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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346663/resident-participation-in-neighbourhood-audit-tools-a-scoping-review
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Aafke C L Hofland, Jeroen Devilee, Elise van Kempen, Lea den Broeder
Background: Healthy urban environments require careful planning and a testing of environmental quality that goes beyond statutory requirements. Moreover, it requires the inclusion of resident views, perceptions and experiences that help deepen the understanding of local (public health) problems. To facilitate this, neighbourhoods should be mapped in a way that is relevant to them. One way to do this is participative neighbourhood auditing. This paper provides an insight into availability and characteristics of participatory neighbourhood audit instruments...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345622/position-paper-on-nasal-obstruction-evaluation-and-treatment
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A Valero, A M Navarro, A Del Cuvillo, I Alobid, J R Benito, C Colás, G de Los Santos, R Fernández Liesa, A García-Lliberós, R González-Pérez, A Izquierdo-Domínguez, A Jurado-Ramos, M M Lluch-Bernal, J R Montserrat Gili, J Mullol, A Puiggròs Casas, M C Sánchez-Hernández, F Vega, J M Villacampa, M Armengot-Carceller, M T Dordal
Nasal obstruction (NO) is defined as the subjective perception of discomfort or difficulty in the passage of air through the nostrils. It is a common reason for consultation in primary and specialized care, and it may affect up to 30-40% of the population. It affects the quality of life (it especially disturbs sleep) and lowers work efficiency. The aim of this document is to agree on how to treat NO, establish a methodology for evaluating and diagnosing it, and define an individualized approach to its treatment...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343239/calcium-dependent-protein-kinases-in-cotton-insights-into-early-plant-responses-to-salt-stress
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Wei Gao, Fu-Chun Xu, Dan-Dan Guo, Jing-Ruo Zhao, Ji Liu, Ya-Wei Guo, Prashant Kumar Singh, Xiao-Nan Ma, Lu Long, Jose Ramon Botella, Chun-Peng Song
BACKGROUND: Soil salinization is one of the major environmental constraints to plant growth and agricultural production worldwide. Signaling components involving calcium (Ca2+) and the downstream calcium-dependent protein kinases (CPKs) play key roles in the perception and transduction of stress signals. However, the study of CPKs in cotton and their functions in response to salt stress remain unexplored. RESULTS: A total of 98 predicted CPKs were identified from upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L...
January 17, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342146/a-theory-of-how-active-behavior-stabilises-neural-activity-neural-gain-modulation-by-closed-loop-environmental-feedback
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Christopher L Buckley, Taro Toyoizumi
During active behaviours like running, swimming, whisking or sniffing, motor actions shape sensory input and sensory percepts guide future motor commands. Ongoing cycles of sensory and motor processing constitute a closed-loop feedback system which is central to motor control and, it has been argued, for perceptual processes. This closed-loop feedback is mediated by brainwide neural circuits but how the presence of feedback signals impacts on the dynamics and function of neurons is not well understood. Here we present a simple theory suggesting that closed-loop feedback between the brain/body/environment can modulate neural gain and, consequently, change endogenous neural fluctuations and responses to sensory input...
January 17, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334977/ethnoecology-of-the-interchange-of-wild-and-weedy-plants-and-mushrooms-in-phur%C3%A3-pecha-markets-of-mexico-economic-motives-of-biotic-resources-management
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Berenice Farfán-Heredia, Alejandro Casas, Ana I Moreno-Calles, Eduardo García-Frapolli, Aída Castilleja
BACKGROUND: Interactions between societies and nature are regulated by complex systems of beliefs, symbolism, customs, and worldviews (kosmos), ecological knowledge (corpus), and management strategies and practices (praxis), which are constructed as product of experiences and communication of people throughout time. These aspects influence social relations, life strategies, and cultural identity, and all of them in turn influence and are influenced by local and regional patterns of interchange...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331610/pseudomonas-putida-modulates-the-expression-of-mirnas-and-their-target-genes-in-response-to-drought-and-salt-stresses-in-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l
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Ram Jatan, Puneet Singh Chauhan, Charu Lata
MicroRNAs are small non-coding regulatory RNA molecules that play an important role in the modulation of gene expression during various environmental stresses. Pseudomonas putida RA, a plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) colonizes the root surface of plants improving their growth and development during abiotic stresses modulating the expression of stress-responsive genes; however, the impact of RA on stress responsive-miRNA remains elusive. The present study was an attempt to delineate the role of PGPR in modulating stress responsive-miRNAs in a tolerant desi chickpea genotype exposed to drought and salt stresses...
January 10, 2018: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331170/implementation-lessons-learned-from-the-benefits-of-enhanced-terminal-room-betr-disinfection-study-process-and-perceptions-of-enhanced-disinfection-with-ultraviolet-disinfection-devices
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Deverick J Anderson, Lauren P Knelson, Rebekah W Moehring, Sarah S Lewis, David J Weber, Luke F Chen, Patricia F Triplett, Michael Blocker, R Marty Cooney, J Conrad Schwab, Yuliya Lokhnygina, William A Rutala, Daniel J Sexton
OBJECTIVE To summarize and discuss logistic and administrative challenges we encountered during the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room (BETR) Disinfection Study and lessons learned that are pertinent to future utilization of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection devices in other hospitals DESIGN Multicenter cluster randomized trial SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Nine hospitals in the southeastern United States METHODS All participating hospitals developed systems to implement 4 different strategies for terminal room disinfection...
January 14, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330969/is-salinity-an-obstacle-for-biological-invasions
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Filipa Paiva, Andrea Barco, Yiyong Chen, Alireza Mirzajani, Farrah T Chan, Velda Lauringson, Miguel Baltazar-Soares, Aibin Zhan, Sarah A Bailey, Jamileh Javidpour, Elizabeta Briski
Invasions of freshwater habitats by marine and brackish species have become more frequent in recent years with many of those species originating from the Ponto-Caspian region. Populations of Ponto-Caspian species have successfully established in the North and Baltic Seas and their adjoining rivers, as well as in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. To determine if Ponto-Caspian taxa more readily acclimatize to and colonize diverse salinity habitats than taxa from other regions, we conducted laboratory experiments on 22 populations of eight gammarid species native to the Ponto-Caspian, Northern European and Great Lakes-St...
January 13, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325579/the-return-of-the-iberian-lynx-to-portugal-local-voices
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Margarida Lopes-Fernandes, Clara Espírito-Santo, Amélia Frazão-Moreira
BACKGROUND: Ethnographic research can help to establish dialog between conservationists and local people in reintroduction areas. Considering that predator reintroductions may cause local resistance, we assessed attitudes of different key actor profiles to the return of the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) to Portugal before reintroduction started in 2015. We aimed to characterize a social context from an ethnoecological perspective, including factors such as local knowledge, perceptions, emotions, and opinions...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324717/residual-inequity-assessing-the-unintended-consequences-of-new-york-city-s-clean-heat-transition
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Daniel Carrión, W Victoria Lee, Diana Hernández
Energy policies and public health are intimately intertwined. In New York City, a series of policies, known as the Clean Heat Program (CHP), were designed to reduce air pollution by banning residual diesel fuel oils, #6 in 2015 and #4 by 2030. This measure is expected to yield environmental and public health benefits over time. While there is near-universal compliance with the #6 ban, a substantial number of buildings still use #4. In this paper, geographic analysis and qualitative interviews with stakeholders were used to interrogate the CHP's policy implementation in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323938/rural-nurse-managers-perspectives-into-better-communication-practices
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Sheila Q Hartung, Mindi Miller
The aim of this qualitative study was to describe the communication perceptions of nurse managers in rural areas. Prior research in tertiary settings was the impetus for studying viewpoints in other settings. Grounded theory methods were used to collect and analyze interview data with nine managers from regional, critical access hospitals, and home health settings in central Pennsylvania. Nurse Managers associated successful communication with job satisfaction, work efficiency, and employee retention. Circumstances influencing communication involved discussion tones, techniques, resources, and environmental factors...
January 2018: Journal of Community Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322580/a-study-of-environmental-factors-affecting-nurses-comfort-and-protection-in-wearing-n95-respirators-during-bedside-procedures
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P P L Or, J W Y Chung, T K S Wong
AIM: To investigate room temperature and relative humidity affecting nurses' comfort and protection in wearing N95 respirators during clinical bedside procedures. BACKGROUND: N95 respirators are most commonly used to protect healthcare workers against airborne diseases. The elastic head straps required for tight fit may cause headache, facial pain and/or ear lobe discomfort. Although some past fit test results showed that these respirators are likely to fit comfortably, in reality any discomfort from use may influence negatively their appeal and acceptability and thus lower their effectiveness to protect the wearers...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320876/-it-s-not-really-worth-my-while-understanding-contextual-factors-contributing-to-decisions-to-participate-in-community-aphasia-groups
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Lucette Lanyon, Linda Worrall, Miranda Rose
PURPOSE: Community aphasia groups represent a formalised opportunity for social participation. The potential barriers and facilitators to accessing and maintaining group participation remain poorly understood. The aim of this study was to explore environmental and personal factors contributing to community aphasia group participation. METHODS: A framework analysis (FA) was used to analyse the semi-structured interview data from 22 current and past members of community aphasia groups...
January 10, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317538/growth-is-required-for-perception-of-water-availability-to-pattern-root-branches-in-plants
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Neil E Robbins, José R Dinneny
Water availability is a potent regulator of plant development and induces root branching through a process termed hydropatterning. Hydropatterning enables roots to position lateral branches toward regions of high water availability, such as wet soil or agar media, while preventing their emergence where water is less available, such as in air. The mechanism by which roots perceive the spatial distribution of water during hydropatterning is unknown. Using primary roots of Zea mays (maize) we reveal that developmental competence for hydropatterning is limited to the growth zone of the root tip...
January 9, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316983/urogenital-schistosomiasis-in-cabo-delgado-northern-mozambique-baseline-findings-from-the-score-study
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Anna E Phillips, Pedro H Gazzinelli-Guimarães, Herminio O Aurelio, Neerav Dhanani, Josefo Ferro, Rassul Nala, Arminder Deol, Alan Fenwick
BACKGROUND: The results presented here are part of a five-year cluster-randomised intervention trial that was implemented to understand how best to gain and sustain control of schistosomiasis through different preventive chemotherapy strategies. This paper presents baseline data that were collected in ten districts of Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, before treatment. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 19,039 individuals was sampled from 144 villages from May to September 2011...
January 10, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316933/-the-system-here-isn-t-on-patients-side-perspectives-of-women-and-men-on-the-barriers-to-accessing-and-utilizing-maternal-healthcare-services-in-south-sudan
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Ngatho S Mugo, Michael J Dibley, Eliaba Yona Damundu, Ashraful Alam
BACKGROUND: In fragile and war-affected setting such as South Sudan, a combination of physical environmental, socioeconomic factors and healthcare's characteristic contributes to higher rates of home delivery attended by unskilled attendants. This study aims to understand the community members' experience, perceptions and the barriers in relation to accessing and utilizing maternal healthcare services in South Sudan. METHODS: We conducted in-depth one-on-one interview with 30 women and 15 men to investigate their perspectives on the barriers to access maternal and child health related services...
January 9, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315392/redefining-diabetes-and-the-concept-of-self-management-from-a-patient-s-perspective-implications-for-disease-risk-factor-management
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T K Masupe, K Ndayi, L Tsolekile, P Delobelle, T Puoane
The colliding epidemics of non-communicable diseases including diabetes with chronic infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa requires contextualized innovative disease management strategies. This qualitative study conducted in a peri-urban township near Cape Town, South Africa aimed to identify and gain in-depth understanding of contextual and environmental issues pertinent to the patient that could influence Type 2-diabetes mellitus (T2DM) care and self-management. Participants included purposively sampled diabetics or pre-diabetics from the community, PURE study database, facility health club and health care providers...
January 5, 2018: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315025/particulate-matter-emissions-of-different-brands-of-mentholated-cigarettes
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Julia Gerharz, Michael H K Bendels, Markus Braun, Doris Klingelhöfer, David A Groneberg, Ruth Mueller
Inhaling particulate matter (PM) in environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) endangers the health of non-smokers. Menthol, an additive in cigarettes, attenuates respiratory irritation of tobacco smoke. It reduces perceptibility of smoke and therefore passive smokers may inhale ETS unnoticed. To investigate a possible effect of menthol on PM concentrations (PM10, PM2.5 and PM1) ETS of four mentholated cigarette brands (Elixyr Menthol, Winston Menthol, Reyno Classic and Pall Mall Menthol Blast) with varying menthol content were analyzed...
January 9, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314746/integrative-review-of-the-intersection-of-green-space-and-neighborhood-violence
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Gibran C Mancus, Jacquelyn Campbell
PURPOSE: To systematically analyze evidence about the impact of green space on the perception and actual safety of residents of urban neighborhoods. DESIGN AND ORGANIZING CONSTRUCT: Systematic review of green space and violence based on Broome review criteria. METHODS: One landmark study prompted the initial hand search and identification of search terms. Twenty-three quantitative, five qualitative, and two mixed-methods studies were found in the urban planning, public health, medical, and psychological literature that met the following criteria: analyzed green space and violence as factors in the perception of safety as an outcome measure, including action taken by being outside for recreation, exercise, or self-report in the survey...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312813/domestic-carnivore-interactions-with-wildlife-in-the-cape-horn-biosphere-reserve-chile-husbandry-and-perceptions-of-impact-from-a-community-perspective
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Elke Schüttler, Lorena Saavedra-Aracena, Jaime E Jiménez
Background: Hundreds of millions of domestic carnivores worldwide have diverse positive affiliations with humans, but can provoke serious socio-ecological impacts when free-roaming. Unconfined dogs (Canis familiaris) and cats (Felis catus) interact with wildlife as predators, competitors, and disease-transmitters; their access to wildlife depends on husbandry, perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of pet owners and non-owners. Methods: To better understand husbandry and perceptions of impacts by unconfined, domestic carnivores, we administered questionnaires (n = 244) to pet owners and non-owners living in one of the last wilderness areas of the world, the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, located in southern Chile...
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