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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454045/canadian-harm-reduction-policies-a-comparative-content-analysis-of-provincial-and-territorial-documents-2000-2015
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T Cameron Wild, Bernie Pauly, Lynne Belle-Isle, Walter Cavalieri, Richard Elliott, Carol Strike, Kenneth Tupper, Andrew Hathaway, Colleen Dell, Donald MacPherson, Caitlin Sinclair, Kamagaju Karekezi, Benjamin Tan, Elaine Hyshka
BACKGROUND: Access to harm reduction interventions among substance users across Canada is highly variable, and largely within the policy jurisdiction of the provinces and territories. This study systematically described variation in policy frameworks guiding harm reduction services among Canadian provinces and territories as part of the first national multimethod case study of harm reduction policy. METHODS: Systematic and purposive searches identified publicly-accessible policy texts guiding planning and organization of one or more of seven targeted harm reduction services: needle distribution, naloxone, supervised injection/consumption, low-threshold opioid substitution (or maintenance) treatment, buprenorphine/naloxone (suboxone), drug checking, and safer inhalation kits...
April 25, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454044/unintended-impacts-of-regulatory-changes-to-british-columbia-methadone-maintenance-program-on-addiction-and-hiv-related-outcomes-an-interrupted-time-series-analysis
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M Eugenia Socías, Evan Wood, Ryan McNeil, Thomas Kerr, Huiru Dong, Jean Shoveller, Julio Montaner, M-J Milloy
BACKGROUND: In February 2014, several regulatory reforms were introduced to the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program in British Columbia, Canada, including a switch to a ten-times more concentrated methadone formulation and restrictions in pharmacy delivery services. We evaluated possible unintended effects of these changes on illicit drug use patterns and HIV treatment outcomes among HIV-positive opioid users. METHODS: Data was drawn from ACCESS, a prospective community-recruited cohort of HIV-positive people who use illicit drugs in Vancouver, Canada...
April 25, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453946/a-dermatologist-s-approach-to-genitourinary-syndrome-of-menopause
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Matthew Hum, Marlene Dytoc
BACKGROUND: Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a debilitating condition caused by hypoestrogenism that presents with vaginal dryness and dyspareunia as well as other genital, sexual, and urinary symptoms. Previously known as atrophic vaginitis, the term GSM is now used. OBJECTIVE: To help familiarise dermatologists with diagnosing and managing GSM. METHODS: In total, 218 articles were identified and reviewed by 2 independent authors using PubMed...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453827/factors-constraining-patient-engagement-in-implantable-medical-device-discussions-and-decisions-interviews-with-physicians
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Anna R Gagliardi, Pascale Lehoux, Ariel Ducey, Anthony Easty, Sue Ross, Chaim M Bell, Patricia Trbovich, Julie Takata, David R Urbach
Objective: Patient engagement (PE) is warranted when treatment risks and outcomes are uncertain, as is the case for higher risk medical devices. Previous research found that patients were not engaged in discussions or decisions about implantable medical devices. This study explored physician views about engaging patients in such discussions. Design: Qualitative interviews using a basic descriptive approach. Setting: Canada. Participants: Practicing cardiovascular and orthopaedic physicians...
April 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449400/a-novel-implementation-strategy-in-residential-care-settings-to-promote-ebp-direct-care-provider-perceptions-and-development-of-a-conceptual-framework
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Susan E Slaughter, Erin Bampton, Daniel F Erin, Carla Ickert, C Allyson Jones, Carole A Estabrooks
BACKGROUND: Innovative approaches are required to facilitate the adoption and sustainability of evidence-based care practices. We propose a novel implementation strategy, a peer reminder role, which involves offering a brief formal reminder to peers during structured unit meetings. AIMS: This study aims to (a) identify healthcare aide (HCA) perceptions of a peer reminder role for HCAs, and (b) develop a conceptual framework for the role based on these perceptions...
April 27, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449121/tri-directional-anaphases-as-a-novel-chromosome-segregation-defect-in-human-oocytes
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Jenna Haverfield, Nicola L Dean, Diana Nöel, Gaudeline Rémillard-Labrosse, Veronique Paradis, Isaac-Jacques Kadoch, Greg FitzHarris
STUDY QUESTION: What are the chromosome segregation errors in human oocyte meiosis-I that may underlie oocyte aneuploidy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Multiple modes of chromosome segregation error were observed, including tri-directional anaphases, which we attribute to loss of bipolar spindle structure at anaphase-I. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte aneuploidy is common and associated with infertility, but mechanistic information on the chromosome segregation errors underlying these defects is scarce...
April 25, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448903/violence-trauma-and-living-with-hiv-longitudinal-predictors-of-initiating-crystal-methamphetamine-injection-among-sex-workers
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Elena Argento, Steffanie A Strathdee, Shira Goldenberg, Melissa Braschel, Julio Montaner, Kate Shannon
BACKGROUND: Despite rapid increases in crystal methamphetamine (CM) use worldwide and established gendered patterns of use, empirical research on CM injection initiation among sex workers is limited. Given the wide range of harms associated with CM, alongside stimulant effects including sexual dis-inhibition and prolonged awake-ness, this study aimed to longitudinally investigate socio-structural predictors of initiating CM injection among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada. METHODS: Data (2010-2014) were drawn from a community-based cohort of women sex workers: AESHA (An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access)...
April 19, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448858/the-development-and-piloting-of-an-ehealth-breastfeeding-resource-targeting-fathers-and-partners-as-co-parents
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Jennifer Abbass-Dick, Fangli Xie, Jaymie Koroluk, Shelley Alcock Brillinger, Joanne Huizinga, Amber Newport, William M Goodman, Cindy-Lee Dennis
OBJECTIVE: Traditionally breastfeeding education programs target mothers solely. The objective of this study was to design and pilot test an interactive eHealth breastfeeding co-parenting resource developed to target both mothers and fathers. eHealth resources provide an accessible and engaging format on which to educate parents and assist them in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Best practices to design such resources are not currently known. DESIGN: A three phase pilot study was conducted...
April 18, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448720/mosaic-neurofibromatosis-type-1-in-children-a-single-institution-experience
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Irene Lara-Corrales, Mitra Moazzami, Maria Teresa García-Romero, Elena Pope, Patricia Parkin, Andrea Shugar, Peter Kannu
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a neurocutaneous disorder caused by loss-of-function mutation in the NF1 gene. Segmental or mosaic NF1 (MNF) is an uncommon presentation of the NF1 result of postzygotic mutations that present with subtle localised clinical findings. OBJECTIVES: Our study's objectives were to describe the clinical characteristics of children with MNF. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of children diagnosed with MNF at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, from January 1992 to September 2012...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448657/association-between-slc16a5-genetic-variation-and-cisplatin-induced-ototoxic-effects-in-adult-patients-with-testicular-cancer
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Britt I Drögemöller, Jose G Monzon, Amit P Bhavsar, Adrienne E Borrie, Beth Brooks, Galen E B Wright, Geoffrey Liu, Daniel J Renouf, Christian K Kollmannsberger, Philippe L Bedard, Folefac Aminkeng, Ursula Amstutz, Claudette A Hildebrand, Erandika P Gunaretnam, Carol Critchley, Zhuo Chen, Liam R Brunham, Michael R Hayden, Colin J D Ross, Karen A Gelmon, Bruce C Carleton
Importance: Cisplatin-induced ototoxic effects are an important complication that affects testicular cancer survivors as a consequence of treatment. The identification of genetic variants associated with this adverse drug reaction will further our mechanistic understanding of its development and potentially lead to strategies to prevent ototoxic effects. Objective: To identify the genetic variants associated with cisplatin-induced ototoxic effects in adult testicular cancer patients...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448236/development-of-a-french-version-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-revised-a-pilot-study-of-palliative-care-patients-perspectives
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Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Ann Huot, Valérie Gratton, Shirley H Bush, Yoko Tarumi, Sharon M Watanabe
BACKGROUND: The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-revised (ESAS-r) is a nine-item self-report symptom intensity tool developed for palliative care patients, with the option of adding a 10th patient-specific symptom. Due to growing international uptake, the ESAS-r has been translated into different languages. There has not been agreement, however, regarding a standard process for translation into multiple languages, which also includes patients' perspectives. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a French version of the ESAS-r, using a standardized translation protocol, and to obtain palliative care patients' perspectives regarding this translated tool...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448208/explanations-for-not-receiving-the-seasonal-influenza-vaccine-an-ontario-canada-based-survey
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Samantha B Meyer, Rebecca Lum
Despite evidence of the importance of the seasonal influenza vaccine for both individual and population health, only a third of the Ontario population received the vaccine in 2013/2014. The objective of this study was to identify why Ontarians are not getting the seasonal influenza vaccine. Written responses to the question "Why didn't you get the seasonal flu vaccine in the last flu season?" were deductively analyzed using the Conceptual Model of Vaccine Hesitancy. Inductive coding was also conducted to identify explanations that fall outside of the present model and may be unique to the seasonal influenza vaccine...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447899/the-american-college-of-surgeons-minimum-standards-for-hospitals-and-the-provision-of-high-quality-laboratory-services
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James R Wright
CONTEXT: - The first major project of the American College of Surgeons (Chicago, Illinois), founded in 1913, was implementing Minimum Standards for Hospitals. The 1918 standard (1) established medical staff organizations in hospitals; (2) restricted membership to licensed practitioners in good standing; (3) mandated that the medical staff work with hospital administration to develop and adopt regulations and policies governing their professional work; (4) required standardized, accessible medical records; and (5) required availability of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities...
May 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447870/does-specialized-inpatient-rehabilitation-affect-whether-or-not-people-with-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-return-home
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Christiana L Cheng, Tova Plashkes, Tian Shen, Nader Fallah, Suzanne Humphreys, Colleen O'Connell, A Gary Linassi, Chester Ho, Christine Short, Karen Ethans, Rebecca Charbonneau, Jérôme Paquet, Vanessa K Noonan
Return to living at home is an important patient-reported outcome following traumatic spinal cord injury (tSCI). Specialized inpatient rehabilitation assists such patients in maximizing function and independence. Our project aim was to describe those patients receiving specialized rehabilitation after tSCI in Canada, and to determine if such rehabilitation improved the likelihood of returning home. This cohort study utilized data from RHSCIR to identify patients with tSCI discharged from 1 of 18 participating acute specialized spine facilities between 2011-2015 to either 1 of 13 participating specialized rehabilitation facilities, or another discharge destination...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447821/intersectional-policy-analysis-of-self-directed-mental-health-care-in-canada
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Judith A Cook, Marina Morrow, Lupin Battersby
OBJECTIVE: Recovery from mental illness is influenced by one's social location along multiple dimensions of identity, such as race, class, gender, age, and ability, and by how these social locations are expressed through structural and institutional barriers. This project was developed using an intersectional policy analysis framework designed to promote equity across identity locations-called the multistrand method-to examine the potential use of self-directed care financing approaches in the Canadian mental health system...
April 27, 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447582/training-the-next-generation-of-canadian-clinician-scientists-charting-a-path-to-success
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Charles Yin, Patrick E Steadman, Tavis Apramian, Tianwei E Zhou, Abdullah Ishaque, Xin Wang, Alexandra Kuzyk, Nebras Warsi
Clinician-scientists are physicians with training in both clinical medicine and research that enables them to occupy a unique niche as specialists in basic and translational biomedical research. While there is widespread acknowledgement of the importance of clinician-scientists in today's landscape of evidence-based medical practice, training of clinician-scientists in Canada has been on the decline, with fewer opportunities to obtain funding. With the increasing length of training and lower financial compensation, fewer medical graduates are choosing to pursue such a career...
April 26, 2017: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447425/ten-color-15-antibody-flow-cytometry-panel-for-immunophenotyping-of-lymphocyte-population
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REVIEW
A Rajab, O Axler, J Leung, M Wozniak, A Porwit
We have developed a lymphoproliferative disorder screening tube (LPD-ST) with the aim to provide comprehensive immunophenotyping of lymphocyte subsets with minimal need for additional testing. The LPD-ST consists of CD4/kappa FITC, CD8/lambda PE, CD3/CD14ECD, CD38PC5.5, CD20/CD56PC7, CD10APC, CD19APC-A700, CD5APC-A750, CD57/CD23PB and CD45KO. The LPD-ST was validated against previously used lymphocyte subset panels in Canada (n=60) and in Sweden (n=43) and against the OneFlow(™) LST (n=60). The LPD-ST panel was then implemented in clinical practice using dried monoclonal antibody reagents (Duraclone(®) ) on 649 patient samples in Sweden...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446698/adaptation-to-a-latitudinal-thermal-gradient-within-a-widespread-copepod-species-the-contributions-of-genetic-divergence-and-phenotypic-plasticity
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Ricardo J Pereira, Matthew C Sasaki, Ronald S Burton
Understanding how populations adapt to heterogeneous thermal regimes is essential for comprehending how latitudinal gradients in species diversification are formed, and how taxa will respond to ongoing climate change. Adaptation can occur by innate genetic factors, by phenotypic plasticity, or by a combination of both mechanisms. Yet, the relative contribution of such mechanisms to large-scale latitudinal gradients of thermal tolerance across conspecific populations remains unclear. We examine thermal performance in 11 populations of the intertidal copepod Tigriopus californicus, ranging from Baja California Sur (Mexico) to British Columbia (Canada)...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446633/lactose-intolerance-lct-13910c-t-genotype-is-associated-with-plasma-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-concentrations-in-caucasians-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Ohood Alharbi, Ahmed El-Sohemy
Background: The LCT-13910C>T gene variant is associated with lactose intolerance (LI) in different ethnic groups. Individuals with LI often limit or avoid dairy consumption, a major dietary source of vitamin D in North America, which may lead to inadequate vitamin D intake.Objective: The objective was to determine the prevalence of genotypes predictive of LI in different ethnic groups living in Canada and to determine whether the LCT genotype is associated with plasma 25(OH)D concentrations.Methods: Blood samples were drawn from a total of 1495 men and women aged 20-29 y from the Toronto Nutrigenomics and Health Study for genotyping and plasma 25(OH)D analysis...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446446/the-cardiovascular-health-in-ambulatory-care-research-team-performance-indicators-for-the-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-a-modified-delphi-panel-study
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Jack V Tu, Laura C Maclagan, Dennis T Ko, Clare L Atzema, Gillian L Booth, Sharon Johnston, Karen Tu, Douglas S Lee, Arlene Bierman, Ruth Hall, R Sacha Bhatia, Andrea S Gershon, Sheldon W Tobe, Claudia Sanmartin, Peter Liu, Anna Chu
BACKGROUND: High-quality ambulatory care can reduce cardiovascular disease risk, but important gaps exist in the provision of cardiovascular preventive care. We sought to develop a set of key performance indicators that can be used to measure and improve cardiovascular care in the primary care setting. METHODS: As part of the Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team initiative, we established a 14-member multidisciplinary expert panel to develop a set of indicators for measuring primary prevention performance in ambulatory cardiovascular care...
April 25, 2017: CMAJ Open
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