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Brian E Lacy, Michael D Crowell, Carole Mathis, David Bauer, Leslie J Heinberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Gastroparesis (GP) patients suffer from recurrent symptoms of nausea, vomiting, early satiety, and abdominal pain. The impact of GP on quality of life (QoL), health care utilization and daily activities is not well understood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Part 1: 398 adult patients (≥18 y) with documented GP (symptoms >6 mo) were surveyed to assess QoL and pain using the Short Form 36 and McGill pain questionnaires. Part 2: 491 adult GP patients were surveyed to evaluate employment status, work and daily activities, medication use, physician visits, diagnostic testing, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations related to their GP symptoms...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Narayanan Viswanath
In this study, the expected time required to eradicate HIV-1 completely was found as the conditional absorbing time in a finite state space continuous-time Markov chain model. The Markov chain has two absorbing states: one corresponds to HIV eradication and another representing the possible disaster. This method allowed us to calculate the expected eradication time by solving systems of linear equations. To overcome the challenge of huge dimension of the problem, we applied a novel stop and resume technique...
October 20, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Zuzana Novak, Mary Aglipay, Nick Barrowman, Keith O Yeates, Miriam H Beauchamp, Jocelyn Gravel, Stephen B Freedman, Isabelle Gagnon, Gerard Gioia, Kathy Boutis, Emma Burns, Andrée-Anne Ledoux, Martin H Osmond, Roger L Zemek
Importance: Persistent postconcussion symptoms (PPCS) pose long-term challenges and can negatively affect patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). To date, no large comprehensive study has addressed the association between PPCS and HRQoL. Objectives: To determine the association between HRQoL and PPCS at 4 weeks after concussion and assess the degree of impairment of HRQoL in the subsequent 12 weeks. Design, Setting, and Participants: In a prospective, multicenter cohort study (Predicting Persistent Postconcussive Problems in Pediatrics [5P]) from August 14, 2013, to September 30, 2014, children aged 5 to 18 years who presented to the emergency department within 48 hours after head injury and were considered to have an acute concussion were enrolled across 9 pediatric emergency departments within the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Network...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Alycia Chin, Amanda Markey, Saurabh Bhargava, Karim S Kassam, George Loewenstein
We report new evidence on the emotional, demographic, and situational correlates of boredom from a rich experience sample capturing 1.1 million emotional and time-use reports from 3,867 U.S. adults. Subjects report boredom in 2.8% of the 30-min sampling periods, and 63% of participants report experiencing boredom at least once across the 10-day sampling period. We find that boredom is more likely to co-occur with negative, rather than positive, emotions, and is particularly predictive of loneliness, anger, sadness, and worry...
October 24, 2016: Emotion
Oscar Patterson-Lomba, Muntaser Safan, Sherry Towers, Jay Taylor
Urban areas, with large and dense populations, offer conditions that favor the emergence and spread of certain infectious diseases. One common feature of urban populations is the existence of large socioeconomic inequalities which are often mirrored by disparities in access to healthcare. Recent empirical evidence suggests that higher levels of socioeconomic inequalities are associated with worsened public health outcomes, including higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) and lower life expectancy...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Cüneyt Toprak, Gökhan Kahveci, Alev Kılıçgedik, Cevat Kırma, Selçuk Pala, Mustafa Bulut, Cihangir Kaymaz, Nihal Özdemir, İbrahim Akın İzgi, Mehmet İnanır, Anıl Avcı, Ali Metin Esen
OBJECTIVE: Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) is the second most common heart valve disease in Europe. Without intervention, prognosis of severe symptomatic MR is poor. Percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair with MitraClip is a promising mitral regurgitation treatment technique in select, high-surgical-risk patients. The present objective was to describe the experience of a single center with MitraClip use in a high-risk series in Turkey. METHODS: Between May 2013 and September 2014, 28 high-surgical-risk patients with MR of at least grade 3+ and mean EuroSCORE of 26% underwent MitraClip implantation at our institution...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
E M M Hoytema van Konijnenburg, J H van der Lee, A H Teeuw, R Lindeboom, S N Brilleslijper-Kater, T Sieswerda-Hoogendoorn, J B van Goudoever, R J L Lindauer
BACKGROUND: High levels of maltreatment are found in children who are identified because their parents visit the emergency department due to partner violence, substance abuse or suicide attempt. However, it is unknown if these children experience psychosocial problems. This study aims to assess their levels of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, behavioural problems and health-related quality of life. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in six hospitals...
October 23, 2016: Child: Care, Health and Development
Arash Haghikia, Philipp Röntgen, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Ralf Westenfeld, Philipp Ehlermann, Dominik Berliner, Edith Podewski, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Johann Bauersachs
AIMS: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a major cause of acute heart failure in the peripartum period and considered potentially life threatening. While many aspects of its clinical profiles have been frequently reported, functional analysis, in particular of the right ventricle, and tissue characterization by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging have been only sporadically described. The aim of the present study was to analyse pathological alterations and their prognostic relevance found in CMR imaging of patients newly diagnosed with PPCM...
December 2015: ESC Heart Failure
Nishant Ganesh Kumar, Adil A Faqih, Michael P Feng, Richard S Miller, Richard A Pierce, Kenneth W Sharp, Michael D Holzman, Benjamin K Poulose
INTRODUCTION: Ventral hernia repair (VHR) is a commonly performed surgical procedure. Unfortunately, long term prospective information about quality of life and outcomes after VHR has been challenging to obtain. Decoupling follow up from clinical visits via patient reported outcomes (PROs) has been proposed as a means of achieving better long term assessments after VHR. The Americas Hernia Society Quality Collaborative (AHSQC) is a national quality improvement (QI) effort in hernia repair which uses PROs to obtain long term follow up...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Mitsumasa Hata, Yukihiko Orime, Shinji Wakui, Tetsuya Nakamura, Rei Hinoura, Atsushi Harada, Kenji Akiyama
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the efficacy of distal limited open stenting procedure in octogenarians with distal aortic arch aneurysm. METHODS: During the last 5 years, 24 patients underwent distal limited open stenting. Mean patient age was 81.6 ± 2.5 years, ranging from 80 to 90 years. The hemicircumference of the anterior surface of the arch around the left common carotid artery was obliquely incised, and a J-Graft Open Stent (Japan Lifeline Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan) was inserted into the descending aorta...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jamshed J Dalal, Aarti Digrajkar, Alap Gandhi
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Although clopidogrel combined with aspirin is the most commonly used dual drug combination to avert thrombotic events in patients with coronary artery disease, the poor responsiveness to clopidogrel remains a concern. The objective of the current study is to assess the extent of resistance to clopidogrel, prasugrel, and ticagrelor in a real life set of patients with coronary artery disease who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 539 patients, who underwent PCI and were on aspirin and on any of the three drugs, namely, clopidogrel, prasugrel and ticagrelor, were followed up regularly in the outpatient department...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
André Lamy, P J Devereaux, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, David P Taggart, Shengshou Hu, Zbynek Straka, Leopoldo S Piegas, Alvaro Avezum, Ahmet R Akar, Fernando Lanas Zanetti, Anil R Jain, Nicolas Noiseux, Chandrasekar Padmanabhan, Juan-Carlos Bahamondes, Richard J Novick, Liang Tao, Pablo A Olavegogeascoechea, Balram Airan, Toomas-Andres Sulling, Richard P Whitlock, Yongning Ou, Peggy Gao, Shirley Pettit, Salim Yusuf
Background We previously reported that there was no significant difference at 30 days or at 1 year in the rate of the composite outcome of death, stroke, myocardial infarction, or renal failure between patients who underwent coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) performed with a beating-heart technique (off-pump) and those who underwent CABG performed with cardiopulmonary bypass (on-pump). We now report the results at 5 years (the end of the trial). Methods A total of 4752 patients (from 19 countries) who had coronary artery disease were randomly assigned to undergo off-pump or on-pump CABG...
October 23, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Wenting Dai, Jihong Dong, Wanglin Yan, Jiren Xu
The paper divided the whole coal life cycle, explained each phase characteristics, and took coal mine in China as a study case to assess the ecological risk in coal utilization phase. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) the whole coal life cycle is divided into coal mining, processing, transportation, utilization, and waste disposal. (2) The key points of production organization and characteristics in the five phases have great differences. The coal mining phase is characterized by the damage of the key ecological factors (water, soil, atmosphere, vegetation, etc...
October 22, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Gina-Isabelle Henze, Sandra Zänkert, David F Urschler, Tanja J Hiltl, Brigitte M Kudielka, Jens C Pruessner, Stefan Wüst
The Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) is the most widely used laboratory stress protocol in psychoneuroendocrinology. Despite its popularity, surprisingly few attempts have been made to explore the ecological validity of the TSST. In the present study, 31 young healthy subjects (24 females) were exposed to the TSST about 4 weeks before completing an oral exam on a separate day. Salivary cortisol levels increased significantly in response to both stimuli (TSST: F(2.21, 66.33)=5.73, p=0.004; oral exam: F(1.98, 59...
October 17, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Andreas Rohner, Jeannette D Widmer, Jennifer Klasen, Anita Scheiwiller, Dominik Muller, Markus K Muller
OBJECTIVE: The outcomes of patients undergoing band removal alone without an additional bariatric procedure after laparoscopic gastric banding are not well reported. We seek to close this gap in the literature. SETTING: Cantonal Hospital & University Teaching Hospital, Switzerland METHODS: In this retrospective study, we investigated 21 patients who underwent band removal with a mean follow-up of 63 months. Weight regain, co-morbidities, and quality of life were assessed...
September 14, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Yang Liu, Marie Fanelli Kuczmarski, Edgar R Miller, M Berenice Nava, Alan B Zonderman, Michele K Evans, Neil R Powe, Deidra C Crews
OBJECTIVE: Explore the association between following a Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)-accordant diet and kidney end points among urban adults. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span study. SUBJECTS: A total of 1,534 urban dwelling participants of the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span study with a baseline estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥60 mL/minute/1...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Renal Nutrition
Helen Killaspy, Stefan Priebe, Stephen Bremner, Paul McCrone, Sarah Dowling, Isobel Harrison, Joanna Krotofil, Peter McPherson, Sima Sandhu, Maurice Arbuthnott, Sarah Curtis, Gerard Leavey, Geoff Shepherd, Sandra Eldridge, Michael King
BACKGROUND: Little research has been done into the effectiveness of mental health supported accommodation services. We did a national survey to investigate provision and costs of services and assess service user quality of life and outcomes across England. METHODS: We randomly sampled three types of services from 14 nationally representative regions-residential care, supported housing, and floating outreach-and recruited up to ten service users per service. Service quality and costs and service users' quality of life, autonomy, and satisfaction with care were assessed in a standardised manner with validated tools and compared by multilevel modelling...
October 19, 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
J Voirin, I Darie, D Fischer, A Simon, I Rohmer-Heitz, F Proust
INTRODUCTION: Motor cortex stimulation is a well-known treatment modality for refractory neuropathic pain. Nevertheless, some cases of therapeutic failure have been described but alternative therapies for these cases are rarely reported. CASE REPORT: The patient presented with neuropathic pain in his right arm due to a cervical syrinx which was surgically treated by a shunt in 2003 with no clinical improvement. As alternative therapy, after an evaluation by repetitive magnetic transcranial stimulation with significant benefit, motor cortex stimulation was successfully implanted in 2004...
October 19, 2016: Neuro-Chirurgie
Anthony C Waddimba, Melissa Scribani, Nicole Krupa, John J May, Paul Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Widespread dissatisfaction among United States (U.S.) clinicians could endanger ongoing reforms. Practitioners in rural/underserved areas withstand stressors that are unique to or accentuated in those settings. Medical professionals employed by integrating delivery systems are often distressed by the cacophony of organizational change(s) that such consolidation portends. We investigated the factors associated with dis/satisfaction with rural practice among doctors/non-physician practitioners employed by an integrated healthcare delivery network serving 9 counties of upstate New York, during a time of organizational transition...
October 22, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Carmen Byker Shanks, Sarah Haack, Dawn Tarabochia, Kate Bates, Lori Christenson
Nutrition is an essential component in promoting health and quality of life into the older adults years. The purpose of this qualitative research is to explore how the rural food environment influences food choices of older adults. Four focus groups were conducted with 33 older adults (50 years of age and older) residing in rural Montana communities. Four major themes related to factors influencing food choices among rural older adults emerged from this study: perception of the rural community environment, support as a means of increasing food access, personal access to food sources, and dietary factors...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Community Health
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