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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351331/the-association-between-previous-and-future-severe-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-updating-the-literature-using-robust-statistical-methodology
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Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Hui Xie, Mahyar Etminan, Kate Johnson, J Mark FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: There is minimal evidence on the extent to which the occurrence of a severe acute exacerbation of COPD that results in hospitalization affects the subsequent disease course. Previous studies on this topic did not generate causally-interpretable estimates. Our aim was to use corrected methodology to update previously reported estimates of the associations between previous and future exacerbations in these patients. METHODS: Using administrative health data in British Columbia, Canada (1997-2012), we constructed a cohort of patients with at least one severe exacerbation, defined as an episode of inpatient care with the main diagnosis of COPD based on international classification of diseases (ICD) codes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350657/an-icet-a-survey-on-hypoparathyroidism-in-patients-with-thalassaemia-major-and-intermedia-a-preliminary-report
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Vincenzo De Sanctis, Ashraf T Soliman, Duran Canatan, Heba Elsedfy, Mehran Karimi, Shahina Daar, Hala Rimawi, Soteroula Christou, Nicos Skordis, Ploutarchos Tzoulis, Praveen Sobti, Shruti Kakkar, Yurdanur Kilinc, Doaa Khater, Saif A Alyaarubi, Valeriya Kaleva, Su Han Lum, Mohamed A Yassin, Forough Saki, Maha Obiedat, Salvatore Anastasi, Maria Concetta Galati, Giuseppe Raiola, Saveria Campisi, Nada Soliman, Mohamed Elshinawy, Soad Al Jaouni, Salvatore Di Maio, Yasser Wali, Ihab Zaki Elhakim, Christos Kattamis
Hypoparathyroidism (HPT) is a rare disease with leading symptoms of hypocalcemia, associated with high serum phosphorus levels and absent or inappropriately low levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH). In patients with thalassemias it is mainly attributed to transfusional iron overload, and suboptimal iron chelation therapy. The main objectives of this survey were to provide data on the prevalence, demographic and clinical features of HPT in thalassemia major (TM) and intermedia (TI) patients living in different countries, and to assess its impact in clinical medical practice...
January 16, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350514/hospitalized-patients-and-family-members-preferences-for-real-time-transparent-access-to-their-hospital-records
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Michael J Waxman, Kurt Lozier, Lana Vasiljevic, Kira Novakofski, James Desemone, John O'Kane, Elizabeth M Dufort, David Wood, Ashar Ata, Louis Filhour, Richard J Blinkhorn
OBJECTIVES: To better understand patient satisfaction and perceived engagement with traditional hospital-based communication and to elicit patient preferences for health information technologies that would lead to improved satisfaction and engagement. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a mixed-methods study involving qualitative interviews followed by a survey of hospitalized patients and their family members at a single large academic medical center. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 41 patients and surveyed 267 patients or family members to elicit their perspectives on satisfaction with traditional hospital communication methods, information needed to more fully engage in the patients' medical care, and potential solutions for improved hospital-based communication...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347952/the-german-quality-network-sepsis-study-protocol-for-the-evaluation-of-a-quality-collaborative-on-decreasing-sepsis-related-mortality-in-a-quasi-experimental-difference-in-differences-design
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Daniel Schwarzkopf, Hendrik Rüddel, Matthias Gründling, Christian Putensen, Konrad Reinhart
BACKGROUND: While sepsis-related mortality decreased substantially in other developed countries, mortality of severe sepsis remained as high as 44% in Germany. A recent German cluster randomized trial was not able to improve guideline adherence and decrease sepsis-related mortality within the participating hospitals, partly based on lacking support by hospital management and lacking resources for documentation of prospective data. Thus, more pragmatic approaches are needed to improve quality of sepsis care in Germany...
January 18, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347740/evolving-power-grids-with-self-organized-intermittent-strain-releases-an-analogy-with-sandpile-models-and-earthquakes
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Ho Fai Po, Chi Ho Yeung, An Zeng, K Y Michael Wong
The stability of powergrid is crucial since its disruption affects systems ranging from street lightings to hospital life-support systems. While short-term dynamics of single-event cascading failures have been extensively studied, less is understood on the long-term evolution and self-organization of powergrids. In this paper, we introduce a simple model of evolving powergrid and establish its connection with the sandpile model and earthquakes, i.e., self-organized systems with intermittent strain releases...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347206/detection-of-time-delays-and-directional-interactions-based-on-time-series-from-complex-dynamical-systems
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Huanfei Ma, Siyang Leng, Chenyang Tao, Xiong Ying, Jürgen Kurths, Ying-Cheng Lai, Wei Lin
Data-based and model-free accurate identification of intrinsic time delays and directional interactions is an extremely challenging problem in complex dynamical systems and their networks reconstruction. A model-free method with new scores is proposed to be generally capable of detecting single, multiple, and distributed time delays. The method is applicable not only to mutually interacting dynamical variables but also to self-interacting variables in a time-delayed feedback loop. Validation of the method is carried out using physical, biological, and ecological models and real data sets...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346039/evaluation-of-a-french-regional-telemedicine-network-dedicated-to-neurological-emergencies-a-14-year-study
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Elisabeth Medeiros de Bustos, Eric Berthier, Didier Chavot, Benjamin Bouamra, Thierry Moulin
BACKGROUND: Equality in healthcare between urban and rural areas is problematic in France. Telemedicine networks are expected to improve equality in expertise assessment. We aimed to evaluate the use and impact of a regional rural French telemedicine network, dedicated to medical and surgical neurological emergencies, on interhospital patient transfers. METHODS: Eight community hospital emergency departments were remotely connected to the only university hospital in Franche-Comté, France...
January 18, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344747/healthcare-based-on-cloud-electrocardiogram-system-a-medical-center-experience-in-middle-taiwan
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Xiu-Shu Zhang, Fang-Yie Leu, Ching-Wen Yang, Lai-Shiun Lai
Electrocardiogram (ECG) as one of the best methods to measure irregular heartbeats is a dispensable method for doctor to diagnose Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) patients. Most medical centers in Taiwan implement the reduction of Door to Balloon (D2B) time, which is defined as the time interval starting when an Acute-Myocardial-Infarction patient arrives at the Emergency Department, and ending when a catheter guide wire crosses the culprit lesion as the acute-myocardial-infarction treatment on the patient in the cardiac catheterization room...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343588/modeling-the-impact-of-interhospital-transfer-network-design-on-stroke-outcomes-in-a-large-city
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Neal S Parikh, Abhinaba Chatterjee, Iván Díaz, Ankur Pandya, Alexander E Merkler, Gino Gialdini, Benjamin R Kummer, Saad A Mir, Michael P Lerario, Matthew E Fink, Babak B Navi, Hooman Kamel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We sought to model the effects of interhospital transfer network design on endovascular therapy eligibility and clinical outcomes of stroke because of large-vessel occlusion for the residents of a large city. METHODS: We modeled 3 transfer network designs for New York City. In model A, patients were transferred from spoke hospitals to the closest hub hospitals with endovascular capabilities irrespective of hospital affiliation. In model B, which was considered the base case, patients were transferred to the closest affiliated hub hospitals...
January 17, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341157/minimizing-inequality-in-access-to-precision-medicine-in-breast-cancer-by-real-time-population-based-molecular-analysis-in-the-scan-b-initiative
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L Rydén, N Loman, C Larsson, C Hegardt, J Vallon-Christersson, M Malmberg, H Lindman, A Ehinger, L H Saal, Å Borg
BACKGROUND: Selection of systemic therapy for primary breast cancer is currently based on clinical biomarkers along with stage. Novel genomic tests are continuously being introduced as more precise tools for guidance of therapy, although they are often developed for specific patient subgroups. The Sweden Cancerome Analysis Network - Breast (SCAN-B) initiative aims to include all patients with breast cancer for tumour genomic analysis, and to deliver molecular subtype and mutational data back to the treating physician...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340625/seen-through-the-patients-eyes-surgical-safety-and-checklists
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Jochen Bergs, Frank Lambrechts, Melissa Desmedt, Johan Hellings, Ward Schrooten, Annemie Vlayen, Dominique Vandijck
Objective: We sought to explore the views patients have towards surgical safety and checklists. As a secondary aim, we explored if previous experience of error or other patient characteristics influence these views. Design: A cross-sectional survey study design was applied. Participants: The Flemish Patients' Platform network and social media were used to recruit participants. Main outcome measure(s): An 11-item questionnaire was designed to assess the following constructs: perception of surgical safety, attitudes towards the WHO surgical safety checklist and attitudes regarding checklist usage...
January 11, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340588/antimicrobial-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-carriage-and-infection-in-specialized-geriatric-care-wards-linked-to-acquisition-in-the-referring-hospital
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Claire L Gorrie, Mirjana Mirceta, Ryan R Wick, Louise M Judd, Kelly L Wyres, Nicholas R Thomson, Richard A Strugnell, Nigel F Pratt, Jill S Garlick, Kerrie M Watson, Peter C Hunter, Steve A McGloughlin, Denis W Spelman, Adam W J Jenney, Kathryn E Holt
Background: Klebsiella pneumoniae is a leading cause of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing hospital-associated infections, for which elderly patients are at increased risk. Methods: We conducted a 1-year prospective cohort study, in which a third of patients admitted to two geriatric wards in a specialized hospital were recruited and screened for carriage of K. pneumoniae by microbiological culture. Clinical isolates were monitored via the hospital laboratory...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340105/long-term-effects-of-sitagliptin-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-hypertension-results-from-the-prologue-study
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Ziliang Ye, Hui Li, Haili Lu, Qiang Su, Lang Li
Background: The effects of sitagliptin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension are unclear. Therefore, we evaluated the long-term effects of sitagliptin in those patients. Methods: In the PROLOGUE study, 365 patients were diagnosed as type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension, and 189 patients in the sitagliptin group, 176 patients in the conventional group. Fasting blood glucose (FBG), HbA1c, systolic pressure (SP), diastolic pressure (DP), serum urea nitrogen (BUN) and serum creatinine (SCR) were measured at the beginning of the study and after 12 and 24 months of treatment...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338809/comparison-of-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-preventing-outpatient-and-inpatient-influenza-cases-in-older-adults-northern-spain-2010-11-to-2015-16
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Jesús Castilla, Iván Martínez-Baz, Ana Navascués, Itziar Casado, Aitziber Aguinaga, Jorge Díaz-González, Josu Delfrade, Marcela Guevara, Carmen Ezpeleta, Primary Health Care Sentinel Network Of Navarre, Network For Influenza Surveillance In Hospitals Of Navarre
IntroductionWe compared trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) in preventing outpatient and inpatient influenza cases in Navarre, Spain. Methods: During seasons 2010/11 to 2015/16, community-dwelling patients with influenza-like illness aged 50 years or older were tested for influenza when attended by sentinel general practitioners or admitted to hospitals. The test-negative design was used to estimate and compare the VE by healthcare setting. Results: We compared 1,242 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases (557 outpatient and 685 inpatient cases) and 1,641 test-negative controls...
January 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338012/using-geospatial-techniques-to-develop-an-emergency-referral-transport-system-for-suspected-sepsis-patients-in-bangladesh
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Atique Iqbal Chowdhury, Rafiqul Haider, Abu Yousuf Md Abdullah, Aliki Christou, Nabeel Ashraf Ali, Ahmed Ehsnaur Rahman, Afrin Iqbal, Sanwarul Bari, D M Emdadul Hoque, Shams El Arifeen, Niranjan Kissoon, Charles P Larson
BACKGROUND: A geographic information system (GIS)-based transport network within an emergency referral system can be the key to reducing health system delays and increasing the chances of survival, especially during an emergency. We employed a GIS to design an emergency transport system for the rapid transfer of pregnant or early post-partum women, newborns, and children under 5 years of age with suspected sepsis under the Interrupting Pathways to Sepsis Initiative (IPSI) project. METHODS: A GIS database was developed by mapping the villages, roads, and relevant physical features of the study area...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337092/germline-brca-mutation-and-outcome-in-young-onset-breast-cancer-posh-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Ellen R Copson, Tom C Maishman, Will J Tapper, Ramsey I Cutress, Stephanie Greville-Heygate, Douglas G Altman, Bryony Eccles, Sue Gerty, Lorraine T Durcan, Louise Jones, D Gareth Evans, Alastair M Thompson, Paul Pharoah, Douglas F Easton, Alison M Dunning, Andrew Hanby, Sunil Lakhani, Ros Eeles, Fiona J Gilbert, Hisham Hamed, Shirley Hodgson, Peter Simmonds, Louise Stanton, Diana M Eccles
BACKGROUND: Retrospective studies provide conflicting interpretations of the effect of inherited genetic factors on the prognosis of patients with breast cancer. The primary aim of this study was to determine the effect of a germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation on breast cancer outcomes in patients with young-onset breast cancer. METHODS: We did a prospective cohort study of female patients recruited from 127 hospitals in the UK aged 40 years or younger at first diagnosis (by histological confirmation) of invasive breast cancer...
January 11, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336846/sex-differences-in-prevalence-of-emergency-department-patient-substance-use
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Robert D Cannon, Gillian A Beauchamp, Paige Roth, Jennifer Stephens, David B Burmeister, David M Richardson, Alanna M Balbi, Tennessee D Park, Stephen W Dusza, Marna Rayl Greenberg
PURPOSE: Substance use and misuse is prevalent in emergency department (ED) populations. While the prevalence of substance use and misuse is reported, sex-specific trends in ED populations have not been documented. We set out to determine the sex-specific prevalence of ED patient substance use during this current epidemic. METHODS: A retrospective electronic data abstraction tool, developed for quality-improvement purposes, was used to assess ED visits in 3 hospitals in northeastern Pennsylvania...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336344/-the-urologist-of-the-future-and-new-technologies
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Francois Peinado, Atanasio Fernández, Fernando Teba, Guillermo Celada, Marco Antonio Acosta
The last 25 years have brought about revolutionary changes for medicine and in particular for urology: internet was only in its infancy, medical records were written on paper, searches for medical information were done in the hospital library, medical articles were photocopied and our relationship with patients only existed face to face. Social networks had not yet appeared and even Google did not exist. Just imagine what might happen during the next 25 years, we're going to see even more radical changes. The urologist of the future is going to see the arrival of artificial intelligence, collaborative medicine, telemedicine, machine learning, the Internet of Things and personalized robotics; in the meantime, social media will continue to transform the interaction between physician and patient...
January 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332907/patients-characteristics-and-clinical-course-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-a-regional-japanese-cohort%C3%A3-results-from-kochi-ryoma-study
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Toru Kubo, Takayoshi Hirota, Yuichi Baba, Yuri Ochi, Asa Takahashi, Naohito Yamasaki, Naohisa Hamashige, Katsuhito Yamamoto, Fumiaki Kondo, Kanji Bando, Eisuke Yamada, Takashi Furuno, Toshikazu Yabe, Yoshinori L Doi, Hiroaki Kitaoka
BACKGROUND: There have been few studies on the clinical course of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in a community-based patient cohort in Japan.Methods and Results:In 2004, we established a cardiomyopathy registration network in Kochi Prefecture (the Kochi RYOMA study) that consisted of 9 hospitals, and finally, 293 patients with HCM were followed. The ages at registration and at diagnosis were 63±14 and 56±16 years, respectively, and 197 patients (67%) were male. HCM-related deaths occurred in 23 patients during a mean follow-up period of 6...
January 13, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329916/impact-of-the-international-nosocomial-infection-control-consortium-s-multidimensional-approach-on-rates-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-in-14-intensive-care-units-in-11-hospitals-of-5-cities-within-argentina
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Victor Daniel Rosenthal, Javier Desse, Diego Marcelo Maurizi, Gustavo Jorge Chaparro, Pablo Wenceslao Orellano, Viviana Chediack, Rafael Cabrera, Daniel Golschmid, Cristina Graciela Silva, Julio Cesar Vimercati, Juan Pablo Stagnaro, Ivanna Perez, María Laura Spadaro, Adriana Miriam Montanini, Dina Pedersen, Teresa Laura Paniccia, Ana María Ríos Aguilera, Raul Cermesoni, Juan Ignacio Mele, Ernesto Alda, Analía Edith Paldoro, Agustín Román Ortta, Bettina Cooke, María Cecilia García, Mora Nair Obed, Cecilia Verónica Domínguez, Pablo Alejandro Saúl, María Cecilia Rodríguez Del Valle, Alberto Claudio Bianchi, Gustavo Alvarez, Ricardo Pérez, Carolina Oyola
BACKGROUND: To analyze the impact of the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC) multidimensional approach (IMA) on ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) rates in 11 hospitals within 5 cities of Argentina from January 2014-April 2017. METHODS: A multicenter, prospective, before-after surveillance study was conducted through the use of International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium Surveillance Online System. During baseline, we performed outcome surveillance of VAP applying the definitions of the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention's National Healthcare Safety Network...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
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