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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324861/behavioral-improvements-in-a-valproic-acid-rat-model-of-autism-following-vitamin-d-supplementation
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Lin Du, Guolian Zhao, Zipeng Duan, Fan Li
The aim was to identify the effects of early vitamin D supplementation on autism-like behaviors (ASD) induced by valproic acid (VPA, an anti-convulsant and a mood stabilizer) in rats. 10 male Wistar rat pups with prenatal exposure to saline were in control group, and 20 Pups with prenatal exposure to VPA were divided into ASD-N (0.9% saline treated) and ASD-D group (vitamin D 80,000 IU/kg treated) on postnatal day 12. Self-grooming, olfactory habituation/dishabituation, and social interaction tests were conducted to assess social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors...
March 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319528/postburn-microstomia-prevention-using-an-appliance-providing-simultaneous-horizontal-and-vertical-adjustable-forces
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Gregory S Antonarakis, Sandra Fastlicht, Taras Masnyi, Bryan Tompson
Microstomia, an abnormally small oral orifice, is a complication of perioral facial burns. In this case, contraction of the circumoral tissues and hypotonia of the musculature is responsible for this microstomia, which can produce aesthetic and functional impairment with eating, swallowing, communication (speech and facial expressions), compromised dental care and maintenance due to limited oral access, social interactions, and psychological well-being. Conservative management involves providing physical resistance to scar contracture, with opposing horizontal and vertical circumoral forces by means of appliances that aim to stretch the commissures and fibrotic muscles...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318431/the-pursuit-of-romantic-alternatives-online-social-media-friends-as-potential-romantic-alternatives
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Irum Saeed Abbasi, Nawal G Alghamdi
What causes some marriages to stand the test of time while others fail? Marital commitment is the key force underlying the stability, quality, and longevity of the romantic relationship. Commitment is strengthened in the presence of marital satisfaction, the absence of alternative attractions, and steady investments made in the relationship. Commitment is also a consequence of increasing dependence such that when partners are emotionally engaged with their virtual connections, their dependence on their significant other weakens resulting in low commitment...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318393/pathways-to-adolescent-childbearing-among-kaqchikel-women-in-guatemala
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Emily Lemon, Monique Hennink, Nely Amparo Can Saquic
One-in-five children in Guatemala is born to a mother aged 15-19 years, which poses social, economic and health risks to both mother and child. In Guatemala, adolescent childbearing is directly associated with education, ethnicity and poverty, which increases vulnerability among Indigenous young women living in poverty. This study examines the context and experiences of adolescent childbearing from the perspectives of young mothers in the Kaqchikel Indigenous ethnic group of Sololá, Guatemala. Data were collected in 19 qualitative in-depth interviews with women who had given birth to one or more children when aged 15 to 19 years...
March 20, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318390/context-and-goals-suicide-notes-from-a-linguistic-point-of-view
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Dariusz Galasiński
The article is a critique of a study of language of suicide notes. It raises the issue of the acontextual approach to language and suggests that suicide notes and their language must be seen within the social context in which they are written. Moreover, the article challenges the assumption that suicide notes have only a representational function. Instead, it argues that they can serve a host of other communicative purposes.
February 8, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318293/yawning-and-social-styles-different-functions-in-tolerant-and-despotic-macaques-macaca-tonkeana-and-macaca-fuscata
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Alessandra Zannella, Roscoe Stanyon, Elisabetta Palagi
Yawning is a multifunctional behavior with a role in social communication. In Old World monkeys, the "tension yawn" is often used as a threat, allowing individuals to completely expose their canines. To explore the role of this phenomenon, we selected 2 closely related species-Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) and Tonkean macaques (M. tonkeana)-which differ primarily in terms of their tolerance levels. Japanese macaques are classified as despotic; Tonkean macaques are classified as tolerant. Both species live in multimale-multifemale societies, show a high level of sexual dimorphism, and have comparable yawning repertoires that include displaying a covered teeth yawn and an uncovered gums yawn...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317215/practice-requirements-for-psychotherapeutic-treatment-of-cancer-patients-in-the-outpatient-setting-a-survey-among-certified-psychotherapists-in-germany
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Susanne Singer, Erika Kojima, Jutta Beckerle, Bernhard Kleining, Erhard Schneider, Katrin Reuter
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to delineate the challenges psychotherapists encounter when they treat cancer patients and how they organise their practices to be able to treat them. METHODS: A random sample of certified psychotherapists, licensed by the health authorities, with training in psycho-oncology, was asked to complete a questionnaire covering the following issues: therapists' qualifications, organisation of the practice, dealing with appointment cancellations, financing, and networking...
March 20, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315898/modifiable-risk-factors-and-interventions-for-childhood-obesity-prevention-within-the-first-1-000-days
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Anne M Dattilo
Worldwide, the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased, amounting to 42 million overweight or obese children, and there is increasing evidence that the origins are within the first 1,000 days: the period of conception through 2 years. Antecedents of early childhood obesity are multifactorial, and associations of varying strength have been documented for genetic/epigenetic, biologic, dietary, environmental, social, and behavioral influences. Modifiable factors in pregnancy and early infancy associated with childhood obesity include maternal overweight/obesity, maternal smoking, gestational weight gain, infant and young child feeding, caregiver responsive feeding practices, as well as sleep duration, and physical activity...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315481/a-patient-advocate-to-facilitate-access-and-improve-communication-care-and-outcomes-in-adults-with-moderate-or-severe-asthma-rationale-design-and-methods-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andrea J Apter, Knashawn H Morales, Xiaoyan Han, Luzmercy Perez, Jingru Huang, Grace Ndicu, Anna Localio, Alyssa Nardi, Heather Klusaritz, Marisa Rogers, Alexis Phillips, Zuleyha Cidav, J Sanford Schwartz
Few interventions to improve asthma outcomes have targeted low-income minority adults. Even fewer have focused on the real-world practice where care is delivered. We adapted a patient navigator, here called a Patient Advocate (PA), a term preferred by patients, to facilitate and maintain access to chronic care for adults with moderate or severe asthma and prevalent co-morbidities recruited from clinics serving low-income urban neighborhoods. We describe the planning, design, methodology (informed by patient and provider focus groups), baseline results, and challenges of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of 312 adults of a PA intervention implemented in a variety of practices...
March 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314086/risk-perception-and-disaster-preparedness-in-immigrants-and-canadian-born-adults-analysis-of-a-national-survey-on-similarities-and-differences
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An Gie Yong, Louise Lemyre, Celine Pinsent, Daniel Krewski
Research has documented that immigrants tend to experience more negative consequences from natural disasters compared to native-born individuals, although research on how immigrants perceive and respond to natural disaster risks is sparse. We investigated how risk perception and disaster preparedness for natural disasters in immigrants compared to Canadian-born individuals as justifications for culturally-adapted risk communication and management. To this end, we analyzed the ratings on natural disaster risk perception beliefs and preparedness behaviors from a nationally representative survey (N = 1,089)...
March 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306717/barriers-to-dog-rabies-vaccination-during-an-urban-rabies-outbreak-qualitative-findings-from-arequipa-peru
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Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, Joanna Brown, Katty Borrini, Claudia Arevalo, Michael Z Levy, Alison Buttenheim, Gabrielle C Hunter, Victor Becerra, Jere Behrman, Valerie A Paz-Soldan
BACKGROUND: Canine rabies was reintroduced to the city of Arequipa, Peru in March 2015. The Ministry of Health has conducted a series of mass dog vaccination campaigns to contain the outbreak, but canine rabies virus transmission continues in Arequipa's complex urban environment, putting the city's 1 million inhabitants at risk of infection. The proximate driver of canine rabies in Arequipa is low dog vaccination coverage. Our objectives were to qualitatively assess barriers to and facilitators of rabies vaccination during mass campaigns, and to explore strategies to increase participation in future efforts...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306675/hypertension-management-in-the-digital-era
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Richard V Milani, Robert M Bober, Alexander R Milani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension (HTN) is the most common chronic disease in the United States, and the standard model of office-based care delivery continues to yield suboptimal outcomes, with approximately 50% of affected patients not achieving blood pressure (BP) control. Poor population-level BP control has been primarily attributed to therapeutic inertia and low patient engagement resulting in significant and preventable morbidity and mortality. This review will highlight the rationale for a reengineered model of care delivery for populations with HTN...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306609/when-peers-count-the-effects-on-integrated-type-ii-diabetes-care-of-communication-within-general-practitioner-only-subgroups-in-interprofessional-primary-care-teams
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Amelia Compagni, Patrizio Armeni, Stefano Tasselli
BACKGROUND: Primary care teams (hereafter referred to as primary care units [PCUs]) composed of general practitioners (GPs), nurses, and specialist doctors have recently been established in the Italian context, with the main aim of improving integrated care for chronic diseases. PURPOSES: The aim of the study was to assess whether the increased professional diversity of PCUs has resulted in an improvement in the integrated care of type II diabetes and to identify a potential mechanism mediating this effect...
March 16, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306511/phagebook-the-social-network
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Alexander P Hynes, Sylvain Moineau
Much like social networks are used to connect with friends or relatives, bacteria communicate with relatives through quorum sensing. Viruses, though, were thought to be asocial-until now. Erez et al. (2017) reveal that viruses are also sharing information with relatives.
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306481/counteracting-the-influence-of-peer-smoking-on-youtube
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Daniel Romer, Patrick E Jamieson, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Christopher Jones, Susan Sherr
YouTube, a popular online site for user-generated content, is emerging as a powerful source of peer modeling of smoking. Previous research suggests that in counteracting such influence, health messages may inadvertently increase the perceived prevalence of drug use (a descriptive norm) without reducing its acceptability (injunctive norm). This research tested the ability of health messages to reduce the social acceptability of peer smoking on YouTube despite enhancing its perceived prevalence. In an online experiment with 999 adolescents, participants were randomly assigned to view one of two videos: (a) a mosaic displaying a variety of YouTube videos of adolescents smoking followed by a message about the mortality risk to those smokers, or (b) a control video on a health topic unrelated to smoking...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303197/heterogeneous-tempo-and-mode-of-evolutionary-diversification-of-compounds-in-lizard-chemical-signals
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Roberto García-Roa, Manuel Jara, Pilar López, José Martín, Daniel Pincheira-Donoso
Important part of the multivariate selection shaping social and interspecific interactions among and within animal species emerges from communication. Therefore, understanding the diversification of signals for animal communication is a central endeavor in evolutionary biology. Over the last decade, the rapid development of phylogenetic approaches has promoted a stream of studies investigating evolution of communication signals. However, comparative research has primarily focused on visual and acoustic signals, while the evolution of chemical signals remains largely unstudied...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302638/innovative-approach-for-self-management-and-social-welfare-of-children-with-cystic-fibrosis-in-europe-development-validation-and-implementation-of-an-mhealth-tool-mycyfapp
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Joaquim Calvo-Lerma, Celia P Martinez-Jimenez, Juan-Pablo Lázaro-Ramos, Ana Andrés, Paula Crespo-Escobar, Erlend Stav, Cornelia Schauber, Lucia Pannese, Jessie M Hulst, Lucrecia Suárez, Carla Colombo, Celeste Barreto, Kris de Boeck, Carmen Ribes-Koninckx
INTRODUCTION: For the optimal management of children with cystic fibrosis, there are currently no efficient tools for the precise adjustment of pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, either for advice on appropriate dietary intake or for achieving an optimal nutrition status. Therefore, we aim to develop a mobile application that ensures a successful nutritional therapy in children with cystic fibrosis. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A multidisciplinary team of 12 partners coordinate their efforts in 9 work packages that cover the entire so-called 'from laboratory to market' approach by means of an original and innovative co-design process...
March 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302390/matching-pairs-difficulty-in-children-with-spinal-muscular-atrophy-type-i
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Graziela Jorge Polido, Alessandra Ferreira Barbosa, Carlos Hitoshi Morimoto, Fátima Aparecida Caromano, Francis Meire Favero, Edmar Zanoteli, Umbertina Conti Reed, Mariana Callil Voos
This study aimed to investigate the performance on pair-matching tasks in children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type I (SMA-I) and the relationship between this performance and motor function, functional independence and quality of life. SMA-I (n = 12; 6.0 ± 2.3 yrs; 9 boys, 3 girls) and control sex-, age-matched children (n = 12; 6.2 ± 2.6 yrs) performed four pair-matching figure, number and letter tasks. The eye tracker detected eye movements. SMA-I children were assessed with CHOP INTEND, Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory, and Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory...
February 15, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302095/perceptions-of-community-based-field-workers-on-the-effect-of-a-longitudinal-biomedical-research-project-on-their-sustainable-livelihoods
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Christabelle S Moyo, Joseph Francis, Pascal O Bessong
BACKGROUND: Researchers involved in biomedical community-based projects rarely seek the perspectives of community fieldworkers, who are the 'foot soldiers' in such projects. Understanding the effect of biomedical research on community-based field workers could identify benefits and shortfalls that may be crucial to the success of community-based studies. The present study explored the perceptions of community-based field workers on the effect of the Etiology, Risk Factors and Interactions of Enteric Infections and Malnutrition and the Consequences for Child Health and Development Project" (MAL-ED) South Africa on their tangible and intangible capital which together comprise sustainable livelihoods...
March 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301775/the-microbiome-and-host-behavior
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Helen E Vuong, Jessica M Yano, Thomas C Fung, Elaine Y Hsiao
The microbiota is increasingly recognized for its ability to influence the development and function of the nervous system and several complex host behaviors. In this review, we discuss emerging roles for the gut microbiota in modulating host social and communicative behavior, stressor-induced behavior, and performance in learning and memory tasks. We summarize effects of the microbiota on host neurophysiology, including brain microstructure, gene expression, and neurochemical metabolism across regions of the amygdala, hippocampus, frontal cortex, and hypothalamus...
March 8, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
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