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Abeer A Nasir, Razan Salah, Abla Sayyed Ahmad, Samah Abu Hijleh, Sa'eed Abu Kattab, Alia Al Kurd, Rawan Al Sharif, Raed Amro, Ahmad Khatib, Hana' Mousa, Walaa Shamasnah, Khammisa Shqerat, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Hamm is an Arabic word that is used to express suffering. Idioms of distress are communicated differently in different contexts and cultures. Understanding idioms of distress and symptoms can help in diagnosis and lead to socioculturally sensitive health care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we did semi-structured interviews with men and women of all age groups. Questions focused on the definition, causes, and consequences of Hamm. Responses were analysed by reading and re-reading interview transcripts until themes and subthemes emerged...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Jaclyn Hirschey, Sunetra Bane, Moussa Mansour, Jodi Sperber, Stephen Agboola, Joseph Kvedar, Kamal Jethwani
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common form of heart arrhythmia and a potent risk factor for stroke. Nonvitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are routinely prescribed to manage AFib stroke risk; however, nonadherence to treatment is a concern. Additional tools that support self-care and medication adherence may benefit patients with AFib. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the perceived usability and usefulness of a mobile app designed to support self-care and treatment adherence for AFib patients who are prescribed NOACs...
March 15, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
Alexander Buchholz, Laura Ueberham, Kaja Gorczynska, Borislav Dinov, Sebastian Hilbert, Nikolaos Dagres, Daniela Husser, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
BACKGROUND: Apixaban is a non-vitamin K oral anticoagulant and has been approved for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). Current labelling recommends dose reduction based on patients age, weight and renal function. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze adherence to current labeling instructions concerning initial apixaban dosing in clinical practice and to identify factors associated with inappropriate dose reduction...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Ronaldo Lira-Junior, Sigvard Åkerman, Björn Klinge, Elisabeth A Boström, Anders Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Analysis of saliva is emerging as a promising tool to diagnose and monitor diseases which makes determination of the salivary microbial profile in different scenarios essential. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of age, periodontal disease, sex, smoking, and medical conditions on the salivary microbial profile. DESIGN: A randomly selected sample of 441 individuals was enrolled (51% women; mean age 48.5±16.8). Participants answered a health questionnaire and underwent an oral examination...
2018: PloS One
Hong-Yu Kuang, Yu-Hao Wu, Qi-Jian Yi, Jie Tian, Chun Wu, We Nian Shou, Tie-Wei Lu
BACKGROUND: Oral bosentan has been widely applied in pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD). A systemic review and meta-analysis was conducted for a therapeutic evaluation of oral bosentan in both adult and pediatric patients with PAH-CHD. The acute responses and a long-term effect were respectively assessed in a comparison with baseline characteristics, and the improvement of exercise tolerance was analyzed. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of clinical controlled trails or observational studies have been searched for a recording of bosentan effects on the PAH-CHD participants...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nadine A Kasparian, Richard De Abreu Lourenco, David S Winlaw, Gary F Sholler, Rosalie Viney, Edwin P E Kirk
PurposeAs the molecular basis of congenital heart disease (CHD) comes into sharper focus, cardiac genetics services are likely to play an increasingly important role. This study aimed to identify parents' preferences for, and willingness to participate in, clinical genetics services for CHD.MethodsA discrete choice experiment was developed to assess parents' preferences for pediatric cardiogenetics services based on four attributes: appointment format, health professionals involved, waiting time, and information format...
March 1, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Sanghun Lee, Nam Kyung Je
BACKGROUND: Patients with atrial fibrillation not being adequately treated with oral anticoagulant (OAC) therapy, with therapy underutilization or premature termination, have been commonly reported. However, studies on the utilization pattern of OAC therapy for patients with atrial flutter (AFL) are few. The aim of this study was to investigate the utilization of OAC therapy, and its influencing factors for patients with AFL in South Korea, as well as the types and percentages of anticoagulants used...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
G David Batty, Keum Ji Jung, Yejin Mok, Sun Ju Lee, Joung Hwan Back, Sunmi Lee, Sun Ha Jee
Aims Systematic reviews report an association between poorer oral health and an increased risk of coronary heart disease. This contentious relationship may not be causal but existing studies have been insufficiently well powered comprehensively to examine the role of confounding, particularly by cigarette smoking. Accordingly, we sought to examine the role of smoking in generating the relationship between oral health and coronary heart disease in life-long non-smokers. Methods and results In the Korean Cancer Prevention Study, 975,685 individuals (349,579 women) aged 30-95 years had an oral examination when tooth loss, a widely used indicator of oral health, was ascertained...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Simon Thornley, Roger Marshall, Paul Jarrett, Gerhard Sundborn, Edwin Reynolds, Grant Schofield
AIM: This study sought to determine whether scabies infection is associated with acute rheumatic fever (ARF) or chronic rheumatic heart disease (CRHD). METHODS: A cohort study was undertaken using health records of children aged 3-12 years attending an oral health service for the first time. Subjects were then linked to hospital diagnoses of scabies and ARF or CRHD. RESULTS: A total of 213 957 children free of rheumatic heart disease at baseline were available for analysis...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Nadereh Pourat, Moonkyung Kate Choi, Xiao Chen
OBJECTIVES: Preventive dental health services are intended to reduce the likelihood of development of tooth decay and the need for more intensive treatment overtime. The evidence on the effectiveness of preventive dental care in reducing treatment services and expenditures is lagging for adults, particularly those with lower incomes and chronic conditions. We assessed the impact of preventive dental services on dental treatment service use and expenditures overall and by category of service...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Fernando M Baeder, Daniel F Silva, Ana Cl de Albuquerque, Maria Tbr Santos
Introduction: Individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) often present with oral alterations that impact oral health and require dental treatment. Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the use of conscious sedation with nitrous oxide (N2O) to control stress during dental treatment in individuals with CP using as parameters: Venham score (VS), heart rate (HR), and respiratory rate (RR). Materials and methods: A total of 77 CP patients >3 years of age with a mean age of 11...
October 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Yutaka Watanabe, Hidenori Arai, Hirohiko Hirano, Shiho Morishita, Yuki Ohara, Ayako Edahiro, Masaharu Murakami, Hiroyuki Shimada, Takeshi Kikutani, Takao Suzuki
AIM: To investigate the association between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and oral status, and to develop an oral-based screening index for MCI. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out in a total of 5104 community-dwelling adults (aged ≥65 years) from the Obu Study of Health Promotion for the Elderly. Screening for MCI included a standardized personal interview, Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatrics and Gerontology-Functional Assessment Tool (which included 8 tasks used to assess logical memory, word list memory, attention and executive function, processing speed, and visuospatial skill) and oral status...
January 30, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Gaurav Gupta, Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto, Dinesh K Chellappan, Anurag Mishra, Himaja Malipeddi, Kamal Dua
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is frequently increased in many countries and become a serious health problem worldwide. Diabetes is associated with dysfunction of different organs such as heart, eyes, blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys. There is a strong connection between diabetes and cancer. Metformin is one of the most commonly prescribed oral antidiabetic medicines and it is suggested as the firstline therapy due to its comparatively safe, inexpensive, effective and welltolerated. Some of the in vitro and in vivo investigations proved that metformin may have a direct anticancer action by preventing the proliferation of malignant cells and formations of the colony, inducing arrest of cell cycle and apoptosis and suppressing tumour growth...
January 25, 2018: Panminerva Medica
Cheryl Robbins, Sheree L Boulet, Isabel Morgan, Denise V D'Angelo, Lauren B Zapata, Brian Morrow, Andrea Sharma, Charlan D Kroelinger
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Preconception health is a broad term that encompasses the overall health of nonpregnant women during their reproductive years (defined here as aged 18-44 years). Improvement of both birth outcomes and the woman's health occurs when preconception health is optimized. Improving preconception health before and between pregnancies is critical for reducing maternal and infant mortality and pregnancy-related complications. The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative's Surveillance and Research work group suggests ten prioritized indicators that states can use to monitor programs or activities for improving the preconception health status of women of reproductive age...
January 19, 2018: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
Navindra P Seeram, Britt Burton-Freeman
Research advancing current scientific understanding of the health benefits of berries continues to increase. The Berry Health Benefits Symposium (BHBS) is a biennial meeting highlighting the most recent berry health benefits research from all over the world. Pismo Beach, California was the venue for the seventh biennial BHBS in 2017, and featured oral invited papers on heart health and healthy aging, gut/microbiome health, brain aging, inflammation, cancer prevention, berry special topics, technology and chemistry...
January 16, 2018: Food & Function
X Wang, Z Y Liu
Venous thromboembolism had drawn great attention of global experts, as it is the third leading cause of cardiovascular-associated death, ranking after coronary heart disease and stroke. Numerous health care organizations had introduced guidelines for thromboprophylaxis during the perioperative period in their own fields. The paper reviewed the available guidelines pertaining to urological surgery from America Urological Association, American College of Chest Physicians and European Association of Urology. Compared with the first two guidelines, the European Association of Urology guideline is a milestone which recommended the most detailed prophylactic measures for the procedure-specific and patient-specific according to the evidence-based medicine...
January 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
I Balan, R Calcaterra, D Lauritano, E Grecchi, F Carinci
Spiral dental implant (SDI) is an implant with a conical internal helix that confers the characteristic of self-drilling, self-tapping, and self-bone condensing. These proprieties offer better control during insertion of SDI giving a high primary stabilization, even in poor quality bone. A shorter diameter of SDI results in reduced drilling during insertion and consequently less trauma and minimal bone loss. To address the research purpose, the investigators designed a retrospective cohort study. The study population was composed of 25 patients, 11 males and 14 females that have been treated by Dr...
July 2017: Oral & Implantology
Henry J Henk, Feng Cao, Kenneth Tuell, Kwanza Price, Prianka Singh, Jack Mardekian, Kevin Odell, Chad Patel, Wilson Tan, George H Sands, Shalabh Singhal, Jeffrey Trocio, Lien Vo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate inpatient oral anticoagulant (OAC) treatment, discharge location, and post-discharge OAC treatment for patients hospitalized with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Retrospective study using claims data linked to hospital electronic health records (EHR). Patients (n = 2,484) were hospitalized with a primary (38%) or secondary (62%) diagnosis of AF without evidence of mitral valvular heart disease or valve replacement between January 2009 and September 2013...
March 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
David C Grossman, Susan J Curry, Douglas K Owens, Michael J Barry, Karina W Davidson, Chyke A Doubeni, John W Epling, Alex R Kemper, Alex H Krist, Ann E Kurth, C Seth Landefeld, Carol M Mangione, Maureen G Phipps, Michael Silverstein, Melissa A Simon, Chien-Wen Tseng
Importance: Menopause occurs at a median age of 51.3 years, and the average US woman who reaches menopause is expected to live another 30 years. The prevalence and incidence of most chronic conditions, such as coronary heart disease, dementia, stroke, fractures, and breast cancer, increase with age; however, the excess risk for these conditions that can be attributed to menopause alone is uncertain. Since the publication of findings from the Women's Health Initiative that hormone therapy use is associated with serious adverse health effects in postmenopausal women, use of menopausal hormone therapy has declined...
December 12, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Ulrike Mergenthaler, Karel Kostev, Sven Moosmang, Inga-Marion Thate-Waschke, Sylvia Haas
BACKGROUND: Guideline-based, risk-adjusted therapy with anticoagulants reduce thromboembolic stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHOD: This study analyzed use of oral anticoagulation in German AF-patients. Access to anonymized patient records was made via IMS Health Disease Analyzer database (sample size: 113,619 patients with ICD-10 Code I48.-; observation period: 11/2010-10/2013). Results were subsequently extrapolated to all general practitioners' (GPs) and cardiological practices in Germany...
December 2017: MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
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