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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431435/regional-extent-of-peripheral-suppression-in-amblyopia
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Raiju J Babu, Simon Clavagnier, William R Bobier, Benjamin Thompson, Robert F Hess
Purpose: Previously, we have mapped amblyopic eye suppression within the central 20° of the visual field and observed a gradient of suppression that is strongest in central vision and weakens with increasing eccentricity. In this study, using a large dichoptic display, we extend our novel suppression mapping approach further into the periphery (from 20°-60°) to assess whether suppression continues to decline with eccentricity or plateaus. Methods: Sixteen participants with amblyopia (10 with strabismus, 6 with anisometropia without strabismus; mean age: 37...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
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James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431327/dendrimer-conjugated-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-as-stimuli-responsive-drug-carriers-for-thermally-activated-chemotherapy-of-cancer
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Saumya Nigam, Dhirendra Bahadur
In recent years, functional nanomaterials have found an appreciable place in the understanding and treatment of cancer. This work demonstrates the fabrication and characterization of a new class of cationic, biocompatible, peptide dendrimers, which were then used for stabilizing and functionalizing magnetite nanoparticles for combinatorial therapy of cancer. The synthesized peptide dendrimers have an edge over the widely used PAMAM dendrimers due to better biocompatibility and negligible cytotoxicity of their degradation products...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431292/cannabis-and-cue-induced-craving-in-cocaine-dependent-individuals-a-pilot-study
#4
K Giasson-Gariépy, S Potvin, M Ghabrash, J Bruneau, D Jutras-Aswad
BACKGROUND: Cannabis consumption is common among cocaine users; however, little is known about its effect on cocaine craving. The objective of this study was to assess whether cannabis co-use is associated with lower cue-induced cocaine craving in non-treatment-seeking cocaine-dependent individuals. METHODS: Data from twenty-eight cocaine-dependent men were analyzed in this pilot study. Cocaine-dependent subjects (n=12) were compared with cocaine-dependent subjects who also abused or were dependent on cannabis (n=16)...
March 30, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430865/unmet-needs-in-the-first-line-treatment-of-follicular-lymphoma
#5
C Casulo, L Nastoupil, N H Fowler, J W Friedberg, C R Flowers
For the majority of patients with newly diagnosed follicular lymphoma (FL), current treatments, while not curative, allow for long remission durations. However, several important needs remain unaddressed. Studies have consistently shown that approximately 20% of patients with FL experience disease progression within 2 years of first-line treatment, and consequently have a 50% risk of death in 5 years. Better characterization of this group of patients at diagnosis may provide insight into those in need of alternate or intensive therapies, facilitate a precision approach to inform clinical trials, and allow for improved patient counseling...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430823/modulation-the-alternative-splicing-of-gla-ivs4-919g-a-in-fabry-disease
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Wen-Hsin Chang, Dau-Ming Niu, Chi-Yu Lu, Shyr-Yi Lin, Ta-Chih Liu, Jan-Gowth Chang
While a base substitution in intron 4 of GLA (IVS4+919G>A) that causes aberrant alternative splicing resulting in Fabry disease has been reported, its molecular mechanism remains unclear. Here we reported that upon IVS4+919G>A transversion, H3K36me3 was enriched across the alternatively spliced region. PSIP1, an adapter of H3K36me3, together with Hsp70 and NONO were recruited and formed a complex with SF2/ASF and SRp20, which further promoted GLA splicing. Amiloride, a splicing regulator in cancer cells, could reverse aberrant histone modification patterns and disrupt the association of splicing complex with GLA...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430812/nacl-cotransporter-abundance-in-urinary-vesicles-is-increased-by-calcineurin-inhibitors-and-predicts-thiazide-sensitivity
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Omar A Z Tutakhel, Arthur D Moes, Marco A Valdez-Flores, Marleen L A Kortenoeven, Mathijs V D Vrie, Sabina Jeleń, Robert A Fenton, Robert Zietse, Joost G J Hoenderop, Ewout J Hoorn, Luuk Hilbrands, René J M Bindels
Animal studies have shown that the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) cyclosporine and tacrolimus can activate the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC). A common side effect of CNIs is hypertension. Renal salt transporters such as NCC are excreted in urinary extracellular vesicles (uEVs) after internalization into multivesicular bodies. Human studies indicate that CNIs also increase NCC abundance in uEVs, but results are conflicting and no relationship with NCC function has been shown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of CsA and Tac on the abundance of both total NCC (tNCC) and phosphorylated NCC at Thr60 phosphorylation site (pNCC) in uEVs, and assessed whether NCC abundance in uEVs predicts the blood pressure response to thiazide diuretics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430774/is-nintedanib-effective-for-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Alejandro Jeldres, Gonzalo Labarca
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has poor prognosis and effective therapies are scarce. In the search for treatments that can modify the course of the disease, nintedanib (BIBF 1120), a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has emerged as an alternative. However, its role is still unclear. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple sources of information. We identified seven systematic reviews including seven randomized trials overall. We extracted data, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
April 10, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430773/is-dexamethasone-as-effective-as-other-corticosteroids-for-acute-asthma-exacerbation-in-children
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Gonzalo A Bravo-Soto, Constanza Harismendy, Pamela Rojas, Rodrigo Silva, Pamela von Borries
Dexamethasone has been proposed as an alternative in the treatment of acute asthma exacerbation in children. It allows shortening the duration of treatment, reducing costs and adverse effects. However, it is not clear whether its efficacy is similar to the traditional steroid regimen. To answer this question, we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources. We identified six systematic reviews including 10 randomized trials. We extracted data, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
April 18, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430671/elevated-production-of-nociceptive-cc-chemokines-and-se-selectin-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-and-the-effects-of-spinal-manipulation-a-non-randomized-clinical-trial
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Julita A Teodorczyk-Injeyan, Marion McGregor, John J Triano, H Stephen Injeyan
BACKGROUND: The involvement of inflammatory components in the pathophysiology of low back pain is poorly understood. It has been suggested that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) may exert anti-inflammatory effects. PURPOSE: To determine the involvement of inflammation-associated chemokines (CC series) in the pathogenesis of non-specific low back pain and to evaluate the effect of SMT on that process. METHODS: Patients presenting with non-radicular, non-specific low back pain (minimum pain score 3 on 10 point visual analogue scale, VAS) were recruited according to stringent inclusion criteria...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430345/healing-response-of-rat-pulp-treated-with-an-injectable-keratin-hydrogel
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Lavanya Ajay Sharma, Robert M Love, Mohammad A Ali, Ajay Sharma, Soraia Macari, Avadhoot Avadhani, George J Dias
BACKGROUND: Keratin has shown promising outcomes as a biomaterial due to its inherent bioactivity, biocompatibility and regenerative effects. The effect of keratin on repair and regeneration of dental tissues has never been studied before. Current therapies to treat pulp tissues involve its replacement with inert, synthetic materials that do not have a proper biological function, leading to failure and tooth loss. This study aimed to develop a biocompatible keratin hydrogel (KH) suitable for pulp therapies...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430340/transurethral-contact-ureterolithotripsy-in-gas-%C3%B0-%C3%B0-2-medium
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Dmitry O Korolev, Peter V Glybochko, Leonid M Rapoport, Dmitry G Tsarichenko
BACKGROUND: Transurethral intracorporeal lithotripsy is the modality of choice for the endoscopic disintegration of large, long-standing, radiolucent or high-density stones. Despite several advantages and proven benefits of contact ureterolithotripsy/ureterolithoextraction (CULT), the application of irrigation carries significant risks of untoward perioperative events including retrograde stone migration and postoperative pyelonephritis. METHODS: We describe a new technique - endoscopic intracorporeal lithotripsy in the gas (СО2) medium...
April 14, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430313/successful-balloon-assisted-percutaneous-thrombin-injection-of-right-subclavian-artery-pseudoaneurysm
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Andrew D Brown, Dhruvin H Hirpara, Arash Jaberi, George D Oreopoulos, Martin E Simons
PURPOSE: To report the use of a balloon catheter to facilitate percutaneous ultrasound-guided thrombin injection of a subclavian artery pseudoaneurysm. CASE REPORT: A 36-year-old man presented with hoarseness after the insertion of a right temporary internal jugular line. Arteriography showed a short neck right subclavian artery pseudoaneurysm. A 6 mm × 40 mm balloon catheter was positioned across the neck of the pseudoaneurysm to permit percutaneous ultrasound-guided thrombin injection...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430301/towards-a-bioengineered-kidney-recellularization-strategies-for-decellularized-native-kidney-scaffolds
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Michele Fedecostante, Oana G Onciu, Koen G C Westphal, Rosalinde Masereeuw
Patients with end-stage renal disease often undergo dialysis as a partial substitute for kidney function while waiting for their only treatment option: a kidney transplant. Several research directions emerged for alternatives in support of the ever-growing numbers of patients. Recent years brought big steps forward in the field, with researchers questioning and improving the current dialysis devices as well as moving towards the design of a bioengineered kidney. Whole-organ engineering is also being explored as a possibility, making use of animal or human kidney scaffolds for engineering a transplantable organ...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430153/a-novel-method-of-localization-for-moving-objects-with-an-alternating-magnetic-field
#15
Xiang Gao, Shenggang Yan, Bin Li
Magnetic detection technology has wide applications in the fields of geological exploration, biomedical treatment, wreck removal and localization of unexploded ordinance. A large number of methods have been developed to locate targets with static magnetic fields, however, the relation between the problem of localization of moving objectives with alternating magnetic fields and the localization with a static magnetic field is rarely studied. A novel method of target localization based on coherent demodulation was proposed in this paper...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430133/nuclear-molecular-imaging-strategies-in-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
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Kasper F Guldbrandsen, Helle W Hendel, Seppo W Langer, Barbara M Fischer
Immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy (ICT) is a new treatment strategy developed for the treatment of cancer. ICT inhibits pathways known to downregulate the innate immune response to cancer cells. These drugs have been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of cancers, including metastatic melanoma and lung cancer. Challenges in response evaluation of patients in ICT have risen as immune related side effects and immune cell infiltration may be confused with progressive disease. Furthermore, the timing of the evaluation scan may be challenged by relatively slow responses...
April 21, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429927/endovascular-correction-in-acute-bleeding-after-femoropopliteal-bypass-a-single-centre-experience
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Giulia Mazzitelli, Mariagnese Mele, Francesco Setacci, Giuseppe Galzerano, Gianmarco DE Donato, Domenico Benevento, Massimiliano W Guerrieri, Carlo Setacci
INTRODUCTION: The endovascular correction (EC) has emerged in recent years as a possible alternative to surgical revision (SR) in case of bleeding complications after peripheral bypass (PB) . The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of EC compared to SR in case of bleeding complications of PB. METHODS: From January 2004 to December 2014, we have submitted 32 patients to surgery for acute bleeding in previous PB (25 venous bypass, in situ or reversed, 6 PTFE bypass and 1 composite bypass)...
April 21, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429701/-microbiota-and-metabolic-syndrome
#18
Yüksel Altuntaş, Adnan Batman
The role of gut bacteria in the pathogenesis and treatment of various diseases has been a focus of attention in the last 10 years. Prevalence of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases continues to increase, in spite of technological developments and treatment alternatives. Microbial dysbiosis, described as the decrease of useful bacteria and the increase of harmful bacteria, has been associated with diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis, and metabolic syndrome. In microbial dysbiosis, increase of harmful metabolites and changes to composition of bile acids occur via carbohydrate and protein fermentation...
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429664/alternative-causes-of-myocardial-ischemia-in-women-an-update-on-spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-vasospastic-angina-and-coronary-microvascular-dysfunction
#19
Bina Ahmed, Mark A Creager
Although coronary obstruction due to atherosclerosis is the most common cause of myocardial ischemia, a significant proportion of patients have myocardial ischemia in the absence of obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease (CAD). This finding is more common among women and alternative causes can mediate myocardial ischemia. Abnormalities in vascular structure, alterations in coronary vasomotion and dysfunction of the coronary microcirculation can all cause ischemia in the absence of obstructive CAD due to atherosclerosis...
April 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429620/physician-perspectives-on-decision-making-for-treatment-of-pediatric-sleep-disordered-breathing
#20
Emily F Boss, Anne R Links, Ron Saxton, Tina L Cheng, Mary Catherine Beach
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is prevalent in children and most commonly treated by surgery with adenotonsillectomy. We aimed to learn physician perspectives of social and communication factors that influence decision making for treatment of pediatric SDB. Purposive sampling identified 10 physician key informants across disciplines and practice settings, who participated in semistructured interviews regarding SDB care experiences and communication with parents. Interviews were analyzed using directed qualitative content analysis...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
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