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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646815/integrative-treatment-of-chronic-abdominal-bloating-and-pain-associated-with-overgrowth-of-small-intestinal-bacteria-a-case-report
#1
Laura Kwiatkowski, Elizabeth Rice, Jeffrey Langland
Context • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is commonly defined as an increased number of bacteria and/or an abnormal type of bacteria in the small intestine. Conventional treatment for SIBO is typically focused on antibiotics to eradicate the bacterial overgrowth. Numerous studies have demonstrated the antimicrobial activity of herbs, and a diet low in fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) has been shown to enhance antibiotic therapy. Objective • The current case study intended to evaluate the benefits of an alternative, multifaceted approach-including botanical and homeopathic therapies in conjunction with a low-FODMAP diet-in the treatment of SIBO and its associated symptoms...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646814/nutritional-management-of-metabolic-endotoxemia-a-clinical-review
#2
Benjamin I Brown
Context • Diet-induced, metabolic endotoxemia is emerging as an important contributory factor to the development of a wide range of chronic diseases, including cardiometabolic, autoimmune, psychiatric, and neurodegenerative illnesses. Emerging human clinical studies have demonstrated that diet and dietary components are potent modifiers of circulating endotoxins and can be used to reduce plasma levels significantly and improve metabolic health. Objective • The aim of the current study was to explore briefly the concept of metabolic endotoxemia and its relationship to disease development, to examine the influence of diet and dietary components on circulating endotoxins, and, finally, discuss the clinical relevance of nutritional interventions for management of metabolic endotoxemia...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646798/social-context-matters-ethnicity-discrimination-and-stress-reactivity
#3
David Busse, Ilona S Yim, Belinda Campos
Exposure to chronic discrimination is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The study of biobehavioral pathways linking discrimination with health outcomes has mostly focused on the cardiovascular system, with fewer studies addressing the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. In this study we tested associations between Latino ethnicity, experiences of discrimination, and cortisol responses to an acute laboratory stressor. One hundred fifty eight individuals (92 female, 66 male) between the ages of 18 and 29 years participated in the study...
May 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646795/offsetting-the-impact-of-smoking-and-e-cigarette-vaping-on-the-cerebrovascular-system-and-stroke-injury-is-metformin-a-viable-countermeasure
#4
Mohammad A Kaisar, Heidi Villalba, Shikha Prasad, Taylor Liles, Ali Ehsan Sifat, Ravi K Sajja, Thomas J Abbruscato, Luca Cucullo
Recently published in vitro and in vivo findings strongly suggest that BBB impairment and increased risk for stroke by tobacco smoke (TS) closely resemble that of type-2 diabetes (2DM) and develop largely in response to common key modulators such oxidative stress (OS), inflammation and alterations of the endogenous antioxidative response system (ARE) regulated by the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2). Preclinical studies have also shown that nicotine (the principal e-liquid's ingredient used in e-cigarettes) can also cause OS, exacerbation of cerebral ischemia and secondary brain injury...
June 17, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646794/dexibuprofen-prevents-neurodegeneration-and-cognitive-decline-in-appswe-ps1de9-through-multiple-signaling-pathways
#5
Miren Ettcheto, Elena Sánchez-López, Laura Pons, Oriol Busquets, Jordi Olloquequi, Carlos Beas-Zarate, Merce Pallas, Maria Luisa García, Carme Auladell, Jaume Folch, Antoni Camins
The aim of the present study is to elucidate the neuronal pathways associated to NSAIDs causing a reduction of the risk and progression of Alzheimer's disease. The research was developed administering the active enantiomer of ibuprofen, dexibuprofen (DXI), in order to reduce associated gastric toxicity. DXI was administered from three to six-month-old female APPswe/PS1dE9 mice as a model of familial Alzheimer's disease. DXI treatment reduced the activation of glial cells and the cytokine release involved in the neurodegenerative process, especially TNFα...
June 15, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646768/source-profiling-of-arsenic-and-heavy-metals-in-the-selangor-river-basin-and-their-maternal-and-cord-blood-levels-in-selangor-state-malaysia
#6
Nobumitsu Sakai, Zohour Alsaad, Nguyen Thi Thuong, Kenji Shiota, Minoru Yoneda, Mustafa Ali Mohd
Arsenic and 5 heavy metals (nickel, copper, zinc, cadmium and lead) were quantitated in surface water (n = 18) and soil/ore samples (n = 45) collected from 5 land uses (oil palm converted from forest, oil palm in peat swamp, bare land, quarry and forest) in the Selangor River basin by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Geographic information system (GIS) was used as a spatial analytical tool to classify 4 land uses (forest, agriculture/peat, urban and bare land) from a satellite image taken by Landsat 8...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646743/analysis-of-ictal-magnetoencephalography-using-gradient-magnetic-field-topography-gmft-in-patients-with-neocortical-epilepsy
#7
Hiroshi Shirozu, Akira Hashizume, Hiroshi Masuda, Yosuke Ito, Yoko Nakayama, Takefumi Higashijima, Masafumi Fukuda, Shigeki Kameyama
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to validate the usefulness of gradient magnetic-field topography (GMFT) for analysis of ictal magnetoencephalography (MEG) in patients with neocortical epilepsy. METHODS: We identified 13 patients presenting with an ictal event during preoperative MEG. We applied equivalent current dipole (ECD) estimation and GMFT to detect and localize the ictal MEG onset, and compared these methods with the ictal onset zone (IOZ) derived from chronic intracranial electroencephalography...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646739/contribution-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-to-whole-toxicity-of-water-samples-collected-in-effluent-dominated-urban-streams
#8
Ikumi Tamura, Yusuke Yasuda, Kei-Ichiro Kagota, Saori Yoneda, Norihide Nakada, Vimal Kumar, Yutaka Kameda, Kumiko Kimura, Norihisa Tatarazako, Hiroshi Yamamoto
Water samples were collected from effluent-dominated urban streams in Tokushima, Kyoto, and Saitama in Japan to roughly determine the contribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and surfactants to whole toxicity of the water. Approximately 100 PPCPs including anionic surfactants such as linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), were chemically analyzed. Using 14 water samples, chronic or sub-chronic toxicity tests were conducted on three aquatic species, the green alga Raphidocelis subcapitata, the cladoceran Ceriodaphnia dubia, and the zebrafish Danio rerio...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646714/synthetic-cathinones-and-stereochemistry-s-enantiomer-of-mephedrone-reduces-anxiety-and-depressant-like-effects-in-cocaine-or-mdpv-abstinent-rats
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Helene L Philogene-Khalid, Callum Hicks, Allen B Reitz, Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen, Scott M Rawls
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The neuropharmacological profile of the synthetic cathinone mephedrone (MEPH) is influenced by stereochemistry. Both MEPH enantiomers are monoamine transporter substrates, but R-MEPH is primarily responsible for rewarding effects of MEPH as it produces greater locomotor activation and intracranial self-stimulation than S-MEPH. S-MEPH is a 50-fold more potent 5-HT releaser than R-MEPH and does not place preference in rats. MEPH is also structurally similar to the cathinone derivative bupropion, an antidepressant and smoking cessation medication, suggesting MEPH has therapeutic and addictive properties...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646702/alcohol-and-recreational-drug-use-in-young-adults-with-type-1-diabetes
#10
REVIEW
Adam Pastor, Jennifer Conn, Jessie Teng, Casey L O'Brien, Margaret Loh, Lisa Collins, Richard MacIsaac, Yvonne Bonomo
Alcohol and other recreational drug use reaches peak prevalence in young adulthood, including for those with chronic medical conditions such as type 1 diabetes. This review summarises the current literature on the patterns of substance use amongst young adults with type 1 diabetes and the mechanisms through which alcohol and recreational drugs may affect diabetes related health outcomes. These include the direct physical effect of intoxication, as well as the effects of alcohol and drugs on mental health and glucose metabolism...
June 11, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646685/a-highly-adhesive-and-naturally-derived-sealant
#11
Alexander Assmann, Andrea Vegh, Mohammad Ghasemi-Rad, Sara Bagherifard, George Cheng, Ehsan Shirzaei Sani, Guillermo U Ruiz-Esparza, Iman Noshadi, Antonio D Lassaletta, Sidhu Gangadharan, Ali Tamayol, Ali Khademhosseini, Nasim Annabi
Conventional surgical techniques to seal and repair defects in highly stressed elastic tissues are insufficient. Therefore, this study aimed to engineer an inexpensive, highly adhesive, biocompatible, and biodegradable sealant based on a modified and naturally derived biopolymer, gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA). We tuned the degree of gelatin modification, prepolymer concentration, photoinitiator concentration, and crosslinking conditions to optimize the physical properties and adhesion of the photocrosslinked GelMA sealants...
June 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646679/hypoxia-induced-adam-17-expression-is-mediated-by-rsk1-dependent-c-ebp%C3%AE-activation-in-human-lung-fibroblasts
#12
Jing-Yun Chen, Chien-Huang Lin, Bing-Chang Chen
Hypoxia was identified as a mediator of lung fibrosis in patients with chronic obstructive asthma (COA). Overexpression of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM 17) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) leads to development of tissue fibrosis. However, the signaling pathway in hypoxia-induced ADAM 17 expression remains poorly defined. In this study, we investigated the roles that ribosomal S-6 kinase 1 (RSK1)/CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ)-dependent ADAM 17 expression plays in hypoxia-induced CTGF expression in human lung fibroblasts...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646635/postprandial-endotoxemia-a-significant-contributor-to-chronic-diseases
#13
Andrew W Campbell
The increase of chronic diseases in the world's population continues unabated. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes (T2D), obesity, arthritis, autoimmunity, and gastrointestinal disorders are all too common and costly, and most have as their source inflammation. T2D is now considered a pandemic, and there is one commonality to many of these: They are, for the most part, preventable.
May 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646630/characteristics-of-systemic-inflammation-in-hepatitis-b-precipitated-aclf-differentiate-it-from-no-aclf
#14
Wei Wu, Huadong Yan, Hong Zhao, Wenjie Sun, Qiao Yang, Jifang Sheng, Yu Shi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with severe exacerbation of chronic hepatitis B (SE-CHB) are at risk of developing acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). Systemic inflammation (SI) is a major driver of ACLF. The aim of this study was to identify characteristics of SI in hepatitis B-precipitated-ACLF (HB-ACLF), which may be distinct from No-ACLF patients with SE-CHB. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients with SE-CHB were enrolled in two tertiary hospitals. The associations between circulating leukocyte counts/subsets and ACLF progression and prognoses were analysed in Cohort A...
June 24, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646624/prognostic-relevance-of-oxidative-stress-measurement-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#15
Giovanni D'Arena, Candida Vitale, Omar Perbellini, Marta Coscia, Francesco La Rocca, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carlo Visco, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Idanna Innocenti, Vincenzo Pizza, Silvia Deaglio, Giovanni Di Minno, Aldo Giudice, Gioacchino Calapai, Pellegrino Musto, Luca Laurenti, Eugenio Luigi Iorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic significance of oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidant defense status measurement in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHOD: d-ROMs test and BAP test were evaluated at diagnosis of 165 patients with CLL and correlated with clinical-biological features and prognosis. RESULTS: An increased oxidative damage (d-ROMs test) and a reduced antioxidant potential (BAP test), were found in CLL patients than normal controls (p <0...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646618/tryptophan-as-a-surrogate-prognostic-marker-for-diabetic-nephropathy
#16
Chien-An Chou, Chia-Ni Lin, Daniel Tsun-Yee Chiu, I-Wen Chen, Szu-Tah Chen
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Diabetic nephropathy is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal disease. Unfortunately, reliable surrogate markers for predicting the prognostic outcome of diabetic nephropathy were as yet absent. In order to find new markers in predicting the progression of diabetic nephropathy, we conducted a prospective study by investigating the correlation between serum metabolites and the annual change of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). MATERIALS AND METHODS: From September 2013 to September 2015, 52 diabetic patients at various stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) were enrolled...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646610/measuring-the-societal-impact-of-psoriasis-in-the-united-kingdom-through-a-non-interventional-study-of-patients
#17
C E Griffiths, R Williams, A C Halliday, J A Leman
This cross-sectional study aimed to measure total societal costs of moderate-to-severe, chronic plaque psoriasis in adults, and was conducted at 10 National Health Service hospitals in the United Kingdom between June-November 2014. Data capture was via hand-held electronic devices. Investigators at participating sites identified participants. Eligible patients were ≥18 years of age and diagnosed with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis for at least 6 months (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) ≥10, and Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) >10)...
June 24, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646566/structural-neuroimaging-correlates-of-alcohol-and-cannabis-use-in-adolescents-and-adults
#18
Rachel E Thayer, Sophie YorkWilliams, Hollis C Karoly, Amithrupa Sabbineni, Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Angela D Bryan, Kent E Hutchison
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic alcohol use is associated with lower gray matter volume, and we recently reported that alcohol use showed negative associations with widespread gray matter (GM) volume even among young adults. The current study aimed to test the strength of association between (1) alcohol use and GM volume; (2) alcohol use and white matter (WM) integrity; (3) cannabis use and GM volume; and (4) cannabis use and WM integrity among adults and adolescents. DESIGN AND SETTING: General linear models within large pooled cross-sectional samples of adolescents and adults who had participated in studies collecting substance use and neuroimaging data in the southwestern United States...
June 23, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646553/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-a-spectrum-of-states-role-in-lung-development-homeostasis-and-disease
#19
REVIEW
Mohit Kumar Jolly, Chris Ward, Mathew Suji Eapen, Stephen Myers, Oskar Hallgren, Herbert Levine, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal
Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) plays key roles during lung development and many lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Here, integrating morphological observations with underlying molecular mechanisms, we highlight the functional role of EMT in lung development and injury repair, and discuss how it can contribute to pathogenesis of chronic lung disease. We discuss the evidence of manifestation of EMT and its potential driving role in COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), and lung cancer, while noting that all cells need not display a full EMT in any of these contexts, i...
June 24, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646541/health-care-quality-measuring-obesity-in-performance-frameworks
#20
REVIEW
Tracy Zvenyach, Matthew K Pickering
OBJECTIVE: Obesity affects over one-third of Americans and leads to several chronic and costly comorbid conditions. The national movement toward value-based care calls for a refocusing of efforts to address the US obesity epidemic. To help set the stage, the current landscape of obesity-specific quality measures was evaluated. METHODS: Seven quality measure databases and nine professional societies were searched. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied. Measures were then classified by domain and by implementation in national public programs...
June 24, 2017: Obesity
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