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Behavioural Modification

Baohu Dai, Jizhuang Wang, Ze Xiong, Xiaojun Zhan, Wei Dai, Chien-Cheng Li, Shien-Ping Feng, Jinyao Tang
Phototaxis is commonly observed in motile photosynthetic microorganisms. For example, green algae are capable of swimming towards a light source (positive phototaxis) to receive more energy for photosynthesis, or away from a light source (negative phototaxis) to avoid radiation damage or to hide from predators. Recently, with the aim of applying nanoscale machinery to biomedical applications, various inorganic nanomotors based on different propulsion mechanisms have been demonstrated. The only method to control the direction of motion of these self-propelled micro/nanomotors is to incorporate a ferromagnetic material into their structure and use an external magnetic field for steering...
October 17, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Fiona Mactaggart, Liane McDermott, Anna Tynan, Maxine Whittaker
Health and well-being outcomes in communities living in proximity to mining activity may be influenced by a broad spectrum of factors including population growth, economic instability or land degradation. This review aims to synthesise broader outcomes associated with mining activity and in doing so, further explore possible determinants in communities of low- and middle-income countries. Four databases were systematically searched and articles were included if the study targeted adults residing in proximity to mining activity, and measured individual or community-level health or well-being outcomes...
October 17, 2016: Global Public Health
Sangho Won, Daniel J Phillips, Marc Walker, Matthew I Gibson
Responsive polymers and polymer-coated nanoparticles have many potential bio-applications with the crucial parameter being the exact temperature where the transition occurs. Chemical modification of hydrophobic/hydrophilic or ligand binding sites has been widely explored as a tool for controlling this transition, but requires the synthesis of many different components to achieve precise control. This study reports an extensive investigation into the use of blending (i.e. mixing) as a powerful tool to modulate the transition temperature of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) coated gold nanoparticles...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
Pallab K Maulik, Abha Tewari, Siddhardha Devarapalli, Sudha Kallakuri, Anushka Patel
INTRODUCTION: Common mental disorders (CMD) such as depression, suicidal risk and emotional/medically unexplained complaints affect a large number of people in India, but few receive appropriate care. Key reasons for this include few trained mental health professionals and stigma associated with mental health. A potential approach to address poor access to care is by training village healthcare workers in providing basic mental health care, and harnessing India's vast mobile network to support such workers using mobile-based applications...
2016: PloS One
Clélia M Bianchi, Jean-François Huneau, Gaëlle Le Goff, Eric O Verger, François Mariotti, Patricia Gurviez
BACKGROUND: From a life course perspective, pregnancy leads to a rise in nutrition awareness and an increase in information flow in favour of adopting healthier eating behaviours. This qualitative study was designed to better understand the determinants of eating behaviours in French pregnant women by focusing on their concerns, attitudes and beliefs and their nutrition-related information seeking practices. METHODS: Seven focus groups were conducted, involving a total of 40 French pregnant women...
October 12, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Tracy L Schumacher, Tracy L Burrows, Megan E Rollo, Neil J Spratt, Robin Callister, Clare E Collins
Dietary modifications can improve serum lipids and reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. However, attendance at multiple dietary consultations can be a barrier to achieving behaviour change. This study investigated the effectiveness of a brief dietetic intervention on CVD risk factors in hyperlipidaemic adults. Adults with total cholesterol ≥ 5.0 mmol/L or low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ≥ 4.0 mmol/L and not currently taking lipid-lowering medication were eligible for a minimum 6-week dietary intervention...
October 11, 2016: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Alejandro Alvarado-Delgado, Guillermo Perales Ortiz, Ángel T Tello-López, Sergio Encarnación, Renaud Conde, Ángel G Martínez-Batallar, Ken Moran-Francia, Humberto Lanz-Mendoza
BACKGROUND: The behaviour of Anopheles spp. mosquitoes, vectors for Plasmodium parasites, plays a crucial role in the propagation of malaria to humans. Consequently, it is important to understand how the behaviour of these mosquitoes is influenced by the interaction between the brain and immunological status. The nervous system is intimately linked to the immune and endocrine systems. There is evidence that the malaria parasite alters the function of these systems upon infecting the mosquito...
October 11, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Anwesha Sarkar, Aiqian Ye, Harjinder Singh
This review discusses recent understanding of the oral destabilization of food emulsions from a colloidal perspective. The review deals mainly with the microstructural changes in emulsions and emulsion gels during oral processing at a colloidal length scale, with the key emphasis being on the role of electrostatic interactions, enzymatic modifications and surface-induced phenomena. Knowledge of these complex interactions between the emulsion droplets and the oral components, such as salivary proteins, enzymes and oral shear, might be the key to understanding the oral behaviour and sensory perception of food emulsions...
October 5, 2016: Food & Function
Natalie Krahn, Maureen Spearman, Markus Meier, July Dorion-Thibaudeau, Matthew McDougall, Trushar R Patel, Gregory De Crescenzo, Yves Durocher, Jörg Stetefeld, Michael Butler
Glycoengineering of mAbs has become common practice in attempts to generate the ideal mAb candidate for a wide range of therapeutic applications. The effects of these glycan modifications on the binding affinity of IgG mAbs for FcγRIIIa and their cytotoxicity is well known. However, little is understood about the effect that these modifications have on binding to the high affinity FcγRI receptor. This study analysed the effect of variable N-glycosylation on a human-llama hybrid mAb (EG2-hFc, 80 kDa) binding to FcγRI including a comparison to a full-sized IgG1 (DP-12, 150 kDa)...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Antoine Boullis, Claire Detrain, Frédéric Francis, François J Verheggen
Understanding how climate change will affect species interactions is a challenge for all branches of ecology. We have only limited understanding of how increasing temperature and atmospheric CO2 and O3 levels will affect pheromone-mediated communication among insects. Based on the existing literature, we suggest that the entire process of pheromonal communication, from production to behavioural response, is likely to be impacted by increases in temperature and modifications to atmospheric CO2 and O3 levels...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Insect Science
C Bopp, R Hirayama, T Inaniwa, A Kitagawa, N Matsufuji, K Noda
Ion beams present a potential advantage in terms of treatment of lesions with hypoxic regions. In order to use this potential, it is important to accurately model the cell survival of oxic as well as hypoxic cells. In this work, an adaptation of the microdosimetric kinetic (MK) model making it possible to account for cell hypoxia is presented. The adaptation relies on the modification of damage quantity (double strand breaks and more complex lesions) due to the radiation. Model parameters such as domain size and nucleus size are then adapted through a fitting procedure...
October 7, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Elizabeth Craig, Neal Kerr, Gabrielle McDonald
AIM: In New Zealand, there is a paucity of information on children with chronic conditions and disabilities (CCD). One reason is that many are managed in hospital outpatients where diagnostic coding of health-care events does not occur. This study explores the feasibility of coding paediatric outpatient data to provide health planners with information on children with CCD. METHODS: Thirty-seven clinicians from six District Health Boards (DHBs) trialled coding over 12 weeks...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Xue Yang, Yichen Fang, Zhizhen Yu, Zongwei Wang, Teng Zhang, Minhui Yin, Min Lin, Yuchao Yang, Yimao Cai, Ru Huang
Animals' survival is dependent on their abilities to adapt to the changing environment by adjusting their behaviours, which is related to the ubiquitous learning behaviour, nonassociative learning. Thus mimicking the indispensable learning behaviour in organisms based on electronic devices is vital to better achieve artificial neural networks and neuromorphic computing. Here a three terminal device consisting of an oxide-based memristor and a NMOS transistor is proposed. The memristor with gradual conductance tuning inherently functions as the synapse between sensor neurons and motor neurons and presents adjustable synaptic plasticity, while the NMOS transistor attached to the memristor is utilized to mimic the modulatory effect of the neuromodulator released by inter neurons...
September 16, 2016: Nanoscale
Marine Devezeaux de Lavergne, Fred van de Velde, Markus Stieger
This review article focuses on design of food structure, characterisation of oral processing by boli characterisation and dynamic texture perception. Knowledge of the food properties governing bolus formation and bolus properties determining temporal changes in texture perception is of major importance. Such knowledge allows academia to better understand the mechanisms underlying texture perception and food industry to improve product texture. For instance, such knowledge can be used for developing foods with desired texture perception that fit in a healthy diet or that are customized to specific consumer groups...
September 16, 2016: Food & Function
Todd J Anderson, Jean Grégoire, Glen J Pearson, Arden R Barry, Patrick Couture, Martin Dawes, Gordon A Francis, Jacques Genest, Steven Grover, Milan Gupta, Robert A Hegele, David C Lau, Lawrence A Leiter, Eva Lonn, G B John Mancini, Ruth McPherson, Daniel Ngui, Paul Poirier, John L Sievenpiper, James A Stone, George Thanassoulis, Richard Ward
Since the publication of the 2012 guidelines new literature has emerged to inform decision-making. The 2016 guidelines primary panel selected a number of clinically relevant questions and has produced updated recommendations, on the basis of important new findings. In subjects with clinical atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm, most subjects with diabetes or chronic kidney disease, and those with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol ≥ 5 mmol/L, statin therapy is recommended. For all others, there is an emphasis on risk assessment linked to lipid determination to optimize decision-making...
July 25, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
S Lakhloufi, M H Lemée-Cailleau, G Chastanet, P Rosa, N Daro, P Guionneau
The thermally induced Spin-CrossOver (SCO) undergone by the mononuclear iron(ii) complex [Fe(PM-AzA)2(NCS)2] (PM = N-2'-pyridylmethylene, AzA = 4-(phenylazo)aniline) is fully pictured by a quasi-continuous structural determination all along the spin-state modification within the sample. This large scale multi-temperature Single-Crystal X-Ray Diffraction (SCXRD) investigation leads to making structural movies. The latter reveal or confirm some features of the SCO that are subsequently validated by the same systematic investigation performed on a zinc isostructural analogue complex...
October 12, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
L M Delahanty, M Riggs, S S Klioze, R D Chew, R D England, A Digenio
OBJECTIVE: High-attrition rates have been observed in long-term clinical trials of weight loss agents. We evaluated the impact of an innovative retention programme on 1-year retention. METHODS: Three Phase 3 global multicentre clinical trials evaluated the efficacy and safety of a CB1 receptor antagonist in subjects with BMI ≥ or = 27 kg/m(2). The impact of a multifaceted retention programme including a dietitian screening interview, a comprehensive culturally adapted lifestyle modification programme, and a dietitian support system to maximize lifestyle adherence, was evaluated in 4,410 subjects from four subpopulations (non-US English-speaking, non-English-speaking, US-without dietitian screening and US-with dietitian screening) comprising 208 centres from 15 countries...
September 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
Gerardo Chowell, Cécile Viboud, Lone Simonsen, Seyed M Moghadas
Early estimates of the transmission potential of emerging and re-emerging infections are increasingly used to inform public health authorities on the level of risk posed by outbreaks. Existing methods to estimate the reproduction number generally assume exponential growth in case incidence in the first few disease generations, before susceptible depletion sets in. In reality, outbreaks can display subexponential (i.e. polynomial) growth in the first few disease generations, owing to clustering in contact patterns, spatial effects, inhomogeneous mixing, reactive behaviour changes or other mechanisms...
October 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Eldho Abraham, Doron Kam, Yuval Nevo, Rikard Slattegard, Amit Rivkin, Shaul Lapidot, Oded Shoseyov
This work presents an environmentally friendly, iodine-catalysed chemical modification method to generate highly hydrophobic, optically active cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). The high degree of ester substitution (DS=2.18), hydrophobicity, crystalline behaviour and optical activity of the generated acetylated CNC (Ac-CNC) were quantified by TEM, FTIR, solid 13C NMR, contact angle, XRD and POM analyses. Ac-CNC possessing substantial enhancement in thermal stability (16.8%) and forms thin films with interlayer distance of 50-150 nm, presenting cavities suitable for entrapping nano and micro particles...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Tess Armstrong, Matthew Rockloff, Nancy Greer, Phillip Donaldson
Automated gambling products are now a common feature on many casino floors. Despite their increasing prevalence, little research has considered the impact of converting games traditionally free from technological enhancements to automated versions. This review seeks to illustrate how automation is likely to change the way people engage and experience traditional games based around five prominent modifications: visual and auditory enhancements; illusions of control; cognitive complexity; expedited play; and social customisation...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Gambling Studies
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