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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822309/nature-based-solutions-to-promote-human-resilience-and-wellbeing-in-cities-during-increasingly-hot-summers
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Angelo Panno, Giuseppe Carrus, Raffaele Lafortezza, Luigi Mariani, Giovanni Sanesi
Air temperatures are increasing because of global climate change. A warming phenomenon strongly related to global climate change is the urban heat island. It has been shown that the hotter temperatures occurring in cities during the summer negatively affect human wellbeing, but little is known about the potential mechanisms underlying the relationships between hotter temperatures, cognitive psychological resources and wellbeing. The aim of the present research is to understand whether, and how, spending time in urban green spaces, which can be considered as a specific kind of Nature-Based Solution (NBS), helps the recovery of cognitive resources and wellbeing...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822043/industrial-pollution-and-the-management-of-river-water-quality-a-model-of-kelani-river-sri-lanka
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Asha Gunawardena, E M S Wijeratne, Ben White, Atakelty Hailu, Ram Pandit
Water quality of the Kelani River has become a critical issue in Sri Lanka due to the high cost of maintaining drinking water standards and the market and non-market costs of deteriorating river ecosystem services. By integrating a catchment model with a river model of water quality, we developed a method to estimate the effect of pollution sources on ambient water quality. Using integrated model simulations, we estimate (1) the relative contribution from point (industrial and domestic) and non-point sources (river catchment) to river water quality and (2) pollutant transfer coefficients for zones along the lower section of the river...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821997/evidence-of-multiple-mediating-pathways-in-associations-between-constructs-of-stigma-and-self-reported-suicide-attempts-in-a-cross-sectional-study-of-gay-and-bisexual-men
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Travis Salway, Dionne Gesink, Selahadin Ibrahim, Olivier Ferlatte, Anne E Rhodes, David J Brennan, Rick Marchand, Terry Trussler
Gay and bisexual men (GBM) are more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual men. This disparity is commonly interpreted using minority stress theory; however, specific pathways from antigay stigma to suicidal behavior are poorly understood. We aimed to estimate associations between multiple constructs of stigma and suicide attempts among adult GBM, and to measure the proportion of these associations mediated by distinct suicide risk factors, thus identifying proximal points of intervention. Data were drawn from a Canadian community-based survey of adult GBM...
August 18, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821937/natural-hazard-susceptibility-assessment-for-road-planning-using-spatial-multi-criteria-analysis
#4
Caroline S J Karlsson, Zahra Kalantari, Ulla Mörtberg, Bo Olofsson, Steve W Lyon
Inadequate infrastructural networks can be detrimental to society if transport between locations becomes hindered or delayed, especially due to natural hazards which are difficult to control. Thus determining natural hazard susceptible areas and incorporating them in the initial planning process, may reduce infrastructural damages in the long run. The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of expert judgments for assessing natural hazard susceptibility through a spatial multi-criteria analysis approach using hydrological, geological, and land use factors...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821521/effectiveness-of-seasonal-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-diabetes-protocol-for-a-nested-case-control-study
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Ludovic Casanova, Sébastien Cortaredona, Jean Gaudart, Odile Launay, Philippe Vanhems, Patrick Villani, Pierre Verger
INTRODUCTION: Seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) is recommended for people with diabetes, but its effectiveness has not been demonstrated. All of the available studies are observational and marred with the healthy vaccine bias, that is, bias resulting from the generally better health behaviours practised by people who choose to be vaccinated against influenza, compared with those who do not. This protocol is intended to study the effectiveness of SIV in people with treated diabetes and simultaneously to control for bias...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821519/ten-year-follow-up-of-human-papillomavirus-vaccine-efficacy-against-the-most-stringent-cervical-neoplasia-end-point-registry-based-follow-up-of-three-cohorts-from-randomized-trials
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Matti Lehtinen, Camilla Lagheden, Tapio Luostarinen, Tiina Eriksson, Dan Apter, Katja Harjula, Marjo Kuortti, Kari Natunen, Johanna Palmroth, Tiina Petäjä, Eero Pukkala, Mari Siitari-Mattila, Frank Struyf, Pekka Nieminen, Jorma Paavonen, Gary Dubin, Joakim Dillner
OBJECTIVE: Due to long lag time between infection/cancer diagnoses human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programs will deliver vaccine efficacy (VE) estimates against cancer end-points late. Cancer registry follow-up of population-based, randomised trial cohorts of vaccinated and unvaccinated women was undertaken for the estimation of VE against cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade three and invasive cancer (CIN3+). METHODS: We report interim results with 98 561 person years of Finnish Cancer Registry -based follow-up of individually and/or cluster randomised cohorts of HPV-16/18 vaccinated and unvaccinated adolescent women enrolled in June 2003/2005, and between May 2004 and April 2005, respectively...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820534/the-ligand-effect-on-the-oxidative-addition-of-dioxygen-to-gold-i-hydride-complexes
#7
Carlo Alberto Gaggioli, Leonardo Belpassi, Francesco Tarantelli, Jeremy N Harvey, Paola Belanzoni
The ligand effect on the recently uncovered feasible oxidative addition reaction of O2 on [LAuH] complexes has been investigated for a series of fifteen ligands. The activation barriers of this spin-forbidden reaction have been estimated at the minimum energy crossing points (MECP, relativistic scalar level) between the adiabatic triplet (reactants spin state) and singlet (product spin state) potential energy surfaces (PES) and calculated at the transition states by including Spin-Orbit Coupling (SOC) effects, as applied for the mechanistic study of this reaction in a previous study by us [Chem...
August 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820304/predictors-of-quality-of-life-and-survival-following-gamma-knife-surgery-for-lung-cancer-brain-metastases-a-prospective-study
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Sidsel Bragstad, Marianne Flatebø, Gerd Karin Natvig, Geir Egil Eide, Geir Olve Skeie, Maziar Behbahani, Paal-Henning Pedersen, Per Øyvind Enger, Bente Sandvei Skeie
OBJECTIVE Lung cancer (LC) patients who develop brain metastases (BMs) have a poor prognosis. Estimations of survival and risk of treatment-related deterioration in quality of life (QOL) are important when deciding on treatment. Although we know of several prognostic factors for LC patients with BMs, the role of QOL has not been established. Authors of this study set out to evaluate changes in QOL following Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) for BMs in LC patients and QOL as a prognostic factor for survival. METHODS Forty-four of 48 consecutive LC patients with BMs underwent GKS in the period from May 2010 to September 2011, and their QOL was prospectively assessed before and 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after GKS by using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain (FACT-BR) questionnaire...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820268/automated-transition-state-theory-calculations-for-high-throughput-kinetics
#9
Pierre L Bhoorasingh, Belinda L Slakman, Fariba Seyedzadeh Khanshan, Jason Y Cain, Richard Henry West
A scarcity of known chemical kinetic parameters leads to the use of many reaction rate estimates, which are not always sufficiently accurate, in the construction of detailed kinetic models. To reduce the reliance on these estimates and improve the accuracy of predictive kinetic models, we have developed a high-throughput, fully automated, reaction rate calculation method, AutoTST. The algorithm integrates automated saddle-point geometry search methods and a canonical transition state theory kinetics calculator...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820220/real-time-plasmon-spectroscopy-study-of-the-solid-state-oxidation-and-kirkendall-void-formation-in-copper-nanoparticles
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Mariano D Susman, Yishai Feldman, Tatyana A Bendikov, Alexander Vaskevich, Israel Rubinstein
Oxidation and corrosion reactions have a major effect on the application of non-noble metals. Kinetic information and simple theoretical models are often insufficient for describing such processes in metals at the nanoscale, particularly in cases involving formation of internal voids (nano Kirkendall effect, NKE) during oxidation. Here we study the kinetics of solid-state oxidation of chemically-grown copper nanoparticles (NPs) by in situ localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy during isothermal annealing in the range 110-170 °C...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819754/development-of-the-hybrid-cells-in-series-model-to-simulate-ammonia-nutrient-pollutant-transport-along-the-umgeni-river
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Kayode O Olowe, Muthukrishnavellaisamy Kumarasamy
Discharge of organic waste results in high nutrient pollution of the water bodies which is a major menace to the environment. A high quantity of nutrients such as ammonia causes a reduction in the dissolved oxygen level and induces algal growth in the water bodies. Water quality models have been the tools to evaluate the rate at which streams can disperse the pollutants they receive. Many water quality models are flawed either because of their inadequacy to completely simulate the advection component of the pollutant transport, or because of the limited application of the models, due to inaccurate estimation of model parameters...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819679/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-is-effective-in-strengthening-the-quadriceps-muscle-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-surgery
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Annette V Hauger, M P Reiman, J M Bjordal, C Sheets, L Ledbetter, A P Goode
PURPOSE: Reduced ability to contract the quadriceps muscles is often found immediately following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery. This can lead to muscle atrophy and decreased function. Application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) may be a useful adjunct intervention to ameliorate these deficits following ACL surgery. The purpose of this review was to determine whether NMES in addition to standard physical therapy is superior to standard physical therapy alone in improving quadriceps strength or physical function following ACL surgery...
August 17, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819112/tracing-nitrate-sources-with-dual-isotopes-and-long-term-monitoring-of-nitrogen-species-in-the-yellow-river-china
#13
Fu-Jun Yue, Si-Liang Li, Cong-Qiang Liu, Zhi-Qi Zhao, Hu Ding
A heavy load of nitrogenous compounds reflects nutrient loss and influences water quality in large rivers. Nitrogenous concentrations and dual isotopes of nitrate were measured to ascertain the spatial and temporal distributions of nitrate transformation in the Yellow River, the second-longest river in China. Assessment of the long-term record indicates that [NO3(-)-N] has increased by two-fold over the past three decades. Weekly observation of ammonium over a twelve-year period revealed high concentrations and suggests impairment of water quality, particularly since 2011...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818746/patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-coronary-artery-disease-double-trouble
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REVIEW
Ewelina Michniewicz, Elżbieta Mlodawska, Paulina Lopatowska, Anna Tomaszuk-Kazberuk, Jolanta Malyszko
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common cardiovascular disease while atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Both diseases share associated risk factors - hypertension, diabetes mellitus, sleep apnea, obesity and smoking. Moreover, inflammation plays a causative role in both diseases. The prevalence of CAD in patients with AF is from 17% to 46.5% while the prevalence of AF among patients with CAD is low and it is estimated from 0.2% to 5%. AF is a well-established factor of poor short- and long-term prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is associated with a marked increase in overall mortality...
August 14, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818705/hormone-replacement-therapy-after-risk-reducing-salpingo-oophorectomy-minimises-endocrine-and-sexual-problems-a-prospective-study
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Ravi F M Vermeulen, Marc van Beurden, Jacobien M Kieffer, Eveline M A Bleiker, Heiddis B Valdimarsdottir, Leon F A G Massuger, Marian J E Mourits, Katja N Gaarenstroom, Eleonora B L van Dorst, Hans W H M van der Putten, Neil K Aaronson
BACKGROUND: There has been some doubts raised in earlier studies about the efficacy of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in reducing endocrine and sexual problems in women who have undergone a risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO). METHODS: In this prospective, observational study, we recruited 178 premenopausal women with a high risk for ovarian cancer. Fifty-seven women opted for RRSO and 121 for gynaecological screening (GS). Women completed questionnaires before surgery (T1) and 3 (T2) and 9 (T3) months post surgery, or at equivalent time points for the GS-group...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818596/cardiometabolic-phenotypes-and-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-in-two-cohorts-of-uk-women
#16
Anna L Guyatt, Kimberley Burrows, Philip A I Guthrie, Sue Ring, Wendy McArdle, Ian N M Day, Raimondo Ascione, Debbie A Lawlor, Tom R Gaunt, Santiago Rodriguez
The mitochondrial genome is present at variable copy number between individuals. Mitochondria are vulnerable to oxidative stress, and their dysfunction may be associated with cardiovascular disease. The association of mitochondrial DNA copy number with cardiometabolic risk factors (lipids, glycaemic traits, inflammatory markers, anthropometry and blood pressure) was assessed in two independent cohorts of European origin women, one in whom outcomes were measured at mean (SD) age 30 (4.3) years (N=2278) and the second at 69...
August 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818415/modifiable-lifestyle-risk-factors-and-incident-diabetes-in-african-americans
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Joshua J Joseph, Justin B Echouffo-Tcheugui, Sameera A Talegawkar, Valery S Effoe, Victoria Okhomina, Mercedes R Carnethon, Willa A Hsueh, Sherita H Golden
INTRODUCTION: The associations of modifiable lifestyle risk factors with incident diabetes are not well investigated in African Americans (AAs). This study investigated the association of modifiable lifestyle risk factors (exercise, diet, smoking, TV watching, and sleep-disordered breathing burden) with incident diabetes among AAs. METHODS: Modifiable lifestyle risk factors were characterized among 3,252 AAs in the Jackson Heart Study who were free of diabetes at baseline (2000-2004) using baseline questionnaires and combined into risk factor categories: poor (0-3 points), average (4-7 points), and optimal (8-11 points)...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818320/-use-of-a-delphi-survey-to-assess-the-hospital-economic-impact-of-innovative-products-the-example-of-idarucizumab-a-dabigatran-specific-reversal-agent
#18
N Jamet, A P Thivilliers, P Paubel, D Chevalier, S Bourguignon, Y Bézie
OBJECTIVES: The economic impact of therapeutic innovations on the hospital patient management cannot be easily estimated. The objective of this study is to illustrate the use of a Delphi survey as a support tool to identify the changes following the use of idarucizumab in dabigatran-treated patients with uncontrolled/life-threatening bleeding or who required emergency surgery/urgent procedures. METHODS: The Delphi questionnaires have been administrated to 8 emergency physicians or anesthetists from 6 different hospital centers...
August 14, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818295/total-endovascular-treatment-for-extent-type-1-and-5-thoracoabdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#19
Gabriele Piffaretti, Federico Fontana, Marco Franchin, Alessandro Bacuzzi, Walter Dorigo, Patrizio Castelli, Matteo Tozzi
OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to describe the results of thoracic endovascular aortic repair with the intentional coverage of the celiac artery and distal supramesenteric landing zone for extent type 1 and type 5 thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. METHODS: Inclusion criteria were thoracic endovascular aortic repair with celiac artery coverage to treat elective or urgent extent type 1 and 5 thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. Primary end points were in-hospital and follow-up survival, freedom from aortic-related mortality, and freedom from reintervention...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817753/efficacy-and-safety-of-durvalumab-in-locally-advanced-or-metastatic-urothelial-carcinoma-updated-results-from-a-phase-1-2-open-label-study
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Thomas Powles, Peter H O'Donnell, Christophe Massard, Hendrik-Tobias Arkenau, Terence W Friedlander, Christopher J Hoimes, Jae Lyun Lee, Michael Ong, Srikala S Sridhar, Nicholas J Vogelzang, Mayer N Fishman, Jingsong Zhang, Sandy Srinivas, Jigar Parikh, Joyce Antal, Xiaoping Jin, Ashok K Gupta, Yong Ben, Noah M Hahn
Importance: The data reported herein were accepted for assessment by the US Food and Drug Administration for Biologics License Application under priority review to establish the clinical benefit of durvalumab as second-line therapy for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC), resulting in its recent US approval. Objective: To report a planned update of the safety and efficacy of durvalumab in patients with locally advanced/metastatic UC. Design, Setting, and Participants: This is an ongoing phase 1/2 open-label study of 191 adult patients with histologically or cytologically confirmed locally advanced/metastatic UC whose disease had progressed on, were ineligible for, or refused prior chemotherapy from 60 sites in 9 countries as reported herein...
August 17, 2017: JAMA Oncology
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