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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103824/management-prognosis-and-predictors-of-unfavourable-outcomes-in-patients-newly-hospitalized-for-transient-ischemic-attack-a-real-world-investigation-from-italy
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Giovanni Corrao, Federico Rea, Luca Merlino, Paolo Mazzola, Federico Annoni, Giorgio Annoni
BACKGROUND: Understanding the gap between evidence-based recommendations and real-world management is important to inform priority setting and health service planning. METHODS: The 7,776 residents in the Italian Lombardy Region who were newly hospitalized for transient ischemic attack (TIA) during 2008-2009 entered into the cohort and were followed until 2012. Exposure to medical care including selected drugs, diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests was recorded...
January 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102863/a-taxonomy-of-medical-uncertainties-in-clinical-genome-sequencing
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Paul K J Han, Kendall L Umstead, Barbara A Bernhardt, Robert C Green, Steven Joffe, Barbara Koenig, Ian Krantz, Leo B Waterston, Leslie G Biesecker, Barbara B Biesecker
PURPOSE: Clinical next-generation sequencing (CNGS) is introducing new opportunities and challenges into the practice of medicine. Simultaneously, these technologies are generating uncertainties of an unprecedented scale that laboratories, clinicians, and patients are required to address and manage. We describe in this report the conceptual design of a new taxonomy of uncertainties around the use of CNGS in health care. METHODS: Interviews to delineate the dimensions of uncertainty in CNGS were conducted with genomics experts and themes were extracted in order to expand on a previously published three-dimensional taxonomy of medical uncertainty...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098040/-hypocortisolism-associated-with-nephrotic-syndrome
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R H Westerdijk, B H R Wolffenbuttel, I P Kema, R S M E Wouters
BACKGROUND: With nephrotic syndrome, cortisol levels may be falsely lowered by loss of cortisol-binding globulin (CBG) in the urine. An incorrect diagnosis of adrenal insufficiency could therefore be made. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe the case of a 52-year-old female with nephrotic syndrome that did not sufficiently respond to medication. Treatment management was complicated by symptomatic hypotension, which was thought to be caused by adrenal insufficiency. The cortisol levels in the blood were low and a clinical cause could not be identified...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091770/relevance-of-surgery-in-patients-with-non-variceal-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding
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S Dango, T Beißbarth, E Weiss, A Seif Amir Hosseini, D Raddatz, V Ellenrieder, J Lotz, B M Ghadimi, A Beham
INTRODUCTION: Upper GI bleeding remains one of the most common emergencies with a substantial overall mortality rate of up to 30%. In severe ill patients, death does not occur due to failure of hemostasis, either medical or surgical, but mainly from comorbidities, treatment complications, and decreased tolerated blood loss. Management strategies have changed dramatically over the last two decades and include primarily endoscopic intervention in combination with acid-suppressive therapy and decrease in surgical intervention...
January 14, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088183/incidence-aetiology-and-outcome-of-community-acquired-acute-kidney-injury-in-medical-admissions-in-malawi
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Rhys D R Evans, Ulla Hemmilä, Alison Craik, Mwayi Mtekateka, Fergus Hamilton, Zuze Kawale, Christopher J Kirwan, Hamish Dobbie, Gavin Dreyer
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological data on Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) from low-income countries is sparse. The aim of this study was to establish the incidence, severity, aetiology, and outcomes of community-acquired AKI in Malawi. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of general medical admissions to a tertiary hospital in Blantyre between 27(th) April and 17(th) July 2015. All patients were screened on admission with a serum creatinine; those with creatinine above laboratory reference range were managed by the nephrology team...
January 14, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075425/management-of-fibromyalgia-practical-guides-from-recent-evidence-based-guidelines
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Winfried Häuser, Jacob Ablin, Serge Perrot, Mary-Ann Fitzcharles
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a prevalent and costly condition worldwide, affecting approximately 2% of the general population. Recent evidence- and consensus-based guidelines from Canada, Germany, Israel and the European League Against Rheumatism aim to support physicians in achieving a comprehensive diagnostic work-up of patients with chronic widespread pain (CWP) and to assist patients and physicians in shared decision making on treament options. Every patient with CWP requires at the first medical evaluation a complete history, medical examination and some laboratory tests (complete blood count, C-reactive protein, serum calcium, creatine phosphokinase, thyroid stimulating hormone, 25-OH vitamin D) to screen for metabolic or inflammatory causes of CWP...
January 4, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063462/going-digital-a-narrative-overview-of-the-clinical-and-organisational-impacts-of-ehealth-technologies-in-hospital-practice
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Justin Keasberry, Ian A Scott, Clair Sullivan, Andrew Staib, Richard Ashby
Objective The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of hospital-based eHealth technologies on quality, safety and efficiency of care and clinical outcomes.Methods Systematic reviews and reviews of systematic reviews of eHealth technologies published in PubMed/Medline/Cochrane Library between January 2010 and October 2015 were evaluated. Reviews of implementation issues, non-hospital settings or remote care or patient-focused technologies were excluded from analysis. Methodological quality was assessed using a validated appraisal tool...
January 9, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059943/efficacy-safety-and-outcomes-of-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-with-per-oral-pancreatoscopy-a-multicenter-experience
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Sheeva K Parbhu, Ali A Siddiqui, Megan Murphy, Arish Noor, Linda J Taylor, Alyssa Mills, Douglas G Adler
INTRODUCTION: Per-oral pancreatoscopy can be used for both evaluation and treatment of pancreatic duct stones during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, evaluating and treating pancreatic duct strictures of indeterminate etiology, and visual inspection and direct biopsy of pancreatic duct mucosa for diagnosis of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN). We aim to describe the efficacy, safety, and outcomes of pancreatoscopy in a large, multicenter series of patients...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058540/juvenile-dermatomyositis-a-tertiary-center-experience
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Kenan Barut, Pinar Ozge Avar Aydin, Amra Adrovic, Sezgin Sahin, Ozgur Kasapcopur
Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is a rare chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology and primarily involves muscle and skin. It is the most common idiopathic inflammatory myopathy of childhood. This study aimed to evaluate demographic and clinical features, laboratory data, treatment modalities, and outcome of patients with JDM at a referral pediatric rheumatology center in Turkey. We retrospectively reviewed medical records of patients diagnosed with JDM between the years 2003-2016 at the Pediatric Rheumatology Department Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty...
January 5, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050887/assessment-of-in-silico-protein-sequence-analysis-in-the-clinical-classification-of-variants-in-cancer-risk-genes
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Iain D Kerr, Hannah C Cox, Kelsey Moyes, Brent Evans, Brianna C Burdett, Aric van Kan, Heather McElroy, Paris J Vail, Krystal L Brown, Dechie B Sumampong, Nicholas J Monteferrante, Kennedy L Hardman, Aaron Theisen, Erin Mundt, Richard J Wenstrup, Julie M Eggington
Missense variants represent a significant proportion of variants identified in clinical genetic testing. In the absence of strong clinical or functional evidence, the American College of Medical Genetics recommends that these findings be classified as variants of uncertain significance (VUS). VUSs may be reclassified to better inform patient care when new evidence is available. It is critical that the methods used for reclassification are robust in order to prevent inappropriate medical management strategies and unnecessary, life-altering surgeries...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045742/management-of-anticoagulation-with-rivaroxaban-in-trauma-and-acute-care-surgery-complications-and-reversal-strategies-as-compared-to-warfarin-therapy
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Sara P Myers, Esmaeel R Dadashzadeh, Jessica Cheung, Louis Alarcon, Matthew Kutcher, Joshua B Brown, Matthew D Neal
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban has gained popularity as an anticoagulant (AC) for stroke prevention in nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (afib) and venous thromboembolism (VTE). Although adverse bleeding events are associated with all AC, lack of point of care testing to measure the effect of rivaroxaban in emergent situations has contributed to perceived increased risk amongst physicians. METHODS: To describe a single center experience with trauma and emergency general surgery (EGS) patients taking rivaroxaban and evaluate outcomes compared with patients taking warfarin using a propensity score analysis...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042011/application-of-next-generation-sequencing-in-clinical-microbiology-and-infection-prevention
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Ruud H Deurenberg, Erik Bathoorn, Monika A Chlebowicz, Natacha Couto, Mithila Ferdous, Silvia García-Cobos, Anna M D Kooistra-Smid, Erwin C Raangs, Sigrid Rosema, Alida C M Veloo, Kai Zhou, Alexander W Friedrich, John W A Rossen
Current molecular diagnostics of human pathogens provide limited information that is often not sufficient for outbreak and transmission investigation. Next generation sequencing (NGS) determines the DNA sequence of a complete bacterial genome in a single sequence run, and from these data, information on resistance and virulence, as well as information for typing is obtained, useful for outbreak investigation. The obtained genome data can be further used for the development of an outbreak-specific screening test...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031981/drug-delivery-biomaterials-and-nanomedicine-an-interview-with-daniel-s-kohane
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Daniel S Kohane
Daniel Kohane speaks to Francesca Lake, Managing Editor: Obtaining his MD and PhD in Physiology from Boston University (MA, USA), Dan Kohane went on to complete residencies in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital (MA, USA) and Anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (USA), followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children's Hospital. He is currently a Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School (MA, USA) and a Senior Associate in Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children's Hospital, where he directs the Laboratory for Biomaterials and Drug Delivery...
September 2016: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027163/the-business-of-health-physics-jobs-in-a-changing-market
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Matthew P Moeller
The health physics profession was born abruptly when once rare and precious radioactive materials became commonplace. The technological advancements that triggered an industrial complex and ended World War II demanded radiation safety on an unprecedented scale. Until then, protective measures against radiation were largely absent in laboratories. Over the subsequent decades, health physicists began protecting people and the environment in a wide range of settings including medical, research, and industrial...
February 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017972/herpes-genitalis-diagnosis-treatment-and-prevention
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REVIEW
A Sauerbrei
Herpes genitalis is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 or type 2 and can manifest as primary or recurrent infection. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and due to associated physical and psychological morbidity it constitutes a considerable, often underestimated medical problem. In addition to providing the reader with basic knowledge of the pathogen and clinical presentation of herpes genitalis, this review article discusses important aspects of the laboratory diagnostics, antiviral therapy and prophylaxis...
December 2016: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005932/the-use-of-procalcitonin-pct-for-diagnosis-of-sepsis-in-burn-patients-a-meta-analysis
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Luís Cabral, Vera Afreixo, Luís Almeida, José Artur Paiva
The continuous development of resuscitation techniques and intensive care reduced the mortality rate induced by the initial shock in burn patients and, currently, infections (especially sepsis) are the main causes of mortality of these patients. The misuse of antimicrobial agents is strongly related to antimicrobial and adverse patient outcomes, development of microbial resistance and increased healthcare-related costs. To overcome these risks, antimicrobial stewardship is mandatory and biomarkers are useful to avoid unnecessary medical prescription, to monitor antimicrobial therapy and to support the decision of its stop...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997297/predicting-tests-ordered-in-hospital-laboratories-using-generalized-linear-modeling
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Laquanda T Leaven
Laboratory services in healthcare systems play a vital role in inpatient care. Most hospital laboratories are facing the challenge of reducing cost and improving service quality. The author focuses on identifying test order patterns in a laboratory for a large urban hospital. The data collected from this facility consists of all tests ordered over a three-month time frame and contains test orders for approximately 17,500 patients. Poisson and negative binomial regression models are used to determine how well patient characteristics (patient length of stay and the medical units in which patients are placed) will predict the number of tests being ordered...
July 2016: Hospital Topics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993546/post-resuscitation-management-of-cardiac-arrest-patients-in-the-critical-care-environment-a-retrospective-audit-of-compliance-with-evidence-based-guidelines
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REVIEW
A Milonas, A Hutchinson, D Charlesworth, A Doric, J Green, J Considine
BACKGROUND: There is a clear relationship between evidence-based post resuscitation care and survival and functional status at hospital discharge. The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) recommends protocol driven care to enhance chance of survival following cardiac arrest. Healthcare providers have an obligation to ensure protocol driven post resuscitation care is timely and evidence based. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine adherence to best practice guidelines for post resuscitation care in the first 24h from Return of Spontaneous Circulation for patients admitted to the intensive care unit from the emergency department having suffered out of hospital or emergency department cardiac arrest and survived initial resuscitation...
December 16, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989606/improving-diagnostic-recognition-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-with-machine-learning
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Yash R Somnay, Mark Craven, Kelly L McCoy, Sally E Carty, Tracy S Wang, Caprice C Greenberg, David F Schneider
BACKGROUND: Parathyroidectomy offers the only cure for primary hyperparathyroidism, but today only 50% of primary hyperparathyroidism patients are referred for operation, in large part, because the condition is widely under-recognized. The diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism can be especially challenging with mild biochemical indices. Machine learning is a collection of methods in which computers build predictive algorithms based on labeled examples. With the aim of facilitating diagnosis, we tested the ability of machine learning to distinguish primary hyperparathyroidism from normal physiology using clinical and laboratory data...
December 15, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987286/acute-hepatitis-e-presenting-with-clinical-feature-of-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Ishan Patel, Rafael Ching Companioni, Raghav Bansal, Neil Vyas, Carmine Catalano, Joshua Aron, Aaron Walfish
A 32-year-old immigrant man presented with new onset jaundice. His past medical history was significant for type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. His initial laboratory finding and liver biopsy were suggestive of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). The plan was to start steroids pending negative results for viral serology, but it came back positive for hepatitis E virus. The patient's liver function test and clinical condition improved significantly on conservative management over a period of 1 month...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
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