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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523944/commercial-sexual-behaviors-among-male-rural-to-urban-migrants-in-western-china-implications-for-hiv-prevention
#1
Wenwei Li, Junjun Jiang, Jinming Su, Bingyu Liang, Wei Deng, Jiegang Huang, Bo Qin, Halmurat Upur, Chaohui Zhong, Qianqiu Wang, Qian Wang, Ning Zang, Yanyan Liao, Sirun Meng, Li Ye, Hao Liang
Rural-to-urban migrants are at high risk of HIV infection. The goal of this survey was to explore the commercial sexual behavior and condom use among male rural-to-urban migrants in western China. A cross-sectional survey on male rural-to-urban migrants in western China was conducted. Among all the subjects surveyed, 140 (7.4%) had commercial sexual behavior, which is associated with being aged older than 24 years, being of Han or other ethnic minorities, being divorced, separated, or widowed, having experienced drug abuse, having had heterosexual behavior, having had casual sexual partners, having had sex with a homosexual, and being from Xinjiang...
May 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516803/differentials-in-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-diabetes-by-socioeconomic-status-and-sex-in-kalutara-sri-lanka
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Lakshman Gamlath, Sumal Nandasena, Sudirikku Hennadige Padmal de Silva, Christine Linhart, Anh Ngo, Stephen Morrell, Sally Nathan, Albie Sharpe, Richard Taylor
Since 1950, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has emerged as a leading cause of mortality in Sri Lanka, especially in men. In 2014, a survey in Kalutara to assess CVD and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) risk factors in adults aged 25 to 64 years (n = 1011), and associations with sex and socioeconomic status (SES), found similar CVD risk factors in both sexes, except for daily tobacco smoking at 19% in men and nil in women, and higher body mass index (BMI) in women than men. With increasing SES in men, there were significant linear increases in mean BMI, waist circumference, mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure, mean fasting plasma glucose, and T2DM prevalence, but decreases in tobacco smoking...
May 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441881/sex-education-in-children-and-adolescents-with-disabilities-in-yogyakarta-indonesia-from-a-teachers-gender-perspective
#3
Satoko Tsuda, Sri Hartini, Elsi Dwi Hapsari, Satoshi Takada
Children and adolescents with disabilities (CAD) frequently engage in inappropriate sexual behaviors. In Indonesia, the need for sex education for CAD remains unclear. This study investigated teacher attitudes toward providing sex education in special schools to clarify the gender differences among teachers providing sex education. Questionnaires were sent to 180 teachers. The response rate was 72.2%. Eighty-three percent of responders were Muslim. Our findings revealed that teachers in special schools considered sex education to be important...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425322/determinants-of-health-related-quality-of-life-among-elderly-evidence-from-chi-linh-town-vietnam
#4
Nguyen Thanh Huong, Le Thi Hai Ha, Truong Quang Tien
As Vietnam confronts with the challenge of an aging population, the importance of quality of life for elderly people becomes apparent. This article aims to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and its correlates for the elderly, using a cross-sectional study design. A total of 1599 adults, aged 60 years and older, were drawn from the 2016 baseline survey of Chi Linh Health and Demographic Surveillance System (CHILILAB HDSS), which incorporated the EQ-5D, to measure HRQoL. Data were analyzed using multivariate linear regression analyses...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417677/descriptive-epidemiology-of-hypertension-and-its-association-with-obesity-based-on-the-who-stepwise-approach-to-surveillance-in-palau
#5
Chaochen Wang, Chifa Chiang, Hiroshi Yatsuya, Esayas Haregot Hilawe, Edolem Ikerdeu, Kaori Honjo, Takashi Mita, Renzhe Cui, Yoshihisa Hirakawa, Sherilynn Madraisau, Hiroyasu Iso, Atsuko Aoyama
The rise of noncommunicable diseases is a serious health burden for Palau. This study described the prevalence of hypertension, and assessed its association with obesity. Surveys following the WHO STEPwise approach to surveillance were conducted in 2529 adults. Multivariate prevalence ratios (PR) of hypertension for body mass index (BMI) categories were calculated by logistic regression models using conditional standardization procedure. Age- and sex-specified analyses were performed. Overall prevalence of obesity and hypertension were 40...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397533/socioeconomic-predictors-of-adherence-behavior-among-hiv-positive-patients-receiving-antiretroviral-therapy-in-selangor-malaysia
#6
Surajudeen Abiola Abdulrahman, Lekhraj Rampal, Norlijah Othman, Faisal Ibrahim, Hayati Kadir Shahar, Anuradha P Radhakrishnan
Medication adherence remains a critical link between the prescribed ART regimen and treatment outcome. Several factors may influence adherence behavior. This cross-sectional study aimed to highlight socioeconomic predictors of adherence behavior among a cohort of 242 adult Malaysian patients receiving antiretroviral therapy in Hospital Sungai Buloh, Malaysia, where they were enrolled in a parent study (single-blinded randomized controlled trial) between January and December 2014. Statistical analysis of secondary data on adherence behavior and sociodemographic characteristics of the patients revealed mean age of 33...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397532/availability-price-and-affordability-of-selected-essential-medicines-for-chronic-diseases-in-11-countries-of-the-asia-pacific-region-a-secondary-analysis
#7
Haipeng Wang, Qiang Sun, Agnes Vitry, Tuan Anh Nguyen
Access to affordable essential medicines for noncommunicable, chronic diseases is critical in management of the diseases. This study aims to assess the availability, prices, and affordability of medicines for common chronic diseases in the Asia Pacific Region (APR). A secondary analysis of medicines price and availability data from the Health Action International's (HAI) database was undertaken using the standardized WHO/HAI methodology. The median availability of any medicine in the public sector was 35.5% compared with 56...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397531/drug-resistance-in-newly-presenting-and-previously-treated-tuberculosis-patients-in-guangxi-province-people-s-republic-of-china
#8
Dan Luo, Jinming Zhao, Mei Lin, Feiying Liu, Shuhai Huang, Yingkun Zhang, Minying Huang, Juan Li, Yang Zhou, Rushu Lan, Yanlin Zhao
Drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains are a major threat to the control of tuberculosis (TB), but the prevalence of drug-resistant TB is still unknown in the southern ethnic region of China. A cluster-randomized sampling method was used to include the study population. Isolates were tested for resistance to 6 antituberculosis drugs, and genotyped to identify Beijing strains. Overall, 11.3% (139/1229) of new cases and 33.0% (126/382) of retreated cases had drug-resistant tuberculosis. Multiple previous TB treatment episodes and multiple treatment interruptions were risk factors for both drug-resistant and multidrug-resistant TB among retreated cases...
April 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343400/lifestyles-and-mortality-in-taiwan
#9
Yen-Huai Lin, Po-Wen Ku, Pesus Chou
The associations of modifiable lifestyle-related factors with cardiovascular and all-cause mortality were examined in a population-based sample of older Taiwanese people. A total of 4176 individuals aged 50 years and older, with 11 years of follow-up, were analyzed. Current and former smokers had a higher risk of all-cause mortality compared with never smokers ([HR = 1.33; 95% CI = 1.12, 1.58], [HR = 1.39; 95% CI = 1.16, 1.68]). Low intake of vegetables and fruits was associated with a significantly higher risk of 1...
March 1, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434253/risky-sexual-behaviors-as-correlates-of-depression-and-suicidal-ideation-among-male-hiv-test-seekers-at-a-voluntary-counseling-and-testing-facility-in-taiwan
#10
Chia-Chun Lin, Yuan-Ti Lee, Hao-Jan Yang
This study aims at determining the level of depression and suicidal status of adult HIV test-seekers. Of the total enrolled 850 males, almost 50% reported some risk behaviors, 38.9% experienced depression, and 7.2% had suicidal ideation. Subjects with risky sexual behaviors in terms of repeated HIV test, had a history of sexually transmitted disease, engaged in one-night stands, or did not use condoms all the time with causal sexual partners were more likely to have depression. Furthermore, subjects who were bisexual/homosexual, engaged in Internet sex, engaged in one-night stands, or used addictive drugs within the past 6 months were more likely to experience suicidal ideation...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434252/vegetable-stir-fry-and-fruit-salad-the-super-diet-for-health
#11
Colin Binns, Wah Yun Low
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434251/a-mock-randomized-controlled-trial-with-audience-response-technology-for-teaching-and-learning-epidemiology
#12
Philip R A Baker, Daniel P Francis, Abby Cathcart
The study's objective was to apply and assess an active learning approach to epidemiology and critical appraisal. Active learning comprised a mock, randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted with learners in 3 countries. The mock trial consisted of blindly eating red Smarties candy (intervention) compared to yellow Smarties (control) to determine whether red Smarties increase happiness. Audience response devices were employed with the 3-fold purposes to produce outcome data for analysis of the effects of red Smarties, identify baseline and subsequent changes in participant's knowledge and confidence in understanding of RCTs, and assess the teaching approach...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434250/rolling-tobacco-in-banana-leaves-newspaper-or-copybook-paper-associated-with-significant-reduction-in-lung-function-in-vanuatu
#13
Charles A Weitz, Kathryn M Olszowy, Kelsey N Dancause, Cheng Sun, Alysa Pomer, Howard Silverman, G Lee, Len Tarivonda, Chim W Chan, Akira Kaneko, J K Lum, Ralph M Garruto
In addition to the widespread availability of packaged cigarettes, the inhabitants of island nations of the Southwest Pacific frequently smoke commercially available loose tobacco using manufactured rolling papers, as well as locally grown tobacco rolled in manufactured rolling paper or wrapped in leaves, copybook paper, and newspaper. In this study, Vanuatu men who smoked local tobacco rolled in leaves, copybook paper, or newspaper showed significantly lower forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), and FEV1/FVC ratios than men who smoked packaged cigarettes, store-bought tobacco rolled in manufactured rolling paper, or who smoked locally grown tobacco rolled in manufactured rolling papers...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434249/pulmonary-tuberculosis-is-associated-with-biomass-fuel-use-among-rural-women-in-pakistan-an-age-and-residence-matched-case-control-study
#14
Unaib Rabbani, Ambreen Sahito, Asaad Ahmed Nafees, Ambreen Kazi, Zafar Fatmi
Facility-based, age- and residential area-matched case-control study was conducted in Sindh, Pakistan to determine association between biomass fuel use for cooking and pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). Cases were women with pulmonary TB, and controls were those suffering from other diseases. Current users of biomass fuel were at higher risk of pulmonary TB (adjusted matched odds ratio [mOR] = 3.0; 95% CI = 1.1-4.9) compared with nonusers. In comparison with former biomass users (women not using biomass for >10 years), recent biomass users (women who switched from biomass to nonbiomass ≤10 years ago), and current (lifetime) users were at a higher risk in a dose-response manner (adjusted mOR = 2...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434248/are-university-students-in-singapore-meeting-the-international-and-national-recommended-daily-servings-of-fruits-and-vegetables
#15
Raymond Boon Tar Lim, Dede Kam Tyng Tham, Falk Müller-Riemenschneider, Mee Lian Wong
Data are lacking on fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption among young adults in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of students who met the international and national recommendation of daily consumption of 5 and 4 FV servings, respectively, in a university in Singapore and the factors associated with meeting the national recommendation. A cross-sectional survey using proportional stratified random sampling was conducted on 884 undergraduates in 2013. The prevalence of meeting the international and national recommendation was 13...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434247/premature-mortality-from-noncommunicable-diseases-in-the-federated-states-of-micronesia-2003-2012
#16
Sameer Vali Gopalani, Marcus Samo, Siocy Soaz, Wincener J David, Scott Mori, X-Ner Luther, Karen L Carter
This study was conducted to assess status, and understand burden, of premature and leading causes of deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). From 2003 to 2012, ICD-10 coded mortality data from the national Health Information System were analyzed. Proportional mortality was calculated and a ranking list of the leading causes of premature death was produced. Of the 2349 premature deaths reported, 1970 (83.9%) were due to NCDs, and 1680 (71.5%) were from 4 main NCD groups-cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434246/sociodemographic-determinants-of-low-fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-among-bangladeshi-adults-results-from-who-steps-survey-2010
#17
Md Nazmul Karim, M Mostafa Zaman, Md Mujibur Rahman, M A Jalil Chowdhury, H A M Nazmul Ahsan, Md Mahtabuddin Hassan, Syed Rezaul Karim, Md Zakir Hossain, Baki Billah
This study aimed to investigate factors affecting fruit and vegetables (FAVs) intake among Bangladeshi adults. Dietary data of 9275 adults from the Bangladesh Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factor Survey 2010 were analyzed. The mean age of the respondents was 42.4 (±13.5) years. Multistage cluster sampling was applied to identify samples. Demographics, personal habits, physical activity, diet, and anthropometric data were collected using the WHO-STEPs questionnaire. Average daily intake of <5 servings of FAVs combined was considered to be low FAV consumption, and its prevalence was 82...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330408/using-and-explaining-individual-dosimetry-data
#18
Makoto Miyazaki
Measurement of individual radiation dose is crucial for planning protective measures after nuclear accidents. The purpose of this article is to explain the various initiatives taken after the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, including the D-shuttle project wherein residents from affected areas wore a personal dosimeter to measure their own external exposure. The experience in Fukushima revealed several issues such as gaining residents' trust and ensuring appropriate communication of the measured data...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330407/roles-and-activities-of-international-organizations-after-the-fukushima-accident
#19
Koichi Tanigawa, Jacques Lochard, May Abdel-Wahab, Malcolm J Crick
After the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, overseas experts and representatives of international organizations visited Japan to provide advice, technical support, and resources. Several international meetings on radiological protection and health issues have since been held in Fukushima to provide further advice. The content discussed has changed alongside local developments in health-related issues from radiation health effects and radiological protection to risk communication and psychological, public health, and social issues...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330406/fukushima-disaster
#20
Colin Binns, Wah Yun Low
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
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