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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913084/quality-of-communication-about-medicines-in-united-states-hospitals-a-national-retrospective-study
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Lauren Mullings, Jayashri Sankaranarayanan
BACKGROUND: Despite the benefits of improving transitions across care, literature is very limited on inpatient "Communication about Medicines" (ComMed) by staff across United States (U.S.) hospitals. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate ComMed quality variations by hospital characteristics. METHODS: In a cross-sectional, retrospective study of publicly available U.S. Medicare's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Plans Survey (HCAHPS) data (January 2013-September 2014), ComMed quality (high = above average/excellent vs...
October 26, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906906/vital-signs-trends-in-hiv-diagnoses-risk-behaviors-and-prevention-among-persons-who-inject-drugs-united-states
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Cyprian Wejnert, Kristen L Hess, H Irene Hall, Michelle Van Handel, Demorah Hayes, Paul Fulton, Qian An, Linda J Koenig, Joseph Prejean, Linda A Valleroy
BACKGROUND: Persons who inject drugs (PWID) are at increased risk for poor health outcomes and bloodborne infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus and hepatitis B virus infections. Although substantial progress has been made in reducing HIV infections among PWID, recent changes in drug use could challenge this success. METHODS: CDC used National HIV Surveillance System data to analyze trends in HIV diagnoses. Further, National HIV Behavioral Surveillance interviews of PWID in 22 cities were analyzed to describe risk behaviors and use of prevention services among all PWID and among PWID who first injected drugs during the 5 years before their interview (new PWID)...
December 2, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905990/oral-dental-items-in-the-resident-assessment-instrument-minimum-data-set-2-0-lack-validity-results-of-a-retrospective-longitudinal-validation-study
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Matthias Hoben, Jeffrey W Poss, Peter G Norton, Carole A Estabrooks
BACKGROUND: Oral health in nursing home residents is poor. Robust, mandated assessment tools such as the Resident Assessment Instrument - Minimum Data Set (RAI-MDS) 2.0 are key to monitoring and improving quality of oral health care in nursing homes. However, psychometric properties of RAI-MDS 2.0 oral/dental items have been challenged and criterion validity of these items has never been assessed. METHODS: We used 73,829 RAI-MDS 2.0 records (13,118 residents), collected in a stratified random sample of 30 urban nursing homes in Western Canada (2007-2012)...
October 21, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905952/mental-health-and-urban-living-in-sub-saharan-africa-major-depressive-episodes-among-the-urban-poor-in-ouagadougou-burkina-faso
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Géraldine Duthé, Clémentine Rossier, Doris Bonnet, Abdramane Bassiahi Soura, Jamaica Corker
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan African cities, the epidemiological transition has shifted a greater proportion of the burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental and behavioral disorder, to the adult population. The burden of major depressive disorder and its social risk factors in the urban sub-Saharan African population are not well understood and estimates vary widely. We conducted a study in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in order to estimate the prevalence of major depressive episodes among adults in this urban setting...
May 5, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902651/influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-in-preventing-influenza-illness-among-children-during-school-based-outbreaks-in-the-2014-2015-season-in-beijing-china
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Li Zhang, Peng Yang, Mark G Thompson, Yang Pan, Chunna Ma, Shuangsheng Wu, Ying Sun, Man Zhang, Wei Duan, Quanyi Wang
BACKGROUND: Little is known about VE against non-medically attended A(H3N2) influenza illness during 2014-2015 when the vaccine component appeared to be a poor match with circulating strains. METHODS: Forty-three eligible school influenza outbreaks in Beijing, China from November 1 to December 31, 2014 were included in this study. The VE of 2014-2015 trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV3) was assessed in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza among school-age children through a case-control design, using asymptomatic controls...
November 28, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901622/childhood-asthma-in-batumi-georgia-prevalence-correlates-potential-underdiagnosis
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Vakhtang Beridze, Lia Abuladze, Naira Partenadze, Tamar Bakhtadze, Joshua Lawson, Jan E Zejda
OBJECTIVE: A relative lack of data for Eastern Europe and unknown epidemiology of childhood asthma in Batumi (Georgia) justified a study aimed at determining the prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma and related respiratory conditions, a comparison of the prevalence of these conditions between urban and rural children, and identification of their environmental correlates. METHODS: Subjects of the cross-sectional population-based study were 3238 urban and 2081 rural children aged 5-17 years whose respiratory status was assessed using the ISAAC questionnaire...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898017/assessment-of-macro-level-socioeconomic-factors-that-impact-waterborne-diseases-the-case-of-jordan
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John M Polimeni, Ahmad Almalki, Raluca I Iorgulescu, Lucian-Liviu Albu, Wendy M Parker, Ray Chandrasekara
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an example of a country that suffers from high water scarcity. Additionally, due to the economic drivers in the country, such as phosphate and potash extraction and pharmaceutical production, the little fresh water that remains is generally polluted. The infrastructure, often antiquated in urban areas and non-existent in rural areas, also contributes to poor water conditions and to the spread of waterborne diseases. This paper examines the socioeconomic factors that contribute to diarrhea and hepatitis A on a macro level in Jordan and discusses the public-policies that government officials could use to abate those problems...
November 25, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896880/a-community-based-cross-sectional-survey-of-medication-utilization-among-chronic-disease-patients-in-china
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Mark A Strand, Kirstin Gramith, Macy Royston, Xiaoxi Wang, Judith Perry, Curt Elliott
OBJECTIVES: To determine medication use patterns and associated health outcomes in Chinese individuals with diabetes, hypertension or hyperlipidaemia. METHODS: This community-based cross-sectional study was done in a north China city of 300 000 people. Participants were recruited by poster and phone call through Community Health Centres. Data were collected on 638 Chinese individuals. Interviews were done to screen for disease and health behaviours. Fasting blood was collected and analyzed...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895508/multi-ethnic-differences-in-hba1c-blood-pressure-and-low-density-lipid-cholesterol-control-among-south-africans-living-with-type-2-diabetes-after-a-4-year-follow-up
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Yacob Pinchevsky, Varada J Shukla, Neil Butkow, Tobias Chirwa, Frederick Raal
PURPOSE: Our study set out to examine if disparities in control of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), blood pressure (BP), and low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) existed among an urban multi-ethnic cohort of South Africans, living with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This longitudinal, retrospective study consisted of 261 men and women with previously diagnosed T2DM who attended Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, South Africa across two time periods 2009 and 2013...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891435/a-study-of-clinical-profile-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-scabies-at-a-rural-tertiary-care-centre
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Pragya Ashok Nair, Rita Vipul Vora, Nidhi B Jivani, Shailee S Gandhi
INTRODUCTION: Scabies is a contagious disease primarily related to poverty and overcrowding, it rapidly spreads from person to person specially in people with poor hygiene. We come across many patients from rural areas with scabies. In India the incidence ranges from 13% to 59% in rural and urban areas. Many people complain of sleep disturbances and affection of work and leisure activities due to itching. Very few studies are done in India about the affection of quality of life in such patients...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891415/urban-rural-comparison-of-anthropometry-and-menarcheal-status-of-adolescent-school-going-girls-of-jodhpur-rajasthan-india
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Shyama Choudhary, Satyendra Khichar, Dhanraj Dabi, Manish Parakh, Pawan K Dara, Poonam Parakh, Suyasha Vyas, Bindu Deopa
INTRODUCTION: Adolescence is the formative period of life. Poor adolescent health translates into poor maternal health leading to increased maternal morbidity with inter-generational consequences. AIM: To compare anthropometric, socio-demographic, menstrual and nutritional status of rural and urban adolescent school going girls of Western Rajasthan, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional comparative study was conducted in two rural schools and one urban school of Jodhpur region...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889690/sex-differences-in-insulin-sensitivity-and-insulin-response-with-increasing-age-in-black-south-african-men-and-women
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Julia H Goedecke, Cindy George, Katherine Veras, Nasheeta Peer, Carl Lombard, Hendriena Victor, Krisela Steyn, Naomi S Levitt
AIMS: Black Africans are disproportionally affected by type 2 diabetes, but the pathophysiology is poorly understood. The study aimed to examine the effect of sex and age on insulin sensitivity and insulin response in black South African adults. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included a random sample of 179 men and 260 women aged 25-74years with normal glucose tolerance from 5 peri-urban townships in Cape Town, SA. Insulin sensitivity (insulin sensitivity index, ISI0,120) and response (insulinogenic index, IGI), and the disposition index (DI, ISI0,120×IGI), derived from an oral glucose tolerance test, were measured...
November 17, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886650/the-relationship-between-gestational-age-and-the-severity-of-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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Kelly S Gibson, Ms Sydney Stark, Deepak Kumar, Jennifer L Bailit
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The relationship between gestational age at delivery and the severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is poorly understood. Our objective was to compare the length of pharmacotherapy and hospital stay among opioid exposed infants born during the late preterm, early term, full term, and late term periods. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of infants affected by NAS SETTING: MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA: an urban tertiary care hospital serving as the referral center for opioid dependency in pregnancy with a level III neonatal intensive care unit PARTICIPANTS: All deliveries complicated by maternal opioid exposure from January 2000 to October 2014; 403 were eligible to be included (n = 102 Late Preterm, 34-36weeks (LP), n = 158 Early Term, 37-38weeks (ET), n = 122 Full Term, 39-40weeks (FT), n = 21 Late Term, ≥41 weeks (LT))...
November 25, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882821/a-description-of-assistive-technology-sources-services-and-outcomes-of-use-in-a-number-of-african-settings
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Surona Visagie, Arne H Eide, Hasheem Mannan, Marguerite Schneider, Leslie Swartz, Gubela Mji, Alister Munthali, Mustafa Khogali, Gert van Rooy, Karl-Gerhard Hem, Malcolm MacLachlan
: Purpose statement: The article explores assistive technology sources, services and outcomes in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi and Sudan. METHODS: A survey was done in purposively selected sites of the study countries. Cluster sampling followed by random sampling served to identify 400-500 households (HHs) with members with disabilities per country. A HH questionnaire and individual questionnaire was completed. Country level analysis was limited to descriptive statistics...
November 24, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881146/evaluation-of-a-large-healthy-lifestyle-program-informing-program-implementation-and-scale-up-in-the-prevention-of-obesity
#15
S L Kozica, C B Lombard, C L Harrison, H J Teede
BACKGROUND: The Healthy Lifestyle Program for women (HeLP-her) is a low-intensity, self-management program which has demonstrated efficacy in preventing excess weight gain in women. However, little is known about the implementation, reach, and sustainability of low-intensity prevention programs in rural settings, where risk for obesity in women is higher than urban settings. We aimed to evaluate a low-intensity healthy lifestyle program delivered to women in a rural setting to inform development of effective community prevention programs...
November 24, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879689/determinants-health-problems-and-food-insecurity-in-urban-areas-of-the-largest-city-in-cape-verde
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Isabel Craveiro, Daniela Alves, Miguel Amado, Zélia Santos, Argentina Tomar Fortes, António Pedro Delgado, Artur Correia, Luzia Gonçalves
Urbanization processes are intertwined with nutritional transition because there is easier access to food of low nutritional quality at reduced prices, changing dietary patterns and leading to an increase of non-communicable chronic diseases. This study aims to understand the perceptions for high blood pressure, obesity, and alcoholism, describing some interactions of these dimensions in the problem of food security in the city of Praia. A qualitative study was carried out under the framework of the research project "UPHI-STAT: Urban Planning and Health Inequalities-moving from macro to micro statistics"...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878695/medical-expenditure-in-urban-china-a-quantile-regression-analysis
#17
Jianmei Zhao, Hai Zhong
Many countries have been trying to expand their public health insurance coverage in recent years. To achieve two fundamental policy goals-equity in health care utilization and control of health care costs-policymakers need a better understanding of the underlying determinants of individual health care expenditure beyond the results of mean regressions. In this paper, we apply a quantile regression method to investigate the heterogeneous effects of various determinants of medical expenditure in China. Comparing with the average effects, we find that health care expenditures at the upper end of the distribution are under stronger influences of need factors such as poor health status, and weaker influences of socioeconomic factors and insurance status...
December 2015: Int J Health Econ Manag
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876910/low-sensitivity-of-the-immunocardstat-%C3%A2-crypto-giardia-rapid-assay-test-for-the-detection-of-giardia-and-cryptosporidium-in-fecal-samples-from-children-living-in-libreville-central-africa
#18
M K Bouyou-Akotet, M Owono-Medang, M N Moussavou-Boussougou, M Mabika Mamfoumbi, R Mintsa-Nguema, D P Mawili-Mboumba, M Kombila
Giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis are now recognized as neglected tropical parasitic diseases. The risk of their dissemination  in developing countries, such as Gabon, is increasing, due to urban crowding and poor sanitation. Accurate, simple and rapid diagnosis tools are thus necessary for the estimation of their real burden. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performances of the ImmunocardSTAT(®)Crypto/Giardia Rapid Assay test for the detection of Cryptosporidium (C.) spp. and Giardia (G.) duodenalis in children living in Libreville, Gabon...
December 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876595/behavioral-mental-and-physical-health-characteristics-and-opioid-medication-misuse-among-community-pharmacy-patients-a-latent-class-analysis
#19
Gerald Cochran, Valerie Hruschak, Jennifer L Bacci, Kenneth C Hohmeier, Ralph Tarter
BACKGROUND: Community pharmacists are well-positioned to address the US opioid medication crisis, which has created a need to detect misuse risk in order to provide optimal patient care. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify community pharmacy patient subgroups at risk for opioid medication misuse. METHODS: This study was a cross-sectional survey that examined behavioral, mental, and physical health characteristics among patients filling opioid pain medications...
November 15, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873113/low-c-n-ratio-raw-textile-wastewater-reduced-labile-c-and-enhanced-organic-inorganic-n-and-enzymatic-activities-in-a-semiarid-alkaline-soil
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Mahnaz Roohi, Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad Saleem Arif, Sher Muhammad Shahzad, Tahira Yasmeen, Muhammad Arslan Ashraf, Muhammad Atif Riaz, Ishaq A Mian
Application of raw and treated wastewater for irrigation is an extensive practice for agricultural production in arid and semiarid regions. Raw textile wastewater has been used for cultivation in urban and peri-urban areas in Pakistan without any systematic consideration to soil quality. We conducted a laboratory incubation study to investigate the effects of low C/N ratio raw textile wastewater on soil nitrogen (N) contents, labile carbon (C) as water-soluble C (WSC) contents, and activities of urease and dehydrogenase enzymes...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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