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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192674/designing-visual-aids-that-promote-risk-literacy
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Rocio Garcia-Retamero, Edward T Cokely
Background Effective risk communication is essential for informed decision making. Unfortunately, many people struggle to understand typical risk communications because they lack essential decision-making skills. Objective The aim of this study was to review the literature on the effect of numeracy on risk literacy, decision making, and health outcomes, and to evaluate the benefits of visual aids in risk communication. Method We present a conceptual framework describing the influence of numeracy on risk literacy, decision making, and health outcomes, followed by a systematic review of the benefits of visual aids in risk communication for people with different levels of numeracy and graph literacy...
February 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185881/the-association-between-endogenous-testosterone-level-and-behavioral-flexibility-in-young-men-evidence-from-stimulus-outcome-reversal-learning
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Esther K Diekhof, Susanne Kraft
The capacity to flexibly adapt responding to unexpected changes in the environment is crucial for survival. Several neurotransmitters have been implicated in stimulus-outcome reversal learning. Yet, it remains an open question whether inter-individual differences in the neuroactive hormone testosterone may also be related to this type of behavioral flexibility. In this study we assessed the association between endogenous testosterone level and reversal learning in young healthy men. We used an observer reversal learning task, in which subjects viewed computer-based decisions between two stimuli, of which one was currently rewarded while the other one was punished...
February 6, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177183/learning-by-experience-visceral-pain-related-neural-and-behavioral-responses-in-a-classical-conditioning-paradigm
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A Icenhour, F Labrenz, C Ritter, N Theysohn, M Forsting, U Bingel, S Elsenbruch
BACKGROUND: Studies investigating mechanisms underlying nocebo responses in pain have mainly focused on negative expectations induced by verbal suggestions. Herein, we addressed neural and behavioral correlates of nocebo responses induced by classical conditioning in a visceral pain model. METHODS: In two independent studies, a total of 40 healthy volunteers underwent classical conditioning, consisting of repeated pairings of one visual cue (CS(High) ) with rectal distensions of high intensity, while a second cue (CS(Low) ) was always followed by low-intensity distensions...
February 8, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169986/erythrocytes-retain-hypoxic-adenosine-response-for-faster-acclimatization-upon-re-ascent
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Anren Song, Yujin Zhang, Leng Han, Gennady G Yegutkin, Hong Liu, Kaiqi Sun, Angelo D'Alessandro, Jessica Li, Harry Karmouty-Quintana, Takayuki Iriyama, Tingting Weng, Shushan Zhao, Wei Wang, Hongyu Wu, Travis Nemkov, Andrew W Subudhi, Sonja Jameson-Van Houten, Colleen G Julian, Andrew T Lovering, Kirk C Hansen, Hong Zhang, Mikhail Bogdanov, William Dowhan, Jianping Jin, Rodney E Kellems, Holger K Eltzschig, Michael Blackburn, Robert C Roach, Yang Xia
Faster acclimatization to high altitude upon re-ascent is seen in humans; however, the molecular basis for this enhanced adaptive response is unknown. We report that in healthy lowlanders, plasma adenosine levels are rapidly induced by initial ascent to high altitude and achieved even higher levels upon re-ascent, a feature that is positively associated with quicker acclimatization. Erythrocyte equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (eENT1) levels are reduced in humans at high altitude and in mice under hypoxia...
February 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168925/effects-of-the-red-bull-energy-drink-on-cognitive-function-and-mood-in-healthy-young-volunteers
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Keith A Wesnes, Helen Brooker, Anthony W Watson, Wendy Bal, Edward Okello
The present study compared the cognitive and mood effects of two commercially available products, Red Bull energy drink 250 mL and Red Bull Sugarfree energy drink 250 mL, together with a matching placebo 250 mL. Twenty-four healthy young volunteers took part in a randomised, placebo controlled, double-blind, three-way cross-over study. Cognitive function was assessed using an integrated set of nine computerised tests of attention, working and episodic memory. On each study day the volunteers received a standardised breakfast prior to completing a baseline performance on cognitive tests and mood scales, followed by the consumption of the study drink...
February 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167237/does-high-dose-vitamin-d-supplementation-enhance-cognition-a-randomized-trial-in-healthy-adults
#6
Jacqueline A Pettersen
BACKGROUND: Insufficiency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] has been associated with dementia and cognitive decline. However, the effects of vitamin D supplementation on cognition are unclear. It was hypothesized that high dose vitamin D3 supplementation would result in enhanced cognitive functioning, particularly among adults whose 25(OH)D levels were insufficient (<75nmol/L) at baseline. METHODS: Healthy adults (n=82) from northern British Columbia, Canada (54° north latitude) with baseline 25(OH)D levels ≤100nmol/L were randomized and blinded to High Dose (4000IU/d) versus Low Dose (400IU/d) vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) for 18weeks...
February 3, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164171/diminished-cd103-%C3%AE-e%C3%AE-7-expression-on-resident-t-cells-from-the-female-genital-tract-of-hiv-positive-women
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David C Moylan, Paul A Goepfert, Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Michael S Saag, Holly E Richter, Jiri Mestecky, Steffanie Sabbaj
BACKGROUND: Tissue resident memory T cells (TrM) provide an enhanced response against infection at mucosal surfaces, yet their function has not been extensively studied in humans, including the female genital tract (FGT). METHODS: Using polychromatic flow cytometry, we studied TrM cells, defined as CD62L-CCR7-CD103(+)CD69(+) CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in mucosa-derived T cells from healthy and HIV-positive women. RESULTS: We demonstrate that TrM are present in the FGT of healthy and HIV-positive women...
October 2016: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145657/comparison-of-qeeg-findings-between-adolescents-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-without-comorbidity-and-adhd-comorbid-with-internet-gaming-disorder
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Jeong Ha Park, Ji Sun Hong, Doug Hyun Han, Kyoung Joon Min, Young Sik Lee, Baik Seok Kee, Sun Mi Kim
Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is often comorbid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In this study, we compared the neurobiological differences between ADHD comorbid with IGD (ADHD+IGD group) and ADHD without comorbidity (ADHD-only group) by analyzing quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) findings. We recruited 16 male ADHD+IGD, 15 male ADHD-only adolescent patients, and 15 male healthy controls (HC group). Participants were assessed using Young's Internet Addiction Scale and ADHD Rating Scale...
March 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141917/enhanced-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-activity-in-peripheral-blood-b-lymphocytes-of-autoimmune-disease-patients
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Odilia B J Corneth, Gwenny M P Verstappen, Sandra M J Paulissen, Marjolein J W de Bruijn, Jasper Rip, Melanie Lukkes, Jan Piet van Hamburg, Erik Lubberts, Hendrika Bootsma, Frans G M Kroese, And Rudi W Hendriks
OBJECTIVE: Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) transmits crucial survival signals from the B cell receptor (BCR) in B cells. Pharmacological BTK inhibition effectively diminishes disease symptoms in mouse models of autoimmunity and, conversely, transgenic BTK overexpression induces systemic autoimmunity in mice. We investigated BTK expression and activity in human B cells in the context of autoimmune disease. METHODS: Using intracellular flow cytometry, we quantified BTK expression and phosphorylation in peripheral blood B cell subsets in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA; n=30) and primary Sjogren's Syndrome (pSS; n=26) and matched healthy controls...
January 31, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141781/low-dose-hydrocortisone-has-acute-enhancing-effects-on-verbal-learning-in-hiv-infected-men
#10
Leah H Rubin, K Luan Phan, Sheila M Keating, Kathleen M Weber, Pauline M Maki
OBJECTIVE: Glucocorticoids are released in response to stress and alter cognition and brain function through both rapid, nongenomic and slow, genomic mechanisms. Administration of glucocorticoids in the form of hydrocortisone enhances aspects of learning and memory in individuals with PTSD, but impairs these abilities in healthy individuals. We examine the time-dependent effects of glucocorticoids on cognition in HIV-infected men. METHODS: In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study, we examined the time-dependent effects of a single low dose of hydrocortisone (10mg; LDH) on cognition in 45 HIV-infected men...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129494/neuropsychological-test-performance-to-enhance-identification-of-subjects-at-clinical-high-risk-for-psychosis-and-to-be-most-promising-for-predictive-algorithms-for-conversion-to-psychosis-a-meta-analysis
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Marta Hauser, Jian-Ping Zhang, Eva M Sheridan, Katherine E Burdick, Rachel Mogil, John M Kane, Andrea Auther, Ricardo E Carrión, Barbara A Cornblatt, Christoph U Correll
OBJECTIVE: To compare neuropsychological performance in people at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR), healthy controls (HCs), or subjects with first-episode psychosis (FEP). DATA SOURCES: Systematic PubMed/MEDLINE search through January 2014, without language restrictions, using search terms prodrome OR clinical high-risk OR ultra-high risk AND cognition OR individual test names. STUDY SELECTION: Studies reporting neuropsychological data in CHR versus a HC or FEP groups or comparing CHR subjects who converted to psychosis (CHR-P) with CHR subjects who did not convert to psychosis (CHR-NP)...
2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115477/a-deletion-variant-of-the-%C3%AE-2b-adrenoceptor-modulates-the-stress-induced-shift-from-cognitive-to-habit-memory
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Lisa Wirz, Jan Wacker, Andrea Felten, Martin Reuter, Lars Schwabe
: Stress induces a shift from hippocampus-based 'cognitive' towards dorsal striatum-based 'habitual' learning and memory. This shift is thought to have important implications for stress-related psychopathologies, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, there is large individual variability in the stress-induced bias towards habit memory and the factors underlying this variability are completely unknown. Here we hypothesized that a functional deletion variant of the gene encoding the α2b-adrenoceptor (ADRA2B), which has been linked to emotional memory processes and increased PTSD risk, modulates the stress-induced shift from cognitive towards habit memory...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112466/tinnitus-distress-is-linked-to-enhanced-resting-state-functional-connectivity-from-the-limbic-system-to-the-auditory-cortex
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Yu-Chen Chen, Wenqing Xia, Huiyou Chen, Yuan Feng, Jin-Jing Xu, Jian-Ping Gu, Richard Salvi, Xindao Yin
The phantom sound of tinnitus is believed to be triggered by aberrant neural activity in the central auditory pathway, but since this debilitating condition is often associated with emotional distress and anxiety, these comorbidities likely arise from maladaptive functional connections to limbic structures such as the amygdala and hippocampus. To test this hypothesis, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to identify aberrant effective connectivity of the amygdala and hippocampus in tinnitus patients and to determine the relationship with tinnitus characteristics...
January 23, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103236/impact-of-cd4-t-cell-responses-on-clinical-outcome-following-oral-administration-of-wild-type-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-in-humans
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Monica A McArthur, Wilbur H Chen, Laurence Magder, Myron M Levine, Marcelo B Sztein
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a non-invasive enteric pathogen of considerable public health importance, being one of the most common attributable causes of diarrheal illness in infants and young children in developing countries and the most common cause of traveler's diarrhea. To enhance study-to-study consistency of our experimental challenge model of ETEC in volunteers, and to allow concomitant multi-site trials to evaluate anti-ETEC immunoprophylactic products, hundreds of vials, each containing a standardized inoculum of virulent wild-type (wt) ETEC strain H10407 (serotype O78:H11 expressing colonization factor antigen I and heat-labile and heat-stable enterotoxins), were prepared under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and frozen...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100219/increased-amygdala-reactivity-following-early-life-stress-a-potential-resilience-enhancer-role
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Tetsuya Yamamoto, Shigeru Toki, Greg J Siegle, Masahiro Takamura, Yoshiyuki Takaishi, Shinpei Yoshimura, Go Okada, Tomoya Matsumoto, Takashi Nakao, Hiroyuki Muranaka, Yumiko Kaseda, Tsuneji Murakami, Yasumasa Okamoto, Shigeto Yamawaki
BACKGROUND: Amygdala hyper-reactivity is sometimes assumed to be a vulnerability factor that predates depression; however, in healthy people, who experience early life stress but do not become depressed, it may represent a resilience mechanism. We aimed to test these hypothesis examining whether increased amygdala activity in association with a history of early life stress (ELS) was negatively or positively associated with depressive symptoms and impact of negative life event stress in never-depressed adults...
January 18, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091572/a-computational-psychiatry-approach-identifies-how-alpha-2a-noradrenergic-agonist-guanfacine-affects-feature-based-reinforcement-learning-in-the-macaque
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S A Hassani, M Oemisch, M Balcarras, S Westendorff, S Ardid, M A van der Meer, P Tiesinga, T Womelsdorf
Noradrenaline is believed to support cognitive flexibility through the alpha 2A noradrenergic receptor (a2A-NAR) acting in prefrontal cortex. Enhanced flexibility has been inferred from improved working memory with the a2A-NA agonist Guanfacine. But it has been unclear whether Guanfacine improves specific attention and learning mechanisms beyond working memory, and whether the drug effects can be formalized computationally to allow single subject predictions. We tested and confirmed these suggestions in a case study with a healthy nonhuman primate performing a feature-based reversal learning task evaluating performance using Bayesian and Reinforcement learning models...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087694/iso-%C3%AE-acids-bitter-components-of-beer-prevent-inflammation-and-cognitive-decline-induced-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
Yasuhisa Ano, Atsushi Dhata, Yoshimasa Taniguchi, Ayaka Hoshi, Kazuyuki Uchida, Akihiko Takashima, Hiroyuki Nakayama
Alongside the rapid growth in aging populations worldwide, prevention and therapy for age-related memory decline and dementia are in great demand to maintain a long healthy life. Here we found that iso-α-acids, hop-derived bitter compounds in beer, enhance microglial phagocytosis and suppress inflammation via activation of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR-γ). In normal mice, oral administration of iso-α-acids led to a significant increase both in CD11b and CD206 double-positive anti-inflammatory type microglia (P<0...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087671/induction-and-differentiation-of-il-10-producing-regulatory-b-cells-from-healthy-blood-donors-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#18
Zsuzsanna Bankó, Judit Pozsgay, Dániel Szili, Mária Tóth, Tamás Gáti, György Nagy, Bernadette Rojkovich, Gabriella Sármay
The most important feature of B cells is the production of Abs upon activation; additionally, B cells produce pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in response to certain stimuli. IL-10-producing B cells represent a major subset of regulatory B cells (Bregs) that suppress autoimmune and inflammatory responses. B cells play a crucial role in the development and maintenance of the chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, controversial data are available on IL-10- producing Bregs in RA...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077711/phase-amplitude-coupling-and-long-range-phase-synchronization-reveal-frontotemporal-interactions-during-visual-working-memory
#19
Jonathan Daume, Thomas Gruber, Andreas K Engel, Uwe Friese
: It has been suggested that cross-frequency phase-amplitude coupling (PAC), particularly in temporal brain structures, serves as a neural mechanism for coordinated working memory storage. In this magnetoencephalography study, we show that during visual working memory maintenance, temporal cortex regions, which exhibit enhanced PAC, interact with prefrontal cortex via enhanced low-frequency phase synchronization. Healthy human participants were engaged in a visual delayed match-to-sample task with pictures of natural objects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076903/slamf7-engagement-restores-defective-effector-cd8-t-cells-activity-in-response-to-foreign-antigens-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#20
Denis Comte, Maria P Karampetsou, Nobuya Yoshida, Katalin Kis-Toth, Vasileios C Kyttaris, George C Tsokos
OBJECTIVE: Effector CD8+ T cell function is impaired in SLE and associated with compromised ability to fight infections. SLAMF7 engagement has been shown to enhance NK cell degranulation. Thus, we characterized the expression and function of SLAMF7 on CD8+ T cells subsets isolated from peripheral blood of SLE patients and healthy subjects. METHODS: CD8+ T cell subset distribution, SLAMF7 expression and cytolytic enzyme expression (perforin, GzmA, GzmB) were monitored on cells isolated from SLE patients and healthy controls by flow cytometry...
January 11, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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