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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147107/debated-agronomy-public-discourse-and-the-future-of-biotechnology-policy-in-ghana
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Joseph A Braimah, Kilian N Atuoye, Siera Vercillo, Carrie Warring, Isaac Luginaah
This paper examines the highly contested and ongoing biotechnology (Bt) policy-making process in Ghana. We analyse media content on how Bt is viewed in the context of Ghana's parliamentary debate on the Plant Breeders Bill and within the broader public policy-making literature. This paper does not seek to take a position on Bt or the Bill, but to understand how policy actors influence the debate with political and scientific rhetoric in Ghana. The study reveals that in the midst of scientific uncertainties of Bt's potential for sustainable agriculture production and food security, policy decisions that encourage its future adoption are heavily influenced by health, scientific, economic, environmental and political factors dictated by different ideologies, values and norms...
2017: Global Bioethics, Problemi di Bioetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143674/the-role-of-human-rights-litigation-in-improving-access-to-reproductive-health-care-and-achieving-reductions-in-maternal-mortality
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Jennifer Templeton Dunn, Katherine Lesyna, Anna Zaret
BACKGROUND: Improving maternal health, reducing global maternal mortality, and working toward universal access to reproductive health care are global priorities for United Nations agencies, national governments, and civil society organizations. Human rights lawyers have joined this global movement, using international law and domestic constitutions to hold nations accountable for preventable maternal death and for failing to provide access to reproductive health care services. CASE PRESENTATION: This article discusses three decisions in which international treaty bodies find the nations of Brazil and Peru responsible for violations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and also two domestic decisions alleging constitutional violations in India and Uganda...
November 8, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142114/female-vervet-monkeys-fine-tune-decisions-on-tolerance-versus-conflict-in-a-communication-network
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Christèle Borgeaud, Alessandra Schnider, Michael Krützen, Redouan Bshary
Group living promotes opportunities for both cooperation and competition. Selection on the ability to cope with such opposing social opportunities has been proposed as a driving force in the evolution of large brains in primates and other social species. However, we still know little about the degree of complexity involved in such social strategies. Here, we report advanced social strategies in wild vervet monkeys. Building on recent experimental evidence that subordinate females trade grooming for tolerance from higher-ranking individuals during foraging activities, we show that the audience composition strongly affects this trade...
November 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140660/assessing-the-relative-influence-and-efficacy-of-public-and-private-food-safety-regulation-regimes-comparing-codex-and-global-g-a-p-standards
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Sam F Halabi, Ching-Fu Lin
An extensive global system of private food regulation is under construction, one that exceeds conventional regulation thought of as being driven by public authorities like FDA and USDA in the U.S. or the Food Standards Agency in the UK. Agrifood and grocer organizations, in concert with some farming groups, have been the primary designers of this new food regulatory regime. These groups have established alliances that compete with national regulators in complex ways. This article analyzes the relationship between public and private sources of food safety regulation by examining standards adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a food safety organization jointly run by the Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization and GlobalG...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135306/a-calculation-tool-and-process-to-pre-position-pharmaceuticals-for-anthrax-post-exposure-prophylaxis
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Gary D Peksa, Michael J Robbins, Alexis R Beyer, Elisabeth K Weber, Keneatha Johnson
Anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis, is considered a severe bioterrorism threat because of its high mortality rate. The Chicago Healthcare System Coalition for Preparedness and Response (CHSCPR) aims to pre-position antibiotic medical countermeasures (MCMs) at healthcare facilities in order to provide on-site anthrax post-exposure prophylaxis. Pharmacists proposed moving toward a new process that involved the development of a standardized calculation methodology for acquiring supply drugs. This was an interventional quality improvement project aimed at optimizing inventory, acquisition, and distribution of antibiotic MCMs for anthrax post-exposure prophylaxis at Chicago hospitals for hospital personnel, associated first responders, and their families...
November 14, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132778/discourse-coalitions-in-swiss-waste-management-gridlock-or-winds-of-change
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Mert Duygan, Michael Stauffacher, Grégoire Meylan
As a complex socio-technical system, waste management is crucially important for the sustainable management of material and energy flows. Transition to better performing waste management systems requires not only determining what needs to be changed but also finding out how this change can be realized. Without understanding the political context, insights from decision support tools such as life cycle assessment (LCA) are likely to be lost in translation to decision and policy making. This study strives to provide a first insight into the political context and address the opportunities and barriers pertinent to initiating a change in Swiss waste management...
November 10, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130734/the-rare-lateral-cuneo-cuboid-coalition-a-case-report
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Kevin Renner, Eric So, Amanda Quisno, Daniel Logan
BACKGROUND: Tarsal coalitions typically occur at the talocalcaneal or calcaneonavicular joints. Common findings are pain, limited range of motion, and a pes planus deformity. METHODS: The focus of this case report will include the presentation, imaging, treatment, and outcomes for a 21-year-old female diagnosed with a rare lateral cuneo-cuboid coalition with chronic pain. Clinical and radiographic examinations, typically utilized to diagnose the common coalition, were unremarkable...
November 13, 2017: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130605/community-driven-demand-creation-for-the-use-of-routine-viral-load-testing-a-model-to-scale-up-routine-viral-load-testing
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Bactrin M Killingo, Trisa B Taro, Wame N Mosime
INTRODUCTION: HIV treatment outcomes are dependent on the use of viral load measurement. Despite global and national guidelines recommending the use of routine viral load testing, these policies alone have not translated into widespread implementation or sufficiently increased access for people living with HIV (PLHIV). Civil society and communities of PLHIV recognize the need to close this gap and to enable the scale up of routine viral load testing. METHODS: The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) developed an approach to community-led demand creation for the use of routine viral load testing...
November 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125962/retrospective-evaluation-of-project-envision-a-community-mobilization-pilot-program-to-prevent-sexual-violence-in-new-york-city
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Lily Glenn, Laura Fidler, Meghan O'Connor, Mary Haviland, Deborah Fry, Tamara Pollak, Victoria Frye
Sexual violence is a public health problem associated with short- and long-term physical and mental health consequences. Most interventions that aim to prevent sexual violence before it occurs target individual-level change or promote bystander training. Community-level interventions, while increasingly recommended in the sexual violence prevention field, are rarely documented in peer-reviewed literature. This paper is a targeted process evaluation of Project Envision, a 6-year pilot initiative to address social norms at the root of sexual violence through coalition building and community mobilization in three New York City neighborhoods, and reflects the perspectives of those charged with designing and implementing the program...
November 2, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125345/person-centred-care-what-nurses-can-learn-from-the-patient-perspective
#10
Janet Scammell
Janet Scammell, Associate Professor (Nursing), Bournemouth University, considers evidence from National Voices, a coalition of health and social care charities in England.
November 9, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124112/concise-informed-consent-to-increase-data-and-biospecimen-access-may-accelerate-innovative-alzheimer-s-disease-treatments
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Ann M Hake, Penny A Dacks, Stephen P Arnerić
Introduction: Informed consent forms that restrict the distribution of data and samples have been an impediment to advancing Alzheimer's disease (AD) understandings and treatments. The Coalition Against Major Disease public-private partnership developed concise addenda to responsibly broaden data access of informed consent forms. Methods: Coalition Against Major Disease members identified key elements for ensuring data and biospecimen access, and patient privacy protection according to applicable US law...
November 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119411/systematic-assessment-of-research-on-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-and-mercury-reveals-conflicts-of-interest-and-the-need-for-transparency-in-autism-research
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Janet K Kern, David A Geier, Richard C Deth, Lisa K Sykes, Brian S Hooker, James M Love, Geir Bjørklund, Carmen G Chaigneau, Boyd E Haley, Mark R Geier
Historically, entities with a vested interest in a product that critics have suggested is harmful have consistently used research to back their claims that the product is safe. Prominent examples are: tobacco, lead, bisphenol A, and atrazine. Research literature indicates that about 80-90% of studies with industry affiliation found no harm from the product, while only about 10-20% of studies without industry affiliation found no harm. In parallel to other historical debates, recent studies examining a possible relationship between mercury (Hg) exposure and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show a similar dichotomy...
November 8, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117855/evaluating-effective-leadership-and-governance-in-a-midwestern-agricultural-safety-and-health-coalition
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Mary J Wendl, Mary E Cramer
Agricultural Centers are a coalition of organizations and individual members with a common purpose: to improve the health and safety of the agricultural community. Successful leadership and governance are essential in accomplishing these goals. This article examined the effectiveness of a midwestern Agricultural Health and Safety Center (Ag Center) leadership and governance structure. The Internal Coalition Outcomes Hierarchy (ICOH) framework and the Internal Coalition Effectiveness (ICE(©)) instrument were used, with field visit interviews conducted to gain further insight...
November 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114872/racism-in-trump-s-america-reflections-on-culture-sociology-and-the-2016-us-presidential-election
#14
Lawrence D Bobo
Despite much positive change in the post civil rights era, U.S. notions of racism and white supremacy remain powerful elements of American culture. The adaptability and enduring power of these forces can be seen in the emergence of a new historical epoch best describe as the era of Laissez Faire Racism. Prevalent attitudes among white Americans, certain theoretical arguments and hypotheses in American sociology, as well the election of Donald Trump rest upon the on-going operation of racism. In particular, I attribute Trump's electoral success to three critical dilemmas of race that defined contours of the 2016 presidential election: (1) worsening economic inequality in the presence of rapidly changing ethno-racial demography; (2) intensified political partisanship in the presence of well-institutionalized racially coded campaign strategies and rhetoric; and (3) the failure of the Clinton campaign to simultaneously champion the interests of working and middle class families and galvanize the previously powerful multiracial Obama coalition...
November 2017: British Journal of Sociology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102123/convergence-of-plasmid-architectures-drives-emergence-of-multi-drug-resistance-in-a-clonally-diverse-escherichia-coli-population-from-a-veterinary-clinical-care-setting
#15
Sam Wagner, Nadejda Lupolova, David L Gally, Sally A Argyle
The purpose of this study was to determine the plasmid architecture and context of resistance genes in multi-drug resistant (MDR) Escherichia coli strains isolated from urinary tract infections in dogs. Illumina and single-molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing were applied to assemble the complete genomes of E. coli strains associated with clinical urinary tract infections, which were either phenotypically MDR or drug susceptible. This revealed that multiple distinct families of plasmids were associated with building an MDR phenotype...
November 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101290/how-guiding-coalitions-promote-positive-culture-change-in-hospitals-a-longitudinal-mixed-methods-interventional-study
#16
Elizabeth H Bradley, Amanda L Brewster, Zahirah McNatt, Erika L Linnander, Emily Cherlin, Heather Fosburgh, Henry H Ting, Leslie A Curry
BACKGROUND: Quality collaboratives are widely endorsed as a potentially effective method for translating and spreading best practices for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) care. Nevertheless, hospital success in improving performance through participation in collaboratives varies markedly. We sought to understand what distinguished hospitals that succeeded in shifting culture and reducing 30-day risk-standardised mortality rate (RSMR) after AMI through their participation in the Leadership Saves Lives (LSL) collaborative...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094422/health-democracy-in-europe-cancer-patient-organization-participation-in-health-policy
#17
Kyriakos Souliotis, Lily E Peppou, Eirini Agapidaki, Chara Tzavara, Dominique Debiais, Stanimir Hasurdjiev, Francois Sarkozy
BACKGROUND: Patient organization participation in health policy decision making is an understudied area of inquiry. A handful of qualitative studies have suggested that the growing number of patient organizations in Europe and their increasing involvement in policy issues do not result in high political effectiveness. However, existing research is largely country-specific. OBJECTIVE: To examine the degree and impact of cancer patient organization (CPO) participation in health policy decision making in EU-28 and to identify their correlates...
November 1, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089009/comparative-effectiveness-of-two-models-of-depression-services-quality-improvement-in-health-and-community-sectors
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Cathy D Sherbourne, Wayne Aoki, Thomas R Belin, Elizabeth Bromley, Bowen Chung, Elizabeth Dixon, James M Gilmore, Megan Dwight Johnson, Felica Jones, Paul Koegel, Dmitry Khodyakov, Craig M Landry, Elizabeth Lizaola, Norma Mtume, Victoria K Ngo, Michael K Ong, Judith Perlman, Esmeralda Pulido, Vivian Sauer, Lingqi Tang, Yolanda Whittington, Ed Vidaurri, Pluscedia Williams, Aziza Lucas-Wright, Lily Zhang, Jeanne Miranda, Loretta Jones, Kenneth Wells
OBJECTIVE: The effectiveness of community coalition building and program technical assistance was compared in implementation of collaborative care for depression among health care and community sector clients. METHODS: In under-resourced communities, within 93 programs randomly assigned to coalition building (Community Engagement and Planning) or program technical assistance (Resources for Services) models, 1,018 clients completed surveys at baseline and at six, 12, or 36 months...
November 1, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29083973/amcp-partnership-forum-advancing-value-based-contracting
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During the past decade, payment models for the delivery of health care have undergone a dramatic shift from focusing on volume to focusing on value. This shift began with the Affordable Care Act and was reinforced by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which increased the emphasis on payment for delivery of quality care. Today, value-based care is a primary strategy for improving patient care while managing costs. This shift in payment models is expanding beyond the delivery of health care services to encompass models of compensation between payers and biopharmaceutical manufacturers...
November 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079243/lateral-ligament-reconstruction-for-ball-and-socket-ankle-accompanying-lateral-ankle-instability-a-case-report-and-literature%C3%A2-review
#20
Onur Kocadal, Arzu Ozsoy, Hakan Ozsoy
The ball-and-socket ankle joint is a rare deformity characterized by the loss of concavity in the trochlear surface of the talus with rounding of the articular surfaces of the distal fibula and tibia. Frequently, tarsal coalitions, fibular hypoplasia, and shortening of the limb accompany this deformity. To date, no data have been reported on surgical treatment of lateral ankle joint instability and peroneal tendon dislocation concomitant with a ball-and-socket ankle joint. In the present study, we report the case of a 43-year-old male patient with right lateral ankle joint instability and peroneal tendon dislocation in a ball-and-socket ankle joint, with accompanying tarsal coalition...
November 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
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