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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650726/maternal-health-related-behaviours-during-pregnancy-a-critical-public-health-issue
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Aleksandra Górniaczyk, Barbara Czech-Szczapa, Maciej Sobkowski, Karolina Chmaj-Wierzchowska
AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate the health-related behaviours of pregnant women. Maternal health-related habits, use of psychoactive medicines, diet, prevention of neural tube defects, oral cavity hygiene, chronic diseases and physical activity were analysed in a group of pregnant women attending antenatal classes. METHODS: Hundred pregnant women recruited from various antenatal classes in Poznań, Poland, were investigated using a questionnaire based on the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System...
June 26, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650196/effects-of-circadian-cortisol-on-the-development-of-a-health-habit
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Marion Fournier, Fabienne d'Arripe-Longueville, Carole Rovere, Christopher S Easthope, Lars Schwabe, Jonathan El Methni, Rémi Radel
OBJECTIVE: Given the impact of individuals' habits on health, it is important to study how behaviors can become habitual. Cortisol has been well documented to have a role in habit formation. This study aimed to elucidate the influence of the circadian rhythm of cortisol on habit formation in a real-life setting. METHOD: Forty-eight students were followed for 90 days during which they attempted to adopt a health behavior (psoas iliac stretch). They were randomly assigned to perform the stretch either upon waking in the morning, when cortisol concentrations are high, or before evening bedtime, when cortisol levels approach the nadir...
June 26, 2017: Health Psychology: Official Journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649627/from-the-bench-to-exploration-medicine-nasa-life-sciences-translational-research-for-human-exploration-and-habitation-missions
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Joshua S Alwood, April E Ronca, Richard C Mains, Mark J Shelhamer, Jeffrey D Smith, Thomas J Goodwin
NASA's Space Biology and Human Research Program entities have recently spearheaded communications both internally and externally to coordinate the agency's translational research efforts. In this paper, we strongly advocate for translational research at NASA, provide recent examples of NASA sponsored early-stage translational research, and discuss options for a path forward. Our overall objective is to help in stimulating a collaborative research across multiple disciplines and entities that, working together, will more effectively and more rapidly achieve NASA's goals for human spaceflight...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649358/postglacial-dispersal-patterns-and-mitochondrial-genetic-structure-of-the-pyrenean-desman-galemys-pyrenaicus-in-the-northwestern-region-of-the-iberian-peninsula
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Marina Querejeta, Angel Fernández-González, Rafael Romero, Jose Castresana
The genetic structure of small semiaquatic animals may be influenced by dispersal across both rivers and land. The relative importance of these two modes of dispersal may vary across different species and with ecological conditions and evolutionary periods. The Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) is an endemic mammal of the Iberian Peninsula with a strong phylogeographic structure and semiaquatic habits, thus making it an ideal model to study the effects of river and overland dispersal on its genetic structure...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649219/taking-the-perfect-selfie-investigating-the-impact-of-perspective-on-the-perception-of-higher-cognitive-variables
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Tobias M Schneider, Claus-Christian Carbon
Taking selfies is now becoming a standard human habit. However, as a social phenomenon, research is still in the fledgling stage and the scientific framework is sparse. Selfies allow us to share social information with others in a compact format. Furthermore, we are able to control important photographic and compositional aspects, such as perspective, which have a strong impact on the assessment of a face (e.g., demonstrated by the height-weight illusion, effects of gaze direction, faceism-index). In Study 1, we focused on the impact of perspective (left/right hemiface, above/below vs...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648868/immune-modulating-effects-in-mouse-dendritic-cells-of-lactobacilli-and-bifidobacteria-isolated-from-individuals-following-omnivorous-vegetarian-and-vegan-diets
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Diomira Luongo, Lucia Treppiccione, Alida Sorrentino, Ilario Ferrocino, Silvia Turroni, Monica Gatti, Raffaella Di Cagno, Yolanda Sanz, Mauro Rossi
Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria play a primary role in modulation of gut immunity. By considering that microbiota composition depends on various factors, including diet, we asked whether functional differences could characterize faecal populations of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria isolated from individuals with different dietary habits. 155 healthy volunteers who followed omnivorous, ovo-lacto-vegetarian or vegan diets were recruited at four Italian centres (Turin, Parma, Bologna and Bari). Faecal samples were collected; lactobacilli and bifidobacteria were isolated on selective media and their immunomodulatory activity was tested in mouse dendritic cells (DCs)...
June 22, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648314/direct-cost-for-treating-chronic-kidney-disease-at-an-outpatient-setting-of-a-tertiary-hospital-evidence-from-a-cross-sectional-study
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Rajiv Ahlawat, Pramil Tiwari, Sanjay D'Cruz
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has a high morbidity and mortality in developing countries. And this burden is also increasing rapidly in India. Unaffordability due to high cost of medication and hemodialysis remains one of the major barriers in the successful treatment of CKD. OBJECTIVES: To determine the direct cost involved in treating CKD at an outpatient department of a public tertiary care hospital. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out at a public tertiary care hospital...
May 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647866/coffee-consumption-and-risk-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Samuel O Antwi, Jeanette E Eckel-Passow, Nancy D Diehl, Daniel J Serie, Kaitlynn M Custer, Michelle L Arnold, Kevin J Wu, John C Cheville, David D Thiel, Bradley C Leibovich, Alexander S Parker
BACKGROUND: Studies have suggested an inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC); however, data regarding decaffeinated coffee are limited. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of 669 incident RCC cases and 1,001 frequency-matched controls. Participants completed identical risk factor questionnaires that solicited information about usual coffee consumption habits. The study participants were categorized as non-coffee, caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee drinkers...
June 24, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647823/high-risk-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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F Zingone, P Iovino, A Santonicola, S Gallotta, C Ciacci
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of urinary tract infection (UTI) and the risk of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (including each subtype: constipation, diarrhea, and mixed) compared to women in the general population. METHODS: Between January 2014 and December 2015, consecutive adult female patients diagnosed with IBS at the outpatient clinic of the University of Salerno and healthy women with regular bowel habits were enrolled in the study...
June 24, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647435/dietary-habits-in-parkinson-s-disease-adherence-to-mediterranean-diet
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Erica Cassani, Michela Barichella, Valentina Ferri, Giovanna Pinelli, Laura Iorio, Carlotta Bolliri, Serena Caronni, Samanta A Faierman, Antonia Mottolese, Chiara Pusani, Fatemeh Monajemi, Marianna Pasqua, Alessandro Lubisco, Emanuele Cereda, Gianni Pezzoli
INTRODUCTION: Our objective is to describe the dietary habits, food preferences and adherence to Mediterranean diet (MeDi) of a large sample of Italian Parkinson's Disease (PD) patients compared to a group of controls. METHODS: Dietary habits of 600 PD patients from throughout Italy and 600 controls matched by gender, age, education, physical activity level and geographical residence, were collected using the ON-GP Food Frequency Questionnaire. Then, we compared patients by disease duration and the presence of swallowing disturbances...
June 15, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647295/associations-between-sleep-habits-and-dysglycemia-in-us-adults-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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Katherina C Chojnacki, Thirumagal Kanagasabai, Michael C Riddell, Chris I Ardern
OBJECTIVES: To examine the independent and joint associations between sleep duration and quality with glycated hemoglobin (A1C) levels and dysglycemia in non-institutionalized adults living in the United States. METHODS: Data from the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2005-2008) were used (N=9478; ≥20 years). Information on sleep quantity and quality were derived from the Sleep Disorders Questionnaire and used to classify sleep quality as good, fair, poor, or very poor...
June 21, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646871/coffee-and-caffeine-intake-and-male-infertility-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Elena Ricci, Paola Viganò, Sonia Cipriani, Edgardo Somigliana, Francesca Chiaffarino, Alessandro Bulfoni, Fabio Parazzini
BACKGROUND: Semen quality, a predictor of male fertility, has been suggested declining worldwide. Among other life style factors, male coffee/caffeine consumption was hypothesized to influence semen parameters, but also sperm DNA integrity. To summarize available evidence, we performed a systematic review of observational studies on the relation between coffee/caffeine intake and parameters of male fertility including sperm ploidy, sperm DNA integrity, semen quality and time to pregnancy...
June 24, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646832/diet-for-women-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-preliminary-study
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Diana Wasiluk, Lucyna Ostrowska, Ewa Stefańska, Agnieszka Janke, Grażyna Jurkowska
Background: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most frequent digestive system diseases, of various medical signs. It is assumed that proper life style, including appropriate, rational diet is a factor helpful for treating such a disorder. Objective: The purpose of this paper was to assess the selected dietary habits, and to evaluate the nutritional value of daily food rations for patients with a mixed type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Material and Methods: The questionnaire survey involved a group of 32 women suffering from a mixed type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (The Rome III Diagnostic Criteria were used to diagnose the disease)...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646812/oral-consumption-of-vitamin-k2-for-8-weeks-associated-with-increased-maximal-cardiac-output-during-exercise
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Brian K McFarlin, Andrea L Henning, Adam S Venable
Background • Vitamin K1 and K2 are not typically common in a Western diet because they are found in a variety of fermented foods. Vitamin K2 in particular has been demonstrated to restore mitochondrial function and has a key role in production of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that dietary supplementation with vitamin K2 could increase the function of muscle with high mitochondrial content (ie, skeletal and cardiac muscle). Objective • The purpose of this study was to determine if 8 wk of dietary supplementation with Vitamin K2 could alter cardiovascular responses to a graded cycle ergometer test...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646499/the-association-between-oral-hygiene-and-periodontitis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Attawood Lertpimonchai, Sasivimol Rattanasiri, Sakda Arj-Ong Vallibhakara, John Attia, Ammarin Thakkinstian
OBJECTIVE: Dental plaque accumulation and inadequate personal oral hygiene (OH) are known major risk factors of periodontitis. Nevertheless, the magnitude of their effects has not yet been the subject of a meta-analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The Medline and Scopus databases were searched up to May 2016. Observational studies were eligible if they assessed associations between OH and periodontitis in adult subjects. A multivariate random-effects meta-analysis was used to pool the effects of fair/poor OH versus good OH on periodontitis across studies...
June 23, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645920/common-garden-test-of-range-limits-as-predicted-by-a-species-distribution-model-in-the-annual-plant-mimulus-bicolor
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Andrea L Dixon, Jeremiah W Busch
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Direct tests of a species distribution model (SDM) were used to evaluate the hypothesis that the northern and southern edges of Mimulus bicolor's geographical range are limited by temperature and precipitation. METHODS: Climatic suitability was predicted using an SDM informed only by temperature and precipitation variables. These predictions were tested by growing plants in growth chambers with temperature and watering treatments informed by weather stations characteristic of environments at the geographic center, edges, and outside the range...
June 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645891/health-app-use-among-individuals-with-symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-a-survey-study-with-thematic-coding
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Caryn Kseniya Rubanovich, David C Mohr, Stephen M Schueller
BACKGROUND: Researchers have largely turned to commercial app stores, randomized trials, and systematic reviews to make sense of the mHealth landscape. Few studies have approached understanding by collecting information from target end users. The end user perspective is critical as end user interest in and use of mHealth technologies will ultimately drive the efficacy of these tools. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain information from end users of mHealth technologies to better understand the physical and mental health apps people use and for what purposes...
June 23, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645738/human-germline-hedgehog-pathway-mutations-predispose-to-fatty-liver
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Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Ariel F Martinez, Yu Abe, Paul Kruszka, Karin Weiss, Joshua L Everson, Ramon Bataller, David E Kleiner, Jerrold M Ward, Kathleen K Sulik, Robert J Lipinski, Benjamin D Solomon, Maximilian Muenke
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease. Activation of hedgehog (Hh) signaling has been implicated in the progression of NAFLD and proposed as a therapeutic target; however, the effects of Hh signaling inhibition have not been studied in humans with germline mutations affecting this pathway. METHODS: Patients with holoprosencephaly (HPE), a disorder associated with germline mutations disrupting Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling, were clinically evaluated for NAFLD...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645552/mortality-following-augmentation-cystoplasty-a-transitional-urologist-s-viewpoint
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REVIEW
D A Husmann
INTRODUCTION: Three complications have been hypothesized to increase patient mortality following enterocystoplasty: spontaneous bladder perforation, bladder neoplasia, and chronic renal failure (CRF). The present study examined risk of their occurrence and discussed ways to improve the quality of care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present transitional clinic followed 385 patients with a history of bladder augmentation using either ileal, sigmoid, or ascending colon...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645063/assessing-phosphatidylethanol-peth-levels-reflecting-different-drinking-habits-in-comparison-to-the-alcohol-use-disorders-identification-test-c-audit-c
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Alexandra Schröck, Friedrich M Wurst, Natasha Thon, Wolfgang Weinmann
In addition to monitoring problematic or harmful alcohol consumption, drinking experiments indicated the potential of phosphatidylethanols (PEth) in abstinence monitoring. To date, no profound evaluation of thresholds for the differentiation of abstinence from moderate drinking and for detection of excessive consumption based on PEth homologues exists. Investigations with a large group of healthy volunteers (n=300) were performed to establish PEth reference values reflecting different drinking habits. Blood samples were analyzed for PEth 16:0/18:1 and 16:0/18:2 by online-SPE-LC-MS/MS method...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
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