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Soraya P A Verstraeten, Hans A M van Oers, Johan P Mackenbach
Decolonization has brought political independence to half the Caribbean states in the last half of the 20th century, while the other states remain affiliated. Previous studies suggested a beneficial impact of affiliated status on population health, which may be mediated by more favorable economic development. We assessed how disparities in life expectancy between currently sovereign and affiliated states developed over time, whether decolonization coincided with changes in life expectancy, and whether decolonization coincided with similar changes in GDP per capita...
September 28, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Teresa M Attina, Russ Hauser, Sheela Sathyanarayana, Patricia A Hunt, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, John Peterson Myers, Joseph DiGangi, R Thomas Zoeller, Leonardo Trasande
BACKGROUND: Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) contribute to disease and dysfunction and incur high associated costs (>1% of the gross domestic product [GDP] in the European Union). Exposure to EDCs varies widely between the USA and Europe because of differences in regulations and, therefore, we aimed to quantify disease burdens and related economic costs to allow comparison. METHODS: We used existing models for assessing epidemiological and toxicological studies to reach consensus on probabilities of causation for 15 exposure-response relations between substances and disorders...
October 17, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Y Y Tan, B J Liang, C Q Wu, J Lyu, L M Li
Objective: To explore the deployment of sidewalks and the possible relationship with local GDP, population density and prosperity of streets in 12 cities selected in China. Methods: For all the streets in 333 blocks of 12 cities surveyed (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Suzhou, Nantong, Zhenjiang, Chengdu, Xining and Harbin), the deployment and management of sidewalks were observed. And we collected the GDP data of the 12 cities, the population data of 333 blocks, and the numbers of stores and restaurants along the streets...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Weiguo Wang, Jing Xue, Chonghua Du
This article introduces the data of the log real GDP per capita ratio and the log real exchange rate which are used to revisit the Balassa-Samuelson Hypothesis. We acquired the data from IMF and World Bank database, and provide the name and source of the data. All data are openly accessible. Besides, we describe the value of data as well as the method to process the data which can also be found in "The Balassa-Samuelson Hypothesis in the developed and developing countries revisited" (Weiguo Wang, Jing Xue, Chonghua Du, 2016) [1]...
December 2016: Data in Brief
B Turner
BACKGROUND: The Central Statistics Office released new figures on Ireland's health spending in December 2015, based on the System of Health Accounts (SHA2011). These figures differ from previous figures, by virtue of an expanded definition of what constitutes health care. The new figures also provide more detail on health expenditure than the previous figures allowed. AIMS: This article examines the new figures, drawing out findings of note and discussing the implications of these for the Irish health care system...
October 18, 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Takayoshi Kaida, Hidetoshi Nitta, Yuki Kitano, Kensuke Yamamura, Kota Arima, Daisuke Izumi, Takaaki Higashi, Junji Kurashige, Katsunori Imai, Hiromitsu Hayashi, Masaaki Iwatsuki, Takatsugu Ishimoto, Daisuke Hashimoto, Yoichi Yamashita, Akira Chikamoto, Takahisa Imanura, Takatoshi Ishiko, Toru Beppu, Hideo Baba
PURPOSE: Anaphylatoxin C5a is a strong chemoattractant of the complement system that binds the C5a receptor (C5aR). The expression of C5aR is associated with poor prognosis in several cancers. However, the role of C5aR in gastric cancer (GC) is unknown. The aim of this study was to examine the role of C5aR on GC cell motility and invasion. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The mechanism of invasion via C5aR was assessed by analyzing cytoskeletal rearrangement and RhoA activity after C5a treatment...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
F Lanas, C Castro, C Vallejos, L Bustos, C de La Puente, M Velasquez, C Zaror
: Nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is a risk factor for ischemic stroke and systemic embolism. New oral anticoagulants are currently available. OBJECTIVE: to assess the incremental cost-utility ratio (ICUR) for apixaban versus acenocoumarol in patients treated in Chile's public health system. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: We assessed cost-utility from the payer perspective with a lifetime Markov model. Epidemiologic characteristics, costs, and utilities were obtained from a Chilean cohort; data were completed with information from international literature...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Alison Pearce, Cathy Bradley, Paul Hanly, Ciaran O'Neill, Audrey Alforque Thomas, Michal Molcho, Linda Sharp
BACKGROUND: When individuals stop working due to cancer this represents a loss to society - the loss of productivity. The aim of this analysis was to estimate productivity losses associated with premature mortality from all adult cancers and from the 20 highest mortality adult cancers in Ireland in 2011, and project these losses until 2030. METHODS: An incidence-based method was used to estimate the cost of cancer deaths between 2011 and 2030 using the Human Capital Approach...
October 18, 2016: BMC Cancer
Christoph Gyo, Michael Boll, Dörthe Brüggmann, Doris Klingelhöfer, David Quarcoo, David A Groneberg
BACKGROUND: State-certified occupational physicians who work as civil servants in the Federal Republic of Germany are key players in the German Public Health system. They control i.e. the legal compliance in occupational health and participate in the occupational disease procedures. Despite the role model function of the German Public health system for many developing countries, this area of Public health is debated to have been hampered in the past years by a disregard concerning structural developments...
2016: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Rane A Harrison, Jia Lu, Martin Carrasco, John Hunter, Anuj Manandhar, Sudershan Gondi, Kenneth D Westover, John R Engen
Structural dynamics of Ras proteins contribute to their activity in signal transduction cascades. Directly targeting Ras proteins with small molecules may rely on movement of a conserved structural motif, switch II. To understand Ras signaling and advance Ras targeting strategies, experimental methods to measure Ras dynamics are required. Here we demonstrate the utility of hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry to measure Ras dynamics by studying representatives from two branches of the Ras superfamily, Ras and Rho...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Carol A Casey, Ganapati Bhat, Melissa S Holzapfel, Armen Petrosyan
BACKGROUND: It is known that ethanol (EtOH) and its metabolites have a negative effect on protein glycosylation. The fragmentation of the Golgi apparatus induced by alteration of the structure of largest Golgi matrix protein, giantin, is the major consequence of damaging effects of EtOH-metabolism on the Golgi; however, the link between this and abnormal glycosylation remains unknown. Because previously we have shown that Golgi morphology dictates glycosylation, we examined the effect EtOH administration has on function of Golgi residential enzymes involved in N-glycosylation...
October 17, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Subas Neupane, Freddie Bray, Anssi Auvinen
BACKGROUND: Macroeconomic indicators are likely associated with prostate cancer (PCa) incidence and mortality globally, but have rarely been assessed. METHODS: Data on PCa incidence in 2003-2007 for 49 countries with either nationwide cancer registry or at least two regional registries were obtained from Cancer Incidence in Five Continents Vol X and national PCa mortality for 2012 from GLOBOCAN 2012. We compared PCa incidence and mortality rates with various population-level indicators of health, economy and development in 2000...
October 15, 2016: World Journal of Urology
Matthew S Mosca, George Justison, T Brett Reece
OBJECTIVE: The optimal strategy to deliver antegrade cerebral perfusion for cerebral protection during hypothermic circulatory arrest has not been established. The purpose of this review was to present our current clinical protocol utilizing selective antegrade cerebral perfusion during aortic arch surgery and to compare it to other published experience. CLINICAL PROTOCOL: Since 2013, our clinical protocol for aortic arch surgery has evolved to using selective antegrade cerebral perfusion via the innominate artery, moderate hypothermia, and ancillary strategies such as goal-directed perfusion (GDP)...
October 14, 2016: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
James D Ward, Paul C Sutton, Adrian D Werner, Robert Costanza, Steve H Mohr, Craig T Simmons
The argument that human society can decouple economic growth-defined as growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP)-from growth in environmental impacts is appealing. If such decoupling is possible, it means that GDP growth is a sustainable societal goal. Here we show that the decoupling concept can be interpreted using an easily understood model of economic growth and environmental impact. The simple model is compared to historical data and modelled projections to demonstrate that growth in GDP ultimately cannot be decoupled from growth in material and energy use...
2016: PloS One
Karin Förster-Fromme, Sarah Schneider, Georg A Sprenger, Christoph Albermann
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the translocation of nucleotide-activated sugars from the cytosol across a membrane into the endoplasmatic reticulum or the Golgi apparatus which is an important step in the synthesis of glycoproteins and glycolipids in eukaryotes. RESULTS: The heterologous expression of the recombinant and codon-adapted human GDP-L-fucose antiporter gene SLC35C1 (encoding an N-terminal OmpA-signal sequence) led to a functional transporter protein located in the cytoplasmic membrane of Escherichia coli...
October 13, 2016: Biotechnology Letters
S K Zyryanov, D Yu Belousov, E V Afanas'eva, E V Dumchenko
AIM: Clinical and economic examinations were made to study whether it is appropriate to use antiplatelet therapy (APT) with ticagrelor in combination with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) versus a combination of clopidogrel and ASA in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) following coronary artery bypass surgery (CABS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A budget impact analysis was used. Data on the efficiency and safety of APT were taken from a relevant analysis in the subgroups of the randomized controlled trial PLATO...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Xingang Fang, Xi Li, Qi Zhang, Jin Wan, Mei Sun, Fengshui Chang, Jun Lü, Gang Chen
OBJECTIVE: By comparing the Universal Neonatal Hearing Screening (UNHS) program as implemented in Shanghai and other regions in China and countries around the world, this study makes an assessment of the Shanghai model and summarizes the experiences implementing the UNHS program, so as to provide a valuable reference for other countries or regions to carry out UNHS more effectively. Since Shanghai is one of the most developed regions in China, we also examined the relationship between economic development and the UNHS starting year and coverage rate...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Kazushiro Fujiwara, Koichi Hasegawa, Masahiro Oka, Yoshihiro Yoneda, Kazuaki Yoshikawa
Terminal differentiation of neurons is accompanied by irreversible exit from the cell cycle and expression of neuronal phenotypes. The molecular mechanism whereby committed neuronal progenitors lose their ability to reenter the cell cycle is largely unknown. Here, we report that the nuclear transport system is rapidly remodeled in primary cortical progenitor cells (CPCs) at the very beginning of neuronal terminal differentiation. High levels of Ran GTPase-activating protein 1 (RanGAP), a key regulator of the Ran GTP-GDP cycle, in primary CPCs are drastically reduced upon neuronal induction...
September 22, 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Lianggong Ding, Ye Lei, Yanping Han, Yuhong Li, Xunming Ji, Lei Liu
As fundamental processes in mitochondrial dynamics, mitochondrial fusion, fission and transport are regulated by several core components, including Miro. As an atypical Rho-like small GTPase with high molecular mass, the exchange of GDP/GTP in Miro may require assistance from a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF). However, the GEF for Miro has not been identified. While studying mitochondrial morphology in Drosophila, we incidentally observed that the loss of vimar, a gene encoding an atypical GEF, enhanced mitochondrial fission under normal physiological conditions...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Wang Wei, Jin Yuan-Yuan, Yan Ci, Alayi Ahan, Cao Ming-Qin
BACKGROUND: The spatial interplay between socioeconomic factors and tuberculosis (TB) cases contributes to the understanding of regional tuberculosis burdens. Historically, local Poisson Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) has allowed for the identification of the geographic disparities of TB cases and their relevant socioeconomic determinants, thereby forecasting local regression coefficients for the relations between the incidence of TB and its socioeconomic determinants. Therefore, the aims of this study were to: (1) identify the socioeconomic determinants of geographic disparities of smear positive TB in Xinjiang, China (2) confirm if the incidence of smear positive TB and its associated socioeconomic determinants demonstrate spatial variability (3) compare the performance of two main models: one is Ordinary Least Square Regression (OLS), and the other local GWR model...
October 6, 2016: BMC Public Health
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