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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103197/the-tuebingen-scotopic-threshold-test-tstt
#1
Torsten Strasser, Hana Langrova, Sabrina Sundermeier, Dominic Hillerkuss, Katarina Stingl, Wilhelm Durst, Anne Kurtenbach, Eberhart Zrenner, Ditta Zobor
Measurement of the dark-adaptation threshold plays a key role in the diagnosis and estimation of disease progression of many retinal disorders. Determining the threshold is, however, difficult to perform in young children. We present here a prototype for a dark adaptometer, the Tuebingen Scotopic Threshold Test (TSST) aimed to ease measurement of photoreceptor thresholds in young subjects. The device consists of two 7cm x 10cm fields with either blue or yellow LEDs, for testing rod or cone sensitivity, respectively...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081200/fitter-women-did-not-have-attenuated-hemodynamic-responses-to-psychological-stress-compared-with-age-matched-women-with-lower-levels-of-fitness
#2
Sisitha U Jayasinghe, Susan J Torres, Mais Hussein, Steve F Fraser, Gavin W Lambert, Anne I Turner
According to the 'cross stressor adaptation hypothesis', regular exercise acts as a buffer against the detrimental effects of stress. Nevertheless, evidence that higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness moderate hemodynamic responses to acute psychological stress is inconclusive, especially in women. Women aged 30-50 years (in the mid-follicular phase of the menstrual cycle) with higher (n = 17) and lower (n = 17) levels of fitness were subjected to a Trier Social Stress Test (TSST). Continuous, non-invasive measurements were made of beat-to-beat, systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), stroke volume (SV), cardiac output (CO), left ventricular ejection time (LVET), maximum slope, pulse interval (PI) and total peripheral resistance (TPR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073304/the-impact-of-stress-on-odor-perception
#3
Matthias Hoenen, Oliver T Wolf, Bettina M Pause
The olfactory system and emotional systems are highly intervened and share common neuronal structures. The current study investigates whether emotional (e.g., anger and fear) and physiological (saliva cortisol) stress responses are associated with odor identification ability and hedonic odor judgments (intensity, pleasantness, and unpleasantness). Nineteen men participated in the modified Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) and a control session (cycling on a stationary bike). The physiological arousal was similar in both sessions...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049103/depressive-symptom-composites-associated-with-cortisol-stress-reactivity-in-adolescents
#4
Matthew C Morris, Chrystyna D Kouros, Alyssa S Mielock, Uma Rao
BACKGROUND: Altered hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) function is common in youth with major depressive disorder (MDD) but variability in the strength and direction of HPA alterations has prompted a search for symptom-based subtypes with unique neuroendocrine signatures. This study investigated the extent to which depressive symptom composites were differentially associated with cortisol responses to psychosocial stress. METHODS: This study examined salivary cortisol responses to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) in 145 adolescents who varied in their risk for MDD: 38 had current MDD; 35 were healthy but at high risk for MDD based on having one or both parents with unipolar MDD; and 72 were healthy youth with no personal or family history of a psychiatric disorder...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034364/in-silico-analysis-of-toxins-of-staphylococcus-aureus-for-validating-putative-drug-targets
#5
Ramadevi Mohana, Subhashree Venugopal
Toxins are one among the numerous virulence factors produced by the bacteria. These are powerful poisonous substances enabling the bacteria to encounter the defense mechanism of human body. The pathogenic system of Staphylococcus aureus is evolved with various exotoxins that causes detrimental effects of human immune system. Four toxins namely enterotoxin A, exfoliative toxin A, TSST-1 and γ-hemolysin were downloaded from Uniprot database and were analyzed to understand the nature of the toxins and for drug target validation...
December 30, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993805/5th-ovarian-cancer-consensus-conference-of-the-gynecologic-cancer-intergroup-recurrent-disease
#6
M K Wilson, E Pujade-Lauraine, D Aoki, M R Mirza, D Lorusso, A M Oza, A du Bois, I Vergote, A Reuss, M Bacon, M Friedlander, D Rincon, F Joly, S-J Chang, A M Ferrero, R J Edmondson, P Wimberger, J Maenpaa, D Gaffney, R Zhang, A Okamoto, G Stuart, K Ochiai
This manuscript reports the consensus statements regarding recurrent ovarian cancer (ROC), reached at the 5th Ovarian Cancer Consensus Conference (OCCC), which was held in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2015. Three important questions were identified: (1) What are the subgroups for clinical trials in ROC? The historical definition of using platinum-free interval (PFI) to categorize patients as having platinum-sensitive/resistant disease was replaced by therapy-free interval (TFI). TFI can be broken down into TFIp (platinum-free interval), TFInp (non-platinum-free interval) and TFIb (biological agent-free interval)...
December 19, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987430/effects-of-the-cortisol-stress-response-on-the-psychotherapy-outcome-of-panic-disorder-patients
#7
Susann Wichmann, Clemens Kirschbaum, Thomas Lorenz, Katja Petrowski
BACKGROUND: A proportion of patients with panic disorder (PD) fail to show a remission after psychotherapy. Biological correlates of psychotherapy non-response have rarely been described in the literature. The aim of the present study was to research the relationship between the cortisol stress response and the psychotherapy outcome in PD patients. METHODS: Twenty-eight PD patients (20 females, mean age±SD: 35.71±13.18) seeking psychological treatment for PD and n=32 age- and sex-matched healthy control participants (21 females, aged 34...
November 30, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981233/temporal-and-racial-differences-associated-with-atopic-dermatitis-staphylococcusaureus-and-encoded-virulence-factors
#8
Joseph A Merriman, Elizabeth A Mueller, Michael P Cahill, Lisa A Beck, Amy S Paller, Jon M Hanifin, Peck Y Ong, Lynda Schneider, Denise C Babineau, Gloria David, Alexandre Lockhart, Keli Artis, Donald Y M Leung, Patrick M Schlievert
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is an inflammatory skin condition strongly associated with Staphylococcus aureus colonization and infection. S. aureus strains shift in populations in ~10-year intervals depending on virulence factors. Shifts in S. aureus virulence factors may in part explain the racial differences observed in the levels of prevalence and severity of AD. AD S. aureus isolates collected from 2011 to 2014 (103 isolates) and in 2008 (100 isolates) were examined for the prevalence of genes encoding superantigens (SAgs)...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981177/relations-between-plasma-oxytocin-and-cortisol-the-stress-buffering-role-of-social-support
#9
Robyn J McQuaid, Opal A McInnis, Angela Paric, Faisal Al-Yawer, Kimberly Matheson, Hymie Anisman
Stress responses in humans can be attenuated by exogenous oxytocin administration, and these stress-buffering properties may be moderated by social factors. Yet, the influence of acute stressors on circulating endogenous oxytocin levels have been inconsistent, and limited information is available concerning the influence of social support in moderating this relationship. In the current investigation, undergraduate women (N = 67) were assessed in the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) with either social support available from a close female friend or no social support being available...
June 2016: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942357/the-effect-of-ferula-assa-foetida-l-and-carum-copticum-hydroalcoholic-extract-on-the-expression-levels-of-staphylococcus-aureus-genes-involved-in-quorum-sensing
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Najmeh Jomehpour, Gilda Eslami, Mohammad Bagher Khalili
BACKGROUND: Quorum sensing is a microbial cell-to-cell communication process. Quorum sensing bacteria produce and release extracellular messenger molecules called autoinducers. Gram-positive and Gram-negative, homoserine lactones, and oligopeptides are autoinducers used to communicate and regulate gene expression. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess the impact of subinhibitory concentrations of Ferula assa-foetida l oleo-gum resin and Carum copticum fruit on the expression of tst and hld genes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive S...
October 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923164/thinking-anxious-feeling-anxious-or-both-cognitive-bias-moderates-the-relationship-between-anxiety-disorder-status-and-sympathetic-arousal-in-youth
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Michelle Rozenman, Allison Vreeland, John Piacentini
Cognitive bias and physiological arousal are two putative markers that may underlie youth anxiety. However, data on relationships between cognitive bias and arousal are limited, and typically do not include behavioral measurement of these constructs in order to tap real-time processes. We aimed to examine the relationship between performance-based cognitive bias and sympathetic arousal during stress in clinically anxious and typically-developing youth. The sample included children and adolescents ages 9 to 17 (Mean age=13...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916362/effectiveness-of-a-mental-skills-curriculum-to-reduce-novices-stress
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Nicholas E Anton, Lisa D Howley, Manuel Pimentel, Cameron K Davis, Charles Brown, Dimitrios Stefanidis
BACKGROUND: Stress has been shown to negatively impact surgical performance, and surgical novices are particularly susceptible to its effects. Mental skills are psychological strategies designed to enhance performance and reduce the impact of stress to consistently facilitate the ideal mental conditions that enable performers to perform their best. Mental skills have been used routinely in other high-stress domains (e.g., with Navy SEALs, military pilots, elite athletes, and so forth) to facilitate optimal performance in challenging situations...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902380/antimicrobial-resistance-profiling-and-molecular-typing-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-a-malaysian-teaching-hospital
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Ainihayati Noordin, Hassriana Fazzila Sapri, Nurul Azirah Mohamad Sani, Shih Kei Leong, Xin-Ee Tan, Toh Leong Tan, Noraziah Mohamad Zin, Hui-Min Neoh, Salasawati Hussin
The annual prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Malaysia has been estimated to be 30 % to 40 % of all S. aureus infections. Nevertheless, data on the antimicrobial resistance and genetic diversity of Malaysian MRSAs remain few. In 2009, we collected 318 MRSA strains from various wards of our teaching hospital located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, and performed antimicrobial susceptibility testing on these strains. The strains were then molecularly characterized via staphylococcal cassette chromosome (SCC) mec and virulence gene (cna, sea, seb, sec, sed, see, seg, seh, sei, eta, etb, Panton-Valentine leukocidin and toxic shock syndrome toxin-1) typing; a subset of 49 strains isolated from the intensive care unit was also typed using PFGE...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892761/autonomic-markers-associated-with-generalized-social-phobia-symptoms-heart-rate-variability-and-salivary-alpha-amylase
#14
María J García-Rubio, Laura Espín, Vanesa Hidalgo, Alicia Salvador, Jesús Gómez-Amor
The study of autonomic nervous system changes associated with generalized social phobia (GSP) disorder has increased in recent years, showing contradictory results. The present study aimed to evaluate how young people with GSP reacted before, during, and after exposure to the Trier Stress Social Test (TSST), focusing on their autonomic changes (heart rate variability (HRV) and salivary alpha-amylase (sAA)) compared to a control group (non-GSP). Some psychological variables were also considered. Sex was specifically studied as a possible modulator of autonomic fluctuations and psychological state...
December 21, 2016: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889892/effects-of-mental-stress-induction-on-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-panic-disorder
#15
Katja Petrowski, Susann Wichmann, Timo Siepmann, Stefan R Bornstein, Martin Siepmann
Reduced heart rate variability (HRV) constitutes a widely used marker of cardiac autonomic inflexibility which has been linked to disorders such as panic disorder (PD). To date, the pathophysiological mechanisms whereby panic leads to attenuated HRV are not fully elucidated. We aimed to investigate the hypothesis that PD patients show pathological reactivity both in response to interoceptive and psychosocial stress in comparison to healthy individuals. We performed a controlled study on 38 patients diagnosed with PD [20 males and 18 females aged 35...
November 26, 2016: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889466/lower-cortisol-level-in-response-to-a-psychosocial-stressor-in-young-females-with-self-harm
#16
Paul L Plener, Katrin Zohsel, Erika Hohm, Arlette F Buchmann, T Banaschewski, Ulrich S Zimmermann, Manfred Laucht
BACKGROUND: Self-harm is highly prevalent in adolescence, often serving an emotion regulation function. Social stressors such as bullying are associated with self-harm. The neurobiological background of the relationship between social stressors and self-harm needs to be further understood to inform prevention and therapy. METHODS: Participants were members of an epidemiological cohort study. 130 female participants underwent the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) at age 19...
November 14, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888772/adrenocortical-sensitivity-moderated-by-ongoing-stress-predicts-drinking-intensity-in-alcohol-dependent-men
#17
Bryon Adinoff, David Leonard, Julianne Price, Martin A Javors, Robrina Walker, E Sherwood Brown, Hong Xiao, Uma Rao
Allostatic load from both environmental stressors and persistent glucocorticoid secretion has been associated with disease severity in alcohol dependence. Heightened relapse risk and/or drinking severity, in particular, may be a reaction to alcohol- and withdrawal-induced changes in physiological stress response systems coupled with ongoing life stress, although their shared contributions upon drinking severity have not been assessed. To investigate the combined contribution of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) reactivity and environmental stressors (e...
November 5, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875756/patterns-of-cortisol-and-alpha-amylase-reactivity-to-psychosocial-stress-in-maltreated-women
#18
Alyssa S Mielock, Matthew C Morris, Uma Rao
BACKGROUND: Childhood maltreatment can trigger enduring changes in major stress response systems, particularly in the context of major depressive disorder (MDD). However, the relative impact of maltreatment versus MDD on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and sympathetic-adrenal-medullary system stress reactivity is not well understood. METHOD: This study examined salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase responses to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) in 26 maltreated (15 with current MDD) and 26 non-maltreated (17 with current MDD) women...
February 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870432/sex-and-stress-men-and-women-show-different-cortisol-responses-to-psychological-stress-induced-by-the-trier-social-stress-test-and-the-iowa-singing-social-stress-test
#19
Alaine E Reschke-Hernández, Katrina L Okerstrom, Angela Bowles Edwards, Daniel Tranel
Acute psychological stress affects each of us in our daily lives and is increasingly a topic of discussion for its role in mental illness, aging, cognition, and overall health. A better understanding of how such stress affects the body and mind could contribute to the development of more effective clinical interventions and prevention practices. Over the past 3 decades, the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) has been widely used to induce acute stress in a laboratory setting based on the principles of social evaluative threat, namely, a judged speech-making task...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863161/hla-dr-polymorphisms-influence-in-vivo-responses-to-staphylococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-toxin-1-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model
#20
A Krogman, A Tilahun, C S David, V R Chowdhary, M P Alexander, G Rajagopalan
Toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) is a potent superantigen produced by Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to menstrual and nonmenstrual toxic shock syndromes, TSST-1 is also implicated in the immunopathogenesis of pneumonia, infective endocarditis, neonatal exanthematous disease, and atopic dermatitis among others. Superantigens first bind to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecules and then activate a large proportion of T cells by cross-linking their T cell receptor. As binding to MHC class II molecules is a critical step in the robust activation of the immune system by TSST-1 and other superantigens, polymorphic variations between different HLA-DR alleles could potentially influence the magnitude of immune activation and immunopathology caused by TSST-1...
January 2017: HLA
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