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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329103/pregnancy-at-advanced-maternal-age-affects-behavior-and-hippocampal-gene-expression-in-mouse-offspring
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Silvestre Sampino, Adrian Mateusz Stankiewicz, Federica Zacchini, Joanna Goscik, Agnieszka Szostak, Artur Hugo Swiergiel, Gaspare Drago, Jacek Andrzej Modlinski, Grazyna Ewa Ptak
There is growing evidence that advanced maternal age is a risk factor for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders in offspring. However, it remains unclear whether the altered brain programming induced by advanced maternal age is mediated by pre- or postnatal factors. Here, a mouse model was used to investigate whether pregnancy at advanced age may provoke behavioral and brain gene expression changes in offspring. Swiss Albino mice conceived by 3-month-old males and either 15-18-month-old (n = 11) or 3-month-old control females (n = 5), were delivered by cesarean section, fostered after birth by 3-month-old dams and subjected to a battery of behavioral tests...
February 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327445/nine-differentially-expressed-genes-from-a-post-mortem-study-and-their-association-with-suicidal-status-in-a-sample-of-suicide-completers-attempters-and-controls
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Martina Balestri, Concetta Crisafulli, Luigi Donato, Ina Giegling, Raffaella Calati, Niki Antypa, Barbara Schneider, Dragan Marusic, Maria Eugenia Tarozzi, Dorjan Marusic, Metka Paragi, Annette M Hartmann, Bettina Konte, Agnese Marsano, Alessandro Serretti, Dan Rujescu
Several lines of evidence indicate that suicidal behaviour is partly heritable, with multiple genes implicated in its aetiology. We focused on nine genes (S100A13, EFEMP1, PCDHB5, PDGFRB, CDCA7L, SCN2B, PTPRR, MLC1 and ZFP36) which we previously detected as differentially expressed in the cortex of suicide victims compared to controls. We investigated 84 variants within these genes in 495 suicidal subjects (299 completers and 196 attempters) and 1513 controls (109 post-mortem and 1404 healthy). We evaluated associations with: 1) suicidal phenotype; 2) possible endophenotypes for suicidal behaviour...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326605/development-of-a-short-form-of-the-attitudes-to-ageing-questionnaire-aaq
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Ken Laidlaw, Naoko Kishita, Susan D Shenkin, Michael J Power
OBJECTIVES: The original 24-item Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire (AAQ) is well established as a measure of attitudes to aging, comprising domains of psychosocial loss (PL), physical change (PC), and psychological growth (PG). This paper presents a new 12-item short form Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire (AAQ-SF). METHODS: The original field trial data used to develop the 24-item AAQ (AAQ-24) were used to compare 6-item, 9-item, and 12-item versions of AAQ-SF (sample 1, n = 2487) and to test the discriminative validity of the selected 12-item AAQ-SF (sample 2, n = 2488)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326047/preventing-internalizing-problems-in-young-children-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-the-feelings-and-friends-year-3-program-with-a-motor-skills-component
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Ruhamah G Tennant, Katie K Martin, Rosanna Rooney, Sharinaz Hassan, Robert T Kane
Anxiety and depression are common mental health problems experienced by children in Australia. The impact of these internalizing disorders is pervasive, affecting many areas of life. By the time problems have been detected in children they can be severe in nature and harder to treat. Hence, early intervention is of utmost importance. Despite the existence of numerous prevention programs for children, there is limited empirical evidence for a program that has an impact on symptoms of both anxiety and depression...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326035/hippocampal-and-amygdala-gray-matter-loss-in-elderly-controls-with-subtle-cognitive-decline
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Davide Zanchi, Panteleimon Giannakopoulos, Stefan Borgwardt, Cristelle Rodriguez, Sven Haller
In contrast to the idea that hippocampal and amygdala volume loss occur in late phases of neurodegeneration, recent contributions point to the relevance of preexisting structural deficits that are associated with aging and are independent of amyloid deposition in preclinical Alzheimer disease cases. The present work explores GM hippocampal and amygdala volumes in elderly controls displaying the first signs of cognitive decline. 455 subjects (263 females), including 374 controls (228 females) and 81 middle cognitive impairment subjects (35 females), underwent two neuropsychological evaluations (baseline and 18 months follow-up) and a MRI-T1 examination (only baseline)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321871/psychological-implications-of-a-vision-disorder
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Brian E Weber
The paper discusses how the condition of crossed-eyes affects a baby's eye contact with mother and potentially results in the loss of a vital emotional connection with her during the earliest days of life. This loss may contribute to a rupture that arrests emotional development at a deep psychic level. It is suggested that, in the same way as premature separation, the rupture can precipitate a 'fusional complex', a defence that develops to protect the infant against psychotic anxieties. The paper proposes that psychological development atrophies in this place and creates a blind spot...
April 2017: Journal of Analytical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321291/re-thinking-barriers-to-organizational-change-in-public-hospitals
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Nigel Edwards, Richard B Saltman
Public hospitals are well known to be difficult to reform. This paper provides a comprehensive six-part analytic framework that can help policymakers and managers better shape their organizational and institutional behavior. The paper first describes three separate structural characteristics which, together, inhibit effective problem description and policy design for public hospitals. These three structural constraints are i) the dysfunctional characteristics found in most organizations, ii) the particular dysfunctions of professional health sector organizations, and iii) the additional dysfunctional dimensions of politically managed organizations...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319590/endocannabinoid-and-mood-responses-to-exercise-in-adults-with-varying-activity-levels
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Angelique G Brellenthin, Kevin M Crombie, Cecilia J Hillard, Kelli F Koltyn
Acute aerobic exercise improves mood and activates the endocannabinoid (eCB) system in physically active individuals; however, both mood and eCB responses to exercise may vary based on habitual levels of physical activity. PURPOSE: To examine eCB and mood responses to prescribed and preferred exercise among individuals with low, moderate, and high levels of physical activity. METHODS: Thirty-six healthy adults (21±4yrs) were recruited from low (≤60min moderate-vigorous physical activity [MVPA]/wk), moderate (150-299min MVPA/wk), and high (≥300 MVPA/wk) physical activity groups...
March 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318454/infant-stranger-fear-trajectories-predict-anxious-behaviors-and-diurnal-cortisol-rhythm-during-childhood
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Carol A Van Hulle, Mollie N Moore, Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant, H Hill Goldsmith, Rebecca J Brooker
Although a robust literature has linked stable, high levels of fear across childhood to increased risk for anxiety problems, less is known about alternative pathways to anxiety. We tested two putatively normative developmental pathways of early fearfulness for their distinct associations with behavioral (anxiety-related behaviors and symptoms) and biological (diurnal cortisol) markers of anxiety risk in middle childhood in a community-based sample (n = 107). Steeper increases in fear from 6 to 36 months predicted more parent-reported anxiety symptoms at age 8 years...
March 20, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314554/an-evaluation-of-the-absolute-and-relative-stability-of-alexithymia-over-11years-in-a-finnish-general-population
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A Hiirola, S Pirkola, M Karukivi, N Markkula, R M Bagby, M Joukamaa, A Jula, E Kronholm, S Saarijärvi, J K Salminen, J Suvisaari, G Taylor, A K Mattila
OBJECTIVE: We investigated if alexithymia, a personality construct with difficulties in emotional processing, is stable in the general population. METHODS: Altogether 3083 unselected subjects aged 30 and older in Finland completed the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) in the longitudinal Health 2000 and Health 2011 general population surveys (BRIF8901). The stability of alexithymia at the 11-year follow-up was assessed with t-tests, correlations, and separate linear regression models with base-line and follow-up age, gender, marital status, education, and 12-month depressive and anxiety disorders as confounders...
April 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298782/comparison-of-oral-clonidine-oral-dexmedetomidine-and-oral-midazolam-for-premedication-in-pediatric-patients-undergoing-elective-surgery
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Sarika Kumari, Nidhi Agrawal, G Usha, Vandana Talwar, Poonam Gupta
BACKGROUND: Midazolam has been commonly used orally for premedication in children. A search for a better alternative continues to overcome its side effects. Recently alpha-2 agonists, clonidine, and dexmedetomidine have been used for premedication in children. AIM: To study and compare the efficacy of oral clonidine, oral dexmedetomidine, and oral midazolam for premedication in pediatric surgical patients. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This prospective, randomized, double blind study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298322/fruit-and-vegetable-consumption-and-psychological-distress-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-analyses-based-on-a-large-australian-sample
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Binh Nguyen, Ding Ding, Seema Mihrshahi
OBJECTIVES: Growing evidence suggests a link between diet and mental health. This study aimed to investigate the association between fruit and vegetable consumption and the prevalence and incidence of psychological distress in middle-aged and older Australians. DESIGN: Cross-sectional and prospective. SETTING: New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: A sample of 60 404 adults aged ≥45 years completed baseline (2006-2008) and follow-up (2010) questionnaires...
March 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298187/icanadapt-early-protocol-randomised-controlled-trial-rct-of-clinician-supervised-transdiagnostic-internet-delivered-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-icbt-for-depression-and-or-anxiety-in-early-stage-cancer-survivors-vs-treatment-as-usual
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M J Murphy, J M Newby, P Butow, L Kirsten, K Allison, S Loughnan, M A Price, J Shaw, H Shepherd, J Smith, G Andrews
BACKGROUND: This RCT with two parallel arms will evaluate the efficacy of an internet-delivered transdiagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) intervention for the treatment of clinical depression and/or anxiety in early stage cancer survivors. METHODS/DESIGN: Early stage cancer survivors will be recruited via the research arm of a not-for-profit clinical research unit and randomised to an intervention (iCBT) group or a 'treatment as usual' (TAU) control group...
March 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295158/first-trimester-ultrasound-tests-alone-or-in-combination-with-first-trimester-serum-tests-for-down-s-syndrome-screening
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S Kate Alldred, Yemisi Takwoingi, Boliang Guo, Mary Pennant, Jonathan J Deeks, James P Neilson, Zarko Alfirevic
BACKGROUND: Down's syndrome occurs when a person has three, rather than two copies of chromosome 21; or the specific area of chromosome 21 implicated in causing Down's syndrome. It is the commonest congenital cause of mental disability and also leads to numerous metabolic and structural problems. It can be life-threatening, or lead to considerable ill health, although some individuals have only mild problems and can lead relatively normal lives. Having a baby with Down's syndrome is likely to have a significant impact on family life...
March 15, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293473/separating-generalized-anxiety-disorder-from-major-depression-using-clinical-hormonal-and-structural-mri-data-a-multimodal-machine-learning-study
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Kevin Hilbert, Ulrike Lueken, Markus Muehlhan, Katja Beesdo-Baum
BACKGROUND: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is difficult to recognize and hard to separate from major depression (MD) in clinical settings. Biomarkers might support diagnostic decisions. This study used machine learning on multimodal biobehavioral data from a sample of GAD, MD and healthy subjects to differentiate subjects with a disorder from healthy subjects (case-classification) and to differentiate GAD from MD (disorder-classification). METHODS: Subjects with GAD (n = 19), MD without GAD (n = 14), and healthy comparison subjects (n = 24) were included...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291777/adolescent-but-not-adult-ethanol-binge-drinking-modulates-cocaine-withdrawal-symptoms-in-mice
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Juan Carlos Ledesma, Maria A Aguilar, Pablo Giménez-Gómez, José Miñarro, Marta Rodríguez-Arias
BACKGROUND: Ethanol (EtOH) binge drinking is an increasingly common behavior among teenagers that induces long-lasting neurobehavioral alterations in adulthood. An early history of EtOH abuse during adolescence is highly correlated with cocaine addiction in adulthood. Abstinence of cocaine abuse can cause psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety, psychosis, depression, and cognitive impairments. This study assessed the consequences of adolescent exposure to EtOH on the behavioral alterations promoted by cocaine withdrawal in adulthood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291483/risk-factors-for-incident-postdeployment-mental-health-conditions-among-u-s-air-force-medical-service-personnel
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Genny M Maupin, Anthony P Tvaryanas, Edward D White, Heather J Lysfjord
The prevalence of postdeployment mental health (PDMH) conditions in military health care personnel appears to be on par with that of other military personnel. However, there is no comprehensive analysis of incident PDMH conditions within the overall population of U.S. Air Force Medical Service personnel. This study explored the epidemiology of incident PDMH conditions among Air Force Medical Service personnel returning from deployment. A cohort survival analysis was conducted of 24,409 subjects without preexisting mental health conditions and at least one deployment during 2003-2013...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290934/health-related-coping-behaviors-and-mental-health-in-military-personnel
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Jessica Kelley Morgan, Laurel Hourani, Stephen Tueller
BACKGROUND: Our previous research has highlighted the important link between coping behaviors and mental health symptoms in military personnel. This study seeks to extend these findings by examining each coping behavior and mental health issue individually. This study has four specific aims: (1) test cross-sectional relationships between coping and mental health at baseline and follow-up, (2) examine stability of each variable over time, (3) determine the predictive nature of baseline mental health and coping on subsequent mental health and coping, (4) assess the magnitude of each effect to evaluate the differential predictive value of coping behaviors and mental health symptoms...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289681/thanatophobia-death-anxiety-in-the-elderly-the-problem-of-the-child-s-inability-to-assess-their-own-parent-s-death-anxiety-state
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Gary Sinoff
Thanatophobia is omnipresent in our lives. Research has shown separate but connected constructs: fear of death or fear of the dying process. The influences on death anxiety are varied including religiosity, gender, psychological state, and age. It is often assumed by the children of the elderly that the fear of death is prevalent in their parents. Daily the medical staff encounters the presence of death anxiety: from family members or the staff itself. In order to understand this phenomenon, a three-tier study was conducted on non-terminal elderly inpatients in an acute geriatric care ward...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287791/adolescent-chronic-restraint-stress-acrs-elicits-robust-depressive-like-behavior-in-freely-cycling-adult-female-rats-without-increasing-anxiety-like-behaviors
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Meghan Hibicke, Martha A Graham, Renée L Hayslett
Stress during times of rapid development is a risk factor for Major Depressive Disorder, a mood disorder that disproportionately affects women. We developed an adolescent chronic restraint stress (aCRS) protocol using female rats to address the impact of adolescent stress on female adult depressive-like behavior. Animals were divided into 4 treatment groups: not restrained:saline (NRSAL), not restrained:desipramine (NRDES), restrained:saline (RSAL), and restrained:desipramine (RDES). NRSAL and NRDES rats were housed in a separate colony room from RSAL and RDES rats...
March 13, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
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