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Sarah E Blutt, James R Broughman, Winnie Zou, Xi-Lei Zeng, Umesh C Karandikar, Julie In, Nicholas C Zachos, Olga Kovbasnjuk, Mark Donowitz, Mary K Estes
Gastrointestinal diseases are a significant health care and economic burden. Prevention and treatment of these diseases have been limited by the available human biologic models. Microphysiological systems comprise organ-specific human cultures that recapitulate many structural, biological, and functional properties of the organ in smaller scale including aspects of flow, shear stress and chemical gradients. The development of intestinal microphysiological system platforms represents a critical component in improving our understanding, prevention, and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533698/use-of-the-medicare-database-in-epidemiologic-and-health-services-research-a-valuable-source-of-real-world-evidence-on-the-older-and-disabled-populations-in-the-us
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REVIEW
Katherine E Mues, Alexander Liede, Jiannong Liu, James B Wetmore, Rebecca Zaha, Brian D Bradbury, Allan J Collins, David T Gilbertson
Medicare is the federal health insurance program for individuals in the US who are aged ≥65 years, select individuals with disabilities aged <65 years, and individuals with end-stage renal disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services grants researchers access to Medicare administrative claims databases for epidemiologic and health outcomes research. The data cover beneficiaries' encounters with the health care system and receipt of therapeutic interventions, including medications, procedures, and services...
2017: Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532513/barriers-to-utilisation-of-antenatal-care-services-in-south-sudan-a-qualitative-study-in-rumbek-north-county
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Calistus Wilunda, Chiara Scanagatta, Giovanni Putoto, Francesca Montalbetti, Giulia Segafredo, Risa Takahashi, Serge André Mizerero, Ana Pilar Betrán
BACKGROUND: Access to adequate antenatal care (ANC) is critical in ensuring a good maternal health and in preventing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. South Sudan has one of the world's poorest health indicators due to a fragile health system and a combination of socio-cultural, economic, and political factors. This study was conducted to identify barriers to utilisation of ANC services in Rumbek North County. METHODS: Using a qualitative design, data were collected through 14 focus group discussions with 169 women and 45 men and 12 key informant interviews with community leaders, staff working in health facilities, and the staff of the County Health Department...
May 22, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532236/evaluating-the-american-nurses-association-s-arguments-against-nurse-participation-in-assisted-suicide
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Eric Vogelstein
This discussion paper critically assesses the American Nurses Association's stated arguments against nurse participation in assisted suicide, as found in its current (2013) position statement. Seven distinct arguments can be gleaned from the American Nurses Association's statement, based on (1) the American Nurses Association's Code of Ethics with Interpretive Statements and its injunction against nurses acting with the sole intent to end life, (2) the risks of abuse and misuse of assisted suicide, (3) nursing's social contract or covenant with society, (4) the contention that nurses must not harm their patients, (5) the sanctity of life, (6) the traditions of nursing, and (7) the fundamental goals of nursing...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531205/cost-analysis-of-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-diseases-and-genital-warts-in-swaziland
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Themba G Ginindza, Benn Sartorius, Xolisile Dlamini, Ellinor Östensson
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) has proven to be the cause of several severe clinical conditions on the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, oropharynx and penis. Several studies have assessed the costs of cervical lesions, cervical cancer (CC), and genital warts. However, few have been done in Africa and none in Swaziland. Cost analysis is critical in providing useful information for economic evaluations to guide policymakers concerned with the allocation of resources in order to reduce the disease burden...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530045/mental-health-challenges-among-adolescents-living-with-hiv
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Rachel C Vreeman, Brittany M McCoy, Sonia Lee
INTRODUCTION: Mental health is a critical and neglected global health challenge for adolescents infected with HIV. The prevalence of mental and behavioural health issues among HIV-infected adolescents may not be well understood or addressed as the world scales up HIV prevention and treatment for adolescents. The objective of this narrative review is to assess the current literature related to mental health challenges faced by adolescents living with HIV, including access to mental health services, the role of mental health challenges during transition from paediatric to adult care services and responsibilities, and the impact of mental health interventions...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528477/human-cost-burden-of-exposure-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Gregory G Bond, Daniel R Dietrich
Recently published papers have alleged that exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are causing substantial disease burdens in the EU and US and are consequently costing society hundreds of billions of dollars annually. To date, these cost estimates have not undergone adequate scientific scrutiny, but nevertheless are being used aggressively in advocacy campaigns in an attempt to fundamentally change how chemicals are tested, evaluated and regulated. Consequently, we critically evaluated the underlying methodology and assumptions employed by the chief architects of the disease burden cost estimates...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523440/assessing-and-modifying-coronary-artery-disease-risk-in-women
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REVIEW
Amy Sarma, Nandita S Scott
Despite continued advances in the field, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in women in the USA with an annual mortality rate that has remained higher for women as compared to men. The factors leading to this sex difference remain incompletely understood. Likely contributors include atypical symptoms at presentation and lack of recognition of cardiovascular risk by women and their providers alike. In addition, women have a higher burden of comorbidities at the time of disease diagnosis and can have differential pathophysiological mechanisms of their acute events...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521810/estimation-of-the-burden-of-varicella-in-europe-before-the-introduction-of-universal-childhood-immunization
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Margarita Riera-Montes, Kaatje Bollaerts, Ulrich Heininger, Niel Hens, Giovanni Gabutti, Angel Gil, Bayad Nozad, Grazina Mirinaviciute, Elmira Flem, Audrey Souverain, Thomas Verstraeten, Susanne Hartwig
BACKGROUND: Varicella is generally considered a mild disease. Disease burden is not well known and country-level estimation is challenging. As varicella disease is not notifiable, notification criteria and rates vary between countries. In general, existing surveillance systems do not capture cases that do not seek medical care, and most are affected by underreporting and underascertainment. We aimed to estimate the overall varicella disease burden in Europe to provide critical information to support decision-making regarding varicella vaccination...
May 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520616/pediatric-cancer-burden-and-treatment-resources-within-the-pediatric-iedea-consortium
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Steven A Brown, Salma Abbas, Mary-Ann Davies, Torsak Bunupuradah, Annette H Sohn, Karl-Günter Technau, Lorna Renner, Valériane Leroy, Andrew Edmonds, Marcel Yotebieng, Catherine C McGowan, Stephany N Duda, Lynne Mofenson, Beverly Musick, Kara Wools-Kaloustian
INTRODUCTION: The incidence and treatment of cancer in HIV-infected children from resource-limited settings has not been extensively studied. OBJECTIVES: Develop and implement a cross-sectional survey to evaluate pediatric cancer burden, diagnostic modalities in use, and treatment availability as perceived by HIV clinic staff at regional International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA) sites. METHODS: IeDEA regional investigators developed a cross-sectional clinical site survey which included questions on the numbers and types of pediatric cancers observed, modalities used to treat identified cancers and treatment options available at individual sites in the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, and Southern Africa regions...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498175/experiences-of-healthcare-professionals-of-having-their-significant-other-admitted-to-an-acute-care-facility-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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Hussamaldeen Sabyani, Richard Wiechula, Judy Magarey, Frank Donnelly
BACKGROUND: Most healthcare professionals at some time will experience having a significant other admitted to an acute care hospital. The knowledge and understanding that these individuals possess because of their professional practice can potentially alter this experience. Expectations of staff and other family members (FMs) can potentially increase the burden on these health professionals. All FMs of patients should have their needs and expectations considered; however, this review specifically addresses what may be unique for healthcare professionals...
May 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496365/prevalence-and-prognosis-of-stress-disorders-a-review-of-the-epidemiologic-literature
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REVIEW
Jaimie L Gradus
Given the ubiquity of traumatic events, it is not surprising that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - a common diagnosis following one of these experiences - is characterized as conferring a large burden for individuals and society. Although there is recognition of the importance of PTSD diagnoses throughout psychiatry, the literature on other diagnoses one may receive following a stressful or traumatic event is scant. This review summarizes the literature on stress disorders (classified according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition [ICD-10]), including acute stress reaction, PTSD, adjustment disorder and unspecified stress reactions...
2017: Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493917/the-impact-of-hcv-therapy-in-a-high-hiv-hcv-prevalence-population-a-modeling-study-on-people-who-inject-drugs-in-ho-chi-minh-city-vietnam
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Ruthie B Birger, Thuy Le, Roger D Kouyos, Bryan T Grenfell, Timothy B Hallett
BACKGROUND: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) coinfection is a major global health problem especially among people who inject drugs (PWID), with significant clinical implications. Mathematical models have been used to great effect to shape HIV care, but few have been proposed for HIV/HCV. METHODS: We constructed a deterministic compartmental ODE model that incorporated layers for HIV disease progression, HCV disease progression and PWID demography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492122/critical-care-admission-of-south-african-sa-surgical-patients-results-of-the-sa-surgical-outcomes-study
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David Lee Skinner, Kim De Vasconcellos, Robert Wise, Tonya Marianne Esterhuizen, Cate Fourie, Akhter Goolam Mahomed, P Dean Gopalan, Ivan Joubert, Hyla-Louise Kluyts, L Rudo Mathivha, Busisiwe Mrara, Jan P Pretorius, Guy Richards, Ollie Smith, Maryke Geertruida Louise Spruyt, Rupert M Pearse, Thandinkosi E Madiba, Bruce M Biccard, On Behalf Of The South African Surgical Outcomes Study Sasos Investigators
BACKGROUND: Appropriate critical care admissions are an important component of surgical care. However, there are few data describing postoperative critical care admission in resource-limited low- and middle-income countries. OBJECTIVE: To describe the demographics, organ failures, organ support and outcomes of non-cardiac surgical patients admitted to critical care units in South Africa (SA). METHODS: The SA Surgical Outcomes Study (SASOS) was a 7-day national, multicentre, prospective, observational cohort study of all patients ≥16 years of age undergoing inpatient non-cardiac surgery between 19 and 26 May 2014 at 50 government-funded hospitals...
April 25, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490412/improving-community-access-to-terminal-phase-medicines-in-australia-identification-of-the-key-considerations-for-the-implementation-of-a-core-medicines-list
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Paul A Tait, Weng Hou Cheung, Michael Wiese, Kirsten Staff
During the terminal phase, access to medicines is critical for people wishing to spend their last days of life at home. Yet, access to medicines can be problematic. The aim of this study was to report the perspectives of specialist and generalist health professionals (HPs) on the issues of community access to medicines for this vulnerable group. A qualitative descriptive study design investigated the views of HPs working in palliative care roles in South Australia. Nurses, doctors and pharmacists described their experiences of accessing medicines for management of terminal phase symptoms during semi-structured focus group discussions...
May 11, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488207/depressive-spectrum-disorders-in-cancer-diagnostic-issues-and-intervention-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Rosangela Caruso, Maria GiuliaNanni, Michelle B Riba, Silvana Sabato, Luigi Grassi
Depressive spectrum disorders, including major depression, persistent depression, minor and sub-syndromal depression, and other forms of depressive conditions, such as demoralization, are among the most common psychiatric consequences of cancer patients, affecting up to 60% of patients. In spite of the negative effects and the burden for cancer patients and their families, these disorders often remain under-recognized and undertreated. The present review aims at summarizing the relevant data concerning the diagnostic challenges within the depressive spectrum disorders among cancer patients...
June 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487184/symptom-assessment-in-non-vocal-or-cognitively-impaired-icu-patients-implications-for-practice-and-future-research
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REVIEW
JiYeon Choi, Margaret L Campbell, Céline Gélinas, Mary Beth Happ, Judith Tate, Linda Chlan
BACKGROUND: Symptom assessment in critically ill patients is challenging because many cannot provide a self-report. OBJECTIVES: To describe the state of the science on symptom communication and the assessment of selected physical symptoms in non-vocal ICU patients. METHODS: This paper summarizes a 2014 American Thoracic Society Annual International Conference symposium presenting current evidence on symptom communication, delirium, and the assessment of common physical symptoms (i...
May 6, 2017: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487003/examining-the-utility-of-the-hamilton-early-warning-scores-hews-at-triage-retrospective-pilot-study-in-a-canadian-emergency-department
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Steven Skitch, Benjamin Tam, Michael Xu, Laura McInnis, Anthony Vu, Alison Fox-Robichaud
OBJECTIVES: Early warning scores use vital signs to identify patients at risk of critical illness. The current study examines the Hamilton Early Warning Score (HEWS) at emergency department (ED) triage among patients who experienced a critical event during their hospitalization. HEWS was also evaluated as a predictor of sepsis. METHODS: The study population included admissions to two hospitals over a 6-month period. Cases experienced a critical event defined by unplanned intensive care unit admission, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or death...
May 10, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482955/an-overview-of-tuberculosis-and-migration
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P Dhavan, H M Dias, J Creswell, D Weil
With nearly one billion migrants worldwide, migration is both a dynamic and a divisive phenomenon facing the world today. Migrants are a heterogeneous group, and the conditions surrounding migration pathways often pose risks to the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, with certain subgroups being more vulnerable than others. Several determinants of health and tuberculosis (TB) interplay to increase the vulnerability of migrants to tuberculous infection, TB disease and poor treatment outcomes, making them a key population for TB...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480578/protecting-children-and-families-from-tobacco-and-tobacco-related-ncds-in-the-western-pacific-good-practice-examples-from-malaysia-philippines-and-singapore
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A M David, S P Mercado, J D Klein, M S/O K Kaundan, H N Koong, E Garcia
BACKGROUND: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are generally considered diseases of adulthood, but NCD risk factors like tobacco use often are taken up during childhood and adolescence, and second-hand smoke exposure affects child survival and development. METHODS: At a regional meeting of the Asia Pacific Child and Family Health Alliance for Tobacco Control, members reviewed existing good practices of child-focused tobacco control approaches using health promotion strategies...
May 7, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
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