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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444603/physiological-functioning-of-lagerstroemia-speciosa-l-under-heavy-roadside-traffic-an-approach-to-screen-potential-species-for-abatement-of-urban-air-pollution
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H Singh, Savita, R Sharma, S Sinha, M Kumar, P Kumar, A Verma, S K Sharma
The mitigation potential of avenue tree species needs a sound understanding, especially for landscape planning or planting tree species on roadside, especially in city limits where there is huge traffic due to more number of vehicles. A preliminary study was conducted to investigate the impact of heavy traffic movement and pollution thereof on physiological functioning of Lagerstroemia speciosa trees planted on roadside in terms of carbon absorption, mitigation potential and adaptive behavior. Trees on roadside exhibited reduced carbon assimilation (36...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444240/non-specific-effects-of-oral-polio-vaccine-on-diarrheal-burden-and-etiology-among-bangladeshi-infants
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Alexander Upfill-Brown, Mami Taniuchi, James A Platts-Mills, Beth Kirkpatrick, Stacey L Burgess, M Steven Oberste, William Weldon, Eric Houpt, Rashidul Haque, K Zaman, William A Petri
Background: As the global polio eradication initiative prepares to cease use of oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 2020, there is increasing interest in understanding if oral vaccination provides non-specific immunity to other infections so that the consequences of this transition can be effectively planned for and mitigated. Methods: Data was collected from infants in an urban slum in Bangladesh (Mirpur, Dhaka) as part of the PROVIDE study. Following vaccination with tOPV at 6,10, and 14 weeks, infants were randomly assigned to receive tOPV (n=315) or IPV (n=299) at 39 weeks...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438236/personal-and-macro-systemic-factors-as-predictors-of-quality-of-life-in-chronic-schizophrenia
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Yolanda Fontanil-Gómez, María A Alcedo Rodríguez, María I Gutiérrez López
BACKGROUND: The goal of this research was to establish possible predictive factors for both subjective and externally assessed quality of life in people with chronic schizophrenia. METHODS: Sixty-eight people with schizophrenia took part in the study and were assessed using the World Health Organisation Quality of Life Assessment - Brief Version (WHOQOL-BREF), the Quality of Life Scale (QLS), the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale for Schizophrenia (PANSS), the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF), the Social Functioning Scale (SFS) tests...
May 2017: Psicothema
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435497/improved-accuracy-and-quality-of-information-during-emergency-department-care-transitions
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Nnaemeka Okafor, Justin Mazzillo, Sara Miller, Kimberly A Chambers, Samar Yusuf, Vanessa Garza-Miranda, Yashwant Chathampally
INTRODUCTION: Suboptimal communication during emergency department (ED) care transitions has been shown to contribute to medical errors, sometimes resulting in patient injury and litigation. The study objective was to determine whether a standardized checkout process would decrease the number of relevant missed clinical items (MCI). METHODS: In this prospective pre- and post-intervention study conducted in an urban academic ED, we collected data on omitted or inaccurately conveyed medical information before and after the initiation of a standardized checkout process...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433768/response-of-evapotranspiration-to-changes-in-land-use-and-land-cover-and-climate-in-china-during-2001-2013
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Gen Li, Fangmin Zhang, Yuanshu Jing, Yibo Liu, Ge Sun
Land surface evapotranspiration (ET) is a central component of the Earth's global energy balance and water cycle. Understanding ET is important in quantifying the impacts of human influences on the hydrological cycle and thus helps improving water use efficiency and strengthening water use planning and watershed management. China has experienced tremendous land use and land cover changes (LUCC) as a result of urbanization and ecological restoration under a broad background of climate change. This study used MODIS data products to analyze how LUCC and climate change affected ET in China in the period 2001-2013...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431545/optimising-spatial-accessibility-to-inform-rationalisation-of-specialist-health-services
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Catherine M Smith, Hannah Fry, Charlotte Anderson, Helen Maguire, Andrew C Hayward
BACKGROUND: In an era of budget constraints for healthcare services, strategies for provision of services that improve quality whilst saving costs are highly valued. A proposed means to achieve this is consolidation of services into fewer specialist centres, but this may lead to reduced spatial accessibility. We describe a methodology which includes implementing a combinatorial optimisation algorithm to derive combinations of services which optimise spatial accessibility in the context of service rationalisation, and demonstrate its use through the exemplar of tuberculosis clinics in London...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Health Geographics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430032/sociocultural-hegemony-gendered-identity-and-use-of-traditional-and-complementary-medicine-in-ghana
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Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Daniel Buor, Samuel Adu-Gyamfi, Prince Osei-Wusu Adjei, Padmore Adusei Amoah
This study investigated the gender differences in use of traditional and complementary medicine (TCM) in Ghana. Using an interviewer-administered questionnaire, we collected data from March to June 2013 from 324 randomly sampled adults in the Ashanti Region. The prevalence of TCM use in the prior 12 months was 86%. Females constituted the majority (61%) of TCM users. Female TCM users were more likely than male users to have had only a basic education, been traders (p ˂ .0001), and had health insurance (p ˂ ...
April 21, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422849/temporal-trends-in-centralization-and-racial-disparities-in-utilization-of-high-volume-hospitals-for-lung-cancer-surgery
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Wil Lieberman-Cribbin, Bian Liu, Emanuele Leoncini, Raja Flores, Emanuela Taioli
Racial disparities have been suggested in hospital utilization and outcome for lung cancer surgery, but the effect of hospital centralization on closing this gap is unknown. We hypothesized that centralization has increased the utilization of high- or very-high-volume (HV/VHV) hospitals, a proxy for access to high-quality care, over the study period independently from race.Inpatient records were extracted from the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database (1995-2012) according to Clinical Modification of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision diagnosis codes 162...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417432/evaluating-community-measures-of-healthy-food-access
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Melissa L Santorelli, Janice O Okeke
Several community level measures of healthy food access exist, but evaluation efforts have been limited leaving uncertainty about how to prioritize communities for intervention. This study aimed to assess several existing measures to inform statewide public health planning efforts in New Jersey, USA. We assessed agreement between community measures of healthy food access and then evaluated the predictive validity of each measure by describing its association with complete fruit and vegetable cash-value voucher redemption (proportion redeemed ≥70, ≥80, ≥90%) among 30,078 low-income households participating in the New Jersey Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during 2013-2014...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416662/adapt-to-more-wildfire-in-western-north-american-forests-as-climate-changes
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Tania Schoennagel, Jennifer K Balch, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Philip E Dennison, Brian J Harvey, Meg A Krawchuk, Nathan Mietkiewicz, Penelope Morgan, Max A Moritz, Ray Rasker, Monica G Turner, Cathy Whitlock
Wildfires across western North America have increased in number and size over the past three decades, and this trend will continue in response to further warming. As a consequence, the wildland-urban interface is projected to experience substantially higher risk of climate-driven fires in the coming decades. Although many plants, animals, and ecosystem services benefit from fire, it is unknown how ecosystems will respond to increased burning and warming. Policy and management have focused primarily on specified resilience approaches aimed at resistance to wildfire and restoration of areas burned by wildfire through fire suppression and fuels management...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415196/traffic-gridlock-on-a-honeycomb-city
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L E Olmos, J D Muñoz
Inspired by an old and almost in oblivion urban plan, we report the behavior of the Biham-Middleton-Levine (BML) model-a paradigm for studying phase transitions of traffic flow-on a hypothetical city with a perfect honeycomb street network. In contrast with the original BML model on a square lattice, the same model on a honeycomb does not show any anisotropy or intermediate states, but a single continuous phase transition between free and totally congested flow, a transition that can be completely characterized by the tools of classical percolation...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412982/social-isolation-in-chinese-older-adults-scoping-review-for-age-friendly-community-planning
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M Anum Syed, Lynn McDonald, Corinne Smirle, Karen Lau, Raza M Mirza, Sander L Hitzig
Chinese older adults may be at increased risk of social isolation and loneliness, and a fragmented understanding exists about the challenges they face for social participation in their neighbourhoods and communities. A scoping review was undertaken to describe the current knowledge on social isolation and loneliness in urban-dwelling Chinese older adults living in Western societies to inform future research, practice, and policy in Canada. Nineteen articles met the inclusion criteria. The World Health Organization's age-friendly community framework contextualized the study findings...
April 17, 2017: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412622/population-production-pollution-nexus-based-air-pollution-management-model-for-alleviating-the-atmospheric-crisis-in-beijing-china
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X T Zeng, Y F Tong, L Cui, X M Kong, Y N Sheng, L Chen, Y P Li
In recent years, increscent emissions in the city of Beijing due to expanded population, accelerated industrialization and inter-regional pollutant transportation have led to hazardous atmospheric pollution issues. Although a number of anthropogenic control measures have been put into use, frequent/severe haze events have still challenged regional governments. In this study, a hybrid population-production-pollution nexus model (PPP) is proposed for air pollution management and air quality planning (AMP) with the aim to coordinate human activities and environmental protection...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411319/fifty-year-spatiotemporal-analysis-of-landscape-changes-in-the-mont-saint-hilaire-unesco-biosphere-reserve-quebec-canada
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Marc Béliveau, Daniel Germain, Ana-Neli Ianăş
Diachronic analysis with a GIS-based classification of land-use changes based on aerial photographs, orthophotos, topographic maps, geotechnical reports, urban plans, and using landscape metrics has permitted insight into the driving forces responsible for landscape fragmentation in the Mont Saint-Hilaire (MSH) Biosphere Reserve over the period 1958-2015. Although the occurrence of exogenous factors, such as extreme weather and fires, can have a significant influence on the fragmentation of the territory in time and space, the accelerated development of the built environment (+470%) is nevertheless found to be primarily responsible for landscape fragmentation and the loss of areas formerly occupied by orchards, agriculture, and woodlands...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411064/health-benefits-of-a-reduction-of-pm10-and-no2-exposure-after-implementing-a-clean-air-plan-in-the-agglomeration-lausanne-morges
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Alberto Castro, Nino Künzli, Thomas Götschi
Exposure to urban air pollution has been associated with adverse effects on cardio-vascular and respiratory health, both short and long term. Consequently, governments have applied policies to reduce air pollution. Quantitative health impact assessments of hypothetic changes in air pollution have been conducted at national and global level, but assessments of observed air pollution changes associated with specific clean air policies at a local or regional scale remain scarce. This study estimates health impacts attributable to a decrease in PM10 and NO2 exposure in the Agglomeration of Lausanne-Morges (ALM), Switzerland, between 2005 and 2015, corresponding to the implementation period of a supra-municipal plan of measures to reduce air pollution in different sectors such as transport, energy, and industry (called Plan OPair 05)...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410275/implementation-of-an-icu-bundle-an-interprofessional-quality-improvement-project-to-enhance-delirium-management-and-monitor-delirium-prevalence-in-a-single-picu
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Shari Simone, Sarah Edwards, Allison Lardieri, L Kyle Walker, Ana Lia Graciano, Omayma A Kishk, Jason W Custer
OBJECTIVES: To examine the impact of an ICU bundle on delirium screening and prevalence and describe characteristics of delirium cases. DESIGN: Quality improvement project with prospective observational analysis. SETTING: Nineteen-bed PICU in an urban academic medical center. PATIENTS: All consecutive patients admitted from December 1, 2013, to September 30, 2015. INTERVENTIONS: A multidisciplinary team implemented an ICU bundle consisting of three clinical protocols: delirium, sedation, and early mobilization using the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles as part of a quality improvement project...
April 13, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409652/modeling-to-optimize-hospital-evacuation-planning-in-ems-systems
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Douglas R Bish, Hussein Tarhini, Roel Amara, Richard Zoraster, Nichole Bosson, Marianne Gausche-Hill
OBJECTIVE: To develop optimal hospital evacuation plans within a large urban EMS system using a novel evacuation planning model and a realistic hospital evacuation scenario, and to illustrate the ways in which a decision support model may be useful in evacuation planning. METHODS: An optimization model was used to produce detailed evacuation plans given the number and type of patients in the evacuating hospital, resource levels (teams to move patients, vehicles, and beds at other hospitals), and evacuation rules...
April 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408191/cross-cultural-validity-of-the-theory-of-planned-behavior-for-predicting-healthy-food-choice-in-secondary-school-students-of-inner-mongolia
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Takashi Shimazaki, Hugejiletu Bao, Geer Deli, Hiroaki Uechi, Ying-Hua Lee, Kayo Miura, Koji Takenaka
AIMS: Unhealthy eating behavior is a serious health concern among secondary school students in Inner Mongolia. To predict their healthy food choices and devise methods of correcting unhealthy choices, we sought to confirm the cross-cultural validity of the theory of planned behavior among Inner Mongolian students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study, conducted between November and December 2014. Overall, 3047 students were enrolled. We devised a questionnaire based on the theory of planned behavior to measure its components (intentions, attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control) in relation to healthy food choices; we also assessed their current engagement in healthy food choices...
April 4, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407750/adjuvant-treatment-recommendations-for-patients-with-er-positive-her2-negative-early-breast-cancer-by-swiss-tumor-boards-using-the-21-gene-recurrence-score-sakk-26-10
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Bernhard C Pestalozzi, Christoph Tausch, Konstantin J Dedes, Christoph Rochlitz, Stefan Zimmermann, Roger von Moos, Ralph Winterhalder, Thomas Ruhstaller, Andreas Mueller, Katharina Buser, Markus Borner, Urban Novak, Catrina Uhlmann Nussbaum, Bettina Seifert, Martin Bigler, Vincent Bize, Simona Berardi Vilei, Christoph Rageth, Stefan Aebi
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the effect of Recurrence Score® results (RS; Oncotype DX® multigene assay ODX) on treatment recommendations by Swiss multidisciplinary tumor boards (TB). METHODS: SAKK 26/10 is a multicenter, prospective cohort study of early breast cancer patients: Eligibility: R0-resection, ≥10% ER+ malignant cells, HER2-, pN0/pN1a. Patients were stratified into low-risk (LR) and non-low-risk (NLR) groups based on involved nodes (0 vs 1-3) and five additional predefined risk factors...
April 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403435/hospital-admissions-for-myocardial-infarction-and-stroke-before-and-after-the-trans-fatty-acid-restrictions-in-new-york
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Eric J Brandt, Rebecca Myerson, Marcelo Coca Perraillon, Tamar S Polonsky
Importance: Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) have deleterious cardiovascular effects. Restrictions on their use were initiated in 11 New York State (NYS) counties between 2007 and 2011. The US Food and Drug Administration plans a nationwide restriction in 2018. Public health implications of TFA restrictions are not well understood. Objective: To determine whether TFA restrictions in NYS counties were associated with fewer hospital admissions for myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke compared with NYS counties without restrictions...
April 12, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
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