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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521386/remobilisation-of-industrial-lead-depositions-in-ash-during-australian-wildfires
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Liqin Wu, Mark Patrick Taylor, Heather K Handley
This study examined the recycling of lead (Pb) in ash from wildfires, its source and potential contribution to environmental contamination. Ash from wildfires was collected from four Australian sites following uncontrolled fires during 2012 to 2013 close to major urban populations in Sydney (New South Wales), Hobart (Tasmania) and Adelaide (South Australia). The samples were analysed for their total Pb concentration and Pb isotopic composition to determine the sources of Pb and the extent, if any, of industrial contamination and its recycling into the ecosystem...
May 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438027/attitudes-towards-homosexuals-in-seven-caribbean-countries-implications-for-an-effective-hiv-response
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Eduard J Beck, Kenika Espinosa, Tanisha Ash, Peter Wickham, Christine Barrow, Ernest Massiah, Ben Alli, Cesar Nunez
Between 2000 and 2015, the number of people newly infected with HIV in the Caribbean decreased by 76% and HIV-related deaths by 42%. The number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) increased from near zero to 50% (44% to 57%) in 2015. In many Caribbean countries communities of men-who-have-sex-with-other-men (MSM) have higher incidence and prevalence of HIV. They are often stigmatized and subjected to both social and institutional discrimination. This study compared attitudes of the general public obtained through public opinion polls 2013-2014 towards homosexuals and willingness to socialize with them in seven Caribbean countries...
April 24, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432865/assessment-of-radiological-efficiency-of-countermeasures-on-peat-bog-soils-of-ukrainian-polissya
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Igor Maloshtan, Sergiy Polishchuk, Valery Kashparov, Vasyl Yoschenko
In the field conditions, the long-term (2013-2015) small-plots experiment was carried out for evaluation of radiological efficiency of application of ameliorants as the countermeasures for reduction of the (137)Cs uptake to herbage at the Peat-boggy (Histosols) soils of Ukrainian Polissya. At the late stage after the Chernobyl accident, the average radiological efficiencies of application of sand (175-200 ton ha(-1)) and ferrocyn (0.2 ton ha(-1)) as the ameliorants were rather low ranging from 0.8 to 1.6...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345328/esophageal-cancer-and-associated-factors-among-uzbek-turkmen-and-other-ethnic-groups-in-the-northern-part-of-afghanistan
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Mohammad Hassan Hamrah, Mohammad Shoaib Hamrah, Mitsuro Kanda, Junichi Sakamoto, Mohammad Hussain Hamrah, Asif Hami, Ahmad Edris Hamrah, Ahmad Elias Dahi, Mohammad Hashem Hamrah
Background: A high incidence rate of esophageal cancer has been observed in the Northern part of Afghanistan, particularly among those of Uzbek-Turkmen ethnicity. However, there is a paucity of published data from which to compare the prevalence of environmental risk factors for esophageal cancer between Uzbek-Turkmen and other ethnic groups. Thus, we investigated the prevalence of environmental risk factors associated with esophageal cancer in the Northern part of Afghanistan, focusing on ethnicity differences...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337036/trends-in-genital-warts-diagnoses-in-new-zealand-five-years-following-the-quadrivalent-human-papillomavirus-vaccine-introduction
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Jeannie Oliphant, Joanna Stewart, Peter Saxton, Min Lo, Nicky Perkins, Daniel Ward
AIM: To investigate whether changes in rates of genital warts diagnosis at Auckland Sexual Health Service (ASHS), pre and post the quadrivalent human papillomavirus (4vHPV) vaccine introduction in late 2008, differed between clients vaccine-eligible and not eligible. METHOD: All new clients attending ASHS from 2007 to 2013 were categorised as having genital warts or not. Generalised linear mixed models were used to compare differences in rates of change in diagnoses...
March 24, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179049/promoting-hand-hygiene-compliance
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Thomas von Lengerke, Bettina Lutze, Christian Krauth, Karin Lange, Jona Theodor Stahmeyer, Iris Freya Chaberny
BACKGROUND: The German "Clean Hands Campaign" (an adaptation of the WHO "Clean Care is Safer Care" programme) to promote hand hygiene among hospital personnel at Hannover Medical School (MHH, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover), known as Aktion Saubere Hände (ASH), met with initial success. By 2013, however, compliance rates with hygienic hand disinfection in the hospital's ten intensive care units (ICUs) and two hematopoietic stem cell transplantation units (HSCTUs) had relapsed to their initial levels (physicians: 48%; nurses: 56%)...
January 20, 2017: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156575/using-a-values-assessment-as-a-bridge-to-advance-care-planning-results-of-1286-patient-reports
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Cynthia Taniguchi, Kathryn J Eagye, Susan Ash-Lee, Angela Kalisiak, Sabrina Q Mikan, Nicole Hartung
12 Background: Recent studies have shown that formal Palliative Care (PC) improves care at the end of life for cancer patients. The role of communication in PC is not defined. Other studies have shown that communication alone can be associated with better end of life outcomes. The US Oncology Network developed and tested a Values Assessment (VA) instrument for routinely broaching difficult topics to facilitate more formal advance care planning (ACP). The results of the first 28 months of the program on over 1200 patients are reported here...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152926/cancer-care-decision-support-for-wbc-growth-factors-gf-geographic-differences-in-utilization-and-provider-malleability
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Kenneth Sherman Wurtz, Anna DiMarco, Lourdes Feliciano, Dinah Faith Q Huff, Kevin B Knopf, William J Hrushesky, Michael Baum
128 Background: Growth factor use is the largest single category of drug expenditure for US cancer patients. Oncology Analytics is a decision support company that assists physicians in determining the appropriate use of GF based on the NCCN, ASCO, and ASH guidelines and the level one data that underlies these guidelines. We hypothesized that there would be geographic variation among GF preference and in the malleability of those practice patterns after OA entered a market. We determined the proportion of initial pegfilgrastim requests for preauthorization over other types of GF as well as the review outcomes and final drug of choice after OA intervention of inappropriate GF requests across three specific jurisdictions: Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia and Texas...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030505/ultrasound-assessment-of-volume-responsiveness-in-critically-ill-surgical-patients-two-measurements-are-better-than-one
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Sarah B Murthi, Syeda Fatima, Ashely R Menne, Jacob J Glaser, Samuel M Galvagno, Stephen Biederman, Raymond Fang, Hegang Chen, Thomas M Scalea
BACKGROUND: The intended physiologic response to a fluid bolus is an increase in stroke volume (SV). Several ultrasound (US) measures have been shown to be predictive. The best measure(s) in critically ill surgical patients remains unclear. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study in critically ill surgical patients receiving a bolus of crystalloid, colloid or blood. A transthoracic echocardiogram was performed before (pre-transthoracic echocardiogram) and after...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887694/reprint-of-assessing-the-impact-of-a-joint-human-porcine-intervention-package-for-taenia-solium-control-results-of-a-pilot-study-from-northern-lao-pdr
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Anna L Okello, Lian Thomas, Phouth Inthavong, Amanda Ash, Boualam Khamlome, Chattouphone Keokamphet, Kim Newberry, Charles G Gauci, Sarah Gabriël, Pierre Dorny, Rc Andrew Thompson, Marshall W Lightowlers, John Allen
Following confirmation that a remote village of approximately 300 inhabitants in northern Lao PDR was hyperendemic for the Neglected Tropical Disease Taenia solium, a pilot human-porcine therapeutic control intervention was implemented between October 2013 and November 2014. Mass drug administration with a three day albendazole 400mg protocol was offered to all eligible humans in October 2013 and March 2014. At these times, and again in October 2014, eligible village pigs received the anti-cysticercosis TSOL18 vaccination and an oral dose of oxfendazole anthelmintic at 30mg/kg, both repeated one month later...
January 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791475/behavior-of-radioactive-materials-and-safety-stock-of-contaminated-sludge
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Ikuo Tsushima
The radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster in 2011 has flowed into and accumulated in many wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) via sewer systems; this has had a negative impact on WWTPs in eastern Japan. The behavior of radioactive materials was analyzed at four WWTPs in the Tohoku and Kanto regions to elucidate the mechanism by which radioactive materials are concentrated during the sludge treatment process from July 2011 to March 2013. Furthermore, numerical simulations were conducted to study the safe handling of contaminated sewage sludge stocked temporally in WWTPs...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27723861/high-frequency-of-gba-gene-mutations-in-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-among-ashkenazi-jews
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Tamara Shiner, Anat Mirelman, Mali Gana Weisz, Anat Bar-Shira, Elissa Ash, Ron Cialic, Naomi Nevler, Tanya Gurevich, Noa Bregman, Avi Orr-Urtreger, Nir Giladi
Importance: Mutations in the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) gene are a risk factor for the development of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). These mutations are common among Ashkenazi Jews (AJ) and appear to have an effect on the natural history of the disease. Objectives: To evaluate the clinical and genetic characteristics of an AJ cohort of patients diagnosed with DLB, assess the association of phenotype of DLB with GBA mutations, and explore the effects of these mutations on the clinical course of the disease...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689139/determinants-of-and-barriers-to-hormonal-and-surgical-treatment-receipt-among-transgender-people
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R Craig Sineath, Cory Woodyatt, Travis Sanchez, Shawn Giammattei, Theresa Gillespie, Enid Hunkeler, Ashli Owen-Smith, Virginia P Quinn, Douglas Roblin, Robert Stephenson, Patrick S Sullivan, Vin Tangpricha, Michael Goodman
Purpose: Medical gender confirmation therapy (GCT) plays an important role in transgender health; however, its prevalence and determinants constitute an area of uncertainty. Methods: Data for this cross-sectional study were obtained from an online survey distributed from October 2012 through the end of 2013 among persons who visited the social media sites of a transgender education and social networking meeting. Eligible respondents (n=280) were persons whose gender identity was different from their sex assigned at birth and who responded to questions about previously received or planned hormonal therapy (HT), chest reconstruction, or genital surgery...
2016: Transgender Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27526923/human-t-lymphotropic-virus-type-1-infection-in-an-indigenous-australian-population-epidemiological-insights-from-a-hospital-based-cohort-study
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Lloyd Einsiedel, Richard J Woodman, Maria Flynn, Kim Wilson, Olivier Cassar, Antoine Gessain
BACKGROUND: The Human T Lymphotropic Virus type 1 (HTLV-1) subtype C is endemic to central Australia where each of the major sequelae of HTLV-1 infection has been documented in the socially disadvantaged Indigenous population. Nevertheless, available epidemiological information relating to HTLV-1c infection is very limited, risk factors for transmission are unknown and no coordinated program has been implemented to reduce transmission among Indigenous Australians. Identifying risk factors for HTLV-1 infection is essential to direct strategies that could control HTLV-1 transmission...
2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27500169/acceptance-and-satisfaction-of-parents-and-students-about-a-school-based-dietary-intervention-in-isfahan-2012-2013
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Roya Kelishadi, Bahareh Lajevardi, Maryam Bahreynian, Vahid Omid-Ghaemi, Mahsa Movahedian
OBJECTIVE: Snacks play an important role in child health and nutritional status. Schools are considered as the preferred place to encourage healthy eating among children. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of buffet school-based intervention on acceptance and satisfaction of parents and students in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Primary school students (n = 1120, 68.83% girls) from first to third grade, with one of their parents, participated in this prospective field trial study conducted in Isfahan, Iran...
2016: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27391250/drivers-of-sustained-hygiene-behaviour-change-a-case-study-from-mid-western-nepal
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Celia McMichael, Priscilla Robinson
Behaviour change is central to the prevention of many population health problems, yet it is typically difficult to initiate and sustain. This paper reports on an evaluation of a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention in mid-western Nepal, with particular focus on the drivers and barriers for handwashing with soap/ash and elimination of open defecation. The research was conducted during October-November 2014, two and half years following the intervention's end-point. Qualitative data were collected from the target community (n = 112) via group discussions, interviews and drawings/stories of 'most significant change'...
August 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27346633/comparison-of-color-attractiveness-for-agrilus-ruficollis-coleoptera-buprestidae-potential-for-a-simple-trap
#17
S H S Kim, C E Trammel, B A Lewis, D T Johnson
The rednecked cane borer, Agrilus ruficollis (F.), is a pest of cultivated and wild blackberries in the midwestern and eastern parts of the United States. Damage from this pest occurs from larvae girdling primocanes and tunneling in the pith, forming galls that can potentially reduce yields. There is only one registered insecticide and no trap available for monitoring. Paints mimicking the spectral reflectance of blackberry leaves and canes of both primocane and floricane were applied to wooden dowels or corrugated plastic mimicking the shape of blackberry canes and leaves...
August 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27325628/the-history-of-attack-and-success-of-emerald-ash-borer-coleoptera-buprestidae-on-white-fringetree-in-southwestern-ohio
#18
Danielle Thiemann, Vanessa Lopez, Ann M Ray, Don Cipollini
Emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an invasive insect that has caused widespread mortality of ash species in North America. The ability of emerald ash borer to utilize white fringetree as an alternate host was reported recently. We aimed to determine how long white fringetree has been under attack from emerald ash borer, the degree of attack, and the overall success of this beetle on this novel host. Stems from three of nine infested white fringetrees collected from the Dayton and Cincinnati, OH, areas in the winter of 2015 yielded four live adult emerald ash borers after being held in rearing containers, and numerous older exit holes were observed...
August 2016: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27231822/racial-disparities-in-health-care-access-among-pediatric-patients-with-craniosynostosis
#19
Zackary D Brown, Amita K Bey, Christopher M Bonfield, Ashly C Westrick, Katherine Kelly, Kevin Kelly, John C Wellons
OBJECTIVE Disparities in surgical access and timing to care result from a combination of complex patient, social, and institutional factors. Due to the perception of delayed presentation for overall health care services and treatment in African American patients on the part of the senior author, this study was designed to identify and quantify these differences in access and care between African American and Caucasian children with craniosynostosis. In addition, hypotheses regarding reasons for this difference are discussed...
September 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27152597/exposures-to-particulate-matter-from-the-eruptions-of-the-puyehue-volcano-and-birth-outcomes-in-montevideo-uruguay
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Ana Ines Balsa, Marcelo Caffera, Juanita Bloomfield
BACKGROUND: The ashes and dust resulting from the 2011 eruptions of the Puyehue volcano in Chile more than doubled monthly averages of PM10 concentrations in Montevideo, Uruguay. Few studies have taken advantage of natural experiments to assess the relationship between ambient air pollutant concentrations and birth outcomes. OBJECTIVES: In this study we explored the effect of particulate matter with diameter of ≤ 10 μm (PM10) on perinatal outcomes in Uruguay, a middle-income country in South America with levels of PM10 that in general do not exceed the recommended thresholds...
November 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
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