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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735212/externally-controlled-involuntary-cognitions-and-their-relations-with-other-representations-in-consciousness
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Donish Cushing, Adam Gazzaley, Ezequiel Morsella
Percepts and action-related urges often enter consciousness insuppressibly. The Reflexive Imagery Task (RIT) was developed to investigate how high-level cognitions (e.g., subvocalizations), too, can enter consciousness in this manner. Limitations of the paradigm include (a) that no data have confirmed subjects' introspections about the involuntary subvocalizations, and (b) that, in everyday life, adaptive responses to involuntary cognitions often depend on the nature of the other contents in consciousness. To address a and b, we developed an RIT in which subjects were presented with visual objects and instructed to not think of the object names...
July 20, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733461/should-heart-failure-be-regarded-as-a-terminal-illness-requiring-palliative-care-a-study-of-heart-failure-patients-carers-and-clinicians-understanding-of-heart-failure-prognosis-and-its-management
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Rachel Stocker, Helen Close, Helen Hancock, A Pali S Hungin
OBJECTIVES: Communication and planning for heart failure (HF) care near the end of life is known to be complex. Little is known about how the patient experience of palliative assessment and communication needs change over time, and how this might inform management. Our aim was to explore experiences of giving or receiving a prognosis and advanced palliative care planning (ACP) for those with HF. METHODS: We carried out a longitudinal grounded theory study, employing in-depth interviews with 14 clinicians (primary and secondary care) and observations of clinic and home appointments, followed by a series of interviews with 13 patients with HF and 9 carers...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733108/first-line-management-of-distal-humerus-fracture-by-total-elbow-arthroplasty-in-geriatric-traumatology-results-in-a-21-patient-series-at-a-minimum-2-years-follow-up
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D Lami, M Chivot, A Caubere, A Galland, J N Argenson
INTRODUCTION: Total elbow arthroplasty (TEA) is one option in distal humerus fracture in elderly osteoporotic patients. HYPOTHESIS: The study hypothesis was that, in patients aged 70 years or more,TEA provides functional results and ranges of motion compatible with everyday activity, with a complications rate equal to or lower than with internal fixation, and no loss of autonomy or cognitive impairment. MATERIALAND METHODS: In this retrospective study, 21 patients receiving TEA for distal humerus fracture were included...
July 18, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728054/an-artificial-neural-network-system-to-identify-alleles-in-reference-electropherograms
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Duncan Taylor, Ash Harrison, David Powers
Electropherograms are produced in great numbers in forensic DNA laboratories as part of everyday criminal casework. Before the results of these electropherograms can be used they must be scrutinised by analysts to determine what the identified data tells them about the underlying DNA sequences and what is purely an artefact of the DNA profiling process. This process of interpreting the electropherograms can be time consuming and is prone to subjective differences between analysts. Recently it was demonstrated that artificial neural networks could be used to classify information within an electropherogram as allelic (i...
July 8, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723867/prediction-of-severe-toxicity-in-adult-patients-under-treatment-with-5-fluorouracil-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Carolina Vázquez, María Orlova, Federico Angriman, José N Minatta, Paula Scibona, María A Verzura, Esteban G Jáuregui, Heidy Díaz de Arce, María G Pallotta, Waldo H Belloso
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) has long been used for the treatment of gastrointestinal tumors harboring interindividual variability in both the pharmacokinetic and the pharmacogenetic profiles, which in turn may lead to life-threatening toxicities. We carried out a prospective cohort study of adult patients initiating treatment with 5-FU between 2013 and 2015. Primary exposures of interest were the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase single nucleotide polymorphism in exons 4 and 7 and 5'-untranslated region-thymidylate synthase VNTR genotypes, in addition to baseline clinical and demographic variables...
July 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722100/-tailored-care-for-functional-vertigo-dizziness-an-integrative-group-psychotherapy-approach
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Katharina Radziej, Gabriele Schmid-Mühlbauer, Karina Limburg, Claas Lahmann
Functional vertigo and dizziness (VD) symptoms are highly prevalent and usually accompanied by a strong impairment of quality in everyday and working life. The complaints are often associated with various psychiatric disorders, particularly phobic and other anxiety disorders, depressive or somatoform disorders. Despite this clinical relevance of VD symptoms, studies towards psychotherapeutic treatment options for patients with functional VD are still rare. Thus, the present study outlines a manual for outpatient group therapy for patients with functional VD symptoms...
June 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719760/for-whom-the-mind-wanders-and-when-varies-across-laboratory-and-daily-life-settings
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Michael J Kane, Georgina M Gross, Charlotte A Chun, Bridget A Smeekens, Matt E Meier, Paul J Silvia, Thomas R Kwapil
Undergraduates ( N = 274) participated in a weeklong daily-life experience-sampling study of mind wandering after being assessed in the lab for executive-control abilities (working memory capacity; attention-restraint ability; attention-constraint ability; and propensity for task-unrelated thoughts, or TUTs) and personality traits. Eight times a day, electronic devices prompted subjects to report on their current thoughts and context. Working memory capacity and attention abilities predicted subjects' TUT rates in the lab, but predicted the frequency of daily-life mind wandering only as a function of subjects' momentary attempts to concentrate...
July 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714423/distinctive-neuropsychological-profiles-differentiate-patients-with-functional-memory-disorder-from-patients-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Sarah J Wakefield, Daniel J Blackburn, Kirsty Harkness, Aijaz Khan, Markus Reuber, Annalena Venneri
OBJECTIVES: Patients with functional memory disorder (FMD) report significant memory failures in everyday life. Differentiating these patients from those with memory difficulties due to early stage neurodegenerative conditions is clinically challenging. The current study explored whether distinctive neuropsychological profiles could be established, suitable to differentiate patients with FMD from healthy individuals and those experiencing amnestic mild cognitive impairment (a-MCI). METHODS: Patients with a clinical diagnosis of FMD were compared with patients with a-MCI, and healthy matched controls on several tests assessing different cognitive functions...
July 17, 2017: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713328/recovery-from-unrecognized-sleep-loss-accumulated-in-daily-life-improved-mood-regulation-via-prefrontal-suppression-of-amygdala-activity
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Yuki Motomura, Shingo Kitamura, Kyoko Nakazaki, Kentaro Oba, Ruri Katsunuma, Yuri Terasawa, Akiko Hida, Yoshiya Moriguchi, Kazuo Mishima
Many modern people suffer from sleep debt that has accumulated in everyday life but is not subjectively noticed [potential sleep debt (PSD)]. Our hypothesis for this study was that resolution of PSD through sleep extension optimizes mood regulation by altering the functional connectivity between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Fifteen healthy male participants underwent an experiment consisting of a baseline (BL) evaluation followed by two successive interventions, namely, a 9-day sleep extension followed by one night of total sleep deprivation (TSD)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713098/-new-physical-methods-in-osteoarthritis-treatment
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Katarzyna Janczewska, Robert Klimkiewicz, Anna Kubsik-Gidlewska, Agnieszka Jankowska, Paulina Klimkiewicz, Marta Woldańska-Okońska
Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease in which the pathological processes start from the catabolism of cartilage extracellular matrix and next extend on the whole joint. Therefore, it is important to diagnose the disease and determining treatment, selecting individually for each patient. The main health problems presents by every patients is pain, which decreases the everyday functioning and quality of life. The paper presents the definition of the disease and new therapeutic methods which improve the quality of life, as well as reduce intensity of pain...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709764/using-receiver-operating-characteristic-curve-to-define-the-cutoff-points-of-voice-handicap-index-applied-to-young-adult-male-smokers
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Dionysios Tafiadis, Spyridon K Chronopoulos, Evangelia I Kosma, Louiza Voniati, Vasilis Raptis, Vasiliki Siafaka, Nausica Ziavra
Voice performance is an inextricable key factor of everyday life. Obviously, the deterioration of voice quality can cause various problems to human communication and can therefore reduce the performance of social skills (relevant to voice). The deterioration could be originated from changes inside the system of the vocal tract and larynx. Various prognostic methods exist, and among them is the Voice Handicap Index (VHI). This tool includes self-reported questionnaires, used for determining the cutoff points of total score and of its three domains relevant to young male Greek smokers...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701984/is-there-a-competition-between-functional-and-situational-affordances-during-action-initiation-with-everyday-tools
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Kévin Roche, Hanna Chainay
Most studies of human-tool interactions focus on the typical use of a tool (e.g., cutting in the case of a knife). However, little is known about situations requiring atypical tool use (e.g., using a knife to tighten a screw). The present study focused on a selection of atypical uses of everyday tools which might be in conflict with their typical use. Our objective was to study how tool function influences the selection of the relevant action. In Experiment 1, which involved visuomotor priming, two everyday tools (a knife and a screwdriver) and two neutral tools (two bars, with no strong functional affordance) were used as primes and targets...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701976/a-latent-factor-analysis-of-working-memory-measures-using-large-scale-data
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Otto Waris, Anna Soveri, Miikka Ahti, Russell C Hoffing, Daniel Ventus, Susanne M Jaeggi, Aaron R Seitz, Matti Laine
Working memory (WM) is a key cognitive system that is strongly related to other cognitive domains and relevant for everyday life. However, the structure of WM is yet to be determined. A number of WM models have been put forth especially by factor analytical studies. In broad terms, these models vary by their emphasis on WM contents (e.g., visuospatial, verbal) vs. WM processes (e.g., maintenance, updating) as critical, dissociable elements. Here we conducted confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses on a broad set of WM tasks, half of them numerical-verbal and half of them visuospatial, representing four commonly used task paradigms: simple span, complex span, running memory, and n-back...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701206/physical-activity-level-in-people-with-age-related-white-matter-changes-correlates-to-better-motor-performance-lower-comorbidity-and-higher-cognitive-level
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Anna F Pettersson, Lars-Olof Wahlund, Lena Bronge, Elisabeth Olsson, Kaarina Amberla, Hansjoerg Baezner, Milita Crisby
BACKGROUND: Physical activity plays a pivotal role in the development of disability and may modify the negative effect of vascular risk factors on progression of both cardio and cerebrovascular disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the activity level in people with age-related white matter changes as identified on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in relation to motor performance, cognition and perceived health. METHODS: Data came from the first year follow up of one participating centers of the LADIS study...
July 12, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701096/-the-outpatient-clinic-for-adolescent-risk-taking-and-self-harm-behaviors-atr-sk-a-pioneering-approach-of-outpatient-early-detection-and-intervention-of-borderline-personality-disorder
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Michael Kaess, Denisa Ghinea, Gloria Fischer-Waldschmidt, Franz Resch
The Outpatient Clinic for Adolescent Risk-taking and Self-harm behaviors (AtR!Sk) - A Pioneering Approach of Outpatient Early Detection and Intervention of Borderline Personality Disorder Self-harm and risk-taking behaviors are frequently occurring problems in adolescents' everyday life and commonly challenge the present child and adolescent health-care system. Those behaviors are typical features of borderline-personality disorder (BPD), a severe mental disorder that is associated with immense psychological strain, increased risk of mortality and poor psychosocial functioning...
July 2017: Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701070/development-of-a-cognitive-function-test-using-virtual-reality-technology-examination-in-healthy-participants
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Hiromi Sakai, Akinori Nagano, Keiko Seki, Sayaka Okahashi, Maki Kojima, Zhiwei Luo
We developed a virtual reality test to assess the cognitive function of Japanese people in near-daily-life environment, namely, a virtual shopping test (VST). In this test, participants were asked to execute shopping tasks using touch panel operations in a "virtual shopping mall." We examined differences in VST performances among healthy participants of different ages and correlations between VST and screening tests, such as the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and Everyday Memory Checklist (EMC). We included 285 healthy participants between 20 and 86 years of age in seven age groups...
July 13, 2017: Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697639/forgetting-and-emotion-regulation-in-mental-health-anxiety-and-depression
#17
Simon Nørby
Does normal forgetting facilitate mental health and is forgetting impaired in affective disorders? This double-sided question may seem counterintuitive given the fact that forgetting is often associated with troubles in everyday life. However, forgetting does not only have destructive consequences, but also fulfils important functions. I consider the possibility that forgetting may function as a beneficial sorting mechanism which helps healthy people discard information that is undesirable and unpleasant. Thus, selective forgetting of negative memories may be part of emotion regulation, that is, people's attempts to control when and how they experience and express emotions...
July 12, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694223/-it-s-not-as-easy-as-saying-just-get-them-to-eat-more-veggies-exploring-healthy-eating-in-residential-care-in-australia
#18
Rachael Cox, Ruth Emond, Samantha Punch, Ian McIntosh, Kate Hall, Angela Simpson, Helen Skouteris
Young people living in residential out-of-home care (henceforth OoHC) are at increased risk of becoming overweight or obese. Currently, recognition of the everyday mechanisms that might be contributing to excess weight for children and young people in this setting is limited. The aim of this study was to better understand the barriers and complexities involved in the provision of a 'healthy' food environment in residential OoHC. Heightening awareness of these factors and how they might compromise a young person's physical health, will inform the development, refinement and evaluation of more sensitive and tailored weight-related interventions for this population...
July 8, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691124/measuring-changes-in-gait-and-vehicle-transfer-ability-during-inpatient-rehabilitation-with-wearable-inertial-sensors
#19
Vladimir Borisov, Gina Sprint, Diane J Cook, Douglas L Weeks
Restoration of functional independence in gait and vehicle transfer ability is a common goal of inpatient rehabilitation. Currently, ambulation changes tend to be subjectively assessed. To investigate more precise objective assessment of progress in inpatient rehabilitation, we quantitatively assessed gait and transfer performances over the course of rehabilitation with wearable inertial sensors for 20 patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation services. Secondarily, we asked physical therapists to provide feedback about the clinical utility of metrics derived from the sensors...
March 2017: Proc IEEE Int Conf Pervasive Comput Commun Workshops
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687845/wayfinding-and-glaucoma-a-virtual-reality-experiment
#20
Fábio B Daga, Eduardo Macagno, Cory Stevenson, Ahmed Elhosseiny, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Erwin R Boer, Jürgen Schulze, Felipe A Medeiros
Purpose: Wayfinding, the process of determining and following a route between an origin and a destination, is an integral part of everyday tasks. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of glaucomatous visual field loss on wayfinding behavior using an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 31 glaucomatous patients and 20 healthy subjects without evidence of overall cognitive impairment. Wayfinding experiments were modeled after the Morris water maze navigation task and conducted in an immersive VR environment...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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