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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732397/combined-sewer-overflow-events-and-childhood-emergency-department-visits-a-case-crossover-study
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Cole Brokamp, Andrew F Beck, Louis Muglia, Patrick Ryan
In localities with combined sewer systems, combined sewer overflow (CSO) events frequently occur following high precipitation and can result in the release of untreated sewage and industrial wastewater into surface waters. We hypothesized that either direct contact with or proximity to aerosolized CSO effluent would increase the risk for childhood emergency department (ED) visits for asthma, gastrointestinal (GI) illnesses, and skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) in Cincinnati, OH, USA. ED visits for 2010-2014 due to GI diseases, asthma, and SSTIs were extracted from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center electronic health records...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732340/vascular-regulation-of-glioma-stem-like-cells-a-balancing-act
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Lucy J Brooks, Simona Parrinello
Glioblastoma (GBM) are aggressive and therapy-resistant brain tumours driven by glioma stem-like cells (GSCs). GSC behaviour is controlled by the microenvironment, or niche, in which the cells reside. It is well-established that the vasculature is a key component of the GSC niche, which drives maintenance in the tumour bulk and invasion at the margin. Emerging evidence now indicates that the specific properties of the vasculature within these two regions impose different functional states on resident GSCs, generating distinct subpopulations...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732336/using-machine-learning-to-identify-air-pollution-exposure-profiles-associated-with-early-cognitive-skills-among-u-s-children
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Jeanette A Stingone, Om P Pandey, Luz Claudio, Gaurav Pandey
Data-driven machine learning methods present an opportunity to simultaneously assess the impact of multiple air pollutants on health outcomes. The goal of this study was to apply a two-stage, data-driven approach to identify associations between air pollutant exposure profiles and children's cognitive skills. Data from 6900 children enrolled in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, a national study of children born in 2001 and followed through kindergarten, were linked to estimated concentrations of 104 ambient air toxics in the 2002 National Air Toxics Assessment using ZIP code of residence at age 9 months...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732329/an-experimental-study-on-the-influence-of-water-stagnation-and-temperature-change-on-water-quality-in-a-full-scale-domestic-drinking-water-system
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Lj Zlatanović, J P van der Hoek, J H G Vreeburg
The drinking water quality changes during the transport through distribution systems. Domestic drinking water systems (DDWSs), which include the plumbing between the water meter and consumer's taps, are the most critical points in which water quality may be affected. In distribution networks, the drinking water temperature and water residence time are regarded as indicators of the drinking water quality. This paper describes an experimental research on the influence of stagnation time and temperature change on drinking water quality in a full-scale DDWS...
July 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732327/prediagnostic-serum-calcium-and-albumin-and-ovarian-cancer-a-nested-case-control-study-in-the-norwegian-janus-serum-bank-cohort
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Gary G Schwartz, Steinar Tretli, Linda Vos, Trude E Robsahm
BACKGROUND: Women with higher serum calcium may be more likely to be diagnosed and die of ovarian cancer. We evaluated that finding in a large, prospective cohort. METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study using a population-based biobank from Norway. We compared 202 ovarian cancer cases and 202 controls, matched for age, date at blood draw, and county of residence, with respect to serum calcium and albumin, adjusted for anthropometric variables. We evaluated risks using the entire follow-up period as well as 2-15 years and 16-25 years ("early" and "late", respectively)...
July 18, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732280/evaluation-of-a-novel-median-power-spectrogram-for-seizure-detection-by-non-neurophysiologists
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Peter Yan, Tamar Melman, Sherry Yan, Munkhzul Otgonsuren, Zachary Grinspan
PURPOSE: (1) To evaluate how well resident physicians use a novel EEG spectral analysis tool (the median power spectrogram; MPS) to detect seizures. (2) To assess the capability of the MPS to identify different seizure types. METHODS: 120 EEG records from children with intractable seizures were converted to MPS by taking the median power across leads and using multi-taper spectral estimation. Twelve blinded neurology residents were trained to interpret the spectrogram with a five-minute video tutorial and post-test...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732258/areca-catechu-palm-tree-nut-chewing-and-seizures-an-observational-study
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Farrah J Mateen, Marco Carone, Lhab Tshering, Chencho Dorji, Ugyen Dema, Sara J Grundy, Dili Ram Pokhrel, Damber K Nirola
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to report the impact of chronic abuse of Areca catechu nut wrapped in leaf (also known as doma, quid, paan), the fourth most commonly abused psychoactive substance worldwide, on the frequency of seizures among people with epilepsy. METHODS: People with clinically diagnosed epilepsy (>14years old) residing in the Kingdom of Bhutan were surveyed for self-reported Areca catechu use, demographic variables, epilepsy characteristics, and seizure frequency...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732065/direct-targets-of-pstat5-signalling-in-erythropoiesis
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Kevin R Gillinder, Hugh Tuckey, Charles C Bell, Graham W Magor, Stephen Huang, Melissa D Ilsley, Andrew C Perkins
Erythropoietin (EPO) acts through the dimeric erythropoietin receptor to stimulate proliferation, survival, differentiation and enucleation of erythroid progenitor cells. We undertook two complimentary approaches to find EPO-dependent pSTAT5 target genes in murine erythroid cells: RNA-seq of newly transcribed (4sU-labelled) RNA, and ChIP-seq for pSTAT5 30 minutes after EPO stimulation. We found 302 pSTAT5-occupied sites: ~15% of these reside in promoters while the rest reside within intronic enhancers or intergenic regions, some >100kb from the nearest TSS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732038/analysis-of-patient-data-from-laboratories-during-the-ebola-virus-disease-outbreak-in-liberia-april-2014-to-march-2015
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Yuki Furuse, Mosoka Fallah, Hitoshi Oshitani, Ling Kituyi, Nuha Mahmoud, Emmanuel Musa, Alex Gasasira, Tolbert Nyenswah, Bernice Dahn, Luke Bawo
An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia began in March 2014 and ended in January 2016. Epidemiological information on the EVD cases was collected and managed nationally; however, collection and management of the data were challenging at the time because surveillance and reporting systems malfunctioned during the outbreak. EVD diagnostic laboratories, however, were able to register basic demographic and clinical information of patients more systematically. Here we present data on 16,370 laboratory samples that were tested between April 4, 2014 and March 29, 2015...
July 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732033/spatial-and-simultaneous-representative-seroprevalence-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-owners-and-their-domiciled-dogs-in-a-major-city-of-southern-brazil
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Aline do Nascimento Benitez, Felippe Danyel Cardoso Martins, Marcelle Mareze, Nelson Jessé Rodrigues Santos, Fernanda Pinto Ferreira, Camila Marinelli Martins, João Luis Garcia, Regina Mitsuka-Breganó, Roberta Lemos Freire, Alexander Welker Biondo, Italmar Teodorico Navarro
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, has traditionally been considered an important water and foodborne protozoonosis with important public health considerations. Although felids play a well-established role as definitive hosts, canine epidemiological involvement in the parasite's life cycle remains questionable and controversial. The increasing closeness of the human-dog bond, particularly seen in urban settings, has been recognized as a historically unprecedented worldwide movement. Sharing daily lives in the same households, dogs may be exposed to similar associated risks of T...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732016/maternal-residential-proximity-to-unconventional-gas-development-and-perinatal-outcomes-among-a-diverse-urban-population-in-texas
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Kristina W Whitworth, Amanda K Marshall, Elaine Symanski
OBJECTIVE: To assess associations between unconventional natural gas development (UGD) and perinatal outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective birth cohort study among 158,894 women with a birth or fetal death from November 30, 2010-November 29, 2012 in the Barnett Shale, in North Texas. We constructed three UGD-activity metrics by calculating the inverse distance-weighted sum of active wells within three separate geographic buffers surrounding the maternal residence: ≤½, 2, or 10-miles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732008/falls-non-accidental-falls-and-syncope-in-community-dwelling-adults-aged-50-years-and-older-implications-for-cardiovascular-assessment
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Jaspreet Bhangu, Bellinda L King-Kallimanis, Orna A Donoghue, Laura Carroll, Rose Anne Kenny
OBJECTIVES: To calculate the prevalence of all falls, non-accidental falls and syncope in an older population and characterize cardiovascular risk profiles. DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: The first two waves of data from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). PARTICIPANTS: 8172 community-dwelling adults aged 50 years and older resident in the Republic of Ireland. MEASUREMENTS: Self-reported history of all falls, non-accidental falls and syncope in the year preceding the first two waves of data collection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731931/renal-function-and-its-association-with-blood-pressure-in-middle-eastern-immigrants-and-native-swedes
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Christopher Nilsson, Anders Christensson, Peter M Nilsson, Louise Bennet
BACKGROUND: Iraqi-born immigrants residing in Sweden are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, obesity and hyperlipidemia compared with native Swedes. Paradoxically, hypertension is less prevalent in this immigrant population. The aim of this study was to investigate differences in renal function and further if differences in blood pressure (BP) levels were associated with differences across ethnicities in renal function as a possible explanation to the paradox. METHODS: A population-based, cross-sectional study of men and women, born in Iraq or Sweden, aged 30-75 years was conducted in Malmö, Sweden, from 2010 to 2012...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731624/risk-for-postpartum-depression-among-immigrant-arabic-women-in-the-united-states-a-feasibility-study
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Dalia Alhasanat, Judith Fry-McComish, Hossein N Yarandi
INTRODUCTION: Postpartum depression (PPD) affects approximately 14% of women in the United States and 10% to 37% of Arabic women in the Middle East. Evidence suggests that immigrant women experience higher rates, but information on PPD among immigrant women of Arabic descent in the United States is nonexistent. METHODS: A cross-sectional descriptive feasibility study was conducted to assess the practicality of implementing a larger proposed research study to examine predictors of PPD in US immigrant women of Arabic descent residing in Dearborn, Michigan...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731608/dietetic-and-educational-interventions-improve-clinical-outcomes-of-diabetic-and-obese-clients-with-mental-impairment
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Kerri Hunt, Kathy Stiller
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietetic and educational interventions provided to clients with type 2 diabetes (with or without obesity) or obesity-only residing in supported residential facilities and characterised by mental impairment. METHODS: A retrospective audit involving the retrieval of information from medical records and databases was undertaken to evaluate the effect of dietetic and educational interventions. Clinical outcomes were weight, body mass index and glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731602/accuracy-and-precision-of-estimation-equations-to-predict-net-endogenous-acid-excretion-using-the-australian-food-database
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Benjamin H Parmenter, Gary J Slater, Lynda A Frassetto
AIM: The gold standard of measurement for net endogenous acid production (NEAP) is net acid excretion (NAE), a test that is not readily available, and consequently, estimative equations by Remer and Manz and Frassetto et al. are often used. These equations rely on nutrient databases and it is recommended that their validity be assessed using a country's database before their application in research in that country. We sought to delineate the accuracy and precision of these estimation equations using the Australian food database...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731379/quasi-experimental-evaluation-of-a-multifaceted-intervention-to-improve-quality-of-end-of-life-care-and-quality-of-dying-for-patients-with-advanced-dementia-in-long-term-care-institutions
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René Verreault, Marcel Arcand, Lucie Misson, Pierre J Durand, Edeltraut Kroger, Michèle Aubin, Maryse Savoie, Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Sharon Kaasalainen, Annick Bédard, Annie Grégoire, Pierre-Hughes Carmichael
BACKGROUND: Improvement in the quality of end-of-life care for advanced dementia is increasingly recognized as a priority in palliative care. AIM: To evaluate the impact of a multidimensional intervention to improve quality of care and quality of dying in advanced dementia in long-term care facilities. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental study with the intervention taking place in two long-term care facilities versus usual care in two others over a 1-year period...
July 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731307/environmental-impact-of-alkyl-lead-iv-derivatives-perspective-after-their-phase-out
#18
Montserrat Filella, Josep Bonet
The use of alkyl lead derivatives as antiknock agents in gasoline can be considered as one of the main pollution disasters of the 20th century because of both the global character of the pollution emitted and the seriousness of the impact on human health. Alkyl lead derivatives in themselves cannot be considered to be persistent pollutants because they readily degrade either before being released from the tailpipes or soon afterwards in the atmosphere. However, the inorganic lead they produced has been deposited in soils all over the planet, largely, but not exclusively in urban areas and along motorways, since the direct emission of lead into the atmosphere favored its dispersal over great distances: The signal of the massive use of alkyl lead derivatives has been found all over the world, including in remote sites such as polar areas...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731277/tnf-%C3%AE-induced-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-promotes-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-lr-mscs-and-exacerbates-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
#19
Jiwei Hou, Tan Ma, Honghui Cao, Yabing Chen, Cong Wang, Xiang Chen, Zou Xiang, Xiaodong Han
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, and irreversible lung disease of unknown cause. It has been reported that both lung resident mesenchymal stem cells (LR-MSCs) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) play important roles in the development of pulmonary fibrosis. However, the underlying connections between LR-MSCs and TNF-α in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis are still elusive. In this study, we found that the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF-α and the transcription factor nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) p65 subunit were both upregulated in bleomycin-induced fibrotic lung tissue...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731204/urban-rural-differences-in-tubal-ligation-incidence-in-the-state-of-georgia-usa
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Curtis D Travers, Jessica B Spencer, Carrie A Cwiak, Ann C Mertens, Penelope P Howards
PURPOSE: To evaluate the difference in tubal ligation use between rural and urban counties in the state of Georgia, USA. METHODS: The study population included 2,160 women aged 22-45. All participants completed a detailed interview on their reproductive histories. County of residence was categorized using the National Center for Health Statistics Urban-Rural Classification Scheme. We estimated the association between urbanization of county of residence and tubal ligation using Cox regression...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
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