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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922165/the-gastrointestinal-brain-axis-in-humans-as-an-evolutionary-advance-of-the-root-leaf-axis-in-plants-a-hypothesis-linking-quantum-effects-of-light-on-serotonin-and-auxin
#1
Lucio Tonello, Bekim Gashi, Alessandro Scuotto, Glenda Capello, Massimo Cocchi, Fabio Gabrielli, Jack A Tuszynski
Living organisms tend to find viable strategies under ambient conditions that optimize their search for, and utilization of, life-sustaining resources. For plants, a leading role in this process is performed by auxin, a plant hormone that drives morphological development, dynamics, and movement to optimize the absorption of light (through branches and leaves) and chemical "food" (through roots). Similarly to auxin in plants, serotonin seems to play an important role in higher animals, especially humans. Here, it is proposed that morphological and functional similarities between (i) plant leaves and the animal/human brain and (ii) plant roots and the animal/human gastro-intestinal tract have general features in common...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918911/mortality-of-severe-septic-patients-between-physician-s-high-and-low-care-volumes
#2
Chun-Yao Lin, Jo-Chi Tseng, Chih-Yu Huang, Chien-Ming Chu, Huang-Pin Wu
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe sepsis frequently require intensive care unit (ICU) admission and different ICU care models may influence their outcomes. The mortality of severe septic patients between physician's high and low care volume remains unclear. METHODS: We analyzed the data from a three-year prospective observation study, which was performed in an adult medical ICU of Chung Gung Memorial Hospital, Keelung. The data included initial bundle therapies based on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines for patients with severe sepsis...
August 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917974/cross-cultural-analysis-of-medicinal-plants-commonly-used-in-ethnoveterinary-practices-at-south-waziristan-agency-and-bajaur-agency-federally-administrated-tribal-areas-fata-pakistan
#3
Muhammad Abdul Aziz, Muhammad Adnan, Amir Hasan Khan, Muhammad Sufyan, Shahid Niaz Khan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In remote areas, medicinal plants have an imperative role in curing various livestock's ailments. In Pakistan, people residing in remote areas including South Waziristan Agency and Bajaur Agency depend on traditional herbal remedies for treating their domestic animals. Medicinal plants are an important part of the medical system in these Agencies. The prime goal of the current study is to explore the ethnoveterinary practices in the two regions and discuss cross-cultural consensus on the use of medicinal plants...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916953/dexlansoprazole-for-heartburn-relief-in-adolescents-with-symptomatic-nonerosive-gastro-esophageal-reflux-disease
#4
Benjamin D Gold, Betsy Pilmer, Jaroslaw Kierkuś, Barbara Hunt, Maria Claudia Perez, David Gremse
BACKGROUND: Proton pump inhibitors are commonly used to treat gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and nonerosive GERD (NERD) in adolescents and adults. Despite the efficacy of available medications, many patients have persisting symptoms, indicating a need for more effective agents. AIMS: To assess the safety and efficacy of dexlansoprazole dual delayed-release capsules in adolescents for treatment of symptomatic NERD. METHODS: A phase 2, open-label, multicenter study was conducted in adolescents aged 12-17 years...
September 15, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915537/mta1-expression-in-human-cancers-clinical-and-pharmacological-significance
#5
REVIEW
Vijaya Lakshmi Malisetty, Vasudevarao Penugurti, Prashanth Panta, Suresh Kumar Chitta, Bramanandam Manavathi
Remarkably, majority of the cancer deaths are due to metastasis, not because of primary tumors. Metastasis is one of the important hallmarks of cancer. During metastasis invasion of primary tumor cells from the site of origin to a new organ occurs. Metastasis associated proteins (MTAs) are a small family of transcriptional coregulators that are closely associated with tumor metastasis. These proteins are integral components of nuclear remodeling and deacetylation complex (NuRD). By virtue of being integral components of NuRD, these proteins regulate the gene expression by altering the epigenetic changes such as acetylation and methylation on the target gene chromatin...
September 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913814/child-with-abdominal-pain
#6
Rajalakshmi Iyer, Karthi Nallasamy
Abdominal pain is one of the common symptoms reported by children in urgent care clinics. While most children tend to have self-limiting conditions, the treating pediatrician should watch out for underlying serious causes like intestinal obstruction and perforation peritonitis, which require immediate referral to an emergency department (ED). Abdominal pain may be secondary to surgical or non-surgical causes, and will differ as per the age of the child. The common etiologies for abdominal pain presenting to an urgent care clinic are acute gastro-enteritis, constipation and functional abdominal pain; however, a variety of extra-abdominal conditions may also present as abdominal pain...
September 15, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911247/metabolic-pathways-and-pharmacokinetics-of-natural-medicines-with-low-permeability
#7
Mei Zeng, Lan Yang, Dan He, Yao Li, Mingxin Shi, Jingqing Zhang
Drug metabolism plays an important role in the drug disposal process. Differences in pharmacokinetics among individuals are the basis for personalized medicine. Natural medicines, formed by long-term evolution of nature, prioritize the action of a target protein with a drug. Natural medicines are valued for structural diversity, low toxicity, low cost, and definite biological activities. Metabolic pathway and pharmacokinetic research of natural medicines is highly beneficial for clinical dose adjustment and the development of personalized medicine...
September 14, 2017: Drug Metabolism Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910997/paediatric-nuclear-medicine-imaging
#8
Lorenzo Biassoni, Marina Easty
Background: Nuclear medicine imaging explores tissue viability and function by using radiotracers that are taken up at cellular level with different mechanism. This imaging technique can also be used to assess blood flow and transit through tubular organs. Nuclear medicine imaging has been used in paediatrics for decades and this field is continuously evolving. Sources of data: The data presented comes from clinical experience and some milestone papers on the subject...
September 1, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906412/laparoscopic-nissen-total-versus-anterior-180%C3%A2-fundoplication-for-gastro-esophageal-reflux-disease-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
#9
Xing Du, Ji-Min Wu, Zhi-Wei Hu, Feng Wang, Zhong-Gao Wang, Chao Zhang, Chao Yan, Mei-Ping Chen
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) has been the gold standard for the surgical management of Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Laparoscopic anterior 180° fundoplication (180° LAF) is reported to reduce the incidence of postoperative complications while obtaining similar control of reflux. The present meta-analysis was conducted to confirm the value of the 2 techniques. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Springerlink, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure Platform databases were searched for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing LNF and 180° LAF...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905803/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-complicated-by-barrett-s-esophagus
#10
Andriy Stasyshyn
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a diagnostic and therapeutic algorithm for gastroesophageal reflux disease complicated by Barrett's esophagus in 46 patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A diagnostic and therapeutic algorithm for complicated GERD was developed. To describe the changes in the esophagus with reflux esophagitis, the Los Angeles classification was used. Intestinal metaplasia of the epithelium in the lower third of the esophagus was assessed using videoendoscopy, chromoscopy, and biopsy...
August 31, 2017: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905004/gastroenteritis-aggressive-versus-slow-treatment-for-rehydration-gastro-a-pilot-rehydration-study-for-severe-dehydration-who-plan-c-versus-slower-rehydration
#11
Kirsty A Houston, Jack G Gibb, Ayub Mpoya, Nchafatso Obonyo, Peter Olupot-Olupot, Margeret Nakuya, Jennifer A Evans, Elizabeth C George, Diana M Gibb, Kathryn Maitland
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) rehydration management guidelines (Plan C) for children with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and severe dehydration are widely practiced in resource-poor settings, yet have never been formally evaluated in a clinical trial. A recent audit of outcome of AGE at Kilifi County Hospital, Kenya noted that 10% of children required high dependency care (20% mortality) and a number developed fluid-related complications. The fluid resuscitation trial, FEAST, conducted in African children with severe febrile illness, demonstrated higher mortality with fluid bolus therapy and raised concerns regarding the safety of rapid intravenous rehydration therapy...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904245/gallstone-ileus-in-an-ederly-patient-case-report
#12
Antonino Tornambè, Giuseppe Tornambè
AIM: To report an another case of gallstone ileus in ederly patient that was treated with simple enterolithotomy. MATERIAL OF STUDY: We report a case of 84 years old female that was admitted with intestinal obstruction. A CT scan suggested small bowel obstruction secondary to gallstone ileus. In relation to the overall clinical condition, we decided to perform a simple enterolithotomy. DISCUSSION: The first case of a cholecysto intestinal fistula with a gallstone within the gastro intestinal tract was described n 1654 by, Thomas Bartholin in a necropsy study...
September 4, 2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901635/investigation-and-management-of-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-in-united-kingdom-neonatal-intensive-care-units
#13
Thomas Rossor, Gwendolyn Andradi, Ravindra Bhat, Anne Greenough
AIM: In 2004 wide variation in the investigation and management of gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) of infants on UK major neonatal units was demonstrated. Our aim was to re-survey neonatal practitioners to determine current practice and whether it was now evidence based. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to all 207 UK neonatal units. RESULTS: Responses were obtained from 84% of units. The most frequent "investigation" was a trial of therapy (83% of units); pH studies were used in 38%, upper GI contrast studies in 19% and multichannel intraluminal impedance (MII)/pH studies in 5%...
September 13, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898404/high-versus-standard-volume-enteral-feeds-to-promote-growth-in-preterm-or-low-birth-weight-infants
#14
REVIEW
Thangaraj Abiramalatha, Niranjan Thomas, Vijay Gupta, Anand Viswanathan, William McGuire
BACKGROUND: Breast milk alone, given at standard recommended volumes (150 to 180 mL/kg/d), is not adequate to meet the protein, energy, and other nutrient requirements of growing preterm or low birth weight infants. One strategy that may be used to address these potential nutrient deficits is to give infants enteral feeds in excess of 200 mL/kg/d ('high-volume' feeds). This approach may increase nutrient uptake and growth rates, but concerns include that high-volume enteral feeds may cause feed intolerance, gastro-oesophageal reflux, aspiration pneumonia, necrotising enterocolitis, or complications related to fluid overload, including patent ductus arteriosus and bronchopulmonary dysplasia...
September 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892957/risk-of-gerd-with-diabetes-mellitus-hypertension-and-bronchial-asthma-a-hospital-based-retrospective-cohort-study
#15
Sitara Nandyal, Sweta Suria, Bharti Chogtu, Dipanjan Bhattacharjee
INTRODUCTION: The rise in Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) prevalence appears to have coincided with a simultaneous increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and bronchial asthma amongst the Indian population. Despite being evaluated extensively for their role as a risk factor for GERD, till date this relationship has remained a debatable one. Moreover, literature available on such studies conducted within Indian population remains scarce. AIM: The aim of the present study was to examine the risk of developing GERD in patients suffering from diabetes mellitus, hypertension and asthma in a Southern Indian population...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890764/lactococcus-lactis-strain-a5-producing-nisin-like-bacteriocin-active-against-gram-positive-and-negative-bacteria
#16
Nur Shazana Azhar, Noor Hasniza Md Zin, Tengku Haziyamin Tengku Abdul Hamid
In this study, a Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strain was isolated on MRS medium from gastro-intestinal tissues of Broadhead catfish (Clarias macrocephalus). Out of 50 isolates, 25 isolates were found to be positive on lactose utilisation test and were identified to be gram positive cocci. Using disc diffusion methods, one out of 22 isolates, i.e., a strain A5 demonstrated inhibitions against three indicator organisms; Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella thyphimurium. Partial 16S rDNA sequencing identified isolate A5 as a member of Lactococcus lactis, with 100% DNA homology...
July 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888975/solvent-responsive-floating-liquid-crystalline-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-for-gastroretentive-controlled-drug-release-system
#17
Li-Ping Zhang, Xiao-Lin Wang, Qian-Qian Pang, Yan-Ping Huang, Lei Tang, Meng Chen, Zhao-Sheng Liu
Liquid crystalline-molecularly imprinted polymer (LC-MIP) particles were first found to possess the floating behavior on the aqueous medium. Combined with molecular recognition, the LC-MIP was fabricated as a novel class of the controlled-release gastric retentive DDS. The LC-MIP was made using co-polymerization of methacrylic acid, 4-methyl phenyl dicyclohexyl ethylene (LC monomer with vinyl group), and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate with S-amlodipine (S-AML) as model template drug. The optimum condition of the preparation of LC-MIP has been obtained relying on release behaviors of S-AML from the LC-MIP...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886325/nullification-of-aspirin-induced-gastrotoxicity-and-hepatotoxicity-by-prior-administration-of-wheat-germ-oil-in-mus-musculus-histopathological-ultrastructural-and-molecular-studies
#18
H R H Mohamed, S R Hamad
Aspirin (salicylic acetyl acid) is used worldwide to treat various inflammatory conditions and prevent cardiovascular disease, along with reducing the risk of cancer. However, administration of aspirin causes toxic effects, especially in the stomach and liver. Thus, our study examined the protective effect of wheat germ oil on aspirin-induced toxicity in the stomach and liver tissues of albino white mice. Administration of wheat germ oil before aspirin has restored normal hepatic and gastric tissue architecture and DNA integrity has become better than that of a negative health control group compared with the aspirin only treated group...
August 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885095/spatial-rectal-dose-volume-metrics-predict-patient-reported-gastro-intestinal-symptoms-after-radiotherapy-for-prostate-cancer
#19
Oscar Casares-Magaz, Ludvig Paul Muren, Vitali Moiseenko, Stine E Petersen, Niclas Johan Pettersson, Morten Høyer, Joseph O Deasy, Maria Thor
BACKGROUND: Gastro-intestinal (GI) toxicity after radiotherapy (RT) for prostate cancer reduces patient's quality of life. In this study, we explored associations between spatial rectal dose/volume metrics and patient-reported GI symptoms after RT for localized prostate cancer, and compared these with those of dose-surface/volume histogram (DSH/DVH) metrics. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Dose distributions and six GI symptoms (defecation urgency/emptying difficulties/fecal leakage, ≥Grade 2, median follow-up: 3...
September 8, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884564/pattern-of-food-intolerance-in-patients-with-gastro-esophageal-reflux-symptoms
#20
Michele Caselli, Natalina Lo Cascio, Stefano Rabitti, Leonardo H Eusebi, Elena Zeni, Cecilia Soavi, Francesca Cassol, Giovanni Zuliani, Rocco M Zagari
BACKGROUND: Many food items have been involved in gastro-esophageal reflux disease pathogenesis and dietary modification has been proposed as first-line treatment. Test-based exclusion diets have shown to significantly reduce reflux symptoms. we aimed to assess the patterns of food intolerance in a series of patients with typical gastro-esophageal reflux symptoms (GERS). METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all patients with typical reflux symptoms, attending the Centre Study Association on Food Intolerance and Nutrition of Ferrara from January 2010 to October 2015, who resulted positive to at least one food item at the leucocytotoxic test...
September 7, 2017: Minerva Medica
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