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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107779/effects-of-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-on-the-progression-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Li-Jing Sun, Yan-Ni Sun, Jian-Ping Shan, Geng-Ru Jiang
AIMS: We aimed to evaluate the potential benefits and adverse effects of adding a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist (MRA) to angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and/or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), as standard treatment in patients with DN. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We scanned the Embase, PubMed, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials databases for human clinical trials published in English until June 2016, evaluating renal outcomes in patients with DN...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107773/safety-and-effectiveness-of-tofogliflozin-in-elderly-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-post-marketing-study-j-step-el-study
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Kazunori Utsunomiya, Naoki Shimmoto, Masayuki Senda, Yuji Kurihara, Ryoji Gunji, Shoko Fujii, Seigo Kakiuchi, Hisataka Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Kameda, Masahiro Tamura, Kohei Kaku
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: While sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors are a promising treatment for type 2 diabetes mellitus, they are associated with concerns about specific adverse drug reactions. We conducted a 1-year post-marketing study of tofogliflozin, a novel agent in this class, in Japanese elderly patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, and multicenter post-marketing study conducted in the context of routine clinical practice...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107759/multiple-primary-pulmonary-meningiomas-20-year-follow-up-findings-for-a-first-reported-case-confirming-a-benign-biological-nature
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Yukitoshi Satoh, Yuichi Ishikawa
INTRODUCTION: Primary pulmonary meningiomas (PPMs) are very rare neoplasms, and we reported the first multiple case of PPMs in 1998. Usually, PPMs are slow-growing tumors with a good prognosis. Herein, we reported a rare multiple case of PPMs with an extremely long clinical course. PRESENTATION OF THE CASE: An 84-year-old Japanese woman with a history of multiple PPMs histologically confirmed as having a right-sided slowly growing lung nodule for 20 years. In 2010, we also reported the additional clinical course in the initial case 10 years after surgery implying a benign biological nature...
January 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107750/effect-of-clinically-approved-hdac-inhibitors-on-plasmodium-leishmania-and-schistosoma-parasite-growth
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Ming Jang Chua, Megan S J Arnold, Weijun Xu, Julien Lancelot, Suzanne Lamotte, Gerald F Späth, Eric Prina, Raymond J Pierce, David P Fairlie, Tina S Skinner-Adams, Katherine T Andrews
Malaria, schistosomiasis and leishmaniases are among the most prevalent tropical parasitic diseases and each requires new innovative treatments. Targeting essential parasite pathways, such as those that regulate gene expression and cell cycle progression, is a key strategy for discovering new drug leads. In this study, four clinically approved anti-cancer drugs (Vorinostat, Belinostat, Panobinostat and Romidepsin) that target histone/lysine deacetylase enzymes were examined for in vitro activity against Plasmodium knowlesi, Schistosoma mansoni, Leishmania amazonensis and L...
December 23, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107693/attrition-among-iranian-nursing-students-a-qualitative-study
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Mansoureh Ashghali Farahani, Fatemeh Ghaffari, Fatemeh Oskouie, Mansoureh Zagheri Tafreshi
Attrition is a major challenge facing nursing students that results in substantial costs on the education, health, and treatment systems across countries and can have an unwanted effect on the quality and quantity of health services provided as well as on the health of citizens. This descriptive study investigated nursing students' perceptions toward factors influencing attrition. We conducted a qualitative study using a content analysis approach. Nineteen students enrolled in nursing bachelor program were recruited using purposive and snowball sampling...
January 6, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107691/plasma-phospholipid-changes-are-associated-with-response-to-chemotherapy-in-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients
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Zorica Cvetković, Maja Milošević, Bora Cvetković, Romana Masnikosa, Aleksandra Arsić, Snježana Petrović, Vesna Vučić
Limited studies have been performed to associate abnormal phospholipid (PL) profile and disease activity in hematological malignancies, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The aim of his study was to evaluate the levels of plasma PL fractions in NHL patients, in response to chemotherapy. Forty non-treated patients with NHL and 25 healthy individuals were recruited. Blood samples from patients were taken before chemotherapy, after 3 cycles and after the end of the treatment, and PL fractions were resolved by one-dimensional thin-layer chromatography...
January 5, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107614/sirt1-dependent-anti-senescence-effects-of-cell-deposited-matrix-on-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Long Zhou, Xi Chen, Tao Liu, Caihong Zhu, Michelle Si, Joseph Jargstorf, Mao Li, Guoqing Pan, Yihong Gong, Zong-Ping Luo, Huilin Yang, Ming Pei, Fan He
Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) are considered an attractive cell source for tissue regeneration. However, environmental oxidative stress can trigger premature senescence in MSCs and thus compromises their regenerative potential. Extracellular matrix (ECM) derived from MSCs has been shown to facilitate cell proliferation and multilineage differentiation. This investigation evaluated the effect of cell-deposited decellularized ECM (DECM) on oxidative stress-induced premature senescence in UC-MSCs...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107608/the-increased-expression-of-tcf3-is-correlated-with-poor-prognosis-in-chinese-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Xiaohe Shen, Jizhao Yuan, Mengjie Zhang, Wenhua Li, Bing Ni, Yuzhang Wu, Li Jiang, Weiping Fan, Zhiqiang Tian
OBJECTIVES: Regulatory factors controlling stem cell identity and self-renewal are often active in aggressive cancers and are thought to promote cancer growth and progression. B-cell-specific transcription factor 3 (TCF3/E2A) is a member of the T-cell factor/lymphoid enhancer factor (TCF/LEF) transcription factor family that is central to regulating epidermal and embryonic stem cell identity. It has been reported that TCF3 was connected with the development and progression of a number of human cancers...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107584/targeting-of-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-underlies-the-enhanced-antitumor-activity-of-lenvatinib-in-combination-with-everolimus
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Masahiro Matsuki, Yusuke Adachi, Yoichi Ozawa, Takayuki Kimura, Taisuke Hoshi, Kiyoshi Okamoto, Osamu Tohyama, Kaoru Mitsuhashi, Atsumi Yamaguchi, Junji Matsui, Yasuhiro Funahashi
The combination of lenvatinib-a multiple receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor-plus everolimus-a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor-significantly improved clinical outcomes versus everolimus monotherapy in a phase 2 clinical study of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Here, we investigated potential mechanisms underlying the antitumor activity of the combination treatment in preclinical RCC models. Lenvatinib plus everolimus showed greater antitumor activity than either monotherapy in 3 human RCC xenograft mouse models (A-498, Caki-1, and Caki-2)...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107564/tattoo-removal-by-q-switched-yag-laser-client-satisfaction
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K Hutton Carlsen, J Esmann, J Serup
BACKGROUND: Tattoo removal by Q-switched lasers is golden standard; however, clients' satisfaction with treatment is little known. OBJECTIVE: To determine clients' satisfaction with tattoo removal. METHODS: 154 tattoo removal clients who had attended the private clinic "Centre for Laser Surgery", Hellerup, Denmark from 2001-2013 completed a questionnaire concerning outcome expectations, level of pain experiences and satisfaction with tattoo removal...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107559/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-dose-escalation-first-in-man-study-phase-0-to-assess-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-topical-cytosolic-phospholipase-a2-inhibitor-avx001-in-patients-with-mild-to-moderate-plaque-psoriasis
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S H Omland, A Habicht, P Damsbo, J Wilms, B Johansen, R Gniadecki
BACKGROUND: Cytosolic Phospholipase A2 (cPLA2α) is an enzyme suggested as a therapeutic target in inflammatory skin diseases. AVX001, a cPLA2α-inhibitor was investigated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, split-design, first-in-man study in patients with mild to moderate psoriasis. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to evaluate cutaneous safety and tolerability of AVX001 in doses from 0.002%-5.0%. Safety was assessed as local skin reaction adverse events (LSRAE) grade 3-4...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107551/knee-function-among-elite-handball-and-football-players-1-to-6-years-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury
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G Myklebust, R Bahr, A Nilstad, K Steffen
The aim of the study was to describe objective and self-reported knee function for athletes who have returned to elite handball and football play after an ACL injury, comparing these to non-injured players at the same level. A total of 414 handball and 444 football players completed baseline tests from 2007 through 2014, examining lower extremity strength, dynamic balance, knee laxity, and knee function (KOOS questionnaire). Measures were compared between injured and non-injured legs, and between injured legs and legs of controls...
January 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107520/pgrmc1-is-a-novel-potential-tumor-biomarker-of-human-renal-cell-carcinoma-based-on-quantitative-proteomic-and-integrative-biological-assessments
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Dan Zhang, Xiangying Xia, Xixi Wang, Peng Zhang, Weiliang Lu, Yamei Yu, Shi Deng, Hanshuo Yang, Hongxia Zhu, Ningzhi Xu, Shufang Liang
Progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) is widely observed with an elevated level in multiple human cancers. However, the roles of PGRMC1 in renal cancer are not clear and merit further study. In this report, we made a systematic, integrative biological assessment for PGRMC1 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by a quantitative proteomic identification, immunohistochemical detection, and its clinic pathologic significance analysis. We found that PGRMC1 abundance is increased by 3.91-fold in RCC tissues compared with its autologous para-cancerous tissues by a quantitative proteome identification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107494/protective-roles-for-rgs2-in-a-mouse-model-of-house-dust-mite-induced-airway-inflammation
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Tresa George, Matthew Bell, Mainak Chakraborty, David P Siderovski, Mark A Giembycz, Robert Newton
The GTPase-accelerating protein, regulator of G-protein signalling 2 (RGS2) reduces signalling from G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that signal via Gαq. In humans, RGS2 expression is up-regulated by inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) and long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists (LABAs) such that synergy is produced in combination. This may contribute to the superior clinical efficacy of ICS/LABA therapy in asthma relative to ICS alone. In a murine model of house dust mite (HDM)-induced airways inflammation, three weeks of intranasal HDM (25 μg, 3×/week) reduced lung function and induced granulocytic airways inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107446/amygdala-atrophy-and-its-functional-disconnection-with-the-cortico-striatal-pallidal-thalamic-circuit-in-major-depressive-disorder-in-females
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Jie Yang, Yingying Yin, Connie Svob, Jun Long, Xiaofu He, Yuqun Zhang, Zhi Xu, Lei Li, Jie Liu, Jian Dong, Zuping Zhang, Zhishun Wang, Yonggui Yuan
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is approximately twice as common in females than males. Furthermore, female patients with MDD tend to manifest comorbid anxiety. Few studies have explored the potential anatomical and functional brain changes associated with MDD in females. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the anatomical and functional changes underlying MDD in females, especially within the context of comorbid anxiety. METHODS: In this study, we recruited antidepressant-free females with MDD (N = 35) and healthy female controls (HC; N = 23)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107435/peptide-targeted-by-human-antibodies-associated-with-hiv-vaccine-associated-protection-assumes-a-dynamic-%C3%AE-helical-structure
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Mohammed S Aiyegbo, Evgeny Shmelkov, Lorenzo Dominguez, Michael Goger, Shibani Battacharya, Allan C deCamp, Peter B Gilbert, Phillip W Berman, Timothy Cardozo
The only evidence of vaccine-induced protection from HIV acquisition in humans was obtained in the RV144 HIV vaccine clinical trial. One immune correlate of risk in RV144 was observed to be higher titers of vaccine-induced antibodies (Abs) reacting with a 23-mer non-glycosylated peptide with the same amino acid sequence as a segment in the second variable (V2) loop of the MN strain of HIV. We used NMR to analyze the dynamic 3D structure of this peptide. Distance restraints between spatially proximate inter-residue protons were calculated from NOE cross peak intensities and used to constrain a thorough search of all possible conformations of the peptide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107395/prevalence-of-pre-analytical-errors-in-clinical-chemistry-diagnostic-labs-in-sulaimani-city-of-iraqi-kurdistan
#17
Dereen Najat
BACKGROUND: Laboratory testing is roughly divided into three phases: a pre-analytical phase, an analytical phase and a post-analytical phase. Most analytical errors have been attributed to the analytical phase. However, recent studies have shown that up to 70% of analytical errors reflect the pre-analytical phase. The pre-analytical phase comprises all processes from the time a laboratory request is made by a physician until the specimen is analyzed at the lab. Generally, the pre-analytical phase includes patient preparation, specimen transportation, specimen collection and storage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107357/vasopressor-use-for-severe-hypotension-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-study
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Francois Lamontagne, Deborah J Cook, Maureen O Meade, Andrew Seely, Andrew G Day, Emmanuel Charbonney, Karim Serri, Yoanna Skrobik, Paul Hebert, Charles St-Arnaud, Hector Quiroz-Martinez, Michaël Mayette, Daren K Heyland
BACKGROUND: The optimal approach to titrate vasopressor therapy is unclear. Recent sepsis guidelines recommend a mean arterial pressure (MAP) target of 65 mmHg and higher for chronic hypertensive patients. As data emerge from clinical trials comparing blood pressure targets for vasopressor therapy, an accurate description of usual care is required to interpret study results. Our aim was to measure MAP values during vasopressor therapy in Canadian intensive care units (ICUs) and to compare these with stated practices and guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107310/the-renin-inhibitor-aliskiren-protects-rat-lungs-from-the-histopathologic-effects-of-fat-embolism
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Amanda N Fletcher, Agostino Molteni, Rakesh Ponnapureddy, Chirag Patel, Mark Pluym, Alan M Poisner
BACKGROUND: Fat embolism (FE) and the consequent FE syndrome occurring after trauma or surgery can lead to serious pulmonary injury, including ARDS and death. Current treatment of FE syndrome is limited to supportive therapy. We have shown in a rat model that the renin angiotensin system plays a significant role in the pathophysiology of FE because drugs interfering with the renin angiotensin system, captopril and losartan reduce the histopathologic pulmonary damage. The purpose of the current study was to determine if inhibition of renin by aliskiren, an FDA-approved drug for treating hypertension, would produce effective protection in the same model...
February 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107263/the-severity-of-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy-correlates-with-multiple-organ-dysfunction-in-the-hypothermia-era
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Miguel Alsina, Ana Martín-Ancel, Ana Alarcon-Allen, Gemma Arca, Francisco Gayá, Alfredo García-Alix
OBJECTIVES: The objectives are to 1) determine whether there is a positive correlation between the severity of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and multiple organ dysfunction and 2) evaluate the organ dysfunction pattern in infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy in the hypothermia era. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study of prospective data collected between April 2009 and December 2012. SETTING: The study took place in the neonatal ICU of Hospital Sant Joan de Déu-Hospital Clínic of Barcelona...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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