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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451814/variability-in-asthma-quality-and-costs-in-children-with-different-medicaid-insurance-plans-in-maricopa-county
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Matthew Rank, Natalie Landman, Gevork Harootunian, Michelle Winscott, Neil Jain, Keith Frey, Gena Wilson, Rupali Drewek, Lilia Parra-Roide, Charlton Wilson, Robert Smoldt, Denis Cortese
OBJECTIVE: To describe the variation in asthma quality and costs among children with different Medicaid insurance plans. METHODS: We used 2013 data from the Center for Health Information and Research, which houses a database that includes individuals who have Medicaid insurance in Arizona. We analyzed children ages 2-17 years-old who lived in Maricopa County, Arizona. Asthma medication ratio (AMR, a measure of appropriate asthma medication use), outpatient follow-up within 2 weeks after asthma-related hospitalization (a measure of continuity of care), asthma-related hospitalizations, and all emergency department (ED) visits were the primary quality metrics...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417368/pilot-study-of-a-novel-partnership-for-installing-smoke-alarms
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Elise C Omaki, Shannon Frattaroli, Wendy C Shields, Eileen M McDonald, Nicholas Rizzutti, Meri-K Appy, Denise Voiles, Shelly Jamison, Andrea C Gielen
Objectives To demonstrate the feasibility of partnering fire department personnel and home visiting nurses to increase the number of low-income homes protected by smoke alarms. Methods During a regularly scheduled home visit, nurses at the Nurse-Family Partnership of Maricopa County (NFP) informed their clients about an opportunity to have smoke alarms installed in their homes for free. For interested families, nurses sent a referral to the Phoenix Fire Department (PFD), scheduled an appointment, and accompanied the PFD volunteers during the installation...
February 7, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415107/nitrogen-management-affects-nitrous-oxide-emissions-under-varying-cotton-irrigation-systems-in-the-desert-southwest-usa
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Kevin F Bronson, Doug J Hunsaker, Clinton F Williams, Kelly R Thorp, Sharette M Rockholt, Stephen J Del Grosso, Rodney T Venterea, Edward M Barnes
Irrigation of food and fiber crops worldwide continues to increase. Nitrogen (N) from fertilizers is a major source of the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (NO) in irrigated cropping systems. Nitrous oxide emissions data are scarce for crops in the arid western United States. The objective of these studies was to assess the effect of N fertilizer management on NO emissions from furrow-irrigated, overhead sprinkler-irrigated, and subsurface drip-irrigated cotton ( L.) in Maricopa, AZ, on Trix and Casa Grande sandy clay loam soils...
January 2018: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29377720/campylobacter-and-ethnicity-a-case-case-analysis-to-determine-differences-in-disease-presentation-and-risk-factors
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Kristen Pogreba-Brown, Erika Barrett
BACKGROUND: Rates of Campylobacter infection in Arizona have historically been higher than the national average, with the highest rates in Hispanic populations. The purpose of this retrospective case-case analysis was to determine how risk factors and disease presentation differ by ethnicity (Hispanic vs. Non-Hispanic) in cases of campylobacteriosis from 2012 to 2015 in Maricopa County, Arizona. METHODS: Basic demographics and seasonality, including standardized morbidity ratios (SMRs), were analyzed to determine differences by ethnicity...
January 29, 2018: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29369723/chlamydia-psittaci-in-feral-rosy-faced-lovebirds-agapornis-roseicollis-and-other-backyard-birds-in-maricopa-county-arizona
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Robert J Dusek, Anne Justice-Allen, Barbara Bodenstein, Susan Knowles, Daniel A Grear, Laura Adams, Craig Levy, Hayley D Yaglom, Valerie I Shearn-Bochsler, Paula G Ciembo, Christopher R Gregory, Denise Pesti, Branson W Ritchie
  In 2013, a mortality event of nonnative, feral Rosy-faced Lovebirds ( Agapornis roseicollis) in residential backyards in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA was attributed to infection with Chlamydia psittaci. In June 2014, additional mortality occurred in the same region. Accordingly, in August 2014 we sampled live lovebirds and sympatric bird species visiting backyard bird feeders to determine the prevalence of DNA and the seroprevalence of antibodies to C. psittaci using real-time PCR-based testing and elementary body agglutination, respectively...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341124/metric-assessment-of-the-pubic-bone-using-known-and-novel-data-points-for-sex-estimation
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Kathleen A S Blake, Kristen Hartnett-McCann
Biological sex estimation of skeletal remains is essential in forensic and archaeological analyses. Anthropologists most often use the pelvis, which is the most sexually dimorphic element both morphologically and metrically. While nonmetric pubic bone features have been studied extensively, few metric studies have examined this individual bone for dimorphism. For this study, three observers examined three previously identified and ten novel measurements of the pubic body on a modern sample of isolated pubic bones from the Maricopa County Forensic Science Center (FSC), in Phoenix, Arizona (n = 400)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341070/personality-changes-during-the-transition-from-cognitive-health-to-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Richard J Caselli, Blake T Langlais, Amylou C Dueck, Bruce R Henslin, Travis A Johnson, Bryan K Woodruff, Charlene Hoffman-Snyder, Dona E C Locke
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Behavioral problems in individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD) impose major management challenges. Current prevention strategies are anchored to cognitive outcomes, but behavioral outcomes may provide another, clinically relevant opportunity for preemptive therapy. We sought to determine whether personality changes that predispose to behavioral disorders arise during the transition from preclinical AD to mild cognitive impairment (MCI). DESIGN: Longitudinal observational cohort study...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037243/gardening-in-the-desert-a-spatial-optimization-approach-to-locating-gardens-in-rapidly-expanding-urban-environments
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Elizabeth A Mack, Daoqin Tong, Kevin Credit
BACKGROUND: Food access is a global issue, and for this reason, a wealth of studies are dedicated to understanding the location of food deserts and the benefits of urban gardens. However, few studies have linked these two strands of research together to analyze whether urban gardening activity may be a step forward in addressing issues of access for food desert residents. METHODS: The Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area is used as a case to demonstrate the utility of spatial optimization models for siting urban gardens near food deserts and on vacant land...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828960/survey-of-intestinal-parasitism-in-dogs-in-the-phoenix-metropolitan-area
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Heather N Cornell, Peter R O'Neal, Valerie M Wong, Donald L Noah
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of selected intestinal parasites in pet dogs and recently apprehended free-roaming (AFR) shelter dogs in the Phoenix metropolitan area and compare those prevalences between the 2 groups. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SAMPLE Convenience samples of fecal specimens from owned pet dogs from the Phoenix metropolitan area (n = 175) and free-roaming dogs apprehended and admitted to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and Arizona Humane Society facilities from November 2014 through March 2015 (188)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805253/temporal-association-of-implementation-of-the-arizona-health-care-cost-containment-system-ahcccs-with-changes-in-dental-related-emergency-department-visits-in-maricopa-county-from-2006-to-2012
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Ahmed Mohamed, Brooke Alhanti, Mac McCullough, Kate Goodin, Kirsten Roling, Larry Glickman
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate changes in emergency department (ED) dental-related visits in Maricopa County before and after the elimination of dental benefits for adult Medicaid-insured patients as of October 2010. METHODS: Hospital visits extracted from a hospital discharge dataset were used to calculate a yearly rate ratio of dental-related versus non-dental-related ED visits (as a comparison group) for adults, children, and payer types. Changes in ED visits over time were evaluated from 2006 to 2012...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727681/notes-from-the-field-cluster-of-acute-flaccid-myelitis-in-five-pediatric-patients-maricopa-county-arizona-2016
#11
Sally A Iverson, Scott Ostdiek, Siru Prasai, David M Engelthaler, Melissa Kretschmer, Nicole Fowle, Harlori K Tokhie, Janell Routh, James Sejvar, Tracy Ayers, Jolene Bowers, Shane Brady, Shannon Rogers, W Allan Nix, Ken Komatsu, Rebecca Sunenshine
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July 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692392/evaluation-of-a-novel-syndromic-surveillance-query-for-heat-related-illness-using-hospital-data-from-maricopa-county-arizona-2015
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Jessica R White, Vjollca Berisha, Kathryn Lane, Henri Ménager, Aaron Gettel, Carol R Braun
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated a novel syndromic surveillance query, developed by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Heat Syndrome Workgroup, for identifying heat-related illness cases in near real time, using emergency department and inpatient hospital data from Maricopa County, Arizona, in 2015. METHODS: The Maricopa County Department of Public Health applied 2 queries for heat-related illness to area hospital data transmitted to the National Syndromic Surveillance Program BioSense Platform: the BioSense "heat, excessive" query and the novel CSTE query...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545417/community-level-characteristics-and-environmental-factors-of-child-respiratory-illnesses-in-southern-arizona
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Nathan Lothrop, Khaleel Hussaini, Dean Billheimer, Paloma Beamer
BACKGROUND: Lower respiratory illnesses (LRIs) and asthma are common diseases in children <5 years of age. Few studies have investigated the relationships between multiple, home-based social and environmental risk factors and asthma and LRIs in children. Of those that have, none have focused exclusively on children <5 years of age, who are more physiologically vulnerable and spend more time at home compared to older children. Further, no studies have done so at the community level...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135726/the-relationships-among-exposure-to-violence-psychological-distress-and-gun-carrying-among-male-adolescents-found-guilty-of-serious-legal-offenses-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Joan A Reid, Tara N Richards, Thomas A Loughran, Edward P Mulvey
Background: Gun violence and psychological problems are often conflated in public discourse on gun safety. However, few studies have empirically assessed the effect of exposure to violence when exploring the association between gun carrying and psychological distress. Objective: To examine the potential effect of exposure to violence on the associations between gun carrying and psychological distress among vulnerable adolescents. Design: Longitudinal cohort study...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066890/undocumented-border-crosser-deaths-in-arizona-expanding-intrastate-collaborative-efforts-in-identification
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Julie M Fleischman, Ashley E Kendell, Christen C Eggers, Laura C Fulginiti
Undocumented Border Crosser (UBC) deaths in Arizona are a major issue faced by medicolegal authorities. Currently, the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner (MCOME) is in possession of over two hundred unidentified individuals, more than half of whom are presumed to be UBCs. The primary goal of this study was to address the growing number of UBC deaths in Maricopa County in order to provide a more comprehensive picture of this important anthropological issue within the state of Arizona. Of the 107 total UBC cases evaluated for the study, the majority were male and age estimates for all individuals were between 15 to 60 years old...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871919/motivational-interviewing-to-promote-long-acting-reversible-contraception-in-postpartum-teenagers
#16
Kristl Tomlin, Tammalynn Bambulas, Maureen Sutton, Vanessa Pazdernik, Dean V Coonrod
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine if teenage patients receiving prenatal care in an adolescent-focused clinic, emphasizing long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) using motivational interviewing techniques, had higher rates of uptake of postpartum LARC than a control group. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective cohort study comparing young women who received prenatal care in an adolescent-focused setting with those enrolled in standard prenatal care. PARTICIPANTS: Adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 years receiving prenatal care within the Maricopa Integrated Health safety-net system between 2007 and 2014...
June 2017: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822625/where-are-weather-suicide-associations-valid-an-examination-of-nine-us-counties-with-varying-seasonality
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P Grady Dixon, Adam J Kalkstein
There has been much research on the associations between weather variables and suicide rates. However, the state of understanding has remained rather stagnant due to many contradictory findings. The purpose of this project is to examine a larger database of suicides that includes a longer and more recent period of record (1975-2010) across numerous locations in the USA. In all, we examine nine total counties (and the primary city associated with them) with a special effort made to compare locations with varying degrees of temperature seasonality: Cook (Chicago), Fulton (Atlanta), King (Seattle), Los Angeles (Los Angeles), Maricopa (Phoenix), Miami-Dade (Miami), Philadelphia (Philadelphia), Salt Lake (Salt Lake City), and St...
November 7, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772674/geolocalization-of-influenza-outbreak-within%C3%A2-an%C3%A2-acute-care-population-a-layered-surveillance-approach
#18
Vijay Christopher Kannan, Nicole Hodgson, Andrew Lau, Kate Goodin, Andrea Freyer Dugas, Frank LoVecchio
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We seek to use a novel layered-surveillance approach to localize influenza clusters within an acute care population. The first layer of this system is a syndromic surveillance screen to guide rapid polymerase chain reaction testing. The second layer is geolocalization and cluster analysis of these patients. We posit that any identified clusters could represent at-risk populations who could serve as high-yield targets for preventive medical interventions. METHODS: This was a prospective observational surveillance study...
November 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27583525/heat-death-associations-with-the-built-environment-social-vulnerability-and-their-interactions-with-rising-temperature
#19
David P Eisenman, Holly Wilhalme, Chi-Hong Tseng, Mikhail Chester, Paul English, Stephanie Pincetl, Andrew Fraser, Sitaram Vangala, Satvinder K Dhaliwal
In an extreme heat event, people can go to air-conditioned public facilities if residential air-conditioning is not available. Residences that heat slowly may also mitigate health effects, particularly in neighborhoods with social vulnerability. We explored the contributions of social vulnerability and these infrastructures to heat mortality in Maricopa County and whether these relationships are sensitive to temperature. Using Poisson regression modeling with heat-related mortality as the outcome, we assessed the interaction of increasing temperature with social vulnerability, access to publicly available air conditioned space, home air conditioning and the thermal properties of residences...
September 2016: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27516082/mortality-and-transmissibility-patterns-of-the-1957-influenza-pandemic-in-maricopa-county-arizona
#20
April J Cobos, Clinton G Nelson, Megan Jehn, Cécile Viboud, Gerardo Chowell
BACKGROUND: While prior studies have quantified the mortality burden of the 1957 H2N2 influenza pandemic at broad geographic regions in the United States, little is known about the pandemic impact at a local level. Here we focus on analyzing the transmissibility and mortality burden of this pandemic in Arizona, a setting where the dry climate was promoted as reducing respiratory illness transmission yet tuberculosis prevalence was high. METHODS: Using archival death certificates from 1954 to 1961, we quantified the age-specific seasonal patterns, excess-mortality rates, and transmissibility patterns of the 1957 H2N2 pandemic in Maricopa County, Arizona...
August 11, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
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