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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340060/physician-dispensing-of-oxycodone-and-other-commonly-used-opioids-2000-2015-united-states
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Karin Ann Mack, Christopher McCall Jones, Roderick John McClure
Objective.:  An average of 91 people in the United States die every day from an opioid-related overdose (including prescription opioids and heroin). The direct dispensing of opioids from health care practitioner offices has been linked to opioid-related harms. The objective of this study is to describe the changing nature of the volume of this type of prescribing at the state level. Methods.:  This descriptive study examines the distribution of opioids by practitioners using 1999-2015 Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System data...
March 15, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339818/refining-success-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-using-a-simple-score-predicting-the-amount-of-reverse-ventricular-remodelling-results-from-the-markers-and-response-to-crt-marc-study
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Alexander H Maass, Kevin Vernooy, Sofieke C Wijers, Jetske van 't Sant, Maarten J Cramer, Mathias Meine, Cornelis P Allaart, Frederik J De Lange, Frits W Prinzen, Bart Gerritse, Erna Erdtsieck, Coert O S Scheerder, Michael R S Hill, Marcoen Scholten, Mariëlle Kloosterman, Iris A H Ter Horst, Adriaan A Voors, Marc A Vos, Michiel Rienstra, Isabelle C Van Gelder
Aims: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) reduces morbidity and mortality in systolic heart failure patients with ventricular conduction delay. Variability of individual response to CRT warrants improved patient selection. The Markers and Response to CRT (MARC) study was designed to investigate markers related to response to CRT. Methods and results: We prospectively studied the ability of 11 clinical, 11 electrocardiographic, 4 echocardiographic, and 16 blood biomarkers to predict CRT response in 240 patients...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339658/acute-cell-volume-regulation-by-janus-kinase-2-mediated-sodium-hydrogen-exchange-activation-develops-at-the-late-one-cell-stage-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryos%C3%A2
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Baozeng Xu, Chenxi Zhou, Megan Meredith, Jay M Baltz
Early preimplantation embryos are extremely sensitive to dysregulation of cell volume, which can lead to developmental arrest. It was previously shown that mouse embryos at the two-cell stage respond to a cell volume decrease by quickly activating Na+/H+ exchange via a signaling mechanism that involves the tyrosine kinase Janus kinase 2 (JAK2). However, it was not known whether this mechanism is active at the one-cell stage, when embryos are most sensitive to perturbed cell volume. Na+/H+ exchanger activity elicited by an induced cell volume decrease was significantly lower at the mid one-cell stage than at the late one-cell stage or during the two-cell stage...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339397/cognitive-status-gray-matter-atrophy-and-lower-orthostatic-blood-pressure-in-older-adults
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Celia O'Hare, Rose-Anne Kenny, Howard Aizenstein, Robert Boudreau, Anne Newman, Lenore Launer, Suzanne Satterfield, Kristine Yaffe, Caterina Rosano
BACKGROUND: Associations between orthostatic blood pressure and cognitive status (CS) have been described with conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesize that long-term exposure to lower orthostatic blood pressure is related to having worse CS later in life and that atrophy of regions involved in central regulation of autonomic function mediate these associations. METHODS: Three-to-four measures of orthostatic blood pressure were obtained from 1997-2003 in a longitudinal cohort of aging, and average systolic orthostatic blood pressure response (ASOBPR) was computed as % change in systolic blood pressure from sit-to-stand measured at one minute post stand...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335353/the-chemical-deposition-method-for-the-decoration-of-palladium-particles-on-carbon-nanofibers-with-rapid-conductivity-changes
#5
Hoik Lee, Duy-Nam Phan, Myungwoong Kim, Daewon Sohn, Seong-Geun Oh, Seong Hun Kim, Ick Soo Kim
Palladium (Pd) metal is well-known for hydrogen sensing material due to its high sensitivity and selectivity toward hydrogen, and is able to detect hydrogen at near room temperature. In this work, palladium-doped carbon nanofibers (Pd/CNFs) were successfully produced in a facile manner via electrospinning. Well-organized and uniformly distributed Pd was observed in microscopic images of the resultant nanofibers. Hydrogen causes an increment in the volume of Pd due to the ability of hydrogen atoms to occupy the octahedral interstitial positions within its face centered cubic lattice structure, resulting in the resistance transition of Pd/CNFs...
November 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335350/shape-and-charge-of-gold-nanomaterials-influence-survivorship-oxidative-stress-and-moulting-of-daphnia-magna
#6
Fatima Nasser, Adam Davis, Eugenia Valsami-Jones, Iseult Lynch
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are materials with at least one dimension between 1-100 nm. The small size of ENMs results in a large surface area to volume ratio, giving ENMs novel characteristics that are not traditionally exhibited by larger bulk materials. Coupled with large surface area is an enormous capacity for surface functionalization of ENMs, e.g., with different ligands or surface changes, leading to an almost infinite array of variability of ENMs. Here we explore the effects of various shaped (spheres, rods) and charged (negative, positive) gold ENMs on Daphnia magna (D...
November 25, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334837/clinical-outcome-of-definitive-radiation-therapy-for-superficial-esophageal-cancer
#7
Yutaro Koide, Takeshi Kodaira, Hiroyuki Tachibana, Natsuo Tomita, Chiyoko Makita, Makoto Itoh, Tetsuya Abe, Kei Muro, Masahiro Tajika, Yasumasa Niwa, Yoshiyuki Itoh, Shinji Naganawa
Objective: To analyze the clinical outcome of concurrent chemoradiotherapy in superficial esophageal cancer patients. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed data for 123 patients with superficial esophageal cancer who received external beam radiotherapy without intracavitary brachytherapy plus systemic chemotherapy during 1998-2015. Elective nodal irradiation was not performed. The dosage to planning treatment volume was 60 Gy in 30 fractions. The main outcome measure was overall survival...
February 23, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334386/effects-of-xylem-sap-composition-on-glassy-winged-sharpshooter-hemiptera-cicadellidae-egg-maturation-on-high-and-low-quality-host-plants
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Mark S Sisterson, Christopher M Wallis, Drake C Stenger
Glassy-winged sharpshooters must feed as adults to produce mature eggs. Cowpea and sunflower are both readily accepted by the glassy-winged sharpshooter for feeding, but egg production on sunflower was reported to be lower than egg production on cowpea. To better understand the role of adult diet in egg production, effects of xylem-sap chemistry on glassy-winged sharpshooter egg maturation was compared for females confined to cowpea and sunflower. Females confined to cowpea consumed more xylem-sap than females held on sunflower...
March 6, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333125/clarity-reveals-dynamics-of-ovarian-follicular-architecture-and-vasculature-in-three-dimensions
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Yi Feng, Peng Cui, Xiaowei Lu, Brian Hsueh, Fredrik Möller Billig, Livia Zarnescu Yanez, Raju Tomer, Derek Boerboom, Peter Carmeliet, Karl Deisseroth, Aaron J W Hsueh
Optimal distribution of heterogeneous organelles and cell types within an organ is essential for physiological processes. Unique for the ovary, hormonally regulated folliculogenesis, ovulation, luteal formation/regression and associated vasculature changes lead to tissue remodeling during each reproductive cycle. Using the CLARITY approach and marker immunostaining, we identified individual follicles and corpora lutea in intact ovaries. Monitoring lifetime changes in follicle populations showed age-dependent decreases in total follicles and percentages of advanced follicles...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332435/mild-acute-intermittent-hypoxia-improves-respiratory-function-in-unanesthetized-rats-with-midcervical-contusion
#10
Kun-Ze Lee, Shu-Chi Chiang, Yu-Jie Li
BACKGROUND: Mild intermittent hypoxia has been considered a potential approach to induce respiratory neuroplasticity. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether mild acute intermittent hypoxia can improve breathing function in a clinically relevant spinal cord injury animal model. METHODS: Adult male rats received laminectomy or unilateral contusion at the C3-C4 spinal cord using a MASCIS Impactor (height: 6.25 or 12...
April 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332214/serum-eye-drops-a-survey-of-international-production-methods
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D C Marks, P F van der Meer
BACKGROUND: Serum eye drops (SEDs) are used to treat dry eye syndrome and non-healing corneal lesions when other treatments fail. Despite many clinical studies demonstrating the efficacy of both autologous and allogeneic SEDs, there is no internationally harmonized method for producing SEDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 40-question survey requesting information regarding donor selection, blood collection and processing, infectious disease screening, shelf life and regulatory requirements for the production of autologous and allogeneic SEDs was developed by the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative...
March 23, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331554/altered-functional-resting-state-hypothalamic-connectivity-and-abnormal-pituitary-morphology-in-children-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Akvile Lukoshe, Suzanne E van Dijk, Gerbrich E van den Bosch, Aad van der Lugt, Tonya White, Anita C Hokken-Koelega
BACKGROUND: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by endocrine problems and hyperphagia, indicating hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction. However, few studies have explored the underlying neurobiology of the hypothalamus and its functional connectivity with other brain regions. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the anatomical differences of the hypothalamus, mammillary bodies, and pituitary gland as well as resting state functional connectivity of the hypothalamus in children with PWS...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331306/is-cardiac-autonomic-modulation-during-upper-limb-isometric-contraction-and-valsalva-maneuver-impaired-in-copd-patients
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Cássia da Luz Goulart, Ramona Cabiddu, Paloma de Borba Schneiders, Elisabete Antunes San Martin, Renata Trimer, Audrey Borghi-Silva, Andréa Lúcia Gonçalves da Silva
PURPOSE: To evaluate the heart rate variability (HRV) indices and heart rate (HR) responses during isometric contraction (IC) and Valsalva maneuver (VM) in COPD patients. METHODS: Twenty-two stable moderate to severe COPD patients were evaluated. R-R intervals were recorded (monitor Polar(®) S810i) during dominant upper limb IC (2 minutes). Stable signals were analyzed by Kubios HRV(®) software. Indices of HRV were computed in the time domain (mean HR; square root of the mean squared differences of successive RR intervals [RMSSD] and HRV triangular index [RR tri index]) and in the frequency domain (high frequency [HF]; low frequency [LF] and LF/HF ratio)...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331062/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-activation-improves-renal-oxygenation-and-mitochondrial-function-in-early-chronic-kidney-disease
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Joanna L Thomas, Hai Pham, Ying Li, Elanore Hall, Guy A Perkins, Sameh S Ali, Hemal H Patel, Prabhleen Singh
Pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is driven by alterations in surviving nephrons to sustain renal function with ongoing nephron loss. Oxygen supply-demand mismatch, due to hemodynamic adaptations, with resultant hypoxia, plays an important role in the pathophysiology in early CKD. We sought to investigate the underlying mechanisms of this mismatch. We utilized the subtotal nephrectomy (STN) model of CKD to investigate the alterations in renal oxygenation linked to sodium (Na) transport and mitochondrial function in the surviving nephrons...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330966/the-normal-increase-in-insulin-after-a-meal-may-be-required-to-prevent-postprandial-renal-sodium-and-volume-losses
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Debra L Irsik, Bonnie L Blazer-Yost, Alexander Staruschenko, Michael W Brands
Despite the effects of insulinopenia in type 1 diabetes and evidence that insulin stimulates multiple renal sodium transporters, it is not known whether normal variation in plasma insulin regulates sodium homeostasis physiologically. This study tested whether the normal postprandial increase in plasma insulin significantly attenuates renal sodium and volume losses. Rats were instrumented with chronic artery and vein catheters, housed in metabolic cages, and connected to hydraulic swivels. Measurements of urine volume and sodium excretion (UNaV) over 24 hrs and the 4-hr postprandial period were made in Control (C) rats and Insulin-Clamped (IC) rats in which the postprandial increase in insulin was prevented...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330950/pressure-overload-leads-to-an-increased-accumulation-and-activity-of-mast-cells-in-the-right-ventricle
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Himal Luitel, Akylbek Sydykov, Yves Schymura, Argen Mamazhakypov, Wiebke Janssen, Kabita Pradhan, Astrid Wietelmann, Djuro Kosanovic, Bhola Kumar Dahal, Norbert Weissmann, Werner Seeger, Friedrich Grimminger, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Ralph Theo Schermuly
Right ventricular (RV) remodeling represents a complex set of functional and structural adaptations in response to chronic pressure or volume overload due to various inborn defects or acquired diseases and is an important determinant of patient outcome. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. We investigated the time course of structural and functional changes in the RV in the murine model of pressure overload-induced RV hypertrophy in C57Bl/6J mice. Using magnetic resonance imaging, we assessed the changes of RV structure and function at different time points for a period of 21 days...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330576/-interests-of-the-ultrasound-guidance-in-the-treatment-of-drooling-through-botulinum-toxin-injections-our-experience-over-10%C3%A2-years
#17
M Mailly, C Rebours, P Koskas, P Klap, D Ayache, M Cohen
OBJECTIVES: To report about our 10 years' experience about the treatment of drooling by ultrasound guided botulinum toxin injections. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective monocentric study including all the patients suffering from drooling and treated by ultrasound-guided botulinum toxin injections into the salivary glands between 2004 and 2015. The etiology of r drooling, the doses of toxin, the injected glands, the size of the glands measured by ultrasonography, the effectiveness of the treatment and the side effects were assessed...
February 2017: J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330429/effects-of-inhaled-aerosolized-carfentanil-on-real-time-physiological-responses-in-mice-a-preliminary-evaluation-of-naloxone
#18
Benjamin Wong, Michael W Perkins, Justin Tressler, Ashley Rodriguez, Jennifer Devorak, Alfred M Sciuto
This study examined the real-time exposure-response effects of aerosolized carfentanil (CRF) on opioid-induced toxicity, respiratory dynamics and cardiac function in mice. Unrestrained, conscious male CD-1 mice (25-30 g) were exposed to 0.4 or 4.0 mg/m(3) of aerosolized CRF for 15 min (Ct = 6 or 60 mg min/m(3)) in a whole-body plethysmograph chamber. Minute volume (MV), core body temperature (Tc), mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and heart rate (HR) were evaluated in animals exposed to CRF or sterile H2O...
February 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330200/use-of-ca-alginate-immobilized-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-for-repeated-batch-and-continuous-degradation-of-endosulfan
#19
Vijayalakshmi Pradeep, Usha Malavalli Subbaiah
The current investigation is taken up with the aim of studying repeated batch and continuous degradation of Endosulfan, using Ca-alginate immobilized cells of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from an agricultural soil. The work involves the study of genes and enzymes involved in the degradation of the pesticide and was carried out with an objective of reducing the toxicity of Endosulfan by degrading it to less toxic metabolites. The long-term stability of Endosulfan degradation was studied during its repeated batch degradation, carried out over a period of 35 days...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329750/optoelectronic-plethysmography-in-clinical-practice-and-research-a-review
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Carlo Massaroni, Elena Carraro, Andrea Vianello, Sandra Miccinilli, Michelangelo Morrone, Irisz K Levai, Emiliano Schena, Paola Saccomandi, Silvia Sterzi, John W Dickinson, Samantha Winter, Sergio Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) is a non-invasive motion capture method to measure chest wall movements and estimate lung volumes. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the clinical findings and research applications of OEP in the assessment of breathing mechanics across populations of healthy and diseased individuals. METHODS: A bibliographic research was performed with the terms "opto-electronic plethysmography," "optoelectronic plethysmography," and "optoelectronic plethysmograph" in 50 digital library and bibliographic search databases resulting in the selection of 170 studies...
March 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
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