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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786774/computational-fluid-dynamics-modeling-of-the-human-pulmonary-arteries-with-experimental-validation
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Alifer D Bordones, Matthew Leroux, Vitaly O Kheyfets, Yu-An Wu, Chia-Yuan Chen, Ender A Finol
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic progressive disease characterized by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure, caused by an increase in pulmonary arterial impedance. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be used to identify metrics representative of the stage of PH disease. However, experimental validation of CFD models is often not pursued due to the geometric complexity of the model or uncertainties in the reproduction of the required flow conditions. The goal of this work is to validate experimentally a CFD model of a pulmonary artery phantom using a particle image velocimetry (PIV) technique...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786190/-identification-of-a-new-mutation-of-the-nphp1-gene
#2
Antonella La Russa, Rosa Anna Cifarelli, Anna Perri, Angelo Saracino, Giovanni Santarsia, Renzo Bonofiglio
Kidney cystic diseases are inherited disorders causing chronic renal failure. According to the genetic defect they are classified as diseases of the primary ciliary complex and uromodulin-associated diseases. Mutations in genes coding for ciliary proteins are the basis of a broad category of genetic diseases, called ciliopathies. To date, three important ciliopathies are known: the autosomal dominant form and the recessive shape of the polycystic kidney and the nephronophthisis (NPHP). Juvenile Nephronophthisis (NPHP) is a progressive renal tubulo-interstitial disorder with a form of autosomal recessive inheritance that progresses inexorably towards terminal renal failure...
May 2018: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786110/multi%C3%A2-layered-prevention-and-treatment-of-chronic-inflammation-organ-fibrosis-and-cancer-associated-with-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-catenin-signaling-activation-review
#3
Masaru Katoh
β‑catenin/CTNNB1 is an intracellular scaffold protein that interacts with adhesion molecules (E‑cadherin/CDH1, N‑cadherin/CDH2, VE‑cadherin/CDH5 and α‑catenins), transmembrane‑type mucins (MUC1/CD227 and MUC16/CA125), signaling regulators (APC, AXIN1, AXIN2 and NHERF1/EBP50) and epigenetic or transcriptional regulators (BCL9, BCL9L, CREBBP/CBP, EP300/p300, FOXM1, MED12, SMARCA4/BRG1 and TCF/LEF). Gain‑of‑function CTTNB1 mutations are detected in bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and uterine cancer, whereas loss‑of‑function CTNNB1 mutations are also detected in human cancer...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785895/complexity-in-pediatric-primary-care
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Arwa Nasir, Laeth Nasir, Ariel Tarrell, David Finken, Amy Lacroix, Swetha Pinninti, Sheryl Pitner, Molly McCarthy
BACKGROUND: The management of patients in primary care is often complicated by the presence of multiple chronic conditions and psychosocial issues that increase the complexity of the encounter and have important impacts on care. There is a paucity of literature on this subject in the pediatric population. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to quantify the burden of chronic conditions in pediatric primary care. METHODS: The problem lists of 3995 randomly selected patients from a community pediatric clinic and an academic hospital-based pediatric clinic in the same metropolitan area were analyzed for the presence and number of any chronic condition...
May 22, 2018: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785258/intra-articular-biomaterials-assisted-delivery-to-treat-temporomandibular-joint-disorders
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Khandmaa Dashnyam, Jung-Hwan Lee, Nandin Mandakhbayar, Guang-Zhen Jin, Hae-Hyoung Lee, Hae-Won Kim
The temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as myofascial pain syndrome, is considered one of the prevalent chronic pain diseases caused by muscle inflammation and cartilage degradation in head and neck, and thus influences even biopsychosocial conditions in a lifetime. There are several current treatment methodologies relieving inflammation and preventing degradation of the joint complex. One of the promising non-surgical treatment methods is an intra-articular injection of drugs such as corticosteroids, analgesics, and anti-depressants...
January 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785098/sarcopenia-assessment-of-disease-burden-and-strategies-to-improve-outcomes
#6
REVIEW
Ilaria Liguori, Gennaro Russo, Luisa Aran, Giulia Bulli, Francesco Curcio, David Della-Morte, Gaetano Gargiulo, Gianluca Testa, Francesco Cacciatore, Domenico Bonaduce, Pasquale Abete
Life expectancy is increasing worldwide, with a resultant increase in the elderly population. Aging is characterized by the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength - a phenomenon called sarcopenia. Sarcopenia has a complex multifactorial pathogenesis, which involves not only age-related changes in neuromuscular function, muscle protein turnover, and hormone levels and sensitivity, but also a chronic pro-inflammatory state, oxidative stress, and behavioral factors - in particular, nutritional status and degree of physical activity...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784885/-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-regulated-intramembrane-proteolysis-rip-protease-mucp-can-overcome-mutations-in-the-algo-periplasmic-protease-to-restore-alginate-production-in-nonmucoid-revertants
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Camila Delgado, Laura Florez, Ivonne Lollett, Christine Lopez, Shiva Kangeyan, Hansi Kumari, Marios Stylianou, Robert J Smiddy, Lisa Schneper, Robert T Sautter, George Szatmari, Kalai Mathee
The progression of cystic fibrosis (CF) from an acute to a chronic disease is often associated with the conversion of the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa from a nonmucoid form to a mucoid form in the lung. This conversion involves the overproduction of the exopolysaccharide alginate, whose production is under control of the AlgT/U sigma factor. This factor is regulated posttranslationally by an extremely unstable process and has been commonly attributed to mutations in the algT/U gene. By exploiting this unstable phenotype, we isolated 34 spontaneous nonmucoid variants arising from the mucoid strain PDO300, a PAO1 derivative containing the mucA22 allele commonly found in mucoid CF isolates...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783219/-clinical-and-laboratory-features-of-cholelithiasis-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-by-gender
#8
Natalya I Dyakiv-Koreiba
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: Today, diabetes is considered a factor that provokes the development of bile duct disease. Cholelithiasis is associated with such risk factors as aging, high body mass index, female sex, genetic predisposition, alcohol abuse, high concentration of triglycerides and cholesterol, low density lipoprotein in blood plasma The aim of the work is to analyze the clinical and laboratory features of the pathology of the gall bladder in patients with type 2 diabetes, depending on the sex...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782500/the-human-snail-transmission-environment-shapes-long-term-schistosomiasis-control-outcomes-implications-for-improving-the-accuracy-of-predictive-modeling
#9
David Gurarie, Nathan C Lo, Martial L Ndeffo-Mbah, David P Durham, Charles H King
INTRODUCTION: Schistosomiasis is a chronic parasitic trematode disease that affects over 240 million people worldwide. The Schistosoma lifecycle is complex, involving transmission via specific intermediate-host freshwater snails. Predictive mathematical models of Schistosoma transmission have often chosen to simplify or ignore the details of environmental human-snail interaction in their analyses. Schistosome transmission models now aim to provide better precision for policy planning of elimination of transmission...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782427/clinical-profile-of-levamisole-adulterated-cocaine-induced-vasculitis-vasculopathy-a-30-case-series
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Carlos Horacio Muñoz-Vahos, Sebastián Herrera-Uribe, Álvaro Arbeláez-Cortés, Daniel Jaramillo-Arroyave, Luis Alonso González-Naranjo, Gloria Vásquez-Duque, Mauricio Restrepo-Escobar, Luis Alfonso Correa-Londoño, Luis Fernando Arias-Restrepo, Adriana Lucía Vanegas-García
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to describe clinical and laboratory manifestations of patients with levamisole-adulterated cocaine-induced vasculitis/vasculopathy and to propose a skin classification according to the distribution and severity of lesions. METHODS: We report the characteristics of 30 patients admitted with levamisole-adulterated cocaine-induced vasculitis/vasculopathy in 4 high-complexity institutions in Colombia, from December 2010 to May 2017...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782205/nad-repletion-produces-no-therapeutic-effect-in-mice-with-respiratory-chain-complex-iii-deficiency-and-chronic-energy-deprivation
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Janne Purhonen, Jayasimman Rajendran, Saara Tegelberg, Olli-Pekka Smolander, Eija Pirinen, Jukka Kallijärvi, Vineta Fellman
Biosynthetic precursors of NAD+ can replenish a decreased cellular NAD+ pool and, supposedly via sirtuin (SIRT) deacetylases, improve mitochondrial function. We found decreased hepatic NAD+ concentration and downregulated biosynthesis in Bcs1lp.S78G knock-in mice with respiratory chain complex III deficiency and mitochondrial hepatopathy. Aiming at ameliorating disease progression via NAD+ repletion and improved mitochondrial function, we fed these mice nicotinamide riboside (NR), a NAD+ precursor. A targeted metabolomics verified successful administration and suggested enhanced NAD+ biosynthesis in the treated mice, although hepatic NAD+ concentration was unchanged at the end point...
May 21, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780024/the-neutrophil-mobilizing-cytokine-interleukin-26-in-the-airways-of-long-term-tobacco-smokers
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Karlhans Fru Che, Ellen Tufvesson, Sara Tengvall, Elisa Lappi-Blanco, Riitta Kaarteenaho, Bettina Levänen, Marie Ekberg, Annelie Brauner, Åsa M Wheelock, Leif Bjermer, C Magnus Sköld, Anders Lindén
Long-term tobacco smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or chronic bronchitis display an excessive accumulation of neutrophils in the airways; an inflammation that responds poorly to established therapy. Thus, there is a need to identify new molecular targets for the development of effective therapy. Here, we hypothesized that the neutrophil-mobilizing cytokine interleukin (IL)-26 (IL-26) is involved in airway inflammation amongst long-term tobacco smokers with or without COPD, chronic bronchitis or colonization by pathogenic bacteria...
May 23, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779815/use-of-standard-enteral-formula-versus-enteric-formula-with-prebiotic-content-in-nutrition-therapy-a-randomized-controlled-study-among-neuro-critical-care-patients
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Piril Tuncay, Fatma Arpaci, Mutlu Doganay, Deniz Erdem, Arzu Sahna, Hulya Ergun, Dilek Atabey
OBJECTIVE: To compare use of standard enteral formula versus enteric formula with prebiotic content in terms of nutrition therapy related outcomes among neurocritical care patients. METHODS: A total of 46 adult neurocritical care patients who received nutrition therapy with standard enteral formula (SEF group; n = 23) or enteral formula with prebiotic content (EFPC group; n = 23) during their hospitalization in intensive care unit (ICU) were included in this prospective randomized controlled study...
June 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779391/-is-preoperative-systemic-chemotherapy-recommended-for-resectable-colorectal-liver-metastases-oncosurgical-aspects
#14
Kristóf Dede, Zsuzsa Póti, Attila Bursics
Surgical resection is still the only curative treatment for colorectal liver metastases, but this is one part of a complex therapy. Nowadays a patient with colorectal liver metastasis is not treated only by a surgeon or by an oncologist or even only by an invasive radiologist. Collective decisions, complement treatments give the only chance to treat these patients for longer time. Patients with colorectal liver metastases could be regarded as patients with chronic disease. Specially interesting are the various treatment options of resectable colorectal liver metastases...
May 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779126/animal-models-of-chronic-migraine
#15
REVIEW
Tse-Ming Chou, Shih-Pin Chen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic migraine (CM) is a recalcitrant subtype of migraine which causes high degrees of disability, poor treatment responses, and frequent recurrences in sufferers. However, the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the development and chronification of migraine attacks remain incompletely understood. A validated animal model could help to decipher the pathogenic mechanism of the disease, facilitating the development of possible therapeutic strategies for CM. In this review, we aimed to summarize current animal models of CM and discuss the validity of these models...
May 19, 2018: Current Pain and Headache Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776973/challenges-in-end-of-life-dementia-care
#16
REVIEW
Anne A Fetherston, Grace Rowley, Charlotte L Allan
Dementia is a chronic, progressive disease that is now much more widely recognised and treated. Patients with dementia may require palliative care when they reach the end stage of their illness, or they may have mild-moderate cognitive symptoms comorbid with a life-limiting illness. The variety of presentations necessitates a highly individual approach to care planning, and patients should be encouraged to set their own goals and contribute to advanced care planning where possible. Assessment and management of distressing symptoms at the end of life can be greatly helped by a detailed knowledge of the individuals' prior wishes, interdisciplinary communication and recognition of changes in presentation that may result from new symptoms, for example, onset of pain, nutritional deficits and infection...
May 18, 2018: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776417/sinomenine-exerts-anticonvulsant-profile-and-neuroprotective-activity-in-pentylenetetrazole-kindled-rats-involvement-of-inhibition-of-nlrp1-inflammasome
#17
Bo Gao, Yu Wu, Yuan-Jian Yang, Wei-Zu Li, Kun Dong, Jun Zhou, Yan-Yan Yin, Da-Ke Huang, Wen-Ning Wu
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder and is not well controlled by available antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Inflammation is considered to be a critical factor in the pathophysiology of epilepsy. Sinomenine (SN), a bioactive alkaloid with anti-inflammatory effect, exerts neuroprotective activity in many nervous system diseases. However, little is known about the effect of SN on epilepsy. METHODS: The chronic epilepsy model was established by pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) kindling...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775734/defining-the-osteoarthritis-patient-back-to-the-future
#18
REVIEW
Geoffrey P Dobson, Hayley L Letson, Andrea Grant, Peter McEwen, Kaushik Hazratwala, Matthew Wilkinson, Jodie L Morris
The history of osteoarthritis (OA) is important because it can help broaden our perspective on past and present controversies. The naming of OA, beginning with Heberden's nodes, is itself a fascinating story. According to Albert Hoffa, R. Llewellyn Jones and Archibald Edward Garrod, the name OA was introduced in the mid-19th century by surgeon Richard von Volkmann who distinguished it from rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Others preferred the terms 'chronical rheumatism', 'senile arthritis', 'hypertrophic arthritis' or 'arthritis deformans'...
May 15, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775497/inflammatory-cytokines-and-peripheral-mediators-in-the-pathophysiology-of-pruritus-in-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma
#19
REVIEW
Daniel J Lewis, Simo Huang, Madeleine Duvic
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) includes a diverse group of neoplasms, including mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome. One of the earliest and most common symptoms of CTCL is pruritus, which affects up to 88% of patients. The severity of pruritus can range from mild to very debilitating, producing tremendous discomfort and a significant decrease in quality of life. Patients with advanced disease, in particular, may experience a more chronic, intractable pruritus. However, the underlying mechanism of pruritus in CTCL remains unknown...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775450/-congenital-megacalycosis-in-a-girl-with-unilateral-renal-agenesis
#20
Agnieszka Szmigielska, Grażyna Krzemień, Anna Zacharzewska, Teresa Dudek-Warchoł, Stanisław Warchoł
Renal agenesis occurs in pediatric population with the incidence 1:500- 2000 children. It is more often diagnosed in boys and on the left side of the body. Renal agenesis may be isolated or it may be a part of complex malformation syndrome. Megacalycosis is a very rare anomaly of urinary tract associated with abnormal structure of the kidney pyramids. AIM: The aim of the study was to present for the first time in the medical literature the case of a girl with unilateral renal agenesis and megacalycosis...
April 23, 2018: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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