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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156258/developing-an-online-tool-for-identifying-at-risk-populations-to-wildfire-smoke-hazards
#1
Ambarish Vaidyanathan, Fuyuen Yip, Paul Garbe
Wildfire episodes pose a significant public health threat in the United States. Adverse health impacts associated with wildfires occur near the burn area as well as in places far downwind due to wildfire smoke exposures. Health effects associated with exposure to particulate matter arising from wildfires can range from mild eye and respiratory tract irritation to more serious outcomes such as asthma exacerbation, bronchitis, and decreased lung function. Real-time operational forecasts of wildfire smoke concentrations are available but they are not readily integrated with information on vulnerable populations necessary to identify at-risk communities during wildfire smoke episodes...
November 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156250/fear-family-and-the-placing-of-emotion-black-women-s-responses-to-a-breast-cancer-awareness-intervention
#2
Tim Brown, Isabel Dyck, Beth Greenhough, Menah Raven-Ellison, Melanie Dembinsky, Mark Ornstein, Stephen W Duffy
This paper is based upon findings from the qualitative element of a mixed-methods study on the response of Black women aged 25-50 to a public health intervention related to breast cancer. The focus groups were conducted in the London Borough of Hackney, UK between 2013 and 2016, and were part of an evaluation of the effectiveness of a breast awareness DVD. While the content of the DVD was generally well-received by the participants, the focus group discussions revealed a complex and, at times, contradictory response to the women's construction as an 'at risk' community...
November 17, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155812/fluevidencesynthesis-an-r-package-for-evidence-synthesis-based-analysis-of-epidemiological-outbreaks
#3
Edwin van Leeuwen, Petra Klepac, Dominic Thorrington, Richard Pebody, Marc Baguelin
Public health related decisions often have to balance the cost of intervention strategies with the benefit of the reduction in disease burden. While the cost can often be inferred, forward modelling of the effect of different intervention options is complicated and disease specific. Here we introduce a package that is aimed to simplify this process. The package allows one to infer parameters using a Bayesian approach, perform forward modelling of the likely results of the proposed intervention and finally perform cost effectiveness analysis of the results...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155673/strengthening-global-surveillance-for-antimicrobial-drug-resistant-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-through-the-enhanced-gonococcal-antimicrobial-surveillance-program
#4
Emily J Weston, Teodora Wi, John Papp
Monitoring trends in antimicrobial drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a critical public health and global health security activity because the number of antimicrobial drugs available to treat gonorrhea effectively is rapidly diminishing. Current global surveillance methods for antimicrobial drug-resistant N. gonorrhoeae have many limitations, especially in countries with the greatest burden of disease. The Enhanced Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Program is a collaboration between the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155442/safety-of-folic-acid
#5
Martha S Field, Patrick J Stover
There is a large body of literature demonstrating the efficacy of maternal folic acid intake in preventing birth defects, as well as investigations into potential adverse consequences of consuming folic acid above the upper intake level (UL). Recently, two authoritative bodies convened expert panels to assess risks from high intakes of folic acid: the U.S. National Toxicology Program and the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Overall, the totality of the evidence examined by these panels, as well as studies published since the release of their reports, have not established risks for adverse consequences resulting from existing mandatory folic acid fortification programs that have been implemented in many countries...
November 20, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155356/refined-assessment-and-perspectives-on-the-cumulative-risk-resulting-from-the-dietary-exposure-to-pesticide-residues-in-the-danish-population
#6
Martin Olof Larsson, Vibe Sloth Nielsen, Niels Bjerre, Frank Laporte, Nina Cedergreen
Relatively few studies are available on realistic cumulative risk assessments for dietary pesticide exposure. Despite available studies showing low risk, public concern remains. A method to estimate realistic residue levels based on information from spraying journals and supervised residue trials was described in a previous publication. The present article proposes a new method to estimate average residue levels in imported foods based on residue monitoring data and knowledge about agronomic practices. The two methods were used in combination to estimate average pesticide residue levels in 47 commodities on the Danish market...
November 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155223/multilevel-model-to-estimate-county-level-untreated-dental-caries-among-us-children-aged-6-9years-using-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey
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Mei Lin, Xingyou Zhang, James B Holt, Valerie Robison, Chien-Hsun Li, Susan O Griffin
Because conducting population-based oral health screening is resource intensive, oral health data at small-area levels (e.g., county-level) are not commonly available. We applied the multilevel logistic regression and poststratification method to estimate county-level prevalence of untreated dental caries among children aged 6-9years in the United States using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2010 linked with various area-level data at census tract, county and state levels...
November 16, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154794/the-relative-persuasiveness-of-narrative-versus-non-narrative-health-messages-in-public-health-emergency-communication-evidence-from-a-field-experiment
#8
Mesfin A Bekalu, Cabral A Bigman, Rachel F McCloud, Leesa K Lin, K Viswanath
Previous studies indicated that narrative health messages are more effective than non-narrative messages in influencing health outcomes. However, this body of evidence does not account for differences in health domain, and little is known about the effectiveness of this message execution strategy during public health emergencies. In this study, we examined the relative effectiveness of the two formats in influencing knowledge and perceived response efficacy related to prevention of pandemic influenza, and determined whether effects of message format vary across population sub-groups...
November 14, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154750/global-perspectives-on-ensuring-the-safety-of%C3%A2-pharmaceutical-products-in-the-distribution-process%C3%A2
#9
Sohyun Jeong, Eunhee Ji
OBJECTIVE: The distribution of counterfeit or falsified drugs is increasing worldwide. This can contribute to the high burden of disease and cost to society and is of global concern with the worldwide circulation of pharmaceuticals. The preparation and implementation of good distribution practice should be one of the most important aspects of ensuring safe drug circulation and administration. This research aimed to compare and analyze good distribution practice guidelines from advanced countries and international organizations, and to evaluate the status of the current good distribution practice guidelines in the world...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154718/pesticide-residues-in-food-attitudes-beliefs-and-misconceptions-among-conventional-and-organic-consumers
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Severine Koch, Astrid Epp, Mark Lohmann, Gaby-Fleur Böl
Pesticide use and pesticide residues in foods have been the subject of controversial public discussions and media coverage in Germany. Against this background, a better understanding of public risk perceptions is needed to promote efficient public health communication. To this end, this study captures the German public's perception of pesticide residues in foods. A representative sample of the population aged 14 years and older (n = 1,004) was surveyed via computer-assisted telephone interviewing on their attitudes and knowledge with regard to pesticide residues...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154182/impact-of-ill-health-on-household-consumption-in-sri-lanka-evidence-from-household-survey-data
#11
Ajantha Sisira Kumara, Ramanie Samaratunge
With significant increases in chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in recent years, Sri Lanka has witnessed a growing trend of increased out-of-pocket payments for healthcare, imposing a severe burden on household budgets. This is exacerbated by limited government health funding and inadequate financial security from formal social security. We examine the association of NCD-prevalence and healthcare utilization with household consumption, using the most recent Sri Lanka Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2012/2013...
November 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153972/uses-of-oral-history-and-digital-storytelling-in-public-health-research-and-practice
#12
E K Tsui, A Starecheski
OBJECTIVES: Oral history (OH) and digital storytelling (DST) have been used in a range of ways in public health, including educating populations about health-protecting practices, advocating for improved clinical care and reflecting on public health efforts to combat infectious disease. Yet, these methods are rarely recognized for their potential to contribute to public health research and practice. The aim of this article is to assess how OH and DST have been used in the health fields and to provide examples of ways that these methods have contributed to work in several domains of public health...
November 15, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153620/targeted-dna-enrichment-and-whole-genome-sequencing-of-neisseria-meningitidis-directly-from-clinical-specimens
#13
Stephen A Clark, Ronan Doyle, Jay Lucidarme, Ray Borrow, Judith Breuer
In England and Wales, approximately one half of all laboratory-confirmed meningococcal disease cases fail to yield a viable invasive isolate, primarily due to the use of antibiotics. Characterisation of non-culture meningococci has been restricted to the detection or sequencing of specific gene targets within clinical specimens. In this study we investigated the ability of the Agilent SureSelectXT kit to facilitate DNA enrichment and genome sequencing of meningococcal DNA within a small panel of blood and CSF specimens...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153476/attitudes-toward-smoke-free-public-housing-among-u-s-adults-2016
#14
Teresa W Wang, Pamela R Lemos, Simon McNabb, Brian A King
INTRODUCTION: Effective February 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a rule requiring each public housing agency to implement a smoke-free policy within 18 months. This study assessed the prevalence and determinants of favorability toward smoke-free public housing among U.S. adults. METHODS: Data from 2016 Summer Styles, a nationally representative web-based survey conducted among adults (N=4,203) were analyzed in 2017. Participants were asked: Do you favor or oppose prohibiting smoking in public housing, including all indoor areas of living units, common areas, and office buildings, as well as in all outdoor areas within 25 feet of buildings? Multivariate Poisson regression was used to calculate adjusted prevalence ratios of favorability (strongly or somewhat)...
November 3, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153262/a-call-to-introduce-structured-zika-surveillance-in-india
#15
Farah Ishtiaq
India has the climatic conditions conducive to year-round transmission of Zika virus, and a structured disease surveillance program should be implemented to prevent an outbreak. Such a program should (i) start screening before an outbreak arises; (ii) collect baseline data to assess future disease risk and monitor potential birth defects; and (iii) provide new insights into the ecology of the disease and inform public health policy following the one health concept.
November 15, 2017: Trends in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153116/community-guide-cardiovascular-disease-economic-reviews-tailoring-methods-to-ensure-utility-of-findings
#16
Sajal K Chattopadhyay, Verughese Jacob, Shawna L Mercer, David P Hopkins, Randy W Elder, Christopher D Jones
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommended five interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention between 2012 and 2015. Systematic economic reviews of these interventions faced challenges that made it difficult to generate meaningful policy and programmatic conclusions. This paper describes the methods used to assess, synthesize, and evaluate the economic evidence to generate reliable and useful economic conclusions and address the comparability of economic findings across interventions. Specifically, steps were taken to assess completeness of data and identify the components and drivers of cost and benefit...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153080/impact-of-social-media-for-the-hematologist-oncologist
#17
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Nour Abuhadra, Navneet S Majhail, Aziz Nazha
In the era of modern communication, the physician and patient relationship has evolved to include an entirely new dimension-social media. This new dimension offers several opportunities for patient education, research and its dissemination, and professional development for health care providers; it can also serve as a platform for addressing important public health issues. However, these advantages come with challenges such as threats to patient and professional privacy. In this article, we dissect the benefits and drawbacks of this social evolution on the practicing hematologist-oncologist...
October 2017: Seminars in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152890/influenza-associated-severe-acute-respiratory-infections-in-two-sentinel-sites-in-lebanon-september-2015-to-august-2016
#18
Majd Saleh, Lara Bazzi, Ebstissam Ismail, Lina Mroueh, Nisrine Jammal, Amgad Elkholy, Pamela Mrad, Ahmad Al Samadi, Ahmad Hijazi, Firass Abiad, Ghazi Nsouli, Alissar Rady, Wasiq Khan, Mamunur Malik, Pierre Zalloua, Walid Ammar, Nada Ghosn
BACKGROUND: Given the sparse information on burden of influenza in Lebanon, the Ministry of Public Health established a sentinel surveillance for Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI) to identify the attribution of influenza to reported cases. We aim to highlight the proportion of influenza-associated SARI from September 1(st) 2015 to August 31(st) 2016 in two Lebanese hospitals. METHODS: The study was conducted in two sentinel sites located in Beirut suburbs and Southern province of Lebanon...
November 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152877/rapid-risk-assessment-during-the-early-weeks-of-the-2015-2016-influenza-season-in-ukraine
#19
Sophie Newitt, Alla Mironenko, Olha Holubka, Oleksandr Zaika, Olga Gubar, Katri Jalava, Caroline Brown, Iryna Demchyshyna, Tetiana Dykhanovska
BACKGROUND: Several eastern European countries reported a severe influenza season to the World Health Organization (WHO) during late 2015. A country-specific rapid risk assessment for Ukraine was conducted to assess the season's severity and inform public health action.. METHODS: The exposure and hazard were assessed using acute respiratory infection (ARI), severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), laboratory surveillance, virological and vaccine data from weeks 40/2015 to 7/2016 with comparison to four previous seasons to describe the influenza season start (five week consecutive increase in ARI or SARI),, predominant virus types, geographical spread and affected age groups ...
November 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152459/marking-15-years-of-the-genetic-and-rare-diseases-information-center
#20
Janine Lewis, Michelle Snyder, Henrietta Hyatt-Knorr
BACKGROUND: The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), a program of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, was established in 2002 to assist the public in finding reliable, timely, and easy-to-understand information about genetic and/or rare diseases in English or Spanish. OBJECTIVE: A review of longitudinal data on GARD inquiries from 2002 to 2016 and assessment of the results of two user satisfaction surveys were conducted to understand the demographics and needs of GARD customers over time...
May 25, 2017: Translational Science of Rare Diseases
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