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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803570/decontamination-of-an-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenator-contaminated-with-mycobacterium-chimaera
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Mark I Garvey, Natalie Phillips, Craig W Bradley, Elisabeth Holden
Water samples taken from extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO) devices used at University Hospitals Birmingham yielded high total viable counts (TVCs) containing a variety of microorganisms, including M. chimaera. Disinfection resulted in the reduction of TVCs and eradication of Mycobacterium chimaera. Weekly disinfection and water sampling are required to manage the water quality in these devices. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;1-3.
August 14, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800689/evaluation-of-edar-vehicle-emissions-remote-sensing-technology
#2
Karl Ropkins, Timothy H DeFries, Francis Pope, David C Green, Jim Kemper, Sandeep Kishan, Gary W Fuller, Hu Li, Jim Sidebottom, Leigh R Crilley, Louisa Kramer, William J Bloss, J Stewart Hager
Despite much work in recent years, vehicle emissions remain a significant contributor in many areas where air quality standards are under threat. Policy-makers are actively exploring options for next generation vehicle emission control and local fleet management policies, and new monitoring technologies to aid these activities. Therefore, we report here on findings from two separate but complementary blind evaluation studies of one new-to-market real-world monitoring option, HEAT LLC's Emission Detection And Reporting system or EDAR, an above-road open path instrument that uses Differential Absorption LIDAR to provide a highly sensitive and selective measure of passing vehicle emissions...
August 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781016/blood-metal-ion-levels-have-limited-utility-in-the-surveillance-of-asymptomatic-large-head-metal-on-metal-total-hip-arthroplasties
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Manish Kiran, Deepak Shivarathre, Viju K Peter
BACKGROUND: Blood cobalt (Co) and chromium (Cr) ion levels have been used as surveillance tools for adverse reaction to metal debris (ARMD) in metal-on-metal (MoM) articulations with varying thresholds in different countries. The aim of our study is to present the serial 12-year blood Co and Cr levels in a cohort of MoM total hip arthroplasties (THAs) with femoral head size ≥36 mm and analyze their utility in asymptomatic patients at current thresholds. METHODS: A total of 256 patients with unilateral MoM THA with femoral head size ≥36 mm were included in this study with data collected prospectively...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766857/birmingham-vasculitis-activity-score-of-more-than-9-5-at-diagnosis-is-an-independent-predictor-of-refractory-disease-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#4
Juyoung Yoo, Ho Jae Kim, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
AIM: We investigated whether clinical manifestations, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs), Birmingham vasculitis activity score (BVAS) for granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and five factor score (FFS) at diagnosis can predict relapse or refractory disease in 30 histology-proven GPA patients with follow-up duration ≥ 12 weeks. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 30 GPA patients. We collected clinical data, ANCAs, BVAS for GPA, FFSs at diagnosis, and we compared variables between the two groups based on relapse or refractory disease...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757688/ocular-trauma-a-tertiary-hospital-experience-from-oman
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Haitham H Al-Mahrouqi, Naila Al-Harthi, Maryam Al-Wahaibi, Kishore Hanumantharayappa
PURPOSE: To describe the epidemiology of ocular trauma in a tertiary hospital setting in Muscat, Oman. METHODS: Medical records of all cases of ocular trauma which presented to the Emergency Department at Al-Nahdha Hospital and were seen by the ophthalmology service from January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2013 (6 months) were reviewed to collect data on ocular trauma according to the World Eye Injury Registry initial reporting form which uses the Birmingham Eye Trauma Terminology System...
May 2017: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757140/the-feasibility-safety-and-effectiveness-of-hysteroscopic-sterilization-compared-with-laparoscopic-sterilization
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Lina Antoun, Paul Smith, Janesh K Gupta, T Justin Clark
BACKGROUND: In contrast to conventional laparoscopic sterilization, newer hysteroscopic approaches avoid the need for hospital admission, general anesthesia, and prolonged recovery. However, there are concerns that the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of hysteroscopic sterilization may be lower than established laparoscopic sterilization. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the outcomes of hysteroscopic sterilization compared with laparoscopic sterilization in routine clinical practice in a comparative observational cohort study...
July 27, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755186/liver-transplantation-for-hereditary-tyrosinaemia-type-1-in-the-united-kingdom
#7
Patrick McKiernan
Fourteen children have undergone liver transplantation for hereditary tyrosinaemia type 1 (HT1) at Birmingham Children's hospital (BCH) since 1989; six were treated prior to the availability of Nitisinone in 1993 and eight in the post Nitisinone era. Prior to 1993 essentially all children with HT1 were referred for transplantation. In the Nitisinone era only those with unresponsive liver failure or suspected malignancy were considered for transplantation. Those who were treated pre-emptively following newborn screening have no evidence of liver disease and none have required transplantation...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754682/autoimmunity-to-vimentin-is-associated-with-outcomes-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Fu Jun Li, Ranu Surolia, Huashi Li, Zheng Wang, Tejaswini Kulkarni, Gang Liu, Joao A de Andrade, Daniel J Kass, Victor J Thannickal, Steven R Duncan, Veena B Antony
Autoimmunity has been implicated in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); however, the repertoire of autoantigens involved in this disease and the clinical relevance of these autoimmune responses are still being explored. Our initial discovery assays demonstrated that circulating and intrapulmonary vimentin levels are increased in IPF patients. Subsequent studies showed native vimentin induced HLA-DR-dependent in vitro proliferation of CD4 T cells from IPF patients and enhanced the production of IL-4, IL-17, and TGF-β1 by these lymphocytes in contrast to normal control specimens...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745689/-kidney-injury-molecules-kim-1-mcp-1-and-type-iv-collagen-in-the-assessment-of-activity-of-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-glomerulonephritis
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N M Bulanov, A G Serova, E I Kuznetsova, M L Bulanova, P I Novikov, L V Kozlovskaya, S V Moiseev
AIM: To assess the significance of determining the serum and urinary concentrations of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), and type IV collagen in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) to estimate the activity of renal involvement in AAV. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 78 patients (32 men and 46 women) (median age 55 (45; 61) years) with AAV were examined. The patients were divided into 3 groups according to the AAV activity estimated using the Birmingham vasculitis activity Score (BVAS): 1) 25 patients with active ANCA-associated glomerulonephritis (GN); 2) 26 patients with active AAV without renal involvement; 3) 27 patients in sustained AAV remission...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741986/serum-ferritin-as-an-activity-marker-for-granulamotosis-with-polyangiitis
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Hamit Kucuk, Ozkan Varan, Berna Goker, Berivan Bitik, Mehmet Akif Ozturk, Seminur Haznedaroglu, Abdurrahman Tufan
BACKGROUND: Serum ferritin correlates well with the activities of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and dermatomyositis, but it has not been previously studied in patients with vasculitis. METHODS: Medical records of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, Wegener's granulomatosis) patients with at least six months of regular follow-up were evaluated. The activity of GPA was assessed with Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score for Wegener's Granulomatosis (BVAS/WG)...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731937/an-adapted-clavien-dindo-scoring-system-in-trauma-as-a-clinically-meaningful-nonmortality-endpoint
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David N Naumann, Laura E Vincent, Nicola Pearson, Alastair Beaven, Iain M Smith, Kieran Smith, Emma Toman, Helen R Dorrance, Keith Porter, Charles E Wade, Bryan A Cotton, John B Holcomb, Mark J Midwinter
BACKGROUND: There is no consensus on reporting nonmortality trauma complications in a graded manner. The Clavien-Dindo scale of complications was originally for elective surgery and requires adaptation to provide meaningful data for trauma patients. In particular, the original score does not account for those treated without surgery. We report an adapted Clavien-Dindo in trauma (ACDiT) scale and apply it to patients managed operatively and nonoperatively. METHODS: A combined prospective and retrospective international multicenter observational study was undertaken to apply the ACDiT scale to 484 trauma patients at three university teaching hospitals (Birmingham, England (n = 303); Houston, Texas (n = 113); and Glasgow, Scotland (n = 68))...
August 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729620/self-management-behaviour-and-support-among-primary-care-copd-patients-cross-sectional-analysis-of-data-from-the-birmingham-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-cohort
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Ainee Khan, Andrew P Dickens, Peymane Adab, Rachel E Jordan
Self-management support for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients is recommended by UK national guidelines, but extent of implementation is unknown. We aimed to describe self-management behaviour and support among COPD patients and explore behaviour associated with having a self-management plan. We undertook cross-sectional analysis of self-reported data from diagnosed COPD patients in the Birmingham COPD Cohort study. Questionnaire items relevant to self-management behaviour, knowledge of COPD, receipt of self-management plans and advice from healthcare professionals were examined...
July 20, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715928/lack-of-evidence-the-anti-stepwise-introduction-of-metal-on-metal-hip-replacements
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Aleksi Reito, Lari Lehtovirta, Olli Lainiala, Keijo Mäkelä, Antti Eskelinen
Background and purpose - Orthopedics and especially joint replacement surgery have had more than their fair share of unsuccessful innovations that have violated widely endorsed principles for the introduction of new surgical innovations. We aimed to investigate (1) the trends in the use of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR), the ASR hip resurfacing (ASR HRA) and the ASR XL total hip replacement (ASR XL THR) system with very different market approval processes and (2) whether their use was corroborated by clinical trials published in the peer-reviewed literature...
October 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712204/middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-corona-virus-alert-verification-in-mirpur-azad-kashmir
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Mumtaz Ali Khan, Muhammad Ishaq, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Asim Altaf, Mirza Aamir Baig, Safdar Rana, Jaleel Kamran, Muazam Abbas Ranjha, Jawad Asgher Rana
BACKGROUND: Middle East Respiratory-Corona virus (MERS-CoV), SARS like virus, identified in September 2012 in Middle-East. February 2013, an elderly man, who visited Pakistan and KSA, was confirmed as MRS-CoV in UK. A team visited Mirpur to assess current and past SARI trends in major indoor facilities, to explore possible contact of the patient with known or suspected SARI case during his stay in Pakistan and enlist close contacts. METHODS: Review of indoor records in hospitals, interviews with relatives & physicians and active contact tracing using operational case definition...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711342/birmingham-hip-resurfacing-vs-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-matched-pair-comparison-of-clinical-outcomes
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Victor R Ortiz-Declet, David A Iacobelli, Leslie C Yuen, Itay Perets, Austin W Chen, Benjamin G Domb
BACKGROUND: Birmingham hip resurfacing (BHR) has proven to be a good alternative for younger patients with osteoarthritis. Some have asserted that BHR may yield outcomes which are superior to total hip arthroplasty (THA), and that some studies which failed to show a difference were plagued by ceiling effects and lack of sensitivity of outcome measures. The purpose of this study is to compare outcomes of BHR and THA using the "Forgotten Joint" Score-12 (FJS), a more sensitive score with lesser vulnerability to the ceiling effect...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709959/reciprocal-relationships-between-emotion-regulation-and-motives-for-eating-palatable-foods-in-african-american-adolescents
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Catheryn A Orihuela, Sylvie Mrug, Mary M Boggiano
This study examines possible bidirectional relationships between emotion regulation and motives related to consuming palatable foods during adolescence. Participants included 79 adolescents (96% African American) who took part in Waves 2 and 3 of the Coping with Violence Study. The youth were recruited from four public middle schools serving low income, urban communities in Birmingham, AL. Participants completed self-report measures of emotion regulation and indicated different motives for consuming tasty foods and drinks at both waves...
October 1, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708777/intraoperative-topical-antibiotics-for-infection-prophylaxis-in-pelvic-and-acetabular-surgery
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Matthew T Owen, Emily M Keener, Zane B Hyde, Reaves M Crabtree, Parke W Hudson, Russell L Griffin, Jason A Lowe
OBJECTIVES: Determine if topical vancomycin and tobramycin powder reduces the incidence of surgical site infection (SSI) following pelvic ring and acetabulum fracture surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study SETTING:: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Academic Level I Trauma Center PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS:: 219 patients (140 meeting inclusion criteria) with pelvic and acetabular fractures who underwent open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) from March 2012 to November 2013...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704460/effects-of-reactive-social-distancing-on-the-1918-influenza-pandemic
#18
Duo Yu, Qianying Lin, Alice Py Chiu, Daihai He
The 1918 influenza pandemic was characterized by multiple epidemic waves. We investigated reactive social distancing, a form of behavioral response where individuals avoid potentially infectious contacts in response to available information on an ongoing epidemic or pandemic. We modelled its effects on the three influenza waves in the United Kingdom. In previous studies, human behavioral response was modelled by a Power function of the proportion of recent influenza mortality in a population, and by a Hill function, which is a function of the number of recent influenza mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704343/pilot-trial-of-a-home-based-physical-activity-program-for-african-american-women
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Dori Pekmezi, Cole Ainsworth, Rodney P Joseph, Victoria Williams, Renee Desmond, Karen Meneses, Bess Marcus, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of a Home-based, Individually-tailored Physical activity Print (HIPP) intervention for African American women in the Deep South. METHODS: A pilot randomized trial of the HIPP intervention (N=43) vs. wellness contact control (N=41) was conducted. Recruitment, retention, and adherence were examined, along with physical activity (7-Day PARs, accelerometers) and related psychosocial variables at baseline and 6 months. RESULTS: The sample included 84 overweight/obese African American women aged 50-69 in Birmingham, AL...
July 12, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704091/revalidation-reflection-a-military-nursing-research-perspective
#20
Alan Brockie
Lt Cdr Alan Brockie, Lecturer, Medical Directorate, Academic Department of Military Nursing, Birmingham.
July 13, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
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