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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718181/erythropoietin-for-cognitive-deficits-associated-with-schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depression-a-systematic-review
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Xian-Bin Li, Wei Zheng, Yu-Ping Ning, Dong-Bin Cai, Xin-Hu Yang, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Chuan-Yue Wang, Yu-Tao Xiang
Introduction The purpose of this study is to systematically review the efficacy and safety of adjunctive erythropoietin (EPO) in treating cognitive deficits associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression based on randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Methods Two evaluators independently and systematically searched and selected studies, extracted data, and conducted quality assessment. Results Four RCTs with 144 patients (71 in the EPO group and 73 in the placebo group) met the study entry criteria...
July 17, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716616/relationship-between-spirituality-meaning-in-life-psychological-distress-wish-for-hastened-death-and-their-influence-on-quality-of-life-in-palliative-care-patients
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Mathieu Bernard, Florian Strasser, Claudia Gamondi, Giliane Braunschweig, Michaela Forster, Karin Kaspers-Elekes, Silvia Walther Veri, Gian Domenico Borasio
CONTEXT: Spiritual, existential, and psychological issues represent central components of quality of life (QOL) in palliative care. A better understanding of the dynamic underlying these components is essential for the development of interventions tailored to the palliative context. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to explore (i) the relationship between spirituality, meaning in life, wishes for hastened death and psychological distress in palliative patients, and (ii) the extent to which these non-physical determinants influence QOL...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695348/acquisition-of-joint-attention-by-olive-baboons-gesturing-toward-humans
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Augustine Lamaury, Hélène Cochet, Marie Bourjade
Joint attention is a core ability of human social cognition which broadly refers to the coordination of attention with both the presence and activity of social partners. In both human and non-human primates, joint attention can be assessed from behaviour; gestures and gaze alternation between the partner and a distal object are standard behavioural manifestations of joint attention. Here we examined the acquisition of joint attention in olive baboons as a function of their individual experience of a human partner's attentional states during training regimes...
July 10, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690482/barber-say-syndrome-and-ablepharon-macrostomia-syndrome-a-patient-s-view
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Beatrice De Maria, Tresia de Jager, Caitlin Sarubbi, Oliver Bartsch, Alberto Bianchi, Francesco Brancati, Hon-Yin B Chung, Albert David, Ariana Kariminejad, Maura Foresti, Marina Gallottini, Bertrand Isidor, Shannon Marchegiani, Fabiana Martins, Laura Mazzanti, Nathalie Roche, Ankur Singh, Cathy Stevens, Kenichi Suga, Martin Zenker, Raoul C Hennekam
Barber-Say syndrome (BSS) and ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome (AMS) are infrequently reported congenital malformation disorders caused by mutations in the TWIST2 gene. Both are characterized by abnormalities in ectoderm-derived structures and cause a very unusual morphology of mainly the face in individuals with otherwise normal cognition and normal physical functioning. We studied the impact that the presence of BSS and AMS has on psychosocial functioning of affected individuals and their families, using their point of view to start with...
June 2017: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679453/healthy-ageing-resilience-and-wellbeing
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T D Cosco, K Howse, C Brayne
The extension of life does not appear to be slowing, representing a great achievement for mankind as well as a challenge for ageing populations. As we move towards an increasingly older population we will need to find novel ways for individuals to make the best of the challenges they face, as the likelihood of encountering some form of adversity increases with age. Resilience theories share a common idea that individuals who manage to navigate adversity and maintain high levels of functioning demonstrate resilience...
July 6, 2017: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677245/does-age-matter-a-mixed-methods-study-examining-determinants-of-good-recovery-and-resilience-in-young-and-middle-aged-adults-following-moderate-to-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Caroline Arbour, Nadia Gosselin, Marie-Josée Levert, Jérôme Gauvin-Lepage, Bernard Michallet, Hélène Lefebvre
AIM: To examine whether age contributes to functional recovery and resilience after moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. BACKGROUND: The ability to recover may change across the lifespan, but the influence of age on brain injury outcome is understudied. DESIGN: Mixed methods study. METHODS: All adults of working-age (18-64 years), discharged from a Level I trauma center between 2010-2013 after sustaining a moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury were considered...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672241/long-term-dynamics-of-a-floodplain-shallow-lake-in-the-pantanal-wetland-is-it-all-about-climate
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Ana Silio-Calzada, José Barquín, Vera L M Huszar, Nestor Mazzeo, Fernando Méndez, Jose Manuel Álvarez-Martínez
Hydrological variability over seasonal and multi-annual timescales strongly shapes the ecological structure and functioning of floodplain ecosystems. The current IPCC climate scenario foresees an increase in the frequency of extreme events. This, in conjunction with other anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., river regulation or land-use changes) poses a serious threat to the natural functioning of these ecosystems. In this study we aimed to i) evaluate the long-term variability of the flooded area of the third largest floodplain lake in the Brazilian Pantanal using remote sensing techniques, and ii) analyze the possible factors influencing this variability...
June 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649338/estimating-and-interpreting-migration-of-amazonian-forests-using-spatially-implicit-and-semi-explicit-neutral-models
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Edwin Pos, Juan Ernesto Guevara Andino, Daniel Sabatier, Jean-François Molino, Nigel Pitman, Hugo Mogollón, David Neill, Carlos Cerón, Gonzalo Rivas-Torres, Anthony Di Fiore, Raquel Thomas, Milton Tirado, Kenneth R Young, Ophelia Wang, Rodrigo Sierra, Roosevelt García-Villacorta, Roderick Zagt, Walter Palacios Cuenca, Milton Aulestia, Hans Ter Steege
With many sophisticated methods available for estimating migration, ecologists face the difficult decision of choosing for their specific line of work. Here we test and compare several methods, performing sanity and robustness tests, applying to large-scale data and discussing the results and interpretation. Five methods were selected to compare for their ability to estimate migration from spatially implicit and semi-explicit simulations based on three large-scale field datasets from South America (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Ecuador)...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647894/keratin-gene-mutations-influence-the-keratinocyte-response-to-dna-damage-and-cytokine-induced-apoptosis
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Tina Zupancic, Gregor Sersa, Hans Törmä, Ellen Birgitte Lane, Harald Herrmann, Radovan Komel, Mirjana Liovic
The keratin filament cytoskeleton is vital to the normal function of epithelial cells. It provides structural support and regulates different aspects of cell metabolism. Mutations in keratins 5 and 14 cause a skin fragility disorder, epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS). Patients with severe EBS have an increased cumulative risk for basal cell carcinoma. In this study, we tested how keratin 5 and 14 mutant EBS patient-derived keratinocytes behave in the face of two different types of stressors that are able to induce cell death: ionizing radiation and cytokines TNF-α and TRAIL...
June 24, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638991/integrating-tinbergen-s-inquiries-mimicry-and-play-in-humans-and-other-social-mammals
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Elisabetta Palagi, Chiara Scopa
Visual signals convey emotions and intentions between individuals. Darwin underlined that human facial expressions represent a shared heritage between our species and many other social mammals. Social play is a fertile field to examine the role and the potential communicative function of facial expressions. The relaxed open-mouth (or play face) is a context-specific playful expression, which is widespread in human and non-human mammals. Here, we focus on playful communication by applying Tinbergen's four areas of inquiry: proximate causation, ontogeny, function, and evolution...
June 21, 2017: Learning & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637783/paradoxical-suppression-of-atherosclerosis-in-the-absence-of-microrna-146a
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Henry S Cheng, Rickvinder Besla, Angela Li, Zhiqi Chen, Eric A Shikatani, Maliheh Nazari-Jahantigh, Adel Hammoutène, My-Anh Nguyen, Michele Geoffrion, Lei Cai, Nadiya Khyzha, Tong Li, Sonya A MacParland, Mansoor Husain, Myron I Cybulsky, Chantal M Boulanger, Ryan E Temel, Andreas Schober, Katey J Rayner, Clinton Robbins, Jason E Fish
Rationale: Inflammation is a key contributor to atherosclerosis. MicroRNA-146a (miR-146a) has been identified as a critical brake on pro-inflammatory NF-κB signalling in several cell types, including endothelial cells and bone marrow-derived cells. Importantly, miR-146a expression is elevated in human atherosclerotic plaques, and polymorphisms in the miR-146a pre-cursor have been associated with risk of coronary artery disease. Objective: To define the role of endogenous miR-146a during atherogenesis. Methods and Results: Paradoxically, Low-density lipoprotein receptor (Ldlr)(-/-) mice deficient in miR-146a develop less atherosclerosis, despite having highly elevated levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines...
June 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636409/subjective-well-being-of-visually-impaired-older-adults-living-in-the-community
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Liran Rafaely, Sara Carmel, Yaacov G Bachner
OBJECTIVES: Vision impairment is one of the most common disabilities among older adults, and it has a substantial impact on well-being. The present study constructs an integrative model to identify which variables derived from four dimensions of life (physical/functional, social, psychological and environmental) combined with sociodemographic variables explain the overall subjective well-being (SWB) visually impaired older adults living in the community. METHOD: A total of 121 severe visually impaired persons, aged 60 and over (M = 77...
June 21, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629360/conceptualisation-of-job-related-wellbeing-stress-and-burnout-among-healthcare-workers-in-rural-ethiopia-a-qualitative-study
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Medhin Selamu, Graham Thornicroft, Abebaw Fekadu, Charlotte Hanlon
BACKGROUND: Wellbeing of healthcare workers is important for the effective functioning of health systems. The aim of this study was to explore the conceptualisations of wellbeing, stress and burnout among healthcare workers in primary healthcare settings in rural Ethiopia in order to inform the development of contextually appropriate interventions. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted in a rural zone of southern Ethiopia. A total of 52 frontline primary healthcare workers participated in in-depth interviews (n = 18) or Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) (4 groups, total n = 34)...
June 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620290/how-stable-are-human-aesthetic-preferences-across-the-lifespan
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Cameron Pugach, Helmut Leder, Daniel J Graham
How stable are human aesthetic preferences, and how does stability change over the lifespan? Here we investigate the stability of aesthetic taste in a cross-sectional study. We employed a simple rank-order preference task using paintings and photographs of faces and landscapes. In each of the four stimulus classes, we find that aesthetic stability generally follows an inverted U-shaped function, with the greatest degree of stability appearing in early to middle adulthood. We propose that one possible interpretation of this result is that it indicates a role for cognitive control (i...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607389/visual-adaptation-reveals-an-objective-electrophysiological-measure-of-high-level-individual-face-discrimination
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Talia L Retter, Bruno Rossion
The ability to individualize faces is a fundamental human brain function. Following visual adaptation to one individual face, the suppressed neural response to this identity becomes discriminable from an unadapted facial identity at a neural population level. Here, we investigate a simple and objective measure of individual face discrimination with electroencephalographic (EEG) frequency tagging following adaptation. In a first condition, (1) two facial identities are presented in alternation at a rate of six images per second (6 Hz; 3 Hz identity repetition rate) for a 20 s testing sequence, following 10-s adaptation to one of the facial identities; this results in a significant identity discrimination response at 3 Hz in the frequency domain of the EEG over right occipito-temporal channels, replicating our previous findings...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606245/prefrontal-brain-responsiveness-to-negative-stimuli-distinguishes-familial-risk-for-major-depression-from-acute-disorder
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Nils Opel, Ronny Redlich, Dominik Grotegerd, Katharina Dohm, Dario Zaremba, Susanne Meinert, Christian Bürger, Leonie Plümpe, Judith Alferink, Walter Heindel, Harald Kugel, Peter Zwanzger, Volker Arolt, Udo Dannlowski
BACKGROUND: Identifying reliable trait markers of familial risk for major depressive disorder (MDD) is a challenge in translational psychiatric research. In individuals with acute MDD, dysfunctional connectivity patterns of prefrontal areas have been shown repeatedly. However, it has been unclear in which neuronal networks functional alterations in individuals at familial risk for MDD might be present and to what extent they resemble findings previously reported in those with acute MDD...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597066/effects-of-fat-grafting-containing-stem-cells-in-microstomia-and-microcheilia-derived-from-systemic-sclerosis
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Oskar Blezien, Francesco D'Andrea, Giovanni Francesco Nicoletti, Giuseppe Andrea Ferraro
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease with multisystem involvement, dominated by a general fibrosis. The early stage of the disease is associated with progressive damage to microcirculation, particularly in the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract and skin. The face assumes a typical appearance characterized by microstomia (reduction of mouth opening) and microcheilia (thinning of the lips). These conditions cause a considerable reduction in performance status of patients...
June 8, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594281/are-you-smiling-or-have-i-seen-you-before-familiarity-makes-faces-look-happier
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Evan W Carr, Timothy F Brady, Piotr Winkielman
It is clear that unreinforced repetition (familiarization) influences affective responses to social stimuli, but its effects on the perception of facial emotion are unknown. Reporting the results of two experiments, we show for the first time that repeated exposure enhances the perceived happiness of facial expressions. In Experiment 1, using a paradigm in which subjects' responses were orthogonal to happiness in order to avoid response biases, we found that faces of individuals who had previously been shown were deemed happier than novel faces...
June 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590332/hiv-positive-youth-who-are-perinatally-infected-have-impaired-endothelial-function
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Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, Abdus Sattar, Manjusha Kulkarni, Emily Bowman, Nicholas Funderburg, Grace A Mccomsey
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating cardiovascular (CVD) risk in children and youth 13-24 years old who are facing a life time exposure to both HIV and antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a research priority. This study compares endothelial function measured by Peripheral Arterial Tonometry in HIV+ youth infected perinatally and behaviorally as well as HIV- controls. METHODS: Three groups of participants aged 8-30 yo were enrolled; HIV+ perinatally-infected, HIV+ behaviorally-infected on ART with HIV-1 RNA <1,000 copies/mL, and HIV- controls...
June 5, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585691/facial-age-synthesis-using-sparse-partial-least-squares-the-case-of-ben-needham
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Ali M Bukar, Hassan Ugail
Automatic facial age progression (AFAP) has been an active area of research in recent years. This is due to its numerous applications which include searching for missing. This study presents a new method of AFAP. Here, we use an active appearance model (AAM) to extract facial features from available images. An aging function is then modelled using sparse partial least squares regression (sPLS). Thereafter, the aging function is used to render new faces at different ages. To test the accuracy of our algorithm, extensive evaluation is conducted using a database of 500 face images with known ages...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
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