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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527234/impaired-postural-balance-correlates-with-complex-walking-performance-in-mildly-disabled-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis
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John Brincks, Elisabeth Due Andersen, Henrik Sørensen, Ulrik Dalgas
BACKGROUND: It is relevant to understand the possible influence of impaired postural balance on walking performance in multiple sclerosis (MS) gait rehabilitation. OBJECTIVE: We expected associations between impaired postural balance and complex walking performance in mildly disabled persons with MS, but not in healthy controls. METHODS: Thirteen persons with MS (Expanded Disability Status Scale = 2.5) and 13 healthy controls' walking performance were measured at fast walking speed, Timed Up & Go and Timed 25 Feet Walking...
May 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526873/role-of-s-palmitoylation-by-zdhhc13-in-mitochondrial-function-and-metabolism-in-liver
#2
Li-Fen Shen, Yi-Ju Chen, Kai-Ming Liu, Amir N Saleem Haddad, I-Wen Song, Hsiao-Yuh Roan, Li-Ying Chen, Jeffrey J Y Yen, Yu-Ju Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Yuan-Tsong Chen
Palmitoyltransferase (PAT) catalyses protein S-palmitoylation which adds 16-carbon palmitate to specific cysteines and contributes to various biological functions. We previously reported that in mice, deficiency of Zdhhc13, a member of the PAT family, causes severe phenotypes including amyloidosis, alopecia, and osteoporosis. Here, we show that Zdhhc13 deficiency results in abnormal liver function, lipid abnormalities, and hypermetabolism. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying these disease phenotypes, we applied a site-specific quantitative approach integrating an alkylating resin-assisted capture and mass spectrometry-based label-free strategy for studying the liver S-palmitoylome...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526620/evidence-for-cortical-structural-plasticity-in-humans-after-a-day-of-waking-and-sleep-deprivation
#3
Torbjørn Elvsåshagen, Nathalia Zak, Linn B Norbom, Per Ø Pedersen, Sophia H Quraishi, Atle Bjørnerud, Dag Alnæs, Nhat Trung Doan, Ulrik F Malt, Inge R Groote, Lars T Westlye
Sleep is an evolutionarily conserved process required for human health and functioning. Insufficient sleep causes impairments across cognitive domains, and sleep deprivation can have rapid antidepressive effects in mood disorders. However, the neurobiological effects of waking and sleep are not well understood. Recently, animal studies indicated that waking and sleep are associated with substantial cortical structural plasticity. Here, we hypothesized that structural plasticity can be observed after a day of waking and sleep deprivation in the human cerebral cortex...
May 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526384/stereology-shows-that-damaged-liver-recovers-after-protein-refeeding
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Silvio Pires Gomes, Andréa Almeida Pinto da Silva, Amanda Rabello Crisma, Primavera Borelli, Francisco Javier Hernandez-Blazquez, Mariana P de Melo, Barbara Bacci, Andrzej Loesch, A Augusto Coppi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to investigate the putative effects of a low-protein diet on the three-dimensional structure of hepatocytes and determine whether this scenario could be reversed by restoring the adequate levels of protein to the diet. METHODS: Using design-based stereology, the total number and volume of hepatocytes were estimated in the liver of mice in healthy and altered (by protein malnutrition) conditions and after protein renutrition...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526268/structural-and-functional-aspects-of-the-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-condensation-domain-superfamily-discovery-dissection-and-diversity
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Kristjan Bloudoff, T Martin Schmeing
Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) are incredible macromolecular machines that produce a wide range of biologically- and therapeutically-relevant molecules. During synthesis, peptide elongation is performed by the condensation (C) domain, as it catalyzes amide bond formation between the nascent peptide and the amino acid it adds to the chain. Since their discovery more than two decades ago, C domains have been subject to extensive biochemical, bioinformatic, mutagenic, and structural analyses. They are composed of two lobes each with homology to chloramphenicol acetyltransferase, have two binding sites for their two peptidyl carrier protein-bound ligands, and have an active site with conserved motif HHxxxDG located between the two lobes...
May 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525993/translation-and-validation-of-the-finnish-version-of-index-of-dental-anxiety-and-fear-idaf-4c-%C3%A2-among-dental-students
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Mimmi Tolvanen, Katri Puijola, Jason M Armfield, Satu Lahti
BACKGROUND: Dental fear accounts for 41% of the non-habitual dental attendance such as visiting only when in pain among adult Finns. Dentists should be able to recognize patients in risk for irregular attendance due to dental fear and measure their fear with valid and reliable instrument that capture the multidimensionality of dental fear. The study's aim was to translate the Index of Dental Anxiety and Fear (IDAF-4C+) into Finnish and test its reliability and validity. METHODS: The study population consisted of dental students in a Finnish university (n = 202)...
May 19, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525527/is-it-useful-to-add-acetaminophen-to-high-potency-opioids-in-cancer-related-pain
#7
Oscar Corsi, Pedro E Pérez-Cruz
Pain is one of the most frequent and relevant symptoms in cancer patients. The World Health Organization's analgesic ladder proposes the use of strong opioids associated with adjuvants such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in step III. However, it is unclear whether adding acetaminophen to an analgesic regimen based on strong opioids has any benefit in cancer patients with moderate to severe pain. To answer this question we searched in Epistemonikos database, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources...
May 4, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525493/influence-of-myelography-and-postmyelographic-ct-on-therapeutic-decisions-in-degenerative-diseases-of-the-cervical-spine
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Thomas Westermaier, Christina Doerr, Christian Stetter, Thomas Linsenmann, Stefan Koehler, Joerg Eriskat, Laszlo Solymosi, Ralf-Ingo Ernestus
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of clinical records and radiologic imaging by 3 independent reviewers to assess the indication for surgical treatment with and without myelography and postmyelographic computed tomography (MCT). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether myelography and MCT obtained in addition to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) influence therapeutic decisions in degenerative diseases of the cervical spine. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: MRI has become the standard examination in spinal diseases...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524790/cognard-type-v-intracranial-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-presenting-in-a-pediatric-patient-with-rapid-progressive-myelopathy
#9
Walter J Jermakowicz, Alexander G Weil, Artyom Vlasenko, Sanjiv Bhatia, Toba N Niazi
Cognard Type V dural arteriovenous fistulas (dAVFs) are a unique type of cranial vascular malformation characterized by congestion of the perimedullary venous system that may lead to devastating spinal cord pathology if left untreated. The authors present the first known case of a pediatric patient diagnosed with a Type V dAVF. A 14-year-old girl presented with a 3-week history of slowly progressive unilateral leg weakness that quickly progressed to bilateral leg paralysis, sphincter dysfunction, and complete sensory loss the day of her presentation...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524293/the-contribution-of-direct-patient-reported-adrs-to-drug-safety-signals-in-the-netherlands-from-2010-to-2015
#10
Florence van Hunsel, Susan de Waal, Linda Härmark
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of patient reports to signals sent by the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb to the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board and to determine if there are certain types of signals where patient report add a distinct contribution. METHOD: All signals from 2010 until 2015 were included. First, we investigated how many patient reports were present in the signals and the characteristics of these reports compared to the health care professional and marketing authorization holders' reports...
May 19, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523945/prevention-of-postmenopausal-osteoporosis-in-chinese-women-a-5-year-double-blind-randomized-parallel-placebo-controlled-study
#11
S Y Ran, Q Yu, Y Chen, S Q Lin
OBJECTIVES: To observe the effectiveness and safety of menopause-related hormone therapy (MHT) to prevent bone loss in Chinese women during the menopausal transition and early menopause, as well as to evaluate the effects of 5-year MHT on overall health to add Level I evidence for the prevention of osteoporosis using MHT. DESIGN: This clinical study was a prospective, double-blind, randomized, parallel placebo-controlled study. Chinese women in the menopausal transition and early menopause were randomly allocated to the MHT group or the placebo group...
May 19, 2017: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523939/prevalence-of-psychological-distress-how-do-australia-and-canada-compare
#12
Joanne C Enticott, Elizabeth Lin, Frances Shawyer, Grant Russell, Brett Inder, Scott Patten, Graham Meadows
OBJECTIVE: To compare equivalent population-level mental health indicators in Canada and Australia, and articulate recommendations to support equitable mental health services. These are two somewhat similar resource-rich countries characterized by extensive non-metropolitan and rural regions as well as significant areas of socioeconomic deprivation. METHODS: A cross-national epidemiology and equity study: primary outcome was Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) in recent national surveys...
May 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523863/feasibility-of-near-infrared-transmittance-spectroscopy-to-predict-fatty-acid-composition-of-commercial-processed-meat
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Massimo De Marchi, Carmen L Manuelian, Sofia Ton, Martino Cassandro, Mauro Penasa
BACKGROUND: The new European Regulation 1169/2011 about nutrition declaration of food products compels to add saturated fatty acids, being voluntary to declare monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, industry is interested in more rapid, easy and less cost-effective analysis methods to accomplish the labelling regulation. This study aimed to evaluate the ability of near infrared transmittance spectroscopy (wavelengths between 850 and 1050 nm) to predict fatty acid (FA) composition of commercial processed meat samples (n = 310)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523719/cardiovascular-events-associated-with-second-line-anti-diabetes-treatments-analysis-of-real-world-korean-data
#14
K H Ha, B Kim, H Choi, D J Kim, H C Kim
AIM: To compare the risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality associated with sulfonylurea (SU), dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP4i) and thiazolidinedione (TZD) as add-on medications to metformin (MET) therapy in people with Type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We identified 40 263 individuals who used SU (n = 11 582), DPP4i (n = 26 623) or TZD (n = 2058) in addition to MET between January 2013 and June 2015 from the database of the Korean National Health Insurance, the single-payer healthcare system in South Korea...
May 19, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523420/cost-utility-analysis-of-certolizumab-pegol-in-combination-with-methotrexate-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-greece
#15
C Tzanetakos, A Tzioufas, A Goules, G Kourlaba, T Theodoratou, P Christou, N Maniadakis
We aimed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of certolizumab pegol (CZP), a pegylated fc-free anti-TNF, as add-on therapy to methotrexate (MTX) versus etanercept, adalimumab, or golimumab in patients with moderate-to-severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) not responding to the conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (csDMARDs). A Markov model (6-month cycle length) assessed health and cost outcomes of CZP versus other anti-TNFs recommended for RA in Greece over a patient's lifetime. Following discontinuation of first-line anti-TNF, patients switched to second anti-TNF and then to a biologic with another mode of action...
May 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523383/anterior-sacral-meningocele-presenting-as-intracystic-bleeding
#16
Ignacio Javier Gilete-Tejero, Marta Ortega-Martínez, Jacinto Mata-Gómez, María Rico-Cotelo, Luis Miguel Bernal-García, Beatriz Yerga-Lorenzana, Ignacio Casado-Naranjo
PURPOSE: To report a case of anterior sacral meningocele with intralesional bleeding secondary to sacrococcygeal trauma. Likewise, there is a discussion about the physiopathology and the surgical approach to these types of lesions. METHODS: A 43-year-old man diagnosed with Marfan syndrome suffered sacrococcygeal trauma. He was admitted to the emergency room due to symptoms of headache, nausea, and lower limb subjective weakness. CT and MRI showed a large retroperitoneal mass with hemorrhagic content close to the sacrum...
May 18, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523323/discovery-of-a-new-mutation-in-the-desmin-gene-in-a-young-patient-with-cardiomyopathy-and-muscular-weakness
#17
Ruxandra Oana JurcuŢ, Alexandra Eugenia Bastian, Sebastian Militaru, Aura Popa, Emilia Manole, Bogdan Alexandru Popescu, Jonna Tallila, Bogdan Ovidiu Popescu, Carmen Doina Ginghină
A 25-year-old woman with a five years history of syncope, mild left ventricular hypertrophy and moderately enlarged atria, was diagnosed with third degree atrioventricular heart block alternating with atrioventricular heart block 2:1, and received a dual chamber pacemaker. After three years of evolution, she developed atrial fibrillation, marked biatrial enlargement, severely depressed longitudinal myocardial velocities, associated with mild girdle weakness and slight increase in creatine kinase level. The diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy with mild skeletal myopathy imposed the screening for a common etiology...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522547/a-regulatory-hierarchy-of-the-arabidopsis-branched-chain-amino-acid-metabolic-network
#18
Anqi Xing, Robert L Last
The branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) Ile, Val and Leu are essential nutrients that humans and other animals obtain from plants. However, total and relative amounts of plant BCAAs rarely match animal nutritional needs, and improvement requires a better understanding of the mechanistic basis for BCAA homeostasis. We present an in vivo regulatory model of BCAA homeostasis derived from analysis of feedback-resistant Arabidopsis thaliana mutants for the three allosteric committed enzymes in the biosynthetic network: threonine deaminase (also named L-O-methylthreonine resistant 1, OMR1), acetohydroxyacid synthase small subunit 2 (AHASS2) and isopropylmalate synthase 1 (IPMS1)...
May 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521961/placebo-effect-and-therapeutic-context-a-challenge-in-clinical-research
#19
REVIEW
Antoni Morral, Gerard Urrutia, Xavier Bonfill
When we apply a physical or pharmacological treatment, there are many things that may explain the clinical improvement experienced by a patient. The drugs or physical agents applied are important, but we must also add other elements in the context of the patient-therapist relationship. Scientific evidence has proven that the placebo effect exists. This is a true biopsychosocial phenomenon produced by the context in which an intervention is carried out. Biases aside, placebo and nocebo responses are changes in patients' symptoms, due to their participation at the therapeutic meeting, with its rituals, symbols and interactions...
May 15, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521913/a-6500-year-old-middle-neolithic-child-from-pollera-cave-liguria-italy-with-probable-multifocal-osteoarticular-tuberculosis
#20
Vitale S Sparacello, Charlotte A Roberts, Ammielle Kerudin, Romy Müller
Clear skeletal evidence of prehistoric tuberculosis (TB) is rare, especially in children. We describe and differentially diagnose the pathological changes displayed by a five-year-old child, Pollera 21 (PO21) dated to the Middle Neolithic of Liguria (Italy), or 5740±30 BP (Beta-409341; 6635-6453cal BP, 2σ, OxCal 4.2). PO21 shows a number of osteoarticular lesions, mainly of a lytic nature with very little bone proliferation: the vertebral column, the shoulder and pelvic girdles, and the ribcage are involved...
June 2017: International Journal of Paleopathology
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