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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428857/how-repeatable-is-the-environmental-impact-classification-of-alien-taxa-eicat-comparing-independent-global-impact-assessments-of-amphibians
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Sabrina Kumschick, G John Measey, Giovanni Vimercati, F Andre de Villiers, Mohlamatsane M Mokhatla, Sarah J Davies, Corey J Thorp, Alexander D Rebelo, Tim M Blackburn, Fred Kraus
The magnitude of impacts some alien species cause to native environments makes them targets for regulation and management. However, which species to target is not always clear, and comparisons of a wide variety of impacts are necessary. Impact scoring systems can aid management prioritization of alien species. For such tools to be objective, they need to be robust to assessor bias. Here, we assess the newly proposed Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT) used for amphibians and test how outcomes differ between assessors...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427703/multiple-sclerosis-among-afghan-immigrants-in-isfahan-iran
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Masoud Etemadifar, Niyousha Sadeghpour, Kimia Nekouie, Mohammadmostafa Jahansouz, Mehri Salari, Mahboobeh Fereidan-Esfahani
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis is a central nervous system demyelinating disease with unknown etiology. However, it is believed to be a multifactorial disease resulting from an interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Immigrant studies have been performed to provide a better view of the pattern of this interaction. We aimed to report the prevalence of MS Afghan immigrants of Isfahan, a population who share the same environment as Isfahan residents but with different genetic backgrounds...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424380/-schizotypy-detachment-or-magical-fusion
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János Kállai, Mária Simon, István Hartung, Béla Birkás, Róbert Herold
Nowadays, both in the clinical population, and in general communities, we tend to encounter an increasing number of personality disorder patients, whose social adjustment, partnerships and efficient life management is made difficult by the disorder. The ideas of borderline personality disorder patients, who fluctuate between farfetched expectations and fears of their selves being demolished, schizoid patients, who close their selves in their own alienating prison, avoidant patients, who try to escape difficulties, which would enhance their self-esteem, OCD patients, who build their own mythic superstitious world, and antisocial patients who tend to ignore and aggressively override others' interests are all important in the development of cultures with insecure identities...
2017: Psychiatria Hungarica: A Magyar Pszichiátriai Társaság Tudományos Folyóirata
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423438/-integration-of-injured-hands
#4
Reiner Winkel
Any injury of a hand more or less disintegrates the injured hand. The rehabilitation of an alienated hand is prolonged. How can the alienation of the own but injured hand and the involuntary and unconscious inhibition of its perception and use be diagnosed, explained, avoided and designated? Medical observations and interviews with patients and therapists on the occasion of rehabilitation of hand injuries resulted in the development of a new concept of biopsychosocial integrating rehabilitation and a creative hand therapy with the objective of integrating injured and alienated hands...
February 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421550/distribution-genetic-diversity-and-potential-spatiotemporal-scale-of-alien-gene-flow-in-crop-wild-relatives-of-rice-oryza-spp-in-colombia
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Evert Thomas, Eduardo Tovar, Carolina Villafañe, José Leonardo Bocanegra, Rodrigo Moreno
BACKGROUND: Crop wild relatives (CWRs) of rice hold important traits that can contribute to enhancing the ability of cultivated rice (Oryza sativa and O. glaberrima) to produce higher yields, cope with the effects of climate change, and resist attacks of pests and diseases, among others. However, the genetic resources of these species remain dramatically understudied, putting at risk their future availability from in situ and ex situ sources. Here we assess the distribution of genetic diversity of the four rice CWRs known to occur in Colombia (O...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418323/the-personality-profile-of-tinnitus-sufferers-and-a-nontinnitus-control-group
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Mithila Durai, Mary G O'Keeffe, Grant D Searchfield
BACKGROUND: Chronic tinnitus (phantom perception of sound) significantly disrupts quality of life in 15-20% of those who experience it. Understanding how certain personality traits impact tinnitus perception and distress can be beneficial for the development of interventions to improve the lives of tinnitus sufferers. PURPOSE: Four key self-reported personality traits (social closeness, stress reaction, alienation, and self-control) were identified from previous research as being associated with tinnitus...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416700/intensifying-postfire-weather-and-biological-invasion-drive-species-loss-in-a-mediterranean-type-biodiversity-hotspot
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Jasper A Slingsby, Cory Merow, Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Nicky Allsopp, Stuart Hall, Hayley Kilroy Mollmann, Ross Turner, Adam M Wilson, John A Silander
Prolonged periods of extreme heat or drought in the first year after fire affect the resilience and diversity of fire-dependent ecosystems by inhibiting seed germination or increasing mortality of seedlings and resprouting individuals. This interaction between weather and fire is of growing concern as climate changes, particularly in systems subject to stand-replacing crown fires, such as most Mediterranean-type ecosystems. We examined the longest running set of permanent vegetation plots in the Fynbos of South Africa (44 y), finding a significant decline in the diversity of plots driven by increasingly severe postfire summer weather events (number of consecutive days with high temperatures and no rain) and legacy effects of historical woody alien plant densities 30 y after clearing...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414764/effects-of-uv-b-radiation-on-leaf-hair-traits-of-invasive-plants-combining-historical-herbarium-records-with-novel-remote-sensing-data
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Tomáš Václavík, Michael Beckmann, Anna F Cord, Anja M Bindewald
Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation is a key but under-researched environmental factor that initiates diverse responses in plants, potentially affecting their distribution. To date, only a few macroecological studies have examined adaptations of plant species to different levels of UV-B. Here, we combined herbarium specimens of Hieracium pilosella L. and Echium vulgare L. with a novel UV-B dataset to examine differences in leaf hair traits between the plants' native and alien ranges. We analysed scans of 336 herbarium specimens using standardized measurements of leaf area, hair density (both species) and hair length (H...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413836/assessment-of-the-perceived-effects-and-management-challenges-of-mikania-micrantha-invasion-in-chitwan-national-park-buffer-zone-community-forest-nepal
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Akriti Khadka
The effects of invasion by Mikania micrantha in the buffer zone of Chitwan National Park (CNP) of Nepal are well documented; however the studies were confined to appraising the perception of household and did not assess the changes in livelihood activities after the invasion. This study presents the effects of invasion of M. micrantha on the livelihood of buffer zone of the Chitwan National Park; hence addressing the gap in information and shows the complex effect of M. micrantha on rural livelihood. The study used a questionnaire survey to 170 households in the CNP of Nepal...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412219/medicinal-plant-uses-and-names-from-the-herbarium-of-francesc-bol%C3%A3-s-1773-1844
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Airy Gras, Teresa Garnatje, Neus Ibàñez, Jordi López-Pujol, Neus Nualart, Joan Vallè
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ethnobotany takes into account past uses to be projected into the present and future. Most current ethnobotanical research is focused, especially in industrialised countries, on obtaining information of plant uses from elderly people. Historical ethnobotany is less cultivated, although papers have demonstrated its interest. Particularly poor, but potentially very relevant, is the attention paid to historical herbaria as a source of data on useful plants...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408204/distribution-and-medical-aspects-of-loxosceles-rufescens-one-of-the-most-invasive-spiders-of-the-world-araneae-sicariidae
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REVIEW
Wolfgang Nentwig, Paolo Pantini, Richard S Vetter
Loxosceles rufescens is a circum-Mediterranean spider species, potentially harmful to humans. Its native area covers the Mediterranean Basin and Near East. Easily spread with transported goods, it is meanwhile an alien and invasive species to nearly all other continents and many islands. This species occurs in semi-arid steppe-like habitats, typically under stones and in cavities, which enables it to settle inside buildings when invading the synanthropic environment. This review analyses the literature of L...
April 10, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395941/invasion-science-a-horizon-scan-of-emerging-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Anthony Ricciardi, Tim M Blackburn, James T Carlton, Jaimie T A Dick, Philip E Hulme, Josephine C Iacarella, Jonathan M Jeschke, Andrew M Liebhold, Julie L Lockwood, Hugh J MacIsaac, Petr Pyšek, David M Richardson, Gregory M Ruiz, Daniel Simberloff, William J Sutherland, David A Wardle, David C Aldridge
We identified emerging scientific, technological, and sociopolitical issues likely to affect how biological invasions are studied and managed over the next two decades. Issues were ranked according to their probability of emergence, pervasiveness, potential impact, and novelty. Top-ranked issues include the application of genomic modification tools to control invasions, effects of Arctic globalization on invasion risk in the Northern Hemisphere, commercial use of microbes to facilitate crop production, the emergence of invasive microbial pathogens, and the fate of intercontinental trade agreements...
April 7, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391359/the-prevalence-of-the-variants-of-the-l-ficolin-gene-fcn2-in-the-arctic-populations-of-east-siberia
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Marina V Smolnikova, Maxim B Freidin, Sergey Yu Tereshchenko
L-ficolin encoded by FCN2 gene is a crucial factor of defence against infection in humans. We studied the prevalence of the two common variants (rs17549193 and rs7851696) in aboriginal and alien populations of the Taymyr-Dolgan-Nenets region of Krasnoyarskiy Kray, East Siberia, Russia (Nenets, Dolgans, Nganasans, Russians). We found a decreased prevalence of the rs17549193*T allele in all aboriginal populations as compared to Russians. Also, its frequency was the lowest in the Nenets among the studied populations, while frequency of the rs7851696*T allele was increased in this population...
April 8, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391074/redrawing-the-line-an-exploration-of-how-lay-people-construct-child-neglect
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Sasha Emma Williams
While there has been an increasing professional and political focus on the prevalence and harmfulness of child neglect, little has been done to explore what child neglect means outside child protection circles. This qualitative study explores lay constructions of child neglect by thematically analyzing focus group discussions between 46 self-defined 'lay' people in England. Participants viewed neglect as extremely damaging for children and as arising when children's physical, emotional, training and supervisory needs were unmet due to abnormal parental behavior...
April 5, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383968/body-schema-and-corporeal-self-recognition-in-the-alien-hand-syndrome
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Elena Olgiati, Angelo Maravita, Viviana Spandri, Roberta Casati, Francesco Ferraro, Lucia Tedesco, Elio Clemente Agostoni, Nadia Bolognini
OBJECTIVE: The alien hand syndrome (AHS) is a rare neuropsychological disorder characterized by involuntary, yet purposeful, hand movements. Patients with the AHS typically complain about a loss of agency associated with a feeling of estrangement for actions performed by the affected limb. The present study explores the integrity of the body representation in AHS, focusing on 2 main processes: multisensory integration and visual self-recognition of body parts. Three patients affected by AHS following a right-hemisphere stroke, with clinical symptoms akin to the posterior variant of AHS, were tested and their performance was compared with that of 18 age-matched healthy controls...
April 6, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379957/prioritising-surveillance-for-alien-organisms-transported-as-stowaways-on-ships-travelling-to-south-africa
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Katelyn T Faulkner, Mark P Robertson, Mathieu Rouget, John R U Wilson
The global shipping network facilitates the transportation and introduction of marine and terrestrial organisms to regions where they are not native, and some of these organisms become invasive. South Africa was used as a case study to evaluate the potential for shipping to contribute to the introduction and establishment of marine and terrestrial alien species (i.e. establishment debt) and to assess how this varies across shipping routes and seasons. As a proxy for the number of species introduced (i.e. 'colonisation pressure') shipping movement data were used to determine, for each season, the number of ships that visited South African ports from foreign ports and the number of days travelled between ports...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379481/the-spacer-size-of-i-b-crispr-is-modulated-by-the-terminal-sequence-of-the-protospacer
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Ming Li, Luyao Gong, Dahe Zhao, Jian Zhou, Hua Xiang
Prokaryotes memorize invader information by incorporating alien DNA as spacers into CRISPR arrays. Although the spacer size has been suggested to be predefined by the architecture of the acquisition complex, there is usually an unexpected heterogeneity. Here, we explored the causes of this heterogeneity in Haloarcula hispanica I-B CRISPR. High-throughput sequencing following adaptation assays demonstrated significant size variation among 37 957 new spacers, which appeared to be sequence-dependent. Consistently, the third nucleotide at the spacer 3΄-end (PAM-distal end) showed an evident bias for cytosine and mutating this cytosine in the protospacer sequence could change the final spacer size...
April 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375783/making-diversity-conform-an-intersectional-longitudinal-analysis-of-lgbt-specific-mainstream-media-advertisements
#18
Ana-Isabel Nölke
This study introduces an intersectional analysis of explicit LGBT portrayals in mainstream advertising between 2009 and 2015. The analysis provides insights into the (in)visibility of the LGBT community over a period of significant social change. It finds that while the number of explicit representations of LGBT characters has risen dramatically, 230 out of 240 intersections of sexuality, class, age and race remain invisible. In using a new ad format-'Human Interest Ads'-advertisers move away from hyper-sexualisation, towards real individuals' stories of love and families...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375715/emotional-alienation-as-a-mediator-of-the-relationship-between-perceived-discrimination-and-alcohol-use-among-immigrant-adolescents-in-israel
#19
Sophie D Walsh, Maya Sagis-Krebs, Ashi Gross
Perceived discrimination has been found to be a predictor of immigrant adolescent involvement in alcohol use, yet the psychological mechanism behind this relationship has not been well explored. Drawing on strain theory and the motivational model of alcohol use, the current study aimed to develop and test a concept of emotional alienation. In the proposed model, it is when experiences of discrimination are internalized into painful feelings of detachment, anger, rejection, and failure that the immigrant adolescent may turn to alcohol use...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375412/voting-aliens-donald-trump-and-me
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Joseph H Friedman
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April 3, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
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