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Sally C Faulkner, Michael C A Stevens, Stephanie S Romañach, Peter A Lindsey, Steven C Le Comber
Poaching can have devastating impacts on animal and plant numbers, and in many countries has reached crisis levels, with illegal hunters employing increasingly sophisticated techniques. Here, we show how geographic profiling - a mathematical technique originally developed in criminology and recently applied to animal foraging and epidemiology - can be adapted for use in investigations of wildlife crime, using data from an eight-year study in Savé Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe that in total includes more than 10,000 incidents of illegal hunting and the deaths of 6,454 wild animals...
September 19, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923578/coastal-dynamics-vs-beach-users-attitudes-and-perceptions-to-enhance-environmental-conservation-and-management-effectiveness
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Roberta Aretano, Luca Parlagreco, Teodoro Semeraro, Giovanni Zurlini, Irene Petrosillo
This work carries out a landscape analysis for the last 60years to compare the degree of preservation of two areas on the same Italian coastline characterized by different environmental protection levels: a National designated protected areas and a highly tourist coastal destination. The conversion of natural land-covers into human land uses were detected for protected and unprotected coastal stretches highlighting that the only establishment of a protected area is not enough to stem undesirable land-use outcomes...
September 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921425/uncovering-innovation-features-and-emerging-technologies-in-molecular-biology-through-patent-analysis
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Cristiano Gonçalves Pereira, Geciane Silveira Porto
Scientific research at universities has a crucial role in leveraging a country's innovative potential. Sectors that require greater investments in technology for the development of their research, such as biotechnology, need to be aware of the frontier state-of-the-art technology and the knowledge incrusted within it. Although the information available in scientific articles is well explored in academic environment, the patent literature, where much of the technological information is present, is still poorly accessed...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912954/evaluation-of-the-current-landscape-of-respiratory-nurse-specialists-in-the-uk-planning-for-the-future-needs-of-patients
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Janelle Yorke, Sam Prigmore, Matt Hodson, Carol Stonham, Hannah Long, Sarah Bellhouse, Monica Fletcher, Sheila Edwards
INTRODUCTION: The National Health Service currently faces significant challenges and must optimise effective workforce planning and management. There are increasing concerns regarding poor workforce planning for respiratory medicine; a greater understanding of the role of respiratory nurse specialists will inform better workforce planning and management. METHODS: This was a survey study. Two surveys were administered: an organisational-level survey and an individual respiratory nurse survey...
2017: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905095/growing-canopy-on-a-college-campus-understanding-urban-forest-change-through-archival-records-and-aerial-photography
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Lara A Roman, Jason P Fristensky, Theodore S Eisenman, Eric J Greenfield, Robert E Lundgren, Chloe E Cerwinka, David A Hewitt, Caitlin C Welsh
Many municipalities are setting ambitious tree canopy cover goals to increase the extent of their urban forests. A historical perspective on urban forest development can help cities strategize how to establish and achieve appropriate tree cover targets. To understand how long-term urban forest change occurs, we examined the history of trees on an urban college campus: the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Using a mixed methods approach, including qualitative assessments of archival records (1870-2017), complemented by quantitative analysis of tree cover from aerial imagery (1970-2012), our analysis revealed drastic canopy cover increase in the late 20th and early 21st centuries along with the principle mechanisms of that change...
September 13, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894004/waiting-can-be-an-optimal-conservation-strategy-even-in-a-crisis-discipline
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Gwenllian D Iacona, Hugh P Possingham, Michael Bode
Biodiversity conservation projects confront immediate and escalating threats with limited funding. Conservation theory suggests that the best response to the species extinction crisis is to spend money as soon as it becomes available, and this is often an explicit constraint placed on funding. We use a general dynamic model of a conservation landscape to show that this decision to "front-load" project spending can be suboptimal if a delay allows managers to use resources more strategically. Our model demonstrates the existence of temporal efficiencies in conservation management, which parallel the spatial efficiencies identified by systematic conservation planning...
September 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890157/the-cumulative-burden-of-surviving-childhood-cancer-an-initial-report-from-the-st-jude-lifetime-cohort-study-sjlife
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Nickhill Bhakta, Qi Liu, Kirsten K Ness, Malek Baassiri, Hesham Eissa, Frederick Yeo, Wassim Chemaitilly, Matthew J Ehrhardt, Johnnie Bass, Michael W Bishop, Kyla Shelton, Lu Lu, Sujuan Huang, Zhenghong Li, Eric Caron, Jennifer Lanctot, Carrie Howell, Timothy Folse, Vijaya Joshi, Daniel M Green, Daniel A Mulrooney, Gregory T Armstrong, Kevin R Krull, Tara M Brinkman, Raja B Khan, Deo K Srivastava, Melissa M Hudson, Yutaka Yasui, Leslie L Robison
BACKGROUND: Survivors of childhood cancer develop early and severe chronic health conditions (CHCs). A quantitative landscape of morbidity of survivors, however, has not been described. We aimed to describe the cumulative burden of curative cancer therapy in a clinically assessed ageing population of long-term survivors of childhood cancer. METHODS: The St Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE) retrospectively collected data on CHCs in all patients treated for childhood cancer at the St Jude Children's Research Hospital who survived 10 years or longer from initial diagnosis and were 18 years or older as of June 30, 2015...
September 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887693/staying-cool-or-staying-safe-in-a-human-dominated-landscape-which-is-more-relevant-for-brown-bears
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Andrés Ordiz, Ole-Gunnar Støen, Miguel Delibes, Jon E Swenson
Pigeon et al. (2016) Staying cool in a changing landscape: the influence of maximum daily ambient temperature on grizzly bear habitat selection. Oecologia 181:1101. doi: 10.1007/s00442-016-3630-5 analyzed the effect of ambient temperature on the habitat selection of grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) in Alberta, Canada. They concluded that temperature played a significant role in bear habitat selection and that it was unlikely that human activity introduced biases to the habitat selection of bears. However, Pigeon et al...
September 8, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874160/preterm-birth-the-role-of-knowledge-transfer-and-exchange
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Hacsi Horvath, Claire D Brindis, E Michael Reyes, Gavin Yamey, Linda Franck
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of death in children under age five. Healthcare policy and other decision-making relevant to PTB may rely on obsolete, incomplete or inapplicable research evidence, leading to worsened outcomes. Appropriate knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) strategies are an important component of efforts to reduce the global PTB burden. We sought to develop a 'landscape' analysis of KTE strategies currently used in PTB and related contexts, and to make recommendations for optimising programmatic implementation and for future research...
September 6, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866391/identifying-socio-ecological-networks-in-rural-urban-gradients-diagnosis-of-a-changing-cultural-landscape
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C Arnaiz-Schmitz, M F Schmitz, C Herrero-Jáuregui, J Gutiérrez-Angonese, F D Pineda, C Montes
Socio-ecological systems maintain reciprocal interactions between biophysical and socioeconomic structures. As a result of these interactions key essential services for society emerge. Urban expansion is a direct driver of land change and cause serious shifts in socio-ecological relationships and the associated lifestyles. The framework of rural-urban gradients has proved to be a powerful tool for ecological research about urban influences on ecosystems and on sociological issues related to social welfare. However, to date there has not been an attempt to achieve a classification of municipalities in rural-urban gradients based on socio-ecological interactions...
August 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860676/the-historical-disturbance-regime-of-mountain-norway-spruce-forests-in-the-western-carpathians-and-its-influence-on-current-forest-structure-and-composition
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Pavel Janda, Volodymyr Trotsiuk, Martin Mikoláš, Radek Bače, Thomas A Nagel, Rupert Seidl, Meelis Seedre, Robert C Morrissey, Stanislav Kucbel, Peter Jaloviar, Marián Jasík, Juraj Vysoký, Pavel Šamonil, Vojtěch Čada, Hana Mrhalová, Jana Lábusová, Markéta H Nováková, Miloš Rydval, Lenka Matějů, Miroslav Svoboda
In order to gauge ongoing and future changes to disturbance regimes, it is necessary to establish a solid baseline of historic disturbance patterns against which to evaluate these changes. Further, understanding how forest structure and composition respond to variation in past disturbances may provide insight into future resilience to climate-driven alterations of disturbance regimes. We established 184 plots (mostly 1000 m(2)) in 14 primary mountain Norway spruce forests in the Western Carpathians. On each plot we surveyed live and dead trees and regeneration, and cored around 25 canopy trees...
March 15, 2017: Forest Ecology and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860432/-maggie-s-tokyo-s-human-support-the-meaning-of-where-now-and-cancer-journey
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Yoshie Takada
The landscape architect Maggie Jencks felt that she wanted a place to "get herself back" when her breast cancer recurred and was told that she only had a few months remaining. Mr. Charles Jencks, her husband who fulfilled her wishes, opened the first "Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre" in Edinburgh in 1996. Masako Akiyama, the chief of Maggie's Tokyo found out about Maggie's Centre when she listened to a presentation from Andrew Anderson, the director of Maggie's Edinburgh, at an International Nursing Seminar in 2008...
August 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854483/land-use-and-wind-direction-drive-hybridization-between-cultivated-poplar-and-native-species-in-a-mediterranean-floodplain-environment
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Donatella Paffetti, Davide Travaglini, Mariaceleste Labriola, Anna Buonamici, Francesca Bottalico, Alessandro Materassi, Gianni Fasano, Susanna Nocentini, Cristina Vettori
Deforestation and intensive land use management with plantations of fast-growing tree species, like Populus spp., may endanger native trees not only by eliminating or reducing their habitats, but also by diminishing their species integrity via hybridization and introgression. The genus Populus has persistent natural hybrids because clonal and sexual reproduction is common. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of land use management of poplar plantations on the spatial genetic structure and species composition in poplar stands...
August 26, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851388/promoting-equitable-global-health-research-a-policy-analysis-of-the-canadian-funding-landscape
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Katrina Plamondon, Dylan Walters, Sandy Campbell, Jennifer Hatfield
BACKGROUND: Recognising radical shifts in the global health research (GHR) environment, participants in a 2013 deliberative dialogue called for careful consideration of equity-centred principles that should inform Canadian funding polices. This study examined the existing funding structures and policies of Canadian and international funders to inform the future design of a responsive GHR funding landscape. METHODS: We used a three-pronged analytical framework to review the ideas, interests and institutions implicated in publically accessible documents relevant to GHR funding...
August 29, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851294/landscape-review-of-current-hiv-kick-and-kill-cure-research-some-kicking-not-enough-killing
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REVIEW
Kristian Thorlund, Marc S Horwitz, Brian T Fife, Richard Lester, D William Cameron
BACKGROUND: Current antiretroviral therapy (ART) used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients is life-long because it only suppresses de novo infections. Recent efforts to eliminate HIV have tested the ability of a number of agents to reactivate ('Kick') the well-known latent reservoir. This approach is rooted in the assumption that once these cells are reactivated the host's immune system itself will eliminate ('Kill') the virus. While many agents have been shown to reactivate large quantities of the latent reservoir, the impact on the size of the latent reservoir has been negligible...
August 29, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843330/adult-congenital-heart-disease-intervention-the-canadian-landscape
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Claudia Frankfurter, Anita W Asgar, John G Webb, Warren J Cantor, James L Velianou, François Gobeil, Albert W Chan, Robert C Welsh, Michael P Love, David A Wood, Kevin McKenzie, Eric M Horlick
Once considered a childhood disease, the number of adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) has now exceeded the number of pediatric patients. The landscape of percutaneous intervention for adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) has evolved over the past decade and has yet to be characterized in Canada. The aim of this study was to begin to understand the current infrastructure underlying ACHD interventions in Canada and to characterize the type and number of interventions being carried out across the country...
September 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837587/the-current-status-of-syphilis-prevention-and-control-in-jiangsu-province-china-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yuan-Fang Chen, Jian-Ping Ding, Hong-Jing Yan, Jing Lu, Ping Ding, Guo-Hong Chen, Jian-Jun Li, Xi-Ping Huan, Hai-Tao Yang, Wei-Ming Tang, Geng-Feng Fu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the midterm evaluation data from the National Syphilis Prevention and Control Plan (2010-2020) and evaluate the current status of syphilis prevention and control in Jiangsu province, China. METHODS: We collected data via (1) field surveys conducted in 2015 and (2) data recorded in existing syphilis surveillance systems. We conducted descriptive statistical analysis to evaluate the current landscape of syphilis control initiatives and their potential effect in syphilis control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831513/acidic-neutral-and-alkaline-forest-ponds-as-a-landscape-element-affecting-the-biodiversity-of-freshwater-snails
#18
Aneta Spyra
In recent years, the number of areas remaining under the influence of acidity has increased. At all levels of ecosystems, biodiversity decreases with acidification, due to the elimination of species that are most sensitive to low pH. Forest ponds belong to a specific group that varied in location, a huge amount of leaf litter, and isolation from other aquatic environments. They are crucial in the industrial landscape with well-developed industry and human activity. The aim was to investigate the relative importance of water chemistry in explaining snail assemblage compositions and species richness in forest ponds of contrasting pH...
August 22, 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820298/surveillance-for-hemorrhagic-septicemia-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-as-an-aid-to-range-expansion-of-the-javan-rhinoceros-rhinoceros-sondaicus-in-ujung-kulon-national-park-indonesia
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Kurnia Oktavia Khairani, Daryl Nydam, M Julia Felippe, Pat McDonough, Jason Barry, Rois Mahmud, M Haryono, Robin W Radcliffe
The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) is the crown jewel of Indonesia's rich natural history. The park lies on a peninsula surrounded by coastline and agriculture-dominated landscapes. The invasion of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) into the park carries a substantial health risk to the Javan rhinoceros and threatens plans to establish a new population outside of its only current range in UKNP. Hemorrhagic septicemia (HS), known locally as septicemia epizootica and caused by Pasteurella multocida B:2, could thwart Indonesia's efforts to expand the range of the Javan rhinoceros...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812802/diplomacy-and-health-the-end-of-the-utilitarian-era
#20
Sebastian Kevany, Marcus Matthews
Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), as a system of allocative efficiency for global health programs, is an influential criterion for resource allocation in the context of diplomacy and inherent foreign policy decisions therein. This is because such programs have diplomatic benefits and costs that can be uploaded from the recipient and affect the broader foreign policy interests of the donor and the diplomacy landscape between both parties. These diplomatic implications are vital to the long-term success of both the immediate program and any subsequent programs; hence it is important to articulate them alongside program performance, in terms of how well their interrelated interventions were perceived by the communities served...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
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