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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231549/assessing-allergenicity-in-urban-parks-a-nature-based-solution-to-reduce-the-impact-on-public-health
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Paloma Cariñanos, Manuel Casares-Porcel, Consuelo Díaz de la Guardia, María Jesús Aira, Jordina Belmonte, Marzia Boi, Belén Elvira-Rendueles, Concepción De Linares, Santiago Fernández-Rodriguez, José María Maya-Manzano, Rosa Pérez-Badía, David Rodriguez-de la Cruz, Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Rajo, Jesús Rojo-Úbeda, Carlos Romero-Zarco, Estefanía Sánchez-Reyes, José Sánchez-Sánchez, Rafael Tormo-Molina, Ana Mª Vega Maray
Urban parks play a key role in the provision of ecosystem services, actively participating in improving the quality of life and welfare of local residents. This paper reports on the application of an index designed to quantify the allergenicity of urban parks in a number of Spanish cities. The index, which records biological and biometric parameters for the tree species growing there, classifies parks in terms of the risk they pose for allergy sufferers, graded as null, low, moderate or high. In this initial phase, the index was applied to 26 green areas in 24 Spanish cities; green areas varied in type (urban park, historical or modern garden, boulevard, square or urban forest), size 1-100 ha), geographical location, species richness, number of trees and tree density (number of trees / ha...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228687/reproductive-biology-and-variation-of-nuclear-ribosomal-its-and-ets-sequences-in-the-calligonum-mongolicum-complex-polygonaceae
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Wei Shi, Jun Wen, Yanfeng Zhao, Gabriel Johnson, Borong Pan
To explore the biosystematics of the Calligonum mongolicum complex (Polygonaceae), the flowering phenological period, breeding and pollination characters and seed set of the complex (Calligonum Mongolicum Turze, Calligonum chinense A. Los., Calligonum gobicum A. Los., Calligonum pumilum A. Los. and Calligonum zaidamense A. Los.) were documented in the Turpan Eremophyte Botanical Garden, China. The sequences of the nuclear ribosomal ITS and ETS region were employed to differentiate the Calligonum mongolicum complex and other species in sect...
2017: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226394/the-social-dimensions-of-therapeutic-horticulture
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Holly Harris
Harnessing nature to promote mental health is increasingly seen as a sustainable solution to healthcare across the industrialised world. The benefits of these approaches to well-being include reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression and improved social functioning. Many studies assume that contact with nature is the main therapeutic component of these interventions yet 'green care' programmes typically include activities not based on 'nature' that may contribute to positive outcomes. This study explored the views of service users participating in a Therapeutic Horticultural programme on what factors promoted their engagement in the project, to identify variables other than 'nature' that may be responsible for successful engagement in these programmes...
February 22, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224350/warmest-extreme-year-in-u-s-history-alters-thermal-requirements-for-tree-phenology
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Jacob M Carter, Maria E Orive, Laci M Gerhart, Jennifer H Stern, Renée M Marchin, Joane Nagel, Joy K Ward
The frequency of extreme warm years is increasing across the majority of the planet. Shifts in plant phenology in response to extreme years can influence plant survival, productivity, and synchrony with pollinators/herbivores. Despite extensive work on plant phenological responses to climate change, little is known about responses to extreme warm years, particularly at the intraspecific level. Here we investigate 43 populations of white ash trees (Fraxinus americana) from throughout the species range that were all grown in a common garden...
February 21, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221925/genetic-diversity-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-different-leafy-green-production-systems
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Mosimanegape Jongman, Lise Korsten
Foodborne disease outbreaks linked to contaminated irrigation water and fresh produce are a public health concern. The presence of Escherichia coli isolates from irrigation water and leafy green vegetables in different food production systems (large commercial farms, small-scale farms, and homestead gardens) was investigated. The prevalence of antibiotic resistance and virulence in these isolates was further assessed, and links between water source and irrigated crops were identified using antimicrobial and genotypic analyses...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219727/economic-botany-collections-a-source-of-material-evidence-for-exploring-historical-changes-in-chinese-medicinal-materials
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Eric Brand, Christine Leon, Mark Nesbitt, Ping Guo, Ran Huang, Hubiao Chen, Li Liang, Zhongzhen Zhao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Many Chinese medicinal materials (CMMs) have changed over centuries of use, particularly in terms of their botanical identity and processing methods. In some cases, these changes have important implications for safety and efficacy in modern clinical practice. As most previous research has focused on clarifying the evolution of CMMs by analyzing traditional Chinese materia medica ("bencao") literature, assessments of historical collections are needed to validate these conclusions with material evidence...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218787/genetic-relationships-in-a-germplasm-collection-of-camellia-japonica-and-camellia-oleifera-using-ssr-analysis
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Y Zhao, C J Ruan, G J Ding, S Mopper
Camellia japonica produces different color and bigger flowers, widely being used for gardening green in southern China. However, cultivars were introduced from different regions, but their origin and pedigree information is either not available poorly documented, causing problems in authentication. Many low-yield trees in Camellia oleifera forests have been used as stocks for grafting C. japonica. However, the survival rate of grafts between these two species is related to genetic relationship between stock of C...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217306/sexual-function-of-patients-with-heart-failure-facts-and-numbers
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EDITORIAL
Tiny Jaarsma
Approximately 60% to 87% of patients with heart failure (HF) report sexual problems, and numbers as low as 31% of HF patients younger than 70 have normal sexual function. When compared with healthy elders, the amount of perceived sexual dysfunction might be similar (around 56%), but patients with HF are reporting more erectile dysfunction (ED) and also perceive that their HF symptoms (20%) or HF medication (10%) is the cause for their problems. The prevalence of ED is highly prevalent in men with cardiac disease and reported in up to 81% of cardiac patients, compared with 50% in the general older population...
February 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215807/proteomic-responses-of-european-flounder-to-temperature-and-hypoxia-as-interacting-stressors-differential-sensitivities-of-populations
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Nicolas Pédron, Sébastien Artigaud, José-Luis Zambonino Infante, Nicolas Le Bayon, Grégory Charrier, Vianney Pichereau, Jean Laroche
In the context of global change, ectotherms are increasingly impacted by abiotic perturbations. Along the distribution area of a species, the populations at low latitudes are particularly exposed to temperature increase and hypoxic events. In this study, we have compared the proteomic responses in the liver of European flounder populations, by using 2-D electrophoresis. One southern peripheral population from Portugal vs two northern core populations from France, were reared in a common garden experiment. Most of the proteomic differences were observed between the two experimental conditions, a cold vs a warm and hypoxic conditions...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215120/strategies-and-actions-of-multi-purpose-health-communication-on-vaccine-preventable-infectious-diseases-in-order-to-increase-vaccination-coverage-in-the-population-the-esculapio-project
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Angela Bechini, Paolo Bonanni, Sara Lauri, Emilia Tiscione, Miriam Levi, Rosa Prato, Francesca Fortunato, Domenico Martinelli, Roberto Gasparini, Donatella Panatto, Daniela Amicizia, Rosa Cristina Coppola, Barbara Pellizzari, Garden Tabacchi, Claudio Costantino, Francesco Vitale, Stefania Iannazzo, Sara Boccalini
The ESCULAPIO Project aims at increasing awareness on vaccine preventable infectious diseases (VPID) and vaccinations in different target populations and to spread the culture of prevention. Information/training interventions on VPID have been developed and health promotion activities for the general population, students and their parents, teachers and health care workers (HCWs) were set up. In Tuscany, educational courses on VPID in high schools were organized and students were stimulated to prepare informative materials on VPID for lower grade school pupils...
February 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213848/intraoperative-blood-pressure-changes-during-cemented-versus-uncemented-bipolar-hemiarthroplasty-for-displaced-femoral-neck-fracture-a-multi-center-cohort-study-the-effect-of-bone-cement-for-bipolar-hemiarthroplasty-in-elderly-patients
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Shuichi Miyamoto, Junichi Nakamura, Satoshi Iida, Tomonori Shigemura, Shunji Kishida, Isao Abe, Munenori Takeshita, Yoshitada Harada, Sumihisa Orita, Seiji Ohtori
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to compare the cemented bipolar hemiarthroplasty with uncemented about the change of intraoperative blood pressure and the incidence of major complications in elderly patients with femoral neck fracture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This multiple center prospective cohort study included only patients with acute displaced femoral neck fracture (Garden stage III or IV). All patients were treated with cemented or uncemented bipolar hemiarthroplasty using modified Hardinge or Watson-Jones approach in the lateral decubitus position...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212435/colour-preferences-of-uk-garden-birds-at-supplementary-seed-feeders
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Luke Rothery, Graham W Scott, Lesley J Morrell
Supplementary feeding of garden birds generally has benefits for both bird populations and human wellbeing. Birds have excellent colour vision, and show preferences for food items of particular colours, but research into colour preferences associated with artificial feeders is limited to hummingbirds. Here, we investigated the colour preferences of common UK garden birds foraging at seed-dispensing artificial feeders containing identical food. We presented birds simultaneously with an array of eight differently coloured feeders, and recorded the number of visits made to each colour over 370 30-minute observation periods in the winter of 2014/15...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208888/haemoglobinopathies-and-%C3%AE-thalassaemia-among-the-tribals-working-in-the-tea-gardens-of-assam-india
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Anju Barhai Teli, Rumi Deori, Sidhartha Protim Saikia
INTRODUCTION: Prevalence of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia are very high in India but information about its status among the tribals working in the tea gardens of Assam is very less. AIM: The present study was carried out to determine the prevalence of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia among the tribals working in the tea gardens of Assam. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total 1204 samples from the tribals working in tea gardens of Assam were analysed for both Complete Blood Count (CBC) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for detection of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207275/macrotermycins-a-d-glycosylated-macrolactams-from-a-termite-associated-amycolatopsis-sp-m39
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Christine Beemelmanns, Timothy R Ramadhar, Ki Hyun Kim, Jonathan L Klassen, Shugeng Cao, Thomas P Wyche, Yanpeng Hou, Michael Poulsen, Tim S Bugni, Cameron R Currie, Jon Clardy
Bioassay-guided metabolomic analyses led to the characterization of four new 20-membered glycosylated polyketide macrolactams, macrotermycins A-D, from a termite-associated actinomycete, Amycolatopsis sp. M39. M39's sequenced genome revealed the macrotermycin's putative biosynthetic gene cluster. Macrotermycins A and C had antibacterial activity against human-pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus and, of greater ecological relevance, they also had selective antifungal activity against a fungal parasite of the termite fungal garden...
February 16, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205632/using-dna-metabarcoding-to-investigate-honey-bee-foraging-reveals-limited-flower-use-despite-high-floral-availability
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Natasha de Vere, Laura E Jones, Tegan Gilmore, Jake Moscrop, Abigail Lowe, Dan Smith, Matthew J Hegarty, Simon Creer, Col R Ford
Understanding which flowers honey bees (Apis mellifera) use for forage can help us to provide suitable plants for healthy honey bee colonies. Accordingly, honey DNA metabarcoding provides a valuable tool for investigating pollen and nectar collection. We investigated early season (April and May) floral choice by honey bees provided with a very high diversity of flowering plants within the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There was a close correspondence between the phenology of flowering and the detection of plants within the honey...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205578/insect-herbivory-choristoneura-fumiferana-tortricidea-underlies-tree-population-structure-picea-glauca-pinaceae
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Geneviève J Parent, Isabelle Giguère, Gaby Germanos, Mebarek Lamara, Éric Bauce, John J MacKay
Variation in insect herbivory can lead to population structure in plant hosts as indicated by defence traits. In annual herbaceous, defence traits may vary between geographic areas but evidence of such patterns is lacking for long-lived species. This may result from the variety of selection pressures from herbivores, long distance gene flow, genome properties, and lack of research. We investigated the antagonistic interaction between white spruce (Picea glauca) and spruce budworm (SBW, Choristoneura fumiferana) the most devastating forest insect of eastern North America in common garden experiments...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205467/a-rare-type-of-upper-extremity-injury-penetrating-injuries-caused-by-blunt-edged-items
#17
Hakan Şirinoğlu, Furkan Certel, Nebil Yeşïloğlu, Gökhan Temïz, Kübra Ece Kalafatlar, Murat Sarici, Özhan Çelebïler
BACKGROUND: Penetrating upper extremity injury is a common encountered cause of significant loss of labor force and it is generally caused by sharp items. This article presents five rare cases of penetrating hand and forearm injury caused by blunt-edged items in conjunction with a detailed discussion of the mechanism and management of the injury. METHODS: Five patients with a mean age of 37.6 were treated for upper extremity trauma caused by "blunt-edged items" such as corrugated iron fence, garden wires, iron stick or iron safety fence between 2009 to 2014...
March 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202807/the-genetics-of-mate-preferences-in-hybrids-between-two-young-and-sympatric-lake-victoria-cichlid-species
#18
Ola Svensson, Katie Woodhouse, Cock van Oosterhout, Alan Smith, George F Turner, Ole Seehausen
The genetic architecture of mate preferences is likely to affect significant evolutionary processes, including speciation and hybridization. Here, we investigate laboratory hybrids between a pair of sympatric Lake Victoria cichlid fish species that appear to have recently evolved from a hybrid population between similar predecessor species. The species demonstrate strong assortative mating in the laboratory, associated with divergent male breeding coloration (red dorsum versus blue). We show in a common garden experiment, using DNA-based paternity testing, that the strong female mate preferences among males of the two species are fully recovered in a large fraction of their F2 hybrid generation...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198323/de-stress-in-a-green-space
#19
Matthew Bradby
With reference to the article on fun ways to reduce stress (students, 25 January), there is growing evidence that gardening and garden visiting is good for mental health, though more detailed studies of the specific effects are needed.
February 15, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196814/racial-ethnic-disparities-in-acute-stroke-care-in-the-florida-puerto-rico-collaboration-to-reduce-stroke-disparities-study
#20
Ralph L Sacco, Hannah Gardener, Kefeng Wang, Chuanhui Dong, Maria A Ciliberti-Vargas, Carolina M Gutierrez, Negar Asdaghi, W Scott Burgin, Olveen Carrasquillo, Enid J Garcia-Rivera, Ulises Nobo, Sofia Oluwole, David Z Rose, Michael F Waters, Juan Carlos Zevallos, Mary Robichaux, Salina P Waddy, Jose G Romano, Tatjana Rundek
BACKGROUND: Racial-ethnic disparities in acute stroke care can contribute to inequality in stroke outcomes. We examined race-ethnic disparities in acute stroke performance metrics in a voluntary stroke registry among Florida and Puerto Rico Get With the Guidelines-Stroke hospitals. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-five sites in the Florida Puerto Rico Stroke Registry (66 Florida and 9 Puerto Rico) recorded 58 864 ischemic stroke cases (2010-2014). Logistic regression models examined racial-ethnic differences in acute stroke performance measures and defect-free care (intravenous tissue plasminogen activator treatment, in-hospital antithrombotic therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, discharge antithrombotic therapy, appropriate anticoagulation therapy, statin use, smoking cessation counseling) and temporal trends...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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