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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097638/regional-differences-in-the-prescription-of-biologics-for-psoriasis-in-sweden-a-register-based-study-of-4168-patients
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Paul S Calara, Rikard Althin, Katarina Steen Carlsson, Marcus Schmitt-Egenolf
BACKGROUND: Observational studies suggest an inequitable prescription of biologics in psoriasis care, which may be attributed to geographical differences in treatment access. Sweden regularly ranks high in international comparisons of equitable healthcare, and is, in connection with established national registries, an ideal country to investigate potential inequitable access. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to determine whether the opportunity for patients to receive biologics depends on where they receive care...
January 17, 2017: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096871/the-structured-clinical-interview-for-dsm-5-internet-gaming-disorder-development-and-validation-for-diagnosing-igd-in-adolescents
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Hoon Jung Koo, Doug Hyun Han, Sung-Yong Park, Jung-Hye Kwon
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to develop and validate a Structured Clinical Interview for Internet Gaming Disorder (SCI-IGD) in adolescents. METHODS: First, we generated preliminary items of the SCI-IGD based on the information from the DSM-5 literature reviews and expert consultations. Next, a total of 236 adolescents, from both community and clinical settings, were recruited to evaluate the psychometric properties of the SCI-IGD. RESULTS: First, the SCI-IGD was found to be consistent over the time period of about one month...
January 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096482/chronic-disease-management-interventions-for-people-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Lauren Galbraith, Casey Jacobs, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Maoliosa Donald, Braden Manns, Min Jun
BACKGROUND: Primary care providers manage the majority of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), although the most effective chronic disease management (CDM) strategies for these patients are unknown. We assessed the efficacy of CDM interventions used by primary care providers managing patients with CKD. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL were systematically searched (inception to November 2014) for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing education-based and computer-assisted CDM interventions targeting primary care providers managing patients with CKD in the community...
January 16, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095794/development-of-an-algorithm-for-phenotypic-screening-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-the-routine-laboratory
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Jérôme Robert, Alix Pantel, Audrey Merens, Elodie Meiller, Jean-Philippe Lavigne, Marie-Hélène Nicolas-Chanoine
BACKGROUND: Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are difficult to identify among carbapenem non-susceptible Enterobacteriaceae (NSE). We designed phenotypic strategies giving priority to high sensitivity for screening putative CPE before further testing. METHODS: Presence of carbapenemase-encoding genes in ertapenem NSE (MIC > 0.5 mg/l) consecutively isolated in 80 French laboratories between November 2011 and April 2012 was determined by the Check-MDR-CT103 array method...
January 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095735/criterion-validity-of-the-d-kefs-color-word-and-verbal-fluency-switching-paradigms-following-traumatic-brain-injury
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Luke B Anderson, Rebekah Jaroh, Hillary Smith, Carrie-Ann H Strong, Jacobus Donders
The present study was composed of two parts examining the clinical utility of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS) Verbal Fluency and Color-Word subtests in traumatic brain injury (TBI). In the first part, the performance of 128 outpatients with mild to severe TBI on the Verbal Fluency and Color-Word subtests was examined in relation to two primary indicators of TBI severity: length of coma and the presence of intracranial lesions on neuroimaging through regression analysis. After controlling for education, ethnicity, and complicating premorbid and comorbid factors, length of coma predicted performance on the Color-Word Inhibition/Switching subtest, whereas the presence of diffuse lesions was related to Verbal Fluency Category Switching performance...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094760/treat-to-target-biologic-therapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-more-efficacious-and-safe-compared-to-delayed-initiation-of-biologics-a-real-world-study
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Christos E Lampropoulos, Philippos Orfanos, Menelaos N Manoussakis, Athanasios G Tzioufas, Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Panayiotis G Vlachoyiannopoulos
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, devastating disease. Treat-to-target strategy (T2T) more than the usual care, reduces disease activity by using aggressively all therapeutic options. The aim of the study was to evaluate our hypothesis that T2T strategy using biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), when needed, is also safer than the usual care characterised by delayed initiation of bDMARDs. METHODS: Disease activity was regularly measured by DAS-28 until the end of treatment with the first bDMARD...
January 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094458/inquiring-about-insomnia-may-facilitate-diagnosis-of-depression-in-the-primary-care-setting
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Megumi Fujieda, Katsuhisa Uchida, Shinichiro Ikebe, Akihiro Kimura, Masashi Kimura, Toshiaki Watanabe, Hisako Sakamoto, Teruaki Matsumoto, Naohisa Uchimura
AIM: Depression is often undiagnosed in primary care. Asking about sleep status is much easier than asking about mood. This study was conducted to examine the relation between insomnia and depression. METHODS: New patients aged 35-64 years were recruited from internal medicine clinics in Japan. Self-administered questionnaires were employed. Depression was evaluated by the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale and the Profile of Mood States. Sleep status was investigated using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index...
January 17, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094211/likelihood-of-unacceptable-normal-tissue-doses-in-breast-cancer-patients-undergoing-regional-nodal-irradiation-in-routine-clinical-practice
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Jose Bazan, Dominic DiCostanzo, Karla Kuhn, Lonika Majithia, Allison Quick, Nilendu Gupta, Julia White
PURPOSE: As indications for regional nodal irradiation (RNI) for breast cancer have expanded, so too has scrutiny over potential late toxicity from radiotherapy. This emphasizes the need for careful radiation treatment planning to maximize the therapeutic ratio. We sought to evaluate how often unacceptable doses (UDs) to organs at risk (OARs) occur and the associated factors for patients receiving RNI in daily practice. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Treatment records of patients who received RNI from February 2012 to May 2015 were studied...
October 19, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093964/cusum-chart-to-monitor-autocorrelated-counts-using-negative-binomial-garma-model
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Orlando Yesid Esparza Albarracin, Airlane Pereira Alencar, Linda Lee Ho
Cumulative sum control charts have been used for health surveillance due to its efficiency to detect soon small shifts in the monitored series. However, these charts may fail when data are autocorrelated. An alternative procedure is to build a control chart based on the residuals after fitting autoregressive moving average models, but these models usually assume Gaussian distribution for the residuals. In practical health surveillance, count series can be modeled by Poisson or Negative Binomial regression, this last to control overdispersion...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092204/impact-of-combination-therapy-and-early-de-escalation-on-outcome-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Laurène Deconinck, Agnès Meybeck, Pierre Patoz, Nicolas Van Grunderbeeck, Nicolas Boussekey, Arnaud Chiche, Pierre-Yves Delannoy, Hugues Georges, Olivier Leroy
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Guidelines recommend dual coverage of P. aeruginosa, but the beneficial effect of combination therapy is controversial. We described antibiotic prescriptions and evaluated the clinical impact of initial combination antibiotic therapy and de-escalation strategy in patients with VAP caused by P. aeruginosa. METHODS: Between 1994 and 2014, all 100 patients with VAP caused by P...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091837/peritoneal-fluid-of-low-ct-hounsfield-units-as-a-screening-criterion-for-traumatic-bowel-perforation
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Yon-Cheong Wong, Li-Jen Wang, Cheng-Hsien Wu, Huan-Wu Chen, Being-Chuan Lin, Yu-Pao Hsu
PURPOSE: To investigate whether peritoneal fluid of low CT Hounsfield units is an important screening criterion for traumatic bowel perforation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study on two cohorts of blunt trauma patients who had peritoneal fluid. Intravenous and oral contrast was used for the first cohort (61 patients) as opposed to intravenous contrast only for the second cohort (60 patients). We compared the CT Hounsfield units of peritoneal fluid with bowel perforation...
January 13, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090293/relevance-of-angiopoietin-2-and-soluble-p-selectin-levels-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-receiving-combination-therapy-with-oral-treprostinil-a-freedom-c2-biomarker-substudy
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Manuel J Richter, Ralph Schermuly, Werner Seeger, Youlan Rao, Hossein A Ghofrani, Henning Gall
: Studies have suggested roles for angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin) as biomarkers of disease severity and treatment response in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but additional data are required for validation. We evaluated these biomarkers using data from FREEDOM-C2, in which patients with PAH receiving stable monotherapy or combination therapy were randomized to receive additional treatment with oral treprostinil (up-titrated from 0.25 mg twice daily) or placebo for 16 weeks...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089728/internet-based-skin-cancer-screening-using-clinical-images-alone-or-in-conjunction-with-dermoscopic-images-a-randomized-teledermoscopy-trial
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Lara Ferrándiz, Teresa Ojeda-Vila, Araceli Corrales, Francisco J Martín-Gutiérrez, Andrés Ruíz-de-Casas, Rafael Galdeano, Ignacio Álvarez-Torralba, Francisco Sánchez-Ibáñez, José M Domínguez-Toro, Fernando Encina, Francisco J Narbona, Juan M Herrerías-Esteban, David Moreno-Ramírez
BACKGROUND: Teledermoscopy involves the use of dermoscopic images for remote consultation and decision-making in skin cancer screening. OBJECTIVE: We sought to analyze the potential benefits gained from the addition of dermoscopic images to an internet-based skin cancer screening system. METHODS: A randomized clinical trial assessed the diagnostic performance and cost-effectiveness of clinical teleconsultations (CTC) and clinical with dermoscopic teleconsultations...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089295/inter-rater-reliability-of-distal-ureteral-diameter-ratio-compared-to-grade-of-vur
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A R Swanton, A M Arlen, S E Alexander, K Kieran, D W Storm, C S Cooper
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Management of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) remains controversial, and reflux grade constitutes an important prognostic factor. Recent work has suggested that distal ureteral diameter ratio (UDR) is a predictive factor relative to clinical outcome independent of grade. Previous studies have noted significant inter-rater variability with grading of VUR. The present study compared inter-rater reliability of reflux grade and UDR in children with primary VUR. STUDY DESIGN: Four pediatric urologists independently reviewed, in a blinded fashion, voiding cystourethrograms...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088775/diagnostic-accuracy-of-glycated-hemoglobin-for-post-transplantation-diabetes-mellitus-after-kidney-transplantation-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ana Laura Pimentel, Gabriela Cavagnolli, Joíza Lins Camargo
BACKGROUND: Early detection of post-transplantation diabetes mellitus (PTDM) allows prompt clinical and pharmacological interventions, reducing the chance of adverse outcomes. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the overall diagnostic accuracy of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) for the diagnosis of renal PTDM. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase and SCOPUS up to June 2016. Studies that included adults without previous diabetes were selected if they reported an oral glucose tolerance test as a reference test, HbA1c levels measured by standardized methods and data necessary for drawing 2 × 2 tables...
January 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088739/the-effects-of-rurality-on-substance-use-disorder-diagnosis-a-multiple-groups-latent-class-analysis
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Billy Brooks, Matthew McBee, Robert Pack, Arsham Alamian
BACKGROUND: Rates of accidental overdose mortality from substance use disorder (SUD) have risen dramatically in the United States since 1990. Between 1999 and 2004 alone rates increased 62% nationwide, with rural overdose mortality increasing at a rate 3 times that seen in urban populations. Cultural differences between rural and urban populations (e.g., educational attainment, unemployment rates, social characteristics, etc.) affect the nature of SUD, leading to disparate risk of overdose across these communities...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088510/association-between-nocturnal-blood-pressure-dips-and-optic-disc-hemorrhage-in-patients-with-normal-tension-glaucoma
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Junki Kwon, Jinyoung Lee, Jaewan Choi, Dawoon Jeong, Michael S Kook
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of nocturnal blood pressure (BP) dips on the occurrence of optic disc hemorrhage (ODH) in normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) patients and determine whether ODH is associated with greater likelihood of visual field progression (VFP). DESIGN: Prospective case-control study. METHODS: This study enrolled 698 eyes of 349 consecutive NTG patients who were ≥40 years old, underwent 24 hour intraocular pressure and ambulatory BP monitoring in the habitual position, were examined for ODH every 4-6 months with optic disc photography, and had ≥ five reliable VF tests with minimum follow-up of 3 years...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088508/relationship-between-central-retinal-vessel-trunk-location-and-visual-field-loss-in-glaucoma
#18
Mengyu Wang, Hui Wang, Louis R Pasquale, Neda Baniasadi, Lucy Q Shen, Peter J Bex, Tobias Elze
PURPOSE: To study the relationship between horizontal central retinal vessel trunk location (CRVTL) on glaucomatous optic discs and sector-specific visual field (VF) loss. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study. METHODS: CRVTL of 421 eyes from 421 patients was manually tracked on the horizontal optic disc axis on fundus images. Focal circumpapillary retinal nerve fiber layer thickness (cpRNFLT) measurements were extracted from optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088304/mechanical-biomarkers-of-medial-compartment-knee-osteoarthritis-diagnosis-and-severity-grading-discovery-phase
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Neila Mezghani, Youssef Ouakrim, Alexandre Fuentes, Amar Mitiche, Nicola Hagemeister, Pascal-André Vendittoli, Jacques A de Guise
OBJECTIVE: To investigate, as a discovery phase, if 3D knee kinematics assessment parameters can serve as mechanical biomarkers, more specifically as diagnostic biomarker and burden of disease biomarkers, as defined in the Burden of Disease, Investigative, Prognostic, Efficacy of Intervention and Diagnostic classification scheme for osteoarthritis (OA) (Altman et al., 1986). These biomarkers consist of a set of biomechanical parameters discerned from 3D knee kinematic patterns, namely, flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, and tibial internal/external rotation measurements, during gait recording...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087872/clinical-inquiry-how-do-clinical-prediction-rules-compare-with-joint-fluid-analysis-in-diagnosing-gout
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Katie L Westerfield, Anne Mounsey, Joan Nashelsky
Clinical prediction rules effectively diagnose gout without joint fluid analysis. The American College of Rheumatology clinical prediction rules, the most accurate rules developed for research purposes, have a sensitivity of 92%, specificity of 89%, positive likelihood ratio of 8.36, and negative likelihood ratio of 0.09.
November 2016: Journal of Family Practice
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