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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821748/anxiety-related-experience-dependent-white-matter-structural-differences-in-adolescence-a-monozygotic-twin-difference-approach
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Nagesh Adluru, Zhan Luo, Carol A Van Hulle, Andrew J Schoen, Richard J Davidson, Andrew L Alexander, H Hill Goldsmith
Anxiety is linked to deficits in structural and functional connectivity between limbic structures and pre-frontal cortices. We employed a monozygotic (MZ) twin difference design to examine the relationship between structural characteristics of the uncinate fasciculus (UF) measured by Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and anxiety symptoms in a sample of N = 100 monozygotic (genetically identical), adolescent twins. The MZ difference design allowed us focus on environmental factors that vary within twin pairs while controlling for genetic and environmental factors shared by twin pairs...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819253/majority-of-human-traits-do-not-show-evidence-for-sex-specific-genetic-and-environmental-effects
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Sven Stringer, Tinca Polderman, Danielle Posthuma
Sex differences in the etiology of human trait variation are a major topic of interest in the social and medical sciences given its far-reaching implications. For example, in genetic research, the presence of sex-specific effects would require sex-stratified analysis, and in clinical practice sex-specific treatments would be warranted. Here, we present a study of 2,335,920 twin pairs, in which we tested sex differences in genetic and environmental contributions to variation in 2,608 reported human traits, clustered in 50 trait categories...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812316/literacy-acquisition-influences-children-s-rapid-automatized-naming
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Robin L Peterson, Anne B Arnett, Bruce F Pennington, Brian Byrne, Stefan Samuelsson, Richard K Olson
Previous research has established that learning to read improves children's performance on reading-related phonological tasks, including phoneme awareness (PA) and nonword repetition. Few studies have investigated whether literacy acquisition also promotes children's rapid automatized naming (RAN). We tested the hypothesis that literacy acquisition should influence RAN in an international, longitudinal population sample of twins. Cross-lagged path models evaluated the relationships among literacy, PA, and RAN across four time points from pre-kindergarten through grade 4...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807554/grassroots-technological-resistance-the-people-s-power-project-and-the-impossible-dream-of-wireless-transmission-of-energy
#4
Pete Schmidt
In 1972, the Minnesota United Power Association (UPA) teamed up with the Minnesota Cooperative Power Association (CPA) to initiate an electrification project designed to bring power from North Dakota to the Twin Cities area. A significant backlash and protest began once farmers across the state became aware of the plan and the potential impending land seizure. In the midst of these actions, one group sought to create an alternative to the power line transmission system by designing a system of wireless energy transmission based on the plans of Nikola Tesla...
August 11, 2017: Endeavour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805427/on-the-relative-importance-of-individual-level-characteristics-and-dyadic-interaction-effects-in-negotiations-variance-partitioning-evidence-from-a-twins-study
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Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Noah Eisenkraft, Jared R Curhan, Lisabeth F DiLalla
Negotiations are inherently dyadic. Negotiators' individual-level characteristics may not only make them perform better or worse in general, but also may make them particularly well- or poorly-suited to negotiate with a particular counterpart. The present research estimates the extent to which performance in a distributive negotiation is affected by (a) the negotiators' individual-level characteristics and (b) dyadic interaction effects that are defined by the unique pairings between the negotiators and their counterparts...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803597/somali-latino-and-hmong-parents-perceptions-and-approaches-about-raising-healthy-weight-children-a-community-based-participatory-research-study
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Chrisa Arcan, Kathleen A Culhane-Pera, Shannon Pergament, Maira Rosas-Lee, Mai Bao Xiong
OBJECTIVE: Immigrants in the USA are confronted with health disparities, including childhood obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases. We aimed to identify perceptions of childhood body weight, approaches to raising healthy children and desires for supportive programmes of Somali, Latino and Hmong (SLM) parents in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA. DESIGN: Using community-based participatory research, ten focus groups (FG) were conducted with sixty-seven parents (n 28 Somali, three FG; n 19 Latino, four FG; n 20 Hmong, three FG) of 3-12-year-old children in their native language...
August 14, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794429/sexual-dimorphism-in-the-genetic-influence-on-human-childlessness
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Renske M Verweij, Melinda C Mills, Felix C Tropf, René Veenstra, Anastasia Nyman, Harold Snieder
Previous research has found a genetic component of human reproduction and childlessness. Others have argued that the heritability of reproduction is counterintuitive due to a frequent misinterpretation that additive genetic variance in reproductive fitness should be close to zero. Yet it is plausible that different genetic loci operate in male and female fertility in the form of sexual dimorphism and that these genes are passed on to the next generation. This study examines the extent to which genetic factors influence childlessness and provides an empirical test of genetic sexual dimorphism...
September 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780665/sum-scores-in-twin-growth-curve-models-practicality-versus-bias
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Justin M Luningham, Daniel B McArtor, Meike Bartels, Dorret I Boomsma, Gitta H Lubke
To study behavioral or psychiatric phenotypes, multiple indices of the behavior or disorder are often collected that are thought to best reflect the phenotype. Combining these items into a single score (e.g. a sum score) is a simple and practical approach for modeling such data, but this simplicity can come at a cost in longitudinal studies, where the relevance of individual items often changes as a function of age. Such changes violate the assumptions of longitudinal measurement invariance (MI), and this violation has the potential to obfuscate the interpretation of the results of latent growth models fit to sum scores...
August 5, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763772/ph-responsive-chitosan-nanoparticles-from-a-novel-twin-chain-anionic-amphiphile-for-controlled-and-targeted-delivery-of-vancomycin
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Rahul S Kalhapure, Mahantesh Jadhav, Sanjeev Rambharose, Chunderika Mocktar, Sanil Singh, Jwala Renukuntla, Thirumala Govender
The design and synthesis of novel pH-responsive nanoantibiotics is an emerging research area to address the antibiotic resistance crisis. The purpose of this study was therefore to synthesize a new anionic gemini surfactant (AGS) that could result in the formulation of pH-responsive chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. The coupling of oleic acid with 2,2-dimethyl-5,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-dioxane and subsequent deprotection followed by a reaction with succinic anhydride and sodium bicarbonate yielded AGS...
July 24, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750823/major-depressive-disorder-suicidal-thoughts-and-behaviours-and-cannabis-involvement-in-discordant-twins-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Arpana Agrawal, Elliot C Nelson, Kathleen K Bucholz, Rebecca Tillman, Richard A Grucza, Dixie J Statham, Pamela Af Madden, Nicholas G Martin, Andrew C Heath, Michael T Lynskey
BACKGROUND: Early and frequent cannabis use are associated with an increased likelihood of major depressive disorder (MDD) as well as suicidal thoughts and behaviours. We identify associations between aspects of cannabis use, MDD, and suicidal thoughts and behaviours and examine whether such associations persist after accounting for those predisposing factors, including genetic liability and early family environment, that are shared by identical twins who are discordant for cannabis exposure...
July 24, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744703/pathways-of-intergenerational-transmission-of-advantages-during-adolescence-social-background-cognitive-ability-and-educational-attainment
#11
Wiebke Schulz, Reinhard Schunck, Martin Diewald, Wendy Johnson
Educational attainment in adolescence is of paramount importance for attaining higher education and for shaping subsequent life chances. Sociological accounts focus on the role of differences in socioeconomic resources in intergenerational reproduction of educational inequalities. These often disregard the intergenerational transmission of cognitive ability and the importance of children's cognitive ability to educational attainment. Psychological perspectives stress the importance of cognitive ability for educational attainment but underemphasize potentially different roles of specific socioeconomic resources in shaping educational outcomes, as well as individual differences in cognitive ability...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741130/epigenetic-involvement-in-etiopathogenesis-and-implications-in-treatment-of-systemic-lupus-erythematous
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REVIEW
Arron Munggela Foma, Saeed Aslani, Jafar Karami, Ahmadreza Jamshidi, Mahdi Mahmoudi
BACKGROUND: Recent researches in the field of genetics have extended our knowledge through the discovery of genetic factors associated with autoimmune diseases (AID). Genetics by itself, however, cannot elucidate all the uncertainties encountered in the etiopathology of AID. On the other hand, incomplete harmony in the prevalence of AID in identical twins suggests that non-genetic factors may play an important role in determining the disease susceptibility. Besides, epigenetics, which is defined by changes in gene expression without a corresponding change in the DNA sequences, has come in to provide new awareness in the disease etiopathology by bridging the genetic and epigenetic factors...
July 24, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738300/paternal-and-maternal-preconception-urinary-phthalate-metabolite-concentrations-and-child-behavior
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Carmen Messerlian, David Bellinger, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Megan E Romano, Jennifer B Ford, Paige L Williams, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser, Joseph M Braun
BACKGROUND: Prenatal phthalate exposure has been associated with behavioral problems and lower performance on measures of cognitive ability in children. However, the potential effect of phthalate exposure during the sensitive preconception period is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the association of maternal and paternal preconception urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations with child behavior and evaluate potential modification by child sex. METHODS: We used data from 166 children (111 singletons, 26 pairs of twins, and 1 set of triplets) born to 134 mothers and 100 fathers participating in a prospective preconception cohort study of subfertile couples from the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731214/from-positive-psychology-to-psychopathology-the-continuum-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Corina U Greven, Jan K Buitelaar, Giovanni A Salum
BACKGROUND: Integration of positive psychology into clinical research and treatment has been slow. This integration can be facilitated by the conceptualisation of mental disorders as the high, symptomatic extreme of continuous normal variation. This assumes that there is also a low, positive extreme, which is, however, unchartered territory. This study aims to examine how well current measures capture the low extreme of mental disorder continua, using attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as an example...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728857/-rosacea-new-data-for-better-care
#15
B Cribier
In the last 10 years, numerous studies have been published that throw new light on rosacea, in all areas of the disease. This overview summarises all the key developments, based on the indexed bibliography appearing in Medline between 2007 and 2017. Recent epidemiological data show that the prevalence of the disease is doubtless greater than estimated hitherto (more than 10% of adults in some countries) and that we should not overlook rosacea in subjects with skin phototypes V or VI, a condition that exists on all continents...
July 17, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724477/oliver-sacks-our-correspondence-about-twins-twin-research-vanishing-twins-syndrome-discordant-sex-in-mz-twins-pregnancy-outcomes-in-ivf-and-icsi-conceived-twins-print-and-media-superfetated-twins-twins-discordant-for-smoking-twins-in-fashion-yale-university
#16
Nancy L Segal
The late neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks, published an insightful 1986 review of Marjorie Wallace's book, The Silent Twins, in the New York Times. Taking exception to his assertion about Sir Francis Galton, I wrote a letter to the Times' editor. The letter was unpublished, but it brought a wonderful response from Sacks himself that is reproduced and examined. Next, brief reviews of twin research concerning the vanishing twin syndrome (VTS), discordant sex in a monozygotic (MZ) twin pair, and multiple pregnancy outcomes from assisted reproductive technology (ART) are presented...
August 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715705/investigating-the-relationship-between-iron-and-depression
#17
Natalie T Mills, Robert Maier, John B Whitfield, Margaret J Wright, Lucia Colodro-Conde, Enda M Byrne, James G Scott, Gerard J Byrne, Narelle K Hansell, Anna A E Vinkhuyzen, Baptiste CouvyDuchesne, Grant W Montgomery, Anjali K Henders, Nicholas G Martin, Naomi R Wray, Beben Benyamin
Lower levels of circulating iron have been associated with depression. Our objective was to investigate the phenotypic and genetic relationship between measures of circulating levels of iron (serum iron, transferrin, transferrin saturation, and ferritin) and depressive symptoms. Data were available from ongoing studies at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (QIMRB), including twin adolescents (mean age 15.1 years, standard deviation (SD) 3.2 years), and twin adults (mean age 23.2 years, SD 2.2 years)...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712365/psychoneurometric-assessment-of-dispositional-liabilities-for-suicidal-behavior-phenotypic-and-etiological-associations
#18
N C Venables, J R Yancey, M D Kramer, B M Hicks, R F Krueger, W G Iacono, T E Joiner, C J Patrick
BACKGROUND: Can core genetic liabilities for suicidal behavior be indexed using psychological and neural indicators combined? The current work addressed this question by examining phenotypic and genetic associations of two biobehavioral traits, threat sensitivity (THT) and disinhibition (DIS) - operationalized as psychoneurometric variables (i.e., composites of psychological-scale and neurophysiological measures) - with suicidal behaviors in a sample of adult twins. METHODS: Participants were 444 identical and fraternal twins recruited from an urban community...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711985/higher-rates-of-dz-twinning-in-a-twenty-first-century-birth-cohort
#19
Sally Ann Rhea, Robin P Corley, Andrew C Heath, William G Iacono, Michael C Neale, John K Hewitt
The Colorado Twin Registry is a population based registry initiated in 1984 with the involvement of the Colorado Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics. Recruitment includes birth cohorts several years prior to 1984 and all subsequent years. As part of a recent evaluation of Colorado birth records for the years 2006 through 2008 we became aware of a shifting trend in the proportion of MZ and DZ twins in the Colorado population. Historically (Bulmer 1970 The biology of twinning in man, Clarendon, Oxford) we have expected a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 ratio of MZ, same-sex DZ and opposite sex DZ twins in Caucasian populations...
July 15, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709445/twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-study-protocol-for-developing-disseminating-and-implementing-a-core-outcome-set
#20
Asma Khalil, Helen Perry, James Duffy, Keith Reed, Ahmet Baschat, Jan Deprest, Kurt Hecher, Liesbeth Lewi, Enrico Lopriore, Dick Oepkes
BACKGROUND: Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) is associated with an increased risk of perinatal mortality and morbidity. Several treatment interventions have been described for TTTS, including fetoscopic laser surgery, amnioreduction, septostomy, expectant management, and pregnancy termination. Over the last decade, fetoscopic laser surgery has become the primary treatment. The literature to date reports on many different outcomes, making it difficult to compare results or combine data from individual studies, limiting the value of research to guide clinical practice...
July 14, 2017: Trials
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