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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230706/first-presentation-acute-rheumatic-fever-is-preventable-in-a-community-setting-a-school-based-intervention
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Diana Lennon, Philippa Anderson, Melissa Kerdemelidis, Elizabeth Farrell, Suzanne Crengle Mahi, Teuila Percival, David Jansen, Joanna Stewart
BACKGROUND: Robust evidence is lacking for community initiatives to prevent first presentation acute rheumatic fever (ARF) by group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis treatment. METHODS: We measured the effect of introducing a sore throat clinic program on first presentation ARF into 61 year 1-8 schools with students aged 5-13years (population ~ 25,000) in Auckland, New Zealand. The study period was 2010-2016. A generalized linear mixed model investigated ARF rate changes before and after the staggered introduction of school clinics...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230589/effects-of-local-and-systemic-zoledronic-acid-application-on-titanium-implant-osseointegration-an-experimental-study-conducted-on-two-surface-types
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Serkan Dundar, Ferhan Yaman, Orhan Gecor, Omer Cakmak, Mustafa Kirtay, Tuba Talo Yildirim, Tahir Karaman, Mehmet Emre Benlidayi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of local and systemic zoledronic acid (ZA) applications on titaniumoksit ceramic blasted (TiO-CB)- and sandblasted large acid-grit (SLA)-surfaced titanium implant osseointegration. Twelve New Zealand White rabbits were used in the study, divided into 6 groups: the TiO-CB (TiO-CB-CNT) (n = 2) and SLA (SLA-CNT) (n = 2) control groups in which TiO-CB- and SLA-surfaced titanium implants were surgically inserted into rabbit tibias but no treatment was applied; the TiO-CB (TiO-CB-LZA) (n = 2) and SLA (SLA-LZA) (n = 2) local ZA groups in which 1 mL of normal saline solution containing 2 mg of ZA was injected into sockets and after this the implants were integrated; and the TiO-CB (TiO-CB-SZA) (n = 2) and SLA (SLA-SZA) (n = 2) systemic ZA groups in which a single infusion of 0...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229493/issues-with-monitoring-the-safety-of-psychoactive-products-under-a-legal-regulated-market-for-new-psychoactive-substances-legal-highs-in-new-zealand
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Marta Rychert, Chris Wilkins, Karen Witten
INTRODUCTION: New Zealand's Psychoactive Substances Act (2013) established the world's first regulated market for 'low risk' psychoactive products ('legal highs'). Under an interim PSA regime, 47 existing products were permitted to be continued to be sold. AIM: To explore issues with the implementation of regulatory systems to monitor the safety of products on the legal market under the interim Psychoactive Substances Act regime. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with 30 key stakeholders, including industry, government agency, health and drug service professionals were conducted, transcribed and analysed thematically...
February 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228948/health-system-frameworks-and-performance-indicators-in-eight-countries-a-comparative-international-analysis
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Jeffrey Braithwaite, Peter Hibbert, Brette Blakely, Jennifer Plumb, Natalie Hannaford, Janet Cameron Long, Danielle Marks
OBJECTIVES: Performance indicators are a popular mechanism for measuring the quality of healthcare to facilitate both quality improvement and systems management. Few studies make comparative assessments of different countries' performance indicator frameworks. This study identifies and compares frameworks and performance indicators used in selected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development health systems to measure and report on the performance of healthcare organisations and local health systems...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228932/a-clinically-relevant-in-vivo-model-for-the-assessment-of-scaffold-efficacy-in-abdominal-wall-reconstruction
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Jeffrey Cy Chan, Krishna Burugapalli, Yi-Shiang Huang, John L Kelly, Abhay Pandit
An animal model that allows for assessment of the degree of stretching or contraction of the implant area and the in vivo degradation properties of biological meshes is required to evaluate their performance in vivo. Adult New Zealand rabbits underwent full thickness subtotal unilateral rectus abdominis muscle excision and were reconstructed with the non-biodegradable Peri-Guard(®), Prolene(®) or biodegradable Surgisis(®) meshes. Following 8 weeks of recovery, the anterior abdominal wall tissue samples were collected for measurement of the implant dimensions...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225889/roles-of-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-and-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-immune-response-to-spinal-tuberculosis-in-a-new-zealand-white-rabbit-model
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X H Guo, Z Bai, B Qiang, F H Bu, N Zhao
This study aimed to explore the roles of monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) in immune response to spinal tuberculosis in a New Zealand white rabbit model. Forty-eight New Zealand white rabbits were collected and divided into four groups: experimental group (n=30, spinal tuberculosis model was established), the sham group (n=15, sham operation was performed) and the blank group (n=3). The qRT-PCR assay and western blotting were applied to detect the mRNA and protein expressions of MCP-1 and NF-κB in peripheral blood...
February 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224420/early-osseointegration-of-implants-with-cortex-like-tio2-coatings-formed-by-micro-arc-oxidation-a-histomorphometric-study-in-rabbits
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Hong-Zhi Zhou, Ya-da Li, Lin Liu, Xiao-Dong Chen, Wei-Qiang Wang, Guo-Wu Ma, Yu-Cheng Su, Min Qi, Bin Shi
In our previous studies, a novel cortex-like TiO2 coating was prepared on Ti surface through micro-arc oxidation (MAO) by using sodium tetraborate as electrolyte, and the effects of the coating on cell attachment were testified. This study aimed to investigate the effects of this cortex-like MAO coating on osseointegration. A sand-blasting and acid-etching (SLA) coating that has been widely used in clinical practice served as control. Topographical and chemical characterizations were conducted by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, contact angle meter, and step profiler...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224100/early-infant-male-circumcision-systematic-review-risk-benefit-analysis-and-progress-in-policy
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Brian J Morris, Sean E Kennedy, Alex D Wodak, Adrian Mindel, David Golovsky, Leslie Schrieber, Eugenie R Lumbers, David J Handelsman, John B Ziegler
AIM: To determine whether recent evidence-based United States policies on male circumcision (MC) apply to comparable Anglophone countries, Australia and New Zealand. METHODS: Articles in 2005 through 2015 were retrieved from PubMed using the keyword "circumcision" together with 36 relevant subtopics. A further PubMed search was performed for articles published in 2016. Searches of the EMBASE and Cochrane databases did not yield additional citable articles. Articles were assessed for quality and those rated 2+ and above according to the Scottish Intercollegiate Grading System were studied further...
February 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224051/high-richness-of-insect-herbivory-from-the-early-miocene-hindon-maar-crater-otago-new-zealand
#9
Anna Lena Möller, Uwe Kaulfuss, Daphne E Lee, Torsten Wappler
Plants and insects are key components of terrestrial ecosystems and insect herbivory is the most important type of interaction in these ecosystems. This study presents the first analysis of associations between plants and insects for the early Miocene Hindon Maar fossil lagerstätte, Otago, New Zealand. A total of 584 fossil angiosperm leaves representing 24 morphotypes were examined to determine the presence or absence of insect damage types. Of these leaves, 73% show signs of insect damage; they comprise 821 occurrences of damage from 87 damage types representing all eight functional feeding groups...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223290/nephrologists-perspectives-on-defining-and-applying-patient-centered-outcomes-in-hemodialysis
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Allison Tong, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer, David C Wheeler, Wim van Biesen, Peter Tugwell, Braden Manns, Brenda Hemmelgarn, Tess Harris, Sally Crowe, Angela Ju, Emma O'Lone, Nicole Evangelidis, Jonathan C Craig
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patient centeredness is widely advocated as a cornerstone of health care, but it is yet to be fully realized, including in nephrology. Our study aims to describe nephrologists' perspectives on defining and implementing patient-centered outcomes in hemodialysis. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Face-to-face, semistructured interviews were conducted with 58 nephrologists from 27 dialysis units across nine countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Singapore, and New Zealand...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223263/apps-for-people-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-to-monitor-their-disease-activity-a-review-of-apps-for-best-practice-and-quality
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Rebecca Grainger, Hermaleigh Townsley, Bonnie White, Tobias Langlotz, William J Taylor
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis requiring long-term treatment with regular monitoring by a rheumatologist to achieve good health outcomes. Since people with RA may wish to monitor their own disease activity with a smartphone app, it is important to understand the functions and quality of apps for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess the features and quality of apps to assist people to monitor their RA disease activity by (1) summarizing the available apps, particularly the instruments used for measurement of RA disease activity; (2) comparing the app features with American College of Rheumatology and European League against Rheumatism (ACR and EULAR) guidelines for monitoring of RA disease activity; and (3) rating app quality with the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS)...
February 21, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223159/ambient-geothermal-hydrogen-sulfide-exposure-and-peripheral-neuropathy
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Karl Pope, Yuen T So, Julian Crane, Michael N Bates
The mechanism of toxicity of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas is thought mainly to operate through effects on the nervous system. The gas has high acute toxicity, but whether chronic exposure causes effects, including peripheral neuropathy, is yet unclear. The city of Rotorua, New Zealand, sits on an active geothermal field and the population has some of the highest measured ambient H2S exposures. A previous study in Rotorua provided evidence that H2S is associated with peripheral neuropathy. Using clinical methods, the present study sought to investigate and possibly confirm this association in the Rotorua population...
February 14, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222750/investigations-of-silk-fiber-calcium-phosphate-cement-biocomposite-for-radial-bone-defect-repair-in-rabbits
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Lei Zhou, Chunjie Hu, Yingjun Chen, Shiqi Xia, Jinglong Yan
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the effects of silk fiber (SF)/calcium phosphate cement (CPC) biocomposite on repairing radial bone defects in rabbits. METHODS: Four-month-old New Zealand rabbits were selected to create a bilateral radial bone defect model and divided into four groups according to implanted material: SF/CPC, SF/CPC/particulate bone (PB), PB, and control (C). The specimens were removed at four and eight postoperative weeks for general observation, X-ray examination, tissue slicing, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and biomechanical testing...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222701/the-effect-of-deep-muscle-relaxation-on-the-force-required-during-latissimus-dorsi-dissection-for-breast-reconstructive-surgery-results-of-a-prospective-double-blinded-observational-pilot-study
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T Ledowski, A Goodwin-Walters, P Quinn, M Calvert
BACKGROUND: The use of neuromuscular blocking agents has previously been suggested to facilitate the dissection of the latissimus dorsi muscle during breast reconstructive surgery. The aim of this study was to quantify the influence of deep muscle relaxation on the force required to lift the latissimus dorsi muscle during flap preparation. METHODS: After ethics approval and written informed consent 15 patients scheduled for elective breast reconstruction with a latissimus dorsi pedicled flap (muscle flap, not myocutaneous flap) under general anaesthesia were prospectively included...
February 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222689/family-centred-interventions-by-primary-healthcare-services-for-indigenous-early-childhood-wellbeing-in-australia-canada-new-zealand-and-the-united-states-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Janya McCalman, Marion Heyeres, Sandra Campbell, Roxanne Bainbridge, Catherine Chamberlain, Natalie Strobel, Alan Ruben
BACKGROUND: Primary healthcare services in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States have embraced the concept of family-centred care as a promising approach to supporting and caring for the health of young Indigenous children and their families. This scoping review assesses the quality of the evidence base and identifies the published literature on family- centred interventions for Indigenous early childhood wellbeing. METHODS: Fourteen electronic databases, grey literature sources and the reference lists of Indigenous maternal and child health reviews were searched to identify relevant publications from 2000 to 2015...
February 21, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222511/evaluation-of-a-dna-a%C3%AE-42-vaccine-in-aged-nzw-rabbits-antibody-kinetics-and-immune-profile-after-intradermal-immunization-with-full-length-dna-a%C3%AE-42-trimer
#16
Doris Lambracht-Washington, Min Fu, Mary Wight-Carter, Matthew Riegel, Roger N Rosenberg
A pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are amyloid plaques in the brain consisting of aggregated amyloid-β 42 peptide (Aβ42) derived from cellular amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP). Based on successful experiments in mouse AD models, active immunization with Aβ42 peptide and passive immunizations with anti-Aβ42 antibodies were started in clinical trials. Active Aβ42 peptide immunization in humans had led to an inflammatory autoimmune response, and the trial was stopped. Passive immunizations had shown some effects in slowing AD pathology...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222493/mobilising-culture-against-domestic-violence-in-migrant-and-ethnic-communities-practitioner-perspectives-from-aotearoa-new-zealand
#17
Rachel Simon-Kumar, Priya A Kurian, Faith Young-Silcock, Nirmala Narasimhan
Studies on domestic violence in ethnic minority communities highlight that social norms, family structures and cultural practices are among the key triggers of violence against women. Not surprisingly, most anti-violence interventions in these communities aim to redeem women from the oppressive features of these cultures. More recently, however, emergent scholarship advocates mobilising, rather than erasing, culture within existing anti-violence strategies. This paper explores the nature of culturally informed interventions used by front-line workers...
February 21, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222085/physical-activity-promotion-beliefs-and-barriers-among-australasian-oncology-nurses
#18
Justin W L Keogh, Petra Pühringer, Alicia Olsen, Sally Sargeant, Lynnette M Jones, Mike Climstein
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe the physical activity (PA) promotion practices, beliefs, and barriers of Australasian oncology nurses and gain preliminary insight into how PA promotion practices may be affected by the demographics of the nurses.
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey.
. SETTING: Australia and New Zealand.
. SAMPLE: 119 registered oncology nurses.
. METHODS: Self-reported online survey completed once per participant...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221843/campylobacter-spp-prevalence-and-levels-in-raw-milk-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
T Christidis, K D M Pintar, A J Butler, A Nesbitt, M K Thomas, B Marshall, F Pollari
Campylobacteriosis is the leading bacterial gastrointestinal disease internationally, contributing significantly to the enteric illness burden. Cases have been associated with the consumption of raw milk, a behavior that has garnered attention recently. Estimates of the prevalence and levels of Campylobacter spp. in raw milk are lacking, which hinders risk assessment attempts. This article is a systematic review and meta-analysis of reported prevalence and levels of zoonotic Campylobacter spp. in the raw milk of cows, goats, and sheep in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220227/prediction-of-pediatric-sepsis-mortality-within-1%C3%A2-h-of-intensive-care-admission
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Luregn J Schlapbach, Graeme MacLaren, Marino Festa, Janet Alexander, Simon Erickson, John Beca, Anthony Slater, Andreas Schibler, David Pilcher, Johnny Millar, Lahn Straney
PURPOSE: The definitions of sepsis and septic shock have recently been revised in adults, but contemporary data are needed to inform similar approaches in children. METHODS: Multicenter cohort study including children <16 years admitted with sepsis or septic shock to ICUs in Australia and New Zealand in the period 2012-2015. We assessed septic shock criteria at ICU admission to define sepsis severity, using 30-day mortality as outcome. Through multivariable logistic regression, a pediatric sepsis score was derived using variables available within 60 min of ICU admission...
February 20, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
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