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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340166/complete-blood-count-reference-ranges-from-a-rural-haitian-ambulatory-care-clinic
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Robert F Downey
Background: At rural healthcare centers in developing countries, it is difficult to recruit healthy individuals for reference range studies. So, in this study, I evaluated complete blood count (CBC) data to determine reference ranges for a rural Haitian population. Methods: A convenience sample of laboratory records was reviewed to obtain CBC results for 157 adult patients with normal screening examination results. Central 95% reference ranges were determined for male and female subjects...
March 10, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334973/analysis-of-dropout-across-the-continuum-of-maternal-health-care-in-tanzania-findings-from-a-cross-sectional-household-survey
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Diwakar Mohan, Amnesty E LeFevre, Asha George, Rose Mpembeni, Eva Bazant, Neema Rusibamayila, Japhet Killewo, Peter J Winch, Abdullah H Baqui
The 'continuum of care' is proposed as a key framework for the delivery of maternal, neonatal and child health services. This study examined the extent of dropout as well as factors associated with retention across the MNCH continuum from antenatal care (ANC), through skilled birth attendance (SBA), to postnatal care (PNC).We analyzed data from 1931 women who delivered in the preceding 2-14 months, from a two-stage cluster sampling household survey in four districts of Tanzania's Morogoro region. The survey was conducted in 2011 as a part of a baseline for an independent evaluation of a maternal health program...
March 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334799/the-relative-roles-of-anc-and-epi-in-the-continuous-distribution-of-llins-a-qualitative-study-in-four-countries
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Katherine Theiss-Nyland, Diakalia Koné, Corine Karema, Waqo Ejersa, Jayne Webster, Jo Lines
Background: The continuous distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention, through the antenatal care (ANC) and the Expanded Programme on Immunizations (EPI), is recommended by the WHO to improve and maintain LLIN coverage. Despite these recommendations, little is known about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the ANC and EPI-based LLIN distribution. This study aimed to explore and compare the roles of the ANC and EPI for LLIN distribution in four African countries...
December 26, 2016: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331804/infected-ascites-distinguishing-secondary-peritonitis-from-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis-in-a-cirrhotic-patient-with-classic-symptoms
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Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Akanksha Agarwal, Josh Sloan, Aaron Kosmin
INTRODUCTION: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis can be differentiated from secondary bacterial peritonitis by the absence of a surgically treatable intra-abdominal source of infection. However, oftentimes this is unapparent and other clinical clues need to be sought after to make the right diagnosis. CASE: A 64-year-old woman was admitted because of three days of worsening diffuse abdominal pain and distention. She was morbidly obese and had a history of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) cirrhosis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331630/factors-affecting-deliveries-attended-by-skilled-birth-attendants-in-bangladesh
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Gulam Muhammed Al Kibria, Swagata Ghosh, Shakir Hossen, Rifath Ara Alam Barsha, Atia Sharmeen, S M Iftekhar Uddin
BACKGROUND: The presence of skilled birth attendants (SBAs) is crucial in childbirth to reduce the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and to achieve the maternal mortality target of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of this study was to investigate the factors related to childbirths attended by SBAs in Bangladesh. METHODS: Data from the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (2014 BDHS) were analyzed. Logistic regression was applied to calculate crude odds ratios (CORs), adjusted odds ratios (AORs), 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and p-values...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330336/postpartum-modern-contraceptive-use-and-associated-factors-in-northern-ethiopia
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Teklehaymanot Huluf Abraha, Alemayehu Shimeka Teferra, Abebaw Addis Gelagay
OBJECTIVES: Postpartum period is a critical period to address high unmet needs of family planning and to reduce the risks of closely spaced pregnancies. However, contraception during extended postpartum period has given less emphasis concerning contraceptive practice in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study was aimed to assess postpartum modern contraceptive use and associated factors among postpartum women in Northern Ethiopia. METHODS: A community based cross sectional study was done from March to April, 2015...
March 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327687/utilization-of-services-for-institutional-deliveries-in-gorkha-district
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G Paudel, U N Yadav, S J Thakuri, J P Singh, S B Marahatta
BACKGROUND: Adequate health services for improving maternal and neonatal health is an important global health issues. Institutional delivery is most important component to address maternal and neonatal issue. Institutional delivery service utilization assures safe birth and minimizes the maternal morbidity and mortality. This study was aimed to assess the utilization of institutional delivery service among the mothers of Gorkha district. METHODS: A cross sectional study of 180 mothers having child below 2 years residing in Palungtar municipality was done between March to July 2015...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323041/quantitative-analyses-of-the-3d-nuclear-landscape-recorded-with-super-resolved-fluorescence-microscopy
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Volker J Schmid, Marion Cremer, Thomas Cremer
Recent advancements of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy have revolutionized microscopic studies of cells, including the exceedingly complex structural organization of cell nuclei in space and time. In this paper we describe and discuss tools for (semi-) automated, quantitative 3D analyses of the spatial nuclear organization. These tools allow the quantitative assessment of highly resolved different chromatin compaction levels in individual cell nuclei, which reflect functionally different regions or sub-compartments of the 3D nuclear landscape, and measurements of absolute distances between sites of different chromatin compaction...
March 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321391/inadequate-utilization-of-prenatal-care-services-socioeconomic-status-and-educational-attainment-are-associated-with-low-birth-weight-in-zimbabwe
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Sanni Yaya, Ghose Bishwajit, Michael Ekholuenetale, Vaibhav Shah
BACKGROUND: Globally, low birth weight (LBW) remains a leading cause of neonatal and infant mortality and poses significant challenges toward the progress of achieving infant mortality-related goals. Experience from developed countries shows that two major causes of LBW (premature delivery and intrauterine growth restriction) can be averted to a great extent by adequate utilization of maternal health-care services, during pregnancy. In this study, we attempt to measure the prevalence of LBW in Zimbabwe and explore the association between adequate utilization of prenatal care (PNC) services and LBW in Zimbabwe...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317804/a-survey-on-undiagnosed-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis-among-pregnant-mothers-in-mekelle-and-surrounding-districts-in-tigray-ethiopia
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Dawit Gebreegziabiher, Kelemework Adane, Markos Abebe
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: To determine the prevalence of undiagnosed active pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases and sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of symptom combinations for undiagnosed TB infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive and HIV-negative pregnant mothers attending antenatal care (ANC) clinics. Mycobacterium TB and HIV are the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age worldwide. Symptom screening is the first step in the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended TB intensified case finding algorithm for people living with HIV...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299504/evaluation-of-net-acid-generation-ph-as-a-single-indicator-for-acid-forming-potential-of-rocks-using-geochemical-properties
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Chamteut Oh, Sangwoo Ji, Giljae Yim, Youngwook Cheong
The main purpose of this research was to evaluate the geochemical properties of rocks for a single indicator of acid-forming potential. The indicators, such as net acid generation (NAG), NAG pH and total S, were applied to 312 rock samples of various geological characteristics. Additional indicators, such as a Modified NAG pH, paste pH and available acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), were applied to 22 selected samples. Among them, NAG pH was considered the most plausible single indicator in evaluating acid-forming potential, as it is simple to measure, widely applicable to various samples and can be used to estimate the NAG value...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299155/maternal-health-service-disparities-across-incomes-and-implications-on-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-service-coverage-current-context-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Nibretie Gobezie Workneh, Sebastian Kevany
About 69% of people living with HIV globally and over 90% of the children who acquired HIV infection are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite this, promising results have been observed, especially over the last decade - for example, a 25% decline in new HIV infections as compared to 2001 and a 38% decline in the number of children newly infected by HIV in 2012 as compared to 2009. However, the Global Plan and the Global Fast-Track Commitments of eliminating new HIV infections among children require addressing impediments to service expansion...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298203/methylene-blue-photodynamic-therapy-induces-selective-and-massive-cell-death-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
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Ancély F Dos Santos, Letícia F Terra, Rosangela A M Wailemann, Talita C Oliveira, Vinícius de Morais Gomes, Marcela Franco Mineiro, Flávia Carla Meotti, Alexandre Bruni-Cardoso, Maurício S Baptista, Leticia Labriola
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the main cause of mortality among women. The disease presents high recurrence mainly due to incomplete efficacy of primary treatment in killing all cancer cells. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), an approach that causes tissue destruction by visible light in the presence of a photosensitizer (Ps) and oxygen, appears as a promising alternative therapy that could be used adjunct to chemotherapy and surgery for curing cancer. However, the efficacy of PDT to treat breast tumours as well as the molecular mechanisms that lead to cell death remain unclear...
March 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296805/does-nonlocal-women-s-attendance-at-antenatal-clinics-distort-hiv-prevalence-surveillance-estimates-in-pregnant-women-in-zimbabwe
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Katherine C Wilson, Mutsa Mhangara, Janet Dzangare, Jeffrey W Eaton, Timothy B Hallett, Owen Mugurungi, Simon Gregson
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to assess whether HIV prevalence measured among women attending antenatal clinics (ANCs) are representative of prevalence in the local area, or whether estimates may be biased by some women's choice to attend ANCs away from their residential location. We tested the hypothesis that HIV prevalence in towns and periurban areas is underestimated in ANC sentinel surveillance data in Zimbabwe. METHODS: National unlinked anonymous HIV surveillance was conducted at 19 ANCs in Zimbabwe in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2012...
April 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296804/statistical-models-for-incorporating-data-from-routine-hiv-testing-of-pregnant-women-at-antenatal-clinics-into-hiv-aids-epidemic-estimates
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Ben Sheng, Kimberly Marsh, Aleksandra B Slavkovic, Simon Gregson, Jeffrey W Eaton, Le Bao
OBJECTIVE: HIV prevalence data collected from routine HIV testing of pregnant women at antenatal clinics (ANC-RT) are potentially available from all facilities that offer testing services to pregnant women and can be used to improve estimates of national and subnational HIV prevalence trends. We develop methods to incorporate these new data source into the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS Estimation and Projection Package in Spectrum 2017. METHODS: We develop a new statistical model for incorporating ANC-RT HIV prevalence data, aggregated either to the health facility level (site-level) or regionally (census-level), to estimate HIV prevalence alongside existing sources of HIV prevalence data from ANC unlinked anonymous testing (ANC-UAT) and household-based national population surveys...
April 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296801/accounting-for-nonsampling-error-in-estimates-of-hiv-epidemic-trends-from-antenatal-clinic-sentinel-surveillance
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Jeffrey W Eaton, Le Bao
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to propose and demonstrate an approach to allow additional nonsampling uncertainty about HIV prevalence measured at antenatal clinic sentinel surveillance (ANC-SS) in model-based inferences about trends in HIV incidence and prevalence. DESIGN: Mathematical model fitted to surveillance data with Bayesian inference. METHODS: We introduce a variance inflation parameter (Equation is included in full-text article...
April 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288576/prodromal-symptoms-health-care-seeking-in-response-to-symptoms-and-associated-factors-in-eclamptic-patients
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Wondimu Gudu
BACKGROUND: Eclampsia is one of the leading causes of maternal death worldwide. Maternal catastrophe is made worse in developing countries by the high incidence coupled with delayed presentation of patients and health facility constraints in effective management of eclampsia and its complications. METHODS: A prospective study of all 93 eclamptic women admitted to a general hospital in Somali regional state, Ethiopia was conducted between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015 using a structured questionnaire which included socio-demographic data, antenatal visit status, distance of nearest maternal health facility, timing of convulsions, questions related to symptoms preceding seizures; health care seeking for the symptoms and time interval from prodromal symptoms to the diagnosis of eclampsia...
March 14, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285274/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-text-messaging-to-support-antenatal-healthcare-in-iraqi-pregnant-women-a-pilot-study
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Taghreed Alhaidari, Nazar Amso, Taqi Mohammed Jawad, Ulfat Alnakkash, Faris Khazaal, Ahmed Alnaaimi, Timothy Pickles, Rebecca Playle, Robert Istepanian, Nada Philip, John W Gregory, Thamer Al Hilfi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility and acceptability of mobile health technology and its potential to improve antenatal care (ANC) services in Iraq. METHODS: This was a controlled experimental study conducted at primary health care centers. One hundred pregnant women who attended those centres for ANC were exposed to weekly text messages varying in content, depending on the week of gestation, while 150 women were recruited for the unexposed group. The number of ANC visits in the intervention and control groups, was the main outcome measure...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270151/differential-effects-of-community-health-worker-visits-across-social-and-economic-groups-in-uttar-pradesh-india-a-link-between-social-inequities-and-health-disparities
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Aparna Seth, Shweta Tomar, Kultar Singh, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Amit Chakraverty, Arnab Dey, Arup K Das, Katherine Hay, Niranjan Saggurti, Sabrina Boyce, Anita Raj, Jay G Silverman
BACKGROUND: Uttar Pradesh (UP) accounts for the largest number of neonatal deaths in India. This study explores potential socio-economic inequities in household-level contacts by community health workers (CHWs) and whether the effects of such household-level contacts on receipt of health services differ across populations in this state. METHODS: A multistage sampling design identified live births in the last 12 months across the 25 highest-risk districts of UP (N = 4912)...
March 7, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270137/intimate-partner-violence-and-utilization-of-maternal-health-care-services-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Bedru Hussen Mohammed, Janice Mary Johnston, Joseph I Harwell, Huso Yi, Katrina Wai-Kay Tsang, Jemal Ali Haidar
BACKGROUND: Despite its prominence, intimate partner violence (IPV) against women has received little attention in Ethiopia. And as many of sub-Saharan African countries, maternal health care services utilization remains poor. Full access and utilization of maternal health care services is a key to significant reduction in maternal and child mortality, and eliminate new HIV infection in infants. Identifying the factors that contribute to the poor access and utilization should aid the design of appropriate policy and intervention strategies...
March 7, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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