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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351062/using-national-health-care-databases-and-problem-based-practice-analysis-to-inform-integrated-curriculum-development
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Amy J Baker, Mark R Raymond, Steven A Haist, John R Boulet
One challenge when implementing case-based learning, and other approaches to contextualized learning, is determining which clinical problems to include. This article illustrates how health care utilization data, readily available from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), can be incorporated into an educational needs assessment to identify medical problems physicians are likely to encounter in clinical practice. The NCHS survey data summarize patient demographics, diagnoses, and interventions for tens of thousands of patients seen in various settings, including emergency departments (EDs), clinics, and hospitals...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351058/central-macular-thickness-monitoring-after-a-taxane-based-therapy-in-visually-asymptomatic-patients
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Elias Chelala, Nicolas Arej, Joelle Antoun, Hampig Raphael Kourie, Karen Zaarour, Fady Ghassan Haddad, Fadi Farhat, Fadi El Karak, Joseph Kattan
BACKGROUND: Taxanes are drugs used in various chemotherapeutical protocols to treat solid tumors. They have multiple systemic adverse effects, such as bone marrow suppression, alopecia, nausea, and vomiting, and may rarely cause ocular symptoms. In the past decade, a few reported cases have shown the occurrence of a cystoid macular edema with significant visual loss after the use of a taxane-based chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to compare the central macular thickness (CMT) before and after the initiation of a taxane-based therapy in visually asymptomatic patients and to elucidate the possible impact of these drugs on the vision of cancer patients...
March 29, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351056/comparison-of-umbilical-serum-copeptin-relative-to-erythropoietin-and-s100b-as-asphyxia-biomarkers-at-birth
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Milla Summanen, Laura Seikku, Petri Rahkonen, Vedran Stefanovic, Kari Teramo, Sture Andersson, Kai Kaila, Leena Rahkonen
BACKGROUND: Birth asphyxia, estimated to account for a million neonatal deaths annually, can cause a wide variety of neurodevelopmental impairments. There is a need to develop new, swift methods to identify those neonates who would benefit from neuroprotective treatments such as hypothermia. OBJECTIVES: To examine the utility of cord serum copeptin, a stable byproduct of arginine vasopressin release, as a biomarker of birth asphyxia based on a comparison with 2 biomarkers of hypoxia and brain trauma: erythropoietin and S100B...
March 29, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351030/a-comparison-of-different-training-methods-in-the-successful-learning-of-endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration
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Wen Chao Zhang, Wei Chen, Jian Ping Zhou, Andrew D Lerner, Lei Ni, Ji Min Shen, Tian Li Yan, Min Zhou, Guo Chao Shi, Yi Xiang
BACKGROUND: Standardized training of endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS- TBNA) is available only in highly developed countries. OBJECTIVE: To compare the skill differences in the performance of EBUS-TBNA by pulmonologists trained under different learning methods. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 145 EBUS-TBNA cases. We set up 3 comparative training groups: a standardized training group, a teaching group, and a self-study group...
March 29, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351029/cytopathological-changes-induced-by-the-crack-use-in-oral-mucosa
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Milena Binhame Albini, Ingra Taís Malacarne, Thiago Beltrami Dias Batista, Antônio Adilson Soares de Lima, Maria Angela Naval Machado, Aline Cristina Batista Rodrigues Johann, Edvaldo Antonio Ribeiro Rosa, Luciana Reis Azevedo-Alanis
AIMS: To evaluate cytological alterations, inflammation, and microbial charge of the oral mucosa epithelium in crack users in in terms of the amount and duration of use. METHODS: Two hundred thirty four crack users (case group) and 120 non-users (control group) participated in this study. Clinically healthy epithelial cells were collected from the posterior mouth floor, using the conventional exfoliative cytology. Some of the aspects evaluated were as follows: Papanicolaou classification, nuclear area (NA), cytoplasmic area (CA), nuclear/cytoplasmic area ratio (NA/CA), inflammation, microbial charge, keratinization, enucleated superficial cells, and binucleation...
March 29, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351026/common-variants-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Shahab Alizadeh, Kurosh Djafarian, Hamzeh Alizadeh, Reza Mohseni, Sakineh Shab-Bidar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: ApaI, FokI, TaqI, and BsmI polymorphisms in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene have been reported to be associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), although the results of previous studies have been inconsistent. The aim of this study was to explore whether these polymorphisms play a role in the genetic susceptibility to CAD. METHODS: A comprehensive search of Medline and Embase databases was conducted for studies evaluating the association between the VDR polymorphisms and CAD risk...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350977/small-bowel-obstruction-caused-by-anisakis-and-meckel-s-diverticulum-a-rare-case
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G Carbotta, R Laforgia, Michele Milella, M G Sederino, M Minafra, F Fortarezza, D Piscitelli, N Palasciano
INTRODUCTION: Anisakiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the ingestion of raw fish contaminated by larval nematodes of Anisakis species. Intestinal or extraintestinal manifestations are rated to > 4% and >1% respectively. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 61-year old patient was admitted to our General Surgical and Emergency Unit because of sudden abdominal pain, vomit and constipation. He had eaten raw fish 3 days before admission. Laboratory data showed high levels of WBC and PCR...
November 2016: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350973/is-it-really-useful-the-harmonic-scalpel-in-axillary-dissection-for-locally-advanced-breast-cancer-a-case-series
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G Militello, P De Marco, N Falco, K Kabhuli, A Mascolino, L Licari, R Tutino, G Cocorullo, G Gulotta
BACKGROUND: The seroma is one of the most common complications in the axillary lymph nodal dissection (different surgical approaches have been tried to reduce the seroma incidence). In our study we evaluate the outcome of patients using or not the ultrasonic scalpel (Harmonic scalpel) according to a standardized surgical technique. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015 120 patients underwent axillary dissection for breast cancer. Patients were divided in two groups: patients belonging to the first group underwent Harmonic scalpel dissection and patients belonging to the second group underwent classical dissection...
November 2016: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350935/screening-for-celiac-disease-evidence-report-and-systematic-review-for-the-us-preventive-services-task-force
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Roger Chou, Christina Bougatsos, Ian Blazina, Katherine Mackey, Sara Grusing, Shelley Selph
Importance: Silent or subclinical celiac disease may result in potentially avoidable adverse health consequences. Objective: To review the evidence on benefits and harms of screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic adults, adolescents, and children 3 years and older for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Data Sources: Ovid MEDLINE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, searched to June 14, 2016...
March 28, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350884/impacts-of-representing-sea-level-rise-uncertainty-on-future-flood-risks-an-example-from-san-francisco-bay
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Kelsey L Ruckert, Perry C Oddo, Klaus Keller
Rising sea levels increase the probability of future coastal flooding. Many decision-makers use risk analyses to inform the design of sea-level rise (SLR) adaptation strategies. These analyses are often silent on potentially relevant uncertainties. For example, some previous risk analyses use the expected, best, or large quantile (i.e., 90%) estimate of future SLR. Here, we use a case study to quantify and illustrate how neglecting SLR uncertainties can bias risk projections. Specifically, we focus on the future 100-yr (1% annual exceedance probability) coastal flood height (storm surge including SLR) in the year 2100 in the San Francisco Bay area...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350861/efficacy-and-effects-on-cardiac-function-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-vs-direct-current-cardioversion-of-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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Maojing Wang, Shanglang Cai, Wei Ding, Yujie Deng, Qing Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of catheter ablation vs. direct current synchronized cardioversion (DCC) in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, and to define baseline features of patients that will get more benefit from ablation. METHODS: From July 2013 to October 2014, 97 consecutive single-center patients with persistent AF and symptomatic heart failure (left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) <50%) underwent DCC followed by amiodarone (n = 40) or circumferential pulmonary vein isolation (PVI; n = 57) according to patient's preference were recruited in the study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350838/function-and-failure-of-the-fetal-membrane-modelling-the-mechanics-of-the-chorion-and-amnion
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Stefaan W Verbruggen, Michelle L Oyen, Andrew T M Phillips, Niamh C Nowlan
The fetal membrane surrounds the fetus during pregnancy and is a thin tissue composed of two layers, the chorion and the amnion. While rupture of this membrane normally occurs at term, preterm rupture can result in increased risk of fetal mortality and morbidity, as well as danger of infection in the mother. Although structural changes have been observed in the membrane in such cases, the mechanical behaviour of the human fetal membrane in vivo remains poorly understood and is challenging to investigate experimentally...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350833/a-fast-and-frugal-algorithm-to-strengthen-diagnosis-and-treatment-decisions-for-catheter-associated-bacteriuria
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Aanand D Naik, Felicia Skelton, Amber B Amspoker, Russell A Glasgow, Barbara W Trautner
OBJECTIVES: Guidelines for managing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and asymptomatic bacteria (ASB) are poorly translated into routine care due in part to cognitive diagnostic errors. This study determines if the accuracy for CAUTI and ASB diagnosis and treatment improves after implementation of a fast and frugal algorithm compared with traditional education methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pre and post-intervention with contemporaneous comparison site involving inpatient and long term care wards at two regional Veterans Affairs Systems in United States...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350827/time-spent-by-belgian-hospital-pharmacists-on-supply-disruptions-and-drug-shortages-an-exploratory-study
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Elfi De Weerdt, Thomas De Rijdt, Steven Simoens, Minne Casteels, Isabelle Huys
INTRODUCTION: Supply problems of drugs are an increasing and worldwide problem, also in Belgium. Hospital pharmacists try to manage drug supply problems to minimize the impact on patient care. This study aims to quantify in a detailed manner how much time employees of 17 Belgian hospital pharmacies spend on drug supply problems. METHODS: During six months, employees of Belgian hospital pharmacies filled in the daily time spent on drug supply problems using a template containing all steps which can be executed to manage drug supply problems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350817/differential-associations-of-plasma-lipids-with-incident-dementia-and-dementia-subtypes-in-the-3c-study-a-longitudinal-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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Sabrina Schilling, Christophe Tzourio, Aïcha Soumaré, Sara Kaffashian, Jean-François Dartigues, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Cécilia Samieri, Carole Dufouil, Stéphanie Debette
BACKGROUND: Vascular risk factors have been proposed as important targets for the prevention of dementia. As lipid fractions represent easily modifiable targets, we examined the longitudinal relationship of baseline lipid fractions with 13-y incident dementia and its subtypes (Alzheimer disease [AD] and mixed or vascular dementia) in older community-dwelling persons. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Non-institutionalized persons aged 65+ y (n = 9,294) were recruited for the Three-City Study (3C Study), a population-based cohort study from the electoral rolls of the cities of Dijon, Bordeaux, and Montpellier, France, between March 1999 and March 2001...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350815/-the-evil-virus-cell-students-knowledge-and-beliefs-about-viruses
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Uwe K Simon, Sonja M Enzinger, Andreas Fink
Education about virus biology at school is of pivotal interest to raise public awareness concerning means of disease transmission and, thus, methods to prevent infection, and to reduce unnecessary antibiotic treatment due to patient pressure on physicians in case of viral diseases such as influenza. This study aimed at making visible the knowledge of Austrian high school and university students with respect to virus biology, virus structure and health-education issues. The data presented here stem from comprehensive questionnaire analyses, including the task to draw a virus, from a cross-sectional study with 133 grade 7 and 199 grade 10 high school students, and 133 first-year biology and 181 first-year non-biology university students...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350812/sports-related-sudden-cardiac-deaths-in-the-young-population-of-switzerland
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Babken Asatryan, Cristina Vital, Christoph Kellerhals, Argelia Medeiros-Domingo, Christoph Gräni, Lukas D Trachsel, Christian M Schmied, Ardan M Saguner, Prisca Eser, David Herzig, Stephan Bolliger, Katarzyna Michaud, Matthias Wilhelm
BACKGROUND: In Switzerland, ECG screening was first recommended for national squad athletes in 1998. Since 2001 it has become mandatory in selected high-risk professional sports. Its impact on the rates of sports-related sudden cardiac death (SCD) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to study the incidence, causes and time trends of sports-related SCD in comparison to SCD unrelated to exercise in Switzerland. METHODS: We reviewed all forensic reports of SCDs of the German-speaking region of Switzerland in the age group of 10 to 39 years, occurring between 1999 and 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350801/app-psen1-and-psen2-mutations-in-early-onset-alzheimer-disease-a-genetic-screening-study-of-familial-and-sporadic-cases
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Hélène-Marie Lanoiselée, Gaël Nicolas, David Wallon, Anne Rovelet-Lecrux, Morgane Lacour, Stéphane Rousseau, Anne-Claire Richard, Florence Pasquier, Adeline Rollin-Sillaire, Olivier Martinaud, Muriel Quillard-Muraine, Vincent de la Sayette, Claire Boutoleau-Bretonniere, Frédérique Etcharry-Bouyx, Valérie Chauviré, Marie Sarazin, Isabelle le Ber, Stéphane Epelbaum, Thérèse Jonveaux, Olivier Rouaud, Mathieu Ceccaldi, Olivier Félician, Olivier Godefroy, Maite Formaglio, Bernard Croisile, Sophie Auriacombe, Ludivine Chamard, Jean-Louis Vincent, Mathilde Sauvée, Cecilia Marelli-Tosi, Audrey Gabelle, Canan Ozsancak, Jérémie Pariente, Claire Paquet, Didier Hannequin, Dominique Campion
BACKGROUND: Amyloid protein precursor (APP), presenilin-1 (PSEN1), and presenilin-2 (PSEN2) mutations cause autosomal dominant forms of early-onset Alzheimer disease (AD-EOAD). Although these genes were identified in the 1990s, variant classification remains a challenge, highlighting the need to colligate mutations from large series. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We report here a novel update (2012-2016) of the genetic screening of the large AD-EOAD series ascertained across 28 French hospitals from 1993 onwards, bringing the total number of families with identified mutations to n = 170...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350795/fine-mapping-of-the-human-leukocyte-antigen-locus-as-a-risk-factor-for-alzheimer-disease-a-case-control-study
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Natasha Z R Steele, Jessie S Carr, Luke W Bonham, Ethan G Geier, Vincent Damotte, Zachary A Miller, Rahul S Desikan, Kevin L Boehme, Shubhabrata Mukherjee, Paul K Crane, John S K Kauwe, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, Giovanni Coppola, Jill A Hollenbach, Yadong Huang, Jennifer S Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a progressive disorder that affects cognitive function. There is increasing support for the role of neuroinflammation and aberrant immune regulation in the pathophysiology of AD. The immunoregulatory human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex has been linked to susceptibility for a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including AD; however, studies to date have failed to consistently identify a risk HLA haplotype for AD. Contributing to this difficulty are the complex genetic organization of the HLA region, differences in sequencing and allelic imputation methods, and diversity across ethnic populations...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350792/association-between-delirium-superimposed-on-dementia-and-mortality-in-hospitalized-older-adults-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Thiago J Avelino-Silva, Flavia Campora, Jose A E Curiati, Wilson Jacob-Filho
BACKGROUND: Hospitalized older adults with preexisting dementia have increased risk of having delirium, but little is known regarding the effect of delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD) on the outcomes of these patients. Our aim was to investigate the association between DSD and hospital mortality and 12-mo mortality in hospitalized older adults. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This was a prospective cohort study completed in the geriatric ward of a university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
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