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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637192/an-explorative-study-examining-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-training-in-the-field-of-music-therapy
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Anita L Gadberry, Alison Sweeney
Background: Music therapists work with many people who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). As communication goals are central to music therapy practice, many music therapists would benefit from training in AAC. Objective: The purpose of this survey study was to determine the state of AAC education for music therapists at the university level, how AAC is being used in music therapy sessions, and how practicing music therapists are trained in AAC...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Music Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636751/using-experimentation-to-understand-the-10-year-snowshoe-hare-cycle-in-the-boreal-forest-of-north-america
#2
C J Krebs, R Boonstra, S Boutin
Population cycles have long fascinated ecologists from the time of Charles Elton in the 1920s. The discovery of large population fluctuations in undisturbed ecosystems challenged the idea that pristine nature was in a state of balance. The 10-year cycle of snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus Erxleben) across the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska is a classic cycle, recognized by fur traders for more than 300 years. Since the 1930s ecologists have investigated the mechanisms that might cause these cycles. Proposed causal mechanisms have varied from sunspots to food supplies, parasites, diseases, predation, and social behaviour...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636694/placebo-response-and-practice-effects-in-schizophrenia-cognition-trials
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Richard S E Keefe, Vicki G Davis, Philip D Harvey, Alexandra S Atkins, George M Haig, Owen Hagino, Stephen Marder, Dana C Hilt, Daniel Umbricht
Importance: Patients' previous experience with performance-based cognitive tests in clinical trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia can create practice-related improvements. Placebo-controlled trials for cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia are at risk for these practice effects, which can be difficult to distinguish from placebo effects. Objectives: To conduct a systematic evaluation of the magnitude of practice effects on the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB) in cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia and to examine which demographic, clinical, and cognitive characteristics were associated with improvement in placebo conditions...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636631/incidence-and-mortality-due-to-snakebite-in-the-americas
#4
Jean-Philippe Chippaux
BACKGROUND: Better knowledge of the epidemiological characteristics of snakebites could help to take measures to improve their management. The incidence and mortality of snakebites in the Americas are most often estimated from medical and scientific literature, which generally lack precision and representativeness. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Authors used the notifications of snakebites treated in health centers collected by the Ministries of Health of the American countries to estimate their incidence and mortality...
June 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636535/the-correlation-of-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-with-the-presence-and-activity-of-myasthenia-gravis
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De-Hao Yang, Mei-Zi Qian, Mao-Mao Wei, Jia Li, Meng-Meng Yu, Xue-Mian Lu, Hong Yang, Hai Lin, Xiang Li, Jun-Yan Zhu, Xu Zhang
Though the pathogenesis of myasthenia gravis (MG) is not fully understood, the role of inflammation has been well appreciated in the development of MG. We aimed to investigate the role of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in MG patients and the relationship between the NLR and the activity of the disease. A total number of 172 MG patients and 207 healthy controls (HC) were enrolled in this study. The MG patients were divided into tertiles according to NLR (low NLR < 1.58, n = 57; intermediate NLR 1.58-2...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636496/the-genus-pulveroboletus-boletaceae-boletales-in-china
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Nian-Kai Zeng, Zhi-Qun Liang, Li-Ping Tang, Yan-Chun Li, Zhu L Yang
Species of Pulveroboletus (Boletaceae, Boletales) in China are investigated on the basis of morphology and molecular phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences from nuc rDNA region encompassing the internal transcribed spacers 1 and 2, along with the 5.8S rDNA (ITS) and nuc 28S rDNA D1-D2 domains (28S) and sequences from the translation elongation factor 1-α gene (TEF1). Nine species are recognized in the country, three of them are described as new: P. flaviscabrosus, P. rubroscabrosus, and P. subrufus, five of them are previous described taxa: P...
May 17, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636445/developing-a-casper-survey-to-assess-the-prevalence-of-risk-factors-for-neglected-tropical-diseases-in-texas
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Seth Smitherman, Tracy Hammond, Daniel Goldberg, Jennifer Horney
While more than a billion people live at risk of neglected tropical diseases in areas of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America, the degree to which such diseases burden countries like the United States is currently unclear. Even though many neglected tropical diseases such as dengue, leishmaniasis, and Chagas disease are not endemic to the United States, the possibility of their emergence is noteworthy, especially in states like Texas, which has high levels of poverty, a large immigrant population, and a climate amenable to the vectors for these diseases and is geographically proximate to endemic areas...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635666/host-adaptation-of-soybean-dwarf-virus-following-serial-passages-on-pea-pisum-sativum-and-soybean-glycine-max
#8
Bin Tian, Frederick E Gildow, Andrew L Stone, Diana J Sherman, Vernon D Damsteegt, William L Schneider
Soybean Dwarf Virus (SbDV) is an important plant pathogen, causing economic losses in soybean. In North America, indigenous strains of SbDV mainly infect clover, with occasional outbreaks in soybean. To evaluate the risk of a US clover strain of SbDV adapting to other plant hosts, the clover isolate SbDV-MD6 was serially transmitted to pea and soybean by aphid vectors. Sequence analysis of SbDV-MD6 from pea and soybean passages identified 11 non-synonymous mutations in soybean, and six mutations in pea. Increasing virus titers with each sequential transmission indicated that SbDV-MD6 was able to adapt to the plant host...
June 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634866/differential-chromosomal-organization-between-saguinus-midas-and-saguinus-bicolor-with-accumulation-of-differences-the-repetitive-sequence-dna
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Dayane Martins Barbosa Serfaty, Natália Dayane Moura Carvalho, Maria Claudia Gross, Marcelo Gordo, Carlos Henrique Schneider
Saguinus is the largest and most complex genus of the subfamily Callitrichinae, with 23 species distributed from the south of Central America to the north of South America with Saguinus midas having the largest geographical distribution while Saguinus bicolor has a very restricted one, affected by the population expansion in the state of Amazonas. Considering the phylogenetic proximity of the two species along with evidence on the existence of hybrids between them, as well as cytogenetic studies on Saguinus describing a conserved karyotypic macrostructure, we carried out a physical mapping of DNA repeated sequences in the mitotic chromosome of both species, since these sequences are less susceptible to evolutionary pressure and possibly perform an important function in speciation...
June 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634620/new-data-on-neodiplostomum-americanum-chandler-and-rausch-1947-digenea-diplostomidae-in-the-great-horned-owl-bubo-virginianus-gmelin-1788-and-the-eastern-screech-owl-megascops-asio-linnaeus-1758-in-mississippi-usa
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Ethan T Woodyard, Thomas G Rosser, Matt J Griffin
Neodiplostomum americanum Chandler and Rausch, 1947 has been reported from six species of owls in North America. At present, there are no molecular data for this species and gene sequence data from Neodiplostomum Railliet, 1919 are limited. A freshly deceased specimen of the Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Gmelin, 1788 and a freshly deceased specimen of the Eastern Screech Owl Megascops asio Linnaeus, 1758 were collected in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Neodiplostomum americanum were recovered from both hosts...
June 20, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634531/smallpox-vaccination-an-early-start-of-modern-medicine-in-america
#11
Dan Liebowitz
Smallpox was eradicated by the World Health Organization in 1980. Before its eradication thedisease had a mortality rate upwards of 50% and had a significant impact on society. During theAmerican Revolutionary war, smallpox outbreaks were impeding the American war effort until1777 when George Washington carried out a mass inoculation campaign in the ContinentalArmy that reduced the mortality from smallpox to less than 2%. Inoculation was an early formof vaccination that used live virus from active pustules to induce a milder, but still sometimesdeadly, case of disease...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634353/coronavirus-hku15-in-respiratory-tract-of-pigs-and-first-discovery-of-coronavirus-quasispecies-in-5-untranslated-region
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Patrick Cy Woo, Susanna Kp Lau, Chi-Ching Tsang, Candy Cy Lau, Po-Chun Wong, Franklin Wn Chow, Jordan Yh Fong, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Coronavirus HKU15 is a deltacoronavirus that was discovered in fecal samples of pigs in Hong Kong in 2012. Over the past three years, Coronavirus HKU15 has been widely detected in pigs in East/Southeast Asia and North America and has been associated with fatal outbreaks. In all such epidemiological studies, the virus was generally only detected in fecal/intestinal samples. In this molecular epidemiology study, we detected Coronavirus HKU15 in 9.6% of the nasopharyngeal samples obtained from 249 pigs in Hong Kong...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634256/molecular-systematics-and-historical-biogeography-of-maianthemum-s-s
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Changkyun Kim, Kenneth M Cameron, Joo-Hwan Kim
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Understanding the underlying mechanisms for the evolution of intercontinental disjunct patterns has long fascinated botanists. We present a molecular phylogenetic reconstruction of Maianthemum s.l. (including Smilacina) with a focus on Maianthemum s.s. species, which have a disjunct distribution between Eurasia and North America. Within this evolutionary framework, we clarify the systematic classification and biogeographical history of Maianthemum s.s. METHOD: Data from two nuclear and five chloroplast DNA regions were analyzed using the programs PAUP*, RAxML, MrBayes, BEAST, and RASP...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634255/population-genetic-structure-of-bromus-tectorum-in-the-mountains-of-western-north-america
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Spencer Arnesen, Craig E Coleman, Susan E Meyer
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Invasive species are often initially restricted to a narrow range and may then expand through any of multiple mechanisms including phenotypic plasticity, in situ evolution, or selection on traits preadapted for new habitats. Our study used population genetics to explore possible processes by which the highly selfing invasive annual grass Bromus tectorum has expanded into montane environments. METHODS: We used 69 single nucleotide polymorphic (SNP) markers to genotype ca...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633946/microplastics-in-gut-contents-of-coastal-freshwater-fish-from-r%C3%A3-o-de-la-plata-estuary
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Rocío S Pazos, Tomás Maiztegui, Darío C Colautti, Ariel H Paracampo, Nora Gómez
The presence of microplastics (MPs) in gut contents of coastal freshwater fish of the Rio de la Plata estuary was studied. Samples were taken in six sites where 87 fish belonging to 11 species and four feeding habits were captured. Presence of MPs was verified in the 100% of fish. The fibres represented the 96% of MPs found. The number of MPs in gut contents was significantly higher close to sewage discharge. There was not found relationship between number of MPs and fish length, weight or feeding habit. The spatial differences in mean number of MPs in fish observed in this study, suggest that environmental availability of MPs could be of great importance to explain the differences found among sampling sites analysed...
June 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633900/analytical-and-clinical-performance-of-a-chikungunya-qrt-pcr-for-central-and-south-america
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Thomas Edwards, Leticia Del Carmen Castillo Signor, Christopher Williams, Clément Larcher, Mauricio Espinel, Jane Theaker, Evelin Donis, Luis E Cuevas, Emily R Adams
Chikungunya was introduced into the Americas in 2015 causing a pandemic across the continent. Testing during the acute phase of infection relies on qRT-PCR, but available assays have a number of limitations. A qRT-PCR assay specific to the chikungunya E1 gene was designed using sequence data from contemporary strains. A probit analysis established the 95% limit of detection as 19.6 copies per reaction. We compared the assay with a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) chikungunya qRT-PCR as the reference standard...
June 8, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633697/capacity-strengthening-through-pre-migration-tuberculosis-screening-programmes-irhwg-experiences
#17
P Douglas, D L Posey, D Zenner, J Robson, I Abubakar, G Giovinazzo
Effective tuberculosis (TB) prevention and care for migrants requires population health-based approaches that treat the relationship between migration and health as a progressive, interactive process influenced by many variables and addressed as far upstream in the process as possible. By including capacity building in source countries, pre-migration medical screening has the potential to become an integral component of public health promotion, as well as infection and disease prevention, in migrant-receiving nations, while simultaneously increasing capabilities in countries of origin...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632823/-features-of-bordetella-pertussis-bordetella-spp-infection-and-whopping-cough-in-c%C3%A3-rdoba-province-argentina
#18
Víctor O Giayetto, Sebastián Blanco, Arnaldo Mangeaud, María G Barbás, Analía Cudolá, Sandra V Gallego
INTRODUCTION: Whooping cough is a re-emerging infection in the world and Latin America. OBJECTIVE: It was considered relevant to investigate the clinical and epidemiological profile of Bordetella spp. and Bordetella pertussis infection in Córdoba province, Argentina; evaluating, at the same time, the co-infection with virus producing respiratory infections that may be confused with whooping cough. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All whooping cough suspected cases were studied by Polimerase Chain Reaction, amplifying the repeated insertion sequence (IS) 481 and the promoter gene encoding pertussis toxin, between 2011 and 2013...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632782/microbial-inhibitors-of-the-fungus-pseudogymnoascus-destructans-the-causal-agent-of-white-nose-syndrome-in-bats
#19
Emma W Micalizzi, Jonathan N Mack, George P White, Tyler J Avis, Myron L Smith
Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats, has spread across eastern North America over the past decade and decimated bat populations. The saprotrophic growth of P. destructans may help to perpetuate the white-nose syndrome epidemic, and recent model predictions suggest that sufficiently reducing the environmental growth of P. destructans could help mitigate or prevent white-nose syndrome-associated bat colony collapse. In this study, we screened 301 microbes from diverse environmental samples for their ability to inhibit the growth of P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632781/climate-change-and-marine-fisheries-least-developed-countries-top-global-index-of-vulnerability
#20
Robert Blasiak, Jessica Spijkers, Kanae Tokunaga, Jeremy Pittman, Nobuyuki Yagi, Henrik Österblom
Future impacts of climate change on marine fisheries have the potential to negatively influence a wide range of socio-economic factors, including food security, livelihoods and public health, and even to reshape development trajectories and spark transboundary conflict. Yet there is considerable variability in the vulnerability of countries around the world to these effects. We calculate a vulnerability index of 147 countries by drawing on the most recent data related to the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries...
2017: PloS One
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