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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223125/tgf-%C3%AE-and-inflammatory-blood-markers-in-prediction-of-intraperitoneal-adhesions
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Kamil Torres, Łukasz Pietrzyk, Zbigniew Plewa, Karolina Załuska-Patel, Mariusz Majewski, Elżbieta Radzikowska, Anna Torres
PURPOSE: Intraperitoneal adhesions (IA) develop as a consequence of the healing process in peritoneum injured during surgeries. IA might be formed after all types of surgical interventions regardless the surgical approach with a higher incidence in obese individuals. Here we determine the diagnostic power of TGF-β and blood inflammatory parameters in the prediction of IA in obese patients undergoing second surgical intervention. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty patients were divided into groups according to body mass index (BMI) values and presence of intraperitoneal adhesions (IA)...
December 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223124/activation-of-mitochondrial-katp-channels-mediates-neuroprotection-induced-by-chronic-morphine-preconditioning-in-hippocampal-ca-1-neurons-following-cerebral-ischemia
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Maedeh Arabian, Nahid Aboutaleb, Mansoureh Soleimani, Marjan Ajami, Rouhollah Habibey, Hamidreza Pazoki-Toroudi
PURPOSE: Pharmacologic preconditioning, through activating several mechanisms and mediators, can increase the tolerance of different tissues against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Recent studies have shown that morphine preconditioning has protective effects in different organs, especially in the heart. Nevertheless, its mechanisms are not well elucidated in the brain. The present study aimed to clarify whether the activation of mitochondrial KATP (mKATP) channels in chronic morphine (CM) preconditioning could decrease hippocampus damage following I/R injury...
December 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197783/lotus-tetragonolobus-and-maackia-amurensis-lectins-influence-phospho-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb%C3%AE-il-8-lewis-b-and-h-type-1-glycoforms-levels-in-h-pylori-infected-crl-1739-gastric-cancer-cells
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Iwona Radziejewska, Małgorzata Borzym-Kluczyk, Katarzyna Leszczyńska, Joanna Wosek, Anna Bielawska
PURPOSE: Attachment of Helicobacter pylori to the mucous epithelial cells and the mucous layer is said to be a crucial step for infection development. Sugar antigens of gastric mucins (MUC5AC, MUC1) can act as receptors for bacterial adhesins. The aim of the study was to investigate if Lotus tetragonolobus and Maackia amurensis lectins influence the level of MUC1, MUC5AC, Lewis b, H type 1, sialyl Lewis x, phospho-IκBα and interleukin 8 in Helicobacter pylori infected gastric cancer cells...
November 30, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197261/is-the-clock-drawing-test-useful-in-the-screening-assessment-of-aged-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Karolina Piotrowicz, Małgorzata Fedyk-Łukasik, Anna Skalska, Tomasz Grodzicki
PURPOSE: Cognitive impairment is one of the most common geriatric deficits in old patients with heart failure (HF), but there has been a lack of study on the utility of the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) when used with this group of patients. The aim of the study was to assess the usefulness of the CDT in the geriatric assessment of aged outpatients with chronic HF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of the results of the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA), including the CDT, of 92 aged outpatients with heart failure was conducted...
November 29, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175078/limbic-brain-structures-and-burnout-a-systematic-review
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YeeKong Chow, Jolanta Masiak, Emilia Mikołajewska, Dariusz Mikołajewski, Grzegorz Marcin Wójcik, Brian Wallace, Andy Eugene, Marcin Olajossy
More profound understanding of the relationship between the burnout and the limbic system function can provide better insight into brain structures associated with the burnout syndrome. The objective of this review is to explore all evidence of limbic brain structures associated with the burnout syndrome. In total, 13 studies were selected. Four of them applied the neuroimaging technology to investigate the sizes/volumes of the limbic brain structures of burnout patients. Six other studies were to investigate the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis of burnout patients...
November 22, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149764/human-saliva-as-a-diagnostic-material
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REVIEW
Sylwia Chojnowska, Tomasz Baran, Iwona Wilińska, Paulina Sienicka, Iwona Cabaj-Wiater, Małgorzata Knaś
Today blood biochemical laboratory tests are essential elements to the diagnosis and monitoring of the treatment of diseases. However, many researchers have suggested saliva as an preferable diagnostic material. The collection of saliva is simple, painless, cheap and safe, both for patients and medical staff. An additional advantage of saliva is the fact that it may be retrieved several times a day, which makes repeat analysis much easier. Furthermore, saliva has very high durability. Although 94-99% of salivary content is water, saliva also contains numerous cellular elements and many organic and inorganic substances, including most biological markers present in the blood and urine that may be used in the early detection and monitoring of many dental and general diseases...
November 14, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145170/perioperative-thrombocytopenia-predicts-poor-outcome-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Maciej Mitrosz, Remigiusz Kazimierczyk, Malgorzata Chlabicz, Bozena Sobkowicz, Ewa Waszkiewicz, Anna Lisowska, Slawomir Dobrzycki, Wlodzimierz J Musial, Tomasz Hirnle, Karol A Kaminski, Agnieszka M Tycinska
PURPOSE: To determine the time point at which thrombocytopenia after TAVI procedure is an indicator of the worst prognosis, with special consideration of perioperative platelet and coagulation activation as its potential causes. METHODS: Thirty two patients (mean age 78.5±7.9years, 62% females) qualified for TAVI procedure were prospectively evaluated. Platelet counts were assessed at baseline and for the next three postoperative (POD) days. Platelet activation was evaluated by P-selectin (PS, serum, ELISA) and platelet factor 4 (PF-4, CTAD plasma), and blood coagulation activation by prothrombin fragments 1+2 (F1+2, plasma, ELISA)...
November 13, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128760/vitamin-d-deficiency-in-children-with-recurrent-respiratory-infections-with-or-without-immunoglobulin-deficiency
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Nel Dąbrowska-Leonik, Ewa Bernatowska, Małgorzata Pac, Wiktor Filipiuk, Jan Mulawka, Barbara Pietrucha, Edyta Heropolitańska-Pliszka, Katarzyna Bernat-Sitarz, Beata Wolska-Kuśnierz, Bożena Mikołuć
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate thevitamin D concentration in patients with recurrent respiratory infections with or without immunoglobulin G, A or M (IgG, IgA, IgM) deficiency, and to find a correlation between the vitamin D concentration and the response to hepatitis B vaccination. MATERIALS AND METHOD: The study involved 730 patients with recurrent respiratory infections. The concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), immunoglobulins G, A and M, anti-HBs was determined...
November 9, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120859/tick-borne-infections-and-co-infections-in-patients-with-non-specific-symptoms-in-poland-tick-borne-infections-and-co-infections
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Justyna Dunaj, Anna Moniuszko-Malinowska, Izabela Swiecicka, Martin Andersson, Piotr Czupryna, Krzysztof Rutkowski, Grzegorz Zambrowski, Joanna Zajkowska, Sambor Grygorczuk, Maciej Kondrusik, Renata Świerzbińska, Sławomir Pancewicz
AIM: The aim of the study was the evaluation of the frequency of infections and co-infections among patients hospitalized because of non-specific symptoms after a tick bite. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole blood, serum and cerebrospinal fluid samples from 118 patients hospitalised for non-specific symptoms up to 8 weeks after tick bite from 2010 to 2013 were examined for tick-borne infections. ELISA, Western blot and/or molecular biology (PCR; fla gene; 16S rRNA; sequencing) and thin blood smears (MDD) were used...
November 7, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120858/prognostic-value-of-fibrosis-related-markers-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-link-between-osteopontin-and-cardiovascular-events
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Paweł Rubiś, Sylwia Wiśniowska-Śmiałek, Ewa Dziewięcka, Lucyna Rudnicka-Sosin, Artur Kozanecki, Piotr Podolec
INTRODUCTION: Serum markers of fibrosis provide an insight into extracellular matrix (ECM) fibrosis in heart failure (HF) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). However, their role as predictors of cardiovascular (CV) events in DCM is poorly understood. METHODS: This is an observational, prospective cohort study. 70 DCM patients (48±12.1years, ejection fraction - EF 24.4±7.4) were recruited. Markers of collagen type I and III synthesis - procollagen type I and III carboxy- and amino-terminal peptides (PICP, PIIICP, PINP, PIIINP), fibrosis controlling factors - ostepontin (OPN), transforming growth factor (TGF1-β) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), and matrix metalloproteinases (MMP-2, MMP-9) and tissue inhibitor (TIMP-1), were measured in serum...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120857/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-light-emitting-diodes-based-ultraviolet-a1-phototherapy-in-bleomycin-induced-scleroderma-in-mice
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Diana Karpec, Romualdas Rudys, Laima Leonaviciene, Zygmunt Mackiewicz, Ruta Bradunaite, Gailute Kirdaite, Algirdas Venalis
PURPOSE: To define the efficacy and safety of narrowband ultraviolet A1 (UVA1) for the treatment of dermal fibrosis in bleomycin-induced mouse model of scleroderma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 42 DBA/2 strain mice were included in the study: healthy mice and mice with established scleroderma, treated with high or medium dose of UVA1. Non-treated groups served as control. The equipment emitting 365±5nm UVA1 radiation was used in the study. The average cumulative doses were 1200J/cm2 for high and 600J/cm2 for medium dose course...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120856/ppar%C3%AE-pro12ala-and-c161t-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-acne-vulgaris-contribution-to-lipid-and-lipoprotein-profile
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Shohreh Saeidi, Foroogh Chamaie-Nejad, Ali Ebrahimi, Fariba Najafi, Ziba Rahimi, Asad Vaisi-Raygani, Ebrahim Shakiba, Zohreh Rahimi
PURPOSE: The aim of present study was to clarify the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) Pro12Ala and C161T variants in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris (AV) and their influence on lipid and lipoprotein profile. METHODS: The present case-control study consisted of 393 individuals including 198 patients with AV (mild-, moderate-, and severe-AV) and 195 unrelated age-matched healthy individuals from Western Iran. The PPARγ Pro12Ala and C161T polymorphisms were identified using polymerase chain reaction-restriction length polymorphism method...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120855/the-application-of-l-prp-in-aids-patients-with-crural-chronic-ulcers-a-pilot-study
#13
Agata Cieslik-Bielecka, Rafał Skowroński, Magdalena Jędrusik-Pawłowska, Marcin Pierchała
Nonhealing wounds or skin ulcerations are the result of insufficient repair and destruction of a local healing potential. Opportunistic infections which cause a lot of ulcer complications influence the worsening general condition of patients with AIDS, ultimately leading to death. The chronicity of the condition and poor results of conventional therapy have prompted the search for new methods of treatment. We have examined venous or arteriovenous insufficiency-related extensive crural ulcers in AIDS patients...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120854/the-protective-effects-of-bacillus-licheniformis-preparation-on-gastrointestinal-disorders-and-inflammation-induced-by-radiotherapy-in-pediatric-with-central-nervous-system-tumor
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Shu-Xu Du, Yong-Rui Jia, Si-Qi Ren, Xiao-Jun Gong, Hong Tang, Wu Wan-Shui, Sun Li-Ming
PURPOSE: we studied the effect of Bacillus licheniformis preparation (ZCS) on CNST (central nervous system tumor) patients undergoing the gastrointestinal symptoms and inflammation induced by radiotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 160 CNST patients with craniospinal irradiation (CSI) treatment were divided into experiment and control group. The experiment group patients took one capsule per time of ZCS and three times a day until the end of radiotherapy, starting one day before radiotherapy...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120853/ultrastructural-characteristics-of-the-respective-forms-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-as-an-example-of-high-fibroblastic-cell-plasticity-the-first-assessment-in-children
#15
Joanna Maria Lotowska, Maria Elzbieta Sobaniec-Lotowska, Dariusz Marek Lebensztejn
PURPOSE: Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), mainly responsible for extracellular matrix synthesis, is assumed to be central event in the process of liver fibrogenesis. The major objective of the research was to analyze the ultrastructural profile of activated HSCs in children with chronic hepatitis B (chB), with respect to fibrosis intensity. MATERIALS/METHODS: Ultrastructural investigations of HSCs were conducted on liver bioptates from 70 children with clinicopathologically diagnosed chB before antiviral treatment...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120852/effect-of-gestational-age-on-migration-ability-of-the-human-umbilical-cord-vein-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#16
Mobin Mohammadi, Mehdi Mohammadi, Mohammad Ali Rezaee, Tayyeb Ghadimi, Massume Abolhasani, Mohammad Reza Rahmani
PURPOSE: Migration ability of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) towards chemotactic mediators is a determinant factor in cell therapy. MSCs derived from different sources show different properties. Here we compared the migration ability of the term and the pre-term human umbilical cord vein MSCs (hUCV-MSCs). MATERIALS/METHODS: MSCs were isolated from term and pre-term umbilical cord vein, and cultured to passage 3-4. Migration rate of both groups was assessed in the presence of 10% FBS using chemotaxis assay...
November 6, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111402/monitoring-both-procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-in-the-early-period-after-tetralogy-of-fallot-correction-in-children-promotes-rational-antibiotic-use
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Radoslaw Jaworski, Ireneusz Haponiuk, Ninela Irga-Jaworska, Mariusz Steffens, Maciej Chojnicki, Konrad Paczkowski, Jacek Zielinski
PURPOSE: This retrospective cohort study aimed to identify the early postoperative kinetics of C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) in children undergoing tetralogy of Fallot (ToF) correction. The ability of these inflammatory markers to guide rational antibiotic usage was also determined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All consecutive children who underwent ToF correction in 2009-2016 in our referral pediatric cardiac surgery clinic in Gdansk, Poland and did not exhibit infection signs on early postoperative days (POD) were identified...
October 27, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107133/physeal-fractures-of-the-lower-leg-in-children-and-adolescents-therapeutic-results-pitfalls-and-suggested-management-protocol-based-on-the-experience-of-the-authors-and-contemporary-literature
#18
Marcin Karlikowski, Jerzy Sułko
INTRODUCTION: Physeal fractures in children frequently give rise to concerns about the condition of the growth plate. Our observations have proven that the dysfunction of the growth plate is less frequent complication in those cases than misdiagnosed interposition of the periosteum. The aim of this paper is to familiarize the readers with the issue of treatment of physeal fractures of the distal tibia and fibula in the growing skeleton. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the group of 75 patients - children and adolescents - with surgically treated physeal fractures of the lower leg...
October 26, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985592/pharmacological-thrombolysis-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-treatment-gender-differences-in-clinical-risk-factors
#19
Michael J Colello, Lauren E Ivey, Jordan Gainey, Rakiya V Faulkner, Ashleigh Johnson, Leanne Brechtel, Lee Madeline, Thomas I Nathaniel
BACKGROUND: In a stroke population, women have a worse outcome than men when untreated. In contrast, there is no significant difference in treated patients. In this study, we determined whether clinical variables represent a promising approach to assist in the evaluation of gender differences in a stroke population. METHODS: We analyzed data from ischemic stroke patients' ≥18 years-old from the stroke registry on rtPA administration and identified gender differences in clinical factors within inclusion and exclusion criteria in a stroke population that received rtPA...
October 3, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957739/novel-mutations-and-their-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-patients-with-noonan-syndrome-using-next-generation-sequencing
#20
Alireza Tafazoli, Peyman Eshraghi, Francesca Pantaleoni, Rahim Vakili, Morteza Moghaddassian, Martha Ghahraman, Valentina Muto, Stefano Paolacci, Fatemeh Fardi Golyan, Mohammad Reza Abbaszadegan
PURPOSE: Noonan Syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant disorder with many variable and heterogeneous conditions. The genetic basis for 20-30% of cases is still unknown. This study evaluates Iranian Noonan patients both clinically and genetically for the first time. MATERIALS/METHODS: Mutational analysis of PTPN11 gene was performed in 15 Iranian patients, using PCR and Sanger sequencing at phase one. Then, as phase two, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in the form of targeted resequencing was utilized for analysis of exons from other related genes...
September 26, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
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