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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217600/primary-care-hypnotic-and-anxiolytic-prescription-reviewing-prescribing-practice-over-8-years
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Lloyd D Hughes, Neil Raitt, Muhammed Awais Riaz, Sarah-Jane Baldwin, Kay Erskine, Gail Graham
INTRODUCTION: Over the last few years, hypnotic and anxiolytic medications have had their clinical efficacy questioned in the context of concerns regarding dependence, tolerance alongside other adverse effects. It remains unclear how these concerns have impacted clinical prescribing practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a study reviewing community-dispensed prescribing data for patients on the East Practice Medical Center list in Arbroath, Scotland, in 2007, 2011 and 2015...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213044/hepatocellular-carcinoma-screening-associated-with-early-tumor-detection-and-improved-survival-among-patients-with-cirrhosis-in-the-united-states
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Amit G Singal, Sahil Mittal, Olutola A Yerokun, Chul Ahn, Jorge Marrero, Adam Yopp, Neehar D Parikh, Steve J Scaglione
BACKGROUND: Professional societies recommend hepatocellular carcinoma screening in patients with cirrhosis but high-quality data evaluating its effectiveness to improve early tumor detection and survival in "real world" clinical practice are needed. AIMS: Characterize the association between hepatocellular carcinoma screening and early tumor detection, curative treatment, and overall survival among patients with cirrhosis. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma between June 2012 and May 2013 at four health systems in the United States...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212146/multimodal-analgesia-for-acute-postoperative-and-trauma-related-pain
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Rosemary C Polomano, Mechele Fillman, Nicholas A Giordano, April Hazard Vallerand, Kelly L Wiltse Nicely, Carla R Jungquist
: Multimodal analgesia, which combines analgesic drugs from different classes and employs analgesic techniques that target different mechanisms of pain, is recommended in the treatment of acute postoperative and trauma-related pain because its synergistic effect maximizes pain relief at lower analgesic doses, thereby reducing the risk of adverse drug effects. Using a case-based approach, this article reviews various multimodal analgesic therapies used in the treatment of acute pain; discusses their benefits; and summarizes findings from related research, recommendations from evidence-based practice guidelines, and expert consensus reports...
March 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204847/retrospective-25-year-follow-up-of-treatment-outcomes-in-angle-class-iii-patients-success-versus-failure
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Brigitte Wendl, A Kamenica, H Droschl, N Jakse, F Weiland, T Wendl, M Wendl
OBJECTIVES: Despite recommendations for early treatment of hereditary Angle Class III syndrome, late pubertal growth may cause a relapse requiring surgical intervention. This study was performed to identify predictors of successful Class III treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-eight Class III patients treated with a chincup were retrospectively analyzed. Data were collected from the data archive, cephalograms, and casts, including pretreatment (T0) and posttreatment (T1) data, as well as long-term follow-up data collected approximately 25 years after treatment (T2)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203385/appraising-the-methodological-quality-of-the-clinical-practice-guideline-for-diabetes-mellitus-using-the-agree-ii-instrument-a-methodological-evaluation
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Mahmoud Radwan, Ali Akbari Sari, Arash Rashidian, Amirhossein Takian, Sanaa Abou-Dagga, Aymen Elsous
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the methodological quality of the Palestinian Clinical Practice Guideline for Diabetes Mellitus using the Translated Arabic Version of the AGREE II. DESIGN: Methodological evaluation. A cross-cultural adaptation framework was followed to translate and develop a standardised Translated Arabic Version of the AGREE II. SETTING: Palestinian Primary Healthcare Centres. PARTICIPANTS: Sixteen appraisers independently evaluated the Clinical Practice Guideline for Diabetes Mellitus using the Translated Arabic Version of the AGREE II...
February 2017: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185312/reproducibility-and-experience-dependence-of-echocardiographic-indices-of-left-ventricular-function-side-by-side-comparison-of-global-longitudinal-strain-and-ejection-fraction
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Diego Medvedofsky, Kalie Kebed, Luke Laffin, Jeremy Stone, Karima Addetia, Roberto M Lang, Victor Mor-Avi
BACKGROUND: Although left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF) and global longitudinal strain (GLS) are recommended by the current echocardiographic chamber quantification guidelines, these measurements are not performed routinely. Because EF measurements rely on manual tracing of LV boundaries, and are subject to inter-reader variability and experience dependence, we hypothesized that semiautomated GLS measurements using speckle tracking would be more reproducible and less experience-dependent...
February 9, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167406/comparing-humans-and-deep-learning-performance-for-grading-amd-a-study-in-using-universal-deep-features-and-transfer-learning-for-automated-amd-analysis
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Philippe Burlina, Katia D Pacheco, Neil Joshi, David E Freund, Neil M Bressler
BACKGROUND: When left untreated, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over fifty in the US. Currently it is estimated that about eight million US individuals have the intermediate stage of AMD that is often asymptomatic with regard to visual deficit. These individuals are at high risk for progressing to the advanced stage where the often treatable choroidal neovascular form of AMD can occur. Careful monitoring to detect the onset and prompt treatment of the neovascular form as well as dietary supplementation can reduce the risk of vision loss from AMD, therefore, preferred practice patterns recommend identifying individuals with the intermediate stage in a timely manner...
January 27, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154582/is-carotid-artery-ultrasound-still-useful-method-for-evaluation-of-atherosclerosis
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Gee-Hee Kim, Ho-Joong Youn
Carotid ultrasound is an imaging modality that allows non-invasive assessment of vascular anatomy and function. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) has been shown to predict cardiovascular (CV) risk in multiple large studies. However, in 2013, American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines designated that the carotid IMT as class III evidence level was not recommended for use in clinical practice as a routine measurement of risk assessment for a first atherosclerotic CV event. Following the announcement of this guideline, combined common carotid IMT and plaque, including plaque tissue characterization and plaque burden, using 3D ultrasound was reported to be better than either measurement alone in a variety of studies...
January 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150057/characterization-of-bacterial-communities-from-masseiras-a-unique-portuguese-greenhouse-agricultural-system
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Cristina Becerra-Castro, Ana Rita Lopes, Sara Teixeira, M Elisabete F Silva, Elisabete Pimenta, Célia M Manaia, Olga C Nunes
"Masseiras" is an ancient Portuguese agriculture system, where soil was developed from sand dunes enriched with seaweeds over more than a century. Due to the importance for the local economy, this system evolved for greenhouse structures. In this study we compared the bacterial community composition and structure of "Masseiras" soil, aiming at assessing the potential impact of different agricultural practices. The bulk soil of two greenhouses (following or not the recommended agriculture good practices, FGP and NFGP, respectively) was compared based on their physicochemical properties and bacterial community...
February 2, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141707/bullying-and-adhd-which-came-first-and-does-it-matter
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Robert Keder, Robert Sege, Peter C Raffalli, Marilyn Augustyn
Aiden, a 13-year-old boy in the sixth grade who is relatively new to your practice, is seen for follow-up after his routine physical last month when you noted concerns for possible attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and gave the family Vanderbilt Scales to complete. Aiden has a family history of ADHD, specific learning disabilities, and mood disorder.His mother reports that she is concerned about how Aiden is doing at school; his teachers are complaining that he is not doing his work, and she is worried that he may be kept back in school...
February 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124446/beta-binomial-model-for-meta-analysis-of-odds-ratios
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Ilyas Bakbergenuly, Elena Kulinskaya
In meta-analysis of odds ratios (ORs), heterogeneity between the studies is usually modelled via the additive random effects model (REM). An alternative, multiplicative REM for ORs uses overdispersion. The multiplicative factor in this overdispersion model (ODM) can be interpreted as an intra-class correlation (ICC) parameter. This model naturally arises when the probabilities of an event in one or both arms of a comparative study are themselves beta-distributed, resulting in beta-binomial distributions. We propose two new estimators of the ICC for meta-analysis in this setting...
January 25, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124236/rygb-and-drug-disposition-how-to-do-better-analysis-of-pharmacokinetic-studies-and-recommendations-for-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Lorry Hachon, Xavier Declèves, Pauline Faucher, Claire Carette, Célia Lloret-Linares
An important issue in the follow-up of patients with bariatric surgery remains to determine whether their therapeutic management should be different after surgery. In this article, we first reviewed all pharmacokinetic studies involving at least four subjects who underwent the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) bariatric surgery. Twenty-five publications were selected and, overall, 25 drugs were studied. Drug solubility and permeability parameters for each drug were defined using different parameters or classifications...
January 26, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122073/use-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-among-eligible-patients-receiving-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-insights-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-registry
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Lucas N Marzec, Pamela N Peterson, Haikun Bao, Jeptha P Curtis, Frederick A Masoudi, Paul D Varosy, Steven M Bradley
Importance: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) reduces the risk for mortality and heart failure-related events in select patients. Little is known about the use of CRT in combination with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in patients who are eligible for this therapy in clinical practice. Objective: To (1) identify patient, clinician, and hospital characteristics associated with CRT defibrillator (CRT-D) use and (2) determine the extent of hospital-level variation in the use of CRT-D among guideline-eligible patients undergoing ICD placement...
January 25, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121028/network-meta-analysis-of-antibiotic-prophylaxis-for-prevention-of-surgical-site-infection-after-groin-hernia-surgery
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REVIEW
T Boonchan, C Wilasrusmee, M McEvoy, J Attia, A Thakkinstian
BACKGROUND: First-generation cephalosporins (such as cefazolin) are recommended as antibiotic prophylaxis in groin hernia repair, but other broad-spectrum antibiotics have also been prescribed in clinical practice. This was a systematic review and network meta-analysis to compare the efficacy of different antibiotic classes for prevention of surgical-site infection (SSI) after hernia repair. METHODS: RCTs were identified that compared efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis on SSI after inguinal or femoral hernia repair from PubMed and Scopus databases up to March 2016...
January 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113914/system-on-chip-considerations-for-heterogeneous-integration-of-cmos-and-fluidic-bio-interfaces
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Timir Datta-Chaudhuri, Elisabeth Smela, Pamela A Abshire
CMOS chips are increasingly used for direct sensing and interfacing with fluidic and biological systems. While many biosensing systems have successfully combined CMOS chips for readout and signal processing with passive sensing arrays, systems that co-locate sensing with active circuits on a single chip offer significant advantages in size and performance but increase the complexity of multi-domain design and heterogeneous integration. This emerging class of lab-on-CMOS systems also poses distinct and vexing technical challenges that arise from the disparate requirements of biosensors and integrated circuits (ICs)...
April 21, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110256/ethical-experiential-learning-in-medical-nursing-and-allied-health-education-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Sandra Grace, Ev Innes, Narelle Patton, Lynette Stockhausen
: Students enrolled in medical, nursing and health science programs often participate in experiential learning in their practical classes. Experiential learning includes peer physical examination and peer-assisted learning where students practise clinical skills on each other. OBJECTIVES: To identify effective strategies that enable ethical experiential learning for health students during practical classes. DESIGN: A narrative review of the literature...
January 10, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103161/nurses-practice-in-preventing-postoperative-wound-infections-an-observational-study
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S Ding, F Lin, A P Marshall, B M Gillespie
OBJECTIVE: Surgical site infections (SSIs) are serious postoperative complications that may lead to undesired patient outcomes. Previous research has used survey and chart audit methods to describe wound care practices. However, little research has been published using contemporaneous observations to describe the surgical wound management practices of nurses. The aim of this study was to prospectively describe surgical nurses' postoperative wound care practices and the extent to which observed surgical wound practices aligned with evidence-based guideline recommendations...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102443/-new-options-for-the-practice-update-s1-s2-guidelines-on-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
M Schneider
Guidelines are important tools for evidence-based pharmacological treatment of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Recommendations assist physicians in identifying the best form of treatment but ultimately, the final decision is based on joint participation by the patient and physician. Nowadays, general concepts, such as treat to target seem to be more important in rheumatoid arthritis than differencies between various drugs or drug classes. The universal recommendation to use methotrexate as the initial disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) is driven more by economic reasons than by scientific data, which is not completely wrong but should be disclosed...
January 19, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095040/consensus-statement-by-the-american-association-of-clinical-endocrinologists-and-american-college-of-endocrinology-on-the-comprehensive-type-2-diabetes-management-algorithm-2017-executive-summary
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Alan J Garber, Martin J Abrahamson, Joshua I Barzilay, Lawrence Blonde, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Michael A Bush, Samuel Dagogo-Jack, Ralph A DeFronzo, Daniel Einhorn, Vivian A Fonseca, Jeffrey R Garber, W Timothy Garvey, George Grunberger, Yehuda Handelsman, Irl B Hirsch, Paul S Jellinger, Janet B McGill, Jeffrey I Mechanick, Paul D Rosenblit, Guillermo E Umpierrez
A1C = hemoglobin A1C AACE = American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists ACCORD = Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes ACCORD BP = Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Blood Pressure ACEI = angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor ADVANCE = Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preterax and Diamicron MR Controlled Evaluation AGI = alpha-glucosidase inhibitor apo B = apolipoprotein B ASCVD = atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease BAS = bile acid sequestrant BMI = body mass index BP = blood pressure CHD = coronary heart disease CKD = chronic kidney disease CVD = cardiovascular disease DASH = Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension DPP-4 = dipeptidyl peptidase 4 eGFR = estimated glomerular filtration rate FDA = Food and Drug Administration GLP-1 = glucagon-like peptide 1 HDL-C = high-density lipoprotein cholesterol IMPROVE-IT = Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy International Trial LDL-C = low-density lipoprotein cholesterol LDL-P = low-density lipoprotein particle Look AHEAD = Look Action for Health in Diabetes NPH = neutral protamine Hagedorn OSA = obstructive sleep apnea SFU = sulfonylurea SGLT-2 = sodium glucose cotransporter-2 SMBG = self-monitoring of blood glucose T2D = type 2 diabetes TZD = thiazolidinedione VADT = Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial...
February 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093644/guidelines-for-proton-pump-inhibitor-prescriptions-in-paediatric-intensive-care-unit
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P Joret-Descout, S Dauger, M Bellaiche, O Bourdon, S Prot-Labarthe
Background Stress ulcer prophylaxis (SUP) is recommended in some situations to prevent upper gastrointestinal bleeding and is a component of standard care for patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), already among the most widely prescribed drug classes, are being increasingly used. Objective To describe PPI prescribing patterns and their changes after the dissemination of guidelines. Setting Paediatric ICU (PICU), Robert-Debré Teaching Hospital, Paris, France, which admits about 800 patients annually, from full-term neonates to 18-year-olds...
February 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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