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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070283/spatial-and-temporal-avoidance-of-risk-within-a-large-carnivore-guild
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Egil Dröge, Scott Creel, Matthew S Becker, Jassiel M'soka
Within a large carnivore guild, subordinate competitors (African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, and cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus) might reduce the limiting effects of dominant competitors (lion, Panthera leo, and spotted hyena, Crocuta crocuta) by avoiding them in space, in time, or through patterns of prey selection. Understanding how these competitors cope with one other can inform strategies for their conservation. We tested how mechanisms of niche partitioning promote coexistence by quantifying patterns of prey selection and the use of space and time by all members of the large carnivore guild within Liuwa Plain National Park in western Zambia...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065714/transient-inactivation-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-rats-disrupts-avoidance-of-a-dynamic-object
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Jan Svoboda, Veronika Lobellová, Anna Popelíková, Nikhil Ahuja, Eduard Kelemen, Aleš Stuchlík
Although animals often learn and monitor the spatial properties of relevant moving objects such as conspecifics and predators to properly organize their own spatial behavior, the underlying brain substrate has received little attention and hence remains elusive. Because the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) participates in conflict monitoring and effort-based decision making, and ACC neurons respond to objects in the environment, it may also play a role in the monitoring of moving cues and exerting the appropriate spatial response...
January 5, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046201/measuring-cognitive-judgement-bias-in-rats-using-the-ambiguous-cue-interpretation-test
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Justyna Papciak, Rafal Rygula
An active-choice, operant, ambiguous-cue interpretation (ACI) paradigm is described that can be used for measuring cognitive judgement bias in rats. In this behavioral test, animals in an operant conditioning chamber are trained to press a lever to receive a food reward when a specific tone is presented, and to press another lever in response to a different tone to avoid punishment by an electric foot-shock. The tones, which serve as discriminative stimuli, acquire a positive or negative valence, and the training continues until the rats demonstrate a stable, correct discrimination between these two stimuli...
January 3, 2017: Current Protocols in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028167/potato-psyllid-hemiptera-triozidae-response-to-insecticides-under-controlled-greenhouse-conditions
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E R Echegaray, A C Vinchesi, S I Rondon, J M Alvarez, N McKinley
Bactericera cockerelli (Šulc) is a common pest of solanaceous crops largely known for vectoring "psyllid yellows" in potatoes. In recent years, however, this pest has attracted considerable attention for vectoring Zebra Chip, a devastating bacterial disease that was first reported in the United States in 2004 and has spread across the southern and northwestern states, causing significant economic losses to potato growers and the industry. Management of the disease is mainly achieved by reducing the psyllid population using insecticides, including pyrethroids and neonicotinoids; however, new insecticides with different modes of action are needed to avoid the acquisition of resistance...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017186/carvedilol-does-not-reduce-cocaine-use-in-methadone-maintained-cocaine-users
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Mehmet Sofuoglu, James Poling, Theresa Babuscio, Kishorchandra Gonsai, Kevin Severino, Charla Nich, Kathleen M Carroll
INTRODUCTION: The goal of this study was too test the efficacy of carvedilol (CAR), an adrenergic blocker, for reducing cocaine use in individuals with cocaine use disorder (CUD). We conducted a 17-week, double-blind, randomized controlled trial with 3 treatment arms: 25mg CAR, 50mg CAR, and placebo. METHODS: One hundred and six treatment-seeking opioid and cocaine-dependent participants, who were also maintained on methadone during study participation, were randomized to placebo (n=34), 25mg/day CAR (n=37) or 50mg/day CAR (n=35)...
February 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010818/geographic-variation-and-acclimation-effects-on-thermoregulation-behavior-in-the-widespread-lizard-liolaemus-pictus
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Paulina Artacho, Julia Saravia, Samuel Perret, José Luis Bartheld, Jean-François Le Galliard
Populations at the warm range margins of the species distribution may be at the greatest risks of extinction from global warming unless they can tolerate extreme environmental conditions. Yet, some studies suggest that the thermal behavior of some lizard species is evolutionarily rigid. During two successive years, we compared the thermal biology of two populations of Liolaemus pictus living at the northern (warmer) and one population living at the southern (colder) range limits, thus spanning an 800km latitudinal distance...
January 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998879/using-patient-flow-information-to-determine-risk-of-hospital-presentation-protocol-for-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Christopher M Pearce, Adam McLeod, Jon Patrick, Douglas Boyle, Marianne Shearer, Paula Eustace, Mary Catherine Pearce
BACKGROUND: Every day, patients are admitted to the hospital with conditions that could have been effectively managed in the primary care sector. These admissions are expensive and in many cases are possible to avoid if early intervention occurs. General practitioners are in the best position to identify those at risk of imminent hospital presentation and admission; however, it is not always possible for all the factors to be considered. A lack of shared information contributes significantly to the challenge of understanding a patient's full medical history...
December 20, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996923/a-framework-for-unrestricted-prenatal-whole-genome-sequencing-respecting-and-enhancing-the-autonomy-of-prospective-parents
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Stephanie C Chen, David T Wasserman
Noninvasive, prenatal whole genome sequencing (NIPW) may be a technological reality in the near future, making available a vast array of genetic information early in pregnancy at no risk to the fetus or mother. Many worry that the timing, safety, and ease of the test will lead to informational overload and reproductive consumerism. The prevailing response among commentators has been to restrict conditions eligible for testing based on medical severity, which imposes disputed value judgments and devalues those living with eligible conditions...
January 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932628/potential-effectiveness-of-pictorial-warning-labels-that-feature-the-images-and-personal-details-of-real-people
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Emily Brennan, Erin K Maloney, Yotam Ophir, Joseph N Cappella
INTRODUCTION: Pictorial warning labels (PWL) that use photographs and the personal details of real people whose health has been affected by smoking (testimonial PWL) provide factual information about the consequences of tobacco use. METHODS: Nine hundred and twenty-four adult current smokers participated in an online experiment that tested responses to four types of warning labels: (1) non-testimonial text warning labels (currently on packs in the United States); (2) non-testimonial PWL (previously proposed by the United States Food and Drug Administration); (3) image only testimonial PWL (created for study); (4) image + personal details testimonial PWL (created for study)...
December 8, 2016: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920367/is-the-classical-wald-test-always-suitable-under-response-adaptive-randomization
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Alessandro Baldi Antognini, Alessandro Vagheggini, Maroussa Zagoraiou
The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of response-adaptive randomization rules for normal response trials intended to test the superiority of one of two available treatments. Taking into account the classical Wald test, we show how response-adaptive methodology could induce a consistent loss of inferential precision. Then, we suggest a modified version of the Wald test which, by using the current allocation proportion to the treatments as a consistent estimator of the target, avoids some degenerate scenarios and so it should be preferable to the classical test...
January 1, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918079/high-intensity-treadmill-running-impairs-cognitive-behavior-and-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-of-rats-via-activation-of-inflammatory-response
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Li-Na Sun, Xiao-Long Li, Fei Wang, Jun Zhang, Dan-Dan Wang, Li Yuan, Mei-Na Wu, Zhao-Jun Wang, Jin-Shun Qi
Although appropriate exercise is beneficial for enhancing brain functions, high-intensity exercise (HIE)-induced cognitive dysfunction is causing more and more concerns nowadays. In the present study, we observed the effects of high-intensity treadmill running on the spatial learning of the adult Sprague Dawley male rats in Y-maze (n = 16 per group), and investigated its possible electrophysiological and molecular mechanisms by examining in vivo hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP), central inflammatory responses, and JNK/p38/ERK signal pathway...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915035/hyperinsulinaemic-hypoglycaemia-in-children-and-adults
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Pratik Shah, Sofia A Rahman, Huseyin Demirbilek, Maria Güemes, Khalid Hussain
Pancreatic β cells are functionally programmed to release insulin in response to changes in plasma glucose concentration. Insulin secretion is precisely regulated so that, under normal physiological conditions, fasting plasma glucose concentrations are kept within a narrow range of 3·5-5·5 mmol/L. In hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia, insulin secretion becomes dysregulated (ie, uncoupled from glucose metabolism) so that insulin secretion persists in the presence of low plasma glucose concentrations. Hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemia is the most common cause of severe and persistent hypoglycaemia in neonates and children...
November 30, 2016: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909532/ajmaline-challenge-to-unmask-infrahisian-disease-in-patients-with-recurrent-and-unexplained-syncope-preserved-ejection-fraction-with-or-without-conduction-abnormalities-on-surface-ecg
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Francesco Pentimalli, Luca Bacino, Matteo Ghione, Giambattista Siri, Massimo Gazzarata, Paolo Bellotti
Background: Pharmacological challenge with class I antiarrhythmic drug is a recommended diagnostic test in patients with unexplained syncope only in the presence of bundle branch block, when non-invasive tests have failed to make the diagnosis. Its role in patients with minor or no conduction disturbances on 12-leads ECG has not been evaluated yet. It is also not clear which are the values of His-Ventricular interval to be considered diagnostic. We sought to evaluate the role of ajmaline challenge in unmasking the presence of an infrahisian disease in patients with recurrent and unexplained syncope, regardless of the existence of conduction disturbances on surface ECG...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907013/development-and-implementation-of-the-ebola-traveler-monitoring-program-and-clinical-outcomes-of-monitored-travelers-during-october-may-2015-minnesota
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Aaron DeVries, Pamela Talley, Kristin Sweet, Susan Kline, Patricia Stinchfield, Pritish Tosh, Richard Danila
BACKGROUND: In October 2014, the United States began actively monitoring all persons who had traveled from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the previous 21 days. State public health departments were responsible for monitoring all travelers; Minnesota has the largest Liberian population in the United States. The MDH Ebola Clinical Team (ECT) was established to assess travelers with symptoms of concern for Ebola virus disease (EVD), coordinate access to healthcare at appropriate facilities including Ebola Assessment and Treatment Units (EATU), and provide guidance to clinicians...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905875/a-nonsense-mutation-in-the-col7a1-gene-causes-epidermolysis-bullosa-in-vorderwald-cattle
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Hubert Pausch, Simon Ammermüller, Christine Wurmser, Henning Hamann, Jens Tetens, Cord Drögemüller, Ruedi Fries
BACKGROUND: The widespread use of individual sires for artificial insemination promotes the propagation of recessive conditions. Inadvertent matings between unnoticed carriers of deleterious alleles may result in the manifestation of fatal phenotypes in their progeny. Breeding consultants and farmers reported on Vorderwald calves with a congenital skin disease. The clinical findings in affected calves were compatible with epidermolysis bullosa. RESULTS: Pedigree analysis indicated autosomal recessive inheritance of epidermolysis bullosa in Vorderwald cattle...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905264/biotin-thiamine-responsive-basal-ganglia-disease-catastrophic-consequences-of-delay-in-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Hussein Algahtani, Saeed Ghamdi, Bader Shirah, Bader Alharbi, Raghad Algahtani, Abdulrahman Bazaid
BACKGROUND: Biotin-thiamine-responsive basal ganglia disease (BTBGD) is an autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder caused by mutations in the SLC19A3 gene. The disease is characterized by subacute encephalopathy with confusion, dysphagia, dysarthria, and seizures. METHODS: We diagnosed a family affected by BTBGD and studied them including prognosis of cases when diagnosed and treated early in the disease process. We also review the literature comprehensively and summarize all published data about this disorder...
February 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902711/eeg-to-primary-rewards-predictive-utility-and-malleability-by-brain-stimulation
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Nicole Prause, Greg J Siegle, Choi Deblieck, Allan Wu, Marco Iacoboni
Theta burst stimulation (TBS) is thought to affect reward processing mechanisms, which may increase and decrease reward sensitivity. To test the ability of TBS to modulate response to strong primary rewards, participants hypersensitive to primary rewards were recruited. Twenty men and women with at least two opposite-sex, sexual partners in the last year received two forms of TBS. Stimulations were randomized to avoid order effects and separated by 2 hours to reduce carryover. The two TBS forms have been demonstrated to inhibit (continuous) or excite (intermittent) the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex using different pulse patterns, which links to brain areas associated with reward conditioning...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899280/behavioural-phenotype-of-histamine-h4-receptor-knockout-mice-focus-on-central-neuronal-functions
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Maria Domenica Sanna, Carla Ghelardini, Robin L Thurmond, Emanuela Masini, Nicoletta Galeotti
The functional expression of H4 receptors (H4R) within neurons of the central nervous system has been recently reported, but their role is poorly understood. The present study aims to elucidate the role of neuronal H4R by providing the first description of the behavioural phenotype of H4R-deficient (H4R knockout, H4R-KO) mice. Mice lacking H4R underwent behavioural studies to evaluate locomotor activity, pain perception, anxiety, depression, memory and feeding behaviour. H4R-KO mice showed a significant increase in ambulation in an open field as well as in exploratory activity in the absence of any modification of motor coordination...
March 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892474/caterpillar-induced-plant-volatiles-attract-conspecific-adults-in-nature
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Ashraf M El-Sayed, Alan L Knight, John A Byers, Gary J R Judd, David M Suckling
Plants release volatiles in response to caterpillar feeding that attract natural enemies of the herbivores, a tri-trophic interaction which has been considered an indirect plant defence against herbivores. The caterpillar-induced plant volatiles have been reported to repel or attract conspecific adult herbivores. To date however, no volatile signals that either repel or attract conspecific adults under field conditions have been chemically identified. Apple seedlings uniquely released seven compounds including acetic acid, acetic anhydride, benzyl alcohol, benzyl nitrile, indole, 2-phenylethanol, and (E)-nerolidol only when infested by larvae of the light brown apple moth, Epiphyas postvittana...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870884/non-specific-root-transport-of-nutrient-gives-access-to-an-early-nutritional-indicator-the-case-of-sulfate-and-molybdate
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Anne Maillard, Elise Sorin, Philippe Etienne, Sylvain Diquélou, Anna Koprivova, Stanislav Kopriva, Mustapha Arkoun, Karine Gallardo, Marie Turner, Florence Cruz, Jean-Claude Yvin, Alain Ourry
Under sulfur (S) deficiency, crosstalk between nutrients induced accumulation of other nutrients, particularly molybdenum (Mo). This disturbed balanced between S and Mo could provide a way to detect S deficiency and therefore avoid losses in yield and seed quality in cultivated species. Under hydroponic conditions, S deprivation was applied to Brassica napus to determine the precise kinetics of S and Mo uptake and whether sulfate transporters were involved in Mo uptake. Leaf contents of S and Mo were also quantified in a field-grown S deficient oilseed rape crop with different S and N fertilization applications to evaluate the [Mo]:[S] ratio, as an indicator of S nutrition...
2016: PloS One
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