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Aida Kamišalić, David Riaño, Tatjana Welzer
BACKGROUND: In medical practice, long term interventions are common and they require timely planning of the involved processes. Unfortunately, evidence-based statements about time are hard to find in Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) and in other sources of medical knowledge. At the same time, health care centers use medical records and information systems to register data about clinical processes and patients, including time information about the encounters, prescriptions, and other clinical actions...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Lone Baandrup, Bjørn H Ebdrup, Jesper Ø Rasmussen, Jane Lindschou, Christian Gluud, Birte Y Glenthøj
BACKGROUND: Prolonged treatment with benzodiazepines is common practice despite clinical recommendations of short-term use. Benzodiazepines are used by approximately 4% of the general population, with increased prevalence in psychiatric populations and the elderly. After long-term use it is often difficult to discontinue benzodiazepines due to psychological and physiological dependence. This review investigated if pharmacological interventions can facilitate benzodiazepine tapering. OBJECTIVES: To assess the benefits and harms of pharmacological interventions to facilitate discontinuation of chronic benzodiazepine use...
March 15, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Jacquie White, Joanne Lucas, Louise Swift, Garry R Barton, Harriet Johnson, Lisa Irvine, Gabriel Abotsie, Martin Jones, Richard J Gray
OBJECTIVE: This study tested the effectiveness of a nurse-delivered health check with the Health Improvement Profile (HIP), which takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and code, for persons with severe mental illness. METHODS: A single-blind, cluster-randomized controlled trial was conducted in England to test whether health checks improved the general medical well-being of persons with severe mental illness at 12-month follow-up. RESULTS: Sixty nurses were randomly assigned to the HIP group or the treatment-as-usual group...
March 15, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
O E J Ebbens, M J Lawant, A A Schuller
In this study, factors that may influence the dental visiting patterns of people over 65 living independently were investigated. The results of a questionnaire (n = 164; 53% response) revealed that 89% of them regularly visited the dentist for a check-up. Factors affecting dental visits were: whether or not one had difficulty planning a visit, whether or not one was motivated to make an appointment and actually made one, the condition of one's teeth; whether or not one had dental insurance and whether or not one reacted to a dental reminder (post)card...
March 2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Tandheelkunde
Romeo Patini, Anna Alessandri Bonetti, Andrea Camodeca, Edoardo Staderini, Patrizia Gallenzi
Haematemesis is a worrying sign, generally related to acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding and potentially life-threatening condition. We present a case of a 15-year-old Caucasian girl who was belatedly diagnosed with oral bleeding because it was not related to the most common aetiologic factors. In fact, she was undergoing orthodontic treatment with a Nance palatal arch, an appliance used to reinforce anchorage during teeth movements. In her case haematemesis was a sign of inflammation and necrosis occurring in the palatal mucosa, under the acrylic button of palatal arch...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Orthodontics
Shinichiro Oshima, Takakazu Higuchi, Sadamu Okada, Osamu Takahashi
Background: Larger platelets are more active and mean platelet volume (MPV) is an indicator of platelet activation and an independent risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. While MPV is reported to be higher in diabetic patients, the relationship between MPV and glycemic parameters in general population remains inconclusive. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we studied relationship between MPV and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and HbA1c levels in 38,204 unselected participants of general health check-up aged 20 years or older in the year of 2014 who were considered to be representative of the general population...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Cynthia M Rand, Nicolas P N Goldstein
OBJECTIVE: Because most adolescent vaccinations are delivered in primary care, opportunities to vaccinate depend on the presence of visits and types of visits. We evaluated: 1) national visit patterns (having an annual preventive visit with a physician, provider type seen, visit types) for adolescents across the United States, and 2) the type of physician visits at which vaccines are administered for this age group. METHODS: We performed a secondary data set analysis of the 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey...
March 2018: Academic Pediatrics
J M S Yrjänä, R Bloigu, P Kulmala
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Whether the guidelines on infant nutrition, food allergy and atopic dermatitis confer real health benefits in practice at the population level has not been deeply studied. We aimed here to characterize the knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding these issues among primary health care professionals. In addition, we surveyed available parent-reported information sources and the incidence of food-related symptoms, dietary restrictions, food allergy, and atopic dermatitis among one-year-old children in the general population...
February 26, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Zongyang Qiu, Pai Li, Zhenyu Li, Jinlong Yang
Epitaxial growth is a promising strategy to produce high-quality graphene samples. At the same time, this method has great flexibility for industrial scale-up. To optimize growth protocols, it is essential to understand the underlying growth mechanisms. This is, however, very challenging, as the growth process is complicated and involves many elementary steps. Experimentally, atomic-scale in situ characterization methods are generally not feasible at the high temperature of graphene growth. Therefore, kinetics is the main experimental information to study growth mechanisms...
March 1, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
M Pentenero, M Val, S Rosso, S Gandolfo
OBJECTIVES: Diagnostic delay in oral oncology could be improved if general dentists had a reliable and easy-to-use first-level diagnostic test to rule out the presence of oral dysplasia or carcinoma. Microbiopsy has been proved to have high sensitivity and high negative predictive value in a clinical setting characterized by high prevalence of disease. Moreover, it has been proved to be easily performed by general dentists. This study aimed to determine the negative predictive value of microbiopsy in routine dental practice: a clinical setting characterized by low prevalence of disease...
March 2018: Oral Diseases
Marcia Gibson, Hilary Thomson, Kasia Banas, Vittoria Lutje, Martin J McKee, Susan P Martin, Candida Fenton, Clare Bambra, Lyndal Bond
BACKGROUND: Lone parents in high-income countries have high rates of poverty (including in-work poverty) and poor health. Employment requirements for these parents are increasingly common. 'Welfare-to-work' (WtW) interventions involving financial sanctions and incentives, training, childcare subsidies and lifetime limits on benefit receipt have been used to support or mandate employment among lone parents. These and other interventions that affect employment and income may also affect people's health, and it is important to understand the available evidence on these effects in lone parents...
February 26, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Sturla Fossum, Charles Cunningham, Terja Ristkari, Patrick J McGrath, Susanna Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki, Andre Sourander
This study explores the moderators affecting the success of an Internet-based and telephone assisted remote parent training intervention and compares them to an educational control group. We prospectively identified 464 parents who reported at a health check that their 4-year-old children showed elevated levels of externalizing behavior. The moderators explored included parental attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and parental distress. The dependent variables were child externalization scores and self-reported parenting skills...
February 26, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Rajesh M Shetty, Antonio Bellini, Dhuleep S Wijayatilake, Mark A Hamilton, Rajesh Jain, Sunil Karanth, ArunKumar Namachivayam
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted to intensive care and on mechanical ventilation, are administered sedative and analgesic drugs to improve both their comfort and interaction with the ventilator. Optimizing sedation practice may reduce mortality, improve patient comfort and reduce cost. Current practice is to use scales or scores to assess depth of sedation based on clinical criteria such as consciousness, understanding and response to commands. However these are perceived as subjective assessment tools...
February 21, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Dinesh Kumar Lamsal
INTRODUCTION: Systolic and diastolic hypertension has been increasing trend and different factors are associated such as body mass index, diabetes etc. Obesity and overweight are generally associated with high blood pressure. This study aims to identify the prevalence of blood pressure level and its association to body mass index among people attending in civil service hospital, Kathmandu. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among all 1002 study subjects aged above 20 years...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
David T Gamble, Allan B Clark, Robert N Luben, Nicholas J Wareham, Kay-Tee Khaw, Phyo K Myint
Background: Stroke is primarily a disease of older age, with a substantial impact on global mortality and morbidity. Medications with anticholinergic effects are widely used, but no studies have been conducted to examine the relationship between anticholinergic burden (ACB) and stroke in a general population. Method: The sample was drawn from the EPIC-Norfolk cohort. Baseline assessments were carried out during 1993-97 and participants were followed up until March 2016...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Epidemiology
Ralph Möhler, Anna Renom, Helena Renom, Gabriele Meyer
BACKGROUND: People with dementia who are being cared for in long-term care settings are often not engaged in meaningful activities. Offering them activities which are tailored to their individual interests and preferences might improve their quality of life and reduce challenging behaviour. OBJECTIVES: ∙ To assess the effects of personally tailored activities on psychosocial outcomes for people with dementia living in long-term care facilities.∙ To describe the components of the interventions...
February 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Akihiro Shimoda, Daisuke Ichikawa, Hiroshi Oyama
OBJECTIVES: Since the launch of a nationwide general health check-up and instruction program in Japan in 2008, interest in strategies to improve implementation of the program based on predictive analytics has grown. We investigated the performance of prediction models developed to identify individuals classified as "requiring instruction" (high-risk) who were unlikely to participate in a health intervention program. METHODS: Data were obtained from one large health insurance union in Japan...
March 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Tea Skaaby, Torben Jørgensen, Allan Linneberg
BACKGROUND: It is not clear whether offering health checks to the general population can be used to prevent diabetes. Few randomized studies have had a long-term follow-up. We used a randomly selected population cohort as a randomized trial to examine the effect of repeated health checks on the 30-year incidence of diabetes. METHODS: The study included all persons from 11 municipalities in Copenhagen aged 30, 40, 50, and 60 years (n = 17845). An age-stratified and gender-stratified random sample (N = 4789) was invited to participate in a maximum of three health checks between 1982 and 1994 ('intervention group')...
February 7, 2018: Endocrine
V Buder, M Augustin, I Schäfer, G Welsch, P Catala-Lehnen, K Herberger
BACKGROUND: The prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of onychomycosis is of great importance for professional athletes to avoid physical limitations by complications. So far, there is only little data on the prevalence of dermatomycosis in professional athletes. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to detect the prevalence of dermatomycosis in professional football players compared to the general population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The prospective, non-interventional, controlled study on the prevalence of dermatomycosis in professional football players was carried out on football players of a German Bundesliga team compared with a previously studied, equivalently aged German working population...
February 7, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Ann Lavesson, Martin Lövdén, Kristina Hansson
BACKGROUND: The Swedish Program for health surveillance of preschool children includes screening of language and communication abilities. One important language screening is carried out at age 4 years as part of a general screening conducted by health nurses at child health centres. The instruments presently in use for this screening mainly focus on expressive phonology. This may result in both over-referral of children with phonological difficulties and under-referral of children with language disorders (LDs), involving difficulties with vocabulary, grammar and/or language comprehension...
February 7, 2018: International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
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