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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527121/brief-biofeedback-intervention-on-anxious-freshman-university-students
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Paulo Chaló, Anabela Pereira, Patrícia Batista, Luis Sancho
The increasing number of mental health disorders on university students represents a growing problem with negative impact on this population. Stress and anxiety issues are two of most predominant problems in this population and most campus health services have limited resources to face them. Research has provided evidence about biofeedback effectiveness. This study aims to verify the impact of a short duration biofeedback programme on freshmen university students with high levels of anxiety. A sample of 50 first-year students, with scores above percentile of 75 on STAI Y-2 were randomly selected and divided into two groups...
May 19, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524771/mercury-levels-in-parturient-and-newborns-from-aveiro-region-portugal
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Ana Catarina Alves, Marta S Monteiro, Ana Luísa Machado, Mário Oliveira, Ana Bóia, Ana Correia, Nuno Oliveira, Amadeu M V M Soares, Susana Loureiro
Since the outbreak of methylmercury (MeHg) poisoning in Japan and Iraq, mercury (Hg) is classified as well-established teratogen. The Portuguese region of Aveiro faced some decades ago an environmental Hg contamination due to activities from a chlor-alkali plant. Until now, no apparent evaluation was conducted regarding prenatal exposure to Hg in this area. The main objectives of this study were to: i) assess maternal and fetal exposure to Hg in the Aveiro region using noninvasive biological matrices; ii) examine the influence of variables that may contribute to Hg exposure during pregnancy; and iii) improve knowledge regarding metal accumulation and distribution over the maternal-fetal-placental unit...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523218/valence-and-magnitude-ambiguity-in-feedback-processing
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Ruolei Gu, Xue Feng, Lucas S Broster, Lu Yuan, Pengfei Xu, Yue-Jia Luo
BACKGROUND: Outcome feedback which indicates behavioral consequences are crucial for reinforcement learning and environmental adaptation. Nevertheless, outcome information in daily life is often totally or partially ambiguous. Studying how people interpret this kind of information would provide important knowledge about the human evaluative system. METHODS: This study concentrates on the neural processing of partially ambiguous feedback, that is, either its valence or magnitude is unknown to participants...
May 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522007/guar-gum-benzoate-nanoparticle-reinforced-gelatin-films-for-enhanced-thermal-insulation-mechanical-and-antimicrobial-properties
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Sonia Kundu, Aatrayee Das, Aalok Basu, Md Farooque Abdullah, Arup Mukherjee
This work relates to guar gum benzoate self assembly nanoparticles synthesis and nano composite films development with gelatin. Guar gum benzoate was synthesized in a Hofmeister cation guided homogeneous phase reaction. Self assembly polysaccharide nanoparticles were prepared in solvent displacement technique. Electron microscopy and DLS study confirmed uniform quasi spherical nanoparticles with ζ-potential - 28.7mV. Nanocomposite films were further developed in gelatin matrix. The film capacity augmenting due to nanoparticles incorporation was noteworthy...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521266/neural-mechanisms-of-reward-processing-associated-with-depression-related-personality-traits
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Akina Umemoto, Clay B Holroyd
OBJECTIVE: Although impaired reward processing in depression has been well-documented, the exact nature of that deficit remains poorly understood. To investigate the link between depression and the neural mechanisms of reward processing, we examined individual differences in personality. METHODS: We recorded the electroencephalogram from healthy college students engaged in a probabilistic reinforcement learning task. Participants also completed several personality questionnaires that assessed traits related to reward sensitivity, motivation, and depression...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513768/microbiological-testing-of-devices-used-in-maintaining-peripheral-venous-catheters
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Fernanda de Paula Rossini, Denise de Andrade, Lissandra Chaves de Sousa Santos, Adriano Menis Ferreira, Caroline Tieppo, Evandro Watanabe
Objective: to evaluate the use of peripheral venous catheters based on microbiological analysis of devices (dressing and three-way stopcocks) and thus contribute to the prevention and infection control. Methods: this was a prospective study of microbiological analysis of 30 three-way stopcocks (external surfaces and lumens) and 30 dressing used in maintaining the peripheral venous catheters of hospitalized adult patients. Results: all external surfaces, 40% of lumens, and 86...
May 15, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509339/comparison-of-jak2-v617f-positive-essential-thrombocythaemia-and-early-primary-myelofibrosis-the-impact-of-mutation-burden-and-histology
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Roberto Latagliata, Nicola Polverelli, Alessia Tieghi, Giuseppe Alberto Palumbo, Massimo Breccia, Elena Sabattini, Loredana Villari, Mara Riminucci, Riccardo Valli, Lucia Catani, Giuliana Alimena, Emanuela Ottaviani, Angelo Fama, Giovanni Martinelli, Margherita Perricone, Marco Spinsanti, Michele Cavo, Nicola Vianelli, Francesca Palandri
An accurate histological diagnosis may distinguish essential thrombocythaemia (ET) from early primary myelofibrosis (early-PMF), which is associated with worse outcome. Outcome of ET is also negatively affected by the presence of the JAK2(V617F) mutation. To investigate the impact of JAK2(V617F) mutation burden and histology on outcome, we collected 475 WHO-diagnosed ET (69.2%) or early-PMF JAK2(V617F) -positive patients followed in 4 Italian haematology centers. JAK2(V617F) allele burden was ≤50% in 90% and 87% of ET and early-PMF patients, respectively (P = ...
May 16, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508921/latent-factor-structure-of-a-behavioral-economic-marijuana-demand-curve
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Elizabeth R Aston, Samantha G Farris, James MacKillop, Jane Metrik
RATIONALE: Drug demand, or relative value, can be assessed via analysis of behavioral economic purchase task performance. Five demand indices are typically obtained from drug purchase tasks. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this research was to determine whether metrics of marijuana reinforcement from a marijuana purchase task (MPT) exhibit a latent factor structure that efficiently characterizes marijuana demand. METHODS: Participants were regular marijuana users (n = 99; 37...
May 16, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506655/fiber-reinforced-composite-fixed-dental-prostheses-a-4-year-prospective-clinical-trial-evaluating-survival-quality-and-effects-on-surrounding-periodontal-tissues
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Diana Wolff, Theresa Wohlrab, Daniel Saure, Johannes Krisam, Cornelia Frese
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Although fiber-reinforced composite fixed dental prostheses (FRC FDPs) are a reliable treatment option for the restoration of single missing teeth, comparatively few prospective clinical trials (PCT) exist. PURPOSE: The purpose of this PCT was to evaluate the survival, quality outcome, and effect of FRC FDPs on periodontal health over 4 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-six consecutive patients (16 men, 10 women) receiving FRC FDPs with preimpregnated unidirectional fiber reinforcement were included in the trial...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506455/trauma-morning-report-is-the-ideal-environment-to-teach-and-evaluate-resident-communication-and-sign-outs-in-the-80-hour-work-week
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Mary E Ottinger, Sean F Monaghan, Shea C Gregg, Andrew H Stephen, Michael D Connolly, David T Harrington, Charles A Adams, William G Cioffi, Daithi S Heffernan
BACKGROUND: The 80h work week has raised concerns that complications may increase due to multiple sign-outs or poor communication. Trauma Surgery manages complex trauma and acute care surgical patients with rapidly changing physiology, clinical demands and a large volume of data that must be communicated to render safe, effective patient care. Trauma Morning Report format may offer the ideal situation to study and teach sign-outs and resident communication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surgery Residents were assessed on a 1-5 scale for their ability to communicate to their fellow residents...
May 1, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505303/acute-effects-of-aerobic-exercise-on-affect-and-smoking-craving-in-the-weeks-before-and-after-a-cessation-attempt
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Ana M Abrantes, Samantha G Farris, Haruka Minami, David R Strong, Deborah Riebe, Richard A Brown
Introduction: Aerobic exercise may improve smoking abstinence via reductions in craving and negative affect, and increases in positive moods. Acute changes in craving and affect before and after structured exercise sessions have not been examined during the weeks prior to and following quit attempts, nor has smoking status been examined in relation to these effects. Given that regular cigarette smoking can be perceived as affect-enhancing and craving-reducing, it is not known whether exercise could contribute additional affective benefit beyond these effects...
May 15, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505268/pharmacodynamics-of-dose-escalated-front-loading-polymyxin-b-regimens-against-polymyxin-resistant-mcr-1-harbouring-escherichia-coli
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Nicholas M Smith, Zackery P Bulman, Arthur O Sieron, Jürgen B Bulitta, Patricia N Holden, Roger L Nation, Jian Li, Gerard D Wright, Brian T Tsuji
Objectives: Gram-negative bacteria harbouring the mcr-1 plasmid are resistant to the 'last-line' polymyxins and have been reported worldwide. Our objective was to define the impact of increasing the initial polymyxin B dose intensity against an mcr-1 -harbouring strain to delineate the impact of plasmid-mediated polymyxin resistance on the dynamics of bacterial killing and resistance. Methods: A hollow fibre infection model (HFIM) was used to simulate polymyxin B regimens against an mcr-1 -harbouring Escherichia coli (MIC 8 mg/L) over 10 days...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504129/tunicate-cellulose-nanocrystals-reinforced-nanocomposite-hydrogels-comprised-by-hybrid-cross-linked-networks
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Tiantian Zhang, Qiaoyun Cheng, Dongdong Ye, Chunyu Chang
Cellulose nanocrystals are considered as promising biomass nanofillers for polymeric hydrogels, but poor interface compatibility between cellulose nanocrystals and hydrogel matrix usually reduces their reinforcement effect. Here, we reported a novel interface compatible nanocomposite hydrogel prepared by introducing quaternized tunicate cellulose nanocrystals (Q-TCNCs) into chemically cross-linked poly (acrylic acid) (PAA) networks. Q-TCNCs acted as both nanofillers and physical cross-linkers in the PAA networks, and the electrostatic interaction between the positive charges of Q-TCNCs and negative charges of PAA chains improved their interface compatibility...
August 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502553/a-shortened-protocol-for-assessing-cognitive-bias-in-rats
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Nichola M Brydges, Lynsey Hall
BACKGROUND: Reliable measurement of affective state in animals is a significant goal of animal welfare. Such measurements would also improve the validity of pre-clinical mental health research which relies on animal models. However, at present, affective states in animals are inaccessible to direct measurement. In humans, changes in cognitive processing can give reliable indications of emotional state. Therefore, similar techniques are increasingly being used to gain proxy measures of affective states in animals...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501577/probucol-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-leukocyte-recruitment-and-inflammatory-hyperalgesia-effect-on-nf-%C3%B0%C2%BAb-activation-and-cytokine-production
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Amanda Z Zucoloto, Marília F Manchope, Larissa Staurengo-Ferrari, Felipe A Pinho-Ribeiro, Ana C Zarpelon, André L L Saraiva, Tatiana N Cecílio, José C Alves-Filho, Thiago M Cunha, Gustavo B Menezes, Fernando Q Cunha, Rubia Casagrande, Waldiceu A Verri
Probucol (4,4'- (Isopropylidenedithio)bis(2,6-di-tert-butylphenol) is a synthetic molecule clinically used for prevention and treatment of hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis. Recent studies have shown that the beneficial effects of probucol mainly derive from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Gram-negative bacteria are common infectious agents and their wall components, e.g. lipopolysaccharide (LPS), are important elicitors of inflammation. LPS is sensed by tissue resident cells and it triggers a Toll-like receptor 4/MyD88-dependent signaling cascade resulting in endothelial activation, leukocyte recruitment and nociception...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501450/exploring-prognosis-in-chronic-relapsing-visceral-leishmaniasis-among-hiv-infected-patients-circulating-leishmania-dna
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Gláucia Fernandes Cota, Marcos Roberto de Sousa, Tália Santana Machado de Assis, Bruna Fernandes Pinto, Ana Rabello
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) affecting HIV-infected patients is considered a challenging condition because of its high mortality and relapse rates. The approach of this condition is still surrounded by many uncertainties, especially regarding the criteria to institute and discontinue secondary prophylaxis for VL. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Leishmania parasitism kinetic assessed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as a possible tool in the prognostic assessment in a context in which patients are receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy and secondary prophylaxis...
May 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501019/towards-a-feminist-understanding-of-intersecting-violence-against-women-and-children-in-the-family
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Sophie Namy, Catherine Carlson, Kathleen O'Hara, Janet Nakuti, Paul Bukuluki, Julius Lwanyaaga, Sylvia Namakula, Barbrah Nanyunja, Milton L Wainberg, Dipak Naker, Lori Michau
While intimate partner violence (IPV) against women and violence against children (VAC) have emerged as distinct fields of research and programming, a growing number of studies demonstrate the extent to which these forms of violence overlap in the same households. However, existing knowledge of how and why such co-occurrence takes place is limited, particularly in the Global South. The current study aims to advance empirical and conceptual understanding of intersecting IPV and VAC within families in order to inform potential programming...
April 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500437/an-evaluation-of-the-translation-of-continuing-education-into-diabetes-public-health-care-by-pharmacists
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Kerry Wilbur, Sara Shabana, Fatima Maraghi, Alaa ElMubark, Nadir Kheir
Background Pharmacists are assuming greater public health roles and partaking in continuing education to advance knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of this patient care. Objective We sought to determine what conditions in a Middle East context influence how community pharmacists actually incorporate new information into practice. Setting Community pharmacies in Qatar. Methods A continuing professional development (CPD) program regarding the management of fasting diabetes patients during Ramadan was developed and delivered...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499564/socio-demographic-and-psychological-correlates-of-posttraumatic-growth-among-korean-americans-with-a-history-of-traumatic-life-experiences
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Gyeong-Suk Jeon, So-Young Park, Kunsook S Bernstein
This study examined socio-demographic and psychological correlates of posttraumatic growth (PTG) among Korean Americans (KAs) with traumatic life experiences. A total of 286 KAs were included. Being a woman or having a lower annual household income had positive associations with PTG, while having no religion had a negative association with it. In addition, praying and visiting a mental health professional for coping with stress or for psychological problems was positively associated with PTG. Higher resilience scores increased PTG, while depressive symptoms decreased it...
June 2017: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498897/which-technique-of-cusp-repair-is-durable-in-reimplantation-procedure-%C3%A2
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Hiroshi Tanaka, Hiroaki Takahashi, Takeshi Inoue, Takashi Matsueda, Tatsuya Oda, Noriyuki Abe, Yoshikatsu Nomura, Yasuko Gotake, Yutaka Okita
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to ascertain the durability of cusp repair techniques used in reimplantation procedures. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2015, 249 patients (mean age, 49 ± 17 years) with aortic insufficiency underwent the reimplantation procedure. The pathology was acute aortic dissection in 24 and non-dissection in 225 patients. Preoperative aortic regurgitation (AR) was absent in 9, 1+ in 19, 2+ in 20, 3+ in 71 and 4+ in 120 patients. The mean aortic root and ascending aortic diameters were 47 ± 9 mm and 38 ± 7 mm, respectively...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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