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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651347/minimally-invasive-centrimag-ventricular-assist-device-support-integrated-with-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-cardiogenic-shock-patients-a-comparison-with-conventional-centrimag-biventricular-support-configuration
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Koji Takeda, Arthur R Garan, Masahiko Ando, Jiho Han, Veli K Topkara, Paul Kurlansky, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Maryjane A Farr, Paolo C Colombo, Yoshifumi Naka, Hiroo Takayama
OBJECTIVES: We recently developed a novel minimally invasive surgical approach that combines extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and CentriMag ventricular assist device (Ec-VAD) for the treatment of cardiogenic shock as a short-term circulatory support. We compared the outcomes of this new approach to conventional CentriMag biventricular assist device (BiVAD) support through a median sternotomy. METHODS: Between July 2015 and August 2016, 22 patients were implanted with CentriMag Ec-VAD and 90 patients were implanted with conventional CentriMag BiVAD...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650807/simultaneous-ultrasound-therapy-and-monitoring-of-microbubble-seeded-acoustic-cavitation-using-a-single-element-transducer
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Sophie V Heymans, Christine F Martindale, Andrej Suler, Antonios N Pouliopoulos, Robert J Dickinson, James J Choi
Ultrasound-driven microbubble activity is used in therapeutic applications such as blood clot dissolution and targeted drug delivery. The safety and performance of these technologies are linked to the type and distribution of microbubble activities produced within the targeted area, but controlling and monitoring these activities in vivo and in real-time has proven to be difficult. As therapeutic pulses are often ms-long, microbubble monitoring currently requires a separate transducer used in a passive reception mode...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650604/serum-adiponectin-levels-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-growth-hormone-deficiency
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INTRODUCTION: Adiponectin (APN) is adipose tissue-derived hormone influencing energy metabolism. Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) may contribute to the development of disturbances in the hormonal function of adipose tissue (AT), and many disorders observed in untreated patients with GHD coincides with these contributed to low serum APN levels. OBJECTIVES: The assessment of serum adiponectin levels in adolescents and young adults with severe or partial GHD and analysis of relationships between serum APN and GH/IGF-1 axis function impairment as well as cardiometabolic risk factors...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649567/effect-of-dark-chocolate-extracts-on-phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate-induced-oxidative-burst-in-leukocytes-isolated-by-normo-weight-and-overweight-obese-subjects
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Francesca Ioannone, Giampiero Sacchetti, Mauro Serafini
Oxidative and inflammatory stress represents a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in overweight and obese subjects. Between the different plant foods, chocolate has been shown to decrease CVD risk due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, as we recently showed in epidemiological studies, meta-analyses, and human trials, dietary antioxidants resulted more effective in subjects characterized by an ongoing oxidative stress, than in healthy people. Aim of this work was to investigate the effect of different concentrations of chocolate phenolic extract (CPE) on in vitro free radical production, stimulated by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), in leukocytes extracted from blood of normo-weight and overweight/obese subjects...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649241/insulin-modulates-cytokine-release-collagen-and-mucus-secretion-in-lung-remodeling-of-allergic-diabetic-mice
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Sabrina S Ferreira, Fernanda P B Nunes, Felipe B Casagrande, Joilson O Martins
INTRODUCTION: The role of insulin in lung remodeling in a model of asthma in healthy and diabetic mice was evaluated. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Diabetic male BALB/c mice (alloxan, 50 mg/kg, intravenous) and controls were sensitized by subcutaneous (s.c.) injection of ovalbumin (OA, 20 µg) in aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3, 2 mg) 10 days after the alloxan injection and received the same dose 12 days later. Six days after the last sensitization, animals were nebulized with OA solution for 7 days...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648905/antibodies-against-immune-checkpoint-molecules-restore-functions-of-tumor-infiltrating-t-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinomas
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Guoying Zhou, Dave Sprengers, Patrick P C Boor, Michail Doukas, Hannah Schutz, Shanta Mancham, Alexander Pedroza-Gonzalez, Wojciech G Polak, Jeroen de Jonge, Marcia Gaspersz, Haidong Dong, Kris Thielemans, Qiuwei Pan, Jan N M IJzermans, Marco J Bruno, Jaap Kwekkeboom
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Ligand binding to inhibitory receptors on immune cells, such as programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte associated protein 4 (CTLA4), downregulates the T-cell-mediated immune response (called immune checkpoints). Antibodies that block these receptors increase anti-tumor immunity in patients with melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer, and renal cell cancer. Tumor-infiltrating CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have been found to be functionally compromised...
June 22, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648630/resolution-of-a-steroid-resistant-hypereosinophilic-immune-diathesis-with-mepolizumab-and-concomitant-amelioration-of-a-mixed-thrombotic-microangiopathy
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J Justin Mulvey, Cynthia Magro, Amy Chadburn
The anaphylatoxins produced by an unbridled complement cascade in atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) can alter the leukocyte environment in tissues and peripheral blood, causing clinically significant eosinophilia. While the membrane attack complex and C5a anaphlatoxin can be suppressed with anti-C5 biologics, the production of C3a is still capable of driving a destructive hypereosinophilic syndrome in spite of anticomplement therapy. The side-effects of glucocorticoids in treating hypereosinophilic syndrome limit their therapeutic index in long-term treatment and this behooves the use of alternative strategies...
May 2, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648249/ranaviruses-and-other-members-of-the-family-iridoviridae-their-place-in-the-virosphere
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V Gregory Chinchar, Thomas B Waltzek, Kuttichantran Subramaniam
Members of the family Iridoviridae, collectively referred to as iridovirids, are large, double-stranded DNA-containing viruses that infect invertebrates and cold-blooded (ectothermic) vertebrates. Infections in the former often lead to massive levels of virus replication resulting in iridescence of the infected animal and ultimately death. Among the latter, infections target a variety of organs and are capable of causing high levels of morbidity and mortality among commercially and ecologically important fish and amphibian species...
June 22, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647328/effects-of-feeding-an-immunomodulatory-supplement-to-heat-stressed-or-actively-cooled-cows-during-late-gestation-on-postnatal-immunity-health-and-growth-of-calves
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Amy L Skibiel, Thiago F Fabris, Fabiana N Corrá, Yazielis M Torres, Derek J McLean, James D Chapman, David J Kirk, Geoffrey E Dahl, Jimena Laporta
Heat stress during late gestation negatively affects the physiology, health, and productivity of dairy cows as well as the calves developing in utero. Providing cows with active cooling devices, such as fans and soakers, and supplementing cows with an immunomodulating feed additive, OmniGen-AF (OG; Phibro Animal Health Corporation), improves immune function and milk yield of cows. It is unknown if maternal supplementation of OG combined with active cooling during late gestation might benefit the developing calf as well...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647326/effect-of-prepartum-energy-balance-on-neutrophil-function-following-pegbovigrastim-treatment-in-periparturient-cows
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S McDougall, S J LeBlanc, A Heiser
Treatment with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) increases polymorphonuclear cell (neutrophil) count and enhances neutrophil function in the periparturient cow. Prepartum undernutrition was hypothesized to reduce the effect of a commercially available recombinant bovine G-CSF product (pegbovigrastim) on neutrophil count and function. Hence this study was undertaken to test the effect of undernutrition for approximately 1 mo before calving on the innate immune response to pegbovigrastim. Cows (n = 99) on pasture were blocked by expected calving date and body condition score and randomly assigned in a 2 × 2 factorial design...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647104/-french-haemovigilance-from-1994-to-nowadays-evolution-and-prospects
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B Lassale, G Daurat, M Besse-Moreau, J-P Aullen
Born in France in 1993, haemovigilance aims at monitoring the blood transfusion chain from the donor to the recipient, receiving labile blood products. It differs from the other vigilances due to its organization and its completeness dealing with the collected information. Prior to the European directive, the French agency created a new gravity level: grade 0, aiming at reporting and analyzing the blood transfusion chain dysfunction. Thus, haemovigilance gradually integrates the management of the risks and is given new missions in hospitals and private hospitals...
June 21, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646828/spent-yeast-as-natural-source-of-functional-food-additives
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Rita Rakowska, Anna Sadowska, Ewa Dybkowska, Franciszek Świderski
Spent yeasts are by-products arising from beer and wine production which over many years have been chiefly used as feed additives for livestock. They contain many valuable and bioactive substances which has thereby generated much interest in their exploitation. Up till now, the main products obtained from beer-brewing yeasts are β-glucans and yeast extracts. Other like foodstuffs include dried brewer’s yeast, where this is dried and the bitterness removed to be fit for human consumption as well as mannan-oligosaccharides hitherto used in the feed industry...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646805/natural-cancer-therapy-and-prevention-targeted-on-cancer-cells-and-cancer-stem-cells-based-on-the-cytochrome-p45o-enzyme-cyp1b1-a-commentary
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William R Ware
The importance of the P450 enzyme CYP1B1 in both cancer therapy and prevention are reviewed and evidence is discussed, which provides strong biological plausibility for the therapeutic merits of this approach. The significant resistance to chemotherapy among common cancers, and the realization that in many cases chemotherapy leaves behind drug-resistant cancer cells that eventually cause recurrence and metastatic disease, has recently prompted the search for natural compounds that would circumvent this problem...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646725/eculizumab-decreases-the-procoagulant-activity-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-a-pilot-prospective-longitudinal-clinical-study
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Adeline Wannez, Bérangère Devalet, Céline Bouvy, Julie Laloy, Benoit Bihin, Bernard Chatelain, Christian Chatelain, Jean-Michel Dogné, François Mullier
INTRODUCTION: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a disease characterized by the susceptibility of blood cells to attack by the complement system, inducing extracellular vesicle (EV) production. Thromboembolism is the leading cause of death in this condition. Eculizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody which inhibits the C5 protein of the complement, reduces the thrombotic risk in PNH. MATERIALS AND METHOD: We conducted a pilot, prospective, open-label, longitudinal clinical study with six PNH patients treated with eculizumab...
June 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646624/prognostic-relevance-of-oxidative-stress-measurement-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Giovanni D'Arena, Candida Vitale, Omar Perbellini, Marta Coscia, Francesco La Rocca, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carlo Visco, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Idanna Innocenti, Vincenzo Pizza, Silvia Deaglio, Giovanni Di Minno, Aldo Giudice, Gioacchino Calapai, Pellegrino Musto, Luca Laurenti, Eugenio Luigi Iorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic significance of oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidant defense status measurement in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHOD: d-ROMs test and BAP test were evaluated at diagnosis of 165 patients with CLL and correlated with clinical-biological features and prognosis. RESULTS: An increased oxidative damage (d-ROMs test) and a reduced antioxidant potential (BAP test), were found in CLL patients than normal controls (p <0...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646140/effect-of-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-on-inflammation-and-cardiovascular-risks-in-healthy-overweight-adults-a-randomised-crossover-trial
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Estifanos Baye, Maximilian Pj de Courten, Karen Walker, Sanjeeva Ranasinha, Arul Earnest, Josephine M Forbes, Barbora de Courten
Diets high in advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are thought to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. However, there remains uncertainty about the beneficial effect of a low AGE diet on cardiovascular risk factors and inflammatory markers in overweight individuals. We thus performed a randomised, double blind, crossover trial to determine whether consumption of low AGE diets reduce inflammation and cardiovascular risks in overweight and obese otherwise healthy adults. All participants (n = 20) consumed low and high AGE diets alternately for two weeks and separated by a four week washout period...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645645/determinants-of-plasma-donation-a-review-of-the-literature
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A Beurel, F Terrade, J-P Lebaudy, B Danic
The major contribution of Human Sciences in the understanding of the whole blood donation behavior has been through the study of individuals' motivations and deterrents to donate. However, if whole blood donation has been very widely studied in the last sixty years, we still know very little about plasma donation in voluntary non-remunerated environments. Yet, the need for plasma-derived products has been strongly increasing for some years, and blood collection agencies have to adapt if they want to meet this demand...
June 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645134/-arterial-hyper-and-hypotension-associated-with-psychiatric-medications-a-risk-assessment-based-on-the-summaries-of-product-characteristics-smpcs
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Roland W Freudenmann, Ninja Freudenmann, Bartosz Zurowski, Carlos Schönfeldt-Lecuona, Ludwig Maier, Roland E Schmieder, Christian Lange-Asschenfeldt, Maximilian Gahr
Introduction Psychiatric medications are well-known triggers of clinically relevant blood pressure changes. Therefore, we aimed at creating ranking lists for their risk of causing arterial hyper- or hypotension. Methods We analyzed 784 Summaries of Product characteristics (SmPCs, available online from "Rote Liste" or "Gelbe Liste" websites) from 105 psychiatric medications registered in adult psychiatry in Germany and extracted the standardized reported risks of increasing or decreasing arterial blood pressure...
June 23, 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644910/across-state-lines-fulminant-babesia-microti-infection-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Eric G Meissner, John W McGillicuddy, Jerry Squires, Daniel Skipper, Sally Self, Dan Wray, Erin D Moritz, Susan L Stramer, Satish Nadig
The potential for transmission of Babesia microti by blood transfusion is well recognized. Physicians may be unaware that products used for transfusion may be collected from geographically diverse regions. We describe a liver transplant recipient in South Carolina who likely acquired B. microti infection from a unit of blood collected in Minnesota. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 23, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644900/suppression-of-chikungunya-virus-replication-and-differential-innate-responses-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-during-co-infection-with-dengue-virus
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Mariana Ruiz Silva, José A Aguilar Briseño, Vinit Upasani, Heidi van der Ende-Metselaar, Jolanda M Smit, Izabela A Rodenhuis-Zybert
Dengue and chikungunya are viral diseases transmitted to humans by infected Aedes spp. mosquitoes. With an estimated 390 million infected people per year dengue virus (DENV) currently causes the most prevalent arboviral disease. During the last decade chikungunya virus (CHIKV) has caused large outbreaks and has expanded its territory causing millions of cases in Asia, Africa and America. The viruses share a common mosquito vector and during the acute phase cause similar flu-like symptoms that can proceed to more severe or debilitating symptoms...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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