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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222488/explaining-counterfeit-alcohol-purchases-in-russia
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Zoya Kotelnikova
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is a common target of counterfeiting in Russia. Counterfeit alcohol is defined here as the manufacture, distribution, unauthorized placement (forgery) of protected commodity trademarks, and infringement of the exclusive rights of the registered trademark holders of alcoholic beverages. It is often argued that the expansion of the counterfeit product market is due to the steady demand of economically disadvantaged people for low-priced goods. The situation becomes more complicated once deceptive and nondeceptive forms of counterfeiting are taken into account...
February 21, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221967/assessment-of-risk-communication-about-undercooked-hamburgers-by-restaurant-servers
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Ellen M Thomas, Andrew R Binder, Anne McLAUGHLIN, Lee-Ann Jaykus, Dana Hanson, Douglas Powell, Benjamin Chapman
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 2013 Model Food Code, it is the duty of a food establishment to disclose and remind consumers of risk when ordering undercooked food such as ground beef. The purpose of this study was to explore actual risk communication behaviors of food establishment servers. Secret shoppers visited 265 restaurants in seven geographic locations across the United States, ordered medium rare burgers, and collected and coded risk information from chain and independent restaurant menus and from server responses...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221932/development-of-the-consumer-refrigerator-safety-questionnaire-a-measure-of-consumer-perceptions-and-practices
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Victoria Cairnduff, Moira Dean, Anastasios Koidis
Food preparation and storage behaviors in the home deviating from the "best practice" food safety recommendations may result in foodborne illnesses. Currently, there are limited tools available to fully evaluate the consumer knowledge, perceptions, and behavior in the area of refrigerator safety. The current study aimed to develop a valid and reliable tool in the form of a questionnaire, the Consumer Refrigerator Safety Questionnaire (CRSQ), for assessing systematically all these aspects. Items relating to refrigerator safety knowledge (n =17), perceptions (n =46), and reported behavior (n =30) were developed and pilot tested by an expert reference group and various consumer groups to assess face and content validity (n =20), item difficulty and consistency (n =55), and construct validity (n =23)...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221842/consumer-response-to-gastrointestinal-illness-perceived-to-originate-from-food-service-facilities
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Erin S Garnett, Stephanie R Gretsch, Clair Null, Christine L Moe
Consumer responses to food product recalls have been documented, but there is little information on how consumers respond to illnesses or outbreaks associated with food service facilities. This study uses an on-line survey of 885 adults conducted in 2012 to determine how respondents changed their dining behavior following personal experiences with and secondhand reports of gastrointestinal illness believed to be associated with food service facilities. In response to personally experiencing gastrointestinal illness that they attributed to a food service facility, 90% of survey participants reported that they avoided the implicated facility for a time following the incident; almost one-half decided to never return to the facility they believed had made them ill...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221831/behavioral-hypervolumes-of-predator-groups-and-predator-predator-interactions-shape-prey-survival-rates-and-selection-on-prey-behavior
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Jonathan N Pruitt, Kimberly A Howell, Shaniqua J Gladney, Yusan Yang, James L L Lichtenstein, Michelle Elise Spicer, Sebastian A Echeverri, Noa Pinter-Wollman
Predator-prey interactions often vary on the basis of the traits of the individual predators and prey involved. Here we examine whether the multidimensional behavioral diversity of predator groups shapes prey mortality rates and selection on prey behavior. We ran individual sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) through three behavioral assays to characterize individuals' behavioral phenotype along three axes. We then created groups that varied in the volume of behavioral space that they occupied. We further manipulated the ability of predators to interact with one another physically via the addition of barriers...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221064/breaking-ground-for-psychological-science-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration
#6
Baruch Fischhoff
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates products accounting for 20% of U.S. consumer spending. Many of its actions depend on assumptions about behavior. Will people heed food recall notices? Will they follow medication schedules? Will they have realistic expectations regarding the benefits and risks of new products? Over time, FDA has increasingly made psychology integral to its processes for answering such questions. That progress has come when windows of opportunity have found psychologists with science relevant to FDA's needs, FDA with staff who can translate that research into agency terms, and a regulatory arena that can accommodate behavioral evidence...
February 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220491/prevalence-and-behavior-of-multidrug-resistant-salmonella-strains-on-raw-whole-and-cut-nopalitos-opuntia-ficus-indica-l-and-on-nopalitos-salads
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Carlos A Gómez-Aldapa, Eduardo J Gutiérrez-Alcántara, M Refugio Torres-Vitela, Esmeralda Rangel-Vargas, Angelica Villarruel-López, Javier Castro-Rosas
BACKGROUND: The presence of multidrug-resistant Salmonella in vegetables is a significant public health concern. Nopalito is a cactaceous that is commonly consumed either raw or cooked in Mexico and other countries. Presence of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains on raw whole nopalitos (RWN, without prickles), raw nopalitos cut into squares (RNCS) and in cooked nopalitos salads (CNS) samples was determined. In addition, the behavior of multidrug-resistant Salmonella isolates on RWN, RNCS and CNS at 25° ± 2 °C and 3° ± 2 °C was investigated...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219156/-factors-influencing-antiretroviral-therapy-adherence-among-hiv-infected-people-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-ili-kazakh-autonomous-prefecture
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W Wang, W Liu, T Chen, N P Liu, Y J Zheng, S D Ye, Y Zhang, X M Wang, G Z Wang, H B Zhang
Objective: To analyze factors influencing antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients receiving ART at the town level in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture (Ili) in May 2015 and to document enhanced ART for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted using one-on-one interviews and data collection from the system of AIDS follow-up management in three ART services centers at the town level of Ili. The subjects were HIV-infected individuals, aged 18 years or older, who were receiving ART during the survey...
February 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218533/water-table-dynamics-and-biogeochemical-cycling-in-a-shallow-variably-saturated-floodplain
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Steven B Yabusaki, Michael J Wilkins, Yilin Fang, Kenneth H Williams, Bhavna Arora, John R Bargar, Harry R Beller, Nicholas J Bouskill, Eoin L Brodie, John N Christensen, Mark E Conrad, Robert E Danczak, Eric King, Nicolas F Spycher, Carl I Steefel, Tetsu K Tokunaga, Roelof Jan Versteeg, Scott R Waichler, Haruko M Wainwright
Three-dimensional variably saturated flow and multicomponent biogeochemical reactive transport modeling, based on published and newly generated data, is used to better understand the interplay of hydrology, geochemistry, and biology controlling the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, sulfur, and uranium in a shallow floodplain. In this system, aerobic respiration generally maintains anoxic groundwater below an oxic vadose zone until seasonal snowmelt-driven water table peaking transports dissolved oxygen (DO) and nitrate from the vadose zone into the alluvial aquifer...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216206/applications-and-limitations-of-behaviorally-conditioned-immunopharmacological-responses
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Laura Lückemann, Meike Unteroberdörster, Julia Kirchhof, Manfred Schedlowski, Martin Hadamitzky
The importance of placebo responses for the treatment of various medical conditions has increasingly been recognized, whereas knowledge and systematic application in clinical settings are still sparse. One possible application for placebo responses in pharmacotherapy is given by learning paradigms, such as behaviorally conditioned immunosuppression, aiming at drug dose reduction while maintaining therapeutic efficacy of drug treatment. In an established learning paradigm of conditioned taste aversion/avoidance (CTA) in both, rats and humans, respectively, a novel-tasting drinking solution (conditioned stimulus, CS) is paired with an injection of the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine A (CsA) as unconditioned stimulus (US)...
February 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215999/rat-animal-models-for-screening-medications-to-treat-alcohol-use-disorders
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REVIEW
Richard L Bell, Sheketha R Hauser, Tiebing Liang, Youssef Sari, Antoinette Maldonado-Devincci, Zachary A Rodd
The purpose of this review is to present animal research models that can be used to screen and/or repurpose medications for the treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence. The focus will be on rats and in particular selectively bred rats. Brief introductions discuss various aspects of the clinical picture, which provide characteristics of individuals with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) to model in animals. Following this, multiple selectively bred rat lines will be described and evaluated in the context of animal models used to screen medications to treat AUDs...
February 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215877/my-friends-have-a-word-for-it-event-related-potentials-evidence-of-how-social-risk-inhibits-purchase-intention
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Qian Shang, Guanxiong Pei, Jia Jin
Social risk refers to the potential disapproval from significant others (especially family or friends), and it is crucial in dissuading consumers from making decisions to purchase. The current study explored the neural process underlying how social risk influenced people's purchase intention. Event-related potentials (ERPs) were employed to investigate the electrophysiological process when subjects evaluated their purchase intention for products with social risk factors. The behavioral data showed that the social risk condition inhibited people's purchase intention compared to the control condition...
February 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214434/an-examination-of-alcohol-risk-profiles-and-co-occurring-mental-health-symptoms-among-oef-oif-veterans
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Jennifer M Cadigan, Alicia K Klanecky, Matthew P Martens
INTRODUCTION: Compared to the general population, veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF) are more likely to engage in hazardous alcohol use and meet criteria for mental health disorders including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Major Depressive Disorder. Less is known how distinct profiles of alcohol use behavior relate to mental health symptoms. METHOD: The current study examined the extent that indicators of alcohol use (i.e., drinks per week, peak blood alcohol concentration, and alcohol-related problems) are categorized into different alcohol risk profiles utilizing a person-centered approach...
February 9, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214009/trophic-magnification-of-dechlorane-plus-in-the-marine-food-webs-of-fildes-peninsula-in-antarctica
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Guangshui Na, Yao Yao, Hui Gao, Ruijing Li, Linke Ge, Ivan A Titaley, Lisandra Santiago-Delgado, Staci L Massey Simonich
The food web composition, assimilation efficiency of Dechlorane Plus (DP) in food web components, and even extrinsic conditions can affect the trophic biomagnification potentials of DP isomers in food webs. Antarctica ecological system is characterized by the presence of few consumers and simple trophic levels (TLs), which are crucial in discussing the behavior of contaminants. To assess the biomagnification potential of DP in the Antarctic food web, nine representative species were sampled and analyzed from the Fildes Peninsula...
February 14, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213145/how-are-you-feeling-a-personalized-methodology-for-predicting-mental-states-from-temporally-observable-physical-and-behavioral-information
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Suppawong Tuarob, Conrad S Tucker, Soundar Kumara, C Lee Giles, Aaron L Pincus, David E Conroy, Nilam Ram
It is believed that anomalous mental states such as stress and anxiety not only cause suffering for the individuals, but also lead to tragedies in some extreme cases. The ability to predict the mental state of an individual at both current and future time periods could prove critical to healthcare practitioners. Currently, the practical way to predict an individual's mental state is through mental examinations that involve psychological experts performing the evaluations. However, such methods can be time and resource consuming, mitigating their broad applicability to a wide population...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212102/prediction-of-patient-controlled-analgesic-consumption-a-multimodel-regression-tree-approach
#16
Yuh-Jyh Hu, Tien-Hsiung Ku, Yu-Hung Yang, Jia-Ying Shen
Several factors contribute to individual variability in postoperative pain; therefore, individuals consume postoperative analgesics at different rates. Although many statistical studies have analyzed postoperative pain and analgesic consumption, most have identified only the correlation and have not subjected the statistical model to further tests in order to evaluate its predictive accuracy. In this study involving 3052 patients, a multistrategy computational approach was developed for analgesic consumption prediction...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211981/first-report-of-factors-associated-with-satisfaction-in-patients-with-neurofibromatosis
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Eric Riklin, Mojtaba Talaei-Kheoi, Vanessa L Merker, Monica R Sheridan, Justin T Jordan, Scott R Plotkin, Ana-Maria Vranceanu
Patient satisfaction is an integral part of quality health care. We assessed whether health literacy and psychosocial factors are associated with patient satisfaction among adults with neurofibromatosis. Eighty adults (mean age = 44 years; 55% female, 87% white) with NF (50% NF1, 41% NF2, and 9% schwannomatosis) completed an adapted Functional, Communicative, and Critical Health Literacy Questionnaire (FCCHL), the Health Literacy Assessment, a series of Patient Reported Outcome Measures Information System (PROMIS) psychosocial tests, and demographics before the medical visit...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211299/comparison-of-biodistribution-profile-of-monoclonal-antibodies-nanoparticles-and-aptamers-in-rats-with-breast-cancer
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Cristal Cerqueira-Coutinho, Sotiris Missailidis, Jéssica Alessandra-Perini, Daniel Escorsim Machado, Jamila Alessandra Perini, Ralph Santos-Oliveira
The use of monoclonal antibodies and aptamers is growing every single day, as the use of nanoparticle systems. Although most of the products are under investigation, there are a few commercialized products available at the market, for human consume. In this study, we have compared three formulations (aptamer anti-MUC1, monoclonal antibody - Trastuzumab and monoclonal antibodies nanoparticles - PLA/PVA/MMT trastuzumab) to identify their profile as also to understand their behavior into an alive biological system...
May 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211103/impaired-learning-and-memory-in-rats-induced-by-a-high-fat-diet-involvement-with-the-imbalance-of-nesfatin-1-abundance-and-copine-6-expression
#19
Zheng Chen, Ya-Yun Xu, Rui Wu, Yin-Xiu Han, Yue Yu, Jin-Fang Ge, Fei-Hu Chen
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease, resulting not only in liver dysfunction, glucose and lipid metabolism disorder, but also in neuropsychiatric damage. In the present study, a NAFLD rat model was established via feeding of a high-fat diet, and the behavior was observed via the open field test (OFT), the sucrose preference test (SPT), the elevated plus maze (EPM), the forced swimming test (FST), and the Morris water maze (MWM). The plasma concentrations of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), glucose, free fatty acid (FFA), total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were detected using chemiluminescence technique...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210397/nonsurgical-cosmetic-procedures-for-men-trends-and-technique-considerations
#20
REVIEW
Corey S Frucht, Arisa E Ortiz
Once sought nearly exclusively by women, nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are increasingly being sought after by men. Reviewed here are survey data that characterize the spectrum of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures men are preferentially utilizing, the percentage of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures consumers who are men, and how some of these figures are changing with time. while men still comprise a small minority (approximately 10-20%) of those pursuing nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, this sector is growing, in particular for injection of neurotoxins...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
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