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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346791/social-and-behavioural-determinants-of-the-difference-in-survival-among-older-adults-in-japan-and-england
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Jun Aida, Noriko Cable, Paola Zaninotto, Toru Tsuboya, Georgios Tsakos, Yusuke Matsuyama, Kanade Ito, Ken Osaka, Katsunori Kondo, Michael G Marmot, Richard G Watt
BACKGROUND: A rapidly ageing population presents major challenges to health and social care services. Cross-country comparative studies on survival among older adults are limited. In addition, Japan, the country with the longest life expectancy, is rarely included in these cross-country comparisons. OBJECTIVE: We examined the relative contributions of social and behavioural factors on the differences in survival among older people in Japan and England. METHODS: We used data from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES; n = 13,176) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA; n = 5,551) to analyse all-cause mortality up to 9...
January 18, 2018: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346640/preventive-chemotherapy-to-control-soil-transmitted-helminthiasis-averted-more-than-500-000-dalys-in-2015
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A Montresor, W Trouleau, D Mupfasoni, M Bangert, S A Joseph, A Mikhailov, C Fitzpatrick
Background: Preventive chemotherapy (PC), the large-scale administration of anthelminthics, is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH). Since 2010, donated anthelminthics for STH have boosted the implementation of PC programmes in children, achieving global coverage of more than 60% in 2015. The WHO Global Health Estimates attribute an annual loss of over 3.3 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) to STH. The aim of this study is to estimate the impact of PC programmes on child morbidity...
January 16, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346522/serious-fall-injury-history-and-adverse-health-outcomes-after-initiating-hemodialysis-among-older-u-s-adults
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C Barrett Bowling, Rasheeda Hall, Anjali Khakharia, Harold A Franch, Laura C Plantinga
Background: Although older adults with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at higher risk for falls, the prognostic significance of a serious fall injury prior to dialysis initiation has not been well described in the end-stage renal disease population. Methods: We examined the association between a serious fall injury in the year prior to starting hemodialysis and adverse health outcomes in the year following dialysis initiation using a retrospective cohort study of U...
January 16, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345974/cognitive-effects-of-cancer-and-cancer-treatments
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Tim A Ahles, James C Root
As the population of cancer survivors has grown into the millions, there has been increasing emphasis on understanding how the late effects of treatment affect survivors' ability to return to work/school, their capacity to function and live independently, and their overall quality of life. This review focuses on cognitive change associated with cancer and cancer treatments. Research in this area has progressed from a pharmacotoxicology perspective to a view of the cognitive change as a complex interaction of aspects of the treatment, vulnerability factors that increase risk for posttreatment cognitive decline, cancer biology, and the biology of aging...
January 18, 2018: Annual Review of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344421/anti-aging-implications-of-astragalus-membranaceus-huangqi-a-well-known-chinese-tonic
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REVIEW
Ping Liu, Haiping Zhao, Yumin Luo
Owing to a dramatic increase in average life expectancy and the Family Planning program of the 1970s - 1990s, China is rapidly becoming an aging society. Therefore, the investigation of healthspan-extending drugs becomes more urgent. Astragalus membranaceus (Huangqi) is a major medicinal herb that has been commonly used in many herbal formulations in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat a wide variety of diseases and body disorders, or marketed as life-prolonging extracts for human use in China, for more than 2000 years...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344413/therapeutic-potential-and-cellular-mechanisms-of-panax-notoginseng-on-prevention-of-aging-and-cell-senescence-associated-diseases
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REVIEW
Haiping Zhao, Ziping Han, Guangwen Li, Sijia Zhang, Yumin Luo
Owing to a dramatic increase in average life expectancy, most countries in the world are rapidly entering an aging society. Therefore, extending health span with pharmacological agents targeting aging-related pathological changes, are now in the spotlight of gerosciences. Panax notoginseng (Burk.) F. H. Chen, a species of the genus Panax, has been called the "Miracle Root for the Preservation of Life," and has long been used as a Chinese herb with magical medicinal value. Panax notoginseng has been extensively employed in China to treat microcirculatory disturbances, inflammation, trauma, internal and external bleeding due to injury, and as a tonic...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344382/advanced-therapies-for-the-management-of-adults-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-due-to-congenital-heart-disease-a-systematic-review
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Daniel L Varela, Mohamed Teleb, Wael El-Mallah
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) secondary to congenital heart disease (CHD) is the third most common cause of PAH, and it is becoming increasingly common as improvements in the management of CHD have led to increased life expectancy for these patients. The medical management of PAH due to CHD (PAH-CHD) is largely the same as what has been used for the treatment of idiopathic PAH, though the body of literature supporting this management decision is very small. There are currently few studies available which specifically focus on the treatment of PAH-CHD...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344082/implementing-guidelines-on-physical-health-in-the-acute-mental-health-setting-a-quality-improvement-approach
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Stuart Green, Ed Beveridge, Liz Evans, Jenny Trite, Sandra Jayacodi, Rachel Evered, Caroline Parker, Luca Polledri, Emily Tabb, John Green, Anton Manickam, Joanna Williams, Rebecca Deere, Bill Tiplady
Background: In the UK, life expectancy for people living with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is reduced by 15-20 years compared with the general population. In recent years, evidence based guidelines/policies designed to improve their physical health have been published, yet a gap remains between recommendations and practice. This case study describes how guidelines to support physical health were implemented using a quality improvement approach...
2018: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343291/trends-in-the-performance-of-quality-indicators-for-diabetes-care-in-the-community-and-in-diabetes-related-health-status-an-israeli-ecological-study
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Ronit Calderon-Margalit, Michal Cohen-Dadi, Dana Opas, Dena H Jaffe, Jacob Levine, Arie Ben-Yehuda, Ora Paltiel, Orly Manor
BACKGROUND: Israel is one of the few countries that have a national program for quality assessment of community healthcare. We aimed to evaluate whether improved performance in diabetes care was associated with improved health of diabetic patients on a national level. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide ecological study estimating improvements in diabetes-related quality indicators and health outcomes. We estimated both correlations between composite measures of diabetes-related quality indicators and selected outcomes, and assessed through a joinpoint analysis whether trends in selected outcomes changed 4 years after the inception of the national program...
January 17, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343286/diagnosis-and-management-of-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-japan-red-flag-symptom-clusters-and-treatment-algorithm
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REVIEW
Yoshiki Sekijima, Mitsuharu Ueda, Haruki Koike, Sonoko Misawa, Tomonori Ishii, Yukio Ando
Hereditary ATTR (ATTRm) amyloidosis (also called transthyretin-type familial amyloid polyneuropathy [ATTR-FAP]) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset, rare systemic disorder predominantly characterized by irreversible, progressive, and persistent peripheral nerve damage. TTR gene mutations (e.g. replacement of valine with methionine at position 30 [Val30Met (p.Val50Met)]) lead to destabilization and dissociation of TTR tetramers into variant TTR monomers, which form amyloid fibrils that deposit in peripheral nerves and various organs, giving rise to peripheral and autonomic neuropathy and several non-disease specific symptoms...
January 17, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343250/evaluation-of-health-status-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-treated-with-and-without-interferon
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R Ragusa, G Bertino, A Bruno, E Frazzetto, F Cicciu, G Giorgianni, L Lupo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of technology in healthcare has increased the health care's costs and, the universal healthcare systems, in developed countries, need to ensure proper allocation of resources. Thus, the major issue is assessing the effectiveness of new medical technologies. The evaluation of quality of life in response to new treatments has become a key indicator in chronic conditions for which medical interventions are evaluated not only in terms of increasing the number of expected life years but also in terms of increasing quality of life...
January 17, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343238/the-slowing-pace-of-life-expectancy-gains-since-1950
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Carolina Cardona, David Bishai
BACKGROUND: New technological breakthroughs in biomedicine should have made it easier for countries to improve life expectancy at birth (LEB). This paper measures the pace of improvement in the decadal gains of LEB, for the last 60-years adjusting for each country's starting point of LEB. METHODS: LEB increases over the next 10-years for 139 countries between 1950 and 2009 were regressed on LEB, GDP, total fertility rate, population density, CO2 emissions, and HIV prevalence using country-specific fixed effects and time-dummies...
January 17, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342452/estimated-effect-of-temperature-on-years-of-life-lost-a-retrospective-time-series-study-of-low-middle-and-high-income-regions
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Maquins Odhiambo Sewe, Aditi Bunker, Vijendra Ingole, Thaddaeus Egondi, Daniel Oudin Åström, David M Hondula, Joacim Rocklöv, Barbara Schumann
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have reported a strong association between temperature and mortality. Additional insights can be gained from investigating the effects of temperature on years of life lost (YLL), considering the life expectancy at the time of death. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this work was to assess the association between temperature and YLL at seven low-, middle-, and high-income sites. METHODS: We obtained meteorological and population data for at least nine years from four Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites in Kenya (western Kenya, Nairobi), Burkina Faso (Nouna), and India (Vadu), as well as data from cities in the United States (Philadelphia, Phoenix) and Sweden (Stockholm)...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342427/reconstructive-aortic-valve-surgery-in-the-elderly-techniques-and-outcomes
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Paul P Urbanski, Atanas Jankulovski, Kiril Doldurov, Xiaochun Zhan, Ayman Sodah, Michael Zacher, Anno Diegeler
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate operative techniques and long-term results after aortic valve or root repair in patients aged 75 years or more. METHODS: Between November 2002 and January 2016, a total of 815 patients underwent aortic valve or root repair. Among them were 100 patients aged 75 years or more (mean, 78 ± 3; range, 75-88 years), including 17 patients operated on an emergency basis because of acute aortic dissection. None/trivial, mild, moderate, and severe insufficiency grades were presented in 9, 23, 27, and 41 patients, respectively...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341956/microbiome-associated-with-denture-malodour
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S Yitzhaki, L Reshef, U Gophna, M Rosenberg, N Sterer
In the past, our inability to cultivate most of the oral microorganisms has limited our view of this complex ecosystem. In the present study, we utilized next generation deep sequencing techniques to revisit the microbiome associated with denture malodour, a growing field with the rise in life expectancy. The study population comprised 26 full dentures patients (mean age 71 ± 6.4, 10 males, 16 females) who visited the Tel Aviv University dental geriatric clinic. Denture malodour was rated organoleptically by a single odour judge, and dentures scoring 2 and above were considered malodour positive...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341551/reflection-on-curative-treatment-versus-palliation-of-symptoms-in-end-of-life-care
#16
Teresa Bridget Dowling
The conflicting tasks of treating or managing disease and preparing patients and their families for the end of life are well documented in haematology and palliative care settings. This article is a reflection on practice by a nursing student who was in the fourth year of an internship, and discusses a case study involving a woman at the end of life. It considers the approach to palliative and end of life care adopted in an oncology and haematology ward where there was a reluctance to be realistic about the limitations of treatments among some healthcare practitioners, who did not want to dispel unrealistic expectations of the patient's recovery as a result of continuing treatment...
January 17, 2018: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341270/pre-transplant-depression-in-lung-recipients-a-lost-battle
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Ivan Knezevic, Bojan Zalar
What have we learned so far about the relationship of the recipient's pre-transplant depression and his survival after lung transplantation? First, every chronic disease is always accompanied by somatic changes, functional limitations and emotional, cognitive and social changes as part of the disease. From the first symptoms, to the time of diagnosis of the chronic disease with the expected future, the patient is exposed to the terrible stress of denying and accepting life with a serious chronic illness whose end result is death...
January 16, 2018: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341027/developing-deep-learning-applications-for-life-science-and-pharma-industry
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Daniel Siegismund, Vasily Tolkachev, Stephan Heyse, Beate Sick, Oliver Duerr, Stephan Steigele
Deep Learning has boosted artificial intelligence over the past 5 years and is seen now as one of the major technological innovation areas, predicted to replace lots of repetitive, but complex tasks of human labor within the next decade. It is also expected to be 'game changing' for research activities in pharma and life sciences, where large sets of similar yet complex data samples are systematically analyzed. Deep learning is currently conquering formerly expert domains especially in areas requiring perception, previously not amenable to standard machine learning...
January 16, 2018: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340718/drug-treatment-of-heart-failure-in-the-elderly
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REVIEW
D Berliner, J Bauersachs
The prevalence of heart failure increases with age. Changes in the age distribution and growing life expectancy will lead to a further rise. However, data concerning drug treatment of heart failure especially in the elderly are scarce. Subgroup analyses of the heart failure trials suggest that drug therapy in older patients should follow the recommendations in the current guidelines. In doing so, several common comorbidities in these patients (e. g., impaired renal function) have to be considered and may have an influence on the therapy (e...
January 16, 2018: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340704/delayed-conception-in-women-with-low-urinary-iodine-concentrations-a-population-based-prospective-cohort-study
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J L Mills, G M Buck Louis, K Kannan, J Weck, Y Wan, J Maisog, A Giannakou, Q Wu, R Sundaram
STUDY QUESTION: Is iodine deficiency associated with decreased fecundability? SUMMARY ANSWER: Moderate to severe iodine deficiency is associated with a 46% decrease in fecundability. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Iodine deficiency is common in women of childbearing age but its effect on fecundability has not been investigated. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: The LIFE Study, a population-based prospective cohort study, enrolled 501 women who had discontinued contraception within 2 months to become pregnant between 2005 and 2009...
January 11, 2018: Human Reproduction
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