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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336521/defending-strong-tobacco-packaging-and-labelling-regulations-in-uruguay-transnational-tobacco-control-network-versus-philip-morris-international
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Eric Crosbie, Particia Sosa, Stanton A Glantz
OBJECTIVE: Describe the process of enacting and defending strong tobacco packaging and labelling regulations in Uruguay amid Philip Morris International's (PMI) legal threats and challenges. METHODS: Triangulated government legislation, news sources and interviews with policy-makers and health advocates in Uruguay. RESULTS: In 2008 and 2009, the Uruguayan government enacted at the time the world's largest pictorial health warning labels (80% of front and back of package) and prohibited different packaging or presentations for cigarettes sold under a given brand...
March 23, 2017: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290394/a-systematic-review-of-quantitative-research-on-traumatic-brain-injury-in-india
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Benjamin B Massenburg, Deepa K Veetil, Nakul P Raykar, Amit Agrawal, Nobhojit Roy, Martin Gerdin
INTRODUCTION: Over a quarter of the world's trauma deaths occur in India, with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as the leading cause of death and disability within trauma. With little known about TBI in India, we set out to do a systematic review to characterize the quantitative literature on TBI in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The following databases were searched from their inception to December 31, 2015: PubMed, Cochrane, Web of Science, and the World Health Organization's Global Health Library, using the keywords: neurotrauma, brain injury, traumatic brain injury, TBI, head injury, and India...
March 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274967/effect-of-using-cardiovascular-risk-scoring-in-routine-risk-assessment-in-primary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-disease-protocol-for-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Krzysztof Studzin Ski, Tomasz Tomasik, Janusz Krzyszton, Jacek Józ Wiak, Adam Windak
INTRODUCTION: Major clinical practice guidelines recommend assessing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) using absolute/global/total CVD risk scores. However, the effectiveness of using them in clinical practice, despite publication of numerous randomised controlled trials (RCTs), is still poorly understood. To summarise and analyse current knowledge in this field, we will carry out an overview of existing systematic reviews (SRs). The objective of this overview will be to assess the effect of using cardiovascular risk scoring in routine risk assessment in primary prevention of CVD compared with standard care...
March 8, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238198/the-social-historical-and-institutional-contingencies-of-dam-removal
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F J Magilligan, C S Sneddon, C A Fox
Environmental managers in the United States and elsewhere are increasingly perceiving dam removal as a critical tool for river restoration and enhancing watershed resilience. In New England, over 125 dams have been dismantled for ecological and economic rationales. A surprising number of these removals, including many that are ongoing, have generated heated conflicts between restoration proponents and local communities who value their dammed landscapes. Using a comparative case study approach, we examine the environmental conflict around efforts to remove six dams in New England...
February 25, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208590/synthesizing-existing-csma-and-tdma-based-mac-protocols-for-vanets
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Jiawei Huang, Qi Li, Shaohua Zhong, Lianhai Liu, Ping Zhong, Jianxin Wang, Jin Ye
Many Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) and Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) based medium access control (MAC) protocols for vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) have been proposed recently. Contrary to the common perception that they are competitors, we argue that the underlying strategies used in these MAC protocols are complementary. Based on this insight, we design CTMAC, a MAC protocol that synthesizes existing strategies; namely, random accessing channel (used in CSMA-style protocols) and arbitral reserving channel (used in TDMA-based protocols)...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132683/probability-of-accurate-heart-failure-diagnosis-and-the-implications-for-hospital-readmissions
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Sandra A Carey, Kyle Bass, Giovanna Saracino, Cara A East, Joost Felius, Paul A Grayburn, Ravi C Vallabhan, Shelley A Hall
Heart failure (HF) is a complex syndrome with inherent diagnostic challenges. We studied the scope of possibly inaccurately documented HF in a large health care system among patients assigned a primary diagnosis of HF at discharge. Through a retrospective record review and a classification schema developed from published guidelines, we assessed the probability of the documented HF diagnosis being accurate and determined factors associated with HF-related and non-HF-related hospital readmissions. An arbitration committee of 3 experts reviewed a subset of records to corroborate the results...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126677/artesunate-acts-as-fuel-to-fire-in-sensitizing-hepg2-cells-towards-trail-mediated-apoptosis-via-stat3-inhibition-and-dr4-augmentation
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M Ilamathi, V Sivaramakrishnan
In the present study, we investigated in vitro, the role of artesunate (ATS) with comparable potency to oxaliplatin (OXP) in sensitizing tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) resistant HepG2 cells towards apoptosis. ATS in consistency with OXP was found to reverse TRAIL resistant HepG2 cells towards TRAIL mediated apoptosis by enhancing caspase-3 and cleavage of PARP. Additionally, ATS also suppressed the nuclear translocation of activated signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) thereby sensitizing the HepG2 cells towards only death receptor 4 (DR4) mediated apoptosis...
April 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114344/nod1card-might-be-using-multiple-interfaces-for-rip2-mediated-card-card-interaction-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Jitendra Maharana, Sukanta Kumar Pradhan, Sachinandan De
The nucleotide-binding and oligomerization domain (NOD)-containing protein 1 (NOD1) plays the pivotal role in host-pathogen interface of innate immunity and triggers immune signalling pathways for the maturation and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Upon the recognition of iE-DAP, NOD1 self-oligomerizes in an ATP-dependent fashion and interacts with adaptor molecule receptor-interacting protein 2 (RIP2) for the propagation of innate immune signalling and initiation of pro-inflammatory immune responses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088744/self-concept-mediate-the-relationship-between-childhood-maltreatment-and-abstinence-motivation-as-well-as-self-efficacy-among-drug-addicts
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Feng-Ying Lu, Si Wen, Gang Deng, Yung-Lung Tang
OBJECTIVE: Childhood maltreatment is widely accepted as a risk factor for drug addiction from adolescence to adulthood. However, the influence of childhood maltreatment on drug treatment related variables, such as drug abstinence motivation and self-concept, as well as self-efficacy, remains unclear. This study aims at exploring whether self-concept mediates the relationship between childhood maltreatment and abstinence motivation, as well as self-efficacy, among drug addicts. METHODS: This study involves 816 (550 males, 226 females, mean age=34...
May 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062574/loss-of-n-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-4-orchestrates-oncogenic-microrna-9-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yidong Liu, Haiou Liu, Liu Yang, Qian Wu, Weisi Liu, Qiang Fu, Weijuan Zhang, Haijian Zhang, Jiejie Xu, Jianxin Gu
Deregulated expression of N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferases (GALNTs), which is responsible for the initial step of mucin-type O-glycosylation, could produce abnormal truncated O-glycans and thereby exert pivotal functions during malignant transformation. GALNT4 is one of the few isoforms preferring to catalyze partial GalNAc-glycosylated substrates and modify the sites not utilized by other known GALNTs. This study aims to evaluate the impact of GALNT4 expression on malignant transformation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045884/a-study-of-interpersonal-conflict-among-operating-room-nurses
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Tsui-Fen Chang, Chung-Kuang Chen, Ming-Jia Chen
BACKGROUND: Team collaboration is an important factor that affects the performance of the operating room (OR). Therefore, the ability of OR nurses to adapt to and manage interpersonal conflict incidents properly is very important. PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to investigate the interpersonal conflict management capabilities of OR nursing staffs and to find the relationships among the demographics of OR nurses and the following: work-related variables, interpersonal conflict management style, and target of interpersonal conflict...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025341/can-we-replace-curation-with-information-extraction-software
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REVIEW
Peter D Karp
Can we use programs for automated or semi-automated information extraction from scientific texts as practical alternatives to professional curation? I show that error rates of current information extraction programs are too high to replace professional curation today. Furthermore, current IEP programs extract single narrow slivers of information, such as individual protein interactions; they cannot extract the large breadth of information extracted by professional curators for databases such as EcoCyc. They also cannot arbitrate among conflicting statements in the literature as curators can...
2016: Database: the Journal of Biological Databases and Curation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024825/automated-diabetic-retinopathy-image-assessment-software-diagnostic-accuracy-and-cost-effectiveness-compared-with-human-graders
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Adnan Tufail, Caroline Rudisill, Catherine Egan, Venediktos V Kapetanakis, Sebastian Salas-Vega, Christopher G Owen, Aaron Lee, Vern Louw, John Anderson, Gerald Liew, Louis Bolter, Sowmya Srinivas, Muneeswar Nittala, SriniVas Sadda, Paul Taylor, Alicja R Rudnicka
OBJECTIVE: With the increasing prevalence of diabetes, annual screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) by expert human grading of retinal images is challenging. Automated DR image assessment systems (ARIAS) may provide clinically effective and cost-effective detection of retinopathy. We aimed to determine whether ARIAS can be safely introduced into DR screening pathways to replace human graders. DESIGN: Observational measurement comparison study of human graders following a national screening program for DR versus ARIAS...
December 23, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995269/-new-legal-regulations-for-palliative-care-with-implications-for-politics-and-practice
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Heiner Melching
In December 2015 two different laws were adopted. Both are of importance for palliative care. One of the laws criminalizes commercial, "business-like" assisted suicide (§ 217 German Criminal Code), the other one aims to improve hospice and palliative care in Germany. Through the latter far-reaching changes in Social Code Books V and XI, as well as of the Hospital Finance Act have been made. This new Act to Improve Hospice and Palliative Care (HPG) focuses, amongst others, on: (a) Better funding of hospice services, by raising the minimum grant for patients in inpatient hospices paid per day by the health insurance funds by about 28...
January 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994941/a-multisite-validation-of-whole-slide-imaging-for-primary-diagnosis-using-standardized-data-collection-and-analysis
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Katy Wack, Laura Drogowski, Murray Treloar, Andrew Evans, Jonhan Ho, Anil Parwani, Michael C Montalto
CONTEXT: Text-based reporting and manual arbitration for whole slide imaging (WSI) validation studies are labor intensive and do not allow for consistent, scalable, and repeatable data collection or analysis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to establish a method of data capture and analysis using standardized codified checklists and predetermined synoptic discordance tables and to use these methods in a pilot multisite validation study. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Fifteen case report form checklists were generated from the College of American Pathology cancer protocols...
2016: Journal of Pathology Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987628/arbitration-board-setting-reimbursement-amounts-for-pharmaceutical-innovations-in-germany-when-price-negations-between-payers-and-manufacturers-fail-an-empirical-analysis-of-5-years-experience
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Saskia Ludwig, Charalabos-Markos Dintsios
BACKGROUND: In Germany, an arbitration board is setting reimbursement amounts for drug innovations when price negations between payers and manufacturers fail. OBJECTIVE: To empirically analyze all arbitrations since the reform of Germany's Act to Reorganize the Pharmaceuticals' Market in the Statutory Health Insurance System came into effect. METHODS: All available relevant documents up to January 2016 were screened and the identified contentious issues between the negotiation parties extracted...
December 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981917/an-observational-study-to-assess-if-automated-diabetic-retinopathy-image-assessment-software-can-replace-one-or-more-steps-of-manual-imaging-grading-and-to-determine-their-cost-effectiveness
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Adnan Tufail, Venediktos V Kapetanakis, Sebastian Salas-Vega, Catherine Egan, Caroline Rudisill, Christopher G Owen, Aaron Lee, Vern Louw, John Anderson, Gerald Liew, Louis Bolter, Clare Bailey, SriniVas Sadda, Paul Taylor, Alicja R Rudnicka
BACKGROUND: Diabetic retinopathy screening in England involves labour-intensive manual grading of retinal images. Automated retinal image analysis systems (ARIASs) may offer an alternative to manual grading. OBJECTIVES: To determine the screening performance and cost-effectiveness of ARIASs to replace level 1 human graders or pre-screen with ARIASs in the NHS diabetic eye screening programme (DESP). To examine technical issues associated with implementation. DESIGN: Observational retrospective measurement comparison study with a real-time evaluation of technical issues and a decision-analytic model to evaluate cost-effectiveness...
December 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981181/stress-potentiates-decision-biases-a-stress-induced-deliberation-to-intuition-sidi-model
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REVIEW
Rongjun Yu
Humans often make decisions in stressful situations, for example when the stakes are high and the potential consequences severe, or when the clock is ticking and the task demand is overwhelming. In response, a whole train of biological responses to stress has evolved to allow organisms to make a fight-or-flight response. When under stress, fast and effortless heuristics may dominate over slow and demanding deliberation in making decisions under uncertainty. Here, I review evidence from behavioral studies and neuroimaging research on decision making under stress and propose that stress elicits a switch from an analytic reasoning system to intuitive processes, and predict that this switch is associated with diminished activity in the prefrontal executive control regions and exaggerated activity in subcortical reactive emotion brain areas...
June 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27970978/arbitration-board-setting-reimbursement-amounts-for-pharmaceutical-innovations-in-germany-when-price-negations-between-payors-and-manufacturers-fail-an-empirical-analysis-of-5-years-experience
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S Ludwig, C Dintsios
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November 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919191/phytotherapeutic-approach-a-new-hope-for-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-induced-cellular-disorders-autophagic-and-apoptotic-cell-death
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Durgesh Nandini Das, Prashanta Kumar Panda, Prajna Paramita Naik, Subhadip Mukhopadhyay, Niharika Sinha, Sujit K Bhutia
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) comprise the major class of cancer-causing chemicals and are ranked ninth among the chemical compounds threatening to humans. Moreover, interest in PAHs has been mainly due to their genotoxic, teratogenic, mutagenic and carcinogenic property. Polymorphism in cytochrome P450 (CYP450) and aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) has the capacity to convert procarcinogens into carcinogens, which is an imperative factor contributing to individual susceptibility to cancer development...
January 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
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