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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449404/changes-in-prescribing-and-healthcare-resource-utilization-after-fda-drug-safety-communications-involving-zolpidem-containing-medications
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Aaron S Kesselheim, Macarius Donneyong, Gerald J Dal Pan, Esther H Zhou, Jerry Avorn, Sebastian Schneeweiss, John D Seeger
PURPOSE: Products containing the sedative/hypnotic zolpidem were subject to Drug Safety Communications (DSCs) in January and May 2013 describing the risk of next-morning impairment and recommending lower starting doses particularly for women. This study aimed to assess whether zolpidem DSCs were associated with prescribing-pattern changes between January 2011 and December 2013. METHODS: We assessed overall dispensings of zolpidem-containing products between January 2011 and December 2013 by conducting a time-series analysis...
April 27, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449250/self-assembly-of-peptide-boroxoles-on-cis-dihydroxylated-oligoamide-templates-in-water
#2
André Wuttke, Armin Geyer
We develop templates that can be used to stabilize consistent oligomers of a bioactive peptide. In the present study, we synthesize oligomers of an antibody epitope from the amyloidogenic prion protein. Dynamic covalent chemistry is the basis for the spontaneous condensation of 2, 3, 4 or 6 peptides with qualified polyol templates presenting the required number of bioorthogonal ligation sites. To study this process in aqueous solution, the N-terminal amino acid of a 13-mer peptide is first acylated with 4-carboxy-benzoboroxole (1-hydroxy-1,3-dihydrobenzo[c][1,2] oxaborole-5-carboxylic acid) and then mixed with the template to obtain self-assembled miniamyloids of specified degree of oligomerization...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449197/safety-profile-of-medication-used-during-pregnancy-results-of-a-multinational-european-study
#3
Johanne N Trønnes, Angela Lupattelli, Hedvig Nordeng
PURPOSE: The present study describes the safety profile of medications used during pregnancy across European countries and examines maternal factors associated with the use of risky medications during pregnancy. METHODS: This study is based on a multinational, web-based study conducted in 15 European countries from October 2011 to February 2012. Information about maternal demographics, illnesses, and medication use during pregnancy was collected via an electronic questionnaire...
April 27, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448685/adult-neurobehavioral-alterations-in-male-and-female-mice-following-developmental-exposure-to-paracetamol-acetaminophen-characterization-of-a-critical-period
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Gaëtan Philippot, Torsten Gordh, Anders Fredriksson, Henrik Viberg
Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is a widely used non-prescription drug with analgesic and antipyretic properties. Among pregnant women and young children, paracetamol is one of the most frequently used drugs and is considered the first-choice treatment for pain and/or fever. Recent findings in both human and animal studies have shown associations between paracetamol intake during brain development and adverse behavioral outcomes later in life. The present study was undertaken to investigate if the induction of these effects depend on when the exposure occurs during a critical period of brain development and if male and female mice are equally affected...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447930/a-novel-and-simple-method-for-tracheal-intubation-in-a-swine-model-preparing-for-the-era-of-xenotransplantation
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Hyub Huh, Hyong Hwan Lim, Ji Yeong Kim, Hye Won Shin, Hae Ja Lim, Suk Min Yoon, Seung Zhoo Yoon, Hye Won Lee
OBJECTIVES: Organ transplant in humans is an established therapy for a variety of end-stage organ diseases. However, due to organ shortages and lack of donors, the need for xenotransplant has gradually increased. Xenotransplantation has great potential to solve many of the problems facing organ transplantation. Pigs are being developed as xenogeneic organ donors for use in humans. In this study, we propose a novel and simple method for tracheal intubation in a swine model using neuromuscular blocking agents and laryngeal mask airway...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447368/optimization-of-aqueous-extraction-and-biological-activity-of-harpagophytum-procumbens-root-on-ex-vivo-rat-colon-inflammatory-model
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Marcello Locatelli, Claudio Ferrante, Simone Carradori, Daniela Secci, Lidia Leporini, Annalisa Chiavaroli, Sheila Leone, Lucia Recinella, Giustino Orlando, Sara Martinotti, Luigi Brunetti, Michele Vacca, Luigi Menghini
Harpagophytum procumbens has a long story of use for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Considering both the antiinflammatory effects of H. procumbens in multiple tissues and the stability of harpagoside in artificial intestinal fluid, the aim of the present study was to explore the possible protective role of a microwave-assisted aqueous Harpagophytum extract (1-1000 μg/mL) on mouse myoblast C2C12 and human colorectal adenocarcinoma HCT116 cell lines, and isolated rat colon specimens challenged with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a validated ex vivo model of acute ulcerative colitis...
April 26, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447140/quadriceps-muscle-weakness-is-related-to-increased-risk-of-radiographic-knee-oa-but-not-its-progression-in-both-women-and-men-the-matsudai-knee-osteoarthritis-survey
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Shigeru Takagi, Go Omori, Hiroshi Koga, Kazuo Endo, Yoshio Koga, Atsushi Nawata, Naoto Endo
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the causal relationship between quadriceps muscle strength and radiographic knee osteoarthritis (OA) in a longitudinal study. METHODS: The present study included 976 knees from 488 subjects who participated in both the 5th (2007) and 7th (2013) surveys of the Matsudai Knee Osteoarthritis Survey. Bilateral quadriceps strengths of each subject were measured using the quadriceps training machine (QTM-05F, Alcare Co...
April 26, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444928/antiinflammatory-activity-of-cinnamon-cinnamomum-zeylanicum-bark-essential-oil-in-a-human-skin-disease-model
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Xuesheng Han, Tory L Parker
The effect of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark essential oil (CBEO) on human skin cells has not been elucidated. Therefore, we investigated the activity of a commercially available CBEO in a validated human dermal fibroblast system, a model of chronic inflammation and fibrosis. We first evaluated the impact of CBEO on 17 protein biomarkers that play critical roles in inflammation and tissue remodeling. The impact of CBEO on genome-wide gene expression was also evaluated. CBEO showed strong anti-proliferative effects on skin cells and significantly inhibited the production of several inflammatory biomarkers, including vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, interferon gamma-induced protein 10, interferon-inducible T-cell alpha chemoattractant, and monokine induced by gamma interferon...
April 26, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444808/fast-and-simple-discriminative-analysis-of-anthocyanins-containing-berries-using-lc-ms-spectral-data
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Heejung Yang, Hyun Woo Kim, Yong Soo Kwon, Ho Kyong Kim, Sang Hyun Sung
INTRODUCTION: Anthocyanins are potent antioxidant agents that protect against many degenerative diseases; however, they are unstable because they are vulnerable to external stimuli including temperature, pH and light. This vulnerability hinders the quality control of anthocyanin-containing berries using classical high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analytical methodologies based on UV or MS chromatograms. OBJECTIVE: To develop an alternative approach for the quality assessment and discrimination of anthocyanin-containing berries, we used MS spectral data acquired in a short analytical time rather than UV or MS chromatograms...
April 25, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444796/determination-of-volatile-flavour-profiles-of-citrus-spp-fruits-by-sde-gc-ms-and-enantiomeric-composition-of-chiral-compounds-by-mdgc-ms
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Joon Ho Hong, Naeem Khan, Nargis Jamila, Young Shin Hong, Eun Yeong Nho, Ji Yeon Choi, Cheong Mi Lee, Kyong Su Kim
INTRODUCTION: Citrus fruits are known to have characteristic enantiomeric key compounds biosynthesised by highly stereoselective enzymatic mechanisms. In the past, evaluation of the enantiomeric ratios of chiral compounds in fruits has been applied as an effective indicator of adulteration by the addition of synthetic compounds or natural components of different botanical origin. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the volatile flavour compounds of Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka (yuzu), Citrus limon BURM...
April 25, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444790/aloe-emodin-induces-apoptosis-in-human-liver-hl-7702-cells-through-fas-death-pathway-and-the-mitochondrial-pathway-by-generating-reactive-oxygen-species
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Xiaoxv Dong, Jing Fu, Xingbin Yin, Chunjing Yang, Jian Ni
Aloe-emodin (1,8-dihydroxy-3-hydroxymethyl-anthraquinone) is one of the primary active compounds in total rhubarb anthraquinones isolated from some traditional medicinal plants such as Rheum palmatum L. and Cassia occidentalis, which induce hepatotoxicity in rats. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine the potential cytotoxic effects and the underlying mechanism of aloe-emodin on human normal liver HL-7702 cells. The CCK-8 assays demonstrated that aloe-emodin decreased the viability of HL-7702 cells in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner...
April 26, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444781/constructing-longitudinal-disease-progression-curves-using-sparse-short-term-individual-data-with-an-application-to-alzheimer-s-disease
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C A Budgeon, K Murray, B A Turlach, S Baker, V L Villemagne, S C Burnham
In epidemiology, cohort studies utilised to monitor and assess disease status and progression often result in short-term and sparse follow-up data. Thus, gaining an understanding of the full-term disease pathogenesis can be difficult, requiring shorter-term data from many individuals to be collated. We investigate and evaluate methods to construct and quantify the underlying long-term longitudinal trajectories for disease markers using short-term follow-up data, specifically applied to Alzheimer's disease. We generate individuals' follow-up data to investigate approaches to this problem adopting a four-step modelling approach that (i) determines individual slopes and anchor points for their short-term trajectory, (ii) fits polynomials to these slopes and anchor points, (iii) integrates the reciprocated polynomials and (iv) inverts the resulting curve providing an estimate of the underlying longitudinal trajectory...
April 25, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444745/retraction-dose-dependent-dual-effect-of-htlv-1-tax-oncoprotein-on-p53-dependent-nucleotide-excision-repair-in-human-t-cells-by-yana-schavinsky-khrapunsky-esther-priel-and-mordechai-aboud
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The above article, published online on 4 October 2007 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), and in Volume 122, pp. 305-316, has been retracted by agreement between the journal Editor in Chief, Professor Peter Lichter, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The retraction has been agreed as the bands in Figs 1, 2, 5 and 6 appear to have been manipulated. REFERENCE: Schavinsky-Khrapunsky, Y., Priel, E. and Aboud, M. (2008), Dose-dependent dual effect of HTLV-1 tax oncoprotein on p53-dependent nucleotide excision repair in human T-cells...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444617/computational-theory-underlying-acute-vestibulo-ocular-reflex-motor-learning-with-cerebellar-long-term-depression-and-long-term-potentiation
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Keiichiro Inagaki, Yutaka Hirata
The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) can be viewed as an adaptive control system that maintains compensatory eye movements during head motion. As the cerebellar flocculus is intimately involved in this adaptive motor control of the VOR, the VOR has been a popular model system for investigating cerebellar motor learning. Long-term depression (LTD) and long-term potentiation (LTP) at the parallel fiber-Purkinje cell synapses are considered to play major roles in cerebellar motor learning. A recent study using mutant mice demonstrated cerebellar motor learning with hampered LTD; the study concluded that the parallel fiber-Purkinje cell LTD is not essential...
April 25, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439998/the-effects-of-chosen-plant-extracts-and-compounds-on-mesenchymal-stem-cells-a-bridge-between-molecular-nutrition-and-regenerative-medicine-concise-review
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Katarzyna Kornicka, Ievgeniia Kocherova, Krzysztof Marycz
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) stand as a promising tool in regenerative medicine because of their high therapeutic potential in treatment of degenerative, metabolic and other types of diseases. The cellular therapies involving MSCs include their isolation mainly from the bone marrow, adipose tissue or umbilical cord and in vitro expansion for further autologous or allogeneic transplantation. Recent studies revealed, that bioactive compounds, naturally occurring in seaweeds, herbs, fruits and vegetables, possess the ability to modulate self-renewal and differentiation potential of adult stem cells, targeting a broad range of intracellular signal transduction pathways...
April 25, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439597/ambu-auraonce-versus-i-gel-laryngeal-mask-airway-in-infants-and-children-undergoing-surgical-procedures-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Abdulrahman M Alzahem, Mansoor Aqil, Tariq A Alzahrani, Ayman H Aljazaeri
To compare the efficacy and performance of the pediatric Ambu AuraOnce (Ambu AO) mask (Ambu, Copenhagen, Denmark) and i-gel mask (Intersurgical Ltd., Wokingham, United Kingdom). Methods: From May 2015 to September 2016, 112 patients, 0-14 years old, underwent elective surgery at a tertiary university hospital (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). They were randomly assigned to the Ambu AO or i-gel group. Three groups underwent a subgroup analysis: ≤5 kg (group 1), 5.1-10.0 kg (group 2), and >10 kg (group 3). Results: The oropharyngeal leak pressure was significantly higher for the i-gel (25...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438174/exercise-attenuates-neurological-deficits-by-stimulating-a-critical-hsp70-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-il-6-synapsin-i-axis-in-traumatic-brain-injury-rats
#17
Chung-Ching Chio, Hung-Jung Lin, Yu-Feng Tian, Yu-Chieh Chen, Mao-Tsun Lin, Cheng-Hsien Lin, Ching-Ping Chang, Chien-Chin Hsu
BACKGROUND: Despite previous evidence for a potent inflammatory response after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is unknown whether exercise preconditioning (EP) improves outcomes after a TBI by modulating inflammatory responses. METHODS: We performed quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) to quantify the genes encoding 84 cytokines and chemokines in the peripheral blood and used ELISA to determine both the cerebral and blood levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6). We also performed the chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay to evaluate the extent of nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) binding to the DNA elements in the IL-6 promoter regions...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437362/sonotubometric-assessment-for-severity-of-patulous-eustachian-tube
#18
Iori Takata, Ryoukichi Ikeda, Tetsuaki Kawase, Yoko Suzuki, Takeshi Sato, Yukio Katori, Toshimitsu Kobayashi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the morphological patency of the eustachian tube (ET) and sound transmission via the ET. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review and model experiment. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. SUBJECTS: A total of 56 ears of 28 patients (9 men and 19 women, aged from 12 to 82 yr, mean 40.4 ± 21.5 yr) who underwent sonotubometric measurement using postural change as well as computed tomography (CT) of the ET in the sitting position, including 26 ears with definite patulous ET, 9 ears with possible patulous ET, and 21 ears without patulous ET...
April 21, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436085/effect-of-triclosan-on-anuran-development-and-growth-in-a-larval-amphibian-growth-and-development-assay
#19
Douglas J Fort, Michael B Mathis, Sascha Pawlowski, Jeffrey C Wolf, Robert Peter, Samantha Champ
A larval amphibian growth and development assay was performed to evaluate the potential effects of environmentally-relevant concentrations of triclosan (TCS) on amphibian development and growth. Xenopus laevis were exposed to TCS 0.0 (control), 6.3, 12.5 and 25.0 μg l(-1) (estimated maximum tolerable concentration) until 10 weeks post-metamorphosis. At median metamorphosis time (Nieuwkoop and Faber stage 62), five larvae per replicate were collected for snout-vent length, hind limb length and body weight measurements, and histopathological examination of thyroid glands...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436050/comparing-performance-of-surgeons-using-risk-adjusted-procedures
#20
Xu Tang, Fah F Gan
It is naive and incorrect to use the proportions of successful operations to compare the performance of surgeons because the patients' risk profiles are different. In this paper, we explore the use of risk-adjusted procedures to compare the performance of surgeons. One such risk-adjusted statistic is the standardized mortality ratio (SMR), which measures the performance of a surgeon adjusted for the risks of patients assuming the average performance of a group of surgeons. Unlike the traditional SMR which is defined based on a population, this SMR is a random variable...
April 24, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
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