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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815869/permissible-emission-limit-estimation-via-iterative-back-calculation-case-of-assaluyeh-energy-zone-southern-iran
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Hossein Khajehpour, Yadollah Saboohi, George Tsatsaronis
In this research work, an environmental policy procedure for setting a cap on emissions, as a crucial step in any total emission control system, has been provided and evaluated. It is shown that general regulations on emission intensities and rates do not guarantee that ambient air quality standards are met in intense industrial zones. Local emission limits are necessary to meet ambient air quality standards in these zones. To that end, we used dispersion simulators to back-calculate pollutant concentration thresholds for a large and intense energy system in the Assaluyeh region of southern Iran...
August 16, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799050/environmental-building-policy-by-the-use-of-microalgae-and-decreasing-of-risks-for-canadian-oil-sand-sector-development
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Armen B Avagyan
Environmental building recommendations aimed towards new environmental policies and management-changing decisions which as example demonstrated in consideration of the problems of Canadian oil sands operators. For the implementation of the circular economic strategy, we use an in-depth analysis of reported environmental after-consequence on all stages of the production process. The study addressed the promotion of innovative solutions for greenhouse gas emission, waste mitigation, and risk of falling in oil prices for operators of oil sands with creating market opportunities...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797848/development-of-palliative-care-pc-in-armenia
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Anahit Papikyan, Stephen R Connor, Davit Amiryan
In the last seven years, considerable progress has been made in palliative care in Armenia but many problems remain unresolved. Policies developed include completion of a national needs assessment, a recognized working group on palliative care formed, national standards approved, a concept paper on palliative care approved, resolutions on palliative care as a specialized service approved, palliative care became a subspecialty in medicine, palliative care qualifications developed, and a social assistance package approved...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765862/developing-an-alternative-alcohol-advertising-complaint-review-system-lessons-from-a-world-first-public-health-advocacy-initiative
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Hannah L Pierce, Julia M Stafford, Mike Daube
Young people in Australia are frequently exposed to alcohol marketing. Leading health organisations recommend legislative controls on alcohol advertising as part of a comprehensive approach to reduce alcohol-related harm. However, Australia relies largely on industry self-regulation. This paper describes the development and implementation of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB), a world-first public health advocacy initiative that encourages independent regulation of alcohol advertising. The AARB reviews complaints about alcohol advertising, and uses strategies such as media advocacy, community engagement and communicating with policy makers to highlight the need for effective regulation...
July 26, 2017: Public Health Research & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747207/lessons-learnt-from-the-magnet-malawian-german-hospital-partnership-the-german-perspective-on-contributions-to-patient-care-and-capacity-development
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Florian Neuhann, Sandra Barteit
BACKGROUND: Malawi is a low-income country with one of the highest HIV prevalence rates worldwide (Kendig et al., Trop Med Health 41:163-170, 2013). The health system depends largely on external funding. Official German development aid has supported health care in Malawi for many years (German Embassy Lilongwe, The German Development Cooperation in Malawi), including placing medical doctors in various departments of the Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe. In 2008, a hospital partnership called MAGNET (Malawi German Networking for Capacity Building in Treatment, Training and Research at KCH) evolved as part of the German ESTHER network...
July 26, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722563/the-west-african-experience-in-establishing-steering-committees-for-better-collaboration-between-researchers-and-decision-makers-to-increase-the-use-of-health-research-findings
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Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Abdramane Berthe, Issiaka Sombie, Ermel Johnson, Kofi Busia
BACKGROUND: Aware of the advantages of a project steering committee (SC) in terms of influencing the development of evidence-based health policies, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) encouraged and supported the creation of such SCs around four research projects in four countries (Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone). This study was conducted to describe the process that was used to establish these committees and its findings aim to assist other stakeholders in initiating this type of process...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714583/mapping-social-ecological-vulnerability-to-inform-local-decision-making
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Lauric Thiault, Paul Marshall, Stefan Gelcich, Antoine Collin, Frédérique Chlous, Joachim Claudet
An overarching challenge of natural resource management and biodiversity conservation is that relationships between human and nature are difficult to integrate into tools that can effectively guide decision-making. Social-ecological vulnerability offers a valuable framework for identifying and understanding important social-ecological linkages, and the implications of dependencies and other feedback loops in the system. Unfortunately its implementation at local scales has hitherto been limited, due at least in part to the lack of operational tools for spatial representation of social-ecological vulnerability...
July 17, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698129/an-efficient-agro-industrial-complex-in-almer%C3%A3-a-spain-towards-an-integrated-and-sustainable-bioeconomy-model
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REVIEW
Francisco J Egea, Roberto G Torrente, Alfredo Aguilar
In the last ten years, bioeconomy strategies and policy-related bioeconomy initiatives have been developed all over the world. Some of them are currently in the process of translation into specific actions. In most cases, the approaches followed have been top-down policy-related initiatives, triggered by the public sector originating a dynamic which can bring together different bioeconomy stakeholders i.e. industry, academia, financial operators and farmers. This article describes a bottom-up situation with unique bioeconomy-related features that deserve specific attention...
July 8, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695486/policies-to-promote-active-travel-evidence-from-reviews-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Meghan Winters, Ralph Buehler, Thomas Götschi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: While many levels of government recognize that walking and cycling (active travel) are critical to healthy cities, a continued challenge is to identify and prioritize strategies that will increase walking and cycling for transportation. We review evidence on policies that can increase active travel. RECENT FINDINGS: The reviews included here conclude that policies related to active travel may operate at various levels of the socio-ecological framework, including society, cities, routes or individuals...
July 10, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689728/enablers-towards-establishing-and-growing-south-africa-s-waste-to-electricity-industry
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Heinrich Amsterdam, George Alex Thopil
In South Africa the electricity generation mix is relatively un-diverse whereas globally the transformation of the sector is advancing rapidly. Coal remains the predominant fuel source and limited success has to date been achieved in the renewable energy sector. The electricity generation sector is therefore hindered from moving towards an electricity generation landscape where alternative fuel sources is utilised. This research is aimed at gaining insight into the enablers that led towards an increasing trend (observed globally) in exploiting waste as a fuel for electricity generation, and to outline the presence of obstacles that hinder separation of waste for electricity use in the South African context...
July 6, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676320/body-contouring-procedures-in-three-or-more-anatomical-areas-are-associated-with-long-term-body-mass-index-decrease-in-massive-weight-loss-patients-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Itay Wiser, Lior Heller, Coral Spector, Ehud Fliss, Tali Friedman
BACKGROUND: Massive weight loss (MWL) patients who undergo body contouring plastic surgery (BCPS) display superior long-term weight maintenance. The effect of the number of anatomical areas contoured on weight dynamics is undetermined. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether body mass index (BMI) dynamics following BCPS are associated with the number of anatomical areas operated. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted. Study groups were defined by the number of anatomical areas operated (1, 2, and 3+)...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662674/evaluation-of-a-knowledge-transfer-scheme-to-improve-policy-making-and-practices-in-health-promotion-and-disease-prevention-setting-in-french-regions-a-realist-study-protocol
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Linda Cambon, Audrey Petit, Valery Ridde, Christian Dagenais, Marion Porcherie, Jeanine Pommier, Chrisine Ferron, Laetitia Minary, François Alla
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based decision-making and practice are pivotal in public health. However, barriers do persist and they relate to evidence properties, organisations and contexts. To address these major knowledge transfer (KT) issues, we need to rethink how knowledge is produced and used, to enhance our understanding of decision-making processes, logics and mechanisms and to examine the ability of public health services to integrate research findings into their decisions and operations...
June 29, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661285/living-organ-donation-and-informed-consent-in-the-united-states-strategies-to-improve-the-process
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Macey L Henderson, Jed Adam Gross
About 6,000 individuals participate in the U.S. transplant system as a living organ donor each year. Organ donation (most commonly a kidney or part of liver) by living individuals is a unique procedure, where healthy patients undergo a major surgical operation without any direct functional benefit to themselves. In this article, the authors explore how the ideal of informed consent guides education and evaluation for living organ donation. The authors posit that informed consent for living organ donation is a process...
March 2017: Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics: a Journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660819/selective-non-operative-management-of-abdominal-stab-wounds-is-a-safe-and-cost-effective-strategy-a-south-african-experience
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Kss Dayananda, V Y Kong, J L Bruce, G V Oosthuizen, G L Laing, D L Clarke
INTRODUCTION Selective non-operative management (SNOM) of abdominal stab wounds is well established in South Africa. SNOM reduces the morbidity associated with negative laparotomies while being safe. Despite steady advances in technology (including laparoscopy, computed tomography [CT] and point-of-care sonography), our approach has remained clinically driven. Assessments of financial implications are limited in the literature. The aim of this study was to review isolated penetrating abdominal trauma and analyse associated incurred expenses...
July 2017: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653418/syphilis-testing-practices-in-the-americas
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Thuy T Trinh, Mary L Kamb, Minh Luu, D Cal Ham, Freddy Perez
OBJECTIVE: To present the findings of the Pan American Health Organization's 2014 survey on syphilis testing policies and practices in the Americas. METHODS: Representatives of national/regional reference and large, lower-level laboratories from 35 member-states were invited to participate. A semi-structured, electronically administered questionnaire collected data on syphilis tests, algorithms, equipment/commodities, challenges faced, and basic quality assurance (QA) strategies employed (i...
June 27, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612326/protecting-aquatic-biodiversity-in-europe-how-much-do-eu-environmental-policies-support-ecosystem-based-management
#16
Josselin Rouillard, Manuel Lago, Katrina Abhold, Lina Röschel, Terri Kafyeke, Verena Mattheiß, Helen Klimmek
The sustainable management of aquatic ecosystems requires better coordination between policies span-ning freshwater, coastal and marine environments. Ecosystem-based management (EBM) has been promoted as a holistic and integrative approach for the safekeeping and protection of aquatic biodiversity. The paper assesses the degree to which key European environmental policies for the aquatic environment, namely the Birds and Habitats Directives, Water Framework Directive and Marine Strategy Framework Directive, individually support EBM and can work synergistically to implement EBM...
June 13, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607244/policy-opportunities-and-limitations-of-evidence-based-planning-for-immunization-lessons-learnt-from-a-field-trial-in-bangladesh
#17
John Grundy, Shukhrat Rakhimdjanov, Merina Adhikari
Despite success in scaling up immunization, the national immunization programme in Bangladesh remains challenged by persisting inequities in health access related to geographic location and social factors, including income and education status. In order to tackle these inequities in access, the national immunization programme has conducted a field trial of the evidence-based planning model in Bangladesh between 2011 and 2013, in 11 low-performing districts and 3 city corporations. The main elements of this intervention included bottleneck analysis in local areas, action planning and budgeting to correct the bottlenecks, and establishment of a monitoring system to track progress...
September 2016: WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604818/cacna1c-gene-regulates-behavioral-strategies-in-operant-rule-learning
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Georgia Koppe, Anne Stephanie Mallien, Stefan Berger, Dusan Bartsch, Peter Gass, Barbara Vollmayr, Daniel Durstewitz
Behavioral experiments are usually designed to tap into a specific cognitive function, but animals may solve a given task through a variety of different and individual behavioral strategies, some of them not foreseen by the experimenter. Animal learning may therefore be seen more as the process of selecting among, and adapting, potential behavioral policies, rather than mere strengthening of associative links. Calcium influx through high-voltage-gated Ca2+ channels is central to synaptic plasticity, and altered expression of Cav1...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603150/web-based-survey-data-collection-with-peer-support-and-advocacy-organizations-implications-of-participatory-methods
#19
Laysha Ostrow, Darby Penney, Elizabeth Stuart, Phillip J Leaf
BACKGROUND: The 2012 National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations is one of the first to survey a nationally representative sample of mental health peer-run organizations, nonprofit venues for support and advocacy which are defined by people with psychiatric histories being in positions of authority and control. OBJECTIVES: This paper describes data collection methods and demonstrates how participatory strategies to involve people with psychiatric histories intersected with Internet research to achieve study aims...
2017: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602000/integrated-waste-load-allocation-for-river-water-pollution-control-under-uncertainty-a-case-study-of-tuojiang-river-china
#20
Jiuping Xu, Shuhua Hou, Liming Yao, Chaozhi Li
This paper presents a bi-level optimization waste load allocation programming model under a fuzzy random environment to assist integrated river pollution control. Taking account of the leader-follower decision-making in the water function zones framework, the proposed approach examines the decision making feedback relationships and conflict coordination between the river basin authority and the regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on the Stackelberg-Nash equilibrium strategy. In the pollution control system, the river basin authority, as the leader, allocates equitable emissions rights to different subareas, and the then subarea EPA, as the followers, reallocates the limited resources to various functional zones to minimize pollution costs...
July 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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