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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220215/postpartum-depression-risk-factors-among-recent-refugee-asylum-seeking-non-refugee-immigrant-and-canadian-born-women-results-from-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Cindy-Lee Dennis, Lisa Merry, Anita J Gagnon
PURPOSE: The objective was to examine and compare risk factors for postpartum depression among: (1) recent (≤5 years) migrant and Canadian-born women, and (2) refugee, asylum-seeking, and non-refugee immigrant women. METHODS: A sample of 1536 women (1024 migrant and 512 Canadian-born) were recruited from 12 hospitals. Women completed questionnaires at 1-2 and 16 weeks postpartum including questions on socio-demographics, biomedical history, health services, and migration and resettlement factors...
February 20, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167339/poverty-and-perceived-stress-evidence-from-two-unconditional-cash-transfer-programs-in-zambia
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Lisa Hjelm, Sudhanshu Handa, Jacobus de Hoop, Tia Palermo
INTRODUCTION: Poverty is a chronic stressor that can lead to poor physical and mental health. This study examines whether two similar government poverty alleviation programs reduced the levels of perceived stress and poverty among poor households in Zambia. METHOD: Secondary data from two cluster randomized controlled trials were used to evaluate the impacts of two unconditional cash transfer programs in Zambia. Participants were interviewed at baseline and followed over 36 months...
January 19, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109413/biobehavioral-factors-that-shape-nutrition-in-low-income-populations-a-narrative-review
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EDITORIAL
Barbara A Laraia, Tashara M Leak, June M Tester, Cindy W Leung
Although evidence exists for an association between income level and diet quality, a causal relationship has not been established. A number of studies found that the price of nutritious food and the time cost to prepare foods are economically driven reasons for this relationship. However, in addition to economic constraints, low-income individuals and families face a number of additional challenges linked with food choice, eating behaviors, and diet-related chronic conditions that contribute to diet quality and health...
February 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999277/household-food-insecurity-is-associated-with-adverse-mental-health-indicators-and-lower-quality-of-life-among-koreans-results-from-the-korea-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-2012-2013
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Hye-Kyung Chung, Oh Yoen Kim, So Young Kwak, Yoonsu Cho, Kyong Won Lee, Min-Jeong Shin
Food insecurity is an ongoing public health issue and contributes to mental health status. We investigated whether food insecurity is associated with inadequate nutrient intake and whether it affects mental health indicators (perceived stress/experience of depressive symptom/suicidal ideation) and quality of life (QOL) among Koreans (n = 5862, 20-64 years) using data from the Korea National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (2012-2013). Household food security status was categorized as "food-secure household", "food-insecure household without hunger", and "food-insecure household with hunger"...
December 16, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974806/chemical-intervention-in-plant-sugar-signalling-increases-yield-and-resilience
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Cara A Griffiths, Ram Sagar, Yiqun Geng, Lucia F Primavesi, Mitul K Patel, Melissa K Passarelli, Ian S Gilmore, Rory T Steven, Josephine Bunch, Matthew J Paul, Benjamin G Davis
The pressing global issue of food insecurity due to population growth, diminishing land and variable climate can only be addressed in agriculture by improving both maximum crop yield potential and resilience. Genetic modification is one potential solution, but has yet to achieve worldwide acceptance, particularly for crops such as wheat. Trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P), a central sugar signal in plants, regulates sucrose use and allocation, underpinning crop growth and development. Here we show that application of a chemical intervention strategy directly modulates T6P levels in planta...
December 14, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920222/rethinking-the-measurement-of-adversity-moving-toward-second-generation-research-on-adverse-childhood-experiences
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Joshua P Mersky, Colleen E Janczewski, James Topitzes
Research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has unified the study of interrelated risks and generated insights into the origins of disorder and disease. Ten indicators of child maltreatment and household dysfunction are widely accepted as ACEs, but further progress requires a more systematic approach to conceptualizing and measuring ACEs. Using data from a diverse, low-income sample of women who received home visiting services in Wisconsin (N = 1,241), this study assessed the prevalence of and interrelations among 10 conventional ACEs and 7 potential ACEs: family financial problems, food insecurity, homelessness, parental absence, parent/sibling death, bullying, and violent crime...
December 5, 2016: Child Maltreatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891759/sociodemographic-correlates-and-family-aggregation-of-leukocyte-telomere-length-in-adults-and-children-from-mesoamerica
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Kerry S Flannagan, Erica C Jansen, Laura S Rozek, Katie M Rentschler, Ana Victoria Roman, Manuel Ramirez-Zea, Eduardo Villamor
OBJECTIVE: Telomere length is a biomarker of cumulative stress and inflammation related to chronic disease risk. We examined the associations of leukocyte telomere length (LTL) with sociodemographic and anthropometric variables and estimated LTL family aggregation in Central America, a region with a high burden of chronic disease where LTL has not been studied. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 174 school age children and their parents in the capital cities of Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and the city of Tuxtla-Gutierrez in Mexico...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764155/maltreatment-and-mental-health-outcomes-among-ultra-poor-children-in-burkina-faso-a-latent-class-analysis
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Leyla Ismayilova, Eleni Gaveras, Austin Blum, Alexice Tô-Camier, Rachel Nanema
OBJECTIVES: Research about the mental health of children in Francophone West Africa is scarce. This paper examines the relationships between adverse childhood experiences, including exposure to violence and exploitation, and mental health outcomes among children living in ultra-poverty in rural Burkina Faso. METHODS: This paper utilizes baseline data collected from 360 children ages 10-15 and 360 of their mothers recruited from twelve impoverished villages in the Nord Region of Burkina, located near the Sahel Desert and affected by extreme food insecurity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752266/association-of-household-food-insecurity-with-the-mental-and-physical-health-of-low-income-urban-ecuadorian-women-with-children
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M Margaret Weigel, Rodrigo X Armijos, Marcia Racines, William Cevallos, Nancy P Castro
Chronic physical and mental health conditions account for a rising proportion of morbidity, mortality, and disability in the Americas region. Household food insecurity (HFI) has been linked to chronic disease in US and Canadian women but it is uncertain if the same is true for low- and middle-income Latin American countries in epidemiologic transition. We conducted a survey to investigate the association of HFI with the physical and mental health of 794 women with children living in low-income Quito, Ecuador, neighborhoods...
2016: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650772/maternal-depression-and-mental-health-in-early-childhood-an-examination-of-underlying-mechanisms-in-low-income-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Catherine M Herba, Vivette Glover, Paul G Ramchandani, Marta B Rondon
Studies examining mechanisms underlying associations between maternal depression and adverse child outcomes (including behaviour, socioemotional adjustment, and emotion regulation) indicate that during pregnancy, maternal depression could affect child outcomes through altered placental function, epigenetic changes in the child, and stress reactivity. Infection and dietary deficiencies in the mother and the child, together with the child's genetic vulnerability, might also affect outcome. Postnatally, associations between maternal depression and child outcome are influenced by altered mother-child interactions, sociodemographic or environmental influences, and social support...
October 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27533487/an-exploratory-analysis-of-factors-associated-with-depression-in-a-vulnerable-group-of-young-people-living-in-informal-settlements-in-south-africa
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Andrew Gibbs, Kaymarlin Govender, Rachel Jewkes
Depression amongst young people is a major health challenge and is often shaped by social marginalisation. Informal settlements are growing rapidly. There is a need to deepen understandings of depression amongst young people in these contexts. We sought to understand factors associated with depressive symptomology amongst 232 young people (122 women, 110 men) aged 18-30 in urban informal settlements in South Africa. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of baseline data collected for the Stepping Stones and Creating Futures pilot...
August 17, 2016: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27530676/household-food-insecurity-and-its-association-with-school-absenteeism-among-primary-school-adolescents-in-jimma-zone-ethiopia
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Dessalegn Tamiru, Alemayehu Argaw, Mulusew Gerbaba, Girmay Ayana, Aderajew Nigussie, Tefera Belachew
BACKGROUND: Household food insecurity and lack of education are two of the most remarkable deprivations which developing countries are currently experiencing. Evidences from different studies showed that health and nutrition problems are major barriers to educational access and achievement in low-income countries which poses a serious challenge on effort towards the achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Evidence on the link between food security and school attendance is very important to address this challenge...
2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27489004/psychological-distress-mediates-the-association-between-food-insecurity-and-suboptimal-sleep-quality-in-latinos-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Angela Bermúdez-Millán, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Sofia Segura-Pérez, Grace Damio, Jyoti Chhabra, Chandra Y Osborn, Julie Wagner
BACKGROUND: Evidence increasingly indicates that poor sleep quality is a major public health concern. Household food insecurity (HFI) disproportionately affects Latinos and is a novel risk factor for poor sleep quality. Psychological distress may be a potential mechanism through which HFI affects sleep quality. Sleep, food insecurity, and distress are linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus. OBJECTIVES: We examined the relations between HFI, psychological distress, and sleep quality and tested whether psychological distress mediates the relation between HFI and sleep in people with diabetes mellitus...
October 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27340916/the-index-of-vulnerability-an-anthropological-method-linking-social-ecological-systems-to-mental-and-physical-health-outcomes
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Paula Skye Tallman
Researchers need measures of vulnerability that are grounded in explicit theoretical and conceptual frameworks, that are sensitive to local contexts, and that are easy to collect. This paper presents the Index of Vulnerability (IoV), a quantitative yet anthropologically-informed method connecting social-ecological systems to mental and physical health outcomes. The IoV combines measures of five life domains; food insecurity, water insecurity, access to healthcare, social support, and social status. Scores on this index increase for each life domain where the individual falls into a "high risk" category...
August 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27219636/social-determinants-of-health-cost-related-nonadherence-and-cost-reducing-behaviors-among-adults-with-diabetes-findings-from-the-national-health-interview-survey
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Minal R Patel, John D Piette, Kenneth Resnicow, Theresa Kowalski-Dobson, Michele Heisler
BACKGROUND: Cost-related nonadherence (CRN) is prevalent among individuals with diabetes and can have significant negative health consequences. We examined health-related and non-health-related pressures and the use of cost-reducing strategies among the US adult population with and without diabetes that may impact CRN. METHODS: Data from the 2013 wave of National Health Interview Survey (n=34,557) were used to identify the independent impact of perceived financial stress, financial insecurity with health care, food insecurity, and cost-reducing strategies on CRN...
August 2016: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27197837/genetically-engineered-crops-and-certified-organic-agriculture-for-improving-nutrition-security-in-africa-and-south-asia
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Carl Pray, Samuel Ledermann
In Africa and South Asia, where nutrition insecurity is severe, two of the most prominent production technologies are genetically modified (GM) crops and certified organic agriculture. We analyze the potential impact pathways from agricultural production to nutrition. Our review of data and the literature reveals increasing farm-level income from cash crop production as the main pathway by which organic agriculture and GM agriculture improve nutrition. Potential secondary pathways include reduced prices of important food crops like maize due to GM maize production and increased food production using organic technology...
2016: World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27180715/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-mental-health-over-time-among-low-income-women-at-increased-risk-of-hiv-in-the-u-s
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Carol E Golin, Danielle F Haley, Jing Wang, James P Hughes, Irene Kuo, Jessica Justman, Adaora A Adimora, Lydia Soto-Torres, Ann O'Leary, Sally Hodder
Women living in poverty suffer more post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms than do members of the general population; however we know little about factors associated with changes in their PTSD symptoms over time. Using data from HPTN 064, a cohort of women from low-income, high-HIV-prevalence communities across six eastern states (n=1,860), we assessed the prevalence of and changes in PTSD symptoms over 12 months and the effect of potential predictors on symptom acquisition and remission (via the Primary Care-PTSD symptoms scale)...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27105416/household-water-insecurity-depression-and-quality-of-life-among-postnatal-women-living-in-urban-nepal
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Yoko Aihara, Salina Shrestha, Jyoti Sharma
OBJECTIVES: This observational study aimed to assess distress related to the household water supply and to examine the relationship between household water insecurity and psychological health among Nepali postnatal women. METHODS: In total, 300 women consented to participate in the study, of which 267 women were able to participate in a follow-up 1 month after discharge. We developed a household water insecurity scale (HWIS; total score range 0-24 points) by adapting the household food insecurity access scale...
April 2016: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27079342/influence-of-race-ethnicity-and-social-determinants-of-health-on-diabetes-outcomes
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REVIEW
Rebekah J Walker, Joni Strom Williams, Leonard E Egede
BACKGROUND: There is strong evidence that race, ethnicity and social determinants of health significantly influence outcomes for patients with diabetes. A better understanding of the mechanisms of these relationships or associations would improve development of cost-effective, culturally tailored programs for patients with diabetes. METHODS: This article reviews the current state of the literature on the influence of race and ethnicity and social determinants of health on process of care, quality of care and outcomes for diabetes, with particular emphasis on the rural South to give an overview of the state of the literature...
April 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27000124/what-factors-contribute-to-intimate-partner-violence-against-women-in-urban-conflict-affected-settings-qualitative-findings-from-abidjan-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
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L F Cardoso, J Gupta, S Shuman, H Cole, D Kpebo, K L Falb
Rapid urbanization is a key driver of the unique set of health risks facing urban populations. One of the most critical health hazards facing urban women is intimate partner violence (IPV). In post-conflict urban areas, women may face an even greater risk of IPV. Yet, few studies have examined the IPV experiences of urban-dwelling, conflict-affected women, including those who have been internally displaced. This study qualitatively examined the social and structural characteristics of the urban environment that contributed to the IPV experiences of women residing in post-conflict Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire...
April 2016: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
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