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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325865/emerging-discrepancies-in-conventional-and-molecular-epidemiology-of-methicillin-resistant-staph-aureus-isolated-from-bovine-milk
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Amjad Islam Aqib, Muhammad Ijaz, Shahid Hussain Farooqi, Rais Ahmed, Muhammad Shoaib, Muhammad Muddassir Ali, Khalid Mehmood, Hui Zhang
Methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) is an emerging public health concern from dairy milk, and its diagnosis by phenotypic methodology is experiencing higher discrepancies. The present study was planned to estimate discrepancies in phenotypic identification of MRSA and MSSA (Methicillin sensitive Staph aureus) in relation to mecA, and prevalent risk factors from various localities. In-vitro oxacilline antibiotic disks were used for phenotypic identification of MRSA, whereas mecA gene was used as MRSA marker in Staph aureus by PCR...
January 8, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325804/heart-failure-in-numbers-estimates-for-the-21st-century-in-portugal
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Cândida Fonseca, Daniel Brás, Inês Araújo, Fátima Ceia
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Heart failure is a major public health problem that affects a large number of individuals and is associated with high mortality and morbidity. This study aims to estimate the probable scenario for HF prevalence and its consequences in the short-, medium- and long-term in Portugal. METHODS: This assessment is based on the EPICA (Epidemiology of Heart Failure and Learning) project, which was designed to estimate the prevalence of chronic heart failure in mainland Portugal in 1998...
January 8, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323634/epidemiology-of-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-in-tianjin-china-an-18-year-retrospective-study-of-735-cases
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Hai-Liang Li, Hong Xu, Yu-Lin Li, Shi-Wei Sun, Wen-Ye Song, Qiang Wu, Jie Ai, Jing-Cheng Sun, Guang-Zhi Ning, Shi-Qing Feng
STUDY DESIGN: Hospital-based retrospective study Objectives: To evaluate the pathogenetic features of traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) during 1999-2016 according to changed injury etiology with time, explore different characteristics of patients suffered a TSCI during 1999-2007 and 2008-2016 in Tianjin, China. SETTING: Tianjin Medical University General Hospital Methods: In this study, the medical records of TSCI patients were obtained from Tianjin Medical University General Hospital (TMUGH) from 1st January 1999 to 31th December 2016...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322858/epidemiology-of-mental-health-conditions-in-incoming-division-i-collegiate-athletes
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Nikolas Sarac, Benjamin Sarac, Angela Pedroza, James Borchers
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to examine the epidemiology of mental health conditions in incoming American Division I collegiate athletes. METHODS: Pre-participation physical questionnaires from 1118 incoming student athletes at a Division I Institution were collected retrospectively from 2011-2017. Data collected included lifetime history of any mental health condition, musculoskeletal injuries, concussions, and post-concussion depression. History of any mental health condition was evaluated by gender and sport played...
January 11, 2018: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321029/association-of-caries-experience-and-dental-plaque-with-sociodemographic-characteristics-in-elementary-school-aged-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Saeed Bashirian, Samaneh Shirahmadi, Shabnam Seyedzadeh-Sabounchi, Ali Reza Soltanian, Akram Karimi-Shahanjarini, Farshid Vahdatinia
BACKGROUND: Dental caries among Iranian elementary school children aged 6-12 years continue to rise. To estimate treatment needs and guide health initiatives, current epidemiologic data are required. Such data are currently unavailable for dental health. The purpose of this study was to assess caries experience, dental plaque, and associated factors in elementary school-aged children from Iran. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 988 elementary school children aged 7-12 years were selected by multistage cluster sampling...
January 10, 2018: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314078/commentary-on-white-and-colleagues-trends-in-alcohol-related-emergency-department-visits-in-the-united-states-results-from-the-nationwide-emergency-department-sample-2006-2014-acer-2018
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Megan E Patrick, Yvonne M Terry-McElrath
Epidemiological research has documented a puzzling disconnect between recent alcohol-related trends in the United States. Studies comparing year-to-year prevalence of alcohol use and binge drinking have shown that drinking has been decreasing among adolescents and young adults (Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, 2015; Miech et al., 2017; Schulenberg et al., 2017). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 4, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313949/cancer-statistics-2018
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Rebecca L Siegel, Kimberly D Miller, Ahmedin Jemal
Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths that will occur in the United States and compiles the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. Incidence data, available through 2014, were collected by the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program; the National Program of Cancer Registries; and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. Mortality data, available through 2015, were collected by the National Center for Health Statistics...
January 4, 2018: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313822/direct-adjustment-for-confounding-by-smoking-reduces-radiation-related-cancer-risk-estimates-of-mortality-among-male-nuclear-workers-in-japan-1999-2010
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Shin'ichi Kudo, Jun'ichi Ishida, Keiko Yoshimoto, Shoichi Mizuno, Sumio Ohshima, Hiroshige Furuta, Fumiyoshi Kasagi
The causal relationship between protracted exposure to low-dose rate radiation and health effects remains unclear despite extensive international studies of nuclear workers. One reason is that radiation epidemiological studies that adjust for smoking, which heavily influences mortality, have been limited. In the present study, we examined radiation-related cancer risk by directly assessing the possible confounding effect of smoking, using data from two questionnaire surveys performed among Japanese nuclear workers in 1997 and 2003...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312566/trends-in-colorectal-cancer-mortality-in-hispanics-a-seer-analysis
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Afsaneh Barzi, Dongyun Yang, Sayedamin Mostofizadeh, Heinz-Josef Lenz
Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality among Hispanics is lower than Non-Hispanic Whites (NHW). If Hispanics receive equitable care and achieve the same degree of health benefit, their trend of better survival should be maintained. This study assesses mortality trends among Hispanics overtime to compare their survival improvement with NHW. Methods: We used the Incidence-Based Mortality database of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) to assess the mortality gap, which is defined as the difference in stage-specific mortality between NHWs and Hispanics, and currently has an advantage for Hispanics...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311073/the-validation-of-cycloserine-efficacy-in-treatment-of-multidrug-resistant-and-extensively-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-beijing-china
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Xia Yu, Xiling Zeng, Wenhui Shi, Yanjie Hu, Wenjuan Nie, Naihui Chu, Hairong Huang
Cycloserine is recommended by the World Health Organization as a second line drug to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis(MDR TB), however its efficacy has never been sufficiently evaluated. To gain some insights into the value of cycloserine (Cs) for MDR TB treatment, in vitro bacteriostatic effect and patient validations were performed prospectively.The in vitro activity of Cs against 104 wild-type M. tuberculosis strains was determined, and serum Cs concentration was measured for 73 MDR TB patients 2 hours after administration...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311001/up-to-date-and-projected-estimates-of-survival-for-people-with-cystic-fibrosis-using-baseline-characteristics-a-longitudinal-study-using-uk-patient-registry-data
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Ruth H Keogh, Rhonda Szczesniak, David Taylor-Robinson, Diana Bilton
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common inherited disease in Caucasians, affecting around 10,000 individuals in the UK today. Prognosis has improved considerably over recent decades with ongoing improvements in treatment and care. Providing up-to-date survival predictions is important for patients, clinicians and health services planning. METHODS: Flexible parametric survival modelling of UK CF Registry data from 2011 to 2015, capturing 602 deaths in 10,428 individuals...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307126/incidence-and-characteristics-of-hospitalizations-after-dog-s-bite-injuries-in-sicily-italy-between-2012%C3%A2-2015
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Daniela Alberghina, Antonino Virga, Sergio Pio Buffa, Michele Panzera
There have been several studies focusing on dogs bite injuries and their epidemiology. To our knowledge, the incidence and characteristics of hospitalization after a dogs bite injury have not been examined quantitatively in Italy. The aim of this study was to identify the incidence and characteristics of dogs bite hospitalizations throughout Sicily (Italy) between 2012-2015. Data for statistical analysis were acquired through the Epidemiological Observatory and Health Department of Sicilian Region (Italy). One hundred and forty records with E-code 906...
December 29, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306695/intimate-partner-violence-and-mental-disorders-co-occurrence-and-gender-differences-in-a-large-cross-sectional-population-based-study-in-spain
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Isabel Ruiz-Pérez, Miguel Rodríguez-Barranco, Jorge A Cervilla, Ignacio Ricci-Cabello
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) and mental disorders (MD) are important public health problems disproportionally affecting women. We aimed to study the epidemiology of IPV victimization, MD, and co-occurring IPV-MD in Spanish men and women in terms of i) prevalence, ii) association between IPV and MD, and iii) sociodemographic and clinical characteristics associated with IPV, MD, and co-occurring IPV-MD. METHODS: Community-based cross-sectional study with 4507 randomly selected participants...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305018/multilevel-analysis-of-individual-heterogeneity-and-discriminatory-accuracy-maihda-within-an-intersectional-framework
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Juan Merlo
BACKGROUND: Analyzing Body Mass Index as a didactical example, the study by Evans, Williams, Onnela, and Subramanian (EWOS study) introduce a novel methodology for the investigation of socioeconomic disparities in health. By using multilevel analysis to model health inequalities within and between strata defined by the intersection of multiple social and demographic dimensions, the authors provide a better understanding of the health heterogeneity existing in the population. Their innovative methodology allows for gathering inductive information on a large number of stratum-specific interactions of effects and, simultaneously, informs on the discriminatory accuracy of such strata for predicting individual health...
December 26, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304765/anthrax-outbreaks-in-the-humans-livestock-and-wildlife-interface-areas-of-northern-tanzania-a%C3%A2-retrospective-record-review-2006-2016
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Elibariki Reuben Mwakapeje, Sol Høgset, Robert Fyumagwa, Hezron Emmanuel Nonga, Robinson Hammerthon Mdegela, Eystein Skjerve
BACKGROUND: Anthrax outbreaks in Tanzania have been reported from the human, livestock and wildlife sectors over several years, and is among the notifiable diseases. Despite frequent anthrax outbreaks, there is no comprehensive dataset indicating the magnitude and distribution of the disease in susceptible species. This study is a retrospective review of anthrax outbreaks from the human, livestock, and wildlife surveillance systems from 2006 to 2016. The objectives were to identify hotspot districts, describe anthrax epidemiology in the hotspot areas, evaluate the efficiency of the anthrax response systems and identify potential areas for further observational studies...
January 5, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303872/the-association-between-body-mass-index-and-open-angle-glaucoma-in-a-south-korean-population-based-sample
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Shuai-Chun Lin, Louis R Pasquale, Kuldev Singh, Shan C Lin
PURPOSE: To investigate the association between body mass index (BMI) and open-angle glaucoma (OAG) in a sample of the South Korean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample consisted of a cross-sectional, population-based sample of 10,978 participants, 40 years of age and older, enrolled in the 2008-2011 Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). All participants had measured intraocular pressure <22▒mm Hg and open anterior chamber angles...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303484/a-semiparametric-approach-to-evaluate-the-harm-of-low-dose-exposures
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Kyoji Furukawa, Munechika Misumi
While exposure to moderate-high level of radiation exposure is known to cause adverse health effects, what is the lowest dose that could be harmful remains controversial. Given that epidemiological studies of practical sizes are unlikely to provide a sufficient statistical power to detect a small risk in the low-dose range of concern, greater emphasis should be given to evaluating how uncertain the risk estimate is. Using simulations under various dose-response relationships with a threshold, we show that a conventional approach based on simple parametric models (e...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302514/searching-cause-of-death-through-different-autopsy-methods-a-new-initiative
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Abhishek Das, Ranadip Chowdhury
A lawful disposal of human dead body is only possible after establishment of proper and valid cause of death. If the cause is obscure, autopsy is the only mean of search. Inadequacy and unavailability of health care facility often makes this situation more complicated in developing countries where many deaths remain unexplained and proper mortality statistics is missing, especially for infant and children. Tissue sampling by needle autopsy or use of various imaging technique in virtopsy have been tried globally to find out an easier alternative...
April 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299685/toxoplasma-gondii-infection-and-biosecurity-levels-in-fattening-pigs-and-sows-serological-and-molecular-epidemiology-in-the-intensive-pig-industry-lombardy-northern-italy
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Alessia Libera Gazzonis, Marianna Marangi, Luca Villa, Maria Elena Ragona, Emanuela Olivieri, Sergio Aurelio Zanzani, Annunziata Giangaspero, Maria Teresa Manfredi
Toxoplasma gondii is a widespread protozoan affecting animals and humans. One of the major routes of human infection is through the consumption of raw or under-cooked meat, particularly of certain animal species, including pigs. Although T. gondii represents an important public health issue, its control at slaughter is not mandatory. Consequently, available information on T. gondii infection in domestic animals destined for human consumption is scarce. Thus, an epidemiologic survey was designed to update information on T...
January 3, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298133/epidemiology-and-risk-factors-for-isolation-of-multi-drug-resistant-organisms-in-patients-with-complicated-intra-abdominal-infections
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Francesco M Labricciosa, Massimo Sartelli, Lilian M Abbo, Pamela Barbadoro, Luca Ansaloni, Federico Coccolini, Fausto Catena
BACKGROUND: Patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAIs) caused by multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDROs) have been identified as being at increased risk for adverse outcomes. Prompt identification and stratification of these patients is essential in the clinical management, allowing the physician timely optimization of empiric antimicrobial therapy while awaiting results of intra-operative cultures to streamline antibiotic treatment. METHODS: The study is a secondary analysis from two prospective multi-center color surveillance studies...
January 3, 2018: Surgical Infections
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