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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633405/addressing-the-key-communication-barriers-between-microbiology-laboratories-and-clinical-units-a-qualitative-study
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Brita Skodvin, Karina Aase, Anita Løvås Brekken, Esmita Charani, Paul Christoffer Lindemann, Ingrid Smith
Background: Many countries are on the brink of establishing antibiotic stewardship programmes in hospitals nationwide. In a previous study we found that communication between microbiology laboratories and clinical units is a barrier to implementing efficient antibiotic stewardship programmes in Norway. We have now addressed the key communication barriers between microbiology laboratories and clinical units from a laboratory point of view. Methods: Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted with 18 employees (managers, doctors and technicians) from six diverse Norwegian microbiological laboratories, representing all four regional health authorities...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632968/perspective-on-precision-medicine-in-oncology
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Tali M Johnson
The topic of precision medicine is increasingly more prevalent in the general medical literature with oncology research leading the way. Many factors, such as, availability of targeted drugs, advances in laboratory science, and improved information systems, converged to make precision medicine research possible on a large scale at the National Cancer Institute. The resultant big data will spur new kinds of research in the decades to come, but until then, all clinicians are challenged to make sense of an overabundance of information when managing individual patients...
June 20, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618917/reduced-cardiovascular-activation-following-chronic-stress-in-caregivers-of-people-with-anorexia-nervosa
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Ángel Romero-Martínez, Luis Moya-Albiol
Caring for offspring diagnosed with eating disorders (EDs) puts caregivers under high levels of chronic stress, which have negative consequences for their health. Unfortunately, caregivers have received little attention from mental health professionals. Chronic stress experienced by informal caregivers has been associated with the alteration of body homeostasis, and therefore, the functioning of various physiological systems. This could be the basis of health problems in informal caregivers of people with EDs...
June 15, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608636/aetiology-and-outcome-of-massive-transfusion-in-two-large-london-teaching-hospitals-over-a-3-year-period-2012-2014
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L Green, J Tan, C Grist, M Kaur, P MacCallum
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine: (i) the incidence of massive transfusion (MT) (defined as transfusion of ≥5 red-blood-cell (RBC) units within 4 h, and/or ≥10 RBC units within 24 h of bleeding) over a 3-year period; (ii) the cause, and mortality rate of patients who received MT (from any cause); and (iii) the risk factors for death. BACKGROUND: MT can occur in different clinical settings, yet little is known about its epidemiology/clinical outcomes...
June 13, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588969/it-is-time-to-revise-the-international-good-clinical-practices-guidelines-recommendations-from-non-commercial-north-south-collaborative-trials
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Raffaella Ravinetto, Halidou Tinto, Ermias Diro, Joseph Okebe, Yodi Mahendradhata, Suman Rijal, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Pascal Lutumba, Alain Nahum, Katelijne De Nys, Minne Casteels, Marleen Boelaert
The Good Clinical Practices (GCP) codes of the WHO and the International Conference of Harmonization set international standards for clinical research. But critics argue that they were written without consideration for the challenges faced in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Based on our field experience in LMICs, we developed a non-exhaustive set of recommendations for the improvement of GCP. These cover 3 domains: ethical, legal and operational, and 8 specific issues: the double ethical review of 'externally sponsored' trials; the informed consent procedure in minors and in illiterate people; post-trial access to newly-developed products for the trial communities; the role of communities as key research actors; the definition of sponsor; and the guidance for contractual agreements, laboratory quality management systems, and quality assurance of investigational medicinal products...
November 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583578/epidemiology-of-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-virus-in-human-beings-across-five-epidemics-in-mainland-china-2013-17-an-epidemiological-study-of-laboratory-confirmed-case-series
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Xiling Wang, Hui Jiang, Peng Wu, Timothy M Uyeki, Luzhao Feng, Shengjie Lai, Lili Wang, Xiang Huo, Ke Xu, Enfu Chen, Xiaoxiao Wang, Jianfeng He, Min Kang, Renli Zhang, Jin Zhang, Jiabing Wu, Shixiong Hu, Hengjiao Zhang, Xiaoqing Liu, Weijie Fu, Jianming Ou, Shenggen Wu, Ying Qin, Zhijie Zhang, Yujing Shi, Juanjuan Zhang, Jean Artois, Vicky J Fang, Huachen Zhu, Yi Guan, Marius Gilbert, Peter W Horby, Gabriel M Leung, George F Gao, Benjamin J Cowling, Hongjie Yu
BACKGROUND: The avian influenza A H7N9 virus has caused infections in human beings in China since 2013. A large epidemic in 2016-17 prompted concerns that the epidemiology of the virus might have changed, increasing the threat of a pandemic. We aimed to describe the epidemiological characteristics, clinical severity, and time-to-event distributions of patients infected with A H7N9 in the 2016-17 epidemic compared with previous epidemics. METHODS: In this epidemiological study, we obtained information about all laboratory-confirmed human cases of A H7N9 virus infection reported in mainland China as of Feb 23, 2017, from an integrated electronic database managed by the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provincial CDCs...
June 2, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569145/spatial-temporal-distribution-of-genotyped-tuberculosis-cases-in-a-county-with-active-transmission
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Saroochi Agarwal, Duc T Nguyen, Larry D Teeter, Edward A Graviss
BACKGROUND: Harris County, Texas is the third most populous county in the United States and consistently has tuberculosis rates above the national average. Understanding jurisdictional epidemiologic characteristics for the most common Mycobacterium tuberculosis genotyped clusters is needed for tuberculosis prevention programs. Our objective is to describe the demographic, laboratory, clinical, temporal and geospatial characteristics for the most common Mycobacterium tuberculosis GENType clusters in Harris County from 2009 to 2015...
May 31, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558701/rapid-reduction-of-malaria-following-introduction-of-vector-control-interventions-in-tororo-district-uganda-a-descriptive-study
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David W Oguttu, Joseph K B Matovu, David C Okumu, Alex R Ario, Allen E Okullo, Jimmy Opigo, Victoria Nankabirwa
BACKGROUND: In 2012, Tororo District had the highest malaria burden in Uganda with community Plasmodium prevalence of 48%. To control malaria in the district, the Ministry of Health introduced universal distribution of long lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) in 2013 and added indoor residual spraying (IRS) in 2014. This study assessed malaria incidence, test positivity rates and outpatient (OPD) attendance due to malaria before and after vector control interventions. METHODS: This study was based on analysis of Health Management Information System (HMIS) secondary malaria surveillance data of 2,727,850 patient records in OPD registers of 61 health facilities from 2012 to 2015...
May 30, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555022/location-enhanced-activity-recognition-in-indoor-environments-using-off-the-shelf-smart-watch-technology-and-ble-beacons
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Avgoustinos Filippoupolitis, William Oliff, Babak Takand, George Loukas
Activity recognition in indoor spaces benefits context awareness and improves the efficiency of applications related to personalised health monitoring, building energy management, security and safety. The majority of activity recognition frameworks, however, employ a network of specialised building sensors or a network of body-worn sensors. As this approach suffers with respect to practicality, we propose the use of commercial off-the-shelf devices. In this work, we design and evaluate an activity recognition system composed of a smart watch, which is enhanced with location information coming from Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons...
May 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552398/performance-specifications-of-critical-results-management
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Elisa Piva, Laura Sciacovelli, Michela Pelloso, Mario Plebani
Formerly defined "critical values", the importance of critical results (CRs) management in patient care has grown in recent years. According to the George Lundberg definition the result becomes "critical" when, exceeding actionable thresholds, it suggests imminent danger for the patient, unless appropriate therapy is initiated promptly. As required in most important accreditation standards, such as the ISO:15,189 or the Joint Commission standards, a quality reporting system should deliver the correct result to the appropriate clinician in a time-frame that ensures patient safety...
July 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546969/modification-of-infant-hypothyroidism-and-phenylketonuria-screening-program-using-electronic-tools
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Behjat Taheri, Asefeh Haddadpoor, Mahmood Mirkhalafzadeh, Fariba Mazroei, Pezhman Aghdak, Mehran Nasri, Gholamreza Bahrami
BACKGROUND: Congenital hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria (PKU) are the most common cause for preventable mental retardation in infants worldwide. Timely diagnosis and treatment of these disorders can have lasting effects on the mental development of newborns. However, there are several problems at different stages of screening programs that along with imposing heavy costs can reduce the precision of the screening, increasing the chance of undiagnosed cases which in turn can have damaging consequences for the society...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
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Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540073/viscoelastic-testing-inside-and-beyond-the-operating-room
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REVIEW
Liang Shen, Sheida Tabaie, Natalia Ivascu
Hemorrhage is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality during the perioperative period. Current methods of diagnosing coagulopathy have various limitations including long laboratory runtimes, lack of information on specific abnormalities of the coagulation cascade, lack of in vivo applicability, and lack of ability to guide the transfusion of blood products. Viscoelastic testing offers a promising solution to many of these problems. The two most-studied systems, thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), offer similar graphical and numerical representations of the initiation, formation, and lysis of clot...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506815/postpartum-diabetes-testing-rates-after-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-in-canadian-women-a-population-based-study
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Sonia Butalia, Lois Donovan, Anamaria Savu, Jeffrey Johnson, Alun Edwards, Padma Kaul
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the rate and type of postpartum glycemic testing in women with impaired glucose tolerance of pregnancy (IGTp) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). We examined whether the likelihood of testing was modulated by patients' characteristics and pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: Our population-level cohort study included data from 132,905 pregnancies between October 1, 2008, and December 31, 2011, in Alberta, Canada. Laboratory data within 270 days before and 1 year after delivery were used to identify pregnancies involving IGTp/GDM and postpartum glycemic testing, respectively...
May 12, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506781/implementation-of-quality-management-for-clinical-bacteriology-in-low-resource-settings
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REVIEW
Barbara Barbé, Cedric P Yansouni, Dissou Affolabi, Jan Jacobs
BACKGROUND: The declining trend of malaria and the recent prioritization of containment of antimicrobial resistance have created a momentum to implement clinical bacteriology in low-resource settings (LRS). Successful implementation relies on guidance by a quality management system (QMS). Over the past decade, international initiatives were launched towards implementation of QMS in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. AIMS: To describe the progress towards accreditation of medical laboratories and to identify the challenges and "Best practices" for implementation of QMS in clinical bacteriology in LRS...
May 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495339/user-experience-analysis-of-an-ehealth-system-for-tuberculosis-in-resource-constrained-settings-a-nine-country-comparison
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Niranjan Konduri, L Gustavo V Bastos, Kelly Sawyer, L Fernando A Reciolino
BACKGROUND: e-TB Manager, a web-based eHealth system has been successfully institutionalized in 10 resource-constrained countries that account for one-third of the world's tuberculosis (TB) burden, but user experience has never been evaluated. METHODS: A cross-sectional, anonymous survey in eight unique languages based on the targeted countries. e-TB Manager users included nurses, doctors, pharmacists, statisticians/data officers, laboratory professionals/assistants, health workers, and administrators...
June 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479569/a-web-based-tool-to-enhance-monitoring-and-retention-in-care-for-tuberculosis-affected-patients
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Barbara Giannini, Niccolò Riccardi, Antonio Di Biagio, Giovanni Cenderello, Mauro Giacomini
Tuberculosis (TB) is responsible for a global epidemic. TB treatment requires long-term therapy usually with multiple drugs, which have potential side effects and interactions that may influence patients' adherence to treatment. The TB Ge network is a multi-centric web based platform that collects clinical information of TB affected patients to increase their support and retention in care. The system stores the list of all tuberculosis episodes for each patient with the related data, starting from the first visit including follow-ups clinical evaluations, laboratory tests, imaging and therapies...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449716/the-role-of-informal-dimensions-of-safety-in-high-volume-organisational-routines-an-ethnographic-study-of-test-results-handling-in-uk-general-practice
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Suzanne Grant, Katherine Checkland, Paul Bowie, Bruce Guthrie
BACKGROUND: The handling of laboratory, imaging and other test results in UK general practice is a high-volume organisational routine that is both complex and high risk. Previous research in this area has focused on errors and harm, but a complementary approach is to better understand how safety is achieved in everyday practice. This paper ethnographically examines the role of informal dimensions of test results handling routines in the achievement of safety in UK general practice and how these findings can best be developed for wider application by policymakers and practitioners...
April 27, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444855/intraguild-interactions-and-behavior-of-spodoptera-frugiperda-and-helicoverpa-spp-on-maize
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José P F Bentivenha, Débora G Montezano, Thomas E Hunt, Edson L L Baldin, Julie A Peterson, Vinícius S Victor, Luiz E R Pannuti, Ana M Vélez, Silvana V Paula-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is one of the major pests of maize, and is in the same feeding guild of the noctuid pests, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), and Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), recently reported in South and North America. The intraguild interactions of these species were assessed in laboratory and field conditions by determining the survival of larvae in interactions scenarios with non-Bt maize silks and ears. Moreover, a video-tracking system was utilized to evaluate behavioral parameters during larval interactions in scenarios with or without food...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439447/the-development-of-a-veterans-health-administration-emergency-management-research-agenda
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Aram Dobalian, Maria Claver, Deborah Riopelle, Tamar Wyte-Lake, Ismelda Canelo
INTRODUCTION: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in the United States, is charged with ensuring timely access to high-quality care for veterans during disasters, and supporting national, state, local, and tribal emergency management and homeland security efforts. In 2008, the VHA Office of Public Health (OPH) sponsored the first VHA Emergency Management Research Agenda-setting conference to develop research priorities that address the needs of veterans and to position VHA as a national leader in emergency management by having VHA serve as a "laboratory" for the development of evidence-based emergency management practices...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Currents
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