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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531126/the-impact-of-halloysite-on-the-thermo-mechanical-properties-of-polymer-composites
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REVIEW
Tayser Sumer Gaaz, Abu Bakar Sulong, Abdul Amir H Kadhum, Ahmed A Al-Amiery, Mohamed H Nassir, Ahed Hameed Jaaz
Nanotubular clay minerals, composed of aluminosilicate naturally structured in layers known as halloysite nanotubes (HNTs), have a significant reinforcing impact on polymer matrixes. HNTs have broad applications in biomedical applications, the medicine sector, implant alloys with corrosion protection and manipulated transportation of medicines. In polymer engineering, different research studies utilize HNTs that exhibit a beneficial enhancement in the properties of polymer-based nanocomposites. The dispersion of HNTs is improved as a result of pre-treating HNTs with acids...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527356/exceptional-release-kinetics-and-cytotoxic-selectivity-of-oxidised-mwcnts-double-functionalised-with-doxorubicin-and-prostate-homing-peptide
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Vedran Milosavljevic, Ludmila Krejcova, Roman Guran, Hana Buchtelova, Dorota Wawrzak, Lukas Richtera, Zbynek Heger, Pavel Kopel, Vojtech Adam
Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are among the frequently studied carbon materials, particularly because of their physical and chemical properties and high potential for application in materials chemistry, industry, and medicine. MWCNTs are very promising as transporters of bioactive molecules because of their π electrons and large surface area, which can be easily modified, mostly by the application of inorganic acids for the introduction of carboxylic moieties on the surface. In the present study, we designed an oxidised MWCNTs (oMWCNTs) transporter for the targeted delivery of doxorubicin (Dox)...
May 3, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526928/exosomes-in-cardiovascular-medicine
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Iain M Dykes
Exosomes are small, extracellular membrane-bound particles that mediate intercellular transport of a cytosolic cargo. Exosomal transfer of micro-RNA can modify gene expression in targeted cells. Exosome-based endocrine/paracrine signaling has been shown to be involved in a wide range of physiological processes including those associated with cardiovascular injury and disease, but remains relatively poorly understood. Exosomes offer great potential to the clinical field, with applications in both diagnostics and therapeutics...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526628/heparin-based-hydrogels-induce-human-renal-tubulogenesis-in-vitro
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Heather M Weber, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Valentina Magno, Uwe Freudenberg, Carsten Werner
Dialysis or kidney transplantation is the only therapeutic option for end stage renal disease. Accordingly, there is a large unmet clinical need for new causative therapeutic treatments. Obtaining robust models that mimic the complex nature of the human kidney is a critical step in the development of new therapeutic strategies. Here we establish a synthetic in vitro human renal tubulogenesis model based on a tunable glycosaminoglycan-hydrogel platform. In this system, renal tubulogenesis can be modulated by the adjustment of hydrogel mechanics and degradability, growth factor signaling, and the presence of insoluble adhesion cues, potentially providing new insights for regenerative therapy...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523476/impact-of-a-patient-navigator-program-on-hospital-based-and-outpatient-utilization-over-180%C3%A2-days-in-a-safety-net-health-system
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Richard B Balaban, Fang Zhang, Catherine E Vialle-Valentin, Alison A Galbraith, Marguerite E Burns, Marc R Larochelle, Dennis Ross-Degnan
BACKGROUND: With emerging global payment structures, medical systems need to understand longer-term impacts of care transition strategies. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of a care transition program using patient navigators (PNs) on health service utilization among high-risk safety-net patients over a 180-day period. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial conducted October 2011 through April 2013. PARTICIPANTS: Patients admitted to the general medicine service with ≥1 readmission risk factor: (1) age ≥ 60; (2) in-network inpatient admission within prior 6 months; (3) index length of stay ≥ 3 days; or (4) admission diagnosis of heart failure or (5) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...
May 18, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509774/the-role-of-the-anaesthesiologist-in-air-ambulance-medicine
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Stephen J M Sollid, Marius Rehn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The care administered on air ambulances has become increasing complex. This has led to a discussion among experts as to whether air ambulance travel should be manned by physicians. This review provides evidence in support of anaesthesiologists being the physician-leaders in air ambulance medicine, because of their training in advanced airway management, critical care, and resuscitation. RECENT FINDINGS: Successful prehospital care requires the ability to perform a complex set of advanced diagnostics and interventions...
May 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509400/glycyrrhetinic-acid-accelerates-the-clearance-of-triptolide-through-p-gp-in-vitro
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Zhihua Li, Miao Yan, Lingjuan Cao, Pingfei Fang, Zhaohui Guo, Zhenyan Hou, Bikui Zhang
Triptolide (TP) is an active ingredient isolated from Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f. (TWHF), which is a traditional herbal medicine widely used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune disease in the clinic. However, its adverse reactions of hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity have been frequently reported which limited its clinical application. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) effecting on the elimination of TP in HK-2 cells and the role of the efflux transporters of P-gp and multidrug resistance-associated proteins (MRPs) in this process...
May 16, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507040/cell-scientist-to-watch-melike-lakadamyali
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Melike received a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the laboratory of Xiaowei Zhuang at Harvard University for her PhD, which was awarded in 2006. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow under Jeff Lichtman at the Center for Brain Science at Harvard University. In 2010, Melike joined the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Barcelona, Spain, as a junior group leader. She was the recipient of an EMBO Young Investigator Award in 2013 and became senior group leader at the ICFO in 2015...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502428/non-proximate-mass-spectrometry-using-a-heated-1-m-long-ptfe-tube-and-an-air-tight-apci-ion-source
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Dilshadbek T Usmanov, Kenzo Hiraoka, Hiroshi Wada, Masaya Matsumura, Sachiyo Sanada-Morimura, Hiroshi Nonami, Shinichi Yamabe
Direct and rapid trace-level gas analysis is highly needed in various fields such as safety and security, quality control, food analysis, and forensic medicine. In many cases, the real samples are bulky and are not accessible to the space-limited ion source of the mass spectrometer. In order to circumvent this problem, we developed an airtight atmospheric-pressure chemical ionization (APCI) ion source equipped with a flexible 1-m-long, 2-mm-i.d. PTFE sniffing tube. The ambient air bearing sample gas was sucked into the heated PTFE tube (130 °C) and was transported to the air-tight ion source without using any extra pumping system or a Venturi device...
June 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499955/transcriptomic-analysis-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-upon-honokiol-treatment
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Xiaolong Zhu, Shenshen Zou, Youbin Li, Yongheng Liang
Honokiol (HNK), one of the main medicinal components in Magnolia officinalis, possesses antimicrobial activity against a variety of pathogenic bacteria and fungi. However, little is known of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the antimicrobial activity. To explore the molecular mechanism of its antifungal activity, we determined the effects of HNK on the mRNA expression profile of Saccharomyces cerevisiae using a DNA microarray approach. HNK markedly induced the expression of genes related to iron uptake and homeostasis...
May 10, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497202/exosomes-and-their-application-in-biomedical-field-difficulties-and-advantages
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REVIEW
Jafar Rezaie, Saeed Ajezi, Çığır Biray Avci, Mohammad Karimipour, Mohammad Hossein Geranmayeh, Alireza Nourazarian, Emel Sokullu, Aysa Rezabakhsh, Reza Rahbarghazi
The science of gene therapy has experienced a controversial history. At first, the initial concept that various disorders become curable by gene transferring was very exciting and challengeable. However, the problems and difficulties related to emerging techniques and unwanted side effects seen in some patients who have undergone gene therapy make some questions against the safety of novel molecular medicine approach. In line with this statement, discovery and developing a good bio-vector possessing low toxicity and high efficiency rate are the most important issues in gene therapy field...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495584/food-effects-in-paediatric-medicines-development-for-products-co-administered-with-food
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Hannah Batchelor, Ann Marie Kaukonen, Sandra Klein, Barbara Davit, Rob Ju, Robert Ternik, Tycho Heimbach, Wen Lin, Jian Wang, David Storey
A small amount of food is commonly used to aid administration of medicines to children to improve palatability and/or swallowability. However the impact of this co-administered food on the absorption and subsequent pharmacokinetic profile of the drug is unknown. Existing information on food effects is limited to standard protocols used to evaluate the impact of a high fat meal in an adult population using the adult medication. In the absence of a substantial body of data, there are no specific guidelines available during development of paediatric products relating to low volumes of potentially low calorie food...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493047/effects-of-cpap-in-patients-with-obstructive-apnoea-is-the-presence-of-allergic-rhinitis-relevant
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A Cisternas, F Aguilar, J M Montserrat, M Àvila, M Torres, A Iranzo, J Berenguer, I Vilaseca
PURPOSE: The aim of the study is to compare the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on the nasal cavities of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and with or without allergic rhinitis (AR/nonAR). METHODS: This paper is a prospective, longitudinal study. Thirty-four consecutive CPAP treatment-adherent patients with OSA (17 AR and 17 nonAR) were evaluated before and 2 months after treatment, by means of clinical (otorhinolaryngological symptoms, daytime sleepiness, overall and rhinoconjunctivitis-specific quality of life), anatomical (otorhinolaryngological examination), functional (auditory function, tubal function, nasal airflow, and mucociliary clearance), and biological variables (nasal cytology)...
May 10, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491133/the-way-forward
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Sandra A Lowe
Improving maternal health and reducing maternal morbidity and mortality into the future will require a range of health-related and non-health-related strategies. The latter include education for women, better communication, access to transport and technology and cultural change. The role of obstetric medicine practice, research and education in achieving these objectives is discussed in this article. We need to recognise that it will require improvements in health provision and access to achieve our goal of safer childbirth for women and babies throughout the world...
March 2017: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490924/improving-molecular-testing-and-personalized-medicine-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-ontario
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C Lim, H S Sekhon, J C Cutz, D M Hwang, S Kamel-Reid, R F Carter, G da Cunha Santos, T Waddell, M Binnie, M Patel, N Paul, T Chung, A Brade, R El-Maraghi, C Sit, M S Tsao, N B Leighl
BACKGROUND: Although molecular testing has become standard in managing advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (nsclc), most patients undergo minimally invasive procedures, and the diagnostic tumour specimens available for testing are usually limited. A knowledge translation initiative to educate diagnostic specialists about sampling techniques and laboratory processes was undertaken to improve the uptake and application of molecular testing in advanced lung cancer. METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel of physician experts including pathologists, respirologists, interventional thoracic radiologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists developed a specialty-specific education program, adapting international clinical guidelines to the local Ontario context...
April 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482307/fate-of-antibiotics-in-soil-and-their-uptake-by-edible-crops
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REVIEW
Min Pan, L M Chu
Antibiotics are bioactive substances, and their use as human and animal medicines for illness prevention, disease treatment and growth promotion has increased in recent decades. They are excreted, either unchanged or metabolized, and are discharged to the environment through animal manure, municipal wastewater or biosolids. Consequently, these chemicals reach cropland, which is advocated as a means of recycling. As these drugs are used in escalating quantities, there is growing concern over their presence, toxicity and fate in the soil, which may pose adverse effects on plant growth and productivity, as well as result in their uptake and accumulation in crops...
May 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474032/momordica-charantia-a-popular-health-promoting-vegetable-with-multifunctionality
#17
REVIEW
Shuzhen Wang, Zhiliang Li, Guliang Yang, Chi-Tang Ho, Shiming Li
Products derived from edible medicinal plants have been used for centuries to prevent, treat, and even cure multiple diseases. Momordica charantia L., widely cultivated around the world, is a typical one bred for vegetables and medicinal usage. All parts of M. charantia possess important medicinal properties, including antidiabetic, anticancer, hypotensive, anti-obesity, antimicrobial, antihyperlipidemic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory, anthelmintic, neuro-protective, as well as hepato-protective properties both in vitro and in vivo...
May 5, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473462/reliability-of-a-scoring-system-used-for-qualitative-evaluation-of-lymphoscintigraphic-imaging-of-lower-extremities
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Mojgan Ebrahim, Irina Savitcheva, Rimma Axelsson
Introduction: Lymphoscintigraphy is an imaging technique to diagnose and characterize the severity of edema in upper and lower extremities. In lymphoscintigraphy a scoring system can increase ability of diagnostic differentiation but the use of any scoring system requires sufficient reliability. AIM: To determine inter- and intraobserver reliability of a proposed scoring system used for visual interpretation of lymphoscintigraphic imaging of lower extremities. Materials and Methods: Lymphoscintigrams in 81 persons were randomly selected from our database for retrospective evaluation...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473307/the-rsvp-project-factors-related-to-disengagement-from-human-immunodeficiency-virus-care-among-persons-in-san-francisco
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Susan Scheer, Miao-Jung Chen, Maree Kay Parisi, Maya Yoshida-Cervantes, Erin Antunez, Viva Delgado, Nicholas J Moss, Kate Buchacz
BACKGROUND: In the United States, an estimated two-thirds of persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection do not achieve viral suppression, including those who have never engaged in HIV care and others who do not stay engaged in care. Persons with an unsuppressed HIV viral load might experience poor clinical outcomes and transmit HIV. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the Re-engaging Surveillance-identified Viremic Persons (RSVP) project in San Francisco, CA, was to use routine HIV surveillance databases to identify, contact, interview, and reengage in HIV care persons who appeared to be out of care because their last HIV viral load was unsuppressed...
May 4, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471331/study-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-deoxyschizandrin-and-schizandrin-in-combination-with-epigallocatechin-gallate-a-component-of-green-tea-in-rats
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Yan Liu, Dong Zhang, Yingli Wang, Wenjuan Zhang, Xiaohong Liu
1. Green tea is commonly used worldwide due to its potential positive health benefits. We have examined the effects of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the most abundant catechin in green tea, on the pharmacokinetics of deoxyschizandrin (DSD) and schizandrin (SD), which are the representative lignans in popular traditional Chinese medicines Fructus schisandrae, in rats. 2. The effects on the transport in Caco-2 cells and metabolism in human liver microsomes of DSD and SD by EGCG were determined to analyze their interactions thoroughly...
May 4, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
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