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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736539/reviewing-the-effectiveness-of-music-interventions-in-treating-depression
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REVIEW
Daniel Leubner, Thilo Hinterberger
Depression is a very common mood disorder, resulting in a loss of social function, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. Music interventions have been shown to be a potential alternative for depression therapy but the number of up-to-date research literature is quite limited. We present a review of original research trials which utilize music or music therapy as intervention to treat participants with depressive symptoms. Our goal was to differentiate the impact of certain therapeutic uses of music used in the various experiments...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736492/comparison-of-well-being-of-older-adult-choir-singers-and-the-general-population-in-finland-a-case-control-study
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Julene K Johnson, Jukka Louhivuori, Eero Siljander
Previous research suggests that singing in a choir as an older adult is associated with better quality of life (QOL). However, the degree to which sociodemographic variables and level of engagement in hobbies contribute to this relationship is largely unknown. The aim of the study was to compare quality of life (QOL) of older adult choir singers with a matched sample of older adults from the general population in Finland, taking into consideration sociodemographic, satisfaction with health, and level of engagement in hobbies (active, inactive)...
June 2017: Musicae Scientiae: the Journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735841/the-perioperative-effects-of-chronic-preoperative-opioid-use-on-shoulder-arthroplasty-outcomes
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Jonathan W Cheah, David C Sing, Dell McLaughlin, Brian T Feeley, C Benjamin Ma, Alan L Zhang
HYPOTHESIS AND BACKGROUND: Chronic opioid therapy is an increasingly used modality for the treatment of osteoarthritis-associated pain. We hypothesized that chronic opioid use would be associated with adverse outcomes in shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients undergoing elective anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) at a single institution from 2012-2015 was performed. Patients were stratified by preoperative opioid use (nonusers, short-acting opioid users, and long-acting opioid users), and their postoperative clinical outcomes were assessed...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735064/associations-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-with-cardiovascular-risk-and-%C3%AE-cell-function-in-patients-who-had-no-history-of-diabetes
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Jun-Sing Wang, Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu, Wen-Jane Lee, I-Te Lee, Shih-Yi Lin, Wen-Lieng Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Shing-Jong Lin
BACKGROUND: We investigated the associations of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21) with cardiovascular risk and β-cell function in patients who had no history of diabetes. METHODS: We enrolled 269 outpatients who had been referred for an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Plasma glucose, insulin, and FGF-21 were measured before and at 2h after the OGTT. β-cell function was assessed using the insulinogenic index, corrected for insulin resistance. Patients' 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD) risk was assessed using the Chinese Multi-provincial Cohort Study functions...
July 19, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731110/a-redox-controlled-electrolyte-for-plasmonic-enhanced-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Yuqiao Fu, Siu-Pang Ng, Guangyu Qiu, Tak-Fu Hung, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu, Chun-Sing Lee
Plasmonic enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with metallic nanostructures suffer from corrosion problems, especially with the presence of the iodine/triiodide redox couple in the electrolyte. Herein, we introduce an alternative approach by compensating the corrosion with a modified liquid electrolyte. In contrast to the existing method of surface preservation for plasmonic nanostructures, the redox-controlled electrolyte (RCE) contains iodoaurate intermediates, i.e. gold(i) diiodide (AuI2(-)) and gold(iii) tetraiodide (AuI4(-)) with optimal concentrations, such that these intermediates are readily reduced to gold nanoparticles during the operation of DSSCs...
July 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725290/the-discovery-of-the-flammer-syndrome-a-historical-and-personal-perspective
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REVIEW
Josef Flammer, Katarzyna Konieczka
This review describes the clinical and basic research that led to the description of Flammer syndrome. It is narrated from a personal perspective. This research was initiated by the observation of an increased long-term fluctuation of visual fields in a subgroup of glaucoma patients. As these patients had strikingly cold hands, peripheral blood flow was tested with a capillary microscopy, and vasospastic syndrome (VS) was diagnosed. Further studies on these patients revealed frequently weakened autoregulation of ocular blood flow and increased flow resistivity in retroocular vessels...
June 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722166/choir-singing-and-creative-writing-enhance-emotion-regulation-in-adults-with-chronic-mental-health-conditions
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Genevieve A Dingle, Elyse Williams, Jolanda Jetten, Jonathon Welch
OBJECTIVES: Adults with mental health conditions commonly experience difficulties with emotion regulation which affect their social functioning. Arts-based groups provide opportunities for shared emotional experiences and emotion regulation. This study explores emotion regulation strategies and the emotional effects of arts-based group participation in adults with mental health problems and in controls. DESIGN AND METHOD: The 62 participants included 39 adults with chronic mental health problems who were members of arts-based groups (ABG) and 23 comparison choir (CC) members who were not specifically experiencing mental health problems...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716772/chewing-induced-facial-dystonia-a-rare-presentation-of-task-specific-dystonia
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Chandramohan Sharma, Banshi Lal Kumawat, Ankur Garg, Kaushik Kumar Rana
This case is an addition to scarce literature available for a rare condition, chewing-induced task-specific dystonia. The patient was a 63-year-old woman who presented with a 4-year history of progressive difficulty in eating food only during chewing associated with abnormal facial grimaces without any difficulty in drinking, swallowing, speaking or singing. Examination revealed dystonia of facial muscles every time she chewed but absent during drinking and speaking. As movements were consistent and reproducible with the specific task, other differential diagnosis like motor tics, psychogenic disorder, tardive dystonia and parkinsonism syndrome were excluded leading to a diagnosis of task-specific facial dystonia triggered by chewing...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714224/codelivery-for-paclitaxel-and-bcl-2-conversion-gene-by-phb-pdmaema-amphiphilic-cationic-copolymer-for-effective-drug-resistant-cancer-therapy
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Xiaoyuan Wang, Sing Shy Liow, Qiaoqiong Wu, Chuang Li, Cally Owh, Zibiao Li, Xian Jun Loh, Yun-Long Wu
Antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein's upregulated expression is a key reason for drug resistance leading to failure of chemotherapy. In this report, a series of biocompatible amphiphilic cationic poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB)-b-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) copolymer, comprising hydrophobic PHB block and cationic PDMAEMA block, is designed to codeliver hydrophobic chemotherapeutic paclitaxel and Bcl-2 converting gene Nur77/ΔDBD with enhanced stability, due to the micelle formation by hydrophobic PHB segment...
July 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713923/the-differential-regulation-of-micrornas-is-associated-with-oral-cancer
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Shih-Chang Tsai, Sheng-Fong Huang, Jo-Hua Chiang, Yen-Fu Chen, Chia-Chang Huang, Ming-Hsui Tsai, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Ming-Ching Kao, Jai-Sing Yang
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), is the most frequently occurring malignant head and neck tumor, generally it exhibits a poor prognosis, and metastasis is the main cause of death in these cancer patients. The discovery of reliable prognostic indicators for tumors progression would greatly improve clinical treatments. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a critical role in the degradation of mRNA and the inhibition of protein synthesis. The miRNAs function either as tumor suppressors or as oncogenes in tumorigenesis, and little is known about the clinical significance of miRNA expression profiles in oral cancers...
July 12, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712942/structure-based-discovery-of-clinically-approved-drugs-as-zika-virus-ns2b-ns3-protease-inhibitors-that-potently-inhibit-zika-virus-infection-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Shuofeng Yuan, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Helena den-Haan, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Winger Wing-Nga Mak, Zheng Zhu, Zijiao Zou, Kah-Meng Tee, Jian-Piao Cai, Kwok-Hung Chan, Jorge de la Peña, Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, José Pedro Cerón-Carrasco, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection may be associated with severe complications in fetuses and adults, but treatment options are limited. We performed an in silico structure-based screening of a large chemical library to identify potential ZIKV NS2B-NS3 protease inhibitors. Clinically approved drugs belonging to different drug classes were selected among the 100 primary hit compounds with the highest predicted binding affinities to ZIKV NS2B-NS3-protease for validation studies. ZIKV NS2B-NS3 protease inhibitory activity was validated in most of the selected drugs and in vitro anti-ZIKV activity was identified in two of them (novobiocin and lopinavir-ritonavir)...
July 14, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712792/seasonal-plasticity-of-song-behavior-relies-on-motor-and-syntactic-variability-induced-by-a-basal-ganglia-forebrain-circuit
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Jorge Alliende, Nicolas Giret, Ludivine Pidoux, Catherine Del Negro, Arthur Leblois
The plasticity of nervous systems allows animals to quickly adapt to a changing environment. In particular, seasonal plasticity of brain structure and behavior is often critical to survival or mating in seasonal climates. Songbirds provide striking examples of seasonal changes in neural circuits and vocal behavior and have emerged as a leading model for adult brain plasticity. While seasonal plasticity and the well-characterized process of juvenile song learning may share common neural mechanisms, the extent of their similarity remains unclear...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711454/common-vocal-effects-and-partial-glottal-vibration-in-professional-nonclassical-singers
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Philipp P Caffier, Ahmed Ibrahim Nasr, Maria Del Mar Ropero Rendon, Sascha Wienhausen, Eleanor Forbes, Wolfram Seidner, Tadeus Nawka
OBJECTIVE: To multidimensionally investigate common vocal effects in experienced professional nonclassical singers, to examine their mechanism of production and reproducibility, to demonstrate the existence of partial glottal vibration, and to assess the potential of damage to the voice from nonclassical singing. STUDY DESIGN: Individual cohort study. METHODS: Ten male singers aged between 25 and 46 years (34 ± 7 years [mean ± SD]) with different stylistic backgrounds were recruited (five pop/rock/metal, five musical theater)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711045/an-iterative-method-for-hydrodynamic-interactions-in-brownian-dynamics-simulations-of-polymer-dynamics
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Linling Miao, Charles D Young, Charles E Sing
Brownian Dynamics (BD) simulations are a standard tool for understanding the dynamics of polymers in and out of equilibrium. Quantitative comparison can be made to rheological measurements of dilute polymer solutions, as well as direct visual observations of fluorescently labeled DNA. The primary computational challenge with BD is the expensive calculation of hydrodynamic interactions (HI), which are necessary to capture physically realistic dynamics. The full HI calculation, performed via a Cholesky decomposition every time step, scales with the length of the polymer as O(N(3))...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708929/stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-unresected-pancreatic-cancer-a-nationwide-review
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Susanna W L de Geus, Mariam F Eskander, Gyulnara G Kasumova, Sing Chau Ng, Tara S Kent, Joseph D Mancias, Mark P Callery, Anand Mahadevan, Jennifer F Tseng
BACKGROUND: The role of conventional radiotherapy in the management of pancreatic cancer has yet to be elucidated. Over the past decade, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) has emerged as a novel therapeutic option in pancreatic cancer care. This study evaluated the survival impact of SBRT on patients with unresected pancreatic cancer. METHODS: The National Cancer Data Base was queried for unresected patients who received chemotherapy for nonmetastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma between 2004 and 2012...
July 14, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708079/comparison-of-erosion-behavior-and-particle-contamination-in-mass-production-cf%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-plasma-chambers-using-y%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-and-yf%C3%A2-protective-coatings
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Tzu-Ken Lin, Wei-Kai Wang, Shih-Yung Huang, Chi-Tsung Tasi, Dong-Sing Wuu
Yttrium fluoride (YF₃) and yttrium oxide (Y₂O₃) protective coatings prepared using an atmospheric plasma spraying technique were used to investigate the relationship between surface erosion behaviors and their nanoparticle generation under high-density plasma (10(12)-10(13) cm(-3)) etching. As examined by transmission electron microscopy, the Y₂O₃ and YF₃ coatings become oxyfluorinated after exposure to the plasma, wherein the yttrium oxyfluoride film formation was observed on the surface with a thickness of 5...
July 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705983/completed-genome-sequences-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-stricto-b31-nrz-and-closely-related-patient-isolates-from-europe
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Gabriele Margos, Sabrina Hepner, Christoph Mang, Andreas Sing, Bernhard Liebl, Volker Fingerle
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is a causative agent of human Lyme borreliosis in the United States and Europe. We report here the completed genome sequences of strain B31 isolated from a tick in the United States and two closely related strains from Europe, PAli and PAbe, which were isolated from patients with erythema migrans and neuroborreliosis, respectively.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705834/visit-to-visit-variations-in-fasting-plasma-glucose-and-hba1c-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-alzheimer-disease-taiwan-diabetes-study
#18
Tsai-Chung Li, Chun-Pai Yang, Shih-Ting Tseng, Chia-Ing Li, Chiu-Shong Liu, Wen-Yuan Lin, Kai-Lin Hwang, Sing-Yu Yang, Jen-Huai Chiang, Cheng-Chieh Lin
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between glycemic variability and the incidence of Alzheimer disease (AD) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is unclear. The aim of this study was to examine visit-to-visit variations in fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) represented by the coefficient of variation (CV) and to determine whether they were independently associated with AD, irrespective of HbA1c and other traditional risk factors in such patients. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients with T2DM enrolled in the National Diabetes Care Management Program, age ≥60 years, and without diagnosis of AD (n = 16,706) were included in the study...
July 13, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703919/cingulate-and-cerebellar-beta-oscillations-are-engaged-in-the-acquisition-of-auditory-motor-sequences
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María Herrojo Ruiz, Burkhard Maess, Eckart Altenmüller, Gabriel Curio, Vadim V Nikulin
Singing, music performance, and speech rely on the retrieval of complex sounds, which are generated by the corresponding actions and are organized into sequences. It is crucial in these forms of behavior that the serial organization (i.e., order) of both the actions and associated sounds be monitored and learned. To investigate the neural processes involved in the monitoring of serial order during the initial learning of sensorimotor sequences, we performed magnetoencephalographic recordings while participants explicitly learned short piano sequences under the effect of occasional alterations of auditory feedback (AAF)...
July 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702722/microbial-processes-in-the-kanda-bay-a-meromictic-water-body-artifically-separated-from-the-white-sea
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A S Savvichev, N A Demidenko, E D Krasnova, O V Kalmatskaya, A N Kharcheva, M V Ivanov
Sings of meromixis are found by means of microbiological and biogeochemical investigations in the southernn part of the Kanda Bay, an artificial water body separated front the White Sea with a railway dam. The concentration of oxygen in the bottom layer attained 1.9 mmol/L, intensity of the process of microbial sulfate reduction, 3.0 μmol of sulfur/(L day). The concentration of dissolved methane, 3.7 μmol/L. Isotopic composition of carbon in methane (δ(13)C (CH4) =-79.2‰) indicates to its microbial genesis...
May 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
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