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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431264/intercomparison-of-methods-to-estimate-black-carbon-emissions-from-cookstoves
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Candela de la Sota, Moustapha Kane, Javier Mazorra, Julio Lumbreras, Issakha Youm, Mar Viana
Black carbon is the second largest contributor to climate change and also poses risks to human health. Despite the need for black carbon (BC) emissions estimates from residential biomass burning for cooking, quantitative data are still scarce. This scarcity is mainly due to the scattered location of the stoves, as well as relatively costly and complex analytical methods available. Two low cost and easy-to-use optical methods, a cell-phone based system and smoke stain reflectometry, where compared to elemental carbon (EC) concentrations by the Sunset OCEC Analyzer (TOT)...
April 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431191/timing-for-the-introduction-of-cycled-light-for-extremely-preterm-infants-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Debra H Brandon, Susan G Silva, Jinhee Park, William Malcolm, Heba Kamhawy, Diane Holditch-Davis
Day-night cycled light improves health outcomes in preterm infants, yet the best time to institute cycled light is unclear. The hypothesis of this study was that extremely preterm infants receiving early cycled light would have better health and developmental outcomes than infants receiving late cycled light. Infants born at ≤28 weeks gestation were randomly assigned to early cycled light (ECL) starting at 28 weeks postmenstrual age [PMA] or late cycled light (LCL), starting at 36 weeks PMA. Daylight was 200-600 lux and night was 5-30 lux...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431187/feasibility-of-audio-computer-assisted-self-interviewing-with-color-coding-and-helper-assistance-acasi-h-for-hmong-older-adults
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Maichou Lor, Barbara J Bowers
Many older adult immigrants in the US, including Hmong older adults, have limited English proficiency (LEP), and cannot read or have difficulty reading even in their first language (non-literate [NL]). Little has been done to identify feasible data collection approaches to enable inclusion of LEP or NL populations in research, limiting knowledge about their health. This study's purpose was to test the feasibility of culturally and linguistically adapted audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) with color-labeled response categories and helper assistance (ACASI-H) for collection of health data with Hmong older adults...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430021/family-perspectives-on-telemedicine-for-pediatric-subspecialty-care
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Kristin N Ray, Laura Ellen Ashcraft, Ateev Mehrotra, Elizabeth Miller, Jeremy M Kahn
BACKGROUND: Children often have difficulty accessing subspecialty care, and telemedicine may improve access to subspecialty care, but information is lacking on how best to implement telemedicine programs to maximize acceptance and, ultimately, maximize impact for patients and their families. METHODS AND MATERIALS: To understand how subspecialty telemedicine is perceived and to identify design elements with the potential to improve telemedicine uptake and impact, we conducted and analyzed semi-structured interviews with 21 informants, including parents and caregivers of children with subspecialty care needs and adolescent and young adult patients with subspecialty care needs...
April 21, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427371/inside-the-nation-s-largest-mental-health-institution-a-prevalence-study-in-a-state-prison-system
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Tala Al-Rousan, Linda Rubenstein, Bruce Sieleni, Harbans Deol, Robert B Wallace
BACKGROUND: The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world which has created a public health crisis. Correctional facilities have become a front line for mental health care. Public health research in this setting could inform criminal justice reform. We determined prevalence rates for mental illnesses and related comorbidities among all inmates in a state prison system. METHODS: Cross-sectional study using the Iowa Corrections Offender Network which contains health records of all inmates in Iowa...
April 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427338/-working-is-out-of-the-question-a-qualitative-text-analysis-of-medical-certificates-of-disability
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Guri Aarseth, Bård Natvig, Eivind Engebretsen, Anne Kveim Lie
BACKGROUND: Medical certificates influence the distribution of economic benefits in welfare states; however, the qualitative aspects of these texts remain largely unexplored. The present study is the first systematic investigation done of these texts. Our aim was to investigate how GPs select and mediate information about their patients' health and how they support their conclusions about illness, functioning and fitness for work in medical certificates. METHODS: We performed a textual analysis of thirty-three medical certificates produced by general practitioners (GP) in Norway at the request of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427337/treatment-seeking-behaviour-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-estimated-using-a-bayesian-model
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Victor A Alegana, Jim Wright, Carla Pezzulo, Andrew J Tatem, Peter M Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Seeking treatment in formal healthcare for uncomplicated infections is vital to combating disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour varies within and between communities and is modified by socio-economic, demographic, and physical factors. As a result, it remains a challenge to quantify healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour using a metric that is comparable across communities. Here, we present an application for transforming individual categorical responses (actions related to fever) to a continuous probabilistic estimate of fever treatment for one country in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426857/spectacle-wear-among-children-in-a-school-based-program-for-ready-made-vs-custom-made-spectacles-in-india-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Priya Morjaria, Jenifer Evans, Kaushik Murali, Clare Gilbert
Importance: Uncorrected refractive errors are the most common cause of visual impairment in children despite correction being highly cost-effective. Objective: To determine whether less expensive ready-made spectacles produce rates of spectacle wear at 3 to 4 months comparable to those of more expensive custom-made spectacles among eligible school-aged children. Design, Setting, and Participants: This noninferiority, double-masked, randomized clinical trial recruited children aged 11 to 15 years from January 12 through July 31, 2015, from government schools in urban and periurban areas surrounding Bangalore, India...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425897/diabetes-among-non-obese-filipino-americans-findings-from-a-large-population-based-study
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Esme Fuller-Thomson, Adity Roy, Keith Tsz-Kit Chan, Karen M Kobayashi
OBJECTIVES: Filipino Americans form the second-largest Asian American and Pacific Islanders subgroup. Growing evidence suggests that Filipino Americans have higher rates of diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. The key objectives of this study are 1) to determine the prevalence of diabetes in non-obese Filipino Americans compared to non-obese non-Hispanic whites, and 2) to identify risk factors for diabetes in non-obese Filipino men and women. METHODS: Secondary analysis of population-based data from combined waves (2007, 2009 and 2011) of the adult California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425725/correction-to-muralidharan-et-al-2017
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Reports an error in "Defining "peerness" in peer-delivered health and wellness interventions for serious mental illness" by Anjana Muralidharan, Amanda D. Peeples, Alicia Lucksted and Richard W. Goldberg (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2017[Mar], Vol 40[1], 116). The original article was mislabeled as Editorial and should be a Comment. The Response to Letter to the Editor section should be a Reply and now has its own http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ h0101580. The online version of this article has been corrected...
April 20, 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424888/posttraumatic-growth-and-well-being-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-ayas-with-cancer-a-longitudinal-study
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O Husson, B Zebrack, R Block, L Embry, C Aguilar, B Hayes-Lattin, S Cole
PURPOSE: This study examines posttraumatic growth (PTG) among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer, as well as its correlates and trajectories over time. The study also explores the buffering role of PTG on the associations between posttraumatic stress (PTS), health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and psychological distress. METHODS: A multicenter, longitudinal, prospective study was conducted among AYA cancer patients aged 14-39 years. One hundred sixty-nine patients completed a self-report measure of PTG (PTGI) and PTS (PDS) 6, 12, and 24 months after baseline (within the first 4 months of diagnosis)...
April 19, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424188/nutritional-profile-of-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-household-food-and-beverage-purchases
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Anna H Grummon, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Background: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the largest federal nutrition assistance program in the United States, serves nearly 1 of 7 Americans. To date, few studies have examined food and beverage purchase behaviors in SNAP participants with the use of electronic purchase data.Objective: In this cross-sectional study, we examined household store purchases of key food, beverage, and nutrient groups in SNAP participants and nonparticipants.Design: Using a data set of US households' (n = 98,256 household-by-quarter observations) packaged food and beverage purchases and SNAP status [current participant, income-eligible nonparticipant (income ≤130% of the Federal Poverty Level [FPL]), and higher-income nonparticipants (income >130% of the FPL)] from 3 quarters during 2012-2013, we estimated pooled ordinary least-squares models, clustered at the household level, to examine the association between SNAP status and purchases while controlling for sociodemographic characteristics...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423851/a-standardized-and-data-quality-assessed-maternal-child-care-integrated-data-repository-for-research-and-monitoring-of-best-practices-a-pilot-project-in-spain
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Carlos Sáez, David Moner, Ricardo García-De-León-Chocano, Verónica Muñoz-Soler, Ricardo García-De-León-González, José Alberto Maldonado, Diego Boscá, Salvador Tortajada, Montserrat Robles, Juan M García-Gómez, Manuel Alcaraz, Pablo Serrano, José L Bernal, Jesús Rodríguez, Gerardo Bustos, Miguel Esparza
We present the results of a pilot project of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, envisaged to the development of a national integrated data repository of maternal-child care information. Based on health information standards and data quality assessment procedures, the developed repository is aimed to a reliable data reuse for (1) population research and (2) the monitoring of healthcare best practices. Data standardization was provided by means of two main ISO 13606 archetypes (composed of 43 sub-archetypes), the first dedicated to the delivery and birth information and the second about the infant feeding information from delivery up to two years...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423790/improving-terminology-mapping-in-clinical-text-with-context-sensitive-spelling-correction
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Juliusz Dziadek, Aron Henriksson, Martin Duneld
The mapping of unstructured clinical text to an ontology facilitates meaningful secondary use of health records but is non-trivial due to lexical variation and the abundance of misspellings in hurriedly produced notes. Here, we apply several spelling correction methods to Swedish medical text and evaluate their impact on SNOMED CT mapping; first in a controlled evaluation using medical literature text with induced errors, followed by a partial evaluation on clinical notes. It is shown that the best-performing method is context-sensitive, taking into account trigram frequencies and utilizing a corpus-based dictionary...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423773/introducing-a-method-for-transformation-of-paper-based-research-data-into-concept-based-representation-with-openehr
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Birgit Saalfeld, Erik Tute, Klaus-Hendrik Wolf, Michael Marschollek
Combining research data and clinical routine data is a chance for medical research. We present our method for the transformation of paper-based research data into a concept-based representation. With this representation the study data from research projects can be combined with data from clinical tools with less integration effort. We applied and verified our method using data from a current research study. In this paper we also show our main challenges and lessons learned. Clinical assessment data and study diaries from a long term study (n=24, 3 months observation time each, 17 different clinical assessments) stored on paper were used as the data set...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423154/association-of-mental-disorders-and-related-medication-use-with-risk-for-major-osteoporotic-fractures
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James M Bolton, Suzanne N Morin, Sumit R Majumdar, Jitender Sareen, Lisa M Lix, Helena Johansson, Anders Odén, Eugene V McCloskey, John A Kanis, William D Leslie
Importance: Osteoporotic fractures are a leading cause of disability, costs, and mortality. FRAX is a tool used to assess fracture risk in the general population. Mental disorders and medications to treat them have been reported to adversely affect bone health, but, to date, they have not been systematically studied in relation to osteoporotic fractures. Objective: To examine the association of mental disorders and psychotropic medication use with osteoporotic fracture risk in routine clinical practice...
April 19, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423134/infant-mortality-by-color-or-race-from-rond%C3%A3-nia-brazilian-amazon
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Caroline Gava, Andrey Moreira Cardoso, Paulo Cesar Basta
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the quality of records for live births and infant deaths and to estimate the infant mortality rate for skin color or race, in order to explore possible racial inequalities in health. METHODS: Descriptive study that analyzed the quality of records of the Live Births Information System and Mortality Information System in Rondônia, Brazilian Amazonian, between 2006-2009. The infant mortality rates were estimated for skin color or race with the direct method and corrected by: (1) proportional distribution of deaths with missing data related to skin color or race; and (2) application of correction factors...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422894/impact-of-telephone-based-problem-solving-treatment-on-the-use-of-medical-and-psychological-services-in-the-military
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John S Richardson, Jesse R Fann, Kathleen R Bell, Nancy Temkin
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of problem-solving treatment (PST) for mild traumatic brain injury in active duty service members on the use of medical and psychological services. PARTICIPANTS: Service members who had a mild traumatic brain injury during their last deployment and enrolled in the CONcussion Treatment After Combat Trauma (CONTACT) study. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial. Participants were assigned to telephone-based PST, or e-mailed or mailed education only over the course of 6 months...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422812/randomized-double-blind-trial-of-ringer-s-lactate-versus-normal-saline-in-pediatric-acute-severe-diarrheal-dehydration
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Gayathri Bhuvaneswaran Kartha, Ramachandran Rameshkumar, Subramanian Mahadevan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of Ringer Lactate (RL) versus normal saline (NS) in the correction of pediatric acute severe diarrheal dehydration, as measured by improvement in clinical status and pH (≥7.35). METHODS: 68 children aged 1-month to 12-year with acute severe diarrheal dehydration (World Health Organization (WHO classification) were randomized into RL (n = 34) and NS-group (n = 34) and received 100 ml/kg of the assigned intravenous fluid according to WHO PLAN-C for the management of diarrheal dehydration...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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