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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742870/factors-contributing-to-food-insecurity-among-women-living-with-hiv-in-the-dominican-republic-a-qualitative-study
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Kathryn P Derose, Denise D Payán, María Altagracia Fulcar, Sergio Terrero, Ramón Acevedo, Hugo Farías, Kartika Palar
BACKGROUND: Food insecurity contributes to poor health outcomes among people living with HIV. In Latin America and the Caribbean, structural factors such as poverty, stigma, and inequality disproportionately affect women and may fuel both the HIV epidemic and food insecurity. METHODS: We examined factors contributing to food insecurity among women living with HIV (WLHIV) in the Dominican Republic (DR). Data collection included in-depth, semi-structured interviews in 2013 with 30 WLHIV with indications of food insecurity who resided in urban or peri-urban areas and were recruited from local HIV clinics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741907/nutrition-status-of-children-in-latin-america
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C Corvalán, M L Garmendia, J Jones-Smith, C K Lutter, J J Miranda, L S Pedraza, B M Popkin, M Ramirez-Zea, D Salvo, A D Stein
The prevalence of overweight and obesity is rapidly increasing among Latin American children, posing challenges for current healthcare systems and increasing the risk for a wide range of diseases. To understand the factors contributing to childhood obesity in Latin America, this paper reviews the current nutrition status and physical activity situation, the disparities between and within countries and the potential challenges for ensuring adequate nutrition and physical activity. Across the region, children face a dual burden of undernutrition and excess weight...
July 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738857/investigating-interventions-to-increase-uptake-of-hiv-testing-and-linkage-into-care-or-prevention-for-male-partners-of-pregnant-women-in-antenatal-clinics-in-blantyre-malawi-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-trial
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Augustine T Choko, Katherine Fielding, Nigel Stallard, Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, Aurelia Lepine, Nicola Desmond, Moses K Kumwenda, Elizabeth L Corbett
BACKGROUND: Despite large-scale efforts to diagnose people living with HIV, 54% remain undiagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa. The gap in knowledge of HIV status and uptake of follow-on services remains wide with much lower rates of HIV testing among men compared to women. Here, we design a study to investigate the effect on uptake of HIV testing and linkage into care or prevention of partner-delivered HIV self-testing alone or with an additional intervention among male partners of pregnant women...
July 24, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738805/spatial-variability-of-excess-mortality-during-prolonged-dust-events-in-a-high-density-city-a-time-stratified-spatial-regression-approach
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Man Sing Wong, Hung Chak Ho, Lin Yang, Wenzhong Shi, Jinxin Yang, Ta-Chien Chan
BACKGROUND: Dust events have long been recognized to be associated with a higher mortality risk. However, no study has investigated how prolonged dust events affect the spatial variability of mortality across districts in a downwind city. METHODS: In this study, we applied a spatial regression approach to estimate the district-level mortality during two extreme dust events in Hong Kong. We compared spatial and non-spatial models to evaluate the ability of each regression to estimate mortality...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737358/-optimization-of-the-his-process-mapping-of-the-military-instruction-hospital-mohammed%C3%A2-v
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Sanae Jabbar, Farid Lahboube, Nissrine Souissi, Ounsa Roudies
Introduction: Development of process mapping is not easy, as, apart from identification of the key processes of the organization, mapping can hardly describe all of the interactions involved without becoming incomprehensible. In this context, the Rabat Military Hospital decided to review its process mapping to align it with the reference mapping proposed by the National Agency for Performance Support, which is designed to standardize and improve functional mapping of healthcare production systems. Methods: To assist the Military Hospital in this convergence process, this paper proposes the application of a convergence method on the current hospital process mapping, in order to guide hospital agents in the development of optimal process mapping, complying with guidelines for urbanization of information systems while remaining consistent with strategic guidelines...
July 10, 2017: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735982/a-standardized-donor-designation-ratio-to-assess-the-performance-of-driver-s-license-agencies
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N K R Sehgal, C Sullivan, M Figueroa, J A Pencak, D Einstadter, J D Thornton
Evaluating Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations based on the percent of patrons who register as donors does not account for individual characteristics that may influence willingness to donate. We reviewed the driver's licenses of 2997 randomly selected patients at an urban medical system to obtain donor designation, age, gender, and DMV location and linked patient addresses with census tract data on race, ethnicity, income, and education. We then developed a Standardized Donor Designation Ratio (SDDR) (ie, the observed number of donors at each DMV divided by the expected number of donors based on patient demographic characteristics)...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735204/developing-an-ecosystem-model-of-a-floating-wetland-for-water-quality-improvement-on-a-stormwater-pond
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Brendan McAndrew, Changwoo Ahn
An ecosystem model was developed to assist with designing and implementing a floating wetland (FW) for water quality management of urban stormwater ponds, focusing on nitrogen (N) removal. The model is comprised of three linked submodels: hydrology, plant growth, and nitrogen. The model was calibrated with the data that resulted from a FW constructed and implemented as part of an interdisciplinary pedagogical project on a university campus, titled "The Rain Project", which raised awareness of stormwater issues while investigating the potential application of green infrastructure for sustainable stormwater management...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733300/exploring-the-relationship-between-frequent-internet-use-and-health-and-social-care-resource-use-in-a-community-based-cohort-of-older-adults-an-observational-study-in-primary-care
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Caroline S Clarke, Jeff Round, Stephen Morris, Kalpa Kharicha, John Ford, Jill Manthorpe, Steve Iliffe, Claire Goodman, Kate Walters
OBJECTIVES: Given many countries' ageing populations, policymakers must consider how to mitigate or reduce health problems associated with old age, within budgetary constraints. Evidence of use of digital technology in delaying the onset of illness and reducing healthcare service use is mixed, with no clear consensus as yet. Our aim was to investigate the relationship between frequent internet use and patterns of health or social care resource use in primary care attendees who took part in a study seeking to improve the health of older adults...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733128/dance-for-health-an-intergenerational-program-to-increase-access-to-physical-activity
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Krista Schroeder, Sarah J Ratcliffe, Adriana Perez, David Earley, Cory Bowman, Terri H Lipman
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate Dance for Health, an intergenerational program to increase access to physical activity in an underserved, high risk urban community. DESIGN AND METHODS: Dance for Health was developed using community-based participatory research methods and evaluated using an observational study design. The program entailed two hour line dancing sessions delivered by trained dance instructors in the neighborhood recreation center...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731384/current-use-of-e-cigarettes-and-conventional-cigarettes-among-us-high-school-students-in-urban-and-rural-locations-2014-national-youth-tobacco-survey
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Melody Noland, Mary Kay Rayens, Amanda T Wiggins, Luz Huntington-Moskos, Emily A Rayens, Tiffany Howard, Ellen J Hahn
PURPOSE: Adolescent tobacco use is higher in rural than in urban areas. While e-cigarette use is increasing rapidly among this age group, differences in prevalence between rural versus urban populations for this relatively novel product have not been explored. The purpose is to investigate whether location of school (rural-urban) is associated with e-cigarette use and dual use (defined as the use of both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes) among high school students. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey obtained using a stratified, 3-stage cluster sample design...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730361/the-effect-of-different-surface-materials-on-runoff-quality-in-permeable-pavement-systems
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Haiyan Li, Zhifei Li, Xiaoran Zhang, Zhuorong Li, Dongqing Liu, Tanghu Li, Ziyang Zhang
To investigate the effect of different permeable pavement surface materials on the removal of pollutants from urban storm-runoff, six commonly surface materials (porous asphalt, porous concrete, cement brick, ceramic brick, sand base brick, and shale brick) were selected in this study and the research was carried out by column experiments. Except the concentrations of total suspended solids (TSS), chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonia nitrogen (NH4-N), nitrate nitrogen (NO3-N), total nitrogen (TN), and total phosphorus (TP) in the influent and effluent that were measured, the removal mechanism of pollutants was discussed further...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728378/phenotypic-diversity-major-genes-and-production-potential-of-local-chickens-and-guinea-fowl-in-tamale-northern-ghana
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Michael Mensah Brown, Benjamin Alenyorege, Gabriel Ayum Teye, Regina Roessler
Objective: Our study provides information on phenotypes of local chickens and guinea fowl and their body measures as well as on major genes in local chickens in northern Ghana. Methods: Qualitative and morphometric traits were recorded on 788 local chickens and 394 guinea fowl in urban households in Tamale, Ghana. Results: The results showed considerable variation of color traits and numerous major genes in local chickens, while color variations and related genotypes in guinea fowl were limited...
June 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727200/landscape-genetic-analyses-reveal-fine-scale-effects-of-forest-fragmentation-in-an-insular-tropical-bird
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Aurélie Khimoun, William Peterman, Cyril Eraud, Bruno Faivre, Nicolas Navarro, Stéphane Garnier
Within the framework of landscape genetics, resistance surface modelling is particularly relevant to explicitly test competing hypotheses about landscape effects on gene flow. To investigate how fragmentation of tropical forest affects population connectivity in a forest-specialist bird species, we optimized resistance surfaces without a priori specification, using least-cost (LCP) or resistance (IBR) distances. We implemented a two-step procedure in order i) to objectively define the landscape thematic resolution (level of detail in classification scheme to describe landscape variables) and spatial extent (area within the landscape boundaries) and then ii) to test the relative role of several landscape features (elevation, roads, land cover) in genetic differentiation in the Plumbeous Warbler (Setophaga plumbea)...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725857/bedside-interprofessional-rounding-the-view-from-the-patient-s-side-of-the-bed
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Kailee Burdick, Areeba Kara, Patricia Ebright, Julie Meek
BACKGROUND: Bedside interprofessional rounding is gaining ground as a means to improve collaboration and patient outcomes, yet little is known regarding patients' perceptions of the practice. METHODS: This descriptive study used individual patient interviews to elicit views on interprofessional rounding from 35 patients at a large, urban hospital. RESULTS: The findings identified three major categories: 1) about the rounding process; 2) clinical information; and 3) the impact/value of bedside inter-professional rounding...
March 2017: Journal of patient experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725160/significance-of-quality-of-care-for-quality-of-life-in-persons-with-dementia-at-risk-of-nursing-home-admission-a-cross-sectional-study
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Christina Bökberg, Gerd Ahlström, Staffan Karlsson
BACKGROUND: Quality of life in persons with dementia is, in large part, dependent on the quality of care they receive. Investigating both subjective and objective aspects of quality of care may reveal areas for improvement regarding their care, which information may ultimately enable persons with dementia to remain living in their own homes while maintaining quality of life. The aim of this study was to 1) describe self-reported quality of life in persons with dementia at risk of nursing home admission...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725047/warming-effects-on-the-urban-hydrology-in-cold-climate-regions
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L Järvi, C S B Grimmond, J P McFadden, A Christen, I B Strachan, M Taka, L Warsta, M Heimann
While approximately 338 million people in the Northern hemisphere live in regions that are regularly snow covered in winter, there is little hydro-climatologic knowledge in the cities impacted by snow. Using observations and modelling we have evaluated the energy and water exchanges of four cities that are exposed to wintertime snow. We show that the presence of snow critically changes the impact that city design has on the local-scale hydrology and climate. After snow melt, the cities return to being strongly controlled by the proportion of built and vegetated surfaces...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724669/seeds-of-hope-incorporating-community-based-strategies-to-implement-a-weight-loss-and-empowerment-intervention-in-eastern-north-carolina
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Lorenzo N Hopper, Kate F Blackman, Rachel A Page, Katie Barnes, Ziya Gizlice, A Imani Rivera, Lori Carter-Edwards
Seeds of HOPE (Health, Opportunities, Partnerships, and Empowerment) was a community-based participatory research project designed to implement an evidence-based weight loss and empowerment intervention aimed at increasing self-efficacy through peer support. HOPE Works, its model, has yielded significant weight loss and increases in participants' ability to set and achieve goals, including in consumption of fruits and vegetables and in physical activity.METHODS The Seeds of HOPE project was implemented through 3 peer leader recruitment approaches using Circle Leaders...
July 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724511/apps-for-health-related-education-in-pharmacy-practice-needs-assessment-survey-among-patients-within-a-large-metropolitan-area
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Sean M Mirk, Nicole Marie Wegrzyn
BACKGROUND: Patient education resources are crucial to the effectiveness of prescribed pharmacotherapy. However, user interest and patient preference for these materials is lacking. Regardless of the field, nearly every article on designing mHealth apps references the lack of end-user involvement as a key flaw to sustainable design. The traditional paper-based methods of patient education are difficult to tailor to a patient's specific needs and learning styles, but a customizable app might be beneficial...
July 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724143/potentially-avoidable-surgical-intensive-care-unit-admissions-and-disposition-delays
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Navpreet K Dhillon, Ara Ko, Eric J T Smith, Mayumi Kharabi, Joseph Castongia, Michael Nurok, Bruce L Gewertz, Eric J Ley
Importance: High health care costs encourage initiatives that avoid overuse of resources and identify opportunities to promote appropriate care. Objective: To investigate the causes of potentially avoidable surgical intensive care unit (SICU) admissions and disposition delays to determine whether targeted interventions could decrease these stays. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective, observational study focused on potentially avoidable SICU days, as determined by observers with input from the rounding intensivists at a 24-bed open SICU at an urban, academic hospital...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724103/nematode-community-response-to-green-infrastructure-design-in-a-semiarid-city
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Mitchell A Pavao-Zuckerman, Christine Sookhdeo
Urbanization affects ecosystem function and environmental quality through shifts in ecosystem fluxes that are brought on by features of the built environment. Green infrastructure (GI) has been suggested as a best management practice (BMP) to address urban hydrologic and ecological impacts of the built environment, but GI practice has only been studied from a limited set of climatic conditions and disciplinary approaches. Here, we evaluate GI features in a semiarid city from the perspective of soil ecology through the application of soil nematode community analysis...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
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