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Emma Suggett, John Marriott
BACKGROUND: A number of methods exist for the risk assessment of hospital inpatients to determine the likelihood of patients experiencing drug-related problems (DRPs), including manual review of a patient's medication (medication reviews) and more complex electronic assessment using decision support alerts in electronic prescribing systems. A systematic review was conducted to determine the evidence base for potential risks associated with adult hospital inpatients that could not only lead to medication-related issues but might also be directly associated with pharmacist intervention...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
María Del Mar Roldán-García, María Jesús García-Godoy, José F Aldana-Montes
BACKGROUND: Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) has been designed as standard clinical terminology for annotating Electronic Health Records (EHRs). EHRs textual information is used to classify patients' diseases into an International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) category (usually by an expert). Improving the accuracy of classification is the main purpose of using ontologies and OWL representations at the core of classification systems...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
M L Larsen, K V Naver, M M Kjaer, F S Jorgensen, L Nilas
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reproducibility of placental volume using three-dimensional ultrasound. METHODS: The VOCAL (Virtual Organ Computer-aided AnaLysis) technique involves rotating an image of an object along an established axis using predefined angles. This provides a number of sections to measure manually, resulting in the object being displayed with an estimated placental volume. Four predefined angles 30°, 15°, 9°, and 6°, creating 6, 12, 20 and 30 sections, respectively...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
J T Helgstrand, N Klemann, M A Røder, B G Toft, K Brasso, B Vainer, P Iversen
BACKGROUND: Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED) codes are computer-processable medical terms used to describe histopathological evaluations. SNOMED codes are not readily usable for analysis. We invented an algorithm that converts prostate SNOMED codes into an analyzable format. We present the methodology and early results from a new national Danish prostate database containing clinical data from all males who had evaluation of prostate tissue from 1995 to 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SNOMED codes were retrieved from the Danish Pathology Register...
2016: Clinical Epidemiology
Nadeem Toodayan, Christopher J Boes
The eponymous legacy of Sir William Richard Gowers (1845-1915) was the subject of a comprehensive appraisal first written for this journal late last year. Since the completion of that work, a revealing February 1903 letter has come to light recording, amongst other things, Gowers' firsthand and somewhat private opinions concerning some of his own eponymous contributions to medicine. This addendum to the primary author's original article will review and contextualize this very interesting find as it relates to Gowers' eponymous legacy...
August 11, 2016: Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Ying Y Zhao, Jia Weng, Daniel R Mobley, Rui Wang, Younghoon Kwon, Phyllis C Zee, Pamela L Lutsey, Susan Redline
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Type 3 home sleep apnea tests may underestimate the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) due to overestimation of total sleep time (TST). We aimed to evaluate the effect of manual editing of the total recording time (TRT) on the TST and AHI. METHODS: Thirty 15-channel in-home polysomnography studies (AHI 0 to 30 events/h) scored using American Academy of Sleep Medicine criteria were rescored by two blinded polysomnologists after data from electroencephalogram, electrooculogram, and electromyogram were masked...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Patrick H Finan, Jessica M Richards, Charlene E Gamaldo, Dingfen Han, Jeannie Marie Leoutsakos, Rachel Salas, Michael R Irwin, Michael T Smith
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity of an ambulatory electroencephalographic (EEG) monitor for the estimation of sleep continuity and architecture in healthy adults. METHODS: Healthy, good sleeping participants (N = 14) were fit with both an ambulatory EEG monitor (Sleep Profiler) and a full polysomnography (PSG) montage. EEG recordings were gathered from both devices on the same night, during which sleep was permitted uninterrupted for eight hours. The study was set in an inpatient clinical research suite...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
E Pandya, B V Bajorek
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The importance of 'shared decision-making' is much emphasized in recent clinical guidelines regarding stroke management in atrial fibrillation (AF), more so following the inclusion of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) among the treatment options. It is important that patients are navigated through balanced and unbiased information about the available treatment options, so as to understand the risk and benefits associated with the therapies, and to enable them to accordingly communicate their concerns and views with their clinicians prior to therapy selection...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Emil K S Espe, Kristine Skårdal, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Lili Zhang, Ivar Sjaastad
PURPOSE: To develop a semiautomatic method for rapid segmentation of myocardial tissue phase mapping (TPM) data. METHODS: Manual segmentation of the myocardium was performed at end-diastole and end-systole. The points in both user-defined masks were then automatically tracked over the entire cardiac cycle using temporal integration of the velocity field. Paths that failed to visit both masks at the expected times were excluded, after which masks for all time points were generated automatically from the accepted paths...
October 3, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
A Chaibi, J Š Benth, P J Tuchin, M B Russell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To investigate the efficacy of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) for migraineurs. METHODS: This was a prospective three-armed, single-blinded, placebo, randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 17 months duration including 104 migraineurs with at least one migraine attack per month. The RCT was conducted at Akershus University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. Active treatment consisted of CSMT, whereas placebo was a sham push manoeuvre of the lateral edge of the scapula and/or the gluteal region...
October 2, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Joseph A Boscarino, H Lester Kirchner, James M Pitcavage, Vijay R Nadipelli, Naoko A Ronquest, Michael H Fitzpatrick, John J Han
OBJECTIVE: Opioid overdoses (ODs) have been increasing, and harm reduction efforts are a priority. The success of these efforts will be dependent on the identification of at-risk patients and improved access to the antidote naloxone. Therefore, to identify access to naloxone and factors associated with negative health outcomes, we conducted a retrospective study of patients with OD to identify those at highest risk of adverse outcomes and to assess the use of naloxone. METHODS: We conducted a study of electronic health records for patients admitted to the largest multihospital system in the region - the Geisinger Health System (GHS) for ODs - from April 2005 through March 2015...
2016: Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation
Yu Shi, Wen Wu
BACKGROUND: Neuropathic pain (NP) is a major public health problem worldwide. Because of the unclear mechanism of NP, its treatment is one of the most difficult medical problems. As a targeted, noninvasive, safe therapy, pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) provides a new method for the treatment of NP; however, its effect on this treatment still lacks support from evidence-based medicine. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a meta-analysis of available randomized controlled trials and to evaluate the effectiveness and clinical utility of PRF for the treatment of NP...
September 2016: Pain Physician
M Rüsseler, A Schill, P Kalozoumi-Paisi, C Ganzert, L Arheilger, J Sterz, T Kollewe, S H Hoefer, F Adili
Introduction: Practical clinical expertise is a crucial part of medical professionalism. Several studies have shown that medical students are poorly trained in practical skills during their undergraduate training. Even the students rated their own expertise in practical skills as poor. The amendments to the German Regulating Licenses in Practical Medicine are intended to strengthen practical clinical training. The aim of the present study is to use focus groups to analyse practical clinical training with respect to organisation, difficulties and problems from the learners' perspective...
September 27, 2016: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
Changsop Yang, Eunyoung Lee, Eui-Hyoung Hwang, Ojin Kwon, Jun-Hwan Lee
The purpose of this study was to report the current state of Korean medicine (KM) treatment on sports injury by implementing survey with volleyball team medical doctors participating in 2013-2014 season. Six KM doctors completed a questionnaire that includes injury parameters: type, location, situation, and pain scores. We collected 166 injury cases from 94 Korean male and female national volleyball players. Knee (25.9%), low back (13.3%), elbow, and ankle (8.4%) injuries were most common. Joint (41.6%) and muscle (30...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
O Wirjadi, Y-J Kim, F Stech, L Bonfert, M Wagner
Image segmentation aims to determine structures of interest inside a digital picture in biomedical sciences. State-of-the art automatic methods however still fail to provide the segmentation quality achievable by humans who employ expert knowledge and use software to mark target structures on an image. Manual segmentation is time-consuming, tedious and suffers from interoperator variability, thus not serving the requirements of daily use well. Therefore, the approach presented here abandons the goal of full-fledged segmentation and settles for the localization of circular objects in photographs (10 training images and 20 testing images with several hundreds of nuclei each)...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
Kazuomi Kario
The essential benefit of the management of hypertension is derived from the blood pressure (BP) lowering per se, indicating the importance of BP throughout 24 hours. Recent guidelines stressed the importance of home BP for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. It is well-known that cardiovascular events occur more frequently in the morning BP levels have been shown to increase during the period from night to early morning. Clinical research using ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM) or home BP monitoring has clarified that morning BP and BP surge are more closely related to the cardiovascular risk than office BP (Kario et al...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sebastian Weingärtner, Nadja M Meßner, Frank G Zöllner, Mehmet Akçakaya, Lothar R Schad
PURPOSE: To study the feasibility of black-blood contrast in native T1 mapping for reduction of partial voluming at the blood-myocardium interface. METHODS: A saturation pulse prepared heart-rate-independent inversion recovery (SAPPHIRE) T1 mapping sequence was combined with motion-sensitized driven-equilibrium (MSDE) blood suppression for black-blood T1 mapping at 3 Tesla. Phantom scans were performed to assess the T1 time accuracy. In vivo black-blood and conventional SAPPHIRE T1 mapping was performed in eight healthy subjects and analyzed for T1 times, precision, and inter- and intraobserver variability...
September 16, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Harry Hochheiser, Melissa Castine, David Harris, Guergana Savova, Rebecca S Jacobson
BACKGROUND: Standards, methods, and tools supporting the integration of clinical data and genomic information are an area of significant need and rapid growth in biomedical informatics. Integration of cancer clinical data and cancer genomic information poses unique challenges, because of the high volume and complexity of clinical data, as well as the heterogeneity and instability of cancer genome data when compared with germline data. Current information models of clinical and genomic data are not sufficiently expressive to represent individual observations and to aggregate those observations into longitudinal summaries over the course of cancer care...
2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
M B First
From DSM-III onward, successive DSM editions have strived to ground the diagnostic definitions in empirical evidence. DSM-IV established a three-stage process of empirical review, consisting of comprehensive and systematic literature reviews, secondary analyses of datasets, and field trials to provide reliability and validity data for the most substantial or controversial proposals. DSM-IV Work Group members were required to review the empirical literature to document explicitly the evidence supporting the text and criteria published in DSM-IV...
September 13, 2016: Psychological Medicine
Sergio Olate, Carlos Zaror, John N Blythe, Maurice Y Mommaerts
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to determine the soft-to-hard tissue ratios in profile view in bimaxillary orthognathic surgical corrections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic review of studies published in different languages was performed by searching the Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Lilacs, Scopus, and Science Direct databases up to August 2015. Additional studies were identified by reference analyses. The methodological quality was evaluated using the instrument developed by the Effective Public Health Practice Project and the Level of Evidence using the Level of Evidence scale from the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine...
August 21, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
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