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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214739/characterizing-users-of-new-psychoactive-substances-using-psychometric-scales-for-risk-related-behavior
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Annabel Vreeker, Babette G van der Burg, Margriet van Laar, Tibor M Brunt
INTRODUCTION: Studies investigating risk-related behavior in relation to new psychoactive substance (NPS) use are sparse. The current study investigated characteristics of NPS users by comparing risk-related behavior of NPS users to that of illicit drugs (ID) users and licit substances users and non-users (NLC) users. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study we included 528 individuals across an age range of 18-72years. Using a web-based questionnaire we collected self-report data on substance use, sensation seeking, impulsivity, peer substance use and risk perception of substance use...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214723/how-financial-strain-affects-health-evidence-from-the-dutch-national-bank-household-survey
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Carla Prentice, Donal McKillop, Declan French
The mechanisms by which financial strain affects health are not well understood. In this paper, we conduct a longitudinal mediation analysis of the Dutch National Bank Household Survey. To quantify the relative importance of biological and nonbiological pathways from financial strain to health, we consider smoking, heavy drinking and being overweight as plausible behavioural responses to financial strain but find that only 4.9% of the response of self-reported health to financial strain is mediated by these behaviours...
February 14, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214643/family-history-of-suicide-and-high-motor-impulsivity-distinguish-suicide-attempters-from-suicide-ideators-among-college-students
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Yong-Guang Wang, Shen Chen, Zhi-Ming Xu, Zhi-Hua Shen, Yi-Quan Wang, Xiao-Yan He, Ri-Fang Cao, David L Roberts, Jian-Fei Shi, Yi-Qiang Wang
Suicide in college students has become an important public health issue in China. The aim of this study was to identify the differences between suicide attempters and suicide ideators based on a cross-sectional survey. Our results indicate that although female gender, positive screening for psychiatric illness, positive family history of suicide, elevated overall impulsivity, and elevated motor impulsivity were correlated with suicidal ideation, only positive family history of suicide and high motor impulsivity could differentiate suicide attempters from suicidal ideators...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214426/reduced-step-length-reduces-knee-joint-contact-forces-during-running-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-but-does-not-alter-inter-limb-asymmetry
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Collin D Bowersock, Richard W Willy, Paul DeVita, John D Willson
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is associated with early onset knee osteoarthritis. Running is a typical activity following this surgery, but elevated knee joint contact forces are thought to contribute to osteoarthritis degenerative processes. It is therefore clinically relevant to identify interventions to reduce contact forces during running among individuals after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of reducing step length during running on patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint contact forces among people with a history of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214021/arfi-elastography-changes-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-in-transplanted-livers-with-relapse-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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M Alfageme Zubillaga, T Fontanilla Echeveste, I Pérez González, A Royuela Vicente, A M Duca, R M Ruiz Peralbo, C González Hernando
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in the values obtained in acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography of the liver after antiviral treatment in patients with liver transplants and hepatitis C virus (HVC) infection recurring after transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 15 patients infected with HVC who had received liver transplants where an HVC infection recurring in the graft within one year after the transplant was treated with direct-acting antivirals...
February 14, 2017: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213919/diuretic-sensitive-electroneutral-na-movement-and-temperature-effects-on-central-axons
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Meneka Kanagaratnam, Christopher Pendleton, Danilo Almeida Souza, Joseph Pettit, James Howells, Mark D Baker
Raising the temperature of optic nerve from room temperature to near physiological has effects on the threshold, refractoriness and superexcitability of the shortest latency (fast, F) nerve fibres, consistent with hyperpolarization. The temperature dependence of peak impulse latency was weakened at temperatures above 30°C suggesting a temperature sensitive process that slows impulse propagation. The amplitude of the supramaximal compound action potential gets larger on warming, whereas in the presence of bumetanide and amiloride (blockers of electroneutral Na(+) movement), the action potential amplitude consistently falls...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213459/acting-on-an-impulse-or-two-advantages-of-high-frequency-tetanic-onset-in-skeletal-muscle
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Richard L Moss, Thomas L Lynch, Daniel P Fitzsimons
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212092/modeling-contrast-imaging-assisted-optimal-targeted-drug-delivery-a-touchable-communication-channel-estimation-and-waveform-design-perspective
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Yifan Chen, Yu Zhou, Ross Murch, Panagiotis Kosmas
To maximize the effect of treatment and minimize the adverse effect on patients, we propose to optimize nanorobotsassisted targeted drug delivery (TDD) for locoregional treatment of tumor from the perspective of touchable communication channel estimation and waveform design. The drug particles are the information molecules; the loading/injection and unloading of the drug correspond to the transmitting and receiving processes; the concentration-time profile of the drug particles administered corresponds to the signalling pulse...
February 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211968/verse-guided-parallel-rf-excitations-using-dynamic-field-correction
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Mustafa Çavuşoğlu, Ronald Mooiweer, Klaas P Pruessmann, Shaihan J Malik
In parallel RF pulse design, peak RF magnitudes and specific absorption rate levels are critical concerns in the hardware and safety limits. The variable rate selective excitation (VERSE) method is an efficient technique to limit the peak RF power by applying a local-only RF and gradient waveform reshaping while retaining the on-resonance profile. The accuracy of the excitation performed by the VERSEd RF and gradient waveforms strictly depends on the performance of the employed hardware. Any deviation from the nominal gradient fields as a result of frequency dependent system imperfections violates the VERSE condition similarly to off-resonance effects, leading to significant excitation errors and the RF pulse not converging to the targeted peak RF power...
February 17, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211596/the-structure-of-adult-adhd
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Lenard A Adler, Stephen V Faraone, Thomas J Spencer, Patricia Berglund, Samuel Alperin, Ronald C Kessler
Although DSM-5 stipulates that symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the same for adults as children, clinical observations suggest that adults have more diverse deficits than children in higher-level executive functioning and emotional control. Previous psychometric analyses to evaluate these observations have been limited in ways addressed in the current study, which analyzes the structure of an expanded set of adult ADHD symptoms in three pooled US samples: a national household sample, a sample of health plan members, and a sample of adults referred for evaluation at an adult ADHD clinic...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211553/the-assessment-of-schizotypy-by-the-o-life-oxford-liverpool-inventory-for-feelings-and-experiences-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-affective-disorders
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Daria Dembińska-Krajewska, Janusz Rybakowski
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess schizotypy by using the Oxford-Liverpool Inventory of Feelings and Experiences (O-LIFE), in the groups of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (BD) and unipolar (recurrent) depression (UD). An important element of the study was to compare - in terms of similarity - the results obtained in schizophrenia and BD, and - in terms of differences - the results obtained in BD and UD. METHODS: The study involved 58 patients with schizophrenia (35 men, 23 women, mean age = 34...
December 23, 2016: Psychiatria Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210970/a-suspended-carbon-fiber-culture-to-model-myelination-by-human-schwann-cells
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Antonio Merolli, Yong Mao, Joachim Kohn
Understanding of myelination/remyelination process is essential to guide tissue engineering for nerve regeneration. In vitro models currently used are limited to cell population studies and cannot easily identify individual cell contribution to the process. We established a novel model to study the contribution of human Schwann cells to the myelination process. The model avoids the presence of neurons in culture; Schwann cells respond solely to the biophysical properties of an artificial axon. The model uses a single carbon fiber suspended in culture media far from the floor of the well...
April 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209979/fractionating-impulsivity-neuropsychiatric-implications
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Jeffrey W Dalley, Trevor W Robbins
The ability to make decisions and act quickly without hesitation can be advantageous in many settings. However, when persistently expressed, impulsive decisions and actions are considered risky, maladaptive and symptomatic of such diverse brain disorders as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, drug addiction and affective disorders. Over the past decade, rapid progress has been made in the identification of discrete neural networks that underlie different forms of impulsivity - from impaired response inhibition and risky decision making to a profound intolerance of delayed rewards...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209169/vascular-impulse-technology-versus-elevation-in-the-treatment-of-posttraumatic-swelling-of-extremity-fractures-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marc Schnetzke, Benedict Swartman, Isabel Bonnen, Holger Keil, Svenja Schüler, Paul A Grützner, Jochen Franke
BACKGROUND: Fractures of the extremities are often complicated by a variable degree of swelling secondary to hemorrhage and soft tissue injury. Patients typically require up to 7 days of inpatient bed rest and elevation to reduce swelling to an acceptable level for operative treatment with internal fixation. Alternatively, an intermittent pneumatic compression device, such as the Vascular Impulse Technology (VIT) system, can be used at the injured extremity to reduce the posttraumatic swelling...
February 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208820/optimal-resonant-band-demodulation-based-on-an-improved-correlated-kurtosis-and-its-application-in-bearing-fault-diagnosis
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Xianglong Chen, Bingzhi Zhang, Fuzhou Feng, Pengcheng Jiang
The kurtosis-based indexes are usually used to identify the optimal resonant frequency band. However, kurtosis can only describe the strength of transient impulses, which cannot differentiate impulse noises and repetitive transient impulses cyclically generated in bearing vibration signals. As a result, it may lead to inaccurate results in identifying resonant frequency bands, in demodulating fault features and hence in fault diagnosis. In view of those drawbacks, this manuscript redefines the correlated kurtosis based on kurtosis and auto-correlative function, puts forward an improved correlated kurtosis based on squared envelope spectrum of bearing vibration signals...
February 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207779/self-organized-synchronization-of-digital-phase-locked-loops-with-delayed-coupling-in-theory-and-experiment
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Lucas Wetzel, David J Jörg, Alexandros Pollakis, Wolfgang Rave, Gerhard Fettweis, Frank Jülicher
Self-organized synchronization occurs in a variety of natural and technical systems but has so far only attracted limited attention as an engineering principle. In distributed electronic systems, such as antenna arrays and multi-core processors, a common time reference is key to coordinate signal transmission and processing. Here we show how the self-organized synchronization of mutually coupled digital phase-locked loops (DPLLs) can provide robust clocking in large-scale systems. We develop a nonlinear phase description of individual and coupled DPLLs that takes into account filter impulse responses and delayed signal transmission...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207398/acoustic-classification-and-optimization-for-multi-modal-rendering-of-real-world-scenes
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Carl Schissler, Christian Loftin, Dinesh Manocha
We present a novel algorithm to generate virtual acoustic effects in captured 3D models of real-world scenes for multimodal augmented reality. We leverage recent advances in 3D scene reconstruction in order to automatically compute acoustic material properties. Our technique consists of a two-step procedure that first applies a convolutional neural network (CNN) to estimate the acoustic material properties, including frequency-dependent absorption coefficients, that are used for interactive sound propagation...
February 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206689/working-memory-ability-and-early-drug-use-progression-as-predictors-of-adolescent-substance-use-disorders
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Atika Khurana, Daniel Romer, Laura M Betancourt, Hallam Hurt
AIMS: To test a neurobehavioral model of adolescent substance use disorder (SUD) resulting from an imbalance between a hyperactive reward motivation system and a hypoactive executive control system. Specifically, we tested (1) if early weakness in working memory (WM) and associated imbalance indicators of acting-without-thinking (AWT) and delay discounting (DD) predict SUD in late adolescence, and (2) if early drug use progression mediates this relation. DESIGN: Five waves of longitudinal data collected annually from 2005-2010, with a final follow-up in 2012...
February 16, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203636/i-want-to-media-multitask-and-i-want-to-do-it-now-individual-differences-in-media-multitasking-predict-delay-of-gratification-and-system-1-thinking
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Dan Schutten, Kirk A Stokes, Karen M Arnell
Media multitasking, the concurrent use of multiple media forms, has been shown to be related to greater self-reported impulsivity and less self-control. These measures are both hallmarks of the need for immediate gratification which has been associated with fast, intuitive 'system-1' decision making, as opposed to more deliberate and effortful 'system-2' decision making. In Study 1, we used the Cognitive Reflection Task (CRT) to examine whether individuals who engage heavily in media multitasking differ from those who are light media multitaskers in their degree of system-1 versus system-2 thinking...
2017: Cogn Res Princ Implic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203384/venous-haemodynamics-of-jet-impulse-technology-within-a-lower-limb-fibreglass-cast-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#20
Irene Braithwaite, Stephen Mackintosh, Samantha Buchanan, Kerstin Schwarzenlander, Bernadette De Ruyter
OBJECTIVES: We investigated popliteal venous haemodynamics of the VenaJet Jet Impulse Technology system within a below-knee fibreglass cast. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-four healthy participants aged 18-54 had both feet placed within the Jet Impulse Technology system and were randomised for one or other leg to be within a below-knee fibreglass cast. SETTING: Pacific Radiology, Lower Hutt, Wellington...
February 2017: JRSM Open
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