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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214985/melatonin-alleviates-the-epilepsy-associated-impairments-in-hippocampal-ltp-and-spatial-learning-through-rescue-of-surface-glur2-expression-at-hippocampal-ca1-synapses
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Yue Ma, Xiaolong Sun, Juan Li, Ruihua Jia, Fang Yuan, Dong Wei, Wen Jiang
Epilepsy-associated cognitive impairment is common, and negatively impacts patients' quality of life. However, most antiepileptic drugs focus on the suppression of seizures, and fewer emphasize treatment of cognitive dysfunction. Melatonin, an indolamine synthesized primarily in the pineal grand, is reported to be neuroprotective against several central nervous system disorders. In this study, we investigated whether melatonin could reverse cognitive dysfunction in lithium-pilocarpine treated rats. Chronic treatment with melatonin (8 mg/kg daily for 15 days) after induction of status epilepticus significantly alleviated seizure severity, reduced neuronal death in the CA1 region of the hippocampus, improved spatial learning (as measured by the Morris water maze test), and reversed LTP impairments, compared to vehicle treatment...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214983/pooled-analysis-of-four-non-interventional-studies-effectiveness-and-tolerability-of-the-antidepressant-agomelatine-in-daily-practice
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Gerd Laux, Bettina Barthel, Göran Hajak, Matthias Lemke, Hans-Peter Volz
INTRODUCTION: Meta-analyses are useful to increase knowledge and strengthen evidence about antidepressant treatment supplementary to individual studies. METHODS: A pooled analysis of four multicenter, open-label, prospective, non-interventional studies (2009-2013) was performed to provide further evidence about the antidepressant effectiveness and tolerability of agomelatine (25-50 mg/day) in a large number of non-selected German outpatients with major depressive disorder...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214933/findings-from-american-indian-needs-assessments
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Linda Burhansstipanov, Linda U Krebs, Lisa Harjo, Kathleen Ragan, Judith Salmon Kaur, Vickie Marsh, Dewey Painter
Because of decreased access and dismal survival rates, strategies need to be developed to increase cancer awareness and facilitate cancer prevention, early detection, and screening activities within American Indian (AI) populations. The purpose of this study was to develop a locally tailored needs assessment to collect cancer prevention, control, and risk factor information and knowledge, attitude, and perceived behavior (hereafter referred to as "needs assessment") data from 500 community members living in 3 geographically diverse settings: the Southeastern USA, the Rocky Mountain region, and the Northern Plains...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214913/assessment-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-the-herbal-medicinal-product-bno-1016-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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J Palm, I Steiner, D Abramov-Sommariva, A Ammendola, S Mitzenheim, H Steindl, M Wonnemann, C Bachert
BACKGROUND: The objective of this clinical trial (CRS-02) was to assess the efficacy, safety and tolerability of two dosages of the herbal medicinal product BNO 1016 (Sinupret extract) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). METHODOLOGY: 929 patients suffering from CRS were enrolled in this randomised placebo-controlled trial with a treatment period of 12 weeks. The primary endpoint was the mean Major Symptom Score (MSS) in week 8 and week 12 compared to placebo...
February 19, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214901/protective-effects-of-fluvastatin-on-reproductive-function-in-obese-male-rats-induced-by-high-fat-diet-through-enhanced-signaling-of-mtor
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Xiangrong Cui, Chunlan Long, Jing Zhu, Jie Tian
BACKGROUND: Statins can reduce reproductive damage induced by obesity or high-fat diet (HFD), but the specific regulatory mechanisms are largely unknown. Since mTOR/p70s6k sinaling promotes spermatogonia proliferation and spermatogenesis, we hypothesized that this pathway will be involved in the protective effects of statin in HFD-induced reproductive dysfunction. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats (3 weeks old) were randomly divided into a control group (standard diet), HFD group, and a fluvastatin group (HFD + fluvastatin at 6mg/kg, once daily by oral gavage)...
February 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214841/drug-dosing-and-estimated-renal-function-any-step-forward-from-effersoe
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Mads Hornum, Bo Feldt-Rasmussen
Drug dosing in accordance with the renal function is a long-standing challenge to clinicians. For many years it has been evident that in many clinical situations there is no easy way to correctly dose any drug that is mainly cleared by the kidneys. Despite the development of many formulas for estimating the glomerular filtration rate, they all have serious shortcomings. Much effort has been put in to develop estimation formulas to evaluate the renal function as an alternative to direct methods with the aim of safely dosing drugs that are mainly cleared by the kidneys...
February 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214838/the-role-of-hippocampal-structural-synaptic-plasticity-in-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-to-improve-cognitive-function-in-male-samp8-mice
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Jiang Ma, Jinhua Wang, Chaonan Lv, Jingjuan Pang, Bing Han, Mingwei Wang, Yuan Gen
BACKGROUND: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been used to improve cognitive function, but the stimulation protocols are variable and the underlying mechanism is unclear. Therefore, we intend to examine whether 5Hz rTMS with 30% maximum output could improve cognitive functions in senescence-accelerated-prone mouse 8 (SAMP8) through changing synaptic plasticity. METHODS: SAMP8 and senescence-accelerated-prone mouse/resistant 1 (SAMR1) (7-month old male) were randomly divided into 3 groups: SMAP8 rTMS group (P8-rTMS), SMAP8 sham-rTMS group (P8-sham), and SAMR1 sham-rTMS group (R1-sham)...
January 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214837/efficacy-of-glucosamine-sulphate-in-skin-ageing-results-from-an-ex-vivo-anti-ageing-model-and-a-clinical-trial
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Audrey Gueniche, Isabelle Castiel-Higounenc
BACKGROUND: Glucosamine sulphate (GS) is essential in the biosynthesis of glycolipids, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), hyaluronate, and proteoglycans. Connective tissues primarily contain collagen and proteoglycans and play an important role in skin ageing. OBJECTIVE: The objectives were to assess ex vivo the impact of GS on skin ageing parameters and in vivo the effect of GS on the skin physiology of mature healthy volunteers after oral intake. METHODS: The impact of GS on skin ageing was assessed ex vivo via different immunohistochemical assays and histology and via a clinical study using biopsies...
February 18, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214690/safety-and-efficacy-of-a-polyherbal-formulation-for-the-management-of-dyslipidemia-and-hyperglycemia-in-patients-with-advanced-stage-of-type-2-diabetes
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Mahdi Zarvandi, Hassan Rakhshandeh, Mohammad Abazari, Reza Shafiee-Nick, Ahmad Ghorbani
The present clinical trial was designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a polyherbal formulation (PHF) consisted of Allium sativum, Aloe vera, Nigella sativa, Plantago psyllium, Silybum marianum and Trigonella foenum-graecum for controlling dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia in patients with advanced-stage of type-2 diabetes. An open-label phase I trial was carried out on 30 patients who had hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia before the beginning of the trial in spite of receiving statins and oral hypoglycemic drugs...
February 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214674/development-of-a-quick-serum-il-6-measuring-system-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Kensuke Koyama, Tetsuro Ohba, Kentaro Ishii, Giman Jung, Hirotaka Haro, Kenichi Matsuda
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Both fulfillment of remission criteria and assessment of other methods of evaluation of RA are important for preventing joint damage progression. Measurement of serum IL-6 concentrations has been reported to be useful for monitoring RA disease activity. However, it takes at least 4-5h to measure serum IL-6 concentrations using traditional methods, which limits its utility during routine assessment in daily clinical practice settings...
February 16, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214668/diabetes-and-disability-in-older-australians-the-australian-diabetes-obesity-and-lifestyle-ausdiab-study
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Digsu N Koye, Jonathan E Shaw, Dianna J Magliano
AIMS: To examine the association between diabetes and disability in older Australians and to identify factors that explain this association. METHODS: We analysed data from a subsample of the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study (AusDiab) cohort. Disability was measured using the Katz questionnaire in those aged 60years or over and was defined as some difficulty in any of the Katz activities of daily living (ADL) questions. RESULTS: Among 2373 study participants aged 60years or above who had a disability assessment at the third wave of follow-up (2011-12), 255 (11%) reported at least some disability...
February 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214613/the-effectiveness-of-standardized-skin-care-regimens-on-skin-dryness-in-nursing-home-residents-a-randomized-controlled-parallel-group-pragmatic-trial
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Elisabeth Hahnel, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Carina Trojahn, Gabor Dobos, Andrea Stroux, Natalie Garcia Bartels, Irina Jahnke, Andrea Lichterfeld-Kottner, Heike Neels-Herzmann, Anja Klasen, Jan Kottner
BACKGROUND: Aged residents of institutional long-term care facilities are at high risk for developing skin and tissue diseases. Besides various common skin problems, dry skin (xerosis cutis) is one of the most frequent skin conditions in this setting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of two structured skin care regimens in comparison to routine skin care on xerosis cutis in nursing home residents. DESIGN: A multi-center, pragmatic, randomized, controlled, investigator blinded study with three parallel groups...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214604/the-measurement-of-dlno-and-dlco-a-manufacturer-s-perspective
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X Giraud, N N Le-Dong, K Hogben, J B Martinot
The simultaneous measurement of the lung transfer factor for carbon monoxide (DLCO) and nitric oxide (DLNO) is now available as a powerful method for studying the alveolar-capillary gas exchange. However, application of the DLNO-CO technique in daily settings is still limited by some technical drawbacks. This paper provides a manufacturer's overview of the measuring principles, technical challenges and current available solutions for implementing the DLNO-CO measurement in to a marketed device. This includes the recent developments in technology for NO sensors, latest findings on NO uptake and new statistical methods...
February 15, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214534/demographic-phenotypic-and-genetic-characteristics-of-centenarians-in-okinawa-and-honshu-japan-part-2-honshu-japan
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Yasumichi Arai, Takashi Sasaki, Nobuyoshi Hirose
The scope and purpose of this review was to summarize the aims, methods, findings, and future of centenarian and (semi)-supercentenarian studies in Japan, particularly those from our own interdisciplinary laboratory. Medically, approximately 97% of centenarians contract chronic diseases including hypertension and gastrointestinal disease; however, they present with few cardiovascular risk factors. The low prevalence of diabetes mellitus and carotid atherosclerotic plaques are peculiarities of centenarians, which could be associated with high adiponectin levels...
February 15, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214531/the-skeletal-developmental-toxicity-of-chlormequat-chloride-and-its-underlying-mechanisms
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Dan Huang, Shuang Wu, Xiaohong Hou, Lixia Jia, Qinghe Meng, Hongqian Chu, Jianjun Jiang, Lanqin Shang, Weidong Hao
Chlormequat Chloride (CCC), a widely used plant growth regulator, could decrease body weight in animals; however, the mechanism has not been well studied. This study was designed to evaluate the skeletal development toxicity of CCC on pubertal male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats and to investigate whether CCC impacts the development of chondrocyte, osteoblast and osteoclast through growth hormone (GH) and insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-I). Rats from 23 to 70 on postnatal days were exposed to CCC daily by gavage at doses of 0, 75, 150, and 300mg/kg bw/d...
February 15, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214491/relationship-between-patient-reported-symptoms-limitations-in-daily-activities-and-psychological-impact-in-varicose-veins
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Rajiv Mallick, Brajesh Kumar Lal, Claire Daugherty
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between patient-reported symptoms, functional limitations, and psychological impact of varicose veins (VVs) vs pathophysiologic mechanism, incorporating demographic and behavioral factors. METHODS: We conducted a pooled analysis from two clinical studies (Efficacy and Safety Study of Polidocanol Injectable Foam for the Treatment of Saphenofemoral Junction Incompetence [VANISH-1] and Polidocanol Endovenous Microfoam Versus Vehicle for the Treatment of Saphenofemoral Junction Incompetence [VANISH-2]) in patients with VVs (superficial venous reflux only)...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214402/relationship-between-chewing-ability-and-cognitive-impairment-in-the-rural-elderly
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Eun-Kyong Kim, Sung Kook Lee, Youn-Hee Choi, Makiko Tanaka, Kimiko Hirotsu, Hyeon Chang Kim, Hee-Kyung Lee, Yun-Sook Jung, Atsuo Amano
OBJECTIVE: Relationship between masticatory function and cognitive impairment had been suggested but still understudied. We investigated the association between chewing ability and cognitive impairment among the elderly living in a rural region. METHODS: A total of 295 elderly individuals aged ≥70 years in a rural city of Korea participated in a cross-sectional study. Trained nurses conducted interviews and assessed chewing ability using gum that changed color based on chewing performance...
February 11, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214392/reduced-nicotine-content-cigarette-advertising-how-false-beliefs-and-subjective-ratings-affect-smoking-behavior
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Melissa Mercincavage, Megan L Saddleson, Emily Gup, Angela Halstead, Darren Mays, Andrew A Strasser
INTRODUCTION: Tobacco advertising can create false beliefs about health harms that are reinforced by product design features. Reduced nicotine content (RNC) cigarettes may reduce harm, but research has not addressed advertising influences. This study examined RNC cigarette advertising effects on false harm beliefs, and how these beliefs - along with initial subjective ratings of RNC cigarettes - affect subsequent smoking behaviors. We further explored whether subjective ratings moderate associations between false beliefs and behavior...
February 3, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214292/prescription-profile-of-pyridostigmine-use-in-a-population-of-patients-with-myasthenia-gravis
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Jorge Enrique Machado-Alba, Luis Felipe Calvo-Torres, Andrés Gaviria-Mendoza, César Augusto Mejía-Vélez
INTRODUCTION: We determined the pyridostigmine prescription pattern in a population of patients with myasthenia gravis. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study was done using a prescription database of 3.5 million individuals from which patients diagnosed with myasthenia gravis (MG) and for whom pyridostigmine was prescribed. RESULTS: A total of 306 outpatients with MG were found, and 258 were receiving pyridostigmine, mean age, 53.0±18...
February 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214286/-partial-delegation-to-radiation-therapists-of-the-control-by-cone-beam-ct-of-prostate-positioning
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C Benhaïm, G Loos, J L Achard, L Berger, C Caillé, T Frédéric-Moreau, J Biau, M Lapeyre
PURPOSE: Intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer involves daily monitoring of the positioning of the prostate, possible with cone beam CT (CBCT). It allows increased accuracy compared to readjustments but induces an increase in the time dedicated to these medical checks. The aim of the study was to evaluate the possibility of delegation of this task to the radiation therapists by comparing their readjustments to the doctors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Five consecutive patients treated with radiation for prostate cancer (76Gy) were analysed...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
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