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Liu C.H.,Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Snidman N.,University of Massachusetts BostonBoston | Leonard A.,Albany Medical College | Meyer J.,University of Massachusetts Amherst | Tronick E.,University of Massachusetts BostonBoston
Developmental Psychobiology | Year: 2016

The study goal was to determine the intra-individual stability, developmental change, and maternal-reported correlates (socio-demographic, stress experiences, hair characteristics, and care) of hair cortisol in mothers and their infants. To assess cortisol deposition in hair during the periods of 6-to-9 months and 9-to-12 months of age, 3cm segments of hair samples deemed to represent approximately 3 months of retrospective hair cortisol were sampled longitudinally at 9- and 12-months in 41 mothers and infants. Bivariate correlations and mean level comparisons of log-transformed hair cortisol levels at 9- (T1) and 12-months (T2) in mothers and infants were examined. Hair cortisol values were positively correlated from T1 to T2 for mothers (r=.41, p<.05) and infants (r=.39, p<.05). Hair cortisol values did not significantly differ from T1 to T2 in infants but decreased for mothers (F(1,34)=9.2, p<.01). Maternal and infant hair cortisol was not associated with each other at either time point. Self-reported measures of stress, and hair characteristics and care were not associated with hair cortisol. This is the first study to obtain hair cortisol from more than one time point within the first year after birth in mothers and infants. The intra-individual stability of hair cortisol suggests that it may be a possible biomarker for detecting change in chronic stress experiences within the first year of life and in the postpartum period. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Wei J.,University of Massachusetts BostonBoston | Lee Z.,University of Massachusetts BostonBoston | Ondrusek M.,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | Mannino A.,NASA | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans | Year: 2016

The spectral slope of the absorption coefficient of colored dissolved and detrital material (CDM), Scdm (units: nm-1), is an important optical parameter for characterizing the absorption spectral shape of CDM. Although highly variable in natural waters, in most remote sensing algorithms, this slope is either kept as a constant or empirically modeled with multiband ocean color in the visible domain. In this study, we explore the potential of semianalytically retrieving Scdm with added ocean color information in the ultraviolet (UV) range between 360 and 400 nm. Unique features of hyperspectral remote sensing reflectance in the UV-visible wavelengths (360-500 nm) have been observed in various waters across a range of coastal and open ocean environments. Our data and analyses indicate that ocean color in the UV domain is particularly sensitive to the variation of the CDM spectral slope. Here, we used a synthesized dataset to show that adding UV wavelengths to the ocean color measurements will improve the retrieval of Scdm from remote sensing reflectance considerably, while the spectral band settings of past and current satellite ocean color sensors cannot fully account for the spectral variation of remote sensing reflectance. Results of this effort support the concept to include UV wavelengths in the next generation of satellite ocean color sensors. © 2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

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