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March 15, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297318/a-qualitative-and-quantitative-analysis-of-radiation-dose-and-image-quality-of-computed-tomography-images-using-adaptive-statistical-iterative-reconstruction
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Fahad Ahmed Hussain, Noor Mail, Abdulrahman M Shamy, Suliman Alghamdi, Abdelhamid Saoudi
Image quality is a key issue in radiology, particularly in a clinical setting where it is important to achieve accurate diagnoses while minimizing radiation dose. Some computed tomography (CT) manufacturers have introduced algorithms that claim significant dose reduction. In this study, we assessed CT image quality produced by two reconstruction algorithms provided with GE Healthcare's Discovery 690 Elite positron emission tomography (PET) CT scanner. Image quality was measured for images obtained at various doses with both conventional filtered back-projection (FBP) and adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) algorithms...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295134/impact-of-the-reach-ii-and-reach-va-dementia-caregiver-interventions-on-healthcare-costs
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Linda O Nichols, Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Carolyn W Zhu, Erin K Kaplan, Jeffrey K Zuber, Teresa M Waters
OBJECTIVE: Examine caregiver and care recipient healthcare costs associated with caregivers' participation in Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregivers Health (REACH II or REACH VA) behavioral interventions to improve coping skills and care recipient management. DESIGN: RCT (REACH II); propensity-score matched, retrospective cohort study (REACH VA). SETTING: Five community sites (REACH II); 24 VA facilities (REACH VA). PARTICIPANTS: Care recipients with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers who participated in REACH II study (analysis sample of 110 caregivers and 197 care recipients); care recipients whose caregivers participated in REACH VA and a propensity matched control group (analysis sample of 491)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291668/under-utilization-of-taps-in-intensive-care-unit-as-a-cause-of-reservoirs-of-nonfermenting-gram-negative-bacilli
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Gonzalo de-Las-Casas-Cámara, María Dolores Martín-Ríos, Maria Isabel Adillo-Montero, María Carmen Muñoz-Egea, Javier Zapardiel-Ferrero, Concepción Pérez-Jorge Peremarch
INTRODUCTION: The under-utilisation of taps is associated with the generation of reservoirs of non-fermenting gram-negative bacilli with the ability to disseminate. We describe the detection and approach of the problem in an ICU. METHODS: Observational descriptive study in an ICU with individual cubicles with their own sink. We collected clinical samples from patients and environmental samples from tap aerators and reviewed the unit's hygiene measures. RESULTS: We detected four cases due to Chryseobacterium indologenes, one to Elizabethkingia meningoseptica and another to Pseudomonas aeruginosa; they were identified both in clinical and the environmental samples...
March 10, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290915/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-regarding-rabies-risk-in-community-members-and-healthcare-professionals-p%C3%A3-tionville-haiti-2013
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N Fenelon, P Dely, M A Katz, N D Schaad, A Dismer, D Moran, F Laraque, R M Wallace
Haiti has the highest human rabies burden in the Western Hemisphere. There is no published literature describing the public's perceptions of rabies in Haiti, information that is critical to developing effective interventions and government policies. We conducted a knowledge, attitudes and practices survey of 550 community members and 116 health professionals in Pétionville, Haiti in 2013 to understand the perception of rabies in these populations. The majority of respondents (85%) knew that dogs were the primary reservoir for rabies, yet only 1% were aware that bats and mongooses could transmit rabies...
March 14, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265784/-all-i-need-is-help-to-do-well-herbs-medicines-faith-and-syncretism-in-the-negotiation-of-elder-health-treatment-in-rural-ghana
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Eileen Smith-Cavros, Joyce Avotri-Wuaku, Albert Wuaku, Amal Bhullar
This qualitative research sought answers to questions about how elders in Agate, Ghana, coped with the challenges of illness in a rural village and in particular how they negotiated treatment for their illnesses within a flawed and limited healthcare system. In our study, 22 of 28 interviewees used all methods available to them (biomedical approaches [doctors and/or hospitals and/or doctor-prescribed medications], herbs, over-the-counter medicines [i.e., acetaminophen painkillers], and faith-based methods [praying/fasting/laying of hands/holy food and/or water]) in attempts to heal their illnesses...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259049/survey-of-attitudes-and-practices-of-irish-nursing-students-towards-hand-hygiene-including-handrubbing-with-alcohol-based-hand-rub
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Liz M Kingston, Nuala H O'Connell, Colum P Dunne
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene is widely recognised as the most important measure a healthcare worker can take in preventing the spread of healthcare associated infections. As a member of the healthcare team, nursing students have direct patient contact during clinical practice; hence, good hand hygiene practice among nursing students is essential. Low to moderate levels of hand hygiene knowledge and poor attitudes and practices are reported among nursing students. However, less is known about their attitudes and practices of handrubbing with ABHR, even though handrubbing is the recommended optimum practice in most situations...
February 27, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244578/water-safety-in-healthcare-facilities-the-vieste-charter
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L Bonadonna, M Cannarozzi de Grazia, S Capolongo, B Casini, M L Cristina, G Daniele, D D'Alessandro, O De Giglio, A Di Benedetto, G Di Vittorio, E Ferretti, B Frascolla, G La Rosa, L La Sala, M G Lopuzzo, L Lucentini, M T Montagna, U Moscato, C Pasquarella, R Prencipe, M L Ricci, V Romano Spica, C Signorelli, E Veschetti
The Study Group on Hospital Hygiene of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (GISIO-SItI) and the Local Health Authority of Foggia, Apulia, Italy, after the National Convention "Safe water in healthcare facilities" held in Vieste-Pugnochiuso on 27-28 May 2016, present the "Vieste Charter", drawn up in collaboration with experts from the National Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health. This paper considers the risk factors that may affect the water safety in healthcare facilities and reports the current regulatory frameworks governing the management of installations and the quality of the water...
March 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237242/early-results-of-lung-cancer-screening-and-radiation-dose-assessment-by-low-dose-ct-at-a-community-hospital
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Corbin D Jacobs, Mary Ellen Jafari
BACKGROUND: The National Lung Screening Trial showed a reduction in overall and cancer-specific mortality for patients screened with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) versus chest radiograph. Some question whether this can be achieved in community healthcare settings. Our aim was to analyze lung cancer screening outcomes and administered radiation dose using LDCT scans at a community hospital. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 680 patients who underwent LDCT between June 2014 and December 2015, and who met Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services lung cancer screening criteria: asymptomatic, aged 55 to 77 years, smoked within the last 15 years, and ≥ 30 pack-year history...
February 2, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230980/chitosan-modified-filter-paper-for-nucleic-acid-extraction-and-in-situ-pcr-on-a-thermoplastic-microchip
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Wupeng Gan, Yin Gu, Junping Han, Cai-Xia Li, Jing Sun, Peng Liu
Plastic microfluidic devices with embedded chitosan-modified Fusion 5 filter paper (unmodified one purchased from GE Healthcare) have been successfully developed for DNA extraction and concentration, utilizing two different mechanisms for DNA capture: the physical entanglement of long-chain DNA molecules with the fiber matrix of the filter paper and the electrostatic adsorption of DNA to the chitosan-modified filter fibers. This new method not only provided a high DNA extraction efficiency at a pH of 5 by synergistically combining these two capture mechanisms together, but also resisted the elution of DNA from filters at a pH > 8 due to the entanglement of DNA with fibers...
March 8, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215329/biotechnological-applications-of-marine-enzymes-from-algae-bacteria-fungi-and-sponges
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S Parte, V L Sirisha, J S D'Souza
Diversity is the hallmark of all life forms that inhabit the soil, air, water, and land. All these habitats pose their unique inherent challenges so as to breed the "fittest" creatures. Similarly, the biodiversity from the marine ecosystem has evolved unique properties due to challenging environment. These challenges include permafrost regions to hydrothermal vents, oceanic trenches to abyssal plains, fluctuating saline conditions, pH, temperature, light, atmospheric pressure, and the availability of nutrients...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208574/complexation-of-phytochemicals-with-cyclodextrin-derivatives-an-insight
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Vasanti Suvarna, Parul Gujar, Manikanta Murahari
Natural compounds have been attracting huge attention because of their broad therapeutic properties with specificity in their action in human health care as functional foods, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. However poor bioavailability and reduced bioactivity attributed to poor solubility and instability is the major drawback hindering the incorporation of these therapeutically potential molecules in novel drug delivery systems. Based on the findings of reported research investigations; complexation of poorly water soluble phytochemicals with cyclodextrins has emerged to be a promising approach to improve their aqueous solubility, stability, rate of dissolution and bioavailability...
April 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199121/smart-contact-lenses-with-graphene-coating-for-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-and-dehydration-protection
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Sangkyu Lee, Insu Jo, Sangmin Kang, Bongchul Jang, Joonhee Moon, Jong Bo Park, Soochang Lee, Sichul Rho, Youngsoo Kim, Byung Hee Hong
Recently, smart contact lenses with electronic circuits have been proposed for various sensor and display applications where the use of flexible and biologically stable electrode materials is essential. Graphene is an atomically thin carbon material with a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice that shows outstanding electrical and mechanical properties as well as excellent biocompatibility. In addition, graphene is capable of protecting eyes from electromagnectic (EM) waves that may cause eye diseases such as cataracts...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190945/mems-based-flexible-force-sensor-for-tri-axial-catheter-contact-force-measurement
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Hardik J Pandya, Jun Sheng, Jaydev P Desai
Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a significant healthcare problem caused by the uneven and rapid discharge of electrical signals from pulmonary veins (PVs). The technique of radiofrequency (RF) ablation can block these abnormal electrical signals by ablating myocardial sleeves inside PVs. Catheter contact force measurement during RF ablation can reduce the rate of AFib recurrence, since it helps to determine effective contact of the catheter with the tissue, thereby resulting in effective power delivery for ablation...
February 2017: Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190399/a-community-based-survey-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-rural-areas-of-taiz-governorate-yemen-the-risk-of-waterborne-transmission
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Mohammed A K Mahdy, Lina M Q Alareqi, Rashad Abdul-Ghani, Samira M A Al-Eryani, Abdullah A Al-Mikhlafy, Abdulsalam M Al-Mekhlafi, Fawzya Alkarshy, Rohela Mahmud
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic coccidian parasite causing morbidity and mortality. In Yemen, T. gondii infection has been reported among pregnant women seeking healthcare in the main cities. However, no data are available on the prevalence of T. gondii infection and its associated risk factors among pregnant women in the rural communities of the country. Thus, the present study aimed to determine the seroprevalence of T. gondii and identify its risk factors among pregnant women in the rural communities of Taiz governorate, Yemen...
February 13, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156650/organizational-factors-influencing-specialty-palliative-care-utilization-at-academic-cancer-centers
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Michael W Rabow, Megan Crowley-Makota, Mallory Marie Waters, Michelle Nkumsah, Douglas B White, Edward Chu, Cardinale B Smith, Robert Arnold
109 Background: Rates of early specialty palliative care utilization remain low, despite increasing familiarity and favorable attitudes amongst cancer center oncologists. In this context, understanding organizational barriers to specialty palliative care use becomes critical. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative interview study with 74 medical oncologists practicing at 3 U.S. academic cancer centers with well-established specialty palliative care clinics. The in-depth interview guide elicited experiences and views related to outpatient palliative care...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155287/primary-health-workers-knowledge-and-practices-relating-to-neonatal-jaundice-in-ibadan-nigeria
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Adebola E Orimadegun, Adeola O Ojebiyi
BACKGROUND: Over half of births and newborn care occur in primary healthcare facilities in Nigeria, but information on activities of personnel working there is scarce. AIM: To assess the knowledge and practices relating to neonatal jaundice (NNJ) among community health workers (CHWs) and community birth attendants (CBAs) in Nigeria. SETTING: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of all 227 CHWs and 193 registered CBAs in Ibadan, Nigeria...
January 30, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155024/an-analysis-of-determinants-of-under-5-mortality-across-countries-defining-priorities-to-achieve-targets-in-sustainable-developmental-goals
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Michael Acheampong, Chukwudi Ejiofor, Abraham Salinas-Miranda
Objectives The end of the era of millennium development goals (MDGs) ushered in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) with a new target for the reduction of under-five mortality rates (U5MR). Although U5MR decreased globally, the reduction was insufficient to meet MDGs targets because significant socioeconomic inequities remain unaddressed across and within countries. Thus, further progress in achieving the new SDGs target will be hindered if there is no adequate prioritization of important socioeconomic, healthcare, and environmental factors...
February 2, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143462/a-study-on-the-influence-of-internet-addiction-and-online-interpersonal-influences-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-young-vietnamese
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Bach Xuan Tran, Le Thi Huong, Nguyen Duc Hinh, Long Hoang Nguyen, Bao Nguyen Le, Vuong Minh Nong, Vu Thi Minh Thuc, Tran Dinh Tho, Carl Latkin, Melvyn Wb Zhang, Roger Cm Ho
BACKGROUND: Internet addiction (IA) is a common problem found in young Asians. This study aimed to study the influence of IA and online activities on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in young Vietnamese. This study also compared the frequencies of anxiety, depression and other addiction of young Vietnamese with and without IA. METHODS: This study recruited 566 young Vietnamese (56.7% female, 43.3% male) ranging from 15 to 25 years of age via the respondent-driven sampling technique...
January 31, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112087/tackling-the-climate-targets-set-by-the-paris-agreement-cop-21-green-leadership-empowers-public-hospitals-to-overcome-obstacles-and-challenges-in-a-resource-constrained-environment
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E Weimann, B Patel
The healthcare sector itself contributes to climate change, the creation of hazardous waste, use of toxic metals such as mercury, and water and air pollution. To mitigate the effect of healthcare provision on the deteriorating environment and avoid creating further challenges for already burdened health systems, Global Green Hospitals was formed as a global network. Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), as the leading academic hospital in Africa, joined the network in 2014. Since then, several projects have been initiated to reduce the amount of general waste, energy consumption and food waste, and create an environmentally friendlier and more sustainable hospital in a resource-constrained public healthcare setting...
December 21, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
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