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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727796/effects-of-health-risk-assessment-and-counselling-on-physical-activity-in-older-people-a-pragmatic-randomised-trial
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Anna Marie Herghelegiu, André Moser, Gabriel Ioan Prada, Stephan Born, Matthias Wilhelm, Andreas E Stuck
BACKGROUND: Interventions to increase physical activity (PA) among older community-dwelling adults may be enhanced by using multidimensional health risk assessment (HRA) as a basis for PA counselling. METHODS: The study was conducted among nondisabled but mostly frail persons 65 years of age and older at an ambulatory geriatric clinic in Bucharest, Romania. From May to July 2014, 200 participants were randomly allocated to intervention and control groups. Intervention group participants completed an initial HRA questionnaire and then had monthly counselling sessions with a geriatrician over a period of six months that were aimed at increasing low or maintaining higher PA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720157/the-influence-of-azaperone-treatment-at-weaning-on-reproductive-performance-of-sows-altering-effects-of-season-and-parity
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T Schwarz, J Nowicki, R Tuz, P M Bartlewski
Azaperone treatment can control aggression and decrease stress due to weaning, re-grouping and hierarchical fighting of gilts and sows. However, the effects of this butyrophenone neuroleptic and sedative administered at weaning on pig reproductive function are poorly characterized. In this year-long study, a total of 619 cross-bred sows (Polish Large White×Polish Landrace) kept on a commercial farm received an i.m. injection of azaperone (Stresnil®; 2 mg/kg BW) just before weaning and were artificially inseminated during the ensuing estrus with 3×109 spermatozoa per dose of an inseminate; 1180 sows served as untreated controls...
July 19, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711512/seasonality-in-affective-disorders
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REVIEW
Anna Wirz-Justice
Humans retain neurobiological responses to circadian day-night cycles and seasonal changes in daylength in spite of a life-style usually independent of dawn-dusk signals. Seasonality has been documented in many functions, from mood to hormones to gene expression. Research on seasonal affective disorder initiated the first use of timed bright light as therapy, a treatment since extended to non-seasonal major depression and sleep-wake cycle disturbances in many psychiatric and medical illnesses. The growing recognition that sufficient light is important for psychological and somatic well-being is leading to the development of novel lighting solutions in architecture as well as focus on a more conscious exposure to natural daylight...
July 12, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708003/arntl-clock-and-per3-polymorphisms-links-with-chronotype-and-affective-dimensions
#4
Konrad S Jankowski, Monika Dmitrzak-Weglarz
Recently, seven single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of ARNTL, TIM and PER3 genes were found associated with affective temperaments in bipolar disorder patients. This study aimed to test whether a) the same associations appear in a non-clinical sample; b) the SNPs are related to other affective dimensions; c) the SNPs underpin the associations between chronotype and affective temperaments/dimensions. Three hundred thirty-eight university students completed the Temperament Scale of Memphis, Pisa, Paris and San Diego Auto-questionnaire, the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, the Perceived Stress Scale, the General Health Questionnaire, the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire and the Composite Scale of Morningness...
July 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693583/prevention-of-seasonal-affective-disorder-in-daily-clinical-practice-results-of-a-survey-in-german-speaking-countries
#5
B Nussbaumer-Streit, D Winkler, M Spies, S Kasper, E Pjrek
BACKGROUND: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a seasonally recurrent type of major depression. This predictable aspect makes it promising for preventive treatment. However, evidence for the efficacy and harm of preventive treatment of SAD is scarce, as are recommendations from clinical practice guidelines. The aim of this study was to assess the current use of preventive treatment of SAD in clinical practice in German-speaking countries for the first time. METHODS: We conducted a postal and web-based survey sent to the heads of all psychiatric institutions listed in the inventory "Deutsches Krankenhaus Adressbuch, 2015" that contains all psychiatric hospitals in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland...
July 11, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692905/prediction-of-outcome-of-bright-light-treatment-in-patients-with-seasonal-affective-disorder-discarding-the-early-response-confirming-a-higher-atypical-balance-and-uncovering-a-higher-body-mass-index-at-baseline-as-predictors-of-endpoint-outcome
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Tzvetelina D Dimitrova, Gloria M Reeves, Soren Snitker, Manana Lapidus, Aamar R Sleemi, Theodora G Balis, Partam Manalai, Muhammad M Tariq, Johanna A Cabassa, Naila N Karim, Mary A Johnson, Patricia Langenberg, Kelly J Rohan, Michael Miller, John W Stiller, Teodor T Postolache
BACKGROUND: We tested the hypothesis that the early improvement in mood after the first hour of bright light treatment compared to control dim-red light would predict the outcome at six weeks of bright light treatment for depressed mood in patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). We also analyzed the value of Body Mass Index (BMI) and atypical symptoms of depression at baseline in predicting treatment outcome. METHODS: Seventy-eight adult participants were enrolled...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685498/role-of-inbreeding-depression-non-inbred-dominance-deviations-and-random-year-season-effect-in-genetic-trends-for-prolificacy-in-closed-rabbit-lines
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E N Fernández, J P Sánchez, R Martínez, A Legarra, M Baselga
In closed rabbit lines selected for prolificacy at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, genetic responses are predicted using BLUP. With a standard additive BLUP model and year-season (YS) effects fitted as fixed, genetic trends were overestimated compared to responses estimated using control populations obtained from frozen embryos. In these lines, there is a confounding between genetic trend, YS effects and inbreeding, and the role of dominance is uncertain. This is a common situation in data from reproductively closed selection lines...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667793/physiological-mechanisms-through-which-heat-stress-compromises-reproduction-in-pigs
#8
REVIEW
Jason W Ross, Benjamin J Hale, Jacob T Seibert, Matthew R Romoser, Malavika K Adur, Aileen F Keating, Lance H Baumgard
Seasonal variations in environmental temperatures impose added stress on domestic species bred for economically important production traits. These heat-mediated stressors vary on a seasonal, daily, or spatial scale, and negatively impact behavior and reduce feed intake and growth rate, which inevitably lead to reduced herd productivity. The seasonal infertility observed in domestic swine is primarily characterized by depressed reproductive performance, which manifests as delayed puberty onset, reduced farrowing rates, and extended weaning-to-estrus intervals...
July 1, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665352/covariates-of-identified-stress-and-depression-among-seasonal-farmworkers
#9
Beth H Chaney, Essie Torres
Many noted difficulties of farmworker life result in increased risk for stress and depression. To date, limited research has focused primarily on seasonal farmworkers; much of the prior research examines migrant farmworkers or both groups collectively. This study aims to: (1) describe levels of stress and depression among a sample of seasonal farmworkers; and (2) identify if covariates (age, gender, marital status, education level, years of residency, problems obtaining healthcare due to documentation, language barriers, transportation, costs, medical insurance, and stress level) are significant predictors of depressive symptoms...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645077/increased-blood-bdnf-in-healthy-individuals-with-a-family-history-of-depression
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Ulla Knorr, Mia H Greisen Søndergaard, Pernille Koefoed, Anders Jørgensen, Maria Faurholt-Jepsen, Maj Vinberg, Lars Vedel Kessing
The brain-derive neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may play an important role in the course of depression. We aimed to study the associations between peripheral whole blood BDNF levels in healthy individuals with and without a family history of depression. BDNF levels were significantly increased in healthy individuals with (n = 76), compared with healthy individuals without (n = 39) a family history of depression and persisted after adjustment for age and gender differences. Higher BDNF levels were associated with increasing age and seasonality...
June 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638686/rheumatoid-arthritis-are-psychological-factors-effective-in-disease-flare
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Volkan Yılmaz, Ebru Umay, İbrahim Gündoğdu, Zeliha Özgür Karaahmet, Arif Erhan Öztürk
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is clinically an undulant disease, and reasons for flare or remission vary. We aimed to identify factors potentially associated with disease flare and remission. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two hundred and seventy-four patients with RA who were admitted to our center between January 2010 and January 2016 were included. Disease activity was evaluated using disease activity score 28 (DAS 28); functional status was evaluated using the modified Health Assessment Questionnaire (m-HAQ), a questionnaire that comprises flare or remission domains such as psychological stress and mood status, physical trauma, nutrition regimen, infection, antibiotic use, and seasonal weather changes...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637048/use-of-light-therapy-by-office-based-physicians
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Edda Winkler-Pjrek, Marie Spies, Pia Baldinger-Melich, Lisa Perkmann, Siegfried Kasper, Dietmar Winkler
BACKGROUND: Light therapy (LT) is a non-pharmacological biological treatment that has been used in psychiatry since the 1980s. Previous research has investigated the usage of LT in hospitals. The aim of this study was to examine the pattern of use of LT by office-based physicians. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent by mail to 400 randomly selected doctors in Austria. We made sure that the sample was equally representative of general practitioners (GPs) and psychiatrists, public health service doctors and private doctors, physicians in cities and in the country as well as male and female doctors...
2016: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620476/vitamin-d-and-inflammatory-markers-cross-sectional-analyses-using-data-from-the-english-longitudinal-study-of-ageing-elsa
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Cesar de Oliveira, Jane P Biddulph, Vasant Hirani, Ione Jayce Ceola Schneider
Recent evidence suggests that low vitamin D concentrations are associated with increased levels of inflammatory markers. However, there are limited studies investigating associations between vitamin D levels and inflammatory markers in the general population and much of this evidence in older adults is inconclusive. Therefore, this study investigates the cross-sectional association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels with inflammatory markers in 5870 older English adults from wave 6 (2012-2013) of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614493/bipolar-disorders-is-there-an-influence-of-seasonality-or-photoperiod
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Andrea Aguglia, Antonio Borsotti, Giuseppe Maina
Objective: To increase understanding of the influence of photoperiod variation in patients with bipolar disorders. Methods: We followed a sample of Italian bipolar patients over a period of 24 months, focusing on inpatients. All patients admitted to the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit of San Luigi Gonzaga Hospital in Orbassano (Turin, Italy) between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2015 were recruited. Sociodemographic and clinical data were collected. Results: Seven hundred and thirty patients were included...
June 12, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612993/melatonin-as-a-treatment-for-mood-disorders-a-systematic-review
#15
F De Crescenzo, A Lennox, J C Gibson, J H Cordey, S Stockton, P J Cowen, D J Quested
OBJECTIVE: Melatonin has been widely studied in the treatment of sleep disorders and evidence is accumulating on a possible role for melatonin influencing mood. Our aim was to determine the efficacy and acceptability of melatonin for mood disorders. METHOD: We conducted a comprehensive systematic review of randomized clinical trials on patients with mood disorders, comparing melatonin to placebo. RESULTS: Eight clinical trials were included; one study in bipolar, three in unipolar depression and four in seasonal affective disorder...
June 14, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577402/comparative-effects-of-sulfuric-and-nitric-acid-rain-on-litter-decomposition-and-soil-microbial-community-in-subtropical-plantation-of-yangtze-river-delta-region
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Xin Liu, Bo Zhang, Wenrui Zhao, Ling Wang, Dejin Xie, Wentong Huo, Yanwen Wu, Jinchi Zhang
Acid rain is mainly caused by dissolution of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere, and has a significant negative effect on ecosystems. The relative composition of acid rain is changing gradually from sulfuric acid rain (SAR) to nitric acid rain (NAR) with the rapidly growing amount of nitrogen deposition. In this study, we investigated the impact of simulated SAR and NAR on litter decomposition and the soil microbial community over four seasons since March 2015. Results first showed that the effects of acid rain on litter decomposition and soil microbial were positive in the early period of the experiment, except for SAR on soil microbes...
May 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566763/analysis-of-soil-water-movement-inside-a-footslope-and-a-depression-in-a-karst-catchment-southwest-china
#17
Hongsong Chen, Ke Hu, Yunpeng Nie, Kelin Wang
Soil water movement is difficult to explain with event-scale approaches, especially in karst regions. This paper focuses on investigating seasonal recharge and mean residence time (MRT) of soil water based on temporal variation of stable isotopes (δD and δ(18)O) and a dispersion model (DM), and discussing their differences along a footslope and a depression in a small karst catchment of southwest China. Temporal variations of the stable isotopes in precipitation and soil water within 0-100 cm profiles were monitored weekly for approximately 43 and 99 weeks...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537802/seasonal-pattern-in-bipolar-disorders-and-cardio-vascular-risk-factors-a-study-from-the-face-bd-cohort
#18
Pierre A Geoffroy, Ophelia Godin, Diane Mahee, Chantal Henry, Valérie Aubin, Jean-Michel Azorin, Thierry Bougerol, Philippe Courtet, Sébastien Gard, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Christine Passerieux, Marion Leboyer, Frank Bellivier, Bruno Etain
Seasonal pattern (SP) and metabolic syndrome (MetS) are major contributors to poor outcome in bipolar disorders (BD). Patients with seasonal bipolar depression present increased appetite, carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, and hypersomnia, which can increase the development of MetS. MetS also appears to be associated with seasonal mood changes in the general population. This study examines whether a SP in BD is associated with an increased risk of MetS and its sub-components. One thousand four hundred and seventy-one outpatients with BD were systematically enrolled from 2009 to 2016...
May 24, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536983/temporal-dynamics-and-vertical-variations-in-stem-co2-efflux-of-styphnolobium-japonicum
#19
Fengsen Han, Xiaolin Wang, Hongxuan Zhou, Yuanzheng Li, Dan Hu
CO2 efflux (ECO2) from stems and branches is highly variable within trees. To investigate the mechanisms underlying the temporal dynamics and vertical variations in ECO2, we measured the stem ECO2 by infrared gas analysis (IRGA) and meteorological conditions at 10 different heights from 0.1 to 3.7 m aboveground on two consecutive days every month for 1 year in six Styphnolobium japonicum trees with a similar size. The results indicated that the seasonal change in ECO2 roughly followed the seasonal variations in woody tissue temperature (TW) and stem radial diameter increment (Di)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535408/differences-in-clinical-and-cognitive-variables-in-seasonal-affective-disorder-compared-to-depressive-related-disorders-evidence-from-a-population-based-study-in-finland
#20
I Morales-Muñoz, S Koskinen, T Partonen
BACKGROUND: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression with seasonal pattern. Although it involves some idiosyncratic symptoms, it can overlap with other depressive disorders such as major depressive disorder (MDD) or dysthymia. We aimed to characterize the differences in specific cognitive and clinical symptoms between SAD and depressive-related disorders. METHODS: In total, 4554 Finnish subjects from the population-based Health 2011 Survey were interviewed with the Munich version of Composite International Diagnostic Interview (M-CIDI) and filled in the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ)...
March 28, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
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