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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149746/habitat-mosaics-and-path-analysis-can-improve-biological-conservation-of-aquatic-biodiversity-in-ecosystems-with-low-head-dams
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Sean M Hitchman, Martha E Mather, Joseph M Smith, Jane S Fencl
Conserving native biodiversity depends on restoring functional habitats in the face of human-induced disturbances. Low-head dams are a ubiquitous human impact that degrades aquatic ecosystems worldwide. To improve our understanding of how low-head dams impact habitat and associated biodiversity, our research examined complex interactions among three spheres of the total environment. i.e., how low-head dams (anthroposphere) affect aquatic habitat (hydrosphere), and native biodiversity (biosphere) in streams and rivers...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149393/challenges-in-minor-tbi-and-indications-for-head-ct-in-pediatric-tbi-an-update
#2
Navneet Singh, Ash Singhal
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric head trauma is one of the commonest presentations to emergency departments. Over 90% of such head injuries are considered mild, but still present risk acute clinical deterioration and longer term morbidity. Identifying which children are at risk of clinically important brain injuries remains challenging and much of the data on minor head injuries is based on the adult population. CHALLENGES IN PEDIATRICS: Children, however, are different, both anatomically and in terms of mechanism of injury, to adults and, even within the pediatric group, there are differences with age and stage of development...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149388/problems-of-reconstructive-cranioplasty-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children
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Paolo Frassanito, Gianpiero Tamburrini, Luca Massimi, Simone Peraio, Massimo Caldarelli, Concezio Di Rocco
Cranial repair after traumatic brain injury in children is still burdened by unsolved problems and controversial issues, mainly due to the high rate of resorption of autologous bone as well as the absence of valid alternative material to replace the autologous bone. Indeed, inert biomaterials are associated to satisfactory results in the short period but bear the continuous risk of complications related to the lack of osteointegration capacity. Biomimetic materials claiming osteoconductive properties that could balance their mechanical limits seem to allow good cranial bone reconstruction...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149385/pre-clinical-models-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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REVIEW
Patrick M Kochanek, Jessica S Wallisch, Hülya Bayır, Robert S B Clark
PURPOSE: Despite the enormity of the problem and the lack of new therapies, research in the pre-clinical arena specifically using pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) models is limited. In this review, some of the key models addressing both the age spectrum of pediatric TBI and its unique injury mechanisms will be highlighted. Four topics will be addressed, namely, (1) unique facets of the developing brain important to TBI model development, (2) a description of some of the most commonly used pre-clinical models of severe pediatric TBI including work in both rodents and large animals, (3) a description of the pediatric models of mild TBI and repetitive mild TBI that are relatively new, and finally (4) a discussion of challenges, gaps, and potential future directions to further advance work in pediatric TBI models...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148085/built-to-bite-differences-in-cranial-morphology-and-bite-performance-between-narrow-and-broad-headed-european-glass-eels
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Jens De Meyer, Sam Van Wassenbergh, Mathias Bouilliart, Jelle Dhaene, Dominique Adriaens
The presence of two phenotypes in a single species is a widespread phenomenon, also observed in European eel (Anguilla anguilla). This dimorphism has been related to dietary differences in the subadult elver and yellow eel stages, with broad-heads generally feeding on harder and/or larger-bodied prey items than narrow-heads. Nevertheless, both broad- and narrow-headed phenotypes can already be found among glass eels, the stage preceding the elver eel stage. As these glass eels are considered nonfeeding, we investigate here to what degree the observed variation in head width is reflected in variation in the musculoskeletal feeding system, as well as whether this reflects the same variation observed in the older, dimorphic yellow eels...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147771/maximum-striking-velocities-in-strikes-with-steel-rods-the-influence-of-rod-length-rod-mass-and-volunteer-parameters
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T X Trinh, S Heinke, C Rode, S Schenkl, M Hubig, G Mall, Holger Muggenthaler
In blunt force trauma to the head caused by attacks with blunt instruments, contact forces can be estimated based on the conservation of momentum if impact velocities are known. The aims of this work were to measure maximum striking velocities and to examine the influence of rod parameters such as rod mass and length as well as volunteer parameters such as sex, age, body height, body mass, body mass index and the average amount of physical exercise. Steel rods with masses of 500, 1000 and 1500 g as well as lengths of 40, 65 and 90 cm were exemplarily tested as blunt instruments...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146168/bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-enhanced-by-platelet-rich-plasma-maintain-adhesion-to-scaffolds-in-arthroscopic-simulation
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Alexander R Hoberman, Carl Cirino, Mary Beth McCarthy, Mark P Cote, Leo Pauzenberger, Knut Beitzel, Augustus D Mazzocca, Felix Dyrna
PURPOSE: To assess the response of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (bMSCs) enhanced by platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the setting of a normal human tendon (NHT), a demineralized bone matrix (DBM), and a fibrin scaffold (FS) with simulated arthroscopic mechanical washout stress. METHODS: Bone marrow was aspirated from the humeral head and concentrated. BMSCs were counted, plated, and grown to confluence. Cells were seeded onto 3 different scaffolds: (1) NHT, (2) DBM, and (3) FS...
November 13, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145969/late-postoperative-analysis-of-the-tip-apex-distance-tad-in-pertrochanteric-fractures-is-there-an-accommodation-of-the-implant-within-the-bone
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Leandro Jun Aihara, Rafael Augusto Nanni, Marina Sousa Carvalho, Caio Zamboni, Jorge R Durigan, José S Hungria Neto, Marcelo T Mercadante, Ralph W Christian, José O S Hungria
INTRODUCTION: This study measured the tip-apex distance (TAD) values in the immediate postoperative period and following weight-bearing and fracture impaction in patients undergoing osteosynthesis with dynamic hip screw and cephalomedullary nail. OBJECTIVE: To correlate the Baumgaertner index in the immediate postoperative period with values obtained after impaction of the fracture with the accommodation of the cephalic implant in the femoral head. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Radiographic TAD measurements were taken with AGFA-VIEW(®) of 82 patients with a mean age of 72 years with pertrochanteric fractures who were operated on and the fracture fixed with DHS- Synthes(®), TFN-Synthes(®), or Gamma Nail III-Stryker(®) in the immediate postoperative period, and following weight-bearing and fracture impaction (mean 3-8 weeks after surgery)...
October 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145944/latent-national-subpopulations-of-early-education-classroom-disengagement-of-children-from-underresourced-families
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Paul A McDermott, Michael J Rovine, Marley W Watkins, Jessica L Chao, Clare W Irwin, Roland Reyes
This research examined the latent developmental patterns for early classroom disengagement among children from some of the most underresourced families in the nation. Based on standardized teacher observations from the Head Start Impact Study, a nationally representative sample of children (N=1377) was assessed for manifestations of reticent/withdrawn and low energy behavior over four years spanning prekindergarten through first grade. For each form of disengagement, latent growth mixture modeling revealed three distinct subpopulations of change patterns featuring a dominant class associated with generally good classroom adjustment, a medial class that varied close to the population average over time, and a more extreme class (about 10% of the population) whose adjustment was relatively marginal and sometimes reached problematic levels...
December 2017: Journal of School Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145942/teachers-dispositional-mindfulness-and-the-quality-of-their-relationships-with-children-in-head-start-classrooms
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Brandon D Becker, Kathleen C Gallagher, Robert C Whitaker
The quality of teachers' relationships with children is a key predictor of children's later social emotional competence and academic achievement. Interventions to increase mindfulness among teachers have focused primarily on the impacts on teachers' subjective well-being, but not on the quality of their relationships with children. Furthermore, none of these interventions have involved preschool teachers. To consider the potential of mindfulness-based interventions to improve the quality of teachers' relationships with preschool-aged children, we examined data from an online survey of 1001 classroom teachers in 37 Pennsylvania Head Start Programs...
December 2017: Journal of School Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143411/spontaneous-neural-activity-differences-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-a-quantitative-resting-state-meta-analysis-and-fmri-validation
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Seth G Disner, Craig A Marquardt, Bryon A Mueller, Philip C Burton, Scott R Sponheim
Identifying the pathophysiology of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a critical step toward reducing its debilitating impact. Spontaneous neural activity, measured at rest using various neuroimaging techniques (e.g., regional homogeneity [ReHo], amplitude of low frequency fluctuations [ALFF]), can provide insight about baseline neurobiological factors influencing sensory, cognitive, or behavioral processes associated with PTSD. The present study used activation likelihood estimation (ALE) to conduct the largest-to-date quantitative meta-analysis of spontaneous neural activity in PTSD, including 457 PTSD cases, 292 trauma-exposed controls (TECs), and 293 non-traumatized controls (NTCs) across 22 published studies...
November 15, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141990/rna-sequencing-of-drosophila-melanogaster-head-tissue-on-high-sugar-and-high-fat-diets
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Wayne Hemphill, Osvaldo Rivera, Matthew Talbert
Obesity has been shown to increase risk for cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. In addition, it has been implicated in aggravation of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's. In the model organism Drosophila melanogaster, a physiological state mimicking diet-induced obesity can be induced by subjecting fruit flies to a solid medium disproportionately higher in sugar than protein or that has been supplemented with a rich source of saturated fat. These flies can exhibit increased circulating glucose levels, increased triglyceride content, insulin-like peptide resistance, and behavior indicative of neurological decline...
November 15, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138435/effects-of-gsm-and-umts-mobile-telephony-signals-on-neuron-degeneration-and-blood-brain-barrier-permeation-in-the-rat-brain
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Florence Poulletier de Gannes, Hiroshi Masuda, Bernard Billaudel, Emmanuelle Poque-Haro, Annabelle Hurtier, Philippe Lévêque, Gilles Ruffié, Murielle Taxile, Bernard Veyret, Isabelle Lagroye
Blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeation and neuron degeneration were assessed in the rat brain following exposure to mobile communication radiofrequency (RF) signals (GSM-1800 and UMTS-1950). Two protocols were used: (i) single 2 h exposure, with rats sacrificed immediately, and 1 h, 1, 7, or 50 days later, and (ii) repeated exposures (2 h/day, 5 days/week, for 4 weeks) with the effects assessed immediately and 50 days after the end of exposure. The rats' heads were exposed at brain-averaged specific absorption rates (BASAR) of 0...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133295/head-injury-mechanisms-in-fis-world-cup-alpine-and-freestyle-skiers-and-snowboarders
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Sophie Elspeth Steenstrup, Arnhild Bakken, Tone Bere, Declan Alexander Patton, Roald Bahr
INTRODUCTION: Head injuries represent a concern in skiing and snowboarding, with traumatic brain injuries being the most common cause of death. AIM: To describe the mechanisms of head and face injuries among World Cup alpine and freestyle skiers and snowboarders. METHODS: We performed a qualitative analysis of videos obtained of head and face injuries reported through the International Ski Federation Injury Surveillance System during 10 World Cup seasons (2006-2016)...
November 13, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132269/correlation-of-concussion-symptom-profile-with-head-impact-biomechanics-a-case-for-individual-specific-injury-tolerance
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Steven Rowson, Stefan M Duma, Brian D Stemper, Alok S Shah, Jason Mihalik, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Larry D Riggen, Christopher C Giza, John DiFiori, Alison Brooks, Kevin K Guskiewicz, Darren Campbell, Jerry McGinty, Steve Svoboda, Ken Cameron, Steven P Broglio, Thomas McAllister, Michael McCrea
Concussion is a brain injury induced by biomechanical forces that is broadly defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain. The intricate link between biomechanical input and concussion injury response is poorly understood. We aimed to test the hypothesis that greater biomechanical forces would result in the presentation of more concussion-related symptoms that would take longer to resolve. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between an array of biomechanical parameters measured for concussive impacts and the presentation and resolution of concussion symptoms...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131424/influences-of-age-ethnic-group-and-skin-sites-on-a-provisory-skin-marking-experimentally-induced-in-vivo
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F Flament, R Bazin
BACKGROUND: To study capacity of skin to being imprinted by a marking head rapidly applied (10 seconds) onto the skin under a standardized pressure (15 kPa). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Referential photographs of skin markings, resulting from different times of application serve at grading the extent of skin imprints. The imprinting tool, equipped with 5 linear bulbs of different sizes but same thickness (1 mm), was applied onto the cheeks of 641 women of different ages (18-80 years) of 3 different ethnic groups...
November 12, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131384/extent-and-consequences-of-inadequate-disease-control-among-adults-with-a-history-of-moderate-to-severe-atopic-dermatitis
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Wenhui Wei, Peter Anderson, Abhijit Gadkari, Stuart Blackburn, Rachel Moon, James Piercy, Shashank Shinde, Jorge Gomez, Eric Ghorayeb
Since control of atopic dermatitis (AD) remains challenging but has not been adequately characterized, the objective of this study was to characterize disease control among patients with a history of moderate to severe AD. Data were from the 2014 Adelphi US AD Disease Specific Programme, a cross-sectional survey of physicians (n = 202) and their patients with history of moderate to severe AD (n = 1064, 54% female, 75% white, mean age 40 years). Inadequately controlled AD as rated by the physician was defined as currently flaring; deteriorating/changeable AD; or physician dissatisfaction with current control...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131328/headache-education-active-waiting-directive-a-program-to-enhance-well-being-during-long-referral-wait-times
#18
Ana Marissa Lagman-Bartolome, Valerie Lawler, Christine Lay
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this initiative was to evaluate the clinical impact, patient acceptability, and sustainability of implementing a newly developed evidence-guided migraine education program in an academic headache center. BACKGROUND: Headache is the fifth most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits and accounts for more than 10 million physician visits annually. Successful management of headaches presents a challenge to both primary care providers and neurologists...
November 12, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130566/cisplatin-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-as-a-theranostic-agent-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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Erez Shmuel Davidi, Tamar Dreifuss, Menachem Motiei, Eliezer Shai, Dimitri Bragilovski, Leon Lubimov, Marc Jose Jonathan Kindler, Aron Popovtzer, Jeremy Don, Rachela Popovtzer
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to develop a nanoplatform, which simultaneously acts as radiosensitizer, drug carrier, and tumor imaging agent for head and neck cancer. METHODS: We synthesized 20 nm gold nanoparticles, coated with glucose and cisplatin (CG-GNPs). Their penetration into tumor cells and their cellular toxicity were evaluated in vitro. In vivo experiments were conducted to evaluate their impact on tumor growth and their imaging capabilities...
November 11, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129229/head-injury-profoundly-affects-gut-microbiota-homeostasis-results-of-a-pilot-study
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Anne-Judith Waligora-Dupriet, Sophie Lafleur, Christine Charrueau, Caroline Choisy, Luc Cynober, Marie-José Butel, Christophe Moinard
OBJECTIVES: Head injury (HI) induces a hypercatabolic state, dysimmunity, and septic complications that increase morbidity and mortality. Although compromised immune function is usually incriminated in infection occurrence, gut dysbiosis could also be involved in this phenomenon and, to our knowledge, has never been considered. To assess if HI could affect microbiota, we explored the impact of HI on intestinal microbiota in a rodent model of fluid percussion. METHODS: Nineteen rats were randomly assigned to two groups: Healthy rats fed ad libitum (n = 7) and HI rats (n = 12), which received standard enteral nutrition for 4 d...
January 2018: Nutrition
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