New Funds Will Keep TMA Walk With a Doc Walkers Active, Informed, Healthier

The Texas Medical Association Foundation received a $42,625 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) that the foundation will use to help fund the 2018 Walk With a Doc (WWAD) Texas program. The goal of the BCBSTX grant is to help raise awareness about prevention and early detection of chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — diseases often prevented by an active and tobacco-free lifestyle. The Walk With a Doc Texas program supports this goal by helping physicians organize walks in their communities to encourage physical activity, reverse the consequences of a sedentary life, and improve the health and well-being of Texans.
Source: TMA News Room - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Endosc Int Open 2018; 06: E694-E699 DOI: 10.1055/a-0599-6085 Background/aims The rate of recurrent small-bowel bleeding (SBB) remains high despite the advent of balloon assisted enteroscopy (BAE). The study aims were to determine: (1) the diagnostic and therapeutic yields, and adverse event rate of repeat BAE in SBB, and (2) the predictors of a positive repeat BAE. Methods A retrospective review of a BAE database was conducted. Patients who had> 1 BAE for SBB were included. Primary outcomes were diagnostic yield, therapeutic yield, and adverse events of repeat BAE. Secondary outcomes were predictors of...
Source: Endoscopy International Open - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
In this study, we present and quantify the influence of common medical comorbidities on the cost of care in patients undergoing primary TKA. A retrospective level of evidence III study was performed using the PearlDiver supercomputer to identify patients who underwent primary TKA between 2007 and 2015. Patients were stratified by medical comorbidities and compared using analysis of variance for reimbursements for the day of surgery and over 90 days postoperatively. A cohort of 137,073 US patients was identified as having undergone primary TKA between 2007 and 2015. The mean entire episode-of-care reimbursement was $23,701 ...
Source: Journal of Knee Surgery - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
In conclusion, serum P is associated with increased all-cause, cardiovascular and COPD mortality in men but not women. The asso ciation with COPD mortality is novel and needs further research on underlying mechanisms.
Source: European Journal of Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
We examined Veterans Affairs Surgical Quality database for surgical entries between 2000-2014. Demographics, comorbidities, laboratory findings and hospital outcomes were assessed. Primary endpoint was occurrence of AKI defined as increase of ≥0.3 mg/dL, 48 hours postoperatively. Major adverse cardiac event (MACE) was defined as composite first occurrence of myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest and death in 30 days (secondary endpoint) and was compared between two groups. Rates of progression to CKD in 1 year and long-term survival were examined. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Occurrence of AKI 48 hour...
Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion - Category: Research Tags: Curr Med Res Opin Source Type: research
Background: The PARADIGM-HF clinical trial showed a significant reduction in heart failure (HF) hospitalizations and cardiovascular (CV) death in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and treated with S/V compared to enalapril. The impact of S/V on real-world outcomes is not well studied.Objective: To assess the association of hospitalization and therapy with S/V vs. ACEI/ARB in patients with HFrEF in the US.Methods: Adult patients with ≥1 claim for S/V or ACEI/ARB from 7/7/2015-5/31/2016 were selected from the MarketScan databases. Patients with S/V were assumed to have HFrEF based on its pr...
Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Session Title: Poster Session PM Source Type: research
Older patients with depression may be at greater risk of death following a procedure to replace a damaged aortic valve of the heart, reports astudy published today inJAMA Cardiology.“The clinical implications of our findings support active screening for depression before and after aortic valve procedures to identify patients who may benefit from further psychiatric evaluation for the diagnosis and treatment of a depressive disorder,” wrote Jonathan Afilalo, M.D., M.Sc., of Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, and colleagues.The study included patients who were at least 70 years of age with symptomatic aortic sten...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: aortic stenosis aortic valve replacement cerebrovascular disease COPD depression diabetes Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form hypertension Jonathan Afilalo kidney disease Source Type: research
Abstract Background and AimThe study developed a predictive model of long‐term gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding risk in patients receiving oral anticoagulants and compared it with the HAS‐BLED (Hypertension, Abnormal renal/liver function, Stroke, Bleeding history or predisposition, Labile international normalized ratios, Elderly, Drugs/alcohol concomitantly) score. MethodsThe study periodically followed a cohort of 508 patients taking oral anticoagulants (66 direct oral anticoagulants users and 442 warfarin users). Absence of GI bleeding at an initial examination and any subsequent GI bleeding were confirmed endoscopical...
Source: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
ConclusionsOur results demonstrated that HES co-morbidity codes in patients undergoing abdominal wall hernia repair are specific with good positive predictive value; however, they have substandard accuracy, sensitivity, and negative predictive value. The presence of a relatively large number of false negative or missed cases in HES database explains our findings. Better documentation of co-morbidities in admission clerking proforma may help to improve the quality of source documents for coders, which in turn may improve the accuracy of coding.
Source: Hernia - Category: Sports Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Anderson LJ, Liu H, Garcia JM Abstract With aging and other muscle wasting diseases, men and women undergo similar pathological changes in skeletal muscle: increased inflammation, enhanced oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, satellite cell senescence, elevated apoptosis and proteasome activity, and suppressed protein synthesis and myocyte regeneration. Decreased food intake and physical activity also indirectly contribute to muscle wasting. Sex hormones also play important roles in maintaining skeletal muscle homeostasis. Testosterone is a potent anabolic factor promoting muscle protein synthesis ...
Source: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology - Category: Research Tags: Adv Exp Med Biol Source Type: research
Introduction: The prognosis of COPD patients is compromised by different comorbidities. There are only few data concerning chronic kidney disease (CKD) in these patients. We therefore analyzed CKD patients in the German COSYCONET cohort.Methods: CKD was defined by an eGFR
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Problems COPD Source Type: research
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