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Marissa J Finkelstein, Chris W Chronister, Christina Stanley, Laurie M Ogilvie, Bruce A Goldberger
In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning regarding a new recreational drug, acetyl fentanyl. Acetyl fentanyl is a μ-opioid receptor agonist, and its pharmacological effects include euphoria, altered mood, miosis and central nervous system depression. The objective of this report was to develop a sensitive and specific method for the quantitation of acetyl fentanyl by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in postmortem casework. Acetyl fentanyl was isolated from biological matrices using solid-phase extraction and acetyl fentanyl-13C6 was employed as an internal standard...
February 15, 2019: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Dario M Torre, Caridad A Hernandez, Analia Castiglioni, Steven J Durning, Barbara J Daley, Paul A Hemmer, Jeffrey LaRochelle
INTRODUCTION: National organizations have identified a need for the creation of novel approaches to teach clinical reasoning throughout medical education. The aim of this project was to develop, implement and evaluate a novel clinical reasoning mapping exercise (CResME). METHODS: Participants included a convenience sample of first and second year medical students at two US medical schools: University of Central Florida (UCF) and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS)...
January 21, 2019: Perspectives on Medical Education
Gary A P Gibson
Gibson (2018) recently revised the species of Psomizopelma Gibson, 1995 (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae), in which P. metallicum was described based on females as one of four new species. In the section on "type material" for this species, one paratype was stated as deposited in the CNC (Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada), whereas the holotype and three other paratypes were stated as deposited in UCFC (University of Central Florida Collection of Arthropods, Orlando, FL, USA)...
December 14, 2018: Zootaxa
Whitney Sharp, Juan Jose Olivero
The column in this issue is supplied by Whitney Sharp, D.O., and Juan Jose Olivero, M.D. Dr. Sharp is chief medical resident in internal medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital and earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Olivero is a nephrologist at Houston Methodist Hospital and a member of the hospital's Nephrology Training Program. He obtained his medical degree from the University of San Carlos School of Medicine in Guatemala, Central America, and completed his residency and nephrology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas...
July 2018: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
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September 2018: Applied Spectroscopy
Theodore Miclau, Madeline C MacKechnie, David W Shearer
In March 2016, North American academic leaders with an interest in and commitment to the field of global orthopaedics met in Orlando, Florida, to gauge each institution's clinical, research, and educational programs in developing countries, establish the main limitations to participating in global health efforts, and assess areas of need for both the participating institutions and their international partners. After this inaugural meeting, a needs assessment survey was distributed to the group to better understand how to organize and unify the individual institutional global efforts...
October 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Dagny C Zhu, Parth Shah, William J Feuer, Wei Shi, Ellen H Koo
PURPOSE: To compare the outcomes in eyes with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy after standard phacoemulsification with those of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. SETTING: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, USA. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Charts from patients diagnosed with Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy who had phacoemulsification cataract surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute between January 1, 2014, and January 1, 2017, were reviewed...
May 2018: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Matthew F Lawrance, Gowrishankar Muthukrishnan, John Deichen, Michael Deichen, James Schaus, Alexander M Cole, Christopher L Parkinson
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus has strong association with anthropogenic environments. This association has not been well supported by use of genetic tools. The aim of this study was to phylogenetically relate numerous isolates from three environments - NCBI samples from hospitals, a community, and a previously unexplored healthcare environment: an ambulatory care clinic (ACC). METHODS: This study incorporated hospital samples from NCBI, a community database from the University of Central Florida (UCF), and newly added samples taken from employees of an ambulatory care clinic located at UCF...
September 2018: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Robert B Hines, Md Jibanul Haque Jiban, Kanak Choudhury, Victoria Loerzel, Adrian V Specogna, Steven P Troy, Shunpu Zhang
INTRODUCTION: Although the colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality rate has significantly improved over the past several decades, many patients will have a recurrence following curative treatment. Despite this high risk of recurrence, adherence to CRC surveillance testing guidelines is poor which increases cancer-related morbidity and potentially, mortality. Several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) with varying surveillance strategies have yielded conflicting evidence regarding the survival benefit associated with surveillance testing...
April 28, 2018: BMJ Open
Whitney M Zoll, Dhani Prakoso, Michael Dark, Junjie Liu, Heather Stockdale-Walden, Maureen T Long
Eosinophils within the central nervous system are abnormal and are usually associated with fungal or parasitic infections in horses. Causative agents include Halicephalobus gingivalis, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora hughesi. Confirmation of these organisms via specific testing is typically not performed, and final diagnoses are often presumptive. With molecular technology, many of these organisms can now be confirmed. This is important for emerging and zoonotic pathogens, including Angiostrongylus cantonensis, an emerging parasite of interest in the southeastern United States...
May 2018: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Stephen Heglund, Jessica Simmons, Diane Wink, Jean D'Meza Leuner
In their 2011 report, The Future of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine called for 80% of the nursing workforce to be comprised of baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses by the year 2020. One suggested approach to achieve this goal is the creation of programs that allow students to progress through associate and baccalaureate nursing preparation simultaneously. This paper describes the University of Central Florida's 13-year experience after implementing a Concurrent Enrollment Program. Development and structure of the program, advisement and curriculum details, facilitators and barriers are described...
November 2017: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Jordan M Haywood, C David Cooper
Research at the University of Central Florida has determined that the injection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into a simulated flue gas stream effectively oxidizes NO to NO2, and NO2 to HNO2 and HNO3. These oxides of nitrogen are much more soluble in water than NO, and therefore may be more easily scrubbed from the flue gas in a typical wet scrubber. Oxidation and NOx removal efficiencies of greater than 90% were demonstrated in the laboratory. An economic comparison between the H2O2 injection-wet scrubbing method and the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) method of NOx removal was conducted for a design base case and a variety of alternative cases...
March 1998: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Hala Sfeir, Debra R Reinhart, Pamela R McCauley-Bell
The University of Central Florida (UCF) was contracted by the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (FCSHWM) to develop a well-defined methodology for conducting municipal solid waste composition studies. This methodology must account for the statistical variations in waste composition, be economical and practical in implementation, and build on a consensus of waste management professionals. This paper identifies possible sources of bias in waste composition study results and provides guidance for future planning of local waste stream composition analysis...
September 1999: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Elizabeth Shenkman, Myra Hurt, William Hogan, Olveen Carrasquillo, Steven Smith, Andrew Brickman, David Nelson
PROBLEM: Developing a national pragmatic clinical trial infrastructure is central to understanding the effectiveness of interventions applied under usual conditions and where people receive health care. To address this challenge, three Florida universities-the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Florida State University (with its community-based distributive medical education model), and the University of Miami-created (2010-2013) a statewide consortium, the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, to support the conduct of pragmatic clinical trials and provide mentored research experiences for medical and graduate students in real-world practice settings...
March 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Aleksandr Kovalskiy, Rahim Ismail, Kelvin Tran, Anand Desai, Amna Imran, Caridad Hernandez
It is increasingly evident that patient health outcomes are improved when they are treated by an effective interdisciplinary healthcare team. Many also endorse that learning to function collaboratively in interdisciplinary settings should start at the onset of one's medical education. Student-run free clinics, such as the University of Central Florida College of Medicine's (UCF COM) KNIGHTS (Keeping Neighbors In Good Health Through Service) Clinic, provide opportunities for students to work in concert with other healthcare professionals...
February 23, 2017: Curēus
Jacqueline L Tutiven, Benjamin T Pruden, James S Banks, Mario Stevenson, David J Birnbach
As of November 2016, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed more than 4000 travel-related Zika virus (ZIKV) infections in the United States with >700 of those in Florida. There have been 139 cases of locally acquired infection, all occurring in Miami, Florida. Within the US territories (eg, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands), >30,000 cases of ZIKV infection have been reported. The projected number of individuals at risk for ZIKV infection in the Caribbean and Latin America approximates 5 million...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Kelvin Tran, Aleksandr Kovalskiy, Anand Desai, Amna Imran, Rahim Ismail, Caridad Hernandez
INTRODUCTION: The number of primary care physicians in the United States continues to lag behind the number of uninsured people. There has been a growing demand for medical students to improve their self-efficacy, comfortableness, attitude, and interest in working with the underserved and in primary care. This study aims to discern whether volunteering at a student-run, free healthcare clinic has a positive impact on these five variables of interest or not. METHODS: A 95-item survey was distributed through Qualtrics Survey Software (Qualtrics, Provo, UT, USA) to medical students from the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine...
February 23, 2017: Curēus
Ashley Brown, Rahim Ismail, Glenn Gookin, Caridad Hernandez, Grace Logan, Magdalena Pasarica
INTRODUCTION:  Student-run free clinics (SRFCs) are a recent popular addition to medical school education, and a subset of studies has looked at the influence of SRFC volunteering on the medical student's career development. The majority of the research done in this area has focused on understanding if these SRFCs produce physicians who are more likely to practice medicine in underserved communities, caring for the uninsured. The remainder of the research has investigated if volunteering in an SRFC influences the specialty choice of medical school students...
January 9, 2017: Curēus
Ellie Chan, Ahmad Alkhasawneh, Lizette Vila Duckworth, Tabish Aijaz, Tania Zuluaga Toro, Xiaomin Lu, Steven J Hughes, Amy Collinsworth, Thomas J George
BACKGROUND: Targeted therapy with anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2) monoclonal antibody in patients with HER2 overexpressed esophagogastric adenocarcinoma (EGA) improves survival; however, the effect is transient due to the development of resistance. Some studies suggest that cMet overexpression provides cross talk for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and HER2 inhibition. We sought to characterize the expression profile of the EGFR family and cMet receptors in untreated, resected EGA...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Charles-Lwanga K Bennin, Saif Ibrahim, Farah Al-Saffar, Lyndon C Box, Joel A Strom
BACKGROUNDS: ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) guidelines recommend reperfusion by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) ≤ 90 min from time of first medical contact (FMC). This strategy is challenging in rural areas lacking a nearby PCI-capable hospital. Recommended reperfusion times can be achieved for STEMI patients presenting in rural areas without a nearby PCI-capable hospital by ground transportation to a central PCI-capable hospital by use of protocol-driven emergency medical service (EMS) STEMI field triage protocol...
October 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
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