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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100801/the-fallacy-of-the-average-on-the-ubiquity-utility-and-continuing-novelty-of-jensen-s-inequality
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REVIEW
Mark Denny
Biologists often cope with variation in physiological, environmental and ecological processes by measuring how living systems perform under average conditions. However, performance at average conditions is seldom equal to average performance across a range of conditions. This basic property of nonlinear averaging - known as 'Jensen's inequality' or 'the fallacy of the average' - has important implications for all of biology. For instance, a burgeoning awareness of Jensen's inequality has improved our ability to predict how plants and animals will respond to a warmer and more variable future climate...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100232/equitable-health-services-for-the-young-a-decomposition-of-income-related-inequalities-in-young-adults-utilization-of-health-care-in-northern-sweden
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Paola A Mosquera, Anna-Karin Waenerlund, Isabel Goicolea, Per E Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Despite the goal of the Swedish health system to offer health care according to the principle of horizontal equity, little is known about the equality in access to health care use among young people. To explore this issue, the present study aimed i) to assess horizontal inequity in health care utilization among young people in Northern Sweden; and ii) to explore the contribution of different factors to explain the observed inequalities. METHODS: Participants (N = 3016 youths aged 16-25 years) came from the "Health on Equal terms" survey conducted in 2014 in the four northernmost counties in Sweden...
January 18, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100221/psychosocial-work-factors-and-social-inequalities-in-psychological-distress-a-population-based-study
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Caroline S Duchaine, Ruth Ndjaboué, Manon Levesque, Michel Vézina, Xavier Trudel, Mahée Gilbert-Ouimet, Clermont E Dionne, Benoît Mâsse, Neil Pearce, Chantal Brisson
BACKGROUND: Mental health problems (MHP) are the leading cause of disability worldwide. The inverse association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and MHP has been well documented. There is prospective evidence that factors from the work environment, including adverse psychosocial work factors, could contribute to the development of MHP including psychological distress. However, the contribution of psychosocial work factors to social inequalities in MHP remains unclear. This study evaluates the contribution of psychosocial work factors from two highly supported models, the Demand-Control-Support (DCS) and the Effort-Reward Imbalance (ERI) models to SEP inequalities of psychological distress in men and women from a population-based sample of Quebec workers...
January 18, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100112/abortion-attitudes-among-south-africans-findings-from-the-2013-social-attitudes-survey
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Elizabeth A Mosley, Elizabeth J King, Amy J Schulz, Lisa H Harris, Nicole De Wet, Barbara A Anderson
Abortion is legal in South Africa, but over half of abortions remain unsafe there. Evidence suggests women who are (Black) African, of lower socioeconomic status, living with HIV, or residents of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, or Limpopo provinces are disproportionately vulnerable to morbidity or mortality from unsafe abortion. Negative attitudes toward abortion have been documented in purposively sampled studies, yet it remains unclear what attitudes exist nationally or whether they differ across sociodemographic groups, with implications for inequities in service accessibility and health...
January 19, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099787/cultural-sensitivity-among-clinical-nurses-a-descriptive-study
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Medine Yilmaz, Serap Toksoy, Zübeyde Denizci Direk, Selma Bezirgan, Münevver Boylu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the cultural sensitivity of nurses working in rural and urban hospitals in Turkey. DESIGN AND METHODS: The sampling of this descriptive and correlational study was composed of only 516 clinical nurses working in inpatient clinics. The data collection tools were the Socio-Demographic Questionnaire and the Intercultural Sensitivity Scale. FINDINGS: A majority of the participating nurses experienced culture-related problems...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099714/zika-virus-infection-in-brazil-and-human-rights-obligations
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Debora Diniz, Sinara Gumieri, Beatriz Galli Bevilacqua, Rebecca J Cook, Bernard M Dickens
The February 2016 WHO declaration that congenital Zika virus syndrome constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern reacted to the outbreak of the syndrome in Brazil. Public health emergencies can justify a spectrum of human rights responses, but in Brazil, the emergency exposed prevailing inequities in the national healthcare system. The government's urging to contain the syndrome, which is associated with microcephaly among newborns, is confounded by lack of reproductive health services. Women with low incomes in particular have little access to such health services...
January 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099465/impact-of-a-multi-strategy-community-intervention-to-reduce-maternal-and-child-health-inequalities-in-india-a-qualitative-study-in-haryana
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Madhu Gupta, Hans Bosma, Federica Angeli, Manmeet Kaur, Venkatesan Chakrapani, Monica Rana, Onno C P van Schayck
A multi-strategy community intervention, known as National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), was implemented in India from 2005 to 2012. By improving the availability of and access to better-quality healthcare, the aim was to reduce maternal and child health (MCH) inequalities. This study was planned to explore the perceptions and beliefs of stakeholders about extent of implementation and effectiveness of NRHM's health sector plans in improving MCH status and reducing inequalities. A total of 33 in-depth interviews (n = 33) with program managers, community representatives, mothers and 8 focus group discussions (n = 42) with health service providers were conducted from September to December 2013, in Haryana, post NRHM...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098398/depression-and-discrimination-in-the-lives-of-women-transgender-and-gender-liminal-people-in-ontario-canada
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Charmaine C Williams, Deone Curling, Leah S Steele, Margaret F Gibson, Andrea Daley, Datejie Cheko Green, Lori E Ross
This article uses an intersectionality lens to explore how experiences of race, gender, sexuality, class and their intersections are associated with depression and unmet need for mental healthcare in a population of 704 women and transgender/gender liminal people from Ontario, Canada. A survey collecting demographic information, information about mental health and use of mental healthcare services, and data for the Everyday Discrimination Scale and the PHQ-9 Questionnaire for Depression was completed by 704 people via Internet or pen-and-paper between June 2011 and June 2012...
January 18, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097997/the-4c-framework-for-making-reasonable-adjustments-for-people-with-learning-disabilities
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Daniel Marsden, Rachel Giles
Background People with learning disabilities experience significant inequalities in accessing healthcare. Legal frameworks, such as the Equality Act 2010, are intended to reduce such disparities in care, and require organisations to make 'reasonable adjustments' for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities. However, reasonable adjustments are often not clearly defined or adequately implemented in clinical practice. Aim To examine and synthesise the challenges in caring for people with learning disabilities to develop a framework for making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in hospital...
January 18, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097672/collective-resistance-despite-complicity-high-identifiers-rise-above-the-legitimization-of-disadvantage-by-the-in-group
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Gloria Jiménez-Moya, Rosa Rodríguez-Bailón, Russell Spears, Soledad de Lemus
How do individuals deal with group disadvantage when their fellow in-group members conceive it as legitimate? Integrating research on the normative conflict model (Packer, 2008, Pers. Soc. Psychol. Rev., 12, 50) and collective action, we expect high identifiers to reject the in-group norm of legitimacy that justifies the inequality, and to assert that the group is actually able and willing to contest the disadvantage by collective means. In Study 1 and Study 2, we tested this hypothesis in different intergroup contexts...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096406/shifting-diets-and-the-rise-of-male-biased-inequality-on-the-central-plains-of-china-during-eastern-zhou
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Yu Dong, Chelsea Morgan, Yurii Chinenov, Ligang Zhou, Wenquan Fan, Xiaolin Ma, Kate Pechenkina
Farming domesticated millets, tending pigs, and hunting constituted the core of human subsistence strategies during Neolithic Yangshao (5000-2900 BC). Introduction of wheat and barley as well as the addition of domesticated herbivores during the Late Neolithic (∼2600-1900 BC) led to restructuring of ancient Chinese subsistence strategies. This study documents a dietary shift from indigenous millets to the newly introduced cereals in northcentral China during the Bronze Age Eastern Zhou Dynasty (771-221 BC) based on stable isotope analysis of human and animal bone samples...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095886/the-dynamics-of-hiv-transmission-in-out-of-school-young-heterosexual-men-in-south-africa-a-systematic-scoping-review-protocol
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Nonzwakazi Ntombela, Tivani P Mashamba-Thompson, Andile Mtshali, Anna Voce, Ayesha B M Kharsany
BACKGROUND: In South Africa, gender inequality dominated by males and heterosexual HIV epidemic are associated with high HIV infection. Underlying epidemiological and social determinants driving HIV acquisition and transmission are critical to understand the extent and complexity of sexual networks as primary mechanisms through which HIV is likely to spread. The aim of the study is to provide an overview of empiric evidence that links the complex interaction of risk of HIV infection in men...
January 17, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095808/associations-between-access-to-alcohol-outlets-and-alcohol-intake-and-depressive-symptoms-in-women-from-socioeconomically-disadvantaged-neighbourhoods-in-australia
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Karen E Lamb, Lukar E Thornton, Megan Teychenne, Catherine Milte, Ester Cerin, Kylie Ball
BACKGROUND: This study examined associations between alcohol outlet access and alcohol intake, depressive symptoms score and risk of depression among women residing in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Data on depressive symptoms, alcohol intake and socio-demographic characteristics were obtained from a sample of 995 adult women from Victoria, Australia who were surveyed as part of the Resilience in Eating and Activity Despite Inequality (READI) study...
January 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095707/variations-in-mesothelioma-mortality-rates-among-migrants-to-australia-and-australian-born
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Si Si, Susan Peters, Alison Reid
BACKGROUND: Australia's use and consumption of asbestos occurred at the same time as its immigration boom. Our objective was to investigate mesothelioma death rates among migrants and Australian-born between 1981 and 2012. METHODS: Australian national mesothelioma deaths from 1981 to 2002 and 2006 to 2012 together with national censuses from 1981 to 2011 were extracted and combined. Directly standardised rates and negative binomial regression were applied examining differences in mesothelioma death rates with regard to country of birth...
January 17, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094465/determining-the-effective-coverage-of-maternal-and-child-health-services-in-kenya-using-demographic-and-health-survey-datasets-tracking-progress-towards-universal-health-coverage
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Peter K Nguhiu, Edwine W Barasa, Jane Chuma
OBJECTIVES: Effective coverage is a measure of health systems performance that combines need, use and quality. This study aimed to assess the extent to which the Kenyan health system provides effective and equitable maternal and child health services, as a means of tracking the country's progress towards universal health coverage. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Demographic Health Surveys (2003, 2008-09 and 2014) and Service Provision Assessment surveys (2004, 2010) were the main sources of data...
January 17, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093181/re-inequity-between-male-and-female-coverage-in-state-infertility-laws
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Craig Niederberger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092801/the-association-between-personal-income-and-aging-a-population-based-13-year-longitudinal-study
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Tzu-Yu Lin, Chia-Yu Chen, Chueh-Yung Tsao, Kuang-Hung Hsu
INTRODUCTION: Population aging is set to increase the elder dependency ratio, causing a rapid increase in healthcare expenditures and financial burden on the government. This study aims to construct an aging score from age-related diseases and to perform longitudinal analyses to examine the association between personal income and aging. METHODS: A total of 86,838 subjects drawn from a community with 384,617 residents in northern Taiwan were examined. Personal income and aging-related diseases were measured from the National Health Insurance database during 1997-2010...
January 9, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092589/policy-iteration-for-h%C3%A2-optimal-control-of-polynomial-nonlinear-systems-via-sum-of-squares-programming
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Yuanheng Zhu, Dongbin Zhao, Xiong Yang, Qichao Zhang
Sum of squares (SOS) polynomials have provided a computationally tractable way to deal with inequality constraints appearing in many control problems. It can also act as an approximator in the framework of adaptive dynamic programming. In this paper, an approximate solution to the H∞ optimal control of polynomial nonlinear systems is proposed. Under a given attenuation coefficient, the Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaacs equation is relaxed to an optimization problem with a set of inequalities. After applying the policy iteration technique and constraining inequalities to SOS, the optimization problem is divided into a sequence of feasible semidefinite programming problems...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092072/public-sector-employment-inequality-in-the-united-states-and-the-great-recession
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Jennifer Laird
Historically in the United States, the public sector has served as an equalizing institution through the expansion of job opportunities for minority workers. This study examines whether the public sector continues to serve as an equalizing institution in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Using data from the Current Population Survey, I investigate changes in public sector employment between 2003 and 2013. My results point to a post-recession double disadvantage for black public sector workers: they are concentrated in a shrinking sector of the economy, and they are more likely than white and Hispanic public sector workers to experience job loss...
January 13, 2017: Demography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091762/good-jobs-good-pay-better-health-the-effects-of-job-quality-on-health-among-older-european-workers
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Golo Henseke
Using data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, this study presents new evidence on the effects of job quality on the occurrence of severe acute conditions, the level of cardiovascular risk factors, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health, functional disabilities and self-assessed health among workers aged 50+. By combining intrinsic job quality with job insecurity and pay the study maps out multiple potential pathways through which work may affect health and well-being. Levering longitudinal data and external information on early retirement ages allows for accounting of unobserved heterogeneity, selection bias and reverse causality...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
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