lyndon P James, Stefano Guicciardi
BACKGROUND: In 2008, the Institute of Medicine released a letter report identifying 4 research priority areas for public health emergency preparedness in public health system research: (1) enhancing the usefulness of training, (2) improving timely emergency communications, (3) creating and maintaining sustainable response systems, and (4) generating effectiveness criteria and metrics. OBJECTIVES: To (1) identify and characterize public health system research in public health emergency preparedness produced in the United States from 2009 to 2015, (2) synthesize research findings and assess the level of confidence in these findings, and (3) describe the evolution of knowledge production in public health emergency preparedness system research...
September 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891235/financial-arrangements-for-health-systems-in-low-income-countries-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Elizabeth Paulsen, Simon Lewin, Agustín Ciapponi, Cristian A Herrera, Newton Opiyo, Tomas Pantoja, Gabriel Rada, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: One target of the Sustainable Development Goals is to achieve "universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all". A fundamental concern of governments in striving for this goal is how to finance such a health system. This concern is very relevant for low-income countries. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the evidence from up-to-date systematic reviews about the effects of financial arrangements for health systems in low-income countries...
September 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887782/development-of-acrodat-%C3%A2-a-new-software-medical-device-to-assess-disease-activity-in-patients-with-acromegaly
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Aart J van der Lely, Roy Gomez, Andreas Pleil, Xavier Badia, Thierry Brue, Michael Buchfelder, Pia Burman, David Clemmons, Ezio Ghigo, Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, Anton Luger, Joli van der Lans-Bussemaker, Susan M Webb, Christian J Strasburger
PURPOSE: Despite availability of multimodal treatment options for acromegaly, achievement of long-term disease control is suboptimal in a significant number of patients. Furthermore, disease control as defined by biochemical normalization may not always show concordance with disease-related symptoms or patient's perceived quality of life. We developed and validated a tool to measure disease activity in acromegaly to support decision-making in clinical practice. METHODS: An international expert panel (n = 10) convened to define the most critical indicators of disease activity...
September 8, 2017: Pituitary
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