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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671715/the-critically-endangered-western-chimpanzee-declines-by-80
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Hjalmar S Kühl, Tenekwetche Sop, Elizabeth A Williamson, Roger Mundry, David Brugière, Genevieve Campbell, Heather Cohen, Emmanuel Danquah, Laura Ginn, Ilka Herbinger, Sorrel Jones, Jessica Junker, Rebecca Kormos, Celestin Y Kouakou, Paul K N'Goran, Emma Normand, Kathryn Shutt-Phillips, Alexander Tickle, Elleni Vendras, Adam Welsh, Erin G Wessling, Christophe Boesch
African large mammals are under extreme pressure from unsustainable hunting and habitat loss. Certain traits make large mammals particularly vulnerable. These include late age at first reproduction, long inter-birth intervals, and low population density. Great apes are a prime example of such vulnerability, exhibiting all of these traits. Here we assess the rate of population change for the western chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes verus, over a 24-year period. As a proxy for change in abundance, we used transect nest count data from 20 different sites archived in the IUCN SSC A...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670781/structural-characterization-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-the-new-synthetic-cannabinoid-cumyl-pegaclone
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Verena Angerer, Lukas Mogler, Jan-Patrick Steitz, Philippe Bisel, Cornelius Hess, Clara T Schoeder, Christa E Müller, Laura M Huppertz, Folker Westphal, Jan Schäper, Volker Auwärter
The number of new psychoactive substances (NPS) that have emerged on the European market has been rapidly growing in the last years, with a particularly high number of new compounds from the group of synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists. There have been various political efforts to control the trade and the use of NPS worldwide. In Germany, the 'Act to control the distribution of new psychoactive substances' (NpSG) came into force in November 2016. In this new Act two groups of substances were defined, the group 'cannabimimetics/synthetic cannabinoids' covering indole, indazole and benzimidazole core structures, and a second group named 'compounds derived from 2-phenethylamine'...
July 3, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661300/maximizing-community-voices-to-address-health-inequities-how-the-law-hinders-and-helps
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Julie Ralston Aoki, Christina Peters, Laura Platero, Carter Headrick
This paper highlights the need to apply an equity lens when assessing the impact of preemption and related legal doctrines on community health. Community autonomy to set and pursue public health priorities is an essential part of achieving health equity. Unfortunately, the priorities of organized industry interest groups often conflict with health equity goals. These groups have a history of successfully using law to limit community autonomy to pursue public health measures, most notably through preemption and related legal doctrines...
March 2017: Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics: a Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625816/a-prospective-multicenter-study-evaluating-learning-curves-and-competence-in-endoscopic-ultrasound-and-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography-among-advanced-endoscopy-trainees-the-rapid-assessment-of-trainee-endoscopy-skills-rates-study
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Sachin Wani, Rajesh Keswani, Matt Hall, Samuel Han, Meer Akbar Ali, Brian Brauer, Linda Carlin, Amitabh Chak, Dan Collins, Gregory A Cote, David L Diehl, Christopher J DiMaio, Andrew Dries, Ihab El-Hajj, Swan Ellert, Kimberley Fairley, Ashley Faulx, Larissa Fujii-Lau, Srinivas Gaddam, Seng-Ian Gan, Jonathan P Gaspar, Chitiki Gautamy, Stuart Gordon, Cynthia Harris, Sarah Hyder, Ross Jones, Stephen Kim, Srinadh Komanduri, Ryan Law, Linda Lee, Rawad Mounzer, Daniel Mullady, V Raman Muthusamy, Mojtaba Olyaee, Patrick Pfau, Shreyas Saligram, Cyrus Piraka, Amit Rastogi, Laura Rosenkranz, Fadi Rzouq, Aditi Saxena, Raj J Shah, Violette C Simon, Aaron Small, Jayaprakash Sreenarasimhaiah, Andrew Walker, Andrew Y Wang, Rabindra R Watson, Robert H Wilson, Patrick Yachimski, Dennis Yang, Steven Edmundowicz, Dayna S Early
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Based on the Next Accreditation System, trainee assessment should occur on a continuous basis with individualized feedback. We aimed to validate endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) learning curves among advanced endoscopy trainees (AETs) using a large national sample of training programs and to develop a centralized database that allows assessment of performance in relation to peers. METHODS: ASGE recognized training programs were invited to participate and AETs were graded on ERCP and EUS exams using a validated competency assessment tool that assesses technical and cognitive competence in a continuous fashion...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617780/-the-burden-of-disability-in-cameroon
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Calogero Foti, Caterina Albensi, Laura Giordani, Yannick Azeufack Ngueko, Martin Sanou Sobze, Vittorio Colizzi
AIM: Rehabilitation services for disabled persons are lacking in countries with limited economic resources. Reliable and objective data are needed to plan for their implementation and to determine the burden of disability in these countries. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in June 2013 among people living in Dschang Health District, in the West region of Cameroon, to collect information about socio-demographic aspects of physically disabled subjects and health determinants of disabilities...
March 2017: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604470/in-response
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Laura V Duggan, J Adam Law, Ian R Morris
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587686/societal-perspective-on-cost-drivers-for-health-technology-assessment-in-sindh-pakistan
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Asif Raza Khowaja, Craig Mitton, Rahat Qureshi, Stirling Bryan, Laura A Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
BACKGROUND: Understanding cost-drivers and estimating societal costs are important challenges for economic evaluation of health technologies in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This study assessed community experiences of health resource usage and perceived cost-drivers from a societal perspective to inform the design of an economic model for the Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) trials. METHODS: Qualitative research was undertaken alongside the CLIP trial in two districts of Sindh province, Pakistan...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580580/illicit-drug-delivery-via-administration-of-human-blood
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Laura M Labay, Charles A Catanese
The physiological, psychological, and social consequences associated with illicit drug use are well documented. In addition to the effects directly related to the drug(s), the delivery mechanism can precipitate other serious health conditions. A case is reported where an individual stopped by law enforcement was discovered to be in possession of a vial containing a red-colored fluid, which the person stated was blood and contained fentanyl. Analysis by headspace GC, ELISA, and LC-TOF/MS screening in with mass spectral confirmation revealed the presence of several substances, including ethanol, methamphetamine, amphetamine, MDA, 6-monoacetylmorphine, codeine, morphine, alprazolam, delta-9 THC, ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and norpseudoephedrine; serology testing verified the fluid was consistent with human blood...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574183/quantitative-tools-for-implementing-the-new-definition-of-significant-portion-of-the-range-in-the-endangered-species-act
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Julia E Earl, Sam Nicol, Ruscena Wiederholt, Jay E Diffendorfer, Darius Semmens, D T Tyler Flockhart, Brady J Mattsson, Gary McCracken, D Ryan Norris, Wayne E Thogmartin, Laura López-Hoffman
In July 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announced a new policy interpretation for the Endangered Species Act. According to the Act, a species must be listed as threatened or endangered if it is determined to be threatened or endangered in a significant portion of its range. The 1973 law does not define "significant portion of its range," leading to concerns that interpretations of "significant" by federal agencies and the courts could be inconsistent. The 2014 policy seeks to provide consistency by establishing that a portion of the range should be considered significant if the associated individuals' "removal would cause the entire species to become endangered or threatened...
June 2, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539104/development-of-collaborative-drug-therapy-management-and-clinical-pharmacy-services-in-an-outpatient-psychiatric-clinic
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Ashley Tewksbury, Kevin M Bozymski, Laura Ruekert, Cheen Lum, Elizabeth Cunningham, Frank Covington
Collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM) is a written agreement that allows a pharmacist to initiate, modify, or continue pharmacotherapies under a physician's scope of practice. While available literature pertaining to cardiometabolic and respiratory CDTM services is growing, publications are sparse in psychiatry, particularly outside Veterans Health Administration medical centers. A descriptive study was undertaken to demonstrate how a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist would begin organizing a protocol for clinical pharmacy services at an outpatient, community treatment center for mental health and substance abuse disorders...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531252/hick-hyman-law-is-mediated-by-the-cognitive-control-network-in-the-brain
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Tingting Wu, Alexander J Dufford, Laura J Egan, Melissa-Ann Mackie, Cong Chen, Changhe Yuan, Chao Chen, Xiaobo Li, Xun Liu, Patrick R Hof, Jin Fan
The Hick-Hyman law describes a linear increase in reaction time (RT) as a function of the information entropy of response selection, which is computed as the binary logarithm of the number of response alternatives. While numerous behavioral studies have provided evidence for the Hick-Hyman law, its neural underpinnings have rarely been examined and are still unclear. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging study, by utilizing a choice reaction time task to manipulate the entropy of response selection, we examined brain activity mediating the input and the output, as well as the connectivity between corresponding regions in human participants...
May 22, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513769/the-situation-of-nursing-education-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-towards-universal-health
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Silvia Helena De Bortoli Cassiani, Lynda Law Wilson, Sabrina de Souza Elias Mikael, Laura Morán Peña, Rosa Amarilis Zarate Grajales, Linda L McCreary, Lisa Theus, Maria Del Carmen Gutierrez Agudelo, Adriana da Silva Felix, Jacqueline Molina de Uriza, Nathaly Rozo Gutierrez
Objective: to assess the situation of nursing education and to analyze the extent to which baccalaureate level nursing education programs in Latin America and the Caribbean are preparing graduates to contribute to the achievement of Universal Health. Method: quantitative, descriptive/exploratory, cross-sectional study carried out in 25 countries. Results: a total of 246 nursing schools participated in the study. Faculty with doctoral level degrees totaled 31...
May 11, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494249/evaluation-of-problematic-psychoactive-substances-use-in-people-placed-in-police-custody
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Marie Gérardin, Gabriel Guigand, Laura Wainstein, Pascale Jolliet, Caroline Victorri-Vigneau, Renaud Clément
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: In France, the law states that any person held in custody could be examined by a doctor. The main objective of the medical examination is to give medical evidence of health compatibility with custody. This review identifies health risks such as addictive behaviour. We wanted to know which psychoactive substances are used in this particular population, and how problematic these uses are. DESIGN AND METHODS: A prospective, monocentric, open-ended study conducted via a structured questionnaire was carried out on detainees who reported having taken drugs or illegal substances...
July 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486603/clinical-identification-of-oncogenic-drivers-and-copy-number-alterations-in-pituitary-tumors
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Wenya Linda Bi, Noah F Greenwald, Shakti H Ramkissoon, Malak Abedalthagafi, Shannon M Coy, Keith L Ligon, Yu Mei, Laura MacConaill, Matt Ducar, Le Min, Sandro Santagata, Ursula B Kaiser, Rameen Beroukhim, Edward R Laws, Ian F Dunn
Pituitary tumors are the second most common adult primary brain tumor, with a variable clinical course. Recent work has identified a number of genetic determinants of pituitary tumor subtypes, which may augment classic histopathologic classification schemes. We sought to determine whether pituitary tumors could be stratified based on objective molecular characteristics using a clinical genomics assay. We profiled pituitary tumors using OncoPanel, a clinical multiplexed next-generation sequencing assay and retrospectively collected the clinical information and sequencing results for 127 patients from 2012-2016 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital...
May 8, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481750/lab-based-validation-of-different-data-processing-methods-for-wrist-worn-actigraph-accelerometers-in-young-adults
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Laura D Ellingson, Paul R Hibbing, Youngwon Kim, Laura A Frey-Law, Pedro F Saint-Maurice, Gregory J Welk
The wrist is increasingly being used as the preferred site for objectively assessing physical activity but the relative accuracy of processing methods for wrist data has not been determined. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the validity of four processing methods for wrist-worn ActiGraph (AG) data against energy expenditure (EE) measured using a portable metabolic analyzer (OM; Oxycon mobile) and the Compendium of physical activity. APPROACH: Fifty-one adults (ages 18-40) completed 15 activities ranging from sedentary to vigorous in a laboratory setting while wearing an AG and the OM...
May 8, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426307/how-california-prepared-for-implementation-of-physician-assisted-death-a-primer
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Laura A Petrillo, Elizabeth Dzeng, Krista L Harrison, Lindsay Forbes, Benjamin Scribner, Barbara A Koenig
Physician-assisted death is now legal in California, and similar laws are being considered in many other states. The California law includes safeguards, yet health care providers will face practical and ethical issues while implementing physician-assisted death that are not addressed by the law. To help providers and health care facilities in California prepare to provide optimal care to patients who inquire about physician-assisted death, we brought together experts from California, Oregon, and Washington...
June 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395523/adverse-drug-reactions-reporting-in-calabria-southern-italy-in-the-four-year-period-2011-2014-impact-of-a-regional-pharmacovigilance-project-in-light-of-the-new-european-legislation
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Christian Leporini, Giuseppina Marrazzo, Laura Mumoli, Stefania Esposito, Luca Gallelli, Giovanna Mangano, Giacomino Brancati, Emanuela Adele De Francesco, Emilio Russo, Giovambattista De Sarro
BACKGROUND: The number of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) yearly submitted to the Italian Network of Pharmacovigilance (RNF) has progressively increased after the new European Pharmacovigilance legislation (July 2012). These results have mostly reflected the agreements between Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) and Italian Regions, enabling the implementation of active pharmacovigilance projects. A project was funded by the AIFA in Calabria region (Southern Italy) in 2010 to increase ADRs reporting and promote a safer medicines' use...
May 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373325/state-and-federal-coverage-for-pregnant-immigrants-prenatal-care-increased-no-change-detected-for-infant-health
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Laura R Wherry, Rachel Fabi, Adam Schickedanz, Brendan Saloner
Expanded health insurance coverage for pregnant immigrant women who are in the United States lawfully as well as those who are in the country without documentation may address barriers in access to pregnancy-related care. We present new evidence on the impact of states' public health insurance expansions for pregnant immigrant women (both state-funded and expansions under the Children's Health Insurance Program) on their prenatal care use, mode of delivery, and infant health. Our quasi-experimental design compared changes in immigrant women's outcomes in states expanding coverage to changes in outcomes for nonimmigrant women in the same state and to women in nonexpanding states...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349288/genetic-counselors-perception-of-the-effect-on-practice-of-laws-restricting-abortion
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Caitlin Cooney, Laura Hercher, Komal Bajaj
In 2013, twenty-two states enacted seventy provisions restricting access to abortion. The legislation restricted access to abortions by instituting more regulations on providers and facilities, by prohibiting abortion prior to viability, by restricting funding available to patients and by requiring patients to wait a mandatory time period before having a procedure. Genetic counselors are trained to provide unbiased, comprehensive information in a non-directive style in order to allow patients to exercise their reproductive freedom...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340513/mendelian-randomisation-implicates-hyperlipidaemia-as-a-risk-factor-for-colorectal-cancer
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Henry Rodriguez-Broadbent, Philip J Law, Amit Sud, Kimmo Palin, Sari Tuupanen, Alexandra Gylfe, Ulrika A Hänninen, Tatiana Cajuso, Tomas Tanskanen, Johanna Kondelin, Eevi Kaasinen, Antti-Pekka Sarin, Samuli Ripatti, Johan G Eriksson, Harri Rissanen, Paul Knekt, Eero Pukkala, Pekka Jousilahti, Veikko Salomaa, Aarno Palotie, Laura Renkonen-Sinisalo, Anna Lepistö, Jan Böhm, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Nada A Al-Tassan, Claire Palles, Lynn Martin, Ella Barclay, Susan M Farrington, Maria N Timofeeva, Brian F Meyer, Salma M Wakil, Harry Campbell, Christopher G Smith, Shelley Idziaszczyk, Timothy S Maughan, Richard Kaplan, Rachel Kerr, David Kerr, Michael N Passarelli, Jane C Figueiredo, Daniel D Buchanan, Aung K Win, John L Hopper, Mark A Jenkins, Noralane M Lindor, Polly A Newcomb, Steven Gallinger, David Conti, Fred Schumacher, Graham Casey, Lauri A Aaltonen, Jeremy P Cheadle, Ian P Tomlinson, Malcolm G Dunlop, Richard S Houlston
While elevated blood cholesterol has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) in observational studies, causality is uncertain. Here we apply a Mendelian randomisation (MR) analysis to examine the potential causal relationship between lipid traits and CRC risk. We used single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with blood levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) as instrumental variables (IV). We calculated MR estimates for each risk factor with CRC using SNP-CRC associations from 9,254 cases and 18,386 controls...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
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