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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735077/opioid-medication-misuse-among-unhealthy-drinkers
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Gerald Cochran, Rebecca McCarthy, Adam J Gordon, Ralph E Tarter
BACKGROUND: Combining opioid medications and alcohol has serious implications for patient health, including overdose. Information regarding those who use/misuse opioid medications and engage in unhealthy alcohol use is limited to pharmacological and epidemiological descriptions. This study presents opioid medication misuse and behavioral, mental, and physical health characteristics of persons filling opioid medications that are engaged in unhealthy alcohol use. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey at 5 community pharmacies in Southwestern, Pennsylvania among patients filling opioid medications...
July 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732540/rubella-sero-prevalence-among-children-in-kilimanjaro-region-a-community-based-study-prior-to-the-introduction-of-rubella-vaccine-in-tanzania
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Nikolas A S Chotta, Melina Mgongo, Jacqueline G Uriyo, Sia E Msuya, Babill Stray-Pedersen, Arne Stray-Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Childhood rubella infection is a mild, self-limiting illness. Rubella infection among pregnant women however, is a major public health concern. Depending on gestation age, it may result in fetal death, stillbirth or a new-born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). Maternal antibodies protect young infants from rubella infection and lifelong immunity is acquired by vaccination or post-rubella infection. This study aims at characterizing rubella infection and its epidemiology in the Kilimanjaro region, prior to the introduction of the rubella vaccine in Tanzania...
July 21, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732033/spatial-and-simultaneous-representative-seroprevalence-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-owners-and-their-domiciled-dogs-in-a-major-city-of-southern-brazil
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Aline do Nascimento Benitez, Felippe Danyel Cardoso Martins, Marcelle Mareze, Nelson Jessé Rodrigues Santos, Fernanda Pinto Ferreira, Camila Marinelli Martins, João Luis Garcia, Regina Mitsuka-Breganó, Roberta Lemos Freire, Alexander Welker Biondo, Italmar Teodorico Navarro
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, has traditionally been considered an important water and foodborne protozoonosis with important public health considerations. Although felids play a well-established role as definitive hosts, canine epidemiological involvement in the parasite's life cycle remains questionable and controversial. The increasing closeness of the human-dog bond, particularly seen in urban settings, has been recognized as a historically unprecedented worldwide movement. Sharing daily lives in the same households, dogs may be exposed to similar associated risks of T...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729155/incidence-mortality-and-causes-of-death-in-physician-diagnosed-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-in-korea-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Hyun Jung Kim, Kyoung Hoon Kim, Hoo Jae Hann, Seungjin Han, Yuri Kim, Sang Hyuk Lee, Dong Sook Kim, Hyeong Sik Ahn
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate the epidemiological features of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) in Korea at a national level, including the incidence, mortality, and causes of death. METHODS: We used a national, population-based registry database called the Rare Intractable Disease Registration Program from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service to obtain pSS patient data for the period between 2010 and 2014. pSS was diagnosed by a physician based on uniform criteria...
March 8, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728624/the-national-healthy-sleep-awareness-project-sleep-health-surveillance-questionnaire-as-an-obstructive-sleep-apnea-surveillance-tool
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Youngsin Jung, Mithri R Junna, Jayawant N Mandrekar, Timothy I Morgenthaler
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To validate the previously published National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project (NHSAP) Surveillance and Epidemiology Workgroup questionnaire for ability to determine risk for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). METHODS: The NHSAP sleep questions, part of the next Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), were constructed to mimic elements of the STOP sleep apnea questionnaire, and included number of days with sleep disruption and unintentional dozing and a history of snoring and apneas...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728283/-epidemiological-survey-of-visual-impairment-in-funing-county-jiangsu
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M Yang, J F Zhang, R R Zhu, L H Kang, B Qin, H J Guan
Objective: To investigate the prevalence of visual impairment and factors associated with visual impairment among people aged 50 years and above in Funing County, Jiangsu Province. Methods: Cross-sectional study. Random cluster sampling was used in selecting individuals aged ≥50 years in 30 clusters, and 5 947 individuals received visual acuity testing and eye examination. Stata 13.0 software was used to analyze the data. Multivariate logistic regression was used to detect possible factors of visual impairment such as age, gender and education...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728236/-epidemiological-investigation-of-allergic-rhinitis-in-ningxia
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X L Shen, D Zhao, X H Yan, P Yang, N Y Feng, W L Wen, H Y Ha, Z C Yang, L L Di, H Q Guo, H T Liu, R X Ma
Objective: To investigate the epidemiological characteristics of allergic rhinitis (AR) in Ningxia and to analyze its related factors. Methods: From March to September of 2013, a multi-stage and cluster sampling method was used to investigate the diagnosis and treatment of AR in Ningxia Area (3 years and above). Guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis (2009, Wuyishan) was used as the basis for the diagnosis of adult AR, while Guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of pediatric allergic rhinitis (2010, Chongqing) was used as the basis for children...
July 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727786/is-there-a-relationship-between-geographic-distance-and-uptake-of-hiv-testing-services-a-representative-population-based-study-of-chinese-adults-in-guangzhou-china
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Wen Chen, Fangjing Zhou, Brian J Hall, Joseph D Tucker, Carl Latkin, Andre M N Renzaho, Li Ling
Achieving high coverage of HIV testing services is critical in many health systems, especially where HIV testing services remain centralized and inconvenient for many. As a result, planning the optimal spatial distribution of HIV testing sites is increasingly important. We aimed to assess the relationship between geographic distance and uptake of HIV testing services among the general population in Guangzhou, China. Utilizing spatial epidemiological methods and stratified household random sampling, we studied 666 adults aged 18-59...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725600/endogenous-and-exogenous-testosterone-and-prostate-cancer-decreased-increased-or-null-risk
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David S Lopez, Shailesh Advani, Konstantinos K Tsilidis, Run Wang, Steven Canfield
For more than 70 years, the contention that high levels of testosterone or that the use of testosterone therapy (TTh) increases the development and progression of prostate cancer (PCa) has been widely accepted and practiced. Yet, the increasing and emerging evidence on testosterone research seems to challenge that contention. To review literature on the associations of endogenous and exogenous testosterone with decreased-, increased-, or null-risk of PCa, and to further evaluate only those studies that reported magnitude of associations from multivariable modeling as it minimizes confounding effects...
June 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724450/variation-in-species-composition-and-infection-rates-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-at-different-altitudinal-transects-and-the-risk-of-malaria-in-the-highland-of-dirashe-woreda-south-ethiopia
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Taye Yohannes Daygena, Fekadu Massebo, Bernt Lindtjørn
BACKGROUND: The transmission of malaria is heterogeneous, and varies due to altitude. The information on whether the transmission of malaria is indigenous or imported to highland areas is scarce. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the species composition and infection rates of Anopheles at different altitudinal transects, and the risk of malaria if any in the highland of Dirashe Woreda, South Ethiopia. METHODS: This study was conducted in Gato (low altitude; average elevation of 1273 m), Onota (mid-altitude; average elevation of 1707 m) and Layignaw-Arguba (high altitude; average elevation of 2337 m) from August 2015 to April 2016...
July 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721167/unexplained-haemorrhagic-fever-in-rural-ethiopia
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Zegeye Hailemariam, Doreen Tuhebwe, Meeyoung Mattie Park, Casey Daniel Hall
This case study was written based on events of an outbreak investigation of an unfamiliar disease in Ethiopia during October-December 2012. Ethiopia did not have reports of similar cases in the 50 years prior to this outbreak. In this case study, we recapitulate and analyse this outbreak investigation based on data gathered from the community, health facility, and laboratory systems. It can be used to teach: 1) the outbreak investigation process; 2) selection of appropriate epidemiological design for the investigation process, 3) basic statistical analysis of surveillance data, and 4) principals of disease control...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720555/readability-of-wikipedia-pages-on-autoimmune-disorders-systematic-quantitative-assessment
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Abdulla Watad, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Francesco Brigo, Kassem Sharif, Howard Amital, Dennis McGonagle, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Mohammad Adawi
BACKGROUND: In the era of new information and communication technologies, the Internet is being increasingly accessed for health-related information. Indeed, recently published patient surveys of people with autoimmune disorders confirmed that the Internet was reported as one of the most important health information sources. Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia launched in 2001, is generally one of the most visited websites worldwide and is often consulted for health-related information...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718397/the-vitamin-d-standardization-program-vdsp-manual-for-retrospective-laboratory-standardization-of-serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-data
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Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Lu Tian, Stephen Brooks, Kurtis Sarafin, Kevin Cashman, Mairead Kiely, Joyce Merkel, Gary Myers, Paul Coates, Christopher Sempos
Low concentrations of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], the principal biological measure of vitamin D status, have been associated with clinical and public health outcomes. The determination of levels under which there is an increase in the risk of disease, as well as comparisons across populations, have been difficult to establish due the large assay variability in measuring 25(OH)D. Accordingly, the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) includes the retrospective standardization of existing 25(OH)D values collected by epidemiological and clinical studies, as well as clinical trials, as one of its main objectives...
July 18, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717533/prevalence-of-erectile-dysfunction-in-men-over-40-years-of-age-in-turkey-results-from-the-turkish-society-of-andrology-male-sexual-health-study-group
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Selahittin Çayan, Muammer Kendirci, Önder Yaman, Ramazan Aşçı, İrfan Orhan, Mustafa Faruk Usta, Oğuz Ekmekçioğlu, Ateş Kadıoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Previous study conducted by the Turkish Society of Andrology in 1999 reported the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) as 69.2% in men of ≥40 years of age, using a single-item non-validated question. This rate seemed to be higher compared to the studies reported worldwide. So, there was a need to carry out another epidemiological study by using validated questionnaires. Our aim was to investigate ED prevalence, severity, and its correlates in men aged ≥40 years using validated tools...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717246/estimating-utility-weights-and-quality-adjusted-life-year-loss-for-colorectal-cancer-related-health-states-in-korea
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Jin Yong Lee, Minsu Ock, Min-Woo Jo, Woo-Seung Son, Hyeon-Jeong Lee, Seon-Ha Kim, Hyun Joo Kim, Jong Lyul Lee
We aimed to assess utility weight of health states associated with colorectal cancer (CRC) that reflect the societal preference of the Korean population and to estimate the quality-adjusted life year (QALY) loss with CRC. We recruited 607 individuals from the Korean population; they were surveyed via face-to-face computer-assisted interviews. The participants evaluated each CRC-associated health state using standard gamble. Utility weight for each health state was calculated as the possibility of full health restoration...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716200/benchmarking-of-pluck-lesions-at-slaughter-as-a-health-monitoring-tool-for-pigs-slaughtered-at-170kg-heavy-pigs
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Annalisa Scollo, Flaviana Gottardo, Barbara Contiero, Claudio Mazzoni, Philippe Leneveu, Sandra A Edwards
Abattoir post-mortem inspections offer a useful tool for the development and monitoring of animal health plans and a source of data for epidemiological investigation. The aim of the present work was to develop an abattoir benchmarking system which provides feedback on the prevalence and severity of lesions of the pluck (lung, pleura and liver) in batches of pigs to inform individual producers and their veterinarians of the occurrence of pathological conditions affecting their herds. The weekly collection of data throughout a year (from September 2014 to September 2015) supported the further aim of providing benchmark values for the prevalence of lesions and their seasonality in Italian heavy pig production...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715062/gestational-weight-gain-historical-evolution-of-a-contested-health-outcome
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Edmond D Shenassa, Celena Kinsey, Marian Moser Jones, Jenifer Fahey
The history of research on gestational weight gain (GWG) in the United States and United Kingdom provides a context for current clinical practice. We trace the evolution of research on GWG in scientific literature from the 19th century to the present and examine its implications for contemporary clinical and public health practice. Obstetricians, beginning in the late 1800s, recommended dieting during pregnancy in order to limit GWG to 20 lb or less, driven by a belief that excessive weight gain was a cause of toxemia...
July 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714421/the-prevalence-age-of-onset-and-the-correlates-of-dsm-iv-psychiatric-disorders-in-the-tianjin-mental-health-survey-tjmhs
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H Yin, G Xu, H Tian, G Yang, K J Wardenaar, R A Schoevers
BACKGROUND: To effectively shape mental healthcare policy in modern-day China, up-to-date epidemiological data on mental disorders is needed. The objective was to estimate the prevalence, age-of-onset (AOO) and sociodemographic correlates of mental disorders in a representative household sample of the general population (age ⩾ 18) in the Tianjin Municipality in China. METHODS: Data came from the Tianjin Mental health Survey (TJMHS), which was conducted between July 2011 and March 2012 using a two-phase design...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713707/epidemiology-of-acid-burns-in-a-major-referral-hospital-in-tehran-iran
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Reza Vaghardoost, Jafar Kazemzadeh, Mostafa Dahmardehei, Soheila Rabiepoor, Ramyar Farzan, Ali Asghar Kheiri, Rahman Khosravy, Farzad Manafi
BACKGROUND: Most of the acid- burns are due to assault or accidental. The epidemiology of burns is diverse across the world and within a country. We evaluated the epidemiology and outcome of acid-burns in tertiary health care center in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: This study was retrospective descriptive among patients referred for acid-burn injury that was done in a referral Burn Care Center in Tehran, Iran, during a ten-year period since 2005 to 2014. Patient's data collected by a specially designed check list...
May 2017: World Journal of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711895/-the-dynamics-of-the-incidence-of-intraventricular-hemorrhages-and-their-outcomes-among-prematurely-born-children-of-the-poltava-region-in-2007-2016
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Елена А Калюжка, Наталия С Артемова, Наталия И Гасюк, Светлана Н Цвиренко, Валерий И Похилько
INTRODUCTION: Over the past decade, with the increase in the number of prematurely born babies with very-low-body-weight (VLBW) at birth, the number of intraventricular hemorrhages (IVH), including severe, increases, which leads to an increase in mortality and an increase in the number of posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH). AIM: To establish epidemiological trends in the IVH frequency, as well as their outcomes (PHH, mortality), among prematurely born children of the Poltava region during 2007-2016...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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