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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098696/recommendations-for-undergraduate-medical-electives-a-uk-consensus-statement
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Connie Wiskin, Michael Barrett, Birgit Fruhstorfer, Matthias L Schmid
INTRODUCTION: Many doctors, across grades and specialities, supervise or advise students and juniors undertaking elective placements. Electives form part of medical curricula on a worldwide scale. The Medical Schools Council (MSC) Electives Committee in the UK identified a gap in the current literature in relation to provision of comprehensive recommendations for the design and management of undergraduate elective programmes. Electives afford many known benefits for medical and other health care students, but the context, and risks (impacting potentially on patient, public and student well-being) are usually different from those associated with 'home' clinical placements...
November 2, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083100/mefloquine-for-preventing-malaria-during-travel-to-endemic-areas
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REVIEW
Maya Tickell-Painter, Nicola Maayan, Rachel Saunders, Cheryl Pace, David Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Mefloquine is one of four antimalarial agents commonly recommended for preventing malaria in travellers to malaria-endemic areas. Despite its high efficacy, there is controversy about its psychological side effects. OBJECTIVES: To summarize the efficacy and safety of mefloquine used as prophylaxis for malaria in travellers. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register; the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), published on the Cochrane Library; MEDLINE; Embase (OVID); TOXLINE (https://toxnet...
October 30, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025446/inefficient-procurement-processes-undermine-access-to-medicines-in-the-western-cape-province-of-south-africa
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Bvudzai P Magadzire, Kim Ward, Henry M J Leng, David Sanders
BACKGROUND: South Africa (SA) has experienced several stock-outs of life-saving medicines for the treatment of major chronic infectious and non-communicable diseases in the public sector. OBJECTIVE: To identify the causes of stock-outs and to illustrate how they undermine access to medicines (ATM) in the Western Cape Province, SA. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted with a sample of over 70 key informants (frontline health workers, sub-structure and provincial health service managers)...
June 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931145/medical-and-psychological-problems-faced-by-young-australian-gap-year-travellers
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Luis Furuya-Kanamori, Deborah Mills, Sarah Sheridan, Colleen Lau
Background: Gap year travellers can potentially be exposed to many infectious diseases and other travel-related health problems including injuries and psychological problems. Currently, there is little information on health and wellbeing of this particular group of travellers. Methods: Participants were recruited from an organization that specialized in organising international gap year placements. Gap year travellers were asked to complete a pre-departure survey on demographics, placement destination and duration, previous travel experience, hobbies, risk taking behaviour, anticipated problems during the placement, and pre-travel preparations...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931136/what-proportion-of-international-travellers-acquire-a-travel-related-illness-a-review-of-the-literature
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Kristina M Angelo, Phyllis E Kozarsky, Edward T Ryan, Lin H Chen, Mark J Sotir
Introduction: As international travel increases, travellers may be at increased risk of acquiring infectious diseases not endemic in their home countries. Many journal articles and reference books related to travel medicine cite that between 22-64% of international travellers become ill during or after travel; however, this information is minimal, outdated and limited by poor generalizability. We aim to provide a current and more accurate estimate of the proportion of international travellers who acquire a travel-related illness...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885459/association-between-mode-of-delivery-and-risk-of-infection-in-early-childhood-a-cohort-study
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Nikolas Christensen, Jens Søndergaard, Henrik Thybo Christesen, Niels Fisker, Steffen Husby
BACKGROUND: Infections are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children. Caesarean section as a potential risk factor for infection has recently gained interest. Delivery by caesarean section has increased greatly with non-medical reasons playing an increasing role. We aimed to analyze the association between mode of delivery and hospitalizations due to infection and symptoms of infection at home in early childhood. METHODS: A cohort study, based on the Odense Child Cohort, following infants from gestation until a mean age of 3...
September 6, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735059/too-young-to-be-vaccinated-hospitalizations-caused-by-varicella-among-children-in-the-first-year-of-life
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Ewelina Gowin, Jacek Wysocki, Michał Michalak, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse the causes of hospitalization in the course of varicella in children during the first year of life. METHODS: An analysis was performed of the medical documentation of 359 children hospitalized for varicella on the infectious diseases ward at the Children's Hospital in Poznan (Poland) between January 2007 and August 2015. RESULTS: Of the 359 children in the study group, 96 were younger than 1 year old...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626106/-seedi-basic-strategies-for-the-primary-and-secondary-prevention-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
#8
Chunsong Hu
ABCDE strategy, mainly based on drugs or medications and the lifestyle modification (named as "main medical strategy"), is popular in the guideline for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in China and foreign countries. Here, the author recommends a non-invasive and non-pharmacologic "Zhongzi" rule, which includes 4 healthy elements: Sleep, emotion, exercise, and diet (SEED), and also called SEED intervention (SEEDi) strategy. It is the basic strategy for primary and secondary prevention of non-infectious diseases, especially for ASCVD...
May 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562551/final-diagnoses-and-probability-of-new-reason-for-encounter-at-an-urban-clinic-in-japan-a-4-year-observational-study
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Motoharu Fukushi, Yukishige Ishibashi, Naoki Nago
Past clinical data are not currently used to calculate pretest probabilities, as they have not been put into a database in clinical settings. This observational study was designed to determine the initial reasons for utilizing home visits or visits to an outpatient urban clinic in Japan.All family medical clinic outpatients and patients visited by the clinic (total = 11,688) over 1460 days were enrolled.We used a Bayes theorem-based clinical decision support system to analyze codes for initial reason-for-encounter (examination and final diagnosis: pretest probability) and final diagnosis of patients with fever (conditional pretest probability)...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368854/pteropine-orthoreovirus-an-important-emerging-virus-causing-infectious-disease-in-the-tropics
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REVIEW
Yeh Fong Tan, Cheong Lieng Teng, Kaw Bing Chua, Kenny Voon
INTRODUCTION: Pteropine orthoreovirus (PRV) is an emerging zoonotic respiratory virus that has spilled over from bats to humans. Though initially found only in bats, further case studies have found viable virus in ill patients. METHODOLOGY: PubMed was queried with the keywords of Nelson Bay orthoreovirus OR Pteropine orthoreovirus OR Melaka orthoreovirus OR Kampar orthoreovirus, and returned 17 hits. RESULTS: Based on prevalence studies, the presence of PRV has been reported in Malaysia and Vietnam, both developing countries...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248782/occupational-exposures-of-home-healthcare-workers
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Noma Agbonifo, Beverly Hittle, Rassull Suarez, Kermit Davis
Population demographics in the United States are rapidly changing with increased dependence on home healthcare (HHC) by an aging population, patients suffering from chronic diseases, and inability to perform activities of daily living. Despite the occupational injury rates for HHC workers (HHCW) being higher than the national average, an understanding of the occupational safety and health experiences and exposures of HHCW is limited. The purpose of this study was to understand the health and safety risk factors for HHCW...
March 2017: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151940/paid-sick-days-and-stay-at-home-behavior-for-influenza
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Kaitlin Piper, Ada Youk, A Everette James, Supriya Kumar
Access to paid sick days (PSD) differs by workplace size, race/ethnicity, gender, and income in the United States. It is not known to what extent decisions to stay home from work when sick with infectious illnesses such as influenza depend on PSD access, and whether access impacts certain demographic groups more than others. We examined demographic and workplace characteristics (including access to PSD) associated with employees' decisions to stay home from work for their own or a child's illness. Linking the 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) consolidated data file to the medical conditions file, we used multivariate Poisson regression models with robust variance estimates to identify factors associated with missed work for an employee's own or a child's illness/injury, influenza-like-illness (ILI), and influenza...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995270/schnelltest-diagnostik-sexuell-%C3%A3-bertragbarer-infektionen-in-niedrigschwelligen-einrichtungen-gemeinsame-stellungnahme-des-rki-pei-und-der-dstig
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Thomas Meyer, Christian G Schüttler, Eberhard Straube, R Stefan Roß, Martin Stürmer, Klaus Jansen, Susanne Buder, Sigrid Nick, Hans-Jochen Hagedorn, Viviane Bremer, Norbert H Brockmeyer
On February 5th, 2016 an expert meeting on rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for sexually transmitted infections (STI) was held in Berlin at the Robert-Koch-Institute. The aim of the conference was to update a former evaluation of RDTs for diagnosis of HIV, HBV, HCV, T. pallidum, C. trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae in low-threshold counseling services for STI that had been published after the previous meeting in 2012. According to the strategy to control HIV, hepatitis B and C and other STI, recently adopted by the German Government, there is a lack of test capabilities and a demand for more testing services as well as improved access to testing...
February 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960212/severity-assessment-and-the-immediate-and-long-term-prognosis-in-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Martin Kolditz, Dionne Braeken, Santiago Ewig, Gernot Rohde
Severity assessment is a crucial step in the initial management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). While approximately half of patients are at low risk of death and can be safely treated as outpatients, around 20% are at increased risk. While CURB-65 (confusion, respiratory rate, blood pressure, urea) and pneumonia severity index (PSI) scores are equally useful as an adjunct to clinical judgment to identify patients at low risk, the so-called minor American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America criteria are predictive of patients in need of intensified treatment (i...
December 2016: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876477/current-prescribing-practices-for-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-nursing-homes
#15
Diana Feldstein, Philip D Sloane, David Weber, Kimberly Ward, David Reed, Sheryl Zimmerman
OBJECTIVES: Antibiotic stewardship has been called for across all sites of health care, including nursing homes (NHs). Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are the third most common indication for antibiotics in the NH, and so should be a focus of stewardship. This study audited medical records to identify signs and symptoms of SSTIs treated with antibiotics in relation to the McGeer criteria for surveillance, the Loeb minimum criteria for antibiotic initiation, and prescribing recommendations of the Infectious Disease Society of America...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815108/evaluation-and-management-of-the-nursing-home-resident-with-respiratory-symptoms-and-an-equivocal-chest-x-ray-report
#16
Mallory McClester Brown, Philip D Sloane, Christine E Kistler, David Reed, Kimberly Ward, David Weber, Sheryl Zimmerman
OBJECTIVES: Pneumonia is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in nursing home (NH) residents. Chest x-ray evidence is considered a key diagnostic criterion for pneumonia by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) diagnostic guidelines, the modified McGeer diagnostic criteria, and the Loeb criteria for initiating antibiotics; however, x-ray interpretation is often equivocal. We conducted chart audits of patients in NHs who had chest x-rays for new respiratory symptoms to determine the degree of ambiguity in the radiology reports and their relationship to antibiotic prescription decisions...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813140/factors-affecting-patient-presentation-at-a-national-dermatology-referral-clinic-in-kampala-uganda
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Eunice S Song, Patrick Musinguzi, Kevin D Dieckhaus
BACKGROUND: This study sought to gain a better understanding of the patient population in Kampala and was further designed to elucidate barriers that may delay individuals from receiving proper dermatologic care. METHODS: The study took place at the dermatovenereology clinic of a tertiary care hospital in Kampala. New adult patients were surveyed in July and August of 2013. The primary dependent variable was time from reported onset of symptoms to presentation to the clinic...
March 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747899/safety-and-efficacy-of-outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-therapy-in-an-academic-infectious-disease-clinic
#18
G Suleyman, R Kenney, M J Zervos, A Weinmann
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Outpatient parenteral therapy (OPAT) has become a safe and effective modality for patients requiring intravenous or prolonged antimicrobial therapy since the 1970s. It is being increasingly utilized in various settings; however, studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of clinic-based OPAT are limited. Since 2012, patients being considered for OPAT have required an infectious disease (ID) consultation at our institution. Candidates receiving once-daily antimicrobials who were ineligible for home infusion or nursing home placement as determined by their insurance companies and those who preferred the clinic over nursing home or home infusion were referred to the ID clinic...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27573469/one-health-parasites-and-beyond
#19
Damer P Blake, Martha Betson
The field of parasitism is broad, encompassing relationships between organisms where one benefits at the expense of another. Traditionally the discipline focuses on eukaryotes, with the study of bacteria and viruses complementary but distinct. Nonetheless, parasites vary in size and complexity from single celled protozoa, to enormous plants like those in the genus Rafflesia. Lifecycles range from obligate intracellular to extensive exoparasitism. Examples of parasites include high-profile medical and zoonotic pathogens such as Plasmodium, veterinary pathogens of wild and captive animals and many of the agents which cause neglected tropical diseases, stretching to parasites which infect plants and other parasites (e...
January 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27536676/peritoneal-dialysis-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Dirk G Struijk
BACKGROUND: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) for the treatment of end-stage renal failure was introduced in the 1960s. Nowadays it has evolved to an established therapy that is complementary to hemodialysis (HD), representing 11% of all patients treated worldwide with dialysis. Despite good clinical outcomes and similar results in patient survival between PD and HD, the penetration of PD is decreasing in the Western world. SUMMARY: First the major events in the history of the development of PD are described...
December 2015: Kidney Diseases
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