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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214161/human-factors-related-to-time-dependent-infection-control-measures-scrub-the-hub-for-venous-catheters-and-feeding-tubes
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Lindsay Caspari, Elizabeth Epstein, Amy Blackman, Li Jin, David A Kaufman
BACKGROUND: The use of catheter hub decontamination protocols is a common practice to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections. However, few data exist on the most effective disinfection procedure prior to hub access accounting for human factors and time-dependent practices in real time in the clinical setting. METHODS: An observational design with a multimodal intervention was used in this study in a neonatal intensive care unit. Direct observations on nurse compliance of scrub times with decontamination when accessing of venous catheter and feeding tube hubs were conducted during 3 phases: (1) baseline period prior to any interventions; (2) during an educational intervention phase; and (3) during a timer intervention period when using a timing device, either an actual timer or music button...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213804/psoriasis-and-cardiovascular-events-updating-the-evidence
#2
Line Raaby, Ole Ahlehoff, Annette de Thurah
So far, systematic reviews have suggested an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in psoriatic patients, though some results have been conflicting. The aim of this study was to update the current level of evidence through a systematic search in MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Central Register databases. In total, 13 high-quality observational studies estimating the incidence of CVD were included. Patients with mild psoriasis had an increased risk of stroke [Hazard ratio (HR) = 1.10, 95% CI: 1.0-1...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213071/pla2g6-accumulates-in-lewy-bodies-in-park14-and-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease
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Yasuo Miki, Kunikazu Tanji, Fumiaki Mori, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hitoshi Takahashi, Koichi Wakabayashi
The histopathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the occurrence of insoluble fibrillary aggregates known as Lewy bodies, in which phosphorylated α-synuclein (α-syn) is a major component. To date, familial PD-linked gene products, including α-syn, parkin, PINK-1, DJ-1 and LRRK2, are known to be involved in Lewy body formation. Phospholipase A2, group VI (PLA2G6) is the causative gene for PARK14-linked parkinsonism (PARK14), a familial form of juvenile-onset dystonia parkinsonism...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212993/efficacy-according-to-blind-independent-central-review-post-hoc-analyses-from-the-phase-iii-randomized-multicenter-ipass-study-of-first-line-gefitinib-versus-carboplatin-paclitaxel-in-asian-patients-with-egfr-mutation-positive-advanced-nsclc
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Yi-Long Wu, Nagahiro Saijo, Sumitra Thongprasert, J C-H Yang, Baohui Han, Benjamin Margono, Busayamas Chewaskulyong, Patrapim Sunpaweravong, Yuichiro Ohe, Yukito Ichinose, Jin-Ji Yang, Tony S K Mok, Helen Young, Vincent Haddad, Yuri Rukazenkov, Masahiro Fukuoka
OBJECTIVE: The Phase III, randomized, open-label IPASS study (NCT00322452) of first-line epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR TKI) gefitinib versus carboplatin/paclitaxel for Asian patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) showed that investigator-assessed progression-free survival (PFS) and objective response rate (ORR) were significantly prolonged in patients with EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC who received gefitinib versus patients with EGFR mutation-negative NSCLC...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212901/the-dissociation-of-the-hsp60-pro-caspase-3-complex-by-bis-pyridyl-oxadiazole-copper-complex-cubipyoxa-leads-to-cell-death-in-nci-h292-cancer-cells
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Celeste Caruso Bavisotto, Dragana Nikolic, Antonella Marino Gammazza, Rosario Barone, Filippa Lo Cascio, Emanuele Mocciaro, Giovanni Zummo, Everly Conway de Macario, Alberto Jl Macario, Francesco Cappello, Valentina Giacalone, Andrea Pace, Giampaolo Barone, Antonio Palumbo Piccionello, Claudia Campanella
Cell survival and proliferation are central to carcinogenesis, involving various mechanisms among which those that impede apoptosis are important. In this, the role of the molecular chaperone Hsp60 is unclear since it has been reported that it can be both, pro- or anti-apoptotic. A solution to this riddle is crucial to the development of anti-cancer therapies targeting Hsp60. We addressed this question using a tumor cell line, NCI-H292, and [Cu(3,5-bis(2'-pyridyl)-1,2,4-oxadiazole)2(H2O)2](ClO4)2, CubipyOXA, a copper-containing compound with cytotoxic properties...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211906/dynamics-of-male-meiotic-recombination-frequency-during-plant-development-using-fluorescent-tagged-lines-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Fan Li, Nico De Storme, Danny Geelen
Meiotic homologous recombination plays a central role in creating genetic variability, making it an essential biological process relevant to evolution and crop breeding. In this study, we used pollen-specific fluorescent tagged lines (FTLs) to measure male meiotic recombination frequency during the development of Arabidopsis thaliana. Interestingly, a subset of pollen grains consistently shows loss of fluorescence expression in tested lines. Using nine independent FTL intervals, the spatio-temporal dynamics of male recombination frequency was assessed during plant development, considering both shoot type and plant age as independent parameters...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211882/aflibercept-as-a-second-line-therapy-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-israel-asli-study
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L Tiosano, O Segal, N Mathalone, A Pollack, R Ehrlich, I Klemperer, Y Barak, I Moroz, I Chowers, M Goldstein
PurposeThe purpose of this study is to evaluate an early switch to aflibecept in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) showing partial or lack of response for initial therapy with bevacizumab.MethodsThe Aflibercept as a Second Line Therapy for Neovascular Age Related Macular Degeneration in Israel (ASLI) was a prospective, multicenter, single-arm clinical trial. Eyes with nvAMD having incomplete response to 3-9 prior bevacizumab injections were recruited. Three monthly intravitreal aflibercept (2 mg) injections were administered, followed by two bi-monthly injections and a final examination at week 28...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211056/targeted-mass-media-interventions-promoting-healthy-behaviours-to-reduce-risk-of-non-communicable-diseases-in-adult-ethnic-minorities
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Annhild Mosdøl, Ingeborg B Lidal, Gyri H Straumann, Gunn E Vist
BACKGROUND: Physical activity, a balanced diet, avoidance of tobacco exposure, and limited alcohol consumption may reduce morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Mass media interventions are commonly used to encourage healthier behaviours in population groups. It is unclear whether targeted mass media interventions for ethnic minority groups are more or less effective in changing behaviours than those developed for the general population. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of mass media interventions targeting adult ethnic minorities with messages about physical activity, dietary patterns, tobacco use or alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of NCDs...
February 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210718/synthesis-and-epr-spectroscopic-characterization-of-the-perchlorotriarylmethyl-tricarboxylic-acid-radical-ptmtc-and-its-13-c-labelled-analogue-13c-ptmtc
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Marwa Elewa, Nadica Maltar-Strmečki, Mohamed M Said, Hosam A El Shihawy, Mohamed El-Sadek, Juliane Frank, Simon Drescher, Malte Drescher, Karsten Mäder, Dariush Hinderberger, Peter Imming
A hydrophilic tris(tetrachlorotriaryl)methyl (tetrachloro-TAM) radical labelled 50% with (13)C at the central carbon atom was prepared. The mixture of isotopologue radicals was characterised by continuous wave and pulsed X-band electron paramagnetic spectroscopy (EPS). For the pharmaceutical and medical applications planned, the quantitative influence of oxygen, viscosity, temperature and pH on EPR line widths was studied in aqueous buffer, DMSO, water-methanol and water-glycerol mixtures. Under in vivo conditions, pH can be disregarded...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210215/tryptanthrin-suppresses-the-activation-of-the-lps-treated-bv2-microglial-cell-line-via-nrf2-ho-1-antioxidant-signaling
#10
Young-Won Kwon, So Yeong Cheon, Sung Yun Park, Juhyun Song, Ju-Hee Lee
Microglia are the resident macrophages in the central nervous system (CNS) and play essential roles in neuronal homeostasis and neuroinflammatory pathologies. Recently, microglia have been shown to contribute decisively to neuropathologic processes after ischemic stroke. Furthermore, natural compounds have been reported to attenuate inflammation and pathologies associated with neuroinflammation. Tryptanthrin (indolo[2,1-b]quinazoline-6,12-dione) is a phytoalkaloid with known anti-inflammatory effects in cells...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210208/promoter-specific-expression-and-genomic-structure-of-iglon-family-genes-in-mouse
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Taavi Vanaveski, Katyayani Singh, Jane Narvik, Kattri-Liis Eskla, Tanel Visnapuu, Indrek Heinla, Mohan Jayaram, Jürgen Innos, Kersti Lilleväli, Mari-Anne Philips, Eero Vasar
IgLON family is composed of five genes: Lsamp, Ntm, Opcml, Negr1, and Iglon5; encoding for five highly homologous neural adhesion proteins that regulate neurite outgrowth and synapse formation. In the current study we performed in silico analysis revealing that Ntm and Opcml display similar genomic structure as previously reported for Lsamp, characterized by two alternative promotors 1a and 1b. Negr1 and Iglon5 transcripts have uniform 5' region, suggesting single promoter. Iglon5, the recently characterized family member, shares high level of conservation and structural qualities characteristic to IgLON family such as N-terminal signal peptide, three Ig domains, and GPI anchor binding site...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209737/gaba-cells-in-the-central-nucleus-of-the-amygdala-promote-cataplexy
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Matthew B Snow, Jimmy J Fraigne, Gabrielle Thibault-Messier, Victoria L Chuen, Aren Thomasian, Richard L Horner, John Peever
Cataplexy is a hallmark of narcolepsy characterized by the sudden uncontrollable onset of muscle weakness or paralysis during wakefulness. It can occur spontaneously, but is typically triggered by positive emotions such as laughter. Although cataplexy was identified over 130 years ago, its neural mechanism remains unclear. Here, we show that a newly identified GABA circuit within the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) promotes cataplexy. We used behavioral, electrophysiological, immunohistochemical, and chemogenetic strategies to selectively target and manipulate CeA activity in narcoleptic (orexin(-/-) ) mice to determine its functional role in controlling cataplexy...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209197/accuracy-and-generalizability-of-using-automated-methods-for-identifying-adverse-events-from-electronic-health-record-data-a-validation-study-protocol
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Christian M Rochefort, David L Buckeridge, Andréanne Tanguay, Alain Biron, Frédérick D'Aragon, Shengrui Wang, Benoit Gallix, Louis Valiquette, Li-Anne Audet, Todd C Lee, Dev Jayaraman, Bruno Petrucci, Patricia Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Adverse events (AEs) in acute care hospitals are frequent and associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. Measuring AEs is necessary for quality improvement and benchmarking purposes, but current detection methods lack in accuracy, efficiency, and generalizability. The growing availability of electronic health records (EHR) and the development of natural language processing techniques for encoding narrative data offer an opportunity to develop potentially better methods...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206694/translational-readthrough-generates-new-astrocyte-aqp4-isoforms-that-modulate-supramolecular-clustering-glial-endfeet-localization-and-water-transport
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Manuela De Bellis, Francesco Pisani, Maria Grazia Mola, Stefania Rosito, Laura Simone, Cinzia Buccoliero, Maria Trojano, Grazia Paola Nicchia, Maria Svelto, Antonio Frigeri
Regulation of water homeostasis is a central feature of central nervous system pathophysiology. In this context, several lines of evidence suggest a crucial role for the water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and its plasma membrane supramolecular organization as the key element. Here, we demonstrate the expression in tissues of additional isoforms of AQP4 characterized by a C-terminal extension generated by programmed translational readthrough. These extended isoforms (AQP4ex) display a perivascular polarization and expression in dystrophin-dependent pools...
February 16, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205241/septic-transfusion-case-caused-by-a-platelet-pool-with-visible-clotting-due-to-contamination-with-staphylococcus-aureus
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Maria Loza-Correa, Yuntong Kou, Mariam Taha, Miloslav Kalab, Jennifer Ronholm, Patrick M Schlievert, Michael P Cahill, Robert Skeate, Christine Cserti-Gazdewich, Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
BACKGROUND: Contamination of platelet concentrates (PCs) with Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most significant ongoing transfusion safety risks in developed countries. CASE REPORT: This report describes a transfusion reaction in an elderly patient diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, transfused with a 4-day-old buffy coat PC through a central venous catheter. The transfusion was interrupted when a large fibrous clot in the PC obstructed infusion pump flow...
February 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204809/ketamine-suppresses-the-substance-p-induced-production-of-il-6-and-il-8-by-human-u373mg-glioblastoma-astrocytoma-cells
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Keisuke Yamaguchi, Seiichiro Kumakura, Taisuke Murakami, Akimasa Someya, Eiichi Inada, Isao Nagaoka
The neuropeptide substance P (SP) is an important mediator of neurogenic inflammation within the central and peripheral nervous systems. SP has been shown to induce the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines implicated in the pathogenesis of several disorders of the human brain via the neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R). Ketamine, an intravenous anesthetic agent, functions as a competitive antagonist of the excitatory neurotransmission N-methyl-D‑aspartate (NMDA) receptor, and also antagonizes the NK-1R by interfering with the binding of SP...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203479/metformin-impairs-spatial-memory-and-visual-acuity-in-old-male-mice
#17
Nopporn Thangthaeng, Margaret Rutledge, Jessica M Wong, Philip H Vann, Michael J Forster, Nathalie Sumien
Metformin is an oral anti-diabetic used as first-line therapy for type 2 diabetes. Because benefits of metformin extend beyond diabetes to other age-related pathology, and because its effect on gene expression profiles resembles that of caloric restriction, metformin has a potential as an anti-aging intervention and may soon be assessed as an intervention to extend healthspan. However, beneficial actions of metformin in the central nervous system have not been clearly established. The current study examined the effect of chronic oral metformin treatment on motor and cognitive function when initiated in young, middle-aged, or old male mice...
February 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203028/-unerupted-first-deciduous-molar-located-higher-to-the-first-premolar-a-case-report
#18
Y Zhan, H Liu
Tooth eruption is defined as the movement of a tooth from its site of development within the alveolar process to its functional position in the oral cavity. The process of tooth eruption can be divided into different phases: pre-eruptive bone stage, alveolar bone stage, mucosal stage, preocclusal stage, occlusal stage and maturation stage. Any disturbance in these phases can lead to eruptive anomalies. The incidence of unerupted teeth is usually higher among permanent teeth than among deciduous ones. Of the primary teeth reported as unerupted, second deciduous molars are the teeth most frequently involved, followed by primary central incisors...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202816/human-visual-search-behaviour-is-far-from-ideal
#19
Anna Nowakowska, Alasdair D F Clarke, Amelia R Hunt
Evolutionary pressures have made foraging behaviours highly efficient in many species. Eye movements during search present a useful instance of foraging behaviour in humans. We tested the efficiency of eye movements during search using homogeneous and heterogeneous arrays of line segments. The search target is visible in the periphery on the homogeneous array, but requires central vision to be detected on the heterogeneous array. For a compound search array that is heterogeneous on one side and homogeneous on the other, eye movements should be directed only to the heterogeneous side...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202248/possible-role-of-adrenoceptors-in-the-hypothalamic-paraventricular-nucleus-in-corticotropin-releasing-factor-induced-sympatho-adrenomedullary-outflow-in-rats
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Shoshiro Okada, Naoko Yamaguchi
AIMS: A functional interaction between the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system and noradrenergic neurons in the brain has been suggested. In the present study, we investigated the interrelationship between the central CRF-induced elevation of plasma catecholamines and adrenoceptor activation in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) using urethane-anesthetized rats. MAIN METHODS: In rats under urethane anesthesia, a femoral venous line was inserted for infusion of saline, and a femoral arterial line was inserted for collecting blood samples...
February 9, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
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