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P L Foglio-Bonda, E Laguini, C Davoli, F Pattarino, A Foglio-Bonda
OBJECTIVE: To determine salivary pH, flow rate (FR) and surface tension (γs) in a cohort of 30 healthy young adults. To acquire cohort biological independent variables (age, gender, weight, height, medications, smoking, pathologies, and allergies) and to correlate them with pH, FR and γs obtained values. Evaluate the possible variation of the γs values during the time after the withdrawal and the influence of the operational abilities of the experimenting operators. Evaluate the relationship between γs, pH and FR  and the dependence between pH and FR...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Andre T Walcott, Monique L Smith, Jennifer M Loftis, Andrey E Ryabinin
The expression of pain serves as a way for animals to communicate potential dangers to nearby conspecifics. Recent research demonstrated that mice undergoing alcohol or morphine withdrawal, or inflammation, could socially communicate their hyperalgesia to nearby mice. However, it is unknown whether such social transfer of hyperalgesia can be observed in other species of rodents. Therefore, the present study investigated if the social transfer of hyperalgesia occurs in the highly social prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)...
March 22, 2018: Social Neuroscience
Wen-Yi Lee, Shu-Yu Kuo
The use of illegal drugs in Taiwan is on the rise. Drug addicts often have complex physical, psychological, and social problems. In addition, they often avoid disclosing their illicit drug use by deceit, concealment, or under-reporting. Building and maintaining relationships of trust with drug-addict patients has become a critical issue in achieving better care quality. In this case report, we report on an anesthesia care process for a heroin addict who was admitted for open reduction and internal fixation surgery for the femur and patella fractures after a car accident...
April 2018: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
M Richter, B Seipolt
Pain is a central topic on neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Acute as well as prolonged (continuous and chronic) pain frequently occurs. Due to a lack of validated physiological measurement instruments for pain (e. g. saliva cortisol, skin conductance and heart rate variability) pain in neonatology can only be assessed by external observation through the bedside team with pain scores using a regular, standardized procedure. During this very vulnerable period pain and medications (analgesics/sedatives) can negatively influence the brain development of premature babies and neonates...
March 21, 2018: Der Schmerz
Hiroshi Kataoka, Kazuma Sugie
Othello syndrome (OS) is a type of paranoid delusional jealousy, characterized by the false absolute certainty of the infidelity of a partner. Because OS has infrequently occurred in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), the characteristics of OS in PD remain unclear. We reviewed the clinical characteristics of this syndrome in PD. We reviewed 67 patients who had PD with OS. OS was more common in men (45 patients) than in women (22 patients), and it frequently occurred in middle-aged patients. Until the onset of OS, the duration of PD (range, 2-19...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Berna Ozdemir, Georgios Sflomos, Cathrin Brisken
Estrogen receptor positive (ER+) tumors account for 70 to 80 % of all breast cancer (BC) cases and are characterized by estrogen dependency for their growth. Endocrine therapies using estrogen receptor antagonists or aromatase inhibitors represent a key component of the standard of care for these tumors. The occurrence of de novo or acquired resistance to estrogen withdrawal represents an important clinical problem, impacting on patient survival. In addition, despite an initially favourable outcome, a part of ER+ BC patients present with disease recurrence locally or at distant sites years or even decades after apparent remission...
March 21, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Guo Ge, Cang Chen, Michael James Guderyon, Jingwei Liu, Zhixu He, Yanni Yu, Robert A Clark, Senlin Li
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) exhibits potent neuroprotective properties in preclinical models of Parkinson's disease (PD), but challenges in GDNF delivery have been reported from clinical trials. To address this barrier, we developed a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) -based macrophage-mediated GDNF therapy platform. Here we introduced a regulatable lentiviral vector (LV-MSP-Tet-Off-hGDNF) in order to allow the expression of human GDNF to be adjusted or stopped by oral administration of doxycycline (Dox)...
March 21, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Jeffrey Cummings, Aaron Ritter, Kate Zhong
Alzheimer's disease (AD) has no currently approved disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), and treatments to prevent, delay the onset, or slow the progression are urgently needed. A delay of 5 years if available by 2025 would decrease the total number of patients with AD by 50% in 2050. To meet the definition of DMT, an agent must produce an enduring change in the course of AD; clinical trials of DMTs have the goal of demonstrating this effect. AD drug discovery entails target identification followed by high throughput screening and lead optimization of drug-like compounds...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
L X Zhang, Y M Balani, Sophia Trinh, Henry M Kronenberg, Yiming Mu
Objective: To investigate the distinct effects of intermittent and continuous administration of parathyroid hormone (PTH) on bone and mesenchymal stem cell (MSC). Methods: Six weeks old mice with C57/BL6J background and SOX9-creERT/Td-tomato/Osteocalcin-GFP genotype were divided into 6 groups: intermittent administration and withdraw group (subcutaneous injection with PTH 500 μg·kg-1 ·d-1 ), continuous administration and withdraw group (subcutaneous implantation of PTH pump, 80 μg·kg-1 ·d-1, with a rate of 0...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
E Macken, S Van Dongen, S Francque, G Van Hal
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: In relation to recent implementation of colorectal cancer screening programs at the regional level, quality assessment of colonoscopy gains more interest in Belgium. In order to evaluate quality indicators of colonoscopies in Belgium, we retrospectively analysed data about colonoscopies performed between 2002-2010. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Coded data concerning number of medical procedures and polypectomy were provided by the Intermutualistic Agency (IMA)...
January 2018: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Seul-Gee Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sung-Kyung Bong, Jung-Sun Kim, Seil Park, Sehoon Kim, Sungha Park, Sang-Hak Lee, Yangsoo Jang
AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a well-known cause of cardiovascular disease and is associated with a variety of inflammatory reactions. However, an adequate large-animal model of advanced plaques to investigate the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis is lacking. Therefore, we developed and assessed a swine model of advanced atherosclerotic plaques with macrophage polarization. METHODS: Mini-pigs were fed a 2% high-cholesterol diet for 7 weeks followed by withdrawal periods of 4 weeks...
2018: PloS One
Youkyung Bae, Gwenlyn Pfeil
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility/effectiveness of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to document velopharyngeal (VP) structural changes induced by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. OUTCOME MEASURES: Changes in velar length and thickness, levator veli palatini (LVP) length and thickness, velar volume, and intravelar muscular proportion along the course of CPAP therapy participation (Pre-CPAP, Post-CPAP, and withdrawal). RESULTS: Velar and LVP lengths remained nearly the same, with the median changes (Δ) less than 0...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Jinghuan Fang, Yang Zhang, Ning Chen, Jian Guo, Muke Zhou, Li He
Medication overuse headache is a disabling headache disorder. Withdraw treatment plus preventive medication may lead to a better outcome. However, the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor on the treatment of medication overuse headache is still unknown.In this study, we followed up medication overuse headache patients diagnosed at the West China Hospital at an average follow-up duration of 1.5 years to analyze patients' outcomes and relapse. We used logistic regression to assess the relationship between patient medication and effect of withdrawal treatment...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ming Zheng, Fang-Yuan Chen, Jia-Nan Tian, Qing-Jiang Pan
To provide deep insight into cation-cation interactions (CCIs) involving hexavalent actinyl species that are major components in spent nuclear fuel and pose important implications for the effective removal of radiotoxic pollutants in the environment, a series of homo- and heterobimetallic actinide complexes supported by cyclopentadienyl (Cp) and polypyrrolic macrocycle (H4 L) ligands were systematically investigated using relativistic density functional theory. The metal sort in both parts of (THF)(H2 L)(OAnVI O) and (An')III Cp3 from U to Np to Pu, as well as the substituent bonding to Cp from electron-donating Me to H to electron-withdrawing Cl, SiH3 , and SiMe3 , was changed...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Bérengère Legros
The hesitations on the legal classification of the embryo lead to the doctrinal realization, that there is a certainty about its status, or, that it hasn't got any which allows the creator of the standard to reify it.The access to the claims which are based on specific interests seem to be at the heart of justifications to new legal rules concerning the embryo, even if It seems there are underlying specific interests.Confronted to the state disengagement in favour of these interests, the embryo, as far as French law is concerned, the embryo falls only under a limited protection which is destined to lose authority...
March 7, 2018: Journal international de bioéthique et d'éthique des sciences
Wolfgang Siegert, Christian Ganzer, Holger Kluth, Markus Rodehutscord
A regression approach was applied to determine the influence of feed provisioning prior to digesta sampling on precaecal (pc) amino acid (AA) digestibility in broiler chickens. Soybean meal was used as an example test ingredient. Five feed-provisioning protocols were investigated, four with restricted provision and one with ad libitum provision. When provision was restricted, feed was provided for 30 min after a withdrawal period of 12 h. Digesta were sampled 1, 2, 4 and 6 h after feeding commenced. A diet containing 300 g maize starch/kg was prepared...
March 21, 2018: Archives of Animal Nutrition
S S Sidhu, S Agarwal, O Goyal, H Kishore, S Sidhu
A 60 year old male, known case of Hepatitis C related cirrhosis was diagnosed with exophytic Hepatocellular carcinoma (size 2.1 x 2.2 cm), Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer Stage A, on routine surveillance. He refused liver Transplant and underwent laparoscopic segmental resection. Thereafter patient was started on Tablet Sorafenib 400mg twice daily to prevent recurrence of Hepatocellular carcinoma. On 18st post-operative day, patient presented with Hepatic encephalopathy. Routine investigations and MRI Brain were normal; Venous ammonia was high...
October 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Samantha G Farris, Angelo M DiBello, Erika Litvin Bloom, Ana M Abrantes
INTRODUCTION: The Smoking and Weight Eating Episodes Test (SWEET; Adams et al. 2011) is a self-report measure designed to assess multiple reasons why and when smokers use cigarettes for appetite, weight, and shape management, that was initially developed and validated in young female smokers. PURPOSE: The aim of the current study was to evaluate the factor structure and psychometric properties of the SWEET measure among both male and female daily cigarette smokers...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Robert Gürkov
Background: Bilateral vestibulopathy (BVP) is a debilitating disorder characterized by the hypofunction of both vestibular end organs or nerves. The most frequent identifiable causes of BVP are ototoxic drug effects, infectious and autoimmune disorders. However, the majority of cases remain idiopathic. Very recently, the first discovery of a clinical case of Amiodarone-associated BVP has been reported. Methods: An overview of the literature concerning the relation between amiodarone toxicity and BVP is presented and discussed...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Ki Jin Kim, Sang Nam Lee, Bong Hyo Lee
RATIONALE: Morphine is a representative pain killer. However, repeated use tends to induce addiction. Music therapy has been gaining interest as a useful type of therapy for neuropsychiatric diseases. OBJECTIVES: The present study examined whether Korean traditional music (KT) could suppress morphine-seeking behavior and anxiety-like behavior induced by extinction from chronic morphine use and additionally investigated a possible neuronal mechanism. MATERIAL & METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were trained to intravenously self-administer morphine hydrochloride (1...
March 17, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
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