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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087202/family-adaptation-to-cerebral-palsy-in-adolescents-a-european-multicenter-study
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Audrey Guyard, Susan I Michelsen, Catherine Arnaud, Jerome Fauconnier
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Factors promoting family adaptation to child's disability are poorly studied together. The aim of the study was to describe the family adaptation to disability and to identify determinants associated with using a global theoretical model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 286 families of teenagers [13-17 years] with cerebral palsy (CP) from 4 European disability registers were included and visited at home. Face to face interviews were performed in order to measure parental distress, perceived impact in various dimensions of family life, family resources and stressors...
January 10, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026894/by-their-own-devices-invasive-argentine-ants-have-shifted-diet-without-clear-aid-from-symbiotic-microbes
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Yi Hu, David A Holway, Piotr Łukasik, Linh Chau, Adam D Kay, Edward G LeBrun, Katie A Miller, Jon G Sanders, Andrew V Suarez, Jacob A Russell
The functions and compositions of symbiotic bacterial communities often correlate with host ecology. Yet cause-and-effect relationships, and the order of symbiont versus host change, remain unclear in the face of ancient symbioses and conserved host ecology. Several groups of ants exemplify this challenge, as their low-nitrogen diets and specialized symbioses appear conserved and ancient. To address whether nitrogen-provisioning symbionts might be important in the early stages of ant trophic shifts we studied bacteria from the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile-an invasive species that has transitioned toward greater consumption of sugar-rich, nitrogen-poor foods in parts of its introduced range...
December 27, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001100/content-validity-of-patient-reported-outcome-instruments-used-with-pediatric-patients-with-facial-differences-a-systematic-review
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Natasha M Wickert, Karen W Y Wong Riff, Mark Mansour, Christopher R Forrest, Timothy E E Goodacre, Andrea L Pusic, Anne F Klassen
OBJECTIVE:   The aim of this systematic review was to identify patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments used in research with children/youth with conditions associated with facial differences to identify the health concepts measured. DESIGN:   MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were searched from 2004 to 2016 to identify PRO instruments used in acne vulgaris, birthmarks, burns, ear anomalies, facial asymmetries, and facial paralysis patients. We performed a content analysis whereby the items were coded to identify concepts and categorized as positive or negative content or phrasing...
December 21, 2016: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988149/a-technique-for-facial-reanimation-the-partial-temporalis-muscle-tendon-transfer-with-a-fascia-lata-sling
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Thomas Edward Pidgeon, Radovan Boca, Fazel Fatah
BACKGROUND: This report describes the results of a surgical procedure for facial reanimation. This single-stage technique involves the orthodromic transfer of only a superficial segment of the temporalis tendon. This is extended with fascia lata to achieve elevation of the oral commissure along the desired vector in the paralysed hemi-face. METHODS: A retrospective case note review was performed. Patients' photographs were objectively evaluated with Facial Assessment by Computer Evaluation (FACE) software...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966951/unconventional-o-h%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-hydrogen-bonding-and-effects-of-conformational-changes-on-infrared-spectroscopy-of-o-cresol-in-solutions
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Xiangai Yuan, Dong Zheng, Xizhang Wang, Pingying Liu, Jing Ma
The unconventional O-H···C intramolecular hydrogen bonding and the effect of conformational changes on IR spectra of o-cresol in aqueous solutions were investigated by using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, density functional theory (DFT), and experiments. A facial rotational isomerization between global minimum with trans conformation and the cis isomer is predicted to take place in gas phase with a low barrier of about 3.7 kcal/mol through a vertical-like transition state. Upon solvation in aqueous solution, the contents of energetically high-lying vertical and cis conformations of neutral o-cresol are increased to 19% and 57%, respectively, in comparison with those (vertical, 0%; cis, 27%) in vacuum...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957603/structure-and-functioning-of-oil-cavities-in-the-shoot-apex-of-metrodorea-nigra-a-st-hil-rutaceae
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Silvia Rodrigues Machado, Yve Canaveze, Tatiane Maria Rodrigues
This study investigates the histology and subcellular features of secretory cavities during the development of the shoot apex of Metrodorea nigra A. St.-Hil. in order to better understand the functioning of these glands. This Rutaceae species is a very suitable model for studying secretory cavity life span, since the shoot apex exhibits both dormant and growth stages during its annual cycle. Shoot apices were collected during the dormant and growth stages from populations of M. nigra growing under natural conditions...
December 12, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931764/accuracy-of-remote-burn-scar-evaluation-via-live-video-conferencing-technology
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Lawrence Z Cai, Maria Caceres, Mohan Krishna Dangol, Shankar Man Rai, James Chang, Nicole S Gibran, Tam N Pham
OBJECTIVE: Telemedicine in outpatient burn care, particularly in burn scar management, may provide cost-effective care and comes highly rated by patients. However, an effective scar scale using both video and photographic elements has not been validated. The purpose of this study is to test the reliability of the Patient and Observer Scar Assessment Scale (POSAS) using live video-conferencing. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted with individuals with healed burn scars in Kathmandu, Nepal...
December 5, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924030/using-predictive-specificity-to-determine-when-gene-set-analysis-is-biologically-meaningful
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Sara Ballouz, Paul Pavlidis, Jesse Gillis
Gene set analysis, which translates gene lists into enriched functions, is among the most common bioinformatic methods. Yet few would advocate taking the results at face value. Not only is there no agreement on the algorithms themselves, there is no agreement on how to benchmark them. In this paper, we evaluate the robustness and uniqueness of enrichment results as a means of assessing methods even where correctness is unknown. We show that heavily annotated ('multifunctional') genes are likely to appear in genomics study results and drive the generation of biologically non-specific enrichment results as well as highly fragile significances...
October 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922961/costochondral-graft-in-young-children-with-hemifacial-microsomia
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Bin-Zhang Wu, Lian Ma, Yang Li, Shuo Chen, Biao Yi
Patients with severely hypoplastic mandibles usually require condylar reconstruction. This study aimed to describe costochondral graft (CCG) for condylar reconstruction and report subsequent outcomes of these grafts in young children with Pruzansky/Kaban type IIB and type III mandibular hypoplasia. This study included 4 young children with type IIB and type III hemifacial microsomia treated with CCG to reconstruct the condyle at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in our hospital from March 2008 to March 2014...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922917/adherence-to-oral-administration-of-endocrine-treatment-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-a-qualitative-study
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Laura Iacorossi, Francesca Gambalunga, Alessandra Fabi, Diana Giannarelli, Anna Marchetti, Michela Piredda, Maria Grazia De Marinis
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the world, and it is also the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Nevertheless, breast cancer survival has increased as a result of improvements in early diagnosis and therapy, for example, oral endocrine therapy. Despite the importance of adherence to endocrine therapy, its trend appears complex and multidimensional and therefore has many loopholes and missing information. OBJECTIVE: The study aims to explore the experiences of adherence to endocrine therapy in women with breast cancer and their perceptions of the challenges they face in adhering to their medication prescribed...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917128/what-role-can-avatars-play-in-e-mental-health-interventions-exploring-new-models-of-client-therapist-interaction
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REVIEW
Imogen C Rehm, Emily Foenander, Klaire Wallace, Jo-Anne M Abbott, Michael Kyrios, Neil Thomas
In the burgeoning field of e-mental health interventions, avatars are increasingly being utilized to facilitate online communication between clients and therapists, and among peers. Avatars are digital self-representations, which enable individuals to interact with each other in computer-based virtual environments. In this narrative review, we examine the psychotherapeutic applications of avatars that have been investigated and trialed to date. Five key applications were identified (1) in the formation of online peer support communities; (2) replicating traditional modes of psychotherapy by using avatars as a vehicle to communicate within a wholly virtual environment; (3) using avatar technology to facilitate or augment face-to-face treatment; (4) as part of serious games; and (5) communication with an autonomous virtual therapist...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906082/secondary-correction-of-nasal-deformities-in-cleft-lip-and-palate-patients-surgical-technique-and-outcome-evaluation
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Gabor Vass, Gabor Mohos, Zsofia Bere, Laszlo Ivan, Janos Varga, Jozsef Piffko, Laszlo Rovo
BACKGROUND: Nasal deformity associated with cleft lip and palate is a highly challenging reconstructive problem in rhinoplasty. In the literature, several operative solutions and evaluation methods have been described, however these do not offer a standard procedure for the surgeon. Our aim was to standardize our surgical technique-as much as the uniqueness of each case allowed it-based on the most frequent deformities we had faced; and to evaluate our results via a postoperative patient satisfaction questionnaire...
December 1, 2016: Head & Face Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896037/functional-evaluation-of-patients-undergoing-multiple-joint-replacements-a-retrospective-study-of-50-patients-with-a-minimum-of-six-months-of-follow-up
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Shubhranshu S Mohanty, Nandan Mishra, Prateek Patil, Ajinkya Desale
INTRODUCTION:  Polyarthritis is a challenging condition that an orthopedic surgeon faces in day-to-day practice. Some of the conditions where multiple joints are affected are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Multiple joint afflictions can cause severe impairment in the quality of life, which leads to a significant socioeconomic burden on the family and society. Joint replacement is considered as a treatment when severe joint pain or dysfunction is not alleviated by conservative management...
October 15, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894585/pre-expanded-intercostal-perforator-super-thin-skin-flap
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REVIEW
Yunjun Liao, Yong Luo, Feng Lu, Hiko Hyakusoku, Jianhua Gao, Ping Jiang
This article introduces pre-expanded super-thin intercostal perforator flaps, particularly the flap that has a perforator from the first to second intercostal spaces. The key techniques, advantages and disadvantages, and complications and management of this flap are described. At present, the thinnest possible flap is achieved by thinning the pre-expanded flap that has a perforator from the first to second intercostal spaces. It is used to reconstruct large defects on the face and neck, thus restoring function and cosmetic appearance...
January 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883365/educational-interventions-for-the-management-of-cancer-related-fatigue-in-adults
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REVIEW
Sally Bennett, Amanda Pigott, Elaine M Beller, Terry Haines, Pamela Meredith, Christie Delaney
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue is reported as the most common and distressing symptom experienced by patients with cancer. It can exacerbate the experience of other symptoms, negatively affect mood, interfere with the ability to carry out everyday activities, and negatively impact on quality of life. Educational interventions may help people to manage this fatigue or to cope with this symptom, and reduce its overall burden. Despite the importance of education for managing cancer-related fatigue there are currently no systematic reviews examining this approach...
24, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877106/the-language-tone-and-prosody-of-emotions-neural-substrates-and-dynamics-of-spoken-word-emotion-perception
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REVIEW
Einat Liebenthal, David A Silbersweig, Emily Stern
Rapid assessment of emotions is important for detecting and prioritizing salient input. Emotions are conveyed in spoken words via verbal and non-verbal channels that are mutually informative and unveil in parallel over time, but the neural dynamics and interactions of these processes are not well understood. In this paper, we review the literature on emotion perception in faces, written words, and voices, as a basis for understanding the functional organization of emotion perception in spoken words. The characteristics of visual and auditory routes to the amygdala-a subcortical center for emotion perception-are compared across these stimulus classes in terms of neural dynamics, hemispheric lateralization, and functionality...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870614/active-inference-a-process-theory
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Karl Friston, Thomas FitzGerald, Francesco Rigoli, Philipp Schwartenbeck, Giovanni Pezzulo
This article describes a process theory based on active inference and belief propagation. Starting from the premise that all neuronal processing (and action selection) can be explained by maximizing Bayesian model evidence-or minimizing variational free energy-we ask whether neuronal responses can be described as a gradient descent on variational free energy. Using a standard (Markov decision process) generative model, we derive the neuronal dynamics implicit in this description and reproduce a remarkable range of well-characterized neuronal phenomena...
January 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852003/the-neuropsychology-of-first-impressions-evidence-from-huntington-s-disease
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Reiner Sprengelmeyer, Andrew W Young, Eva-Maria Baldas, Iris Ratheiser, Clare A M Sutherland, Hans-Peter Müller, Georg Grön, Sigurd D Süssmuth, G Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Michael Orth
Impairments of emotion recognition have been widely documented in Huntington's disease (HD), but little is known concerning how these relate to other aspects of social cognition, including first impressions of traits such as trustworthiness and dominance. Here, we introduce a novel and sensitive method to investigate the ability to evaluate trustworthiness and dominance from facial appearance, with control tasks measuring ability to perceive differences between comparable stimuli. We used this new method together with standard tests of face perception to investigate social cognition in HD...
October 21, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844312/frequency-of-penile-vaginal-intercourse-is-associated-with-verbal-recognition-performance-in-adult-women
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Larah Maunder, Dorothée Schoemaker, Jens C Pruessner
Previous studies have identified a number of factors that contribute to improved cognitive function, and to memory function specifically, in cognitively normal individuals. One such factor, frequency of penile-vaginal intercourse (PVI), has been reported in a number of animal studies to be advantageous to memory for previously presented objects by increasing neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. However, studies investigating the potential benefits of frequent PVI on memory function in young women are to the best of our knowledge absent from the literature...
November 14, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815988/physical-attraction-to-reliable-low-variability-nervous-systems-reaction-time-variability-predicts-attractiveness
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Emily E Butler, Christopher W N Saville, Robert Ward, Richard Ramsey
The human face cues a range of important fitness information, which guides mate selection towards desirable others. Given humans' high investment in the central nervous system (CNS), cues to CNS function should be especially important in social selection. We tested if facial attractiveness preferences are sensitive to the reliability of human nervous system function. Several decades of research suggest an operational measure for CNS reliability is reaction time variability, which is measured by standard deviation of reaction times across trials...
January 2017: Cognition
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