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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103562/a-decision-support-system-for-tele-monitoring-copd-related-worrisome-events
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Mario Merone, Claudio Pedone, Giuseppe Capasso, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Paolo Soda
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable, treatable and slowly progressive disease, whose course is aggravated by a periodic worsening of symptoms and lung function lasting for several days. The development of home telemonitoring systems has made possible to collect symptoms and physiological data in electronic records, boosting the development of decision support systems (DSSs). Current DSSs work with physiological measurements collected by means of several measuring and communication devices as well as with symptoms gathered by questionnaires submitted to COPD subjects...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103204/transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-immunocompromised-patient-a-pilot-project-that-introduces-transthoracic-ultrasonography-for-the-follow-up-of-hematological-patients-in-romania
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Ioana Frinc, Petru Ilies, Florin Zaharie, Delia Dima, Alina Tanase, Ljubomir Petrov, Alexandru Irimie, Cristian Berce, Cosmin Lisencu, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Ciprian Tomuleasa, Anca Bojan
In the last decade, there is significant progress in clinical hematology with the discovery of targeted molecules and thus the achievement of both hematologic and molecular responses. Nevertheless, chemotherapy remains the treatment of choice for many types of hematological malignancies. Aggressive chemotherapy leads to immunosuppression, accompanied by a high rate of infections and an increased rate of treatment-related mortality. Invasive fungal infections, as well as more common bacterial and viral infections are frequent in immunocompromised patients as they are difficult to diagnose and treat...
January 18, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102996/revisions-to-rules-regarding-the-evaluation-of-medical-evidence-final-rules
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We are revising our medical evidence rules. The revisions include redefining several key terms related to evidence, revising our rules about acceptable medical sources (AMS), revising how we consider and articulate our consideration of medical opinions and prior administrative medical findings, revising our rules about medical consultants (MC) and psychological consultants (PC), revising our rules about treating sources, and reorganizing our evidence regulations for ease of use. These revisions conform our rules to the requirements of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), reflect changes in the national healthcare workforce and in the manner that individuals receive medical care, and emphasize the need for objective medical evidence in disability and blindness claims...
18, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102933/what-if-a-tumor-is-significantly-enlarged-just-before-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Hung-Jen Chen, Ji-An Liang, Chih-Yi Chen, Yang-Hao Yu, Chun-Ru Chien
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) plays an important role in early stage non-small cell lung cancer. Tumor growth before radiotherapy planning (RTP) or during SBRT has been reported in lung cancer patients; however, little is known of growth during the period in-between (i.e. after RTP but before SBRT). An 83-year-old man referred to our hospital and diagnosed with medically inoperable non-small cell lung cancer was noted to have significant tumor progression on day 1 of cone beam computed tomography just before the planned SBRT delivery...
November 18, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102466/the-care-of-the-ultra-orthodox-jewish-patient
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Ezra Gabbay, Matthew W McCarthy, Joseph J Fins
The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community embraces a system of values and a rigorous behavioral code that are deeply rooted in religious tradition and history. Here we describe some of the unique challenges that stem from the encounter between modern medical practice and the Ultra-Orthodox world. Through examples of clinical and ethical scenarios ranging from prenatal care to end-of-life decisions, we illustrate problems related to observance of age-old practices in a modern hospital setting, balancing acceptance of Divine will with standard risk assessment, reconciliation of patient autonomy with deference to rabbinic authority and fear of stigma associated with mental illness in a traditional society...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101664/history-and-evolution-of-the-barium-swallow-for-evaluation-of-the-pharynx-and-esophagus
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REVIEW
Marc S Levine, Stephen E Rubesin
This article reviews the history of the barium swallow from its early role in radiology to its current status as an important diagnostic test in modern radiology practice. Though a variety of diagnostic procedures can be performed to evaluate patients with dysphagia or other pharyngeal or esophageal symptoms, the barium study has evolved into a readily available, non-invasive, and cost-effective technique that can facilitate the selection of additional diagnostic tests and guide decisions about medical, endoscopic, or surgical management...
January 18, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100938/public-perceptions-of-plastic-surgery-practice-in-brazil
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Rafael Denadai, Karin Milleni Araujo, Hugo Samartine, Rodrigo Denadai, Cassio Eduardo Raposo-Amaral
The perception of medical specialists by the public has a significant effect on health-care decisions, research funding allocation, and implantation of educational measures. The purpose of this survey was to assess the public's perception of the field of plastic surgery practice. General public members (n = 1290) completed a survey where they matched nine specialties with 28 plastic surgery-related scenarios. Response patterns were distributed as "plastic surgeon alone," "plastic surgeon combined with other specialists," or "no plastic surgeon...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100689/effectiveness-and-duration-of-protection-of-one-dose-of-a-meningococcal-conjugate-vaccine
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Amanda C Cohn, Jessica R MacNeil, Lee H Harrison, Ruth Lynfield, Arthur Reingold, William Schaffner, Elizabeth R Zell, Brian Plikaytis, Xin Wang, Nancy E Messonnier
BACKGROUND: Meningococcal conjugate vaccines were licensed beginning in 2005 on the basis of serologic end points and recommended for use in adolescents. A single dose at age 11 to 12 years was expected to provide protection through late adolescence. We conducted a case-control evaluation of vaccine effectiveness (VE) and duration of protection of a meningococcal (groups A, C, W, and Y) polysaccharide diphtheria toxoid conjugate vaccine (MenACWY-D). METHODS: Cases of culture- or polymerase chain reaction-confirmed serogroup A, C, W, and Y meningococcal disease among adolescents were identified through meningococcal disease surveillance sites in the United States from January 1, 2006, through August 31, 2013...
January 18, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100154/one-year-follow-up-after-hybrid-thoracoabdominal-aortic-repair
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Rob A van de Graaf, Frank Grüne, Sanne E Hoeks, Sander Ten Raa, Robert Jan Stolker, Hence J M Verhagen, Felix van Lier
BACKGROUND: Compared to open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair, hybrid repair is thought to be less invasive with better perioperative outcomes. Due to the extent of the operation and long recovery period, studying perioperative results may not be sufficient for evaluation of the true treatment effect. The aim of this study is to evaluate 1-year mortality and morbidity in patients with TAAA undergoing hybrid repair. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, all medical records of patients undergoing hybrid repair for TAAA at the Erasmus University Medical Center between January 2007 and January 2015 were studied...
January 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100114/borderline-personality-disorder-and-the-ethics-of-risk-management
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Dan Warrender
Patients with borderline personality disorder are frequent users of inpatient mental health units, with inpatient crisis intervention often used based on the risk of suicide. However, this can present an ethical dilemma for nursing and medical staff, with these clinician responses shifting between the moral principles of beneficence and non-maleficence, dependent on the outcomes of the actions of containing or tolerating risk. This article examines the use of crisis intervention through moral duties, intentions and consequences, culminating in an action/consequence model of risk management, used to explore potential outcomes...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099705/prevalence-of-induced-abortions-and-contraceptive-use-among-married-women-in-an-urban-slum-of-delhi-india
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Meenakshi Bhilwar, Panna Lal, Nandini Sharma, Preena Bhalla, Ashok Kumar
OBJECTIVE: To document abortion practices and contraceptive use among women of reproductive age in an urban slum of Delhi. METHODS: Data were collected as part of a cross-sectional study conducted in an urban resettlement colony in the North East District of Delhi between November 2010 and December 2011. Systematic random sampling was used to enroll 200 married women aged 15-49 years from each of the four blocks of the colony. Participants were interviewed and data were entered into a pretested semi-structured questionnaire...
January 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099686/the-clinical-implementation-of-primary-hpv-screening
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Luciano Mariani, Sarah Igidbashian, Maria Teresa Sandri, Patrizia Vici, Fabio Landoni
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate, from a gynecology perspective, the transition from cytology-based HPV screening to primary HPV screening. METHOD: Studies examining switching from cytology-based screening to primary HPV-DNA testing with triaging of patients with positive test results were retrieved and reviewed, with a particular focus on screening in an Italian setting. RESULTS: The increased complexity of patient-management decisions when implementing HPV-based screening was a critical issue discussed in the literature...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099585/impact-of-different-normality-thresholds-for-24-hour-abpm-at-the-primary-health-care-level
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Guilherme Brasil Grezzana, David William Moraes, Airton Tetelbon Stein, Lucia Campos Pellanda
Background: Hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular outcomes. Primary health care (PHC) physicians should be prepared to act appropriately in the prevention of cardiovascular risk factors. However, the rates of patients with control of blood pressure (BP) remain low. The impact of the reclassification of high BP by 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) can lead to different medical decisions in PHC. Objective: To evaluate the agreement between the BP measured by a conventional method by PHC physicians and by 24-hour ABPM, considering different BP normal thresholds for the 24-hour ABPM according to the V Brazilian ABPM Guidelines and the European Society of Hypertension Guidelines...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099054/association-between-do-not-resuscitate-do-not-intubate-status-and-resident-physician-decision-making-a-national-survey
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Elizabeth K Stevenson, Hashim M Mehter, Allan J Walkey, Renda Soylemez Wiener
RATIONALE: Compared to their Full Code counterparts, patients with Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate (DNR/DNI) status receive fewer interventions and have higher mortality than predicted by clinical characteristics. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether internal medicine residents, the front-line providers for many hospitalized patients, would manage hypothetical patients differently based on code status. We hypothesized respondents would be less likely to provide a variety of interventions to DNR/DNI patients than Full Code patients...
January 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097784/reliability-of-intraoperative-frozen-section-for-the-diagnosis-of-renal-tumors-suspicious-for-malignancy-in-children-and-adolescents
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Alonso Carrasco, Brian T Caldwell, Carrye R Cost, Brian S Greffe, Timothy P Garrington, Jennifer L Bruny, Jennifer O Black, Nicholas G Cost
BACKGROUND: The ability of intraoperative frozen section (IFS) to reliably diagnose renal tumors in children and adolescents is largely unknown. The objective of our study is to evaluate the ability of IFS to establish a histologic diagnosis for renal tumors in this population. METHODS: We reviewed our experience with patients who underwent IFS at the time of surgery for a renal tumor suspicious for malignancy from 2005 to 2015. The IFS was compared to the final pathology (FP)...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097314/complications-of-bilateral-neck-dissection-in-thyroid-cancer-from-a-single-high-volume-center
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Caitlin McMullen, Daniel Rocke, Jeremy Freeman
Importance: The morbidity of bilateral lateral neck dissection (BLND) for thyroid cancers has not been described in detail. This study delineates the specific complications arising from BLND for thyroid cancers at a single high-volume center. Objective: To determine the morbidity associated with BLNDs for differentiated thyroid cancers at our institution. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a retrospective review of medical records performed to identify patients having undergone BLNDs for thyroid cancers by a single surgeon at an academic, tertiary medical center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from 1988 to 2015...
January 12, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097303/clinicians-expectations-of-the-benefits-and-harms-of-treatments-screening-and-tests-a-systematic-review
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Tammy C Hoffmann, Chris Del Mar
Importance: Inaccurate clinician expectations of the benefits and harms of interventions can profoundly influence decision making and may be contributing to increasing intervention overuse. Objective: To systematically review all studies that have quantitatively assessed clinicians' expectations of the benefits and/or harms of any treatment, test, or screening test. Evidence Review: A comprehensive search strategy of 4 databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and PsycINFO) from the start years to March 17-20, 2015, with no language or study type restriction, was performed...
January 9, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096903/anxiety-and-depression-symptoms-among-women-attending-group-based-patient-education-courses-for-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer
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Wenche Listøl, Hildegunn Høberg-Vetti, Geir Egil Eide, Cathrine Bjorvatn
BACKGROUND: Women carrying BRCA-mutations are facing significant challenges, including decision making regarding surveillance and risk-reducing surgery. They often report that they are left alone with these important decisions. In order to enhance the genetic counselling session we organized a group-based patient education (GPE) course for women with BRCA-mutations. The study aims were to characterize women attending a group-based patient education (GPE) course for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, consider the usefulness of the course, evaluate symptoms of anxiety and depression among the participants, and finally investigate whether their levels of anxiety and depression changed from before to after the course session...
2017: Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096730/methodology-for-developing-evidence-based-clinical-imaging-guidelines-joint-recommendations-by-korean-society-of-radiology-and-national-evidence-based-healthcare-collaborating-agency
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REVIEW
Sol Ji Choi, Woo Kyoung Jeong, Ae Jeong Jo, Jin A Choi, Min-Jeong Kim, Min Lee, Seung Eun Jung, Kyung Hyun Do, Hwan Seok Yong, Seungsoo Sheen, Miyoung Choi, Jung Hwan Baek
This paper is a summary of the methodology including protocol used to develop evidence-based clinical imaging guidelines (CIGs) in Korea, led by the Korean Society of Radiology and the National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency. This is the first protocol to reflect the process of developing diagnostic guidelines in Korea. The development protocol is largely divided into the following sections: set-up, process of adaptation, and finalization. The working group is composed of clinical imaging experts, and the developmental committee is composed of multidisciplinary experts to validate the methodology...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096709/communication-pitfalls-of-traditional-history-and-physical-write-up-documentation
#20
Jeffrey L Brown
BACKGROUND: An unofficial standardized "write-up" outline is commonly used for documenting history and physical examinations, giving oral presentations, and teaching clinical skills. Despite general acceptance, there is an apparent discrepancy between the way clinical encounters are conducted and how they are documented. METHODS: Fifteen medical school websites were randomly selected from search-engine generated lists. One example of a history and physical write-up from each of six sites, one teaching outline from each of nine additional sites, and recommendations for documentation made in two commonly used textbooks were compared for similarities and differences...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
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