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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335010/schistosomiasis-in-scottish-travellers-public-health-importance-of-laboratory-testing-and-the-need-for-enhanced-surveillance
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Claire L Alexander, Laura Cottom, Kitty Smith, Kali Perrow, Michael Coyne, Brian L Jones
Background: Imported schistosomiasis is of significant public health importance and is likely to be underestimated since infection is often asymptomatic. We describe data from travellers residing in Scotland which includes a subset of group travellers from one of the largest Health Boards in Scotland. Methods: Clotted bloods were obtained during the period 2001-15 from a total of 8163 Scottish travellers. This included seven groups comprising of 182 travellers. Sera were examined for the presence of Schistosome species antibody at the Scottish Parasite Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (SPDRL)...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334980/public-health-implications-of-4-decades-of-neoliberal-policy-a-qualitative-case-study-from-post-industrial-west-central-scotland
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L M Garnham
Background: The UK has long had a strong commitment to neoliberal policy, the risks of which for population health are well researched. Within Europe, Scotland demonstrates especially poor health outcomes, much of which is driven by high levels of deprivation, wide inequalities and the persistent impacts of deindustrialisation. The processes through which neoliberalism has contributed to this poor health record are the subject of significant research interest. Methods: Qualitative case study of a post-industrial town in west central Scotland...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334910/evaluating-pharmacist-input-into-the-pharmaceutical-care-of-patients-in-dispensing-medical-practices-in-remote-and-rural-areas-of-scotland
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Derek Stewart, Breda Anthony, Clare Morrison, Yvonne MacRae, Lucy Dixon, Emer Friel, Evelyn Yoong, Scott Cunningham, Katie MacLure
Background.: The Highlands and the Western Isles are the two most remote and rural areas of Scotland, with many medical practices in areas where pharmacies would not be viable. Recent regulations state that that dispensing medical practices in these areas must receive pharmacist support for patients who would benefit. Objective.: This study aimed to evaluate pilot services, which centred on the provision of patient centred pharmaceutical care. Methods...
March 8, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334728/does-emergency-presentation-of-cancer-represent-poor-performance-in-primary-care-insights-from-a-novel-analysis-of-linked-primary-and-secondary-care-data
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Peter Murchie, Sarah M Smith, Michael S Yule, Rosalind Adam, Melanie E Turner, Amanda J Lee, Shona Fielding
BACKGROUND: People diagnosed with cancer following emergency presentation have poorer short-term survival. To what extent this signifies a missed opportunity for earlier diagnosis in primary care remains unclear as little detailed data exist on the patient/general practitioner interaction beforehand. METHODS: Analysis of primary care and regional data for 1802 cancer patients from Northeast Scotland. Adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for patient and GP practice predictors of emergency presentation...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
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Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327391/detection-assessment-and-treatment-of-children-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-in-scotland
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Alison Cozens, Susan McMahon, Janet Purves, Zosia Miedzybrodska, E Mason
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326535/effect-of-day-of-the-week-on-short-and-long-term-mortality-after-emergency-general-surgery
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M A Gillies, N I Lone, R M Pearse, C Haddow, L Smyth, R W Parks, T S Walsh, E M Harrison
BACKGROUND: The effect of day of the week on outcome after surgery is the subject of debate. The aim was to determine whether day of the week of emergency general surgery alters short- and long-term mortality. METHODS: This was an observational study of all patients undergoing emergency general surgery in Scotland between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2007, followed to 2012. Multilevel logistic and Cox proportional hazards regression were used to assess the effect of day of the week of surgery on outcome after adjustment for case mix and risk factors...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322205/factors-influencing-the-long-term-dynamics-of-larval-sea-lice-density-at-east-and-west-coast-locations-in-scotland
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Anna J Harte, Alan S Bowman, Nabeil K G Salama, Campbell C Pert
Sea lice (Copepoda: Caligidae) are marine copepods that parasitize finfish, and in cases of high infestation can result in severe epithelial damage and mortality. In Scotland, 2 species of sea louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis and Caligus elongatus, pose a significant economic burden to the marine Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry and potentially impact wild salmonids. The purpose of this study was to determine how the density of pelagic sea lice is affected by external variables, in order to improve our understanding of sea lice dynamics...
March 21, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320325/-was-that-a-success-or-not-a-success-a-qualitative-study-of-health-professionals-perspectives-on-support-for-people-with-long-term-conditions
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John Owens, Vikki A Entwistle, Alan Cribb, Zoë C Skea, Simon Christmas, Heather Morgan, Ian S Watt
BACKGROUND: Support for self-management (SSM) is a prominent strand of health policy internationally, particularly for primary care. It is often discussed and evaluated in terms of patients' knowledge, skills and confidence, health-related behaviours, disease control or risk reduction, and service use and costs. However, these goals are limited, both as guides to professional practice and as indicators of its quality. In order to better understand what it means to support self-management well, we examined health professionals' views of success in their work with people with long-term conditions...
March 20, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319754/association-between-harm-reduction-intervention-uptake-and-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-among-people-who-inject-drugs
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Karen Dunleavy, Alison Munro, Kirsty Roy, Sharon Hutchinson, Norah Palmateer, Tony Knox, David Goldberg, Avril Taylor
BACKGROUND: Bacterial skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are a health issue for people who inject drugs (PWID). There is a lack of evidence on the associations between harm reduction (HR) uptake and SSTIs. This paper examines the associations between the uptake of injecting equipment (IE) and opiate substitution treatment (OST) on SSTIs among PWID, and the injecting behaviours associated with having had an SSTI. This is the first large-scale, national study to examine the association between IE uptake and SSTIs...
March 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317630/oliver-cromwell-s-fatal-ague
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EDITORIAL
Sanjay Saint, Thomas Cogswell, Eliot Siegel, Philip A Mackowiak
Although many people recognize Oliver Cromwell by name, few know more than the barest details of his life or his legacy, and fewer still of the "ague" that ended his brief reign as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland and one of Britain׳s greatest generals. He died suddenly at age 59. Cromwell was the "terror of Europe" during that period. His physicians diagnosed his fatal disorder as "bastard tertian ague." A contemporary analysis of his clinical record, including one with the aid of the U...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302102/insomnia-symptoms-as-a-cause-of-type-2-diabetes-incidence-a-20%C3%A2-year-cohort-study
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Michael J Green, Colin A Espie, Frank Popham, Tony Robertson, Michaela Benzeval
BACKGROUND: Insomnia symptoms are associated with type 2 diabetes incidence but are also associated with a range of potential time-varying covariates which may confound and/or mediate associations. We aimed to assess whether cumulative exposure to insomnia symptoms has a causal effect on type 2 diabetes incidence. METHODS: A prospective cohort study in the West of Scotland, following respondents for 20 years from age 36. 996 respondents were free of diabetes at baseline and had valid data from up to four follow-up visits...
March 16, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299390/trends-in-bullying-victimization-in-scottish-adolescents-1994-2014-changing-associations-with-mental-well-being
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Alina Cosma, Ross Whitehead, Fergus Neville, Dorothy Currie, Jo Inchley
OBJECTIVES: Bullying victimization among schoolchildren is a major public health concern. This paper aims to analyse the changing associations over two decades between bullying victimization and mental well-being in a representative Scottish schoolchildren sample. METHODS: Data were collected in six rounds of the cross-sectional Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study in Scotland, with 42,312 adolescents (aged 11, 13 and 15 years). Logistic and linear regressions were used to examine changes in the association between bullying victimization and mental well-being...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296194/association-between-diabetes-mellitus-and-incidence-and-case-fatality-after-stroke-due-to-intracerebral-haemorrhage-a-retrospective-population-based-cohort-study
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Marion Boulanger, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Jan Kerssens, Sarah H Wild
We investigated the associations between types of diabetes and ICH incidence and case-fatality after ICH, in a retrospective cohort study of people aged 40-89 years in Scotland 2004-2013 using linkage of population-based records of diagnosed diabetes, hospital discharges and deaths. We calculated ICH incidence and 30-day case-fatality after hospital admission for ICH and their relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CI) for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes compared to people without diabetes adjusting for age, sex and socio-economic status (SES)...
March 9, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295358/early-devonian-410-ma-microfossils-resembling-characiopsis-tribophyceae-and-characium-chlorophyceae
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Michael Krings, Carla J Harper, Edith L Taylor, Hans Kerp
Unusual microfossils that occur associated with fungal spores in the Lower Devonian (~410 Ma) Windyfield chert from Scotland are comprised of a narrow stipe (2.5-9 μm long) to which is attached an obovoid or elongate drop-shaped cell up to 14 μm long; a basal attachment pad is present in several specimens. The fossils are strikingly similar morphologically to certain present-day unicellular freshwater Tribophyceae and Chlorophyceae, but affinities to the fungal phylum Chytridiomycota also cannot be ruled out...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294463/information-sharing-with-respite-care-services-for-older-adults-a-qualitative-exploration-of-carers-experiences
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Linda C McSwiggan, Judith Marston, Martin Campbell, Timothy B Kelly, Thilo Kroll
Respite services play an important role in supporting older adults and their carers. When an older person is unable to fully represent themselves, provision of respite care relies on effective information-sharing between carers and respite staff. This study aimed to explore, from carers' perspectives, the scope, quality and fit of information-sharing between carers, older people and respite services. An explorative, cross-sectional qualitative study involving a purposive sample of 24 carers, recruited via carer support groups and community groups in voluntary organisations, was undertaken in North East Scotland...
March 10, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294303/a-disease-disorder-illness-or-condition-how-to-label-epilepsy
#17
A J Noble, A Robinson, A G Marson
The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is an important source of guidance for health professionals when it comes to epilepsy. Their latest recommendation that epilepsy should no longer be called a "disorder," but a "disease" has though caused controversy. The ILAE contends the change will improve epilepsy's image. Some clinicians and other organizations fear the change may not though be accepted by patients as in common parlance "disease" can be associated with "contagiousness"/"infection." To allow practicing clinicians to make informed judgements about what language they use, we completed the first study to assess the preferences of those with epilepsy and significant others and explore if any of their characteristics were associated with preference...
March 14, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292476/health-technology-assessment-hta-case-studies-factors-influencing-divergent-hta-reimbursement-recommendations-in-australia-canada-england-and-scotland
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Nicola Allen, Stuart R Walker, Lawrence Liberti, Sam Salek
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the national regulatory, health technology assessment (HTA), and reimbursement pathways for public health care in Australia, Canada, England, and Scotland, to compare initial Canadian national HTA recommendations with the initial decisions of the other HTA agencies, and to identify factors for differing national HTA recommendations between the four HTA agencies. METHODS: Information from the public domain was used to develop a regulatory process map for each jurisdiction and to compare the HTA agencies' reimbursement recommendations...
March 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292208/herbal-medicines-for-diabetes-control-among-indian-and-pakistani-migrants-with-diabetes
#19
Tania Porqueddu
Drawing on data collected during a 16-month ethnographic investigation, this paper explores practices around Indians' and Pakistanis' use of herbal medications for diabetes control. The ethnographic study was conducted among Indian and Pakistani migrants in Edinburgh, Scotland and included extended participant observation, six group discussions and 21 semi-structured interviews. Respondents showed great resistance in adhering to medication prescriptions for diabetes control due to their various side effects, especially within the stomach...
April 2017: Anthropology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289467/the-development-of-a-consensus-definition-for-healthcare-improvement-science-his-in-seven-european-countries-a-consensus-methods-approach
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Brigita Skela-Savič, Rhoda Macrae, Manuel Lillo-Crespo, Kevin D Rooney
INTRODUCTION: There is a limited body of research in the field of healthcare improvement science (HIS). Quality improvement and 'change making' should become an intrinsic part of everyone's job, every day in all parts of the healthcare system. The lack of theoretical grounding may partly explain the minimal transfer of health research into health policy. METHODS: This article seeks to present the development of the definition for healthcare improvement science. A consensus method approach was adopted with a two-stage Delphi process, expert panel and consensus group techniques...
June 1, 2017: Zdravstveno Varstvo
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