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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120717/cataract-surgery-after-proton-beam-irradiation-for-uveal-tumors
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Zeba A Syed, Roberto Pineda
PURPOSE: To study the risks associated with cataract surgery in patients with previous proton-beam irradiation (PBI), focusing on preoperative risk factors, intraoperative findings, and postoperative complications. SETTING: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Electronic medical records of patients who had PBI and cataract surgery between January 1, 2006, and October 1, 2016, were reviewed...
October 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971925/outcomes-in-two-massachusetts-hospital-systems-give-reason-for-optimism-about-communication-and-resolution-programs
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Michelle M Mello, Allen Kachalia, Stephanie Roche, Melinda Van Niel, Lisa Buchsbaum, Suzanne Dodson, Patricia Folcarelli, Evan M Benjamin, Kenneth E Sands
Through communication-and-resolution programs, hospitals and liability insurers communicate with patients when adverse events occur; investigate and explain what happened; and, where appropriate, apologize and proactively offer compensation. Using data recorded by program staff members and from surveys of involved clinicians, we examined case outcomes of a program used by two academic medical centers and two of their community hospitals in Massachusetts in the period 2013-15. The hospitals demonstrated good adherence to the program protocol...
October 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797530/factors-affecting-voice-therapy-completion-in-singers
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Michelle Adessa, Tara Stadelman-Cohen, Lauryn Zipse, A J Guarino, James T Heaton
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine (a) which factors may affect singers' completing voice therapy, and (b) develop predictive profiles to capture those singers at risk for dropping out of voice therapy. STUDY DESIGN: A case-control study was conducted comparing singers who completed voice therapy to singers who dropped out of voice therapy. METHODS: Six factors, including age, gender, diagnosis, length of time between laryngology referral and commencement of therapy, type of singer, and referral source were investigated in relation to voice therapy completion using the medical records of 409 singers in the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center database...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752411/alcohol-consumption-and-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Anil Can, Victor M Castro, Yildirim H Ozdemir, Sarajune Dagen, Dmitriy Dligach, Sean Finan, Sheng Yu, Vivian Gainer, Nancy A Shadick, Guergana Savova, Shawn Murphy, Tianxi Cai, Scott T Weiss, Rose Du
Alcohol consumption may be a modifiable risk factor for rupture of intracranial aneurysms. Our aim is to evaluate the association between ruptured aneurysms and alcohol consumption, intensity, and cessation. The medical records of 4701 patients with 6411 radiographically confirmed intracranial aneurysms diagnosed at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital between 1990 and 2016 were reviewed. Individuals were divided into cases with ruptured aneurysms and controls with unruptured aneurysms...
July 27, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648912/minor-salivary-gland-biopsy-an-important-contributor-to-the-diagnosis-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome
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Sarah Wicheta, Troy Van der Groen, William C Faquin, Meredith August
PURPOSE: Sjögren syndrome (SS), although commonly associated with xerostomia and xerophthalmia, can present with extraglandular manifestations that make definitive diagnosis difficult. The 2 leading diagnostic classification systems include a positive minor salivary gland biopsy (MSGB) result as a major inclusion criterion. The purpose of this study was to better define the role of the MSGB in establishing a diagnosis of SS in a cohort of referred patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients referred to the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Boston, MA) over a 5-year period to establish a diagnosis of SS...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253231/baseline-prevalence-of-birth-defects-associated-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection-massachusetts-north-carolina-and-atlanta-georgia-2013-2014
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Janet D Cragan, Cara T Mai, Emily E Petersen, Rebecca F Liberman, Nina E Forestieri, Alissa C Stevens, Augustina Delaney, April L Dawson, Sascha R Ellington, Carrie K Shapiro-Mendoza, Julie E Dunn, Cathleen A Higgins, Robert E Meyer, Tonya Williams, Kara N D Polen, Kim Newsome, Megan Reynolds, Jennifer Isenburg, Suzanne M Gilboa, Dana M Meaney-Delman, Cynthia A Moore, Coleen A Boyle, Margaret A Honein
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious brain abnormalities, but the full range of adverse outcomes is unknown (1). To better understand the impact of birth defects resulting from Zika virus infection, the CDC surveillance case definition established in 2016 for birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection* (2) was retrospectively applied to population-based birth defects surveillance data collected during 2013-2014 in three areas before the introduction of Zika virus (the pre-Zika years) into the World Health Organization's Region of the Americas (Americas) (3)...
March 3, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238953/cost-effectiveness-of-screening-patients-with-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-for-barrett-s-esophagus-with-a-minimally-invasive-cell-sampling-device
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Curtis R Heberle, Amir-Houshang Omidvari, Ayman Ali, Sonja Kroep, Chung Yin Kong, John M Inadomi, Joel H Rubenstein, Angela C Tramontano, Emily C Dowling, William D Hazelton, E Georg Luebeck, Iris Lansdorp-Vogelaar, Chin Hur
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is important to identify patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE), the precursor to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). Patients with BE usually are identified by endoscopy, which is expensive. The Cytosponge, which collects tissue from the esophagus noninvasively, could be a cost-effective tool for screening individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who are at increased risk for BE. We developed a model to analyze the cost effectiveness of using the Cytosponge in first-line screening of patients with GERD for BE with endoscopic confirmation, compared with endoscopy screening only...
September 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214219/perpetuating-stigma-or-reducing-risk-perspectives-from-naloxone-consumers-and-pharmacists-on-pharmacy-based-naloxone-in-2-states
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Traci C Green, Patricia Case, Haley Fiske, Janette Baird, Shachan Cabral, Dina Burstein, Victoriana Schwartz, Nathan Potter, Alexander Y Walley, Jeffrey Bratberg
OBJECTIVES: Little is known about attitudes of pharmacists and consumers to pharmacy naloxone. We examined perceptions and experiences of pharmacy naloxone from people with opioid use disorder, patients taking chronic opioids for pain, caregivers of opioid users, and pharmacists from 2 early pharmacy naloxone adopter states: Massachusetts and Rhode Island. DESIGN: Eight focus groups (4 per state) were held in October to December 2015. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Participants were recruited from pharmacies, health clinics, and community organizations; pharmacists were recruited from professional organizations and pharmacy colleges...
March 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208140/first-diagnosis-of-atrial-fibrillation-at-the-time-of-stroke
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Leila H Borowsky, Susan Regan, Yuchiao Chang, Alison Ayres, Steven M Greenberg, Daniel E Singer
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major cause of ischemic stroke. Individuals with undiagnosed AF lack the stroke protection afforded by oral anticoagulants. We obtained a contemporary estimate of the percentage of AF patients newly diagnosed at the time of stroke. METHODS: We identified patients admitted to the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013 with acute ischemic stroke and either previously or newly diagnosed AF using hospital stroke registry data and stroke and AF ICD-9 code searches of hospital databases...
2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194567/ultrastructural-characterization-of-mammary-analogue-secretory-carcinoma-of-the-salivary-glands-a-distinct-entity-from-acinic-cell-carcinoma
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Julie Guilmette, Gunnlaugur P Nielsen, William C Faquin, Martin Selig, Vânia Nosé, Anthony W S Chi, Peter M Sadow
Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) of the salivary glands is a recently described neoplasm of the salivary glands with a characteristic morphology complemented by a specific cytogenetic translocation and gene rearrangements. Although immunophenotypic and cytogenetic differences allow for a more reliable distinction, ultrastructural features can also provide important information about the relationship between MASC, classic acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), and AciCC intercalated duct cell-predominant variant...
February 13, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182475/state-strategies-for-coordinating-medicaid-and-housing-services
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Rebecca Kleinman, Matthew Kehn, Allison Wishon Siegwarth, Jonathan Brown
OBJECTIVE: This article reports findings from case studies of 4 states (Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee) that used different approaches to coordinate Medicaid services with temporary or permanent housing supports for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. METHOD: Data were collected through document review, telephone interviews with state officials and managed care organizations, and site visits to behavioral health and housing providers, and consumer organizations...
June 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109989/low-glycemic-index-treatment-for-seizure-control-in-angelman-syndrome-a-case-series-from-the-center-for-dietary-therapy-of-epilepsy-at-the-massachusetts-general-hospital
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Olivia R Grocott, Katherine S Herrington, Heidi H Pfeifer, Elizabeth A Thiele, Ronald L Thibert
The low glycemic index treatment, a dietary therapy that focuses on glycemic index and reduced carbohydrate intake, has been successful in reducing seizure frequency in the general epilepsy population. Epilepsy is a common feature of Angelman syndrome and seizures are often refractory to multiple medications, especially in those with maternal deletions. Dietary therapy has become a more frequently used option for treating epilepsy, often in combination with other antiepileptic drugs, due to its efficacy and favorable side effect profile...
March 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074587/after-the-dnr-surrogates-who-persist-in-requesting-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
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Ellen M Robinson, Wendy Cadge, Angelika A Zollfrank, M Cornelia Cremens, Andrew M Courtwright
Some health care organizations allow physicians to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a patient, despite patient or surrogate requests that it be provided, when they believe it will be more harmful than beneficial. Such cases usually involve patients with terminal diagnoses whose medical teams argue that aggressive treatments are medically inappropriate or likely to be harmful. Although there is state-to-state variability and a considerable judicial gray area about the conditions and mechanisms for refusals to perform CPR, medical teams typically follow a set of clearly defined procedures for these decisions...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006052/association-of-low-vitamin-d-levels-with-noninfectious-anterior-uveitis
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Lindsay A Grotting, Samaneh Davoudi, Deanna Palenzuela, George N Papaliodis, Lucia Sobrin
Importance: Vitamin D plays an important role in both the innate and adaptive immune systems. It has been shown to contribute to the etiology of T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases through the upregulation of type 2 anti-inflammatory T helper cells and the suppression of type 1 T helper cells. Noninfectious uveitis is postulated to be caused by immune dysfunction. Objective: To determine whether there is an association between vitamin D levels and noninfectious anterior uveitis...
December 22, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922518/hepatitis-c-point-of-care-testing-in-vulnerable-populations-a-human-factors-study
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Donna M Zucker, Akshaya Shanmugam
One third of all hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases in the United States are incarcerated in jails and prisons. Hepatitis C virus testing is primarily accomplished through a clinical laboratory, yet point-of-care (POC) testing is less invasive and results are available in 20 minutes compared with up to 3 weeks. The purpose of this article was to describe the findings of a collaborative project between the Colleges of Engineering and Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in executing a human factors study for HCV antibody testing and screening...
November 2016: Gastroenterology Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913719/surgical-site-infections-in-major-head-and-neck-surgeries-involving-pedicled-flap-reconstruction
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Neerav Goyal, Bharat B Yarlagadda, Daniel G Deschler, Kevin S Emerick, Derrick T Lin, Debbie L Rich, James W Rocco, Marlene L Durand
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate surgical site infections (SSI) after pedicled reconstruction in head and neck surgery. METHODS: Records of patients with pedicled flap reconstructions between 2009 and 2014 at Massachusetts Eye and Ear were reviewed. Onset of SSI or fistula ≤30 days postoperatively was noted. A free flap cohort was reviewed for comparison. RESULTS: Two hundred and eight pedicled reconstructions were performed for cancer (83%), osteoradionecrosis (7%), and other reasons (10%)...
January 2017: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754769/treatment-of-serpiginous-choroiditis-with-chlorambucil-a-report-of-17-patients
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Nazanin Ebrahimiadib, Bobeck S Modjtahedi, Samaneh Davoudi, C Stephen Foster
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of chlorambucil in the treatment of serpiginous choroiditis. METHODS: Patient records from the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI) were reviewed from over the past 10 years. In total, 17 patients with the diagnosis of serpiginous choroiditis treated with chlorambucil were identified. QuantiFERON gold was negative in all of them. Chlorambucil was started at 0.15 mg/kg and dosage was titrated up using weekly white blood cell (WBC) count to achieve a target cell number of 3...
October 18, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27682353/clinical-outcomes-and-self-reported-symptoms-in-patients-with-acromegaly-an-8-year-follow-up-of-a-lanreotide-study
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Shafaq Khairi, Babak Torabi Sagvand, Karen J Pulaski-Liebert, Nicholas A Tritos, Anne Klibanski, Lisa B Nachtigall
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the proportion of patients with acromegaly who remained on long-term lanreotide depot after completion of an open-label multicenter phase III clinical trial (SALSA: A Multi Center Open Label Study to Assess the Ability of Subjects With Acromegaly or Their Partners to Administer Somatuline Autogel), compare baseline and long-term follow-up symptoms scores, and correlate scores with individual longitudinal clinical outcomes. METHODS: Records of all subjects previously enrolled at the Massachusetts General Hospital site of SALSA were reviewed...
January 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27626235/improving-prediction-of-suicide-and-accidental-death-after-discharge-from-general-hospitals-with-natural-language-processing
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Thomas H McCoy, Victor M Castro, Ashlee M Roberson, Leslie A Snapper, Roy H Perlis
Importance: Suicide represents the 10th leading cause of death across age groups in the United States (12.6 cases per 100 000) and remains challenging to predict. While many individuals who die by suicide are seen by physicians before their attempt, they may not seek psychiatric care. Objective: To determine the extent to which incorporating natural language processing of narrative discharge notes improves stratification of risk for death by suicide after medical or surgical hospital discharge...
October 1, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27560341/how-can-ward-teaching-be-made-more-systematic
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: Editor's note: From its first issue in 1900 through to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses' work and lives over more than a century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives highlights articles selected to fit today's topics and times...
September 2016: American Journal of Nursing
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