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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086877/treating-the-invisible-gaps-and-opportunities-for-enhanced-tb-control-along-the-thailand-myanmar-border
#1
Naomi Tschirhart, Sein Sein Thi, Lei Lei Swe, Francois Nosten, Angel M Foster
BACKGROUND: In Thailand's northwestern Tak province, contextual conditions along the border with Myanmar pose difficulties for TB control among migrant populations. Incomplete surveillance data, migrant patient mobility, and loss to follow-up make it difficult to estimate the TB burden and implement effective TB control measures. This multi-methods study examined tuberculosis, tuberculosis and human immunodeficiency virus co-infection, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment accessibility for migrants and refugees in Tak province, health system response, and public health surveillance...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057609/intellicare-an-eclectic-skills-based-app-suite-for-the-treatment-of-depression-and-anxiety
#2
David C Mohr, Kathryn Noth Tomasino, Emily G Lattie, Hannah L Palac, Mary J Kwasny, Kenneth Weingardt, Chris J Karr, Susan M Kaiser, Rebecca C Rossom, Leland R Bardsley, Lauren Caccamo, Colleen Stiles-Shields, Stephen M Schueller
BACKGROUND: Digital mental health tools have tended to use psychoeducational strategies based on treatment orientations developed and validated outside of digital health. These features do not map well to the brief but frequent ways that people use mobile phones and mobile phone apps today. To address these challenges, we developed a suite of apps for depression and anxiety called IntelliCare, each developed with a focused goal and interactional style. IntelliCare apps prioritize interactive skills training over education and are designed for frequent but short interactions...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025586/mapping-paddy-rice-planting-area-in-northeastern-asia-with-landsat-8-images-phenology-based-algorithm-and-google-earth-engine
#3
Jinwei Dong, Xiangming Xiao, Michael A Menarguez, Geli Zhang, Yuanwei Qin, David Thau, Chandrashekhar Biradar, Berrien Moore
Area and spatial distribution information of paddy rice are important for understanding of food security, water use, greenhouse gas emission, and disease transmission. Due to climatic warming and increasing food demand, paddy rice has been expanding rapidly in high latitude areas in the last decade, particularly in northeastern (NE) Asia. Current knowledge about paddy rice fields in these cold regions is limited. The phenology- and pixel-based paddy rice mapping (PPPM) algorithm, which identifies the flooding signals in the rice transplanting phase, has been effectively applied in tropical areas, but has not been tested at large scale of cold regions yet...
November 2016: Remote Sensing of Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017810/access-to-quaternary-care-surgery-implications-for-accountable-care-organizations
#4
J Hunter Mehaffey, Robert B Hawkins, Matthew G Mullen, Max O Meneveau, Bruce Schirmer, Irving L Kron, R Scott Jones, Peter T Hallowell
BACKGROUND: Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) attempt to provide the most efficient and effective care to patients within a region. We hypothesize that patients who undergo surgery closer to home have improved survival due to proximity of preoperative and post-discharge care. STUDY DESIGN: All (17,582) institutional American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) patients with a documented zip code and predicted risk who underwent surgery at our institution (2005-2014) were evaluated...
December 22, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995048/proposal-for-optimal-placement-platform-of-bikes-using-queueing-networks
#5
Shinya Mizuno, Shogo Iwamoto, Mutsumi Seki, Naokazu Yamaki
In recent social experiments, rental motorbikes and rental bicycles have been arranged at nodes, and environments where users can ride these bikes have been improved. When people borrow bikes, they return them to nearby nodes. Some experiments have been conducted using the models of Hamachari of Yokohama, the Niigata Rental Cycle, and Bicing. However, from these experiments, the effectiveness of distributing bikes was unclear, and many models were discontinued midway. Thus, we need to consider whether these models are effectively designed to represent the distribution system...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978837/what-works-for-whom-in-pharmacist-led-smoking-cessation-support-realist-review
#6
Trisha Greenhalgh, Fraser Macfarlane, Liz Steed, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: New models of primary care are needed to address funding and staffing pressures. We addressed the research question "what works for whom in what circumstances in relation to the role of community pharmacies in providing lifestyle interventions to support smoking cessation?" METHODS: This is a realist review conducted according to RAMESES standards. We began with a sample of 103 papers included in a quantitative review of community pharmacy intervention trials identified through systematic searching of seven databases...
December 16, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975332/traffic-noise-mapping-of-indian-roads-through-smartphone-user-community-participation
#7
Rajiv Kumar, Abhijit Mukherjee, V P Singh
Road traffic noise pollution is a global hazard, and rapid urbanization has aggravated the problem. This paper explores a novel approach which involves a smartphone user community to monitor the prevalent noise. The system involves a client application on smartphones that records noise, processes the information and communicates to a server and shares the information as visual noise levels on Google® Maps. A fuzzy logic-based classification of noise is proposed. Results from residential, commercial, and industrial areas of the northern region of India are demonstrated...
January 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903063/smartphone-assisted-spatial-data-collection-improves-geographic-information-quality-pilot-study-using-a-birth-records-dataset
#8
Xiaohui Xu, Hui Hu, Sandie Ha, Daikwon Han
It is well known that the conventional, automated geocoding method based on self-reported residential addresses has many issues. We developed a smartphone-assisted aerial image-based method, which uses the Google Maps application programming interface as a spatial data collection tool during the birth registration process. In this pilot study, we have tested whether the smartphone-assisted method provides more accurate geographic information than the automated geocoding method in the scenario when both methods can get the address geocodes...
November 23, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899138/the-impact-of-oxytocin-administration-on-brain-activity-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-protocol
#9
Daniel S Quintana, Tim Outhred, Lars T Westlye, Gin S Malhi, Ole A Andreassen
BACKGROUND: Converging evidence demonstrates the important role of the neuropeptide hormone oxytocin (OT) in human behaviour and cognition. Intranasal OT administration has been shown to improve several aspects of social communication, such as the theory of mind performance and gaze to the eye region, and reduce anxiety and related negative cognitive appraisals. While this early research has demonstrated the potential for intranasal OT to treat psychiatric illnesses characterized by social impairments, the neurobiological mechanisms are not well known...
November 29, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875169/probabilistic-graph-layout-for-uncertain-network-visualization
#10
Christoph Schulz, Arlind Nocaj, Jochen Goertler, Oliver Deussen, Ulrik Brandes, Daniel Weiskopf
We present a novel uncertain network visualization technique based on node-link diagrams. Nodes expand spatially in our probabilistic graph layout, depending on the underlying probability distributions of edges. The visualization is created by computing a two-dimensional graph embedding that combines samples from the probabilistic graph. A Monte Carlo process is used to decompose a probabilistic graph into its possible instances and to continue with our graph layout technique. Splatting and edge bundling are used to visualize point clouds and network topology...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870847/creating-high-resolution-multiscale-maps-of-human-tissue-using-multi-beam-sem
#11
André F Pereira, Daniel J Hageman, Tomasz Garbowski, Christof Riedesel, Ulf Knothe, Dirk Zeidler, Melissa L Knothe Tate
Multi-beam scanning electron microscopy (mSEM) enables high-throughput, nano-resolution imaging of macroscopic tissue samples, providing an unprecedented means for structure-function characterization of biological tissues and their cellular inhabitants, seamlessly across multiple length scales. Here we describe computational methods to reconstruct and navigate a multitude of high-resolution mSEM images of the human hip. We calculated cross-correlation shift vectors between overlapping images and used a mass-spring-damper model for optimal global registration...
November 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867427/practicalities-of-mapping-pm10-and-pm2-5-concentrations-on-city-wide-scales-using-a-portable-particulate-monitor
#12
Michael E Deary, Samantha J Bainbridge, Amy Kerr, Adam McAllister, Thomas Shrimpton
Fine particulate matter is considered to be the most significant ambient air pollutant in terms of potential health impacts. Therefore, it is important that regulators are able to accurately assess the exposure of populations to PM10 and PM2.5 across municipal areas. We report on the practicalities of using a laser light scattering portable particulate monitor (Turnkey Instruments DustMate), in combination with a GPS, to map PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations on city-wide scales in Newcastle upon Tyne/Gateshead (UK), during a series of walking surveys...
2016: Air Quality, Atmosphere, & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867227/a-pattern-based-definition-of-urban-context-using-remote-sensing-and-gis
#13
Magdalena Benza, John R Weeks, Douglas A Stow, David López-Carr, Keith C Clarke
In Sub-Saharan Africa rapid urban growth combined with rising poverty is creating diverse urban environments, the nature of which are not adequately captured by a simple urban-rural dichotomy. This paper proposes an alternative classification scheme for urban mapping based on a gradient approach for the southern portion of the West African country of Ghana. Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) and European Remote Sensing Satellite-2 (ERS-2) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery are used to generate a pattern based definition of the urban context...
September 15, 2016: Remote Sensing of Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846881/using-an-audit-tool-maps-global-to-assess-the-characteristics-of-the-physical-environment-related-to-walking-for-transport-in-youth-reliability-of-belgian-data
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Griet Vanwolleghem, Ariane Ghekiere, Greet Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Sara D'Haese, Carrie M Geremia, Matthieu Lenoir, James F Sallis, Hannah Verhoeven, Delfien Van Dyck
BACKGROUND: The aim was to examine inter-rater and alternate-form reliability of the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS) Global tool to assess the physical environment along likely walking routes in Belgium. METHODS: For 65 children participating in the BEPAS-children study, routes between their individual homes and the nearest pre-defined destination were defined. Using MAPS Global, physical environmental characteristics of the routes were audited by 4 trained auditors (2 on-site, 2 online using Google Street View)...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842604/what-guidance-is-available-for-researchers-conducting-overviews-of-reviews-of-healthcare-interventions-a-scoping-review-and-qualitative-metasummary
#15
Michelle Pollock, Ricardo M Fernandes, Lorne A Becker, Robin Featherstone, Lisa Hartling
BACKGROUND: Overviews of reviews (overviews) compile data from multiple systematic reviews to provide a single synthesis of relevant evidence for decision-making. Despite their increasing popularity, there is limited methodological guidance available for researchers wishing to conduct overviews. The objective of this scoping review is to identify and collate all published and unpublished documents containing guidance for conducting overviews examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and/or safety of healthcare interventions...
November 14, 2016: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826819/assessing-nebraska-playa-wetland-inundation-status-during-1985-2015-using-landsat-data-and-google-earth-engine
#16
Zhenghong Tang, Yao Li, Yue Gu, Weiguo Jiang, Yuan Xue, Qiao Hu, Ted LaGrange, Andy Bishop, Jeff Drahota, Ruopu Li
Playa wetlands in Nebraska provide globally important habitats for migratory waterfowl. Inundation condition is an important indicator of playa wetland functionality. However, there is a lack of long-term continuous monitoring records for playa wetlands. The objective of this study was to determine a suitable index for Landsat images to map the playa inundation status in March and April during 1985-2015. Four types of spectral indices-negative normalized vegetation index, Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI), modified NDWI, and Tasseled Cap Wetness-Greenness Difference (TCWGD)-were evaluated to detect playa inundation conditions from Landsat images...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801793/identification-of-vape-shops-in-two-north-carolina-counties-an-approach-for-states-without-retailer-licensing
#17
Joseph G L Lee, Heather D'Angelo, Jaleel D Kuteh, Ryan J Martin
Stores that sell electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) as their primary product are a new phenomenon and often termed "vape shops". While vape shops are now regulated by state and federal agencies, not all states maintain lists of vape shops in operation. Standard ways of identifying tobacco retailers through off-premise alcohol permits and business listing services may not identify vape shops. We used four online business listing services (i.e., Google Maps, ReferenceUSA, YellowPages.com, Yelp) to identify vape shops in two counties in North Carolina (NC)...
October 27, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726756/environmental-asbestos-exposure-sources-in-korea
#18
Dong-Mug Kang, Jong-Eun Kim, Ju-Young Kim, Hyun-Hee Lee, Young-Sik Hwang, Young-Ki Kim, Yong-Jin Lee
BACKGROUND: Because of the long asbestos-related disease latencies (10-50 years), detection, diagnosis, and epidemiologic studies require asbestos exposure history. However, environmental asbestos exposure source (EAES) data are lacking. OBJECTIVES: To survey the available data for past EAES and supplement these data with interviews. METHODS: We constructed an EAES database using a literature review and interviews of experts, former traders, and workers...
October 2016: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718268/rank-aggregation-of-local-expert-knowledge-for-conservation-planning-of-the-critically-endangered-saola
#19
Nicholas M Wilkinson, Luong Van Duc
There has been much recent interest in using local knowledge and expert opinion for conservation planning, particularly for hard-to-detect species. However experts' knowledge is often geographically restricted relative to the area of interest. While it is possible to ask for direct estimation of quantities such as population size, relative abundance is easier to estimate. Here we present a new approach combining a Rapid Rural Appraisal method based on community maps with a rank aggregation procedure employing Google's PageRank algorithm...
October 8, 2016: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688742/mapping-paddy-rice-planting-area-in-rice-wetland-coexistent-areas-through-analysis-of-landsat-8-oli-and-modis-images
#20
Yuting Zhou, Xiangming Xiao, Yuanwei Qin, Jinwei Dong, Geli Zhang, Weili Kou, Cui Jin, Jie Wang, Xiangping Li
Accurate and up-to-date information on the spatial distribution of paddy rice fields is necessary for the studies of trace gas emissions, water source management, and food security. The phenology-based paddy rice mapping algorithm, which identifies the unique flooding stage of paddy rice, has been widely used. However, identification and mapping of paddy rice in rice-wetland coexistent areas is still a challenging task. In this study, we found that the flooding/transplanting periods of paddy rice and natural wetlands were different...
April 2016: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation: ITC Journal
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