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Ashish Bhargava, Madiha Salim, Harsha V Banavasi, Vijay Neelam, Richmund Wenzel, Kristin L Sims, Sorabh Dhar, Keith S Kaye
The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure (BHR) is metal-on-metal resurfacing procedure for hip arthritis. BHR was associated with low risk of surgical site infection (SSI; 0.6%). In addition to antimicrobials, superficial SSIs were treated with incision and drainage, whereas deep incisional or organ-space SSIs required removal of prosthesis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;1-4.
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Jennifer Hamm, Lee Hilliard, Thomas Howard, Jeffrey Lebensburger
Traveling to and from university-based clinics is a major health care barrier for children with sickle cell disease in Alabama. To reduce this barrier, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) developed satellite clinics. This study seeks to determine if these satellite clinics provide a similar level of comprehensive care when compared with the university-based clinic using four surrogate markers: 1) attendance rates, 2) percentage of patients on hydroxyurea, 3) percentage of screening MRIs obtained, and 4) percentage of transcranial dopplers (TCD) completed...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Dianne Court
Well done to 83-year-old nurse Monica Bulman (news, 14 September, page 7 ). At 71 and working on an orthopaedic rehabilitation ward at a hospital in Birmingham, I thought I was getting near to being the oldest nurse practising on a ward.
October 12, 2016: Nursing Standard
Kyle T Aune, Joseph M Powers
BACKGROUND: Extreme conditioning programs (ECPs) are fitness training regimens relying on aerobic, plyometric, and resistance training exercises, often with high levels of intensity for a short duration of time. These programs have grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, but science describing the safety profile of these programs is lacking. HYPOTHESIS: The rate of injury in the extreme conditioning program is greater than the injury rate of weightlifting and the majority of injuries occur to the shoulder and back...
October 19, 2016: Sports Health
Matti Seppänen, Mikko Karvonen, Petri Virolainen, Ville Remes, Pekka Pulkkinen, Antti Eskelinen, Antti Liukas, Keijo T Mäkelä
Background and purpose - In a previous registry report, short-term implant survival of hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA) in Finland was found to be comparable to that of total hip arthroplasty (THA). Since then, it has become evident that adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMDs) may also be associated with HRA, not only with large-diameter head metal-on-metal THA. The aim of the study was to assess medium- to long-term survivorship of HRA based on the Finnish Arthroplasty Register (FAR). Patients and methods - 5,068 HRAs performed during the period 2001-2013 in Finland were included...
October 19, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
Suzanne Oparil, David A Calhoun, Lama Ghazi, Tanja Dudenbostel
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is associated with a high risk of hypertension and is characterized by hyperaldosteronism and hypercortisolism. We have previously reported that patients with resistant hypertension (RHTN), defined as blood pressure (BP) that remains above goal in spite of the concurrent use of 3 antihypertensive agents of different classes, have a high prevalence of hyperaldosteronism that is positively correlated with body mass index (BMI). Experimental studies indicate that adipocytes secrete a as yet undetermined factor that stimulates aldosterone and cortisol release...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yusuf A Rajabally, Fu Liong Hiew
INTRODUCTION: The most efficient method of performing electrophysiology for Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is unknown. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed electrophysiological data of 97 consecutive GBS patients from Birmingham, U.K. (2001-12) studied ≤3 weeks post-onset. RESULTS: The sensitivity of electrophysiology for each GBS subtype was dependent on the tested upper and lower limb nerves. In acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP), abnormalities were predominant in the arms, whereas leg abnormalities predominated in axonal GBS...
October 17, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Praful Schroff, Jason Hitchcock, Christopher Schumann, J Michael Wells, Mark T Dransfield, Surya P Bhatt
Rationale Current practice guidelines recommend pulmonary rehabilitation as an adjunct to standard pharmacologic therapy for individuals with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Whether pulmonary rehabilitation benefits all subjects with COPD independent of baseline disease burden is not known. Objective To test whether pulmonary rehabilitation benefits patients with COPD independent of baseline exercise capacity, dyspnea and lung function. Methods Data from a prospectively maintained database of participants with COPD enrolled in pulmonary rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1996 to 2013 was retrospectively analyzed...
October 14, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Suzanne Di Capite, Rachel Upthegrove, Pavan Mallikarjun
BACKGROUND: To determine the "real world" relapse rate in patients with first-episode psychosis (FEP) who had discontinued antipsychotic medication and identify socio-demographic and clinical factors associated with the risk of relapse. METHODS: Quantitative data were obtained via case-note review on 63 patients with FEP who had discontinued antipsychotic medication from Birmingham Early Intervention Service between 2012 and 2015. The follow-up period was until either: an occurrence of a relapse; end of 12-month study period; end of patient's case-note record...
October 13, 2016: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Martín Bonacci, Sabela Lens, María-Carlota Londoño, Zoe Mariño, Maria C Cid, Manuel Ramos-Casals, Jose María Sánchez-Tapias, Xavier Forns, José Hernández-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cryoglobulins (circulating immune complexes of polyclonal IgG, monoclonal IgM, and rheumatoid factor) are detected in the circulation of 40%-60% of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CV) is observed in approximately 10% of patients. We aimed to assess the clinical and immune effects of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 64 patients with HCV infection with circulating cryoglobulins receiving direct-acting anti-viral therapy at a single center in Barcelona, Spain from January 2014 through April 2016...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Paula J Busse, Janette M Birmingham, Agustin Calatroni, Joseph Manzi, Anna Goryachokovsky, Giselle Fontela, Alex Federman, Juan Wisnivesky
BACKGROUND: Aged asthma patients experience increased morbidity and mortality. Knowledge of the aging effect on airway inflammation and asthma control is limited. OBJECTIVE: To compare airway inflammation and its relationship with asthma control in aged vs. younger patients and determine if differences are asthma-specific or due to "inflamm-aging." METHODS: Prospective study of aged (>60 years) and younger (21-40 years) inner-city asthma patients...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
M L Munang, C Browne, J T Evans, E G Smith, P M Hawkey, S B Welch, H Kaur, M J Dedicoat
SETTING: Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2010-2014. OBJECTIVE: To investigate predictors for clustering of tuberculosis (TB) cases and cluster size and to evaluate the impact of cluster investigation using social network data. DESIGN: Retrospective observational cohort study. Prioritised cases linked using 24-locus mycobacterial interspersed repetitive units-variable number of tandem repeats (MIRU-VNTR) were interviewed using a social network approach to find epidemiological links...
October 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Diana Castaneda-Gameros, Sabi Redwood, Janice L Thompson
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between energy/nutrient intakes and frailty in older migrant women, and to explore perceptions of body weight, dietary intake, and physical function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, mixed-methods study. SETTING: Birmingham, United Kingdom. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-six first-generation migrant women ≥ 60 years of age. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Energy/nutrient intakes (assessed by 24-hour dietary recall), frailty (using the frailty phenotype), and links between perceptions of body weight, dietary intake, and physical function (via semi-structured interviews)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Elliot B Tapper, Sameer D Saini, Neil Sengupta
BACKGROUND: Many patients have elevated serum aminotransferases reflecting many underlying conditions, both common and rare. Clinicians generally apply one of two evaluative strategies: testing for all diseases at once (non-directed) or just common diseases first (directed). METHODS: We simulated the evaluation of 10,000 adult outpatients with elevated with alanine aminotransferase to compare both testing strategies. Model inputs employed population-based data from the US (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) and Britain (Birmingham and Lambeth Liver Evaluation Testing Strategies)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Heider A Hussein, Jack B A Davis, Roy L Johnston
The Birmingham Parallel Genetic Algorithm (BPGA) has been adopted for the global optimization of free and MgO(100)-supported Pd, Au and AuPd nanocluster structures, over the size range N = 4-10. Structures were evaluated directly using density functional theory, which has allowed the identification of Pd, Au and AuPd global minima. The energetics, structures, and tendency of segregation have been evaluated by different stability criteria such as binding energy, excess energy, second difference in energy, and adsorption energy...
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Michael Azad
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) organised an inaugural 1-day conference, the aim of which was to look into some of the key issues that junior doctors need to address when beginning their careers. The target audience was medical students but a few foundation doctors were also in attendance. The conference also helped to increase RCP engagement with medical students and foundation doctors. The day was co-chaired by Professor Kate Thomas (vice dean, University of Birmingham) and Dr Andrew Macleod and Dr Kanwaljit Sandhu (RCP regional advisors for the West Midlands)...
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Zachary S Wallace, Eli M Miloslavsky, Matthew Cascino, Sebastian H Unizony, Na Lu, Gary S Hoffman, Cees G M Kallenberg, Carol A Langford, Peter A Merkel, Paul A Monach, Philip Seo, Robert Spiera, E William St Clair, Ulrich Specks, Paul Brunetta, Hyon K Choi, John H Stone
INTRODUCTION: We investigated the relationships between glucocorticoid (GC) use, disease activity, and changes in body mass index (BMI) in patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS: We analyzed AAV patients enrolled in the Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (RAVE) trial. GC use, BMI, and disease activity were measured regularly during the trial period. We performed mixed effects regressions to examine the associations of time-dependent cumulative average GC use and disease activity with changes in body mass index (BMI) over time, while adjusting for potential confounders...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Arielle M Fisher, Michael Q Ding, Harry Hochheiser, Gerald P Douglas
BACKGROUND: Free and charitable clinics are a critical part of America's healthcare safety net. Although informatics tools have the potential to mitigate many of the organizational and service-related challenges facing these clinics, little research attention has been paid to the workflows and potential impact of electronic systems in these settings. In previous work, we performed a qualitative investigation at a free clinic dispensary to identify workflow challenges that may be alleviated through introduction of informatics interventions...
September 29, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Patrick K Birmingham, Santhanam Suresh
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November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Matthew Allen Richardson, Daniel Elliott Rousso, William H Replogle
Importance: To our knowledge, long-term, objective results of lip augmentation using superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) tissue transfer beyond 1 year have not been previously described. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy, longevity, and safety of lip augmentation using SMAS tissue transfer. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective single-blind cohort study was designed to evaluate all patients who underwent surgical lip augmentation using SMAS following rhytidectomy between January 1, 2000, and November, 16, 2015, at a private facial plastic surgery practice in Birmingham, Alabama...
September 29, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
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