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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722166/choir-singing-and-creative-writing-enhance-emotion-regulation-in-adults-with-chronic-mental-health-conditions
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Genevieve A Dingle, Elyse Williams, Jolanda Jetten, Jonathon Welch
OBJECTIVES: Adults with mental health conditions commonly experience difficulties with emotion regulation which affect their social functioning. Arts-based groups provide opportunities for shared emotional experiences and emotion regulation. This study explores emotion regulation strategies and the emotional effects of arts-based group participation in adults with mental health problems and in controls. DESIGN AND METHOD: The 62 participants included 39 adults with chronic mental health problems who were members of arts-based groups (ABG) and 23 comparison choir (CC) members who were not specifically experiencing mental health problems...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716772/chewing-induced-facial-dystonia-a-rare-presentation-of-task-specific-dystonia
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Chandramohan Sharma, Banshi Lal Kumawat, Ankur Garg, Kaushik Kumar Rana
This case is an addition to scarce literature available for a rare condition, chewing-induced task-specific dystonia. The patient was a 63-year-old woman who presented with a 4-year history of progressive difficulty in eating food only during chewing associated with abnormal facial grimaces without any difficulty in drinking, swallowing, speaking or singing. Examination revealed dystonia of facial muscles every time she chewed but absent during drinking and speaking. As movements were consistent and reproducible with the specific task, other differential diagnosis like motor tics, psychogenic disorder, tardive dystonia and parkinsonism syndrome were excluded leading to a diagnosis of task-specific facial dystonia triggered by chewing...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714224/codelivery-for-paclitaxel-and-bcl-2-conversion-gene-by-phb-pdmaema-amphiphilic-cationic-copolymer-for-effective-drug-resistant-cancer-therapy
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Xiaoyuan Wang, Sing Shy Liow, Qiaoqiong Wu, Chuang Li, Cally Owh, Zibiao Li, Xian Jun Loh, Yun-Long Wu
Antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein's upregulated expression is a key reason for drug resistance leading to failure of chemotherapy. In this report, a series of biocompatible amphiphilic cationic poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB)-b-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) copolymer, comprising hydrophobic PHB block and cationic PDMAEMA block, is designed to codeliver hydrophobic chemotherapeutic paclitaxel and Bcl-2 converting gene Nur77/ΔDBD with enhanced stability, due to the micelle formation by hydrophobic PHB segment...
July 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713923/the-differential-regulation-of-micrornas-is-associated-with-oral-cancer
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Shih-Chang Tsai, Sheng-Fong Huang, Jo-Hua Chiang, Yen-Fu Chen, Chia-Chang Huang, Ming-Hsui Tsai, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Ming-Ching Kao, Jai-Sing Yang
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), is the most frequently occurring malignant head and neck tumor, generally it exhibits a poor prognosis, and metastasis is the main cause of death in these cancer patients. The discovery of reliable prognostic indicators for tumors progression would greatly improve clinical treatments. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a critical role in the degradation of mRNA and the inhibition of protein synthesis. The miRNAs function either as tumor suppressors or as oncogenes in tumorigenesis, and little is known about the clinical significance of miRNA expression profiles in oral cancers...
July 12, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712942/structure-based-discovery-of-clinically-approved-drugs-as-zika-virus-ns2b-ns3-protease-inhibitors-that-potently-inhibit-zika-virus-infection-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Shuofeng Yuan, Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Helena den-Haan, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Winger Wing-Nga Mak, Zheng Zhu, Zijiao Zou, Kah-Meng Tee, Jian-Piao Cai, Kwok-Hung Chan, Jorge de la Peña, Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, José Pedro Cerón-Carrasco, Kwok-Yung Yuen
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection may be associated with severe complications in fetuses and adults, but treatment options are limited. We performed an in silico structure-based screening of a large chemical library to identify potential ZIKV NS2B-NS3 protease inhibitors. Clinically approved drugs belonging to different drug classes were selected among the 100 primary hit compounds with the highest predicted binding affinities to ZIKV NS2B-NS3-protease for validation studies. ZIKV NS2B-NS3 protease inhibitory activity was validated in most of the selected drugs and in vitro anti-ZIKV activity was identified in two of them (novobiocin and lopinavir-ritonavir)...
July 13, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712792/seasonal-plasticity-of-song-behavior-relies-on-motor-and-syntactic-variability-induced-by-a-basal-ganglia-forebrain-circuit
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Jorge Alliende, Nicolas Giret, Ludivine Pidoux, Catherine Del Negro, Arthur Leblois
The plasticity of nervous systems allows animals to quickly adapt to a changing environment. In particular, seasonal plasticity of brain structure and behavior is often critical to survival or mating in seasonal climates. Songbirds provide striking examples of seasonal changes in neural circuits and vocal behavior and have emerged as a leading model for adult brain plasticity. While seasonal plasticity and the well-characterized process of juvenile song learning may share common neural mechanisms, the extent of their similarity remains unclear...
July 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711454/common-vocal-effects-and-partial-glottal-vibration-in-professional-nonclassical-singers
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Philipp P Caffier, Ahmed Ibrahim Nasr, Maria Del Mar Ropero Rendon, Sascha Wienhausen, Eleanor Forbes, Wolfram Seidner, Tadeus Nawka
OBJECTIVE: To multidimensionally investigate common vocal effects in experienced professional nonclassical singers, to examine their mechanism of production and reproducibility, to demonstrate the existence of partial glottal vibration, and to assess the potential of damage to the voice from nonclassical singing. STUDY DESIGN: Individual cohort study. METHODS: Ten male singers aged between 25 and 46 years (34 ± 7 years [mean ± SD]) with different stylistic backgrounds were recruited (five pop/rock/metal, five musical theater)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711045/an-iterative-method-for-hydrodynamic-interactions-in-brownian-dynamics-simulations-of-polymer-dynamics
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Linling Miao, Charles D Young, Charles E Sing
Brownian Dynamics (BD) simulations are a standard tool for understanding the dynamics of polymers in and out of equilibrium. Quantitative comparison can be made to rheological measurements of dilute polymer solutions, as well as direct visual observations of fluorescently labeled DNA. The primary computational challenge with BD is the expensive calculation of hydrodynamic interactions (HI), which are necessary to capture physically realistic dynamics. The full HI calculation, performed via a Cholesky decomposition every time step, scales with the length of the polymer as O(N(3))...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708929/stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-unresected-pancreatic-cancer-a-nationwide-review
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Susanna W L de Geus, Mariam F Eskander, Gyulnara G Kasumova, Sing Chau Ng, Tara S Kent, Joseph D Mancias, Mark P Callery, Anand Mahadevan, Jennifer F Tseng
BACKGROUND: The role of conventional radiotherapy in the management of pancreatic cancer has yet to be elucidated. Over the past decade, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) has emerged as a novel therapeutic option in pancreatic cancer care. This study evaluated the survival impact of SBRT on patients with unresected pancreatic cancer. METHODS: The National Cancer Data Base was queried for unresected patients who received chemotherapy for nonmetastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma between 2004 and 2012...
July 14, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708079/comparison-of-erosion-behavior-and-particle-contamination-in-mass-production-cf%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-plasma-chambers-using-y%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-and-yf%C3%A2-protective-coatings
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Tzu-Ken Lin, Wei-Kai Wang, Shih-Yung Huang, Chi-Tsung Tasi, Dong-Sing Wuu
Yttrium fluoride (YF₃) and yttrium oxide (Y₂O₃) protective coatings prepared using an atmospheric plasma spraying technique were used to investigate the relationship between surface erosion behaviors and their nanoparticle generation under high-density plasma (10(12)-10(13) cm(-3)) etching. As examined by transmission electron microscopy, the Y₂O₃ and YF₃ coatings become oxyfluorinated after exposure to the plasma, wherein the yttrium oxyfluoride film formation was observed on the surface with a thickness of 5...
July 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705983/completed-genome-sequences-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-stricto-b31-nrz-and-closely-related-patient-isolates-from-europe
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Gabriele Margos, Sabrina Hepner, Christoph Mang, Andreas Sing, Bernhard Liebl, Volker Fingerle
Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto is a causative agent of human Lyme borreliosis in the United States and Europe. We report here the completed genome sequences of strain B31 isolated from a tick in the United States and two closely related strains from Europe, PAli and PAbe, which were isolated from patients with erythema migrans and neuroborreliosis, respectively.
July 13, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705834/visit-to-visit-variations-in-fasting-plasma-glucose-and-hba1c-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-alzheimer-disease-taiwan-diabetes-study
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Tsai-Chung Li, Chun-Pai Yang, Shih-Ting Tseng, Chia-Ing Li, Chiu-Shong Liu, Wen-Yuan Lin, Kai-Lin Hwang, Sing-Yu Yang, Jen-Huai Chiang, Cheng-Chieh Lin
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between glycemic variability and the incidence of Alzheimer disease (AD) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is unclear. The aim of this study was to examine visit-to-visit variations in fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) represented by the coefficient of variation (CV) and to determine whether they were independently associated with AD, irrespective of HbA1c and other traditional risk factors in such patients. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients with T2DM enrolled in the National Diabetes Care Management Program, age ≥60 years, and without diagnosis of AD (n = 16,706) were included in the study...
July 13, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703919/cingulate-and-cerebellar-beta-oscillations-are-engaged-in-the-acquisition-of-auditory-motor-sequences
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María Herrojo Ruiz, Burkhard Maess, Eckart Altenmüller, Gabriel Curio, Vadim V Nikulin
Singing, music performance, and speech rely on the retrieval of complex sounds, which are generated by the corresponding actions and are organized into sequences. It is crucial in these forms of behavior that the serial organization (i.e., order) of both the actions and associated sounds be monitored and learned. To investigate the neural processes involved in the monitoring of serial order during the initial learning of sensorimotor sequences, we performed magnetoencephalographic recordings while participants explicitly learned short piano sequences under the effect of occasional alterations of auditory feedback (AAF)...
July 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702722/microbial-processes-in-the-kanda-bay-a-meromictic-water-body-artifically-separated-from-the-white-sea
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A S Savvichev, N A Demidenko, E D Krasnova, O V Kalmatskaya, A N Kharcheva, M V Ivanov
Sings of meromixis are found by means of microbiological and biogeochemical investigations in the southernn part of the Kanda Bay, an artificial water body separated front the White Sea with a railway dam. The concentration of oxygen in the bottom layer attained 1.9 mmol/L, intensity of the process of microbial sulfate reduction, 3.0 μmol of sulfur/(L day). The concentration of dissolved methane, 3.7 μmol/L. Isotopic composition of carbon in methane (δ(13)C (CH4) =-79.2‰) indicates to its microbial genesis...
May 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701025/epidemiology-of-hepatic-encephalopathy-in-german-hospitals-the-ephe-study
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Christian Labenz, Marcus-Alexander Wörns, Jörn M Schattenberg, Yvonne Huber, Peter Robert Galle, Joachim Labenz
Background Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) is a serious complication of liver cirrhosis. The proportion of patients with liver cirrhosis attending German hospitals suffering from HE is unknown. Methods In the first part of the study, data of 14 community hospitals and 5 university hospitals covering the years 2010 and 2011 were analyzed retrospectively for the DRG codes of liver cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy. In the second prospective part of the multicenter observational study, all patients with liver cirrhosis attending the departments of gastroenterology of 16 participating community hospitals within a study period of 3 months were included and screened for HE clinically according to the West Haven criteria (grades 1 - 4)...
July 12, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694533/if-you-pluck-out-the-heart-of-the-flax-bush-from-whence-will-the-bellbird-sing
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Marewa Glover, Christina Severinsen, Suzanne Phibbs
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July 7, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692658/temporal-specificity-of-the-initial-adaptive-response-in-motor-adaptation
#17
Wilsaan M Joiner, Gary C Sing, Maurice A Smith
Repeated exposure to a novel physical environment eventually leads to a mature adaptive response whereby feedforward changes in motor output mirror both the amplitude and temporal structure of the environmental perturbations. However, adaptive responses at the earliest stages of learning have been found to be not only smaller, but systematically less specific in their temporal structure compared to later stages of learning. This observation has spawned a lively debate as to whether the temporal structure of the initial adaptive response is, in fact, stereotyped and non-specific...
July 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692469/surgical-management-of-gallbladder-cancer-simple-versus-extended-cholecystectomy-and-the-role-of-adjuvant-therapy
#18
Gyulnara G Kasumova, Omidreza Tabatabaie, Robert M Najarian, Mark P Callery, Sing Chau Ng, Andrea J Bullock, Robert A Fisher, Jennifer F Tseng
OBJECTIVE: To assess if simple cholecystectomy with adjuvant therapy could provide outcomes comparable to extended cholecystectomy. BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend extended/radical cholecystectomy for T2/T3 gallbladder cancer; however, many tumors are discovered incidentally at laparoscopic cholecystectomy. METHODS: The national Cancer Data Base 2004 to 2014 was queried for patients with pT2/T3 gallbladder adenocarcinoma who underwent resection...
July 7, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692277/aromatically-c6-and-c9-substituted-phenanthro-9-10-d-imidazole-blue-fluorophores-structure-property-relationship-and-electroluminescent-application
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Wen-Cheng Chen, Yi Yuan, Yuan Xiong, Andrey L Rogach, Qing-Xiao Tong, Chun-Sing Lee
In this study, a series of aromatically substituted phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole (PI) fluorophores at C6 and C9 (no. 6 and 9 carbon atoms) have been synthesized and systematically characterized by theoretical, thermal, photophysical, electrochemical and electroluminescent (EL) studies. C6 and C9 modifications have positive influences on the thermal properties of the new materials. Theoretical calculation suggests that the C6 and the C9 positions of PI are electronically different. Theoretical and experimental evidences of intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) between two identical moieties attaching to the C6 and the C9 positions are observed...
July 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690825/white-crowned-sparrow-males-show-immediate-flexibility-in-song-amplitude-but-not-in-song-minimum-frequency-in-response-to-changes-in-noise-levels-in-the-field
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Elizabeth P Derryberry, Katherine Gentry, Graham E Derryberry, Jennifer N Phillips, Raymond M Danner, Julie E Danner, David A Luther
The soundscape acts as a selective agent on organisms that use acoustic signals to communicate. A number of studies document variation in structure, amplitude, or timing of signal production in correspondence with environmental noise levels thus supporting the hypothesis that organisms are changing their signaling behaviors to avoid masking. The time scale at which organisms respond is of particular interest. Signal structure may evolve across generations through processes such as cultural or genetic transmission...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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