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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221872/analysis-of-food-safety-and-security-challenges-in-emerging-african-food-producing-areas-through-a-one-health-lens-the-dairy-chains-in-mali
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Rachel Cheng, Alberto Mantovani, Chiara Frazzoli
Challenges posed by changes in livestock production in emerging food producing areas and demographic development and climate change require new approaches and responsibilities in the management of food chains. The increasingly recognized role of primary food producers requires the support of the scientific community to instruct effective approaches based on scientific data, tools, and expertise. Mali is an emerging food producing area, and this review covers (i) the dairy farming scenario and its environment, (ii) the role of dairy production in food security, including the greatly different animal rearing systems in the Sahel and tropical regions, (iii) risk management pillars as modern infrastructures, effective farmer organizations, and institutional systems to guarantee animal health and safety of products, and (iv) feasible interventions based on good practices and risk assessment at the farm level (e...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221077/stanley-stan-kuczaj-ii-1950-2016
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Jennifer Vonk
Presents an obituary for Stanley (Stan) Kuczaj II who passed away suddenly on April 14, 2016 at the age of 65 in his home in Hattiesburg Mississippi. The field of comparative cognition and animal behavior lost a leader, a friend, and a mentor that day. At the time of his passing, Stan was a fellow and the president of the Society for Comparative Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Division 6, of the American Psychological Association (APA). He was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, APA's Divisions 3 and 7, and the Psychonomic Society...
February 2017: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219478/assessment-of-the-multi-criteria-evaluation-system-of-the-welfare-quality%C3%A2-protocol-for-growing-pigs
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I Czycholl, C Kniese, L Schrader, J Krieter
Animal welfare has become an important subject of public and political debate, leading to the necessity of an objective evaluation system for on-farm use. As welfare is a multi-dimensional concept, it makes sense to use a multi-criteria aggregation system to obtain an overall welfare score. Such an aggregation system is provided by the Welfare Quality® Network. The present paper focusses on the assessment of the multi-criteria evaluation model included in the Welfare Quality® protocol for growing pigs in order to aggregate the animal-based indicators first to criteria, then to principles and finally to an overall welfare score...
February 21, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219035/conceptualizing-agency-folkpsychological-and-folkcommunicative-perspectives-on-plants
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Bethany L Ojalehto, Douglas L Medin, Salino G García
The present research addresses cultural variation in concepts of agency. Across two experiments, we investigate how Indigenous Ngöbe of Panama and US college students interpret and make inferences about nonhuman agency, focusing on plants as a critical test case. In Experiment 1, participants predicted goal-directed actions for plants and other nonhuman kinds and judged their capacities for intentional agency. Goal-directed action is pervasive among living kinds and as such we expected cultural agreement on these predictions...
February 17, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218831/new-possibilities-for-magnetic-control-of-chemical-and-biochemical-reactions
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Anatoly Buchachenko, Ronald G Lawler
Chemistry is controlled by Coulomb energy; magnetic energy is lower by many orders of magnitude and may be confidently ignored in the energy balance of chemical reactions. The situation becomes less clear, however, when reaction rates are considered. In this case, magnetic perturbations of nearly degenerate energy surface crossings may produce observable, and sometimes even dramatic, effects on reactions rates, product yields, and spectroscopic transitions. A case in point that has been studied for nearly five decades is electron spin-selective chemistry via the intermediacy of radical pairs...
February 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216270/are-premixed-calcium-silicate-based-endodontic-sealers-comparable-to-conventional-materials-a-systematic-review-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-studies
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Luiza Helena Silva Almeida, Rafael Ratto Moraes, Renata Dornelles Morgental, Fernanda Geraldo Pappen
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to compare the physicochemical and biological properties of premixed calcium silicate-based endodontic sealers with other conventional root canal filling materials by systematically reviewing laboratory studies. METHODS: The search was conducted in 3 databases (Medline via PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science) following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. Two reviewers independently selected the studies and extracted the data...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216196/hypericum-perforatum-st-john-s-wort-beyond-depression-a-therapeutic-perspective-for-pain-conditions
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Nicoletta Galeotti
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hypericum perforatum L. (Hypericaceae), popularly called St. John's wort (SJW), has a rich historical background being one of the oldest used and most extensively investigated medicinal herbs. Many bioactivities and applications of SJW are listed in popular and in scientific literature, including antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory. In the last three decades many studies focused on the antidepressant activity of SJW extracts. However, several studies in recent years also described the antinociceptive and analgesic properties of SJW that validate the traditional uses of the plant in pain conditions...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215820/the-use-of-fish-models-to-study-human-neurological-disorders
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Hideaki Matsui
Small teleost fish including zebrafish and medaka have been used as animal models in basic science research due to the relative ease of handling and transparency during embryogenesis. Current advances in genetic engineering and progress in disease genetics allowed utilization of these fish to study neurological diseases and psychiatric disorders. This review summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of using fish for neuropsychiatric research using primarily our own studies as examples. We discuss how fish belong to a class of vertebrates, are feasible for imaging, and include diverse species with multiple research possibilities yet to be discovered...
February 16, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208764/spatial-impairment-and-memory-in-genetic-disorders-insights-from-mouse-models
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Sang Ah Lee, Valter Tucci, Giorgio Vallortigara
Research across the cognitive and brain sciences has begun to elucidate some of the processes that guide navigation and spatial memory. Boundary geometry and featural landmarks are two distinct classes of environmental cues that have dissociable neural correlates in spatial representation and follow different patterns of learning. Consequently, spatial navigation depends both on the type of cue available and on the type of learning provided. We investigated this interaction between spatial representation and memory by administering two different tasks (working memory, reference memory) using two different environmental cues (rectangular geometry, striped landmark) in mouse models of human genetic disorders: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWScr(m+/p-) mice, n = 12) and Beta-catenin mutation (Thr653Lys-substituted mice, n = 12)...
February 9, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207468/significant-differences-in-the-bone-of-an-isogenic-inbred-versus-nonisogenic-outbred-murine-mandible-a-study-in-rigor-and-reproducibility
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Edward G Carey, Sagar S Deshpande, Kevin M Urlaub, Alexander R Zheutlin, Noah S Nelson, Alexis Donneys, Stephen Y Kang, Kathleen K Gallagher, Peter A Felice, Catherine N Tchanque-Fossuo, Steven R Buchman
Inattention to differences between animal strains is a potential cause of irreproducibility of basic science investigations. Accordingly, the authors' laboratory sought to ensure that cross-comparisons of results generated from studies of mandibular physiology utilizing the Sprague Dawley and Lewis rat strains are valid. The authors specifically investigated baseline histomorphometrics, bone mineral density, and biomechanical strength of the unaltered endogenous mandibles of the inbred, isogenic Lewis rat, and the outbred, nonisogenic Sprague Dawley rat to determine if they are indeed equal...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204950/-unnatural-thoughts-on-moral-enhancement-of-the-human-animal
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Norman K Swazo
Recent discussions about moral enhancement presuppose and recommend sets of values that relate to both the Western tradition of moral philosophy and contemporary empirical results of natural and social sciences, including moral psychology. It is argued here that this is a typology of thought that requires a fundamental interrogation. Proponents of moral enhancement do not account for important critical analyses of moral discourse, beginning with that of Friedrich Nietzsche and continuing with more prominent twentieth century thinkers such as the poststructuralist Michel Foucault, the deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, and the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre...
February 15, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204935/a-review-of-body-dysmorphic-disorder-in-aesthetic-surgery-patients-and-the-legal-implications
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Iliana E Sweis, Jamie Spitz, David R Barry, Mimis Cohen
BACKGROUND: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an often under-recognized yet severe psychiatric illness. There is limited guidance for plastic surgeons in the USA in how to recognize and manage patients with BDD and protect themselves from potential litigation and harm. Therefore, in collaboration with legal counsel, we remind our profession of the serious nature of patients with BDD, provide warning signs for recognizing BDD, and critically evaluate the validity of informed consent and the legal ramifications of operating on such patients in the USA...
February 15, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204845/mirnas-target-databases-developmental-methods-and-target-identification-techniques-with-functional-annotations
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Nagendra Kumar Singh
PURPOSE: microRNA (miRNA) regulates diverse biological mechanisms and metabolisms in plants and animals. Thus, the discoveries of miRNA has revolutionized the life sciences and medical research.The miRNA represses and cleaves the targeted mRNA by binding perfect or near perfect or imperfect complementary base pairs by RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) formation during biogenesis process. One miRNA interacts with one or more mRNA genes and vice versa, hence takes part in causing various diseases...
February 15, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202060/critically-appraised-topic-on-adverse-food-reactions-of-companion-animals-3-prevalence-of-cutaneous-adverse-food-reactions-in-dogs-and-cats
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Thierry Olivry, Ralf S Mueller
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of cutaneous adverse food reactions (CAFRs) in dogs and cats is not precisely known. This imprecision is likely due to the various populations that had been studied. Our objectives were to systematically review the literature to determine the prevalence of CAFRs among dogs and cats with pruritus and skin diseases. RESULTS: We searched two databases for pertinent references on August 18, 2016. Among 490 and 220 articles respectively found in the Web of Science (Science Citation Index Expanded) and CAB Abstract databases, we selected 22 and nine articles that reported data usable for CAFR prevalence determination in dogs and cats, respectively...
February 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195249/building-blocks-of-the-gipu-italian-group-of-ultrastructural-pathology
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V Papa, R Costa, G Cenacchi
The Italian Group of Ultrastructural Pathology, GIPU, is a scientific organization committed to promote the art and science of Electron Microscopy (EM) in the pathology field in Italy, sharing its professional work with a public audience. The history of the GIPU goes back to 1990s when a founder group set up the Italian Group of Ultrastructural Diagnostic (GIDU) in Milan. The central focus of annual meetings was on EM, transmission and scanning one, about interesting cases in which it was instrumental in diagnosis...
June 2016: Pathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189064/oral-application-of-carbon-nanofibers-in-rats-increases-blood-concentration-of-il6-and-il10-and-decreases-locomotor-activity
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Nina Vitalievna Sayapina, Tatyana Anantolievna Batalova, Alexander Alexandrovich Sergievich, Mikhail Anatolievich Shtarberg, Eugeny Alexandrovich Borodin, Pavel Pavlovich Khoroshikh, Vladimir Victorovich Chaika, Vladimir Valerievich Kodintsev, Alexey Anatolievich Vedyagin, Ilya Vladimirovich Mishakov, Antonis Vakis, Petra Henrich-Noack, Aristidis M Tsatsakis, Ayse Basak Engin, Kirill Golokhvast
Carbon nanofibers (CNF) are versatile nanomaterials that are widely used in various fields of science and technology. As a consequence, animals as well as humans may be exposed to such compounds via different routes. We hypothesized that oral intake of CNF will lead to an inflammatory reaction and consequently induce behavioral impairments. To address this issue, rats were fed with 500mg/kgCNF for 14days and their locomotor activity, emotional status and cognition were quantified by testing the animals in an open field set-up, elevated plus maze and in the universal problem solving box which provides information about motivation and cognition...
January 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188876/protein-based-nanoparticles-from-preparation-to-encapsulation-of-active-molecules
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REVIEW
Mohamad Tarhini, Hélène Greige-Gerges, Abdelhamid Elaissari
Nowadays, nanotechnology has become very integrated in the domain of pharmaceutical sciences since nanoparticle dispersions show various advantages as drug carriers. Among nanoparticles, the protein-based ones are of paramount importance. In fact, protein nanoparticles show many advantages over other types of nanoparticles, they are often non-toxic and biodegradable. In this review, the most common preparation methods of protein nanoparticles were targeted. In addition, the factors affecting their dispersions and the concepts of drug loading and drug release are also highlighted...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187627/is-photography-based-taxonomy-really-inadequate-unnecessary-and-potentially-harmful-for-biological-sciences-a-reply-to-cer%C3%A3-aco-i-et-al-i-2016
#18
Stephen E Thorpe
An opinion piece was recently published in this journal which, remarkably, is less than one page in length, but has 493 authors (signatories) and has gained over 15 thousand reads on ResearchGate in a very short time. Ceríaco et al. (2016) argue for a blanket ban to be imposed on the uncommon practice of basing new species descriptions in zoology on photographic evidence only of the animal. I herein aim to show that their argument is a non sequitur, i.e. their stated reasons do not support their desired conclusion...
January 26, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187234/the-research-and-implementation-continuum-of-biofortified-sweet-potato-and-maize-in-africa
#19
Sherry A Tanumihardjo, Anna-Marie Ball, Chisela Kaliwile, Kevin V Pixley
The enhancement of sweet potato and maize with provitamin A carotenoids has been part of HarvestPlus's research continuum since the formation of the biofortification project. This review includes case studies of biofortification strategies used for sweet potato in Uganda and orange maize in Zambia. The current status of the science and release of biofortified varieties was reviewed by three scientists who were part of the HarvestPlus program for more than a decade with input from a scientist who experienced orange maize dissemination in Zambia...
February 10, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185812/assessment-of-nutrition-competency-of-graduating-agriculture-students-in-ethiopia-a%C3%A2-cross-sectional-study
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Mesfin G Abebe, Mebit K Tariku, Tadele B Yitaferu, Ephrem D Shiferaw, Firew A Desta, Endris M Yimer, Kefyalew M Akassa, Elizabeth C Thompson
OBJECTIVE: To assess the level of nutrition-sensitive agriculture competencies of graduating midlevel animal and plant sciences students in Ethiopia and identify factors associated with the attainment of competencies. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study design using structured skills observation checklists, objective written questions, and structured questionnaires was employed. SETTING: Two agriculture technical vocational education and training colleges in the 2 regions of Ethiopia...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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