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#1
Nancy L Segal
The late neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks, published an insightful 1986 review of Marjorie Wallace's book, The Silent Twins, in the New York Times. Taking exception to his assertion about Sir Francis Galton, I wrote a letter to the Times' editor. The letter was unpublished, but it brought a wonderful response from Sacks himself that is reproduced and examined. Next, brief reviews of twin research concerning the vanishing twin syndrome (VTS), discordant sex in a monozygotic (MZ) twin pair, and multiple pregnancy outcomes from assisted reproductive technology (ART) are presented...
August 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723959/a-novel-surveillance-approach-for-disaster-mental-health
#2
Oliver Gruebner, Sarah R Lowe, Martin Sykora, Ketan Shankardass, S V Subramanian, Sandro Galea
BACKGROUND: Disasters have substantial consequences for population mental health. Social media data present an opportunity for mental health surveillance after disasters to help identify areas of mental health needs. We aimed to 1) identify specific basic emotions from Twitter for the greater New York City area during Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall on October 29, 2012, and to 2) detect and map spatial temporal clusters representing excess risk of these emotions. METHODS: We applied an advanced sentiment analysis on 344,957 Twitter tweets in the study area over eleven days, from October 22 to November 1, 2012, to extract basic emotions, a space-time scan statistic (SaTScan) and a geographic information system (QGIS) to detect and map excess risk of these emotions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723765/perioperative-management-of-intracardiac-leiomyomatosis-an-observational-cohort-study
#3
Jiaying Xu, Min Wei, Qi Miao, Bin Zhu, Chunhua Yu, Yuguang Huang
Intracardiac leiomyomatosis (ICLM) is a rare condition in which the benign tumor extends into the right heart chambers through inferior vena cava. The best surgical approach still remains unclear.We present a retrospective cohort of 36 patients diagnosed with ICLM in Peking Union Medical College Hospital between 2002 and 2016.The mean patient age was 44.5 (range 25-55) years. The clinical manifestations were various, including shortness of breath, chest tightness, edema of the lower extremities, palpitations, syncope, etc...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714744/marathon-pace-control-in-masters-athletes
#4
Derek Breen, Michelle Norris, Robin Healy, Ross Anderson
PURPOSE: Pacing strategies are key to overall performance outcome in distance running events. Presently, no literature has examined pacing strategies utilised by masters athletes, of all running levels, during a competitive marathon. Therefore, this study aimed to examine masters athletes' pacing strategies, categorised by gender, age and performance level. METHODS: Data were retrieved from the 2015 TSC New York City Marathon for 31,762 masters athletes (20,019 men and 11,743 women)...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714491/molecular-epidemiology-and-antigenic-characterization-of-seasonal-influenza-viruses-circulating-in-nepal
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B P Upadhyay, P Ghimire, M Tashiro, M R Banjara
BACKGROUND: Influenza is one of the public health burdens in Nepal and its epidemiology is not clearly understood. The objective of this study was to explore the molecular epidemiology and the antigenic characteristics of the circulating influenza viruses in Nepal. METHODS: A total of 1495 throat swab specimens were collected from January to December, 2014. Real time PCR assay was used for identification of influenza virus types and subtypes. Ten percent of the positive specimens were randomly selected and inoculated onto Madin-Darby Canine Kidney Epithelial cells (MDCK) for influenza virus isolation...
January 2017: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712950/predictors-of-laparoscopic-simulation-performance-among-practicing-obstetrician-gynecologists
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Shyama Mathews, Michael Brodman, Debra D'Angelo, Scott Chudnoff, Peter Mcgovern, Tamara Kolev, Giti Bensinger, Santosh Mudiraj, Andreea Nemes, David Feldman, Patricia Kischak, Charles Ascher-Walsh
BACKGROUND: To determine if parameters of performance for validated laparoscopic virtual simulation tasks correlate with surgical volume and characteristics of practicing obstetricians and gynecologists. STUDY DESIGN: All gynecologists with laparoscopic privileges (n= 347) from five academic medical centers in New York City were required to complete a laparoscopic surgery simulation assessment. The physicians took a pre-simulation survey gathering physician self-reported characteristics and then performed 3 basic skills tasks (enforced peg transfer (PT), lifting & grasping (LG), and cutting (CT)) on the Surgical Science LapSim(®)virtual reality laparoscopic simulator...
July 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712355/using-digital-media-advertising-in-early-psychosis-intervention
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Michael L Birnbaum, Chantel Garrett, Amit Baumel, Maria Scovel, Asra F Rizvi, Whitney Muscat, John M Kane
OBJECTIVE: Identifying and engaging youth with early-stage psychotic disorders in order to facilitate timely treatment initiation remains a major public health challenge. Although advertisers routinely use the Internet to directly target consumers, limited efforts have focused on applying available technology to proactively encourage help-seeking in the mental health community. This study explores how one might take advantage of Google AdWords in order to reach prospective patients with early psychosis...
July 17, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707175/acculturation-and-syndemic-risk-longitudinal-evaluation-of-risk-factors-among-pregnant-latina-adolescents-in-new-york-city
#8
Isabel Martinez, Trace S Kershaw, Danya Keene, Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Jessica B Lewis, Jonathan N Tobin, Jeannette R Ickovics
BACKGROUND: Syndemics are co-occurring epidemics that synergistically contribute to specific risks or health outcomes. Although there is substantial evidence demonstrating their existence, little is known about their change over time in adolescents. PURPOSE: The objectives of this paper were to identify longitudinal changes in a syndemic of substance use, intimate partner violence, and depression and determine whether immigration/cultural factors moderate this syndemic over time...
July 13, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701670/impact-of-compound-hypertonic-saline-solution-on-decompensated-heart-failure
#9
Yanfang Wan, Lei Li, Heping Niu, Xiaoli Ma, Jing Yang, Chen Yuan, Guichen Mu, Jun Zhang
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of hypertonic saline solution (C-HSS) with high dose furosemide on hospitalization time, readmission, and mortality in patients with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III heart failure.Decompensated heart failure patients (NYHA III) with chronic ischemic or nonischemic cardiomyopathy and ejection fraction < 40% were divided into 2 groups in an open-label random manner: the first group received a 1-hour intravenous infusion of furosemide (100 mg) plus compound C-HSS (100 mL) twice daily and underwent serious water restriction (500 mL/day); the second group received furosemide intravenous bolus (100 mg) twice a day and water restriction (500 mL/day), without C-HSS...
July 13, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701556/non-goal-directed-recall-of-specific-events-in-apes-after-long-delays
#10
Amy Lewis, Josep Call, Dorthe Berntsen
We examined if apes spontaneously remember one-time, distinctive events across long delays when probed by discriminant cues. Apes witnessed an experimenter hide a cache of food, which they could then retrieve. They retrieved one of two food types; one more distinctive than the other. Two, 10 or 50 weeks later, the apes returned to the same enclosure and found a piece of the previously hidden food on the ground. An experimenter who had not hidden the food was also present. Apes immediately searched the location where the food was previously hidden (no food was here), showing recall of the event...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697717/timing-and-predictors-of-early-urologic-and-infectious-complications-after-renal-transplant-an-analysis-of-a-new-york-statewide-database
#11
Wilson Sui, Michael J Lipsky, Justin T Matulay, Dennis J Robins, Ifeanyi C Onyeji, Maxwell B James, Marissa C Theofanides, Sven Wenske
OBJECTIVES: The most common complications after renal transplant are urologic and are a cause of significant morbidity in a vulnerable population. We sought to characterize the timing and predictors of urologic complications after renal transplant using a statewide database. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We queried the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database to identify patients who underwent renal transplant from 2005 to 2013. Postoperative complications included hydronephrosis, ureteral stricture, vesicoureteral reflux, nephrolithiasis, and urinary tract infections...
July 11, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694137/idiopathic-t-cell-lymphopenia-identified-in-new-york-state-newborn-screening
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Stephanie Albin-Leeds, Juliana Ochoa, Harshna Mehta, Beth H Vogel, Michele Caggana, Vincent Bonagura, Heather Lehman, Mark Ballow, Arye Rubinstein, Subhadra Siegel, Leonard Weiner, Geoffrey A Weinberg, Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles
Quantification of T-cell receptor excision circles (TRECs) for newborn screening for SCID has advanced the diagnosis of severe combined immune deficiency (SCID). However, it has led to the identification of infants with T cell lymphopenia without known cause. The clinical characteristics, appropriate laboratory monitoring, and outcomes of patients remain unclear. We performed a retrospective review of clinical and laboratory studies for 26 infants collected from 7 New York State referral centers from 2010 to 2016 with low TRECs (mean, 70copies/μl) and subnormal CD3 counts (mean, 1150/cubicmm)...
July 7, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692945/impact-of-new-york-prescription-drug-monitoring-program-i-stop-on-statewide-overdose-morbidity
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Richard Brown, Moira R Riley, Lydia Ulrich, Ellen Percy Kraly, Paul Jenkins, Nicole L Krupa, Anne Gadomski
BACKGROUND: Prescription Drug Monitoring programs (PDMPs) are intended to reduce opioid prescribing and aberrant drug-related behavior thereby reducing morbidity and mortality due to prescription opioid overdose. Expansion of the New York (NY) State's PDMP in 2013 included the institution of the I-STOP law that mandated clinicians to consult the statewide PDMP database to review the patient's prescription history prior to prescribing opioids. METHODS: Trends in prescription opioid distribution, prescribing, and prescription opioid and heroin overdose morbidity in NY were analyzed using time series...
June 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692400/developing-syndromic-surveillance-to-monitor-and-respond-to-adverse-health-events-related-to-psychoactive-substance-use-methods-and-applications
#14
Michelle L Nolan, Hillary V Kunins, Ramona Lall, Denise Paone
INTRODUCTION: Recent increases in drug overdose deaths, both in New York City and nationally, highlight the need for timely data on psychoactive drug-related morbidity. We developed drug syndrome definitions for syndromic surveillance to monitor drug-related emergency department (ED) visits in real time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used 2012 archived syndromic surveillance data from New York City hospitals to develop definitions for psychoactive drug-related syndromes...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678129/short-term-outcomes-following-hip-fractures-in-patients-at-least-100-years-old
#15
Arthur Manoli, Adam Driesman, Rebecca A Marwin, Sanjit Konda, Philipp Leucht, Kenneth A Egol
BACKGROUND: The number of hip fractures is rising as life expectancy increases. As such, the number of centenarians sustaining these fractures is also increasing. The purpose of this study was to determine whether patients who are ≥100 years old and sustain a hip fracture fare worse in the hospital than those who are younger. METHODS: Using a large database, the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS), we identified patients who were ≥65 years old and had been treated for a hip fracture over a 12-year period...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676229/development-construct-validity-and-reliability-of-the-questionnaire-on-infant-feeding-a-tool-for-measuring-contemporary-infant-feeding-behaviors
#16
Elizabeth J O'Sullivan, Kathleen M Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: The breastfeeding surveillance tool in the United States, the National Immunization Survey, considers the maternal-infant dyad to be breastfeeding for as long as the infant consumes human milk (HM). However, many infants consume at least some HM from a bottle, which can lead to health outcomes different from those for at-the-breast feeding. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to develop a construct-valid questionnaire that categorizes infants by nutrition source, that is, own mother's HM, another mother's HM, infant formula, or other and feeding mode, that is, at the breast or from a bottle, and test the reliability of this questionnaire...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662308/gender-disparity-in-fistula-use-at-initiation-of-hemodialysis-varies-markedly-across-esrd-networks-analysis-of-usrds-data
#17
Mariana Markell, Amarpali Brar, Dimitre G Stefanov, Moro O Salifu
BACKGROUND: Gender disparities had been noted in the care of women with end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the early 2000's, including less frequent initiation of hemodialysis utilizing a fistula but more recent data have not been examined and underlying factors have not been extensively studied. STUDY DESIGN: Data from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) were examined, including 202,999 hemodialysis patients. Only those who had received prior nephrology care were included...
June 29, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661810/oral-health-care-receipt-and-self-rated-oral-health-for-diverse-asian-american-subgroups-in-new-york-city
#18
Molly Jung, Simona C Kwon, Neile Edens, Mary E Northridge, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Stella S Yi
OBJECTIVES: To identify determinants of receipt of annual oral health examinations and self-rated oral health among diverse Asian American subgroups. METHODS: We used data from the Community Health Resources and Needs Assessment, a community-based survey of Asian American immigrant adults conducted in the New York City metropolitan region from 2013 to 2016 (n = 1288). We used multivariable logistic regression models to assess determinants of oral health care receipt and self-rated oral health...
May 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657356/what-is-the-story-with-narratives-how-using-narratives-in-journalism-changes-health-behavior
#19
Victoria A Shaffer, Laura D Scherer, Elizabeth S Focella, Amanda Hinnant, María E Len-Ríos, Brian J Zikmund-Fisher
Health journalists frequently use narratives to bring news stories to life, with little understanding about how this influences the health behavior of readers. This study was designed to examine the effect of a New York Times health news article about a person who developed a life-threatening illness after using ibuprofen on readers' future use of ibuprofen. We recruited an Internet sample (N = 405) to participate in a longitudinal study examining ibuprofen use before, immediately following, and two weeks after reading the story...
June 28, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649224/the-video-head-impulse-test
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REVIEW
G M Halmagyi, Luke Chen, Hamish G MacDougall, Konrad P Weber, Leigh A McGarvie, Ian S Curthoys
In 1988, we introduced impulsive testing of semicircular canal (SCC) function measured with scleral search coils and showed that it could accurately and reliably detect impaired function even of a single lateral canal. Later we showed that it was also possible to test individual vertical canal function in peripheral and also in central vestibular disorders and proposed a physiological mechanism for why this might be so. For the next 20 years, between 1988 and 2008, impulsive testing of individual SCC function could only be accurately done by a few aficionados with the time and money to support scleral search-coil systems-an expensive, complicated and cumbersome, semi-invasive technique that never made the transition from the research lab to the dizzy clinic...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
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