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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637192/an-explorative-study-examining-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-training-in-the-field-of-music-therapy
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Anita L Gadberry, Alison Sweeney
Background: Music therapists work with many people who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). As communication goals are central to music therapy practice, many music therapists would benefit from training in AAC. Objective: The purpose of this survey study was to determine the state of AAC education for music therapists at the university level, how AAC is being used in music therapy sessions, and how practicing music therapists are trained in AAC...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Music Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634372/dna-methylation-changes-in-endometrium-and-correlation-with-gene-expression-during-the-transition-from-pre-receptive-to-receptive-phase
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Viktorija Kukushkina, Vijayachitra Modhukur, Marina Suhorutšenko, Maire Peters, Reedik Mägi, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Agne Velthut-Meikas, Signe Altmäe, Francisco J Esteban, Jaak Vilo, Krina Zondervan, Andres Salumets, Triin Laisk-Podar
The inner uterine lining (endometrium) is a unique tissue going through remarkable changes each menstrual cycle. Endometrium has its characteristic DNA methylation profile, although not much is known about the endometrial methylome changes throughout the menstrual cycle. The impact of methylome changes on gene expression and thereby on the function of the tissue, including establishing receptivity to implanting embryo, is also unclear. Therefore, this study used genome-wide technologies to characterize the methylome and the correlation between DNA methylation and gene expression in endometrial biopsies collected from 17 healthy fertile-aged women from pre-receptive and receptive phase within one menstrual cycle...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634321/a-central-mechanism-enhances-pain-perception-of-noxious-thermal-stimulus-changes
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B Petre, P Tetreault, V A Mathur, M W Schurgin, J Y Chiao, L Huang, A V Apkarian
Pain perception temporarily exaggerates abrupt thermal stimulus changes revealing a mechanism for nociceptive temporal contrast enhancement (TCE). Although the mechanism is unknown, a non-linear model with perceptual feedback accurately simulates the phenomenon. Here we test if a mechanism in the central nervous system underlies thermal TCE. Our model successfully predicted an optimal stimulus, incorporating a transient temperature offset (step-up/step-down), with maximal TCE, resulting in psychophysically verified large decrements in pain response ("offset-analgesia"; mean analgesia: 85%, n = 20 subjects)...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633885/characteristics-of-paraspinal-muscle-spindle-response-to-mechanically-assisted-spinal-manipulation-a-preliminary-report
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William R Reed, Joel G Pickar, Randall S Sozio, Michael A K Liebschner, Joshua W Little, Maruti R Gudavalli
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this preliminary study is to determine muscle spindle response characteristics related to the use of 2 solenoid powered clinical mechanically assisted manipulation (MAM) devices. METHODS: L6 muscle spindle afferents with receptive fields in paraspinal muscles were isolated in 6 cats. Neural recordings were made during L7 MAM thrusts using the Activator V (Activator Methods Int. Ltd., Phoenix, AZ) and/or Pulstar (Sense Technology Inc., Pittsburgh, PA) devices at their 3 lowest force settings...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632319/child-shyness-and-peer-likeability-the-moderating-role-of-pragmatics-and-vocabulary
#5
Hoi Shan Cheung, John M Elliott
The association between shyness and children's likeability by peers was examined, with pragmatic difficulty and receptive and expressive vocabularies as moderators. Participants were 164 preschoolers (72 boys, 92 girls) between 52 and 79 months old in Singapore. A cross-informant methodology was used, with peers and teachers contributing to separate peer likeability ratings. The findings highlighted a conceptual distinction between peer- and teacher-rated likeability by peers. For the latter only, a 3-way interaction involving shyness, vocabulary, and pragmatic difficulty was found, indicating that for shy children with low vocabulary scores, those who experienced less pragmatic difficulty tended to be seen by teachers as more well-liked by peers than those with more pragmatic difficulty...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632183/measurement-of-rayleigh-wave-beams-using-angle-beam-wedge-transducers-as-the-transmitter-and-receiver-with-consideration-of-beam-spreading
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Shuzeng Zhang, Xiongbing Li, Hyunjo Jeong
A theoretical model, along with experimental verification, is developed to describe the generation, propagation and reception of a Rayleigh wave using angle beam wedge transducers. The Rayleigh wave generation process using an angle beam wedge transducer is analyzed, and the actual Rayleigh wave sound source distributions are evaluated numerically. Based on the reciprocity theorem and considering the actual sound source, the Rayleigh wave beams are modeled using an area integral method. The leaky Rayleigh wave theory is introduced to investigate the reception of the Rayleigh wave using the angle beam wedge transducers, and the effects of the wave spreading in the wedge and transducer size are considered in the reception process...
June 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631712/-the-molecular-mechanisms-and-morphological-manifestations-of-leiomyoma-reduction-induced-by-selective-progesterone-receptor-modulators
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T A Demura, Z V Revazova, E A Kogan, L V Adamyan
AIM: to investigate the molecular mechanisms and morphological substrate of reduced uterine leiomyoma in patients receiving the selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) ulipristal acetate for 3 months, by estimating the immunohistochemical expression of the markers steroid receptor coactivator 1 (SRC-1), nuclear receptor corepressor 1 (NCoR-1), ER, PgR, Ki-67, p16, TGF-β, and VEGF in tumor tissue. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The investigation enrolled 75 women with uterine leiomyoma, menorrhagias, and anemia...
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631552/effect-of-2-3-4-4-5-pentachlorobiphenyl-exposure-on-endometrial-receptivity-and-the-methylation-of-hoxa10
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Xin-Lan Qu, Ming-Zhang, Yuan-Fang, Hui Wang, Yuan-Zhen Zhang
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are one of the most common endocrine-disrupting chemicals and have obvious toxicity on human reproductive development. The aim of our study was to investigate the toxicity of chronic 2,3',4,4',5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB 118) exposure on embryo implantation and endometrial receptivity, with the possible mechanism of DNA methylation involved. Virgin CD-1 female mice (3 weeks old) were housed and orally treated with PCB 118 (0, 1, 10, 100 μg/kg) for a month. After mating with fertile males, the pregnant mice were killed on gestation day 4...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631493/awareness-and-misperceptions-of-hospice-and-palliative-care-a-population-based-survey-study
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Ariel Shalev, Veerawat Phongtankuel, Elissa Kozlov, Megan Johnson Shen, Ronald D Adelman, M C Reid
BACKGROUND: Despite the documented benefits of palliative and hospice care on improving patients' quality of life, these services remain underutilized. Multiple factors limit the utilization of these services, including patients' and caregivers' lack of knowledge and misperceptions. OBJECTIVES: To examine palliative and hospice care awareness, misperceptions, and receptivity among community-dwelling adults. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SUBJECTS: New York State residents ≥18 years old who participated in the 2016 Empire State Poll...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630806/prevalence-and-barriers-to-lung-cancer-screening-in-karachi-pakistan-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-smokers-and-physicians
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Aleeza Abbasi, Rabbia Siddiqi, Aatika Owais, Tooba Laeeq, Sara N Ali, Zonaira Mushahid, Syed M Ahsan, Aliya S Jatoi, Aleena Abbasi, Ifrah Butt, Ruba Ali, Maham Abbasi, Syeda Naintara N Jaffri, Mariam Jabir, Hajra Khanani, Kaneez Fatima
BACKGROUND: Early detection of lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) can potentially reduce morbidity and mortality. However, LDCT for lung cancer screening, especially in low income countries, has been underutilized. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and the potential personal, social, and economic barriers of lung cancer screening using LDCT. METHODS: A total sample of 156 smokers and 200 general physicians was collected during December 2016-February 2017 from community settings in Karachi, Pakistan...
May 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630707/evidence-of-endometrial-amino-acid-metabolism-and-transport-modulation-by-peri-ovulatory-endocrine-profiles-driving-uterine-receptivity
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Moana Rodrigues França, Maressa Izabel Santos da Silva, Guilherme Pugliesi, Veerle Van Hoeck, Mario Binelli
BACKGROUND: In beef cattle, changes in the periovulatory endocrine milieu are associated with fertility and conceptus growth. A large preovulatory follicle (POF) and the resulting elevated concentrations of progesterone (P4) during diestrus positively affect pregnancy rates. Amino acids (AA) are important components of maternally derived secretions that are crucial for embryonic survival before implantation. The hypothesis is that the size of the POF and the concentration of P4 in early diestrus modulate the endometrial abundance of SLC transcripts related to AA transport and metabolism and subsequently impact luminal concentrations of AA...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630112/rapid-evolution-of-ovarian-biased-genes-in-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
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Carrie A Whittle, Cassandra G Extavour
Males and females exhibit highly dimorphic phenotypes, particularly in their gonads, which is believed to be driven largely by differential gene expression. Typically, the protein sequences of genes upregulated in males, or male-biased genes, evolve rapidly as compared to female-biased and unbiased genes. To date, the specific study of gonad-biased genes remains uncommon in metazoans. Here, we identified and studied a total of 2,927, 2,013 and 4,449 coding-sequences (CDS) with ovary-biased, testis-biased and unbiased expression respectively in the yellow-fever mosquito Aedes aegypti The results showed that ovary-biased and unbiased CDS had higher nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution rates (dN/dS) and lower optimal codon usage (those codons that promote efficient translation) than testis-biased genes...
June 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629926/different-functional-susceptibilities-of-mouse-retinal-ganglion-cell-subtypes-to-optic-nerve-crush-injury
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Zhen Puyang, Hai-Qing Gong, Shi-Gang He, John B Troy, Xiaorong Liu, Pei-Ji Liang
In optic neuropathies, the progressive deterioration of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) function leads to irreversible vision loss. Increasing experimental evidence suggests differing susceptibility for RGC functional subtypes. Here with multi-electrode array recordings, RGC functional loss was characterized at multiple time points in a mouse model of optic nerve crush. Firing rate, latency of response and receptive field size were analyzed for ON, OFF and ON-OFF RGCs separately. It was observed that responses and receptive fields of OFF cells were impaired earlier than ON cells after the injury...
June 16, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629172/the-role-of-hcg-in-implantation-a-mini-review-of-molecular-and-clinical-evidence
#14
REVIEW
Antonis Makrigiannakis, Thomas Vrekoussis, Emmanouel Zoumakis, Sophia N Kalantaridou, Udo Jeschke
Embryo implantation is a complex process involving continuous molecular cross-talk between the embryo and the decidua. One of the key molecules during this process is human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG effectively modulates several metabolic pathways within the decidua contributing to endometrial receptivity. Herein, a brief overview of the molecular mechanisms regulated by HCG is presented. Furthermore, we summarize the existing evidence regarding the clinical impact on reproductive outcomes after endometrial priming with HCG prior to embryo transfer...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628266/embryo-maternal-dialogue-during-pregnancy-establishment-and-implantation-in-the-pig
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REVIEW
Agnieszka Waclawik, Monika M Kaczmarek, Agnieszka Blitek, Piotr Kaczynski, Adam J Ziecik
Porcine conceptuses secrete pregnancy-recognition signals (estrogens, including estradiol-17β) that inhibit luteolysis, thereby prolonging progesterone production by corpora lutea. The supportive mechanism by which the conceptus also inhibits luteolysis is by shifting endometrial prostaglandin (PG) synthesis to luteoprotective PGE2. Progesterone stimulates endometrial production of factors that are essential for conceptus development. Priming the uterus by progesterone and loss of progesterone receptors from the uterine epithelium by D1ay 10-12 after estrus are key for achieving endometrial receptivity for implantation...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628196/molecular-mechanisms-of-experience-dependent-maturation-in-cortical-gabaergic-inhibition
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REVIEW
M Ridzwana Begum, Judy C G Sng
Critical periods (CP) in early postnatal life are periods of plasticity during which the neuronal circuitry is most receptive to environmental stimuli. These early experiences translate to a more permanent and sophisticated neuronal connection in the adult brain systems. Multiple studies have pointed to the development of inhibitory circuitry as one of the central factors for the onset of critical periods. We discuss several molecular mechanisms regulating inhibitory circuit maturation and CP, from gene transcription level to protein signaling level...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628004/visual-field-map-clusters-in-human-frontoparietal-cortex
#17
Wayne E Mackey, Jonathan Winawer, Clayton E Curtis
The visual neurosciences have made enormous progress in recent decades, in part because of the ability to drive visual areas by their sensory inputs, allowing researchers to reliably define visual areas across individuals and across species. Similar strategies for parcellating higher-order cortex have proven elusive. Here, using a novel experimental task and nonlinear population receptive field modeling we map and characterize the topographic organization of several regions in human frontoparietal cortex. We discover representations of both polar angle and eccentricity that are organized into clusters, similar to visual cortex, where multiple gradients of polar angle of the contralateral visual field share a confluent fovea...
June 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627518/the-unique-immunological-and-microbial-aspects-of-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Gil Mor, Paulomi Aldo, Ayesha B Alvero
The comparison of the immunological state of pregnancy to an immunosuppressed host-graft model continues to lead research and clinical practice to ill-defined approaches. This Review discusses recent evidence that supports the idea that immunological responses at the receptive maternal-fetal interface are not simply suppressed but are instead highly dynamic. We discuss the crucial role of trophoblast cells in shaping not only the way in which immune cells respond to the invading blastocyst but also how they collectively react to external stimuli...
June 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626440/executive-function-in-adolescence-associations-with-child-and-family-risk-factors-and-self-regulation-in-early-childhood
#19
Donna Berthelsen, Nicole Hayes, Sonia L J White, Kate E Williams
Executive functions are important higher-order cognitive skills for goal-directed thought and action. These capacities contribute to successful school achievement and lifelong wellbeing. The importance of executive functions to children's education begins in early childhood and continues throughout development. This study explores contributions of child and family factors in early childhood to the development of executive function in adolescence. Analyses draw on data from the nationally representative study, Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625938/language-disturbances-after-non-thalamic-subcortical-stroke-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
Liziane Bouvier, Bertrand Groulx, Vincent Martel-Sauvageau, Laura Monetta
Language disorders following subcortical non-thalamic stroke show great variability across literature and a well-defined profile in these aphasic disturbances is yet to be established. The lack of recent and consistent literature on the subject complicates the management of subcortical aphasia. The aim of this study is to review the literature describing oral language disturbances following subcortical non-thalamic stoke affecting the basal ganglia and the surrounding white matter. A review of the literature of three databases (PubMed, PsycNet and LLBA), identifying research articles from 1997 to 2015, was completed...
June 1, 2017: Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement
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