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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738213/determinants-of-the-magnitude-of-socioeconomic-inequalities-in-mortality-a-study-of-17-european-countries
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Johan P Mackenbach, Matthias Bopp, Patrick Deboosere, Katalin Kovacs, Mall Leinsalu, Pekka Martikainen, Gwenn Menvielle, Enrique Regidor, Rianne de Gelder
The magnitude of socioeconomic inequalities in mortality differs importantly between countries, but these variations have not been satisfactorily explained. We explored the role of behavioral and structural determinants of these variations, by using a dataset covering 17 European countries in the period 1970-2010, and by conducting multilevel multivariate regression analyses. Our results suggest that between-country variations in inequalities in current mortality can partly be understood from variations in inequalities in smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poverty...
July 21, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737355/-the-silent-disappearance-of-padhue-doctors-the-end-of-a-state-injustice-or-a-new-form-of-exclusion
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Alice Desclaux
Up until recently in France, physicians who obtained their degrees outside the European Union had a specifically disadvantaged status, that was supposed to be eliminated by the end of 2016. Until that date, a selective qualification process authorized foreign physicians to “full practice”. The deadline has been postponed to 2017 to resolve the complicated situations of certain doctors and to avoid tensions in hospital wards. These developments raise questions about the working conditions and motivations for migration of foreign medical doctors, particularly African doctors, who participate in the French healthcare system, and the obstacles to their integration...
July 10, 2017: Santé Publique: Revue Multidisciplinaire Pour la Recherche et L'action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736871/inequitable-health-service-use-in-a-canadian-paediatric-population-a-cross-sectional-study-of-individual-and-contextual-level-factors
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C Holtz, J Gilliland, A Thind, P Wilk, M K Campbell
BACKGROUND: Health service use may be influenced by multilevel predisposing, enabling, and need factors but is equitable when driven by need. The study's objectives were as follows: (a) to investigate residential context's effect on child health service use and (b) to examine inequity of child health service use by testing for effect measure modification of need factors. METHODS: The sample of 1,451 children was from a prenatal cohort recruited from London, Ontario, between 2002 and 2004, with follow-up until children were toddler/preschooler-aged...
July 23, 2017: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736609/shifting-livelihood-strategies-in-northern-nigeria-extensified-production-and-livelihood-diversification-amongst-fulani-pastoralists
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Ayodele O Majekodunmi, Charles Dongkum, Tok Langs, Alexandra P M Shaw, Susan C Welburn
This paper presents an in-depth investigation of the livelihood strategies of Fulani pastoralists in north central Nigeria. Results show a diversified crop-livestock system aimed at spreading risk and reducing cattle offtake, adapted to natural resource competition and insecurity by extensification, with further diversification into off-farm activities to spread risk, increase livelihood security and capture opportunities. However, significant costs were associated with extensification, and integration of crop and livestock enterprises was limited...
2017: Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736491/next-generalization-of-c%C3%A3-rtoaje-s-inequality
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Ladislav Matejíčka
In this paper, we classify sets of solutions of the next generalized Cîrtoaje's inequality and its reverse, respectively.
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735455/examining-the-role-of-income-inequality-and-neighborhood-walkability-on-obesity-and-physical-activity-among-low-income-hispanic-adults
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Samuel D Towne, Michael L Lopez, Yajuan Li, Matthew Lee Smith, Judith L Warren, Alexandra E Evans, Marcia G Ory
Obesity is a major public health issue affecting rising medical costs and contributing to morbidity and premature mortality. We aimed to identify factors that may play a role in obesity and physical activity at the individual and environmental/neighborhood levels. We analyzed data from an adult sample who were parents of students enrolled in a school-based health and wellness program. The sample was restricted to those who were Hispanic and whose children were on free/reduced lunch (n = 377). Dependent variables: body mass index (BMI); neighborhood walkability...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735453/comparing-oral-health-services-use-in-the-spanish-and-immigrant-working-population
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Natalia Muñoz-Pino, Carmen Vives-Cases, Andrés A Agudelo-Suárez, Elena Ronda-Pérez
We aim to analyze oral health services use and related factors in the immigrant working population compared to the Spanish counterparts. Cross-sectional study of working population (n = 8591) that responded Spanish National Health Survey (SNHS), 2011-2012. The association between oral health services use and migration status was estimated using logistic regression. Immigrant men presented a greater probability of oral health service use a year or more prior (aOR 1.63; 95% CI 1.26-2.02), independently of oral health, sociodemographic and socioeconomic characteristics...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734964/removing-user-fees-for-health-services-a-multi-epistemological-perspective-on-access-inequities-in-senegal
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Philipa Mladovsky, Maymouna Ba
Plan Sésame (PS) is a user fee exemption policy launched in 2006 to provide free access to health services to Senegalese citizens aged 60 and over. Analysis of a large household survey evaluating PS echoes findings of other studies showing that user fee removal can be highly inequitable. 34 semi-structured interviews and 19 focus group discussions with people aged 60 and over were conducted in four regions in Senegal (Dakar, Diourbel, Matam and Tambacounda) over a period of six months during 2012. They were analysed to identify underlying causes of exclusion from/inclusion in PS and triangulated with the household survey...
July 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734671/health-inequality-across-prefectures-in-japan
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Churnrurtai Kanchanachitra, Viroj Tangcharoensathien
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734115/regularized-estimation-in-sparse-high-dimensional-multivariate-regression-with-application-to-a-dna-methylation-study
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Haixiang Zhang, Yinan Zheng, Grace Yoon, Zhou Zhang, Tao Gao, Brian Joyce, Wei Zhang, Joel Schwartz, Pantel Vokonas, Elena Colicino, Andrea Baccarelli, Lifang Hou, Lei Liu
In this article, we consider variable selection for correlated high dimensional DNA methylation markers as multivariate outcomes. A novel weighted square-root LASSO procedure is proposed to estimate the regression coefficient matrix. A key feature of this method is tuning-insensitivity, which greatly simplifies the computation by obviating cross validation for penalty parameter selection. A precision matrix obtained via the constrained ℓ1 minimization method is used to account for the within-subject correlation among multivariate outcomes...
July 26, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734013/cervical-cancer-in-africa-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-and-asia-regional-inequalities-and-changing-trends
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S Vaccarella, M Laversanne, J Ferlay, F Bray
The vast majority (86% or 453,000 cases) of the global burden of cervical cancer occurs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia, where one in nine new cancer cases are of the cervix. Although the disease has become rare in high-resource settings (e.g. in North America, parts of Europe, Japan) that have historically invested in effective screening programmes, the patterns and trends are variable elsewhere. While favourable incidence trends have been recorded in many populations in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean in the past decades, rising rates have been observed in sub-Saharan African countries, where high quality incidence series are available...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733466/the-reliability-of-the-american-community-survey-for-injury-surveillance
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Nathaniel Bell, Bo Cai
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the reliability and predictability of 49 socioeconomic indicators constructed from the annual and multiyear American Community Survey (ACS) data cycles for monitoring injury inequalities across the USA. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of the 2006-2013 annual and multiyear county-level ACS data cycles. Indicator reliability was assessed using the margin of error and coefficient of variation (CV). Overlapping multiyear data cycles were assessed for statistical dependence in the estimates...
August 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733459/advice-given-by-nhs-direct-in-wales-do-deprived-patients-get-more-urgent-decisions-study-of-routine-data
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Julie Peconi, Steven Macey, Sarah Rodgers, Ian Russell, Helen Snooks, Alan Watkins
BACKGROUND: In the UK, National Health Service Direct Wales (NHSDW) uses computerised decision support software to advise patients on appropriate care. However, the effect of deprivation on the advice given is not known. We aimed to estimate the effect of deprivation on advice given by nurses in NHSDW adjusting for confounding variables. METHODS: We included 400 000 calls to NHSDW between January 2002 and June 2004. We used logistic regression to model the effect of deprivation on advice given by nurses in response to calls seeking advice or information...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733304/how-do-trends-in-mortality-inequalities-by-deprivation-and-education-in-scotland-and-england-wales-compare-a-repeat-cross-sectional-study
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Gerry McCartney, Frank Popham, Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, David Walsh, Lauren Schofield
OBJECTIVE: To compare the trends in mortality inequalities by educational attainment with trends using area deprivation. SETTING: Scotland and England & Wales (E&W). PARTICIPANTS: All people resident in Scotland and E&W between 1981 and 2011 aged 35-79 years. PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Absolute inequalities (measured using the Slope Index of Inequality (SII)) and relative inequalities (measured using the Relative Index of Inequality (RII)) in all-cause mortality...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733107/mortality-trends-for-tuberculosis-in-european-union-countries-2000-2010
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Moad J Al-Rahamneh, Anas Al-Rahamneh, Francisco Guillén-Grima, Alberto Arnedo-Pena, Inés Aguinaga-Ontoso
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to update and analyze tuberculosis (TB) mortality data in the European Union between 2000 and 2010 separately for men and women and try to detect if there have been any changes in trends in each country and the association with the economic situation and inequalities. METHODS: Data were extracted for tuberculosis deaths in 2000-2010 for 29 European Union countries and for Switzerland, via the World Health Organization (WHO) European detailed mortality database (DMDB), using the Mortality tabulation list 1 (MTL1) codes for men and women separately for one age group (20-85+)...
July 18, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732232/periodicity-and-stability-for-variable-time-impulsive-neural-networks
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Hongfei Li, Chuandong Li, Tingwen Huang
The paper considers a general neural networks model with variable-time impulses. It is shown that each solution of the system intersects with every discontinuous surface exactly once via several new well-proposed assumptions. Moreover, based on the comparison principle, this paper shows that neural networks with variable-time impulse can be reduced to the corresponding neural network with fixed-time impulses under well-selected conditions. Meanwhile, the fixed-time impulsive systems can be regarded as the comparison system of the variable-time impulsive neural networks...
June 29, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732126/chinese-isms-dimensions-in-mainland-china-and-taiwan-convergence-and-extension-of-american-isms-dimensions
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Zhuo Job Chen, Kung-Yu Hsu, Xinyue Zhou, Gerard Saucier
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies of American-English isms terms have uncovered as many as five broad factors: Tradition-oriented Religiousness (TR), Subjective Spirituality (SS), Communal Rationalism (CR), Unmitigated Self-Interest (USI), and Inequality Aversion (IA). The present studies took a similar lexical approach to investigate the Chinese-language isms structures in both mainland China and Taiwan. METHOD AND RESULTS: In Study 1, exploratory factor analyses with 915 mainland Chinese subjects uncovered four interpretable factors dimensionalizing 165 mainland Chinese dictionary isms terms...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731807/distribution-of-citations-received-by-scientific-papers-published-in-the-imaging-literature-from-2001-to-2010-decreasing-inequality-and-polarization
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Soo Jeong Yoon, Dae Young Yoon, Hyung Jin Lee, Sora Baek, Kyoung Ja Lim, Young Lan Seo, Eun Joo Yun
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the distribution of citations received by scientific papers published in the imaging literature between 2001 and 2010. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We extracted the number of citations of all articles and reviews for 5 years after publication using the Scopus (Elsevier) citation database of imaging journals between 2001 and 2010. We quantitatively analyzed article and review citations from each journal and each year, including the number, proportion, and annual number of citations of the most- (≥ 20 citations) and least-cited (three or fewer citations) papers; ratio of most-cited to least-cited papers; 75/25 percentile citation ratio; 90/10 percentile citation ratio; Gini coefficient; and Kolkata index...
August 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731745/event-ready-bell-test-using-entangled-atoms-simultaneously-closing-detection-and-locality-loopholes
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Wenjamin Rosenfeld, Daniel Burchardt, Robert Garthoff, Kai Redeker, Norbert Ortegel, Markus Rau, Harald Weinfurter
An experimental test of Bell's inequality allows ruling out any local-realistic description of nature by measuring correlations between distant systems. While such tests are conceptually simple, there are strict requirements concerning the detection efficiency of the involved measurements, as well as the enforcement of spacelike separation between the measurement events. Only very recently could both loopholes be closed simultaneously. Here we present a statistically significant, event-ready Bell test based on combining heralded entanglement of atoms separated by 398 m with fast and efficient measurements of the atomic spin states closing essential loopholes...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731036/stroke-in-women-from-evidence-to-inequalities
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Charlotte Cordonnier, Nikola Sprigg, Else Charlotte Sandset, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Katharina S Sunnerhagen, Valeria Caso, Hanne Christensen
Stroke is the second largest cause of disability-adjusted life-years lost worldwide. The prevalence of stroke in women is predicted to rise rapidly, owing to the increasing average age of the global female population. Vascular risk factors differ between women and men in terms of prevalence, and evidence increasingly supports the clinical importance of sex differences in stroke. The influence of some risk factors for stroke - including diabetes mellitus and atrial fibrillation - are stronger in women, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy also affect the risk of stroke decades after pregnancy...
July 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
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