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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035881/activation-of-signaling-cascades-by-weak-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields
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Einat Kapri-Pardes, Tamar Hanoch, Galia Maik-Rachline, Manuel Murbach, Patricia L Bounds, Niels Kuster, Rony Seger
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Results from recent studies suggest that extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) interfere with intracellular signaling pathways related to proliferative control. The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), central signaling components that regulate essentially all stimulated cellular processes, include the extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2) that are extremely sensitive to extracellular cues. Anti-phospho-ERK antibodies serve as a readout for ERK1/2 activation and are able to detect minute changes in ERK stimulation...
October 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035128/prospective-study-of-plasma-homocysteine-its-dietary-determinants-and-risk-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-men
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William G Christen, Nancy R Cook, Stephanie E Chiuve, Paul M Ridker, J Michael Gaziano
PURPOSE: Cross-sectional and case-control studies generally support a direct association between elevated plasma homocysteine and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but data from prospective studies are limited. We examined the prospective relation of plasma homocysteine level, its dietary determinants, and risk of AMD in a large cohort of apparently healthy male physicians. METHODS: During a mean follow-up of 11.2 years, we identified 146 incident cases of visually significant AMD (responsible for a reduction of visual acuity to 20/30 or worse), and 146 controls matched for age, smoking status, and time of blood draw...
October 16, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035071/focused-cognitive-control-in-dishonesty-evidence-for-predominantly-transient-conflict-adaptation
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Anna Foerster, Roland Pfister, Constantin Schmidts, David Dignath, Robert Wirth, Wilfried Kunde
Giving a dishonest response to a question entails cognitive conflict due to an initial activation of the truthful response. Following conflict monitoring theory, dishonest responding could therefore elicit transient and sustained control adaptation processes to mitigate such conflict, and the current experiments take on the scope and specificity of such conflict adaptation in dishonesty. Transient adaptation reduces differences between honest and dishonest responding following a recent dishonest response. Sustained adaptation has a similar behavioral signature but is driven by the overall frequency of dishonest responding...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033602/early-in-hospital-clinical-deterioration-is-not-predicted-by-severity-of-illness-functional-status-or-comorbidity
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Janice Wang, Stella S Hahn, Myriam Kline, Rubin I Cohen
BACKGROUND: Prior studies concentrated on unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) transfer to gauge deterioration occurring shortly following hospital admission. However, examining only ICU transfers is not ideal since patients could stabilize with treatment, refuse ICU admission, or not require ICU evaluation. To further explore etiologies of early clinical deterioration, we used rapid response team (RRT) activation within 48 hours of admission as an index of early clinical worsening. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively gathered admissions from the emergency department in an academic medical center was done...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033571/bronchial-thermoplasty-and-the-role-of-airway-smooth-muscle-are-we-on-the-right-direction
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Francesco Menzella, Mirco Lusuardi, Carla Galeone, Nicola Facciolongo
Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the airways that includes eosinophils, basal membrane thickening, epithelial sloughing, vascular changes, smooth muscle hypertrophy and hyperplasia, and mucous gland hyperplasia. Recently, there have been studies on the role of hypersensitivity and inflammation in asthma, but the role of bronchial smooth muscle remains unclear. Bronchial thermoplasty is an endoscopic procedure that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of severe refractory asthma, based on the local delivery of radio frequency at 65°C to the airways, with the aim of controlling bronchospasm through a reduction of airway smooth muscle (ASM)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032317/predictors-of-short-term-change-after-a-brief-alcohol-intervention-for-mandated-college-drinkers
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Kate B Carey, Jennifer E Merrill, Jennifer L Walsh, Sarah A Lust, Seth C Kalichman, Michael P Carey
OBJECTIVE: Brief motivational interventions (BMIs) reduce problematic drinking for some, but not all, college students. Identifying those students who are less responsive can help to guide intervention refinement. Therefore, we examined demographic, personality, and cognitive factors hypothesized to influence change after a BMI. METHOD: Students mandated for intervention following a campus alcohol violation (N=568; 28% female, 38% freshmen) completed a baseline assessment, then received a BMI, and then completed a 1-month follow-up...
September 28, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030216/disrupted-physiological-reactivity-among-children-with-a-history-of-suicidal-ideation-moderation-by-parental-expressed-emotion-criticism
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Kiera M James, Mary L Woody, Cope Feurer, Anastacia Y Kudinova, Brandon E Gibb
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to examine physiological reactivity during parent-child interactions in children with and without a history of suicidal ideation (SI), a group known to be at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in the future. We also examined the potential moderating role of parental expressed emotion-criticism (EE-Crit) to determine whether the presence of parental criticism may help to identify a subgroup of children with a history of SI most at risk for physiological dysregulation...
October 10, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029967/-10-years-of-external-quality-assurance-in-dialysis-in-germany-results-and-future-prospects
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Dorothea Büchtemann, Stefan Meinhold, Peter Follert
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Federal Joint Committee introduced a quality assurance programme for ambulatory dialysis treatment in Germany. Regarding the impact of chronic dialysis treatment on the quality of life of patients and on health care costs, quality assurance in dialysis is considered highly relevant. The directive on Quality Assurance in Dialysis (QSD-RL) established an external quality assurance programme based on the assessment of certain quality parameters combined with an internal quality management system based on benchmarking parameters in all dialysis practices and centres...
October 10, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029278/efficacy-and-safety-of-delafloxacin-compared-with-vancomycin-plus-aztreonam-for-acute-bacterial-skin-and-skin-structure-infections-a-phase-3-double-blind-randomized-study
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J Pullman, J Gardovskis, B Farley, E Sun, M Quintas, L Lawrence, R Ling, S Cammarata
Background: Delafloxacin is an investigational anionic fluoroquinolone in development for oral or intravenous administration for the treatment of infections caused by Gram-positive (including MRSA), Gram-negative, atypical and anaerobic organisms. Objectives: To establish the non-inferiority of delafloxacin compared with vancomycin plus aztreonam for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections and to compare the safety of the two antimicrobials...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028376/interprofessional-pulmocheck-care-pathway-an-innovative-approach-to-managing-pediatric-asthma-care-in-the-netherlands
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J M J E Meuwissen, J Heynens, T Dauven, L Crasborn, F W J M Smeenk, T van der Weijden, J W M Muris
OBJECTIVES: Under-diagnosis and suboptimal asthma control in children persists. An innovative care pathway was developed by a hospital department of pediatrics with the aim to detect pulmonary problems in children and provide appropriate treatment possibilities through systematic feedback towards the referring primary care physician. Primary care physicians can use this pathway to refer children with asthma-like symptoms for a one-day assessment. Goals are to measure the usage of the pathway by primary care general practitioners (GPs), the outcomes in terms of new diagnoses of asthma, the reduction in regular referrals, generated recommendations/therapy and the adequacy of asthma follow-up...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028182/hypothesis-rna-and-dna-viral-sequence-integration-into-the-mammalian-host-genome-supports-long-term-b-cell-and-t-cell-adaptive-immunity
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Julia L Hurwitz, Bart G Jones, Emmanuelle Charpentier, David L Woodland
Viral sequence integration into the mammalian genome has long been perceived as a health risk. In some cases, integration translates to chronic viral infection, and in other instances, oncogenic gene mutations occur. However, research also shows that animal cells can benefit from integrated viral sequences (e.g., to support host cell development or to silence foreign invaders). Here we propose that, comparable with the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats that provide bacteria with adaptive immunity against invasive bacteriophages, animal cells may co-opt integrated viral sequences to support immune memory...
October 13, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026685/pharmacokinetics-of-carfilzomib-in-patients-with-advanced-malignancies-and-varying-degrees-of-hepatic-impairment-an-open-label-single-arm-phase-1-study
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Jennifer Brown, Ruth Plummer, Todd M Bauer, Stephen Anthony, John Sarantopoulos, Filip De Vos, Mike White, Marco Schupp, Ying Ou, Ulka Vaishampayan
BACKGROUND: Carfilzomib is approved in the United States and Europe for treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (MM). This study evaluated pharmacokinetics (PK) and safety of carfilzomib in patients with relapsed or progressive advanced malignancies and varying degrees of impaired hepatic function. METHODS: Patients with normal hepatic function (normal) or hepatic impairment (mild, moderate, or severe) received carfilzomib infusion in 28-day cycles...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025273/higher-frequencies-of-circulating-icos-il-21-t-follicular-helper-cells-and-plasma-cells-in-patients-with-new-onset-membranous-nephropathy
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Zhihui Zhang, Yunpeng Shi, Kunmeng Yang, Rebecca Crew, Haifeng Wang, Yanfang Jiang
BACKGROUND: T follicular helper (TFH) cells and B cells are known to regulate humoral immune responses. This study is aimed at examining the putative contribution of different subsets of circulating of TFH cells and B cells to membranous nephropathy (MN). METHODS: A total of 45 MN patients and 19 healthy controls (HCs) were examined for the number of TFH cells and B cells by flow cytometry. The level of 24-h urinary protein and eGFR were calculated, and the level of serum cytokines was examined...
October 13, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024426/c-reactive-protein-gene-polymorphisms-rs1205-in-asian-indian-patients-with-takayasu-arteritis-associations-and-phenotype-correlations
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Aswin M Nair, Ruchika Goel, Mohan Hindhumati, Krati Shah, Puneet Chandana, Visalakshi Jayaseelan, Kabeerdoss Jayakanthan, George Joseph, Sumita Danda, Debashish Danda
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Normal C-reactive protein (CRP) in active Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a dilemma. We attempted to validate our pilot study finding of rs1205 in CRP gene being protective against TA. METHODS: Genomic DNA of 104 patients and 185 sex-matched healthy controls were genotyped for rs1205 by Taqman assay. Clinical details, demography, angiographic and activity scores (Indian Takayasu arteritis score 2010) were recorded prospectively at baseline and during follow-up visits for 12 months...
October 11, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023501/cognitive-processing-of-orientation-discrimination-in-anisometropic-amblyopia
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Jianglan Wang, Jiao Zhao, Shoujing Wang, Rui Gong, Zhong Zheng, Longqian Liu
Cognition is very important in our daily life. However, amblyopia has abnormal visual cognition. Physiological changes of the brain during processes of cognition could be reflected with ERPs. So the purpose of this study was to investigate the speed and the capacity of resource allocation in visual cognitive processing in orientation discrimination task during monocular and binocular viewing conditions of amblyopia and normal control as well as the corresponding eyes of the two groups with ERPs. We also sought to investigate whether the speed and the capacity of resource allocation in visual cognitive processing vary with target stimuli at different spatial frequencies (3, 6 and 9 cpd) in amblyopia and normal control as well as between the corresponding eyes of the two groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023360/honokiol-increases-cd4-t-cell-activation-and-decreases-tnf-but-fails-to-improve-survival-following-sepsis
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Nathan J Klingensmith, Ching-Wen Chen, Zhe Liang, Eileen M Burd, Alton B Farris, Jack L Arbiser, Mandy L Ford, Craig M Coopersmith
Honokiol is a biphenolic isolate extracted from the bark of the magnolia tree that has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, and has more recently been investigated for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Honokiol has previously been demonstrated to improve survival in sepsis models that have rapid 100% lethality. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of Honokiol on the host response in a model of sepsis that more closely approximates human disease. Male and female C57BL/6 mice underwent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) to induce polymicrobial intraabdominal sepsis...
October 11, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021905/the-waterpolo-shoulder-paradigm-results-of-ultrasound-surveillance-at-poolside
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Felice Galluccio, Eleonora Bellucci, Francesco Porta, Lorenzo Tofani, Amato De Paulis, Diana Bianchedi, Tatiana Barskova, Marco Matucci-Cerinic
BACKGROUND: Waterpolo consists of a combination of swimming and throwing with close contact between players. The shoulder is the most frequently injured joint, with a combination of rotator cuff tear and tendinopathy, long head biceps tendinopathy, superior labral lesions and shoulder impingement. This unique combination is a challenge for the clinician who must determine which of these shoulder pathologies is responsible for the onset of pain and the best strategy to rehabilitate the joint and prevent recurrence...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019272/amitriptyline-and-sexual-function-a-systematic-review-updated-for-sexual-health-practice
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Louis Wei-Hsi Chen, Melody Yun-Si Chen, Zhi-Ping Lian, Hung-Sheng Lin, Chia-Chang Chien, Hsin-Ling Yin, Yuan-Hsiang Chu, Kuo-Yen Chen
Amitriptyline is an old drug but is still prevalently used as the first-line treatment for a variety of common diseases. Surprisingly, knowledge of sexual risks with amitriptyline comes from only one clinical trial and several case reports from three decades ago. In the current study, a systematic review of the literature following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) related to amitriptyline and sexual dysfunction (SD) was performed. The frequency, gender-difference, types, disease-specificity and time course of SD, and the relationship between SD and nonsexual adversity were studied...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018798/tafro-syndrome-in-caucasians-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Céline Louis, Sandrine Vijgen, Kaveh Samii, Yves Chalandon, Louis Terriou, David Launay, David C Fajgenbaum, Jörg D Seebach, Yannick D Muller
BACKGROUND: TAFRO syndrome has been reported in Japan among human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8)-negative/idiopathic multicentric Castleman's disease (iMCD) patients. To date, the majority of iMCD patients with TAFRO syndrome originate from Japan. CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we report a 67-year-old HIV/HHV-8-negative Caucasian iMCD patient diagnosed with TAFRO. He presented with marked systemic inflammation, bicytopenia, terminal renal insufficiency, diffuse lymphadenopathies, and anasarca...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018320/virtual-balancing-for-studying-and-training-postural-control
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Daniela Buettner, Daniela Dalin, Isabella K Wiesmeier, Christoph Maurer
Postural control during free stance has been frequently interpreted in terms of balancing an inverted pendulum. This even holds, if subjects do not balance their own, but an external body weight. We introduce here a virtual balancing apparatus, which produces torque in the ankle joint as a function of ankle angle resembling the gravity and inertial effects of free standing. As a first aim of this study, we systematically modified gravity, damping, and inertia to examine its effect on postural control beyond the physical constraints given in the real world...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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