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Sara J Czaja, Chin Chin Lee, Dolores Perdomo, David Loewenstein, Marina Bravo, Jerad H Moxley PhD, Richard Schulz
Background and Objectives: Family caregivers (CGs) are critical to the provision of long-term services and support for older adults. Numerous intervention programs to alleviate CG distress have been developed and evaluated yet few have been implemented in community settings. This paper describes and presents outcomes from Community REACH, a community implementation of the evidence-based Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) II program. Research Design and Methods: Community REACH involved a partnership between REACH II investigators and United HomeCare Services (UHCS), a nonprofit home health organization that provides home health, personal care, companion, and respite services...
March 19, 2018: Gerontologist
Parminder Raina, Anne Gilsing, Heinz Freisling, Edwin van den Heuvel, Nazmul Sohel, Mazda Jenab, Pietro Ferrari, Anne Tjønneland, Vassiliki Benetou, Susan Picavet, Sture Eriksson, Ben Schöttker, Hermann Brenner, Kai-Uwe Saum, Laura Perna, Tom Wilsgaard, Antonia Trichopoulou, Paolo Boffetta, Lauren E Griffith
Background: The number of older people living with cancer and cardio-metabolic conditions is increasing but little is known about how specific combinations of these conditions impact mortality. Methods: A total of 22,692 participants aged 65 years and older from four international cohorts were followed-up for mortality for an average of 10 years (8,596 deaths). Data were harmonized across cohorts and mutually exclusive groups of disease combinations were created for cancer, MI, stroke, and diabetes at baseline...
March 19, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Nghia H Nguyen, Lucila Ohno-Machado, William J Sandborn, Siddharth Singh
Background and Aims: Prevalence of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) in older patients is increasing. Risk-benefit trade-offs of therapy are poorly understood in older patients, who may be at higher risk of nonIBD and/or treatment-related complications, rather than disease-related complications. We conducted a nationally representative cohort study to estimate and compare annual burden, costs, and causes for hospitalization in older versus younger patients with IBD. Methods: Using the Nationwide Readmissions Database 2013, we created a cohort of 47,402 patients with IBD who had been hospitalized at least once between January-June 2013 and followed for rehospitalization until December 2013...
March 19, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Lukas Tomas, Andreas Edsfeldt, Inês G Mollet, Ljubica Perisic Matic, Cornelia Prehn, Jerzy Adamski, Gabrielle Paulsson-Berne, Ulf Hedin, Jan Nilsson, Eva Bengtsson, Isabel Gonçalves, Harry Björkbacka
Aims: Identification and treatment of the rupture prone atherosclerotic plaque remains a challenge for reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease. The interconnection of metabolic and inflammatory processes in rupture prone plaques is poorly understood. Herein, we investigate associations between metabolite profiles, inflammatory mediators and vulnerability in carotid atherosclerotic plaques. Methods and results: We collected 159 carotid plaques from patients undergoing endarterectomy and measured 165 different metabolites in a targeted metabolomics approach...
March 19, 2018: European Heart Journal
Sonali Bose, Karina Romero, Kevin J Psoter, Frank C Curriero, Chen Chen, Caroline M Johnson, Deepak Kaji, Patrick N Breysse, D'Ann L Williams, Murugappan Ramanathan, William Checkley, Nadia N Hansel
BACKGROUND: Air pollution exposure may contribute to rhinoconjunctivitis morbidity in children with underlying airways disease. Prior studies have not assessed rhinoconjunctivitis-related quality of life (QOL) in children with asthma chronically exposed to air pollution. METHODS: Children ages 9-19 years with asthma from peri-urban Peru, self-reporting rhinoconjunctivitis symptoms (n = 484), were administered the Rhinoconjunctivitis QOL Questionnaire (RQLQ) at repeated intervals over one year, with scores dichotomized into bothered (>0) and not bothered (= 0)...
2018: PloS One
Rupert W Major, Mark R I Cheng, Robert A Grant, Saran Shantikumar, Gang Xu, Issaam Oozeerally, Nigel J Brunskill, Laura J Gray
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global health burden and is independently associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. Assessment of cardiovascular risk in the general population using prognostic models based on routinely collected risk factors is embedded in clinical practice. In CKD, prognostic models may misrepresent risk due to the interplay of traditional atherosclerotic and non-traditional risk factors. This systematic review's aim was to identify routinely collected risk factors for inclusion in a CKD-specific cardiovascular prognostic model...
2018: PloS One
Patrícia Couto, Paulo Almeida Pereira, Manuel Nunes, Rui Amaral Mendes
Individuals with disabilities are regarded as a highly vulnerable population group, particularly as far as oral health is concern. However, few studies have assessed the impact of the oral condition on the quality of life of these individuals. Therefore, the aim of this study is to expand knowledge on the oral health status of the Portuguese adults with mild intellectual disability, and to assess how the patient's oral health is related to their quality of life. A sample of 240 adults with mild intellectual disabilities linked to the Portuguese Federation for Intellectual Disability, were interviewed using a previously validated version of the Oral Health Impact Profile...
2018: PloS One
Carlos Arturo Alvarez-Moreno, Jorge Alberto Cortes, David W Denning
Data with respect to the epidemiological situation of fungal diseases in Colombia is scarce. Thus, the aim of this study is to estimate the burden of fungal infections. A population projection for 2017 from the Colombian Department for National Statistics was used, as well as official information from the Ministry of Health and National Institute of Health. A bibliographical search for Colombian data on mycotic diseases and population at risk (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV infection/AIDS, cancer, and transplant patients) was done...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Emma Weiss, Cristina Japie, Ana Maria Balahura, Daniela Bartos, Elisabeta Badila
BACKGROUND: The Roma population has a high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, higher mortality, and shorter life expectancy. It is found in largest numbers in Romania, but published data are still scarce here. We studied cardiovascular risk factors and disease along with target organ damage on a population of Roma inhabitants from Bucharest, Romania. METHODS: This cross-sectional study enrolled, in a community-based participatory research manner, 806 Roma subjects (18-83 years)...
March 19, 2018: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
Jacquelyn J Cragg, Freda M Warner, Matthew S Shupler, Catherine R Jutzeler, Neil Cashman, David G T Whitehurst, John K Kramer
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of pain among people with a variety of individual neurological conditions has been estimated. However, information is limited about chronic pain among people with neurological conditions overall, and about the conditions for which chronic pain is most prevalent. To fill these information gaps, a common method of pain assessment is required. DATA AND METHODS: The data are from the Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada, a cross-sectional national survey...
March 21, 2018: Health Reports
Smit D Patel, Rupak Desai, Upenkumar Patel, Sandeep Singh, Zinal Patel, Neel Patel, Allan Zhang, Amruta H Panwala, Vinshi N Khan, Gagandeep Singh, Nihar Shah
BACKGROUND: Upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage (UGIH) and lower gastrointestinal hemorrhage (LGIH) are 2 of the most common reasons for hospital admissions across the United States. The 30-day readmission after index admission poses a major burden on the health care infrastructure, and thus, it is important to assess the causes of 30-day readmission for patients with UGIH and LGIH. METHODS: The study cohort was derived from the 2013 National Readmission Database...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Julie Mouchet, Bernard Bégaud
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis B (HB) vaccination programs were set up worldwide in the early 1990s. Despite their major focus on reducing the burden of HB infection, they have seldom achieved the targeted population coverage in most countries, including the USA, with around 24.5% of adults being vaccinated against HB. Among proposed reasons for this is the persisting doubt about a possible link between HB vaccination and the occurrence of cases of multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to evaluate a potential safety signal between MS and HB vaccination...
March 20, 2018: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
David L Chan, Matthew Dixon, Calvin H L Law, Serge Koujanian, Kaitlyn A Beyfuss, Simron Singh, Sten Myrehaug, Julie Hallet
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) have a uniquely indolent biology. Management focuses on tumor and hormonal burden reduction. Data on cytoreduction with extrahepatic disease remain limited. OBJECTIVE: We sought to define the outcomes of cytoreduction for metastatic NETs with extrahepatic metastases. METHODS: Patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery for grade 1 or 2 NETs with extrahepatic metastases (with or without intrahepatic disease) were identified from an institutional database (2003-2014)...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Anna J Pedrosa Carrasco, Lars Timmermann, David J Pedrosa
A considerable body of research has recently emerged around nonmotor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) and their substantial impact on patients' well-being. A prominent example is constipation which occurs in up to two thirds of all PD-patients thereby effecting psychological and social distress and consequently reducing quality of life. Despite the significant clinical relevance of constipation, unfortunately little knowledge exists on effective treatments. Therefore this systematic review aims at providing a synopsis on clinical effects and safety of available treatment options for constipation in PD...
2018: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
David H Miller, Fred D Lublin, Maria Pia Sormani, Ludwig Kappos, Özgür Yaldizli, Mark S Freedman, Bruce A C Cree, Howard L Weiner, Catherine Lubetzki, Hans-Peter Hartung, Xavier Montalban, Bernard M J Uitdehaag, David G MacManus, Tarek A Yousry, Claudia A M Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott, Bingbing Li, Norman Putzki, Martin Merschhemke, Dieter A Häring, Jerry S Wolinsky
Objective: To investigate the relationship between brain volume and disability worsening over ≥3 years in the natural history of primary progressive multiple sclerosis using data from the placebo group of the INFORMS trial ( n  = 487; NCT00731692). Methods: Magnetic resonance imaging scans were collected annually. Brain volume loss was determined using SIENA. Patients were stratified by baseline normalized brain volume after adjusting for demographic and disease-burden covariates...
March 2018: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Faisal Akhtar, Sabah Rehman
Congenital syphilis is one of the preventable diseases caused by the gram-negative bacteria Treponema pallidum; yet, it imposes a serious global health and economic burden, with more than half of the cases resulting in serious adverse outcomes, including infant mortality. Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of syphilis is estimated at 3.6 million adjusted life years (DALYs) and around $309 million in medical costs. In 2006, an estimated 9.7 million children of age less than five years died in developing countries; almost four million were neonatal deaths...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Faisal Akhtar, Sabah Rehman
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have been major disease-causing agents among humans since they were discovered in the 1960s. Both cause jaundice-like symptoms initially but their prognosis and treatment are somehow different and depend upon many demographic details, such as the age and susceptibility of the patients and any other comorbid conditions. They clinically present primarily with hepatitis and can have many adverse effects or even be life-threatening at times, if not treated properly. However, their epidemiological background and findings in terms of morbidity, mortality, and case fatality rates are different...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Shiming Cheng, Deanna Tollefson, Guangxue He, Yuan Li, Hui Guo, Shua Chai, Fangfang Gao, Fei Gao, Guoxin Han, Liping Ren, Yulin Ren, Jianbo Li, Lixia Wang, Jay K Varma, Dongmei Hu, Haiying Fan, Fei Zhao, Emily Bloss, Yu Wang, Carol Y Rao
Background: Health care workers are at high risk for tuberculosis (TB). China, a high burden TB country, has no policy on medical surveillance for TB among healthcare workers. In this paper, we evaluate whether China's national TB diagnostic guidelines could be used as a framework to screen healthcare workers for pulmonary TB disease in a clinical setting in China. Methods: Between April-August 2010, healthcare workers from 28 facilities in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China were eligible for TB screening, comprised of symptom check, chest X-ray and tuberculin skin testing...
2018: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Laura M Jacobsen, Michael J Haller, Desmond A Schatz
While the incidence of type 1 diabetes continues to rise by 3% each year, the ability to prevent this disease remains elusive. Hybrid closed loop devices, artificial pancreas systems, and continuous glucose monitoring technology have helped to ease the daily burden for many people living with type 1 diabetes. However, the artificial pancreas is not a cure; more research is needed to achieve our ultimate goal of preventing type 1 diabetes. The preceding decades have generated a wealth of information regarding the natural history of pre-type 1 diabetes...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Camilla Lagheden, Carina Eklund, Helena Lamin, Sara Nordqvist Kleppe, Jiayao Lei, K Miriam Elfström, Karin Sundström, Bengt Andrae, Pär Sparén, Joakim Dillner
BACKGROUND: The Swedish National Cervical Screening Registry collects and evaluates comprehensive, nationwide health data to optimise organised cervical cancer prevention. Since all cervical cancer specimens are saved in biobanks, population-based data from the specimens should be available for analysis and linkage with other health information. METHODS: We identified all cervical cancers diagnosed in Sweden during 2002-2011 (4254 confirmed cases) and requested the tissue blocks to retrieve human papillomavirus (HPV) genotype data using general primer PCR with Luminex genotyping and real-time PCR targeting the E6/E7 regions of HPV16/18...
March 21, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
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