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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738316/-what-kept-me-going-a-qualitative-study-of-avoidant-responses-to-war-related-adversity-and-perpetration-of-violence-by-former-forcibly-recruited-children-and-youth-in-the-acholi-region-of-northern-uganda
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Helle Harnisch, Edith Montgomery
This qualitative study investigates what, according to 36 former forcibly recruited women and men, enabled them to "keep on going" during and after their forced recruitment in the twenty-year-long civil war in northern Uganda. Furthermore, the study conveys the ways most of the former forcibly recruited kept on going and today cope with ongoing war-related adversity and difficult reintegration processes without relying on psycho-social intervention. Thirty-five of the 36 women and men were forcibly recruited when they were children by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) from the Acholi region of northern Uganda...
July 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728860/-palimpsest-scar-lesions-in-a-context-of-torture-darfur-sudan
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P Charlier, F Bou Abdallah, Y Mostefai Dulac, S Deo, S Jacqueline, L Brun, C Hervé
BACKGROUND: As a result of the current exponentially growing refugee population from the Middle-East and East Africa (Sudan, Darfur, Eritrea), clinicians (including forensic pathologists) are seeing atypical skin lesions, mainly of a traumatic nature, but in some cases associated with long-standing lesions related to ethnic practices. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A case of torture sequelae is presented herein in a patient originally from Darfur (Sudan): cutaneous incisions were made on old scars several times using a knife...
July 17, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720167/recovery-from-dsm-iv-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-in-the-who-world-mental-health-surveys
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A J Rosellini, H Liu, M V Petukhova, N A Sampson, S Aguilar-Gaxiola, J Alonso, G Borges, R Bruffaerts, E J Bromet, G de Girolamo, P de Jonge, J Fayyad, S Florescu, O Gureje, J M Haro, H Hinkov, E G Karam, N Kawakami, K C Koenen, S Lee, J P Lépine, D Levinson, F Navarro-Mateu, B D Oladeji, S O'Neill, B-E Pennell, M Piazza, J Posada-Villa, K M Scott, D J Stein, Y Torres, M C Viana, A M Zaslavsky, R C Kessler
BACKGROUND: Research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) course finds a substantial proportion of cases remit within 6 months, a majority within 2 years, and a substantial minority persists for many years. Results are inconsistent about pre-trauma predictors. METHODS: The WHO World Mental Health surveys assessed lifetime DSM-IV PTSD presence-course after one randomly-selected trauma, allowing retrospective estimates of PTSD duration. Prior traumas, childhood adversities (CAs), and other lifetime DSM-IV mental disorders were examined as predictors using discrete-time person-month survival analysis among the 1575 respondents with lifetime PTSD...
July 19, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712422/torturing-personification-of-chronic-pain-among-torture-survivors
#4
Noga Tsur, Golan Shahar, Ruth Defrin, Yael Lahav, Karni Ginzburg
BACKGROUND: Consistent with the human tendency to anthropomorphize objects, events, and situations, individuals might ascribe human characteristics to physical symptoms and illnesses. This manuscript presents an examination of chronic pain personification in torture survivors. Specifically, it was hypothesized that torture survivors personify chronic pain as a torturing sensation. It was further hypothesized that PTSD mediates the effect of past torture on torturing pain personification...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709048/intentional-burn-injury-assessment-of-allegations-of-self-infliction
#5
Juliet Cohen, Jo Pettitt, Emily Wilbourn
This study investigates the question of whether there is evidence that suggests the possibility of self-infliction, or self-infliction by proxy, of burn injury among a group of asylum claimants in the UK who have attributed such injuries to torture, and how such evidence might be assessed. The question arose from the observations of doctors at the UK-based charity Freedom from Torture that increasing numbers of individuals from Sri Lanka who described a history of torture had suffered severe and disfiguring burn injuries from heated metal objects, and the suggestion from asylum decision-makers that in some cases such injuries could have been acquired deliberately by self-infliction or self-infliction by proxy rather than by torture as claimed...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704829/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-secondary-traumatization-in-interpreters-for-refugees-a-cross-sectional-study
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David Kindermann, Carolin Schmid, Cassandra Derreza-Greeven, Daniel Huhn, Rupert Maria Kohl, Florian Junne, Maritta Schleyer, Judith K Daniels, Beate Ditzen, Wolfgang Herzog, Christoph Nikendei
BACKGROUND: A substantial proportion of refugees, fleeing persecution, torture, and war, are estimated to suffer from psychological traumatization. After being sheltered in reception centers, the refugees come in close contact with different occupational groups, e.g., physicians, social workers, and interpreters. Previous studies ascertained that such interpreters themselves often suffer from primary psychological traumatization. Moreover, through translating refugees' potentially traumatic depictions, the interpreters are in danger of developing a so-called secondary traumatization...
July 14, 2017: Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699778/neurofeedback-as-an-adjunct-therapy-for-treatment-of-chronic-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-related-to-refugee-trauma-and-torture-experiences-two-case-studies
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Mirjana Askovic, Anna J Watters, Jorge Aroche, Anthony W F Harris
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the use of neurofeedback for refugee-related chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in two case studies. METHODS: We describe the assessment and application of neurofeedback integrated into the treatment of two clients with chronic PTSD. We include details of our treatment schedule, symptoms and quantitative electrophysiological data for each case. Results All clients achieved significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD and improvement in daily functioning post-neurofeedback therapy...
August 2017: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689625/the-preventive-approach-opcat-and-the-prevention-of-violence-and-abuse-of-persons-with-mental-disabilities-by-monitoring-places-of-detention
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REVIEW
Nora Sveaass, Victor Madrigal-Borloz
Adopted in December 2002, the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment establishes a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The article explores how this collaboration between national and international bodies, with independent mandates to carry out such unannounced visits, represents an important effort in the process of protecting persons with mental disabilities who are detained and who are particularly exposed to exploitation and other forms of serious human rights violations, contrary to Article 16 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680394/abnormal-development-of-dendrites-in-adult-born-rat-hippocampal-granule-cells-induced-by-cyclophosphamide
#9
Lin Wu, Dandan Guo, Qi Liu, Fei Gao, Xiaochen Wang, Xueying Song, Fuwu Wang, Ren-Zhi Zhan
Although development of cognitive decline in cancer patients who receive chemotherapy is common, the underlying mechanism(s) remains to be identified. As abnormalities in adult hippocampal neurogenesis may serve as substrate for cognitive dysfunction, the present study examines the effect of cyclophosphamide (CPP), a widely prescribed chemotherapeutic agent, on dendritic development of adult-born hippocampal granule cells in the rat. CPP was intraperitoneally injected into male Sprague-Dawley rats once a week for four consecutive weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674951/the-impact-of-refugee-mothers-trauma-posttraumatic-stress-and-depression-on-their-children-s-adjustment
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Patricia L East, Sheila Gahagan, Wael K Al-Delaimy
The mechanisms linking refugee parents' trauma onto their children's functioning are not well understood. The current study sought to identify how Somali refugee mothers' past trauma and current mental health impact their children's psychosocial adjustment. One hundred and ninety-eight Somali mothers (M age = 39 years) and their children (M age = 10 years; 56% male) were studied. On average, mothers spent 7 years in refugee camps, experienced significant trauma, and some had been tortured. Measures of mothers' posttraumatic stress and depression were analyzed as three symptom clusters: volatility/panic, withdrawn/detached, and depressed mood...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658194/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-orientation-to-pain-and-pain-perception-in-ex-prisoners-of-war-who-underwent-torture
#11
Noga Tsur, Ruth Defrin, Karni Ginzburg
OBJECTIVE: Studies suggest that torture survivors often experience long-term chronic pain and increased pain perception. However, it is unclear whether the actual experience of torture or rather the subsequent posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) explains these pain problems. Furthermore, although catastrophic and fearful orientations to pain have been suggested to play a significant role in the association between trauma and pain, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study examined whether chronic pain and pain perception among torture survivors are associated with torture experience or PTSD and whether catastrophic and fearful orientations mediate or moderate these associations...
July 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632513/prevalence-and-predictors-of-posttraumatic-stress-and-depression-symptoms-among-syrian-refugees-in-a-refugee-camp
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Ceren Acarturk, Mustafa Cetinkaya, Ibrahim Senay, Birgul Gulen, Tamer Aker, Devon Hinton
Turkey is hosting the majority of Syrian refugees. The current study investigates the prevalence of probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among adult Syrians residing in a camp (N = 781) and potential predictors. The Impact of Event Scale-Revised was used to measure PTSD and the Beck Depression Inventory depression. Probable PTSD prevalence was 83.4%, with predictors being female sex (odds ratio [OR], 4.1), previous mental health problems (OR, 4.5), life threat (OR, 3.0), and injury of a loved one (OR, 1...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619756/alpha-particle-enhanced-blood-brain-tumor-barrier-permeabilization-in-glioblastomas-using-integrin-alpha-v-beta-3-targeted-liposomes
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Anirudh Sattiraju, Xiaobing Xiong, Darpan N Pandya, Thaddeus J Wadas, Ang Xuan, Yao Sun, Youngkyoo Jung, Kiran Kumar Solingapuram Sai, Jay F Dorsey, King C Li, Akiva Mintz
<span style="font-size: 11.0pt; line-height: 200%; color: windowtext;">Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary malignant astrocytoma characterized by extensive invasion, angiogenesis, hypoxia and micrometastasis. Despite the relatively leaky nature of GBM blood vessels, effective delivery of anti-tumor therapeutics has been a major challenge due to the complications caused by the blood brain barrier (BBB) and the highly torturous nature of newly formed tumor vasculature (blood tumor barrier-BTB)...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607230/preventing-torture-for-people-deprived-of-freedom-the-atlantic-hope-and-black-swan-prison-model
#14
Ernest N Ogbozor, Mara L Schoeny, Andrew Baer
International law and minimum standards provide certain protection for detainees and prisoners of war (POW) against torture and ill-treatment. Places of detention and parties to conflicts are often monitored to ensure that they adhere to the required standards through, for example, visits to individual detainees and the assessment of facilities. However, monitoring between the point of arrest and eventual remand in prisons is largely inadequate. This paper explains an emerging model to enhance protection of prisoners through readiness training for prospective humanitarian personnel...
2017: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607229/recognition-and-treatment-of-law-enforcement-violence-against-detainees-and-prisoners-a-survey-among-israeli-physicians-and-medical-students
#15
Zvi Benninga, Bettina Steiner-Birmanns, Revital Arbel, Firas Abu Akar, Mushira Aboo Dia
INTRODUCTION: Physicians regularly encounter victims of violence. Although some at-risk groups are increasingly recognized as such, the risks faced by prisoners and detainees are often overlooked. The scope of violence against them is unknown and their treatment is often hampered by unique social and institutional impediments. This article reviews the need for improved recognition and protection of such patients and the associated obstacles, while presenting information on the experience, knowledge and attitudes of physicians in Israel regarding the maltreatment of prisoners and detainees...
2017: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607228/mercy-for-money-torture-s-link-to-profit-in-sri-lanka-a-retrospective-review
#16
Wendell Block, Jessica Lee, Kera Vijayasingham
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this retrospective study is to describe the pattern of bribe taking in exchange for release from torture, during and after the decades-long war in Sri Lanka. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of 98 refugee claimants from Sri Lanka referred to the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture for medical assessments prior to their refugee hearings in Toronto between 1989 and 2013. We tallied the number of incidents in which claimants described paying cash or jewelry to end torture, and collected other associated data such as demographics, organizations of the perpetrators, locations, and, if available, amounts paid...
2017: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607227/an-evaluation-of-combined-narrative-exposure-therapy-and-physiotherapy-for-comorbid-ptsd-and-chronic-pain-in-torture-survivors
#17
Iselin Dibaj, Joar Øveraas Halvorsen, Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair, Håkon Inge Stenmark
INTRODUCTION: Torture is associated with adverse health consequences, with especially high rates of PTSD, depression and chronic pain. Despite increased awareness of the relationship between pain and posttraumaticsymptoms, and the accompanying need for effective treatment strategies, few studies have examined an integrated treatment of comorbid PTSD and pain. METHODS: In this study, using an A-B case series design with three and six month follow-up, six refugee torture survivors with comorbid PTSD, depression and chronic pain received 20 sessions of Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and 10 sessions of physiotherapy...
2017: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580862/which-will-trump-human-rights-and-professional-ethics-or-torture-redux
#18
Jonathan H Marks
Recent political developments in the United States raise concerns about the potential return of aggressive interrogation strategies, particularly in the event of another large-scale terror attack on the U.S. mainland. This essay reviews various legal, ethical and policy responses to revelations of torture during the Bush administration. It asks whether they improve the prospect that, in future, human rights will trump torture, not vice versa. The essay argues that physicians could help prevent further abuses - especially given their access, social status and expertise - but that insufficient steps have been taken to empower them to do so...
June 5, 2017: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558168/importance-of-explicit-smeared-lone-pairs-in-anisotropic-polarizable-molecular-mechanics-torture-track-angular-tests-for-exchange-repulsion-and-charge-transfer-contributions
#19
Léa El Khoury, Sehr Naseem-Khan, Karolina Kwapien, Zeina Hobaika, Richard G Maroun, Jean-Philip Piquemal, Nohad Gresh
A correct representation of the short-range contributions such as exchange-repulsion (Erep ) and charge-transfer (Ect ) is essential for the soundness of separable, anisotropic polarizable molecular mechanics potentials. Within the context of the SIBFA procedure, this is aimed at by explicit representations of lone pairs in their expressions. It is necessary to account for their anisotropic behaviors upon performing not only in-plane, but also out-of-plane, variations of a probe molecule or cation interacting with a target molecule or molecular fragment...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529231/alzheimer-s-disease-metaphors-as-mirror-and-lens-to-the-stigma-of-dementia
#20
Martina Zimmermann
This essay gives an overview of the metaphors that patients in comparison to caregivers employ to conceptualize their experience with the chronic degenerative, cognitive, and incurable aspects of Alzheimer's disease. It explores how the images (such as the journey, darkness, the death sentence, and torture) relate to the narration of cognitive decline and memory loss, and how these personal accounts negotiate with the culturally dominant dementia narrative that centers on the patient's passivity and dependence and is, usually, found in caregiver stories...
2017: Literature and Medicine
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