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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735526/the-biocompatibility-of-bone-cements-progress-in-methodological-approach
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Carlo Dall'Oca, Tommaso Maluta, Gian Mario Micheloni, Matteo Cengarle, Giampaolo Morbioli, Paolo Bernardi, Andrea Sbarbati, Daniele Degl'Innocenti, Franco Lavini, Bruno Magnan
The ideal bone graft substitute should have certain properties and there are many studies dealing with mixture of polymethylmetacrilate (PMMA) and β-tricalciumphospate (β-TCP) presenting the best characteristics of both. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), for ultra-structural data, resulted a very reliable in vivo model to better understand the bioactivity of a cement and to properly evaluate its suitability for a particular purpose. The present study aims to further improve the knowledge on osteointegration development, using both parameters obtained with the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM) and focused histological examination...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735520/gemst-a-taylor-made-combination-that-reverts-neuroanatomical-changes-in-stroke
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Arturo Mangas, Javier Yajeya, Noelia González, Isabel Ruiz, Marianny Pernìa, Michel Geffard, Rafael Coveñas
In a single transient middle cerebral artery occlusion model of stroke and using immunohistochemical techniques, the effects of a new therapeutic approach named Gemst (a member of the Poly-L-Lysine innovative therapies) have been studied in the rat brain. The expression of inflammatory (CD45, CD11b), oxidative (NO-tryptophan, NO2-tyrosine) and indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase pathway (kynurenic acid, 3-hydroxy anthranilic acid) markers has been evaluated in early and late phases of stroke. For this purpose, we have developed eight highly specific monoclonal antibodies directed against some of these markers...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735502/regenerative-medicine-in-kidney-disease-where-we-stand-and-where-to-go
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Fernanda T Borges, Nestor Schor
The kidney is a complex organ with more than 20 types of specialized cells that play an important role in maintaining the body's homeostasis. The epithelial tubular cell is formed during embryonic development and has little proliferative capacity under physiological conditions, but after acute injury the kidney does have regenerative capacity. However, after repetitive or severe lesions, it may undergo a maladaptation process that predisposes it to chronic kidney injury. Regenerative medicine includes various repair and regeneration techniques, and these have gained increasing attention in the scientific literature...
July 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735459/diabetes-and-the-hospitalized-patient-a-cluster-analytic-framework-for-characterizing-the-role-of-sex-race-and-comorbidity-from-2006-to-2011
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Nisha Nataraj, Julie Simmons Ivy, Fay Cobb Payton, Joseph Norman
In the US, one in four adults has two or more chronic conditions; this population accounts for two thirds of healthcare spending. Comorbidity, the presence of multiple simultaneous health conditions in an individual, is increasing in prevalence and has been shown to impact patient outcomes negatively. Comorbidities associated with diabetes are correlated with increased incidence of preventable hospitalizations, longer lengths of stay (LOS), and higher costs. This study focuses on sex and race disparities in outcomes for hospitalized adult patients with and without diabetes...
July 22, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735420/role-of-albumin-and-its-modifications-in-glomerular-injury
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Shipra Agrawal, William E Smoyer
Albuminuria is both a characteristic hallmark and a known risk factor for progressive glomerular disease. Although the molecular basis for a potential causative role for albuminuria in progressive chronic kidney disease remains poorly understood, there have been several recent advances in our understanding of the role of albumin, and its molecular modifications, in the development and progression of glomerular disease. This review discusses recent findings related to the ability of albumin and its associated factors to directly induce podocyte and glomerular injury...
July 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735415/cfd-simulation-of-aerosol-delivery-to-a-human-lung-via-surface-acoustic-wave-nebulization
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Morteza Yousefi, Oveis Pourmehran, Mofid Gorji-Bandpy, Kiao Inthavong, Leslie Yeo, Jiyuan Tu
Administration of drug in the form of particles through inhalation is generally preferable in the treatment of respiratory disorders. Conventional inhalation therapy devices such as inhalers and nebulizers, nevertheless, suffer from low delivery efficiencies, wherein only a small fraction of the inhaled drug reaches the lower respiratory tract. This is primarily because these devices are not able to produce a sufficiently fine drug mist that has aerodynamic diameters on the order of a few microns. This study employs computational fluid dynamics to investigate the transport and deposition of the drug particles produced by a new aerosolization technique driven by surface acoustic waves (SAWs) into an in silico lung model geometrically reconstructed using computed tomography scanning...
July 22, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735411/risk-factors-associated-with-postoperative-recurrence-and-repeat-surgery-in-japanese-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Jun Kusaka, Hisashi Shiga, Masatake Kuroha, Tomoya Kimura, Yoichi Kakuta, Katsuya Endo, Yoshitaka Kinouchi, Tooru Shimosegawa
PURPOSE: To avoid frequent surgery in patients with Crohn's disease, it is important to identify the risk factors for postoperative recurrence or repeat surgery. However, there have so far been few studies on this topic from Asian countries. In addition, the recent development of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy may have changed the risk factors. We aimed to identify the factors associated with postoperative recurrence and repeat surgery. METHODS: The postoperative courses of 168 patients were reviewed...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735372/a-systematic-review-and-taxonomy-of-published-quality-criteria-related-to-the-evaluation-of-user-facing-ehealth-programs
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Amit Baumel, Michael L Birnbaum, Madalina Sucala
The purpose of this review was to identify and classify key criteria concepts related to the evaluation of user-facing eHealth programs. In line with the PRISMA statement methodology, computer searches of relevant databases were conducted for studies published between January 1, 2000 and March 1, 2016 that contained explicit quality criteria related to mHealth and eHealth products. Reference lists of included articles, review articles, and grey literature (e.g., books, websites) were searched for additional sources...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735360/navigating-the-future-of-cardiovascular-drug-development-leveraging-novel-approaches-to-drive-innovation-and-drug-discovery-summary-of-findings-from-the-novel-cardiovascular-therapeutics-conference
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REVIEW
Thomas J Povsic, Rob Scott, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Robert Blaustein, Jay M Edelberg, Martin P Lefkowitz, Scott D Solomon, Jonathan C Fox, Kevin E Healy, Aarif Y Khakoo, Douglas W Losordo, Fady I Malik, Brett P Monia, Rusty L Montgomery, Jeffrey Riesmeyer, Gregory G Schwartz, Steven L Zelenkofske, Joseph C Wu, Scott M Wasserman, Matthew T Roe
PURPOSE: The need for novel approaches to cardiovascular drug development served as the impetus to convene an open meeting of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and academia to assess the challenges and develop solutions for drug discovery in cardiovascular disease. METHODS: The Novel Cardiovascular Therapeutics Summit first reviewed recent examples of ongoing or recently completed programs translating basic science observations to targeted drug development, highlighting successes (protein convertase sutilisin/kexin type 9 [PCSK9] and neprilysin inhibition) and targets still under evaluation (cholesteryl ester transfer protein [CETP] inhibition), with the hope of gleaning key lessons to successful drug development in the current era...
July 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735352/long-noncoding-rna-expression-profiles-in-chondrogenic-and-hypertrophic-differentiation-of-mouse-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Zhen Cao, Song Huang, Jianmei Li, Yun Bai, Ce Dou, Chuan Liu, Fei Kang, Xiaoshan Gong, Haibin Ding, Tianyong Hou, Shiwu Dong
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important regulators for a variety of biological processes. Chondrogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is a crucial stage in chondrogenesis while chondrocyte hypertrophy is related to endochondral ossification and osteoarthritis. However, the effects of lncRNAs on chondrogenic and hypertrophic differentiation of mouse MSCs are unclear. To explore the potential mechanisms of lncRNAs during chondrogenesis and chondrocyte hypertrophy, microarray was performed to investigate the expression profiles of lncRNA and mRNA in MSCs, pre-chondrocytes, and hypertrophic chondrocytes...
July 22, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735271/a-collaborative-approach-to-facilitate-professionals-to-support-the-breathless-patient
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Vanessa Shaw, Alison Davies, Bie Nio Ong
OBJECTIVES: Breathlessness is a major problem for people in their last weeks of life. Breathlessness is considered to be multidimensional with physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual factors all playing a part. It has been recognised that specific training to health professionals is beneficial in order to improve the care for patients with breathlessness.Breathlessness courses have tended to focus on senior nurses. A new flexible and collaborative training course was designed to include a wider range of nurses and other health professionals in hospital, hospice, primary care and community settings...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735232/immunoglobulin-g4-related-mastitis-a-case-report
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Ee Syn Tan, Brendon Friesen, Seow Foong Loh, Jane Fox
INTRODUCTION: IgG4-related mastitis (IgG4-RM) is exceedingly rare with only ten cases reported in the literature to date. Organs that are affected with IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) all share the same histopathological hallmarks consisting of dense lymphocytic infiltration, storiform fibrosis and obliterative phlebitis. PRESENTATION OF CASE: This case report highlights a case of IgG4-RM found incidentally in a 52-year-old woman during a routine breast screen and it explores the current literature about IgG4-RM and IgG4-RD...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735213/chemoselective-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-arylated-2-trifluoromethyl-quinolines-as-nucleotide-pyrophosphatase-npps-inhibitors
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David Kuhrt, Syeda Abida Ejaz, Saira Afzal, Shafi Ullah Khan, Joanna Lecka, Jean Sévigny, Peter Ehlers, Anke Spannenberg, Jamshed Iqbal, Peter Langer
A new approach to arylated 2-trifluoromethylquinolines based on novel regioselective Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions has been developed. Moreover, site-selective, chemo-selective amination reactions were performed. The new 2-trifluoromethylquinoline derivatives were tested as potential NPPs inhibitors and evaluated for their potential to inhibit two families of ecto-nucleotidases, i.e. NPPs and nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolases (NTPDases). Several derivatives were active on a nanomolecular concentration...
July 13, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735209/seasonal-performance-of-denitrifying-bioreactors-in-the-northeastern-united-states-field-trials
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Bahareh Hassanpour, Shree Giri, William T Pluer, Tammo S Steenhuis, Larry D Geohring
Denitrifying bioreactors are increasingly being used for nitrate removal from agricultural drainage water. Filled with carbon substrates, often woodchips, denitrifying bioreactors provide a favorable anaerobic environment for denitrification. Despite performing well in loess soils in the Midwestern United States, field bioreactors have not yet been evaluated in shallow soils over glacial till that are characteristic for the Northeastern United States. This study, therefore, investigates the performance of bioreactors and provides design criteria for shallow soil with flashy discharges...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735191/newly-designed-diblock-dispersant-for-powder-stabilization-in-water-based-suspensions
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Chia-Chen Li, Shinn-Jen Chang, Chi-Wei Wu, Cha-Wen Chang, Ruo-Han Yu
A newly designed dispersant for water-based suspensions, ammonium poly(methacrylate)-block-poly(2-phenoxyethyl acrylate) (PMA-b-PBEA), is proposed in this study. According to the results of rheological analysis, the dispersion efficiency of this new dispersant is superior to that of the commercially available ammonium polyacrylate (PAA-NH4). The diblock structure of PMA-b-PBEA, which simultaneously contains a low-polar anchoring head group and a water-dissociable stabilizing moiety, is the main cause for its extremely high efficiency for powder dispersion...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735175/cancer-cell-membrane-coated-biomimetic-platform-for-tumor-targeted-photodynamic-therapy-and-hypoxia-amplified-bioreductive-therapy
#17
Shi-Ying Li, Hong Cheng, Wen-Xiu Qiu, Lu Zhang, Shuang-Shuang Wan, Jing-Yue Zeng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Modulating tumor microenvironment to amplify the therapeutic efficiency would be a novel strategy for effective cancer treatment. In this work, based on the TPZ-loaded porphyrinic metal organic framework PCN-224 (PCN stands for porous coordination network), a cancer cell membrane-coated nanoplatform (TPZ@PCN@Mem) was fabricated for tumor targeted PDT and the successively resulting hypoxia-amplified bioreductive therapy. After administration, TPZ@PCN@Mem exhibited the selective accumulation and long-term retention at tumor tissue due to the immune escape and homologous targeting endowed by the cancer membrane coating...
July 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735174/tetherless-near-infrared-control-of-brain-activity-in-behaving-animals-using-fully-implantable-upconversion-microdevices
#18
Ying Wang, Xudong Lin, Xi Chen, Xian Chen, Zhen Xu, Wenchong Zhang, Qinghai Liao, Xin Duan, Xin Wang, Ming Liu, Feng Wang, Jufang He, Peng Shi
Many nanomaterials can be used as sensors or transducers in biomedical research and they form the essential components of transformative novel biotechnologies. In this study, we present an all-optical method for tetherless remote control of neural activity using fully implantable micro-devices based on upconversion technology. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were used as transducers to convert near-infrared (NIR) energy to visible light in order to stimulate neurons expressing different opsin proteins. In our setup, UCNPs were packaged in a glass micro-optrode to form an implantable device with superb long-term biocompatibility...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735139/cumulative-intracranial-tumor-volume-and-number-of-brain-metastasis-as-predictors-of-developing-new-lesions-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastasis
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Mayur Sharma, Xuefei Jia, Manmeet Ahluwalia, Gene H Barnett, Michael A Vogelbaum, Samuel T Chao, John H Suh, Erin S Murphy, Jennifer S Yu, Lilyana Angelov, Alireza M Mohammadi
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to identify risk factors associated with early distant radiographic progression in patients undergoing stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain metastases (BM). METHODS: Following IRB approval, data of 1427 patients (4283 BM lesions) who were treated using SRS at Cleveland Clinic from 2000-2012 were collected. Local tumor progression (LTP), distant tumor progression (DTP) and radiographic radiation necrosis (RN) were the primary end points...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735136/spinal-instability-predictive-scoring-system-for-subsequent-fractures-after-bone-cement-augmentation-in-patients-with-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures
#20
Heun Sung Kim, Chang Il Ju
OBJECTIVE: Bone cement augmentation procedures (vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty) are the primary treatments for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). However, these procedures are associated with various problems resulting in subsequent fractures. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the spinal instability factors related to subsequent fractures after vertebral augmentation procedures. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent augmentation procedures for osteoporotic VCFs...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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