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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109290/characterizing-breast-conditions-at-an-open-access-breast-clinic-in-south-africa-a-model-that-is-more-than-cancer-care-for-a-resource-limited-setting
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Sarah Rayne, Naomi Lince-Deroche, Cheryl Hendrickson, Kate Shearer, Faith Moyo, Pam Michelow, Grace Rubin, Carol Benn, Cynthia Firnhaber
BACKGROUND: While most breast-related research focuses on cancer, presentation of symptomatic persons in non-screened environments requires understanding the spectrum of breast diseases so as to plan services in resource-constrained settings. This study presents the variety of breast disease managed at a government, open-access breast clinic in South Africa. METHODS: We performed a retrospective file review using a systematic random sample of patients 18 years and above presenting for breast care over a 14-month period...
January 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104289/nuclear-dynamics-of-heterochromatin-repair
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REVIEW
Nuno Amaral, Taehyun Ryu, Xiao Li, Irene Chiolo
Repairing double-strand breaks (DSBs) is particularly challenging in pericentromeric heterochromatin, where the abundance of repeated sequences exacerbates the risk of ectopic recombination and chromosome rearrangements. Recent studies in Drosophila cells revealed that faithful homologous recombination (HR) repair of heterochromatic DSBs relies on the relocalization of DSBs to the nuclear periphery before Rad51 recruitment. We summarize here the exciting progress in understanding this pathway, including conserved responses in mammalian cells and surprising similarities with mechanisms in yeast that deal with DSBs in distinct sites that are difficult to repair, including other repeated sequences...
January 16, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100040/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-research-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
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Takashi Hamazaki, Nihal El Rouby, Natalie C Fredette, Katherine E Santostefano, Naohiro Terada
Recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies are revealing how human genetic variations associate with differential health risks, disease susceptibilities and drug responses. Such information is now expected to help evaluate individual health risks, design personalized health plans and treat patients with precision. It is still challenging, however, to understand how such genetic variations cause the phenotypic alterations in pathobiologies and treatment response. Human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technologies are emerging as a promising strategy to fill the knowledge gaps between genetic association studies and underlying molecular mechanisms...
January 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095973/impact-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-its-treatments-on-partners-a-literature-review
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Faith S Luyster
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Many adults sleep with a significant other; thus, sleep disorder symptoms and treatments of one partner are likely to impact the other partner's health. A literature review was conducted to examine the impact of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and OSA treatments on partner-assessed sleep and daytime functioning and partner involvement in OSA treatment. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL searches yielded 38 pertinent quantitative and qualitative studies that described sleep and/or daytime functioning assessed in partners of patients with untreated OSA, sleep and/or daytime functioning assessed in partners who were referred for OSA treatment, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance (OA), or surgery, and/or associations between partner involvement and OSA treatment use...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095123/seafood-consumption-habits-of-south-carolina-shrimp-baiters
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Deborah Laska, Grace Vahey, Trevor Faith, John Vena, Edith M Williams
Shrimp baiting is a fishing technique used by many South Carolinians and has been regulated in the state since the late 1980s. A postcard survey was developed and included with 400 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) annual surveys of registered shrimp baiters over a two-year period. The survey contained questions concerning frequency, portion size, baiting locations, and preparation techniques for shrimp as well as other species consumed and demographic information. An overall response rate of 37% was received...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090336/medical-feminism-working-mothers-and-the-limits-of-home-finding-a-balance-between-self-care-and-other-care-in-cross-cultural-debates-about-health-and-lifestyle-1952-1956
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Frederick Cooper
Post-war medical debates about the psychiatric consequences of married women's economic behaviour witnessed far more divergence and collision between perspectives than has often been acknowledged. Practitioners who approached women primarily as facilitators of family health-as wives and mothers-were mistrustful of the competing demands presented by paid employment. They were faced by a growing spectrum of opinion, however, which represented women as atrophying in the confines of domestic life, and which positioned work as a therapeutic act...
July 12, 2016: Palgrave Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081120/epidemiology-of-chikungunya-virus-outbreaks-in-guadeloupe-and-martinique-2014-an-observational-study-in-volunteer-blood-donors
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Pierre Gallian, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Pascale Richard, Françoise Maire, Olivier Flusin, Rachid Djoudi, Jacques Chiaroni, Remi Charrel, Pierre Tiberghien, Xavier de Lamballerie
BACKGROUND: During Dec-2013, a chikungunya virus (CHIKV) outbreak was first detected in the French-West Indies. Subsequently, the virus dispersed to other Caribbean islands, continental America and many islands in the Pacific Ocean. Previous estimates of the attack rate were based on declaration of clinically suspected cases. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Individual testing for CHIKV RNA of all (n = 16,386) blood donations between Feb-24th 2014 and Jan-31st 2015 identified 0·36% and 0·42% of positives in Guadeloupe and Martinique, respectively...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078756/infections-in-non-splenectomized-persistent-or-chronic-primary-immune-thrombocytopenia-adults-risk-factors-and-vaccination-effect
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Guillaume Moulis, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Aurore Palmaro, Laurent Sailler
INTRODUCTION: Risk factors for infection and protective effect of vaccines in immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) patients in the era of rituximab therapy are unknown. OBJECTIVES: To assess the risk factors for serious and non-serious infections (respectively, SIs and NSIs) in non-splenectomized adults treated for persistent or chronic primary ITP, including the effect of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines. PATIENTS/METHODS: The population was the 2009-2012 FAITH cohort (n=1805), which is the cohort of all incident (newly diagnosed) primary ITP adults treated >3months in France built in the national health insurance database (SNIIRAM)...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069006/methods-and-design-of-a-10-week-multi-component-family-meals-intervention-a-two-group-quasi-experimental-effectiveness-trial
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Catherine Rogers, Sarah E Anderson, Jamie S Dollahite, Tisa F Hill, Chris Holloman, Carla K Miller, Keeley J Pratt, Carolyn Gunther
BACKGROUND: Given the ongoing childhood obesity public health crisis and potential protective effect of family meals, there is need for additional family meals research, specifically experimental studies with expanded health outcomes that focus on the at-risk populations in highest need of intervention. Future research, specifically intervention work, would also benefit from an expansion of the target age range to include younger children, who are laying the foundation of their eating patterns and capable of participating in family meal preparations...
January 9, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066841/community-based-participatory-research-studies-on-hiv-aids-prevention-2005-2014
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Steven S Coughlin
The recent literature on community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches to preventing HIV infection in diverse communities was systematically reviewed as part of the planning process for a new study. Published HIV prevention studies that employed CBPR methods were identified for the period January 1, 2005 to April 30, 2014 using PubMed databases and MeSH term and keyword searches. A total of 44 studies on CBPR and HIV or AIDS prevention were identified, of which 3 focused on adolescents, 33 on adults, and 8 on both adolescents and adults...
April 2016: Jacobs Journal of Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065490/burnout-among-cardiologists
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EDITORIAL
Jeffrey B Michel, Denisse M Sangha, John P Erwin
Burnout is a loss of enthusiasm for work, cynicism, and a low sense of accomplishment. Loss of autonomy and authority, complex regulatory requirements, report cards, quality metrics, the rise of large integrated health care systems, and the demise of solo practice are just a few realities of medical practice that contribute to physician burnout. Physicians suffering burnout often focus on compensation and perceived status as antidotes, although evidence suggests they play no role. Randomized controlled trials suggest that interventions designed to improve coping and resiliency including cognitive behavioral therapy and physical and mental relaxations to reduce stress can be effective...
December 18, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053899/unconventional-medical-practices-among-ghanaian-students-a-university-based-survey
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Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Charlotte Monica Mensah, Francis Arthur, Roselyn Torkornoo, Padmore Adusei Amoah
Research on unconventional medical practices among students has proliferated lately in the global space, hitherto, little is known explicitly in Ghana. This paper teases out insights for recent utilisation patterns of traditional medical therapies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. A sample of 754, randomly selected undergraduates were involved in a retrospective cross-sectional survey. Data were analysed using multivariate logistic regression and Pearson's χ(2) test with p < 0...
January 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052931/pastoral-perceptions-of-the-learning-and-developing-individual-exercise-skills-l-a-d-i-e-s-intervention-a-qualitative-study
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Chandra R Story, Tyra T Gross, Idethia S Harvey, Melicia C Whitt-Glover
African-American women experience higher rates of obesity compared to other racial/ethnic groups. High levels of reported church attendance among African-Americans have led to the proliferation of faith-based health programs. Pastors can influence success for faith-based programs. The purpose of this study was to assess pastors' perceptions of the L.A.D.I.E.S. intervention, designed to increase physical activity levels in sedentary African-American women. For the L.A.D.I.E.S. intervention, 31 churches (n = 418 women) were randomized at the church level to a faith-based, non-faith-based or self-guided program...
January 3, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052165/integrating-spirituality-into-outpatient-practice-in-the-adventist-health-system
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Harold G Koenig, Kathleen Perno, Ted Hamilton
OBJECTIVES: We examined Adventist Health System (AHS)-affiliated providers and staff regarding controversial spiritual practices such as praying led by a practitioner, sharing of personal religious beliefs, and encouraging patients' religious beliefs for health reasons. METHODS: Approached were 1082 providers to participate in a project to integrate spirituality into outpatient care. Those who agreed were asked to identify staff in their practice to assist. Providers and staff were asked to complete a baseline questionnaire examining attitudes/practices concerning spiritual activities with patients...
January 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039542/the-relationships-between-spiritual-well-being-quality-of-life-and-psychological-factors-before-radiotherapy-for-prostate-cancer
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Sara J Walker, Yiyi Chen, Kyungjeen Paik, Brandy Mirly, Charles R Thomas, Arthur Y Hung
Given shifting trends of religious identities in the USA, better understanding the impact of patients' religious identities on health-related quality of life (QOL) may help tailor the use of psychological interventions. Men with prostate cancer (N = 43) completed measures of quality of life (QOL), spiritual well-being in two domains (i.e., Faith and Meaning/Peace), psychological state, and psychological trait before undergoing radiotherapy. We hypothesized that (1) higher existential Meaning/Peace would correlate with higher QOL and psychological trait protective factors (e...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033482/the-influence-of-religious-attendance-on-smoking-among-black-men
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Janice V Bowie, Lauren J Parker, Michelle Beadle-Holder, Ashley Ezema, Marino A Bruce, Roland J Thorpe
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking poses a major public health problem that disproportionately affects Blacks and men. Religious attendance has been shown to be positively associated with health promotion and disease prevention among the Black population. In light of this evidence, this study examined if a similar relationship could be found for religious attendance and smoking in Black men. METHODS: The National Survey of American Life (NSAL) study sampled 1,271 African American men and 562 Black Caribbean men...
December 29, 2016: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998328/-apostles-of-continence-doctors-and-the-doctrine-of-sexual-necessity-in-progressive-era-america
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Timothy Verhoeven
In the first decades of the twentieth century, a group of doctors under the banner of the social hygiene movement set out on what seemed an improbable mission: to convince American men that they did not need sex. This was in part a response to venereal disease. Persuading young men to adopt the standard of sexual discipline demanded of women was the key to preserving the health of the nation from the ravages of syphilis and gonorrhoea. But their campaign ran up against the doctrine of male sexual necessity, a doctrine well established in medical thought and an article of faith for many patients...
January 2017: Medical History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986621/the-association-of-pre-operative-body-pain-diagram-scores-with-pain-outcomes-following-total-knee-arthroplasty
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A J Dave, F Selzer, E Losina, I Usiskin, J E Collins, Y C Lee, P Band, D F Dalury, R Iorio, K Kindsfater, J N Katz
OBJECTIVE: Approximately 20% of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) recipients have suboptimal pain relief. We evaluated the association between pre-surgical widespread body pain and incomplete pain relief following TKA. METHOD: This prospective analysis included 241 patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) undergoing unilateral TKA who completed questionnaires preoperatively and up to 12 months post-operatively. Questionnaires included the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain scale and a body pain diagram...
December 14, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982702/assessing-u-s-health-journalists-beliefs-about-medical-overtreatment-and-the-impact-of-related-news-coverage
#19
Kim Walsh-Childers, Jennifer Braddock
The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world, but often experiences poorer health outcomes and lower patient satisfaction than other developed countries. One possible explanation for this paradox is overtreatment, the use of medical tests and treatment for which harms outweigh benefits. Because journalists play a key role in informing people about the health care system, including issues such as overtreatment, it is important to understand how they define the issue and its importance...
December 16, 2016: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977065/experiences-of-patients-undergoing-dialysis-who-are-from-ethnic-and-racial-minorities
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Neha Nagpal, Carla Boutin-Foster, Jennifer Melendez, Patryk Kubiszeswki, Kamalani Uehara, Emanuela Offidani, Zenobia Faussett, Richie Chen, Cathy Redel, Clarence Waltrous, Barry Smith
BACKGROUND: Approximately 500,000 people in the United States are affected by end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), 53% of whom are Black or Latino. ESKD significantly impacts psychosocial health and quality of life. However, few studies address the psychosocial aspects of ESKD, especially among black and Latino adults. This study sought to understand the psychosocial context of living with ESKD among black and Latino adults who reside in a medically underserved community. STUDY DESIGN: A qualitative study...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Renal Care
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