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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722613/why-did-zika-not-explode-in-cuba-the-role-of-active-community-participation-to-sustain-control-of-vector-borne-diseases
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Marta Castro, Dennis Perez, Maria G Guzman, Clare Barrington
As the global public health community develops strategies for sustainable Zika prevention and control, assessment of the Cuban response to Zika provides critical lessons learned. Cuba's early and successful response to Zika, grounded in the country's long-standing dengue prevention and control program, serves as a model of rapid mobilization of intersectoral efforts. Sustaining this response requires applying the evidence generated within the Cuban dengue program that active community participation improves outcomes and is sustainable and cost-effective...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722346/progress-of-large-scale-synthesis-and-electronic-device-application-of-two-dimensional-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
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REVIEW
Xiongfei Song, Zhongxun Guo, Qiaochu Zhang, Peng Zhou, Wenzhong Bao, David Wei Zhang
The recent exploration of semiconducting two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with atomic thickness has taken both the scientific and technological communities by storm. Extensively investigated TMD that are accessible by large-scale synthetic methods materials are remarkably stable, such as MoS2 and WSe2 . They allow superior gate control due to their 2D nature and favorable electronic transport properties, thus suggesting a bright future for digital and RF electronics. In this review, the latest developments in the controlled synthesis of large scale TMDs are firstly introduced by discussing various approaches...
July 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721593/public-policies-and-interventions-for-diabetes-in-latin-america-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Elizabeth Kaselitz, Gurpreet K Rana, Michele Heisler
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Successful interventions are needed to diagnose and manage type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in Latin America, a region that is experiencing a significant rise in rates of T2DM. Complementing an earlier review exploring diabetes prevention efforts in Latin America, this scoping review examines the literature on (1) policies and governmental programs intended to improve diabetes diagnosis and treatment in Latin America and (2) interventions to improve diabetes management in Latin America...
August 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721027/frequency-of-frailty-and-its-association-with-cognitive-status-and-survival-in-older-chileans
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Cecilia Albala, Lydia Lera, Hugo Sanchez, Barbara Angel, Carlos Márquez, Patricia Arroyo, Patricio Fuentes
BACKGROUND: Age-associated brain physiologic decline and reduced mobility are key elements of increased age-associated vulnerability. OBJECTIVE: To study the frequency of frailty phenotype and its association with mental health and survival in older Chileans. METHODS: Follow-up of ALEXANDROS cohorts designed to study disability associated with obesity in community-dwelling people 60 years and older living in Santiago, Chile. At baseline, 2,098 (67% women) of 2,372 participants were identified as having the frailty phenotype: weak handgrip dynamometry, unintentional weight loss, fatigue/exhaustion, five chair-stands/slow walking speed and difficulty walking (low physical activity)...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720121/the-effectiveness-of-daily-sms-reminders-in-pharmaceutical-care-of-older-adults-on-improving-patients-adherence-to-antihypertensive-medication-sppa-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Zuzana Haramiova, Michal Stasko, Martin Hulin, Tomas Tesar, Magdalena Kuzelova, Donald M Morisky
BACKGROUND: Despite a variety of efficient and cost-effective antihypertensive medication, hypertension remains a serious health and economic burden. High consumption of cardiovascular drugs in the Slovak Republic does result neither in better hypertension control nor in significant decrease in cardiovascular mortality. At the same time, Slovakia has alarmingly low patients' adherence to medication intake. Studies have shown the efficiency of short messaging service (SMS) reminders to improve patients' adherence and health outcomes at low costs...
July 18, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718754/rhythmic-interlimb-coordination-impairments-are-associated-with-mobility-limitations-among-older-adults
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Eric G James, Suzanne G Leveille, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Thomas Travison, Sarah Cote, Philip Conatser, Murat Karabulut, Andrea C Mendes, David N Kennedy, Katherine L Tucker, Soham Al Snih, Kyriakos S Markides, Jonathan F Bean
Background/Study Context: Mobility limitations affect more than 25% of adults aged 70 years or older. This study tested the hypothesis that impairments in ankle and shoulder coordination are associated with mobility limitations among older adults. METHODS: his study consisted of conducted a cross-sectional analysis from a sample of community-dwelling older adults (N = 130) aged ≥67 years. Motion capture equipment was used to collect kinematic data during rhythmic antiphase coordination of the right and left: (a) ankles moving in dorsi-plantarflexion; and (b) glenohumeral ("shoulder") moving in flexion-extension while paced by an auditory metronome...
July 2017: Experimental Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717396/intraoperative-radiotherapy-review-of-techniques-and-results
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REVIEW
Avinash Pilar, Meetakshi Gupta, Sarbani Ghosh Laskar, Siddhartha Laskar
Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) is a technique that involves precise delivery of a large dose of ionising radiation to the tumour or tumour bed during surgery. Direct visualisation of the tumour bed and ability to space out the normal tissues from the tumour bed allows maximisation of the dose to the tumour while minimising the dose to normal tissues. This results in an improved therapeutic ratio with IORT. Although it was introduced in the 1960s, it has seen a resurgence of popularity with the introduction of self-shielding mobile linear accelerators and low-kV IORT devices, which by eliminating the logistical issues of transport of the patient during surgery for radiotherapy or building a shielded operating room, has enabled its wider use in the community...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716003/eccentric-versus-traditional-resistance-exercise-for-older-adult-fallers-in-the-community-a-randomized-trial-within-a-multi-component-fall-reduction-program
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Paul LaStayo, Robin Marcus, Leland Dibble, Bob Wong, Ginette Pepper
BACKGROUND: Addressing muscle deficits within a multi-component exercise fall reduction program is a priority, especially for the highest risk older adults, i.e., those who have fallen previously. Eccentric resistance exercise with its high-force producing potential, at a low energetic cost, may be ideally-suited to address muscle impairments in this population. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of resistance exercise via negative, eccentrically-induced, work (RENEW) versus traditional (TRAD) resistance exercise on mobility, balance confidence, muscle power and cross sectional area, as well as the number of days high fall risk older adults survived without a fall event over a 1 year period...
July 17, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715769/high-throughput-profiling-and-analysis-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-east-tiaoxi-river-china
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Ji Zheng, Ruixia Gao, Yuanyuan Wei, Tao Chen, Jiqing Fan, Zhenchao Zhou, Tiimub Benjamin Makimilua, Yanan Jiao, Hong Chen
The rapid human activities and urbanization exacerbate the human health risks induced by antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). In this study, the profiling of ARGs was investigated using high-throughput qPCR from water samples of 13 catchment areas in East Tiaoxi River, China. High prevalence of ARGs indicated significant antibiotic resistance pollution in the research area (absolute abundance: 6.1 × 10(8)-2.1 × 10(10) copies/L; relative abundance: 0.033-0.158 copies/cell). Conventional water qualities (COD, TN, TP, NH3-N), bacterial communities and mobile gene elements (MGEs) were detected and analyzed as factors of ARGs shift...
July 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711748/do-personality-traits-related-to-affect-regulation-predict-other-tobacco-product-use-among-young-adult-non-daily-smokers
#10
Kristin Brikmanis, Angela Petersen, Neal Doran
INTRODUCTION: Understanding factors that influence non-cigarette tobacco use is important given these products' prevalence and health risks. The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that personality traits related to affect regulation would be associated with greater frequency of other tobacco product (OTP) use in a sample of young adult non-daily smokers. METHODS: Participants (n=518, 51% male) aged 18-24 were non-daily cigarette smokers recruited from the community for a longitudinal study of tobacco use...
July 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709670/arterial-stiffness-in-normotensive-and-hypertensive-subjects-frequency-in-community-pharmacies
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Enrique Rodilla Sala, Manuel Adell Alegre, Vicente Giner Galvañ, Zeneida Perseguer Torregrosa, Jose Maria Pascual Izuel, María Teresa Climent Catalá
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Arterial stiffness (AS) is a well-recognized target organ lesion. This study aims to determine: 1) the frequency of AS in community pharmacies; 2) if stiffened subjects identified by brachial oscillometry have more CV risk factors than normal subjects, and 3) the dependence of stiffness on using either age-adjusted values or a fixed threshold. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Observational, cross-sectional study in 32 community pharmacies of the Valencia Community, between November/2015 and April/2016...
July 11, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706726/community-based-trials-of-mobile-solutions-for-the-detection-and-management-of-cognitive-decline
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Adele Boyd, Jonathan Synnott, Chris Nugent, David Elliott, John Kelly
This study focused on the development and usability evaluation of EnCare diagnostics (ECD) and the brain fit plan (BFP) in healthy older adults, cognitively impaired and physically impaired individuals. ECD is proposed as a novel solution to cognitive assessment based on colour selection. BFP is a novel solution to personalised cognitive stimulation. The study consisted of two trials designed to evaluate the usability of the apps. Trial 1 involved 11 healthy older adults and four older adults with physical impairments who undertook ECD and mini-mental state examination (MMSE) once per month for 4 months with only those with physical impairments also completing the BFP daily...
June 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701161/podiatry-intervention-versus-usual-care-to-prevent-falls-in-care-homes-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-the-pirfect-study
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Gavin Wylie, Hylton B Menz, Sarah McFarlane, Simon Ogston, Frank Sullivan, Brian Williams, Zoe Young, Jacqui Morris
BACKGROUND: Common foot problems are independent risk factors for falls in older people. There is evidence that podiatry can prevent falls in community-dwelling populations. The feasibility of implementing a podiatry intervention and trial in the care home population is unknown. To inform a potential future definitive trial, we performed a pilot randomised controlled trial to assess: (i) the feasibility of a trial of a podiatry intervention to reduce care home falls, and (ii) the potential direction and magnitude of the effect of the intervention in terms of number of falls in care home residents...
July 12, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700218/response-of-soil-microbial-communities-to-elevated-antimony-and-arsenic-contamination-indicates-the-relationship-between-the-innate-microbiota-and-contaminant-fractions
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Weimin Sun, Enzong Xiao, Tangfu Xiao, Valdis Krumins, Qi Wang, Max M Haggblom, Yiran Dong, Song Tang, Min Hu, Baoqin Li, Bingqing Xia, Wei Liu
Mining of sulfide ore deposits containing metalloids, such as antimony and arsenic, has introduced serious soil contamination around the world, posing severe threats to food safety and human health. Hence, it is important to understand the behavior and composition of the microbial communities that control the mobilization or sequestration of these metal(loid)s. Here, we selected two sites in Southwest China with different levels of Sb and As contamination to study interactions among various Sb and As fractions and the soil microbiota, with a focus on the microbial response to metalloid contamination...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699852/children-s-representations-of-nature-using-photovoice-and-community-mapping-perspectives-from-south-africa
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Sabirah Adams, Shazly Savahl, Tobia Fattore
The aim of the study was to explore children's representations and perceptions of natural spaces using photovoice and community mapping. The sample consisted of 28 children aged 12-14 years residing in urban and rural communities in the Western Cape, South Africa. Data were collected by means of a series of six focus groups interviews (three photovoice discussion groups and three community mapping discussion groups). For the photovoice missions, children were provided with a 28-exposure disposable camera and given 1 week to complete their missions...
December 2017: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699556/community-led-trials-intervention-co-design-in-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
#16
Neil Andersson
In conventional randomised controlled trials (RCTs), researchers design the interventions. In the Camino Verde trial, each intervention community designed its own programmes to prevent dengue. Instead of fixed actions or menus of activities to choose from, the trial randomised clusters to a participatory research protocol that began with sharing and discussing evidence from a local survey, going on to local authorship of the action plan for vector control.Adding equitable stakeholder engagement to RCT infrastructure anchors the research culturally, making it more meaningful to stakeholders...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699552/assessing-the-effects-of-interventions-for-aedes-aegypti-control-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cluster-randomised-controlled-trials
#17
Víctor Alvarado-Castro, Sergio Paredes-Solís, Elizabeth Nava-Aguilera, Arcadio Morales-Pérez, Lidia Alarcón-Morales, Norma Alejandra Balderas-Vargas, Neil Andersson
BACKGROUND: The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the vector for dengue fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika viruses. Inadequate vector control has contributed to persistence and increase of these diseases. This review assesses the evidence of effectiveness of different control measures in reducing Aedes aegypti proliferation, using standard entomological indices. METHODS: A systematic search of Medline, Ovid, BVS, LILACS, ARTEMISA, IMBIOMED and MEDIGRAPHIC databases identified cluster randomised controlled trials (CRCTs) of interventions to control Aedes aegypti published between January 2003 and October 2016...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699544/informed-community-mobilization-for-dengue-prevention-in-households-with-and-without-a-regular-water-supply-secondary-analysis-from-the-camino-verde-trial-in-nicaragua
#18
Alvaro Cárcamo, Jorge Arosteguí, Josefina Coloma, Eva Harris, Robert J Ledogar, Neil Andersson
BACKGROUND: Studies in different countries have identified irregular water supply as a risk factor for dengue virus transmission. In 2013, Camino Verde, a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Managua, Nicaragua, and Mexico's Guerrero State, demonstrated impact of evidence-based community mobilisation on recent dengue infection and entomological indexes of infestation by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This secondary analysis of data from the trial impact survey asks: (1) what is the importance of regular water supply in neighbourhoods with and without the trial intervention and (2) can community interventions like Camino Verde reasonably exclude households with adequate water supply? METHODS: Entomological data collected in the dry season of 2013 in intervention and control communities allow contrasts between households with regular and irregular water supplies...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696990/prescribing-exercise-to-individuals-with-disabilities-what-are-the-concerns
#19
Hector Luis Osoria, Cheri A Blauwet
It is well known that individuals with disabilities, constituting 15% to 20% of the adult population, experience a disproportionate risk of cardiometabolic disease and are more likely to live sedentary lifestyles when compared with their able-bodied peers. Although many complex factors likely lead to these disparities, targeted exercise programs can be influential in improving the health outcomes of this population. Additionally, it is important to keep several factors in mind when tailoring the exercise prescription for individuals with varied types of disability, given unique factors related to medical history, mobility, and community barriers...
July 2017: Current Sports Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696375/is-the-grass-always-greener-in-suburban-neighborhoods-outdoors-play-in-suburban-and-inner-city-neighborhoods
#20
Mika R Moran, Pnina Plaut, Dafna Merom
Children's outdoors play (OP) is an important source of physical activity that has been decreasing in recent years due to changes in neighborhood design, parent safety concerns and child sedentary leisure. However, few studies examined such determinants from children's perspectives. This study explores environmental and socio-cultural aspects of children's OP using a qualitative and quantitative approach. Data was collected in two phases: (1) a survey on OP and related variables among 5th and 6th graders (10-12 years old) (n = 573); and (2) a mapping activity and semi-structured interview among a subsample of the survey (n = 80)...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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