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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797652/geographic-variation-in-opioid-and-heroin-involved-drug-poisoning-mortality-rates
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Christopher J Ruhm
INTRODUCTION: An important barrier to formulating effective policies to address the rapid rise in U.S. fatal overdoses is that the specific drugs involved are frequently not identified on death certificates. This analysis supplies improved estimates of state opioid and heroin involved drug fatality rates in 2014, and changes from 2008 to 2014. METHODS: Reported mortality rates were calculated directly from death certificates and compared to corrected rates that imputed drug involvement when no drug was specified...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793136/an-exploration-of-the-associations-among-hearing-loss-physical-health-and-visual-memory-in-adults-from-west-central-alabama
#2
Marcia J Hay-McCutcheon, Adriana Hyams, Xin Yang, Jason Parton, Brianna Panasiuk, Sarah Ondocsin, Mary Margaret James, Forrest Scogin
Purpose: The purpose of this preliminary study was to explore the associations among hearing loss, physical health, and visual memory in adults living in rural areas, urban clusters, and an urban city in west Central Alabama. Method: Two hundred ninety-seven adults (182 women, 115 men) from rural areas, urban clusters, and an urban city of west Central Alabama completed a hearing assessment, a physical health questionnaire, a hearing handicap measure, and a visual memory test...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789804/all-cause-hospital-admissions-among-older-adults-after-a-natural-disaster
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Sue Anne Bell, Mahshid Abir, HwaJung Choi, Colin Cooke, Theodore Iwashyna
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We characterize hospital admissions among older adults for any cause in the 30 days after a significant natural disaster in the United States. The main outcome was all-cause hospital admissions in the 30 days after natural disaster. Separate analyses were conducted to examine all-cause hospital admissions excluding the 72 hours after the disaster, ICU admissions, all-cause inhospital mortality, and admissions by state. METHODS: A self-controlled case series analysis using the 2011 Medicare Provider and Analysis Review was conducted to examine exposure to natural disaster by elderly adults located in zip codes affected by tornadoes during the 2011 southeastern superstorm...
August 5, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783070/the-chemical-compositions-of-the-volatile-oils-of-garlic-allium-sativum-and-wild-garlic-allium-vineale
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Prabodh Satyal, Jonathan D Craft, Noura S Dosoky, William N Setzer
Garlic, Alliumsativum, is broadly used around the world for its numerous culinary and medicinal uses. Wild garlic, Allium vineale, has been used as a substitute for garlic, both in food as well as in herbal medicine. The present study investigated the chemical compositions of A. sativum and A. vineale essential oils. The essential oils from the bulbs of A. sativum, cultivated in Spain, were obtained by three different methods: laboratory hydrodistillation, industrial hydrodistillation, and industrial steam distillation...
August 5, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781067/spatial-and-temporal-variation-of-intertidal-nematodes-in-the-northern-gulf-of-mexico-after-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill
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Pamela M Brannock, Jyotsna Sharma, Holly M Bik, W Kelley Thomas, Kenneth M Halanych
Nematodes are an abundant and diverse interstitial component of sedimentary habitats that have been reported to serve as important bioindicators. Though the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster occurred 60 km offshore in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) at a depth of 1525 m, oil rose to the surface and washed ashore, subjecting large segments of coastline in the northern GOM to contamination. Previous metabarcoding work shows intertidal nematode communities were negatively affected by the oil spill. Here we examine the subsequent recovery of nematode community structure at five sites along the Alabama coast over a two-year period...
July 6, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774800/highlights-of-the-30th-international-conference-on-antiviral-research
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Graciela Andrei, Kara Carter, Zlatko Janeba, Aruna Sampath, Luis M Schang, E Bart Tarbet, R Anthony Vere Hodge, Mike Bray, José A Esté
The 30th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR) was held in Atlanta, GA, USA from May 18 to 21, 2017. This report provides an account of award lectures, invited keynote addresses and oral presentations during the meeting. The 2017 Gertrude Elion Memorial Lecture Award by Michael Sofia highlighted one of the most important accomplishments in recent drug discovery in antiviral research, the identification of the hepatitis C virus direct-acting antiviral sofosbuvir and new alternatives to combat hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection...
July 31, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768558/chlamydia-gallinacea-a-widespread-emerging-chlamydia-agent-with-zoonotic-potential-in-backyard-poultry
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L Li, M Luther, K Macklin, D Pugh, J Li, J Zhang, J Roberts, B Kaltenboeck, C Wang
Chlamydia gallinacea, a new chlamydial agent, has been reported in four European countries as well as Argentina and China. Experimentally infected chickens with C. gallinacea in previous study showed no clinical signs but had significantly reduced gains in body weight (6·5-11·4%). Slaughterhouse workers exposed to infected chickens have developed atypical pneumonia, indicating C. gallinacea is likely a zoonotic agent. In this study, FRET-PCR confirmed that C. gallinacea was present in 12·4% (66/531) of oral-pharyngeal samples from Alabama backyard poultry...
August 3, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757904/the-relationships-among-socio-demographics-perceived-health-and-happiness
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Robert Weech-Maldonado, Michael J Miller, Justin C Lord
This article explores explore the relationships among socio-demographics, perceived health, and happiness in a patient population of 221 adults recruited from 39 primary care practices in Alabama. We also explored whether the relationship between socio-demographics and happiness is mediated by perceived health. The dependent variable, happiness, was dichotomized as happy versus unhappy. Independent variables or correlates of happiness included race (Black or White), age (< 65 vs. 65 and older), gender (male vs...
June 2017: Applied Research in Quality of Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754682/autoimmunity-to-vimentin-is-associated-with-outcomes-of-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Fu Jun Li, Ranu Surolia, Huashi Li, Zheng Wang, Tejaswini Kulkarni, Gang Liu, Joao A de Andrade, Daniel J Kass, Victor J Thannickal, Steven R Duncan, Veena B Antony
Autoimmunity has been implicated in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); however, the repertoire of autoantigens involved in this disease and the clinical relevance of these autoimmune responses are still being explored. Our initial discovery assays demonstrated that circulating and intrapulmonary vimentin levels are increased in IPF patients. Subsequent studies showed native vimentin induced HLA-DR-dependent in vitro proliferation of CD4 T cells from IPF patients and enhanced the production of IL-4, IL-17, and TGF-β1 by these lymphocytes in contrast to normal control specimens...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748086/area-health-education-center-ahec-programs-for-rural-and-underrepresented-minority-students-in-the-alabama-black-belt
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Ashruta Patel, Regina J Knox, Alicia Logan, Katie Summerville
BACKGROUND: This paper evaluated the implementation West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center programs for high school students in grades 9-12 through participant-reported evaluations and feedback during the  September 1st, 2013 to August 31st, 2014 fiscal year. The programs targeted racial/ethnic minorities and/or rural individuals interested in pursuing a career as a healthcare provider in medically underserved counties of Alabama. METHODS: Students participated in enrichment activities related to prospective health careers that included: successful college preparedness, knowledge about health careers, and the types of primary care health professions that are needed in underserved Alabama communities...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732168/inland-sea-spray-aerosol-transport-and-incomplete-chloride-depletion-varying-degrees-of-reactive-processing-observed-during-soas
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Amy L Bondy, Bingbing Wang, Alexander Laskin, Rebecca L Craig, Manelisi V Nhliziyo, Steven B Bertman, Kerri A Pratt, Paul B Shepson, Andrew P Ault
Multiphase reactions involving sea spray aerosol (SSA) impact trace gas budgets in coastal regions by acting as a reservoir for oxidized nitrogen and sulfur species, as well as being a source of halogen gases (HCl, ClNO2, etc.). Whereas most studies of multiphase reactions on SSA have focused on marine environments, far less is known about SSA transported inland. Herein, single-particle measurements of SSA are reported at a site >320 km from the Gulf of Mexico, with transport times of 7-68 h. Samples were collected during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) in June-July 2013 near Centreville, Alabama...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720453/parental-acceptance-of-human-papillomavirus-vaccinations-and-community-pharmacies-as-vaccination-settings-a-qualitative-study-in-alabama
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Salisa C Westrick, Lindsey A Hohmann, Stuart J McFarland, Benjamin S Teeter, Kara K White, Tessa J Hastings
PURPOSE: To determine parents' knowledge and attitudes regarding human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations in their adolescent children and to describe parents' perceptions of adolescent vaccinations in community pharmacies. METHODS: In-depth interviews were completed with parents or guardians of children ages 11-17 years from Alabama's Lee and Macon counties. One-hour long, open-ended telephonic or in-person interviews were conducted until the saturation point was reached...
June 2017: Papillomavirus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720021/ricky-and-lucy-gender-stereotyping-among-young-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-the-us-deep-south-and-the-implications-for-hiv-risk-in-a-severely-affected-population
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Bronwen Lichtenstein, Emma Sophia Kay, Ian Klinger, Matt G Mutchler
HIV disproportionately affects young Black men who have sex with men in the USA, with especially high rates in the Deep South. In this Alabama study, we interviewed 24 pairs of young Black men who have sex with men aged 19-24 and their close friends (n = 48) about sexual scripts, dating men and condom use. Three main themes emerged from the study: the power dynamics of 'top' and 'bottom' sexual positions for condom use; gender stereotyping in the iconic style of the 'I Love Lucy' show of the 1950s; and the sexual dominance of 'trade' men...
July 19, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708777/intraoperative-topical-antibiotics-for-infection-prophylaxis-in-pelvic-and-acetabular-surgery
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Matthew T Owen, Emily M Keener, Zane B Hyde, Reaves M Crabtree, Parke W Hudson, Russell L Griffin, Jason A Lowe
OBJECTIVES: Determine if topical vancomycin and tobramycin powder reduces the incidence of surgical site infection (SSI) following pelvic ring and acetabulum fracture surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study SETTING:: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Academic Level I Trauma Center PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS:: 219 patients (140 meeting inclusion criteria) with pelvic and acetabular fractures who underwent open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) from March 2012 to November 2013...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696223/white-coat-effect-is-uncommon-in-patients-with-refractory-hypertension
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Mohammed Siddiqui, Eric K Judd, Suzanne Oparil, David A Calhoun
Refractory hypertension is a recently described phenotype of antihypertensive treatment failure defined as uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) despite the use of ≥5 different antihypertensive agents, including chlorthalidone and spironolactone. Recent studies indicate that refractory hypertension is uncommon, with a prevalence of ≈5% to 10% of patients referred to a hypertension specialty clinic for uncontrolled hypertension. The prevalence of white-coat effect, that is, uncontrolled automated office BP ≥135/85 mm Hg and controlled out-of-office BP <135/85 mm Hg, by awake ambulatory BP monitor in hypertensive patients overall is ≈30% to 40%...
September 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696147/effects-of-desiccation-practices-of-cultured-atlantic-oysters-crassostrea-virginica-on-vibrio-spp-in-portersville-bay-alabama-usa
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Stephanie M Grodeska, Jessica L Jones, Covadonga R Arias, William C Walton
The expansion of off-bottom aquaculture to the Gulf of Mexico has raised public health concerns for human health officials. High temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are associated with high levels of Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus. Routine desiccation practices associated with off-bottom aquaculture expose oysters to ambient air, allowing Vibrio spp. to proliferate in the closed oyster. Currently, there is limited research on the length of time needed for Vibrio spp. levels in desiccated oysters to return to background levels, defined as the levels found in oysters that remain continually submersed and not exposed to ambient air...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695309/empruthotrema-longipenis-n-sp-monogenoidea-monocotylidae-merizocotylinae-from-the-olfactory-sacs-of-the-smooth-butterfly-ray-gymnura-micrura-bloch-schneider-myliobatiformes-gymnuridae-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
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Delane C Kritsky, Stephen A Bullard, Carlos F Ruiz, Micah B Warren
A new species of Empruthotrema Johnston & Tiegs, 1922 is described based on specimens collected from the olfactory sacs of smooth butterfly rays Gymnura micrura (Bloch & Schneider) captured in Mobile Bay (northcentral Gulf of Mexico), Alabama, USA. Empruthotrema longipenis n. sp. is most similar to the type-species Empruthotrema raiae (MacCallum, 1916) Johnston & Tiegs, 1922 by having 12 marginal and two interhamular loculi with members of haptoral hook pair 1 located midway along the periphery of each interhamular loculus and those of hook pair 2 located at the marginal termini of the bilateral septa flanking the interhamular loculi...
July 10, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695167/cancer-and-palliative-care-in-the-united-states-turkey-and-malawi-developing-global-collaborations
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Deborah Kirk Walker, Rebecca L Edwards, Gulcan Bagcivan, Marie A Bakitas
As the global cancer burden grows, so too will global inequities in access to cancer and palliative care increase. This paper will describe the cancer and palliative care landscape relative to nursing practice, education, and research, and emerging global collaborations in the United States (U.S.), Turkey, and Malawi. It is imperative that nurses lead efforts to advance health and strengthen education in these high-need areas. Leaders within the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, through a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Nursing Collaborating Center, have initiated collaborative projects in cancer and palliative care between the U...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684146/physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-human-exposure-to-perfluorooctanoic-acid-suggests-historical-non-drinking-water-exposures-are-important-for-predicting-current-serum-concentrations
#19
Rachel Rogers Worley, Xiaoxia Yang, Jeffrey Fisher
Manufacturing of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a synthetic chemical with a long half-life in humans, peaked between 1970 and 2002, and has since diminished. In the United States, PFOA is detected in the blood of >99% of people tested, but serum concentrations have decreased since 1999. Much is known about exposure to PFOA in drinking water; however, the impact of non-drinking water PFOA exposure on serum PFOA concentrations is not well characterized. The objective of this research is to apply physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling and Monte Carlo analysis to evaluate the impact of historic non-drinking water PFOA exposure on serum PFOA concentrations...
September 1, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677210/gut-microbiome-diversity-influenced-more-by-the-westernized-dietary-regime-than-the-body-mass-index-as-assessed-using-effect-size-statistic
#20
Shannon C Davis, Jagjit S Yadav, Stephanie D Barrow, Boakai K Robertson
Human gut microbiome dysbiosis has been associated with the onset of metabolic diseases and disorders. However, the critical factors leading to dysbiosis are poorly understood. In this study, we provide increasing evidence of the association of diet type and body mass index (BMI) and how they relatively influence the taxonomic structure of the gut microbiota with respect to the causation of gut microbiome dysbiosis. The study included randomly selected Alabama residents (n = 81), including females (n = 45) and males (n = 36)...
August 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
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