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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445809/inhibition-of-14q32-microrna-mir-495-reduces-lesion-formation-intimal-hyperplasia-and-plasma-cholesterol-levels-in-experimental-restenosis
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Sabine M J Welten, Rob C M de Jong, Anouk Wezel, Margreet R de Vries, Martin C Boonstra, Laura Parma, J Wouter Jukema, Tetje C van der Sluis, Ramon Arens, Ilze Bot, Sudhir Agrawal, Paul H A Quax, A Yaël Nossent
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at investigating the role of 14q32 microRNAs in intimal hyperplasia and accelerated atherosclerosis; two major contributors to restenosis. Restenosis occurs regularly in patients treated for coronary artery disease and peripheral arterial disease. We have previously shown that inhibition of 14q32 microRNAs leads to increased post-ischemic neovascularization, and microRNA miR-494 also decreased atherosclerosis, while increasing plaque stability. We hypothesized that 14q32 microRNA inhibition has beneficial effects on intimal hyperplasia, as well as accelerated atherosclerosis...
April 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445714/the-toll-like-receptor-2-agonist-pam3csk4-is-neuroprotective-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Nicole S Stivers, Nicolas Pelisch, Ben C Orem, Joshua Williams, Jacqueline M Nally, David P Stirling
Microglia/macrophage activation and recruitment following spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with both detrimental and reparative functions. Stimulation of the innate immune receptor Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) has shown to be beneficial following SCI, and it increases axonal regeneration following optic nerve crush. However, the mechanism(s) remain unclear. As microglia express high levels of TLR2, we hypothesized that modulating the microglial response to injury using a specific TLR2 agonist, Pam3CSK4, would prevent secondary-mediated white matter degeneration following SCI...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445195/protective-effect-of-botulinum-toxin-type-a-against-atopic-dermatitis-like-skin-lesions-in-nc-nga-mice
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Sang Bum Han, Hyeree Kim, Sang Hyun Cho, Jin Ho Chung, Hei Sung Kim
BACKGROUND: Botulinum neurotoxin (BTX) A possesses various biological activities, including anti-inflammatory and antipruritic actions. Human and animal studies have shown that BTX is effective in treating histamine-induced itch, lichen simplex chronicus, psoriasis, rosacea, allergic rhinitis, and scar prevention. However, its effect on atopic dermatitis (AD) has not been studied yet. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of BTX on AD using a mouse model. The primary outcome was skin thickness and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and the secondary outcome was the alteration in skin severity scores, histological, and laboratory test results...
April 24, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445186/the-hip-fracture-patient-on-warfarin-evaluating-blood-loss-and-time-to-surgery
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Matthew R Cohn, Ashley E Levack, Nikunj N Trivedi, Jordan C Villa, David S Wellman, John P Lyden, Dean G Lorich, Joseph M Lane
OBJECTIVES: To compare blood loss, delay of surgery, and short term adverse events in (1) patients admitted on warfarin versus non-anticoagulated controls and (2) warfarin patients with day of surgery (DOS) INR of 1.5 or greater versus below 1.5. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Academic level I trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: One hundred twenty four patients treated surgically for hip fractures including patients presenting on warfarin (n=62) and matched controls (n=62)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444964/randomized-clinical-trial-of-landiolol-hydrochloride-for-the-prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-postoperative-complications-after-oesophagectomy-for-cancer
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T Ojima, M Nakamori, M Nakamura, M Katsuda, K Hayata, T Kato, J Kitadani, H Tabata, A Takeuchi, H Yamaue
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is common after oesophageal surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether landiolol hydrochloride was effective and safe in the prevention of atrial fibrillation after oesophagectomy, and to see whether a reduction in incidence of atrial fibrillation would reduce other postoperative complications. METHODS: This single-centre study enrolled patients scheduled for transthoracic oesophagectomy in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial between March 2013 and January 2016...
April 26, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444773/mechanical-dispersion-and-global-longitudinal-strain-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predictors-of-appropriate-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-therapy-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Ozkan Candan, Cetin Gecmen, Emrah Bayam, Ahmet Guner, Mehmet Celik, Cem Doğan
PURPOSE: In this study, we investigated whether mechanical dispersion which reflects electrical abnormality and other echocardiographic and clinic parameters predict appropriate ICD shock in patients undergone ICD implantation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Sixty-three patients who received ICD implantation for primary or secondary prevention were included in the study. Patients' clinical, electrocardiographic, 2D classic, and speckle tracking echocardiographic data were collected...
April 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444695/exercise-therapy-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome
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Lillebeth Larun, Kjetil G Brurberg, Jan Odgaard-Jensen, Jonathan R Price
BACKGROUND: Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control...
April 25, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444464/effectiveness-of-antibiotic-prophylaxis-in-non-emergency-cholecystectomy-using-data-from-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Ravinder S Vohra, James Hodson, Sandro Pasquali, Ewen A Griffiths
BACKGROUND: There is a variation in the administration of antibiotics prophylaxis to reduce the perceived risk of SSI in patients undergoing non-emergency cholecystectomy. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis following non-emergency cholecystectomy to prevent 30-day superficial surgical site infections (SSIs) using non-selected, nationally collected, prospective data. METHODS: Data were extracted from the CholeS study, which examined and independently validated the outcomes on consecutive patients following non-emergency cholecystectomy across 166 hospitals in the UK and Ireland...
April 25, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444346/resistant-starch-as-a-novel-dietary-strategy-to-maintain-kidney-health-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Gar Yee Koh, Matthew J Rowling
The worldwide prevalence of diabetes mellitus is expected to reach 439 million by 2030. Diabetes increases the risk for developing secondary complications such as nephropathy and cardiovascular disease, critical factors that dictate the survival rate of diabetes patients. Compelling evidence has indicated that the positive impact of fermentable carbohydrates in obesity-related diabetes is mediated by the production of short-chain fatty acids and the modulation of colonic microbiota. This review summarizes the potential implications of dietary resistant starch, a class of fermentable fiber, in glucose homeostasis and kidney health in obesity-associated diabetes and examines the mechanisms underlying the protective effect of resistant starch...
April 22, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444199/geographical-differences-in-prescription-of-secondary-preventive-drug-therapy-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-norway
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Jarle Jortveit, Sigrun Halvorsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444187/modelling-the-cost-effectiveness-pcsk9-inhibitors-vs-ezetimibe-through-ldl-c-reductions-in-a-norwegian-setting
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Max Korman, Torbjørn Wisløff
Aims: Despite the success of statins, there remains unmet clinical need in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. New proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 55-65%. Two PCSK9 inhibitors, evolocumab and alirocumab, were approved for use in Norway but not yet for reimbursement through public national insurance. We aim to explore the cost-effectiveness of these compared to available treatments in a Norwegian setting...
April 21, 2017: European Heart Journal. Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444075/applicability-of-respiratory-variations-in-stroke-volume-and-its-surrogates-for-dynamic-fluid-responsiveness-prediction-in-critically-ill-patients-a-systematic-review-of-the-prevalence-of-required-conditions
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Leandro Utino Taniguchi, Fernando Godinho Zampieri, Antonio Paulo Nassar
Objective: The present systematic review searched for published data on the prevalence of required conditions for proper assessment in critically ill patients. Methods: The Medline, Scopus and Web of Science databases were searched to identify studies that evaluated the prevalence of validated conditions for the fluid responsiveness assessment using respiratory variations in the stroke volume or another surrogate in adult critically ill patients. The primary outcome was the suitability of the fluid responsiveness evaluation...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443608/dynamic-behaviour-of-interphases-and-its-implication-on-high-energy-density-cathode-materials-in-lithium-ion-batteries
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Wangda Li, Andrei Dolocan, Pilgun Oh, Hugo Celio, Suhyeon Park, Jaephil Cho, Arumugam Manthiram
Undesired electrode-electrolyte interactions prevent the use of many high-energy-density cathode materials in practical lithium-ion batteries. Efforts to address their limited service life have predominantly focused on the active electrode materials and electrolytes. Here an advanced three-dimensional chemical and imaging analysis on a model material, the nickel-rich layered lithium transition-metal oxide, reveals the dynamic behaviour of cathode interphases driven by conductive carbon additives (carbon black) in a common nonaqueous electrolyte...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443354/optimization-of-intelligent-infusion-pump-technology-to-minimize-vasopressor-pump-programming-errors
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Nina Vadiei, Carrie A Shuman, Manasa S Murthy, Mitchell J Daley
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To determine if incorporation of vasopressor upper hard limits (UHL) into intelligent infusion pump technology (IIPT) increases efficacy of alerts by preventing pump programming errors. DESIGN & METHODS: Retrospective review from five hospitals within a single healthcare network between April 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. A total of 65,680 vasopressor data entries were evaluated; 19,377 prior to hard limit implementation and 46,303 after hard limit implementation...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443174/clinical-and-radiological-outcomes-after-microscopic-bilateral-decompression-via-a-unilateral-approach-for-degenerative-lumbar-disease-minimum-5-year-follow-up
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Sho Dohzono, Hiromitsu Toyoda, Akira Matsumura, Hidetomi Terai, Akinobu Suzuki, Hiroaki Nakamura
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. PURPOSE: To assess postoperative bone regrowth at surgical sites after lumbar decompression with >5 years of follow-up. Postoperative preservation of facet joints and segmental spinal instability following surgery were also evaluated. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: Previous reports have documented bone regrowth after conventional laminectomy or laminotomy and several factors associated with new bone formation...
April 2017: Asian Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443061/a-linear-temporal-increase-in-thrombin-activity-and-loss-of-its-receptor-in-mouse-brain-following-ischemic-stroke
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Doron Bushi, Efrat Shavit Stein, Valery Golderman, Ekaterina Feingold, Orna Gera, Joab Chapman, David Tanne
BACKGROUND: Brain thrombin activity is increased following acute ischemic stroke and may play a pathogenic role through the protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1). In order to better assess these factors, we obtained a novel detailed temporal and spatial profile of thrombin activity in a mouse model of permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAo). METHODS: Thrombin activity was measured by fluorescence spectroscopy on coronal slices taken from the ipsilateral and contralateral hemispheres 2, 5, and 24 h following pMCAo (n = 5, 6, 5 mice, respectively)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443031/the-high-calcium-high-phosphorus-rescue-diet-is-not-suitable-to-prevent-secondary-hyperparathyroidism-in-vitamin-d-receptor-deficient-mice
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Sarah M Grundmann, Corinna Brandsch, Daniela Rottstädt, Hagen Kühne, Gabriele I Stangl
The vitamin D receptor (VDR) knockout (KO) mouse is a common model to unravel novel metabolic functions of vitamin D. It is recommended to feed these mice a high calcium (2%), high phosphorus (1.25%) diet, termed rescue diet (RD) to prevent hypocalcaemia and secondary hyperparathyroidism. First, we characterized the individual response of VDR KO mice to feeding a RD and found that the RD was not capable of normalizing the parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations in each VDR KO mouse. In a second study, we aimed to study whether RD with additional 1 and 2% calcium (in total 3 and 4% of the diet) is able to prevent secondary hyperparathyroidism in the VDR KO mice...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442750/hepatitis-a-virus-infections-and-outbreaks-in-asylum-seekers-arriving-to-germany-september-2015-to-march-2016
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Kai Michaelis, Jürgen J Wenzel, Klaus Stark, Mirko Faber
From September 2015 to March 2016, hepatitis A notifications in Germany increased by 45% to 699 cases compared to 482 cases in the same period of the previous year. Children aged five to nine years were predominantly affected (22% of all cases in this period). We hypothesized that this increase could be explained by the marked influx of asylum seekers in this time period. We analysed national surveillance data and estimated the number of imported and autochthonous hepatitis A cases in asylum seekers. We also investigated molecular signatures of hepatitis A viruses sampled from asylum seekers to identify chains of transmission...
April 26, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442441/aspergillus-flavus-aswa-a-gene-homolog-of-aspergillus-nidulans-oefc-regulates-sclerotial-development-and-biosynthesis-of-sclerotium-associated-secondary-metabolites
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Perng-Kuang Chang, Leslie L Scharfenstein, Robert W Li, Natalia Arroyo-Manzanares, Sarah De Saeger, José Diana Di Mavungu
Aspergillus flavus aswA (AFLA_085170) is a gene encoding a Zn(II)2Cys6 DNA-binding domain and a transcriptional activation domain, DUF3468. Disruption of aswA yielded strains that made a truncated gene transcript and generated a fungus that produced a greatly increased number of sclerotia. These sclerotia were odd-shaped and non-pigmented (white) and different from oval and pigmented (dark brown to black) mature sclerotia. Transcriptomic analysis of the ΔaswA strain grown on potato dextrose agar plates and Wickerham agar plates showed that expression of clustering genes involved in the biosynthesis of three sclerotium-associated secondary metabolites was down-regulated...
April 22, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442341/impact-of-a-general-practitioner-led-integrated-model-of-care-on-the-cost-of-potentially-preventable-diabetes-related-hospitalisations
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Samantha A Hollingworth, Maria Donald, Jianzhen Zhang, Bharat Phani Vaikuntam, Anthony Russell, Claire Jackson
AIM: To estimate potential savings for Australia's health care system through the implementation of an innovative Beacon model of care for patients with complex diabetes. METHODS: A prospective controlled trial was conducted comparing a multidisciplinary, community-based, integrated primary-secondary care diabetes service with usual care at a hospital diabetes outpatient clinic. We extracted patient hospitalisation data from the Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection and used Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups to assign costs to potentially preventable hospitalisations for diabetes...
April 23, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
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