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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822309/nature-based-solutions-to-promote-human-resilience-and-wellbeing-in-cities-during-increasingly-hot-summers
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Angelo Panno, Giuseppe Carrus, Raffaele Lafortezza, Luigi Mariani, Giovanni Sanesi
Air temperatures are increasing because of global climate change. A warming phenomenon strongly related to global climate change is the urban heat island. It has been shown that the hotter temperatures occurring in cities during the summer negatively affect human wellbeing, but little is known about the potential mechanisms underlying the relationships between hotter temperatures, cognitive psychological resources and wellbeing. The aim of the present research is to understand whether, and how, spending time in urban green spaces, which can be considered as a specific kind of Nature-Based Solution (NBS), helps the recovery of cognitive resources and wellbeing...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821443/the-effect-of-pelvic-motion-on-spino-pelvic-parameters
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Andrew M Hayden, Ann M Hayes, Jennifer L Brechbuhler, Heidi Israel, Howard M Place
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: To date, many studies have examined how pelvic position affects the spinal curvature and spino-pelvic parameters. However, these studies focus on a static relationship, comparing pelvis and spine in a relaxed or baseline position only. Indeed, the spino-pelvic connection is dynamic, as a subject can easily be taught to rotate their pelvis anteriorly or posteriorly on the femoral head, all while maintaining an erect posture. Therefore, for a true understanding of pelvic influence on the spinal column, it is necessary to examine spino-pelvic parameters in multiple pelvic positions within the same subject...
August 15, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821018/a-cross-language-study-of-acoustic-predictors-of-speech-intelligibility-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
#3
Yunjung Kim, Yaelin Choi
Purpose: The present study aimed to compare acoustic models of speech intelligibility in individuals with the same disease (Parkinson's disease [PD]) and presumably similar underlying neuropathologies but with different native languages (American English [AE] and Korean). Method: A total of 48 speakers from the 4 speaker groups (AE speakers with PD, Korean speakers with PD, healthy English speakers, and healthy Korean speakers) were asked to read a paragraph in their native languages...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820446/towards-scalable-strain-gauge-based-joint-torque-sensors
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Hamza Khan, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Darwin G Caldwell, Alfred Cuschieri, Claudio Semini
During recent decades, strain gauge-based joint torque sensors have been commonly used to provide high-fidelity torque measurements in robotics. Although measurement of joint torque/force is often required in engineering research and development, the gluing and wiring of strain gauges used as torque sensors pose difficulties during integration within the restricted space available in small joints. The problem is compounded by the need for a scalable geometric design to measure joint torque. In this communication, we describe a novel design of a strain gauge-based mono-axial torque sensor referred to as square-cut torque sensor (SCTS), the significant features of which are high degree of linearity, symmetry, and high scalability in terms of both size and measuring range...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817626/acting-within-an-increasingly-confined-space-a-qualitative-study-of-sexual-behaviours-and-healthcare-needs-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-a-provincial-tanzanian-city
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Markus Larsson, Jasmine Mohamed Shio, Michael W Ross, Anette Agardh
OBJECTIVE: To explore risk perceptions, sexual practices and healthcare needs among men who have sex with men in the provincial city of Tanga in northern Tanzania. Previous research suggests that HIV/STIs are increasing problems for this population. Yet, few studies have been conducted outside the urban area of Dar es Salaam, which has limited our knowledge about the HIV/STI risk factors and healthcare needs among men who have sex with men who live outside major metropolitan areas. METHOD: During three months in 2013, 10 in-depth interviews with men who have sex with men were conducted in Tanga...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816362/social-space-and-cultural-class-divisions-the-forms-of-capital-and-contemporary-lifestyle-differentiation
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Magne Flemmen, Vegard Jarness, Lennart Rosenlund
In this article, we address whether and how contemporary social classes are marked by distinct lifestyles. We assess the model of the social space, a novel approach to class analysis pioneered by Bourdieu's Distinction. Although pivotal in Bourdieu's work, this model is too often overlooked in later research, making its contemporary relevance difficult to assess. We redress this by using the social space as a framework through which to study the cultural manifestation of class divisions in lifestyle differences in contemporary Norwegian society...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Sociology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816337/a-bag-of-concepts-approach-for-biomedical-document-classification-using-wikipedia-knowledge-spanish-english-cross-language-case-study
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Marcos A Mouriño-García, Roberto Pérez-Rodríguez, Luis E Anido-Rifón
OBJECTIVES: The ability to efficiently review the existing literature is essential for the rapid progress of research. This paper describes a classifier of text documents, represented as vectors in spaces of Wikipedia concepts, and analyses its suitability for classification of Spanish biomedical documents when only English documents are available for training. We propose the cross-language concept matching (CLCM) technique, which relies on Wikipedia interlanguage links to convert concept vectors from the Spanish to the English space...
August 16, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815647/wildlife-disease-ecology-from-the-individual-to-the-population-insights-from-a-long-term-study-of-a-naturally-infected-european-badger-population
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Jenni L McDonald, Andrew Robertson, Matthew J Silk
1. Long-term individual-based datasets on host-pathogen systems are a rare and valuable resource for understanding the infectious disease dynamics in wildlife. A study of European badgers (Meles meles) naturally infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) at Woodchester Park in Gloucestershire (UK) has produced a unique dataset, facilitating investigation of a diverse range of epidemiological and ecological questions with implications for disease management. 2. Since the 1970s this badger population has been monitored with a systematic mark-recapture regime yielding a dataset of >15,000 captures of >3000 individuals, providing detailed individual life-history, morphometric, genetic, reproductive and disease data...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815110/development-of-a-framework-for-large-scale-three-dimensional-pathology-and-biomarker-imaging-and-spatial-analytics
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Yanhui Liang, Fusheng Wang, Pengyue Zhang, Joel H Saltz, Daniel J Brat, Jun Kong
With the rapid advancement in large-throughput scanning technologies, digital pathology has emerged as platform with promise for diagnostic approaches, but also for high-throughput quantitative data extraction and analysis for translational research. Digital pathology and biomarker images are rich sources of information on tissue architecture, cell diversity and morphology, and molecular pathway activation. However, the understanding of disease in three-dimension (3D) has been hampered by their traditional two-dimension (2D) representations on histologic slides...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814149/n-implantation-induce-cytocompatibility-of-shape-controlled-three-dimensional-self-assembly-graphene
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Ye Cao, Dejun Li, Mengli Zhao, Huanhuan Gong, Rongxin Wan, Hanqing Gu
AIM: The aim of the present research was to synthesize N(+) implanted 3D self-assembly graphene (N(+)/3D-SGHs) to overcome the weaknesses of graphene (small sizes and poor hydrophilicity) in tissue engineering scaffolds. MATERIALS & METHODS: N(+)/3D-SGHs was achieved by ion implantation on one-step hydrothermal synthesized 3D self-assembly graphene (3D-SGHs), and N(+)/3D-SGHs with different doses of nitrogen ions (1 × 10(16) ions/cm(2), 1 × 10(18) ions/cm(2) and 1 × 10(20) ions/cm(2)), which adjusted by nitrogen ion beam intensity...
August 17, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813242/transcending-the-tragedy-discourse-of-dementia-an-ethical-imperative-for-promoting-selfhood-meaningful-relationships-and-well-being
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Peter Reed, Jennifer Carson, Zebbedia Gibb
Supporting people living with dementia in maintaining selfhood, relationships, and well-being requires seeing beyond the common negative focus on disability. Furthermore, prioritizing the person rather than the disease requires rejecting the tragedy discourse, which is the negative lens through which dementia is typically considered. In this paper, we highlight qualitative research on dementia involving people living with dementia as active participants. Recognizing that many people living with dementia remain capable of making decisions that affect their lives, we highlight a research-based approach to support known as "authentic partnerships" that includes people living with dementia as equal partners...
July 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812819/advancing-public-health-on-the-changing-global-trade-and-investment-agenda-comment-on-the-trans-pacific-partnership-is-it-everything-we-feared-for-health
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Anne Marie Thow, Deborah Gleeson
Concerns regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have raised awareness about the negative public health impacts of trade and investment agreements. In the past decade, we have learned much about the implications of trade agreements for public health: reduced equity in access to health services; increased flows of unhealthy commodities; limits on access to medicines; and constrained policy space for health. Getting health on the trade agenda continues to prove challenging, despite some progress in moving towards policy coherence...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812678/the-multilayer-nature-of-ecological-networks
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Shai Pilosof, Mason A Porter, Mercedes Pascual, Sonia Kéfi
Although networks provide a powerful approach to study a large variety of ecological systems, their formulation does not typically account for multiple interaction types, interactions that vary in space and time, and interconnected systems such as networks of networks. The emergent field of 'multilayer networks' provides a natural framework for extending analyses of ecological systems to include such multiple layers of complexity, as it specifically allows one to differentiate and model 'intralayer' and 'interlayer' connectivity...
March 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812323/a-comparison-of-methods-for-estimating-the-temporal-change-in-a-continuous-variable-example-of-hba1c-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Therese Sheppard, Robyn Tamblyn, Michal Abrahamowicz, Mark Lunt, Matthew Sperrin, William G Dixon
PURPOSE: To compare the more complex technique, functional principal component analysis (FPCA), to simpler methods of estimating values of sparse and irregularly spaced continuous variables at given time points in longitudinal data using a diabetic patient cohort from UK primary care. METHODS: The setting for this study is the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), a UK general practice research database. For 16,034 diabetic patients identified in CPRD, with at least 2 measures in a 30-month period, HbA1c was estimated after temporarily omitting (i) the final and (ii) middle known values using linear interpolation, simple linear regression, arithmetic mean, random effects, and FPCA...
August 15, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811888/performance-test-and-verification-of-an-off-the-shelf-automated-avian-radar-tracking-system
#15
Roel May, Yngve Steinheim, Pål Kvaløy, Roald Vang, Frank Hanssen
Microwave radar is an important tool for observation of birds in flight and represents a tremendous increase in observation capability in terms of amount of surveillance space that can be covered at relatively low cost. Based on off-the-shelf radar hardware, automated radar tracking systems have been developed for monitoring avian movements. However, radar used as an observation instrument in biological research has its limitations that are important to be aware of when analyzing recorded radar data. This article describes a method for exploring the detection capabilities of a dedicated short-range avian radar system used inside the operational Smøla wind-power plant...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811353/the-omeract-rheumatoid-arthritis-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri-scoring-system-updated-recommendations-by-the-omeract-mri-in-arthritis-working-group
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Mikkel Østergaard, Charles G Peterfy, Paul Bird, Frédérique Gandjbakhch, Daniel Glinatsi, Iris Eshed, Espen A Haavardsholm, Siri Lillegraven, Pernille Bøyesen, Bo Ejbjerg, Violaine Foltz, Paul Emery, Harry K Genant, Philip G Conaghan
OBJECTIVE: The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scoring system (RAMRIS), evaluating bone erosion, bone marrow edema/osteitis, and synovitis, was introduced in 2002, and is now the standard method of objectively quantifying inflammation and damage by MRI in RA trials. The objective of this paper was to identify subsequent advances and based on them, to provide updated recommendations for the RAMRIS. METHODS: MRI studies relevant for RAMRIS and technical and scientific advances were analyzed by the OMERACT MRI in Arthritis Working Group, which used these data to provide updated considerations on image acquisition, RAMRIS definitions, and scoring systems for the original and new RA pathologies...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810167/intimate-partner-violence-as-a-subject-of-study-during-the-training-of-nurses-and-midwives-in-catalonia-spain-a-qualitative-study
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María Analía Gómez-Fernández, Josefina Goberna-Tricas, Montserrat Payà-Sánchez
While nurses and midwives are in a unique position to identify and help victims of IPV, since they are often their first point of contact in the healthcare system, they need appropriate training. This study sought to examine the presence of IPV-related contents and the depth to which they are addressed in the bachelor's degree in Nursing and in the Midwifery specialisation programme. The study also explored lecturers' motivations for including IPV in their subjects. The methodology employed was qualitative...
August 7, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810105/increased-activity-in-unstructured-versus-structured-gym-time-in-an-after-school-program
#18
Matthew A McDougall, Rachel Schaeffer, Richard Holm, Bonny Specker
BACKGROUND: More than 10 million American youth engage in after-school programs that provide an opportunity to increase physical activity. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that children in unstructured gym time (free) would have greater activity than both structured gym time (structured) and when increased screen time was available. METHODS: Three interventions were compared in a nested design, with each two-week intervention preceded and followed by a two-week control period...
December 2016: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809795/pricing-of-staple-foods-at-supermarkets-versus-small-food-stores
#19
Caitlin E Caspi, Jennifer E Pelletier, Lisa J Harnack, Darin J Erickson, Kathleen Lenk, Melissa N Laska
Prices affect food purchase decisions, particularly in lower-income communities, where access to a range of food retailers (including supermarkets) is limited. The aim of this study was to examine differences in staple food pricing between small urban food stores and the closest supermarkets, as well as whether pricing differentials varied based on proximity between small stores and larger retailers. In 2014, prices were measured for 15 staple foods during store visits in 140 smaller stores (corner stores, gas-marts, dollar stores, and pharmacies) in Minneapolis/St...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808506/the-knowledge-concerns-and-healthcare-practices-among-physicians-regarding-electronic-cigarettes
#20
Venkatkiran Kanchustambham, Swetha Saladi, Jonathan Rodrigues, Hermina Fernandes, Setu Patolia, Sadhashiv Santosh
Background: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that deliver aerosolized nicotine. With easy access and over-the-counter availability, many patients consider using electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation. Few studies have looked at long-term safety/efficacy and physician knowledge/attitudes toward e-cigarettes. Physicians have insufficient guidelines for advising their patients about e-cigarettes. Objective: 1) To identify knowledge and attitude of health care practitioners toward electronic cigarettes...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
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