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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718052/zen-and-the-art-of-living-mindfully-the-health-enhancing-potential-of-zen-aesthetics
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T Lomas, N Etcoff, W Van Gordon, E Shonin
Amidst the burgeoning enthusiasm for mindfulness in the West, there is a concern that the largely secular 'de-contextualized' way in which it is being harnessed is denuding it of its potential to improve health and well-being. As such, efforts are underway to 're-contextualize' mindfulness, explicitly drawing on the wider framework of Buddhist ideas and practices in which it was initially developed. This paper aims to contribute to this, doing so by focusing on Zen Buddhism, and in particular on Zen aesthetic principles...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714505/the-antiproliferative-activity-of-di-2-pyridylketone-dithiocarbamate-is-partly-attributed-to-catalase-inhibition-detailing-the-interaction-by-spectroscopic-methods
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Cuiping Li, Youxun Liu, Yun Fu, Tengfei Huang, Lixia Kang, Changzheng Li
The bioactivity of drugs is attributed to their interaction with biological molecules, embodied in either their direct or indirect influence on enzyme activity and conformation. Di-2-pyridylketone hydrazine dithiocarbamate (DpdtC) exhibits significant antitumor activity in our preliminary study. We speculated that its activity may partly stem from enzyme inhibition due to strong metal chelating ability. To this end, we assessed its effect on catalase from erythrocytes and found evidence of inhibition, which was further confirmed by ROS determination in vivo...
July 17, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713451/words-that-move-us-the-effects-of-sentences-on-body-sway
#3
John F Stins, Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos, Femke Hulzinga, Eric Wenker, Rouwen Cañal-Bruland
According to the embodied cognition perspective, cognitive systems and perceptuo-motor systems are deeply intertwined and exert a causal effect on each other. A prediction following from this idea is that cognitive activity can result in subtle changes in observable movement. In one experiment, we tested whether reading various sentences resulted in changes in postural sway. Sentences symbolized various human activities involving high, low, or no physical effort. Dutch participants stood upright on a force plate, measuring the body center of pressure, while reading a succession of sentences...
2017: Advances in Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712417/holding-the-body-in-mind-interoceptive-awareness-dispositional-mindfulness-and-psychological-well-being
#4
Adam W Hanley, Wolf E Mehling, Eric L Garland
Objective Recent dialogue between Western and Eastern traditions has stimulated novel explorations of the relationship between mind and body. Many of these cross-cultural, mind-body dialogues have proven productive in identifying more adaptive forms of embodiment. Prior studies suggest that dispositional mindfulness (DM) and interoceptive awareness (IA) are associated but distinct, key constructs in mind-body approaches that are conceptualized in a variety of ways with imprecisely characterized relationship...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711891/-strategic-patient-safety-action-plan-for-the-anesthesiology-and-intensive-care-service-of-ukraine-basic-modules-and-their-components
#5
Роман Н Федосюк
INTRODUCTION: In recent years, the problem of patient safety has become top-priority in further improvement of national healthcare systems in all developed countries. AIM: To develop a modular structure and a component composition of the strategic patient safety action plan for the anesthesiology and intensive care service of Ukraine as a part of the National Action Plan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Major domestic priorities, substantiated and made public by the author in previous works, are taken as the basis for the modular structuring of the action plan...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711397/birth-stories-from-south-africa-voices-unheard
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Marie Hastings-Tolsma, Anna G W Nolte, Annie Temane
BACKGROUND: The manner that birth events unfold can have a lasting impact on women. Giving voice to women's experiences is key in the creation of care that embodies humanistic, family-centred service. AIM: The aim of this research was to describe the experiences of women receiving care during childbirth. METHODS: The design was qualitative and descriptive using thematic analysis to analyse women's birth stories. A purposive sample of women (N=12) who had recently given birth in South Africa was selected...
July 12, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710697/the-basis-of-the-syllable-hierarchy-articulatory-pressures-or-universal-phonological-constraints
#7
Xu Zhao, Iris Berent
Across languages, certain syllable types are systematically preferred to others (e.g., [Formula: see text] lbif, where [Formula: see text] indicates a preference). Previous research has shown that these preferences are active in the brains of individual speakers, they are evident even when none of these syllable types exists in participants' language, and even when the stimuli are presented in print. These results suggest that the syllable hierarchy cannot be reduced to either lexical or auditory/phonetic pressures...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709284/phase-ordering-dynamics-of-reconstituting-particles
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F A Gómez Albarracín, H D Rosales, M D Grynberg
We consider the large-time dynamics of one-dimensional processes involving adsorption and desorption of extended hard-core particles (dimers, trimers, ..., k-mers), while interacting through their constituent monomers. Desorption can occur whether or not these latter adsorbed together, which leads to reconstitution of k-mers and the appearance of sectors of motion with nonlocal conservation laws for k≥3. Dynamic exponents of the sector including the empty chain are evaluated by finite-size scaling analyses of the relaxation times embodied in the spectral gaps of evolution operators...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705456/feeling-touch-on-the-own-hand-restores-the-capacity-to-visually-discriminate-it-from-someone-else-hand-pathological-embodiment-receding-in-brain-damage-patients
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Carlotta Fossataro, Valentina Bruno, Patrizia Gindri, Lorenzo Pia, Anna Berti, Francesca Garbarini
The sense of body ownership, i.e., the belief that a specific body part belongs to us, can be selectively impaired in brain-damaged patients. Recently, a pathological form of embodiment has been described in patients who, when the examiner's hand is located in a body-congruent position, systematically claim that it is their own hand (E+ patients). This paradoxical behavior suggests that, in these patients, the altered sense of body ownership also affects their capacity of visually discriminating the body-identity details of the own and the alien hand, even when both hands are clearly visible on the table...
June 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702834/the-recalibration-of-tactile-perception-during-tool-use-is-body-part-specific
#10
Luke E Miller, Andrew Cawley-Bennett, Matthew R Longo, Ayse P Saygin
Two decades of research have demonstrated that using a tool modulates spatial representations of the body. Whether this embodiment is specific to representations of the tool-using limb or extends to representations of other body parts has received little attention. Several studies of other perceptual phenomena have found that modulations to the primary somatosensory representation of the hand transfers to the face, due in part to their close proximity in primary somatosensory cortex. In the present study, we investigated whether tool-induced recalibration of tactile perception on the hand transfers to the cheek...
July 12, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702628/blend-configuration-in-functional-polymeric-materials-with-a-high-lignin-content
#11
Yun-Yan Wang, Yi-Ru Chen, Simo Sarkanen
Lignins upgrade the lignocellulosic cell-wall domains in all vascular plants; they embody 20-30% of terrestrial organic carbon. For 50 years, mistaken assumptions about the configuration of lignin have hindered the development of useful polymeric materials with a lignin content above 40 wt%. Now, polymeric materials composed only of methylated softwood lignin derivatives can exhibit better tensile behavior than polystyrene. Marked improvements may be achieved with small quantities (5-10 wt%) of miscible blend components as simple as poly(ethylene glycol)...
July 12, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701903/an-embodiment-perspective-on-number-space-mapping-in-3-5-year-old-dutch-children
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Jaccoline E van 't Noordende, M Chiel J M Volman, Paul P M Leseman, Evelyn H Kroesbergen
Previous research suggests that block adding, subtracting and counting direction are early forms of number-space mapping. In this study, an embodiment perspective on these skills was taken. Embodiment theory assumes that cognition emerges through sensory-motor interaction with the environment. In line with this assumption, it was investigated if counting and adding/subtracting direction in young children is related to the hand they use during task performance. Forty-eight 3.5-year-old children completed a block adding, subtracting and counting task...
May 2017: Infant and Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699744/design-synthesis-and-pharmacokinetics-of-a-bone-targeting-dual-action-prodrug-for-treatment-of-osteoporosis
#13
Haibo Xie, Gang Chen, Robert N Young
A dual-action bone-targeting prodrug has been designed, synthesized and evaluated for in vitro and in vivo metabolic stability and in vivo tissue distribution, and rates of release of the active constituents after binding to bones through the use of differentially double labelled derivatives. The conjugate (general structure 7) embodies the merger of a very potent and proven anabolic selective agonist of the prostaglandin EP4 receptor, compound 5, and alendronic acid, a potent inhibitor of bone resorption, optimally linked through a differentially hydrolyzable linker unit, N-4-carboxymethylphenyl-methyloxycarbonyl-leucinyl-argininyl-para-aminophenylmethylalcohol (Leu-Arg-PABA)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697998/neural-and-behavioural-correlates-of-autobiographical-memory-retrieval-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-and-a-history-of-trauma-exposure
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Melissa Parlar, Maria Densmore, Geoffrey B C Hall, Ruth Lanius, Margaret C McKinnon
Alterations in autobiographical memory (AM) performance have been identified in major depressive disorder (MDD) and in trauma-related disorders; however, the neural and behavioural correlates of AM in patients with MDD and a co-morbid history of trauma remain unexplored. Here, we used behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to investigate AM in this patient group and in matched healthy comparison subjects (HCs). Twenty patients with MDD and trauma exposure and 20 HCs underwent fMRI scanning while recalling positive, negative, and neutral events...
July 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694439/reachability-and-the-sense-of-embodiment-in-amputees-using-prostheses
#15
Adrienne Gouzien, Fréderique de Vignemont, Amélie Touillet, Noël Martinet, Jozina De Graaf, Nathanaël Jarrassé, Agnès Roby-Brami
Amputated patients are hardly satisfied with upper limb prostheses, and tend to favour the use of their contralateral arm to partially compensate their disability. This may seem surprising in light of recent evidences that external objects (rubber hand or tool) can easily be embodied, namely incorporated in the body representation. We investigated both implicit body representations (by evaluating the peripersonal space using a reachability judgement task) and the quality of bodily integration of the patient's prosthesis (assessed via questionnaires)...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693890/artemisinin-and-chinese-medicine-as-tu-science
#16
Jia-Chen Fu
The story of discovery of artemisinin highlights the diversity of scientific values across time and space. Resituating artemisinin research within a broader temporal framework allows us to understand how Chinese drugs like qinghao came to articulate a space for scientific experimentation and innovation through its embodiment of alternating clusters of meanings associated with tu and yang within scientific discourse. Tu science, which was associated with terms like native, Chinese, local, rustic, mass, and crude, articulated a radical vision of science in the service of socialist revolutionary ideals...
July 7, 2017: Endeavour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690673/professor-umberto-veronesi-a-physician-a-researcher-a-brilliant-man
#17
Ketti Mazzocco, Chiara Marzorati, Gabriella Pravettoni
Many of those who work in oncology or deal with cancer patients know of Prof. Umberto Veronesi and none of them could deny the importance of his battle against cancer. He devoted his life to improving cancer treatment and quality of life for patients. He was a physician, and a politician, but above all he was a researcher. He embodied the true spirit of research, i.e., to believe in something and investigate every aspect of it until all the questions about it have been satisfactorily answered. He never gave up when faced with challenges, and he never stopped being curious...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690554/white-lies-in-hand-are-other-oriented-lies-modified-by-hand-gestures-possibly-not
#18
Katarzyna Cantarero, Michal Parzuchowski, Karolina Dukala
Previous studies have shown that the hand-over-heart gesture is related to being more honest as opposed to using self-centered dishonesty. We assumed that the hand-over-heart gesture would also relate to other-oriented dishonesty, though the latter differs highly from self-centered lying. In Study 1 (N = 79), we showed that performing a hand-over-heart gesture diminished the tendency to use other-oriented white lies and that the fingers crossed behind one's back gesture was not related to higher dishonesty...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688317/smelling-therapeutic-landscapes-embodied-encounters-within-spaces-of-care-farming
#19
Richard Gorman
The conceptual framework of 'therapeutic landscapes' has been used as a means of considering the significance of specific environments, spaces, and places for aspects of health. Building on a growing attention to the sensory elements of spaces of health and wellbeing, this article mobilises empirical research on 'care farming' practices to discuss how smellscapes come to be crucial in fulfilling anticipations, imaginations, and expectations of a 'therapeutic space'. This article highlights how embodied relationships with specific scents can constitute a therapeutic encounter with place, actively influencing practices and engagement with(in) place, and the ways by which place can have a meaningful affect on health...
July 5, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667328/eeg-correlates-of-sensorimotor-processing-independent-components-involved-in-sensory-and-motor-processing
#20
Andrew Melnik, W David Hairston, Daniel P Ferris, Peter König
Sensorimotor processing is a critical function of the human brain with multiple cortical areas specialised for sensory recognition or motor execution. Although there has been considerable research into sensorimotor control in humans, the steps between sensory recognition and motor execution are not fully understood. To provide insight into brain areas responsible for sensorimotor computation, we used complex categorization-response tasks (variations of a Stroop task requiring recognition, decision-making, and motor responses) to test the hypothesis that some functional modules are participating in both sensory as well as motor processing...
June 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
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