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Healthcare and Welfare Policy Efficiency in 34 Developing Countries in Asia.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020 Jun 27;17(13). Epub 2020 Jun 27.

Business School Lausanne (BSL), CH-1022 Chavannes (VD), Switzerland.

The healthcare and welfare policies of nations, as well as the amount of investments put into these areas, vary across countries. Investments in healthcare and welfare have been increasing worldwide which brings the question of assessing the efficiency of these investments. There are, however, difficulties in evaluating the effectiveness of such investments due to differences in countries' economic development levels and due to the differences in data definition issues. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134617DOI Listing

Job-Related and Nonjob-Related Gossips Among Low-Ranked Employees in Unionized Service Organization.

Front Psychol 2020 11;11:994. Epub 2020 Jun 11.

Rahim Yar Khan Division, MEPCO, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan.

Workplace incivility is a common phenomenon that is frequently found across all organizations and cultures. This study was planned to investigate the impact of workplace incivility on job and non-job related gossips through the mediating role of cynicism and psychological contract violation. The perspective of low-ranked unionized employees was explored through a survey method by using stratified sampling in eight strata, which were formulated based on geographical distribution. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00994DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7300313PMC

The relationship between urbanization, technology innovation, trade openness, and CO emissions: evidence from a panel of Asian countries.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 Jun 27. Epub 2020 Jun 27.

School of Economics, Qingdao University, Qingdao, 266061, China.

This paper explores the dynamic relationship between CO emissions, urbanization, trade openness, and technology innovation based on the panel data of 13 Asian countries over the period of 1985-2019. The STIRPAT model is used as a framework for the analysis. For estimation purpose, panel cointegration and FMOLS techniques are utilized. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09777-yDOI Listing

Examining the impacts of economic and demographic aspects on the ecological footprint in South and Southeast Asian countries.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 Jun 23. Epub 2020 Jun 23.

Department of Marketing, Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

The re-examination of the existing economic and environmental policies in the South and Southeast Asian countries seems to be necessary, as these countries are struggling to achieve the goals of sustainable development. For designing a long-term environmental policy, we intended to examine whether the selected economic and demographic indicators have influenced the ecological footprint in the eight developing countries of Asia from 1990 to 2015. The use of pooled mean group (PMG) approach allowed driving the long-run common coefficients, which may facilitate us to develop a common policy framework for fortifying the environmental quality. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09659-3DOI Listing

Food insecurity among senior citizens in high out-migration areas: evidence from Western Nepal.

BMC Nutr 2020 19;6:31. Epub 2020 Jun 19.

Department of Development and Sustainability, Asian Institute of Technology, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani, Thailand.

Background: Food insecurity is a critical public health challenge, particularly in low- and middle-income countries such as Nepal. The demographic transition has resulted in a growing population of senior citizens. However, the determinants of food insecurity among Nepali senior citizens remain unknown. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40795-020-00356-5DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7304115PMC

Introducing a multi-variate classification method: Risky driving acceptance among different heterogeneous driver sub-cultures.

J Safety Res 2020 Jun 3;73:81-91. Epub 2020 Mar 3.

Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan. Electronic address:

Introduction: Heterogeneous driving populations with many different origins are likely to have various sub-cultures that comprise of drivers with shared driver characteristics, most likely with dissimilar traffic safety cultures. An innovative methodology in traffic safety research is introduced which is beneficial for large datasets with multiple variables, making it useful for the multi-variate classification of drivers, driving attitudes and/or (risky) driving behaviours.

Method: With the application of multidimensional scaling analysis (MDS), this study explores traffic safety culture in the State of Qatar using a questionnaire and investigates the similarity patterns between the questionnaire items, aiming to classify attitudes towards risky driving behaviours into themes. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2020.02.009DOI Listing

An empirical analysis of the non-linear impacts of ICT-trade openness on renewable energy transition, energy efficiency, clean cooking fuel access and environmental sustainability in South Asia.

Authors:
Muntasir Murshed

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 Jun 18. Epub 2020 Jun 18.

School of Business and Economics, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Energy security and environmental sustainability have become an integral policy agenda worldwide whereby the global economic growth policies are being restructured to ensure the reliability of energy supply and safeguard environmental well-being as well. However, technological inefficiency is one of the major hindrances in attaining these over-arching goals. Hence, this paper probed into the non-linear impacts of ICT trade on the prospects of undergoing renewable energy transition, improving energy use efficiencies, enhancing access to cleaner cooking fuels, and mitigating carbon dioxide emissions across selected South Asian economies: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Maldives. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09497-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7302924PMC

Screening of commercial meat products from supermarket chains for feline derivatives using SP-PCR-RLFP and lab-on-a-chip.

J Food Compost Anal 2020 Sep 9;92:103565. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

Halal Products Research Institute, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Determination of feline meat in food products is an important issue for social, health, economic and religious concern. Hence this paper documented the application of species specific polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (SP-PCR-RFLP) assay targeting a short-fragments (69 bp) of mitochondrial cytochrome () gene to screen feline meat in commercial meat products using lab-on-a-chip. The SP-PCR assay proved its specificity theoretically and experimentally while testing with different common animal, aquatic and plant species of DNA. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfca.2020.103565DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7282760PMC
September 2020
1.985 Impact Factor

Microbiota Composition of Breast Milk from Women of Different Ethnicity from the Manawatu-Wanganui Region of New Zealand.

Nutrients 2020 Jun 11;12(6). Epub 2020 Jun 11.

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited, Private Bag 11600, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand.

Human breastmilk components, the microbiota and immune modulatory proteins have vital roles in infant gut and immune development. In a population of breastfeeding women ( = 78) of different ethnicities (Asian, Māori and Pacific Island, New Zealand European) and their infants living in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand, we examined the microbiota and immune modulatory proteins in the breast milk, and the fecal microbiota of mothers and infants. Breast milk and fecal samples were collected over a one-week period during the six to eight weeks postpartum. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu12061756DOI Listing

Future increase in elderly heat-related mortality of a rapidly growing Asian megacity.

Sci Rep 2020 Jun 9;10(1):9304. Epub 2020 Jun 9.

Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan.

Urban dwellers are at risk of heat-related mortality in the onset of climate change. In this study, future changes in heat-related mortality of elderly citizens were estimated while considering the combined effects of spatially-varying megacity's population growth, urbanization, and climate change. The target area is the Jakarta metropolitan area of Indonesia, a rapidly developing tropical country. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-66288-zDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7283254PMC

Comparison of different BMI cut-offs to screen for child and adolescent obesity in urban China.

Public Health Nutr 2020 Jun 10:1-9. Epub 2020 Jun 10.

School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai200025, China.

Objectives: To determine which set of BMI cut-offs is the most appropriate to define child and adolescent obesity in urban China.

Design: A cross-sectional study was carried out between 1 November and 31 December in 2017.

Setting: Community Healthcare Center in Minhang District, Shanghai, China. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980020000828DOI Listing

The long-run and short-run influence of environmental pollution, energy consumption, and economic activities on health quality in emerging countries.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 Jun 7. Epub 2020 Jun 7.

Finance Department, College of Business, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box. 344, Rabigh, 21911, Saudi Arabia.

This study investigates the effect of energy utilization, greenhouses gasses emissions, and economic activities on health risks such as mortality rate and incidence of respiratory diseases in emerging Asian economies. The study analyzes a panel data from 1995 to 2018 to examine the long-run and short-run influence of environmental pollution on health issues. The empirical findings highlight that greenhouse gasses emissions, fossil fuel consumption, and natural resources depletion in the region are key factors to increasing health risks in the long-run period, while the use of clean energy and improvement in per capita economic growth is helping to improve the health status of the households. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09348-1DOI Listing

How does energy poverty affect economic development? A panel data analysis of South Asian countries.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 Jun 4. Epub 2020 Jun 4.

College of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, 211100, People's Republic of China.

This study examines the interaction between energy poverty, employment, education, per capita income, inflation, and economic development using panel data for seven South Asian countries. The present study uses panel data spanning the period from 1995 to 2017, panel cointegration, autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL), and penalized quantile regression (PQR) estimators to test for cointegration in the long-run. The estimated results reveal that both panel cointegration approaches (Pedroni and Johansen-Fisher) demonstrate the existence of the long-term relationship between energy poverty, employment, education, per capita income, inflation, and economic development. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-09173-6DOI Listing

Environmental Phillips curve: OECD and Asian NICs perspective.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 May 31. Epub 2020 May 31.

School of Commerce, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia.

This research aims to explore the existence of a new concept known as "environmental Phillips curve" (EPC) developed by the authors. Taking annual data of 30 countries for 26 years, a panel data estimation method is applied. The invented function shows an inverse relationship between pollution and unemployment. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-020-08620-8DOI Listing
May 2020
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How robust is the own-group face recognition bias? Evidence from first- and second-generation East Asian Canadians.

PLoS One 2020 29;15(5):e0233758. Epub 2020 May 29.

Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

There is mounting evidence that North Americans are better able to remember faces of targets who belong to the same social group, and this is true even when the social groups are experimentally created. Yet, how Western cultural contexts afford the development of this own group face recognition bias remains unknown. This question is particularly important given that recent findings suggest that first-generation East Asian Canadians do not show this bias. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7259662PMC

Phase I study of bintrafusp alfa, a bifunctional fusion protein targeting TGF-β and PD-L1, in patients with pretreated biliary tract cancer.

J Immunother Cancer 2020 May;8(1)

Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital East, Kashiwa, Japan

Background: Patients with biliary tract cancer (BTC) have poor prognosis with few treatment options. Bintrafusp alfa, a first-in-class bifunctional fusion protein composed of the extracellular domain of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-βRII receptor (a TGF-β 'trap') fused to a human IgG1 antibody blocking programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), has shown clinical efficacy in multiple solid tumors.

Methods: In this phase I, open-label trial expansion cohort, Asian patients with BTC whose disease progressed after first-line chemotherapy received bintrafusp alfa 1200 mg every 2 weeks until disease progression, unacceptable toxicity, or withdrawal. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jitc-2020-000564DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7254161PMC

The Impact of Surgery and Radiotherapy on Health-Related Quality of Life of Individuals with Oral and Oropharyngeal Carcinoma and Short-Term Follow up after Treatment.

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 2020 May 1;21(5):1227-1234. Epub 2020 May 1.

Oral Oncology Center and Department of Dental Materials and Prosthodontics, São Paulo State University (UNESP), School of Dentistry, Araçatuba, SP, Brazil.

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the quality of life of patients with oral or oropharyngeal cancer by using specific questionnaires (QLQ-C30 and QLQ-HandN35), varying according to the location of the tumor (oral cavity or oropharynx) and the treatment performed (only surgery or surgery associated with radiotherapy).

Methods: Fifty patients were enrolled in this study and answered the EORTC QLQ-C30 and EORTC HandN35 questionnaires, before (baseline), at 1 week, and 3 months after treatment. Internal consistency reliability was calculated with the Cronbach coefficient. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.31557/APJCP.2020.21.5.1227DOI Listing

The effects of weather on daily emergency ambulance service demand in Taipei: a comparison with Hong Kong.

Theor Appl Climatol 2020 Apr 21:1-10. Epub 2020 Apr 21.

2Department of Geography, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Numerous studies have examined the effects of weather on emergency ambulance service (EAS) demand. Given Taipei's unique physical and social environments, empirical evidence collected from other regions may not be applicable. Collecting more information about the characteristics of vulnerable groups and the effects of weather could help the EAS managing authority in formulating cost-effective EAS policies. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00704-020-03213-4DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7223070PMC

Economic growth in South Asia: the role of CO emissions, population density and trade openness.

Heliyon 2020 May 8;6(5):e03903. Epub 2020 May 8.

Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Sfax, Tunisia.

This study investigates the impact of CO emissions, population density, and trade openness on the economic growth of five South Asian countries. Using data from 1990 to 2017 the panel co-integration approach of extended neoclassical growth model is used. The obtained results reveal that CO emissions and population density positively and trade openness negatively affect the economic growth in South Asia. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03903DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7218098PMC

"Medicine of the Grassroots": Korean Herbal Medicine Industry and Consumption during the Japanese Colonial Period.

Authors:
Yong-Yuan Huang

Uisahak 2020 Apr;29(1):215-274

Assistant Professor, Korean Department & Center for East Asian Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, China.

There is no doubt that the colonial period was a critical time for the establishment and expansion of modern Western medicine in Korea. However, did this act as a catalyst for the overall decline of traditional Korean medicine? While previous studies mainly focus on research based on the concept of Uisaeng (traditional Korean medicine doctor) and the medical policies implemented by the Japanese Government-General of Korea, this paper begins with the Korean herbal medicine industry, and comprehensively investigates the distribution and consumption of Korean herbal medicines during the colonial period from three perspectives: the policies for Korean medicine merchants implemented by the Japanese Government-General of Korea, changes in the Korean herbal medicine industry, and consumption of Korean herbal medicines in the Korean society. The colonial authorities' intention was to foster the advancement of Western medicine and phase out traditional Korean medicine. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.13081/kjmh.2020.29.215DOI Listing

Notes From the Field: Vape Shop Business Operations Compliance in the Wake of COVID-19.

Eval Health Prof 2020 06;43(2):135-137

Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

The novel 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closing of all but essential businesses in California. However, several nonessential businesses have remained open in Southern California despite the mandated "stay at home" order issued by the governor. As part of an ongoing vape shop project involving 88 participating shops, this study investigated the number of vape shops that remained open amidst the coronavirus outbreak and related mandates. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0163278720923224DOI Listing

White lie effects of information asymmetry on stock momentum.

Heliyon 2020 Apr 28;6(4):e03816. Epub 2020 Apr 28.

Department of Southeast Asian Economy, Trade and Digital Finance, TransWorld University, Taiwan, ROC.

This paper aims to explore the relationship between information asymmetry and stock momentum. Using winner and loser approach, we find that winners with exaggerated forecast of earnings per share are more likely to have contrarian profits in subsequent holding periods. On the contrary, winners with low or middle-low information asymmetry tend to continue their good returns in future holding periods. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03816DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7195530PMC

Effect of REDD+ projects on local livelihood assets in Keo Seima and Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia.

Heliyon 2020 Apr 23;6(4):e03802. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Climate-change mitigation projects are expected to improve local livelihoods in targeted areas. Several REDD+ projects aimed at reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conserving and enhancing forest carbon stocks, and sustainably managing forests have been implemented in Cambodia but few studies have examined the effects on local livelihoods before and during project implementation. Our study applies a sustainable livelihood framework to assess the livelihood assets of local communities in the Oddar Meanchey and Keo Seima REDD+ project sites in Cambodia before and during project implementation. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03802DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7184172PMC

Molybdenum Carbide-Embedded Multichannel Hollow Carbon Nanofibers as Bifunctional Catalysts for Water Splitting.

Chem Asian J 2020 Jul 20;15(13):1957-1962. Epub 2020 May 20.

Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Materials and Technology for Energy Conversion, College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, 210016, China.

With the environmental pollution and non-renewable fossil fuels, it is imperative to develop eco-friendly, renewable, and highly efficient electrocatalysts for sustainable energy. Herein, a simple electrospinning process used to synthesis Mo C-embedded multichannel hollow carbon nanofibers (Mo C-MCNFs) and followed by the pyrolysis process. As prepared lotus root-like nanoarchitecture could offer rich porosity and facilitate the electrolyte infiltration, the Mo C-MCNFs delivered favourable catalytic activity for HER and OER. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asia.201901815DOI Listing

Belief in and use of traditional Chinese medicine in Shanghai older adults: a cross-sectional study.

BMC Complement Med Ther 2020 Apr 28;20(1):128. Epub 2020 Apr 28.

Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, AS1 04-30, 11 Arts Link, Singapore, 117570, Singapore.

Background: Traditional medicine is broadly used across Asian societies for various medical conditions and health concerns. However, there remains a wide disparity between users and non-use, which makes it imperative to understand the factors affecting the lay perception and utilization of traditional medicine. This study systematically examined the demographic, medical, and socioeconomic factors affecting belief in and use of traditional medicine among older adults of Shanghai, China. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12906-020-02910-xDOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7189641PMC

Modeling Impact of Word of Mouth and E-Government on Online Social Presence during COVID-19 Outbreak: A Multi-Mediation Approach.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020 04 24;17(8). Epub 2020 Apr 24.

School of Business, Anhui University, Hefei 230009, China.

Although social presence plays an essential role under general conditions, its role becomes significant for societal protection during the quarantine period in epidemic outbreak. In this study, we attempted to identify the role of E-government and COVID-19 word of mouth in terms of their direct impact on online social presence during the outbreak as well as their impacts mediated by epidemic protection and attitudes toward epidemic outbreaks. For this purpose, a unique multi-mediation model is proposed to provide a new direction for research in the field of epidemic outbreaks and their control. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082954DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7216275PMC

Conversations and Medical News Frames on Twitter: Infodemiological Study on COVID-19 in South Korea.

J Med Internet Res 2020 05 5;22(5):e18897. Epub 2020 May 5.

College of Information, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, United States.

Background: SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2) was spreading rapidly in South Korea at the end of February 2020 following its initial outbreak in China, making Korea the new center of global attention. The role of social media amid the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has often been criticized, but little systematic research has been conducted on this issue. Social media functions as a convenient source of information in pandemic situations. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/18897DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7202309PMC

Phase I Study of the Bifunctional Fusion Protein Bintrafusp Alfa in Asian Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors, Including a Hepatocellular Carcinoma Safety-Assessment Cohort.

Oncologist 2020 Apr 23. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Kindai University Hospital, Osaka, Japan.

Lessons Learned: Bintrafusp alfa had a manageable safety profile and demonstrated preliminary clinical activity in heavily pretreated patients with solid tumors (including hepatocellular carcinoma) with no or limited treatment options. Findings from this study suggest bintrafusp alfa may be a novel therapeutic approach for patients with advanced solid tumors. Additional trials are needed to further explore safety and efficacy of bintrafusp alfa in specific tumor types. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1634/theoncologist.2020-0249DOI Listing

Culture and Patterns of Reciprocity: The Role of Exchange Type, Regulatory Focus, and Emotions.

Pers Soc Psychol Bull 2020 Apr 23:146167220913694. Epub 2020 Apr 23.

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, USA.

Reciprocity is a fundamental mechanism for sustained social relationships. Escalation-based theories suggest that reciprocity intensifies over time. In contrast, equity-based theories propose that people reciprocate behaviors in kind. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0146167220913694DOI Listing

The gray matter volume of the temporoparietal junction varies across cultures: a moderating role of the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4).

Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2020 May;15(2):193-202

Department of Psychiatry, Texas A&M College of Medicine, College Station, TX, USA.

Prior work shows that compared to European Americans, East Asians show an enhanced propensity to take the perspective of another person. In the current work, we tested whether this cultural difference might be reflected in the gray matter (GM) volume of the temporoparietal junction (TPJ), a brain region selectively implicated in perspective taking and mentalizing. We also explored whether the cultural difference in the TPJ GM volume might be moderated by dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) exon 3 variable-number tandem repeat polymorphism. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsaa032DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7304516PMC

Safety and Tolerability of Bintrafusp Alfa, a Bifunctional Fusion Protein Targeting TGFβ and PD-L1, in Asian Patients with Pretreated Recurrent or Refractory Gastric Cancer.

Clin Cancer Res 2020 Jul 16;26(13):3202-3210. Epub 2020 Apr 16.

National Cancer Center Hospital East, Chiba, Japan.

Purpose: Patients with advanced gastric/gastroesophageal junction cancer (GC/GEJC) have limited treatment options after first-line therapy. Bintrafusp alfa is a first-in-class bifunctional fusion protein composed of the extracellular domain of the TGFβRII receptor (a TGFβ "trap") fused to a human IgG1 antibody against programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), potentially offering a new treatment approach for these patients. We report results for bintrafusp alfa in GC/GEJC. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-3806DOI Listing

Infectious KoRV-related retroviruses circulating in Australian bats.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 Apr 13;117(17):9529-9536. Epub 2020 Apr 13.

Life Sciences, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia;

Bats are reservoirs of emerging viruses that are highly pathogenic to other mammals, including humans. Despite the diversity and abundance of bat viruses, to date they have not been shown to harbor exogenous retroviruses. Here we report the discovery and characterization of a group of koala retrovirus-related (KoRV-related) gammaretroviruses in Australian and Asian bats. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1915400117DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7196810PMC

Cost-effectiveness and resource allocation (CERA) 18 years of evolution: maturity of adulthood and promise beyond tomorrow.

Cost Eff Resour Alloc 2020 2;18:15. Epub 2020 Apr 2.

9Department of Economic Theory, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Since its inception in 2003, journal has come a long way over the past 18 years. Possibly much longer than many of its contemporaries in the blossoming science of health economics might have anticipated. Today, entering 2020 it celebrates the Age of Maturity. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12962-020-00210-2DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7118849PMC

Redescription of Deltamysis holmquistae Bowman amp; Orsi, 1992 (Crustacea: Mysida: Mysidae), a mysid species new to the Atlantic Ocean with observations on the taxonomic status of Kochimysis Panampunnayil amp; Biju, 2007.

Zootaxa 2020 Jan 31;4729(4):zootaxa.4729.4.3. Epub 2020 Jan 31.

Ecological Associates, Inc., Jensen Beach, Florida 34958, USA..

The first occurrences of the estuarine mysid Deltamysis holmquistae Bowman Orsi from the Atlantic Ocean are documented from sites on the eastern Florida and northwest Gulf of Mexico (Texas) coasts of North America. Based on examination of type material and specimens from Florida and Texas, considerable morphological variability and additional characters were observed necessitating a rediagnosis of the monotypic genus Deltamysis and a redescription of D. holmquistae. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4729.4.3DOI Listing
January 2020

A global database of soil nematode abundance and functional group composition.

Sci Data 2020 03 26;7(1):103. Epub 2020 Mar 26.

Department of Environmental Systems Science, Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.

As the most abundant animals on earth, nematodes are a dominant component of the soil community. They play critical roles in regulating biogeochemical cycles and vegetation dynamics within and across landscapes and are an indicator of soil biological activity. Here, we present a comprehensive global dataset of soil nematode abundance and functional group composition. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-0437-3DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7099023PMC

Nutraceutical regulations: An opportunity in ASEAN countries.

Nutrition 2020 Jun 18;74:110729. Epub 2020 Jan 18.

Pharmanza Herbal Pvt. Ltd., Anand, Gujarat, India.

In today's era of increased standards of lifestyle and life expectancy, there has been a constant demand for supplements by consumers. Nutraceuticals are among the supplements in demand. Although there is a big opportunity for the nutraceutical business, there are no uniform regulatory requirements in different regions. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2020.110729DOI Listing

Passive Smokers' Support for Stronger Tobacco Control in Indonesia.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2020 03 16;17(6). Epub 2020 Mar 16.

Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia.

Secondhand smoke exposure in Indonesia is high, especially compared to other Southeast Asian countries. Passive smoking leads to negative impacts on health and socio-economic well-being. Therefore, increasing the price of cigarettes and, thereby, increasing barriers to access to cigarettes could be an effective way to reduce smoking prevalence and protect people from second-hand smoke. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7142641PMC

WITHDRAWN: Minimally invasive treatment of lumbar tuberculosis via the oblique lateral interbody fusion combined with posterior percutaneous screws placement.

Asian J Surg 2020 Mar 11. Epub 2020 Mar 11.

Department of Orthopedics, Jiangxi Provincial People's Hospital Affiliated to Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330006, China.

This article has been withdrawn at the request of the author(s) and/or editor. The Publisher apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. The full Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal can be found at https://www. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asjsur.2020.02.010DOI Listing

When to pull the trigger in nonazoospermic infertile men undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection?

Asian J Androl 2020 Jul-Aug;22(4):439-440

Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland BT71NN, UK.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/aja.aja_4_20DOI Listing

Diterpenoids and phenolic analogues from the roots of .

J Asian Nat Prod Res 2020 Mar 13:1-8. Epub 2020 Mar 13.

Bio-Center, Gyeonggido Business & Science Accelerator (GBSA), Suwon 16229, Republic of Korea.

Two new compounds, including a -pimarane diterpenoid (continentanol, ) and a phenolic derivative (aralianic acid, ), along with the known diterpenoids (-), polyacetylenes (-), phenolic components (-), and phytosterols ( and ), were isolated from roots of . The structures of the new compounds were established by spectroscopic data interpretation, particularly HRESIMS, 1 D and 2 D NMR data including HSQC and HMBC. Also, those of the known compounds were identified by spectral comparison with those of the reported values. Read More

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March 2020
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Association between shift work and poor sleep quality in an Asian multi-ethnic working population: A cross-sectional study.

PLoS One 2020 4;15(3):e0229693. Epub 2020 Mar 4.

Centre for Population Health Sciences, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore.

Background: We aimed to examine the association between shift work and sleep quality in a diverse occupational type.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of self-reported sleep quality in 424 workers aged ≥21 using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). We divided workers into two categories based on their PSQI score: (a) ≤5 (good sleep quality) and (b) >5 (poor sleep quality). Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7055880PMC

Energy consumption and financial development indicators nexuses in Asian economies: a dynamic seemingly unrelated regression approach.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2020 May 2;27(14):16472-16483. Epub 2020 Mar 2.

School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, No.10, Xitucheng, Haidian District, 100876, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

In recent times, financial development and industrial progression accrue energy demand. Therefore, the present research is investigating the nexuses of energy consumption-financial development indicators for 32 Asian economies including the FDI, economic growth, and urban sprawl. The long-run marginal impacts and causal linkage are estimated through the dynamic seemingly unrelated regression and the heterogeneous causality respectively. Read More

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May 2020
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Leptin levels in alcohol dependent patients and their relationship with withdrawal and craving.

Asian J Psychiatr 2020 Feb 14;51:101967. Epub 2020 Feb 14.

Department of Psychiatry, Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical & Health Sciences, Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India.

Objective: Association between leptin plasma levels and alcohol craving has been seen previously. This study aims to research this correlation in a different population while comparing this correlation with respect to hyper-excitable state of alcohol withdrawal.

Methods: 25 patients of alcohol dependence were assessed for withdrawal symptoms and craving for alcohol. Read More

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February 2020

The unhealthy = tasty belief is associated with BMI through reduced consumption of vegetables: A cross-national and mediational analysis.

Appetite 2020 07 22;150:104639. Epub 2020 Feb 22.

Department of Marketing, School of Business and Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Electronic address:

Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of modern times and its prevalence is increasing worldwide. With food so abundant in developed countries, many people face a conflict between desires for short-term taste and the goal of long-term health, multiple times a day. Recent research suggests that consumers often resolve these conflicts based on their lay beliefs about the healthiness and tastiness of food. Read More

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Ethnic enclaves, discrimination, and stress among Asian American women: Differences by nativity and time in the United States.

Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol 2020 Feb 24. Epub 2020 Feb 24.

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Objectives: Living in ethnic enclaves may protect racial/ethnic minority populations from discrimination and stress by facilitating positive intergroup relations in those neighborhoods. This study examines how two different aspects of ethnic enclaves-neighborhood ethnic concentration and cultural institutions-are associated with discrimination and stress among Asian American women, and how these associations differ by nativity and time lived in the United States.

Method: A community-based survey of Asian American women with geocoded residential addresses was linked with U. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000322DOI Listing
February 2020

Malay Validation of Copenhagen Psychosocial Work Environment Questionnaire in Context of Second Generation Statistical Techniques.

Biomed Res Int 2020 3;2020:7680960. Epub 2020 Feb 3.

Department of Management Sciences, National Textile University, Pakistan.

Psychosocial hazards present in workplaces are being actively investigated by researchers from multiple domains. More research and resources are required to investigate the debilitating consequences of these hazards in the developing and underdeveloped countries where this issue remains one of grave concern. This study aims at investigating the psychometric properties of Malaysian version of Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire for reliability and validity purpose. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2020/7680960DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7025471PMC
February 2020

Why East Asians but not South Asians are underrepresented in leadership positions in the United States.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 03 18;117(9):4590-4600. Epub 2020 Feb 18.

Columbia Business School, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027.

Well-educated and prosperous, Asians are called the "model minority" in the United States. However, they appear disproportionately underrepresented in leadership positions, a problem known as the "bamboo ceiling." It remains unclear why this problem exists and whether it applies to all Asians or only particular Asian subgroups. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7060666PMC

Rational budgeting approach as a nutrient management tool for mixed crop-swine farms in Korea.

Asian-Australas J Anim Sci 2019 Dec 24. Epub 2019 Dec 24.

Department of Animal Industry Convergence, College of Animal Life Science, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 24341, Korea.

Objective: Due to rapid economic return, mixed crop-swine farming systems in Korea have become more intensive. Intensive farming practices often cause nutrient surpluses and lead to environmental pollution. Nutrient budgets can be used to evaluate the environmental impact and as a regulatory policy instrument for nutrient management. Read More

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December 2019

The impact of exchange rate volatility on Indonesia's top exports to the five main export markets.

Heliyon 2020 Jan 15;6(1):e03141. Epub 2020 Jan 15.

Departement of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Airlangga, Jl Airlangga No. 4, Surabaya, 60286, Indonesia.

This study examines the impact of exchange rate volatility on Indonesia's primary export commodities to the top five export destination countries, namely China, India, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. This study uses a GARCH model to obtain an estimated value of exchange rate volatility, using monthly data covering from 2006 to 2018. The ARDL method helps to measure the effect of exchange rate volatility on exports to destination countries in both the short and the long-term. Read More

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6965739PMC
January 2020