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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441168/a-review-of-caffeine-use-as-a-risk-or-protective-factor-for-women-s-health-and-pregnancy
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Amy Peacock, Richard P Mattick, Raimondo Bruno
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To provide a narrative synthesis of recently published studies on caffeine use as a risk or protective factor for health outcomes, with a focus on women's health and pregnancy. RECENT FINDINGS: Based on predominantly observational studies, moderate caffeine intake has been shown to be a protective factor for liver cancer, certain bowel conditions, colorectal cancer, skin cancer, and regular menstrual cycle function. However, heavy consumption is a risk factor for osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and poorer birth and child developmental outcomes...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419432/a-global-synthesis-of-managing-groundwater-dependent-ecosystems-under-sustainable-groundwater-policy
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Melissa M Rohde, Ray Froend, Jeanette Howard
Groundwater is a vital water supply worldwide for people and nature. However, species and ecosystems that depend on groundwater for some or all of their water needs, known as groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs), are increasingly becoming threatened worldwide due to growing human water demands. Over the past two decades, the protection and management of GDEs have been incorporated into several water management policy initiatives worldwide including jurisdictions within Australia, the European Union, South Africa, and the United States...
April 17, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418744/taiwan-s-travel-and-border-health-measures-in-response-to-zika
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Li-Li Ho, Yu-Hui Tsai, Wang-Ping Lee, Szu-Tsai Liao, Li-Gin Wu, Yi-Chun Wu
Zika virus has recently emerged as a worldwide public health concern. Travel and border health measures stand as one of the main strategies and frontline defenses in responding to international epidemics. As of October 31, 2016, Taiwan has reported 13 imported cases, 5 of which were detected through routine entry screening and active monitoring at international airports. This article shares Taiwan's disease surveillance activities at designated points of entry and travel and border health measures in response to Zika...
March 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403514/the-precautionary-principle-has-not-been-shown-to-be-incoherent-a-reply-to-peterson
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Thomas Boyer-Kassem
In this journal, I have objected to Peterson's 2006 claim that the precautionary principle is an incoherent decision rule. I defend my objections to Peterson's recent replies, and I still claim that the precautionary principle has not been shown to be incoherent.
April 12, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403019/food-labeling-issues-in-patients-with-severe-food-allergies-solving-a-hamlet-like-doubt
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Vincenzo Fierro, Francesco Di Girolamo, Valeria Marzano, Lamia Dahdah, Maurizio Mennini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the laws on labeling in the international community, the difficulties they pose to the food manufacturers to prepare the food labels and the methodologies to determine the concentration of potential allergens in foods. RECENT FINDINGS: European Food Safety Authority and International Life Sciences Institute Europe are evaluating strategies to identify the threshold level of allergen that can trigger a reaction in individuals. The most used techniques to detect the presence of protein in food are Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, polymerase chain reaction and real time polymerase chain reaction...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398835/the-u-k-s-dash-for-gas
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Andrew Watterson, William Dinan
The evidence on public health regulation of the unconventional gas extraction (fracking) industry was examined using a rapid evidence assessment of fifteen case studies from multiple countries. They included scientific and academic papers, professional reports, government agency reports, industry and industry-funded reports, and a nongovernment organization report. Each case study review was structured to address strengths and weaknesses of the publication in relation to our research questions. Some case studies emphasized inherent industry short-, medium-, and long-term dangers to public health directly and through global climate change impacts...
January 1, 2017: New Solutions: a Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy: NS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397529/controlling-abnormal-joint-movement-inhibits-response-of-osteophyte-formation
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Kenji Murata, Takanori Kokubun, Yuri Morishita, Katsuya Onitsuka, Shuhei Fujiwara, Aya Nakajima, Tsutomu Fujino, Kiyomi Takayanagi, Naohiko Kanemura
Objective Osteoarthritis (OA) is induced by accumulated mechanical stress to joints; however, little has been reported regarding the cause among detailed mechanical stress on cartilage degeneration. This study investigated the influence of the control of abnormal joint movement induced by anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in the articular cartilage. Design The animals were divided into 3 experimental groups: CAJM group ( n = 22: controlling abnormal joint movement), ACL-T group ( n = 22: ACL transection or knee anterior instability increased), and INTACT group ( n = 12: no surgery)...
April 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392808/consumer-preferences-for-food-allergen-labeling
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Carlo A Marra, Stephanie Harvard, Maja Grubisic, Jessica Galo, Ann Clarke, Susan Elliott, Larry D Lynd
BACKGROUND: Food allergen labeling is an important tool to reduce risk of exposure and prevent anaphylaxis for individuals with food allergies. Health Canada released a Canadian food allergen labeling regulation (2008) and subsequent update (2012) suggesting that research is needed to guide further iterations of the regulation to improve food allergen labeling and reduce risk of exposure. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to examine consumer preferences in food labeling for allergy avoidance and anaphylaxis prevention...
2017: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379321/use-of-psychoactive-medication-in-short-and-long-term-abstainers-from-alcohol
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Bertrand Nalpas, Pascal Perney
Aim: To document the use of prescribed psychoactive medicines in France in patients recovering from alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Method: Survey among short- and long-term abstainers attending groups of French self-help associations for AUDs, recording socio-demographic profile, duration of abstinence, prescription of psychoactive medication and attitudes towards that, and whether or not in medical or psychological follow-up for AUD. Result: Five hundred seventy-five abstainers participated...
April 4, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328382/interpreting-and-applying-the-precautionary-principle-a-response-to-open-peer-commentaries-on-the-precautionary-principle-and-the-tolerability-of-blood-transfusion-risks
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Koen Kramer, Hans L Zaaijer, Marcel F Verweij
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326998/effects-of-organizational-safety-practices-and-perceived-safety-climate-on-ppe-usage-engineering-controls-and-adverse-events-involving-liquid-antineoplastic-drugs-among-nurses
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David M DeJoy, Todd D Smith, Henok Woldu, Mari-Amanda Dyal, Andrea L Steege, James M Boiano
PURPOSE: Antineoplastic drugs pose risks to the healthcare workers who handle them. This fact notwithstanding, adherence to safe handing guidelines remains inconsistent and often poor. This study examined the effects of pertinent organizational safety practices and perceived safety climate on the use of personal protective equipment, engineering controls, and adverse events (spill/leak or skin contact) involving liquid antineoplastic drugs Method: Data for this study came from the 2011 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Health and Safety Practices Survey of Healthcare Workers which included a sample of approximately 1,800 nurses who had administered liquid antineoplastic drugs during the past seven days...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325543/consensus-recommendations-on-exploring-effective-solutions-for-the-rising-cost-of-diabetes
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Shaukat M Sadikot, Ashok Kumar Das, John Wilding, Ali Siyan, Abdul Hamid Zargar, Banshi Saboo, S R Aravind, Bhavana Sosale, Sanjay Kalra, G Vijayakumar, K K Manojan, Anuj Maheshwari, Jayant K Panda, Samar Banerjee, Rajeev Chawla, Sambu Potty Vasudevan, O S Syam Sundar, Jothydev Kesavadev
Diabetes remains asymptomatic for a long period of time and its real burden gets noticed only once the complications set in. The number of individuals affected with the disease is also on the rise and more so in the low income countries. This scenario calls for urgent precautionary measures that need to be undertaken to equip ourselves to fight against this chronic disease. Individuals with financial constraints cannot afford to access even the basic treatment facilities and thus stands the most burdened. The International Diabetes Federation calls for 'Eyes on Diabetes' for the society to focus on early screening and early intervention...
April 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324787/interactive-ebooks-in-educating-patients-and-their-families-about-head-injury-regardless-of-age
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Ronald Sahyouni, Amin Mahmoodi, Amir Mahmoodi, Melissa Huang, Diem Kieu Tran, Jefferson W Chen
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common and debilitating injury that is particularly prevalent in patients over 60. Given the influence of head injury on dementia (and vice versa), and the increased likelihood of ground-level falls, elderly patients are vulnerable to TBI. Educational interventions can increase knowledge and influence preventative activity to decrease the likelihood of further TBI. We sought to determine the efficacy of interactive tablet-based educational interventions in elderly patients on self-reported knowledge...
March 8, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321366/climate-change-induced-range-shifts-of-three-allergenic-ragweeds-ambrosia-l-in-europe-and-their-potential-impact-on-human-health
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Karen Rasmussen, Jakob Thyrring, Robert Muscarella, Finn Borchsenius
Invasive allergenic plant species may have severe health-related impacts. In this study we aim to predict the effects of climate change on the distribution of three allergenic ragweed species (Ambrosia spp.) in Europe and discuss the potential associated health impact. We built species distribution models based on presence-only data for three ragweed species, using MAXENT software. Future climatic habitat suitability was modeled under two IPCC climate change scenarios (RCP 6.0 and RCP 8.5). We quantify the extent of the increase in 'high allergy risk' (HAR) areas, i...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295718/the-practice-and-perception-of-precautionary-allergen-labelling-by-the-australasian-food-manufacturing-industry
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Giovanni A Zurzolo, Rachel L Peters, Jennifer J Koplin, Maximilian de Courten, Michael L Mathai, Jason A Tye-Din, Mimi L K Tang, Dianne E Campbell, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Susan L Prescott, Lyle Gurrin, Shyamali Dharmage, Katrina J Allen
BACKGROUND: The precautionary allergen labelling (PAL) and Voluntary Incidental Trace Allergen Labelling (VITAL(®) ) tools were designed by industry to assist consumers with selecting safe foods for consumption. However, a sizeable proportion of food products bear no label and it is unclear whether these products are free from allergens and therefore safe to consume or have simply not undergone a risk assessment and therefore remain unlabelled for that reason. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of unlabelled products that have undergone a risk assessment process and to examine the factors influencing industry's uptake of the VITAL(®) process...
March 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286968/a-12-week-interdisciplinary-rehabilitation-trial-in-patients-with-gliomas-a-feasibility-study
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Anders Hansen, Karen Søgaard, Lisbeth Rosenbek Minet, Jens Ole Jarden
PURPOSE: This report aims to assess the safety and feasibility of using an interdisciplinary rehabilitation intervention for a future randomized controlled trial in patients with gliomas in the initial treatment phase. METHOD: We conducted an outpatient two-part rehabilitation intervention that involved six weeks of therapeutic supervised training (part one) and six weeks of unsupervised training in a local gym following a training protocol (part two). RESULTS: Predefined feasibility objectives of safety (100%), consent rate (>80%), drop-out (<20%), adherence (>80%) and patient satisfaction (>80%) was achieved at part one...
March 12, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284128/application-of-decomposition-ensemble-learning-paradigm-with-phase-space-reconstruction-for-day-ahead-pm2-5-concentration-forecasting
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Mingfei Niu, Kai Gan, Shaolong Sun, Fengying Li
PM2.5 concentration have received considerable attention from meteorologists, who are able to notify the public and take precautionary measures to prevent negative effects on health. Therefore, establishing an efficient early warning system plays a critical role in fostering public health in heavily polluted areas. In this study, ensemble empirical mode decomposition and least square support vector machine (EEMD-LSSVM) based on Phase space reconstruction (PSR) is proposed for day-ahead PM2.5 concentration prediction, according to the application of a decomposition-ensemble learning paradigm...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248436/defining-ecologically-relevant-scales-for-spatial-protection-with-long-term-data-on-an-endangered-seabird-and-local-prey-availability
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Richard B Sherley, Philna Botha, Les G Underhill, Peter G Ryan, Danie van Zyl, Andrew C Cockcroft, Robert J M Crawford, Bruce M Dyer, Timothée R Cook
Human activities are important drivers of marine ecosystem functioning. However, separating the synergistic effects of fishing and environmental variability on the prey base of non-target predators is difficult, often because prey availability estimates on appropriate scales are lacking. Understanding how prey abundance at different spatial scales links to population change can help integrate the needs of non-target predators into fisheries management by defining ecologically-relevant areas for spatial protection...
March 1, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244116/is-the-precautionary-principle-really-incoherent
#19
Thomas Boyer-Kassem
The Precautionary Principle has been an increasingly important principle in international treaties since the 1980s. Through varying formulations, it states that when an activity can lead to a catastrophe for human health or the environment, measures should be taken to prevent it even if the cause-and-effect relationship is not fully established scientifically. The Precautionary Principle has been critically discussed from many sides. This article concentrates on a theoretical argument by Peterson (2006) according to which the Precautionary Principle is incoherent with other desiderata of rational decision making, and thus cannot be used as a decision rule that selects an action among several ones...
February 28, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238744/peanut-allergen-threshold-study-pats-novel-single-dose-oral-food-challenge-study-to-validate-eliciting-doses-in-children-with-peanut-allergy
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Jonathan O'B Hourihane, Katrina J Allen, Wayne G Shreffler, Gillian Dunngalvin, Julie A Nordlee, Giovanni A Zurzolo, Audrey Dunngalvin, Lyle C Gurrin, Joseph L Baumert, Steve L Taylor
BACKGROUND: Eliciting doses (EDs) of allergenic foods can be defined by the distribution of threshold doses for subjects within a specific population. The ED05 is the dose that elicits a reaction in 5% of allergic subjects. The predicted ED05 for peanut is 1.5 mg of peanut protein (6 mg of whole peanut). OBJECTIVE: We sought to validate the predicted peanut ED05 (1.5 mg) with a novel single-dose challenge. METHODS: Consecutive eligible children with peanut allergy in 3 centers were prospectively invited to participate, irrespective of previous reaction severity...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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