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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791138/a-three-dimensional-printed-poly-vinyl-alcohol-substrate-with-controlled-on-demand-degradation-for-transient-electronics
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Jinsu Yoon, Jungmin Han, Bongsik Choi, Yongwoo Lee, Yeamin Kim, Jinhee Park, Meehyun Lim, Min-Ho Kang, Dae Hwan Kim, Dong Myong Kim, Sungho Kim, Sung-Jin Choi
Electronics that degrade after stable operation for a desired operating time, called transient electrons, are of great interest in many fields, including biomedical implants, secure memory devices, and environmental sensors. Thus, the development of transient materials is critical for the advancement of transient electronics and their applications. However, previous reports have mostly relied on achieving transience in aqueous solutions where the transience time is largely pre-determined based on the materials initially selected at the beginning of fabrication...
May 23, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787406/effect-of-patient-and-provider-education-on-antibiotic-overuse-for-respiratory-tract-infections
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Erin Chiswell, Debra Hampton, Chizimuzo T C Okoli
Antibiotic overuse for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in primary care (PC) is a known important contributor to the serious health threat of antibiotic resistance, yet remains a difficult problem to improve. The purpose of the study was to assess the effects of a combination patient and provider education program on antibiotic prescribing in RTIs in a rural primary care clinic. Utilizing a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design, a retrospective electronic medical record review was conducted to determine if a patient and provider education program changed the rates of antibiotics being prescribed (immediate or delayed) during a visit for RTI for 207 randomly selected patients during the established evaluation time periods...
May 18, 2018: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787324/provider-perspectives-on-topical-analgesics
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Michael A Smith, Katherine Cho, Phillip Rodgers
Topical analgesics are effective and alternative means to systemic therapy, often minimizing the adverse drug effects and complications of systemic analgesic use. Despite the number of available topical analgesics, there is little direction provided in practice guidelines on their appropriate use and little is known about patterns of their prescribing. To begin understanding these knowledge gaps, we sought provider perspectives on topical analgesic use at a large academic medical center. This electronic survey seeks to explore the perceptions and prescription patterns of topical analgesics among prescribers in a large academic medical center, where the availability of topical analgesics varies...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785094/association-of-health-literacy-and-medication-self-efficacy-with-medication-adherence-and-diabetes-control
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Yen-Ming Huang, Olayinka O Shiyanbola, Paul D Smith
Introduction: The exact pathway linking health literacy, self-efficacy, medication adherence, and glycemic control for type 2 diabetes remains unclear. Understanding the relationship between patient factors, medication adherence, and lower glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) may help patients better manage their disease. This study examined the association of health literacy and medication self-efficacy with self-reported diabetes medication adherence, and the association of health literacy, medication self-efficacy, and self-reported diabetes medication adherence with HbA1c of patients with type 2 diabetes...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779687/lack-of-improvement-in-antimicrobial-prescribing-after-a-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-and-impact-on-recurrence
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Richard L Watson, Christopher J Graber
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial use is one of the largest modifiable risk factors for development of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). We sought to determine if a recent diagnosis of CDI affected the appropriateness of subsequent antimicrobial prescribing. METHODS: This study is a retrospective electronic chart review of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Medication administration records were reviewed for all patients with new CDI from 2015-2016 to determine the appropriateness (drug choice, duration, and dosage) of all non-CDI antimicrobials prescribed within 90 days pre- and post-initial CDI (iCDI) positive testing...
May 17, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777388/a-retrospective-study-of-opioid-prescribing-patterns-at-hospital-discharge-in-surgical-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Samir M Kendale, Jing Wang, Jeanna D Blitz, Steven Calvino, Germaine Cuff, Nicholas Barone, Andrew D Rosenberg, Lisa Doan
PURPOSE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a risk factor for complications with postoperative opioid use, and in those patients with known or suspected OSA, minimization of postoperative opioids is recommended. We hypothesize that despite these recommendations, surgical patients with known or suspected OSA are prescribed postoperative opioids at hospital discharge at similar doses to those without OSA. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of the electronic health records of surgical patients from 1 November 2016 to 30 April 2017 at a single academic institution...
May 18, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766382/reduced-effectiveness-of-interruptive-drug-drug-interaction-alerts-after-conversion-to-a-commercial-electronic-health-record
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Adam Wright, Skye Aaron, Diane L Seger, Lipika Samal, Gordon D Schiff, David W Bates
BACKGROUND: Drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts in electronic health records (EHRs) can help prevent adverse drug events, but such alerts are frequently overridden, raising concerns about their clinical usefulness and contribution to alert fatigue. OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of conversion to a commercial EHR on DDI alert and acceptance rates. DESIGN: Two before-and-after studies. PARTICIPANTS: 3277 clinicians who received a DDI alert in the outpatient setting...
May 15, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764156/nonlocal-kinetic-energy-functionals-by-functional-integration
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Wenhui Mi, Alessandro Genova, Michele Pavanello
Since the seminal studies of Thomas and Fermi, researchers in the Density-Functional Theory (DFT) community are searching for accurate electron density functionals. Arguably, the toughest functional to approximate is the noninteracting kinetic energy, Ts [ρ], the subject of this work. The typical paradigm is to first approximate the energy functional and then take its functional derivative, δTs [ρ]δρ(r), yielding a potential that can be used in orbital-free DFT or subsystem DFT simulations. Here, this paradigm is challenged by constructing the potential from the second-functional derivative via functional integration...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762783/repurposing-the-anthelminthic-salicylanilide-oxyclozanide-against-susceptible-and-clinical-resistant-candida-albicans-strains
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Emilie Pic, Anaïs Burgain, Adnane Sellam
Current antifungal drugs suffer from limitations including toxicity, adverse interactions with other commonly prescribed drugs, and the emergence of resistant strains. Here, we repurposed the anthelmintic oxyclozanide as a potent antifungal agent against both sensitive and resistant clinical isolates of Candida albicans, as well as other human opportunistic fungi. Antifungal activity of oxyclozanide was enhanced when C. albicans grew in nonfermentable carbon sources. Our data support a mechanism of action where oxyclozanide uncoupled the mitochondrial electron transport from oxidative phosphorylation and perturbed the mitochondrial membrane potential...
May 14, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760941/hip-fracture-in-the-elderly-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-femur-feasibility-study-testing-the-use-of-routinely-collected-data-for-future-health-economic-evaluations
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Nefyn H Williams, Kevin Mawdesley, Jessica L Roberts, Nafees Ud Din, Nicola Totton, Joanna M Charles, Zoe Hoare, Rhiannon T Edwards
Background: Health economic evaluations rely on the accurate measurement of health service resource use in order to calculate costs. These are usually measured with patient completed questionnaires using instruments such as the Client Service Receipt Inventory (CSRI). These rely on participants' recall and can be burdensome to complete. Health service activity data are routinely captured by electronic databases.The aim was to test methods for obtaining these data and compare with those data collected using the CSRI, within a feasibility study of an enhanced rehabilitation intervention following hip fracture (Fracture in the Elderly Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation: FEMuR)...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757744/-block-chain-reaction-a-blockchain-revolution-sweeps-into-health-care-offering-the-possibility-for-a-much-needed-data-solution
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Leslie Mertz
Electronic health records may have digitized patient data, but getting that data from one clinician to another remains a huge challenge, especially since patients often have multiple doctors ordering tests, prescribing drugs, and providing treatment. Many experts now believe that blockchain technology might be just the thing to get a patient's pertinent medical information from where it is stored to where it is needed, as well as to allow patients to easily view their own medical histories. In addition, blockchain technology might also be able to help with other aspects of health care, such as improving the insurance claim or other administrative processes within healthcare networks and making health-related population data available to biomedical researchers...
May 2018: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757279/engineering-golden-fluorescence-by-selective-pressure-incorporation-of-non-canonical-amino-acids-and-protein-analysis-by-mass-spectrometry-and-fluorescence
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Tobias Baumann, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Almut Pelzer, Vivian Jeanette Spiering, Georg Johannes Freiherr von Sass, Thomas Friedrich, Nediljko Budisa
Fluorescent proteins are fundamental tools for the life sciences, in particular for fluorescence microscopy of living cells. While wild-type and engineered variants of the green fluorescent protein from Aequorea victoria (avGFP) as well as homologs from other species already cover large parts of the optical spectrum, a spectral gap remains in the near-infrared region, for which avGFP-based fluorophores are not available. Red-shifted fluorescent protein (FP) variants would substantially expand the toolkit for spectral unmixing of multiple molecular species, but the naturally occurring red-shifted FPs derived from corals or sea anemones have lower fluorescence quantum yield and inferior photo-stability compared to the avGFP variants...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754987/a-statewide-effort-to-reduce-high-dose-opioid-prescribing-through-coordinated-care-organizations
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Daniel M Hartung, Lindsey Alley, Gillian Leichtling, P Todd Korthuis, Christi Hildebran
BACKGROUND: Oregon's Medicaid program is delivered through 16 Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) participating in a statewide performance improvement program to reduce high-dose opioid prescribing. CCOs were allowed flexibility to develop their own dose targets and any policies, trainings, guidelines, and/or materials to meet these targets. In this study, we characterize CCO strategies to reduce high-dose opioid prescribing across the 16 CCOs. METHODS: We reviewed relevant CCO documents and conducted semi-structured interviews with CCO administrators to acquire opioid-related policies, practices, timelines and contextual factors...
May 1, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754716/sex-disparity-persists-in-the-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-women-on-statin-therapy-compared-to-that-in-men
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S Moreno-Arellano, J Delgado-de-Mendoza, M J Santi-Cano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess whether women differ from men with regard to lowering lipid levels, achieving target of optimal lipid levels, and analyzing evidence-based dose and intensity of statin prescription in primary care patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: A multicenter cross-sectional survey was conducted among 1046 patients with dyslipidemia (554 women) who were receiving statin therapy from the Primary Health Care of Andalucía (Spain)...
April 7, 2018: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754594/review-of-medication-errors-that-are-new-or-likely-to-occur-more-frequently-with-electronic-medication-management-systems
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Melita Van de Vreede, Anne McGrath, Jan de Clifford
Objective. The aim of the present study was to identify and quantify medication errors reportedly related to electronic medication management systems (eMMS) and those considered likely to occur more frequently with eMMS. This included developing a new classification system relevant to eMMS errors. Methods. Eight Victorian hospitals with eMMS participated in a retrospective audit of reported medication incidents from their incident reporting databases between May and July 2014. Site-appointed project officers submitted deidentified incidents they deemed new or likely to occur more frequently due to eMMS, together with the Incident Severity Rating (ISR)...
May 14, 2018: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752429/comparing-the-economic-burden-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-and-without-medical-insurance-a-cross-sectional-study-in-china
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Chao Yang, Zhe Huang, Kexin Sun, Yonghua Hu, Xiaoyuan Bao
BACKGROUND The burden of diabetes has become a worldwide public health issue. Previous studies focused on the composition and influencing factors of hospitalization costs for insured patients. The aim of this study was to compare the economic burden of diabetic patients with and without medical insurance (MI) in China, from the aspects of types of medical costs and diabetic comorbidities. MATERIAL AND METHODS We identified 124 701 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in 2015 from electronic Hospitalization Summary Reports...
May 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752012/impact-of-multidisciplinary-chart-reviews-on-opioid-dose-reduction-and-monitoring-practices
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Julianna Rivich, Jocelyn McCauliff, Allison Schroeder
INTRODUCTION: The Veterans Affairs (VA) Eastern Colorado Health Care System implemented an Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI); this included multidisciplinary chart reviews of patients with chronic, non-malignant pain on high-dose opioid therapy to provide safety recommendations to prescribers through the electronic medical record. Our study objective was to evaluate the impact of these documented recommendations. Outcomes included change in total daily opioid dose, concurrent prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines, adherence to local VA/Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) policy, and monitoring practices...
April 27, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751840/prevalence-of-the-potentially-inappropriate-kampo-medications-to-be-used-with-caution-among-elderly-patients-taking-any-prescribed-kampo-medications-at-a-single-centre-in-japan-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Junpei Komagamine, Kazuhiko Hagane
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated the prevalence and characteristics of potentially inappropriate Kampo medication use among elderly ambulatory patients taking any prescribed Kampo medications. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted using electronic medical records. All patients aged 65 years or older who continued visiting internal medicine physicians and were prescribed any Kampo medications from January 2015 to March 2015 were included...
May 11, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748915/clinical-benefits-over-time-associated-with-use-of-v-go-wearable-insulin-delivery-device-in-adult-patients-with-diabetes-a-retrospective-analysis
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David Sutton, Charissa D Higdon, Carla Nikkel, Karrie A Hilsinger
INTRODUCTION: Advances in insulin delivery have improved outcomes in patients with diabetes. This study evaluated the impact of V-Go® Wearable Insulin Delivery device on glycated hemoglobin (A1C) and insulin total daily dose (TDD) in patients with diabetes not achieving glycemic targets. METHODS: Electronic medical record data was obtained for adult patients with A1C > 7% treated at a multicenter endocrine practice who initiated V-Go between August 2012 and August 2015...
May 10, 2018: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746682/improving-antibiotic-prescribing-skills-in-medical-students-the-effect-of-e-learning-after-6-months
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Jonne J Sikkens, Martine G Caris, Tim Schutte, Mark H H Kramer, Jelle Tichelaar, Michiel A van Agtmael
Background: Antimicrobial prescribing behaviour is first established during medical study, but teachers often cite lack of time as an important problem in the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship in the medical curriculum. The use of electronic learning (e-learning) is a potentially time-efficient solution, but its effectiveness in changing long-term prescribing behaviour in medical students is as yet unknown. Methods: We performed a prospective controlled intervention study of the long-term effects of a short interactive e-learning course among fourth year medical students in a Dutch university...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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