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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549303/end-of-life-eol-mobile-phone-management-in-hong-kong-households
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Wen-Jing Deng, John P Giesy, C S So, Hai-Long Zheng
A questionnaire survey and interviews were conducted in households and end-of-life (EoL) mobile phone business centres in Hong Kong. Widespread Internet use, combined with the rapid evolution of modern social networks, has resulted in the more rapid obsolescence of mobile phones, and thus a tremendous increase in the number of obsolete phones. In 2013, the volume of EoL mobile phones generated in Hong Kong totalled at least 330 tonnes, and the amount is rising. Approximately 80% of electronic waste is exported to Africa and developing countries such as mainland China or Pakistan for recycling...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549293/automated-recognition-of-the-pericardium-contour-on-processed-ct-images-using-genetic-algorithms
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É O Rodrigues, L O Rodrigues, L S N Oliveira, A Conci, P Liatsis
This work proposes the use of Genetic Algorithms (GA) in tracing and recognizing the pericardium contour of the human heart using Computed Tomography (CT) images. We assume that each slice of the pericardium can be modelled by an ellipse, the parameters of which need to be optimally determined. An optimal ellipse would be one that closely follows the pericardium contour and, consequently, separates appropriately the epicardial and mediastinal fats of the human heart. Tracing and automatically identifying the pericardium contour aids in medical diagnosis...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549275/understanding-the-relationships-between-water-quality-recreational-fishing-practices-and-human-health-in-phoenix-arizona
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E Pulford, B A Polidoro, M Nation
Across the United States, recreational freshwater fisheries are not only an important leisure activity, but can also provide a relatively inexpensive source of protein in local diets. However, recreational freshwater fisheries are generally not well-monitored in terms of fish consumption vs. catch and release, nor are all recreational surface waters regularly monitored for the presence of potentially harmful contaminants in water or fishes. In six urban lakes that support recreational fisheries in Phoenix, Arizona, a majority of surveyed anglers reported eating recreationally caught fishes, even though they thought the water might be polluted...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549263/prevalence-reasons-perceived-effects-and-correlates-of-medical-marijuana-use-a-review
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Ji-Yeun Park, Li-Tzy Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in some U.S. states and other jurisdictions, such as Canada, and Israel. Despite the widespread legalization of medical marijuana globally, there is limited information on patterns and correlates of medical marijuana use (MMU). We conducted a literature review to assess prevalence, reasons, perceived effects, and correlates of MMU among adolescents and adults. METHODS: We searched peer-reviewed articles in English between January 1996 and August 2016 from several databases (PubMed, Google Scholar, Embase, CINAHL, and PsycINFO) using different combinations of keywords...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549120/dementia-capable-care-coordination-in-duals-demonstration-programs-workforce-needs-promising-practices-and-policy
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Brooke Hollister, Jason D Flatt, Susan A Chapman
Background and Objectives: This study describes the program requirements, workforce competencies, and barriers for dementia capable care coordination within health plans from seven states participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services demonstration programs for dually-eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Research Design and Methods: Data came from contracts, policy documents, and 24 semistructured key informant interviews with national experts and leaders from community-based organizations, advocacy organizations, researchers, federal and state government, and health plans in the seven states...
May 25, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549072/predictors-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-measured-at-multiple-time-points-in-a-multiethnic-population
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Julia A Knight, Jody Wong, David E C Cole, Tim K Lee, Esteban J Parra
The evidence for a relationship of vitamin D with non-skeletal health outcomes is inconsistent. The validity of single or predicted measurements of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) is unknown as this biomarker is highly seasonally variable. We compared models of 25(OH)D at baseline, at multiple time points throughout the year, and averaged over the year in 309 individuals in Toronto, Canada (43˚ N), 2009-2013. Information and blood samples were collected every two months. Baseline and average concentrations were correlated (r = 0...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549071/the-association-between-cholecystectomy-and-colorectal-neoplasm-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Yen-Chun Peng, Cheng-Li Lin, Fung-Chang Sung
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and cholecystectomy are associated with the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Our aim was to determine the association between cholecystectomy and the CRC risk in IBD. METHODS: We first obtained the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHRID), which contains information on approximately 24.7 million insured individuals. A cohort study was conducted using the data from the NHIRD, and included cohort patients with IBD who had experienced a cholecystectomy between the years 1998 and 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549055/is-it-worth-adding-loperamide-to-antibiotic-treatment-of-traveler%C3%A2-s-diarrhea
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Yazmín Pinos, María Isabel Ruiz, Óscar Corsi, Gabriel Rada
Travelers' diarrhea is a frequent condition, especially in those traveling to high-risk areas. Although antibiotic treatment reduces the duration of diarrhea, it has been suggested adding loperamide could further reduce the symptoms. To answer this question we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others. We identified two systematic reviews including 28 studies overall, of which 15 were randomized trials relevant for the question of interest...
May 23, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548973/beneficial-effects-of-two-types-of-personal-health-record-services-connected-with-electronic-medical-records-within-the-hospital-setting
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Jisan Lee, James G Boram Kim, Meiling Jin, Kiwhan Ahn, Byungjun Kim, Sukwha Kim, Jeongeun Kim
Healthcare consumers must be able to make decisions based on accurate health information. To assist with this, we designed and developed an integrated system connected with electronic medical records in hospitals to ensure delivery of accurate health information. The system-called the Consumer-centered Open Personal Health Record platform-is composed of two services: a portal for users with any disease and a mobile application for users with cleft lip/palate. To assess the benefits of these services, we used a quasi-experimental, pretest-posttest design, assigning participants to the portal (n = 50) and application (n = 52) groups...
May 26, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548917/family-experiences-of-the-transition-to-palliative-care-in-aged-residential-care-arc-a-qualitative-study
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Rosemary Frey, Susan Foster, Michal Boyd, Jackie Robinson, Merryn Gott
PURPOSE: To address a gap in the literature by exploring bereaved families' perceptions of the transition to palliative care for their relative in long-term care. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of twenty-six family members who were most involved in the care of residents who had died within the last 12 months. Interviews explored care, perceptions of staff palliative care knowledge, communication with staff, care planning and decision-making...
May 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548905/brca-associated-cancers-role-of-imaging-in-screening-diagnosis-and-management
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Michelle V Lee, Venkata S Katabathina, Michyla L Bowerson, Marina I Mityul, Anup S Shetty, Khaled M Elsayes, Aparna Balachandran, Priya R Bhosale, Ann E McCullough, Christine O Menias
Harmful mutations of the BRCA tumor suppressor genes result in a greater lifetime risk for malignancy-breast and ovarian cancers in particular. An increased risk for male breast, fallopian tube, primary peritoneal, pancreatic, prostate, and colon cancers also has been reported. The BRCA gene is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern and tends to be highly penetrant; thus, there is an increased incidence of these cancers in affected families. Compared with sporadic tumors, BRCA-associated malignancies have unique manifestations, clinical features, and pathologic profiles...
May 26, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548622/fungal-contamination-in-green-coffee-beans-samples-a-public-health-concern
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Carla Viegas, Cátia Pacífico, Tiago Faria, Ana Cebola de Oliveira, Liliana Aranha Caetano, Elisabete Carolino, Anita Quintal Gomes, Susana Viegas
Studies on the microbiology of coffee cherries and beans have shown that the predominant toxigenic fungal genera (Aspergillus and Penicillium) are natural coffee contaminants. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of fungi in Coffea arabica L. (Arabica coffee) and Coffea canephora L. var. robusta (Robusta coffee) green coffee samples obtained from different sources at the pre-roasting stage. Twenty-eight green coffee samples from different countries of origin (Brazil, Timor, Honduras, Angola, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, India, and Uganda) were evaluated...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548601/does-the-screening-status-of-message-characters-affect-message-effects
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Julia M Alber, Karen Glanz
Public health messages can be used to increase awareness about colorectal cancer screenings. Free or inexpensive images for creating health messages are readily available, yet little is known about how a pictured individual's engagement in the behavior of interest affects message outcomes. Participants ( N = 360), aged 50 to 75 years, completed an online survey in which they viewed a colorectal cancer screening message and were then randomly assigned to view one of four different messages about the pictured individual's screening status...
May 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548547/facing-a-health-threat-in-a-complex-information-environment-a-national-representative-survey-examining-american-adults-behavioral-responses-to-the-2009-2010-a-h1n1-pandemic
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Leesa Lin, Rachel F McCloud, Minsoo Jung, Kasisomayajula Viswanath
BACKGROUND: Recent A(H1N1) studies suggest that intrapersonal and interpersonal factors may exert influence on people's preventive behaviors for avoiding the flu during pandemics. AIMS: Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) and vaccinations play key roles in containing disease transmission during a pandemic. We examined how intrapersonal and interpersonal factors influenced adoption of NPIs and vaccine uptake during the A(H1N1) pandemic of 2009. METHOD: The data come from a nationally representative sample survey of 1,569 American adults...
May 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548543/systematic-review-of-clinical-guidance-documents-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-diagnostic-assessment-in-select-regions
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Melanie Penner, Evdokia Anagnostou, Lana Y Andoni, Wendy J Ungar
Clinical guidance documents play an important role in ensuring access to high-quality autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment practices. The objective was to perform a systematic review of professional association and government clinical guidance documents for autism spectrum disorder diagnostic assessment, analyzing their quality and content. The government search was limited to English-speaking, single-payer, publicly funded health systems. A quality appraisal was conducted by two appraisers using the Appraisal of Guidelines Research and Evaluation, second edition tool...
May 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548468/comparison-of-direct-and-indirect-methods-of-teaching-breast-self-examination-%C3%A2-influence-on-knowledge-and-attitudes-of-iranian-nursing-and-midwifery-personnel
#16
Sara Shahbazi, Mohammad Heidari, Mansour Ghafourifard
Background: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Monthly breast self-examination (BSE) has been presented as one of the best screening methods available. The aim of this study was to compare effects of both direct and indirect methods of teaching of BSE on knowledge and attitudes of nursing and midwifery personnel. Materials and Methods: The present study was performed on 89 nursing and midwifery personnel in Valiasr hospital of Borujen city. Participants were randomly divided into a direct and an indirect training group...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548247/market-for-artemether-lumefantrine-to-treat-childhood-malaria-in-a-district-of-southern-mozambique
#17
Sergi Alonso, Khátia Munguambe, Elisa Sicuri
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Artemisinin-based combination therapies are used as first-line treatment drugs, but their market is far from competitive. Market failures include limited availability, low quality, lack of information, and high costs of access. We estimated the theoretical demand for one of the most common artemisinin-based combination therapies, artemether-lumefantrine (AL), and its determinants among caregivers of children with malaria seeking care at public health facilities, thus, entitled to receive drugs for free, in southern Mozambique (year 2012)...
May 26, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548195/-qualitative-research-methodology-in-health-care
#18
Paula Bedregal, Carolina Besoain, Alejandro Reinoso, Tamara Zubarew
Health care research requires different methodological approaches such as qualitative and quantitative analyzes to understand the phenomena under study. Qualitative research is usually the least considered. Central elements of the qualitative method are that the object of study is constituted by perceptions, emotions and beliefs, non-random sampling by purpose, circular process of knowledge construction, and methodological rigor throughout the research process, from quality design to the consistency of results...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547951/application-of-cox-and-parametric-survival-models-to-assessment-social-determinants-of-health-affecting-the-three-year-survival-of-breast-cancer-patients
#19
Mohammad Ali Heidarnia, Maryam Mohseny, Farzaneh Amanpour, Mohammad Moradi Joo, Alireza Mosavi Jarrahi, Esmat Davoudi Monfared
Background: Breast cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer mortality in Iran. Social determinants of health are among the key factors affecting the pathogenesis of diseases. This study aimed to determine those influencing breast cancer survival time with parametric and semi-parametric regression models. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on male and female patients diagnosed with breast cancer presenting to the Cancer Research Center of Shohada-E-Tajrish Hospital from 2006 to 2010...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547943/assertions-of-japanese-websites-for-and-against-cancer-screening-a-text-mining-analysis
#20
Tsuyoshi Okuhara, Hirono Ishikawa, Masahumi Okada, Mio Kato, Takahiro Kiuchi
Background: Cancer screening rates are lower in Japan than in Western countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. While health professionals publish pro-cancer-screening messages online to encourage proactive seeking for screening, anti-screening activists use the same medium to warn readers against following guidelines. Contents of pro- and anti-cancer-screening sites may contribute to readers’ acceptance of one or the other position. We aimed to use a text-mining method to examine frequently appearing contents on sites for and against cancer screening...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
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