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Erin E Cook, Susan T Gershman, Jane J Kim, Rulla M Tamimi, R Monina Klevens, Michelle D Holmes
PURPOSE: To understand trends in the incidence and mortality of two human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers, cervical and oropharyngeal cancer, in Massachusetts. METHODS: From 2004 to 2014, the Massachusetts Cancer Registry recorded 3,996 incident cases of oropharyngeal cancer and 2,193 incident cases of cervical cancer. Mortality data were obtained from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics from 2008 to 2014. Rates were age-standardized to the 2000 U...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
Yulia Orlova, Paul Rizzoli, Elizabeth Loder
Importance: In 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory warning on the risk of serotonin syndrome with concomitant use of triptans and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressants, but the true risk of serotonin syndrome in these patients remains unknown. Objective: To assess the risk of serotonin syndrome with concomitant use of triptans and SSRI or SNRI antidepressants...
February 26, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Hovik J Ashchyan, Daniel C Butler, Caroline A Nelson, Megan H Noe, William G Tsiaras, Stephen J Lockwood, William D James, Robert G Micheletti, Misha Rosenbach, Arash Mostaghimi
Importance: Pyoderma gangrenosum is an inflammatory neutrophilic dermatosis. Current knowledge of this rare disease is limited owing to a lack of validated diagnostic criteria and large population studies. Objective: To evaluate the association of age with the clinical presentation and comorbidities of pyoderma gangrenosum. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a multicenter retrospective cohort study performed at tertiary academic referral centers in urban settings...
February 14, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
Mariantonia Ferrara, Laura Eggenschwiler, Andrew Stephenson, Alyssa Montieth, Nakhoul Nakhoul, Rafael Araùjo-Miranda, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To describe the distribution, clinical findings, visual outcomes, treatment, and complications of children with uveitis at a tertiary referral ophthalmic center. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. We reviewed the medical records of all patients ≤16 years with uveitis referred to Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution from March 2005 to July 2016. RESULTS: Of 286 included children, 62.24% were female. Mean age of onset was 8...
January 15, 2018: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Allison S Dobry, Lauren N Ko, Jessica St John, J Mark Sloan, Sagar Nigwekar, Daniela Kroshinsky
Importance: Calciphylaxis is a rare skin disease with high morbidity and mortality that frequently affects patients with renal disease. Hypercoagulable conditions are frequently observed in both patients with calciphylaxis and those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), complicating our understanding of which hypercoagulable conditions are specific to calciphylaxis. Objective: To identify hypercoagulable conditions that are risk factors for developing calciphylaxis while controlling for CKD...
February 1, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
Nicholas J Somerville, Xiaoli Chen, Dominique Heinke, Sarah L Stone, Cathleen Higgins, Susan E Manning, Sharon Pagnano, Mahsa M Yazdy, Marlene Anderka
BACKGROUND: Zika virus has recently emerged as a novel cause of microcephaly. CDC has asked states to rapidly ascertain and report cases of Zika-linked birth defects, including microcephaly. Massachusetts added head circumference to its birth certificate (BC) in 2011. The accuracy of head circumference measurements from state vital records data has not been reported. METHODS: We sought to assess the accuracy of Massachusetts BC head circumference measurements by comparing them to measurements for 2,217 infants born during 2012-2013 captured in the Massachusetts Birth Defects Monitoring Program (BDMP) data system...
December 1, 2017: Birth Defects Research
Zeba A Syed, Roberto Pineda
PURPOSE: To study the risks associated with cataract surgery in patients with previous proton-beam irradiation (PBI), focusing on preoperative risk factors, intraoperative findings, and postoperative complications. SETTING: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Electronic medical records of patients who had PBI and cataract surgery between January 1, 2006, and October 1, 2016, were reviewed...
October 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Michelle M Mello, Allen Kachalia, Stephanie Roche, Melinda Van Niel, Lisa Buchsbaum, Suzanne Dodson, Patricia Folcarelli, Evan M Benjamin, Kenneth E Sands
Through communication-and-resolution programs, hospitals and liability insurers communicate with patients when adverse events occur; investigate and explain what happened; and, where appropriate, apologize and proactively offer compensation. Using data recorded by program staff members and from surveys of involved clinicians, we examined case outcomes of a program used by two academic medical centers and two of their community hospitals in Massachusetts in the period 2013-15. The hospitals demonstrated good adherence to the program protocol...
October 1, 2017: Health Affairs
Michelle Adessa, Tara Stadelman-Cohen, Lauryn Zipse, A J Guarino, James T Heaton
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine (a) which factors may affect singers' completing voice therapy, and (b) develop predictive profiles to capture those singers at risk for dropping out of voice therapy. STUDY DESIGN: A case-control study was conducted comparing singers who completed voice therapy to singers who dropped out of voice therapy. METHODS: Six factors, including age, gender, diagnosis, length of time between laryngology referral and commencement of therapy, type of singer, and referral source were investigated in relation to voice therapy completion using the medical records of 409 singers in the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center database...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Anil Can, Victor M Castro, Yildirim H Ozdemir, Sarajune Dagen, Dmitriy Dligach, Sean Finan, Sheng Yu, Vivian Gainer, Nancy A Shadick, Guergana Savova, Shawn Murphy, Tianxi Cai, Scott T Weiss, Rose Du
Alcohol consumption may be a modifiable risk factor for rupture of intracranial aneurysms. Our aim is to evaluate the association between ruptured aneurysms and alcohol consumption, intensity, and cessation. The medical records of 4701 patients with 6411 radiographically confirmed intracranial aneurysms diagnosed at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital between 1990 and 2016 were reviewed. Individuals were divided into cases with ruptured aneurysms and controls with unruptured aneurysms...
July 27, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
Sarah Wicheta, Troy Van der Groen, William C Faquin, Meredith August
PURPOSE: Sjögren syndrome (SS), although commonly associated with xerostomia and xerophthalmia, can present with extraglandular manifestations that make definitive diagnosis difficult. The 2 leading diagnostic classification systems include a positive minor salivary gland biopsy (MSGB) result as a major inclusion criterion. The purpose of this study was to better define the role of the MSGB in establishing a diagnosis of SS in a cohort of referred patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients referred to the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Boston, MA) over a 5-year period to establish a diagnosis of SS...
December 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Janet D Cragan, Cara T Mai, Emily E Petersen, Rebecca F Liberman, Nina E Forestieri, Alissa C Stevens, Augustina Delaney, April L Dawson, Sascha R Ellington, Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Julie E Dunn, Cathleen A Higgins, Robert E Meyer, Tonya Williams, Kara N D Polen, Kim Newsome, Megan Reynolds, Jennifer Isenburg, Suzanne M Gilboa, Dana M Meaney-Delman, Cynthia A Moore, Coleen A Boyle, Margaret A Honein
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious brain abnormalities, but the full range of adverse outcomes is unknown (1). To better understand the impact of birth defects resulting from Zika virus infection, the CDC surveillance case definition established in 2016 for birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection* (2) was retrospectively applied to population-based birth defects surveillance data collected during 2013-2014 in three areas before the introduction of Zika virus (the pre-Zika years) into the World Health Organization's Region of the Americas (Americas) (3)...
March 3, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Curtis R Heberle, Amir-Houshang Omidvari, Ayman Ali, Sonja Kroep, Chung Yin Kong, John M Inadomi, Joel H Rubenstein, Angela C Tramontano, Emily C Dowling, William D Hazelton, E Georg Luebeck, Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar, Chin Hur
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is important to identify patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), the precursor to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). Patients with BE usually are identified by endoscopy, which is expensive. The Cytosponge, which collects tissue from the esophagus noninvasively, could be a cost-effective tool for screening individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who are at increased risk for BE. We developed a model to analyze the cost effectiveness of using the Cytosponge in first-line screening of patients with GERD for BE with endoscopic confirmation, compared with endoscopy screening only...
September 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Traci C Green, Patricia Case, Haley Fiske, Janette Baird, Shachan Cabral, Dina Burstein, Victoriana Schwartz, Nathan Potter, Alexander Y Walley, Jeffrey Bratberg
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about attitudes of pharmacists and consumers to pharmacy naloxone. We examined perceptions and experiences of pharmacy naloxone from people with opioid use disorder, patients taking chronic opioids for pain, caregivers of opioid users, and pharmacists from 2 early pharmacy naloxone adopter states: Massachusetts and Rhode Island. DESIGN: Eight focus groups (4 per state) were held in October to December 2015. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Participants were recruited from pharmacies, health clinics, and community organizations; pharmacists were recruited from professional organizations and pharmacy colleges...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
Leila H Borowsky, Susan Regan, Yuchiao Chang, Alison Ayres, Steven M Greenberg, Daniel E Singer
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of ischemic stroke. Individuals with undiagnosed AF lack the stroke protection afforded by oral anticoagulants. We obtained a contemporary estimate of the percentage of AF patients newly diagnosed at the time of stroke. METHODS: We identified patients admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013 with acute ischemic stroke and either previously or newly diagnosed AF using hospital stroke registry data and stroke and AF ICD-9 code searches of hospital databases...
2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Julie Guilmette, Gunnlaugur P Nielsen, William C Faquin, Martin Selig, Vânia Nosé, Anthony W S Chi, Peter M Sadow
Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) of the salivary glands is a recently described neoplasm of the salivary glands with a characteristic morphology complemented by a specific cytogenetic translocation and gene rearrangements. Although immunophenotypic and cytogenetic differences allow for a more reliable distinction, ultrastructural features can also provide important information about the relationship between MASC, classic acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), and AciCC intercalated duct cell-predominant variant...
December 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
Rebecca Kleinman, Matthew Kehn, Allison Wishon Siegwarth, Jonathan Brown
OBJECTIVE: This article reports findings from case studies of 4 states (Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee) that used different approaches to coordinate Medicaid services with temporary or permanent housing supports for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. METHOD: Data were collected through document review, telephone interviews with state officials and managed care organizations, and site visits to behavioral health and housing providers, and consumer organizations...
June 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Olivia R Grocott, Katherine S Herrington, Heidi H Pfeifer, Elizabeth A Thiele, Ronald L Thibert
The low glycemic index treatment, a dietary therapy that focuses on glycemic index and reduced carbohydrate intake, has been successful in reducing seizure frequency in the general epilepsy population. Epilepsy is a common feature of Angelman syndrome and seizures are often refractory to multiple medications, especially in those with maternal deletions. Dietary therapy has become a more frequently used option for treating epilepsy, often in combination with other antiepileptic drugs, due to its efficacy and favorable side effect profile...
March 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Ellen M Robinson, Wendy Cadge, Angelika A Zollfrank, M Cornelia Cremens, Andrew M Courtwright
Some health care organizations allow physicians to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a patient, despite patient or surrogate requests that it be provided, when they believe it will be more harmful than beneficial. Such cases usually involve patients with terminal diagnoses whose medical teams argue that aggressive treatments are medically inappropriate or likely to be harmful. Although there is state-to-state variability and a considerable judicial gray area about the conditions and mechanisms for refusals to perform CPR, medical teams typically follow a set of clearly defined procedures for these decisions...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
Lindsay A Grotting, Samaneh Davoudi, Deanna Palenzuela, George N Papaliodis, Lucia Sobrin
Importance: Vitamin D plays an important role in both the innate and adaptive immune systems. It has been shown to contribute to the etiology of T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases through the upregulation of type 2 anti-inflammatory T helper cells and the suppression of type 1 T helper cells. Noninfectious uveitis is postulated to be caused by immune dysfunction. Objective: To determine whether there is an association between vitamin D levels and noninfectious anterior uveitis...
December 22, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
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