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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775967/bilateral-breast-calciphylaxis-in-a-patient-who-survived-earlier-extensive-tissue-necrosis-5-years-previously-a-case-report
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E M J Verstappen, A J G Maaskant-Braat, M R Scheltinga
INTRODUCTION: Calciphylaxis is a rare condition including patchy dermal necrosis that mostly affects chronic hemodialysis patients. The syndrome usually heralds impending death although patients may survive following a set of measures including an adapted dialysis regimen. The present case is a unique patient who recovered from an earlier episode of upper leg calciphylaxis 5 years previously but developed fatal bilateral breast necrosis. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 69 year old Caucasian woman with a history of atrial fibrillation, hypertension, CVA, hyperparathyroidectomy for secondary hyperparathyroidism and end stage renal disease with hemodialysis recovered in 2012 from extensive symptomatic left upper leg necrosis due to calciphylaxis...
May 7, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775913/mobile-phone-based-evaluation-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-proof-of-concept-for-an-integrated-image-capture-and-analysis-system
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Safa Naraghi, Tinashe Mutsvangwa, René Goliath, Molebogeng X Rangaka, Tania S Douglas
BACKGROUND: The tuberculin skin test is the most widely used method for detecting latent tuberculosis infection in adults and active tuberculosis in children. We present the development of a mobile-phone based screening tool for measuring the tuberculin skin test induration. METHOD: The tool makes use of a mobile application developed on the Android platform to capture images of an induration, and photogrammetric reconstruction using Agisoft PhotoScan to reconstruct the induration in 3D, followed by 3D measurement of the induration with the aid of functions from the Python programming language...
May 8, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775895/ozone-therapy-prevents-the-onset-of-dysplasia-in-hpv16-transgenic-mice-a-pre-clinical-efficacy-and-safety-analysis
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C Peirone, V F Mestre, B Medeiros-Fonseca, B Colaço, M J Pires, T Martins, R M Gil da Costa, M J Neuparth, R Medeiros, M M S M Bastos, J A Marques-Magallanes, P A Oliveira
Infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), most often HPV16, is associated with the development of anogenital and oropharyngeal cancers. Recently, ozone therapy was reported to have considerable efficacy against rabbit VX2 tumors, induced by the cottontail rabbit papillomavirus. The present study aims to determine whether similar results can be obtained in HPV16-transgenic mice, possibly paving the way for new therapeutic options against HPV-induced cancers. HPV16-transgenic and wild-type, female, 20 weeks-old mice were injected intraperitoneally with medical O3 /O2 (80░mL/kg, at O3 50░μg/mL), once a day, for 5 consecutive days...
May 15, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775832/stressed-out-an-investigation-of-whether-allostatic-load-mediates-associations-between-neighbourhood-deprivation-and-health
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Lucy Prior, David Manley, Kelvyn Jones
Deprived neighbourhoods have long been associated with poorer health outcomes. However, many quantitative studies have not evidenced the mechanisms through which place 'gets under the skin' to influence health. The increasing prevalence of biosocial data provides new opportunities to explore these mechanisms and incorporate them into models of contextual effects. The stress pathway is a key biosocial mechanism; however, few studies have explicitly tested it in neighbourhood associations. This paper addresses this gap by investigating whether allostatic load, a biological response to chronic stress, mediates relationships of neighbourhood deprivation to physical and mental health...
May 15, 2018: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775752/the-genetics-and-molecular-pathogenesis-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-in-populations-of-different-ancestry
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George N Goulielmos, Maria I Zervou, Vassilis M Vazgiourakis, Yogita Ghodke-Puranik, Alexandros Garyfallos, Timothy B Niewold
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE; OMIM 152700) is a highly heterogeneous disorder, characterized by differences in autoantibody profile, serum cytokines, and a multi-system involvement commonly affecting the skin, renal, musculoskeletal, and hematopoetic systems clinical manifestations involving. Disease features range from mild manifestations, such as rash or arthritis, to life-threatening end-organ manifestations, such as glomerulonephritis or thrombosis, and it is difficult to predict which manifestations will affect a given patient...
May 15, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775721/critical-evaluation-of-2-ethylhexyl-acrylate-dermal-carcinogenicity-studies-using-contemporary-criteria
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Sandra Murphy, Robert Ellis-Hutchings, Lavorgie Finch, Stefanie Welz, Karin Wiench
Skin tumors have been observed in C3H/HeJ mice following treatment with high and strongly irritating concentrations of 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA). Dermal carcinogenicity studies performed with 2-EHA are reviewed, contrasting the results in two mouse strains (C3H/HeJ and NMRI) under different dosing regimens. Application of contemporary evaluation criteria to the existing dermal carcinogenicity dataset demonstrates that 2-EHA induces skin tumors only at concentrations exceeding an maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and in the immune-dysregulated C3H/HeJ mouse model...
May 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775714/novel-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-microneedles-fabrication-characterization-and-in-vitro-transcutaneous-drug-delivery
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Lingli Hu, Zhencheng Liao, Qiqi Hu, Katherine G Maffucci, Yan Qu
Dissolving microneedles (MNs) have been widely studied for their applications in effective transdermal drug delivery due to their ability to dissolve within the skin. This study details the first reported successful preparation of novel dissolving MNs using Bletilla striata polysaccharide (BSP), a natural glucomannan material, and investigates the potential for using such MNs as a transdermal drug delivery vector. The prepared dissolving Bletilla striata polysaccharide microneedles (BMNs) had excellent moldability and were easily detached from the mold...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775686/the-comparative-efficacy-of-antiseptics-against-candida-auris-biofilms
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Ryan Kean, Emily McKloud, Eleanor M Townsend, Leighann Sherry, Christopher Delaney, Brian L Jones, Craig Williams, Gordon Ramage
Candida auris has emerged as a significant clinical entity due to its ability to cause outbreaks within the healthcare setting. A key feature of its nosocomial lifestyle is its ability to transfer between patients, yet little is known about the mechanisms behind this. A panel of C. auris clinical isolates was screened for their planktonic and sessile susceptibilities to skin disinfection challenge using povidone iodine, chlorhexidine and hydrogen peroxide. C. auris biofilms displayed increased tolerance to these strategies compared to planktonic cells...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775655/confocal-raman-microspectroscopy-as-an-alternative-to-differential-scanning-calorimetry-to-detect-the-impact-of-emulsifiers-and-formulations-on-stratum-corneum-lipid-conformation
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Ziwei Zhang, Dominique Jasmin Lunter
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of emulsifiers and formulations on stratum corneum (SC) lipid conformation and evaluate confocal Raman microspectroscopy (CRM) as an alternative method to differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) in this research context. To this end, four different formulations were used: three conventional creams that contained ionic and/or non-ionic emulsifiers and one surfactants-free emulsion stabilized by a polymeric emulsifier. Additionally, all emulsifiers were tested in aqueous solutions/dispersions in the respective concentrations as present in the formulations...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775636/epithelial-proliferation-in-inflammatory-skin-disease-is-regulated-by-ttc7-in-fibroblasts-and-lymphocytes
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Ursina Nüesch, Andrea A Mauracher, Lennart Opitz, Benjamin Volkmer, Katarzyna Michalak-Mićka, Jivko Kamarachev, Tom Hartwig, Ernst Reichmann, Burkhard Becher, Stefano Vavassori, Jana Pachlopnik Schmid
BACKGROUND: Mutations in tetratricopeptide repeat domain 7A (TTC7A) and its mouse orthologue Ttc7 result in a multisystemic disease, mostly affecting epithelial barriers and the immune system. Despite successful hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, ongoing progression of gastrointestinal manifestations can be life-threatening in TTC7A-deficient patients. OBJECTIVE: To identify whether TTC7A mutations dysregulate epithelial cells only, or whether a cell-intrinsic defect in lymphocytes or other cells contributes to disease manifestations...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775616/amelioration-of-uvb-induced-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-fat-1-transgenic-mouse-skin
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Hye-Won Yum, Seong Hoon Kim, Jing X Kang, Young-Joon Surh
ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are abundant in some fish oils, are known to scavenge lipid peroxyl radicals and increase host immunoresponsiveness. As UVB-induced oxidative stress and inflammation have been implicated in apoptotic cell death, this study was designed to investigate the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-apoptotic capacity of fat-1 transgenic mice capable of converting ω-6 to ω-3 PUFAs. Wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice and fat-1 mice were maintained on the AIN-93 diet supplemented with 10% safflower oil rich in ω-6 PUFAs for 5 weeks...
May 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775550/palliative-sedation-with-oral-medicines-in-an-infant-with-generalized-severe-junctional-epidermolysis-bullosa
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Keith P Pasichow, Meg Frizzola, Elissa G Miller
Generalized severe junctional epidermolysis bullosa is a rare mechanobullous skin disorder that is uniformly fatal. We present the case of an infant who received palliative pain management and ultimately proportionate palliative sedation. However, because of the extent of the patient's skin disease, we were unable to provide palliative medication through parenteral routes. We discuss the provision of enteral palliative sedation, including the pharmacology, and creative use of medications to achieve sufficient palliation in this difficult and unique situation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775506/dyschromatosis-symmetrica-hereditaria-with-chilblains-due-to-a-novel-two-amino-acid-deletion-in-the-double-stranded-rna-binding-domain-of-adar1
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M Kono, M Suganuma, T Shimada, Y Ishikura, S Watanabe, T Takeichi, Y Muro, M Akiyama
Dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria (DSH) is an autosomal dominant skin disease caused by a heterozygous mutation of ADAR1.1 DSH is characterized by a mixture of hyper- and hypo-pigmented small macules in the extremities. Among the mutations, the pathogenicity of in-frame deletion in regions other than the deaminase domain has not been clarified in DSH.2 This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 18, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775490/monolithic-flexible-vertical-gan-light-emitting-diodes-for-a-transparent-wireless-brain-optical-stimulator
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Han Eol Lee, JeHyuk Choi, Seung Hyun Lee, Minju Jeong, Jung Ho Shin, Daniel J Joe, DoHyun Kim, Chang Wan Kim, Jung Hwan Park, Jae Hee Lee, Daesoo Kim, Chan-Soo Shin, Keon Jae Lee
Flexible inorganic-based micro light-emitting diodes (µLEDs) are emerging as a significant technology for flexible displays, which is an important area for bilateral visual communication in the upcoming Internet of Things era. Conventional flexible lateral µLEDs have been investigated by several researchers, but still have significant issues of power consumption, thermal stability, lifetime, and light-extraction efficiency on plastics. Here, high-performance flexible vertical GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are demonstrated by silver nanowire networks and monolithic fabrication...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775418/prolonged-activation-of-camp-signaling-leads-to-endothelial-barrier-disruption-via-transcriptional-repression-of-rras
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Carole Y Perrot, Junko Sawada, Masanobu Komatsu
The increase in cAMP levels in endothelial cells triggers cellular signaling to alter vascular permeability. It is generally considered that cAMP signaling stabilizes the endothelial barrier function and reduces permeability. However, previous studies have only examined the permeability shortly after cAMP elevation and thus have only investigated acute responses. Because cAMP is a key regulator of gene expression, elevated cAMP may have a delayed but profound impact on the endothelial permeability by altering the expression of the genes that are vital for the vessel wall stability...
May 18, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775390/polarization-and-distribution-of-tumor-associated-macrophages-and-cox-2-expression-in-basal-cell-carcinoma-of-the-ocular-adnexae
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Ute Kaiser, Karin U Loeffler, Jennifer Nadal, Frank G Holz, Martina C Herwig-Carl
PURPOSE: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a locally invasive skin tumor which can be subdivided into a circumscribed nodular and an invasive fibrosing subtype. There is increasing evidence that macrophages play an important role in interacting between tumor cells and their microenvironment, thereby affecting not only the invasive potential but also the patients' prognosis. Thus, we wanted to compare these two BCC variants with regard to tumor-related inflammation, COX-2 expression, distribution and polarization of tumor-associated macrophages...
May 18, 2018: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775296/incorporation-of-a-theranostic-two-tone-luminescent-silver-complex-into-biocompatible-agar-hydrogel-composite-for-the-eradication-of-eskape-pathogens-in-a-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection-model
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Miguel N Pinto, Jorge Martinez-Gonzalez, Indranil Chakraborty, Pradip K Mascharak
Microbial invasion and colonization of the skin and underlying soft tissues are among the most common types of infections, becoming increasingly prevalent in hospital settings. Systemic antibiotic chemotherapies are now extremely limited due to emergence of drug-resistant Gram-positive and multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacterial strains. Topical administration of antimicrobials provides an effective route for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs). Therefore, the development of new and effective materials for the delivery of these agents is of paramount importance...
May 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775294/management-zone-delineation-for-winegrape-selective-harvesting-based-on-fluorescence-sensor-mapping-of-grape-skin-anthocyanins
#18
Giovanni Agati, Kamel Soudani, Lorenza Tuccio, Elisa Fierini, Naima Ben Ghozlen, El Mostafa Fadaili, Annalisa Romani, Zoran G Cerovic
We analyzed the potential of non-destructive optical sensing of grape skin anthocyanins for selective harvesting in precision viticulture. We measured anthocyanins by a hand-held fluorescence optical sensor on a 7-ha Sangiovese vineyard plot in central Italy. Optical indices obtained by the sensor were calibrated for the transformation in units of anthocyanins per berry mass, i.e. mg g-1 berry fresh weight. A full protocol for optimal data filtration, interpolation and homogenous zones delineation based on a very large number of optical measurements was proposed...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775226/moxibustion-for-cephalic-version-of-breech-presentation
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REVIEW
Judith M Schlaeger, Cynthia L Stoffel, Jeanie L Bussell, Hui Yan Cai, Miho Takayama, Hiroyoshi Yajima, Nobuari Takakura
Moxibustion, a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is the burning of the herb moxa (Folium Artemisiae argyi or mugwort) over acupuncture points. It is often used in China to facilitate cephalic version of breech presentation. This article reviews the history, philosophy, therapeutic use, possible mechanisms of action, and literature pertaining to its use for this indication. For moxibustion, moxa can be rolled into stick form, placed directly on the skin, or placed on an acupuncture needle and ignited to warm acupuncture points...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775091/chronotherapy-of-maxacalcitol-on-skin-inflammation-induced-by-topical-12-o-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-in-mice
#20
Daisuke Yoshioka, Hitoshi Ando, Kentaro Ushijima, Masafumi Kumazaki, Akio Fujimura
In general, chronotherapy is desirable for a more effective and/or safe dosage regimen. In this study, a daily rhythm of skin vitamin D receptor (VDR) and chronotherapeutic profiles of maxacalcitol, a vitamin D analogue, were evaluated using mice with skin inflammation induced by topical 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA). This study showed that skin nuclear VDR expression in TPA-treated mice has a daily rhythm with the peak at the middle of active period. The effects of maxacalcitol were greater after dosing during early to middle of active period than those after dosing during early to middle of inactive period...
May 18, 2018: Chronobiology International
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