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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351672/high-treatment-success-rate-among-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-myanmar-2012-2014-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Myat K Thu, Ajay M V Kumar, Kyaw T Soe, Saw Saw, Saw Thein, Zaw Mynit, Htet M W Maung, Si T Aung
Background: Since 2011, Myanmar has adopted domiciliary care for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients and implemented several patient-support measures such as community-based directly observed treatment, nutritional support and financial incentives for patients and providers. We assessed treatment outcomes among MDR-TB patients registered for treatment in the Yangon and Mandalay Regions of Myanmar during 2012-2014 and factors associated with unfavourable treatment outcomes...
January 17, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351636/effectiveness-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-immunoprophylaxis-on-bronchiolitis-hospitalizations-among-high-risk-infants
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Pingsheng Wu, Gabriel J Escobar, Tebeb Gebretsadik, Kecia N Carroll, Sherian X Li, Eileen M Walsh, Edward F Mitchel, Chantel Sloan, William D Dupont, Chang Yu, Jeffrey R Horner, Tina V Hartert
We sought to determine the real-world effectiveness of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) immunoprophylaxis in a population-based cohort to inform policy. The study population included infants born 1996-2008 and enrolled in Kaiser Permanente Northern California. During the RSV season (November-March), RSV immunoprophylaxis administration and the following 30 days were defined as RSV immunoprophylaxis protected period(s), and all other days as unprotected period(s). Bronchiolitis hospitalizations were determined using the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision codes during RSV season...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351629/housing-conditions-and-risk-of-physical-function-limitations-a-prospective-study-of-community-dwelling-older-adults
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Bibiana Pérez-Hernández, Esther Lopez-García, Auxiliadora Graciani, José Luis Ayuso-Mateos, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo, Esther García-Esquinas
Background: Poor housing conditions have been associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality in old age. Methods: Prospective cohort of 1602 older adults followed from 2012 to 2015. Poor conditions were defined as living in a walk-up building, lacking piped hot water or heating, feeling frequently cold at home, lacking a bathtub/shower, a refrigerator, a washing machine, an own room or a landline. Frailty was assessed with the Fried criteria, lower extremities performance with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), and disability in instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) with the Lawton and Brody questionnaire...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351620/correlates-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-older-colorado-firefighters
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K Li, E Ochoa, T Lipsey, T Nelson
Background: It has been documented that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality in on-duty firefighters and little is known about the association between cardiorespiratory fitness and 10-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Aims: To estimate the probability of 10-year ASCVD risk and its association with per cent body fat (%BF), metabolic syndrome (MetS) and physical fitness in Colorado firefighters. Methods: Ten-year ASCVD risk was calculated using the newly developed pooled cohort equations in firefighters...
January 17, 2018: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351557/effects-of-night-time-and-weekend-admissions-on-in-hospital-mortality-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-in-japan
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Seiko Mizuno, Susumu Kunisawa, Noriko Sasaki, Kiyohide Fushimi, Yuichi Imanaka
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to hospital during off-hours may experience poorer quality of care and clinical outcomes. However, few studies have examined the variations in clinical processes and outcomes across admission times and days of the week in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. This study aimed to comparatively analyze the effect of weekend and weekday admissions stratified by admission time on in-hospital mortality in AMI patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using a large nationwide administrative database, we analyzed 103,908 AMI patients admitted to 639 Japanese acute care hospitals between April 2011 and March 2015...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351551/periodontal-health-status-and-lung-function-in-two-norwegian-cohorts
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Antonio Manuel Pérez Barrionuevo, Francisco Gómez Real, Jannicke Igland, Ane Johannessen, Ernst Omenaas, Karl A Franklin, Laura Pérez Barrionuevo, Anne Nordrehaug Åstrøm, Cecilie Svanes, Randi Jacobsen Bertelsen
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The oral cavity is united with the airways, and thus poor oral health may affect respiratory health. However, data on the interaction of periodontal and respiratory health is limited. We aimed to evaluate whether periodontal health status, assessed by the Community Periodontal Index (CPI), was related to lung function among young and middle-aged adults in two Norwegian cohorts. METHODS: Periodontal health status and lung function were measured among 656 participants in the Norwegian part of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey (ECHRS III) and the RHINESSA offspring study...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351544/long-term-exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-blood-pressure-and-incident-hypertension-in-taiwanese-adults
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Zilong Zhang, Cui Guo, Alexis K H Lau, Ta-Chien Chan, Yuan Chieh Chuang, Changqing Lin, Wun Kai Jiang, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Tony Tam, Kam S Woo, Bryan P Yan, Ly-Yun Chang, Martin C S Wong, Xiang Qian Lao
BACKGROUND: Long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM) air pollution may increase blood pressure and the risk of hypertension. However, epidemiological evidence is scarce and inconsistent. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the associations between long-term exposure to PM with an aerodynamic diameter <2.5μm (PM2.5), blood pressure, and incident hypertension in a large Taiwanese cohort. METHODS: We studied 361,560 adults ≥18y old from a large cohort who participated in a standard medical examination program during 2001 to 2014...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351501/pediatric-anaphylaxis-in-the-prehospital-setting-incidence-characteristics-and-management
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Emily Andrew, Ziad Nehme, Stephen Bernard, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: Although hospital presentations for pediatric anaphylaxis have been described in the literature, a minimal amount is known regarding the incidence, characteristics, and management of pediatric anaphylaxis presenting to emergency medical services (EMS). METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study of pediatrics (≤16 years) presenting to EMS in Victoria, Australia. Patients with suspected anaphylaxis were included if they were treated with epinephrine before or after EMS arrival...
January 19, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351461/exercise-training-induces-enos-coupling-and-restores-relaxation-in-coronary-arteries-of-heart-failure-rats
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Gisele Kruger Couto, Suliana Mesquita Paula, Igor L Gomes-Santos, Carlos Eduardo Negrão, Luciana Venturini Rossoni
Exercise training (ET) has emerged as a non-pharmacological therapy for cardiovascular diseases because of its helpful milieu for improving vascular function. The aim of the present study was to assess whether ET reverses the alterations in vascular reactivity observed in heart failure (HF)-related coronary arteries and to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in these adjustments. Male Wistar rats were subjected to either coronary artery ligation or sham operation (SO). Four weeks after the surgery, the rats were divided into two groups: untrained HF (UHF) and exercise-trained HF (THF)...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351368/benefit-finding-and-diurnal-cortisol-after-prostate-cancer-the-mediating-role-of-positive-affect
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Ashley W Wang, Michael A Hoyt
OBJECTIVE: Benefit finding (BF) has exhibited a salutary effect on psychological adjustment to cancer. However, few studies have examined its relationship with physiology or have examined BF in men with cancer. This study investigated whether BF is associated with Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis activity (i.e., diurnal salivary cortisol) in men treated for prostate cancer. Positive affect (PA) is proposed as a potential pathway linking BF to diurnal salivary cortisol. METHODS: A sample of 66 men treated for localized prostate cancer within the prior two years completed questionnaires and collected salivary cortisol three times per day over three consecutive days...
January 19, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351352/the-retinal-locus-of-fixation-in-simulations-of-progressing-central-scotomas
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Maria J Barraza-Bernal, Katharina Rifai, Siegfried Wahl
Patients with central scotoma use a preferred retinal locus (PRL) of fixation to perform visual tasks. Some of the conditions that cause central scotoma are progressive, and as a consequence, the PRL needs to be adjusted throughout the progression. The present study investigates the peripheral locus of fixation in subjects under a simulation of progressive central scotoma. Five normally sighted subjects participated in the study. A foveally centered mask of varying size was presented to simulate the scotoma...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351331/the-association-between-previous-and-future-severe-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-updating-the-literature-using-robust-statistical-methodology
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Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Hui Xie, Mahyar Etminan, Kate Johnson, J Mark FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: There is minimal evidence on the extent to which the occurrence of a severe acute exacerbation of COPD that results in hospitalization affects the subsequent disease course. Previous studies on this topic did not generate causally-interpretable estimates. Our aim was to use corrected methodology to update previously reported estimates of the associations between previous and future exacerbations in these patients. METHODS: Using administrative health data in British Columbia, Canada (1997-2012), we constructed a cohort of patients with at least one severe exacerbation, defined as an episode of inpatient care with the main diagnosis of COPD based on international classification of diseases (ICD) codes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351313/effectiveness-and-safety-of-early-medication-abortion-provided-in-pharmacies-by-auxiliary-nurse-midwives-a-non-inferiority-study-in-nepal
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Corinne H Rocca, Mahesh Puri, Prabhakar Shrestha, Maya Blum, Dev Maharjan, Daniel Grossman, Kiran Regmi, Philip D Darney, Cynthia C Harper
BACKGROUND: Expanding access to medication abortion through pharmacies is a promising avenue to reach women with safe and convenient care, yet no pharmacy provision interventions have been evaluated. This observational non-inferiority study investigated the effectiveness and safety of mifepristone-misoprostol medication abortion provided at pharmacies, compared to government-certified public health facilities, by trained auxiliary nurse-midwives in Nepal. METHODS: Auxiliary nurse-midwives were trained to provide medication abortion through twelve pharmacies and public facilities as part of a demonstration project in two districts...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351244/school-contextual-features-of-social-disorder-and-mental-health-complaints-a-multilevel-analysis-of-swedish-sixth-grade-students
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Bitte Modin, Stephanie Plenty, Sara B Låftman, Malin Bergström, Marie Berlin, Per A Gustafsson, Anders Hjern
This study addressed school-contextual features of social disorder in relation to sixth-grade students' experiences of bullying victimization and mental health complaints. It investigated, firstly, whether the school's concentrations of behavioural problems were associated with individual students' likelihood of being bullied, and secondly, whether the school's concentrations of behavioural problems and bullying victimization predicted students' emotional and psychosomatic health complaints. The data were derived from the Swedish National Survey of Mental Health among Children and Young People, carried out among sixth-grade students (approximately 12-13 years old) in Sweden in 2009...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351232/dietary-acid-load-and-potassium-intake-associate-with-blood-pressure-and-hypertension-prevalence-in-a-representative-sample-of-the-german-adult-population
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Danika Krupp, Jonas Esche, Gert Bernardus Maria Mensink, Stefanie Klenow, Michael Thamm, Thomas Remer
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables, like the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)-diet, are usually characterized by high potassium intake and reduced dietary acid load, and have been shown to reduce blood pressure (BP). However, the relevance of potential renal acid load (PRAL) for BP has not been compared with the relevance to BP of urinary biomarker (K-urine)- and dietary food frequency questionnaire (K-FFQ)-based estimates of potassium intake in a general adult population sample. For 6788 participants (aged 18-79 years) of the representative German Health-Interview and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1), associations of PRAL, K-urine, and K-FFQ with BP and hypertension prevalence were cross-sectionally examined in multivariable linear and logistic regression models...
January 19, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351170/risk-of-preterm-birth-following-late-pregnancy-exposure-to-nsaids-or-cox-2-inhibitors
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Anick Bérard, Odile Sheehy, Sylvie Girard, Jin-Ping Zhao, Sasha Bernatsky
Pregnant women may take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), selective cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors or biologic agents to relieve symptoms or manage disease flares in late pregnancy. We aimed to quantify the risk of prematurity associated with late pregnancy exposure to non-selective NSAIDs, selective COX-2 inhibitors and biologic agents. Using data from Quebec Pregnancy Cohort, we performed a population-based cohort study. We included all women who were covered by the Quebec Drug Plan and had a singleton livebirth between 1/1/1998 and 31/12/2009...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351157/association-between-cotinine-verified-smoking-status-and-risk-of-colorectal-neoplasia
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Nam Hee Kim, Yoon Suk Jung, Hyo-Joon Yang, Soo-Kyung Park, Jung Ho Park, Dong Il Park, Chong Il Sohn
GOALS: We evaluated the association of urinary cotinine-verified smoking status with the risk of colorectal neoplasia (CRN). BACKGROUND: Many studies have reported the association between the risk of CRN and smoking status, based on self-reported questionnaires. Although self-reported smoking status may be inaccurate, to our knowledge, no study has yet assessed the association between objective biomarkers of tobacco exposure and the risk of CRN. STUDY: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 96,806 asymptomatic examinees who underwent colonoscopy and urinary cotinine measurements as part of a health check-up...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351155/inpatient-outcomes-for-gastrointestinal-bleeding-associated-with-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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George Cholankeril, Menghan Hu, Rosann Cholankeril, Muhammad A Khan, Chiran Gadiparthi, Eric R Yoo, Ryan B Perumpail, Satheesh Nair, Colin W Howden
GOALS: The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of inpatient outcomes of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB) related to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND: With all-cause mortality increasing in patients undergoing PCIs, outcomes for GIB associated with PCI may be adversely impacted. STUDY: Using the National Inpatient Sample (2007 to 2012), we performed a nested case-control study assessing inpatient outcomes including incidence and mortality for PCI-related GIB hospitalizations...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351046/young-adults-experience-of-appearance-altering-orthognathic-surgery-a-longitudinal-interpretative-phenomenologic-analysis
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Morna J Liddle, Sarah R Baker, Keith G Smith, Andrew R Thompson
OBJECTIVE: To gain an experiential account of the processes of change associated specifically with orthognathic surgery. DESIGN: A qualitative design was used. Semistructured interviews were carried out with 7 participants approximately 1 week before and 6-8 weeks after surgery. The data were analyzed using interpretative phenomenologic analysis (IPA). SETTING: Participants were recruited from a NHS Dental Hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Patients aged 16 to 25 years scheduled to undergo orthognathic surgery on both the upper and lower jaws were purposively sought to participate...
February 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351031/strengths-and-difficulties-questionnaire-sdq-informant-agreement-between-children-born-with-cleft-lip-and-or-palate-and-their-parents
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Susanna Memmen Bjerke, Kristin Billaud Feragen, Svein Bergvik
OBJECTIVE: Informant discrepancies on psychological measures may affect the assessment, classification, and treatment of children's mental health. Concordance between different informants has been shown to be low to moderately correlated. The present study examined the agreement between children with cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) and their parents. DESIGN: Cross-sectional data from 7 consecutive birth cohorts based on routine psychological assessments at age 10 with comparisons to national reference groups...
February 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
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