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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137831/monitour-tracking-global-routes-of-electronic-waste
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David Lee, Dietmar Offenhuber, Fábio Duarte, Assaf Biderman, Carlo Ratti
Many nations seek to control or prevent the inflow of waste electronic and electrical equipment, but such flows are difficult to track due to undocumented, often illegal global trade in e-waste. We apply wireless GPS location trackers to this problem, detecting potential cases of non-compliant recycling operations in the United States as well as the global trajectories of exported e-waste. By planting hidden trackers inside discarded computer monitors and printers, we tracked dozens of devices being sent overseas to various ports in Asia, flows likely unreported in official trade data...
November 11, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137609/a-comparative-content-analysis-of-media-reporting-of-sports-betting-in-australia-lessons-for-public-health-media-advocacy-approaches
#2
Jennifer L David, Samantha L Thomas, Melanie Randle, Steven J Bowe, Mike Daube
BACKGROUND: Harmful gambling is a significant public health issue. There has been widespread discussion in the Australian media about the extent and impact of sports betting on the Australian community, particularly relating to young men and children. Given the role that the media plays in influencing policy change and political agendas, and the acknowledgement that media based advocacy is a fundamental component of successful advocacy campaigns, this research aimed to investigate how different stakeholder groups discuss sports betting within the Australian print media...
November 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136854/disperse-magnetic-solid-phase-microextraction-and-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-dis-mspme-sers-for-the-rapid-detection-of-trace-illegally-chemicals
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Shihua Yu, Zhigang Liu, Weixian Wang, Li Jin, Weiqing Xu, Yuqing Wu
The technique of solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) is an important method for sample pretreatment in analytical chemistry, especially for the analysis in micro-systems. Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is an ultra-sensitive and fast detection technique. Both are particularly important in qualitative analysis of trace amount of substance. In this study, combining the magnetic nanoparticles with magnetic SPME device, we develop a high efficient new pretreatment method named as disperse magnetic solid phase micro-extraction (Dis-MSPME)...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133319/identification-of-factors-associated-with-resilience-in-medical-students-through-a-cross-sectional-census
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Anna Christina Pinho de Oliveira, André Paes Goulart Machado, Renata Nunes Aranha
OBJECTIVES: Research on resilience has been gaining momentum, and it has already been shown that increased resilience creates positive changes at the individual and collective levels. Understanding of the factors associated with resilience may guide specific actions directed towards different populations. The objective of this study was to investigate these associated factors within a population of medical students. DESIGN: Cross-sectional census. SETTING: A public medical school in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
November 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130470/-the-influence-of-social-stress-on-the-reinforcing-effect-of-ecstasy-under-the-conditioned-place-preference-paradigm-the-role-played-by-age-dose-and-type-of-stress
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M P Garcia-Pardo, J E de la Rubia, M A Aguilar
INTRODUCTION: Addiction to drugs is a chronic illness with severe repercussions for those that consume them and to date has no known cure. Psychostimulants, such as ecstasy, are the most widely consumed illegal drugs among adolescents and young adults. AIMS: To describe and to analyse the different variables that can influence the effects of social stress and the reinforcing properties of ecstasy. Likewise, it also seeks to evaluate whether the effects of social stress on conditioned place preference (induced by ecstasy) are similar to those deriving from other psychostimulants, such as cocaine...
November 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129212/prevention-and-screening-of-unhealthy-substance-use-by-older-adults
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REVIEW
Benjamin H Han, Alison A Moore
The number of older adults who engage in unhealthy substance use is expected to increase substantially to levels never seen before. Older adults, owing to physiologic changes in aging, are at high risk for the adverse effects of alcohol and illegal drug use. Screening and prevention can help older patients to be better informed of the risks of substance use, and reduce high-risk behaviors and its potential negative outcomes. The authors review the prevalence and trends of substance use and their potential impact on health outcomes, and discuss an approach to screening and prevention for older adults...
February 2018: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128711/polysubstance-use-profiles-among-electronic-dance-music-party-attendees-in-new-york-city-and-their-relation-to-use-of-new-psychoactive-substances
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Fermín Fernández-Calderón, Charles M Cleland, Joseph J Palamar
BACKGROUND: Electronic Dance Music (EDM) party attendees are often polysubstance users and are at high risk for use of new psychoactive substances (NPS). We sought to identify patterns of use of common illegal drugs among EDM party attendees, sociodemographic correlates, and use of NPS as a function of patterns of use of more common drugs to inform prevention and harm reduction. METHOD: Using time-space-sampling, 1045 individuals aged 18-40 were surveyed entering EDM parties in New York City...
November 4, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127886/stealing-behavior-and-impulsivity-in-individuals-with-kleptomania-who-have-been-arrested-for-shoplifting
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Austin W Blum, Brian L Odlaug, Sarah A Redden, Jon E Grant
OBJECTIVES: Kleptomania is characterized by strong urges to steal and is one of only a few psychiatric disorders defined by illegal behaviors, but the clinical characteristics of individuals with kleptomania who have faced legal consequences due to their behavior are poorly understood. METHOD: From 2001 to 2012, we recruited 107 adult participants with DSM-IV kleptomania. Participants with a history of shoplifting-related arrest (N=82) were compared with those who had no such history (N=25) on demographics, clinical features, and a self-report measure of impulsivity...
October 12, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126920/the-fentanyl-epidemic-in-canada-some-cautionary-observations-focusing-on-opioid-related-mortality
#9
Benedikt Fischer, Lenka Vojtila, Jürgen Rehm
In Canada, opioid-related overdose mortality has steeply increased in recent years; as a substantial number of opioid-related deaths are related to 'fentanyl' products, this phenomenon has widely been dubbed the 'fentanyl epidemic', also implying that these deaths are largely caused by clandestinely 'illicit fentanyl' products. We examined numbers and rates of opioid- and fentanyl-related deaths in six pan-Canadian provinces with respective (coroner-based) data available from 2010 to 2016. While fentanyl-related deaths are clearly increasing from relatively low levels in all provinces, those increases are strongest in the two Western provinces (e...
November 7, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125581/occurrence-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-and-dibenzofurans-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-fruit-and-vegetables-from-the-land-of-fires-area-of-southern-italy
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Mauro Esposito, Antonella De Roma, Stefania Cavallo, Gianfranco Diletti, Loredana Baldi, Giampiero Scortichini
The concentrations of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-concentrations dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) (PCDD/Fs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined in fruit and vegetables collected in farms located in the well-known "Land of Fires" area of Southern Italy, in an effort to learn more about the environmental pollution of this high-risk area due to illegal waste dumping and uncontrolled burning near cultivated fields. Concentrations were in the range 0.011-2.26 ng g(-1) for the six "indicator" non-dioxin-like PCBs (NDL-PCBs), and 0...
November 10, 2017: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124374/complications-and-treatment-strategy-after-breast-augmentation-by-polyacrylamide-hydrogel-injection-summary-of-10-year-clinical-experience
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Rui Jin, Xusong Luo, Xiaoke Wang, Jie Ma, Fei Liu, Qun Yang, Jun Yang, Xi Wang
From 1997 to 2006, polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAAG) was approved for use in China as a permanent filler for breast augmentation, and it is estimated that 200,000 women have undergone PAAG injection since then. After injection, complications such as pain, mass, hematoma, asymmetry, migration, infection, and even cancer continue to emerge. Because of the potential toxicity and unstable nature of the material and the nonstandardized injection layers, complications after PAAG injection breast augmentation are often complex and difficult to treat...
November 9, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123854/local-anesthetic-toxicity-acute-and-chronic-management
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Kenichi Sekimoto, Masaru Tobe, Shigeru Saito
Local anesthetics are commonly used medicines in clinical settings. They are used for pain management during minor interventional treatments, and for postoperative care after major surgeries. Cocaine is the well-known origin of local anesthetics, and the drug and related derivatives have long history of clinical usage for more than several centuries. Although illegal use of cocaine and its abuse are social problem in some countries, other local anesthetics are safely and effectively used in clinics and hospitals all over the world...
April 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122313/has-the-question-of-e-waste-opened-a-pandora-s-box-an-overview-of-unpredictable-issues-and-challenges
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Bouchra Bakhiyi, Sabrina Gravel, Diana Ceballos, Michael A Flynn, Joseph Zayed
Despite regulatory efforts and position papers, electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) remains ill-managed as evidenced by the extremely low rates of proper e-waste recycling (e-recycling) worldwide, ongoing illegal shipments to developing countries and constantly reported human health issues and environmental pollution. The objectives of this review are, first, to expose the complexity of e-waste problems, and then to suggest possible upstream and downstream solutions. Exploring e-waste issues is akin to opening a Pandora's box...
January 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120788/milk-authenticity-by-ion-trap-proteomics-following-multi-enzyme-digestion
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Donatella Nardiello, Anna Natale, Carmen Palermo, Maurizio Quinto, Diego Centonze
The practice of adding adulterating substances in milk in order to raise profits is unfortunately worldwide. In addition, higher priced milk, coming from minor dairy species, is often illegally integrated with the lower priced cow milk. The presence of species-specific proteins, different from those declared in label, may be a serious problem for people with allergies. The development of proper analytical methods is therefore essential to protect consumer benefits and product authenticity. In this study, a proteomic approach for the detection of adulteration processes of specific milks in mixtures is proposed...
April 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114934/illegal-fishing-and-territorial-user-rights-in-chile
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Rodrigo Oyanedel, Andres Keim, Juan Carlos Castilla, Stefan Gelcich
Illegal fishing poses a major threat for the conservation of marine resources worldwide. However, there is still limited empirical research that quantifies illegal catch levels. This study uses the Randomized Response Technique to estimate the proportion of divers, and the quantities extracted of illegal "loco" (Concholepas concholepas), a gastropod managed for the past 17 years through a Territorial User Rights for Fisheries system (TURFs) in Chile. Results show that illegal fishing is widespread along the TURFs system, with official reported landings accounting for only 14- 30% of the total loco extraction...
November 7, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111871/temporal-trend-in-the-levels-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-emitted-in-a-big-tire-landfill-fire-in-spain-risk-assessment-for-human-health
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Joaquim Rovira, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Martí Nadal, Marta Schuhmacher, José L Domingo
In May 2016, a big fire occurred in an illegal landfill placed in Seseña (Toledo, Spain), where between 70,000 and 90,000 tons of tires had been accumulated during years. Just after the fire, and because of the increase of airborne PAHs, we found that cancer risks for the population living in the neighborhood of the landfill were 3-5 times higher than for the rest of inhabitants of Seseña. Some months after our initial (June 2016) study, two sampling campaigns (December 2016 and May 2017) were performed to assess the temporal trends of the environmental levels of PAHs, as well as to reassure that these chemicals did not pose any risk for the human health of Seseña inhabitants...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108142/euthanasia-in-belgium-legal-historical-and-political-review
#17
Toni C Saad
This article describes and evaluates the Belgian euthanasia experience by considering its practice and policy, both before and after the formal decriminalisation of euthanasia in 2002. The pre-legal practice of euthanasia, the evolution of euthanasia legislation, criticism of this legislation, the influence of politics, and later changes to the 2002 Act on Euthanasia are discussed, as well as the subject of euthanasia of minors and the matter of organ procurement. It is argued that the Belgian euthanasia experience is characterised by political expedition, and that the 2002 Act and its later amendments suffer from practical and conceptual flaws...
2017: Issues in Law & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106935/completing-fishing-monitoring-with-spaceborne-vessel-detection-system-vds-and-automatic-identification-system-ais-to-assess-illegal-fishing-in-indonesia
#18
Nicolas Longépé, Guillaume Hajduch, Romy Ardianto, Romain de Joux, Béatrice Nhunfat, Marza I Marzuki, Ronan Fablet, Indra Hermawan, Olivier Germain, Berny A Subki, Riza Farhan, Ahmad Deni Muttaqin, Philippe Gaspar
The Indonesian fisheries management system is now equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies to deter and combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Since October 2014, non-cooperative fishing vessels can be detected from spaceborne Vessel Detection System (VDS) based on high resolution radar imagery, which directly benefits to coordinated patrol vessels in operation context. This study attempts to monitor the amount of illegal fishing in the Arafura Sea based on this new source of information...
October 26, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105556/twenty-five-years-of-french-jurisprudence-in-criminal-medical-liability
#19
Maxime Faisant, Frédérique Papin-Lefebvre, Camille Rerolle, Pauline Saint-Martin, Clotilde Rougé-Maillart
We report on a comprehensive 25-year study on criminal medical liability in France, undertaken to establish trends in the number of cases being brought before the criminal courts. We did this by querying the database on the Légifrance website using a Boolean equation (' pénal' (criminal) AND ' médecin' (physician) OR ' docteur' (doctor)). In total 539 cases were selected, in which the status of the physician either influenced the punishment imposed, or was a prerequisite for the commission of the offence...
January 1, 2017: Medicine, Science, and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101695/vulture-mortality-resulting-from-illegal-poisoning-in-the-southern-balkan-peninsula
#20
Dimitar Parvanov, Emilian Stoynov, Nadya Vangelova, Hristo Peshev, Atanas Grozdanov, Ventseslav Delov, Yavor Iliev
A study was carried out to determine the incidents of illegal poisoning of griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), black vulture (Aegypius monachus), and bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in the southern Balkan Peninsula between 1982 and 2017. A total of 38 poisoning cases affecting 224 vultures were analyzed to identify their causes and the primary target species for poisoning. Nine different compounds were used in these incidents and the most frequently applied were strychnine, carbamate, and organophosphoros compounds...
November 3, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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