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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786830/blue-light-filtering-intraocular-lenses-iols-for-protecting-macular-health
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REVIEW
Laura E Downie, Ljoudmila Busija, Peter R Keller
BACKGROUND: An intraocular lens (IOL) is a synthetic lens that is surgically implanted within the eye following removal of the crystalline lens, during cataract surgery. While all modern IOLs attenuate the transmission of ultra-violet (UV) light, some IOLs, called blue-blocking or blue-light filtering IOLs, also reduce short-wavelength visible light transmission. The rationale for blue-light filtering IOLs derives primarily from cell culture and animal studies, which suggest that short-wavelength visible light can induce retinal photoxicity...
May 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786828/oral-contraceptives-for-pain-associated-with-endometriosis
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REVIEW
Julie Brown, Tineke J Crawford, Shree Datta, Andrew Prentice
BACKGROUND: Endometriosis is a common gynaecological condition which affects many women of reproductive age worldwide and is a major cause of pain and infertility. The combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) is widely used to treat pain occurring as a result of endometriosis, although the evidence for its efficacy is limited. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of oral contraceptive preparations in the treatment of painful symptoms ascribed to the diagnosis of laparoscopically proven endometriosis...
May 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786716/unexpected-protonation-state-of-glu197-discovered-from-simulations-of-tacrine-in-butyrylcholinesterase
#3
Xiao Wan, Yuan Yao, Lei Fang, Junjun Liu
Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) has been actively involved in drug discoveries from many fields for decades. In the crystal structure of the BChE-tacrine complex, there is an unanticipated formyl-proline molecule resolved very close to tacrine, raising an essential question on how reliable it is to apply the binding pose in a crystal structure to analyze related experimental observations, in which no formyl-proline is actually involved. In this study, by performing a series of 100 ns molecular dynamics simulations, we demonstrate that it is safe to employ the structural information from this crystal structure to analyze related experimental observations...
May 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786515/research-brief-persistent-social-inequality-in-medicine-use-for-headache-among-adolescents-in-denmark-1991-2014
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Bjørn Evald Holstein, Anne Maj Denbæk, Anette Andersen, Pernille Due
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic variation in adolescents' medicine use behaviour is an understudied issue. OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between socioeconomic background and medicine use for headache among adolescents, and how this association changes over time. METHODS: Data stem from the Danish part of the international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study 1991-2014 with data about parents' occupational social class (OSC) and self-reported medicine use for headache, n = 26,685...
May 18, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786425/comprehensive-study-of-the-evolution-of-gas-liquid-partitioning-of-acetaldehyde-during-wine-alcoholic-fermentation
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Evelyne Aguera, Yannick Sire, Jean-Roch Mouret, Jean-Marie Sablayrolles, Vincent Farines
Determining the gas-liquid partitioning (K_i) of acetaldehyde during alcoholic fermentation is an important step in the optimization of fermentation control with the aim of minimizing the accumulation of this compound responsible for the undesired attributes of green apples and fresh cut grass in wines. In this work, the effect of the main fermentation parameters on the K_i of acetaldehyde was assessed. K_i values were found to be dependent on the temperature and composition of the medium. A non-linear correlation between the evolution of the K_i and fermentation progress was observed, attributed to the strong retention effect of ethanol at low concentrations and it was demonstrated that the partitioning of this specific molecule was not influenced by the CO2 production rate...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786070/selective-elimination-of-senescent-cells-by-mitochondrial-targeting-is-regulated-by-ant2
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Sona Hubackova, Eliska Davidova, Katerina Rohlenova, Jan Stursa, Lukas Werner, Ladislav Andera, LanFeng Dong, Mikkel G Terp, Zdenek Hodny, Henrik J Ditzel, Jakub Rohlena, Jiri Neuzil
Cellular senescence is a form of cell cycle arrest that limits the proliferative potential of cells, including tumour cells. However, inability of immune cells to subsequently eliminate senescent cells from the organism may lead to tissue damage, inflammation, enhanced carcinogenesis and development of age-related diseases. We found that the anticancer agent mitochondria-targeted tamoxifen (MitoTam), unlike conventional anticancer agents, kills cancer cells without inducing senescence in vitro and in vivo. Surprisingly, it also selectively eliminates both malignant and non-cancerous senescent cells...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785940/metabolic-effects-safety-and-acceptability-of-very-low-calorie-ketogenic-dietetic-scheme-on-candidates-for-bariatric-surgery
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Vincenzo Pilone, Salvatore Tramontano, Michele Renzulli, Mafalda Romano, Luigi Cobellis, Tiziano Berselli, Luigi Schiavo
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated significant advantages from a preoperative dietetic regimen for candidates to bariatric procedure. OBJECTIVES: Evaluation of safety, efficacy, and acceptability of a very low-calorie ketogenic diet in patients before bariatric surgery. SETTING: University Hospital. METHODS: A standardized 30-day sequential preoperative diet regimen has been analyzed, optimizing metabolic response with gradual carbohydrate reintroduction...
March 21, 2018: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785900/insulin-suppresses-the-ampk-signaling-pathway-to-regulate-lipid-metabolism-in-primary-cultured-hepatocytes-of-dairy-cows
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Xinwei Li, Yu Li, Hongyan Ding, Jihong Dong, Renhe Zhang, Dan Huang, Lin Lei, Zhe Wang, Guowen Liu, Xiaobing Li
Dairy cows with type II ketosis display hepatic fat accumulation and hyperinsulinemia, but the underlying mechanism is not completely clear. This study aimed to clarify the regulation of lipid metabolism by insulin in cow hepatocytes. In vitro, cow hepatocytes were treated with 0, 1, 10, or 100 nm insulin in the presence or absence of AICAR (an AMP-activated protein kinase alpha (AMPKα) activator). The results showed that insulin decreased AMPKα phosphorylation. This inactivation of AMPKα increased the gene and protein expression levels of carbohydrate responsive element-binding protein (ChREBP) and sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c (SREBP-1c), which downregulated the expression of lipogenic genes, thereby decreasing lipid biosynthesis...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785886/treatment-of-homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-in-paediatric-patients-a-monocentric-experience
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Paola S Buonuomo, Marina Macchiaiolo, Giovanna Leone, Paola Valente, Gerarda Mastrogiorgio, Maria Gnazzo, Ippolita Rana, Michaela V Gonfiantini, Maria G Gagliardi, Francesca Romano, Andrea Bartuli
Background Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia is a rare life-threatening disease characterized by markedly elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations and accelerated atherosclerosis. The presence of double gene defects in the LDL-Receptor, either the same defect (homozygous) or two different LDL-raising mutations (compound heterozygotes) or other variants, identify the homozygous phenotype (HopFH). Apheresis is a procedure in which plasma is separated from red blood cells before the physical removal of LDL-C or the LDL-C is directly removed from whole blood...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785656/how-to-measure-the-immunosuppressive-activity-of-mdsc-assays-problems-and-potential-solutions
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Annika M Bruger, Anca Dorhoi, Gunes Esendagli, Katarzyna Barczyk-Kahlert, Pierre van der Bruggen, Marie Lipoldova, Tomas Perecko, Juan Santibanez, Margarida Saraiva, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Sven Brandau
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) are a heterogeneous group of mononuclear and polymorphonuclear myeloid cells, which are present at very low numbers in healthy subjects, but can expand substantially under disease conditions. Depending on disease type and stage, MDSC comprise varying amounts of immature and mature differentiation stages of myeloid cells. Validated unique phenotypic markers for MDSC are still lacking. Therefore, the functional analysis of these cells is of central importance for their identification and characterization...
May 21, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
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Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785607/green-certification-e-commerce-and-low-carbon-economy-for-international-tourist-hotels
#12
Long-Fei Chen
Increasing population and over-consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. The Earth is suffering from global warning and environmental destruction while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity, and climate on a global scale. For a sustainable future, green certification, e-commerce, and environment education can boost low-carbon economy with decreasing carbon emissions, but very few researches address them for the hotel industry...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785435/assessing-the-performance-of-mm-pbsa-and-mm-gbsa-methods-7-entropy-effects-on-the-performance-of-end-point-binding-free-energy-calculation-approaches
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Huiyong Sun, Lili Duan, Fu Chen, Hui Liu, Zhe Wang, Peichen Pan, Feng Zhu, John Z H Zhang, Tingjun Hou
Entropy effects play an important role in drug-target interactions, but the entropic contribution to ligand-binding affinity is often neglected by end-point binding free energy calculation methods, such as MM/GBSA and MM/PBSA, due to the expensive computational cost of normal mode analysis (NMA). Here, we systematically investigated entropy effects on the prediction power of MM/GBSA and MM/PBSA using >1500 protein-ligand systems and six representative AMBER force fields. Two computationally efficient methods, including NMA based on truncated structures and the interaction entropy approach, were used to estimate the entropic contributions to ligand-target binding free energies...
May 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785405/prevalence-and-consequences-of-injuries-in-powerlifting-a-cross-sectional-study
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Edit Strömbäck, Ulrika Aasa, Kajsa Gilenstam, Lars Berglund
Background: Powerlifting consists of the squat, bench press, and dead lift, and extreme loads are lifted during training and competitions. Previous studies, which have defined an injury as an event that causes an interruption in training or competitions, have reported a relatively low frequency of powerlifting injuries (1.0-4.4 injuries/1000 hours of training). No previous study has investigated the prevalence of injuries, defined as a condition of pain or impairment of bodily function that affects powerlifters' training, in a balanced sample of men and women, and no studies have established possible risk factors for an injury...
May 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785393/monitoring-methotrexate-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-patients-with-psoriasis-utility-of-transient-elastography
#15
REVIEW
Harriet S Cheng, Marius Rademaker
Increasingly, existing evidence indicates that methotrexate-associated liver injury is related to comorbid risk factors such as diabetes, alcoholism, and obesity, rather than to methotrexate itself. Despite this fact, significant effort continues to be expended in the monitoring of low-dose methotrexate in patients with psoriasis. The gold standard investigation has been liver biopsy, but this is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. As methotrexate-induced liver injury is uncommon, the risk/benefit ratio of liver biopsy has been questioned...
2018: Psoriasis: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785220/physicochemical-and-microbiological-qualities-assessment-of-popular-bangladeshi-mango-fruit-juice
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Ruhul Amin, Shafkat S Rahman, Mahboob Hossain, Naiyyum Choudhury
Introduction: Mango juice has always been considered as a delicious, nutritious popular drink, but processed juice may not always be safe due to chemical and microbial risks. Determination of physicochemical and microbiological qualities of some packed mango juices of Bangladesh will help consumers to know the present scenario. Material and Methods: Six commercially available different juice samples were collected from the market. Carbohydrate profiles were determined using HPLC, crude protein content was calculated using the Kjeldahl method and other parameters were determined by standard AOAC methods...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785214/etiological-trends-and-patterns-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-respiratory-infections
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Salma M Al-Zain Ahmed, Sara S Abdelrahman, Doua M Saad, Isra S Osman, Modasir G Osman, Eltahir A G Khalil
Background: Respiratory infections are one of the commonest causes of morbidity and mortality related to infectious diseases worldwide. The emergence of antimicrobial resistance is a major global health problem which is well established in developing countries. Good clinical suspicion and correct laboratory identification of respiratory infection causing organisms followed by the appropriate management are needed to compact both community-acquired and nosocomial infection respiratory infections...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785212/reduction-of-vascular-inflammation-ldl-c-or-both-for-the-protection-from-cardiovascular-events
#18
REVIEW
Andromachi Reklou, Michael Doumas, Konstantinos Imprialos, Konstantinos Stavropoulos, Dimitris Patoulias, Vasilios G Athyros
Background: Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and low grade arterial inflammation are key pathogenic factors for atherosclerosis and its manifestation, cardiovascular disease (CVD). Objective: In this narrative review we assessed if decreasing LDL-C levels or inflammation or both is more effective in reducing CVD events. Results: In the Scandinavian Simvastatin Survival Study (4S), all statin trials of the 90s' and the Further Cardiovascular Outcomes Research with PCSK9 Inhibition in Subjects with Elevated Risk (FOURIER) the benefit came from the LDL-C reduction...
2018: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785059/early-nt-probnp-levels-as-a-screening-tool-for-the-detection-of-hemodynamically-significant-patent-ductus-arteriosus-during-the-first-week-of-life-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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Silvia Rodriguez-Blanco, Ignacio Oulego-Erroz, Sandra Gautreaux-Minaya, Alejandro Perez-Muñuzuri, Maria Luz Couce-Pico
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether early NT-ProBNP can identify the need for echocardiographic assessment of hemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (HsPDA) in preterm infants. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study of infants with a gestational age ≤32 weeks. Echocardiographic assessment and NT-proBNP measurement were performed at 48-96 h. ROC curves were generated to assess optimal cutoffs to detect HsPDA and predict the need for treatment. RESULTS: Eighty-five patients were included...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784967/the-cardiometabolic-burden-of-self-perceived-obesity-a-multilevel-analysis-of-a-nationally-representative-sample-of-korean-adults
#20
Yongjoo Kim, S Bryn Austin, S V Subramanian, Ichiro Kawachi
Emerging evidence has shown that self-perception of overweight/obese status is associated with unfavorable cardiometabolic outcomes, above and beyond actual body weight. Given the lack of research among Asian populations, we examined the association between weight perception and metabolic syndrome (MetS) and cardiometabolic risks among Koreans. Data from the 2010-2015 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including women (N = 12,181) and men (N = 9,448) aged 19-65 years, were analyzed...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
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