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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926917/implementation-of-syndromic-surveillance-systems-in-two-rural-villages-in-senegal
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Cédric Abat, Philippe Colson, Hervé Chaudet, Jean-Marc Rolain, Hubert Bassene, Aldiouma Diallo, Oleg Mediannikov, Florence Fenollar, Didier Raoult, Cheikh Sokhna
Infectious diseases still represent a major challenge for humanity. In this context, their surveillance is critical. From 2010 to 2016, two Point-Of-Care (POC) laboratories have been successfully implemented in the rural Saloum region of Senegal. In parallel, a homemade syndromic surveillance system called EPIMIC was implemented to monitor infectious diseases using data produced by the POC laboratory of the Timone hospital in Marseille, France. The aim of this study is to describe the steps necessary for implementing EPIMIC using data routinely produced by two POC laboratories (POC-L) established in rural Senegal villages...
December 7, 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926636/feasibility-and-outcomes-of-fetoscopic-tracheal-occlusion-for-severe-left-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Michael A Belfort, Oluyinka O Olutoye, Darrell L Cass, Olutoyin A Olutoye, Christopher I Cassady, Amy R Mehollin-Ray, Alireza A Shamshiraz, Stephanie M Cruz, Timothy C Lee, David G Mann, Jimmy E Espinoza, Stephen E Welty, Caraciolo J Fernandes, Rodrigo R Ruano
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate feasibility and initial outcomes of fetoscopic tracheal occlusion for severe diaphragmatic hernia compared with a historical cohort who had not received fetal tracheal occlusion. METHODS: Outcomes in a prospective observational cohort who underwent fetoscopic tracheal occlusion for severe fetal left diaphragmatic hernia without associated anomalies were compared with our historical nontreated cohort of matched fetuses of similar severity. Fetuses were classified using the same ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging methodology-prospectively in the fetoscopic tracheal occlusion group and retrospectively in the historical nontreated cohort...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926563/truth-in-reporting-how-data-capture-methods-obfuscate-actual-surgical-site-infection-rates-within-a-health-care-network-system
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Liliana Bordeianou, Christy E Cauley, Donna Antonelli, Sarah Bird, David Rattner, Matthew Hutter, Sadiqa Mahmood, Deborah Schnipper, Marc Rubin, Ronald Bleday, Pardon Kenney, David Berger
BACKGROUND: Two systems measure surgical site infection rates following colorectal surgeries: the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services pay-for-performance initiatives use National Healthcare Safety Network data for hospital comparisons. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare database concordance...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926547/liver-redistricting-what-are-the-upcoming-changes-in-liver-allocation-in-the-united-states
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Therese Bittermann, David S Goldberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Geographic disparity in liver transplantation is substantial in the United States, and primarily a byproduct of artificially created zones of organ distribution. In 2016, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) put forward a formal redistricting proposal with the goal of reducing this variability by regrouping the country's 58 donation service areas into eight new districts. This review provides a summary of the redistricting proposal's methodologies, expected results, criticisms and next steps...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926544/cognitive-impairment-following-hormone-therapy-current-opinion-of-research-in-breast-and-prostate-cancer-patients
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Lisa M Wu, Ali Amidi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hormone therapy is a common cancer treatment that may be associated with numerous side and late effects, and in recent years, has been linked to changes in cognition. Here, we present the most important recent findings from empirical studies and reviews that have focused on the effects of hormone therapy on cognitive functioning in breast and prostate cancer populations, underline some general shortcomings, and propose directions for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent research indicates that cognitive impairment may occur in breast and prostate cancer patients following onset of hormone therapy...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926382/prediction-of-anti-cancer-drug-response-by-kernelized-multi-task-learning
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Mehmet Tan
MOTIVATION: Chemotherapy or targeted therapy are two of the main treatment options for many types of cancer. Due to the heterogeneous nature of cancer, the success of the therapeutic agents differs among patients. In this sense, determination of chemotherapeutic response of the malign cells is essential for establishing a personalized treatment protocol and designing new drugs. With the recent technological advances in producing large amounts of pharmacogenomic data, in silico methods have become important tools to achieve this aim...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925508/%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-carbon-nanotube-enhanced-sensor-for-ciprofloxacin-detection
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Jorge M P J Garrido, Manuel Melle-Franco, Karol Strutyński, Fernanda Borges, Christopher M A Brett, E Manuela P J Garrido
A simple and expedite electrochemical methodology was developed for the determination of ciprofloxacin, based on a glassy carbon (GC) electrode modified by a combination of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) incorporated in a polyaniline film. The combined use of β-CD and MWCNT in the electrochemical sensor leads to a significant signal improvement. The β-CD/MWCNT modified GC electrode exhibited efficient electrocatalytic behavior in the oxidation of ciprofloxacin with relatively high sensitivity, stability and lifetime...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925499/non-adherence-to-psychotropic-medication-among-adolescents-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Alexander Häge, Lisa Weymann, Lucia Bliznak, Viktoria Märker, Konstantin Mechler, Ralf W Dittmann
INTRODUCTION: Whether patients take their medication as prescribed is of increasing importance in adolescent psychiatry since both the number of efficacious pharmaceutical treatments and the rate of prescriptions of psychotropic compounds are on the rise. Previous research showed high rates of medication nonadherence among both adolescents with medical disorders and adult patients with psychiatric disorders. METHODS: The present review was performed according to PRISMA guidelines and evaluates existing scientific literature concerning adherence to psychotropic medication among adolescents...
December 7, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925424/evaluation-of-an-institutional-project-to-improve-venous-thromboembolism-prevention
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REVIEW
Christina A Minami, Anthony D Yang, Mila Ju, Eckford Culver, Kathryn Seifert, Lindsey Kreutzer, Terri Halverson, Kevin J O'Leary, Karl Y Bilimoria
BACKGROUND: Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) was historically a poor performer on the venous thromboembolism (VTE) outcome measure. As this measure has been shown to be flawed by surveillance bias, NMH embraced process-of-care measures to ensure appropriate VTE prophylaxis to assess healthcare-associated VTE prevention efforts. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of an institution-wide project aimed at improving hospital performance on VTE prophylaxis measures...
December 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925263/improved-consistency-in-2d-gel-electrophoresis-sheep-plasma-as-a-test-case
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Stuart Brown, Gillian Norris
Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis is a well proven proteomic technique, however sample specific optimization can often be necessary in order to get consistent quantitation. In particular, plasma samples are often smeared on 2D gels which makes spot matching difficult. A variety of different sample preparation and 2D methods were tested using sheep plasma, and it was found that lowering sample pH prior to precipitation, using a long voltage gradient for isoelectric focusing and the inclusion of carrier ampholytes in the electrode wicks, improved both the quality and consistency of spot resolution...
December 7, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925149/behavioural-interventions-to-promote-workers-use-of-respiratory-protective-equipment
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REVIEW
Bao Yen Luong Thanh, Malinee Laopaiboon, David Koh, Pornpun Sakunkoo, Hla Moe
BACKGROUND: Respiratory hazards are common in the workplace. Depending on the hazard and exposure, the health consequences may include: mild to life-threatening illnesses from infectious agents, acute effects ranging from respiratory irritation to chronic lung conditions, or even cancer from exposure to chemicals or toxins. Use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is an important preventive measure in many occupational settings. RPE only offers protection when worn properly, when removed safely and when it is either replaced or maintained regularly...
December 7, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925142/dg-connect-funded-projects-on-information-and-communication-technologies-ict-for-old-age-people-beyond-silos-carewell-and-smartcare
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W Keijser, E de Manuel-Keenoy, M d'Angelantonio, P Stafylas, P Hobson, G Apuzzo, M Hurtado, J Oates, J Bousquet, A Senn
Information and communication technologies (ICT) are promising for the long-term care of older and frequently frail people. These innovations can improve health outcomes, quality of life and efficiency of care processes, while supporting independent living. However, they may be disruptive innovations. As all European member states are facing an increasing complexity of health and social care, good practices in ICT should be identified and evaluated. Three projects funded by DG CNECT are related to Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) and frailty: (i) BeyondSilos, dealing with independent living and integrated services, (ii) CareWell, providing integrated care coordination, patient empowerment and home support and (iii) SmartCare, proposing a common set of standard functional specifications for an ICT platform enabling the delivery of integrated care to older patients...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924485/small-molecules-targeting-the-mirna-binding-domain-of-argonaute-2-from-computer-aided-molecular-design-to-rna-immunoprecipitation
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Teresa Bellissimo, Silvia Masciarelli, Elena Poser, Ilaria Genovese, Alberto Del Rio, Gianni Colotti, Francesco Fazi
The development of small-molecule-based target therapy design for human disease and cancer is object of growing attention. Recently, specific microRNA (miRNA) mimicking compounds able to bind the miRNA-binding domain of Argonaute 2 protein (AGO2) to inhibit miRNA loading and its functional activity were described. Computer-aided molecular design techniques and RNA immunoprecipitation represent suitable approaches to identify and experimentally determine if a compound is able to impair the loading of miRNAs on AGO2 protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924347/preprocessing-structured-clinical-data-for-predictive-modeling-and-decision-support-a-roadmap-to-tackle-the-challenges
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José Carlos Ferrão, Mónica Duarte Oliveira, Filipe Janela, Henrique M G Martins
BACKGROUND: EHR systems have high potential to improve healthcare delivery and management. Although structured EHR data generates information in machine-readable formats, their use for decision support still poses technical challenges for researchers due to the need to preprocess and convert data into a matrix format. During our research, we observed that clinical informatics literature does not provide guidance for researchers on how to build this matrix while avoiding potential pitfalls...
December 7, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924237/an-investigation-of-health-and-safety-measures-in-a-hydroelectric-power-plant
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Amevi Acakpovi, Lucky Dzamikumah
BACKGROUND: Occupational risk management is known as a catalyst in generating superior returns for all stakeholders on a sustainable basis. A number of companies in Ghana implemented health and safety measures adopted from international companies to ensure the safety of their employees. However, there exist great threats to employees' safety in these companies. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the level of compliance of Occupational Health and Safety management systems and standards set by international and local legislation in power producing companies in Ghana...
December 2016: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923698/engineered-sodium-hyaluronate-respirable-dry-powders-for-pulmonary-drug-delivery
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Francesco Martinelli, Anna Giulia Balducci, Abhinav Kumar, Fabio Sonvico, Ben Forbes, Ruggero Bettini, Francesca Buttini
Sodium hyaluronate (HYA) warrants attention as a material for inhalation due to its (i) therapeutic potential, (ii) utility as a formulation excipient or drug carrier, and (iii) ability to target lung inflammation and cancer. This study aimed to overcome formulation and manufacturing impediments to engineer biocompatible spray-dried HYA powders for inhalation. Novel methodology was developed to produce HYA microparticles by spray drying. Different types of surfactant were included in the formulation to improve powder respirability, which was evaluated in vitro using cascade impactors...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923384/the-quality-of-reporting-in-cluster-randomised-crossover-trials-proposal-for-reporting-items-and-an-assessment-of-reporting-quality
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Sarah J Arnup, Andrew B Forbes, Brennan C Kahan, Katy E Morgan, Joanne E McKenzie
BACKGROUND: The cluster randomised crossover (CRXO) design is gaining popularity in trial settings where individual randomisation or parallel group cluster randomisation is not feasible or practical. Our aim is to stimulate discussion on the content of a reporting guideline for CRXO trials and to assess the reporting quality of published CRXO trials. METHODS: We undertook a systematic review of CRXO trials. Searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL Plus as well as citation searches of CRXO methodological articles were conducted to December 2014...
December 6, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922778/developing-an-outcomes-framework-for-the-dietetic-service
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Victoria Prendiville
Demonstrating our value as individual practitioners and services is a key priority. Developing robust process and outcome measures supports us to achieve this. Outcomes also enable us to provide the highest level of patient-centred care by helping us to re-model the relationship between user and provider through capturing and using patient-related experience and outcome measures to inform service development. This article discusses our journey as a dietetic service in developing and implementing an outcomes framework utilising quality improvement methodology...
December 2, 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922657/social-aware-event-handling-within-the-fallrisk-project
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Femke De Backere, Jan Van den Bergh, Sven Coppers, Shirley Elprama, Jelle Nelis, Stijn Verstichel, An Jacobs, Karin Coninx, Femke Ongenae, Filip De Turck
OBJECTIVES: With the uprise of the Internet of Things, wearables and smartphones are moving to the foreground. Ambient Assisted Living solutions are, for example, created to facilitate ageing in place. One example of such systems are fall detection systems. Currently, there exists a wide variety of fall detection systems using different methodologies and technologies. However, these systems often do not take into account the fall handling process, which starts after a fall is identified or this process only consists of sending a notification...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922570/developing-a-simulation-based-training-program-for-the-prehospital-professionals-and-students-on-the-management-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome
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Melih Elcin, Arif Onan, Orhan Odabasi, Melahat Saylam, Handan Ilhan, Pinar Daylan Kockaya, Ilker Gurcuoglu, Yavuz Uckuyu, Duygu Cengiz, Osman Arikan Nacar
INTRODUCTION: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a major global health threat. Prehospital professionals face the risk of infection as they work to save lives. They should be made aware of the disease and be prepared to handle such cases. The aims of our study are to develop a training program about the prehospital management of a MERS case using standardized patient (SP) scenarios, to evaluate the awareness and preparedness of the participants about MERS, and to evaluate the effectiveness of this training...
December 2016: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
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