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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100266/arranging-blood-for-elective-thyroid-surgeries-dilemma-continues-in-the-developing-world
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Salman Faridi, Aman Ahmad, Mirza Arshad Beg, Faisal Siddiqui, Muhammad Muzzammil Edhi, Mehmood Khan
BACKGROUND: Cross matched blood is frequently ordered based on a subjective anticipation of blood loss for a procedure. Excessive blood arrangement and wastage overburdens the blood bank in terms of work load and storage of blood, increases cost of medical care and results in injudicious use of a limited resource. The aim of this short report is to assess the current practice for arranging cross matched blood in elective thyroid surgeries by comparing cross match to blood transfused ratio...
January 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095288/cytomegalovirus-immunoglobulin-g-avidity-index-among-blood-donors-in-alexandria-egypt
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Aleya Abdel Gawad, Mona Hashish, Amani Abaza, Aisha El-Kayal
BACKGROUND: Transfusion transmitted diseases (TTD) are a major challenge to transfusion services all over the world. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is considered one of the main viruses associated with blood transfusion. As CMV screening is not included in routine screening tests done for donated blood in blood banks in Egypt, the detection of CMV Immunoglobulin G (IgG) avidity needs to be tested for being a useful tool to diagnose recent infection among blood donors. The aim of this work was to study CMV IgG avidity index (AI) among blood donors...
December 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076631/targeting-stroke-risk-and-improving-outcomes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-latin-america
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Bruce Stambler, Fernando Scazzuso
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: To examine stroke risk factors, including atrial fibrillation, management and prevention, and stroke outcomes across Latin America. DESIGN AND SETTING: Narrative review conducted at Piedmont Heart Institute, United States. METHODS: The PubMed, Embase and Cochrane databases were searched for stroke AND "Latin America" AND epidemiology (between January 2009 and March 2015). Further studies in the SciELO, World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization databases were used to address specific points...
November 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073934/the-influence-of-customer-medicine-seller-transactional-dynamics-on-childhood-diarrhoea-management-a-qualitative-study-in-ghana
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Lauren Rosapep, Emily Sanders, Kathryn Banke
In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) jointly revised the recommended treatment for acute paediatric diarrhoea to specify supplementing reduced osmolarity oral rehydration salts (ORS) with zinc. In many countries, however, a significant knowledge-practice gap persists in appropriate diarrhoea management among private healthcare providers. For example, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project recently demonstrated that over-the-counter medicine sellers (MS) in Ghana recommended inappropriate diarrhoea treatments, despite their demonstrated knowledge of appropriate treatment protocols...
January 10, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071599/unsupervised-frequency-recognition-method-of-ssveps-using-a-filter-bank-implementation-of-binary-subband-cca
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Md Rabiul Islam, Md Molla, Masaki Nakanishi, Toshihisa Tanaka
OBJECTIVE: Recently developed effective methods for detection commands of steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP)-based brain-computer interface (BCI) that need calibration for visual stimuli, which cause more time and fatigue prior to the use, as the number of commands increases. This paper develops a novel unsupervised method based on canonical correlation analysis (CCA) for accurate detection of stimulus frequency. APPROACH: A novel unsupervised technique termed as binary subband CCA (BsCCA) is implemented in a multiband approach to enhance the frequency recognition performance of SSVEP...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069859/global-health-a-pivotal-moment-of-opportunity-and-peril
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Lawrence O Gostin, Eric A Friedman
A growing tide of populism in Europe and the United States, combined with other factors, threatens the solidarity upon which the global health movement is based. The highest-profile example of the turn toward populism is US president-elect Donald Trump, whose proposals would redefine US engagement in global health, development, and environmental efforts. In this challenging landscape, three influential global institutions-the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank-are undergoing leadership transitions...
January 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068906/cherish-collaboration-for-hospitalised-elders-reducing-the-impact-of-stays-in-hospital-protocol-for-a-multi-site-improvement-program-to-reduce-geriatric-syndromes-in-older-inpatients
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Alison M Mudge, Merrilyn D Banks, Adrian G Barnett, Irene Blackberry, Nicholas Graves, Theresa Green, Gillian Harvey, Ruth E Hubbard, Sharon K Inouye, Sue Kurrle, Kwang Lim, Prue McRae, Nancye M Peel, Jessica Suna, Adrienne M Young
BACKGROUND: Older inpatients are at risk of hospital-associated geriatric syndromes including delirium, functional decline, incontinence, falls and pressure injuries. These contribute to longer hospital stays, loss of independence, and death. Effective interventions to reduce geriatric syndromes remain poorly implemented due to their complexity, and require an organised approach to change care practices and systems. Eat Walk Engage is a complex multi-component intervention with structured implementation, which has shown reduced geriatric syndromes and length of stay in pilot studies at one hospital...
January 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058091/making-mental-health-a-global-priority
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Patricio V Marquez, Shekhar Saxena
At a conference in April in Washington, D.C., the World Bank Group (WBG), together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners kick-started a call to action to governments, international partners, health professionals, and others to find solutions to a rising global mental health problem. Our authors write that mental disorders account for 30 percent of the non-fatal disease burden worldwide and 10 percent of overall disease burden, including death and disability, and that the global cost-estimated to be approximately $2...
July 2016: Cerebrum: the Dana Forum on Brain Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057873/attainment-of-guideline-targets-in-eurodopps-haemodialysis-patients-are-differences-related-to-a-country-s-healthcare-expenditure-and-nephrologist-workforce
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Sophie Liabeuf, Karlijn J Van Stralen, Fergus Caskey, Francesca Tentori, Ronald L Pisoni, Ayesha Sajjad, Kitty J Jager, Ziad A Massy
BACKGROUND: In the field of chronic kidney disease, global clinical practice guidelines have been developed and implemented with a view to improving patient care and outcomes. The attainment of international and European guideline targets for haemodialysis patients in European countries has not been audited recently. Hence, we sought to establish whether the attainment of the targets set out in guidelines and inappropriate care are similar across European countries and whether inter-country differences are related to disparities in national healthcare expenditures (as a percentage of gross domestic product) and/or the nephrologist workforce per capita...
January 5, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041639/-a-little-learning-is-a-dangerous-thing-a-call-for-better-understanding-of-the-term-systematic-review
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Neal R Haddaway, Magnus Land, Biljana Macura
Systematic reviews are becoming a widely accepted gold standard in evidence synthesis for evidence-based and -informed policy and practice. Many organisations exist to coordinate the registration, conduct and publication of systematic reviews across a range of disciplines, including medicine, international development, and environmental management and biodiversity conservation. As the term 'systematic review' becomes more widely recognised, however, there is a risk that stakeholders may have only partial understanding of the rigorous methods required to produce a reliable systematic review...
December 29, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031055/the-returns-of-family-planning-macro-level-assessment-of-the-effect-of-contraceptive-use-on-women-s-anaemia-and-childhood-undernutrition
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Md Juel Rana, Srinivas Goli
This study investigated the effect of family planning on the levels of women's anaemia and child undernutrition at the aggregate level using the compiled databases of the World Bank, UNICEF and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Correlation scatter matrix plots and multivariate OLS regression models were employed to assess the effect of family planning on women's anaemia and child nutritional status across countries. At the aggregate level, the bivariate correlation estimates found that the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) was negatively associated with women's anaemia (r=-0...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biosocial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028497/providing-an-efficient-algorithm-for-finding-r-peaks-in-ecg-signals-and-detecting-ventricular-abnormalities-with-morphological-features
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Mohammad Pooyan, Fateme Akhoondi
Ventricular arrhythmias are one of the most important causes of annual deaths in the world, which may lead to sudden cardiac deaths. Accurate and early diagnosis of ventricular arrhythmias in heart diseases is essential for preventing mortality in cardiac patients. Ventricular activity on the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is in the interval from the beginning of QRS complex to T wave end. Variations in the ECG signal and its features may indicate heart condition of patients. The first step to extract features of ECG in time domain is finding R peaks...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025321/national-income-inequality-and-ineffective-health-insurance-in-35-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Francisco N Alvarez, Abdulrahman M El-Sayed
Global health policy efforts to improve health and reduce financial burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) has fuelled interest in expanding access to health insurance coverage to all, a movement known as Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Ineffective insurance is a measure of failure to achieve the intended outcomes of health insurance among those who nominally have insurance. This study aimed to evaluate the relation between national-level income inequality and the prevalence of ineffective insurance...
December 26, 2016: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017347/prevalence-and-clinical-significance-of%C3%A2-diabetes-in-asian-versus-white-patients%C3%A2-with-heart-failure
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Ingrid E M Bank, Crystel M Gijsberts, Tiew-Hwa K Teng, Lina Benson, David Sim, Poh Shuan Daniel Yeo, Hean Yee Ong, Fazlur Jaufeerally, Gerard K T Leong, Lieng H Ling, A Mark Richards, Dominique P V de Kleijn, Ulf Dahlström, Lars H Lund, Carolyn S P Lam
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to compare the prevalence, clinical correlates and prognostic impact of diabetes in Southeast Asian versus white patients with heart failure (HF) with preserved or reduced ejection fraction. BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is common in HF and is associated with impaired prognosis. Asia is home to the majority of the world's diabetic population, yet data on the prevalence and clinical significance of diabetes in Asian patients with HF are sparse, and no studies have directly compared Asian and white patients...
November 30, 2016: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988968/premature-mortality-of-epilepsy-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review-from-the-mortality-task-force-of-the-international-league-against-epilepsy
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Francis Levira, David J Thurman, Josemir W Sander, W Allen Hauser, Dale C Hesdorffer, Honorati Masanja, Peter Odermatt, Giancarlo Logroscino, Charles R Newton
To determine the magnitude of risk factors and causes of premature mortality associated with epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We conducted a systematic search of the literature reporting mortality and epilepsy in the World Bank-defined LMICs. We assessed the quality of the studies based on representativeness; ascertainment of cases, diagnosis, and mortality; and extracted data on standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) and mortality rates in people with epilepsy. We examined risk factors and causes of death...
January 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988745/eight-new-species-of-i-andrena-i-fabricius-hymenoptera-apoidea-andrenidae-from-israel-a-mediterranean-hotspot-for-wild-bees
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Gideon Pisanty, Erwin Scheuchl, Netta Dorchin
More than 150 solitary bee species of the genus Andrena Fabricius are known from Israel and the West Bank, where they are distributed along a broad climatic gradient and diverse habitats and vegetation types. Extensive collecting throughout Israel in recent years has yielded eight new species and one new subspecies, adding to the rich bee fauna of the region:   A. crocusella Pisanty & Scheuchl n. sp., A. danini Pisanty & Scheuchl n. sp., A. hermonella Scheuchl & Pisanty n. sp., A. israelica Scheuchl & Pisanty n...
November 10, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987325/short-and-long-term-effects-of-habitat-fragmentation-differ-but-are-predicted-by-response-to-the-matrix
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Maldwyn J Evans, Sam C Banks, Don A Driscoll, Andrew J Hicks, Brett A Melbourne, Kendi F Davies
Habitat loss and fragmentation are major threats to biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Our current understanding of the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation is based largely on studies that focus on either short-term or long-term responses. Short-term responses are often used to predict long-term responses and make management decisions. The lack of studies comparing short- and long-term responses to fragmentation means we do not adequately understand when and how well short-term responses can be extrapolated to predict long-term responses, and when or why they cannot...
December 17, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979077/genotypic-diversity-and-environmental-stability-of-starch-physicochemical-properties-in-the-usda-rice-mini-core-collection
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Kehu Li, Jinsong Bao, Harold Corke, Mei Sun
The USDA rice mini-core collection consists of 217 accessions representative of a world-wide germplam bank. We investigated its genotypic diversity in starch physicochemical properties and the effects of genotype, environment and G×E interaction in this study. High genotypic diversity was found in all 18 measured starch quality traits in the mini-core rice in two location-years in China. Genotype, environment and G×E effects on these traits were analysed using 115 common accessions successfully produced in both environments...
April 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964869/relapse-to-opioid-use-in-opioid-dependent-individuals-released-from-compulsory-drug-detention-centres-compared-with-those-from-voluntary-methadone-treatment-centres-in-malaysia-a-two-arm-prospective-observational-study
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Martin P Wegman, Frederick L Altice, Sangeeth Kaur, Vanesa Rajandaran, Sutayut Osornprasop, David Wilson, David P Wilson, Adeeba Kamarulzaman
BACKGROUND: Detention of people who use drugs into compulsory drug detention centres (CDDCs) is common throughout East and Southeast Asia. Evidence-based pharmacological therapies for treating substance use disorders, such as opioid agonist treatments with methadone, are generally unavailable in these settings. We used a unique opportunity where CDDCs coexisted with voluntary drug treatment centres (VTCs) providing methadone in Malaysia to compare the timing and occurrence of opioid relapse (measured using urine drug testing) in individuals transitioning from CDDCs versus methadone maintenance in VTCs...
December 7, 2016: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957304/life-expectancy-and-its-socioeconomic-determinants-in-iran
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Somayeh Delavari, Hamed Zandian, Satar Rezaei, Mehdi Moradinazar, Sajad Delavari, Ali Saber, Razieh Fallah
INTRODUCTION: Life expectancy at birth (LEB) is closely associated with the degree of economic and social development in developed and developing countries. This study aimed to examine the socioeconomic factors affecting LEB in Iran from 1985 to 2013. METHODS: Time series analysis was used to examine the effects of key explanatory factors (GDP per capita, number of doctors per 10,000 population, degree of urbanization, food availability, CO2 emission, total fertility rate, inflation rate, and literacy rate) on LEB in Iran from 1985 to 2013...
October 2016: Electronic Physician
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