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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445711/the-short-term-behavioural-response-of-sows-but-not-gilts-to-a-social-stimulus-is-related-to-sow-aggressiveness-in-groups
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M Verdon, R S Morrison, M Rice, K L Butler, P H Hemsworth
This study examined relationships between the behavioural response of pregnant gilts (n=200, gestation 1) and sows (n=200, gestation 2) to a live, similarly-aged female pig (unfamiliar pig test, UPT) and to a fibre-glass model pig (model pig test, MPT), and aggressive behaviour on the day after mixing (day 2). Sows with a short latency to make contact with an unfamiliar sow in the UPT were more likely to deliver high levels of aggression at day 2 of gestation 2 (P=0.005), but this relationship was stronger when a model pig was used (P <0...
April 23, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445686/when-a-relationship-is-imperative-will-young-women-knowingly-place-their-sexual-health-at-risk-a-sample-of-african-american-adolescent-girls-in-the-juvenile-justice-system
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Jerris L Raiford, Puja Seth, Amy M Fasula, Ralph J DiClemente
Background: HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (HIV/STIs) are significant contributors to adolescent girls' morbidity in the US. Risks for HIV/STIs are increased among adolescent girls involved in the juvenile justice system, and African American adolescent girls comprise nearly 50% of adolescent girls in detention centres. Although HIV prevention programs focus on HIV/STI knowledge, increased knowledge may not be sufficient to reduce sexual risk. The present study examined the interactive effects of HIV/STI knowledge and the importance of being in a relationship (a relationship imperative) on sexual risk behaviours in a sample of detained African American adolescent girls...
April 27, 2017: Sexual Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445514/the-complexity-underlying-invasiveness-precludes-the-identification-of-invasive-traits-a-comparative-study-of-invasive-and-non-invasive-heterocarpic-atriplex-congeners
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Jana Doudová, Jan Douda, Bohumil Mandák
Heterocarpy enables species to effectively spread under unfavourable conditions by producing two or more types of fruit differing in ecological characteristics. Although it is frequent in annuals occupying disturbed habitats that are vulnerable to invasion, there is still a lack of congeneric studies addressing the importance of heterocarpy for species invasion success. We compared two pairs of heterocarpic Atriplex species, each of them comprising one invasive and one non-invasive non-native congener. In two common garden experiments, we (i) simulated the influence of different levels of nutrients and population density on plants grown from different types of fruits and examined several traits that are generally positively associated with invasion success, and (ii) grew plants in a replacement series experiment to evaluate resource partitioning between them and to compare their competitive ability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445485/validity-and-reliability-of-the-physical-activity-questionnaire-for-children-paq-c-and-adolescents-paq-a-in-individuals-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Christine Voss, Paige H Dean, Ross F Gardner, Stephanie L Duncombe, Kevin C Harris
OBJECTIVE: To assess the criterion validity, internal consistency, reliability and cut-point for the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children (PAQ-C) and Adolescents (PAQ-A) in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease-a special population at high cardiovascular risk in whom physical activity has not been extensively evaluated. METHODS: We included 84 participants (13.6±2.9 yrs, 50% female) with simple (37%), moderate (31%), or severe congenital heart disease (27%), as well as cardiac transplant recipients (6%), from BC Children's Hospital, Canada...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445468/discovery-of-intrinsic-ferromagnetism-in-two-dimensional-van-der-waals-crystals
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Cheng Gong, Lin Li, Zhenglu Li, Huiwen Ji, Alex Stern, Yang Xia, Ting Cao, Wei Bao, Chenzhe Wang, Yuan Wang, Z Q Qiu, R J Cava, Steven G Louie, Jing Xia, Xiang Zhang
The realization of long-range ferromagnetic order in two-dimensional van der Waals crystals, combined with their rich electronic and optical properties, could lead to new magnetic, magnetoelectric and magneto-optic applications. In two-dimensional systems, the long-range magnetic order is strongly suppressed by thermal fluctuations, according to the Mermin-Wagner theorem; however, these thermal fluctuations can be counteracted by magnetic anisotropy. Previous efforts, based on defect and composition engineering, or the proximity effect, introduced magnetic responses only locally or extrinsically...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444853/experimental-type-2-diabetes-induction-reduces-serum-vaspin-but-not-serum-omentin-in-wistar-rats
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Cynthia Aparecida de Castro, Karina Ana da Silva, Marina Molina Buffo, Karina Nogueira Zambone Pinto, Fernanda de Oliveira Duarte, Keico Okino Nonaka, Fernanda de Freitas Aníbal, Ana Cláudia Garcia de Oliveira Duarte
Vaspin and omentin are adipose tissue adipokines that have often been related to obesity and its comorbidities. The aim of this study was to investigate the behaviour of serum omentin and vaspin in models of type 2 diabetes. To do this, Wistar rats (~200 g) were randomly divided into two groups: a non-diabetic group (n = 6) and a diabetic group fed on a high-fat diet (n = 6) and a low dose of streptozotocin (Sigma(®) ). All procedures were approved by the Brazilian Ethics Committee. Body weight (BW) and food intake were recorded daily...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444850/emotion-dysregulation-in-hypochondriasis-and-depression
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Josef Bailer, Michael Witthöft, Maja Erkic, Daniela Mier
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore whether certain aspects of emotion dysregulation (i.e., facets of alexithymia and rumination) are more closely linked to hypochondriasis than to depression and vice versa. METHODS: Nineteen patients with hypochondriasis (HYP), 33 patients with depression, and 52 healthy control participants completed the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, the Response Styles Questionnaire, and additional symptom and illness behaviour scales...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444848/biologically-meaningful-scents-a-framework-for-understanding-predator-prey-research-across-disciplines
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Michael H Parsons, Raimund Apfelbach, Peter B Banks, Elissa Z Cameron, Chris R Dickman, Anke S K Frank, Menna E Jones, Ian S McGregor, Stuart McLean, Dietland Müller-Schwarze, Elisa E Sparrow, Daniel T Blumstein
Fear of predation is a universal motivator. Because predators hunt using stealth and surprise, there is a widespread ability among prey to assess risk from chemical information - scents - in their environment. Consequently, scents often act as particularly strong modulators of memory and emotions. Recent advances in ecological research and analytical technology are leading to novel ways to use this chemical information to create effective attractants, repellents and anti-anxiolytic compounds for wildlife managers, conservation biologists and health practitioners...
April 26, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444833/chronic-stress-induced-mechanical-hyperalgesia-is-controlled-by-capsaicin-sensitive-neurones-in-the-mouse
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B Scheich, P Vincze, É Szőke, É Borbély, Á Hunyady, J Szolcsányi, Á Dénes, Zs Környei, B Gaszner, Zs Helyes
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies demonstrated peripheral nociceptor deficit in stress-related chronic pain states, such as fibromyalgia. The interactions of stress and nociceptive systems have special relevance in chronic pain, but the underlying mechanisms including the role of specific nociceptor populations remain unknown. We investigated the role of capsaicin-sensitive neurones in chronic stress-related nociceptive changes. METHOD: Capsaicin-sensitive neurones were desensitized by the capsaicin analogue resiniferatoxin (RTX) in CD1 mice...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444813/optimism-and-positive-and-negative-feelings-in-parents-of-young-children-with-developmental-delay
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E Kurtz-Nelson, L L McIntyre
BACKGROUND: Parents' positive and negative feelings about their young children influence both parenting behaviour and child problem behaviour. Research has not previously examined factors that contribute to positive and negative feelings in parents of young children with developmental delay (DD). METHOD: The present study sought to examine whether optimism, a known protective factor for parents of children with DD, was predictive of positive and negative feelings for these parents...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444803/fear-of-pain-changes-movement-motor-behaviour-following-the-acquisition-of-pain-related-fear
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K Karos, A Meulders, R Gatzounis, H A M Seelen, R P G Geers, J W S Vlaeyen
BACKGROUND: According to current fear-avoidance models, changes in motor behaviour (e.g. avoidance) are a key component in the development and maintenance of chronic pain complaints. Yet, experimental research assessing actual behavioural changes following painful events is relatively sparse. This study investigated the effects of pain anticipation on changes in motor behaviour using a fear conditioning paradigm and robot-generated standardized movement trajectories of the upper extremities...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444785/liquid-crystalline-elastomers-with-gold-nanoparticle-cross-linkers
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Michał Wójcik, Jaroslaw Wrobel, Zuzanna Janczuk, Jozef Mieczkowski, Ewa Gorecka, Joonmyung Choi, Maenghyo Cho, Damian Pociecha
Embedding nanoparticles in a responsive polymer matrix is a formidable way to fabricate hybrid materials with predesigned properties and prospective applications in actuators, mechanically tunable optical elements or electroclinic films. However, achieving chemical compatibility between nanoparticles and organic matter is not trivial and often results in disordered structures. Herein we show that using nanoparticles as exclusive cross-linkers in the preparation of liquid-crystalline polymers can yield long-range ordered liquid-crystalline elastomers with high loading of well dispersed nanoparticles, as confirmed with small angle XRD measurements...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444695/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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REVIEW
Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444684/-evaluation-and-treatment-of-sleep-problems-in-children-diagnosed-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-an-update-of-the-evidence
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REVIEW
M Chamorro, J P Lara, I Insa, M Espadas, J A Alda-Diez
INTRODUCTION: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 5% of all children and adolescents, and these patients frequently suffer from sleep problems. The association between sleep disorders and ADHD, however, is multifaceted and complex. AIMS: To explore the relationship between sleep disorders and ADHD. DEVELOPMENT: Sleep problems in children with ADHD include altered sleep and specific disorders per se or that may be due to comorbid psychiatric disorders or to the stimulants they receive as treatment for their ADHD...
May 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444573/the-effect-of-different-types-of-nanoparticles-on-fus-and-tdp-43-solubility-and-subcellular-localization
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Jasna Lojk, Sonja Prpar Mihevc, Vladimir Boštjan Bregar, Mojca Pavlin, Boris Rogelj
Increased environmental pollution has been suggested as one of the possible causes for increased incidence of neurodegenerative and developmental disorders. Through the environmental pollution, everyday consumer products and nanomedical applications, we are also exposed to various nanoparticles (NPs). Specific types of NPs have been shown to be able to cause neural damage in vivo through processes such as disruption of the blood-brain barrier, induction of neuroinflammation, increase in oxidative stress and protein aggregation...
April 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444477/ethical-conflicts-in-the-treatment-of-fasting-muslim-patients-with-diabetes-during-ramadan
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Ilhan Ilkilic, Hakan Ertin
BACKGROUND: For an effective treatment of patients, quality-assured safe implementation of drug therapy is indispensable. Fasting during Ramadan, an essential religious practice for Muslims, affects Muslim diabetics' drug use in a number of different ways. OBJECTIVES: Ethical problems arising from fasting during the month of Ramadan for practicing Muslim patients are being discussed on the basis of extant research literature. Relevant conflicts of interest originating in this situation are being analysed from an ethical perspective...
April 25, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444394/tissue-specific-dissociation-of-diurnal-transcriptome-rhythms-during-sleep-restriction-in-mice
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Jana Husse, Jana-Thabea Kiehn, Johanna L Barclay, Nadine Naujokat, Judit Meyer-Kovac, Hendrik Lehnert, Henrik Oster
Study objectives: Shortened or mistimed sleep affects metabolic homeostasis, which may in part be mediated by dysregulation of endogenous circadian clocks. In this study, we assessed the contribution of sleep disruption to metabolic dysregulation by analysing diurnal transcriptome regulation in metabolic tissues of mice subjected to a sleep restriction paradigm. Methods: Male mice were subjected to 2x5 days of sleep restriction (SR) with enforced waking during the first six hours of the light phase...
April 24, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444386/coevolution-with-pollinating-resin-midges-led-to-resin-filled-nurseries-in-the-androecia-gynoecia-and-tepals-of-kadsura-schisandraceae
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Shi-Xiao Luo, Ting-Ting Liu, Fei Cui, Zi-Yin Yang, Xiao-Ying Hu, Susanne S Renner
Background and Aims: Resin is a defence against herbivores and a floral reward in a few African and South American species whose bee pollinators collect it for nest construction. Here we describe a new role for floral resin from the Asian genus Kadsura (Schisandraceae). Kadsura tepals tightly cover a globe formed by carpels (in females) or near-fused stamens with fleshy connectives (in male flowers of most, but not all species). Methods: We carried out field observations at four sites in China and used pollinator behavioural assays, chemical analyses and time-calibrated insect and plant phylogenies to investigate the specificity of the interactions and their relationship to floral structure...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444348/how-physically-active-are-people-following-stroke-systematic-review-and-quantitative-synthesis
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Natalie A Fini, Anne E Holland, Jenny Keating, Jacinta Simek, Julie Bernhardt
Background: : Mobility limitations are common following stroke and frequently lead to poor participation in physical activity (PA). Purpose: : To describe PA across the various stages following stroke (acute, subacute and chronic). Data Sources: : Searches were conducted in five databases. Study Selection: : Eligible studies included participants with stroke whose PA was quantitatively measured for at least four hours in a single session...
April 21, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444235/right-hemisphere-structural-adaptation-and-changing-language-skills-years-after-left-hemisphere-stroke
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Thomas M H Hope, Alex P Leff, Susan Prejawa, Rachel Bruce, Zula Haigh, Louise Lim, Sue Ramsden, Marion Oberhuber, Philipp Ludersdorfer, Jenny Crinion, Mohamed L Seghier, Cathy J Price
Stroke survivors with acquired language deficits are commonly thought to reach a 'plateau' within a year of stroke onset, after which their residual language skills will remain stable. Nevertheless, there have been reports of patients who appear to recover over years. Here, we analysed longitudinal change in 28 left-hemisphere stroke patients, each more than a year post-stroke when first assessed-testing each patient's spoken object naming skills and acquiring structural brain scans twice. Some of the patients appeared to improve over time while others declined; both directions of change were associated with, and predictable given, structural adaptation in the intact right hemisphere of the brain...
April 24, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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