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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207782/incorporating-interspecific-competition-into-species-distribution-mapping-by-upward-scaling-of-small-scale-model-projections-to-the-landscape
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Mark Baah-Acheamfour, Charles P-A Bourque, Fan-Rui Meng, D Edwin Swift
There are a number of overarching questions and debate in the scientific community concerning the importance of biotic interactions in species distribution models at large spatial scales. In this paper, we present a framework for revising the potential distribution of tree species native to the Western Ecoregion of Nova Scotia, Canada, by integrating the long-term effects of interspecific competition into an existing abiotic-factor-based definition of potential species distribution (PSD). The PSD model is developed by combining spatially explicit data of individualistic species' response to normalized incident photosynthetically active radiation, soil water content, and growing degree days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188606/costs-of-productivity-loss-due-to-occupational-cancer-in-canada-estimation-using-claims-data-from-workers-compensation-boards
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W Dominika Wranik, Adam Muir, Min Hu
INTRODUCTION: Cancer is a leading cause of illness globally, yet our understanding of the financial implications of cancer caused by working conditions and environments is limited. The goal of this study is to estimate the costs of productivity losses due to occupational cancer in Canada, and to evaluate the factors associated with these costs. METHODS: Two sources of data are used: (i) Individual level administrative claims data from the Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia; and (ii) provincial aggregated cancer claims statistics from the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada...
December 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186715/adoption-of-the-nova-scotia-canada-community-pharmacy-medication-management-program-1-year-post-initiation
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Heidi J Deal, Charmaine A Cooke, Ethel M Langille Ingram, Ingrid S Sketris
BACKGROUND: Pharmacists conduct medication reviews to optimize drug therapy. Each jurisdiction implements and funds these programs differently. OBJECTIVE: To describe the uptake of the first year of a community pharmacy medication review program reimbursed by the publically insured seniors' drug benefit program in Nova Scotia, Canada. METHODS: This retrospective analysis included 294 pharmacies and 105,000 beneficiaries enrolled in the Nova Scotia Seniors' Pharmacare Program...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Population Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182723/antibody-responses-to-borrelia-burgdorferi-detected-by-western-blot-vary-geographically-in-canada
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Nicholas H Ogden, Julie Arsenault, Todd F Hatchette, Samir Mechai, L Robbin Lindsay
Lyme disease is emerging in eastern and central Canada, and most cases are diagnosed using the two-tier serological test (Enzyme Immuno Assay [EIA] followed by Western blot [WB]). Simplification of this algorithm would be advantageous unless it impacts test performance. In this study, accuracy of individual proteins of the IgG WB algorithm in predicting the overall test result in samples from Canadians was assessed. Because Borrelia burgdorferi strains vary geographically in Canada, geographic variations in serological responses were also explored...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177803/a-survey-of-the-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-sable-island-horses
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Mary E Timonin, Jocelyn Poissant, Philip D McLoughlin, Cherise E Hedlin, Joseph E Rubin
The feral horses of Sable Island are a geographically isolated population located ~160 km off the east coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Because these horses have no contact with domestic animals, minimal contact with people and have never received antimicrobials, they offer a unique opportunity to study the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in unmanaged populations. As part of an ongoing multi-disciplinary and individual-based monitoring program, we collected feces from 508 geolocalized horses (92 % of the total population) between July and September 2014...
November 7, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168987/injury-severity-in-pediatric-all-terrain-vehicle-related-trauma-in-nova-scotia
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Samuel Jessula, Nadia Murphy, Natalie L Yanchar
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: In 2004-2005, legislation restricting all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use by children and an extensive social marketing campaign intended to reduce pediatric ATV-related morbidity. The frequency, nature, and severity of pediatric ATV-associated trauma were compared before and after such interventions. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed for all pediatric ATV-related injuries that presented to the provincial level 1 pediatric trauma center from 1998 to 2014...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152858/prostate-cancer-care-in-canada-informed-decision-making-patterns-of-care-and-treatment-trends
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Rami Rahal, Carolyn Sandoval, Geoff Porter, Sharon Fung, Cheryl Louzado, Julie Xu, Heather E Bryant
: 289 Background: Because treatment options for localized prostate cancer (PCa) have similar survival outcomes but varying side effects, it is important that patients are meaningfully involved in the decision-making process to ensure the chosen treatment aligns with their needs, wants and preferences. Here, we describe PCa patients' experience with informed decision-making as well as treatment patterns and trends over time. METHODS: Focus groups were conducted with 47 men treated for PCa across Canada to understand their cancer journey experience...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151098/-you-feel-you-have-to-be-made-of-steel-the-strong-black-woman-health-and-wellbeing-in-nova-scotia
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Josephine B Etowa, Brenda L Beagan, Felicia Eghan, Wanda Thomas Bernard
The 'Strong Black Woman' (SBW) construct has been well-documented in the United States as both an aspirational icon and a constricting burden for African-heritage women. It has not been examined among African Canadians. Drawing on qualitative interviews and standardized measures with 50 African-heritage women in Eastern Canada, our analysis reveals their perceptions of the construct as both strongly endorsed as a source of cultural pride, yet also acknowledged to take a terrible toll on health and well-being...
February 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149709/evaluation-of-a-health-promoting-schools-program-in-a-school-board-in-nova-scotia-canada
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Jessie-Lee D McIsaac, Tarra L Penney, Nicole Ata, Lori Munro-Sigfridson, Jane Cunningham, Paul J Veugelers, Kate Storey, Arto Ohinmaa, Sara F L Kirk, Stefan Kuhle
A Health promoting schools (HPS) approach aims to make schools a healthy place through a holistic approach that promotes a supportive 'school ethos' and emphasizes improvements in physical, social, and emotional well-being and educational outcomes. A HPS initiative in rural Nova Scotia (Canada) provided an opportunity for a population-level natural experiment. This study investigated student well-being and health behaviours between schools with and without HPS implementation and schools with high and low school ethos scores...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142036/handling-missing-mini-mental-state-examination-mmse-values-results-from-a-cross-sectional-long-term-care-study
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Judith Godin, Janice Keefe, Melissa K Andrew
BACKGROUND: Missing values are commonly encountered on the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE), particularly when administered to frail older people. This presents challenges for MMSE scoring in research settings. We sought to describe missingness in MMSEs administered in long-term-care facilities (LTCF) and to compare and contrast approaches to dealing with missing items. METHODS: As part of the Care and Construction project in Nova Scotia, Canada, LTCF residents completed an MMSE...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110802/primary-prevention-of-sudden-cardiac-death-with-device-therapy-in-urban-and-rural-populations
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Ratika Parkash, Howard Wightman, Graham Miles, John L Sapp, Martin Gardner, Chris Gray, Brenda Brownell, Karen Giddens, Miroslaw Rajda
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have shown benefit in reducing mortality in patients with heart failure, after myocardial infarction, and those with reduced ejection fraction. We sought to explore the use of this therapy in specialized heart function clinics, in rural and urban locations. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study performed in 3 specialized heart function clinics in Nova Scotia, 2 of which were in rural locations. All patients with an initial left ventricular ejection fraction ≤ 35% were included from 2006 to 2011...
January 7, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088034/an-evaluation-of-nova-scotia-s-alcohol-ignition-interlock-program
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Ward G M Vanlaar, Marisela Mainegra Hing, Robyn D Robertson
Alcohol ignition interlock programs for offenders aim to reduce recidivism among convicted drink drivers. This study presents an evaluation of Nova Scotia's interlock program implemented in 2008 in order to assess its effectiveness to reduce impaired driving and to help identify areas for improvement. Data used include conviction and crash records of individual participants; provincial monthly counts of alcohol-related charges, convictions and fatal and serious crashes; and interlock logged events. Methods used include descriptive statistics, survival analysis, time series and logistic regression analysis...
March 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071870/accessing-new-understandings-of-trauma-informed-care-with-queer-birthing-women-in-a-rural-context
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Jennifer Searle, Lisa Goldberg, Megan Aston, Sylvia Burrow
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Participant narratives from a feminist and queer phenomenological study aim to broaden current understandings of trauma. Examining structural marginalization within perinatal care relationships provides insights into the impact of dominant models of care on queer birthing women. More specifically, validation of queer experience as a key finding from the study offers trauma-informed strategies that reconstruct formerly disempowering perinatal relationships. BACKGROUND: Heteronormativity governs birthing spaces and presents considerable challenges for queer birthing women who may also have an increased risk of trauma due to structurally marginalizing processes that create and maintain socially constructed differences...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071147/abstracts-of-presentations-at-the-joint-meeting-of-the-eeg-clinical-neuroscience-society-ecns-the-international-society-for-brain-electromagnetic-topography-isbet-and-the-international-society-for-neuroimaging-in-psychiatry-isnip-in-halifax-nova-scotia-canada
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October 2016: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience: Official Journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ENCS)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069082/legislation-for-youth-sport-concussion-in-canada-review-conceptual-framework-and-recommendations
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Kelly Russell, Michael J Ellis, Shannon Bauman, Charles H Tator
In this article, we conduct a review of introduced and enacted youth concussion legislation in Canada and present a conceptual framework and recommendations for future youth sport concussion laws. We conducted online searches of federal, provincial, and territorial legislatures to identify youth concussion bills that were introduced or successfully enacted into law. Internet searches were carried out from July 26 and 27, 2016. Online searches identified six youth concussion bills that were introduced in provincial legislatures, including two in Ontario and Nova Scotia and one each in British Columbia and Quebec...
January 10, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052391/the-present-is-the-key-to-the-past-linking-regime-shifts-in-kelp-beds-to-the-distribution-of-deep-living-sea-urchins
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Karen Filbee-Dexter, Robert E Scheibling
Understanding processes that drive sudden shifts in ecosystem structure and function has become an important research focus for coastal management. In kelp bed ecosystems, regime shifts occur when high densities of sea urchins destructively graze kelp and create coralline algal barrens. While the importance of predation and disease in mediating shifts between kelp beds and barrens on shallow rocky reefs has been well documented, little is known about the role of deep-living urchins in these alternative stable-state dynamics...
January 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049546/job-satisfaction-insights-from-home-support-care-workers-in-three-canadian-jurisdictions
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Dimitra Panagiotoglou, Pamela Fancey, Janice Keefe, Anne Martin-Matthews
This mixed-methods study identified the personal and workplace characteristics that drive the job satisfaction of home support workers (HSWs) providing assistance to elderly clients. Data were based on a standardized measure of job satisfaction, along with in-depth qualitative interviews with 176 home support workers from three Canadian provincial jurisdictions (British Columbia, n = 108; Ontario, n = 28; Nova Scotia, n = 40). We anticipated that variability in demographic profiles between the three groups of workers and different job descriptions would be associated with differences in perceived job satisfaction...
January 4, 2017: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048755/mo-fg-campus-iep1-03-establishment-of-provincial-diagnostic-reference-levels-in-pediatric-imaging
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E Tonkopi, K O'Brien
PURPOSE: To establish provincial diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in pediatric general radiography and computed tomography (CT) as a tool for the optimization of exposure parameters. METHODS: Patient dose survey was conducted in the only pediatric hospital in the province of Nova Scotia. The DRLs were established as the 75th percentile of patient dose distributions in different age groups. For routine radiography projections the DRLs were determined in terms of entrance surface dose (ESD) calculated from the radiation output measurements and the tube current-exposure time product (mAs) recorded for each examination...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044324/overlap-guided-fixed-patient-support-positioning-optimization-for-cranial-srt
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R Lee MacDonald, James L Robar, Christopher G Thomas
PURPOSE: To investigate potential dosimetric improvements through the optimization of fixed-couch rotational position in cranial cancer stereotactic treatments. METHODS: Using previously delivered cranial stereotactic radiotherapy plans treated at the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), we have redesigned the treatment arrangement to find the optimal couch rotation positions based on the reduction of overlap between organs-at-risk of exposure (OARs) and target volume (PTV)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030768/lake-recovery-through-reduced-sulfate-deposition-a-new-paradigm-for-drinking-water-treatment
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Lindsay E Anderson, Wendy H Krkošek, Amina K Stoddart, Benjamin F Trueman, Graham A Gagnon
This study examined sulfate deposition in Nova Scotia from 1999 to 2015, and its association with increased pH and organic matter in two protected surface water supplies (Pockwock Lake and Lake Major) located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The study also examined the effect of lake water chemistry on drinking water treatment processes. Sulfate deposition in the region decreased by 68%, whereas pH increased by 0.1-0.4 units over the 16-year period. Average monthly color concentrations in Pockwock Lake and Lake Major increased by 1...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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