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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150885/recognizing-the-haystack-is-the-task-of-the-primary-care-physician
#1
N A Kukutsch, G Argenziano, W Bergman
In a reply to our letter Ferrandiz and colleagues wondered why dermoscopy experts did not already fully embrace teledermoscopy (TD) for suspicious pigmented skin lesions.(1) Our study showed that the structure of the health systems that were investigated differed, with countries where primary care physicians (PCP) hold a gate keeper function and others with direct access to a dermatologist. Significant differences in waiting time and travel distance were observed.(2) Since we believe that there is enough evidence that the addition of high quality dermoscopic pictures to a teleconsultation leads to higher accuracy of the diagnosis we did not investigate this question in our survey...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150654/primary-aldosteronism-patients-show-skin-alterations-and-abnormal-activation-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-keratinocytes
#2
Julia Boix, Judit Bigas, Lisa M Sevilla, Maurizio Iacobone, Marilisa Citton, Francesca Torresan, Brasilina Caroccia, Gian Paolo Rossi, Paloma Pérez
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a disease characterized by high aldosterone levels caused by benign adrenal tumors being the most frequent cause of secondary hypertension. Aldosterone plays vital physiological roles through the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) but in certain cell types, it can also activate the glucocorticoid (GC) receptor (GR). Both MR and GR are structurally and functionally related and belong to the same family of ligand-dependent transcription factors that recognize identical GC regulatory elements (GREs) on their target genes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150333/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dihydrostilbene-derivatives-as-potential-anti-melanogenic-skin-protecting-agents
#3
Yu Zhu, Wen-Hui Pan, Chuen Fai Ku, Hong-Jie Zhang, Siu Wai Tsang
The stems of Dendrobium orchids (Orchidaceae), also known as Shi Hu, have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in oriental countries. In fact, the health benefits of Shi Hu have been evidenced by its modern pharmacological actions on conquering oxidative stress in pathological conditions. From the extracts of two commonly used Dendrobium species, we obtained discernible amounts of stilbenoids, explicitly trans-resveratrol (1) and dihydro-resveratrol (2), which are prototypical antioxidants. When applied to cultured melanocytes, these stilbenoids, dihydro-resveratrol (2) in particular, significantly reduced melanin formation via inhibiting tyrosinase activity and expression of tyrosinase-related proteins...
October 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149771/hoxc13-and-hsp27-expression-in-skin-and-the-periodic-growth-of-secondary-fiber-follicles-from-longdong-cashmere-goats-raised-in-different-production-systems
#4
Jiqing Wang, Ping Yu, Haifang Wang, Yanyu He
This experiment was conducted to identify periodic changes in secondary follicles (SFs) over one year of extensive (grazed) and intensive (housed and fed supplement) farming of Longdong cashmere goats. One-year old goats (n = 24, 12 extensively fed and 12 intensively fed) were studied. The diameter, depth, density, activity, and ultra-structural features of SFs were assessed using light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). HOXC13 and HSP27 expression were studied using immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence method...
November 17, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149230/light-enhanced-energy-storage-ability-through-a-hybrid-plasmonic-ag-nanowire-decorated-hydroxide-skin-structure
#5
Liuyang Zhang, Diwen Shi, Tang Jiao Huang, Ruizhe Huang, Hao Gong
By decorating nickel copper hydroxide (NCH) with Ag nanowires (Ag NWs), a 1.7 fold enhancement in areal capacitance (5.4 F cm(-2)) and a 1.8 fold increment in gravimetric capacitance (3182 F g(-1)) under light illumination were achieved. The improved supercapacitor performances of the composites under visible-light illumination were demonstrated and a reasonable explanation for this newly-discovered phenomenon was proposed. The plasmonic effect of Ag NWs was demonstrated by hot-electron generation. The decorated Ag NWs served as a stimulus for redox reactions...
November 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147993/preparation-and-characterization-of-gelatin-sericin-carboxymethyl-chitosan-medical-tissue-glue
#6
Min Liang, Zhenzhu Li, Cengceng Gao, Fuping Wang, Zhongmin Chen
BACKGROUND: The development and application of medical glue has been continuously expanding and advancing. However, there are few glues that combine low-cost with excellent biocompatibility. METHODS: We have prepared a medical tissue glue using a gelatin (Gel), sericin (SS) and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) blend solution, cross-linked with 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC). The combination's characteristics and microstructure morphology were observed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and scanning electron microscope (SEM)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146971/skin-hydration-interplay-between-molecular-dynamics-structure-and-water-uptake-in-the-stratum-corneum
#7
Enamul Haque Mojumdar, Quoc Dat Pham, Daniel Topgaard, Emma Sparr
Hydration is a key aspect of the skin that influences its physical and mechanical properties. Here, we investigate the interplay between molecular and macroscopic properties of the outer skin layer - the stratum corneum (SC) and how this varies with hydration. It is shown that hydration leads to changes in the molecular arrangement of the peptides in the keratin filaments as well as dynamics of C-H bond reorientation of amino acids in the protruding terminals of keratin protein within the SC. The changes in molecular structure and dynamics occur at a threshold hydration corresponding to ca...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146642/-when-it-goes-back-to-my-normal-i-suppose-a-qualitative-study-using-online-focus-groups-to-explore-perceptions-of-control-among-people-with-eczema-and-parents-of-children-with-eczema-in-the-uk
#8
Laura M Howells, Joanne R Chalmers, Fiona Cowdell, Sonia Ratib, Miriam Santer, Kim S Thomas
OBJECTIVE: To inform the development of a core outcome set for eczema by engaging with people with eczema and parents of children with eczema to understand their experiences and understanding of the concept 'eczema control'. DESIGN: 37 participants took part in a total of six semi-structured online focus groups held in a typed chatroom with 5-7 participants per group. Three groups involved adults with eczema and three groups involved parents of children with eczema...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146529/inhibitory-effect-of-the-extract-of-rhizome-of-curcuma-longa-l-in-gelatinase-activity-and-its-effect-on-human-skin
#9
Keiko Muta, Shinji Inomata, Tadao Fukuhara, Junko Nomura, Toshio Nishiyama, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa, Satoshi Amano
Exposure to UV radiation to human skin up-regulates the synthesis of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family. Gelatinases are member of MMPs which have been suggested to play an important role in photoaging such as wrinkle formation. To inhibit gelatinase activity is regarded to be very important to keep healthy skin and to protect wrinkle formation. On the other hand, anti-photoaging agents are expected to be derived from natural resources, especially plants. Plant extracts having gelatinase-inhibitory effect that might be used as safe anti-photoaging ingredient were widely screened...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145709/defining-a-unified-vascular-phenotype-in-systemic-sclerosis
#10
REVIEW
Yannick Allanore, Oliver Distler, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Christopher P Denton
Microcirculation impairment and related vasculopathy is a hallmark of systemic sclerosis. Digital ulcers are second only to Raynaud's phenomenon as a vascular complication occurring in scleroderma patients. Digital ulcers are painful and generate disability. Furthermore, patients may develop recurrent digital ulcers and one may ask whether the outcomes of such patients might be different to those of unaffected ones. Recently several registries have provided relevant information about digital ulcers. Male sex and severe skin disease seem to be the main associated factors observed in several registries...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144584/3d-printed-anchoring-sutures-for-permanent-shaping-of-tissues
#11
Wei Wei, Yuxiao Li, Huazhe Yang, Reza Nassab, Fatemeh Shahriyari, Ali Akpek, Xiaofei Guan, Yanhui Liu, Shahrouz Taranejoo, Ali Tamayol, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Khademhosseini, Hae Lin Jang
Sutures are one of the most widely used devices for adhering separated tissues after injury or surgery. However, most sutures require knotting, which can create a risk of inflammation, and can act as mechanically weak points that often result in breakage and slipping. Here, an anchoring suture is presented with a design that facilitates its propagation parallel to the suturing direction, while maximizing its resistive force against the opposite direction of external force to lock its position in tissues. Different microstructures of suture anchors are systematically designed using orthogonal arrays, and selected based on shape factors associated with mechanical strength...
November 16, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144055/confocal-raman-spectroscopic-imaging-for-in-vitro-monitoring-of-active-ingredient-penetration-and-distribution-in-reconstructed-human-epidermis-model
#12
Lynda Miloudi, Franck Bonnier, Ali Tfayli, Florent Yvergnaux, Hugh J Byrne, Igor Chourpa, Emilie Munnier
Topically applied Active Cosmetic Ingredients (ACI) or Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) efficacy is directly related to their efficiency of penetration in the skin. In vitro Reconstructed Human Epidermis (RHE) surrogate models offer in vivo like skin samples for transdermal studies. Using Delipidol®, an ACI currently used in the cosmetics industry, the capabilities to deliver accurate distribution maps and penetration profiles of this molecule by means of Confocal Raman spectroscopic Imaging have been demonstrated...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144022/collagen-a-review-on-its-sources-and-potential-cosmetic-applications
#13
REVIEW
María Isabela Avila Rodríguez, Laura G Rodríguez Barroso, Mirna Lorena Sánchez
Collagen is a fibrillar protein that conforms the conjunctive and connective tissues in the human body, essentially skin, joints, and bones. This molecule is one of the most abundant in many of the living organisms due to its connective role in biological structures. Due to its abundance, strength and its directly proportional relation with skin aging, collagen has gained great interest in the cosmetic industry. It has been established that the collagen fibers are damaged with the pass of time, losing thickness and strength which has been strongly related with skin aging phenomena [Colágeno para todo...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143429/an-overview-of-methods-to-mitigate-artifacts-in-optical-coherence-tomography-imaging-of-the-skin
#14
Saba Adabi, Audrey Fotouhi, Qiuyun Xu, Steve Daveluy, Darius Mehregan, Adrian Podoleanu, Mohammadreza Nasiriavanaki
BACKGROUND: Optical coherence tomography (OCT) of skin delivers three-dimensional images of tissue microstructures. Although OCT imaging offers a promising high-resolution modality, OCT images suffer from some artifacts that lead to misinterpretation of tissue structures. Therefore, an overview of methods to mitigate artifacts in OCT imaging of the skin is of paramount importance. Speckle, intensity decay, and blurring are three major artifacts in OCT images. Speckle is due to the low coherent light source used in the configuration of OCT...
November 16, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143381/comparing-dermoscopy-and-histological-examination-of-normal-equine-skin
#15
Lara M Tomich, Jason B Pieper, Adam W Stern
BACKGROUND: Dermoscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that allows visualization of structures of the superficial dermis not visible with the naked eye. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To assess the usefulness and applicability of dermoscopy for evaluation of healthy equine skin. ANIMALS: Twelve healthy horses from a research herd. METHODS: Five regions (cheek, lateral neck, dorsum, flank and abdomen) were examined with contact dermoscopy using both nonpolarized and polarized light at both 17-fold and 24-fold magnification...
November 15, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143240/dynamic-infrared-thermography-dirt-for-assessment-of-skin-blood-perfusion-in-cranioplasty-a-proof-of-concept-for-qualitative-comparison-with-the-standard-indocyanine-green-video-angiography-icga
#16
P Rathmann, C Chalopin, D Halama, P Giri, J Meixensberger, D Lindner
PURPOSE: Complications in wound healing after neurosurgical operations occur often due to scarred dehiscence with skin blood perfusion disturbance. The standard imaging method for intraoperative skin perfusion assessment is the invasive indocyanine green video angiography (ICGA). The noninvasive dynamic infrared thermography (DIRT) is a promising alternative modality that was evaluated by comparison with ICGA. METHODS: The study was carried out in two parts: (1) investigation of technical conditions for intraoperative use of DIRT for its comparison with ICGA, and (2) visual and quantitative comparison of both modalities in a proof of concept on nine patients...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142854/skin-metastasis-on-the-neck-an-unusual-presentation-of-recurrence-of-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
#17
Selen Soylu, Akif Enes Arikan, Serkan Teksoz, Murat Ozcan, Yusuf Bukey
Skin metastasis of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is rare. Here, two cases of skin metastases of PTC are presented. Both of the patients were females, one is 83 and the other is 65 years old. The patients were admitted to the hospital with a movable skin lesion on anterior neck region. Free T3 and T4 levels were in normal levels and TSH levels were low in both patients. The 83-year-old patient underwent total thyroidectomy due to papillary thyroid cancer and received (131)I ablation therapy and then thyroid suppression therapy...
October 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142248/the-psoriasis-associated-il-17a-induces-and-cooperates-with-il-36-cytokines-to-control-keratinocyte-differentiation-and-function
#18
Carolina M Pfaff, Yvonne Marquardt, Katharina Fietkau, Jens M Baron, Bernhard Lüscher
Psoriasis is a TH17-driven inflammatory disease affecting a significant proportion of the world population. The molecular consequences of IL-17 signaling in the skin are only partially understood. Therefore, we evaluated the IL-17A effects on organotypic 3-dimensional skin models and observed that IL-17A interfered with keratinocyte differentiation. In agreement with this phenotype, IL-17A repressed the expression of many genes encoding structural proteins. Moreover, genes encoding anti-microbial peptides were induced, resulting in a strengthening of the chemical barrier...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141535/sln-and-nlc-encapsulating-antifungal-agents-skin-drug-delivery-and-their-unexplored-potential-for-treating-onychomycosis
#19
Tais Gratieri, Anna Paula Krawczyk-Santos, Priscila Bianca Rodrigues da Rocha, Marcilio Cunha-Filho, Guilherme Martins Gelfuso, Ricardo Neves Marreto, Stephania Fleury Taveira
BACKGROUND: Lipid nanoparticles have been extensively studied for drug delivery of antifungal drugs, especially for dermatophytosis treatments. They can accumulate in skin appendages and release drugs in a controlled manner and also increase skin moisture, due to the formation of an occlusive film. Since moisture heavily influences nail and skin permeability, these systems seem to pose great potential for antifungal drug delivery. METHODS: We therefore compare skin and nail physiopathological structure and discuss the potential use of lipid nanoparticles in managing skin and nail mycoses, highlighting their unexplored use in onychomycosis...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141418/solvent-quality-influences-surface-structure-of-glassy-polymer-thin-films-after-evaporation
#20
Antonia Statt, Michael P Howard, Athanassios Z Panagiotopoulos
Molecular dynamic simulations are used to investigate the structural effects of treating a glassy polymer thin film with solvents of varying quality and subsequently evaporating the solvent. Both a monodisperse film and a polydisperse film are studied for poor to good solvent conditions, including the limit in which the polymer film is fully dissolved. In agreement with previous studies, the dissolved polymer-solvent mixtures form a polymer-rich skin on top of the forming film during evaporation. In the case of the polydisperse films, a segregation of the lower molecular weight polymer to the film interface is observed...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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