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Frontiers in Public Health

Nick Wattie, Srdjan Lemez, Chris I Ardern, Michael Rotondi, Joseph Baker
OBJECTIVES: To examine the precocity-longevity (P-L) effect in North American professional basketball players who debuted between 1946 and 1979, and to determine whether playing position and decade of play influenced the relationship between age of career achievements and life span. METHODS: A total of 1852 players were evaluated from a recognized sports archive (i.e.,, which provided information on date of birth, death, and career debut, playing position, and indicators of achievement (i...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Tiffany E Shubert, Matthew Lee Smith, Ellen C Schneider, Ashley D Wilson, Marcia G Ory
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2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Edward Ivor Broughton, Oscar Nunez, Rafael Arana, Alexey Oviedo
OBJECTIVE: HIV in Nicaragua is concentrated among key populations (KPs) - men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and female transgender - in whom prevalence is 600-4,000 times higher than the general population. The United States Agency for International Development PrevenSida project is aimed at increasing healthy behavior among KPs and people with HIV and improving testing, counseling, and continuity of prevention and treatment by building capacity and improving performance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing services to KPs...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Ralf Christopher Buckley, Diane Westaway, Paula Brough
We report results from a post-program survey (n = 930) of participants in a non-profit outdoor health program targeted principally at women with families in Australia's metropolitan cities. We analyze communications, motivations, experiences, satisfaction, and intentions. The program involves 3 months' outdoor training in scenic locations, culminating in a single-day event. Training includes social opportunities and peer-group support. Event entry is in teams and includes charitable fundraising and personal challenges...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Jane E Mahoney, Vicki L Gobel, Terry Shea, Jodi Janczewski, Sandy Cech, Lindy Clemson
BACKGROUND: Fidelity monitoring is essential with implementation of complex health interventions, but there is little description of how to use results of fidelity monitoring to improve the draft program package prior to widespread dissemination. Root cause analysis (RCA) provides a systematic approach to identifying underlying causes and devising solutions to prevent errors in complex processes. Its use has not been described in implementation science. METHODS: Stepping On (SO) is a small group, community-based intervention that has been shown to reduce falls by 31%...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Paschal Awingura Apanga, John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Michael Acheampong, Matthew Ayamba Adam
Rabies remains endemic in Ghana and continues to pose a major public health threat to humans and animals with a nearly 100% case fatality rate in humans. We report of a presumptive case of human rabies whose survival represents a rare occurrence in rural Ghana and worldwide. Lessons from this case study provide a critically needed focus in helping improve rabies surveillance and case management in Ghana. We report of the survival of a 36-year-old man who developed clinical rabies after he was bitten by his dog, while restraining the dog with a chain...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Megan MacDonald, Jennifer Leichtman, Phil Esposito, Nicole Cook, Dale Allen Ulrich
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper was to investigate the participation patterns of children with Down syndrome (DS) using the construct of participation as defined by the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF). METHODS: Sixty-two children with DS were recruited between the ages of 9 and 17 years. All participants were given an interview-administered version of the Children's Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment (CAPE) to measure participation (1)...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Mamta V Karani, Yara Haddad, Robin Lee
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in people aged 65 years and older and can lead to significant costs, injuries, functional decline, and reduced quality of life. While certain medications are known to increase fall risk, medication use is a modifiable risk factor. Pharmacists have specialized training in medication management and can play an important role in fall prevention. Working in a patient-centered team-based approach, pharmacists can collaborate with the primary care providers to reduce fall risk...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Daniele De Meneghi, Frédéric Stachurski, Hassane Adakal
Livestock, especially cattle, play a paramount role in agriculture production systems, particularly in poor countries throughout the world. Ticks and tick-borne diseases (TBDs) have an important impact on livestock and agriculture production in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors review the most common methods used for the control of ticks and TBDs. Special emphasis is given to the direct application of acaricides to the host animals. The possible environmental and public health adverse effects (i.e., risks for the workers, residues in the environment and in food products of animal origin) are mentioned...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Tarun Stephen Weeramanthri, Peter Woodgate
Spatial information describes the physical location of either people or objects, and the measured relationships between them. In this article, we offer the view that greater utilization of spatial information and its related technology, as part of a broader redesign of the architecture of health information at local and national levels, could assist and speed up the process of health reform, which is taking place across the globe in richer and poorer countries alike. In making this point, we describe the impetus for health sector reform, recent developments in spatial information and analytics, and current Australasian spatial health research...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Sanni Yaya, Ghose Bishwajit, Georges Danhoundo, Idé Seydou
BACKGROUND: Bangladesh is currently a low human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalent country. However, the risk factors are widespread and the number of at-risk population is also rising, which warrants special policy attention. The risks of transmission were shown to be correlated with the level of HIV knowledge of individuals. In this study, we aimed to explore the level and influencing factors of HIV knowledge among adult men in Bangladesh. METHODOLOGY: Data for the present study were collected from the sixth round of Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Elizabeth A Phelan, Sally Aerts, David Dowler, Elizabeth Eckstrom, Colleen M Casey
[This corrects the article on p. 190 in vol. 4, PMID: 27660753.].
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Claudia Meyer, Briony Dow, Keith D Hill, Jean Tinney, Sophie Hill
Strong evidence exists for effective falls prevention strategies for community-dwelling older people. Understanding the translation of these strategies into practice for people with dementia has had limited research focus. People with dementia desire to have their voice heard, to engage meaningfully in the health-care decision-making process, making it a priority for researchers and practitioners to better understand how to engage them in this process. This paper reports on the qualitative aspects of a series of studies, which aimed to identify the views of people with dementia and their caregivers regarding perceptions of falls prevention and the successes and challenges of adopting falls prevention strategies...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Dianne Goeman, Tracy Comans, Joanne C Enticott, Emma Renehan, Elizabeth Beattie, Susan Kurrle, Susan Koch
INTRODUCTION: Assistance provided to support people living with dementia and carers is highly valued by them. However, current support systems in Australia are disjointed, inaccessible to all, poorly coordinated, and focus on dysfunction rather than ability. Support workers for people with dementia are in short supply, and there is little consistency in their roles. To address this large service gap and unmet need, we have developed an evidence-based optimized model of holistic support for people with dementia and their carers and families...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Ulrich Laaser, Stephen Dorey, Joanna Nurse
This opinion piece focuses on global health action by hands-on bottom-up practice: initiation of an organizational framework and securing financial efficiency are - however - essential, both clearly a domain of well-trained public health professionals. Examples of action are cited in the four main areas of global threats: planetary climate change, global divides and inequity, global insecurity and violent conflicts, and global instability and financial crises. In conclusion, a stable health systems policy framework would greatly enhance success...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Paula Allen-Meares, Megan MacDonald, Kristin McGee
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication skills as well as repetitive, restricted or stereotyped behaviors (1). Early interventionists are often found at the forefront of assessment, evaluation, and early intervention services for children with ASD. The role of an early intervention specialist may include assessing developmental history, providing group and individual counseling, working in partnership with families on home, school, and community environments, mobilizing school and community resources, and assisting in the development of positive early intervention strategies (2, 3)...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Marian Beekman, Hae-Won Uh, Diana van Heemst, Manfred Wuhrer, L Renee Ruhaak, Vanessa Gonzalez-Covarrubias, Thomas Hankemeier, Jeanine J Houwing-Duistermaat, P Eline Slagboom
BACKGROUND: In older people, chronological age may not be the best predictor of residual lifespan and mortality, because with age the heterogeneity in health is increasing. Biomarkers for biological age and residual lifespan are being developed to predict disease and mortality better at an individual level than chronological age. In the current paper, we aim to classify a group of older people into those with longevity potential or controls. METHODS: In the Leiden Longevity Study participated 1671 offspring of nonagenarian siblings, as the group with longevity potential, and 744 similarly aged controls...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Klaudia Modlinska, Wojciech Pisula
Prenatal sex steroids play a vital role in the development of the whole organism, and therefore also the brain. Exposure of the fetus to testosterone seems to be of special importance both for typical development and pathology. The key factor impacting offspring development (including prenatal androgen levels) appears to be diet, both in terms of shortage and excessive intake of certain food products. Prenatal steroid levels are measured using the ratio of the lengths of the second and fourth fingers (2D:4D)...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Eliningaya J Kweka, Epiphania E Kimaro, Stephen Munga
BACKGROUND: African highlands were known to be free of malaria for the past 50 years. However, the ever growing human population in the highlands of Africa has led to the deforestation and land coverage changes to create space for more land for cultivation, grazing, and house construction materials needs. This has lead to the creation of suitable breeding habitats, which are in open places. Decrease of canopy and forest cover has led to increased temperature both in outdoors and indoors in deforested areas...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Joris van de Klundert, Steven W Howard, Stephanie Bernell
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2016: Frontiers in Public Health
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