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John Turri
This paper addresses a fundamental question in folk metaphysics: how do we ordinarily view human agency? According to the transcendence account, we view human agency as standing outside of the causal order and imbued with exceptional powers. According to a naturalistic account, we view human agency as subject to the same physical laws as other objects and completely open to scientific investigation. According to exceptionalist naturalism, the truth lies somewhere in between: we view human agency as fitting broadly within the causal order while still being exceptional in important respects...
October 21, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Alastair I Ward, Jason K Finney, Sarah E Beatham, Richard J Delahay, Peter A Robertson, David P Cowan
Increasing urbanisation and growth of many wild animal populations can result in a greater frequency of human-wildlife conflicts. However, traditional lethal methods of wildlife control are becoming less favoured than non-lethal approaches, particularly when problems involve charismatic species in urban areas. Eurasian badgers (Meles meles) excavate subterranean burrow systems (setts), which can become large and complex. Larger setts within which breeding takes place and that are in constant use are known as main setts...
2016: PeerJ
Erica DeNicola, Omar S Aburizaize, Azhar Siddique, Haider Khwaja, David O Carpenter
Injury was the largest single cause of disability-adjusted life years and death in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2013. The vast majority of injury-related fatalities are deaths caused by road traffic. Measures to control this serious public health issue, which has significant consequences for both Saudi families and the Saudi economy as a whole, have been underway for years but with little success. Most attempts at intervening revolve around attempts for enforcing stricter traffic laws and by installing automated traffic monitoring systems that will catch law breakers on camera and issue tickets and fines...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Suchismita Daw, Ritam Chatterjee, Aditya Law, Sujata Law
Hematological disorders like myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) may arise due to cumulative dysregulation of various signalling pathways controlling proliferation, differentiation, maturation and apoptosis of bone marrow cells. This devastating bone marrow condition can be due to consequential abnormalities in haematopoiesis as well as its supportive microenvironment. Although mutations related to JAK/STAT pathway are common in myeloproliferative neoplasms, further studies are required to fully explore the myelodysplastic scenario regarding the concerned pathway...
October 7, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Masahiko Funada
The number of law-evading chemical substances that pose serious health risks to humans is increasing worldwide, including Japan and the Western world, and their abuse is becoming a serious social problem. Analysis of the chemical substances in these herbal products revealed the presence of synthetic cannabinoids. This review summarizes the pharmacological actions and dangers of chemical substances contained in law-evading herbal products by focusing on synthetic cannabinoids as a group of chemical substances contained in these products...
October 2016: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
S Barel, D Elad, O Cuneah, J A Shimshoni
The Israeli feed safety legislation, which came to prominence in the early 1970's, has undergone a major change from simple feed safety and quality regulations to a more holistic concept of control of feed safety and quality throughout the whole feed production chain, from farm to the end user table. In February 2014 a new law was approved by the Israeli parliament, namely the Control of Animal Feed Law, which is expected to enter into effect in 2017. The law is intended to regulate the production and marketing of animal feed, guaranteeing the safety and quality of animal products throughout the production chain...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
C Kibaly, H H Loh, P-Y Law
Treatment of chronic pain has created a "silent epidemic," a term that describes the serious public health problem of the abuse of opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. Conventional pharmacotherapy is limited by the loss of effectiveness in the long-term and by potentially lethal side effects. Efforts need to be focused on the development of nonpharmacological approaches. As significant progress is made in the viral vector technology, gene therapy involving recombinant viruses as vehicles may become a viable alternative for treatment of severe pain...
2016: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
Regina Schoenfeld-Tacher, Lori R Kogan
Given the unique nature of programs in professional veterinary medicine (PVM), the increasing numbers of students requesting accommodations for emotional support animals (ESAs) in higher education settings is of growing interest to student affairs and administrative staff in PVM settings. Since the legislation pertaining to this type of support animal differs from the laws governing disability service animals, colleges and universities now need to develop new policies and guidelines. Representatives from a sample of 28 PVM programs completed a survey about the prevalence of student requests for ESAs and service animals...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Winnie K W So, Bernard M H Law, Patrick T W Law, Carmen W H Chan, Sek Ying Chair
Globally, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common form of cancer. The development of effective chemopreventive strategies to reduce CRC incidence is therefore of paramount importance. Over the past decade, research has indicated the potential of rice bran, a byproduct of rice milling, in CRC chemoprevention. This was recently suggested to be partly attributable to modification in the composition of intestinal microbiota when rice bran was ingested. Indeed, previous studies have reported changes in the population size of certain bacterial species, or microbial dysbiosis, in the intestines of CRC patients and animal models...
2016: Nutrients
Matthew J Ware, Vazrik Keshishian, Justin J Law, Jason C Ho, Carlos A Favela, Paul Rees, Billie Smith, Sayeeduddin Mohammad, Rosa F Hwang, Kimal Rajapakshe, Cristian Coarfa, Shixia Huang, Dean P Edwards, Stuart J Corr, Biana Godin, Steven A Curley
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by a prominent desmoplastic/stromal reaction, which contributes to the poor clinical outcome of this disease. Therefore, greater understanding of the stroma development and tumor-stroma interactions is highly required. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) are myofibroblast-like cells located in exocrine areas of the pancreas, which as a result of inflammation produced by PDAC migrate and accumulate in the tumor mass, secreting extracellular matrix components and producing the dense PDAC stroma...
November 2016: Biomaterials
Selma Marie Siddiqui, Sushma Sagar, Mahesh C Misra, Amit Gupta, Marie Crandall, Mamta Swaroop
BACKGROUND: Motorized two-wheelers (MTWs) such as scooters and motorcycles place drivers and passengers at significant risk of injury and death in the event of a road traffic accident. In India, where road traffic is poorly regulated and consists of vehicles ranging from semitrucks to animal carts, the MTW pillion rider (backseat passenger) is particularly vulnerable. Annually, approximately 140,000 Indians are injured or killed in MTW road traffic accidents. In 2011, the city of New Delhi renewed a mandatory helmet use exemption for its 8 million women...
September 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Kun Zhao, Raja Jurdak
Understanding the drivers of animal movement is significant for ecology and biology. Yet researchers have so far been unable to fully understand these drivers, largely due to low data resolution. In this study, we analyse a high-frequency movement dataset for a group of grazing cattle and investigate their spatiotemporal patterns using a simple two-state 'stop-and-move' mobility model. We find that the dispersal kernel in the moving state is best described by a mixture exponential distribution, indicating the hierarchical nature of the movement...
2016: Scientific Reports
Robert Anderson, Robyn Waayers, Andrew Knight
Based on neuroanatomical indices such as brain size and encephalization quotient, orcas are among the most intelligent animals on Earth. They display a range of complex behaviors indicative of social intelligence, but these are difficult to study in the open ocean where protective laws may apply, or in captivity, where access is constrained for commercial and safety reasons. From 1979 to 1980, however, we were able to interact with juvenile orcas in an unstructured way at San Diego's SeaWorld facility. We observed in the animals what appeared to be pranks, tests of trust, limited use of tactical deception, emotional self-control, and empathetic behaviors...
2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Yanjun Gong, Yundi Feng, Xudong Chen, Wenchang Tan, Yunlong Huo, Ghassan S Kassab
It is scientifically and clinically important to understand the structure-function scaling of coronary arterial trees in compensatory (e.g., left and right ventricular hypertrophy, LVH and RVH) and de-compensatory vascular remodeling (e.g., congestive heart failure, CHF). This study hypothesizes that intraspecific scaling power laws of vascular trees are preserved in hypertrophic hearts, but not in CHF swine hearts. To test the hypothesis, we carried out the scaling analysis based on morphometry and hemodynamics of coronary arterial trees in moderate LVH, severe RVH and CHF in comparison with age-matched respective control hearts...
August 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Markus Meister
This is an analysis of how magnetic fields affect biological molecules and cells. It was prompted by a series of prominent reports regarding magnetism in biological systems. The first claims to have identified a protein complex that acts like a compass needle to guide magnetic orientation in animals (Qin et al., 2016). Two other articles report magnetic control of membrane conductance by attaching ferritin to an ion channel protein and then tugging the ferritin or heating it with a magnetic field (Stanley et al...
2016: ELife
Laura Cox, V Tamara Montrose
Quantity discrimination is a basic form of numerical competence where an animal distinguishes which of two amounts is greater in size. Whilst quantity discrimination in rats has been investigated via training paradigms, rats' natural quantity discrimination abilities without explicit training for a desired response have not been explored. This study investigated domestic rats' ability to perform quantity discrimination. Domestic rats ( n = 12) were examined for their ability to distinguish the larger amount under nine quantity comparisons...
2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Deepali Vasoya, Andy Law, Paolo Motta, Mingyan Yu, Adrian Muwonge, Elizabeth Cook, Xiaoying Li, Karen Bryson, Amanda MacCallam, Tatjana Sitt, Philip Toye, Barend Bronsvoort, Mick Watson, W Ivan Morrison, Timothy Connelley
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region contains many genes that are key regulators of both innate and adaptive immunity including the polymorphic MHCI and MHCII genes. Consequently, the characterisation of the repertoire of MHC genes is critical to understanding the variation that determines the nature of immune responses. Our current knowledge of the bovine MHCI repertoire is limited with only the Holstein-Friesian breed having been studied in any depth. Traditional methods of MHCI genotyping are of low resolution and laborious and this has been a major impediment to a more comprehensive analysis of the MHCI repertoire of other cattle breeds...
November 2016: Immunogenetics
Adrian Bejan
What is evolution and why does it exist in the biological, geophysical and technological realms - in short, everywhere? Why is there a time direction - a time arrow - in the changes we know are happening every moment and everywhere? Why is the present different than the past? These are questions of physics, about everything, not just biology. The answer is that nothing lives, flows and moves unless it is driven by power. Physics sheds light on the natural engines that produce the power destroyed by the flows, and on the free morphing that leads to flow architectures naturally and universally...
May 2016: Communicative & Integrative Biology
Aoife Hayes, Sarah Duffy, Michael O'Grady, Jette Jakobsen, Karen Galvin, Joanna Teahan-Dillon, Joseph Kerry, Alan Kelly, John O'Doherty, Siobhan Higgins, Kelly M Seamans, Kevin D Cashman
BACKGROUND: Despite numerous animal studies that have illustrated the impact of additional vitamin D in the diet of hens on the resulting egg vitamin D content, the effect of the consumption of such eggs on vitamin D status of healthy individuals has not, to our knowledge, been tested. OBJECTIVE: We performed a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to investigate the effect of the consumption of vitamin D-enhanced eggs (produced by feeding hens at the maximum concentration of vitamin D3 or serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D3] lawfully allowed in feed) on winter serum 25(OH)D in healthy adults...
September 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Emanuel Deutschmann
Starting from conflictive predictions of hitherto disconnected debates in the natural and social sciences, this article examines the spatial structure of transnational human activity (THA) worldwide (a) across eight types of mobility and communication and (b) in its development over time. It is shown that the spatial structure of THA is similar to that of animal displacements and local-scale human motion in that it can be approximated by Lévy flights with heavy tails that obey power laws. Scaling exponent and power-law fit differ by type of THA, being highest in refuge-seeking and tourism and lowest in student exchange...
September 2016: Social Science Research
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