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Sanjay Sagar, Seid M Adem, Benjamin Struchen, Sarah P Loughran, Michael E Brunjes, Lisa Arangua, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie, Rodney J Croft, Michael Jerrett, Joel M Moskowitz, Tony Kuo, Martin Röösli
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to quantify RF-EMF exposure applying a tested protocol of RF-EMF exposure measurements using portable devices with a high sampling rate in different microenvironments of Switzerland, Ethiopia, Nepal, South Africa, Australia and the United States of America. METHOD: We used portable measurement devices for assessing RF-EMF exposure in 94 outdoor microenvironments and 18 public transport vehicles. The measurements were taken either by walking with a backpack with the devices at the height of the head and a distance of 20-30 cm from the body, or driving a car with the devices mounted on its roof, which was 170-180 cm above the ground...
March 9, 2018: Environment International
Nathalie Coquillé, Dominique Ménard, Julien Rouxel, Valentin Dupraz, Mélissa Éon, Patrick Pardon, Hélène Budzinski, Soizic Morin, Édith Parlanti, Sabine Stachowski-Haberkorn
Microalgae, which are the foundation of aquatic food webs, may be the indirect target of herbicides used for agricultural and urban applications. Microalgae also interact with other compounds from their environment, such as natural dissolved organic matter (DOM), which can itself interact with herbicides. This study aimed to evaluate the influence of natural DOM on the toxicity of three herbicides (diuron, irgarol and S-metolachlor), singly and in ternary mixtures, to two marine microalgae, Chaetoceros calcitrans and Tetraselmis suecica, in monospecific, non-axenic cultures...
February 27, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Courtney D Nordeck, Christopher Welsh, Robert P Schwartz, Shannon Gwin Mitchell, Art Cohen, Kevin E O'Grady, Jan Gryczynski
BACKGROUND: Substance use disorders (SUD) are associated with non-adherence to medical care and high utilization of hospital services. This study characterized patterns and correlates of rehospitalization among patients seen by a hospital-based SUD consultation-liaison (CL) team. METHODS: This study was a retrospective medical record review of patients in a large urban academic hospital who received SUD consultation and were diagnosed with opioid, cocaine, and/or alcohol use disorder (N = 267)...
March 2, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Kai Fang, Qifeng Zhang, Huajun Yu, Yutao Wang, Liang Dong, Lei Shi
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are limited in their ability to measure progress towards environmental sustainability especially at the city level. The aim of this paper is to provide insights into an integrated assessment of urban sustainability, with emphasis on the significance of the maintenance of natural capital stocks. The use of water and land as critical natural capital in Guiyang, a southeast city in China was investigated by bringing together the ecological footprint (EF), water footprint (WF) and corresponding capacity indicators into an improved three-dimensional (i3D) model...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Wenyou Hu, Huifeng Wang, Lurui Dong, Biao Huang, Ole K Borggaard, Hans Christian Bruun Hansen, Yue He, Peter E Holm
Intensive human activities, in particular agricultural and industrial production have led to heavy metal accumulation in the peri-urban agricultural soils of China threatening soil environmental quality and agricultural product security. A combination of spatial analysis (SA), Pb isotope ratio analysis (IRA), input fluxes analysis (IFA), and positive matrix factorization (PMF) model was successfully used to assess the status and sources of heavy metals in typical peri-urban agricultural soils from a rapidly developing region of China...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Chiara Tuccilli, Enke Baldini, Elia Truppa, Bruno D'Auria, Domenico De Quattro, Giovanni Cacciola, Tommaso Aceti, Giovanni Cirillo, Antonio Faiola, Patrizia Indigeno, Lorella D'Aliesio, Fiorella Gazzellone, Marco Bononi, Eleonora D'Armiento, Giovanni Carbotta, Daniele Pironi, Antonio Catania, Salvatore Sorrenti, Salvatore Ulisse
OBJECTIVE: The World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders recommend a median urinary iodine concentration (UIC) in pregnant women between 150 µg/L and 249 µg/L. In the present study, we evaluated whether in the urban area of Cassino (central Italy), after a national salt iodination program (30 mg/kg) was introduced in 2005, the increased demand of iodine during pregnancy was satisfied...
November 27, 2017: Nutrition
Christopher Paul Szabo
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March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Elson Asevedo, Carolina Ziebold, Elton Diniz, Ary Gadelha, Jair Mari
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This was a retrospective ecological study to examine the relationship between suicide rates and economic indicators in large Brazilian urban centers. Data on macroeconomic indicators (GDP and unemployment rates) and suicide rates of the largest Brazilian cities were collected from January 2006 to December 2015. RECENT FINDINGS: Six cities were included in the study: Porto Alegre in the South, Recife and Salvador in the Northeast, and Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in the Southeast region...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Prabha S Chandra, Lakshmi Shiva, Madhuri H Nanjundaswamy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: India has experienced rapid urbanization in the last few decades. This review focuses on recent research related to the effects of urbanization on mental health with a specific focus on various population groups in urban India. RECENT FINDINGS: With a specific focus on recent research undertaken amongst special populations such as youth, women and the elderly, the findings demonstrate increasing rates of substance use and technology addiction among youth; high self-harm rates in various groups such as adolescents and women; the effects of violence and abuse on the mental health of women; psychological distress among the elderly in modern urban India...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Petr Victorovich Morozov
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite being a pressing problem, the influence of urbanization on mental health is still underestimated in Russia. Although few studies on the topic in recent years were available, viewpoints of the expert community in Russia will be presented. Intensive urbanization impacts on the living conditions of the majority of the country's population being associated with mass migration of the population, a change in the structure of employment, the restructuring of family relations, and the need to adapt to unaccustomed living conditions...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Niels Okkels, Christina Blanner Kristiansen, Povl Munk-Jørgensen, Norman Sartorius
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide an update on urban mental health and highlight the challenges that require urgent attention. RECENT FINDINGS: The majority of the world's population live in towns and urbanization is expected to increase in all areas of the world. Challenges to mental health in urban areas include loneliness, violence, high crime rates, homelessness, noise and other pollutants, traffic accidents, drug abuse, and insufficiency of mental health services...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Randall W Franz, Simon R Fraser
Subclavian artery aneurysms (SAAs) are historically rare peripheral aneurysm. However, it can be associated with serious life-threatening complications including rupture, thrombosis, and embolism. The majority of such aneurysms are found incidentally. Historically, SAA have been repaired via an open approach. Increasing case reports demonstrate successful management of SAAs with endovascular repair. The present report describes a case of incidentally discovered large proximal saccular subclavian aneurysm with suspected remote traumatic etiology with a successful endovascular repair...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Mohammad Sahebkar, Hamid Miri Heidarian, Pardis Noormohammadpour, Rahim Akrami, Nasrin Mansournia, Bahareh Tavana, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Emmanuel Stamatakis
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and correlates of low physical activity among Iranian population aged 15-64 years. METHODS: We used the data collected in National Surveillance of Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Diseases in Iran, 2011. Physical activity was categorized in 3 levels of low, moderate, and high based on a Persian version of Global Physical Activity Questionnaire. The multistage cluster sampling design was accounted for using complex survey analysis method...
March 12, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Zachary L McCormick, Andrew Hendrix, David Dayanim, Bryan Clay, Amy Kirsling, Norman Harden
Objective: We present a technical protocol for rigorous assessment of patient-reported outcomes and psychophysical testing relevant to lumbar sympathetic blocks for the treatment of postamputation pain (PAP). This description is intended to inform future prospective investigation. Design: Series of four participants from a blinded randomized sham-controlled trial. Setting: Tertiary, urban, academic pain medicine center. Subjects: Four participants with a single lower limb amputation and associated chronic PAP...
March 8, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Mirembe Mandy, Moffat Nyirenda
Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, are experiencing rapid increases in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which may not be fully explained by urbanization and associated traditional risk factors such as tobacco smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet or physical inactivity. In this commentary, we draw attention to the concept of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), where environmental insults in early life can contribute to long-term risk of NCDs, the impact of which would be particularly important in LMICs where poverty, malnutrition, poor sanitation and infections are still prevalent...
March 8, 2018: International Health
Marilyn Ballantyne, Stephanie Bernardo, Aubrey Sozer, Taryn Orava, Amy C McPherson, Paige Church, Darcy Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Parents' experiences transitioning their children from neonatal to developmental/rehabilitation services (DRS) are unknown. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive approach was used, including interviews with 18 parents (13 mothers and 5 fathers) of children born preterm and diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP), located in a large urban center in Canada. Interview data underwent thematic analysis. RESULTS: Parents' experiences with transition to DRS were a whole new world with three key themes: Wanting to know what to expect, feeling supported in their transition, and getting there emotionally and physically...
March 12, 2018: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Bijou R Hunt, Charlotte Picard, Jana L Hirschtick, Nancy Glick
While data on HIV testing prevalence is readily available at the national, state, and more rarely at the city level, few data are available on HIV testing at the community level, where public health initiatives may be most effectively implemented. Community-level data are necessary given that city, state, and national estimates mask variation occurring at the community level in large urban areas. This type of data is crucial for informing education efforts both within the community and among providers. The current study uses the Sinai Community Health Survey 2...
March 7, 2018: AIDS Care
A Kakooza-Mwesige, J K Tumwine, H Forssberg, A-C Eliasson
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) was developed and standardized to measure functional performance in American children. So far, no published study has examined the use of the PEDI in sub-Saharan Africa. This study describes the adaptation, translation, and validation process undertaken to develop a culturally relevant PEDI for Uganda (PEDI-UG). METHOD: The cross-cultural adaptation and translation of the PEDI was performed in a series of steps...
March 12, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
Anber Naqvi, Abdul Qadir, Adeel Mahmood, Mujtaba Baqar, Iqra Aslam, Farhan Sajid, Mehvish Mumtaz, Jun Li, Gan Zhang
The present study biomonitored the placental polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) concentrations in women from Punjab Province, Pakistan, that provides the pioneer data for occurrence and body burden of PCBs in placental tissues from South Asian women. The ∑34 PCB concentrations in placental tissues were ranged from 20.2 to 115.98 ng/g lipid weight (lip. wt.), with predominance of tetra-PCB (54.67%). The levels of ∑8 DL-PCBs and ∑6 -indicator PCBs were ranged from 2.03 to 27.64 ng/g (lip. wt.) and 1.71 to 30...
March 11, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Elizabeth L Tung, Kelly Boyd, Stacy Tessler Lindau, Monica E Peek
Neighborhood crime may be an important social determinant of health in many high-poverty, urban communities, yet little is known about its relationship with access to health-enabling resources. We recruited an address-based probability sample of 267 participants (ages ≥35 years) on Chicago's South Side between 2012 and 2013. Participants were queried about their perceptions of neighborhood safety and prior experiences of neighborhood crime. Survey data were paired to a comprehensive, directly-observed census of the built environment on the South Side of Chicago...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
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