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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525348/obesity-prevalence-and-contributing-factors-among-adolescents-in-secondary-schools-in-pemagatshel-district-bhutan
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Wang Norbu, Ugyen Wangdi, Desang Dorji, Dumrongkiet Arthan, Ngamphol Soonthornworasiri, Pannamas Maneekan, Pimpimon Thongthien, Nantaporn Viravathana, Pattaneeya Prangthip
Background The prevalence of obesity has increased globally, with childhood and adolescent obesity being more common in developed countries. There has been no study on teenage obesity in Bhutan. In this study, we aimed to assess the prevalence of obesity in Bhutan for the first time in order to provide a baseline for future researchers. Methods The investigation, which included 392 adolescents, aimed to identify the prevalence of overweight and obesity and its contributing factors. Anthropometric measurements, food recall and knowledge, attitude, behaviour and environment questionnaires were administered...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498961/range-wide-snow-leopard-phylogeography-supports-three-subspecies
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Jan E Janecka, Jan E Janecka, Zhang Yu-Guang, Li Di-Qiang, Bariushaa Munkhtsog, Munkhtsog Bayaraa, Naranbaatar Galsandorj, Tshewang R Wangchuk, Dibesh Karmacharya, Thomas McCarthy, Juan Li, Lu Zhi, Kubanychbek Zhumabai Uulu, Ajay Gaur, Satish Kumar, B Kesav Kumar, Shafqat Hussain, Ghulam Muhammad, Matthew Jevit, Charlotte Hacker, Pamela Burger, Claudia Wultsch, Mary J Janecka, Kristofer Helgen, William J Murphy, Rodney Jackson
The snow leopard, Panthera uncia, is an elusive high-altitude specialist that inhabits vast, inaccessible habitat across Asia. We conducted the first range-wide genetic assessment of snow leopards based on noninvasive scat surveys. Thirty-three microsatellites were genotyped and a total of 683-bp of mitochondrial DNA sequenced in 70 individuals. Snow leopards exhibited low genetic diversity at microsatellites (AN = 5.8, HO = 0.433, HE = 0.568), virtually no mtDNA variation, and underwent a bottleneck in the Holocene (~8,000 years ago) coinciding with increased temperatures, precipitation, and upward treeline shift in the Tibetan Plateau...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493142/sampling-strategy-and-climatic-implication-of-tree-ring-cellulose-oxygen-isotopes-of-hippophae-tibetana-and-abies-georgei-on-the-southeastern-tibetan-plateau
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Chenxi Xu, Haifeng Zhu, Takeshi Nakatsuka, Masaki Sano, Zhen Li, Feng Shi, Eryuan Liang, Zhengtang Guo
The tree-ring cellulose oxygen isotopes (δ(18)O) for four trees of Hippophae tibetana and four trees of Abies georgei growing in different locations around the terminal moraine in Xincuo from 1951 to 2010 were measured to explore its potential for reconstructing climatic variations in the southeastern Tibetan Plateau. The mean and standard deviation of tree-ring δ(18)O at different heights do not have significant differences, and there are no significant differences in the mean and standard deviation of tree-ring δ(18)O between trees near the brook and trees at the top of moraine, indicating that we can collect samples for tree-ring δ(18)O analysis regardless of sampling heights and that the micro-environment does not affect tree-ring δ(18)O significantly...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477292/healthcare-utilization-bypass-and-multiple-visits-the-case-of-bhutan
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Kannika Damrongplasit, Tshering Wangdi
This paper uses the Bhutan Living Standards Survey 2012 to assess factors that affect the decision to use outpatient care when ill, outpatient utilization choice, and bypassing decision. Our attention is placed on geographical factors because of the unique geographical landscape in Bhutan, which may act as an important barrier for access to care in the country. We further analyze the pattern of multiple healthcare visits of individuals with the same health symptom. The methods employed for this study consist of binary logit and multinomial logit regressions as well as descriptive statistical approach...
March 2017: International Journal of Health Economics and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470633/-anxiety-depression-and-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-refugees-a-systematic-review
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Jutta Lindert, Ondine S von Ehrenstein, Annette Wehrwein, Elmar Brähler, Ingo Schäfer
Anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder are the main psychopathological symptoms shown by refugees. We conducted a systematic review. First, we identified key-words for a systematic search in PUBMED. We included original articles since 2009 with 1) a non-clinical sample of refugees, 2) refugees living at maximum 5 years in the host country, 4) with the outcomes anxiety, depression, and PTSD and 5) a sample with >100 participants. Then we read titles, abstracts and fulltexts. We identified 1 877 studies...
May 3, 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460742/revisiting-an-old-disease-risk-factors-for-bovine-enzootic-haematuria-in-the-kingdom-of-bhutan
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Arata Hidano, Basant Sharma, Karma Rinzin, Narapati Dahal, Kinzang Dukpa, Mark A Stevenson
Bovine enzootic haematuria (BEH) is a debilitating disease of cattle caused by chronic ingestion of bracken fern. Control of BEH is difficult when bracken fern is abundant and fodder resources are limited. To fill a significant knowledge gap on modifiable risk factors for BEH, we conducted a case-control study to identify cattle management practices associated with BEH in the Bhutanese cattle population. A case-control study involving 16 of the 20 districts of Bhutan was carried out between March 2012 and June 2014...
May 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431524/biosecurity-survey-in-relation-to-the-risk-of-hpai-outbreaks-in-backyard-poultry-holdings-in-thimphu-city-area-bhutan
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Tenzin Tenzin, Chador Wangdi, Purna Bdr Rai
BACKGROUND: A questionnaire survey was conducted to assess the biosecurity and other practices of backyard poultry holdings and knowledge and practices of poultry keepers following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) virus in poultry in Thimphu city area, Bhutan. RESULTS: The study identified 62 backyard poultry holdings in 12 settlement areas, and the owners were subsequently interviewed. The birds are kept in a low-input low-output system, fed locally available scavenging feed base, and supplemented with food scraps and some grain...
April 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430978/culture-matters-indigenizing-patient-safety-in-bhutan
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Rinchen Pelzang, Megan-Jane Johnstone, Alison M Hutchinson
Studies show that if quality of healthcare in a country is to be achieved, due consideration must be given to the importance of the core cultural values as a critical factor in improving patient safety outcomes. The influence of Bhutan's traditional (core) cultural values on the attitudes and behaviours of healthcare professionals regarding patient care are not known. This study aimed to explore the possible influence of Bhutan's traditional cultural values on staff attitudes towards patient safety and quality care...
April 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415972/community-based-survey-during-rabies-outbreaks-in-rangjung-town-trashigang-eastern-bhutan-2016
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Tenzin Tenzin, Jamyang Namgyal, Sangay Letho
BACKGROUND: Rabies is a highly fatal disease transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Human deaths can be prevented by prompt administering of rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin following the exposure. An assessment of community knowledge, awareness and practices on rabies is important during outbreak to understand their preparedness and target educational messages and response activities by the rapid response team. METHODS: A rabies outbreak has occurred in Rangjung town, eastern Bhutan on 4 October 2016...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414028/culex-culiciomyia-sasai-diptera-culicidae-senior-synonym-of-cx-spiculothorax-and-a-new-country-record-for-bhutan
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Thanari Phanitchakun, Parinya Wilai, Jassada Saingamsook, Rinzin Namgay, Tobgyel Drukpa, Yoshio Tsuda, Catherine Walton, Ralph E Harbach, Pradya Somboon
Culex (Culiciomyia) spiculothorax was described from Thailand based on the presence of spiculation on the thorax of larvae. Adult females are characterized but are indistinguishable from those of related species, such as Cx. pallidothorax. Phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial oxidase subunit I (COI) sequences revealed that specimens identified as Cx. spiculothorax from Thailand, Japan and Bhutan form a single clade with Cx. sasai from Japan (Kimura 2-parameter genetic distances 0-0.9%) that is clearly distinct from clades comprised of other species of subgenus Culiciomyia...
April 13, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398164/genetic-differentiation-of-the-wheat-leaf-rust-fungus-puccinia-triticina-in-pakistan-and-genetic-relationship-to-other-worldwide-populations
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J A Kolmer, J I Mirza, M Imtiaz, S J A Shah
Collections of Puccinia triticina, the wheat leaf rust pathogen, were obtained from Pakistan in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014. Collections were also obtained from Bhutan in 2013. Single uredinial isolates were derived and tested for virulence phenotype to 20 lines of Thatcher wheat that differ for single leaf rust resistance genes, and for molecular genotype with 23 simple-sequence repeat (SSR) primers. Twenty-four virulence phenotypes were described among the 89 isolates tested for virulence. None of the isolates had virulence to Thatcher lines with Lr9, Lr24, or Lr18...
June 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390433/evaluation-of-the-performance-of-human-papillomavirus-testing-in-paired-urine-and-clinician-collected-cervical-samples-among-women-aged-over-30%C3%A2-years-in-bhutan
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Ugyen Tshomo, Silvia Franceschi, Tshokey Tshokey, Tashi Tobgay, Iacopo Baussano, Vanessa Tenet, Peter J F Snijders, Tarik Gheit, Massimo Tommasino, Alex Vorsters, Gary M Clifford
BACKGROUND: Urine sampling may offer a less invasive solution than cervical sampling to test for human papillomavirus (HPV) for HPV vaccine impact monitoring. METHODS: Paired samples of urine and exfoliated cervical cells were obtained for 89 women with history of high-risk (HR) HPV-positive normal cytology in Bhutan. Urine sampling protocol included self-collection of first-void urine immediately into a conservation medium and procedures to optimize DNA yield. Colposcopical abnormalities were biopsied...
April 8, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367974/validation-of-a-smartphone-based-eeg-among-people-with-epilepsy-a-prospective-study
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Erica D McKenzie, Andrew S P Lim, Edward C W Leung, Andrew J Cole, Alice D Lam, Ani Eloyan, Damber K Nirola, Lhab Tshering, Ronald Thibert, Rodrigo Zepeda Garcia, Esther Bui, Sonam Deki, Liesly Lee, Sarah J Clark, Joseph M Cohen, Jo Mantia, Kate T Brizzi, Tali R Sorets, Sarah Wahlster, Mia Borzello, Arkadiusz Stopczynski, Sydney S Cash, Farrah J Mateen
Our objective was to assess the ability of a smartphone-based electroencephalography (EEG) application, the Smartphone Brain Scanner-2 (SBS2), to detect epileptiform abnormalities compared to standard clinical EEG. The SBS2 system consists of an Android tablet wirelessly connected to a 14-electrode EasyCap headset (cost ~ 300 USD). SBS2 and standard EEG were performed in people with suspected epilepsy in Bhutan (2014-2015), and recordings were interpreted by neurologists. Among 205 participants (54% female, median age 24 years), epileptiform discharges were detected on 14% of SBS2 and 25% of standard EEGs...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364371/overcoming-challenges-in-recruitment-of-south-asians-for-health-disparities-research-in-the-usa
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Arnab Mukherjea, Susan L Ivey, Salma Shariff-Marco, Nilesh Kapoor, Laura Allen
South Asians-individuals with origins in the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and other regions of the subcontinent-are an understudied and at-risk racial/ethnic minority population for disproportionate burden of preventable diseases in the USA. Notwithstanding lack of research disaggregating Asian American subgroups, a key factor in this paucity of data is the lack of participation and engagement of community members in studies which examine distribution and determinants of adverse health outcomes...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295561/effects-of-national-level-forest-management-regimes-on-non-protected-forests-of-the-himalaya
#15
Jodi S Brandt, Teri Allendorf, Volker Radeloff, Jeremy Brooks
Globally, deforestation continues, and while protected areas are effective at protecting forests, the majority of forests are not in protected areas. This raises the question how effective are different management regimes to avoid deforestation in non-protected forests. Our objective was to assess the ability of different national-level forest management regimes to safeguard forests outside of protected areas. We compared 2000-2014 deforestation rates across the temperate forests of five countries in the Himalaya (Bhutan, Nepal, China, India, and Myanmar) of which only 13% are protected...
March 15, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275451/twenty-two-years-of-hiv-infection-in-bhutan-epidemiological-profile
#16
EDITORIAL
Pandup Tshering, Karma Lhazeen, Sonam Wangdi, Namgay Tshering
AIMS: To describe the HIV epidemiology in Bhutan. METHODS: Data from the database of people living with HIV infection in Bhutan, survey reports from the National STI and HIV/AIDS Control Programme from the Ministry of Health and published literature on HIV in Bhutan were reviewed. RESULTS: Bhutan continues to have a low HIV prevalence with only 470 cases reported by the end of 2015. However, there is a slow but steady recent increase in the number of cases...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Virus Eradication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255837/is-the-2015-eye-care-service-delivery-profile-in-southeast-asia-closer-to-universal-eye-health-need
#17
Taraprasad Das, Peter Ackland, Marcelino Correia, Prut Hanutsaha, Palitha Mahipala, Phanindra B Nukella, Gopal P Pokharel, Abu Raihan, Gullapalli N Rao, Thulasiraj D Ravilla, Yudha D Sapkota, Gilbert Simanjuntak, Ngwang Tenzin, Ubeydulla Thoufeeq, Tin Win
PURPOSE: The year 2015 status of eye care service profile in Southeast Asia countries was compared with year 2010 data to determine the state of preparedness to achieve the World Health Organization global action plan 2019. METHODS: Information was collected from the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness country chairs and from the recent PubMed referenced articles. The data included the following: blindness and low vision prevalence, national eye health policy, eye health expenses, presence of international non-governmental organizations, density of eye health personnel, and the cataract surgical rate and coverage...
March 2, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216188/rationale-and-support-for-a-one-health-program-for-canine-vaccination-as-the-most-cost-effective-means-of-controlling-zoonotic-rabies-in-endemic-settings
#18
REVIEW
Robert P Lavan, Alasdair I MacG King, David J Sutton, Kaan Tunceli
Although dog vaccination has been demonstrated to reduce and eliminate rabies in humans, during meetings there are often calls for further pilot studies. The assembled data proves that a widespread approach is now required. While zoonotic rabies has a minimal presence in developed nations, it is endemic throughout most of Asia and Africa, where it is considered to be a neglected tropical disease. In these areas, rabies causes an estimated annual mortality of at least 55,000 human deaths. Worldwide rabid dogs are the source of the vast majority of human rabies exposures...
February 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203227/some-technological-properties-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-dahi-and-datshi-naturally-fermented-milk-products-of-bhutan
#19
H N J Shangpliang, Sharmila Sharma, Ranjita Rai, Jyoti P Tamang
Dahi and datshi are common naturally fermented milk (NFM) products of Bhutan. Population of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in dahi (pH 3.7) and datshi (pH 5.2) was 1.4 × 10(7) and 3.9 × 10(8) cfu/ml, respectively. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequencing isolates of LAB from dahi and datshi were identified as Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis. LAB strains were tested for some technological properties. All LAB strains except E. faecalis CH2:17 caused coagulation of milk at both 30°C for 48 h...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198648/quality-of-life-among-senior-citizens-in-bhutan
#20
Nidup Dorji, Michael P Dunne, Charrlotte Seib, Sibnath Deb
This study explored associations between quality of life (QOL), spirituality, social integration, chronic diseases, and lifetime adversity among people aged 60 years and older in Bhutan. Adults aged 60 to 101 years (n = 337) completed face-to-face interviews. The main measure included the World Health Organization QOL questionnaire and Adverse Childhood Experiences International Questionnaire. The social relationships domain of QOL had the highest mean. Frequent back pain, memory decline, depression, mobility impairment, insomnia, and lung diseases were commonly reported and negatively related to QOL...
January 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
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