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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351630/prevalence-and-trends-of-transfusion-transmittable-infections-among-blood-donors-in-southwest-china
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Ting Xu, Zhong-Mei Yi, Jun-Mei Luo, He-Lian Yu, Ya-Han Fan, Hua Lu, Shu-Ming Zhao, Tian-Lun Jiang
Background: The high prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs) is causing serious harm to human health worldwide. The aim of this research was to assess the prevalence and influencing factors of TTIs in Southwest China. Methods: A retrospective study of blood donor records from January 2008 to December 2015 was conducted. All samples were screened for HBV, HCV, HIV and syphilis. The donor's data was recorded and analyzed statistically using SPSS software...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351180/one-stage-vs-two-stage-repair-of-asymmetric-bilateral-cleft-lip-a-20-year-retrospective-study-of-clinical-outcome
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KyungHoon Chung, Lun-Jou Lo
BACKGROUND: The one-stage or two-stage approaches have been a widely used technique for patients with an asymmetric bilateral cleft lip (ABCL). There is insufficient long-term outcome data between these two methods. The purpose of this retrospective study is to compare the clinical outcome over the last 20 years. METHODS: The senior author's database was searched for patients with ABCL from 1995 to 2015. Qualified patients were divided into two groups: one-stage vs...
January 12, 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350001/-analysis-of-complications-of-percutaneous-endoscopic-lumbar-discectomy
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Ke-Lun Huang, Hong-Lin Teng, Min-Yu Zhu, Jing Wang, Chi Li, Yu Wang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the complications of lumbar intervertebral disc herniation treated with percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy(PELD), and discuss how to avoid these complications. METHODS: The data of 132 patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation underwent PELD from October 2013 and June 2015 were retrospectively analyzed, including 85 males and 47 females with an average age of 42.9 years old. There were 6 cases of L₃,₄, 68 of L₄,₅ and 58 of L₅S₁...
February 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349367/a-rare-anatomic-variant-of-a-single-conduit-supraclavicular-cephalic-arch-draining-into-the-external-jugular-vein-presenting-with-recurrent-arteriovenous-fistula-stenosis-in-a-hemodialysis-patient
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Eran Sim Wen Jun, Allen Liu Yan Lun, Milind Nikam
The cephalic arch is a common location of stenosis, especially in brachiocephalic fistulas. The cephalic arch has a number of anatomic variations. Cephalic arch stenoses are often resistant and have poor primary patency. Here we describe an unusual case of a hemodialysis patient with a single-conduit supraclavicular cephalic arch draining into the external jugular vein presenting with recurrent cephalic arch stenoses and external jugular vein stenosis. In our view, extrinsic compression by the clavicle may contribute to the high rate of recurrence, the lack of complete dilation of even high-pressure balloons, and a theoretically heightened risk of rupture when cutting balloons are used...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348575/quantitative-optical-nanophysiology-of-ca2-signaling-at-inner-hair-cell-active-zones
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Jakob Neef, Nicolai T Urban, Tzu-Lun Ohn, Thomas Frank, Philippe Jean, Stefan W Hell, Katrin I Willig, Tobias Moser
Ca2+ influx triggers the release of synaptic vesicles at the presynaptic active zone (AZ). A quantitative characterization of presynaptic Ca2+ signaling is critical for understanding synaptic transmission. However, this has remained challenging to establish at the required resolution. Here, we employ confocal and stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy to quantify the number (20-330) and arrangement (mostly linear 70 nm × 100-600 nm clusters) of Ca2+ channels at AZs of mouse cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs)...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346670/scoping-analysis-of-material-activation-at-a-boron-neutron-capture-therapy-facility-based-on-the-be-p-xn-reaction-with-30-mev-protons
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Bo-Lun Lai, Rong-Jiun Sheu
Material activation assessment of a proposed accelerator-based boron neutron capture therapy facility was performed using the FLUKA Monte Carlo code to quantify the magnitude of the problem in terms of the isotope inventories, induced activities, and residual dose rates. Two simplified operation scenarios were considered: a 30-min proton bombardment to simulate a typical session of patient treatment and a long-term 1 year continuous operation to estimate the accumulation of long-lived radionuclides. Following the generation and transport of decay radiation, the space- and time-dependent inventories of induced radionuclides in materials and residual dose rates after shutdown were obtained...
January 16, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345606/prevalence-of-transmitted-drug-resistance-among-hiv-1-treatment-naive-patients-in-beijing
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Y X Song, R L Xin, Z C Li, H W Yu, W H Lun, J Ye, A Liu, A X Li, J W Li, J Z Ye, M Q Hao, H Y Lu, L J Sun
To optimise patients' outcomes and gain insight into transmitted drug resistance (TDR) among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 treatment-naive patients in Beijing, the prevalence of TDR was assessed. Demographic and clinical data of 1241 treatment-naive patients diagnosed between April 2014 and February 2015 were collected. TDR was defined using the Stanford University HIV drug resistance mutations database. The risk factors were evaluated by multi-logistic regression analysis. Among 932 successfully amplified cases, most were male (96...
January 18, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344310/drug-repurposing-screening-identifies-tioconazole-as-an-atg4-inhibitor-that-suppresses-autophagy-and-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-chemotherapy
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Pei-Feng Liu, Kun-Lin Tsai, Chien-Jen Hsu, Wei-Lun Tsai, Jin-Shiung Cheng, Hsueh-Wei Chang, Chung-Wai Shiau, Yih-Gang Goan, Ho-Hsing Tseng, Chih-Hsuan Wu, John C Reed, Lee-Wei Yang, Chih-Wen Shu
Background: Tumor cells require proficient autophagy to meet high metabolic demands and resist chemotherapy, which suggests that reducing autophagic flux might be an attractive route for cancer therapy. However, this theory in clinical cancer research remains controversial due to the limited number of drugs that specifically inhibit autophagy-related (ATG) proteins. Methods: We screened FDA-approved drugs using a novel platform that integrates computational docking and simulations as well as biochemical and cellular reporter assays to identify potential drugs that inhibit autophagy-required cysteine proteases of the ATG4 family...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344053/an-overview-of-exposure-to-ethanol-containing-substances-and-ethanol-intoxication-in-children-based-on-three-illustrated-cases
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REVIEW
Kam Lun Hon, Alexander Kc Leung, Eddie Cheung, Bryan Lee, Michelle Mc Tsang, Alcy R Torres
Alcohol addiction and intoxication are major health problems worldwide. Acute alcohol intoxication is well reported in adults and adolescents but less frequently reported in children of younger ages. We report three anonymized cases of pediatric ethanol exposure and illustrate the different mechanisms of intoxication. In all cases, a focused history is the key to prompt diagnosis and timely management. Physicians should be aware of this potential poison in children presented with acute confusional or encephalopathic state...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343981/assessment-of-pain-score-and-specimen-adequacy-for-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-biopsy-of-thyroid-nodules
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Li-Jen Liao, Wu-Chia Lo, Wan-Lun Hsu, Po-Wen Cheng, Cheng-Ping Wang
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate pain scores and specimen adequacy for ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (US-FNAB) of thyroid nodules without and with local anesthesia (LA). Materials and methods: The US-FNAB procedure was performed on 183 patients with and without LA. One puncture was made for solid nodules, and if patients could tolerate it, a two-puncture technique was used for nodules with a cystic change. Four-point verbal rating scores were assessed by a nursing assistant after completion of US-FNAB...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342897/replication-strategy-for-spatiotemporal-data-based-on-distributed-caching-system
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Lian Xiong, Liu Yang, Yang Tao, Juan Xu, Lun Zhao
The replica strategy in distributed cache can effectively reduce user access delay and improve system performance. However, developing a replica strategy suitable for varied application scenarios is still quite challenging, owing to differences in user access behavior and preferences. In this paper, a replication strategy for spatiotemporal data (RSSD) based on a distributed caching system is proposed. By taking advantage of the spatiotemporal locality and correlation of user access, RSSD mines high popularity and associated files from historical user access information, and then generates replicas and selects appropriate cache node for placement...
January 14, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340808/does-advancement-in-stapling-technology-with-triple-row-and-enhanced-staple-configurations-confer-additional-safety-a-matched-comparison-of-340-stapled-ileocolic-anastomoses
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Chi Chung Foo, Alston Ho On Chiu, Jeremy Yip, Wai Lun Law
BACKGROUND: Over the past few decades, studies have focused on the safety of stapled anastomosis, especially when compared to that of the handsewn technique. However, studies on the improvement of stapling technology are limited. This study aimed to investigate whether linear triple-row staples (tri-staples) had any advantage over double-row staples. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of all cases of functional end-to-end anastomoses with linear staplers performed at two centers between 2005 and 2015...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340320/association-of-a-low-protein-diet-with-slower-progression-of-ckd
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Marie Metzger, Wen Lun Yuan, Jean-Philippe Haymann, Martin Flamant, Pascal Houillier, Eric Thervet, Jean-Jacques Boffa, François Vrtovsnik, Marc Froissart, Lise Bankir, Denis Fouque, Bénédicte Stengel
Introduction: Reducing protein intake is recommended for slowing chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression, but assessment of its true effectiveness is sparse. Methods: Using the Maroni formula, we assessed dietary protein intake (DPI) from 24-hour urinary urea excretion in 1594 patients (67% men and 33% women) with CKD, 784 of whom also had 7-day food records. Cause-specific hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals for the competing risks of DPI-associated end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or death were estimated in 1412 patients with baseline glomerular filtration rate ≥15 ml/min per 1...
January 2018: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340098/icam-1-regulates-macrophage-polarization-by-suppressing-mcp-1-expression-via-mir-124-upregulation
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Wei Gu, Lun Yao, Lexing Li, Jianping Zhang, Aaron T Place, Richard D Minshall, Guoquan Liu
Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 is the adhesion molecule mediating leukocyte firm adhesion to endothelial cells, plays a critical role in subsequent leukocyte transmigration. ICAM-1 is also expressed in other cells including macrophages; however, the role of this adhesion molecule in mediating macrophage functions remains enigmatic. We report that ICAM-1 regulates macrophage polarization by positively modulating miR-124 expression. We found higher expression levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 in lungs of mice lacking ICAM-1...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339036/a-cone-beam-computed-tomography-study-of-c-shaped-root-canal-systems-in-mandibular-second-premolars-in-a-taiwan-chinese-subpopulation
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Yi-Chin Chen, Chia-Lun Tsai, Yi-Chen Chen, Gin Chen, Shue-Fen Yang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the prevalence and the morphologic characteristics of the radicular groove and root canal system in human mandibular second premolars with C-shaped root in a Taiwan Chinese subpopulation using cone-beam computed tomographic (CBCT) imaging. METHODS: CBCT images of 580 mandibular second premolars were collected from 317 patients. All of the mandibular second premolars were examined in serial axial sections to identify the presence of any C-shaped root and C-shaped canal systems...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338688/transurethral-resection-of-the-prostate-provides-more-favorable-clinical-outcomes-compared-with-conservative-medical-treatment-in-patients-with-urinary-retention-caused-by-benign-prostatic-obstruction
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Yu-Hsiang Lin, Chen-Pang Hou, Tien-Hsing Chen, Horng-Heng Juang, Phei-Lang Chang, Pei-Shan Yang, Chien-Lun Chen, Ke-Hung Tsui
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the long-term surgical outcomes of patients with urinary retention (UR) caused by a benign prostatic obstruction (BPO) who underwent transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), and compare their outcomes with those of patients who received medication without surgical intervention. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study analyzed claims data collected during the period of 1997-2012 from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database...
January 16, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338386/estrogen-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-signaling-facilitates-bilirubin-metabolism-in-regenerating-liver-through-regulating-cytochrome-p450-2a6-expression
#17
Ta-Lun Kao, Yao-Li Chen, Yu-Ping Kuan, Wei-Chun Chang, Yu-Chen Ho, Shuyuan Yeh, Long-Bin Jeng, Wen-Lung Ma
BACKGROUND: After living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), rising serum bilirubin levels commonly indicate insufficient numbers of hepatocytes are available to metabolize bilirubin into biliverdin. Recovery of bilirubin levels is an important marker of hepatocyte repopulation after LDLT. Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2A6 in humans (or cyp2a4 in rodents) can function as "bilirubin oxidase." Functional hepatocytes contain abundant CYP2A6, which is considered a marker for hepatocyte function recovery...
November 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338036/static-magnetic-field-enhances-the-anticancer-efficacy-of-capsaicin-on-hepg2-cells-via-capsaicin-receptor-trpv1
#18
Wei-Ting Chen, Guan-Bo Lin, Shu-Hui Lin, Chueh-Hsuan Lu, Chih-Hsiung Hsieh, Bo-Lun Ma, Chih-Yu Chao
Static magnetic field (SMF) has shown some possibilities for cancer therapies. In particular, the combinational effect between SMF and anti-cancer drugs has drawn scientists' attentions in recent years. However, the underlying mechanism for the drug-specific synergistic effect is far from being understood. Besides, the drugs used are all conventional chemotherapy drugs, which may cause unpleasant side effects. In this study, our results demonstrate for the first time that SMF could enhance the anti-cancer effect of natural compound, capsaicin, on HepG2 cancer cells through the mitochondria-dependent apoptosis pathway...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337055/a-novel-circular-rna-hsa_circ_0046701-promotes-carcinogenesis-by-increasing-the-expression-of-mir-142-3p-target-itgb8-in-glioma
#19
Guobin Li, Haiying Yang, Kun Han, Dezhang Zhu, Peng Lun, Yan Zhao
In the present study, we identified a novel circular RNA (circRNA), hsa_circ_0046701, in glioma cells. We measured the expression of hsa_circ_0046701 using qRT-PCR in glioma tissues and cell lines, and explored its functions using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide, colony formation, and Transwell assays. Luciferase reporter assays were performed to validate the correlation between microRNA miR-142-3p and hsa_circ_0046701 or integrin subunit beta 8 (ITGB8). The results showed that hsa_circ_0046701 was significantly upregulated in glioma tissues and cell lines, and knockdown of hsa_circ_0046701 inhibited cell proliferation and invasion...
January 11, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336238/sirt1-regualted-abnormal-acetylation-of-foxp3-induces-treg-function-defect-in-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis
#20
Xiao Yang, Yu Lun, Han Jiang, Xun Liu, Zhiquan Duan, Shijie Xin, Jian Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is an autoimmune thyroid disease characterized by low expression of transcription factor Forkhead Box P3 (FOXP3) and functional deficiency of a cluster of differentiation regulatory T cells (Tregs). This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of Treg dysfunction in HT. METHODS: The number of CD4+CD25+FOXP3+T cells was determined by flow cytometry. Expression of FOXP3 and Sirtuin type 1 (SIRT1) was evaluated by Western Blot analysis...
January 16, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
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