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Elisabeth Waldmann, Georg Heinze, Arnulf Ferlitsch, Irina GessI, Daniela Sallinger, Philip Jeschek, Martha Britto-Arias, Petra Salzl, Elisabeth Fasching, Bernd Jilma, Michael Kundi, Michael Trauner, Monika Ferlitsch
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of (pre)cancerous colorectal lesions are higher in men than in women, although transition rates from advanced lesions to cancer is similar in both sexes. Our aim was to investigate whether the sex-specific difference in incidence of premalignant colorectal lesions might be explained by the impact of risk factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study analysing health check-up examinations and screening colonoscopies performed within a national quality assurance program...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Maria Augusta Carrasco, Clare Barrington, Caitlin Kennedy, Martha Perez, Yeycy Donastorg, Deanna Kerrigan
This study explores social cohesion as a strategy used by female sex workers to address layered HIV and sex work-related stigma. Data derive from a thematic analysis of 23 in-depth interviews and 2 focus groups with female sex workers living with HIV enrolled in a multi-level HIV/STI prevention, treatment and care intervention in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Drawing on Foucault's conceptualisation of modern power, discipline and resistance, we argue that social cohesion provides the psychosocial space (of trust, solidarity and mutual aid) to subvert oppressive societal norms, enabling the reconstruction of identity...
October 20, 2016: Culture, Health & Sexuality
Catherine Utecht Graeve, Patricia Marie McGovern, Bruce Alexander, Timothy Church, Andrew Ryan, Martha Polovich
Approximately 8 million health care workers are unnecessarily exposed to highly toxic drugs used to treat cancer; antineoplastic drugs can contribute to negative health effects for these workers. The drugs have been detected in the urine of workers and on the floors and counters of worksites. Safety precautions that could reduce the risk of exposure are underutilized. This cross-sectional study of 163 oncology health care workers used a survey to measure workplace and individual factors, and environmental sampling to measure surface contamination...
October 6, 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
Brenda C Medel Romero, Martin Castellanos Joya, Martha Angelica Garcia Aviles, Raul Martinez Navarro, Tom Decroo, Rony Zachariah
Objective To assess trends in 1) tuberculosis (TB) case notification by year and 2) cumulative treatment outcomes (stratified by type of TB) in relation to the proportion of indigenous population in municipalities in a countrywide study in Mexico for the period 2009-2013. Methods This ecological operational research study used municipality data for the five-year study period. As no single identifier variable existed for indigenous persons, municipalities were categorized into one of three groups based on the proportion of their indigenous population (< 25% ("low"), ≥ 25% to < 50% ("medium"), and ≥ 50% ("high"))...
January 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Patricia Melin, German Prado-Arechiga, Martha Pulido, Ivette Miramontes
OBJECTIVE: The development of an artificial modular neural network (MNN) method for diagnosing and classification of arterial Hypertension based on the level of the blood pressure (BP) of a patient is presented. The main goal is to diagnose the degree of hypertension based on the BP values using MNN applying response integration via a gating network approach. DESIGN AND METHOD: This study was performed with 28 patients to classify the BP levels, based on the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines of Hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Matthew Weir, Martha Mayo, Dahlia Garza, Susan Arthur, Lance Berman, David Bushinsky, Daniel Wilson, Murray Epstein
OBJECTIVE: Diuretics, alone or in combination, are frequently prescribed in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and heart failure (HF) patients to reduce volume, blood pressure, and/or for symptom control. Clinicians may also use them to reduce the risk of hyperkalemia, but high doses of diuretics may lead to adverse events from intravascular volume depletion or gout. Patiromer is a non-absorbed K-binding polymer recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of hyperkalemia (HK). We compared patiromer's effects in RAASi-treated CKD patients with HK on different types of diuretics to patients not receiving diuretics in the treatment phase of OPAL-HK...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Matthew Weir, George L Bakris, Coleman Gross, Martha R Mayo, Dahlia Garza, Jinwei Yuan, Lance Berman, Gordon H Williams
OBJECTIVE: Elevated serum aldosterone can be vasculotoxic and facilitates cardiorenal damage. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone inhibitors (RAASi) reduce serum aldosterone levels and/or block its effects but can cause hyperkalemia (HK). Patiromer, a nonabsorbed potassium binder, decreases serum potassium (K) in CKD patients on RAASi. We examined the effect of patiromer on serum aldosterone levels, plasma renin activity (PRA), systolic (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) in CKD patients on RAASi with HK (serum K 5...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Martha Ali Abdulai, Frank Baiden, George Adjei, Seth Owusu-Agyei
BACKGROUND: Over 2 billion people are infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and about 240 million are chronic carriers of the virus. Chronic HBV infection is an important cause of liver cancer. The infectivity of HBV is hundred times higher than the HIV virus yet it receives comparatively little attention in public health. The study assessed knowledge and awareness of HBV among pregnant women in the Kintampo Municipality of Ghana. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in two facilities between September 2010 and November 2010...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Jesus M Casida, Horng-Shiuann Wu, Martha Abshire, Bidisha Ghosh, James J Yang
BACKGROUND: There is no empirical study about the context and influence of self-management (SM) factors on quality of life (QOL) among adults with left ventricular assist device (LVADs). The purpose of this study was to close this knowledge gap by: (1) differentiating select SM factors (e.g., cognition) and overall QOL based on LVAD implant durations; (2) examining the relationships among SM factors and QOL variables; and (3) identifying which SM factors predict QOL. METHODS: An observational study was employed including 87 LVAD patients, ages 20 to 80 years, with mean implant durations of 18...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Fernando Guerrero-Romero, Rafael Villalobos-Molina, J Rafael Jiménez-Flores, Luis E Simental-Mendia, René Méndez-Cruz, Miguel Murguía-Romero, Martha Rodríguez-Morán
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although the Glucose and Triglyceride levels (TyG) index is useful for identification of insulin resistance (IR) in different ethnic groups, it has not been evaluated in young adults. We undertook this study to evaluate the TyG index as a diagnostic test for IR in young adults. METHODS: A total of 5,538 healthy young adults, 3,795 (68.5%) non-pregnant women and 1,743 (31.5%) men, with an average age of 19.2 ± 1.4 years, were enrolled in a population-based cross-sectional study...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Theresa Scholl, Angelika Mühlebner, Gerda Ricken, Victoria Gruber, Anna Fabing, Sharon Samueli, Gudrun Gröppel, Christian Dorfer, Thomas Czech, Johannes A Hainfellner, Avanita S Prabowo, Roy J Reinten, Lisette Hoogendijk, Jasper J Anink, Eleonora Aronica, Martha Feucht
Conventional antiepileptic drugs suppress the excessive firing of neurons during seizures. In drug-resistant patients, treatment failure indicates an alternative important epileptogenic trigger. Two epilepsy-associated pathologies show myelin deficiencies in seizure-related brain regions: Focal Cortical Dysplasia IIB (FCD) and cortical tubers in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Studies uncovering white matter-pathology mechanisms are therefore urgently needed to gain more insight into epileptogenesis, the propensity to maintain seizures, and their associated comorbidities such as cognitive defects...
October 17, 2016: Brain Pathology
Alireza Najafian, Salem I Noureldine, Faris Azar, Chady Atallah, Gina Trinh, Eric B Schneider, Ralph P Tufano, Martha A Zeiger
BACKGROUND: Molecular markers associated with thyroid malignancy are increasingly being used as differential diagnostic tools for thyroid nodules. However, little has been reported recently regarding the prevalence of these markers in benign lesions. We systematically reviewed the literature to examine studies that reported on the prevalence of these markers in benign thyroid lesions. METHODS: Appropriate papers published between January 01, 2000 and April 30, 2015 and cataloged on PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Scopus and Web of Science databases by combining different keywords for ''thyroid tumor'' with both general and specific keywords for ''molecular marker'' by using ''AND'' as the Boolean operator...
October 17, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Kristine Coleman, Nicola D Robertson, Gregory A Dissen, Martha D Neuringer, L Drew Martin, Verginia C Cuzon Carlson, Christopher Kroenke, Damien Fair, Ansgar M Brambrink
BACKGROUND: Experimental evidence correlates anesthetic exposure during early development with neuronal and glial injury and death, as well as behavioral and cognitive impairments, in young animals. Several, although not all, retrospective human studies of neurocognitive and behavioral disorders after childhood exposure to anesthesia suggest a similar association. Few studies have specifically investigated the effects of infant anesthesia exposure on subsequent neurobehavioral development...
October 5, 2016: Anesthesiology
Martha S Hunter, Peter Asiimwe, Anna G Himler, Suzanne E Kelly
Arthropods commonly carry maternally-inherited intracellular bacterial symbionts that may profoundly influence host biology and evolution. The intracellular symbiont Rickettsia sp. nr. bellii swept rapidly into populations of the sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci in the southwestern USA. Previous laboratory experiments showed female-bias and fitness benefits were associated with Rickettsia infection, potentially explaining the high frequencies of infection observed in field populations, but the effects varied with whitefly genetic line...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Jeremiah Wasserlauf, Bradley P Knight, Zhi Li, Adin-Cristian Andrei, Rishi Arora, Alexandru B Chicos, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Susan S Kim, Albert C Lin, Nishant Verma, Martha M Bohn, Rod S Passman
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation (CBA) for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF) can be performed under general anesthesia (GA) or moderate sedation (MS). Our objective was to compare the effectiveness, safety, procedure duration, and time spent in the electrophysiology (EP) laboratory for CBA performed under GA and MS. METHODS: . Patients undergoing a first CBA for pAF were identified. Patients received either GA administered by an anesthesiologist or MS with midazolam and fentanyl administered by EP laboratory staff...
October 17, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Rosenda Murillo, Kathryn J Reid, Elva M Arredondo, Jianwen Cai, Marc D Gellman, Nathan M Gotman, David X Marquez, Frank J Penedo, Alberto R Ramos, Phyllis C Zee, Martha L Daviglus
We examined associations of mild and moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA; apnea-hypopnea index ≥5 and ≥15, respectively) with recommended amounts of moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) or vigorous physical activity (VPA) and by type of activity (i.e., recreational, transportation, and work activity). The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), a multicenter population-based study, enrolled individuals from 2008 to 2011 from four U.S. metropolitan areas (Bronx, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Miami, Florida; San Diego, California)...
October 13, 2016: Preventive Medicine
Jan Pieter Marchal, Heleen Maurice-Stam, Bregje A Houtzager, Susanne L Rutgers van Rozenburg-Marres, Kim J Oostrom, Martha A Grootenhuis, A S Paul van Trotsenburg
BACKGROUND: We analysed developmental outcomes from a clinical trial early in life and its follow-up at 10.7 years in 123 children with Down syndrome. AIMS: To determine 1) strengths and weaknesses in adaptive functioning and motor skills at 10.7 years, and 2) prognostic value of early-life characteristics (early developmental outcomes, parental and child characteristics, and comorbidity) for later intelligence, adaptive functioning and motor skills. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: We used standardized assessments of mental and motor development at ages 6, 12 and 24 months, and of intelligence, adaptive functioning and motor skills at 10...
October 13, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Julie E Weiss, Martha Goodrich, Kimberly A Harris, Rachael E Chicoine, Marie B Synnestvedt, Steve J Pyle, Jane S Chen, Sally D Herschorn, Elisabeth F Beaber, Jennifer S Haas, Anna N A Tosteson, Tracy Onega
PURPOSE: To assess indication for examination for four breast imaging modalities and describe the complexity and heterogeneity of data sources and ascertainment methods. METHODS: Indication was evaluated among the Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR) breast cancer research centers (PRCs). Indication data were reported overall and separately for four breast imaging modalities: digital mammography (DM), digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), ultrasound (US), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Martha M Yeshanew, Luigi Frunzo, Vincenzo Luongo, Francesco Pirozzi, Piet N L Lens, Giovanni Esposito
The present work studied the start-up process of a mesophilic (37 ± 2 °C) anaerobic fluidized bed reactor (AFBR) operated at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 20 days using synthetic carbohydrate rich wastewater. Anox Kaldness-K1 carriers were used as biofilm carrier material. The reactor performance and biofilm formation were evaluated during the process. The start-up process at lower liquid recirculation flow rate enhanced the biofilm formation and reactor performance. The organic substrate composition had a major impact on early colonization of methanogenic archaea onto the surface of the Kaldness carriers during the start-up process...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Martha Sajatovic, Curtis Tatsuoka, Elisabeth Welter, Adam T Perzynski, Kari Colon-Zimmermann, Jamie R Van Doren, Ashley Bukach, Mary Ellen Lawless, Eleanor R Ryan, Katherine Sturniolo, Samden Lhatoo
OBJECTIVES: Serious mental illness is disproportionately common in people with epilepsy and contributes to complications and mortality. Few care approaches specifically target individuals who have epilepsy and severe mental illness. We used an iterative process to refine an existing intervention and tested the novel intervention, Targeted Self-Management for Epilepsy and Mental Illness (TIME) in individuals with epilepsy and comorbid mental illness (E-MI). METHODS: The TIME intervention was developed with input from a community advisory board and then tested for feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy in people with E-MI, using a 16-week prospective, randomized controlled design comparing TIME (N=22) vs...
October 12, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
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