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Hernandez-Trujillo V.,Director | Simons F.E.R.,University of Manitoba
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice | Year: 2013

Background: Few anaphylaxis education materials have been prospectively evaluated in randomized controlled trials. Objective: Our objective was to evaluate the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Anaphylaxis Wallet Card (AAAAI-AWC) as an anaphylaxis education mini-handout for health care professionals. Methods: We performed a randomized controlled study of the AAAAI-AWC with residents in general pediatrics at Miami Children's Hospital. Participants in the intervention group completed a pretest about anaphylaxis, heard a 3-minute PowerPoint presentation based on the AAAAI-AWC, reviewed the AAAAI-AWC, and discussed it with the presenter. After this, participants took a post-test immediately and a follow-up test 4 weeks later. Participants in the control group took the pretest, were handed an AAAAI-AWC, studied it briefly, then took the post-test immediately and the follow-up test 4 weeks later. Results: Fifty-five residents participated. Regardless of the amount of time spent studying the AAAAI-AWC, when the pretests were compared with the post-tests and follow-up tests, residents in both the intervention and control groups were more likely to recognize anaphylaxis symptoms (P < .05), name asthma as the most common comorbid disease in children with fatal or near-fatal anaphylaxis (P < .05), and recall the names of epinephrine auto injectors (P < .05) and the epinephrine doses available in these auto injectors (P < .05). When the pretests were compared with the post-tests and the follow-up tests, residents in the intervention group were more likely than controls to identify the body organ systems involved in severe or fatal anaphylaxis correctly (P < .05). Conclusion: The AAAAI-AWC is a practical, concise anaphylaxis education mini-handout for pediatric residents, a time-challenged group of health care professionals. © 2013 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Source

Cadmium (Cd) is one of the most toxic elements encountered in industry and contaminated environments. In Japan, environmental exposure to Cd and its effects on human health have been significant issues since the first outbreak of itai-itai disease, which is the most severe stage of chronic Cd poisoning, in the Cd-polluted Jinzu River basin of Toyama. In this region, the soil replacement of polluted rice paddy fields, which was an intervention program, was continuously conducted from 1980 until it was completed in 2012. As a result, the Cd content in rice has markedly decreased. However, Cd nephropathy is still prevalent, progressive and irreversible among the inhabitants of the Jinzu River basin, and new occurrences of itai-itai disease are found even today. © 2016 Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Source

Wenger D.R.,Director
Instructional course lectures | Year: 2014

Ideally, developmental dysplasia of the hip is treated early in childhood by nonsurgical methods. If these methods are ineffective, surgical reduction in a nonambulating child is required. A young child (age 6 to 18 months) who requires surgical reduction can be treated by formal anterior open reduction or by the medial Ludloff approach to the hip. Additional bony procedures are usually not required in these young patients. Delayed diagnosis is still common, requiring surgical reduction for children of walking age. These older children usually require formal open reduction (anterior approach) plus an associated bony osteotomy (acetabular, proximal femoral, or, in some cases, both types of osteotomies) to better stabilize the hip. The addition of a proximal femoral derotational shortening osteotomy for open reduction in older children was first used in children older than 3 years, but now it is commonly used in children as young as 2 years. This osteotomy decreases the forces on the reduced hip and minimizes the chances for redislocation and osteonecrosis. In all surgical procedures for developmental dysplasia of the hip, the surgeon must avoid too great a focus on bony osteotomies because the management of soft-tissue abnormalities is critical in achieving a stable reduction. Source

Moudgal V.,Director
Hospital practice (1995) | Year: 2012

Clostridium difficile has become an increasingly important nosocomial pathogen and is one of the most common causes of hospital-acquired diarrhea. The incidence of C difficile infection (CDI) is increasing worldwide. Overuse of antibiotics is felt to be a major contributing factor leading to the increased incidence of CDI. The clinical manifestations of CDI vary from a mild form of the disease to fulminant diarrhea, leading to significant patient morbidity and mortality. The increasing incidence of CDI has a major impact on increasing health care costs. This article will summarize the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, laboratory diagnosis, and treatment options for CDI, as well as infection-control measures for the prevention of CDI. Source

Singh R.,Director
Indian journal of public health | Year: 2012

Biostatistics plays an important role in measuring, understanding, and describing the overall health and well-being of a population. Biostatistics as a subject evolved from the application of statistics in various research aspects of biology, biomedical care, and public health. However, with a recent increase in number of health and pharmacy related research, the demand for trained biostatisticians is also increasing. The present paper is an attempt to undertake a situational analysis of biostatistics education in India. A systematic, predefined approach, with three parallel strategies was used to collect and assemble the data regarding training in biostatistics in India. Our study results show that there is paucity of programs providing specialized training in biostatistics in India. Only about 19 institutions in India are offering various courses in biostatistics/medical statistics/health statistics/biometry. It is important to look into the current capacity building initiatives in this domain. Some other means for giving importance to biostatistics could be by making it a separate branch/specialization in a majority of the institutions, particularly in medical colleges. Source

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