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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923269/what-must-be-done-to-prevent-another-humidifier-disinfectant-disaster
#1
Jong-Hyeon Lee
The humidifier disinfectant disaster (HDD) was not a simple poisoning accident by biocides, but a singular disaster in history created by chemicals in household products. This disaster was a result of the failure of a system for the management of chemical and product safety. Since the management authority for chemical usage safety is different from those for chemical safety in products, many blind areas for chemical safety management in products still remain. The 'Act on the Registration and Evaluation, etc...
2016: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923211/study-of-the-thermal-stability-of-studtite-by-in-situ-raman-spectroscopy-and-dft-calculations
#2
Francisco Colmenero, Laura J Bonales, Joaquín Cobos, Vicente Timón
The design of a safe spent nuclear fuel repository requires the knowledge of the stability of the secondary phases which precipitate when water reaches the fuel surface. Studtite is recognized as one of the secondary phases that play a key-role in the mobilization of the radionuclides contained in the spent fuel. Thereby, it has been identified as a product formed under oxidation conditions at the surface of the fuel, and recently found as a corrosion product in the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant accident...
November 29, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923111/evaluation-of-a-pilot-school-based-physical-activity-challenge-for-primary-students
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E Passmore, C Donato-Hunt, L Maher, R Havrlant, K Hennessey, A Milat, L Farrell
Issue addressed: Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour among children are growing public health concerns. The Culture Health Communities Activity Challenge (hereafter known as the Challenge) is a school-based pedometer program in which classes compete to achieve the highest class average daily steps in an 8-week period. The Challenge aims to encourage physical activity in primary school students, with a focus on engaging Aboriginal students. The program was piloted in 15 classes in New South Wales in 2014...
December 2, 2016: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922847/apolipoprotein-e-metabolism-and-functions-in-brain-and-its-role-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Fan Liao, Hyejin Yoon, Jungsu Kim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: APOE4 genotype is the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Prevailing evidence suggests that amyloid β plays a critical role in Alzheimer's disease. The objective of this article is to review the recent findings about the metabolism of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and amyloid β and other possible mechanisms by which ApoE contributes to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. RECENT FINDINGS: ApoE isoforms have differential effects on amyloid β metabolism...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922758/the-feasibility-of-implementing-a-communication-skills-training-course-in-pediatric-hematology-oncology-fellowship
#5
Lauren Weintraub, Lisa Figueiredo, Michael Roth, Adam Levy
Communication skills are a competency highlighted by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education; yet, little is known about the frequency with which trainees receive formal training or what programs are willing to invest. We sought to answer this question and designed a program to address identified barriers. We surveyed pediatric fellowship program directors from all disciplines and, separately, pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship program directors to determine current use of formal communication skills training...
December 6, 2016: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922252/update-on-new-stents-and-protection-devices-for-carotid-artery-stenting-what-we-know-what-we-learnt-recently-and-what-we-need-to-know
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Dimitrios N Nikas, Xenofon Makos, Tomoyuki Umemoto, George Liappas, Andrea Pacchioni, Narek Zakarian, Bernhard Reimers
Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is considered an alternative option to carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for significant carotid stenosis, in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Comparing to CEA, CAS offers significant advantages. The most important arise from the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, which reduces the surgical complications and adds significant comfort to the patient, without compromising the efficacy. Nowadays, CAS can achieve acute and long-term outcome results comparable to CEA, maintaining low rates of periprocedural embolic events...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921453/integrating-ion-mobility-spectrometry-into-mass-spectrometry-based-exposome-measurements-what-can-it-add-and-how-far-can-it-go
#7
Thomas O Metz, Erin S Baker, Emma L Schymanski, Ryan S Renslow, Dennis G Thomas, Tim J Causon, Ian K Webb, Stephan Hann, Richard D Smith, Justin G Teeguarden
Measuring the exposome remains a challenge due to the range and number of anthropogenic molecules that are encountered in our daily lives, as well as the complex systemic responses to these exposures. One option for improving the coverage, dynamic range and throughput of measurements is to incorporate ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) into current MS-based analytical methods. The implementation of IMS in exposomics studies will lead to more frequent observations of previously undetected chemicals and metabolites...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920746/-worse-but-ours-or-better-but-theirs-the-role-of-implicit-consumer-ethnocentrism-ice-in-product-preference
#8
Dominika Maison, Norbert Maliszewski
The goal of this project was to investigate whether consumer ethnocentrism is purely conscious mechanism based on ideology, as suggested by Shimp and Sharma (1987), or rather is an automatic, unconscious process. The aim of the project was an introduction of the Implicit Consumer Ethnocentrism (ICE) concept, measured by the Implicit Association Test (IAT). The goal of the four studies conducted was to investigate the following issues: (a) whether ICE - an automatic mechanism underlying the preference for local products over foreign - this could be observed next to the more ideologically based classic consumer ethnocentrism; (b) what happens when the consumer's automatic preference for local products (ICE) is confronted by objective evidence of the superiority of foreign products or by the inferiority of local products...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920162/-hey-everybody-don-t-get-pregnant-zika-who-and-an-ethical-framework-for-advising
#9
Katie Byron, Dana Howard
WHO recently issued new guidance on the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The updated guidance states that '[c]ountry health programmes should ensure that… [i]n order to prevent adverse pregnancy and fetal outcomes, men and women of reproductive age, living in areas where local transmission of Zika virus is known to occur, be correctly informed and oriented to consider delaying pregnancy'. While the media has reported this advice as WHO telling couples in Zika-affected regions to avoid pregnancy, WHO states that they are not doing that...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919812/physicochemical-properties-and-antioxidant-activities-of-polysaccharides-from-gynura-procumbens-leaves-by-fractional-precipitation
#10
Jing-En Li, Wen-Jun Wang, Guo-Dong Zheng, Lin-Yan Li
Four new polysaccharides (GPP-20, GPP-40, GPP-60 and GPP-80) were fractionated from Gynura procumbens leaves by 20%, 40%, 60% and 80% (v/v) ethanol, successively. Their physicochemical properties including the contents of neutral sugar, uronic acid and protein, as well as the monosaccharide composition were determined. In addition, the antioxidant activities of them were investigated via the reducing power assay and scavenging capacities of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) free radicals and hydroxyl free radicals, respectively...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919061/comparison-of-gestational-dating-methods-and-implications-for-exposure-outcome-associations-an-example-with-pm2-5-and-preterm-birth
#11
Kristen M Rappazzo, Danelle T Lobdell, Lynne C Messer, Charles Poole, Julie L Daniels
OBJECTIVES: Estimating gestational age is usually based on date of last menstrual period (LMP) or clinical estimation (CE); both approaches introduce potential bias. Differences in methods of estimation may lead to misclassification and inconsistencies in risk estimates, particularly if exposure assignment is also gestation-dependent. This paper examines a 'what-if' scenario in which alternative methods are used and attempts to elucidate how method choice affects observed results. METHODS: We constructed two 20-week gestational age cohorts of pregnancies between 2000 and 2005 (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, USA) using live birth certificates: one defined preterm birth (PTB) status using CE and one using LMP...
October 25, 2016: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918489/assessment-of-the-potential-energy-hypersurfaces-in-thymine-within-multiconfigurational-theory-casscf-vs-caspt2
#12
Javier Segarra-Martí, Antonio Francés-Monerris, Daniel Roca-Sanjuán, Manuela Merchán
The present study provides new insights into the topography of the potential energy hypersurfaces (PEHs) of the thymine nucleobase in order to rationalize its main ultrafast photochemical decay paths by employing two methodologies based on the complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) and the complete active space second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2) methods: (i) CASSCF optimized structures and energies corrected with the CASPT2 method at the CASSCF geometries and (ii) CASPT2 optimized geometries and energies...
December 3, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918018/a-planar-model-of-the-vessel-wall-from-cellularized-collagen-scaffolds-focus-on-cell-matrix-interactions-in-mono-bi-and-tri-culture-models
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Caroline Loy, Sébastien Meghezi, Lucie Lévesque, Daniele Pezzoli, Heena Kumra, Dieter Reinhardt, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Diego Mantovani
The acquisition of new thorough knowledge on the interactions existing between vascular cells would represent a step forward in the engineering of vascular tissues. In this light, herein we designed a physiological-like tri-culture in vitro vascular wall model using a planar cellularized collagen gel as the scaffold. The model can be obtained in 24 h and features multi-layered hierarchical organization composed of a fibroblast-containing adventitia-like layer, a media-like layer populated by smooth muscle cells and an intima-like endothelial cell monolayer...
December 5, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917975/central-asia-kyrgyzstan-and-the-learning-experience-in-the-design-of-pastoral-institutions
#14
U Kasymov, A Undeland, A Dörre, A Mackinnon
The authors analyse the nature of policy development to understand the reasons for institutional change in pasture management in Kyrgyzstan. They use the concept of intentional institutional change, emphasising its incremental nature and the important relationship between belief systems and institutions. The paper explores the relationship between the perceptions and beliefs of policy-makers, the policy interventions they undertake, and the consequences for pastoral migration and practices. The study reveals the gap between the intentions behind such policies and their outcomes, the persistence and importance of pastoral migration, and the learning process that policy-makers undergo...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917534/a-concept-analysis-of-compassionate-midwifery
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Diane Ménage, Elizabeth Bailey, Susan Lees, Jane Coad
AIM: To report a concept analysis of compassionate midwifery. BACKGROUND: Recently, compassion has been incorporated into United Kingdom nursing and midwifery language through strategy, policy, recruitment and education. Professional standards direct midwives to practise compassionately therefore the concept of compassionate midwifery exists, although this has yet to be explored as a concept in the UK or internationally. An understanding of what constitutes compassionate midwifery has the potential to increase midwifery knowledge and improve practice...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917504/constructing-and-enacting-kinship-in-sister-to-sister-egg-donation-families-a-multi-family-member-interview-study
#16
Hanna Van Parys, Veerle Provoost, Kristin Zeiler, Petra De Sutter, Guido Pennings, Ann Buysse
Although intra-familial egg donation has been practiced for more than 15 years in several countries, little is known about family relationships in this family type. Framed within the new kinship studies, this article focuses on the experiential dimension of kinship in sister-to-sister egg donation families: how is kinship 'unpacked' and 'reconstructed' in this specific family constellation? Qualitative data analysis of interviews with receiving parents, their donating sisters and the donor children revealed six themes: (1) being connected as an extended family; (2) disambiguating motherhood; (3) giving and receiving as structuring processes; (4) acknowledging and managing the 'special' link between donor and child; (5) making sense of the union between father and donor; and (6) kinship constructions being challenged...
December 5, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917401/aao-autoimmune-and-autoinflammatory-disease-in-otology-what-is-new-in-immune-mediated-hearing-loss
#17
REVIEW
Andrea Vambutas, Shresh Pathak
OBJECTIVES: Autoinflammatory diseases are a family of immune-mediated, rare diseases, some of which, exhibit sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), suggesting potentially similar mechanisms of molecular pathogenesis between autoinflammatory-mediated hearing loss and autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) may exist. The purpose of this review is to compare the clinical features of autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases that affect hearing, discuss the limitations of our knowledge, and highlight potential new disease mechanisms and therapeutics...
October 2016: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917246/moral-bioenhancement-freedom-and-reason
#18
Ingmar Persson, Julian Savulescu
In this paper we reply to the most important objections to our advocacy of moral enhancement by biomedical means - moral bioenhancement - that John Harris advances in his new book How to be Good. These objections are to effect that such moral enhancement undercuts both moral reasoning and freedom. The latter objection is directed more specifically at what we have called the God Machine, a super-duper computer which predicts our decisions and prevents decisions to perpertrate morally atrocious acts. In reply, we argue first that effective moral bioenhancement presupposes moral reasoning rather than undermines it...
2016: Neuroethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917128/what-role-can-avatars-play-in-e-mental-health-interventions-exploring-new-models-of-client-therapist-interaction
#19
REVIEW
Imogen C Rehm, Emily Foenander, Klaire Wallace, Jo-Anne M Abbott, Michael Kyrios, Neil Thomas
In the burgeoning field of e-mental health interventions, avatars are increasingly being utilized to facilitate online communication between clients and therapists, and among peers. Avatars are digital self-representations, which enable individuals to interact with each other in computer-based virtual environments. In this narrative review, we examine the psychotherapeutic applications of avatars that have been investigated and trialed to date. Five key applications were identified (1) in the formation of online peer support communities; (2) replicating traditional modes of psychotherapy by using avatars as a vehicle to communicate within a wholly virtual environment; (3) using avatar technology to facilitate or augment face-to-face treatment; (4) as part of serious games; and (5) communication with an autonomous virtual therapist...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916641/ucp1-the-mitochondrial-uncoupling-protein-of-brown-adipocyte-a-personal-contribution-and-a-historical-perspective
#20
REVIEW
Daniel Ricquier
The present text summarizes what was my contribution, starting in 1975, to the research on the uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), the mitochondrial uncoupler of brown adipocytes. The research on UCP1 aimed at identifying the mechanisms of heat production by brown adipocytes that occurs in mammals either at birth or during cold exposure and arousal in hibernators. With others and in particular Dr. David Nicholls, I participated in the first experiments that contributed to the identification of UCP1. Important steps were the obtention of UCP1 antibodies followed with my main collaborator and friend Frédéric Bouillaud with the initial cloning of the UCP1 cDNA and gene from rats and humans...
December 1, 2016: Biochimie
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