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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478843/respiratory-alkalosis-may-impair-the-production-of-vitamin-d-and-lead-to-significant-morbidity-including-the-fibromyalgia-syndrome
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John M Lewis, Toinette H Fontrier, J Lynn Coley
Hyperventilation caused by physical and/or psychological stress may lead to significant respiratory alkalosis and an elevated systemic pH. The alkalotic pH may in turn suppress the normal renal release of phosphate into the urine, thereby interrupting the endogenous production of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (calcitriol). This could cause a shortfall in its normal production, leading to a variety of adverse consequences. It might partially explain the pathogenesis of acute mountain sickness, a treatable disease characterized by severe hyperventilation secondary to the hypoxia of high altitude exposure...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478842/periodontal-disease-as-a-potential-factor-of-migraine-chronification
#2
Pablo Ameijeira, Yago Leira, Juan Blanco, Rogelio Leira
Migraine is a hereditary constitutional base disorder, which is characterized by recurrent episodes of headache pulsatile characteristics associated with photophobia/phonophobia, nausea and/or vomiting. The main complication in migraine is the chronicity of the process, now recognized as a chronic migraine. Although pathogenic mechanisms that may influence the pathophysiology of migraine and its possible chronicity are not fully understood, previous studies have shown in patients with migraine molecular alterations of systemic inflammation, neurogenic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, innate immunity, dysfunction of matrix proteases and blood-brain barrier...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478841/somatic-mutation-a-cause-of-biliary-atresia-a-hypothesis
#3
Alexandre Fabre, Céline Roman, Bertrand Roquelaure
Despite many years of research, the causes of biliary atresia still remain elusive. Infection, immune disorder, toxins or maternal microchimerism have been cited as potential triggers of biliary atresia. This is a rare disease with a stable incidence over the years although with sizeable ethnic variations. This stability suggests that environmental factors have in fact only a slight influence. During the search for etiologies, twin studies have often helped disentangle the genetic from the environmental. For this condition, twin studies have mainly demonstrated a lack of concordance between twins (either monozygotic or dizygotic), ruling out Mendelian, infectious or toxic causes...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478840/alzheimer-s-disease-and-other-neurodegenerative-diseases-may-be-due-to-nutritional-deficiencies-secondary-to-unrecognized-exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency
#4
Steven R Brenner
Alzheimer's disease (AD) may be related to nutritional deficiencies from exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) with mal-absorption of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. EPI occurs in about twenty percent of the elderly population, sometimes without obvious symptoms, a number similar to the incidence of AD. Other Neurological degenerative diseases with potential nutritional components such as Parkinson's disease, frailty of age and Multiple Sclerosis, a disease with increased activity from vitamin D deficiency, may also be related to untreated exocrine pancreatic insufficiency causing impaired absorption of essential dietary elements...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478839/mania-is-an-extension-of-depression-from-the-perspective-of-neuronal-plasticity-evaluation-of-our-hypothesis-through-the-affective-spectrum
#5
LETTER
Naoto Omata, Tomoyuki Mizuno, Hiyori Matsumoto, Hironori Mitsuya, Kayo Mita, Yasushi Kiyono, Yuji Wada
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478838/heterogeneity-of-hypoxia-in-solid-tumours-and-mechanochemical-reactions-with-oxygen-nanobubbles
#6
V B Orel, M A Zabolotny, V E Orel
Tumour hypoxia leads to radio and chemotherapy resistance among cancer patients. The aim of this paper is to formulate a hypothesis on the heterogeneity of hypoxia in solid tumours. Tumour vasculature is known to be significantly variable. The great structural and functional abnormalities of tumour microcirculation cause spatial and temporal heterogeneity in its perfusion. Tumours have constantly been under the influence of pulsatile blood perfusion with variable pressure that initiates inhomogeneous erythrocyte deformation and following impact on oxygen disorder release from red blood cells into plasma within the blood vessel...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478837/the-spread-of-ebv-to-ectopic-lymphoid-aggregates-may-be-the-final-common-pathway-in-the-pathogenesis-of-me-cfs
#7
Willy Eriksen
According to the hypothesis presented here, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) develops over 3 steps: Step 1 is characterized by the aggregation of lymphoid cells in dorsal root ganglia or other nervous structures. The cause of this formation of ectopic lymphoid aggregates may be an acute infection, asymptomatic reactivations of a common neurotropic virus, exposure to a neurotoxin, or physical injury to peripheral nerves. In step 2, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-infected lymphocytes or monocytes bring EBV from the circulation to one or several of these lymphoid aggregates, whereupon cell-to-cell transmission of EBV and proliferation of latently EBV-infected lymphocytes lead to the presence of many EBV-infected cells in the lymphoid aggregates...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478836/interleukin-1beta-may-act-on-hepatocytes-to-boost-plasma-homocysteine-the-increased-cardiovascular-risk-associated-with-elevated-homocysteine-may-be-mediated-by-this-cytokine
#8
Mark F McCarty, James H O'Keefe, James J DiNicolantonio
The results of multi-center trials of B vitamin supplementation reveal that, whereas moderately elevated homocysteine predicts increased risk for coronary disease, it does not play a mediating role in this regard. This essay proposes that interleukin-1beta can act on hepatocytes to suppress expression of the hepatocyte-specific forms of methionine adenosyltransferase; this in turn can be expected to decrease hepatic activity of cystathionine-β-synthase, leading to an increase in plasma homocysteine. It is further proposed that interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) is a true mediating risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and that elevated homocysteine predicts coronary disease because it can serve as a marker for increased IL-1β activity...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478835/the-hormonal-sensitivity-hypothesis-a-review-and-new-findings
#9
Carley J Pope, Kirsten Oinonen, Dwight Mazmanian, Suzanne Stone
Previous women's health practitioners and researchers have postulated that some women are particularly sensitive to hormonal changes occurring during reproductive events. We hypothesize that some women are particularly sensitive to hormonal changes occurring across their reproductive lifespan. To evaluate this hypothesis, we reviewed findings from the existing literature and findings from our own lab. Taken together, the evidence we present shows a recurring pattern of hormonal sensitivity at predictable but different times across the lifespan of some women (i...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478834/3d-printed-liner-for-treatment-of-periprosthetic-joint-infections
#10
Tae Won B Kim, Osvaldo J Lopez, Jillian P Sharkey, Kyle R Marden, Muhammad Ridwan Murshed, Shivakumar I Ranganathan
In the United States, long standing deep infections of joint arthroplasty, such as total knee and total hip replacements, are treated with two-stage exchange. This requires the removal of the prior implant, placement of an antibiotic eluting spacer block made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), followed by re-implantation of a new implant after treatment with intravenous antibiotics for six to eight weeks. Unfortunately, the use of PMMA as a spacer material has limitations in terms of mechanical and drug-eluting properties...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478833/pathophysiological-explanation-of-cardiovascular-benefits-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-by-neurotrophic-theory
#11
Mariyana Hristova
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478832/biodegradable-microrobots-for-targeting-cell-delivery
#12
Pouria TirgarBahnamiri, Shadab Bagheri-Khoulenjani
These days, cell delivery is considered a potential method for treatment of many genetic diseases or tissue regeneration applications. In conventional cell delivery methods, cells are encapsulated in or cultured on biocompatible polymers. However, the main problem with these carriers is their lack of targeting ability. For tissue regeneration or many cell treatments, it is needed to deliver cells to a specific site of action. Magnetic microrobots based on industrial photoresists have been studied in literature for magnetically controllable carriers...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478831/hepatitis-c-virus-may-have-an-entero-hepatic-cycle-which-could-be-blocked-with-ezetimibe
#13
Hugo Monrroy, Marcelo López-Lastra, Alejandro Soza
Hepatitis C virus can lead to chronic infection, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. With more than 170 million people infected worldwide, eradication remains a challenge even with the revolutionary current direct antiviral agents (DAAs). The risk of resistance, the safety profile in some populations, the genotype specificity and the high price of current DAAs explain why there is still interest in developing host targeting agents (HTA) that may help overcome some of these difficulties. Specifically, targeting the entry of HCV to the cell seems like a promising strategy...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478830/glutathione-sodium-salt-as-a-novel-adjunctive-treatment-for-acute-myocardial-infarction
#14
G Truscelli, G Tanzilli, N Viceconte, M Dominici, A Arrivi, L Sommariva, A Granatelli, C Gaudio, E Mangieri
Timely recanalization of infarct related artery along with effective myocardial cell reperfusion represents a major challenge in the management of STEMI. The reperfusion of coronary arteries can induce further cardiomyocyte death by generating oxidative stress, which itself can mediate myocardial damage through a number of different mechanisms. Based on experimental and clinical studies, interventions to treat reperfusion injury by antioxidants were considered to be an appropriate therapeutic option. We emphasize the hypothesis that glutathione sodium salt, a physiologic antioxidant, may be of value when administered to STEMI patients both at an early stage of myocardial reperfusion by primary angioplasty and for up to three days after the procedure, in addition to standard treatment...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478829/the-use-of-heparin-in-infertility-and-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-are-its-antiviral-properties-at-play
#15
Eva Eliassen, Roberto Marci, Dario Di Luca, Roberta Rizzo
Recently, human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) has been implicated in cases of poor pregnancy outcomes. The ability of HHV-6 to disrupt endothelial cell functioning may inhibit the creation of an appropriate uterine environment for implantation and fetal development, resulting in infertility and pregnancy loss, among other complications. Heparin has been used to treat pregnant women who are predisposed to thrombosis, and it has also been used in some women with infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss without associated thrombotic events...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478828/tidal-chemotherapy-in-premenopausal-patients-with-hormone-receptor-positive-breast-cancer
#16
Qing-Qing Luo, Jian-Bo Huang, Yu-Tuan Wu, Xin Li, Chun-Xia Zhao, He Wu, Wei Dai, Kai-Nan Wu, Ling-Quan Kong
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy remains an inseparable part of systemic therapy for hormone receptor positive (HR+) advanced breast cancer. However, efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in this subtype of patients is inferior to its hormone receptor negative counterpart. Several preclinical and clinical studies have suggested that it was growth rate rather than hormone receptor status that determined sensitivity to chemotherapy. In addition, estrogen was proved to recruit more HR+ breast cancer cells into actively dividing phase according to various studies...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478827/mild-anemia-during-pregnancy-upregulates-placental-vascularity-development
#17
A Stangret, M Skoda, A Wnuk, M Pyzlak, D Szukiewicz
The connection between maternal hematological status and pregnancy outcome has been shown by many independent researchers. Attention was initially focused on the adverse effects of moderate and severe anemia. Interestingly, some studies revealed that mild anemia was associated with optimal fetal development and was not affecting pregnancy outcome. The explanation for this phenomenon became a target for scientists. Hemodilution, physiologic anemia and relative decrease in hemoglobin concentration are the changes observed during pregnancy but they do not explain the reasons for the positive influence of mild anemia on a fetomaternal unit...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478826/novel-aspects-of-defensins-involvement-in-virus-induced-autoimmunity-in-the-central-nervous-system
#18
Evangelos I Kazakos, Jannis Kountouras, Stergios A Polyzos, Georgia Deretzi
Recent research on re-circulation of interstitial fluid from the brain parenchyma to the periphery and its inferred importance in immune surveillance dysregulation are changing our conceptualization of the pathophysiology of virus-induced autoimmunity. In this context, it is necessary to reassess the immunomodulatory properties of human defensins that are variably expressed by cerebral microglia, astrocytes and choroid plexus epithelial cells and exhibit complex and often confounding roles in neuroinflammatory processes...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478825/do-flexible-inter-injection-intervals-improve-the-effects-of-botulinum-toxin-a-treatment-in-reducing-impairment-and-disability-in-patients-with-spasticity
#19
Carlo Trompetto, Lucio Marinelli, Laura Mori, Luca Puce, Elisa Pelosin, Carlo Serrati, Francesco Fattapposta, Steno Rinalduzzi, Giovanni Abbruzzese, Antonio Currà
In patients treated with botulinum toxin-A (BoNT-A), toxin-directed antibody formation was related to the dosage and frequency of injections, leading to the empirical adoption of minimum time intervals between injections of 3months or longer. However, recent data suggest that low immunogenicity of current BoNT-A preparations could allow more frequent injections. Our hypothesis is that a short time interval between injections may be safe and effective in reducing upper limb spasticity and related disability...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478824/the-role-of-aquaporins-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-way-towards-a-novel-drug-target-in-pcos
#20
Agata Wawrzkiewicz-Jałowiecka, Karolina Kowalczyk, Dagmara Pluta, Łukasz Blukacz, Paweł Madej
Aquaporins (AQPs) are transmembrane proteins, able to transport water (and in some cases also small solutes, e. g. glycerol) through the cell membrane. There are twelve types of aquaporins (AQP1-AQP12) expressed in mammalian reproductive systems. According to literature, many diseases of the reproductive organs are correlated with changes of AQPs expression and their malfunction. That is the case in the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), where dysfunctions of AQPs 7-9 and alterations in its levels occur. In this work, we postulate how AQPs are involved in PCOS-related disorders, in order to emphasize their potential therapeutic meaning as a drug target...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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