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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335038/a-comparative-effectiveness-education-trial-for-lifestyle-health-behavior-change-in-african-americans
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Chanita Hughes Halbert, Scarlett Bellamy, Vanessa Briggs, Ernestine Delmoor, Joseph Purnell, Rodney Rogers, Benita Weathers, Jerry C Johnson
Obesity and excess weight are significant clinical and public health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans because of physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. We compared the effects of alternate behavioral interventions on obesity-related health behaviors. We conducted a comparative effectiveness education trial in a community-based sample of 530 adult African Americans. Outcomes variables were physical activity (PA) and fruit and vegetable intake. Outcomes were evaluated at baseline and 1-month following interventions about shared risk factors for cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) (integrated, INT) or CVD only (disease-specific)...
March 18, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334588/applying-the-chronic-care-model-to-improve-care-and-outcomes-at-a-pediatric-medical-center
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Jennifer Lail, Pamela J Schoettker, Denise L White, Bhavna Mehta, Uma R Kotagal
BACKGROUND: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center launched the Condition Outcomes Improvement Initiative in 2012 to help disease-based teams use the principles of improvement science to implement components of the Chronic Care Model and improve outpatient care delivery for populations of children with chronic and complex conditions. The goal was to improve outcomes by 20% from baseline. METHODS: Initiative activities included review of the evidence to choose and measure outcomes, development of condition-specific patient registries and tools for data collection, patient stratification, planning and coordinating care before and after visits, and self-management support...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333779/impact-of-chronic-suppurative-otitis-media-in-pediatric-cochlear-implant-recipients-insight-into-the-challenges-from-a-tertiary-referral-center-in-uk
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Paramita Baruah, Kate Hanvey, Richard Irving, Konstance Tzifa
OBJECTIVE: Analyze the presentation and evolution of chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) in children with cochlear implants (CI) and explore the merit of early intervention. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective patient review. SETTING: Tertiary referral hospital and cochlear implant programme. PATIENTS: Children with a CI who developed CSOM. INTERVENTION: Tympanoplasty. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Disease control, recurrence of cholesteatoma, cochlear implant preservation...
March 22, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332217/imaging-for-vascular-calcification
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Paolo Raggi, W Charles O'Neill
Chronic decline in renal function is accompanied by deterioration of bone structure and function and progressive calcification of the vascular system. Both disease states have been linked with increased morbidity and mortality in chronic kidney disease. The severe alterations of mineral metabolism inherent with loss of renal function have an impact on vascular calcification development and progression, and several investigators have focused on ways to reduce their impact on vascular health. Imaging has contributed an important role in the assessment of vascular calcification, and the impact of various interventions aimed at curbing their progression...
March 22, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331983/adherence-to-a-mediterranean-style-diet-and-incident-fractures-pooled-analysis-of-observational-evidence
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Setor K Kunutsor, Jari A Laukkanen, Michael R Whitehouse, Ashley W Blom
PURPOSE: The Mediterranean diet is associated with decreased morbidity and mortality from various chronic diseases. Adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet has been suggested to have protective effects on bone health and decreases the incidence of bone fractures, but the evidence is not clear. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of available observational studies to quantify the association between adherence to a Mediterranean-style diet, as assessed by the Mediterranean Diet Score (MDS), and the risk of fractures in the general population...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331925/biological-effects-of-ticagrelor-over-clopidogrel-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Gianluca Campo, Francesco Vieceli Dalla Sega, Rita Pavasini, Giorgio Aquila, Francesco Gallo, Francesca Fortini, Elisabetta Tonet, Paolo Cimaglia, Annamaria Del Franco, Gabriele Pestelli, Alessandro Pecoraro, Marco Contoli, Cristina Balla, Simone Biscaglia, Paola Rizzo, Roberto Ferrari
Patients with SCAD and concomitant COPD are at high risk of cardiovascular adverse events, due to chronic inflammation, responsible of endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress and heightened platelet reactivity (PR). The objective of this randomised clinical trial was to test if ticagrelor is superior to clopidogrel in improving endothelial function in patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) and concomitant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Forty-six patients with SCAD and COPD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were randomly assigned to receive clopidogrel (n=23) or ticagrelor (n=23) on top of standard therapy with aspirin...
March 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331450/pulmonary-thromboendarterectomy-for-pulmonary-hypertension-before-considering-transplant
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Hannah Kooperkamp, Inder Mehta, David Fary, Michael Bates
BACKGROUND: In cases of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), referral for possible surgical intervention is important because surgery can be curative. Surgery necessitates cardiopulmonary bypass and deep circulatory arrest with pulmonary thrombectomy and bilateral endarterectomy (PTE). If surgery fails, lung transplant is the next best surgical option. Medical treatment is also an important adjunct. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old female presented 3 months after a pulmonary embolus was found to be completely occluding her left pulmonary artery...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331305/colds-as-predictors-of-the-onset-and-severity-of-copd-exacerbations
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Neil W Johnston, Marita Olsson, Staffan Edsbäcker, Maria Gerhardsson de Verdier, Per Gustafson, Christopher McCrae, Peter V Coyle, R Andrew McIvor
RATIONALE: Common colds are associated with acute respiratory symptom exacerbations in COPD patients. OBJECTIVE: To determine exacerbation risk and severity in COPD patients with/without coincident self-reported colds. METHODS: Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease stage I-IV COPD patients electronically transmitted respiratory symptom diaries to research staff daily between December 2006 and April 2009. Respiratory symptom worsening prompted contact by a study nurse and patient assessment to determine if a cold was present or an exacerbation underway...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331063/microrna-148b-regulates-megalin-expression-and-is-associated-with-receptor-downregulation-in-mice-with-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
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Lu Wen, Pia K Andersen, Dina Mu Husum, Rikke Norregaard, Zhanzheng Zhao, Zhangsuo Liu, Henrik Birn
Megalin is a multiligand, endocytic receptor important for the normal, proximal tubule reabsorption of filtered proteins, hormones, enzymes, essential nutrients, and nephrotoxins. Megalin dysfunction has been associated with acute as well as chronic kidney diseases. Tubular proteinuria has been observed following unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) suggesting megalin dysfunction; however, the pathophysiological mechanism has not been resolved. In order to identify potential regulators of megalin expression, we examined renal microRNAs (miRNAs) expression and observed an upregulation of microRNA-148b (miR-148b) in obstructed mouse kidneys 7 days after UUO which was associated with a significant reduction in proximal tubule megalin expression and accumulation of megalin ligands...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330829/does-telehealth-monitoring-identify-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-reduce-hospitalisations-an-analysis-of-system-data
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Melissa Kargiannakis, Deborah A Fitzsimmons, Claire L Bentley, Gail A Mountain
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence and associated cost of treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is unsustainable. Health care organizations are focusing on ways to support self-management and prevent hospital admissions, including telehealth-monitoring services capturing physiological and health status data. This paper reports on data captured during a pilot randomized controlled trial of telehealth-supported care within a community-based service for patients discharged from hospital following an exacerbation of their COPD...
March 22, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330661/association-between-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-levels-and-myocardial-ischemia-during-mental-stress-and-conventional-stress
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Muhammad Hammadah, Ibhar Al Mheid, Kobina Wilmot, Ronnie Ramadan, Ayman Alkhoder, Malik Obideen, Naser Abdelhadi, Shuyang Fang, Ijeoma Ibeanu, Pratik Pimple, Heval Mohamed Kelli, Amit J Shah, Brad Pearce, Yan Sun, Ernest V Garcia, Michael Kutner, Qi Long, Laura Ward, J Douglas Bremner, Fabio Esteves, Paolo Raggi, David Sheps, Viola Vaccarino, Arshed A Quyyumi
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate whether patients with mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia will have high resting and post-mental stress high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI). BACKGROUND: Hs-cTnI is a marker of myocardial necrosis, and its elevated levels are associated with adverse outcomes. Hs-cTnI levels may increase with exercise in patients with coronary artery disease. Mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia is also linked to adverse outcomes...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330568/-evaluation-of-healing-time-of-osteochemonecrosis-of-the-jaw-after-surgery-single-center-retrospective-study-and-review-of-the-literature
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A Berquet, A Louvrier, F Denis, F Bornert, E Weber, C Meyer
INTRODUCTION: Osteochemonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a chronic ischemic bone exposure. It has an increasing incidence. ONJ is mainly related to bisphosphonate and denosumab therapies in oncologic settings. Healing is considered uncertain ad as occurring slowly. International recommendations suggest to treat ONJ symptomatically in a first attempt. A surgical procedure, potentially aggressive, should be carefully weight up in patients in poor condition and whose life expectancy is often limited...
February 2017: J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330453/a-systematic-review-of-primary-care-models-for-non-communicable-disease-interventions-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Jennifer Kane, Megan Landes, Christopher Carroll, Amy Nolen, Sumeet Sodhi
BACKGROUND: Chronic diseases, primarily cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), where communicable disease prevalence still outweighs that of non-communicable disease (NCDs), rates of NCDs are rapidly rising and evidence for primary healthcare approaches for these emerging NCDs is needed. METHODS: A systematic review and evidence synthesis of primary care approaches for chronic disease in SSA...
March 23, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329788/defining-health-trajectories-in-older-adults-with-five-clinical-indicators
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Giola Santoni, Alessandra Marengoni, Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Sara Angleman, Debora Rizzuto, Anna-Karin Welmer, Francesca Mangialasche, Nicola Orsini, Laura Fratiglioni
Background: People age differently, challenging the identification of those more at risk of rapid health deterioration. This study aimed to explore the heterogeneity in the health of older adults by using five clinical indicators to detect age-related variation and individual health trajectories over time. Methods: Health of 3,363 people aged 60+ from the Swedish National study on Aging and Care-Kungsholmen (SNAC-K) assessed at baseline and at 3- and 6-year follow-ups...
October 19, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329750/optoelectronic-plethysmography-in-clinical-practice-and-research-a-review
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Carlo Massaroni, Elena Carraro, Andrea Vianello, Sandra Miccinilli, Michelangelo Morrone, Irisz K Levai, Emiliano Schena, Paola Saccomandi, Silvia Sterzi, John W Dickinson, Samantha Winter, Sergio Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) is a non-invasive motion capture method to measure chest wall movements and estimate lung volumes. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the clinical findings and research applications of OEP in the assessment of breathing mechanics across populations of healthy and diseased individuals. METHODS: A bibliographic research was performed with the terms "opto-electronic plethysmography," "optoelectronic plethysmography," and "optoelectronic plethysmograph" in 50 digital library and bibliographic search databases resulting in the selection of 170 studies...
March 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329420/towards-a-symptom-cluster-model-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-structural-equation-approach
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Hayfa Almutary, Clint Douglas, Ann Bonner
AIMS: To test a symptom cluster model in chronic kidney disease patients based on the Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms, accounting for the relationships between influencing factors, symptom experience and consequences for quality of life. BACKGROUND: The evaluation of symptom clusters is a new field of scientific inquiry directed toward more focused symptom management. Yet, little is known about relationships between symptom clusters, predictors and the synergistic effect of multiple symptoms on outcomes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328396/improved-medication-adherence-and-frequency-of-blood-glucose-self-testing-using-an-m-health-platform-versus-usual-care-in-a-multisite-randomized-clinical-trial-among-people-with-type-2-diabetes-in-india
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Nora J Kleinman, Avani Shah, Sanjiv Shah, Sanjeev Phatak, Vijay Viswanathan
BACKGROUND: In 2015, India had an estimated 69.2 million people with diabetes and a national prevalence of 8.7%. Evidence is mounting for the benefits of telemedicine in diabetes care, but remains limited on mobile-health (m-Health) interventions. INTRODUCTION: This study assessed the impact of an m-Health diabetes platform on clinical outcomes, patient-reported outcomes, patient and provider satisfaction, and app usage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This open-label, two-arm parallel study enrolled 91 people at 3 sites in India, aged 18-65, with type 2 diabetes, and an A1c between 7...
March 6, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328075/role-of-amino-acids-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-studied-by-metabolomics
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Min He, Amy C Harms, Eduard van Wijk, Mei Wang, Ruud Berger, Slavik Koval, Thomas Hankemeier, Jan van der Greef
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex, chronic autoimmune disease characterized by various inflammatory symptoms, including joint swelling, joint pain, and both structural and functional joint damage. The most commonly used animal model for studying RA is mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA); the wide use of this model is due primarily to many similarities with RA in human patients. Metabolomics is used increasingly in biological studies for diagnosing disease and for predicting and evaluating drug interventions, as a large number of disease-associated metabolites can be analyzed and interpreted from a biological perspective...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326901/continuity-of-care-to-prevent-readmissions-for-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fen Yang, Zhen-Fang Xiong, Chongming Yang, Lin Li, Guiyuan Qiao, Yuncui Wang, Taoyun Zheng, Huijuan He, Hui Hu
Readmissions of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to hospitals cast a heavy burden to health care systems. This meta-analysis was aimed to assess the efficacy of continuity of care as interventions, which reduced readmission and mortality rates of such patients. PubMed, Cochrane Library and Embase were searched for articles published before July 2015. A total of 31 reports with randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were finally included in this meta-analysis. The results showed that health education reduced all-cause readmission at 3 months...
April 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326795/digital-health-care-by-in-silico-glycation-of-hba1-blood-cells
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James M Minor, Leslie M Rickey, Richard M Bergenstal
BACKGROUND: Diabetes health care relies on the HbA1c (A1c) assay and associated average glucose (AG) to evaluate and control chronic glycemia. However, the A1c assay is plagued with significant noise, lag time, and specificity issues. Current studies support the significant health care advantage of clinical action based on real-time blood glucose (BG) metrics. We seek to improve diabetes management by directly relating such metrics to AG levels as mediated by recently discovered recurrent endocrine cycles...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
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