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Haixia Hu, Xiaoqin Zhu, Ruhui Lin, Zuanfang Li, Lidian Chen
The present study aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects, and underlying mechanisms, of Gua Lou Gui Zhi decoction (GLGZD) in a rat model of neuroinflammation. Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with GLGZD following middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Neurological function and infarct volume were evaluated to confirm successful generation of the rat model. Subsequently, brain tissues and blood samples were collected for further analysis. Nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) were evaluated in peripheral blood samples using the Griess reagent assay and an ELISA, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ho Yong Choi, Seung-Jae Hyun, Ki-Jeong Kim, Tae-Ahn Jahng, Hyun-Jib Kim
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare the surgical, radiographic, and clinical outcomes of pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO) according to surgeon's experience. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Although PSO has been widely used to correct spinal deformities, it still remains technically demanding procedure with high complications. METHODS: Comparative analysis of 40 consecutive patients treated with lumbar PSOs was performed...
October 24, 2016: Spine
Bijan S Kheirabadi, Nahir Miranda, Irasema B Terrazas, Mary D Gonzales, Rose C Grimm, Michael A Dubick
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital, small-volume resuscitation of combat casualties with a synthetic colloid [6% hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 670/0.75] has been recommended when blood or blood components are unavailable. We studied hemostatic effects of a newer synthetic colloid (6% HES 130/0.4,) compared to either a natural colloid (albumin) or to crystalloids in an uncontrolled hemorrhage model. METHODS: Spontaneously breathing NZW rabbits (3.4±0.1 kg) were anesthetized, instrumented and subjected to a splenic injury with uncontrolled bleeding...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Edward Taylor, Ivan Yeung, Harald Keller, Bradley G Wouters, Michael Milosevic, David W Hedley, David A Jaffray
Compared to FDG, the signal of (18)F-labelled hypoxia-sensitive tracers in tumours is low. This means that in addition to the presence of hypoxic cells, transport properties contribute significantly to the uptake signal in static PET images. This sensitivity to transport must be minimized in order for static PET to provide a reliable standard for hypoxia quantification. A dynamic compartmental model based on a reaction-diffusion formalism was developed to interpret tracer pharmacokinetics and applied to static images of FAZA in twenty patients with pancreatic cancer...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Jean-Luc Daire, Benjamin Leporq, Valérie Vilgrain, Bernard E Van Beers, Sabine Schmidt, Catherine M Pastor
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA) is a commercialised hepatobiliary contrast agent used during liver magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect liver diseases. It enters into human hepatocytes through organic anion transporting polypeptides (OATP1B1/B3) and crosses the canalicular transporter multiple resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2) to be excreted into bile canaliculi. Gd-BOPTA can return to sinusoids via the sinusoidal transporters MRP3/MRP4. Hepatocyte concentrations of Gd-BOPTA depend on three clearances: the sinusoidal clearance or volume of sinusoidal blood cleared of drugs per unit of time and two hepatocyte clearances (into bile canaliculi or back to sinusoids) or volume of hepatocytes cleared of drugs per unit of time in the respective liver compartments...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Shun-Jin Hu, Bing Shu, Hua Jin, Xiao-Feng Li, Jia-Rong Mao, Ke-Jun Ren, Lei Gao, Li Yang, You-Wan Wu, Yong-Jun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the renal protective effect of Tangshenkang Granule () in a rat model of diabetic nephropathy (DN). METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, DN, Tangshenkang and benazepril groups. DN model was established in the rats of DN, Tangshenkang and benazepril groups. Tangshenkang Granule solution and benazepril hydrochloride solution were intragastrically administered daily to the rats in the Tangshenkang and benazepril groups for 8 weeks, respectively...
October 24, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Meltem Savran Karadeniz, Erdem Bayazit, Omur Aksoy, Emine Aysu Salviz, Tzevat Tefik, Oner Sanli, Mukadder Orhan Sungur, Kamil Mehmet Tugrul
BACKGROUND: Bipolar and monopolar transurethral resection of prostate (TURP) are both widely used for surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Systemic absorption of irrigation fluids during TURP operations leads to variations in blood chemistry. The aim of this prospective clinical study was to compare two different surgical techniques and the systemic effects of irrigation solutions (5 % mannitol vs. 0.9 % sodium chloride) under standardized anesthesia care. METHODS: Fifty-two patients who were scheduled for elective TURP were enrolled in the study...
2016: SpringerPlus
Mark M Smits, Lennart Tonneijck, Marcel H A Muskiet, Trynke Hoekstra, Mhh Kramer, Michaela Diamant, Daniël H van Raalte
OBJECTIVE: To examine mechanisms underlying resting heart rate (RHR) increments of GLP-1 receptor agonists in type 2 diabetes patients. DESIGN: Acute and 12-week randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind, single-centre parallel-group trial. METHODS: 57 type 2 diabetes patients (mean±SD age 62.8±6.9 years; BMI 31.8±4.1 kg/m2; HbA1c 7.3±0.6%), treated with metformin and/or sulfonylureas, were included between July 2013 and August 2015...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Endocrinology
Jan L Bruse, Abbas Khushnood, Kristin McLeod, Giovanni Biglino, Maxime Sermesant, Xavier Pennec, Andrew M Taylor, Tain-Yen Hsia, Silvia Schievano
OBJECTIVES: Even after successful aortic coarctation repair, there remains a significant incidence of late systemic hypertension and other morbidities. Independently of residual obstruction, aortic arch morphology alone may affect cardiac function and outcome. We sought to uncover the relationship of arch 3-dimensional shape features with functional data obtained from cardiac magnetic resonance scans. METHODS: Three-dimensional aortic arch shape models of 53 patients (mean age, 22...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Yuxia Duan, Haoli Xu, Rui Li, Kuikui Zheng, Zilong Hu, Nan Wu, Yunjun Yang, Qichuan Zhuge, Weijian Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) is a frequent and fearful complication following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). The aim of this study is to assess the diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography perfusion (CTP) during an admission baseline period for the prediction of DCI. METHODS: Fifty-four aSAH cases were screened by baseline CTP within 3 days after aSAH and were reexamined with CTP 7-17 days after aSAH. Relative cerebral blood volume, relative cerebral blood flow (CBF), and relative mean transit time were measured...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Yücel Korkusuz, Oscar Maximilian Mader, Wolfgang Kromen, Christian Happel, Shadi Ahmad, Daniel Gröner, Mithat Koca, Alexander Mader, Frank Grünwald, Hüdayi Korkusuz
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if internally cooled microwave ablation (cMWA) is a safe and effective method for treatment of benign and malign thyroid nodules. METHODS: 9 patients with 11 symptomatic cold benign thyroid nodules and 1 recurrent thyroid carcinoma ranging in volume from 9.1 to 197ml (mean size 52± 57ml) were treated with cMWA. The mean age of the patients was 59 years. Pain during the treatment was measured on a 10-point scale. Side effects revealed by ultrasound or patients' complaints were documented...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
W M Thaiss, S Kaufmann, C Kloth, K Nikolaou, H Bösmüller, M Horger
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether VEGFR-2-expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), dysplastic (DLN) and regenerative liver nodules (RLN) correlates with pre-histology, in vivo Dynamic Contrast Enhanced-Computed Tomography (DCE-CT) data as VEGFR-2-expression affects prognosis and therapeutic options. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 34 patients (63.6±8.9years, 7 females) underwent liver biopsy or surgery due to suspected HCC or dysplastic nodules after DCE-CT between 2009 and 2015 with no previous chemo- or interventional therapy...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Peng Wang, Jianrui Li, Qiang Diao, YuanKai Lin, Jun Zhang, Lin Li, Gang Yang, Xiaokun Fang, Xie Li, YingQi Chen, Ling Zheng, Guangming Lu
BACKGROUND: Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors in adults, in some cases, radiotherapy may be the preferred treatment option especially for elderly people who cannot endure surgery. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the effects of radiotherapy on glioma. Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is an MR imaging technique that allows for a quantitative determination of cerebral blood flow (CBF) noninvasively. Tumor volume is still an important determinant for evaluating treatment response...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Shaoyun Zhang, Bin Xu, Qiang Huang, Huan Yao, Jinwei Xie, Fuxing Pei
There is no consensus as to whether drainage tube should be used and how long it should remain in use after primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA). As fast-track (FT) program has been implemented in TKA, whether drainage tube could be removed early, and the ideal timing for removal after FT primary TKA has been a new topic. The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of early removal of drainage tube when FT program was implemented in primary TKA. A total of 101 patients undergoing FT primary TKA were prospectively allocated into three groups...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Dong-Hyun Choi, Seong-Ho Kang, Heesang Song
Platelets are essential for progression of atherosclerotic lesions, plaque destabilization, and thrombosis. They secrete and express many substances that are crucial mediators of coagulation, inflammation, and atherosclerosis. Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a precise measure of platelet size, and is routinely reported during complete blood count analysis. Emerging evidence supports the use of MPV as a biomarker predicting the risk of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, and as a guide for prescription of anticoagulation and rhythm-control therapy...
October 24, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Joelle Leonie Flueck, Fabienne Schaufelberger, Martina Lienert, Daniela Schäfer Olstad, Matthias Wilhelm, Claudio Perret NCT02083328.
2016: PloS One
Jessica Chapman, Stephanie Marfurt, Julie Reid
This systematic review evaluates the effectiveness of delayed cord clamping in preterm infants on reducing postdelivery complications of anemia, hemodynamic instability, and the development of intraventricular hemorrhages. Interventions included varying durations of delayed cord clamping with and without cord milking as compared with immediate cord clamping, shorter delays in cord clamping, and delayed cord clamping without cord milking. A comprehensive search of randomized controlled trials, observational, cohort, and before-after studies was conducted between 1946 and 2015 in the electronic databases of Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, and Google Scholar...
October 2016: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
Imelda Ryona, Jack Henion
Despite many benefits including simple point-of-care sample collection, reduced costs, and simplified shipping and storage, dried blood spot (DBS) techniques have faced adoption resistance such as the hematocrit (Hct) effects and the established preference for bioanalysis of plasma rather than whole blood. One way to potentially circumvent these challenges is to adopt the concept of a dried plasma spot (DPS) technique. One approach to accomplishing this is through an on-card red blood cell (RBC) filtration to generate plasma from whole blood without the need for centrifugation...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Kimiko Aoki, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Makoto Ueki
When the tampering of a urine sample is suspected in doping control, personal identification of the sample needs to be determined by short tandem repeat (STR) analysis using DNA. We established a method for extracting DNA from urine samples stored at -20 °C without using any additives or procedures, which is consistent with how samples are required to be managed for doping control. The method, using the Puregene® Blood Core kit followed by NucleoSpin® gDNA Clean-up or NucleoSpin® gDNA Clean-up XS kit, does not need any special instrument and can provide a purified extract with high-quality DNA from up to 40 mL of urine suitable for STR analysis using an AmpFlSTR® Identifiler® PCR amplification kit...
October 24, 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Richard Baumgartner, William Cho, Alexandre Coimbra, Christopher Chen, Zaiqi Wang, Arie Struyk, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, May Low, Cindy Gargano, Fuqiang Zhao, Donald Williams, Torsten Reese, Stephanie Seah, Dai Feng, Sonya Apreleva, Esben Petersen, Jeffrey L Evelhoch
PURPOSE: To present the testretest and contrast dose effect results of cerebral blood volume (CBV) functional MRI (fMRI) in healthy human volunteers using ferumoxytol (Feraheme), an ultrasmall-superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) nanoparticle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was an open-label, two-period, fixed-sequence study in healthy young volunteers. In eight subjects, using a 3 Tesla field strength system, blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) and CBV fMRI were acquired in response to a visual black-and-white checkboard stimulation paradigm using an escalating ferumoxytol dose design (250, 350, and 510 mg iron)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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