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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724281/the-virtual-asthma-guideline-e-learning-program-learning-effectiveness-and-user-satisfaction
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Sung-Yoon Kang, Sae-Hoon Kim, Yong-Eun Kwon, Tae-Bum Kim, Hye-Kyung Park, Heung-Woo Park, Yoon-Seok Chang, Young-Koo Jee, Hee-Bom Moon, Kyung-Up Min, Sang-Heon Cho
Background/Aims: Effective educational tools are important for increasing adherence to asthma guidelines and clinical improvement of asthma patients. We developed a computer-based interactive education program for asthma guideline named the Virtual Learning Center for Asthma Management (VLCAM). We evaluated the usefulness of program in terms of its effects on user awareness of asthma guideline and level of satisfaction. Methods: Physicians-in-training at tertiary hospitals in Korea were enrolled in a cross-sectional questionnaire survey...
July 21, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724279/alterations-in-striatal-circuits-underlying-addiction-like-behaviors
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Hyun Jin Kim, Joo Han Lee, Kyunghwa Yun, Joung-Hun Kim
Drug addiction is a severe psychiatric disorder characterized by the compulsive pursuit of drugs of abuse despite potential adverse consequences. Although several decades of studies have revealed that psychostimulant use can result in extensive alterations of neural circuits and physiology, no effective therapeutic strategies or medicines for drug addiction currently exist. Changes in neuronal connectivity and regulation occurring after repeated drug exposure contribute to addiction-like behaviors in animal models...
June 30, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724275/a-case-report-of-paraneoplastic-pemphigus-associated-with-retroperitoneal-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor
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Kamran Balighi, Arghavan Azizpour, Ali Sadeghinia, Vahide Saeidi
Paraneoplastic pemphigus (PNP) is an autoimmune bullous disease associated with underlying neoplasms, both malignant and benign. The most constant clinical presentation of PNP is the presence of intractable stomatitis. Herein we present a 25-year-old male with a 3-month history of refractory stomatitis especially involving the lips and widespread vesiculobullous eruption on his trunk and extremities. The diagnosis of PNP was confirmed based on histological and serological results. Investigation for the underlying neoplasm revealed a retroperitoneal tumorous mass which was biopsied and diagnosed as the inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT)...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724273/effects-of-inhaled-salbutamol-on-sport-specific-fitness-of-non-asthmatic-football-players
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Farzin Halabchi, Mahdi Abarashi, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Tohid Seifbarghi
In this article, we investigated the effectiveness of inhaled salbutamol withtherapeutic dose on the sport-specific performance of non-asthmatic young football players. In a double-blinded, randomised placebo controlled trial with 2-treatment, 2-period crossover design, twenty participants who were non-asthmatic junior professional football players were randomly allocated to two groups. Fifteen minutes before sport-specific fitness testing, each group randomly received 2 inhalations (200 micrograms) of salbutamol or placebo, respectively...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724272/patients-characteristics-histopathological-findings-and-tumor-stage-in-different-types-of-malignant-melanoma-a-retrospective-multicenter-study
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Ali-Mohammad Farahmand, Amir-Hoshang Ehsani, Mojtaba Mirzaei, Maryam Mohsenian, Alireza Ghanadan
Cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is currently the most fatal of skin cancers accounting for 50000 deaths annually. Five distinct melanomas are described histopathologically: superficial spreading, lentigo maligna, nodular, acral lentiginous and mucosal melanoma. The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of patients with various types of malignant melanoma and evaluate histopathological findings. In this retrospective study, we obtained our data from the records of 111 patients with melanoma...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724271/comparison-of-histopathologic-features-of-endometrial-cancer-based-on-menopausal-status-and-safety-of-ovarian-preservation-in-premenopausal-women
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Ozgur Kan, Aysegul Alkilic, Elif Nazlı Cetindag Aydın, Kazibe Koyuncu, Salih Taskin, Firat Ortac
The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of coexisting ovarian malignancy and to determine whether ovarian preservation is feasible in premenopausal endometrial cancer (EC) patients. The data of 251 patients with endometrioid type endometrial cancer were retrospectively reviewed. We classified patients into two groups based on menopausal status. Information regarding patient age, preoperative and intraoperative evaluations, pathology reports, and follow-up results were abstracted from medical records...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724269/association-of-human-methionine-synthase-a2756g-transition-with-prostate-cancer-a-case-control-study-and-in-silico-analysis
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Arezou Ebrahimi, Abasalt Hosseinzadeh Colagar, Mohammad Karimian
Methionine synthase (MTR) is one of the key enzymes of folate pathway, which play a key role in the construction, repair, and methylation of DNA. In this study, an association of MTR A2756G gene transition with prostate cancer in men populations of Kashan-Iran was investigated by a case-control study and an in silico analysis. The 200 samples including 100 patients with prostate cancer, as case group and 100 healthy men, as control group included in this study. MTR-A2756G genotyping was performed by PCR-RFLP technique...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724263/mutagenesis-and-characterization-of-a-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-strain-for-cinnamomum-camphora-seed-kernel-oil-extraction-by-aqueous-enzymatic-method
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Cheng Zeng, Rongbin Zhao, Maomao Ma, Zheling Zeng, Deming Gong
The purpose of the present study was to increase the proteinase activity of the strain NCU116 by combining ultraviolet irradiation and N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitroso guanidine treatment, in order to enhance the efficiency of Cinnamomum camphora seed kernel oil (CCSKO) extraction by aqueous enzymatic method (AEM). The mutated strain, designated as NCU116-1, was screened out by the ratio of hydrolytic zone diameter to colony diameter on skim milk plate. The proteinase activity (9116.1 U/ml) of NCU116-1 was increased by 31...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724262/phytohormones-and-induction-of-plant-stress-tolerance-and-defense-genes-by-seed-and-foliar-inoculation-with-azospirillum-brasilense-cells-and-metabolites-promote-maize-growth
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Josiane Fukami, Francisco Javier Ollero, Manuel Megías, Mariangela Hungria
Azospirillum spp. are plant-growth-promoting bacteria used worldwide as inoculants for a variety of crops. Among the beneficial mechanisms associated with Azospirillum inoculation, emphasis has been given to the biological nitrogen fixation process and to the synthesis of phytohormones. In Brazil, the application of inoculants containing A. brasilense strains Ab-V5 and Ab-V6 to cereals is exponentially growing and in this study we investigated the effects of maize inoculation with these two strains applied on seeds or by leaf spray at the V2...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724259/herbal-pre-conditioning-induces-proliferation-and-delays-senescence-in-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Avinash Sanap, Bhawna Chandravanshi, Tejas Shah, Girish Tillu, Anand Dhanushkodi, Ramesh Bhonde, Kalpana Joshi
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are multipotent stem cells which are being explored for various clinical applications. Isolation and in-vitro expansion of MSCs remain important in achieving desired cell number for the therapy. However, in-vitro proliferation of MSCs is often associated with senescence and early onset of apoptosis which limits its therapeutic ability and long term clinical use. Tinospora cordifolia and Withania somnifera are used widely in Ayurveda: the traditional Indian system of medicine and are reported to have rejuvenating and anti-aging potential...
July 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724255/effects-of-organic-composition-on-the-anaerobic-biodegradability-of-food-waste
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Yangyang Li, Yiying Jin, Aiduan Borrion, Hailong Li, Jinhui Li
This work investigated the influence of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids on the anaerobic digestion of food waste (FW) and the relationship between the parameters characterising digestion. Increasing the concentrations of proteins and lipids, and decreasing carbohydrate content in FW, led to high buffering capacity, reduction of proteins (52.7-65.0%) and lipids (57.4-88.2%), and methane production (385-627 mLCH4/g volatile solid), while achieving a short retention time. There were no significant correlations between the reduction of organics, hydrolysis rate constant (0...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724252/effect-of-operating-conditions-on-speciation-and-bioavailability-of-trace-metals-in-submerged-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactors
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Pham Minh Thanh, Balachandran Ketheesan, Yan Zhou, David C Stuckey
This study investigated the effect of changes in pH (7, 6.5 and 6), hydraulic retention time (HRT) (6h, 4h, and 2h), solids retention time (SRT) (100d and 25d) on the speciation of trace metals (TMs) in submerged anaerobic membrane bioreactors (SAMBRs). The results showed that the metal retention capacity of SAMBRs reduced when the pH, HRT and SRT were reduced i.e. up to 21.9%, 39.1%, and 17.1%, respectively, but it was also found that the speciation of these TMs generally shifted towards highly bioavailable fractions i...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724230/excessive-input-of-phosphorus-significantly-affects-microbial-fe-iii-reduction-in-flooded-paddy-soils-by-changing-the-abundances-and-community-structures-of-clostridium-and-geobacteraceae
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Lina Li, Zhi Qu, Rong Jia, Baoli Wang, Yuanyuan Wang, Dong Qu
Microbial Fe(III) reduction can make an excellent contribution to the bioremediation of contaminated environments and potentially reduce methanogenesis. Excessive input of phosphorus (P) by P fertilizer application and eutrophied irrigation water might have a substantial influence on the process of microbial Fe(III) reduction in flooded paddy soils. To evaluate the effect of P application on microbial Fe(III) reduction, the responses of Clostridium and Geobacteraceae communities to different concentrations of P addition (CK: 0mmolPkg(-1) soil; P1: 3...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724229/microbial-association-with-the-dynamics-of-particulate-organic-carbon-in-response-to-the-amendment-of-elevated-co2-derived-wheat-residue-into-a-mollisol
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Yanhong Wang, Zhenhua Yu, Yansheng Li, Guanghua Wang, Junjie Liu, Judong Liu, Xiaobing Liu, Jian Jin
As the chemical quality of crop residue is likely to be affected by elevated CO2 (eCO2), residue amendments may influence soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration. However, in Mollisols, the dynamics of the SOC fractions in response to amendment with wheat residue produced under eCO2 and the corresponding microbial community composition remain unknown. Such investigation is essential to residue management, which affects the soil quality and productivity of future farming systems. To narrow this knowledge gap, (13)C-labeled shoot and root residue derived from ambient CO2 (aCO2) or eCO2 were amended into Mollisols and incubated for 200days...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724224/assessing-natural-and-anthropogenic-influences-on-water-discharge-and-sediment-load-in-the-yangtze-river-china
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Yifei Zhao, Xinqing Zou, Qing Liu, Yulong Yao, Yali Li, Xiaowei Wu, Chenglong Wang, Wenwen Yu, Teng Wang
The water discharge and sediment load of rivers are changing substantially under the impacts of climate change and human activities, becoming a hot issue in hydro-environmental research. In this study, the water discharge and sediment load in the mainstream and seven tributaries of the Yangtze River were investigated by using long-term hydro-meteorological data from 1953 to 2013. The non-parametric Mann-Kendall test and double mass curve (DMC) were used to detect trends and abrupt change-points in water discharge and sediment load and to quantify the effects of climate change and human activities on water discharge and sediment load...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724221/impact-of-the-nsaid-diclofenac-on-survival-development-behaviour-and-health-of-embryonic-and-juvenile-stages-of-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-f-fario
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Simon Schwarz, Hannah Schmieg, Marco Scheurer, Heinz-R Köhler, Rita Triebskorn
The NSAID diclofenac is controversially discussed with respect to its environmental relevance. Since further information is need to assess whether diclofenac should be included as substance of priority in the EU water framework directive, we investigated the impact of this analgesic on the embryonic development of brown trout (Salmo trutta f. fario) from fertilized egg until the end of sac-fry stage and studied effects in juvenile fish six months post hatch. Embryos were exposed to five test concentrations (0...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724216/the-extract-from-punica-granatum-pomegranate-peel-induces-apoptosis-and-impairs-metastasis-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Yuanle Deng, Yali Li, Fangfang Yang, Anqi Zeng, Shuping Yang, Yi Luo, Yiwen Zhang, Yongmei Xie, Tinghong Ye, Yong Xia, Wenya Yin
Prostate cancer is a big threat to male for its poor prognosis and high mortality rate. Natural compounds are important resources of many anticancer drugs. Pomegranate is a kind of antioxidant-rich fruit and its peel and seed has potential anticancer activities. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of pomegranate peel extract (PoPx) on the apoptosis and metastasis of prostate cancer cells and the related mechanism. We found that PoPx showed growth inhibition on prostate cancer cells. Nuclei morphological and flow cytometer (FCM) analysis indicated that PoPx could induce prostate cancer apoptosis...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724214/potential-protective-effects-of-alpha-pinene-against-cytotoxicity-caused-by-aspirin-in-the-iec-6-cells
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Hafsia Bouzenna, Najla Hfaiedh, Marie-Agnès Giroux-Metges, Abdelfattah Elfeki, Hélène Talarmin
Alpha-pinene is a key compound of the essential oils extracted from many species of coniferous trees. It is known for its biological activities. The aim of the present study was to determine the preventive effect of alpha-pinene on aspirin-induced toxicity in vitro, using IEC-6 cells, and to investigate its antioxidant activities. The antioxidant activities were determined by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP). The cytotoxicity and oxidative stress were detected by cell viability, antioxidant enzyme activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) and GSH production, and the activation of MAPK pathways...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724211/dexmedetomidine-preconditioning-protects-against-retinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-inhibits-inflammation-response-via-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-pathway
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Zong Chen, Ping-Yang Qiu, Chuan-Gen Ma
BACKGROUND: Retinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is one of significant cause of visual dysopia and causes inflammatory response. Dexmedetomidine is widely applied to general/local anaesthesia and has been reported to have extensive anti-inflammatory effect. However, the role of dexmedetomidine in retinal I/R injury is currently unknown. This study investigates the effect of dexmedetomidine preconditioning on retinal I/R injury and explore the related signal mechanism toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathway...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724204/gait-and-balance-impairment-after-acute-methanol-poisoning
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Kamila Peterová, Hana Brožová, Jiří Klempíř, Irena Lišková, Ondřej Bezdíček, Petr Ridzoň, Manuela Vaněčková, Sergej Zakharov, Daniela Pelclová, Michal Miovský, Evžen Růžička
Neurological sequelae including gait impairment were reported in survivors after methanol intoxication; however, no systematic study has been published so far. We aimed to analyse gait and balance impairment in a group of Czech methanol poisoning survivors. We examined 43 patients (age 46±13 years) 2-8 months after methanol poisoning and 43 healthy controls. Investigations contained a shortened version of Falls Efficacy Scale (FES), clinical tests of gait and balance including Timed Up and Go test (TUG) and gait analysis using GaitRite(®) system, neurological and neuropsychological examination, brain imaging, EMG and tests of alcohol consumption...
July 19, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
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