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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920957/eurasian-jays-do-not-copy-the-choices-of-conspecifics-but-they-do-show-evidence-of-stimulus-enhancement
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Rachael Miller, Corina J Logan, Katherine Lister, Nicola S Clayton
Corvids (birds in the crow family) are hypothesised to have a general cognitive tool-kit because they show a wide range of transferrable skills across social, physical and temporal tasks, despite differences in socioecology. However, it is unknown whether relatively asocial corvids differ from social corvids in their use of social information in the context of copying the choices of others, because only one such test has been conducted in a relatively asocial corvid. We investigated whether relatively asocial Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) use social information (i...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920732/the-ipad-as-a-research-tool-for-the-understanding-of-english-plurals-by-english-chinese-and-other-l1-speaking-3-and-4-year-olds
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Nan Xu Rattanasone, Benjamin Davies, Tamara Schembri, Fabia Andronos, Katherine Demuth
Learning about what young children with limited spoken language know about the grammar of their language is extremely challenging. Researchers have traditionally used looking behavior as a measure of language processing and to infer what overt choices children might make. However, these methods are expensive to setup, require specialized training, are time intensive for data analysis and can have considerable dropout rates. For these reasons, we have developed a forced choice task delivered on an iPad based on our eye-tracking studies with English monolinguals (Davies et al...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919955/direct-quantitative-bisulfite-sequencing-using-tag-modified-primers-and-internal-normalization
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Dimo Dietrich
For the investigation of DNA methylation patterns, bisulfite conversion of the DNA followed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and sequencing of the region of interest is the method of choice when information at single CpG site resolution is desired. In this study, a simple method for direct quantitative bisulfite sequencing based on the Sanger method is shown to be usable for the accurate analysis of single CpG sites. This method is based on the usage of tag-modified primers to obtain an internal normalization signal within the PCR product...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919874/diltiazem-versus-metoprolol-for-rate-control-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-rapid-ventricular-response-in-the-emergency-department
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Michelle C Hines, Brent N Reed, Vijay Ivaturi, Laura J Bontempo, Michael C Bond, Bryan D Hayes
PURPOSE: The impact of patient-specific factors on the choice of β-blocker versus calcium channel blocker therapy for rate control in emergency department (ED) patients treated for atrial fibrillation (AF) was investigated. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to evaluate the influence of demographics, prior medication use, hemodynamic and clinical characteristics, and other variables on selection of first-line therapy for AF among patients admitted to the ED of an academic medical center over a 22-month period (October 2012-July 2014) who received i...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918978/you-and-me-investigating-the-role-of-self-evaluative-emotion-in-preschool-prosociality
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Josephine Ross
Self-evaluative emotions depend on internalized social standards and motivate social action. However, there is a lack of empirical research documenting the impact of self-evaluative emotion on 3- and 4-year-olds' prosociality. Extant research relates children's experiences of guilt to empathetic concern and making amends. However, the relationship between guilt and both concern and making amends is potentially reductive. Empathetic concern involves similar bodily expressions to guilt, and amend making is used to distinguish guilt from shame in children...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918418/insecticide-effect-of-zeolites-on-the-tomato-leafminer-tuta-absoluta-lepidoptera-gelechiidae
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Caroline De Smedt, Veerle Van Damme, Patrick De Clercq, Pieter Spanoghe
(1) Background: The tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a key tomato insect pest. At present, it is considered to be a serious threat in various countries in Europe, North Africa, and Middle East. The extensive use and the developed resistance of T. absoluta to spinosad causes some concern, which leads to the need for alternative products. (2) Materials and Methods: Several laboratory experiments were conducted to investigate the ovicidal properties of a zeolite particle film on T. absoluta...
December 2, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918062/harm-aversion-explains-utilitarian-choices-in-moral-decision-making-in-males-but-not-in-females
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G Rota, S Palumbo, N Lattanzi, A Manfrinati, M Sarlo, L Lotto, P Pietrini, R Rumiati, S Pellegrini
In recent years, a great deal of research has relied on hypothetical sacrificial dilemmas to investigate decision-making processes involved in pro-social utilitarian choices. Recent evidence, however, has suggested that moral sacrificial choices may actually reflect reduced harm aversion and antisocial dispositions rather than an utilitarian inclination. Here, we used moral dilemmas to confront healthy volunteers with controversial action choices. We measured impulsiveness and venturesomeness personality traits, which have been shown to influence harm aversion, to test their role in utilitarian action and evaluation of moral acceptability...
June 1, 2016: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917869/neurophysiological-characterization-of-attentional-performance-dysfunction-in-schizophrenia-patients-in-a-reverse-translated-task
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Jared W Young, Andrew W Bismark, Yinming Sun, Wendy Zhang, Meghan McIlwain, Ibrahim Grootendorst, Gregory A Light
Attentional dysfunction in schizophrenia (SZ) contributes to the functional deficits ubiquitous to the disorder. Identifying the neural substrates of translational measures of attentional dysfunction would prove invaluable for developing therapeutics. Attentional performance is typically assessed via continuous performance tasks (CPTs), though many place additional cognitive demands with little cross-species test-relevance. Herein, event related potentials (ERPs) were utilized to investigate the neurophysiological correlates of attention and response inhibition of SZ and healthy participants, while they performed the cross-species translated five-choice CPT (5C-CPT)...
December 5, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917669/use-of-core-biopsy-in-diagnosing-cervical-lymphadenopathy-a-viable-alternative-to-surgical-excisional-biopsy-of-lymph-nodes
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D Allin, S David, A Jacob, N Mir, A Giles, N Gibbins
OBJECTIVES Lymphoma often presents with a neck mass and while fine-needle aspiration cytology may be suggestive, tissue biopsy is required for reliable diagnosis and classification of a lymphoma that is sufficient to deliver the correct treatment for the patient. Traditionally, excisional biopsy of a lymph node has been the standard method of tissue sampling, providing ample tissue for assessment. However, this requires theatre time, and preceding fine-needle aspiration cytology, which may incur a delay. With careful use of tissue, coupled with advances in immunohistochemical and molecular investigative techniques, core biopsy provides a possible alternative to traditional fine-needle aspiration and excisional biopsy...
December 5, 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917560/is-best-worst-scaling-suitable-for-health-state-valuation-a-comparison-with-discrete-choice-experiments
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Nicolas Krucien, Verity Watson, Mandy Ryan
Health utility indices (HUIs) are widely used in economic evaluation. The best-worst scaling (BWS) method is being used to value dimensions of HUIs. However, little is known about the properties of this method. This paper investigates the validity of the BWS method to develop HUI, comparing it to another ordinal valuation method, the discrete choice experiment (DCE). Using a parametric approach, we find a low level of concordance between the two methods, with evidence of preference reversals. BWS responses are subject to decision biases, with significant effects on individuals' preferences...
December 4, 2016: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917106/reward-sensitivity-enhances-ventrolateral-prefrontal-cortex-activation-during-free-choice
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Catherine Cho, David V Smith, Mauricio R Delgado
Expressing one's preference via choice can be rewarding, particularly when decisions are voluntarily made as opposed to being forced. An open question is whether engaging in choices involving rewards recruits distinct neural systems as a function of sensitivity to reward. Reward sensitivity is a trait partly influenced by the mesolimbic dopamine system, which can impact an individual's neural and behavioral response to reward cues. Here, we investigated how reward sensitivity contributes to neural activity associated with free and forced choices...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915372/surgical-treatment-of-neuroendocrine-tumors-in-the-second-portion-of-the-duodenum-a-single-center-experience-and-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Toshimitsu Iwasaki, Satoshi Nara, Yoji Kishi, Minoru Esaki, Kazuaki Shimada, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka
PURPOSE: The treatment of choice for duodenal neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) ranges from endoscopic resection and local excision to pancreaticoduodenectomy. The aim of this study was to investigate the optimal treatment for this tumor. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinicopathological data of 14 patients with NETs in the second portion of the duodenum who underwent surgery in our hospital from 2000 to 2015. The duodenal NETs were classified as either ampullary or non-ampullary...
December 3, 2016: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914277/accurate-assessment-of-the-weight-of-evidence-for-dna-mixtures-by-integrating-the-likelihood-ratio
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Klaas Slooten
Several methods exist for weight of evidence calculations on DNA mixtures. Especially if dropout is a possibility, it may be difficult to estimate mixture specific parameters needed for the evaluation. For semi-continuous models, the LR for a person to have contributed to a mixture depends on the specified number of contributors and the probability of dropout for each. We show here that, for the semi-continuous model that we consider, the weight of evidence can be accurately obtained by applying the standard statistical technique of integrating the likelihood ratio against the parameter likelihoods obtained from the mixture data...
November 16, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913914/tragedy-in-moral-case-deliberation
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Benita Spronk, Margreet Stolper, Guy Widdershoven
In healthcare practice, care providers are confronted with tragic situations, in which they are expected to make choices and decisions that can have far-reaching consequences. This article investigates the role of moral case deliberation (MCD) in dealing with tragic situations. It focuses on experiences of care givers involved in the treatment of a pregnant woman with a brain tumour, and their evaluation of a series of MCD meetings in which the dilemmas around care were discussed. The study was qualitative, focusing on the views and experiences of the participants...
December 2, 2016: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913832/general-and-specific-combining-abilities-in-a-maize-zea-mays-l-test-cross-hybrid-panel-relative-importance-of-population-structure-and-genetic-divergence-between-parents
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A Larièpe, L Moreau, J Laborde, C Bauland, S Mezmouk, L Décousset, T Mary-Huard, J B Fiévet, A Gallais, P Dubreuil, A Charcosset
General and specific combining abilities of maize hybrids between 288 inbred lines and three tester lines were highly related to population structure and genetic distance inferred from SNP data. Many studies have attempted to provide reliable and quick methods to identify promising parental lines and combinations in hybrid breeding programs. Since the 1950s, maize germplasm has been organized into heterotic groups to facilitate the exploitation of heterosis. Molecular markers have proven efficient tools to address the organization of genetic diversity and the relationship between lines or populations...
December 2, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913412/the-impact-of-a-plastic-surgeon-s-gender-on-patient-choice
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Eva A Huis In 't Veld, Francisco L Canales, Heather J Furnas
BACKGROUND: In the patient-driven market of aesthetic surgery, an understanding of the factors that patients consider in their choice of surgeon can inform the individual plastic surgeon's marketing strategy. Previous studies have investigated patient gender preferences for physicians in other specialties, but none has investigated whether patients consider gender when choosing a plastic surgeon. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of a plastic surgeon's gender on patient choice...
December 2, 2016: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913165/larger-females-are-choosier-in-the-gray-treefrog-hyla-versicolor
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Michael C Kuczynski, Thomas Getty, Eben Gering
Individual variation in female mate choice has important implications for sexual trait evolution and the maintenance of phenotypic diversity. In this study we examined several potential drivers of individual variation in female choosiness for the well-studied, energetically expensive courtship signal of male gray treefrogs, Hyla versicolor. Specifically, we investigated the relationship between female choosiness and other female traits (female body size, physical condition, and age) using a costly choice playback experiment where females traveled different simulated distances to reach attractive mates...
November 29, 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912751/anti-aging-and-tyrosinase-inhibition-effects-of-cassia-fistula-flower-butanolic-extract
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Pornngarm Limtrakul, Supachai Yodkeeree, Pilaiporn Thippraphan, Wanisa Punfa, Jatupol Srisomboon
BACKGROUND: Natural products made from plant sources have been used in a variety of cosmetic applications as a source of nutrition and as a whitening agent. The flowers of Cassia fistula L, family Fabaceae, have been used as a traditional medicine for skin diseases and wound healing and have been reported to possess anti-oxidant properties. The anti-aging effect of C. fistula flower extract on human skin fibroblast was investigated. METHODS: The butanolic extraction of C...
December 3, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909378/perspectives-of-canadian-final-year-physiotherapy-students-on-cardiorespiratory-physiotherapy-as-a-career-choice
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Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, Tamara Araujo, Julia Marie Romano, Pat G Camp, Mark Hall, Sunita Mathur, Dina Brooks
Purpose: To investigate the opinions of final-year Canadian physiotherapy students of cardiorespiratory physiotherapy (CRP) and the factors influencing their decision about whether to pursue a career in CRP. Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was completed by final-year Master of Science of Physical Therapy students from three of the largest English-speaking physiotherapy schools in Canada. Results: A total of 120 students responded to the survey (overall response rate was 44%). Fifteen students (12.5%) responded that they were extremely or quite interested in specializing in CRP...
2016: Physiotherapy Canada. Physiothérapie Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909102/the-attraction-effect-modulates-reward-prediction-errors-and-intertemporal-choices
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Sebastian Gluth, Jared M Hotaling, Jörg Rieskamp
: Classical economic theory contends that the utility of a choice option should be independent of other options. This view is challenged by the attraction effect, in which the relative preference between two options is altered by the addition of a third, asymmetrically dominated option. Here, we leveraged the attraction effect in the context of intertemporal choices to test whether both decisions and reward prediction errors (RPE)-in the absence of choice-violate the independence of irrelevant alternatives principle...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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