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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634668/black-and-white-snub-nosed-monkey-rhinopithecus-bieti-feeding-behavior-in-a-degraded-forest-fragment-clues-to-a-stressed-population
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Zhi-Pang Huang, Matthew B Scott, Yan-Peng Li, Guo-Peng Ren, Zuo-Fu Xiang, Liang-Wei Cui, Wen Xiao
Rapid global deforestation has forced many of the world's primates to live in fragmented habitats, making the understanding of their behavioral responses to degraded and fragmented habitats a key challenge for their future protection and management. The black-and-white snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) is an endangered species endemic to southwest China. The forest habitat ranges from near-continuous to fragmented. In this study, we investigated the activity budget and diet of a R. bieti population that live in an isolated and degraded habitat patch at Mt...
June 20, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634658/the-utci-and-the-isb
#2
Gerd Jendritzky, Peter Höppe
Thermal effects of the environment are the most prominent environmental influences on the human body. Keeping the body core temperature in a narrow optimum range is the dominating physiological process. Thus, assessing thermal environments has been a major field in biometeorology for many decades, which is also reflected in the number of respective articles and their citations. In the early days of thermal assessments, simple indices only considering a few environmental parameters were used. The next step has been the development of heat budget models describing all relevant heat/energy fluxes to and from the human body...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633409/the-effect-of-pd-l1-testing-on-the-cost-effectiveness-and-economic-impact-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-for-the-second-line-treatment-of-nsclc
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P N Aguiar, L Perry, J Penny-Dimr, H Babiker, H Tadokoro, R A de Mello, G L Lopes
Background: Immune checkpoint inhibitors improve outcomes compared to chemotherapy in lung cancer. Tumor PD-L1 receptor expression is being studied as a predictive biomarker. The objective of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness and economic impact of second-line treatment with nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and atezolizumab with and without the use of PD-L1 testing for patient selection. Design: We developed a decision-analytic model to determine the cost-effectiveness of PD-L1 assessment and second-line immunotherapy versus docetaxel...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632491/lessons-learned-on-health-adaptation-to-climate-variability-and-change-experiences-across-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Kristie L Ebi, Mariam Otmani Del Barrio
BACKGROUND: There is limited published evidence of the effectiveness of adaptation in managing the health risks of climate variability and change in low- and middle-income countries. OBJECTIVES: To document lessons learned and good practice examples from health adaptation pilot projects in low- and middle-income countries to facilitate assessing and overcoming barriers to implementation and to scaling up. METHODS: We evaluated project reports and related materials from the first five years of implementation (2008-2013) of multinational health adaptation projects in Albania, Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632475/generic-substitution-of-antiretrovirals-patients-and-health-care-providers-opinions
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Jennifer A Kieran, Eimear O'Reilly, Siobhan O'Dea, Colm Bergin, Aisling O'Leary
There is interest in introducing generic antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) into high-income countries in order to maximise efficiency in health care budgets. Studies examining patients' and providers' knowledge and attitudes to generic substitution in HIV are few. This was a cross-sectional, observational study with a convenience sample of adult HIV-infected patients and health care providers (HCPs). Data on demographics, knowledge of generic medicine and facilitators of generic substitution were collected. Descriptive and univariate analysis was performed using SPSS V...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631337/a-method-to-assess-the-loss-of-a-dipole-antenna-for-ultra-high-field-mri
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Gang Chen, Christopher M Collins, Daniel K Sodickson, Graham C Wiggins
PURPOSE: To describe a new bench measurement based on quality (Q) factors to estimate the coil noise relative to the sample noise of dipole antennas at 7 T. METHODS: Placing a dipole antenna close to a highly conductive sample surrogate (HCSS) greatly reduces radiation loss, and using QHCSS gives a more accurate estimate of coil resistance than Qunloaded . Instead of using the ratio of unloaded and sample-loaded Q factors, the ratio of HCSS-loaded and sample-loaded Q factors should be used at ultra-high fields...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630391/cost-and-value-in-medical-education-the-role-of-statistical-process-control
#7
Walsh Kieran
Medical education is associated with significant costs. These costs have led to a growing interest in how to deliver high quality or high quantity education on a limited budget. This in turn has led to an interest in how best to measure quantity, quality and cost and how to track these variables over time. The ultimate aim of the interest in cost and value in medical education is to improve quality or quantity over time and to reduce costs. This may occur by a number of methods - which might include e-learning or simple simulations...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628949/photosynthate-partitioning-to-starch-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-is-insensitive-to-light-intensity-but-sensitive-to-photoperiod-due-to-a-restriction-on-growth-in-the-light-in-short-photoperiods
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Virginie Mengin, Eva-Theresa Pyl, Thiago Alexandre Moraes, Ronan Sulpice, Nicole Krohn, Beatrice Encke, Mark Stitt
Photoperiod duration can be predicted from previous days but irradiance fluctuates in an unpredictable manner. To investigate how allocation to starch responds to changes in these two environmental variables, Arabidopsis Col-0 was grown in a 6-h and a 12-h photoperiod at three different irradiances. The absolute rate of starch accumulation increased when photoperiod duration was shortened and when irradiance was increased. The proportion of photosynthate allocated to starch increased strongly when photoperiod duration was decreased but only slightly when irradiance was decreased...
June 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628888/an-algorithm-for-filtering-detector-instabilities-in-search-of-novel-non-exponential-decay-and-in-conventional-half-life-determinations
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G W Hitt, B Goddard, A A Solodov, D Bridi, A F Isakovic, R El-Khazali
Recent reports of Solar modulation of beta-decay have reignited interest in whether or not radioactive half-lives are constants. A numerical approach for filtering instrumental effects on residuals is developed, using correlations with atmospheric conditions recorded while counting (204)Tl emissions with a Geiger-Müller counter. Half-life oscillations and detection efficiency oscillations can be separated provided their periods are substantially different. A partial uncertainty budget for the (204)Tl half-life shows significant decreases to medium-frequency instabilities correlated with pressure and temperature, which suggests that further development may aid general improvements in half-life determinations...
June 9, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628676/a-human-scale-perspective-on-global-warming-zero-emission-year-and-personal-quotas
#10
Alberto de la Fuente, Maisa Rojas, Claudia Mac Lean
This article builds on the premise that human consumption of goods, food and transport are the ultimate drivers of climate change. However, the nature of the climate change problem (well described as a tragedy of the commons) makes it difficult for individuals to recognise their personal duty to implement behavioural changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently, this article aims to analyse the climate change issue from a human-scale perspective, in which each of us has a clearly defined personal quota of CO2 emissions that limits our activity and there is a finite time during which CO2 emissions must be eliminated to achieve the "well below 2°C" warming limit set by the Paris Agreement of 2015 (COP21)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627731/cell-migration-analysis-a-low-cost-laboratory-experiment-for-cell-and-developmental-biology-courses-using-keratocytes-from-fish-scales
#11
Daniel Prieto, Gonzalo Aparicio, Jose R Sotelo-Silveira
Cell and developmental processes are complex, and profoundly dependent on spatial relationships that change over time. Innovative educational or teaching strategies are always needed to foster deep comprehension of these processes and their dynamic features. However, laboratory exercises in cell and developmental biology at the undergraduate level do not often take into account the time dimension. In this article, we provide a laboratory exercise focused in cell migration, aiming to stimulate thinking in time and space dimensions through a simplification of more complex processes occurring in cell or developmental biology...
June 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625563/updating-systematic-reviews-with-simplified-search-strategies
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Maureen Rice, Muhammad Usman Ali, Donna Fitzpatrick-Lewis, Meghan Kenny, Parminder Raina, Diana Sherifali
OBJECTIVE: To test the overall effectiveness of a simplified search strategy (SSS) for updating systematic reviews. METHODS: We identified nine systematic reviews undertaken by our research group for which both comprehensive and simplified search strategy (SSS) updates were performed. Three relevant performance measures were estimated i.e. sensitivity, precision and number needed to read (NNR). RESULTS: The update reference searches for all nine included systematic reviews identified a total of 55,099 citations that were screened resulting in final inclusion of 163 RCTs...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624716/seizure-related-hospital-admissions-readmissions-and-costs-comparisons-with-asthma-and-diabetes-in-south-australia
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Michelle L Bellon, Christopher Barton, Nikki McCaffrey, Denise Parker, Claire Hutchinson
PURPOSE: Seizures are listed as an Ambulatory Care Sensitive Condition (ACSC), where, in some cases, hospitalisation may be avoided with appropriate preventative and early management in primary care. We examined the frequencies, trends and financial costs of first and subsequent seizure-related hospital admissions in the adult and paediatric populations, with comparisons to bronchitis/asthma and diabetes admissions in South Australia between 2012 and 2014. METHODS: De-identified hospital separation data from five major public hospitals in metropolitan South Australia were analysed to determine the number of children and adults admitted for the following Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups: seizure related conditions; bronchitis/asthma; and diabetes...
June 10, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624601/the-manchester-fly-facility-implementing-an-objective-driven-long-term-science-communication-initiative
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REVIEW
Sanjai Patel, Andreas Prokop
Science communication is increasingly important for scientists, although research, teaching and administration activities tend to eat up our time already, and budgets for science communication are usually low. It appears impossible to combine all these tasks and, in addition, to develop engagement activities to a quality and impact that would make the efforts worth their while. Here we argue that these challenges are easier addressed when centering science communication initiatives on a long-term vision with a view to eventually forming outreach networks where the load can be shared whilst being driven to higher momentum...
June 15, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623800/inpatient-geriatric-care-in-sweden-important-factors-from-an-inter-disciplinary-team-perspective
#15
Anna Cristina Åberg, Anna Ehrenberg
The purpose of this study was to describe factors of importance for the quality of inpatient geriatric care from an inter-disciplinary team perspective, an area that has not been previously studied to our knowledge. The study design was qualitative descriptive with data being collected from focus-group interviews with members of geriatric care teams. The data collection was conducted at a Swedish university hospital with 69 beds for geriatric care. It comprised five group interviews with a total of 32 staff members, including representatives of all the seven professions working with geriatric care...
June 10, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623439/proposing-a-health-humanities-minor-some-lessons
#16
Virginia Bucurel Engholm, Damon Boria
For those interested in developing baccalaureate programs in health humanities, this essay draws on our experience of developing a minor in health humanities to share insights on what to expect, strategies that work well, and how to deal with obstacles. These insights range from how to explain the concept of health humanities to stakeholders (faculty, administrators, and community partners) to how to decide where to house a health humanities program. We share our insights in a way that promises to translate well to different institutional contexts...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621961/-economic-dimension-of-surrogacy-maternity-%C3%A2-rooms-for-rent%C3%A2
#17
José López Guzmán
Maternity by subrogation has an important economic dimension that, in the last years, has been even more potentiated. It is a multimillion-dollar industry that, on the other hand, takes advantage of women with low economic resources. Faced with this, there is an important criticism, carried out by different groups, that refer to this sector with such questionable terms as ″uterine rental industry″, ″baby farms″, ″children's factories″, etc. These criticisms are being strongly counteracted by maternity centers by subrogation...
May 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621657/a-surgical-intervention-for-the-body-politic-generation-squeeze-applies-the-advocacy-coalition-framework-to-social-determinants-of-health-knowledge-translation
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Paul Kershaw, Eric Swanson, Andrea Stucchi
SETTING: The World Health Organization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) observes that building political will is central to all its recommendations, because governments respond to those who organize and show up. Since younger Canadians are less likely to vote or to organize in between elections, they are less effective at building political will than their older counterparts. This results in an age gap between SDoH research and government budget priorities. Whereas Global AgeWatch ranks Canada among the top countries for aging, UNICEF ranks Canada among the least generous OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for the generations raising young children...
June 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620843/the-coevolution-of-play-and-the-cortico-cerebellar-system-in-primates
#19
Max Kerney, Jeroen B Smaers, P Thomas Schoenemann, Jacob C Dunn
Primates are some of the most playful animals in the natural world, yet the reason for this remains unclear. One hypothesis posits that primates are so playful because playful activity functions to help develop the sophisticated cognitive and behavioural abilities that they are also renowned for. If this hypothesis were true, then play might be expected to have coevolved with the neural substrates underlying these abilities in primates. Here, we tested this prediction by conducting phylogenetic comparative analyses to determine whether play has coevolved with the cortico-cerebellar system, a neural system known to be involved in complex cognition and the production of complex behaviour...
June 15, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620302/adoption-of-biosimilar-infliximab-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-in-the-eu5-a-budget-impact-analysis-using-a-delphi-panel
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Tim A Kanters, Jelena Stevanovic, Isabelle Huys, Arnold G Vulto, Steven Simoens
Introduction: Introducing biosimilar infliximab for the treatment in rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) may reduce treatment costs associated with biologics. This study aimed to investigate the budget impact of adopting biosimilar infliximab in five European countries, considering that the budget impact includes the adoption of biosimilar infliximab and the availability of biologic alternatives such as vedolizumab, biosimilar etanercept, biosimilar rituximab, and other relevant factors...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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