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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081032/a-systematic-review-of-the-factors-influencing-ethnic-minority-women-s-cervical-cancer-screening-behavior-from-intrapersonal-to-policy-level
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Dorothy N S Chan, Winnie K W So
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer can be prevented by effective screening using Papanicolaou tests, but the utilization rate is lower among ethnic minorities than in the general population. Understanding the factors influencing minorities' use of such screening can aid the design of an appropriate intervention to increase their uptake rate. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to examine the factors that influence ethnic minority women in using cervical cancer screening and the similarities and differences in associated factors across different groups and to explore the interrelationships between the factors identified...
January 9, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079926/fallen-stock-data-an-essential-source-of-information-for-quantitative-knowledge-of-equine-mortality-in-france
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J Tapprest, E Morignat, X Dornier, M Borey, P Hendrikx, B Ferry, D Calavas, C Sala
BACKGROUND: Quantitative information about equine mortality is relatively scarce, yet it could be of great value for epidemiological purposes. In France, data from rendering plants are centralised in the Fallen Stock Data Interchange database (FSDI), managed by the French Ministry of Agriculture, while individual equine data are centralised in the French equine census database, SIRE, managed by the French horse and riding institute (IFCE). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether the combined use of the FSDI and the SIRE databases can provide representative and accurate quantitative information on mortality for the French equine population, and to propose enhancements of these databases to improve the quality of the resulting demographic information...
January 12, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079673/differences-in-use-of-high-quality-and-low-quality-hospitals-among-working-age-individuals-by-insurance-type
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Ioana Popescu, Kevin C Heslin, Rosanna M Coffey, Raynard E Washington, Marguerite L Barrett, Lucy H Karnell, José J Escarce
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that individuals with Medicaid or no insurance receive fewer evidence-based treatments and have worse outcomes than those with private insurance for a broad range of conditions. These differences may be due to patients' receiving care in hospitals of different quality. RESEARCH DESIGN: We used the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases 2009-2010 data to identify patients aged 18-64 years with private insurance, Medicaid, or no insurance who were hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, or gastrointestinal hemorrhage...
February 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079425/ensuring-care-quality-at-a-time-of-diminishing-resources
#4
John Tingle
John Tingle, Reader in Health Law at Nottingham Trent University, discusses the Care Quality Commission's State of Health Care report, in the light of some important clinical negligence trends and reports on major safety failures.
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078255/quality-characteristics-and-antioxidant-activity-of-yogurt-supplemented-with-aronia-aronia-melanocarpa-juice
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Linh Nguyen, Eun-Sun Hwang
We investigated the quality characteristics and antioxidant activities of yogurt supplemented with 1%, 2%, and 3% aronia juice and fermented for 24 h at 37°C. The total acidity increased with increasing levels of aronia juice and incubation time. Lightness and yellowness of the yogurt decreased, but redness increased, with increasing aronia juice content and incubation time. The number of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) increased with increased incubation time, and yogurt containing 2% and 3% aronia juice showed higher LAB counts than 1% aroinia juice-supplemented yogurt...
December 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075560/multilayer-grown-ultrathin-nanostructured-gaas-solar-cells-as-a-cost-competitive-materials-platform-for-iii-v-photovoltaics
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Boju Gai, Yukun Sun, Haneol Lim, Huandong Chen, Joseph Faucher, Minjoo L Lee, Jongseung Yoon
Large-scale deployment of GaAs solar cells in terrestrial photovoltaics demands significant cost reduction for preparing device-quality epitaxial materials. Although multilayer epitaxial growth in conjunction with printing-based materials assemblies has been proposed as a promising route to achieve this goal, their practical implementation remains challenging owing to the degradation of materials properties and resulting nonuniform device performance between solar cells grown in different sequences. Here we report an alternative approach to circumvent these limitations and enable multilayer-grown GaAs solar cells with uniform photovoltaic performance...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073554/an-overview-of-cyanobacterial-bloom-occurrences-and-research-in-africa-over-the-last-decade
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REVIEW
L L Ndlela, P J Oberholster, J H Van Wyk, P H Cheng
Cyanobacterial blooms are a current cause for concern globally, with vital water sources experiencing frequent and increasingly toxic blooms in the past decade. These increases are resultant of both anthropogenic and natural factors, with climate change being the central concern. Of the more affected parts of the world, Africa has been considered particularly vulnerable due to its historical predisposition and lag in social economic development. This review collectively assesses the available information on cyanobacterial blooms in Africa as well as any visible trends associated with reported occurrences over the last decade...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073538/margalef-revisited-a-new-phytoplankton-mandala-incorporating-twelve-dimensions-including-nutritional-physiology
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Patricia M Glibert
Building on the classic depiction of the progression from a diatom to a dinoflagellate bloom as a function of nutrients and turbulence, known as the "Margalef mandala", a new conceptual model or mandala is presented here. The new mandala maps twelve response or effects traits, or environmental characteristics, related to different phytoplankton functional types: (1) relative preference for chemically reduced vs chemically oxidized forms of nitrogen; (2) relative availability of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus; (3) adaptation to high vs low light and the tendency to be autotrophic vs mixotrophic; (4) cell motility; (5) environmental turbulence; (6) pigmentation quality; (7) temperature; (8) cell size; (9) relative growth rate; (10) relative production of bioactive compounds such as toxins or reactive oxygen species (ROS); (11) r vs K strategy; and (12) fate of the production in terms of grazing...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073525/delineation-of-the-role-of-nutrient-variability-and-dreissenids-mollusca-bivalvia-on-phytoplankton-dynamics-in-the-bay-of-quinte-ontario-canada
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Yuko Shimoda, Sue B Watson, Michelle E Palmer, Marten A Koops, Shan Mugalingam, Andrew Morley, George B Arhonditsis
The Bay of Quinte, a Z-shaped embayment at the northeastern end of Lake Ontario, has a long history of eutrophication problems primarily manifested as spatially extensive algal blooms and predominance of toxic cyanobacteria. The purpose of this study was to identify the structural changes of the phytoplankton community induced by two environmental alterations: point-source phosphorus (P) loading reduction in the late 1970s and establishment of dreissenid mussels in the mid-1990s. A combination of statistical techniques was used to draw inference about compositional shifts of the phytoplankton assemblage, the consistency of the seasonal succession patterns along with the mechanisms underlying the algal biovolume variability in the Bay of Quinte over the past three decades...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073473/how-rising-co2-and-global-warming-may-stimulate-harmful-cyanobacterial-blooms
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REVIEW
Petra M Visser, Jolanda M H Verspagen, Giovanni Sandrini, Lucas J Stal, Hans C P Matthijs, Timothy W Davis, Hans W Paerl, Jef Huisman
Climate change is likely to stimulate the development of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters, with negative consequences for water quality of many lakes, reservoirs and brackish ecosystems across the globe. In addition to effects of temperature and eutrophication, recent research has shed new light on the possible implications of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Depletion of dissolved CO2 by dense cyanobacterial blooms creates a concentration gradient across the air-water interface. A steeper gradient at elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations will lead to a greater influx of CO2, which can be intercepted by surface-dwelling blooms, thus intensifying cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073081/antibacterial-effect-of-405%C3%A2-5nm-light-emitting-diode-illumination-against-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-listeria-monocytogenes-and-salmonella-on-the-surface-of-fresh-cut-mango-and-its-influence-on-fruit-quality
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Min-Jeong Kim, Chee Hwa Tang, Woo Suk Bang, Hyun-Gyun Yuk
To investigate a potential of 405±5nm light emitting diode (LED) as a novel technology for food preservation, the antibacterial effect of 405±5nm LED on Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella spp. on the surface of fresh-cut mango and its influence on fruit quality were evaluated at different storage temperatures. LED-illumination inactivated 1.0-1.6 logCFU/cm(2) of populations at 4 and 10°C for 36-48h (total dose, 2.6-3.5kJ/cm(2)) regardless of bacterial species, while those on non-illuminated mange remained unchanged or slightly increased during storage...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071864/simultaneous-determination-of-four-triterpenoid-saponins-in-aralia-elata-leaves-by-hplc-elsd-combined-with-hierarchical-clustering-analysis
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Yichun Sun, Baimei Li, Xiaoting Lin, Juan Xue, Zhibin Wang, Hongwei Zhang, Hai Jiang, Qiuhong Wang, Haixue Kuang
INTRODUCTION: Aralia elata leaves are known to have several biological activities, including anti-arrythmia, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-fatigue, antimicrobial and antiviral effects. Our previous study found that triterpenoid saponins from the leaves of A. elata had antitumor effects. Quantification of the triterpenoids is important for the quality control of A. elata leaves. OBJECTIVE: To establish high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with evaporative light scattering detection (HPLC-ELSD) for the simultaneous determination of four major triterpenoid saponins, including Aralia-saponin IV, Aralia-saponin VI, 3-O-β-d- glucopyranosyl-(1 → 3)-β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1 → 3)-β-d-glucopyranosyl oleanolic acid 28-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (Aralia-saponin TTP)and Aralia-saponin V...
January 10, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071794/irrigation-and-fruit-canopy-position-modify-oil-quality-of-olive-trees-cv-frantoio
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Giovanni Caruso, Riccardo Gucci, Maria Isabella Sifola, Roberto Selvaggini, Stefania Urbani, Sonia Esposto, Agnese Taticchi, Maurizio Servili
BACKGROUND: Fruit development and oil quality in Olea europaea L. are strongly influenced by both light and water availability. In this study the simultaneous effects of light environment and irrigation on fruit characteristics and oil quality were studied in a high-density orchard over two consecutive years. Olive fruits were harvested from three canopy positions (intercepting about 64%, 42% and 30% of above canopy radiation) of fully-productive trees subjected to full, deficit or complementary irrigation...
January 10, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070770/a-dance-intervention-for-cancer-survivors-and-their-partners-rhythm
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Maria Pisu, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Kelly M Kenzik, Robert A Oster, Chee Paul Lin, Sharon Manne, Ronald Alvarez, Michelle Y Martin
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of a ballroom dance intervention on improving quality of life (QOL) and relationship outcomes in cancer survivors and their partners. METHODS: We conducted a pilot randomized controlled trial with two arms (Restoring Health in You (and Your Partner) through Movement, RHYTHM): (1) immediate dance intervention and (2) delayed intervention (wait-list control). The intervention consisted of 10 private weekly dance lessons and 2 practice parties over 12 weeks...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069205/study-of-a-laboratory-scaled-new-method-for-the-accelerated-continuous-ageing-of-wine-spirits-by-applying-ultrasound-energy
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M J Delgado-González, M M Sánchez-Guillén, M V García-Moreno, M C Rodríguez-Dodero, C García-Barroso, D A Guillén-Sánchez
During the ageing of brandies, many physicochemical processes take place involving the distilled spirit and the wood of the casks. Because of these reactions, the polyphenolic content of brandies and their content of organic acids increase with the ageing. These reactions are slow, and the ageing of high-quality brandies takes several years. In this paper, the development of a system that uses the circulation of the wine distillate through encapsulated American oak chips and the application of ultrasound energy with the aim of producing aged wine spirits has been carried out, and the influences of the operation variables over the characteristics of the produced drink have been measured...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068805/annals-express-impact-of-light-exposure-on-tsh-results-using-the-siemens-advia-centaur-tsh-3ultra-assay
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Jane M Armer, Diane Giles, Ian Lancaster, Kathryn Brownbill
Background TSH is used as the first line test of thyroid function. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics recommend that Siemens Centaur reagents must be protected from light in the assay information and on reagent packaging. We have compared the effect of light exposure on results using Siemens TSH-3Ultra and FSH reagents. The TSH reagent includes fluoroscein thiocyanate (FITC) whereas the FSH reagent does not. Methods Three levels of quality controls were analysed using SiemensTSH-3Ultra and FSH reagent packs that had been kept protected from light or exposed to light at 6 hour intervals for 48 hours and then at 96 hours...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068155/the-cost-of-survival-an-exploration-of-colorectal-cancer-survivors-experiences-of-pain
#17
Amanda Drury, Sheila Payne, Anne-Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: The Institute of Medicine report 'From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor' has drawn widespread attention to the experiences of cancer survivors. Research examining the symptom experiences of survivors are proliferative within the literature but limited by samples which include multiple tumor groups and varying inclusion criteria. This cross-sectional quantitative study seeks to examine pain and quality of life (QoL) in the context of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivorship, as defined by the Institute of Medicine...
January 9, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067943/gamma-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-modulators-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-motor-neuron-disease
#18
REVIEW
Andrea Diana, Rita Pillai, Paolo Bongioanni, Aidan G O'Keeffe, Robert G Miller, Dan H Moore
BACKGROUND: Imbalance of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and related modulators has been implicated as an important factor in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as motor neuron disease (MND). In this context, the role and mechanism of action of gabapentin and baclofen have been extensively investigated, although with conflicting results. This is the first systematic review to assess clinical trials of GABA modulators for the treatment of ALS. OBJECTIVES: To examine the efficacy of gabapentin, baclofen, or other GABA modulators in delaying the progression of ALS, and to evaluate adverse effects of these interventions...
January 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067599/detection-of-cracks-in-dried-spaghetti-using-transmission-images
#19
Takenobu Ogawa, Shuji Adachi
Cracks are formed during the drying process of spaghetti production, which reduces its commercial value and quality; hence, it is very important to detect the cracks during the manufacturing process of dried spaghetti. However, the presence of mottles, originating from wheat bran, hinders automatic identification of cracks. In this study, we developed a simple method to detect the cracks induced in spaghetti using a digital camera. The cracks and mottles were distinguished by pixelating the transmission light image of the spaghetti and analyzing the image based on the geometric characteristics in the histogram consisting of all the pixels...
January 9, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067568/improving-community-prescribing-of-post-fracture-denosumab-after-discharge
#20
Helen Wood, Harriet Lewis, Rachael Ward, Tarun Solanki, Prabhath Fernando
BACKGROUND: In the UK, denosumab is usually started by hospital clinicians and continued by primary care physicians in the community, but in the authors' region denosumab is a 'green light' drug, only prescribed by the primary care team. The authors suspected that a proportion of patients who were recommended to start the drug after a neck of femur fracture were not receiving this on discharge. They aimed to improve the prescribing of denosumab by implementing a quality improvement project...
January 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
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