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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938204/natural-outdoor-environments-and-mental-health-stress-as-a-possible-mechanism
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Margarita Triguero-Mas, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Edmund Seto, Antònia Valentín, David Martínez, Graham Smith, Gemma Hurst, Glòria Carrasco-Turigas, Daniel Masterson, Magdalena van den Berg, Albert Ambròs, Tania Martínez-Íñiguez, Audrius Dedele, Naomi Ellis, Tomas Grazulevicius, Martin Voorsmit, Marta Cirach, Judith Cirac-Claveras, Wim Swart, Eddy Clasquin, Annemarie Ruijsbroek, Jolanda Maas, Michael Jerret, Regina Gražulevičienė, Hanneke Kruize, Christopher J Gidlow, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
INTRODUCTION: Better mental health has been associated with exposure to natural outdoor environments (NOE). However, comprehensive studies including several indicators of exposure and outcomes, potential effect modifiers and mediators are scarce. OBJECTIVES: We used novel, objective measures to explore the relationships between exposure to NOE (i.e. residential availability and contact) and different indicators of mental health, and possible modifiers and mediators...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938013/spatial-distribution-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-the-state-of-paran%C3%A3-brazil
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Helen Aline Melo, Diogo Francisco Rossoni, Ueslei Teodoro
The geographic distribution of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) makes it a disease of major clinical importance in Brazil, where it is endemic in the state of Paraná. The objective of this study was to analyze the spatial distribution of CL in Paraná between 2001 and 2015, based on data from the Sistema de Informação de Agravos de Notificação (Information System for Notifiable Diseases) regarding autochthonous CL cases. Spatial autocorrelation was performed using Moran's Global Index and the Local Indicator of Spatial Association (LISA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936956/-epidemiology-characteristics-of-crawfish-related-rhabdomyolysis-in-nanjing-2016-a-multicenter-retrospective-investigation
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Shaolei Ma, Changsheng Xu, Songqiao Liu, Zongfeng Hu, Wen'ge Liu, Jinsong Zhang, Xufeng Chen, Shinan Nie, Jun Zhang, Dujuan Sha, Jinjin Li, Haibin Ni, Haidong Qin, Ying Gao, Wei Wang, Chengfang Wu, Zhan Yu, Congjian Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the epidemiology characteristics of crawfish related rhabdomyolysis (RM) in Nanjing, 2016. METHODS: Outpatient and inpatient electronic medical system of 21 hospitals in Nanjing during 2016 were retrospectively searched, and all the patients diagnosed with RM were selected. The patients with none crayfish-related RM was excluded. The epidemiology characteristics were depicted. The geographic information system (GIS) was used to collect, manage and analyze the spatial data, to visualize it, to analyze the spatial distribution features of the disease, and to explore the cause of disease prediction...
September 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932924/when-gis-zooms-in-spatio-genetic-maps-of-multipaternity-in-armadillidium-vulgare
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Nicolas Bech, Charlotte Depeux, Sylvine Durand, Catherine Debenest, Alexandra Lafitte, Sophie Beltran-Bech
Geographic information system (GIS) tools are designed to illustrate, analyse and integrate geographic or spatial data, usually on a macroscopic scale. By contrast, genetic tools focus on a microscopic scale. Because in reality, landscapes have no predefined scale, our original study aims to develop a new approach, combining both cartographic and genetic approaches to explore microscopic landscapes. For this, we focused on Armadillidium vulgare, a terrestrial isopod model in which evolutionary pressures imposed by terrestrial life have led to the development of internal fertilisation and, consequently, to associated physiological changes...
September 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932771/urban-weather-data-and-building-models-for-the-inclusion-of-the-urban-heat-island-effect-in-building-performance-simulation
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M Palme, L Inostroza, G Villacreses, A Lobato, C Carrasco
This data article presents files supporting calculation for urban heat island (UHI) inclusion in building performance simulation (BPS). Methodology is used in the research article "From urban climate to energy consumption. Enhancing building performance simulation by including the urban heat island effect" (Palme et al., 2017) [1]. In this research, a Geographical Information System (GIS) study is done in order to statistically represent the most important urban scenarios of four South-American cities (Guayaquil, Lima, Antofagasta and Valparaíso)...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931377/the-rehabilitation-enhancing-aging-through-connected-health-reach-study-study-protocol-for-a-quasi-experimental-clinical-trial
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Meng Ni, Lorna G Brown, Danielle Lawler, Terry D Ellis, Tamara Deangelis, Nancy K Latham, Jennifer Perloff, Steve J Atlas, Sanja Percac-Lima, Jonathan F Bean
BACKGROUND: Mobility limitations among older adults increase the risk for disability and healthcare utilization. Rehabilitative care is identified as the most efficacious treatment for maintaining physical function. However, there is insufficient evidence identifying a healthcare model that targets prevention of mobility decline among older adults. The objective of this study is to evaluate the preliminary effectiveness of a physical therapy program, augmented with mobile tele-health technology, on mobility function and healthcare utilization among older adults...
September 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930296/the-verified-neighbor-approach-to-geoprivacy-an-improved-method-for-geographic-masking
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Wayne Richter
Geographic information adds a powerful component to environmental epidemiology studies but can compromise subject confidentiality. Although locations are often masked by perturbing spatial coordinates, existing masks do not ensure that the perturbation area contains a sufficient number of valid surrogates to prevent disclosure, nor are they designed to minimize perturbation while maintaining a specified level of privacy. I introduce a new approach to geoprivacy in which real property parcel data with information about land use are used to develop a pool of verified neighbors...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928720/potential-risk-areas-of-aedes-albopictus-in-south-eastern-iran-a-vector-of-dengue-fever-zika-and-chikungunya
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Jalil Nejati, Rubén Bueno-Marí, Francisco Collantes, Ahmad A Hanafi-Bojd, Hassan Vatandoost, Zabihollah Charrahy, Seyed M Tabatabaei, Mohammad R Yaghoobi-Ershadi, Abdolghafar Hasanzehi, Mohammad R Shirzadi, Seyed H Moosa-Kazemi, Mohammad M Sedaghat
The possibility of the rapid and global spread of Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever by Aedes albopictus is well documented and may be facilitated by changes in climate. To avert and manage health risks, climatic and topographic information can be used to model and forecast which areas may be most prone to the establishment of Ae. albopictus. We aimed to weigh and prioritize the predictive value of various meteorological and climatic variables on distributions of Ae. albopictus in south-eastern Iran using the Analytical Hierarchy Process...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924195/patterns-of-change-in-high-frequency-precipitation-variability-over-north-america
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Susana Roque-Malo, Praveen Kumar
Precipitation variability encompasses attributes associated with the sequencing and duration of events of the full range of magnitudes. However, climate change studies have largely focused on extreme events. Using analyses of long-term weather station data, we show that high frequency events, such as fraction of wet days in a year and average duration of wet and dry periods, are undergoing significant changes across North America. Further, these changes are more prevalent and larger than those associated with extremes...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919946/cytogenetic-characterization-of-hoplias-malabaricus-bloch-1794-from-the-ctalamochita-river-c%C3%A3-rdoba-argentina-first-evidence-for-southernmost-populations-of-this-species-complex-and-comments-on-its-biogeography
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Diego Javier Grassi, Ana Claudia Swarça, Jorge Abdala Dergam, María Cristina Pastori, Alberto Sergio Fenocchio
Hoplias malabaricus (Bloch, 1794), a predatory freshwater fish with a wide distribution throughout South America, represents a species complex with seven well characterized karyomorphs at the cytogenetic level. Although this species has been extensively studied in several Brazilian basins, data are still scarce for hydrographic systems from other South American countries. This study aims to characterize cytogenetically the Hoplias malabaricus populations from the Argentinean Central Region, close to the southernmost distribution of this species complex...
2017: Comparative Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919117/global-regional-and-national-incidence-prevalence-and-years-lived-with-disability-for-328-diseases-and-injuries-for-195-countries-1990-2016-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2016
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BACKGROUND: As mortality rates decline, life expectancy increases, and populations age, non-fatal outcomes of diseases and injuries are becoming a larger component of the global burden of disease. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016 (GBD 2016) provides a comprehensive assessment of prevalence, incidence, and years lived with disability (YLDs) for 328 causes in 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2016. METHODS: We estimated prevalence and incidence for 328 diseases and injuries and 2982 sequelae, their non-fatal consequences...
September 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918766/measuring-and-comparing-hospital-accessibility-for-palm-beach-county-s-elderly-and-nonelderly-populations-during-a-hurricane
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Shivangi Prasad
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether, during a hurricane, geographic accessibility to hospitals with emergency care is compromised disproportionately for the elderly than for the nonelderly. METHODS: The locations of hospitals with emergency health care and a subset of those hospitals functional during a hurricane were compared with the distribution of the elderly population at the block group level in Palm Beach County, Florida. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) proximity analysis (minimum distance to closest hospital) and cumulative distribution functions were used to measure and compare hospital accessibility during normal and hurricane conditions for the elderly and nonelderly populations...
September 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915518/-primary-care-in-germany-equal-access-for-everyone
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Jan Bauer, Werner Maier, Ruth Müller, David A Groneberg
Background Access to primary care plays an important role in medical care provision in Germany. Therefore, current health care planning aims at providing equal access for every patient in Germany no matter where they live. Objective This study examined accessibility of primary care and compared the result with current primary care planning data. Materials and Methods Spatial accessibility to primary care was measured by the integrated Floating Catchment Area method ("accessibility index") using a geographical information system at the level of square kilometers cells (hectare grid cells for major urban areas)...
September 15, 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913887/the-equity-of-access-to-primary-dental-care-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil-a-geospatial-analysis
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Aidan Yuen, Carla Martins Rocha, Estie Kruger, Marc Tennant
OBJECTIVES: Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, in terms of geography and population. Most Brazilians reside in the south and south-eastern regions, with notable numbers in the regions' megacities, such as São Paulo city. Healthcare provision in such a complex environment is difficult. Thus, a clear understanding of the distribution - or rather, the maldistribution - of these services is fundamental for optimising the allocation of human and financial resources to areas of greatest privation...
September 15, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913876/an-assessment-of-participant-described-interprofessional-oral-health-referral-systems-across-rurality
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Sean G Boynes, Abigail Lauer, Mark Deutchman, Amy B Martin
PURPOSE: As a means to identify and quantify oral health interprofessional collaborative practice (IPP), we examined participant-described medical-to-dental (M2D) referral networks and how they function across rurality. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey on the appraisal of IPP referral systems in 2016. Secondarily, we examined if rural health clinics (RHCs) have different experiences with M2D referrals compared to other practice types. Independent variables included geographic and organizational indicators, referral system attributes, and respondent characteristics...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911996/accessibility-to-tertiary-stroke-centers-in-hokkaido-japan-use-of-novel-metrics-to-assess-acute-stroke-care-quality
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Kensuke Fujiwara, Toshiya Osanai, Eiichi Kobayashi, Takumi Tanikawa, Ken Kazumata, Kikutaro Tokairin, Kiyohiro Houkin, Katsuhiko Ogasawara
BACKGROUND: Both the accessibility and availability of stroke specialists are major determinants of patient outcomes following acute ischemic stroke (AIS). The purpose of this study was to implement novel metrics to assess the accessibility of tertiary stroke centers as well as to evaluate regional disparities in stroke specialists. METHODS: Using network analysis in a geographic information system, we calculated areas within 30- and 60-minute travel times to facilities providing intravenous recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator and mechanical thrombectomy...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911337/postings-and-transfers-in-the-ghanaian-health-system-a-study-of-health-workforce-governance
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Aku Kwamie, Miriam Asiamah, Marta Schaaf, Irene Akua Agyepong
BACKGROUND: Decision-making on postings and transfers - that is, the geographic deployment of the health workforce - is a key element of health workforce governance. When poorly managed, postings and transfers result in maldistribution, absenteeism, and low morale. At stake is managing the balance between organisational (i.e., health system) and individual (i.e., staff preference) needs. The negotiation of this potential convergence or divergence of interests provides a window on practices of postings and transfers, and on the micro-practices of governance in health systems more generally...
September 15, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910932/-downscaling-research-of-spatial-distribution-of-incidence-of-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-based-on-area-to-area-poisson-kriging-method
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J X Wang, M G Hu, S C Yu, G X Xiao
Objective: To understand the spatial distribution of incidence of hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at scale of township and provide evidence for the better prevention and control of HFMD and allocation of medical resources. Methods: The incidence data of HFMD in 108 counties (district) in Shandong province in 2010 were collected. Downscaling interpolation was conducted by using area-to-area Poisson Kriging method. The interpolation results were visualized by using geographic information system (GIS). The county (district) incidence was interpolated into township incidence to get the distribution of spatial distribution of incidence of township...
September 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910813/the-neighborhood-built-environment-and-cognitive-function-of-older-persons-results-from-the-singapore-longitudinal-ageing-study
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Tze Pin Ng, Ma Shwe Zin Nyunt, Faysal Kabir Shuvo, Jia Yen Eng, Keng Bee Yap, Li Min Hee, Siew Pang Chan, Samuel Scherer
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association of subjective (perceived) and objective (geographical information system [GIS]-based) measures of the neighborhood built environment (BE) attributes with cognitive function among older persons, and the mediating effect of transportation physical activity (TPA) and leisure time (physical, social and productive) activities (LTA). METHOD: A cross-sectional study of 402 residents aged 55 years and above in the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study...
September 15, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910757/learning-building-extraction-in-aerial-scenes-with-convolutional-networks
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Jiangye Yuan
Extracting buildings from aerial scene images is an important task with many applications. However, this task is highly difficult to automate due to extremely large variations of building appearances, and still heavily relies on manual work. To attack this problem, we design a deep convolutional network with a simple structure that integrates activation from multiple layers for pixel-wise prediction, and introduce the signed distance function of building boundaries as the output representation, which has an enhanced representation power...
September 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
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