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Anan S Jarab, Tareq L Mukattash, Ahmad Al-Azayzih, Maher Khdour
Background: Diabetes is increasingly becoming a major health problem in Jordan and glycemic goals are often not achieved. Objective: To explore the patients' perspectives regarding type 2 diabetes and its management in order to "fine-tune" future pharmaceutical care intervention programs. Method: Focus groups method was used to explore views from individuals with type 2 diabetes attending outpatient diabetes clinic at the Royal Medical Services Hospital...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
George Grunberger, Yehuda Handelsman, Zachary T Bloomgarden, Vivian A Fonseca, Alan J Garber, Richard A Haas, Victor L Roberts, Guillermo E Umpierrez
This document represents the official position of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American College of Endocrinology. Where there are no randomized controlled trials or specific U.S. FDA labeling for issues in clinical practice, the participating clinical experts utilized their judgment and experience. Every effort was made to achieve consensus among the committee members. Position statements are meant to provide guidance, but they are not to be considered prescriptive for any individual patient and cannot replace the judgment of a clinician...
March 2018: Endocrine Practice
Zhiqi Xie, Wangwei Guo, Ningning Guo, Mingyi Huangfu, Huina Liu, Mengting Lin, WenHong Xu, Jiejian Chen, TianTian Wang, Qichun Wei, Min Han, Jianqing Gao
Although existing nanomedicines have focused on the tumor microenvironment with the goal of improving the effectiveness of conventional chemotherapy, the penetration of a tumor's core still represents a formidable barrier for existing drug delivery systems. Therefore, a novel multifunctional hypoxia-induced size-shrinkable nanoparticle has been designed to increase the penetration of drugs, nucleic acids, or probes into tumors. This cooperative strategy relies on three aspects: (i) the responsiveness of nanoparticles to hypoxia, which shrink when triggered by low oxygen concentrations; (ii) the core of a nanoparticle involves an internal cavity and strong positive charges on the surface to deliver both doxorubicin and siRNA; and (iii) a reactive oxygen species (ROS) probe is incorporated in the nanoparticle to monitor its preliminary therapeutic response in real time, which is expected to realize the enhanced efficacy together with the ability to self-monitor the anticancer activity...
March 12, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Marnie J Meylor de Mooij, Rachael L Hodny, Daniel A O'Neil, Matthew R Gardner, Mekayla Beaver, Andrea T Brown, Barbara A Barry, Lorna M Ross, Amy J Jasik, Katharine M Nesbitt, Susan M Sobolewski, Susan M Skinner, Rajeev Chaudhry, Brian C Brost, Bobbie S Gostout, Roger W Harms
Using a human-centered design method, our team sought to envision a new model of care for women experiencing low-risk pregnancy. This model, called OB Nest, aimed to demedicalize the experience of pregnancy by providing a supportive and empowering experience that fits within patients' daily lives. To explore this topic, we invited women to use self-monitoring tools, a text-based smartphone application to communicate with their care team, and moderated online communities to connect with other pregnant women...
March 9, 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
H Rachidi, H Latrache
BACKGROUND: Food safety has become an absolute necessity in all countries. As a result, Morocco has taken several measures and actions to develop food safety and food-borne disease control. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to highlight the level of improvement in the quality assurance of meat and meat products in Morocco. METHOD: It is based on a non-exhaustive review of the regulatory texts governing food safety in the country, as well as a statistical study on establishments of meat and meat products adopting a self-checking system and approved by the National Office of Sanitary Safety of Food...
March 12, 2018: Revue D'épidémiologie et de Santé Publique
Alexandra Le Bras
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
Scott Pardo, Rimma M Shaginian, David A Simmons
BACKGROUND: Diabetes treatment is intended to maintain near-normal glycemic levels. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) allows patients to track their BG levels compared with glycemic targets and is associated with improved health outcomes. Because of the importance of SMBG, it is essential that results are accurate to prevent errors in nutritional intake and drug dosing. This study presents a new methodology to evaluate the accuracy of BG monitoring systems (BGMSs). METHODS: Sensitivity analyses were performed using real and simulated BGMS data to compute probabilities that, for any BG value, the BGMS result would be within prescribed error bounds and confidence limits compared with laboratory reference values...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
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Background: Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. People with type 1 diabetes must manage their blood glucose levels by monitoring the amount of glucose in their blood and administering appropriate amounts of insulin via injection or an insulin pump. Continuous glucose monitoring may be beneficial compared to self-monitoring of blood glucose using a blood glucose meter. It provides insight into a person's blood glucose levels on a continuous basis, and can identify whether blood glucose levels are trending up or down...
2018: Ontario Health Technology Assessment Series
Alexandra Henteleff, Helena Wall
INTRODUCTION: HANS KAI is a unique health promotion intervention to improve participants' health by focussing on interrelated chronic disease prevention behaviours through peer support and strengthening of social support networks. The study objective was to determine the effectiveness of HANS KAI in an urban Canadian setting. METHODS: We used a mixed methods intervention research design that involved multiple sites from November 2010 to April 2015. Data was obtained from participant surveys as well as in-person interviews at zero, 6, 12 and 24 months...
March 2018: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
Edlira Lashi, Fatos Lashi, Klotilda Muca, Bora Ballta, Suzana Kazazi
AIM: Identification of glycemic level tendency rates in a hypertonic population that suffers from diabetes mellitus in Health Centre Nr. 1, Tirana, evaluation of self-monitoring and the effects of interactions, with the aim of reducing the levels of fast glycaemia in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study participated 810 patients of Health Centre Nr 1 in Tirana that suffer from hypertension and diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2. The study was conducted through 10 months' period...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
David Crane, Claire Garnett, Susan Michie, Robert West, Jamie Brown
Our aim was to evaluate intervention components of an alcohol reduction app: Drink Less. Excessive drinkers (AUDIT>=8) were recruited to test enhanced versus minimal (reduced functionality) versions of five app modules in a 25 factorial trial. Modules were: Self-monitoring and Feedback, Action Planning, Identity Change, Normative Feedback, and Cognitive Bias Re-training. Outcome measures were: change in weekly alcohol consumption (primary); full AUDIT score, app usage, app usability (secondary). Main effects and two-way interactions were assessed by ANOVA using intention-to-treat...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Natalie Teasdale, Ahmed Elhussein, Frances Butcher, Carmen Piernas, Gill Cowburn, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Rhea Saksena, Peter Scarborough
Background: Self-monitoring (SM) of diet and tailored feedback (TF) have been suggested as tools for changing dietary behavior. New technologies allow users to monitor behavior remotely, potentially improving reach, adherence, and outcomes. Objective: We conducted a systematic literature review and meta-analysis to address the following question: are remotely delivered standalone (i.e., no human contact) interventions that use SM or TF effective in changing eating behaviors? Design: Five databases were searched in October 2016 (updated in September 2017)...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Çiğdem Çetin, Fatma Cebeci
Information technology and the Internet are rapidly becoming effective tools for teaching. Selfmanagement skills are important for adaptation and long-term survival in kidney recipients. Web-based training may help patients develop self-management skills through information access. This literature review aimed to determine the effects of Web-based educational intervention on self-management in kidney recipients. The Internet supports effective health education intervention strategies by providing a learning environment that is always available...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Adam W A Geraghty, Rosie Stanford, Beth Stuart, Paul Little, Lisa C Roberts, Nadine E Foster, Jonathan C Hill, Elaine M Hay, David Turner, Wansida Malakan, Linda Leigh, Lucy Yardley
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of an internet intervention for low back pain (LBP) using three arms: (1) usual care, (2) usual care plus an internet intervention or (3) usual care plus an internet intervention with additional physiotherapist telephone support. DESIGN AND SETTING: A three-armed randomised controlled feasibility trial conducted in 12 general practices in England. PARTICIPANTS: Primary care patients aged over 18 years, with current LBP, access to the internet and without indicators of serious spinal pathology or systemic illness...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Open
Clara Tasende, José Antonio Rubio, Julia Álvarez
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The negative impact of hypoglycemia on patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) may lead to development of fear of hypoglycemia. In this study, the original Hypoglycemia Fear Survey (HFS) questionnaire was translated into Spanish, adapted and validated, and variables associated to fear of hypoglycemia in T1DM were analyzed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The HFS was translated and adapted to Spanish using the forward-backward translation method...
March 7, 2018: Endocrinología, Diabetes y Nutrición
Umakanth Katwa, Estefania Rivera
Asthma is the most common chronic pediatric condition. Effective asthma management requires a proactive and inclusive approach that controls the patient's symptoms and prevents recurrence of exacerbations. Clinicians should encourage patients to become involved in their management since self-management approaches have proven to be an effective means for chronic illness treatment. Novel forms of self-monitoring and management are technological interventions. In the last decade, novel technology has been developed and used to improve asthma control since it is a powerful agent that addresses a variety of challenges in chronic disease management such as education, communication and adherence...
March 10, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Silvia Chapman, Leigh E Colvin, Matti Vuorre, Gianna Cocchini, Janet Metcalfe, Edward D Huey, Stephanie Cosentino
Anosognosia for memory loss is a common feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recent theories have proposed that anosognosia, a disruption in awareness at a global level, may reflect specific deficits in self-monitoring, or local awareness. Though anosognosia for memory loss has been shown to relate to memory self-monitoring, it is not clear if it relates to self-monitoring deficits in other domains (i.e., motor). The current study examined this question by analyzing the relationship between anosognosia for memory loss, memory monitoring, and motor monitoring in 35 individuals with mild to moderate AD...
February 8, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Hee Sun Kang, Hyun-Kyung Kim, Seong Man Park, Jung-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Online interventions have the advantages of being widely available, accessible, comfortable, cost effective, and they can provide tailored information and support. Despite these benefits, the effects of specifically devised online intervention programs for cancer patients' sexual problems are somewhat unclear. The aim of this review is to describe online-based interventions and to assess their effects on sexual health among cancer survivors and/or their partners. METHODS: We investigated the effects of online sexual interventions among individuals with cancer or their partners...
March 7, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Shuyu Zhang, Ludi Fan, Qianyi Zhang, Annette M Chang, Edward J Bastyr, Cynthia J Harris
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Maria Faurholt-Jepsen
Major reasons for the insufficient effects of current treatment options in bipolar disorder include delayed intervention for prodromal depressive and manic symptoms and decreased adherence to psychopharmacological treatment. The reliance on subjective information and clinical evaluations when diagnosing and assessing the severity of depressive and manic symptoms calls for less biased and more objective markers. By using electronic devices, fine-grained data on complex psychopathological aspects of bipolar disorder can be evaluated unobtrusively over the long term...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
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