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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677170/development-of-the-who-environmental-noise-guidelines-for-the-european-region-an-introduction
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Dorota Jarosińska, Marie-Ève Héroux, Poonum Wilkhu, James Creswick, Jos Verbeek, Jördis Wothge, Elizabet Paunović
Following the Parma Declaration on Environment and Health adopted at the Fifth Ministerial Conference (2010), the Ministers and representatives of Member States in the WHO European Region requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop updated guidelines on environmental noise, and called upon all stakeholders to reduce children's exposure to noise, including that from personal electronic devices. The WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region will provide evidence-based policy guidance to Member States on protecting human health from noise originating from transportation (road traffic, railway and aircraft), wind turbine noise, and leisure noise in settings where people spend the majority of their time...
April 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676935/current-and-emerging-two-drug-approaches-for-hiv-1-therapy-in-art-na%C3%A3-ve-and-art-experienced-virologically-suppressed-patients
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Barbara Rossetti, Francesca Montagnani, Andrea De Luca
Current guidelines recommend a 2-drug antiretroviral regimen as an alternative to triple antiretroviral therapy (ART) in selected patients to reduce long-term toxicity and costs. Areas covered: This review is intended to provide insight into the efficacy, safety and tolerability of 2-drug versus 3-drug ART in naïve and in treatment-experienced virologically-suppressed patients. Expert opinion: Dual therapy regimens are not feasible in HBV-coinfected individuals and should not be applied during pregnancy. Positive data on 2-drug ART in drug naïve patients are still limited, while, in virologically-suppressed individuals, several regimens have shown non-inferiority as compared to 3-drug regimens...
April 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676305/construction-and-validation-of-logmar-visual-acuity-charts-in-seven-indian-languages
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Kalpa Negiloni, Deepmala Mazumdar, Aditya Neog, Biman Das, Jnanankar Medhi, Mitalee Choudhury, Ronnie Jacob George, Krishna Kumar Ramani
Purpose: The evaluation of visual impairment requires the measurement of visual acuity with a validated and standard logMAR visual acuity chart. We aimed to construct and validate new logMAR visual acuity chart in Indian languages (Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Urdu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Assamese). Methods: The commonly used font in each language was chosen as the reference and designed to fit the 5 × 5 grid (Adobe Photoshop). Ten letters (easiest to difficult) around median legibility score calculated for each language based on the results of legibility experiment and differing by 10% were selected...
May 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676109/-research-actuality-and-quality-influencing-factor-of-epimedii-folium
#4
Ai-Ping Deng, Wen-Tao Fang, Qing-Gang Zhou, Hong-Jun Yang, Ling Wang, Tie-Gui Nan, Li-Ping Kang, Lan-Ping Guo, Lu-Qi Huang, Zhi-Lai Zhan
Epimedii Folium has a long history in China as a common traditional Chinese medicine. Key factors of Epimedii Folium quality were summarized based on ancient literatures, Chinese Pharmacopoeias and modern research in different period of history. The main reason for unqualified Epimedii Folium is unstable icariin. Therefore, it's suggested that: the precondition of the quality control of epimedium is to find the proper quality marker. It's suggested that the medicinal parts should be reverted to "dry whole plant overground" to solve Epimedium resource shortage problem...
March 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676066/allergen-specific-immunotherapies-for-food-allergy
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Elizabeth Feuille, Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn
With rising prevalence of food allergy (FA), allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) for FA has become an active area of research in recent years. In AIT, incrementally increasing doses of inciting allergen are given with the goal to increase tolerance, initially through desensitization, which relies on regular exposure to allergen. With prolonged therapy in some subjects, AIT may induce sustained unresponsiveness, in which tolerance is retained after a period of allergen avoidance. Methods of AIT currently under study in humans include oral, sublingual, epicutaneous, and subcutaneous delivery of modified allergenic protein, as well as via DNA-based vaccines encoding allergen with lysosomal-associated membrane protein I...
May 2018: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676055/the-development-of-funding-recommendations-for-health-technologies-at-the-state-level-a-south-australian-case-study
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Robyn Lambert, Drew Carter, Naomi Burgess, Hossein Haji Ali Afzali
OBJECTIVES: State governments often face capped budgets that can restrict expenditure on health technologies and their evaluation, yet many technologies are introduced to practice through state-funded institutions such as hospitals, rather than through national evaluation mechanisms. This research aimed to identify the criteria, evidence, and standards used by South Australian committee members to recommend funding for high-cost health technologies. METHODS: We undertook 8 semi-structured interviews and 2 meeting observations with members of state-wide committees that have a mandate to consider the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of high-cost health technologies...
April 20, 2018: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675788/recent-advances-in-tuberculosis-diagnostics-in-resource-limited-settings
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Mitsuko Seki, Chang-Ki Kim, Satoshi Hayakawa, Satoshi Mitarai
Smear-negative and drug-resistant cases of tuberculosis (TB) disease necessitate the development of new diagnostic methods, especially in resource-limited settings. To improve the current TB situations, sensitive and specific TB point-of-care tests (POCTs) should be developed. This review addresses the current status of TB, novel diagnostic methodologies for TB, and the impact of those new diagnostics on TB control in such situations. Moreover, the perspective of TB management based on laboratory examinations is described...
April 19, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675660/rates-of-prevalent-colorectal-cancer-occurrence-in-persons-75-years-of-age-and-older-a-population-based-national-study
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Vijit Chouhan, Emad Mansoor, Sravanthi Parasa, Gregory S Cooper
BACKGROUND/AIMS: There is a lack of studies describing the epidemiology of colorectal cancer (CRC) in patients aged 75 years and older (elderly). Current guidelines recommend against routine screening colonoscopies in this population. We sought to describe the epidemiology of CRC in the elderly, utilizing a large, population-based database as this may impact screening guidelines in this population. METHODS: Utilizing a commercial database (Explorys Inc, Cleveland, OH), we identified a cohort of patients with a first-ever diagnosis of CRC between 2012 and 2017 based on the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms...
April 19, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675644/pediatrician-experienced-barriers-in-the-medical-care-for-refugee-children-in-the-netherlands
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A Baauw, S Rosiek, B Slattery, M Chinapaw, M Boele van Hensbroek, J B van Goudoever, J Kist-van Holthe
Pediatricians in the Netherlands have been confronted with high numbers of refugee children in their daily practice. Refugee children have been recognized as an at-risk population because they may have an increased burden of physical and mental health conditions, and their caretakers may experience barriers in gaining access to the Dutch health care system. The aim of the study was to gain insight into the barriers in the health care for refugee children perceived by pediatricians by analyzing logistical problems reported through the Dutch Pediatric Surveillance Unit, an online system where pediatricians can report predefined conditions...
April 20, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675639/pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-modeling-in-pediatric-drug-development-and-the-importance-of-standardized-scaling-of-clearance
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REVIEW
Eva Germovsek, Charlotte I S Barker, Mike Sharland, Joseph F Standing
Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PKPD) modeling is important in the design and conduct of clinical pharmacology research in children. During drug development, PKPD modeling and simulation should underpin rational trial design and facilitate extrapolation to investigate efficacy and safety. The application of PKPD modeling to optimize dosing recommendations and therapeutic drug monitoring is also increasing, and PKPD model-based dose individualization will become a core feature of personalized medicine. Following extensive progress on pediatric PK modeling, a greater emphasis now needs to be placed on PD modeling to understand age-related changes in drug effects...
April 19, 2018: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675411/cyberbiosecurity-an-emerging-new-discipline-to-help-safeguard-the-bioeconomy
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Randall S Murch, William K So, Wallace G Buchholz, Sanjay Raman, Jean Peccoud
Cyberbiosecurity is being proposed as a formal new enterprise which encompasses cybersecurity, cyber-physical security and biosecurity as applied to biological and biomedical-based systems. In recent years, an array of important meetings and public discussions, commentaries and publications have occurred that highlight numerous vulnerabilities. While necessary first steps, they do not provide a systematized structure for effectively promoting communication, education and training, elucidation and prioritization for analysis, research, development, test and evaluation and implementation of scientific, technological, standards of practice, policy, or even regulatory or legal considerations for protecting the bioeconomy...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674514/pharmacokinetic-studies-in-children-recommendations-for-practice-and-research
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REVIEW
Charlotte I S Barker, Joseph F Standing, Lauren E Kelly, Lauren Hanly Faught, Allison C Needham, Michael J Rieder, Saskia N de Wildt, Martin Offringa
Optimising the dosing of medicines for neonates and children remains a challenge. The importance of pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) research is recognised both in medicines regulation and paediatric clinical pharmacology, yet there remain barriers to undertaking high-quality PK and PD studies. While these studies are essential in understanding the dose-concentration-effect relationship and should underpin dosing recommendations, this review examines how challenges affecting the design and conduct of paediatric pharmacological studies can be overcome using targeted pharmacometric strategies...
April 19, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674444/adjuvant-chemotherapy-seemed-not-to-have-survival-benefit-in-rectal-cancer-patients-with-yptis-2n0-after-preoperative-radiotherapy-and-surgery-from-a-population-based-propensity-score-analysis
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Xiang Hu, Ya-Qi Li, Qing-Guo Li, Yan-Lei Ma, Jun-Jie Peng, San-Jun Cai
BACKGROUND: Adjuvant chemotherapy is currently offered routinely, as standard, after radical resection for patients with rectal cancer receiving neo-adjuvant chemoradiation. However, the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with ypTis-2N0M0 has not been documented to the same extent, and the survival benefit remained controversial. The purpose of this work was to determine the role of chemotherapy in patients with ypTis-2N0M0 classification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data were obtained from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database ( n  = 4,217)...
April 19, 2018: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674314/a-mobile-health-app-based-postnatal-educational-program-home-but-not-alone-descriptive-qualitative-study
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Shefaly Shorey, Yen Yen Yang, Cindy-Lee Dennis
BACKGROUND: The postnatal period poses numerous challenges for new parents. Various educational programs are available to support new parents during this stressful period. However, the usefulness of educational programs must be evaluated to ascertain their credibility. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this descriptive, qualitative study was to explore the views of parents of newborns with regard to the content and delivery of a mobile health (mHealth) app-based postnatal educational program...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674306/diabeo-app-software-and-telemedicine-versus-usual-follow-up-in-the-treatment-of-diabetic-patients-protocol-for-the-telesage-randomized-controlled-trial
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Nathalie Jeandidier, Lucy Chaillous, Sylvia Franc, Pierre-Yves Benhamou, Pauline Schaepelynck, Hélène Hanaire, Bogdan Catargi, Anne Farret, Pierre Fontaine, Bruno Guerci, Yves Reznik, Alfred Penfornis, Sophie Borot, Pierre Serusclat, Yacine Kherbachi, Geneviève D'Orsay, Bruno Detournay, Pierre Simon, Guillaume Charpentier
BACKGROUND: Self-management of diabetes minimizes the risk of macrovascular and microvascular complications, but understanding and/or adherence to self-management recommendations is often suboptimal. DIABEO is a smartphone app (downloaded via the internet) used to calculate bolus insulin doses. A previous study (TELEDIAB 1) showed that the use of DIABEO was associated with a significant improvement in glycemic control in patients with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes mellitus, particularly when combined with teleconsultations with physicians...
April 19, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673873/before-the-beginning-nutrition-and-lifestyle-in-the-preconception-period-and-its-importance-for-future-health
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REVIEW
Judith Stephenson, Nicola Heslehurst, Jennifer Hall, Danielle A J M Schoenaker, Jayne Hutchinson, Janet E Cade, Lucilla Poston, Geraldine Barrett, Sarah R Crozier, Mary Barker, Kalyanaraman Kumaran, Chittaranjan S Yajnik, Janis Baird, Gita D Mishra
A woman who is healthy at the time of conception is more likely to have a successful pregnancy and a healthy child. We reviewed published evidence and present new data from low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries on the timing and importance of preconception health for subsequent maternal and child health. We describe the extent to which pregnancy is planned, and whether planning is linked to preconception health behaviours. Observational studies show strong links between health before pregnancy and maternal and child health outcomes, with consequences that can extend across generations, but awareness of these links is not widespread...
April 16, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673850/the-microsurgical-approach-in-primary-cleft-rhinoplasty-an-anthropometric-analysis
#17
Frizzi Bschorer, Daniel Schneider, Gerhard Schön, Max Heiland, Reinhard Bschorer
PURPOSE: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons use different approaches to repair the nasal deformity of patients with cleft, differing in technique and timing. The aim of this longitudinal study was to analyze a new surgical technique to treat the nose deformity of patients with cleft at 4 to 6 weeks of life using a microscope. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-seven newborn patients with cleft were treated by primary repair of the nasal deformity using a microscope at 4 to 6 weeks of life...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673395/shorter-treatment-for-minimal-tuberculosis-tb-in-children-shine-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Chishala Chabala, Anna Turkova, Margaret J Thomason, Eric Wobudeya, Syed Hissar, Vidya Mave, Marieke van der Zalm, Megan Palmer, Monica Kapasa, Perumal K Bhavani, Sarath Balaji, Priyanka A Raichur, Anne-Marie Demers, Graeme Hoddinott, Ellen Owen-Powell, Aarti Kinikar, Philippa Musoke, Veronica Mulenga, Rob Aarnoutse, Helen McIlleron, Anneke Hesseling, Angela M Crook, Mark Cotton, Diana M Gibb
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) in children is frequently paucibacillary and non-severe forms of pulmonary TB are common. Evidence for tuberculosis treatment in children is largely extrapolated from adult studies. Trials in adults with smear-negative tuberculosis suggest that treatment can be effectively shortened from 6 to 4 months. New paediatric, fixed-dose combination anti-tuberculosis treatments have recently been introduced in many countries, making the implementation of World Health Organisation (WHO)-revised dosing recommendations feasible...
April 19, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673303/paramedics-as-a-new-resource-for-women-experiencing-intimate-partner-violence
#19
Simon Sawyer, Jan Coles, Angela Williams, Brett Williams
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has a major impact on the health and well-being of women. The need for a coordinated response from health care professions encountering IPV patients is well established, and guidelines for individual health care professions are needed. Paramedics are believed to frequently encounter IPV patients, and this study aims to create a guideline to direct their response based on expert opinion. A clinical guideline for paramedics was created using current evidence and recommendations from health agencies...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672266/indirect-methods-for-reference-interval-determination-review-and-recommendations
#20
Graham R D Jones, Rainer Haeckel, Tze Ping Loh, Ken Sikaris, Thomas Streichert, Alex Katayev, Julian H Barth, Yesim Ozarda
Reference intervals are a vital part of the information supplied by clinical laboratories to support interpretation of numerical pathology results such as are produced in clinical chemistry and hematology laboratories. The traditional method for establishing reference intervals, known as the direct approach, is based on collecting samples from members of a preselected reference population, making the measurements and then determining the intervals. An alternative approach is to perform analysis of results generated as part of routine pathology testing and using appropriate statistical techniques to determine reference intervals...
April 19, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
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