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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343112/the-impact-of-australian-legislative-changes-on-synthetic-cannabinoid-exposures-reported-to-the-new-south-wales-poisons-information-centre
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Rose Cairns, Jared A Brown, Naren Gunja, Nicholas A Buckley
BACKGROUND: The emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS), including synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (SCRAs) poses novel challenges for drug regulation and public health. Misconceptions of safety and legality, coupled with the fact that NPS are undetectable on routine drugs screens contributes to their popularity. Concerns over the unpredictable toxicity and abuse potential of NPS has led to a variety of legislative responses worldwide. We wish to describe Australian trends in SCRA use, examining the effects of legislative changes on calls to Australia's largest poisons centre...
March 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342346/can-wastewater-based-epidemiology-be-used-to-evaluate-the-health-impact-of-temperature-an-exploratory-study-in-an-australian-population
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Dung Phung, Jochen Mueller, Foon Yin Lai, Jake O'Brien, Nhung Dang, Lidia Morawska, Phong K Thai
Ambient temperature is known to have impact on population health but assessing its impact by the traditional cohort approach is resource intensive. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) could be an alternative for the traditional approach. This study was to provide the first evaluation to see if WBE can be used to assess the impact of temperature exposure to a population in South East Queensland, Australia using selected pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) as biomarkers. Daily loads of eight PPCPs in wastewater collected from a wastewater treatment plant were measured from February 2011 to June 2012...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339501/mapping-global-biodiversity-connections-with-dna-barcodes-lepidoptera-of-pakistan
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Muhammad Ashfaq, Saleem Akhtar, Muhammad Athar Rafi, Shahid Mansoor, Paul D N Hebert
Sequences from the DNA barcode region of the mitochondrial COI gene are an effective tool for specimen identification and for the discovery of new species. The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (www.boldsystems.org) currently hosts 4.5 million records from animals which have been assigned to more than 490,000 different Barcode Index Numbers (BINs), which serve as a proxy for species. Because a fourth of these BINs derive from Lepidoptera, BOLD has a strong capability to both identify specimens in this order and to support studies of faunal overlap...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339472/vector-status-of-aedes-species-determines-geographical-risk-of-autochthonous-zika-virus-establishment
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Lauren Gardner, Nan Chen, Sahotra Sarkar
BACKGROUND: The 2015-16 Zika virus pandemic originating in Latin America led to predictions of a catastrophic global spread of the disease. Since the current outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 local transmission of Zika has been reported in over 60 countries and territories, with over 750 thousand confirmed and suspected cases. As a result of its range expansion attention has focused on possible modes of transmission, of which the arthropod vector-based disease spread cycle involving Aedes species is believed to be the most important...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339159/differences-in-survival-outcome-for-severely-injured-paediatric-trauma-by-type-of-trauma-centre
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Rebecca J Mitchell, Kate Curtis, Luke Testa, Andrew Ja Holland, Soundappan Sv Soundappan, Sarah Adams
AIM: Whether treatment at paediatric trauma centres (PTCs) provides a survival advantage for injured children over treatment at adult trauma centres (ATCs) remains inconclusive. This study examines the association between trauma centre type and in-hospital mortality for severely injured paediatric trauma patients in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: A retrospective examination of paediatric patient characteristics (aged ≤15 years), treatment and injury outcome was conducted using data from the New South Wales Trauma Registry for 2009-2014...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339135/integrated-models-to-support-multiobjective-ecological-restoration-decisions
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Hannah Fraser, Libby Rumpff, Jian D L Yen, Doug Robinson, Brendan A Wintle
Many objectives motivate ecological restoration including improving vegetation condition, increasing the range and abundance of threatened species, and improving aggregate measures of biodiversity such as richness and diversity. While ecological models have been used to examine the outcomes of ecological restoration, there are few attempts to develop models to account for multiple, potentially competing objectives. We develop the first predictive model that integrates a vegetation-focused state-and-transition model with species distribution models for birds...
March 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338706/estimating-mean-change-in-population-salt-intake-using-spot-urine-samples
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Kristina S Petersen, Jason H Y Wu, Jacqui Webster, Carley Grimes, Mark Woodward, Caryl A Nowson, Bruce Neal
Background: : Spot urine samples are easier to collect than 24-h urine samples and have been used with estimating equations to derive the mean daily salt intake of a population. Whether equations using data from spot urine samples can also be used to estimate change in mean daily population salt intake over time is unknown. We compared estimates of change in mean daily population salt intake based upon 24-h urine collections with estimates derived using equations based on spot urine samples...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337025/prevalence-of-obesity-and-comorbid-eating-disorder-behaviors-in-south-australia-from-1995-to-2015
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F Q da Luz, A Sainsbury, H Mannan, S Touyz, D Mitchison, P Hay
BACKGROUND: Obesity and eating disorders are often studied and treated separately. Whilst the increases in obesity prevalence are well known, examination of its co-occurrence with eating disorders, a problem also of public health concern, is important because eating disorder behaviors are known to contribute to obesity onset and maintenance, and vice-versa. METHODS: Data from large cross-sectional representative statewide community samples of people in the years of 1995 (n=3001), 2005 (n=3047) and 2015 (n=3005) were analyzed...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336208/reducing-the-marine-debris-of-recreational-hoop-nets-in-south-eastern-australia
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Matt K Broadhurst, Russell B Millar
Alternative configurations of Australian recreational portunid hoop nets were investigated to address debris and selectivity issues. Four treatment nets (all comprising 152-mm polyamide-PA mesh) were assessed that differed in their twine (conventional multifilament vs new multi-monofilament) and fishing configuration (conventional conical vs inverted shapes). The conical multifilament design lost means (±SEs) of 130.6±23.1 and 5.3±1.2mm of twine 3-h soak(-1) when used to target Scylla serrata and Portunus pelagicus...
March 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335736/the-association-of-emergency-department-presentations-in-pregnancy-with-hospital-admissions-for-postnatal-depression-pnd-a-cohort-study-based-on-linked-population-data
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Fenglian Xu, Elizabeth A Sullivan, Roberto Forero, Caroline S E Homer
BACKGROUND: To investigate the impact of presenting to an Emergency Department (ED) during pregnancy on postnatal depression (PND) in women in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. METHOD: An epidemiological population-based study using linked data from the NSW Emergency Department Data Collection (EDDC), the NSW Perinatal Data Collection (PDC) and the NSW Admitted Patients Data Collection (APDC) was conducted. Women who gave birth to their first child in NSW between 1 January 2006 and 31 December 2010 were followed up from pregnancy to the end of the first year after birth...
March 23, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335575/public-preferences-for-the-use-of-taxation-and-labelling-policy-measures-to-combat-obesity-in-young-children-in-australia
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Tracy Comans, Nicole Moretto, Joshua Byrnes
Objective: Childhood obesity is a serious concern for developed and developing countries. This study aimed to assess the level of support in Australia for regulation and to assess whether systematic differences occur between individuals who support increased regulation and individuals who oppose it. Methods: An online survey (n = 563) was used to assess parental/caregiver preferences for taxation policy options and nutrition labelling designed to address the incidence of childhood obesity. Participants were parents or caregivers of young children (3 to 7 years) who were actively enrolled in an existing birth cohort study in South-East Queensland, Australia...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334812/understanding-collaboration-in-general-practice-a-qualitative-study
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Susan McInnes, Kath Peters, Andrew Bonney, Elizabeth Halcomb
Background.: An increased incidence of chronic and complex conditions in the community is placing pressure on human resources in general practice. Improving collaboration between GPs and registered nurses may help alleviate workforce stressors and enhance health outcomes. Objective.: To explore the facilitators and challenges of collaboration between GPs and registered nurses in Australian general practice. Methods.: Eight GPs and 14 registered nurses from general practices in New South Wales, Australia, participated in semi-structured face-to-face interviews...
March 8, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334468/supporting-the-aboriginal-alcohol-and-other-drug-workforce-in-new-south-wales-australia
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K S Kylie Lee, Bradley Freeburn, Steve Ella, Scott Wilson, Kristie Harrison, Monique McEwan, Katherine M Conigrave
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334287/climate-trends-in-the-wood-anatomy-of-acacia-sensu-stricto-leguminosae-mimosoideae
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Nigel W M Warwick, Luke Hailey, Kerri L Clarke, Peter E Gasson
Background and Aims: This study investigates the structural diversity of the secondary xylem of 54 species of Acacia from four taxonomic sections collected across five climate regions along a 1200 km E-W transect from sub-tropical [approx. 1400 mm mean annual precipitation (MAP)] to arid (approx. 240 mm MAP) in New South Wales, Australia. Acacia sensu stricto ( s.s. ) is a critical group for understanding the effect of climate and phylogeny on the functional anatomy of wood. Methods: Wood samples were sectioned in transverse, tangential and radial planes for light microscopy and analysis...
March 9, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334284/genomic-diversity-guides-conservation-strategies-among-rare-terrestrial-orchid-species-when-taxonomy-remains-uncertain
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Collin W Ahrens, Megan A Supple, Nicola C Aitken, David J Cantrill, Justin O Borevitz, Elizabeth A James
Background and Aims: Species are often used as the unit for conservation, but may not be suitable for species complexes where taxa are difficult to distinguish. Under such circumstances, it may be more appropriate to consider species groups or populations as evolutionarily significant units (ESUs). A population genomic approach was employed to investigate the diversity within and among closely related species to create a more robust, lineage-specific conservation strategy for a nationally endangered terrestrial orchid and its relatives from south-eastern Australia...
March 15, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333302/outcomes-of-multisite-antimicrobial-stewardship-programme-implementation-with-a-shared-clinical-decision-support-system
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Stuart E Bond, Adriana J Chubaty, Suman Adhikari, Spiros Miyakis, Craig S Boutlis, Wilfred W Yeo, Marijka J Batterham, Cara Dickson, Brendan J McMullan, Mona Mostaghim, Samantha Li-Yan Hui, Kate R Clezy, Pamela Konecny
Background: Studies evaluating antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) supported by computerized clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) have predominantly been conducted in single site metropolitan hospitals. Objectives: To examine outcomes of multisite ASP implementation supported by a centrally deployed CDSS. Methods: An interrupted time series study was conducted across five hospitals in New South Wales, Australia, from 2010 to 2014...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331541/identifying-cross-cultural-variations-in-psychostimulant-use-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-using-linked-data
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Manonita Ghosh, C D'Arcy J Holman, David B Preen
BACKGROUND: To validate the association between country-of-birth and disparities in the stimulant use for ADHD among individuals in Western Australia. METHODS: Using linked data, a population-based retrospective cohort of individuals admitted to hospital before age 25 years was followed through to identify having stimulants for ADHD in 2003-2007. Multivariate logistic and linear regressions were used to characterise associations between stimulants and country-of-birth, geographical remoteness and socioeconomic status...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327379/computer-tablet-or-telephone-a-randomised-controlled-trial-exploring-two-methods-of-collecting-data-from-drug-and-alcohol-outpatients
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Breanne Hobden, Jamie Bryant, Mariko Carey, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Christopher Oldmeadow
OBJECTIVE: Both computerised and telephone surveys have potential advantages for research data collection. The current study aimed to determine the: (i) feasibility, (ii) acceptability, and (iii) cost per completed survey of computer tablet versus telephone data collection for clients attending an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment clinic. DESIGN: Two-arm randomised controlled trial. METHOD: Clients attending a drug and alcohol outpatient clinic in New South Wales, Australia, were randomised to complete a baseline survey via computer tablet in the clinic or via telephone interview within two weeks of their appointment...
March 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326692/life-satisfaction-of-older-turks-living-in-australia
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Hülya Öztop, Bahar Kınacı
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the influence of socio-economic and demographic variables, the frequency of travel to Turkey and years of living in Sydney on the life satisfaction of older Turkish people. METHODS: This study was conducted with 110 participants of 60 years of age or older, at the New South Wales Turkish Welfare Association in Sydney, Australia. The surveys were administered face-to-face at a date and time these participants went to the Association...
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325527/collaborative-pharmacist-prescribing-within-the-opioid-substitution-treatment-program-in-south-australia-patient-and-pharmacist-views
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Phuong-Phi Le, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Caroline Laurence
There is a shortage of medical practitioners able and/or willing to prescribe OST. This qualitative study investigated an alternative model of care where by pharmacists co-prescribed with an accredited doctor for OST patients. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews with 14 OST patients were conducted at a state government drug and alcohol clinic about their views on pharmacist prescribing OST for them. In the second phase of the study, three focus group interviews with 18 pharmacists were conducted to explore their views on a policy proposal which would allow them to co-prescribe for OST patients...
February 27, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
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