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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627308/hormonal-and-neuromuscular-responses-to-breastfeeding-a-pilot-study
#1
Madalynn Neu, Zhaoxing Pan, Ashley Haight, Karen Fehringer, Katrina Maluf
OBJECTIVES: Difficult breastfeeding in the first weeks after birth may result in muscle tension in infants and activation of the maternal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system (SNS). Our primary objective was to examine the feasibility of collecting neuroendocrine markers of maternal HPA axis and SNS activation (salivary cortisol and α-amylase [sAA]) and electromyographic (EMG) markers of infant distress during feeding in the first 2 weeks after birth...
July 2017: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596040/low-level-exposure-to-crude-oil-impacts-avian-flight-performance-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-effect-on-migratory-birds
#2
Cristina R Perez, John K Moye, Dave Cacela, Karen M Dean, Chris A Pritsos
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released 134 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico making it the largest oil spill in US history. The three month oil spill left tens of thousands of birds dead; however, the fate of tens of thousands of other migratory birds that were affected but did not immediately die is unknown. We used the homing pigeon as a surrogate species for migratory birds to investigate the effects of a single external oiling event on the flight performance of birds. Data from GPS data loggers revealed that lightly oiled pigeons took significantly longer to return home and spent more time stopped en route than unoiled birds...
June 5, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573721/gps-identified-low-level-nocturnal-activity-of-vervets-chlorocebus-pygerythrus-and-olive-baboons-papio-anubis-in-laikipia-kenya
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Lynne A Isbell, Laura R Bidner, Margaret C Crofoot, Akiko Matsumoto-Oda, Damien R Farine
OBJECTIVES: Except for owl monkeys (Aotus spp.), all anthropoid primates are considered strictly diurnal. Recent studies leveraging new technologies have shown, however, that some diurnal anthropoids also engage in nocturnal activity. Here we examine the extent to which vervets (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) and olive baboons (Papio anubis) are active at night. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We deployed GPS collars with tri-axial accelerometer data loggers on 18 free-ranging adult females: 12 vervets spread among 5 social groups, and 6 olive baboons spread among 4 groups...
June 2, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573009/characterizing-and-quantifying-human-movement-patterns-using-gps-data-loggers-in-an-area-approaching-malaria-elimination-in-rural-southern-zambia
#4
Kelly M Searle, Jailos Lubinda, Harry Hamapumbu, Timothy M Shields, Frank C Curriero, David L Smith, Philip E Thuma, William J Moss
In areas approaching malaria elimination, human mobility patterns are important in determining the proportion of malaria cases that are imported or the result of low-level, endemic transmission. A convenience sample of participants enrolled in a longitudinal cohort study in the catchment area of Macha Hospital in Choma District, Southern Province, Zambia, was selected to carry a GPS data logger for one month from October 2013 to August 2014. Density maps and activity space plots were created to evaluate seasonal movement patterns...
May 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570562/anomalous-diffusion-on-the-servosphere-a-potential-tool-for-detecting-inherent-organismal-movement-patterns
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Naohisa Nagaya, Nobuaki Mizumoto, Masato S Abe, Shigeto Dobata, Ryota Sato, Ryusuke Fujisawa
Tracking animal movements such as walking is an essential task for understanding how and why animals move in an environment and respond to external stimuli. Different methods that implemented image analysis and a data logger such as GPS have been used in laboratory experiments and in field studies, respectively. Recently, animal movement patterns without stimuli have attracted an increasing attention in search for common innate characteristics underlying all of their movements. However, it is difficult to track the movements in a vast and homogeneous environment without stimuli because of space constraints in laboratories or environmental heterogeneity in the field, hindering our understanding of inherent movement patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566138/a-newly-developed-ultraminiature-wearable-electromyogram-system-useful-for-analyses-of-masseteric-activity-during-the-whole-day
#6
Taihiko Yamaguchi, Saki Mikami, Miku Saito, Kazuki Okada, Akihito Gotouda
PURPOSE: We describe the characteristics of a new data-logger-type ultraminiature electromyogram (EMG) system (FLA-500-SD) and methods used for recording and we show its potential in clinical applications by presenting an example of a clinical case. METHOD: FLA contains electrodes, an amplifier, 12-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converter at a sampling frequency of 1kHz, 16-bit CPU, a 3.7-V coin-shaped lithium battery, and a micro SD card. The size of FLA is 37.0×23...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558030/fine-scale-variation-in-microclimate-across-an-urban-landscape-shapes-variation-in-mosquito-population-dynamics-and-the-potential-of-aedes-albopictus-to-transmit-arboviral-disease
#7
Courtney C Murdock, Michelle V Evans, Taylor D McClanahan, Kerri L Miazgowicz, Blanka Tesla
Most statistical and mechanistic models used to predict mosquito-borne disease transmission incorporate climate drivers of disease transmission by utilizing environmental data collected at geographic scales that are potentially coarser than what mosquito populations may actually experience. Temperature and relative humidity can vary greatly between indoor and outdoor environments, and can be influenced strongly by variation in landscape features. In the Aedes albopictus system, we conducted a proof-of-concept study in the vicinity of the University of Georgia to explore the effects of fine-scale microclimate variation on mosquito life history and vectorial capacity (VC)...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534031/incomplete-milking-in-early-lactation-does-not-affect-dairy-cows-resting-behaviors-results-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Catarina Krug, Trevor J DeVries, Jean-Philippe Roy, Jocelyn Dubuc, Simon Dufour
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of incomplete milking during the first 5 days of lactation on the resting behavior of commercial dairy cows. The hypothesis was that the elevated intramammary pressure resulting from milk retained in the udder in incompletely milked cows could lead to a change in lying behavior. This study was a randomized controlled trial in which cows from two farms were randomly allocated into a treatment (n = 18) or a control group (n = 14). Cows in the treatment group were milked incompletely (10-14 L/days) during the first 5 days of lactation, while cows in the control group were milked as usually done on farm...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470122/daily-cycles-in-body-temperature-in-a-songbird-change-with-photoperiod-and-are-weakly-circadian
#9
Alistair Dawson
Although it is well known that body temperature (Tb) is higher during the day in diurnal birds than at night, no data are available regarding exactly how Tb varies during a 24-h period, how this differs under different photoperiods, and how it responds to a change in photoperiod. This study used implanted temperature loggers in starlings ( Sturnus vulgaris) to address these questions. The duration of elevated Tb was directly related to photoperiod, but the amplitude of the daily cycle was significantly greater under shorter photoperiods...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444396/circadian-impairment-of-distal-skin-temperature-rhythm-in-patients-with-sleep-disordered-breathing-the-effect-of-cpap
#10
Antonio Martinez-Nicolas, Marc Guaita, Joan Santamaría, Josep M Montserrat, María Ángeles Rol, Juan Antonio Madrid
Study objectives: Our aim was to evaluate the circadian rhythm of distal skin temperature (DST) in sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), its relation to excessive daytime sleepiness and the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on DST. Methods: Eighty SDB patients (53.1 ± 1.2 years old, 27.6% women) and 67 healthy participants (52.3 ± 1.6 years old, 26.9% women) wore a temperature data logger for 1 week. On the last day of that week, SDB patients underwent a polysomnography followed by a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Multiple Sleep Latency Test, and Sustained Attention to Response Task protocol to objectively quantify daytime sleepiness...
June 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426425/the-role-of-domestic-dogs-in-the-transmission-of-zoonotic-helminthes-in-a-rural-area-of-mekong-river-basin
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Marcello Otake Sato, Megumi Sato, Tippayarat Yoonuan, Tiengkham Pongvongsa, Surapol Sanguankiat, Sengchanh Kounnavong, Wanna Maipanich, Yuichi Chigusa, Kazuhiko Moji, Jitra Waikagul
Dogs have been bred since ancient times for companionship, hunting, protection, shepherding and other human activities. Some canine helminth parasites can cause significant clinical diseases in humans as Opisthorchis viverrini causing cholangiocarcinoma in Southeast Asian Countries. In this study, socio-cultural questionnaire, canine parasitological analysis, necropsy, parasite molecular confirmation and dog roaming data were evaluated in Savannakhet, Lao-PDR, a typical Mekong Basin area. Dog owners comprised 48...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420107/prepartum-lying-behavior-of-holstein-dairy-cows-housed-on-pasture-through-parturition
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Christa A Rice, Nicole L Eberhart, Peter D Krawczel
Utilizing pasture-based systems may increase cow comfort during late gestation and calving as it lacks the constraints of confinement housing. The objective of this study was to quantify lying behavior and activity of Holstein dairy cows housed on pasture during the 6 d before calving. Sixteen Holstein dairy cows were moved to pasture 3 weeks before their projected calving date. Data loggers were attached 14 d prior to projected calving date. Behavior was evaluated 6 d before calving for all cows (n = 16) and 6 h prior to calving for a subset of cows (n = 6) with known calving times...
April 14, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417150/torpor-patterns-in-common-hamsters-with-and-without-access-to-food-stores
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Carina Siutz, Eva Millesi
Hibernating species significantly reduce energy expenditure during winter by entering torpor. Nevertheless, the various benefits of hibernation might be counteracted by negative effects of torpor such as immune depression, oxidative stress, or neuronal impairment. Considering these trade-offs, adequate energy reserves could allow animals to reduce the time spent in torpor or the extent of metabolic depression. Common hamsters use food stores during hibernation and previously documented high individual variations in body temperature patterns during winter could, therefore, be related to differences in external energy reserves...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415983/exhaled-carbon-monoxide-a-non-invasive-biomarker-of-short-term-exposure-to-outdoor-air-pollution
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Herve Lawin, Lucie Ayi Fanou, Vikkey Hinson, Jacqueline Wanjiku, N Kingsley Ukwaja, Stephen B Gordon, Benjamin Fayomi, John R Balmes, Parfait Houngbegnon, Euripide Avokpaho, Ambaliou Sanni
BACKGROUND: In urban settings of Africa with rapidly increasing population, traffic-related air pollution is a major contributor to outdoor air pollution (OAP). Although OAP has been identified as a leading cause of global morbidity and mortality, there is however, lack of a simple biomarker to assess levels of exposure to OAP in resource-poor settings. This study evaluated the role of exhaled carbon monoxide (exhCO) as a potential biomarker of exposure to ambient carbon monoxide (ambCO) from OAP...
April 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414703/recruitment-methods-and-descriptive-results-of-a-physiologic-assessment-of-latino-farmworkers-the-california-heat-illness-prevention-study
#15
Diane C Mitchell, Javier Castro, Tracey L Armitage, Alondra J Vega-Arroyo, Sally C Moyce, Daniel J Tancredi, Deborah H Bennett, James H Jones, Tord Kjellstrom, Marc B Schenker
OBJECTIVE: The California heat illness prevention study (CHIPS) devised methodology and collected physiological data to assess heat related illness (HRI) risk in Latino farmworkers. METHODS: Bilingual researchers monitored HRI across a workshift, recording core temperature, work rate (metabolic equivalents [METs]), and heart rate at minute intervals. Hydration status was assessed by changes in weight and blood osmolality. Personal data loggers and a weather station measured exposure to heat...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405298/seasonal-and-temperature-related-movement-of-colorado-river-cutthroat-trout-in-a-low-elevation-rocky-mountain-stream
#16
Brian W Hodge, Kyle D Battige, Kevin B Rogers
Mobile species will migrate considerable distances to find habitats suitable for meeting life history requirements, and stream-dwelling salmonids are no exception. In April-October 2014, we used radio-telemetry to examine habitat use and movement of 36 Colorado River cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus (CRCT) in a 14.9-km fragment of Milk Creek, a relatively low-elevation stream in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado). We also used a network of data loggers to track stream temperature across time and space...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405270/group-foraging-in-socotra-cormorants-a-biologging-approach-to-the-study-of-a-complex-behavior
#17
Timothée R Cook, Rob Gubiani, Peter G Ryan, Sabir B Muzaffar
Group foraging contradicts classic ecological theory because intraspecific competition normally increases with aggregation. Hence, there should be evolutionary benefits to group foraging. The study of group foraging in the field remains challenging however, because of the large number of individuals involved and the remoteness of the interactions to the observer. Biologging represents a cost-effective solution to these methodological issues. By deploying GPS and temperature-depth loggers on individuals over a period of several consecutive days, we investigated intraspecific foraging interactions in the Socotra cormorant Phalacrocorax nigrogularis, a threatened colonial seabird endemic to the Arabian Peninsula...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377298/environmental-enrichment-choices-of-shelter-cats
#18
J J Ellis, H Stryhn, J Spears, M S Cockram
Choices made by cats between different types of environmental enrichment may help shelters to prioritize how to most effectively enrich cat housing, especially when limited by space or funds. This study investigates the environmental enrichment use of cats in a choice test. Twenty-six shelter cats were kept singularly in choice chambers for 10days. Each chamber had a central area and four centrally-linked compartments containing different types of environmental enrichment: 1) an empty control, 2) a prey-simulating toy, 3) a perching opportunity, and 4) a hiding opportunity...
April 3, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375172/post-colonization-interval-estimates-using-multi-species-calliphoridae-larval-masses-and-spatially-distinct-temperature-data-sets-a-case-study
#19
Courtney R Weatherbee, Jennifer L Pechal, Trevor Stamper, M Eric Benbow
Common forensic entomology practice has been to collect the largest Diptera larvae from a scene and use published developmental data, with temperature data from the nearest weather station, to estimate larval development time and post-colonization intervals (PCIs). To evaluate the accuracy of PCI estimates among Calliphoridae species and spatially distinct temperature sources, larval communities and ambient air temperature were collected at replicate swine carcasses (N = 6) throughout decomposition. Expected accumulated degree hours (ADH) associated with Cochliomyia macellaria and Phormia regina third instars (presence and length) were calculated using published developmental data sets...
April 4, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366168/measuring-the-physical-and-economic-impact-of-filarial-lymphoedema-in-chikwawa-district-malawi-a-case-control-study
#20
Michelle C Stanton, Masato Yamauchi, Square Z Mkwanda, Paul Ndhlovu, Dorothy Emmie Matipula, Charles Mackenzie, Louise A Kelly-Hope
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is one of the primary causes of lymphoedema in sub-Saharan Africa, and has a significant impact on the quality of life (QoL) of those affected. In this paper we assess the relative impact of lymphoedema on mobility and income in Chikwawa district, Malawi. METHODS: A random sample of 31 people with lymphoedema and 31 matched controls completed a QoL questionnaire from which both an overall and a mobility-specific score were calculated...
April 3, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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