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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719239/explaining-consumer-safe-food-handling-through-behavior-change-theories-a-systematic-review
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Ian Young, Danielle Reimer, Judy Greig, Richard Meldrum, Patricia Turgeon, Lisa Waddell
Consumers often engage in unsafe food handling behaviors at home. Previous studies have investigated the ability of behavior-change theories to explain and predict these behaviors. The purpose of this review was to determine which theories are most consistently associated with consumers' safe food handling behaviors across the published literature. A standardized systematic review methodology was used, consisting of the following steps: comprehensive search strategy; relevance screening of identified references; confirmation of relevance and characterization of relevant articles; risk-of-bias assessment; data extraction; and descriptive analysis of study results...
July 18, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719221/biosimilars-biologics-that-meet-patients-needs-and-healthcare-economics
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Mark McCamish, William Yoon, James McKay
Biologics have revolutionized medical care, yet uniform access to these effective medicines remains difficult due to the increasing costs of healthcare. As patent exclusivity on the early biologics wanes, regulatory and legal systems are adapting to bring competition to the field in the form of biosimilars. Biosimilars are biologics that offer the same clinical benefit in one or more of the same indications as the reference biologic drug and bring competition to the biologics space. Legislation creating a pathway resulting in the first US approvals of biosimilars has been in place since 2010, but the regulatory methodology and science of evaluating the sameness of two biologics has been in use for decades...
September 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717940/alopecia-areata-a-comprehensive-review-of-pathogenesis-and-management
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REVIEW
Ralph M Trüeb, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni Dias
Alopecia areata is a common hair loss condition that is characterized by acute onset of non-scarring hair loss in usually sharply defined areas ranging from small patches to extensive or less frequently diffuse involvement. Depending on its acuity and extent, hair loss is an important cause of anxiety and disability. The current understanding is that the condition represents an organ-specific autoimmune disease of the hair follicle with a genetic background. Genome-wide association studies provide evidence for the involvement of both innate and acquired immunity in the pathogenesis, and mechanistic studies in mouse models of alopecia areata have specifically implicated an IFN-γ-driven immune response, including IFNγ, IFNγ-induced chemokines and cytotoxic CD8 T cells as the main drivers of disease pathogenesis...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717880/environmental-exposure-does-not-explain-putative-maladaptation-in-road-adjacent-populations
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Steven P Brady
While the ecological consequences of roads are well described, little is known of their role as agents of natural selection, which can shape adaptive and maladaptive responses in populations influenced by roads. This knowledge gap persists despite a growing appreciation for the influence of evolution in human-altered environments. There, insights indicate that natural selection typically results in local adaptation. Thus, populations influenced by road-induced selection should evolve fitness advantages in their local environment...
July 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717592/epas1-variants-in-high-altitude-tibetan-wolves-were-selectively-introgressed-into-highland-dogs
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Bridgett vonHoldt, Zhenxin Fan, Diego Ortega-Del Vecchyo, Robert K Wayne
BACKGROUND: Admixture can facilitate adaptation. For example, black wolves have obtained the variant causing black coat color through past hybridization with domestic dogs and have higher fitness than gray colored wolves. Another recent example of the transfer of adaptive variation between the two species has been suggested by the similarity between high altitude Tibetan mastiffs and wolves at the EPAS1 gene, a transcription factor induced in low oxygen environments. METHODS: Here, we investigate the directionality of admixture in EPAS1 between 28 reference highland gray wolves, 15 reference domestic dogs, and 21 putatively admixed highland wolves...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716681/mri-magic-angle-effect-in-femorotibial-cartilages-of-the-red-kangaroo
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Tonima S Ali, Namal Thibbotuwawa, YuanTong Gu, Konstantin I Momot
OBJECTIVE: Kangaroo knee cartilages are robust tissues that can support knee flexion and endure high levels of compressive stress. This study aimed to develop a detailed understanding of the collagen architecture in kangaroo knee cartilages and thus obtain insights into the biophysical basis of their function. DESIGN: Cylindrical/square plugs from femoral and tibial hyaline cartilage and tibial fibrocartilage were excised from the knees of three adult red kangaroos...
July 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716581/diversifying-food-systems-in-the-pursuit-of-sustainable-food-production-and-healthy-diets
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REVIEW
Sangam L Dwivedi, Edith T Lammerts van Bueren, Salvatore Ceccarelli, Stefania Grando, Hari D Upadhyaya, Rodomiro Ortiz
Increasing demand for nutritious, safe, and healthy food because of a growing population, and the pledge to maintain biodiversity and other resources, pose a major challenge to agriculture that is already threatened by a changing climate. Diverse and healthy diets, largely based on plant-derived food, may reduce diet-related illnesses. Investments in plant sciences will be necessary to design diverse cropping systems balancing productivity, sustainability, and nutritional quality. Cultivar diversity and nutritional quality are crucial...
July 14, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716411/genetic-mitigation-strategies-to-tackle-agricultural-ghg-emissions-the-case-for-biological-nitrification-inhibition-technology
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REVIEW
G V Subbarao, J Arango, K Masahiro, A M Hooper, T Yoshihashi, Y Ando, K Nakahara, S Deshpande, I Ortiz-Monasterio, M Ishitani, M Peters, N Chirinda, L Wollenberg, J C Lata, B Gerard, S Tobita, I M Rao, H J Braun, V Kommerell, J Tohme, M Iwanaga
Accelerated soil-nitrifier activity and rapid nitrification are the cause of declining nitrogen-use efficiency (NUE) and enhanced nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from farming. Biological nitrification inhibition (BNI) is the ability of certain plant roots to suppress soil-nitrifier activity, through production and release of nitrification inhibitors. The power of phytochemicals with BNI-function needs to be harnessed to control soil-nitrifier activity and improve nitrogen-cycling in agricultural systems. Transformative biological technologies designed for genetic mitigation are needed, so that BNI-enabled crop-livestock and cropping systems can rein in soil-nitrifier activity, to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and globally make farming nitrogen efficient and less harmful to environment...
September 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716135/assessing-the-link-between-implementation-fidelity-and-health-outcomes-for-a-trial-of-intensive-case-management-by-community-health-workers-a-mixed-methods-study-protocol
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Barbara Schmidt, Kerrianne Watt, Robyn McDermott, Jane Mills
BACKGROUND: Better systems of care are required to address chronic disease in Indigenous people to ensure they can access all their care needs. Health research has produced evidence about effective models of care and chronic disease strategies to address Indigenous health, however the transfer of research findings into routine clinical practice has proven challenging. Complex interventions, such as those related to chronic disease, have many components that are often poorly implemented and hence rarely achieve implementation fidelity...
July 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715794/an-introduction-to-the-emergency-department-adult-clinical-escalation-protocol-ed-ace
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Eoin Coughlan, Una Geary, Abel Wakai, Ronan O'Sullivan, John Browne, Eilish McAuliffe, Marie Ward, Fiona McDaid, Conor Deasy
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: This study demonstrates how a participatory action research approach was used to address the challenge of the early and effective detection of the deteriorating patient in the ED setting. The approach enabled a systematic approach to patient monitoring and escalation of care to be developed to address the wide-ranging spectrum of undifferentiated presentations and the phases of ED care from triage to patient admission. This paper presents a longitudinal patient monitoring system, which aims to provide monitoring and escalation of care, where necessary, of adult patients from triage to admission to hospital in a manner that is feasible in the unique ED environment...
November 14, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715193/polymerization-of-nanoplates-into-controlled-architectures-with-adaptive-dynamics
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Binbin Luo, John W Smith, Zixuan Wu, Juyeong Kim, Zihao Ou, Qian Chen
Highly anisometric nanoparticles have distinctive mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and are therefore appealing candidates for use as self-assembly building blocks. Here we demonstrate that ultra-anisometric nanoplates, which have a nanoscale thickness but a micrometer-scale edge length, offer many materials design capabilities. In particular, we show that these nanoplates "copolymerize" in a predictable way with patchy spheres into one- and two-dimensional structures with tunable architectural properties...
July 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714833/patients-expectations-and-solutions-for-improving-primary-diabetes-care
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Brigitte Vachon, Ai-Thuy Huynh, Mylaine Breton, Louise Quesnel, Michel Camirand, Jeannette Leblanc, Sylvie Tardif
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to document health care needs expressed by people living with diabetes, describe the solutions they envisaged for improving the quality of primary care (PC) services and empower them to make better use of PC services. Design/methodology/approach A participatory research approach was used. Six workshops were organised to provide diabetes patients with knowledge on available services and to engage them in sharing their experience. Group discussions were recorded. Data were analysed using the thematic analysis method...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714231/a-highly-versatile-and-adaptable-artificial-leaf-with-floatability-and-planar-compact-design-applicable-in-various-natural-environments
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Sangkuk Kim, Taewan Kim, Seunghyup Lee, Seunghyeon Baek, Taiho Park, Kijung Yong
As a promising means of solar energy conversion, photovoltaic (PV) cell-based electrolysis has recently drawn considerable attention for its effective solar fuel generation; especially the generation of hydrogen by solar water splitting. Inspired by remarkable accomplishments in enhancing the solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency, various efforts have aimed at fostering convenient and practical uses of PV electrolysis to make this technology ubiquitous, manageable, and efficient. Here, the design and function of a monolithic photoelectrolysis system-a so-called artificial leaf-for use in various environments are highlighted...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713646/progression-of-local-glaucomatous-damage-near-fixation-as-seen-with-adaptive-optics-imaging
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Donald C Hood, Dongwon Lee, Ravivarn Jarukasetphon, Jason Nunez, Maria A Mavrommatis, Richard B Rosen, Robert Ritch, Alfredo Dubra, Toco Y P Chui
PURPOSE: Deep glaucomatous defects near fixation were followed over time with an adaptive optics-scanning light ophthalmoscope (AO-SLO) to better understand the progression of these defects and to explore the use of AO-SLO in detecting them. METHODS: Six eyes of 5 patients were imaged with an AO-SLO from 2 to 4 times for a range of 14.6 to 33.6 months. All eyes had open-angle glaucoma with deep defects in the superior visual field (VF) near fixation as defined by 10-2 VFs with 5 or more points less than -15 dB; two of the eyes had deep defects in the inferior VF as well...
July 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713032/psychosocial-rehabilitation-after-war-trauma-with-adaptive-disclosure-design-and-rationale-of-a-comparative-efficacy-trial
#15
Julie D Yeterian, Danielle S Berke, Brett T Litz
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from warzone exposure is associated with chronic and disabling social and occupational problems. However, functional impairment is rarely assessed or targeted directly in PTSD treatments, which instead focus on symptom reduction. Trauma-related contributors to diminished functioning, including guilt, shame, and anger resulting from morally compromising or loss-based war experiences, are also underemphasized. The goal of this clinical trial is to fill a substantial gap in the treatment of military-related PTSD by testing a modified Adaptive Disclosure (AD) therapy for war-related PTSD stemming from moral injury and traumatic loss focused on improving psychosocial functioning AD...
July 13, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712988/the-spanish-adaptation-of-the-palliative-performance-scale-version-2-among-cancer-patients-at-the-end-of-life-psychometric-properties
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Eva Barallat, Maria Nabal, Jaume Canal, Javier Trujillano, Montse Gea-Sánchez, Philip J Larkin, Michael G Downing
BACKGROUND: Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) is a reliable tool to assess performance status in cancer patients receiving palliative care. Spanish validated and culturally adapted tools are needed. OBJECTIVES: To develop PPS translation and cross-cultural adaptation into Spanish. To assess its psychometric properties. DESIGN: Translation process with cross-cultural adaptation to produce Spanish Palliative Performance Scale (PPS-SPANISH)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712946/dissociation-between-decision-making-under-risk-and-decision-making-under-ambiguity-in-premanifest-and-manifest-huntington-s-disease
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Najia Adjeroud, Jeremy Besnard, Christophe Verny, Adriana Prundean, Clarisse Scherer, Bénédicte Gohier, Dominique Bonneau, Nicole El Massioui, Philippe Allain
We investigated decision-making under ambiguity (DM-UA) and decision making under risk (DM-UR) in individuals with premanifest and manifest Huntington's disease (HD). Twenty individuals with premanifest HD and 23 individuals with manifest HD, on one hand, and 39 healthy individuals divided into two control groups, on the other, undertook a modified version of the Iowa Gambling Task (IGT), an adaptation of a DM-UA task, and a modified version of the Game of Dice Task (GDT), an adaptation of a DM-UR task. Participants also filled in a questionnaire of impulsivity and responded to cognitive tests specifically designed to assess executive functions...
July 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712923/key-players-in-the-immune-response-to-biomaterial-scaffolds-for-regenerative-medicine
#18
Liam Chung, David R Maestas, Franck Housseau, Jennifer H Elisseeff
The compatibility of biomaterials is critical to their structural and biological function in medical applications. The immune system is the first responder to tissue trauma and to a biomaterial implant. The innate immune effector cells, most notably the macrophage, play a significant role in the defense against foreign bodies and formation of a fibrous capsule around synthetic implants. Alternatively, macrophages participate in the pro-regenerative capacity of tissue-derived biological scaffolds. Research is now elucidating the role of the adaptive immune system, and T cells in particular, in directing macrophage response to synthetic and biological materials...
July 13, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712612/patient-reported-outcome-and-observer-reported-outcome-assessment-in-rare-disease-clinical-trials-an-ispor-coa-emerging-good-practices-task-force-report
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Katy Benjamin, Margaret K Vernon, Donald L Patrick, Eleanor Perfetto, Sandra Nestler-Parr, Laurie Burke
BACKGROUND: Rare diseases (RDs) affect a small number of people within a population. About 5000 to 8000 distinct RDs have been identified, with an estimated 6% to 8% of people worldwide suffering from an RD. Approximately 75% of RDs affect children. Frequently, these conditions are heterogeneous; many are progressive. Regulatory incentives have increased orphan drug designations and approvals. OBJECTIVE: To develop emerging good practices for RD outcomes research addressing the challenges inherent in identifying, selecting, developing, adapting, and implementing patient-reported outcome (PRO) and observer-reported outcome (ObsRO) assessments for use in RD clinical trials...
July 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712382/design-and-fabrication-of-a-three-dimensional-in-vitro-system-for-modeling-vascular-stenosis
#20
Rebecca S Jones, Pin H Chang, Tzlil Perahia, Katrina A Harmon, Lorain Junor, Michael J Yost, Daping Fan, John F Eberth, Richard L Goodwin
Vascular stenosis, the abnormal narrowing of blood vessels, arises from defective developmental processes or atherosclerosis-related adult pathologies. Stenosis triggers a series of adaptive cellular responses that induces adverse remodeling, which can progress to partial or complete vessel occlusion with numerous fatal outcomes. Despite its severity, the cellular interactions and biophysical cues that regulate this pathological progression are poorly understood. Here, we report the design and fabrication of a three-dimensional (3D) in vitro system to model vascular stenosis so that specific cellular interactions and responses to hemodynamic stimuli can be investigated...
July 17, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
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