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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231549/assessing-allergenicity-in-urban-parks-a-nature-based-solution-to-reduce-the-impact-on-public-health
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Paloma Cariñanos, Manuel Casares-Porcel, Consuelo Díaz de la Guardia, María Jesús Aira, Jordina Belmonte, Marzia Boi, Belén Elvira-Rendueles, Concepción De Linares, Santiago Fernández-Rodriguez, José María Maya-Manzano, Rosa Pérez-Badía, David Rodriguez-de la Cruz, Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Rajo, Jesús Rojo-Úbeda, Carlos Romero-Zarco, Estefanía Sánchez-Reyes, José Sánchez-Sánchez, Rafael Tormo-Molina, Ana Mª Vega Maray
Urban parks play a key role in the provision of ecosystem services, actively participating in improving the quality of life and welfare of local residents. This paper reports on the application of an index designed to quantify the allergenicity of urban parks in a number of Spanish cities. The index, which records biological and biometric parameters for the tree species growing there, classifies parks in terms of the risk they pose for allergy sufferers, graded as null, low, moderate or high. In this initial phase, the index was applied to 26 green areas in 24 Spanish cities; green areas varied in type (urban park, historical or modern garden, boulevard, square or urban forest), size 1-100 ha), geographical location, species richness, number of trees and tree density (number of trees / ha...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231251/empirical-lessons-regarding-contraception-in-a-protracted-refugee-setting-a-descriptive-study-from-maela-camp-on-the-thai-myanmar-border-1996-2015
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Somjet Srikanok, Daniel M Parker, Amber L Parker, Tracey Lee, Aung Myat Min, Pranee Ontuwong, Saw Oo Tan, Supachai Sirinonthachai, Rose McGready
Conflict settings and refugee camps can be chaotic places, with large and rapid population movements, exacerbated public health problems, and ad hoc health services. Reproductive health care that includes family planning is of heightened importance in such settings, however, funding and resources tend to be constrained and geared towards acute health services such as trauma management and infectious disease containment. Here we report on the complexities and challenges of providing family planning in a post-emergency refugee setting, using the example of the largest refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border, in existence now for over 30 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231033/evaluation-of-a-commercial-field-test-to-detect-african-swine-fever
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Stefano Cappai, Federica Loi, Annamaria Coccollone, Manuele Cocco, Caterina Falconi, Giovanna Dettori, Francesco Feliziani, Maria Luisa Sanna, Annalisa Oggiano, Sandro Rolesu
African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most important and complex infectious diseases affecting pigs ( Sus scrofa ). The disease has been present in Sardinia, Italy, since 1978. Factors influencing the presence of the disease on the island are the presence of illegally bred pigs, uncontrolled movements of animals, and local traditions. Implementation of public health programs is essential for controlling ASF. The use of new diagnostic techniques on both wild boar (WB) and illegally bred pigs would provide tools for faster and more inexpensive control of the disease...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230459/estimated-cost-effectiveness-cost-benefit-and-risk-reduction-associated-with-an-endocrinologist-pharmacist-diabetes-intense-medical-management-tune-up-clinic
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Jan D Hirsch, Mark Bounthavong, Anisa Arjmand, David R Ha, Christine L Cadiz, Andrew Zimmerman, Heather Ourth, Anthony P Morreale, Steven V Edelman, Candis M Morello
BACKGROUND: In 2012 U.S. diabetes costs were estimated to be $245 billion, with $176 billion related to direct diabetes treatment and associated complications. Although a few studies have reported positive glycemic and economic benefits for diabetes patients treated under primary care physician (PCP)-pharmacist collaborative practice models, no studies have evaluated the cost-effectiveness of an endocrinologist-pharmacist collaborative practice model treating complex diabetes patients versus usual PCP care for similar patients...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228948/health-system-frameworks-and-performance-indicators-in-eight-countries-a-comparative-international-analysis
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Jeffrey Braithwaite, Peter Hibbert, Brette Blakely, Jennifer Plumb, Natalie Hannaford, Janet Cameron Long, Danielle Marks
OBJECTIVES: Performance indicators are a popular mechanism for measuring the quality of healthcare to facilitate both quality improvement and systems management. Few studies make comparative assessments of different countries' performance indicator frameworks. This study identifies and compares frameworks and performance indicators used in selected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development health systems to measure and report on the performance of healthcare organisations and local health systems...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228646/readability-credibility-and-quality-of-patient-information-for-hypogonadism-and-testosterone-replacement-therapy-on-the-internet
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J A McBride, C C Carson, R M Coward
The incidence of hypogonadism and use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are rising, while data evaluating the complexity and quality of health-care information available to patients on the Internet for hypogonadism or TRT are lacking. This study focuses on characterizing the readability, credibility and quality of patient-centered information for hypogonadism on the Internet. A Google search was performed to identify top-ranked websites offering patient-centered information on hypogonadism and TRT. Readability was quantified by reading grade level using several validated instruments...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228314/pre-hospital-acute-coronary-syndrome-care-in-kerala-india-a-qualitative-analysis
#7
Amisha Patel, P P Mohanan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Mark D Huffman
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in India. Many of these deaths are due to acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which require prompt symptom recognition, care-seeking behavior, and transport to a treatment facility in the critical pre-hospital period. In India, little is known about pre-hospital management of individuals with ACS. We aim to understand the facilitators, barriers, and context of optimal pre-hospital ACS care to provide opportunities to reduce pre-hospital delays and improve acute cardiovascular care...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228230/expanding-professional-pharmacy-services-in-european-community-setting-is-it-cost-effective-a-systematic-review-for-health-policy-considerations
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REVIEW
Clémence Perraudin, Olivier Bugnon, Nathalie Pelletier-Fleury
OBJECTIVE: To synthesize cost-effectiveness analyses on professional pharmacy services (PPS) performed in Europe in order to contribute to current debates on their funding and reimbursement. METHODS: Systematic review in PubMed, Embase and the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases to identify full economic evaluation studies of PPS in community setting from 2004. FINDINGS: Twenty-one studies were included, conducted in the United-Kingdom (n=13), the Netherlands (n=3), Spain (n=2), Belgium (n=1), France (n=1) and Denmark (n=1)...
December 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228102/influence-of-pok%C3%A3-mon-go-on-physical-activity-levels-of-university-players-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Fiona Y Wong
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of overweight is increasing and the effectiveness of various weight management and exercise programs varied. An augmented reality smartphone game, Pokémon Go, appears to increase activity levels of players. This study assessed the players and ex-players' frequencies and durations of staying outdoors, and walking/jogging before and during the time they played Pokémon Go, evaluated the physical activity levels of players, ex-players and non-players, and investigated the potential factors which determined their play statuses...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226433/preliminary-results-of-residual-deficits-observed-in-athletes-with-concussion-history-combined-eeg-and-cognitive-study
#10
Tamanna T K Munia, Jeffrey L Gendreau, Ajay K Verma, Benjamin D Johnson, Mark Romanick, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Tamanna T K Munia, Jeffrey L Gendreau, Ajay K Verma, Benjamin D Johnson, Mark Romanick, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Reza Fazel-Rezai, Jeffrey L Gendreau, Benjamin D Johnson, Tamanna T K Munia, Ajay K Verma, Kouhyar Tavakolian, Mark Romanick
Assessment, treatment, and management of sport-related concussions are a widely recognized public health issue. Although several neuropsychological and motor assessment tools have been developed and implemented for sports teams at various levels and ages, the sensitivity of these tests has yet to be validated with more objective measures to make return-to-play (RTP) decisions more confidently. The present study sought to analyze the residual effect of concussions on a sample of adolescent athletes who sustained one or more previous concussions compared to those who had no concussion history...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226336/educational-outreach-to-opioid-prescribers-the-case-for-academic-detailing
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Margot Trotter Davis, Brian Bateman, Jerry Avorn
Nonmedical use of opioid medications constitutes a serious health threat as the rates of addiction, overdoses, and deaths have risen in recent years. Increasingly, inappropriate and excessively liberal prescribing of opioids by physicians is understood to be a central part of the crisis. Public health officials, hospital systems, and legislators are developing programs and regulations to address the problem in sustained and systematic ways that both insures effective treatment of pain and appropriate limits on the availability of opioids...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226200/effectiveness-of-group-based-self-management-education-for-individuals-with-type%C3%A2-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analyses-and-meta-regression
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K Odgers-Jewell, L E Ball, J T Kelly, E A Isenring, D P Reidlinger, R Thomas
AIMS: Patient education for the management of Type 2 diabetes can be delivered in various forms, with the goal of promoting and supporting positive self-management behaviours. This systematic review aimed to determine the effectiveness of group-based interventions compared with individual interventions or usual care for improving clinical, lifestyle and psychosocial outcomes in people with Type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Six electronic databases were searched. Group-based education programmes for adults with Type 2 diabetes that measured HbA1c and followed participants for ≥ 6 months were included...
February 22, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225567/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-multisite-speech-pathology-telepractice-service-providing-swallowing-and-communication-intervention-to-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-evaluation-of-service-outcomes
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Clare L Burns, Elizabeth C Ward, Anne J Hill, Sanjeewa Kularatna, Joshua Byrnes, Lizbeth M Kenny
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to present our evaluation of a new speech pathology telepractice service supporting the swallowing and communication management of patients with head and neck cancer. METHODS: A multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted within a large public cancer service. Referrals from speech pathologists at 3 regional sites (spoke sites) were managed by a specialist clinician from a cancer center (hub site) either via standard care (phone/email support/appointments at the hub site) or a newly established telepractice service (online consultation between the hub site and spoke site)...
February 22, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225152/topical-phenytoin-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Xiang Yong Hao, Hong Ling Li, He Su, Hui Cai, Tian Kang Guo, Ruifeng Liu, Lei Jiang, Yan Fei Shen
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers are common in clinical practice and pose a significant health problem worldwide. Apart from causing suffering to patients, they also result in longer hospital stays and increase the cost of health care. A variety of methods are used for treating pressure ulcers, including pressure relief, patient repositioning, biophysical strategies, nutritional supplementation, debridement, topical negative pressure, and local treatments including dressings, ointments and creams such as bacitracin, silver sulphadiazine, neomycin, and phenytoin...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224941/telehealth-applications-to-enhance-ckd-knowledge-and-awareness-among-patients-and-providers
#15
REVIEW
Delphine S Tuot, L Ebony Boulware
CKD affects 13% of the US adult population, causes excess mortality, and is associated with significant sociodemographic disparities. Optimal CKD management slows progression of disease and reduces cardiovascular-related outcomes. Resources for patients and primary care providers, major stakeholders in preventive CKD care, are critically needed to enhance understanding of the disease and to optimize CKD health, particularly because of the asymptomatic nature of kidney disease. Telehealth is defined as the use of electronic communication and telecommunications technology to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, and public health and health administration...
January 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224339/wastewater-treatment-and-public-health-in-nunavut-a-microbial-risk-assessment-framework-for-the-canadian-arctic
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Kiley Daley, Rob Jamieson, Daniel Rainham, Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen
Wastewater management in Canadian Arctic communities is influenced by several geographical factors including climate, remoteness, population size, and local food-harvesting practices. Most communities use trucked collection services and basic treatment systems, which are capable of only low-level pathogen removal. These systems are typically reliant solely on natural environmental processes for treatment and make use of existing lagoons, wetlands, and bays. They are operated in a manner such that partially treated wastewater still containing potentially hazardous microorganisms is released into the terrestrial and aquatic environment at random times...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223249/predicted-unfavorable-neurological-outcome-is-overestimated-by-the-marshall-ct-score-crash-and-impact-models-in-severe-tbi-patients-management-with-early-decompressive-craniectomy
#17
Jose D Charry, Jorman H Tejada, Miguel A Pinzon, Wilson A Tejada, Juan D Ochoa, Manuel Falla, Jesus H Tovar, Ana M Cuellar-Bahamón, Juan P Solano
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is of public health interest and produces significant mortality and disability in Colombia. Calculators and prognostic models have been developed in order to establish neurologic outcome. We tested prognostic models (the Marshall CT score, IMPACT, and CRASH) for 14-day mortality, 6-month mortality, and 6-month outcome in TBI patients in a university Hospital in Colombia. METHODS: A 127 patients' cohort with TBI was treated in a regional trauma center in Colombia over 2 years and Bivariate and Multivariate analyses were used...
February 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222816/successful-hospital-evacuation-after-the-kumamoto-earthquakes-japan-2016
#18
Takashi Nagata, Shinkichi Himeno, Akihiro Himeno, Manabu Hasegawa, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Makoto Hashizume, Yoshihiko Maehara, Masami Ishii
Two major earthquakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan in April 2016. Disaster response was immediately provided, including disaster medical services. Many hospitals were damaged and patients needed immediate evacuation to alternative facilities. The hospital bed capacity of Kumamoto Prefecture was overwhelmed, and transportation of more than 100 patients was needed. Hospital evacuation was carried out smoothly with the coordinated efforts of multiple agencies. The overall operation was deemed a success because patients were transported in a timely manner without any significant adverse events...
February 22, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222225/daylight-photodynamic-therapy-vs-conventional-photodynamic-therapy-as-skin-cancer-preventive-treatment-in-patients-with-face-and-scalp-cancerization-an-intra-individual-comparison-study
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Elena Sotiriou, Demetrios Ioannides, Fotini Vrani, Elizabeth Lazaridou, Efstratios Vakirlis, Aimilios Lallas, Zoe Apalla
BACKGROUND: Individuals with medical history of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) usually develop multiple and/or recurrent malignant lesions around the site of the primary neoplasm. The latter represents the clinical expression of the "field cancerization" theory; supporting the presence of multiple malignant clones of dysplastic keratinocytes over the entire epithelium that potentially can progress into clinical lesions. Taking into consideration that the burden of NMSCs on public health and health-care cost is high, adequate control of recurrences and management of field change is challenging...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222039/building-multi-country-collaboration-on-watershed-management-lessons-on-linking-environment-and-public-health-from-the-western-balkans
#20
Maryann R Cairns, Clayton E Cox, Jose Zambrana, Joseph Flotemersch, Alexis Lan, Anna Phillips, Gordana Kozhuharova, Mihallaq Qirjo, Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Lek Kadeli
Community-based watershed resilience programs that bridge public health and environmental outcomes often require cross-boundary, multi-country collaboration. The CRESSIDA project, led by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), forwards a resilience-focused approach for Western Balkan communities in the Drini and Drina river watersheds with the goal of safeguarding public health and the environment. The initial phases of this project give a contextualized example of how to advance resilience-driven environmental health goals in Western Balkan communities, and experience within the region has garnered several theme areas that require focus in order to promote a holistic watershed management program...
February 21, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
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