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Thomas J Stopka, Michael A Goulart, David J Meyers, Marga Hutcheson, Kerri Barton, Shauna Onofrey, Daniel Church, Ashley Donahue, Kenneth K H Chui
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections have increased during the past decade but little is known about geographic clustering patterns. METHODS: We used a unique analytical approach, combining geographic information systems (GIS), spatial epidemiology, and statistical modeling to identify and characterize HCV hotspots, statistically significant clusters of census tracts with elevated HCV counts and rates. We compiled sociodemographic and HCV surveillance data (n = 99,780 cases) for Massachusetts census tracts (n = 1464) from 2002 to 2013...
April 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
Benjamin W Chrisinger
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the federal government's largest form of food assistance, and a frequent focus of political and scholarly debate. Previous discourse in the public health community and recent proposals in state legislatures have suggested limiting the use of SNAP benefits on unhealthy food items, such as sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). This paper identifies two possible underlying motivations for item restriction, health and morals, and analyzes the level of empirical support for claims about the current state of the program, as well as expectations about how item restriction would change participant outcomes...
April 7, 2017: Preventive Medicine
Emma Foster, Adrian Hawkins, Karen L Barton, Elaine Stamp, John N S Matthews, Ashley J Adamson
Traditional dietary assessment methods, used in the UK, such as weighed food diaries impose a large participant burden, often resulting in difficulty recruiting representative samples and underreporting of energy intakes. One approach to reducing the burden placed on the participant is to use portion size assessment tools to obtain an estimate of the amount of food consumed, removing the need to weigh all foods. An age range specific food atlas was developed for use in assessing children's dietary intakes. The foods selected and portion sizes depicted were derived from intakes recorded during the UK National Diet and Nutrition Surveys of children aged 1...
2017: PloS One
Anna Mummert, Howard Weiss
Preparing for and responding to outbreaks of serious livestock infectious diseases are critical measures to safeguard animal health, public health, and food supply. Almost all of the current control strategies are empirical, and mass culling or "stamping out" is frequently the principal strategy for controlling epidemics. However, there are ethical, ecological, and economic reasons to consider less drastic control strategies. Here we use modeling to quantitatively study the efficacy of different control measures for viral outbreaks, where the infectiousness, transmissibility and death rate of animals commonly depends on their viral load...
2017: PloS One
Michelle C Carter, Victoria J Burley, Janet E Cade
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major global public health issue due to its association with a number of serious chronic illnesses and its high economic burden to health care providers. Self-monitoring of diet has been consistently linked to weight loss. However, there is limited evidence about how frequently individuals need to monitor their diet for optimal weight loss. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to describe app usage frequency and pattern in the mobile phone arm of a previously conducted randomized controlled trial...
February 2, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Barry M Popkin
This paper provides a historical background for the current nutrition issues faced by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food Stamp Program evolved into SNAP during a period when U.S. diets, particularly those of the poor, became less healthful. During the 1960s, the U.S. (Kennedy-Johnson era) addressed malnutrition first with a pilot project focused on retail sales and cash food stamps, which showed that low-income consumers purchased relatively healthy foods for a fairly high-quality diet...
February 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
J L Lusk
This paper elucidates the challenges surrounding the economics of some popular obesity-related policy proposals. Solid economic justifications for anti-obesity policies are often lacking, and pragmatically evidence suggests policies like fat and soda taxes or restrictions on food stamp spending are unlikely to substantively affect obesity prevalence. In short, many of the same factors that make obesity such a complicated and multifaceted issue extend to the economic analysis public health policies.International Journal of Obesity accepted article preview online, 12 January 2017...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Laura C Colicchia, Kristiina Parviainen, Judy C Chang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of social factors with glycemic control in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). METHODS: A survey instrument assessing social support, access to healthy food, cooking and meal preparation, chaotic lifestyle, employer support, and physical and emotional responses to food was developed and administered to women with GDM at maternal-fetal medicine office visits. Validated scales were used to measure social support and life chaos (defined as organization, instability, and the ability to plan and prepare for the future)...
December 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Elena Castellari, Chad Cotti, John Gordanier, Orgul Ozturk
In this paper, we examine the relationship between the timing of food stamp receipt and purchasing patterns. We combine data on state distribution dates of food stamps with scanner data on a panel of households purchases tracked between 2004 and 2011. We find that purchases of a variety of goods are meaningfully higher on receipt days, consistent with previous work that suggests that recipients are very impatient. Additionally, and importantly, estimates indicate that when food stamp receipt days fall on weekends, total monthly purchases within the same households are affected...
October 9, 2016: Health Economics
Stephanie Potochnick
The safety net that immigrants face today differs significantly from the immediate post-Welfare Reform era in terms of eligibility and economic context. To inform debates on immigrant access to the safety net, this paper examines implications of the 2002 Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, which restored food stamp eligibility to nearly two-thirds of immigrants who lost eligibility under Welfare Reform. Using data from the 1995-2013 Current Population Survey and a difference-in-difference design, I examine how restoration efforts have influenced food stamp participation and food insecurity rates among low-income Mexican immigrant households with children...
November 2016: Social Science Research
Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
PURPOSE: As reimbursement programs shift to value-based payment models emphasizing quality and efficient healthcare delivery, there exists a need to better understand process management to unearth true costs of patient care. We sought to identify cost-reduction opportunities in simple appendicitis management by applying a time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) methodology to this high-volume surgical condition. METHODS: Process maps were created using medical record time stamps...
December 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Abigail Arons, Corneliu Bolbocean, Nicole R Bush, Frances A Tylavsky, Kaja Z LeWinn
Socioemotional development in early childhood has long-term impacts on health status and social outcomes, and racial and socioeconomic disparities in socioemotional skills emerge early in life. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is an early childhood nutrition intervention with the potential to ameliorate these disparities. Our objective was to assess the impact of WIC on early socioemotional development in a longitudinal study. We examined the association between WIC participation and scores on the Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) in 327 predominantly African American mother-child dyads who were participants in the longitudinal Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development in Early Life (CANDLE) Study (Memphis, TN)...
December 2016: Preventive Medicine Reports
Pieter L Kubben, Mark L Kuijf, Linda P C M Ackermans, Albert F G Leentjes, Yasin Temel
BACKGROUND: Evaluating the effect of treatment of tremor is mostly performed with clinical rating scales. Mobile applications facilitate a more rapid, objective, and quantitative evaluation of treatment effect. Existing mobile apps do not offer raw data access, which limits algorithm development. OBJECTIVE: To develop a novel open-source mobile app for tremor quantification. METHODS: TREMOR12 is an open-source mobile app that samples acceleration, rotation, rotation speed, and gravity, each in 3 axes and time-stamped in a frequency up to 100 Hz...
2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Leandro Machín, Ana Giménez, María Rosa Curutchet, Joseline Martínez, Gastón Ares
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of nutritional information on how low-income mothers select food for their children. DESIGN: Five focus groups, each consisting of 5-10 participants, were conducted. PARTICIPANTS: Women, older than 18 years, mothers of young children who were beneficiaries of one of the national food stamps programs in Uruguay. PHENOMENON OF INTEREST: Focus group discussions were held around motives underlying food choices for children and perception of labeling systems...
July 2016: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Supinda Bunyavanich, Nan Shen, Alexander Grishin, Robert Wood, Wesley Burks, Peter Dawson, Stacie M Jones, Donald Y M Leung, Hugh Sampson, Scott Sicherer, Jose C Clemente
BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota may play a role in the natural history of cow's milk allergy. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine the association between early-life gut microbiota and the resolution of cow's milk allergy. METHODS: We studied 226 children with milk allergy who were enrolled at infancy in the Consortium of Food Allergy observational study of food allergy. Fecal samples were collected at age 3 to 16 months, and the children were followed longitudinally with clinical evaluation, milk-specific IgE levels, and milk skin prick test performed at enrollment, 6 months, 12 months, and yearly thereafter up until age 8 years...
October 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Diogo T da Cunha, Ana L de Freitas Saccol, Eduardo C Tondo, Ana B A de Oliveira, Veronica C Ginani, Carolina V Araújo, Thalita A S Lima, Angela K F de Castro, Elke Stedefeldt
In 2014, Brazil hosted one of the most popular sport competitions in the world, the FIFA World Cup. Concerned about the intense migration of tourists, the Brazilian government decided to deploy a food safety strategy based on inspection scores and a grading system applied to food services. The present study aimed to evaluate the results of the food safety strategy deployed during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. To assess food safety, an evaluation instrument was applied twice in 1927 food service establishments from 26 cities before the start of the competition...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Craig Gundersen
Food insecurity is a leading nutrition-related health care issue in the USA due to the magnitude of the problem (almost 50 million Americans are food insecure) and its association with a wide array of negative health and other outcomes. Alongside this interest in the USA, there has also been growing interest in Canada. In contrast, food insecurity has received less attention in Europe. Nevertheless, there is both direct and indirect evidence that food insecurity and its attendant consequences are present in Europe...
2016: World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics
Sandra B Dunbar, Patricia C Clark, Kelly D Stamp, Carolyn M Reilly, Rebecca A Gary, Melinda Higgins, Nadine Kaslow
OBJECTIVES: Determine if family functioning influences response to family-focused interventions aimed at reducing dietary sodium by heart failure (HF) patients. BACKGROUND: Lowering dietary sodium by HF patients often occurs within the home and family context. METHODS: Secondary analysis of 117 dyads randomized to patient and family education (PFE), family partnership intervention (FPI) or usual care (UC). Dietary sodium measures were obtained from 3-day food record and 24-h urine samples...
July 2016: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Alessio Soggiu, Cristian Piras, Stefano Levi Mortera, Isabella Alloggio, Andrea Urbani, Luigi Bonizzi, Paola Roncada
UNLABELLED: Grana Padano is a typical Italian Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) hard cheese largely consumed all over the world. The major problem during its production is represented by late blowing. Clostridia are gasogen bacteria responsible of the swelling during ripening, and they are partially counteracted by the use of egg white lysozyme as additive. In this work was applied, for the first time in cheese, a metaproteomic approach that identified the functional dynamics of microbial consortia in relation to the number of clostridial spores and lysozyme treatment using experimental samples of Grana Padano cheese...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
Margaret Lombe, Von Eugene Nebbitt, Aakanksha Sinha, Andrew Reynolds
Evidence documenting effects of food assistance programs, household food insecurity, and nutrition knowledge on health outcomes is building. Using data from a sub-sample of adults who are 185% of the poverty line from the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (N = 2,171), we examine whether household food insecurity, food stamp take-up, and use of informal food supports are associated with health risk among low-income households. Findings indicate that while nutrition knowledge provides protection against health risk in food secure households, the health benefits of nutrition knowledge were not evident in food insecure households...
July 2016: Social Work in Health Care
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