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Should We Adjust Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Depressed Adolescents?

Although depression and substance use disorders commonly co-occur in adolescents, little is known about how depression influences adolescent substance use disorder treatment retention and outcomes.  With this issue in mind, a team of American researchers reviewed the available scientific literature and suggested four important considerations to maximize the clinical impact of future research regarding adolescent depression symptoms and substance use.  Their review is published in the newest special issue of Substance Abuse journal.

In the review, the researchers noted the mixed results of a total of thirteen quantitative studies investigating whether and how depression is associated with substance-related outcomes.  “Our review highlights that studies to date varied widely in hypotheses and research methods, suggesting that the field needs to develop more standardized methods to allow for a clearer understanding of the role of comorbid depression among adolescents in substance abuse treatment,” wrote the researchers in a joint statement.

To avoid future ambiguities within clinical research, the researchers provide four considerations to inform study design.  First, researchers must consider the time frame for assessing symptoms of depression, such as measuring symptoms at both the beginning and end of treatment and distinguishing between lifetime versus current symptoms. A second consideration pertains to the debate about whether to address comorbid depression within substance abuse treatment, and if so, how. Measuring comorbid symptoms at the beginning and end of treatment even when depression is not specifically addressed during treatment would help to answer this question. Third, it is also important to assess comorbidity both dimensionally (i.e., severity level) and categorically (i.e., meets criteria for a disorder) in order to fully understand the effects of depression on treatment success.  Fourth, researchers should consider the timing of comorbid symptoms relative to the substance use disorder since substance use disorders can occur before, after, or simultaneously with the onset of depression.

“Clarification based on rigorous research studies will permit researchers to identify the conditions under which depression can influence substance abuse treatment retention and outcomes, which in turn will help to specify when depression needs to be directly addressed with this population of young people,” explained the researchers.

FREE ACCESS ARTICLE - What is the Impact of Comorbid Depression on Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment?
Jacqueline Hersh, John F. Curry, and Yifrah Kaminer
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About Substance Abusewww.tandfonline.com/WSUB
Substance Abuse journal is a peer-reviewed journal that serves as the official publication of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) in association with The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies in Education (INCASE). Substance Abuse journal offers wide-ranging coverage for healthcare professionals, addiction specialists and others engaged in research, education, clinical care, and service delivery and evaluation.

2013 Journal Citations Report® ranks Substance Abuse 12th out of 18 journals in Substance Abuse (Science) and 14th out of 33 journals in Substance Abuse (Social Sciences) with an Impact Factor of 1.620.
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Gamification for Behavior Change: What is it and How is it Useful?

In a world where many children spend hours a day playing computer or console game, researchers are starting to utilize those habits for the better.  The use of gamification -- using game design elements to teach lessons, engage, and motivate -- is starting to increase in popularity. The article “Gamification for Behavior Change: Lessons from Developing a Social, Multiuser, Web-Tablet Based Prevention Game for Youths” illustrates how gamification concepts and principles were applied to the development of an online, multiuser, substance abuse, and relationship violence prevention game for youths. The article appears in Journal of Technology in Human Services, published by Routledge.

The authors discuss challenges encountered during the efforts to develop and test a prototype version of the game and then present concrete and practical strategies for addressing these challenges. The article provides guidance for other researchers and practitioners who may want to gamify human service processes and use gamification techniques within a behavior change framework.

Choices & Consequences (C&C) is a game aimed at middle school children ages 11 to 14 and is designed to teach substance abuse and relationship violence prevention to them. The article goes through the development and implementation of the game in an alternative middle school, creating teams, and using prize incentives for game play.

Two of the creators of the game explained, “The process of creating a behavior prevention game that focuses on substance abuse and relationship violence can be a real challenge in terms of design and content.  In part because behavior-change games have to be fun, yet be educational and contain research-based behavior change strategies.  Players must be allowed to take risks and make mistakes when facing substance abuse and relationship violence challenges, but good actions need to be explained and rewarded.  What actions are “good” are not always obvious in teens’ complex lives.  We struggled with this issue among ourselves, for example, is there such a thing as playful hitting in a relationship.  That is why it was crucial for us to also get feedback from the teens that partnered with on this project.  They were essential in making our scenarios realistic and relevant to their lives.  Thus, the article’s focused on challenges, choices, and consequences we had to make as we developed the prevention game Choices & Consequences.”

The researchers warn those who are interested in developing or using gamification that the process is not an easy one. There are many aspects and challenges that come with game development, not the least of which is funding. The high use of technology in this prevention method makes it difficult despite the advantages.

The allure of games, especially to youths, is self-efficacy. The ability to earn “money” or points through the game, though they are only pixels, provides children with a sense of accomplishment. “Youth are especially attracted to games and virtually all American youths play computer, console or cell phone games,” cited the researchers. Using this platform that the target audience is already using appeals to them on a level they are comfortable with.

“Based on our experience in developing and testing a prototype social, multiuser, web-tablet based prevention game for middle-school youths, we can conclude that gamification has many advantages. However, as outlined above, it comes with some challenges. Nonetheless, we believe that for our project, gamification fostered engagement, motivation, self-disclosure, co-learning, and detailed delivery of a curriculum. Most of our test students preferred the game delivery format to all other prevention formats they had experienced,” wrote the researchers.

FREE ACCESS: Gamification for Behavior Change: Lessons from Developing a Social, Multiuser, Web-Tablet Based Prevention Game for Youths, Dick Schoech, Javier F. Boyas, Beverly M. Black, and Nada Elias-Lambert
(Volume 31, Issue 3, 2013, Pages 197-217)
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Editor-in-Chief: Dale Fitch
, University of Missouri, and Associate Editor: Bruce Vieweg, Concordia College
This peer-reviewed, refereed journal explores the uses and potentials of computer and related technologies in the fields of social work and human services relative to mental health, developmental disabilities, social welfare, addictions, and education. (Volume 33, 2015, 4 issues per year)

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Tornadoes of Fire: Examining the Fire Whirl Phenomenon

Popularly known as “fire devils,” “firenadoes,” and “fire storms,” fire whirls are described as, “Rapidly rotating columns of rising hot air that contain flames, smoke, and combusting debris.” Once formed, they take on lives of their own, in what has been called a “dramatic manifestation of atmospheric instability,” creating violent whirlwinds in a range of sizes, some of seemingly tornadic strength. 

Co-authored by Drs. Bradley M. Muller and Christopher G. Herbster, the article, "Fire Whirls: Twisters That Light the Sky" is featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Weatherwise Magazine.

Dr. Bradly Muller describes his experience during the authors’ research of fire whirls near Mt. Lassen, CA earlier this year. 

“We were fascinated to observe 40-inch-diameter snapped off trees, sand-blasted bark, and trees wrapped tight by roofing metal,” Muller said.

Fire whirls often derive from wildland fires, oil fires, and urban conflagrations. It is their unpredictability and rapidity that makes them so dangerous, making it extremely important in the firefighting community.

This article explores the science behind fire whirls, how they come to be, and how researchers are trying to combat them and improve public safety.

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Routledge to publish International Journal of Wrestling Science

Philadelphia – Taylor & Francis Group and the Curby Research Group LLC in association with the International Network of Wrestling Researchers (INWR) and United World Wrestling (UWW), are pleased to announce a new publishing partnership. Beginning January 2015, Taylor & Francis will publish and distribute the International Journal of Wrestling Science under the Routledge imprint.

The INWR has been the leading association for the study of the timeless and world-wide Olympic sport of wrestling. The work of the INWR aims to facilitate the development of wrestling through the support of wrestling-related research, education, and international and intercultural understanding and cooperation. Since 2007, it has been providing high-quality professional development, advocacy, and support of research for all professionals working in wrestling.  This includes sport scientists, coaches, teachers, sport administrators and medical personnel in the approximately 200 countries affiliated with the international governing body of the sport –United World Wrestling (UWW). The International Journal of Wrestling Science is relevant to anyone involved in Olympic sport, particularly combative and weight category sports.

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Published twice each year in March and September, the International Journal of Wrestling Science publishes the most rigorous, relevant, and well-respected research, and features original papers, review articles, technique analysis, scoring analysis, case studies/profiles and letters. Topics include training science, physiology, psychology, sports medicine, biomechanics, nutrition, pedagogy, history, sociology, and sports management.

This is a great advancement for the journal and the International Network of Wrestling Researchers! We will now have the opportunities and prestige afforded by this partnership with such a respected publisher.

The International Journal of Wrestling Science receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijws.


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Mapping the Future of Adolescent Substance Use Treatment

Adolescent substance use treatment is at a critical turning point – treatment success is short-lived and the field lacks a definitive best approach. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh conducted a comprehensive literature review to identify the common traits underlying different therapies aimed at reducing substance use and then recommend future directions. Their findings are available as part of an adolescent-focused special issue from Substance Abuse, the official journal of Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) and a publication from Routledge.

FREE ACCESS ARTICLE - Mechanisms of change in adolescent substance use treatment: How does treatment work?
Jessica J. Black Ph.D. and Tammy Chung PhD

“Psychotherapy research has shifted,” co-author Dr. Tammy Chung mentioned, “from comparing outcomes across different types of treatment to determining ‘how’ and ‘for whom’ an intervention works.” In keeping with this new approach, the review at hand focused on studies concerning mechanisms of change for various “brands” of psychotherapy and distilled important implications for treating adolescent substance users. “Our critical review on the limited existing treatment mechanism studies,” explained co-author Dr. Jessica Black, “found that ‘common’ processes, such as positive social support, rather than a particular treatment modality, account for positive adolescent substance use outcomes.”

As for the future of adolescent substance use treatment, Drs. Chung & Black describe a need to focus on the “active ingredients” of therapies and their respective “targets.” In addition, practitioners need to gain a better handle on the interaction between these aspects of specific therapies, overarching “common processes” like positive social support, and patients’ lives outside of treatment.

About Substance Abuse— www.tandfonline.com/WSUB
Substance Abuse journal is a peer-reviewed journal that serves as the official publication of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) in association with The International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the International Coalition for Addiction Studies in Education (INCASE). Substance Abuse journal offers wide-ranging coverage for healthcare professionals, addiction specialists and others engaged in research, education, clinical care, and service delivery and evaluation.

2013 Journal Citations Report® ranks Substance Abuse 14th out of 34 journals in Substance Abuse (Ss) and 12th out of 18 journals in Substance Abuse (Sci) with a 2013 Impact Factor of 1.620
Editor: Adam J. Gordon, M.D., M.P.H.   •   Print ISSN: 0889-7077   •   Online ISSN: 1547-0164   •   Volume 35, 2014

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Nutrition and Cancer Journal Study Finds Marked Benefits for Cancer Prevention with a Higher Intake of Fatty Fish

A new research review published today will once again have people asking for a second helping of wild Alaskan salmon at the dinner table. While several other studies have recently challenged the long-held belief of the benefits of a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, this new study led by Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Scientist James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, cites compelling evidence that eating the right kinds of fatty fish, in the right quantity, and prepared the right way, can in fact help prevent the body’s development of adenocarcinomas, a common type of cancerous tumor. A high proportion of the cancers arising in the breast, prostate, pancreas, colon, and the rest of the gastrointestinal tracts are adenocarcinomas.

The review, titled “A Higher Dietary Ration of Long-Chain Omega-3 to Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids for Prevention of COX-2-Dependent Adenocarcinomas,” is being presented in the journal Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal, published by Routledge. The authors first cite evidence that the recently-demonstrated ability of daily low-dose aspirin to decrease risk for adenocarcinomas is attributable to its ability to modestly decrease the activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (cox-2), an enzyme which contributes importantly to the genesis and progression of adenocarcinomas. They then propose that an ample dietary intake of omega-3 fats—the type prominent in fatty fish—could also be expected to oppose cox-2 activity, and thereby reduce risk for adenocarcinomas.

The authors emphasize that it is not only the amount of fish consumed daily, but also the nature of this fish, and how it is preserved or cooked, that can have a major impact on the potential of dietary fish to lower cancer risk. “An easy way to see the benefit of omega-3 is to look at Italy,” Dr. DiNicolantonio said. “The staple oil used in cooking and as a salad dressing in Italy is olive oil, which is quite low in omega-6. Meanwhile, fish—high in omega-3—is a staple food in the Italian diet, and this fish is rarely salt-preserved or fried. In Italians studies, subjects who consumed fish at least twice weekly as compared to those who ate fish less than once a week, were found to be at a significantly lower risk for a number of cancers, including ovarian, endometrial, pharyngeal, esophageal, gastric, colonic, rectal, and pancreatic.”

The authors also focus on several recent studies in which regular consumption of fish oil is correlated with lower subsequent cancer risk. These studies have reported lower risks for colorectal, breast, and advanced prostate cancer in those taking such supplements. And a recent study from the University of Washington, which estimated total omega-3 intakes of its subjects from both fish and from supplements, found that a high omega-3 intake was associated with a 23 percent reduction in total cancer mortality. Indeed, mortality from all causes was significantly lower in those with higher omega-3 intakes.  The authors also noted that cox-2 is significantly expressed in pre-malignant and early stage adenocarcinomas, but expression is sometimes lost as cancers mature. This may be why cox-2 inhibition (via increased omega-3 intake) seems to have greater potential for cancer prevention, than for cancer therapy.

About Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute - Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, a member of Saint Luke’s Health System and a teaching affiliate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is one of the preeminent cardiovascular programs in the country. Its legacy of innovation began more than 25 years ago when it opened as the nation’s first heart hospital. Since then, the Heart Institute has earned a world-wide reputation for excellence in the treatment of heart disease, including interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, imaging, heart failure, transplant, heart disease prevention, women’s heart disease, electrophysiology, outcomes research, and health economics. With more than 50 full-time board-certified cardiovascular specialists on staff, the Heart Institute offers one of the largest heart failure/heart transplant programs in the country, has the largest experience with transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the Midwest, and is a global teaching site for the newest approaches to opening challenging blocked arteries using minimally invasive techniques.

Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal - www.tandfonline.com/HNUC
Editor: Leonard A. Cohen •  2.635 Impact Factor and a 2.947 5-Year Impact Factor in the Categories of Nutrition & Dietetics (Science) and Oncology (Science) © 2014 Thomson Reuters, 2013 Journal Citation Reports®
Volume 66, 2014, 8 issues per year • Print ISSN: 0163-5581 • Online ISSN: 1532-7914
Article Media Contact: James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute Cardiovascular Research Scientist, Email: jjdinicol@gmail.com

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ECA Article of the Year: “Understanding the Routine Expression of Deceptive Affection in Romantic Relationships”

The Eastern Communication Association (ECA) has selected their article of the year for 2014, published in Communication Quarterly. The Article of the Year Award is presented annually to the most outstanding journal article published during the previous calendar year in Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, or Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. The winning article, titled “Understanding the Routine Expression of Deceptive Affection in Romantic Relationships”, studied how couples used affection to lie to one another.

Authors Sean M. Horan and Melanie Booth-Butterfield analyzed a full week of diary entries documenting communication of 57 participants currently in a romantic relationship. Their research found that deceptive affection can occur either by a partner withholding affection, or by actively sending deceptive affectionate messages.  These deceptions, however, are often not disastrous to a relationship.

On the importance of this topic, Horan said “We chose to study this area given an apparent discrepancy between the affection and deception lines of research.  That said, our findings suggest that deceptive affection may not be problematic and, in fact, may help maintain relationships.” Horan and Booth-Butterfield found that, in the context of evolutionary goals “communicators may express deceptive affection for positive reasons because they are in a relationship with someone viewed as a valued mate. To keep this mate, communicators want to make their partner feel positively, reciprocate affection, and avoid certain topics.” 

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Communication Quarterly
, a scholarly, academic journal sponsored by the Eastern Communication Association (ECA), publishes refereed manuscripts extending the understanding of human communication. Communication Quarterly is philosophically committed to an eclectic approach and to the publication of high quality articles.

About the Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
The Eastern Communication Association was initially established in 1910 and continues as the oldest professional communication association in the United States. As a distinguished service-oriented organization with a history of achievement in research, criticism, communication theory, and excellence in teaching, the association welcomes members who share the goals and objectives of a membership dedicated to participation in state, regional, and national activity.

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How the media turned Steve Jobs into a posthumous hero

After the death of Steve Jobs, the media presented a ‘pasteurized’ interpretation of the CEO’s life with many ‘germs’ eliminated, neglected or given a deterministic meaning in the Apple narrative, claim a team of Brazilian researchers.

Adriana Wilner and her colleagues studied articles, including those from The Economist and the New York Times, to explore how the mainstream media presented Jobs and his company at a crucial juncture in Apple’s history.

Writing in the journal Culture and Organization, the researchers conclude: ‘The media present a plot that undervalues that many breakthroughs in the life of Steve Jobs were obtained as the results of chance and luck. At the same time, the complexity of the process of creating, which includes failures and the contributions of many people and organisations, is discarded.’

In essence, the mainstream media painted the same picture of the controversial CEO: as a hero, or even a myth. ‘Jobs seemed to be placed above mortals, capable and allowed to do things that others could never do,’ they observe. ‘His idiosyncrasies – acts that could be viewed as harmful or even sinful – could therefore be forgiven.’

But the most striking aspect of the presentation of Jobs’ life was the elimination of the ‘serendipity’ he valued so much. Although luck and accident were regular features in Jobs’ life, the post-death narrative imposed a ‘mechanical relationship of causality between aspects of the story and socially valuable consequences’. ‘Facts are sewn into the plot in a way that leaves little space for chance or accident,’ the authors conclude. There was also, notably, no space in the reports for events which did not lead to good results, ‘only for different voices that tell the same story’.

As Wilner and her colleagues note, narratives like those created after the death of Steve Jobs are key to understanding how organisations ‘arise, survive and change’; they also provide essential legitimisation and ‘sense making’ for the organisations themselves.

The article also notes that, in some reports, Jobs is shown to be the driving force behind organisational change and that the contributions of others are not discussed.

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Furin – the answer to the Ebola crises?

With an estimated fatality rate of 52%, the need to discover a cure for Ebola has never been more urgent. New research published in Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics this month suggests that scientists currently investigating potential cures for the Ebola virus should focus more attention on the protein furin.

Furin is responsible for activating certain proteins and is involved in the processing and maturation of viral and bacterial preproteins. Indeed, the strength of Furin activity has already been recognised, and used previously by scientists to propose broad anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer treatments. This study used the binding site of human Furin in molecular dynamics (MD) simulation.

Author of the study, Omotuyi  Olaposi, a lecturer in Biochemistry at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria, explains that the experiment ‘may provide further insight to the design of novel drugs for Ebola virus disease treatment’.

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88% of librarians think that social media will become more important in the future

Do you agree? Do you think that librarians will need to learn to become PR experts, or will social media be a passing phase?

How are librarians navigating the ever-changing digital climate whilst also continuing to provide excellent service provision in the more traditional library setting?

Taylor & Francis is seeking to address these questions, and more, with the release of a new white paper on Social Media in the Library which examines current practices from a world-wide perspective. The white paper includes current use statistics and numerous case studies against which libraries can benchmark their own social media activity and be inspired to try new approaches.

The white paper is informed by research carried out internationally, comprising an online survey, focus groups, tele-interviews and a Twitter party, involving over 600 librarians worldwide.

Some of the most interesting discoveries include:

  • Facebook is the most popular social media channel, with 58% of librarians using it regularly.
  • 64% of librarians find it challenging to strike a balance between setting a formal/informal and engaging tone in their online posts.
  • 75% of librarians post on an ad hoc basis, rather than scheduling in advance.
  • 73% believe more roles dedicated to social media will appear in the library in the future.

The research findings also make clear that social media offers many opportunities for librarians, but with that also comes many challenges.

Take a closer look at the white paper, infographic highlights, and full supporting research, including top level data, a copy of the survey, and further analysis:
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