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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531956/sediment-microbes-mediate-the-impact-of-nutrient-loading-on-blue-carbon-sequestration-by-mixed-seagrass-meadows
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Songlin Liu, Zhijian Jiang, Jingping Zhang, Yunchao Wu, Xiaoping Huang, Peter I Macreadie
Recent studies have reported significant variability in sediment organic carbon (SOC) storage capacity among seagrass species, but the factors driving this variability are poorly understood, limiting our ability to make informed decisions about which seagrass types are optimal for carbon offsetting and why. Here we show that differences in SOC storage capacity among species within the same geomorphic environment can be explained (in part) by below-ground processes in response to nutrient load; specifically, differences in the activity of microbes harboured by morphologically-different seagrass species...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526778/nudges-in-a-post-truth-world
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Neil Levy
Nudges-policy proposals informed by work in behavioural economics and psychology that are designed to lead to better decision-making or better behaviour-are controversial. Critics allege that they bypass our deliberative capacities, thereby undermining autonomy and responsible agency. In this paper, I identify a kind of nudge I call a nudge to reason, which make us more responsive to genuine evidence. I argue that at least some nudges to reason do not bypass our deliberative capacities. Instead, use of these nudges should be seen as appeals to mechanisms partially constitutive of these capacities, and therefore as benign (so far as autonomy and responsible agency are concerned)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520974/the-neuropsychological-assessment-of-justice-involved-men-descriptive-analysis-preliminary-data-and-a-case-for-group-specific-norms
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Casey LaDuke, David DeMatteo, Kirk Heilbrun, Jennifer Gallo, Thomas Swirsky-Sacchetti
Objective: Neuropsychological expertise has played an increasing role in legal decision-making in criminal contexts. Valid neuropsychological evidence in criminal forensic contexts requires normative data that are representative of justice-involved individuals. Unfortunately, existing normative data appear unlikely to represent justice-involved individuals due to significant demographic and clinical factors specific to this population. As a result, the interpretation of neuropsychological performance with justice-involved individuals using existing normative data may increase the risk of inaccurate description, invalid clinical conceptualization, misdiagnosis of impairment, and misattribution of deficits in functional-legal capacities...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516357/reducing-greenhouse-gas-emissions-a-duopoly-market-pricing-competition-and-cooperation-under-the-carbon-emissions-cap
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Ming Jian, Hua He, Changsong Ma, Yan Wu, Hao Yang
This article studies the price competition and cooperation in a duopoly that is subjected to carbon emissions cap. The study assumes that in a departure from the classical Bertrand game, there is still a market for both firms' goods regardless of the product price, even though production capacity is limited by carbon emissions regulation. Through the decentralized decision making of both firms under perfect information, the results are unstable. The firm with the lower maximum production capacity under carbon emissions regulation and the firm with the higher maximum production capacity both seek market price cooperation...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514883/bioethical-analysis-to-the-therapeutic-use-of-cannabis-integrative-review
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Selene Cordeiro Vasconcelos, Antonia Oliveira Silva, Maria Adelaide Silva Paredes Moreira, Analine de Souza Bandeira Correia, Ana Luisa Antunes Gonçalves Guerra, Adrielle Rodrigues Dos Santos, Iracema da Silva Frazão
INTRODUCTION: Despite being considered as a contravention under some countries' legislation, the therapeutic use of Cannabis sativa has been growing in Brazil, due to the promising results observed in many pathologies. Such a scenario has fostered the need to deepen discussions on the subject and possibly revise legislation governing the substance use and access. OBJECTIVES: Identify the types of stigma related to the therapeutic use of Cannabis and describe the strategies people use to overcome stigma...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511271/georgia-s-collaborative-approach-to-expanding-mosquito-surveillance-in-response-to-zika-virus-a-case-study
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R Christopher Rustin, Deonte Martin, Varadan Sevilimedu, Sarbesh Pandeya, Haresh Rochani, Rosmarie Kelly
Zika virus (ZIKV) was declared an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization on February 1, 2016. Due to the known and estimated range of the ZIKV mosquito vectors, southern and central US states faced increased risk of ZIKV transmission. With the state of Georgia hosting the world's busiest international airport, a climate that supports the ZIKV vectors, and limited surveillance (13 counties) and response capacity, the Department of Public Health (DPH) was challenged to respond and prevent ZIKV transmission...
January 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511024/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-and-surgery
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Paul O Older, Denny Zh Levett
The surgical patient population is increasingly elderly and comorbid and poses challenges to perioperative physicians. Accurate pre-operative risk stratification is important to direct perioperative care. Reduced aerobic fitness is associated with increased post-operative morbidity and mortality. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is an integrated and dynamic test that gives an objective measure of aerobic fitness or functional capacity and identifies the cause of exercise intolerance. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing provides an individualized estimate of patient risk that can be used to predict post-operative morbidity and mortality...
May 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507770/the-recovery-of-factors-associated-with-decision-making-capacity-in-individuals-with-psychosis
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Colin Fernandez, Harry G Kennedy, Miriam Kennedy
BACKGROUND: There is limited data on the recovery of factors associated with decisional capacity in patients with psychosis. AIMS: To study the relationship between changes in mental capacity, symptoms and global functioning using structured measures during treatment for psychosis. METHOD: Fifty-six patients with psychosis were assessed for capacity to consent to treatment on admission and at 6 and 12 weeks following treatment. The MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool - Treatment, the Positive and Negative Symptom Scale and the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale were used to measure mental capacities, symptom severity and global functioning respectively...
May 2017: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503892/the-ethics-of-clinical-trials-research-in-severe-mood-disorders
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Allison C Nugent, Franklin G Miller, Ioline D Henter, Carlos A Zarate
Mood disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD), are highly prevalent, frequently disabling, and sometimes deadly. Additional research and more effective medications are desperately needed, but clinical trials research in mood disorders is fraught with ethical issues. Although many authors have discussed these issues, most do so from a theoretical viewpoint. This manuscript uses available empirical data to inform a discussion of the primary ethical issues raised in mood disorders research...
May 15, 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503834/respect-for-autonomy-in-light-of-neuropsychiatry
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Sabine Müller
Bioethics needs an elaborated concept of autonomy based on empirical knowledge about the prerequisites of the capacity of autonomy. Whereas Beauchamp and Childress, and many other bioethicists have discussed social influences on the capacity of autonomy in depth, neurobiological influences have received less attention. A comprehensive concept of autonomy should consider both social and biological factors that can diminish the capacity of autonomy. This article focuses on neurobiological influences that can reduce the capacity of autonomy...
June 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503832/the-voluntary-nature-of-decision-making-in-addiction-static-metaphysical-views-versus-epistemologically-dynamic-views
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Eric Racine, Simon Rousseau-Lesage
The degree of autonomy present in the choices made by individuals with an addiction, notably in the context of research, is unclear and debated. Some have argued that addiction, as it is commonly understood, prevents people from having sufficient decision-making capacity or self-control to engage in choices involving substances to which they have an addiction. Others have criticized this position for being too radical and have counter-argued in favour of the full autonomy of people with an addiction. Aligning ourselves with middle-ground positions between these two extremes, we flesh out an account of voluntary action that makes room for finer-grained analyses than the proposed all-or-nothing stances, which rely on a rather static metaphysical understanding of the nature of the voluntariness of action...
June 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502493/the-effect-of-maximal-vs-submaximal-exertion-on-postprandial-lipid-levels-in-individuals-with-and-without-coronary-heart-disease
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David M Aronov, Marina G Bubnova, Natalia V Perova, Alexander N Orekhov, Yuri V Bobryshev
BACKGROUND: Decisions about fat consumption and levels of physical activity are among the everyday choices we make in life and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) can be affected by those choices. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of a standard fat load combined with physical exertion of different intensities on the plasma lipid profile of CHD patients and CHD-free individuals. METHODS: This study looked at the influence of different intensities of physical exercise on postprandial lipid metabolism in 20 healthy men and 36 men with diagnosis of CHD...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501851/implementing-liquid-biopsies-into-clinical-decision-making-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Dagmar Quandt, Hans D Zucht, Arno Amann, Anne Wulf-Goldenberg, Carl Borrebaeck, Michael Cannarile, Diether Lambrechts, Herbert Oberacher, James Garrett, Tapan Nayak, Michael Kazinski, Charles Massie, Heidi Schwarzenbach, Michele Maio, Robert Prins, Björn Wendik, Richard Hockett, Daniel Enderle, Mikkel Noerholm, Hans Hendriks, Heinz Zwierzina, Barbara Seliger
During the last decade, novel immunotherapeutic strategies, in particular antibodies directed against immune checkpoint inhibitors, have revolutionized the treatment of different malignancies leading to an improved survival of patients. Identification of immune-related biomarkers for diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring of immune responses and selection of patients for specific cancer immunotherapies is urgently required and therefore areas of intensive research. Easily accessible samples in particular liquid biopsies (body fluids), such as blood, saliva or urine, are preferred for serial tumor biopsies...
April 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501464/the-connection-between-nursing-diagnosis-and-the-use-of-healthcare-resources
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María Consuelo Company-Sancho, Marcos Estupiñán-Ramírez, Hilda Sánchez-Janáriz, Rita Tristancho-Ajamil
AIM: The health service invests up to 75% of its resources on chronic care where the focus should be on caring rather than curing. Nursing staff focuses their work on such care. Care requires being redorded in health histories through the standardized languages. These records enable useful analyses to organisational and healthcare decision-making. Our proposal is to know the association of between nursing diagnosis and a higher total expenditure on health. METHOD: An observational cross-sectional analytical study was performed based on data from electronic health records in Primary Care (Drago-AP), hospital discharges (CMBD-AH) and prescriptions (REC-SCS) of patients over 50 from 2012-2013 in the Canary Islands...
May 10, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499930/working-memory-and-attentional-bias-on-reinforcing-efficacy-of-food
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Katelyn A Carr, Leonard H Epstein
Reinforcing efficacy of food, or the relationship between food prices and purchasing, is related to obesity status and energy intake in adults. Determining how to allocate resources for food is a decision making process influenced by executive functions. Attention to appetitive cues, as well as working memory capacity, or the ability to flexibly control attention while mentally retaining information, may be important executive functions involved in food purchasing decisions. In two studies, we examined how attention bias to food and working memory capacity are related to reinforcing efficacy of both high energy-dense and low energy-dense foods...
May 9, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497554/shaking-up-the-debate-ensuring-the-ethical-use-of-dbs-intervention-criteria-for-mid-stage-parkinson-s-patients
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REVIEW
Marleen Eijkholt, Laura Y Cabrera, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, Julie G Pilitsis
OBJECTIVES: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a well-established treatment for the management of severe motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). Until recently, device regulation, medical, and insurance practices limited DBS to patients with advanced stages of PD. In February 2016 this changed, however, when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted formal approval for the use of brain stimulator in mid-stage PD patients. In this article, we examine whether DBS in mid-stage PD can be ethically justified beyond the FDA approval...
May 11, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497173/identifying-effective-and-sustainable-measures-for-community-based-environmental-monitoring
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Ariana J McKay, Chris J Johnson
Resource development projects typically result in monitoring programs that fail to fully consider the values and participation of surrounding communities. Also, monitoring protocols for single environmental values can be insufficient for addressing the cumulative impacts of resource development. Community-based environmental monitoring (CBEM) has emerged as a way to meaningfully include local citizens in the decision-making process and assessment of the development of natural resources. Our research explored how to develop effective and sustainable CBEM...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495830/establishing-recommendations-for-stroke-systems-in-the-thrombectomy-era-the-upstate-new-york-stakeholder-proceedings
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Zainab Magdon-Ismail, Curtis Benesch, Jeremy T Cushman, Ian Brissette, Andrew M Southerland, Ethan S Brandler, Cemal B Sozener, Sue Flor, Roseanne Hemmitt, Kathleen Wales, Krystal Parrigan, Steven R Levine
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Department of Health Stroke Coverdell Program convened a stakeholder meeting in upstate NY to develop recommendations to enhance stroke systems for acute large vessel occlusion. METHODS: Prehospital, hospital, and Department of Health leadership were invited (n=157). Participants provided goals/concerns and developed recommendations for prehospital triage and interfacility transport, rating each using a 3-level impact (A [high], B, and C [low]) and implementation feasibility (1 [high], 2, and 3 [low]) scale...
May 11, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495469/clock-copying-predicts-mortality-in-adult-protective-services-clients
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Abigail E Talley, Jason E Schillerstrom, Donald R Royall
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine if a clock copying task predicts 18-month mortality in an Adult Protective Services (APS) sample referred for a decision-making capacity assessment. METHODS: The authors performed a retrospective medical record review of clients (N = 233) referred by APS for a decision-making capacity assessment during a 3-year time period. Information extracted included demographic data and neuropsychological performance on a battery sensitive to executive function, visuospatial ability, depression, memory, and general cognition...
April 6, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495332/the-neural-correlates-of-theory-of-mind-and-their-role-during-empathy-and-the-game-of-chess-a-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Joanne L Powell, Davide Grossi, Rhiannon Corcoran, Fernand Gobet, Marta García-Fiñana
Chess involves the capacity to reason iteratively about potential intentional choices of an opponent and therefore involves high levels of explicit theory of mind [ToM] (i.e. ability to infer mental states of others) alongside clear, strategic rule-based decision-making. Functional magnetic resonance imaging was used on 12 healthy male novice chess players to identify cortical regions associated with chess, ToM and empathizing. The blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) response for chess and empathizing tasks was extracted from each ToM region...
May 8, 2017: Neuroscience
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