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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665478/developing-an-obesity-intervention-in-micronesia-from-needs-assessment-to-planning
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Ann Futterman Collier, Suzanne Daiss, Everlynn Temengil, Samantha Cody Russell, Julia Caroline Miller, Fumiana M Renguul
Evidence-based obesity reduction programs in the Pacific are scarce to nonexistent. Using a community-based participatory research model (CBPR) we developed a collaboration between our university and a small Pacific Island nation. We established an advisory council of local stakeholders and then conducted an extensive needs assessment with youth, parents, professionals, and lay public. Only 9% of participants had tried a weight loss program. There was a strong tendency to engage in binge-eating cycles; difficulty eating healthy during frequent community celebrations with few healthy food options available in general; and limited traditions that involved physical activity...
April 5, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29416869/cultural-differences-in-food-and-shape-related-attitudes-and-eating-behavior-are-associated-with-differences-of-body-mass-index-in-the-same-food-environment-cross-sectional-results-from-the-seafarer-nutrition-study-of-kiribati-and-european-seafarers-on-merchant
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Joachim Westenhoefer, Robert von Katzler, Hans-Joachim Jensen, Birgit-Christiane Zyriax, Bettina Jagemann, Volker Harth, Marcus Oldenburg
Background: Overweight and obesity is quite prevalent among seafarers. The present study examined differences in BMI and their association with weight, shape and nutrition related attitudes and perceptions among seafarer from Kiribati, a Pacific Island Group, and European origin. Methods: The Seafarer Nutrition Study compared 48 Kiribati and 33 European male seafarers from 4 commercial merchant ships. BMI was calculated from measured weight and height. Attitudes to weight, shape and nutrition and disinhibition of control as a characteristic of eating behavior were assessed in a structured interview...
2018: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284279/sociodemographic-factors-influencing-island-foods-consumption-in-the-pacific-islander-health-study
#3
N Kau'i Baumhofer, Sela V Panapasa, E Francis Cook, Christina A Roberto, David R Williams
OBJECTIVES: Pacific Islander Americans are a small, but quickly growing population that experiences alarming disparities in obesity and obesity-related chronic illnesses influenced by dietary patterns. This population also has a unique culinary heritage including traditional foods and more contemporary imports such as tinned meats and refined carbohydrates. This analysis is a novel attempt to understand the sociodemographic factors influencing island foods consumption. DESIGN: A sample of 240 Samoan and Tongan adults in California from the Pacific Islander Health Study was used...
December 28, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215213/identifying-protist-consumers-of-photosynthetic-picoeukaryotes-in-the-surface-ocean-using-stable-isotope-probing
#4
William D Orsi, Susanne Wilken, Javier Del Campo, Thierry Heger, Erick James, Thomas A Richards, Patrick J Keeling, Alexandra Z Worden, Alyson E Santoro
Photosynthetic picoeukaryotes contribute a significant fraction of primary production in the upper ocean. Micromonas pusilla is an ecologically relevant photosynthetic picoeukaryote, abundantly and widely distributed in marine waters. Grazing by protists may control the abundance of picoeukaryotes such as M. pusilla, but the diversity of the responsible grazers is poorly understood. To identify protists consuming photosynthetic picoeukaryotes in a productive North Pacific Ocean region, we amended seawater with living15 N,13 C-labelled M...
February 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986219/the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-hsp70-modulates-the-ostreid-herpes-virus-1-infectivity
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Enrique De-la-Re-Vega, Arturo Sánchez-Paz, Carolina Gallardo-Ybarra, Manuel Adolfo Lastra-Encinas, Reina Castro-Longoria, José Manuel Grijalva-Chon, Marco Antonio López-Torres, Amir Dario Maldonado-Arce
The Ostreid herpes virus type 1 (OsHV-1) is one of the most devastating pathogen in oyster cultures. Among several factors, as food limitation, oxygen depletion, salinity and temperature variations, episodes of "summer mortality" of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas have also been associated with OsHV-1 infection. Mortalities of C. gigas spat and juveniles have increased significantly in Europe, and contemporary mortality records of this mollusk in México have been associated with the occurrence of OsHV-1...
October 3, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699725/evaluation-of-candidate-reference-genes-for-quantitative-expression-studies-in-asian-seabass-lates-calcarifer-during-ontogenesis-and-in-tissues-of-healthy-and-infected-fishes
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Anutosh Paria, Jie Dong, P P Suresh Babu, M Makesh, Aparna Chaudhari, A R Thirunavukkarasu, C S Purushothaman, K V Rajendran
Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), used to determine the gene expression profile, is an important tool in functional genomic research, including fishes. To obtain more robust and meaningful result, the best possible normalization of the data is of utmost significance. In the present study, we have evaluated the potential of five commonly used housekeeping genes i.e., elongation factor 1-α (EF1A), β-Actin (ACTB), 18S ribosomal RNA (18S), glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and β-2-Microglobulin (B2M) in normal physiological conditions, developmental stages and in response to bacterial infection in Asian seabass, Lates calcarifer (Bloch), an important food fish cultured in the Asia-Pacific region...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560337/simple-technologies-and-diverse-food-strategies-of-the-late-pleistocene-and-early-holocene-at-huaca-prieta-coastal-peru
#7
Tom D Dillehay, Steve Goodbred, Mario Pino, Víctor F Vásquez Sánchez, Teresa Rosales Tham, James Adovasio, Michael B Collins, Patricia J Netherly, Christine A Hastorf, Katherine L Chiou, Dolores Piperno, Isabel Rey, Nancy Velchoff
Simple pebble tools, ephemeral cultural features, and the remains of maritime and terrestrial foods are present in undisturbed Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene deposits underneath a large human-made mound at Huaca Prieta and nearby sites on the Pacific coast of northern Peru. Radiocarbon ages indicate an intermittent human presence dated between ~15,000 and 8000 calendar years ago before the mound was built. The absence of fishhooks, harpoons, and bifacial stone tools suggests that technologies of gathering, trapping, clubbing, and exchange were used primarily to procure food resources along the shoreline and in estuarine wetlands and distant mountains...
May 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467188/evaluation-of-three-real-time-pcr-methods-for-detection-of-salmonella-from-cloves
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Aparna Tatavarthy, Laila Ali, Vikas Gill, Lijun Hu, Xiaohong Deng, Yoko Adachi, Hugh Rand, Thomas Hammack, Guodong Zhang
The purpose of the study was to evaluate three real-time PCR platforms for rapid detection of Salmonella from cloves and to compare three different DNA extraction methods. Six trials were conducted with two clove cultivars, Ceylon and Madagascar, and three Salmonella serotypes, Montevideo, Typhimurium, and Weltevreden. Each trial consisted of 20 test portions. The preenrichment cultures were used to perform PCR for comparison of the effectiveness of U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pacific Regional Laboratory Southwest (FDA-PRLSW), Applied Biosystems Inc...
June 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406041/the-nexus-between-health-and-time-use-among-racially-and-ethnically-diverse-women
#9
Cathleen D Zick, Iris Buder, Norman J Waitzman, Sara Simonsen, Kathleen Digre
OBJECTIVES: Ethnic and racial health disparities have been well-documented in the scholarly literature. In recent years, evidence about time spent in physical (in)activity and its relationship to physical and mental health has also emerged. This study assesses if observed ethnic/racial health differences were associated with differences in time use. DESIGN: Our analyses utilized baseline data from 510 Utah women who enrolled in one of two community-based, participatory research intervention studies between 2012 and 2015...
April 13, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355293/understanding-the-genetic-diversity-and-population-structure-of-yam-dioscorea-alata-l-using-microsatellite-markers
#10
Gemma Arnau, Ranjana Bhattacharjee, Sheela Mn, Hana Chair, Roger Malapa, Vincent Lebot, Abraham K, Xavier Perrier, Dalila Petro, Laurent Penet, Claudie Pavis
Yams (Dioscorea sp.) are staple food crops for millions of people in tropical and subtropical regions. Dioscorea alata, also known as greater yam, is one of the major cultivated species and most widely distributed throughout the tropics. Despite its economic and cultural importance, very little is known about its origin, diversity and genetics. As a consequence, breeding efforts for resistance to its main disease, anthracnose, have been fairly limited. The objective of this study was to contribute to the understanding of D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273353/do-larvae-from-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vents-disperse-in-surface-waters
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Takuya Yahagi, Hiromi Kayama Watanabe, Shigeaki Kojima, Yasunori Kano
Larval dispersal significantly contributes to the geographic distribution, population dynamics, and evolutionary processes of animals endemic to deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Little is known as to the extent that their larvae migrate vertically to shallower waters and experience stronger currents and richer food supplies. Here, we first provide evidence from early life-history traits and population genetics for the surface dispersal of a vent species. Planktotrophic larvae of a red blood limpet, Shinkailepas myojinensis (Gastropoda: Neritimorpha: Phenacolepadidae), were cultured to observe their swimming behavior and to evaluate the effects of temperature on survival and growth...
June 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212462/climate-change-contaminant-interactions-in-marine-food-webs-toward-a-conceptual-framework
#12
REVIEW
Juan José Alava, William W L Cheung, Peter S Ross, U Rashid Sumaila
Climate change is reshaping the way in which contaminants move through the global environment, in large part by changing the chemistry of the oceans and affecting the physiology, health, and feeding ecology of marine biota. Climate change-associated impacts on structure and function of marine food webs, with consequent changes in contaminant transport, fate, and effects, are likely to have significant repercussions to those human populations that rely on fisheries resources for food, recreation, or culture...
October 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086843/evaluation-of-the-good-start-program-a-healthy-eating-and-physical-activity-intervention-for-maori-and-pacific-islander-children-living-in-queensland-australia
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Seema Mihrshahi, Lisa Vaughan, Nicola Fa'avale, Shreenika De Silva Weliange, Inez Manu-Sione, Lisa Schubert
BACKGROUND: Reducing the prevalence of obesity and chronic disease are important priorities. Maori and Pacific Islander communities living in Australia have higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than the wider Australian population. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of the Good Start program, which aims to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity amongst Maori and Pacific Islander communities living in Queensland. METHODS: The intervention was delivered to children aged 6-19 years (N = 375) in schools by multicultural health workers...
January 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073526/prevalence-of-algal-toxins-in-alaskan-marine-mammals-foraging-in-a-changing-arctic-and-subarctic-environment
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Kathi A Lefebvre, Lori Quakenbush, Elizabeth Frame, Kathy Burek Huntington, Gay Sheffield, Raphaela Stimmelmayr, Anna Bryan, Preston Kendrick, Heather Ziel, Tracey Goldstein, Jonathan A Snyder, Tom Gelatt, Frances Gulland, Bobette Dickerson, Verena Gill
Current climate trends resulting in rapid declines in sea ice and increasing water temperatures are likely to expand the northern geographic range and duration of favorable conditions for harmful algal blooms (HABs), making algal toxins a growing concern in Alaskan marine food webs. Two of the most common HAB toxins along the west coast of North America are the neurotoxins domoic acid (DA) and saxitoxin (STX). Over the last 20 years, DA toxicosis has caused significant illness and mortality in marine mammals along the west coast of the USA, but has not been reported to impact marine mammals foraging in Alaskan waters...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068981/factors-affecting-evidence-use-in-food-policy-making-processes-in-health-and-agriculture-in-fiji
#15
Gade Waqa, Colin Bell, Wendy Snowdon, Marj Moodie
BACKGROUND: There is limited research on the use of evidence to inform policy-making in the Pacific. This study aims to identify and describe factors that facilitate or limit the use of evidence in food-related policy-making in the Health and Agriculture Ministries in Fiji. METHODS: Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with selected policy-makers in two government ministries that were instrumental in the development of food-related policies in Fiji designed to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)...
January 9, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027626/developments-in-clinical-food-and-nutrition-science-in-indonesia
#16
REVIEW
Widjaja Lukito, Lindawati Wibowo, Mark L Wahlqvist
Indonesia, as a major population in the Asia Pacific region, threatened with food and health insecurity through climate change and rapid economic development, faces the challenge to build capacity among its science-based food and health professionals and institutions. The nutrition research agenda is now being more actively set within the region, rather than by external imposition. A series of papers emanating from a new generation of public health and clinical nutrition scientists is reported in this issue of APJCN...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821852/bac-pool-sequencing-and-analysis-confirms-growth-associated-qtls-in-the-asian-seabass-genome
#17
Xueyan Shen, Si Yan Ngoh, Natascha May Thevasagayam, Sai Rama Sridatta Prakki, Pranjali Bhandare, Andy Wee Kiat Tan, Gui Quan Tan, Siddharth Singh, Norman Chun Han Phua, Shubha Vij, László Orbán
The Asian seabass is an important marine food fish that has been cultured for several decades in Asia Pacific. However, the lack of a high quality reference genome has hampered efforts to improve its selective breeding. A 3D BAC pool set generated in this study was screened using 22 SSR markers located on linkage group 2 which contains a growth-related QTL region. Seventy-two clones corresponding to 22 FPC contigs were sequenced by Illumina MiSeq technology. We co-assembled the MiSeq-derived scaffolds from each FPC contig with error-corrected PacBio reads, resulting in 187 sequences covering 9...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590662/a-full-body-transcriptome-and-proteome-resource-for-the-european-common-carp
#18
I C R M Kolder, S J van der Plas-Duivesteijn, G Tan, G F Wiegertjes, M Forlenza, A T Guler, D Y Travin, M Nakao, T Moritomo, I Irnazarow, J T den Dunnen, S Y Anvar, H J Jansen, R P Dirks, M Palmblad, B Lenhard, C V Henkel, H P Spaink
BACKGROUND: The common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is the oldest, most domesticated and one of the most cultured fish species for food consumption. Besides its economic importance, the common carp is also highly suitable for comparative physiological and disease studies in combination with the animal model zebrafish (Danio rerio). They are genetically closely related but offer complementary benefits for fundamental research, with the large body mass of common carp presenting possibilities for obtaining sufficient cell material for advanced transcriptome and proteome studies...
September 2, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27467390/rapid-extraction-and-identification-of-maitotoxin-and-ciguatoxin-like-toxins-from-caribbean-and-pacific-gambierdiscus-using-a-new-functional-bioassay
#19
Richard J Lewis, Marco Inserra, Irina Vetter, William C Holland, D Ransom Hardison, Patricia A Tester, R Wayne Litaker
BACKGROUND: Ciguatera is a circumtropical disease produced by polyether sodium channel toxins (ciguatoxins) that enter the marine food chain and accumulate in otherwise edible fish. Ciguatoxins, as well as potent water-soluble polyethers known as maitotoxins, are produced by certain dinoflagellate species in the genus Gambierdiscus and Fukuyoa spp. in the Pacific but little is known of the potential of related Caribbean species to produce these toxins. METHODS: We established a simplified procedure for extracting polyether toxins from Gambierdiscus and Fukuyoa spp...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27349260/understanding-pasifika-youth-and-the-obesogenic-environment-auckland-and-wellington-new-zealand
#20
Ridvan Tupai-Firestone, Hana Tuisano, Moana Manukia, Keawe'aimoku Kaholokula, Sunia Foliaki, Te Kani Kingi, Rozanne Kruger, Bernhard Breier, Angelique O'Connell, Rozanne Kruger, Barry Borman, Lis Ellison-Loschmann
AIM: In New Zealand, the burden of obesity is greatest among Pacific people, especially in children and adolescents. We investigated the factors of the obesogenic environment that were indigenous to Pasifika youths' social-cultural context, their food purchasing behaviours, and associated anthropometric measures. METHODS: An exploratory study of 30 Pasifika youth aged 16-24 years in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand. RESULTS: A large proportion of the participants were obese (mean body mass index: 31...
May 6, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
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