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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329744/antiviral-and-immunomodulatory-effects-of-norantea-brasiliensis-choisy-on-dengue-virus-2
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Luciana Gomes Fialho, Vagner Pereira da Silva, Sônia Regina Nogueira Ignácio Reis, Elzinandes Leal Azeredo, Maria Auxiliadora Coelho Kaplan, Maria Raquel Figueiredo, Claire Fernandes Kubelka
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Severe dengue fever is a result of exacerbated immune responses and no specific treatments are available. We evaluated the antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of Norantea brasiliensis Choisy. METHODS: Human adherent monocytes infected in vitro with dengue virus (DENV)-2 were incubated with the crude ethanol extract from leaves (NB1) or 3 derived fractions: dichloromethane (NB3), ethyl acetate (NB5), and butanolic (NB6) partitions. The antiviral and immunomodulatory activities were determined by intracellular detection of DENV antigen within monocytes and by secreted NS1 viral protein and cytokines...
March 23, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329638/developing-a-continuous-quality-improvement-assessment-using-a-patient-centered-approach-in-optimizing-sle-disease-control
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Katelyn Updyke, Brittany Urso, James A Solomon
Systemic lupus erythematous is a multi-organ autoimmune disease in which the patient has "lost" self- tolerance and developed immune-complexes containing self-antigen that cause disease through tissue inflammation and multi-organ damage. Patients often have unpredictable flares in symptoms with poorly identified triggers. However, it has been suggested in other literature that exogenous exposures, including ingested beef, cigarette smoke, UV radiation, metal-complexing agents, and infections can contribute to exacerbations and improvements in SLE symptoms...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329576/5-fluorouracil-induced-exacerbation-of-rosacea
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Ellen S Haddock, Philip R Cohen
Background Topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is an antineoplastic antimetabolite used for the treatment of actinic keratosis.Purpose A 66-year-old man with erythematotelangiectatic rosacea and biopsy-confirmed actinic keratoses who experienced a rosacea exacerbation after initiating topical 5-FU treatment of his actinic keratoses is described and this adverse event associated with 5-FU is reviewed.Materials and methods Using PubMed.gov the following terms were searched and relevant citations were assessed: rosacea and 5-fluorouracil...
November 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329304/cystic-fibrosis-pulmonary-exacerbations-attributable-to-respiratory-syncytial-virus-and-influenza-a-population-based-study
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Ranjani Somayaji, Christopher H Goss, Umer Khan, Moni Neradilek, Kathleen M Neuzil, Justin R Ortiz
Background: Characterization of the role of respiratory viral pathogens on cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary disease is needed. We aimed to determine the association of influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity with risk of pulmonary exacerbation (PEx) in persons with CF in the United States. Methods: We conducted a cohort study from January 2003 - March 2009 using the CF Foundation Patient Registry merged with CDC respiratory virus surveillance data...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328968/c-reactive-protein-and-n-terminal-prohormone-brain-natriuretic-peptide-as-biomarkers-in-acute-exacerbations-of-copd-leading-to-hospitalizations
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Yu-Wei Roy Chen, Virginia Chen, Zsuzsanna Hollander, Jonathon A Leipsic, Cameron J Hague, Mari L DeMarco, J Mark FitzGerald, Bruce M McManus, Raymond T Ng, Don D Sin
There are currently no accepted and validated blood tests available for diagnosing acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). In this study, we sought to determine the discriminatory power of blood C-reactive protein (CRP) and N-terminal prohormone brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) in the diagnosis of AECOPD requiring hospitalizations. The study cohort consisted of 468 patients recruited in the COPD Rapid Transition Program who were hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of AECOPD, and 110 stable COPD patients who served as controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328824/early-use-of-noninvasive-techniques-for-clearing-respiratory-secretions-during-noninvasive-positive-pressure-ventilation-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-hypercapnic-encephalopathy-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jinrong Wang, Zhaobo Cui, Shuhong Liu, Xiuling Gao, Pan Gao, Yi Shi, Shufen Guo, Peipei Li
Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) might be superior to conventional mechanical ventilation (CMV) in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPDs). Inefficient clearance of respiratory secretions provokes NPPV failure in patients with hypercapnic encephalopathy (HE). This study compared CMV and NPPV combined with a noninvasive strategy for clearing secretions in HE and AECOPD patients.The present study is a prospective cohort study of AECOPD and HE patients enrolled between October 2013 and August 2015 in a critical care unit of a major university teaching hospital in China...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328372/psychiatric-genomics-and-mental-health-treatment-setting-the-ethical-agenda
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Camillia Kong, Michael Dunn, Michael Parker
Realizing the benefits of translating psychiatric genomics research into mental health care is not straightforward. The translation process gives rise to ethical challenges that are distinctive from challenges posed within psychiatric genomics research itself, or that form part of the delivery of clinical psychiatric genetics services. This article outlines and considers three distinct ethical concerns posed by the process of translating genomic research into frontline psychiatric practice and policy making...
April 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328242/human-airway-epithelial-cells-direct-significant-rhinovirus-replication-in-monocytic-cells-by-enhancing-icam1-expression
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Xu Zhou, Lingxiang Zhu, Rosa Lizarraga, Yin Chen
Human rhinovirus (RV) is the major cause of common cold, and it also plays a significant role in asthma and asthma exacerbation. Airway epithelium is the primary site of RV infection and production. In contrast, monocytic cells (e.g. monocytes and macrophages) are believed to be non-permissive for RV replication. Instead, RV has been shown to modulate inflammatory gene expressions in these cells via a replication-independent mechanism. In the present study, RV16 (a major-group RV) replication was found to be significantly enhanced in monocytes when co-cultivated with airway epithelial cells...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328069/autophagy-maintains-the-integrity-of-endothelial-barrier-in-lps-induced-lung-injury
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Dan Zhang, Jian Zhou, Le Chi Ye, Jing Li, Zhenzhou Wu, Yuping Li, Chichi Li
Understanding the role and underlying regulation mechanism of autophagy in lipopolysaccharide-induced lung injury (LPS-LI) may provide potentially new pharmacological targets for treatment of acute lung injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the functional significance of autophagy in LPS-LI. The autophagy of human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMVECs) and mice was inhibited before they were challenged with LPS. In vitro, permeability, vitality and the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release rate of the cells were detected, the zonula occluden-1 (ZO-1) expression and the stress fiber formation were determined...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327633/cardiac-drug-drug-interaction-between-hcv-ns5b-pronucleotide-inhibitors-and-amiodarone-is-determined-by-their-specific-diastereochemistry
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Armando Lagrutta, Christopher P Regan, Haoyu Zeng, John P Imredy, Kenneth Koeplinger, Pierre Morissette, Liping Liu, Gordon Wollenberg, Christopher Brynczka, José Lebrón, Joseph DeGeorge, Frederick Sannajust
Severe bradycardia/bradyarrhythmia following coadministration of the HCV-NS5B prodrug sofosbuvir with amiodarone was recently reported. Our previous preclinical in vivo experiments demonstrated that only certain HCV-NS5B prodrugs elicit bradycardia when combined with amiodarone. In this study, we evaluate the impact of HCV-NS5B prodrug phosphoramidate diastereochemistry (D-/L-alanine, R-/S-phosphoryl) in vitro and in vivo. Co-applied with amiodarone, L-ala,SP prodrugs increased beating rate and decreased beat amplitude in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs), but D-ala,RP produgs, including MK-3682, did not...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327457/beta2-adrenergic-receptor-gene-haplotypes-and-bronchodilator-response-in-egyptian-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Mohammad H Hussein, Khaled E Sobhy, Irene M Sabry, Ahmed T El Serafi, Eman A Toraih
PURPOSE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a multi-factorial disorder caused by environmental determinants and genetic risk factors. Understanding the genetic predisposition of COPD is essential to develop personalized treatment regimens. Beta2-adrenergic receptor (ADRB2) gene polymorphisms have been implicated in the pathogenesis of obstructive pulmonary diseases. This study was conducted to assess the genetic association between Arg16Gly and Gln27Glu polymorphisms and COPD in the Egyptian patients, and to analyze their impact on the clinical outcome and therapeutic response...
March 16, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327253/the-wolf-will-live-with-the-lamb
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Richard Ronay, Joshua M Tybur
Maestripieri et al. pit evolutionary psychology against social psychological and economic perspectives in a winner-take-all empirical battle. In doing so, they risk positioning evolutionary psychology as an antagonistic subdisciplinary enterprise. We worry that such a framing may exacerbate tensions between "competing" scientific perspectives and limit evolutionary psychology's potential to serve as a unifying core theory.
January 2017: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326908/sublingual-immunotherapy-tablets-as-a-disease-modifying-add-on-treatment-option-to-pharmacotherapy-for-allergic-rhinitis-and-asthma
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Stephen Brunton, Harold S Nelson, David I Bernstein, Simon Lawton, Susan Lu, Hendrik Nolte
Allergic rhinitis (AR) with or without conjunctivitis (AR/C) is associated with a significant health and economic burden, and is often accompanied by asthma. Pharmacotherapies are the mainstay treatment options for AR and asthma, but guidelines also recommend allergy immunotherapy (AIT). Unlike pharmacotherapies, AIT has the ability to modify the underlying immunologic mechanisms of AR and asthma with the potential for long-term benefits after treatment is discontinued. Immunotherapy may also prevent progression of AR/C to asthma...
March 22, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326890/functional-and-molecular-correlates-following-single-and-repeated-rat-closed-head-concussion-indices-of-vulnerability-following-brain-injury
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Andrea Mountney, Angela Boutte, Casandra M Cartagena, William J Flerlage, David Johnson, Chanyang Rho, Xi-Chun M Lu, Angela M Yarnell, Sean R Marcsisin, Jason Sousa, Chau Vuong, Victor E Zottig, Lai Yee Leung, Ying Deng-Bryant, Janice Gilsdorf, Frank C Tortella, Deborah A Shear
Closed-head concussive injury is one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Isolated concussions frequently produce acute neurological impairments; however, individuals typically recover spontaneously within a short time frame. In contrast, brain injuries resulting from multiple concussions can result in cumulative damage and elevated risk of developing chronic brain pathologies, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Increased attention has focused on identification of diagnostic markers that can prognostically serve as indices of brain health after injury, revealing the temporal profile of vulnerability to a second insult...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326636/il4r%C3%AE-and-adam33-as-genetic-markers-in-asthma-exacerbations-and-type-2-inflammatory-endotype
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Hironobu Sunadome, Hisako Matsumoto, Guergana Petrova, Yoshihiro Kanemitsu, Yuji Tohda, Takahiko Horiguchi, Hideo Kita, Kazunobu Kuwabara, Keisuke Tomii, Kojiro Otsuka, Masaki Fujimura, Noriyuki Ohkura, Katsuyuki Tomita, Akihito Yokoyama, Hiroshi Ohnishi, Yasutaka Nakano, Tetsuya Oguma, Soichiro Hozawa, Tadao Nagasaki, Isao Ito, Tsuyoshi Oguma, Hideki Inoue, Tomoko Tajiri, Toshiyuki Iwata, Yumi Izuhara, Junya Ono, Shoichiro Ohta, Tomomitsu Hirota, Mayumi Tamari, Tetsuji Yokoyama, Akio Niimi, Kenji Izuhara, Michiaki Mishima
BACKGROUND: Genetic markers of susceptibility to asthma exacerbations in adults remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identify genetic markers of asthma exacerbations, particularly in patients with type-2 inflammatory endotype. METHODS: In this observational study of patients enrolled in the Kinki Hokuriku Airway disease Conference multicenter study, frequency of exacerbations requiring systemic corticosteroids during 2 years after enrolment and associated risk factors were determined...
March 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326219/a-case-of-spontaneous-transdiaphragmatic-intercostal-hernia-with-contralateral-injury-and-review-of-the-literature
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Alexander A Chapman, Steven B Duff
This case report discusses the diagnosis and management of a 67-year-old male presenting with a spontaneous transdiaphragmatic intercostal hernia with contralateral intercostal hernia. The patient had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations requiring multiple prolonged courses of steroids. The patient was ultimately diagnosed with computed tomography (CT) and underwent surgical repair via thoracotomy with primary repair of the diaphragmatic defect. The patient's postoperative course was uncomplicated...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326218/course-of-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-during-flares-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle
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Gareth Garrett, Nicola Ambrose, Zaib Davids, Dorothea Bindman
We present the case of a seventeen-year-old girl who presents with an interesting course of neuropsychiatric symptoms during several flares of SLE. The patient was diagnosed at the age of thirteen and has had four flares in total. The latter two flares included cutaneous and neuropsychiatric symptoms. The most recent flare occurred when she was aged seventeen. She had cutaneous symptoms which coincided with an episode of hypomania. Her mental state further deteriorated following steroid treatment. She exhibited affective and psychotic symptoms...
2017: Case Reports in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326177/characterization-of-secondary-care-for-copd-in-sweden
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Josefin Sundh, Christer Janson, Gunnar Johansson, Anders Lindén, Claes-Göran Löfdahl, Thomas Sandström, Kjell Larsson
Introduction: Only a selected proportion of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients are managed in secondary care. The aim of this study was to characterize disease severity, treatment and structure of secondary care for COPD in Sweden. Methods: Information was collected from 29 of 33 existing secondary care units of respiratory medicine in Sweden, using both individual data from 373 consecutively enrolled COPD patients with Global initiative on Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stage III-IV and a structural questionnaire about available resources at the units...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326174/copd-stage-and-treatment-in-a-large-outpatient-clinic
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Claire Præst Holm, Jakob Holm, Annette Nørgaard, Nina Godtfredsen
Some COPD patients suffer from frequent exacerbations despite triple inhalation treatment. These frequent exacerbators should be identified, as exacerbations often lead to decreasing lung function and increasing mortality. Roflumilast reduces exacerbations in patients with a previous history of exacerbations. Our aim was to describe COPD patient characteristics and compare roflumilast treatment eligible to non-eligible patients. An observational cross-section study was conducted. Patients were included from a large COPD outpatient clinic...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324842/phenotypical-physiological-and-biochemical-analyses-provide-insight-into-selenium-induced-phytotoxicity-in-rice-plants
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Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Mohammad Anwar Hossain, Md Nurealam Siddiqui, Masayuki Fujita, Lam-Son Phan Tran
The present study investigated the phenotypical, physiological and biochemical changes of rice plants exposed to high selenium (Se) concentrations to gain an insight into Se-induced phytotoxicity. Results showed that exposure of rice plants to excessive Se resulted in growth retardation and biomass reduction in connection with the decreased levels of chlorophyll, carotenoids and soluble proteins. The reduced water status and an associated increase in sugar and proline levels indicated Se-induced osmotic stress in rice plants...
March 11, 2017: Chemosphere
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