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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823105/understanding-peripartum-depression-through-neuroimaging-a-review-of-structural-and-functional-connectivity-and-molecular-imaging-research
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Christy Duan, Jessica Cosgrove, Kristina M Deligiannidis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Imaging research has sought to uncover brain structure, function, and metabolism in women with postpartum depression (PPD) as little is known about its underlying pathophysiology. This review discusses the imaging modalities used to date to evaluate postpartum depression and highlights recent findings. RECENT FINDINGS: Altered functional connectivity and activity changes in brain areas implicated in executive functioning and emotion and reward processing have been identified in PPD...
August 19, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823088/electrical-signals-triggered-controllable-formation-of-calcium-alginate-film-for-wound-treatment
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Xiaoli Liu, Huan Liu, Xue Qu, Miao Lei, Chuchu Zhang, Hua Hong, Gregory F Payne, Changsheng Liu
Wound dressings play important roles in the management of wounds, and calcium cross-linked alginate (Ca(2+)-Alg) is a commonly used hydrogel that is adapted for wound treatment. However, conventional methods for fabricating Ca(2+)-Alg hydrogels can be tedious and difficult to control because of the rapid Ca(2+)-induced gelation of alginate. In this study, An electrodeposition method was used to rapidly and controllably fabricate Ca(2+)-Alg films for wound treatment. Several measures of film growth (e.g., thickness and mass) are shown to linearly correlate to the imposed charge transfer at the electrode...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823023/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-symptoms-and-white-matter-abnormalities-among-combat-exposed-veterans
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Kirstin Aschbacher, Synthia H Mellon, Owen M Wolkowitz, Clare Henn-Haase, Rachel Yehuda, Janine D Flory, Linda M Bierer, Duna Abu-Amara, Charles R Marmar, Susanne G Mueller
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with abnormalities in functional connectivity of a specific cortico-limbic network; however, less is known about white matter abnormalities providing structural connections for this network. This study investigated whether the diagnosis and symptoms of PTSD are associated with alterations in fractional anisotropy (FA), an index reflecting white matter organization, across six, a priori-defined tracts. White matter FA was quantified by diffusion tensor imaging using 3 T-MRI among 57 male, combat-exposed veterans with no history of moderate to severe head injuries or current alcohol dependence: 31 met criteria for PTSD and 26 were demographically comparable, combat-exposed controls without PTSD...
August 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822934/ecotoxicological-effects-of-binary-mixtures-of-siduron-and-cd-on-mrna-expression-in-the-earthworm-eisenia-fetida
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Herman Uwizeyimana, Meie Wang, Weiping Chen, Kifayatullah Khan
This study aimed to investigate the eco-toxicological responses of earthworm (Eisenia fetida) exposed to combined siduron (herbicide) and cadmium (Cd). Eisenia fetida gene expressions including metallothionein (MT) and heat shock protein70 (Hsp70) were analyzed using real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction after individual and combined siduron (0.90, 1.80, 3.60 and 7.20μgcm(-2)) and Cd (0.225, 0.45, 0.90 and 1.80μgcm(-2)) sublethal exposures. Where, the nature of the toxicological interactions between siduron and Cd in inducing or suppressing MT and Hsp70 expression was determined by applying the Combination index (CI)-isobologram model...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822919/neighborhood-environment-walkability-and-health-related-quality-of-life-among-older-adults-in-hong-kong
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Yanan Zhao, Pak-Kwong Chung
This study examined the associations between walkability related environmental attributes (WREA) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among older adults in Hong Kong. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 340 participants (women = 233; mean age = 74.4 years) living in urban communities. Independent variables included residential density, land use mix-diversity, land use mix-access, street connectivity, infrastructure for walking, aesthetics, traffic hazards, crime, access to parking, lack of cul-de-sacs, hilliness, and physical barriers...
August 10, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822885/matching-complex-dietary-landscapes-with-the-signalling-pathways-that-regulate-life-history-traits
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REVIEW
Christen K Mirth, Matthew Dw Piper
The rise in obesity in human populations has reinvigorated research focused on how nutrition impacts life history traits, including body size, lifespan, reproductive success, stress resistance and propensity for disease. Studies have ranged in their approach from identifying the molecular machinery responding to changes in nutrient levels, to understanding the hormonal changes that occur in response to diet, to mapping the response of differing life history traits over complex dietary landscapes. Connecting insights across these approaches presents significant challenges primarily because we lack information about how signalling pathways respond to dietary complexity...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822871/altered-language-network-in-benign-childhood-epilepsy-patients-with-spikes-from-non-dominant-side-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Jiajia Fang, Sihan Chen, Cheng Luo, Qiyong Gong, Dongmei An, Dong Zhou
Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) is one of the most common childhood epilepsy syndromes, and language deficits associated with BECTS have become a hot topic. This study investigated alterations of the language network in BECTS children with spikes from the non-dominant side in comparison with healthy controls. Twenty-three children with BECTS and 20 age-matched healthy controls were enrolled. Region of interest -based whole brain functional connectivity analysis was used to identify the potential differences in the functional connectivity of the Broca's area between the two groups...
August 1, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822814/assessment-of-drinking-water-quality-at-the-tap-using-fluorescence-spectroscopy
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Masoumeh Heibati, Colin A Stedmon, Karolina Stenroth, Sebastien Rauch, Jonas Toljander, Melle Säve-Söderbergh, Kathleen R Murphy
Treated drinking water may become contaminated while travelling in the distribution system on the way to consumers. Elevated dissolved organic matter (DOM) at the tap relative to the water leaving the treatment plant is a potential indicator of contamination, and can be measured sensitively, inexpensively and potentially on-line via fluorescence and absorbance spectroscopy. Detecting elevated DOM requires potential contamination events to be distinguished from natural fluctuations in the system, but how much natural variation to expect in a stable distribution system is unknown...
August 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822775/the-clandestine-organs-of-the-endocrine-system
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Natàlia Garcia-Reyero
This review analyzes what could be regarded as the "clandestine organs" of the endocrine system: the gut microbiome, the immune system, and the stress system. The immune system is very closely related to the endocrine system, with many intertwined processes and signals. Many researchers now consider the microbiome as an 'organ' that affects the organism at many different levels. While stress is certainly not an organ, it affects so many processes, including endocrine-related processes, that the stress response system deserved a special section in this review...
August 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822751/using-multi-level-bayesian-lesion-symptom-mapping-to-probe-the-body-part-specificity-of-gesture-imitation-skills
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Elisabeth I S Achilles, Peter H Weiss, Gereon R Fink, Ellen Binder, Cathy J Price, Thomas M H Hope
Past attempts to identify the neural substrates of hand and finger imitation skills in the left hemisphere of the brain have yielded inconsistent results. Here, we analyse those associations in a large sample of 257 left hemisphere stroke patients. By introducing novel Bayesian methods, we characterise lesion symptom associations at three levels: the voxel-level, the single-region level (using anatomically defined regions), and the region-pair level. The results are inconsistent across those three levels and we argue that each level of analysis makes assumptions which constrain the results it can produce...
August 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822724/finding-the-ledge-sagittal-analysis-of-bony-landmarks-of-the-orbit
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Peter J J Gooris, Barbara S Muller, Leander Dubois, Jan E Bergsma, Gertjan Mensink, Maaike F E van den Ham, Alfred G Becking, Karlien Seubring
PURPOSE: This study determined the average distances and angles between anatomic landmarks within the orbit, with an emphasis on localization of the orbital process of the palatine bone. This information will help the surgeon with treatment planning and surgical procedures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Four anatomic landmarks were identified retrospectively on computed tomograms of 100 adult Caucasian patients (50 men and 50 women): the top of the infraorbital margin superior to the infraorbital foramen (point A), the top of the orbital process of the palatine bone (point B), the anteriormost bony portion of the superior orbital fissure (point C), and the ventrolateral aspect of the bony entrance of the optic canal (point D)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822696/influence-of-surgical-decompression-on-the-expression-of-inflammatory-and-tissue-repair-biomarkers-in-periapical-cysts
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Janderson Teixeira Rodrigues, Henrique Dos Santos Antunes, Luciana Armada, Fábio Ramôa Pires
OBJECTIVE: The biologic effects of surgical decompression on the epithelium and connective tissues of periapical cysts are not fully understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of tissue repair and inflammatory biomarkers in periapical cysts before and after surgical decompression. STUDY DESIGN: Nine specimens of periapical cysts treated with decompression before undergoing complete enucleation were immunohistochemically analyzed to investigate the expression of interleukin-1β, tumor necrosis factor-α, transforming growth factor-β1, matrix metalloproteinase-9, Ki-67, and epidermal growth factor receptor...
July 5, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822693/whisker-dependent-responsiveness-of-c57bl-6j-to-different-behavioral-test-paradigms
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Seenu Haridas, Ramya Ganapathi, Mayank Kumar, Kailash Manda
Whisker trimming is very common in C57BL/6J mice. Dewhiskering may lead to an alteration in the thalamocortical connectivity and relevant behavioral functions. Since C57BL/6J is a commonly used strain for neurobehavioral studies, it is important to examine how whisker dependent heterogeneity affects the internal validity of behavioral phenotypes. The present study aimed to investigate the responsiveness of mice to different behavioral test paradigms in the presence or absence of whiskers. We employed two models of whisker deprivation: Acute Whisker Desensitization (AWD) and Chronic Habitual Dewhiskering (CHD)...
August 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822588/characterization-of-reactive-flow-induced-evolution-of-carbonate-rocks-using-digital-core-analysis-part-2-calculation-of-the-evolution-of-percolation-and-transport-properties
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Jafar Qajar, Christoph H Arns
Percolation of reactive fluids in carbonate rocks affects the rock microstructure and hence changes the rock macroscopic properties. In Part 1 paper, we examined the voxel-wise evolution of microstructure of the rock in terms of mineral dissolution/detachment, mineral deposition, and unchanged regions. In the present work, we investigate the relationships between changes in two characteristic transport properties, i.e. permeability and electrical conductivity and two critical parameters of the pore phase, i...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822304/a-flow-through-elevated-temperature-and-pressure-nmr-apparatus-for-in-situ-co2-sequestration-studies
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Erika L Sesti, Jinlei Cui, Sophia E Hayes, Mark S Conradi
We report an apparatus for in-situ nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of chemical reactions of dissolved (13)CO2 with minerals (rock or powder) under continuous flow. The operating range of the apparatus is 18-150°C and 1-140bar. A flow pump is used to circulate a CO2-water solution, with a heated mixing vessel where CO2 gas equilibrates with a water solution. The NMR probe is built around a strong zirconia ceramic vessel, with o-ring sealed connections; the mineral is contained inside. The horizontal orientation of the zirconia vessels allows use of a radio frequency (rf) solenoid for improved spin sensitivity...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822302/new-insight-in-spiral-drawing-analysis-methods-application-to-action-tremor-quantification
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André Pierre Legrand, Isabelle Rivals, Aliénor Richard, Emmanuelle Apartis, Emmanuel Roze, Marie Vidailhet, Sabine Meunier, Elodie Hainque
OBJECTIVE: Spiral drawing is one of the standard tests used to assess tremor severity for the clinical evaluation of medical treatments. Tremor severity is estimated through visual rating of the drawings by movement disorders experts. Different approaches based on the mathematical signal analysis of the recorded spiral drawings were proposed to replace this rater dependent estimate. The objective of the present study is to propose new numerical methods and to evaluate them in terms of agreement with visual rating and reproducibility...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822238/the-environmental-injustice-of-beauty-framing-chemical%C3%A2-exposures-from-beauty-products-as-a-health%C3%A2-disparities-concern
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Ami R Zota, Bhavna Shamasunder
The obstetrics-gynecology community has issued a call to action to prevent toxic environmental chemical exposures and their threats to healthy human reproduction. Recent committee opinions recognize that vulnerable and underserved women may be impacted disproportionately by environmental chemical exposures and recommend that reproductive health professionals champion policies that secure environmental justice. Beauty product use is an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures. Beauty products can include reproductive and developmental toxicants such as phthalates and heavy metals; however, disclosure requirements are limited and inconsistent...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822236/synthesis-structural-studies-and-biological-activity-of-novel-cu-ii-complexes-with-thiourea-derivatives-of-4-azatricyclo-5-2-1-0-2-6-dec-8-ene-3-5-dione
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Aleksandra Drzewiecka-Antonik, Paweł Rejmak, Marcin T Klepka, Anna Wolska, Piotr Pietrzyk, Karolina Stępień, Giuseppina Sanna, Marta Struga
The new Cu(II) complexes of 1/2/3-(bromophenyl)-3-(1,7,8,9-tetramethyl-3,5-dioxo-4-azatricyclo[5.2.1.0(2,6)]dec-8-en-4-yl)thiourea derivatives have been synthesized. The spectroscopic studies together with density functional theory calculations of Cu(II) complexes revealed that two parent ligands coordinate to the copper cation in bidentate fashion via thiocarbonyl S and deprotonated N atoms forming rarely observed four-membered chelate ring, with nearly planar [CuN2S2] moiety. In solid state, the mononuclear complex is formed for thiourea derivative with 3-bromophenyl, whereas for Cu(II) connection with 2- and 4-bromophenyl-thioureas the formation of dinuclear complexes is observed, the latter formed by the stacking of mononuclear complexes...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822109/consumer-attitudes-towards-the-establishment-of-a-national-australian-familial-cancer-research-database-by-the-inherited-cancer-connect-iccon-partnership
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Laura Forrest, Gillian Mitchell, Letitia Thrupp, Lara Petelin, Kate Richardson, Lyon Mascarenhas, Mary-Anne Young
Clinical genetics units hold large amounts of information which could be utilised to benefit patients and their families. In Australia, a national research database, the Inherited Cancer Connect (ICCon) database, is being established that comprises clinical genetic data held for all carriers of mutations in cancer predisposition genes. Consumer input was sought to establish the acceptability of the inclusion of clinical genetic data into a research database. A qualitative approach using a modified nominal group technique was used to collect data through consumer forums conducted in three Australian states...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822015/experimental-periodontitis-in-the-potentialization-of-the-effects-of-immobilism-in-the-skeletal-striated-muscle
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Marcela Aparecida Leite, Tatiane Morgenstern de Mattia, Camila Mayumi Martin Kakihata, Bruna Martinazzo Bortolini, Pedro Henrique de Carli Rodrigues, Gladson Ricardo Flor Bertolini, Rose Meire Costa Brancalhão, Lucinéia de Fátima Chasko Ribeiro, Carlos Augusto Nassar, Patrícia Oehlmeyer Nassar
This study aims to evaluate if ligature-induced periodontitis can potentiates the deleterious effects of immobilization in the skeletal striated muscle, contributing to the development of muscle atrophy due to disuse. Forty Wistar rats were divided into four groups: (1) Control Group (CG), (2) Periodontal Disease (PDG), (3) Immobilized (IG), and (4) Immobilized with Periodontal Disease (IPDG). Periodontal disease was induced for 30 days, with ligature method, and the immobilization was performed with cast bandage for 15 days...
August 18, 2017: Inflammation
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