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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108269/are-hemoglobin-levels-really-lower-in-faecal-immunochemical-test-positive-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Jing Yu Ng, Ian Jse-Wei Tan, Ker-Kan Tan
INTRODUCTION: Faecal immunochemical test (FIT) is advocated in many colorectal cancer-screening programs. A positive FIT translates to the need for a colonoscopy. However, waiting times for diagnostic colonoscopy is long. The aim of our study is to determine the correlation of hemoglobin levels in patients with a positive FIT who were subsequently diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and to compare them with patients with only colonic adenomas and those with normal colonoscopy with the intention of determining if hemoglobin levels could be used to stratify the urgency of colonoscopy...
January 17, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107389/effect-of-axial-eye-length-on-retinal-vessel-parameters-in-6-to-12-year-old-malay-girls
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Evelyn Li Min Tai, Ling-Jun Li, Wan Hitam Wan-Hazabbah, Tien-Yin Wong, Ismail Shatriah
PURPOSE: Retinal vessel analysis is affected by both systemic and ocular factors. Malays are the major ethnicity in South East Asia. Data on the retinal microvasculature in Malays is limited, especially among children. We aim to evaluate the influence of ocular biometry on retinal vessel parameters in young Malay girls. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, hospital-based study involving 86 Malay girls aged 6 to 12 years old in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2015-2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106781/family-food-providers-perceptions-of-the-causes-of-obesity-and-effectiveness-of-weight-control-strategies-in-five-countries-in-the-asia-pacific-region-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Anthony Worsley, Wei Wang, Rani Sarmugam, Quynh Pham, Judhiastuty Februhartanty, Stacey Ridley
The rise of the middle classes in developing countries and the associated epidemiological transition raises the importance of assessing this population group's awareness of the causes of obesity and effective weight control strategies in order to develop effective health promotion strategies. The study aimed to examine the perceptions of the causes of obesity and weight control strategies held by middle class household food providers in Melbourne, Singapore, Shanghai, Indonesia and Vietnam. An online survey was conducted in late 2013, early 2014 among 3945 respondents...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106586/competencies-related-to-informatics-and-information-management-for-practicing-nurses-in-select-countries-in-asia
#4
Ying Wu, Yanling Wang, Meihua Ji
The advancement of information and communication technology have enabled nurses to practice more effectively, efficiently, and safely. This chapter introduces nursing informatics competency and information management competency for nurses in China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. Most countries in Asia are still in the process of developing and standardizing competences that are relevant to nurses and those specialized in nursing informatics. The level and content of nursing informatics offered in entry-to-practice nursing education programs varies greatly...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104334/evaluation-of-factors-affecting-soil-carbon-sequestration-services-of-stormwater-wet-retention-ponds-in-varying-climate-zones
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L S Merriman, T L C Moore, J W Wang, D L Osmond, A M Al-Rubaei, A P Smolek, G T Blecken, M Viklander, W F Hunt
The carbon sequestration services of stormwater wet retention ponds were investigated in four different climates: U.S., Northern Sweden, Southern Sweden, and Singapore, representing a range of annual mean temperatures, growing season lengths and rainfall depths: geographic factors that were not statistically compared, but have great effect on carbon (C) accumulation. A chronosequence was used to estimate C accumulations rates; C accumulation and decomposition rates were not directly measured. C accumulated significantly over time in vegetated shallow water areas (0-30cm) in the USA (78...
January 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101845/feasibility-acceptability-and-preliminary-treatment-outcomes-in-a-school-based-cbt-intervention-program-for-adolescents-with-asd-and-anxiety-in-singapore
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Irene E Drmic, Mariam Aljunied, Judy Reaven
Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are at high risk for anxiety difficulties and disorders. Clinic-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective; however, few published school-based CBT programs for youth with ASD exist. In this study, the Facing Your Fears CBT protocol was adapted for delivery and piloted within a school setting by non-clinicians, with culturally appropriate adaptations. 44 13-15 aged youth with ASD from 22 mainstream schools in Singapore participated. Feasibility, acceptability and preliminary treatment outcomes were examined...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100181/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-and-retinal-microvasculature
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Ling-Jun Li, Michael Kramer, Robyn J Tapp, Ryan E K Man, Ngee Lek, Shirong Cai, Fabian Yap, Peter Gluckman, Kok Hian Tan, Yap Seng Chong, Jia Yu Koh, Seang Mei Saw, Yin Bun Cheung, Tien Yin Wong
BACKGROUND: Small-vessel dysfunction may be an important consequence of chronic hyperglycemia. We examined the association between gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a state of transient hyperglycemia during pregnancy, and retinal microvascular changes in pregnant women at 26-28 weeks of pregnancy. METHODS: A total of 1136 pregnant women with singleton pregnancies were recruited during their first trimester at two major Singapore maternity hospitals in an on-going birth cohort study...
January 18, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100048/unanticipated-stickiness-of-%C3%AE-pinene
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Hilary M Chase, Junming Ho, Mary Alice Upshur, Regan J Thomson, Victor S Batista, Franz M Geiger
Hilary M. Chase1#, Junming Ho2#, Mary Alice Upshur1, Regan J. Thomson1, Victor S. Batista3, Franz M. Geiger1* 1Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 60208, United States; 2 Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Institute of High Performance Computing, 1 Fusionopolis Way #16-16 Connexis North, Singapore 138632; 3Department of Chemistry, Yale University, P.O. Box 208107, New Haven, CT. 06520, United States # These authors contributed equally to this work. *corresponding author: geigerf@chem...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097295/association-of-systemic-medication-use-with-intraocular-pressure-in-a-multiethnic-asian-population-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
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Henrietta Ho, Yuan Shi, Jacqueline Chua, Yih-Chung Tham, Sing Hui Lim, Tin Aung, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng
Importance: There is limited understanding of the associations between systemic medication use and intraocular pressure (IOP) in the general population. Objective: To examine the association between systemic medication use and IOP in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of 10 033 participants (78.7% response rate) from 3 racial/ethnic groups (Chinese [recruited from February 9, 2009, through December 19, 2011], Malays [recruited from August 16, 2004, though July 10, 2006], and Indians [recruited from May 21, 2007, through December 29, 2009]), participants with glaucoma, previous ocular surgery, or trauma and an IOP asymmetry greater than 5 mm Hg between eyes were excluded...
January 12, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093735/challenges-faced-by-older-nurses-in-singapore-a-mixed-methods-study
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S Y Ang, S B M Ayoob, N B S Hussain, T Uthaman, H Adenan, P Chiang, L T Ong, M K Fong, T Ostbye
BACKGROUND: In Singapore, employees aged 62-65 can continue to be employed if they meet the re-employment eligibility criteria. This policy, coupled with an ageing workforce, calls for age-friendly initiatives, specific to work-related challenges faced by older nurses. AIM: To determine work-related challenges faced by older nurses. METHODS: A mixed method sequential explanatory study was conducted with nurses, aged 50 and above, working in a healthcare cluster in Singapore...
January 17, 2017: International Nursing Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093535/hepatitis-e-in-singapore-a-case-series-and-viral-phylodynamics-study
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Esmeralda Chi-Yuan Teo, Boon-Huan Tan, Michael A Purdy, Pui-San Wong, Pei-Jun Ting, Pik-Eu Jason Chang, Lynette Lin-Ean Oon, Amanda Sue, Chong-Gee Teo, Chee-Kiat Tan
The incidence of hepatitis E in Singapore appears to be increasing. A retrospective case-series study of patients diagnosed with hepatitis E in a tertiary hospital from 2009 to 2013 was conducted. Of 16 cases, eight (50%) were solid-organ transplant recipients (SOTRs), and 14 (88%) were found infected by genotype 3 hepatitis E virus (HEV-3). Bayesian inferences based on HEV subgenomic sequences from seven cases suggest that HEV-3 strains were introduced to Singapore as two principal lineages. Within limitations of the study, it can be inferred that one lineage, in the 3efg clade, emerged about 83 years ago, probably originating from Japan, whereas the other, in the 3abchij clade, emerged about 40 years ago, from the United States...
January 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093423/medical-and-psychosocial-factors-associated-with-antibiotic-prescribing-in-primary-care-survey-questionnaire-and-factor-analysis
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Tau-Hong Lee, Joshua Gx Wong, David Cb Lye, Mark Ic Chen, Victor Wk Loh, Yee-Sin Leo, Linda K Lee, Angela Lp Chow
BACKGROUND: Acute upper respiratory infections (AURI) are the leading causes of antibiotic prescribing in primary care although antibiotics are often not indicated. AIM: To gain an understanding of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of GPs in Singapore and the associated latent factors to guide the implementation of an effective programme to reduce antibiotic use in primary care. DESIGN AND SETTING: An anonymous survey on the KAP of antibiotic use in AURI of GPs in Singapore...
January 16, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089939/chemical-exchange-saturation-transfer-imaging-advances-and-applications-by-michael-t-mcmahon-assaf-a-gild-jeff-w-m-bulte-and-peter-c-m-van-zijl-publisher-pan-stanford-publishing-pte-ltd-singapore
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089419/risk-factors-for-respiratory-failure-of-motor-neuron-disease-in-a-multiracial-asian-population
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Xiao Deng, Ying Hao, Bin Xiao, Eng-King Tan, Yew-Long Lo
BACKGROUND: Motor neuron disease (MND) is a devastating degenerative disorder. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the most common and severe form of MND. Respiratory failure arising from ventilator musculature atrophy is the most common cause of death for ALS patients. Exploring the factors correlated with respiratory failure can contribute to disease management. PURPOSE: To characterize the clinical features of MND and determine the factors that may affect respiratory failure of MND patients...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088124/nipah-virus-transmission-of-a-zoonotic-paramyxovirus
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REVIEW
Bronwyn Anne Clayton
Nipah virus is a recently-recognised, zoonotic paramyxovirus that causes severe disease and high fatality rates in people. Outbreaks have occurred in Malaysia, Singapore, India and Bangladesh, and a putative Nipah virus was also recently associated with human disease in the Philippines. Worryingly, human-to-human transmission is common in Bangladesh, where outbreaks occur with near-annual frequency. Onward human transmission of Nipah virus in Bangladesh is associated with close contact with clinically-unwell patients or their infectious secretions...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077673/outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-therapy-opat-in-asia-missing-an-opportunity
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Dale Fisher, Jessica Michaels, Ryota Hase, Jing Zhang, Sushila Kataria, Benedict Sim, Joseph Kay-Yan Tsang, James Pollard, Monica Chan, Subramanian Swaminathan
OBJECTIVES: Healthcare facilities internationally have grown outpatient parenteral antibiotic administration services for the last few decades. The literature contains publications from dozens of countries describing systematized processes with specialist oversight and their levels of service provision and outcomes. Such descriptions are absent in the majority of Asian countries. We sought to elucidate the extent and nature of outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) in Asia and to consider the ramifications and opportunities for improvement METHODS: Utilizing colleagues and their personal networks, we surveyed healthcare facilities across 17 countries in Asia to ascertain the current means (if any) of providing OPAT...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077582/severity-of-plasma-leakage-is-associated-with-high-levels-of-interferon-%C3%AE-inducible-protein-10-hepatocyte-growth-factor-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-during-dengue-virus-infection
#17
Zhisheng Her, Yiu-Wing Kam, Victor C Gan, Bernett Lee, Tun-Linn Thein, Jeslin J L Tan, Linda K Lee, Katja Fink, David C Lye, Laurent Rénia, Yee-Sin Leo, Lisa F P Ng
BACKGROUND:  Dengue virus infection typically causes mild dengue fever, but, in severe cases, life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS) occur. The pathophysiological hallmark of DHF and DSS is plasma leakage that leads to enhanced vascular permeability, likely due to a cytokine storm. METHODS:  Ninety patients with dengue during 2010-2012 in Singapore were prospectively recruited and stratified according to their disease phase, primary and secondary infection status, and disease severity, measured by plasma leakage...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075376/the-new-high-resolution-crystal-structure-of-ns2b-ns3-protease-of-zika-virus
#18
Syed Lal Badshah, Abdul Naeem, Yahia Mabkhot
Zika virus (ZIKV) is the cause of a significant viral disease affecting humans, which has spread throughout many South American countries and has also become a threat to Southeastern Asia. This commentary discusses the article "Crystal structure of unlinked NS2B-NS3 protease from Zika virus" published recently in the journal Science by Zhang et al. of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. They resolved a 1.58 Å resolution structure of the NS2B-NS3 protease of ZIKV and demonstrated how peptide and non-peptide inhibitors interact with this structure, along with the different conformational states that were observed...
January 10, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073968/variants-of-abgri3-carrying-the-arma-gene-in-extensively-antibiotic-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-from-singapore
#19
Grace A Blackwell, Kathryn E Holt, Stephen D Bentley, Li Yang Hsu, Ruth M Hall
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the context of the ribosomal RNA methyltransferase gene armA in carbapenem-resistant global clone 2 (GC2) Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from Singapore. METHODS: Antibiotic resistance was determined using disc diffusion; PCR was used to identify resistance genes. Whole genome sequences were determined and contigs were assembled and ordered using PCR. Resistance regions in unsequenced isolates were mapped. RESULTS: Fifteen GC2 A...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064432/validation-of-nosas-score-for-screening-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-a-multiethnic-asian-population
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Adeline Tan, Yueheng Hong, Linda W L Tan, Rob M van Dam, Yan Yi Cheung, Chi-Hang Lee
PURPOSE: The NoSAS score was developed to identify subjects at high risk of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). We aimed to validate the NoSAS score in a multiethnic Asian cohort and compare its performance to the STOP-Bang and Berlin questionnaires. METHODS: A sample of 242 subjects selected from a population-based cohort in Singapore completed home-based sleep testing with an Embletta device (type 3 monitor). All subjects were given the STOP-Bang and Berlin questionnaires for self-administration prior to the sleep study...
January 7, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
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