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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767272/user-statistics-for-an-online-health-game-targeted-at-children
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Eva E Alblas, Frans Folkvord, Doeschka J Anschütz, Paul E Ketelaar, Isabela Granic, Fréderike Mensink, Moniek Buijzen, Jonathan P van 't Riet
OBJECTIVE: Given that many households in western countries nowadays have home access to the Internet, developing health-promoting online interventions has the potential to reach large audiences. Studies assessing usage data of online health interventions are important and relevant but, as of yet, scarce. The present study reviewed usage data from Monkey Do, an existing online health game developed specifically for children from 4 to 8 years old. In addition, the effect of advertising on usage was examined...
August 2, 2017: Games for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717440/stigmatic-limitations-on-reproductive-success-in-a-paleotropical-tree-causes-and-consequences
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Madhu Raina, Raman Kumar, Veenu Kaul
Success in reproduction is subject to the successful initiation as well as successful completion of a chain of consecutive events starting from flower formation and ending with viable seed production. A pivotal role in this chain is played by the stigma which is the seat of pollen recognition and initiation of pollen-pistil interaction. An interesting feature of the family Bignoniaceae is the presence of thigmosensitive stigmas which open, close and re-open in response to touch. Kigelia pinnata bears a touch sensitive stigma and is a low fruit setter in Jammu and Kashmir (India)...
July 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686322/characteristics-of-frequent-emergency-department-users-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-korea
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Morena Ustulin, Junghoon Woo, Jeong-Taek Woo, Sang Youl Rhee
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Frequent emergency department (ED) visitors are medically vulnerable subjects. We identified the characteristics of "frequent ED users" among Korean patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service National Patient Sample HIRA-(NPS), which is a nationally representative sample. Subjects (n = 109,412) with type 2 DM as a primary or secondary diagnosis at one of their visits were included...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677219/the-nectar-spur-is-not-only-a-simple-specialization-for-long-proboscid-pollinators
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Anna Vlašánková, Eliška Padyšáková, Michael Bartoš, Ximo Mengual, Petra Janečková, Štěpán Janeček
Since the time of Darwin, biologists have considered the floral nectar spur to be an adaptation representing a high degree of plant specialization. Nevertheless, some researchers suggest that nature is more complex and that even morphologically specialized plants attract a wide spectrum of visitors. We observed visitors on Impatiens burtonii (Balsaminaceae) and measured the depth of the proboscis insertion into the spur, the distance of the nectar surface from the spur entrance and the visitor's effectiveness...
September 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640839/assessment-of-recall-error-in-self-reported-food-consumption-histories-among-adults-particularly-delay-of-interviews-decrease-completeness-of-food-histories-germany-2013
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Maximilian Gertler, Irina Czogiel, Klaus Stark, Hendrik Wilking
INTRODUCTION: Poor recall during investigations of foodborne outbreaks may lead to misclassifications in exposure ascertainment. We conducted a simulation study to assess the frequency and determinants of recall errors. METHODS: Lunch visitors in a cafeteria using exclusively cashless payment reported their consumption of 13 food servings available daily in the three preceding weeks using a self-administered paper-questionnaire. We validated this information using electronic payment information...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626040/pollinia-transfer-on-moth-legs-in-hoya-carnosa-apocynaceae
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Ko Mochizuki, Saori Furukawa, Atsushi Kawakita
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The genus Hoya (Apocynaceae; Asclepiadoideae) is characterized by a set of complex floral characters unique among the asclepiads, but their role in pollination is poorly understood. Here, we report a new mechanism of asclepiad pollination in the wax plant Hoya carnosa: the pollinaria are transferred on the legs of medium or large settling moths. METHODS: Floral visitors and their behavior were observed on Amami-Oshima Island during 2013-2015, and the efficacy of different pollinators was determined by counting the pollinarium loads on different flower visitors...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622788/a-questionnaire-study-of-associations-between-potential-risk-factors-and-salmonella-status-in-swedish-dairy-herds
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Estelle C C Ågren, Jenny Frössling, Helene Wahlström, Ulf Emanuelson, Susanna Sternberg Lewerin
In this study associations between potential risk factors and salmonella status in Swedish dairy herds were investigated. A case-control study design was used, including existing as well as new cases. Herds were assigned a salmonella status on the basis of antibody analysis of bulk milk samples. Information on potential risk factors was collected from registry data and from farmers via a questionnaire. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to investigate associations between salmonella status and potential risk factors...
August 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605835/predicting-island-biosecurity-risk-from-introduced-fauna-using-bayesian-belief-networks
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Cheryl Lohr, Amelia Wenger, Owen Woodberry, Robert L Pressey, Keith Morris
Around the globe, islands are the last refuge for many threatened and endemic species. Islands are frequently also important sites for recreation, cultural activities, and industrial development, all of which facilitate the establishment of invasive species. Surveillance is employed on islands to detect the establishment of invasive species after their arrival, leading to decisions about follow-up actions. Unless surveillance is prioritised according to risk of establishment of invasives, it may be infeasible to implement efficiently over large tracts of publicly accessible land, especially in data-deficient areas...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584703/patterns-of-bleaching-and-mortality-following-widespread-warming-events-in-2014-and-2015-at-the-hanauma-bay-nature-preserve-hawai-i
#9
Ku'ulei S Rodgers, Keisha D Bahr, Paul L Jokiel, Angela Richards Donà
Drastic increases in global carbon emissions in the past century have led to elevated sea surface temperatures that negatively affect coral reef organisms. Worldwide coral bleaching-related mortality is increasing and data has shown even isolated and protected reefs are vulnerable to the effects of global climate change. In 2014 and 2015, coral reefs in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) suffered up to 90% bleaching, with higher than 50% subsequent mortality in some areas. The location and severity of bleaching and mortality was strongly influenced by the spatial and temporal patterns of elevated seawater temperatures...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580652/transfer-of-ochratoxin-a-from-raw-black-tea-to-tea-infusions-prepared-according-to-the-turkish-tradition
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Jakub Toman, Frantisek Malir, Vladimir Ostry, Mehmet Akif Kilic, Tomas Roubal, Yann Grosse, Annie Pfohl-Leszkowicz
BACKGROUND: Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a natural contaminant of food including tea with multiple toxic effects, which poses a threat to human health. In terms of lifestyle, the Turkish population is a frequent visitor of tearooms, and the traditional Turkish tea preparation is one of the most popular ways of preparing tea infusion. RESULTS: The aim of this study was to investigate OTA transfer from raw black tea to the tea infusion prepared according to the Turkish tradition...
June 5, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545246/increasing-the-use-of-urban-greenways-in-developing-countries-a-case-study-on-wutong-greenway-in-shenzhen-china
#11
Yiyong Chen, Weiying Gu, Tao Liu, Lei Yuan, Mali Zeng
Given the benefits of urban greenways on the health and well-being of urban populations, the increased use of urban greenways has garnered increasing attention. Studies on urban greenways, however, have been mostly conducted in Western countries, whereas there is limited knowledge on greenway use in urban areas in developing countries. To address this shortcoming, the present study selected Wutong Greenway in Shenzhen, China, as a case study and focused on the use pattern and factors that influence the frequency and duration of urban greenway use in developing countries...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544080/the-skin-microbiome-of-cow-nose-rays-rhinoptera-bonasus-in-an-aquarium-touch-tank-exhibit
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Patrick J Kearns, Jennifer L Bowen, Michael F Tlusty
Public aquaria offer numerous educational opportunities for visitors while touch-tank exhibits offer guests the ability to directly interact with marine life via physical contact. Despite the popularity of touch-tanks, there is a paucity of research about animal health in these exhibits and, in particular, there is little research on the microbial communities in these highly interactive exhibits. Microbial community structure can have implications for both host health and habitat function. To better understand the microbiome of a touch-tank we used high-throughput sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene to analyze the microbial community on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of cow-nose rays (Rhinoptera bonasus) as well as their environment in a frequently visited touch-tank exhibit at the New England Aquarium...
May 23, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520996/epidemiology-of-travellers-diarrhea
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Robert Steffen
Background: Travellers' diarrhea (TD) continues to be the most frequent health problem in travellers with destinations in lower income parts of the world as compared with where they reside, even if that risk has slightly decreased. Methods: A systematic review was published 18 months ago; now PubMed was searched for more recent publications relating to travel, diarrhea, epidemiology, incidence, risk. Results: A trend to decreasing incidence rates have been noted in this as compared with the last century, but TD remains frequent...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493285/hidden-floral-adaptation-to-nocturnal-moths-in-an-apparently-bee-pollinated-flower-adenophora-triphylla-var-japonica-campanulaceae
#14
D Funamoto, K Ohashi
The discrepancy between observed flower visitors and those predicted based on floral phenotype has often cast doubt on the pollination syndrome concept. Here we show that this paradox may be alleviated by gaining better knowledge of the contributions of different flower visitors to pollination and the effects of floral traits that cannot be readily perceived by humans in Adenophora triphylla var. japonica. The blue, bell-shaped and pendant flowers of A. triphylla appear to fit a bee pollination syndrome. In contrast to this expectation, recent studies show that these flowers are frequented by nocturnal moths...
May 10, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413237/in-space-and-time-territorial-animals-are-attracted-to-conspecific-chemical-cues
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Stephanie M Campos, Chloe Strauss, Emília P Martins
Territorial animals lay scent marks around their territories to broadcast their presence, but these olfactory signals can both attract and repel con-specifics. Attraction or aversion can have a profound impact in terms of space use and thereby influence an individual's access to resources and mates. Here, we test the impact of chemical signals on the long-term space use and activity of receivers, comparing the response of males and females, territory holders, and temporary visitors in Sceloporus undulatus lizards in the field...
February 2017: Ethology: Formerly Zeitschrift Für Tierpsychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353131/frequent-visitors-at-the-psychiatric-emergency-room-a-literature-review
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Manuela Schmidt
Frequent visitors at the psychiatric emergency room (PER) constitute a small subgroup of patients, yet they are responsible for a disproportionate number of visits and thus claim considerable resources. Their needs are often left unmet and their repetitive visits reflect their dissatisfaction as well as that of PERs' staff. Motivated by these dilemmas, this study systematically reviews the literature about frequent visitors at PER and seeks to answer two questions: What characterizes frequent visitors at PER in the literature? and What characterizes PER in the literature? Based on 29 studies, this paper offers answers to the two questions based on a strength weakness opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis...
March 29, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327494/hand-hygiene-in-health-care-settings-the-citizens-point-of-view
#17
Chiara Foà, Grazia Antonella Tura, Claudia Camelli, Roberta Silingardi, Monia Malavolti, Elisabeth Kuenzer, Gabriella Carraro, Barbara De Paolis, Leopoldo Sarli
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The infection risk prevention is one of the main objectives of all health and sanitary systems, since the reduction of the healthcare associated infections is attainable goals through appropriate prevention strategies. Among these, proper hand hygiene of health care professionals and citizens (visitors/outpatients/caregivers, volunteers) is fundamental to reduce the spreading of micro organisms and prevent infections. The purpose of the study is indeed to explore the self-reported hand washing behavior of citizens who access to health facilities and the variables involved in it, using in particular the Theory of Planned Behaviour...
March 14, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301248/small-poultry-flocks-in-alberta-demographics-and-practices
#18
Chunu Mainali, Ilona Houston
The distribution, composition, and management characteristics of small "backyard" poultry flocks may have important implications in the spread of both avian diseases and zoonoses of public health concern. Although the prevalence of small poultry flocks has increased in Alberta, Canada, in recent years, there is minimal demographic information available for these populations. To gain initial epidemiologic insight into this growing population and potential areas of risk, a survey was conducted to characterize the sector...
March 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298377/nectar-properties-and-the-role-of-sunbirds-as-pollinators-of-the-golden-flowered-tea-camellia-petelotii
#19
Shi-Guo Sun, Zhi-Huan Huang, Zhi-Bao Chen, Shuang-Quan Huang
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Properties of floral nectar have been used to predict if a plant species is pollinated by birds. To see whether winter-flowering plants evolve nectar properties corresponding to bird pollinators, nectar properties of several Camellia species (including the golden-flowered tea), as well as the role of floral visitors as effective pollinators, were examined. METHODS: Potential pollinators of Camellia petelotii were identified at different times of day and under various weather conditions...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293560/when-yawning-occurs-in-elephants
#20
Zoë T Rossman, Benjamin L Hart, Brian J Greco, Debbie Young, Clare Padfield, Lisa Weidner, Jennifer Gates, Lynette A Hart
Yawning is a widely recognized behavior in mammalian species. One would expect that elephants yawn, although to our knowledge, no one has reported observations of yawning in any species of elephant. After confirming a behavioral pattern matching the criteria of yawning in two Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in a zoological setting, this study was pursued with nine captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana) at a private reserve in the Western Cape, South Africa, the Knysna Elephant Park. Observations were made in June-September and in December...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
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