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Applied behaviour analysis

N M Kriznik, A L Kinmonth, T Ling, M P Kelly
Background: A strong focus on individual choice and behaviour informs interventions designed to reduce health inequalities in the UK. We review evidence for wider mechanisms from a range of disciplines, demonstrate that they are not yet impacting on programmes, and argue for their systematic inclusion in policy and research. Methods: We identified potential mechanisms relevant to health inequalities and their amelioration from different disciplines and analysed six policy documents published between 1976 and 2010 using Bacchi's 'What's the problem represented to be?' framework for policy analysis...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Public Health
Alejandra Nieto, Holger Roehl
There has been a growing interest in recent years in the assessment of suitable vial/stopper combinations for storage and shipment of frozen drug products. Considering that the glass transition temperature (Tg) of butyl rubber stoppers used in Container Closure Systems (CCS) is between -55°C to -65°C, a storage or shipment temperature of a frozen product below the Tg of the rubber stopper, may require special attention, since below the Tg the rubber becomes more plastic-like and loses its elastic (sealing) characteristics...
March 15, 2018: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
Francesco Nappi, Antonio Nenna, Domenico Larobina, Angelo Rosario Carotenuto, Mohamed Jarraya, Cristiano Spadaccio, Massimiliano Fraldi, Massimo Chello, Christophe Acar, Thierry Carrel
OBJECTIVES: Reinforcements for the pulmonary autograft (PA) in the Ross operation have been introduced to avoid the drawback of conduit expansion and failure. With the aid of an in silico simulation, the biomechanical boundaries applied to a healthy PA during the operation were studied to tailor the best implant technique to prevent reoperation. METHODS: Follow-up echocardiograms of 66 Ross procedures were reviewed. Changes in the dimensions and geometry of reinforced and non-reinforced PAs were evaluated...
March 12, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Eli T Newcomb, Louis P Hagopian
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) present with problem behaviour at rates disproportionately higher than their typically-developing peers. Problem behaviour, such as self-injury, aggression, pica, disruption, and elopement result in a diminished quality-of-life for the individual and family. Applied behaviour analysis has a well-established research base, detailing a number of assessment and treatment methods designed to address behaviour problems in children with ASD and ID...
March 14, 2018: International Review of Psychiatry
A B Courtemanche, B P Lloyd, J T Tapp
BACKGROUND: Self-injurious behaviour (SIB) is a treatment-resistant aberrant behaviour that significantly impacts the lives of people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Direct observations of SIB under naturally occurring conditions can inform the unique structural properties of these behaviours, and the contexts in which they occur. While previous applications of sequential analyses have identified strong temporal associations between instances of SIB, they have relied on methods that do not adequately control for chance sequencing and may mask within-participant variability by pooling data across contexts and response topographies...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
Stefania Evangelisti, Claudia Testa, Lorenzo Ferri, Laura Ludovica Gramegna, David Neil Manners, Giovanni Rizzo, Daniel Remondini, Gastone Castellani, Ilaria Naldi, Francesca Bisulli, Caterina Tonon, Paolo Tinuper, Raffaele Lodi
Objectives: To evaluate functional connectivity (FC) in patients with sleep-related hypermotor epilepsy (SHE) compared to healthy controls. Methods: Resting state fMRI was performed in 13 patients with a clinical diagnosis of SHE (age = 38.3 ± 11.8 years, 6 M) and 13 matched healthy controls (age = 38.5 ± 10.8 years, 6 M).Data were first analysed using probabilistic independent component analysis (ICA), then a graph theoretical approach was applied to assess topological and organizational properties at the whole brain level...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Mohamed A Korany, Hoda Mahgoub, Rim S Haggag, Marwa A A Ragab, Osama A Elmallah
A direct, eco-friendly, stability-indicating GC method was developed for the determination of Lacosamide (LCM) in tablet dosage forms in presence of its degradation products as well as in human urine in presence of the co-administered drug Zonisamide (ZON). The assay method in tablets was validated according to the ICH guidelines, while the method for determination of LCM in urine was validated according to FDA; Bioanalytical Method Validation guidance. Linear response (r = 0.9998) was observed over the range of 20-280 μg/mL of LCM, with detection and quantitation limits of 5...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Dilan Irmak Aslan, Buğçe Özoğul, Selim Ceylan, Feza Geyikçi
This study investigates the pyrolysis of Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) as a potential waste management solution. Thermal behaviour of MDF was analysed via TG/DSC. The primary decomposition step occurred between 190 °C and 425 °C. Evolved gaseous products over this step were evaluated by a FTIR spectrometer coupled with TGA. Peaks for phenolic, alcohols and aldehydes were detected at the maximum decomposition temperature. Py-GC/MS analysis revealed phenols, ketones and cyclic compounds as the primary non-condensable pyrolysis products...
February 28, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Michelle G Hall, Claire K Naughtin, Jason B Mattingley, Paul E Dux
Incidental learning affords a behavioural advantage when sensory information matches regularities that have previously been encountered. Previous studies have taken a focused approach by probing the involvement of specific candidate brain regions underlying incidentally acquired memory representations, as well as expectation effects on early sensory representations. Here, we investigated the broader extent of the brain's sensitivity to violations and fulfilments of expectations, using an incidental learning paradigm in which the contingencies between target locations and target identities were manipulated without participants' overt knowledge...
March 5, 2018: NeuroImage
V M A Voorn, L van Bodegom-Vos, C So-Osman
Despite the increasing availability of evidence in transfusion medicine literature, this evidence does not automatically find its way into practice. This is also applicable to patient blood management (PBM). It may concern the lack of implementation of effective new techniques or treatments, or it may apply to the (over)use of techniques and treatments (e.g. inappropriate transfusions) that have proven to be of limited benefit for patients (low-value care) and could be abandoned (de-implementation). In PBM literature, the implementation of restrictive transfusion thresholds and the de-implementation of inappropriate transfusions are described...
March 6, 2018: Transfusion Medicine
Mariola Janiszewska, Teresa Kulik, Dorota Żołnierczuk-Kieliszek, Barłomiej Drop, Ewelina Firlej, Ilona Gajewska
Introduction: Contemporary people do not follow the civilisation development in every life domain, their lifestyle is not always healthy. Self-efficacy is the factor that plays an important role in undertaking actions towards struggling with the disease. The aim of the study: The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between the general self-efficacy level and health behaviours as well as chosen sociodemographic features in women over the age of 45 years who have undergone osteoporosis treatment...
September 2017: Przeglad Menopauzalny, Menopause Review
Catherine M Pirkle, Yan Yan Wu, Maria-Victoria Zunzunegui, José Fernando Gómez
OBJECTIVE: Conceptual models underpinning much epidemiological research on ageing acknowledge that environmental, social and biological systems interact to influence health outcomes. Recursive partitioning is a data-driven approach that allows for concurrent exploration of distinct mixtures, or clusters, of individuals that have a particular outcome. Our aim is to use recursive partitioning to examine risk clusters for metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components, in order to identify vulnerable populations...
March 1, 2018: BMJ Open
Hans Magnus Solli, António Barbosa da Silva
BACKGROUND: The article defines a comprehensive concept of cognitive objectivity (CCCO) applied to embodied subjects in health care. The aims of this study were: (1) to specify some necessary conditions for the definition of a CCCO that will allow objective descriptions and assessments in health care, (2) to formulate criteria for application of such a CCCO, and (3) to investigate the usefulness of the criteria in work disability assessments in medical certificates from health care provided for social security purposes...
March 2, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Gemma Via-Clavero, Marta Sanjuán-Naváis, Marta Romero-García, Laura de la Cueva-Ariza, Gemma Martínez-Estalella, Erika Plata-Menchaca, Pilar Delgado-Hito
BACKGROUND: Despite the reported harms and ethical concerns about physical restraint use in the critical care settings, nurses' intention to apply them is unequal across countries. According to the theory of planned behaviour, eliciting nurses' beliefs regarding the use of physical restraints would provide additional social information about nurses' intention to perform this practice. AIM: To explore the salient behavioural, normative and control beliefs underlying the intention of critical care nurses to use physical restraints from the theory of planned behaviour...
January 1, 2018: Nursing Ethics
William Sulis
Temperament of healthy people and mental illnesses, particularly affective disorders, have been conjectured to lie along a continuum of neurobehavioural regulation. Understanding the nature of this continuum may better inform the construction of taxonomies for both categories of behaviour. Both temperament and mental illness refer to patterns of behaviour that manifest over long time scales (weeks to years) and they appear to share many underlying neuroregulatory systems. This continuum is discussed from the perspectives of nonlinear dynamical systems theory, neurobiology and psychiatry as applied to understanding such multiscale time-series behaviour...
April 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Irina Trofimova
This paper applies evolutionary and functional constructivism approaches to the discussion of psychological taxonomies, as implemented in the neurochemical model Functional Ensemble of Temperament (FET). FET asserts that neurochemical systems developed in evolution to regulate functional-dynamical aspects of construction of actions: orientation, selection (integration), energetic maintenance, and management of automatic behavioural elements. As an example, the paper reviews the neurochemical mechanisms of interlocking between emotional dispositions and performance capacities...
April 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Rachel A Crockett, Sarah E King, Theresa M Marteau, A T Prevost, Giacomo Bignardi, Nia W Roberts, Brendon Stubbs, Gareth J Hollands, Susan A Jebb
BACKGROUND: Nutritional labelling is advocated as a means to promote healthier food purchasing and consumption, including lower energy intake. Internationally, many different nutritional labelling schemes have been introduced. There is no consensus on whether such labelling is effective in promoting healthier behaviour. OBJECTIVES: To assess the impact of nutritional labelling for food and non-alcoholic drinks on purchasing and consumption of healthier items. Our secondary objective was to explore possible effect moderators of nutritional labelling on purchasing and consumption...
February 27, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Ping Luo, Alejandro Roca, Karen Tiede, Katie Privett, Jiachao Jiang, John Pinkstone, Guibin Ma, Jonathan Veinot, Alisatair Boxall
Novel applications of nanotechnology may lead to the release of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), which result in concerns over their potential environmental hazardous impact. It is essential for the research workers to be able to quantitatively characterise ENPs in the environment and subsequently to assist the risk assessment of the ENPs. This study hence explored the application of nanoparticle tracking system (NTA) to quantitatively describe the behaviour of the ENPs in natural sediment-water systems. The NTA allows the measurement of both particle number concentration (PNC) and particle size distribution (PSD) of the ENPs...
February 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Suzanne C Freeman, Neil W Scott, Rachael Powell, Marie Johnston, Alex J Sutton, Nicola J Cooper
OBJECTIVE: To apply component network meta-analysis (CNMA) models to an existing Cochrane review of psychological preparation interventions for adults undergoing surgery and to extend the models to account for covariates to identify the most effective components for improving postoperative outcomes. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Interventions consisted of between one and four components of psychological preparation: procedural information, sensory information, behavioural instruction, cognitive interventions, relaxation and emotion-focused techniques...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Karolien Baldewijns, Sema Bektas, Josiane Boyne, Carla Rohde, Lieven De Maesschalck, Leentje De Bleser, Vincent Brandenburg, Christian Knackstedt, Aleidis Devillé, Sandra Sanders-Van Wijk, Hans-Peter Brunner La Rocca
Heart failure is a complex disease with poor outcome. This complexity may prevent care providers from covering all aspects of care. This could not only be relevant for individual patient care, but also for care organisation. Disease management programmes applying a multidisciplinary approach are recommended to improve heart failure care. However, there is a scarcity of research considering how disease management programme perform, in what form they should be offered, and what care and support patients and care providers would benefit most...
December 2017: International Journal of Care Coordination
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