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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324120/-biological-mechanisms-of-radiation-effects
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S Gruber, W Dörr
BACKGROUND: Exposure to ionizing radiation for diagnostic purposes is inevitable in modern medicine. The therapeutic application of irradiation is highly effective against cancer; however, this implies exposure of normal tissue structures to significant doses of radiation. Diagnostic or therapeutic exposure to ionizing radiation can result in tissue changes and tumor induction in the long term. Knowledge of the biological mechanisms underlying these effects is essential for individualization of the application...
March 21, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324049/piloting-a-remission-strategy-in-type-2-diabetes-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Natalia McInnes, Ada Smith, Rose Otto, Jeffrey Vandermey, Zubin Punthakee, Diana Sherifali, Kumar Balasubramanian, Stephanie Hall, Hertzel C Gerstein
Context: Medical strategies targeting remission of type 2 diabetes have not been systematically studied. Objective: This trial assessed the feasibility, safety and potential to induce remission of a short-term intensive metabolic strategy. Design: A randomized, parallel, open-label pilot trial in 83 participants followed for 52 weeks. Setting: Ambulatory care. Participants: Patients with type 2 diabetes of up to 3 years in duration...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323749/importance-of-medication-reconciliation-tizanidine-induced-hepatitis
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Dalvir Gill, Fatme Allam, Jennifer Boyle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323627/effects-of-xuebijing-injection-for-patients-with-sepsis-induced-acute-kidney-injury-after-wenchuan-earthquake
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Qin Yuxi, Hanlai Zhang, Yu Baili, Shihua Shi
Context • Earthquakes are devastating disasters that have claimed countless lives in the past, partially owing to the danger of direct and indirect injuries to vital organs. In the deadly earthquake that occurred in Sichuan Province of China on May 12, 2008, some victims suffered from severe damage to multiple organs and tissue and developed sepsis, a systematic inflammatory reaction resulting from infection and trauma. Xuebijing injection (CCXG) could beneficial for improvement of clinical symptoms in those patients, but no research has yet examined its potential...
March 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323403/discovery-of-potent-antiallodynic-agents-for-neuropathic-pain-targeting-p2x3-receptors
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Young-Hwan Jung, Yong-Chul Kim, Yeo Ok Kim, Hai Lin, Joong-Heui Cho, Jin-Hee Park, So-Deok Lee, Jinsu Bae, Koon Mook Kang, Yoon Gyoon Kim, Ae Nim Pae, Hyojin Ko, Chul-Seung Park, Myung Ha Yoon
Antagonism of the P2X3 receptor is one of the potential therapeutic strategies for the management of neuropathic pain because P2X3 receptors are predominantly localized on small to medium diameter C- and Aδ-fiber primary afferent neurons, which are related to the pain-sensing system. In this study, 5-hydroxy pyridine derivatives were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their in vitro biological activities by two-electrode voltage clamp assay at hP2X3 receptors. Among the novel hP2X3 receptor antagonists, intrathecal treatment of compound 29 showed parallel efficacy with pregabalin (calcium channel modulator) and higher efficacy than AF353 (P2X3 receptor antagonist) in the evaluation of its antiallodynic effects in spinal nerve ligation rats...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319954/comparison-of-initial-vasopressors-used-for-delayed-cerebral-ischemia-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Bhaskar Roy, Louise D McCullough, Rajat Dhar, James Grady, Yu-Bo Wang, Robert J Brown
BACKGROUND: The main reason for morbidity after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI). The mainstay of medical therapy for treating DCI is induced hypertension with vasopressors to restore cerebral perfusion. Both phenylephrine (PE) and norepinephrine (NE) are commonly used for induced hypertension, but the impact of the initial choice of vasopressor on the efficacy, adverse effects, or outcome after hemodynamic therapy for DCI is unknown. METHODS: Sixty-three patients with aSAH between January 2012 and October 2014, who developed DCI (defined as new focal deficit or decline in Glasgow Coma Score) and in which PE (n = 45) or NE (n = 18) treatment was initiated were evaluated in this retrospective study...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319848/treatment-of-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-with-the-gabaa-receptor-modulating-steroid-antagonist-sepranolone-uc1010-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marie Bixo, Karin Ekberg, Inger Sundström Poromaa, Angelica Lindén Hirschberg, Aino Fianu Jonasson, Lotta Andréen, Erika Timby, Marianne Wulff, Agneta Ehrenborg, Torbjörn Bäckström
CONTEXT: Allopregnanolone is a metabolite from progesterone and a positive modulator of the GABAA receptor. This endogenous steroid may induce negative mood in sensitive women when present in serum levels comparable to the premenstrual phase. Its endogenous isomer, isoallopregnanolone, has been shown to antagonize allopregnanolone effects in experimental animal and human models. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to test whether inhibition of allopregnanolone by treatment with the GABAA modulating steroid antagonist (GAMSA) Sepranolone (UC1010) during the premenstrual phase could reduce symptoms of the premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)...
March 1, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319634/late-onset-bexarotene-induced-cd4-lymphopenia-in-a-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-patient
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Karin Eshagh, Laura S Romero, Jessica K So, Xianfeng Frank Zhao
Various infections, autoimmune diseases, medications, and total-body irradiation are known factors associated with CD4 lymphopenia, defined as a CD4 T-cell count below 300 cells/mL or less than 20% of total lymphocytes. We report a rare case of a patient with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) who developed profound CD4 lymphopenia in the setting of long-term bexarotene therapy. Bexarotene is a third-generation retinoid that inhibits epithelial cell proliferation and is approved for treatment of advanced CTCL (stages IIB-IVB) in adult patients who have failed at least 1 prior systemic therapy...
February 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318957/oceanic-meteorological-conditions-influence-incidence-of-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Thierry Patrice, Bertrand Rozec, Hubert Desal, Yvonnick Blanloeil
OBJECTIVE: Publications concerning the weather pattern of occurrence of the subarachnoid hemorrhage have produced controversial results. We chose to study subarachnoid hemorrhage occurring in oceanic climate with deep variations focusing on partial oxygen volume (pO2) and patient history. METHODS: Seventy-one patients had been successively recruited from a single center 45 km from the Atlantic shore. Climate conditions had been analyzed from 72 hours before subarachnoid hemorrhage to 24 hours after...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318845/specifying-the-effects-of-physician-s-communication-on-patients-outcomes-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Mara van Osch, Sandra van Dulmen, Liesbeth van Vliet, Jozien Bensing
OBJECTIVE: To experimentally test the effects of physician's affect-oriented communication and inducing expectations on outcomes in patients with menstrual pain. METHODS: Using a 2×2 RCT design, four videotaped simulated medical consultations were used, depicting a physician and a patient with menstrual pain. In the videos, two elements of physician's communication were manipulated: (1) affect-oriented communication (positive: warm, emphatic; versus negative: cold, formal), and (2) outcome expectation induction (positive versus uncertain)...
March 6, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318145/a-multicenter-study-on-pivka-reference-interval-of-healthy-population-and-establishment-of-pivka-cutoff-value-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-diagnosis-in-china
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X Qin, G Tang, R Gao, Z Guo, Z Liu, S Yu, M Chen, Z Tao, S Li, M Liu, L Wang, L Hou, L Xia, X Cheng, J Han, L Qiu
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the reference interval of protein-induced vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) in China population and to evaluate its medical decision level for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) diagnosis. METHODS: To determine the reference range for Chinese individuals, a total of 855 healthy subjects in five typical regions of China were enrolled in this study to obtain a 95% reference interval. In a case-control study which recruited the subjects diagnosed with HCC, metastatic liver cancer, bile duct cancer, hepatitis, cirrhosis, other benign liver diseases and the subjects administrated anticoagulant, receiver operating characteristic analysis was used to determine PIVKA-II cutoff value for a medical decision...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317862/biological-activity-of-masked-endotoxin
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Harald Schwarz, Jan Gornicec, Theresa Neuper, Maria Alejandra Parigiani, Michael Wallner, Albert Duschl, Jutta Horejs-Hoeck
Low endotoxin recovery (LER) is a recently discovered phenomenon describing the inability of limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL)-based assays to detect lipopolysaccharide (LPS) because of a "masking effect" caused by chelators or detergents commonly used in buffer formulations for medical products and recombinant proteins. This study investigates the masking capacities of different buffer formulations and whether masked endotoxin is biologically active. We show that both naturally occurring endotoxin as well as control standard endotoxin can be affected by LER...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317526/medical-and-maintenance-treatments-for-vitiligo
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REVIEW
Thierry Passeron
Medical treatments alone, or in combination with phototherapy, are key approaches for treating nonsegmental vitiligo and, to a lesser extent, segmental vitiligo. The treatments are useful for halting disease progression and have been proven effective for inducing repigmentation and decreasing risk of relapses. Although the treatments have side effects and limitations, vitiligo often induces a marked decrease in quality of life and in most cases the risk:benefit ratio is in favor of an active approach. Systemic and topical agents targeting the pathways involved in loss of melanocytes and in differentiation of melanocyte stem cells should provide more effective approaches in the near future...
April 2017: Dermatologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317352/-clinical-analysis-of-bisphosphonate-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw
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Gong Jiaxing, Wang Huiming
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to analyze patients with bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ). METHODS: Twelve patients treated in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Me-dical School, Zhejiang University from May 2013 to September 2015 were included. Patients' basic situation, medication, clinical symptoms, therapies, and effects were obtained and analyzed. RESULTS: The treatment of nine patients focused on the mandible, whereas that of three patients was on the maxilla...
August 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315343/inhibition-of-agonist-induced-smooth-muscle-contraction-by-picotamide-in-the-male-human-lower-urinary-tract-outflow-region
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Martin Hennenberg, Alexander Tamalunas, Yiming Wang, Patrick Keller, Melanie Schott, Frank Strittmatter, Annika Herlemann, Qingfeng Yu, Beata Rutz, Anna Ciotkowska, Christian G Stief, Christian Gratzke
Male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to bladder outlet obstruction are characterized by abnormal smooth muscle contractions in the lower urinary tract. Alpha1-adrenoceptor antagonists may induce smooth muscle relaxation in the outflow region and represent the current goldstandard of medical treatment. However, results may be unsatisfactory or inadequate. Apart from α1-adrenoceptor agonists, smooth muscle contraction in the outflow region may be induced by thromboxane A2 (TXA2), endothelins, or muscarinic receptor agonists...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315126/screening-for-main-components-associated-with-the-idiosyncratic-hepatotoxicity-of-a-tonic-herb-polygonum-multiflorum
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Chunyu Li, Ming Niu, Zhaofang Bai, Congen Zhang, Yanling Zhao, Ruiyu Li, Can Tu, Huifang Li, Jing Jing, Yakun Meng, Zhijie Ma, Wuwen Feng, Jinfa Tang, Yun Zhu, Jinjie Li, Xiaoya Shang, Zhengsheng Zou, Xiaohe Xiao, Jiabo Wang
The main constituents of a typical medicinal herb, Polygonum multiflorum (Heshouwu in Chinese), that induces idiosyncratic liver injury remain unclear. Our previous work has shown that cotreatment with a nontoxic dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and therapeutic dose of Heshouwu can induce liver injury in rats, whereas the solo treatment cannot induce observable injury. In the present work, using the constituent "knock-out" and "knock-in" strategy, we found that the ethyl acetate (EA) extract of Heshouwu displayed comparable idiosyncratic hepatotoxicity to the whole extract in LPS-treated rats...
March 17, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314442/-adult-congenital-heart-disease-medical-and-psychosocial-issues
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Magalie Ladouceur, Florence Pontnau, Laurence Iserin
The population of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is continuously increasing with now a higher prevalence than that of the pediatric population. This concerns above all complex congenital heart diseases. Heart failure is the primary cause of death followed by arrhythmia, which is very common in ACHD. A specialized follow-up by dedicated centers is significantly associated with an improvement of survival of ACHD patients compared to non-expert follow-up. Extracardiac disorders (liver, kidney, respiratory) are frequent and require an accurate and specific management...
March 14, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314101/a-dielectrophoresis-system-for-testing-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-gram-negative-bacteria-to-beta-lactam-antibiotics
#18
I-Hsiu Su, Wen-Chien Ko, Chung-Hsin Shih, Fang-Hao Yeh, Yung-Nien Sun, Jung-Chih Chen, Po-Lin Chen, Hsien-Chang Chang
Gram-negative bacteria (GNBs) are common pathogens causing severe sepsis. Rapid evaluation of drug susceptibility would guide effective antibiotic treatment, and promote life-saving. A total of 78 clinical isolates of 13 gram-negative species collected between April 2013 and November 2013 from two medical centers in Tainan were tested. Bacterial morphology changes in different concentrations of antibiotics were observed under the electric field of a quadruple electrode array using light microscopy. The minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of four antimicrobial agents, namely cefazolin, ceftazidime, cefepime, and doripenem, were determined by the dielectrophoretic antimicrobial susceptibility testing (dAST) and by the conventional broth dilution testing (BDT)...
March 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306713/trypanocidal-effect-of-isotretinoin-through-the-inhibition-of-polyamine-and-amino-acid-transporters-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Chantal Reigada, Edward A Valera-Vera, Melisa Sayé, Andrea E Errasti, Carla C Avila, Mariana R Miranda, Claudio A Pereira
Polyamines are essential compounds to all living organisms and in the specific case of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, they are exclusively obtained through transport processes since this parasite is auxotrophic for polyamines. Previous works reported that retinol acetate inhibits Leishmania growth and decreases its intracellular polyamine concentration. The present work describes a combined strategy of drug repositioning by virtual screening followed by in vitro assays to find drugs able to inhibit TcPAT12, the only polyamine transporter described in T...
March 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306359/spinal-cord-injuries-how-could-cell-therapy-help
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Anna Badner, Ahad M Siddiqui, Michael G Fehlings
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating condition, where regenerative failure and cell loss lead to paralysis. The heterogeneous and time-sensitive pathophysiology has made it difficult to target tissue repair. Despite many medical advances, there are no effective regenerative therapies. As stem cells offer multi-targeted and environmentally responsive benefits, cell therapy is a promising treatment approach. Areas covered: This review highlights the cell therapies being investigated for SCI, including Schwann cells, olfactory ensheathing cells, mensenchymal stem/stromal cells, neural precursors, oligodendrocyte progenitors, embryonic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells...
March 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
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