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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346606/characteristics-of-cases-with-repeated-sexually-transmitted-infections-massachusetts-2014-2016
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Katherine K Hsu, Lauren E Molotnikov, Kathleen A Roosevelt, Heather R Elder, R Monina Klevens, Alfred DeMaria, Sevgi O Aral
Background: Persons with prior sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are at high risk for re-infection. No recent studies have examined the frequency with which persons within a geographic area are diagnosed and reported with multiple bacterial STIs over time. Methods: We conducted a retrospective, population-based study of confirmed syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydial infections reported to the Massachusetts state surveillance system within a two-year period, July 28, 2014 - July 27, 2016...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346343/asthma-mortality-among-persons-aged-15-64-years-by-industry-and-occupation-united-states-1999-2016
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Opal Patel, Girija Syamlal, John Wood, Katelynn E Dodd, Jacek M Mazurek
In 2015, an estimated 18.4 million U.S. adults had current asthma, and 3,396 adult asthma deaths were reported (1). An estimated 11%-21% of asthma deaths might be attributable to occupational exposures (2). To describe asthma mortality among persons aged 15-64 years,* CDC analyzed multiple cause-of-death data† for 1999-2016 and industry and occupation information collected from 26 states§ for the years 1999, 2003, 2004, and 2007-2012. Proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs)¶ for asthma among persons aged 15-64 years were calculated...
January 19, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346280/a-multi-band-body-worn-distributed-radio-frequency-exposure-meter-design-on-body-calibration-and-study-of-body-morphology
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Reza Aminzadeh, Arno Thielens, Sam Agneessens, Patrick Van Torre, Matthias Van den Bossche, Stefan Dongus, Marloes Eeftens, Anke Huss, Roel Vermeulen, René de Seze, Paul Mazet, Elisabeth Cardis, Hendrik Rogier, Martin Röösli, Luc Martens, Wout Joseph
A multi-band Body-Worn Distributed exposure Meter (BWDM) calibrated for simultaneous measurement of the incident power density in 11 telecommunication frequency bands, is proposed. The BDWM consists of 22 textile antennas integrated in a garment and is calibrated on six human subjects in an anechoic chamber to assess its measurement uncertainty in terms of 68% confidence interval of the on-body antenna aperture. It is shown that by using multiple antennas in each frequency band, the uncertainty of the BWDM is 22 dB improved with respect to single nodes on the front and back of the torso and variations are decreased to maximum 8...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346161/promotion-of-exercise-in-multiple-sclerosis-through-healthcare-providers
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Robert W Motl, Elizabeth A Barstow, Sarah Blaylock, Emma Richardson, Yvonne C Learmonth, Matthew Fifolt
Participation in exercise yields meaningful benefits among persons with multiple sclerosis(MS), yet this population engages in low rates of health-promoting physical activity. The disconnect between evidence of benefits and rates of participation requires consideration of new opportunities for changing this health behavior. The current paper hypothesizes that the patient-provider interaction offers a fertile opportunity for promoting exercise behavior in MS.
January 15, 2018: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346006/public-health-education-teaching-epidemiology-in-high-school-classrooms
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Emily D'Agostino
Epidemiology instruction has expanded at the undergraduate level in part because it increases student critical thinking and scientific literacy, promotes students' perception of public health as both practical and relevant, and empowers students as independent, lifelong learners. Why then are more high schools not adopting epidemiology as a course requirement for students? Although prior iterations of high school epidemiology courses are noteworthy for incorporating active and participatory learning, embedding them into existing and continually shifting curricula is challenging and time-consuming, especially for teachers not trained in the field...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345535/coping-styles-mediate-perfectionism-associations-with-depression-among-undergraduate-students
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Abbas Abdollahi, Simin Hosseinian, Gordon J G Asmundson
To better understand depression among adolescent university students, this study was designed to examine coping style as a potential mediator between perfectionism and depression. Participants comprised 510 undergraduate students from Malaysia. Structural Equation Modelling demonstrated that personal standards perfectionism and task-focused coping style were negatively associated with depression, while emotion-focused coping style, avoidant coping style, and evaluative concerns perfectionism were positively associated with depression...
January 18, 2018: Journal of General Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343626/engineering-precision-biomaterials-for-personalized-medicine
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Brian A Aguado, Joseph C Grim, Adrianne M Rosales, Jana J Watson-Capps, Kristi S Anseth
As the demand for precision medicine continues to rise, the "one-size-fits-all" approach to designing medical devices and therapies is becoming increasingly outdated. Biomaterials have considerable potential for transforming precision medicine, but individual patient complexity often necessitates integrating multiple functions into a single device to successfully tailor personalized therapies. Here, we introduce an engineering strategy based on unit operations to provide a unified vocabulary and contextual framework to aid the design of biomaterial-based devices and accelerate their translation...
January 17, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343461/effects-of-psychiatric-comorbidity-in-immune-mediated-inflammatory-disease-protocol-for-a-prospective-study
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Ruth Ann Marrie, Lesley Graff, John R Walker, John D Fisk, Scott B Patten, Carol A Hitchon, Lisa M Lix, James Bolton, Jitender Sareen, Alan Katz, Lindsay I Berrigan, James J Marriott, Alexander Singer, Renée El-Gabalawy, Christine A Peschken, Ryan Zarychanski, Charles N Bernstein
BACKGROUND: Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID), such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), multiple sclerosis (MS), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are highly prevalent in Canada and the United States and result in substantial personal and societal burden. The prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities, primarily depression and anxiety, in IMID exceeds those in the general population by two- to threefold, but remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. Furthermore, the effects of psychiatric comorbidity on IMID are not well understood...
January 17, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343412/implementing-genome-driven-personalized-cardiology-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
Genomics designates the coordinated investigation of a large number of genes in the context of a biological process or disease. It may be long before we attain comprehensive understanding of the genomics of common complex cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as inherited cardiomyopathies, valvular diseases, primary arrhythmogenic conditions, congenital heart syndromes, hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerotic heart disease, hypertensive syndromes, and heart failure with preserved/reduced ejection fraction. Nonetheless, as genomics is evolving rapidly, it is constructive to survey now pertinent concepts and breakthroughs...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343253/an-integrated-primary-care-approach-for-frail-community-dwelling-older-persons-a-step-forward-in-improving-the-quality-of-care
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Lotte Vestjens, Jane M Cramm, Anna P Nieboer
BACKGROUND: High-quality care delivery for frail older persons, many of whom have multiple complex needs, is among the greatest challenges faced by healthcare systems today. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) may guide quality improvement efforts for primary care delivery to frail older populations. Objectives of this study were to assess the implementation of interventions in CCM dimensions, and to investigate the quality of primary care as perceived by healthcare professionals, in practices following the Finding and Follow-up of Frail older persons (FFF) integrated care approach and those providing usual care...
January 17, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343122/use-of-the-godin-leisure-time-exercise-questionnaire-in-multiple-sclerosis-research-a-comprehensive-narrative-review
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Elizabeth Morghen Sikes, Emma V Richardson, Katie J Cederberg, Jeffer E Sasaki, Brian M Sandroff, Robert W Motl
PURPOSE: The Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire has been a commonly applied measure of physical activity in research among persons with multiple sclerosis over the past decade. This paper provides a comprehensive description of its application and inclusion in research on physical activity in multiple sclerosis. METHOD: This comprehensive, narrative review included papers that were published between 1985 and 2017, written in English, involved participants with multiple sclerosis as a primary population, measured physical activity, and cited one of the two original Godin papers...
January 17, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342381/long-term-follow-up-of-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-undetermined-significance
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Robert A Kyle, Dirk R Larson, Terry M Therneau, Angela Dispenzieri, Shaji Kumar, James R Cerhan, S Vincent Rajkumar
BACKGROUND: Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) occurs in approximately 3% of persons 50 years of age or older. METHODS: We studied 1384 patients who were residing in southeastern Minnesota and in whom MGUS was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in the period from 1960 through 1994; the median follow-up was 34.1 years (range, 0.0 to 43.6). The primary end point was progression to multiple myeloma or another plasma-cell or lymphoid disorder. RESULTS: During 14,130 person-years of follow-up, MGUS progressed in 147 patients (11%), a rate that was 6...
January 18, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341144/role-of-micro-rnas-in-breast-cancer-surgery
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REVIEW
P McAnena, A Lowery, M J Kerin
BACKGROUND: The management of breast cancer has changed dramatically in the molecular era. Micro-RNAs can contribute to multiple facets of cancer surgery. METHODS: This narrative review, based on years of research on the role of micro-RNAs, focused on the potential of these small, robust RNAs to influence all aspects of breast cancer surgery. RESULTS: Micro-RNAs have a potential role as biomarkers in the diagnosis, prognosis and evaluation of response to therapy in breast cancer...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340901/mental-health-related-quality-of-life-and-the-timing-of-motherhood-a-16-year-longitudinal-study-of-a-national-cohort-of-young-australian-women
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Libby Holden, Richard Hockey, Robert S Ware, Christina Lee
PURPOSE: We examine timing of motherhood in a longitudinal cohort of young Australian women, and its relationship with mental health-related quality of life (SF-36 MHI-5), and with sociodemographic, health behaviour and health-related variables. METHODS: We analysed longitudinal self-report data from a nationally representative cohort of 10,332 Australian women born 1973-1978, surveyed 6 times between 1996 (aged 18-23) and 2012 (aged 34-39). RESULTS: Group-based trajectory modelling identified four groups...
January 16, 2018: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340148/reducing-unnecessary-culturing-a-systems-approach-to-evaluating-urine-culture-ordering-and-collection-practices-among-nurses-in-two-acute-care-settings
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Robert Redwood, Mary Jo Knobloch, Daniela C Pellegrini, Matthew J Ziegler, Michael Pulia, Nasia Safdar
Background: Inappropriate ordering and acquisition of urine cultures leads to unnecessary treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB). Treatment of ASB contributes to antimicrobial resistance particularly among hospital-acquired organisms. Our objective was to investigate urine culture ordering and collection practices among nurses to identify key system-level and human factor barriers and facilitators that affect optimal ordering and collection practices. Methods: We conducted two focus groups, one with ED nurses and the other with ICU nurses...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339012/patient-rated-access-to-needed-care-patient-centered-medical-home-principles-intertwined
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Julian Brunner, Emmeline Chuang, Donna L Washington, Danielle E Rose, Catherine Chanfreau-Coffinier, Jill E Darling, Ismelda A Canelo, Elizabeth M Yano
BACKGROUND: Primary care teams can facilitate access to care by helping patients to determine whether and when care is needed, and coordinating care across multiple clinicians and settings. Appointment availability metrics may or may not capture these contributions, but patients' own ratings of their access to care provide an important alternative view of access that may be more closely related to these key functions of care teams. PROCEDURES: We used a 2015 telephone survey of 1,395 women veterans to examine associations between key care team functions and patient-rated access to needed care...
January 12, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338220/the-multiple-role-of-bromide-ion-in-ppcps-degradation-under-uv-chlorine-treatment
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Shuangshuang Cheng, Xinran Zhang, Xin Yang, Chii Shang, Weihua Song, Jingyun Fang, Yanheng Pan
This study investigated the role of bromide ions in the degradation of nine pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) during the UV/chlorine treatment of simulated drinking water containing 2.5 mgC/L natural organic matter (NOM). The kinetics of contributions from UV irradiation and from oxidation by free chlorine, free bromine, hydroxyl radical and reactive halogen species were evaluated. The observed loss rate constants of PPCPs in the presence of 10 μM bromide were 1.6 to 23 times of those observed in the absence of bromide (except for iopromide and ibuprofen)...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334969/the-effects-of-workplace-respect-and-violence-on-nurses-job-satisfaction-in-ghana-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Isaac Mensah Boafo
BACKGROUND: Studies have established the negative effects of workplace disrespect and violence on the personal and professional well-being of nurses. In spite of this, only a few have directly investigated the effects of these issues on nurses' job satisfaction. In Africa, research on nurses' job satisfaction continues to focus largely on economic factors. The aim of this paper was, therefore, to investigate the impact of the non-economic factors of workplace violence and respect on the job satisfaction levels of nurses in Ghana...
January 15, 2018: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334937/perspectives-on-setting-limits-for-rf-contact-currents-a-commentary
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REVIEW
Richard A Tell, Christopher A Tell
BACKGROUND: Limits for exposure to radiofrequency (RF) contact currents are specified in the two dominant RF safety standards and guidelines developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These limits are intended to prevent RF burns when contacting RF energized objects caused by high local tissue current densities. We explain what contact currents are and review some history of the relevant limits with an emphasis on so-called "touch" contacts, i...
January 15, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334045/development-of-a-patient-experience-questionnaire-to-improve-lifestyle-services-in-primary-care
#20
Paula Brauer, Dawna Royall, Anneli Kaethler, Alexandra Mayhew, Maya Israeloff-Smith
Aim We developed a self-report tool to assess patients' experiences with lifestyle services in team-based primary care and pilot tested the questionnaire as part of a lifestyle intervention study to reverse metabolic syndrome. BACKGROUND: Older client satisfaction questionnaires have been generally inadequate for quality improvement purposes, as they have been focused mainly on interpersonal skills of providers and/or in the context of one disease. New approaches to assessing the patient experience of lifestyle programs in primary care are needed and could inform quality improvement efforts over time...
January 15, 2018: Primary Health Care Research & Development
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