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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791736/program-to-improve-private-early-education-pipe-a-case-study-of-a-systems-approach-for-scaling-quality-early-education-solutions
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Vikram Jain, Ahmed Irfan, Gauri Kirtane Vanikar
FSG is a mission-driven nonprofit organization supporting leaders in creating large-scale, lasting social change. A survey conducted by FSG in 2015 across 4407 low-income families in urban India showed that 95% of them send their children to preschools, a majority of choosing affordable private preschools (APSs), as parents perceive the quality of government schools to be poor. Parents use and value rote-based methods (e.g., reciting poems) to assess their children's learning in school; however, these methods fail to measure conceptual understanding...
May 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789668/sources-of-household-air-pollution-and-their-association-with-fine-particulate-matter-in-low-income-urban-homes-in-india
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Jessica L Elf, Aarti Kinikar, Sandhya Khadse, Vidya Mave, Nishi Suryavanshi, Nikhil Gupte, Vaishali Kulkarni, Sunita Patekar, Priyanka Raichur, Patrick N Breysse, Amita Gupta, Jonathan E Golub
INTRODUCTION: Household air pollution (HAP) is poorly characterized in low-income urban Indian communities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire assessing sources of HAP and 24 h household concentrations of particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5 ) were collected in a sample of low-income homes in Pune, India. RESULTS: In 166 homes, the median 24 h average concentration of PM2.5 was 167 μg/m3 (IQR: 106-294). Although kerosene and wood use were highly prevalent (22% and 25% of homes, respectively), primarily as secondary fuel sources, high PM2...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788007/knowledge-about-stroke-in-belo-horizonte-brazil-a-community-based-study-using-an-innovative-video-approach
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Fidel Meira, Daiane Magalhães, Luiz Sérgio da Silva, Ana Clara Mendonça E Silva, Gisele Sampaio Silva
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke is a leading cause of death in Brazil. Knowledge about the clinical manifestations of stroke as well as its risk factors and its management is still poor in the country. We intended to assess the stroke knowledge of an urban population in Belo Ho-rizonte, Brazil. METHODS: Individuals assisted by a basic health unit were interviewed between February and August 2014. After demographic data collection, the participants were asked to watch a video that consisted of a person presenting stroke signals and they were asked to answer questions about the condition shown on the video...
May 22, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787263/size-resolved-endotoxin-and-oxidative-potential-of-ambient-particles-in-beijing-and-z%C3%A3-rich
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Yang Yue, Haoxuan Chen, Ari Setyan, Miriam Elser, Maria Dietrich, Jing Li, Ting Zhang, Xiangyu Zhang, Yunhao Zheng, Jing Wang, Maosheng Yao
PM2.5 pollution has become a global health concern, however its size-resolved health impact remains to be poorly elucidated. Here, ambient particulate matter (PM) were collected into thirteen different size ranges (10 nm-18 μm) and the mass, metal, endotoxin distributions and related oxidative potential were investigated in two regions (Zürich, Switzerland and Beijing, China). Results showed that the two regions had remarkably different PM distribution patterns. Swiss urban samples had a mode around 40 nm with 23...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782937/health-disparities-among-children-with-asthma-in-the-u-s-by-place-of-residence
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Patrick W Sullivan, Vahram Ghushchyan, Abhishek Kavati, Prakash Navaratnam, Howard S Friedman, B Ortiz
BACKGROUND: Children residing in poor-urban areas may have greater asthma morbidity. It is unclear if this is due to individual characteristics like race and ethnicity or place of residence. OBJECTIVE: Assess indicators of control and treatment by residence. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of children (aged 1-17) in the 2000-2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Indicators of poor control included use of > 3 canisters of short-acting beta agonist (SABA) in 3 months, asthma attack, and Emergency Department (ED) or inpatient (IP) visit during the year...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780680/evaluation-of-the-impact-of-construction-products-on-the-environment-by-leaching-of-possibly-hazardous-substances
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Nicole Bandow, Stefan Gartiser, Outi Ilvonen, Ute Schoknecht
Construction products are in contact with water (e.g., rain, seepage water) during their service lifetime and may release potentially harmful compounds by leaching processes. Monitoring studies showed that compounds attributed to construction products are found in storm water and the receiving bodies of water and that the release of biocides in urban areas can be comparable to the input of pesticides from agricultural uses. Therefore, a prospective risk assessment of such products is necessary. Laboratory leaching tests have been developed by the Technical Committee CEN/TC 351 and are ready to use...
2018: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778934/spatial-accessibility-of-primary-health-care-in-china-a-case-study-in-sichuan-province
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Xiuli Wang, Huazhen Yang, Zhanqi Duan, Jay Pan
Access to primary health care is considered a fundamental right and an important facilitator of overall population health. Township health centers (THCs) and Community health centers (CHCs) serve as central hubs of China's primary health care system and have been emphasized during recent health care reforms. Accessibility of these hubs is poorly understood and a better understanding of the current situation is essential for proper decision making. This study assesses spatial access to health care provided by primary health care institutions (THCs/CHCs) in Sichuan Province as a microcosm in China...
May 10, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776980/free-tax-services-in-pediatric-clinics
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Lucy E Marcil, Michael K Hole, Larissa M Wenren, Megan S Schuler, Barry S Zuckerman, Robert J Vinci
OBJECTIVES: The earned income tax credit (EITC), refundable monies for America's working poor, is associated with improved child health. Yet, 20% of eligible families do not receive it. We provided free tax preparation services in clinics serving low-income families and assessed use, financial impact, and accuracy. METHODS: Free tax preparation services ("StreetCred") were available at 4 clinics in Boston in 2016 and 2017. We surveyed a convenience sample of clients ( n = 244) about experiences with StreetCred and previous tax services and of nonparticipants ( n = 100; 69% response rate) and clinic staff ( n = 41; 48% response rate) about acceptability and feasibility...
May 18, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776366/estimating-benefit-equity-of-government-health-subsidy-in-healthcare-services-in-shandong-province-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Wenzhe Qin, Lingzhong Xu, Jiajia Li, Long Sun, Gan Ding, Hui Shao, Ningze Xu
BACKGROUND: Government health subsidy (GHS) is an effective tool to improve population health in China. Ensuring an equitable allocation of GHS, particularly among the poorer socio-economic groups, is a major goal of China's healthcare reform. The paper aims to explore how GHS was allocated across different socioeconomic groups, and how well the overall health system was performing in terms of the allocation of subsidy for different types of health services. METHODS: Data from China's National Health Services Survey (NHSS) in 2013 were used...
May 18, 2018: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775300/secondary-organic-aerosol-formation-from-ambient-air-at-an-urban-site-in-beijing-effects-of-oh-exposure-and-precursor-concentrations
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Jun Liu, Biwu Chu, Tianzeng Chen, Changgeng Liu, Ling Wang, Xiaolei Bao, Hong He
Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is an important component of atmospheric fine particles (PM2.5 ), while the key factors controlling SOA formation in ambient air remain poorly understood. In this work, the SOA formation in Beijing urban ambient air was investigated using an oxidation flow reactor (OFR) with high concentrations of OH radicals. The SOA formation potential increased significantly with the increase of ambient PM2.5 concentration during the observation. The optimum ambient exposure time, which is the aging time equivalent to atmospheric oxidation (with similar OH exposure) associated with the peak SOA formation, varied between 2 to 4 days in this study...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775135/sex-offender-supervision-communication-training-and-mutual-respect-are-necessary-for-effective-collaboration-between-probation-officers-and-therapists
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Nicholas P Newstrom, Michael Miner, Chris Hoefer, R Karl Hanson, Beatrice Bean E Robinson
Developed with the goal of preventing recidivism, contemporary sex offender supervision models focus on collaboration between probation officers and therapists. This exploratory study used focus groups to examine the working relationships between probation officers and therapists from two large U.S. urban probation departments. Overall, both probation officers and therapists were quite positive about their working relationships; they valued each others' roles and agreed that regular, accurate, and timely communication occurred frequently...
May 1, 2018: Sexual Abuse: a Journal of Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772207/the-role-of-farming-and-rural-development-as-central-to-our-diets
#12
Jessica Fanzo
Farming and rural development are central to the diversity of global food systems and diets, both significant factors in determining the nutrition and health outcomes of the world's population. Diets are not static and indeed are changing due to globalization, urbanization and demographic shifts. In addition, multiple burdens of malnutrition (both undernutrition and overweight and obesity) are not improving fast enough and in some cases, reversing for the worse. Unhealthy diets are major contributors to these burdens...
May 14, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769423/prevalence-of-anemia-in-relation-to-socio-economic-factors-in-elderly-polish-population-the-results-of-polsenior-study
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A Styszynski, M Mossakowska, J Chudek, M Puzianowska-Kuznicka, A Klich-Raczka, A Neumann-Podczaska, A Szybalska, K Wieczorowska-Tobis
Anemia is an independent risk factor for functional decline and mortality among older adults. Since mild anemia in older people is often under-diagnosed and ignored, its prevalence needs precise determination and recognition of predisposing factors. None of the previous studies based on the data obtained from the representative elderly population identified the influence of socio-economic factors on the prevalence of anemia. PolSenior was a cross-sectional population-based study performed on the nationally representative sample of Polish seniors...
February 2018: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766425/distribution-of-linear-alkylbenzenes-as-a-domestic-sewage-molecular-marker-in-surface-sediments-of-international-anzali-wetland-in-the-southwest-of-the-caspian-sea-iran
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Alireza Riyahi Bakhtiari, Islam Javedankherad, Jahangard Mohammadi, Roholla Taghizadeh
Due to directly receiving high volume of untreated urban and industrial sewage and in turn transferring the pollutants to fish and back to humans, the International Anzali Wetland has been considered to be urgently registered in the Montreux Record. Hence, the present study was aimed to determine the spatial distribution of the linear alkylbenzenes (LABs) in surface sediments of the wetland and its sewage contamination situation. The surface sediments (sampling stations = 167) were collected from the western, eastern, southwest, and central regions of the wetland...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761510/initiation-of-adjuvant-therapy-following-surgical-resection-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-pdac-are-patients-from-rural-remote-areas-disadvantaged
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Kimberly A Bertens, John D Massman, Scott Helton, Samuel Garbus, Margaret M Mandelson, Bruce Lin, Vincent J Picozzi, Thomas Biehl, Adnan A Alseidi, Flavio G Rocha
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although race and socioeconomic status have been shown to affect outcomes in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), the impact of rural residence on the delivery of adjuvant therapy (AT) has not been studied. METHODS: Patients with resected PDAC were identified using the National Cancer Database (NCDB). Individuals were classified as living in a metro area, urban/rural adjacent to a metro area (URA), and urban/rural remote (URR) area...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758888/filter-based-measurement-of-light-absorption-by-brown-carbon-in-pm-2-5-in-a-megacity-in-south-china
#16
Sheng Li, Ming Zhu, Weiqiang Yang, Mingjin Tang, Xueliang Huang, Yuegang Yu, Hua Fang, Xu Yu, Qingqing Yu, Xiaoxin Fu, Wei Song, Yanli Zhang, Xinhui Bi, Xinming Wang
Carbonaceous aerosols represent an important nexus between air pollution and climate change. Here we collected filter-based PM2.5 samples during summer and autumn in 2015 at one urban and two rural sites in Guangzhou, a megacity in southern China, and got the light absorption by black carbon (BC) and brown carbon (BrC) resolved with a DRI Model 2015 multi-wavelength thermal/optical carbon analyzer apart from determining the organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) contents. On average BrC contributed 12-15% of the measured absorption at 405nm (LA405 ) during summer and 15-19% during autumn with significant increase in the LA405 by BrC at the rural sites...
August 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756068/patient-satisfaction-and-treatment-adherence-for-urban-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-pelvic-inflammatory-disease
#17
Jennifer Anders, Alexandra Hill, Shang-En Chung, Arlene Butz, Richard Rothman, Charlotte Gaydos, Jamie Perin, Maria Trent
Objectives: Urban adolescents with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) often seek care in emergency departments (ED). This study examines the effect of the ED patient experience - wait time (WT) and length of stay (LOS) - on satisfaction and medication adherence among urban adolescents with PID. Methods: Adolescents with PID were enrolled in an urban teaching hospital ED. Chart data were matched with 2-week interview queries about satisfaction and medication adherence...
January 2018: Trauma and Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754094/active-green-wall-plant-health-tolerance-to-diesel-smoke-exposure
#18
Naomi J Paull, Peter J Irga, Fraser R Torpy
Poor air quality is an emerging world-wide problem, with most urban air pollutants arising from vehicular emissions. As such, localized high pollution environments, such as traffic tunnels pose a significant health risk. Phytoremediation, including the use of active (ventilated) green walls or botanical biofilters, is gaining recognition as a potentially effective method for air pollution control. Research to date has tested the capacity of these systems to remove low levels of pollutants from indoor environments...
May 10, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753587/association-between-eating-time-interval-and-frequency-with-ideal-cardiovascular-health-results-from-a-random-sample-czech-urban-population
#19
A Maugeri, S Kunzova, J R Medina-Inojosa, A Agodi, M Barchitta, M Homolka, N Kiacova, H Bauerova, O Sochor, F Lopez-Jimenez, M Vinciguerra
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The frequency and timing of meals may affect cardiovascular health (CVH) outcomes, but large-scale epidemiological studies are lacking. The aim of this study was to understand the relationship between eating time interval and frequency, and measures of ideal CVH in the Kardiovize Brno cohort study, a random urban sample population in Central Europe. METHODS AND RESULTS: 1659 members of the Kardiovize Brno 2030 cohort were included in a cross-sectional study (mean age = 46...
April 18, 2018: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751798/clinic-flow-for-sti-hiv-and-tb-patients-in-an-urban-infectious-disease-clinic-offering-point-of-care-testing-services-in-durban-south-africa
#20
Katrina J Stime, Nigel Garrett, Yukteshwar Sookrajh, Jienchi Dorward, Ntuthu Dlamini, Ayo Olowolagba, Monisha Sharma, Ruanne V Barnabas, Paul K Drain
BACKGROUND: Many clinics in Southern Africa have long waiting times. The implementation of point-of-care (POC) tests to accelerate diagnosis and improve clinical management in resource-limited settings may improve or worsen clinic flow and waiting times. The objective of this study was to describe clinic flow with special emphasis on the impact of POC testing at a large urban public healthcare clinic in Durban, South Africa. METHODS: We used time and motion methods to directly observe patients and practitioners...
May 11, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
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