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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446332/general-medical-mental-health-and-demographic-risk-factors-associated-with-suicide-by-firearm-compared-with-other-means
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Jennifer M Boggs, Arne Beck, Sam Hubley, Edward L Peterson, Yong Hu, L Keoki Williams, Deepak Prabhakar, Rebecca C Rossom, Frances L Lynch, Christine Y Lu, Beth E Waitzfelder, Ashli A Owen-Smith, Gregory E Simon, Brian K Ahmedani
OBJECTIVE: Mitigation of suicide risk by reducing access to lethal means, such as firearms and potentially lethal medications, is a highly recommended practice. To better understand groups of patients at risk of suicide in medical settings, the authors compared demographic and clinical risk factors between patients who died by suicide by using firearms or other means with matched patients who did not die by suicide (control group). METHODS: In a case-control study in 2016 from eight health care systems within the Mental Health Research Network, 2,674 suicide cases from 2010-2013 were matched to a control group (N=267,400)...
February 15, 2018: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29388675/influenza-vaccines-in-immunosuppressed-adults-with-cancer
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Roni Bitterman, Noa Eliakim-Raz, Inbal Vinograd, Anca Zalmanovici Trestioreanu, Leonard Leibovici, Mical Paul
BACKGROUND: This is an update of the Cochrane review published in 2013, Issue 10.Immunosuppressed cancer patients are at increased risk of serious influenza-related complications. Guidelines, therefore, recommend influenza vaccination for these patients. However, data on vaccine effectiveness in this population are lacking, and the value of vaccination in this population remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of influenza vaccine in immunosuppressed adults with malignancies...
February 1, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305722/use-of-oil-shale-ash-in-road-construction-results-of-follow-up-environmental-monitoring
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Janek Reinik, Natalya Irha, Arina Koroljova, Tõnis Meriste
Oil shale ash (OSA) was used for road construction in a pristine swamp area in East-Estonia during 2013-2014. OSA was used as a binder both in mass stabilization of soft peat soil and in the upper layer. Use of OSA in civil engineering always raises questions about the environmental safety of such activities. Post-construction environmental monitoring of the pilot section was carried out in 2014 and 2015. The monitoring program involved surface water and soil sampling campaigns. Samples were analyzed for selected constituents and parameters of environmental concern...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240035/acinic-cell-carcinoma-of-the-parotid-gland-in-children-and-adolescents
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Shifra Ash, Isaac Yaniv, Raphael Feinmesser, Osnat Konen, Meora Feinmesser
Acinic cell carcinoma of the parotid gland is a rare low-grade malignant neoplasm. Data on children are sparse. For the present study, the database of a tertiary pediatric medical center was reviewed for all patients with parotid gland acinic cell carcinoma diagnosed and treated between 2004 and 2013. Clinical, histologic, treatment, and outcome parameters were collected from the medical files. Four patients were identified, 3 female and 1 male, aged 13.5 to 18 years (median 15.7) at diagnosis. One patient had a family history of parotid tumor and 1 of hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237894/j-b-s-haldane-s-passage-to-india-reconfiguring-science
#5
Gordon Mcouat
In 1957, John Burdon Sanderson (JBS) Haldane (1892-1964), the world's leading population geneticist, committed political radical and one of the three 'founders' of neo-Darwinian 'Modern Synthesis' of twentieth century biology (Sarkar 1995; Haldane 1932; Cain 2009; Smocovitis 1996), ostentatiously renounced both his British citizenship and his prestigious chair at University College London. In a decisively and very public anti-imperial gesture, ostensibly played out as a reaction to the Suez crisis (although his discontent was simmering for quite some time), Haldane, and his partner, geneticistHelen Spurway (1917-1977), turned their backs on Britain and set off to India to offer their considerable scientific prestige, their inexhaustible organisational abilities, along with their leading Journal of Genetics, behind the efforts to build a 'modern', democratic India emerging out of the ashes of colonial rule...
November 2017: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237744/change-in-cognitive-function-in-the-month-after-hospitalization-for-acute-coronary-syndromes-findings-from-trace-core-transition-risks-and-actions-in-coronary-events-center-for-outcomes-research-and-education
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Jane S Saczynski, David D McManus, Molly E Waring, Darleen Lessard, Milena D Anatchkova, Jerry H Gurwitz, Jeroan Allison, Arlene S Ash, Richard H McManus, David C Parish, Robert J Goldberg, Catarina I Kiefe
BACKGROUND: Cognitive function is often impaired during hospitalization, but whether this impairment resolves or persists after discharge is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled (April 2011-May 2013) and interviewed during hospitalization and 1-month post-discharge 1521 nondemented acute coronary syndrome survivors enrolled in TRACE (Transitions, Risks and Actions in Coronary Events). Cognitive function was assessed using the Telephone Interview of Cognitive Status (range: 0-41) at both time points...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234604/longitudinal-survey-of-lead-cadmium-and-copper-in-seagrass-syringodium-filiforme-from-a-former-bombing-range-vieques-puerto-rico
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Elba Díaz, Dustin Pérez, Johanna Delgado Acevedo, Arturo Massol-Deyá
Trace element composition in plant biomass could be used as an indicator of environmental stress, management practices and restoration success. A longitudinal study was conducted to compare Pb, Cd, and Cu content in seagrass Syringodium filiforme collected at a former bombing range in Puerto Rico with those of a Biosphere Reserve under similar geoclimatic conditions. Trace elements were measured by atomic absorption after dry-ashing of samples and extraction with acid. In general, levels of Pb, Cd, and Cu varied during 2001, 2003, 2005-2006, and 2013-2016...
2018: Toxicology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185457/a-first-assessment-of-fraxinus-excelsior-common-ash-susceptibility-to-hymenoscyphus-fraxineus-ash-dieback-throughout-the-british-isles
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Jonathan J Stocks, Richard J A Buggs, Steve J Lee
Ash dieback (ADB), caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, has severely damaged a large proportion of ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) in continental Europe. We have little damage data for the British Isles where the disease was found only five years ago in the Southeast, and is still spreading. A large-scale screening trial to evaluate ADB damage to provenances of F. excelsior sourced from throughout the British Isles was planted in 2013 in the southeast of England. In 2016, we scored trees by their level of ADB damage observed in field at the two worst affected (based on assessments in 2015) of the 14 sites...
November 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121870/trends-in-newborn-umbilical-cord-care-practices-in-sokoto-and-bauchi-states-of-nigeria-the-where-who-how-what-and-the-ubiquitous-role-of-traditional-birth-attendants-a-lot-quality-assurance-sampling-survey
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Dele Abegunde, Nosa Orobaton, Katherine Beal, Amos Bassi, Moyosola Bamidele, Toyin Akomolafe, Francis Ohanyido, Olayinka Umar-Farouk, Saba'atu Danladi
BACKGROUND: Neonatal infections caused by unsafe umbilical cord practices account for the majority of neonatal deaths in Nigeria. We examined the trends in umbilical cord care practices between 2012 and 2015 that coincided with the introduction of chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% gel in Bauchi and Sokoto States. METHODS: We obtained data from three rounds of lot quality assurance samples (LQAS) surveys conducted in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Households were randomly sampled in each round that totaled 1140 and 1311 households in Bauchi and Sokoto States respectively...
November 9, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116980/rethinking-the-educator-portfolio-an-innovative-criteria-based-model
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Kanade Shinkai, Chen Amy Chen, Brian S Schwartz, Helen Loeser, Cynthia Ashe, David M Irby
PROBLEM: Academic medical centers struggle to achieve parity in advancement and promotions between educators and discovery-oriented researchers in part because of narrow definitions of scholarship, lack of clear criteria for measuring excellence, and barriers to making educational contributions available for peer review. Despite recent progress in expanding scholarship definitions and identifying excellence criteria, these advances are not integrated into educator portfolio (EP) templates or curriculum vitae platforms...
November 7, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032999/a-prospective-phase-i-comparison-of-toxicity-and-cosmesis-outcomes-of-single-fraction-iort-and-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-with-iort-boost-in-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Tanuja Bhandari, Wesley Babaran, Afshin Forouzannia, Venita Williams, Jay Harness, Michele Carpenter, Maher Gobran, Rajesh Khanijou, Brittany Wagman, Robert Ash, Lawrence D Wagman
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy is proven to reduce local recurrence in patients with early-stage breast cancer. To reduce toxicity, treatment time, and improve accuracy, intraoperative radiation therapy was used as definitive treatment or as a boost. The study's objective was to compare the short-term toxicity and cosmesis of single-fraction (SF) IORT and hypofractionated radiotherapy with IORT boost (HfB) given as definitive treatment. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between March 2011 and December 2013, 57 patients aged 45-91 years and 24 patients aged 43-83 years (total n = 81) with Stage 0-II were treated with SF or HfB (Mobetron, IntraOp Medical, Sunnyvale, CA)...
October 9, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961588/development-of-an-assessment-method-for-building-materials-under-euratom-scope
#12
Govert de With
In 2013, the European Commission published its basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionizing radiation (Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom)-also known as EU-BSS. As a result, the use of raw materials with potentially elevated activity concentrations such as fly ash, phosphogypsum, and slags will now fall under EU-BSS scope when applied in building materials. In light of this new policy, a variety of tools are available to assess compliance with the 1-mSv y reference level for building materials...
November 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936988/reducing-radiation-exposure-with-iterative-reconstruction-an-inter-and-intra-scanner-analysis
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Aaron Rohr, Jo Wick, Jacqueline Hill, Carissa Walter, Neville Irani, Shaun Best, Kirk Miller, Ryan Ash
Our purpose in this study was to compare delivered radiation exposure via Computed Tomography Dose Index Volume (CTDIvol) and Dose Length Production (DLP) measurements from computed tomography (CT) examinations performed on scanners with and without image-quality enhancing iterative reconstruction (IR) software. A retrospective analysis was conducted on randomly selected chest, abdomen, and/or pelvis CT examinations from three different scanners from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. CTDIvol and DLP measurements were obtained from two CT scanners with and one CT scanner without IR software...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804748/health-of-children-living-near-coal-ash
#14
Clara G Sears, Kristina M Zierold
Coal ash, generated from coal combustion, is composed of small particles containing metals and other elements, such as metalloids. Coal ash is stored in open-air impoundments, frequently near communities. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of health and sleep problems in children living near coal ash and compare these prevalences to children not living near coal ash. In 2013 to 2014, we conducted a cross-sectional survey in a community adjacent to coal ash storage sites and a community not exposed to coal ash...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783811/social-determinants-of-health-in-managed-care-payment-formulas
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Arlene S Ash, Eric O Mick, Randall P Ellis, Catarina I Kiefe, Jeroan J Allison, Melissa A Clark
Importance: Managed care payment formulas commonly allocate more money for medically complex populations, but ignore most social determinants of health (SDH). Objective: To add SDH variables to a diagnosis-based payment formula that allocates funds to managed care plans and accountable care organizations. Design, Setting, and Participants: Using data from MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program, we estimated regression models predicting Medicaid spending using a diagnosis-based and SDH-expanded model, and compared the accuracy of their cost predictions overall and for vulnerable populations...
October 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665744/if-we-don-t-ask-our-patients-might-never-tell-the-impact-of-the-routine-use-of-a-patient-values-assessment
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J Russell Hoverman, Cynthia Taniguchi, Kathryn Eagye, Sabrina Mikan, Angela Kalisiak, Susan Ash-Lee, Rhonda Henschel
PURPOSE: Good communication can be associated with better end-of-life outcomes. The US Oncology Network developed and tested a Values Assessment (VA) for facilitating advance care planning (ACP). The results of the first 1,268 patients are reported. METHODS: The VA consists of 10 questions of the format "How valuable is it to me to…" (eg, "...know that I am not a burden to my family, friends, or helpers?"). Responses were on a four-point scale from unsure to very valuable...
October 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619532/major-physical-health-conditions-and-risk-of-suicide
#17
Brian K Ahmedani, Edward L Peterson, Yong Hu, Rebecca C Rossom, Frances Lynch, Christine Y Lu, Beth E Waitzfelder, Ashli A Owen-Smith, Samuel Hubley, Deepak Prabhakar, L Keoki Williams, Nicole Zeld, Elizabeth Mutter, Arne Beck, Dennis Tolsma, Gregory E Simon
INTRODUCTION: Most individuals make healthcare visits before suicide, but many do not have a diagnosed mental health condition. This study seeks to investigate suicide risk among patients with a range of physical health conditions in a U.S. general population sample and whether risk persists after adjustment for mental health and substance use diagnoses. METHODS: This study included 2,674 individuals who died by suicide between 2000 and 2013 along with 267,400 controls matched on year and location in a case-control study conducted in 2016 across eight Mental Health Research Network healthcare systems...
September 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521386/remobilisation-of-industrial-lead-depositions-in-ash-during-australian-wildfires
#18
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...
December 1, 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
#19
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...
December 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432865/assessment-of-radiological-efficiency-of-countermeasures-on-peat-bog-soils-of-ukrainian-polissya
#20
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...
September 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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