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Amie Steel, Jon Adams, Jane Frawley, Jon Wardle, Alex Broom, Mary Sidebotham, David Sibbritt
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October 25, 2016: Birth
Melissa Shields, Swati Sinkar, WengOnn Chan, John Crompton
PURPOSE: To characterize the clinical features, aetiology and management of ophthalmic symptoms in adult patients with Parinaud syndrome. METHODS: This is a retrospective, non-comparative observational case series. We reviewed 40 consecutive charts of adult patients with the clinical diagnosis of Parinaud syndrome at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Department of Ophthalmology in Adelaide, South Australia, between 1991 and 2016. Charts were reviewed for the following: (1) demographic information, (2) clinical presentation, (3) neuro-ophthalmology signs, (4) aetiology of Parinaud syndrome, and (5) management...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
L Lafferty, C Treloar, J Guthrie, G M Chambers, T Butler
Prisoner populations are characterized by high rates of hepatitis C (HCV), up to thirty times that of the general population in Australia. Within Australian prisons, less than 1% of eligible inmates access treatment. Public health strategies informed by social capital could be important in addressing this inequality in access to HCV treatment. Twenty-eight male inmates participated in qualitative interviews across three correctional centres in New South Wales, Australia. All participants had recently tested as HCV RNA positive or were receiving HCV treatment...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Linda van Bommel, Chris N Johnson
Use of livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) to reduce predation on livestock is increasing. However, how these dogs influence the activity of wildlife, including predators, is not well understood. We used pellet counts and remote cameras to investigate the effects of free ranging LGDs on four large herbivores (eastern gray kangaroo, common wombat, swamp wallaby, and sambar deer) and one mesopredator (red fox) in Victoria, Australia. Generalized mixed models and one- and two-species detection models were used to assess the influence of the presence of LGDs on detection of the other species...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
Kate Brameld, Katrina Spilsbury, Lorna Rosenwax, Kevin Murray, James Semmens
BACKGROUND: Studies aiming to identify palliative care populations have used data from death certificates and in some cases hospital records. The size and characteristics of the identified populations can show considerable variation depending on the data sources used. It is important that service planners and researchers are aware of this. AIM: To illustrate the differences in the size and characteristics of a potential palliative care population depending on the differential use of linked hospital records and death certificate data...
October 24, 2016: Palliative Medicine
Mengxuan Tang, Davis C Ryman, Eric McDade, Mateusz S Jasielec, Virginia D Buckles, Nigel J Cairns, Anne M Fagan, Alison Goate, Daniel S Marcus, Chengjie Xiong, Ricardo F Allegri, Jasmeer P Chhatwal, Adrian Danek, Martin R Farlow, Nick C Fox, Bernardino Ghetti, Neill R Graff-Radford, Christopher Laske, Ralph N Martins, Colin L Masters, Richard P Mayeux, John M Ringman, Martin N Rossor, Stephen P Salloway, Peter R Schofield, John C Morris, Randall J Bateman
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant familial Alzheimer's disease (ADAD) is a rare disorder with non-amnestic neurological symptoms in some clinical presentations. We aimed to compile and compare data from symptomatic participants in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network observational study (DIAN-OBS) with those reported in the literature to estimate the prevalences of non-amnestic neurological symptoms in participants with ADAD. METHODS: We prospectively collected data from the DIAN-OBS database, which recruited participants from study centres in the USA, Europe, and Australia, between Feb 29, 2008, and July 1, 2014...
October 21, 2016: Lancet Neurology
Maria Unwin, Leigh Kinsman, Scott Rigby
[Background] Emergency departments world-wide report service demands which exceed resource availability. Themes such as crowding, non-urgent presentations, ambulance diversion and access block have been linked to complications in care, poorer patient outcomes, increased morbidity and staff burnout. People attending the emergency department with problems perceived as non-urgent are frequently attributed blame for increased service demand, yet little is known from the patients' perspective. [Method] This project utilised a descriptive cross-sectional waiting room survey of non-urgent patients to identify factors contributing to their decision making process to access ED services at a regional hospital in Tasmania, Australia...
October 21, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Yen Lee Angela Kwok, Craig P Juergens, Mary-Louise McLaws
BACKGROUND: Daily feedback from continuous automated auditing with a peer reminder intervention was used to improve compliance. Compliance rates from covert and overt automated auditing phases with and without intervention were compared with human mandatory audits. METHODS: An automated system was installed to covertly detect hand hygiene events with each depression of the alcohol-based handrub dispenser for 5 months. The overt phase included key clinicians trained to share daily rates with clinicians, set compliance goals, and nudge each other to comply for 6 months...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
J Chong, P Jones, D Spelman, K Leder, A C Cheng
Overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI) is a serious complication of asplenia and is associated with encapsulated organisms, most commonly Streptococcus pneumoniae, but also Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria meningitidis. We aimed to estimate the risk of infection in this patient group. We reviewed data collected by the Victorian Spleen Registry in Australia. On registration, all patients are asked about significant infections requiring admission to hospital for intravenous antibiotics; those requiring admission to ICU were defined as OPSI...
October 25, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Emmanuel Fortier, Maryam Alavi, Julie Bruneau, Michelle Micallef, Jacinta Perram, Sanjeev Sockalingam, Adrian J Dunlop, Annie C Balcomb, Carolyn A Day, Carla Treloar, Nicky Bath, Paul S Haber, Gregory J Dore, Jason Grebely
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress and associated sociodemographic factors among people living with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection with a history of injecting drug use and to assess the association between symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress and HCV treatment intent, specialist assessment, or treatment uptake. METHODS: The Enhancing Treatment for Hepatitis C in Opioid Substitution Settings was an observational cohort study evaluating the provision of HCV assessment and treatment among people with chronic HCV and a history of injecting drug use, recruited from 9 community health centers and opioid substitution therapy (OST) clinics (New South Wales, Australia)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Addiction Medicine
Jamie Perin, John S Preisser
Alternating logistic regressions is an estimating equations procedure used to model marginal means of correlated binary outcomes while simultaneously specifying a within-cluster association model for log odds ratios of outcome pairs. A recent generalization of alternating logistic regressions, known as orthogonalized residuals, is extended to incorporate finite sample adjustments in the estimation of the log odds ratio model parameters for when there is a moderately small number of clusters. Bias adjustments are made both in the sandwich variance estimators and in the estimating equations for the association parameters...
October 24, 2016: Biometrics
Shanley Chong, Roy Byun, Soumya Mazumdar, Adrian Bauman, Bin Jalaludin
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the association between distant green space and physical activity modified by local green space. METHODS: Information about physical activity, demographic and socio-economic background at the individual level was extracted from New South Wales Population Health Survey. The proportion of a postcode that was parkland was used as a proxy measure for access to parklands and was calculated for each individual. RESULTS: There was a significant relationship between distant green space and engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at least once a week...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Matthew Blake, Joanna M Waloszek, Orli Schwartz, Monika Raniti, Julian G Simmons, Laura Blake, Greg Murray, Ronald E Dahl, Richard Bootzin, Paul Dudgeon, John Trinder, Nicholas B Allen
Objective: Sleep problems are a major risk factor for the emergence of mental health problems in adolescence. The aim of this study was to investigate the post intervention effects of a cognitive-behavioral/mindfulness-based group sleep intervention on sleep and mental health among at-risk adolescents. Method: A randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted across High schools in Melbourne, Australia. One hundred forty-four adolescents (aged 12-17 years) with high levels of anxiety and sleeping difficulties, but without past or current depressive disorder, were randomized into either a sleep improvement intervention or an active control 'study skills' intervention...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Rachael A Smith, Michael St J Warne, Kerrie Mengersen, Ryan D R Turner
Pollutant loads are widely used to set pollution reduction targets and assess regulatory compliance for the protection of receiving waterbodies. However, when a pollutant load is comprised of a mixture of chemicals, reducing the overall load (mass) will not necessarily reduce the toxicity by a similar amount. This can be overcome by setting targets based on toxicity-based loads (toxic loads), where the load is modified according to the relative toxicity (expressed as toxic equivalency factors- TEFs) of each toxicant...
October 24, 2016: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
Paul S Myles, Julian A Smith, Andrew Forbes, Brendan Silbert, Mohandas Jayarajah, Thomas Painter, D James Cooper, Silvana Marasco, John McNeil, Jean S Bussières, Shay McGuinness, Kelly Byrne, Matthew T V Chan, Giovanni Landoni, Sophie Wallace
Background Tranexamic acid reduces the risk of bleeding among patients undergoing cardiac surgery, but it is unclear whether this leads to improved outcomes. Furthermore, there are concerns that tranexamic acid may have prothrombotic and proconvulsant effects. Methods In a trial with a 2-by-2 factorial design, we randomly assigned patients who were scheduled to undergo coronary-artery surgery and were at risk for perioperative complications to receive aspirin or placebo and tranexamic acid or placebo. The results of the tranexamic acid comparison are reported here...
October 23, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Alex Y C Tai, Marion Easton, Jess Encena, Jessica Rotty, Mary Valcanis, Benjamin P Howden, Simon Slota-Kan, Joy Gregory
OBJECTIVE: To review the national case definition for shigellosis following the introduction of culture independent diagnostic testing by clinical laboratories and provide evidence to reform jurisdictional public health practices for the management shigellosis., . METHODS: A review of all Australian jurisdictional public health guidelines for shigellosis was conducted. Victorian 2014 shigellosis data were analysed: demographics and risk factors for cases identified by conventional culture or culture-independent diagnostic methods were described...
October 23, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Holger Möller, Kathleen Falster, Rebecca Ivers, Michael O Falster, Kathleen Clapham, Louisa Jorm
OBJECTIVE: To describe the leading mechanisms of hospitalised unintentional injury in Australian Aboriginal children and identify the injury mechanisms with the largest inequalities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children. METHODS: We used linked hospital and mortality data to construct a whole of population birth cohort including 1,124,717 children (1,088,645 non-Aboriginal and 35,749 Aboriginal) born in the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, between 1 July 2000 and 31 December 2012...
October 23, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Kirsten Vallmuur, Rob Eley, Angela Watson
OBJECTIVE: To examine national ladder-related fall injury patterns and trends, and compare the changes over time in occupational and non-occupational falls across age groups. METHODS: Analysis of national hospital morbidity data to examine trends over time and differences between groups. RESULTS: There were 41,092 hospitalised falls from ladders in Australia over the ten year period from July 2002 to June 2012, rising from 3,374 hospitalisations in 2002/03 to 4,945 hospitalisations in 2011/12...
October 24, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Caroline Lukaszyk, Lara Harvey, Cathie Sherrington, Lisa Keay, Anne Tiedemann, Julieann Coombes, Lindy Clemson, Rebecca Ivers
OBJECTIVE: To examine the risk factors, incidence, consequences and existing prevention strategies for falls and fall-related injury in older indigenous people. METHODS: Relevant literature was identified through searching 14 electronic databases, a range of institutional websites, online search engines and government databases, using search terms pertaining to indigenous status, injury and ageing. RESULTS: Thirteen studies from Australia, the United States, Central America and Canada were identified...
October 23, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Angela Lawless, Anna Lane, Felicity-Ann Lewis, Fran Baum, Patrick Harris
OBJECTIVE: To examine the awareness and perceptions of local government staff about the social determinants of health (SDoH) and health inequity and use of these ideas to shape policy and practice. METHODS: 96 staff at 17 councils in South Australia or New South Wales responded to questions in a pilot online survey concerning: sources of knowledge about, familiarity with the evidence on, attitudes towards, and uses of ideas about the social determinants of health...
October 23, 2016: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
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