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Beth E Meyerson, Alissa Davis, Jon D Agley, David J Shannon, Carrie A Lawrence, Priscilla T Ryder, Karleen Ritchie, Ruth Gassman
BACKGROUND: Pharmacies have much to contribute to the health of people who inject drugs (PWID) and to community efforts in HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) prevention through syringe access. However, little is known about what predicts pharmacy syringe sales without a prescription. OBJECTIVE: To identify factors predicting pharmacy syringes sales to PWID. METHODS: A hybrid staggered online survey of 298 Indiana community pharmacists occurred from July-September 2016 measuring pharmacy policy, practice, and pharmacist perceptions about syringe sales to PWID...
March 17, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Roberto Pizzolotto, Antonio Mazzei, Teresa Bonacci, Stefano Scalercio, Nino Iannotta, Pietro Brandmayr
The impact of agricultural practices and soil management on the communities of arthropods living in the agricultural landscape is acknowledged as a critical issue by the literature, and it needs to be better investigated to improve the ecological sustainability of agriculture. In the present study, we aimed to study how soil management affect carabid species distribution in one of the most typical agroecosystem of the Mediterranean region, i.e. the olive grove. In South Italy olive plantations feature different types of soil management, from tillage to half- or full-cover cropping...
2018: PloS One
Alice Bell, Alex S Bennett, T Stephen Jones, Maya Doe-Simkins, Leslie D Williams
BACKGROUND: Illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) prevalence has increased. However, there is uncertainty about naloxone dose(s) used by nonmedical bystanders to reverse opioid overdoses in the context of increasing IMF. METHODS: We used community naloxone distribution program data about naloxone doses and fatal opioid overdoses from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. From January 2013 to December 2016, staff interviewed participants who administered naloxone in response to 1,072 overdoses...
March 20, 2018: Substance Abuse
Sarah Landis, Robert Suruki, Joe Maskell, Kerina Bonar, Emma Hilton, Chris Compton
Blood eosinophil count may be a useful biomarker for predicting response to inhaled corticosteroids and exacerbation risk in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. The optimal cut point for categorizing blood eosinophil counts in these contexts remains unclear. We aimed to determine the distribution of blood eosinophil count in COPD patients and matched non-COPD controls, and to describe demographic and clinical characteristics at different cut points. We identified COPD patients within the UK Clinical Practice Research Database aged ≥40 years with a FEV1 /FVC <0...
March 20, 2018: COPD
Kendra E Brett, Lindsay J Ritchie, Emily Ertel, Alexandria Bennett, Greg A Knoll
BACKGROUND: The best approach for determining whether a transplant program is delivering high-quality care is unknown. This review aims to identify and characterize quality metrics in solid organ transplantation. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched from inception until February 1 2017. Relevant full text reports and conference abstracts that examined quality metrics in organ transplantation were included. Two reviewers independently extracted study characteristics and quality metrics from 52 full text reports and 24 abstracts...
March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Min Zhou, Qunhong Weng, Zakhar I Popov, Yijun Yang, Liubov Yu Antipina, Pavel B Sorokin, Xi Wang, Yoshio Bando, Dmitri Golberg
Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline solution is hindered by its sluggish kinetics toward water dissociation. Nickel-based catalysts, as low-cost and effective candidates, show great potentials to replace platinum (Pt)-based materials in the alkaline media. The main challenge regarding this type of catalysts is their relatively poor durability. In this work, we conceive and construct a charge-polarized carbon layer derived from carbon quantum dots (CQDs) on Ni3 N nanostructure (Ni3 N@CQDs) surfaces, which simultaneously exhibit durable and enhanced catalytic activity...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Janka Palancsai Siftar, Monika Sobocan, Iztok Takac
The present study aimed to determine the amount of fluid medium passing through the Fallopian tubes into the peritoneal cavity during a hysteroscopy. This was done to understand the pathophysiology of complications related to the hysteroscopy. Conducted in a general hospital setting, the study examined the fluid inflow-outflow during a hysteroscopy both in pre- and post-menopausal women. A hysteroscopy was performed vaginoscopically for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The study involved 117 patients...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
John Lippmann, David McD Taylor, Christopher Stevenson, Joanne W Williams
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to compare the results from three Australian scuba diver surveys. As the surveys differed in recruitment methods, the expectation was that respondents would differ in some important characteristics. METHODOLOGY: Anonymous, online, cross-sectional surveys of the demographics, health, diving practices and outcomes were distributed to: (1) Divers Alert Network Asia-Pacific (DAN AP) members; (2) Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Asia-Pacific members; and (3) divers who had received any PADI non-leadership certification within the previous four years...
March 31, 2018: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
A O Akinyamoju, B F Adeyemi, A D Odofin, A O Balogun, C A Akinyamoju
Background: Oral histopathology services are oral diagnostic procedures. General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) are routinely exposed to oral lesions that require biopsies. Hence, the study's objective of assessing the perception and the utilization of oral histopathology services by GDPs. Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at dental clinics distributed across Southwest Nigeria. A self-administered questionnaire consisting of sections addressing the socio-demographic/professional aspects; the beliefs of GDPs and their utilization of oral histopathology services was used to collect data...
December 2017: Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine
Sara Jiménez-Puertas, David Sánchez-Artuñedo, Marcelino Hermida-López
Aim: This work aims to achieve the highest possible monitor units (MU) reduction using the MU Objective tool included in the Eclipse treatment planning system, while preserving the plan quality. Background: The treatment planning system Eclipse (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) includes a control mechanism for the number of monitor units of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans, named the MU Objective tool. Material and methods: Forty prostate plans, 20 gynecological plans and 20 head and neck plans designed with VMAT were retrospectively studied...
March 2018: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
Hu Cheng, Yang Song, Fang Wang, Rongting Ji, Xiaona Li, Yuhao Fu, Xinglun Yang, Yongrong Bian, Xin Jiang
Porous materials have great prospective applications for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) technology because of their large specific surface area and pore volume. In this study, a hierarchical porous carbon (HPC) was synthesized by simple hydrothermal reaction and potassium hydroxide (KOH) activation of crude biomass and found to be an efficient adsorbent for SPME of organic pollutants. Results show that the as-prepared HPC has a partly graphitic amorphous-like structure with ultrahigh specific surface area (2551 m2 /g), high pore volume (1...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Jeanne S Mandelblatt, Aimee M Near, Diana L Miglioretti, Diego Munoz, Brian L Sprague, Amy Trentham-Dietz, Ronald Gangnon, Allison W Kurian, Harald Weedon-Fekjaer, Kathleen A Cronin, Sylvia K Plevritis
BACKGROUND: Since their inception in 2000, the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Network (CISNET) breast cancer models have collaborated to use a nationally representative core of common input parameters to represent key components of breast cancer control in each model. Employment of common inputs permits greater ability to compare model output than when each model begins with different input parameters. The use of common inputs also enhances inferences about the results, and provides a range of reasonable results based on variations in model structure, assumptions, and methods of use of the input values...
April 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Charlotte Post Sennehed, Sara Holmberg, Iben Axén, Kjerstin Stigmar, Malin Forsbrand, Ingemar F Petersson, Birgitta Grahn
Workplace involvement in rehabilitation for patients with musculoskeletal pain may improve work ability. Convergence Dialogue Meeting (CDM) is a model aimed at helping the patient, the care giver and the employer to support work ability and return to work. Our aim was to study the effect on work ability when adding a workplace dialogue according to CDM in physiotherapy practice for pain patients in ordinary primary care. We conducted a prospective pair wise cluster randomised controlled trial (ClinicalTrials...
March 15, 2018: Pain
Tammy Toscos, Maria Carpenter, Mindy Flanagan, Kislaya Kunjan, Bradley N Doebbeling
Background: Despite health care access challenges among underserved populations, patients, providers, and staff at community health clinics (CHCs) have developed practices to overcome limited access. These "positive deviant" practices translate into organizational policies to improve health care access and patient experience. Objective: To identify effective practices to improve access to health care for low-income, uninsured or underinsured, and minority adults and their families...
January 2018: Health Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology
Guillermo Benítez, Martí March-Salas, Alberto Villa-Kamel, Ulises Cháves-Jiménez, Javier Hernández, Nuria Montes-Osuna, Joaquín Moreno-Chocano, Paloma Cariñanos
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The different species of the genus Datura have been used traditionally by some pre-Columbian civilizations, as well as in medieval rituals linked to magic and witchcraft in both Mexico and Europe. It is also noteworthy the use of different alkaloids obtained from the plants for medicinal purposes in the treatment of various groups of diseases, especially of the respiratory and muscularskeletal systems. AIM OF THE STUDY: A review of the ethnobotanical uses of the genus Datura in Mexico and Spain has been conducted...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Alec N Salt, Stefan K Plontke
Local drug delivery to the ear has gained wide clinical acceptance, with the choice of drug and application protocol in humans largely empirically-derived. Here, we review the pharmacokinetics underlying local therapy of the ear using the drugs commonly used in clinical practice as examples. Based on molecular properties and perilymph measurements interpreted through computer simulations we now better understand the principles underlying entry and distribution of these and other drugs in the ear. From our analysis, we have determined that dexamethasone-phosphate, a pro-drug widely-used clinically, has molecular and pharmacokinetic properties that make it ill-suited for use as a local therapy for hearing disorders...
March 11, 2018: Hearing Research
Pacharaporn Phueanpinit, Juraporn Pongwecharak, Janet Krska, Narumol Jarernsiripornkul
Aim This study aimed to explore community pharmacists' roles on screening for risk factors, providing safety information-related non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to patients. BACKGROUND: NSAIDs are widely dispensed without a prescription from pharmacies in Thailand, while they are frequently reported as causing adverse events. METHODS: Self-administered questionnaires were distributed to all accredited pharmacies in Thailand, inviting the main pharmacist in each pharmacy to participate in this study...
March 19, 2018: Primary Health Care Research & Development
Luis M Castro, Wan-Lun Wang, Victor H Lachos, Vanda Inácio de Carvalho, Cristian L Bayes
In biomedical studies, the analysis of longitudinal data based on Gaussian assumptions is common practice. Nevertheless, more often than not, the observed responses are naturally skewed, rendering the use of symmetric mixed effects models inadequate. In addition, it is also common in clinical assays that the patient's responses are subject to some upper and/or lower quantification limit, depending on the diagnostic assays used for their detection. Furthermore, responses may also often present a nonlinear relation with some covariates, such as time...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
Juntao Xia, Lin Ye, Hongqiang Ren, Xu-Xiang Zhang
Aerobic granular sludge (AGS), a self-immobilized microbial consortium containing different functional microorganisms, is receiving growing attention, since it has shown great technological and economical potentials in the field of wastewater treatment. Microbial community is crucial for the formation, stability, and pollutant removal efficiency of aerobic granules. This mini-review systematically summarizes the recent findings of the microbial community structure and function of AGS and discusses the new research progress in the microbial community dynamics during the granulation process and spatial distribution patterns of the microbiota in AGS...
March 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Asaf D Yanir, Caridad A Martinez, Ghadir Sasa, Kathryn Leung, Stephen Gottschalk, Bilal Omer, Nabil Ahmed, Meenakshi Hegde, Jo Eunji, Hao Liu, Helen E Heslop, Malcolm K Brenner, Robert A Krance, Swati Naik
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative option for a subset of patients with high-risk or relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Given evolving practices, it is important to continually evaluate outcomes for pediatric ALL following HSCT. Outcomes after HSCT are influenced by the type of donor used as this determines the degree and method of T-cell depletion used, and consequently, specific transplant-related morbidities. We retrospectively analyzed HSCT data from our center for transplants performed between January 2008 and May 2016, comparing outcomes between different donor types...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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