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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727927/technology-components-as-adjuncts-to-family-based-pediatric-obesity-treatment-in-low-income-minority-youth
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Gina L Tripicchio, Alice S Ammerman, Cody Neshteruk, Myles S Faith, Kelsey Dean, Christie Befort, Dianne S Ward, Kimberly P Truesdale, Kyle S Burger, Ann Davis
BACKGROUND: Strategies to treat pediatric obesity are needed, especially among high-need populations. Technology is an innovative approach; however, data on technology as adjuncts to in-person treatment programs are limited. METHODS: A total of 64 children [body mass index (BMI) ≥85th percentile, mean age = 9.6 ± 3.1 years, 32.8% female, 84.4% Hispanic] were recruited to participate in one of three cohorts of a family-based behavioral group (FBBG) treatment program: FBBG only, TECH1, and TECH2...
July 20, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725165/cost-effectiveness-of-pre-referral-antimalarial-treatment-in-severe-malaria-among-children-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Vivian Rakuomi, Faith Okalebo, Stanley Ndwigah, Levi Mbugua
BACKGROUND: In 2013, 78% of malaria deaths occurred in children aged 5 years and below, in sub-Saharan Africa. Treatment of severe malaria requires a health facility with inpatient care. However, in most sub-Sahara African countries, access to health facilities is a major problem. Pre-referral antimalarial treatments aim to delay the progress of severe malaria as patients seek to access health facilities. Rectal artesunate can be administered in the community as a pre-referral treatment in rural hard-to-reach areas...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724682/from-the-memphis-model-to-the-north-carolina-way-lessons-learned-from-emerging-health-system-and-faith-community-partnerships
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Teresa Cutts, Gary Gunderson, Dean Carter, Melanie Childers, Phillip Long, Lisa Marisiddaiah, Helen Milleson, Dennis Stamper, Annika Archie, Jeremy Moseley, Emily Viverette, Bobby Baker
National health care policy has encouraged health systems to develop community partnerships designed to decrease costs and readmissions, particularly for underserved populations. This commentary describes and compares the Congregational Health Network's Memphis Model to early local efforts at clinical-faith community partnerships in North Carolina, which we call "The North Carolina Way." Necessary components for building robust health system and congregational partnerships to address social determinants of health and impact health care utilization include partnership growth, allocation of health system resources, community trust, and time...
July 2017: North Carolina Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720228/percent-weight-reduction-required-to-achieve-minimal-clinically-important-improvements-in-health-related-quality-of-life-among-african-americans-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-fit-body-and-soul-study
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Jane T Garvin, Lovoria B Williams, Thomas V Joshua, Stephen W Looney, Lucy N Marion
OBJECTIVE: To calculate the percent weight reduction required to achieve minimal clinically important improvement (MCII) in health-related quality of life (HRQOL). DESIGN: Secondary data analysis from the longitudinal cohort of a single-blinded, cluster-randomized community trial to test the efficacy of the faith-based adaptation of the Diabetes Prevention Program. SETTING: African-American churches. PARTICIPANTS: This study included 472 congregants with a body mass index of ≥25 and fasting plasma glucose<126mg/dl...
August 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716698/cytokine-balance-and-behavioral-intervention-findings-from-the-peer-approaches-to-lupus-self-management-pals-project
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Edith M Williams, J Madison Hyer, Ramakrishnan Viswanathan, Trevor D Faith, Leonard Egede, Jim C Oates, Gailen D Marshall
The Peer Approaches to Lupus Self-Management program sought to address the disparate impact of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) on African American women through a peer mentoring intervention with aims of reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Given the association between psychological health and immune function this study examines the relationship between patient reported outcomes (PROs) in these domains and immunologic indicators of disease activity. Twenty-three African American women with SLE served as mentees in the intervention from whom PRO measures were collected at the outset, midpoint, and end of the 12 week pilot study...
July 14, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711477/the-association-between-toxoplasma-and-the-psychosis-continuum-in-a-general-population-setting
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Maija Lindgren, Minna Torniainen-Holm, Tommi Härkänen, Faith Dickerson, Robert H Yolken, Jaana Suvisaari
Toxoplasma gondii infection is associated with increased risk for psychosis. However, the possible association between T. gondii and psychotic-like symptoms in the general adult population is unknown. We investigated whether T. gondii is associated with psychotic-like symptoms and psychosis diagnoses using data from Health 2000, a large cross-sectional health survey of the Finnish general population aged 30 and above. Seropositivity to toxoplasma was defined as a cutoff of 50IU/ml of IgG antibodies. Lifetime psychotic-like symptoms were identified with section G of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview, Munich version (M-CIDI)...
July 12, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707267/-as-a-community-we-need-to-be-more-health-conscious-pastors-perceptions-on-the-health-status-of-the-black-church-and-african-american-communities
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Tyra Toston Gross, Chandra R Story, Idethia Shevon Harvey, Marie Allsopp, Melicia Whitt-Glover
BACKGROUND: Churches are recognized for their potential capacity to provide health services and interventions to address health disparities in African-Americans (blacks). Since pastors are central community leaders, their support and involvement can influence both implementation and outcomes for church-based health programs. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore pastors' perceptions of congregant health status within the black church. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 pastors whose female congregants participated in a physical activity intervention...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704147/customers-precedence-for-service-quality-dimensions-in-indian-private-healthcare-setting-a-ridit-approach
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Rajeev Kumar Panda, Rama Koteswara Rao Kondasani
Changes in demographic and sociocultural environment, improved health awareness, and information technology have considerably changed the outlook of healthcare sector in India. While both the public and the private healthcare sectors have priority of increasing access while minimizing costs, they try hard to achieve goals without letting the quality suffer. Customers with rising disposable income no longer have faith in the public healthcare system and are willing to migrate to the private healthcare sector, which is more professional, technology savvy, and trustworthy...
July 13, 2017: Hospital Topics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702737/the-relationship-of-anxiety-and-depression-to-subjective-well-being-in-a-mainland-chinese-sample
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Christopher Malone, Amy Wachholtz
This pilot study examines anxiety, depression, and well-being in a mainland Chinese sample and discusses the implications for mental health care. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual Well-being, and the Body Mind Spirit Well-Being Inventory were administered to 60 mainland China residents. Correlational analyses revealed significant relationships among depression, anxiety, and every domain of well-being except the faith domain. Levels of depression and anxiety are inversely related to levels of well-being in a mainland Chinese sample...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701250/the-ketogenic-diet-making-a-comeback
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Thomas Walczyk, Jeannette Y Wick
Americans have embraced a large number of diets in an attempt to manage obesity, improve quality of life, and address specific health problems. Among diets developed to address health problems, the ketogenic diet has had a long and variable history. Developed in the 1920s by a faith healer to help children with epilepsy, this diet induces a state that mimics carbohydrate starvation. As medications became available and effectively addressed seizures, the diet fell out of favor. During the last few decades, researchers and clinicians have learned that it can be useful in children and adults with refractory epilepsy and a variety of other conditions...
July 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698705/effects-of-short-term-medical-mission-trips-to-chiapas-mexico-on-the-religiosity-of-the-missionaries
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Katherine A Meidl, Joseph M Meidl, Laura R Meidl, Erik J Meidl
This study evaluates the effects that short-term, foreign, Catholic medical mission trips had on the religiosity of the United States-based participants. The subjects of this study participated in Catholic medical missions to Chiapas State, Mexico, in 2014 and 2015. Twenty-two of forty-two participants responded to a survey to assess for any changes in their religiosity and associated attitudes and behaviors. The results revealed that participation in the medical mission was associated with a significant increase in non-organizational religious activity, intrinsic religiosity, concern for health disparities and the burden of illness in the developing world, the promotion of further missions, the provision of service and/or monetary aid to the poor in the missionary's local community, and an increased likelihood to discuss the Christian faith in conversations with others...
May 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697620/is-it-just-religious-practice-exploring-patients-reasons-for-choosing-a-faith-based-primary-health-clinic-over-their-local-public-sector-primary-health-clinic
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James D Porter, Graham Bresick
BACKGROUND: Person-centred, re-engineered primary health care (PHC) is a national and global priority. Faith-based health care is a significant provider of PHC in sub-Saharan Africa, but there is limited published data on the reasons for patient choice of faith-based health care, particularly in South Africa. AIM: The primary objective was to determine and explore the reasons for patient choice of a faith-based primary care clinic over their local public sector primary care clinic, and secondarily to determine to what extent these reasons were influenced by demography...
June 29, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695172/women-experiences-of-using-external-breast-prosthesis-after-mastectomy
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Zohra Asif Jetha, Raisa B Gul, Sharifa Lalani
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify the experiences of breast cancer patients using external breast prostheses (EBP) in the context of the Pakistani society. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive exploratory design was used in the study. In-depth individual interviews were conducted with 15 postmastectomy women using EBP. A semi-structured interview guide with open-ended questions was used for the interviews. The analysis of the data was organized into four categories according to the study questions including reasons for using EBP, feeling about EBP, challenges for using EBP, and coping with lost breast...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694708/spiritual-care-may-impact-mental-health-and-medication-adherence-in-hiv-populations
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Valerie U Oji, Leslie C Hung, Reza Abbasgholizadeh, Flora Terrell Hamilton, E James Essien, Evaristus Nwulia
OBJECTIVE: To explore a potential role for spirituality in medication-related needs assessment for integrated care in chronically ill populations. METHOD: A systematic literature review was conducted to explore the impact of faith beliefs on health and/or medication adherence in individuals with depression and/or HIV+/AIDS. Retrospective electronic medical record review of adult HIV+ patients of an urban primary care clinic with integrated mental health services was conducted, with Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Symptoms Screener (SAMISS), major depressive disorder (MDD) incidence over the preceding year, and history of contact with a spiritual advisor...
2017: HIV/AIDS: Research and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689271/building-capacity-among-laity-a-faith-based-health-ministry-initiative
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Judy A Johnston, Kurt Konda, Elizabeth Ablah
A systematic review of topic-specific faith-based health programs determined that health outcomes can be improved though faith-based health interventions. A university research team, in partnership with the Kansas United Methodist Church and a United Methodist philanthropy, facilitated planning and development of a statewide initiative to increase the capacity of laity-led health ministry teams. The purpose of this paper is to describe the processes utilized to design and implement an initiative to increase capacity for laity-led comprehensive health ministry among Kansas United Methodist Church congregations and to share the key elements of the initiative...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680323/high-prevalence-of-helminths-infection-and-associated-risk-factors-among-adults-living-in-a-rural-setting-central-kenya-a-cross-sectional-study
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Janet Masaku, Faith Mutungi, Paul M Gichuki, Collins Okoyo, Doris W Njomo, Sammy M Njenga
BACKGROUND: Schistosome infection and soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are major public health problems in many developing countries where they contribute to the suffering of populations living in poor settings. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in four rural villages in central region of Kenya to provide information on the status of schistosome and STH infections. Previous studies conducted in the area among primary school children showed that there were high STH and Schistosoma mansoni infections...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679012/rural-religious-leaders-perspectives-on-their-communities-health-priorities-and-health
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Nancy E Schoenberg, Mark Swanson
OBJECTIVES: In traditionally underserved communities, faith-based interventions have been shown to be effective for health promotion. Religious leaders-generally the major partner in such interventions-however, are seldom are consulted about community health priorities and health promotion preferences. These insights are critical to ensure productive partnerships, effective programming, and sustainability. METHODS: Mixed-methods surveys were administered in one of the nation's most under-resourced regions: rural Appalachia...
July 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677991/purpose-in-life-and-positive-health-outcomes-among-older-adults
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Shirley Musich, Shaohung S Wang, Sandra Kraemer, Kevin Hawkins, Ellen Wicker
Purpose in life (PIL) is conceptualized as having goals, a sense of direction, and a feeling that there is meaning to present and past life. PIL has been associated with positive health outcomes among older adults, including fewer chronic conditions, less disability, and reduced mortality. The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of PIL among AARP Medicare Supplement insureds, identify associated characteristics, and measure impact on selected health outcomes. In 2016, surveys were sent to a random stratified sample; PIL was measured using a 7-item scale with 5 responses...
July 5, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676063/the-associations-between-religion-bereavement-and-depression-among-hong-kong-nurses
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Teris Cheung, Paul H Lee, Paul S F Yip
BACKGROUND: This paper is to examine the associations between religion, bereavement and depression among nursing professionals using a cross-sectional survey design. There is little empirical evidence in Asia suggesting that religion may either increase or lower the likelihood of nursing professionals being depressed. METHODS: We analyzed the results of a Mental Health Survey soliciting data from 850 Hong Kong nurses (aged 21-59, 178 males) regarding their mental well-being and associated factors, including participants' socio-economic profile and recent life-events...
July 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675042/factors-associated-with-routine-screening-for-the-early-detection-of-breast-cancer-in-cultural-ethnic-and-faith-based-communities
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Anat Freund, Miri Cohen, Faisal Azaiza
OBJECTIVES: Studies have shown a lower adherence to health behaviors among women in cultural-ethnic minorities and faith-based communities, especially lower screening attendance for the early detection of breast cancer. This study compares factors related to cancer screening adherence in two distinct cultural-ethnic minorities in Israel: Arab women as a cultural-ethnic minority and Jewish ultra-Orthodox women as a cultural-ethnic faith-based minority. DESIGN: During the year 2014, a total of 398 Jewish ultra-Orthodox women and 401 Arab women between the ages of 40-60, were randomly selected using population-based registries...
July 4, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
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