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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344974/assessing-preferences-for-animals-in-children-with-autism-a-new-use-for-video-based-preference-assessment
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Noémie A Guérin, Kerri E Rodriguez, Matthew T Brodhead, Marguerite E O'Haire
The inclusion of animals into interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a growing practice known as animal-assisted intervention (AAI). The choice of the animal to include in an intervention is often solely up to the interventionist and depends on their experience, subjective judgment, and ease of access to different animals. For individuals with ASD who are non-verbal and unable to indicate preferred stimuli or activities, incorporating preference into interventions has been linked to increases in positive behaviors and enhanced quality of life...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344031/culture-bound-syndromes-of-a-brazilian-amazon-riverine-population-tentative-correspondence-between-traditional-and-western-medicine-terms-and-possible-ethnopharmacological-implications
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E Pagani, J de F L Santos, E Rodrigues
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: It is not always possible to correlate the "emic" terms to the "etic" ones during ethnopharmacological surveys, especially regarding those related to Culture-Bound Syndromes (CBS). Nevertheless, it is the role of ethnopharmacology to address these correlations, since they are the basis for the understanding of potential bioactives. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: This study reports the clinical manifestations and therapeutic resources used for the treatment of CBS among some riverine inhabitants of Brazilian Amazonia...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333263/loss-of-luteotropic-prostaglandin-e-plays-an-important-role-in-the-regulation-of-luteolysis-in-women
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Junko Nio-Kobayashi, Masataka Kudo, Noriaki Sakuragi, Toshihiko Iwanaga, W Colin Duncan
STUDY QUESTION: Do intraluteal prostaglandins (PG) contribute to luteal regulation in women? SUMMARY ANSWER: Prostaglandin E (PGE), which is produced in human granulosa-lutein cells stimulated with luteotropic hCG, exerts similar luteotropic effects to hCG, and the expression of PG synthetic and metabolic enzymes in the human CL is driven toward less PGE but more prostaglandin F (PGF) during luteolysis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Uterine PGF is a major luteolysin in many non-primate species but not in women...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
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Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282915/implementing-the-bruker-maldi-biotyper-in-the-public-health-laboratory-for-c-botulinum-neurotoxin-detection
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Michael J Perry, Dominick A Centurioni, Stephen W Davis, George E Hannett, Kimberlee A Musser, Christina T Egan
Currently, the gold standard method for active botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) detection is the mouse bioassay (MBA). A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-developed mass spectrometry (MS)-based assay that detects active BoNT was successfully validated and implemented in a public health laboratory in clinical matrices using the Bruker MALDI-TOF MS (Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry) Biotyper. For the first time, a direct comparison with the MBA was performed to determine MS-based assay sensitivity using the Bruker MALDI Biotyper...
March 9, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281770/tremors-in-white-rhinoceroses-i-ceratotherium-simum-i-during-etorphine-azaperone-immobilisation
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Stephanie S De Lange, Andrea Fuller, Anna Haw, Markus Hofmeyr, Peter Buss, Michele Miller, Leith C R Meyer
Little is known about the mechanisms causing tremors during immobilisation of rhinoceros and whether cardiorespiratory supportive interventions alter their intensity. Therefore, we set out to determine the possible mechanisms that lead to muscle tremors and ascertain whether cardiorespiratory supportive interventions affect tremor intensity. We studied tremors and physiological responses during etorphine-azaperone immobilisation in eight boma-held and 14 free-living white rhinoceroses. Repeated measures analysis of variance and a Friedman test were used to determine differences in variables over time and between interventions...
February 24, 2017: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259683/inhibition-of-sebum-production-with-the-acetyl-coenzyme-a-carboxylase-inhibitor-olumacostat-glasaretil
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David W Hunt, Geoffrey C Winters, Roger W Brownsey, Jerzy E Kulpa, Kathryn L Gilliland, Diane M Thiboutot, Hans E Hofland
Olumacostat glasaretil (OG) is a small molecule inhibitor of acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (ACC), the enzyme which controls the first, rate limiting step in fatty acid biosynthesis. Inhibition of ACC activity in the sebaceous glands is designed to substantially impact sebum production since over 80% of human sebum components contain fatty acids. OG inhibits de novo lipid synthesis in primary and transformed human sebocytes. TrueMass® Sebum Panel analyses revealed a reduction in saturated and monounsaturated fatty acyl chains across lipid species, including di- and triacylglycerols, phospholipids, cholesteryl esters, and wax esters in OG treated sebocytes...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226451/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
#8
Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He, Bin He, Steven Pogwizd, Long Yu
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212379/distribution-and-abundance-of-key-vectors-of-rift-valley-fever-and-other-arboviruses-in-two-ecologically-distinct-counties-in-kenya
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Rosemary Sang, Samwel Arum, Edith Chepkorir, Gladys Mosomtai, Caroline Tigoi, Faith Sigei, Olivia Wesula Lwande, Tobias Landmann, Hippolyte Affognon, Clas Ahlm, Magnus Evander
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne viral zoonosis of ruminants and humans that causes outbreaks in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula with significant public health and economic consequences. Humans become infected through mosquito bites and contact with infected livestock. The virus is maintained between outbreaks through vertically infected eggs of the primary vectors of Aedes species which emerge following rains with extensive flooding. Infected female mosquitoes initiate transmission among nearby animals, which amplifies virus, thereby infecting more mosquitoes and moving the virus beyond the initial point of emergence...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207269/a-biocompatible-injectable-hydrogel-with-potent-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-properties
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Jiaul Hoque, Relekar G Prakash, Krishnamoorthy Paramanandham, Bibek R Shome, Jayanta Haldar
Two component injectable hydrogels that cross-link in-situ have been used as non-invasive wound-filling devices, i.e., sealants. These materials carry a variety of functions at the wound sites such as seal leaks, cease unwanted bleeding, bind tissues together, and assist in wound healing process. However, commonly used sealants typically lack antibacterial properties. Since bacterial infection at the wound site is very common, bioadhesive materials with intrinsic antibacterial properties are urgently required...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194740/potential-of-burkholderia-seminalis-tc3-4-2r3-as-biocontrol-agent-against-fusarium-oxysporum-evaluated-by-mass-spectrometry-imaging
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Francisca Diana da Silva Araújo, Welington Luiz Araújo, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin
Species of genus Burkholderia display different interaction profiles in the environment, causing either several diseases in plants and animals or being beneficial to some plants, promoting their growth, and suppressing phytopathogens. Burkholderia spp. also produce many types of biomolecules with antimicrobial activity, which may be commercially used to protect crops of economic interest, mainly against fungal diseases. Herein we have applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI) to investigate secondary metabolites produced by B...
February 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193253/artemisia-spp-essential-oils-against-the-disease-carrying-blowfly-calliphora-vomitoria
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Stefano Bedini, Guido Flamini, Francesca Cosci, Roberta Ascrizzi, Maria Cristina Echeverria, Lucia Guidi, Marco Landi, Andrea Lucchi, Barbara Conti
BACKGROUND: Synanthropic flies play a considerable role in the transmission of pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms. In this work, the essential oil (EO) of two aromatic plants, Artemisia annua and Artemisia dracunculus, were evaluated for their abilities to control the blowfly Calliphora vomitoria. Artemisia annua and A. dracunculus EOs were extracted, analysed and tested in laboratory bioassays. Besides, the physiology of EOs toxicity and the EOs antibacterial and antifungal properties were evaluated...
February 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150103/purification-biochemical-characterization-and-amino-acid-sequence-of-a-novel-type-of-lectin-from-aplysia-dactylomela-eggs-with-antibacterial-antibiofilm-potential
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Rômulo Farias Carneiro, Renato Cézar Farias Torres, Renata Pinheiro Chaves, Mayron Alves de Vasconcelos, Bruno Lopes de Sousa, André Castelo Rodrigues Goveia, Francisco Vassiliepe Arruda, Maria Nágila Carneiro Matos, Helena Matthews-Cascon, Valder Nogueira Freire, Edson Holanda Teixeira, Celso Shiniti Nagano, Alexandre Holanda Sampaio
A new lectin from Aplysia dactylomela eggs (ADEL) was isolated by affinity chromatography on HCl-activated Sepharose™ media. Hemagglutination caused by ADEL was inhibited by several galactosides, mainly galacturonic acid (Ka = 6.05 × 10(6) M(-1)). The primary structure of ADEL consists of 217 residues, including 11 half-cystines involved in five intrachain and one interchain disulfide bond, resulting in a molecular mass of 57,228 ± 2 Da, as determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry...
February 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149187/biochemical-analysis-and-bone-remodeling-in-response-to-oophorectomy-and-aquatic-training
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Helena Ribeiro Souza, Ana Paula Girol, Adriana Paula Sanchez Schiaveto, Mairto Roberis Geromel, Melina Mizusaki Iyomasa, Maurício Ferraz DE Arruda
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether swimming could prevent bone loss and could be indicated to assist in treatment of osteoporosis. METHODS: Female rats were divided into 4 groups (n=6), two of them were oophorectomized. Animals from two groups, one oophorectomized and another not oophorectomized, underwent aquatic training for eight weeks. After training, the animals were sacrificed and their blood was collected for calcium and alkaline phosphatase serum dosage; the femur was removed and subjected to radiological and histological densitometry analysis to assess bone loss and osteoclast counting on femoral head and neck...
September 2016: Acta Ortopedica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125808/coagulation-management-in-jersey-calves-an-ex-vivo-study
#15
Sabine Gröning, Judith Maas, Svenja van Geul, Rolf Rossaint, Ulrich Steinseifer, Oliver Grottke
OBJECTIVE: Jersey calves are frequently used as an experimental animal model for in vivo testing of cardiac assist devices or orthopedic implants. In this ex vivo study, we analyzed the coagulation system of the Jersey calves and the potential of human-based coagulation management to circumvent perioperative bleeding complications during surgery. Experimental Procedure: Blood from 7 Jersey calves was subjected to standard laboratory tests and thromboelastometry analysis. An ex vivo model of dilutional coagulopathy was used to study the effects of fibrinogen or prothrombin complex concentrate supplementation...
January 27, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122680/the-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-expert-consensus-for-the-resuscitation-of-patients-who-arrest-after-cardiac-surgery
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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Task Force on Resuscitation After Cardiac Surgery provides this professional society perspective on resuscitation in patients who arrest after cardiac surgery. This document was created using a multimodal methodology for evidence generation and includes information from existing guidelines, from the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, from our own structured literature reviews on issues particular to cardiac surgery, and from an international survey on resuscitation hosted by CTSNet...
January 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113945/validation-of-a-portable-low-power-deep-brain-stimulation-device-through-anxiolytic-effects-in-a-laboratory-rat-model
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Abbas Z Kouzani, Rajas P Kale, Pablo Patricio Zarate-Garza, Michael Berk, Ken Walder, Susannah J Tye
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices deliver electrical pulses to neural tissue through an electrode. To study the mechanisms and therapeutic benefits of deep brain stimulation, murine preclinical research is necessary. However, conducting naturalistic long-term, uninterrupted animal behavioral experiments can be difficult with bench-top systems. The reduction of size, weight, power consumption, portability, and cost of DBS devices can assist the progress of this research in animal studies. A low power, low weight, miniature DBS device is presented in this paper...
November 15, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107849/attitudes-to-and-beliefs-about-animal-assisted-therapy-for-children-with-disabilities
#18
Esther Yap, Adam Scheinberg, Katrina Williams
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the attitudes and beliefs surrounding animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), focusing specifically on cerebral palsy (CP), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and acquired brain injury (ABI). This was an initial step to inform future AAT research and to understand the feasibility of interventions. DESIGN/SETTING/OUTCOME MEASURES: An online survey asking participants their opinions about the inclusion of AAT, and potential barriers to its introduction in a tertiary hospital setting was advertised on the RCH Intranet from 3 March 2015 to 3 April 2015...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074089/antiviral-activity-of-animal-venom-peptides-and-related-compounds
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REVIEW
Élida Cleyse Gomes da Mata, Caroline Barbosa Farias Mourão, Marisa Rangel, Elisabeth Ferroni Schwartz
Viruses exhibit rapid mutational capacity to trick and infect host cells, sometimes assisted through virus-coded peptides that counteract host cellular immune defense. Although a large number of compounds have been identified as inhibiting various viral infections and disease progression, it is urgent to achieve the discovery of more effective agents. Furthermore, proportionally to the great variety of diseases caused by viruses, very few viral vaccines are available, and not all are efficient. Thus, new antiviral substances obtained from natural products have been prospected, including those derived from venomous animals...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062006/challenges-in-the-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-2-rhdv2-molecular-diagnosis-of-vaccinated-rabbits
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C L Carvalho, E L Duarte, M Monteiro, A Botelho, T Albuquerque, M Fevereiro, A M Henriques, S S Barros, Margarida Dias Duarte
Molecular methods are fundamental tools for the diagnosis of viral infections. While interpretation of results is straightforward for unvaccinated animals, where positivity represents ongoing or past infections, the presence of vaccine virus in the tissues of recently vaccinated animals may mislead diagnosis. In this study, we investigated the interference of RHDV2 vaccination in the results of a RT-qPCR for RHDV2 detection, and possible associations between mean Cq values of five animal groups differing in age, vaccination status and origin (domestic/wild)...
January 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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