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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334635/the-effect-of-altitude-and-climate-on-the-suicide-rates-in-turkey
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Mahmut Asirdizer, Erhan Kartal, Yasin Etli, Ertugrul Tatlisumak, Orhan Gumus, Yavuz Hekimoglu, Sıddık Keskin
Suicide is one of the most important public health problems. There was an association between suicide and several factors such as psychiatric diseases and psychological characteristics, somatic illness, cultural, socioeconomic, familial, occupational and individual risk factors. Also, high altitude and climatic factors including high temperature, cloudiness, more sunshine and low rainfalls were defined as some of these risk factors in the literature. In this study, we aimed to investigate correlation between suicide rates and altitudes of all cities in Turkey and between suicide rates and climatic factors including Rainfall Activity Index, Winter Mean Temperatures, Summer Mean Temperatures and Temperature Difference between January and July previously defined by several authors in the broad series in Turkey...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330609/determination-of-appropriate-service-delivery-level-for-quantitative-attributes-of-household-toilets-in-rural-settlements-of-india-from-users-perspective
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Mohammad Rashid, Debapratim Pandit
Improvement of quality of sanitation services in rural settlements is an important development goal in developing countries including India and accordingly several strategies are adopted which promote the demand and use of household toilets through creating awareness and providing subsidies to poor people for construction of household toilets with service-level standards specified from experts' perspective. In many cases, users are unsatisfied with the quality of toilets constructed using subsidies and the same remain unused...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329951/medical-and-health-risks-associated-with-communicable-diseases-of-rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh-2017
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Emily Y Y Chan, Cheuk Pong Chiu, Gloria K W Chan
Complex emergencies remain as major threats to human well-being in the 21st century. More than 0.3 million Rohingya people in Myanmar, one of the most forgotten minority globally, had fled to the neighborhood communities, during the past decades. In recent crisis, the sudden influx within 3 months almost tripled the accumulated displaced population in Bangladesh. Using the Rohingya people in Bangladesh as a case context, this perspective paper synthesized evidence in published literature regarding what might be the key health risks associated with the five main health and survival supporting domains namely, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, shelter and non-food item, access to health service and information for the displaced living in camp settlements in Asia...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329336/effective-dispersal-and-density-dependence-in-mesophotic-macroalgal-forests-insights-from-the-mediterranean-species-cystoseira-zosteroides
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Pol Capdevila, Cristina Linares, Eneko Aspillaga, Joan Lluís Riera, Bernat Hereu
Dispersal and recruitment are fundamental processes for population recovery following disturbances in sessile species. While both processes are well understood for many terrestrial species, they still remain poorly resolved for some macroalgal species. Here we experimentally investigated the effective dispersal and recruit survival of a mesophotic Mediterranean fucoid, Cystoseira zosteroides. In three isolated populations, four sets of settlement collectors were placed at increasing distances (from 0 to 10 m) and different orientations (North, South, East and West)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325692/ontogenetic-and-temperature-dependent-changes-in-tolerance-to-hypoxia-and-hydrogen-sulfide-during-the-early-life-stages-of-the-manila-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum
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Keita Kodama, Mitsuyasu Waku, Ryota Sone, Dai Miyawaki, Toshiro Ishida, Tetsuji Akatsuka, Toshihiro Horiguchi
Wind-induced upwelling of hypoxic waters containing hydrogen sulfide (H2S) sometimes causes mass mortalities of aquatic organisms inhabiting coastal areas, including the hypoxia-tolerant Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum. We examined the tolerance of Manila clam to H2S under controlled laboratory conditions. Larvae and juveniles obtained by artificial fertilization or from a wild population were exposed to normoxic or to hypoxic water with or without un-ionized H2S (concentrations, 0.2-52.2 mg/L). Twenty-four-hour exposure experiments revealed ontogenetic changes in the clam's tolerance to H2S exposure: tolerance was enhanced from the larval stages to juveniles just after settlement but was attenuated as juveniles grew...
January 2, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325544/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-wheezing-illnesses-of-children-aged-three-to-five-years-living-in-under-served-settlements-of-the-colombo-municipal-council-in-sri-lanka-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ruwanika Seneviratne, Nalika S Gunawardena
BACKGROUND: A rising trend in Sri Lanka for asthma and wheezing illness is observed with higher morbidity in younger children and a paucity of related research. 'Under-served settlements' (USS) of Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) have poor living environments conducive to childhood wheezing. The objective was to describe the prevalence and associated factors of wheezing illnesses of three to five year old children living in low-income settlements in CMC. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 460 three to five year old children and their caregivers using cluster sampling among residents of two randomly selected USSs of CMC...
January 11, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324758/settlement-and-post-settlement-survival-rates-of-the-white-seabream-diplodus-sargus-in-the-western-mediterranean-sea
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Amalia Cuadros, Gotzon Basterretxea, Luis Cardona, Adrien Cheminée, Manuel Hidalgo, Joan Moranta
Survival during the settlement window is a limiting variable for recruitment. The survival is believed to be strongly determined by biological interactions and sea conditions, however it has been poorly investigated. We examined the settlement patterns related to relevant biotic and abiotic factors (i.e. Density-dependence, wind stress, wave height and coastal current velocity) potentially determining post-settler survival rates of a coastal necto-benthic fish of wide distribution in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic, the white seabream (Diplodus sargus)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322323/arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-and-associated-microbial-communities-from-dry-grassland-do-not-improve-plant-growth-on-abandoned-field-soil
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Hana Pánková, Clémentine Lepinay, Jana Rydlová, Alena Voříšková, Martina Janoušková, Tomáš Dostálek, Zuzana Münzbergová
After abandonment of agricultural fields, some grassland plant species colonize these sites with a frequency equivalent to dry grasslands (generalists) while others are missing or underrepresented in abandoned fields (specialists). We aimed to understand the inability of specialists to spread on abandoned fields by exploring whether performance of generalists and specialists depended on soil abiotic and/or biotic legacy. We performed a greenhouse experiment with 12 species, six specialists and six generalists...
January 10, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321887/habitat-formation-prevails-over-predation-in-influencing-fouling-communities
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Jean-Charles Leclerc, Frédérique Viard
Coastal human-made structures, such as marinas and harbors, are expanding worldwide. Species assemblages described from these artificial habitats are novel relative to natural reefs, particularly in terms of the abundance of nonindigenous species (NIS). Although these fouling assemblages are clearly distinctive, the ecosystem functioning and species interactions taking place there are little understood. For instance, large predators may influence the fouling community development either directly (feeding on sessile fauna) or indirectly (feeding on small predators associated with these assemblages)...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320542/ancient-mitogenomes-of-phoenicians-from-sardinia-and-lebanon-a-story-of-settlement-integration-and-female-mobility
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E Matisoo-Smith, A L Gosling, D Platt, O Kardailsky, S Prost, S Cameron-Christie, C J Collins, J Boocock, Y Kurumilian, M Guirguis, R Pla Orquín, W Khalil, H Genz, G Abou Diwan, J Nassar, P Zalloua
The Phoenicians emerged in the Northern Levant around 1800 BCE and by the 9th century BCE had spread their culture across the Mediterranean Basin, establishing trading posts, and settlements in various European Mediterranean and North African locations. Despite their widespread influence, what is known of the Phoenicians comes from what was written about them by the Greeks and Egyptians. In this study, we investigate the extent of Phoenician integration with the Sardinian communities they settled. We present 14 new ancient mitogenome sequences from pre-Phoenician (~1800 BCE) and Phoenician (~700-400 BCE) samples from Lebanon (n = 4) and Sardinia (n = 10) and compare these with 87 new complete mitogenomes from modern Lebanese and 21 recently published pre-Phoenician ancient mitogenomes from Sardinia to investigate the population dynamics of the Phoenician (Punic) site of Monte Sirai, in southern Sardinia...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317900/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-related-to-tetanus-toxoid-vaccination-in-women-of-childbearing-age-a-cross-sectional-study-in-peri-urban-settlements-of-karachi-pakistan
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Yasir Shafiq, Asif Raza Khowaja, Mohammad Tahir Yousafzai, Syed Asad Ali, Anita Zaidi, Ali Faisal Saleem
Backgound: A higher incidence of neonatal tetanus implies failure of the vaccination program in Pakistan. Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess knowledge, attitudes and practices related to tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccine in women of childbearing age. Methods: We performed a cross-sectional survey in peri-urban Karachi, Pakistan, among women of childbearing age, stratified into three mutually exclusive groups as: married pregnant; married non-pregnant; and unmarried...
September 2017: Journal of Infection Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317321/differential-distribution-and-association-of-fto-rs9939609-gene-polymorphism-with-obesity-a-cross-sectional-study-among-two-tribal-populations-of-india-with-east-asian-ancestry
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Somorjit Singh Ningombam, Varhlun Chhungi, Masan Kambo Newmei, Sunanda Rajkumari, Naorem Kiranmala Devi, Prakash Ranjan Mondal, Kallur Nava Saraswathy
The fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) rs9939609 gene polymorphism is most widely studied in terms of obesity in various populations. Recently, the prevalence of obesity has been reported to be very high among the North-Eastern State of India. The major aim of the present study is to understand the extent of FTO rs9939609 gene polymorphism and its association with obesity among the two North-East Indian tribal populations with similar East Asian ancestry. Somatometric data and fasting blood sample were collected from 521 tribal individuals (258 Liangmai and 263 Mizo) of Manipur after obtaining written informed consent...
January 6, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315305/serological-and-molecular-inquiry-of-chagas-disease-in-an-afro-descendant-settlement-in-mato-grosso-do-sul-state-brazil
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Mariana Furquim da Silva Martins, Mariane Barroso Pereira, Juliana de Jesus Guimarães Ferreira, Adriana de Oliveira França, Marlon Cézar Cominetti, Eduardo de Castro Ferreira, Maria Elizabeth Moraes Cavalheiros Dorval, Cláudio Lúcio Rossi, Sílvia de Barros Mazon, Eros Antonio de Almeida, Sandra Cecília Botelho Costa, Gláucia Elisete Barbosa Marcon
Furnas do Dionísio is a Brazilian Afro-descendant settlement in the city of Jaraguari, 21.4 miles from Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Approximately 96 families live in this quilombola (Maroon) settlement, also known in Brazil as a remnant community of descendants of African slaves. Recent studies found 20% of households were infested by triatomines, 18% of insects captured in the community were infected by Trypanosoma cruzi, and 22.7% of dogs presented T. cruzi antibodies. The low prevalence of Chagas disease observed in humans in Mato Grosso do Sul State is attributed to its arrival via colonist migration and subsequent transplacental transmission...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315250/blockchain-based-decentralized-management-of-demand-response-programs-in-smart-energy-grids
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Claudia Pop, Tudor Cioara, Marcel Antal, Ionut Anghel, Ioan Salomie, Massimo Bertoncini
In this paper, we investigate the use of decentralized blockchain mechanisms for delivering transparent, secure, reliable, and timely energy flexibility, under the form of adaptation of energy demand profiles of Distributed Energy Prosumers, to all the stakeholders involved in the flexibility markets (Distribution System Operators primarily, retailers, aggregators, etc.). In our approach, a blockchain based distributed ledger stores in a tamper proof manner the energy prosumption information collected from Internet of Things smart metering devices, while self-enforcing smart contracts programmatically define the expected energy flexibility at the level of each prosumer, the associated rewards or penalties, and the rules for balancing the energy demand with the energy production at grid level...
January 9, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313309/air-pollution-and-allergic-airway-diseases-social-determinantsand-sustainability-in-the-control-and-prevention
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REVIEW
H Paramesh
Air pollution, global warming and climate change are the major contributing factors in causing the increase prevalence of allergic airway diseases like asthma and allergic rhinitis and they will be the defining issues for health system in the twenty-first century. Asthma is an early onset non-communicable environmental disease with global epidemic and contributes a greatest psycho socio economic burden. Nearly 8 million global deaths are from air pollution. Over one billion population are the sufferers during 2015 and will increase to 4 billion by 2050...
January 9, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312660/high-prevalence-of-esbl-producing-e-coli-in-private-and-shared-latrines-in-an-informal-urban-settlement-in-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
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Stefan Erb, Lauren D'Mello-Guyett, Hamisi M Malebo, Robert M Njee, Fatuma Matwewe, Jeroen Ensink, Vladimira Hinic, Andreas Widmer, Reno Frei
Background: Data about the burden of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing microorganisms in Africa are limited. Our study aimed to estimate the prevalence of human faecal ESBL carriage in the community of an informal urban settlement in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania, East Africa) by using environmental contamination of household latrines with ESBL as a surrogate marker. Methods: Within the context of a large survey in February 2014 assessing 636 randomly selected household latrines for faecal contamination by the detection of growth of E...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302163/inconvenient-human-rights-water-and-sanitation-in-sweden-s-informal-roma-settlements
#17
Martha F Davis, Natasha Ryan
Following an increase in Roma migration under the European "freedom of movement" laws, Swedish municipalities initiated more than 80 evictions of informal Roma settlements on the grounds of poor sanitation between 2013 and 2016. These evictions echo policies from earlier in the 20th century, when Roma living in Sweden were often marginalized through the denial of access to water and sanitation facilities. The recent Swedish evictions also follow similar government actions across Europe, where Roma settlements are controlled through the denial of access to water and sanitation...
December 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302127/census-independent-population-mapping-in-northern-nigeria
#18
Eric M Weber, Vincent Y Seaman, Robert N Stewart, Tomas J Bird, Andrew J Tatem, Jacob J McKee, Budhendra L Bhaduri, Jessica J Moehl, Andrew E Reith
Although remote sensing has long been used to aid in the estimation of population, it has usually been in the context of spatial disaggregation of national census data, with the census counts serving both as observational data for specifying models and as constraints on model outputs. Here we present a framework for estimating populations from the bottom up, entirely independently of national census data, a critical need in areas without recent and reliable census data. To make observations of population density, we replace national census data with a microcensus, in which we enumerate population for a sample of small areas within the states of Kano and Kaduna in northern Nigeria...
January 2018: Remote Sensing of Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301490/molecular-characterization-of-larval-development-from-fertilization-to-metamorphosis-in-a-reef-building-coral
#19
Marie E Strader, Galina V Aglyamova, Mikhail V Matz
BACKGROUND: Molecular mechanisms underlying coral larval competence, the ability of larvae to respond to settlement cues, determine their dispersal potential and are potential targets of natural selection. Here, we profiled competence, fluorescence and genome-wide gene expression in embryos and larvae of the reef-building coral Acropora millepora daily throughout 12 days post-fertilization. RESULTS: Gene expression associated with competence was positively correlated with transcriptomic response to the natural settlement cue, confirming that mature coral larvae are "primed" for settlement...
January 4, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301001/the-gateway-from-near-into-remote-oceania-new-insights-from-genome-wide-data
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Irina Pugach, Ana T Duggan, D Andrew Merriwether, Françoise R Friedlaender, Jonathan S Friedlaender, Mark Stoneking
A widely accepted two-wave scenario of human settlement of Oceania involves the first out-of-Africa migration ca 50,000 ya, and one of the most geographically-widespread dispersals of people, known as the Austronesian expansion, which reached the Bismarck Archipelago by about 3,450 ya. While earlier genetic studies provided evidence for extensive sex-biased admixture between the incoming and the indigenous populations, some archaeological, linguistic and genetic evidence indicates a more complicated picture of settlement...
January 2, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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