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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107703/how-universal-is-coverage-and-access-to-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-chagas-disease-in-colombia-a-health-systems-analysis
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Zulma M Cucunubá, Jennifer M Manne-Goehler, Diana Díaz, Pierre Nouvellet, Oscar Bernal, Andrea Marchiol, María-Gloria Basáñez, Lesong Conteh
Limited access to Chagas disease diagnosis and treatment is a major obstacle to reaching the 2020 World Health Organization milestones of delivering care to all infected and ill patients. Colombia has been identified as a health system in transition, reporting one of the highest levels of health insurance coverage in Latin America. We explore if and how this high level of coverage extends to those with Chagas disease, a traditionally marginalised population. Using a mixed methods approach, we calculate coverage for screening, diagnosis and treatment of Chagas...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107561/beta-blockers-for-hypertension
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REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Hazel A Bradley, Jimmy Volmink, Bongani M Mayosi, Lionel H Opie
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers refer to a mixed group of drugs with diverse pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. They have shown long-term beneficial effects on mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) when used in people with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction. Beta-blockers were thought to have similar beneficial effects when used as first-line therapy for hypertension. However, the benefit of beta-blockers as first-line therapy for hypertension without compelling indications is controversial...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107428/effects-of-socioeconomic-status-and-social-support-on-violence-against-pregnant-women-a-structural-equation-modeling-analysis
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Marizélia Rodrigues Costa Ribeiro, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto E Alves, Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista, Cecília Cláudia Costa Ribeiro, Lilia Blima Schraiber, Heloisa Bettiol, Marco Antônio Barbieri
Few studies have used structural equation modeling to analyze the effects of variables on violence against women. The present study analyzed the effects of socioeconomic status and social support on violence against pregnant women who used prenatal services. This was a cross-sectional study based on data from the Brazilian Ribeirão Preto and São Luís birth cohort studies (BRISA). The sample of the municipality of São Luís (Maranhão/Brazil) consisted of 1,446 pregnant women interviewed in 2010 and 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107163/should-us-physicians-support-the-decriminalization-of-commercial-sex
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Emily F Rothman
According to the World Health Organization, "commercial sex" is the exchange of money or goods for sexual services, and this term can be applied to both consensual and nonconsensual exchanges. Some nonconsensual exchanges qualify as human trafficking. Whether the form of commercial sex that is also known as prostitution should be decriminalized is being debated contentiously around the world, in part because the percentage of commercial sex exchanges that are consensual as opposed to nonconsensual, or trafficked, is unknown...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106988/factors-governing-the-performance-of-bauxite-for-fluoride-remediation-of-groundwater
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Aruna Kirani Katyayani Cherukumilli, Caroline Delaire, Susan E Amrose, Ashok J Gadgil
Globally, 200 million people drink groundwater contaminated with fluoride concentrations exceeding the World Health Organization's recommended level (WHO-MCL =1.5 mg F-/L). This study investigates the use of minimally-processed (dried/milled) bauxite ore as an inexpensive adsorbent for remediating fluoride-contaminated groundwater in resource-constrained areas. Adsorption experiments in synthetic groundwater using bauxites from Guinea, Ghana, USA, and India as single-use batch dispersive media demonstrated that doses of ~10-23 g/L could effectively remediate 10 mg F-/L...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106924/incidence-clinicopathologic-features-and-fusion-transcript-landscape-of-translocation-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Marion Classe, Gabriel G Malouf, Xiaoping Su, Hui Yao, Erika J Thompson, Denaha J Doss, Valérie Grégoire, Julien Lenobin, Jean-Christophe Fantoni, Hélène Sudour-Bonnange, David Khayat, Sébastien Aubert, Nizar M Tannir, Xavier Leroy
AIMS: Translocation renal cell carcinoma (tRCC) is a rare subtype of kidney tumour characterized by translocations involving the transcription factor TFE3 or TFEB. tRCC was introduced into the World Health Organization classification in 2004, but much is still unknown about the natural history, clinicopathologic features, and outcomes of the disease. The aim of this study was to describe the landscape of fusion transcript in a large single-institution series of FISH confirmed tRCCs and then to confront it to morphological and clinical data...
January 20, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106841/perspective-on-global-measles-epidemiology-and-control-and-the-role-of-novel-vaccination-strategies
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REVIEW
Melissa M Coughlin, Andrew S Beck, Bettina Bankamp, Paul A Rota
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine preventable disease. Measles results in a systemic illness which causes profound immunosuppression often leading to severe complications. In 2010, the World Health Assembly declared that measles can and should be eradicated. Measles has been eliminated in the Region of the Americas, and the remaining five regions of the World Health Organization (WHO) have adopted measles elimination goals. Significant progress has been made through increased global coverage of first and second doses of measles-containing vaccine, leading to a decrease in global incidence of measles, and through improved case based surveillance supported by the WHO Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network...
January 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106762/contribution-of-trans-fatty-acid-intake-to-coronary-heart-disease-burden-in-australia-a-modelling-study
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Jason H Y Wu, Miaobing Zheng, Elise Catterall, Shauna Downs, Beth Thomas, Lennert Veerman, Jan J Barendregt
Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) intake has been consistently associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality. We provided an updated assessment of TFA intake in Australian adults in 2010 and conducted modeling to estimate CHD mortality attributable to TFA intake. Data of the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey was used to assess TFA intake. The CHD burden attributable to TFA was calculated by comparing the current level of TFA intake to a counterfactual setting where consumption was lowered to a theoretical minimum distribution of 0...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106734/glycative-stress-and-its-defense-machinery-glyoxalase-1-in-renal-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Yosuke Hirakawa, Reiko Inagi
Chronic kidney disease is a major public health problem around the world. Because the kidney plays a role in reducing glycative stress, renal dysfunction results in increased glycative stress. In turn, glycative stress, especially that due to advanced glycated end products (AGEs) and their precursors such as reactive carbonyl compounds, exacerbates chronic kidney disease and is related to premature aging in chronic kidney disease, whether caused by diabetes mellitus or otherwise. Factors which hinder a sufficient reduction in glycative stress include the inhibition of anti-glycation enzymes (e...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106586/competencies-related-to-informatics-and-information-management-for-practicing-nurses-in-select-countries-in-asia
#10
Ying Wu, Yanling Wang, Meihua Ji
The advancement of information and communication technology have enabled nurses to practice more effectively, efficiently, and safely. This chapter introduces nursing informatics competency and information management competency for nurses in China (including Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. Most countries in Asia are still in the process of developing and standardizing competences that are relevant to nurses and those specialized in nursing informatics. The level and content of nursing informatics offered in entry-to-practice nursing education programs varies greatly...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106575/introduction-forecasting-informatics-competencies-for-nurses-in-the-future-of-connected-health
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Judy Murphy, William Goossen
This introduction to the book discusses how the topic of competencies for nurses in a world of connected health needs to be addressed at the curriculum level to achieve the specific competencies for various roles, including practicing nurse, nurse teacher, nurse leader, and nursing informatics specialists. It looks back at milestone publications from the international Nursing Informatics post conferences that still serve a purpose for inspiring developments today and looks forward to the way nurses can use connected health to improve the health and health care for their patients...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106526/anti-hepatitis-c-virus-seroprevalence-in-the-working-age-population-in-poland-2004-to-2014
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Bożena Walewska-Zielecka, Urszula Religioni, Grzegorz Juszczyk, Zbigniew M Wawrzyniak, Aleksandra Czerw, Piotr Soszyński, Adam Fronczak
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a serious public health concern and one of the major public health priorities. In 2005, it was estimated that there are 185 million anti-HCV positive people in the world, which constitutes 2.8% of the global population. Our study estimates the anti-HCV seroprevalence in the working age population (15-64 years-old), mostly urban and suburban residents, in Poland from 2004 to 2014. The studied group consisted of 61,805 working-age population representatives whose data were obtained from electronic medical records of an outpatient clinic network operating on a countrywide level...
January 12, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105975/simultaneous-determination-of-first-line-4-fdc-antituberculosis-drugs-by-uhplc-uv-and-hplc-uv-a-comparative-study
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Pedro H C Franco, Paula R Chellini, Marcone A L Oliveira, Gerson A Pianetti
Tuberculosis is the second most deadly infectiousdisease, surpassed only by HIV/AIDS, and hasresulted in over 1 billion deaths in the last200 years. The World Health Organization estimatesthat in 2014, 9.6 million people were infected bythis disease and 1.5 million had died. First-choicetreatment consists of fixed-dose combinationtablets containing rifampicin, isoniazid,pyrazinamide, and ethambutol hydrochloride(4-FDC). There are pharmacopeial protocolsavailable to test 4-FDC, but they are prolonged,two-step methods...
January 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105916/gpcrs-from-fusarium-graminearum-detection-modeling-and-virtual-screening-the-search-for-new-routes-to-control-head-blight-disease
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Emmanuel Bresso, Roberto Togawa, Kim Hammond-Kosack, Martin Urban, Bernard Maigret, Natalia Florencio Martins
BACKGOUND: Fusarium graminearum (FG) is one of the major cereal infecting pathogens causing high economic losses worldwide and resulting in adverse effects on human and animal health. Therefore, the development of new fungicides against FG is an important issue to reduce cereal infection and economic impact. In the strategy for developing new fungicides, a critical step is the identification of new targets against which innovative chemicals weapons can be designed. As several G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are implicated in signaling pathways critical for the fungi development and survival, such proteins could be valuable efficient targets to reduce Fusarium growth and therefore to prevent food contamination...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105742/yeasts-for-global-happiness-report-of-the-14th-international-congress-on-yeasts-icy14-held-in-awaji-island
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Daisuke Watanabe, Hiroshi Takagi
The 14th International Congress on Yeasts (ICY14) was held at Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center (Awaji, Hyogo) in Japan from 11 to 15 September 2016. The main slogan of ICY14 was 'Yeasts for Global Happiness', which enabled us to acknowledge the high-potential usefulness of yeasts contributing to the global happiness in terms of food/beverage, health/medicine and energy/environment industries, as well as to basic biosciences. In addition, two more concepts were introduced: 'from Japan to the world' and 'from senior to junior'...
January 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105723/current-views-on-hunter-gatherer-nutrition-and-the-evolution-of-the-human-diet
#16
Alyssa N Crittenden, Stephanie L Schnorr
Diet composition and food choice are not only central to the daily lives of all living people, but are consistently linked with turning points in human evolutionary history. As such, scholars from a wide range of fields have taken great interest in the role that subsistence has played in both human cultural and biological evolution. Central to this discussion is the diet composition and nutrition of contemporary hunters and gatherers, who are frequently conscripted as model populations for ancestral human nutrition...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105470/bladder-cancer-segmentation-in-ct-for-treatment-response-assessment-application-of-deep-learning-convolution-neural-network-a-pilot-study
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COMMENT
Kenny H Cha, Lubomir M Hadjiiski, Ravi K Samala, Heang-Ping Chan, Richard H Cohan, Elaine M Caoili, Chintana Paramagul, Ajjai Alva, Alon Z Weizer
Assessing the response of bladder cancer to neoadjuvant chemotherapy is crucial for reducing morbidity and increasing quality of life of patients. Changes in tumor volume during treatment is generally used to predict treatment outcome. We are developing a method for bladder cancer segmentation in CT using a pilot data set of 62 cases. 65 000 regions of interests were extracted from pre-treatment CT images to train a deep-learning convolution neural network (DL-CNN) for tumor boundary detection using leave-one-case-out cross-validation...
December 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104970/geriatric-prescription-in-a-nigerian-tertiary-hospital
#18
Nwani Paul Osemeke, Onwukwe Chikezie Hart, Nwosu Maduaburochukwu Cosmas, Isah Ambrose Ohumagho
OBJECTIVES: To assess the medications prescribed for elderly inpatients on specific days during hospital admission with a view to detecting areas of irrational prescription. METHODS: It was a prospective study of all patients aged 65 years and above admitted to the medical wards of a Nigerian tertiary hospital over a 12-month period. The World Health Organization/International Network of Rational Use of Drugs (WHO/INRUD) drug use indicators were used to assess drug prescriptions on various days of admission...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104770/decline-in-cardiovascular-mortality-possible-causes-and-implications
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REVIEW
George A Mensah, Gina S Wei, Paul D Sorlie, Lawrence J Fine, Yves Rosenberg, Peter G Kaufmann, Michael E Mussolino, Lucy L Hsu, Ebyan Addou, Michael M Engelgau, David Gordon
If the control of infectious diseases was the public health success story of the first half of the 20th century, then the decline in mortality from coronary heart disease and stroke has been the success story of the century's past 4 decades. The early phase of this decline in coronary heart disease and stroke was unexpected and controversial when first reported in the mid-1970s, having followed 60 years of gradual increase as the US population aged. However, in 1978, the participants in a conference convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute concluded that a significant recent downtick in coronary heart disease and stroke mortality rates had definitely occurred, at least in the US Since 1978, a sharp decline in mortality rates from coronary heart disease and stroke has become unmistakable throughout the industrialized world, with age-adjusted mortality rates having declined to about one third of their 1960s baseline by 2000...
January 20, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104724/predicting-survival-of-patients-with-small-bowel-neuroendocrine-tumours-comparison-of-3-systems
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Ashley Kieran Clift, Omar Faiz, Rob Goldin, John Martin, Harpreet Wasan, Marc-Olaf Liedke, Erik Schloericke, Anna Malczewska, Guido Rindi, Mark Kidd, Irvin Modlin, Andrea Frilling
Neuroendocrine tumours (NET) are clinically challenging due to their unpredictable behaviour. Nomograms, grading and staging systems are predictive tools with multiple roles in clinical practice, including patient prognostication. The NET nomogram allocates scores for various clinicopathological parameters, calculating percentage estimates for 5- and 10-year disease-specific survival of patients with small bowel (SB) NET. We evaluated the clinical utility of three prognostic systems in 70 SB NET patients: the NET nomogram, the World Health Organisation (WHO)/European Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (ENETS) grading system and the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC)/Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) TNM staging method...
January 19, 2017: Endocrine Connections
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