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Peer-delivered education through social networking increases home-based HIV testing

...condary endpoints studied were change in the number of sexual partners and online engagement. The intervention group was found to be associated with a median decrease of 2 compared to a decrease of 1 in the control group. In terms of online engagement, the intervention group was found to be associated with increased messages and chats when compared to the control group. The retention rate for this study was high (93.8%). However, a major limitatio...

One in seven U.S. adults used marijuana in 2017

...of reporting bias in terms of those users that choose to participate in an online survey compared to those that do not. The authors emphasized the importance of annual epidemiologic data on use of different forms of marijuana to inform public policy. Click to read the study in Annals of Internal Medicine Relevant Reading: US Epidemiology of Cannabis Use and Associated Problems In-Depth [survey]: The authors of this study conducted a national repre...

Parents inaccurately estimate duration of children’s mobile device use

...es by Young Children In-Depth [prospective cohort study]: Researchers used online survey, e-mail, and mobile device sampling to compare duration of mobile device usage among children aged 3 to 5 years and parent or guardian estimates of children’s mobile device usage from 2018 to 2019. Participants were recruited via flyers posted in community centers, preschools, child care centers, and pediatric clinics in Michigan, and online via social media....

Smartphone medication adherence application did not improve systolic blood pressure

...2-arm randomized controlled trial was conducted in the United States where online enrollment occurred between April 2016 to September 2016. It included 411 participants aged 18 to 75 with systolic blood pressures of 140 mmHg or greater and were receiving treatment with at least 1 but no more than 3 first like anti-hypertensive medications. Exclusion criteria were: patients on 4 or more antihypertensives, those on dialysis, those with blood pressur...

Economic incentives alter nutritional patterns in South Africa

...e on healthy purchases and a 25% total rebate on purchases if they took an online health risk assessment. While controlling for variables such as geography and purchasing bias, the researchers were able to analyze how the ratio of healthy food to total food expenditure changed once participants enrolled in the program (ratios were used instead of total amount to control for price fluctuation and inflation). In sum: The data revealed that household...

Adolescents seeking weight loss treatment at higher risk for weight-based bullying

...y] study explored how WBV affects youth seeking treatment for weight loss. Online self-report surveys were completed by 361 adolescents between the ages of 14- and 18-years-old who were attending weight loss camps. Participants reported occurrence, settings, and frequency of weight-based bullying. 64% of participants reported WBV, with most lasting >1 year. Many experienced WBV by peers (>90%), friends (70%), unknown individuals (55%), coaches, pa...

The Classics in Medicine™: Summaries of the Landmark Trials | Search Directory

...sics Series™ | The Classics in Medicine™: Summaries of the Landmark Trials Online Edition | All Specialties The Online Edition of The Classics Series™ includes The Classics in Medicine™ textbook and all deep-dive sub-specialty books, such as The Classics in Cardiology™ , Classics in Radiology™ , etc. Over 500 landmark trial summaries included! Support the The Classics Series™ by buying the paperback or e-book editions: The Classics in Medicine™ (F...

Hydroxychloroquine ineffective as post-exposure prophylaxis for Covid-19

...l symptoms, medication adherence, and testing results. Lastly, its largely online based recruitment and survey distribution strategy likely pre-selected a healthier participant pool and may limit its generalizability. Of note, the study provided evidence for the relative safety of hydroxychloroquine. Side effects, while reported in over 40% of subjects taking the medication, were largely mild in nature and there were no reported arrythmias or deat...

Commercially purchased breast milk contaminated with pathogenic bacteria

...hers are unable to breastfeed their children, however, and in recent years online marketplaces have been established that facilitate the sale of human milk to meet this need. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages the informal distribution or commoditization of unpasteurized human milk because, unlike human milk distributed by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), the...

Schoolchildren aged 6-8 years experiencing increased prevalence of myopia following house confinement from COVID-19

1. Following a period of house confinement and online school due to COVID-19, the prevalence of myopia increased between 1.3 and 3.8 times in 6-8 year old children, and the mean spherical equivalent refraction (SER) decreased by -0.3 diopters compared to previous years. 2. Children aged 9-13 years did not experience significant decreases in SER nor higher rates of myopia. Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good) Study rundown: Myopia, also known as nearsi...

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