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Liliana Albertazzi, Luisa Canal, Rocco Micciolo, Fulvio Ferrari, Sebastiano Sitta, Iacopo Hachen
The study analyzes the existence of naturally biased associations in the general population between a series of musical selections and a series of quatrains. Differently from other studies in the field, the association is tested between complex stimuli involving literary texts, which increases the load of the semantic factors. The stimuli were eight quatrains taken from the same poem and eight musical clips taken from a classical musical version of the poem. The experiment was conducted in two phases. First, the participants were asked to rate 10 couples of opposite adjectives on a continuous bipolar scale when reading a quatrain or when listening to a musical clip; then they were asked to associate a given clip directly with the quatrains in decreasing order...
October 21, 2016: Perception
Lucas C Pinheiro, Graziele C Ferreira, Jefferson H Amaral, Rafael L Portella, Sandra de O C Tella, Madla A Passos, Jose E Tanus-Santos
The nitric oxide (NO(•)) metabolites nitrite and nitrate exert antihypertensive effects by mechanisms that involve gastric formation of S-nitrosothiols. However, while the use of antiseptic mouthwash (AM) is known to attenuate the responses to nitrate by disrupting its enterosalivary cycle, there is little information about whether AM attenuates the effects of orally administered nitrite. We hypothesized that the antihypertensive effects of orally administered nitrite would not be prevented by AM because, in contrast to oral nitrate, oral nitrite could promote S-nitrosothiols formation in the stomach without intereference by AM...
October 18, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Saleem I Abdulrauf, Peter Vuong, Ritesh Patel, Raghu Sampath, Ahmed M Ashour, Lauren M Germany, Jonathon Lebovitz, Colt Brunson, Yuvraj Nijjar, J Kyle Dryden, Maheen Q Khan, Mihaela G Stefan, Evan Wiley, Ryan T Cleary, Connor Reis, Jodi Walsh, Paula Buchanan
OBJECTIVE Risk of ischemia during aneurysm surgery is significantly related to temporary clipping time and final clipping that might incorporate a perforator. In this study, the authors attempted to assess the potential added benefit to patient outcomes of "awake" neurological testing when compared with standard neurophysiological testing performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed after the induction of conscious sedation, and for the neurological testing, the patient is fully awake. METHODS The authors conducted an institutional review board-approved prospective study of clipping unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) in 30 consecutive adult patients who underwent awake clipping...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Jorge R Reyes, Timothy R Vollmer, Astrid Hall
We compared outcomes of arousal and preference assessments for five adult male alleged sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities. Arousal assessments involved the use of the penile plethysmograph to measure changes in penile circumference to both deviant (males and females under the age of 18) and nondeviant (males and females over the age of 18) video clips. Paired-stimulus preference assessments were arranged to present still images from the video clips used in the arousal assessments. Results showed correspondence between the assessments for four out of the five participants...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Aitor Garzia, Cindy Meyer, Pavel Morozov, Marcin Sajek, Thomas Tuschl
Photoactivatable-Ribonucleoside-Enhanced Crosslinking and Immunoprecipitation (PAR-CLIP) in combination with next-generation sequencing is a powerful method for identifying endogenous targets of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). Depending on the characteristics of each RBP, key steps in the PAR-CLIP procedure must be optimized. Here we present a comprehensive step-by-step PAR-CLIP protocol with detailed explanations of the critical steps. Furthermore, we report the application of a new PAR-CLIP data analysis pipeline to three distinct RBPs targeting different annotation categories of cellular RNAs...
October 17, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Christine L Madliger, Oliver P Love
The application of physiological measures to conservation monitoring has been gaining momentum and, while a suite of physiological traits are available to ascertain disturbance and condition in wildlife populations, glucocorticoids (i.e., GCs; cortisol and corticosterone) are the most heavily employed. The interpretation of GC levels as sensitive indicators of population change necessitates that GCs and metrics of population persistence are linked. However, the relationship between GCs and fitness may be highly context-dependent, changing direction, or significance, depending on the GC measure, fitness metric, life history stage, or other intrinsic and extrinsic contexts considered...
July 27, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
David S Freedman, Joseph B Schroeder, Gregory I Telian, Zhengyang Zhang, Smrithi Sunil, Jason T Ritt
OBJECTIVE: Behavioral neuroscience studies in freely moving rodents require small, light-weight implants to facilitate neural recording and stimulation. Our goal was to develop an integrated package of 3D printed parts and assembly aids for labs to rapidly fabricate, with minimal training, an implant that combines individually positionable microelectrodes, an optical fiber, zero insertion force (ZIF-clip) headstage connection, and secondary recording electrodes, e.g. for electromyography (EMG)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Hyung Ku Chon, Tae Hyeon Kim
BACKGROUND: The incidence of post-endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) bleeding is reportedly 2.0-5.0 %. Among various hemostatic methods, endoclip therapy is an effective modality in gastrointestinal bleeding. However, endoclip application for post-ES hemorrhage has not been widely studied, partly because of the difficulty in placing of clips using a duodenoscope. A cap-fitted forward-viewing gastroscope can easily visualize the major papilla and overcome the technical difficulty in applying endoclips...
October 19, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Ryan Stables, Graeme Clemens, Holly J Butler, Katherine M Ashton, Andrew Brodbelt, Timothy P Dawson, Leanne M Fullwood, Michael D Jenkinson, Matthew J Baker
Spectroscopic diagnostics have been shown to be an effective tool for the analysis and discrimination of disease states from human tissue. Furthermore, Raman spectroscopic probes are of particular interest as they allow for in vivo spectroscopic diagnostics, for tasks such as the identification of tumour margins during surgery. In this study, we investigate a feature-driven approach to the classification of metastatic brain cancer, glioblastoma (GB) and non-cancer from tissue samples, and we provide a real-time feedback method for endoscopic diagnostics using sound...
October 19, 2016: Analyst
Mathieu Jacquemart, Pierre Bouletreau, Pierre Breton, Ali Mojallal, Nicolas Sigaux
Video must now be considered as a precious tool for learning surgery. However, the medium does present production challenges, and currently, quality movies are not always accessible. We developed a series of 7 surgical videos and made them available on a publicly accessible internet website. Our videos have been viewed by thousands of people worldwide. High-quality educational movies must respect strategic and technical points to be reliable.
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Takaki Emura, Kenji Hosoda, Shota Harai, Noboru Oyachi, Takeyuki Suzuki, Ken Takada, Koji Kobayashi, Hisatake Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Massive gastrointestinal bleeding in children, mostly caused by esophageal varices secondary to chronic liver disease, is uncommon. Dieulafoy lesion in the gastrointestinal tract is a rare but important cause of gastrointestinal bleeding; massive bleeding from this lesion can be fatal unless adequate treatment is promptly initiated. We report a case of gastric Dieulafoy lesion in a 2-year old successfully treated with endoscopic hemoclipping. CASE PRESENTATION: A 2-year-old Japanese boy was admitted to our department with sudden massive hematemesis...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Syuichi Tetsuka, Eiji Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: Japan is currently an aging society, with a huge proportion of elderly citizens. Consequently, the incidence and severity of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is predicted to increase in the future. Computed tomography (CT) is very important in the initial diagnosis of SAH. The proportion of hospitals owning CT systems in Japan is around four times greater than the mean number of systems owned by hospitals in other countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...
October 18, 2016: BMC Neurology
Yang Gyun Kim, Sangho Lee, Ju Young Moon, Se Yeon Kim, Yu Ho Lee, Seok Jong Song, Kyung Whan Jeoung, Tae Won Lee, Chun Gyu Ihm
OBJECTIVE: Intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) had an important role to generate and maintain hypertension in 2-kidny 1-clip (2K1C) rats. This study purposed to assess how various intrarenal RAS components of 2K1C rats contributed to hypertension in different parts (cortex, medulla) of both sides (CK; clipped-kidney, NCK; non-clipped kidney) at different times (2 weeks; 2w and 5 weeks; 5w after clipping operation). DESIGN AND METHOD: We conducted to insert clip to left renal artery or sham operation to SD rats, then systolic blood pressure (SBP) was measured at one week interval...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Akira Nishiyama, Hirofumi Hitomi, Daisuke Nakano, Yoshihide Fujisawa
OBJECTIVE: Clinical studies have indicated that renal denervation (RDN) suppresses sympathetic overactivity in hypertensive patients, suggesting that afferent renal nerve activity (ARNA) enhances sympathetic outflow via central nervous system. To investigate the possible role of ARNA in the pathophysiology of renovascular hypertension, we examined the effect of RDN on blood pressure and urinary norepinephrine in two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) Goldblatt rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: Male Wister-Kyoto rats were divided 3 groups: sham, 2K1C and 2K1C with RDN...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ling Xin, Li Qian Jun, Xu Li Hua, Zhu Hong, Chen Tian Bao, Tang Jin Hai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Complications are important determining factors for safety of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for gastric heterotopic pancreas (HP). This study investigated whether endoscopic color Doppler ultrasonography (ECDUS) could be used to predict the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of ESD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included 52 patients with heterotopic pancreas of the gastric antrum who underwent ECDUS before ESD. ECDUS was used to evaluate the submucosal vascular structure and the location of HP in gastric wall...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Seda Guzel Aydin, Turgay Kaya, Hasan Guler
This paper illustrates the wavelet-based feature extraction for emotion assessment using electroencephalogram (EEG) signal through graphical coding design. Two-dimensional (valence-arousal) emotion model was studied. Different emotions (happy, joy, melancholy, and disgust) were studied for assessment. These emotions were stimulated by video clips. EEG signals obtained from four subjects were decomposed into five frequency bands (gamma, beta, alpha, theta, and delta) using "db5" wavelet function. Relative features were calculated to obtain further information...
June 2016: Brain Informatics
Teppei Akimoto, Osamu Goto, Motoki Sasaki, Yasutoshi Ochiai, Tadateru Maehata, Ai Fujimoto, Toshihiro Nishizawa, Naohisa Yahagi
Background and study Aims: To prevent complications after colonic endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), we developed a new closure technique using repositionable clips. Patients and methods: The closure of post-ESD mucosal defects was attempted in 19 cases. Mucosal defects were linearly closed by holding and dragging the anal mucosal edge towards the oral mucosal edge using repositionable clips. Standard hemoclips were additionally placed to complete the closure. We retrospectively assessed the feasibility of this technique...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Tessa Verlaan, Fraukje A M Ponds, Barbara A J Bastiaansen, Albert J Bredenoord, Paul Fockens
: Background and aims: After Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM), the mucosal incision is closed with endoscopically applied clips. After each clip placement, a subsequent clipping device has to be introduced through the working channel. With the Clipmaster3, three consecutive clips can be placed without reloading which could reduce closure time. We performed a prospective study evaluating efficacy, safety, and ease of use. Closure using Clipmaster3 was compared to closure with standard clips...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Sharad Gupta, Akshay Bhargava, Praful Mehra
Rehabilitation of mandibular resection poses functional, esthetic, and psychological challenges. The deviation and rotation of the mandible toward the resected side leaves the patient with almost no option of chewing. This is aggravated if the patient is edentulous. The case report discussed in this article was an edentulous patient taken up with the primary goal to limit deviation toward resected side and provide a stable and retentive prosthesis to the patient. Two implants were placed anteriorly, splinted with bar and clip supported superstructure...
October 2016: Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
Jaclyn H Ford, David C Rubin, Kelly S Giovanello
Recent research suggests that emotional music clips can serve as a highly successful tool for eliciting rich autobiographical memories, and that the utility of these cues may be related to their subjective familiarity. The current study was designed to examine the effects of familiarity on phenomenological characteristics and neural recruitment during retrieval of autobiographical memories elicited by musical cues. Further, we were interested in understanding how these effects differ as a function of age. In an event-related functional neuroimaging study, participants retrieved autobiographical memories associated with age-specific popular musical clips...
September 2016: Psychomusicology
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