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Law Of Attraction For Kids

Winsome Coutts, a mother of two and a grandmother, has a teacher's certification in education and she has taught several schools in Australia and Canada. She has also written hundreds of articles concerning self-development. Winsome has a passion for the Law of attraction, meditation, Self-help of Personal development, goal setting, and the secret movie. She decided to engage in the pursuit of knowledge in the mentioned areas throughout her life. Winsome has considerable experience raising children following her studies in Child psychology at University, and as a past teacher, a parent, and a grandparent. She knows that when children learn how to plan for their future and how to achieve their goals, they have a skill that will last them a lifetime. Winsome personally studied with two popular teachers, John Demartini and Bob Proctor and both are featured in The Secret' movie. For several decades since the early 90s, she has been goal setting for kids, visualizing, and applying the law of attraction. The law of attraction for kids is the first book ever to describe the law of attraction and the term goal setting. The language employed is simple for your children to understand and it will answer any question about the life-changing topics in a more detailed parent's guide. Read more here...

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Enhancing Family Values

Finally, genetic assumptions are entering social policy debates about the family, supporting the rhetoric about family values. The family increasingly appears in popular culture and political rhetoric as a troubled institution, threatened by feminism, divorce, working mothers, alternative partnerships, gay rights, and the complex arrangements enabled by new reproductive technologies. Though many of these trends are hardly new, the family today seems to be in a special state of crisis, and genetic ideas are appropriated as a comfortable, that is, natural way to deal with domestic problems. The importance of genetic connections of what may be called the molecular family has become a pervasive theme in soap operas, women's magazines, and other vehicles of popular culture, and it is also appearing to guide decisions in family courts. The molecular family, centering on the dyad of biological parent and child, is based on the cultural expectation that a biological entity can determine...

Modern Medical Treatment of Epilepsy

Vagus nerve stimulation and epilepsy surgery are treatments for patients with epilepsy that does not respond to medication. Vagus nerve stimulation may reduce seizure frequency and intensity. The stimulating device is implanted in the chest wall and a lead (wire connection) is carefully wrapped around the left vagus nerve in the neck. The stimulator is programmed through a wand that is held to the skin or clothing over the chest wall overlying the device. The stimulator can be programmed to deliver different current strengths and different intervals of on off cycles. Patients or family members can use an adjunctive external magnet to provide additional stimuli if a warning is perceived (aura) or the early part of the seizure can potentially be aborted.

Clinical Definition Overlap between Normal Aging and Cognitive Impairment

In 2000, the Canadian Study of Health and Aging (CSHA) defined the concept of cognitive impairment no dementia (CIND) on the basis of a consensus conference of physicians, nurses and neuropsychologists 8 . The CIND concept reflects essentially the presence of cognitive impairment in the absence of dementia, on the basis of clinical and neuropsychological examination, regardless of its causes (neurological, psychiatric or medical) and its degree 9 aging-associated cognitive decline (AACD) was operatively defined as a history of cognitive decline during at least 6 months, with difficulties in several cognitive domains including, but not limited to, memory, and with low test scores in the relevant domains, in absence of dementia 10 this concept reflect a somewhat different approach, focusing on patients' and families' complaints of memory and cognitive loss as starting point. It is well known that elderly subjects might complain of memory loss as a result of anxiety, mild depression or...

The Supergene Family Of Chemotactic Cytokines

The fact that multiple chemotactic agents possess little in the way of cell specificity remained at odds with the microscopic pathology of certain acute and chronic diseases, which are characterized by specific leukocyte populations. For example, many acute inflammatory reactions with a bacterial etiology are dominated by the presence of neu-trophils, whereas many chronic immune reactions are characterized by the presence of specific mononuclear leukocyte populations. Insight into this long-standing enigma has been provided by discoveries demonstrating that a family of chemotactic cytokines, called chemokines, possess a relatively high degree of specificity for the elicitation of leukocyte subpopulations (2,23,27,28). These chemokines belong to related polypep-tide groups, identified by the location of cysteine residues near the amino terminus that comprised the primary amino acid structure (Table 1). In one supergene family, the two amino terminal cysteines are separated by a...

NCI directors consumer liaison group

This goal was achieved in August 1998 when the first Directors Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG) was selected, with a remit to provide input to the planning of programmes and future directions of research of the NCI. Setting up the initial DCLG involved careful planning by a group of NCI staff undertaken in collaboration with key cancer advocacy groups. Following response to an NCI call for nominations, fifteen members were selected by the NCI director. Nominees had to meet a series of eligibility requirements (summarised in Box 2.3) and were subject to an objective and pre-defined screening and evaluation process. The planning group recommended that the DCLG should reflect the breadth and depth of the cancer advocacy community and should therefore be multi-culturally diverse and include representation from a range of organizations and a broad mix of cancer sites. The initial membership, which was selected from 136 nominations, comprised mostly cancer survivors, but family...


Abstract Annexins comprise a conserved family of proteins characterised by their ability to bind and order charged phospholipids in membranes, often in response to elevated intracellular calcium. The family members (there are at least 12 in humans) have become specialised over evolutionary time and are involved in a diverse range of cellular functions both inside the cell and extracellularly

Influences on Adult Personality

A third but poorly understood set of influences is genetic factors. A study of elderly twins and multigenerational families found a genetic contribution to negative affect but not to positive affect. Positive affect showed some resemblance across family members, but the resemblance appeared to be attributable to shared environments rather than genetic similarity (Baker et al. 1992).

Integrins and Downstream Signaling Pathways

Multiple signaling components are activated by FAK and SFKs including ETK, an intracellular tyrosine kinase found at high levels in metastatic carcinoma cells and the ERK MAPK and JUN kinase cascades, which, in addition to modifying gene expression, can affect motility by direct phosphorylation of cytoskeletal components.166 Activated SFKs phosphorylate and initiate signaling from paxillin and p130CAS.165 Modulation of motility and the actin cytoskeleton occurs principally via the consequent activation of the Rho GTPase family members Rho, Rac, and cdc42. Both Rac and Cdc42 are required for carcinoma motility and invasion, promoting actin polymerization at the leading edge of migrating cells.167 RhoA and RhoC are upregulated in metastatic carcinomas, and RhoC overexpression favors colonization of the lung in an experimental melanoma metastasis model. Rho, acting via two effectors, ROCK and mDIA, regulates actomyosin fiber assembly and contraction, contributing toward pulling forward...

CD137L Structure and Expression

CD137L is a 34 kD glycoprotein with probable involvement of the N-linked sites, and possibly also the three putative O-linked sites (Goodwin et al., 1993). Under reducing conditions, CD137L has an apparent MW of 97 kD suggesting that it is a disulfide-linked homodimer. The C terminal 200 residues of full-length recombinant CD137L appear to contain glycosylation sites and at least one interchain disulfide bond capable of generating homodimers. This region has the lowest degree (14-16 ) of sequence identity with various other family members. Based on sequence data, CD137L has a tertiary structure very similar to that of TNF and LT- a, which is consistent with its being oligomeric. The region between strands D The C-terminal residues of TNF and LT-a together form p-strand I, an integral part of the tertiary fold. There are seven extra C-terminal residues in CD137L these probably form a flexible tail that does not exist in other family members. This putative tail is reminiscent of the...

Allogeneic Transplantation

Eradicate residual leukemia in patients whose disease is refractory to conventional chemotherapy. However, there are three main prerequisites that should be met prior to a patient undergoing this intense procedure. First, it is imperative that the patient be in an acceptable physical condition to withstand the demands and complications of the transplant. Secondly, it is preferable that the patient be in CR or in a minimal disease state to decrease the likelihood of relapse after transplant. Finally, a suitable donor must be identified and available. It is generally recommended that at the time of initial diagnosis the patient and immediate family members have HLA typing performed, as the process can be time consuming and, if done at the time of relapse, can cause unwanted delays. If no immediate family member is identified as a match, we recommend no additional testing until a transplant is needed (at the time of relapse). At such a time, a more extended family search can be performed...

Extended Families Friends and Group Involvement

Compared with younger people, elderly individuals tend to have smaller social networks and less frequent interpersonal contacts. However, most older persons are socially active within this smaller arena. Older people rely more heavily than younger adults on family members and long-term friendships for input on important matters. Nearly 80 of older adults have at least one living child, and at least two-thirds report that they have seen their children within the past week (U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging 1987-1988). Elderly people are also actively involved with their siblings. As individuals realize that they are aging, sibling relationships appear to increase in importance, with sisters playing a particularly active role in maintaining kinship networks.

Why the lack of Progress in Older Adolescents and Young adults with cancer

Spiritual, economic financial, and social factors. Biologic factors include the unique physiologic and pharmacologic characteristics of adolescent and young adult patients and their cancers. The health-care profession explanation includes a lack of awareness by general healthcare providers and of training, knowledge, and experience by oncology specialists. There is no other age during which the time to diagnosis is longer, fewer tumor specimens are available for transla-tional research, or clinical trial participation is lower 11 . The family community category involves family members and knowledge workers who lack awareness of the problem. Societal issues consist of the challenges societies face in providing for adolescent and young adult healthcare needs. Institutions of higher learning do not have cancer awareness as an essential educational or health evaluation component.

Tumor Necrosis Family Apoptosis and Immune Surveillance

Upon entering the vasculature, mechanical forces contribute to the delivery of tumor cells to specific target organs. The relatively large size of solid tumor cells will tend to lead to their arrest in the first capillary bed they encounter. However, it apparent that tumors arising in particular organs have preferential secondary sites of metastasis, indicating that interaction between the cancer cells (seed) and the organ microenvironment (soil) can influence the fate of the cells.228 In addition to negative regulators, such as TNF ligand expression as described above, diverse factors that can promote the formation of tissue-specific metastasis have been postulated. Chemokines have been identified as key regulators of this process. Chemokines are soluble ligands that are involved in recognition and homing of multiple cell types, including hematopoietic cells, lymphocytes, and germ cells.229 Breast cancer cell lines, as well as carcinomas and metastasis, express high levels of the...

The Wider Impact of Chronic Pain

The estimates of the burden associated with pain fail to do justice to the extent of suffering and reduced quality of life experienced by patients. It is not merely the economic impact, but rather the tremendous human suffering resulting from chronic pain that warrants pain relief being regarded as a universal human right 8 . Pain affects all of us to varying degrees. For some it may be the briefest of acute sensations, but for others it is a permanent feature of life and has a profound impact on the quality of life. Without adequate treatment, these people are often unable to work or even sometimes to carry out the simplest of tasks. This often leads to problems such as depression or stress which then compound the problems caused by the physical pain. Using the World Health Organization estimate of prevalence of chronic pain 26 of 22 , there would be 2400 million chronic pain days in Canada, which translates into over 250000 working lives. These pain days have a profound impact on...

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor

The majority of studies have focused on sprouting angiogenesis, the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells from pre-existing blood vessels to form vascular structures. Sprouting angiogenesis appears to be mainly controlled by VEGF family members. First identified by Dvorak and colleagues due to its ability to induce vascular Homozygous or heterozygous deletion of VEGF-A results in embryonic lethality due to cardiovascular abnormalities and defects in vasculogenesis.238 VEGF-A is also required postnatally in physiological vasculogenic processes such as wound healing, ovulation and pregnancy.239 In common with other VEGF-A family members, VEGF-A occurs both in freely secreted and ECM-bound forms that can be released by the action of plasmin or MMPs.240 Binding to either VEGFR-1 (Flt-1) or VEGFR-2 (KDR or flk-1) is sufficient and necessary for the majority of VEGF's known functions. Originally identified on endothelial cells, both VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2 are also expressed within...

Glutathione STransferases

Glutathione S-transferase (GST, EC enzymes catalyze conjugation of xenobiotics and endogenous compounds with reduced GSH. Two superfamilies of GST proteins are recognized. Membrane-associated proteins involved in eicosanoid and GSH metabolism (MAPEG) family members are involved in several important physiological processes, including the synthesis of peptido-leukotrienes and the 5-lipoxygenase pathway, but do not seem to have a role in xenobiotic metabolism. Conversely, the cytosolic GSTs (cGSTs) metabolize a wide range of environmental agents and numerous drugs.121 cGSTs have a particularly important toxicological role in scavenging reactive electrophilic species generated within the cell by various processes, and a large body of literature exists on the role of cGSTs in cancer.122

Multiplicity and ligand specificity

At least 10 human cytosolic SULT isoforms belonging to three SULT families are known. The human SULT1 family is the most diverse, being comprised of SULT1A1, 1A2, 1A3, 1B1, 1C2, 1C4, and 1E1. In addition, SULT2A1, 2B1, and 4A1 have been described in humans.130 As with the UGTs, family members share at least 45 sequence homology, and subfamily members share at least 60 homology. This nomenclature system has replaced earlier, more confusing designations that usually reflected their substrate specificity, e.g., estradiol sulfotransferase, phenol sulfotransferase (PST), or hydroxysteroid sulfotransferase (HST). In terms of their substrate specificities, most information is available for the SULT1A and 1E isoforms which are recognized to metabolize preferentially a variety of simple phenols, estrogens, and catechols. Selective inhibitors for the various SULT isoforms are not available at present, although some general competitive inhibitors for the PAPS-binding site have been described.131

Maintaining the Focus of Treatment on PTSD

Clients with chronic PTSD often face multiple life stressors that lead to impaired general functioning. In addition, individuals with chronic PTSD often have comorbid psychiatric and medical problems (e.g., Davidson, Hughes, Blazer, & George, 1991 Kessler et al., 1995). Therefore, crises during treatment are not unusual, especially if early or multiple traumatic experiences have interfered with the development of healthy coping skills. Poorly modulated affect, self-destructive impulse-control problems (e.g., alcohol binges, substance abuse, risky behaviors), numerous conflicts with family members or others, and severe depression with suicidal ideation are common comorbid conditions with PTSD. These problems require attention but can potentially disrupt the focus on treatment of PTSD. If careful pretreat-ment assessment has determined that chronic PTSD is the client's primary problem, our goal is to maintain the focus on PTSD with periodic reassessment of other problem areas, as needed.

Incidence And Sources Of Cytomegalovirus Infection

A dramatic rise in age-related prevalence of CMV infection in children attending child care centers compared with those kept at home has been demonstrated. Furthermore, the transmission of CMV strains among children in this setting has been documented by molecular epidemiology (24). Studies of parents of children attending day care centers and child care workers demonstrated a high rate of seroconversion and a strong association between care of younger CMV-shedding children and seroconversion (25-27). Molecular analysis of the isolates provided further evidence for transmission of CMV strains from child to caregiver (26-28).

Managing Hierarchical Associations

While the Associations table can manage arbitrary N-ary data, that does not mean that every association in the database must be stored this way. Use of the Associations table should be restricted to represent highly heterogeneous facts (where both the number and the nature of the axes vary greatly). Facts best managed in the orthodox fashion include parent-child relationships, a special category of binary relationship. These are seen quite commonly in the NS, for example, with receptors (which have subtypes), and anatomical structures (which have substructures).

Biological Background and Rationale

There are more than 70 members of the tyrosine kinase family of growth factor receptors. Overexpression and or mutation of many of these receptors, such as EGFR, ErbB2, KDR (VEGFR2), PDGFR, IGF-1R, MET, and RET, have been identified and implicated in human cancers 1-4 . The EGFR and ErbB2 signaling pathways will be highlighted here. There are four members of the ErbB family of growth factor receptors EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor, ErbB1, HER-1), ErbB2 (HER-2, neu), ErbB3 (HER-3), and ErbB4 (HER-4). EGF, TGFa, and other EGF-related peptide growth factors bind to EGFR, whereas heregulin and other neuregulins bind to ErbB3 and ErbB4. There are no known ligands for ErbB2, but it does contain a functional kinase domain. In contrast, ErbB3 lacks an active catalytic domain. Consequently, in order to compensate for their missing functions, ErbB2 and ErbB3 participate in heterodimers with other ErbB family members. Ras, a historical proto-oncogene, is frequently mutated in many human...

Communication Guidelines

We underline the considerable role, both technical and emotional, played by the clinical geneticist and genetic counsellor (Lobb et al. 2004), as well as their multiple tasks. They routinely initiate contact with the family, obtain a pedigree, obtain consent from living relatives to access medical records, confirm relevant medical data, ascertain family beliefs about the inheritance pattern, advise family members of these risks and options and arrange clinical screening (Richards 1993). From a subjective point of view, counselees are confronted with the difficulty of providing complex medical information while dealing with the emotional repercussions of belonging to a family with a cancer history and learning about one's own risk status and its consequences. Management of all of these dimensions, even in a 1h consultation, is a challenge.

Assessing Suicidality in the Elderly

Studies have found that most older people who commit suicide consult their primary health care providers within days or months of their deaths, so all health care personnel must be alert to the possibility of suicide in older adults. Screening for suicidal ideation is best accomplished as part of a general diagnostic interview conducted by a health professional with whom the individual has ongoing close rapport. Areas to cover include current sources of stress, such as recent losses signs and symptoms of depression vague somatic complaints or complaints of severe, unremitting pain family and personal history of mental health problems, including depression, alcoholism, or substance abuse and past suicide attempts. If answers to these questions raise concern about suicidality, direct questions should be asked to assess the severity of suicidal thoughts and any possible plan that may involve injury to self or others. Whenever possible, family members should be interviewed for suicide...

Organization of Cancer Genetic Counselling in France

The first meeting is a long consultation, for which the counselee is encouraged to attend with a certain amount of preparation (maximum of information about the family history of cancer). The counselee is invited to attend the visit with one or several members of the family. The coun-selee's family tree is constructed and a maximum of information is obtained about all cancers in the family then, the geneticist describes the objectives of genetic counselling, the existence of genes and their possible alteration, the concept of risk, the implications of genetic testing, the various expected results and their consequences, the concept of specific surveillance and possible prophylactic surgical procedures aimed to decrease the risk of developing cancer. Finally, the geneticist provides information about the risk of the family members and advice concerning the transmission of this information. At the end of the visit, the geneticist provides the counselee with a fairly precise estimate of...

Inhibitors of the ErbB Family

The discussion of drugs and drug candidates that target the EGFR ErbB2-Raf-MEK pathway will begin with the largest group, those that target ErbB receptor tyrosine kinases directly. These have been separated into subgroups (1) selective inhibitors of single ErbB family members, (2) dual inhibitors targeting EGFR and ErbB2, and (3) inhibitors of ErbB family members and other kinases. With the exception of BMS 599626 and AEE788, all of the inhibitors reviewed here utilize an aminoquinazoline or aminoquinoline template, and their fundamental mode of interaction is expected to be comparable to that described in Sect. 3 for erlotinib and lapatinib (vide supra).

From Statistical Estimates of Genetic Influences to the Effects of Specific Genes

A brief description of the use of data from twins to estimate genetic and environmental influences may be helpful. Behavioral geneticists typically are interested in disentangling three sets of influences that may cause individual differences or variation in a given trait. First, heritability, or h2, refers to the proportion of variance in the trait that is due to genetic differences among individuals in the population. Second, shared environmental influences, or c2, refer to the proportion of variance in the trait that is due to environmental influences that family members experience in common and that increase their similarity for the trait. Third, nonshared environmental influences, or e2, refer to the proportion of variance in the trait that is due to environmental influences that are experienced uniquely by family members and that decrease their similarity for the trait. To estimate these influences, twin studies rely on the fact that identical or monozygotic (MZ) twins are...

Of Familial Breast Cancer Genetic Consultations

This analysis evidenced that the average genetic counselling session was 61 min comparable to that of European clinics (Hopwood et al. 2003a) , that patients spoke on average one-third of the session and consultants demonstrated consistently good practice in providing detailed information on essential aspects related to familial breast cancer. The authors noted that, although the woman's agenda was frequently elicited, other subjects were tackled less frequently, namely the women's decision to discuss the results with other family members or emotional concerns such as those relating to prior experiences of loss and grief. Considering the predominant role played by information processing in cancer genetic counselling, it has to be stressed that passive listening reduces understanding and interactivity should therefore be stimulated. Moreover, training in or self-monitoring of behaviours known to facilitate understanding (checking women's medical knowledge, checking understanding,...

Mechanotransduction Mechanisms in Visceral Afferents

Mechanotransduction is fundamental to the perception of distension, contraction, mucosal contact, and a number of other visceral stimuli. Understanding the molecular basis of mechan-otransduction may therefore hold the key to designing effective therapies for visceral pain. The number of candidate molecules as mechanotransducers is increasing with the discovery of novel molecules and improved understanding of established molecules. The major candidates are two families of ion channels the degenerin epithelial sodium channel (DEG ENaC) family, and the TRP family. The DEG ENaCs in mammals comprise mainly of the acid sensing ion channels (ASICs) and ENaCs (191,192). Candidate TRP channels in mechanotransduction are TRPV1, V4, C1, and A1 (109,193-195). ASICs were first implicated in mechanotransduc-tion by their close relation to invertebrate channels, without which there are deficits in touch perception (196). It is clear from knockout, patch clamp and expression studies that ASIC1, 2,...

Communication in the Family

The effect of risk communication is also reflected in subsequent disclosure of risk information in the family (Hopwood 2005). There is a need to improve knowledge about communication strategies within the family and their impact on family relationships and family members' reactions. Very few studies have been conducted in this field. The same authors also evaluated the parent-child relationship and its impact on the communication of test results to the children (Tercyak et al. 2002). Older children appeared to be In France, the bioethical legislation has recently considered this medical situation in which information elicited in one individual of a family concerns all its members. The latest bioethical law sets that the biomedical agency takes the responsibility to confer this information to the different family members the transmission should proceed from doctor to doctor, and from them to family members (Public Health Policy, Biomedi-cine Agency, 2004).

Historical Context

The organ transplantation industry is the subject of Coma. Each day in 2001 63 people in the United States received an organ transplant another 16 on the waiting list died because organs were unavailable. Driver's licenses and living wills may have an advance donor directive however, family members often have the final word. Therefore, potential donors should tell family members of their wishes in advance. Living donors cannot donate if it is life-threatening, with uncoerced,

Of Cancer Genetic Counselling

Studies indicate that cancer genetic consultants present generally good practice in terms of the information they provide however, they less frequently demonstrate attention or skills to deal with the subjective aspects of the genetic counselling, i.e. verifying the counselee's understanding of the information, assessing emotional reactions or attitudes of informed family members.

Empowering the Client

Women's health groups and disease-focused social movements have long negotiated between objectives of empowerment and protection as they articulate their identities. The first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, published in 1973, served as the modern, empowered woman's bible that launched a generation of women's health activism. It popularized the phrase Knowledge is Power, and it emphasized the importance of an individual's control over her body through knowledge, particularly in the face of what the authors perceived to be a paternalistic medical establishment Finding out about our bodies and our bodies' needs, starting to take control over that area of our lives, has released for us an energy that has overflowed into our work, our friendships, our relationships with men and women, and for some of us, our marriages and parenthood. 16 Simultaneously, however, the book

Formation of the SHAPHyaluronan Complex A Isolation and Identification of SHAP

IaI and related proteins occurring mainly in blood and urine are now collectively known as the IaI family (23,24). The family molecules share a common light chain, bikunin, which is a classic proteoglycan possessing a single low-sulfated ( 30 ) chondroitin-4-sulfate chain (which is relatively short, consisting of 15 disaccharide units on average) and having a molecular mass of 40 kDa. The bikunin portion alone occurs mainly in urine, where it is also called urinary trypsin inhibitor. The coupling of one or two heavy chains with bikunin gives other members of the family, such as pre-a inhibitor (PaI, single heavy chain) and IaI (two heavy chains) itself, which occur mainly in blood. Three highly related heavy chains (Mr from 65 to 90 kDa) have been found to assemble with bikunin, the genes of which are obviously derived from a common ancestor (25). The combination of heavy chains exhibits a species-specific pattern that is, human IaI predominantly consists of heavy chains 1 and 2,...

Child Health Questionnaire Parent Form 50 Questions Samples

In general, how would you rate your child's health Has your child been limited in any of the following activities due to health problems Has your child's school work or activities with friends been limited in any of the following Has your child's school work or activities with friends been limited in any of the following How much bodily pain or discomfort has your child had How often has your child had bodily pain or discomfort How often did each of the following statements describe your child Compared to other children your child's age, in general how would you rate his her behavior How much of the time do you think your child How satisfied do you think your child has felt about Compared to one year ago, how would you rate your child's health now your child's physical health emotional well-being or behavior attention or learning abilities Were you limited in the amount of time you had for your own needs because of your child's How often has your child's health or behavior limited the...

Early Childhood Developmental Social and Family History

Once again, it is helpful to begin with the less affect-laden material, such as age, date ofbirth, and place of birth. Open-ended questions such as What was it like for you growing up '' and Who was in your family when you were growing up '' may be ways to begin. Exploration of relationships with parents, siblings, and other family members as well as discussions about parental drug and alcohol use can follow. Family history also includes information about illness patterns, particularly psychiatric illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. History and chronology of early childhood losses are highly significant and deserve careful interest and documentation. Educational history includes the following questions and is relevant in determination of current level of intellectual and occupational function (1) How far did you go in school '' (2) How did you do in school '' (3) What was school like for you '' (4) Were there any problems with learning ''

AIIMS Study on Drug Resistant Epilepsy

To observe the effect of meditation on epilepsy, during the 1990s, researchers at AIIMS used well-defined selection criteria to choose 21 patients with epilepsy. These patients had seizures that were drug-resistant, and they had no other symptomatic illness. The diagnosis was confirmed by two senior neurologists. The details of illness were collected from patients using a seizure diary daily cards, and information about their seizures was also collected from family members. The patients were randomly divided into two groups a treatment group of 11 that would practice meditation and a control group of nine (one dropped out). Patients in both groups visited the laboratory monthly and their baseline data were collected for 6 months to 1 year. The data included details of seizure frequency and duration, EEG details, and serum drug levels. These patients continued to receive their prescribed medications because they were drug-resistant.

Clients Journey through the Professional Organizations System

ASCO, by contrast, suggested that health-care professionals (e.g., oncologists, primary-care physicians) use a client's family history to determine access. It asked health-care professionals to recommend testing only if clients had (1) at least two family members with breast cancer and one with ovarian cancer, (2) at least three family members diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50, or (3) had or was one of two sisters with breast and or ovarian cancer under the age of 50.22 Although this restriction would neither provide the additional protections accorded to research subjects nor enhance broader understandings of breast cancer genetics by contributing to the investigational process, it would be of clinical value to the client. ASCO argued that the limitation would increase the utility of testing and future risk-management options for clients, because the mutations found in those with family histories of breast and ovarian cancer would be more likely connected to future...

Defining the Roles of System Participants

There was, however, one important difference between the traditional patient and the identity of the new BRCA-testing client. While the doctor-patient relationship was usually considered an interaction between individuals, many of these organizations identified the client as part of a family in which there may be a history of cancer. In fact, ASCO suggested that access to care be limited according to a client's family history of breast and ovarian cancer. As was discussed in the introduction, many scholars have suggested that this transformation of the client from an individual to a member of a family is one of the major new challenges posed by genetic medicine. Diagnoses of genetic risk and disease now have repercussions far beyond the individual client, as family members must take this information into account as they make their own health-care and lifestyle decisions. We shall see, however, that even this implication of genetic medicine depends on the architecture of the testing...

Educational Interventions

Educational Interventions for Developmental Coordination Disorders. The approaches for helping children and adolescents with this disorder focus on academic skills, life skills, or athletic skills. That is, the focus of intervention might be on specific skills needed for school (e.g., handwriting), on dressing and other life skills (e.g., buttoning, zipping, tying, eating), or on skills needed to do better in sports (e.g., catching, hitting, throwing, running).

CASE 2 Hypertension And Hypokalemia Case Description

Given the strong family history of hypertension, young age of onset, and appearance of hypokalemia, his physician pursued testing for secondary causes of his hypertension. Twenty-four-hour urine collections for catecholamine and cortisol excretion were normal. Random plasma aldosterone (PA) and plasma renin activity (PRA) levels revealed values of 37.1 ng dL (normal 3.0-35.0 ng dL, normal salt diet) and

The Mechanism of cdc2 Repression by p53

Rb was the first protein identified as a tumor suppressor, and its inactivation causes retinoblastoma with high penetrance (158). pl30 and pl07 have significant structural and functional homology to Rb. Rb-family proteins bind to E2Fs and recruit histone-modifying enzymes, which cause repression of E2F target genes (reviewed in 159,160). Whether an E2F target gene is repressed or activated depends in large part on the phosphorylation state of Rb family members. When highly phosphorylated, all three Rb proteins do not interact with E2F, and active transcription predominates. When hypophosphorylated, Rb proteins form a tight complex with E2F4 and 5 to cause repression. The major kinases that phosphorylate the Rb proteins are CDK2, 4, and 6. In early Gl, when CDK activity is low, Rb proteins are poorly phosphorylated, are bound to E2F4 and 5 and are engaged in the repression of E2F targets. As cells progress through the cell cycle and CDK activity rises, the phosphorylation of Rb...

In Host Defense Against Tumors

Family members) have been linked with both enhancing and inhibiting cell growth this kind of activity could thus have both beneficial and detrimental consequences for the host (18-21,55). Indeed, growth-related oncogene-alpha and IL-8 have been identified as important growth factors for melanomas, an activity that appears to be mediated by the CXCR2 receptor (21,55). Several chemokines have also been demonstrated to inhibit the growth of hematopoietic progenitor cells in the bone marrow (18-20). This kind of activity has been implicated as important for determining the availability of different leukocyte populations in the circulation, which may be a contributing component of an antitumor response (43). In hematopoietic tumors, such growth inhibitory activity could also provide a more direct impact.

Administration of the CSQ and SSS Scales in Other Cultural and Language Contexts

Ruggeri and colleagues used a similar rigorous administration procedure during the research phase of developing the VSSS-82 (Ruggeri & Dall'Agnola, 1993). Interviewers received two days of training in administration of the scale. The interviewers read the items to the client and family members because of the anticipated difficulty with self administration due to low literacy levels as well as possible severe mental disorder in the patient group.

Cytokine Peptide Interactions

There has also been significant interest in the proinflammatory cytokine up-regulation of gp 130 molecules and the suppressors-of-cytokine-signalling (SOCS) protein family members in brain. Other hypothalamic systems such as the endogenous cannabinoids, which modulate energy balance, could also be involved in wasting and cachexia 38 . As mentioned, the brain melanocortin signalling system also may have an important contributory role 24-26 .

SECTioN 4 RNA Editing

C-To-U Editing C-to-U RNA editing occurs in plant mitochondria and chloroplasts and in apoB (apoprotein B) in mammals. Recently, an APOBEC family of enzymes has been discovered with the ability to deam-inate cytidines to uridines on RNA or DNA. The first member of this new family is APOBEC1, which deaminates apoB messenger RNA to generate a premature stop codon. APOBEC1 is evolutionally conserved from bacteria to humans. There is a unique motif containing two phenylalanine residues and an insert of four amino acid residues across the active site motif, which are present in all APOBEC family members, including APOBEC1 AID (activation-induced cytidine deaminase), APOBEC2, and APO-BEC3A through APOBEC3G. AID is essential for initiating class-switch recombination, somatic hypermutation, and gene conversion. The APO-BEC3 family is unique to primates. They can protect cells from human immunodeficiency virus and other viral infections. Overexpression of enzymes in the APOBEC family can...

Rating Functional Skills

Examinations or neuropsychological tests, and thus it is important to assess these skills in addition to testing mental status when dementia or other cognitive impairments are suspected. Also, because persons with little or no education often perform poorly on mental status examinations, a very brief mental status examination, combined with functional assessment, may be preferable to more extensive cognitive assessment for screening or diagnosing dementia (Wilder et al. 1995). Several brief rating scales have been developed for use with family members or other caregivers to identify problems in everyday functioning. A widely used functional scale is the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living measure developed by Lawton and Brody (1969) (see Appendix), which consists of eight items assessing areas of function considered crucial for maintaining independent living in the community (e.g., using the telephone, shopping, being responsible for medications). The Direct Assessment of...

Section 1 What Are Mirnas

Genes differ from the classical paradigms. Genomically, miRNAs represent less than 1 of the size of usual protein coding genes (PCGs), a reason why they escaped cloning for such a long time. No open reading frame (ORF) can be identified in the small piece of genome codifying for miRNAs. The splicing reaction requires Dicer RNase III and Argonaute family members. Functionally, it was shown that miRNAs reduce the levels of many of their target transcripts as well as the amount of protein encoded by these transcripts by direct and imperfect miRNA mRNA interaction. For several miRNAs, participation in essential biological processes for the eukaryotic cell has been proved. For example, the list of proposed functions includes hematopoietic B-cell lineage fate (miR-181), B-cell survival (miR-15a and miR-16-1), cell proliferation control (miR-125b and let-7), brain patterning (miR-430), pancreatic cell insulin secretion (miR-375), and adipocyte development (miR-143).

Carbon monoxide and vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis

Apoptosis is also modulated via the expression of specific intracellular proteins. In particular, the Bcl-2 family of proteins plays a crucial role in regulating apoptosis. While some Bcl-2 proteins, such as Bax, Bad, Bid, and Bak, promote apoptosis, others including Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL, suppress it.85 The Bcl-2 family of proteins regulates apoptosis in several ways. The apoptosis promoters, such as Bax and Bid, play an important role in the release of cytochrome c, a potent pro-apoptotic stimulus, from the mitochondria. In the cytoplasm, cytochrome c binds to apoptosis activating factor-1 (Apaf-1), resulting in the activation of caspase-9 and the subsequent caspase cascade.86 In contrast, the Bcl-2 family members that suppress apoptosis, such as Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL, prevent the activation of the caspase cascade by binding to Apaf-

Evidence of Effectiveness

Adolescents completed a battery of physical performance measures, including the number of sit-to-stand movements they could make in a minute and the speed of walking over a 10-m distance. They also completed self-report questionnaires on a range of psychosocial domains, including pain depression, anxiety, coping efforts, disability, somatic awareness, and school attendance. Parents also completed self-report measures about their own anxiety and depression and the parenting stress index that assesses the extent and type of stress they experience in the parenting role. The parents also completed measures of their child's pain, depression, and disability. postprogram. Second, they reported immediately postprogram that they themselves were less depressed, less anxious, less aware of their own physical symptoms, and much less stressed about how to parent their child. All of these significant parental gains were maintained at 3 months following treatment. Although we have been able to...

Primary Structure of Caspases

Caspases are synthesized as zymogens consisting of an N-terminal prodomain followed by a large subunit of about 20 kD, named p20, and a small subunit of about 10 kD, named p10 (Fig. 1 and 2). In a number of procaspases the p20 and p10 subunits are separated by a small linker sequence. Caspase prodomains range in length from 5 amino acids for murine caspase-6 to 219 amino acids for caspase-10. The large N-terminal prodomains of mammalian caspases generally encompass protein-protein interaction modules such as the caspase recruitment domain (CARD) and death effector domain (DED). The prodomains of zebrafish caspy and caspy2 contain a PYRIN motif, originally found in PYRIN.25 CSP-1 and -2 in C. elegans and STRICA in Drosophila also have large prodomains. However, their role in protein-protein interactions is still unclear and no known motifs were identified in these domains so far. Modules such as CARD, DED and probably PYRIN allow caspases to be recruited in protein complexes resulting...

Timing And Routes Of Transmission

Most EV-infected neonates are thought to be infected either intrapartum by exposure to maternal blood or genital secretions or after delivery by exposure to oropharyn-geal secretions or stool of mothers or other contacts (6,34,37). EVs have been grown from cervical swabs obtained from symptomatic pregnant women and from mothers of infected, ill neonates (62,66-68). Shedding of virus from maternal throat and rectum during pregnancy has also been documented, with or without symptoms (69). These observations lend support to the potential for viral transmission from mother during or after delivery. High rates of viral illness in the peripartum period among siblings and fathers of EV-infected newborns also suggest potential viral transmission from these family members (33).

Communication with the Terminal Cancer Patient

Being close to the patient also means including the family very often clinicians can enhance the understanding of significant others, that each patient has the right to die his own death and that the most important and active task family members have is to be close to the patient and respect his way of coping with the situation. The key elements of communicating with the family

Challenges of inferring function from structure

When an uncharacterized protein is sequenced, it is conventional to compare its sequence to those of known function using bioinformatics sequence search tools (see Chapter 3). Evolutionary relationships are exploited to infer function from sequence homologs, on the basis that family members commonly exhibit some similarity in function. Having threedimensional structural data, however, is more advantageous than sequence data alone. Not only do the structures reveal spatial motifs and binding sites of functional significance, they uncover evolutionary relationships between hitherto apparently unrelated proteins, since protein structure is conserved even after all trace of sequence similarity disappears. Such distant relationships can provide functional insights that are impossible to glean at the sequence level. These two benefits that structural data bring are together the principal driving force behind the structural genomics initiatives.

Treatment And Management Of Substance Use Disorders

Network therapy is an office-based treatment of SUD advocated by Galanter and colleagues (Galanter and Brook, 2001) that employs both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches. The treatment includes a therapeutic network of non-abusing family members, significant others, and peers who actively participate with the therapist to provide cohesiveness and support, undermine denial, and promote compliance with treatment. Studies have demonstrated significantly less illicit substance use among patients receiving this treatment for cocaine and opiate abuse. (Galanter et al., 1997, 2004)

School as a Venue for Health Care

Several other factors support the change in focus of health care delivery from tertiary care settings to community settings (1). These include advances in child development that underscore a social-ecological model by attending to all systems in the child's life (e.g., home, school). Moreover, the limitations of the medical model that traditionally has assumed a deficit model in health care have School interventions offer opportunities like easy access to assessment data, a venue to examine specific functions of behavior, the possibility of multidisci-plinary teams for collaboration on assessment and remedy of specific behavior, and access to multiple change agents (e.g., peers, teachers) (1). School personnel are ideally positioned for intervening directly in the child's natural environment, monitoring interventions in this environment, and providing a context for observing how competent, healthy children develop.

Replication Repair And Transmission Of The Epigenetic Code The Cellular Memory

Interestingly, only the UHRF family members have the SRA domain that is able to recognize hemimethylated DNA (Bostick et al., 2007 Avvakumov et al., 2008) and is able to interact with HDAC1, allowing us to speculate that this family may be involved in reading the epigenetic code. Furthermore, HDAC1, Suv39H1, DNMT1, pRB2, and p300 were found in the same macromolecular complex (Macaluso et al., 2003). Altogether, these studies show that all histone modifiers can putatively coexist in a huge complex at a precise moment of the cell cycle, for example, during DNA replication or DNA repair processes. Consequently, a first draft of a multimolecular complex involved in the inheritance of the epigenetic code has been proposed and is called ECREM for epigenetic

And Significant Others

The importance of hope to families and care-givers alike has been supported in other research (Herth 1993 Hickey 1990), and it is believed that the presence of hope in caregivers can directly impact the sense of hope for those who are ill, suggesting that maintaining hope in family members and caregivers can additionally maintain hope for those who are ill. in those who have a terminal illness by listening carefully to family members, answering their questions, talking with them, and providing useful information (Duhamel and Dupuis 2003). Treating patients with respect and demonstrating true interest in their physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional health is thought to be a major aspect of bringing comfort and hope to terminally ill patients and their family (Duhamel and Dupuis 2003 Post-White et al. 1996). In a study of 61 family members of people with terminal cancer, Chapman and Pepler (1998) found that those family members who lacked hope were more likely to experience...

Molecular dynamicssimulations

As mentioned above, after taking an unbiased structural starting point, medicinal chemistry needs to especially consider structures (and the energies thereof) by ascertaining what their relevant conformations might be during interactions within various biological milieus. It can be imagined that at least for the immediate future, a useful range of such media to be considered will include aqueous solutions at acidic and neutral pH, namely at about 2 (stomach) and 7.4 (physiological), respectively one or more lipophilic settings, such as might be encountered during passive transport through membranes and finally, specific biological receptors and or enzyme active site settings that are of particular interest. Importantly, with time this list can then be expected to further grow so as to also include several distinct biological surface models deemed to be representative for interaction with various transportophore relationships several distinct biological surface models deemed to be...

Etiology Of Neurodegeneration In At

The case for an increased risk of breast cancer in AT heterozygotes has been strengthened by recent work in which polymorphic markers linked to the ATM locus were used retrospectively to identify heterozygotes among breast cancer patients within AT families (207,220,221). This approach avoids ascertainment bias problems inherent in previous work. In these studies, an excess of breast cancers were found in female heterozygotes. For example, of the 33 AT family members with breast cancer in one study, 25 were found to be AT heterozygotes when only 14.9 were expected, an odds ratio of 3.8 with a P .0001 (207).

Issues Facing the Field with Gene Modified ACT

The major issues with engineered T cell therapies in cancer patients relate to the low levels of persistence in the trials reported to date, and to potential toxicity. Again, issues of persistence and expansion have limited the efficacy of CAR therapy. There are two cell engineering considerations that may apply. First is the T cell product used for CAR introduction and means by which the T cells are expanded ex vivo. Second, there may be an impact of CAR design on persistence related to nonphysiologic signal transduction that occurs as a result of the structure of the CAR and the signaling domains that are included in the signal transduction portion of the CAR. Our group has shown that incorporation of the signaling domain from the TNF family molecule CD137 (4-1BB) can enhance persistence (Carpenito et al. 2009), and others have shown that other TNF family members such as 0x40 can have similar effects (Pule et al. 2005). Similarly, modifications of the CD28 signaling domain to remove...

Family Reinforcement of Sick Behavior

No specific differences have been found between families of well children and those of children with chronic pain on family measures like marital satisfaction and cohesion (4). However, some clinical evidence suggests that these families may differ in areas not gaged by standardized instruments. Overprotectiveness and enmeshment are two of these areas. Walker suggested that social modeling of pain may contribute to recurrent pain episodes among children, particularly if the child vicariously observes a parent receiving attention from other family members if there are complaints of pain. Levy and coworkers noted that a child may learn pain behavior when caregivers seek extensive medical consultation for pain (16). Walker noted that caregivers of children with abdominal pain may view their children as vulnerable, and these caregivers may attempt to protect their children from potential health-related threats (4). This pattern may result in caregivers letting a child stay home from...

Clients Journey through the Proposed National System

Once at the regional genetics clinic, the moderate- or high-risk client typically met with a specialist in genetics and received counseling about the meaning of BRCA testing and its risks and benefits. If the high-risk client chose to pursue laboratory analysis, one of her family members who had been affected by breast or ovarian cancer had to be tested first. Mackay and Zimmern argued that this would increase the likelihood that a mutation found in a family was linked to disease incidence and thus would enhance the utility of the test results. If the family member consented to laboratory analysis of her BRCA genes, the health-care professional sent her blood to the in-house laboratory. If she tested positive for a BRCA mutation, then the client originally interested in testing (as well as other family members) could be tested for the same mutation. Even if no affected relatives of the high-risk client could be tested first, however, she would still have access to additional...

Duke Social Support And Stress Scale Dusocs

Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section I A. a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section IA. 2. Your children or grandchildren 0 a. Sum the raw scores for the four categories of non-family members under Section IB a. Sum the raw scores for the four categories of non-family members under Section IB. a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section IIA. a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section IIA. Type of person Raw Score Your children or grandchildren a. Sum the raw scores for the four categories of non-family members under Section MB. a. Sum the raw scores for the four categories of non-family members under Section MB

Systemic Perspective of Family Life

The conception and early development of family therapy began in the 1950s (Burnham 1999). Therapists began to examine families in terms of the interactions between family members. The individual's symptoms were seen for the first time as being rooted in family patterns of interaction. The family is seen as a system and therefore what happens to one family member has a direct effect on the family as a whole. The value of using a systemic approach is that it focuses our thinking on interactions between family members. Interventions using this approach are designed to strengthen the family's own capacity to resolve issues.

Automation and Availability of Resources for Comparative Modeling and Ligand Docking

There are a number of servers for automated comparative modeling (Table 1). However, in spite of automation, the process of calculating a model for a given sequence, refining its structure, as well as visualizing and analyzing its family members in the sequence and structure spaces can involve the use of scripts, local programs, and servers scattered across the internet and not necessarily interconnected. In addition, manual intervention is generally still needed to

Polycomb And Trithorax Gene Families Contain Epigenetic Modifiers Commonly Altered In Human Cancers

Initially discovered in Drosophila, Pg and Tg genes encode products that are shown to be critical in regulating the expression of homeobox (HOX) genes important for determining the developmental fate of cells 28 . In general, Pg proteins repress transcription of HOX genes, thereby disrupting normal patterns of development. In contrast, Tg proteins typically activate the transcription of HOX genes. Both Pg and Tg proteins modulate chromatin structure and function, despite possessing largely opposing biochemical activities. Similarly, mammalian orthologs of the Drosophila Pg and Tg genes are also critical for the expression of HOX homeotic gene family members throughout development 29 .

Teenage and Young Adult Teams

This requires an approach that utilizes elements of both classic pediatric and adult models. Professionals should interact predominantly with the patient. They should, however, be sensitive to the needs and wishes of each individual and actively encourage patients to be accompanied and supported. For younger teenagers this is virtually always by parents, legal carers, or other family members, but for older teenagers or young adults it could be partners, friends or any combination of these. It is not uncommon to have a number of people accompanying teenagers and young adults with cancer. Individual choices can also change. The 14 year old who comes accompanied by her parents and who defers largely to their wishes may well develop into the 18 year old who brings her boyfriend and who may wish to override the advice of all around her. At 20, however, she may wish her parents to come as well, and also take and listen to advice from those around her. This demands an approach

CD137 and Regulatory T Cells Treg

The concept of suppressor T cells exits for decades as a mechanism for the regulation of peripheral tolerance, though the molecular evidence for this phenomenon is largely unknown. During the last ten years, the identification of CD4+CD25+ cells as a suppressor T cell subtype by Sakaguchi and colleagues have triggered explosive growth of knowledge in this field (Sakaguchi, 2004). In normal mice, approximately 10 of CD4+ T cells express CD25. These cells are anergic when stimulated via their TCR but can proliferate in presence of IL-2. CD4+CD25+ cells can inhibit a variety of types of immune responses, both in culture and in vivo. The development of CD4+CD25+ seems to be IL-2-dependent and requires endogenous B7-CD28 interaction, as the absence of IL-2, IL-2R, CD80 CD86, or CD28 results in a dramatic reduction of Treg number in peripheral lymphoid tissues (Bluestone and Abbas, 2003). Besides CD25, Foxp3, a Forkhead family transcriptional factor, is emerging as a promising signature for...

Assessment of compliance

Identification of noncompliance is important in explaining the absence of a therapeutic response, targeting individuals for intensive intervention, and the selection of appropriate compliance-improving strategies. Unfortunately, poor compliance is difficult to anticipate because of the lack of clear factors that predict which children will be compliant. Moreover, this assessment must include parents and other family members, which may complicate the process. Once lack of drug compliance is suspected, factors associated with noncompliance or patients at risk for non-compliance should be identified and targeted for intervention.

Structural Chemistry and Biochemistry

Comparisons among the six distinct MT-MMPs have revealed that they show a significant percentage of overall amino acid sequence identities (about 40-50 ) and contain all protein domains characteristic of MMPs including signal peptide, propeptide, catalytic domain with the zinc-binding site, hinge region, and hemopexin domain (Fig. 1). However, MT-MMPs also contain unique structural features that confer on them specific properties. Thus, they differ from the remaining MMP family members by the presence of a C-terminal extension rich in hydrophobic residues and involved in the membrane attachment of these proteases. On the basis of their method of attachment to the plasma membrane, MT-MMPs may be classified into two groups transmembrane-type and glycosylphosphatidyl-inositol (GPI)-type. MT1-, MT2-, MT3-, andMT5-MMP are type I transmembrane proteins with a short cytoplasmic tail involved in the regulation of intracellular trafficking and activity of these proteases (Jiang et al., 2001...

Demographic and Social Factors

The studies analyzing the correlation of compliance with demographic and social factors have been controversial and did not demonstrate any evident relationship 22 . Patients aged about 10 years of age tend to be good compliers, as opposed to very poor compliance at the age of about 17 years. The child's illness has an effect on the life of the whole family strong family cohesiveness, positive attitudes of others, and avail

Cyclin Cdk Substrate Selection and Cell Cycle Progression

One major role of cyclin-Cdk interaction is substrate selection for phosphorylation, and this depends on the particular cyclin to which a Cdk is bound in the cell cycle. One example is Rb phosphorylation at the G1 S transition. The Rb family members, including Rb, p107, and p130, repress S phase, promoting gene expression by binding and inhibiting the E2F transcription factors and histone deacetylase (66-68). There are differences in substrate selection for phosphorylation and cell cycle progression by different cyclin-Cdks. For example, cyclin A-Cdk1 and cyclin B-Cdk1 phosphorylate histone H1 at different sites cyclin A-Cdk2 can phosphorylate Rb, but Rb is not phosphorylated by cyclin B-Cdk2. Similarly, cyclin A-Cdk2 can phosphorylate the transcription factor DP1, but cyclin E-Cdk2 cannot (69). The recognition of substrate by cyclin-Cdk also depends on cyclin binding to the Cdk, where cyclin binding can change the specifity of the catalytic cleft of Cdk for substrate recognition and...

The HDAC Family of Enzymes

The class-I group HDACs, which consists of HDAC family members 1-3 and 8 have been shown to be crucial for tumor cell proliferation. Knock-down of HDAC1 and HDAC3 using siRNA techniques caused inhibition of proliferation and changed the cell's structure into a more flattened morphology with extensive focal contacts 14 . Lagger et al. 15 showed that disruption of HDAC1 in mouse embryonic stem cells resulted in an increase in H3 and H4 acetylation and gene induction, thereby linking histone deacetylation and the subsequent transcriptional modulation to the enzymatic activity of the class-I HDACs. Recently Ropero et al. also reported a truncating mutation in HDAC2 found in human cancers that renders them less sensitive to the HDAC inhibitor trichostatin A (TSA), further emphasizing the key role of class-I HDACs 16 . So far, inhibition of class-IIa HDAC isotypes has not been shown to affect tumor cell proliferation directly, since inhibition of expression of class-II HDACs 4 and 7 in HeLa...

Behavioral Genetics and Dismantling the Welfare State

In The DNA Mystique The Gene as a Cultural Icon, historian Susan Lindee and I documented the popular appeal of genetic explanations in mass culture (Nelkin and Lindee 1995). We explored diverse media, including popular magazines, television sitcoms and soaps, newspaper reports, advertisements, comic books, child care books, and films, and found hundreds of articles and stories on the genetic causes of human behavior. Books on sociobiology, evolutionary psychology, and behavioral genetics presented as the cutting edge of modern science are instant best sellers. Included among the traits attributed to heredity in the popular media have been aggression and violence, homosexuality, exhibitionism, addiction, arson, intelligence, learning disabilities, tendency to tease, propensity for risk taking, family loyalty, religiosity, social potency, tendency to giggle, traditionalism, happiness, and zest for life.

Impact cancer a Transition Model

Teen Impact incorporates a family-centered approach, based on research that, despite the increased need for peer support during adolescence, families, and particularly mothers, play a major role in the lives of these patients. Cancer is a family disease and all members need help. Supporting all family members will not only help the family as a whole, but will also enhance communication between parents and the adolescent patient to prevent parent-adolescent conflict and encourage honest dialogue. Teen Impact provides a bilingual parent group and a sibling group to meet the unique needs of individual family members and enhance the functioning of the family system.

The Meaning of Eating in Terminally Ill Patients Importance of Carers

Mc Clement et al. observed three patterns of family interactions with patients and health-care providers around the issue of nutritional care in the Palliative Care Unit setting 14 . The authors used a qualitative systematic approach with repeated interviews until saturation. The first pattern was 'fighting back.' Family interactions were driven by expectations to reverse anorexia and cachexia, which were perceived as the cause, not as a consequence of the terminal illness. Substantial conflict between family members and health-care providers was reported. The second pattern, 'letting nature take its course,' was characterised by desire-driven care. Nutrition was understood not to stave off the inevitable and so family members found other ways to care ('being there,' 'simply be'). They appreciated the opportunities to say goodbye and to express feelings. In the third pattern, 'waffling,' family members were ambivalent, shifting between fighting back and letting nature take its course....

Relationships with Peers

According to Heiney 43 , studies have found that there is a general lack of knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of reproduction among adolescents generally. This comes at a time when most adolescents display heightened curiosity about sexuality, and some begin to experiment with intimacy and sex. Reviewing the impact of cancer treatment on sexuality, intimacy and relationships, Thaler-DeMers 44 suggests that the issue of sharing one's cancer history with a new partner is particularly salient to a young adult survivor population, and Roberts et al. 45 report that relevant issues arising in a group intervention study among young adult survivors included concerns about fertility and raising children. With regard to family planning, Schover and colleagues 46 identify salient relationship-oriented concerns for young adults, including infertility, reproductive problems, desire for children in the future, sperm banking, concerns about the health of their offspring, and genetic risks,...

Effect Of Protease Expression In Transgenic Models

In 1996, Strack and colleagues first identified Bcl-2 as an apoptosis regulatory protein that is cleaved by HIV PR and suggested that this event results in the infected cell's death.89 Bcl-2 is an important cellular survival protein that inhibits programmed cell death via homo- or heterodimerization with other Bcl-2 family members. This antiapoptotic molecule contains four functional BCR-homology GTPase activation domains (BH-domains) and one membrane target domain (transmembrane TM domain) (see Figure 10.1).1011 All four BH domains are required for the antiapoptotic effects of Bcl-2 to form homodimers and heterodimers. Specifically, the BH1 to BH4 domains mediate interactions with other Bcl-2 members in which the BH1 to BH3 domains form a hydrophobic groove, and the N-terminal BH4 domain stabilizes this structure.11 The HIV PR cleavage site within Bcl-2 is located between the BH3 and BH1 domains (between phenylalanine 112 and alanine 113).8 This cleavage separates Bcl-2 into two...

During the Palliative Phase

Often parents fear the way their child will die. Will my child suffer from needless pain Will it happen when I am not there In this period parents are often very irritable. They may be angry with the physician who cannot cure their child, but also with persons in their environment, because they are in a condition of heightened irritability with little interest in others who may not be able to follow closely the condition of the diseased child. During the child's illness parents also suffer from feelings of guilt. These feelings might arise from perceived shortcomings in meeting the needs of the child, or from asking the question if everything has been done to cure the disease. In the palliative phase, most parents live in a situation of heightened alertness. Somehow condemned to passivity, they may be very active and want to spend most of the time with the dying child. Sometimes they doubt whether they are strong enough to hold on. Especially if other burdensome circumstances are...

Inhibiting pCatenin Tcf Protein Protein Interactions8

B-catenin is an intracellular mediator of the Wnt signaling pathway.118'119 When Wnt signaling is activated, b-catenin together with Tcf proteins functions as a transcriptional activator of a large number of genes. The activation of some of these genes is essential for creating and maintaining the malignant phenotype of colorectal cancer cells.120,121 Consequently, the b-catenin-Tcf complex has emerged as an attractive anticancer drug target. The interaction between b-catenin and Tcf family members (Tcf3 and Tcf4) extends over a very large surface area of 4800 A2. Popular lore has it that trying to disrupt protein-protein interactions with small molecules is a futile exercise as the large interacting surfaces would bind very tightly. However, Clackson and Wells122 have shown that most of the protein-protein-binding energy is due to interactions with a small number of so-called hot spots, well-characterized patches on the surface of the proteins. By making tight interactions with a hot...

Producing Risk Categories

While the result made clear that a mutation had not been found in the parts of the genes where DNA analysis had been conducted, it also produced new uncertainties. The anthropologist Margaret Lock has argued that this generation of additional uncertainty will be increasingly common as we use genetic testing to calculate disease probabilities, because epi-demiological information about the relationship between genetic mutations and disease incidence is developed over long periods of time while testing services are being made available immediately after genes are discovered.4 In the case of BRCA testing, a client found to be mutationnegative might have a mutation in another gene or an area of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene that had not been tested, meaning that she was still at elevated genetic risk for breast and or ovarian cancer. In technical specifications that accompanied the test results, the company acknowledged There may be uncommon genetic abnormalities in BRCA1 and BRCA2 that will...

Barriers to the Use of HRQL Measures and Proposed Solutions

In clinical settings, a bias may exist toward the use of qualitative approaches to assess HRQL, with the belief that such methods are less burdensome and intrusive than standardized quantitative methods. As mentioned previously, the use of a standardized assessment tool can enhance patient-provider communication and ensure that the patient's concerns and needs are adequately understood. Legitimate concerns about burdening patients and staff with time-consuming questionnaires of limited value can be addressed by designing brief instruments (to reduce respondent burden), developed with focus groups and cognitive interviews to hear the views of patients and family members, and by careful attention to the methodological details, involved in establishing the reliability and validity of instruments to be used 8, 23 .

Selective Mutism Diagnosis

Features (i.e., not talking to family members, abrupt cessation of speech in one setting, absence of communication in all settings) suggestive of other neurological or psychiatric disorders (e.g., pervasive developmental disorders, acquired aphasias), and any history of neurological insult injury, developmental delays or atypical language and or speech. The assessment should also include the degree to which nonverbal communication or non-face-to-face communication is possible, the presence of anxiety symptoms in areas other than speaking, social and behavioral inhibition, medical history including ear infections, and hearing deficiencies. Parents will be able to give information on where and to whom the child will speak, the child's speech and language complexity at home, articulation problems, use of nonverbal communication (gestures etc.), any history of speech and language delays, and the possible importance of bilingualism (where primary language is not English). It can be useful...

General Principles of Rehabilitation

General principles of rehabilitation regarding goals, decision-making, and therapeutic approaches should be incorporated into all stages of cancer care at diagnosis, throughout treatment, following treatment, and in some cases at the end of life. Goals should be realistic, promote participation in meaningful life activities, and have measurable outcomes. These should be individualized depending on the unique needs and strengths of each patient and family, support systems, and environment. Goals may need to be readjusted, based on ongoing assessment of a constantly changing array of impairments and associated problems. The patient and family should be involved in decision-making regarding goals, wishes, preferences, and ways to achieve these, as a sense of control regarding interventions will result in more effective programs 1 . It is important to educate the AYA and relevant family members about the implications of cancer-related impairment, the importance of rehabilitation and...

Activity and Participation

Participation in normal activities may also be affected by isolation restrictions, hospitalization, or preconceived ideas of people encountered by AYA in their schools and community. Teachers, coaches, employers, or even family members may overprotect or overrestrict the AYA with cancer.

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Its Receptors

Its gene undergoes alternative splicing to yield at least six different mature isoforms of 121, 145, 165, 183, 189, and 206 amino acids 36,38,39 . These isoforms vary in their bioavailability, level of expression, affinity to heparin and heparan sulfate, mitogenic strength, and tissue specificity. VEGF121 and VEGF165 are the most abundant forms 38,40-42 . Placenta growth factor (PlGF) shares 46 amino acid identity with VEGF and is predominantly expressed in the placenta 43 . VEGF-B is 43 identical to VEGF and is highly expressed in skeletal and cardiac tissue 44,45 . VEGF-C exhibits approximately 30 identity to VEGF and is a fairly selective growth factor for lymphatic vessels 27,46 . VEGF-D is most closely related to VEGF-C 47,48 with 31 identity to VEGF 49-52 . Both VEGF-C and VEGF-D have been shown to be endothelial cells mitogens 47,48,53 . Two additional VEGF-related polypeptides were identified in the genome of the Orf virus 54 . These polypeptides, NZ-7 VEGF...

Managing AtRisk Clients

The situation became even more complicated in July 1998, when researchers from the British IBIS trial and a similar Italian trial published early results that disputed the American findings. In articles published in The Lancet, their studies showed that tamoxifen did not reduce breast cancer incidence among high-risk women, and actually increased their risk of endometrial cancer. One article stated We have been unable to show any effect of tamoxifen on breast-cancer incidence in healthy women, contrary to the report from the NSABP-P1 study showing a 45 percent reduction in healthy women given tamoxifen versus placebo. 45 IBIS investigators suggested that the radically different results of IBIS and BCPT (the NSABP-P1 study) had to do with differences in the women who participated in the trial Differences in the study populations for the two trials may underlie these conflicting findings eligibility in our trial was based predominantly on a strong family history of breast cancer whereas...

Sources of Donor Kidneys

Most transplanted kidneys come from people who have died, but there are not enough of these potential donors to meet the needs. A growing number of transplanted kidneys now come from living family members or friends. Most people can donate a kidney with little risk. Kidneys from family members are more likely to be good matches.

Genetic basis of lung cancer

The p53 gene is one of the most commonly mutated genes in all cancers and is felt to be a critical tumor suppressor gene (2). The gene is mutated in 50-70 of patients with lung cancer. Additionally, in a large proportion of cases in which there is no mutation, p53 is inactivated through binding by high levels of Mdm-2 protein or is functionally inactive because downstream genes such as the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 family members which p53 transactivates are mutated or transcriptionally inactive (3). There is also evidence that the E6 protein of human papilloma virus can bind to and inactivate p53 protein (4). It has therefore been suggested that almost all lung cancer cells are p53 defective and potentially targeted by gene transfer approaches with wildtype p53.

Chemokine Effects In Vitro On The Proliferation Of Hematopoietic Stem And Progenitor Cells

The first biologic activity demonstrated for chemokine family members in the area of blood cell production was enhancement of proliferation of more mature members of the colony-forming unit-granulocyte-macrophage (CFU-GM) and CFU-macrophage (CFU-M) progenitor cell subsets (31,32). These relatively more mature progenitor cell subsets (see Fig. 1) respond to the proliferative signal of a single cytokine such as Chemokine Family Members a

Contemporary America General Acceptance and Specific Fears of Disclosure

We asked about family members' responses to CF or SC and carrier testing whether they discussed it, and, if so, how it came up, and what was said. We also asked about grandparents and about differences in responses between men and women. front- and backstage discourses by family members that the current analysis emerges. Our study determined that survey findings on general attitudes toward genetic testing of the general public are completely invalid when we turn to families where a genetic disorder, or even where being a carrier of a gene for a genetic disorder, has been detected. In the general population there is a tendency for an uncritical acceptance of the idea that the technology is beneficial, and that there is little to fear from employers or health insurance companies. In our study, however, overwhelming concern about both job insecurity and the potential for insurance cancellation made more than two-thirds of our subjects wary about disclosing the...

Assent for Treatment and Assent for Research

Assent for treatment must be understood as something different than assent for research participation 4 . For example, assent for treatment is clearly less optional than assent for research. When Mark was diagnosed with nonmetastatic Ewing sarcoma at age 14 years, his parents agreed to his enrollment on a research study. They also provided consent (parental permission) for treatment. We are told in the narrative that, after explanation of the disease and treatment by the physician, Mark said he wanted his parents to decide about his treatment. When he made this request, Mark was simply asking for the substituted decision making that all children need and deserve. Good parents do this naturally, in a graduated fashion, as their children transition from infancy to adulthood. For younger children, parents make all decisions. Actual decisions transition from parent to child as children develop decision-making capacity. This oversimplifies the process because of the distinction between...

Professional and Family roles

No individual can meet all the complex needs of any person with a chronic illness. The importance of a team approach is hard to overemphasize, as both professional roles and the personal characteristics of the professionals themselves are important to cover the many areas involved. Key roles can be filled by physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, spiritual caregivers, and family members and friends. The most important functions are ongoing throughout an illness, and reflect both changing circumstances (relapse, toxicities) and the developmental stages of individuals and families. Key functions include Accurate diagnosis identification of the patient's and family members' concerns and therapeutic options communication of choices to patient and family establishment of realistic goals attention to management of symptoms maintenance of hope preparation for events, which respects the need to prepare for transitions, including the need to say goodbye.

ReEstablishing Mucosal Tolerance Probiotics Prebiotics Worms and Toll Like Receptor Modulators

Have also recently confirmed the beneficial effects of type I interferons in the treatment of UC,53 supporting the notion that UC is a Th2 polarized disease. Our understanding of both the functional roles of specific TLR family members and the discovery of selective tools to investigate their function in disease is still in its infancy. However, the compelling connection between the components of innate and adaptive immunity (TLR, NOD2, etc.), the effect of probiotics, and the rise in IBD in a sanitized world, suggests that TLR-based therapeutics may have a significant contribution in future disease management.

SECTiON 2 Nuts And Bolts Of BiOLOGiCal Databases And Their ConstructiON

A hierarchical database is structured with a parent child relationship from a source usually called the root. One parent may have multiple children, but children have only one parent. The data item is called a leaf or node, and the path back to the root is called a branch. Computer folder and file navigation is an example. Each drive is a root, and all files on that drive are linked back to the root through a hierarchical structure. When implemented in a formal software-driven database, algorithms called tree searches are used to locate and extract data. However, the data are forced into a structure that does not easily accommodate items that can be in multiple categories, e.g., proteins with multiple functions. The result is that single items are repeated on various branches in order to fit the schema. Each node is independent if the information in one node is updated, the others are not. This leads to problems with multiple versions of information.

Hlaidentical Sibling Donors

Since there is a 50 chance of two siblings inheriting the same HLA haplotype from a parent, there is a 25 chance that they will inherit the same chromosome from each parent. Overall, about 30-35 of patients find an HLA-matched sibling donor for transplantation. Serologic typing and low-resolution DNA typing for HLA-A, -B, -C, -DR may be sufficient to identify an HLA-identical sibling when enough family members have been studied to demonstrate that the same haplotypes were inherited (identity by descent). If not initially typed, HLA-DP typing may also be performed to exclude the possibility of a crossover in the interval between DR DQ and DP. If two siblings have not been shown to be HLA identical by descent, there is the possibility that they have not inherited the same HLA haplotypes, but rather different haplotypes that are only similar at the tested loci. In such cases, additional study of untested loci and DNA testing at high resolution are warranted. If not initially studied, the...

Hlamatched Related Donors

While HLA-identical siblings have inherited the same haplotypes from each parent, other HLA-matched family members may be identified. These may include siblings, parents, and more distantly related individuals. Such individuals have typically inherited one HLA haplotype in common with the patient and a second, matched haplotype of independent origin. Since one haplotype is of independent origin, a higher level of HLA testing is needed to determine the level of similarity of the nonshared haplotype. Both the patient and the prospective donor should be tested for all relevant HLA loci at high resolution. Even when the non-shared haplotype is found to be identical at each tested locus, identity cannot be assumed for untested loci or DNA segments that may be relevant to transplant outcome (e.g., minor histocompatibility antigens, cytokine genes). Thus, donors HLA identical by descent may be preferred to over matched, but haplotype distinct related donors.

Who Needs Decision Support

Decision making is central to the organization and delivery of health care. Hence, decision makers are to be found at all levels of health care operation. At the strategic level, policy makers are making investment decisions relating to new health care facilities and provision, including those relating to public health. Operationally, health care professionals, both clinicians and allied health professionals, are making diagnostic and therapeutic decisions so as best to manage the individual patient. In the arena of chronic disease, in particular, increasingly patients both wish to, and are encouraged to, be involved in the management of their condition, as are their family members and care givers.

Genetic Disclosure and the Family Unit

The family is by definition a collective. When information about deleterious genes is introduced, the character of that collectivity is altered, if not threatened. This is because deleterious genes never exist without bodies. Not only are they embodied, but they are unequally distributed among individuals who in some cases previously saw their membership in the family as something they shared equally with other family members. In those circumstances, a previously shared legacy is suddenly redefined in a way that emphasizes differences among family members, identifying some as having fundamental defects, and as potentially dangerous to their own offspring. Meanwhile other members are certified as free of such liabilities or at least are ignorant of those liabilities. This introduces classifications into the family that, however practical, are likely to be disruptive of previous relationships. The sensitivity family members have to these relational concerns is often interpreted from a...

Common Treatment Obstacles And Possible Solutions

Education and cognitive coping exercises can help children develop more accurate conclusions about why the traumas happened. It is important to note, however, that additional treatment components may need to be added to the model described in this chapter, depending on the nature of the trauma. For example, in cases of domestic violence and physical abuse, the development and rehearsal of a personal safety plan is essential (Runyon, Basilio, Van Hasselt, & Hersen, 1998) to reduce the risk of future harm. Children should role-play and rehearse responses to potentially dangerous situations, such as a caregiver coming home intoxicated, and identify concrete steps to help ensure their safety (e.g., go to a neighbor's home, call 911, go to a safe place in their home). The treatment of childhood traumatic grief should help children incorporate components of the normal grieving process, such as accepting the reality of the loss, expressing pain associated with the death, adjusting to daily...

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