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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931301/corticosteroid-related-toxicity-in-patients-with-chronic-idiopathic-urticariachronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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Dennis Ledford, Michael S Broder, Evgeniya Antonova, Theodore A Omachi, Eunice Chang, Allan Luskin
BACKGROUND: Treatments for patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) who were unresponsive to antihistamines include oral corticosteroids (OCS). Risks of OCS-related side effects in these patients have not been described quantitatively. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between OCS use and the risk of developing side effects possibly attributable to OCS and associated health care costs in privately insured patients with CIU/CSU...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930533/association-of-vagus-nerve-severance-and-decreased-risk-of-subsequent-type-2-diabetes-in-peptic-ulcer-patients-an-asian-population-cohort-study
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Shih-Chi Wu, William Tzu-Liang Chen, Chu-Wen Fang, Chih-Hsin Muo, Fung-Chang Sung, Chung Y Hsu
Vagus nerve may play a role in serum glucose modulation. The complicated peptic ulcer patients (with perforation or/and bleeding) who received surgical procedures with or without vagotomy provided 2 patient populations for studying the impact of vagus nerve integrity. We assessed the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in peptic ulcer patients without and with complications by surgical treatment received in a retrospective population study using the National Health Insurance database in Taiwan.A cohort of 163,385 patients with peptic ulcer and without Helicobacter pylori infection in 2000 to 2003 was established...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927186/diet-as-a-system-an-observational-study-investigating-a-multi-choice-system-of-moderately-restricted-low-protein-diets
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Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Marta Nazha, Irene Capizzi, Federica Neve Vigotti, Stefania Scognamiglio, Valentina Consiglio, Elena Mongilardi, Marilisa Bilocati, Paolo Avagnina, Elisabetta Versino
BACKGROUND: There is no single, gold-standard, low-protein diet (LPD) for CKD patients; the best compliance is probably obtained by personalization. This study tests the hypothesis that a multiple choice diet network allows patients to attain a good compliance level, and that, in an open-choice system, overall results are not dependent upon the specific diet, but upon the clinical characteristics of the patients. METHODS: Observational study: Three LPD options were offered to all patients with severe or rapidly progressive CKD: vegan diets supplemented with alpha-ketoacids and essential aminoacids; protein-free food in substitution of normal bread and pasta; other (traditional, vegan non supplemented and tailored)...
December 7, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925855/costs-associated-with-influenza-related-hospitalization-in-the-elderly
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Núria Torner, Encarna Navas, Núria Soldevila, Diana Toledo, Gemma Navarro, Aurea Morillo, Maria José Pérez, Angela Domínguez
Seasonal influenza epidemics remain a considerable burden in adults, especially in those at higher risk of complications. The aim of this study was to determine the costs associated with influenza-related hospitalization in patients aged ≥65 years admitted to 20 hospitals from seven Spanish regions during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 influenza seasons. Bivariate analysis was used to compare costs in vaccinated and unvaccinated cases. Costs were calculated according to the Spanish National Health System diagnosis-related group tables for influenza and other respiratory system conditions (GRD 89 and GRD 101)...
December 7, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923419/clostridium-difficile-in-an-urban-university-affiliated-long-term-acute-care-hospital
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Jerry Jacob, Jingwei Wu, Jennifer Han, Deborah B Nelson
OBJECTIVES To describe the characteristics and impact of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in a long-term acute-care hospital (LTACH). DESIGN Retrospective matched cohort study. SETTING A 38-bed, urban, university-affiliated LTACH. METHODS The characteristics of LTACH-onset CDI were assessed among patients hospitalized between July 2008 and October 2015. Patients with CDI were matched to concurrently hospitalized patients without a diagnosis of CDI. Severe CDI was defined as CDI with 2 or more of the following criteria: age ≥65 years, serum creatinine ≥2 mg/dL, or peripheral leukocyte count ≥20,000 cells/μL...
December 7, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920519/outcomes-of-a-telemonitoring-based-program-telepoc-in-frequently-hospitalized-copd-patients
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Cristóbal Esteban, Javier Moraza, Milagros Iriberri, Urko Aguirre, Begoña Goiria, José M Quintana, Myriam Aburto, Alberto Capelastegui
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases requires changes in health care delivery. In COPD, telemedicine appears to be a useful tool. Our objective was to evaluate the efficacy (in improving health care-resource use and clinical outcomes) of a telemonitoring-based program (telEPOC) in COPD patients with frequent hospitalizations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a nonrandomized observational study in an intervention cohort of 119 patients (Galdakao-Usansolo Hospital) and a control cohort of 78 patients (Cruces Hospital), followed up for 2 years (ClinicalTrials...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918197/educational-inequalities-in-mortality-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-norway
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Rupali Akerkar, Marta Ebbing, Gerhard Sulo, Inger Ariansen, Jannicke Igland, Grethe S Tell, Grace M Egeland
OBJECTIVES: Socioeconomic gradients provide an indication of mortality's preventable fraction. Given the high mortality associated with atrial fibrillation (AF), we explored the educational gradient in all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in an AF patient population. DESIGN: We prospectively followed patients hospitalized with AF as primary discharge diagnosis. Patients were identified in a nationwide Cardiovascular Disease in Norway 2008-2012 project. The average length of follow-up was 2...
December 5, 2016: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916358/transfer-of-acute-care-surgery-patients-in-a-rural-state-a-concerning-trend
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Brittany Misercola, Kristen Sihler, Molly Douglas, Stephen Ranney, Jonathan Dreifus
BACKGROUND: Regionalized care of complex patients to larger hospitals is an increasingly common practice as the population ages and the physician shortage evolves. The Acute Care Surgery model is new, and there are limited data on the patients being transferred through this system. We hypothesized transfer patients would be older, more complex, and require additional resources. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review of Acute Care Surgery patients admitted to a single tertiary facility...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909656/outcomes-of-demineralized-bone-matrix-enriched-with-concentrated-bone-marrow-aspirate-in-lumbar-fusion
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Remi M Ajiboye, Mark A Eckardt, Jason T Hamamoto, Benjamin Plotkin, Michael D Daubs, Jeffrey C Wang
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have demonstrated that a significant amount of variability exists in various demineralized bone matrix (DBM) formulations, which casts doubts on its reliability in consistently promoting fusion. Bone marrow aspirate (BMA) is a cellular based graft that contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and growth factors can confer osteogenic and osteoinductive potential to DBM. The goal of this study was to describe the outcome of DBM enriched with concentrated BMA in patients undergoing combined lumbar interbody and posterolateral fusion...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908447/prevalence-of-comorbidities-and-the-prognostic-value-of-the-profund-index-in-a-hospital-cardiology-unit
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M A López-Garrido, I Antequera Martín-Portugués, V M Becerra-Muñoz, H N Orellana-Figueroa, F J Sánchez-Lora, L Morcillo-Hidalgo, M F Jiménez-Navarro, J J Gómez-Doblas, E de Teresa-Galván, J M García-Pinilla
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to understand the prevalence of comorbidities and the usefulness of the PROFUND index for the prognostic stratification of patients with comorbidities in a hospital cardiology unit. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We consecutively analysed all patients hospitalized in 2012 in the department of cardiology. We recorded the comorbidities, length of stay, hospital mortality, Charlson indices and PROFUND indices. In the patients with comorbidities, we also recorded the readmissions and mortality during a 1-year follow-up...
November 28, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907909/egfr-kinase-inhibitors-and-gastric-acid-suppressants-in-egfr-mutant-nsclc-a-retrospective-database-analysis-of-potential-drug-interaction
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Nesaretnam Barr Kumarakulasinghe, Nicholas Syn, Yu Yang Soon, Atasha Asmat, Huili Zheng, En Yun Loy, Brendan Pang, Ross Andrew Soo
BACKGROUND: Erlotinib and gefitinib are weak base drugs whose absorption and clinical efficacy may be impaired by concomitant gastric acid suppressive (AS) therapy, yet proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2As) are widely indicated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients for the prevention and treatment of erlotinib-induced gastrointestinal injury and corticosteroid-associated gastric irritation. We assessed the clinical relevance of this potential drug-drug interaction (DDI) in a retrospective cohort of EGFR-mutant NSCLC patients...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906991/association-between-history-of-dental-amalgam-fillings-and-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study-in-taiwan
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Yung-Chuang Hsu, Cheng-Wei Chang, Hsin-Lin Lee, Chuan-Chung Chuang, Hsien-Chung Chiu, Wan-Yun Li, Jorng-Tzong Horng, Earl Fu
The impact of dental amalgam on the development of Parkinson's disease (PD) is still uncertain, although a positive association between dental amalgam and PD has been found in a few case-control studies. The patients with amalgam fillings restored between 2000 and 2008 were identified by using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan. The same number of patients who had no new amalgam filling restored was matched by sex, age, and treatment date. Both cohorts were followed up from the treatment date until the date of diagnosis of PD, death, or the end of the year 2008...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906741/halo-vest-immobilization-in-elderly-odontoid-fracture-patients-evolution-in-treatment-modality-and-in-hospital-outcomes
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J Mason DePasse, Mark A Palumbo, Abdul-Kareem Ahmed, Charles A Adams, Alan H Daniels
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utilization and effectiveness of halo-vest (HV) immobilization for type II odontoid fractures from 2004 to 2014. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Controversy persists regarding the optimal treatment method for odontoid fractures in the elderly. Management options include immobilization in a cervical orthosis, HV immobilization, and operative intervention. Over the past decade, high mortality and morbidity rates have been reported following HV immobilization in this patient population...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906738/predictive-factors-for-postoperative-follow-up-which-patients-are-prone-to-loss-to-follow-up-after-spinal-surgery
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Kee-Yong Ha, Sang-Il Kim, Young-Hoon Kim, Young-Ho Kim, In-Soo Oh
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To find out the predictive factors for the failure to follow-up in patients who underwent spinal surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Causes for loss to follow-up range from geographical accessibility to dissatisfaction with surgeons. There were few reports that investigated loss to follow-up after spinal surgery. METHODS: A total of 649 patients who underwent laminectomy and 193 patients who underwent L4-L5 fusion from August 2006 to August 2013 were enrolled in this retrospective study...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902744/delirium-detection-and-impact-of-comorbid-health-conditions-in-a-post-acute-rehabilitation-hospital-setting
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Julija Stelmokas, Nicolette Gabel, Jennifer M Flaherty, Katherine Rayson, Kathileen Tran, Jason R Anderson, Linas A Bieliauskas
Misdiagnosis and under-detection of delirium may occur in many medical settings. This is important to address as delirium clearly increases risk of morbidity and mortality in such settings. This study assessed whether Veterans who screened positive on a delirium severity measure (Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale; MDAS) differed from those with and without corresponding medical documentation of delirium in terms of cognitive functioning, psychiatric/medical history, and medication use. A medical record review of 266 inpatients at a VA post-acute rehabilitation unit found that 10...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901330/critically-ill-octogenarians-and-nonagenarians-evaluation-of-long-term-outcomes-post-hospital-trajectories-and-quality-of-life-one-year-and-seven-years-after-icu-discharge
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Sandra Oeyen, Joris Vermassen, Ruth Piers, Dominique Benoit, Lieven Annemans, Johan Decruyenaere
BACKGROUND: To investigate long-term outcomes, post-hospital trajectories, and quality of life (QOL) in patients ≥ 80 years admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: A 1-year prospective observational cohort analysis was performed. All consecutive patients ≥ 80 years admitted to the ICU were screened for inclusion. Demographics, comorbidity, organ failures, and outcomes were analyzed. QOL before admission, 3 months, 1 year, and 7 years after ICU discharge was assessed using EuroQoL-5D (EQ-5D) and Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) questionnaires...
November 30, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898208/-design-and-implementation-of-an-outpatient-parenteral-antimicrobial-therapy-program-in-primary-care-the-experience-at-a-second-level-hospital
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M Ruiz-Campuzano, E García-Vázquez, J J Hernández-Roca, J Gómez-Gómez, M Canteras-Jordana, E Mené-Fenor, A Hernández-Torres, A Peláez-Ballesta
OBJECTIVE: Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) programs are a good assistance option in a wide variety of infectious diseases. Our aim was to design and implement an OPAT program in the area of influence of a second-level hospital, with no Home Hospitalization Service available, being necessary close collaboration between hospitalization and Primary Care teams, describe our cohort, analyse the antimicrobial treatment indicated and evaluate the prognostic and risk factors associated with readmission and mortality...
November 28, 2016: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895425/folfirinox-in-elderly-patients-with-pancreatic-or-colorectal-cancer-tolerance-and-efficacy
#18
Jean-Florian Guion-Dusserre, Aurélie Bertaut, François Ghiringhelli, Julie Vincent, Valérie Quipourt, Sophie Marilier, Zoé Tharin, Leila Bengrine-Lefevre
AIM: To study the tolerance and the efficiency of FOLFIRINOX in elderly patients diagnosed with colorectal or pancreatic cancer. METHODS: This retrospective study included elderly patients aged over 70 years of age treated at Georges-Francois Leclerc Center by FOLFIRINOX for histological proved colorectal or pancreatic cancer between January 2009 and January 2015. Chemotheapy regimen consisted of oxaliplatin (85 mg/m(2) in over 120 min) followed by leucovorin (400 mg/m(2) in over 120 min), with the addition, after 30 min of irinotecan (180 mg/m(2) in over 90 min) then 5 fluorouracil (5FU) (400 mg/m(2) administred intravenous bolus), followed by 5FU (2400 mg/m(2) intraveinous infusion over 46 h) repeated every 2 wk...
November 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894736/in-hospital-mortality-with-deep-venous-thrombosis
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Paul D Stein, Fadi Matta, Mary J Hughes
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the in-hospital mortality of deep venous thrombosis in recent years. This investigation was undertaken to determine trends in in-hospital mortality in patients with deep venous thrombosis and mortality according to age. METHODS: Administrative data was analyzed from the National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2003-2012. We determined in-hospital all-cause mortality according to year and to age among patients with a primary (first-listed) diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis...
November 25, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893825/low-birth-weight-is-associated-with-a-decreased-overall-adult-health-status-and-reproductive-capability-results-of-a-cross-sectional-study-in-primary-infertile-patients
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Luca Boeri, Eugenio Ventimiglia, Paolo Capogrosso, Silvia Ippolito, Angela Pecoraro, Marco Paciotti, Roberta Scano, Alessandro Galdini, Luca Valsecchi, Enrico Papaleo, Francesco Montorsi, Andrea Salonia
Individuals born with low birth weight (LBW) risk cardiometabolic complications later in life. However the impact of LBW on general health status and male reproductive function has been scantly analysed. We investigated the clinical and seminal impact of different birth weights (BW) in white-European men presenting for primary couple's infertility. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data from 827 primary infertile men were compared with those of 373 consecutive fertile men. Patients with BW ≤2500, 2500-4200, and ≥4200gr were classified as having LBW, normal (NBW), and high BW (HBW), respectively...
2016: PloS One
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