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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735459/diabetes-and-the-hospitalized-patient-a-cluster-analytic-framework-for-characterizing-the-role-of-sex-race-and-comorbidity-from-2006-to-2011
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Nisha Nataraj, Julie Simmons Ivy, Fay Cobb Payton, Joseph Norman
In the US, one in four adults has two or more chronic conditions; this population accounts for two thirds of healthcare spending. Comorbidity, the presence of multiple simultaneous health conditions in an individual, is increasing in prevalence and has been shown to impact patient outcomes negatively. Comorbidities associated with diabetes are correlated with increased incidence of preventable hospitalizations, longer lengths of stay (LOS), and higher costs. This study focuses on sex and race disparities in outcomes for hospitalized adult patients with and without diabetes...
July 22, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735302/autopsy-interrogation-of-emergency-medicine-dispute-cases-how-often-are-clinical-diagnoses-incorrect
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Danyang Liu, Rongchang Gan, Weidi Zhang, Wei Wang, Hexige Saiyin, Wenjiao Zeng, Guoyuan Liu
AIMS: Emergency medicine is a 'high risk' specialty. Some diseases develop suddenly and progress rapidly, and sudden unexpected deaths in the emergency department (ED) may cause medical disputes. We aimed to assess discrepancies between antemortem clinical diagnoses and postmortem autopsy findings concerning emergency medicine dispute cases and to figure out the most common major missed diagnoses. METHODS: Clinical files and autopsy reports were retrospectively analysed and interpreted...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735163/multidimensional-human-capital-formation-in-a-developing-country-health-cognition-and-locus-of-control-in-the-philippines
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Kira M Villa
Economic success depends on multiple human capital stocks whose production is interrelated and occurs over many life stages. Yet, much empirical work fails to account for human capital's multidimensional nature and limits its focus to specific childhood stages. Using longitudinal data from the Philippines, I estimate a model of multidimensional human capital formation from birth through adulthood where health, cognitive, and noncognitive dimensions are jointly produced. I examine during which developmental stages parental investment is most influential and address the endogeneity of investment using a policy function where investment depends on child characteristics, exogenous conditions at birth and local prices...
July 8, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734971/robotic-assistance-confers-ambidexterity-to-laparoscopic-surgeons
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Souzana Choussein, Serene S Srouji, Leslie V Farland, Ashley Wietsma, Stacey A Missmer, Michael Hollis, Richard N Yu, Charles N Pozner, Antonio R Gargiulo
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To examine whether a robotic surgical platform can complement the fine motor skills of the non-dominant hand, compensating for the innate difference in dexterity between the surgeon's hands, thereby conferring virtual ambidexterity. DESIGN: Crossover intervention study. DESIGN CLASSIFICATION: Level II-1 evidence. SETTING: Centers for medical simulation of two tertiary care hospitals of Harvard Medical School...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734632/expectancy-and-achievement-gaps-in-educational-attainment-and-subsequent-adverse-health-effects-among-adolescents-with-and-without-chronic-medical-conditions
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Lauren E Wisk, Elissa R Weitzman
PURPOSE: While education-based disparities in health are common, the extent to which chronic conditions contribute to education gaps and to consequent health disparities is not fully understood. As such, we sought to investigate educational aspirations, expectations, and attainment among youth with and without chronic conditions and to determine if these relationships mediated subsequent disparities in health and well-being. METHODS: Longitudinal data on 3,518 youths are from the 1997-2013 Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a population-based survey...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734598/segregation-and-mortality-over-time-and-space
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Trevon D Logan, John M Parman
Few studies have been able to measure the evolution of segregation on health disparities or assess whether those disparities existed in rural communities prior to the Great Migration of African Americans to urban centers. We use a newly developed measure of historical racial residential segregation based on individual-level data. The measure exploits complete census manuscript files to identify the races of next-door neighbors. This measure is the first and only measure of historical segregation for rural communities, allowing us to greatly extend the empirical analysis of the effects of racial segregation on health over space and time...
July 10, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733833/neuroanatomy-of-pain-deficiency-and-cross-modal-activation-in-calcium-channel-subunit-cacn-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-3-knockout-mice
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Julia Landmann, Franziska Richter, Ana-Maria Oros-Peusquens, N Jon Shah, Joseph Classen, G Gregory Neely, Angelika Richter, Josef M Penninger, Ingo Bechmann
The phenotype of calcium channel subunit (CACN) α2δ3 knockout (KO) mice includes sensory cross-activation and deficient pain perception. Sensory cross-activation defines the activation of a sensory cortical region by input from another modality due to reorganization in the brain such as after sensory loss. To obtain mechanistic insight into both phenomena, we employed a comprehensive battery of neuroanatomical techniques. While CACNα2δ3 was ubiquitously expressed in wild-type mice, it was absent in α2δ3 KO animals...
July 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733787/gatekeepers-perceptions-of-the-quality-and-availability-of-services-for-breast-and-cervical-cancer-patients-in-the-english-speaking-windward-islands-an-exploratory-investigation
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Kamilah B Thomas-Purcell, Will L Tarver, Christine Richards, Marva Primus-Joseph
PURPOSE: Although extensive screening services for breast and cervical cancers are available in the Caribbean, these cancers continue to be the leading causes of cancer death among women in this region. The purpose of this study was to determine the quality and availability of breast and cervical cancer treatment care and support services from the perspective of the gatekeepers who provide care for the patients in the Windward Islands of Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, and St. Vincent. METHODS: A qualitative research design using semi-structured, in-depth interviews was used to gather data from gatekeepers who provided oncology prevention and care services to patients for at least one year...
July 21, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733773/the-influence-of-black-identity-on-wellbeing-and-health-behaviors
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Fiona B Lewis, Marie-Claire Boutrin, Lisa Dalrymple, Lorna H McNeill
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of Black identity on wellbeing and health behaviors. METHODS: Data from the third year (wave) of a longitudinal cohort study (N = 1316) from a large, majority Black, Protestant church of 16,000 members located in Houston, Texas, were used to conduct secondary data analyses. Univariate analyses were used to obtain participants' sociodemographic and health characteristics. ANCOVA and linear regression analyses and Bonferroni adjustments were used to examine the influence of the centrality, public and private regard aspects of Black identity as measured by the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity subscales on wellbeing (CES-D scores and self-reported general health) and health behaviors (diet and physical activity levels)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733772/state-minority-health-officers-perceptions-of-their-successes-and-barriers-to-reducing-racial-and-ethnic-health-disparities
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Aaron J Diehr, Timothy R Jordan, James H Price, Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Joseph A Dake
BACKGROUND: Minimal research has been conducted to examine the impact and reach of state offices of minority health (SOMH) and their role in reducing racial and ethnic health disparities within their states. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to describe the shared experiences of SOMH officers to provide context for why these individuals believe that state organizational efforts have not yielded much success in reducing racial and ethnic health disparity gaps. METHODS: Using a telephone interview guide, the investigators conducted telephone interviews with SOMH officers...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733590/hypersaline-sapropels-act-as-hotspots-for-microbial-dark-matter
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Adrian-Ştefan Andrei, Andreea Baricz, Michael Scott Robeson, Manuela Raluca Păuşan, Tudor Tămaş, Cecilia Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Lucian Barbu-Tudoran, Erika Andrea Levei, Cristian Coman, Mircea Podar, Horia Leonard Banciu
Present-day terrestrial analogue sites are crucial ground truth proxies for studying life in geochemical conditions close to those assumed to be present on early Earth or inferred to exist on other celestial bodies (e.g. Mars, Europa). Although hypersaline sapropels are border-of-life habitats with moderate occurrence, their microbiological and physicochemical characterization lags behind. Here, we study the diversity of life under low water activity by describing the prokaryotic communities from two disparate hypersaline sapropels (Transylvanian Basin, Romania) in relation to geochemical milieu and pore water chemistry, while inferring their role in carbon cycling by matching taxa to known taxon-specific biogeochemical functions...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733466/the-reliability-of-the-american-community-survey-for-injury-surveillance
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Nathaniel Bell, Bo Cai
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the reliability and predictability of 49 socioeconomic indicators constructed from the annual and multiyear American Community Survey (ACS) data cycles for monitoring injury inequalities across the USA. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of the 2006-2013 annual and multiyear county-level ACS data cycles. Indicator reliability was assessed using the margin of error and coefficient of variation (CV). Overlapping multiyear data cycles were assessed for statistical dependence in the estimates...
August 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733154/community-pharmacists-knowledge-of-alzheimer-disease-care-in-high-and-low-income-chicago
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Marketa Marvanova, Paul Jacob Henkel
OBJECTIVES: This pilot study examined community pharmacists' knowledge to provide care and services for persons with Alzheimer disease (AD) and area income-based disparities in knowledge and availability of cognitive enhancers. METHODS: A cross-sectional telephone survey of pharmacies (n = 137) in high- and low-income areas in Chicago was conducted on pharmacists' degree, experience, and continuing education, as well as knowledge of AD disease and treatment expectations, adverse effects (AEs) of donepezil, and self-care recommendations for insomnia...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733065/severe-maternal-morbidity-associated-with-maternal-birthplace-a-population-based-register-study
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Marcelo L Urquia, Susitha Wanigaratne, Joel G Ray, K S Joseph
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to quantify the risk of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) according to maternal country of birth in Canada. METHODS: The study analyzed 1 252 543 in-hospital deliveries of Ontario residents discharged between April 1, 2002, and March 31, 2012. The main outcome measure was a composite indicator of SMM used for surveillance. The top 10 most common component conditions were also evaluated. Maternal country of birth and other immigration characteristics were obtained through linkage with official immigration records...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732236/neighborhood-ses-is-particularly-important-to-the-cardiovascular-health-of-low-ses-individuals
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Jennifer Morozink Boylan, Stephanie A Robert
RATIONALE: Health disparities defined by neighborhood socioeconomic status (SES) are well established; it is less well understood whether neighborhood SES is differentially associated with health depending on one's own SES. OBJECTIVE: The double jeopardy hypothesis, collective resources model, fundamental cause theory, and relative deprivation hypothesis support differential patterns of association between neighborhood and individual SES with health. The first three models suggest that higher neighborhood SES predicts health more strongly among lower, as compared to higher, SES individuals...
July 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732032/individual-and-area-level-characteristics-associated-with-alcohol-related-mortality-among-adult-lithuanian-males-a-multilevel-analysis-based-on-census-linked-data
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Pavel Grigoriev, Domantas Jasilionis, Daumantas Stumbrys, Vladislava Stankūnienė, Vladimir M Shkolnikov
BACKGROUND: Although excessive alcohol-related mortality in the post-Soviet countries remains the major public health threat, determinants of this phenomenon are still poorly understood. AIMS: We assess simultaneously individual- and area-level factors associated with an elevated risk of alcohol-related mortality among Lithuanian males aged 30-64. METHODS: Our analysis is based on a census-linked dataset containing information on individual- and area-level characteristics and death events which occurred between March 1st, 2011 and December 31st, 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731892/racial-differences-in-geographic-access-to-medical-care-as-measured-by-patient-report-and-geographic-information-systems
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Michelle S Wong, David T Grande, Nandita Mitra, Archana Radhakrishnan, Charles C Branas, Katelyn R Ward, Craig E Pollack
BACKGROUND: Geographic access-the travel burden required to reach medical care-is an important aspect of care. Studies, which typically rely on geographic information system (GIS) calculated travel times, have found some evidence of racial disparities in spatial access to care. However, the validity of these studies depends on the accuracy of travel times by patient race. OBJECTIVES: To determine if there are racial differences when comparing patient-reported and GIS-calculated travel times...
July 20, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731843/telemedicine-use-decreases-rural-emergency-department-length-of-stay-for-transferred-north-dakota-trauma-patients
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Nicholas M Mohr, J Priyanka Vakkalanka, Karisa K Harland, Amanda Bell, Brian Skow, Dan M Shane, Marcia M Ward
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine has been proposed as one strategy to improve local trauma care and decrease disparities between rural and urban trauma outcomes. OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to describe the effect of telemedicine on management and clinical outcomes for trauma patients in North Dakota. METHODS: Cohort study of adult (age ≥18 years) trauma patients treated in North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Emergency Departments (EDs) from 2008 to 2014...
July 21, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731385/kids-sip-smarter-a-feasibility-study-to-reduce-sugar-sweetened-beverage-consumption-among-middle-school-youth-in-central-appalachia
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Hannah Lane, Kathleen J Porter, Erin Hecht, Priscilla Harris, Vivica Kraak, Jamie Zoellner
PURPOSE: To test the feasibility of Kids SIP smartER, a school-based intervention to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). DESIGN: Matched-contact randomized crossover study with mixed-methods analysis. SETTING: One middle school in rural, Appalachian Virginia. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-four sixth and seventh graders (5 classrooms) received Kids SIP smartER in random order over 2 intervention periods. Feasibility outcomes were assessed among 2 teachers...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731291/critical-questions-advancing-the-health-of-female-veterans
#20
Lisa Muirhead, Priscilla Hall, Cedrella Jones-Taylor, Gari D Clifford, Tasha Felton-Williams, Kathy Williams
PURPOSE: Women are the fastest growing Veteran population in the United States and many receive all or part of their health care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The purpose of this article is to review the healthcare issues of women Veterans and discuss implications for care. DATA SOURCES: Review of selected literature, VA resources and guidelines, and expert opinion. CONCLUSIONS: Few providers are aware of the impact military service has on the health of women and fail to ask the all-important question, "Have you served in the military?" Recognizing women's military service can reveal important information that can answer perplexing clinical questions, aid in designing comprehensive plans of care, and enable women to receive the assistance needed to address complex physical and psychosocial issues to improve the quality of their lives...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
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