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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145722/outcomes-of-beating-heart-on-pump-utilizing-a-miniature-bypass-circuit-versus-off-pump-cardiac-bypass-at-a-veterans-affairs-medical-center
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Matthew Skancke, Kendal Endicott, Richard Amdur, Michael Greenberg, Gregory Trachiotis
BACKGROUND: Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) helps reduce systemic inflammatory changes by maintaining native pulsatile flow. This analysis evaluates the outcomes of OPCAB at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and evaluates the use of beating heart on-pump (BHOP) bypass grafting as an empiric therapy for high-risk patients. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 756 patients who underwent coronary bypass grafting between 2004-2015 at a single VAMC...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145577/photodynamic-therapy-leads-to-time-dependent-regression-of-pathologic-corneal-lymph-angiogenesis-and-promotes-high-risk-corneal-allograft-survival
#2
Yanhong Hou, Viet Nhat Hung Le, Thomas Clahsen, Ann-Charlott Schneider, Felix Bock, Claus Cursiefen
Purpose: Pathologic corneal (lymph) angiogenesis is a known risk factor for immune-mediated allograft rejections after corneal transplantation. However, there is no established treatment to regress pre-existing pathological corneal blood and lymphatic vessels. This study assessed the possibility to regress both vessel types by photodynamic therapy (PDT) after intravenous (i.v.) verteporfin injection, the influence of timing of PDT after verteporfin injection, and the effect on graft survival in high-risk keratoplasty...
November 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144988/di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-enhances-melanoma-tumor-growth-via-differential-effect-on-m1-and-m2-polarized-macrophages-in-mouse-model
#3
Jae-Wook Lee, Sojin Park, Hae-Kyoung Han, Myung Chan Gye, Eun-Yi Moon
Phthalates are widely used as plasticizers that influence sexual and reproductive development. Here, we investigated whether di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) affects macrophage polarization that are associated with tumor initiation and progression. No changes were observed in LPS- or ConA-stimulated in vitro spleen B or T cell proliferation for 48 h, respectively. In contrast, macrophage functions were inhibited in response to DEHP for 12 h as judged by LPS-induced H2O2 and NO production and zymosan A-mediated phagocytosis...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144602/neuroplasticity-following-short-term-strength-training-occurs-at-supraspinal-level-and-is-specific-for-the-trained-task
#4
Louis-Solal Giboin, Benjamin Weiss, Felix Thomas, Markus Gruber
AIMS: Different modalities of strength training cause performance enhancements, which are specific for the trained task. However, the involved mechanisms are still largely unknown. It has been demonstrated that strength training could induce neuroplasticity, which might underlie the performance improvements during the first training sessions. Thus, we hypothesized to find task-specific neuroplasticity after a short-term strength training of two distinct strength tasks. METHODS: Young healthy male subjects were exposed to 4 sessions of either maximal isometric explosive (EXPL group, N = 9) or slow sustained (SUS group, N = 10) knee extensions...
November 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144549/zuclopenthixol-dihydrochloride-for-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Edward J Bryan, Marie Ann Purcell, Ajit Kumar
BACKGROUND: Oral zuclopenthixol dihydrochloride (Clopixol) is an anti-psychotic treatment for people with psychotic symptoms, especially those with schizophrenia. It is associated with neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a prolongation of the QTc interval, extra-pyramidal reactions, venous thromboembolism and may modify insulin and glucose responses. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of zuclopenthixol dihydrochloride for treatment of schizophrenia. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group's Trials Register (latest search 09 June 2015)...
November 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144430/a-correlation-study-of-dha-intake-estimated-by-a-ffq-and-concentrations-in-plasma-and-erythrocytes-in-mid-and-late-pregnancy
#6
Yu-Bo Zhou, Hong-Tian Li, Leonardo Trasande, Lin-Lin Wang, Ya-Li Zhang, Ke-Yi Si, Man-Xi Bai, Jian-Meng Liu
Adequate docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for the optimal growth and development of the fetus. Maternal DHA content fluctuates during pregnancy. The correlation of DHA content with dietary intake might be varied over the course of pregnancy. We aimed to compare the dietary DHA intake, estimated by a DHA-specific semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) against its blood content, among mid- and late-term pregnant women. A total of 804 Chinese pregnant women completed the tailored FFQ and provided fasting venous blood samples...
November 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144312/effectiveness-of-septage-pre-treatment-in-vertical-flow-constructed-wetlands
#7
Beata Karolinczak, Wojciech Dąbrowski
Septage is wastewater stored temporarily in cesspools. A periodic supply of its significant quantities to small municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may cause many operational problems. In the frame of the research, it has been proposed to utilize vertical flow constructed wetlands for pre-treatment of septage prior to its input to the biological stage of a WWTP. The aim of the work was to assess the effectiveness of pre-treatment in relation to factors such as: seasonality, hydraulic load, pollutants load of the VF bed and interactions between these factors...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144302/fouling-mitigation-in-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactors-using-fluidized-resin-beads
#8
B Düppenbecker, J Behnisch, M Engelhart, P Cornel
This study focuses on the use of fluidized resin beads to mitigate fouling during ultrafiltration (UF) of the effluent of an anaerobic bioreactor. Two different module configurations were tested: A fluidized bed of resin beads was generated in a tubular UF membrane, and a hollow fiber (HF) UF membrane was submerged into a fluidized bed, respectively. During filtration of anaerobically treated synthetic wastewater using the tubular module, fluidized resin beads with a diameter of 0.5-0.71 mm did not show any beneficial effect...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143950/-the-effect-of-a-short-term-group-stabilisation-training-in-patients-with-complex-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#9
G Beldman, H H L M Kessels, I W de Groot
The international guideline for complex posttraumatic stress disorder (ptsd) from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (istss) recommends treatment in phases, starting with stabilisation treatment. Different forms of stabilisation training have been developed the past few years, one being short-term group stabilisation training.<br/> AIM: To map out the effects of the short-term group training.<br/> METHOD: The research implemented a pre-post design. The training consisted of five group sessions...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143945/one-evidence-of-cocaine-and-amphetamine-regulated-transcript-cart-has-the-bidirectional-effects-on-appetite-in-siberian-sturgeon-acipenser-baerii
#10
Xin Zhang, Yundi Gao, Ni Tang, Jinwen Qi, Yuanbing Wu, Jin Hao, Shuyao Wang, Defang Chen, Zhiqiong Li
Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART), discovered in 1995, with various biological functions, has received much attention recently due to its role in the regulation of appetite in mammals. However, the function of CART on the appetite control in fish species is still not very clear. In this study, Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii Brandt) cart gene was cloned for the first time, and the cart mRNA levels in 11 feeding-related tissues was investigated. The Siberian sturgeon cart gene sequence was 1459 base pairs (bp), including a 3'-terminal untranslated region (3'-UTR) of 39 bp, a 5'-terminal untranslated region (5'-UTR) of 52 bp, and an open reading frame (ORF) of 348 bp encoding 115 amino acids...
November 16, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143893/the-role-of-systemic-therapy-in-resectable-gastric-and-gastro-oesophageal-junction-cancer
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REVIEW
Elizabeth Cartwright, David Cunningham
Approximately 20% of patients with cancer of the stomach or gastro-oesophageal junction (GOJ) present with resectable disease. Long-term outcome after surgery alone in these patients is poor, and a combined treatment approach is the standard of care. The two approaches to managing patients with cancer of the GOJ are perioperative chemotherapy or preoperative chemoradiotherapy. Based upon the most recent evidence, patients treated with a perioperative approach and deemed suitable for a triplet regimen should be considered for pre- and post-operative FLOT (5-fluorouracil [5-FU], leucovorin, oxaliplatin and docetaxel) and those suitable for a doublet regimen should be considered for a fluoropyrimidine/platinum combination such as capecitabine and oxaliplatin...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143490/rock-glaciers-in-crystalline-catchments-hidden-permafrost-related-threats-to-alpine-headwater-lakes
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Boris P Ilyashuk, Elena A Ilyashuk, Roland Psenner, Richard Tessadri, Karin A Koinig
A global warming-induced transition from glacial to periglacial processes has been identified in mountainous regions around the world. Degrading permafrost in pristine periglacial environments can produce acid rock drainage (ARD) and cause severe ecological damage in areas underlain by sulfide-bearing bedrock. Limnological and paleolimnological approaches were used to assess and compare ARDs generated by rock glaciers, a typical landform of the mountain permafrost domain, and their effects on alpine headwater lakes with similar morphometric features and underlying bedrock geology, but characterized by different intensities of frost action in their catchments during the year...
November 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143416/plasma-renin-activity-response-to-aliskiren-and-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-hospitalized-for-heart-failure-the-astronaut-trial
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Muthiah Vaduganathan, Baljash Cheema, Erin Cleveland, Kamya Sankar, Haris Subacius, Gregg C Fonarow, Scott D Solomon, Eldrin F Lewis, Stephen J Greene, Aldo P Maggioni, Michael Böhm, Faiez Zannad, Javed Butler, Mihai Gheorghiade
AIMS: The direct renin inhibitor, aliskiren, is known to reduce plasma renin activity (PRA), but whether the efficacy of aliskiren varies based on an individual's baseline PRA in patients hospitalized for heart failure (HF) is presently unknown. We characterized the prognostic value of PRA and determined if this risk is modifiable with use of aliskiren. METHODS AND RESULTS: This pre-specified neurohormonal substudy of ASTRONAUT analysed all patients hospitalized for HF with ejection fraction (EF) ≤40% with available baseline PRA data (n = 1306, 80...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143306/long-term-evaluation-of-painful-symptoms-and-fertility-after-surgery-for-large-rectovaginal-endometriosis-nodule-a-retrospective-study
#14
Nicolas Bourdel, Aurélie Comptour, Paméla Bouchet, Anne-Sophie Gremeau, Jean-Luc Pouly, Karem Slim, Bruno Pereira, Michel Canis
Optimal surgical treatment of rectovaginal endometriosis remains a controversial topic. The objective of this study was to evaluate long term postoperative outcomes after rectal shaving or colorectal resection for rectovaginal endometriosis MATERIAL AND METHODS: 195 patients underwent surgery (172 managed by shaving, 23 by colorectal resection) between January 2000 and June 2013 for rectovaginal endometriosis (>2cm) involving at least the serosa of the rectum. Primary outcome measures were pain and fertility...
November 15, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142862/three-dimensional-printing-for-craniomaxillofacial-regeneration
#15
REVIEW
Laura Gaviria, Joseph J Pearson, Sergio A Montelongo, Teja Guda, Joo L Ong
Craniomaxillofacial injuries produce complex wound environments involving various tissue types and treatment strategies. In a clinical setting, care is taken to properly irrigate and stabilize the injury, while grafts are molded in an attempt to maintain physiological functionality and cosmesis. This often requires multiple surgeries and grafts leading to added discomfort, pain and financial burden. Many of these injuries can lead to disfigurement and resultant loss of system function including mastication, respiration, and articulation, and these can lead to acute and long-term psychological impact on the patient...
October 2017: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142554/vitamin-d-supplementation-improves-fev1-in-patients-of-bronchial-asthma
#16
Muhammad Zafar Majeed Babar, Mazhar Hussain, Sadia Abdul Majeed
Background and Objective: Vitamin D deficiency has strong association with various respiratory disorders in which bronchial asthma is one of them. The objective was to determine the efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in cases with bronchial asthma. Methods: This case control study was conducted at private clinical set up of district, Rahim Yar Khan from August to October 2016 in which 100 cases of bronchial asthma were randomly divided into Group-A and Group-B each contained 50 patients...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142550/clinical-outcome-of-23g-trans-conjunctival-pars-plana-vitrectomy-a-prospective-comparison-of-phaco-vitrectomy-with-only-vitrectomy-in-phakic-eyes
#17
Haroon Tayyab, Asad Aslam Khan, Rana Muhammad Mohsin Javaid
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness and safety profile of combined phacoemulsification with 23G pars plana vitrectomy when compared to pars plana vitrectomy alone in phakic patients. Methods: This study was performed at Al-Ehsan Eye Hospital (tertiary care eye hospital in Lahore, Pakistan) from January 2016 to August 2016. A total of 40 eyes in two equal groups of 20 eyes each, were enrolled in this prospective study. Group-A underwent combined phaco-vitrectomy, whereas Group-B underwent vitrectomy only for various vitreoretinal pathologies...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142450/autologous-intrauterine-platelet-rich-plasma-instillation-for-suboptimal-endometrium-in-frozen-embryo-transfer-cycles-a-pilot-study
#18
Sunita R Tandulwadkar, Manasi V Naralkar, Akash D Surana, M Selvakarthick, Avinash H Kharat
Introduction: This pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness of intrauterine infusion of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in infertile women undergoing frozen embryo transfer cycles with suboptimal endometrium. Material and Methods: Intrauterine instillation of autologous PRP was done in 68 women between 22 and 40 years, over 8 months, with suboptimal endometrial growth, and patients with repeated cycle cancellations, in addition to Estradiol valerate. Frozen embryo transfer was performed when the endometrium reached an optimal pattern in terms of thickness, appearance, and vascularity...
July 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141963/current-and-new-challenges-in-occupational-lung-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Sara De Matteis, Dick Heederik, Alex Burdorf, Claudio Colosio, Paul Cullinan, Paul K Henneberger, Ann Olsson, Anne Raynal, Jos Rooijackers, Tiina Santonen, Joaquin Sastre, Vivi Schlünssen, Martie van Tongeren, Torben Sigsgaard
Occupational lung diseases are an important public health issue and are avoidable through preventive interventions in the workplace. Up-to-date knowledge about changes in exposure to occupational hazards as a result of technological and industrial developments is essential to the design and implementation of efficient and effective workplace preventive measures. New occupational agents with unknown respiratory health effects are constantly introduced to the market and require periodic health surveillance among exposed workers to detect early signs of adverse respiratory effects...
December 31, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141956/rapid-isolation-and-expansion-of-skin-derived-precursor-cells-from-human-primary-fibroblast-cultures
#20
Leithe Budel, Karima Djabali
Skin-derived precursor (SKP) cells have self-renewal and multipotent abilities and are found in the dermis. SKP cells have been isolated previously from pre-established dermal fibroblast cultures. In these procedures, long-term culture and low yield remain the crucial aspects requiring improvement. In this study, we exposed pre-established dermal fibroblasts to 30-min acid stress prior to isolating SKP cells (termed pH-SKP) and compared the yield to the previously published trypsin- and no-stress methods. Spheroid formation was confirmed and analyzed at days 3, 5 and 7...
November 15, 2017: Biology Open
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