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OBJECTIVES To determine rates of exclusive breastfeeding and of complementary feeding and to identify variables that interfere with breastfeeding in the municipality of Itaúna, MG, Brazil. METHODS A longitudinal study was undertaken enrolling 246 women who gave birth at the maternity unit of the Manoel Gonçalves Hospital, in Itaúna, MG. The mothers and(More)
OBJECTIVE This article investigates whether the presence of residents in precarious work situations influences the self-rated health of people living in the same household. METHODS The study is based on the National Household Survey (PNAD) carried out in 1998 (n = 85,384) and 2003 (n = 89,063) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. These(More)
This study investigates whether employment with no social security, as well as short and long term unemployment are associated with worse health among Brazilians. The representative study sample was taken from two National Health Surveys and included men aged between 15 and 64 who lived in one of the eight metropolitan regions of Brazil in 1998 (n = 31,870)(More)
PURPOSE There is mixed evidence that socioeconomic status (SES) affects the predictive power of self-rated health (SRH) for mortality. We sought to compare the predictive value of SRH for 6-year mortality in English and Brazilian older adults, and to assess whether this association varies by SES in these populations. METHODS Data came from the English and(More)
PURPOSE Detecting potential drug interactions can lead to early interventions that protect patients from serious drug-related problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the agreement among the lists of warfarin interactions provided by five information sources. METHODS The lists of warfarin interactions and the corresponding severity ratings and(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to analyze and compare the quality of life of renal replacement therapy patients undergoing hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and those with renal transplantation in Brazil. In addition, we aimed to verify factors associated with patients' quality of life and the relationship between quality of life and treatment modality,(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated potential microenvironmental risk factors for visceral leishmaniasis in urban and suburban areas, and developed risk scores to characterize the household and the neighborhood. These scores may be useful to identify microenvironments within cities that place residents at greater risk of visceral leishmaniasis. METHODS In this(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the dispensing error rate and to identify factors associated with them, and to propose prevention actions. METHODS A cross-sectional study focusing on the occurrence of dispensing errors in a general hospital in Belo Horizonte that uses a mixed system (a combination of multidose and unit dose systems) of collective and(More)
In this study, the authors aimed to investigate the prognostic value of brain-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) for all-cause mortality among persons with Chagas disease, a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. The authors used data on 1,398 participants (37.5% infected with T. cruzi) aged 60 years and over from the Bambuí Cohort Study(More)
A concurrent prospective study was conducted from 2001 to 2003 to assess factors associated with adverse reactions among individuals initiating antiretroviral therapy at two public referral HIV/AIDS centers in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. Adverse reactions were obtained from medical charts reviewed up to 12 months after the first antiretroviral prescription.(More)