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Jonathan D Fuchs, Kristefer Stojanovski, Eric Vittinghoff, Vanessa M McMahan, Sybill G Hosek, K Rivet Amico, Aminta Kouyate, Hailey J Gilmore, Susan P Buchbinder, Richard T Lester, Robert M Grant, Albert Y Liu
Preexposure prophylaxis is a highly protective HIV prevention strategy, yet nonadherence can significantly reduce its effectiveness. We conducted a mixed methods evaluation of a mobile health intervention (iText) that utilized weekly bidirectional text or e-mail support messages to encourage preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adherence among participants in the multi-site iPrEx open-label extension study. A convenience sample of PrEP users from the San Francisco and Chicago sites participated in a 12-week pilot study...
March 2018: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Gitanjali Das, Vincent Damotte, Jeffrey M Gelfand, Carolyn Bevan, Bruce A C Cree, Lynn Do, Ari J Green, Stephen L Hauser, Riley Bove
Objective: To evaluate the safety of rituximab treatment before and during pregnancy in women with MS and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSDs) who may be at risk of relapses by performing a systematic literature review combined with a retrospective single-center case series. Methods: Studies were systematically identified in the PubMed, Google Scholar, and EMBASE using the key terms "pregnancy" and "rituximab"; 22 articles were included for review (>17,000 screened)...
May 2018: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Waleed M Sweileh
BACKGROUND: Transgender community is marginalized and under-researched. Analysis of peer-reviewed literature in transgender health is needed to better understand health needs and human rights of transgender people. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze global research activity in transgender health published in peer-reviewed journals. METHODS: Peer-reviewed documents in transgender health were retrieved using Scopus database. VOSviewer was used to map frequently encountered author keywords while ArcGIS 10...
March 21, 2018: BMC International Health and Human Rights
Geoffrey H Tison, José M Sanchez, Brandon Ballinger, Avesh Singh, Jeffrey E Olgin, Mark J Pletcher, Eric Vittinghoff, Emily S Lee, Shannon M Fan, Rachel A Gladstone, Carlos Mikell, Nimit Sohoni, Johnson Hsieh, Gregory M Marcus
Importance: Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects 34 million people worldwide and is a leading cause of stroke. A readily accessible means to continuously monitor for AF could prevent large numbers of strokes and death. Objective: To develop and validate a deep neural network to detect AF using smartwatch data. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this multinational cardiovascular remote cohort study coordinated at the University of California, San Francisco, smartwatches were used to obtain heart rate and step count data for algorithm development...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Jun Hui Lee, Lucia Rivera Sanchez, Travis Porco, Ying Han, Alejandra G de Alba Campomanes
PURPOSE: To study the correlation between corneal and scleral intraocular pressure (IOP) by pneumatonometry in pediatric patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: Patients (age range, 0-15 years) undergoing an eye examination under anesthesia or eye surgery were recruited at the University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children's Hospital between July 2015 and April 2016. METHODS: Intraocular pressure measurements were obtained by pneumatonometry on the central cornea and the inferonasal and inferotemporal sclera in a random order...
March 12, 2018: Ophthalmology
Sarah H Peterson, Joshua T Ackerman, Collin A Eagles-Smith, Mark P Herzog, C Alex Hartman
Predators sample the available prey community when foraging; thus, changes in the environment may be reflected by changes in predator diet and foraging preferences. We examined Forster's tern (Sterna forsteri) prey species over an 11-year period by sampling approximately 10,000 prey fish returned to 17 breeding colonies in south San Francisco Bay, California. We compared the species composition among repeatedly-sampled colonies (≥ 4 years), using both relative species abundance and the composition of total dry mass by species...
2018: PloS One
Teresa Fernández-Crespo, Rick J Schulting, Javier Ordoño, Andreas Duering, Francisco Etxeberria, Lourdes Herrasti, Ángel Armendariz, José I Vegas, Christopher Bronk Ramsey
OBJECTIVES: San Juan ante Portam Latinam is one of a small number of European Neolithic sites meeting many of the archaeological criteria expected for a mass grave, and furthermore presents evidence for violent conflict. This study aims to differentiate between what is potentially a single episode of deposition, versus deposition over some centuries, or, alternatively, that resulting from a combination of catastrophic and attritional mortality. The criteria developed are intended to have wider applicability to other such proposed events...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Linda X Yin, Gypsyamber D'Souza, William H Westra, Steven J Wang, Annemieke van Zante, Yuehan Zhang, Eleni M Rettig, William R Ryan, Patrick K Ha, Alicia Wentz, Wayne Koch, David W Eisele, Carole Fakhry
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive and HPV-negative oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) are distinct disease entities. Prognostic factors specific to each entity have not been adequately explored. Goals for this study were: 1) to determine whether HPV-positive and HPV-negative OPSCCs have distinct prognostic factors, and 2) to explore the prognostic significance of sex and race in OPSCC after HPV stratification STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series...
March 14, 2018: Laryngoscope
Manoochehr Shirzaei, Roland Bürgmann
The current global projections of future sea level rise are the basis for developing inundation hazard maps. However, contributions from spatially variable coastal subsidence have generally not been considered in these projections. We use synthetic aperture radar interferometric measurements and global navigation satellite system data to show subsidence rates of less than 2 mm/year along most of the coastal areas along San Francisco Bay. However, rates exceed 10 mm/year in some areas underlain by compacting artificial landfill and Holocene mud deposits...
March 2018: Science Advances
Ami R Zota, Ruth J Geller, Laura E Romano, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nancy E Adler, Emily Parry, Miaomiao Wang, June-Soo Park, Angelo F Elmi, Barbara A Laraia, Elissa S Epel
BACKGROUND: Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can target immune and metabolic pathways. However, few epidemiologic studies have examined the influence of EDCs on measures of inflammation and cellular aging during pregnancy and postpartum. OBJECTIVE: We investigated associations between prenatal exposures to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hydroxylated PBDE metabolites (OH-PBDEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and per- and polyfluorochemicals (PFASs) with repeated biomarker measurements of inflammation and cellular aging in women during pregnancy and the postpartum period...
March 10, 2018: Environment International
Jenna Dran
In 2015, Zika virus rapidly emerged as a concern for obstetric patients and health care providers as the disease spread geographically and it was discovered that Zika virus infection had the potential to cause devastating birth defects. Essentially overnight, obstetric care providers were faced with an influx of rapidly evolving information and an increased workload. New systems, workflows, and personnel were needed to effectively address the new patient care needs fueled by the burgeoning Zika virus epidemic...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Anne L Donovan, J Matthew Aldrich, A Kendall Gross, Denise M Barchas, Kevin C Thornton, Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Michael A Gropper, Angela K M Lipshutz
OBJECTIVES: We describe the importance of interprofessional care in modern critical care medicine. This review highlights the essential roles played by specific members of the interprofessional care team, including patients and family members, and discusses quality improvement initiatives that require interprofessional collaboration for success. DATA SOURCES: Studies were identified through MEDLINE search using a variety of search phrases related to interprofessional care, critical care provider types, and quality improvement initiatives...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Oelisoa M Andriankaja, Francisco J Muñoz-Torres, José Vivaldi-Oliver, Brian G Leroux, Maribel Campos, Kaumudi Joshipura, Cynthia M Pérez
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate whether insulin resistance (IR) predicts the risk of oral inflammation, assessed as the number of sites with bleeding on probing (BOP) and number of teeth with probing pocket depths (PPD) ≥ 4 mm and BOP. METHODS: Data on 870 overweight/obese diabetes free adults, aged 40-65 years from the San Juan Overweight Adults Longitudinal Study over a three-year period, was analyzed. Baseline IR, assessed using the Homeostasis Model Assessment of IR (HOMA-IR) index, was divided into tertiles...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Mohammad Kamal Shaker, Iman F Montasser, Mohamed Sakr, Mohamed Elgharib, Hany M Dabbous, Hend Ebada, Ahmed El Dorry, Mohamed Bahaa, Mahmoud El Meteini
Background and aim: The number of loco-regional therapies (LRTs) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has increased dramatically during the past decade, bridging or downstaging patients on the waiting list for liver transplantation. This study aimed to analyze the outcomes of LRTs prior to living donor liver transplantation in patients with HCC. Methods: Sixty-two HCC patients received living donor liver transplantation at Ain Shams Center for Organ Transplantation over a 2-year period...
2018: Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Janet M Chiang, Frank Z Stanczyk, Alka M Kanaya
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Asian Indians have a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and metabolic syndrome. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 150 Asian Indians (50% male) from the San Francisco Bay Area. We assessed the association between 25-OH vitamin D (25-OHD) levels and vitamin D deficiency with body composition (anthropometric and radiographic measures) and metabolic outcomes...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Francisco-Javier Gonzalez-Barcala, Maria-Esther San-Jose, Juan-José Nieto-Fontarigo, Jose-Martín Carreira, Uxio Calvo-Alvarez, Maria-Jesus Cruz, David Facal, Maria-Teresa Garcia-Sanz, Luis Valdes-Cuadrado, Francisco-Javier Salgado
INTRODUCTION: The presence of eosinophils in asthma inflammation is a relevant factor in the pathophysiology of the disease, however the relationship between the blood eosinophil count (BEC) with asthma severity and prognosis is still under debate. The aim of this work is to analyze the relationship between the BEC levels and hospital readmissions in patients with asthma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A review was retrospectively carried out on all admissions of patients over 18 years old due to exacerbation of asthma occurring in our hospital between the years 2000 and 2010...
March 4, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Motshedisi B Sabone, Keitshokile Dintle Mogobe, Ellah Matshediso, Sheila Shaibu, Esther I Ntsayagae, Inge B Corless, Yvette P Cuca, William L Holzemer, Carol Dawson-Rose, Solymar S Soliz Baez, Marta Rivero-Mendz, Allison R Webel, Lucille Sanzero Eller, Paul Reid, Mallory O Johnson, Jeanne Kemppainen, Darcel Reyes, Kathleen Nokes, Dean Wantland, Patrice K Nicholas, Teri Lingren, Carmen J Portillo, Elizabeth Sefcik, Ellen Long-Middleton
BACKGROUND: Managing HIV treatment is a complex multi-dimensional task because of a combination of factors such as stigma and discrimination of some populations who frequently get infected with HIV. In addition, patient-provider encounters have become increasingly multicultural, making effective communication and provision of ethically sound care a challenge. PURPOSE: This article explores ethical issues that health service providers in the United States and Botswana encountered in their interaction with patients in HIV care...
January 1, 2018: Nursing Ethics
Han-Lin Chi, Janine Cataldo, Evelyn Y Ho, Roberta S Rehm
BACKGROUND: Health-care providers (HCPs) find facilitating end-of-life (EOL) care discussions challenging, especially with patients whose ethnicities differ from their own. Currently, there is little guidance on how to initiate and facilitate such discussions with older Chinese Americans (≥55 years) and their families. OBJECTIVE: To explore communication strategies for HCPs to initiate EOL care discussions with older Chinese Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Salomeh Keyhani, Marzieh Vali, Beth Cohen, Alexandra Woodbridge, Melanie Arenson, Elnaz Eilkhani, Christina Aivadyan, Deborah Hasin
BACKGROUND: The harmful effects of marijuana on health and in particular cardiovascular health are understudied. To develop such knowledge, an efficient method of developing an informative cohort of marijuana users and non-users is needed. METHODS: We identified patients with a diagnosis of coronary artery disease using ICD-9 codes who were seen in the San Francisco VA in 2015. We imported these patients' medical record notes into an informatics platform that facilitated text searches...
2018: PloS One
J Nwando Olayiwola, Rachel Willard-Grace, Kate Dubé, Danielle Hessler, Rebecca Shunk, Kevin Grumbach, Laura Gottlieb
PURPOSE: Primary care physicians (PCP) experience high rates of professional burnout. These symptoms may be magnified in underserved populations. This study explores relationships between clinic capacity to address patients' social needs (SN) and PCP burnout. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of PCPs from three delivery systems in San Francisco. Surveys included three components of burnout, measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and a four-item instrument exploring attitudes, confidence, individual skills and organizational capacity to address patients' SN...
2018: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
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