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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334564/data-driven-implementation-of-alarm-reduction-interventions-in-a-cardiovascular-surgical-icu
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Sharon H Allan, Peter A Doyle, Adam Sapirstein, Maria Cvach
BACKGROUND: Alarm fatigue in the ICU setting has been well documented in the literature. The ICU's high-intensity environment requires staff's vigilant attention, and distraction from false and non-actionable alarms pulls staff away from important tasks, creates dissatisfaction, and is a potential patient safety risk if alarms are missed or ignored. This project was intended to improve patient safety by optimizing alarm systems in a cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit (CVSICU)...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329392/evaluation-of-splenic-switch-off-in-a-tertiary-imaging-centre-validation-and-assessment-of-utility
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Alice Hosking, Marinos Koulouroudias, Filip Zemrak, James C Moon, Alexia Rossi, Aaron Lee, Michael R Barnes, Redha Boubertakh, Francesca Pugliese, Charlotte Manisty, Steffen E Petersen
Aims: Adenosine can induce splenic vasoconstriction (splenic switch-off, SSO). In this study, we aim to evaluate the utility of identifying a lack of SSO for detecting false-negative adenosine stress perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) scans. Methods and results: We visually analysed 492 adenosine stress perfusion CMR scans reported as negative in a cohort of patients with no previous history of coronary artery disease. A lack of SSO was identified in 11%...
October 6, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323979/thyroid-cancer-following-childhood-low-dose-radiation-exposure-a-pooled-analysis-of-nine-cohorts
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Jay H Lubin, M Jacob Adams, Roy Shore, Erik Holmberg, Arthur B Schneider, Michael M Hawkins, Leslie L Robison, Peter D Inskip, Marie Lundell, Robert Johansson, Ruth A Kleinerman, Florent de Vathaire, Lena Damber, Siegal Sadetzki, Margaret Tucker, Ritsu Sakata, Lene H S Veiga
Context: The increased use of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that involve radiation raises concerns about radiation effects, particularly in children and to the radio-sensitive thyroid gland. Objectives: Evaluation of relative risk (RR) trends for thyroid radiation doses <0.2 gray; evidence of a threshold dose; and possible modifiers of the dose-response, e.g., sex, age at exposure, time since exposure. Design and setting: Pooled data from nine cohort studies of childhood external radiation exposure and thyroid cancer with individualized dose estimates, ≥1,000 irradiated subjects or ≥10 thyroid cancer cases, with data limited to individuals receiving doses <0...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323355/the-modelled-cost-effectiveness-of-cognitive-dissonance-for-the-prevention-of-anorexia-nervosa-and-bulimia-nervosa-in-adolescent-girls-in-australia
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Long Khanh-Dao Le, Jan J Barendregt, Phillipa Hay, Susan M Sawyer, Susan J Paxton, Cathrine Mihalopoulos
BACKGROUND: Eating disorders (EDs), including anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN), are prevalent disorders that carry substantial economic and social burden. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the modelled population cost-effectiveness of cognitive dissonance (CD), a school-based preventive intervention for EDs, in the Australian health care context. METHOD: A population-based Markov model was developed to estimate the cost per disability adjusted life-year (DALY) averted by CD relative to no intervention...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322534/indicators-for-monitoring-screening-programs-with-primary-hpv-test
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Manuel Zorzi, Paolo Giorgi Rossi
BACKGROUND: following scientific evidence produced in numerous studies, as well as national and international guidelines, organized cervical cancer screening programs in Italy have gradually introduced the HPV test as primary screening test, replacing cytology. As public health interventions, screening programs must ensure equity, improvement in quality of life, and adequate information for the population involved with regards to benefits and possible risks; therefore, it is essential for quality to be constantly checked at every phase of the project...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321362/from-eggs-to-bites-do-ovitrap-data-provide-reliable-estimates-of-aedes-albopictus-biting-females
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Mattia Manica, Roberto Rosà, Alessandra Della Torre, Beniamino Caputo
BACKGROUND: Aedes albopictus is an aggressive invasive mosquito species that represents a serious health concern not only in tropical areas, but also in temperate regions due to its role as vector of arboviruses. Estimates of mosquito biting rates are essential to account for vector-human contact in models aimed to predict the risk of arbovirus autochthonous transmission and outbreaks, as well as nuisance thresholds useful for correct planning of mosquito control interventions. Methods targeting daytime and outdoor biting Ae...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320577/pre-operative-functional-cardiovascular-reserve-is-associated-with-acute-kidney-injury-after-intervention
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A Saratzis, J Shakespeare, O Jones, M J Bown, A Mahmood, C H E Imray
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication after endovascular intervention, associated with poor short and long-term outcomes. However, the mechanisms underlying AKI development remain poorly understood. The impact of pre-existing cardiovascular disease and low cardiovascular reserve (CVR) in AKI is unclear; it remains unknown whether AKI is primarily related to pre-existing comorbidity or to procedural parameters. The association between CVR and AKI after EVAR was therefore assessed...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319508/exercise-combined-with-ultrasound-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-in-rats-associated-with-downregulation-of-il-6-and-tnf-%C3%AE-but-with-upregulation-of-il-10
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Po-Ching Huang, Kun-Ling Tsai, Yu-Wen Chen, Heng-Teng Lin, Ching-Hsia Hung
BACKGROUND: Although there are several evidences that suggest efficacies of therapeutic ultrasound (TU) or treadmill exercise (TE) to alleviate nerve injury-associated pain, molecular mechanisms are less clear. We aimed to investigate the impact of TU and/or TE on neuropathic pain induced by chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve and their roles of proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines. METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into (n = 10 per group) sham operation (sham), CCI procedure followed by false application of TU (CCI + TU0), CCI procedure followed by false application of TU and TE (CCI + TU0 + TE), CCI, and CCI procedure followed by TU alone (CCI + TU), TE alone (CCI + TE), or both TU and TE (CCI + TU + TE) groups...
March 17, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317685/cost-utility-analyses-of-cataract-surgery-in-vision-threatening-diabetic-retinopathy
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Bijun Zhu, Yingyan Ma, Haidong Zou
PURPOSE: To explore the cost utility of cataract surgery in patients with stabilized vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy (DR). SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. DESIGN: Prospective case series. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with cataracts combined with stabilized vision-threatening DR had successful phacoemulsification with foldable posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation...
January 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306565/can-podocytes-be-regenerated-in-adults
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Stuart J Shankland, Benjamin S Freedman, Jeffrey W Pippin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Podocytes are critical components of the nephron filtration barrier and are depleted in many kidney injuries and disease states. Terminally differentiated adult podocytes are highly specialized, postmitotic cells, raising the question of whether the body has any ability to regenerate lost podocytes. This timely question has recently been illuminated by a series of innovative studies. Here, we review recent progress on this topic of significant interest and debate. RECENT FINDINGS: The innovation of genetic labeling techniques enables fate tracing of individual podocytes, providing the strongest evidence yet that podocytes can be replaced by nearby progenitor cells...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302096/mathematical-analysis-of-a-lymphatic-filariasis-model-with-quarantine-and-treatment
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Peter M Mwamtobe, Simphiwe M Simelane, Shirley Abelman, Jean M Tchuenche
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis is a globally neglected tropical parasitic disease which affects individuals of all ages and leads to an altered lymphatic system and abnormal enlargement of body parts. METHODS: A mathematical model of lymphatic filariaris with intervention strategies is developed and analyzed. Control of infections is analyzed within the model through medical treatment of infected-acute individuals and quarantine of infected-chronic individuals...
March 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301213/academic-radiologist-subspecialty-identification-using-a-novel-claims-based-classification-system
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Wenyi Wang, Danny R Hughes, Luke A Ginocchio, David A Rosman, Richard Duszak
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to assess the feasibility of a novel claims-based classification system for payer identification of academic radiologist subspecialties. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a categorization scheme based on the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) system, we mapped the Medicare Part B services billed by all radiologists from 2012 to 2014, assigning them to the following subspecialty categories: abdominal imaging, breast imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, interventional radiology, and neuroradiology...
March 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295825/effectiveness-of-manual-therapy-versus-surgery-in-pain-processing-due-to-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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C Fernández-de-Las-Peñas, J Cleland, M Palacios-Ceña, S Fuensalida-Novo, C Alonso-Blanco, J A Pareja, F Alburquerque-Sendín
BACKGROUND: People with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) exhibit widespread pressure pain and thermal pain hypersensitivity as a manifestation of central sensitization. The aim of our study was to compare the effectiveness of manual therapy versus surgery for improving pain and nociceptive gain processing in people with CTS. METHODS: The trial was conducted at a local regional Hospital in Madrid, Spain from August 2014 to February 2015. In this randomized parallel-group, blinded, clinical trial, 100 women with CTS were randomly allocated to either manual therapy (n = 50), who received three sessions (once/week) of manual therapies including desensitization manoeuvres of the central nervous system, or surgical intervention (n = 50) group...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293438/neuroplasticity-changes-on-human-motor-cortex-induced-by-acupuncture-therapy-a-preliminary-study
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Yi Yang, Ines Eisner, Siqi Chen, Shaosong Wang, Fan Zhang, Linpeng Wang
While neuroplasticity changes measured by transcranial magnetic stimulation have been proved to be highly correlated to motor recovery and have been tested in various forms of interventions, it has not been applied to investigate the neurophysiologic mechanism of acupuncture therapy. The aim of this study is to investigate neuroplasticity changes induced by a single session of acupuncture therapy in healthy adults, regarding the excitability change on bilateral primary motor cortex and interhemispheric inhibition...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288853/establishing-evidence-based-thresholds-and-laboratory-practices-to-reduce-inappropriate-treatment-of-pseudohyperkalemia
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Pratistha Ranjitkar, Dina N Greene, Geoffrey S Baird, Andrew N Hoofnagle, Patrick C Mathias
BACKGROUND: Unrecognized pseudohyperkalemia (PHK), defined as an artificial increase in measured potassium concentration, due to thrombocytosis and leukocytosis can lead to inappropriate patient treatment. Understanding the laboratory and patient characteristics that increase risk of PHK is key to preventing diagnostic errors. METHODS: Serum/plasma potassium results collected at 2 laboratories over 4years were selected based on blood cell counts collected within 24h and whole blood potassium concentrations determined within 2h of the serum/plasma sample...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288272/interventions-to-improve-inhaler-technique-for-people-with-asthma
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Rebecca Normansell, Kayleigh M Kew, Alexander G Mathioudakis
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a common chronic disease worldwide. Inhalers are often prescribed to help control asthma symptoms, improve quality of life and reduce the risk of exacerbations or flare-ups. However, evidence suggests that many people with asthma do not use their inhaler correctly. It is therefore important to evaluate whether interventions aimed specifically at improving technique are effective and safe, and whether use of these interventions translates into improved clinical outcomes...
March 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287919/cost-effectiveness-of-achieving-clinical-improvement-with-a-dissonance-based-eating-disorder-prevention-program
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Laura Akers, Paul Rohde, Eric Stice, Meghan L Butryn, Heather Shaw
Using data from an effectiveness trial delivered by college clinicians, we examined the cost-effectiveness of the dissonance-based Body Project program for reducing eating disorder symptoms in women with body dissatisfaction. The outcome of interest was individual-level change; 14.9% of Body Project participants attained clinically meaningful improvement vs. 6.7% of controls. Delivering the intervention costs approximately $70 (2012 U.S. dollars) per person. Incremental cost-effectiveness was $838 for each additional at-risk person reducing eating disorder symptomology to a clinically meaningful degree...
March 13, 2017: Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286083/water-quality-compliance-and-health-outcomes-among-utilities-implementing-water-safety-plans-in-france-and-spain
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Karen E Setty, Georgia L Kayser, Michael Bowling, Jerome Enault, Jean-Francois Loret, Claudia Puigdomenech Serra, Jordi Martin Alonso, Arnau Pla Mateu, Jamie Bartram
Water Safety Plans (WSPs), recommended by the World Health Organization since 2004, seek to proactively identify potential risks to drinking water supplies and implement preventive barriers that improve safety. To evaluate the outcomes of WSP application in large drinking water systems in France and Spain, we undertook analysis of water quality and compliance indicators between 2003 and 2015, in conjunction with an observational retrospective cohort study of acute gastroenteritis incidence, before and after WSPs were implemented at five locations...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285932/calf-raise-exercise-increases-walking-performance-in-patients-with-intermittent-claudication
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Michel Van Schaardenburgh, Martin Wohlwend, Øivind Rognmo, Erney Mattsson
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of intermittent claudication (IC) are improved by exercise. The improvement might be secondary to increased blood perfusion or increased muscle mitochondrial capacity. Ischemia followed by reperfusion, also named preconditioning, is known to stimulate the mitochondria. We focused on a calf raise exercise inducing preconditioning in the calf muscle of patients with IC. We hypothesized that 8 weeks of this exercise would increase walking performance and mitochondrial capacity without a change in blood flow...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279370/myocardial-infarct-size-by-cmr-in-clinical%C3%A2-cardioprotection-studies-insights-from-randomized-controlled-trials
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Heerajnarain Bulluck, Matthew Hammond-Haley, Shane Weinmann, Roberto Martinez-Macias, Derek J Hausenloy
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) to assess myocardial infarct (MI) size in reperfused patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). BACKGROUND: There is limited guidance on the use of CMR in clinical cardioprotection RCTs in patients with STEMI treated by primary percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS: All RCTs in which CMR was used to quantify MI size in patients with STEMI treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention were identified and reviewed...
March 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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