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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324867/blood-glucose-levels-and-glycaemic-burden-in-76-341-patients-attending-primary-care-bittersweet-findings-from-a-9-year-cohort-study
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Melinda J Carrington, Neale Cohen, Joshua F Wiley
AIMS: Diabetes care is principally applied in the primary care setting whereby we examined trends in glycaemic levels and goals and estimated avoidable glycaemic burden. METHODS: We retrieved glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) results and glucose-lowering prescription records from a patient-based medical database during 2005-2013. There were 275,480 available HbA1C measurements from 76,341 individuals managed by 960 general practitioners from 321 clinics across Australia...
February 27, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324810/the-emotional-process-from-diagnosis-to-birth-following-a-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-anomaly-a-qualitative-study-of-messages-in-online-discussion-boards
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Tommy Carlsson, Veronica Starke, Elisabet Mattsson
OBJECTIVE: to explore written statements found in online discussion boards where parents currently expecting, or with previous experience of expecting, a child with a prenatally diagnosed congenital anomaly communicate about their emotional process from diagnosis to birth. DESIGN: cross-sectional qualitative study of messages in public online discussion boards. SETTING: Swedish public discussion boards about reproductive subjects. SAMPLE: ten pregnant women and eight parents (of children with prenatal diagnoses) who had written 852 messages in five threads in Swedish online discussion boards identified via systematic searches...
March 2, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324773/haptoglobin-is-frequently-low-in-patients-with-myelofibrosis-clinical-relevance
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Paolo Strati, Lucia Masarova, Prithviraj Bose, Naval Daver, Naveen Pemmaraju, Srdan Verstovsek
A recent study, showing the absence of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria clones in myelofibrosis, has reopened the debate around the role of decreased haptoglobin in this disease. We present here a large prospective analysis of the clinical significance of low haptoglobin in 152 patients with myelofibrosis. Low haptoglobin (<32mg/dL) was observed in 50 patients (33%). Decreased haptoglobin did not associate with low hemoglobin levels, positive Coombs test or abnormal liver function tests, suggesting it is not result of autoimmune hemolytic anemia or liver cirrhosis...
March 8, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324655/tracking-the-energy-flow-on-nanoscale-via-sample-transmitted-excitation-photoluminescence-spectroscopy
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Pavel Moroz, Natalia Razgoniaeva, Yufan He, Gregory Jensen, Holly Eckard, H Peter Lu, Mikhail Zamkov
Tracking the energy flow in nanoscale materials is an important yet challenging goal. Experimental methods for probing the intermolecular energy transfer (ET) are often burdened by the spectral crosstalk between donor and acceptor species, which complicates unraveling their individual contributions. This issue is particularly prominent in inorganic nanoparticles and biological macromolecules featuring broad absorbing profiles. Here, we demonstrate a general spectroscopic strategy for measuring the energy transfer efficiency between nanostructured or molecular dyes exhibiting a significant donor-acceptor spectral overlap...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324597/the-burden-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-primary-care-in-italy
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Carlo Piccinni, Ippazio Cosimo Antonazzo, Monica Simonetti, Marco Giovanni Mennuni, Damiano Parretti, Claudio Cricelli, Delia Colombo, Mihaela Nica, Iacopo Cricelli, Francesco Lapi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a major public health concern. From a public health perspective, the epidemiology of CHF needs to be distinguished from that of its related acute form. Data stemming from primary care are crucial to better know and update the prevalence and incidence rates of CHF. AIM: To update the epidemiology of CHF in an Italian primary care setting and to describe socio-demographic, lifestyle, and clinical characteristics of these patients...
March 21, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324483/the-contribution-of-drug-overdose-to-educational-gradients-in-life-expectancy-in-the-united-states-1992-2011
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Jessica Y Ho
Since the mid-1990s, the United States has witnessed a dramatic rise in drug overdose mortality. Educational gradients in life expectancy widened over the same period, and drug overdose likely plays a role in this widening, particularly for non-Hispanic whites. The contemporary drug epidemic is distinctive in terms of its scope, the nature of the substances involved, and its geographic patterning, which influence how it impacts different education groups. I use vital statistics and National Health Interview Survey data to examine the contribution of drug overdose to educational gradients in life expectancy from 1992-2011...
March 21, 2017: Demography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324285/preoperative-thrombocytosis-predicts-shortened-survival-in-patients-with-malignant-peritoneal-mesothelioma-undergoing-operative-cytoreduction-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy
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Yue C Li, Tamara Khashab, Julia Terhune, Richard L Eckert, Nader Hanna, Allen Burke, H Richard Alexander
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to determine the clinical significance of preoperative thrombocytosis in patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) undergoing operative cytoreduction (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). CRS and HIPEC have been associated with prolonged survival in patients with MPM and is the preferred treatment in select patients. However, patient selection criteria remain ill-defined for this operation that is also associated with significant morbidity and mortality...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324224/elective-caesarean-section-on-maternal-request-in-germany-factors-affecting-decision-making-concerning-mode-of-delivery
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Paul Philipp Stützer, Sebastian Berlit, Stefanie Lis, Christian Schmahl, Marc Sütterlin, Benjamin Tuschy
PURPOSE: To investigate sociopsychological factors of women undergoing a caesarean section on maternal request (CSMR). METHODS: Twenty-eight women who underwent CSMR and 29 women with vaginal delivery (VD) filled in standardized questionnaires concerning psychological burden (SCL-R 90), fear of childbirth (W-DEQ, STAI), personality structure (HEXACO-Pi-R) and social support (F-SozU) as well as one questionnaire assessing potential factors influencing their mode of delivery...
March 21, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324216/new-classification-for-the-treatment-of-pyogenic-spondylodiscitis-validation-study-on-a-population-of-250-patients-with-a-follow-up-of-2%C3%A2-years
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Enrico Pola, G Autore, V M Formica, V Pambianco, D Colangelo, R Cauda, M Fantoni
PURPOSE: Pyogenic spondylodiscitis (PS) is still burdened by a high rate of orthopedic and neurological complications. Despite the rising incidence, the choice of a proper orthopedic treatment is often delayed by the lack of clinical data. The aim of this study was to propose a clinical-radiological classification of pyogenic spondylodiscitis to define a standard treatment algorithm. METHODS: Based on data from 250 patients treated from 2008 to 2015, a clinical-radiological classification of pyogenic spondylodiscitis was developed...
March 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324149/-outpatient-care-and-disease-burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-of-a%C3%A2-linkage-of-claims-data-and-a%C3%A2-survey-of-insured-persons
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K Albrecht, A Luque Ramos, J Callhoff, F Hoffmann, K Minden, A Zink
BACKGROUND: Healthcare of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Germany has mainly been evaluated in the past in RA cohorts from specialized arthritis centers. This study investigated rheumatological care on a population basis, using claims data from a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (BARMER GEK) in combination with patient-reported outcomes from a questionnaire survey of insured persons with RA. METHODS: Data from insurants aged 18-79 years with M05 (seropositive RA) or M06 (other RA, ICD-10) diagnoses were analyzed concerning diagnostics, medication and prescribing physician...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324133/foot-health-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Minna Stolt, Riitta Suhonen, Helena Leino-Kilpi
Rheumatoid arthritis affects joints and can cause significant impairments in daily life. The foot is often the first site of symptoms and foot problems are strongly related to RA. The aim of this review was, therefore, to describe foot health in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and to identify how patients perform foot self-care. With this knowledge interventions to support foot health and functional ability in RA patients can be developed. The design of the review was a scoping review. A systematic literature search of three electronic databases, MEDLINE, CINAHL and Embase, was conducted in June 2016...
March 21, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324124/osteoporosis-in-frail-patients-a-consensus-paper-of-the-belgian-bone-club
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REVIEW
E Gielen, P Bergmann, O Bruyère, E Cavalier, P Delanaye, S Goemaere, J-M Kaufman, M Locquet, J-Y Reginster, S Rozenberg, A-M Vandenbroucke, J-J Body
In this consensus paper, the Belgian Bone Club aims to provide a state of the art on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of osteoporosis in frail individuals, including patients with anorexia nervosa, patients on dialysis, cancer patients, persons with sarcopenia, and the oldest old. All these conditions may indeed induce bone loss that is superimposed on physiological bone loss and often remains under-recognized and under-treated. This is of particular concern because of the major burden of osteoporotic fractures in terms of morbidity, mortality, and economic cost...
March 21, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324110/effects-of-metreleptin-in-pediatric-patients-with-lipodystrophy
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Rebecca J Brown, Cristina Adelia Meehan, Elaine Cochran, Kristina I Rother, David E Kleiner, Mary Walter, Phillip Gorden
Context: Lipodystrophy syndromes are rare disorders of deficient adipose tissue. Metreleptin, a human analog of leptin, improved metabolic abnormalities in mixed cohorts of leptin-deficient children and adults with lipodystrophy. Objective: Determine effects of metreleptin on diabetes, hyperlipidemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), growth, and puberty in leptin-deficient pediatric patients with lipodystrophy. Design: Prospective, single-arm, open-label studies with continuous enrollment since 2000...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324052/skeletal-complications-and-mortality-in-thyroid-cancer-a-population-based-study
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Palak Choksi, Maria Papaleontiou, Cui Guo, Francis Worden, Mousumi Banerjee, Megan Haymart
Context: Although bone is a common site for tumor metastases, the burden of bone events (bone metastases and skeletal-related events (SREs)) in patients with thyroid cancer is not well known. Objective: To measure the prevalence of bone events and their impact on mortality in patients with thyroid cancer. Patients, Design, and Setting: We identified patients diagnosed with thyroid cancer between 1991-2011 from the linked Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare (SEER-Medicare) dataset...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324029/vital-directions-for-health-and-health-care-priorities-from-a-national-academy-of-medicine-initiative
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Victor J Dzau, Mark B McClellan, J Michael McGinnis, Sheila P Burke, Molly J Coye, Angela Diaz, Thomas A Daschle, William H Frist, Martha Gaines, Margaret A Hamburg, Jane E Henney, Shiriki Kumanyika, Michael O Leavitt, Ruth M Parker, Lewis G Sandy, Leonard D Schaeffer, Glenn D Steele, Pamela Thompson, Elias Zerhouni
Importance: Recent discussion has focused on questions related to the repeal and replacement of portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, issues central to the future of health and health care in the United States transcend the ACA provisions receiving the greatest attention. Initiatives directed to certain strategic and infrastructure priorities are vital to achieve better health at lower cost. Objectives: To review the most salient health challenges and opportunities facing the United States, to identify practical and achievable priorities essential to health progress, and to present policy initiatives critical to the nation's health and fiscal integrity...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323886/contribution-of-urinary-tract-infection-to-the-burden-of-febrile-illnesses-in-young-children-in-rural-kenya
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Wechuli Geoffrey Masika, Wendy Prudhomme O'Meara, Thomas L Holland, Janice Armstrong
INTRODUCTION: The clinical features of UTI in young children may not localize to the urinary tract and closely resemble other febrile illnesses. In malaria endemic areas, a child presenting with fever is often treated presumptively for malaria without investigation for UTI. Delayed or inadequate treatment of UTI increases the risk of bacteremia and renal scarring in young children and subsequently complications as hypertension and end stage renal disease in adulthood. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in a hospital in western Kenya...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323855/etiology-of-acute-diarrhea-in-the-elderly-in-china-a-six-year-observational-study
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Zike Zhang, Shengjie Lai, Jianxing Yu, Qibin Geng, Wanqi Yang, Yu Chen, Jianguo Wu, Huaiqi Jing, Weizhong Yang, Zhongjie Li
Acute diarrhea leads to a substantial disease burden among the elderly worldwide. However, in the context of increasingly aging trend in China, the prevalence of etiological agents among elderly diarrheal patients was undetermined. This study aimed to explore the major enteropathogens of acute diarrhea among outpatients older than 65 years in China, and also the epidemiological features of the pathogens. Demographic and clinical data for acute diarrhea among outpatients older than 65 years were collected from 213 participating hospitals from 2009 to 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323833/lactate-dehydrogenase-in-toxoplasma-gondii-controls-virulence-bradyzoite-differentiation-and-chronic-infection
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Abdelbaset E Abdelbaset, Barbara A Fox, Mohamed H Karram, Mahmoud R Abd Ellah, David J Bzik, Makoto Igarashi
In the asexual stages, Toxoplasma gondii stage converts between acute phase rapidly replicating tachyzoites and chronic phase slowly dividing bradyzoites. Correspondingly, T. gondii differentially expresses two distinct genes and isoforms of the lactate dehydrogenase enzyme, expressing LDH1 exclusively in the tachyzoite stage and LDH2 preferentially in the bradyzoite stage. LDH catalyzes the interconversion of pyruvate and lactate in anaerobic growth conditions and is utilized for energy supply, however, the precise role of LDH1 and LDH2 in parasite biology in the asexual stages is still unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323825/association-between-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-the-brain-and-alzheimer-disease-neuropathology-and-cognitive-performance-a-nontargeted-metabolomic-study
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Stuart G Snowden, Amera A Ebshiana, Abdul Hye, Yang An, Olga Pletnikova, Richard O'Brien, John Troncoso, Cristina Legido-Quigley, Madhav Thambisetty
BACKGROUND: The metabolic basis of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology and expression of AD symptoms is poorly understood. Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids have previously been linked to both protective and pathogenic effects in AD. However, to date little is known about how the abundance of these species is affected by differing levels of disease pathology in the brain. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed metabolic profiling on brain tissue samples from 43 individuals ranging in age from 57 to 95 y old who were stratified into three groups: AD (N = 14), controls (N = 14) and "asymptomatic Alzheimer's disease" (ASYMAD), i...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323802/outcomes-after-severe-distal-tibia-ankle-and-or-foot-trauma-comparison-of-limb-salvage-versus-transtibial-amputation-outlet
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Michael J Bosse, David Teague, Lisa Reider, Joshua L Gary, Saam Morshed, Rachel B Seymour, James Toledano, Lisa K Cannada, Barbara Steverson, Daniel O Scharfstein, Jason Luly, Ellen J MacKenzie
Severe foot and ankle injuries are complex and challenging to treat, often requiring multiple operations to salvage the limb contributing to a prolonged healing period. There is some evidence to suggest that early amputation for some patients may result in better long-term outcomes than limb salvage. The challenge is to identify the regional injury burden for an individual that would suggest a better outcome with an amputation. The OUTLET study is a prospective, multicenter observational study comparing 18-month outcomes after limb salvage versus early amputation among patients aged 18-60 years with severe distal tibia, ankle, and foot injuries...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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