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Effect of a Grocery Store Intervention on Sales of Nutritious Foods to Youth and Their Families.

Abstract Title: Effect of a Grocery Store Intervention on Sales of Nutritious Foods to Youth and Their Families. Abstract Source: J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Apr 16. Epub 2012 Apr 16. PMID: 22513119 Abstract Author(s): Ashley S Holmes, Paul A Estabrooks, George C Davis, Elena L Serrano Abstract: Grocery stores represent a unique opportunity to initiate nutrition interventions. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a 12-week, child-focused intervention at one grocery store. An observational uninterrupted time-series design was implemented from May to September 2009. The Healthy Kids campaign consisted of a point-of-purchase kiosk featuring fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks as well as a sampling pod comprised of food items from the kiosk. Data collection included changes in sales for featured products; observations of customers at the kiosk/intervention; and brief questionnaires for customers who engaged with the kiosk. Descriptive statistics were computed for questionnaire responses and observational data. Correlational analyses were conducted to identify potential predictors of engagement. Sales data were analyzed using analysis of variance. Results showed an overall increase in the proportion of sales of the featured items to total store sales during the intervention period (P<0.05). Individual items that increased sales during the intervention period included whole-wheat bagels, bananas, radishes, honey, sunflower seeds, baked tortilla chips, and almond butter (P<0.05). Almost two thirds (61.7%) of the patrons interviewed noticed the Healthy Kids kiosk, with about one quarter (28.7%) indicating that they purchased at least one item. Fifty-eight percent reported that the kiosk encouraged them to buy healthier foods. Article Published Date : Apr 15, 2012
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Implementing Green Walls in Schools.

Implementing Green Walls in Schools. Front Psychol. 2018;9:619 Authors: McCullough MB, Martin MD, Sajady MA Abstract Numerous studies in applied pedagogical design have shown that, at all educational levels, direct exposure to the natural environment can enhance learning by improving student attention and behaviors. Implementing green walls-a "vertical garden," or "living wall" interior wall that typically includes greenery, a growing medium (soil or substrate) and a water delivery system-provides environmental health benefits, but also provides a practical application within classrooms for minimizing directed attention fatigue in students by connecting them to "outdoor nature" within the indoor environment. Hands-on "project-based" learning is another pedagogical strategy that has proved to be effective across the spectrum of educational levels and across subject areas. Green walls have the potential to inspire critical thinking through a combination of project-based learning strategies and environmental education. The authors have outlined a curriculum involving the implementation of an indoor living wall system within a classroom-learning environment, incorporating project-based learning modules that interact with the wall. In conjunction with the passive health benefits of a green wall, project-based curriculum models can connect students interactively with indoor nature and have the potential to inspire real-world thinking related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics fields within the indoor learning environment. Through a combination of these passive and interactive modes, students are connected to nature in the indoor environment regardless of weather conditions outdoors. Future research direction could include post-construction studies of the effectiveness of project-based curricula related to living walls, and the long-term impacts of implementing green walls in classrooms on school achievement and student behaviors. PMID: 29928238 [PubMed]

"No Pumps Allowed": The "Problem" With Gender Expression and the Morehouse College "Appropriate Attire Policy".

"No Pumps Allowed": The "Problem" With Gender Expression and the Morehouse College "Appropriate Attire Policy". J Homosex. 2018 Jun 21;: Authors: Mobley SD, Johnson JM Abstract Within higher education literature, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been lauded for their exceptional ability to provide African American students with culturally engaging academic and social environments. While the aforementioned may be true, much of this literature presents HBCU students and these institutions as monolithic entities, with little regard to the ways social identities (e.g. gender, gender identity, and sexual identities) shape students' undergraduate experiences. This investigation uses Critical Discourse Analysis to explore the media's coverage and reactions to the Morehouse College Appropriate Attire Policy in order to examine how their campus stakeholders problematized gender expression within this HBCU context. Implications for this research provides insights into how HBCU communities can both recognize and respond to the needs of their diverse queer student populations. This study concludes with highlighting new advancements being made on HBCU campuses that illustrate how they are making their campuses more inclusive of queer students. PMID: 29927738 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Reshaping Policies to Achieve a Strategic Plan for Indigenous Engagement in Nursing Education.

Reshaping Policies to Achieve a Strategic Plan for Indigenous Engagement in Nursing Education. Nurs Leadersh (Tor Ont). 2018;31(1):18-27 Authors: Butler L, Exner-Pirot H, Berry L Abstract Canadian universities are developing strategies to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. There has been much attention paid to the positivist, individualistic and Eurocentric foundations of nursing and its educational curricula, but limited focus on assessing organizational structures or engaging with stakeholders. Without both approaches, the success of new initiatives may be limited. The College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan implemented a "Learn Where You Live" model that demonstrated a sense of place by providing access and opportunity in rural, remote and northern regions of the province. Key to this initiative was the creation of the position of Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement, whose role it is to develop strategic initiatives designed to interpret and influence socio-political and policy-level system changes. This paper shares how adding a political scientist to nursing education created an interprofessional team by introducing new ways of thinking and being that have cultural relevance and understanding for a sustainable future. PMID: 29927379 [PubMed - in process]

High fidelity simulation to improve multidisciplinary team working with pre-registrants.

Related Articles High fidelity simulation to improve multidisciplinary team working with pre-registrants. Nurs Manag (Harrow). 2018 Feb 22;24(10):35-39 Authors: Morgan S Abstract Simulation has been introduced in recent years into international nursing curricula. Many educational establishments have developed simulation centres that resemble the ward settings nursing students will be exposed to so that they can use the same equipment as they will in clinical practice. This is referred to as high fidelity simulation training (HFST). This article reflects on an example of a multidisciplinary HFST scenario in the context of the assessment and accountability and learning domains of the Nursing and Midwifery Council standards. The article also discusses the assessment, feedback and evaluation process. PMID: 29469247 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

A medium invasiveness multi-level patient's specific template for pedicle screw placement in the scoliosis surgery.

Related Articles A medium invasiveness multi-level patient's specific template for pedicle screw placement in the scoliosis surgery. Biomed Eng Online. 2017 Nov 14;16(1):130 Authors: Azimifar F, Hassani K, Saveh AH, Ghomsheh FT Abstract BACKGROUND: Several methods including free-hand technique, fluoroscopic guidance, image-guided navigation, computer-assisted surgery system, robotic platform and patient's specific templates are being used for pedicle screw placement. These methods have screw misplacements and are not always easy to be applied. Furthermore, it is necessary to expose completely a large portions of the spine in order to access fit entirely around the vertebrae. METHODS: In this study, a multi-level patient's specific template with medium invasiveness was proposed for pedicle screw placement in the scoliosis surgery. It helps to solve the problems related to the soft tissues removal. After a computer tomography (CT) scan of the spine, the templates were designed based on surgical considerations. Each template was manufactured using three-dimensional printing technology under a semi-flexible post processing. The templates were placed on vertebras at four points-at the base of the superior-inferior articular processes on both left-right sides. This helps to obtain less invasive and more accurate procedure as well as true-stable and easy placement in a unique position. The accuracy of screw positions was confirmed by CT scan after screw placement. RESULTS: The result showed the correct alignment in pedicle screw placement. In addition, the template has been initially tested on a metal wire series Moulage (height 70 cm and material is PVC). The results demonstrated that it could be possible to implement it on a real patient. CONCLUSIONS: The proposed template significantly reduced screw misplacements, increased stability, and decreased the sliding & the intervention invasiveness. PMID: 29137676 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Enzyme stabilization via computationally guided protein stapling.

Related Articles Enzyme stabilization via computationally guided protein stapling. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 11 21;114(47):12472-12477 Authors: Moore EJ, Zorine D, Hansen WA, Khare SD, Fasan R Abstract Thermostabilization represents a critical and often obligatory step toward enhancing the robustness of enzymes for organic synthesis and other applications. While directed evolution methods have provided valuable tools for this purpose, these protocols are laborious and time-consuming and typically require the accumulation of several mutations, potentially at the expense of catalytic function. Here, we report a minimally invasive strategy for enzyme stabilization that relies on the installation of genetically encoded, nonreducible covalent staples in a target protein scaffold using computational design. This methodology enables the rapid development of myoglobin-based cyclopropanation biocatalysts featuring dramatically enhanced thermostability (ΔTm = +18.0 °C and ΔT50 = +16.0 °C) as well as increased stability against chemical denaturation [ΔCm (GndHCl) = 0.53 M], without altering their catalytic efficiency and stereoselectivity properties. In addition, the stabilized variants offer superior performance and selectivity compared with the parent enzyme in the presence of a high concentration of organic cosolvents, enabling the more efficient cyclopropanation of a water-insoluble substrate. This work introduces and validates an approach for protein stabilization which should be applicable to a variety of other proteins and enzymes. PMID: 29109284 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Proof of Concept Study for the Design, Manufacturing, and Testing of a Patient-Specific Shape Memory Device for Treatment of Unicoronal Craniosynostosis.

Related Articles Proof of Concept Study for the Design, Manufacturing, and Testing of a Patient-Specific Shape Memory Device for Treatment of Unicoronal Craniosynostosis. J Craniofac Surg. 2018 Jan;29(1):45-48 Authors: Borghi A, Rodgers W, Schievano S, Ponniah A, Jeelani O, Dunaway D Abstract Treatment of unicoronal craniosynostosis is a surgically challenging problem, due to the involvement of coronal suture and cranial base, with complex asymmetries of the calvarium and orbit. Several techniques for correction have been described, including surgical bony remodeling, early strip craniotomy with orthotic helmet remodeling and distraction. Current distraction devices provide unidirectional forces and have had very limited success. Nitinol is a shape memory alloy that can be programmed to the shape of a patient-specific anatomy by means of thermal treatment.In this work, a methodology to produce a nitinol patient-specific distractor is presented: computer tomography images of a 16-month-old patient with unicoronal craniosynostosis were processed to create a 3-dimensional model of his skull and define the ideal shape postsurgery. A mesh was produced from a nitinol sheet, formed to the ideal skull shape and heat treated to be malleable at room temperature. The mesh was afterward deformed to be attached to a rapid prototyped plastic skull, replica of the patient initial anatomy. The mesh/skull construct was placed in hot water to activate the mesh shape memory property: the deformed plastic skull was computed tomography scanned for comparison of its shape with the initial anatomy and with the desired shape, showing that the nitinol mesh had been able to distract the plastic skull to a shape close to the desired one.The shape-memory properties of nitinol allow for the design and production of patient-specific devices able to deliver complex, preprogrammable shape changes. PMID: 29040141 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]