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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732435/the-effect-of-oral-levamisole-co-administration-on-the-level-of-immune-response-to-hepatitis-b-vaccine-in-healthy-individuals-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mousalreza Hosseini, Payman Shalchiantabrizi, Maliheh Dadgarmoghaddam, Saeideh Ahmady-Simab, Azizollah Behjati, Masoumeh Salari
Despite its proven efficacy, the hepatitis B vaccine requires improvements in immune enhancement and durability, especially in the elderly. Levamisole, an immune modulator, has been tested as an adjuvant to hepatitis B vaccine in several studies in immune-compromised populations. However, we aimed to evaluate the effect of levamisole on the immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in healthy subjects. In this randomized clinical trial, healthy family members of chronic hepatitis B patients were given twenty-microgram intramuscular injections of hepatitis B vaccine at 0, 1, and 6 months and 50 miligrams of oral  levamisole twice a day for two weeks with every vaccination dose...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732431/the-efficacy-of-oral-immunotherapy-in-patients-with-cow-s-milk-allergy
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Mohsen Ebrahimi, Mohammad Gharagozlou, Ali Mohebbi, Nasim Hafezi, Gholamreza Azizi, Masoud Movahedi
Cow's milk allergy is the most common type of food allergy that decrease the quality of life of patients and their families. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of oral immunotherapy in patients with cow's milk allergy. 14 patients above 3 years of age with a history of cow's milk allergy confirmed by positive double blind placebo controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) test, presence of serum IgE against cow's milk and positive SPT (skin prick test) were enrolled in this study. During the immunotherapy all patients received increasing amounts of cow's milk during three phases...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732166/mel-n16-a-series-of-novel-endomorphin-analogs-with-good-analgesic-activity-and-a-favorable-side-effect-profile
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Xin Liu, Long Zhao, Yuan Wang, Jingjing Zhou, Dan Wang, Yixin Zhang, Xianghui Zhang, Zhaojuan Wang, Dongxu Yang, Lingyun Mou, Rui Wang
Opioid peptides are neuromodulators that bind to opioid receptors and reduce pain sensitivity. Endomorphins are one of the most active endogenous opioid peptides, and they have good affinity and selectivity toward the μ opioid receptor. However, their clinical usage is hindered by their inability to cross the blood-brain barrier, and their poor in vivo activity after peripheral injection. In order to overcome these defects, we have designed and synthesized a series of novel endomorphin analogs with multiple site modifications...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732085/point-of-care-screening-for-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-at-an-antenatal-clinic-a-south-african-experience
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Nafiisah Chotun, Wolfgang Preiser, Christoffel Johannes van Rensburg, Pedro Fernandez, Gerhard Barnard Theron, Dieter Glebe, Monique Ingrid Andersson
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Elimination of HIV and syphilis mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) has received much attention but little consideration has been given to the possibility of elimination of HBV MTCT. In sub-Saharan Africa, HBV vertical transmission continues to be reported and it remains an important public health problem. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of screening pregnant women for HBV using a point-of-care (POC) test and implementing interventions to prevent HBV MTCT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731917/the-impact-of-iron-overload-in-acute-leukemia-chronic-inflammation-but-not-the-presence-of-nontransferrin-bound-iron-is-a-determinant-of-oxidative-stress
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Lale Olcay, Mustafa Serteser, Murat Kolay, Havva F Balci, Ülkü M Yildirim, Sibel A Tekgündüz, Tuncay Hazirolan, Yunus K Terzi
In the literature, studies on the oxidant effects of nontransferrin bound iron [NTBI (eLPI assay)] during chemotherapy of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloblastic leukemia are lacking. We established NTBI and oxidative stress determinants (OSD), iron parameters, high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, liver tests, cumulative chemotherapeutic doses, and transfused blood in 36 children with acute leukemia throughout chemotherapy. These parameters were determined at the beginning and end of chemotherapy blocks (11 time points) and in 20 healthy children using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and colorimetric and fluorometric enzymatic methods...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731393/the-impact-of-decompression-with-instrumentation-on-local-failure-following-spine-stereotactic-radiosurgery
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Jacob A Miller, Ehsan H Balagamwala, Camille A Berriochoa, Lilyana Angelov, John H Suh, Edward C Benzel, Alireza M Mohammadi, Todd Emch, Anthony Magnelli, Andrew Godley, Peng Qi, Samuel T Chao
OBJECTIVE Spine stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is a safe and effective treatment for spinal metastases. However, it is unknown whether this highly conformal radiation technique is suitable at instrumented sites given the potential for microscopic disease seeding. The authors hypothesized that spinal decompression with instrumentation is not associated with increased local failure (LF) following SRS. METHODS A 2:1 propensity-matched retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing SRS for spinal metastasis was conducted...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731370/an-evaluation-of-a-factor-xa-based-clotting-time-test-for-enoxaparin-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Deborah P J Ng, Stephen B Duffull, James M Faed, Geoffrey K Isbister, Abhishek Gulati
A well-accepted test for monitoring anticoagulation by enoxaparin is not currently available. As inadequate dosing may result in thrombosis or bleeding, a clinical need exists for a suitable test. Previous in silico and in vitro studies have identified factor Xa as an appropriate activating agent, and the phospholipid Actin FS as a cofactor for a Xa clotting time (TenaCT) test. A proof-of-concept study was designed to (1) explore the reproducibility of the TenaCT test and (2) explore factors that could affect the performance of the test...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731365/chemical-composition-and-antimigraine-activity-of-essential-oil-of-angelicae-dahuricae-radix
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Jingbo Sun, He Li, Jinghui Sun, Huimin Liu, Jianguang Chen, Chunmei Wang
The aim of this study was to explore the chemical composition and the effect of essential oil of Angelicae dahuricae radix on a nitroglycerin (NTG)-induced rat model of migraine. The CO2 supercritical fluid extraction method was optimized for the extraction of essential oil of A. dahuricae radix (EOAD) and its chemical composition was determined. The migraine model was established by subcutaneous injection of NTG (10 mg/kg) 1 h after the last administration of EOAD. The therapeutic effect of EOAD and its underlying mechanism were assessed by monitoring behavioral changes, levels of nitric oxide (NO) in serum and brain tissues, plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and endothelin (ET), and ET/NO ratio...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731314/desensitization-to-chemical-and-food-sensitivities-by-low-dose-immunotherapy-ascertained-by-provocation-neutralization-is-associated-with-reduced-influx-of-calcium-ions-into-lymphocytes
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Basant K Puri, John McLaren Howard, Jean A Monro
Background Food and chemical sensitivities have detrimental effects on health and the quality of life. The natural course of such sensitivities can potentially be altered through various types of allergen-specific immunotherapy, including low-dose immunotherapy. The molecular mechanism by which low-dose immunotherapy causes desensitization has not thus far been elucidated. While resting lymphocytes maintain a low cytosolic calcium ion concentration, antigen receptor signaling results in calcium ion influx, predominantly via store-operated calcium channels...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731312/gentiana-kurroo-royle-attenuates-the-metabolic-aberrations-in-diabetic-rats-swertiamarin-swertisin-and-lupeol-being-the-possible-bioactive-principles
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Khalid Ghazanfar, Khan Mubashir, Showkat A Dar, Tazeen Nazir, Iqra Hameed, Bashir A Ganai, Seema Akbar, Akbar Masood
Background Gentiana kuroo Royle is a medicinally important plant of north-western Himalayas used for various ailments. In the present study, the plant extracts were investigated for the antidiabetic effects in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Methods The impact of the extracts on serum glucose levels of diabetic rats was compared with reference drug - glibenclamide-treated diabetic rats. Streptozotocin injection was used to induce diabetes in fasted rats. Various biochemical, physiological and histopathological parameters in diabetic rats were observed for assessing the antidiabetic activity...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731272/short-term-toxicity-of-1-methylnaphthalene-to-americamysis-bahia-and-five-deep-sea-crustaceans
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Anthony Knap, Nicholas R Turner, Gopal Bera, D Abigail Renegar, Tamara Frank, Jose Sericano, Bernhard M Riegl
There are few studies that have evaluated hydrocarbon toxicity to vertically migrating deep-sea micronekton. Crustaceans were collected alive using a 9 m(2) Tucker trawl with a thermally insulated cod end and returned to the laboratory in 10 °C seawater. Toxicity of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon 1-methylnapthalene to Americamysis bahia, Janicella spinacauda, Systellaspis debilis, Sergestes sp., Sergia sp., and a euphausid sp. was assessed in a constant exposure toxicity test utilizing a novel passive dosing toxicity testing protocol...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731266/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-crossover-study-of-the-effects-of-levetiracetam-on-cognition-mood-and-balance-in-healthy-older-adults
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Mike R Schoenberg, Ruba S Rum, Katie E Osborn, Mary Ann Werz
OBJECTIVE: The cognitive and mood effects of levetiracetam (LEV) in older adults are not known. This study compared the cognitive and mood effects of LEV to placebo in healthy older adults. METHODS: Cognitive, mood, and balance variables were compared between LEV and placebo using a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study with two 5-week treatment periods. Healthy volunteers (n = 20) aged 65-80 (mean age 72.4) received either LEV or placebo in which the LEV target dose was 1,000 mg/day...
July 21, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731097/dba-induced-caspase-3-dependent-apoptosis-occurs-through-mitochondrial-translocation-of-cyt-c-in-the-rat-hippocampus
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Wenbo Jiang, Yingying Chen, Bai Li, Shuying Gao
Dibromoacetic acid (DBA), a by-product of disinfection, develops in drinking water during chlorination or ozonation processes. Water intake is the main source of DBA exposure in humans, which is potentially neurotoxic. The present study investigated the neurotoxic effects of DBA by assessing the behavioral and biochemical characteristics of Sprague Dawley rats intragastrically treated with DBA at concentrations of 20, 50 and 125 mg kg(-1) body weight for 28 consecutive days. The results indicated that animal weight gain and food consumption were not significantly affected by DBA...
July 21, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730964/ccl2-is-modulated-by-cytokines-and-ppar-g-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer
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Silvia Martina Ferrari, Giusy Elia, Simona Piaggi, Enke Baldini, Salvatore Ulisse, Mario Miccoli, Gabriele Materazzi, Alessandro Antonelli, Poupak Fallahi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand (CCL)2, the prototype Th2 chemokine, is secreted by tumor cells, and has growth promoting effects. Whether CCL2 protumorigenic activities will be validated, then CCL2 and its receptor CCR2 may be therapeutic targets in cancer. METHODS: We tested in "primary human anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) cells" (ANA) versus "normal thyroid follicular cells" (TFC): a) CCL2 secretion basally, after IFN-g and/or TNF-a stimulation; b) PPARg activation by thiazolidinediones (TZDs), rosiglitazone or pioglitazone, on CCL2 secretion, and on proliferation and apoptosis in ANA...
July 19, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730694/pharmacodynamics-pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-multiple-ascending-doses-of-the-novel-dual-glucose-dependent-insulinotropic-polypeptide-glucagon-like-peptide-1-agonist-rg7697-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Christophe Schmitt, Agnès Portron, Shirin Jadidi, Neena Sarkar, Richard DiMarchi
AIMS: To investigate the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and safety of multiple ascending doses of RG7697, a dual glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide/glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist, in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). METHODS: A total of 56 patients with T2D received once-daily subcutaneous (s.c.) injection of RG7697 (0.25-2.5 mg) or placebo for 14 days in a randomized, double-blind, dose-escalation study. Adverse events (AEs), vital signs, ECGs and routine laboratory variables were intensively monitored...
July 20, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730418/total-and-free-cortisol-levels-during-1-%C3%AE-g-25-%C3%AE-g-and-250-%C3%AE-g-cosyntropin-stimulation-tests-compared-to-insulin-tolerance-test-results-of-a-randomized-prospective-pilot-study
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Seenia Peechakara, James Bena, Nigel J Clarke, Michael J McPhaul, Richard E Reitz, Robert J Weil, Pablo Recinos, Laurence Kennedy, Amir H Hamrahian
PURPOSE: The appropriate cosyntropin dose during cosyntropin stimulation tests remains uncertain. We conducted a prospective, randomized pilot study to compare 1 μg IV low dose cosyntropin test, 25 μg IM medium dose cosyntropin test, and 250 μg IM standard dose cosyntropin test to evaluate secondary adrenal insufficiency. Insulin tolerance test was used as the gold standard. METHOD: The study included patients with hypothalamic/pituitary disease (n  = 10) with at least one pituitary axis deficiency other than ACTH deficiency and controls (n  = 12)...
July 20, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730378/enzymatic-activity-of-candida-spp-from-oral-cavity-and-urine-in-children-with-nephrotic-syndrome
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Dorota Olczak-Kowalczyk, Maria Roszkowska-Blaim, Maria Dąbkowska, Ewa Swoboda-Kopeć, Dariusz Gozdowski, Małgorzata Mizerska-Wasiak, Urszula Demkow, Małgorzata Pańczyk-Tomaszewska
Oral colonization with Candida spp. is not synonymous with a systemic active infection. The aim of the study was to evaluate enzymatic activity of Candida strains isolated from the oral cavity in patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS) and to compare it with the activity determined in urine. We studied 32 children with NS and 26 control healthy children. Children with NS were treated with glucocorticosteroids, cyclosporin A, mycophenolate mofetil or azathioprine. In all children, API-ZYM enzymatic tests were performed to evaluate hydrolytic enzymes of Candida isolated from the oral cavity and in urine...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730365/cd-pb-and-zn-mobility-and-bio-availability-in-contaminated-soils-from-a-former-smelting-site-amended-with-biochar
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Tonia Lomaglio, Nour Hattab-Hambli, Florie Miard, Manhattan Lebrun, Romain Nandillon, Dalila Trupiano, Gabriella Stefania Scippa, Arnaud Gauthier, Mikael Motelica-Heino, Sylvain Bourgerie, Domenico Morabito
Biochar is a potential candidate for the remediation of metal(loid)-contaminated soils. However, the mechanisms of contaminant-biochar retention and release depend on the amount of soil contaminants and physicochemical characteristics, as well as the durability of the biochar contaminant complex, which may be related to the pyrolysis process parameters. The objective of the present study was to evaluate, in a former contaminated smelting site, the impact of two doses of wood biochar (2 and 5% w/w) on metal immobilization and/or phytoavailability and their effectiveness in promoting plant growth in mesocosm experiments...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730317/assessment-of-hepatitis-b-virus-antibody-titers-in-childhood-cancer-survivors
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Najwa Yahya Fayea, Shaimaa Mohamed Kandil, Khadijah Boujettif, Ashraf Elsayed Fouda
Pediatric patients suffering from cancer are at risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection and its related complications even though it is considered a vaccine preventable disease. Little is known of the effects of chemotherapy, and even less is known regarding the impact of HBV booster on HBV antibody titers. It is the purpose of this study to investigate and measure the prevalence of the antihepatitis B surface antibodies (HBsAb) in childhood cancer survivors after completion of their chemotherapy treatment and to further evaluate survivors' response to a single booster dose of HBV vaccine...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730299/prophylactic-etanercept-treatment-in-cisplatin-ototoxicity
#20
Sinem Dasli, Murat Topdag, Ahmet Mutlu, Ahmet Kara, Murat Ozturk
The aim of our study was to evaluate the audiological protective effects of etanercept using distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) in rats with hearing loss due to cisplatin ototoxicity. The study began with 36 healthy female albino rats; 31 rats had good measurements in DPOAE and were included in the study. On day 0, a single dose of etanercept was given by intraperitoneal administration to 15 rats (etanercept group). No medication was given to the control group. After 24 h, 16 mg/kg cisplatin was given to all rats...
July 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
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