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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732402/characteristics-of-black-carbon-in-snow-from-laohugou-no-12-glacier-on-the-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Yulan Zhang, Shichang Kang, Chaoliu Li, Tanguang Gao, Zhiyuan Cong, Michael Sprenger, Yajun Liu, Xiaofei Li, Junming Guo, Mika Sillanpää, Kun Wang, Jizu Chen, Yang Li, Shiwei Sun
Black carbon (BC) emitted from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuel impacts the climate system, cryospheric change, and human health. This study documents black carbon deposition in snow from a benchmark glacier on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Significant seasonality of BC concentrations indicates different input or post-depositional processes. BC particles deposited in snow had a mass volume median diameter slightly larger than that of black carbon particles typically found in the atmosphere...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
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Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732307/a-multisite-audit-to-assess-how-women-with-complex-social-factors-access-and-engage-with-maternity-services
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Hannah Rayment-Jones, Eleanor Butler, Chelsie Miller, Christine Nay, Jennifer O'Dowd
OBJECTIVE: to audit women with socially complex lives' documented access to and engagement with antenatal care provided by three inner city, UK maternity services in relation to birth and neonatal outcomes, and referral processes. BACKGROUND: women living socially complex lives, including young mothers, recently arrived immigrants, non-English speaking, and those experiencing domestic violence, poor mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and poverty experience high rates of morbidity, mortality and poor birth outcomes...
June 27, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732276/sampling-and-single-particle-analysis-for-the-chemical-characterisation-of-fine-atmospheric-particulates-a-review
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Michele Elmes, Massimo Gasparon
To better understand the potential environmental and human health impacts of fine airborne particulate matter (APM), detailed physical and chemical characterisation is required. The only means to accurately distinguish between the multiple compositions in APM is by single particle analysis. A variety of methods and instruments are available, which range from filter-based sample collection for off-line laboratory analysis to on-line instruments that detect the airborne particles and generate size distribution and chemical data in real time...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732237/decentralization-of-health-care-systems-and-health-outcomes-evidence-from-a-natural-experiment
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Dolores Jiménez-Rubio, Pilar García-Gómez
While many countries worldwide are shifting responsibilities for their health systems to local levels of government, there is to date insufficient evidence about the potential impact of these policy reforms. We estimate the impact of decentralization of the health services on infant and neonatal mortality using a natural experiment: the devolution of health care decision making powers to Spanish regions. The devolution was implemented gradually and asymmetrically over a twenty-year period (1981-2002). The order in which the regions were decentralized was driven by political factors and hence can be considered exogenous to health outcomes...
July 1, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732092/dietary-oleic-acid-regulates-hepatic-lipogenesis-through-a-liver-x-receptor-dependent-signaling
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Simon Ducheix, Alexandra Montagner, Arnaud Polizzi, Frédéric Lasserre, Marion Régnier, Alice Marmugi, Fadila Benhamed, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Laila Mselli-Lakhal, Nicolas Loiseau, Pascal G Martin, Jean-Marc Lobaccaro, Laurent Ferrier, Catherine Postic, Hervé Guillou
Olive oil consumption is beneficial for health as it is associated with a decreased prevalence of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Oleic acid is, by far, the most abundant component of olive oil. Since it can be made through de novo synthesis in animals, it is not an essential fatty acid. While it has become clear that dietary oleic acid regulates many biological processes, the signaling pathway involved in these regulations remains poorly defined. In this work we tested the impact of an oleic acid-rich diet on hepatic gene expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732074/who-uses-running-apps-and-sports-watches-determinants-and-consumer-profiles-of-event-runners-usage-of-running-related-smartphone-applications-and-sports-watches
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Mark Janssen, Jeroen Scheerder, Erik Thibaut, Aarnout Brombacher, Steven Vos
Individual and unorganized sports with a health-related focus, such as recreational running, have grown extensively in the last decade. Consistent with this development, there has been an exponential increase in the availability and use of electronic monitoring devices such as smartphone applications (apps) and sports watches. These electronic devices could provide support and monitoring for unorganized runners, who have no access to professional trainers and coaches. The purpose of this paper is to gain insight into the characteristics of event runners who use running-related apps and sports watches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732058/the-role-of-a-fads1-polymorphism-in-the-association-of-fatty-acid-blood-levels-bmi-and-blood-pressure-in-young-children-analyses-based-on-path-models
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Maike Wolters, Carmen Dering, Alfonso Siani, Paola Russo, Jaakko Kaprio, Patrizia Risé, Luis A Moreno, Stefaan De Henauw, Kirsten Mehlig, Toomas Veidebaum, Denés Molnár, Michael Tornaritis, Licia Iacoviello, Yannis Pitsiladis, Claudio Galli, Ronja Foraita, Claudia Börnhorst
BACKGROUND: The recent obesity epidemic in children also showed an increase in the prevalence of hypertension. As blood pressure (BP) is associated with (long-chain) polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC PUFA), genetic variation in desaturase enzymes being involved in the synthesis of LC PUFA may be associated with BP. This study aimed to investigate the direct effects (independent of mediating variables) and indirect effects (mediated through intermediate variables) of a common variant in the FADS1 gene, rs174546, known to affect delta-5 desaturase (D5D) activity on PUFA level, body mass index (BMI) and BP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731943/the-impact-of-polypharmacy-on-patient-outcomes-in-older-adults-with-cancer
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Ginah Nightingale, Emily Skonecki, Manpreet K Boparai
Polypharmacy is prevalent in older adults with cancer and may be advantageous for the management of certain chronic disease states, but uncertainty exists regarding potential hazards and consequences. Cancer-related therapy adds to the prevalence of polypharmacy, which can lead to compromised cancer management plans (i.e., postoperative complications, treatment delays, and/or premature treatment discontinuation). Polypharmacy has been identified as one of the domains commonly included in the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment likely because of the potential influence on health outcomes...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731893/validity-of-administrative-data-in-identifying-cancer-related-events-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-a-population-based-study-using-the-impact-cohort
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Sumit Gupta, Paul C Nathan, Nancy N Baxter, Cindy Lau, Corinne Daly, Jason D Pole
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of estimating population level cancer outcomes, most registries do not collect critical events such as relapse. Attempts to use health administrative data to identify these events have focused on older adults and have been mostly unsuccessful. We developed and tested administrative data-based algorithms in a population-based cohort of adolescents and young adults with cancer. METHODS: We identified all Ontario adolescents and young adults 15-21 years old diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, or testicular cancer between 1992-2012...
July 20, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731869/individual-and-population-level-impacts-of-traumatic-brain-injury-and-maternal-characteristics-on-subsequent-offending-behavior
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Handan Wand, Melanie Simpson, Eva Malacova, Peter W Schofield, David B Preen, Robyn Tate, Tony Butler
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the individual- and population-level impact of a combination of factors, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and certain maternal characteristics, on subsequent criminal conviction. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: A retrospective record linkage study involving a cohort of 30 599 individuals born between 1980 and 1985, with ratio of 1 (with TBI): 3 (no TBI), matched by sex and the year of birth. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Cox proportional hazard regression models and population attributable risk percentages (PAR%) were used to assess the contribution of TBI and other risk factors on subsequent criminal convictions...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731848/usability-acceptability-and-impact-of-a-pediatric-teledermatology-mobile-health-application
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Alexander G Fiks, Linda Fleisher, Lindsay Berrigan, Emily Sykes, Stephanie L Mayne, Rachel Gruver, Katherine Halkyard, Olivia S Jew, Patrick FitzGerald, Flaura Winston, Patrick McMahon
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric dermatology appointment wait times often exceed several months. We evaluated the usability, acceptability, and clinical impact of a store-and-forward teledermatology mobile application (app) linking families with pediatric dermatologists. METHODS: Parents of children age 6 weeks to 17 years or individuals 18-21 years old were invited (by e-mail or referral) to participate in this single group, prospective study. Within the app, users photographed the skin condition, answered questions, and submitted their case for review...
July 21, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731547/does-hospital-ownership-influence-hospital-referral-region-health-rankings-in-the-united-states
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Hanadi Hamadi, Emma Apatu, Aaron Spaulding
Extensive evidence demonstrates that a hospital's organizational ownership structure impacts its overall performance, but little is known concerning the influence of hospital structure on the health of its community. This paper explores the association between US hospital referral region (HRR) health rankings and hospital ownership and performance. Data from the 2016 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, the American Hospital Association dataset, and the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing dataset are utilized to conduct a cross-sectional analysis of 36 quality measures across 306 HRRs...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731538/meta-analysis-of-quality-of-life-improvement-after-cochlear-implantation-and-associations-with-speech-recognition-abilities
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Theodore R McRackan, Michael Bauschard, Jonathan L Hatch, Emily Franko-Tobin, H Richard Droghini, Shaun A Nguyen, Judy R Dubno
OBJECTIVES: Determine the impact of cochlear implantation on quality of life (QOL) and determine the correlation between QOL and speech recognition ability. STUDY DESIGN: Two authors independently searched PubMed, Medline, Scopus, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature to identify studies reporting hearing-specific or cochlear implant (CI)-specific QOL outcomes before and after cochlear implantation, and studies reporting correlations between QOL and speech recognition after cochlear implantation...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731519/citizen-s-charter-in-a-primary-health-care-setting-of-nepal-an-accountability-tool-or-a-mere-wall-poster
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Gagan Gurung, Robin Gauld, Philip C Hill, Sarah Derrett
BACKGROUND: Despite some empirical findings on the usefulness of citizen's charters on awareness of rights and services, there is a dearth of literature about charter implementation and impact on health service delivery in low-income settings. OBJECTIVE: To gauge the level of awareness of the Charter within Nepal's primary health-care (PHC) system, perceived impact and factors affecting Charter implementation. METHOD: Using a case study design, a quantitative survey was administered to 400 participants from 22 of 39 PHC facilities in the Dang District to gauge awareness of the Charter...
July 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731307/environmental-impact-of-alkyl-lead-iv-derivatives-perspective-after-their-phase-out
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Montserrat Filella, Josep Bonet
The use of alkyl lead derivatives as antiknock agents in gasoline can be considered as one of the main pollution disasters of the 20th century because of both the global character of the pollution emitted and the seriousness of the impact on human health. Alkyl lead derivatives in themselves cannot be considered to be persistent pollutants because they readily degrade either before being released from the tailpipes or soon afterwards in the atmosphere. However, the inorganic lead they produced has been deposited in soils all over the planet, largely, but not exclusively in urban areas and along motorways, since the direct emission of lead into the atmosphere favored its dispersal over great distances: The signal of the massive use of alkyl lead derivatives has been found all over the world, including in remote sites such as polar areas...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731291/critical-questions-advancing-the-health-of-female-veterans
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Lisa Muirhead, Priscilla Hall, Cedrella Jones-Taylor, Gari D Clifford, Tasha Felton-Williams, Kathy Williams
PURPOSE: Women are the fastest growing Veteran population in the United States and many receive all or part of their health care outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The purpose of this article is to review the healthcare issues of women Veterans and discuss implications for care. DATA SOURCES: Review of selected literature, VA resources and guidelines, and expert opinion. CONCLUSIONS: Few providers are aware of the impact military service has on the health of women and fail to ask the all-important question, "Have you served in the military?" Recognizing women's military service can reveal important information that can answer perplexing clinical questions, aid in designing comprehensive plans of care, and enable women to receive the assistance needed to address complex physical and psychosocial issues to improve the quality of their lives...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731001/economic-and-social-impact-of-out-of-pocket-expenditure-on-households-of-patients-attending-public-hospitals
#18
Vikas Bajpai, Namrata Singh, Hardik Sardana, Sanjana Kumari, Beth Vettiyil, Anoop Saraya
BACKGROUND: We aimed to generate evidence on the social and economic impact of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by households on illness. METHODS: We did a hospital-based cross-sectional study including a convenience sample of 374 inpatients and outpatients. RESULTS: The median illness expenditure was the same (₹62 500) for inpatients and outpatients. Of all respondents, 51.3% among the rural and 65.5% among the urban patients were employed before illness, but after illness only 24...
January 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730908/electrical-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-a-review-of-the-evidence
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Valeria Bisogni, Martino F Pengo, Andrea De Vito, Giuseppe Maiolino, Gian Paolo Rossi, John Moxham, Joerg Steier
Obstructi ve sleep apnoea is an increasingly prevalent clinical condition with significant impact on individuals and public health. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy is the standard treatment, but adherence is limited and alternative treatments are needed. In this context, non-invasive and invasive methods for the electrical stimulation of upper airway dilator muscles have been demonstrated to be effective in selected patients. Areas covered: This review will cover investigations on the clinical effects, safety, and tolerability of non-invasive and invasive electrical stimulation of the upper airway for the management of obstructive sleep apnoea...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730875/the-influence-of-fatalistic-beliefs-on-health-beliefs-among-diabetics-in-khartoum-sudan-a-comparison-between-coptic-christians-and-sunni-muslims
#20
Dana Hag Hamed, Marguerite Daniel
Although there are many studies assessing the influence of religious beliefs on health they do not agree on whether the impact is positive or negative. More so, there is no consensus in the available literature on the definition of fatalism and what it means to individuals. In this phenomenological study we attempt to define what religious fatalism means to people living with diabetes in Khartoum, and how it affects their health beliefs, and how those beliefs affect their sense of coherence and generalized resistance resources, since salutogenesis is the guiding theory in this study...
July 1, 2017: Global Health Promotion
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