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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647381/leukotriene-receptor-antagonist-attenuated-airway-inflammation-and-hyperresponsiveness-in-a-double-stranded-rna-induced-asthma-exacerbation-model
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Mariko Ujino, Naoya Sugimoto, Yuta Koizumi, Shoki Ro, Yasuhiro Kojima, Kamiyama-Hara Asae, Naomi Yamashita, Ken Ohta, Hiroyuki Nagase
BACKGROUND: Viral infections are the most common triggers of asthma exacerbation, but the key molecules involved in this process have not been fully identified. Although cysteinyl leukotrienes (cysLTs) have been postulated as the key mediators, their precise roles remain largely unclear. To investigate the roles of cysLTs in virus-induced asthma exacerbation, we developed a murine model using a viral double-stranded RNA analog, polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (poly I:C), and analyzed the effect of leukotriene receptor antagonist (LTRA) administration...
June 21, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646936/surgical-flow-disruptions-during-robotic-assisted-radical-prostatectomy
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Christopher J Dru, Jennifer T Anger, Colby P Souders, Catherine Bresee, Matthias Weigl, Elyse Hallett, Ken Catchpole
INTRODUCTION: We sought to apply the principles of human factors research to robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy to understand where training and integration challenges lead to suboptimal and inefficient care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissections over a 20 week period were observed for flow disruptions (FD) - deviations from optimal care that can compromise safety or efficiency. Other variables - physician experience, trainee involvement, robot model (S versus Si), age, body mass index (BMI), and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status - were used to stratify the data and understand the effect of context...
June 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646368/tnf%C3%AE-blockers-followed-by-continuation-of-sulfasalazine-and-methotrexate-combination-a-retrospective-study-on-cost-saving-options-of-treatment-in-spondyloarthritis
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Aswin M Nair, P Sandhya, Bijesh Yadav, Debashish Danda
High cost deters continuous use of tumor necrosis factor α blockers (TNFi) in developing countries. The objective of this study was to evaluate outcome and expenditure incurred in Spondyloarthritis (SpA) patients beyond a year of follow-up after receiving four doses of infliximab (IFX) over and above background therapy of methotrexate (MTX) and sulfasalazine (SSZ) combination. Electronic medical records were screened for patients with SpA satisfying the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) criteria between 2008 and 2014...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646314/ozone-and-desiccation-tolerance-in-chlorolichens-are-intimately-connected-a-case-study-based-on-two-species-with-different-ecology
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Stefano Bertuzzi, Elisa Pellegrini, Fabio Candotto Carniel, Guido Incerti, Giacomo Lorenzini, Cristina Nali, Mauro Tretiach
Tropospheric ozone (O3) causes severe damage to many vascular plants but not to lichens. It was recently suggested that this may be due to their high levels of natural defences against the oxidative bursts associated to their fluctuating water content. In this study, the combined effects of watering regime (with or without a daily spray of distilled water), air relative humidity (20 ± 5 vs. 80 ± 5% RH) and O3 (250 vs. 0 ppb, 5 h day(-1) for 2 weeks) were monitored in two chlorolichens with different ecology, Parmotrema perlatum and Xanthoria parietina...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646095/estimated-reductions-in-provider-initiated-preterm-births-and-hospital-length-of-stay-under-a-universal-acetylsalicylic-acid-prophylaxis-strategy-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Joel G Ray, Emily Bartsch, Alison L Park, Prakesh S Shah, Susie Dzakpasu
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive disorders, especially preeclampsia, are the leading reason for provider-initiated preterm birth. We estimated how universal acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) prophylaxis might reduce rates of provider-initiated preterm birth associated with preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, which are related conditions. METHODS: We performed a cohort study of singleton hospital births in 2013 in Canada, excluding Quebec. We estimated the proportion of term births and provider-initiated preterm births affected by preeclampsia and/or intrauterine growth restriction, and the corresponding mean maternal and newborn hospital length of stay...
June 23, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644586/medical-record-weight-mrw-a-new-reliable-predictor-of-hospital-stay-morbidity-and-mortality-in-the-hip-fracture-population
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P Calpin, K Taheny, J F Baker, J Green, J P McCabe
We sought to compare the weight of patient's medical records (MRW) to that of standardised surgical risk scoring systems in predicting postoperative hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality in patients with hip fracture. Patients admitted for surgical treatment of a newly diagnosed hip fracture over a 3-month period were enrolled. Patients with documented morbidity or mortality had significantly heavier medical records. The MRW was equivalent to the age-adjusted Charlson co-morbidity index and better than the American Society of Anaesthesiologists physical status score (ASA), the Physiological and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and Morbidity (POSSUM,) and Portsmouth-POSSUM score (P-POSSUM) in correlation with length of hospital admission, p = ...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644308/the-use-of-5-aminosalicylic-acid-in-children-and-adolescents-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Christiane Sokollik, Nicolas Fournier, David Rizzuti, Christian P Braegger, Andreas Nydegger, Susanne Schibli, Johannes Spalinger
BACKGROUND: In ulcerative colitis (UC) 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is recommended as primary therapy for mild to moderate disease. Topical 5-ASA has been proven especially effective. In Crohn's disease (CD) the evidence for a beneficial role of 5-ASA is weak. We investigated the use of topical and systemic 5-ASA therapy in children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of patients younger than 18 years, registered between April 2008 and December 2015 in the Swiss Inflammatory Bowel Disease Cohort, were analyzed...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643075/a-standardized-comparison-of-peri-operative-complications-after-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-ivor-lewis-versus-mckeown
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Andrew M Brown, Michael J Pucci, Adam C Berger, Talar Tatarian, Nathaniel R Evans, Ernest L Rosato, Francesco Palazzo
BACKGROUND: While our institutional approach to esophageal resection for cancer has traditionally favored a minimally invasive (MI) 3-hole, McKeown esophagectomy (MIE 3-hole) during the last five years several factors has determined a shift in our practice with an increasing number of minimally invasive Ivor Lewis (MIE IL) resections being performed. We compared peri-operative outcomes of the two procedures, hypothesizing that MIE IL would be less morbid in the peri-operative setting compared to MIE 3-hole...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643065/laparoscopic-distal-pancreatectomy-for-pancreatic-cancer-is-safe-and-effective
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Marita D Bauman, David G Becerra, E Molly Kilbane, Nicholas J Zyromski, C Max Schmidt, Henry A Pitt, Attila Nakeeb, Michael G House, Eugene P Ceppa
PURPOSE: To compare the short-term and oncologic outcomes of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) undergoing laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) and open distal pancreatectomy (ODP). METHODS: Consecutive cases of distal pancreatectomy (DP) (n = 422) were reviewed at a single high-volume institution over a 10-year period (2005-2014). Inclusion criteria consisted of any patient with PDAC by surgical pathology. Ninety-day outcomes were monitored through a prospectively maintained pancreatic resection database...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643011/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-cardiac-arrest-and-myocardial-infarction-after-pelvic-reconstructive-surgery-a-national-multi-institutional-surgical-database-study
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David Sheyn, Sangeeta Mahajan, Sherif El-Nashar, Adonis Hijaz, Xiao-Yu Wang, Jeff Mangel
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: There is limited data available regarding the risk for perioperative cardiac morbidity following pelvic reconstructive surgery (PRS). We sought to determine the incidence of cardiac arrest and myocardial infarction within 30 days of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery and determine which factors may contribute to an increased risk of these complications. METHODS: Using the American College of Surgeons National Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, we identified patients who underwent PRS procedures between 2010 to 2015 using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes...
June 22, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642762/arbuscular-mycorrhiza-augments-arsenic-tolerance-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-by-strengthening-antioxidant-defense-system-and-thiol-metabolism
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Surbhi Sharma, Garima Anand, Neeraja Singh, Rupam Kapoor
Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) can help plants to tolerate arsenic (As) toxicity. However, plant responses are found to vary with the host plant and the AM fungal species. The present study compares the efficacy of two AM fungi Rhizoglomus intraradices (M1) and Glomus etunicatum (M2) in amelioration of As stress in wheat (Triticum aestivum L. var. HD-2967). Mycorrhizal (M) and non-mycorrhizal (NM) wheat plants were subjected to four levels of As (0, 25, 50, and 100 mg As kg(-1) soil). Although As additions had variable effects on the percentage of root colonized by the two fungal inoculants, each mycobiont conferred benefits to the host plant...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642310/metabolomics-analysis-identifies-sex-associated-metabotypes-of-oxidative-stress-and-the-autotaxin-lysopa-axis-in%C3%A2-copd
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Shama Naz, Johan Kolmert, Mingxing Yang, Stacey N Reinke, Muhammad Anas Kamleh, Stuart Snowden, Tina Heyder, Bettina Levänen, David J Erle, C Magnus Sköld, Åsa M Wheelock, Craig E Wheelock
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disease and a leading cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate the sex dependency of circulating metabolic profiles in COPD.Serum from healthy never-smokers (healthy), smokers with normal lung function (smokers), and smokers with COPD (COPD; Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease stages I-II/A-B) from the Karolinska COSMIC cohort (n=116) was analysed using our nontargeted liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry metabolomics platform...
June 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640136/cost-effectiveness-of-neck-specific-exercise-with-or-without-a-behavioral-approach-versus-physical-activity-prescription-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-whiplash-associated-disorders-analyses-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Maria Landén Ludvigsson, Anneli Peolsson, Gunnel Peterson, Åsa Dedering, Gun Johansson, Lars Bernfort
BACKGROUND: Fifty percent of people injured by whiplash still report neck pain after 1 year and costs associated with whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are mostly attributed to health service and sick-leave costs in chronic conditions. With increasing health care expenditures the economic impact of interventions needs to be considered. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the cost-effectiveness of physiotherapist-led neck-specific exercise without (NSE) or with a behavioral approach (NSEB), or prescription of physical activity (PPA) in chronic WAD, grade 2 to 3...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640104/the-easytube-during-general-anesthesia-for-minor-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Oliver Robak, Sonia Vaida, Luis Gaitini, Andreas Thierbach, Ricardo Urtubia, Peter Krafft, Michael Frass
BACKGROUND: The EasyTube (EzT) is a supraglottic airway device that is used for emergency airway situations. Ventilation during general anesthesia should also be feasible, but literature on the EzT is scarce. We evaluated the EzT in comparison with the endotracheal tube (ETT) in its use during general anesthesia in a comparative study. METHODS: A total of 400 patients with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status I to II scheduled for minor surgery in 4 centers were randomized for ventilation via the ETT or EzT...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637794/a-trpv1-to-secretagogin-regulatory-axis-controls-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-by-modulating-protein-turnover
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Katarzyna Malenczyk, Fatima Girach, Edit Szodorai, Petter Storm, Åsa Segerstolpe, Giuseppe Tortoriello, Robert Schnell, Jan Mulder, Roman A Romanov, Erzsébet Borók, Fabiana Piscitelli, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Gábor Szabó, Rickard Sandberg, Stefan Kubicek, Gert Lubec, Tomas Hökfelt, Ludwig Wagner, Leif Groop, Tibor Harkany
Ca(2+)-sensor proteins are generally implicated in insulin release through SNARE interactions. Here, secretagogin, whose expression in human pancreatic islets correlates with their insulin content and the incidence of type 2 diabetes, is shown to orchestrate an unexpectedly distinct mechanism. Single-cell RNA-seq reveals retained expression of the TRP family members in β-cells from diabetic donors. Amongst these, pharmacological probing identifies Ca(2+)-permeable transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channels (TRPV1) as potent inducers of secretagogin expression through recruitment of Sp1 transcription factors...
June 21, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637260/associations-of-obesity-and-lifestyle-with-the-risk-and-mortality-of-bloodstream-infection-in-a-general-population-a-15-year-follow-up-of-64%C3%A2-027-individuals-in-the-hunt-study
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Julie Paulsen, Åsa Askim, Randi Marie Mohus, Arne Mehl, Andrew Dewan, Erik Solligård, Jan Kristian Damås, Bjørn O Åsvold
Background: Bloodstream infections (BSI) cause considerable morbidity and mortality, and primary prevention should be a priority. Lifestyle factors are of particular interest since they represent a modifiable target. Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study among participants in the population-based Norwegian HUNT2 Survey, where 64 027 participants were followed from 1995-97 through 2011 by linkage to prospectively recorded information on BSI at local and regional hospitals...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636992/acetylsalicylic-acid-inhibits-the-growth-of-melanoma-tumors-via-sox2-dependent-paf-r-independent-signaling-pathway
#17
Anita Thyagarajan, Jeremiah Saylae, Ravi P Sahu
Acquired resistance to standard therapies remains a serious challenge, requiring novel therapeutic approaches that incorporate potential factors involved in tumor resistance. As cancers including melanoma express inflammatory cyclooxygenases generating prostaglandins implicated in tumor growth, we investigated mechanism of anti-inflammatory drug, acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) which has been shown to inhibit various tumor types, however, its effects against highly aggressive melanoma model are unclear. Given our reports that an activation of platelet-activating factor-receptor (PAF-R) augments the growth and impede efficacies of therapeutic agents in experimental melanoma, we also sought to determine if PAF-R mediates anti-melanoma activity of ASA...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636673/evaluation-of-molecular-diagnostic-approaches-for-the-detection-of-braf-p-v600e-mutations-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer-clinical-implications
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Artur Kowalik, Aldona Kowalska, Agnieszka Walczyk, Renata Chodurska, Janusz Kopczyński, Magdalena Chrapek, Elżbieta Wypiórkiewicz, Małgorzata Chłopek, Liliana Pięciak, Danuta Gąsior-Perczak, Iwona Pałyga, Krzysztof Gruszczyński, Ewelina Nowak, Stanisław Góźdź
Differentiated papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is the most common cancer of the endocrine system. PTC has a very good prognosis and a high 5 year survival rate; however, some patients are unresponsive to treatment, and their diagnosis eventually results in death. Recent efforts have focused on searching for prognostic and predictive factors that may enable treatment personalization and monitoring across the course of the disease. The presence of the BRAF mutation is considered to contribute to the risk of poor clinical course, according to American Thyroid Association (ATA) recommendations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635547/-healthcare-seems-to-vary-a-lot-a-focus-group-study-among-parents-of-children-with-severe-allergy
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Birgitta Lagercrantz, Åsa Persson, Inger Kull
BACKGROUND: Living with an allergic disease has consequences for both affected children and their families. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain deeper knowledge of what life is like for families of children with severe allergic disease, in order to improve care and thereby reduce the consequences of living with a chronic disease. METHODS: Four focus group interviews were performed with Swedish parents of children, aged 6-11 and 12-16 years, with severe allergic disease (from one or more allergic conditions, such as food allergy/eczema/hay fever/asthma)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634754/value-of-endometrial-thickness-assessed-by-transvaginal-ultrasound-for-the-prediction-of-endometrial-cancer-in-patients-with-postmenopausal-bleeding
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Amelie Schramm, Florian Ebner, Emanuel Bauer, Wolfgang Janni, Ulrike Friebe-Hoffmann, Miriam Pellegrino, Nikolaus De Gregorio, Thomas W P Friedl
PURPOSE: Histological confirmation of endometrial cancer by dilatation/curettage (D/C) in women with postmenopausal bleeding (PMB) can be challenging due to anesthesiological and/or surgical risks. Thus, less invasive methods for diagnostics are required to identify patients with minimal risk for endometrial cancer (EC) to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention. The objective of this single-center cohort study was to assess the diagnostic validity of transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) measurements of endometrial thickness (ET) in patients with PMB for the detection of EC...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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