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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548914/quality-of-paediatric-hospice-care-for-children-with-and-without-multiple-complex-chronic-conditions
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Lisa C Lindley, Jessica Keim-Malpass
BACKGROUND: Hospice care for children with multiple complex chronic conditions (MCCC) is complicated given their unique health at the end of life (EOL). Little is known about the quality of the hospice care MCCC children receive and how that might differ from children without MCCC. OBJECTIVE: To compare the quality of hospice care (i.e., structures, processes, outcomes) between children with and without MCCC. METHODS: This retrospective, comparative study used data from the National Home and Hospice Care Survey, which included a nationally representative sample of paediatric hospice patients...
May 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548883/simultaneous-detection-of-oral-pathogens-in-subgingival-plaque-and-prostatic-fluid-of-men-with-periodontal-and-prostatic-diseases
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John Estemalik, Catherine Demko, Nabil F Bissada, Nishant Joshi, Donald Bodner, Eswar Shankar, Sanjay Gupta
BACKGROUND: Chronic prostatitis (CP) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are complex inflammatory conditions for which the etiological determinants are still poorly defined. Periodontitis is caused by subgingival colonizing bacteria in the oral cavity. The causal effect of periodontal disease on prostatic inflammation has not been established. The purpose of this study is to isolate oral pathogens from expressed prostatic secretions of patients with periodontal disease and chronic prostatitis or benign prostatic hyperplasia...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546657/statins-reduce-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cytokine-and-inflammatory-mediator-release-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-microglial-like-cells
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A J McFarland, A K Davey, S Anoopkumar-Dukie
The anti-inflammatory effects of statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) within the cardiovascular system are well-established; however, their neuroinflammatory potential is unclear. It is currently unknown whether statins' neurological effects are lipid-dependent or due to pleiotropic mechanisms. Therefore, the assumption that all statin compounds will have the same effect within the central nervous system is potentially inappropriate, with no studies to date having compared all statins in a single model. Thus, the aim of this study was to compare the effects of the six statins (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin) within a single in vitro model of neuroinflammation...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546502/can-we-design-a-better-anti-cytokine-therapy
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Marina S Drutskaya, Grigory A Efimov, Andrei A Kruglov, Sergei A Nedospasov
Cytokine neutralization is successfully used for treatment of various autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammatory conditions. The complex biology of the two well-characterized proinflammatory cytokines TNF and IL-6 implicates unavoidable consequences when it comes to their global blockade. Because systemic cytokine ablation may result in unwanted side effects, efforts have been made to develop more specific cytokine inhibitors, which would spare the protective immunoregulatory functions of a given cytokine...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545412/how-do-population-general-practice-and-hospital-factors-influence-ambulatory-care-sensitive-admissions-a-cross-sectional-study
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John Busby, Sarah Purdy, William Hollingworth
BACKGROUND: Reducing unplanned hospital admissions is a key priority within the UK and other healthcare systems, however it remains uncertain how this can be achieved. This paper explores the relationship between unplanned ambulatory care sensitive condition (ACSC) admission rates and population, general practice and hospital characteristics. Additionally, we investigated if these factors had a differential impact across 28 conditions. METHODS: We used the English Hospital Episode Statistics to calculate the number of unplanned ACSC hospital admissions for 28 conditions at 8,029 general practices during 2011/12...
May 25, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544396/current-trends-in-racial-ethnic-and-healthcare-disparities-associated-with-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-outcomes
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Jennifer K Peterson, Yanjun Chen, Danh V Nguyen, Shaun P Setty
OBJECTIVE: Despite overall improvements in congenital heart disease outcomes, racial and ethnic disparities have continued. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of race and ethnicity, as well as other risk factors on congenital heart surgery length of stay and in-hospital mortality. DESIGN: From the 2012 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids Inpatient Database (KID), we identified 13 130 records with Risk Adjustment in Congenital Heart Surgery complexity score-eligible procedures...
May 22, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544284/the-national-healthcare-system-claims-databases-in-france-sniiram-and-egb-powerful-tools-for-pharmacoepidemiology
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Julien Bezin, Mai Duong, Régis Lassalle, Cécile Droz, Antoine Pariente, Patrick Blin, Nicholas Moore
The French health care system is based on universal coverage by one of several health care insurance plans. The SNIIRAM database merges anonymous information of reimbursed claims from all these plans, linked to the national hospital-discharge summaries database system (PMSI) and the national death registry. It now covers 98.8% of the French population, over 66 million persons, from birth (or immigration) to death (or emigration), making it possibly the world's largest continuous homogeneous claims database...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540689/involvement-of-micrornas-in-diabetes-and-its-complications
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Bin Wu, Daniel Miller
Diabetes is a severe condition worldwide. It is characterized by chronic hyperglycemia and is caused by defects in insulin production, secretion, and action. Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The pathogenesis of diabetes is complex and the underlying molecular mechanisms are only partially understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a fundamental role in diabetes and its complications. This chapter focuses on the dysregulation of miRNAs involved in the regulation of pancreatic islet insulin production and secretion as well as action and signaling in peripheral tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536510/influence-of-pre-reproductive-maternal-enrichment-on-coping-response-to-stress-and-expression-of-c-fos-and-glucocorticoid-receptors-in-adolescent-offspring
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Debora Cutuli, Erica Berretta, Greta Pasqualini, Paola De Bartolo, Paola Caporali, Daniela Laricchiuta, Patricia Sampedro-Piquero, Francesca Gelfo, Matteo Pesoli, Francesca Foti, Azucena Begega, Laura Petrosini
Environmental enrichment (EE) is an experimental setting broadly used for investigating the effects of complex social, cognitive, and sensorimotor stimulations on brain structure and function. Recent studies point out that parental EE experience, even occurring in the pre-reproductive phase, affects neural development and behavioral trajectories of the offspring. In the present study we investigated the influences of pre-reproductive EE of female rats on maternal behavior and adolescent male offspring's coping response to an inescapable stressful situation after chronic social isolation...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536367/a-brief-review-of-the-pharmacology-of-amitriptyline-and-clinical-outcomes-in-treating-fibromyalgia
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REVIEW
Kim Lawson
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic condition characterized by pain, physical fatigue, sleep disorder and cognitive impairment. Evidence-based guidelines recommend antidepressants as treatments of fibromyalgia where tricyclics are often considered to have the greatest efficacy, with amitriptyline often being a first-line treatment. Amitriptyline evokes a preferential reduction in pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia, and in the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) score, which is a quality of life assessment. The multimodal profile of the mechanisms of action of amitriptyline include monoamine reuptake inhibition, receptor modulation and ion channel modulation...
May 17, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536363/update-on-treatment-guideline-in-fibromyalgia-syndrome-with-focus-on-pharmacology
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REVIEW
Sanam Kia, Ernet Choy
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic condition with unknown aetiology. The pathophysiology of the disease is incompletely understood; despite advances in our knowledge with regards to abnormal central and peripheral pain processing, and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal dysfunction, there is no clear specific pathophysiological therapeutic target. The management of this complex condition has thus perplexed the medical community for many years, and several national and international guidelines have aimed to address this complexity...
May 8, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534851/respiratory-care-considerations-for-children-with-medical-complexity
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REVIEW
Jackie Chiang, Reshma Amin
Children with medical complexity (CMC) are a growing population of diagnostically heterogeneous children characterized by chronic conditions affecting multiple organ systems, the use of medical technology at home as well as intensive healthcare service utilization. Many of these children will experience either a respiratory-related complication and/or they will become established on respiratory technology at home during their care trajectory. Therefore, healthcare providers need to be familiar with the respiratory related complications commonly experienced by CMC as well as the indications, technical and safety considerations and potential complications that may arise when caring for CMC using respiratory technology at home...
May 19, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530468/genetic-susceptibility-contributing-to-periodontal-and-cardiovascular-disease
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G Aarabi, T Zeller, H Seedorf, D R Reissmann, G Heydecke, A S Schaefer, U Seedorf
Periodontal disease (PD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) are common diseases characterized by an overaggressive inflammatory response to diverse stimuli. Whereas PD leads to destruction of the tooth-supporting structures, CAD is a chronic inflammatory condition ultimately causing myocardial infarction via narrowing and occluding of blood vessels. Classical twin studies led to the conclusion that both complex diseases have a similar degree of heritability and that a significant fraction of the genetic factors accounting for this heritability is shared...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529756/a-socioecological-framework-for-research-on-work-and-obesity-in-diverse-urban-transit-operators-based-on-gender-race-and-ethnicity
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REVIEW
BongKyoo Choi, Peter Schnall, Marnie Dobson, Haiou Yang, Dean Baker, YoungJu Seo
Urban transit (bus and rail) operators, totaling nearly 700,000 persons, are one of the heaviest occupational groups in the United States (US). Little is known about occupational risk factors for weight gain and obesity and their interrelationship with health-related behaviors, particularly among female minority (African Americans and Hispanics) transit operators who are at greater risk for obesity. As a step towards developing successful obesity interventions among urban transit operators, this paper aims to present a new socioecological framework for studying working conditions, chronic strain, health-related behaviors, weight gain/obesity, and obesity disparity in diverse urban transit operators based on gender, race, and ethnicity...
2017: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529117/new-markers-for-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Stéphane Mitrovic, Bruno Fautrel
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic auto-inflammatory disorder (SAID). Although the pathogenesis of the disease is complex and far from being fully understood, recent progresses in pathophysiological knowledge have paved the way to new diagnostic approaches. Indeed, AOSD diagnosis can be a real challenge, owing to its infrequency, and to the lack of specificity of the principal clinical features (high fever, arthralgia or arthritis, skin rash) and laboratory findings (elevated acute phase reactants, hyperleukocytosis ≥ 10,000 cells/mm(3) with neutrophils ≥80%)...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527073/mindfulness-and-pharmacological-prophylaxis-have-comparable-effect-on-biomarkers-of-inflammation-and-clinical-indexes-in-chronic-migraine-with-medication-overuse-results-at-12%C3%A2-months-after-withdrawal
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Licia Grazzi, Domenico D'Amico, Alberto Raggi, Matilde Leonardi, Emilio Ciusani, Elena Corsini, Giovanni D'Andrea, Andrea Bolner, Francisco Salgado-García, Frank Andrasik, Emanuela Sansone
Chronic migraine (CM) is a disabling condition arising from a complex mixture of interconnected biological, psychological and social factors, and is often associated with medication overuse (MO). Mindfulness is emerging as a helpful treatment for pain, and one study showed that the longitudinal 12 months' course of CM-MO patients that attended mindfulness-based treatment alone was similar to that of patients receiving medical prophylaxis alone; in this study, we describe the course of biomarkers of inflammation...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526435/the-bidirectional-gut-brain-microbiota-axis-as-a-potential-nexus-between-traumatic-brain-injury-inflammation-and-disease
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Mark H Sundman, Nan-Kuei Chen, Vignesh Subbian, Ying-Hui Chou
As head injuries and their sequelae have become an increasingly salient matter of public health, experts in the field have made great progress elucidating the biological processes occurring within the brain at the moment of injury and throughout the recovery thereafter. Given the extraordinary rate at which our collective knowledge of neurotrauma has grown, new insights may be revealed by examining the existing literature across disciplines with a new perspective. This article will aim to expand the scope of this rapidly evolving field of research beyond the confines of the central nervous system (CNS)...
May 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522893/hearcare-hearing-and-communication-assistance-for-resident-engagement
#18
REVIEW
Catherine V Palmer, Reem Mulla, Elizabeth Dervin, Kathleen Costigan Coyan
Impaired hearing is related to poor health outcomes, including compromised cognitive function, in aging individuals. Hearing loss is the third most common chronic health condition after arthritis and heart disease in older adults and the fourth most detrimental condition related to quality of life in older adults. Only 18% of aging adults who have impactful hearing loss actually use custom-fit amplification. Therefore, the majority of aging individuals entering senior living facilities will have untreated hearing loss...
May 2017: Seminars in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522604/hospital-level-variation-in-practice-patterns-and-patient-outcomes-for-pediatric-patients-hospitalized-with-functional-constipation
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Jamie Librizzi, Samuel Flores, Keith Morse, Kelly Kelleher, Jodi Carter, Ryan Bode
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Constipation is a common pediatric condition with a prevalence of 3% to 5% in children aged 4 to 17 years. Currently, there are no evidence-based guidelines for the management of pediatric patients hospitalized with constipation. The primary objective was to evaluate practice patterns and patient outcomes for the hospital management of functional constipation in US children's hospitals. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, retrospective cohort study of children aged 0 to 18 years hospitalized for functional constipation from 2012 to 2014 by using the Pediatric Health Information System...
May 18, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522185/orofacial-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-pathophysiologic-mechanisms-and-functional-mri
#20
Yeon-Hee Lee, Kyung Mi Lee, Hyug-Gi Kim, Soo-Kyung Kang, Q-Schick Auh, Jyung-Pyo Hong, Yang-Hyun Chun
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is one of the most challenging chronic pain conditions and is characterized by burning pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, autonomic changes, trophic changes, edema, and functional loss involving mainly the extremities. Until recently, very few reports have been published concerning CRPS involving the orofacial area. We report on a 50-year-old female patient who presented with unbearable pain in all of her teeth and hypersensitivity of the facial skin. She also reported intractable pain in both extremities accompanied by temperature changes and orofacial pain that increased when the other pains were aggravated...
March 14, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
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