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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929839/capturing-ecology-in-modeling-approaches-applied-to-environmental-risk-assessment-of-endocrine-active-chemicals-in-fish
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Kate S Mintram, A Ross Brown, Samuel K Maynard, Pernille Thorbek, Charles R Tyler
Endocrine active chemicals (EACs) are widespread in freshwater environments and both laboratory and field based studies have shown reproductive effects in fish at environmentally relevant exposures. Environmental risk assessment (ERA) seeks to protect wildlife populations and prospective assessments rely on extrapolation from individual-level effects established for laboratory fish species to populations of wild fish using arbitrary safety factors. Population susceptibility to chemical effects, however, depends on exposure risk, physiological susceptibility, and population resilience, each of which can differ widely between fish species...
September 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927539/transient-and-stable-vector-transfection-pitfalls-off-target-effects-artifacts
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REVIEW
Aleksei A Stepanenko, Henry H Heng
Transient and stable vector transfections have played important roles in illustrating the function of specific genes/proteins. The general assumption is that such a platform could effectively link a given gene/protein to gained phenotypes, revealing the mechanism of how a gene works. However, in reality, increased studies have surprisingly noticed some unexpected results. In this review, we demonstrate that an assumption that empty vector-transfected cells preserve the cytogenetic and phenotypic characteristics, and represent the adequate control in transfection experiments is not universally valid...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925999/an-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-intensity-and-duration-on-outcomes-across-treatment-domains-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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E Linstead, D R Dixon, E Hong, C O Burns, R French, M N Novack, D Granpeesheh
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is considered an effective treatment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and many researchers have further investigated factors associated with treatment outcomes. However, few studies have focused on whether treatment intensity and duration have differential influences on separate skills. The aim of the current study was to investigate how treatment intensity and duration impact learning across different treatment domains, including academic, adaptive, cognitive, executive function, language, motor, play, and social...
September 19, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922928/differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate-schedules-reduce-severe-problem-behavior
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Andrew C Bonner, John C Borrero
Differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate (DRL) schedules are reinforcement contingencies designed to reduce response rates. A common variation of the DRL arrangement is known as full-session DRL ( f-DRL), in which a reinforcer is presented at the end of an interval if the response rate during that interval is below a predetermined criterion. Prior human operant research involving arbitrary mouse clicks has shown that the f-DRL is likely to reduce target responding to near zero rates. Similarly, applied research has shown that the f-DRL is likely to reduce minimally disruptive classroom behavior...
September 1, 2017: Behavior Modification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911800/evolution-of-the-sex-ratio-and-effective-number-under-gynodioecy-and-androdioecy
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Marcy K Uyenoyama, Naoki Takebayashi
We address the evolution of effective number of individuals under androdioecy and gynodioecy. We analyze dynamic models of autosomal modifiers of weak effect on sex expression. In our zygote control models, the sex expressed by a zygote depends on its own genotype, while in our maternal control models, it depends on the genotype of its maternal parent. Our analysis unifies full multi-dimensional local stability analysis with the Li-Price equation, which for all its heuristic appeal, describes evolutionary change over a single generation...
September 11, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904543/the-application-of-the-transtheoretical-model-to-identify-physical-activity-behavior-in-women
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Asiyeh Pirzadeh, Firoozeh Mostafavi, Fazlollah Ghofarnipour, Marjan Mansourian
BACKGROUND: The low level of physical activity is a risk factor behind several chronic diseases. Evidence shows the level of physical activity is decreasing, especially in women. This study aimed to apply the transtheoretical model to identify physical activity behavior in women who referred to health centers of Isfahan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out among 400 women in Isfahan's health centers. Data were collected using a questionnaire including demographic factors, the standard of exercise behavior, stages-of-change questionnaire, processes of change, self-efficacy, and decisional balance...
July 2017: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902225/optical-tracking-of-relaxation-dynamics-in-semi-dilute-hydroxypropylcellulose-solutions-as-a-precise-phase-transition-probe
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Hernan Garate, King-Wo Li, Denis Bouyer, Patrick Guenoun
Phase separation of thermo-responsive polymers in solution is a complex process, whose understanding is essential to screen and design materials with diverse technological applications. Here we report on a method based on dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments to investigate the phase separation of thermo-responsive polymer solutions and precisely define the transition temperature (TPS). Our results are applied on hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) solutions as an important biosourced green water-soluble polymer...
September 13, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902006/development-of-survey-scales-for-measuring-exposure-and-behavioral-responses-to-disruptive-intraoperative-behavior
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Alexander Villafranca, Colin Hamlin, Thomas L Rodebaugh, Sandra Robinson, Eric Jacobsohn
OBJECTIVES: Disruptive intraoperative behavior has detrimental effects to clinicians, institutions, and patients. How clinicians respond to this behavior can either exacerbate or attenuate its effects. Previous investigations of disruptive behavior have used survey scales with significant limitations. The study objective was to develop appropriate scales to measure exposure and responses to disruptive behavior. METHODS: We obtained ethics approval. The scales were developed in a sequence of steps...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900459/protective-effects-of-bogijetong-decoction-and-its-selected-formula-on-neuropathic-insults-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-animals
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Ki-Joong Kim, Uk Namgung, Chung Sik Cho
Bogijetong decoction (BGJTD) is a mixture of herbal formulation which is used in the traditional Korean medicine for the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by diabetes. Here, we investigated the regulatory effects of BGJTD and its reconstituted decoction subgroups on the neuropathic responses in streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced diabetic animals. Be decoction (BeD) was formulated by selecting individual herbal components that induced neurite outgrowth most efficiently in each subgroup. BeD induced the neurite outgrowth in DRG neurons most efficiently among decoction subgroups and downregulated the production of TNF-α from the sciatic nerves in STZ-diabetic animals...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898442/bayesian-estimation-of-multivariate-normal-mixtures-with-covariate-dependent-mixing-weights-with-an-application-in-antimicrobial-resistance-monitoring
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Stijn Jaspers, Arnošt Komárek, Marc Aerts
Bacteria with a reduced susceptibility against antimicrobials pose a major threat to public health. Therefore, large programs have been set up to collect minimum inhibition concentration (MIC) values. These values can be used to monitor the distribution of the nonsusceptible isolates in the general population. Data are collected within several countries and over a number of years. In addition, the sampled bacterial isolates were not tested for susceptibility against one antimicrobial, but rather against an entire range of substances...
September 12, 2017: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890925/on-the-road-to-becoming-a-responsible-leader-a-simulation-based-training-approach-for-final-year-medical-students
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Marion Schmidt-Huber, Janine Netzel, Jan Kiesewetter
Background and objective: There is a need for young physicians to take a responsible role in clinical teams, comparable to a leadership role. However, today's medical curricula barely consider the development of leadership competencies. Acquisition of leadership skills are currently a by-product of medical education, even though it seems to be a competency relevant for physicians' success. Therefore, an innovative leadership training program for young physicians was developed and validated. Training conceptualisation were based upon findings of critical incidents interviews (N=19) with relevant personnel (e...
2017: GMS Journal for Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888149/the-impact-of-alcohol-policies-on-alcohol-attributable-diseases-in-taiwan-a-population-based-study
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Yung-Hsiang Ying, Yung-Ching Weng, Koyin Chang
BACKGROUND: Taiwan has some of the strictest alcohol-related driving laws in the world. However, its laws continue to be toughened to reduce the ever-increasing social cost of alcohol-related harm. AIM: This study assumes that alcohol-related driving laws show a spillover effect such that behavioral changes originally meant to apply behind the wheel come to affect drinking behavior in other contexts. The effects of alcohol driving laws and taxes on alcohol-related morbidity are assessed; incidence rates of alcohol-attributable diseases (AAD) serve as our measure of morbidity...
September 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883405/modeling-a-linkage-between-blood-transcriptional-expression-and-activity-in-brain-regions-to-infer-the-phenotype-of-schizophrenia-patients
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El Chérif Ibrahim, Vincent Guillemot, Magali Comte, Arthur Tenenhaus, Xavier Yves Zendjidjian, Aida Cancel, Raoul Belzeaux, Florence Sauvanaud, Olivier Blin, Vincent Frouin, Eric Fakra
Hundreds of genetic loci participate to schizophrenia liability. It is also known that impaired cerebral connectivity is directly related to the cognitive and affective disturbances in schizophrenia. How genetic susceptibility and brain neural networks interact to specify a pathological phenotype in schizophrenia remains elusive. Imaging genetics, highlighting brain variations, has proven effective to establish links between vulnerability loci and associated clinical traits. As previous imaging genetics works in schizophrenia have essentially focused on structural DNA variants, these findings could be blurred by epigenetic mechanisms taking place during gene expression...
September 7, 2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877513/predicting-functional-neuroanatomical-maps-from-fusing-brain-networks-with-genetic-information
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REVIEW
Florian Ganglberger, Joanna Kaczanowska, Josef M Penninger, Andreas Hess, Katja Bühler, Wulf Haubensak
Functional neuroanatomical maps provide a mesoscale reference framework for studies from molecular to systems neuroscience and psychiatry. The underlying structure-function relationships are typically derived from functional manipulations or imaging approaches. Although highly informative, these are experimentally costly. The increasing amount of publicly available brain and genetic data offers a rich source that could be mined to address this problem computationally. Here, we developed an algorithm that fuses gene expression and connectivity data with functional genetic meta data and exploits cumulative effects to derive neuroanatomical maps related to multi-genic functions...
September 3, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876909/challenges-in-coupling-acidity-and-salinity-transport-in-porous-media
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Colin Joseph McNeece, Marc A Hesse
Salinity is an increasingly prescient issue in reactive transport, from low salinity water flooding to fracking brine leakage. Of primary concern is the effect of salinity on surface chemistry. Transport and batch experiments show a strong coupling of salinity and acidity through chemical interactions at the mineral-liquid interface. This coupling is ascribed to the combined effects of ionic strength on electrostatic behaviour of the interface and competitive sorption between protons and other cations for binding sites on the surface...
September 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873698/phase-behaviors-involved-in-surimi-gel-system-effects-of-phase-separation-on-gelation-of-myofibrillar-protein-and-kappa-carrageenan
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Tao Zhang, Xiaoqi Xu, Lei Ji, Zhaojie Li, Yuming Wang, Yong Xue, Changhu Xue
Phase behaviors of mixtures of myofibrillar protein and κ-carrageenan at different mixing ratios and temperatures were examined by digital images and confocal scanning laser microscopy, showing that that the extent of phase separation was enhanced as the ratio of polysaccharides and temperature increased. The zeta potential of the mixtures became less negative as the protein ratio increased, and the complex became saturated at or above the protein/κ-carrageenan ratio of R4 (3.2%:0.8%). Gelation process performed by dynamic rheological analysis demonstrated that the presence of carrageenan decreased the gelation temperature but increased the storage modulus...
October 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870020/career-exploration-behavior-of-korean-medical-students
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Hyejin An, Seung-Hee Lee
PURPOSE: This study is to analyze the effects of medical students' social support and career barriers on career exploration behavior mediated by career decision-making self-efficacy. METHODS: We applied the t-test to investigate the difference among the variables based on gender and admission types. Also, we performed path analysis to verify the effect of perceived career barriers and social support on career exploration behavior with career decision efficacy as a mediator...
September 2017: Korean Journal of Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868976/new-insight-into-the-fouling-behavior-of-hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-polypropylene-membranes-in-integrated-membrane-bioreactors
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Yan-Fen Guo, Pi-Chao Sun, Jun-Fu Wei
To investigate the effect of hydrophobic and hydrophilic polypropylene hollow fiber membranes (PPHFMs) applied in membrane bioreactors (MBR), the fouling behaviors of membrane surfaces and pores has been tested. The structural and morphological features on the membrane surface were characterized using attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR/ATR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and laser granularity distribution analysis...
September 4, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868042/cognitive-behavioral-therapy-vs-eye-movement-desensitization-and-reprocessing-for-treating-panic-disorder-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Ferdinand Horst, Brenda Den Oudsten, Wobbe Zijlstra, Ad de Jongh, Jill Lobbestael, Jolanda De Vries
Objective: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective intervention for patients with panic disorder (PD). From a theoretical perspective, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy could also be useful in the treatment of PD because: (1) panic attacks can be experienced as life threatening; (2) panic memories specific to PD resemble traumatic memories as seen in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and (3) PD often develops following a distressing life event. The primary objective of this Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), was to compare EMDR therapy with CBT for PD and determine whether EMDR is not worse than CBT in reducing panic symptoms and improving Quality Of Life (QOL)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866722/changes-in-intensity-of-neurotic-symptoms-associated-with-reduction-of-suicidal-ideation-in-patients-who-underwent-psychotherapy-in-the-day-hospital-for-the-treatment-of-neurotic-and-behavioral-disorders
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Paweł Rodziński, Krzysztof Rutkowski, Agnieszka Murzyn, Jerzy A Sobański, Katarzyna Cyranka, Edyta Dembińska, Karolina Grządziel, Katarzyna Klasa, Michał Mielimąka, Łukasz Müldner-Nieckowski, Bogna Smiatek-Mazgaj
OBJECTIVES: Analysis of associations between changes in the intensity of neurotic symptoms and reduction of suicidal ideation (SI) or lack of SI reduction, in patients who underwent a course of intensive psychotherapy conducted in integrative approach with predominance of psychodynamic approach in a day hospital. METHODS: Symptom Checklist KO"O" and Life Inventory completed by 461 women and 219 men treated in the psychotherapeutic day hospital due to neurotic, behavioral or personality disorders between 2005-2013...
June 18, 2017: Psychiatria Polska
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