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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867504/short-rotation-plantations-policy-history-in-europe-lessons-from-the-past-and-recommendations-for-the-future
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Kevin N Lindegaard, Paul W R Adams, Martin Holley, Annette Lamley, Annika Henriksson, Stig Larsson, Hans-Georg von Engelbrechten, Gonzalo Esteban Lopez, Marcin Pisarek
Short rotation plantations (SRPs) are fast-growing trees (such as willow (Salix spp.), poplar (Populus spp.) and Eucalyptus) grown closely together and harvested in periods of 2-20 years. There are around 50,000 hectares of SRPs in Europe, a relatively small area considering that there have been supportive policy measures in many countries for 30 years. This paper looks at the effect that the policy measures used in different EU countries have had, and how other external factors have impacted on the development of the industry...
August 2016: Food and energy security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854336/what-we-know-about-the-public-s-level-of-concern-for-farm-animal-welfare-in-food-production-in-developed-countries
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Amelia Cornish, David Raubenheimer, Paul McGreevy
Population growth and rising consumption of meat, dairy, eggs and fish are forcing the world to face the intersecting challenges of how to sustainably feed a population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, while also controlling the impact of food production on the planet, on people and on animals. This review acknowledges the absence of a globally accepted definition of animal welfare and then explores the literature regarding different levels of concern for animal welfare in food production by such stakeholders as veterinarians, farmers, and the general public...
November 16, 2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854060/comparison-of-predicted-aquatic-risks-of-pesticides-used-under-different-rice-farming-strategies-in-the-mekong-delta-vietnam
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Nadja Stadlinger, Håkan Berg, Paul J Van den Brink, Nguyen T Tam, Jonas S Gunnarsson
This study evaluates the risks of pesticides applied in rice-fish and rice farming, with and without integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, to non-target aquatic organisms in two provinces of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. Pesticide inventories and application patterns were collected from 120 Vietnamese farmers through interviews. Risks were assessed using (1) Pesticide RIsks in the Tropics to Man, Environment, and Trade (PRIMET), a first-tier model, which calculates predicted environmental concentrations (PECs) of pesticides in the rice field, based on the compound's physico-chemical properties and the application pattern, and then compares the PECs to safe concentrations based on literature data, and (2) species sensitivity distribution (SSD), a second-tier assessment model using species sensitivity distributions to calculate potentially affected fraction (PAF) of species based on the PECs from PRIMET...
November 16, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853621/silicone-wristbands-detect-individuals-pesticide-exposures-in-west-africa
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Carey E Donald, Richard P Scott, Kathy L Blaustein, Mary L Halbleib, Makhfousse Sarr, Paul C Jepson, Kim A Anderson
We detected between 2 and 10 pesticides per person with novel sampling devices worn by 35 participants who were actively engaged in farming in Diender, Senegal. Participants were recruited to wear silicone wristbands for each of two separate periods of up to 5 days. Pesticide exposure profiles were highly individualized with only limited associations with demographic data. Using a 63-pesticide dual-column gas chromatography-electron capture detector (GC-ECD) method, we detected pyrethoid insecticides most frequently, followed by organophosphate pesticides which have been linked to adverse health outcomes...
August 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851858/existing-and-emerging-payment-and-delivery-reforms-in-cardiology
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Steven A Farmer, Margaret L Darling, Meaghan George, Paul N Casale, Eileen Hagan, Mark B McClellan
Importance: Recent health care reforms aim to increase patient access, reduce costs, and improve health care quality as payers turn to payment reform for greater value. Cardiologists need to understand emerging payment models to succeed in the evolving payment landscape. We review existing payment and delivery reforms that affect cardiologists, present 4 emerging examples, and consider their implications for clinical practice. Observations: Public and commercial payers have recently implemented payment reforms and new models are evolving...
November 16, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847420/production-performance-of-finisher-broiler-fed-with-cocoyam-corm-meal-as-partial-energy-replacement-for-maize
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Christian Paul P de la Cruz
AIM: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of Gabing San Fernando (Xanthosoma spp.) corms as partial carbohydrate replacement for maize in finisher broiler production. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The completely randomized design was utilized to investigate the effects of three finisher poultry diets prepared in varying amounts of cocoyam-corm meal set at 0% (control), 25%, and 50% (experimental) replacement levels. RESULTS: There were no significant differences (p≥0...
October 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846221/minimally-symptomatic-infection-in-an-ebola-hotspot-a-cross-sectional-serosurvey
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Eugene T Richardson, J Daniel Kelly, Mohamed Bailor Barrie, Annelies W Mesman, Sahr Karku, Komba Quiwa, Regan H Marsh, Songor Koedoyoma, Fodei Daboh, Kathryn P Barron, Michael Grady, Elizabeth Tucker, Kerry L Dierberg, George W Rutherford, Michele Barry, James Holland Jones, Megan B Murray, Paul E Farmer
INTRODUCTION: Evidence for minimally symptomatic Ebola virus (EBOV) infection is limited. During the 2013-16 outbreak in West Africa, it was not considered epidemiologically relevant to published models or projections of intervention effects. In order to improve our understanding of the transmission dynamics of EBOV in humans, we investigated the occurrence of minimally symptomatic EBOV infection in quarantined contacts of reported Ebola virus disease cases in a recognized 'hotspot.' METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a cross-sectional serosurvey in Sukudu, Kono District, Sierra Leone, from October 2015 to January 2016...
November 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845237/early-life-farm-exposures-and-adult-asthma-and-atopy-in-the-agricultural-lung-health-study
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John S House, Annah B Wyss, Jane A Hoppin, Marie Richards, Stuart Long, David M Umbach, Paul Henneberger, Laura E Beane Freeman, Dale P Sandler, Elizabeth Long O'Connell, Christie Barker Cummings, Stephanie J London
BACKGROUND: Previous studies, mostly from Europe, suggest that early-life farming exposures protect against childhood asthma and allergy; few data exist on asthma and allergy in adults. OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between early-life farming exposures and current asthma and atopy in an older adult US farming population. METHODS: We analyzed data from 1,746 farmers and 1,555 spouses (mean age=63) from a case-control study nested within the Agricultural Health Study...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781004/biosocial-approaches-to-the-2013-2016-ebola-pandemic
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Eugene T Richardson, Mohamed Bailor Barrie, J Daniel Kelly, Yusupha Dibba, Songor Koedoyoma, Paul E Farmer
Despite more than 25 documented outbreaks of Ebola since 1976, our understanding of the disease is limited, in particular the social, political, ecological, and economic forces that promote (or limit) its spread. In the following study, we seek to provide new ways of understanding the 2013-2016 Ebola pandemic. We use the term, 'pandemic,' instead of 'epidemic,' so as not to elide the global forces that shape every localized outbreak of infectious disease. By situating life histories via a biosocial approach, the forces promoting or retarding Ebola transmission come into sharper focus...
June 2016: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749305/embracing-medical-education-s-global-mission
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Paul E Farmer, Joseph J Rhatigan
Shortages of trained health care workers plague low- and middle-income countries around the world. When resources are scarce, the ability to support medical education is severely constrained. While there are many important "building blocks" of health systems that need to be bolstered in low- and middle-income countries, the authors propose that U.S. academic medicine can make unique contributions in the realm of human resource development-specifically, increasing the supply of physicians who directly provide health care to the populations they serve and who often manage and lead these health systems...
October 4, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27739018/community-based-art-programs-sustaining-adherence-and-follow-up
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REVIEW
Joia S Mukherjee, Danika Barry, Robert D Weatherford, Ishaan K Desai, Paul E Farmer
The advent of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1996 brought with it an urgent need to develop models of health care delivery that could enable its effective and equitable delivery, especially to patients living in poverty. Community-based care, which stretches from patient homes and communities-where chronic infectious diseases are often best managed-to modern health centers and hospitals, offers such a model, providing access to proximate HIV care and minimizing structural barriers to retention. We first review the recent literature on community-based ART programs in low- and low-to-middle-income country settings and document two key principles that guide effective programs: decentralization of ART services and long-term retention of patients in care...
December 2016: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717350/incidence-of-bovine-neonatal-pancytopenia-in-243-farms-in-germany
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Frederike Reichmann, Annette Pfitzner, Guenter Rademacher, Elke Schwedinger, Klaus Cussler, Carola M Sauter-Louis
BACKGROUND: Several research groups from different European countries have worked on the aetiopathogenesis of bovine neonatal pancytopenia (BNP) and an association between the use of the vaccine PregSure BVD (Pfizer, Germany) and the development of this haemorrhagic disease was confirmed. Because BNP is not a notifiable disease, it is difficult to obtain information on its incidence. Based on pharmacovigilance (PhV) data, which are the only officially available data at the national level, the incidence of BNP is considered low...
October 7, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688219/strengthening-health-systems-while-responding-to-a-health-crisis-lessons-learned-by-a-nongovernmental-organization-during-the-ebola-virus-disease-epidemic-in-sierra-leone
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Corrado Cancedda, Sheila M Davis, Kerry L Dierberg, Jonathan Lascher, J Daniel Kelly, Mohammed Bailor Barrie, Alimamy Philip Koroma, Peter George, Adikali Alpha Kamara, Ronald Marsh, Manso S Sumbuya, Cameron T Nutt, Kirstin W Scott, Edgar Thomas, Katherine Bollbach, Andrew Sesay, Ahmidu Barrie, Elizabeth Barrera, Kathryn Barron, John Welch, Nahid Bhadelia, Raphael G Frankfurter, Ophelia M Dahl, Sarthak Das, Rebecca E Rollins, Bryan Eustis, Amanda Schwartz, Piero Pertile, Ilias Pavlopoulos, Allan Mayfield, Regan H Marsh, Yusupha Dibba, Danielle Kloepper, Andrew Hall, Karin Huster, Michael Grady, Kimberly Spray, David A Walton, Fodei Daboh, Cora Nally, Sahr James, Gabriel S Warren, Joyce Chang, Michael Drasher, Gina Lamin, Sherry Bangura, Ann C Miller, Annie P Michaelis, Ryan McBain, M Jana Broadhurst, Megan Murray, Eugene T Richardson, Ted Philip, Gary L Gottlieb, Joia S Mukherjee, Paul E Farmer
An epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) beginning in 2013 has claimed an estimated 11 310 lives in West Africa. As the EVD epidemic subsides, it is important for all who participated in the emergency Ebola response to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of the response. Such reflections should take into account perspectives not usually included in peer-reviewed publications and after-action reports, including those from the public sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), survivors of Ebola, and Ebola-affected households and communities...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663941/randomized-controlled-trial-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin-for-pediatric-autoimmune-neuropsychiatric-disorders-associated-with-streptococcal-infections
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Kyle A Williams, Susan E Swedo, Cristan A Farmer, Heidi Grantz, Paul J Grant, Precilla D'Souza, Rebecca Hommer, Liliya Katsovich, Robert A King, James F Leckman
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) are hypothesized to occur as a result of cross-reactive antibodies produced in response to group A streptococcal infections. Previous research suggests that immunomodulatory therapies, such as intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), may lead to rapid and sustained symptom improvement in patients with PANDAS. METHOD: A total of 35 children meeting criteria for PANDAS and moderate to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were enrolled in a randomized-entry, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-week trial of IVIG (1 g/kg/day on 2 consecutive days), followed by optional open-label treatment for nonresponders, with follow-up at 12 and 24 weeks...
October 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27617028/shade-tree-diversity-and-aboveground-carbon-stocks-in-theobroma-cacao-agroforestry-systems-implications-for-redd-%C3%A2-implementation-in-a-west-african-cacao-landscape
#15
Evans Dawoe, Winston Asante, Emmanuel Acheampong, Paul Bosu
BACKGROUND: The promotion of cacao agroforestry is one of the ways of diversifying farmer income and creating incentives through their inclusion in REDD+ interventions. We estimated the aboveground carbon stocks in cacao and shade trees, determined the floristic diversity of shade trees and explored the possibility of implementing REDD+ interventions in cacao landscapes. Using replicated multi-site transect approach, data were collected from nine 1-ha plots established on 5 km long transects in ten cacao growing districts in Ghana West Africa...
December 2016: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27577180/value-of-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-to-us-soybean-farmers
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Terrance Hurley, Paul Mitchell
BACKGROUND: The benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatment to soybean farmers have received increased scrutiny. Rather than use data from small-plot experiments, this research uses survey data from 500 US farmers to estimate the benefit of neonicotinoid seed treatments to them. As seed treatment users, farmers are familiar with their benefits in the field and have economic incentives to only use them if they provide value. RESULTS: Of the surveyed farmers, 51% used insecticide seed treatments, averaging 87% of their soybean area...
January 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27555459/clinical-spectrum-and-features-of-activated-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-%C3%AE-syndrome-a%C3%A2-large-patient-cohort-study
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Tanya I Coulter, Anita Chandra, Chris M Bacon, Judith Babar, James Curtis, Nick Screaton, John R Goodlad, George Farmer, Cathal Laurence Steele, Timothy Ronan Leahy, Rainer Doffinger, Helen Baxendale, Jolanta Bernatoniene, J David M Edgar, Hilary J Longhurst, Stephan Ehl, Carsten Speckmann, Bodo Grimbacher, Anna Sediva, Tomas Milota, Saul N Faust, Anthony P Williams, Grant Hayman, Zeynep Yesim Kucuk, Rosie Hague, Paul French, Richard Brooker, Peter Forsyth, Richard Herriot, Caterina Cancrini, Paolo Palma, Paola Ariganello, Niall Conlon, Conleth Feighery, Patrick J Gavin, Alison Jones, Kohsuke Imai, Mohammad A A Ibrahim, Gašper Markelj, Mario Abinun, Frédéric Rieux-Laucat, Sylvain Latour, Isabelle Pellier, Alain Fischer, Fabien Touzot, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Anne Durandy, Siobhan O Burns, Sinisa Savic, D S Kumararatne, Despina Moshous, Sven Kracker, Bart Vanhaesebroeck, Klaus Okkenhaug, Capucine Picard, Sergey Nejentsev, Alison M Condliffe, Andrew James Cant
BACKGROUND: Activated phosphoinositide 3-kinase δ syndrome (APDS) is a recently described combined immunodeficiency resulting from gain-of-function mutations in PIK3CD, the gene encoding the catalytic subunit of phosphoinositide 3-kinase δ (PI3Kδ). OBJECTIVE: We sought to review the clinical, immunologic, histopathologic, and radiologic features of APDS in a large genetically defined international cohort. METHODS: We applied a clinical questionnaire and performed review of medical notes, radiology, histopathology, and laboratory investigations of 53 patients with APDS...
July 16, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27551154/balance-between-transmitted-hla-preadapted-and-nonassociated-polymorphisms-is-a-major-determinant-of-hiv-1-disease-progression
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Daniela C Mónaco, Dario A Dilernia, Andrew Fiore-Gartland, Tianwei Yu, Jessica L Prince, Kristine K Dennis, Kai Qin, Malinda Schaefer, Daniel T Claiborne, William Kilembe, Jianming Tang, Matt A Price, Paul Farmer, Jill Gilmour, Anju Bansal, Susan Allen, Paul Goepfert, Eric Hunter
HIV-1 adapts to a new host through mutations that facilitate immune escape. Here, we evaluate the impact on viral control and disease progression of transmitted polymorphisms that were either preadapted to or nonassociated with the new host's HLA. In a cohort of 169 Zambian heterosexual transmission pairs, we found that almost one-third of possible HLA-linked target sites in the transmitted virus Gag protein are already adapted, and that this transmitted preadaptation significantly reduced early immune recognition of epitopes...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27530198/pesticide-residues-in-fruits-and-vegetables-in-ghana-a-review
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Augustine Donkor, Paul Osei-Fosu, Brajesh Dubey, Robert Kingsford-Adaboh, Cephas Ziwu, Isaac Asante
Pesticides are known to improve agriculture yield considerably leading to an increase in its application over the years. The use of pesticides has shown varying detrimental effects in humans as well as the environment. Presently, enough evidence is available to suggest their misuse and overuse in the last few decades in most developing nations primarily due to lack of education, endangering the lives of farmers as well as the entire population and environment. However, there is paucity of data especially over long durations in Ghana resulting in the absence of effective monitoring programs regarding pesticide application and subsequent contamination in fruits and vegetables...
October 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27490417/prevalence-and-clinical-impact-of-donor-specific-alloantibody-among-intestinal-transplant-recipients
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Elaine Y Cheng, Matthew J Everly, Hugo Kaneku, Nubia Banuelos, Laura J Wozniak, Robert S Venick, Elizabeth A Marcus, Suzanne V McDiarmid, Ronald W Busuttil, Paul I Terasaki, Douglas G Farmer
BACKGROUND: Rejection remains the leading cause of allograft loss, and a major barrier to improving long-term outcomes following intestinal transplantation (ITx). Our aim is to define the prevalence and investigate the role of donor-specific antibody (DSA) on intestinal graft outcomes. METHODS: The study includes 109 transplants performed in 95 recipients at a single center. Patients were screened for DSA pretransplant, monitored regularly posttransplant and when clinically-indicated using the single-antigen bead Luminex assay...
August 3, 2016: Transplantation
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