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Victoria Shelus, Nicki Ashcroft, Sarah Burgess, Monica Giuffrida, Victoria Jennings
CONTEXT: Given the proportion of Kenyan women not using hormonal contraceptives, the country appears to have a substantial need for a modern, natural family planning option. The CycleBeads® mobile phone application (app), a digital platform for the Standard Days Method® of family planning, could help address this issue. METHODS: After the CycleBeads app was promoted in Kenya in May-June 2015, a three-month pilot study was conducted to collect quantitative and qualitative data from 185 female app users...
September 1, 2017: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Melanie Dawn Channon
CONTEXT: Son preference exerts a strong influence over contraceptive and fertility decisions in many South Asian countries. In Pakistan, where fertility remains high and contraceptive use low, research on son preference has been limited. METHODS: Data from Pakistan Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 1990-1991, 2006-2007 and 2012-2013 were used to examine potential indicators and outcomes of son preference. Descriptive analyses looked at sex composition preferences of men and women, as well as the sex ratio at last birth...
September 1, 2017: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Aeysha Chaudhry, Shakoor Hajat, Najwa Rizkallah, Ala'a Abu-Rub
BACKGROUND: Vitamin A and vitamin D are essential for a child's growth and development. However, research on micronutrients in the occupied Palestinian territory is scarce. The aim of this study was to ascertain the prevalence and risk factors of vitamin A and vitamin D deficiencies in children living in the occupied Palestinian territory. METHODS: The Palestinian Micronutrient Survey in 2013 measured concentrations of vitamin A in 1054 children (569 children in the West Bank and 485 children in the Gaza Strip) and vitamin D in 150 children (75 children in the West Bank and 75 children in the Gaza Strip)...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Majed Hababeh, Wafaa Zeidan, Mariam Abdel El-Kader, Anwar Al Thaher, Nimer Kassim, Elias Habash, Hasan Arab, Ali Khader, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: UNRWA introduced family planning services in 1994 as an integral part of its expanded maternal and child health-care programme. The main objective of UNRWA's family planning programme is to promote the health of mothers, children, and their families. The aim of this follow-up study was to assess contraceptive practices in the target population 5 years after the 2010 follow-up study and to identify future programme needs. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was a done by trained nurses from June 1 to Dec 31, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Khaled Abu Saman, Salwa Massad, Ali Abu Ibaid, Huda Anan, Mamhoud Daher, Rand Salman, Saleh Aldeqes
BACKGROUND: About 9% of the world's population has diabetes. Most people with diabetes live in developing countries. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. The likelihood of diabetes complications increases with depression. Worldwide, about half of patients with diabetes have severe depression that has been misidentified by health providers. The aim of this study was to examine factors associated with depression in patients with type 2 diabetes in the Gaza governorate...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Giulia Canali, Victoria Tittle, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) estimated that in 2016, 11% of Palestine refugees older than 40 years living in Jordan were diagnosed with diabetes and that the disease is controlled in only 45% of Palestine refugees with diabetes. As medication adherence is one of the most important modifiable self-care behaviours to achieve adequate metabolic control, the aims of this study were to measure medication adherence and to review the factors associated with different levels of medication adherence in patients with diabetes...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Sarah C M Roberts, Diana Greene Foster, Heather Gould, M Antonia Biggs
OBJECTIVE: Research on effects of pregnancy termination on women's alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use suffers from methodological and conceptual problems. Improving on prior methodologies, this study examines changes in ATOD use over 5 years among women seeking terminations. METHOD: Data are from the Turnaway Study, a longitudinal study of 956 women seeking terminations at 30 U.S. facilities. Participants presented just below a facility's gestational limit and received terminations (Near-Limits) or just beyond the limit and were denied terminations (Turnaways)...
March 2018: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Kaigang Li, Elizabeth Ochoa, Federico E Vaca, Bruce Simons-Morton
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and covariates among emerging adults of riding with an impaired peer or older adult driver (RWI) because of marijuana (MJ), alcohol (ALC), or illicit drugs (ID). METHOD: Data were from Waves 4 (W4, N = 2,085) and 5 (W5, N = 2,116) of the NEXT Generation Health Study, collected in 2013-2014, 1 and 2 years after high school. W5 RWI was specified for substance-specific impaired peer and older adult (peer/older adult) drivers...
March 2018: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Nathan D Shippee, Michael Finch, Douglas R Wholey
OBJECTIVES: Patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) represent a widespread model of healthcare transformation. Despite evidence that PCMHs can improve care quality, the mechanisms by which they improve outcomes are relatively unexamined. We aimed to assess the mechanisms linking certification as a Health Care Home (HCH), a statewide PCMH initiative, with asthma care quality and outcomes. We compared direct certification effects versus indirect clinical effects (via improved care process)...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Meredith B Rosenthal, Carrie H Colla, Nancy E Morden, Thomas D Sequist, Alexander J Mainor, Zhonghe Li, Kevin H Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: A substantial portion of healthcare spending is wasted on services that do not directly improve patient health and that cause harm in some cases. Features of health insurance coverage, including enrollment in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) or health maintenance organizations (HMOs), may provide financial and nonfinancial mechanisms to potentially reduce overuse of low-value healthcare services. STUDY DESIGN: Using 2009 to 2013 administrative data from 3 large commercial insurers, we examined patient characteristics and health insurance plan types associated with overuse of 6 healthcare services identified by the Choosing Wisely campaign...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Ángela Grillo Pizarro, Eduardo Achú Peralta, María Teresa Muñoz-Quezada, Boris Lucero Mondaca
OBJECTIVE: Organophosphate pesticides (OP) are used massively for their low cost and for their low environmental persistence and their high effectiveness in insect pest control, however, agricultural workers, when exposed to OP, have negative consequences on their health mainly neurological. For the first time, a research is reported in a Latin American population that studied the association between labor exposure to OP and the presence of peripheral polyneuropathy in agricultural workers...
March 22, 2018: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Tetsuo Watanabe, Masashi Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Intranasal corticosteroid sprays (INCSs) have not been a mainstay of the treatment for nasal allergies. We evaluated the sensory effects of INCSs since they might affect compliance to treatment. METHODS: The study population included 45 healthy volunteers. The subjects were randomized 1 : 1 to receive fluticasone furoate (FF) followed by mometasone furoate (MF) or MF followed by FF. There was a 30-minutes waiting period between the administration of each drug...
2018: Arerugī, [Allergy]
Fabian Grass, Matthieu Cachemaille, David Martin, Nicolas Fournier, Dieter Hahnloser, Catherine Blanc, Nicolas Demartines, Martin Hübner
The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to compare multimodal pain management and pain perception after open vs. laparoscopic colorectal surgery within enhanced recovery care. Pain scores at rest and at mobilization were prospectively assessed in consecutive patients using Visual Analog Scales (VAS 0-10) and consumption of different analgesics was recorded daily until 96 hours postoperatively. Uni- and multivariate risk factors for pain peaks (≥ 4/10) were identified by logistic regression and compared between two propensity score matched groups (open vs...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Ruihong Luo, Janice M Weinberg, Tamar F Barlam
OBJECTIVE Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is common in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients, but few studies have examined long-term outcomes. We studied the impact of CDI after SOT on mortality and transplant organ complication-related hospitalizations (TOH). METHODS SOT recipients ≥18 years of age with at least 1 year of posttransplant data were analyzed using the MarketScan database for 2007-2014. Patients who died within one year of transplant were followed until death. Patients were grouped as early CDI (ie, first occurrence ≤90 days posttransplant), late CDI (ie, first occurrence >90 days posttransplant) and controls (ie, no CDI occurrence during follow-up)...
March 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Mini Kamboj, Teresa Childers, Jessica Sugalski, Donna Antonelli, Juliane Bingener-Casey, Jamie Cannon, Karie Cluff, Kimberly A Davis, E Patchen Dellinger, Sean C Dowdy, Kim Duncan, Julie Fedderson, Robert Glasgow, Bruce Hall, Marilyn Hirsch, Matthew Hutter, Lisa Kimbro, Boris Kuvshinoff, Martin Makary, Melanie Morris, Sharon Nehring, Sonia Ramamoorthy, Rebekah Scott, Mindy Sovel, Vivian Strong, Ashley Webster, Elizabeth Wick, Julio Garcia Aguilar, Robert Carlson, Kent Sepkowitz
BACKGROUND Surgical site infections (SSIs) following colorectal surgery (CRS) are among the most common healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Reduction in colorectal SSI rates is an important goal for surgical quality improvement. OBJECTIVE To examine rates of SSI in patients with and without cancer and to identify potential predictors of SSI risk following CRS DESIGN American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) data files for 2011-2013 from a sample of 12 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) member institutions were combined...
March 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Emily A Kringle, Lauren Terhorst, Meryl A Butters, Elizabeth R Skidmore
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify clinical predictors that could distinguish clients' level of engagement in inpatient rehabilitation following stroke. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of pooled data from three randomized controlled trials that examined the effects of a behavioral intervention. The sample (n=208) consisted of clients with stroke who had cognitive deficits (Quick-EXIT≥3) and were admitted to inpatient rehabilitation facilities associated with a university medical center...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Nicole M Sachs, Joel Miller
The specific responsivity principle advises us to provide offenders with treatment that takes into account their responsiveness to treatment, tied for example to their learning style, motivation, and gender. We examine challenges to service engagement and attendance in a community-based program in a reentry setting, and consider how far they correspond with these factors. Drawing on qualitative accounts of parolee engagement in services provided by parolees, service providers, case managers, and parole officers, we identify a number of difficulties faced by clients...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Nikhil Satchidanand, Timothy J Servoss, Ranjit Singh, Angela M Bosinski, Penny Tirpak, Linda L Horton, Bruce J Naughton
BACKGROUND: Early, data-driven discussion surrounding palliative care can improve care delivery and patient experience. OBJECTIVE: To develop a 30-day mortality prediction tool for older patients in intensive care unit (ICU) with pneumonia that will initiate palliative care earlier in hospital course. DESIGN: Retrospective Electronic Health Record (EHR) review. SETTING: Four urban and suburban hospitals in a Western New York hospital system...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Tetsuo Saito, Ryo Toya, Tomohiko Matsuyama, Satoshi Ninomura, Natsuo Oya
PURPOSE: As predictors of hematologic toxicity (HT) after palliative radiotherapy (RT) have been studied insufficiently, we explored predictors of leukopenia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia attributable to palliative RT. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed patients with various solid tumors who had received palliative RT at our institution. Excluded from our study were patients who had undergone chemotherapy from one month before to one month after the start of RT...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
M Amine Amiche, Shahab Abtahi, Johanna H M Driessen, Peter Vestergaard, Frank de Vries, Suzanne M Cadarette, Andrea M Burden
We examined the effect of cumulative exposure to high doses of oral glucocorticoids on fracture risk. Compared to short-course users (daily dose ≥ 15 mg + cumulative < 1 g), heavy users (daily dose ≥ 15 mg + cumulative dose ≥ 1 g) had the highest risk of fracture. These patients should be monitored for fracture management strategies. PURPOSE: The effect of cumulative exposure to high daily doses of oral glucocorticoids on fracture risk remains debated. We therefore aimed to examine the hip fracture risk associated with short courses and heavy use of high-dosed oral glucocorticoids...
March 18, 2018: Archives of Osteoporosis
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