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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772682/the-association-of-dietary-fiber-intake-with-cardiometabolic-risk-in-four-countries-across-the-epidemiologic-transition
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Louise Lie, Laquita Brown, Terrence E Forrester, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Pascal Bovet, Estelle V Lambert, Brian T Layden, Amy Luke, Lara R Dugas
The greatest burden of cardiovascular disease is now carried by developing countries with cardiometabolic conditions such as metabolic syndrome, obesity and inflammation believed to be the driving force behind this epidemic. Dietary fiber is known to have protective effects against obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome. Considering the emerging prevalence of these cardiometabolic disease states across the epidemiologic transition, the objective of this study is to explore these associations of dietary fiber with cardiometabolic risk factors in four countries across the epidemiologic transition...
May 16, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772280/an-analysis-of-palliative-care-development-in-africa-a-ranking-based-on-region-specific-macro-indicators
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John Y Rhee, Eduardo Garralda, Eve Namisango, Emmanuel Luyirika, Liliana de Lima, Richard A Powell, Jesús López-Fidalgo, Carlos Centeno
CONTEXT: To date, there is no study comparing palliative care (PC) development among African countries. OBJECTIVE: To analyze comparatively PC development in African countries based on region-specific indicators. METHODS: Data were obtained from the APCA Atlas of PC in Africa and a comparative analysis conducted. Nineteen indicators were developed and defined through qualitative interviews with African PC experts and a two-round modified Delphi consensus process with international experts on global PC indicators...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771990/parental-involvement-could-mitigate-the-effects-of-physical-activity-and-dietary-habits-on-mental-distress-in-ghanaian-youth
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Franklin N Glozah, Kwaku Oppong Asante, Nuworza Kugbey
INTRODUCTION: Parental involvement in physical activity and dietary habits have been found to play a substantial role in the mental health of young people. However, there is little evidence about the associations between parental involvement, health behaviours and mental health among Ghanaian youth. This study sought to examine the role of parental involvement in the association between physical activity, dietary habits and mental health among Ghanaian youth. METHODS: Data were obtained from the 2012 Ghana Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771784/zika-virus-exposure-in-an-hiv-infected-cohort-in-ghana
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K E Sherman, S D Rouster, L X Kong, T M Shata, T Archampong, A Kwara, M T Aliota, J T Blackard
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and epidemiologic associations of Zika Virus (ZIKV) in HIV-infected patients in Ghana, West Africa. METHODS: We examined the seroprevalence of ZIKV in HIV/HBV co-infected persons in Ghana from sera samples collected from 2012 to 2014 using ELISA assays and plaque reduction neutralization tests (PRNT). RESULTS: Overall, ZIKV antibody was detected in 12.9% of 236 tested samples, though the true estimate of exposure is probably less due cross-reactions with other related viruses...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770324/one-health-integration-a-proposed-framework-for-a-study-on-veterinarians-and-zoonotic-disease-management-in-ghana
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Sophie Françoise Valeix
In parallel with the recent world-wide promotion of One Health (OH) as a policy concept, a growing body of social science studies has raised questions about how successful OH policies and programs have been in managing some global health issues, such as zoonotic diseases. This paper briefly reviews this literature to clarify its critical perspective. Much of the literature on OH also is focused on health management at an international level and has paid less attention to implementation programs and policies for OH at the national and local levels, especially in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs)...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769071/informal-workers-access-to-health-care-services-findings-from-a-qualitative-study-in-the-kassena-nankana-districts-of-northern-ghana
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James Akazili, Samuel Chatio, John Ele-Ojo Ataguba, Isaiah Agorinya, Edmund Wedam Kanmiki, Osman Sankoh, Abraham Oduro
BACKGROUND: Over the past two decades, employment in the informal sector has grown rapidly in all regions including low and middle-income countries. In the developing countries, between 50 and 75% of workers are employed in the informal sector. In Ghana, more than 80% of the total working population is working in the informal sector. They are largely self-employed persons such as farmers, traders, food processors, artisans, craft-workers among others. The persistent problem in advancing efforts to address health vulnerabilities of informal workers is lack of systematic data...
May 16, 2018: BMC International Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767699/impact-of-double-fortified-salt-with-iron-and-iodine-on-hemoglobin-anemia-and-iron-deficiency-anemia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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María J Ramírez-Luzuriaga, Leila M Larson, Venkatesh Mannar, Reynaldo Martorell
Double-fortified salt (DFS) containing iron and iodine has been proposed as a feasible and cost-effective alternative for iron fortification in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis from randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials to 1) assess the effect of DFS on biomarkers of iron status and the risk of anemia and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and 2) evaluate differential effects of DFS by study type (efficacy or effectiveness), population subgroups, iron formulation (ferrous sulfate, ferrous fumarate, and ferric pyrophosphate), iron concentration, duration of intervention, and study quality...
May 1, 2018: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766419/biomonitoring-of-chlorpyrifos-exposure-and-health-risk-assessment-among-applicators-on-rice-farms-in-ghana
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Albert Atabila, Ross Sadler, Dung Tri Phung, Jonathan N Hogarh, Stewart Carswell, Scott Turner, Renu Patel, Des Connell, Cordia Chu
Chlorpyrifos is a neurotoxic insecticide that is widely used in the agricultural sector of Ghana. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the levels of chlorpyrifos exposure and health risk among applicators (n = 21) on irrigated rice farms in Ghana, based on a typical application event. Pre- and post-application urine samples (24-h) were collected from the applicators and analysed for 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol (TCP), using LC-MS/MS. The levels of chlorpyrifos-absorbed dose with the applicators were estimated from the urinary TCP levels...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765227/age-gender-distribution-of-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-a-black-african-population-in-ghana
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George Asafu Adjaye Frimpong, Isaac Kofi Owusu, Ijeoma Chinedum Anyitey-Kokor, Caitlin Selassie Naa Sarku Wiafe-Kwakye, Evans Aboagye, Nana Esi Coleman, Pierre Amankwah, Nakao Kuukua Abaidoo
Background: Distribution of coronary artery calcium (CAC) has been determined in different heterogeneous populations in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Based on findings showing that geography and culture can influence CAC scoring beyond traditional race groups, we determined the distribution of CAC in a homogenous black African population to provide an initial basis for a larger CAC score study in Africa. Methods and results: This is a preliminary study using computed tomography to determine the CAC scores within a black African population who were referred to our center...
2018: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764422/hmmibd-software-to-infer-pairwise-identity-by-descent-between-haploid-genotypes
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Stephen F Schaffner, Aimee R Taylor, Wesley Wong, Dyann F Wirth, Daniel E Neafsey
BACKGROUND: A number of recent malaria studies have used identity by descent (IBD) to study epidemiological processes relevant to malaria control. In this paper, a software package, hmmIBD, is introduced for estimating pairwise IBD between haploid genomes, such as those of the malaria parasite, sampled from one or two populations. Source code is freely available. METHODS: The performance of hmmIBD was verified using simulated data and benchmarked against an existing method for detecting IBD within populations...
May 15, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764405/urinary-iodine-concentration-and-thyroid-volume-of-pregnant-women-attending-antenatal-care-in-two-selected-hospitals-in-ashanti-region-ghana-a-comparative-cross-sectional-study
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Daniel Gyamfi, Yaw Amo Wiafe, Kwabena Owusu Danquah, Ernest Adankwah, Gertrude Akua Amissah, Angela Odame
BACKGROUND: Iodine deficiency is a major public health problem affecting people worldwide, particularly pregnant women. Iodine requirements increase substantially during pregnancy making pregnant women vulnerable to iodine deficiency and its disorders such as abortions, stillbirths and pregnancy goitre as well as congenital abnormalities, cretinism and mental retardation in their children. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of iodine deficiency and goitre among pregnant women attending antenatal sessions at two selected hospitals in Ashanti region, Ghana...
May 15, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764108/factors-that-influence-enrolment-and-retention-in-ghana-national-health-insurance-scheme
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Agnes Millicent Kotoh, Genevieve Cecilia Aryeetey, Sjaak Van der Geest
BACKGROUND: The government of Ghana introduced the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2004 with the goal of achieving universal coverage within 5 years. Evidence, however, shows that expanding NHIS coverage and especially retaining members have remained a challenge. A multilevel perspective was employed as a conceptual framework and methodological tool to examine why enrolment and retention in the NHIS remains low. METHODS: A household survey was conducted after 20 months educational and promotional activities aimed at improving enrolment and retention rates in 15 communities in the Central and Eastern Regions (ERs) of Ghana...
October 17, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760762/prevalence-of-postpartum-depression-and-interventions-utilized-for-its-management
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Reindolf Anokye, Enoch Acheampong, Amy Budu-Ainooson, Edmund Isaac Obeng, Adjei Gyimah Akwasi
Introduction: Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that affects approximately 10-15% of adult mothers yearly. This study sought to determine the prevalence of postpartum depression and interventions utilized for its management in a Health facility in Ghana. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study design using a quantitative approach was used for the study. The study population included mothers and healthcare workers. Simple random sampling technique was used to select 257 mothers, while a convenience sampling technique was used to select 56 health workers for the study...
2018: Annals of General Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757315/a-multi-center-prospective-cohort-study-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-differential-pricing-and-health-systems-strengthening-on-access-to-medicines-and-management-of-hypertension-and-diabetes-in-ghana-a-study-protocol
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Linda Meta Mobula, Stephen Sarfo, Lynda Arthur, Gilbert Burnham, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Daniel Ansong, Edith Gavor, David Ofori-Adjei
Background: There is evidence to suggest that the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in particular cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, are being recognized as forming a substantial proportion of the burden of disease among populations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs).  Access to treatment is likely a key barrier to the control and prevention of NCD outcomes.  Differential pricing, an approach used to price drugs based on the purchasing power of patients in different socioeconomic segments, has been shown to be beneficial and leads to improved access and affordability...
February 7, 2018: Gates open research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757256/social-networks-and-health-understanding-the-nuances-of-healthcare-access-between-urban-and-rural-populations
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Padmore Adusei Amoah, Joseph Edusei, David Amuzu
Communities and individuals in many sub-Saharan African countries often face limited access to healthcare. Hence, many rely on social networks to enhance their chances for adequate health care. While this knowledge is well-established, little is known about the nuances of how different population groups activate these networks to improve access to healthcare. This paper examines how rural and urban dwellers in the Ashanti Region in Ghana distinctively and systematically activate their social networks to enhance access to healthcare...
May 13, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756531/the-ethics-of-end-of-trial-obligations-in-a-pediatric-malaria-vaccine-trial-the-perspectives-of-stakeholders-from-ghana-and-tanzania
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Claire Leonie Ward, David Shaw, Evelyn Anane-Sarpong, Osman Sankoh, Marcel Tanner, Bernice Elger
This study explores stakeholder experiences and perspectives on end-of-trial obligations at the close of a phase II/III Pediatric Malaria Vaccine Trial (PMVT) [GSK/PATH-MVI RTS, S) (NCT00866619]. We conducted 52 key informant interviews with major stakeholders of an international multicentre PMVT in Ghana and Tanzania. The responses fell into four main themes: (a) Communicating End-of-Trial, (b) Maintaining Health Care Services, (c) Dissemination of Results, and (d) Post-Trial Access. Interviewee responses shared important practical experiences and insights that complement current thinking in the literature on research ethics guidance: (a) accompany end-of-trial communication with information on personal and family health care responsibilities, (b) establish public health indicators to measure the impact of research on a health care system,...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755718/categorisation-of-colour-terms-using-new-validation-tools-a-case-study-and-implications
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Shabnam Arbab, Jonathan A Brindle, Barbara S Matusiak, Christian A Klöckner
This article elaborates on the results of a field experiment conducted among speakers of the Chakali language, spoken in northern Ghana. In the original study, the Color-aid Corporation Chart was used to perform the focal task in which consultants were asked to point at a single colour tile on the chart. However, data from the focal task could not be analysed since the Color-aid tiles had not yet been converted into numerical values set forth by the Commission internationale de l'éclairage (CIE). In this study, the full set of 314 Color-aid tiles were measured for chromaticity and converted into the CIE values at the Daylight Laboratory of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology...
March 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755285/probabilistic-seismic-hazard-assessment-of-southern-part-of-ghana
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Sylvanus T Ahulu, Sylvester Kojo Danuor, Daniel K Asiedu
This paper presents a seismic hazard map for the southern part of Ghana prepared using the probabilistic approach, and seismic hazard assessment results for six cities. The seismic hazard map was prepared for 10% probability of exceedance for peak ground acceleration in 50 years. The input parameters used for the computations of hazard were obtained using data from a catalogue that was compiled and homogenised to moment magnitude (Mw). The catalogue covered a period of over a century (1615-2009). The hazard assessment is based on the Poisson model for earthquake occurrence, and hence, dependent events were identified and removed from the catalogue...
2018: Journal of Seismology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754110/ghanaian-traditional-and-faith-healers-explanatory-models-for-epilepsy
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Lily Kpobi, Leslie Swartz, Mpoe Johannah Keikelame
Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition in sub-Saharan Africa. A significant number of people with epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries do not receive formal biomedical care. They utilize the services of various traditional and alternative medicine practitioners. However, there is relatively little information about the beliefs and methods of alternative healthcare providers about epilepsy in many African countries. Using explanatory models of illness framework, we interviewed thirty-six traditional and faith healers in Ghana on their beliefs and perceptions about epilepsy, as well as how they would treat epilepsy...
May 10, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752495/effects-of-tree-crop-farming-on-land-cover-transitions-in-a-mosaic-landscape-in-the-eastern-region-of-ghana
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Kwabena Asubonteng, Karin Pfeffer, Mirjam Ros-Tonen, Jan Verbesselt, Isa Baud
Tree crops such as cocoa and oil palm are important to smallholders' livelihoods and national economies of tropical producer countries. Governments seek to expand tree-crop acreages and improve yields. Existing literature has analyzed socioeconomic and environmental effects of tree-crop expansion, but its spatial effects on the landscape are yet to be explored. This study aims to assess the effects of tree-crop farming on the composition and the extent of land-cover transitions in a mixed cocoa/oil palm landscape in Ghana...
May 11, 2018: Environmental Management
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