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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088759/how-accurate-are-accurate-force-fields-for-b-dna
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Pablo D Dans, Ivan Ivani, Adam Hospital, Guillem Portella, Carlos González, Modesto Orozco
Last generation of force-fields are raising expectations on the quality of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DNA, as well as to the belief that theoretical models can substitute experimental ones in several cases. However these claims are based on limited benchmarks, where MD simulations have shown the ability to reproduce already existing 'experimental models', which in turn, have an unclear accuracy to represent DNA conformation in solution. In this work we explore the ability of different force-fields to predict the structure of two new B-DNA dodecamers, determined herein by means of (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)...
January 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088757/challenges-in-neonatal-transport-in-jamaica-a-resource-limited-setting
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Salome Henry, Helen Trotman
AIM: This study aimed to determine challenges associated with neonatal transport in Jamaica, a resource-limited setting. METHODS: This was a prospective descriptive study of neonates transported to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) over a 15 month period. Data on the clinical status of the neonates before, during and at the end of transport, as well as on accompanying staff and equipment, were collected. Neonatal demographics, reason for transfer and outcome at 48 h and at discharge were also collected...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088617/assessing-physician-productivity-following-norwegian-hospital-reform-a-panel-and-data-envelopment-analysis
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Karl Arne Johannessen, Sverre A C Kittelsen, Terje P Hagen
BACKGROUND: Although health care reforms may improve efficiency at the macro level, less is known regarding their effects on the utilization of health care personnel. Following the 2002 Norwegian hospital reform, we studied the productivity of the physician workforce and the effect of personnel mix on this measure in all nineteen Norwegian hospitals from 2001 to 2013. METHODS: We used panel analysis and non-parametric data envelopment analysis (DEA) to study physician productivity defined as patient treatments per full-time equivalent (FTE) physician...
January 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088338/relation-between-resting-amygdalar-activity-and-cardiovascular-events-a-longitudinal-and-cohort-study
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Ahmed Tawakol, Amorina Ishai, Richard Ap Takx, Amparo L Figueroa, Abdelrahman Ali, Yannick Kaiser, Quynh A Truong, Chloe Je Solomon, Claudia Calcagno, Venkatesh Mani, Cheuk Y Tang, Willem Jm Mulder, James W Murrough, Udo Hoffmann, Matthias Nahrendorf, Lisa M Shin, Zahi A Fayad, Roger K Pitman
BACKGROUND: Emotional stress is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. We imaged the amygdala, a brain region involved in stress, to determine whether its resting metabolic activity predicts risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. METHODS: Individuals aged 30 years or older without known cardiovascular disease or active cancer disorders, who underwent (18)F-fluorodexoyglucose PET/CT at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA, USA) between Jan 1, 2005, and Dec 31, 2008, were studied longitudinally...
January 12, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088181/acute-and-chronic-kidney-disease-in-elderly-patients-with-hip-fracture-prevalence-risk-factors-and-outcome-with-development-and-validation-of-a-risk-prediction-model-for-acute-kidney-injury
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Christine J Porter, Iain K Moppett, Irene Juurlink, Jessica Nightingale, Christopher G Moran, Mark A J Devonald
BACKGROUND: Hip fracture is a common injury in older people with a high rate of postoperative morbidity and mortality. This patient group is also at high risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD), but little is known of the impact of kidney disease on outcome following hip fracture. METHODS: An observational cohort of consecutive patients with hip fracture in a large UK secondary care hospital. Predictive modelling of outcomes using development and validation datasets...
January 14, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087902/a-review-of-the-preventability-of-maternal-mortality-in-one-hospital-system-in-louisiana-usa
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James J Morong, Jane K Martin, Robert S Ware, Alfred G Robichaux
OBJECTIVE: To determine preventability of in-hospital maternal mortality in the Ochsner Health System (OHS) in the US state of Louisiana. METHODS: A retrospective study was undertaken of all known cases of in-hospital maternal death (during pregnancy or within 42 days of termination) that occurred within OHS facilities in 1995-2013. Associations between characteristics and mortality and preventability were investigated. Incidence rate ratios (IRRs) were calculated in view of varying reference values...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087832/comparison-of-cardiovascular-risk-algorithms-in-patients-with-vs-without-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-the-role-of-c-reactive-protein-in-predicting-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Evo Alemao, Hélène Cawston, François Bourhis, Maiwenn Al, Maureen Rutten-van Molken, Katherine P Liao, Daniel H Solomon
OBJECTIVES: The aims were to compare the performance of cardiovascular risk calculators, Framingham Risk Score (FRS) and QRISK2, in RA and matched non-RA patients and to evaluate whether their performance could be enhanced by the addition of CRP. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis, using a clinical practice data set linked to Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data from the UK. Patients presenting with at least one RA diagnosis code and no prior cardiovascular events were matched to non-RA patients using disease risk scores...
January 12, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087807/field-validation-of-the-los-angeles-motor-scale-as-a-tool-for-paramedic-assessment-of-stroke-severity
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Joon-Tae Kim, Pil-Wook Chung, Sidney Starkman, Nerses Sanossian, Samuel J Stratton, Marc Eckstein, Frank D Pratt, Robin Conwit, David S Liebeskind, Latisha Sharma, Lucas Restrepo, May-Kim Tenser, Miguel Valdes-Sueiras, Jeffrey Gornbein, Scott Hamilton, Jeffrey L Saver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Los Angeles Motor Scale (LAMS) is a 3-item, 0- to 10-point motor stroke-deficit scale developed for prehospital use. We assessed the convergent, divergent, and predictive validity of the LAMS when performed by paramedics in the field at multiple sites in a large and diverse geographic region. METHODS: We analyzed early assessment and outcome data prospectively gathered in the FAST-MAG trial (Field Administration of Stroke Therapy-Magnesium phase 3) among patients with acute cerebrovascular disease (cerebral ischemia and intracranial hemorrhage) within 2 hours of onset, transported by 315 ambulances to 60 receiving hospitals...
January 13, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087677/incorporating-persistent-pain-in-phenotypic-frailty-measurement-and-prediction-of-adverse-health-outcomes
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Matthew C Lohman, Karen L Whiteman, Rebecca L Greenberg, Martha L Bruce
BACKGROUND: Frailty, a syndrome of physiological deficits, is prevalent among older adults and predicts elevated risk of adverse health outcomes. Although persistent pain predicts similar risk, it is seldom considered in frailty measurement. This article evaluated the construct and predictive validity of including persistent pain in phenotypic frailty measurement. METHODS: Frailty and persistent pain were operationalized using data from the Health and Retirement Study (2006-2012 waves)...
February 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087556/ahead-study-an-observational-study-of-the-management-of-anticoagulated-patients-who-suffer-head-injury
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Suzanne Mason, Maxine Kuczawski, M Dawn Teare, Matt Stevenson, Steve Goodacre, Shammi Ramlakhan, Francis Morris, Joanne Rothwell
OBJECTIVES: Management of anticoagulated patients after head injury is unclear due to lack of robust evidence. This study aimed to determine the adverse outcome rate in these patients and identify risk factors associated with poor outcome. DESIGN: Multicentre, observational study using routine patient records. SETTING: 33 emergency departments in England and Scotland. PARTICIPANTS: 3566 adults (aged ≥16 years) who had suffered blunt head injury and were currently taking warfarin...
January 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087182/multimorbidity-and-acute-heart-failure-in-internal-medicine
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F Martínez, L Martínez-Ibañez, G Pichler, A Ruiz, J Redon
AIMS: To analyse the characteristics of hospitalized patients for AHF, with special attention to the clustering of morbidities. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinical records of patients, admitted in Internal Medicine due to AHF, during three years, were reviewed. The characteristics of patients-episodes were registered and key indicators of performance. Multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) was used to assess the distribution of morbidities. LR models were used to study clinical variables related with death or readmission...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087170/clostridium-difficile-rates-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-hospitalized-patients-using-nucleic-acid-testing
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Cynthia Truong, Lee F Schroeder, Rajiv Gaur, Victoria Emma Anikst, Ikuko Komo, Colleen Watters, Erin McCalley, Carole Kulik, David Pickham, Nancy J Lee, Niaz Banaei
BACKGROUND: The Clostridium difficile rate in symptomatic patients represents both those with C. difficile infection (CDI) and those with colonization. To predict the extent of CDI overdiagnosis, we compared the asymptomatic colonization rate to the symptomatic positivity rate in hospitalized patients using nucleic acid testing. METHODS: Between July 2014 and April 2015, formed stool samples were collected from asymptomatic patients after admission to 3 hospital wards at the Stanford Hospital...
January 3, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087157/the-association-of-blood-urea-nitrogen-levels-with-mortality-in-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Mustafa A Tatlisu, Adnan Kaya, Muhammed Keskin, Sahin Avsar, Mehmet Bozbay, Kiymet Tatlisu, Mehmet Eren
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of BUN levels with in-hospital and long-term adverse clinical outcomes in acute pulmonary embolism (APE) patients treated with tissue-plasminogen activator (t-PA). METHODS: This retrospective study included 252 consecutive confirmed APE patients treated with t-PA. An admission BUN of 34.5 mg/dL was identified through an ROC analysis as an optimal cutoff value to predict the in-hospital mortality with 85% sensitivity and 91% specificity (AUC: 0...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087113/video-assisted-thoracoscopic-diaphragm-plication-using-a-running-suture-technique-is-durable-and-effective
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David S Demos, Mark F Berry, Leah M Backhus, Joseph B Shrager
OBJECTIVE: Surgeons have hesitated to adopt minimally invasive diaphragm plication techniques because of technical limitations rendering the procedure cumbersome or leading to early failure or reduced efficacy. We sought to demonstrate efficacy and durability of our thoracoscopic plication technique using a single running suture. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent our technique for diaphragm plication since 2008. We used a single, buttressed, double-layered, to-and-fro running suture with additional plicating horizontal mattress sutures as needed...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087053/six-minute-walk-test-results-predict-risk-of-hospitalization-for-youths-with-cystic-fibrosis-a-5-year-follow-up-study
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Márcio V F Donadio, João P Heinzmann-Filho, Fernanda M Vendrusculo, Patrícia X H Frasson, Paulo J C Marostica
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of 6-minute walk test (6MWT) and other variables (anthropometry, chronic Pseudomonas aeroginosa colonization, pulmonary function, and respiratory muscle strength) with the risk of hospitalization for pulmonary exacerbation in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF). STUDY DESIGN: Cohort study that included patients with CF aged 6-18 years. All participants underwent spirometry, manovacuometry, and 6MWT during the 5-year follow-up...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086844/are-risk-predicting-models-useful-for-estimating-survival-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
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Hanna M Nurmi, Minna K Purokivi, Miia S Kärkkäinen, Hannu-Pekka Kettunen, Tuomas A Selander, Riitta L Kaarteenaho
BACKGROUND: Risk predicting models have been applied in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), but still not validated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD). The purpose of this study was to test the suitability of three prediction models as well as individual lung function and demographic factors for evaluating the prognosis of RA-ILD patients. METHODS: Clinical and radiological data of 59 RA-ILD patients was re-assessed...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086793/methicillin-resistance-and-virulence-genes-in-invasive-and-nasal-staphylococcus-epidermidis-isolates-from-neonates
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Vivian Carolina Salgueiro, Natalia Lopes Pontes Iorio, Marcelle Cristina Ferreira, Raiane Cardoso Chamon, Kátia Regina Netto Dos Santos
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus epidermidis is an opportunistic pathogen involved in hospital-acquired infections, particularly in those related to medical devices. This study characterized 50 genetically unrelated S. epidermidis isolates from bloodstream infections (BSIs, n = 31) and nares (n = 19) of neonates in relation to staphylococcal chromosomal cassette mec (SCCmec) type, biofilm production and associated genes, and the arginine catabolic mobile elements (ACME), in order to detect virulence factors that could discriminate a potential invasiveness isolate or predict an increasing pathogenicity...
January 13, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081579/predicting-full-enteral-feeding-in-the-postoperative-period-in-infants-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Carlos Zozaya, Miryam Triana, Rosario Madero, Steven Abrams, Leopoldo Martinez, Maria Virginia Amesty, Miguel Sáenz de Pipaón
Introduction The objective of the study is to examine the factors associated with time to achieve full enteral feeding after repair of congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Materials and Methods Demographic, clinical, and therapeutic data were retrospectively assessed, and uni- and multivariate Cox regression were performed to examine factors predictive of achieving full enteral feeding that was defined as time to achieve120 mL/kg/d after surgical repair. Results Of 78 infants, 66 underwent intervention before hospital discharge...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081329/daily-surveillance-with-early-warning-scores-help-predicthospital-mortality-in-medical-wards
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Mine Durusu Tanrıöver, Burçin Halaçlı, Bilgin Sait, Serpil Öcal, Arzu Topeli
BACKGROUND/AIM: To analyze the potency of a modified early warning score (EWS) to help predict hospital mortality when used for surveillance in nonacute medical wards. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients in internal medicine wards were prospectively recruited. First, highest, and last scores; and mean daily score recordings and values were recorded. Nurses calculated scores for each patient upon admission and every 4 h. The last score was the score before death, discharge, or transfer to another ward...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079622/prevalence-and-determinants-of-job-stress-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Philipp Schreiner, Luc Biedermann, Jean-Benoit Rossel, Gerhard Rogler, Valérie Pittet, Roland von Känel
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial factors have been shown to predict a poor disease course in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but whether this applies to job stress is currently unknown. We assessed the prevalence of job stress and its correlates in a large cohort of patients with IBD. METHODS: We included all adult, professionally active patients enrolled between 2006 and 2015 in the Swiss IBD Cohort. Job stress was measured through the self-report effort-reward imbalance ratio and overcommitment (OC) to work questionnaires...
January 10, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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