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Paolo Usseglio, Alan M Friedlander, Haruko Koike, Johanna Zimmerhackel, Anna Schuhbauer, Tyler Eddy, Pelayo Salinas-de-León
The regionally endemic Galapagos Grouper, locally known as bacalao, is one of the most highly prized finfish species within the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). Concerns of overfishing, coupled with a lack of fishing regulations aimed at this species raises concerns about the current population health. We assessed changes in population health over a 30-year period using three simple indicators: (1) percentage of fish below reproductive size (Lm); (2) percentage of fish within the optimum length interval (Lopt); and (3) percentage of mega-spawners in the catch...
2016: PloS One
James L Hoggan, David A Sabatini, Tohren C G Kibbey
Recent developments in nanotechnology have seen an increase in the use of manufactured nanomaterials. Although their unique physicochemical properties are desirable for many products and applications, concern continues to exist about their environmental fate and potential to cause risk to human and ecological health. The purpose of this work was to examine one aspect of nanomaterial environmental fate: transport and retention in the unsaturated zone during drainage. The work made use of tall segmented columns packed with layers of two different porous media, one medium sand and one fine sand...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Peter Angelos
When an esteemed elderly colleague needs assistance completing procedures safely, fellow health professionals have the responsibility to respond in order to mitigate risk to patients. There is a strong ethical basis for bringing the surgeon's declining capacity to his or her attention as well as to the attention of others. Ongoing capacity assessments could be one method for tracking diminished capacities among surgeons so that they can stop practicing surgery before putting patients at risk.
October 1, 2016: AMA Journal of Ethics
Jan Liliemark, Lars Lööf, Gustaf Befrits, Stefan Back, Lars Sandman
The County Council's board for new therapies (the NT Council) provides recommendations on the use of new drugs based on the ethical platform of priorities, founded by the Swedish parliament. The Council has formulated a policy that interprets the parliamentary ethical platform and operationalize its need and solidarity principle and cost effectiveness principle in four dimensions. The NT Council weighs the health economic evaluation of the drug and the four dimensions: the severity of the condition, the rarity of the condition, the effect size and the data reliability to determine the willingness to pay level and whether the platform allows a recommendation for using of the drug...
October 18, 2016: Läkartidningen
A Honig, D Sierink, B Verwey
Care provided by consultation-liaison (CL) psychiatry and general hospital (GH) psychiatry varies widely. This means that certain services are almost unrecognisable and therefore less readily available to patients. <br/> AIM: To describe the core tasks of current CL- and GH-psychiatry care and to suggest how these tasks can best be performed and developed in the future.<br/> METHOD: We conducted a selective review of relevant CL- and GH-related literature and combined the information we obtained with the results of a consultation with CL-psychiatrists about how CL- and GL psychiatry should function in the future...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
Akihiro Nishio, Ryo Horita, Tadahiro Sado, Seiko Mizutani, Takahiro Watanabe, Ryosuke Uehara, Mayumi Yamamoto
AIMS: Many studies have reported that the prevalence of mental illness and cognitive disability is higher among homeless individuals compared to the general population, and the rates of mental illness among the homeless population have recently increased. This study compared causes of homelessness or barriers to escaping homelessness for people with/without mental illness/cognitive disability, revealed problems with the Japanese homeless policy, and proposed an effective and necessary support system...
October 24, 2016: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Yiqiao Xin, Emma McIntosh
PURPOSE: Generic preference-based quality of life (PbQoL) measures are sometimes criticized for being insensitive or failing to capture important aspects of quality of life (QoL) in specific populations. The objective of this study was to systematically review and assess the construct validity and responsiveness of PbQoL measures in Parkinson's. METHODS: Ten databases were systematically searched up to July 2015. Studies were included if a PbQoL instrument along with a common Parkinson's clinical or QoL measure was used, and the utility values were reported...
October 24, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Fengguang Guo, Martin S Forde, Stephen R Werre, Rosina C Krecek, Guan Zhu
To date, published epidemiological studies of parasitic infections in humans in the Caribbean region are very limited. Here, we report the seroprevalence of five parasitic pathogens, including Ascaris lumbricoides, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia lamblia, Schistosoma mansoni, and Toxocara canis in 435 serum samples collected between 2008 and 2011 from pregnant women in ten Caribbean islands. We tested the serum samples for IgG antibodies against the five parasites by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
October 24, 2016: Parasitology Research
Rebekah M Martin, Jie Cao, Sylvain Brisse, Virginie Passet, Weisheng Wu, Lili Zhao, Preeti N Malani, Krishna Rao, Michael A Bachman
Klebsiella pneumoniae is among the most common causes of hospital-acquired infections and has emerged as an urgent threat to public health due to carbapenem antimicrobial resistance. K. pneumoniae commonly colonizes hospitalized patients and causes extraintestinal infections such as urinary tract infection, bloodstream infection (septicemia), and pneumonia. If colonization is an intermediate step before infection, then detection and characterization of colonizing isolates could enable strategies to prevent or empirically treat K...
September 2016: MSphere
Thérésa Lebacq, Cloë Ost, Sarah Bel, Loes Brocatus, Eveline Teppers, Koenraad Cuypers, Jean Tafforeau, Karin A A De Ridder
BACKGROUND: There is strong evidence to indicate that regular moderate intensity physical activity is associated with health benefits. Furthermore, sedentary behavior has been related with an increased risk for all-cause mortality. The accurate measurement of physical activity and sedentary behavior is therefore vital to evaluate their health impact and provide evidence for the development of public health recommendations. This paper describes the methodology used for assessing physical activity and sedentary behavior in the Belgian population in the context of the Belgian National Food Consumption Survey 2014 (BNFCS2014)...
2016: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
Christina Gaarslev, Melissa Yee, Georgi Chan, Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, Rabia Khan
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a public health challenge supplemented by inappropriate prescribing, especially for an upper respiratory tract infection in primary care. Patient/carer expectations have been identified as one of the main drivers for inappropriate antibiotics prescribing by primary care physicians. The aim of this study was to understand who is more likely to expect an antibiotic for an upper respiratory tract infection from their doctor and the reasons underlying it...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Jani Nöthling, Sharain Suliman, Lindi Martin, Candice Simmons, Soraya Seedat
South African adolescents are exposed to high levels of violence and trauma, including community violence, abuse, and neglect. Violence and trauma are associated with negative mental health outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Demographic characteristics, additional exposure to trauma, community violence, and types of childhood abuse and neglect may place adolescents at greater risk of developing PTSD. This study aimed to first assess the weighted contribution of demographic factors, trauma load, community violence, and types of abuse and neglect in predicting PTSD symptom severity...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Dušan Petrić, Tamaš Petrović, Ivana Hrnjaković Cvjetković, Marija Zgomba, Vesna Milošević, Gospava Lazić, Aleksandra Ignjatović Ćupina, Diana Lupulović, Sava Lazić, Dragan Dondur, Slavica Vaselek, Aleksandar Živulj, Bratislav Kisin, Tibor Molnar, Djordje Janku, Dubravka Pudar, Jelena Radovanov, Mihaela Kavran, Gordana Kovačević, Budimir Plavšić, Aleksandra Jovanović Galović, Milan Vidić, Svetlana Ilić, Mina Petrić
Efforts to detect West Nile virus (WNV) in the Vojvodina province, northern Serbia, commenced with human and mosquito surveillance in 2005, followed by horse (2009) and wild bird (2012) surveillance. The knowledge obtained regarding WNV circulation, combined with the need for timely detection of virus activity and risk assessment resulted in the implementation of a national surveillance programme integrating mosquito, horse and bird surveillance in 2014. From 2013, the system showed highly satisfactory results in terms of area specificity (the capacity to indicate the spatial distribution of the risk for human cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease - WNND) and sensitivity to detect virus circulation even at the enzootic level...
October 21, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Andrew J Tatem, Peng Jia, Dariya Ordanovich, Michael Falkner, Zhuojie Huang, Rosalind Howes, Simon I Hay, Peter W Gething, David L Smith
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a problem for many countries classified as malaria free through cases imported from endemic regions. Imported cases to non-endemic countries often result in delays in diagnosis, are expensive to treat, and can sometimes cause secondary local transmission. The movement of malaria in endemic countries has also contributed to the spread of drug resistance and threatens long-term eradication goals. Here we focused on quantifying the international movements of malaria to improve our understanding of these phenomena and facilitate the design of mitigation strategies...
October 21, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Amelia Guadalupe-Grau, Jose Antonio Carnicero, Jose Losa-Reyna, Jesús Tresguerres, Maria Del Carmen Gómez-Cabrera, Carmen Castillo, Ana Alfaro-Acha, Cristina Rosado-Artalejo, Leocadio Rodriguez-Mañas, Francisco José García-García
INTRODUCTION: Aging is a process that involves a reduction in muscle strength and anabolic hormone concentrations, which impacts significantly on health. AIM: To study the hormone/total strength (H/TS) ratio as a proxy of anabolic insensitivity status in elders, and its relationship with disability, hospitalization, and mortality risk. DESIGN: A total of 1462 persons aged ≥65 years from the Toledo Study of Healthy Aging participated in this study...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
A T Bambara, S M Ouédraogo, S Maïga, K A Sondo, K Boncoungou/Nikièma, G Ouédraogo, B Koumbem, A S Ouédraogo, M Djibril, G Badoum, A R Ouédraogo, M Ouédraogo
This study aimed to present the survival of patients with malignant and paramalignant pleural effusion (MPE) in a context of resource-limited countries. We retrospectively studied patients received for malignant and paramalignant pleural effusion in three health facilities in Ouagadougou from 1st August 2009 to 30 July 2015. Survival was analyzed according to various characteristics related to patients and disease. Eighty patients with a mean age of 54 years were selected. The sex-ratio was 0.9. Sixteen patients had comorbidities...
October 21, 2016: Revue de Pneumologie Clinique
Christophe Huỳnh, Joël Tremblay, Marie-Josée Fleury
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to: (1) identify clusters based on the diagnostic status of mental disorders among individuals with problematic substance use treated in an addiction rehabilitation center (ARC), and (2) characterize these clusters according to socio-demographic variables, neighborhood characteristics, and health service utilization. METHODS: Data were compiled for 4526 individuals with problematic substance use who received services from an ARC in 2004...
December 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Holger Cramer, Meral Sushila Thoms, Dennis Anheyer, Romy Lauche, Gustav Dobos
BACKGROUND: Abdominal obesity is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of yoga on waist circumference and other anthropometric and self-reported variables in women with abdominal obesity. METHODS: 60 women with abdominal obesity (waist circumference ≥ 88 cm; body-mass index [BMI] ≥ 25) were randomly allocated in a 2:1 ratio to either a 12-week yoga intervention (n = 40) or a waiting list (n = 20)...
September 30, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Emma Otta, Eloisa de S Fernandes, Tiziana G Acquaviva, Tania K Lucci, Leda C Kiehl, Marco A C Varella, Nancy L Segal, Jaroslava V Valentova
The present study investigates the twinning rates in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, during the years 2003-2014. The data were drawn from the Brazilian Health Department database of Sistema de Informações de Nascidos Vivos de São Paulo-SINASC (Live Births Information System of São Paulo). In general, more information is available on the incidence of twinning in developed countries than in developing ones. A total of 24,589 twin deliveries and 736 multiple deliveries were registered in 140 hospitals of São Paulo out of a total of 2,056,016 deliveries during the studied time period...
October 25, 2016: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
T H Mina, M Lahti, A J Drake, K Räikkönen, H Minnis, F C Denison, J E Norman, R M Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Prenatal maternal obesity has been linked to adverse childhood neuropsychiatric outcomes, including increased symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), internalizing and externalizing problems, affective disorders and neurodevelopmental problems but few studies have studied neuropsychiatric outcomes among offspring born to very severely obese women or assessed potential familial confounding by maternal psychological distress. METHOD: We evaluated neuropsychiatric symptoms in 112 children aged 3-5 years whose mothers had participated in a longitudinal study of obesity in pregnancy (50 very severe obesity, BMI ⩾40 kg/m2, obese class III and 62 lean, BMI 18...
October 25, 2016: Psychological Medicine
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