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Richmond Darko, Jessica L Mashburn
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and its associated complications have become a significant public health concern. Zika virus is a Flavivirus, and is transmitted to humans by Aedes species mosquitoes. In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first locally acquired transmission of ZIKV in Brazil, the first case in the Western Hemisphere. There have also been reports of increased incidence of microcephaly and other neurologic complications associated with ZIKV infection, as well as a 20-fold increase in the incidence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome during ZIKV outbreaks...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Marina Amaral de Ávila de Machado, Alessandra Maciel Almeida, Adriana Maria Kakehasi, Francisco de Assis Acurcio
INTRODUCTION: In Brazil, patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) have access to free-of-charge comprehensive therapeutic care through the Brazilian National Health System. We collected prospective data on patients with AS receiving anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy through the Brazilian National Health System in Belo Horizonte City in order to evaluate the effectiveness, quality-of-life outcomes and safety of this therapy. METHODS: This was a prospective study that included 87 patients receiving their first course of anti-TNF agents (adalimumab, etanercept or infliximab)...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
R Sarlo, G Pereira, M Surica, D Almeida, C Araújo, O Figueiredo, E Rocha, E Vargas
Establishing an organization to promote organ donation and a good organ procurement team assure quality and improve performance on organ donation rates. Brazil's organ procurement structure is based on 2 models disseminated worldwide: the "Spanish model," based on in-house coordinators, and the "American organ procurement organization (OPO) model," with extra-hospital coordinators. In 2006, Brazil's Federal Government had formally introduced the in-house coordination model for every hospital equipped with a mechanical ventilator bed...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Raquel Rodrigues Barbieri, Anna Maria Sales, Mariana Andrea Hacker, José Augusto da Costa Nery, Nádia Cristina Duppre, Alice de Miranda Machado, Milton Ozório Moraes, Euzenir Nunes Sarno
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the profile of patients referred to the Fiocruz Outpatient Clinic, a reference center for the diagnosis and treatment of leprosy in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, and analyzed the origins and outcomes of these referrals. METHODS: This is an observational retrospective study based on information collected from the Leprosy Laboratory database at Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil. A total of 1,845 suspected leprosy cases examined at the reference center between 2010 and 2014 were included...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Suzely As Moimaz, Najara B Rocha, Artênio Ji Garbin, Cléa As Garbin, Orlando Saliba
This study evaluated the relationships between oral conditions and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL), as well as related factors. A crosssectional study was performed on 119 postnatal women who had sought prenatal care during pregnancy in the public health system of São Paulo State, Brazil. The women received oral clinical exams and were interviewed using the questions on the OHIP14. A second survey with information about their socioeconomic status, pregnancy and health habits was administered. The highest OHIP14 scores were found in the area of physical pain, with an average score of 10...
September 2016: Acta Odontológica Latinoamericana: AOL
David S Younger
A network of family-based community-oriented primary health programs, or Programa Agentes Communita˙rios de Saúde, and family health programs, or Programa Saúde da Família, introduced almost 2 decades ago were the Brazilian government's health care models to restructure primary care under the Unified Health System, or Sistema Único de Saúde. The latter offers comprehensive coverage to all, although it is used by those of lower income, and despite achievement in the last quarter century, access to health services and gradients of health status continue to persist along income, educational background, racial, and religious lines...
November 2016: Neurologic Clinics
Luana Sicuro Correa, Yara Hahr Marques Hökerberg, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira, Danielle Martins de Souza Barros, Helenara Abadia Ferreira Alexandria, Regina Paiva Daumas, Carlos Augusto Ferreira de Andrade, Sonia Regina Lambert Passos, Patrícia Brasil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the use of dengue warning signs by pediatric healthcare staff in the Brazilian public health care system. METHODS: Cross-sectional study (2012) with physicians, nurses, and nurse technicians assisting children in five health care facilities. Participants reported the use and importance of dengue warning signs in pediatrics clinical practice through a structured questionnaire. Differences in the use of signs (chi-square test) and in the ranking assigned to each of them (Kruskal-Wallis) were assessed according to health care occupation and level of care (p<0...
2016: PloS One
Janaina Melo, Adriana Moreno, Virginia Ferriani, Ana Carla Araujo, Elcio Vianna, Marcos Borges, Pérsio Roxo, Marcos Gonçalves, Luane Mello, Rosa Parreira, Jorgete Silva, Patricia Stefanelli, Larissa Panazolo, Andrea Cetlin, Luana Queiroz, Rosângela Araujo, Marina Dias, Davi Aragon, Nélio Domingos, L Karla Arruda
OBJECTIVE: Asthma is under-diagnosed in many parts of the world. We aimed to assess the outcome of a capacitating program on asthma for non-specialist physicians and other healthcare professionals working in the public health system in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. METHODS: A group of 16 asthma specialists developed a one-year capacitating program in 11 healthcare clinics in the Northern District of the city, which included lectures on asthma, training on inhalation device use and spirometry, and development of an asthma management protocol...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Sharifa Nasreen, Mostafa Shokoohi, Monali S Malvankar-Mehta
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Twenty-two high burden countries contributed to the majority of worldwide tuberculosis cases in 2015. Health care workers are at high risk of acquiring tuberculosis through occupational exposure. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) among health care workers in high burden countries. METHODS: Databases including MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE (Ovid), CINAHL (Ovid) and ISI Web of Science (Thompson-Reuters), and grey literature were searched for English language records on relevant medical subject headings (MeSH) terms of LTBI and health care providers...
2016: PloS One
Cláudia de Brito, Margareth Crisóstomo Portela, Mauricio Teixeira Leite de Vasconcellos
Objectives To better understand the role that health care plays in breast cancer survival by investigating the effects that hormone therapy adherence and other select health care variables, adjusted for clinical and sociodemographic factors, had among a population of women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Methods This was a longitudinal study based on secondary data of 5 861 women treated with hormone therapy (tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors) at the National Cancer Institute of Brazil (INCA), from 1 January 2004 - 29 October 2010...
June 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Lauren Arnesen, Pablo Durán, Juan Silva, Luisa Brumana
Objective To consolidate available information from the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region on 1) national incidence of retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and 2) national-level government inputs on ROP (existing national policies, guidelines, programs, and financing for ROP prevention, detection, and treatment, including ROP screening) in 2014. Methods In March and April 2015, a multi-country online survey was distributed to 56 medical and public health experts working on ROP in LAC countries. Respondents were instructed to provide quantitative and qualitative information representative of the national situation in 2014 for ROP incidence and national-level government inputs (existing national policies, guidelines, programs, and financing for ROP prevention, detection, and treatment, including ROP screening) in their country...
June 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Christiane Maia, Dirce Guilhem
Objective To outline and discuss the main challenges for sanitary regulation contained in the federal-level Brazilian health policy. Methods For the present qualitative study, based on the analysis of public policies, information was collected from documents and interviews. Document analysis provided a historical overview of the insertion of sanitary regulation into the Brazilian health policy between 1999 and 2009 (first decade of existence of the national health surveillance agency, Anvisa). In addition, 13 interviews were carried out with actors selected for their historical, technical, or academic role in the field...
May 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Gabriela Torres Mattos, Paula Costa Dos Santos, Paula de Lima Telmo, Maria Elisabeth Aires Berne, Carlos James Scaini
Human toxocariasis is a neglected parasitic disease worldwide. Researchers studying this disease use infectious strains of Toxocara for experiments. Health workers are at risk in the course of their daily routine and must adhere to biosafety standards while carrying out the activities. Researchers on biosafety concerning working with these parasites are insufficient. The aim of this study was to determine the rate of seroprevalence of Toxocara species among health-care research laboratory workers (professors, technicians, and students), and to investigate the risk factors of Toxocara infection associated with laboratory practices...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Marcelo Araújo de Freitas, Angélica Espinosa Miranda, Ana Roberta Pati Pascom, Silvano Barbosa de Oliveira, Fabio Mesquita, Nathan Ford
OBJECTIVE: To describe the antiretroviral therapy status of people living with HIV (PLHIV) who died of AIDS-related causes between 2009 and 2013. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, population-based study. Data were obtained by linking the mortality information system and the national ART dispensing database. Trends were modelled using linear regression analysis. RESULTS: A total of 61 425 AIDS-related deaths were registered in Brazil between 2009 and 2013...
October 3, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Alex Magno Coelho Horimoto, Erica Naomi Naka Matos, Márcio Reis da Costa, Fernanda Takahashi, Marcelo Cruz Rezende, Letícia Barrios Kanomata, Elisangela Possebon Pradebon Locatelli, Leandro Tavares Finotti, Flávia Kamy Maciel Maegawa, Rosa Maria Ribeiro Rondon, Natália Pereira Machado, Flávia Midori Arakaki Ayres Tavares do Couto, Túlia Peixoto Alves de Figueiredo, Raphael Antonio Ovidio, Izaias Pereira da Costa
INTRODUCTION: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease which shows extreme heterogeneity in its clinical presentation and that follows a variable and unpredictable course. Although some discrepancies in the incidence and prevalence rates between geographical regions may reflect methodological differences in the definition and verification of cases, they may also reflect true local differences. OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and incidence of SSc in the city of Campo Grande, state capital of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS), Brazil, during the period from January to December 2014...
September 17, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Raman Kumar, Ana Nunes Barata, Mayara Floss
This opinion paper is a collaborative effort describing recent developments in primary care education in three different countries; representing diverse socioeconomic and political systems. The authors describe their respective perspectives from the point of student (Brazil), trainee (Portugal) and young doctor (India). The section on Brazil focuses on the response of the medical education system to the developments before and after political reforms, leading to creation of the Unified Health System. The Indian experience focuses on the challenges faced by recently qualified doctors and ongoing debates about the medical education system in a highly populated but rapidly growing economy...
September 2016: Education for Primary Care
Fabíola Bof de Andrade, Ana Paula Sayuri Sato, Roudom Ferreira Moura, José Leopoldo Ferreira Antunes
This study aimed at assessing the factors associated with vaccine uptake in a representative sample of community-dwelling Brazilian older adults, specifically focusing on differences in socioeconomic factors among the country regions. We conducted a cross-sectional, population-based study, using a probabilistic household sample in 2013. Individuals aged 60 years or more answered a structured questionnaire informing on vaccination status and sociodemographic and behavioral covariates. Associations between variables were evaluated using prevalence ratios estimated by Poisson regression models...
October 3, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Maria Lígia Silva Nunes Cavalcante, Cíntia Lira Borges, Acácia Maria Figueiredo Torres de Melo Moura, Rhanna Emanuela Fontenele Lima de Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: To identify the incidence of mortality, diarrheal diseases, scabies and falls; and the prevalence of pressure ulcers - all of which are related to the safety ofinstitutionalized older adults. METHOD: This was a documentary retrospective study developed in a long-term residential careinstitution for older adults in the Northeast region of Brazil. The data were gathered from records of health assessment indicators filed between January 2008 and December 2015...
July 2016: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
Nancy Carter, Esther Sangster-Gormley, Jenny Ploeg, Ruth Martin-Misener, Faith Donald, Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Sharon Kaasalainen, Carrie McAiney, Kevin Brazil, Alan Taniguchi, Lori Schindel Martin
The aim of this paper is to explore the role and activities of nurse practitioners (NPs) working in long-term care (LTC) to understand concepts of access to primary care for residents. Utilizing the "FIT" framework developed by Penchanksy and Thomas, we used a directed content analysis method to analyze data from a pan-Canadian study of NPs in LTC. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted at four sites in western, central and eastern regions of Canada with 143 participants, including NPs, RNs, regulated and unregulated nursing staff, allied health professionals, physicians, administrators and directors and residents and family members...
2016: Nursing Leadership
Francisco J Mercado-Martinez, Denise Guerreiro V da Silva, Mauricio E Correa-Mauricio
Renal replacement therapy is the indicated treatment for individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) to survive. However, not all sick people have access to the same treatment. This study compares renal care in two developing countries with different health systems. Specifically, it explores hemodialysis treatment from the perspective of low-income individuals. A qualitative, comparative study was performed in Brazil and Mexico. Using purposive sampling, the research was based on open-ended interviews with nineteen participants with kidney failure undergoing hemodialysis treatment in public hospitals and ten relatives...
September 27, 2016: Nursing Inquiry
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