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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535619/prevalence-and-incidence-of-osteoporotic-fractures-in-patients-on-long-term-glucocorticoid-treatment-for-rheumatic-diseases-the-glucocorticoid-induced-osteoporosis-tool-giotto-study
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M Rossini, O Viapiana, M Vitiello, N Malavolta, G La Montagna, S Maddali Bongi, O Di Munno, R Nuti, C U Manzini, C Ferri, L Bogliolo, A Mathieu, F Cantatore, A Del Puente, M Muratore, W Grassi, B Frediani, G Saviola, P Delvino, L Mirone, G Ferraccioli, G Tripi, I Piazza, D Gatti
Osteoporosis and fractures are common and invalidating consequences of chronic glucorticoid (GC) treatment. Reliable information regarding the epidemiology of GC induced osteoporosis (GIOP) comes exclusively from the placebo group of randomized clinical trials while observational studies are generally lacking data on the real prevalence of vertebral fractures, GC dosage and primary diagnosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and incidence of osteoporotic fractures and to identify their major determinants (primary disease, GC dosage, bone mineral density, risk factors, specific treatment for GIOP) in a large cohort of consecutive patients aged >21 years, on chronic treatment with GC (≥5 mg prednisone - PN - equivalent) and attending rheumatology centers located all over Italy...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535617/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-sarcoidosis-an-update-from-a-population-based-cohort-study-from-olmsted-county-minnesota
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P Ungprasert, C S Crowson, E L Matteson
Information about the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and comorbidities of sarcoidosis among Caucasians is relatively scarce. This review focuses primarily on the data from a recently published Caucasianpredominant population-based cohort from Olmsted County, Minnesota. Overall, the incidence rate was 10.0 per 100,000 population, which suggested that sarcoidosis is less common in Caucasians than in Blacks, but is more common in Caucasians than in Asians. Intrathoracic involvement was seen in the vast majority of patients, but less than half have respiratory symptoms...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535503/determining-an-upper-reference-value-for-the-urinary-fluoride-creatinine-ratio-in-healthy-children-younger-than-7-years
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F Vida Zohoori, A Maguire
The urinary fluoride/creatinine ratio (UF/Cr) in a spot urine sample could be a useful systemic F exposure monitoring tool. No reference value for UF/Cr currently exists, therefore this study aimed to establish an upper reference value for a UF/Cr, corresponding to excessive systemic F exposure, i.e., >0.07 mg F/kg body weight (b.w.)/day, in children. Subsidiary aims were to examine the relationship between (i) total daily F intake (TDFI) and 24-h urinary F excretion (DUFE); (ii) DUFE and UF/Cr, and (iii) TDFI and UF/Cr...
May 24, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535466/do-polychlorinated-biphenyls-cause-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-epidemiological-studies-on-risk-of-cutaneous-melanoma-and-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Claudia Zani, Elisabetta Ceretti, Loredana Covolo, Francesco Donato
In 2015 a IARC Working Group upgraded the classification of PCBs to Group 1 "Carcinogenic to humans", also on the basis of evidence from epidemiological studies showing an excess risk for melanoma. Increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and breast cancer were also reported though the evidence was limited. However, some recent reviews of studies on PCB exposure and risk of cancer provided discrepant findings. Therefore, we re-evaluated the association between exposure to PCBs and risk of melanoma and NHL by a systematic review and meta-analysis...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535457/age-of-first-drunkenness-and-risks-for-all-cause-mortality-a-27-year-follow-up-from-the-epidemiologic-catchment-area-study
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Hui Hu, William W Eaton, James C Anthony, Li-Tzy Wu, Linda B Cottler
BACKGROUND: Early-onset drunkenness is associated with an increased risk of developing an alcohol use disorder (AUD), which predicts excess mortality risk. Here, we estimated mortality risk for drinkers with and without early drunkenness. METHODS: For 14,848 adult participants interviewed about drinking, drunken episodes, and AUD in 1981-83 for the Epidemiologic Catchment Area in New Haven (Connecticut), Baltimore (Maryland), St. Louis (Missouri), and Durham (North Carolina), we linked National Death Index records through 2007...
May 17, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535449/the-center-for-epidemiological-studies-depression-scale-ces-d-measurement-equivalence-across-gender-groups-in-hispanic-college-students
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Consuelo Arbona, Andrea Burridge, Norma Olvera
BACKGROUND: This study examined among Hispanic college students the factor structure and gender measurement invariance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale. The CES-D's original 20 item four-factor model was compared to a recently proposed 14 item, three-factor model. METHODS: Participants included 858 Hispanic undergraduates at an ethnically diverse, major research, urban, public university in the Southwest United States (U.S.). Multigroup confirmatory factor analyses (CFAs) and structural equation modeling were used to examine the factor structure, gender invariance, and construct validity of the CES-D scores...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535365/leukocyte-telomere-length-in-postmenopausal-women
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Holly J Jones, Susan L Janson, Kathryn A Lee
OBJECTIVE: To compare leukocyte telomere length (LTL) by race and describe demographic, health, and psychosocial factors associated with LTL in postmenopausal women. DESIGN: Descriptive study with comparative analyses and correlations. SETTING: Data were collected at the University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco Clinical and Translational Science Institute. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-nine African American and White postmenopausal women between 58 and 65 years of age (mean age = 61...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535308/invited-commentary-the-contribution-to-the-field-of-nutritional-epidemiology-of-the-landmark-1985-publication-by-willett-et-al
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Amy F Subar, Lawrence H Kushi, Jennifer L Lerman, Laurence S Freedman
The semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) has been the primary source of dietary exposure data in epidemiology for decades. Although frequency instruments had been evaluated before the 1985 publication "Reproducibility and Validity of a Semiquantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire" by Willett et al. (Am J Epidemiol. 1985;122(1):51-65), that paper was the prototype for the development and validation of what was then a highly innovative method for collecting dietary data. This approach was adopted in nearly all subsequent cohort studies of diet and disease...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535303/a-novel-goldnano-carb-test-for-rapid-phenotypic-detection-of-carbapenemases-particularly-oxa-type-in-enterobacteriaceae-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-acinetobacter-spp
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Arpasiri Srisrattakarn, Aroonlug Lulitanond, Chotechana Wilailuckana, Nicha Charoensri, Jureerut Daduang, Aroonwadee Chanawong
Objectives: To develop a simple gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based colorimetric test, GoldNano Carb (GoldC), for detecting carbapenemase production in Gram-negative bacteria, compared with updated Carba NP (CNP) and CarbAcineto NP (CAcNP) tests by using PCR methods as gold standard. Methods: Ninety-nine carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), Pseudomonas spp. and Acinetobacter spp. isolates and 89 non-CPE isolates were tested by the GoldC and CNP. Additionally, the CAcNP was performed in the Acinetobacter spp...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535293/invited-commentary-a-landmark-study-launched-in-a-public-health-maelstrom
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Eric A Engels, Charles S Rabkin, James J Goedert
The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic was first recognized in 1981, and it quickly became a public health emergency. In a 1987 paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Am J Epidemiol. 1987;126(2): 310-318), Richard Kaslow et al. described the launch of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), a cohort study of homosexual men in 4 US cities, the purpose of which was to better understand the natural history of AIDS and its determinants. The MACS enrolled participants through a range of community contacts...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535291/invited-commentary-continuing-to-loosen-the-constraints-on-epidemiology-in-an-age-of-change-a-comment-on-mcmichael-s-prisoners-of-the-proximate
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Sandro Galea
Published in 1999, McMichael's "Prisoners of the Proximate: Loosening the Constraints on Epidemiology in an Age of Change" (Am J Epidemiol. 1999;149(10):887-897) outlined an exciting vision for epidemiology as the field that that can help us better understand the drivers of population health so that we may intervene, paving the way for healthier populations. McMichael's paper remains today what it was when it was first published: clear, thoughtful, provocative, and usefully prescriptive in its call to action...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535290/dietary-quality-and-ovarian-cancer-risk-in-african-american-women
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Bo Qin, Patricia G Moorman, Linda E Kelemen, Anthony J Alberg, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Melissa Bondy, Michele L Cote, Ellen Funkhouser, Edward S Peters, Ann G Schwartz, Paul Terry, Joellen M Schildkraut, Elisa V Bandera
This study evaluated 3 index-based dietary patterns-Healthy Eating Index (HEI)-2005, HEI-2010, and Alternate Healthy Eating Index (AHEI)-2010-in relation to ovarian cancer risk in African-American women. The study was conducted among 415 ovarian cancer cases and 629 age- and site-matched controls of African-American descent recruited from the population-based African American Cancer Epidemiology Study. Multivariable unconditional logistic regression models were used to estimate odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals between quartiles of dietary quality indices and ovarian cancer risk, adjusting for potential confounders...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535286/invited-commentary-is-strenuous-activity-good-for-you-the-legacy-of-ralph-paffenbarger
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Lewis H Kuller
Ralph Paffenbarger, Jr, MD, DrPH (1922-2007), was initially trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (now the Bloomberg School of Public Health). He was the first Epidemiology Intelligence Service officer in the first Epidemiology Intelligence Service class. He joined the National Heart Institute (now the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) in its very early days and later became a faculty member at Stanford University and Harvard University...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535275/transportability-of-trial-results-using-inverse-odds-of-sampling-weights
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Daniel Westreich, Jessie K Edwards, Catherine R Lesko, Elizabeth Stuart, Stephen R Cole
Increasingly, the statistical and epidemiologic literature is turning its attention beyond issues of internal validity to questions of external validity. Here, we discuss some of the challenges of transporting a causal effect from a trial to a specific target population. We present an inverse odds weighting approach that can easily operationalize transportability. We derive these weights in closed form and illustrate their use with a simple numerical example. We discuss how the conditions required for the identification of internally valid causal effects are translated to apply to the identification of externally valid causal effects...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535270/intrinsically-photosensitive-retinal-ganglion-cell-function-sleep-efficiency-and-depression-in-advanced-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
Michelle L Maynard, Andrew J Zele, Anthony S Kwan, Beatrix Feigl
Purpose: Melanopsin expressing intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGC) input to multiple brain regions including those for pupil control, circadian rhythms, sleep and mood regulation. Here we measured ipRGC function and its relationship to sleep quality and depression in patients with advanced AMD. Methods: The melanopsin-mediated post-illumination pupil response (PIPR) was measured in 53 patients with advanced AMD (age 78.8 ± 8.8 years) and in 20 healthy controls (age 72...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535260/editorial-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-society-for-epidemiologic-research
#16
Bernard L Harlow, Moyses Szklo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535258/invited-commentary-beyond-individuals-area-poverty-and-health-or-the-search-for-an-impactful-epidemiology
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Ana V Diez Roux
In this commentary, I reflect on the paper "Poverty and Health: Prospective Evidence From the Alameda County Study" by Haan et al. (Am J Epidemiol. 1987;125(6):989-998), which together with supporting work ushered in a surge of epidemiologic interest in the impact of social contexts on health. I discuss why the paper was influential and how the premise of this type of work influenced theories and methods in epidemiology. The paper is placed in the broader context of the nature of evidence in epidemiology and the ultimate purpose of epidemiologic inquiry...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535254/invited-commentary-cassel-s-the-contribution-of-the-social-environment-to-host-resistance-a-modern-classic
#18
Sherman A James
John Cassel's 1976 paper "The Contribution of the Social Environment to Host Resistance" (Am J Epidemiol. 1976;104(2):107-123) is widely regarded as a classic in epidemiology. He makes the compelling argument that the quality of a person's social relationships, that is, the degree to which her relationships are more stressful than supportive (or vice versa) influences her susceptibility to disease independent of genetic endowment, diet, physical activity, etc. Cassel's provocative thesis was anchored in a cogent synthesis of findings from animal experiments and observational studies on diverse human populations...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535245/invited-commentary-the-continuing-need-for-the-sufficient-cause-model-today
#19
Tyler J VanderWeele
In this commentary, I review the insights that have been gained using Rothman's sufficient cause model (Am J Epidemiol. 1976;104(6):587-592). Discussion pertains to the relations of the model to similar conceptualizations in other fields of study, the advances and extensions that have been made to the model since the paper's publication, and its relation to questions of actual causation, along with questions concerning the use of the model in the future of epidemiology.
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535209/aromatic-dna-adducts-and-breast-cancer-risk-a-case-cohort-study-within-the-epic-spain
#20
Antonio Agudo, Marco Peluso, Armelle Munnia, Leila Luján-Barroso, Aurelio Barricarte, Pilar Amiano, Carmen Navarro, María-José Sánchez, J Ramón Quirós, Eva Ardanaz, Nerea Larrañaga, María-José Tormo, María-Dolores Chirlaque, Miguel Rodríguez-Barranco, Emilio Sánchez-Cantalejo, Filippo Cellai, Catalina Bonet, Núria Sala, Carlos A González
Epidemiologic evidence linking environmental exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) with breast cancer is limited. Measurement of DNA adducts formed by aromatic compounds, including PAH, has been carried in breast tissue samples and white blood cells from women with breast cancer and different kinds of controls. However, these studies provide inconsistent results and bias cannot be ruled out. During the 7-year follow-up period, 305 women were diagnosed with first primary breast cancer in the EPIC-Spain cohort, and were compared with a sample of 149 women without breast cancer at recruitment, using a case-cohort approach...
May 23, 2017: Carcinogenesis
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