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Amber Kempton, Matt Cefalu, Cody Justice, Tesla Baich, Mohamed Derbala, Benjamin Canan, Paul M L Janssen, Peter J Mohler, Sakima A Smith
Background: Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have revolutionized and improved the care of the sickest heart failure (HF) patients, and it is imperative that they receive appropriate ventricular unloading. Assessing this critical parameter with current methodologies (labs, imaging) is usually suboptimal in this patient population. Hence it is imperative to elucidate the molecular underpinnings involved in ventricular unloading. We have previously identified the cytoskeletal protein βII spectrin as an essential nodal protein involved in post-translational targeting and βII spectrin protein levels are significantly altered in multiple forms of human and animal HF...
January 2018: Heliyon
Hossein Babaei, Fahimeh Forouzandeh, Leila Maghsoumi-Norouzabad, Hojat Allah Yousefimanesh, Maryam Ravanbakhsh, Ahmad Zare Javid
AIM: The aim of present study was to evaluate the effects of chicory leaf extract on serum oxidative stress markers, lipid profile, and periodontal status in patients with chronic periodontitis. METHODS: In this double-blind, randomized controlled clinical trial 40 patients with chronic periodontitis were allocated to intervention and control groups. The intervention group received a 1-gram chicory leaf methanolic extract capsule twice daily for 8 weeks. In the control group, participants received a placebo capsule (containing 1 gram wheat flour) twice daily for 8 weeks...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Omar Viswanath, Roxanna Rasekhi, Rekhaben Suthar, Mark R Jones, Jacquelin Peck, Alan D Kaye
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Headaches encompass a broad-based category of a symptom of pain in the region of the head or neck. For those patients who unfortunately do not obtain relief from conservative treatment, interventional techniques have been developed and are continuing to be refined in an attempt to treat this subset of patients with the goal of return of daily activities. This investigation reviews various categories of headaches, their pathophysiology, and types of interventional treatments currently available...
March 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Akihiko Kimura, Yuko Ishida, Machi Furuta, Mizuho Nosaka, Yumi Kuninaka, Akira Taruya, Naofumi Mukaida, Toshikazu Kondo
BACKGROUND: A clear understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying hemodynamic stress-initiated cardiac hypertrophy is important for preventing heart failure. Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) has been suggested to play crucial roles in various diseases other than immunological disorders by modulating the expression of myriad genes. However, the involvement of IFN-γ in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy still remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: In order to elucidate the roles of IFN-γ in pressure overload-induced cardiac pathology, we subjected Balb/c wild-type (WT) or IFN-γ-deficient ( Ifng -/- ) mice to transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Yogi Umbarawan, Mas Rizky A A Syamsunarno, Norimichi Koitabashi, Aiko Yamaguchi, Hirofumi Hanaoka, Takako Hishiki, Yoshiko Nagahata-Naito, Hideru Obinata, Motoaki Sano, Hiroaki Sunaga, Hiroki Matsui, Yoshito Tsushima, Makoto Suematsu, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Tatsuya Iso
Aims: The metabolism of the failing heart is characterized by an increase in glucose uptake with reduced fatty acid (FA) oxidation. We previously found that the genetic deletion of fatty acid binding protein-4 and -5 (DKO) induces an increased myocardial reliance on glucose with decreased FA uptake in mice. However, whether this fuel switch confers functional benefit during the hypertrophic response remains open to debate. To address this question, we investigated the contractile function and metabolic profile of DKO hearts subjected to pressure overload...
March 15, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Laura J Arendsen, Siobhan Hugh-Jones, Donna M Lloyd
Alpha activity directly before pain onset has been implicated in pain experience with higher pre-stimulus alpha associated with lower reported pain. However, expectations about pain intensity also seem to affect pre-stimulus alpha activity. To date, evidence for a relationship between alpha activity and pain experience has been largely correlational. Transcranial alternating current stimulation at alpha frequency (alpha tACS) permits direct manipulation of alpha activity and therefore an examination of the potential causal relationship between alpha activity and pain...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Poovizhi Ponnammal, Parijat Kanaujia, Yin Yani, Wai Kiong Ng, Reginald B H Tan
In order to improve the aqueous solubility and dissolution of Tacrolimus (TAC), amorphous solid dispersions of TAC were prepared by hot melt extrusion with three hydrophilic polymers, Polyvinylpyrrolidone vinyl acetate (PVP VA64), Soluplus® and Hydroxypropyl Cellulose (HPC), at a drug loading of 10% w / w . Molecular modeling was used to determine the miscibility of the drug with the carrier polymers by calculating the Hansen Solubility Parameters. Powder X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) studies of powdered solid dispersions revealed the conversion of crystalline TAC to amorphous form...
March 16, 2018: Pharmaceutics
Li-Hui Mou, Qing-Yu Liu, Ting Zhang, Zi-Yu Li, Sheng-Gui He
Dinitrogen activation/fixation is one of the most important and challenging subjects in synthetic as well as theoretical chemistry. In this study, the adsorption reactions of N2 onto TaCn - ( n = 1-4) cluster anions have been investigated by means of mass spectrometry in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. Following the experimental results that only TaC4 - was observed to adsorb N2 , theoretical calculations predicted that TaC4 - reaction system (TaC4 - + N2 → TaC4 N2 - ) has a negligible barrier on the approach of N2 molecule while insurmountable barriers are located on the reaction pathways of TaC1-3 - /N2 reaction systems...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Justyna Bartoszko, Duminda N Wijeysundera, Keyvan Karkouti, Jeannie Callum, Vivek Rao, Mark Crowther, Hilary P Grocott, Ruxandra Pinto, Damon C Scales, Blaine Achen, Sukhpal Brar, Doug Morrison, David Wong, Jean S Bussières, Tonya de Waal, Christopher Harle, Étienne de Médicis, Charles McAdams, Summer Syed, Diem Tran, Terry Waters
BACKGROUND: Research into major bleeding during cardiac surgery is challenging due to variability in how it is scored. Two consensus-based clinical scores for major bleeding: the Universal definition of perioperative bleeding and the European Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (E-CABG) bleeding severity grade, were compared in this substudy of the Transfusion Avoidance in Cardiac Surgery (TACS) trial. METHODS: As part of TACS, 7,402 patients underwent cardiac surgery at 12 hospitals from 2014 to 2015...
March 15, 2018: Anesthesiology
Mohammad Sajad Emami Aleagha, Mohammad Hossein Harirchian, Shahram Lavasani, Mohammad Javan, Abdolamir Allameh
Recently, we reported a positive correlation between Klotho, as an anti-aging protein, and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. However, there is no information about the Klotho and TAC changes within the central nervous system (CNS). Thus, the current study aimed to employ an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model in C57BL/6 mice using MOG35-55 peptide to examine the relationship between Klotho and TAC within the CNS. To this end, the brain and spinal cord were obtained at the onset and peak stages of EAE as well as non-EAE mice (sham/control groups)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Nina Wolinski, Nicholas R Cooper, Paul Sauseng, Vincenzo Romei
The speed of theta brain oscillatory activity is thought to play a key role in determining working memory (WM) capacity. Individual differences in the length of a theta cycle (ranging between 4 and 7 Hz) might determine how many gamma cycles (>30 Hz) can be nested into a theta wave. Gamma cycles are thought to represent single memory items; therefore, this interplay could determine individual memory capacity. We directly tested this hypothesis by means of parietal transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) set at slower (4 Hz) and faster (7 Hz) theta frequencies during a visuospatial WM paradigm...
March 14, 2018: PLoS Biology
Brian I Shaw, Lyle J Burdine, Hillary J Braun, Nancy L Ascher, John P Roberts
Background: With the use of split liver grafts as well as living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) it is imperative to know the minimum graft volume to avoid complications. Most current formulas to predict standard liver volume (SLV) rely on weight-based measures that are likely inaccurate in the setting of cirrhosis. Therefore, we sought to create a formula for estimating SLV without weight-based covariates. Methods: LDLT donors underwent computed tomography scan volumetric evaluation of their livers...
December 2017: Transplantation Direct
Farrukh Aslam Khalid, Usman Khalid Farooq, Muhammad Saleem, Jibran Rabbani, Muhammad Amin, Kamal Uddin Khan, Younas Mehrose, Moazzam N Tarar
BACKGROUND: The ear is the common site for keloid formation especially in women after ear piercing. Surgery is the main stay of treatment in these lesions but there are large numbers of treatment failures in surgery alone. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of post-excision intralesional 5-fluorouracil/triamcinolone acetonide (5-FU/TAC) and post-excision radiotherapy in the treatment of ear keloids. STUDY DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial...
March 10, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Juliann M Mellin, Sankaraleengam Alagapan, Caroline Lustenberger, Courtney E Lugo, Morgan L Alexander, John H Gilmore, L Fredrik Jarskog, Flavio Fröhlich
BACKGROUND: Approximately 30% of patients with schizophrenia experience auditory hallucinations that are refractory to antipsychotic medications. Here, we evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) that we hypothesized would improve auditory hallucination symptoms by enhancing synchronization between the frontal and temporo-parietal areas of the left hemisphere. METHOD: 22 participants were randomized to one of three arms and received twice daily, 20 min sessions of sham, 10 Hz 2 mA peak-to-peak tACS, or 2 mA tDCS over the course of 5 consecutive days...
March 10, 2018: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
Kali G Makedou, Eleni Vagdatli, Evangelia Patziarela, Vasiliki Konstantinidou, Eirini Poimenidou, Evgenia Lymperaki
BACKGROUND: Orthodox Christian believers fast abstaining from meat, eggs, dairy products or even fish and oil in certain days of the fasting period, three times a year. AIM: The present study aimed to investigate the impact of a 48-day fast before Easter in blood count parameters, coagulation and antioxidant status. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 35 healthy volunteers, 19-66 years old, were included in the study. White blood cells (WBC), lymphocytes (Lymph), granulocytes (Gran), haemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Ht), red blood cells (RBC), mean erythrocyte volume (MCV), platelets (Plt), were measured...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Vajihe Izadi, Fahimeh Haghighatdoost, Parisa Moosavian, Leila Azadbakht
BACKGROUND: There are no investigations regarding the effects of consuming low-energy-dense diets rich in multiple functional foods on weight-loss maintenance, inflammatory markers, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors simultaneously. METHOD: This randomized controlled trial design was conducted on 90 men and women who were under a previous weight loss diet. Three months of intervention with recruitment at Allzahra Hospital, Isfahan, Iran, was done. Intervention was conducted following achieving 7-11 kg weight loss...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
F Vizzarri, M Palazzo, S Bartollino, D Casamassima, B Parolini, P Troiano, C Caruso, C Costagliola
Ultraviolet-radiation exerts a well-known role in the development of various ocular diseases and may contribute to the progress of age-related macular degeneration. Therefore, the use of compounds able to protect the eyes from UV-induced cellular damage is challenging. The aim of this study has been to test the protective effects of an antioxidant topical formulation against UV-induced damage in rabbit eyes. Twelve male rabbits were used. Animals were divided into 4 groups of 3 animals each. Control group (CG) did not receive any irradiation and/or eye drop...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Danny Eizicovits, Yael Edan, Iris Tabak, Shelly Levy-Tzedek
BACKGROUND: Effective human-robot interactions in rehabilitation necessitates an understanding of how these should be tailored to the needs of the human. We report on a robotic system developed as a partner on a 3-D everyday task, using a gamified approach. OBJECTIVES: To: (1) design and test a prototype system, to be ultimately used for upper-limb rehabilitation; (2) evaluate how age affects the response to such a robotic system; and (3) identify whether the robot's physical embodiment is an important aspect in motivating users to complete a set of repetitive tasks...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Takashi Kido, Takaya Hoashi, Masataka Kitano, Masatoshi Shimada, Kenichi Kurosaki, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Hajime Ichikawa
The purpose of the study is to analyze the impact of hybrid stage 1 palliation on right ventricular myocardial pathology in hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Sufficient amount of right ventricular biopsies could be obtained from 16 of 32 patients who underwent Norwood operation between 2007 and 2013. Histopathological findings of right ventricle in patients who underwent primary Norwood operation (primary group, n = 5), patients with aortic atresia (HS1P AA group, n = 6) or aortic stenosis (HS1P AS group, n = 5) who underwent staged Norwood palliation following hybrid stage 1 palliation were compared...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Mitchell Schertz, Shlomi Constantini, Rina Eshel, Adi Hannah Sela, Jonathan Roth, Aviva Fattal-Valevski
OBJECTIVE Management of children with large temporal arachnoid cysts (TACs) remains controversial, with limited data available on their neurodevelopmental outcome. The aim of this study was to examine neurodevelopmental outcomes in children with large TACs. METHODS In this medical center-based cohort study, 25 patients (19 males) who were diagnosed in childhood with large TACs (9 patients [36%] with a Galassi type II and 16 patients [64%] with a Galassi type III TAC) were examined. The mean ± SD age at assessment was 11...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
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