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Therapeutic Recreation

Jared W Young, Zackary A Cope, Benedetto Romoli, Esther Schrurs, Aniek Joosen, Jordy van Enkhuizen, Richard F Sharp, Davide Dulcis
Developing novel therapeutics for bipolar disorder (BD) has been hampered by limited mechanistic knowledge how sufferers switch between mania and depression-how the same brain can switch between extreme states-described as the "holy grail" of BD research. Strong evidence implicates seasonally-induced switching between states, with mania associated with summer-onset, depression with winter-onset. Determining mechanisms of and sensitivity to such switching is required. C57BL/6J and dopamine transporter hypomorphic (DAT-HY 50% expression) mice performed a battery of psychiatry-relevant behavioral tasks following 2-week housing in chambers under seasonally relevant photoperiod extremes...
February 27, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Myung-Ku Kim, Chul-Won Ha, Yong In, Sung-Do Cho, Eui-Sung Choi, Jeong-Ku Ha, Ju-Hong Lee, Jae-Doo Yoo, Seong-Il Bin, Choong-Hyeok Choi, Hee-Soo Kyung, Myung-Chul Lee
OBJECTIVE: To test the clinical efficacy of TissueGene-C (TG-C), a cell and gene therapeutic for osteoarthritis consisting of non-transformed and transduced chondrocytes (3:1), retrovirally transduced to overexpress TGF-β1. DESIGN: We randomly assigned 163 with knee osteoarthritis to receive intra-articular TG-C or placebo in Kellgren-Lawrence grade 3 patients for clinical trial. Primary efficacy measures included criteria for subjective assessment by International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) and pain severity by Visual Analog Scale (VAS) for 52 weeks...
February 27, 2018: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
Layla T Ghaffari, Alexander Starr, Andrew T Nelson, Rita Sattler
Neurological diseases, including dementias such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) and degenerative motor neuron diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are responsible for an increasing fraction of worldwide fatalities. Researching these heterogeneous diseases requires models that endogenously express the full array of genetic and epigenetic factors which may influence disease development in both familial and sporadic patients. Here, we discuss the two primary methods of developing patient-derived neurons and glia to model neurodegenerative disease: reprogramming somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which are differentiated into neurons or glial cells, or directly converting (DC) somatic cells into neurons (iNeurons) or glial cells...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Sofia P Rebelo, Catarina Pinto, Tatiana R Martins, Nathalie Harrer, Marta F Estrada, Pablo Loza-Alvarez, José Cabeçadas, Paula M Alves, Emilio J Gualda, Wolfgang Sommergruber, Catarina Brito
The tumour microenvironment (TME) shapes disease progression and influences therapeutic response. Most aggressive solid tumours have high levels of myeloid cell infiltration, namely tumour associated macrophages (TAM). Recapitulation of the interaction between the different cellular players of the TME, along with the extracellular matrix (ECM), is critical for understanding the mechanisms underlying disease progression. This particularly holds true for prediction of therapeutic response(s) to standard therapies and interrogation of efficacy of TME-targeting agents...
May 2018: Biomaterials
Seyed Ramin Pajoumshariati, Morteza Azizi, Daniel Wesner, Paula G Miller, Michael Shuler, Alireza Abbaspourrad
Microfluidic-based cell encapsulation has promising potential in therapeutic applications. It also provides a unique approach for studying cellular dynamics and interactions, though this concept has not yet been fully explored. No in vitro model currently exists that allows us to study the interaction between crypt cells and Peyer's patch immune cells due to the difficulty in recreating with sufficient control the two different microenvironments in the intestine in which these cell types belong. However, we demonstrate that our microfluidic technique is able to provide such precise control and that these cells can proliferate inside the microgels...
February 23, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
David E Nichols
LSD is one of the most potent psychoactive agents known, producing dramatic alterations of consciousness after submilligram (≥20 g) oral doses. Following the accidental discovery of its potent psychoactive effects in 1943, it was supplied by Sandoz Laboratories as an experimental drug that might be useful as an adjunct for psychotherapy, or to give psychiatrists insight into the mental processes in their patients. The finding of serotonin in the mammalian brain in 1953, and its structural resemblance to LSD, quickly led to ideas that serotonin in the brain might be involved in mental illness, initiating rapid research interest in the neurochemistry of serotonin...
February 20, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Barbara Malinowska, Marek Toczek, Anna Pędzińska-Betiuk, Eberhard Schlicker
The endocannabinoid system is overactivated in arterial, pulmonary and portal hypertension. In this paper, we present limited clinical data concerning the role of cannabinoids in human hypertension including polymorphism of endocannabinoid system components. We underline differences between the acute cannabinoid administration and their potential hypotensive effect after chronic application in experimental hypertension. We discuss pleiotropic effects of cannabinoids on the cardiovascular system mediated via numerous neuronal and non-neuronal mechanisms both in normo- and in hypertension...
February 18, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Shahid Husain
Since ancient times, opioids have been used clinically and abused recreationally. In the early stages (about 1,000 AD) of opium history, an Arab physician, Avicenna, administered opioids to control diarrhea and eye diseases. 1 Opioids have very strong pain relieving properties and they also regulate numerous cellular responses. Opioid receptors are expressed throughout the body, including the nervous system, heart, lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and retina. 2-6 Delta opioid receptors (DORs) are a very attractive target from the perspective of both receptor function and their therapeutic potential...
January 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Rita Mancini, Alessia Noto, Maria Elena Pisanu, Claudia De Vitis, Marcello Maugeri-Saccà, Gennaro Ciliberto
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are an uncommon subset of tumor cells capable of self-renewal, differentiating, and recreating the parental tumor when transplanted into the murine background. Over the past two decades, efforts toward understanding CSC biology culminated into identifying a set of signaling pathways sustaining "stemness". Nevertheless, while metabolic rewiring is nowadays considered a hallmark of cancer, no consensus has been reached on the metabolic features underlying the plastic nature of CSCs, which are capable of residing in a dormant state, and able to rapidly proliferate when the need to repopulate the tumor mass arises...
February 15, 2018: Oncogene
Christel Claes, Johanna Van den Daele, Catherine M Verfaillie
Over the past decades, the importance of the immune system in a broad scope of pathologies, has drawn attention towards tissue-resident macrophages, such as microglia in the brain. To enable the study of for instance microglia, it is crucial to recreate in vitro (and in vivo) assays. However, very fast loss of tissue-specific features of primary tissue resident macrophages, including microglia, upon in vitro culture has complicated such studies. Moreover, limited knowledge of macrophage developmental pathways and the role of local 'niche factors', has hampered the generation of tissue-resident macrophages from pluripotent stem cells (PSC)...
February 2, 2018: Cellular Immunology
Kohno Ayumi, Matsuda Mitsunobu
The study aim was to describe how a patient with schizophrenia who had been in a psychiatric hospital for an extended period of time changed in his desire to interact with others after participating in the therapeutic recreation program, and to interpret his inner process based on symbolic interactionism theory. Data from a patient who showed marked changes in narratives of an interview held after the program and through observation during sessions were analyzed. The patient gained a sense of willingness, including the desire to interact with others and began to act accordingly...
February 2018: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
David E Nichols, Charles S Grob
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) was discovered almost 75 years ago, and has been the object of episodic controversy since then. While initially explored as an adjunctive psychiatric treatment, its recreational use by the general public has persisted and on occasion has been associated with adverse outcomes, particularly when the drug is taken under suboptimal conditions. LSD's potential to cause psychological disturbance (bad trips) has been long understood, and has rarely been associated with accidental deaths and suicide...
February 1, 2018: Forensic Science International
Romain Guérillot, Anders Gonçalves da Silva, Ian Monk, Stefano Giulieri, Takehiro Tomita, Eloise Alison, Jessica Porter, Sacha Pidot, Wei Gao, Anton Y Peleg, Torsten Seemann, Timothy P Stinear, Benjamin P Howden
Mutations in the beta-subunit of bacterial RNA polymerase (RpoB) cause resistance to rifampin (Rifr), a critical antibiotic for treatment of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In vitro studies have shown that RpoB mutations confer decreased susceptibility to other antibiotics, but the clinical relevance is unknown. Here, by analyzing 7,099 S. aureus genomes, we demonstrate that the most prevalent RpoB mutations promote clinically relevant phenotypic plasticity resulting in the emergence of stable S...
January 2018: MSphere
Mahboubeh Ghayour Najafabadi, Mahmood Sheikh, Rasoul Hemayattalab, Mehran Amir, Maryam Rezaii, Sina Hafizi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a selected group exercise known as Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids (SPARK) on the motor and behavioral skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a quasi-experimental design with repeated measures. METHODS: Twenty-eight children with ASD (age range of 5e12 years) participated in this study. The participants were examined at baseline, pre-test, and post-test using Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP), Autism treatment evaluation checklist (ATEC), and Gilliam Autism Rating Scale-second edition (GARS-2)...
January 6, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Ian R Tofler, Brandon M Hyatt, David S Tofler
Extreme sports, defined as sporting or adventure activities involving a high degree of risk, have boomed since the 1990s. These types of sports attract men and women who can experience a life-affirming transcendence or "flow" as they participate in dangerous activities. Extreme sports also may attract people with a genetic predisposition for risk, risk-seeking personality traits, or underlying psychiatric disorders in which impulsivity and risk taking are integral to the underlying problem. In this report, we attempt to illustrate through case histories the motivations that lead people to repeatedly risk their lives and explore psychiatry's role in extreme sports...
2018: Permanente Journal
L V Veremchuk, B I Chelnokova, L S Barskova, T A Gvozdenko, I V Kukayev, N L Savochkina
The ever increasing attention to the further development of the health resort business and touristic activities in this country implies the necessity of the proper scientifically sound substantiation for the more efficient exploitation of the available spa and health resort resources of the Russian Far East as well as the ample recreational potential of this region taking into consideration that they have not been completely utilized during the preceding period. AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the of the «Goryachy Plyazh (Hot Beach)» physiotherapeutic facility on the Kunashir island...
December 28, 2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
Emily Stone, James Jett, Graham Warren, K Michael Cummings
The cannabis plant and its derivatives have been exploited for centuries for recreational and medicinal purposes with millions of regular users around the world. The recreational use of cannabis is reflective of its neuropsychiatric effects such as anxiolysis and euphoria. However, cannabis appears to have an emerging therapeutic role, especially in chronic disease and as an adjunct to cancer treatment. Increasing evidence supports cannabis in the management of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting and for pain management, but studies are limited particularly by difficulties associated with standardized dosing estimates and inability to accurately assess biologic activities of compounds in cannabis and derivative products...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
C Ranasinghe, A P Hills, G R Constantine, G Finlayson, P Katulanda, N A King
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is rising globally. T2DM is particularly problematic in South Asia with an estimated 10-15% of Sri Lankans diagnosed with the disease. Exercise is known to improve blood glucose, lipid profiles, blood pressure and adiposity, key goals in the management of T2DM. However, much of the evidence to date has been gained from white Caucasians who have a different body composition and disease profile compared to South Asians...
January 24, 2018: BMC Public Health
Jonathan Hamill, Jaime Hallak, Serdar M Dursun, Glen Baker
Ayahuasca, a traditional Amazonian decoction with psychoactive properties, is made from bark of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine (contains beta-carboline alkaloids) and leaves of the Psychotria viridis bush (supply the hallucinogen N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT)). Originally used by indigenous shamans for the purposes of spirit communication, magical experiences, healing, and religious rituals, across several South American countries ayahuasca has been incorporated into folk medicine and spiritual healing, and several Brazilian churches use it routinely to foster spiritual experience...
January 24, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
Peter Hanlon, Suzanne Guerin, Gemma Kiernan
While bereavement camps serve as a support for children, this study examines a therapeutic recreation-based camp for families who have lost a child. The study triangulated documents, researcher reflection and staff interviews to highlight the themes of Searching & Finding, Getting to Know, Finding the Balance and Joining. Developing opportunistically through internal and external factors, the camp's evolution represents a closing of the loop, from supporting families of living children to also supporting the families of children who have died...
January 17, 2018: Death Studies
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