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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138314/the-therapeutic-effect-of-vitamin-c-in-an-animal-model-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-produced-by-prolonged-hindpaw-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
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Jae Hun Kim, Yong Chul Kim, Francis Sahngun Nahm, Pyung Bok Lee
Objectives: It is known that increased free radicals from oxidative stress are one of the major causes of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). In this study, we tested the hypothesis that vitamin C has a dose-related treatment effect in a chronic post-ischemic pain (CPIP) model. Methods: A total of 49 male rats weighing 250 to 350 g were used. The 4 treatment groups were control (no medication), group 1.0 (administration of 1 mg/day for vitamin C for 5 days), group 2.5 (administration of 2.5 mg/day vitamin C for 5 days), and group 7...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138313/the-influence-of-individual-socioeconomic-status-on-the-clinical-outcomes-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-with-different-neighborhood-status-in-shanghai-china
#2
Han Yan, Baoxin Liu, Guilin Meng, Bo Shang, Qiqiang Jie, Yidong Wei, Xueyuan Liu
Objective: Socioeconomic status (SES) is being recognized as an important factor in both social and medical problems. The aim of present study is to examine the relationship between SES and ischemic stroke and investigate whether SES is a predictor of clinical outcomes among patients with different neighborhood status from Shanghai, China. Methods: A total of 471 first-ever ischemic stroke patients aged 18-80 years were enrolled in this retrospective study. The personal SES of each patient was evaluated using a summed score derived from his or her educational level, household income, occupation, and medical reimbursement rate...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138312/predictors-of-left-ventricle-remodeling-combined-plasma-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-decreasing-ratio-and-peak-creatine-kinase-mb
#3
Jen-Te Hsu, Chang-Min Chung, Chi-Ming Chu, Yu-Shen Lin, Kuo-Li Pan, Jung-Jung Chang, Po-Chang Wang, Shih-Tai Chang, Teng-Yao Yang, Shih-Jung Jang, Tsung-Han Yang, Ju-Feng Hsiao
Background: Previous studies reported that patients who had an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have found that measuring B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) during the subacute phase of left ventricular (LV) remodeling can predict the possible course of LV remodeling. This study assessed the use of serial BNP serum levels combined with early creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) to predict the development of significant LV remodeling in AMI patients. Methods: Nighty-seven patients with new onset AMI were assessed using serial echocardiographic studies and serial measurements of BNP levels, both performed on day-2 (BNP1), day-7 (BNP2), day-90 (BNP3), and day-180 (BNP4) after admission...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138311/specific-networks-of-plasma-acute-phase-reactants-are-associated-with-the-severity-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-case-control-study
#4
Elena Arellano-Orden, Carmen Calero-Acuña, Juan Antonio Cordero, María Abad-Arranz, Verónica Sánchez-López, Eduardo Márquez-Martín, Francisco Ortega-Ruiz, José Luis López-Campos
Objectives. A detailed understanding of the intricate relationships between different acute phase reactants (APRs) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can shed new light on its clinical course. In this case-control study, we sought to identify the interaction networks of a number of plasma APRs in COPD, with a special focus on their association with disease severity. Methods. COPD cases and healthy smoking controls (3:1 ratio) were recruited in our outpatient pulmonary clinic. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing was used to rule out the presence of ischemic heart disease...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138310/efficacy-of-furosap-tm-a-novel-trigonella-foenum-graecum-seed-extract-in-enhancing-testosterone-level-and-improving-sperm-profile-in-male-volunteers
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Anuj Maheshwari, Narsingh Verma, Anand Swaroop, Manashi Bagchi, Harry G Preuss, Kiran Tiwari, Debasis Bagchi
Background: Dietary fiber rich fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds have exhibited cardioprotective, hypolipidemic and other health benefits. Furosap (FS), an innovative, patented, 20% protodioscin-enriched extract was developed in our laboratory from fenugreek seeds. This study examined the free and total testosterone levels, sperm profile and morphology, sexual health, mood and mental alertness, and broad spectrum safety parameters of FS in 50 male volunteers following supplementation over a period of 12 weeks...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138309/polymorphisms-in-microrna-binding-sites-predict-colorectal-cancer-survival
#6
Ying-Pi Yang, Wen-Chien Ting, Lu-Min Chen, Te-Ling Lu, Bo-Ying Bao
Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) mediate negative regulation of target genes through base pairing, and aberrant miRNA expression has been described in cancers. We hypothesized that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within miRNA target sites might influence clinical outcomes in patients with colorectal cancer. Methods: Sixteen common SNPs within miRNA target sites were identified, and the association between these SNPs and overall survival was assessed in colorectal cancer patients using Kaplan-Meier analysis, Cox regression model, and survival tree analysis...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138308/steatosis-influences-the-clinical-profiles-and-long-term-outcomes-of-interferon-treated-chronic-hepatitis-c-and-liver-cirrhosis-patients
#7
Kazushige Nirei, Hiroshi Matsumura, Mariko Kumakawa, Naoki Matsumoto, Hitomi Nakamura, Hiroaki Yamagami, Shunichi Matsuoka, Mitsuhiko Moriyama
Objective: This study aimed to assess the relationship between steatosis and long-term outcomes of patients with chronic hepatitis C (CH) and liver cirrhosis (LC). Patients and methods: The study population included 282 subjects with CH or LC who underwent liver biopsy at our institute. All patients achieved a sustained virological response (SVR) to interferon (IFN). Clinical characteristics, including age, gender and body mass index (BMI), were compared. The liver biopsy specimens of all patients were examined and scores were assigned to indicate the severity of each of the following features: inflammatory cell infiltration in the periportal, parenchymal and portal areas; F (fibrosis) stage; portal sclerotic change; perivenular fibrosis; pericellular fibrosis; bile duct damage; hepatic steatosis...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138307/plasma-levels-of-the-tissue-inhibitor-matrix-metalloproteinase-3-as-a-potential-biomarker-in-oral-cancer-progression
#8
Chun-Wen Su, Bo-Feng Su, Whei-Ling Chiang, Shun-Fa Yang, Mu-Kuan Chen, Chiao-Wen Lin
Oral cancer is the most common malignancy with poor prognosis and is the fourth most common cancer in men in Taiwan. The tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-3 (TIMP3) acts as a tumor suppressor gene by inhibiting the growth, angiogenesis, migration, and invasion of cancer cells. However, few studies have examined the association of plasma TIMP3 levels with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), and the role of plasma TIMP3 levels in OSCC progression is still unclear. We measured the plasma TIMP3 levels of 450 OSCC patients and 64 healthy controls by using a commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138306/trigeminal-nerve-block-with-alcohol-for-medically-intractable-classic-trigeminal-neuralgia-long-term-clinical-effectiveness-on-pain
#9
Kyung Ream Han, Yun Jeong Chae, Jung Dong Lee, Chan Kim
BACKGROUND: Trigeminal nerve block (Tnb) with alcohol for trigeminal neuralgia (TN) may not be used widely as a percutaneous procedure for medically intractable TN in recent clinical work, because it has been considered having a limited duration of pain relief, a decrease in success rate and increase in complications on repeated blocks. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical outcome of the Tnb with alcohol in the treatment of medically intractable TN. METHODS: Six hundred thirty-two patients were diagnosed with TN between March 2000 and February 2010...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138305/physical-and-chemical-characteristics-of-mucin-secreted-by-pseudomyxoma-peritonei-pmp
#10
Krishna Pillai, Javed Akhter, Ahmed Mekkawy, Terence C Chua, David L Morris
Background: Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a rare disease with excess intraperitoneal mucin secretion. Treatment involves laparotomy, cytoreduction and chemotherapy that is very invasive with patients often acquiring numerous compromises. Hence a mucolytic comprising of bromelain and N-acetyl cystein has been developed to solubilise mucin in situ for removal by catherization. Owing to differences in mucin appearance and hardness, dissolution varies. Therefore the current study investigates the inter-mucin physical and chemical characteristics, in order to reformulate an effective mucolytic for all mucin...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138304/radiation-therapy-and-cancer-control-in-developing-countries-can-we-save-more-lives
#11
REVIEW
Rajamanickam Baskar, Koji Itahana
Globally, morbidity and mortality due to cancer are predicted to increase in both men and women in the coming decades. Furthermore, it is estimated that two thirds of these cancer-related deaths will occur in low-and middle-income countries (LMIC). In addition to morbidity and mortality, cancer also causes an enormous economic burden, especially in developing countries. There are several treatment and management options for cancer including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and palliative care. Radiotherapy or radiation therapy (RT) can be an effective treatment, especially for localized or solid cancers; about half of cancer patients receive radiation as a curative or palliative treatment...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138303/amino-acid-profiles-of-serum-and-urine-in-search-for-prostate-cancer-biomarkers-a-pilot-study
#12
Paweł Dereziński, Agnieszka Klupczynska, Wojciech Sawicki, Jerzy A Pałka, Zenon J Kokot
There is a great interest in searching for diagnostic biomarkers in prostate cancer patients. The aim of the pilot study was to evaluate free amino acid profiles in their serum and urine. The presented paper shows the first comprehensive analysis of a wide panel of amino acids in two different physiological fluids obtained from the same groups of prostate cancer patients (n = 49) and healthy men (n = 40). The potential of free amino acids, both proteinogenic and non-proteinogenic, as prostate cancer biomarkers and their utility in classification of study participants have been assessed...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090190/expression-of-the-receptor-activator-of-nuclear-factor-kb-ligand-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-in-patients-with-acute-charcot-neuroarthropathy
#13
Alberto Bergamini, Francesca Bolacchi, Caterina Delfina Pesce, Giada Veneziano, Luigi Uccioli, Valentina Girardi, Laura De Corato, Maria Teresa Mondillo, Ettore Squillaci
Introduction. The receptor activator of nuclear factor-kB (RANK), ligand (RANK-L) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) are implicated in the pathogenesis of acute Charcot neuroarthropathy (CN). Materials and Methods. This study aimed to investigate the expression of RANK-L and OPG in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from patients with acute CN. Results. We found that the expression of RANK-L was lower in patients with acute CN as compared with diabetic control subjects and healthy control participants; whereas OPG expression was not detected in patients and in both control groups...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994505/pulsed-radiofrequency-attenuates-diabetic-neuropathic-pain-and-suppresses-formalin-evoked-spinal-glutamate-release-in-rats
#14
Yu-Hsin Huang, Shao-Yun Hou, Jen-Kun Cheng, Chih-Hsien Wu, Chung-Ren Lin
BACKGROUND: Pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) has been used to treat chronic pain for years, but its effectiveness and mechanism in treating diabetic neuropathic pain are still unexplored. The aim of this study was to elucidate the modulation of diabetic neuropathic pain induced by streptozotocin and the release of spinal excitatory amino acids by PRF. METHODS: Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal administration of streptozotocin. Pulsed radiofrequency was applied to L5 and L6 dorsal roots at 42 °C for 2 min...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994504/genetic-analysis-of-bdnf-gnb3-mthfr-ace-and-apoe-variants-in-major-and-recurrent-depressive-disorders-in-russia
#15
E A Bondarenko, M I Shadrina, M N Grishkina, T A Druzhkova, R G Akzhigitov, N V Gulyaeva, A B Guekht, P A Slominsky
This study was conducted to explore the possibility of association between the single-nucleotide polymorphisms rs6264 of BDNF, rs5443 of GNB3, and rs1801133 of MTHFR; the In/Del polymorphism of ACE; and the ε2 allele of APOE and major depressive disorder (MDD) and recurrent depressive disorder (RDD) in an East Slavic population. Generalized multifactor dimensionality reduction (GMDR) method was applied to detect gene-gene interactions. One hundred fifty patients with RDD (101 females and 49 males) and 208 patients with MDD (115 females and 93 males) were included in the study...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994503/association-of-far-infrared-radiation-therapy-and-ankle-brachial-index-of-patients-on-hemodialysis-with-peripheral-artery-occlusive-disease
#16
Szu-Chia Chen, Mei-Yueh Lee, Jiun-Chi Huang, I-Ching Kuo, Hsiu-Chin Mai, Po-Lin Kuo, Jer-Ming Chang, Shang-Jyh Hwang, Hung-Chun Chen
Background and Aim: The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is recognized to be a good marker for atherosclerosis, and is useful in the diagnosis of peripheral artery occlusive disease (PAOD) which is prevalent among patients on hemodialysis (HD). Methods: This randomized trial aimed to evaluate the effect of far-infrared radiation (FIR) therapy on ABI in HD patients with PAOD. PAOD was defined as patients with ABI < 0.95. One hundred and eight HD patients were enrolled, including 50 in the control group and 58 in the FIR group...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994502/decreased-tumor-suppressor-candidate-3-predicts-poor-prognosis-of-patients-with-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Xinshuang Yu, Jiandong Zhang, Hua Zhong, Fengjun Liu, Ning Liang, Yao Wang, Xiangjiao Meng, Juan Du
TUSC3 was recently identified as a potential tumor suppressor gene in a variety of human malignancies. However, no data are currently available regarding the expressions of TUSC3 in esophageal cancer (ESCC).The purposes of this study was to investigated the expressions of TUSC3 in ESCC tissues and assess the relationship between TUSC3 levels and clinico-pathological characteristics of ESCC patients. TUSC3 protein expressions were evaluated by immunohistochemistry (IHC) on tissue microarray slides in esophageal cancer, which included 95 esophageal squamous carcinoma specimens (ESCC), and 75 normal esophageal mucosa (NEM)...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994501/blockade-of-central-glp-1-receptors-deteriorates-the-improvement-of-diabetes-after-ileal-transposition
#18
Weijie Chen, Qianqian Xu, Yiding Xiao, Jiaolin Zhou, Weimin Zhang, Guole Lin, Fengying Gong
Background: The mechanism of improvement of type 2 diabetes mellitus induced by ileal transposition (IT) is undefined. Our aim was to investigate the possible role of central glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) after IT. Methods: Ninety male diabetic rats were randomly divided into the IT, sham IT (S-IT) and control group. The food intake, glucose metabolism and GLP-1 level were measured. Subsequently, we administered GLP-1 antagonist via lateral brain ventricle cannula to block central GLP-1 receptor, and verified whether the food intake, glucose metabolism changed...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994500/resveratrol-alleviate-hypoxic-pulmonary-hypertension-via-anti-inflammation-and-anti-oxidant-pathways-in-rats
#19
Dunquan Xu, Yan Li, Bo Zhang, Yanxia Wang, Yi Liu, Ying Luo, Wen Niu, Mingqing Dong, Manling Liu, Haiying Dong, Pengtao Zhao, Zhichao Li
Resveratrol, a plant-derived polyphenolic compound and a phytoestrogen, was shown to possess multiple protective effects including anti-inflammatory response and anti-oxidative stress. Hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH) is a progressive disease characterized by sustained vascular resistance and marked pulmonary vascular remodeling. The exact mechanisms of HPH are still unclear, but inflammatory response and oxidative stress was demonstrated to participate in the progression of HPH. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of resveratrol on HPH development...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994499/adhesion-prevention-efficacy-of-composite-meshes-parietex-%C3%A2-proceed-%C3%A2-and-4dryfield-%C3%A2-ph-covered-polypropylene-meshes-in-an-ipom-rat-model
#20
Markus Winny, Lavinia Maegel, Leonie Grethe, Torsten Lippmann, Danny Jonigk, Harald Schrem, Alexander Kaltenborn, Juergen Klempnauer, Daniel Poehnert
Background: Adhesions to intraperitoneally implanted meshes (IPOM) are a common problem following hernia surgery and may cause severe complications. Recently, we showed that missing peritoneal coverage of the intestine is a decisive factor for adhesion formation and 4DryField(®) PH (4DF) gel significantly prevents intestine-to-mesh adhesions even with use of uncoated Ultrapro(®) polypropylene mesh (UPM). The present study investigates adhesion prevention capability of coated Parietex(®) mesh (PTM) and Proceed(®) mesh (PCM) in comparison to 4DF treated UPM...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
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