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Why Achyuthan was started Malayalam. Why Achyuthan was started-2 Malayalam. Part 1 A Premonition on Ugadi Eve! Part 2 A Premonition on Ugadi Eve! Narayaneeyam is a Sanskrit text in a poetic form consisting of 1, verses summarizing Bhagavata Puranam which is 18, verses.
There is a story behind his writing Narayaneeyam. Lord Krishna granted Bhattathiri his wish and he soon became victim to severe painful attack of rheumatism. Despite all his treatments his condition soon deteriorated into a crippled state. He decided to surrender himself at the lotus feet of Lord Krishna in the temple of Guruvayur and seek His grace. One day he met Tunjath Ezhuthachan Ramanuja , a philosopher and a Krishna devotee of that time and requested his guidance. He soon realized what Ezhuthachan meant — that he would be cured if he could compose a hymn glorifying the 10 incarnations of Lord Krishna beginning with the fish incarnation, known as Matsyavatara.
He fully surrendered himself to the feet of Lord Krishna of Guruvayur and started to compose Narayaneeyam. He wrote one Dasakam everyday consisting of ten verses and finished the entire Narayaneeyam in hundred days. At the end of each Dasakam Bhattathiri prayed for mercy and kindness from the Lord and on the th day the Lord blessed him with His divine vision. From that day Bhattathiri got completely cured of his ailments and lived to the age of 96 years as a respected philosopher, poet and a saint.
Narayaneeyam has a magnetic effect on the Krishna devotees. The entire poem is written in first person singular as a direct conversation with the Lord. Narayaneeyam is also read as a cure for ailments and a tonic for Aayu, Aarogya, Soukhyam — longevity, health and happiness for all those who consider it with sincere devotion. Click here to know the importance and history behind Guruvayur Temple.
Please Read the following text for Complete Shreemad Narayaneeyam. The complete file document of Shreemad Narayaneeyam can also be downloaded in Downloads section to print or read offline. Sampoorna Narayaneeyam is recited as follows: Perform a simple puja to Vinayaka seeking blessings to remove any obstacles and pray for a smooth completion of the Narayaneeyam.
Neivedyam is Panchamrutham Start with recitation of the Vishnu Sahasranamam starting from the "Dhyana slokam" all the way to the "Phala shruthi" in the end. My guru always recites the Lakshmi Ashtotaram immediately following the Sahasranamam above. Next recite the Narayana Kavacham. Start with Narayaneeyam Dhayana slokams Start recitation of the Narayaneeyam with dasakam 1 List of offerings prasadams that are normally made following the completion of a particular dasakam.
Typically, people coming to the recitation each brings one neivedyam along with flowers as an offering to the lord. This is only for those who want to perform in an elaborate way.
Else offering of banana also is acceptable by Bhagawan. Normal — Rukmani Swayamvaram. This embodiment of eternal spiritual bliss is beyond any comparison and transcends all limits of time and space. This eternal truth is free of all illusion and is all-pervading, being the root cause of the entire universe.
Even the Vedas cannot fully comprehend or describe it but it can be attained through singleminded devotion by the true Bhakthas of Lord Krishna. May we all realize our folly and serve Him with complete faith as He alone can alleviate all our sorrows. This unchanging form of Suddha Sathva embodied in Thee, transcending time and space, is the ocean of nectar giving supreme happiness to all true devotees, encompassing all the liberated souls embedded like pure pearls in the waves of this ocean.
Hence this incarnation of Thine as Lord Krishna can be called the only complete one, as compared to other revelations of Thy divine form. Thus, the divine form of the Lord of Vaikunta manifests itself as Maya or Prakruthi without its glory or purity being diminished or tarnished in any way.
I meditate on Thy divine form which is more beautiful than the dark rain clouds and the blue Kalaya flowers, where Goddess Lakshmi plays uninhibitedly, which being the abode of beauty, is the ultimate sanctuary of all true devotees, drowning their hearts in the nectar of supreme bliss.
Earlier, in my ignorance, I had thought that Thy creation was sheer misery to mankind entangling all of us in the cycle of births and deaths; but now I realise how wrong I was. But for this divine miracle of creation, how could our souls be liberated without our eyes and ears drinking the nectar of supreme bliss in a fully conscious state? Thou art ready to shower on us all that we desire and even more by granting liberation to our wretched souls. But due to our total ignorance of this ultimate bliss, we pursue worldly belongings and sensual pleasures.
Men long for the Parijata tree in Indra's garden when the Kalpaka Vriksha in the form of Lord Krishna is waiting to grant them salvation.
Thou art omnipotent and the embodiment of all virtue and hence Thou hath the unique power to grant supreme bliss to Thy devotees instead of only desired objects, in contrast to other gods. Those who realise this truth are blessed at every step they take towards Thee. I pray to Thee for such a blessing. Thou art the embodiment of all the six divine qualities of greatness viz. This supreme divine form of Thine transcends all beauty, radiance and sweetness in all the three worlds and generates intense love in the hearts of all true Bhakthas.
Goddess Lakshmi being so attached to Thee cannot remain long with any of her devotees. Hence she has earned the epithet Chapala or Fickleminded one as far as her Bhakthas are concerned.
So strong and steadfast is her love for Thee. Goddess Lakshmi's firm love of Thee makes her shower blessings on all those devotees who are ever praising Thy qualities and worshipping Thee. Her fickleness is only with regard to those who have no love or respect for Thee. Therefore Bhakthi Yoga or the path of devotion is recommended by great sages to be far superior to Karma Yoga or path of action or Jnana Yoga or path of spiritual knowledge in the quest for salvation and it can be attained effortlessly through intense love for Thy divine form.
Karma Yoga yields results only in the distant future and Jnana Yoga is beyond the comprehension of ordinary mortals. But devotion to Thee is far more satisfying to our minds. Philosophical search for eternal truth can lead to salvation only after a painful process of life cycles and rebirths.
Is it not then more prudent to adopt the path of Bhakthi directly? Bhakthi is the most superior path to merge with Thee and leads us to the state of pure divinity without delay.
I pray to Thee to grant me the ability to be steeped in devotion to Thy lotus feet. Those Bhakthas who constantly chant Thy names and worship Thy divine form have all their righteous wishes fulfilled by Thee and are indeed the most blessed souls. Plagued as I am by diseases both physical and mental I am unable to turn my mind towards Thee. Please have pity on me and help me to sit peacefully in some quiet place chanting Thy innumerable names and worshipping Thy lotus feet.
Innumerable devotees of Thine have been liberated from their sorrows and worldly ties by Thy mercy. Can I not be one such fortunate devotee of Thine? Is there anything more for them to attain? There is no doubt at all in my mind about this. For otherwise, all of Vyasa's teachings, Thy divine sayings and even the Vedas will become meaningless like the utterances of a street wanderer. As devotion becomes more intense it eliminates all suffering and ultimately it leads the mind to the path of supreme knowledge and bliss.
What more can a Bhaktha crave for? Rid me of all sorrows. May my feet walk joyfully to Thy temple; may my hands serve Thee with fervour; may my eyes be eager to feast on Thy divine image; may my nostrils be pervaded with the scent of the holy Tulsi leaves at Thy feet and may my ears drink in Thy delightful stories.
Those who have no love or regard for Thee are thriving all round me. But in spite of my devotion to Thee, I am drowned in sorrow. Is not Thy reputation of mercy to Thy devotees at stake here? Please remove my afflictions and make me a worthy devotee of Thee. I shall stop lamenting and spend my time doing pooja and singing hymns of praise to Thy lotus feet until Thou doth take pity on me and bless me.
Grant me a strong and healthy body to serve Thee; then with Thy blessing I shall surely become proficient in doing the eightfold yoga of concentration. But by meditating onThy lotus feet I shall try to capture the ecstasy of true devotion.
Those who concentrate on Thy divine form will be entranced by its beauty and gradually their minds will be transported to a higher level wherein they can comprehend the impersonal Brahman or eternal truth and bliss. Having reached the apex of spiritual concentration which is supreme bliss, we must again, on relaxation, begin afresh the process of Dharana and follow the same steps in ascending order.
Our souls will be liberated by this process and be free to wander about like the most exalted devotees Suka, Narada etc. The Brahmanda is encased in seven covers viz. Thy devotee breaks through all these barriers experiencing the pleasures in each of these and finally attains salvation at Thy lotus feet. One who successfully completes this arduous soul-searching journey does not come down again. I am Thy humble devotee singing Thy praises.
Please save me, Oh Lord of Guruvayur, who art the embodiment of truth and reality. There was no life or death and no day or night.
The data were gathered by the item,Iranian Domestic Elder Abuse Questionnaire which was filled out through private interviews with the participants. Mean score of elder abuse was Emotional neglect was the most reported abuse and physical abuse was the least reported. Abuse score was associated with age, education level, living status, and insurance status of elders.
Despite overall low rate of domestic elder abuse, its high prevalence indicates that some interventions are necessary to decrease domestic elder abuse. Emotional neglect of elders should be addressed more than other abuse types. Reasons for elderly patients GP visits: The aim of this study is to describe the frequency of reasons for elderly patients visits to a general practice GP setting. Cross-sectional data from 8, randomly selected patients were assessed during a 1-year period by GPs in the German federal state of Saxony.
The reasons for visits, performed Caregiver burden from caring for impaired elderly: Caring for a chronically ill or physically disabled person has been referred to as physically or emotionally stressful, placing the caregiver at a heightened risk of burden.
This study aimed to identify factors related to caregiving burden among caregivers who care for their disabled older family members. Full Text Available Background: The area, mean sway amplitude and mean speed of the center of pressure COP in the anterior-posterior AP and medial-lateral ML directions were analyzed in three stances: A digital chronometer was activated to measure the time limit Tlimit in the single-leg stance.
Kruskal-Wallis tests followed by Mann-Whitney tests, Friedman analyses followed by post hoc Wilcoxon tests and Bonferroni corrections, and Spearman statistical tests were used in the data analysis.
Differences of p elderly women with and those without complaints of impaired balance. Gender differences in positive life orientation among the nursing home elders in China: Life orientation among the nursing home elders would differ from those of community-dwelling elders due to the different living environment, but may have greater differences in gender. This study was designed to investigate the positive life orientation and explore the potential risk factors including gender disparities among nursing home elders in China.
This cross-sectional study was conducted in Northeast China. Two steps cluster sampling procedure were chosen. Positive life orientation was measured using the six-question life orientation scale LOS. The mean age of the participants was Of the men and women , The positive life orientation was higher in men than women.
The gender-specific differences contribute to take more effective measures to improve the positive life orientation. Postural balance and functional independence of elderly people according to gender and age: Aging causes changes in men and women. Studies have shown that women have worse postural balance and greater functional dependence than men, but there is no consensus regarding this. The aim of this study was to compare the balance and functional independence of elderly people according to sex and age, and to evaluate the association between postural balance and the number of drugs taken.
Cross-sectional at a state university. The subjects comprised women Functional dependence was worse among females. There was an association between the number of medication drugs and risk of falling. Serum selenium concentration is associated with metabolic factors in the elderly: Full Text Available Abstract Background Selenium is an essential micronutrient known for its antioxidant function.
However, the association of serum selenium with lipid profiles and fasting glucose are inconsistent in populations with average intake of selenium. Furthermore, there were few studies conducted specifically for the elderly. This study examined the relationship of serum selenium concentration with serum lipids and fasting glucose in the Taiwanese elderly population. Methods This was a cross-sectional study of males and females aged years mean Serum selenium was measured by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer.
The association between serum selenium and metabolic factors was examined using a multivariate linear regression analysis after controlling several confounders. Results The mean serum selenium concentration was 1. Total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol increased significantly with serum selenium concentration P P P P Conclusions Total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol, and fasting serum glucose concentrations increased significantly with serum selenium concentration in the Taiwanese elderly.
The underlying mechanism warrants further research. Food insecurity among the elderly: To investigate whether food insecurity is associated with the demographic, socioeconomic, lifestyle, and health conditions of the elderly. Food insecurity was measured by the Brazilian Food Insecurity Scale. Food insecure elderly are more likely to have chronic diseases, poor nutritional status, and poor socioeconomic condition. Therefore, the welfare programs should expand the number of soup kitchens and develop other strategies to assure adequate nutrition to these elderly.
Elder Abuse and Chronic Pain: To examine the cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships between elder abuse and neglect EAN and chronic pain in rural older Malaysians. Two-year prospective cohort study. Community-dwelling older adults aged 60 and older. Using a multistage cluster sampling strategy, 1, respondents were recruited and assessed at baseline, of whom 1, were re-assessed 2 years later. EAN was determined using the modified Conflict Tactic Scale, and chronic pain was assessed through self-report using validated questions.
The prevalence of chronic pain was Cross-sectional results revealed 8 variables significantly associated with chronic pain-age, education, income, comorbidities, self-rated health, depression, gait speed, and EAN.
Abused elderly adults were 1. This lack of causal link was consistent when comparing analysis with complete cases with that of imputed data. Our findings indicate no temporal relationship between EAN and chronic pain but indicated cross-sectional associations between the two. This might indicate that, although EAN does not lead to chronic pain, individuals with greater physical limitations are more vulnerable to abuse. Our study also shows the importance of cohort design in determining causal relationships between EAN and potentially linked health outcomes.
Cognitive impairment in elderly women. A variety of factors contribute to the development of cognitive impairment in elderly people. Previous studies have focused upon a single or a few risk factors. In this study we assessed and compared the significance of a wide variety of potential risk factors for cognitive impairment Each pair consisted of a case with impaired cognition and a control subject matched by age and educational status.
Cognitive functions were determined using Comparison of balance assessment modalities in emergency department elders: More than one-third of US adults 65 and over fall every year. These falls may cause serious injury including substantial long-term morbidity due declines in activities of daily living and death. The emergency department ED visit represents an opportunity for identifying high risk elders and potentially instituting falls-related interventions. The unique characteristic of the ED environment and patient population necessitate that risk-assessment modalities be validated in this specific setting.
In order to better identify elders at risk of falls, we examined the relationship between patient-provided history of falling and two testing modalities a balance plate system and the timed up-and-go [TUG] test in elder emergency department ED patients.
Patient history of falls in the past week, month, 6 months, and year was obtained. COP was recorded under four conditions: Univariate logistic regression was used to identify the relationship between patient-provided falls history and the two testing modalities.
Proportions, likelihood ratios, and receiver-operating-characteristic ROC curves for prediction of previous falls were reported.
There was no correlation between TUG and any balance plate measurements. Elder abuse as a risk factor for psychological distress among older adults in India: This study examines the association between elder abuse and psychological distress among older adults in India and explores whether this association varies by the level of psychosocial and material resources.
The study uses a cross-sectional survey design. Secondary analysis, using bivariate and multivariate logistic regression models, is conducted using the United Nations Population Fund project Building Knowledge Base on Ageing in India survey. Multivariate models are run on the total analytical sample and for men and women separately. The overall prevalence of psychological distress among persons aged 60 and over living in the seven Indian States is Among those older persons who experienced some form of physical or emotional abuse or violence in the last month, the prevalence of psychological distress is much higher than that in the general older population, at Elder abuse in India is currently a neglected phenomenon, and greater recognition of the link between abuse and mental health is critical to improve the well-being of vulnerable older adults, some of whom may be 'hidden' within well-off households.
No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. Participation in social activities is one of important factors for older adults' health. The present study aims to examine the cross-sectional association between social activities and cognitive function among Chinese elderly. A total of individuals aged 60 and older from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study were obtained for this study. Telephone interviews of cognitive status, episodic memory, and visuospatial abilities were assessed by questionnaire.
We used the sum of all three of the above measures to represent the respondent's cognitive status as a whole. Types and frequencies of participation in social groups were used to measure social activities. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to explore the relationship between social activities and cognitive function. After adjustment for demographics, smoking, drinking, depression, hypertension, diabetes, basic activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and self-rated health, multiple linear regression analysis revealed that interaction with friends, participating in hobby groups, and sports groups were associated with better cognitive function among both men and women p social activities and cognitive function among Chinese elderly.
Longitudinal studies are needed to examine the effects of social activities on cognitive function. Prevalence and patterns of multimorbidity among the elderly in Burkina Faso: To assess the prevalence and distribution patterns of multimorbidity among urban older adults in Burkina Faso. We performed interviews, clinical examination and medical record review.
Multimorbidity was defined as co-occurrence of at least two chronic diseases in one person whether as a coincidence or not. The high prevalence of multimorbidity requires a reorganization of healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Burkina Faso. Interventions and care guidelines usually focused on individual diseases should be improved to better reflect this reality.
Practice of use of diapers in hospitalized adults and elderly: As they were hospitalized, it was identified that It is also identified that long term urinary catheter For this, it was proposed an "Evaluation Scale of Diapers Use in Adults", as for indication as for its monitoring to help the study transposal for the nursing practice.
Factors associated with help-seeking behaviors in Mexican elderly individuals with depressive symptoms: Objective Depression in the elderly is associated with multiple adverse outcomes, such as high health service utilization rates, low pharmacological compliance, and synergistic interactions with other comorbidities.
The aim of this study was to explore factors associated with the pathway of help seeking among older adults with depressive symptoms. Methods A cross-sectional study of year or older of community dwelling elderly belonging to the largest health and social security system in Mexico was done. A standardized interview explored the process of seeking health care in four dimensions: Results A total of 2, individuals were studied; from these, Conclusions Appropriate mental health care is rather complex and is influenced by several factors.
The main factors associated with help seeking were gender, education level, recent health service use, and the belief that depression is not a disease. Detection of subjects with these characteristics could improve care of elderly with depressive symptoms. Association between elder abuse and poor sleep: A cross-sectional study among rural older Malaysians. This study was divided into two phases. Phase II was a population-based, cross-sectional study with a multi-stage cluster sampling method.
Home-based interviews were conducted by trained personnel using a structured questionnaire, to determine exposure and outcome. Kuala Pilah, a district in Negeri Sembilan which is one of the fourteen states in Malaysia. The Malay version of PSQI had significant test re-test reliability with intra-class correlation coefficients of 0. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed that one factor PSQI scale with three components subjective sleep quality, sleep latency, and sleep disturbances was most suitable.
Cronbach's Alpha was 0. PSQI scores were highest among neglect 4. There was a dose-response relationship between clustering of abuse and PSQI scores; 3.
Generalized linear models revealed six variables as significant determinants of sleep quality-abuse, co-morbidities, self-rated health, income, social support and gait speed. Among abuse subtypes, only neglect was significantly associated with poor sleep. Abuse was significantly associated with poor sleep. As sleep is essential for health and is a good predictor for mortality among older adults, management of abuse victims should entail sleep assessment. Interventions or treatment modalities which focus on improving sleep quality among abuse victims should be designed.
Diet and its relationship to sarcopenia in community dwelling Iranian elderly: Sarcopenia is associated with frailty and disability among the elderly and imposes significant costs on health care systems.
We tested whether adherence to a particular dietary pattern was associated with sarcopenia among the elderly in a district of Tehran, Iran.
We used a semiquantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire to assess the dietary intake of randomly-selected elderly men and women at least 55 y old living in the sixth district of Tehran; and the dietary patterns of the subjects were obtained using principal component analysis.
We performed a logistic regression to measure the effect of adherence to each dietary pattern on the odds of sarcopenia. This study suggests that adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with lower odds of sarcopenia among the Iranian elderly.
To date, no study has examined the nutritional status and disease burden of elderly home-care receivers living in Germany. Aim of this cross-sectional study was, first, to assess disease burden and nutritional status, denoted in anthropometrics, and, second, to investigate associations between anthropometrics and disease burden.
Home-care receivers living in three urban areas of Germany in Medical conditions were assessed in personal interviews. A 3-day prospective nutrition diary was kept. We recommend to pay special attention to the nutritional status of elderly persons in home-care exhibiting named disease burden. Prevalence of falls among community-dwelling elderly and its associated factors: A cross-sectional study in Perak, Malaysia. Full Text Available Fall is a major cause of injuries and can increase the risk of early mortalityamong elderly.
The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of falls among community-dwelling elderly in rural Malaysia and its associated factors. Data were obtained from a cross-sectional survey in five randomly selected districts in the state of Perak, Malaysia.
A total of households were randomly selected. A total of individuals aged 60 years or more were recruited and interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Information about socio-demographic, history of falls in the past 1 year, medical history, drug history and physical activity level were enquired. Household characteristics and influenza vaccination uptake in the community-dwelling elderly: Elderly people are at higher risk of influenza diseases.
The morbidity benefit of vaccination is often offset by its low and variable coverage in elderly people in the community. Data fields included socio-demographics, household structures, health status, eligibility to financial subsidy, and subscription to health insurance.
Elderly people living alone gave a variable rate of vaccination ranging from Household size per se was not associated with vaccination, but a positive correlation could be seen if the household was composed of vaccinated non- elderly member s.
Influenza vaccination uptake in the community-dwelling elderly is dependent on both individual and household characteristics, the latter including the influence of vaccinated non- elderly member s. Interventions focusing on vulnerable elderly people and their social networks would be desirable.
The relationship between jaw-opening force and the cross-sectional area of the suprahyoid muscles in healthy elderly. We conducted a clinical cross-sectional study to examine the relationship between jaw-opening force and the cross-sectional area of the suprahyoid muscles and whole skeletal muscle mass. Jaw-opening force was measured three times using a jaw-opening sthenometer; the maximum of these three was taken as the measurement value.
The cross-sectional area of the geniohyoid and anterior belly of the digastric muscles were evaluated using ultrasonography. The skeletal muscle mass index, gait speed and grip strength were evaluated according to the diagnostic criteria of the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia.
For each sex, a multiple regression analysis determined the factors that affect jaw-opening force. In contrast, jaw-opening force was not associated with the cross-sectional area of the anterior belly of the digastric muscle in either sex.
In healthy elderly males and females, jaw-opening force was positively associated with the cross-sectional area of the geniohyoid muscle. However, the jaw-opening force was positively associated with the skeletal muscle mass index only in females. In this Brazilian elderly sample, the most widely used medicines were antihypertensives, diuretics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and institutionalized used more medications than community-dwelling elderly.
Knowledge of the abortion legislation among South African women: Full Text Available Abstract Background In order to ensure that legalized abortion in South Africa improves reproductive health, women must know that abortion is a legal option in the case of unwanted pregnancy.
This study investigated knowledge of abortion legislation eight years after the introduction of legal abortion services in one province of South Africa. Results Thirty-two percent of women did not know that abortion is currently legal. Among those who knew of legal abortion, few had knowledge of the time restrictions involved. Conclusion In South Africa there is an unmet need among women for information on abortion. Strategies should be developed to address this gap so that women are fully informed of their rights to a safe and legal termination of pregnancy.
Does the experience of discrimination affect health? A cross-sectional study of Korean elders. This study was conducted among Koreans aged 60 to 89 to examine the effects of perceived discrimination on the health of an ethnically homogenous older population. Perceived discrimination was measured with a self-report instrument.
Health outcomes included depressive symptoms, poor self-rated health, and chronic diseases. Of the elderly Koreans surveyed, Among women , Men reported education and age discrimination most frequently Those who reported experiencing any discrimination were 2. The health effects of educational discrimination appeared most prominent. This study supports the positive associations between perceived discrimination and poorer health, particularly mental health, in later life.
Full Text Available Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between physical activitylevel and health related quality of life in elderly people. Between January and April , a cross-sectional study of elderly people 73 males and 41 females conducted this study.
Statistical analysis was used to determine the relation between the physical activity and HRQoL scores in elderly people. The measures showed statistically significant differences between high and low physical activity groups p elderly people. Effort and awareness should be dedicated to encouraging the active lifestyle among different population especially elderly people. Oral health conditions and frailty in Mexican community-dwelling elderly: Full Text Available Abstract Background Oral health is an important component of general well-being for the elderly.
Oral health-related problems include loss of teeth, nonfunctional removable dental prostheses, lesions of the oral mucosa, periodontitis, and root caries. They affect food selection, speaking ability, mastication, social relations, and quality of life.
Frailty is a geriatric syndrome that confers vulnerability to negative health-related outcomes. The association between oral health and frailty has not been explored thoroughly.
This study sought to identify associations between the presence of some oral health conditions, and frailty status among Mexican community-dwelling elderly. Methods Analysis of baseline data of the Mexican Study of Nutritional and Psychosocial Markers of Frailty, a cohort study carried out in a representative sample of people aged 70 and older residing in one district of Mexico City. Frailty was defined as the presence of three or more of the following five components: Oral health variables included self-perception of oral health compared with others of the same age; utilization of dental services during the last year, number of teeth, dental condition edentate, partially edentate, or completely dentate, utilization and functionality of removable partial or complete dentures, severe periodontitis, self-reported chewing problems and xerostomia.
Covariates included were gender, age, years of education, cognitive performance, smoking status, recent falls, hospitalization, number of drugs, and comorbidity. The association between frailty and dental variables was determined performing a multivariate logistic regression analysis.
Final models were adjusted by socio-demographic and health factors Results Of the participants examined, had the information needed to establish the criteria for diagnosis of frailty. Those who had a higher probability of being.
Association between salivary pH and metabolic syndrome in women: Abstract Background The salivary flow rate is an important determinant of salivary pH. It is influenced by several metabolic syndrome MetS components as well as the menopausal status. The cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors that characterizes the MetS could be exacerbated following menopause. The objective of this study was therefore to document the association between salivary pH and MetS expression in women according to the menopausal status.
Methods In this cross-sectional study, uns Carotid intima-media thickness and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: To explore the difference in carotid intima-media thickness CIMT between postmenopausal women with and without osteoporosis and the risk of elevated CIMT and plaque presentation.
A cross-sectional study was conducted including 46 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and 45 non-osteoporotic postmenopausal women.
CIMT was measured using B-mode ultrasound. The risk for the presence of plaque was three times higher in osteoporotic women than in normal individuals. There was no difference in mean CIMT between postmenopausal women with and without osteoporosis.
Risk of elevated CIMT in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis was comparable to that of postmenopausal women without osteoporosis. There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of the presence of plaque. Magnitude of depression and its correlates among elderly population in a rural area of Maharashtra: Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder among elderly population in India, yet, it is commonly misdiagnosed and undertreated.
The exact burden of depression among the elderly population in rural India was not known. To study the magnitude of depression among the elderly masses in rural Maharashtra and to find its correlates. Geriatric depression scale was used for screening depression among the study population. Data collection was completed within 2 months using convenience sampling. Ethical approval was taken before beginning the study. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression was carried out to study associated correlates.
The magnitude of depression among the elderly population was found to be We got the significant positive association of female sex, living without spouse, lacking in decision making capability, a victim of abuse or neglect, or suffering from chronic illnesses with depression among elderly population in univariate analysis that did not hold good in the multivariate logistic regression.
Our study showed the prevalence of mild depression among elderly to be To deal with this huge social problem of depression among the elderly population, more enthusiastic steps should be undertaken. Fall is a major cause of injuries and can increase the risk of early mortality among elderly. The prevalence of falls in the past 1 year among community-dwelling elderly was reported to be 4. Physical activity level, number of co-morbidities and number of medications used were not associated with falls.
Elderly of indigenous ethnicity and living alone are the main factors associated with falls in this population. Indigenous people may be at higher risk, which warrant further investigation with a larger sample to improve the precision of estimates. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and risk of diabetes in Indian women: Epidemiological data from high-income countries suggest that women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy HDP are more likely to develop diabetes later in life.
These findings are important for a country which is already tackling the burden of young onset of diabetes in the population. However, longitudinal medical histories and a clinical measurement of diabetes are needed in this low-resource setting. For permission to use where not already granted under a licence please go to http: Phenotypic comparison of Caucasian and Asian women with polycystic ovary syndrome: Multidisciplinary PCOS clinic at a tertiary academic center. Transvaginal ultrasounds, comprehensive dermatologic exams, and serum testing.
Caucasian and Asian women had a similar prevalence of all measures of androgen excess. Both groups had similar total mFG scores and site-specific mFG scores, except Asian women had a lower site-specific mFG score for the chest. Although Asian women were more likely to use laser hair removal, the results were unchanged when the women with a history of laser hair removal were excluded. Caucasian and Asian women with PCOS living in the same geographic region had a similar prevalence of hirsutism as well as other markers for androgen excess.
Published by Elsevier Inc. An exploration of antecedents of positive affect among the elderly: Positive affect contributes to the healthy life style, which, in turn, explains life satisfaction and psychological well-being among the elderly. Existent literature has reinforced that physical activity participation influences development of positive affect for the elderly. Because of the increased life constraints and physical problems, however, maintenance of positive affect might be challenging for elderly people.
A total sample of males and females aged between 65 and years from 16 European countries was analyzed. Perception of life constraints, health problems, physical activity engagement and positive affect were measured by a structured questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analysis and a technique of structural equation modelling were employed using Amos 18 to examine the hypothesized relationships between study variables. Perceived life constraints and physical problems significantly affected the acquisition of positive affect among the elderly.
Physical activity was found to have a significant path coefficient towards the measure of positive attitude and emotion. Physical activity was also a significant mediator between physical problems and positive affect. Study finding reinforced the goodness of physical activity participation to enhance positive affect among the elderly.
We should administer sustainable and evidence-based physical activity including interventions and infrastructure to improve positive affect and psychological well-bing among the elderly.
Can microcredit help improve the health of poor women? Some findings from a cross-sectional study in Kerala, India. This study examines associations between female participation in a microcredit program in India, known as self help groups SHGs , and women 's health in the south Indian state of Kerala.
Because SHGs do not have a formal health program, this provides a unique opportunity to assess whether SHG participation influences women 's health via the social determinants of health. This cross-sectional study used special survey data collected in from one Panchayat territorial decentralized unit. Information was collected on women 's characteristics, health determinants exclusion to health care, exposure to health risks, decision-making agency , and health achievements self assessed health, markers of mental health.
The study sample included non elderly poor women. No associations were found between SHG participation and self assessed health or exposure to health risks. The relationship between SHG participation and decision-making agency is unclear. Microcredit is not a panacea, but could help to improve the health of poor women by addressing certain issues relevant to the context.
In Kerala, SHG participation can help protect poor women against exclusion to health care and possibly aid in promoting their mental health. This study extended our understanding of how the perception of life constraints and health problems influence the elderly 's daily experience.
A Cross Sectional Study. The aim of the study was to determine health-related quality of life HRQoL of women with surgically treated vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia VIN and vulvar cancer VC during the first week after hospital discharge.
Further objectives were to investigate differences between women with VIN and VC as well as to examine whether correlations exist between women 's symptom experience and HRQoL.
This cross-sectional study was conducted in 8 hospitals in Germany and Switzerland. Analysis showed that women with vulvar neoplasia reported lower HRQoL in the physical and mental dimensions 1 week after discharge than comparable studies referring to months or years after surgery.
Health-related quality of life is influenced by physical impairment because physical symptoms are prevalent 1 week after discharge. Patient education should focus on symptom management in an early postsurgical phase to enhance women 's HRQoL. Dietary habits and physical activity patterns among Slovenian elderly: Full Text Available Introduction: Physical activity and a healthy diet are significant predictors of healthy ageing—they help the elderly maintain their physical and mental health, and prevent chronic diseases.
The data for the empirical quantitative survey were collected on the sample of elderly community-dwelling participants aged 65 years or more, using a structured questionnaire for self-reporting. Data analyses were proceed with the bivariate statistics, and multivariate hierarchical cluster analysis.
Most respondents reported good dietary habits On average, the elderly eat meals per day In the future, special attention should be placed on the elderly group with a lower educational level and special dietary and physical activity requirements. Additional studies on representative samples are required for a comprehensive investigation into the lifestyle behaviours of elderly individuals.
Determinants of smoking initiation among women in five European countries: Abstract Background The rate of smoking and lung cancer among women is rising in Europe. A total of 5 adult women from France, Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, and Sweden were interviewed, with 1 from each participating country.
All participants were asked questions about demographics, knowledge and beliefs about smoking, and their tobacco use background. Current and former smokers also were asked questions about smoking initiation. Logistic regression was used to analyze ever versus never smokers. Linear regression analyses were used to analyze age of smoking initiation. The most frequently reported reason for initiation smoking was friend smoking, with Mean age of smoking initiation was The highest levels of young initiators were in Sweden with The lowest level of young initiators was in the Czech Republic with Women who started smoking because their friends smoked or to look.
The rate of smoking and lung cancer among women is rising in Europe. Women who started smoking because their friends smoked or to. In the stage of demographic transition, the rate of elderly is increasing and their health condition is a matter of concern. Thus, the objective of this study was to investigate the health related quality of life QoL and the associated socio-demographic determinants among Iranian elderly people.
We conducted a cross-sectional study with a representative samples of elderly people whom community dwelling in urban area of Babol, in the north of Iran. In a household survey, the demographic data were collected and the health related QoL was assessed with a validated standard short form questionnaire SF The multiple linear regression analysis was performed to determine the demographic characteristics in predicting QoL using SPSS ver The overall mean SD scores of QoL was The mean scores of QoL in all dimensions in men had significantly higher than women.
The adjusted regression coefficient of gender, age, educational level, being couple were significant on overall scores of QoL. Aging is inversely associated while male gender and education at high school or higher and being couple are positively associated in prediction of overall scores of QoL. The findings indicate that the health related QoL is rather poor in old people particular in women , elderly with low education level and being single. Therefore, healthcare policy makers should consider an urgent health interventional program among elderly people at present stage of demographic transition with emphasis on high risk demographic profiles.
Factors associated with domestic violence: This study aims to identify the factors associated with domestic violence DV among women in Jeddah.
Outpatient departments of three tertiary hospitals in Jeddah. Convenience sample of women , aged years, at the outpatient and inpatient clinics. Between 15 December and 30 May , a psychologist and a professional health assistant explained the purpose of the research to participants, who were then asked to fill a item questionnaire.
The questionnaire was created based on questions from three questionnaires: The questionnaire was used to assess the association between DV and family status, male partner attitudes, age, educational attainment, employment, financial and socioeconomic status. The results of logistic regression showed that women who were financially dependent had about 1. Many factors are associated with DV against women , thereby highlighting the need to design effective DV prevention programmes.
Falling short of dietary guidelines - What do Australian pregnant women really know? A cross sectional study. Maternal diets are not consistent with dietary guidance and this may affect the health of mothers and their infants. Nutrition knowledge and motivation may be important factors. To assess pregnant women 's diets in relation to consistency with the Australian Guidelines for Healthy Eating AGHE ; factors influencing women 's adherence to the recommendations; and women 's attitudes towards pregnancy-specific nutrition information.
A cross-sectional study using convenience sampling was undertaken at five hospitals in New South Wales Australia and through an online link October to July Categorical data were analysed using Chi square and logistic regression with significance set at Ptrying to do so and that knowing about nutrition in pregnancy was highly important.
Reported dietary intakes were poor. No pregnant women met the recommended intakes for all five food groups. Poor knowledge of these recommendations was evident. Pregnant women had high levels of motivation and confidence in their ability to achieve a healthy diet and understand dietary recommendations, but actually demonstrated poor knowledge and poor adherence to guidelines. Mistaken or false beliefs may be a barrier to effective nutrition education strategies.
Published by Elsevier Ltd. Microcredit participation and women 's health: Social and economic conditions are powerful determinants of women 's health status. Microcredit, which involves the provision of small loans to low-income women in the hopes of improving their living conditions, is an increasingly popular intervention to improve women 's socioeconomic status.
Studies examining the health effects of microcredit programs have had mixed results. The predictor variable is length of microcredit participation. We conduct bivariate and multivariate linear regressions to examine the associations between length of microcredit participation and a variety of measures of women 's health. We control for participants' sociodemographic characteristics. We find that longer participation is associated with decreased depressive symptoms, increased social support, and increased perceived control, but these differences are attenuated with the inclusion of covariates.
We find no association between length of participation and contraception use, cancer screening, or self-reported days sick. These results demonstrate a positive association between length of microcredit participation and measures of women 's psychological health, but not physical health. These findings contribute to the discussion on the potential of microcredit programs to address the socioeconomic determinants of health, and suggest that addressing socioeconomic status may be a key way to improve women 's health worldwide.
Women 's and men's negative experience of child birth-A cross-sectional survey. A negative birth experience may influence both women and men and can limit their process of becoming a parent. This study aimed to analyze and describe women 's and men's perceptions and experiences of childbirth. A cross-sectional study of women and their partners living in one Swedish county were recruited in mid pregnancy and followed up two months after birth.
The obstetric factors that contributed most strongly to a negative birth experience were emergency caesarean and was found in women OR 4. In addition, pain intensity and elective caesarean section were also associated with a negative birth experiences in women. Feelings during birth such as agreeing with the statement; 'It was a pain to give birth' were a strong contributing factor for both women and men.
A negative birth experience is associated with obstetric factors such as emergency caesarean section and negative feelings. The content of negative feelings differed between women and men. It is important to take into account that their feelings differ in order to facilitate the processing of the negative birth experience for both partners.
Vitamin D status among the elderly Chinese population: Vitamin D inadequacy is common among the elderly , especially within the Asian population. The vitamin D status among healthy adults in the elderly Chinese population was evaluated. Possible predictors of vitamin D inadequacy were evaluated via multiple logistic regression analyses.
The median serum hydroxyvitamin D 25 OH D levels were Because residing in regions with low ambient UVB levels increases the risk of vitamin D inadequacy both for men and women , vitamin D supplementation and sensible sun exposure should be encouraged, especially during the cooler seasons. Further studies are required to determine the optimal vitamin D intake and sun exposure levels to maintain sufficient vitamin D levels in the elderly Chinese population.
A cross-sectional study of contraceptive use among married women living in rural China. To examine the prevalence of contraceptive use in rural China and to determine factors that influence choice of contraceptive method.
A cross-sectional study was conducted using multistage cluster sampling to identify married women aged years residing in Shaanxi Province, China. Data on demographics and contraceptive use were collected via detailed questionnaire. The prevalence of contraceptive use in the study population was Among the women using contraceptives, 10 In total, Young age; high level of education; low parity; increased number of abortions; low frequency of sexual intercourse; long duration between marriage and delivery; and marriage after were all associated with SAC usage.
Although contraceptive use was high in rural China, the participants' awareness of free selection of contraceptive method and the rate of SAC use were both low. Appropriate and diverse family-planning services should be provided to meet the needs of women living in rural areas. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Objectively measured sedentary time and physical activity in women with fibromyalgia: To characterise levels of objectively measured sedentary time and physical activity in women with fibromyalgia.
Local Association of Fibromyalgia Granada, Spain. The study comprised 94 women with diagnosed fibromyalgia who did not have other severe somatic or psychiatric disorders, or other diseases that prevent physical loading, able to ambulate and to communicate and capable and willing to provide informed consent. Women spent, on average, 10 min less on MVPA pfibromyalgia.
Sleep Duration and Quality in Pregnant Women: A Cross-Sectional Survey in China. Good maternal health and fetal development require sufficient and good quality of sleep during pregnancy. This study investigated sleep duration and quality in pregnant women , assessing factors with possibly influence on sleep.
A cross-sectional survey was conducted on pregnant women between June and August in in 16 hospitals in five provinces in China. A total of pregnant women aged 18 years and older were surveyed.
Insufficient sleeping duration was defined as sleeping of less than 7 h per day. Excessive sleep duration was defined as sleeping of more than 9 h per day. A total of Compared to pregnant women with sufficient sleeping duration, those with insufficient sleeping duration were prone to have poor sleep quality, whereas those with excessive sleeping duration featured low possibility of poor sleep quality.
High-risk groups of poor sleep quality include women of non-Han nationality, low income level, in their third trimester of pregnancy, and with insufficient sleep duration. These findings have some implications. The process of mental health screening can influence disclosure, uptake of referral, and treatment; however, no studies have explored pregnant women 's views of methods of mental health screening.
The objectives of this study are to determine pregnant women 's comfort and preferences regarding mental health screening. Descriptive statistics summarized acceptability of screening, and multivariable logistic regression identified factors associated with women 's comfort with screening methods. Analysis was conducted in January-December Women 's ability to be honest with their provider about emotional health was most strongly associated with comfort with each method of screening.
The majority of pregnant women viewed prenatal mental health screening favorably and were comfortable with a variety of screening methods. These findings provide evidence of high acceptability of screening--a key criterion for implementation of universal screening--and suggest that providers can select from a variety of screening methods best suited for their clinical setting.
Predictors of self-reported health among the elderly in Ghana: Self-reported health is a widely used measure of health status across individuals. As the ageing population increases, the health of the elderly also becomes of growing concern.
The elderly go through life facing social, economic and financial hardships. These hardships are known to affect the health status of people as they age. The purpose of this study is to assess social and health related factors of self-reported health among the elderly in Ghana. A multivariate regression analysis in form of a binary and ordinal logistic regression were used to determine the association between socioeconomic, demographic and health related factors, on self-reported health.
In total, out of respondent, The results showed that the odds of reporting poor health was 2. The elderly with one or more than one chronic condition had the odds of 1. Engaging in mild to moderate exercise increased the chances of reporting poor health by 1. The elderly who had never worked in a lifetime were 2 times more likely to report poor health. In the same way, residents of Eastern and Western parts of Ghana were 2 times more likely to report poor health compared to those in the Upper West region.
Respondents with functional limitations and disabilities were 3. The health status of the elderly is to an extent. Abstract Background More than one-third of US adults 65 and over fall every year. The unique characteristic of the ED environment and patient population necessitate that risk-assessment modalities be validated Health and social problems of the elderly: A cross-sectional study in Udupi Taluk, Karnataka. To study the health and social problems of the elderly and their attitude towards life.
A total of elderly patients 60 years old and above who attended the outreach clinics were interviewed using a pre-tested schedule. Findings were described in terms of proportions and percentages to study the socio-economic status of the samples and its correlation to social problems. Nearly half of the respondents were illiterate. A majority of them had health problems such as hypertension followed by arthritis, diabetes, asthma, cataract, and anemia.
The results of the study showed that there is a need for geriatric counseling centers that can take care of their physical and psychological needs.
The stringent rules for eligibility to social security schemes should be made more flexible to cover a larger population. Exploring Australian women 's level of nutrition knowledge during pregnancy: The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating AGHE for pregnancy provides a number of food- and nutrition-related recommendations to assist pregnant women in optimizing their dietary behavior.
However, there are limited data demonstrating pregnant women 's knowledge of the AGHE recommendations. This study investigated Australian pregnant women 's knowledge of the AGHE and related dietary recommendations for maintaining a healthy pregnancy. The variations in nutrition knowledge were compared with demographic characteristics.
A cross-sectional study assessed eight different nutrition knowledge domains and the demographic characteristics of pregnant women. Four hundred women across Australia completed a multidimensional online survey based on validated and existing measures. The basic recommendations to eat more fruit, vegetables, bread, and cereals but less meat were poorly understood.
An in-depth investigation of knowledge of nutrition information revealed misconceptions in a range of areas, including standard serving size, nutrients content of certain foods, energy density of fat, and the importance of key nutrients in pregnancy. Univariate analysis revealed significant demographic variation in nutrition knowledge scores. Australian pregnant women 's knowledge regarding AGHE for pregnancy and other key dietary recommendations is poor and varies significantly with their demographic profile.
We want women to be visible and not relegated to the gender committee. It is not that we are undermining the gender committee, but the strategy is that if women are in the finance and audit and other technical committees their voices will be heard. Why are women relegated to committees such as gender in council, is it that they are not qualified for technical committees? I think it is based on discrimination because women are always asked if they qualify to hold positions, yet no one asks men if they are qualified for a position.
Let us not use that old standard when it comes to women. They are already running things in communities and they have the skills. I believe that we have qualified women, who can hold technical jobs, but they are being discriminated against. What are the challenges faced by women, which have been deterring them from attaining The first challenge is the method used when fielding candidates.
We need to field between 2 and 3 women candidates, if we are to achieve the The other challenge is that political parties assume that they appeased women by giving them the proportional representation seats in Parliament.
I think that is wrong. Another problem is that political parties are patriarchal. However, women can flourish at local authorities if we open up space for them.
There is also political violence and intimidation during elections as well as social barriers, where women, who are not married are discriminated against and not voted for.
But I would still say the biggest hurdles are at the political party level. What do you think should be done to ensure that women compete at the same level with men during elections? We should adopt Sustainable Development Goals SDGs to promote equality and emphasise that no one should be left behind.
Therefore, political parties should not leave women behind. They must field women candidates and not be stuck on the They should level the playing field because the threshold set up for women is way above that used for men.
Section 56 of the Constitution says we must ensure women are fielded as candidates. But all shenanigans happen at political party level.
We must ensure laws are upheld in the spirit of the Constitution. Equality should be the basis of fielding candidates by every political party. What do you want to see happening in the general elections in terms of women participation? We want to see political parties fielding more women candidates. We need to adhere to gender protocols that we signed up for at international and regional conventions.
We cannot use a different bar for women, or even say that we are much better than other African countries in gender representation as a consolation. We have to get to the standards that we committed to when we became signatories of gender protocols. The advantages are that women are not corrupt and the history of local authorities shows that women councillors are committed to human rights issues and development. Women are drivers of processes and they ensure there is progress in a number of things such as service delivery.
They are consumers of most of the services at local authorities like health and, so if they are in positions of power they will ensure that there is service delivery. January 8, at 7: When blacks started agigating for governance they discovered that joining white men parties was not the best strategy as these parties didnt serve their interests. Why go for a half loaf. You need to wait awhile as we are still smarting from the disaster by former First Lady Grace, she made a total mess of the image of women in politics in Zimbabwe and since we are still in control of the politics give us time to recover.
January 8, at 9: I now dont believe in women leadership anymore. I once was under women leaderbut the result was disaster. January 8, at Women have to relax a little. Grace showed how disastrous they can be if not reigned in. The Nigerian President will have some advice on this important matter. Women are as stupid as black people.
They never support their own. The even supported an illegal coup led by some crocodile. They refuse to vote for other women. I am a black man and only vote for black men. I dont understand why women dont vote for women.
Universal maternal health access is only achievable if the women and the community take decisions about their own . health seeking behavior of women was low and mainly in uenced by .. (χ2=; psex of household head and place of delivery .. Kudzai Fortunate Vongai Chokuona. A Harare woman, Vongai Kapendekere told her husband in court to take responsibility for his sex spree as she demanded $ in maintenance. Vongai dragged her husband Fanuel Gandoga to court seeking $ for their. WOMEN in Politics Support Unit (WiPSU) board chairperson, Vongai Chikwanda says women can make better councillors . by the quota system that allows enrolment on courses that are based not on merit, but, by sex. AMHVoices: Seeking healthcare in other countries should be a thing of the past.