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Kai Cao, Stephen W G Tait
Apoptotic cell death serves as an important tumor suppressor mechanism at multiple steps during cancer progression. Equally, engagement of apoptosis represents a potent therapeutic effector mechanism. Nevertheless, the role of apoptosis in cancer may be more complex than previously thought. Indeed, various studies have found that apoptosis signaling also has oncogenic potential. In this review, we discuss how apoptosis can promote cancer and how these effects might be targeted to optimize apoptosis-inducing anticancer therapy...
2018: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
Minakshi Rohilla, Bharti Joshi, Vanita Jain, Neetimala, Shalini Gainder
BACKGROUND: Advanced abdominal pregnancy is a highly morbid form of extrauterine gestation that demands skilled management. Despite advancement in antenatal care and imaging modalities, undiagnosed cases of advanced abdominal pregnancies are still reported. We report a case of asymptomatic abdominal pregnancy with healthy fetus advanced till 40 + 4 weeks period of gestation. Her diagnosis was not established even after obstetrical evaluation and cesarean section at primary care hospital...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Oliviero Bruni, Stefania Sette, Marco Angriman, Emma Baumgartner, Lara Selvaggini, Cristina Belli, Raffaele Ferri
OBJECTIVES: To identify different profiles of pediatric insomnia, based on the most frequent clinical presentations (nocturnal awakenings, difficulty in falling asleep, nocturnal restlessness, early morning awakenings). STUDY DESIGN: A structured parent interview was conducted in 338 children (mean age 21.29 months, SD 10.56) referred by pediatricians because of insomnia resistant to behavioral approaches and common drug treatments. The aim was to assess the characteristics of insomnia in children, together with family sleep-related history...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Selcuk Kayir, Hulya Ulusoy, Guvenc Dogan
Background/aims Sedation is one of the most important components of intensive care unit (ICU) in patients who are mechanically ventilated at intensive care conditions. As a result of sedation and analgesia in the intensive care unit, the patient is to be awakened a comfortable and easy process. The aim of the study is to demonstrate the effects of day-time sedation interruptions in intensive care patients. Material and methods We made a retrospective review of 100 patients who were monitored, mechanically ventilated and treated at our intensive care unit between January 2008 and January 2013...
January 13, 2018: Curēus
Jihui Zhang, Siu Ping Lam, Shirley Xin Li, Yaping Liu, Joey Wing Yan Chan, Michael Ho Ming Chan, Chung Shun Ho, Albert Martin Li, Yun Kwok Wing
INTRODUCTION: There are contradictory findings regarding the associations of parental depression on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity of their offspring. We aimed to explore the associations of parental depression on the diurnal salivary cortisol profile in their child and adolescent offspring. METHODS: A total of 189 unaffected child and adolescent offspring as determined by structured clinical interview were divided into 3 groups according to their parental history of depression, namely current parental depression (CPD, n = 27), past parental depression (PPD, n = 57), and no parental depression (NPD, n = 105)...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Mathias Basner, Sarah McGuire
To evaluate the quality of available evidence on the effects of environmental noise exposure on sleep a systematic review was conducted. The databases PSYCINFO, PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus, Web of Science and the TNO Repository were searched for non-laboratory studies on the effects of environmental noise on sleep with measured or predicted noise levels and published in or after the year 2000. The quality of the evidence was assessed using GRADE criteria. Seventy four studies predominately conducted between 2000 and 2015 were included in the review...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Kangjun Shen, Xinmin Zhou, Ling Tan, Feng Li, Jun Xiao, Hao Tang
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that the arch-first procedure without extra devices under moderate-to-mild systemic hypothermia during acute type A aortic dissection is safe and efficient and will improve patient outcome compared with the standard total arch replacement technique. METHODS: From December 2014 to February 2017, 89 patients were enrolled in this study, 52 of whom underwent conventional deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA, 24.2 ± 0.71°C) using the antegrade cerebral perfusion surgical procedure (Group A) and 37 of whom underwent the "arch-first" technique with moderate (27...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Nehat Baftiu, Islam Krasniqi, Kastriot Haxhirexha, Rudin Domi
BACKGROUND: Tracheal extubations may be performed before or after awakening from anaesthesia. The advantage of extubation during anaesthesia may avoid all the unpleasant effects of fully awake extubation such as severe hypertension and tachycardia, malignant dysrhythmias, myocardial ischemia laryngospasm, and cough induced high intraocular and intracranial pressure. AIM: To show the current practice of performing extubations in Kosovo, as well as the advantage and disadvantage in performing this procedure in an awake patient or inpatient in light anaesthesia...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Ramón C Hermida, Diana E Ayala, Artemio Mojón, José R Fernández
This trial investigated whether therapy with the entire daily dose of ≥1 hypertension medications at bedtime exerts a greater reduction in the risk of incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) than therapy with all medications upon awakening. We conducted a prospective, open-label, blinded endpoint trial of 2078 hypertensive patients without CKD (1017 men/1061 women, 53.6 ± 13.7 years of age) randomized to ingest all their prescribed hypertension medications upon awakening (n = 1041) or the entire daily dose of ≥1 of those medications at bedtime (n = 1037)...
March 12, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Kelsey Smyth, Richard Vendramelli, Dan Dankewich, Qiuyan Yuan
The seasonal trends in standard wastewater parameters are studied for two lagoons in the Canadian Prairies; one facultative and one aerated with the purpose of better understanding the underlying biological mechanisms in place. In particular, treatment in a cold climate is examined as treatment efficiency and function vary with geographical latitude. It was found that during the winter season, nutrients are not removed and nutrient release is observed. At the arrival of spring, biological growth occurs leading to spring awakening of the lagoons whereby nutrients start to again be removed...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
William D S Killgore, Haley C Kent, Sara A Knight, Anna Alkozei
Humans demonstrate a circadian rhythm of melatonin production that closely tracks the daily light/dark cycle, with profound increases in circulating levels during the night-time and nearly nonexistent levels during daylight hours. Although melatonin is known to play a role in preparing the brain and body for sleep, its effects on cognition and brain function are not well understood. We hypothesized that declines in morning melatonin would be associated with increased functional activation within cortical regions involved in alertness, attention, and executive function...
March 9, 2018: Neuroreport
Michael M Farag, Nevine S Abd El Malak, Soad A Yehia
The aim of this study was to develop a novel buccal bi-layered chronopatch capable of eliciting pulsatile release pattern of drugs treating diseases with circadian rhythm related manifestation. Zaleplon (ZLP) was used as a model drug intended to induce sleep and to treat middle of night insomnia. The chronopatch was prepared adopting double casting technique. The first layer was composed of a controlled release patch containing ZLP-Precirol melt granules intended to release ZLP in a sustained manner to maintain sleep and to prevent early morning awakening...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Nicole C M Korten, Brenda W J H Penninx, Didi Rhebergen, Dorly J H Deeg, Hannie C Comijs
Inconsistent results are found in the involvement of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA)-axis in cognitive functioning. This study examined the association between various saliva cortisol measures (the 1-h awakening cortisol, evening cortisol, diurnal change, and cortisol suppression) and cognitive functioning (episodic memory, processing speed, interference control, and working memory). Participants were older adults, between 60 and 93 years with (N = 328) and without (N = 119) a depressive disorder from the Netherlands Study of Depression in Older adults...
December 29, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Ralph T Schär, Christa Schwarz, Nicole Söll, Andreas Raabe, Werner J Z'Graggen, Jürgen Beck
OBJECTIVE: Early postoperative patient surveillance after removal of intraventricular tumors is often hindered by delayed awakening and prolonged somnolence. The objective of this study was to analyze the incidence of early critical postoperative events after elective craniotomies for intraventricular tumors in adults as compared to extraventricular lesions. METHODS: An observational comparative study was conducted on adult patients who had undergone first-time elective craniotomies from November 2011 until August 2016...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Suzanne M Bertisch, Benjamin D Pollock, Murray A Mittleman, Daniel J Buysse, Lydia A Bazzano, Daniel J Gottlieb, Susan Redline
Study Objectives: To quantify the association between insomnia/poor sleep with objective short sleep and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality in the general population. Methods: We conducted a time-to-event analysis of Sleep Heart Health Study data. Questionnaires and at-home polysomnography were performed between 1994 -1998. Participants were followed for a median 11.4 years (Q1-Q3, 8.8-12.4 years) until death or last contact. The primary exposure was insomnia or poor sleep with short sleep defined as: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty returning to sleep, early morning awakenings, or sleeping pill use, 16-30 nights/month; and total sleep <6 hours on polysomnography (PSG)...
March 7, 2018: Sleep
Anne L Donovan, J Matthew Aldrich, A Kendall Gross, Denise M Barchas, Kevin C Thornton, Hildy M Schell-Chaple, Michael A Gropper, Angela K M Lipshutz
OBJECTIVES: We describe the importance of interprofessional care in modern critical care medicine. This review highlights the essential roles played by specific members of the interprofessional care team, including patients and family members, and discusses quality improvement initiatives that require interprofessional collaboration for success. DATA SOURCES: Studies were identified through MEDLINE search using a variety of search phrases related to interprofessional care, critical care provider types, and quality improvement initiatives...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
John M Violanti, Desta Fekedulegn, Ja Kook Gu, Penelope Allison, Anna Mnatsakanova, Cathy Tinney-Zara, Michael E Andrew
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that effort-reward imbalance (ERI) is associated with an atypical cortisol response. ERI has been associated with higher job stress. Stress triggers cortisol secretion via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and significant deviation from a typical cortisol pattern can indicate HPA axis dysfunction. METHODS: 176 police officers participated from the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) Study. ERI was the exposure variable...
March 7, 2018: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Larry C Deeb, Hélène Dulude, Cristina B Guzman, Shuyu Zhang, Barry J Reiner, Claude A Piché, Sheetal Pradhan, Xiaotian Michelle Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This multicenter, open-label study was designed to evaluate real-world effectiveness and ease of use of nasal glucagon (NG) in treating moderate or severe hypoglycemic events in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes (T1D). METHODS: Caregivers were trained to administer NG (3 mg) to the child/adolescent with T1D during spontaneous, symptomatic moderate or severe hypoglycemic events, observe treatment response (defined as awakening or returning to normal status within 30 minutes), and measure blood glucose (BG) levels every 15 minutes...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Si-Sun Choi, Yohei Katsuyama, Linquan Bai, Zixin Deng, Yasuo Ohnishi, Eung-Soo Kim
The discovery and development of microbial natural products (MNPs) have played pivotal roles in the fields of human medicine and its related biotechnology sectors over the past several decades. The post-genomic era has witnessed the development of microbial genome mining approaches to isolate previously unsuspected MNP biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) hidden in the genome, followed by various BGC awakening techniques to visualize compound production. Additional microbial genome engineering techniques have allowed higher MNP production titers, which could complement a traditional culture-based MNP chasing approach...
March 3, 2018: Current Opinion in Microbiology
Grant M Tinsley, Amy H Givan, Austin J Graybeal, Michael I Villarreal, Austin G Cross
This study was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over trial examining the effects of β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate free acid (HMB-FA) supplementation on muscle protein breakdown, cortisol, testosterone and resting energy expenditure (REE) during acute fasting. Conditions consisted of supplementation with 3 g/d HMB-FA or placebo during a 3-d meat-free diet followed by a 24-h fast. Urine was collected before and during the 24-h fast for analysis of 3-methylhistidine:creatinine ratio (3MH:CR)...
March 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
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