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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925713/simple-and-efficient-fabrication-of-mayenite-electrides-from-a-solution-derived-precursor
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Dong Jiang, Zeyu Zhao, Shenglong Mu, Vincent Phaneuf, Jianhua Tong
Mayenite (12CaO·7Al2O3, C12A7) electride with an anti-zeolite nanoporous structure has attracted intense attention due to its versatile promising application potentials. However, the synthesis difficulty because of extremely harsh conditions (e.g., reduction in sealed calcium or titanium vapor) significantly obstructs its realistic applications. In this work, we employed a simple, efficient, and cost-effective route for synthesizing mayenite electrides (C12A7:e(-)) in both powder and dense ceramic. C12A7:e(-) powders with efficient electron doping (3...
September 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924747/effectiveness-of-intensive-primary-care-interventions-a-systematic-review
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Samuel T Edwards, Kim Peterson, Brian Chan, Johanna Anderson, Mark Helfand
BACKGROUND: Multicomponent, interdisciplinary intensive primary care programs target complex patients with the goal of preventing hospitalizations, but programs vary, and their effectiveness is not clear. In this study, we systematically reviewed the impact of intensive primary care programs on all-cause mortality, hospitalization, and emergency department use. METHODS: We searched PubMed, CINAHL, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and the Cochrane Database of Reviews of Effects from inception to March 2017...
September 18, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923476/evaluation-of-nutrition-support-practices-results-from-a-nationwide-survey
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Wajdy Abi Saleh, Pierre Bou Khalil, Krystel Ouaijan, Fayez Abillama, Sandra Akiki, Nehmat Ahmad, Lama Mattar
BACKGROUND: Multiple clinical guidelines are available to improve and standardize the delivery of nutrition support. However, recommendations are not being universally applied at the bedside due to challenges of resources and barriers of knowledge. Assessing the current level of nutrition support practice is the first step to understand the barriers and ultimately implement potential strategies to increase guideline adherence and promote quality nutrition support in hospitals. There are no published data concerning the practice of nutrition support in Lebanese hospitals...
September 7, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923013/pragmatic-clinical-trials-embedded-in-healthcare-systems-generalizable-lessons-from-the-nih-collaboratory
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Kevin P Weinfurt, Adrian F Hernandez, Gloria D Coronado, Lynn L DeBar, Laura M Dember, Beverly B Green, Patrick J Heagerty, Susan S Huang, Kathryn T James, Jeffrey G Jarvik, Eric B Larson, Vincent Mor, Richard Platt, Gary E Rosenthal, Edward J Septimus, Gregory E Simon, Karen L Staman, Jeremy Sugarman, Miguel Vazquez, Douglas Zatzick, Lesley H Curtis
BACKGROUND: The clinical research enterprise is not producing the evidence decision makers arguably need in a timely and cost effective manner; research currently involves the use of labor-intensive parallel systems that are separate from clinical care. The emergence of pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs) poses a possible solution: these large-scale trials are embedded within routine clinical care and often involve cluster randomization of hospitals, clinics, primary care providers, etc...
September 18, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922269/extubation-failure-is-associated-with-increased-mortality-following-first-stage-single-ventricle-reconstruction-operation
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Thomas Scodellaro, Jane M McKenzie, Yves d'Udekem, Warwick Butt, Siva P Namachivayam
OBJECTIVES: To identify the prevalence, causes, risk factors, and outcomes associated with extubation failure following first stage single ventricle reconstruction surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis of neonates who underwent a first stage single ventricle reconstruction operation. Extubation failure was defined as endotracheal reintubation within 48 hours of first extubation attempt. SETTING: The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922233/endoscopic-versus-open-repair-for-craniosynostosis-in-infants-using-propensity-score-matching-to-compare-outcomes-a-multicenter-study-from-the-pediatric-craniofacial-collaborative-group
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Douglas R Thompson, David Zurakowski, Charles M Haberkern, Paul A Stricker, Petra M Meier
BACKGROUND: The North American Pediatric Craniofacial Collaborative Group (PCCG) established the Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Perioperative Registry to evaluate outcomes in infants and children undergoing craniosynostosis repair. The goal of this multicenter study was to utilize this registry to assess differences in blood utilization, intensive care unit (ICU) utilization, duration of hospitalization, and perioperative complications between endoscopic-assisted (ESC) and open repair in infants with craniosynostosis...
September 14, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921446/can-a-novel-icu-data-display-positively-affect-patient-outcomes-and-save-lives
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Natalia Olchanski, Mikhail A Dziadzko, Ing C Tiong, Craig E Daniels, Steve G Peters, John C O'Horo, Michelle N Gong
The aim of this study was to quantify the impact of ProCCESs AWARE, Ambient Clinical Analytics, Rochester, MN, a novel acute care electronic medical record interface, on a range of care process and patient health outcome metrics in intensive care units (ICUs). ProCCESs AWARE is a novel acute care EMR interface that contains built-in tools for error prevention, practice surveillance, decision support and reporting. We compared outcomes before and after AWARE implementation using a prospective cohort and a historical control...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921418/coping-with-phantom-limb-pain
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Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain is a chronic neuropathic pain that develops in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities and appears predominantly during two time frames following an amputation: the first month and later about 1 year. Although in most patients the frequency and intensity of pain diminish over time, severe pain persists in about 5-10%. It has been proposed that factors in both the peripheral and central nervous systems play major roles in triggering the development and maintenance of pain associated with extremity amputations...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919797/quality-of-care-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-results-of-a-prospective-controlled-cohort-study-in-germany-netibd
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Jana Langbrandtner, Angelika Hüppe, Petra Jessen, Jürgen Büning, Susanna Nikolaus, Heiner Raspe, Bernd Bokemeyer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) need comprehensive, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral health care. In Germany, evidence-based care pathways have been developed to improve the quality of care of IBD patients. We aimed to evaluate the effects of the implementation of some of these recommendations on patient-related outcomes. METHODS: In a region of North Germany, outpatients with IBD were recruited by gastroenterologists (intervention group)...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919766/cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-somatic-symptom-disorders-in-later-life-a-prospective-comparative-explorative-pilot-study-in-two-clinical-populations
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Michelle Jh Verdurmen, Arjan C Videler, Astrid M Kamperman, David Khasho, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients with somatic symptom disorder (SSD) put a great burden on the health care delivery system. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective in adults with SSD. However, no studies have been conducted yet into CBT for SSD in later life. OBJECTIVES: We explored the feasibility of CBT for SSD in the elderly. METHODS: This is a prospective pilot study comparing two outpatient specialty mental health settings for adults (<60 years; n=13) and for elderly patients (≥60 years; n=9) with SSD...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914429/a-systematic-review-of-patient-and-caregiver-experiences-with-a-tracheostomy
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Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Niamh Patterson, Jill Wrapson, Stephen D Reay
BACKGROUND: A tracheostomy is a surgically created opening through the anterior neck tissues and the trachea, into which a tube is inserted. Despite its influence on basic human needs such as respiration, communication and nutrition, little is known about the impact of tracheostomy on patients and their caregivers or what could be done to enable better care and quality of life (QoL) for these individuals. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to better understand the current knowledge related to the experience and QoL of adults living with a tracheostomy and their caregivers so as to be able to improve these experiences...
September 15, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911978/effect-of-12-month-resistance-and-endurance-training-on-quality-quantity-and-function-of-skeletal-muscle-in-older-adults-requiring-long-term-care
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Akito Yoshiko, Takashi Kaji, Hiroki Sugiyama, Teruhiko Koike, Yoshiharu Oshida, Hiroshi Akima
Older adults requiring long-term care will experience age-associated deterioration of the quality and quantity of skeletal muscle if no interventions are performed. Long-term training is considered a typical intervention method and is effective for improvement of both muscle quantity and physical function. However, how such training affects muscle quality [i.e., fat-to-muscle ratio as determined by echo intensity (EI)] in older adults requiring long-term care remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a 12-month physical training intervention on the quality and quantity of skeletal muscle, physical function, and blood chemistry in older adults requiring long-term care...
September 11, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910814/feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-intervention-programmes-integrating-functional-exercise-into-daily-life-of-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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Michaela Weber, Nacera Belala, Lindy Clemson, Elisabeth Boulton, Helen Hawley-Hague, Clemens Becker, Michael Schwenk
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, exercise programmes for improving functional performance and reducing falls are organised as structured sessions. An alternative approach of integrating functional exercises into everyday tasks has emerged in recent years. OBJECTIVES: Summarising the current evidence for the feasibility and effectiveness of interventions integrating functional exercise into daily life. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted including articles based on the following criteria: (1) individuals ≥60 years; (2) intervention studies of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and non-randomised studies (NRS); (3) using a lifestyle-integrated approach; (4) using functional exercises to improve strength, balance, or physical functioning; and (5) reporting outcomes on feasibility and/or effectiveness...
September 15, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906423/empowering-parents-of-australian-infants-and-children-in-hospital-translation-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-empowerment-of-parents-in-the-intensive-care-30-aus-questionnaire
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Fenella J Gill, Sally Wilson, Laurene Aydon, Gavin D Leslie, Jos M Latour
OBJECTIVES: To translate, culturally adapt, and psychometrically test the EMpowerment of PArents in The Intensive Care-30 questionnaire in Australian pediatric critical care, neonatal, and pediatric ward settings. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive, multicenter study conducted in two phases; 1) translation and cultural adaptation and 2) validation of the EMpowerment of PArents in The Intensive Care-30 questionnaire. SETTINGS: Two Western Australian sites, the PICU and two pediatric wards of a children's hospital and the neonatal unit of a women's and newborn hospital...
September 12, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905367/nursing-care-disparities-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Eileen T Lake, Douglas Staiger, Erika Miles Edwards, Jessica G Smith, Jeannette A Rogowski
OBJECTIVES: To describe the variation across neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in missed nursing care in disproportionately black and non-black-serving hospitals. To analyze the nursing factors associated with missing nursing care. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Survey of random samples of licensed nurses in four large U.S. states. STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective, secondary analysis of 1,037 staff nurses in 134 NICUs classified into three groups based on their percent of infants of black race...
September 14, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898603/strange-bedfellows-no-more-how-integrated-stem-cell-transplantation-and-palliative-care-programs-can-together-improve-end-of-life-care
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Deena R Levine, Justin N Baker, Joanne Wolfe, Leslie E Lehmann, Christina Ullrich
In the intense, cure-oriented setting of hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), delivery of high-quality palliative and end-of-life care is a unique challenge. Although HSCT affords patients a chance for cure, it carries a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. During HSCT, patients usually experience high symptom burden and a significant decrease in quality of life that can persist for long periods. When morbidity is high and the chance of cure remote, the tendency after HSCT is to continue intensive medical interventions with curative intent...
September 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893206/efficacy-of-blood-flow-restriction-exercise-during-dialysis-for-end-stage-kidney-disease-patients-protocol-of-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Matthew J Clarkson, Steve F Fraser, Paul N Bennett, Lawrence P McMahon, Catherine Brumby, Stuart A Warmington
BACKGROUND: Exercise during haemodialysis improves strength and physical function. However, both patients and clinicians are time poor, and current exercise recommendations add an excessive time burden making exercise a rare addition to standard care. Hypothetically, blood flow restriction exercise performed during haemodialysis can provide greater value for time spent exercising, reducing this time burden while producing similar or greater outcomes. This study will explore the efficacy of blood flow restriction exercise for enhancing strength and physical function among haemodialysis patients...
September 11, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892669/development-of-a-prediction-model-for-long-term-quality-of-life-in-critically-ill-patients
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Sandra Oeyen, Karel Vermeulen, Dominique Benoit, Lieven Annemans, Johan Decruyenaere
PURPOSE: We developed a prediction model for quality of life (QOL) 1 year after intensive care unit (ICU) discharge based upon data available at the first ICU day to improve decision-making. METHODS: The database of a 1-year prospective study concerning long-term outcome and QOL (assessed by EuroQol-5D) in critically ill adult patients consecutively admitted to the ICU of a university hospital was used. Cases with missing data were excluded. Utility indices at baseline (UIb) and at 1 year (UI1y) were surrogates for QOL...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889010/pain-in-osteoarthritis-implications-for-optimal-management
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Anne-Priscille Trouvin, Serge Perrot
Pain is an ubiquitous symptom in osteoarticular diseases, occurring much more commonly than stiffness or disability. OA of the knee, hand, or hip affects around 20% of adults in various populations and is dramatically increasing in many countries, mostly related to age and obesity, leading to an increased number of people having OA pain, and creating a huge burden related to disability and health care costs. OA-related pain, has been classically considered to be a nociceptive pain condition. Clinicians have considered pain to be an alarm signal, correlated to the intensity of joint degradation...
September 6, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882192/satisfaction-with-quality-of-icu-care-for-patients-and-families-the-euroq2-project
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Hanne Irene Jensen, Rik T Gerritsen, Matty Koopmans, Lois Downey, Ruth A Engelberg, J Randall Curtis, Peter E Spronk, Jan G Zijlstra, Helle Ørding
BACKGROUND: Families' perspectives are of great importance in evaluating quality of care in the intensive care unit (ICU). This Danish-Dutch study tested a European adaptation of the "Family Satisfaction in the ICU" (euroFS-ICU). The aim of the study was to examine assessments of satisfaction with care in a large cohort of Danish and Dutch family members and to examine the measurement characteristics of the euroFS-ICU. METHODS: Data were from 11 Danish and 10 Dutch ICUs and included family members of patients admitted to the ICU for 48 hours or more...
September 7, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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