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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645466/the-scottish-enhanced-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteraemia-surveillance-program-the-first-18-months-data-in-children
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F Murdoch, J Danial, A K Morris, E Czarniak, J L Bishop, E Glass, L J Imrie
BACKGROUND: National enhanced surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia (SAB) commenced on the 1(st) of October 2014 to gain a more in-depth understanding of the epidemiology of SAB within Scotland. Children under 16 were analysed separately from adults because previous studies had demonstrated differences in the epidemiology. AIM: The aim was to identify risk factors and patient populations most at risk to allow focused improvement plans to be developed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641603/molecular-detection-of-sarcocystis-lutrae-in-the-european-badger-meles-meles-in-scotland
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T Lepore, P M Bartley, F Chianini, A I Macrae, E A Innes, F Katzer
Neck samples from 54 badgers and 32 tongue samples of the same badgers (Meles meles), collected in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland, were tested using polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) directed against the 18S ribosomal DNA and the internal transcribed spacer (ITS1) region of protozoan parasites of the family Sarcocystidae. Positive results were obtained from 36/54 (67%) neck and 24/32 (75%) tongue samples using an 18S rDNA PCR. A 468 base pair consensus sequence that was generated from the 18S rDNA PCR amplicons (KX229728) showed 100% identity to Sarcocystis lutrae...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641372/comparison-of-sociodemographic-and-health-related-characteristics-of-uk-biobank-participants-with-the-general-population
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Anna Fry, Thomas J Littlejohns, Cathie Sudlow, Nicola Doherty, Ligia Adamska, Tim Sprosen, Rory Collins, Naomi E Allen
UK Biobank is a population-based cohort of 500,000 participants recruited between 2006 and 2010. Approximately 9.2 million individuals aged 40-69 years who lived within 25 miles of the 22 assessment centres in England, Wales and Scotland were invited, and 5.4% participated in the baseline assessment. The representativeness of the UK Biobank cohort was investigated by comparing demographic characteristics between non-responders and responders. Sociodemographic, physical, lifestyle and health-related characteristics of the cohort were compared with nationally representative data sources...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640798/evaluation-of-placental-and-fetal-tissue-specimens-for-zika-virus-infection-50-states-and-district-of-columbia-january-december-2016
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Sarah Reagan-Steiner, Regina Simeone, Elizabeth Simon, Julu Bhatnagar, Titilope Oduyebo, Rebecca Free, Amy M Denison, Demi B Rabeneck, Sascha Ellington, Emily Petersen, Joy Gary, Gillian Hale, M Kelly Keating, Roosecelis B Martines, Atis Muehlenbachs, Jana Ritter, Ellen Lee, Alexander Davidson, Erin Conners, Sarah Scotland, Kayleigh Sandhu, Andrea Bingham, Elizabeth Kassens, Lou Smith, Kirsten St George, Nina Ahmad, Mary Tanner, Suzanne Beavers, Brooke Miers, Kelley VanMaldeghem, Sumaiya Khan, Ingrid Rabe, Carolyn Gould, Dana Meaney-Delman, Margaret A Honein, Wun-Ju Shieh, Denise J Jamieson, Marc Fischer, Sherif R Zaki
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause congenital microcephaly and brain abnormalities (1), and detection of Zika virus RNA in clinical and tissue specimens can provide definitive laboratory evidence of recent Zika virus infection. Whereas duration of viremia is typically short, prolonged detection of Zika virus RNA in placental, fetal, and neonatal brain tissue has been reported and can provide key diagnostic information by confirming recent Zika virus infection (2). In accordance with recent guidance (3,4), CDC provides Zika virus testing of placental and fetal tissues in clinical situations where this information could add diagnostic value...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640734/cost-effective-wound-management-a-survey-of-1717-nurses
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Heather Newton
Delivering high-quality wound care requires a mix of knowledge and skills, which nurses aim to update by attending educational events such as conferences and study days. This article describes the data obtained from 30 educational study days, which took place across England, Scotland and Wales. It will explore nurses' knowledge in relation to the cost-effectiveness and clinical efficacy of current wound care practices, based on the answers of 1717 delegates that attended the events. It will also outline the results in relation to reducing expenditure on wound dressings and the importance of performing an accurate wound assessment...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637644/does-attendance-at-a-specialist-antenatal-clinic-improve-clinical-outcomes-in-women-with-class-iii-obesity-compared-with-standard-care-a-retrospective-case-note-analysis
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Fiona C Denison, Heather MacGregor, Laura I Stirrat, Kerrie Stevenson, Jane E Norman, Rebecca M Reynolds
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether attendance at a specialised multidisciplinary antenatal clinic for women with class III obesity (BMI >40 kg/m(2)) is associated with improved clinical outcomes compared with standard antenatal care. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study using routinely collected data from electronic patient record. SETTING: Community and hospital based antenatal care. PARTICIPANTS: Women with a singleton pregnancy with class III obesity booked for antenatal care and delivered in one of two hospitals in NHS Lothian, Scotland, UK between 2008 and 2014...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637428/quality-of-care-provided-in-two-scottish-rural-community-maternity-units-a-retrospective-case-review
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Sara Denham, Tracy Humphrey, Ruth Taylor
BACKGROUND: Women in Scotland with uncomplicated pregnancies are encouraged by professional bodies and national guidelines to access community based models of midwife-led care for their labour and birth. The evidence base for these guidelines relates to comparisons of predominantly urban birth settings in England. There appears to be little evidence available about the quality of the care during the antenatal, birth and post birth periods available for women within the Scottish Community Maternity Unit (CMU) model...
June 21, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632482/staff-associate-specialist-and-specialty-doctors-national-audit-on-the-management-of-gonorrhoea-in-the-united-kingdom-2015
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Helen Mullan, Jane Richards, John Lee
The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) revised United Kingdom national guideline for the management of gonorrhoea in adults, 2011, identified five auditable outcome measures, namely, that all patients should receive first-line treatment, be screened or treated for chlamydial infection, have a test of cure (TOC), be offered written information and have partner notification carried out. The UK National Guideline for Gonorrhoea Testing, Clinical Effectiveness Group, BASHH, 2012, recommended in addition that all reactive nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) from pharynx and rectum should be confirmed by supplementary testing, using a second NAAT which detects a different nucleic acid target, all those with a positive NAAT for gonorrhoea should have culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing and that TOC should be done by two weeks...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629508/campylobacter-pinnipediorum-sp-nov-isolated-from-pinnipeds-comprising-campylobacter-pinnipediorum-subsp-pinnipediorum-subsp-nov-and-campylobacter-pinnipediorum-subsp-caledonicus-subsp-nov
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Maarten J Gilbert, William G Miller, Judy St Leger, Mary H Chapman, Arjen J Timmerman, Birgitta Duim, Geoffrey Foster, Jaap A Wagenaar
During independent diagnostic screenings of otariid seals in California (USA) and phocid seals in Scotland (UK), Campylobacter-like isolates, which differed from the established taxa of the genus Campylobacter, were cultured from abscesses and internal organs of different seal species. A polyphasic study was undertaken to determine the taxonomic position of these six isolates. The isolates were characterized by 16S rRNA gene and AtpA sequence analysis and by conventional phenotypic testing. The whole-genome sequences were determined for all isolates, and the average nucleotide identity (ANI) was determined...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629327/female-begging-calls-reflect-nutritional-need-of-nestlings-in-the-hen-harrier-circus-cyaneus
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Steve Redpath, Alex Thompson, Arjun Amar
BACKGROUND: Most birds exhibit bi-parental care with both sexes providing food for their young. Nestling signal food needs through begging. However, for some species, males rarely visit the nest, so have limited opportunity for gaining information directly from the chicks. Instead, females beg when males deliver food. We tested whether this calling signalled nutritional need and specifically the needs of the female (Breeder Need hypothesis) or that of their chicks (Offspring Need hypothesis)...
June 19, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628973/a-baseline-survey-of-dissolved-methane-in-aquifers-of-great-britain
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R A Bell, W G Darling, R S Ward, L Basava-Reddi, L Halwa, K Manamsa, B E Ó Dochartaigh
Interest in dissolved methane (CH4) concentrations in aquifers in England, Scotland and Wales ('Great Britain' or GB) has grown concurrently with interest in the exploitation of unconventional gas sources (UGS). Experience, mainly from North America, has shown the importance of a pre-production baseline against which changes possibly due to UGS extraction can be compared. The British Geological Survey, aided by water utilities, private users and regulators, has compiled a unique dataset for CH4 in groundwaters of GB...
June 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626829/socioeconomic-status-as-an-effect-modifier-of-alcohol-consumption-and-harm-analysis-of-linked-cohort-data
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Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, Elise Whitley, Jim Lewsey, Linsay Gray, Alastair H Leyland
BACKGROUND: Alcohol-related mortality and morbidity are high in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations compared with individuals from advantaged areas. It is unclear if this increased harm reflects differences in alcohol consumption between these socioeconomic groups, reverse causation (ie, downward social selection for high-risk drinkers), or a greater risk of harm in individuals of low socioeconomic status compared with those of higher status after similar consumption. We aimed to investigate whether the harmful effects of alcohol differ by socioeconomic status, accounting for alcohol consumption and other health-related factors...
June 2017: Lancet. Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623827/changes-in-aquatic-microbial-responses-to-c-substrates-with-stream-water-and-sediment-quality-related-to-land-use-pressures
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Marc I Stutter, Jonathan Cains
The degradation of aquatic ecosystems by multiply-acting stressors is a key threat requiring new approaches to identify impairment processes and restoration targets. Heterotrophic respiration of C-substrates can be an integrative indicator of how aquatic ecosystems respond to pollution. We utilised sixteen C-substrates (simple metabolites to dissolved organic matter (DOM)) to characterise substrate induced respiration (SIR) for sediments from sixteen NE Scotland streams covering a range of land use-related pollution pressures...
June 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623201/scotland-takes-a-step-closer-to-reversing-its-tail-docking-ban
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June 17, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622568/per-protocol-investigation-of-a-best-practice-exercise-referral-scheme
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L Stewart, E Dolan, P Carver, P A Swinton
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of an exercise referral scheme (ERS) aligned to the UK best practice guidelines on a range of outcomes including those associated with key health concerns of the Scottish population. STUDY DESIGN: A longitudinal design with data collection at three time points (baseline, midway and post) during a 12-week ERS intervention was employed. METHODS: Health-related physical fitness was assessed through measurement of resting heart rate, blood pressure, FEV1:FEV6 (ratio of forced expiratory volume over one [FEV1] and six [FEV6] seconds), body mass and peak oxygen uptake (VO2 peak), whilst functional capacity was assessed through the five times sit to stand test...
June 12, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622178/labor-analgesia-onset-with-dural-puncture-epidural-versus-traditional-epidural-using-a-26-gauge-whitacre-needle-and-0-125-bupivacaine-bolus-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Sylvia H Wilson, Bethany J Wolf, Kellie N Bingham, Quiana S Scotland, John M Fox, Erick M Woltz, Latha Hebbar
BACKGROUND: Lumbar epidurals (LEs) provide excellent analgesia. Combined spinal epidural and dural puncture epidural (DPE) are 2 techniques to expedite neuraxial analgesia onset. In DPE, dura is punctured but medication is not administered in the cerebrospinal fluid. Expedited analgesia onset has been demonstrated with DPE, using 0.25% bupivacaine; however, this concentration may impede an unassisted vaginal birth and is not currently used for induction and maintenance of labor analgesia...
June 14, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622091/differences-by-age-and-sex-in-the-sedentary-time-of-adults-in-scotland
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Tessa Strain, Paul Kelly, Nanette Mutrie, Claire Fitzsimons
Previous nationally-representative research in Scotland found a j-shaped relationship between age and leisure sedentary time (ST): a decrease from young to middle-age, before rising steeply in older-age. This study investigated the effects of age and sex on weekday (including work) ST for all adults and stratified by work-status, and on weekend day ST. Differences in the relative contributions of component behaviours were also investigated. Responses from 14,367 adult (≥16 years) 2012-14 Scottish Health Survey participants were analysed using linear regressions...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619784/relationships-between-socioeconomic-position-and-objectively-measured-sedentary-behaviour-in-older-adults-in-three-prospective-cohorts
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Richard John Shaw, Iva Čukić, Ian J Deary, Catharine R Gale, Sebastien Fm Chastin, Philippa M Dall, Dawn A Skelton, Geoff Der
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether sedentary behaviour in older adults is associated with a systematic and comprehensive range of socioeconomic position (SEP) measures across the life course. SEP measures included prospective measures of social class, income, educational qualifications and parental social class and contemporaneous measures of area deprivation. SETTING: Glasgow and the surrounding (West of Scotland) combined with Edinburgh and the surrounding area (the Lothians)...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619780/qualitative-analysis-of-6961-free-text-comments-from-the-first-national-cancer-patient-experience-survey-in-scotland
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Maggie Cunningham, Mary Wells
OBJECTIVES: To analyse free-text responses from the first Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey (SCPES) to understand patients' experiences of care, identify valued aspects and areas for improvement. DESIGN: Inductive thematic analysis of seven free-text comment boxes covering all stages of the cancer experience, from a national cohort survey. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Adult cancer patients diagnosed across all Health Boards in Scotland between July 2013 and March 2014, and who had an inpatient stay or hospital visit between January and September 2014...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615200/kallikrein-related-peptidase-5-contributes-to-h3n2-influenza-virus-infection-in-human-lungs
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Melia Magnen, Fabien Gueugnon, Antoine Guillon, Thomas Baranek, Virginie C Thibault, Agnès Petit-Courty, Simon J de Veer, Jonathan Harris, Alison A Humbles, Mustapha Si-Tahar, Yves Courty
The HA (hemagglutinin) of influenza virus must be activated by proteolysis before the virus can become infectious. Previous studies have indicated that HA cleavage is driven by membrane-bound or extracellular serine proteases in the respiratory tract. However, there is still uncertainty as to which proteases are critical for activating the HA of seasonal influenza A viruses (IAV) in humans. This study focuses on human KLK1 and KLK5, two of the 15 serine proteases known as the kallikrein-related peptidases (KLK)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
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