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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727821/advances-in-using-internet-searches-to-track-dengue
#1
Shihao Yang, Samuel C Kou, Fred Lu, John S Brownstein, Nicholas Brooke, Mauricio Santillana
Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that threatens over half of the world's population. Despite being endemic to more than 100 countries, government-led efforts and tools for timely identification and tracking of new infections are still lacking in many affected areas. Multiple methodologies that leverage the use of Internet-based data sources have been proposed as a way to complement dengue surveillance efforts. Among these, dengue-related Google search trends have been shown to correlate with dengue activity...
July 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727183/a-randomised-controlled-trial-on-a-nurse-led-smartphone-based-self-management-programme-for-patients-with-poorly-controlled-type-2-diabetes-a-study-protocol
#2
Wenru Wang, Betsy Seah, Ying Jiang, Violeta Lopez, Cherry Tan, Suan Tee Lim, Hongliang Ren, Yin Hao Khoo
AIM: To develop and compare a nurse-led smartphone-based self-management programme with an existing nurse-led diabetes service on health-related outcomes for patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes in Singapore. BACKGROUND: Over the past decades, Asia has emerged as the 'diabetes epicentre' in the world due to rapid economic development, urbanisation and nutrition transition. There is an urgent need to develop more effective care management strategies in response to this rising diabetes epidemic...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724363/comparing-patient-and-healthcare-worker-experiences-during-a-dengue-outbreak-in-singapore-understanding-the-patient-journey-and-the-introduction-of-a-point-of-care-test-poct-toward-better-care-delivery
#3
Qinghui Tan, Zoe J-L Hildon, Shweta Singh, Jin Jing, Tun Linn Thein, Richard Coker, Hubertus J M Vrijhoef, Yee Sin Leo
BACKGROUND: In the aftermath of an upsurge in the number of dengue cases in 2013 and 2014, the SD BIOLINE Dengue Duo rapid diagnostic Point-of-Care Test (POCT) kit was introduced in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore in June 2013. It is known that the success of POCT usage is contingent on its implementation within the health system. We evaluated health services delivery and the Dengue Duo rapid diagnostic test kit application in Singapore from healthcare workers' perspectives and patient experiences of dengue at surge times...
July 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721576/experiences-of-formal-and-informal-caregivers-of-older-persons-in-singapore
#4
Kalyani K Mehta, Thang Leng Leng
The well-being of informal caregivers in the familial context is increasingly recognized as a critical area of concern affecting the care of older family members. This paper focuses on the dynamics of family caregiving for older members from the work-life perspective, contextualised in the highly developed and rapidly ageing society that is Singapore. Drawing from qualitative research on 30 adult family caregivers and 15 live-in foreign domestic workers (FDWs), the main themes identified from the qualitative interviews were: 1) Stresses and dilemmas faced by family caregivers; 2) Filial responsibility in the caring for one's parents; 3) Coping with work and caregiving - FDWs in family caregiving; 4) Coping with extra help - hiring of FDWs and challenges...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721085/ambulatory-and-home-blood-pressure-monitoring-gaps-between-clinical-guidelines-and-clinical-practice-in-singapore
#5
Sajita Setia, Kannan Subramaniam, Boon Wee Teo, Jam Chin Tay
PURPOSE: Out-of-office blood pressure (BP) measurements (home blood pressure monitoring [HBPM] and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring [ABPM]) provide important additional information for effective hypertension detection and management decisions. Therefore, out-of-office BP measurement is now recommended by several international guidelines. This study evaluated the practice and uptake of HBPM and ABPM among physicians from Singapore. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A sample of physicians from Singapore was surveyed between 8 September and 5 October 2016...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718704/a-study-of-sports-related-orbital-fractures-in-singapore
#6
Jing Zhan Lock, Raghuraj Hegde, Stephanie Young, Thiam Chye Lim, Shantha Amrith, Gangadhara Sundar
With an increased popularity of sport and active living worldwide, our study aims to explore the incidence and features of sports-related orbital fractures in Singapore. 1421 computer tomography (CT) imaging scans of the face and orbits done at the National University Hospital over a 24-month period from January 2013 and December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively for orbital fractures. We identified 483 orbital fractures of which sports injury was the fourth most common etiology (n = 65; 13.5%) after road traffic accident (n = 131; 27...
July 18, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717749/perceptions-and-barriers-of-survivorship-care-in-asia-perceptions-from-asian-breast-cancer-survivors
#7
Alexandre Chan, Zheng Kang Lum, Terence Ng, Tewodros Eyob, Xiao Jun Wang, Jung-Woo Chae, Sreemanee Dorajoo, Maung Shwe, Yan Xiang Gan, Rose Fok, Kiley Wei-Jen Loh, Yee Pin Tan, Gilbert Fan
PURPOSE: With the long-term goal to optimize post-treatment cancer care in Asia, we conducted a qualitative study to gather in-depth descriptions from multiethnic Asian breast cancer survivors on their perceptions and experiences of cancer survivorship and their perceived barriers to post-treatment follow-up. METHODS: Twenty-four breast cancer survivors in Singapore participated in six structured focus group discussions. The focus group discussions were voice recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed by thematic analysis...
April 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717701/cost-effectiveness-of-universal-hepatitis-b-virus-screening-in-patients-beginning-chemotherapy-for-sarcomas-or-gi-stromal-tumors
#8
Glorijoy Tan, Ke Zhou, Chee Hian Tan, David B Matchar, Mohamad Farid, Richard Quek, Joanne Ngeow
PURPOSE: The value of screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection before chemotherapy for nonhematopoietic solid tumors remains unsettled. We evaluated the cost effectiveness of universal screening before systemic therapy for sarcomas, including GI stromal tumors (GISTs). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Drawing from the National Cancer Centre Singapore database of 1,039 patients with sarcomas, we analyzed the clinical records of 485 patients who received systemic therapy...
August 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715540/predictors-of-hand-foot-syndrome-and-pyridoxine-for-prevention-of-capecitabine-induced-hand-foot-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#9
Yoon-Sim Yap, Li-Lian Kwok, Nicholas Syn, Wen Yee Chay, John Whay Kuang Chia, Chee Kian Tham, Nan Soon Wong, Soo Kien Lo, Rebecca Alexandra Dent, Sili Tan, Zuan Yu Mok, King Xin Koh, Han Chong Toh, Wen Hsin Koo, Marie Loh, Raymond Chee Hui Ng, Su Pin Choo, Richie Chuan Teck Soong
Importance: Hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a common adverse effect of capecitabine treatment. Objective: To compare the incidence and time to onset of grade 2 or greater HFS in patients receiving pyridoxine vs placebo and to identify biomarkers predictive of HFS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This single-center, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial conducted at National Cancer Centre Singapore assessed whether oral pyridoxine could prevent the onset of grade 2 or higher HFS in 210 patients scheduled to receive single-agent capecitabine chemotherapy for breast, colorectal, and other cancers...
July 13, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714828/reducing-wrong-intraocular-lens-implants-in-cataract-surgery
#10
Huey Peng Loh, Dirk Frans de Korne, Soon Phaik Chee, Ranjana Mathur
Purpose Wrong lens implants have been associated with the highest frequency of medical errors in cataract surgery. The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) framework to sustainably reduce wrong intraocular lens (IOL) implants in cataract surgery. Design/methodology/approach In this mixed-methods study, the SEIPS framework was used to analyse a series of (near) misses of IOL implants in a national tertiary specialty hospital in Singapore...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714742/application-of-the-european-quality-indicators-for-psychosocial-dementia-care-in-long-term-care-facilities-in-the-asia-pacific-region-a-pilot-study
#11
Yun-Hee Jeon, Wai Tong Chien, Ju-Young Ha, Rahimah Ibrahim, Belinda Kirley, Lay Ling Tan, Papan Thaipisuttikul, Emmelyne Vasse, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Huali Wang, Jong-Chul Youn, Henry Brodaty
OBJECTIVES: An Asia-Pacific regional collaboration group conducted its first multi-country research project to determine whether or not European quality indicators (QIs) for psychosocial care in dementia could be implemented as a valid tool in residential aged care across seven Asia-Pacific sites (Australia, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand). METHOD: Following the European QI protocol, auditing and data extraction of medical records of consenting residents with dementia were conducted by trained auditors with relevant health care backgrounds...
July 17, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714557/concise-review-developing-best-practice-models-for-the-therapeutic-use-of-extracellular-vesicles
#12
REVIEW
Agnes T Reiner, Kenneth W Witwer, Bas W M van Balkom, Joel de Beer, Chaya Brodie, Randolph L Corteling, Susanne Gabrielsson, Mario Gimona, Ahmed G Ibrahim, Dominique de Kleijn, Charles P Lai, Jan Lötvall, Hernando A Del Portillo, Ilona G Reischl, Milad Riazifar, Carlos Salomon, Hidetoshi Tahara, Wei Seong Toh, Marca H M Wauben, Vicky K Yang, Yijun Yang, Ronne Wee Yeh Yeo, Hang Yin, Bernd Giebel, Eva Rohde, Sai Kiang Lim
Growing interest in extracellular vesicles (EVs, including exosomes and microvesicles) as therapeutic entities, particularly in stem cell-related approaches, has underlined the need for standardization and coordination of development efforts. Members of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles and the Society for Clinical Research and Translation of Extracellular Vesicles Singapore convened a Workshop on this topic to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with development of EV-based therapeutics at the preclinical and clinical levels...
July 17, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713741/reconstruction-of-drug-induced-cleft-palate-using-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cell-in-rodents
#13
Julie Christy Amalraj, Manasa Gangothri, Hari Babu
BACKGROUND: Triamcinolone acetonide (TAC) (Kenacort*) is a commonly used synthetic glucocorticoid in today's medical practice. The drug is also a potential agent in inducing cleft palates in rats. This drug has been used to induce cleft palate in the fetus of the pregnant rats to bring out a suitable animal model for human cleft lip and palate. The drug was given intraperitoneally to induce congenital cleft palate in pregnant mother rats. AIM: The aim of this study is to induce congenital cleft palate in pregnant Wister albino rats and reconstruct the defect with bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) isolated from the same species along with PLGA (poly lactic co glycolic acid) scaffold...
January 2017: Annals of Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711971/innovative-technology-shows-impact-of-glycaemic-control-on-peripheral-retinal-vessels-in-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes
#14
Valli Velayutham, Paul Z Benitez-Aguirre, Maria E Craig, Gerald Liew, Tien Y Wong, Alicia J Jenkins, Kim C Donaghue
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Retinal imaging enables non-invasive microvasculature assessment; however, only central retinal vessels have been studied in type 1 diabetes. Peripheral smaller vessels have a major haemodynamic role and may differ from central vessels in their response to the diabetic milieu. We hypothesise that diabetes has a greater impact on peripheral retinal vessels vs central vessels. METHODS: Retinal photographs from adolescents (n = 736; age 12-20 years) with type 1 diabetes were graded (Singapore I Vessel Assessment) with vessel calibres measured in the 'central zone' as central retinal arteriolar and venular equivalents (CRAE and CRVE, respectively) and the 'extended zone' as mean width of arterioles and venules (MWa and MWv, respectively)...
July 15, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709046/ankle-brachial-index-mri-markers-and-cognition-the-epidemiology-of-dementia-in-singapore-study
#15
Muhammad Amin Shaik, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Ching-Yu Cheng, Tien Yin Wong, Henri Vrooman, Mohammad Kamran Ikram, Saima Hilal, Christopher Chen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Previous studies showed an independent association of low ankle-brachial index (ABI) with cognitive impairment. However, the association between low ABI and cognition in the presence of both cerebrovascular disease (CeVD) and neurodegeneration is lacking. We aimed at investigating a) the association of low ABI with markers of CeVD and cortical thickness, and b) whether the association of low ABI with cognition is influenced by these markers. METHODS: Data was drawn from the Epidemiology of Dementia In Singapore (EDIS) study where all participants (n = 832) underwent neuropsychological tests and 3T brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess CeVD markers as well as cortical thicknesses...
July 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708218/microbial-characteristics-of-posttraumatic-infective-keratitis
#16
Blanche X Lim, Victor T C Koh, Manotosh Ray
PURPOSE: To determine the demographics, risk factors, clinical and microbiological characteristics, and treatment outcome of posttraumatic infective keratitis. METHODS: Consecutive patients with posttraumatic infective keratitis presenting to the Ophthalmology Department of a tertiary referral hospital in Singapore between March 2012 and March 2016 were prospectively identified. A standardized data collection form was used to document patient demographics, microbiological diagnosis, antibiotic sensitivity, and pretreatment and posttreatment ocular characteristics...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707206/patients-perception-of-app-based-educational-and-behavioural-interventions-for-enhancing-oral-anticancer-medication-adherence
#17
Eskinder Eshetu Ali, Jo Lene Leow, Lita Chew, Kevin Yi-Lwern Yap
Well-designed smartphone apps can potentially help in enhancing adherence to oral anticancer medications (OAMs). The objective of this study was to evaluate patients' perception on inclusion of various adherence-enhancing strategies as features of an app and their interest in using such app. A cross-sectional survey was conducted at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. A structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from patients taking OAMs. Final analysis was based on 409 surveys and most of the respondents were female (291, 71...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704695/emergence-of-the-asian-genotype-of-denv-1-in-south-india
#18
D Cecilia, J A Patil, M B Kakade, A Walimbe, K Alagarasu, B Anukumar, A Abraham
A large outbreak of dengue occurred in Tamil Nadu, South India in 2012 with 12,000 cases and CFR of 0.5%. Molecular characterization of virus present in the sera of dengue patients was undertaken to determine if there were changes in the virus population. All four serotypes were circulating but DENV-1 was dominant, present in 52% of the serotyped samples. Furthermore, the genotype of only DENV-1 had changed; the Asian genotype had displaced the American/African. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the Asian genotype was introduced from Singapore and shared 99% similarity with viruses, associated with large outbreaks in Singapore and Sri Lanka...
July 10, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701087/epidemiological-characteristics-associated-with-uptake-of-pneumococcal-vaccine-among-older-adults-living-in-the-community-in-singapore-results-from-the-national-health-surveillance-survey-2013
#19
Li Wei Ang, Jeffery Cutter, Lyn James, Kee Tai Goh
AIMS: In Singapore, pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for the elderly (i.e. those ≥65 years of age) and people with chronic medical conditions. We investigated epidemiological characteristics associated with the uptake of pneumococcal vaccine based on a nationally representative cross-sectional sample of community-living adults aged ≥50 years. METHODS: The data were obtained from the National Health Surveillance Survey (NHSS) 2013. Associations between pneumococcal vaccination and sociodemographic and health-related variables were analysed using univariable and multivariable logistic regression models...
July 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700742/direct-medical-cost-associated-with-diabetic-retinopathy-severity-in-type-2-diabetes-in-singapore
#20
Xiao Zhang, Serena Low, Neelam Kumari, Jiexun Wang, Keven Ang, Darren Yeo, Chee Chew Yip, Subramaniam Tavintharan, Chee Fang Sum, Su Chi Lim
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of vision-loss globally among type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients. Information on the economic burden of DR in Singapore is limited. We aim to identify the total annual direct medical costs of DR at different stages, and to examine factors influencing the costs. Four hundreds and seventy T2DM patients who attended the Diabetes Centre in a secondary hospital in Singapore in 2011-2014 were included. Digital color fundus photographs were assessed for DR in a masked fashion...
2017: PloS One
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