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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934770/seasonal-influenza-and-vaccination-strategies-is-a-paradigm-shift-needed-a-synopsis-of-the-3rd-new-zealand-influenza-symposium-november-2016
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Nadia A Charania, Diana Murfitt, Nikki Turner
Influenza continues to be a global public health problem despite the availability of preventive vaccines and public health vaccination programmes. This paper presents a synopsis of the 3rd New Zealand Influenza Symposium (NZiS) that was hosted by the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) in November 2016. Experts and service providers convened to discuss current issues in the prevention and management of influenza. One of the key topics discussed was the use of novel vaccines, such as adjuvanted and high-dose vaccines, and antiviral prophylaxis to protect young children and the elderly...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934755/public-perceptions-expectations-and-views-of-community-pharmacy-practice-in-kuwait
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Abdelmoneim Awad, Altaf Al-Rasheedi, Jacinthe Lemay
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to determine public patterns for use of community pharmacy, perceptions of pharmacists, confidence and trust in pharmacists, expectations about the pharmacist roles, and to explore public views and satisfaction with the current pharmacy services. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was performed using a pretested self-administered questionnaire on a sample of 481 individuals selected using a two-stage stratified cluster sampling design...
September 20, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934724/integrating-health-into-local-climate-response-lessons-from-the-u-s-cdc-climate-ready-states-and-cities-initiative
#3
Mary C Sheehan, Mary A Fox, Charlotte Kaye, Beth Resnick
Public health has potential to serve as a frame to convey the urgency of behavior change needed to adapt to a changing climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Local governments form the backbone of climate-related public health preparedness. Yet local health agencies are often inadequately prepared and poorly integrated into climate change assessments and plans. We reviewed the climate health profiles of 16 states and two cities participating in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative (CRSCI) that aims to build local capacity to assess and respond to the health impacts of climate change...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934721/association-of-long-term-exposure-to-transportation-noise-and-traffic-related-air-pollution-with-the-incidence-of-diabetes-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Charlotte Clark, Hind Sbihi, Lillian Tamburic, Michael Brauer, Lawrence D Frank, Hugh W Davies
BACKGROUND: Evidence for an association between transportation noise and cardiovascular disease has increased; however, few studies have examined metabolic outcomes such as diabetes or accounted for environmental coexposures such as air pollution, greenness, or walkability. OBJECTIVES: Because diabetes prevalence is increasing and may be on the causal pathway between noise and cardiovascular disease, we examined the influence of long-term residential transportation noise exposure and traffic-related air pollution on the incidence of diabetes using a population-based cohort in British Columbia, Canada...
August 31, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934697/detection-of-bcg-bacteria-using-a-magnetoresistive-biosensor-a-step-towards-a-fully-electronic-platform-for-tuberculosis-point-of-care-detection
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Teresa G Barroso, Rui C Martins, Elisabete Fernandes, Susana Cardoso, José Rivas, Paulo P Freitas
Tuberculosis is one of the major public health concerns. This highly contagious disease affects more than 10.4 million people, being a leading cause of morbidity by infection. Tuberculosis is diagnosed at the point-of-care by the Ziehl-Neelsen sputum smear microscopy test. Ziehl-Neelsen is laborious, prone to human error and infection risk, with a limit of detection of 10(4) cells/mL. In resource-poor nations, a more practical test, with lower detection limit, is paramount. This work uses a magnetoresistive biosensor to detect BCG bacteria for tuberculosis diagnosis...
September 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934636/museum-based-programs-for-socially-isolated-older-adults-understanding-what-works
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Carolyn Todd, Paul M Camic, Bridget Lockyer, Linda J M Thomson, Helen J Chatterjee
This paper presents research findings that help to understand how museum programs created opportunities to enhance wellbeing and health, and changed experiences of social isolation in older adults. The research conceptualized how program elements enabled both individual experiences and relational processes to occur. These components operated within a context that was enriched by the museum as a place to support wellbeing and enhance social interaction. To meaningfully support socially isolated older people as part of local public health strategies, museums need to be accessible and engaging places that purposively support social interaction by involving people and objects, participating in multiple sessions over time, that are facilitated by skilled and knowledgeable staff...
September 18, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934628/the-heat-exposure-integrated-deprivation-index-heidi-a-data-driven-approach-to-quantifying-neighborhood-risk-during-extreme-hot-weather
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Nikolas Krstic, Weiran Yuchi, Hung Chak Ho, Blake B Walker, Anders J Knudby, Sarah B Henderson
Mortality attributable to extreme hot weather is a growing concern in many urban environments, and spatial heat vulnerability indexes are often used to identify areas at relatively higher and lower risk. Three indexes were developed for greater Vancouver, Canada using a pool of 20 potentially predictive variables categorized to reflect social vulnerability, population density, temperature exposure, and urban form. One variable was chosen from each category: an existing deprivation index, senior population density, apparent temperature, and road density, respectively...
September 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934590/the-relationship-between-the-human-genome-and-microbiome-comes-into-view
#8
Julia K Goodrich, Emily R Davenport, Andrew G Clark, Ruth E Ley
The body's microbiome, composed of microbial cells that number in the trillions, is involved in human health and disease in ways that are just starting to emerge. The microbiome is assembled at birth, develops with its host, and is greatly influenced by environmental factors such as diet and other exposures. Recently, a role for human genetic variation has emerged as also influential in accounting for interpersonal differences in microbiomes. Thus, human genes may influence health directly or by promoting a beneficial microbiome...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934562/the-enduring-legacy-of-250-years-of-pharmacology-in-edinburgh
#9
John S Kelly, Angus V P Mackay
Two hundred fifty years ago, the University of Edinburgh appointed Francis Home to the first chair of materia medica, the accumulated knowledge of materials used in healing. Francis Home and his colleagues were determined to improve the quality of medical training in Edinburgh by introducing a final examination and compiling a catalog of medicines validated by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. The catalog, known as the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia, was a great success, partly due to the orderly nature of its contents, its routine editing to eliminate worthless entries, and the introduction of new treatments whose preparation was precisely documented...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934531/feasibility-and-emotional-impact-of-experimentally-extending-sleep-in-short-sleeping-adolescents
#10
Tori R Van Dyk, Nanhua Zhang, Perry A Catlin, Kaylin Cornist, Shealan McAlister, Catharine Whitacre, Dean W Beebe
Study Objectives: Published experimental sleep manipulation protocols for adolescents have been limited to the summer, limiting causal conclusions about how short sleep affects them on school nights, when they are most likely to restrict their sleep. This study assesses the feasibility and emotional impact of a school-night sleep manipulation protocol to test the effects of lengthening sleep in habitually short-sleeping adolescents. Methods: High school students aged 14-18 years who habitually slept 5-7 hours on school nights participated in a 5-week experimental sleep manipulation protocol...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934461/effect-of-priming-with-seasonal-influenza-a-h3n2-virus-on-the-prevalence-of-cross-reactive-hemagglutination-inhibition-antibodies-to-swine-origin-a-h3n2-variants
#11
Feng Liu, Vic Veguilla, F Liaini Gross, Eric Gillis, Thomas Rowe, Xiyan Xu, Terrence M Tumpey, Jacqueline M Katz, Min Z Levine, Xiuhua Lu
Background: Recent outbreaks of swine-origin influenza A(H3N2) variant (H3N2v) viruses have raised public health concerns. Previous studies indicated that older children and young adults had the highest levels of hemagglutination-inhibition (HI) antibodies to 2010-2011 H3N2v viruses. However, newly emerging 2013 H3N2v have acquired antigenic mutations in the hemagglutinin at amino acid position 145 (N145K/R). We estimated the levels of serologic cross-reactivity among humans primed with seasonal influenza A(H3N2) (sH3N2), using postinfection ferret antisera...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934460/commentary-a-historical-review-of-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-antiviral-treatment-and-postexposure-chemoprophylaxis-guidance-for-human-infections-with-novel-influenza-a-viruses-associated-with-severe-human-disease
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Fiona P Havers, Angela P Campbell, Timothy M Uyeki, Alicia M Fry
Human infections with novel influenza A viruses are of global public health concern, and antiviral medications have a potentially important role in treatment and prevention of human illness. Initial guidance was developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after the emergence of human infections with avian influenza A(H5N1) and has evolved over time, with identification of influenza A(H7N9) virus infections in humans, as well as detection of avian influenza viruses in birds in the United States...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934454/assessment-of-molecular-antigenic-and-pathological-features-of-canine-influenza-a-h3n2-viruses-that-emerged-in-the-united-states
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Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Natosha Simpson, Hua Yang, Hannah M Creager, Joyce Jones, Paul Carney, Jessica A Belser, Genyan Yang, Jessie Chang, Hui Zeng, Sharmi Thor, Yunho Jang, Mary Lea Killian, Melinda Jenkins-Moore, Alicia Janas-Martindale, Edward Dubovi, David E Wentworth, James Stevens, Terrence M Tumpey, C Todd Davis, Taronna R Maines
Background: A single subtype of canine influenza virus (CIV), A(H3N8), was circulating in the United States until a new subtype, A(H3N2), was detected in Illinois in spring 2015. Since then, this CIV has caused thousands of infections in dogs in multiple states. Methods: In this study, genetic and antigenic properties of the new CIV were evaluated. In addition, structural and glycan array binding features of the recombinant hemagglutinin were determined. Replication kinetics in human airway cells and pathogenesis and transmissibility in animal models were also assessed...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934452/pathogenesis-transmissibility-and-tropism-of-a-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-a-h7n7-virus-associated-with-human-conjunctivitis-in-italy-2013
#14
Jessica A Belser, Hannah M Creager, Hui Zeng, Taronna R Maines, Terrence M Tumpey
H7 subtype influenza viruses represent a persistent public health threat because of their continued detection in poultry and ability to cause human infection. An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H7N7 virus in Italy during 2013 resulted in 3 cases of human conjunctivitis. We determined the pathogenicity and transmissibility of influenza A/Italy/3/2013 virus in mouse and ferret models and examined the replication kinetics of this virus in several human epithelial cell types. The moderate virulence observed in mammalian models and the capacity for transmission in a direct contact model underscore the need for continued study of H7 subtype viruses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934401/lessons-learned-for-reducing-the-negative-impact-of-adverse-events-on-patients-health-professionals-and-healthcare-organizations
#15
Jose Joaquin Mira, Susana Lorenzo, Irene Carrillo, Lena Ferrús, Carmen Silvestre, Pilar Astier, Fuencisla Iglesias-Alonso, Jose Angel Maderuelo, Pastora Pérez-Pérez, Maria Luisa Torijano, Elena Zavala, Susan D Scott
Purpose: To summarize the knowledge about the aftermath of adverse events (AEs) and develop a recommendation set to reduce their negative impact in patients, health professionals and organizations in contexts where there is no previous experiences and apology laws are not present. Data sources: Review studies published between 2000 and 2015, institutional websites and experts' opinions on patient safety. Study selection: Studies published and websites on open disclosure, and the second and third victims' phenomenon...
August 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934396/evaluation-of-shared-genetic-aetiology-between-osteoarthritis-and-bone-mineral-density-identifies-smad3-as-a-novel-osteoarthritis-risk-locus
#16
Sophie Hackinger, Katerina Trajanoska, Unnur Styrkarsdottir, Eleni Zengini, Julia Steinberg, Graham R S Ritchie, Konstantinos Hatzikotoulas, Arthur Gilly, Evangelos Evangelou, John P Kemp, David Evans, Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, Helgi Jonsson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Kari Stefansson, Andrew W McCaskie, Roger A Brooks, Jeremy M Wilkinson, Fernando Rivadeneira, Eleftheria Zeggini
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common complex disease with high public health burden and no curative therapy. High bone mineral density (BMD) is associated with an increased risk of developing OA, suggesting a shared underlying biology. Here, we performed the first systematic overlap analysis of OA and BMD on a genome wide scale. We used summary statistics from the GEFOS consortium for lumbar spine (n = 31,800) and femoral neck (n = 32,961) BMD, and from the arcOGEN consortium for three OA phenotypes (hip, ncases=3,498; knee, ncases=3,266; hip and/or knee, ncases=7,410; ncontrols=11,009)...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934352/global-reaction-to-the-recent-outbreaks-of-zika-virus-insights-from-a-big-data-analysis
#17
Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Cristiano Alicino, Cecilia Trucchi, Chiara Paganino, Ilaria Barberis, Mariano Martini, Laura Sticchi, Eugen Trinka, Francesco Brigo, Filippo Ansaldi, Giancarlo Icardi, Andrea Orsi
OBJECTIVE: The recent spreading of Zika virus represents an emerging global health threat. As such, it is attracting public interest worldwide, generating a great amount of related Internet searches and social media interactions. The aim of this research was to understand Zika-related digital behavior throughout the epidemic spreading and to assess its consistence with real-world epidemiological data, using a behavioral informatics and analytics approach. METHODS: In this study, the global web-interest and reaction to the recently occurred outbreaks of the Zika Virus were analyzed in terms of tweets and Google Trends (GT), Google News, YouTube, and Wikipedia search queries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934348/antimicrobial-resistance-in-clinical-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-poultry-and-livestock-china
#18
Afrah Kamal Yassin, Jiansen Gong, Patrick Kelly, Guangwu Lu, Luca Guardabassi, Lanjing Wei, Xiangan Han, Haixiang Qiu, Stuart Price, Darong Cheng, Chengming Wang
Poultry and livestock are the most important reservoirs for pathogenic Escherichia coli and use of antimicrobials in animal farming is considered the most important factor promoting the emergence, selection and dissemination of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms. The aim of our study was to investigate antimicrobial resistance in E. coli isolated from food animals in Jiangsu, China. The disc diffusion method was used to determine susceptibility to 18 antimicrobial agents in 862 clinical isolates collected from chickens, ducks, pigs, and cows between 2004 and 2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934285/cost-of-illness-of-cholera-to-households-and-health-facilities-in-rural-malawi
#19
Patrick G Ilboudo, Xiao Xian Huang, Bagrey Ngwira, Abel Mwanyungwe, Vittal Mogasale, Martin A Mengel, Philippe Cavailler, Bradford D Gessner, Jean-Bernard Le Gargasson
Cholera remains an important public health problem in many low- and middle-income countries. Vaccination has been recommended as a possible intervention for the prevention and control of cholera. Evidence, especially data on disease burden, cost-of-illness, delivery costs and cost-effectiveness to support a wider use of vaccine is still weak. This study aims at estimating the cost-of-illness of cholera to households and health facilities in Machinga and Zomba Districts, Malawi. A cross-sectional study using retrospectively collected cost data was undertaken in this investigation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934269/should-i-drink-responsibly-safely-or-properly-confusing-messages-about-reducing-alcohol-related-harm
#20
Sandra C Jones, Sabine Hall, Kypros Kypri
'Responsible drinking' campaigns emerged in the early 1970s as a means of addressing hazardous drinking and its related consequences. While these were initially the product of public health agencies and health-related NGOs, they are increasingly being developed and disseminated by the alcohol industry. There is considerable debate as to whether industry-generated campaigns are designed to reduce hazardous drinking and related problems (as argued by their developers) or are designed to avoid government regulation or even to increase sales...
2017: PloS One
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