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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785090/semen-brassicae-ameliorates-hepatic-fibrosis-by-regulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-smad-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-akt-signaling-pathways-in-rats
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Si Cao, Baoping Zheng, Tao Chen, Xinfeng Chang, Bao Yin, Zhihua Huang, Ping Shuai, Limin Han
Purpose: There is no effective treatment for liver fibrosis, which is a common phase during the progression of many chronic liver diseases to cirrhosis. Previous studies found that Semen Brassicae therapy can effectively improve the clinical symptoms of patients with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic lung diseases; however, its effects on liver fibrosis in rats and its possible mechanisms of action remain unclear. Methods: Rats were injected intraperitoneally with 4% thioacetamide aqueous solution (5 mL·kg-1 ) at a dose of 200 mg·kg-1 twice a week for 8 consecutive weeks to establish the liver fibrosis model and were then treated with different concentrations of Semen Brassicae extract...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785060/cost-effectiveness-of-vitamin-c-supplementation-for-pregnant-smokers-to-improve-offspring-lung-function-at-birth-and-reduce-childhood-wheeze-asthma
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Leah Yieh, Cindy T McEvoy, Scott W Hoffman, Aaron B Caughey, Kelvin D MacDonald, Dmitry Dukhovny
OBJECTIVE: To determine the implications of supplemental vitamin C for pregnant tobacco smokers and its effects on the prevalence of pediatric asthma, asthma-related mortality, and associated costs. STUDY DESIGN: A decision-analytic model built via TreeAge compared the outcome of asthma in a theoretical annual cohort of 480,000 children born to pregnant smokers through 18 years of life. Vitamin C supplementation (500 mg/day) with a standard prenatal vitamin was compared to a prenatal vitamin (60 mg/day)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784755/intergenerational-associations-of-parent-adverse-childhood-experiences-and-child-health-outcomes
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Félice Lê-Scherban, Xi Wang, Kathryn H Boyle-Steed, Lee M Pachter
BACKGROUND: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) robustly predict future morbidity and mortality. Researchers are just beginning to investigate intergenerational effects. We hypothesize there are intergenerational associations between parent ACE exposure and worse child health, health behaviors, and health care access and use. METHODS: We linked data from 2 population-based cross-sectional telephone surveys in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that were used to ask parents about their past exposure to ACEs and their child's health, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784590/prognostic-factors-and-predictive-model-for-in-hospital-mortality-following-hip-fractures-in-the-elderly
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J Sanz-Reig, J Salvador Marín, J Ferrández Martínez, D Orozco Beltrán, J F Martínez López, J A Quesada Rico
PURPOSE: The incidence of hip fractures is increasing within the aging population. Our objective was to identify and quantify the risk factors and develop a predictive model for the in-hospital mortality among hip fracture patients older than 65 years. METHODS: This is a prospective study conducted on 331 hip fracture patients older than 65 years admitted to our hospital from 2011 to 2014. Patients' demographics, prehospitalization residential status, prefracture comorbidity data, anti-aggregant and anticoagulant medication, preoperative hemoglobin value, type of fractures, type of treatments, time to surgery, and complications were recorded...
April 25, 2018: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784007/reporting-to-parents-on-children-s-exposures-to-asthma-triggers-in-low-income-and-public-housing-an-interview-based-case-study-of-ethics-environmental-literacy-individual-action-and-public-health-benefits
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Laura J Perovich, Jennifer Liss Ohayon, Elicia Mayuri Cousins, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Phil Brown, Gary Adamkiewicz, Julia Green Brody
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence about the effects of endocrine disruptors on asthma symptoms suggests new opportunities to reduce asthma by changing personal environments. Right-to-know ethics supports returning personal results for these chemicals to participants, so they can make decisions to reduce exposures. Yet researchers and institutional review boards have been reluctant to approve results reports in low-income communities, which are disproportionately affected by asthma. Concerns include limited literacy, lack of resources to reduce exposures, co-occurring stressors, and lack of models for effective reporting...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780034/improving-predictive-asthma-algorithms-with-modelled-environment-data-for-scotland-an-observational-cohort-study-protocol
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Ireneous N Soyiri, Aziz Sheikh, Stefan Reis, Kimberly Kavanagh, Massimo Vieno, Tom Clemens, Edward J Carnell, Jiafeng Pan, Abby King, Rachel C Beck, Hester J T Ward, Chris Dibben, Chris Robertson, Colin R Simpson
INTRODUCTION: Asthma has a considerable, but potentially, avoidable burden on many populations globally. Scotland has some of the poorest health outcomes from asthma. Although ambient pollution, weather changes and sociodemographic factors have been associated with asthma attacks, it remains unclear whether modelled environment data and geospatial information can improve population-based asthma predictive algorithms. We aim to create the afferent loop of a national learning health system for asthma in Scotland...
May 20, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780025/neighbourhood-socioeconomic-position-and-risks-of-major-chronic-diseases-and-all-cause-mortality-a-quasi-experimental-study
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Daniel Kim, Richard H Glazier, Brandon Zagorski, Ichiro Kawachi, Philip Oreopoulos
OBJECTIVES: This study estimated the health impacts of neighbourhood socioeconomic position (SEP) among public housing residents. Because applicants to public housing were assigned to housing projects primarily based on factors other than personal choice, we capitalised on a quasirandom source of variation in neighbourhood of residence to obtain more valid estimates of the health impacts of neighbourhood SEP. DESIGN: Quasiexperimental study. SETTING: Greater Metropolitan Toronto area, Canada...
May 20, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778524/posttranscriptional-regulation-of-interleukin-33-expression-by-microrna-200-in-bronchial-asthma
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Xin Tang, Feng Wu, Jinshuo Fan, Yang Jin, Jianjun Wang, Guanghai Yang
The importance of understanding how interleukin-33 (IL-33) is regulated (particularly by miRs) is critical in IL-33 biology, and evidence of this in asthma pathology is limited. MicroRNA profiling of cells isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage of 14 asthmatic patients and 11 healthy controls revealed miR-200b and miR-200c were significantly reduced in asthmatic patients compared with healthy controls. The reduction was validated in two independent models of allergen-induced allergic airway inflammation and further demonstrated to be inversely correlated with asthma severity, as well as increased IL-33 production in asthmatic patients...
April 25, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778505/novel-peptide-nanoparticle-biased-antagonist-of-ccr3-blocks-eosinophil-recruitment-and-airway-hyperresponsiveness
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Milica Grozdanovic, Kimberly G Laffey, Hazem Abdelkarim, Ben Hitchinson, Anantha Harijith, Hyung-Geon Moon, Gye Young Park, Lee K Rousslang, Joanne C Masterson, Glenn T Furuta, Nadya I Tarasova, Vadim Gaponenko, Steven J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Chemokine signaling through CCR3 is a key regulatory pathway for eosinophil recruitment into tissues associated with allergic inflammation and asthma. To date, none of the CCR3 antagonists have shown efficacy in clinical trials. One reason may be their unbiased mode of inhibition that prevents receptor internalization, leading to drug tolerance. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a novel peptide nanoparticle CCR3 inhibitor (R321) with a biased mode of inhibition that would block G-protein signaling, but enable or promote receptor internalization...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777773/progress-in-formulation-development-and-sterilisation-of-freeze-dried-oligodeoxynucleotide-loaded-gelatine-nanoparticles
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Katharina J Geh, Madlen Hubert, Gerhard Winter
Oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN)-loaded gelatine nanoparticles (GNPs) have proven their outstanding potential in the treatment of allergic diseases such as equine asthma and canine atopic dermatitis, which are appropriate models for the corresponding human diseases. To encourage the development of a marketable product, long term stability and sterility needs to be ensured. In this work, we aimed to advance freeze-drying options to stabilise ODN-loaded GNPs. Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation mass spectrometry time-of-flight was implemented as a versatile tool to assess ODN stability...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777682/inhibition-of-bet-bromodomains-restores-corticosteroid-responsiveness-in-a-mixed-granulocytic-mouse-model-of-asthma
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Ahmed Nadeem, Sheikh F Ahmad, Naif O Al-Harbi, Nahid Siddiqui, Khalid E Ibrahim, Sabry M Attia
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by different endotypes/phenotypes. Th2/Th17 driven mixed granulocytic asthma is one of them and shows resistance to corticosteroid therapy. Bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) proteins are required for differentiation of Th17 cells which play a pivotal role in neutrophilic inflammation. Therefore, we sought to characterize the differential effects of BET inhibitor versus corticosteroids, and their potential synergism in cockroach allergen extract (CE)-induced mixed granulocytic (eosinophilic and neutrophilic) mouse model of asthma having Th2/Th17 endotype...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777594/il-3-producing-basophils-are-required-to-exacerbate-airway-hyper-responsiveness-in-a-murine-inflammatory-model
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Rachel Rignault-Bricard, François Machavoine, Salah Mecheri, Olivier Hermine, Elke Schneider, Michel Dy, Maria Leite-de-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Basophils are commonly associated with allergic responses because of their ability to produce large amounts of pro-Th2 cytokines and histamine. However, the mechanisms through which bone marrow-resident basophils (BMRB) become fully competent cytokine and histamine producers in response to IgE crosslinking are poorly understood. Here, we sought to determine the role of IL-3 in promoting pro-Th2 basophils. METHODS: BMRB and basophils exposed to IL-3 in vitro and in vivo were evaluated for their production of Th2 cytokines and histamine in response to FcεRI crosslinking on both protein and gene expression levels...
May 19, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777329/population-pharmacokinetics-of-theophylline-in-adult-chinese-patients-with-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Yanjiao Ma, Ling Xue, Xin Chen, Yingbo Kang, Yong Wang, Liqing Wang
Background Theophylline has a narrow therapeutic range and large interindividual variability in blood levels, so a thorough understanding of its pharmacokinetic characteristics is essential. Population pharmacokinetic (PPK) approaches could achieve it and many PPK studies of theophylline have been reported in infants. However, none was conducted in Chinese adults and none has explored the effect of CYP1A2 genotypes on the PPK characteristics of theophylline in adults. Objective To evaluate the PPK characteristics of theophylline and to assess the possible influence of covariates, including CYP1A2 genotypes, on theophylline clearance in Chinese adult patients...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777106/clinical-prediction-models-to-support-the-diagnosis-of-asthma-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-protocol
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L Daines, S McLean, A Buelo, S Lewis, A Sheikh, H Pinnock
Substantial over-diagnosis and under-diagnosis of asthma in adults and children has recently been reported. As asthma is mostly diagnosed in non-specialist settings, a clinical prediction model (CPM) to aid the diagnosis of asthma in primary care may help improve diagnostic accuracy. We aim to systematically identify, describe, compare, and synthesise existing CPMs designed to support the diagnosis of asthma in children and adults presenting with symptoms suggestive of the disease, in primary care settings or equivalent populations...
May 18, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775671/variable-ventilation-decreases-airway-responsiveness-and-improves-ventilation-efficiency-in-a-rat-model-of-asthma
#15
Fatemeh Ilka, Mohammad Javan, Mohammad Reza Raoufy
The optimal ventilation strategy in patients receiving mechanical ventilation for severe asthma remains unclear. The effect of conventional ventilation (with constant tidal volume and respiratory rate) and variable ventilation (with the same average but variable tidal volume and respiratory rate) on peak airway pressure and airway exacerbation induced by increasing doses of methacholine was compared in a rat model of asthma. The respiratory rate and tidal volume data were obtained from a spontaneously breathing intact rat during immobility using a whole-body plethysmograph...
May 15, 2018: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773606/optimising-experimental-research-in-respiratory-diseases-an-ers-statement
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Philippe Bonniaud, Aurélie Fabre, Nelly Frossard, Christophe Guignabert, Mark Inman, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Tania Maes, Wei Shi, Martin Stampfli, Stefan Uhlig, Eric White, Martin Witzenrath, Pierre-Simon Bellaye, Bruno Crestani, Oliver Eickelberg, Heinz Fehrenbach, Andreas Guenther, Gisli Jenkins, Guy Joos, Antoine Magnan, Bernard Maitre, Ulrich A Maus, Petra Reinhold, Juanita H J Vernooy, Luca Richeldi, Martin Kolb
Experimental models are critical for the understanding of lung health and disease and are indispensable for drug development. However, the pathogenetic and clinical relevance of the models is often unclear. Further, the use of animals in biomedical research is controversial from an ethical perspective.The objective of this task force was to issue a statement with research recommendations about lung disease models by facilitating in-depth discussions between respiratory scientists, and to provide an overview of the literature on the available models...
May 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772494/effects-of-ceftriaxone-induced-intestinal-dysbacteriosis-on-regulatory-t-cells-validated-by-anaphylactic-mice
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Xia Luo, Zengfeng Pan, Shuang Luo, Qi Liu, Shaowei Huang, Guanghua Yang, Feifei Nong, Yajun Fu, Xiangliang Deng, Lian Zhou
Both probiotics and pathogens in the human gut express pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and die with the release of endotoxin and bacterial DNA, which can stimulate our immune system and cause immune reaction. However, it's interesting and fascinating to address why the normal intestinal flora will not generate immunological rejection like the pathogen does. By investigating the changes in cells and molecules relevant to immune tolerance in mice with ceftriaxone-induced dysbacteriosis, our study discovered that both the Evenness indexes and Shannon Wiener index of intestinal flora showed a decrease in dysbacteriosis mice...
May 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772010/hypergravity-enhances-the-therapeutic-effect-of-dexamethasone-in-allergic-asthma-and-rhinitis-animal-model
#18
Tae Young Jang, Ah-Yeoun Jung, Soonjo Kwon, Young Hyo Kim
We investigated whether the therapeutic effects of dexamethasone for allergic asthma and rhinitis were enhanced in mice when exposed to hypergravity. Forty mice were divided into 5 groups (n = 8/group): Control group received saline intraperitoneally (i.p.) and intranasally (i.n.); Asthma group received i.p./i.n. ovalbumin (OVA) for inducing allergic asthma/rhinitis; Dexa group received i.n. dexamethasone (0.75 mg/kg) 30 minutes before each OVA challenge; Hypergravity group was subjected to allergic asthma/rhinitis as well as exposed to 5 G hypergravity for 30 days; Finally in Dexa/Hypergravity group, hypergravity and dexamethasone were used simultaneously during induction of allergic asthma/rhinitis...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771597/concordance-between-survey-reported-childhood-asthma-and-linked-medicaid-administrative-records
#19
Benjamin Zablotsky, Lindsey I Black
OBJECTIVE: Agreement between administrative and survey data has been shown to vary by the condition of interest and there is limited research dedicated to parental report of asthma among children. The current study assesses the concordance between parent-reported asthma from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) with Medicaid administrative claims data among linkage eligible children from the NHIS. METHODS: Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) files from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (years 2000-2005) were linked to participants of the NHIS (years 2001-2005)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770729/group-sequential-designs-for-negative-binomial-outcomes
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Tobias Mütze, Ekkehard Glimm, Heinz Schmidli, Tim Friede
Count data and recurrent events in clinical trials, such as the number of lesions in magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis, the number of relapses in multiple sclerosis, the number of hospitalizations in heart failure, and the number of exacerbations in asthma or in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are often modeled by negative binomial distributions. In this manuscript, we study planning and analyzing clinical trials with group sequential designs for negative binomial outcomes. We propose a group sequential testing procedure for negative binomial outcomes based on Wald statistics using maximum likelihood estimators...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
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