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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651255/visual-cues-contribute-differentially-to-audiovisual-perception-of-consonants-and-vowels-in-improving-recognition-and-reducing-cognitive-demands-in-listeners-with-hearing-impairment-using-hearing-aids
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Shahram Moradi, Björn Lidestam, Henrik Danielsson, Elaine Hoi Ning Ng, Jerker Rönnberg
Purpose: We sought to examine the contribution of visual cues in audiovisual identification of consonants and vowels-in terms of isolation points (the shortest time required for correct identification of a speech stimulus), accuracy, and cognitive demands-in listeners with hearing impairment using hearing aids. Method: The study comprised 199 participants with hearing impairment (mean age = 61.1 years) with bilateral, symmetrical, mild-to-severe sensorineural hearing loss...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650982/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-of-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Meseret Abebe, Ibrahim Ali, Samuel Ayele, Johakim Overbo, Abraham Aseffa, Adane Mihret
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is highly endemic in several African countries with high mortality rate among pregnant women. The prevalence of antibodies to HEV in Ethiopian pregnant women is not known. The study was conducted to investigate the prevalence of anti-HEV IgG and anti-HEV IgM among pregnant women. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 386 serum samples were collected from pregnant women between April 2014 to January 2015 in Gandhi Memorial Hospital and four selected Health centers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650950/neurobiologic-correlates-of-attention-and-memory-deficits-following-critical-illness-in-early-life
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Raisa M Schiller, Hanneke IJsselstijn, Marlous J Madderom, André B Rietman, Marion Smits, Arno F J van Heijst, Dick Tibboel, Tonya White, Ryan L Muetzel
OBJECTIVES: Survivors of critical illness in early life are at risk of long-term-memory and attention impairments. However, their neurobiologic substrates remain largely unknown. DESIGN: A prospective follow-up study. SETTING: Erasmus MC-Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. PATIENTS: Thirty-eight school-age (8-12 yr) survivors of neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and/or congenital diaphragmatic hernia with an intelligence quotient greater than or equal to 80 and a below average score (z score ≤ -1...
June 23, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650916/morning-hypertension-is-more-common-in-elderly-hypertensive-patients-with-controlled-documented-office-blood-pressure-in-primary-care-clinics-the-minhang-study
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Yan Wang, Ling Chen, Yajuan Wang, Yuesheng Qain, Jin Zhang, Xiaofeng Tang, Yan Li, Dingliang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Increased morning blood pressure (BP) has been associated with fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events, especially in Asians. METHOD: To detect the control status of home BP, we performed a home BP monitoring study, including elderly patients with hypertension who had controlled documented office BP in Chinese primary care clinics. In 707 participants from Xinzhuang County Hospital in Shanghai, the home BP was measured by a memory-equipped device three times daily for seven consecutive days...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650274/intranasal-administration-of-whole-inactivated-influenza-virus-vaccine-as-a-promising-influenza-vaccine-candidate
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Akira Ainai, Tadaki Suzuki, Shin-Ichi Tamura, Hideki Hasegawa
The effect of the current influenza vaccine, an inactivated virus vaccine administered by subcutaneous/intramuscular injection, is limited to reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with seasonal influenza outbreaks. Intranasal vaccination, by contrast, mimics natural infection and induces not only systemic IgG antibodies but also local secretory IgA (S-IgA) antibodies found on the surface of the mucosal epithelium in the upper respiratory tract. S-IgA antibodies are highly effective at preventing virus infection...
June 26, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649200/cognitive-variability-during-middle-age-possible-association-with-neurodegeneration-and-cognitive-reserve
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Daniel Ferreira, Alejandra Machado, Yaiza Molina, Antonieta Nieto, Rut Correia, Eric Westman, José Barroso
Objective: Increased variability in cognition with age has been argued as an indication of pathological processes. Focusing on early detection of neurodegenerative disorders, we investigated variability in cognition in healthy middle-aged adults. In order to understand possible determinants of this variability, we also investigated associations with cognitive reserve, neuroimaging markers, subjective memory complaints, depressive symptomatology, and gender. Method: Thirty-one 50 ± 2 years old individuals were investigated as target group and deviation was studied in comparison to a reference younger group of 30 individuals 40 ± 2 years old...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648815/age-dependent-changes-in-autophosphorylation-of-alpha-calcium-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii-in-hippocampus-and-amygdala-after-contextual-fear-conditioning
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Ton Fang, Kamillia Kasbi, Stephanie Rothe, Wajeeha Aziz, K Peter Giese
The hippocampus and amygdala are essential brain regions responsible for contextual fear conditioning (CFC). The autophosphorylation of alpha calcium-calmodulin kinase II (αCaMKII) at threonine-286 (T286) is a critical step implicated in long-term potentiation (LTP), learning and memory. However, the changes in αCaMKII levels with aging and training in associated brain regions are not fully understood. Here, we studied how aging and training affect the levels of phosphorylated (T286) and proportion of phosphorylated:total αCaMKII in the hippocampus and amygdala...
June 22, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648301/associations-of-early-kidney-disease-with-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-cognitive-function-in-african-americans-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Barry I Freedman, Kaycee M Sink, Christina E Hugenschmidt, Timothy M Hughes, Jeff D Williamson, Christopher T Whitlow, Nicholette D Palmer, Michael E Miller, Laura C Lovato, Jianzhao Xu, S Carrie Smith, Lenore J Launer, Joshua I Barzilay, Robert M Cohen, Mark D Sullivan, R Nick Bryan, Benjamin C Wagner, Donald W Bowden, Joseph A Maldjian, Jasmin Divers
BACKGROUND: Relationships between early kidney disease, neurocognitive function, and brain anatomy are poorly defined in African Americans with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional associations were assessed between cerebral anatomy and cognitive performance with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and urine albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR) in African Americans with T2DM. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: African Americans with cognitive testing and cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the African American-Diabetes Heart Study Memory in Diabetes (AA-DHS MIND; n=512; 480 with MRI) and Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) MIND (n=484; 104 with MRI) studies...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648142/overcoming-intratumoural-heterogeneity-for-reproducible-molecular-risk-stratification-a-case-study-in-advanced-kidney-cancer
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Alexander L R Lubbock, Grant D Stewart, Fiach C O'Mahony, Alexander Laird, Peter Mullen, Marie O'Donnell, Thomas Powles, David J Harrison, Ian M Overton
BACKGROUND: Metastatic clear cell renal cell cancer (mccRCC) portends a poor prognosis and urgently requires better clinical tools for prognostication as well as for prediction of response to treatment. Considerable investment in molecular risk stratification has sought to overcome the performance ceiling encountered by methods restricted to traditional clinical parameters. However, replication of results has proven challenging, and intratumoural heterogeneity (ITH) may confound attempts at tissue-based stratification...
June 26, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647643/cognitive-functioning-among-dutch-older-adults-do-neighborhood-socioeconomic-status-and-urbanity-matter
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Jonathan Wörn, Lea Ellwardt, Marja Aartsen, Martijn Huisman
Positive associations of neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics and older adults' cognitive functioning have been demonstrated in previous studies, but overall results have been mixed and evidence from European countries and particularly the Netherlands is scarce. We investigated the effects of socioeconomic status (SES) and urbanity of neighborhoods on four domains of cognitive functioning in a sample of 985 Dutch older adults aged 65-88 years from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Besides cross-sectional level differences in general cognitive functioning, processing speed, problem solving and memory, we examined cognitive decline over a period of six years...
June 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646712/prediction-of-vocational-participation-and-global-role-functioning-in-help-seeking-young-adults-from-neurocognitive-demographic-and-clinical-variables
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Alice J Cairns, David J Kavanagh, Frances Dark, Steven M McPhail
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate neurocognitive, demographic and clinical correlates of vocational participation among a sample of young help-seeking adults. METHODS: Young people (18-25 years) accessing an early intervention youth health service participated. The Global Functioning: Role scale and level of vocational participation, participant characteristics (age, gender, socioeconomic background and family history of serious mental illness), distress, psychotic-like experiences, substance use, and mental health diagnoses were recorded...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646578/the-impact-of-a-novel-transendometrial-approach-for-caesarean-myomectomy-on-obstetric-outcomes-of-subsequent-pregnancy-a-longitudinal-panel-study
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S Y Huang, S W Shaw, S Y Su, W F Li, H H Peng, P J Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the obstetric and surgical outcomes of a novel transendometrial approach for myomectomy during caesarean section in subsequent pregnancies. DESIGN: Longitudinal panel study. SETTING: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, with approximately 5000 births per annum. POPULATION: Pregnant women complicated with uterine myoma. METHOD: Sixty-three pregnant women who received transendometrial myomectomy during the first caesarean delivery reported a subsequent live pregnancy and planned an elective repeat caesarean delivery...
June 24, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646561/pathways-to-arithmetic-fact-retrieval-and-percentage-calculation-in-adolescents
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Ulf Träff, Kenny Skagerlund, Linda Olsson, Rickard Östergren
BACKGROUND: Developing sufficient mathematical skills is a prerequisite to function adequately in society today. Given this, an important task is to increase our understanding regarding the cognitive mechanisms underlying young people's acquisition of early number skills and formal mathematical knowledge. AIMS: The purpose was to examine whether the pathways to mathematics model provides a valid account of the cognitive mechanisms underlying symbolic-number processing and mathematics in adolescents...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Educational Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645775/altered-populations-of-natural-killer-cells-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-and-regulatory-t-cells-in-major-depressive-disorder-association-with-sleep-disturbance
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Hideo Suzuki, Jonathan Savitz, T Kent Teague, Siva K Gandhapudi, Chibing Tan, Masaya Misaki, Brett A McKinney, Michael R Irwin, Wayne C Drevets, Jerzy Bodurka
A subset of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have impaired adaptive immunity characterized by a greater vulnerability to viral infection and a deficient response to vaccination along with a decrease in the number and/or activity of T cells and natural killer cells (NKC). Nevertheless, it remains unclear which specific subsets of lymphocytes are altered in MDD, a shortcoming we address here by utilizing an advanced fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) method that allows for the differentiation of important functionally-distinct lymphocyte sub-populations...
June 20, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645234/the-long-arm-of-childhood-in-china-early-life-conditions-and-cognitive-function-among-middle-aged-and-older-adults
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Zhenmei Zhang, Jinyu Liu, Lydia Li, Hongwei Xu
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the association between childhood conditions and cognitive function among middle-aged and older adults in China. METHOD: We analyzed data from the 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study ( N = 11,868). Cognitive function was measured by word recall, a test of episodic memory. We examined the association between childhood conditions and cognitive function among the middle-aged (45-59 years) and the older (60 years and older) adults separately, using multilevel linear regressions...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645192/frequent-sexual-activity-predicts-specific-cognitive-abilities-in-older-adults
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Hayley Wright, Rebecca A Jenks, Nele Demeyere
Objectives: This study replicates and extends the findings of previous research (Wright, H., & Jenks, R. A. (2016). Sex on the brain! Associations between sexual activity and cognitive function in older age. Age and Ageing, 45, 313-317. doi:10.1093/ageing/afv197) which found a significant association between sexual activity (SA) and cognitive function in older adults. Specifically, this study aimed to generalize these findings to a range of cognitive domains, and to assess whether increasing SA frequency is associated with increasing scores on a variety of cognitive tasks...
June 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645186/igf-i-gene-therapy-in-aging-rats-modulates-hippocampal-genes-relevant-to-memory-function
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Joaquín Pardo, Martin C Abba, Ezequiel Lacunza, Olalekan M Ogundele, Isabel Paiva, Gustavo R Morel, Tiago F Outeiro, Rodolfo G Goya
In rats, learning and memory performance decline during normal aging, which makes this rodent species a suitable model to evaluate therapeutic strategies. In aging rats, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), is known to significantly improve spatial memory accuracy as compared to control counterparts. A constellation of gene expression changes underlie the hippocampal phenotype of aging but no studies on the effects of IGF-I on the hippocampal transcriptome of old rodents have been documented. Here, we assessed the effects of IGF-I gene therapy on spatial memory performance in old female rats and compared them with changes in the hippocampal transcriptome...
June 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643948/investigating-the-separate-and-interactive-associations-of-trauma-and-depression-on-brain-structure-implications-for-cognition-and-aging
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Aimee J Karstens, Olusola Ajilore, Leah H Rubin, Shaolin Yang, Aifeng Zhang, Alex Leow, Anand Kumar, Melissa Lamar
OBJECTIVE: Trauma and depression are associated with brain structural alterations; their combined effects on these outcomes are unclear. We previously reported a negative effect of trauma, independent of depression, on verbal learning and memory; less is known about underlying structural associates. We investigated separate and interactive associations of trauma and depression on brain structure. METHODS: Adults aged 30-89 (N = 203) evaluated for depression (D+) and trauma history (T+) using structured clinical interviews were divided into 53 D+T+, 42 D+T-, 50 D-T+, and 58 D-T-...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643457/eradication-of-hepatitis-c-virus-profoundly-prolongs-survival-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-receiving-transarterial-chemoembolization
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Wei Teng, Yi-Chung Hsieh, Kar-Wai Lui, Wei-Ting Chen, Chien-Fu Hung, Chien-Hao Huang, Yi-Cheng Chen, Wen-Juei Jeng, Chen-Chun Lin, Chun-Yen Lin, Shi-Ming Lin, I-Shyan Sheen
Adjuvant pegylated interferon plus ribavirin treatment (PegIFN/RBV) reduces recurrence and prolongs survival in early stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection receiving resection or ablation. However, the impact of antiviral therapy in intermediate and advanced stage of CHC-HCC patients is uncertain. This study aimed to investigate the impact PegIFN/RBV treatment on recurrence free interval and survival in HCC patients receiving transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) METHODS: From 2010 to 2013, 274 CHC patients from a 1073-patients based cohort composed of freshly diagnosed HCC and receiving TACE treatment the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou Medical Center were recruited...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643158/measuring-working-memory-capacity-in-children-using-adaptive-tasks-example-validation-of-an-adaptive-complex-span
#20
Corentin Gonthier, Alexandre Aubry, Béatrice Bourdin
Working memory tasks designed for children usually present trials in order of ascending difficulty, with testing discontinued when the child fails a particular level. Unfortunately, this procedure comes with a number of issues, such as decreased engagement from high-ability children, vulnerability of the scores to temporary mind-wandering, and large between-subjects variations in number of trials, testing time, and proactive interference. To circumvent these problems, the goal of the present study was to demonstrate the feasibility of assessing working memory using an adaptive testing procedure...
June 22, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
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