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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914366/rapid-and-low-cost-biosensor-for-the-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Ghadeer A R Y Suaifan, Sahar Alhogail, Mohammed Zourob
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common etiological agents in hospital-acquired infections and food-borne illness. S. aureus toxins and virulence proteases often circulate in host blood vessels leading to life-threatening diseases. Standard identification approaches include bacterial culturing method, which takes several days. Other nucleic acid-based methods were expensive and required trained personnel. To surmount these limitations, a paper-based biosensor was developed. The sensing mechanism was based on the proteolytic activity of S...
November 21, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909466/illusory-temporal-binding-in-meditators
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Peter Lush, Jim Parkinson, Zoltan Dienes
We investigate conditions in which more accurate metacognition may lead to greater susceptibility to illusion and thus conditions under which mindfulness meditation may lead to less accurate perceptions. Specifically, greater awareness of intentions may lead to an illusory compression of time between a voluntary action and its outcome ("intentional binding"). Here, we report that experienced Buddhist mindfulness meditators rather than non-meditators display a greater illusory shift of the timing of an outcome toward an intentional action...
2016: Mindfulness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900934/gender-relations-and-women-s-reproductive-health-in-south-sudan
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Sumit Kane, Matilda Rial, Anthony Matere, Marjolein Dieleman, Jacqueline E W Broerse, Maryse Kok
BACKGROUND: In South Sudan, women disproportionately bear the burden of morbidity and mortality related to sexual and reproductive health, with a maternal mortality ratio of 789 deaths per 100,000 live births. DESIGN: A qualitative study was conducted to analyze how gendered social relations among the Fertit people affect women's ability to exercise control over their reproductive lives and thereby their sexual and reproductive health. Transcripts of 5 focus group discussions and 44 semi-structured interviews conducted with purposefully selected community members and health personnel were analyzed using Connell's relational theory of gender...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896036/detecting-sedimentation-impacts-to-coral-reefs-resulting-from-dredging-the-port-of-miami-florida-usa
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Margaret W Miller, Jocelyn Karazsia, Carolyn E Groves, Sean Griffin, Tom Moore, Pace Wilber, Kurtis Gregg
The federal channel at Port of Miami, Florida, USA, was dredged between late 2013 and early 2015 to widen and deepen the channel. Due to the limited spatial extent of impact-assessment monitoring associated with the project, the extent of the dredging impacts on surrounding coral reefs has not been well quantified. Previously published remote sensing analyses, as well as agency and anecdotal reports suggest the most severe and largest area of sedimentation occurred on a coral reef feature referred to as the Inner Reef, particularly in the sector north of the channel...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895488/advances-in-the-management-of-heart-failure-the-role-of-ivabradine
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REVIEW
Ursula Müller-Werdan, Georg Stöckl, Karl Werdan
A high resting heart rate (≥70-75 b.p.m.) is a risk factor for patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF), probably in the sense of accelerated atherosclerosis, with an increased morbidity and mortality. Beta-blockers not only reduce heart rate but also have negative inotropic and blood pressure-lowering effects, and therefore, in many patients, they cannot be given in the recommended dose. Ivabradine specifically inhibits the pacemaker current (funny current, If) of the sinoatrial node cells, resulting in therapeutic heart rate lowering without any negative inotropic and blood pressure-lowering effect...
2016: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894379/pr%C3%A3-cis-of-talking-to-our-selves-reflection-ignorance-and-agency
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John M Doris
Does it make sense for people to hold one another responsible for what they do, as happens in countless social interactions every day? One of the most unsettling lessons from recent psychological research is that people are routinely mistaken about the origins of their behavior. Yet philosophical orthodoxy holds that the exercise of morally responsible agency typically requires accurate self-awareness. If the orthodoxy is right, and the psychology is to be believed, people characteristically fail to meet the standards of morally responsible agency, and we are faced with the possibility of skepticism about agency...
November 29, 2016: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893012/surgeons-and-trauma-care-physicians-perception-of-the-impact-of-the-globalization-of-medical-education-on-quality-of-care-in-lima-peru
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Lacey N LaGrone, Leah N Isquith-Dicker, Eduardo Huaman Egoavil, Manuel J A Rodriguez Castro, Alfredo Allagual, Fernando Revoredo, Charles N Mock
Importance: The globalization of medical education-the process by which trainees in any region gain access to international training (electronic or in-person)-is a growing trend. More data are needed to inform next steps in the responsible stewardship of this process, from the perspective of trainees and institutions at all income levels, and for use by national and international policymakers. Objective: To describe the impact of the globalization of medical education on surgical care in Peru from the perspective of Peruvian surgeons who received international training...
November 23, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882795/mental-health-and-wellbeing-focus-on-men-s-health
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Sarah Patrick, Steve Robertson
All nurses have a responsibility to ensure that they actively promote both mental and physical health and wellbeing. This article aims to bring together current thinking and evidence about nursing and men's mental health promotion. Key areas of concern outlined are the high rate of suicide in men, the expression of depression in men and the problems of masculinity when related to seeking help for mental health. The article highlights the importance of language and the normalising of distressing feelings when working with men and suggests that nurses need to recognise how men can experience depression differently, actively identify and address suicidal thinking, and provide gender-sensitive interventions...
November 24, 2016: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869723/quencher-free-fluorescence-method-for-the-detection-of-mercury-ii-based-on-polymerase-aided-photoinduced-electron-transfer-strategy
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Haisheng Liu, Linbin Ma, Changbei Ma, Junyan Du, Meilan Wang, Kemin Wang
A new quencher-free Hg(2+) ion assay method was developed based on polymerase-assisted photoinduced electron transfer (PIET). In this approach, a probe is designed with a mercury ion recognition sequence (MRS) that is composed of two T-rich functional areas separated by a spacer of random bases at the 3'-end, and a sequence of stacked cytosines at the 5'-end, to which a fluorescein (FAM) is attached. Upon addition of Hg(2+) ions into this sensing system, the MRS folds into a hairpin structure at the 3'-end with Hg(2+)-mediated base pairs...
November 18, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836598/catalysis-reduction-strategy-for-sensing-inorganic-and-organic-mercury-based-on-gold-nanoparticles
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Xiaokun Li, Youlin Zhang, Yulei Chang, Bin Xue, Xianggui Kong, Wei Chen
In view of the high biotoxicity and trace concentration of mercury (Hg) in environmental water, developing simple, ultra-sensitive and highly selective method capable of simultaneous determination of various Hg species has attracted wide attention. Here, we present a novel catalysis-reduction strategy for sensing inorganic and organic mercury in aqueous solution through the cooperative effect of AuNP-catalyzed properties and the formation of gold amalgam. For the first time, a new AuNP-catalyzed-organic reaction has been discovered and directly used for sensing Hg(2+), Hg2(2+) and CH3Hg(+) according to the change of the amount of the catalytic product induced by the deposition of Hg atoms on the surface of AuNPs...
November 5, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826275/non-hierarchical-influence-of-visual-form-touch-and-position-cues-on-embodiment-agency-and-presence-in-virtual-reality
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Stephen C Pritchard, Regine Zopf, Vince Polito, David M Kaplan, Mark A Williams
The concept of self-representation is commonly decomposed into three component constructs (sense of embodiment, sense of agency, and sense of presence), and each is typically investigated separately across different experimental contexts. For example, embodiment has been explored in bodily illusions; agency has been investigated in hypnosis research; and presence has been primarily studied in the context of Virtual Reality (VR) technology. Given that each component involves the integration of multiple cues within and across sensory modalities, they may rely on similar underlying mechanisms...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814778/the-lived-experience-of-well-being-in-retirement-a-phenomenological-study
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Lars Bauger, Rob Bongaardt
This phenomenological study aimed to identify and describe the general meaning structure of the experience of well-being after retirement. We interviewed nine retirees about their lived experiences with well-being and analysed the data with Giorgi's descriptive phenomenological method. The general meaning structure described well-being in retirement as a phenomenon that interweaves four constituents: (1) an awareness of and gratitude for a healthy and functioning body, (2) a new experience of time presenting possibilities for action, (3) a heightened sense of agency, and (4) being-in-place in relationships...
2016: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805749/they-know-its-safe-they-know-what-to-expect-from-that-face-perceptions-toward-a-cognitive-behavioral-counseling-program-among-caregivers-of-children-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Fiona J Moola, Lauren A V Henry, Elizabeth Huynh, Jenna A Stacey, Guy E J Faulkner
BACKGROUND: Youth with cystic fibrosis (CF) experience significant behavioral and psychosocial challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and poor treatment adherence. Caregivers are critical to the provision of care and treatment to young people living with cystic fibrosis. Caregivers of youth with CF experience psychosocial morbidity. Thus, the development of counseling interventions are required to enhance psychosocial wellbeing among the caregivers of youth with cystic fibrosis. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: In this qualitative study, we explored the experiences of eight caregivers who provide care to children with cystic fibrosis in an eight-week cognitive behavioral counseling program at a children's hospital in Winnipeg, Canada...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803840/experiences-and-psychosocial-impact-of-west-africa-ebola-deployment-on-us-health-care-volunteers
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Robyn Gershon, Liza A Dernehl, Ezinne Nwankwo, Qi Zhi, Kristine Qureshi
BACKGROUND:  This qualitative study was designed to assess health care volunteers' experiences and psychosocial impacts associated with deployment to the West Africa Ebola epidemic. METHODS: In 2015, using snowball sampling, 16 US health care volunteers who had recently returned from West Africa were recruited for this study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to collect information associated with each phase of deployment (pre, peri, and post). RESULTS: Participants reported that they were motivated to volunteer because of a sense of responsibility and feelings of empathy and altruism...
September 21, 2016: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803288/beyond-self-serving-bias-diffusion-of-responsibility-reduces-sense-of-agency-and-outcome-monitoring
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Frederike Beyer, Nura Sidarus, Sofia Bonicalzi, Patrick Haggard
Diffusion of responsibility across agents has been proposed to underlie decreased helping and increased aggression in group behaviour. However, few studies have directly investigated effects of the presence of other people on how we experience the consequences of our actions. This EEG study investigated whether diffusion of responsibility simply reflects a post-hoc self-serving bias, or rather has direct effects on how we process the outcomes of our actions, and our experience of agency over them. Participants made voluntary actions whose outcomes were more or less negative...
November 1, 2016: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786366/building-capacity-in-reflective-practice-a-tiered-model-of-statewide-supports-for-local-home-visiting-programs
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Christopher L Watson, Ann E Bailey, Karen J Storm
This preliminary study examines an initiative to further develop capacity in reflective practice among public health home visitors and their supervisors. A Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Expansion Grant to the Minnesota Department of Health funded the development of a tiered structure to support reflective practice within county public health agencies throughout the state. Study data revealed a general consensus among individuals at all levels of the county programs that state supports were adequate to implement reflective practice...
November 2016: Infant Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764684/mutual-coordination-strengthens-the-sense-of-joint-agency-in-cooperative-joint-action
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Nicole K Bolt, Evan M Poncelet, Benjamin G Schultz, Janeen D Loehr
Philosophers have proposed that when people coordinate their actions with others they may experience a sense of joint agency, or shared control over actions and their effects. However, little empirical work has investigated the sense of joint agency. In the current study, pairs coordinated their actions to produce tone sequences and then rated their sense of joint agency on a scale ranging from shared to independent control. People felt more shared than independent control overall, confirming that people experience joint agency during joint action...
October 17, 2016: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762265/peak-ring-structure-and-kinematics-from-a-multi-disciplinary-study-of-the-schr%C3%A3-dinger-impact-basin
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David A Kring, Georgiana Y Kramer, Gareth S Collins, Ross W K Potter, Mitali Chandnani
The Schrödinger basin on the lunar farside is ∼320 km in diameter and the best-preserved peak-ring basin of its size in the Earth-Moon system. Here we present spectral and photogeologic analyses of data from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument on the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) on the LRO spacecraft, which indicates the peak ring is composed of anorthositic, noritic and troctolitic lithologies that were juxtaposed by several cross-cutting faults during peak-ring formation...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760689/prep-controversy-agency-and-ownership
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Gus P Cairns, Kane Race, Pedro Goicochea
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been and continues to be an intervention that causes controversy and debate between stakeholders involved in providing or advocating for it, and within communities in need of it. These controversies extend beyond the intrinsically complex issues of making it available. In this commentary, some of the possible roots of the air of dissent and drama that accompanies PrEP are explored. The similarities between the controversies that dogged the earliest human trials of PrEP and the ones we see today in the era of licensing and implementation are explored...
2016: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757257/perceptions-on-the-risk-communication-strategy-during-the-2013-avian-influenza-a-h7n9-outbreak-in-humans-in-china-a-focus-group-study
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Richun Li, Ruiqian Xie, Chong Yang, Melinda Frost
OBJECTIVE: To identify the general public's perceptions of the overall risk communication strategy carried out by Chinese public health agencies during the first wave of avian influenza A(H7N9) outbreak in humans in 2013. METHODS: Participants were recruited from communities in Beijing, Lanzhou and Hangzhou, China in May and June 2013 by convenience sampling. Demographics and other relevant information were collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Focus group interviews were conducted using a set of nine pre-developed questions and a tested moderator guide...
July 2016: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
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