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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231244/unexpectedly-high-leprosy-seroprevalence-detected-using-a-random-surveillance-strategy-in-midwestern-brazil-a-comparison-of-elisa-and-a-rapid-diagnostic-test
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Marco Andrey C Frade, Natália A de Paula, Ciro M Gomes, Sebastian Vernal, Fred Bernardes Filho, Helena B Lugão, Marilda M M de Abreu, Patrícia Botini, Malcolm S Duthie, John S Spencer, Rosa Castália F R Soares, Norma T Foss
BACKGROUND: Leprosy diagnosis is mainly based on clinical evaluation, although this approach is difficult, especially for untrained physicians. We conducted a temporary campaign to detect previously unknown leprosy cases in midwestern Brazil and to compare the performance of different serological tests. METHODS: A mobile clinic was stationed at the main bus terminal in Brasília, Brazil. Volunteers were quizzed and given a clinical exam to allow categorization as either patients, known contacts of patients or non-contacts, and blood was collected to determine anti-PGL-I and anti-LID-1 antibody titers by ELISA and by the NDO-LID rapid test...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231134/motivations-for-food-consumption-during-specific-eating-occasions-in-turkey
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Delores Chambers, Uyen T X Phan, Sirichat Chanadang, Curtis Maughan, Karolina Sanchez, Brizio Di Donfrancesco, David Gomez, Federica Higa, Han Li, Edgar Chambers, Eyyup Esen
Several studies in different countries have been conducted to investigate factors affecting food choices. The objective of this study was to understand the motivations of specific food and beverage choices for different eating occasions in a typical diet of the Turkish people. A convenience sample of 141 respondents from seven different geographical regions in Turkey completed an online survey questionnaire that included questions about demographic information and details about their latest eating occasion...
May 24, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231042/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-four-simulated-colorectal-cancer-screening-interventions-north-carolina
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Kristen Hassmiller Lich, David A Cornejo, Maria E Mayorga, Michael Pignone, Florence K L Tangka, Lisa C Richardson, Tzy-Mey Kuo, Anne-Marie Meyer, Ingrid J Hall, Judith Lee Smith, Todd A Durham, Steven A Chall, Trisha M Crutchfield, Stephanie B Wheeler
INTRODUCTION: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are suboptimal, particularly among the uninsured and the under-insured and among rural and African American populations. Little guidance is available for state-level decision makers to use to prioritize investment in evidence-based interventions to improve their population's health. The objective of this study was to demonstrate use of a simulation model that incorporates synthetic census data and claims-based statistical models to project screening behavior in North Carolina...
February 23, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230821/circulating-hematopoietic-progenitor-cells-in-patients-affected-by-chornobyl-accident
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N M Bilko, I S Dyagil, I Z Russu, D I Bilko
: High radiation sensitivity of stem cells and their ability to accumulate sublethal radiation damage provides the basis for investigation of hematopoietic progenitors using in vivo culture methodology. Unique samples of peripheral blood and bone marrow were derived from the patients affected by Chornobyl accident during liquidation campaign. AIM: To investigate functional activity of circulating hematopoietic progenitor cells from peripheral blood and bone marrow of cleanup workers in early and remote periods after the accident at Chornobyl nuclear power plant (CNPP)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230125/seven-temperate-terrestrial-planets-around-the-nearby-ultracool-dwarf-star-trappist-1
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Michaël Gillon, Amaury H M J Triaud, Brice-Olivier Demory, Emmanuël Jehin, Eric Agol, Katherine M Deck, Susan M Lederer, Julien de Wit, Artem Burdanov, James G Ingalls, Emeline Bolmont, Jeremy Leconte, Sean N Raymond, Franck Selsis, Martin Turbet, Khalid Barkaoui, Adam Burgasser, Matthew R Burleigh, Sean J Carey, Aleksander Chaushev, Chris M Copperwheat, Laetitia Delrez, Catarina S Fernandes, Daniel L Holdsworth, Enrico J Kotze, Valérie Van Grootel, Yaseen Almleaky, Zouhair Benkhaldoun, Pierre Magain, Didier Queloz
One aim of modern astronomy is to detect temperate, Earth-like exoplanets that are well suited for atmospheric characterization. Recently, three Earth-sized planets were detected that transit (that is, pass in front of) a star with a mass just eight per cent that of the Sun, located 12 parsecs away. The transiting configuration of these planets, combined with the Jupiter-like size of their host star-named TRAPPIST-1-makes possible in-depth studies of their atmospheric properties with present-day and future astronomical facilities...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229839/-the-impact-of-electronic-monitoring-on-healthcare-associated-infections-the-role-of-the-hvital-platform
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Rita Fontes Oliveira, Lídia Castro, José Pedro Almeida, Carlos Alves, António Ferreira
INTRODUCTION: In Portugal, 9.8% of patients admitted were inflicted with healthcare associated infections, corresponding to a prevalence of 11.7%. The Hospital de São João has developed a business intelligence platform able to supervise (the patients), monitor (the clinical condition) and notify (the healthcare personnel): HViTAL. This study aims to assess the impact of electronic monitoring on healthcare associated infections since the year of HViTAL implementation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We evaluated data since January 2008 (moment from which computerized records exist) until December 2011, comparing them with subsequent data, those corresponding to January 2012 (implementation date of HViTAL) until 19 October 2015...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229320/primary-headache-disorders-in-the-adult-general-population-of-pakistan-a-cross-sectional-nationwide-prevalence-survey
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A A Herekar, A Ahmad, U L Uqaili, B Ahmed, J Effendi, S Z Alvi, M A Shahab, U Javed, A D Herekar, Rafiq Khanani, T J Steiner
BACKGROUND: The large geographical gaps in our knowledge of the prevalence and burden of headache disorders include almost all of Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). We report a nationwide population-based study in Pakistan, an EMR country with the sixth largest population in the world, conducted as a project within the Global Campaign against Headache. METHODS: We surveyed six locations from the four provinces of Pakistan: Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228825/the-ultrasound-unit-and-infection-control-are-we-on-the-right-track
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Susan C Westerway, Jocelyne M Basseal
Best practice guidelines for the disinfection of ultrasound transducers and infection prevention in ultrasound departments are generally recommended by either government health groups or the ultrasound societies of individual countries. The literature shows a wide variance in not only transducer cleaning methods but basic hygiene practices in the ultrasound workplace. This paper describes results from a UK survey of disinfection of ultrasound transducers and hygiene practice in the workplace. The survey revealed that some ultrasound practitioners did not follow current guidelines with regard to the correct disinfection method of transducers, cords or ultrasound machine keyboards...
February 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228238/spatial-and-temporal-variation-of-particulate-matter-characteristics-within-office-buildings-the-officair-study
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Tamás Szigeti, Christina Dunster, Andrea Cattaneo, Andrea Spinazzè, Corinne Mandin, Eline Le Ponner, Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes, Gabriela Ventura, Dikaia E Saraga, Ioannis A Sakellaris, Yvonne de Kluizenaar, Eric Cornelissen, John G Bartzis, Frank J Kelly
In the frame of the OFFICAIR project, office buildings were investigated across Europe to assess how the office workers are exposed to different particulate matter (PM) characteristics (i.e. PM2.5 mass concentration, particulate oxidative potential (OP) based on ascorbate and reduced glutathione depletion, trace element concentration and total particle number concentration (PNC)) within the buildings. Two offices per building were investigated during the working hours (5 consecutive days; 8h per day) in two campaigns...
February 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228160/assessment-of-lymphatic-filariasis-prior-to-re-starting-mass-drug-administration-campaigns-in-coastal-kenya
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Sammy M Njenga, Henry M Kanyi, Faith M Mutungi, Collins Okoyo, Hadley S Matendechero, Rachel L Pullan, Katherine E Halliday, Simon J Brooker, C Njeri Wamae, Joyce K Onsongo, Kimberly Y Won
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a debilitating disease associated with extensive disfigurement and is one of a diverse group of diseases referred to as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) which mainly occur among the poorest populations. In line with global recommendations to eliminate LF, Kenya launched its LF elimination programme in 2002 with the aim to implement annual mass drug administration (MDA) in order to interrupt LF transmission. However, the programme faced financial and administrative challenges over the years such that sustained annual MDA was not possible...
February 22, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228062/best-practices-for-suicide-prevention-messaging-and-evaluating-california-s-know-the-signs-media-campaign
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Joie Acosta, Rajeev Ramchand, Amariah Becker
BACKGROUND: Although communication is a key component of US strategies to prevent suicide and there are a number of marketing campaigns promoting messages that suicide is a preventable public health problem, there has been little evaluation of these campaigns. AIMS: The study describes the development of a checklist of best practices for suicide prevention communication campaigns and the use of the checklist to evaluate California's investment in "Know the Signs" (KTS-M), a suicide prevention mass media campaign...
February 23, 2017: Crisis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225952/initial-basal-cell-carcinomas-diagnosed-in-the-national-campaign-for-skin-cancer-prevention-are-smaller-than-those-identified-by-the-conventional-medical-referral-system
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Thweicyka Pinheiro Wakiyama, Maria Laura Marconi França, Larissa Pierri Carvalho, Mariangela Esther Alencar Marques, Hélio Amante Miot, Juliano Vilaverde Schmitt
BACKGROUND: Basal cell carcinoma is the malignant tumor most often diagnosed in the National Campaign for Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP). Little is known about the profile of these lesions compared to the profile of lesions diagnosed by conventional routes of public dermatological care. OBJECTIVE: To identify if basal cell carcinomas identified in prevention campaigns and referred to surgery are smaller than those routinely removed in a same medical institution...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224865/-falls-risk-needs-revisiting
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In response to your story 'Ward patients urged to get up, dressed and mobile' (news, 8 February), and the campaign #endPJparalysis, I'd like to share my father's experience.
February 22, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224823/we-can-t-afford-to-lose-more-nurses
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Janet Davies
With the current focus on NHS funding and system pressures, campaigning for a pay rise may seem insignificant. But it has never been so important, with 24,000 vacancies, the unknown effect of Brexit and student funding changes.
February 22, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224713/internet-delivered-obesity-treatment-improves-symptoms-of-and-risk-for-depression
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Jacob Naparstek, Rena R Wing, Xiaomeng Xu, Tricia M Leahey
OBJECTIVE: In-person lifestyle interventions for obesity treatment yield significant improvements in depression. These improvements may be attributed to the excellent weight losses produced by in-person interventions. In contrast, Internet programs yield more modest weight losses, and their effect on depression is unknown. This study is the first to examine whether Internet-delivered obesity treatment impacts depressive symptoms. METHODS: Participants (N = 136) were randomized to either a community campaign plus Internet behavioral weight loss (IBWL) or community campaign alone (Control)...
February 22, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222962/safety-of-parenteral-nutrition-in-newborns-results-from-a-nationwide-prospective-cohort-study
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Alexandre Lapillonne, Marie-Pierre Berleur, Yvette Brasseur, Sophie Calvez
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Limited or delayed availability of parenteral nutrition (PN) solutions, as well as difficulties in ordering are often identified as reasons for non-compliance with international guidelines in newborns. This study aims at assessing the modality of use and safety of premixed standardized PN solutions in a nationwide prospective cohort of newborns treated in clinical practice. METHODS: Two premixed fixed formulations with respective osmolarity of 715 and 790 mOsm/L specifically designed for neonates were made available throughout the country for clinical use from birth onwards...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222772/prevalence-of-syphilis-among-female-sex-workers-and-their-clients-in-togo-in-2011
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Wemboo Afiwa Halatoko, Dadja Essoya Landoh, Bayaki Saka, Koffi Akolly, Yao Layibo, Issifou Yaya, Dodji Gbetoglo, Abiba Kere Banla, Palokinam Pitché
BACKGROUND: During the last ten years, a resurgence of syphilis has occurred in many countries worldwide, including Togo. Previous studies have shown a wide range of syphilis infection among the female sex workers (FSWs), from 1.5 to 42.1%. In Togo, Key populations, including FSWs, are rarely involved in the sentinel surveillance programs to determine the prevalence of HIV and syphilis. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of syphilis among female sex workers (FSWs) and their clients in Togo...
February 21, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220174/discovery-of-s-3-hydroxyblebbistatin-and-s-3-aminoblebbistatin-polar-myosin-ii-inhibitors-with-superior-research-tool-properties
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Sigrid Verhasselt, Bart I Roman, Olivier De Wever, Kristof Van Hecke, Rik Van Deun, Marc E Bracke, Christian V Stevens
In search of myosin II inhibitors with superior research tool properties, a chemical optimization campaign of the blebbistatin scaffold was conducted in this paper. (S)-Blebbistatin is the best known small-molecule inhibitor of myosin II ATPase activity. Unfortunately, as a research tool this compound has several deficiencies: it is photolabile and (photo)toxic, has low water solubility, and its (fluorescent) precipitates interfere in (fluorescence) readouts. In view of obtaining tool compounds with improved properties, both enantiomers of a series of D-ring modified polar analogs were prepared...
February 21, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219013/changes-in-smoking-drinking-overweight-and-physical-inactivity-in-young-australian-women-1996-2013
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Jennifer R Powers, Deborah Loxton, Amy E Anderson, Annette J Dobson, Gita D Mishra, Richard Hockey, Wendy J Brown
Issue addressed: Smoking, risky drinking, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity are health-risk factors (HRFs) that contribute significantly to morbidity worldwide. Several initiatives have been introduced over the past two decades to reduce these HRFs. This paper examines changes in the prevalence of HRFs in young women (aged 18-23 years) between 1996 and 2013, overall and within demographic groups.Methods: Data from two cohorts of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, born in 1973-78 (n=14247) and 1989-95 (n=17012) were weighted to provide national estimates...
February 20, 2017: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218982/isolation-and-prayer-as-means-of-solace-for-arab-women-with-breast-cancer-an-in-depth-interview-study
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Ghada Najjar Assaf, Eleanor Holroyd, Violeta Lopez
OBJECTIVE: This study explored Arab women's experiences following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. METHODS: Face-to-face in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 Arab women attending a public hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates following a recent diagnosis of breast cancer. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using the thematic method. RESULTS: Arab women's experiences following their breast cancer diagnoses and treatments included the themes of: (1) protecting one's self from stigma, (2) facing uncertainties, and prayers, and (3) getting on with life...
February 20, 2017: Psycho-oncology
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