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Rosana Lazzarini, Mariana de Figueiredo Silva Hafner, Mayara Gomes Rangel
Children's products are considered safe by the general population and doctors. Labels with terms such as "hypoallergenic" or "dermatologically recommended and tested" denote trust and credibility with the idea that they can be used by any individual. Patients with allergic contact dermatitis may be sensitive to allergens present in any product, including children's. There is insufficient knowledge about allergens in these products in our country. We evaluated 254 children's products, and at least one allergen was present in 236 (93%) of them...
June 2018: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Caitlin G Allen, J Nell Brownstein, Maria Cole, Gail Hirsch, Susie Williamson, E Lee Rosenthal
Although community health workers (CHWs) continue to gain credibility and recognition in the health care and public health sectors, there is still a need to expand workforce identity and development efforts, including identifying best practices for assessing CHW skill proficiencies. During this qualitative study, we interviewed 32 CHWs, trainers, and supervisors to understand current practice, perspectives, and perceived importance in assessing CHW skills and guiding principles for CHW skill assessment. Results from these interviews can be used to inform CHW workforce development to enhance efforts among those who are actively building CHW programs or who are considering improvements in strategies to assess CHW skill proficiencies...
June 19, 2018: Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
A E Brown, S Nash, N Connor, P D Kirwan, D Ogaz, S Croxford, D De Angelis, V C Delpech
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to present recent trends in the UK HIV epidemic (2007-2016) and the public health response. METHODS: HIV diagnoses and clinical markers were extracted from the HIV and AIDS Reporting System; HIV testing data in sexual health services (SHS) were taken from GUMCAD STI Surveillance System. HIV data were modelled to estimate the incidence in men who have sex with men (MSM) and post-migration HIV acquisition in heterosexuals. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data enabled mortality rates to be calculated...
June 20, 2018: HIV Medicine
Emma J Stinson, Marisol Perez, Tara K Ohrt, Anna Von Schell, Amanda B Bruening
OBJECTIVE: The current study sought to investigate whether credibility, expectancy, and acceptability of the Body Project is impacted by level of disordered eating pathology and whether perceived credibility, expectancy, and acceptability impacts treatment outcomes. METHODS: The sample included 170 undergraduate women from a large public university. Participants completed self-report questionnaires on perceived credibility, expectancy, treatment acceptability, and disordered eating measures...
June 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychology
Alexa Gainsbury, Sally Dowling
OBJECTIVE: To develop a descriptive account of parents' experiences of written feedback from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), based on primary data collected from semi-structured focus groups. DESIGN: Four focus groups were held with a purposive sample of parents who had recently received written weight feedback from the NCMP in one local authority in England. Thematic data analysis was undertaken to develop a narrative of emergent themes regarding parents' experiences and the social influences shaping this...
June 19, 2018: Public Health Nutrition
Susanne Küker, Celine Faverjon, Lenz Furrer, John Berezowski, Horst Posthaus, Fabio Rinaldi, Flavie Vial
BACKGROUND: Animal health data recorded in free text, such as in necropsy reports, can have valuable information for national surveillance systems. However, these data are rarely utilized because the text format requires labor-intensive classification of records before they can be analyzed with using statistical or other software. In a previous study, we designed a text-mining tool to extract data from text in necropsy reports. In the current study, we used the tool to extract data from the reports from pig and cattle necropsies performed between 2000 and 2011 at the Institute of Animal Pathology (ITPA), University of Bern, Switzerland...
June 18, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Areti Angeliki Veroniki, Jesmin Antony, Sharon E Straus, Huda M Ashoor, Yaron Finkelstein, Paul A Khan, Marco Ghassemi, Erik Blondal, John D Ivory, Brian Hutton, Kevin Gough, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Erin Lillie, Afshin Vafaei, Andrea C Tricco
BACKGROUND: Nearly all newly infected children acquire Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) via mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) during pregnancy, labour or breastfeeding from untreated HIV-positive mothers. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the standard care for pregnant women with HIV. However, evidence of ART effectiveness and harms in infants and children of HIV-positive pregnant women exposed to ART has been largely inconclusive. The aim of our systematic review and network meta-analysis (NMA) was to evaluate the comparative safety and effectiveness of ART drugs in children exposed to maternal HIV and ART (or no ART/placebo) across different study designs...
2018: PloS One
Andrew J Palmer, Lei Si, Michelle Tew, Xinyang Hua, Michael S Willis, Christian Asseburg, Phil McEwan, José Leal, Alastair Gray, Volker Foos, Mark Lamotte, Talitha Feenstra, Patrick J O'Connor, Michael Brandle, Harry J Smolen, James C Gahn, William J Valentine, Richard F Pollock, Penny Breeze, Alan Brennan, Daniel Pollard, Wen Ye, William H Herman, Deanna J Isaman, Shihchen Kuo, Neda Laiteerapong, An Tran-Duy, Philip M Clarke
OBJECTIVES: The Eighth Mount Hood Challenge (held in St. Gallen, Switzerland, in September 2016) evaluated the transparency of model input documentation from two published health economics studies and developed guidelines for improving transparency in the reporting of input data underlying model-based economic analyses in diabetes. METHODS: Participating modeling groups were asked to reproduce the results of two published studies using the input data described in those articles...
June 2018: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Kathrine L Barnes, Jeffrey J VanWormer, Shannon Stokley, Elizabeth R Vickers, Huong Q McLean, Edward A Belongia, Casper G Bendixsen
BACKGROUND: Parental attitudes play a key role in their decisions to vaccinate adolescents against the human papillomavirus (HPV). Little is known, however, about the formative experiences that shape parents' attitudes about the HPV vaccine. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 25 parents of 11-17 year old adolescents in Wisconsin who changed their HPV vaccine attitudes (per prior surveys) over one year. A modified grounded theory approach was then used to generate primary themes of attitudinal determinants...
June 15, 2018: BMC Public Health
Paolo Vineis, Daniela Fecht
The proportion of total deaths attributable to environmental factors is estimated to be 23% of global deaths and 22% of global disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) according to one review. These estimates encompass all environmental agents including infectious agents but excluding behavioural factors. The authors of the review also estimated that 16% (95% CI: 7-41%) of cancer deaths are attributable to environmental risk factors (and 36% [95% CI: 17-52%] for lung cancer). In this article, we focus on the reasons why epidemiology is often unable to account for the whole burden of environmental carcinogens...
June 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Lauren E Stiles, Jaclyn Cinnamon, Irina Balan
Diagnosing and treating postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) can be a frustrating experience for patients and physicians alike. Experienced patient leaders solicited input from the large online POTS community to identify patient suggestions and concerns, with the goal of improving the patient-physician relationship and outcomes in POTS. This review article offers practical tips to improve POTS patient care and links to credible resources for your patients. The authors emphasize the urgent need for improved physician education, a tailored treatment approach, and expanded research efforts...
June 7, 2018: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Nicola Veronese, Jacopo Demurtas, Stefano Celotto, Maria Gabriella Caruso, Stefania Maggi, Francesco Bolzetta, Joseph Firth, Lee Smith, Patricia Schofield, Ai Koyanagi, Lin Yang, Marco Solmi, Brendon Stubbs
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The literature regarding the potential health benefits of chocolate consumption are unclear and the epidemiological credibility has not been systematically scrutinized, while the strength of the evidence is undetermined. We therefore aimed to map and grade the diverse health outcomes associated with chocolate consumption using an umbrella review of systematic reviews. METHODS: Umbrella review of systematic reviews of observational and intervention studies (randomized placebo-controlled trials, RCTs)...
June 1, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Chenggong Hu, Yongfang Zhou, Chang Liu, Yan Kang
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fifth most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer-associated mortality worldwide. In the current study, comprehensive bioinformatic analyses were performed to develop a novel scoring system for GC risk assessment based on CAP-Gly domain containing linker protein family member 4 (CLIP4) DNA methylation status. Two GC datasets with methylation sequencing information and mRNA expression profiling were downloaded from the The Cancer Genome Atlas and Gene Expression Omnibus databases...
June 6, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Sarah Brown, Colin C Everett, Kamran Naraghi, Claire Davies, Bryony Dawkins, Claire Hulme, Christopher McCabe, Sue Pavitt, Paul Emery, Linda Sharples, Maya H Buch
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common autoimmune disease in the UK, is a chronic systemic inflammatory arthritis that affects 0.8% of the UK population. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether or not an alternative class of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) are comparable to rituximab in terms of efficacy and safety outcomes in patients with RA in whom initial tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) bDMARD and methotrexate (MTX) therapy failed because of inefficacy...
June 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Ingrid Liodden, Are Hugo Pripp, Arne Johan Norheim
BACKGROUND: Patients entering a treatment have expectancy to outcome based on their previous experience, the information received, and the credibility of the treatment. Once the treatment has started, patients may detect and interpret contextual cues and somatic state. Influenced and conditioned by positive or negative interpretations, their reappraisal may improve or worsen the treatment outcome. The aims were to investigate whether parental pre-treatment expectancies towards acupuncture differ compared to post-treatment expectancies, and assess predictors for possible change of parental expectancy...
June 14, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Shixuan Shen, Xiaohui Chen, Hao Li, Liping Sun, Yuan Yuan
Background: The promoter methylation of MLH1 gene and gastric cancer (GC)has been investigated previously. To get a more credible conclusion, we performed a systematic review and meta and bioinformatic analysis to clarify the role of MLH1 methylation in the prediction and prognosis of GC. Methods: Eligible studies were targeted after searching the PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, BIOSIS, CNKI and Wanfang Data to collect the information of MLH1 methylation and GC. The link strength between the two was estimated by odds ratio with its 95% confidence interval...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Joël E T Ateba, Rufin M K Toghueo, Angelbert F Awantu, Brice M Mba'ning, Sebastian Gohlke, Dinkar Sahal, Edson Rodrigues-Filho, Etienne Tsamo, Fabrice F Boyom, Norbert Sewald, Bruno N Lenta
There is continuing need for new and improved drugs to tackle malaria, which remains a major public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Natural products represent credible sources of new antiplasmodial agents for antimalarial drug development. Endophytes that widely colonize healthy tissues of plants have been shown to synthesize a great variety of secondary metabolites that might possess antiplasmodial benefits. The present study was carried out to evaluate the antiplasmodial potential of extracts from endophytic fungi isolated from Symphonia globulifera against a chloroquine-resistant strain of Plasmodium falciparum (PfINDO )...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Xiaochun Liu, Shiwei Wang, Suhui Wu, Qian Hao, Ying Li, Zhuodan Guo, Wenzhen Wang
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have gained credibility as a therapeutic tool partly due to their potential to secrete factors such as cytokines and chemokines. Recently, exosomes, which mediate intercellular communication by delivering biomolecules such as mRNA and miRNA into recipient cells, have gained attention as a new and valuable therapeutic strategy in regenerative medicine. However, the potential role of exosomes secreted by adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (adMSC-Exos) in collagen metabolism is not well understood...
June 13, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Ashleigh R Tuite, Minttu M Rönn, Emory E Wolf, Thomas L Gift, Harrell W Chesson, Andres Berruti, Kara Galer, Nicolas A Menzies, Katherine Hsu, Joshua A Salomon
BACKGROUND: The burden of gonorrhea infections in the United States is high. There are marked disparities by race/ethnicity and sexual orientation. We quantified the impact of screening and treatment on gonorrhea rates in the US population aged 15-39 years for the time period 2000 to 2015 and estimated the impact that alternative screening strategies might have had over the same time period. METHODS: We developed a national-level transmission model that divides the population by race/ethnicity, preferred sex of sex partners, age, sex, and sexual activity level...
June 11, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Tokhir Dadaev, Edward J Saunders, Paul J Newcombe, Ezequiel Anokian, Daniel A Leongamornlert, Mark N Brook, Clara Cieza-Borrella, Martina Mijuskovic, Sarah Wakerell, Ali Amin Al Olama, Fredrick R Schumacher, Sonja I Berndt, Sara Benlloch, Mahbubl Ahmed, Chee Goh, Xin Sheng, Zhuo Zhang, Kenneth Muir, Koveela Govindasami, Artitaya Lophatananon, Victoria L Stevens, Susan M Gapstur, Brian D Carter, Catherine M Tangen, Phyllis Goodman, Ian M Thompson, Jyotsna Batra, Suzanne Chambers, Leire Moya, Judith Clements, Lisa Horvath, Wayne Tilley, Gail Risbridger, Henrik Gronberg, Markus Aly, Tobias Nordström, Paul Pharoah, Nora Pashayan, Johanna Schleutker, Teuvo L J Tammela, Csilla Sipeky, Anssi Auvinen, Demetrius Albanes, Stephanie Weinstein, Alicja Wolk, Niclas Hakansson, Catharine West, Alison M Dunning, Neil Burnet, Lorelei Mucci, Edward Giovannucci, Gerald Andriole, Olivier Cussenot, Géraldine Cancel-Tassin, Stella Koutros, Laura E Beane Freeman, Karina Dalsgaard Sorensen, Torben Falck Orntoft, Michael Borre, Lovise Maehle, Eli Marie Grindedal, David E Neal, Jenny L Donovan, Freddie C Hamdy, Richard M Martin, Ruth C Travis, Tim J Key, Robert J Hamilton, Neil E Fleshner, Antonio Finelli, Sue Ann Ingles, Mariana C Stern, Barry Rosenstein, Sarah Kerns, Harry Ostrer, Yong-Jie Lu, Hong-Wei Zhang, Ninghan Feng, Xueying Mao, Xin Guo, Guomin Wang, Zan Sun, Graham G Giles, Melissa C Southey, Robert J MacInnis, Liesel M FitzGerald, Adam S Kibel, Bettina F Drake, Ana Vega, Antonio Gómez-Caamaño, Laura Fachal, Robert Szulkin, Martin Eklund, Manolis Kogevinas, Javier Llorca, Gemma Castaño-Vinyals, Kathryn L Penney, Meir Stampfer, Jong Y Park, Thomas A Sellers, Hui-Yi Lin, Janet L Stanford, Cezary Cybulski, Dominika Wokolorczyk, Jan Lubinski, Elaine A Ostrander, Milan S Geybels, Børge G Nordestgaard, Sune F Nielsen, Maren Weisher, Rasmus Bisbjerg, Martin Andreas Røder, Peter Iversen, Hermann Brenner, Katarina Cuk, Bernd Holleczek, Christiane Maier, Manuel Luedeke, Thomas Schnoeller, Jeri Kim, Christopher J Logothetis, Esther M John, Manuel R Teixeira, Paula Paulo, Marta Cardoso, Susan L Neuhausen, Linda Steele, Yuan Chun Ding, Kim De Ruyck, Gert De Meerleer, Piet Ost, Azad Razack, Jasmine Lim, Soo-Hwang Teo, Daniel W Lin, Lisa F Newcomb, Davor Lessel, Marija Gamulin, Tomislav Kulis, Radka Kaneva, Nawaid Usmani, Chavdar Slavov, Vanio Mitev, Matthew Parliament, Sandeep Singhal, Frank Claessens, Steven Joniau, Thomas Van den Broeck, Samantha Larkin, Paul A Townsend, Claire Aukim-Hastie, Manuela Gago-Dominguez, Jose Esteban Castelao, Maria Elena Martinez, Monique J Roobol, Guido Jenster, Ron H N van Schaik, Florence Menegaux, Thérèse Truong, Yves Akoli Koudou, Jianfeng Xu, Kay-Tee Khaw, Lisa Cannon-Albright, Hardev Pandha, Agnieszka Michael, Andrzej Kierzek, Stephen N Thibodeau, Shannon K McDonnell, Daniel J Schaid, Sara Lindstrom, Constance Turman, Jing Ma, David J Hunter, Elio Riboli, Afshan Siddiq, Federico Canzian, Laurence N Kolonel, Loic Le Marchand, Robert N Hoover, Mitchell J Machiela, Peter Kraft, Matthew Freedman, Fredrik Wiklund, Stephen Chanock, Brian E Henderson, Douglas F Easton, Christopher A Haiman, Rosalind A Eeles, David V Conti, Zsofia Kote-Jarai
Prostate cancer is a polygenic disease with a large heritable component. A number of common, low-penetrance prostate cancer risk loci have been identified through GWAS. Here we apply the Bayesian multivariate variable selection algorithm JAM to fine-map 84 prostate cancer susceptibility loci, using summary data from a large European ancestry meta-analysis. We observe evidence for multiple independent signals at 12 regions and 99 risk signals overall. Only 15 original GWAS tag SNPs remain among the catalogue of candidate variants identified; the remainder are replaced by more likely candidates...
June 11, 2018: Nature Communications
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