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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212436/antibody-deficiency-in-patients-with-frequent-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
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Brian N McCullagh, Alejandro P Comellas, Zuhair K Ballas, John D Newell, M Bridget Zimmerman, Antoine E Azar
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in the US, and is associated with periodic exacerbations, which account for the largest proportion of health care utilization, and lead to significant morbidity, mortality, and worsening lung function. A subset of patients with COPD have frequent exacerbations, occurring 2 or more times per year. Despite many interventions to reduce COPD exacerbations, there is a significant lack of knowledge in regards to their mechanisms and predisposing factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210638/an-unusual-suspect-causing-hypoxemic-respiratory-failure
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Masooma Aqeel, Bjorn Batdorf, Horatiu Olteanu, Jayshil J Patel
Introduction: Antisynthetase syndrome (ASS) is characterized by the presence of anti-Jo-1 antibodies in conjunction with clinical findings of fever, polymyositis-dermatomyositis, and interstitial lung disease (ILD). Inflammatory myopathies carry a high risk of malignancy, but this association is less well outlined in ASS. We present the case of a patient with ASS who developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. Case Presentation: A 44-year-old female with ASS presented with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure...
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209623/access-to-contraception-and-sexual-and-reproductive-health-information-post-abortion-a-systematic-review-of-literature-from-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Claire Rogers, Jaya A R Dantas
AIM: This systematic literature review documented, analysed and critiqued the accessibility of contraception and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information for women living in low- and middle-income countries who have undergone medical or surgical abortion. METHODOLOGY: This review systematically collated relevant and recent empirical evidence regarding women's access to contraception and SRH information post-abortion within low- and middle-income countries...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209376/-ethics-surrounding-the-provision-of-abortion-care
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REVIEW
Anibal Faúndes, Laura Miranda
The provision of abortion care represents a great ethical challenge to physicians, particularly in countries where the law states that abortion is a crime. The concept that it is a crime carries a stigma that is worse than that associated with other acts qualified by law as crimes. This stigma leads to at least two different kinds of unethical behavior. One is the refusal to provide safe abortion services to women who comply with the legal requirements, alleging conscientious objection, and the other is to discriminate against women with complications of induced abortion...
January 20, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209173/moving-from-legality-to-reality-how-medical-abortion-methods-were-introduced-with-implementation-science-in-zambia
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Tamara Fetters, Ghazaleh Samandari, Patrick Djemo, Bellington Vwallika, Stephen Mupeta
BACKGROUND: Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for many years, but provision severely limited. It highlights the challenges and successes of scaling up abortion care using implementation science to document 2 years of implementation. METHODS: An intervention between the Ministry of Health, University Teaching Hospital and the international organization Ipas, was established to introduce medical abortion and to address the lack of understanding and implementation of the country's abortion law...
February 16, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202162/trends-in-open-abdominal-surgery-in-the-united-states-observations-from-9-950-759-discharges-using-the-2009-2013-national-inpatient-sample-nis-datasets
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Martin J Carney, Jason M Weissler, Justin P Fox, Michael G Tecce, Jesse Y Hsu, John P Fischer
INTRODUCTION: Incisional hernia (IH) represents a complex and costly surgical complication. We aim to address trends in open surgery to better understand potential drivers of hernia risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using the 2009-2013 NIS, a cross-sectional review of hospital discharges associated with an open abdominal surgery was performed. RESULTS: Between 2009 and 2013, there were nearly 10 million discharges associated with an open abdominal surgery...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195090/mixed-phenotypic-acute-leukemia-series-from-tertiary-care-center
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Ravikiran N Pawar, Sambhunath Banerjee, Subhajit Bramha, Shekhar Krishnan, Arpita Bhattacharya, Vaskar Saha, Anupam Chakrapani, Saurabh Bhave, Mammen Chandy, Reena Nair, Mayur Parihar, Neeraj Arora, D K Mishra
INTRODUCTION: Mixed-phenotype acute leukemias (MPALs) are a heterogeneous group of rare leukemias constituting approximately 2%-5% of all leukemias, in which assigning a single lineage of origin is not possible. They are diagnosed by either the presence of antigens of more than one lineage or by the presence of dual population of blasts belonging to two or more lineages. We highlight the clinicopathological, immunophenotype, and genetic data of a cohort (n = 14) of patients diagnosed and treated at our center...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193200/determinants-of-repeated-abortion-among-women-of-reproductive-age-attending-health-facilities-in-northern-ethiopia-a-case-control-study
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Mussie Alemayehu, Henock Yebyo, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Alemayehu Bayray, Misganaw Fantahun, Gelila Kidane Goba
BACKGROUND: Every year, an estimated 19-20 million unsafe abortions take place, almost all in developing countries, leading to 68,000 deaths and millions more injured many permanently. Many women throughout the world, experience more than one abortion in their lifetimes. Repeat abortion is an indicator of the larger problem of unintended pregnancy. This study aimed to identify determinants of repeat abortion in Tigray Region, Ethiopia. METHODS: Unmatched case-control study was conducted in hospitals in Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia, from November 2014 to June 2015...
February 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193067/biorecognition-in-organic-field-effect-transistors-biosensors-the-role-of-the-density-of-states-of-the-organic-semiconductor
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Marcello Berto, Stefano Casalini, Michele Di Lauro, Simone L Marasso, Matteo Cocuzza, Denis Perrone, Marcello Pinti, Andrea Cossarizza, Candido F Pirri, Daniel T Simon, Magnus Berggren, Francesco Zerbetto, Carlo A Bortolotti, Fabio Biscarini
Biorecognition is a central event in biological processes in the living systems that is also widely exploited in technological and health applications. We demonstrate that the Electrolyte Gated Organic Field Effect Transistor (EGOFET) is an ultrasensitive and specific device that allows us to quantitatively assess the thermodynamics of biomolecular recognition between a human antibody and its antigen, namely, the inflammatory cytokine TNFα at the solid/liquid interface. The EGOFET biosensor exhibits a superexponential response at TNFα concentration below 1 nM with a minimum detection level of 100 pM...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191626/intermittent-auscultation-ia-of-fetal-heart-rate-in-labour-for-fetal-well-being
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REVIEW
Ruth Martis, Ova Emilia, Detty S Nurdiati, Julie Brown
BACKGROUND: The goal of fetal monitoring in labour is the early detection of a hypoxic baby. There are a variety of tools and methods available for intermittent auscultation (IA) of the fetal heart rate (FHR). Low- and middle-income countries usually have only access to a Pinard/Laënnec or the use of a hand-held Doppler device. Currently, there is no robust evidence to guide clinical practice on the most effective IA tool to use, timing intervals and length of listening to the fetal heart for women during established labour...
February 13, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183852/incarceration-and-exposure-to-internally-displaced-persons-camps-associated-with-reproductive-rights-abuses-among-sex-workers-in-northern-uganda
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Margaret Erickson, Shira M Goldenberg, Monica Akello, Godfrey Muzaaya, Paul Nguyen, Josephine Birungi, Kate Shannon
BACKGROUND: While female sex workers (FSWs) face a high burden of violence and criminalisation, coupled with low access to safe, non-coercive care, little is known about such experiences among FSWs in conflict-affected settings, particularly as they relate to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights. We explored factors associated with lifetime abortions among FSWs in northern Uganda; and separately modelled the independent effect of lifetime exposures to incarceration and living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps on coerced and unsafe abortions...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177965/gastrointestinal-symptom-distress-is-associated-with-worse-mental-and-physical-health-related-quality-of-life
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Tyler J O'neill, Janet M Raboud, Jill Tinmouth, Sean B Rourke, Sergio Rueda, Trevor A Hart, Curtis Cooper, Anita Rachlis, Ann N Burchell
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of self-reported GI symptoms and distress is high, but few studies have quantified their impact on HRQOL. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study of HIV patients in care in Ontario, Canada (2007-2014). General linear mixed models were used to assess the impact of GI symptoms (diarrhea/soft stool, nausea/vomiting, bloating/painful abdomen, loss of appetite, weight loss/wasting) and distress (range: 0 to 4) on physical and mental HRQOL summary scores (range: 0 to 100) measured by the Medical Outcomes Survey SF-36...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171829/prevalence-of-false-positive-hepatitis-c-antibody-results-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-study-nhanes-2007-2012
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Anne C Moorman, Jan Drobenuic, Saleem Kamili
BACKGROUND: Screening large numbers of persons in a population with low prevalence of a disease leads to many false-positives. However, populations with low HCV prevalence may sometimes be recommended for HCV screening, for instance patients or healthcare workers after a possible healthcare-related exposure. OBJECTIVES: We determined the percentage of true vs false-positive HCV antibody (anti-HCV) test results among 2007-2012 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES), a nationally representative study with approximately 1% HCV infection prevalence, much lower than in groups typically recommended for HCV screening...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170401/clinical-practice-of-analysis-of-anti-drug-antibodies-against-interferon-beta-and-natalizumab-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-in-europe-a-descriptive-study-of-test-results
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Jenny Link, Ryan Ramanujam, Michael Auer, Malin Ryner, Signe Hässler, Delphine Bachelet, Cyprien Mbogning, Clemens Warnke, Dorothea Buck, Poul Erik Hyldgaard Jensen, Claudia Sievers, Kathleen Ingenhoven, Nicolas Fissolo, Raija Lindberg, Verena Grummel, Naoimh Donnellan, Manuel Comabella, Xavier Montalban, Bernd Kieseier, Per Soelberg Sørensen, Hans-Peter Hartung, Tobias Derfuss, Andy Lawton, Dan Sikkema, Marc Pallardy, Bernhard Hemmer, Florian Deisenhammer, Philippe Broët, Pierre Dönnes, Julie Davidson, Anna Fogdell-Hahn
Antibodies against biopharmaceuticals (anti-drug antibodies, ADA) have been a well-integrated part of the clinical care of multiple sclerosis (MS) in several European countries. ADA data generated in Europe during the more than 10 years of ADA monitoring in MS patients treated with interferon beta (IFNβ) and natalizumab have been pooled and characterized through collaboration within a European consortium. The aim of this study was to report on the clinical practice of ADA testing in Europe, considering the number of ADA tests performed and type of ADA assays used, and to determine the frequency of ADA testing against the different drug preparations in different countries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166084/unexpected-complication-of-cocaine-associated-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-vasculitis-related-to-persistent-in-hospital-cocaine-use
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Travis D Olives, Rebecca L Kornas, Russell Fujisawa, Jon B Cole
INTRODUCTION: Levamisole-adulterated cocaine has been implicated in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) vasculitis. We present a case of spontaneous intraperitoneal hemorrhage, an unexpectedly severe complication of cocaine-related ANCA vasculitis, developing late during hospitalization. CASE REPORT: An adult male with a history of hepatitis C, distant cocaine use, and limited health care presented to a local emergency department (ED) with volume overload, renal failure, hyperkalemia and non-anion gap metabolic acidosis...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Addiction Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165382/real-time-apnoea-monitoring-of-children-using-the-microsoft-kinect-sensor-a-pilot-study
#16
Ali Al-Naji, Kim Gibson, Sang-Heon Lee, Javaan Chahl
The objective of this study was to design a non-invasive system for the observation of respiratory rates and detection of apnoea using analysis of real time image sequences captured in any given sleep position and under any light conditions (even in dark environments). A Microsoft Kinect sensor was used to visualize the variations in the thorax and abdomen from the respiratory rhythm. These variations were magnified, analyzed and detected at a distance of 2.5 m from the subject. A modified motion magnification system and frame subtraction technique were used to identify breathing movements by detecting rapid motion areas in the magnified frame sequences...
February 3, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161527/a-systematic-review-of-prehabilitation-programs-in-abdominal-cancer-surgery
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REVIEW
Yasser Hijazi, Umair Gondal, Omer Aziz
INTRODUCTION: Prehabilitation programs aim to optimise patients in order to enhance post-operative recovery. This study aims to review the composition of prehabilitation programs for patients undergoing major abdominal cancer surgery and define the outcome measures that are used to evaluate this intervention. METHODS: A systematic literature review of all comparative studies on prehabilitation versus standard care in patients undergoing abdominal cancer surgery was performed in accordance with PRISMA guidelines...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160892/family-planning-american-style-redux-unintended-pregnancy-improves-barriers-remain
#18
REVIEW
Lauren Thaxton, Eve Espey
This article discusses barriers to reducing unintended pregnancy. Numerous factors may explain the high rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States, including inadequate sex education, confusing media messages about sex, cultural attitudes about sex and young parenting, conflation of contraception with abortion, inadequate health care access, burdensome contraceptive dispensing practices, and hospital merger limitations on care. Successful and promising approaches to expanding access to reproductive health care and reducing unintended pregnancy are discussed...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160670/cost-effectiveness-of-the-addition-of-a-comprehensive-ct-scan-to-the-abdomen-and-pelvis-for-the-detection-of-cancer-after-unprovoked-venous-thromboembolism
#19
Kathryn Coyle, Marc Carrier, Alejandro Lazo-Langner, Sudeep Shivakumar, Ryan Zarychanski, Vicky Tagalakis, Susan Solymoss, Nathalie Routhier, James Douketis, Douglas Coyle
IMPORTANCE: Unprovoked venous thromboembolism (VTE) can be the first manifestation of cancer. It is unclear if extensive screening for occult cancer including a comprehensive computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen/pelvis is cost-effective in this patient population. OBJECTIVE: To assess the health care related costs, number of missed cancer cases and health related utility values of a limited screening strategy with and without the addition of a comprehensive CT scan of the abdomen/pelvis and to identify to what extent testing should be done in these circumstances to allow early detection of occult cancers...
January 25, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158954/abortion-in-tunisia-after-the-revolution-bringing-a-new-morality-into-the-old-reproductive-order
#20
Irene Maffi
The emergence of Islamist movements and religious symbolic repertoires in the aftermath of the Tunisian revolution has elicited the political, moral, and practical contestation of women's right to abortion. While, after several heated debates, the law was eventually not modified, several practitioners working in government family planning clinics have changed their behaviour preventing women getting abortions. Pre-existing state and medical logics, political uncertainties, and new religious and moralising discourses have determined abortion practices in the government health-care facilities generating unequal treatments according to women's marital status, class, and education...
February 3, 2017: Global Public Health
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