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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437857/influence-of-inflammation-and-nitric-oxide-upon-platelet-aggregation-following-deposition-of-diesel-exhaust-particles-in-the-airways
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E Smyth, A Solomon, M A Birrell, M J Smallwood, P G Winyard, T D Tetley, M Emerson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Exposure to nanoparticulate pollution has been implicated in platelet-driven thrombotic events such as myocardial infarction. Inflammation and impairment of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability have been proposed as potential causative mechanisms. It is unclear, however, whether airways exposure to combustion-derived nanoparticles such as diesel exhaust particles (DEP) or carbon black (CB) can augment platelet aggregation in vivo and the underlying mechanisms remain undefined...
April 24, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437539/safety-and-efficacy-of-antiviral-therapy-for-prevention-of-cytomegalovirus-reactivation-in-immunocompetent-critically-ill-patients-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Nicholas J Cowley, Andrew Owen, Sarah C Shiels, Joanne Millar, Rebecca Woolley, Natalie Ives, Husam Osman, Paul Moss, Julian F Bion
Importance: Latent cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is present in more than half the adult population, and a viral reactivation (ie, when the virus becomes measurable in body fluids such as blood) can occur in up to one-third of these individuals during episodes of critical illness. Objective: To determine whether antiviral therapy is safe and effective for preventing CMV reactivation in a general population of critically ill patients. Design, Setting, and Participants: A single-center, open-label, randomized, controlled clinical trial recruited 124 CMV-seropositive patients undergoing mechanical ventilation for at least 24 hours in the intensive care unit between January 1, 2012, and January 31, 2014...
April 24, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437000/magnetically-guided-capsule-endoscopy
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REVIEW
Naveen Shamsudhin, Vladimir I Zverev, Henrik Keller, Salvador Pane, Peter W Egolf, Bradley J Nelson, Alexander M Tishin
Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is a powerful tool for medical screening and diagnosis, where a small capsule is swallowed and moved by means of natural peristalsis and gravity through the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The camera-integrated capsule allows for visualization of the small intestine, a region which was previously inaccessible to classical flexible endoscopy. As a diagnostic tool, it allows to localize the sources of bleedings in the middle-part of the gastrointestinal tract and to identify diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease), Polyposis-Syndrome and tumors...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436486/muscle-wasting-and-cachexia-in-heart-failure-mechanisms-and-therapies
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REVIEW
Stephan von Haehling, Nicole Ebner, Marcelo R Dos Santos, Jochen Springer, Stefan D Anker
Body wasting is a serious complication that affects a large proportion of patients with heart failure. Muscle wasting, also known as sarcopenia, is the loss of muscle mass and strength, whereas cachexia describes loss of weight. After reaching guideline-recommended doses of heart failure therapies, the most promising approach to treating body wasting seems to be combined therapy that includes exercise, nutritional counselling, and drug treatment. Nutritional considerations include avoiding excessive salt and fluid intake, and replenishment of deficiencies in trace elements...
April 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435930/spinal-subdural-hematoma-a-rare-case-of-spinal-subdural-hematoma-complicating-routine-minimally-invasive-lumbar-discectomy-and-decompression-and-relevant-literature-review
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Chelsea C Boe, Brett A Freedman, Ravi Kumar, Kendall Lee, Robert McDonald, John Port
We present a case of apparently uncomplicated lumbar decompression and discectomy with delayed postoperative neurological deterioration secondary to subdural hematoma at the thoracolumbar level of the spinal cord. Previously described subdural hematomas have occurred spontaneously or related to iatrogenic injury. Hitherto, no case of acute postoperative subdural hematoma has been reported in the postoperative setting in the absence of known iatrogenic dural injury. A 76-year-old male with central and lateral recess spinal stenosis underwent apparently uncomplicated bilateral L3-4 and left sided L4-5 decompressive partial laminectomies and discectomy...
March 2017: Journal of Spine Surgery (Hong Kong)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435120/the-role-of-platelets-in-hemostasis-and-the-effects-of-snake-venom-toxins-on-platelet-function
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REVIEW
Mayara Ribeiro de Queiroz, Bruna Barbosa de Sousa, Déborah Fernanda da Cunha Pereira, Carla Cristine Neves Mamede, Mariana Santos Matias, Nadia Cristina Gomes de Morais, Júnia de Oliveira Costa, Fábio de Oliveira
The human body has a set of physiological processes, known as hemostasis, which keeps the blood fluid and free of clots in normal vessels; in the case of vascular injury, this process induces the local formation of a hemostatic plug, preventing hemorrhage. The hemostatic system in humans presents complex physiological interactions that involve platelets, plasma proteins, endothelial and subendothelial structures. Disequilibrium in the regulatory mechanisms that control the growth and the size of the thrombus is one of the factors that favors the development of diseases related to vascular disorders such as myocardial infarction and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death in the western world...
April 20, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433814/synovial-fluid-pro-inflammatory-profile-differs-according-to-the-characteristics-of-knee-pain
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Ying Ying Leung, Janet L Huebner, Benjamin Haaland, Steven Bak Siew Wong, Virginia Byers Kraus
OBJECTIVE: The role of inflammation and pain in osteoarthritis (OA) is not fully understood. We evaluated the association between pro-inflammatory biomarkers and pain. METHODS: We used baseline data and samples from a randomized controlled trial of colchicine for symptomatic knee OA. Severity of pain of the more symptomatic knee was assessed by NHANES-I criterion and WOMAC pain index. Pains on movement and at rest were self-reported on an 11-point Likert scale. Severity of radiographic tibiofemoral OA was assessed by Kellgren and Lawrence (KL) grade...
April 19, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433746/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-signaling-regulates-neuroinflammation-and-apoptosis-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Rachel K Patel, Nithisha Prasad, Ram Kuwar, Debanjan Haldar, P M Abdul-Muneer
Mild Traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a low-level injury, which often remains undiagnosed, and in most cases it leads to death and disability as it advances as secondary injury. Therefore, it is important to study the underlying signaling mechanisms of mTBI-associated neurological ailments. While transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1) has a significant role in inflammation and apoptosis in myriads of other pathophysiological conditions, the precise function of increased TGF-β1 after mTBI is unknown. In this study, our objective is to study the physiological relevance and associated mechanisms of TGF-β1-mediated inflammation and apoptosis in mTBI...
April 19, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433374/peritoneal-fluid-cytokines-related-to-endometriosis-in-patients-evaluated-for-infertility
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Hilde Jørgensen, Abby S Hill, Michael T Beste, Manu P Kumar, Evan Chiswick, Peter Fedorcsak, Keith B Isaacson, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Linda G Griffith, Erik Qvigstad
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to characterize peritoneal cytokine profiles in patients with infertility, with and without endometriosis, to illuminate potential differences in immune profiles that may reflect mechanistic differences between these two patient populations. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: University hospital and research center. PATIENT(S): Women undergoing laparoscopy for infertility investigation (n = 107)...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433356/aortic-sinus-flow-stasis-likely-in-valve-in-valve-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Hoda Hatoum, Brandon L Moore, Pablo Maureira, Jennifer Dollery, Juan A Crestanello, Lakshmi Prasad Dasi
OBJECTIVE: Valve-in-valve procedures using transcatheter aortic valves are increasingly performed to treat degenerated bioprosthetic surgical aortic valves because they are less invasive than redo aortic valve replacement. The objective of this study is to quantify the changes in aortic sinus blood flow dynamics before and after a valve-in-valve procedure to gain insight into mechanisms for clinical and subclinical thrombosis of leaflets. METHODS: A detailed description of the sinus hemodynamics for valve-in-valve implantation was performed in vitro...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433242/freeform-extrusion-fabrication-of-titanium-fiber-reinforced-13-93-bioactive-glass-scaffolds
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Albin Thomas, Krishna C R Kolan, Ming C Leu, Gregory E Hilmas
Although implants made with bioactive glass have shown promising results for bone repair, their application in repairing load-bearing long bone is limited due to their poor mechanical properties in comparison to human bone. This work investigates the freeform extrusion fabrication of bioactive silicate 13-93 glass scaffolds reinforced with titanium (Ti) fibers. A composite paste prepared with 13-93 glass and Ti fibers (~16µm in diameter and lengths varying from ~200µm to ~2 mm) was extruded through a nozzle to fabricate scaffolds (0-90° filament orientation pattern) on a heated plate...
June 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432902/ayahuasca-s-entwined-efficacy-an-ethnographic-study-of-ritual-healing-from-addiction
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Piera Talin, Emilia Sanabria
BACKGROUND: A range of studies has demonstrated the efficacy of the psychoactive Amazonian brew ayahuasca in addressing substance addiction. These have revealed that physiological and psychological mechanisms are deeply enmeshed. This article focuses on how interactive ritual contexts support the healing effort. The study of psychedelic-assisted treatments for addiction has much to gain from ethnographic analyses of healing experiences within the particular ecologies of use and care, where these interventions are rendered efficacious...
April 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432255/osmotic-activation-of-a-ca-2-dependent-phospholipase-c-pathway-that-regulates-%C3%A2-n-trpv1-mediated-currents-in-rat-supraoptic-neurons
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Vimal Bansal, Thomas E Fisher
The magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs) of the hypothalamus regulate body fluid balance by releasing the hormones vasopressin (VP) and oxytocin (OT) in an osmolality-dependent manner. Elevations of external osmolality increase MNC firing and hormone release. MNC osmosensitivity is largely due to activation of a mechanosensitive non-selective cation current that responds to osmotically-evoked changes in MNC volume and is mediated by an N-terminal variant of the TRPV1 channel (∆N TRPV1). We report a novel mechanism by which increases in osmolality may modulate ∆N TRPV1-mediated currents and thus influence MNC electrical behaviour...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432152/exposure-to-seawater-increases-intestinal-motility-in-euryhaline-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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Jeroen Brijs, Grant W Hennig, Albin Gräns, Esmée Dekens, Michael Axelsson, Catharina Olsson
Upon exposure to seawater, euryhaline teleosts need to imbibe and desalinate seawater to allow for intestinal ion and water absorption, as this is essential for maintaining osmotic homeostasis. Despite the potential benefits of increased mixing and transport of imbibed water for increasing the efficiency of absorptive processes, the effect of water salinity on intestinal motility in teleosts remains unexplored. By qualitatively and quantitatively describing in vivo intestinal motility of euryhaline rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), this study demonstrates that in freshwater, the most common motility pattern consisted of clusters of rhythmic, posteriorly propagating contractions that lasted ∼1-2 minutes followed by a period of quiescence lasting ∼4-5 minutes...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431900/-quality-of-initial-trauma-care-in-paediatrics
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Vicente Ibáñez Pradas, Rut Pérez Montejano
INTRODUCTION: Trauma care in Spain is not provided in specific centres, which means that health professionals have limited contact to trauma patients. After the setting up of a training program in paediatric trauma, the aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of the initial care provided to these patients before they were admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a third level hospital (trauma centre), as an indirect measurement of the increase in the number of health professionals trained in trauma...
April 18, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430676/a-biomimetic-alternative-to-synthetic-hydroxyapatite-boron-containing-bone-like-hydroxyapatite-precipitated-from-simulated-body-fluid
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Mert Calis, Tugrul Tolga Demirtas, Alper Vatansever, Gulseren Irmak, Ahmet Hamdi Sakarya, Pergin Atilla, Figen Ozgur, Menemse Gumusderelioglu
BACKGROUND: Biological hydroxyapatite (HA), has several mechanical and physical advantages over the commercially available synthetic apatite (CAP-HA). The aim of this in vivo study was to investigate the effect of osteoinductive "bone-like hydroxyapatite" obtained from simulated body fluid (SBF) combined with osteoinductive "boron" (B) on bone healing. MATERIALS: Bone like nanohydroxyapatite (SBF-HA) was precipitated from 10× simulated body fluid (10×SBF). Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 5 experimental groups (n = 6 each)...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429884/in-defence-of-ph
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EDITORIAL
Holger Nilsson
The maintenance of the milieu intérieur is at an essential concept in physiology. The first line of defence against perturbations of the internal environment consists of the homeostatic mechanisms that maintain constancy of the extracellular fluid. A second line of defence is the maintenance of a constant intracellular environment, should the extracellular have been compromised. In this issue of Acta Physiologica, Bonde and Boedtkjer(1) study the maintenance of intracellular pH under situations of increased acidity and reduced sodium concentration in the extracellular environment...
April 21, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429673/hydroxytyrosol-attenuates-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-by-regulating-autophagy-and-sirtuin-expression
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X Yang, T Jing, Y Li, Y He, B Wang, W Zhang, Y Xiao, W Wang, J Zhang, J Wei, R Lin
BACKGROUND: Recently, the effects of hydroxytyrosol on autophagy during acute lung injury (ALI) have drawn increasing attention. OBJECTIVE: We explored the underlying molecular mechanisms by which hydroxytyrosol exerts its anti-inflammatory effects in a murine model of ALI by up-regulating autophagy. METHODS: Male BALB/c mice, challenged with intranasal instillations of LPS, were treated with or without hydroxytyrosol (HT, 100 mg/kg, intragastrically) 1 h prior to LPS exposure...
April 21, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429073/urinary-extracellular-vesicles-a-promising-shortcut-to-novel-biomarker-discoveries
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REVIEW
Karina Barreiro, Harry Holthofer
Proteomic and genomic techniques have reached full maturity and are providing unforeseen details for the comprehensive understanding of disease pathologies at a fraction of previous costs. However, for kidney diseases, many gaps in such information remain to inhibit major advances in the prevention, treatment and diagnostics of these devastating diseases, which have enormous global impact. The discovery of ubiquitous extracellular vesicles (EV) in all bodily fluids is rapidly increasing the fundamental knowledge of disease mechanisms and the ways in which cells communicate with distant locations in processes of cancer spread, immunological regulation, barrier functions and general modulation of cellular activity...
April 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428333/the-microrna-199a-214-cluster-targets-e-cadherin-and-claudin-2-and-promotes-high-glucose-induced-peritoneal-fibrosis
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Mingwen Che, Tiantian Shi, Shidong Feng, Huan Li, Xiaomin Zhang, Ning Feng, Weijuan Lou, Jianhua Dou, Guangbo Tang, Chen Huang, Guoshuang Xu, Qi Qian, Shiren Sun, Lijie He, Hanmin Wang
Serum response factor (SRF) was found to be involved in the phenotypic transition and fibrosis of the peritoneal membrane during treatment with peritoneal dialysis (PD), but the exact mechanism remains unclear. SRF regulates microRNAs (miRNAs) that contain the SRF-binding consensus (CArG) element in the promoter region. Therefore, we investigated whether the miR-199a/214 gene cluster, which contains a CArG element in its promoter, is directly regulated by SRF. High-glucose (HG) treatment significantly unregulated the expression of the miR-199a-5p/214-3p gene cluster in human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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