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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449532/the-future-of-hybrid-ablation-an-emerging-need-for-an-anticoagulation-protocol-for-thoracoscopic-ablation
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EDITORIAL
Pavel Osmancik, Petr Budera
The midterm efficacy of hybrid ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) reported in recent papers is about 70% in terms of sinus rhythm maintenance without antiarrhythmic drugs. Bearing in mind that the majority of patients enrolled are patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF, the reported efficacies seem to be very good. Despite the high efficacies, safety remains a critical issue in hybrid, and especially thoracoscopic ablations. The frequency of complications during thoracoscopic ablations is more than 10% in the majority of reports...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448780/integration-strategies-of-pharmacists-in-primary-care-based-accountable-care-organizations-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
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Tina Joseph, Genevieve M Hale, Sara M Eltaki, Yesenia Prados, Renee Jones, Matthew J Seamon, Cynthia Moreau, Stephanie A Gernant
BACKGROUND: The accountable care organization (ACO) is an innovative health care delivery model centered on value-based care. ACOs consisting of primary care providers are increasingly becoming commonplace in practice; however, medication management remains suboptimal. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448197/surgical-site-infections-and-associated-operative-characteristics
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Paul K Waltz, Brian S Zuckerbraun
Surgical site infection (SSI) contributes significantly to surgical morbidity. Patient factors and operative factors contribute to the risk of development of SSI. This review focuses on understanding operative characteristics that are associated with an increased risk of SSI. Much attention has been given to protocol care to reduce SSI, such as hair removal, skin preparation, and pre-operative antibiotic agents. Even with this, the appropriate antibiotic and re-dosing regimens often remain a challenge. Other operative factors such as blood loss/transfusion, emergency/urgent cases, duration of the operation, type of anesthesia, and resident involvement are also potentially modifiable to reduce the risk of SSI...
April 27, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448031/transcriptomic-analysis-of-c-elegans-rna-sequencing-data-through-the-tuxedo-suite-on-the-galaxy-project
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Francis R G Amrit, Arjumand Ghazi
Next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have revolutionized the nature of biological investigation. Of these, RNA Sequencing (RNA-Seq) has emerged as a powerful tool for gene-expression analysis and transcriptome mapping. However, handling RNA-Seq datasets requires sophisticated computational expertise and poses inherent challenges for biology researchers. This bottleneck has been mitigated by the open access Galaxy project that allows users without bioinformatics skills to analyze RNA-Seq data, and the Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery (DAVID), a Gene Ontology (GO) term analysis suite that helps derive biological meaning from large data sets...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448019/a-tandem-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-based-approach-for-metabolite-analysis-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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David J Samuels, Zhe Wang, Kyu Y Rhee, Shaun R Brinsmade
In an effort to thwart bacterial pathogens, hosts often limit the availability of nutrients at the site of infection. This limitation can alter the abundances of key metabolites to which regulatory factors respond, adjusting cellular metabolism. In recent years, a number of proteins and RNA have emerged as important regulators of virulence gene expression. For example, the CodY protein responds to levels of branched-chain amino acids and GTP and is widely conserved in low G+C Gram-positive bacteria. As a global regulator in Staphylococcus aureus, CodY controls the expression of dozens of virulence and metabolic genes...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447972/wild-type-blocking-pcr-combined-with-direct-sequencing-as-a-highly-sensitive-method-for-detection-of-low-frequency-somatic-mutations
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Adam Z Albitar, Wanlong Ma, Maher Albitar
Accurate detection and identification of low frequency mutations can be problematic when assessing residual disease after therapy, screening for emerging resistance mutations during therapy, or when patients have few circulating tumor cells. Wild-type blocking PCR followed by sequencing analysis offers high sensitivity, flexibility, and simplicity as a methodology for detecting these low frequency mutations. By adding a custom designed locked nucleic acid oligonucleotide to a new or previously established conventional PCR based sequencing assay, sensitivities of approximately 1 mutant allele in a background of 1,000 WT alleles can be achieved (1:1,000)...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446535/direct-transfer-to-angiosuite-to-reduce-door-to-puncture-time-in-thrombectomy-for-acute-stroke
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Marc Ribo, Sandra Boned, Marta Rubiera, Alejandro Tomasello, Pilar Coscojuela, David Hernández, Jorge Pagola, Jesús Juega, Noelia Rodriguez, Marian Muchada, David Rodriguez-Luna, Carlos A Molina
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate direct transfer to the angiosuite protocol of patients with acute stroke, candidates for endovascular treatment (EVT). METHODS: We studied workflow metrics of all patients with stroke who had undergone EVT in the past 12 months. Patients followed three protocols: direct transfer to emergency room (DTER), CT room (DTCT) or angiosuite (DTAS, only last 6 months if admission National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score >9 and time from onset <4...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446387/risk-factors-for-persistent-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Mark T Jennings, Elliot C Dasenbrook, Noah Lechtzin, Michael P Boyle, Christian A Merlo
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has emerged as an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF). Over 25% of individuals in the United States with CF are found to have MRSA in respiratory culture specimens, and persistent MRSA infection has been associated with more rapid decline in lung function and increased mortality. The objective of this study was to investigate clinical and demographic characteristics that are associated with the development of persistent MRSA infection in a CF population...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445704/development-of-standard-methods-for-zika-virus-propagation-titration-and-purification
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Sharton Vinicius Antunes Coelho, Rômulo Leão Silva Neris, Michelle Premazzi Papa, Laila Castro Schnellrath, Lana Monteiro Meuren, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Brunno Renato Farias Verçoza, Milene Miranda, Fabiano L Thompson, Andrea Thompson Da Poian, Thiago Moreno L Souza, Fabiana Avila Carneiro, Clarissa R Damaso, Iranaia Assunção-Miranda, Luciana Barros de Arruda
The emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has stimulated several research groups to study and collaborate to understand virus biology and pathogenesis. These efforts may assist with the development of antiviral drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, as well as to promote advancements in public health policies. Here, we aim to develop standard protocols for propagation, titration, and purification of Asian and Brazilian ZIKV strains, by systematically testing different cell types, kinetics, multiplicity of infection and centrifugation protocols...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445146/autophagy-and-mitophagy-in-the-context-of-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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REVIEW
Navid Koleini, Elissavet Kardami
Doxorubicin (Dox) is a cytotoxic drug widely incorporated in various chemotherapy protocols. Severe side effects such as cardiotoxicity, however, limit Dox application. Mechanisms by which Dox promotes cardiac damage and cardiomyocyte cell death have been investigated extensively, but a definitive picture has yet to emerge. Autophagy, regarded generally as a protective mechanism that maintains cell viability by recycling unwanted and damaged cellular constituents, is nevertheless subject to dysregulation having detrimental effects for the cell...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445024/an-economic-evaluation-of-the-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-multisite-implementation-program-for-colorectal-surgery-in-alberta
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Nguyen X. Thanh, Anderson W. Chuck, Tracy Wasylak, Jeannette Lawrence, Peter Faris, Olle Ljungqvist, Gregg Nelson, Leah M. Gramlich
BACKGROUND: In February 2013, Alberta Health Services established an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) implementation program for adopting the ERAS Society colorectal guidelines into 6 sites (initial phase) that perform more than 75% of all colorectal surgeries in the province. We conducted an economic evaluation of this initiative to not only determine its cost-effectiveness, but also to inform strategy for the spread and scale of ERAS to other surgical protocols and sites. METHODS: We assessed the impact of ERAS on patients’ health services utilization (HSU; length of stay [LOS], readmissions, emergency department visits, general practitioner and specialist visits) within 30 days of discharge by comparing pre- and post-ERAS groups using multilevel negative binomial regressions...
December 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444712/the-urinary-microbiome-and-its-contribution-to-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-ici-rs-2015
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REVIEW
Marcus J Drake, Nicola Morris, Apostolos Apostolidis, Mohammad S Rahnama'i, Julian R Marchesi
AIMS: The microbiome is the term used for the symbiotic microbial colonisation of healthy organs. Studies have found bacterial identifiers within voided urine which is apparently sterile on conventional laboratory culture, and accordingly there may be health and disease implications. METHODS: The International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society (ICI-RS) established a literature review and expert consensus discussion focussed on the increasing awareness of the urinary microbiome, and potential research priorities...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443360/overview-of-procalcitonin-assays-and-procalcitonin-guided-protocols-for-the-management-of-patients-with-infections-and-sepsis
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Philipp Schuetz, Celine Bretscher, Luca Bernasconi, Beat Mueller
Procalcitonin is a surrogate infection blood marker whose levels help estimate the likelihood of bacterial infections and correlate with their resolution. Recent trials have revealed the benefits of inclusion of procalcitonin in antibiotic stewardship protocols for initiation and discontinuation of antimicrobial therapy. Areas covered: Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic stewardship protocols have shown appreciable reductions in antibiotic use and duration of therapy in respiratory infections, sepsis, and other infections, with positive effects on clinical outcomes...
April 26, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443342/catalyzing-implementation-of-evidence-based-interventions-in-safety-net-settings-a-clinical-community-partnership-in-south-los-angeles
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Denise D Payán, David C Sloane, Jacqueline Illum, Roberto B Vargas, Donzella Lee, Lark Galloway-Gilliam, LaVonna B Lewis
This study is a process evaluation of a clinical-community partnership that implemented evidence-based interventions in clinical safety net settings. Adoption and implementation of evidence-based interventions in these settings can help reduce health disparities by improving the quality of clinical preventive services in health care settings with underserved populations. A clinical-community partnership model is a possible avenue to catalyze adoption and implementation of interventions amid organizational barriers to change...
April 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440996/-quality-dimensions-focused-on-the-healthcare-protocol-infarction-code-c%C3%A3-digo-infarto
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Jesús Arriaga-Dávila, Gilberto Pérez-Rodríguez, Gabriela Borrayo-Sánchez
The Código Infarto (Infarction Code) strategy is part of the comprehensive care program "A Todo Corazón" (To All Heart), whose aim is to reinforce the prevention and health care of cardiovascular diseases. Mexico faces a big challenge, since it is the country with greater mortality secondary to acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the first 30 days in patients of 45 years or older (28% compared with 7.9% of the average). In addition, Mexico's population has a high prevalence of risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use, dyslipidemias, overweight, and obesity)...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440934/determining-global-distribution-of-microplastics-by-combining-citizen-science-and-in-depth-case-studies
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Thijs Bosker, Paul Behrens, Martina G Vijver
Microplastics (<5 mm) are contaminants of emerging global concern. They have received considerable attention in scientific research, resulting in an increased awareness of the issue among politicians and the general public. However, there has been significant variation in sampling and extraction procedures used to quantify microplastics levels. The difference in extraction procedures can especially impact study outcomes, making it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to directly compare results among studies...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440780/frequency-and-management-of-diabetes-and-hyperglycemia-at-emergency-departments-the-gluce-urg-study
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Esther Álvarez-Rodríguez, Inmaculada Laguna Morales, Alicia Rosende Tuya, Raquel Tapia Santamaría, Alfonso Martín Martínez, Pascual López Riquelme, Raúl Merinero Palomares, Isabel Portero Sánchez
INTRODUCTION: Hyperglycemia is a common finding at hospital emergency rooms in diabetic patients, but few data are available on its frequency, management, and subsequent impact based on the assessment made at Emergency rooms. OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the frequency of diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia in patients admitted from Emergency rooms. Second, to describe management of hyperglycemia at Emergency rooms, and to analyze its potential impact on the course and management of patients during admission...
February 2017: Endocrinol Diabetes Nutr
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440669/can-multiphase-dynamic-ct-angiography-provide-a-better-assessment-of-aortic-dissection-compared-with-the-standard-triphasic-protocol
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Chun-Yan Lu, Yi-Ke Diao, Ying-Qiang Guo, Xiao-Hui Zhang, Hong-Li Bai, Zhen-Lin Li
Background Acute aortic dissection (AD) is a life-threatening medical emergency. It has been debated whether the multiphase dynamic computed tomography angiography (CTA) protocol is superior to the standard triphasic protocol for revealing the characteristics of AD. Purpose To examine two multiphase dynamic protocols, Dynamic four-dimensional (4D) CTA using the shuttle mode and Flash 4D CTA using the high-pitch mode for the assessment of AD and to compare them with the standard triphasic protocol. Material and Methods A total of 54 consecutive patients were randomly and equally assigned to three groups and scanned with a second-generation DSCT scanner...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440589/prime-movers-advanced-practice-professionals-in-the-role-of-stroke-coordinator
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Nicholas A Rattray, Teresa M Damush, Cherie Luckhurst, Catherine J Bauer-Martinez, Barbara J Homoya, Edward J Miech
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following a stroke quality improvement clustered randomized trial and a national acute ischemic stroke (AIS) directive in the Veterans Health Administration in 2011, this comparative case study examined the role of advanced practice professionals (APPs) in quality improvement activities among stroke teams. METHODS: Semistructured interviews were conducted at 11 Veterans Affairs medical centers annually over a 3-year period. A multidisciplinary team analyzed interviews from clinical providers through a mixed-methods, data matrix approach linking APPs (nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research constructs and a group organization measure...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439493/targeted-therapies-in-breast-cancer-new-challenges-to-fight-against-resistance
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REVIEW
Viviana Masoud, Gilles Pagès
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women and today represents a significant challenge to public health. With the latest breakthroughs in molecular biology and immunotherapy, very specific targeted therapies have been tailored to the specific pathophysiology of different types of breast cancers. These recent developments have contributed to a more efficient and specific treatment protocol in breast cancer patients. However, the main challenge to be further investigated still remains the emergence of therapeutic resistance mechanisms, which develop soon after the onset of therapy and need urgent attention and further elucidation...
April 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
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