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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643716/prevalence-of-ocular-morbidity-in-school-going-children-in-west-uttar-pradesh
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Veer Singh, K P S Malik, V K Malik, Kirti Jain
AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aims to evaluate the prevalence and to make a comparison between the ocular morbidity pattern in school going children of urban and rural areas of West Uttar Pradesh. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A school-based cross-sectional study design was adopted to examine children aged 5-15 years in randomly selected urban and rural schools of West Uttar Pradesh from June 2012 to August 2014. An optometrist did the vision and refraction, and a detailed ophthalmic examination was done by an ophthalmologist...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643191/role-of-obesity-variables-in-detecting-hypertension-in-an-iranian-population
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Patricia Khashayar, Hamidreza Aghaei Meybodi, Mohsen Rezaei Hemami, Bagher Larijani
INTRODUCTION: As the high incidence of hypertension has been in conjunction with dramatic increase in the prevalence of obesity, many studies have suggested obesity as its underlying cause in diverse race and ethnic groups. AIM: The present study was designed to quantify the relationship between obesity variables and hypertension in Iranian population. A ROC curve analysis was also used to determine an optimal BMI cutoff for obesity with the aim of representing elevated incidence of hypertension in this population...
June 22, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640685/understanding-and-improving-arterial-roads-to-support-public-health-and-transportation-goals
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Carolyn McAndrews, Keshia M Pollack, David Berrigan, Andrew L Dannenberg, Ed J Christopher
Arterials are types of roads designed to carry high volumes of motorized traffic. They are an integral part of transportation systems worldwide and exposure to them is ubiquitous, especially in urban areas. Arterials provide access to diverse commercial and cultural resources, which can positively influence community health by supporting social cohesion as well as economic and cultural opportunities. They can negatively influence health via safety issues, noise, air pollution, and lack of economic development...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640496/distance-decay-relationships-in-foliar-fungal-endophytes-are-driven-by-rare-taxa
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Ryoko Oono, Anna Rasmussen, Emilie Lefèvre
Foliar fungal endophytes represent a diverse and species-rich plant microbiome. Their biogeography provides essential clues to their cryptic relationship with hosts and the environment in which they disperse. We present species composition, diversity, and dispersal patterns of endophytic fungi associated with needles of Pinus taeda trees across regional scales in the absence of strong environmental gradients as well as within individual trees. An empirical designation of rare and abundant taxa enlightens us on the structure of endophyte communities...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639803/determining-when-to-conduct-a-violence-risk-assessment-development-and-initial-validation-of-the-fordham-risk-screening-tool-frst
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Barry Rosenfeld, Melodie Foellmi, Ali Khadivi, Charity Wijetunga, Jacqueline Howe, Alicia Nijdam-Jones, Shana Grover, Merrill Rotter
Techniques to assess violence risk are increasingly common, but no systematic approach exists to help clinicians decide which psychiatric patients are most in need of a violence risk assessment. The Fordham Risk Screening Tool (FRST) was designed to fill this void, providing a structured, systematic approach to screening psychiatric patients and determining the need for further, more thorough violence risk assessment. The FRST was administered to a sample of 210 consecutive admissions to the civil psychiatric units of an urban medical center, 159 of whom were subsequently evaluated using the Historical Clinical Risk Management-20, version 3, to determine violence risk...
June 22, 2017: Law and Human Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639382/preferred-intervention-strategies-to-improve-dietary-and-physical-activity-behaviors-among-african-american-mothers-and-daughters
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Monique Reed, Wrenetha Julion, Diane McNaughton, JoEllen Wilbur
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify cultural- and age-appropriate intervention strategies to improve dietary and physical activity (PA) behaviors in African-American adolescent daughters and their mothers. DESIGN AND SAMPLE: A convergent parallel mixed methods design with interactive quantitative and qualitative measures was used. Twenty-four 9th- and 10th-grade African-American daughters from a large urban high school and their mothers participated...
June 22, 2017: Public Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638820/dementia-literacy-among-community-dwelling-older-adults-in-urban-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Haifeng Zhang, Samantha M Loi, Shu'aijun Zhou, Mei Zhao, Xiaozhen Lv, Jing Wang, Xiao Wang, Nicola Lautenschlager, Xin Yu, Huali Wang
OBJECTIVE: Delay in seeking diagnosis of dementia is common in China. Misinformation and poor knowledge about dementia may contribute to it. The study was designed to explore the nationwide dementia literacy among older adults in urban China and to investigate the factors associated with overall dementia literacy. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, a convenience sample of 3,439 community-dwelling old adults aged 60 and over was recruited from 34 cities in 20 provinces between June 20 and August 20, 2014...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636977/long-term-trend-of-o3-in-a-mega-city-shanghai-china-characteristics-causes-and-interactions-with-precursors
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Wei Gao, Xuexi Tie, Jianming Xu, Rujin Huang, Xiaoqing Mao, Guangqiang Zhou, Luyu Chang
In recent years, ozone (O3) is often the major pollutant during summertime in China. In order to better understand this problem, a long-term measurement of ozone (from 2006 to 2015) and its precursors (NOx and VOCs) as well as the photochemical parameter (UV radiation) in a mega city of China (Shanghai) is analyzed. The focus of this study is to investigate the trend of O3 and the causes of the O3 trend in large cities in China. In order to understand the relationship between the O3 precursors and O3 formation, two distinguished different sites of measurements are selected in the study, including an urbanization site (XJH-Xujiahui) and a remote site (DT-Dongtan)...
June 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636338/contributions-of-local-farming-to-urban-sustainability-in-the-northeast-united-states
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Benjamin P Goldstein, Michael Z Hauschild, John E Fernández, Morten Birkved
Food consumption is an important contributor to a city's environmental impacts (carbon emissions, land occupation, water use, etc.) Urban farming (UF) has been advocated as a means to increase urban sustainability by reducing food-related transport and tapping into local resources. Taking Boston as an illustrative Northeast U.S. city, we developed a novel method to estimate sub-urban, food-borne carbon and land footprints using multiregion-input-output modeling and nutritional surveys. Computer simulations utilizing primary data explored UF's ability to reduce these footprints using select farming technologies, building on previous city-scale UF assessments which have hitherto been dependent on proxy data for UF...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636199/widespread-occurrence-and-potential-for-biodegradation-of-bioactive-contaminants-in-congaree-national-park-usa
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Paul M Bradley, William A Battaglin, Jimmy M Clark, Frank Henning, Michelle L Hladik, Luke R Iwanowicz, Celeste A Journey, Jeffrey W Riley, Kristin M Romanok
Organic contaminants with designed molecular bioactivity, such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, originate from human and agricultural sources, occur frequently in surface waters, and threaten the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Congaree National Park in South Carolina (USA) is a vulnerable park unit due to its location downstream of multiple urban and agricultural contaminant sources and its hydrologic setting, being composed almost entirely of floodplain and aquatic environments...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631181/glaucoma-awareness-amongst-glaucoma-patients-seeking-a-second-opinion
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Devindra Sood, Shivam Sood, Ishaana Sood, Dinesh Kumar, Rajeev Sood, Narender Nath Sood
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess level of glaucoma awareness amongst glaucoma patients by studying characteristics amongst urban and rural glaucoma populations in North India. METHODS: A questionnaire was designed and administered after appropriate validation amongst patients to identify determinants of glaucoma awareness. Trained personnel delivered the 11 questions to 1506 patients, aged 18 and above through random sampling. The questionnaire evaluated source of awareness, education, gender, location and age on the level of awareness of glaucoma...
June 19, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628680/current-perspectives-among-u-s-dermatologists-on-chemoprevention-of-nonmelanoma-skin-cancer-a-survey-based-study
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Brittany Oliver, Serena Durrani, Joel L Cohen, Adam J Friedman
<p>Introduction: Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common malignancy in the US Primary prevention of NMSC with physical photoprotective measures are often not sufficient to impact skin cancer incidence in high-risk individuals. Chemoprevention is the use of agents to prevent, suppress, and reverse carcinogenic progression. Many agents have been investigated, but preclinical and clinical studies are often inconsistent.</p> <p>Methods: A cross-sectional study was designed to assess current practices, perceptions, and general knowledge of U...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628349/evaluation-of-a-client-centered-linkage-intervention-for-patients-newly-diagnosed-with-hiv-at-an-urban-united-states-lgbt-center-the-linkage-to-care-specialist-project
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Jesse Bendetson, Rhodri Dierst-Davies, Risa Flynn, Matthew R Beymer, Amy R Wohl, K Rivet Amico, Robert K Bolan
Linkage to care (LTC) is a key element of the HIV care continuum, and a crucial bridge from testing and diagnosis to receipt of antiretroviral therapies and viral suppression. In 2012, the Los Angeles LGBT Center hired a full-time LTC specialist (LTC-S), who developed a unique client-centered approach to LTC. This single-arm demonstration project was designed to systematically evaluate the LTC-S intervention. Individuals who were newly diagnosed with HIV between March 2014 and September 2015 were eligible for enrollment...
June 19, 2017: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626503/does-a-free-office-visit-affect-primary-care-seeking-behavior-a-study-of-new-exchange-health-plan-enrollees-in-mississippi
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Bettina M Beech, Tristan Cordier, Laura E Happe, Laura Trunk, Gilbert S Haugh, Richard Kwong, Vipin Gopal, Roy A Beveridge
BACKGROUND: Given the positive association between primary care and overall health, several health plans are offering doctors' visits without patient copay, with the intent to increase primary care use. However, the effectiveness of these offers has not been established in the literature. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a free primary care provider (PCP) office visit offered by a health plan on primary care-seeking behaviors. METHODS: This nonrandomized concurrent control study used event/trials logistic regression to compare the differences in primary care utilization between new exchange enrollees in Mississippi who were offered a free nonpreventive PCP visit and concurrent controls from Georgia and Tennessee who were not offered a free visit, between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, which was the first year of the exchange plans...
April 2017: American Health & Drug Benefits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626253/socio-economic-and-demographic-determinants-of-full-immunization-among-children-of-12-23-months-in-afghanistan
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Fraidoon Farzad, Joshua A Reyer, Eiko Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Hamajima
Immunization is one of the most cost-effective interventions to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases morbidity and mortality. Vaccination coverage is very low in Afghanistan; National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (NRVA) Survey 2008 estimated the coverage of fully immunized children to be 37%. The current study was designed to examine the factors influencing full immunization among children aged 12-23 months. Demographic and vaccination data of 2,561 children of 12-23 months was extracted from the Afghanistan Health Survey (AHS) 2012...
February 2017: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625211/paying-for-convenience-comparing-the-cost-of-takeaway-meals-with-their-healthier-home-cooked-counterparts-in-new-zealand
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Sally Mackay, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Pei Xie, Amanda Lee, Boyd Swinburn
OBJECTIVE: Convenience and cost impact on people's meal decisions. Takeaway and pre-prepared foods save preparation time but may contribute to poorer-quality diets. Analysing the impact of time on relative cost differences between meals of varying convenience contributes to understanding the barrier of time to selecting healthy meals. DESIGN: Six popular New Zealand takeaway meals were identified from two large national surveys and compared with similar, but healthier, home-made and home-assembled meals that met nutrition targets consistent with New Zealand Eating and Activity Guidelines...
June 19, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624665/protecting-the-public-an-investigation-of-midwives-perceptions-of-regulation-and-the-regulator
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Jacqueline Wier
OBJECTIVE: to investigate the perceptions of a group of midwifery registrants about the influence of regulation and the regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, on the practice of midwives in the United Kingdom DESIGN: quantitative and qualitative research using an online survey and semi-structured interviews SETTING: The South East of England, which covers both urban and rural practice settings. PARTICIPANTS: (a) 132 (n=70%) midwives responded to the online survey, and (b) 20 midwives participated in the semi-structured interviews FINDINGS: midwives were generally supportive of the need to regulate practice; however, some participants had an uneasy relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and claimed to practice defensively, due to a fear that they could be removed from the register, and believed the regulator to be remote and punitive...
June 6, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623185/a-web-based-data-collection-platform-for-multisite-randomized-behavioral-intervention-trials-development-key-software-features-and-results-of-a-user-survey
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Riddhi A Modi, Michael J Mugavero, Rivet K Amico, Jeanne Keruly, Evelyn Byrd Quinlivan, Heidi M Crane, Alfredo Guzman, Anne Zinski, Solange Montue, Katya Roytburd, Anna Church, James H Willig
BACKGROUND: Meticulous tracking of study data must begin early in the study recruitment phase and must account for regulatory compliance, minimize missing data, and provide high information integrity and/or reduction of errors. In behavioral intervention trials, participants typically complete several study procedures at different time points. Among HIV-infected patients, behavioral interventions can favorably affect health outcomes. In order to empower newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals to learn skills to enhance retention in HIV care, we developed the behavioral health intervention Integrating ENGagement and Adherence Goals upon Entry (iENGAGE) funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where we deployed an in-clinic behavioral health intervention in 4 urban HIV outpatient clinics in the United States...
June 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620974/evaluation-of-the-nigerian-urban-reproductive-health-initiative-nurhi-program
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Gaps remain in understanding whether family planning (FP) programs can change urban women's FP behaviors. Even less is known about what works among poor urban women. This article presents results of the impact evaluation of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI). Findings are based on recently collected longitudinal data from women and facilities in six cities in Nigeria. Over the four-year follow-up period, there was an increase of about ten percentage points in modern method use. Impact evaluation analyses using fixed-effects regression methods indicate that both demand- and supply-side program activities increased modern method use...
June 16, 2017: Studies in Family Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620272/short-term-effects-of-a-brief-intervention-to-reduce-alcohol-use-and-sexual-risk-among-homeless-young-adults-results-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ronald G Thompson, Jennifer C Elliott, Mei-Chen Hu, Christina Aivadyan, Efrat Aharonovich, Deborah S Hasin
BACKGROUND: Homeless young adults are more likely than their never-homeless counterparts to abuse alcohol and engage in risky sexual behaviors, yet no interventions to simultaneously reduce both these behaviors among this vulnerable population have been systematically designed and evaluated. We therefore developed a brief intervention (BI) to reduce both alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors among homeless young adults. The results of a randomized trial testing the BI against an education comparison (EC) are presented...
2017: Addiction Research & Theory
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