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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346340/disparities-in-preconception-health-indicators-%C3%A2-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-2013-2015-and-pregnancy-risk-assessment-monitoring-system-2013-2014
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Cheryl Robbins, Sheree L Boulet, Isabel Morgan, Denise V D'Angelo, Lauren B Zapata, Brian Morrow, Andrea Sharma, Charlan D Kroelinger
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Preconception health is a broad term that encompasses the overall health of nonpregnant women during their reproductive years (defined here as aged 18-44 years). Improvement of both birth outcomes and the woman's health occurs when preconception health is optimized. Improving preconception health before and between pregnancies is critical for reducing maternal and infant mortality and pregnancy-related complications. The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative's Surveillance and Research work group suggests ten prioritized indicators that states can use to monitor programs or activities for improving the preconception health status of women of reproductive age...
January 19, 2018: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344100/surgical-site-infection-prevention-an-analysis-of-compliance-with-good-practice-in-a-teaching-hospital
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Adriana Cristina de Oliveira, Camila Sarmento Gama
Background: Surgical teams play a critical role in reducing surgery-related risks during preoperative and intraoperative phases. Aim: To analyse the preoperative and intraoperative practices adopted by surgical teams in surgical site infections prevention. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted during April-September 2013 in a large university hospital in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was conducted through observation of the surgical practice during preoperative and intraoperative phases of procedures used by a gastroenterological, cardiovascular and paediatric surgical team...
November 2017: Journal of Infection Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338956/gender-identity-disparities-in-cancer-screening-behaviors
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Ariella R Tabaac, Megan E Sutter, Catherine S J Wall, Kellan E Baker
INTRODUCTION: Transgender (trans) and gender-nonconforming adults have reported reduced access to health care because of discrimination and lack of knowledgeable care. This study aimed to contribute to the nascent cancer prevention literature among trans and gender-nonconforming individuals by ascertaining rates of breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening behaviors by gender identity. METHODS: Publicly available de-identified data from the 2014-2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys were utilized to evaluate rates of cancer screenings by gender identity, while controlling for healthcare access, sociodemographics, and survey year...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331944/liver-sampling-a-vital-window-into-hbv-pathogenesis-on-the-path-to-functional-cure
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REVIEW
Upkar S Gill, Laura J Pallett, Patrick T F Kennedy, Mala K Maini
In order to optimally refine the multiple emerging drug targets for hepatitis B virus (HBV), it is vital to evaluate virological and immunological changes at the site of infection. Traditionally liver biopsy has been the mainstay of HBV disease assessment, but with the emergence of non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis, there has been a move away from tissue sampling. Here we argue that liver biopsy remains an important tool, not only for the clinical assessment of HBV but also for research progress and evaluation of novel agents...
January 13, 2018: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320720/simultaneous-emergence-and-rapid-spread-of-three-oxa-23-producing-acinetobacter-baumannii-st208-strains-in-intensive-care-units-confirmed-by-whole-genome-sequencing
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Qiong Chen, Jia-Wei Zhou, Jian-Zhong Fan, Sheng-Hai Wu, Li-Hui Xu, Yan Jiang, Zhi Ruan, Yun-Song Yu, Dao-Jun Yu, Xian-Jun Wang
Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) is a common nosocomial bacterial pathogen with limited treatment options. CRAB outbreaks are disastrous for critically ill patients. This study investigated carbapenemase-produced A. baumannii outbreaks in a tertiary hospital. Although multiple outbreaks were suggested by pulse-field gel electrophoresis, the genetic lineages and evolution between these isolates were not clear. To investigate the genomic epidemiology of these outbreaks and to reveal possible transmission routes, whole genome sequences (WGS) were compared and analyzed...
January 8, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313072/-antibiotic-stewardship-measures-for-optimizing-prescription-of-anti-infective-agents
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C Lanckohr, H Bracht
Antibiotic stewardship (ABS) comprises a bundle of different interventions to improve anti-infective treatment in a hospital setting. An important component of ABS interventions is the interdisciplinary approach to infection management. Besides improving infrastructural aspects on a hospital level, including surveillance of the use of anti-infective agents and nosocomial infections, collation and interpretation of statistics on resistance and formulation of local treatment guidelines, ABS teams go to the wards and advise treating physicians on antibiotic therapy...
January 8, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300236/contemporary-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-transfusion-associated-circulatory-overload
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Nareg H Roubinian, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Darrell J Triulzi, Jerome L Gottschall, Michael Michalkiewicz, Dhuly Chowdhury, Daryl J Kor, Mark R Looney, Michael A Matthay, Steven H Kleinman, Donald Brambilla, Edward L Murphy
OBJECTIVES: Transfusion-associated circulatory overload is characterized by hydrostatic pulmonary edema following blood transfusion. Restrictive transfusion practice may affect the occurrence and severity of transfusion-associated circulatory overload in critically ill patients. We sought to examine contemporary risk factors and outcomes for transfusion-associated circulatory overload. DESIGN: Case-control study. SETTING: Four tertiary care hospitals...
January 3, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299816/housing-and-food-insecurity-care-access-and-health-status-among-the-chronically-ill-an-analysis-of-the-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system
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Paniz Charkhchi, Soudabeh Fazeli Dehkordy, Ruth C Carlos
BACKGROUND: The proportion of the United States population with chronic illness continues to rise. Understanding the determinants of quality of care-particularly social determinants-is critical to the provision of care in this population. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of housing and food insecurity among persons with common chronic conditions and to assess the independent effects of chronic illness and sociodemographic characteristics on (1) housing and food insecurity, and (2) health care access hardship and health status...
January 3, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281132/monoclonal-gammopathies-electronic-subspecialty-consultation
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Nicholas Burwick, Jacob Stein, David A Garcia, Virginia C Broudy, Robert E Richard
IMPORTANCE: Electronic consultation (e-consult) is an important component of care for patients in the Veterans Health Administration who require sub-specialty consultation but not urgent face to face evaluation. Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is a common reason for e-consult. While often benign, MGUS requires careful evaluation and persistent surveillance over time. OBJECTIVE: To identify areas to improve MGUS care delivery by e-consult...
December 27, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249510/bone-health-and-endocrine-comorbidities-in-pediatric-epilepsy
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Nancy A McNamara, Erin Marie Fedak Romanowski, David P Olson, Renee A Shellhaas
Antiseizure medications and dietary therapies have associated effects on the endocrine system. We provided an overview of the relationship between epilepsy treatment and bone health in children with epilepsy. Additionally, we discussed the effects of epilepsy treatment on other endocrine systems including thyroid function, growth, reproduction, and weight. The effect of epilepsy on bone health is multifactorial; there are direct and indirect effects of medication and dietary treatments as well as a decrease in physical activity, decreased sunlight exposure, decreased vitamin D levels, and additional comorbidities...
November 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240568/the-epidemiology-of-pediatric-head-injury-treated-outside-of-hospital-emergency-departments
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Cheryl K Zogg, R Sterling Haring, Likang Xu, Joseph K Canner, Hatim A AlSulaim, Zain G Hashmi, Ali Salim, Lilly D Engineer, Adil H Haider, Jeneita M Bell, Eric B Schneider
BACKGROUND: Although head trauma-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits are well characterized, few studies describe pediatric patients presenting outside of emergency departments. We compared the epidemiology and extent of healthcare-seeking pediatric (0-17y) patients presenting in outpatient settings with those of patients seeking non-hospitalized emergency department care. METHODS: We used MarketScan Medicaid and commercial claims, 2004-2013, to identify patients managed in two outpatient settings (physician's offices/clinics, urgent care) and the emergency department...
December 13, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228133/regional-epidemiology-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-among-adult-intensive-care-unit-patients-following-state-mandated-active-surveillance
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Michael Y Lin, Mary K Hayden, Rosie D Lyles, Karen Lolans, Louis F Fogg, Alexander J Kallen, Stephen G Weber, Robert A Weinstein, William E Trick
Background: In 2007, Illinois became the first state in the United States to mandate active surveillance of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The Illinois law applies to intensive care unit (ICU) patients; contact precautions are required for patients found to be MRSA-colonized. However, the effectiveness of a legislated "search and isolate" approach to reduce MRSA burden among critically ill patients is uncertain. We evaluated whether the prevalence of MRSA colonization declined in the 5 years after the start of mandatory active surveillance...
December 7, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186403/associations-between-enteral-colonization-with-gram-negative-bacteria-and-intensive-care-unit-acquired-infections-and-colonization-of-the-respiratory-tract
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Jos F Frencken, Bastiaan H J Wittekamp, Nienke L Plantinga, Cristian Spitoni, Kirsten van de Groep, Olaf L Cremer, Marc J M Bonten
Background: Enteral and respiratory tract colonization with gram-negative bacteria may lead to subsequent infections in critically ill patients. We aimed to clarify the interdependence between gut and respiratory tract colonization and their associations with intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired infections in patients receiving selective digestive tract decontamination (SDD). Methods: Colonization status of the rectum and respiratory tract was determined using twice-weekly microbiological surveillance in mechanically ventilated subjects receiving SDD between May 2011 and June 2015 in a tertiary medical-surgical ICU in the Netherlands...
September 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132370/expanding-malaria-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-lao-pdr-lessons-learned-from-a-public-private-mix-initiative
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Nouannipha Simmalavong, Sengkham Phommixay, Phoudaliphone Kongmanivong, Odai Sichanthongthip, Bouasy Hongvangthong, Deyer Gopinath, David M Sintasath
BACKGROUND: As in other countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the private health sector constitutes a significant avenue where malaria services are provided and presents a unique opportunity for public-private collaboration. In September 2008, a public-private mix (PPM) strategy was launched initially in four northern and southern provinces in Lao PDR to increase access to rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), improve quality of care, and collect routine malaria data from the private sector...
November 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080720/measuring-maternal-mortality-and-morbidity-in-canada
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REVIEW
Jocelynn L Cook, Mina Majd, Jennifer Blake, Jon Yosef Barrett, Sylvie Bouvet, Patricia Janssen, Marian Knight, Sarka Lisonkova, Heather Scott, Suzanne Tough, Tom Wong
Maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity are devastating for women, their families, and care providers. International efforts have been made to develop and to implement data collection, management, and surveillance systems that capture pregnancy-related information that can be assessed and used to improve health and system outcomes. At present, Canada does not have a national enquiry process to review maternal deaths, severe morbidity, and near misses, and has not set targets for maternal mortality reduction...
November 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071193/recent-advances-in-biosensor-development-for-foodborne-virus-detection
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REVIEW
Suresh Neethirajan, Syed Rahin Ahmed, Rohit Chand, John Buozis, Éva Nagy
Outbreaks of foodborne diseases related to fresh produce have been increasing in North America and Europe. Viral foodborne pathogens are poorly understood, suffering from insufficient awareness and surveillance due to the limits on knowledge, availability, and costs of related technologies and devices. Current foodborne viruses are emphasized and newly emerging foodborne viruses are beginning to attract interest. To face current challenges regarding foodborne pathogens, a point-of-care (POC) concept has been introduced to food testing technology and device...
2017: Nanotheranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058949/lipomas-of-the-brachial-plexus-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Alexander Graf, Kai Yang, David King, William Dzwierzynski, James Sanger, Patrick Hettinger
BACKGROUND: Lipomas are common benign tumors. When they develop in proximity to peripheral nerves, they can cause neurologic symptoms secondary to mass effect. Previous reports have shown symptom resolution after removal of lipomas compressing various upper extremity peripheral nerves. However, brachial plexus lipomas are relatively rare. Our multidisciplinary experience with brachial plexus lipoma resection is reviewed in the largest case series to date. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of all patients undergoing resection of brachial plexus lipomatous tumors between 2006 and 2016 was performed...
October 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020273/the-transmissibility-of-antibiotic-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-in-intensive-care-units
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Tanya Gurieva, Mirjam J D Dautzenberg, Marek Gniadkowski, Lennie P G Derde, Marc J M Bonten, Martin C J Bootsma
Background: The global emergence of infections caused by Enterobacteriaceae resistant to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs) in intensive care units (ICUs) is, at least partly, driven by cross-transmission. Yet, individual transmission capacities of bacterial species have not been quantified. Methods: In this post-hoc analysis of a multicenter study in 13 European ICUs prospective surveillance data and a mathematical model were used to estimate transmission capacities and single admission reproduction numbers (RA) of Escherichia coli and non-E...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016286/chagas-disease-infection-among-migrants-at-the-mexico-guatemala-border
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Erin E Conners, Teresa López Ordoñez, Celia Cordon-Rosales, Carmen Fernández Casanueva, Sonia Morales Miranda, Kimberly C Brouwer
Chagas disease results in the largest burden, in terms of disability-adjusted-life-years, of any parasitic disease in the Americas. Monitoring Chagas disease among migrants is critical to controlling its spread and to serving the needs of the migrant community. Therefore, we determined the prevalence and correlates of Chagas disease in regional and international migrant populations at the Mexico/Guatemala border. Data were collected as part of a larger study of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and migration...
October 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978716/immunization-antibiotic-use-and-pneumococcal-colonization-over-a-15-year-period
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Grace M Lee, Ken Kleinman, Stephen Pelton, Marc Lipsitch, Susan S Huang, Matt Lakoma, Maya Dutta-Linn, Melisa Rett, William P Hanage, Jonathan A Finkelstein
BACKGROUND: Rates of invasive pneumococcal disease have declined since widespread introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) in the United States. We evaluated the impact of immunization status and recent antibiotic use on an individual child's risk of colonization. METHODS: This study extends previously reported data from children <7 years of age seen for well child or acute care visits in Massachusetts communities. Nasopharyngeal swabs were collected during 6 surveillance seasons from 2000 to 2014...
November 2017: Pediatrics
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