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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329134/dynapenic-abdominal-obesity-as-a-predictor-of-worsening-disability-hospitalization-and-mortality-in-older-adults-results-from-the-inchianti-study
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Andrea P Rossi, Lara Bianchi, Stefano Volpato, Stefania Bandinelli, Jack Guralnik, Mauro Zamboni, Luigi Ferrucci
Background: There are relatively few prospective studies evaluating the combined effect of abdominal obesity and low muscle strength on mortality, hospitalization, and incident disability. The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the prognostic value of dynapenic abdominal obesity on incident disability, hospitalization, and mortality in the population of the InCHIANTI study. Methods: In 370 men and 476 women aged between 65 and 95 years, handgrip strength, waist circumference (WC), body mass index, interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, education, medications, smoking status, and comorbidities were evaluated at the baseline...
March 8, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327877/anxiety-stress-and-depression-in-family-members-of-patients-with-heart-failure
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Marianna Sobral Lacerda, Melissa Alves Cirelli, Alba Lúcia Bottura Leite de Barros, Juliana de Lima Lopes
OBJECTIVE: Identifying the level of anxiety, stress and depression symptoms in family members of patients with heart failure; identifying the relationship between these feelings with sociodemographic and clinical variables. METHOD: A cross-sectional study carried out with 100 family members. Depression, anxiety, and stress were evaluated by the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories and the Perceived Stress Scale - 10. The relationship between feelings and variables was performed through the t-test, Mann-Whitney or Kruskal-Wallis...
March 20, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327875/compliance-with-the-prescription-of-antihypertensive-medications-and-blood-pressure-control-in-primary-care
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Mayra Faria Novello, Maria Luiza Garcia Rosa, Ranier Tagarro Ferreira, Icaro Gusmão Nunes, Antonio José Lagoeiro Jorge, Dayse Mary da Silva Correia, Wolney de Andrade Martins, Evandro Tinoco Mesquita
Background: Hypertension is the most prevalent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and its proper control can prevent the high morbidity and mortality associated with this disease. Objective: To assess the degree of compliance of antihypertensive prescriptions with the VI Brazilian Guidelines on Hypertension and the blood pressure control rate in primary care. Methods: Cross-sectional study conducted between August 2011 and November 2012, including 332 adults ≥ 45 years registered in the Family Doctor Program in Niteroi and selected randomly...
February 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327874/left-atrial-deformation-analysis-in-patients-with-corrected-tetralogy-of-fallot-by-3d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-from-the-magyar-path-study
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Kálmán Havasi, Péter Domsik, Anita Kalapos, Jackie S McGhie, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
Background: Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography coupled with speckle-tracking echocardiographic (STE) capability is a novel methodology which has been demontrated to be useful for the assessment of left atrial (LA) volumes and functional properties. There is increased scientific interest on myocardial deformation analysis in adult patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot (cTOF). Objectives: To compare LA volumes, volume-based functional properties and strain parameters between cTOF patients and age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
February 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327868/resveratrol-treatment-normalizes-the-endothelial-function-and-blood-pressure-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Victor Fabricio, Jorge Camargo Oishi, Bruna Gabriele Biffe, Leandro Dias Gonçalves Ruffoni, Karina Ana da Silva, Keico Okino Nonaka, Gerson Jhonatan Rodrigues
Background: Despite knowing that resveratrol has effects on blood vessels, blood pressure and that phytostrogens can also improve the endothelium-dependent relaxation/vasodilation, there are no reports of reveratrol's direct effect on the endothelial function and blood pressure of animals with estrogen deficit (mimicking post-menopausal increased blood pressure). Objective: To verify the effect of two different periods of preventive treatment with resveratrol on blood pressure and endothelial function in ovariectomized young adult rats...
February 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326202/venovenous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-as-a-treatment-for-obesity-hypoventilation-syndrome
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Nao Umei, Shingo Ichiba
The mortality rate for respiratory failure resulting from obesity hypoventilation syndrome is high if it requires ventilator management. We describe a case of severe acute respiratory failure resulting from obesity hypoventilation syndrome (BMI, 60.2 kg/m(2)) successfully treated with venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO). During ECMO management, a mucus plug was removed by bronchoscopy daily and 18 L of water was removed using diuretics, resulting in weight loss of 24 kg. The patient was weaned from ECMO on day 5, extubated on day 16, and discharged on day 21...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325893/a-robust-empirical-seasonal-prediction-of-winter-nao-and-surface-climate
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L Wang, M Ting, P J Kushner
A key determinant of winter weather and climate in Europe and North America is the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the dominant mode of atmospheric variability in the Atlantic domain. Skilful seasonal forecasting of the surface climate in both Europe and North America is reflected largely in how accurately models can predict the NAO. Most dynamical models, however, have limited skill in seasonal forecasts of the winter NAO. A new empirical model is proposed for the seasonal forecast of the winter NAO that exhibits higher skill than current dynamical models...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324784/an-in%C3%A2-vivo-active-1-2-5-oxadiazole-pt-ii-complex-a-promising-anticancer-agent-endowed-with-stat3-inhibitory-properties
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Federica Porta, Giorgio Facchetti, Nicola Ferri, Arianna Gelain, Fiorella Meneghetti, Stefania Villa, Daniela Barlocco, Daniela Masciocchi, Akira Asai, Nao Miyoshi, Silvia Marchianò, Byoung-Mog Kwon, Yena Jin, Valentina Gandin, Cristina Marzano, Isabella Rimoldi
New Pt(II) complexes (Pt-1-3) bearing 1,2,5-oxadiazole ligands (1-3) were synthesized, characterized and evaluated for their ability to disrupt STAT3 dimerization. Ligand 3·HCl showed cytotoxic effects on HCT-116 cells (IC50 = 95.2 μM) and a selective ability to interact with STAT3 (IC50 = 8.2 μM) versus STAT1 (IC50 > 30 μM). Its corresponding platinum complex Pt-3 exhibited an increased cytotoxicity (IC50 = 18.4 μM) and a stronger interaction with STAT3 (IC50 = 1.4 μM), leading to inhibition of its signaling pathway...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322702/significant-decrease-in-pertactin-deficient-bordetella-pertussis-isolates-japan
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Yukihiro Hiramatsu, Yusuke Miyaji, Nao Otsuka, Yoshichika Arakawa, Keigo Shibayama, Kazunari Kamachi
Prevalence of pertactin-lacking Bordetella pertussis isolates has been observed worldwide. In Japan, however, we found that the frequency of pertactin-deficient isolates in 2014-2016 (8%) was significantly lower than the frequency in 2005-2007 (41%), 2008-2010 (35%), and 2011-2013 (25%). This reduction was closely associated with changes in genotypes.
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321997/laparoscopic-resection-of-retroperitoneal-ectopic-thyroid-tissue
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Sawako Tamaki, Yasuyuki Miyakura, Soutoku Someya, Hideki Ishikawa, Nao Kakizawa, Fumi Hasegawa, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Rina Kikugawa, Shingo Tsujinaka, Akira Tanaka, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Toshiki Rikiyama
A 43-year-old otherwise healthy woman was found to have a retroperitoneal mass during a routine medical examination and was referred for further evaluation. Abdominal CT scan showed a well-delineated, low-density area that exhibited heterogeneous contrast enhancement. The area measured about 20 mm in size and was to the left of the aorta at the level of the inferior mesenteric artery. MRI showed a mass with heterogeneous hypointensity on T1 -weighted images and heterogeneous hyperintensity on T2 -weighted images...
March 20, 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321029/influenza-a-virus-infection-in-japanese-wild-boars-sus-scrofa-leucomystax
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Hiroshi Shimoda, Dung VAN Nguyen, Kenzo Yonemitsu, Shohei Minami, Nao Nagata, Nanami Hara, Ryusei Kuwata, Shin Murakami, Yuuji Kodera, Tsutomu Takeda, Yasuhiro Yoshikawa, Taisuke Horimoto, Ken Maeda
Serum samples were collected from 385 wild boars between 2010 and 2013 to examine the seroprevalence of influenza A virus (IAV) in Japan. Antibodies against IAV were identified using a commercial kit in 13 wild boars (3.4%). To identify the serotypes, positive sera were examined by virus-neutralization test using representative serotypes and strains. Three wild boars in Yamaguchi and four in Tochigi showed the highest antibody titers against the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus and classical swine H1N1 virus strains, respectively...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317475/characterization-of-a-pa14-domain-containing-galactofuranose-specific-%C3%AE-d-galactofuranosidase-from-streptomyces-sp
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Emiko Matsunaga, Yujiro Higuchi, Kazuki Mori, Nao Yairo, Saki Toyota, Takuji Oka, Kosuke Tashiro, Kaoru Takegawa
As a constituent of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, β-d-galactofuranose (Galf) exists in several pathogenic microorganisms. Although we recently identified a β-d-galactofuranosidase (Galf-ase) gene, ORF1110, in the Streptomyces strain JHA19, very little is known about the Galf-ase gene. Here, we characterized a strain, named JHA26, in the culture supernatant of which exhibited Galf-ase activity for 4-nitrophenyl β-d-galactofuranoside (pNP-β-d-Galf) as a substrate. Draft genome sequencing of the JHA26 strain revealed a putative gene, termed ORF0643, that encodes Galf-ase containing a PA14 domain, which is thought to function in substrate recognition...
March 20, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315689/in-silico-prediction-of-hpxr-activators-using-structure-based-pharmacophore-modeling
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Nao Torimoto-Katori, Ruili Huang, Harutoshi Kato, Rikiya Ohashi, Menghang Xia
The activation of pregnane X receptor (PXR), a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, can mediate potential drug-drug interactions by regulating the expression of several drug- mediated enzymes and transporters, resulting in reduced therapeutic efficacy or increased toxicity by producing reactive metabolites. Therefore, in the early stage of drug development, it is important to predict these risks using an in silico approach. We constructed a human PXR (hPXR) pharmacophore model based on known structural information of compounds that activate PXR...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315328/tead4-yap-interaction-regulates-tumoral-growth-by-controlling-cell-cycle-arrest-at-the-g1-phase
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Shin Takeuchi, Atsushi Kasamatsu, Masanobu Yamatoji, Dai Nakashima, Yosuke Endo-Sakamoto, Nao Koide, Toshikazu Takahara, Toshihiro Shimizu, Manabu Iyoda, Katsunori Ogawara, Masashi Shiiba, Hideki Tanzawa, Katsuhiro Uzawa
TEA domain transcription factor 4 (TEAD4), which has critical functions in the process of embryonic development, is expressed in various cancers. However, the important role of TEAD4 in human oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) remain unclear. Here we investigated the TEAD4 expression level and the functional mechanism in OSCC using quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, Western blot analysis, and immunohistochemistry. Furthermore, TEAD4 knockdown model was used to evaluate cellular proliferation, cell-cycle analysis, and the interaction between TEAD4 and Yes-associated protein (YAP) which was reported to be a transcription coactivator of cellular proliferation...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314987/cooperative-inhibitory-effects-of-uremic-toxins-and-other-serum-components-on-oatp1b1-mediated-transport-of-sn-38
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Yurie Katsube, Masayuki Tsujimoto, Hiroyoshi Koide, Megumi Ochiai, Ayako Hojyo, Kaori Ogawa, Kengo Kambara, Nao Torii, Daisuke Shima, Taku Furukubo, Satoshi Izumi, Tomoyuki Yamakawa, Tetsuya Minegaki, Kohshi Nishiguchi
PURPOSE: Half-life of SN-38, an active metabolite of irinotecan, remarkably increases in patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), even though SN-38 is excreted in bile. Uremic toxins (UTs), which accumulate in the serum of ESKD patients, were reported to inhibit organic anion-transporting polypeptide (OATP) 1B1-mediated uptake of SN-38; however, the relevance of this finding in a clinical setting is unknown. This study focused on cooperative effects of serum components and UTs on OATP1B1-mediated transport of SN-38...
March 17, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314773/glucocorticoid-receptor-signaling-represses-the-antioxidant-response-by-inhibiting-histone-acetylation-mediated-by-the-transcriptional-activator-nrf2
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Md Morshedul Alam, Keito Okazaki, Linh Thi Thao Nguyen, Nao Ota, Hiroshi Kitamura, Shohei Murakami, Hiroki Shima, Kazuhiko Igarashi, Hiroki Sekine, Hozumi Motohashi
NRF2 (nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2) is a key transcriptional activator that mediates the inducible expression of antioxidant genes. NRF2 is normally ubiquitinated by KEAP1 (Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1) and subsequently degraded by proteasomes. Inactivation of KEAP1 by oxidative stress or electrophilic chemicals allows NRF2 to activate transcription through binding to antioxidant response elements (AREs) and recruiting histone acetyltransferase CBP (CREB-binding protein). While KEAP1-dependent regulation is a major determinant of NRF2 activity, NRF2-mediated transcriptional activation varies from context to context, suggesting other intracellular signaling cascades may impact NRF2 function...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303492/contributions-of-the-japanese-gynecologic-oncology-group-jgog-in-improving-the-quality-of-life-in-women-with-gynecological-malignancies
#17
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Masayuki Futagami, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Muneaki Shimada, Shinya Sato, Etsuko Miyagi, Akiko Tozawa-Ono, Nao Suzuki, Masaki Fujimura, Yoichi Aoki, Satoru Sagae, Toru Sugiyama
The Japanese Gynecologic Oncology Group (JGOG) is leading Japan in the treatment of gynecological malignancies. The JGOG consists of three treatment committees focusing on uterine cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, and ovarian cancer. Each committee makes efforts to improve treatment and diagnosis. In addition, the Supportive and Palliative Care Committee was established in 2015. Novel studies of supportive care and palliative care have been initiated by this committee. Furthermore, surveys about not only treatment results such as overall survival rates but also quality of life (QOL) and cost-effectiveness assessments are performed by the ovarian cancer committee...
April 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301034/professional-nursing-practice-in-critical-units-assessment-of-work-environment-characteristics
#18
Luiz Felipe Sales Maurício, Meiry Fernanda Pinto Okuno, Cássia Regina Vancini Campanharo, Maria Carolina Barbosa Teixeira Lopes, Angélica Gonçalves Silva Belasco, Ruth Ester Assayag Batista
Objective: assess the autonomy, control over environment, and organizational support of nurses' work process and the relationships between physicians and nurses in critical care units. Method: cross-sectional study conducted with 162 nurses working in the intensive care units and emergency service of a university hospital. The workers' satisfaction with their work environment was assessed using Brazilian Nursing Work Index - Revised, translated and adapted for the Brazilian culture...
March 2, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301033/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-produced-by-electrocautery-smoke-and-the-use-of-personal-protective-equipment-1
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Caroline Vieira Claudio, Renata Perfeito Ribeiro, Júlia Trevisan Martins, Maria Helena Palucci Marziale, Maria Cristina Solci, José Carlos Dalmas
Objective: analyze the concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in electrocautery smoke in operating rooms and the use of personal protective equipment by the intraoperative team when exposed to hydrocarbons. Method: exploratory and cross-sectional field research conducted in a surgery center. Gases were collected by a vacuum suction pump from a sample of 50 abdominal surgeries in which an electrocautery was used. A form was applied to identify the use of personal protective equipment...
March 2, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298888/reaching-and-grasping-a-glass-of-water-by-locked-in-als-patients-through-a-bci-controlled-humanoid-robot
#20
Rossella Spataro, Antonio Chella, Brendan Allison, Marcello Giardina, Rosario Sorbello, Salvatore Tramonte, Christoph Guger, Vincenzo La Bella
Locked-in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients are fully dependent on caregivers for any daily need. At this stage, basic communication and environmental control may not be possible even with commonly used augmentative and alternative communication devices. Brain Computer Interface (BCI) technology allows users to modulate brain activity for communication and control of machines and devices, without requiring a motor control. In the last several years, numerous articles have described how persons with ALS could effectively use BCIs for different goals, usually spelling...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
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