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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241286/-humor-in-medicine-the-art-of-leaping-over-the-shadows
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Barbara Wild
Humor and laughter are integral parts of human life and communication - and so of course they occur in medical contacts.Humor is defined as a personality based cognitive emotional style of processing situations, characterized by the ability to find positive aspects even in negative situations, and the ability to communicate this point of view to others and to cheer them up. Humor can support healing processes and coping with illness. Humor and jokes reduce anxiety and stress (for patients and doctors). Humorous people have a more realistic, flexible and less fearful behaviour...
December 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241258/-changes-of-motor-balance-in-the-course-of-an-inpatient-psychosomatic-rehabilitation
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ElisabethJohanna Grub, Georg Wydra, Michael Käfer, Volker Köllner
Aim of the study For many rehabilitants both the motor balance and the feeling of being emotionally stable and in balance are essential preconditions for participation in employment and society. The goal of this study was to capture changes in motor balance in the course of an inpatient psychosomatic rehabilitation and to set them in relation to changes in mental variables. Methods 118 patients of a psychosomatic clinic (49.3±8.6 years; 75.4 % women) were examined at the beginning and the end of rehabilitation...
December 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241179/rs739837-polymorphism-in-mir-885-3p-binding-site-within-3-untranslated-region-of-vitamin-d-receptor-is-associated-with-a-decreased-risk-of-pressure-ulcers
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Xia Ji, Jinbao Mao, Shuang Zhou
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Accumulative evidence has shown that miR-885-3p plays a crucial role in human carcinogenesis. From miRNA database, we also found that rs739837 polymorphism in miR-885-3p binding site within 3'-untranslated region of Vitamin D receptor (VDR), compromising the suppressive effect of miR-885-3p on VDR. Moreover, Vitamin D is involved in controlling the cell immune response and may play a role in pressure ulcers development. However, whether this polymorphism is actually linked with pressure ulcers remains unclear...
December 12, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241104/the-relationship-between-self-compassion-and-the-risk-for-substance-use-disorder
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Cynthia L Phelps, Samantha M Paniagua, Irmgard U Willcockson, Jennifer S Potter
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the relationship between substance use disorder risk and self-compassion and posits a model for how the two are related through the mitigation of suffering. METHOD: Study participants were recruited using social media to complete an online survey that included a basic socio-demographic survey and two validated instruments, the Self-Compassion Survey and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Alcohol Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), which screens for substance use disorder (SUD) risk...
December 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241090/attachment-style-and-filial-obligation-in-the-burden-of-caregivers-of-dementia-patients
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Juwon Lee, Bo Kyung Sohn, Hyunjoo Lee, Su Jeong Seong, Soowon Park, Jun-Young Lee
Insecure attachment styles have been known to predict greater burden in caregivers of dementia patients. However, it has not been tested how filial obligation, which refers to one's sense of duty on helping elderly parents and is especially pronounced in Asian cultures, is involved in that relationship. We sought to identify whether the association between attachment style and caregiver burden differs according to the degree of filial obligation in caregivers of dementia patients. To assess filial obligation in Korean participants, a Korean filial obligation measure was developed...
December 6, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241068/long-term-projections-of-temperature-related-mortality-risks-for-ischemic-stroke-hemorrhagic-stroke-and-acute-ischemic-heart-disease-under-changing-climate-in-beijing-china
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Tiantian Li, Radley M Horton, Daniel A Bader, Fangchao Liu, Qinghua Sun, Patrick L Kinney
BACKGROUND: Changing climates have been causing variations in the number of global ischemic heart disease and stroke incidences, and will continue to affect disease occurrence in the future. OBJECTIVES: To project temperature-related mortality for acute ischemic heart disease, and ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke with concomitant climate warming. METHODS: We estimated the exposure-response relationship between daily cause-specific mortality and daily mean temperature in Beijing...
December 11, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241065/associations-between-maternal-triclosan-concentrations-in-early-pregnancy-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-impaired-glucose-tolerance-gestational-weight-gain-and-fetal-markers-of-metabolic-function
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Gabriel D Shapiro, Tye E Arbuckle, Jillian Ashley-Martin, William D Fraser, Mandy Fisher, Maryse F Bouchard, Patricia Monnier, Anne-Sophie Morisset, Adrienne S Ettinger, Linda Dodds
BACKGROUND: Triclosan is a phenolic biocide used in a multitude of consumer products and in health care settings. It is widely detected in the American and Canadian populations and has been shown in animal models to act as an endocrine disrupting agent. However, there has been little examination to date of the effects of triclosan exposure in pregnancy on perinatal metabolic outcomes in human populations. METHODS: Using data from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study, a Canadian pregnancy cohort, we measured associations of first-trimester urinary triclosan concentrations with total gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes mellitus and impaired glucose tolerance in pregnancy, and fetal markers of metabolic function...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241064/kitchen-pm2-5-concentrations-and-child-acute-lower-respiratory-infection-in-bhaktapur-nepal-the-importance-of-fuel-type
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Michael N Bates, Amod K Pokhrel, Ram K Chandyo, Palle Valentiner-Branth, Maria Mathisen, Sudha Basnet, Tor A Strand, Richard T Burnett, Kirk R Smith
BACKGROUND: Globally, solid fuels are used by about 3 billion people for cooking and a smaller number use kerosene. These fuels have been associated with acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in children. Previous work in Bhaktapur, Nepal, showed comparable relationships of biomass and kerosene cooking fuels with ALRI in young children, compared to those using electricity for cooking. We examine the relationship of kitchen PM2.5 concentrations to ALRI in those households. METHODS: ALRI cases and age-matched controls were enrolled from a cohort of children 2-35 months old...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241048/impact-of-serum-albumin-levels-on-long-term-all-cause-cardiovascular-and-cardiac-mortality-in-patients-with-first-onset-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Ming Xia, Chi Zhang, Jian Gu, Jing Chen, Lin-Chi Wang, Yan Lu, Chun-Yan Huang, Yong-Ming He, Xiang-Jun Yang
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the association of serum albumin (SA) with long-term all-cause, cardiovascular, and cardiac mortality in patients with first-onset acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: The cohort study enrolled 2305 patients with first-onset AMI. The median follow-up was of 1088days (3years). Impacts of SA on long-time mortality after AMI were determined using multivariate Cox proportional hazard regression analysis with backward selection. RESULTS: The patients were divided into three categories by SA tertiles (≤3...
December 11, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241028/a-latent-class-analysis-of-ptsd-symptoms-among-inner-city-primary-care-patients
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Akm Fazlur Rahman, Amita Manatunga, Ying Guo, Limin Peng, Megan Warnock, Kerry J Ressler, Tanja Jovanovic
OBJECTIVES: Examine evidence for different subclasses of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in a sample of trauma exposed, low-income, predominantly African American men and women. Assess the relationship between PTSD subclasses with major depressive disorder (MDD) and types of trauma experienced. METHOD: Latent class analysis (LCA) using a multivariate normal mixture model on the 17-item PTSD Symptom Scale (PSS) was used to identify latent subclasses of PTSD symptoms (N = 5063)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240979/brief-exposures-to-the-taste-of-ethanol-and-quinine-promote-subsequent-acceptance-of-ethanol-in-a-paradigm-that-minimizes-post-ingestive-consequences
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Gregory C Loney, Paul J Meyer
BACKGROUND: Aversion to the orosensory properties of concentrated ethanol solutions is often cited as a primary barrier to initiation of drinking and may contribute to abstention. These aversive properties include gustatory processes which encompass both bitter-like taste qualities and trigeminal-mediated irritation. Chronic-intermittent ethanol access (CIA) results in substantial and persistent increases in ethanol consumption, but the degree to which this facilitation involves sensory responding to ethanol and other bitter stimuli is currently undetermined...
December 14, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240964/psycho-emotional-disorders-as-incoming-risk-factors-for-myocardial-infarction-with-non-obstructive-coronary-arteries
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Javier López-Pais, Bárbara Izquierdo Coronel, David Galán Gil, María Jesús Espinosa Pascual, Carlos Gustavo Martinez Peredo, Paula Awamleh García, Juan Górriz Magaña, Rebeca Mata Caballero, Alfonso Fraile Sanz, Javier Muñiz, Joaquín J Alonso Martín
BACKGROUND: There is an emerging field underlying the myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA). The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of psycho-emotional disorders and social habits in MINOCA patients. METHODS: The study included 95 consecutive patients diagnosed of MINOCA and 178 patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and obstructive lesions. MINOCA patients were included when they fulfilled the three main criteria: Accomplishment of the Third Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction, absence of obstructive coronary arteries and no clinically overt specific cause for the acute presentation...
December 14, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240950/what-did-you-do-today-variability-in-daily-activities-is-related-to-variability-in-daily-cognitive-performance
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Allison A M Bielak, Jacqueline Mogle, Martin J Sliwinski
Objectives: Are the activities we do each day related to fluctuations in our daily cognitive performance? Positive longitudinal associations between cognitive, physical, and social activities and cognitive ability in adulthood are well established. However little is known about how this relationship may operate at the daily level. Methods: Community-dwelling participants 60-90 years of age (M = 69.41; n = 146) reported their activity participation and completed cognitive tests online for 7 consecutive days...
December 12, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240930/britain-breathing-using-the-experience-sampling-method-to-collect-the-seasonal-allergy-symptoms-of-a-country
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Markel Vigo, Lamiece Hassan, William Vance, Caroline Jay, Andrew Brass, Sheena Cruickshank
Objective: Allergies are increasing, but the reasons for this are unclear. Although environmental factors are thought to be important, there is a lack of data on how they contribute to symptom development. To understand this relationship better, we need accurate data about both symptoms and environmental factors. Our objective here is to ascertain whether experience sampling is a reliable approach for collecting allergy symptom data in the general population, allowing us to map symptoms and understand etiology...
December 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240910/genetic-predisposition-to-obesity-and-medicare-expenditures
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George L Wehby, Benjamin W Domingue, Fred Ullrich, Fredric D Wolinsky
Background: The relationship between obesity and health expenditures is not well understood. We examined the relationship between genetic predisposition to obesity measured by a polygenic risk score for body mass index (BMI) and Medicare expenditures. Methods: Biennial interview data from the Health and Retirement Survey for a nationally representative sample of older adults enrolled in fee-for-service Medicare were obtained from 1991 through 2010 and linked to Medicare claims for the same period and to Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) data...
December 12, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240902/dose-dependency-and-a-functional-cut-off-for-tpo-antibody-positivity-during-pregnancy
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Tim I M Korevaar, Victor J Pop, Layal Chaker, Mariette Goddijn, Yolanda B de Rijke, Peter H Bisschop, Maarten A Broeren, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Marco Medici, Theo J Visser, Eric A P Steegers, Tanja G Vrijkotte, Robin P Peeters
Objective: To investigate a dose-dependency of TPOAb concentrations in relation to thyroid function and premature delivery, and define a population-based, pregnancy-specific, functional cut-off for TPOAb positivity. Design: Individual participant meta-analysis of three prospective birth cohorts (Generation R, ABCD study and HAPPY study). Setting: Population-based studies in the Netherlands (2002-2014). Participants: 11 212 pregnant women (<20 weeks)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240901/daily-social-interactions-and-the-biological-stress-response-are-there-age-differences-in-links-between-social-interactions-and-alpha-amylase
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Kira S Birditt, Lauren A Tighe, Michael R Nevitt, Steven H Zarit
Background and Objectives: According to the strength and vulnerability integration (SAVI) model, older people are better able to avoid negative social interactions than younger people, but when they do experience negative interactions, they are equally or more emotionally and physiologically reactive than younger people. Less is known about the links between daily negative and positive social encounters and the sympathetic adrenal medullary system (a key stress pathway) and whether there are age differences in these links...
December 12, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240897/factors-influencing-women-in-physical-activity-programs-in-malaysia
#18
C Hanlon, S Khoo, T Morris, R Eime
The majority of research on factors associated with women participation in physical activity (PA) has been in developed countries with limited research in developing countries. Few women in Malaysia are active at the recommended levels for health, and activity rates are less than developed countries. Little research has focused specially on physically active Malaysian women and the factors that contribute to them becoming and staying active in PA programs. This lack of knowledge hinders the tailored development and implementation of PA programs to meet their needs...
December 11, 2017: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240843/behavior-of-bacteriome-symbionts-during-transovarial-transmission-and-development-of-the-asian-citrus-psyllid
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Hiroki Dan, Naoya Ikeda, Masaya Fujikami, Atsushi Nakabachi
The Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Hemiptera: Liviidae) is a serious pest worldwide, transmitting Candidatus Liberibacter spp. (Alphaproteobacteria), the causative agents of a devastating citrus disease known as huanglongbing or greening disease. In a symbiotic organ called the bacteriome, D. citri possesses an organelle-like defensive symbiont, Candidatus Profftella armatura (Betaproteobacteria), and a nutritional symbiont, Ca. Carsonella ruddii (Gammaproteobacteria). Drastically reduced symbiont genomes and metabolic complementarity among the symbionts and D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240842/analysis-of-ecological-thresholds-in-a-temperate-forest-undergoing-dieback
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Philip Martin, Adrian C Newton, Elena Cantarello, Paul M Evans
Positive feedbacks in drivers of degradation can cause threshold responses in natural ecosystems. Though threshold responses have received much attention in studies of aquatic ecosystems, they have been neglected in terrestrial systems, such as forests, where the long time-scales required for monitoring have impeded research. In this study we explored the role of positive feedbacks in a temperate forest that has been monitored for 50 years and is undergoing dieback, largely as a result of death of the canopy dominant species (Fagus sylvatica, beech)...
2017: PloS One
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