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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430806/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-post-penetrating-keratoplasty-glaucoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Suqian Wu, Jianjiang Xu
OBJECTIVES: To establish the incidence and risk factors for post penetrating keratoplasty glaucoma (PKKG). METHODS: Studies published between 1947 and 2016 regarding penetrating keratoplasty (PK) were identified using an electronic search and reviewed. For search purpose, PKKG was defined as ocular hypertension (> 21mmHg) after PK. The incidence and risk factors of PKKG were extracted for all studies. Pooled incidence, odd ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429672/the-molecular-mechanisms-of-thalidomide-teratogenicity-and-implications-for-modern-medicine
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J Knobloch, D Jungck, A Koch
Thalidomide is a teratogen that affects many organs but primarily induces limb truncations like phocomelia. Rodents are thalidomide resistant. In the 1950s, this has led to misinterpretations of animal tests and to the fatal assumption that the drug was safe for pregnant women to use against morning sickness. The result was one of the biggest scandals in medical history: 10.000 and more infants with birth defects in Europe. Nonetheless, thalidomide still has its place in modern medicine as it has strong therapeutic potential: it has been approved by the FDA for multiple myeloma and erythema nodosum leprosum, and its anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and anti-angiogenic activities are considered in many other refractory diseases...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429460/automated-t-wave-analysis-can-differentiate-acquired-qt-prolongation-from-congenital-long-qt-syndrome
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Alan Sugrue, Peter A Noseworthy, Vaclav Kremen, J Martijn Bos, Bo Qiang, Ram K Rohatgi, Yehu Sapir, Zachi I Attia, Peter Brady, Pedro J Caraballo, Samuel J Asirvatham, Paul A Friedman, Michael J Ackerman
BACKGROUND: Prolongation of the QT on the surface electrocardiogram can be due to either genetic or acquired causes. Distinguishing congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS) from acquired QT prolongation has important prognostic and management implications. We aimed to investigate if quantitative T-wave analysis could provide a tool for the physician to differentiate between congenital and acquired QT prolongation. METHODS: Patients were identified through an institution-wide computer-based QT screening system which alerts the physician if the QTc ≥ 500 ms...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429340/controlled-prospective-observational-study-on-the-efficiency-and-tolerability-of-a-combination-of-potential-nrf2-inducing-antioxidants-and-micronutrients-as-pre-treatment-for-icsi-in-dyspermic-patients-with-previous-failure
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R Rago, M Gallo, A Dal Lago, E Licata, G Paciotti, M Amodei, C Meneghini, C Fabiani, G Dani, C Liberanome, D Antonaci, R Corno, D Miriello, G Giuffrida, B Giammusso
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of pre-treatment in dyspermic males in IVF couples with a combination of micronutrients, for the purpose of improving the fertilization rate, the implantation rate and the outcome of the pregnancy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This controlled prospective clinical study was performed in two medically assisted reproduction centers. 59 males with mild oligo-astheno-teratospermia (OAT) were admitted to the study. All of them had a history of previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts with female partners aged < 40 diagnosed having tubal or idiopathic infertility...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429301/ethical-issues-related-to-the-promotion-of-a-100-msv-threshold-assumption-in-japan-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident-in-2011-background-and-consequences
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REVIEW
Toshihide Tsuda, Lena Lindahl, Akiko Tokinobu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes the debates in Japan regarding the 100 mSv threshold assumption and ethical issues related to it, and explores the background to distorted risk information and absence of risk communication in Japan. Then we seek proper risk communication based on scientific evidence. RECENT FINDINGS: On March 11, 2011 an accident occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Since then a number of misunderstandings have become common in Japan as a result of public statements by the Japanese and local governments that have no basis in medical science or are contradictory to medical science...
April 20, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427938/ganoderma-lucidum-reishi-suppresses-proliferation-and-migration-of-breast-cancer-cells-via-inhibiting-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Yu Zhang
The medical mushroom Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), a traditional Chinese medicine, has exhibited a promising anti-cancer effect. However, the molecular mechanism of its action on cancer cells remains unclear. Aberrant activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is the cause of many types of cancer, including breast cancer. Here we investigated the effect of Reishi on Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway and elucidated the molecular mechanism of its function in inhibiting breast cancer cells. We found that Reishi blocked Wnt/β-catenin signaling through inhibiting the phosphorylation of Wnt co-receptor LRP6...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427069/practical-lessons-from-protocol-i-for-the-management-of-diabetic-macular-edema
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Lekha Mukkamala, Neelakshi Bhagat, Marco A Zarbin
Protocol I, a multicenter randomized clinical trial, compared the visual outcomes of patients treated with 0.5 mg intravitreal ranibizumab with either prompt or deferred (by 24 weeks laser), 4 mg intravitreal triamcinolone with prompt laser, or sham injection with prompt laser for the treatment of center-involving diabetic macular edema (DME). A total of 854 adult patients with type I or II diabetes and any level of non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy or proliferative retinopathy with adequate panretinal photocoagulation, with best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 78 to 24 ETDRS letters (Snellen equivalent of 20/32 to 20/320) and visual loss attributed to macular edema, or retinal thickening with central subfield thickness of at least 250 µm by OCT were enrolled...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426651/association-of-candidate-gene-polymorphisms-with-clinical-subtypes-of-preterm-birth-in-a-latin-american-population
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Lucas G Gimenez, Allison M Momany, Fernando A Poletta, Hugo B Krupitzki, Juan A Gili, Tamara D Busch, Cesar Saleme, Viviana R Cosentino, Mariela S Pawluk, Hebe Campaña, Enrique C Gadow, Jeffrey C Murray, Jorge S Lopez-Camelo
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity. PTB is often classified according to clinical presentation: Idiopathic (PTB-I), preterm premature rupture of membranes (PTB-PPROM), and medically induced (PTB-M). The aim of this study was to evaluate the associations between specific candidate genes and clinical subtypes of PTB. METHODS: 24 SNPs were genotyped in 18 candidate genes in 709 infant triads. Of them, 243 were PTB-I, 256 PTB-PPROM, and 210 PTB-M...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425438/mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-in-peripheral-blood-cell-and-hypertension-risk-among-mining-workers-a-case-control-study-in-chinese-coal-miners
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L Lei, J Guo, X Shi, G Zhang, H Kang, C Sun, J Huang, T Wang
Alteration of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number, which reflects oxidant-induced cell damage, has been observed in a wide range of human diseases. However, whether it correlates with hypertension has not been elucidated. We aimed to explore the association between mtDNA copy number and the risk of hypertension in Chinese coal miners. A case-control study was performed with 378 hypertension patients and 325 healthy controls in a large coal mining group located in North China. Face-to-face interviews were conducted by trained staffs with necessary medical knowledge...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425265/effects-of-ankaferd-bloodstopper-on-dermal-healing-in-diabetic-rats
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Sertaç Aktop, Burcu Çevreli, Deniz Genç, Emel Serdaroğlu Kaşikçi, Nil Çomunoğlu Üstündağ, Noushin Zibandeh, Elif Merve Özcan, Gökhan Göçmen, Mehmet Kamil Göker, İsmail Tayfun Uzbay, Tunç Akkoç
BACKGROUND/AIM: Diabetes mellitus inhibits wound-induced angiogenesis, impairs the wound healing process, and leads to the development of chronic wounds. Ankaferd BloodStopper (ABS) is a new and promising local haemostatic agent. Although the mechanism of ABS-mediated haemostasis is well established, little is known about the associated histological and biochemical tissue reactions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of this new-generation local haemostatic agent on short-term soft-tissue healing in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated rats...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425207/bcg-vaccination-induced-suppurative-lymphadenitis-four-signs-to-pay-attention-to
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Sang Oon Baek, Hyo Sun Ko, Hyun Ho Han
Suppurative lymphadenitis is one of the severe complication after BCG vaccination, but its diagnostic criteria and treatment guidelines have not yet been established. In this article, we describe a case of suppurative lymphadenitis caused by BCG vaccination and propose diagnostic criteria and treatment guidelines of the disease. The lymphadenitis was presented as skin involving mass and was completely extirpated. Pathological evaluation revealed a necrotising lymphadenitis, consistent with the diagnosis of BCG lymphadenitis...
April 19, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424745/distinguishing-the-unique-neuropathological-profile-of-blast-polytrauma
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W Brad Hubbard, Shaylen Greenberg, Carly Norris, Joseph Eck, Erin Lavik, Pamela VandeVord
Traumatic brain injury sustained after blast exposure (blast-induced TBI) has recently been documented as a growing issue for military personnel. Incidence of injury to organs such as the lungs has decreased, though current epidemiology still causes a great public health burden. In addition, unprotected civilians sustain primary blast lung injury (PBLI) at alarming rates. Often, mild-to-moderate cases of PBLI are survivable with medical intervention, which creates a growing population of survivors of blast-induced polytrauma (BPT) with symptoms from blast-induced mild TBI (mTBI)...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424445/management-of-tachyarrhythmia-during-pregnancy
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Emily Ann Enderlin, Khaldia Taufiq Khaled, Luke Oke, Mohammed Madmani, Hakan Paydak
Maternal tachyarrhythmia is a common complication during pregnancy due to hormonal changes that enhance pre-existing arrhythmias or induce new arrhythmias in the presence of congenital heart defects in pregnant females. Presence of tachyarrhythmia during pregnancy poses risk to the mother and fetus, calling for proper treatment with medications. Use of antiarrhythmic drugs in cases of maternal tachyarrhythmia must give due consideration of potential teratogenic side effects. Utilization of antiarrhythmic drugs during pregnancy has been well studied; some result in minimal fetal harm or none at all...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424016/acute-brain-injury-following-illicit-drug-abuse-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-patients-spectrum-of-neuroimaging-findings
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Shai Shrot, Andrea Poretti, Elizabeth W Tucker, Bruno P Soares, Thierry Agm Huisman
The use of illicit drugs is currently a major medical problem among adolescents. Several illicit drugs have a high abuse potential and can be neurotoxic causing high morbidity and mortality. The clinical manifestation of adolescents with acute drug-induced neurotoxicity is often characterized by non-specific symptoms and findings. Early diagnosis is important to prevent death and permanent long-term neurological impairments. We report on clinical and neuroimaging findings in five adolescents with acute brain imaging following illicit drug intoxication to highlight the role of neuroimaging findings in the diagnostic work-up of pediatric acute drug-induced neurotoxicity...
April 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423790/improving-terminology-mapping-in-clinical-text-with-context-sensitive-spelling-correction
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Juliusz Dziadek, Aron Henriksson, Martin Duneld
The mapping of unstructured clinical text to an ontology facilitates meaningful secondary use of health records but is non-trivial due to lexical variation and the abundance of misspellings in hurriedly produced notes. Here, we apply several spelling correction methods to Swedish medical text and evaluate their impact on SNOMED CT mapping; first in a controlled evaluation using medical literature text with induced errors, followed by a partial evaluation on clinical notes. It is shown that the best-performing method is context-sensitive, taking into account trigram frequencies and utilizing a corpus-based dictionary...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423507/tgf-%C3%AE-independent-ctgf-induction-regulates-cell-adhesion-mediated-drug-resistance-by-increasing-collagen-i-in-hcc
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Yeonhwa Song, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim, Kang Mo Kim, Haeng Ran Seo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents and remains an unmet medical need. Here, we demonstrate a mechanism of cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance using a variety of HCC spheroid models to overcome environment-mediated drug resistance in HCC. We classified spheroids into two groups, tightly compacted and loosely compacted aggregates, based on investigation of dynamics of spheroid formation. Our results show that compactness of HCC spheroids correlated with fibroblast-like characteristics, collagen 1A1 (COL1A1) content, and capacity for chemoresistance...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423456/progesterone-resistance-in-endometriosis-origins-consequences-and-interventions
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Bansari G Patel, Martin Rudnicki, Jie Yu, Yimin Shu, Robert N Taylor
Endometriosis is a common cause of pelvic pain and affects up to 10% of women of reproductive age. Aberrant progesterone signaling in the endometrium plays a significant role in impaired decidualization and establishment of ectopic endometrial implants. Eutopic endometrial cells from women with endometriosis fail to downregulate genes needed for decidualization, such as those involved in cell cycle regulation, leading to unbridled proliferation. Several causes of progesterone resistance in the endometrium have been postulated, including congenital "preconditioning", whereby the in utero environment renders infants susceptible to neonatal uterine bleeding and endometriosis...
April 19, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423056/hair-and-stress-a-pilot-study-of-hair-and-cytokine-balance-alteration-in-healthy-young-women-under-major-exam-stress
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Eva M J Peters, Yvonne Müller, Wenke Snaga, Herbert Fliege, Anett Reißhauer, Thomas Schmidt-Rose, Heiner Max, Dorothea Schweiger, Matthias Rose, Johannes Kruse
Mouse models show that experimental stress mimicking prolonged life-stress exposure enhances neurogenic inflammation, induces adaptive immunity cytokine-imbalance characterized by a shift to Type 1 T-helper cell cytokines and increases apoptosis of epithelial cells. This affects hair growth in otherwise healthy animals. In this study, we investigate whether a prolonged naturalistic life-stress exposure affects cytokine balance and hair parameters in healthy humans. 33 (18 exam, 15 comparison) female medical students with comparable sociobiological status were analyzed during a stressful final examination period, at three points in time (T) 12 weeks apart...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422845/response-to-benzodiazepines-and-the-clinical-course-in-malignant-catatonia-associated-with-schizophrenia-a-case-report
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Kazutaka Ohi, Aki Kuwata, Takamitsu Shimada, Toshiki Yasuyama, Yusuke Nitta, Takashi Uehara, Yasuhiro Kawasaki
BACKGROUND: Malignant catatonia (MC) is a disorder consisting of catatonic symptoms, hyperthermia, autonomic instability, and altered mental status. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) caused by antipsychotics is considered a variant of MC. Benzodiazepine (BZD) medications are safe and effective treatments providing rapid relief from MC. This case study reports a detailed clinical course of a case of MC associated with schizophrenia initially diagnosed as NMS that responded successfully to BZDs but not to dantrolene...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422341/late-pubertal-growth-spurt-in-a-girl-with-growth-hormone-deficiency-is-kaufmann-therapy-effective-in-a-girl-with-short-stature-who-responds-poorly-to-growth-hormone-therapy-and-estrogen-replacement-therapy
#20
Katsuhiko Yasuda
A Japanese senior high school girl aged 18 years and 5 months with growth hormone deficiency was referred for primary amenorrhea. Her height was 1.36 m, and her bodyweight was 23.5 kg. She had received daily growth hormone therapy from the age of 5 years. Growth hormone therapy was discontinued at the age of 16 years and 11 months, and estrogen-replacement therapy (ERT) was started to stimulate secondary sexual characteristics. Although ERT was performed until the age of 18 years and 11 months, genital bleeding did not occur...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
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