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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103915/effects-of-community-health-volunteers-on-infectious-diseases-of-children-under-five-in-volta-region-ghana-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Yeonji Ma, Heunghee Kim, Yinseo Cho, Jaeeun Lee, Joseph Kwami Degley, Abdul-Ghaffa Adam, Gyuhong Lee, Hoonsang Lee, Seungman Cha
BACKGROUND: In many low- and middle-income countries, community health volunteers (CHVs) are employed as a key element of the public health system in rural areas with poor accessibility. However, few studies have assessed the effectiveness of CHVs in improving child health in sub-Saharan Africa through randomized controlled trials. The present study aims to measure the impact of health promotion and case management implemented by CHVs on the health of under-5 children in Ghana. METHODS/DESIGN: This study presents the protocol of a cluster-randomized controlled trial assessing the impacts of CHVs, in which the community was used as the randomization unit...
January 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089709/objective-assessment-of-dietary-patterns-by-use-of-metabolic-phenotyping-a-randomised-controlled-crossover-trial
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Isabel Garcia-Perez, Joram M Posma, Rachel Gibson, Edward S Chambers, Tue H Hansen, Henrik Vestergaard, Torben Hansen, Manfred Beckmann, Oluf Pedersen, Paul Elliott, Jeremiah Stamler, Jeremy K Nicholson, John Draper, John C Mathers, Elaine Holmes, Gary Frost
BACKGROUND: Accurate monitoring of changes in dietary patterns in response to food policy implementation is challenging. Metabolic profiling allows simultaneous measurement of hundreds of metabolites in urine, the concentrations of which can be affected by food intake. We hypothesised that metabolic profiles of urine samples developed under controlled feeding conditions reflect dietary intake and can be used to model and classify dietary patterns of free-living populations. METHODS: In this randomised, controlled, crossover trial, we recruited healthy volunteers (aged 21-65 years, BMI 20-35 kg/m(2)) from a database of a clinical research unit in the UK...
January 12, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079237/celiac-disease-prevalence-is-not-increased-in-patients-with-functional-dyspepsia
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Juan Lasa, Liliana Spallone, Silvina Gandara, Elsa Chaar, Saul Berman, David Zagalsky
BACKGROUND: - Previous evidence trying to assess the risk of celiac disease among dyspeptic patients has been inconclusive, showing in some cases notorious discrepancies. OBJECTIVE: - To determine the prevalence of celiac disease in patients with dyspepsia compared to healthy controls without dyspepsia. METHODS: - Adult patients under evaluation for dyspepsia were invited to participate. These patients were offered an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with duodenal biopsies...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070204/evaluation-of-lactobacillus-coryniformis-cect5711-strain-as-a-coadjuvant-in-a-vaccination-process-a-randomised-clinical-trial-in-healthy-adults
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Noemí Redondo, Esther Nova, Alina Gheorghe, Ligia Esperanza Díaz, Aurora Hernández, Ascensión Marcos
BACKGROUND: Although the effects of probiotics on the immune system have been extensively evaluated under disease states, their role in healthy situations remains unclear, since changes are hardly expected under immunological homeostasis. EFSA indicates that vaccination protocols could be used to evaluate the potential role of probiotics to improve the immune response against antigen challenges. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of Lactobacillus coryniformis CECT5711 (Lc) on the specific immunity of healthy volunteers undergoing vaccination with Hepatitis A virus (HAV)...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068553/the-relationship-of-community-activities-with-cognitive-impairment-and-depressive-mood-independent-of-mobility-disorder-in-japanese-older-adults
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Mika Okura, Mihoko Ogita, Miki Yamamoto, Toshimi Nakai, Tomoko Numata, Hidenori Arai
AIM: This study aimed to examine the relationship of participating in community activities (CA) with cognitive impairment and depressive mood independent of mobility disorder (MD) among older Japanese people. METHODS: Elderly residents in institutions or those requiring long-term care insurance services were excluded; questionnaires were mailed to 5401 older adults in 2013. The response rate was 94.3% (n=5094). We used multiple imputation to manage missing data...
December 29, 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012341/walking-cadence-affects-rate-of-plantar-foot-temperature-change-but-not-final-temperature-in-younger-and-older-adults
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Prabhav Nadipi Reddy, Glen Cooper, Andrew Weightman, Emma Hodson-Tole, Neil D Reeves
This study examined the relationship between (1) foot temperature in healthy individuals and walking cadence, (2) temperature change at different locations of the foot, and (3) temperature change and its relationship with vertical pressures exerted on the foot. Eighteen healthy adult volunteers (10 between 30 and 40 years - Age: 33.4±2.4years; 8 above 40 years - Age: 54.1±7.7years) were recruited. A custom-made insole with temperature sensors was placed directly onto the plantar surface of the foot and held in position using a sock...
December 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002117/quantitative-assessment-of-liver-function-using-gadoxetate-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-monitoring-transporter-mediated-processes-in-healthy-volunteers
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Leonidas Georgiou, Jeffrey Penny, Glynis Nicholls, Neil Woodhouse, François-Xavier Blé, Penny L Hubbard Cristinacce, Josephine H Naish
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to use noninvasive dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study, in vivo, the distribution and elimination of the hepatobiliary contrast agent gadoxetate in the human body and characterize the transport mechanisms involved in its uptake into hepatocytes and subsequent efflux into the bile using a novel tracer kinetic model in a group of healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten healthy volunteers (age range, 18-29 years), with no history of renal or hepatic impairment, were recruited via advertisement...
February 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974996/performance-reliability-usability-and-safety-of-the-id-cap-system-for-ingestion-event-monitoring-in-healthy-volunteers-a-pilot-study
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Glen P Flores, Brian Peace, Tony C Carnes, Susan L Baumgartner, D Eric Buffkin, Neil R Euliano, Larry N Smith
Background: Nonadherence to prescribed medications is an important consideration in the clinical management of patients and in clinical research and drug development. The ID-Cap System is a novel technology that provides an objective measure of medication ingestion and enables real-time reporting of verified medication adherence data at the dose level. The ID-Cap System consists of an ingestible microsensor that is embedded in an oral dosage form and, once activated by stomach fluid, communicates digital messages to an external wearable reader to confirm ingestion...
September 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965845/wildcat-wellness-coaching-feasibility-trial-protocol-for-home-based-health-behavior-mentoring-in-girls
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Brooke J Cull, Sara K Rosenkranz, David A Dzewaltowski, Colby S Teeman, Cassandra K Knutson, Richard R Rosenkranz
BACKGROUND: Childhood obesity is a major public health problem, with one third of America's children classified as either overweight or obese. Obesity prevention and health promotion programs using components such as wellness coaching and home-based interventions have shown promise, but there is a lack of published research evaluating the impact of a combined home-based and wellness coaching intervention for obesity prevention and health promotion in young girls. The main objective of this study is to test the feasibility of such an intervention on metrics related to recruitment, intervention delivery, and health-related outcome assessments...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932909/cigesmed-for-divers-establishing-a-citizen-science-initiative-for-the-mapping-and-monitoring-of-coralligenous-assemblages-in-the-mediterranean-sea
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Vasilis Gerovasileiou, Thanos Dailianis, Emmanouela Panteri, Nikitas Michalakis, Giulia Gatti, Maria Sini, Charalampos Dimitriadis, Yiannis Issaris, Maria Salomidi, Irene Filiopoulou, Alper Doğan, Laure Thierry de Ville d'Avray, Romain David, Melih Ertan Ҫinar, Drosos Koutsoubas, Jean-Pierre Féral, Christos Arvanitidis
BACKGROUND: Over the last decade, inventorying and monitoring of marine biodiversity has significantly benefited from the active engagement of volunteers. Although several Citizen Science projects concern tropical reef ecosystems worldwide, none of the existing initiatives has yet specifically focused on their Mediterranean equivalents. Mediterranean coralline reefs, known as "coralligenous", are bioherms primarily built by calcifying rhodophytes on hard substrates under dim-light conditions; they are considered hotspots of biodiversity and are extremely popular among divers due to their complex structure, conspicuous biological wealth and high aesthetic value...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930458/reproducibility-of-vessel-density-measurement-with-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-eyes-with-and-without-retinopathy
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Qisheng You, William R Freeman, Robert N Weinreb, Linda Zangwill, Patricia I C Manalastas, Luke J Saunders, Eric Nudleman
PURPOSE: To determine the intravisit and intervisit reproducibility of optical coherence tomography angiography measurements of macular vessel density in eyes with and without retinal diseases. METHODS: Fifteen healthy volunteers and 22 patients with retinal diseases underwent repeated optical coherence tomography angiography (Angiovue Imaging System, Optovue Inc) scans after pupil dilation on 2 separate visit days. For each visit day, the eyes were scanned twice...
December 7, 2016: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918976/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-family-oriented-self-management-program-to-improve-self-efficacy-glycemic-control-and-quality-of-life-among-thai-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes
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Nutchanath Wichit, George Mnatzaganian, Mary Courtney, Paula Schulz, Maree Johnson
AIMS: We evaluated a theoretically-derived family-oriented intervention aimed to improve self-efficacy, self-management, glycemic control and quality of life in individuals living with Type 2 diabetes in Thailand. METHODS: In a single-blinded randomized controlled trial, 140 volunteer individuals with Type 2 diabetes, recruited from a diabetes clinic in rural Thailand, were randomly allocated to intervention and control arms. Those in the intervention arm received routine care plus a family-oriented program that included education classes, group discussions, a home visit, and a telephone follow-up while the control arm only received routine care...
November 19, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903560/commonly-prescribed-drugs-associate-with-cognitive-function-a-cross-sectional-study-in-uk-biobank
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Alejo J Nevado-Holgado, Chi-Hun Kim, Laura Winchester, John Gallacher, Simon Lovestone
OBJECTIVE: To investigate medications associated with cognitive function. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional cohort study. SETTING: UK Biobank. PARTICIPANTS: UK Biobank participants aged 37-73 years who completed cognitive tests at the baseline visit in 2006-2010. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Cognitive test outcomes on verbal-numerical reasoning test (n=165 493), memory test (n=482 766) and reaction time test (n=496 813)...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870192/-effective-volunteerism-helping-child-caregivers-in-developing-countries
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Alexandra Murray Harrison
This article proposes a method of volunteering mental health consultation to child caregivers in developing countries in the context of episodic visits and a long-term relationship. It is derived from the author's experience doing this work for approximately 12 years. The two foundational features of the method-the role of a consultant and a long-term relationship-are described. The method is then elaborated in two settings: consultation to caregivers in an orphanage in Central America and at a hospital in India...
November 2016: Infant Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865924/effects-of-a-coordinated-farmland-bird-conservation-project-on-farmers-intentions-to-implement-nature-conservation-practices-evidence-from-the-swedish-volunteer-farmer-alliance
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Jonas Josefsson, Anne Marike Lokhorst, Tomas Pärt, Åke Berg, Sönke Eggers
To increase the efficacy of agri-environmental schemes (AES), as well as farmers' environmental engagement, practitioners are increasingly turning to collective forms of agri-environmental management. As yet, empirical evidence from such approaches is relatively scarce. Here, we examined a farmland bird conservation project coordinated by BirdLife Sweden, the Swedish Volunteer & Farmer Alliance (SVFA). The key features of the SVFA were farmland bird inventories from volunteering birdwatchers and on-farm visits to individual farmers from conservation advisors for guidance on AES as well as unsubsidised practices...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865243/lessons-learnt-from-active-tuberculosis-case-finding-in-an-urban-slum-setting-of-agra-city-india
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Banuru Muralidhara Prasad, Srinath Satyanarayana, Sarabjit Singh Chadha
Active case finding (ACF) is recognized as one of the key strategies to reach the missing 3 million cases in high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries. In India, we conducted ACF as a pilot project to assess its operational feasibility in four slums of Agra city in 2012 and covered 3940 households (in 14 wards) with a population of 21,870. Trained community volunteers visited households with an intention to provide information on TB and refer those with cough ≥2 weeks for sputum smear examination. Volunteers identified 8 persons with cough of ≥2 weeks by asking the first or the main respondent of the household...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857944/macular-carotenoid-supplementation-improves-disability-glare-performance-and-dynamics-of-photostress-recovery
#17
James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
BACKGROUND: The so-called macular carotenoids (MC) lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) comprise the diet-derived macular pigment (MP). The purpose of this study was to determine effects of MC supplementation on the optical density of MP (MPOD), repeated-exposure photostress recovery (PSR), and disability glare (DG) thresholds. METHODS: This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Fifty-nine young (mean age = 21.7), healthy volunteers participated in this study...
2016: Eye and Vision (London, England)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855429/the-relation-of-religious-attitudes-and-behaviours-with-depression-in-boarding-quran-course-students
#18
Onur Ozturk, Alper M Celik, Eylem Isik Uyar
BACKGROUND: Boarding Quran courses are religious institutions where course attendees spend large part of the year. Depression is an ever-increasing health problem. So, it is worth to study on the effects of religion concept and religious belief and behaviours' that religion concept brings, on depression. The main purpose of this study, is to analyse the effect of religious attitudes and behaviours on depression in Quran course / hafiz students. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study is a cross sectional, case-control survey research...
December 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852516/changes-in-the-management-of-type-2-diabetic-patients-in-family-medicine-practices-in-the-bursa-region
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Olgun Göktaş, Özen Öz Gül, Erdinç Ertürk
AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate the treatment and monitoring patterns of type 2 diabetes patients in the Bursa region over the last 5 years since the implementation of family practice in Turkey in 2010. METHODS: A total of 216 volunteer family doctors working in family health centers took part in this study. The records of 44,819 diabetic patients who visited these doctors between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014 were inspected retrospectively...
November 13, 2016: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852249/assessment-of-work-related-asthma-prevalence-control-and-severity-protocol-of-a-field-study
#20
Hermine Mével, Valérie Demange, Emmanuelle Penven, Christian Trontin, Pascal Wild, Christophe Paris
BACKGROUND: There are still uncertainties regarding the respective prevalence, diagnosis and management of occupational asthma (OA) and work-exacerbated asthma (WEA). There is as yet no standardized methodology to differentiate their diagnosis. A proper management of both OA and WEA requires tools for a good phenotyping in terms of control, severity and quality of life in order to propose case-specific therapeutical and preventive measures. Moreover, there is a lack of knowledge concerning their actual costs...
November 16, 2016: BMC Public Health
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