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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531307/following-instructions-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-the-benefits-of-actions-at-encoding-and-recall
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Simon S Y Lui, Tian-Xiao Yang, Chris L Y Ng, Peony T Y Wong, Jessica O Y Wong, Ulrich Ettinger, Eric F C Cheung, Raymond C K Chan
The ability to follow spoken instructions is important to everyday functioning but has seldom been studied in patients with schizophrenia (SZ). Recent evidence suggests that action-based processing may facilitate the ability to follow instructions, which relies largely on working memory. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that SZ patients may also benefit from action-based advantages in following instructions. Forty-eight clinically stable SZ patients and 48 demographic- and IQ-matched controls completed a following spoken instruction span task involving varied encoding and recall conditions...
May 22, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531141/eyes-of-things
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Oscar Deniz, Noelia Vallez, Jose L Espinosa-Aranda, Jose M Rico-Saavedra, Javier Parra-Patino, Gloria Bueno, David Moloney, Alireza Dehghani, Aubrey Dunne, Alain Pagani, Stephan Krauss, Ruben Reiser, Martin Waeny, Matteo Sorci, Tim Llewellynn, Christian Fedorczak, Thierry Larmoire, Marco Herbst, Andre Seirafi, Kasra Seirafi
Embedded systems control and monitor a great deal of our reality. While some "classic" features are intrinsically necessary, such as low power consumption, rugged operating ranges, fast response and low cost, these systems have evolved in the last few years to emphasize connectivity functions, thus contributing to the Internet of Things paradigm. A myriad of sensing/computing devices are being attached to everyday objects, each able to send and receive data and to act as a unique node in the Internet. Apart from the obvious necessity to process at least some data at the edge (to increase security and reduce power consumption and latency), a major breakthrough will arguably come when such devices are endowed with some level of autonomous "intelligence"...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528457/exposure-to-parents-negative-emotions-as-a-developmental-pathway-to-the-family-aggregation-of-depression-and-anxiety-in-the-first-year-of-life
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REVIEW
Evin Aktar, Susan M Bögels
Depression and anxiety load in families. In the present study, we focus on exposure to parental negative emotions in first postnatal year as a developmental pathway to early parent-to-child transmission of depression and anxiety. We provide an overview of the little research available on the links between infants' exposure to negative emotion and infants' emotional development in this developmentally sensitive period, and highlight priorities for future research. To address continuity between normative and maladaptive development, we discuss exposure to parental negative emotions in infants of parents with as well as without depression and/or anxiety diagnoses...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527900/hip-fracture-an-interruption-that-has-consequences-four-months-after-a-hip-fracture-a-qualitative-study
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Berit Gesar, Carina Baath, Hanne Hedin, Ami Hommel
BACKGROUND: Effects following a hip fracture often lead to functional disabilities and increased dependence on others. Although persons sustaining a hip fracture constitute a heterogeneous group in Swedish health care, they tend to be treated as a homogenous one. AIM: The aim of this study was to reveal how previously healthy people, aged 65 years and older, described how they had adapted to daily life four months after a hip fracture. METHOD: The follow-up interviews were performed by the first author four months after the hip fracture...
April 9, 2017: International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527097/the-flexibility-scale-development-and-preliminary-validation-of-a-cognitive-flexibility-measure-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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John F Strang, Laura G Anthony, Benjamin E Yerys, Kristina K Hardy, Gregory L Wallace, Anna C Armour, Katerina Dudley, Lauren Kenworthy
Flexibility is a key component of executive function, and is related to everyday functioning and adult outcomes. However, existing informant reports do not densely sample cognitive aspects of flexibility; the Flexibility Scale (FS) was developed to address this gap. This study investigates the validity of the FS in 221 youth with ASD and 57 typically developing children. Exploratory factor analysis indicates a five-factor scale: Routines/rituals, transitions/change, special interests, social flexibility, and generativity...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524005/rivaroxaban-metabolism-pharmacologic-properties-and-drug-interactions
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Tomas Kvasnicka, Ivana Malikova, Zuzana Zenahlikova, Karolína Kettnerova, Radka Brzezkova, Tomas Zima, Jan Ulrych, Jan Briza, Ivan Netuka, Jan Kvasnicka
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban represents a selective direct inhibitor of activated coagulation factor X (FXa) having peroral bioavailability and prompt onset of action. OBJECTIVE: The absorbtion of rivaroxaban is quick, reaching maximum plasma concentration 2-4 hours following its administration. Peroral bioavailability is high (80-100 %) and pharmacokinetic variability is considered to be moderate (coefficient of variation 30-40 %). This review discusses the properties, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics and clinical indications of rivaroxaban...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523441/progress-in-the-presence-of-failure-updates-in-chronic-systolic-heart-failure-management
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Katie M Murphy, Julie L Rosenthal
The therapeutic heart failure armamentarium has evolved from drugs to transplantation to devices through further understanding of its complex pathophysiology and pathogenesis. Current medications capitalize on our evolving understanding of the sympathetic and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone systems that subsequently promote both beneficial and maladaptive responses that ultimately yield a decrease in cardiac function. Despite these advancements, the prevalence of heart failure continues to rise and carries a significant burden on our patients and health care system...
July 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523359/arginine-cga-codons-as-a-source-of-nonsense-mutations-a-possible-role-in-multivariant-gene-expression-control-of-mrna-quality-and-aging
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Georgy A Romanov, Victor S Sukhoverov
Methylation of cytosine residues in DNA of higher eukaryotes, including humans, creates "hot spots" of C→T transitions in the genome. The predominantly methylated sequence in mammalian DNAs is CG (CpG). Among CG-containing codons, CGA codons for arginine are unique due to their ability to create stop codons TGA (UGA in mRNA) upon epigenetic-mediated mutation. As such nonsense mutations can have a strong adverse effect on the cell and organism, we have performed a study, on the example of human genes, aimed to characterise the anticipated effects of epigenetic-mediated nonsense mutations CGA→TGA in somatic cells...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521689/relationship-between-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity-assessed-with-the-us7-score-and-quality-of-life-measured-with-questionnaires-haq-eq-5d-wpai
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Martina Skácelová, Skácelová Martina, Horák Pavel, Heřmanová Zuzana, Langová Kateřina
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease considerably affecting the quality of life of patients, their functional abilities and capability to work. In everyday clinical practice, the condition is commonly monitored by assessing the disease activity using a joint count and laboratory markers of inflammation with calculating the DAS28 or other systems for scoring the disease activity. OBJECTIVES: This study is aimed to evaluate the benefit of ultrasound examination with a standardized instrument and correlate its results with the quality of life of patients and their functional abilities as assessed by standardized questionnaire methods...
May 17, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520751/-do-it-yourself-home-blood-pressure-as-a-predictor-of-traditional-and-everyday-cognition-in-older-adults
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Sophie E Yeung, Wendy Loken Thornton
BACKGROUND: Hypertension guidelines recommend home blood pressure (HBP) monitoring in adjunct to office blood pressure (OBP) for its greater reproducibility and prognostic utility in the prevention of cardiovascular outcomes, especially stroke. To date, the relationship between HBP and cognitive function remains unexplored. METHODS: We examined HBP as a cognitive predictor in a multi-ethnic group of community-dwelling adults aged 60 and over (N = 133) using neuropsychological measures and analyzed the data using multiple regression analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520734/interfacial-mechanisms-for-stability-of-surfactant-laden-films
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M Saad Bhamla, Chew Chai, Marco A Àlvarez-Valenzuela, Javier Tajuelo, Gerald G Fuller
Thin liquid films are central to everyday life. They are ubiquitous in modern technology (pharmaceuticals, coatings), consumer products (foams, emulsions) and also serve vital biological functions (tear film of the eye, pulmonary surfactants in the lung). A common feature in all these examples is the presence of surface-active molecules at the air-liquid interface. Though they form only molecular-thin layers, these surfactants produce complex surface stresses on the free surface, which have important consequences for the dynamics and stability of the underlying thin liquid film...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512435/the-role-of-self-esteem-and-fear-of-negative-evaluation-in-compulsive-buying
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Roberta Biolcati
Compulsive buying is a relatively new addictive disorder that interferes with everyday functioning and may result in serious psychological and financial problems (1). A very few data are currently available regarding this behavioral addiction. This study investigated gender differences in the relationships between contingent self-esteem (CSE), fear of negative evaluation (FNE), and compulsive buying. Participants included 240 Italian adults (170 females, M age = 33.80) who responded to self-report questionnaires...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506706/cognitive-and-functional-deficits-in-people-with-schizophrenia-evidence-for-accelerated-or-exaggerated-aging
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Philip D Harvey, Jennifer B Rosenthal
Cognitive and functional deficits are commonly seen in people with schizophrenia. The profile of these impairments has a resemblance to the cognitive changes seen in healthy aging. In specific, many of the cognitive ability domains that change the most with aging in healthy people are the most salient of these deficits seen in people with schizophrenia, including prominent deficits in processing speed, working memory, and episodic memory. Functional deficits seen in schizophrenia are also similar to those seen in healthy aging...
May 12, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502406/steering-the-conversation-a-linguistic-exploration-of-natural-language-interactions-with-a-digital-assistant-during-simulated-driving
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David R Large, Leigh Clark, Annie Quandt, Gary Burnett, Lee Skrypchuk
Given the proliferation of 'intelligent' and 'socially-aware' digital assistants embodying everyday mobile technology - and the undeniable logic that utilising voice-activated controls and interfaces in cars reduces the visual and manual distraction of interacting with in-vehicle devices - it appears inevitable that next generation vehicles will be embodied by digital assistants and utilise spoken language as a method of interaction. From a design perspective, defining the language and interaction style that a digital driving assistant should adopt is contingent on the role that they play within the social fabric and context in which they are situated...
September 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502261/profiles-of-executive-function-across-children-with-distinct-brain-disorders-traumatic-brain-injury-stroke-and-brain-tumor
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Gabriel C Araujo, Tanya N Antonini, Vicki Anderson, Kathryn A Vannatta, Christina G Salley, Erin D Bigler, H Gerry Taylor, Cynthia Gerhardt, Kenneth Rubin, Maureen Dennis, Warren Lo, Mark T Mackay, Anne Gordon, Christine Hajek Koterba, Alison Gomes, Mardee Greenham, Keith Owen Yeates
OBJECTIVES: This study examined whether children with distinct brain disorders show different profiles of strengths and weaknesses in executive functions, and differ from children without brain disorder. METHODS: Participants were children with traumatic brain injury (N=82; 8-13 years of age), arterial ischemic stroke (N=36; 6-16 years of age), and brain tumor (N=74; 9-18 years of age), each with a corresponding matched comparison group consisting of children with orthopedic injury (N=61), asthma (N=15), and classmates without medical illness (N=68), respectively...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501165/a-portable-somatic-cell-counter-based-on-a-multi-functional-counting-chamber-and-a-miniaturized-fluorescence-microscope
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Byeongyeon Kim, Yu Jin Lee, Jong Gwan Park, Dongwon Yoo, Young Ki Hahn, Sungyoung Choi
A somatic cell count is the concentration or density of somatic cells in milk, and is an important indicator for monitoring mastitis incidence and milk quality in the dairy industry. Managing and controlling mastitis based on somatic cell counts can help ensure high milk quality and yield. A major challenge when translating existing cell counting methods to such application is that they require off-chip sample preparation and complicated sample and reagent delivery steps that cannot be easily performed in resource-limited settings such as dairy farms...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500573/brief-report-contrasting-profiles-of-everyday-executive-functioning-in-smith-magenis-syndrome-and-down-syndrome
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Lucy Wilde, Chris Oliver
Everyday executive function (EF) was examined in Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), associated with high risk of behaviour disorder, and Down syndrome (DS), associated with relatively low risk of behaviour disorder. Caregivers of 13 children with SMS and 17 with DS rated everyday EF using the Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning-Preschool. Greater everyday EF deficits relative to adaptive ability were evident in SMS than in DS. The SMS profile of everyday EF abilities was relatively uniform; in DS emotional control strengths and working memory weaknesses were evident...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500417/pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-memory-dysfunction-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Rosalia Paterno, Kaitlin A Folweiler, Akiva S Cohen
Memory is fundamental to everyday life, and cognitive impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) have devastating effects on TBI survivors. A contributing component to memory impairments caused by TBI is alteration in the neural circuits associated with memory function. In this review, we aim to bring together experimental findings that characterize behavioral memory deficits and the underlying pathophysiology of memory-involved circuits after TBI. While there is little doubt that TBI causes memory and cognitive dysfunction, it is difficult to conclude which memory phase, i...
July 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496183/everyday-cognition-scales-are-related-to-cognitive-function-in-the-early-stage-of-probable-alzheimer-s-disease-and-fdg-pet-findings
#19
Jung-Lung Hsu, Wen-Chuin Hsu, Chiung-Chih Chang, Kun-Ju Lin, Ing-Tsung Hsiao, Yen-Chun Fan, Chyi-Huey Bai
We applied the Everyday Cognition (ECog) scale in normal aging adults and patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) to investigate associations between neuropsychological tests and neuroimaging markers. A total of 160 normal aging adults and 40 patients with the early stage of probable AD were included. Neuropsychological performance was assessed using the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (CERAD-NAB). (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scans were used to measure AD-related hypometabolism...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495273/the-key-of-the-maze-the-role-of-mental-imagery-and-cognitive-flexibility-in-navigational-planning
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Alessia Bocchi, Marika Carrieri, Stefania Lancia, Valentina Quaresima, Laura Piccardi
Spatial navigation planning ability relies on both mental imagery and cognitive flexibility. Considering the importance of planning ability in everyday life, several neuropsychological tests are used in clinical practice for its assessment, although some of these are not aimed at assessing the strategies of navigational planning. The Porteus Maze Test (PMT) and the Key Search Task (KST) require to plan a strategy in a maze and in an imagined space, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, although these two tests share some features, the relationship between them has never been explored...
May 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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