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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080961/interoception-beyond-homeostasis-affect-cognition-and-mental-health
#1
Manos Tsakiris, Hugo Critchley
Interoception refers to the sensing of the internal state of one's body. Interoception is distinct from the processing of sensory information concerning external (non-self) stimuli (e.g. vision, hearing, touch and smell) and is the afferent axis to internal (autonomic and hormonal) physiological control. However, the impact of interoception extends beyond homeostatic/allostatic reflexes: it is proposed to be fundamental to motivation, emotion (affective feelings and behaviours), social cognition and self-awareness...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077776/odour-based-discrimination-of-similarity-at-the-major-histocompatibility-complex-in-birds
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Sarah Leclaire, Maria Strandh, Jérôme Mardon, Helena Westerdahl, Francesco Bonadonna
Many animals are known to preferentially mate with partners that are dissimilar at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in order to maximize the antigen binding repertoire (or disease resistance) in their offspring. Although several mammals, fish or lizards use odour cues to assess MHC similarity with potential partners, the ability of birds to assess MHC similarity using olfactory cues has not yet been explored. Here we used a behavioural binary choice test and high-throughput-sequencing of MHC class IIB to determine whether blue petrels can discriminate MHC similarity based on odour cues alone...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077013/disgust-related-olfactory-processing-the-role-of-gender-and-trait-disgust
#3
Anne Schienle, Veronika Schöpf
For the rejection of disgusting and potentially health-threatening food, the sense of smell plays a critical role. We conducted two experiments in order to investigate the role of gender and trait disgust (the temporally stable tendency to experience disgust across different situations) on disgust-related olfactory processing. A total of 40 men and women (Study 1), as well as a group of women divided according to high versus low trait disgust (Study 2, n = 59), were compared with regard to their odor thresholds for carbon disulfide (which smells like spoiled food) and a control stimulus ( n-butanol)...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074724/-tasty-food-for-cancer-patients-the-impact-of-smell-and-taste-alterations-on-eating-behaviour
#4
E M Postma, Y C de Vries, S Boesveldt
- This article provides an overview of smell and taste changes in cancer patients and the influence of these changes on eating behaviour and food preferences.- Taste changes seem to be more common than alterations in the sense of smell.- The changes in taste and smell are often temporary; smell and taste functions mostly return to their previous level after treatment cessation.- The type of cancer and its treatment influence changes in the sense of smell and taste, making it challenging to give general advice...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074588/care-under-the-influence
#5
Joseph J Fins, Samantha F Knowlton
A forty-year-old man is brought to the emergency room by his wife at five in the morning, two hours after he fell down the stairs at home, hitting his head and injuring his arm. He tells the ER physician that he got up to get a drink of water and tripped in the dark. His speech is slurred, and he smells strongly of alcohol. Lab results reveal elevated liver enzymes, and his blood alcohol level is 0.1. His medical history is unremarkable. When asked about his alcohol consumption, he says he usually has one or two drinks a night with dinner but that he drinks more on holidays and special occasions...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073304/the-impact-of-stress-on-odor-perception
#6
Matthias Hoenen, Oliver T Wolf, Bettina M Pause
The olfactory system and emotional systems are highly intervened and share common neuronal structures. The current study investigates whether emotional (e.g., anger and fear) and physiological (saliva cortisol) stress responses are associated with odor identification ability and hedonic odor judgments (intensity, pleasantness, and unpleasantness). Nineteen men participated in the modified Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) and a control session (cycling on a stationary bike). The physiological arousal was similar in both sessions...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065740/bacterial-signaling-to-the-nervous-system-via-toxins-and-metabolites
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Nicole J Yang, Isaac M Chiu
Mammalian hosts interface intimately with commensal and pathogenic bacteria. It is increasingly clear that molecular interactions between the nervous system and microbes contribute to health and disease. Both commensal and pathogenic bacteria are capable of producing molecules that act on neurons and affect essential aspects of host physiology. Here we highlight several classes of physiologically important molecular interactions that occur between bacteria and the nervous system. First, clostridial neurotoxins block neurotransmission to or from neurons by targeting the SNARE complex, causing the characteristic paralyses of botulism and tetanus during bacterial infection...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064338/-unknown-title
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V J Lund, Y Darby, J Rimmer, M Amin, S Husain
INTRODUCTION: Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is an autosomal dominant vascular disease characterized by recurrent epistaxis, mucocutaneous telangiectasia and visceral arteriovenous malformations. The nosebleeds can be life-threatening and in these circumstances, radical treatment is required. METHODS: Since 1994, closure of the nose has been undertaken to prevent severe nasal bleeding in patients meeting specific selection criteria. Outcome data collected on this cohort pre- and post-operatively is available for analysis...
January 8, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062340/differences-in-symptom-burden-among-cancer-patients-with-different-stages-of-cachexia
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Ting Zhou, Kaixiang Yang, Sudip Thapa, Huiquan Liu, Bangyan Wang, Shiying Yu
CONTEXT: Cancer patients with cachexia may suffer from significant burden of symptoms and it can severely impair patients' quality of life. However, only few studies have targeted the symptom burden in cancer cachexia patients, and whether the symptom burden differed in different cachexia stages is still unclear. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to evaluate the symptom burden in cancer cachexia patients, and to compare the severity and occurrence rates of symptoms among cancer patients with non-cachexia, pre-cachexia, cachexia and refractory cachexia...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056656/age-and-pubertal-status-related-changes-in-reports-of-perception-of-personal-odors
#10
Lenka Martinec Nováková, Dagmar Plotěná, Jan Havlíček
As previously suggested, preferences for kin body odor might undergo an adaptive change over the course of puberty in order to avoid potential inbreeding, resulting in aversion to body odor of the opposite-gender kin as individuals mature sexually. However, studies based on mutual body odor aversion are rather inconclusive. We therefore investigated whether children's reports of individuals smelling good or bad differed as a function of age and pubertal status. We asked 219 children (94 male) aged 10 to 15 years to assess their pubertal development using a standardized measure and to name individuals they thought smelled good or bad...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056650/the-differential-role-of-smell-and-taste-for-eating-behavior
#11
Sanne Boesveldt, Kees de Graaf
Food choice and food intake are guided by both sensory and metabolic processes. The senses of taste and smell play a key role in the sensory effects on choice and intake. This article provides a comprehensive overview of, and will argue for, the differential role of smell and taste for eating behavior by focusing on appetite, choice, intake, and satiation. The sense of smell mainly plays a priming role in eating behavior. It has been demonstrated that (orthonasal) odor exposure induces appetite specifically for the cued food...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052213/children-s-responses-to-sensory-stimuli-and-their-behavior-in-the-dental-office
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Sagit Nissan, Aviva Yochman, Sigalit Blumer, Johnny Kharouba, Benjamin Peretz
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate children's behavior during dental examinations, their reactions to various selected sensory stimuli and the association between them. STUDY DESIGN: Sixty-three children (28 boys and 35 girls) aged 5-12 years (mean age 7.9 ± 1.6 years) participated in the study. Their parents were asked to complete a questionnaire while in the dentist's waiting room. The dentists evaluated the children's behavior in the dental office using Frankl's behavioral scale and noted the children's reactions to the sensory stimuli of touch, noise, smell and backward tilting of the examination chair...
2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049274/iron-release-from-the-lucky-iron-fish%C3%A2-safety-considerations
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Gavin R Armstrong, Cate E Dewey, Alastair Js Summerlee
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The principal objective was to explore in greater detail safety issues with regard to the use of the Lucky Iron Fish® (fish) as a treatment for iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in women in rural Cambodia. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Experiments were done to determine: (1) purity of the iron in the fish by mass spectroscopy; (2) release of iron and contaminants released during boiling in water using inductive-ly-coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy; (3) the impact of cooking time, acidity and number of fish in acidified water and two types of Khmer soups; and (4) drinkability of the water after boiling with different num-bers of fish...
January 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049076/olfactory-identification-in-patients-with-schizophrenia%C3%A2-%C3%A2-the-influence-of-%C3%AE-endorphin-and-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-concentrations
#14
M Urban-Kowalczyk, J Śmigielski, D Strzelecki
BACKGROUND: The relationship between the olfactory system and emotional processing is an area of growing interest in schizophrenia research. Both the orbitofrontal cortex and amygdala are involved in the processing of olfactory information, and olfactory deficits may be also influenced by endogenous opioids and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which is probably involved in dopaminergic transmission. However, the relationship between endorphins and dopaminergic transmission has not been fully explored...
December 29, 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045639/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-glossopharyngeal-nerve-taste-in-children-with-recurrent-acute-tonsillitis
#15
Courtney A Hill, Suveera Dang, Michael Beach, Eunice Y Chen
Objective To compare glossopharyngeal taste between healthy children and those with recurrent acute tonsillitis. Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting Pediatric clinics in a tertiary care medical center and satellite location. Subjects and Methods Smell and taste testing was administered to 80 well children and 64 children with recurrent acute tonsillitis (age range, 6-17 years). Smell testing was performed with the NIH Toolbox Odor Identification Test, with scores based on national averages for age and sex...
January 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043804/risk-factors-for-mild-cognitive-impairment-dementia-and-mortality-the-sydney-memory-and-ageing-study
#16
Darren M Lipnicki, John Crawford, Nicole A Kochan, Julian N Trollor, Brian Draper, Simone Reppermund, Kate Maston, Karen A Mather, Henry Brodaty, Perminder S Sachdev
BACKGROUND: The nature and commonality of late-life risk factors for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, and mortality remain unclear. Our aim was to investigate potential risk factors, simultaneously in a single cohort including many individuals initially with normal cognition and followed for 6 years. METHODS: We classified 873 community-dwelling individuals (70-90 years old and without dementia at baseline) from the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study as cognitively normal (CN), having MCI or dementia, or deceased 6 years after baseline...
December 31, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040824/effects-of-olfactory-training-a-meta-analysis
#17
A Sorokowska, E Drechsler, M Karwowski, T Hummel
The neural plasticity of the olfactory system offers possibilities of treatment in terms of stimulation of the sense of smell, and different studies have suggested effectiveness of smell training, i.e., daily exposition to certain odors. To obtain reliable and precise estimates of overall treatment benefit on the olfactory function, we meta-analyzed the effects of smell training reported in 13 previous studies. We analyzed the smell training effectiveness across three different olfactory abilities, smell identification, discrimination and threshold for odor detection...
January 1, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039314/olfaction-and-risk-of-dementia-in-a-biracial-cohort-of-older-adults
#18
Kristine Yaffe, Daniel Freimer, Honglei Chen, Keiko Asao, Andrea Rosso, Susan Rubin, Greg Tranah, Steve Cummings, Eleanor Simonsick
OBJECTIVE: Prior studies indicate that olfactory function may be an early marker for cognitive impairment, but the body of evidence has been largely restricted to white populations. METHODS: We studied 2,428 community-dwelling black and white older adults (baseline age 70-79 years) without dementia enrolled in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study. Olfaction was measured as odor identification (OI) with the 12-item Cross Cultural Smell Identification Test in year 3...
December 30, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038387/on-the-nose-olfactory-disturbances-in-patients-with-transient-epileptic-amnesia
#19
Sharon A Savage, Christopher R Butler, Fraser Milton, Yang Han, Adam Z Zeman
OBJECTIVE: While olfactory hallucinations are relatively rare in epilepsy, a high prevalence (up to 42%) has been reported in one form - Transient Epileptic Amnesia (TEA). TEA is characterized by recurring amnestic seizures and is commonly associated with persistent interictal memory deficits. Despite reports of changes in smell, olfactory ability has not been objectively assessed in this group. The aim of this study was to measure olfactory ability in patients with TEA and explore whether olfactory symptoms relate to other clinical variables...
December 27, 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026018/a-preliminary-investigation-into-the-morphology-of-oral-papillae-and-denticles-of-blue-sharks-prionace-glauca-with-inferences-about-its-functional-significance-across-life-stages
#20
Bianca de S Rangel, Natascha Wosnick, Neil Hammerschlag, Adriano P Ciena, José Roberto Kfoury Junior, Rose E G Rici
Sensory organs in elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, rays) detect and respond to a different set of biotic and/or abiotic stimuli, through sight, smell, taste, hearing, mechanoreception and electroreception. Although gustation is crucial for survival and essential for growth, mobility, and maintenance of neural activity and the proper functioning of the immune system, comparatively little is known about this sensory system in elasmobranchs. Here we present a preliminary investigation into the structural and dimensional characteristics of the oral papillae and denticles found in the oropharyngeal cavity of the blue shark (Prionace glauca) during embryonic development through adulthood...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
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