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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394220/the-design-of-a-theory-based-intervention-to-improve-medication-adherence-in-chronic-pain-patients
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Leon Timmerman, Dirk L Stronks, Frank J P M Huygen
OBJECTIVE: Non-adherence to pain medication is common in chronic pain patients and may result in unfavorable treatment outcomes. Interventions to improve adherence behavior often fail to significantly change medication use. In this report, we describe the application of a theoretical psychological model of behavior change in order to design an intervention to improve medication adherence in chronic pain patients. METHODS: This study applies the Behavior Change Wheel framework and the Behavior Change Techniques Taxonomy to design a theory-based intervention to improve pain medication use...
April 20, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389844/neighbourhood-green-space-social-environment-and-mental-health-an-examination-in-four-european-cities
#2
Annemarie Ruijsbroek, Sigrid M Mohnen, Mariël Droomers, Hanneke Kruize, Christopher Gidlow, Regina Gražulevičiene, Sandra Andrusaityte, Jolanda Maas, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Margarita Triguero-Mas, Daniel Masterson, Naomi Ellis, Elise van Kempen, Wim Hardyns, Karien Stronks, Peter P Groenewegen
OBJECTIVES: This study examines the relationship between neighbourhood green space, the neighbourhood social environment (social cohesion, neighbourhood attachment, social contacts), and mental health in four European cities. METHODS: The PHENOTYPE study was carried out in 2013 in Barcelona (Spain), Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom), Doetinchem (The Netherlands), and Kaunas (Lithuania). 3771 adults living in 124 neighbourhoods answered questions on mental health, neighbourhood social environment, and amount and quality of green space...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381252/tracing-africa-s-progress-towards-implementing-the-non-communicable-diseases-global-action-plan-2013-2020-a-synthesis-of-who-country-profile-reports
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Gertrude Nsorma Nyaaba, Karien Stronks, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Andre Pascal Kengne, Charles Agyemang
BACKGROUND: Half of the estimated annual 28 million non-communicable diseases (NCDs) deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are attributed to weak health systems. Current health policy responses to NCDs are fragmented and vertical particularly in the African region. The World Health Organization (WHO) led NCDs Global action plan 2013-2020 has been recommended for reducing the NCD burden but it is unclear whether Africa is on track in its implementation. This paper synthesizes Africa's progress towards WHO policy recommendations for reducing the NCD burden...
April 5, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348205/association-between-socioeconomic-position-and-the-prevalence-of-type-2-diabetes-in-ghanaians-in-different-geographic-locations-the-rodam-study
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Juliet Addo, Charles Agyemang, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Erik Beune, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah, Cecilia Galbete, Mary Nicolaou, Karlijn Meeks, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Silver Bahendaka, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Anton Kunst, Karien Stronks, Liam Smeeth
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diabetes has been shown to be socially patterned but the direction of the association in low-income countries and among migrant populations in Europe has varied in the literature. This study examined the association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and diabetes in Ghanaians in Europe and in Ghana. METHODS: Data were derived from the multicentre Research on Obesity and Diabetes among African Migrants (RODAM) study of Ghanaian adults aged 25-70 years residing in Europe (Amsterdam, Berlin and London) and in urban and rural Ghana...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334499/dorsal-column-stimulation-versus-dorsal-root-ganglion-stimulation-for-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-confined-to-the-knee-patients-preference-following-the-trial-period
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Catelijne M van Bussel, Dirk L Stronks, Frank J P M Huygen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) confined to the knee are often therapy resistant. Neurostimulation is an accepted treatment for CRPS. Although results with dorsal column (DC) stimulation in patients with CRPS confined to the knee are often disappointing, the availability of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation may provide new opportunities for this complaint. Therefore, this study explores patients' preference for DC stimulation vs. DRG stimulation in treating chronic pain due to CRPS confined to the knee...
March 23, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281145/a-new-media-without-animal-component-for-sperm-cryopreservation-motility-and-various-attributes-affecting-paternal-contribution-of-sperm
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Akansha Tiwari, Merih Tekcan, Leyla Sati, William Murk, Jill Stronk, Gabor Huszar
PURPOSE: Our aim was the development of a safe sperm cryopreservation New Media (NM), composed of consistent and reproducible components devoid of any animal origin, and evaluation of NM in terms of its effect on sperm structure and function as compared to regularly used yolk media (TYM) (Irvine Scientific). METHODS: We evaluated patient semen samples and cryopreserved them in duplicates in either NM or TYM. The samples were cryopreserved for either a short term of 1 week or long term of 1 month prior to thawing...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190592/maternal-and-paternal-family-history-of-diabetes-in-second-degree-relatives-and-metabolic-outcomes-at-age-5-6-years-the-abcd-study
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A J J M Oostvogels, C P Landstra, L Britsemmer, R Lodewijkx, K Stronks, T J Roseboom, T G M Vrijkotte
AIM: To investigate whether children with a family history of diabetes (FHD) in second-degree relatives (grandparents, aunts/uncles) are at increased risk of developing obesity and diabetes, and whether the risk differs between maternal or paternal transmission. METHODS: In the multiethnic population-based cohort Amsterdam-Born Children and Their Development (ABCD) Study, body mass index (BMI), waist-to-height ratio (WHR), fat percentage (fat%), fasting glucose and C-peptide in 5- or 6-year-old children with no second-degree FHD (n=2226) were compared with children with maternal-only (n=353), paternal-only (n=281) or both maternal and paternal (n=164) second-degree FHD...
February 10, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154830/case-finding-and-medical-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-among-different-ethnic-minority-groups-the-helius-study
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Marieke B Snijder, Charles Agyemang, Ron J Peters, Karien Stronks, Joanna K Ujcic-Voortman, Irene G M van Valkengoed
Aims. Prevention of diabetes complications depends on the level of case finding and successful treatment of diabetes, which may differ between ethnicities. Therefore, we studied the prevalence by age, awareness, treatment, and control of type 2 diabetes, among a multiethnic population. Methods. We included 4,541 Dutch, 3,032 South-Asian Surinamese, 4,109 African Surinamese, 2,323 Ghanaian, 3,591 Turkish, and 3,887 Moroccan participants (aged 18-70 y) from the HELIUS study. The prevalence of diabetes was analysed by sex, ethnicity, and 10-year age groups...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144712/peripheral-insulin-resistance-rather-than-beta-cell-dysfunction-accounts-for-geographical-differences-in-impaired-fasting-blood-glucose-among-sub-saharan-african-individuals-findings-from-the-rodam-study
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Karlijn A C Meeks, Karien Stronks, Adebowale Adeyemo, Juliet Addo, Silver Bahendeka, Erik Beune, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Ina Danquah, Cecilia Galbete, Peter Henneman, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Kwame Osei, Matthias B Schulze, Joachim Spranger, Liam Smeeth, Charles Agyemang
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which insulin resistance and beta cell dysfunction account for differences in impaired fasting blood glucose (IFBG) levels in sub-Saharan African individuals living in different locations in Europe and Africa. We also aimed to identify determinants associated with insulin resistance and beta cell dysfunction among this population. METHODS: Data from the cross-sectional multicentre Research on Obesity and Diabetes among African Migrants (RODAM) study were analysed...
May 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025367/phenotypic-variation-in-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-comparison-between-presentation-in-knee-alone-or-in-ankle-foot
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Catelijne M van Bussel, Dirk L Stronks, Frank J P M Huygen
OBJECTIVE: To compare the phenotypes of patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) of the knee to those with CRPS of the ankle/foot. SETTING: A retrospective study. SUBJECTS: Patients with CRPS of the knee and patients with CRPS of the ankle/foot. METHODS: We used electronic patient databases to identify patients with CRPS of the knee and patients with CRPS of the ankle/foot. The following variables were recorded: age, gender, duration of complaints, initial injury, and symptoms and signs...
December 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911320/ethnic-variations-in-prognosis-of-patients-with-dementia-a-prospective-nationwide-registry-linkage-study-in-the-netherlands
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Charles Agyemang, Irene E van de Vorst, Huiberdina L Koek, Michiel L Bots, Azizi Sexas, Marie Norredam, Umar Ikram, Karien Stronks, Ilonca Vaartjes
BACKGROUND: Data on dementia prognosis among ethnic minority groups are limited in Europe. OBJECTIVE: We assessed differences in short-term (1-year) and long-term (3-year) mortality and readmission risk after a first hospitalization or first ever referral to a day clinic for dementia between ethnic minority groups and the ethnic Dutch population in the NetherlandsMethods: Nationwide prospective cohorts of first hospitalized dementia patients (N = 55,827) from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010 were constructed...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862903/efficacy-of-dexmedetomidine-as-a-sole-sedative-agent-in-small-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-procedures-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Feline F J A Ter Bruggen, Ismail Eralp, Chris K Jansen, Dirk L Stronks, Frank J P M Huygen
Dexmedetomidine is an upcoming agent with sedative, anxiolytic, and analgesic properties. This review summarizes empirical evidence for the efficacy of dexmedetomidine as a sole sedative agent, and its effectiveness for small diagnostic and therapeutic procedure, in comparison with other frequently used sedatives. All randomized controlled trials on the effect of dexmedetomidine were reviewed. Pain level, patient satisfaction, operator satisfaction, procedure duration, recovery time, and hemodynamic and respiratory characteristics were examined...
November 8, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858686/inter-rater-reliability-of-diagnostic-criteria-for-sacroiliac-joint-disc-and-facet-joint-pain
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Cornelis W J van Tilburg, Johannes G Groeneweg, Dirk L Stronks, Frank J P M Huygen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Several diagnostic criteria sets are described in the literature to identify low back pain subtypes, but very little is known about the inter-rater reliability of these criteria. We conducted a study to determine the reliability of diagnostic tests that point towards SI joint-, disc- or facet joint pain. METHODS: Inter-rater reliability study alongside three randomized clinical trials. Multidisciplinary pain center of general hospital. Patients aged 18 or more with medical history and physical examination suggestive of sacroiliac joint-, disc- and facet joint pain on lumbar level...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803230/randomised-sham-controlled-double-blind-multicentre-clinical-trial-to-ascertain-the-effect-of-percutaneous-radiofrequency-treatment-for-lumbar-facet-joint-pain
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
C W J van Tilburg, D L Stronks, J G Groeneweg, F J P M Huygen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to compare the effect of a percutaneous radiofrequency heat lesion at the medial branch of the primary dorsal ramus with a sham procedure, for the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A randomised sham-controlled double blind multicentre trial was carried out at the multidisciplinary pain centres of two hospitals. A total of 60 patients aged > 18 years with a history and physical examination suggestive of facet joint pain and a decrease of ≥ 2 on a numerical rating scale (NRS 0 to 10) after a diagnostic facet joint test block were included...
November 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769239/obesity-and-type-2-diabetes-in-sub-saharan-africans-is-the-burden-in-today-s-africa-similar-to-african-migrants-in-europe-the-rodam-study
#15
Charles Agyemang, Karlijn Meeks, Erik Beune, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Juliet Addo, Ama de Graft Aikins, Silver Bahendeka, Ina Danquah, Matthias B Schulze, Joachim Spranger, Tom Burr, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Stephen K Amoah, Cecilia Galbete, Peter Henneman, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Mary Nicolaou, Adebowale Adeyemo, Jan van Straalen, Liam Smeeth, Karien Stronks
BACKGROUND: Rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) are impending major threats to the health of African populations, but the extent to which they differ between rural and urban settings in Africa and upon migration to Europe is unknown. We assessed the burden of obesity and T2D among Ghanaians living in rural and urban Ghana and Ghanaian migrants living in different European countries. METHODS: A multi-centre cross-sectional study was conducted among Ghanaian adults (n = 5659) aged 25-70 years residing in rural and urban Ghana and three European cities (Amsterdam, London and Berlin)...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734550/randomized-sham-controlled-double-blind-multicenter-clinical-trial-on-the-effect-of-percutaneous-radiofrequency-at-the-ramus-communicans-for-lumbar-disc-pain
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C W J van Tilburg, D L Stronks, J G Groeneweg, F J P M Huygen
BACKGROUND: Investigate the effect of percutaneous radiofrequency compared to a sham procedure, applied to the ramus communicans for treatment of lumbar disc pain. METHODS: Randomized sham-controlled, double-blind, crossover, multicenter clinical trial. Multidisciplinary pain centres of two general hospitals. Sixty patients aged 18 or more with medical history and physical examination suggestive for lumbar disc pain and a reduction of two or more on a numerical rating scale (0-10) after a diagnostic ramus communicans test block...
March 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714945/preferred-frequencies-and-waveforms-for-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-patients-with-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-a-multicentre-double-blind-randomized-and-placebo-controlled-crossover-trial
#17
N Kriek, J G Groeneweg, D L Stronks, D de Ridder, F J P M Huygen
BACKGROUND: Conventional tonic spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an effective treatment for patients with therapy-resistant complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Although the therapeutic effect of SCS can diminish over time due to tolerance, pain control can be regained by changing the pulse width and the amplitude and/or by increasing the stimulation frequency. This multicentre, double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled crossover trial was conducted to investigate whether more effective pain reduction is achieved with different frequencies (trial registration, current controlled trials, ISRCTN 36655259)...
March 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27706830/innovative-ways-of-studying-the-effect-of-migration-on-obesity-and-diabetes-beyond-the-common-designs-lessons-from-the-rodam-study
#18
Charles Agyemang, Erik Beune, Karlijn Meeks, Juliet Addo, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Silver Bahendeka, Ina Danquah, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Matthias B Schulze, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Liam Smeeth, Karien Stronks
Type 2 diabetes and obesity are major global public health problems, with migrant populations in high-income countries being particularly affected. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are also major threats in low- and middle-income countries, from which most migrant populations originate. Transitioning of societies and the resulting changes in lifestyles are thought to be major driving forces, but the key specific factors within this broad category still need to be determined. Migrant studies provide a unique opportunity to understand the potential underlying causes of these conditions, but current research is mainly geared toward analyzing the differences between migrants and the host populations in the countries of settlement...
March 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27633972/visual-task-performance-in-the-blind-with-the-brainport-v100-vision-aid
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REVIEW
H Christiaan Stronks, Ellen B Mitchell, Amy C Nau, Nick Barnes
The BrainPort® V100 Vision Aid is a non-invasive assistive device for the blind based on sensory substitution. The device translates camera images into electrotactile stimuli delivered to the tongue. The BrainPort has recently received the CE mark and FDA approval and it is currently marketed to augment, rather than replace, the traditional assistive technologies such as the white cane or guide dog. Areas covered: In this work, we will review the functional studies performed to date with the BrainPort and we will highlight the critical factors that determine device performance, including the technology behind the BrainPort, the impediments to assessing device performance, and the impact of device training and rehabilitation...
October 2016: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614109/impact-of-laws-restricting-the-sale-of-tobacco-to-minors-on-adolescent-smoking-and-perceived-obtainability-of-cigarettes-an-intervention-control-pre-post-study-of-19-european-union-countries
#20
Mirte A G Kuipers, Stephanie D Brandhof, Karin Monshouwer, Karien Stronks, Anton E Kunst
AIMS: To estimate the impact of introducing sales restriction laws in Europe by measuring changes in adolescent smoking prevalence and perceived obtainability of cigarettes over time in countries that have recently introduced sales restriction laws (intervention countries). These countries were compared with countries where such laws were already in force (control countries). The secondary aim was to test whether these trends differed between adolescents of higher and lower socio-economic position (SEP)...
September 10, 2016: Addiction
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