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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761832/psychophysical-evaluation-of-a-tactile-display-based-on-coin-motors
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H Christiaan Stronks, Daniel J Parker, Ashley Stacey, Nick Barnes
Tactile vision substitution devices present visual images as tactile representations on the skin. In this study we have tested the performance of a prototype 96-tactor vibrotactile using a subset of 64 tactors. We have determined the tactile spatial acuity and intensity discrimination in 14 naïve subjects. Spatial acuity was determined using a grating acuity task. Subjects could successfully identify the orientation of horizontal and vertical gratings with an average psychophysical threshold of 120 mm. When diagonal gratings were included in the analysis, the median performance dropped below psychophysical threshold, but was still significantly above chance at gratings of 142 mm wide...
May 15, 2018: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730606/increased-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-international-migrants-is-independent-of-residence-duration-or-cultural-orientation-the-helius-study
#2
Wilco Perini, Marieke B Snijder, Ron J G Peters, Karien Stronks, Anton E Kunst
BACKGROUND: International migrants differ from host populations in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. It has been postulated that these disparities narrow with longer residence duration. Our aim was to determine whether CVD risk still differs between migrants and host population after decades of residence and to determine whether this potential convergence of CVD risk would occur mainly among migrants with a strong cultural orientation towards the host culture. METHODS: In the Healthy Life in an Urban Setting study, we obtained data regarding residence duration, cultural orientation as estimated by the Psychological Acculturation Scale and CVD risk as estimated by SCORE among the Dutch host population and first generation migrants from South-Asian Surinamese, African Surinamese, Moroccan and Turkish ethnic background residing in Amsterdam...
May 5, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29695705/dietary-patterns-and-type-2-diabetes-among-ghanaian-migrants-in-europe-and-their-compatriots-in-ghana-the-rodam-study
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Cecilia Galbete, Mary Nicolaou, Karlijn Meeks, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Juliet Addo, Stephen K Amoah, Liam Smeeth, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Joachim Spranger, Charles Agyemang, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Erik Beune, Karien Stronks, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the associations of dietary patterns (DPs) with type 2 diabetes (T2D) among Ghanaian adults. SUBJECTS/METHODS: In the multi-centre, cross-sectional RODAM (Research on Obesity and Diabetes among African Migrants) study (n = 4543), three overall DPs ("mixed", "rice, pasta, meat and fish," and "roots, tubers and plantain") and two site-specific DPs per study site (rural Ghana, urban Ghana and Europe) were identified by principal component analysis...
April 25, 2018: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674369/do-conceptualisations-of-health-differ-across-social-strata-a-concept-mapping-study-among-lay-people
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Karien Stronks, Nancy Hoeymans, Beatrijs Haverkamp, Frank R J den Hertog, Marja J H van Bon-Martens, Henrike Galenkamp, Marcel Verweij, Hans A M van Oers
OBJECTIVES: The legitimacy of policies that aim at tackling socioeconomic inequalities in health can be challenged if they do not reflect the conceptualisations of health that are valued in all strata. Therefore, this study analyses how different socioeconomic groups formulate their own answers regarding: what does health mean to you? DESIGN: Concept mapping procedures were performed in three groups that differ in educational level. All procedures followed exactly the same design...
April 19, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667109/ideal-cardiovascular-health-among-ghanaian-populations-in-three-european-countries-and-rural-and-urban-ghana-the-rodam-study
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Benjamin van Nieuwenhuizen, Mohammad Hadi Zafarmand, Erik Beune, Karlijn Meeks, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Juliet Addo, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Silver Bahendeka, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah, Joachim Spranger, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Lambert Tetteh Appiah, Liam Smeeth, Karien Stronks, Charles Agyemang
Cardiovascular health (CVH) is a construct defined by the American Heart Association (AHA) as part of its 2020 Impact Goal definition. CVH has, until now, not been evaluated in Sub-Saharan African populations. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in the prevalence of ideal CVH and its constituent metrics among Ghanaians living in rural and urban Ghana and Ghanaian migrants living in three European countries. The AHA definition of CVH is based on 7 metrics: smoking, body mass index, diet, physical activity, blood pressure, total cholesterol, and fasting plasma glucose...
April 17, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644388/the-relation-between-obesity-and-depressed-mood-in-a-multi-ethnic-population-the-helius-study
#6
Deborah Gibson-Smith, Mariska Bot, Marieke Snijder, Mary Nicolaou, Eske M Derks, Karien Stronks, Ingeborg A Brouwer, Marjolein Visser, Brenda W J H Penninx
PURPOSE: To examine the association between obesity and depressed mood in a large multi-ethnic population and check for consistency in this association across six ethnic groups. METHODS: Data of 21,030 persons (18-70 years) were sourced from the HELIUS study. Cross-sectional relationships between obesity measures [body mass index (kg/m2 ) and waist circumference (cm)] and depressed mood (PHQ-9 score ≥ 10) were analysed. Consistency of associations was investigated across ethnic groups by interaction terms (ethnicity*obesity measures) in basic (age, sex, education) and fully (health behaviours and somatic health) adjusted models...
April 11, 2018: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617888/parental-smoking-and-adult-offspring-s-smoking-behaviors-in-ethnic-minority-groups-an-intergenerational-analysis-in-the-helius-study
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Umar Z Ikram, Marieke B Snijder, Eske M Derks, Ron J G Peters, Anton E Kunst, Karien Stronks
Introduction: To understand smoking behaviors among ethnic minority groups, studies have largely focused on societal factors, with little attention to family influences. Yet studies among majority groups have identified parental smoking as an important risk factor. It is unknown whether this applies to ethnic minority groups. We investigated the association between parental smoking and adult offspring's smoking behaviors among ethnic minority groups with an immigrant background. Methods: We used data from the Healthy Life in an Urban Setting study from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) from January 2011 to December 2015...
June 21, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342308/chronic-kidney-disease-burden-among-african-migrants-in-three-european-countries-and-in-urban-and-rural-ghana-the-rodam-cross-sectional-study
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David N Adjei, Karien Stronks, Dwomoa Adu, Erik Beune, Karlijn Meeks, Liam Smeeth, Juliet Addo, Ellis Owuso-Dabo, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah, Joachim Spranger, Silver Bahendeka, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Charles Agyemang
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major burden among sub-Saharan African (SSA) populations. However, differences in CKD prevalence between rural and urban settings in Africa, and upon migration to Europe are unknown. We therefore assessed the differences in CKD prevalence among homogenous SSA population (Ghanaians) residing in rural and urban Ghana and in three European cities, and whether conventional risk factors of CKD explained the observed differences. Furthermore, we assessed whether the prevalence of CKD varied among individuals with hypertension and diabetes compared with individuals without these conditions...
January 12, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247091/cohort-profile-the-healthy-life-in-an-urban-setting-helius-study-in-amsterdam-the-netherlands
#9
Marieke B Snijder, Henrike Galenkamp, Maria Prins, Eske M Derks, Ron J G Peters, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Karien Stronks
PURPOSE: Ethnic minority groups usually have a more unfavourable disease risk profile than the host population. In Europe, ethnic inequalities in health have been observed in relatively small studies, with limited possibilities to explore underlying causes. The aim of the Healthy Life in an Urban Setting (HELIUS) study is to investigate the causes of (the unequal burden of) diseases across ethnic groups, focusing on three disease categories: cardiovascular diseases, mental health and infectious diseases...
December 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203253/type-2-diabetes-mellitus-management-among-ghanaian-migrants-resident-in-three-european-countries-and-their-compatriots-in-rural-and-urban-ghana-the-rodam-study
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Margriet Bijlholt, Karlijn A C Meeks, Erik Beune, Juliet Addo, Liam Smeeth, Matthias B Schulze, Ina Danquah, Cecilia Galbete, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Joachim Spranger, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Stephen K Amoah, Silver Bahendeka, Karien Stronks, Charles Agyemang
AIMS: To compare Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) awareness, treatment and control between Ghanaians resident in Ghana and Europe. METHODS: Comparisons were made for the 530 participants of the Research on Obesity and Diabetes among African Migrants (RODAM) study with T2DM (25-70 years) living in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, urban Ghana and rural Ghana. We used logistic regression to assess disparities with adjustment for age, sex and education. RESULTS: T2DM awareness was 51% in rural Ghana...
February 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151049/contribution-of-short-sleep-duration-to-ethnic-differences-in-cardiovascular-disease-results-from-a-cohort-study-in-the-netherlands
#11
Kenneth Anujuo, Charles Agyemang, Marieke B Snijder, Girardin Jean-Louis, Bert-Jan van den Born, Ron J G Peters, Karien Stronks
OBJECTIVES: We analysed association between short sleep duration and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a multiethnic population living in the Netherlands, and the contribution of short sleep to the observed ethnic differences in the prevalence of CVD, independent of CVD risk factors. METHODS: 20 730 participants (aged 18-71 years) of the HELIUS (Healthy Life in an Urban Setting) Study were investigated. Self-reported sleep duration was classified as: short (<7 hours/night) and healthy (7-9 hours/night)...
November 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150534/migration-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-among-ghanaian-populations-in-europe-the-rodam-study-research-on-obesity-and-diabetes-among-african-migrants
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Daniel Boateng, Charles Agyemang, Erik Beune, Karlijn Meeks, Liam Smeeth, Matthias Schulze, Juliet Addo, Ama de-Graft Aikins, Cecilia Galbete, Silver Bahendeka, Ina Danquah, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Frank P Mockenhaupt, Joachim Spranger, Andre P Kengne, Diederick E Grobbee, Karien Stronks, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch
BACKGROUND: For migrant populations from sub-Saharan Africa, adverse cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors have been observed to be higher than found in their home country-based counterparts or among the host populations in high-income countries. Differences in absolute overall CVD risk, however, remain largely unexplained. We, therefore, predicted the differences in 10-year CVD risk among sub-Saharan African migrants (Ghanaians) living in 3 European cities and Ghana. METHODS AND RESULTS: For 3864 subjects aged 40 to 70 years from the multicenter RODAM study (Research on Obesity and Diabetes Among African Migrants) conducted among Ghanaian adults residing in rural and urban Ghana and 3 European cities (Amsterdam, Berlin, and London), 10-year risk of CVD was estimated using the Pooled Cohort Equations with estimates ≥7...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125942/conditions-for-addressing-environmental-determinants-of-health-behavior-in-intersectoral-policy-networks-a-fuzzy-set-qualitative-comparative-analysis
#13
D T J M Peters, S Verweij, K Grêaux, K Stronks, J Harting
Improving health requires changes in the social, physical, economic and political determinants of health behavior. For the realization of policies that address these environmental determinants, intersectoral policy networks are considered necessary for the pooling of resources to implement different policy instruments. However, such network diversity may increase network complexity and therefore hamper network performance. Network complexity may be reduced by network management and the provision of financial resources...
December 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115995/developing-a-systems-based-framework-of-the-factors-influencing-dietary-and-physical-activity-behaviours-in-ethnic-minority-populations-living-in-europe-a-dedipac-study
#14
Michelle Holdsworth, Mary Nicolaou, Lars Jørun Langøien, Hibbah Araba Osei-Kwasi, Sebastien F M Chastin, F Marijn Stok, Laura Capranica, Nanna Lien, Laura Terragni, Pablo Monsivais, Mario Mazzocchi, Lea Maes, Gun Roos, Caroline Mejean, Katie Powell, Karien Stronks
BACKGROUND: Some ethnic minority populations have a higher risk of non-communicable diseases than the majority European population. Diet and physical activity behaviours contribute to this risk, shaped by a system of inter-related factors. This study mapped a systems-based framework of the factors influencing dietary and physical activity behaviours in ethnic minority populations living in Europe, to inform research prioritisation and intervention development. METHODS: A concept mapping approach guided by systems thinking was used: i...
November 7, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100542/determinants-of-diet-and-physical-activity-dedipac-a-summary-of-findings
#15
Johannes Brug, Hidde P van der Ploeg, Anne Loyen, Wolfgang Ahrens, Oliver Allais, Lene F Andersen, Greet Cardon, Laura Capranica, Sebastien Chastin, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Marieke De Craemer, Alan Donnelly, Ulf Ekelund, Paul Finglas, Marion Flechtner-Mors, Antje Hebestreit, Thomas Kubiak, Massimo Lanza, Nanna Lien, Ciaran MacDonncha, Mario Mazzocchi, Pablo Monsivais, Marie Murphy, Mary Nicolaou, Ute Nöthlings, Donal J O'Gorman, Britta Renner, Gun Roos, Matthijs van den Berg, Matthias B Schulze, Jürgen M Steinacker, Karien Stronks, Dorothee Volkert, Jeroen Lakerveld
The establishment of the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub, 2013-2016, was the first action taken by the 'Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life' European Joint Programming Initiative. DEDIPAC aimed to provide better insight into the determinants of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the life course, i.e. insight into the causes of the causes of important, non-communicable diseases across Europe and beyond. DEDIPAC was launched in late 2013, and delivered its final report in late 2016...
November 3, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091928/relationship-between-educational-and-occupational-levels-and-chronic-kidney-disease-in-a-multi-ethnic-sample-the-helius-study
#16
David N Adjei, Karien Stronks, Dwomoa Adu, Marieke B Snijder, Pietro A Modesti, Ron J G Peters, Liffert Vogt, Charles Agyemang
BACKGROUND: Ethnic minority groups in high-income countries are disproportionately affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) for reasons that are unclear. We assessed the association of educational and occupational levels with CKD in a multi-ethnic population. Furthermore, we assessed to what extent ethnic inequalities in the prevalence of CKD were accounted for by educational and occupational levels. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from the Healthy Life in an Urban Setting (HELIUS) study of 21,433 adults (4,525 Dutch, 3,027 South-Asian Surinamese, 4,105 African Surinamese, 2,314 Ghanaians, 3,579 Turks, and 3,883 Moroccans) aged 18 to 70 years living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090185/patients-with-multimorbidity-and-their-experiences-with-the-healthcare-process-a-scoping-review
#17
Maartje J van der Aa, Jennifer R van den Broeke, Karien Stronks, Thomas Plochg
BACKGROUND: The number of patients with multimorbidity (two or more conditions) is increasing. Observational research has shown that having multiple health problems is associated with poorer outcomes in terms of health, quality of care, and costs. Thus, it is imperative to understand how patients with multimorbidity experience their healthcare process. Insight into patient experiences can be used to tailor healthcare provision specifically to the needs of patients with multimorbidity...
2017: Journal of comorbidity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065874/measurement-invariance-testing-of-the-phq-9-in-a-multi-ethnic-population-in-europe-the-helius-study
#18
Henrike Galenkamp, Karien Stronks, Marieke B Snijder, Eske M Derks
BACKGROUND: In Western European countries, the prevalence of depressive symptoms is higher among ethnic minority groups, compared to the host population. We explored whether these inequalities reflect variance in the way depressive symptoms are measured, by investigating whether items of the PHQ-9 measure the same underlying construct in six ethnic groups in the Netherlands. METHODS: A total of 23,182 men and women aged 18-70 of Dutch, South-Asian Surinamese, African Surinamese, Ghanaian, Turkish or Moroccan origin were included in the HELIUS study and had answered to at least one of the PHQ-9 items...
October 24, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29064599/spinal-cord-stimulation-in-patients-with-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-a-possible-target-for-immunomodulation
#19
Nadia Kriek, Marco W J Schreurs, J George Groeneweg, Wim A Dik, Gilbert C H Tjiang, Ismail Gültuna, Dirk L Stronks, Frank J P M Huygen
OBJECTIVE: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is characterized by continued pain disproportional to the inciting event, sensory abnormalities, vasomotor and sudomotor disturbances, and motor and trophic changes. Inflammatory involvement has been demonstrated in past CRPS studies resulting in pain, swelling, and warmth. Currently, it is unknown whether spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has immunomodulatory properties. The aim of this study was to determine whether SCS has immunomodulatory properties in CRPS patients...
January 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040504/implementing-multiple-intervention-strategies-in-dutch-public-health-related-policy-networks
#20
Janneke Harting, Dorothee Peters, Kimberly Grêaux, Patricia van Assema, Stefan Verweij, Karien Stronks, Erik-Hans Klijn
Improving public health requires multiple intervention strategies. Implementing such an intervention mix is supposed to require a multisectoral policy network. As evidence to support this assumption is scarce, we examined under which conditions public health-related policy networks were able to implement an intervention mix. Data were collected (2009-14) from 29 Dutch public health policy networks. Surveys were used to identify the number of policy sectors, participation of actors, level of trust, networking by the project leader, and intervention strategies implemented...
October 13, 2017: Health Promotion International
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