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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428861/does-the-morphological-fit-between-flowers-and-pollinators-affect-pollen-deposition-an-experimental-test-in-a-buzz-pollinated-species-with-anther-dimorphism
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Lislie Solís-Montero, Mario Vallejo-Marín
Some pollination systems, such as buzz-pollination, are associated with floral morphologies that require a close physical interaction between floral sexual organs and insect visitors. In these systems, a pollinator's size relative to the flower may be an important feature determining whether the visitor touches both male and female sexual organs and thus transfers pollen between plants efficiently. To date, few studies have addressed whether in fact the "fit" between flower and pollinator influences pollen transfer, particularly among buzz-pollinated species...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412497/optogenetic-stimulation-of-cortex-to-map-evoked-whisker-movements-in-awake-head-restrained-mice
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Matthieu Auffret, Veronica L Ravano, Giulia M C Rossi, Nicolas Hankov, Merissa F A Petersen, Carl C H Petersen
Whisker movements are used by rodents to touch objects in order to extract spatial and textural tactile information about their immediate surroundings. To understand the mechanisms of such active sensorimotor processing it is important to investigate whisker motor control. The activity of neurons in the neocortex affects whisker movements, but many aspects of the organization of cortical whisker motor control remain unknown. Here, we filmed whisker movements evoked by sequential optogenetic stimulation of different locations across the left dorsal sensorimotor cortex of awake head-restrained mice...
April 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400090/does-intramuscular-gluteal-augmentation-using-implants-affect-sensitivity-in-the-buttocks
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Fernando Serra-Guimarães, Marco Antonio Venturini De Barros, Jose Horacio Aboudib, Denise Salles Coelho Da Mota, Daniel Gouvea Leal, Claudio Cardoso De Castro, Fabio Xerfan Nahas
The evolution of techniques and materials has made gluteoplasty a safe and reproducible operation with high acceptance among surgeons and patients. Functional aspects should be considered in gluteoplasty but are poorly studied. The sensitivity of the buttocks is fundamental as it represents an erogenous zone and provides protection through sensory stimuli for the prevention of pressure sores and burns. This study aimed to evaluate the sensitivity of the gluteal region in patients undergoing gluteal augmentation with implants...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399062/listening-effort-through-depth-of-processing-in-school-age-children
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Benson Cheng-Lin Hsu, Filiep Vanpoucke, Astrid van Wieringen
OBJECTIVES: A reliable and practical measure of listening effort is crucial in the aural rehabilitation of children with communication disorders. In this article, we propose a novel behavioral paradigm designed to measure listening effort in school-age children based on different depths and levels of verbal processing. The paradigm consists of a classic word recognition task performed in quiet and in noise coupled to one of three additional tasks asking the children to judge the color of simple pictures or a certain semantic category of the presented words...
April 10, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396913/geographical-variation-in-sexual-behavior-and-body-traits-in-a-sex-role-reversed-wolf-spider
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Fedra Bollatti, Virginia Garcia Diaz, Alfredo V Peretti, Anita Aisenberg
Mating partners need to recognize, assess each other, and exchange information through behavioral events that occur before, during, and after mating. Sexual signals, as well as life history traits, are influenced by selective pressures and environmental factors that can vary across distant geographical areas. Allocosa senex is a sand-dwelling wolf spider which constructs burrows along the sandy coasts of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Females are the mobile sex that searches for males and initiates courtship...
June 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394113/dental-fear-in-children-with-repeated-tooth-injuries
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Dubravka Negovetić Vranić, Nataša Ivančić Jokić, Danko Bakarčić, Andreja Carek, Željko Rotim, Željko Verzak
Tooth injuries are serious clinical conditions. Some children experience dental trauma only once, while others are more prone to repeated tooth injuries. Repeated dental trauma occurs in 19.4% to 30% of patients. Pain and dental trauma are the most common reasons for fear and anxiety. The main objective of this study was to investigate how dental trauma, as well as repeated dental trauma affects the occurrence and development of dental fear in children. The study was conducted on a random sample of 147 subjects (88 boys and 59 girls) aged 5-8 and 9-12 years...
June 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388290/the-role-of-postural-support-in-young-adults-control-of-stationary-kicking
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Ben Sidaway, Matthew Bouchard, Julie Chasse, Jonathan Dunn, Andrea Govoni, Breanne McPherson, Katherine Roy, David I Anderson
PURPOSE: The requirement for postural stability during the performance of motor skills has been clearly demonstrated in infants, but the necessity for such a postural substrate is not well documented in adults. The present study investigated the role of postural stability during a ballistic ball-kicking task in adults by providing varying degrees of external postural support. METHOD: In the 1st experiment, 30 participants performed 20 maximal-velocity kicks under each of 3 conditions: grasping a rigid stable handle, light fingertip touch, and grasping a suspended elastic tube...
April 7, 2017: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368129/what-is-in-your-zirconia
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Gregg A Helvey
The immense popularity of zirconia as an indirect restorative material in dentistry has led to seemingly countless numbers of companies selling zirconia discs and blocks. The reliability of zirconia, however, is subject to specific manufacturing and processing protocols. Thus, it is of paramount importance for any dental professional utilizing zirconia to be aware of the source of the material and the various factors that can affect the success or failure of a final restoration. This article discusses the journey of zirconia, from being found among the elements of the earth to being placed in the patient's mouth...
April 2017: Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355939/comparison-of-four-electronic-root-canal-length-measurement-devices
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Rüstem Kemal Sübay, Özlem Kara, Melike Ordulu Sübay
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the performance of four electronic root canal length measurement devices (ERCLMDs) [Root ZX, Raypex 6, ProPex II, and VDW Gold with ERCLMD] in wet and dry root canals with different major foramen diameters, in association with three file positions within the final 1 mm of canals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty roots were divided into five groups that were instrumented apically to the terminus diameter using K-files 15, 20, 30, 40, and 60...
March 29, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346489/gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-gnrhr-gene-knock-out-normal-growth-and-development-of-sensory-motor-and-spatial-orientation-behavior-but-altered-metabolism-in-neonatal-and-prepubertal-mice
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Ellen R Busby, Nancy M Sherwood
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is important in the control of reproduction, but its actions in non-reproductive processes are less well known. In this study we examined the effect of disrupting the GnRH receptor in mice to determine if growth, metabolism or behaviors that are not associated with reproduction were affected. To minimize the effects of other hormones such as FSH, LH and sex steroids, the neonatal-prepubertal period of 2 to 28 days of age was selected. The study shows that regardless of sex or phenotype in the Gnrhr gene knockout line, there was no significant difference in the daily development of motor control, sensory detection or spatial orientation among the wildtype, heterozygous or null mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342209/from-somatic-pain-to-psychic-pain-the-body-in-the-psychoanalytic-field
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Thomas Hartung, Michael Steinbrecher
The integration of psyche and soma begins with a baby's earliest contact with his or her parents. With the help of maternal empathy and reverie, β-elements are transformed into α-elements. While we understand this to be the case, we would like to enquire what actually happens to those parts of the affect which have not been transformed? For the most part they may be dealt with by evacuation, but they can also remain within the body, subsequently contributing to psychosomatic symptoms. This paper describes how the body serves as an intermediate store between the psychic (inner) and outer reality...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Psycho-analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326030/expansion-of-perceptual-body-maps-near-but-not-across-the-wrist
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Matthew R Longo
Perceiving the external spatial location of touch requires that tactile information about the stimulus location on the skin be integrated with proprioceptive information about the location of the body in external space, a process called tactile spatial remapping. Recent results have suggested that this process relies on a distorted representation of the hand. Here, I investigated whether similar distortions are also found on the forearm and how they are affected by the presence of the wrist joint, which forms a categorical, segmental boundary between the hand and the arm...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322914/computer-aided-prediction-of-extent-of-motor-recovery-following-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-in-chronic-stroke
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Sarah Hulbert George, Mohammad Hossein Rafiei, Lynne Gauthier, Alexandra Borstad, John A Buford, Hojjat Adeli
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy) is a well-researched intervention for treatment of upper limb function. Overall, CI therapy yields clinically meaningful improvements in speed of task completion and greatly increases use of the more affected upper extremity for daily activities. However, individual improvements vary widely. It has been suggested that intrinsic feedback from somatosensation may influence motor recovery from CI therapy. To test this hypothesis, an enhanced probabilistic neural network (EPNN) prognostic computational model was developed to identify which baseline characteristics predict extent of motor recovery, as measured by the Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT)...
March 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320425/patient-compliance-with-touchdown-weight-bearing-after-microfracture-treatment-of-talar-osteochondral-lesions
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Gökhan Polat, Gökhan Karademir, Ekin Akalan, Mehmet Aşık, Mehmet Erdil
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the compliance of our patients with a touchdown weight bearing (without supporting any weight on the affected side by only touching the plantar aspect of the foot to the ground to maintain balance to protect the affected side from mechanical loading) postoperative rehabilitation protocol after treatment of talar osteochondral lesion (TOL). METHODS: Fourteen patients, who had been treated with arthroscopic debridement and microfracture, were followed prospectively...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318450/repeated-sprints-in-fasted-state-impair-reaction-time-performance
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Anissa Cherif, Romain Meeusen, Abdulaziz Farooq, Walid Briki, Mohamed Amine Fenneni, Karim Chamari, Bart Roelands
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of 3-day Islamic intermittent fasting (3d-IF) on cognitive performance and serum levels of neurotrophic factors (brain-derived neurotrophic factor [BDNF] and vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF]) before and after repeated sprints. METHODS: Twenty-one physically active male Muslims (29.8 ± 5.9 years, exercising 4 ± 1.5 times/week) were randomly assigned to one of 2 experimental sessions: the control or nonfasting session (CS) or the fasting session (FS)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292727/analysis-of-dna-from-post-blast-pipe-bomb-fragments-for-identification-and-determination-of-ancestry
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Esiri Tasker, Bobby LaRue, Charity Beherec, David Gangitano, Sheree Hughes-Stamm
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) such as pipe bombs are weapons used to detrimentally affect people and communities. A readily accessible brand of exploding targets called Tannerite® has been identified as a potential material for abuse as an explosive in pipe bombs. The ability to recover and genotype DNA from such weapons may be vital in the effort to identify suspects associated with these devices. While it is possible to recover DNA from post-blast fragments using short tandem repeat markers (STRs), genotyping success can be negatively affected by low quantities of DNA, degradation, and/or PCR inhibitors...
March 1, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289799/does-affective-touch-influence-the-virtual-reality-full-body-illusion
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Jutta R de Jong, Anouk Keizer, Manja M Engel, H Chris Dijkerman
The sense of how we experience our physical body as our own represents a fundamental component of human self-awareness. Body ownership can be studied with bodily illusions which are generated by inducing a visuo-tactile conflict where individuals experience illusionary ownership over a fake body or body part, such as a rubber hand. Previous studies showed that different types of touch modulate the strength of experienced ownership over a rubber hand. Specifically, participants experienced more ownership after the rubber hand illusion was induced through affective touch vs non-affective touch...
March 13, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289358/pattern-of-high-voltage-electrical-injuries-in-the-kashmir-valley-a-10-year-single-centre-experience
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R A Kasana, P U F Baba, A H Wani
The objective was to study the clinical profile of high voltage electrical injuries in Kashmir, and various prevention and safety measures to bring down the incidence of such injuries in the future. All patients (176) with high voltage electrical injuries reporting to our centre from January 2001 to December 2010 were included in the study. The most common age group was 20-40 years, with mean age of 29.77 ± 8.98 years. Incidence was higher among the rural population (68.75%) than in urban areas (31.25%), and in the winter months...
December 31, 2016: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283694/different-haptic-tools-reduce-trunk-velocity-in-the-frontal-plane-during-walking-but-haptic-anchors-have-advantages-over-lightly-touching-a-railing
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Isabel Hedayat, Renato Moraes, Joel L Lanovaz, Alison R Oates
There are different ways to add haptic input during walking which may affect walking balance. This study compared the use of two different haptic tools (rigid railing and haptic anchors) and investigated whether any effects on walking were the result of the added sensory input and/or the posture generated when using those tools. Data from 28 young healthy adults were collected using the Mobility Lab inertial sensor system (APDM, Oregon, USA). Participants walked with and without both haptic tools and while pretending to use both haptic tools (placebo trials), with eyes opened and eyes closed...
March 10, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282451/c-tactile-afferent-stimulating-touch-carries-a-positive-affective-value
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Ralph Pawling, Peter R Cannon, Francis P McGlone, Susannah C Walker
The rewarding sensation of touch in affiliative interactions is hypothesized to be underpinned by a specialized system of nerve fibers called C-Tactile afferents (CTs), which respond optimally to slowly moving, gentle touch, typical of a caress. However, empirical evidence to support the theory that CTs encode socially relevant, rewarding tactile information in humans is currently limited. While in healthy participants, touch applied at CT optimal velocities (1-10cm/sec) is reliably rated as subjectively pleasant, neuronopathy patients lacking large myelinated afferents, but with intact C-fibres, report that the conscious sensation elicited by stimulation of CTs is rather vague...
2017: PloS One
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