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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341860/risk-management-of-free-radicals-involved-in-air-travel-syndromes-by-antioxidants
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Jeum-Nam Kim, Byung-Mu Lee
Frequent air travelers and airplane pilots may develop various types of illnesses. The environmental risk factors associated with air travel syndromes (ATS) or air travel-related adverse health outcomes raised concerns and need to be assessed in the context of risk management and public health. Accordingly, the aim of the present review was to determine ATS, risk factors, and mechanisms underlying ATS using scientific data and information obtained from Medline, Toxline, and regulatory agencies. Additional information was also extracted from websites of organizations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT), and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338017/comparative-genomics-identifies-distinct-lineages-of-s-enteritidis-from-queensland-australia
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Rikki M A Graham, Lester Hiley, Irani U Rathnayake, Amy V Jennison
Salmonella enterica is a major cause of gastroenteritis and foodborne illness in Australia where notification rates in the state of Queensland are the highest in the country. S. Enteritidis is among the five most common serotypes reported in Queensland and it is a priority for epidemiological surveillance due to concerns regarding its emergence in Australia. Using whole genome sequencing, we have analysed the genomic epidemiology of 217 S. Enteritidis isolates from Queensland, and observed that they fall into three distinct clades, which we have differentiated as Clades A, B and C...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337603/an-integrative-review-of-nonpharmacological-interventions-to-improve-sleep-among-adults-with-advanced-serious-illness
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Elizabeth Capezuti, Rana Sagha Zadeh, Nicole Woody, Aleksa Basara, Ana C Krieger
BACKGROUND: Sleep fragmentation is common among those with advanced serious illness. Nonpharmacological interventions to improve sleep have few, if any, adverse effects and are often underutilized in these settings. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to summarize the literature related to nonpharmacological interventions to improve sleep among adults with advanced serious illness. METHODS: We systematically searched six electronic databases for literature reporting sleep outcomes associated with nonpharmacological interventions that included participants with advanced serious illness during the period of 1996-2016...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336236/implementation-of-genomics-research-in-africa-challenges-and-recommendations
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Sally N Adebamowo, Veronica Francis, Ernest Tambo, Seybou H Diallo, Guida Landouré, Victoria Nembaware, Eileen Dareng, Babu Muhamed, Michael Odutola, Teniola Akeredolu, Barbara Nerima, Petronilla J Ozumba, Slee Mbhele, Anita Ghanash, Ablo P Wachinou, Nicholas Ngomi
BACKGROUND: There is exponential growth in the interest and implementation of genomics research in Africa. This growth has been facilitated by the Human Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative, which aims to promote a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases in African populations. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe important challenges affecting genomics research implementation in Africa...
2018: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330753/transfer-of-critically-ill-adults-assessing-the-need-for-training
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Ruth-Aoibheann O'Leary, Brian Marsh, Paul O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Transfer of critically ill patients within the hospital is commonly associated with adverse incidents, but, despite this, no standardised training exists on how to carry out this task. Very little information is published in the literature on the learning needs of staff undertaking these transfers, and this limits our ability to provide a focused and appropriate educational intervention. AIMS: This study aimed to explore the organisational, environmental and individual issues that increase risk to patients during intrahospital transport (IHT) and to explore the potential educational solutions to these issues as articulated by these practitioners...
January 12, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330180/genomic-and-phenotypic-characterization-of-type-strains-and-dairy-associated-isolates-in-the-bacillus-cereus-group-indicates-considerable-intra-clade-variability-in-toxin-production-and-cytotoxicity
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Rachel A Miller, Jiahui Jian, Sarah M Beno, Martin Wiedmann, Jasna Kovac
While some species in the B. cereus group are well-characterized human pathogens (e.g., B. anthracis and B. cereus s.s.), the pathogenicity of other species (e.g., B. pseudomycoides) either has not been characterized or is presently not well understood. To provide an updated characterization of the pathogenic potential of species in the B. cereus group, we classified a set of 52 isolates, including 8 type strains and 44 environmental isolates from dairy-associated sources, into 7 phylogenetic clades and characterized them for (i) the presence of toxin genes, (ii) phenotypic characteristics used for identification, and (iii) cytotoxicity to human epithelial cells...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329461/high-heritability-of-adolescent-sleep-wake-behavior-on-free-but-not-school-days-a-long-term-twin-study
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A P Inderkum, L Tarokh
Adolescence development is characterized by significant changes in sleep biology. Despite an overall decline in sleep duration and a delay in bedtime, significant inter-individual variation in sleep has been reported. The aim of the current study was to examine genetic and environmental influences on sleep in adolescence using long-term (6-month) actigraphy measurements, differentiating between school and free days. Sixteen monozygotic (MZ; n = 32) and 10 dizygotic (DZ; n = 20) twin pairs (mean age 12.8 ± 1...
January 10, 2018: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327957/unusual-outbreak-of-fatal-clostridiosis-in-a-group-of-captive-brown-pelicans-pelecanus-occidentalis
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Imke Lueders, Carsten Ludwig, Johanna Kasberg, Christoph Georg Baums, Kerstin Klimke, Martin B Dorner, Dana Ströse, Volker Schmidt
Fatal clostridial infections and clostridial toxicoses are common in birds. Most fatalities are associated with toxin production and progress rapidly, often within 24 hours of infection. We describe an unusual and protracted course of disease in 6 captive brown pelicans ( Pelecanus occidentalis), which was believed to result from toxicosis by toxovar A produced by a mixed infection with Clostridium sordellii and Clostridium perfringens. Although the first death in the group occurred 3 days after signs of illness were documented, the remaining birds died over a 38-day period despite aggressive antibiotic and supportive therapy...
December 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325544/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-wheezing-illnesses-of-children-aged-three-to-five-years-living-in-under-served-settlements-of-the-colombo-municipal-council-in-sri-lanka-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ruwanika Seneviratne, Nalika S Gunawardena
BACKGROUND: A rising trend in Sri Lanka for asthma and wheezing illness is observed with higher morbidity in younger children and a paucity of related research. 'Under-served settlements' (USS) of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) have poor living environments conducive to childhood wheezing. The objective was to describe the prevalence and associated factors of wheezing illnesses of three to five year old children living in low-income settlements in CMC. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 460 three to five year old children and their caregivers using cluster sampling among residents of two randomly selected USSs of CMC...
January 11, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323416/citizenship-and-community-mental-health-care
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Allison N Ponce, Michael Rowe
Citizenship is an approach to supporting the social inclusion and participation in society of people with mental illnesses. It is receiving greater attention in community mental health discourse and literature in parallel with increased awareness of social determinants of health and concern over the continued marginalization of persons with mental illness in the United States. In this article, we review the definition and principles of our citizenship framework with attention to social participation and access to resources as well as rights and responsibilities that society confers on its members...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Community Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322207/-global-health-care
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REVIEW
H Mothes, M Gruendl
Global health data are changing rapidly and they show large regional differences. The incidence and mortality of infectious diseases can be reduced by successes in medical research, national health plans and large financial expenditure. In contrast, illnesses that are caused by unhealthy and changing environmental and living conditions are on the rise. The Global Health Care concept is a cross-sectoral master plan taking into account that worldwide health cannot be established by healthcare workers alone. It was designed to have a lasting impact on the cause of disease through global health programs, of which improved medical services, including essential surgical treatment need to play a key role...
January 10, 2018: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320438/modeling-unobserved-heterogeneity-in-susceptibility-to-ambient-benzo-a-pyrene-concentration-among-children-with-allergic-asthma-using-an-unsupervised-learning-algorithm
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Daniel Fernández, Radim J Sram, Miroslav Dostal, Anna Pastorkova, Hans Gmuender, Hyunok Choi
Current studies of gene × air pollution interaction typically seek to identify unknown heritability of common complex illnesses arising from variability in the host's susceptibility to environmental pollutants of interest. Accordingly, a single component generalized linear models are often used to model the risk posed by an environmental exposure variable of interest in relation to a priori determined DNA variants. However, reducing the phenotypic heterogeneity may further optimize such approach, primarily represented by the modeled DNA variants...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313755/accountability-for-the-quality-of-care-provided-to-people-with-serious-illness
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Maureen Henry, Sarah Hudson Scholle, Jessica Briefer French
BACKGROUND: Care for patients with serious illness is an emerging practice area that has gained attention as value-based purchasing has increased. While the number of programs is growing, their impact on care quality and outcomes is unknown. OBJECTIVE: With support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is assessing the feasibility of creating an accountability program focused on serious illness care. METHODS: This article describes the process of developing an accountability program, findings from our initial work, and our plans to develop measures for a serious illness care accountability program...
March 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306807/assessing-the-impact-of-pm2-5-on-respiratory-disease-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Gabriela Polezer, Yara S Tadano, Hugo V Siqueira, Ana F L Godoi, Carlos I Yamamoto, Paulo A de André, Theotonio Pauliquevis, Maria de Fatima Andrade, Andrea Oliveira, Paulo H N Saldiva, Philip E Taylor, Ricardo H M Godoi
Understanding the impact on human health during peak episodes in air pollution is invaluable for policymakers. Particles less than PM2.5 can penetrate the respiratory system, causing cardiopulmonary and other systemic diseases. Statistical regression models are usually used to assess air pollution impacts on human health. However, when there are databases missing, linear statistical regression may not process well and alternative data processing should be considered. Nonlinear Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) are not employed to research environmental health pollution even though another advantage in using ANN is that the output data can be expressed as the number of hospital admissions...
January 4, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304227/combining-environmental-investigation-and-a-dual-analytical-strategy-to-isolate-the-legionella-longbeachae-strain-linked-to-two-occupational-cases-of-legionellosis
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Genevieve Marchand, Judith Lord, Carole Pépin, Nancy Lacombe
Legionella has a global distribution, mainly in aquatic and man-made environments. Under the right conditions, this bacterium is a notorious human pathogen responsible for severe pulmonary illnesses. Legionellosis outbreaks are reported around the world, and exposure to water droplet aerosols containing Legionella pneumophila is usually the mechanism of its transmission. Even if L. pneumophila causes most outbreaks, Legionella longbeachae also accounts for some cases. Unlike most other Legionella strains, L...
January 3, 2018: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300761/investigation-of-prevalence-of-free-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-stec-specific-bacteriophages-and-its-correlation-with-stec-bacterial-hosts-in-a-produce-growing-area-in-salinas-california
#16
Yen-Te Liao, Irwin A Quintela, Kimberly Nguyen, Alexandra Salvador, Michael B Cooley, Vivian C H Wu
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) causes approximately 265,000 illnesses and 3,600 hospitalizations annually and is highly associated with animal contamination due to the natural reservoir of ruminant gastrointestinal tracts. Free STEC-specific bacteriophages against STEC strains are also commonly isolated from fecal-contaminated environment. Previous studies have evaluated the correlation between the prevalence of STEC-specific bacteriophages and STEC strains to improve animal-associated environment. However, the similar information regarding free STEC-specific bacteriophages prevalence in produce growing area is lacking...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295537/redundancy-analysis-of-capacitance-data-of-a-coplanar-electrode-array-for-fast-and-stable-imaging-processing
#17
Yintang Wen, Zhenda Zhang, Yuyan Zhang, Dongtao Sun
A coplanar electrode array sensor is established for the imaging of composite-material adhesive-layer defect detection. The sensor is based on the capacitive edge effect, which leads to capacitance data being considerably weak and susceptible to environmental noise. The inverse problem of coplanar array electrical capacitance tomography (C-ECT) is ill-conditioning, in which a small error of capacitance data can seriously affect the quality of reconstructed images. In order to achieve a stable image reconstruction process, a redundancy analysis method for capacitance data is proposed...
December 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295510/pollution-from-fossil-fuel-combustion-is-the-leading-environmental-threat-to-global-pediatric-health-and-equity-solutions-exist
#18
Frederica Perera
Fossil-fuel combustion by-products are the world's most significant threat to children's health and future and are major contributors to global inequality and environmental injustice. The emissions include a myriad of toxic air pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO₂), which is the most important human-produced climate-altering greenhouse gas. Synergies between air pollution and climate change can magnify the harm to children. Impacts include impairment of cognitive and behavioral development, respiratory illness, and other chronic diseases-all of which may be "seeded" in utero and affect health and functioning immediately and over the life course...
December 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289914/incidence-outcomes-and-outcome-prediction-of-unplanned-extubation-in-critically-ill-children-an-11year-experience
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R Al-Abdwani, C B Williams, C Dunn, J Macartney, K Wollny, H Frndova, N Chin, D Stephens, C S Parshuram
PURPOSE: Unplanned extubation represents loss of control in the ICU, is associated with harm and is used as a measure of quality of care. We evaluated the rates and consequences of unplanned extubation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eligible patients were intubated, <18years, and in ICU. Patient, care-related and environmental characteristics were compared in patients who did and did not receive positive pressure ventilation in the 24h after events. Rates are expressed per 100 intubation-days...
December 24, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287978/algal-blooms-of-the-18th-and-19th-centuries
#20
Gerald J Smith, Vincent Daniels
Algal blooms, including those containing cyanobacteria, are of environmental concern due to the toxicities of some of the constituent microorganisms. This compromises the safety of freshwater causing illness in livestock and humans. We present historical accounts of algal blooms occurring during the 18th and 19th centuries indicating that the advent of intensive farming in the 17th century provided nutrients for promoting harmful algal blooms.
December 26, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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