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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215010/key-actions-towards-the-sustainable-management-of-european-geese
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David A Stroud, Jesper Madsen, Anthony D Fox
Increasing abundance of geese in North America and Europe constitutes a major conservation success, but has caused increasing conflicts with economic, health and safety interests, as well as ecosystem impacts. Potential conflict resolution through a single, 'one size fits all' policy is hindered by differences in species' ecology, behaviour, abundance and population status, and in contrasting political and socio-economic environments across the flyways. Effective goose management requires coordinated application of a suite of tools from the local level to strategic flyway management actions...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209151/exploring-relationships-between-hospital-patient-safety-culture-and-consumer-reports-safety-scores
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Scott Alan Smith, Naomi Yount, Joann Sorra
BACKGROUND: A number of private and public companies calculate and publish proprietary hospital patient safety scores based on publicly available quality measures initially reported by the U.S. federal government. This study examines whether patient safety culture perceptions of U.S. hospital staff in a large national survey are related to publicly reported patient safety ratings of hospitals. METHODS: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (Hospital SOPS) assesses provider and staff perceptions of hospital patient safety culture...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202815/covariation-in-levels-of-nucleotide-diversity-in-homologous-regions-of-the-avian-genome-long-after-completion-of-lineage-sorting
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Ludovic Dutoit, Nagarjun Vijay, Carina F Mugal, Christen M Bossu, Reto Burri, Jochen Wolf, Hans Ellegren
Closely related species may show similar levels of genetic diversity in homologous regions of the genome owing to shared ancestral variation still segregating in the extant species. However, after completion of lineage sorting, such covariation is not necessarily expected. On the other hand, if the processes that govern genetic diversity are conserved, diversity may potentially covary even among distantly related species. We mapped regions of conserved synteny between the genomes of two divergent bird species-collared flycatcher and hooded crow-and identified more than 600 Mb of homologous regions (66% of the genome)...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202145/who-kills-whom-the-micro-dynamics-of-civilian-targeting-in-civil-war
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Madhav Joshi, Jason Michael Quinn
Prior research on civilian targeting in civil war has focused on characteristics of either the government or rebel group that make them more or less likely to target civilians. However, no government or rebel group targets a population, but rather individuals within it. To date, no study has explored the issue of why particular civilians would be chosen by one actor versus the other. This study examines the divergent civilian-targeting strategies of governments and rebel groups. We argue that unique identification problems facing each political actor in civil war leads the parties to resort to social stereotypes based on data derived from known enemy subjects killed in combat...
March 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196579/realisation-of-a-joint-consumer-engagement-strategy-in-the-nepean-blue-mountains-region
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Ilse Blignault, Diana Aspinall, Lizz Reay, Kay Hyman
Ensuring consumer engagement at different levels of the health system - direct care, organisational design and governance and policy - has become a strategic priority. This case study explored, through interviews with six purposively selected 'insiders' and document review, how one Medicare Local (now a Primary Health Network, PHN) and Local Health District worked together with consumers, to establish a common consumer engagement structure and mechanisms to support locally responsive, integrated and consumer-centred services...
February 15, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195644/impact-of-the-elimination-of-cost-sharing-for-mammographic-breast-cancer-screening-among-rural-us-women-a-natural-experiment
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Jeffrey Peppercorn, Nora Horick, Kevin Houck, Julia Rabin, Victor Villagra, Gary H Lyman, Stephanie B Wheeler
BACKGROUND: Rural US women experience disparities in breast cancer screening and outcomes. In 2006, a national rural health insurance provider, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), eliminated out-of-pocket costs for screening mammography. METHODS: This study evaluated the elimination of cost sharing as a natural experiment: it compared trends in screening before and after the policy change. NRECA insurance claims data were used to identify all women aged 40 to 64 years who were eligible for breast cancer screening, and mammography utilization from 1998 through 2011 was evaluated...
February 14, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192049/establishing-a-hospital-response-network-among-children-s-hospitals
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Michael T Bartenfeld, Stephanie E Griese, Steven E Krug, Joanne Andreadis, Georgina Peacock
A timely and effective response to public health threats requires a broad-reaching infrastructure. Children's hospitals are focused on evaluating and managing some of the most vulnerable patients and thus have unique preparedness and response planning needs. A virtual forum was established specifically for children's hospitals during the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak, and it demonstrated the importance and utility of connecting these specialty hospitals to discuss their shared concerns. Developing a successful children's hospital response network could build the national infrastructure for addressing children's needs in preparedness and response and for enhancing preparedness and response to high-consequence pathogens...
January 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188633/nurse-plants-transfer-more-nitrogen-to-distantly-related-species
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Alicia Montesinos-Navarro, Miguel Verdú, José Ignacio Querejeta, Alfonso Valiente-Banuet
Plant facilitative interactions enhance co-occurrence between distant relatives, partly due to limited overlap in resource requirements. We propose a different mechanism for the coexistence of distant relatives based on positive interactions of nutrient sharing. Nutrients move between plants following source-sink gradients driven by plant traits that allow these gradients to establish. Specifically, nitrogen (N) concentration gradients can arise from variation in leaf N content across plants species. As many ecologically relevant traits, we hypothesize that leaf N content is phylogenetically conserved and can result in N gradients promoting N transfer among distant relatives...
February 11, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185593/decentralization-and-health-system-performance-a-focused-review-of-dimensions-difficulties-and-derivatives-in-india
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Bhuputra Panda, Harshad P Thakur
INTRODUCTION: One of the principal goals of any health care system is to improve health through the provision of clinical and public health services. Decentralization as a reform measure aims to improve inputs, management processes and health outcomes, and has political, administrative and financial connotations. It is argued that the robustness of a health system in achieving desirable outcomes is contingent upon the width and depth of 'decision space' at the local level. Studies have used different approaches to examine one or more facets of decentralization and its effect on health system functioning; however, lack of consensus on an acceptable framework is a critical gap in determining its quantum and quality...
October 31, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183887/a-new-platform-for-government-vets
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Nigel Gibbens
Nigel Gibbens, the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, announces the launch of a new website and blog that will help government vets share their experiences with the wider veterinary community.
February 11, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180925/innovative-approaches-to-collaborative-groundwater-governance-in-the-united-states-case-studies-from-three-high-growth-regions-in-the-sun-belt
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Sharon B Megdal, Andrea K Gerlak, Ling-Yee Huang, Nathaniel Delano, Robert G Varady, Jacob D Petersen-Perlman
Groundwater is an increasingly important source of freshwater, especially where surface water resources are fully or over-allocated or becoming less reliable due to climate change. Groundwater reliance has created new challenges for sustainable management. This article examines how regional groundwater users coordinate and collaborate to manage shared groundwater resources, including attention to what drives collaboration. To identify and illustrate these facets, this article examines three geographically diverse cases of groundwater governance and management from the United States Sun Belt: Orange County Water District in southern California; Prescott Active Management Area in north-central Arizona; and the Central Florida Water Initiative in central Florida...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178727/applying-ethical-and-legal-principles-to-new-technology-the-university-of-auckland-faculty-of-medical-and-health-sciences-policy-taking-and-sharing-images-of-patients
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Monique Jonas, Phillipa Malpas, Kate Kersey, Alan Merry, Warwick Bagg
AIMS: To develop a policy governing the taking and sharing of photographic and radiological images by medical students. METHODS: The Rules of the Health Information Privacy Code 1994 and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights were applied to the taking, storing and sharing of photographic and radiological images by medical students. Stakeholders, including clinicians, medical students, lawyers at district health boards in the Auckland region, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Health and Disability Commissioner were consulted and their recommendations incorporated...
January 27, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177857/end-of-life-care-in-nunavik-quebec-inuit-experiences-current-realities-and-ways-forward
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Shawn Renee Hordyk, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Paul Brassard
BACKGROUND: Increasing longevity for Inuit living in Nunavik, northern Quebec, has resulted in heightened rates of cancers and chronic diseases necessitating complex treatments. Consequently, end-of-life (EOL) care, once the domain of Inuit families and communities, has come to include professionalized healthcare providers with varying degrees of awareness of factors to consider in providing care to Inuit populations. OBJECTIVE: To better understand the factors shaping EOL care in Nunavik to support the development of a sustainable model of care...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168941/the-biometric-imaginary-dis-trust-in-a-policy-vacuum
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Kristrún Gunnarsdóttir, Kjetil Rommetveit
The decision in Europe to implement biometric passports, visas and residence permits was made at the highest levels without much consultation, checks and balances. Council regulation came into force relatively unnoticed in January 2005, as part of wider securitization policies urging systems interoperability and data sharing across borders. This article examines the biometric imaginary that characterizes this European Union decision, dictated by executive powers in the policy vacuum after 9/11 - a depiction of mobility governance, technological necessity and whom/what to trust or distrust, calling upon phantom publics to justify decisions rather than test their grounding...
February 2017: Public Understanding of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160814/a-post-conference-evaluation-of-the-2015-national-occupational-injury-research-symposium
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Christine R Schuler, Dawn N Castillo, Cammie Chaumont Menéndez, Sergey Sinelnikov, Sydney Webb, Emily Chavez
INTRODUCTION: The National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS) is the only national forum focused on occupational injury research findings, data and methods, and prevention strategies; it has been convened every 3-5years since 1997. Held in May 2015, the 6th symposium's theme was "Advancing Occupational Injury Research through Integration and Partnership." Organizers requested that attendees complete a post-meeting evaluation to assess meeting impact, and gather information useful in planning subsequent meetings and activities...
February 2017: Journal of Safety Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154790/sharing-local-public-health-services-across-jurisdictions-comparing-practice-in-2012-and-2014
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Kusuma Madamala, Susan Zahner, Roger Brown
OBJECTIVE: Describe cross-jurisdiction service sharing (CJS) by local and tribal health departments (LHD) in Wisconsin in 2014 compared to 2012. DESIGN: An online survey of 91 LHD directors in Wisconsin was conducted. Results were compared to the results of a 2012 survey. Characteristics of CJS arrangements and differences in results by population size, geographic region, and governance type were described. Standardized proportion differences (h) were estimated using the arcsin transformation...
April 2016: Frontiers in Public Health Services & Systems Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153041/understanding-the-role-of-intersectoral-convergence-in-the-delivery-of-essential-maternal-and-child-nutrition-interventions-in-odisha-india-a-qualitative-study
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Sunny S Kim, Rasmi Avula, Rajani Ved, Neha Kohli, Kavita Singh, Mara van den Bold, Suneetha Kadiyala, Purnima Menon
BACKGROUND: Convergence of sectoral programs is important for scaling up essential maternal and child health and nutrition interventions. In India, these interventions are implemented by two government programs - Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). These programs are designed to work together, but there is limited understanding of the nature and extent of coordination in place and needed at the various administrative levels. Our study examined how intersectoral convergence in nutrition programming is operationalized between ICDS and NRHM from the state to village levels in Odisha, and the factors influencing convergence in policy implementation and service delivery...
February 2, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153006/regulation-of-genomic-and-biobanking-research-in-africa-a-content-analysis-of-ethics-guidelines-policies-and-procedures-from-22-african-countries
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Jantina de Vries, Syntia Nchangwi Munung, Alice Matimba, Sheryl McCurdy, Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Ciara Staunton, Aminu Yakubu, Paulina Tindana
BACKGROUND: The introduction of genomics and biobanking methodologies to the African research context has also introduced novel ways of doing science, based on values of sharing and reuse of data and samples. This shift raises ethical challenges that need to be considered when research is reviewed by ethics committees, relating for instance to broad consent, the feedback of individual genetic findings, and regulation of secondary sample access and use. Yet existing ethics guidelines and regulations in Africa do not successfully regulate research based on sharing, causing confusion about what is allowed, where and when...
February 2, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140782/time-manages-interference-in-visual-short-term-memory
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Amy V Smith, Denis McKeown, David Bunce
Emerging evidence suggests that age-related declines in memory may reflect a failure in pattern separation, a process that is believed to reduce the encoding overlap between similar stimulus representations during memory encoding. Indeed, behavioural pattern separation may be indexed by a visual continuous recognition task in which items are presented in sequence and observers report for each whether it is novel, previously viewed (old), or whether it shares features with a previously viewed item (similar)...
January 31, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139966/japan-tobacco-international-to-be-the-most-successful-and-respected-tobacco-company-in-the-world
#20
Ross MacKenzie, Jappe Eckhardt, Ade Widyati Prastyani
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is the international division of Japan Tobacco Incorporated, and the world's third largest transnational tobacco company. Founded in 1999, JTI's rapid growth has been the result of a global business strategy that potentially serves as a model for other Asian tobacco companies. This paper analyses Japan Tobacco Incorporated's global expansion since the 1980s in response to market opening, foreign competition, and declining share of a contracting domestic market. Key features of its global strategy include the on-going central role and investment by the Japanese government, and an expansion agenda based on mergers and acquisitions...
March 2017: Global Public Health
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