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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351119/biotechnology-and-consumer-decision-making
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Joanna K Sax
Society is facing major challenges in climate change, health care and overall quality of life. Scientific advances to address these areas continue to grow, with overwhelming evidence that the application of highly tested forms of biotechnology is safe and effective. Despite scientific consensus in these areas, consumers appear reluctant to support their use. Research that helps to understand consumer decision-making and the public’s resistance to biotechnologies such as vaccines, fluoridated water programs and genetically engineered food, will provide great social value...
2017: Seton Hall Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350446/temporal-shifts-in-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-pfass-in-north-atlantic-pilot-whales-indicate-large-contribution-of-atmospheric-precursors
#2
Clifton Dassuncao, Xindi C Hu, Xianming Zhang, Rossana Bossi, Maria Dam, Bjarni Mikkelsen, Elsie M Sunderland
Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are persistent, bioaccumulative anthropogenic compounds associated with adverse health impacts on humans and wildlife. PFAS production changed in North America and Europe around the year 2000, but impacts on wildlife appear to vary across species and location. Unlike other mammal species, cetaceans lack the enzyme for transforming an important intermediate precursor (perfluorooctane sulfonamide: FOSA), into a prevalent compound in most wildlife (perfluorooctanesulfonate: PFOS)...
March 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350430/insurance-coverage-access-to-care-and-medical-debt-since-the-aca-a-look-at-california-florida-new-york-and-texas
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Munira Z Gunja, Sara R Collins, Michelle McEvoy Doty, Sophie Beutel
ISSUE: The Affordable Care Act has significantly increased health insurance coverage and access to care among U.S. adults nationwide. However, the law gives states flexibility in implementing certain provisions, leading to wide variations between states in consumers’ experiences. GOAL: To examine the differences in insurance coverage, access to care, and medical bill problems in the four largest states—California, Florida, New York, and Texas—all of which have made different choices in implementing the law...
March 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346936/differential-establishment-of-bifidobacteria-in-the-breastfed-infant-gut
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Zachery T Lewis, David A Mills
The composition of an infant's gut microbiome can impact their immediate and long-term health. Bifdobacteria play a major role in structuring the gut microbiome of breastfed infants due to their ability to consume oligosaccharides found in human milk. However, recent studies have revealed that bifidobacteria are often absent in the gut microbiome of breastfed infants in some locations. This lack of colonization may be due either to differences in the environmental conditions in the gastrointestinal tract of uncolonized infants which prohibit the growth of bifidobacteria or a dearth of sources from which infants may acquire these specialized bacterial species...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346815/improvement-of-identification-methods-for-honeybee-specific-lactic-acid-bacteria-future-approaches
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Sepideh Lamei, Yue O O Hu, Tobias C Olofsson, Anders F Andersson, Eva Forsgren, Alejandra Vásquez
Honeybees face many parasites and pathogens and consequently rely on a diverse set of individual and group-level defenses to prevent disease. The crop microbiota of Apis mellifera, composed of 13 Lactic Acid Bacterial (LAB) species within the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, form a beneficial symbiotic relationship with each other and the honeybee to protect their niche and their host. Possibly playing a vital role in honeybee health, it is important that these honeybee specific Lactic Acid Bacterial (hbs-LAB) symbionts can be correctly identified, isolated and cultured, to further investigate their health promoting properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346131/lack-of-diversity-in-personal-health-record-evaluations-with-older-adult-participants-a-systematic-review-of-literature
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Laura Kneale, George Demiris
BACKGROUND: Older adults are not adopting personal health records (PHRs) at the same rates as other adult populations. Disparities in adoption rates are also reported in older adult subgroups. The variability in adoption may be because PHRs are not designed to meet older adult users. OBJECTIVE: We analyzed PHR evaluation studies to examine the characteristics and perspectives of older adult study participants to identify their self-reported needs. METHOD: We searched Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Embase for PHR evaluation studies that involved older adult participants...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345827/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-edible-mushrooms-from-niger-delta-nigeria-carcinogenic-and-non-carcinogenic-health-risk-assessment
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Sorbari Igbiri, Nnaemeka Arinze Udowelle, Osazuwa Clinton Ekhator, Rose Ngozi Asomugha, Zelinjo Nkeiruka Igweze, Orish Ebere Orisakwe
In the oil-rich Niger Delta, hydrocarbon pollution and oil spillages, gas flaring and sundry anthropogenic activities constitute sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), with food contamination playing a major role in human exposure. In this study we assessed PAH levels in wild and cultivated edible mushroom species consumed by the general population from the oil producing Niger Delta, Nigeria. The concentrations of USEPA-16 PAHs were determined by gas chromatography and carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic health risks were calculated...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345281/correlates-of-alcohol-consumption-on-heavy-drinking-occasions-of-young-risky-drinkers-event-versus-personal-characteristics
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P Dietze, P A Agius, M Livingston, S Callinan, R Jenkinson, M S C Lim, C J C Wright, R Room
AIMS: Risky single occasion drinking (RSOD) by young people is a serious public health issue, yet little is known about the specific circumstances of risky drinking occasions. This study examined the independent effects of event- and individual-specific variables on RSOD. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study measuring self-reported RSOD and event- and individual-specific variables across two drinking occasions approximately one year apart. SETTING: Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia...
March 26, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345167/a-dynamic-estimation-of-obesity-using-nhanes-data-a-pseudo-panel-approach
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Michelle Saksena, Norman Maldonado
In this analysis, we examine the effect of wages on obesity by constructing pseudo-panels to conduct a dynamic estimation of Grossman's human capital model. The results indicate that wages have an increasing effect on obesity status. After accounting for past health status, the protective effect of wages commonly disseminated in the literature reverses on obesity status. The results may also indicate possible asymmetric consumption behavior between foods/nutrients that improve diet quality versus those that degrade it...
March 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345013/a-pilot-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-to-assess-tolerance-and-efficacy-of-navy-bean-and-rice-bran-supplementation-for-lowering-cholesterol-in-children
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Erica C Borresen, NaNet Jenkins-Puccetti, Katie Schmitz, Dustin G Brown, Austin Pollack, Amanda Fairbanks, Melissa Wdowik, Sangeeta Rao, Tracy L Nelson, Gary Luckasen, Elizabeth P Ryan
Background: Navy beans and rice bran demonstrate efficacy to regulate serum cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic adults; however, the cardiovascular disease (CVD) protective properties of these foods in children are unknown and merit investigation. Objective: The objectives were to determine whether cooked navy bean powder (NBP) and/or heat-stabilized rice bran (RB) supplementation is tolerable, improves dietary fiber intake in children, and modulates lipid profiles. Methods: Children aged 8 to 13 years at risk for CVD due to abnormal lipids were recruited...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344636/development-of-an-efficient-glucosinolate-extraction-method
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T Doheny-Adams, K Redeker, V Kittipol, I Bancroft, S E Hartley
BACKGROUND: Glucosinolates, anionic sulfur rich secondary metabolites, have been extensively studied because of their occurrence in the agriculturally important brassicaceae and their impact on human and animal health. There is also increasing interest in the biofumigant properties of toxic glucosinolate hydrolysis products as a method to control agricultural pests. Evaluating biofumigation potential requires rapid and accurate quantification of glucosinolates, but current commonly used methods of extraction prior to analysis involve a number of time consuming and hazardous steps; this study aimed to develop an improved method for glucosinolate extraction...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344413/evaluation-of-some-heavy-metals-residues-in-batteries-and-deep-litter-rearing-systems-in-japanese-quail-meat-and-offal-in-egypt
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Ali M Ahmed, Dalia M Hamed, Nagwa T Elsharawy
AIM: The main objectives of this study were for comparing the effect of batteries and deep litter rearing systems of domesticated Japanese quail, Coturnix coturnix japonica, on the concentration levels of cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc from the quail meat and offal in Ismailia, Egypt. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 40 quail meat and their offal samples were randomly collected from two main quail rearing systems: Battery (Group I) and deep litter system (Group II) for determination of concentration levels of cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343435/royal-australian-and-new-zealand-college-of-psychiatrists-expert-consensus-statement-for-the-treatment-management-and-monitoring-of-the-physical-health-of-people-with-an-enduring-psychotic-illness
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Timothy Jr Lambert, Nicola J Reavley, Anthony F Jorm, Mark A Oakley Browne
OBJECTIVE: To use expert consensus to inform the development of policy and guidelines for the treatment, management and monitoring of the physical health of people with an enduring psychotic illness. METHOD: The Delphi method was used. A systematic search of websites, books and journal articles was conducted to develop a 416-item survey containing strategies that health professionals should use to treat, manage and monitor the physical health of people with an enduring psychotic illness...
April 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343258/variation-of-antibiotic-consumption-and-its-correlated-factors-in-turkey
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Ayfer Sahin, Ahmet Akici, Volkan Aydin, Bahar Melik, Mesil Aksoy, Ali Alkan
BACKGROUND: Presentation of antibiotic utilization data by reliable and comparable analyses constitutes an important way of ensuring rational use of antibiotics. This study aimed to evaluate antibiotic consumption (AC) of Turkey by each city/region and to investigate any association of such consumption with socio-economic factors. METHOD: For 81 provinces and 12 regions in Turkey, AC data from IMS (Intercontinental Medical Statistics) in 2011 was analyzed in accordance with "ATC/DDD, DID" (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical/Defined Daily Doses, DID = DDD/1000 inhabitants/day) methodology supported by World Health Organization...
March 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343202/european-experience-of-regulating-distance-selling-of-medicines-for-ukraine
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Vitalii Pashkov, Yevhen Hrekov, Maryna Hrekova
INTRODUCTION: Some countries have already tried and tested mechanisms of regulating distance sales as form of distribution of medicines that have been used more or less effectively for a fairly long time. Herewith, so far, the approach of the competent authorities of some countries including Ukraine can be called prevailing in quantitative terms under which the official prohibition on distance sales of medicines is set. AIM: The aim of this study is a detailed examination of the nature of the prohibition of the medicines distance selling in Ukraine, namely the an analysis of advantages and disadvantages of this form of distribution of medicines and identification of appropriate ways for gradual repeal of the prohibition in terms of regulatory reform in Ukraine in the sphere of circulation of medicines due to the process of adaptation of statutory regulation in this area to the EU legislation...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342960/geophagy-during-pregnancy-is-there-a-health-risk-for-infants
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Claudia Gundacker, Ruth Kutalek, Rosina Glaunach, Coloman Deweis, Markus Hengstschläger, Armin Prinz
Prenatal lead exposure is a public health concern. Geophagy, the practice of soil eating, is documented for pregnant women of sub-Saharan Africa to treat pregnancy-related malaise. The soils however can contain substantial amounts of lead. In an exploratory study on 48 mother-child pairs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we found striking site-specific differences in prenatal lead exposure, i.e., higher lead levels at Kisangani than at Isiro. Kisangani women consumed 1/ more often soil during the first trimester of pregnancy as well as 2/ a different type of soil compared to Isiro women (P<0...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342799/lost-in-processing-perceived-healthfulness-taste-and-caloric-content-of-whole-and-processed-organic-food
#17
Marília Prada, Margarida V Garrido, David Rodrigues
The "organic" claim explicitly informs consumers about the food production method. Yet, based on this claim, people often infer unrelated food attributes. The current research examined whether the perceived advantage of organic over conventional food generalizes across different organic food types. Compared to whole organic foods, processed organic foods are less available, familiar and prototypical of the organic food category. In two studies (combined N = 258) we investigated how both organic foods types were perceived in healthfulness, taste and caloric content when compared to their conventional alternatives...
March 23, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342119/returns-to-operating-room-after-colon-and-rectal-surgery-in-a-tertiary-care-academic-medical-center-a-valid-measure-of-surgical-quality
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Amy L Lightner, Amy E Glasgow, Elizabeth B Habermann, Robert R Cima
INTRODUCTION: Returns to the operating room (ROR) have been suggested as a marker of surgical quality. Increasingly, quality and value metrics are utilized for reimbursement as well as public reporting to inform health care consumers. We sought to understand the etiology of ROR and assess the validity of simple ROR as a quality metric. METHODS: This was a single referral center retrospective review of all colon and rectal operations between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342052/arsenic-concentrations-in-local-aromatic-and-high-yielding-hybrid-rice-cultivars-and-the-potential-health-risk-a-study-in-an-arsenic-hotspot
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Arifin Sandhi, Maria Greger, Tommy Landberg, Gunnar Jacks, Prosun Bhattacharya
The presence of high levels of arsenic (As) in rice fields has negative effects on the health of those consuming rice as their subsistence food. This study determined the variation in total As concentration in local aromatic rice (LAR) (kalijira) and two high-yielding varieties (HYVs) (BRRI dhan 32 and BRRI dhan 28) grown in paddy fields in Matlab, Bangladesh, an As hotspot with elevated As levels in groundwater. Mature rice grain samples and soil samples were collected from different paddy fields, and the As concentrations in both the de-husked grains and the husks of the three rice cultivars were analysed to identify the safest of the three cultivars for human consumption...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341683/total-volume-and-composition-of-fluid-intake-and-mortality-in-older-women-a-cohort-study
#20
Wai H Lim, Germaine Wong, Joshua R Lewis, Charmaine E Lok, Kevan R Polkinghorne, Jonathan Hodgson, Ee M Lim, Richard L Prince
OBJECTIVES: The health benefits of 'drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day" in healthy individuals are largely unproven. We aimed to examine the relationship between total fluid and the sources of fluid consumption, risk of rapid renal decline, cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and all-cause mortality in elderly women. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We conducted a longitudinal analysis of a population-based cohort study of 1055 women aged ≥70 years residing in Australia...
March 24, 2017: BMJ Open
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