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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227433/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
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Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227381/graph-based-sinogram-denoising-for-tomographic-reconstructions
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Faisal Mahmood, Nauman Shahid, Pierre Vandergheynst, Ulf Skoglund, Faisal Mahmood, Nauman Shahid, Pierre Vandergheynst, Ulf Skoglund, Faisal Mahmood, Ulf Skoglund, Nauman Shahid, Pierre Vandergheynst
Limited data and low-dose constraints are common problems in a variety of tomographic reconstruction paradigms, leading to noisy and incomplete data. Over the past few years, sinogram denoising has become an essential preprocessing step for low-dose Computed Tomographic (CT) reconstructions. We propose a novel sinogram denoising algorithm inspired by signal processing on graphs. Graph-based methods often perform better than standard filtering operations since they can exploit the signal structure. This makes the sinogram an ideal candidate for graph based denoising since it generally has a piecewise smooth structure...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227205/low-frequency-ultrasound-radiosensitization-and-therapy-response-monitoring-of-tumors-an-in-vivo-study
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Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Martin Stanisz, Hadi Tadayyon, Jaswinder Taank, Gregory J Czarnota, Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Martin Stanisz, Hadi Tadayyon, Jaswinder Taank, Gregory J Czarnota, Jaswinder Taank, Hadi Tadayyon, Martin Stanisz, Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Gregory J Czarnota
A new framework has been introduced in this paper for tumor radiosensitization and therapy response monitoring using low-frequency ultrasound. Human fibrosarcoma xenografts grown in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice (n = 108) were treated using ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles at various concentration and exposed to different doses of radiation. Low-frequency ultrasound radiofrequency (RF) data were acquired from tumors prior to and at different times after treatment. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) techniques were applied to generate spectral parametric maps of tumors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226536/evaluation-of-a-novel-portable-micro-pump-and-infusion-system-for-drug-delivery
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Paul Pankhurst, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Paul Pankhurst, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Paul Pankhurst
In this paper the design, fabrication and experimental results of a novel portable fixed-displacement micro-pump for controlled dosing and timing is described. The new pump is developed especially for high efficiency, high accuracy, ease of use and very low cost for single use drug delivery systems which can overcome many of the deficiencies of current portable pumps. Primary tests have been conducted and the results have demonstrated that the pump has the ability to deliver high performance and accuracy with less than +/-1% error over the whole operating flow rate range of 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226332/responsible-safe-and-effective-prescription-of-opioids-for-chronic-non-cancer-pain-american-society-of-interventional-pain-physicians-asipp-guidelines
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Adam M Kaye, Nebojsa Nick Knezevic, Heath McAnally, Konstantin Slavin, Andrea M Trescot, Susan Blank, Vidyasagar Pampati, Salahadin Abdi, Jay S Grider, Alan D Kaye, Kavita N Manchikanti, Harold Cordner, Christopher G Gharibo, Michael E Harned, Sheri L Albers, Sairam Atluri, Steve M Aydin, Sanjay Bakshi, Robert L Barkin, Ramsin M Benyamin, Mark V Boswell, Ricardo M Buenaventura, Aaron K Calodney, David L Cedeno, Sukdeb Datta, Timothy R Deer, Bert Fellows, Vincent Galan, Vahid Grami, Hans Hansen, Standiford Helm Ii, Rafael Justiz, Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, Yogesh Malla, Annu Navani, Kent H Nouri, Ramarao Pasupuleti, Nalini Sehgal, Sanford M Silverman, Thomas T Simopoulos, Vijay Singh, Daneshvari R Solanki, Peter S Staats, Ricardo Vallejo, Bradley W Wargo, Arthur Watanabe, Joshua A Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated at an alarming rate since the 1990s. In an attempt to control opioid abuse, numerous regulations and guidelines for responsible opioid prescribing have been developed by various organizations. However, the US opioid epidemic is continuing and drug dose deaths tripled during 1999 to 2015. Recent data show a continuing increase in deaths due to natural and semisynthetic opioids, a decline in methadone deaths, and an explosive increase in the rates of deaths involving other opioids, specifically heroin and illicit synthetic fentanyl...
February 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226195/global-transcriptional-response-of-human-liver-cells-to-ethanol-stress-of-different-strength-reveals-hormetic-behavior
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Wolfgang Schmidt-Heck, Eva C Wönne, Thomas Hiller, Uwe Menzel, Dirk Koczan, Georg Damm, Daniel Seehofer, Fanny Knöspel, Nora Freyer, Reinhard Guthke, Steven Dooley, Katrin Zeilinger
BACKGROUND: The liver is the major site for alcohol metabolism in the body and therefore, the primary target organ for ethanol-induced toxicity. In this study, we investigated the in vitro response of human liver cells to different ethanol concentrations in a perfused bioartificial liver device that mimics the complex architecture of the natural organ. METHODS: Primary human liver cells were cultured in the bioartificial liver device and treated for 24 hours with medium containing 150 mM (low), 300 mM (medium) or 600 mM (high) ethanol, while a control culture was kept untreated...
February 22, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226034/omega-3-fatty-acid-supplementation-as-an-adjunctive-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-kidney-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Jing Hu, Zuoliang Liu, Hao Zhang
The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits and risks of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in patients with chronic kidney disease. A systematic search of articles in PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and reference lists was performed to find relevant literature. All eligible studies assessed proteinuria, the serum creatinine clearance rate, the estimated glomerular filtration rate, or the occurrence of end-stage renal disease. Standard mean differences with 95% confidence intervals for continuous data were used to estimate the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on renal function, as reflected by the serum creatinine clearance rate, proteinuria, the estimated glomerular filtration rate, and relative risk...
January 1, 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225876/anticoagulation-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-systematic-search
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Nayara L Froio, Richard Murdoch Montgomery, Elias David-Neto, Ivan Aprahamian
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is one of the most important diseases worldwide. Several clinical scenarios demand full dose of anticoagulants primary to stroke etiology or to the treatment of comorbidity. However, controversy exists over many issues regarding anticoagulation treatment in stroke such as time for initiation, efficacy according to stroke etiology, the ideal dose of anticoagulants, and whether novel anticoagulants should be used. METHOD: Computerized search for clinical trials and randomized controlled clinical trials was done to the present date at Medline, Scielo, Embase, PsychInfo, and Cochrane Library using MeSH terms and the keywords stroke, ischemic stroke, anticoagulation, anticoagulants, heparin, low-molecular-weight heparin, warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban...
January 1, 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225864/protective-effects-of-fentanyl-preconditioning-on-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-in-rats
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Q Xu, Q-G Li, G-R Fan, Q-H Liu, F-L Mi, B Liu
We aimed to study the effect of fentanyl (Fen) preconditioning on cardiomyocyte apoptosis induced by ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) in rats. A total of 120 Sprague Dawley male rats (age: 3 months) were randomly divided into: sham operation group (S group), I/R group, normal saline I/R group (NS group), and fentanyl low, middle, and high dose groups (Fen1: 2 μg/kg; Fen2: 4 μg/kg; Fen3: 6 μg/kg). Heart rate (HR), mean arterial pressure (MAP), left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP), ±dp/dtmax, malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, creatine phosphokinase-MB (CK-MB), and cardiac troponin-I (cTnI) were measured...
February 16, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225863/radiation-exposure-and-thyroid-cancer-a-review
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Maria Laura Iglesias, Angelica Schmidt, Abir Al Ghuzlan, Ludovic Lacroix, Florent de Vathaire, Sylvie Chevillard, Martin Schlumberger
The association between radiation exposure and the occurrence of thyroid cancer has been well documented, and the two main risk factors for the development of a thyroid cancer are the radiation dose delivered to the thyroid gland and the age at exposure. The risk increases after exposure to a mean dose of more than 0.05-0.1 Gy (50-100mGy). The risk is more important during childhood and decreases with increased age at exposure, being low in adults. After exposure, the minimum latency period before the appearance of thyroid cancers is 5 to 10 years...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225687/reducing-iodine-contrast-volume-in-ct-angiography-of-the-abdominal-aorta-using-integrated-tube-potential-selection-and-weight-based-method-without-compromising-image-quality
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Rogerio Vasconcelos, Terri J Vrtiska, Thomas A Foley, Thanila A Macedo, Juan C Montoya Cardona, Eric E Williamson, Cynthia H McCollough, Joel G Fletcher
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine whether image quality was maintained when a weight-based protocol incorporating tube potential selection was used to select lower iodine contrast volumes for aortic CT angiography (CTA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with potentially decreased renal function underwent CTA performed with the iodinated contrast volume determined using a table incorporating different tube potentials and patient weights. The image quality of CTA examinations performed with a reduced iodine volume (hereafter known as "low-iodine CTA examinations"), internal control CTA examinations (i...
March 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225198/adjunctive-steroid-therapy-versus-antibiotics-alone-for-acute-endophthalmitis-after-intraocular-procedure
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Carole H Kim, Monica F Chen, Anne L Coleman
BACKGROUND: Endophthalmitis refers to severe infection within the eye that involves the aqueous humor or vitreous humor, or both, and threatens vision. Most cases of endophthalmitis are exogenous (i.e. due to inoculation of organisms from an outside source), and most exogenous endophthalmitis is acute and occurs after an intraocular procedure. The mainstay of treatment is emergent administration of broad-spectrum intravitreous antibiotics. Due to their anti-inflammatory effects, steroids in conjunction with antibiotics have been proposed to be beneficial in endophthalmitis management...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225186/randomised-clinical-trial-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-oltipraz-a-liver-x-receptor-alpha-inhibitory-dithiolethione-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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W Kim, B G Kim, J S Lee, C K Lee, J E Yeon, M S Chang, J H Kim, H Kim, S Yi, J Lee, J-Y Cho, S G Kim, J-H Lee, Y J Kim
BACKGROUND: Oltipraz is a synthetic dithiolethione with an antisteatotic effect by inhibiting the activity of liver X receptor alpha (LXR-α). Recent studies demonstrated the disruptive role of oltipraz on LXR-α-dependent lipogenesis in hepatocytes and a high-fat diet mouse model. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of oltipraz for reducing liver fat in subjects with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: We performed a multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase II study...
February 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225161/treatment-of-experimental-status-epilepticus-with-synergistic-drug-combinations
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Jerome Niquet, Roger Baldwin, Lucie Suchomelova, Lucille Lumley, Roland Eavey, Claude G Wasterlain
During status epilepticus (SE), synaptic γ-aminobutyric acid A receptors (GABAA Rs) become internalized and inactive, whereas spare N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) assemble, move to the membrane, and become synaptically active. When treatment of SE is delayed, the number of synaptic GABAA Rs is drastically reduced, and a GABAA agonist cannot fully restore inhibition. We used a combination of low-dose diazepam (to stimulate the remaining GABAA Rs), ketamine (to mitigate the effect of the NMDAR increase), and valproate (to enhance inhibition at a nonbenzodiazepine site) to treat seizures in a model of severe cholinergic SE...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225051/low-muscle-mass-at-initiation-of-anti-tnf-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-is-associated-with-early-treatment-failure-a-retrospective-analysis
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D Q Holt, P Varma, B J G Strauss, A S Rajadurai, G T Moore
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Delayed treatment failure occurs in a significant proportion of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients treated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) antagonists. Identification of predictors of loss of response (LOR) may help to optimize therapy. We sought to determine whether body composition parameters at the commencement of anti-TNF therapy were associated with earlier treatment failure. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed on 68 patients who had undergone cross-sectional abdominal imaging coincident with the commencement of anti-TNF drugs...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225023/traditional-chinese-medicine-suppresses-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-by-targeting-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-signaling-pathway-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Xingjiang Xiong, Xiaochen Yang, Lian Duan, Wei Liu, Yun Zhang, Yongmei Liu, Pengqian Wang, Shengjie Li, Xiaoke Li
Chinese herbal medicine Bu-Shen-Jiang-Ya decoction (BSJYD) is reported to be beneficial for hypertension. Over expression of extracellular signal regulated kinases (ERK) pathway plays an important role in left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). This study aimed to observe effects of BSJYD on LVH in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and explore its possible mechanism on regulation of ERK pathway. Sixty 12-week-old SHRs were randomly allocated into 5 groups: BSJYD high dose group, middle dose group, low dose group, captopril group, and control group...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224975/intraperitoneal-infusion-of-neutral-ph-superoxidized-solution-in-rats-evaluation-of-toxicity-and-complications-on-peritoneal-surface-and-liver
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Abbas Aras, Erbil Karaman, Serkan Yıldırım, Özkan Yılmaz, Remzi Kızıltan, Kamuran Karaman
BACKGROUND Superoxidized water (SOW) is known to be a potent disinfectant. The aim of this study was to evaluate the toxicity and complications on the peritoneal surface and liver after infusion of pH-neutral SOW into the peritoneal cavity of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty Wistar-Albino rats weighing 250-300 g were randomly divided into 3 groups (10 rats/group). Group1 (control group) rats received single dose of 10 mg/kg saline solution intraperitoneally. Group 2 (single-dose group) rats received a single dose of 10 mg/kg pH-neutral SOW intraperitoneally...
February 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224818/adjunctive-low-dose-docosahexaenoic-acid-dha-for-major-depression-an-open-label-pilot-trial
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Deidre J Smith, Jerome Sarris, Nathan Dowling, Manjula O'Connor, Chee H Ng
OVERVIEW: Whilst the majority of evidence supports the adjunctive use of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in improving mood, to date no study exists using low-dose docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) alone as an adjunctive treatment in patients with mild to moderate major depressive disorder (MDD). METHODS: A naturalistic 8-week open-label pilot trial of low-dose DHA, (260 mg or 520 mg/day) in 28 patients with MDD who were non-responsive to medication or psychotherapy, with a Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) score of greater than 17, was conducted...
February 22, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224710/extended-low-dose-exposure-to-saxitoxin-inhibits-neurite-outgrowth-in-model-neuronal-cells
#19
Katie O'Neill, Ian F Musgrave, Andrew Humpage
The potent neurotoxin saxitoxin (STX) belongs to a group of structurally related analogues produced by both marine and freshwater phytoplankton. The toxins act by blocking voltage-gated sodium channels stopping the inflow of sodium ions and the generation of action potentials. Exposure from marine sources occurs as a result of consuming shellfish which have concentrated the toxins, and freshwater exposure can occur from drinking water although there have been no acute poisonings from the latter source to date...
November 7, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224702/early-platelet-and-leukocyte-decline-in-patients-with-neuroinflammatory-disorders-after-intravenous-immunoglobulins
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A Totzeck, M Stettner, T Hagenacker
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) are a common therapy in patients with neuroinflammatory disorders, especially chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy or Guillain-Barré syndrome. Hematological toxicities upon IVIG infusion are a known side effect and still an important subject of investigation. METHODS: Laboratory results and data for clinical efficacy and tolerability of 62 patients with neuroinflammatory disorders treated with IVIG (0...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
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