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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446656/effect-of-a-long-term-intensive-lifestyle-intervention-on-prevalence-of-cognitive-impairment
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Mark A Espeland, José A Luchsinger, Laura D Baker, Rebecca Neiberg, Steven E Kahn, Steven E Arnold, Rena R Wing, George L Blackburn, George Bray, Mary Evans, Helen P Hazuda, Robert W Jeffery, Valerie M Wilson, Jeanne M Clark, Mace Coday, Kathryn Demos-McDermott, John P Foreyt, Frank Greenway, James O Hill, Edward S Horton, John M Jakicic, Karen C Johnson, William C Knowler, Cora E Lewis, David M Nathan, Anne Peters, Xavier Pi-Sunyer, Henry Pownall, Thomas A Wadden, Stephen R Rapp
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether an average of 10 years of lifestyle intervention designed to reduce weight and increase physical activity lowers the prevalence of cognitive impairment among adults at increased risk due to type 2 diabetes and obesity or overweight. METHODS: Central adjudication of mild cognitive impairment and probable dementia was based on standardized cognitive test battery scores administered to 3,802 individuals who had been randomly assigned, with equal probability, to either the lifestyle intervention or the diabetes support and education control...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445897/adrenal-vein-catecholamine-levels-and-ratios-reference-intervals-derived-from-patients-with-primary-aldosteronism
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Candy W C Sze, Samuel Matthew O'Toole, Roger Kent Tirador, Scott A Akker, Matthew Matson, Leslie Perry, Maralyn Rose Druce, Tanja Dekkers, Jaap Deinum, Jacques W M Lenders, Graeme Eisenhofer, William Martyn Drake
Phaeochromocytoma localisation is generally reliably achieved with modern imaging techniques, particularly in sporadic cases. On occasion, however, there can be diagnostic doubt due to the presence of bilateral adrenal abnormalities, particularly in patients with mutations in genes predisposing them to the development of multiple phaeochromocytomas. In such cases, surgical intervention is ideally limited to large or functional lesions due to the long-term consequences associated with hypoadrenalism. Adrenal venous sampling (AVS) for catecholamines has been used in this situation to guide surgery, although there are few data available to support diagnostic thresholds...
April 26, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444463/cost-effectiveness-of-craniotomy-for-epidural-hematomas-at-a-major-government-hospital-in-cambodia
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Dane Moran, Mark G Shrime, Sam Nang, Iv Vycheth, Din Vuthy, Raksmey Hong, William V Padula, Kee B Park
BACKGROUND: Epidural hematoma (EDH) is a common and potentially deadly occurrence following a severe traumatic brain injury. Our aim was to determine whether craniotomy is cost-effective when indicated for the treatment of EDH when a trained neurosurgeon is available. METHODS: A decision tree was used to model the cost-effectiveness of craniotomy available versus craniotomy unavailable for the management of traumatic EDH from a Cambodian societal and provider perspective...
April 25, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441710/analysis-of-cisplatin-induced-ototoxicity-risk-factors-in-iranian-patients-with-solid-tumors-a-cohort-prospective-and-single-institute-study
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Zahra Esfahani Monfared, Adnan Khosravi, Ali Safavi Naini, Golnar Radmand, Kian Khodadad
Background: Cisplatin has been associated with irreversible hearing damage. Up to now, there is no therapeutic intervention showing benefit in preventing Cisplatin-induced ototoxicity. The aim of this study was to determine risk factors contributing to hearing impairment after cisplatin administration in Iranian patients. Methods: Hearing thresholds of 124 patients before and after cisplatin administration were assessed with reference to pure-tone audiometry averages at several frequencies from 2006 to 2010...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441236/the-new-mirus-system-for-short-term-sedation-in-postsurgical-icu-patients
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Stefano Romagnoli, Cosimo Chelazzi, Gianluca Villa, Giovanni Zagli, Francesco Benvenuti, Paola Mancinelli, Giulio Arcangeli, Stefano Dugheri, Alessandro Bonari, Lorenzo Tofani, Andrea Belardinelli, A Raffaele De Gaudio
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility and safety of the MIRUS system (Pall International, Sarl, Fribourg, Switzerland) for sedation with sevoflurane for postsurgical ICU patients and to evaluate atmospheric pollution during sedation. DESIGN: Prospective interventional study. SETTING: Surgical ICU. February 2016 to December 2016. PATIENTS: Postsurgical patients requiring ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, and sedation...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441120/prevalence-of-trachoma-in-northern-benin-results-from-11-population-based-prevalence-surveys-covering-26-districts
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Amadou Alfa Bio, Pelagie M Boko, Yannelle A Dossou, Jean-Jacques Tougoue, Achille Kabore, Ignace Sounouvou, Jean-Eudes Biaou, Lionel Nizigama, Paul Courtright, Anthony W Solomon, Lisa Rotondo, Wilfrid Batcho, Dorothée Kinde-Gazard
AIMS: We sought to evaluate trachoma prevalence in all suspected-endemic areas of Benin. METHODS: We conducted population-based surveys covering 26 districts grouped into 11 evaluation units (EUs), using a two-stage, systematic and random, cluster sampling design powered at EU level. In each EU, 23 villages were systematically selected with population proportional to size; 30 households were selected from each village using compact segment sampling. In selected households, we examined all consenting residents aged one year or above for trichiasis, trachomatous inflammation - follicular (TF), and trachomatous inflammation - intense...
April 25, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440112/patient-specific-prediction-of-functional-recovery-after-stroke
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Abdel Douiri, Justin Grace, Shah-Jalal Sarker, Kate Tilling, Christopher McKevitt, Charles DA Wolfe, Anthony G Rudd
Background and aims Clinical predictive models for stroke recovery could offer the opportunity of targeted early intervention and more specific information for patients and carers. In this study, we developed and validated a patient-specific prognostic model for monitoring recovery after stroke and assessed its clinical utility. Methods Four hundred and ninety-five patients from the population-based South London Stroke Register were included in a substudy between 2002 and 2004. Activities of daily living were assessed using Barthel Index) at one, two, three, four, six, eight, 12, 26, and 52 weeks after stroke...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437317/dementia-comorbidity-and-physical-function-in-the-program-of-all-inclusive-care-for-the-elderly
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Jason R Falvey, Allison M Gustavson, Lisa Price, Lucine Papazian, Jennifer E Stevens-Lapsley
BACKGROUND: Participants in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are a unique clinical population of medically complex and highly disabled older adults who qualify for nursing home level care but receive services in the community. A main goal of PACE programs is to prevent further declines in physical function that may necessitate costly institutionalization. This study evaluates how multimorbidity and dementia impact both self-selected gait speed and Timed Up and Go (TUG) in this population...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436609/a-semi-automated-approach-to-create-purposeful-mechanistic-datasets-from-heterogeneous-data-data-mining-towards-the-in-silico-predictions-for-oestrogen-receptor-modulation-and-teratogenicity
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M Bashir Surfraz, Adrian Fowkes, Jeffrey P Plante
The need to find an alternative to costly animal studies for developmental and reproductive toxicity testing has shifted the focus considerably to the assessment of in vitro developmental toxicology models and the exploitation of pharmacological data for relevant molecular initiating events. We hereby demonstrate how automation can be applied successfully to handle heterogeneous oestrogen receptor data from ChEMBL. Applying expert-derived thresholds to specific bioactivities allowed an activity call to be attributed to each data entry...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436125/the-quipp-app-a-safe-alternative-to-a-treat-all-strategy-for-threatened-preterm-labour
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Helena A Watson, Jenny Carter, Paul T Seed, Rachel M Tribe, Andrew H Shennan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of a treat-all policy (advocated by NICE) compared to the QUIPP app (predictive model combining history of spontaneous preterm birth gestation and quantitative fetal fibronectin) for women in threatened preterm labour at <30 weeks gestation. METHODS: We conducted a subanalysis of prospectively collected data of pregnant women presenting with symptoms of preterm labour from the EQUIPP (REC Ref. 10/H0806/68) and PETRA (REC Ref...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436113/using-predictions-from-a-joint-model-for-longitudinal-and-survival-data-to-inform-the-optimal-time-of-intervention-in-an-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening-programme
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Michael J Sweeting
Joint models of longitudinal and survival data can be used to predict the risk of a future event occurring based on the evolution of an endogenous biomarker measured repeatedly over time. This has led naturally to the use of dynamic predictions that update each time a new longitudinal measurement is provided. In this paper, we show how such predictions can be utilised within a fuller decision modelling framework, in particular to allow planning of future interventions for patients under a 'watchful waiting' care pathway...
April 24, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435930/spinal-subdural-hematoma-a-rare-case-of-spinal-subdural-hematoma-complicating-routine-minimally-invasive-lumbar-discectomy-and-decompression-and-relevant-literature-review
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Chelsea C Boe, Brett A Freedman, Ravi Kumar, Kendall Lee, Robert McDonald, John Port
We present a case of apparently uncomplicated lumbar decompression and discectomy with delayed postoperative neurological deterioration secondary to subdural hematoma at the thoracolumbar level of the spinal cord. Previously described subdural hematomas have occurred spontaneously or related to iatrogenic injury. Hitherto, no case of acute postoperative subdural hematoma has been reported in the postoperative setting in the absence of known iatrogenic dural injury. A 76-year-old male with central and lateral recess spinal stenosis underwent apparently uncomplicated bilateral L3-4 and left sided L4-5 decompressive partial laminectomies and discectomy...
March 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435176/climate-shocks-and-rural-urban-migration-in-mexico-exploring-nonlinearities-and-thresholds
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Raphael J Nawrotzki, Jack DeWaard, Maryia Bakhtsiyarava, Jasmine Trang Ha
Adverse climatic conditions may differentially drive human migration patterns between rural and urban areas, with implications for changes in population composition and density, access to infrastructure and resources, and the delivery of essential goods and services. However, there is little empirical evidence to support this notion. In this study, we investigate the relationship between climate shocks and migration between rural and urban areas within Mexico. We combine individual records from the 2000 and 2010 Mexican censuses (n=683,518) with high-resolution climate data from Terra Populus that are linked to census data at the municipality level (n=2,321)...
January 2017: Climatic Change
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434275/cost-effectiveness-of-a-transitional-home-based-palliative-care-program-for-patients-with-end-stage-heart-failure
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Frances Kam Yuet Wong, Ching So, Alina Yee Man Ng, Po-Tin Lam, Jeffrey Sheung Ching Ng, Nancy Hiu Yim Ng, June Chau, Michael Mau Kwong Sham
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown positive clinical outcomes of specialist palliative care for end-stage heart failure patients, but cost-effectiveness evaluation is lacking. AIM: To examine the cost-effectiveness of a transitional home-based palliative care program for patients with end-stage heart failure patients as compared to the customary palliative care service. DESIGN: A cost-effectiveness analysis was conducted alongside a randomized controlled trial (Trial number: NCT02086305)...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432370/the-threshold-temperature-and-lag-effects-on-daily-excess-mortality-in-harbin-china-a-time-series-analysis
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Hanlu Gao, Li Lan, Chao Yang, Jian Wang, Yashuang Zhao
BACKGROUND: A large number of studies have reported the relationship between ambient temperature and mortality. However, few studies have focused on the effects of high temperatures on cardio-cerebrovascular diseases mortality (CCVDM) and their acute events (ACCVDM). OBJECTIVE: To assess the threshold temperature and time lag effects on daily excess mortality in Harbin, China. METHODS: A generalized additive model (GAM) with a Poisson distribution was used to investigate the relative risk of mortality for each 1 °C increase above the threshold temperature and their time lag effects in Harbin, China...
April 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431198/serum-amylase-and-lipase-and-urinary-trypsinogen-and-amylase-for-diagnosis-of-acute-pancreatitis
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REVIEW
Gianluca Rompianesi, Angus Hann, Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with acute abdominal pain differs if they have acute pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with abdominal pain has acute pancreatitis. There is currently no Cochrane review of the diagnostic test accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427838/stratification-strategy-for-evaluating-the-influence-of-diabetes-complication-severity-index-on-the-risk-of-hospitalization-a-record-linkage-data-in-western-australia
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Ninh Thi Ha, Mark Harris, Suzanne Robinson, David Preen, Rachael Moorin
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to develop a risk stratification strategy for evaluating the relationship between complications of diabetes and the risk of diabetic-related hospitalization to accurately classify diabetes severity. METHODS: The study used administrative health records for 40,624 individuals with diabetes aged ≥18years in Western Australian. The adapted Diabetes Complication Severity Index (DCSI), socio-demographic and clinical characteristics were used in random effects negative binomial and threshold effect models to determine the optimal stratification strategy for diabetes severity based on the homogeneity of the risk of hospitalization in response to variation of the DCSI...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426775/dynamic-behaviors-of-a-modified-sir-model-in-epidemic-diseases-using-nonlinear-incidence-and-recovery-rates
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Gui-Hua Li, Yong-Xin Zhang
The transmission of infectious diseases has been studied by mathematical methods since 1760s, among which SIR model shows its advantage in its epidemiological description of spread mechanisms. Here we established a modified SIR model with nonlinear incidence and recovery rates, to understand the influence by any government intervention and hospitalization condition variation in the spread of diseases. By analyzing the existence and stability of the equilibria, we found that the basic reproduction number [Formula: see text] is not a threshold parameter, and our model undergoes backward bifurcation when there is limited number of hospital beds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425903/improving-linkage-to-hiv-care-at-low-threshold-sti-hiv-testing-sites-an-evaluation-of-the-immediate-staging-pilot-project-in-vancouver-british-columbia
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Bobbi Brownrigg, Darlene Taylor, Felicia Phan, Irvine Sandstra, Rochelle Stimpson, Rolando Barrios, Richard Lester, Gina Ogilvie
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the Immediate Staging Pilot Project (ISPP) was to improve linkage to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care by increasing the number of referrals made to HIV care, and to decrease the time between diagnosis and linkage to care for newly diagnosed HIV clients. This pilot had the potential to decrease HIV transmission at a population level by engaging clients in treatment earlier. SETTING: The Bute Street Clinic and Health Initiative for Men Clinic on Davie in Vancouver, British Columbia are low-threshold public health facilities providing HIV/STI testing primarily to men who have sex with men (MSM)...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425182/serum-ferritin-thresholds-for-the-diagnosis-of-iron-deficiency-in-pregnancy-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
J Daru, J Allotey, J P Peña-Rosas, K S Khan
The aim of this review was to understand the landscape of serum ferritin in diagnosing iron deficiency in the aetiology of anaemia in pregnancy. Iron deficiency in pregnancy is a major public health problem leading to the development of anaemia. Reducing the global prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age is a 2025 global nutrition target. Bone marrow aspiration is the gold standard test for iron deficiency but requires an invasive procedure; therefore, serum ferritin is the most clinically useful test...
April 20, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
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