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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912734/malm%C3%A3-treatment-referral-and-intervention-study-high-12-month-retention-rates-in-patients-referred-from-syringe-exchange-to-methadone-or-buprenorphine-naloxone-treatment
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Martin Bråbäck, Lars Ekström, Katja Troberg, Suzan Nilsson, Pernilla Isendahl, Louise Brådvik, Anders Håkansson
BACKGROUND: Heroin dependence is associated with high mortality. Opioid agonist treatment (OAT) with methadone or buprenorphine has strong evidence for treatment of this relapsing condition. In our setting, OAT has been associated with strict and demanding intake procedures, often with requirements of social stability, but also high, approximately 80 percent 12-month retention rates. In a recent randomized controlled trial, we demonstrated high rates of successful rapid referral from a syringe exchange programme (SEP) to treatment with methadone or buprenorphine, including actual treatment initiation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847056/-characteristics-of-hiv-seropositive-cases-and-related-high-risk-behaviors-in-a-community-in-yunnan-province-2012-2015
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Z Y Zhang, M Y Xiao, L R Fu, J Niu, X H Li, L J Song, H B Luo
Objective: To understand the characteristics of newly detected HIV infection cases and related high risk behaviors in the areas with high HIIV infection prevalence in Yunnan province. Methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted with census method during January to March 2016 among newly detected HIV infected persons in Dehong, Honghe, Lincang and Dali prefectures in Yunnan during 2012-2015. Results: Among 451 HIV seropositive cases, the major transmission route of HIV was heterosexual contact, accounting for 92...
August 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842323/associations-of-statins-and-diabetes-with-diagnosis-of-ulcerated-cutaneous-melanoma
#3
Lena A von Schuckmann, David Smith, Maria Celia B Hughes, Maryrose Malt, Jolieke C van der Pols, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Bernard M Smithers, Adele C Green
Ulcerated primary melanomas are associated with an inflammatory tumor micro-environment. We hypothesised that systemic pro-inflammatory states and anti-inflammatory medications are also associated with a diagnosis of ulcerated melanoma. In a cross-sectional study of 787 patients with newly-diagnosed clinical stage IB or II melanoma, we estimated odds ratios (ORs) for the association of pro-inflammatory factors (high body mass index (BMI), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and smoking) or use of anti-inflammatory medications (statins, aspirin, corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), with ulcerated primary melanoma using regression models and subgroup analyses to control for melanoma thickness and mitotic rate...
August 22, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827211/development-and-deployment-of-the-openmrs-ebola-electronic-health-record-system-for-an-ebola-treatment-center-in-sierra-leone
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Shefali Oza, Darius Jazayeri, Jonathan M Teich, Ellen Ball, Patricia Alexandra Nankubuge, Job Rwebembera, Kevin Wing, Alieu Amara Sesay, Andrew S Kanter, Glauber D Ramos, David Walton, Rachael Cummings, Francesco Checchi, Hamish S Fraser
BACKGROUND: Stringent infection control requirements at Ebola treatment centers (ETCs), which are specialized facilities for isolating and treating Ebola patients, create substantial challenges for recording and reviewing patient information. During the 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic, paper-based data collection systems at ETCs compromised the quality, quantity, and confidentiality of patient data. Electronic health record (EHR) systems have the potential to address such problems, with benefits for patient care, surveillance, and research...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818639/addictive-behaviors-and-healthcare-renunciation-for-economic-reasons-in-a-french-population-based-sample
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Stéphanie Baggio, Marc Dupuis, Jean-Baptiste Richard, François Beck
BACKGROUND: Healthcare renunciation for economic reasons is a major health concern, but it has been scarcely investigated among drug users, even if drug users constitute a vulnerable population in need of medical care. This study investigated associations of healthcare renunciation for economic reasons and addictive behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, illicit drug use, and gambling) in a population-based sample of adults living in France, a country with universal health coverage. METHODS: Data were collected using the 2014 Health Barometer, a French cross-sectional survey conducted among a random representative sample of the general population aged 18-64 (n=12,852)...
August 14, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793815/elderly-users-of-fall-risk-increasing-drug-perceptions-of-fall-risk-and-the-relation-to-their-drug-use-a-qualitative-study
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Hege Therese Bell, Aslak Steinsbekk, Anne Gerd Granas
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to explore how home-dwelling elderly who use fall-risk-increasing drugs (FRIDs) perceive their fall risk and how they relate this to their drug use. DESIGN, SETTING AND SUBJECTS: A qualitative study with 14 home-dwelling elderly FRID users between 65 and 97 years in Central Norway participating in semi-structured individual interviews. The data were analyzed thematically by using systematic text condensation. RESULTS: The main finding was that the informants did not necessarily perceive the use of FRIDs to be a prominent risk factor for falls...
September 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789980/use-of-higher-nicotine-tar-yield-regular-full-flavor-cigarettes-is-associated-with-nicotine-dependence-and-smoking-during-pregnancy-among-u-s-women
#7
Stephen T Higgins, Ryan Redner, Christopher A Arger, Allison N Kurti, Jeff S Priest, Janice Y Bunn
The present study examined full-flavor cigarette use among women of reproductive age to assess whether use is associated with greater nicotine dependence and smoking during pregnancy. We used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2005-2014). Consecutive years were combined to assure sufficient numbers of pregnant women. We examined whether use of full-flavor cigarettes was associated with greater odds of nicotine dependence using the Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence and Nicotine Dependence Syndrome Scale (NDSS), controlling for other smoking characteristics...
August 5, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734051/a-user-s-guide-for-%C3%AE-synuclein-biomarker-studies-in-biological-fluids-perianalytical-considerations
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Brit Mollenhauer, Richard Batrla, Omar El-Agnaf, Douglas R Galasko, Hilal A Lashuel, Kalpana M Merchant, Lesley M Shaw, Dennis J Selkoe, Robert Umek, Hugo Vanderstichele, Henrik Zetterberg, Jing Zhang, Chelsea Caspell-Garcia, Chris Coffey, Samantha J Hutten, Mark Frasier, Peggy Taylor
Parkinson's disease biomarkers are needed to increase diagnostic accuracy, to objectively monitor disease progression and to assess therapeutic efficacy as well as target engagement when evaluating novel drug and therapeutic strategies. This article summarizes perianalytical considerations for biomarker studies (based on immunoassays) in Parkinson's disease, with emphasis on quantifying total α-synuclein protein in biological fluids. Current knowledge and pitfalls are discussed, and selected perianalytical variables are presented systematically, including different temperature of sample collection and types of collection tubes, gradient sampling, the addition of detergent, aliquot volume, the freezing time, and the different thawing methods...
July 22, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715729/consistent-association-between-hypnotics-sedatives-and-non-traffic-injuries-results-from-a-national-household-survey
#9
María Del Mar Martín-Rodríguez, José Pulido, Eladio Jiménez-Mejías, Juan Hoyos, Pablo Lardelli-Claret, Gregorio Barrio
AIM: To quantify the relationship between patterns of psychostimulants, hypnotics/sedatives and alcohol consumption and the frequency of unintentional non-traffic injuries (UNTIs) requiring medical assistant in Spain. METHODS: We carried out a cross sectional study using a randomized pooled sample from two household surveys on psychoactive drugs use (n=51,649 subjects aged 15-64 years). We estimated the magnitude of the association between the use of psychostimulants and hypnotics/sedatives in the last 12 months as well as alcohol consumption in the last 30days with the occurrence of UNTIs in the last 12 months (falls, knocks/bumps and cuts) by building several logistic regression models, which took into account the effect of sociodemographic characteristics and the use of other psychoactive drugs (including cannabis)...
July 14, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674622/use-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-in-us-adults-changes-over-time-and-by-demographic
#10
Jennifer S Davis, Hwa Young Lee, Jihye Kim, Shailesh M Advani, Ho-Lan Peng, Emilyn Banfield, Ernest T Hawk, Shine Chang, Alexis C Frazier-Wood
OBJECTIVE: Aspirin and non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are preventive against cardiovascular disease (CVD) and several cancer types, but long-term use has been associated with significant health risks, resulting in conflicting recommendations on NSAID use for prevention of CVD and cancer. Previous research indicates that aspirin use increases with age and CVD risk factors and that a large percentage of the US population regularly use analgesics, including NSAIDs, but there has not been a recent, in-depth assessment of NSAID use prevalence, changes in use over time or predictors of NSAID use in the USA...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641128/expectancy-of-impairment-attenuates-marijuana-induced-risk-taking
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Rachel L Gunn, Linda Skalski, Jane Metrik
BACKGROUND: Marijuana use has been associated with increased risk-taking and impulsive behavior. While pharmacologic effects of marijuana can lead to inhibitory impairment, expectancy of potential impairment may result in compensatory behavioral response by decreasing impulsive decisions and risky behaviors. With the increases in marijuana use and related problems, a better understanding of the individual characteristics associated with marijuana intoxication and risky behavior is needed...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632075/-is-marijuana-even-a-drug-a-qualitative-study-of-how-teens-view-marijuana-use-and-why-they-use-it
#12
Bettina Friese
This qualitative study examines how youth in the San Francisco Bay Area perceive marijuana and their motives for using or not using marijuana. Current regular users were more likely to perceive marijuana smoking as an enjoyable activity, comparable to a hobby or sport. Current occasional users commonly reported smoking marijuana when it was offered to them, on special occasions, and sometimes as a result of not wanting to be left out. Most former regular users reported quitting marijuana use due to getting into trouble, being ordered into drug treatment and/or being drug tested...
July 2017: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618002/novel-psychoactive-substance-use-among-treatment-seeking-opiate-users-the-role-of-life-events-and-psychiatric-symptoms
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Máté Kapitány-Fövény, Judit Farkas, Patrícia Andrea Pataki, Anna Kiss, Janka Horváth, Róbert Urbán, Zsolt Demetrovics
OBJECTIVE: Over the past 5 years, a shift to the use of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) has been observed among opioid users. The aim of this study was to assess the potential reasons for NPS use among treatment-seeking patients receiving opiate substitution therapy. METHOD: A structured questionnaire was filled out by a sample of 198 opiate dependent patients of Hungary's National Institute of Psychiatry and Addiction. This questionnaire assessed demographics, treatment characteristics, lifetime substance use, potential reasons for NPS use, negative life events (Life Events Scale), and psychiatric symptoms (Brief Symptom Inventory)...
May 2017: Human Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617623/timing-of-aspirin-and-other-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-use-among-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-in-relation-to-tumor-markers-and-survival
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Xinwei Hua, Amanda I Phipps, Andrea N Burnett-Hartman, Scott V Adams, Sheetal Hardikar, Stacey A Cohen, Jonathan M Kocarnik, Dennis J Ahnen, Noralane M Lindor, John A Baron, Polly A Newcomb
Purpose Regular use of aspirin is associated with improved survival for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the timing of and the subtype of CRC that would benefit the most from using aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in relation to survival is unclear. Patients and Methods In all, 2,419 patients age 18 to 74 years with incident invasive CRC who were diagnosed from 1997 to 2008 were identified from population-based cancer registries in the United States, Canada, and Australia...
August 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615159/mobile-health-in-oncology-a-patient-survey-about-app-assisted-cancer-care
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Kerstin Anne Kessel, Marco Me Vogel, Carmen Kessel, Henning Bier, Tilo Biedermann, Helmut Friess, Peter Herschbach, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, Bernhard Meyer, Marion Kiechle, Ulrich Keller, Christian Peschel, Roland M Schmid, Stephanie E Combs
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, the health care sector has been enriched by numerous innovations such as apps and connected devices that assist users in weight reduction and diabetes management. However, only a few native apps in the oncological context exist, which support patients during treatment and aftercare. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to analyze patients' acceptance regarding app use and to investigate the functions of an oncological app that are most required, and the primary reasons for patients to refuse app-assisted cancer care...
June 14, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599683/pain-sensitivity-and-analgesic-use-among-10-486-adults-the-troms%C3%A3-study
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Per-Jostein Samuelsen, Christopher Sivert Nielsen, Tom Wilsgaard, Audun Stubhaug, Kristian Svendsen, Anne Elise Eggen
BACKGROUND: Increased pain sensitivity is a putative risk factor for chronic pain and consequently for analgesic use. Conversely, analgesic use may be a cause of increased pain sensitivity, e.g., through opioid-induced hyperalgesia. We aimed to study the association between pain sensitivity and analgesic use in a general population, and to test the hypothesis that increased baseline pain sensitivity is a risk factor for future persistent analgesic use. METHODS: The Tromsø Study (2007-08), a population-based health study, was linked with eight years of prescription data from the Norwegian Prescription Database...
June 9, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594892/a-behavioral-typology-of-opioid-overdose-risk-behaviors-among-recent-veterans-in-new-york-city
#17
Alex S Bennett, Andrew Golub, Luther Elliott
OBJECTIVE: To identify meaningful classes of opioid-using military veterans in terms of self-reported opioid overdose risk behaviors. METHOD: The study recruited a sample of 218 military veterans in the NYC area who were discharged from active duty service after September 11, 2001 and reported past-month opioid use. Survey data including measures of mental health, social stressors, substance use, and opioid-related overdose risk behaviors were analyzed using Latent Class Analysis (LCA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592420/patterns-of-cannabis-use-during-adolescence-and-their-association-with-harmful-substance-use-behaviour-findings-from-a-uk-birth-cohort
#18
Michelle Taylor, Simon M Collin, Marcus R Munafò, John MacLeod, Matthew Hickman, Jon Heron
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the role of cannabis as a gateway drug is inconsistent. We characterise patterns of cannabis use among UK teenagers aged 13-18 years, and assess their influence on problematic substance use at age 21 years. METHODS: We used longitudinal latent class analysis to derive trajectories of cannabis use from self-report measures in a UK birth cohort. We investigated (1) factors associated with latent class membership and (2) whether latent class membership predicted subsequent nicotine dependence, harmful alcohol use and recent use of other illicit drugs at age 21 years...
August 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587637/literature-evidence-in-open-targets-a-target-validation-platform
#19
Şenay Kafkas, Ian Dunham, Johanna McEntyre
BACKGROUND: We present the Europe PMC literature component of Open Targets - a target validation platform that integrates various evidence to aid drug target identification and validation. The component identifies target-disease associations in documents and ranks the documents based on their confidence from the Europe PMC literature database, by using rules utilising expert-provided heuristic information. The confidence score of a given document represents how valuable the document is in the scope of target validation for a given target-disease association by taking into account the credibility of the association based on the properties of the text...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587622/the-validity-and-reliability-of-the-mandarin-chinese-version-of-the-drug-abuse-screening-test-among-adolescents-in-taiwan
#20
Jung-Yu Liao, Hsueh-Yun Chi, Jong-Long Guo, Chiu-Mieh Huang, Shu-Fang Shih
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the validity and reliability of the Mandarin Chinese version of the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST-20) among adolescents, as well as examining the test's predictability with regard to the actual level of drug abuse. METHOD: A total of 100 adolescent participants were recruited with their consent, in which 49 were current drug users and 51 were non-users. Based on the frequency of their drug use, participants who had used drugs at least once every week during the past year were classified as regular users (34 participants); participants who had not reached the regular use frequency of once every week during the past year were classified as occasional users (15 participants)...
June 6, 2017: Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy
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