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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775924/public-project-success-as-seen-in-a-broad-perspective-lessons-from-a-meta-evaluation-of-20-infrastructure-projects-in-norway
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Gro Holst Volden
Infrastructure projects in developed countries are rarely evaluated ex-post. Despite their number and scope, our knowledge about their various impacts is surprisingly limited. The paper argues that such projects must be assessed in a broad perspective that includes both operational, tactical and strategic aspects, and unintended as well as intended effects. A generic six-criteria evaluation framework is suggested, inspired by a framework frequently used to evaluate development assistance projects. It is tested on 20 Norwegian projects from various sectors (transport, defence, ICT, buildings)...
April 30, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773925/predictors-of-nest-growth-diminishing-returns-for-subordinates-in-the-paper-wasp-polistes-dominula
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Lena Grinsted, Jeremy Field
Abstract: In cooperative breeders, subordinates that have alternative reproductive options are expected to stay and help dominant breeders only as long as they contribute to group productivity, if their fitness is linked with colony success. Female Polistes dominula paper wasps live as cooperative breeders in small groups of typically fewer than 10 females. Subordinates tend to have high-quality outside options, and so could choose alternative breeding tactics if their work efforts increased productivity negligibly...
2018: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773529/development-of-a-just-in-time-adaptive-mhealth-intervention-for-insomnia-usability-study
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I Wayan Pulantara, Bambang Parmanto, Anne Germain
BACKGROUND: Healthy sleep is a fundamental component of physical and brain health. Insomnia, however, is a prevalent sleep disorder that compromises functioning, productivity, and health. Therefore, developing efficient treatment delivery methods for insomnia can have significant societal and personal health impacts. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is the recommended first-line treatment of insomnia but access is currently limited for patients, since treatment must occur in specialty sleep clinics, which suffer from an insufficient number of trained clinicians...
May 17, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770699/lysine-succinylation-and-acetylation-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Charlotte Gaviard, Isabelle Broutin, Pascal Cosette, Emmanuelle De, Thierry Jouenne, Julie Hardouin
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Multi-Drug Resistant human opportunistic pathogen largely involved in nosocomial infections. Unfortunately, effective antibacterial agents lacked. Explore its physiology at the post-translational modifications (PTMs) level may contribute to the renewal of combat tactics. Recently, lysine succinylation was discovered in bacteria and seems to be an interesting PTM. Here, we present the first succinylome and acetylome of P. aeruginosa PA14 cultured in the presence of 4 different carbon sources, using a two-dimensional immunoaffinity approach coupled with nano-liquid chromatograpy tandem mass spectrometry...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769620/carvacrol-and-linalool-co-loaded-in-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-grafted-chitosan-nanoparticles-as-sustainable-biopesticide-aiming-pest-control
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Estefânia V R Campos, Patrícia L F Proença, Jhones L Oliveira, Anderson E S Pereira, Lígia Nunes de Morais Ribeiro, Fabrício O Fernandes, Kelly C Gonçalves, Ricardo A Polanczyk, Tatiane Pasquoto-Stigliani, Renata Lima, Cirano C Melville, Jaqueline F Della Vechia, Daniel J Andrade, Leonardo F Fraceto
Pesticides are the main tactics for pest control because they reduce the pest population very fast and their efficiency does not depend on abiotic factors. However, the indiscriminate use of these substances can speed up the development of resistant populations and causing environmental contamination. Therefore, alternative methods of pest control are sought, such as the use of botanical compounds. Nanoencapsulation of volatile compounds has been shown to be an important tool that can be used to overcome the lack of stability of these compounds...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769562/common-drivers-of-seasonal-movements-on-the-migration-residency-behavior-continuum-in-a-large-herbivore
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Jodie Martin, Vincent Tolon, Nicolas Morellet, Hugues Santin-Janin, Alain Licoppe, Claude Fischer, Jérôme Bombois, Patrick Patthey, Elias Pesenti, Delphine Chenesseau, Sonia Saïd
This study aimed to (1) identify the scale of environmental drivers of seasonal movements on the migration - residency behavior continuum in a large herbivore species and to (2) test the hypothesis that the same environmental drivers and spatio-temporal scaling should influence spatial processes in both migrants (long distance migration) and residents (short distance range shifts). We performed a comparative analysis of the influence of plant phenology and snow cover duration on seasonal movements of five partially migrating red deer populations with contrasting environmental conditions, at the seasonal range scale and at the study area scale...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768991/mediating-justice-women-s-perceptions-of-fairness-in-the-civil-protection-order-process
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M Kristen Hefner, Aneesa A Baboolal, Ruth E Fleury-Steiner, Susan L Miller
Mediation use has grown rapidly in the past few decades as an efficacious method of civil dispute resolution. However, early research suggests that civil mediation may cause further harm to victims of intimate partner abuse because, based on the inherent power dynamics of abusive relationships, they are not able to effectively advocate on their own behalf. In addition, organizational efficiency concerns have led to the development of consent processes for civil protection orders (POs). However, research has yet to examine the extent to which victims of intimate partner violence who take part in these consent processes perceive the process and associated outcomes as fair...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760444/minerals-in-the-pre-settled-coral-stylophora-pistillata-crystallize-via-protein-and-ion-changes
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Anat Akiva, Maayan Neder, Keren Kahil, Rotem Gavriel, Iddo Pinkas, Gil Goobes, Tali Mass
Aragonite skeletons in corals are key contributors to the storage of atmospheric CO2 worldwide. Hence, understanding coral biomineralization/calcification processes is crucial for evaluating and predicting the effect of environmental factors on this process. While coral biomineralization studies have focused on adult corals, the exact stage at which corals initiate mineralization remains enigmatic. Here, we show that minerals are first precipitated as amorphous calcium carbonate and small aragonite crystallites, in the pre-settled larva, which then evolve into the more mature aragonitic fibers characteristic of the stony coral skeleton...
May 14, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757051/weight-regain-but-not-weight-loss-is-related-to-competitive-success-in-real-life-mixed-martial-arts-competition
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Victor Silveira Coswig, Bianca Miarka, Daniel Alvarez Pires, Levy Mendes da Silva, Charles Bartel, Fabrício Boscolo Del Vecchio
We aimed to describe the nutritional and behavioural strategies for rapid weight loss (RWL), investigate the effects of RWL and weight regain (WRG) in winners and losers and verify mood state and technical-tactical/time-motion parameters in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The sample consisted of MMA athletes after a single real match and was separated into two groups: Winners (n=8, age: 25.4±6.1yo., height: 173.9±0.2cm, habitual body mass (BM): 89.9±17.3kg) and Losers (n=7, age: 24.4±6.8yo., height: 178.4±0...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746510/climate-variability-perceptions-and-political-ecology-factors-influencing-changes-in-pesticide-use-over-30-years-by-zimbabwean-smallholder-cotton-producers
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Cliff Zinyemba, Emma Archer, Hanna-Andrea Rother
Pesticides represent a potential public health hazard of note in farming communities. Accumulating evidence indicates that some pesticides used in agriculture act as hormone disrupters, with the potential to result in chronic health effects. Despite such a growing evidence base, pesticides remain the preferred method of pest control in agriculture worldwide. In many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, usage is on the increase. This qualitative study assessed changes in the usage of pesticides by Zimbabwean smallholder cotton farmers in the past 30 years...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746388/effect-of-high-dose-short-duration-%C3%AE-alanine-supplementation-on-circulating-il-10-concentrations-during-intense-military-training
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Jay R Hoffman, Yftach Gepner, Mattan W Hoffman, Hila Zelicha, Shachar Shapira, Ishay Ostfeld
Hoffman, JR, Gepner, Y, Hoffman, M, Zelicha, H, Shapira, S, and Ostfeld, I. Effect of high dose, short-duration β-alanine supplementation on circulating IL-10 concentrations during intense military training. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-This study examined the effect of β-alanine as a potential anti-inflammatory agent during intense military training. Twenty soldiers (20.1 ± 0.6 years) from an elite combat unit were randomly assigned to either a β-Alanine (BA) or placebo (PL) group. Soldiers were provided with 12 g·d of either BA or PL for 7 days between 2 intensive periods of navigational training and restricted sleep...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745743/elite-male-and-female-800-m-runners-display-different-pacing-strategies-during-seasons-best-performances
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Filipas Luca, Nerli Ballati Emiliano, Bonato Matteo, La Torre Antonio, Piacentini Maria Francesca
PURPOSE: To analyse the pacing profiles of the world top 800-m annual performances between 2010 and 2016, comparing male and female strategies. METHODS: One hundred and forty two performances were characterised for overall race times and 0-200 m, 200-400 m, 400-600 m, 600-800 m split times using available footage from YouTube. Only the best annual performance for each athlete was considered. Overall race and splits speed were calculated so that each lap speed could be expressed as a percentage of the mean race speed...
May 10, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740959/preparedness-for-treating-victims-of-terrorist-attacks-in-australia-learning-from-recent-military-experience
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Jeffrey V Rosenfeld, Biswadev Mitra, De Villiers Smit, Mark C Fitzgerald, Benjamin Butson, Michael Stephenson, Michael C Reade
The Australian health system is generally well prepared for mass casualty events. Fortunately, there have been very few terrorist attacks and these have involved low numbers of casualties compared with events overseas. Nevertheless, Australian health professionals need to be prepared to treat mass casualties with blast and ballistic trauma. The US military and its allies including Australia have had extensive experience with mass casualty management in the Middle East and Afghanistan wars for more than a decade...
May 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738282/caffeine-ingestion-changes-time-motion-and-technical-tactical-aspects-in-simulated-boxing-matches-a-randomized-double-blind-pla-controlled-crossover-study
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Victor Silveira Coswig, Paulo Gentil, Francine Irigon, Fabrício Boscolo Del Vecchio
The number of offensive actions and glycolytic energy in combat sports both increase with caffeine (CAF) ingestion. In addition, the effects of CAF on technical-tactical and time-motion analysis and physiological parameters in boxing are unknown. This study aimed to investigate the effects of CAF ingestion on physiological parameters and the notational analysis of boxing matches. Ten male boxers were recruited; the participants ingested 6 mg kg-1 BM of CAF or placebo (PLA) 30 min prior to the match in a crossover design...
May 8, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737839/biodegradable-multifunctional-bioactive-glass-based-nanocomposites-elastomers-with-controlled-biomineralization-activity-real-time-bioimaging-tracking-and-decreased-inflammatory-response
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Yannan Li, Yi Guo, Wen Niu, Mi Chen, Yumeng Xue, Juan Ge, Peter X Ma, Bo Lei
Controlled biomineralization activity of biomaterials is rather important in bone regeneration and osseointegration avoiding the formation of fibrous capsule. However, most of conventional biodegradable elastomeric biomaterials for bone regeneration do not possess biomineralization ability and inherent multifunctional properties. Herein, we report a multifunctional bioactive glass (BG)-based hybrid poly(citrate-siloxane) (PCS) elastomer with intrinsical biomineralization activity and photoluminescent properties for potential bone tissue regeneration...
May 8, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734270/managing-what-is-measured-a-rural-hospital-s-experience-in-reducing-patient-harm
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Lucretia F Stargell, Stephen L Heatherly
Effecting improvement in the small, rural hospital setting is often challenging. Harris Regional Hospital (HRH) is a small, acute care hospital in rural western North Carolina acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare in August, 2014. Since that time, HRH has been on a quality journey characterized by a data-driven approach to reducing patient harm events. Using a framework that comprised leadership, performance improvement, and cultural development to cultivate an environment of mutual respect and trust, HRH has demonstrated sustained improvement in patient harm events over a 29-month period from January 2015 to June 2017...
May 2018: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733410/perioperative-multimodal-evaluation-and-surgical-tactics-of-tumor-related-epilepsy-2-dimensional-operative-video
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Chengxin Ma, Rui Feng, N U Farrukh Hameed, Jie Zhang, Dongxiao Zhuang, Jinsong Wu
Treatment of tumor-related epilepsy (TRE), especially for tumors near critical areas, requires surgeons to strike a balance between the epileptic benefit and functional outcome after surgery. Here, we present a case in which multimodal evaluation facilitated the achievement of such surgical balance. Informed patient consent was obtained. A 17-yr-old female presented with seizure attacks for 2 yr. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a right parietal mass lesion with hypointense signal on T1W imaging, hyperintense signal on T2W imaging, and homogeneous enhancement...
May 4, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732738/starvation-tactics-using-natural-compounds-for-advanced-cancers-pharmacodynamics-clinical-efficacy-and-predictive-biomarkers
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Khalid El Bairi, Mariam Amrani, Said Afqir
The high mortality associated with oncological diseases is mostly due to tumors in advanced stages, and their management is a major challenge in modern oncology. Angiogenesis is a defined hallmark of cancer and predisposes to metastatic invasion and dissemination and is therefore an important druggable target for cancer drug discovery. Recently, because of drug resistance and poor prognosis, new anticancer drugs from natural sources targeting tumor vessels have attracted more attention and have been used in several randomized and controlled clinical trials as therapeutic options...
May 6, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730313/exploring-detection-of-contact-vs-fantasy-online-sexual-offenders-in-chats-with-minors-statistical-discourse-analysis-of-self-disclosure-and-emotion-words
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Ming Ming Chiu, Kathryn C Seigfried-Spellar, Tatiana R Ringenberg
This exploratory study is the first to identify content differences between youths' online chats with contact child sex offenders (CCSOs; seek to meet with youths) and those with fantasy child sex offenders (FCSOs; do not meet with youths) using statistical discourse analysis (SDA). Past studies suggest that CCSOs share their experiences and emotions with targeted youths (self-disclosure grooming tactic) and encourage them to reciprocate, to build trust and closer relationships through a cycle of self-disclosures...
May 3, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729666/prevention-of-exertional-lower-body-musculoskeletal-injury-in-tactical-populations-protocol-for-a-systematic-review-and-planned-meta-analysis-of-prospective-studies-from-1955-to-2018
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Shawn D Flanagan, Aaron M Sinnott, Kellen T Krajewski, Caleb D Johnson, Shawn R Eagle, Alice D LaGoy, Meaghan E Beckner, Anne Z Beethe, Rose Turner, Mita Lovalekar, Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, Chris Connaboy, Bradley C Nindl
BACKGROUND: Exertional lower body musculoskeletal injuries (ELBI) cost billions of dollars and compromise the readiness and job performance of military service and public safety workers (i.e., tactical populations). The prevalence and burden of such injuries underscores the importance of prevention efforts during activities necessary to sustain core occupational competencies. Attempts to synthesize prevention techniques specific to tactical populations have provided limited insight on the comparative efficacy of interventions that do not modify physical training practices...
May 5, 2018: Systematic Reviews
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