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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817881/re-improvement-in-renal-function-and-symptoms-of-patients-treated-with-laparoscopic-pyeloplasty-for-ureteropelvic-junction-obstruction-with-less-than-20-split-renal-function
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817862/practice-guidelines-for-hypertension
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David Zeigler, Anish Patel, Candace Zeigler
Hypertension is very prevalent in South Dakota affecting approximately one-third of the adult population. Management and treatment of the disease has recently been the subject of considerable debate centered on what should be the blood pressure goal depending on the patient's age and co-morbid conditions. Recently, a randomized trial of intensive versus standard blood pressure control indicated that a systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mmHg in patients at high risk for cardiovascular events but without diabetes, resulted in significantly lower rates of non-fatal major cardiovascular events and death from any cause...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817856/back-to-basics-the-effect-of-healthy-diet-and-exercise-on-chronic-disease-management
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Robert L Allison
INTRODUCTION: The increase in obesity rates in the U.S. and other less developed industrial countries have led to a worldwide epidemic of chronic disease states. Increased obesity rates are implicated in the treatment failures for illnesses such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension and cancer. Effective prevention of obesity through diet and exercise contributes to the successful medical management of multiple chronic disease states. OBJECTIVE: Review the last 10 years of literature (2006-2016) on the effects of diet and exercise as they relate to the prevention of chronic disease...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817823/comparison-of-renal-outcome-among-japanese-patients-with-or-without-microangiopathic-hemolysis-in-malignant-phase-hypertension-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Yoshikuni Nagayama, Yoshihiko Inoue, Kiyoko Inui, Ashio Yoshimura
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Although microangiopathic hemolysis (MAH) is a well-known complication of malignant phase hypertension (MPH), only less data on whether MAH in MPH predicts renal outcome exist. Therefore, we evaluated whether MAH was associated with the renal outcome in patients with MPH. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, retrospective, cohort study. Data from 35 patients diagnosed with MPH between October 1998 and January 2015 were analyzed. MPH was defined as the presence of a diastolic blood pressure of ≥120 mm Hg and grades III/IV hypertensive retinopathy according to the Keith-Wagener-Barker classification...
August 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817820/endo-urological-techniques-for-benign-uretero-ileal-strictures-have-poor-efficacy-and-affect-renal-function
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Elisabeth E Fransen van de Putte, Liesbeth L de Wall, Erik van Werkhoven, Eddi A Heldeweg, Axel Bex, Henk G van der Poel, Bas W G van Rhijn, Simon Horenblas, Kees Hendricksen
INTRODUCTION: Uretero-ileal strictures (UES) following urinary diversion are therapeutically challenging. We compared the efficacy, safety and renal outcome following therapeutic endo-urological techniques (EUTs) and open surgical revision of the anastomosis (SRA) for UES. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively analysed all EUTs and SRAs performed for UES in 2 hospitals between 1987 and 2015. Restenosis was defined as recurrent radiographically diagnosed hydronephrosis and re-intervention...
August 18, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817806/specialized-mechanosensory-nociceptors-mediating-rapid-responses-to-hair-pull
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Nima Ghitani, Arnab Barik, Marcin Szczot, James H Thompson, Chia Li, Claire E Le Pichon, Michael J Krashes, Alexander T Chesler
The somatosensory system provides animals with the ability to detect, distinguish, and respond to diverse thermal, mechanical, and irritating stimuli. While there has been progress in defining classes of neurons underlying temperature sensation and gentle touch, less is known about the neurons specific for mechanical pain. Here, we use in vivo functional imaging to identify a class of cutaneous sensory neurons that are selectively activated by high-threshold mechanical stimulation (HTMRs). We show that their optogenetic excitation evokes rapid protective and avoidance behaviors...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817800/tia1-mutations-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-frontotemporal-dementia-promote-phase-separation-and-alter-stress-granule-dynamics
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Ian R Mackenzie, Alexandra M Nicholson, Mohona Sarkar, James Messing, Maria D Purice, Cyril Pottier, Kavya Annu, Matt Baker, Ralph B Perkerson, Aishe Kurti, Billie J Matchett, Tanja Mittag, Jamshid Temirov, Ging-Yuek R Hsiung, Charles Krieger, Melissa E Murray, Masato Kato, John D Fryer, Leonard Petrucelli, Lorne Zinman, Sandra Weintraub, Marsel Mesulam, Julia Keith, Sasha A Zivkovic, Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen, Raymond P Roos, Stephan Züchner, Neill R Graff-Radford, Ronald C Petersen, Richard J Caselli, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Elizabeth Finger, Carol Lippa, David Lacomis, Heather Stewart, Dennis W Dickson, Hong Joo Kim, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Eileen Bigio, Kevin B Boylan, J Paul Taylor, Rosa Rademakers
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are age-related neurodegenerative disorders with shared genetic etiologies and overlapping clinical and pathological features. Here we studied a novel ALS/FTD family and identified the P362L mutation in the low-complexity domain (LCD) of T cell-restricted intracellular antigen-1 (TIA1). Subsequent genetic association analyses showed an increased burden of TIA1 LCD mutations in ALS patients compared to controls (p = 8.7 × 10(-6)). Postmortem neuropathology of five TIA1 mutations carriers showed a consistent pathological signature with numerous round, hyaline, TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43)-positive inclusions...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817779/the-price-may-not-be-right-the-value-of-comparison-shopping-for-prescription-drugs
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Sanjay Arora, Neeraj Sood, Sophie Terp, Geoffrey Joyce
OBJECTIVES: To measure variations in drug prices across and within zip codes that may reveal simple strategies to improve patients' access to prescribed medications. STUDY DESIGN: We compared drug prices at different types of pharmacies across and within local markets. In-store prices were compared with a Web-based service providing discount coupons for prescription medications. Prices were collected for 2 generic antibiotics because most patients have limited experience with them and are less likely to know the price ranges for them...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817740/influence-of-microtextured-implant-surfaces-on-peri-implantitis-and-its-treatment-a-preclinical-trial
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Juan C Rodriguez, Tapan Koticha, Diana L Eubanks, Ivan Rudek, Fred J Molz, Ludovica Chiavaccini, Andrew Claude, Steven Elder, Hom-Lay Wang
PURPOSE: The prevalence of peri-implantitis has increased significantly, forcing clinicians to search for ways to prevent it. Laser-microtextured surfaces promote soft tissue attachment and provide a tight seal around implants. Hence, the aim of this study was to examine the clinical, radiographic, and histologic features of ligature-induced peri-implantitis, as well as the effect of surgical treatment of these induced peri-implantitis lesions on laser-microtextured implants in a controlled animal model...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817735/association-of-gene-expression-with-biomass-content-and-composition-in-sugarcane
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Nam V Hoang, Agnelo Furtado, Angela J O'Keeffe, Frederik C Botha, Robert J Henry
About 64% of the total aboveground biomass in sugarcane production is from the culm, of which ~90% is present in fiber and sugars. Understanding the transcriptome in the sugarcane culm, and the transcripts that are associated with the accumulation of the sugar and fiber components would facilitate the modification of biomass composition for enhanced biofuel and biomaterial production. The Sugarcane Iso-Seq Transcriptome (SUGIT) database was used as a reference for RNA-Seq analysis of variation in gene expression between young and mature tissues, and between 10 genotypes with varying fiber content...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817727/pilot-study-of-lithium-to-restore-intestinal-barrier-function-in-severe-graft-versus-host-disease
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Gideon Steinbach, David M Hockenbery, Gerwin Huls, Terry Furlong, David Myerson, Keith R Loeb, Jesse R Fann, Christina Castilla-Llorente, George B McDonald, Paul J Martin
Severe intestinal graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) causes mucosal ulceration and induces innate and adaptive immune responses that amplify and perpetuate GVHD and the associated barrier dysfunction. Pharmacological agents to target mucosal barrier dysfunction in GVHD are needed. We hypothesized that induction of Wnt signaling by lithium, an inhibitor of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK3), would potentiate intestinal crypt proliferation and mucosal repair and that inhibition of GSK3 in inflammatory cells would attenuate the deregulated inflammatory response to mucosal injury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817717/short-report-trpv1-polymorphism-1911-a-g-alters-capsaicin-induced-sensory-changes-in-healthy-subjects
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Julia Forstenpointner, Matti Förster, Denisa May, Friederike Hofschulte, Ingolf Cascorbi, Gunnar Wasner, Janne Gierthmühlen, Ralf Baron
BACKGROUND: C-fibers express transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. These high-voltage gated channels function as integrators of different physical stresses (e.g. heat, protons, ATP). Additionally channel activation can be induced by capsaicin. Topically applied, capsaicin elicits burning pain, heat and mechanical hyperalgesia and serves as a human surrogate model for pain. It was suggested that the TRPV1-variant rs8065080 (1911A>G) plays a pivotal role in patients with neuropathic pain syndromes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817716/endothelial-dysfunction-in-renal-arcuate-arteries-of-obese-zucker-rats-the-roles-of-nitric-oxide-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarizing-factors-and-calcium-activated-k-channels
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Dandan Yin, Qianchen Wang, Xun Zhou, Ying Li
The roles of nitric oxide (NO), endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors (EDHF), and calcium-activated K+ (KCa) channels in diabetes-associated endothelial dysfunction of small renal arteries are not clear. The present study investigated acetylcholine (ACh)-induced vasorelaxation of renal arcuate arteries from obese Zucker (OZ) rats at different diabetes durations, and the relative contribution of NO, EDHF, and KCa channels to the endothelial dysfunction. OZ rats of 7 weeks (prediabetic stage), 12 weeks (early diabetic stage), and 20 weeks (late diabetic stage), and time-matched lean control rats, were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817711/on-chip-detection-of-gel-transition-temperature-using-a-novel-micro-thermomechanical-method
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Tsenguun Byambadorj, Erfan Dashtimoghadam, Mohamadali Malakoutian, Benyamin Davaji, Lobat Tayebi, James E Richie, Chung Hoon Lee
We present a new thermomechanical method and a platform to measure the phase transition temperature at microscale. A thin film metal sensor on a membrane simultaneously measures both temperature and mechanical strain of the sample during heating and cooling cycles. This thermomechanical principle of operation is described in detail. Physical hydrogel samples are prepared as a disc-shaped gels (200 μm thick and 1 mm diameter) and placed between an on-chip heater and sensor devices. The sol-gel transition temperature of gelatin solution at various concentrations, used as a model physical hydrogel, shows less than 3% deviation from in-depth rheological results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817704/analysis-of-multidrug-resistant-group-b-streptococci-with-reduced-penicillin-susceptibility-forming-small-less-hemolytic-colonies
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Hirotsugu Banno, Kouji Kimura, Yosuke Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Makoto Kuroda, Wanchun Jin, Jun-Ichi Wachino, Keiko Yamada, Keigo Shibayama, Yoshichika Arakawa
Group B streptococci (GBS; Streptococcus agalactiae) are the leading cause of neonatal invasive diseases and are also important pathogens for elderly adults. Until now, nearly all GBS with reduced penicillin susceptibility (PRGBS) have shown β-hemolytic activity and grow on sheep blood agar. However, we have previously reported three PRGBS clinical isolates harboring a CylK deletion that form small less hemolytic colonies. In this study, we examined the causes of small, less hemolytic colony formation in these clinical isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817701/effect-of-exoskeletal-joint-constraint-and-passive-resistance-on-metabolic-energy-expenditure-implications-for-walking-in-paraplegia
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Sarah R Chang, Rudi Kobetic, Ronald J Triolo
An important consideration in the design of a practical system to restore walking in individuals with spinal cord injury is to minimize metabolic energy demand on the user. In this study, the effects of exoskeletal constraints on metabolic energy expenditure were evaluated in able-bodied volunteers to gain insight into the demands of walking with a hybrid neuroprosthesis after paralysis. The exoskeleton had a hydraulic mechanism to reciprocally couple hip flexion and extension, unlocked hydraulic stance controlled knee mechanisms, and ankles fixed at neutral by ankle-foot orthoses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817679/increased-half-life-and-enhanced-potency-of-fc-modified-human-pcsk9-monoclonal-antibodies-in-primates
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Yijun Shen, Hua Li, Li Zhao, Gang Li, Ben Chen, Qingsong Guo, Bei Gao, Jinsong Wu, Tong Yang, Li Jin, Yong Su
Blocking proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) binding to low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) can profoundly lower plasma LDL levels. Two anti-PCKS9 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), alirocumab and evolocumab, were approved by the FDA in 2015. The recommended dose is 75 mg to 150 mg every two weeks for alirocumab and 140mg every two weeks or 420 mg once a month for evolocumab. This study attempted to improve the pharmacokinetic properties of F0016A, an IgG1 anti-PCKS9 mAb, to generate biologically superior molecules...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817652/metabolomics-reveals-an-entanglement-of-fasting-leptin-concentrations-with-fatty-acid-oxidation-and-gluconeogenesis-in-healthy-children
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Franca Fabiana Kirchberg, Stephanie Brandt, Anja Moß, Wolfgang Peissner, Wolfgang Koenig, Dietrich Rothenbacher, Hermann Brenner, Berthold Koletzko, Christian Hellmuth, Martin Wabitsch
BACKGROUND: Leptin and adiponectin communicate with organ systems in order to regulate energetic and metabolic homeostasis. Their different points of action have been well characterized; however, no study has investigated their interrelationship with the metabolism at the molecular level in vivo. OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations of leptin and adiponectin with the metabolic profile reflecting the intercellular and interorgan communication as well as activated metabolic pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817619/sequential-effects-in-preference-decision-prior-preference-assimilates-current-preference
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Seah Chang, Chai-Youn Kim, Yang Seok Cho
An important factor affecting preference formation is the context in which that preference decision takes place. The current research examined whether one's preference formed for a previously presented stimulus influences the processing of a subsequent preference decision, henceforth referred to as the preference sequence effect. Using a novel sequential rating/judgment paradigm, the present study demonstrated the presence of a preference sequence effect using artistic photographs and face stimuli: A neutral stimulus was preferred more following a preferable stimulus than a less preferable stimulus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817599/anguillicola-crassus-infection-affects-mrna-expression-levels-in-gas-gland-tissue-of-european-yellow-and-silver-eel
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Gabriel Schneebauer, Ron P Dirks, Bernd Pelster
Using Illumina sequencing, we investigated transcriptional changes caused by the nematode Anguillicola crassus within yellow and silver eels by comparing swimbladder samples of uninfected yellow with infected yellow eels, and uninfected silver with infected silver eels, respectively. In yellow eel gas gland, the infection caused a modification of steady state mRNA levels of 1675 genes, most of them being upregulated. Functional annotation analysis based on GO terms was used to categorize identified genes with regard to swimbladder metabolism or response to the infection...
2017: PloS One
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