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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530339/-health-scares-a-chronicle-unnecessary-anxiety
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REVIEW
Iftach Sagy, Dan Greenberg, Alan Jotkowitz, Leonid Barski, Victor Novack
A health scare is an event characterized by fear of catastrophic consequences with little actual results. Regardless of these negligible results, the health, social and economic impacts of such events may be significant. Health scares are spread throughout four major groups: the media, relevant medical experts, policy makers and the public at large. In this review, we described two recent cases in Israel: the case of Eltroxin exchange that occurred in Israel as well as other countries, in addition to the polio virus spread in sewage, in the context of health scares...
December 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528589/traumatic-brain-injury-in-the-workplace
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Michael Paci, Claire Infante-Rivard, Judith Marcoux
OBJECTIVES: Work-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are not well documented in the literature. Published studies mostly rely on worker databases that fail to provide clinically relevant information. Our objective is to describe the characteristics of hospitalized patients and their work-related TBI. METHODS: We used the Québec provincial trauma and TBI program databases to identify all patients with a diagnosis of work-related TBI admitted to the Montreal General Hospital, a level 1 trauma center, between 2000 and 2014...
May 22, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506388/discordant-response-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-and-lipoprotein-a-levels-to-monoclonal-antibodies-targeting-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9
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Jonathan B Edmiston, Nathan Brooks, Hagai Tavori, Jessica Minnier, Bart Duell, Jonathan Q Purnell, Tina Kaufman, Cezary Wojcik, Szilard Voros, Sergio Fazio, Michael D Shapiro
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials testing proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9i) have demonstrated an unanticipated but significant lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a))-lowering effect, on the order of 25% to 30%. Although the 50% to 60% reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol (LDL-C) achieved by PCSK9i is mediated through its effect on LDL receptor (LDLR) preservation, the mechanism for Lp(a) lowering is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize the degree of concordance between LDL-C and Lp(a) lowering because of PCSK9i in a standard of care patient cohort...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501425/the-effects-of-kratom-on-restraint-stress-induced-analgesia-and-its-mechanisms-of-action
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José Luis Vázquez López, Lorenz Schild, Thomas Günther, Stefan Schulz, Hartmud Neurath, Axel Becker
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Mitragyna speciosa and its extracts are called kratom (dried leaves, extract). They contain several alkaloids with an affinity for different opioid receptors. They are used in traditional medicine for the treatment of different diseases, as a substitute by opiate addicts, and to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms. Apart from their medical properties, they are used to enhance physical endurance and as a means of overcoming stress. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the mechanisms underlying the effects of kratom on restraint-stress-induced analgesia which occurs during or following exposure to a stressful or fearful stimulus...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496225/altmetric-analysis-of-2015-dental-literature-a-cross-sectional-survey
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J Kolahi, P Iranmanesh, S Khazaei
Introduction To report and analyse Altmetric data of all dental articles and journals in 2015.Methods To identify all 2015 dental articles, PubMed was searched via Altmetric platform using the following query: ("2015/1/1"[PDAT]: "2015/12/31"[PDAT]) AND jsubsetd[text] NOT 2016[PDAT] on November 12, 2016. Altmetric data of all 2015 dental articles and journals were extracted and analysed by Microsoft Office Excel 2016 using descriptive statistics, graphs and trend-line analysis. To find the most important and influential Altmetric factors, multi-layered perceptron artificial neural network was employed using SPSS 22...
May 12, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493150/assessing-liver-proteins-and-enzymes-of-medical-workers-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation-ir
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Saman Shahid, Khalid Masood
The cross-sectional study was conducted to examine hepatic function via liver enzymes/proteins assessments, along with the estimation of an inflammatory response from C-reactive protein (CRP)-which is a liver-synthesized protein. The liver function tests with aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and bilirubin (BBN), and CRP test were conducted for radiation-exposed workers-REW (n = 32) and radiation-unexposed workers-RUW (n = 21). The annual average effective doses (AAED) were measured from thermoluminescent dosimeter...
May 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487829/multi-parametric-improvements-in-the-ccd-camera-based-epid-for-portal-dosimetry
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Vahideh Nazari, Seied R Mahdavi, Ahmad Mostaar, Hassan Nedaei, Mohammad A Mosleh Shirazi, Alireza Nikoofar, Golbarg Esmailie
Dosimetric verification of radiation treatment has recently been extended by the introduction of electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs). Detailed dose response specifications of EPID should be addressed prior to any dosimetric application. The present study evaluates improvements of dosimetric properties of the low elbow camera-based EPID Theraview (Cablon Medical, Leusden, The Netherlands) equipped with a cooled charge coupled device (CCD) for portal dosimetry. The dose response, warm-up behavior, stability over long- and short-term scales (throughout a day) were studied...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486511/open-sharing-of-genomic-data-who-does-it-and-why
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Tobias Haeusermann, Bastian Greshake, Alessandro Blasimme, Darja Irdam, Martin Richards, Effy Vayena
We explored the characteristics and motivations of people who, having obtained their genetic or genomic data from Direct-To-Consumer genetic testing (DTC-GT) companies, voluntarily decide to share them on the publicly accessible web platform openSNP. The study is the first attempt to describe open data sharing activities undertaken by individuals without institutional oversight. In the paper we provide a detailed overview of the distribution of the demographic characteristics and motivations of people engaged in genetic or genomic open data sharing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479642/does-medical-malpractice-law-improve-health-care-quality
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Michael Frakes, Anupam B Jena
We assess the potential for medical liability forces to deter medical errors and improve health care treatment quality, identifying liability's influence by drawing on variations in the manner by which states formulate the negligence standard facing physicians. Using hospital discharge records from the National Hospital Discharge Survey and clinically-validated quality metrics inspired by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, we find evidence suggesting that treatment quality may improve upon reforms that expect physicians to adhere to higher quality clinical standards...
November 2016: Journal of Public Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470678/learning-curve-estimation-in-medical-devices-and-procedures-hierarchical-modeling
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Usha S Govindarajulu, Marco Stillo, David Goldfarb, Michael E Matheny, Frederic S Resnic
In the use of medical device procedures, learning effects have been shown to be a critical component of medical device safety surveillance. To support their estimation of these effects, we evaluated multiple methods for modeling these rates within a complex simulated dataset representing patients treated by physicians clustered within institutions. We employed unique modeling for the learning curves to incorporate the learning hierarchy between institution and physicians and then modeled them within established methods that work with hierarchical data such as generalized estimating equations (GEE) and generalized linear mixed effect models...
May 3, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463945/epidemiology-of-fractures-in-children-younger-than-12-months
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Diana Rodà, Victoria Trenchs, Ana Isabel Curcoy, Anibal Dolores Martínez, Jordi Pou, Carles Luaces
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and characteristics of fractures in young infants attended at the pediatric emergency department (PED). METHODS: This is a retrospective study for 2 years (2011-2012) of children younger than 12 months attended with a fracture at the PED. Age, sex, site and type of fracture, mechanism of injury, time interval before seeking medical attention, and management were analyzed. RESULTS: One hundred one patients were included...
May 1, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463662/antibiotic-susceptibility-of-planktonic-and-biofilm-grown-staphylococci-isolated-from-implant-associated-infections-should-mbec-and-nature-of-biofilm-formation-replace-mic
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Aaron J Brady, Garry Laverty, Deirdre F Gilpin, Patricia Kearney, Michael Tunney
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop an alternative, more clinically relevant approach to susceptibility reporting for implant-associated infections. Using 20 staphylococcal isolates, isolated from clinical implant infections, the majority (85 %) demonstrated biofilm-forming capabilities. A significantly increased minimum biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) compared to minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) breakpoint was obtained, with MBEC values greater than 256 µg ml-1 for the majority of bacteria...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461866/life-experiences-of-patients-before-having-hypertension-a-qualitative-study
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Afzal Shamsi, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri, Maryam Esmaili
INTRODUCTION: Identification of causes of hypertension on the basis of the perspectives and experiences of patients is the key to success in health plans of these patients. The aim of this study was to describe the experiences of life before becoming hypertensive patients. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted during August 2015 to April 2016. Twenty-seven hypertensive patients referred to hospitals affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences were selected based on purposive sampling, and semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with them...
March 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460757/our-intellectuals-have-failed-us-system-of-a-down
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EDITORIAL
Sundeep Mishra
Medical profession is at cross-roads. On one hand are issues like medical mal-practice and negligence but on the other are loss of respect, low re-imbursement, lawsuits against medical professionals, violence against physicians all contributing to a lot of stress as also a high suicide rate among medical practitioners. While some of the problems seem related to changing societal norms, most of them seem to stem from a failure, active or passive on the part of medical intellectual, moving away from altruism, justice and self regulation to pursuance of self interest with a consequent loss of trust in doctor-patient relationship...
March 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454652/selection-characterization-and-application-of-dna-aptamers-for-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-secreted-protein-mpt64
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Marzhan Sypabekova, Aliya Bekmurzayeva, Ronghui Wang, Yanbin Li, Claude Nogues, Damira Kanayeva
Rapid detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), an etiological agent of tuberculosis (TB), is important for global control of this disease. Aptamers have emerged as a potential rival for antibodies in therapeutics, diagnostics and biosensing due to their inherent characteristics. The aim of the current study was to select and characterize single-stranded DNA aptamers against MPT64 protein, one of the predominant secreted proteins of Mtb pathogen. Aptamers specific to MPT64 protein were selected in vitro using systematic evolution of ligands through exponential enrichment (SELEX) method...
May 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447899/the-american-college-of-surgeons-minimum-standards-for-hospitals-and-the-provision-of-high-quality-laboratory-services
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James R Wright
CONTEXT: - The first major project of the American College of Surgeons (Chicago, Illinois), founded in 1913, was implementing Minimum Standards for Hospitals. The 1918 standard (1) established medical staff organizations in hospitals; (2) restricted membership to licensed practitioners in good standing; (3) mandated that the medical staff work with hospital administration to develop and adopt regulations and policies governing their professional work; (4) required standardized, accessible medical records; and (5) required availability of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities...
May 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444941/automated-ultrasound-edge-tracking-software-comparable-to-established-semi-automated-reference-software-for-carotid-intima-media-thickness-analysis
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Ninette Shenouda, Nicole A Proudfoot, Katharine D Currie, Brian W Timmons, Maureen J MacDonald
Many commercial ultrasound systems are now including automated analysis packages for the determination of carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT); however, details regarding their algorithms and methodology are not published. Few studies have compared their accuracy and reliability with previously established automated software, and those that have were in asymptomatic adults. Therefore, this study compared cIMT measures from a fully automated ultrasound edge-tracking software (EchoPAC PC, Version 110.0.2; GE Medical Systems, Horten, Norway) to an established semi-automated reference software (Artery Measurement System (AMS) II, Version 1...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434458/relationship-between-state-malpractice-environment-and-quality-of-health-care-in-the-united-states
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Karl Y Bilimoria, Jeanette W Chung, Christina A Minami, Min-Woong Sohn, Emily S Pavey, Jane L Holl, Michelle M Mello
BACKGROUND: One major intent of the medical malpractice system in the United States is to deter negligent care and to create incentives for delivering high-quality health care. A study was conducted to assess whether state-level measures of malpractice risk were associated with hospital quality and patient safety. METHODS: In an observational study of short-term, acute-care general hospitals in the United States that publicly reported in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services Hospital Compare in 2011, hierarchical regression models were used to estimate associations between state-specific malpractice environment measures (rates of paid claims, average Medicare Malpractice Geographic Practice Cost Index [MGPCI], absence of tort reform laws, and a composite measure) and measures of hospital quality (processes of care, imaging utilization, 30-day mortality and readmission, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators, and patient experience from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems [HCAHPS])...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421999/use-and-withdrawal-of-immunosuppressors-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Jiram Torres-Ruiz, David Faz-Muñoz, Nora Hernández-Díaz, Gabriela Hernandez-Molina
OBJECTIVES: To assess the use and causes of withdrawal of glucocorticoids and immunosuppressors among patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) in the clinical setting. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 155 pSS patients and registered demographics, glandular/extraglandular features, serological data, cumulative ESSDAI and SSDDI. A single rheumatologist attributed the indication and cause of withdrawal of glucocorticoids and immunosuppressors...
April 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410724/effects-of-senofilcon-a-mechanical-protector-on-corneal-endothelial-cells-during-phacoemulsification-in-rabbit-eyes-pilot-study
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Seonghwan Kim, Deoksun Cha, Young Bin Song, Jung Yeol Choi, Young Keun Han
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of a senofilcon A mechanical protector against corneal endothelial cell damage induced by phacoemulsification in rabbit eyes. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Seoul Metropolitan Government-Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea. DESIGN: Experimental study. METHODS: The endothelial cell count, intraocular pressure (IOP), and central corneal thickness (CCT) were measured before and 3 days after the experiment in 26 rabbit eyes randomized into a test group and control group (6 per group)...
March 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
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