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Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking and Femtosecond Laser in Refractive and Cataract Surgery

Author: Hui Sun (Academy of OPTO-Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)

Series: Surgery - Procedures, Complications, and Results
Eye and Vision Research Developments

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
The cornea serves as the gateway into the eye for external images. Maintenance of corneal shapes and transparency is critical for refraction. Small changes in the smoothness of the corneal surface or in the total thickness of the cornea can lead to visual distortion. Recently, however, refractive surgery for the transparent cornea has been introduced. In this procedure, the curvature of the cornea is modified either by cutting the stroma or by laser ablation of normal corneal tissue. Given the clinical efficacy of refractive surgery, it is important to understand the anatomical and physiological structure of the cornea such as corneal collagen cross-linking. Multiple commercial femtosecond lasers have been cleared for use by the US Food and Drug Administration for ophthalmic surgery, including use in creating corneal flaps in LASIK surgery. The newest application of femtosecond lasers in ophthalmology is in cataract surgery. In LASIK surgery, all surgery procedures are done in cornea. In cataract surgery, the cornea is also cut with a femtosecond laser. Over the last decade, the field of femtosecond eye surgery has expanded rapidly, supporting the advantages of combined high-ablation precision and minimized collateral tissue effects. One of the most promising applications for femtosecond laser eye surgery has been corneal surgery, namely laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery, where the high-pressure laser plasma non-thermally dissociates the dense corneal tissue, thereby enabling lamellar cornea procedures with minimized side effects with the subsequent excimer laser shaping the corneal surface. Millions of people worldwide have been patients for LASIK surgery and have benefited from new forms of technology. LASIK surgery includes three parts: wavefront detection, femtosecond laser flap creation, and excimer laser cornea correction. Some parts of this book focus on femtosecond laser-assisted LASIK surgery, including basic research for femtosecond laser eye surgery and tissue imaging. The newest application of femtosecond lasers in ophthalmology is cataract surgery. Currently, there are a few lasers at or near the point of commercial release, including LenSx (Alcon Laboratories Inc., Fort Worth, Texas), Catalys (Abbott Medical Optics, Santa Ana, California), LensAR (LensAR Inc., Orlando, Florida), Victus (Technolas Perfect Vision and Bausch & Lomb, Rochester, New York), and Femto LDV (Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems AG, Port, Switzerland). All laser systems share a common platform—which includes an anterior-segment imaging system, patient interface, and femtosecond laser to image—to calculate and deliver the laser pulses. Some parts of this book explain the principle of OCT-guided femtosecond laser cataract surgery. The combination of femtosecond laser surgery and OCT imaging simultaneously guides the development of next generation femtosecond surgical lasers in cataract surgery and explores femtosecond laser surgical strategies.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-192-5
ISBN: 978-1-53613-193-2

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Cochlear Implants: Advances, Efficacy and Future Directions

Editor: Herbert W. Courtney

Series: Audiology and Hearing Research Advances

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
Cochlear Implants: Advances, Efficacy and Future Directions assesses the growing need to provide other measures for assessing the impact of cochlear implantation. As such, this book aims to evaluate the Cross-Modal Plasticity in deaf children with visual-impairment after CI use, through the analysis of changes in the topographic distribution of the cortical response of Somatosensory Evoked Potential by stimulation of the median nerve. The authors describe the results of Low-Resolution Brain Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA) used for the localization of electrical neuronal source generators of SEP N20 response in deaf children with visual-impairment. The following chapter discusses and evaluates the effectiveness of the application of bilateral CIs in children, either sequentially or binaurally, affected by severe sensorineural hearing loss. Although the benefits of bilateral implants in adults have been established, the available data regarding children is still limited. In the last chapter, a surgeon and developer of the surgical virtual reality system of the temporal bone shares his expertise on the future of this virtual reality to maximize the goal of cochlear implant surgery. Many studies have found that virtual reality simulators have improved the operative performance of the trainees.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-208-3
ISBN: 978-1-53613-209-0

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Biogenic Amines (BA): Origins, Biological Importance and Human Health Implications

Editor: Joanna Stadnik (Department of Meat Technology and Food Quality, Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Lublin, Poland)

Series: Food Science and Technology

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
Biogenic amines are nitrogenous organic bases of low molecular weight with biological functions in animals, plants, microorganisms and humans. Their formation in food is either the result of endogenous amino acids’ decarboxylase activity in raw food material or the breakdown of free amino acids due to the action of microbial decarboxylase enzymes. Consumption of food containing excessive amounts of these amines can have toxicological implications due to their psychoactive and/or vasoactive properties. Therefore, the control of biogenic amines accumulation in foods during processing and storage is a challenge for the food industry. This book reviews origins, biological importance and human health implications of biogenic amines.
Chapter One focus on the occurrence of BAs in different foodstuffs and in the correspondent challenges of their analysis. In Chapter Two, the authors provide an overview and a critical discussion of sample preparation techniques to determine BAs in biological specimens, with special emphasis on microextraction techniques. The advantages and some limitations, as well as how they compare to previously used extraction techniques, are also addressed herein. Chapter Three focuses on the relation of dietary biogenic amines occurrence and associated adverse health effects following consumption of implicated food. In Chapter Four, the authors focus on some food products and the relationship between the presence of BA according to their origin, inducing factors and distinctive characteristics of the technological processes that could control BA production in animal foods, plant foods and beverages. Chapter Five tackles the most important aspects of BA formation during the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages. The significance of BAs is also described from the perspective of microbiological and technological factors. The authors of Chapter Six critically review the latest knowledge, described in studies carried out throughout the world about the occurrence and the food safety issues of BAs in two selected animal originating food sources; that is, fish and dairy products. Moreover, different technological strategies adopted for the prevention of BA accumulation in the abovementioned food products for safety purposes are evaluated. Chapter Seven briefly summarizes current knowledge on biogenic amines content in dry-cured and fermented meats and collects data on the factors affecting their formation. The methods for aminogenesis control in dry-cured meats are also described. The aim of Chapter Eight is to identify the origin, biological importance, and human health implications of the serotonin (5-HydroxyTryptamine [5-HT]) in pain. Finally, effects of tyramine (TA) and octopamine (OA) on behaviors and physiology in social insects have been introduced in Chapter Nine.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-712-6
ISBN: 978-1-53612-713-3

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Parkinson’s Disease: Awareness among Young Adults

Editors: Ronald Chow, Jaclyn Viehweger, Michael Borean, Drew Hollenberg, and Joav Merrick, M.D. (Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel)

Series: Disability Studies (Joav Merrick - Series Editor - Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel)

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
Parkinson’s disease, first described by the English surgeon James Parkinson (1755-1824) in 1817 as “shaking palsy”, is a neurodegenerative disorder that manifests symptoms such as resting tremor, muscular rigidity, bradykinesia and postural instability. These motor disorders have been extensively researched resulting in improved diagnostic accuracy and the development of robust rating scales and treatment strategies for symptoms. The treatment options for Parkinson’s disease are similar to those for Alzheimer’s disease, meaning that at this moment in time there does not exist a definitive cure that can reverse the progression of the disease. Young adults seem to be well aware of Alzheimer’s disease, but are they aware of Parkinson’s disease? Both of these diseases will become increasingly more prevalent in our aging world and young adults need to be prepared to care for family members who are struck by one, or both, diseases. In this book we document the assessment of the knowledge of young adults with respect to Parkinson’s disease across the globe.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-745-4
ISBN: 978-1-53612-746-1

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Cancer and Exercise

Editors: Leila Malek, Fiona Lim, Bo Angela Wan, Patrick L Diaz, Ph.D., Edward Chow, Joav Merrick, M.D. (Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel)

Series: Health and Human Development (Joav Merrick - Series Editor - Medical Director, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel)

Publication Date: 2018 - 1st Quarter

Book Description:
With advances in knowledge and technology, the proportion of cancer patients who have been cured or survive with cancers is growing, but a certain proportion of patients will still have disease recurrence or progression to palliative care. During the entirety of cancer progression, significant adverse impacts on physical and psychological aspects have been observed due to both diseases themselves and the associated treatments. “Exercise-oncology” is an emerging field of research that has gained increasing attention since the term was first publicly introduced during the 1980s, showing improved functional capacity, body composition and treatment-related nausea with aerobic exercise. In this book, the authors review the current evidence on the application of exercise in various time points during cancer care, including as a preventive measure before cancer development, as a treatment during cancer treatments, as a rehabilitation measure during the recovery phase, and as a supportive measure during palliative care. Proposed mechanisms and published data from various studies will be evaluated, and finally guidelines on exercise prescription during cancer care will also be discussed.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-747-8
ISBN: 978-1-53612-748-5

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Why 40%-80% of Chronic Pain Patients Are Misdiagnosed and How to Correct That

Author: Nelson H. Hendler, MD (Former Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, US)

Series: Pain Management - Research and Technology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This book is authored by a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the past president of the American Academy of Pain Management, and the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association of America. He previously has authored three books, 33 medical textbook chapters, and 59 articles. The book addresses conceptual methods of problem solving, as they are applied to medicine. This book is designed to be the “Freakanomics” for medicine. Many research reports document that 40%-80% (or more, for certain disorders) of chronic pain patients are misdiagnosed. The leading causing of this failure is inadequate history taking, and the use of the wrong medical tests. Part of this problem is the failure to recognize the specificity and sensitivity, as well as the false negative and false positive rates, of medical tests in use today. As an example, there are many articles in the literature which document that the MRI, an anatomical test, missed detection of a damage vertebral disc up to 78% of the time. The book explores the use of physiological tests, such as facet blocks, root blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, and provocative discograms to supplement anatomical testing. It a step-wise fashion, this book addresses the issues and provides methods to correct these problems. The techniques of history taking and application of the correct medical test have been proven effective, based on dramatic improvement in patients, documented by outcome studies, which are validated by third parties, (not just self-reported). This book offers information based on evidence based medicine, not opinion. It provides information on how to think, not what to think.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-617-4
ISBN: 978-1-53612-618-1

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Informed Parents, Healthy Kids: Information You Need to Know to Find the Right Mental Health Practitioner

Author: Freddy A. Paniagua, PhD (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, US)

Series: Mental Disorders, Disabilities and Treatments

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Parents and mental health practitioners must work together to appropriately assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent mental disorders, emotional disabilities, or problematic behaviors in children and adolescents. If one expects to establish or to enhance parent-mental health practitioner collaborations in the provision of mental health services targeting children and adolescents with mental disorders, it is important to empower parents with the same evidence-based scientific knowledge mental health practitioners are expected to have. Informed Parents, Healthy Kids helps parents to determine if the mental health practitioner who provides mental health services to their child is guided by evidence-based approaches during the delivery of such services, rather than on the imagination, speculation, or personal beliefs of the mental health practitioner. Encompassed in sixteen chapters, the overall aim is to either establish or enhance parents’ mental health literacy (i.e., knowledge about all aspects of mental disorders), and for parents to be able to question the clinical practice of mental health practitioners when they determine that such practice is not based on evidence-based approaches recommended in the mental health literature. As noted by Dr. Janine Jones on the back cover of this book, “The old days of the mental health provider as “expert” and setting treatment goals outside the knowledge of the family are over.“ Parents are provided with numerous clinical examples to help them express their concerns to mental health practitioners with an emphasis on evidence-based clinical practices among children and adolescents experiencing one or more of the mental disorders, emotional disabilities, or problematic behaviors discussed in “Informed Parents, Healthy Kids: Information You Need to Know to Find the Right Mental Health Practitioner."

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-705-8
ISBN: 978-1-53612-640-2

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A Systems Approach to the Psychosomatics of Stuttering

Author: Zbigniew Tarkowski (Head of Department of Pathology and Rehabilitation of Speech, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland)

Series: Speech and Language Disorders

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The publication begins with a long interview with a PWS, which is a unique way of introducing the systems approach to the psychosomatics of stuttering. Various aspects of the approach are presented in four chapters, each ending with a bibliography. Chapter One, which is entitled “Stuttering from the Psychosomatic Perspective” discusses the new approach to this speech disorder and its consequences for the diagnostic and therapeutic process. Stuttering is regarded as more than just a speech fluency disorder, but is also regarded as a psychosomatic disorder, and treating its chronic form as a disease can be justified. Chapter Two, called “Inspirations” explores the relationships between communicative stress, increased muscle tension and changeability of stuttering. This is a fundamental issue that most theories fail to explain. Furthermore, the chapter contrasts early childhood stuttering with selective mutism in order to present similarities and differences between the two disorders. The author attempts to explain why stuttering is more common among boys and selective mutism among girls. Chapter Three – “The Author’s Own Research” offers results of many years of research on stuttering in preschool, school and adult age, along with an in-depth discussion of these. The results have been summarised in the form of a model of stuttering from the systems perspective. Chapter Four, called “Systems Therapy of Stuttering” refers to the previous chapters and presents the author’s therapeutic approach to early childhood stuttering, school age stuttering and chronic stuttering, which are different from one another. The chapter also discusses currently used methods of therapy.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-170-3
ISBN: 978-1-53613-304-2

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Artificial Intelligence Driven by a General Neural Simulation System (Genesis)

Authors: Bahman Zohuri and Masoud Moghaddam (Galaxy Advanced Engineering, San Mateo, CA, USA)

Series: Neurology - Laboratory and Clinical Research Developments

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The last several years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of neurobiologists building or using computer-based models as a regular part of their efforts to understand how different neural systems function. As experimental data continue to amass, it is increasingly clear that detailed physiological and anatomical data alone are not enough to infer how neural circuits work. Experimentalists appear to be recognizing the need for the quantitative approach to explore the functional consequences of particular neuronal features that are provided by modeling. This combination of modeling and experimental work has led to the creation of the new discipline of computational neurosciences.

More than the use of models per se, the authors believe that computational neuroscience is most distinguished from classical neurobiology due to an explicit focus on how the nervous system computes. Thus, instead of obtaining experimental information about the structure of the nervous system for its own sake, a computational approach involves collecting the information most relevant to the advancement of functional understanding.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-196-3
ISBN: 978-1-53613-197-0

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Bottle-Feeding: Perceptions, Practices, and Health Outcomes

Editor: Alison K. Ventura, Ph.D. (Kinesiology Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA)

Series: Pediatrics - Laboratory and Clinical Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Bottle-feeding is a ubiquitous aspect of infant feeding, yet bottle-feeding caregivers report a lack of support and access to evidence-based advice related to healthy bottle-feeding practices. This gap is due, in part, to a greater emphasis placed on breastfeeding support and promotion. Given a large and growing body of research illustrating associations between bottle-feeding and a number of health issues – such as overfeeding, rapid weight gain, and dental caries – the lack of advice and support for healthy bottle-feeding practices is concerning. To this end, this book aims to illustrate the state of the science related to bottle-feeding practices, caregiver perceptions, and related health outcomes. Based on this evidence, this book also provides practical, pragmatic advice to ensure that practitioners, researchers, and other professionals that work with families with young infants can best support bottle-feeding caregivers and promote the healthy growth and development for bottle-feeding infants.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-228-1
ISBN: 978-1-53613-229-8

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Horizons in Cancer Research. Volume 69

Editor: Hiroto S. Watanabe

Series: Horizons in Cancer Research

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Horizons in Cancer Research. Volume 69 opens with a discussion on hypothetical mechanisms of the induction of NKreg cells in cancer and possible approaches to their abrogation, suggesting that for profound understanding of the problem of NKregs in the context of future target cancer immunotherapy, extensive clinical observations of NKreg cells should be carried out. Afterwards, the authors focus on the cell surface molecules in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) cells, the function of matricellular proteins, particularly OPN, and their potential as targets for ATL immunotherapy. Later, the book demonstrates dual distinct functional roles of widespread cancerous immunoglobulins among cancer cells for the potential applications of RP215 in therapeutic treatments of many human cancers. RP215-linked chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell therapy technology has been applied in anti-cancer treatments through a series of CAR construction and validations by cytotoxic cell killing and cytokine activity release assays. Next, the authors present a new approach to describing, analyzing and understanding the process of dying in cancer patients based on the assumption that there are four tracks along which dying proceeds: the track focused on the medical-diagnostic aspects of the disease, the track referring to the physical aspects of the disease, the track defined by the psychological aspects of the disease and the track describing the coping- determined aspects of dying. In a separate study, examples of cases using a flexible, inflatable multi-channel applicator for the treatment of primary and recurrent gynecologic cancer, as well as treatment with Syed interstitial brachytherapy are presented. The examples are intended to emphasize the different characteristics of patient’s anatomy and tumors that guide the selection of a particular applicator and brachytherapy technique. Afterwards, the role of emodin in cancer prevention is discussed. Emodin possesses a broad spectrum of pharmacological, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-296-0
ISBN: 978-1-53613-297-7

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A Compendium on Oral Health of Children around the World: Early Childhood Caries

Editor: Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan (Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria)

Series: Dental Science, Materials and Technology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Early childhood caries is of significant importance to the growth and development of preschool children. Multiple studies have highlighted how the lesion, if left untreated, results in retarded growth of the child. There are multiple studies on caries in general and less of such publications on early childhood caries in comparison. Yet, the impact of early childhood caries on the life and course of child development is significant. This piece of work pooled together publications on early childhood caries around the world. It highlighted the profile, pattern and risk factors for early childhood caries for 40 countries and pulled together information on 85 of the 193 United Nations countries where there are publications on the lesion. The authors were able to draw a global map of the disease profile and develop recommendations on important next steps for the global management of this lesion. Though the first and last chapters in the book summarise the global profile of early childhood caries, the book highlights country-specific peculiarities in the risk factors and early childhood caries prevention programmes. The authors did assume the story of early childhood caries is the same across the globe. This book was developed with the guiding principle that each country needs to understand the pattern of their early childhood caries epidemic so that they can develop appropriate programmes to address the country’s needs.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-714-0
ISBN: 978-1-53612-715-7

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An Essential Guide to Men’s and Women’s Health

Editor: Allen Goodwin and Sheri Lynch

Series: Medicine and Biology Research Developments

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
An Essential Guide to Men’s and Women’s Health begins by providing a current summary of bone health in men. Topics include: the epidemiology and temporal trends of low bone mass, osteoporosis and related fractures; the morbidity and mortality associated with osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures; low bone mass risk factors and etiology; and osteoporotic risk assessment. The book includes a study with the goal of understanding workers’ social representation of occupational risks and preventive measures. A qualitative approach was utilised based on social representation theory – processual approach. The sample was comprised of male workers from a municipal service responsible for cleaning and conservation of the public area with no permanent contract in a large city in the South-eastern region of Brazil. The authors describe working conditions and health conditions of men from small enterprises in Campinas’ Fruit and Vegetables Warehouse Wholesale. A cross-sectional study with a sample of 200 male workers was developed. Data collection was performed using the following instruments: questionnaire with socio-demographic data, lifestyle, health and work aspects, QSETES elaborated on by author Monteiro and a stress scale adapted by Monteiro based on Elo et al. The following chapter argues that many poor health outcomes of girls and women in India can be attributed to their low status, notably female economic devaluation. The author focuses on dowry, an issue with historical antecedents, that has failed to be addressed or even exacerbated by the entry of the country into the global economy. Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is examined as one of the world’s leading causes of maternal mortality. Various conservative surgical procedures have been developed in recent years to reduce the need for hysterectomy, including external compression sutures, selective de-vascularization by surgical ligation or radiological embolization of the uterine and pelvic arteries and intrauterine balloon tamponade. The authors also examine the correlation between the development of congenital malformations and teratogenesis brought on by adverse conditions within the millieur interieur of the developing embryo, suggesting that the pharmacokinetic processes must be seen in the perspective of maternal and fetal lethal dose parameters. A study on perceived motives for contraceptive interference (CI) is included, hypothesizing that common barriers to male condom use might also be perceived as motives for CI enacted by a man toward his female partner.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-331-8
ISBN: 978-1-53613-332-5

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Serotonin and Dopamine Receptors: Functions, Synthesis and Health Effects

Editors: Monica Munoz and Marshall Mckinney

Series: Endocrinology Research and Clinical Developments

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In this compilation, the authors begin with a review of the mechanisms of synthesis and secretion, cellular effects and the involvement of serotonin (5-HT) in physiological and behavioral functions horses. In addition, the pathological conditions in which 5-HT is involved at the level of equine clinics are studied. Following this, the capabilities and limitations of PET imaging research on non-human primates are discussed for translation to brain DA research on humans, as well as therapeutic drug development for neurodegenerative diseases. This book also examines the etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The authors present available data contributing to the appreciation of a serotonergic dysfunction in ASD, as well as discuss new avenues to reveal the pathophysiology of this multifactorial disorder. Next, they review the historical and current evidence that links neurotransmitters with hemopoeitic stem cell mobilization, trafficking, and specially emphasize the role of serotonin in erythropoiesis. Potential actionable myelodysplastic and leukemic pathways are described and investigated.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-216-8
ISBN: 978-1-53613-217-5

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Soccer: The Physical and Cultural Effects of the World's Most Popular Sport

Editors: Vera R. Jackson and Jessika Farber

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
This collection investigates the time-motion characteristics of collegiate soccer games, repeated-sprint ability in female players, and skill-based assessments of collegiate male and female players. In females, research has shown few between-position differences in physiological characteristics. Additionally, female field players can display similar aerobic fitness to elite players as assessed by the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1. The authors suggest that collegiate female players may need further development in high-intensity running and repeated-sprint ability. Afterwards, they present research supporting the idea that that turfgrass maintenance on soccer fields in Slovenia differs significantly, and several managers lack knowledge about proper turfgrass management. However, the maintenance budget is not the most important factor in determining the appearance of the soccer fields. A subsequent review is presented with the goal of reviewing the trainability of short sprinting in youth soccer players. The authors examined studies from 2005 to the present which focused on improving sprint or agility performances, and included a description of the training protocol, pre-and post-test measures (mean and standard deviation) for the training group and the control group. The findings demonstrate progress in short straight-line sprinting and in agility performance with different training regimes. Another study is presented analysing the evolution of the physical condition in young elite soccer players during the full competitive period throughout eight seasons. In this study, one hundred and eleven young soccer players belonging to the reserve team of a Spanish professional soccer academy were examined. The last study describes the perceived exertion of soccer players in the pre-season and in-season periods and to analyses the differences in the perceived effort between friendly and official matches in relation to the minutes played in young soccer players.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-220-5
ISBN: 978-1-53613-221-2

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Advances in Experimental Surgery. Volume 1

Editors: Huifang Chen, M.D., Ph.D. and Paulo N. Martins, M.D., Ph.D (Professor of Surgery, Laboratory of Experimental Surgery, Research Center, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Series: Surgery - Procedures, Complications, and Results

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Experimental surgery is an important link for developments in clinical surgery, research and teaching. Experimental surgery has been a part of the most important surgical discoveries in the past century. Since 1901, nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded to the pioneers who had remarkable achievements in basic or practical surgery. In recent years, experimental surgery has achieved new advances, like laparoscopic and robotic surgery, tissue engineering, and gene therapy which are widely applied in clinic surgery.

The present book covers wide experimental surgery in preclinical research models subdivided into two volumes. Volume I introduces basic surgical notions, techniques, and different surgical models involved in basic experimental surgery, and reviews the biomechanical models, ischemia/reperfusion injury models, repair and regeneration models, and organ and tissue transplantation models, respectively. Volume II introduces several specific experimental models such as laparoscopic and bariatric experimental surgical models. The second volume also introduces graft-versus-host diseases, and other experimental models. A review of the advances and development of recent techniques such as tissue engineering, organ preservation, wound healing and scarring, gene therapy and robotic surgery is included. This book documents the enormous volume of knowledge scientists have acquired in the field of experimental surgery.

The editors have invited experts from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, UK, Sweden, Netherland, Hungary and Turkey to contribute 36 chapters in the fields of their expertise. These two volumes are the compilation of basic experimental surgery and updated advances of new development in this field that will be invaluable to surgeons, residents, graduate students, surgical researchers, physicians, immunologists, veterinarians and nurses in surgery.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-775-1
ISBN: 978-1-53612-776-8

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Advances in Experimental Surgery. Volume 2

Editors: Huifang Chen, M.D., Ph.D. and Paulo N. Martins, M.D., Ph.D (Professor of Surgery, Laboratory of Experimental Surgery, Research Center, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Series: Surgery - Procedures, Complications, and Results

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Experimental surgery is an important link for developments in clinical surgery, research and teaching. Experimental surgery has been a part of the most important surgical discoveries in the past century. Since 1901, nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded to the pioneers who had remarkable achievements in basic or practical surgery. In recent years, experimental surgery has achieved new advances, like laparoscopic and robotic surgery, tissue engineering, and gene therapy which are widely applied in clinic surgery.
The present book covers wide experimental surgery in preclinical research models subdivided into two volumes. Volume I introduces basic surgical notions, techniques, and different surgical models involved in basic experimental surgery, and reviews the biomechanical models, ischemia/reperfusion injury models, repair and regeneration models, and organ and tissue transplantation models, respectively. Volume II introduces several specific experimental models such as laparoscopic and bariatric experimental surgical models. The second volume also introduces graft-versus-host diseases, and other experimental models. A review of the advances and development of recent techniques such as tissue engineering, organ preservation, wound healing and scarring, gene therapy and robotic surgery is included. This book documents the enormous volume of knowledge scientists have acquired in the field of experimental surgery.
The editors have invited experts from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, UK, Sweden, Netherland, Hungary and Turkey to contribute 36 chapters in the fields of their expertise. These two volumes are the compilation of basic experimental surgery and updated advances of new development in this field that will be invaluable to surgeons, residents, graduate students, surgical researchers, physicians, immunologists, veterinarians and nurses in surgery.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-773-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-774-4

Price: $230.00
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Consumers’ Guide to Prescription and Over the Counter Medications

Author: Lunawati L. Bennett (Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tenured Union University College of Pharmacy, Jackson, TN, US)

Series: Pharmacology - Research, Safety Testing and Regulation

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Consumers’ Guide to Prescription and Over the Counter Medications is a comprehensive reference guide for consumers to refer to when questions about their or their loved ones diseases or medications arise. The book is organized based on common disease states via different body systems: Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, heart failure, heart rhythm problems); respiratory disorders (emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, tuberculosis); gastrointestinal disorders (irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, constipation); endocrine disorders (diabetes, thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome); central nervous system disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar, Alzheimer’s); infectious diseases (bacterial, viral, parasitic, fungal); pain disorders (migraine, headache); and miscellaneous disorders (glaucoma, psoriasis, smoking cessation, weight management). The book also includes common over the counter dietary supplements and vitamins, and their usage and toxicity levels to watch out for. Each disease state subgroup includes: a short summary of the causes of the disease, general treatment guidelines, and different classes of drugs useful to treat the disease. The summary also includes non-pharmacologic approaches to better manage the disease.

The medication information is organized in easy-to-read tables with information that includes drug names, mechanisms of action to help readers understand as to why they are being prescribed, how/when to take the drugs, storage of the drugs, common and serious side effects, contraindications (when it should not be used), and some important drug-drug interactions.

Please do not self-treat your disease. Make sure you follow the information and instructions from your healthcare providers (doctors, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) regarding how to take your drug regimens. This book could help you easily avoid preventable drug interactions, physician/hospital visits, and other healthcare costs by simply providing important drug-disease information.

Binding: Hardcover
Binding: e-Book

ISBN: 978-1-53612-708-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-709-6

Price: $230.00
Price: $230.00


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The Basic Principles of Critical Care Nephrology

Authors: Nadezda Petejova, MD, PhD (Specialist, Instructor) and Arnost Martinek, MD, CSc, Assoc. Professor of Internal Medicine (Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Ostrava, Czech Republic)

Series: Nephrology Research and Clinical Developments

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common diagnosis in daily clinical practice, occuring in virtually all fields of medicine. Critically ill patients are especially prone to the development of AKI due to frequent haemodynamic instability, multiple risk factors and, diagnostic and/or treatment complications. Severe AKI substantially prolongs the intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay, with increased risk of death. AKI is also a predisposing factor for multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and is usually a part of it. For these and other reasons, critical care nephrology plays an irreplaceable role in treating critically ill patients in ICUs.

The current trend in medicine generally – not only in critical care nephrology – is to gather as much scientific knowledge as possible and in medicine, everything is interrelated. Further, knowledge of pathophysiology and understanding the causes of illness come in an era of increasing polypharmacy and the escalating side effects of drugs. The latter can cause conditions with the same clinical picture as immune system disorders, viruses and bacteria. Another issue is poisonings and drug intoxications, which are a daily issue in ICU settings. In short, the aetiological spectrum of disease has expanded.
This book presents the basic principles in critical care nephrology and covers the epidemiology, pathophysiology, the most frequent syndromes, poisonings and conservative or invasive treatment options. The aim is to present an easily understandable overview using relevant scientific research results, along with the authors’ own practical clinical experience from the University Hospital of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The authors believe that this textbook will be useful to physicians who have to make rapid diagnoses and decision making in daily ICU practice.

Binding: Hardcover
Binding: e-Book

ISBN: 978-1-53612-329-6
ISBN: 978-1-53612-641-9

Price: $160.00
Price: $160.00


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Neuroscience for Psychiatrists

Editor: Panagiota Korenis, MD (Residency Director, Department of Psychiatry, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Bronx, NY, US)

Series: Psychiatry - Theory, Applications and Treatments
Neuroscience Research Progress

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The neurobiology behind psychiatric disorders is frequently misunderstood and involves numerous complicated pathways and receptors. This book will present the most up to date and concise information related to neuroscience and psychiatry. This book is especially written for those looking for a quick and easy reference guide. Conveniently formatted to present the most current and up to date neuroscientific and neurobiological concepts and ensure that you are prepared for your psychiatry shelf, PRITE™, psychiatry boards and recertification exams. This review book will not only help young and mature physicians prepare for exams it will also help medical students and young physicians learn about the psychiatric patient and the treatment of clinical illness. Includes thousands of facts related to psychiatric illness, evidence based treatment and management it will quickly become your go to reference. Using the psychiatric disorder as the foundation, this book explores the neurobiology, neuroanatomy and pathophysiology of symptoms and treatments. So many uncluttered and easy to read tables and organized by illness category this book is the only reference you need to prepare for your exams and shine on the psychiatry ward.

Binding: Hardcover
Binding: e-Book

ISBN: 978-1-53612-626-6
ISBN: 978-1-53612-633-4

Price: $195.00
Price: $195.00


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Osteoclastogenesis: Research Advances and Clinical Challenges

Editor: Masayoshi Yamaguchi, PhD (Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US)

Series: Human Anatomy and Physiology

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Bone is a dynamic tissue that undergoes continual adaptations during a vertebrate’s lifespan to attain and preserve skeletal size, shape, and structural integrity, and plays a pivotal role in regulating mineral homeostasis in a living body. Bone homeostasis, which maintains bone mass, is artfully regulated through osteoclasts, osteoblasts and osteocytes in bone tissues. This mechanism is regulated through many hormones, cytokines and immune systems in the bone marrow microenvironment. Aging leads to a reduction in bone mass, which is reduced by a suppression of osteoblastic bone formation and an enhancement in osteoclastic bone resorption. A decrease in bone mass leads to osteoporosis and bone fracture. Osteoporosis is widely recognized as a major public health problem. Moreover, bone loss is shown to stimulate in various pathophysiological states, including inflammation, obesity, diabetes, and cancer cell bone metastasis. Disease associated with bone loss is strongly related to osteoclastic bone resorption. This book focuses recent research topics implicated in osteoclastogenesis and clinical challenges to prevent and treat bone loss.

Binding: Softcover
Binding: e-Book

ISBN: 978-1-53612-629-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-636-5

Price: $95.00
Price: $95.00


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Current Advances in Biopolymer Processing and Characterization

Editor: Martin Koller (University of Graz, Office of Research Management and Service, Institute of Chemistry, Graz, Austria)

Series: Biomaterials - Properties, Production and Devices

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The book presents current R&D activities to unravel the physico-chemical properties of diverse “biopolymers”, and their processing towards functionalized, high-performance bio-products with defined applications. The importance of this research becomes obvious by considering the annual plastic production of about 330 Mt, the lion´s share thereof based on the conversion of fossil feedstocks that is highly recalcitrant against biodegradation. Alternative environmentally degradable plastics cover not even 5% of today´s plastic market. Such “biopolymers” encompass various macromolecules of biological origin with diverse monomeric composition, and manifold physico-chemical properties. This structural diversity makes them potential candidates to produce bulk materials, e.g., for packaging purposes, smart functionalized materials in special niches like the biomedical field. Consequently, we witness an increasing trend towards new natural polymers to replace well-established products like plastics. After decades of global R&D developments in this field, and numerous body blows on the way to the anticipated market breakthrough of biopolymers, it is generally recognized that the success of such new materials needs progress in both material performance and production prices.
The book Current Advances in Biopolymer Processing & Characterization is dedicated to the current state-of-the-art of production, modification, characterization, and processing of two major biopolymer groups:
Firstly, polysaccharides, nature´s most abundant raw materials, are represented by specialized contributions on biomedical applications of starch and its follow-up products. Polysaccharides were also studied for the examples of functionalized thermoplastic starch, molecular and hydrocolloidal characteristics of xanthan in aqueous environments, and by the design of functionalized xylan-based bio-materials.
Secondly, the second series of contributions encompasses diverse biopolyesters. Advanced methods to improve the properties of PLA, fine-tune PLA properties by triggering PLA´s crystallization rate during melt processing, and the strongly emerging field of 3D-printing of PLA, PCL, and microbial PHA are described. Finally, the authors familiarize the reader with the application of mixed microbial cultures to produce PHA heteropolyesters with different thermo-mechanical properties in dependence on cultivation strategy and the microbial species’ composition.
This compilation of new biomaterials with surprising functions and performance, based on these natural polymers will address scientists active in biopolymers production, functionalization, characterization, and processing towards “bio-technomers”. The book is also dedicated to undergraduate students of polymer chemistry and polymer processing, and to representatives of the polymer industry who are interested in developing innovative, sustainable and smart polymeric products. Activities motivated by reading this book shall boost the impatiently desired market penetration of biopolymers and their follow-up products. Such materials definitely display a socioeconomic impact by addressing prevailing ecological concerns such as depleting fossil resources, growing piles of plastic waste, and increasing global warming. The contributions to this book illustrate that “bio-inspired” remedies for prevalent ecological problems are already available, developed by experts in polymer sciences and engineering, or that these solutions are at least in the status of development.

Binding: Hardcover
Binding: e-Book

ISBN: 978-1-53612-710-2
ISBN: 978-1-53612-711-9

Price: $195.00
Price: $195.00