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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921844/functional-traits-determine-tree-growth-and-ecosystem-productivity-of-a-tropical-montane-forest-insights-from-a-long-term-nutrient-manipulation-experiment
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Selene Báez, Jürgen Homeier
Trait response-effects are critical to forecast community structure and biomass production in highly diverse tropical forests. Ecological theory and few observation studies indicate that trees with acquisitive functional traits would respond more strongly to higher resource availability than those with conservative traits. We assessed how long-term tree growth in experimental nutrient addition plots (N, P and N+P) varied as a function of morphological traits, tree size and species identity. We also evaluated how trait-based responses affected stand scale biomass production considering the community structure...
September 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921584/we-didn-t-say-that-challenges-in-the-public-dissemination-of-a-research-finding-with-controversial-implications
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Zachary P Neal, Jennifer Watling Neal
In the March 2014 issue of American Journal of Community Psychology, we published an article that examined the tension between two core values in the field of community psychology: promoting contextual conditions that foster respect for diversity and promoting contextual conditions that foster sense of community. We concluded that processes of social network formation could help explain why diversity and sense of community are seemingly incompatible goals. The study's findings initially disseminated through the usual academic channels, and later through mainstream media outlets...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Community Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918539/accelerating-vaccine-development-during-the-2013-2016-west-african-ebola-virus-disease-outbreak
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Elizabeth S Higgs, Sheri A Dubey, Beth A G Coller, Jakub K Simon, Laura Bollinger, Robert A Sorenson, Barthalomew Wilson, Martha C Nason, Lisa E Hensley
The Ebola virus disease outbreak that began in Western Africa in December 2013 was unprecedented in both scope and spread, and the global response was slower and less coherent than was optimal given the scale and pace of the epidemic. Past experience with limited localized outbreaks, lack of licensed medical countermeasures, reluctance by first responders to direct scarce resources to clinical research, community resistance to outside interventions, and lack of local infrastructure were among the factors delaying clinical research during the outbreak...
September 17, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904756/phylogenetic-conservatism-and-trait-correlates-of-spring-phenological-responses-to-climate-change-in-northeast-china
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Yanjun Du, Jingru Chen, Charles G Willis, Zhiqiang Zhou, Tong Liu, Wujun Dai, Yuan Zhao, Keping Ma
Climate change has resulted in major changes in plant phenology across the globe that includes leaf-out date and flowering time. The ability of species to respond to climate change, in part, depends on their response to climate as a phenological cue in general. Species that are not phenologically responsive may suffer in the face of continued climate change. Comparative studies of phenology have found phylogeny to be a reliable predictor of mean leaf-out date and flowering time at both the local and global scales...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899871/migration-experiences-and-reported-sexual-behavior-among-young-unmarried-female-migrants-in-changzhou-china
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Zhanhong Zong, Wenjian Yang, Xiaoming Sun, Jingshu Mao, Xingyu Shu, Norman Hearst
BACKGROUND: China has a large migrant population, including many young unmarried women. Little is known about their sexual behavior, contraceptive use, and risk of unintended pregnancy. METHODS: 475 unmarried female migrants aged 15-24, working in 1 of 6 factories in 2 districts of Changzhou city, completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire in May 2012 on demographic characteristics, work and living situation, and health. We examined demographic and migration experience predictors of sexual and contraceptive behavior using bivariate and multivariate regressions...
September 12, 2017: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895513/cadmium-ion-inhibition-of-quorum-signalling-in-chromobacterium-violaceum
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Starla G Thornhill, Manish Kumar, Leticia M Vega, Robert J C McLean
Single-celled bacteria are capable of acting as a community by sensing and responding to population density via quorum signalling. Quorum signalling in Chromobacterium violaceum, mediated by the luxI/R homologue, cviI/R, regulates a variety of phenotypes including violacein pigmentation, virulence and biofilm formation. A number of biological and organic molecules have been described as quorum signalling inhibitors but, to date, metal-based inhibitors have not been widely tested. In this study, we show that quorum sensing is inhibited in C...
September 12, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888151/evaluation-of-the-ac-ok-mental-health-and-substance-abuse-screening-measure-in-an-international-sample-of-latino-immigrants
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Ligia M Chavez, Patrick E Shrout, Ye Wang, Francisco Collazos, Rodrigo Carmona, Margarita Alegría
BACKGROUND: Early detection and intervention in primary care is integral to behavioral health. Valid, practical screening assessments are scarce, particularly for non-English speaking populations. We address this need by evaluating the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the AC-OK Screen for Co-occurring Disorders for first and second generation immigrant Latinos in Massachusetts, USA, and Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. METHODS: 567 Latino participants were recruited in waiting areas of clinics or by referral from Primary Care, Mental Health, Substance Use, and HIV Treatment Clinics, as well as Community Agencies...
August 24, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873051/mental-health-of-transgender-people-in-hong-kong-a-community-driven-large-scale-quantitative-study-documenting-demographics-and-correlates-of-quality-of-life-and-suicidality
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Yiu Tung Suen, Randolph Chun Ho Chan, Miu Yin Eliz Wong
A community-driven survey of 106 transgender people (the first such survey in Hong Kong) showed that: (1) more than half the sample (50.9%) had a university degree or higher qualification; (2) despite this 43.4% had a monthly income below HK$6,000 (about USD$775); (3) 66% reported 'fair' or 'poor' quality of life; (4) 67% of the sample (87.1% of respondents aged 15-24 years) had contemplated suicide and (5) 20.8% of the sample (35.5% of respondents aged 15-24 years) had attempted suicide. It was found that (1) those who were single, had a lower monthly income and identified as transgender women reported lower quality of life; (2) those who were younger and on a lower income expressed higher suicidality...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864485/the-prevalence-and-correlates-of-elder-abuse-and-neglect-in-a-rural-community-of-negeri-sembilan-state-baseline-findings-from-the-malaysian-elder-mistreatment-project-maestro-a-population-based-survey
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Rajini Sooryanarayana, Wan Yuen Choo, Noran N Hairi, Karuthan Chinna, Farizah Hairi, Zainudin Mohamad Ali, Sharifah Nor Ahmad, Inayah Abdul Razak, Suriyati Abdul Aziz, Rohaya Ramli, Rosmala Mohamad, Zaiton Lal Mohammad, Devi Peramalah, Noor Ani Ahmad, Tahir Aris, Awang Bulgiba
BACKGROUND: As Malaysia is fast becoming an ageing nation, the health, safety and welfare of elders are major societal concerns. Elder abuse is a phenomenon recognised abroad but less so locally. This paper presents the baseline findings from the Malaysian Elder Mistreatment Project (MAESTRO) study, the first community-based study on elder abuse in Malaysia. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study, analysing baseline findings of a cohort of older adults. SETTING: Kuala Pilah district, Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia...
September 1, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858757/association-between-perceptions-of-public-drinking-water-quality-and-actual-drinking-water-quality-a-community-based-exploratory-study-in-newfoundland-canada
#10
Benjamin Ochoo, James Valcour, Atanu Sarkar
Studying public perception on drinking water quality is crucial for managing of water resources, generation of water quality standards, and surveillance of the drinking-water quality. However, in policy discourse, the reliability of public perception concerning drinking water quality and associated health risks is questionable. Does the public perception of water quality equate with the actual water quality? We investigated public perceptions of water quality and the perceived health risks and associated with the actual quality of public water supplies in the same communities...
August 28, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852906/descriptive-epidemiology-for-community-wide-naloxone-administration-by-police-officers-and-firefighters-responding-to-opioid-overdose
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Sarah Cercone Heavey, Alan M Delmerico, Gale Burstein, Cheryll Moore, William F Wieczorek, R Lorraine Collins, Yu-Ping Chang, Gregory G Homish
Recently implemented New York State policy allows police and fire to administer intranasal naloxone when responding to opioid overdoses. This work describes the geographic distribution of naloxone administration (NlxnA) by police and fire when responding to opioid overdoses in Erie County, NY, an area of approximately 920,000 people including the City of Buffalo. Data are from opioid overdose reports (N = 800) filed with the Erie County Department of Health (July 2014-June 2016) by police/fire and include the overdose ZIP code, reported drug(s) used, and NlxnA...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846914/two-halves-make-a-whole-both-first-responders-and-experts-are-needed-for-the-management-and-identification-of-the-dead-in-large-disasters
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S Cordner, S T D Ellingham
Catastrophic natural disasters are a regular global issue claiming thousands of lives and having severe and long lasting consequences for communities. Along with the rescue and care of survivors and the provision of basic services, managing the dead in a proper and dignified manner is one of the three pillars of disaster response. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, progress to facilitate better coordination in the management of the dead has been made. Two guidelines contributing to this positive trend are the Interpol DVI Guide, and the "Management of the Dead after Disasters - A Field Manual for First Responders"...
July 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28839513/knowledge-and-awareness-of-mtct-and-pmtct-post-natal-follow-up-services-among-hiv-infected-mothers-in-the-mankweng-region-south-africa
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Refilwe Ramoshaba, Sello Levy Sithole
BACKGROUND: The pandemic of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the most severe health challenge affecting children across the world. It is estimated that more than 90% of all HIV infections in children result from Mother-to-Child Transmission (MTCT). Poor knowledge and awareness of MTCT and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) among HIV positive mothers and their babies is a major setback to the success of the PMTCT programmes. METHODS: A qualitative approach and a cross-sectional design were applied in this study...
2017: Open AIDS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833924/agriculture-erases-climate-driven-%C3%AE-diversity-in-neotropical-bird-communities
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Daniel S Karp, Luke O Frishkoff, Alejandra Echeverri, Jim Zook, Pedro Juárez, Kai M A Chan
Earth is experiencing multiple global changes that will, together, determine the fate of many species. Yet, how biological communities respond to concurrent stressors at local-to-regional scales remains largely unknown. In particular, understanding how local habitat conversion interacts with regional climate change to shape patterns in β-diversity-differences among sites in their species compositions-is critical to forecast communities in the Anthropocene. Here, we study patterns in bird β-diversity across land-use and precipitation gradients in Costa Rica...
August 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833142/leaf-odour-cues-enable-non-random-foraging-by-mammalian-herbivores
#15
Patrick B Finnerty, Rebecca S Stutz, Catherine J Price, Peter B Banks, Clare McArthur
Searching for food is the first critical stage of foraging, and search efficiency is enhanced when foragers use cues from foods they seek. Yet we know little about food cues used by one major group of mammals, the herbivores, a highly-interactive component of most ecosystems. How herbivores forage and what disrupts this process both have significant ecological and evolutionary consequences beyond the animals themselves. Our aim was to investigate how free-ranging mammalian herbivores exploit leaf odour cues to find food plants amongst a natural and complex vegetation community...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832265/access-to-and-satisfaction-with-prenatal-care-among-pregnant-women-with-physical-disabilities-findings-from-a-national-survey
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Monika Mitra, Ilhom Akobirshoev, Nechama Sammet Moring, Linda Long-Bellil, Suzanne C Smeltzer, Lauren D Smith, Lisa I Iezzoni
BACKGROUND: Previous qualitative studies suggest that women with physical disabilities face disability-specific barriers and challenges related to prenatal care accessibility and quality. This study aims to examine the pregnancy and prenatal care experiences and needs of U.S. mothers with physical disabilities and their perceptions of their interactions with their maternity care clinicians. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted the first survey of maternity care access and experiences of women with physical disabilities from 37 states...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821916/relative-social-standing-and-suicide-ideation-among-kenyan-males-the-interpersonal-theory-of-suicide-in-context
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M L Goodman, H Serag, P K Keiser, S Gitari, B G Raimer
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between subjective social status and suicide ideation in a sample of young Kenyan men (age 18-34 years). Situating insights from the interpersonal theory of suicide within social determinants of health framework, we consider whether lower subjective social status predicts lower collective self-esteem (CSE), hopelessness, less meaning in life and more loneliness, and whether these characteristics mediate associations between subjective social status and suicide ideation...
August 18, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817789/teach-our-children-stroke-education-for-indigenous-children-first-nations-ontario-canada-2009-2012
#18
Mary Ellen Hill, Pauline Bodnar, Robert Fenton, Brenda Mason, Grace Bandoh
BACKGROUND: Because of the heightened risk for stroke among indigenous people, we conducted this multiyear community case study from 2009 through 2012 to address stroke education needs among children aged 11 to 13 years residing in northern urban, rural, and remote First Nations in Ontario, Canada. The goal was to determine what young people understand about stroke and to develop an age-appropriate and culturally appropriate educational product. COMMUNITY CONTEXT: This project responded to First Nations requests that we educate their young people about the signs and symptoms of stroke and the need for early response...
August 17, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816523/measures-to-assess-the-performance-of-an-australian-non-government-charitable-non-acute-health-service-a-delphi-survey-of-organisational-stakeholders
#19
Richard Colbran, Robyn Ramsden, Karen Stagnitti, Samantha Adams
Organisation performance measurement is relevant for non-profit charitable organisations as they strive for security in an increasingly competitive funding environment. This study aimed to identify the priority measures and indicators of organisational performance of an Australian non-government charitable organisation that delivers non-acute health services. Seventy-seven and 59 participants across nine stakeholder groups responded to a two-staged Delphi technique study of a case study organisation. The stage one questionnaire was developed using information garnered through a detailed review of literature...
January 1, 2017: Health Services Management Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816494/gaming-disorder-its-delineation-as-an-important-condition-for-diagnosis-management-and-prevention
#20
John B Saunders, Wei Hao, Jiang Long, Daniel L King, Karl Mann, Mira Fauth-Bühler, Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Afarin Rahimi-Movaghar, Thomas Chung, Elda Chan, Norharlina Bahar, Sophia Achab, Hae Kook Lee, Marc Potenza, Nancy Petry, Daniel Spritzer, Atul Ambekar, Jeffrey Derevensky, Mark D Griffiths, Halley M Pontes, Daria Kuss, Susumu Higuchi, Satoko Mihara, Sawitri Assangangkornchai, Manoj Sharma, Ahmad El Kashef, Patrick Ip, Michael Farrell, Emanuele Scafato, Natacha Carragher, Vladimir Poznyak
Online gaming has greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and with this has come a multiplicity of problems due to excessive involvement in gaming. Gaming disorder, both online and offline, has been defined for the first time in the draft of 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). National surveys have shown prevalence rates of gaming disorder/addiction of 10%-15% among young people in several Asian countries and of 1%-10% in their counterparts in some Western countries...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
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