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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103562/a-decision-support-system-for-tele-monitoring-copd-related-worrisome-events
#1
Mario Merone, Claudio Pedone, Giuseppe Capasso, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Paolo Soda
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a preventable, treatable and slowly progressive disease, whose course is aggravated by a periodic worsening of symptoms and lung function lasting for several days. The development of home telemonitoring systems has made possible to collect symptoms and physiological data in electronic records, boosting the development of decision support systems (DSSs). Current DSSs work with physiological measurements collected by means of several measuring and communication devices as well as with symptoms gathered by questionnaires submitted to COPD subjects...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103071/bridging-the-response-to-mass-shootings-and-urban-violence-exposure-to-violence-in-new-haven-connecticut
#2
Alycia Santilli, Kathleen O'Connor Duffany, Amy Carroll-Scott, Jordan Thomas, Ann Greene, Anita Arora, Alicia Agnoli, Geliang Gan, Jeannette Ickovics
We have described self-reported exposure to gun violence in an urban community of color to inform the movement toward a public health approach to gun violence prevention. The Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at Yale School of Public Health conducted community health needs assessments to document chronic disease prevalence and risk, including exposure to gun violence. We conducted surveys with residents in six low-income neighborhoods in New Haven, Connecticut, using a neighborhood-stratified, population-based sample (n = 1189; weighted sample to represent the neighborhoods, n = 29 675)...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102921/perceived-consequences-changeability-and-personal-control-of-coronary-heart-disease-are-associated-with-health-related-quality-of-life
#3
Arun K Sigurdardottir, Kolbrún Sigurlásdóttir, Kjartan Ólafsson, Margrét Hrönn Svavarsdóttir
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore changes in illness perception and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the time when patients were discharged from hospital and five months later and to investigate association between illness perception and physical and mental HRQOL at five months follow up. BACKGROUND: Illness perception is known to influence patients' motivation to engage in preventive behavior...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102874/cardiorespiratory-hospitalisation-and-mortality-reductions-after-smoking-bans-in-switzerland
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Ana M Vicedo-Cabrera, Martin Röösli, Dragana Radovanovic, Leticia Grize, Fabienne Witassek, Christian Schindler, Laura Perez
INTRODUCTION: Smoking bans are considered one of the most effective policies to reduce population exposure to tobacco smoke and prevent adverse health outcomes. However, evidence on the effect of contextual variables on the effectiveness of smoking bans is still lacking. AIMS: The patchwork of cantonal smoke-free laws in Switzerland was used as a quasi-experimental setting to assess changes after their introduction in: hospitalisations and mortality due to cardiorespiratory diseases in adults; total hospitalisations and hospitalisations due to respiratory disorders in children; and the modifying effects of contextual factors and the effectiveness of the laws...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102848/statins-in-anthracycline-induced-cardiotoxicity-rac-and-rho-and-the-heartbreakers
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Christian Henninger, Gerhard Fritz
Cancer patients receiving anthracycline-based chemotherapy are at risk to develop life-threatening chronic cardiotoxicity with the pathophysiological mechanism of action not fully understood. Besides the most common hypothesis that anthracycline-induced congestive heart failure (CHF) is mainly caused by generation of reactive oxygen species, recent data point to a critical role of topoisomerase II beta (TOP2B), which is a primary target of anthracycline poisoning, in the pathophysiology of CHF. As the use of the only clinically approved cardioprotectant dexrazoxane has been limited by the FDA in 2011, there is an urgent need for alternative cardioprotective measures...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102669/intervention-of-isomaltodextrin-mitigates-intestinal-inflammation-in-a-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-mouse-model-of-colitis-via-inhibition-of-toll-like-receptor-4
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Kaustav Majumder, Toshihiko Fukuda, Hua Zhang, Takeo Sakurai, Yoshifumi Taniguchi, Hikaru Watanabe, Hitoshi Mitsuzumi, Toshiro Matsui, Yoshinori Mine
Isomaltodextrin (IMD), a highly branched α-glucan, is a type of resistant starch. Earlier studies have indicated that polysaccharides could prevent inflammation and can be effective in reducing the complications of chronic gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of IMD in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis in a mouse model. IMD (0.5, 1.0, 2.5, and 5.0% (w/v)) was given orally for 23 days to female Balb/c mice, and then 5% DSS was administered to induce colitis (from day 15 onward to the end of the trial)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101226/evaluation-of-plasma-microrna-levels-to-predict-insensitivity-of-patients-with-advanced-lung-adenocarcinomas-to-pemetrexed-and-platinum
#8
Jinghua Zhu, Yuhua Qi, Jianzhong Wu, Meiqi Shi, Jifeng Feng, Longbang Chen
Pemetrexed combined with platinum is a first-line therapy used to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that exhibit negative or unknown epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutational status or anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearrangements. Lung adenocarcinoma (LAC) is the primary type of NSCLC. In order to prevent overtreatment, it is necessary to identify patients with LAC who may not benefit from certain chemotherapies. Patients recruited in the present study (n=129) were diagnosed with advanced LAC and received first-line pemetrexed and platinum-based chemotherapy...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100844/phospholipids-and-products-of-their-hydrolysis-as-dietary-preventive-factors-for-civilization-diseases
#9
Karol Parchem, Agnieszka Bartoszek
The results of numerous epidemiological studies indicate that phospholipids play an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases faced by contemporary society. Firstly, these compounds are responsible for the proper functioning of cell membranes, by ensuring liquidity and permeability, which is pivotal for normal activity of membrane proteins, including receptors. These mechanisms are at the core of prevention of cancer, autoimmune or neurological disorders. Secondly, structure and properties of phospholipids cause that they are highly available source of biologically active fatty acids...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100738/mir-142-3p-is-a-key-regulator-of-il-1%C3%AE-dependent-synaptopathy-in-neuroinflammation
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Georgia Mandolesi, Francesca De Vito, Alessandra Musella, Antonietta Gentile, Silvia Bullitta, Diego Fresegna, Helena Sepman, Claudio Di Sanza, Nabila Haji, Francesco Mori, Fabio Buttari, Emerald Perlas, Maria Teresa Ciotti, Eran Hornstein, Irene Bozzoni, Carlo Presutti, Diego Centonze
: MicroRNAs (miRNA) play an important role in post-transcriptional gene regulation of several physiological and pathological processes. In multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic inflammatory and degenerative disease of the CNS, and in its mouse model, the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), miRNA dysregulation has been mainly related to immune system dysfunction and white matter (WM) pathology. However, little is known about their role in gray matter pathology. Here, we explored miRNA involvement in the inflammation-driven alterations of synaptic structure and function, collectively known as synaptopathy, a neuropathological process contributing to excitotoxic neurodegeneration in MS/EAE...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100697/the-histone-demethylase-phf8-is-a-molecular-safeguard-of-the-ifn%C3%AE-response
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Elena Asensio-Juan, Raquel Fueyo, Stella Pappa, Simona Iacobucci, Carmen Badosa, Sergi Lois, Miriam Balada, Laia Bosch-Presegué, Alex Vaquero, Sara Gutiérrez, Carme Caelles, Carme Gallego, Xavier de la Cruz, Marian A Martínez-Balbás
A precise immune response is essential for cellular homeostasis and animal survival. The paramount importance of its control is reflected by the fact that its non-specific activation leads to inflammatory events that ultimately contribute to the appearance of many chronic diseases. However, the molecular mechanisms preventing non-specific activation and allowing a quick response upon signal activation are not yet fully understood. In this paper we uncover a new function of PHF8 blocking signal independent activation of immune gene promoters...
January 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099882/the-35-year-odyssey-of-beta-blockers-in-cirrhosis-any-gender-difference-in-sight
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REVIEW
Maria Antonella Burza, Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Laura Napoleone, Antonio Molinaro
Cirrhosis is the end-stage of chronic liver disease and leads to the development of portal hypertension and its complications such as esophagogastric varices. Non-selective beta blockers (NSBB) are the keystone for the treatment of portal hypertension since the 1980s and, over the decades, several studies have confirmed their beneficial effect on the prevention of variceal (re)bleeding. Pharmacological studies showed effects of gender, sex hormones, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy on cytochrome P450 (CYPs) enzymes that metabolise NSBB, suggesting that gender differences might exist in the effect of NSBB...
January 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099398/utilizing-a-novel-mobile-health-selfie-application-to-improve-compliance-to-iron-chelation-in-pediatric-patients-receiving-chronic-transfusions
#13
Sarah Leonard, Lindsay M Anderson, Jude Jonassaint, Charles Jonassaint, Nirmish Shah
Iron chelation therapy can prevent iron overload for pediatric patients with sickle cell disease and β-thalassemia major; however, adherence is suboptimal. Therefore, we developed an intensive training program (ITP), to improve medication management and disease knowledge. The objectives were to determine feasibility of the ITP and its preliminary impact on adherence, disease knowledge, and health outcomes. Pediatric patients were recruited to participate in the ITP over a 90-day period and were followed for 6 months...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099295/comparison-of-resource-utilization-and-length-of-hospitalization-between-overweight-and-healthy-weight-pediatric-trauma-patients-presenting-to-a-pediatric-emergency-department-with-moderate-to-severe-injury-a-prospective-study
#14
Theresa Romano, Ioannis Koutroulis, Evan Weiner, Anthony Little, Sabina Singh
OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to compare overweight and healthy-weight pediatric trauma patient outcomes, specifically with respect to hospital length of stay and resource utilization. We hypothesized that overweight pediatric trauma patients would have increased hospital length of stay and radiographic study use compared with their healthy-weight counterparts. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, cohort study of pediatric trauma patients aged 2 to 19 years presenting to an urban pediatric emergency department over a period of 1 year...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098903/vitexin-alleviates-lipopolysaccharide%C3%A2-induced-islet-cell-injury-by-inhibiting-hmgb1-release
#15
Feifei Wang, Jiajing Yin, Yujin Ma, Hongwei Jiang, Yanbo Li
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disease, where the predominant pathogenesis is pancreatic β‑cells dysfunction or injury. It has been well established that inflammation leads to a gradual exhaustion of pancreatic β‑cell function with decreased β‑cell mass likely resulting from pancreatic β‑cells apoptosis or death. Vitexin, a major bioactive flavonoid compound in plants has numerous pharmacological properties, including antioxidant, anti‑inflammatory and antimyeloperoxidase. Whether vitexin can protect pancreatic β‑cells against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced pro‑inflammatory cytokine production and apoptosis has received little attention...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098144/oligo-fucoidan-prevents-renal-tubulointerstitial-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-cd44-signal-pathway
#16
Cheng-Hsien Chen, Yuh-Mou Sue, Chung-Yi Cheng, Yen-Cheng Chen, Chung-Te Liu, Yung-Ho Hsu, Pai-An Hwang, Nai-Jen Huang, Tso-Hsiao Chen
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is recognized as a key determinant of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide extracted from brown seaweed, exerts beneficial effects in some nephropathy models. The present study evaluated the inhibitory effect of oligo-fucoidan (800 Da) on renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis. We established a mouse CKD model by right nephrectomy with transient ischemic injury to the left kidney. Six weeks after the surgery, we fed the CKD mice oligo-fucoidan at 10, 20, and 100 mg/kg/d for 6 weeks and found that the oligo-fucoidan doses less than 100 mg/kg/d improved renal function and reduced renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis in CKD mice...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097735/autoimmune-enteropathy-and-hepatitis-in-pediatric-heart-transplant-recipient
#17
Kimberly Lewis, Ryan Butts, J Antonio Quiros, Michelle Hudspeth, Katherine Twombley, Andrew Savage, Sally Self, Ali Burnette, Shaoli Sun
AIE is a rare disorder in children that presents with severe diarrhea and malabsorption, caused by immune-mediated damage to intestinal mucosa. AIE is often associated with various syndromes of immunodeficiency including IPEX syndrome (immune dysregulation, polyendocrinopathy and enteropathy, X-linked). Dysfunctional T regulatory cells are the source of pathology in both IPEX syndrome and AIE as they are essential in maintaining tolerance to self-antigens and eliminating autoreactive B cells. This case report describes a 10-year-old cardiac transplant and total thymectomy patient on chronic immunosuppression with tacrolimus that presented with AIE and extraintestinal manifestations of cyclical hepatitis...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097534/successful-treatment-with-low-dose-nivolumab-in-refractory-hodgkin-lymphoma-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
#18
Makoto Onizuka, Minoru Kojima, Keiko Matsui, Shinichiro Machida, Masako Toyosaki, Yasuyuki Aoyama, Hidetsugu Kawai, Jun Amaki, Ryujiro Hara, Akifumi Ichiki, Yoshiaki Ogawa, Hiroshi Kawada, Naoya Nakamura, Kiyoshi Ando
Previous studies have reported that an antibody that blocks programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) has therapeutic activity in patients with refractory/relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). However, the safety and efficacy of these agents in the post-allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) setting are not well known. Here, we describe a patient who was diagnosed as classical HL and treated with five regimens of chemotherapies with autologous SCT. Complete remission (CR) was not achieved following this initial treatment, so we performed allo-SCT from an HLA-matched sibling donor...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097328/diabetes-outpatient-care-and-acute-complications-before-and-after-high-deductible-insurance-enrollment-a-natural-experiment-for-translation-in-diabetes-next-d-study
#19
J Frank Wharam, Fang Zhang, Emma M Eggleston, Christine Y Lu, Stephen Soumerai, Dennis Ross-Degnan
Importance: High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) have expanded under the Affordable Care Act and are expected to play a major role in the future of US health policy. The effects of modern HDHPs on chronically ill patients and adverse outcomes are unknown. Objective: To determine the association of HDHP with high-priority diabetes outpatient care and preventable acute complications. Design, Setting, and Participants: Controlled interrupted-time-series study using a large national health insurer database from January 1, 2003, to December 31, 2012...
January 9, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097100/hepatitis-c-virus-a-review-of-treatment-guidelines-cost-effectiveness-and-access-to-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Shaina M Lynch, George Y Wu
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection remains a significant medical concern in the United States and around the world. It is still one of the leading causes of chronic liver disease, and, for more than 20 years, there has been little progress in the treatment of HCV infection. The advent of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) initiated the era of high efficacy and well-tolerated medications with high cure rates. The efficacy of these medications has prompted many professional societies around the world to update their treatment guidelines to include DAAs as first-line treatment...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
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