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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529920/global-progress-in-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease
#1
Shanthi Mendis
Although there is measurable global progress in prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD), it has been highly uneven and inadequate, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Voluntary global targets have helped to galvanize attention, resources and accountability on tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity which are the major behavioural drivers of CVD. Many obstacles and challenges continue to impede the progress of cardiovascular prevention. The inclusion of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the sustainable development agenda as a specific target, offers an unprecedented opportunity to further advance the global progress of cardiovascular prevention...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527798/short-communication-effect-of-a-citrus-extract-in-lactating-dairy-cows
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Y Ying, M Niu, A R Clarke, K J Harvatine
Dry matter intake is a main driver of energy balance in lactating dairy cows, and some plant extracts have been commercially fed to dairy cows to stimulate feed intake. Citrus extracts contain several bioactive components and have been shown to modify metabolism in other animal models. Our hypothesis was that a citrus extract would increase dry matter intake. Two experiments were conducted to determine the effect of a citrus extract on intake and milk production in lactating dairy cows. In experiment one, 11 early-lactation dairy cows (experiment 1; 77 ± 15 d in milk, mean ± standard deviation) were used in a switchback design, and in experiment two, 15 mid-lactation Holstein cows (experiment 2; 157 ± 44 d in milk, mean ± standard deviation) were used in a crossover design...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509578/the-burden-of-hepatorenal-syndrome-among-commercially-insured-and-medicare-patients-in-the-united-states
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J Bradford Rice, Alan G White, Philip Galebach, Kevin M Korenblat, Aneesha Wagh, Belinda Lovelace, George J Wan, Khurram Jamil
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the characteristics healthcare resource utilization (HCRU), and costs, from the payer perspective, of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) patients covered by commercial and Medicare insurance. Mortality was assessed as a secondary outcome. METHODS: Patients were identified from claims databases of commercially-insured (OptumHealth Care Solutions, Inc.) in 1998-2014 and Medicare beneficiaries in 2009-2013 (5% Standard Analytic Files). At the time of their first inpatient admission ("index date") with an HRS diagnosis (ICD-9 code 572...
May 16, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501264/challenges-around-automotive-shredder-residue-production-and-disposal
#4
Ala Khodier, Karl Williams, Neil Dallison
The challenge for the automotive industry is how to ensure they adopt the circular economy when it comes to the disposal of end-of-life vehicles (ELV). According to the European Commission the UK achieved a total reuse and recovery rate of 88%. This is short of the revised ELV directive target of 95% materials recovery, which requires a minimum of 85% of materials to be recycled or reused. A significant component of the recycling process is the production of automotive shredder residue (ASR). This is currently landfilled across Europe...
May 10, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478991/comparison-of-3d-displacements-of-screw-retained-zirconia-implant-crowns-into-implants-with-different-internal-connections-with-respect-to-screw-tightening
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Hanadi A Rebeeah, Burak Yilmaz, Jeremy D Seidt, Edwin McGlumphy, Nancy Clelland, William Brantley
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Internal conical implant-abutment connections without horizontal platforms may lead to crown displacement during screw tightening and torque application. This displacement may affect the proximal contacts and occlusion of the definitive prosthesis. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the displacement of custom screw-retained zirconia single crowns into a recently introduced internal conical seal implant-abutment connection in 3D during hand and torque driver screw tightening...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472260/whole-genome-sequencing-accurately-identifies-resistance-to-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactams-for-major-gram-negative-bacterial-pathogens
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Samuel A Shelburne, Jiwoong Kim, Jose M Munita, Pranoti Sahasrabhojane, Ryan K Shields, Ellen G Press, Xiqi Li, Cesar A Arias, Brandi Cantarel, Ying Jiang, Min S Kim, Samuel L Aitken, David E Greenberg
Background: There is marked interest in using DNA based methods to detect antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with targeted polymerase chain reaction (PCR) approaches increasingly being incorporated into clinical care. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) could offer significant advantages over targeted PCR for AMR detection, particularly for species where mutations are major drivers of AMR. Methods: Illumina MiSeq WGS and broth microdilution (BMD) assays were performed on 90 bloodstream isolates of the four most common gram-negative bacteria causing bloodstream infections in neutropenic patients...
May 3, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462017/an-interview-based-approach-to-assess-sea-turtle-bycatch-in-italian-waters
#7
Alessandro Lucchetti, Claudio Vasapollo, Massimo Virgili
The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus, 1758) is the most abundant sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea, where commercial fishing appears to be the main driver of mortality. So far, information on sea turtle bycatch in Italy is limited both in space and time due to logistical problems in data collected through onboard observations and on a limited number of vessels involved. In the present study, sea turtle bycatch in Italian waters was examined by collecting fishermen's information on turtle bycatch through an interview-based approach...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458064/towards-precision-prevention-technologies-for-identifying-healthy-individuals-with-high-risk-of-disease
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Zachary D Nagel, Bevin P Engelward, David J Brenner, Thomas J Begley, Robert W Sobol, Jason H Bielas, Peter J Stambrook, Qingyi Wei, Jennifer J Hu, Mary Beth Terry, Caroline Dilworth, Kimberly A McAllister, Les Reinlib, Leroy Worth, Daniel T Shaughnessy
The rise of advanced technologies for characterizing human populations at the molecular level, from sequence to function, is shifting disease prevention paradigms toward personalized strategies. Because minimization of adverse outcomes is a key driver for treatment decisions for diseased populations, developing personalized therapy strategies represent an important dimension of both precision medicine and personalized prevention. In this commentary, we highlight recently developed enabling technologies in the field of DNA damage, DNA repair, and mutagenesis...
April 6, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441679/the-drivers-of-discretionary-utilization-clinical-history-versus-physician-supply
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Gregory W Ruhnke, Willard G Manning, David T Rubin, David O Meltzer
PURPOSE: Because the effect of physician supply on utilization remains controversial, literature based on non-Medicare populations is sparse, and a physician supply expansion is under way, the potential for physician-induced demand across diverse populations is important to understand. A substantial proportion of gastrointestinal endoscopies may be inappropriate. The authors analyzed the impact of physician supply, practice patterns, and clinical history on esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD, defined as discretionary) among patients hospitalized with lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB)...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424459/development-and-outcomes-of-a-primary-care-based-sleep-assessment-service-in-canterbury-new-zealand
#10
Michael J Epton, Paul T Kelly, Brett I Shand, Sallyanne V Powell, Judith N Jones, Graham R B McGeoch, Michael C Hlavac
Prior to 2007, increasing demand for sleep services, plus inability to adequately triage severity, led to long delays in sleep assessment and accessing continuous positive airway pressure. We established a community sleep assessment service carried out by trained general practices using a standardised tool and overnight oximetry. All cases were discussed at a multi-disciplinary meeting, with four outcomes: severe obstructive sleep apnoea treated with continuous positive airway pressure; investigation with more complex studies; sleep physician appointment; no or non-severe sleep disorder for general practitioner management...
April 19, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414584/screening-commercial-vehicle-drivers-for-obstructive-sleep-apnea-tools-barriers-and-recommendations
#11
Kelly A Evans, Tracey Yap, Barbara Turner
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by a cessation of breathing during sleep, leading to poor sleep patterns and daytime somnolence. Daytime somnolence is of particular concern for commercial vehicle drivers, whose crash risk increases 50% with untreated OSA. The process of diagnosing and treating OSA in commercial drivers begins with effective and consistent screening. Therefore, the researchers screened drivers with both the STOP-Bang Questionnaire and the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Evaluation Worksheet (OSAEW) and compared the two tools...
April 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413816/spectroscopic-and-afm-characterization-of-polypeptide-surface-interactions-controls-and-lipid-quantitative-analyses
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Øyvind Strømland, Ørjan S Handegård, Morten L Govasli, Hanzhen Wen, Samuel Furse, Øyvind Halskau
This article is related to http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbamem.2017.01.005 (Ø. Strømland, Ø.S. Handegård, M.L. Govasli, H. Wen, Ø. Halskau, 2017) [1]. In protein and polypeptide-membrane interaction studies, negatively charged lipids are often used as they are a known driver for membrane interaction. When using fluorescence spectroscopy and CD as indicators of polypeptide binding and conformational change, respectively, the effect of zwitterionic lipids only should be documented. The present data documents several aspects of how two engineered polypeptides (A-Cage-C and A-Lnk-C) derived from the membrane associating protein alpha-Lactalbumin affects and are affected by the presence of zwitterionic bilayers in the form of vesicles...
June 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409526/the-impact-of-coat-protein-mediated-virus-resistance-in-applied-plant-pathology-and-basic-research
#13
John A Lindbo, Bryce W Falk
Worldwide, plant viruses cause serious reductions in marketable crop yield and in some cases even plant death. In most cases, the most effective way to control virus diseases is through genetically controlled resistance. However, developing virus-resistant (VR) crops through traditional breeding can take many years, and in some cases is not even possible. Because of this, the demonstration of the first VR transgenic plants in 1985 generated much attention. This seminal report served as an inflection point for research in both basic and applied plant pathology, the results of which have dramatically changed both basic research and in a few cases, commercial crop production...
June 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408600/the-impact-of-hunting-on-tropical-mammal-and-bird-populations
#14
A Benítez-López, R Alkemade, A M Schipper, D J Ingram, P A Verweij, J A J Eikelboom, M A J Huijbregts
Hunting is a major driver of biodiversity loss, but a systematic large-scale estimate of hunting-induced defaunation is lacking. We synthesized 176 studies to quantify hunting-induced declines of mammal and bird populations across the tropics. Bird and mammal abundances declined by 58% (25 to 76%) and by 83% (72 to 90%) in hunted compared with unhunted areas. Bird and mammal populations were depleted within 7 and 40 kilometers from hunters' access points (roads and settlements). Additionally, hunting pressure was higher in areas with better accessibility to major towns where wild meat could be traded...
April 14, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391092/survival-pattern-of-first-accident-among-commercial-drivers-in-the-greater-accra-region-of-ghana
#15
Salifu Nanga, Nii Afotey Odai, Anani Lotsi
In this study, the average accident risk of commercial drivers in the Greater Accra region of Ghana and its associated risks were examined based on a survey data collected using paper-based questionnaires from 204 commercial drivers from the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. The Cox Proportional Hazards Model was used for multivariate analysis while the Kaplan-Meier (KM) Model was used to study the survival patterns of the commercial drivers. The study revealed that the median survival time for an accident to happen is 2...
April 6, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380210/safety-and-health-of-professional-drivers-who-drive-on-brazilian-highways
#16
Fernanda Veruska Narciso, Marco Túlio de Mello
Traffic accidents and resulting injuries and deaths have become a global epidemic. In Brazil, most professional drivers, especially truck drivers, face irregular working hours and can be awake for more than 18 hours/day, which reduces their performance and alertness. In this article, we discuss the laws related to Brazilian professional drivers and their current amendments (No. 12,619/2012 and No. 13,103/2015) in relation to working hours at the wheel and rest breaks, which are vital for the quality of life of drivers and society in general...
March 30, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378157/adherence-and-persistence-across-antidepressant-therapeutic-classes-a-retrospective-claims-analysis-among-insured-us-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-mdd
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Katelyn R Keyloun, Ryan N Hansen, Zsolt Hepp, Patrick Gillard, Michael E Thase, Emily Beth Devine
BACKGROUND: Adherence and persistence to therapy, or how well a patient follows provider directions on frequency and time to discontinuation of prescribed medications, is associated with positive health outcomes, including decreased healthcare costs and patient mortality. A clear literature gap exists assessing adherence and persistence to antidepressants (ADs) in the major depressive disorder (MDD) population at clinically relevant time points and at the therapeutic class level. OBJECTIVE: This study assessed adherence and persistence to specific ADs, therapeutic classes, and AD therapy overall at multiple time points among US individuals from commercial, Medicare supplemental, and Medicaid insurance plans...
May 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377205/molecular-testing-turnaround-time-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-routine-clinical%C3%A2-practice-confirms-feasibility-of-cap-iaslc-amp-guideline-recommendations-a-single-center-analysis
#18
Marcello DiStasio, Yigu Chen, Deepa Rangachari, Daniel B Costa, Yael K Heher, Paul A VanderLaan
INTRODUCTION: Molecular testing to identify targetable driver mutations is the standard of care for patients with advanced-stage non-small cell lung cancer. Recent guideline recommendations by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) established a benchmark turnaround time (TAT) target of 10 working days for results to be available to the treating oncologist and ≤ 3 days for specimens to arrive at a commercial testing laboratory if testing is not performed in-house...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368189/commercial-motor-vehicle-driving-performance-an-examination-of-attentional-resources-and-control-using-a-driving-simulator
#19
Benjamin McManus, Karen Heaton, Despina Stavrinos
Commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers often multitask when driving to increase travel efficiency and to increase alertness. Secondary tasks have been shown to impact CMV driving differentially, and attentional resources have been posited as a key factor. However, underlying mechanisms of secondary task engagement on attention and task performance have not been fully examined. Additionally, it is unknown if attentional control moderates these differential effects of secondary tasks and task performance. The current study aimed to examine decrements in driving performance from a resource-control theory by determining the specific relation between attentional resources and attentional control...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Applied
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361394/financial-feasibility-of-end-user-designed-rainwater-harvesting-and-greywater-reuse-systems-for-high-water-use-households
#20
Edgar Ricardo Oviedo-Ocaña, Isabel Dominguez, Sarah Ward, Miryam Lizeth Rivera-Sanchez, Julian Mauricio Zaraza-Peña
Water availability pressures, competing end-uses and sewers at capacity are all drivers for change in urban water management. Rainwater harvesting (RWH) and greywater reuse (GWR) systems constitute alternatives to reduce drinking water usage and in the case of RWH, reduce roof runoff entering sewers. Despite the increasing popularity of installations in commercial buildings, RWH and GWR technologies at a household scale have proved less popular, across a range of global contexts. For systems designed from the top-down, this is often due to the lack of a favourable cost-benefit (where subsidies are unavailable), though few studies have focused on performing full capital and operational financial assessments, particularly in high water consumption households...
March 30, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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