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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330673/vacuum-assisted-closure-therapy-of-paradoxical-reaction-in-tuberculous-lymphadenopathy-caused-by-mycobacterium-africanum
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H F Geerdes-Fenge, P Pongratz, J Liese, E C Reisinger
A 26-year-old HIV-negative male from Ghana was treated for cervical, intrathoracic and abdominal lymph node tuberculosis (TB) and tuberculous hepatitis. Penetration of the thoracic trachea by a mediastinal lymph node had caused bronchomucosal TB. Sputum culture grew M. africanum, sensitive to all first-line antituberculous drugs. Four weeks after the beginning of directly observed treatment with isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol, the right cervical lymph node increased in size, liquefied and caused a spontaneous fistula...
January 12, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329533/nutritional-status-of-in-school-children-and-its-associated-factors-in-denkyembour-district-eastern-region-ghana-comparing-schools-with-feeding-and-non-school-feeding-policies
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Mavis Pearl Kwabla, Charlotte Gyan, Francis Zotor
BACKGROUND: Childhood malnutrition still remains a major public health problem impacting negatively on the academic aptitude of school-aged children (SAC) particularly in limited resource countries. The Government of Ghana in collaboration with the Dutch Government introduced the school feeding programme (SFP) to boost the nutritional status of SAC in the country. This study sought to compare the nutritional status of SAC enrolled in schools with the SFP and SAC enrolled in schools without the SFP in place for the purpose of identifying which group has the higher rate of malnutrition...
January 12, 2018: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328977/skin-lightening-practices-among-female-high-school-students-in-ghana
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M Osei, M Ali, A Owusu, F Baiden
OBJECTIVE: The practice of skin lightening (SL) persist despite warnings about its harmful health effects. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable and at risk of prolonged use of SL products. We explored SL practices among high school students in Ghana, West Africa. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: We used a self-administered questionnaire in a survey on SL practices among randomly selected female students in five Senior High Schools in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana...
January 9, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324997/skin-lighteners-and-hair-relaxers-as-risk-factors-for-breast-cancer-results-from-the-ghana-breast-health-study
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Louise A Brinton, Jonine D Figueroa, Daniel Ansong, Kofi M Nyarko, Seth Wiafe, Joel Yarney, Richard Biritwum, Michelle Brotzman, Jake E Thistle, Ernest Adjei, Francis Aitpillah, Florence Dedey, Lawrence Edusei, Nicholas Titiloye, Baffour Awuah, Joe Nat Clegg-Lamptey, Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, Verna Vanderpuye
Skin lighteners and hair relaxers, both common among women of African descent, have been suggested as possibly affecting breast cancer risk. In Accra and Kumasi, Ghana, we collected detailed information on usage patterns of both exposures among 1,131 invasive breast cancer cases and 2,106 population-controls. Multivariate analyses estimated odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) after adjustment for breast cancer risk factors. Control usage was 25.8% for ever use of skin lighteners and 90.0% for use of hair relaxers for >1 year...
January 6, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322103/a-national-survey-of-mri-safety-practices-in-ghana
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Albert Dayor Piersson, Philip Nii Gorleku
Objective: The aim of the present study was to assess current MRI safety practices among MRI facilities in Ghana, and their compliance with the 2013 American College of Radiology (ACR) guidance document on MR safe practices. Material and methods: A questionnaire developed from the 2013 ACR Guidance Document was used to collect information on magnetic field strengths, MR safety policy and compliance, patient screening, emergency preparedness, infection control, MRI safety accessories, equipment safety, signage and barriers, report of adverse incidents, and access and communication...
December 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322102/analysis-of-climate-and-anthropogenic-impacts-on-runoff-in-the-lower-pra-river-basin-of-ghana
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Alfred Awotwi, Geophrey Kwame Anornu, Jonathan Quaye-Ballard, Thompson Annor, Eric Kwabena Forkuo
The Lower Pra River Basin (LPRB), located in the forest zone of southern Ghana has experienced changes due to variability in precipitation and diverse anthropogenic activities. Therefore, to maintain the functions of the ecosystem for water resources management, planning and sustainable development, it is important to differentiate the impacts of precipitation variability and anthropogenic activities on stream flow changes. We investigated the variability in runoff and quantified the contributions of precipitation and anthropogenic activities on runoff at the LPRB...
December 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320983/independent-association-of-resting-energy-expenditure-with-blood-pressure-confirmation-in-populations-of-the-african-diaspora
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Chloe Creber, Richard S Cooper, Jacob Plange-Rhule, Pascal Bovet, Estelle V Lambert, Terrence E Forrester, Dale Schoeller, Walter Riesen, Wolfgang Korte, Guichan Cao, Amy Luke, Lara R Dugas
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major risk factor for hypertension, however, the physiologic mechanisms linking increased adiposity to elevations in blood pressure are not well described. An increase in resting energy expenditure (REE) is an obligatory consequence of obesity. Previous survey research has demonstrated that REE is an independent predictor of blood pressure, and eliminates the co-linear association of body mass index. This observation has received little attention and there have been no attempts to provide a causal explanation...
January 10, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318600/modern-contraceptive-use-among-women-living-with-hiv-aids-at-the-korle-bu-teaching-hospital-in-ghana
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Ali Samba, Kareem Mumuni, Joseph A Adu, Promise E Sefogah, William Kudzi, Edmund T Nartey
OBJECTIVE: To examine factors influencing contraceptive use among women living with HIV/AIDS. METHODS: The present cross-sectional study included a randomly selected sample of sexually active females aged 15-60 years who were living with HIV/AIDS and receiving care at the HIV Clinic, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana, between September 1 and November 31, 2016. Data were collected via a structured interviewer-administered questionnaire. RESULTS: Among 202 women who completed the survey, 50 (24...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316468/analyzing-potential-effects-of-migration-on-coastal-resource-conservation-in-southeastern-ghana
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Carina Goldbach, Achim Schlüter, Marie Fujitani
Coastal areas are under increasing pressure from rapid human population growth, yet empirical research on the effect of migration on coastal and marine resources is scarce. We contribute to this understudied literature by conducting an original household survey in a coastal region of Southeastern Ghana. This study employs two proxies for pro-environmental behavior that have not, to our knowledge, been used in the context of coastal migration, to explicitly compare migrant and non-migrant populations. Environmental attitudes toward coastal resources and individual extraction behavior in common-pool resource (CPR) experiments have shown broad relevance in the literature to understand natural resource decision making...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310662/assessment-of-the-quality-and-quantity-of-naturally-induced-antibody-responses-to-eba175riii-v-in-ghanaian-children-living-in-two-communities-with-varying-malaria-transmission-patterns
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Hamza B Abagna, Festus K Acquah, Ruth Okonu, Nii A Aryee, Michael Theisen, Linda E Amoah
BACKGROUND: Recent global reports on malaria suggest significant decrease in disease severity and an increase in control interventions in many malaria endemic countries, including Ghana. However, a major driving force sustaining malaria transmission in recent times is the asymptomatic carriage of malaria parasites, which can enhance immune responses against parasite antigens. This study determined the prevalence and relative avidities of naturally induced antibodies to EBA175RIII-VLl in asymptomatic children living in two communities with varying malaria transmission patterns...
January 8, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309964/a-framework-to-assess-landscape-structural-capacity-to-provide-regulating-ecosystem-services-in-west-africa
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Justice Nana Inkoom, Susanne Frank, Klaus Greve, Christine Fürst
The Sudanian savanna landscapes of West Africa are amongst the world's most vulnerable areas to climate change impacts. Inappropriate land use and agriculture management practices continuously impede the capacity of agricultural landscapes to provide ecosystem services (ES). Given the absence of practical assessment techniques to evaluate the landscape's capacity to provide regulating ES in this region, the goal of this paper is to propose an integrative assessment framework which combines remote sensing, geographic information systems, expert weighting and landscape metrics-based assessment...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304870/dynamics-of-anti-msp3-and-pfs230-antibody-responses-and-multiplicity-of-infection-in-asymptomatic-children-from-southern-ghana
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Linda E Amoah, Festus K Acquah, Ruth Ayanful-Torgby, Akua Oppong, Joana Abankwa, Evans K Obboh, Susheel K Singh, Michael Theisen
BACKGROUND: During a Plasmodium infection, exposure of human host immune cells to both the asexual and the sexual stages of the parasite elicit immune responses. These responses may be protective and prevent the development of high parasitaemia and its associated clinical symptoms, or block the transmission of malaria to an uninfected person. This study aimed at examining the dynamics of naturally acquired immune responses against the asexual and sexual forms of Plasmodium falciparum as well as assessing differences in the multiplicity of infection (MOI) in asymptomatic Ghanaian children living in two communities with varying malaria transmission intensities...
January 5, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303725/irene-agyepong-building-capacity-in-ghana-s-public-health-system
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Tamara Lucas
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December 23, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302647/detection-of-canine-parvovirus-antigen-in-dogs-in-kumasi-ghana
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R D Folitse, D O Kodie, E Amemor, D Dei, W Tasiame, V Burimuah, B O Emikpe
Background: Canine Parvovirus (CPV) in dogs has been documented in many countries. However, evidence of the infection is scanty in Ghana. This study was conducted to detect canine parvovirus antigen in dogs presented with diarrhoea to the Government Veterinary Clinic in Kumasi, Ghana. Materials and Methods: Faecal samples from 72 dogs presented with diarrhoea were tested for the presence of canine parvovirus antigen using commercially available rapid test kit (BIT® Rapid Colour Canine Parvovirus Ag Test Kit, BIOINDIST Co...
2018: African Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302570/a-qualitative-study-on-women-s-experiences-of-intrapartum-nursing-care-at-tamale-teaching-hospital-tth-ghana
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Agani Afaya, Vida N Yakong, Richard A Afaya, Solomon M Salia, Peter Adatara, Anthony K Kuug, Flex K Nyande
Introduction: Labor and delivery process is an exciting, anxiety-provoking, but rewarding time for a woman and her family after successful delivery of a newborn. The intrapartum period is the time where mothers expect more care. Taking care of a mother through delivery with no side effects is the task of a professional midwife who is trained with the skill to take the responsibility of caring for mothers and babies. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore mother's experiences regarding quality of intrapartum nursing/midwifery care...
December 2017: Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302177/a-reporting-system-to-protect-the-human-rights-of-people-living-with-hiv-and-key-populations
#16
R Taylor Williamson, Vivian Fiscian, Ryan Ubuntu Olson, Fred Nana Poku, Joseph Whittal
People living with HIV and key populations face human rights violations that affect their access to health services, relationships in their communities, housing options, and employment. To address these violations, government and civil society organizations in Ghana developed a discrimination reporting system managed by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice that links people living with HIV and key populations to legal services. This article presents findings on how Ghanaian stakeholders built this reporting system and discusses preliminary data on its impact...
December 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300776/prevalence-of-relative-systemic-hypertension-in-adults-with-sickle-cell-disease-in-ghana
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Amma Benneh-Akwasi Kuma, Amma Twumwa Owusu-Ansah, Mary Akua Ampomah, Fredericka Sey, Edeghonghon Olayemi, Mehdi Nouraie, Solomon Fiifi Ofori-Acquah
Individuals with sickle cell disease particularly with the homozygous (SS) genotype historically have relatively low blood pressure. Nonetheless, they develop vasculopathy-associated organ dysfunction and the risk of organ dysfunction increases at blood pressures that are normal in the general population. This phenomenon is termed relative systemic hypertension (RSH) with a systolic blood pressure range of 120-139 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure range of 70-89 mmHg. The significance of RSH lies in its association with renal insufficiency, pulmonary hypertension, stroke and propensity to progress to systemic hypertension...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297405/research-capacity-building-integrated-into-phit-projects-leveraging-research-and-research-funding-to-build-national-capacity
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Bethany L Hedt-Gauthier, Roma Chilengi, Elizabeth Jackson, Cathy Michel, Manuel Napua, Jackline Odhiambo, Ayaga Bawah
BACKGROUND: Inadequate research capacity impedes the development of evidence-based health programming in sub-Saharan Africa. However, funding for research capacity building (RCB) is often insufficient and restricted, limiting institutions' ability to address current RCB needs. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's African Health Initiative (AHI) funded Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) partnership projects in five African countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia) to implement health systems strengthening initiatives inclusive of RCB...
December 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297352/tackling-the-hard-problems-implementation-experience-and-lessons-learned-in-newborn-health-from-the-african-health-initiative
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Hema Magge, Roma Chilengi, Elizabeth F Jackson, Bradley H Wagenaar, Almamy Malick Kante
BACKGROUND: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's African Health Initiative supported the implementation of Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnership health system strengthening interventions in designated areas of five countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. All PHIT programs included health system strengthening interventions with child health outcomes from the outset, but all increasingly recognized the need to increase focus to improve health and outcomes in the first month of life...
December 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297341/measuring-health-systems-strength-and-its-impact-experiences-from-the-african-health-initiative
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Kenneth Sherr, Quinhas Fernandes, Almamy M Kanté, Ayaga Bawah, Jeanine Condo, Wilbroad Mutale
BACKGROUND: Health systems are essential platforms for accessible, quality health services, and population health improvements. Global health initiatives have dramatically increased health resources; however, funding to strengthen health systems has not increased commensurately, partially due to concerns about health system complexity and evidence gaps demonstrating health outcome improvements. In 2009, the African Health Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation began supporting Population Health Implementation and Training Partnership projects in five sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia) to catalyze significant advances in strengthening health systems...
December 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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