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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685120/malaria-infection-among-children-under-five-the-use-of-large-scale-interventions-in-ghana
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Clifford Afoakwah, Xin Deng, Ilke Onur
BACKGROUND: Despite the significant investments to control malaria infection rates over the past years, infection rates remain significant in sub-Saharan Africa. This study investigates the association with use of large-scale malaria interventions such as: Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), Insecticide Treated bed-Nets (ITN), and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) strategies, and the prevalence of malaria among children under-five in Ghana. METHODS: Cross-sectional data on 2, 449 children aged 6 to 59 months who were tested for malaria, through Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), are drawn from the recent wave of the Ghana Demographic and Health Surveys (GDHS 2014)...
April 23, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678973/involving-the-public-in-epidemiological-public-health-research-a-qualitative-study-of-public-and-stakeholder-involvement-in-evaluation-of-a-population-wide-natural-policy-experiment
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Rachel Anderson de Cuevas, Lotta Nylén, Bo Burström, Margaret Whitehead
BACKGROUND: Public involvement in research is considered good practice by European funders; however, evidence of its research impact is sparse, particularly in relation to large-scale epidemiological research. OBJECTIVES: To explore what difference public and stakeholder involvement made to the interpretation of findings from an evaluation of a natural policy experiment to influence the wider social determinants of health: 'Flexicurity'. SETTING: Stockholm County, Sweden...
April 20, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678188/doing-battle-with-the-monster-how-high-risk-heterosexuals-experience-and-successfully-manage-hiv-stigma-as-a-barrier-to-hiv-testing
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Marya Gwadz, Noelle R Leonard, Sylvie Honig, Robert Freeman, Alexandra Kutnick, Amanda S Ritchie
BACKGROUND: Annual HIV testing is recommended for populations at-risk for HIV in the United States, including heterosexuals geographically connected to urban high-risk areas (HRA) with elevated rates of HIV prevalence and poverty, who are primarily African American/Black or Hispanic. Yet this subpopulation of "individuals residing in HRA" (IR-HRA) evidence low rates of regular HIV testing. HIV stigma is a recognized primary barrier to testing, in part due to its interaction with other stigmatized social identities...
April 20, 2018: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677115/subjective-socioeconomic-status-moderates-the-association-between-discrimination-and-depression-in-african-american-youth
#4
Shervin Assari, Brianna Preiser, Maryam Moghani Lankarani, Cleopatra H Caldwell
Background: Most of the literature on the association between socioeconomic status (SES) and health is focused on the protective effects of SES. However, a growing literature suggests that high SES may also operate as a vulnerability factor. Aims: Using a national sample of African American youth, this study compared the effects of perceived discrimination on major depressive disorder (MDD) based on SES. Methods: The current cross-sectional study included 810 African American youth who participated in the National Survey of American Life-Adolescent supplement...
April 20, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666141/examining-the-effectiveness-of-consuming-flour-made-from-agronomically-biofortified-wheat-zincol-2016-nr-421-for-improving-zn-status-in-women-in-a-low-resource-setting-in-pakistan-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-double-blind-controlled-cross-over-trial-bizifed
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Nicola M Lowe, Muhammad Jaffar Khan, Martin R Broadley, Munir H Zia, Harry J McArdle, Edward J M Joy, Heather Ohly, Babar Shahzad, Ubaid Ullah, Gul Kabana, Rashid Medhi, Mukhtiar Zaman Afridi
INTRODUCTION: Dietary zinc (Zn) deficiency is a global problem, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries where access to rich, animal-source foods of Zn is limited due to poverty. In Pakistan, Zn deficiency affects over 40% of the adult female population, resulting in suboptimal immune status and increased likelihood of complications during pregnancy. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We are conducting a double-blind, randomised controlled feeding study with cross-over design in a low-resource setting in Pakistan...
April 17, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656716/assessing-food-security-using-household-consumption-expenditure-surveys-hces-a-scoping-literature-review
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Joanna Russell, Anne Lechner, Quentin Hanich, Aurélie Delisle, Brooke Campbell, Karen Charlton
OBJECTIVE: To meet some of the UN's seventeen Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, there is a need for more effective policy to reduce food insecurity in low-income and lower-middle-income countries (LMIC). Measuring progress towards these goals requires reliable indicators of food security in these countries. Routinely conducted household consumption and expenditure surveys (HCES) provide potentially valuable and nationally representative data sets for this purpose. The present study aimed to assess methods used to determine national food security status using proxy measures from HCES data in LMIC globally...
April 16, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655984/motor-affordance-at-home-for-infants-living-in-poverty-a-feasibility-study
#7
Andrea Baraldi Cunha, Audrei Fortunato Miquelote, Denise Castilho Cabrera Santos
PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility of completing a randomized clinical trial of motor affordance program at home for infants living in poverty. METHODS: Fourteen infants living in poverty were randomized assigned to groups: intervention at 1st month (G-1), and at 2nd month (G-2). They were assessed into 3 visits: Visit 1 (baseline), Visit 2 (after 4 weeks), and Visit 3 (after 8 weeks). The motor affordance program was provided at home by parents/caregivers. To determine feasibility of the program, descriptive data was used...
April 12, 2018: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652896/a-cohort-study-of-the-effects-of-older-adult-care-dependence-upon-household-economic-functioning-in-peru-mexico-and-china
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Maëlenn M Guerchet, Mariella Guerra, Yueqin Huang, Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Ana Luisa Sosa, Richard Uwakwe, Isaac Acosta, Peter Ezeah, Sara Gallardo, Zhaorui Liu, Rosie Mayston, Veronica Montes de Oca, Hong Wang, Martin J Prince
BACKGROUND: While links between disability and poverty are well established, there have been few longitudinal studies to clarify direction of causality, particularly among older adults in low and middle income countries. We aimed to study the effect of care dependence among older adult residents on the economic functioning of their households, in catchment area survey sites in Peru, Mexico and China. METHODS: Households were classified from the evolution of the needs for care of older residents, over two previous community surveys, as 'incident care', 'chronic care' or 'no care', and followed up three years later to ascertain economic outcomes (household income, consumption, economic strain, satisfaction with economic circumstances, healthcare expenditure and residents giving up work or education to care)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651759/investigating-the-support-networks-for-mothers-of-a-high-density-public-housing-community-and-the-effects-of-housing-closures-on-these-support-systems
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Jennifer Smith, Soyang Kwon, Maryann Mason, Karen Sheehan
Over the past few decades, public housing initiatives have focused on the decentralization of poverty by replacing high-density public housing (HDPH) models with lower-density, mixed-income models. This action has resulted in the displacement of families who had lived in these developments for generations. In past studies, public housing residents have been shown to have stronger social ties than those living in other types of assisted housing. Research on the dismemberment of US public housing has demonstrated a "root shock" or disruption in the support infrastructure in these resource-limited communities...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651691/pattern-of-antimicrobial-resistance-among-bacterial-isolates-from-urogenital-clinical-specimens-a-descriptive-study-from-the-buea-health-district-cameroon
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Elvis Tajoache Amin, Charles Njumkeng, Belmond T Kika, Akemfua Fualefac, Patrick Njukeng
INTRODUCTION: Antimicrobial resistance has become a global concern and is particularly affecting developing countries where infectious diseases and poverty are endemic. The effectiveness of currently available antimicrobials is decreasing as a result of increasing resistant strains among clinical isolates. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the resistance pattern of bacterial isolates from different clinical urogenital specimens at different hospitals in the Buea Health District, Cameroon...
April 12, 2018: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651371/tenecteplase-versus-alteplase-for-the-management-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-a-low-income-country-nepal-cost-efficacy-and-safety
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Gaurav Nepal, Ghanshyam Kharel, Shaik Tanveer Ahamad, Babin Basnet
Intravenous alteplase is the only approved treatment for acute ischemic stroke. Tenecteplase, a genetically engineered, mutant tissue plasminogen activator, is an alternative thrombolytic agent. The economic feasibility of stroke treatment has been a matter of huge debate and discussion thus far. The use of thrombolytics for the management of ischemic stroke has recently begun in Nepal. In low-income countries like Nepal, where the per capita income falls at just $691.7 and 25.2% of the population are under the poverty line, stroke patients cannot meet treatment expenses...
February 9, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650198/analysis-on-the-implementation-of-a-health-improvement-project-garbage-clinical-insurance-in-indonesia-a-literature-review
#12
Efa Apriyanti
OBJECTIVE: Indonesia Medika has established "Garbage Clinical Insurance" (GCI), which enables the population below the poverty line (BPL) to obtain health insurance by donating their garbage to pay the premium. The objective of this paper was to critically examine the implementation of GCI in Indonesia by reviewing the background, effects, and sustainability of this program. METHOD: A literature search of studies related to GCI, other types of micro health insurance, and their applications in developing countries was conducted...
February 2018: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628173/-the-plague-an-overview-and-hot-topics
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A Galy, P Loubet, N Peiffer-Smadja, Y Yazdanpanah
Plague is a bacterial zoonosis caused by Yersinia pestis, usually found in fleas and small rodents that constitute the reservoir of the disease. It is transmitted to humans by flea bite, contact with rodents or inhalation of infected droplets. There are three clinical forms: bubonic plague, pulmonary plague and septicemic plague. The usual presentation is a flu-like syndrome possibly accompanied by an inflammatory lymphadenopathy which appears after 1 to 7days of incubation. Bubonic plague has a case fatality rate of about 50% while other forms of plague are almost always fatal without treatment...
April 5, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627161/action-to-address-the-household-economic-burden-of-non-communicable-diseases
#14
REVIEW
Stephen Jan, Tracey-Lea Laba, Beverley M Essue, Adrian Gheorghe, Janani Muhunthan, Michael Engelgau, Ajay Mahal, Ulla Griffiths, Diane McIntyre, Qingyue Meng, Rachel Nugent, Rifat Atun
The economic burden on households of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes, poses major challenges to global poverty alleviation efforts. For patients with NCDs, being uninsured is associated with 2-7-fold higher odds of catastrophic levels of out-of-pocket costs; however, the protection offered by health insurance is often incomplete. To enable coverage of the predictable and long-term costs of treatment, national programmes to extend financial protection should be based on schemes that entail compulsory enrolment or be financed through taxation...
April 4, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625569/community-based-directly-observed-treatment-for-tb-patients-to-improve-hiv-services-a-cross-sectional-study-in-a-south-african-province
#15
Embry M Howell, N Gladys Kigozi, J Christo Heunis
BACKGROUND: There is uncertainty about how directly observed treatment (DOT) support for tuberculosis (TB) can be delivered most effectively and how DOT support can simultaneously be used to strengthen human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and control among TB patients. This study describes how DOT support by community health workers (CHWs) was used in four municipalities in the Free State province - a high TB/HIV burden, poorly-resourced setting - to provide HIV outreach, referrals, and health education for TB patients...
April 7, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29623647/the-association-between-serum-copper-concentrations-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors-in-children-and-adolescents-in-nhanes
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Xiaodong Zang, Hesuyuan Huang, Zhulun Zhuang, Runsen Chen, Zongyun Xie, Cheng Xu, Xuming Mo
Copper is an essential element in human beings, alterations in serum copper levels could potentially have effect on human health. To date, no data are available regarding how serum copper affects cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in children and adolescents. We examined the association between serum copper levels and CVD risk factors in children and adolescents. We analyzed data consisting of 1427 subjects from a nationally representative sample of the US population in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2011 to 2014...
April 6, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617709/what-happens-after-treatment-long-term-effects-of-continued-substance-use-psychiatric-problems-and-help-seeking-on-social-status-of-alcohol-dependent-individuals
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Katherine J Karriker-Jaffe, Jane Witbrodt, Meenakshi S Subbaraman, Lee Ann Kaskutas
Purpose: We examined whether alcohol-dependent individuals with sustained substance use or psychiatric problems after completing treatment were more likely to experience low social status and whether continued help-seeking would improve outcomes. Short summary: Ongoing alcohol, drug and psychiatric problems after completing treatment were associated with increased odds of low social status (unemployment, unstable housing and/or living in high-poverty neighborhood) over 7 years...
March 30, 2018: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610385/coordinating-agmip-data-and-models-across-global-and-regional-scales-for-1-5%C3%A2-c-and-2-0%C3%A2-c-assessments
#18
Cynthia Rosenzweig, Alex C Ruane, John Antle, Joshua Elliott, Muhammad Ashfaq, Ashfaq Ahmad Chatta, Frank Ewert, Christian Folberth, Ibrahima Hathie, Petr Havlik, Gerrit Hoogenboom, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Dilys S MacCarthy, Daniel Mason-D'Croz, Erik Mencos Contreras, Christoph Müller, Ignacio Perez-Dominguez, Meridel Phillips, Cheryl Porter, Rubi M Raymundo, Ronald D Sands, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Roberto O Valdivia, Hugo Valin, Keith Wiebe
The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) has developed novel methods for Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA) of agriculture and food security in a changing world. The present study aims to perform a proof of concept of the CGRA to demonstrate advantages and challenges of the proposed framework. This effort responds to the request by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for the implications of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C and 2...
May 13, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609743/the-effect-of-neighborhood-context-on-children-s-academic-achievement-in-china-exploring-mediating-mechanisms
#19
Lei Lei
Along with the economic reforms, rapid urbanization, and the growth of a free land market, Chinese cities witness new forms of neighborhood poverty and increasing residential segregation by social class, migration status, and housing tenure. But little is known about the consequences of the growing social-spatial differentiation for children's educational achievement in China. Using national-scale survey data from the China Family Panel Studies in 2010, this study examines the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) and children's test scores in urban China, and explores the mechanisms through which neighborhood environment is associated with children's academic achievement...
May 2018: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29608372/effects-of-the-aca-s-health-insurance-marketplaces-on-the-previously-uninsured-a-quasi-experimental-analysis
#20
Anna L Goldman, Danny McCormick, Jennifer S Haas, Benjamin D Sommers
Descriptive studies have suggested that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) health insurance Marketplaces improved access to care. However, no evidence from quasi-experimental studies is available to support these findings. We used longitudinal survey data to compare previously uninsured adults with incomes that made them eligible for subsidized Marketplace coverage (138-400 percent of the federal poverty level) to those who had employer-sponsored insurance before the ACA with incomes in the same range. Among the previously uninsured group, the ACA led to a significant decline in the uninsurance rate, decreased barriers to medical care, increased the use of outpatient services and prescription drugs, and increased diagnoses of hypertension, compared to a control group with stable employer-sponsored insurance...
April 2018: Health Affairs
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