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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108993/experience-from-a-multi-country-initiative-to-improve-the-monitoring-of-selected-reproductive-health-indicators-in-africa
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Maria Barreix, Özge Tunçalp, Namuunda Mutombo, Ayotunde A Adegboyega, Lale Say
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health remains part of the unfinished business of global development in the Africa. To achieve it, health interventions should be monitored using programmatic indicators. WHO's Strengthening Measurement of Reproductive Health Indicators in Africa initiative, implemented in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, aimed to improve national information systems for routine monitoring of reproductive health indicators. Participating countries developed action plans employing a two-pronged strategy: (1) revising, standardizing, and harmonizing existing information-system reproductive health indicators; and (2) building data-collection capacity through training and supervision at select pilot sites...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108552/predicted-residual-error-sum-of-squares-of-mixed-models-an-application-to-genomic-prediction
#2
Shizhong Xu
Genomic prediction is a statistical method to predict phenotypes of polygenic traits using high throughput genomic data. Most diseases and behaviors in human and animals are polygenic traits. The majority of agronomic traits in crops are also polygenic. Accurate prediction of these traits can help medical professionals diagnose acute diseases and breeders to increase food products, and therefore, significantly contribute to human health and global food security. The best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) is an important tool to analyze high throughput genomic data for prediction...
January 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108205/modifying-the-phenotypic-frailty-model-in-predicting-risk-of-major-osteoporotic-fracture-in-the-elderly
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Guowei Li, Alexandra Papaioannou, Lehana Thabane, Mitchell A H Levine, George Ioannidis, Andy K O Wong, Arthur Lau, Jonathan D Adachi
INTRODUCTION: The phenotypic frailty (PF) model (including slow walking, low physical activity, exhaustion, weakness, and unintentional weight loss) has been widely used to quantify the degree of frailty and predict risks of adverse health outcomes for the elderly. However, evidence has shown that not all the components included in the PF model contribute equally, and low predictive accuracy of the PF model has been reported in predicting risks of outcomes. We aimed to improve predictive accuracy of the PF model in risk of major osteoporotic fracture (MOF) in the elderly by modifying its weighting of individual components...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108204/the-dietary-approaches-to-stop-hypertension-diet-cognitive-function-and-cognitive-decline-in-american-older-women
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Agnes A M Berendsen, Jae H Kang, Ondine van de Rest, Edith J M Feskens, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Francine Grodstein
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between long-term adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet with cognitive function and decline in older American women. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Nurses' Health Study, a cohort of registered nurses residing in 11 US states. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 16,144 women from the Nurses' Health Study, aged ≥70 years, who underwent cognitive testing a total of 4 times by telephone from 1995 to 2001 (baseline), with multiple dietary assessments between 1984 and the first cognitive examination...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108072/treatment-of-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-eu-analysis-of-market-research-data-from-4q2013-till-3q2014
#5
Mario Cepparulo, Nina Schmidt
OBJECTIVE: Despite the scientific evidence undoubtedly influencing current guidelines on the management of metastatic Breast cancer (mBC), marketing research data suggests this may not be reflected in EU prescribing behavior. Specifically we would like to understand the use of combination chemotherapy vs monotherapy in mBC patients. METHODOLOGY: This study is based on IMS Oncology Analyzer™, a web-based physician panel survey set-up by IMS Health, a global company which specializes in health care information including market research data...
January 17, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107786/introduction-to-global-health-promotion
#6
Jennifer Torres
Global health education is becoming increasingly prominent in universities throughout the country especially in programs focused on health and behavioral sciences, law, economics, and political science. Introduction to Global Health Promotion is a book that can be used by both instructors and students in the field of global health. The book provides theories and models, human rights, and technology relevant to the field. In addition the book is designed to share best evidence for promoting health and reducing morbidity and mortality in a variety of areas...
January 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107579/experience-of-skin-cancer-and-contact-with-health-professionals-is-associated-with-increased-skin-cancer-knowledge-but-not-sun-safety-knowledge-or-behaviour
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Charlotte L Thomas, Pablo Fernández Peñas
The mortality and morbidity associated with melanoma is unquestionable, but its global incidence is greatly outnumbered by that of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). The economic burden of NMSC is significant, falling within the US' top five most costly cancers (1) . In Australia, a high level of skin cancer awareness has been reported (2) . Public health campaigns and advice provided by individual health professionals seek to increase knowledge about skin cancer, risk factors and protective sun-safety behaviours...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107484/resveratrol-co-treatment-attenuates-the-effects-of-hiv-protease-inhibitors-on-rat-body-weight-and-enhances-cardiac-mitochondrial-respiration
#8
Burger Symington, Rudo F Mapanga, Gavin R Norton, M Faadiel Essop
Since the early 1990s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) emerged as a global health pandemic, with sub-Saharan Africa the hardest hit. While the successful roll-out of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy provided significant relief to HIV-positive individuals, such treatment can also elicit damaging side-effects. Here especially HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) are implicated in the onset of cardio-metabolic complications such as type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. As there is a paucity of data regarding suitable co-treatments within this context, this preclinical study investigated whether resveratrol (RSV), aspirin (ASP) or vitamin C (VitC) co-treatment is able to blunt side-effects in a rat model of chronic PI exposure (Lopinavir/Ritonavir treatment for 4 months)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107460/the-incidence-of-postpartum-hemorrhage-in-pregnant-women-with-placenta-previa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dazhi Fan, Qing Xia, Li Liu, Shuzhen Wu, Guo Tian, Wen Wang, Song Wu, Xiaoling Guo, Zhengping Liu
BACKGROUND: The global burden of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in women with placenta previa is a major public health concern. Although there are different reports on the incidence of PPH in different countries, to date, no research has reviewed them. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to calculate the average point incidence of PPH in women with placenta previa. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies estimating PPH in women with placenta previa was conducted through literature searches in four databases in Jul 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107350/maternal-and-newborn-health-in-karnataka-state-india-the-community-level-interventions-for-pre-eclampsia-clip-trial-s-baseline-study-results
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Mrutynjaya B Bellad, Marianne Vidler, Narayan V Honnungar, Ashalata Mallapur, Umesh Ramadurg, Umesh Charanthimath, Geetanjali Katageri, Shashidhar Bannale, Avinash Kavi, Chandrashekhar Karadiguddi, Sumedha Sharma, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Beth Payne, Laura Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Richard Derman, Shivaprasad S Goudar
Existing vital health statistics registries in India have been unable to provide reliable estimates of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity, and region-specific health estimates are essential to the planning and monitoring of health interventions. This study was designed to assess baseline rates as the precursor to a community-based cluster randomized control trial (cRCT)-Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Trial (NCT01911494; CTRI/2014/01/004352). The objective was to describe baseline demographics and health outcomes prior to initiation of the CLIP trial and to improve knowledge of population-level health, in particular of maternal and neonatal outcomes related to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, in northern districts the state of Karnataka, India...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107158/human-trafficking-in-areas-of-conflict-health-care-professionals-duty-to-act
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Christina Bloem, Rikki E Morris, Makini Chisolm-Straker
Given the significant global burden of human trafficking, the ability of clinicians to identify and provide treatment for trafficked persons is critical. Particularly in conflict settings, health care facilities often serve as the first and sometimes only point of contact for trafficked persons. As such, medical practitioners have a unique opportunity and an ethical imperative to intervene, even in nonclinical roles. With proper training, medical practitioners can assist trafficked persons by documenting human trafficking cases, thereby placing pressure on key stakeholders to enforce legal protections, and by providing adequate services to those trafficked...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107154/taking-up-the-mantle-of-human-trafficking-education-who-should-be-responsible
#12
Carrie A Bohnert, Aaron W Calhoun, Olivia F Mittel
Human trafficking is a global human rights issue with long-range health consequences about which physicians are largely uneducated. Medical schools are uniquely positioned to address this gap. All future physicians, regardless of specialty, must learn to identify victims and refer them to trauma-informed treatment. Research and advocacy are needed to address the lack of rigorously evaluated curricula in this area, impact policy, and improve services for victims of this heinous form of exploitation.
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107151/saving-the-starfish-physicians-roles-in-responding-to-human-rights-abuses-in-global-health-practice
#13
Monir Moniruzzaman
This paper examines how an overseas medical student can improve the life of a kamlari, an indentured servant girl in Nepal. I argue that physicians and students should not only provide care for the health and well-being of patients but also act to ameliorate the suffering of their patients, particularly when patients' social, cultural, economic, and political vulnerabilities overshadow their immediate clinical needs. I also address the point that medical schools need to offer courses on health advocacy and activism in order to promote health equity and social justice for all...
January 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106988/factors-governing-the-performance-of-bauxite-for-fluoride-remediation-of-groundwater
#14
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/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/28106593/genetic-and-genomic-competencies-for-nursing-informatics-internationally
#16
Kathleen A Mc Cormick, Kathleen A Calzone
The majority of health professionals now have genetic and genomic competencies and some are measured by certification standards. Nursing has a proud history of defining roles for nursing in informatics and genetics. In addition, the nursing professional organization, the American Nurses Association, has a Certification Center that has successfully achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development, and delivery of global credentialing services which encompasses certification of advanced practice nurses in genetics...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106584/international-evolution-of-tiger-informatics-competencies
#17
Joyce Sensmeier, Christel Anderson, Toria Shaw
The TIGER Initiative aims to explain how to equip practicing nurses with informatics competencies. This chapter describes a collaborative effort to identify global informatics requirements in relation to core competencies and to match them with national and regional needs. Recommendations from the TIGER Informatics Competency Synthesis Project, described here, have implications for an international framework of informatics competencies for all types of health care professionals including nurses.
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
#18
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/28106484/equipping-doctors-for-global-health-challenges
#19
Marisa Casanova Dias, Aula Abbara, Rosie Gilbert, May Ci van Schalkwyk, Claire P Rees, Howard Ryland, Andrew Jm Leather, Bhanu Williams, Nigel Crisp
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105842/absolute-quantification-of-h5-subtype-avian-influenza-viruses-using-droplet-digital-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification
#20
Yi Hu, Peng Xu, Jing Luo, Hongxuan He, Wenbin Du
Human infection with avian influenza A H5N1 viruses can cause severe diseases with high mortality rate and continues to pose a significant threat to global public health. Rapid diagnosis is needed for identifying the types of influenza viruses for making timely treatment decisions. Here, we demonstrate absolute quantification of H5-subtype influenza viruses by digital loop-mediated isothermal amplification (dLAMP) on our recently developed cross-interface emulsification (XiE) method. Our results show that XiE-based dLAMP is highly specific and displays comparable sensitivity to real-time PCR (qPCR) and digital PCR (dPCR)...
January 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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