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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899903/reading-touch-screen-storybooks-with-mothers-negatively-affects-7-year-old-readers-comprehension-but-enriches-emotional-engagement
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Kirsty M Ross, Rachel E Pye, Jordan Randell
Touch screen storybooks turn reading into an interactive multimedia experience, with hotspot-activated animations, sound effects, and games. Positive and negative effects of reading multimedia stories have been reported, but the underlying mechanisms which explain how children's learning is affected remain uncertain. The present study examined the effect of storybook format (touch screen and print) on story comprehension, and considered how level of touch screen interactivity (high and low) and shared reading behaviors (cognitive and emotional scaffolding, emotional engagement) might contribute to comprehension...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874837/effectiveness-of-spiritist-passe-spiritual-healing-on-the-psychophysiological-parameters-in-hospitalized-patients
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Élida Mara Carneiro, Giselle Vanessa Moraes, Guilherme Azevedo Terra
Context • The coexistence of affective disorders, especially anxiety and depression, with medical illness is a topic of considerable clinical and research interest. Complementary biofield modalities are therapies that involve touch or placement of the hands in or through biofields. Spiritual healing, or Spiritist passe (SP), is a kind of laying on of hands (LOH), and therefore is a biofield therapy. Objective • The current study intended to evaluate the effects of SP on psychological parameters such as anxiety and depression and on the perceptions of muscle tension and wellness as well as physiological parameters, such as pain intensity, heart rate (HR), and oxygen saturation (SpO2)...
July 2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872490/use-of-zebrafish-larvae-as-a-multi-endpoint-platform-to-characterize-the-toxicity-profile-of-silica-nanoparticles
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Duc-Hung Pham, Bert De Roo, Xuan-Bac Nguyen, Mattias Vervaele, Angela Kecskés, Annelii Ny, Daniëlle Copmans, Hanne Vriens, Jean-Pierre Locquet, Peter Hoet, Peter A M de Witte
Nanomaterials are being extensively produced and applied in society. Human and environmental exposures are, therefore, inevitable and so increased attention is being given to nanotoxicity. While silica nanoparticles (NP) are one of the top five nanomaterials found in consumer and biomedical products, their toxicity profile is poorly characterized. In this study, we investigated the toxicity of silica nanoparticles with diameters 20, 50 and 80 nm using an in vivo zebrafish platform that analyzes multiple endpoints related to developmental, cardio-, hepato-, and neurotoxicity...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871885/vestibular-signals-of-self-motion-modulate-global-motion-perception
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Hinze Hogendoorn, Frans A J Verstraten, Hamish MacDougall, David Alais
Certain visual stimuli can have two possible interpretations. These perceptual interpretations may alternate stochastically, a phenomenon known as bistability. Some classes of bistable stimuli, including binocular rivalry, are sensitive to bias from input through other modalities, such as sound and touch. Here, we address the question whether bistable visual motion stimuli, known as plaids, are affected by vestibular input that is caused by self-motion. In Experiment 1, we show that a vestibular self-motion signal biases the interpretation of the bistable plaid, increasing or decreasing the likelihood of the plaid being perceived as globally coherent or transparently sliding depending on the relationship between self-motion and global visual motion directions...
November 25, 2016: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859794/the-perception-of-affective-touch-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-relation-to-small-fibre-neuropathy
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Lewis Kass-Iliyya, Matthew Leung, Andrew Marshall, Paula Trotter, Christopher Kobylecki, Susannah Walker, David Gosal, Maria Jeziorska, Rayaz A Malik, Francis McGlone, Monty A Silverdale
Affective touch sensation is conducted by a sub-class of C-fibres in hairy skin known as C-Tactile (CT) afferents. CT afferents respond maximally to gentle skin stroking at velocities between 1-10 cm/sec. Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterised by markedly reduced cutaneous C-fibres. It is not known if affective touch perception is influenced by C fibre density and if affective touch is impaired in PD compared to healthy controls. We predicted that perceived pleasantness to gentle stroking in PD would correlate with C afferent density and that affective touch perception would be impaired in PD compared to healthy controls...
November 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858717/diagnostic-value-of-a-tablet-based-drawing-task-for-discrimination-of-patients-in-the-early-course-of-alzheimer-s-disease-from-healthy-individuals
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Stephan Müller, Oliver Preische, Petra Heymann, Ulrich Elbing, Christoph Laske
There is a considerable delay in the diagnosis of dementia, which may reduce the effectiveness of available treatments. Thus, it is of great interest to develop fast and easy to perform, non-invasive and non-expensive diagnostic measures for the early detection of cognitive impairment and dementia. Here we investigate movement kinematics between 20 patients with early dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (eDAT), 30 patients with amnestic MCI (aMCI), and 20 cognitively healthy control (HC) individuals while copying a three-dimensional house using a digitizing tablet...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846726/-new-technologies-for-in-vivo-cancer-diagnostics
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L Hernychova, D Coufalová, E Michalova, R Nenutil, B Vojtěšek
BACKGROUND: The treatment of oncological diseases is based on the combination of surgery, representing the key step for the removal of the tumor tissue, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. However, the surgery is often accompanied by issue of determining the boundaries of the tumor. Prior the operation, the surgeon has information on preoperative findings, which indicate the location and extent of the tumor, but does not specify a clear boundary between the tumor and healthy tissue...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843126/biallelic-loss-of-proprioception-related-piezo2-causes-muscular-atrophy-with-perinatal-respiratory-distress-arthrogryposis-and-scoliosis
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Andrea Delle Vedove, Markus Storbeck, Raoul Heller, Irmgard Hölker, Malavika Hebbar, Anju Shukla, Olafur Magnusson, Sebahattin Cirak, Katta M Girisha, Mary O'Driscoll, Bart Loeys, Brunhilde Wirth
We report ten individuals of four independent consanguineous families from Turkey, India, Libya, and Pakistan with a variable clinical phenotype that comprises arthrogryposis, spontaneously resolving respiratory insufficiency at birth, muscular atrophy predominantly of the distal lower limbs, scoliosis, and mild distal sensory involvement. Using whole-exome sequencing, SNPchip-based linkage analysis, DNA microarray, and Sanger sequencing, we identified three independent homozygous frameshift mutations and a homozygous deletion of two exons in PIEZO2 that segregated in all affected individuals of the respective family...
November 3, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836919/how-to-use%C3%A2-urine-dipsticks
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J Cyriac, Katy Holden, Kjell Tullus
'Urine dipstick', the commonly used point-of-care test, is an extremely sensitive investigation. Results of this test affected by numerous factors, if not meticulously linked with detailed history and examination, can lead a well-meaning clinician down the wrong clinical pathway. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of this every day test, touching on the physiological and technological basis initially, but mainly focusing on common questions like when to request the dipstick test, the correlation of dipstick results with urine specimen collected by different method and complexities of interpretation of dipstick results in everyday clinical scenarios...
November 11, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833824/supply-side-barriers-to-maternal-health-care-utilization-at-health-sub-centers-in-india
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Aditya Singh
INTRODUCTION: There exist several barriers to maternal health service utilization in developing countries. Most of the previous studies conducted in India have focused on demand-side barriers, while only a few have touched upon supply-side barriers. None of the previous studies in India have investigated the factors that affect maternal health care utilization at health sub-centers (HSCs) in India, despite the fact that these institutions, which are the geographically closest available public health care facilities in rural areas, play a significant role in providing affordable maternal health care...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833495/postoperative-pain-management-of-liver-transplantation-in-cystic-fibrosis-is-it-time-to-start-us-guided-neuraxial-blocks
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M Piazza, G Martucci, A Arcadipane
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-limiting genetic disease in Caucasians. Declining lung function is the principal cause of death, but liver involvement can lead to the need for liver transplantation. General anesthesia has detrimental effects on pulmonary function, increasing perioperative morbidity and mortality in CF patients. Regional anesthetic techniques improve outcomes by reducing anesthetic drugs and administration of opioids, and hastening extubation, awakening, and restarting respiratory of physiotherapy...
October 2016: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829105/when-action-conditions-perception-evidence-of-cross-modal-cue-recruitment
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Guy M Wallis, Benjamin T Backus
Goal-directed movement, such as reaching to touch an object, relies heavily on vision. Vision guides our motor system not only during initial targeting but also during online movement correction and error-driven learning. But it is not all one-way traffic. This paper reports a situation in which this perceptual-motor interaction runs in reverse, when action affects concurrent perceptual experience. More to the point, the paper reveals that visual perception is subject to change through learned (even arbitrary) visuomotor associations...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828995/plant-responses-to-brief-touching-a-mechanism-for-early-neighbour-detection
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Dimitrije Markovic, Neda Nikolic, Robert Glinwood, Gulaim Seisenbaeva, Velemir Ninkovic
In natural habitats plants can be exposed to brief and light contact with neighbouring plants. This mechanical stimulus may represent a cue that induces responses to nearby plants. However, little is known about the effect of touching on plant growth and interaction with insect herbivores. To simulate contact between plants, a soft brush was used to apply light and brief mechanical stimuli to terminal leaves of potato Solanum tuberosum L. The number of non-glandular trichomes on the leaf surface was counted on images made by light microscope while glandular trichomes and pavement cells were counted on images made under scanning electronic microscope...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814283/a-novel-two-dimensional-quantitative-shear-wave-elastography-to-make-differential-diagnosis-of-breast-lesions-comprehensive-evaluation-and-influencing-factors
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Ming Yao, Rong Wu, Guang Xu, Li Zhao, Hui Liu, Huan Pu, Yan Fang
BACKGROUND: Virtual touch imaging quantification (VTIQ), a form of shear wave elastography, may help in the diagnosis of breast lesions. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of combined VTIQ and conventional ultrasound (US), and assess the factors influencing VTIQ measurement. METHODS: From September 2014 to December 2014, 162 patients with breast lesions were examined by US and VTIQ to assess shear wave speed (SWS) and morphological characteristics (lesion shape, orientation, margin and echo pattern)...
November 4, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806306/in%C3%A2-vivo-interrogation-of-spinal-mechanosensory-circuits
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Amelia J Christensen, Shrivats M Iyer, Amaury François, Saurabh Vyas, Charu Ramakrishnan, Sam Vesuna, Karl Deisseroth, Grégory Scherrer, Scott L Delp
Spinal dorsal horn circuits receive, process, and transmit somatosensory information. To understand how specific components of these circuits contribute to behavior, it is critical to be able to directly modulate their activity in unanesthetized in vivo conditions. Here, we develop experimental tools that enable optogenetic control of spinal circuitry in freely moving mice using commonly available materials. We use these tools to examine mechanosensory processing in the spinal cord and observe that optogenetic activation of somatostatin-positive interneurons facilitates both mechanosensory and itch-related behavior, while reversible chemogenetic inhibition of these neurons suppresses mechanosensation...
November 1, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806168/safety-and-efficacy-of-a-volumizing-hyaluronic-acid-filler-for-treatment-of-hiv-associated-facial-lipoatrophy
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Derek Ho, Jared Jagdeo
Importance: Facial lipoatrophy (FLA) is associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease and the use of highly active antiretroviral therapy. The condition is primarily characterized by facial volume loss that affects the contours of the cheeks, temples, and orbits and may negatively affect patients' adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy, psychological health, and quality of life. A single treatment of hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, 20 mg/mL, may provide an immediate, natural-appearing facial enhancement outcome...
November 2, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783848/reflecting-together-reflective-functioning-as-a-focus-for-deepening-group-supervision
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Mary Claire Heffron, Diane Reynolds, Bronwyn Talbot
This article proposes how group reflective supervision, informed by the theory of reflective functioning, may provide a powerful method for developing reflective capacity of staff serving families, infants, and young children in multidisciplinary settings. An explanation of reflective functioning, related research, and its relevance to relational treatment and preventive intervention are discussed. Other approaches to reflective practice are referenced. We describe the necessary tension and encounters with distressing affect that mark reflective supervision groups using this focus...
November 2016: Infant Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757027/evaluation-of-body-composition-in-copd-patients-using-multifrequency-bioelectrical-impedance-analysis
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Francesca de Blasio, Francesco de Blasio, Giulia Miracco Berlingieri, Andrea Bianco, Marta La Greca, Frits M E Franssen, Luca Scalfi
BACKGROUND: Multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (MF-BIA) is a technique that measures body impedance (Z) at different frequencies (5, 10, 50, 100, and 250 kHz). Body composition may be estimated using empirical equations, which include BIA variables or, alternatively, raw BIA data may provide direct information on water distribution and muscle quality. OBJECTIVES: To compare raw MF-BIA data between COPD patients and controls and to study their relationship with respiratory and functional parameters in COPD patients...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753542/rural-and-urban-suburban-families-use-of-a-web-based-mental-health-intervention
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Brian E Bunnell, Tatiana M Davidson, Daniel Dewey, Matthew Price, Kenneth J Ruggiero
: Background/Introduction: Access to mental healthcare among rural residents is a national concern because unique barriers (e.g., fewer providers, distance to services) create significant challenges for the 60 million Americans who live in these settings. There is now a large body of literature demonstrating the efficacy of a wide range of Internet-based interventions. However, little is known about the extent to which individuals in rural settings will use these approaches and find them acceptable...
October 18, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747269/data-on-thermal-infrared-imaging-in-laboratory-non-human-primates-pleasant-touch-determines-an-increase-in-nasal-skin-temperature-without-affecting-that-of-the-eye-lachrymal-sites
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Laura Clara Grandi, Eugenio Heinzl
The data described here relate to the article entitled "The effect of pleasant touch on nose skin temperature, heart rate and heart rate variability: preliminary results in a male laboratory rhesus monkey" (Grandi and Heinzl, 2016) [1]. The cited paper and article here present additional material which represents the first evidence of the effect of pleasant touch in non-human primates in terms of skin temperature change, as recorded by means of infrared thermography. The sweep is considered a pleasant touch for monkeys...
December 2016: Data in Brief
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