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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426298/mass-media-campaign-to-reduce-consumption-of-sugar-sweetened-beverages-in-a-rural-area-of-the-united-states
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Thomas A Farley, Hayli S Halper, Anne M Carlin, Karen M Emmerson, Kelly N Foster, Angela R Fertig
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate a mass media campaign to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). METHODS: We disseminated messages emphasizing the health risks of SSBs through television, digital channels, and local organizations over 15 weeks in 2015-2016 in the Tri-Cities region of northeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and southeast Kentucky. We evaluated the campaign with pre- and post-telephone surveys of adults aged 18 to 45 years in the intervention area and by examining changes in beverage sales in the intervention and a matched comparison area in western Virginia...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402568/how-real-life-health-messages-engage-our-brains-shared-processing-of-effective-anti-alcohol-videos
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Martin A Imhof, Ralf Schmälzle, Britta Renner, Harald T Schupp
Health communication via mass media is an important strategy when targeting risky drinking, but many questions remain about how health messages are processed and how they unfold their effects within receivers. Here we examine how the brains of young adults - a key target group for alcohol prevention - 'tune in' to real-life health prevention messages about risky alcohol use. In a first study, a large sample of authentic public service announcements (PSAs) targeting the risks of alcohol was characterized using established measures of message effectiveness...
April 11, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401814/public-discourse-on-mental-health-and-psychiatry-representations-in-swedish-newspapers
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Robert Ohlsson
Mass media plays a central role in shaping public discourse on health and illness. In order to examine media representations of mental health and expert knowledge in this field, two major Swedish daily newspapers from the year 2009 were qualitatively analysed. Drawing on the theory of social representations, the analysis focused on how issues concerning mental health and different perspectives are represented. The results show how the concept of mental illness is used in different and often taken-for-granted ways and how the distinction between normal and pathological is a central underlying question...
January 1, 2017: Health (London)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399829/alcohol-harm-reduction-advertisements-a-content-analysis-of-topic-objective-emotional-tone-execution-and-target-audience
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Kimberley Dunstone, Emily Brennan, Michael D Slater, Helen G Dixon, Sarah J Durkin, Simone Pettigrew, Melanie A Wakefield
BACKGROUND: Public health mass media campaigns may contribute to reducing the health and social burden attributed to alcohol consumption, but little is known about which advertising characteristics have been used, or have been effective, in alcohol harm reduction campaigns to date. As a first step towards encouraging further research to identify the impact of various advertising characteristics, this study aimed to systematically identify and examine the content of alcohol harm reduction advertisements (ads)...
April 11, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384145/prevalence-of-enduring-power-of-attorney-and-barriers-towards-it-in-community-geriatric-population-in-counties-manukau-health
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So-Jung Park, Heather Astell
AIM: Enduring power of attorney (EPA) is a simple and easy-to-set-up legal document which protects the wishes of the donor, as well as preventing significant psychological and social cost for the patient and their family when long-term residential care needs to be arranged due to the patient's increasing care requirements. It also reduces the significant cost in hospital beds days for the district health board involved while awaiting the Protection of Personal and Property Rights order...
April 7, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349003/knowledge-and-self-care-practices-regarding-diabetes-among-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-in-rural-sullia-karnataka-a-community-based-cross-sectional-study
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Peraje Vasu Dinesh, Annarao Gunderao Kulkarni, Namratha Kurunji Gangadhar
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes is a lifestyle disease which requires a multipronged approach for its management, wherein patient has an important role to play in terms of self-care practices, which can be taught to them by educational programs. To develop such an educational program, a baseline assessment of knowledge and self-care practices of patients, needs to be made. The two objectives of the study were to estimate the knowledge of diabetic patients regarding the disease and its complications, and to estimate the knowledge and adherence to self-care practices concerned with Type 2 diabetes mellitus...
October 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337929/a-public-health-approach-in-responding-to-the-spread-of-helium-suicide-in-hong-kong
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Paul S F Yip, Qijin Cheng, Shu-Sen Chang, Esther Sze Tsai Lee, Chui-Shan Carmen Lai, Feng Chen, Yik-Wa Frances Law, T M Eric Cheng, Sau Mee Chiu, Y L Jeff Tse, Ka-Wai Raymond Cheung, Man-Li Tse, Peter R Morgan, Philip Beh
BACKGROUND: The use of the helium suicide method has been increasing in popularity in Hong Kong since 2012. We have learned a valuable lesson in curbing the spread of charcoal burning (CB) suicide in the past 15 years and hope to prevent the helium suicide method from taking off in the community. AIMS: To document what actions have been taken to contain the spread of the helium suicide method and review the preliminary impact of these actions. METHOD: We adopted a public health approach by engaging stakeholders from multiple sectors, including the police force, the fire services department, coroners, pathologists, mass media, and online media outlets...
March 24, 2017: Crisis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315843/market-level-exposure-to-state-antismoking-media-campaigns-and-public-support-for-tobacco-control-policy-in-the-united-states-2001-2002
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Jeff Niederdeppe, Maxwell Kellogg, Christofer Skurka, Rosemary J Avery
OBJECTIVE: This study tests whether exposure to state antismoking media campaigns is associated with increased support for comprehensive bans on smoking indoors and cigarette advertising. METHODS: We combine commercially available data on market-level state-sponsored antismoking advertisements with three waves of the Current Population Survey's Tobacco Use Supplement to test the relationship between market-level volume of state antismoking advertising exposure and support for tobacco control policy between 2001 and 2002...
March 18, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279186/continuum-of-care-in-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-in-pakistan-analysis-of-trends-and-determinants-from-2006-to-2012
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Sarosh Iqbal, Sidra Maqsood, Rubeena Zakar, Muhammad Zakria Zakar, Florian Fischer
BACKGROUND: Pakistan, being a developing country, presents the dismal picture of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. The majority of maternal and neonatal deaths could be avoided if Continuum of Care (CoC) is provided in a structured pathway from pregnancy to birth and to the first week of life of the newborn child. This study aimed to analyse the trends of CoC at all three levels (antenatal care, skilled delivery and postpartum care) and to identify various factors affecting the continuation in receiving CoC in Pakistan during 2006 to 2012...
March 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271020/a-readability-comparison-of-anti-versus-pro-influenza-vaccination-online-messages-in-japan
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Tsuyoshi Okuhara, Hirono Ishikawa, Masahumi Okada, Mio Kato, Takahiro Kiuchi
Historically, anti-vaccination sentiment has existed in many populations. Mass media plays a large role in disseminating and sensationalizing vaccine objections, especially via the medium of the Internet. Based on studies of processing fluency, we assumed that anti-influenza vaccination online messages to be more readable and more fluently processed than pro-influenza vaccination online messages, which may consequently sway the opinions of some audiences. The aim of this study was to compare readability of anti- and pro-influenza vaccination online messages in Japan using a measure of readability...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258334/the-occupy-central-umbrella-movement-and-mental-health-distress-in-the-hong-kong-general-public-political-movements-and-concerns-as-potential-structural-risk-factors-of-population-mental-health
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Joseph T F Lau, Yoona Kim, Anise M S Wu, Zixin Wang, Bishan Huang, Phoenix K H Mo
PURPOSE: Political tension, as expressed by mass movements such as the Occupy Central movement (2014) in Hong Kong, is a potential but understudied structural factor of population mental health. METHODS: A random population-based telephone survey anonymously interviewed 344 Hong Kong Chinese adults aged 18-65 years during the 2 weeks since the termination date of the 2-month-long Occupy Central movement (15/12/2014). Linear regression models were fit using mental distress (depression, anxiety and negative mood) and self-perceived changes in mood/sleeping quality as dependent variables...
March 3, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248627/does-health-information-in-mass-media-help-or-hurt-patients-investigation-of-potential-negative-influence-of-mass-media-health-information-on-patients-beliefs-and-medication-regimen-adherence
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Heewon Im, Jisu Huh
As an important public health issue, patient medication non-adherence has drawn much attention, but research on the impact of mass media as an information source on patient medication adherence has been scant. Given that mass media often provide confusing and contradicting information regarding health/medical issues, this study examined the potential negative influence of exposure to health information in mass media on patients' beliefs about their illnesses and medications, and medication adherence, in comparison with the effects of exposure to another primary medication information source, physicians...
March 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228062/best-practices-for-suicide-prevention-messaging-and-evaluating-california-s-know-the-signs-media-campaign
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Joie Acosta, Rajeev Ramchand, Amariah Becker
BACKGROUND: Although communication is a key component of US strategies to prevent suicide and there are a number of marketing campaigns promoting messages that suicide is a preventable public health problem, there has been little evaluation of these campaigns. AIMS: The study describes the development of a checklist of best practices for suicide prevention communication campaigns and the use of the checklist to evaluate California's investment in "Know the Signs" (KTS-M), a suicide prevention mass media campaign...
February 23, 2017: Crisis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202946/association-of-serum-uric-acid-with-subsequent-arterial-stiffness-and-renal-function-in-normotensive-subjects
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Shiori Nagano, Maasa Takahashi, Nobuyuki Miyai, Mayumi Oka, Miyoko Utsumi, Mitsuru Shiba, Kanae Mure, Tatsuya Takeshita, Mikio Arita
Serum uric acid (SUA) is correlated with an increased risk of not only gout but also cardiovascular diseases. The present study aimed to longitudinally evaluate the effects of SUA level on renal function and arterial stiffness in a population-based sample of normotensive subjects. The subjects completed a health checkup in 2002 at baseline and in 2011 or 2012 at the end of the follow-up period. A total of 407 normotensive subjects (171 men and 236 women) aged 26-66 years were enrolled in this study. We measured blood pressure (BP), brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV), central BP, intima-media thickness, SUA level and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)...
February 16, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109313/can-an-educational-podcast-improve-the-ability-of-parents-of-primary-school-children-to-assess-the-reliability-of-claims-made-about-the-benefits-and-harms-of-treatments-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Daniel Semakula, Allen Nsangi, Matt Oxman, Astrid Austvoll-Dahlgren, Sarah Rosenbaum, Margaret Kaseje, Laetitia Nyirazinyoye, Atle Fretheim, Iain Chalmers, Andrew D Oxman, Nelson K Sewankambo
BACKGROUND: Claims made about the effects of treatments are very common in the media and in the population more generally. The ability of individuals to understand and assess such claims can affect their decisions and health outcomes. Many people in both low- and high-income countries have inadequate aptitude to assess information about the effects of treatments. As part of the Informed Healthcare Choices project, we have prepared a series of podcast episodes to help improve people's ability to assess claims made about treatment effects...
January 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103074/mass-shootings-the-role-of-the-media-in-promoting-generalized-imitation
#16
James N Meindl, Jonathan W Ivy
Mass shootings are a particular problem in the United States, with one mass shooting occurring approximately every 12.5 days. Recently a "contagion" effect has been suggested wherein the occurrence of one mass shooting increases the likelihood of another mass shooting occurring in the near future. Although contagion is a convenient metaphor used to describe the temporal spread of a behavior, it does not explain how the behavior spreads. Generalized imitation is proposed as a better model to explain how one person's behavior can influence another person to engage in similar behavior...
March 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098107/knowledge-and-attitude-towards-organ-donation-among-adult-population-in-al-kharj-saudi-arabia
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Sandeep Agrawal, Saud Binsaleem, Mohammed Al-Homrani, Abdullaziz Al-Juhayim, Abdullah Al-Harbi
Organ transplantation is a lifesaving treatment for patients with end-stage organ failure. Despite the advanced medical science and technology, shortage of organs had led to a growing gap between the demand for organs and the number of donors. With a limited number of studies on the subject and based on those findings, the public knowledge and attitudes must be assessed to understand more clearly that why many people are opposing donating their organs in Saudi Arabia. The objective of our study was to assess the knowledge and attitude of the adult population toward organ donation in Saudi Arabia...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090752/urban-rural-disparity-and-determinants-of-delivery-care-utilization-in-oromia-region-ethiopia-community-based-cross-sectional-study
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Dinke Kenea, Hunduma Jisha
Low delivery care utilization continues to be a public health problem that significantly contributes to maternal morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries like Ethiopia. The aim of the study is to determine the extent of urban-rural disparity of delivery care utilization and its determinants. A community-based cross-sectional quantitative study supplemented with qualitative data was conducted from February 15 to March 10, 2014. Data were collected from eligible woman using interviewer-guided semistructured questionnaires and focus group discussions...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067869/clinical-and-biological-markers-of-premature-aging-after-autologous-sct-in-childhood-cancer
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A Vatanen, M Hou, T Huang, O Söder, T Jahnukainen, M Kurimo, T H Ojala, T Sarkola, M Turanlahti, U M Saarinen-Pihkala, K Jahnukainen
The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence of frailty and physical health limitations among long-term survivors of high-risk neuroblastoma (HR NBL) and to investigate whether frail health is associated with variables of cardiovascular function, markers of inflammation and telomere length. A national study cohort of 19 (median age 22, range 16-30 years) long-term (>10 years) HR NBL survivors was studied and the findings were compared with 20 age- and sex-matched controls. Frailty was defined as ⩾3 of the following conditions: low muscle mass, low energy expenditure, slow running and weakness...
April 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049230/a-survey-of-parental-perception-and-pattern-of-action-in-response-to-influenza-like-illness-in-their-children-including-healthcare-use-and-vaccination-in-korea
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Ji Hyen Hwang, Chang Hoon Lim, Dong Ho Kim, Byung Wook Eun, Dae Sun Jo, Young Hwan Song, Yun Kyung Kim
Seasonal influenza is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality of children in Korea. However, few data are available on parental perception and action toward childhood influenza. This study aimed to characterize parental perception and patterns of action in response to influenza and influenza-like illnesses (ILIs), including vaccination and healthcare use. This prospective study involved a random survey of parents whose children were aged 6-59 months. The survey was conducted in October 2014. The study included 638 parents of 824 children younger than 6 years...
February 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
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