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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214544/can-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-studies-help-with-the-optimization-of-health-messaging-for-lifestyle-behavior-change-a-systematic-review
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Maxine E Whelan, Paul S Morgan, Lauren B Sherar, Mark W Orme, Dale W Esliger
Unhealthy behaviors, including smoking, poor nutrition, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles, are global risk factors for non-communicable diseases and premature death. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) offers a unique approach to optimize health messages by examining how the brain responds to information relating to health. Our aim was to systematically review fMRI studies that have investigated variations in brain activation in response to health messages relating to (i) smoking; (ii) alcohol consumption; (iii) physical activity; (iv) diet; and (v) sedentary behavior...
February 15, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192674/designing-visual-aids-that-promote-risk-literacy
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Rocio Garcia-Retamero, Edward T Cokely
Background Effective risk communication is essential for informed decision making. Unfortunately, many people struggle to understand typical risk communications because they lack essential decision-making skills. Objective The aim of this study was to review the literature on the effect of numeracy on risk literacy, decision making, and health outcomes, and to evaluate the benefits of visual aids in risk communication. Method We present a conceptual framework describing the influence of numeracy on risk literacy, decision making, and health outcomes, followed by a systematic review of the benefits of visual aids in risk communication for people with different levels of numeracy and graph literacy...
February 1, 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191353/alterations-in-cortical-thickness-and-white-matter-integrity-in-mild-to-moderate-communicating-hydrocephalic-school-aged-children-measured-by-whole-brain-cortical-thickness-mapping-and-dti
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Siyu Zhang, Xinjian Ye, Guanghui Bai, Yuchuan Fu, Chuanwan Mao, Aiqin Wu, Xiaozheng Liu, Zhihan Yan
Follow-up observation is required for mild-to-moderate hydrocephalic patients because of the potential damage to brain. However, effects of mild-to-moderate hydrocephalus on gray and white matter remain unclear in vivo. Using structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), current study compared the cortical thickness and white matter integrity between children with mild-to-moderate communicating hydrocephalus and healthy controls. The relationships between cortical changes and intelligence quota were also examined in patients...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188293/asymmetric-configurations-in-a-reengineered-homodimer-reveal-multiple-subunit-communication-pathways-in-protein-allostery
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Maria Fe Lanfranco, Fernanda G√°rate, Ashton J Engdahl, Rodrigo A Maillard
Many allosteric proteins form homo-oligomeric complexes to regulate a biological function. In homo-oligomers, subunits establish communication pathways that are modulated by external stimuli like ligand binding. A challenge for dissecting the communication mechanisms in homo-oligomers is identifying intermediate liganded states, which are typically transiently populated. However, their identities provide the most mechanistic information on how ligand-induced signals propagate from bound to empty subunits. Here, we dissected the directionality and magnitude of subunit communication in a reengineered, single-chain version of the homodimeric transcription factor cAMP Receptor Protein (CRPSC)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186009/translating-behavior-change-techniques-to-new-delivery-mediums
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Marcy G Antonio, Karen L Courtney, Jennifer H Lingler, Judith T Matthews
The translation of successful behavior change interventions to new delivery mechanisms requires an understanding of the underlying concepts that led to its success. This has particular relevance when converting in-person interventions into remote technological applications. The active ingredients that may have been successful in the "live" application can appear differently in a technological application. The communication module within a multi-user telehealth kiosk will be used as an example of how behavior change techniques from a "live" intervention may be represented in an information technology-delivered intervention...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185964/experimental-occlusal-disharmony-a-promoting-factor-for-anxiety-in-rats-under-chronic-psychological-stress
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Xuan Tang, Jian Li, Ting Jiang, Shu-Hui Han, Dong-Yuan Yao
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinically, patients under chronic psychological stress (PS) appear to be more susceptible to occlusal disharmony (OD) compared with those without PS. OD was proved to introduce anxiety-like stress. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to investigate whether OD would affect psychological stress-induced anxiety and its underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Chronic PS was induced by a communication box, and OD was produced by bonding a 0.3mm-thick crown on the right maxillary first molar of male Sprague-Dawley rats...
February 7, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183293/using-video-annotation-software-to-identify-interactions-in-group-therapies-for-schizophrenia-assessing-reliability-and-associations-with-outcomes
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Stavros Orfanos, Syeda Ferhana Akther, Muhammad Abdul-Basit, Rosemarie McCabe, Stefan Priebe
BACKGROUND: Research has shown that interactions in group therapies for people with schizophrenia are associated with a reduction in negative symptoms. However, it is unclear which specific interactions in groups are linked with these improvements. The aims of this exploratory study were to i) develop and test the reliability of using video-annotation software to measure interactions in group therapies in schizophrenia and ii) explore the relationship between interactions in group therapies for schizophrenia with clinically relevant changes in negative symptoms...
February 10, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181042/should-we-change-targets-and-methods-of-early-intervention-in-autism-in-favor-of-a-strengths-based-education
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Laurent Mottron
Early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) and its recent variant, naturalist developmental behavioral intervention (NDBI) aim to increase socialization and communication, and to decrease repetitive and challenging behaviors in preschool age autistic children. These behaviorist techniques are based on the precocity and intensity of the intervention, face-to-face interaction, errorless learning, and information fragmentation. Once considered to be "scientifically proven", the efficacy of these approaches has been called into question in the last decade due to poor-quality data, small effects, low cost-efficiency, and the evolution of ethical and societal standards...
February 8, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178203/male-psyllids-differentially-learn-in-the-context-of-copulation
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Dara G Stockton, Xavier Martini, Lukasz L Stelinski
In the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, stimulatory cuticular hydrocarbons act as sex pheromone attractants. Male psyllids locate aggregations of females using those olfactory cues, as well as vibrational communication on the plant surface. Although previous research has indicated that learning plays a role in modulating female reproductive behaviors in psyllids, it is unknown whether males similarly use learning to increase the likelihood of copulatory success. We used an olfactometer-based bio-assay to study the effects of experience on male response to female odor...
February 7, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178034/the-neurobiology-of-health-communication
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Peter A Hall, Kirk I Erickson, Peter J Gianaros
This issue of Psychosomatic Medicine describes findings from an innovative study by Kang et al. employing neuroimaging methods to quantify neural responses to health communications. Findings indicated that those sedentary individuals who hold self-transcendent values show attenuated limbic threat responses to communications about the benefits of physical activity. Furthermore, participants who were instructed to articulate such values showed some evidence of additional blunting of the same neural response. In this editorial we provide context for the interpretation of these findings within the existing research using the brain-as-predictor approach, and other recent trends within biobehavioral medicine involving the use of neuroscience methods in the service of health behavior change...
February 7, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176207/facilitating-partner-support-for-lifestyle-change-among-adults-with-serious-mental-illness-a-feasibility-pilot-study
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Kelly A Aschbrenner, Kim T Mueser, John A Naslund, Amy A Gorin, Stacey A Zawacki, Sarah I Pratt, Allison Kinney, Stephen Bartels
The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the feasibility of an intervention designed to facilitate partner support for lifestyle change among overweight and obese adults with serious mental illness (SMI). Fifteen adults with SMI enrolled in a lifestyle intervention at community mental health centers participated with a self-selected partner in an additional 12-week intervention component designed to facilitate social support for health behavior change. Participants reported that the program was useful, convenient, and helped them reach their goals...
February 7, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173789/participatory-science-and-innovation-for-improved-sanitation-and-hygiene-process-and-outcome-evaluation-of-project-shine-a-school-based-intervention-in-rural-tanzania
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Erin Hetherington, Matthijs Eggers, Joyce Wamoyi, Jennifer Hatfield, Mange Manyama, Susan Kutz, Sheri Bastien
BACKGROUND: Diarrheal disease is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries with children being disproportionately affected. Project SHINE (Sanitation & Hygiene INnovation in Education) is a grassroots participatory science education and social entrepreneurship model to engage youth and the wider community in the development of sustainable strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene. METHODS: Based in rural and remote Tanzania, this pilot study engaged pastoralist high-school students and communities in the development and evaluation of culturally and contextually relevant strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene...
February 7, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168028/sex-specific-responses-to-territorial-intrusions-in-a-communication-network-evidence-from-radio-tagged-great-tits
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Lysanne Snijders, Kees van Oers, Marc Naguib
Signals play a key role in the ecology and evolution of animal populations, influencing processes such as sexual selection and conflict resolution. In many species, sexually selected signals have a dual function: attracting mates and repelling rivals. Yet, to what extent males and females under natural conditions differentially respond to such signals remains poorly understood, due to a lack of field studies that simultaneously track both sexes. Using a novel spatial tracking system, we tested whether or not the spatial behavior of male and female great tits (Parus major) changes in relation to the vocal response of a territorial male neighbor to an intruder...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166176/applying-instructional-design-strategies-and-behavior-theory-to-household-disaster-preparedness-training
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Tracy N Thomas, Robyn K Sobelson, Corinne J Wigington, Alyson L Davis, Victoria H Harp, Michelle Leander-Griffith, Joan P Cioffi
CONTEXT: Interventions and media campaigns promoting household disaster preparedness have produced mixed results in affecting behaviors. In large part, this is due to the limited application of instructional design strategies and behavior theory, such as the Transtheoretical Model (TTM). This study describes the development and evaluation of Ready CDC, an intervention designed to increase household disaster preparedness among the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) workforce...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156561/a-qualitative-investigation-of-mindfulness-practice-to-support-advance-care-planning-acp
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Ann H Cottingham, Kathleen A Beck-Coon, Paul R Helft
: 15 Background: Despite ongoing attempts to increase ACP in the U.S, a national longitudinal study of patients with cancer found no significant change in participation in end-of-life (EOL) discussions or living will completion between 2000-2012. A key barrier to ACP includes emotional discomfort talking about EOL care preferences. Mindfulness practices facilitate emotional regulation through present-centered awareness and non-reactive coping. In this pilot, an intervention combining mindfulness training, mindful communication skill development, and information about ACP was hypothesized to increase ACP in patients with cancer...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156196/the-potential-for-political-leadership-in-hiv-aids-communication-campaigns-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Abraar Karan, Emily Hartford, Thomas J Coates
BACKGROUND: The HIV/AIDS epidemic has become a point of important political concern for governments especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Clinical and public health interventions to curb the epidemic can be greatly enhanced with the strategic support of political leaders. OBJECTIVE: We analyzed the role of national political leadership in large-scale HIV/AIDS communications campaigns in 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: We primarily reviewed grey and white literature published from 2005-2014...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152941/transforming-a-unit-s-culture-to-improve-clinical-outcomes
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Theresa Woodrum, Michael Romano
: 243 Background: Leadership identified an unhealthy work environment existed in our Oncology Hematology Special Care Unit (OHSCU). This was evidenced by increased turnover, low National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), and nurse sensitive quality indicator scores. In the fall of 2014 changes were made to the unit with a goal of creating within the unit a culture of clinical excellence, engagement, professionalism, accountability, and improve staff satisfaction. METHODS: Leadership met to define the future state of the unit and develop a vision statement...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152012/what-is-the-economic-evidence-for-mhealth-a-systematic-review-of-economic-evaluations-of-mhealth-solutions
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Sarah J Iribarren, Kenrick Cato, Louise Falzon, Patricia W Stone
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) is often reputed to be cost-effective or cost-saving. Despite optimism, the strength of the evidence supporting this assertion has been limited. In this systematic review the body of evidence related to economic evaluations of mHealth interventions is assessed and summarized. METHODS: Seven electronic bibliographic databases, grey literature, and relevant references were searched. Eligibility criteria included original articles, comparison of costs and consequences of interventions (one categorized as a primary mHealth intervention or mHealth intervention as a component of other interventions), health and economic outcomes and published in English...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146596/chronic-pain-in-the-emergency-department
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Elizabeth Donovan, Megan L Ranney, A Marc Reid, Janette Baird, Traci C Green
OBJECTIVE: To describe the experiences of emergency department (ED) use among a population of Rhode Island Medicaid patients with chronic pain and a recent history of frequent ED use, who were eligible to participate in the Rhode Island Medicaid Pain Management program. METHODS:  Qualitative interviews were conducted with twenty-four patients who were either enrolled, or eligible to be enrolled, in a pain management program that is part of a state-funded initiative to reduce ED overuse...
February 1, 2017: Rhode Island Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145946/emergency-medical-technician-training-during-medical-school-benefits-for-the-hidden-curriculum
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Rebecca Russ-Sellers, Thomas H Blackwell
PROBLEM: Medical schools are encouraged to introduce students to clinical experiences early, to integrate biomedical and clinical sciences, and to expose students to interprofessional health providers and teams. One important goal is for students to gain a better understanding of the patients they will care for in the future and how their social and behavioral characteristics may affect care delivery. APPROACH: To promote early clinical exposure and biomedical integration, in 2012 the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville incorporated emergency medical technician (EMT) training into the curriculum...
January 31, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
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