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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471544/10-best-resources-on-power-in-health-policy-and-systems-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
#1
Veena Sriram, Stephanie M Topp, Marta Schaaf, Arima Mishra, Walter Flores, Subramania Raju Rajasulochana, Kerry Scott
Power is a critical concept to understand and transform health policy and systems. Power manifests implicitly or explicitly at multiple levels-local, national and global-and is present at each actor interface, therefore shaping all actions, processes and outcomes. Analysing and engaging with power has important potential for improving our understanding of the underlying causes of inequity, and our ability to promote transparency, accountability and fairness. However, the study and analysis of the role of power in health policy and systems, particularly in the context of low- and middle-income countries, has been lacking...
February 17, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471508/protein-hydrolysate-from-turkey-meat-and-optimization-of-its-antioxidant-potential-by-response-surface-methodology
#2
Daoying Wang, Fereidoon Shahidi
The objective of this research was to optimize antioxidant potential of hydrolyzed protein using Flavourzyme assisted hydrolysis of turkey meat and compare the antioxidant activity of hydrolysates from turkey meat, chicken, and beef. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to determine the optimal Flavourzyme hydrolysis conditions for preparation of hydrolysate from turkey meat, which were at a temperature of 50.09°C, pH of 5.42, and processing time of 1.08 hours. For comparison, antioxidant activities of the hydrolysate from turkey meat, chicken, and beef under the optimum conditions were determined using reducing power, 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) radical cation, hydroxyl radical, and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical scavenging activities...
February 19, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471431/making-waves-new-developments-in-toxicology-with-the-zebrafish
#3
Katharine A Horzmann, Jennifer L Freeman
The laboratory zebrafish (Danio rerio) is now an accepted model in toxicologic research. The zebrafish model fills a niche between in vitro models and mammalian biomedical models. The developmental characteristics of the small fish are strategically being used by scientists to study topics ranging from high-throughput toxicity screens to toxicity in multi- and transgenerational studies. High-throughput technology has increased the utility of zebrafish embryonic toxicity assays in screening of chemicals and drugs for toxicity or effect...
February 19, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29471308/reporting-guidelines-for-oncology-research-helping-to-maximise-the-impact-of-your-research
#4
REVIEW
Angela MacCarthy, Shona Kirtley, Jennifer A de Beyer, Douglas G Altman, Iveta Simera
Many reports of health research omit important information needed to assess their methodological robustness and clinical relevance. Without clear and complete reporting, it is not possible to identify flaws or biases, reproduce successful interventions, or use the findings in systematic reviews or meta-analyses. The EQUATOR Network (http://www.equator-network.org/) promotes responsible reporting and the use of reporting guidelines to improve the accuracy, completeness, and transparency of health research. EQUATOR supports researchers by providing online resources and training...
February 22, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470857/numerical-study-on-the-hemodynamics-of-patient-specific-carotid-bifurcation-using-a-new-mesh-approach
#5
S I S Pinto, J B L M Campos, E Azevedo, C F Castro, L C Sousa
The definition of a suitable mesh to simulate blood flow in the human carotid bifurcation has been investigated. In this research, a novel mesh generation method is proposed: hexahedral cells at the centre of the vessel and a fine grid of tetrahedral cells near the artery wall, in order to correctly simulate the large blood velocity gradients associated with specific locations. The selected numerical examples to show the pertinence of the novel generation method are supported by carotid ultrasound (US) image data of a patient-specific case...
February 22, 2018: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470823/methodological-characteristics-and-future-directions-for-plyometric-jump-training-research-a-scoping-review
#6
REVIEW
Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo, Cristian Álvarez, Antonio García-Hermoso, Robinson Ramírez-Vélez, Paulo Gentil, Abbas Asadi, Helmi Chaabene, Jason Moran, Cesar Meylan, Antonio García-de-Alcaraz, Javier Sanchez-Sanchez, Fabio Y Nakamura, Urs Granacher, William Kraemer, Mikel Izquierdo
Recently, there has been a proliferation of published articles on the effect of plyometric jump training, including several review articles and meta-analyses. However, these types of research articles are generally of narrow scope. Furthermore, methodological limitations among studies (e.g., a lack of active/passive control groups) prevent the generalization of results, and these factors need to be addressed by researchers. On that basis, the aims of this scoping review were to (1) characterize the main elements of plyometric jump training studies (e...
February 22, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470656/industrial-point-source-co-2-emission-strength-estimation-with-aircraft-measurements-and-dispersion-modelling
#7
Federico Carotenuto, Giovanni Gualtieri, Franco Miglietta, Angelo Riccio, Piero Toscano, Georg Wohlfahrt, Beniamino Gioli
CO2 remains the greenhouse gas that contributes most to anthropogenic global warming, and the evaluation of its emissions is of major interest to both research and regulatory purposes. Emission inventories generally provide quite reliable estimates of CO2 emissions. However, because of intrinsic uncertainties associated with these estimates, it is of great importance to validate emission inventories against independent estimates. This paper describes an integrated approach combining aircraft measurements and a puff dispersion modelling framework by considering a CO2 industrial point source, located in Biganos, France...
February 22, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470639/arabinogalactan-proteins-and-their-sugar-chains-functions-in-plant-reproduction-research-methods-and-biosynthesis
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REVIEW
Shihao Su, Tetsuya Higashiyama
The arabinogalactan protein (AGP) family is one of the most complex protein families and is ubiquitous in the plant kingdom. Moreover, it has been demonstrated to play various roles during plant reproduction. A typical AGP contains a hydroxyproline-rich core protein with high heterogeneity and varying numbers of polysaccharide side chains. However, the functions of the polysaccharide components (i.e. AG sugar chains) remain largely unknown due to the general difficulties associated with studying sugar chains in glycobiology...
February 22, 2018: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469669/-i-want-to-walk-with-my-moko-the-application-of-social-cognitive-theory-in-the-creation-of-a-diabetes-prevention-documentary-with-new-zealand-m%C3%A4-ori
#9
Alison Farmer, Timothy Edgar, Jeffrey Gage, Ray Kirk
Type 2 diabetes is almost three times more prevalent in the indigenous people of New Zealand (Māori) than non-Māori. Despite the high rate of diabetes there is a low level of diabetes knowledge and awareness in the Māori community. Several studies of Māori health identify a need for new health communication approaches to diabetes prevention in order to reduce the gap between Māori and non-Māori disease rates. We applied a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) framework and behavioral theory to create a culturally appropriate documentary for Māori at risk for type 2 diabetes...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469195/postoperative-ileus-following-major-colorectal-surgery
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REVIEW
S J Chapman, A Pericleous, C Downey, D G Jayne
BACKGROUND: Postoperative ileus (POI) is characterized by delayed gastrointestinal recovery following surgery. Current knowledge of pathophysiology, clinical interventions and methodological challenges was reviewed to inform modern practice and future research. METHODS: A systematic search of MEDLINE and Embase databases was performed using search terms related to ileus and colorectal surgery. All RCTs involving an intervention to prevent or reduce POI published between 1990 and 2016 were identified...
February 22, 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469172/segmentation-of-hip-cartilage-in-compositional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-fast-accurate-reproducible-and-clinically-viable-semi-automated-methodology
#11
Dr Scott Fernquest, Dr Daniel Park, Dr Marija Marcan, Mr Antony Palmer, Dr Irina Voiculescu, Prof Sion Glyn-Jones
Manual segmentation is a significant obstacle in the analysis of compositional MRI for clinical decision-making and research. Our aim was to produce a fast, accurate, reproducible, and clinically viable semi-automated method for segmentation of hip MRI. We produced a semi-automated segmentation method for cartilage segmentation of hip MRI sequences consisting of a two step process: (1) fully automated hierarchical partitioning of the data volume generated using a bespoke segmentation approach applied recursively, followed by (2) user selection of the regions of interest using a region editor...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468949/methodologies-for-investigating-performance-changes-with-supplement-use
#12
Louise M Burke, Peter Peeling
Many expert sporting bodies now support a pragmatic acceptance of the use of performance supplements which have passed a risk:benefit analysis of being safe, effective, and permitted for use, while also being appropriate to the athlete's age and maturation in their sport. However, gaining evidence of the performance benefits of these supplements is a process challenged by the scarcity of research in relation to the number of available products, and the limitations of the poor quality of some studies. While meta-analyses and systematic reviews can help to provide information about the general use of performance supplements, the controlled scientific trial provides the basis on which these reviews are undertaken, as well as an opportunity to address more specific questions about supplement applications...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468832/becoming-breastfeeding-friendly-index-development-and-application-for-scaling-up-breastfeeding-programmes-globally
#13
Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Amber J Hromi-Fiedler, Muriel Bauermann Gubert, Katie Doucet, Sara Meyers, Gabriela Dos Santos Buccini
Global efforts to further improve exclusive breastfeeding rates have not been successful, in part because effective scaling-up frameworks and roadmaps have not been developed. The Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) toolbox includes an evidence-based index, the BBF Index (BBFI), to guide the development and tracking of large scale, well-coordinated, multisector national breastfeeding promotion programmes. This paper describes the development of the BBFI, which is grounded in the Breastfeeding Gear Model complex adaptive systems framework...
February 22, 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468738/combined-effects-of-environmental-factors-on-human-perception-and-objective-performance-a-review-of-experimental-laboratory-works
#14
REVIEW
S Torresin, G Pernigotto, F Cappelletti, A Gasparella
The present paper reports the outcomes of a literature survey aimed at exploring how different environmental factors - i.e. acoustic, thermal, visual and air quality stimuli - interact in affecting building occupants' perception and performance. Recent laboratory studies have been collected and their methodological approaches reviewed in terms of experimental design, adopted exposures conditions, perception and performance assessment methods. Results have been summarized and compared to identify interaction patterns between environmental factors and possible practical implications for improving the design of both experimental studies and the built environment...
February 22, 2018: Indoor Air
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468724/a-roadmap-to-advance-dementia-research-in-prevention-diagnosis-intervention-and-care-by-2025
#15
James Pickett, Cathy Bird, Clive Ballard, Sube Banerjee, Carol Brayne, Katherine Cowan, Linda Clare, Adelina Comas-Herrera, Lynne Corner, Stephanie Daley, Martin Knapp, Louise Lafortune, Gill Livingston, Jill Manthorpe, Natalie Marchant, Jo Moriarty, Louise Robinson, Clare van Lynden, Gill Windle, Bob Woods, Katherine Gray, Clare Walton
OBJECTIVE: National and global dementia plans have focused on the research ambition to develop a cure or disease-modifying therapy by 2025, with the initial focus on investment in drug discovery approaches. We set out to develop complementary research ambitions in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, intervention, and care and strategies for achieving them. METHODS: Alzheimer's Society facilitated a taskforce of leading UK clinicians and researchers in dementia, UK funders of dementia research, people with dementia, and carer representatives to develop, using iterative consensus methodology, goals and recommendations to advance dementia research...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468635/strategies-to-improve-recruitment-to-randomised-trials
#16
REVIEW
Shaun Treweek, Marie Pitkethly, Jonathan Cook, Cynthia Fraser, Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Sullivan, Catherine Jackson, Tyna K Taskila, Heidi Gardner
BACKGROUND: Recruiting participants to trials can be extremely difficult. Identifying strategies that improve trial recruitment would benefit both trialists and health research. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the effects of strategies for improving recruitment of participants to randomised trials. A secondary objective is to assess the evidence for the effect of the research setting (e.g. primary care versus secondary care) on recruitment. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Methodology Review Group Specialised Register (CMR) in the Cochrane Library (July 2012, searched 11 February 2015); MEDLINE and MEDLINE In Process (OVID) (1946 to 10 February 2015); Embase (OVID) (1996 to 2015 Week 06); Science Citation Index & Social Science Citation Index (ISI) (2009 to 11 February 2015) and ERIC (EBSCO) (2009 to 11 February 2015)...
February 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468535/methodological-implications-and-repeatability-of-nasal-nitric-oxide-relevance-for-challenge-studies
#17
Frank Hoffmeyer, K Sucker, H Berresheim, C Monsé, B Jettkant, A Beine, M Raulf, T Brüning, J Bünger
There is an interest in assessing changes in nasal NO (nNO) levels as an effect marker of upper airways. In this study, we examined methodologic influences on short and long term repeatability of nNO levels assessed by a portable electrochemical analyzer. Nine atopic and eighteen healthy subjects were exposed for 4 h to ethyl acrylate concentration of 0.05 ppm (sham) and mean concentrations of 5 ppm (either constant 5 ppm or variable 0 to 10 ppm). Sampling of nNO was performed by using passive aspiration during both breath-holding (634 ppb) or calm tidal breathing (364 ppb, p < 0...
February 22, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468518/cultural-factors-influencing-osteoarthritis-care-in-asian-communities-a-review-of-the-evidence
#18
REVIEW
Thrmiga Sathiyamoorthy, Shabana Amanda Ali, Marita Kloseck
With the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) increasing internationally, there is a need to study the impact of this disease on culturally diverse populations. Individuals of Asian descent make up more than 60% of the world population, yet comprehensive information on the cultural factors that impact OA care is not available. Scoping review methodology using directed content analysis was employed to identify and analyze existing research on OA care for Asians. A categorization matrix was developed using the six care areas from the OA clinical practice guidelines along with an additional three non-clinical areas (cross-cultural adaptation of clinical tools; psychological well-being; family systems and informal care) identified in an initial scan resulting in a total of nine OA care areas to guide initial coding...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468516/a-systematic-review-of-cognition-in-chiari-i-malformation
#19
REVIEW
Jeffrey M Rogers, Greg Savage, Marcus A Stoodley
Displacement of the cerebellar tonsils in Chiari type I malformation (CMI) can affect functions controlled by the cerebellum and brainstem. While playing an integral role in the control of movement, the cerebellum also has widespread cortical connections, influencing a range of cognitive process. A systematic literature review was conducted to examine the relationship between cognition and CMI, assessing evidence for general or domain-specific cognitive change. The search protocol examined the AMED, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Scopus databases...
February 21, 2018: Neuropsychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468089/the-necessary-conditions-of-engagement-for-the-therapeutic-relationship-in-physiotherapy-an-interpretive-description-study
#20
Maxi Miciak, Maria Mayan, Cary Brown, Anthony S Joyce, Douglas P Gross
Background: The therapeutic relationship between patient and physiotherapist is a central component of patient-centred care and has been positively associated with better physiotherapy clinical outcomes. Despite its influence, we do not know what conditions enable a physiotherapist and patient to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship. This knowledge has implications for how clinicians approach their interactions with patients and for the development of an assessment tool that accurately reflects the nature of the therapeutic relationship...
2018: Archives of Physiotherapy
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