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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443266/cost-effectiveness-of-palivizumab-compared-to-no-prophylaxis-in-term-infants-residing-in-the-canadian-arctic
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Anna Banerji, Kaspar Ng, Theo J Moraes, Vladimir Panzov, Joan Robinson, Bonita E Lee
BACKGROUND: Hospital admissions for respiratory syncytial virus infection result in large health expenditures for Inuit infants. Palivizumab has been shown to be highly effective in reducing such admissions in preterm Inuit infants. We performed a cost-effectiveness analysis estimating the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) for palivizumab prophylaxis per admission related to respiratory syncytial virus avoided in healthy term infants across the Canadian Arctic. METHODS: We compared universal palivizumab prophylaxis in term infants less than 6 months of age to no prophylaxis in 8 Arctic regions: the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavut without Iqaluit, the 3 subregions of Nunavut (Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtaaluk), the Qikiqtaaluk Region without Iqaluit, and Nunavik (northern Quebec)...
October 2016: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439534/the-arctic-ocean-as-a-dead-end-for-floating-plastics-in-the-north-atlantic-branch-of-the-thermohaline-circulation
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Andrés Cózar, Elisa Martí, Carlos M Duarte, Juan García-de-Lomas, Erik van Sebille, Thomas J Ballatore, Victor M Eguíluz, J Ignacio González-Gordillo, Maria L Pedrotti, Fidel Echevarría, Romain Troublè, Xabier Irigoien
The subtropical ocean gyres are recognized as great marine accummulation zones of floating plastic debris; however, the possibility of plastic accumulation at polar latitudes has been overlooked because of the lack of nearby pollution sources. In the present study, the Arctic Ocean was extensively sampled for floating plastic debris from the Tara Oceans circumpolar expedition. Although plastic debris was scarce or absent in most of the Arctic waters, it reached high concentrations (hundreds of thousands of pieces per square kilometer) in the northernmost and easternmost areas of the Greenland and Barents seas...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439005/quantifying-the-influence-of-global-warming-on-unprecedented-extreme-climate-events
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Noah S Diffenbaugh, Deepti Singh, Justin S Mankin, Daniel E Horton, Daniel L Swain, Danielle Touma, Allison Charland, Yunjie Liu, Matz Haugen, Michael Tsiang, Bala Rajaratnam
Efforts to understand the influence of historical global warming on individual extreme climate events have increased over the past decade. However, despite substantial progress, events that are unprecedented in the local observational record remain a persistent challenge. Leveraging observations and a large climate model ensemble, we quantify uncertainty in the influence of global warming on the severity and probability of the historically hottest month, hottest day, driest year, and wettest 5-d period for different areas of the globe...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435859/the-frequency-and-extent-of-sub-ice-phytoplankton-blooms-in-the-arctic-ocean
#4
Christopher Horvat, David Rees Jones, Sarah Iams, David Schroeder, Daniela Flocco, Daniel Feltham
In July 2011, the observation of a massive phytoplankton bloom underneath a sea ice-covered region of the Chukchi Sea shifted the scientific consensus that regions of the Arctic Ocean covered by sea ice were inhospitable to photosynthetic life. Although the impact of widespread phytoplankton blooms under sea ice on Arctic Ocean ecology and carbon fixation is potentially marked, the prevalence of these events in the modern Arctic and in the recent past is, to date, unknown. We investigate the timing, frequency, and evolution of these events over the past 30 years...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434206/a-phylogeographic-investigation-of-the-kelp-genus-laminaria-laminariales-phaeophyceae-with-emphasis-on-the-south-atlantic-ocean
#5
Mark D Rothman, Lydiane Mattio, Robert J Anderson, John J Bolton
The genus Laminaria has a wide distribution range compared with other kelp genera because it is found in both the North and the South Atlantic, on both sides of the North Pacific, as well as in the Mediterranean. Hypotheses behind this biogeographical pattern have been discussed by several authors but have not yet been fully evaluated with time-calibrated phylogenies. Based on the analysis of four molecular markers (ITS2, rbcL, atp8 and trnWI), our goal was to reassess the Laminaria species diversity in South Africa, assess its relationship to the other species distributed in the South Atlantic and reconstruct the historical biogeography of the genus...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432906/hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-properties-of-pollutants-as-a-factor-influencing-their-redistribution-during-snowpack-melt
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Krystyna Kozioł, Katarzyna Kozak, Żaneta Polkowska
Glaciers accumulate organic pollutants delivered by snow. However, our understanding of the exact dynamics of organic pollutants in the snowpack relies primarily on laboratory experiments and mathematical models. To fill the gap related to the detailed field data, we have conducted observations of melting snow profiles in two locations and three different stages of melting on one High Arctic glacier, as well as in superimposed ice. We monitored the chemical concentrations of formaldehyde, phenols, short-chain carboxylic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and snow water equivalents to derive chemical loads...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432859/the-impact-of-global-climate-change-on-the-spread-of-parasitic-nematodes
#7
Anna Okulewicz
Climate changes may influence the frequency, intensity and geographical distribution of parasites, directly affecting their dispersive stages in the environment (eggs, larvae) and, indirectly, the larvae living mainly in invertebrate intermediate hosts. In biologically diverse nematodes climate warming contributes to the increase in the range of distribution, colonization of new hosts and modification of their development cycles. This is particularly acute in the Arctic and pertains, for instance, to nematodes Ostertagia gruehneri and Setaria tundra parasitizing reindeer Rangifer tarandus and Umingmakstrongylus pallikuukensis in musk oxen (Ovibos moschatus)...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428856/forage-plants-of-an-arctic-nesting-herbivore-show-larger-warming-response-in-breeding-than-wintering-grounds-potentially-disrupting-migration-phenology
#8
Thomas K Lameris, Femke Jochems, Alexandra J van der Graaf, Mattias Andersson, Juul Limpens, Bart A Nolet
During spring migration, herbivorous waterfowl breeding in the Arctic depend on peaks in the supply of nitrogen-rich forage plants, following a "green wave" of grass growth along their flyway to fuel migration and reproduction. The effects of climate warming on forage plant growth are expected to be larger at the Arctic breeding grounds than in temperate wintering grounds, potentially disrupting this green wave and causing waterfowl to mistime their arrival on the breeding grounds. We studied the potential effect of climate warming on timing of food peaks along the migratory flyway of the Russian population of barnacle geese using a warming experiment with open-top chambers...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422184/sea-level-proxies-in-holocene-raised-beach-ridge-deposits-greenland-revealed-by-ground-penetrating-radar
#9
Lars Nielsen, Mette Bendixen, Aart Kroon, Mikkel Ulfeldt Hede, Lars B Clemmensen, Ronny Weβling, Bo Elberling
Identification of sea-level proxies is important for reconstruction of past sea-level variation. Methods for reconstructing Holocene relative sea-level curves are crucial for quantification of the impact of Greenland ice thickness variation on global sea level and vertical land movement. Arctic beach ridges constitute important potential archives of sea-level variation. However, their surface morphology may have undergone modification since deposition due to freezing/thawing processes and erosion, and their morphology may therefore not be trustworthy for sea-level reconstruction...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421270/climate-variability-impacts-on-rainfed-cereal-yields-in-west-and-northwest-iran
#10
Milad Nouri, Mehdi Homaee, Mohammad Bannayan
In order to assess the response of wheat and barley to climate variability, the correlation between variations of yields with local and global climate variables was investigated in west and northwest Iran over 1982-2013. The global climate variables were the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), Arctic Oscillation (AO), and North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) signals. Further, minimum (T min), maximum (T max), and mean (T mean) temperature, diurnal temperature range (DTR), precipitation, and reference evapotranspiration (ET0) was used as local weather factors...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419962/temporal-trends-of-pbdes-and-emerging-flame-retardants-in-belugas-from-the-st-lawrence-estuary-canada-and-comparisons-with-minke-whales-and-canadian-arctic-belugas
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Antoine E Simond, Magali Houde, Véronique Lesage, Jonathan Verreault
An exponential level increase of the ubiquitous halogenated flame retardant (HFR) class polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) has been documented during the 1990s in endangered belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) from the St. Lawrence Estuary (SLE), Eastern Canada. The recent worldwide bans and regulations of PBDE mixtures led to their replacement by alternative HFRs (so-called emerging HFRs) that are increasingly being reported in various environmental compartments. There are, however, limited knowledge on the spatial and temporal trends of PBDEs and emerging HFRs in cetaceans, especially after restrictions on PBDE usage...
April 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416971/a-multicenter-study-of-the-need-of-additional-freezing-for-cryoballoon-ablation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-the-ad-balloon-study
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Koji Miyamoto, Atsushi Doi, Naoki Amaya, Yoshiaki Morita, Takashi Noda, Masanori Asakura, Toshimitsu Hamasaki, Hiroshi Tada, Masahiko Takagi, Satoshi Yasuda, Kengo Kusano
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is a cornerstone of catheter ablation in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), and balloon-based ablation has been recently performed worldwide. Ablation using the second-generation cryoballoon (CB2) (Arctic Front Advance(TM), Medtronic, MN, USA) is useful for PVI; however, there is some debate concerning the optimal freezing time and number of cycles after PVI is achieved. METHODS: The AD-Balloon study was designed as a prospective, multicenter, randomized clinical trial to evaluate the optimal strategy (freezing cycles) of CB2 ablation (UMIN Clinical Trials Registry UMIN000020130)...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416963/mitochondrial-acclimation-potential-to-ocean-acidification-and-warming-of-polar-cod-boreogadus-saida-and-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua
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Elettra Leo, Kristina L Kunz, Matthias Schmidt, Daniela Storch, Hans-O Pörtner, Felix C Mark
BACKGROUND: Ocean acidification and warming are happening fast in the Arctic but little is known about the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the physiological performance and survival of Arctic fish. RESULTS: In this study we investigated the metabolic background of performance through analyses of cardiac mitochondrial function in response to control and elevated water temperatures and PCO2 of two gadoid fish species, Polar cod (Boreogadus saida), an endemic Arctic species, and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which is a temperate to cold eurytherm and currently expanding into Arctic waters in the wake of ocean warming...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415134/an-arctic-predator-prey-system-in-flux-climate-change-impacts-on-coastal-space-use-by-polar-bears-and-ringed-seals
#14
Charmain D Hamilton, Kit M Kovacs, Rolf A Ims, Jon Aars, Christian Lydersen
1.Climate change is impacting different species at different rates, leading to alterations in biological interactions with ramifications for wider ecosystem functioning. Understanding these alterations can help improve predictive capacity and inform management efforts designed to mitigate against negative impacts. 2.We investigated how the movement and space use patterns of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in coastal areas in Svalbard, Norway, have been altered by a sudden decline in sea ice that occurred in 2006...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414736/catchment-vegetation-and-temperature-mediating-trophic-interactions-and-production-in-plankton-communities
#15
Anders G Finstad, Erlend B Nilsen, Ditte K Hendrichsen, Niels Martin Schmidt
Climatic factors influence the interactions among trophic levels in an ecosystem in multiple ways. However, whereas most studies focus on single factors in isolation, mainly due to interrelation and correlation among drivers complicating interpretation and analyses, there are still only few studies on how multiple ecosystems respond to climate related factors at the same time. Here, we use a hierarchical Bayesian model with a bioenergetic predator-prey framework to study how different climatic factors affect trophic interactions and production in small Arctic lakes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413587/arctic-blimp-and-sub-on-ray
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January 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412980/arctic-systems-in-the-quaternary-ecological-collision-faunal-mosaics-and-the-consequences-of-a-wobbling-climate
#17
E P Hoberg, J A Cook, S J Agosta, W Boeger, K E Galbreath, S Laaksonen, S J Kutz, D R Brooks
Climate oscillations and episodic processes interact with evolution, ecology and biogeography to determine the structure and complex mosaic that is the biosphere. Parasites and parasite-host assemblages are key components in a general explanatory paradigm for global biodiversity. We explore faunal assembly in the context of Quaternary time frames of the past 2.6 million years, a period dominated by episodic shifts in climate. Climate drivers cross a continuum from geological to contemporary timescales and serve to determine the structure and distribution of complex biotas...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411469/primary-hepatocytes-from-arctic-char-salvelinus-alpinus-as-a-relevant-arctic-in-vitro-model-for-screening-contaminants-and-environmental-extracts
#18
Karina Petersen, Maria T Hultman, Knut Erik Tollefsen
Contaminants find their way to the Arctic through long-range atmospheric transport, transport via ocean currents, and through increased anthropogenic activity. Some of the typical pollutants reaching the Arctic (PAHs, PCBs) are known to induce cytochrome P450 1a (CYP1A) protein expression and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activity through the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). In addition, some endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as estrogen mimics (xenoestrogens) have been documented in Arctic areas and they may interfere with natural sexual development and reproduction...
April 2, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408670/insights-into-the-psychrophilic-and-sea-ice-specific-lifestyle-of-marinobacter-sp-strain-ac-23-a-genomic-approach
#19
Neelam Kapse, Purnima Singh, Utpal Roy, Shiv Mohan Singh, Prashant K Dhakephalkar
Marinobacter sp. strain AC-23 was isolated from Kongsfjorden in the Arctic. Here, we report the first draft genome sequence of a putative novel species of the genus Marinobacter comprising 4,149,715 bp, with a mean G+C content of 54.4%. The draft genome sequence will aid in understanding the psychrophilic and sea ice-specific lifestyle.
April 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405388/diet-dichotomy-between-two-migrant-seabirds-breeding-near-a-high-arctic-polynya
#20
Isabeau Pratte, Kelly A Boadway, Shanti E Davis, Mark Maftei, Mark L Mallory
High Arctic polynyas are predictable areas of open water, which offer long-distance migrant seabirds a reliable source of food during a period when they have to replenish and accumulate energy for reproduction. Investigating the interaction between species nesting sympatrically in the vicinity of polynyas should provide insights into the role that such oceanographic features play for pre-breeding seabirds. We used stable isotopes (δ(13)C and δ(15)N) to compare the diet of two ground-nesting seabirds, Sabine's gull (Xema sabini) and Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea), nesting on an island adjacent to a recurring polynya in the Canadian high Arctic in 2008 and 2009...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
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