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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150828/vectors-hosts-and-control-measures-for-zika-virus-in-the-americas
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Sarah J Thompson, John M Pearce, Andrew M Ramey
We examine Zika virus (ZIKV) from an ecological perspective and with a focus on the Americas. We assess (1) the role of wildlife in ZIKV disease ecology, (2) how mosquito behavior and biology influence disease dynamics, and (3) how nontarget species and ecosystems may be impacted by vector control programs. Our review suggests that free-ranging, non-human primates may be involved in ZIKV transmission in the Old World; however, other wildlife species likely play a limited role in maintaining or transmitting ZIKV...
November 17, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148655/feframing-climate-change-for-environmental-health
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Caitlin Weems, Prithwi Raj Subramaniam
Repeated warnings by the scientific community on the dire consequences of climate change through global warming to the ecology and sustenance of our planet have not been give appropriate attention by the U.S. public. Research has shown that climate change is responsible for catastrophic weather occurrences--such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and heat waves--resulting in environmental and public health issues. The purpose of this report is to examine factors influencing public views on climate change. Theoretical and political perspectives are examined to unpack opinions held by the public in the U...
April 2017: Journal of Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146197/illicit-drug-ketamine-induces-adverse-effects-from-behavioral-alterations-and-oxidative-stress-to-p53-regulated-apoptosis-in-medaka-fish-under-environmentally-relevant-exposures
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Pei-Han Liao, Wen-Kai Yang, Ching-Hsin Yang, Chun-Hon Lin, Chin-Chu Hwang, Pei-Jen Chen
With increasing problems of drug abuse worldwide, aquatic ecosystems are contaminated by human pharmaceuticals from the discharge of hospital or municipal effluent. However, ecotoxicity data and related toxic mechanism for neuroactive controlled or illicit drugs are still lacking, so assessing the associated hazardous risk is difficult. This study aims to investigate the behavioral changes, oxidative stress, gene expression and neurotoxic or apoptosis effect(s) in larvae of medaka fish (Oryzias latipes) with environmentally relevant exposures of ketamine (KET) solutions for 1-14 days...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145452/behavioral-climatic-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-zika-and-chikungunya-virus-infections-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-2015-16
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Trevon L Fuller, Guilherme Calvet, Camila Genaro Estevam, Jussara Rafael Angelo, Gbenga J Abiodun, Umme-Aiman Halai, Bianca De Santis, Patricia Carvalho Sequeira, Eliane Machado Araujo, Simone Alves Sampaio, Marco Cesar Lima de Mendonça, Allison Fabri, Rita Maria Ribeiro, Ryan Harrigan, Thomas B Smith, Claudia Raja Gabaglia, Patrícia Brasil, Ana Maria Bispo de Filippis, Karin Nielsen-Saines
The burden of arboviruses in the Americas is high and may result in long-term sequelae with infants disabled by Zika virus infection (ZIKV) and arthritis caused by infection with Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). We aimed to identify environmental drivers of arbovirus epidemics to predict where the next epidemics will occur and prioritize municipalities for vector control and eventual vaccination. We screened sera and urine samples (n = 10,459) from residents of 48 municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro for CHIKV, dengue virus (DENV), and ZIKV by molecular PCR diagnostics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141015/nematocytes-discovery-and-characterization-of-a-novel-anculeate-hemocyte-in-drosophila-falleni-and-drosophila-phalerata
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Julianna Bozler, Balint Z Kacsoh, Giovanni Bosco
Immune challenges, such as parasitism, can be so pervasive and deleterious that they constitute an existential threat to a species' survival. In response to these ecological pressures, organisms have developed a wide array of novel behavioral, cellular, and molecular adaptations. Research into these immune defenses in model systems has resulted in a revolutionary understanding of evolution and functional biology. As the field has expanded beyond the limited number of model organisms our appreciation of evolutionary innovation and unique biology has widened as well...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134422/hiv-prevention-among-young-women-in-south-africa-understanding-multiple-layers-of-risk
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Christina Psaros, Cecilia Milford, Jennifer A Smit, Letitia Greener, Nzwakie Mosery, Lynn T Matthews, Abigail Harrison, Janna R Gordon, Matthew Mimiaga, David R Bangsberg, Steven A Safren
Despite concerted prevention efforts, young South African women remain at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic. Although these women have grown up in a community powerfully affected by HIV, systematic investigation into how this "second generation" of HIV-affected youth navigates HIV risk is lacking. This study qualitatively explored a complex interplay of factors influencing HIV risk among young pregnant women in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We conducted in-depth interviews with 35 pregnant women (22 HIV-uninfected and 13 HIV-infected) aged 18-21, 18 healthcare providers, and focus groups with 19 community stakeholders...
November 13, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133418/normalized-value-coding-explains-dynamic-adaptation-in-the-human-valuation-process
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Mel W Khaw, Paul W Glimcher, Kenway Louie
The notion of subjective value is central to choice theories in ecology, economics, and psychology, serving as an integrated decision variable by which options are compared. Subjective value is often assumed to be an absolute quantity, determined in a static manner by the properties of an individual option. Recent neurobiological studies, however, have shown that neural value coding dynamically adapts to the statistics of the recent reward environment, introducing an intrinsic temporal context dependence into the neural representation of value...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133409/psychological-targeting-as-an-effective-approach-to-digital-mass-persuasion
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S C Matz, M Kosinski, G Nave, D J Stillwell
People are exposed to persuasive communication across many different contexts: Governments, companies, and political parties use persuasive appeals to encourage people to eat healthier, purchase a particular product, or vote for a specific candidate. Laboratory studies show that such persuasive appeals are more effective in influencing behavior when they are tailored to individuals' unique psychological characteristics. However, the investigation of large-scale psychological persuasion in the real world has been hindered by the questionnaire-based nature of psychological assessment...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133149/spontaneous-eye-blink-rate-an-index-of-dopaminergic-component-of-sustained-attention-and-fatigue
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Antonio Maffei, Alessandro Angrilli
Blink rate is a behavioral index highly correlated with frontostriatal dopaminergic activity. The present research was aimed at studying the modulation of spontaneous blink rate in function of the increasing attentional load induced by the Mackworth Clock Test. Since blinking interferes with sensory processing, we expected a decreasing blink rate with increasing attentional demand. Three tasks of 7-min each and different difficulties were administered: the Mackworth had a red dot moving in a circle with intervals varying from 500ms, 350ms to 200ms, corresponding to increasing task difficulty...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132089/neural-effects-of-environmental-advertising-an-fmri-analysis-of-voice-age-and-temporal-framing
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Luis-Alberto Casado-Aranda, Myriam Martínez-Fiestas, Juan Sánchez-Fernández
Ecological information offered to society through advertising enhances awareness of environmental issues, encourages development of sustainable attitudes and intentions, and can even alter behavior. This paper, by means of functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and self-reports, explores the underlying mechanisms of processing ecological messages. The study specifically examines brain and behavioral responses to persuasive ecological messages that differ in temporal framing and in the age of the voice pronouncing them...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130894/a-comparison-of-the-role-of-beamwidth-in-biological-and-engineered-sonar
#11
Bryan Donald Todd, Rolf Mueller
Sonar is an important sensory modality for engineers as well as in nature. In engineering, sonar is the dominating modality for underwater sensing. In nature, biosonar is likely to have been a central factor behind the unprecedented evolutionary success of bats, a highly diverse group that accounts for over 20% of all mammal species. However, it remains unclear to what extent engineered and biosonar follow similar design and operational principles. In the current work, the key sonar design characteristic of beamwidth is examined in technical and biosonar...
November 13, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129277/implications-of-animal-water-balance-for-terrestrial-food-webs
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REVIEW
Kevin E McCluney
Recent research has documented shifts in per capita trophic interactions and food webs in response to changes in environmental moisture, from the top-down (consumers to plants), rather than solely bottom-up (plants to consumers). These responses may be predictable from effects of physiological, behavioral, and ecological traits on animal water balance, although predictions could be modified by energy or nutrient requirements, the risk of predation, population-level responses, and bottom-up effects. Relatively little work has explicitly explored food web effects of changes in animal water balance, despite the likelihood of widespread relevance, including during periodic droughts in mesic locations, where taxa may lack adaptations for water conservation...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127355/the-habitats-humans-provide-factors-affecting-the-diversity-and-composition-of-arthropods-in-houses
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Misha Leong, Matthew A Bertone, Amy M Savage, Keith M Bayless, Robert R Dunn, Michelle D Trautwein
The indoor biome is a novel habitat which recent studies have shown exhibit not only high microbial diversity, but also high arthropod diversity. Here, we analyze findings from a survey of 50 houses (southeastern USA) within the context of additional survey data concerning house and room features, along with resident behavior, to explore how arthropod diversity and community composition are influenced by physical aspects of rooms and their usage, as well as the lifestyles of human residents. We found that indoor arthropod diversity is strongly influenced by access to the outdoors and carpeted rooms hosted more types of arthropods than non-carpeted rooms...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127025/effect-of-yolk-corticosterone-on-begging-in-the-yellow-legged-gull
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Cristina Daniela Possenti, Marco Parolini, Andrea Romano, Manuela Caprioli, Diego Rubolini, Nicola Saino
Behavioral lateralization is widespread across vertebrates. The development of lateralization is affected by both genetic and environmental factors. In birds, maternal substances in the egg can affect offspring lateralization via activational and/or organizational effects. Corticosterone affects the development of brain asymmetry, suggesting that variation in yolk corticosterone concentration may also influence post-natal behavioral lateralization, a hypothesis that has never been tested so far. In the yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis), we increased yolk corticosterone concentration within physiological limits and analyzed the direction of lateralization of hatchlings in reverting from supine to prone position ('RTP' response) and in pecking at dummy parental bills to solicit food provisioning ('begging' response)...
November 7, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124888/differential-oxidative-stress-tolerance-of-streptococcus-mutans-isolates-affects-competition-in-an-ecological-mixed-species-biofilm-model
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Yuan Liu, Sara R Palmer, Hsiaochi Chang, Ashton N Combs, Robert A Burne, Hyun Koo
Streptococcus mutans strongly influences the development of pathogenic biofilms associated with dental caries. Our understanding of S. mutans behavior in biofilms is based on a few well-characterized laboratory strains; however, individual isolates vary widely in genome content and virulence-associated phenotypes, such as biofilm formation and environmental stress sensitivity. Using an ecological biofilm model, we assessed the impact of co-cultivation of several S. mutans isolates with Streptococcus oralis and Actinomyces naeslundii on biofilm composition following exposure to sucrose...
November 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122354/potentials-and-limitations-of-remote-fire-monitoring-in-protected-areas
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João Flávio Costa Dos Santos, Joyce Machado Nunes Romeiro, José Batuíra de Assis, Fillipe Tamiozzo Pereira Torres, José Marinaldo Gleriani
Protected areas (PAs) play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity and ecological processes of the site. One of the greatest challenges for the PA management in several biomes in the world is wildfires. The objective of this work was to evaluate the potentialities and limitations of the use of data obtained by orbital remote sensing in the monitoring fire occurrence in PAs. Fire Occurrence Records (FORs) were analyzed in Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil, from 2007 to 2015, using photo interpreted data from TM, ETM(+) and OLI sensors of the Landsat series and the Hot Spot Database (HSD) from the Brazilian Institute of Space Research - INPE...
November 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119496/photolytic-degradation-of-ciprofloxacin-in-solid-and-aqueous-environments-kinetics-phototransformation-pathways-and-byproducts
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Yen-Ching Lin, Kuan-Wen Hsiao, Angela Yu-Chen Lin
Many lipophilic pharmaceuticals may be sorbed in solid phases, leading to different photochemical behaviors. This study investigated the photochemistry of ciprofloxacin in a solid-phase system and compared it to that in a water-phase system. Kaolinite was used as the model solid matrix. The photolysis of ciprofloxacin in kaolinite fits pseudo-first-order kinetics for thicknesses less than 199 μm, and the rate constants k p decreased from 0.0154 to 0.0016 min(-1) as the thickness of the layer increased. Unlike the aqueous phase, two-step degradation processes were observed for all kaolinite layer thicknesses (14-199 μm), and the pseudo-first-order constant at the surface of the kaolinite layer was smaller than that in the water phase...
November 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115192/a-novel-experimental-paradigm-to-evaluate-children-and-adolescents-diagnosed-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-comparison-with-two-standard-neuropsychological-methods
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Marcos F Rosetti, Rosa E Ulloa, Ernesto Reyes-Zamorano, Lino Palacios-Cruz, Francisco de la Peña, Robyn Hudson
INTRODUCTION: In this study we evaluated a recently developed test, the Ball Search Field Task (BSFT) as a neuropsychological tool for measuring cognitive and behavioral performance of individuals with disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which are frequently accompanied by cognitive deficits and a lack of behavioral inhibition. The task provides a complementary method of assessment that attempts ecological validity by drawing on challenges faced in real-world situations...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113892/screening-behaviorally-active-compounds-based-on-fluorescence-quenching-in-combination-with-binding-mechanism-analyses-of-sspobp7-an-odorant-binding-protein-from-sclerodermus-sp
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Shi-Yu Yi, Dong-Zhen Li, Chang-Xiang Zhou, Yan-Long Tang, Hazem Elewa Abdelnabby, Man-Qun Wang
Reverse chemical ecology approaches based on the recognition and transport function of odorant binding proteins (OBPs) have been used to screen behaviorally active compounds of insects. In the first place, behaviorally active compounds from Sclerodermus sp., an important ectoparasite of Monochamus alternatus Hope, were screened by SspOBP7. The Fluorescence quenching assays revealed that only six of 19 ligands that had binding affinities in fluorescence competition-binding assays formed complexes with SspOBP7...
November 4, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112176/characteristics-of-multifunctional-eco-friendly-lignin-al%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-hybrid-fillers-and-their-influence-on-the-properties-of-composites-for-abrasive-tools
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Łukasz Klapiszewski, Artur Jamrozik, Beata Strzemiecka, Iwona Koltsov, Bartłomiej Borek, Danuta Matykiewicz, Adam Voelkel, Teofil Jesionowski
The main aim of the present study was the preparation and comprehensive characterization of innovative additives to abrasive materials based on functional, pro-ecological lignin-alumina hybrid fillers. The behavior of lignin, alumina and lignin-Al₂O₃ hybrids in a resin matrix was explained on the basis of their surface and application properties determined by inverse gas chromatography, the degree of adhesion/cohesion between components, thermomechanical and rheological properties. On the basis of the presented results, a hypothetical mechanism of interactions between lignin and Al₂O₃ as well as between lignin-Al₂O₃ hybrids and phenolic resins was proposed...
November 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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