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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812919/comparison-of-primary-and-secondary-enucleation-for-uveal-melanoma
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Chau M Pham, Philip L Custer, Steven M Couch
We investigated operative course and post-operative findings of patients undergoing primary enucleation for uveal melanoma versus those requiring secondary enucleation after brachytherapy. A retrospective chart review was performed with IRB approval on patients receiving treatment for uveal melanoma. Patients with enucleation as initial treatment and patients enucleated after plaque brachytherapy were analyzed for demographic data, operative course, and post-enucleation outcome. Further cause analysis for secondary enucleations was investigated...
August 16, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811929/dual-energy-computed-tomography-angiography-virtual-calcified-plaque-subtraction-in-a-vascular-phantom
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Kwang Nam Jin, Jin Wook Chung, Eun-Ah Park, Whal Lee
BACKGROUND: Material decomposition of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) enables subtraction of calcified plaque. PURPOSE: To evaluate the accuracy of lumen area measurement in calcified plaque by subtraction of DECT and to determine the effect of contrast material concentration, lumen diameter, density, and thickness of calcified plaque for the measurement. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Vessel phantoms were made with six lumen diameters (5.7, 4...
July 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810984/impact-of-a-7-day-field-training-on-oral-health-condition-in-japan-ground-self-defense-force-personnel
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Koji Yamashita, Takeshi Nishiyama, Emi Nagata, Atik Ramadhani, Miki Kawada-Matsuo, Hitoshi Komatsuzawa, Takahiko Oho
INTRODUCTION: In the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), personnel periodically perform intensive training that mimics the conditions seen in battle and during natural disasters. Military training involves intensive, stressful conditions, and changes in immune responses have been found in personnel following training. Good oral condition is important for military personnel to fulfill their duties; however, they have difficulty performing daily oral care under training conditions...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809988/methods-for-imputing-missing-efficacy-data-in-clinical-trials-of-biologic-psoriasis-therapies-implications-for-interpretations-of-trial-results
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Richard G B Langley, Kristian Reich, Charis Papavassilis, Todd Fox, Yankun Gong, Achim Gu Ttner
<p>BACKGROUND: An issue in long-term clinical trials of biologics in psoriasis is how to handle missing efficacy data. This methodological challenge may not be understood by clinicians, yet can have a significant effect on the interpretation of clinical trials.</p> <p>OBJECTIVE Evaluate the effects of different data imputation methods on apparent secukinumab response rates.</p> <p>METHODS: Post hoc analyses were conducted on efficacy data from 2 phase III, multicenter, randomized, double-blind trials (FIXTURE and ERASURE) of secukinumab in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809379/periodontal-salivary-and-il-6-status-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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J Silvestre-Rangil, L Bagán, F Silvestre, M Martinez-Herrera, J Bagán
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether saliva interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels are elevated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis versus a control group and examine the possible relationship between the oral condition and the risk of RA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 30 patients with RA and 30 healthy controls, different periodontal indices were recorded; sialometric measurements were taken to determine resting whole saliva, stimulated whole saliva and stimulated parotid saliva flow; and the saliva IL-6 levels were measured...
August 15, 2017: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809151/the-pentameric-complex-of-human-cytomegalovirus-cell-tropism-virus-dissemination-immune-response-and-vaccine-development
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Giuseppe Gerna, Maria Grazia Revello, Fausto Baldanti, Elena Percivalle, Daniele Lilleri
Between the 1980s and 1990s, three assays were developed for diagnosis of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections: leuko (L)-antigenemia, l-viremia and l-DNAemia, detecting viral protein pp65, infectious virus and viral DNA, respectively, in circulating leukocytes Repeated initial attempts to reproduce the three assays in vitro using laboratory-adapted strains and infected cell cultures were consistently unsuccessful. Results were totally reversed when wild-type HCMV strains were used to infect either fibroblasts or endothelial cells...
August 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808698/subgingival-microbiome-of-gingivitis-in-chinese-undergraduates
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Ke Deng, Xiang Ying Ouyang, Yi Chu, Qian Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the microbiome composition of health and gingivitis in Chinese undergraduates with high-throughput sequencing. METHODS: Sequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons was performed with the MiSeq system to compare subgingival bacterial communities from 54 subjects with gingivitis and 12 periodontally healthy controls. RESULTS: A total of 1,967,372 sequences representing 14 phyla, 104 genera, and 96 species were detected. Analysis of similarities (Anosim) test and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) showed significantly different community profiles between the health control and the subjects with gingivitis...
2017: Chinese Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807283/neospora-caninum-rop16-play-an-important-role-in-the-pathogenicity-by-phosphorylating-host-cell-stat3
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Lei Ma, Gongzhen Liu, Jing Liu, Muzi Li, Heng Zhang, Di Tang, Qun Liu
Neospora caninum is a common cause of abortions in cattle and nervous system dysfunctions in dogs. Our analysis shows that NcROP16 and TgROP16 have similar structures and may have similar functions. To our surprise, we found that similar to the T. gondii RH strain, the N. caninum Nc-1 strain could phosphorylate STAT3(Y705), but in contrast to T. gondii, N. caninum Nc-1 could not phosphorylate STAT6(Y641). We constructed a gene-knockout plasmid and screened ΔNcROP16 strains at the gene, protein and transcription levels...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803421/quantitative-coronary-plaque-analysis-predicts-high-risk-plaque-morphology-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-results-from-the-romicat-ii-trial
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Ting Liu, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Thomas Mayrhofer, Stefan B Puchner, Michael T Lu, Khristine Ghemigian, Pieter H Kitslaar, Alexander Broersen, Amit Pursnani, Udo Hoffmann, Maros Ferencik
Semi-automated software can provide quantitative assessment of atherosclerotic plaques on coronary CT angiography (CTA). The relationship between established qualitative high-risk plaque features and quantitative plaque measurements has not been studied. We analyzed the association between quantitative plaque measurements and qualitative high-risk plaque features on coronary CTA. We included 260 patients with plaque who underwent coronary CTA in the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT) II trial...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802864/%C3%AE-3-adrenergic-receptor-regulates-hepatic-apolipoprotein-a-i-gene-expression
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Xiaojing Cao, Yanfang Li
BACKGROUND: β3-adrenergic receptor (β3-AR) was shown to upregulate hepatic apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) expression and reverse atherosclerotic plaques in vivo experiments. However, the effect of β3-AR on apoA-I expression in vitro is unknown. The specific mechanism underlying β3-AR prevention of atherosclerosis is unclear. OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to investigate the molecular mechanism of β3-AR-mediated regulation of hepatic apoA-I gene expression...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802734/adding-markers-of-organ-damage-to-risk-score-models-improves-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-prospective-analysis-of-a-large-cohort-of-adult-outpatients
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Giuliano Tocci, Ilaria Figliuzzi, Vivianne Presta, Nadia Attalla El Halabieh, Barbara Citoni, Roberta Coluccia, Allegra Battistoni, Andrea Ferrucci, Massimo Volpe
INTRODUCTION: Global cardiovascular (CV) risk stratification is recommended in all outpatients. Risk score charts, however, do not include markers of organ damage (OD). AIM: To evaluate the potential added value of including different markers of subclinical OD to US Framingham, European SCORE and Italian Cuore risk score calculators. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated adult outpatients, who underwent blood pressure (BP) assessment and global CV risk stratification...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802699/relationship-between-limited-joint-mobility-of-hand-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Yusuke Mineoka, Michiyo Ishii, Yoshitaka Hashimoto, Muhei Tanaka, Naoto Nakamura, Yasukazu Katsumi, Motohide Isono, Michiaki Fukui
AIM: Limited joint mobility (LJM) of hand, which is one of a complication of diabetic hand, has a close association with diabetic microangiopathy. However, it remains to be elucidated about the relationships between LJM of hand and subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with type 2 diabetes. Therefore, we conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate the relationships between LJM of hand and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque score in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We evaluated the relationships between LJM of hand, and carotid IMT and plaque score, evaluated by carotid ultrasound examination, in 341 consecutive patients with type 2 diabetes...
July 20, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800625/variability-in-quantitative-analysis-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-inflammation-using-18f-fdg-pet-ct
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Karel-Jan D F Lensen, Alper M van Sijl, Alexandre E Voskuyl, Conny J van der Laken, Martijn W Heymans, Emile F I Comans, Mike T Nurmohamed, Yvo M Smulders, Ronald Boellaard
BACKGROUND: 18F-FDG-PET(/CT) is increasingly used in studies aiming at quantifying atherosclerotic plaque inflammation. Considerable methodological variability exists. The effect of data acquisition and image analysis parameters on quantitative uptake measures, such as standardized uptake value (SUV) and target-to-background ratio (TBR) has not been investigated extensively. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to explore the effect of several data acquisition and image analysis parameters on quantification of vascular wall 18F-FDG uptake measures, in order to increase awareness of potential variability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800329/chronic-verubecestat-treatment-suppresses-amyloid-accumulation-in-advanced-aged-tg2576-a%C3%AE-ppswe-mice-without-inducing-microhemorrhage
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Stephanie Villarreal, Fuqiang Zhao, Lynn A Hyde, Daniel Holder, Thomas Forest, Marie Sondey, Xia Chen, Cyrille Sur, Eric M Parker, Matthew E Kennedy
Verubecestat is a potent BACE1 enzyme inhibitor currently being investigated in Phase III trials for the treatment of mild-to-moderate and prodromal Alzheimer's disease. Multiple anti-amyloid immunotherapies have been dose-limited by adverse amyloid related imaging abnormalities such as vasogenic edema (ARIA-E) and microhemorrhage (ARIA-H) observed in human trials and mice. Verubecestat was tested in a 12-week nonclinical study for the potential to exacerbate microhemorrhage (ARIA-H) profiles in 18-22-month-old post-plaque Tg2576-AβPPswe mice...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799447/a-higher-volume-of-fibrotic-tissue-on-virtual-histology-prior-to-coronary-stent-implantation-predisposes-to-more-pronounced-neointima-proliferation
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Steven Haine, Kristien Wouters, Hielko Miljoen, Tom Vandendriessche, Marc Claeys, Johan Bosmans, Christiaan Vrints
BACKGROUND: Since neointima smooth muscle cells (SMC) mainly originate from the vessel wall, we investigated whether atherosclerotic plaque composition influences subsequent in-stent neointima proliferation and restenosis. METHODS: We performed intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) with virtual histology in 98 patients prior to elective bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation in de novo coronary artery lesions. Virtual histology variables pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were related to in-stent neointima proliferation six months after implantation assessed as late luminal loss of 0...
August 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798421/remineralisation-the-buzzword-for-early-mi-caries-management
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B T Amaechi
Minimal intervention (MI) dentistry aims to preserve dental tissues first and restore only when indicated, thus remineralisation of initial (non-cavitated) caries lesions, an integral part of caries management, is an essential treatment strategy in MI. With this understanding, dental practitioners are increasingly embracing the principle of non-operative treatment of initial caries lesions. The purpose of this review was to summarise the most recent literature published in non-operative management of dental caries...
August 11, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797740/framework-for-detection-and-localization-of-coronary-non-calcified-plaques-in-cardiac-cta-using-mean-radial-profiles
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Muhammad Moazzam Jawaid, Atif Riaz, Ronak Rajani, Constantino Carlos Reyes-Aldasoro, Greg Slabaugh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The high mortality rate associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) has driven intensive research in cardiac imaging and image analysis. The advent of computed tomography angiography (CTA) has turned non-invasive diagnosis of cardiovascular anomalies into reality as calcified coronary plaques can be easily identified due to their high intensity values. However, the detection of non-calcified plaques in CTA is still a challenging problem because of lower intensity values, which are often similar to the nearby blood and muscle tissues...
August 1, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797402/the-identification-of-calcified-coronary-plaque-is-associated-with-initiation-and-continuation-of-pharmacological-and-lifestyle-preventive-therapies-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ankur Gupta, Emily Lau, Ravi Varshney, Edward A Hulten, Michael Cheezum, Marcio S Bittencourt, Michael J Blaha, Nathan D Wong, Roger S Blumenthal, Matthew J Budoff, Craig A Umscheid, Khurram Nasir, Ron Blankstein
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the odds of initiation or continuation of pharmacological and lifestyle preventive therapies in patients with nonzero versus zero coronary artery calcium (CAC) score detected on cardiac computed tomography. BACKGROUND: Detection of calcified coronary plaque could serve as a motivational tool for physicians and patients to intensify preventive therapies. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE (Excerpta Medica database), Web of Science, Cochrane CENTRAL (Cochrane central register of controlled trials), ClinicalTrials...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795432/subcellular-reorganization-and-altered-phosphorylation-of-the-astrocytic-gap-junction-protein-connexin43-in-human-and-experimental-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Tushar Deshpande, Tingsong Li, Michel K Herde, Albert Becker, Hartmut Vatter, Martin K Schwarz, Christian Henneberger, Christian Steinhäuser, Peter Bedner
Dysfunctional astrocytes are increasingly recognized as key players in the development and progression of mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). One of the dramatic changes astrocytes undergo in MTLE with hippocampal sclerosis (HS) is loss of gap junction coupling. To further elucidate molecular mechanism(s) underlying this alteration, we assessed expression, cellular localization and phosphorylation status of astrocytic gap junction proteins in human and experimental MTLE-HS. In addition to conventional confocal analysis of immunohistochemical staining we employed expansion microscopy, which allowed visualization of blood-brain-barrier (BBB) associated cellular elements at a sub-µm scale...
August 10, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791827/correlation-between-the-state-of-periodontal-tissues-and-selected-risk-factors-for-periodontitis-and-myocardial-infarction
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Renata Górska, Elżbieta Dembowska, Tomasz P Konopka, Joanna Wysokińska-Miszczuk, Małgorzata Pietruska, Ewa Ganowicz
BACKGROUND: The current level of knowledge indicates a relationship between periodontitis and diabetes and/or cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Periodontitis can be not only a risk factor for these diseases, but also a condition modifying other primary risk factors associated with the occurrence of cardiovascular complications (lipid disorders, arterial hypertension, etc.) or diabetes. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was an analysis of the correlation between the state of periodontal tissues and selected risk factors for myocardial infarction (MI) in patients after recent myocardial infarction...
May 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
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