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G Besson, G Barragan-Jason, S J Thorpe, M Fabre-Thorpe, S Puma, M Ceccaldi, E J Barbeau
Verifying that a face is from a target person (e.g. finding someone in the crowd) is a critical ability of the human face processing system. Yet how fast this can be performed is unknown. The 'entry-level shift due to expertise' hypothesis suggests that - since humans are face experts - processing faces should be as fast - or even faster - at the individual than at superordinate levels. In contrast, the 'superordinate advantage' hypothesis suggests that faces are processed from coarse to fine, so that the opposite pattern should be observed...
October 21, 2016: Cognition
Akimasa Someya, Takako Ikegami, Koji Sakamoto, Isao Nagaoka
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the major joint diseases, and the synovial inflammation is involved in the pathogenesis and progression of OA. Glucosamine (GlcN) is widely used as a dietary supplement for OA, and is expected to exert the antiinflammatory action in OA. However, the detailed mechanism for the antiinflammatory action of GlcN remains poorly understood. In this study, to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved in the GlcN-medicated regulation of synovial cell activation, we comprehensively analyzed the effect of GlcN on the gene expression using a human synovial cell line MH7A by DNA microarray...
2016: PloS One
Kun Qian, Christoph Janott, Vedhas Pandit, Zixing Zhang, Clemens Heiser, Winfried Hohenhorst, Michael Herzog, Werner Hemmert, Bjoern Schuller
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious chronic disease and a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Snoring is a typical symptom of OSA patients. Knowledge of the origin of obstruction and vibration within the upper airways is essential for a targeted surgical approach. Aim of this paper is to systematically compare different acoustic features, and classifiers for their performance in the classification of the excitation location of snore sounds. METHODS: Snore sounds from 40 male patients have been recorded during Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy, and categorized by ENT experts...
October 21, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Marta Pardo, Eleonore Beurel, Richard S Jope
Cotinine is the major metabolite of nicotine and has displayed some capacity for improving cognition in mouse models following chronic administration. We tested if acute cotinine treatment is capable of improving cognition in the mouse model of Fragile X syndrome, Fmr1(-/-) knockout mice, and if this is related to inhibition by cotinine treatment of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β), which is abnormally active in Fmr1(-/-) mice. Acute cotinine treatment increased the inhibitory serine-phosphorylation of GSK3β and the activating phosphorylation of AKT, which can mediate serine-phosphorylation of GSK3β, in both wild-type and Fmr1(-/-) mouse hippocampus...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Puneeta Tandon, K Rajender Reddy, Jacqueline G O'Leary, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Juan G Abraldes, Florence Wong, Scott W Biggins, Benedict Maliakkal, Michael B Fallon, Ram M Subramanian, Paul Thuluvath, Patrick S Kamath, Leroy R Thacker, Jasmohan S Bajaj
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Identification of patients with cirrhosis at risk for death within 3 months of discharge from the hospital is essential to individualize post-discharge plans. The objective of the study was to identify an easy-to-use prognostic model based on the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS). METHODS: NACSELD consists of 16 tertiary-care hepatology centers that prospectively enroll non-electively admitted cirrhotic patients. Patients enrolled had KPS assessed one week post-discharge...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
César González-Ramírez, Jesús Montanero-Fernández, Diego Peral-Pacheco
BACKGROUND: The extreme variability of Temporary disability duration causes a deep impact in Public Health. We try to understand what factors does duration of disability depend on. METHODS: Through cohort study with data of temporal disabilities collected by Ibermutuamur from 2008 to 2012, we use statistical multivariate methods. RESULTS: The most reliable and convenient algorithm to predict duration was a categorical classification tree that distinguished between brief and long disabilities, taking into account both medical-biological and socioeconomic factors...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
Mieke Decuyper, Fien Gistelinck, Jasmine Vergauwe, Gina Pancorbo, Filip De Fruyt
Personality disorders (PDs) are inherently associated with deficits in relating to other people. Previous research has shown consistent negative associations between categorical PD symptoms and relationship satisfaction. The present studies extend on these findings by examining the role of maladaptive traits in a number of ways. Self- and partner-reported maladaptive traits of both partners are included. Moreover, the present studies add a couple-centered approach by investigating the effects of actual similarity, perceptual similarity, and perceptual accuracy of the maladaptive trait profile on relationship satisfaction...
October 24, 2016: Personality Disorders
Talya Lazerus, Zachary A Ingbretsen, Ryan M Stolier, Jonathan B Freeman, Mina Cikara
We investigated how group membership impacts valence judgments of ingroup and outgroup members' emotional expressions. In Experiment 1, participants, randomized into 2 novel, competitive groups, rated the valence of in- and outgroup members' facial expressions (e.g., fearful, happy, neutral) using a circumplex affect grid. Across all emotions, participants judged ingroup members' expressions as more positive than outgroup members' expressions. In Experiment 2, participants categorized fearful and happy expressions as being either positive or negative using a mouse-tracking paradigm...
October 24, 2016: Emotion
F J Murcia Pascual, J I Garrido Pérez, V Vargas Cruz, J E Betancourth Alvarenga, M A Cárdenas Elías, F Vázquez Rueda, R M Paredes Esteban
OBJECTIVES: Currently the management of appendicular mass remains controversial. Many authors advocate conservative management followed by delayed appendectomy, whereas others favour inmediate appendectomy. The aim of our study is to compare both treatments. METHODS: A descriptive and observational study over 46 patients treated for appendiceal mass at our center in the last ten years was performed. Patients were categorized as group 1, early surgical intervention (54...
October 10, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
Christine M Lee, Jessica Blayney, Isaac C Rhew, Melissa A Lewis, Debra Kaysen
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults are at elevated risk for drinking compared to heterosexual young adults, and this discrepancy is particularly striking for sexual minority women (SMW). Perceived social norms are strong predictors of young adult alcohol use, especially among college students. The college environment is often one where increases in alcohol use are seen, but the impact of college status on SMW's drinking has been understudied. The present study explored patterns of alcohol use and consequences among SMW and the extent to which social norms relate to use and consequences...
March 2016: Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
Do Hoon Koo, KwangSeop Song, Hyungju Kwon, Dong Sik Bae, Ji-Hoon Kim, Hye Sook Min, Kyu Eun Lee, Yeo-Kyu Youn
Background. Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is diagnostic standard for thyroid nodules. However, the influence of size on FNAC accuracy remains unclear especially in too small or too large thyroid nodules. The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the effect of nodule size on FNAC accuracy. Methods. All consecutive patients who underwent thyroidectomy for nodules in 2010 were enrolled. FNAC results (according to the Bethesda system) were compared to pathological diagnosis. The nodules were categorized into groups A-E on the basis of maximal diameter on ultrasound (≤0...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
Allison R Schulman, Walter Chan, Aiofe Devery, Michele B Ryan, Christopher C Thompson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Marginal ulceration, or ulceration at the gastrojejunal anastomosis, is a common complication of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Acidity likely contributes to the pathophysiology, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are frequently prescribed for treatment. However, patients with gastric bypass only have a small gastric pouch and rapid small bowel transit, which limits the opportunity for capsule breakdown and PPI absorption. Soluble PPIs (open capsules, OCs) might be more easily absorbed than intact capsules (IC)...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Afnan Ben Gassem, Richard Foxton, Dirk Bister, Tim Newton
OBJECTIVES: To devise and assess the psychometric properties of a measure that investigates hypodontia patients' expectations of the process and outcome of combined orthodontic/restorative treatment. SETTING: Specialised secondary care facility for individuals with hypodontia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mixed research design with three phases: (a) Thematic analysis of data from individual interviews with 25 hypodontia patients/16 parents to generate the questionnaire items...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
M A Tazón-Varela, H Alonso-Valle, P Muñoz-Cacho, J Gallo-Terán, X Piris-García, L A Pérez-Mier
INTRODUCTION: Knowing the most common microorganisms in our environment can help us to make proper empirical treatment decisions. The aim is to identify those microorganisms causing community-acquired pneumonia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational, descriptive and prospective study was conducted, including patients over 14 years with a clinical and radiographic diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia during a 383 consecutive day period. A record was made of sociodemographic variables, personal history, prognostic severity scales, progress, and pathogenic agents...
October 20, 2016: Semergen
Murat Biteker, Kadir Kayataş, Özcan Başaran, Volkan Dogan, Eda Özlek, Bülent Özlek
BACKGROUND: Although an enlarged left atrium has recently emerged as a marker of adverse outcomes in various diseases, its discriminatory value and prognostic role in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) are not well studied. We studied whether left atrial volume index (LAVI) predicts mortality and discriminates stroke subtypes after AIS. METHODS: We prospectively followed 310 consecutive first-ever AIS patients aged 50 years or older who were admitted to the hospital within 24 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Itamar S Santos, Alessandra C Goulart, Alexandre C Pereira, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Benseñor
BACKGROUND: The American Heart Association aims to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in this decade by improving seven ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) characteristics in the population. The aim of this study was to quantify the association between the American Heart Association's CVH score and values for carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health baseline assessment. METHODS: The Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health is a multicenter cohort study of civil servants aged 35 to 74 years in Brazil...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Tarun Saxena, Sanjay Patidar, Manjari Saxena
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiology of essential hypertension remains obscure. Correlation among ventricular ejection force, sympathetic activity, and hypertension is less clearly narrated in hypertensive subjects. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess correlation among ventricular ejection force, sympathetic activity, and hypertension in hypertensive subjects, and to be compared with normotensive subjects. METHODS: This is a case-control study to assess left ventricular ejection force (LVEF) and sympathetic skin response, in normotensive (group 1; control), and hypertensive subjects (group 2; cases)...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Melissa K James, Sebastian D Schubl, Michael P Francois, Geoffrey K Doughlin, Shi-Wen Lee
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine if the introduction of a pan-scan protocol during the initial assessment for blunt trauma activations would affect missed injuries, incidental findings, treatment times, radiation exposure, and cost. METHODS: A 6-month prospective study was performed on patients with blunt trauma at a level 1 trauma center. During the last 3 months of the study, a pan-scan protocol was introduced to the trauma assessment. Categorical data were analyzed by Fisher exact test and continuous data were analyzed by Mann-Whitney nonparametric test...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Adrian Loerbroks, Sung-Il Cho, Maureen F Dollard, Jianfang Zou, Joachim E Fischer, Yueying Jiang, Peter Angerer, Raphael M Herr, Jian Li
OBJECTIVE: Epidemiological evidence suggests that work stress is associated with suicidal ideation (SI). However, only few studies in this area have drawn on well-established theoretical work stress models (i.e., the job-demand-control [JDC] model, the effort-reward-imbalance [ERI] model, and the model of organizational injustice [OJ]). Utilization of such models allows though for theory-based assessments and workplace interventions. Since evidence on those models' relationship with suicide-related outcomes is currently inconclusive (with regard to JDC), markedly sparse (OJ) or lacking (ERI), we aimed to provide additional or initial evidence...
November 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Yun-Fang Zhang, Qi Wang, Yan-Yan Su, Shen Yang, Jian Guo, Jie Luo, Jia-Min Tang, Hong-Yan Li
OBJECTIVE: In this retrospective matched-cohort study, the association between potassium supplementation and long-term outcomes was determined. METHODS: Chronic peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, aged ≥ 16 years, being referred to four PD centers in China, with serum potassium levels ≤ 3.5 mEq/L on three consecutive monthly in Q4 2008 and without receiving oral potassium supplementation in the prior three months were included in this study. Patients were divided into two groups, either to receive (test group) or not (control group) oral potassium supplementation in both Q4 2008 and the subsequent follow-up period, until 31 December 2014...
October 24, 2016: Renal Failure
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