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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645017/examining-anxiety-sensitivity-as-a-mediator-of-the-association-between-ptsd-symptoms-and-suicide-risk-among-women-firefighters
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Ian H Stanley, Melanie A Hom, Sally Spencer-Thomas, Thomas E Joiner
OBJECTIVE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are associated with increased suicide risk. Anxiety sensitivity (AS)-the fear of anxiety-related sensations-is both a vulnerability factor for and consequence of PTSD symptoms. AS also predicts suicide risk. To our knowledge, no study has examined whether AS concerns account for the association between PTSD symptoms and suicide risk. METHOD: A total of 254 women firefighters completed a web-based mental health survey...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644934/fingertip-injuries-in-children-epidemiology-financial-burden-and-implications-for-prevention
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Rachel R Yorlets, Kathleen Busa, Kyle R Eberlin, Mohammad Ali Raisolsadat, Donald S Bae, Peter M Waters, Brian I Labow, Amir H Taghinia
BACKGROUND: Although fingertip injuries are common, there is limited literature on the epidemiology and hospital charges for fingertip injuries in children. This descriptive study reports the clinical features of and hospital charges for fingertip injuries in a large pediatric population treated at a tertiary medical center. METHODS: Our hospital database was queried using International Classification of Diseases, Revision 9 (ICD-9) codes, and medical records were reviewed...
July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642720/depressive-symptomatology-among-norwegian-adolescent-boys-and-girls-the-patient-health-questionnaire-9-phq-9-psychometric-properties-and-correlates
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Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas, Geir S Brunborg
This study explored the potential contribution of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)-based Patient Health Questionnaire-9 item (PHQ-9) instrument to the developmental epidemiology research in Norway, by examining depressive symptoms in a school sample of adolescents (N = 846). The average PHQ-9 scores were 6.89 (SD = 5.13) for girls, and 4.57 (SD = 3.98) for boys; 8.5% of girls and 2.6% of boys were classified into the originally proposed categories indicative of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD; PHQ-9 scores ≥ 15)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640642/epidemiological-characteristics-of-hyperhomocysteinemia-and-h-type-hypertension-in-the-elderly-in-beijing-china
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Lina Ma, Li Li, Zhe Tang
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) is an important risk factor for atherosclerosis-related diseases, and H-type hypertension (HHT) is becoming a major health-care concern in China. We assessed the prevalence of HHcy and HHT in the elderly in a retrospective study based on data obtained from the Beijing Longitudinal Study of Aging. This cross-sectional study comprised 1460 people in the general population (638 males and 822 females) aged ≥60 years dwelling in an urban district, a suburb, and an outer suburb of Beijing in 2012...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640142/the-derivation-and-validation-of-a-simple-model-for-predicting-in-hospital-mortality-of-acutely-admitted-patients-to-internal-medicine-wards
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Ali Sakhnini, Walid Saliba, Naama Schwartz, Naiel Bisharat
Limited information is available about clinical predictors of in-hospital mortality in acute unselected medical admissions. Such information could assist medical decision-making.To develop a clinical model for predicting in-hospital mortality in unselected acute medical admissions and to test the impact of secondary conditions on hospital mortality.This is an analysis of the medical records of patients admitted to internal medicine wards at one university-affiliated hospital. Data obtained from the years 2013 to 2014 were used as a derivation dataset for creating a prediction model, while data from 2015 was used as a validation dataset to test the performance of the model...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637378/surveillance-to-inform-control-of-emerging-plant-diseases-an-epidemiological-perspective
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Stephen Parnell, Frank van den Bosch, Tim Gottwald, Christopher A Gilligan
The rise in emerging pathogens and strains has led to increased calls for more effective surveillance in plant health. We show how epidemiological insights about the dynamics of disease spread can improve the targeting of when and where to sample. We outline some relatively simple but powerful statistical approaches to inform surveillance and describe how they can be adapted to include epidemiological information. This enables us to address questions such as: Following the first report of an invading pathogen, what is the likely incidence of disease? If no cases of disease have been found, how certain can we be that the disease was not simply missed by chance? We illustrate the use of spatially explicit stochastic models to optimize targeting of surveillance and control resources...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634519/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-heart-failure-in-the-usa-nhanes-2013-2014-epidemiological-follow-up-study
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Saketram Komanduri, Yogesh Jadhao, Sai S Guduru, Pramil Cheriyath, Yijin Wert
Background: Heart Failure (HF) is a progressive epidemic associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Self-reported data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) provides a unique representation of individuals suffering from HF. The purpose of this study is to analyze updated NHANES 2013-2014 data to identify any changes in the prevalence and current risk factors of HF, especially given the novel lifestyles and increased medical awareness of current generations. Methods: NHANES uses a multistage probability sampling design under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634156/classifying-chinese-questions-related-to-health-care-posted-by-consumers-via-the-internet
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Haihong Guo, Xu Na, Li Hou, Jiao Li
BACKGROUND: In question answering (QA) system development, question classification is crucial for identifying information needs and improving the accuracy of returned answers. Although the questions are domain-specific, they are asked by non-professionals, making the question classification task more challenging. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to classify health care-related questions posted by the general public (Chinese speakers) on the Internet. METHODS: A topic-based classification schema for health-related questions was built by manually annotating randomly selected questions...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633679/multistate-modeling-to-analyze-nosocomial-infection-data-an-introduction-and-demonstration
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Martin Wolkewitz, Maja von Cube, Martin Schumacher
OBJECTIVE Multistate and competing risks models have become an established and adequate tool with which to quantify determinants and consequences of nosocomial infections. In this tutorial article, we explain and demonstrate the basics of these models to a broader audience of professionals in health care, infection control, and hospital epidemiology. METHODS Using a publicly available data set from a cohort study of intensive care unit patients, we show how hospital infection data can be displayed and explored graphically and how simple formulas are derived under some simplified assumptions for illustrating the basic ideas behind multistate models...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629238/us-trends-in-abortion-and-preterm-birth
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Elena Rita Magro Malosso, Gabriele Saccone, Biagio Simonetti, Massimo Squillante, Vincenzo Berghella
BACKGROUND: A recent large meta-analysis concluded that prior surgical abortion was an independent risk factor for spontaneous preterm birth (PTB), while they found no significant correlation between PTB and medical abortion. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the potential impact of changes in US abortion rates and practices on US incidence of PTB rate. STUDY DESIGN: This was an epidemiologic analysis of legal abortion and PTB data in the USA from 2003-2012...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624902/screening-for-depression-in-arthritis-populations-an-assessment-of-differential-item-functioning-in-three-self-reported-questionnaires
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Jinxiang Hu, Michael M Ward
PURPOSE: To determine if persons with arthritis differ systematically from persons without arthritis in how they respond to questions on three depression questionnaires, which include somatic items such as fatigue and sleep disturbance. METHODS: We extracted data on the Centers for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) scale, the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), and the Kessler-6 (K-6) scale from three large population-based national surveys. We assessed items on these questionnaires for differential item functioning (DIF) between persons with and without self-reported physician-diagnosed arthritis using multiple indicator multiple cause models, which controlled for the underlying level of depression and important confounders...
June 17, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624758/prevalence-incidence-and-aetiologies-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
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Jean Joel Bigna, Jean Jacques Noubiap, Jobert Richie Nansseu, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde
INTRODUCTION: There are no data summarising the epidemiology of pulmonary hypertension (PH) among adults residing in Africa. Establishment of accurate epidemiological data on PH in this region may guide decision-making toward interventions to curb the burden of PH in Africa. The aim of this systematic review is to determine the prevalence, incidence and aetiologies of PH among people residing in Africa. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This systematic review and meta-analysis will follow the MOOSE guidelines for reporting...
June 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623995/rationale-design-and-methodology-of-the-observational-insights-svt-study-on-the-current-state-of-care-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-superficial-vein-thrombosis
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Rupert Bauersachs, Horst Eberhard Gerlach, Andreas Heinken, Ulrich Hoffmann, Florian Langer, Thomas Noppeney, David Pittrow, Jens Klotsche, Eberhard Rabe
OBJECTIVE: Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is a common disease in clinical practice. In terms of pathophysiology and outcomes, the condition is related to venous thromboembolism, bearing a potential for severe thromboembolic complications if it is not treated adequately. A wide range of treatment approaches (including oral and injectable anticoagulants, pain medication, nondrug therapy including compression therapy, and no treatment at all) are applied in clinical practice, but there is sparse information about selection of patients for therapies, current treatment pathways, and drug use as well as outcomes...
July 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622789/characterization-of-the-epidemiology-of-bat-borne-rabies-in-chile-between-2003-and-2013
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Raul Alegria-Moran, Daniela Miranda, Matt Barnard, Alonso Parra, Lisette Lapierre
Rabies is a zoonotic disease of great impact to public health. According to the World Health Organization, the country of Chile is currently declared free from human rabies transmitted by dogs. An epidemiological characterization and description was conducted using rabies data from 2003 to 2013 held by the National Program for Prevention and Control of Rabies from the Ministry of Health, consisting of bats samples reported as suspect and samples taken by active surveillance (bats brain tissue). Spatial autocorrelation analysis was performed using Local Indicators of Spatial Association (LISA) statistics, particularly Moran's I index, for the detection of spatial clusters...
August 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622734/epidemiology-of-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-strains-in-iran-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Abed Zahedi Bialvaei, Ebrahim Kouhsari, Amin Salehi-Abargouei, Nour Amirmozafari, Rashid Ramazanzadeh, Ali Ghadimi-Daresajini, Mansour Sedighi
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important opportunistic pathogen that causes major public health concern especially in hospitalized patients due to the acquisition of multidrug resistance (MDR). The aim of this study was to systematically review published data about the prevalence rate of MDR-A. baumannii (MDR-AB) from different parts of Iran and provide an overall relative frequency (RF) using meta-analysis. All available national and international databanks were searched to find published studies up to June 2016...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621543/estimating-particulate-exposure-from-modern-municipal-waste-incinerators-in-great-britain
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Philippa Douglas, Anna Freni-Sterrantino, Maria Leal Sanchez, Danielle C Ashworth, Rebecca E Ghosh, Daniela Fecht, Anna Font, Marta Blangiardo, John Gulliver, Mireille B Toledano, Paul Elliott, Kees de Hoogh, Gary W Fuller, Anna L Hansell
Municipal Waste Incineration (MWI) is regulated through the European Union Directive on Industrial Emissions (IED), but there is ongoing public concern regarding potential hazards to health. Using dispersion modeling, we estimated spatial variability in PM10 concentrations arising from MWIs at postcodes (average 12 households) within 10 km of MWIs in Great Britain (GB) in 2003-2010. We also investigated change points in PM10 emissions in relation to introduction of EU Waste Incineration Directive (EU-WID) (subsequently transposed into IED) and correlations of PM10 with SO2, NOx, heavy metals, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/furan (PCDD/F), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) emissions...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619015/nontuberculosis-mycobacterial-infections-at-a-specialized-tuberculosis-treatment-centre-in-the-republic-of-korea
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Hee Jung Yoon, Hwa Young Choi, Moran Ki
BACKGROUND: The incidence of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections is increasing worldwide, however formal evaluations of the epidemiology of NTM infections are limited. Understanding the trends and true prevalence of NTM is a major priority for optimizing infection control programmes and resources. The purpose of this study was to investigate the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and radiologic findings in NTM-infected patients at specialized Tuberculosis (Tb) treatment centre in South Korea, which is endemic to Tb, and find solutions to control NTM infections...
June 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617975/incidence-of-parathyroid-disorders-in-an-indian-adult-male-population-a-25-year-follow-up-study
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K V S Hari Kumar, S K Patnaik
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Detailed information on the epidemiology of parathyroid disorders in India is lacking. Most of the available data pertain to primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) rather than the overall burden of parathyroid disorders. We studied the incidence of parathyroid disorders in a cohort of service personnel followed for a long duration. DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: The data for this retrospective, descriptive epidemiological study were derived from the electronic medical records (EMR) of health care personnel enrolled between 1990 and 2015...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616790/serological-survey-for-brucella-antibodies-in-donkeys-of-north-eastern-nigeria
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A O Tijjani, A U Junaidu, M D Salihu, A A Farouq, O O Faleke, S G Adamu, H I Musa, I U Hambali
A cross-sectional epidemiological study was conducted to determine seroprevalence and risk factors influencing the presence of Brucella antibodies in donkeys of Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria. The study aimed at providing baseline information that may be used in planning a control policy against equine brucellosis. Blood samples were collected from 601 donkeys, comprised of 374 males and 227 females from the six agricultural zones of the state between March 2013 and September 2014. The sera obtained were tested for Brucella antibodies using Rose Bengal plate test (RBPT) and competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (cELISA)...
June 14, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615839/epidemiological-and-clinical-aspects-of-patients-with-hydatid-cyst-in-iran
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Mahmood Moosazadeh, Ghasem Abedi, Seif Ali Mahdavi, Jalil Shojaee, Ali Charkame, Mahdi Afshari
Hydatid cyst is one of the most common Zoonotic diseases occurs due to infection with larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus parasite. Based on epidemiological reasons, World Health Organization has introduced Iran as a hyperendemic region. This study aims to investigate the clinico-epidemiological characteristics of patients with hydatid cyst in Iran. We used information registered in the surveillance system of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education attributed to Mazandaran province. Data were entered into SPSS software V...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
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