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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107528/nasopharyngeal-microbiome-diversity-changes-over-time-in-children-with-asthma
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Marcos Pérez-Losada, Lamia Alamri, Keith A Crandall, Robert J Freishtat
BACKGROUND: The nasopharynx is a reservoir for pathogens associated with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiome of infants and adults during health and disease; less is known, however, about the composition and temporal dynamics (i.e., longitudinal variation) of microbiotas from children and adolescents. Here we use NGS technology to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiomes of asthmatic children and adolescents (6 to 18 years) and determine their stability over time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104741/recombinant-human-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-versus-thyroid-hormone-withdrawal-in-124i-pet-ct-based-dosimetry-for-131i-therapy-of-metastatic-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
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Donika Plyku, Robert F Hobbs, Kevin Huang, Frank Atkins, Carlos Garcia, George Sgouros, Douglas Van Nostrand
PURPOSE: Patients with metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) may be prepared using either thyroid stimulating hormone withdrawal (THW) or recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone (rhTSH) injections prior to (131)I administration for treatment. The objective of this study was to compare the absorbed dose (D) to the critical organs and tumors determined by (124)I-Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) based dosimetry for (131)I therapy of metastatic DTC when the same patient was prepared with and imaged after both THW and rhTSH injections...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103838/race-and-bmi-modify-associations-of-calcium-and-vitamin-d-intake-with-prostate-cancer
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Ken Batai, Adam B Murphy, Maria Ruden, Jennifer Newsome, Ebony Shah, Michael A Dixon, Elizabeth T Jacobs, Courtney M P Hollowell, Chiledum Ahaghotu, Rick A Kittles
BACKGROUND: African Americans have disproportionately higher burden of prostate cancer compared to European Americans. However, the cause of prostate cancer disparities is still unclear. Several roles have been proposed for calcium and vitamin D in prostate cancer pathogenesis and progression, but epidemiologic studies have been conducted mainly in European descent populations. Here we investigated the association of calcium and vitamin D intake with prostate cancer in multiethnic samples...
January 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103729/strategies-to-promote-resilience-empathy-and-well-being-in-the-health-professions-insights-from-the-2015-centile-conference
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Aviad Haramati, Sian Cotton, Jamie S Padmore, Hedy S Wald, Peggy A Weissinger
The high prevalence of physician burnout is of great concern and may begin with observed declines in empathy and increases in stress and burnout in medical and health professions students. While underlying causes have been described, there is less certainty on how to create effective interventions in curricula and workplace. In October 2015, The Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown University, together with MedStar Health, Georgetown's clinical partner, and six academic institutions sponsored a conference in Washington, DC...
January 20, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102292/integrated-molecular-analysis-reveals-complex-interactions-between-genomic-and-epigenomic-alterations-in-esophageal-adenocarcinomas
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DunFa Peng, Yan Guo, Heidi Chen, Shilin Zhao, Kay Washington, TianLing Hu, Yu Shyr, Wael El-Rifai
The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is rapidly rising in the United States and Western countries. In this study, we carried out an integrative molecular analysis to identify interactions between genomic and epigenomic alterations in regulating gene expression networks in EAC. We detected significant alterations in DNA copy numbers (CN), gene expression levels, and DNA methylation profiles. The integrative analysis demonstrated that altered expression of 1,755 genes was associated with changes in CN or methylation...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099792/implementing-an-error-disclosure-coaching-model-a-multicenter-case-study
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Andrew A White, Douglas M Brock, Patricia I McCotter, Sarah E Shannon, Thomas H Gallagher
National guidelines call for health care organizations to provide around-the-clock coaching for medical error disclosure. However, frontline clinicians may not always seek risk managers for coaching. As part of a demonstration project designed to improve patient safety and reduce malpractice liability, we trained multidisciplinary disclosure coaches at 8 health care organizations in Washington State. The training was highly rated by participants, although not all emerged confident in their coaching skill. This multisite intervention can serve as a model for other organizations looking to enhance existing disclosure capabilities...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099734/tertiary-level-study-of-the-implementation-of-a-technique-checklist-for-cesarean-deliveries-at-a-university-hospital-in-uruguay
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Stephanie Viroga, Gerardo Vitureira, Santiago Artucio, Washington Lauría
OBJECTIVE: To assess the adherence of healthcare providers to cesarean-delivery techniques before and after the introduction of a technique checklist at a university hospital. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional cohort study included data from all cesarean deliveries at Gynecology Clinic B of the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay, between January 1 and December 31, 2011. The data were grouped based on whether delivery occurred before or after the implementation of the checklist and were compared across a range of cesarean-delivery techniques...
February 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097713/pharmacist-industry-relationships
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Keene Saavedra, Bonnie O'Connor, Adriane Fugh-Berman
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to document, in their own words, beliefs and attitudes that American pharmacists have towards the pharmaceutical industry and pharmacists' interactions with industry. METHODS: An ethnographic-style qualitative study was conducted utilizing open-ended interviews with four hospital pharmacists, two independent pharmacists, two retail pharmacists and one administrative pharmacist in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to elicit descriptions of and attitudes towards pharmacists' relationships with industry...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097627/adherence-with-physical-activity-monitoring-wearable-devices-in-a-community-based-population-observations-from-the-washington-d-c-cardiovascular-health-and-needs-assessment
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Leah R Yingling, Valerie Mitchell, Colby R Ayers, Marlene Peters-Lawrence, Gwenyth R Wallen, Alyssa T Brooks, James F Troendle, Joel Adu-Brimpong, Samantha Thomas, JaWanna Henry, Johnetta N Saygbe, Dana M Sampson, Allan A Johnson, Avis P Graham, Lennox A Graham, Kenneth L Wiley, Tiffany Powell-Wiley
Wearable mobile health (mHealth) technologies offer approaches for targeting physical activity (PA) in resource-limited, community-based interventions. We sought to explore user characteristics of PA tracking, wearable technology among a community-based population within a health and needs assessment. In 2014-2015, we conducted the Washington, D.C., Cardiovascular Health and Needs Assessment in predominantly African-American churches among communities with higher obesity rates and lower household incomes. Participants received a mHealth PA monitor and wirelessly uploaded PA data weekly to church data collection hubs...
January 17, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097616/operationalizing-the-measurement-of-seroadaptive-behaviors-a-comparison-of-reported-sexual-behaviors-and-purposely-adopted-behaviors-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm-in-seattle
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Christine M Khosropour, Julia C Dombrowski, James P Hughes, Lisa E Manhart, Jane M Simoni, Matthew R Golden
Seroadaptive behaviors are traditionally defined by self-reported sexual behavior history, regardless of whether they reflect purposely-adopted risk-mitigation strategies. Among MSM attending an STD clinic in Seattle, Washington 2013-2015 (N = 3751 visits), we used two seroadaptive behavior measures: (1) sexual behavior history reported via clinical computer-assisted self-interview (CASI) (behavioral definition); (2) purposely-adopted risk-reduction behaviors reported via research CASI (purposely-adopted definition)...
January 17, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095026/self-regulation-of-driving-speed-among-distracted-drivers-an-application-of-driver-behavioural-adaptation-theory
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Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, Md Mazharul Haque, Mark King, Simon Washington
OBJECTIVE: The adaptive behaviour of mobile phone distracted drivers has been a topic of much discussion in the recent literature. Both simulator and naturalistic studies suggests that distracted drivers generally select lower driving speeds; however, speed adaptation is not observed among all drivers, and the mechanisms of speed selection are not well understood. The aim of this research was to apply a driver behavioural adaptation model to investigate the speed adaptation of mobile phone distracted drivers...
January 17, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093687/maternal-birthplace-is-associated-with-low-birth-weight-within-racial-ethnic-groups
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Paige D Wartko, Eva Y Wong, Daniel A Enquobahrie
Introduction While disparities in low birth weight (LBW) incidence by racial/ethnic group are well known, differences in LBW incidence by maternal birthplace within racial/ethnic groups, and particularly, differences after adjustment for pregnancy complications, are less clear. Methods We conducted a population-based study of LBW using 113,760 singleton, live birth records from King County, Washington (2008-2012), a region in the Pacific Northwest with a large immigrant population. Study participants were Asian, non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI), and non-Hispanic white women...
January 16, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081178/gender-differences-in-hiv-care-among-criminal-justice-involved-persons-baseline-data-from-the-care-corrections-study
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Curt Beckwith, Breana Uhrig Castonguay, Claudia Trezza, Lauri Bazerman, Rudy Patrick, Alice Cates, Halli Olsen, Ann Kurth, Tao Liu, James Peterson, Irene Kuo
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected individuals recently released from incarceration have suboptimal linkage and engagement in community HIV care. We conducted a study to evaluate an information and communication technology intervention to increase linkage to community care among HIV-infected persons recently involved in the criminal justice (CJ) system. Baseline characteristics including risk behaviors and HIV care indicators are reported and stratified by gender. METHODS: We recruited HIV-infected individuals in the District of Columbia jail and persons with a recent history of incarceration through community and street outreach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080903/stress-levels-in-captured-river-otters-lontra-canadensis-decreased-after-transportation-to-reintroduction-sites
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Rebekah T Taylor, Jennifer A Wong, Thomas L Serfass
The level of stress that animals endure during capture, handling, transportation, and release processes is a major concern of animal reintroduction projects. Animals under chronic stress are more susceptible to disease and other deleterious issues that could reduce their survival in a new environment. Northern river otters ( Lontra canadensis ) have been reintroduced in 22 states in the United States and may be susceptible to developing chronic stress during the reintroduction process. We assessed stress levels in five river otters captured from wild populations in Washington, held in captivity for up to 21 days, and then transported to New Mexico for reintroduction...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079719/feasibility-of-using-hiv-care-continuum-outcomes-to-identify-geographic-areas-for-targeted-hiv-testing
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Amanda D Castel, Irene Kuo, Meriam Mikre, Toni Young, Meredith Haddix, Suparna Das, Geoffrey Maugham, Carol Reisen
BACKGROUND: Improved detection and linkage to care of previously undiagnosed HIV infections require innovative approaches to testing. We sought to determine the feasibility of targeted HIV testing in geographic areas, defined by continuum of care parameters, to identify HIV-infected persons needing linkage or engagement in care. METHODS: Using HIV surveillance data from Washington, DC, we identified census tracts that had an HIV prevalence >1% and were either above (higher risk areas-HRAs) or below (lower risk areas-LRAs) the median for 3 indicators: monitored viral load, proportion of persons out of care (OOC), and never in care...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079717/-out-of-care-hiv-case-investigations-a-collaborative-analysis-across-6-states-in-the-northwest-us
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Julia C Dombrowski, Joanna Bove, James C Roscoe, Jessica Harvill, Caislin L Firth, Shireen Khormooji, Jason Carr, Peter Choi, Courtney Smith, Sean D Schafer, Matthew R Golden
BACKGROUND: HIV care continuum estimates derived from laboratory surveillance typically assume that persons without recently reported CD4 count or viral load results are out of care. METHODS: We conducted a multistate project (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) to ascertain the status of HIV cases that appeared to be out of care during a 12-month period. We used laboratory surveillance to identify cases in all states but Idaho, where viral load reporting is not mandatory, requiring us to rely on clinic records...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079673/differences-in-use-of-high-quality-and-low-quality-hospitals-among-working-age-individuals-by-insurance-type
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Ioana Popescu, Kevin C Heslin, Rosanna M Coffey, Raynard E Washington, Marguerite L Barrett, Lucy H Karnell, José J Escarce
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that individuals with Medicaid or no insurance receive fewer evidence-based treatments and have worse outcomes than those with private insurance for a broad range of conditions. These differences may be due to patients' receiving care in hospitals of different quality. RESEARCH DESIGN: We used the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases 2009-2010 data to identify patients aged 18-64 years with private insurance, Medicaid, or no insurance who were hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, or gastrointestinal hemorrhage...
February 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079581/assessing-the-impact-of-the-anesthesia-medication-template-on-medication-errors-during-anesthesia-a-prospective-study
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Eliot B Grigg, Lizabeth D Martin, Faith J Ross, Axel Roesler, Sally E Rampersad, Charles Haberkern, Daniel K W Low, Kristen Carlin, Lynn D Martin
BACKGROUND: Medication errors continue to be a significant source of patient harm in the operating room with few concrete countermeasures. The organization and identification of medication syringes may have an impact on the commission of medication errors in anesthesia, so a team of physicians and designers at the University of Washington created the Anesthesia Medication Template (AMT) to define a formal way of organizing the anesthesia workspace. The purpose of this study is to assess the ability of the AMT to reduce perioperative medication errors by anesthesia providers...
January 11, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078731/rapid-automated-landmarking-for-morphometric-analysis-of-three-dimensional-facial-scans
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Mao Li, Joanne B Cole, Mange Manyama, Jacinda R Larson, Denise K Liberton, Sheri L Riccardi, Tracey M Ferrara, Stephanie A Santorico, Jordan J Bannister, Nils D Forkert, Richard A Spritz, Washington Mio, Benedikt Hallgrimsson
Automated phenotyping is essential for the creation of large, highly standardized datasets from anatomical imaging data. Such datasets can support large-scale studies of complex traits or clinical studies related to precision medicine or clinical trials. We have developed a method that generates three-dimensional landmark data that meet the requirements of standard geometric morphometric analyses. The method is robust and can be implemented without high-performance computing resources. We validated the method using both direct comparison to manual landmarking on the same individuals and also analyses of the variation patterns and outlier patterns in a large dataset of automated and manual landmark data...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078716/incorporating-food-web-dynamics-into-ecological-restoration-a-modeling-approach-for-river-ecosystems
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J Ryan Bellmore, Joseph R Benjamin, Michael Newsom, Jennifer A Bountry, Daniel Dombroski
Restoration is frequently aimed at the recovery of target species, but also influences the larger food web in which these species participate. Effects of restoration on this broader network of organisms can influence target species both directly and indirectly via changes in energy flow through food webs. To help incorporate these complexities into river restoration planning we constructed a model that links river food web dynamics to in-stream physical habitat and riparian vegetation conditions. We present an application of the model to the Methow River, Washington (USA), a location of on-going restoration aimed at recovering salmon...
January 12, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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