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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239668/evaluation-of-cognitive-impairment-in-elderly-population-with-hypertension-from-a-low-resource-setting-agreement-and-bias-between-screening-tools
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María Lazo-Porras, María A Pesantes, J Jaime Miranda, Antonio Bernabe-Ortiz
INTRODUCTION: The evaluation of cognitive impairment in adulthood merits attention in societies in transition and especially in people with chronic diseases. Screening tools available for clinical practice and epidemiological studies have been designed in high-income but not in resource-constrained settings. The aim of this study was to assess the agreement and bias of three common tools used for screening of cognitive impairment in people with hypertension: the modified Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), and the Leganés Cognitive Test (LCT)...
December 2016: ENeurologicalSci
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239667/disregard-of-neurological-impairments-associated-with-neglected-tropical-diseases-in-africa
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Emmanuel Quansah, Esther Sarpong, Thomas K Karikari
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) affect people in the bottom billion poorest in the world. These diseases are concentrated in rural areas, conflict zones and urban slums in Africa and other tropical areas. While the World Health Organization recognizes seventeen priority NTDs, the list of conditions present in Africa and elsewhere that are eligible to be classified as NTDs is much longer. Although NTDs are generally marginalized, their associated neurological burden has been almost completely disregarded...
June 2016: ENeurologicalSci
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239459/effects-of-individual-household-and-community-characteristics-on-child-nutritional-status-in-the-slums-of-urban-bangladesh
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Karar Zunaid Ahsan, Shams El Arifeen, Md Abdullah Al-Mamun, Shusmita H Khan, Nitai Chakraborty
BACKGROUND: Bangladesh urban population is expected to overtake rural population by 2040, and a significant part of the increase will be in slums. Wide disparities between urban slums and the rest of the country can potentially push country indicators off track unless the specific health and nutrition needs of the expanding slum communities are addressed. The study aims at describing the individual, household and community determinants of undernutrition status among children living in major urban strata, viz...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239235/quality-control-of-an-hourly-rainfall-dataset-and-climatology-of-extremes-for-the-uk
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Stephen Blenkinsop, Elizabeth Lewis, Steven C Chan, Hayley J Fowler
Sub-daily rainfall extremes may be associated with flash flooding, particularly in urban areas but, compared with extremes on daily timescales, have been relatively little studied in many regions. This paper describes a new, hourly rainfall dataset for the UK based on ∼1600 rain gauges from three different data sources. This includes tipping bucket rain gauge data from the UK Environment Agency (EA), which has been collected for operational purposes, principally flood forecasting. Significant problems in the use of such data for the analysis of extreme events include the recording of accumulated totals, high frequency bucket tips, rain gauge recording errors and the non-operation of gauges...
February 2017: International Journal of Climatology: a Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238719/the-contribution-of-poor-and-rural-populations-to-national-trends-in-reproductive-maternal-newborn-and-child-health-coverage-analyses-of-cross-sectional-surveys-from-64-countries
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Cesar G Victora, Aluisio J D Barros, Giovanny V A França, Inácio C M da Silva, Liliana Carvajal-Velez, Agbessi Amouzou
BACKGROUND: Coverage levels for essential interventions aimed at reducing deaths of mothers and children are increasing steadily in most low-income and middle-income countries. We assessed how much poor and rural populations in these countries are benefiting from national-level progress. METHODS: We analysed trends in a composite coverage indicator (CCI) based on eight reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health interventions in 209 national surveys in 64 countries, from Jan 1, 1994, to Dec 31, 2014...
February 23, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238642/detection-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-and-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-in-questing-ticks-ixodes-ricinus-from-the-czech-republic
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Kateřina Kybicová, Kateřina Baštová, Marek Malý
The aim of the present study is to compare the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum in questing ticks by using molecular methods from spring to autumn 2007. A total of 526 Ixodes ricinus ticks were collected from vegetation in three different sampling sites, representing an urban area (city park), a suburban area (village) and a natural montane habitat. The prevalence of B. burgdorferi s.l. was 17.3% (7.5% in males, 18.7% in females and 20.2% in nymphs), while 4...
February 20, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238433/impact-of-temperature-variation-on-mortality-an-observational-study-from-12-counties-across-hubei-province-in-china
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Yunquan Zhang, Chuanhua Yu, Junzhe Bao, Xudong Li
BACKGROUND: Compared with cold- and heat-related health impacts, the evidence was very limited in assessing the mortality effects of temperature variation (TV) accounting for both intra-day and inter-day changes in temperature. OBJECTIVE: We used a newly proposed composite indicator of intra-day and inter-day TV and evaluated TV-mortality associations in Hubei, China at the provincial level. METHODS: Daily mortality and meteorological data during 2009-2012 were obtained from 12 urban and rural counties across Hubei Province in China...
February 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238431/assessing-seawater-intrusion-in-an-arid-coastal-aquifer-under-high-anthropogenic-influence-using-major-constituents-sr-and-b-isotopes-in-groundwater
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J Mahlknecht, D Merchán, M Rosner, A Meixner, R Ledesma-Ruiz
The La Paz aquifer system (Baja California Sur, Mexico) is under severe anthropogenic pressure because of high groundwater abstraction for urban supply (city of La Paz, around 222,000 inhabitants) and irrigated agriculture (1900ha). In consequence, seawater has infiltrated the aquifer, forcing the abandonment of wells with increased salinity. The objective of this study was to assess seawater intrusion, understand the hydrogeochemical processes involved and estimate the contribution of seawater in the wells tested...
February 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237517/characterization-of-manganese-bearing-particles-in-the-vicinities-of-a-manganese-alloy-plant
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Ana Hernández-Pellón, Ignacio Fernández-Olmo, Frédéric Ledoux, Lucie Courcot, Dominique Courcot
Numerous studies have associated air manganese (Mn) exposure with negative health effects, primarily neurotoxic disorders. Despite there is not a specific European regulation, institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have proposed an annual average guideline value of 150 ng/m(3). Bioaccessibility and toxicity mechanisms of Mn remain unclear, however it is generally agreed that adverse health effects are strongly linked to particle size and morphology, chemical composition and oxidation state...
February 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237464/review-of-receptor-based-source-apportionment-research-of-fine-particulate-matter-and-its-challenges-in-china
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REVIEW
Yanjun Zhang, Jing Cai, Shuxiao Wang, Kebin He, Mei Zheng
As the key for haze control, atmospheric fine particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <2.5μm (or PM2.5) is of great concern lately in China. It is closely linked to fast pace of urbanization, industrialization and economic development, especially in eastern China. A good understanding of its sources is required for effective pollution abatement. Receptor models are one of the major methods for source apportionment used in China. The major objective of this study is to understand sources that contribute to fine particulate matter in China and key challenges in this area...
February 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237309/impact-of-climate-change-on-heat-related-mortality-in-jiangsu-province-china
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Kai Chen, Radley M Horton, Daniel A Bader, Corey Lesk, Leiwen Jiang, Bryan Jones, Lian Zhou, Xiaodong Chen, Jun Bi, Patrick L Kinney
A warming climate is anticipated to increase the future heat-related total mortality in urban areas. However, little evidence has been reported for cause-specific mortality or nonurban areas. Here we assessed the impact of climate change on heat-related total and cause-specific mortality in both urban and rural counties of Jiangsu Province, China, in the next five decades. To address the potential uncertainty in projecting future heat-related mortality, we applied localized urban- and nonurban-specific exposure response functions, six population projections including a no population change scenario and five Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), and 42 temperature projections from 21 global-scale general circulation models and two Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs)...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237222/evaluation-of-low-impact-development-approach-for-mitigating-flood-inundation-at-a-watershed-scale-in-china
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Maochuan Hu, Takahiro Sayama, Xingqi Zhang, Kenji Tanaka, Kaoru Takara, Hong Yang
Low impact development (LID) has attracted growing attention as an important approach for urban flood mitigation. Most studies evaluating LID performance for mitigating floods focus on the changes of peak flow and runoff volume. This paper assessed the performance of LID practices for mitigating flood inundation hazards as retrofitting technologies in an urbanized watershed in Nanjing, China. The findings indicate that LID practices are effective for flood inundation mitigation at the watershed scale, and especially for reducing inundated areas with a high flood hazard risk...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237077/otolith-microchemistry-insights-into-bioavailable-pollutants-in-a-man-made-urban-inlet
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Christina Andronis, Noreen J Evans, Bradley J McDonald, Helen E Nice, Marthe Monique Gagnon
Black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) were collected from an artificial inlet, Claisebrook Cove, Western Australia. Claisebrook Cove is adjacent to an historic contaminated site that was remediated during the 1990s. It was later identified as a priority area due to elevated levels of sediment contaminants including Zn, Cu, and Pb. Black bream were collected from this cove in 2005 and 2012 and their otoliths were analysed by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry of the most recent growth zone...
February 23, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237039/recurrent-tuberculosis-in-an-urban-area-in-china-relapse-or-exogenous-reinfection
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Xin Shen, Chongguang Yang, Jie Wu, Senlin Lin, Xu Gao, Zheyuan Wu, Jiyun Tian, Mingyu Gan, Tao Luo, Lili Wang, Chenlei Yu, Jian Mei, Qichao Pan, Kathryn DeRiemer, ZhengAn Yuan, Qian Gao
Recurrent tuberculosis is an important indicator of the effectiveness of tuberculosis control and can occur by relapse or exogenous reinfection. We conducted a retrospective cohort study on all bacteriologically confirmed tuberculosis cases that were successfully treated between 2000 and 2012 in Shanghai, an urban area with a high number but a low prevalence rate of tuberculosis cases and a low prevalence of HIV infection. Genotyping the Mycobacterium tuberculosis from clinical isolates was used to distinguish between relapse and reinfection...
March 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236818/selecting-sustainability-indicators-for-small-to-medium-sized-urban-water-systems-using-fuzzy-electre
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Gyan Chhipi-Shrestha, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
  Urban water systems (UWSs) are challenged by the sustainability perspective. Certain limitations of the sustainability of centralized UWSs and decentralized household level wastewater treatments can be overcome by managing UWSs at an intermediate scale, referred to as small to medium sized UWSs (SMUWSs). SMUWSs are different from large UWSs, mainly in terms of smaller infrastructure, data limitation, smaller service area, and institutional limitations. Moreover, sustainability assessment systems to evaluate the sustainability of an entire UWS are very limited and confined only to large UWSs...
March 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236688/interventions-and-working-relationships-of-voluntary-organisations-for-diabetes-self-management-a-cross-national-study
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Mari Carmen Portillo, Anne Kennedy, Elka Todorova, Elena Regaira, Michel Wensing, Christina Foss, Christos Lionis, Ivaylo Vassilev, Valentin Goev, Anne Rogers
BACKGROUND: Diabetes has become a challenging health priority globally. Given the tensions of financially burdened health systems in Europe the mobilisation of community resources like voluntary organisations and community groups is seen as a health policy strategy to sustain the management of long-term conditions like diabetes. However, little is known about how this is happening in practice in Europe. OBJECTIVES: To explore diabetes self-management interventions undertaken or promoted by voluntary organisations and community groups in Europe; and describe the types of working relationships between these organisations, European health systems and users when implementing diabetes self-management programmes in different areas...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236483/pollution-characteristics-and-risk-assessment-of-human-exposure-to-oral-bioaccessibility-of-heavy-metals-via-urban-street-dusts-from-different-functional-areas-in-chengdu-china
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Han-Han Li, Liu-Jun Chen, Lin Yu, Zhong-Bao Guo, Chun-Qiao Shan, Jian-Qing Lin, Yang-Guang Gu, Zhan-Biao Yang, Yuan-Xiang Yang, Ji-Rong Shao, Xue-Mei Zhu, Zhang Cheng
Urban street dusts were collected in commercial area (CA), traffic area (TA), educational area (EA), residential area (RA) and parks area (PA) of Chengdu, China, to investigate the concentrations of heavy metals (Pb, Zn, Cu, Ni, Cd and Cr), and analyzed to evaluated possible sources and health risk assessment. The average concentrations (mg/kg) of Pb (82.3), Zn (296), Cu (100), Cd (1.66) and Cr (84.3) in urban street dusts were all higher than the local soil background values. The concentrations of heavy metals in each functional area could be classified as follows: CA>TA>RA>EA>PA...
February 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236260/varying-rotation-lengths-in-northern-production-forests-implications-for-habitats-provided-by-retention-and-production-trees
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Adam Felton, Johan Sonesson, Urban Nilsson, Tomas Lämås, Tomas Lundmark, Annika Nordin, Thomas Ranius, Jean-Michel Roberge
Because of the limited spatial extent and comprehensiveness of protected areas, an increasing emphasis is being placed on conserving habitats which promote biodiversity within production forest. For this reason, alternative silvicultural programs need to be evaluated with respect to their implications for forest biodiversity, especially if these programs are likely to be adopted. Here we simulated the effect of varied rotation length and associated thinning regimes on habitat availability in Scots pine and Norway spruce production forests, with high and low productivity...
February 24, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235678/kerosene-a-toddler-s-sin-a-five-years-study-at-tertiary-care-hospital-in-western-india
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Utsav Parekh, Sanjay Gupta
Acute kerosene poisoning is a preventable health problem in children perceived mainly in developing countries. It influences socioeconomic and cultural status of country due to its contribution in morbidity and mortality. As kerosene is widely used as household energy source in India at rural areas as well as urban, it accounts for significant number of poisoning cases mainly accidental in manner. As there are only handful studies from India on kerosene poisoning in children, we planned this study to evaluate incidence of kerosene poisoning in Western Indian population and its clinico-epidemiotoxicological profile...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235458/no-molecular-epidemiological-evidence-supporting-household-transmission-of-zoonotic-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-from-pet-dogs-and-cats-in-the-province-of-%C3%A3-lava-northern-spain
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Aida de Lucio, Begoña Bailo, María Aguilera, Guillermo A Cardona, Juan C Fernández-Crespo, David Carmena
The role of pet dogs and cats as suitable source of human infections by the diarrheagenic protozoan parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. has been a topic of intense debate for long time and still remains a largely unsolved problem. In this cross-sectional molecular epidemiological survey we attempted to investigate whether zoonotic (or zooanthroponotic) disease transmission was occurring among humans and domestic dogs and cats sharing the same spatial and temporal setting in both rural and urban areas of the province of Álava, Northern Spain...
February 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
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