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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933577/environmental-and-health-impacts-of-effluents-from-textile-industries-in-ethiopia-the-case-of-gelan-and-dukem-oromia-regional-state
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Diriba Dadi, Till Stellmacher, Feyera Senbeta, Steven Van Passel, Hossein Azadi
This study focuses on four textile industries (DH-GEDA, NOYA, ALMHADI, and ALSAR) established between 2005 and 2008 in the peri-urban areas of Dukem and Gelan. The objectives of the study were to generate baseline information regarding the concentration levels of selected pollutants and to analyze their effects on biophysical environments. This study also attempts to explore the level of exposure that humans and livestock have to polluted effluents and the effects thereof. The findings of this study are based on data empirically collected from two sources: laboratory analysis of sample effluents from the four selected textile plants and quantitative as well as qualitative socioeconomic data collection...
January 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933560/familiarity-increases-the-number-of-remembered-pok%C3%A3-mon-in-visual-short-term-memory
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Weizhen Xie, Weiwei Zhang
Long-term memory (LTM) can influence many aspects of short-term memory (STM), including increased STM span. However, it is unclear whether LTM enhances the quantitative or qualitative aspect of STM. That is, do we retain a larger number of representations or more precise representations in STM for familiar stimuli than unfamiliar stimuli? This study took advantage of participants' prior rich multimedia experience with Pokémon, without investing on laboratory training to examine how prior LTM influenced visual STM...
December 8, 2016: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933531/using-baseline-transcriptional-connectomes-in-rat-to-identify-genetic-pathways-associated-with-predisposition-to-complex-traits
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Laura Saba, Paula Hoffman, Boris Tabakoff
Although rat is a critical model organism in preclinical medications development, its use in systems genetics studies remains sparse. The PhenoGen database and website contain detailed information on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the rat brain, liver, heart, and brown adipose transcriptome. This database has been generated using the HXB/BXH recombinant inbred panel and is being expanded to a hybrid rat diversity panel that includes many common inbred strains as well. By using such a panel, the PhenoGen project has created a renewable and cumulative resource for the rat genomics community...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933284/-we-sometimes-hold-on-to-ours-professionals-views-on-factors-that-both-delay-and-facilitate-transition-to-adult-care
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Susie Aldiss, Hilary Cass, Judith Ellis, Faith Gibson
BACKGROUND: The transition from child to adult services is a crucial time in the health of young people who may potentially fall into a poorly managed "care gap." Health service provision, which fails to meet the needs of young people and families at this time of significant change, may result in deterioration in health or disengagement with services, which can have negative long-term consequences. Developing transitional care packages has become a focus of activity in the United Kingdom and elsewhere...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933077/ethylene-is-not-responsible-for-phytochrome-mediated-apical-hook-exaggeration-in-tomato
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Miki Takahashi-Asami, Chizuko Shichijo, Seiji Tsurumi, Tohru Hashimoto
The apical hook of tomato seedlings is exaggerated by phytochrome actions, while in other species such as bean, pea and Arabidopsis, the hook is exaggerated by ethylene and opens by phytochrome actions. The present study was aimed to clarify mainly whether ethylene is responsible for the phytochrome-mediated hook exaggeration of tomato seedlings. Dark-grown 5-day-old seedlings were subjected to various ways of ethylene application in the dark as well as under the actions of red (R) or far-red light (FR). The ethylene emitted by seedlings was also quantified relative to hook exaggeration...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932987/limits-of-applicability-of-the-voronoi-tessellation-determined-by-centers-of-cell-nuclei-to-epithelium-morphology
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Sara Kaliman, Christina Jayachandran, Florian Rehfeldt, Ana-Sunčana Smith
It is well accepted that cells in the tissue can be regarded as tiles tessellating space. A number of approaches were developed to find an appropriate mathematical description of such cell tiling. A particularly useful approach is the so called Voronoi tessellation, built from centers of mass of the cell nuclei (CMVT), which is commonly used for estimating the morphology of cells in epithelial tissues. However, a study providing a statistically sound analysis of this method's accuracy is not available in the literature...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932957/emergence-of-selectivity-to-looming-stimuli-in-a-spiking-network-model-of-the-optic-tectum
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Eric V Jang, Carolina Ramirez-Vizcarrondo, Carlos D Aizenman, Arseny S Khakhalin
The neural circuits in the optic tectum of Xenopus tadpoles are selectively responsive to looming visual stimuli that resemble objects approaching the animal at a collision trajectory. This selectivity is required for adaptive collision avoidance behavior in this species, but its underlying mechanisms are not known. In particular, it is still unclear how the balance between the recurrent spontaneous network activity and the newly arriving sensory flow is set in this structure, and to what degree this balance is important for collision detection...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932877/factors-influencing-exacerbation-related-self-management-in-patients-with-copd-a-qualitative-study
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Yjg Korpershoek, Scjm Vervoort, Lit Nijssen, Jca Trappenburg, M J Schuurmans
BACKGROUND: In patients with COPD, self-management skills are important to reduce the impact of exacerbations. However, both detection and adequate response to exacerbations appear to be difficult for some patients. Little is known about the underlying process of exacerbation-related self-management. Therefore, the objective of this study was to identify and explain the underlying process of exacerbation-related self-management behavior. METHODS: A qualitative study using semi-structured in-depth interviews was performed according to the grounded theory approach, following a cyclic process in which data collection and data analysis alternated...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932822/feasibility-study-assessing-the-efficacy-and-social-acceptability-of-using-dental-hygienist-therapists-as-front-line-clinicians
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R Macey, A M Glenny, P Brocklehurst
Background The oral health of the adult population has been improving in the United Kingdom decade upon decade. Over half of dental service activity in the National Health Service (NHS) is limited to a check-up without any further treatment. This raises a question as to whether check-ups could be provided by dental hygienist-therapists, rather than general dental practitioners. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of a definitive trial to evaluate the costs and effects of using dental hygienist-therapists to undertake the check-up...
December 9, 2016: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932631/dying-in-the-hospital-setting-a-meta-synthesis-identifying-the-elements-of-end-of-life-care-that-patients-and-their-families-describe-as-being-important
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Claudia Virdun, Tim Luckett, Karl Lorenz, Patricia M Davidson, Jane Phillips
BACKGROUND: Despite most expected deaths occurring in hospital, optimal end-of-life care is not available for all in this setting. AIM: To gain a richer and deeper understanding of elements of end-of-life care that consumers consider most important within the hospital setting. DESIGN: A meta-synthesis. DATA SOURCES: A systematic search of Academic Search Complete, AMED, CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, PubMed, Google, Google Scholar and CareSearch for qualitative studies published between 1990 and April 2015 reporting statements by consumers regarding important elements of end-of-life hospital care...
December 8, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932630/hospital-doctors-understanding-of-use-and-withdrawal-of-the-liverpool-care-pathway-a-qualitative-study-of-practice-based-experiences-during-times-of-change
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Sharon Twigger, Sarah J Yardley
BACKGROUND: The Liverpool Care Pathway was used in UK hospitals (late 1990s to July 2014) in an attempt to generate hospice-style high-quality end-of-life care in acute settings. Despite being widely established, there was limited research or contextual evidence regarding this approach or its impact. Growing criticism from the public, media, politicians and healthcare professionals culminated with a critical independent review (July 2013) and subsequent withdrawal of the Liverpool Care Pathway...
December 8, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932547/practice-to-evidence-using-evaluability-assessment-to-generate-practice-based-evidence-in-rural-south-georgia
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Sally Honeycutt, April Hermstad, Michelle L Carvalho, Kimberly R Jacob Arriola, Denise Ballard, Cam Escoffery, Michelle C Kegler
Evidence from formal evaluation of real-world practice can address gaps in the public health knowledge base and provide information about feasible, relevant strategies for varied settings. Interest in evaluability assessment (EA) as an approach for generating practice-based evidence has grown. EA has been central to several structured assessment processes that identify and select promising programs and evaluate those most likely to produce useful findings. The Emory Prevention Research Center used EA as part of an initiative to generate practice-based evidence for cancer prevention in southwest Georgia...
December 7, 2016: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932341/older-patient-considering-treatment-for-advanced-renal-disease-protocol-for-a-scoping-review-of-the-information-available-for-shared-decision-making
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Rajesh Raj, Kiran D K Ahuja, Mai Frandsen, Matthew Jose
INTRODUCTION: Older adults constitute the largest group of patients on dialysis in most parts of the world. Management of advanced renal disease in the older adult is complex; treatment outcomes and prognosis can be markedly different from younger patients. Clinical teams caring for such patients are often called on to provide information regarding prognosis and outcomes with treatment-particularly, the comparison between having dialysis treatment versus not having dialysis. These discussions can be difficult for clinicians because they have to contend with incomplete or nascent data regarding prognosis and outcomes in this age group...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932338/meaning-of-living-with-severe-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-a-qualitative-study
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Gabriella Marx, Maximilian Nasse, Henrikje Stanze, Sonja Owusu Boakye, Friedemann Nauck, Nils Schneider
OBJECTIVES: To explore what it means for patients to live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as an incurable and constantly progressing disease. DESIGN: Qualitative longitudinal study using narrative and semistructured interviews. This paper presents findings of the initial interviews. Analysis using grounded theory. SETTING: Lung care clinics and community care in Lower Saxony, Germany. PARTICIPANTS: 17 patients with advanced-stage COPD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) III/IV)...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932017/the-german-and-japanese-health-care-systems-an-international-comparison-using-an-input-output-model
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A Rump, O Schöffski
OBJECTIVES: The German and Japanese health care systems have common roots, but have evolved differently. Whereas the German system is often considered as expensive and poorly efficient, people in Japan are viewed as healthy and health care as comparatively cheap. In this study, we compared the quality, the effectiveness and efficiency of the German and Japanese health care systems. STUDY DESIGN: This study includes comparative health care data analysis. METHOD: The quality and effectiveness of the German and Japanese health care systems were analyzed using an input-output model including 12 countries based on health indicators published by the OECD...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931998/-between-combat-boots-and-birkenstocks-lessons-from-hiv-aids-sars-h1n1-and-ebola
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R Crawford, D C Rutz, D P Evans
OBJECTIVES: In late 2013, an Ebola outbreak quickly grew into an epidemic of extraordinary magnitude, killing more people than all previous Ebola outbreaks combined. Although the epidemic was unprecedented, the world had previously experienced several acute public health emergencies requiring global coordination. HIV/AIDS, SARS and H1N1 tested global response, and in each case coordination proved problematic, making the 2013-2015 Ebola epidemic no exception. The purpose of this project was to identify persistent vulnerabilities within global public health emergency response and to identify areas for future research and improvement...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931961/imaging-of-connective-tissue-diseases-beyond-visceral-organ-imaging
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REVIEW
Maurizio Cutolo, Nemanja Damjanov, Barbara Ruaro, Ana Zekovic, Vanessa Smith
Connective tissues diseases (CTDs) can also be diagnosed early by "external" and safe imaging methods beyond the visceral organ analysis. This study aims to explore various imaging techniques used in diagnosing CTDs. Skin impairment in systemic sclerosis (SSc) may be recognized and studied by the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS), which has some drawbacks, whereas high-frequency ultrasound (US) seems advantageous for the early identification of skin involvement. Salivary gland involvement in Sjögren syndrome (SS) can be assessed using standard tests such as unstimulated salivary flow test, salivary gland scintigraphy or contrast sialography...
August 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931922/qualitative-analysis-of-the-risks-and-practices-associated-with-the-spread-of-african-swine-fever-within-the-smallholder-pig-value-chains-in-uganda
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Michel Dione, Emily Ouma, Felix Opio, Brian Kawuma, Danilo Pezo
A study was undertaken between September 2014 and December 2014 to assess the perceptions of smallholder pig value chain actors of the risks and practices associated with the spread of African swine fever (ASF) disease within the pig value chains. Data was collected from 136 value chain actors and 36 key informants through 17 group discussions and two key informant interview (KII) sessions respectively using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools. Results from this study revealed that according to value chain actors and stakeholders, the transporting, slaughtering, and collecting/bulking nodes represent the highest risk, followed by the inputs and services (feeds and drugs) supply nodes...
December 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931884/a-sense-of-security-spouses-experiences-of-participating-in-an-orthopaedic-case-management-intervention-the-sicam-trial
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Connie Bøttcher Cb Berthelsen, Jimmie Kristensson
The aim of the study was to explore and describe spouses' experiences of participating in a case management intervention during older patients' fast-track programme having total hip replacement as well as which intervention elements they found useful. Data were collected through qualitative interviews with 10 spouses from the intervention group of the SICAM-trial, directed by predetermined codes based on elements of the intervention. Data were analysed by both authors using directed content analysis. The results showed that the spouses were very pleased about being a part of the case management intervention...
June 23, 2016: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931875/efficacy-of-antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy-in-the-disinfection-of-acrylic-denture-surfaces-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sergio Varela Kellesarian, Tariq Abduljabbar, Fahim Vohra, Hans Malmstrom, Michael Yunker, Tammy Varela Kellesarian, Georgios E Romanos, Fawad Javed
BACKGROUND: the aim of the present systematic review was to assess the efficacy of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) in the disinfection of acrylic denture surfaces. METHODS: in order to address the focused question: "Is aPDT more effective in decontaminating denture surfaces compared with traditional denture-disinfection techniques?" an electronic search without time or language restrictions was conducted up to November 2016 in indexed databases using different key words...
December 5, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
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