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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821007/measurement-tools-for-mental-health-problems-and-mental-well-being-in-people-with-severe-or-profound-intellectual-disabilities-a-systematic-review
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Samantha Flynn, Leen Vereenooghe, Richard P Hastings, Dawn Adams, Sally-Ann Cooper, Nick Gore, Chris Hatton, Kerry Hood, Andrew Jahoda, Peter E Langdon, Rachel McNamara, Chris Oliver, Ashok Roy, Vasiliki Totsika, Jane Waite
Mental health problems affect people with intellectual disabilities (ID) at rates similar to or in excess of the non-ID population. People with severe ID are likely to have persistent mental health problems. In this systematic review (PROSPERO 2015:CRD42015024469), we identify and evaluate the methodological quality of available measures of mental health problems or well-being in individuals with severe or profound ID. Electronic searches of ten databases identified relevant publications. Two reviewers independently reviewed titles and abstracts of retrieved records (n=41,232) and full-text articles (n=573)...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819505/use-of-validated-community-based-trachoma-trichiasis-tt-case-finders-to-measure-the-total-backlog-and-detect-when-elimination-threshold-is-achieved-a-tt-methodology-paper
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Jefitha Karimurio, Hillary Rono, Doris Njomo, John Sironka, Catherine Kareko, Michael Gichangi, Ernest Barasa, Alice Mwangi, Kefa Ronald, Francis Kiio
INTRODUCTION: The World Health Organization recommends TT surveys to be conducted in adults aged 15+ years (TT 15 survey) and certifies elimination of TT as a public health problem when there is less than 1 unknown case per 1,000 people of all ages. There is no standard survey method to accurately confirm this elimination prevalence threshold of 0.1% because rare conditions require large and expensive prevalence survey samples. The aim of this study was to develop an accurate operational research method to measure the total backlog of TT in people of all ages and detect when the elimination threshold is achieved...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819083/the-forgotten-realm-of-the-new-and-emerging-psychosocial-risk-factors
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Francesco Chirico
In Europe, employers of all private and public enterprises have a legal obligation to protect their employers by all the different types of workplace hazards to the safety and health of workers. The most important methods developed for the work-related stress risk assessment are based on the Cox's research commissioned by European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and are the Management Standard HSE for work-related stress in United Kingdom, the START method in Germany, the Screening, Observation, Analysis, Expertise (SOBANE) in Belgium, and the National Institute for Prevention and Safety at Work (INAIL-ISPESL) model in Italy, the latter based on the British Management Standard...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814541/assessing-the-fragile-x-syndrome-newborn-screening-landscape
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Catharine Riley, Anne Wheeler
BACKGROUND: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common known inherited form of intellectual disability. Early identification is an important step in linking FXS individuals with appropriate and timely medical and social services. Newborn screening (NBS) is 1 approach that has been used for other conditions to facilitate early identification. METHODS: A literature review was conducted to identify issues, barriers, challenges, and approaches to addressing challenges related to NBS for FXS...
June 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809786/octopus-a-design-methodology-for-motion-capture-wearables
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Javier Marin, Teresa Blanco, Jose J Marin
Human motion capture (MoCap) is widely recognised for its usefulness and application in different fields, such as health, sports, and leisure; therefore, its inclusion in current wearables (MoCap-wearables) is increasing, and it may be very useful in a context of intelligent objects interconnected with each other and to the cloud in the Internet of Things (IoT). However, capturing human movement adequately requires addressing difficult-to-satisfy requirements, which means that the applications that are possible with this technology are held back by a series of accessibility barriers, some technological and some regarding usability...
August 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807251/how-to-conduct-a-high-quality-original-study-on-a-diagnostic-research-topic
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Xiaomei Yao, Emily Vella
As health research methodologists and journal reviewers, we noticed that the methodological rigor of many publications on diagnostic or prognostic topics in the medical literature could be improved. We present a concise and clear series of reviews to help clinicians and health researchers to master the basic key components of how to conduct a high-quality original study or systematic review on a diagnostic or prognostic research topic from a methodological perspective. This is the first review of the series, which focuses on how to conduct a high-quality diagnostic study...
September 2017: Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806989/maximising-value-from-a-united-kingdom-biomedical-research-centre-study-protocol
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Trisha Greenhalgh, Pavel V Ovseiko, Nick Fahy, Sara Shaw, Polly Kerr, Alexander D Rushforth, Keith M Channon, Vasiliki Kiparoglou
BACKGROUND: Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) are partnerships between healthcare organisations and universities in England. Their mission is to generate novel treatments, technologies, diagnostics and other interventions that increase the country's international competitiveness, to rapidly translate these innovations into benefits for patients, and to improve efficiency and reduce waste in healthcare. As NIHR Oxford BRC (Oxford BRC) enters its third 5-year funding period, we seek to (1) apply the evidence base on how best to support the various partnerships in this large, multi-stakeholder research system and (2) research how these partnerships play out in a new, ambitious programme of translational research...
August 14, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793072/the-brazilian-phytotherapics-industry-challenges-and-opportunities
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Lia Hasenclever, Julia Paranhos, Cíntia Reis Costa, Gabriel Cunha, Diego Vieira
The purpose of this article is to discuss and analyze the development challenges of the medicinal plants and phytotherapics industry in Brazil. This industry represents an excellent alternative to face the paradox of abundance that exists in the health area. The methodology adopted was a field research, using semi-structured questionnaires with companies, researchers and public managers to evaluate their development between 2009 and 2015 and to point out the most serious problems faced. The results observed indicate that the main challenges found were the regulation of law on the access to the genetic patrimony in the research area, and to bring into harmony the rules in the entire chain of medicinal plants and phytotherapics production area...
August 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792957/assessing-the-impact-of-healthcare-research-a-systematic-review-of-methodological-frameworks
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Samantha Cruz Rivera, Derek G Kyte, Olalekan Lee Aiyegbusi, Thomas J Keeley, Melanie J Calvert
BACKGROUND: Increasingly, researchers need to demonstrate the impact of their research to their sponsors, funders, and fellow academics. However, the most appropriate way of measuring the impact of healthcare research is subject to debate. We aimed to identify the existing methodological frameworks used to measure healthcare research impact and to summarise the common themes and metrics in an impact matrix. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Two independent investigators systematically searched the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (MEDLINE), the Excerpta Medica Database (EMBASE), the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL+), the Health Management Information Consortium, and the Journal of Research Evaluation from inception until May 2017 for publications that presented a methodological framework for research impact...
August 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792274/global-regional-and-national-prevalence-incidence-and-disability-adjusted-life-years-for-oral-conditions-for-195-countries-1990-2015-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-diseases-injuries-and-risk-factors
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N J Kassebaum, A G C Smith, E Bernabé, T D Fleming, A E Reynolds, T Vos, C J L Murray, W Marcenes
The Global Burden of Disease 2015 study aims to use all available data of sufficient quality to generate reliable and valid prevalence, incidence, and disability-adjusted life year (DALY) estimates of oral conditions for the period of 1990 to 2015. Since death as a direct result of oral diseases is rare, DALY estimates were based on years lived with disability, which are estimated only on those persons with unmet need for dental care. We used our data to assess progress toward the Federation Dental International, World Health Organization, and International Association for Dental Research's oral health goals of reducing the level of oral diseases and minimizing their impact by 2020...
April 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789697/continuing-education-for-the-prevention-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-type-dementia-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Nina Matyas, Stefanie Auer, Christoph Gisinger, Monika Kil, Filiz Keser Aschenberger, Irma Klerings, Gerald Gartlehner
BACKGROUND: Because of the enormous social and economic burden of disease, the prevention of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's-type dementia has become a major global public health priority. Studies show that cognitively stimulating activities during middle adulthood might have a protective effect on the brain by boosting the cognitive reserve. The aim of this review is to identify evidence investigating the effects of continuing education for the prevention of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's-type dementia in late life...
August 8, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780876/the-pituri-learning-circle-central-australian-aboriginal-women-s-knowledge-and-practices-around-the-use-of-i-nicotiana-i-spp-as-a-chewing-tobacco
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Angela M Ratsch, Andrea Mason, Linda Rive, Fiona E Bogossian, Kathryn J Steadman
INTRODUCTION: Tobacco smoking has a range of known and predictable adverse outcomes, and across the world sustained smoking reduction campaigns are targeted towards reducing individual and public risk and harm. Conversely, more than 87 million women, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, use smokeless tobacco, yet the research examining the effect of this form of tobacco exposure on women is remarkably scant. In central Australia, the chewing of wild <i>Nicotiana</i> spp...
July 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774627/cho-cell-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-analyses-of-disinfection-by-products-an-updated-review
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Elizabeth D Wagner, Michael J Plewa
The disinfection of drinking water is an important public health service that generates high quality, safe and palatable tap water. The disinfection of drinking water to reduce waterborne disease was an outstanding public health achievement of the 20th century. An unintended consequence is the reaction of disinfectants with natural organic matter, anthropogenic contaminants and bromide/iodide to form disinfection by-products (DBPs). A large number of DBPs are cytotoxic, neurotoxic, mutagenic, genotoxic, carcinogenic and teratogenic...
August 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774477/connecting-brain-responsivity-and-real-world-risk-taking-strengths-and-limitations-of-current-methodological-approaches
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Lauren Sherman, Laurence Steinberg, Jason Chein
In line with the goal of limiting health risk behaviors in adolescence, a growing literature investigates whether individual differences in functional brain responses can be related to vulnerability to engage in risky decision-making. We review this body of work, investigate when and in what way findings converge, and provide best practice recommendations. We identified 23 studies that examined individual differences in brain responsivity and adolescent risk taking. Findings varied widely in terms of the neural regions identified as relating to risky behavior...
June 27, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774374/effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-serum-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-testing-and-monitoring-in-patients-with-heart-failure-in-primary-and-secondary-care-an-evidence-synthesis-cohort-study-and-cost-effectiveness-model
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Maria Pufulete, Rachel Maishman, Lucy Dabner, Syed Mohiuddin, William Hollingworth, Chris A Rogers, Julian Higgins, Mark Dayer, John Macleod, Sarah Purdy, Theresa McDonagh, Angus Nightingale, Rachael Williams, Barnaby C Reeves
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) affects around 500,000 people in the UK. HF medications are frequently underprescribed and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP)-guided therapy may help to optimise treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of BNP-guided therapy compared with symptom-guided therapy in HF patients. DESIGN: Systematic review, cohort study and cost-effectiveness model. SETTING: A literature review and usual care in the NHS...
August 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765883/-corrigendum-transcriptome-sequencing-of-human-breast-cancer-reveals-aberrant-intronic-transcription-in-amplicons-and-dysregulation-of-alternative-splicing-with-major-therapeutic-implications
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After the publication of the article, the authors retrospectively noted that the name of Dr Dawn Jones, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Christine Gosden, should have been added to the authors' list, whose contribution to the study greatly augmented the exploration of all the RNA products via adoption of the RNASeq (Illumina) methodology. All the existing authors agree to the inclusion of Dr Jones as a co‑author, with the exception of Derek Gardener, who has retired from the Institute and is no longer contactable by e-mail (although we are confident that he would not raise any objection)...
September 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765076/utility-and-potential-of-rapid-epidemic-intelligence-from-internet-based-sources
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REVIEW
S J Yan, A A Chughtai, C R Macintyre
OBJECTIVES: Rapid epidemic detection is an important objective of surveillance to enable timely intervention, but traditional validated surveillance data may not be available in the required timeframe for acute epidemic control. Increasing volumes of data on the Internet have prompted interest in methods that could use unstructured sources to enhance traditional disease surveillance and gain rapid epidemic intelligence. The aim of this review was to summarize Internet-based methods that use freely accessible, unstructured data for epidemic surveillance and explore their timeliness and accuracy outcomes...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761574/repurposed-therapeutic-agents-targeting-the-ebola-virus-a-systematic-review
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Hussein Sweiti, Obinna Ekwunife, Thomas Jaschinski, Stefan K Lhachimi
BACKGROUND: The Ebola virus has been responsible for numerous outbreaks since the 1970s, with the most recent outbreak taking place between 2014 and 2016 and causing an international public health emergency. Ebola virus disease (EVD) has a high mortality rate and no approved targeted treatment exists to date. A number of established drugs are being considered as potential therapeutic agents for the treatment of EVD. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify potential drug repositioning candidates and to assess the scientific evidence available on their efficacy...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749539/indigenous-health-program-evaluation-design-and-methods-in-australia-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence
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Kamalini Lokuge, Katherine Thurber, Bianca Calabria, Meg Davis, Kathryn McMahon, Lauren Sartor, Raymond Lovett, Jill Guthrie, Emily Banks
OBJECTIVE: Indigenous Australians experience a disproportionately higher burden of disease compared to non-Indigenous Australians. High-quality evaluation of Indigenous health programs is required to inform health and health services improvement. We aimed to quantify methodological and other characteristics of Australian Indigenous health program evaluations published in the peer-reviewed literature. METHODS: Systematic review of peer-reviewed literature (November 2009-2014) on Indigenous health program evaluation...
July 27, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745106/why-should-we-use-online-research-methods-four-doctoral-health-student-perspectives
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Jennifer Germain, Jane Harris, Sean Mackay, Clare Maxwell
The growth of the Internet has led to an increase in researchers utilizing online methods. Online communities such as forums, blogs, and video platforms are particularly useful for research involving populations that are Internet savvy, seldom heard or discussing sensitive or illicit behavior. Drawing upon the experiences of four doctoral health students who are using online methods, this article discusses the value and benefits of conducting online research as well as the limitations and difficulties encountered...
July 1, 2017: Qualitative Health Research
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