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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088752/microfluidic-approaches-for-isolation-detection-and-characterization-of-extracellular-vesicles-current-status-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Shima Gholizadeh, Mohamed Shehata Draz, Maryam Zarghooni, Amir Sanati-Nezhad, Saeid Ghavami, Hadi Shafiee, Mohsen Akbari
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are cell-derived vesicles present in body fluids that play an essential role in various cellular processes, such as intercellular communication, inflammation, cellular homeostasis, survival, transport, and regeneration. Their isolation and analysis from body fluids have a great clinical potential to provide information on a variety of disease states such as cancer, cardiovascular complications and inflammatory disorders. Despite increasing scientific and clinical interest in this field, there are still no standardized procedures available for the purification, detection, and characterization of EVs...
December 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088682/female-sexual-function-mediates-the-effects-of-medication-adherence-on-quality-of-life-in-people-with-epilepsy
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Chung-Ying Lin, Andrea Burri, Bengt Fridlund, Amir H Pakpour
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to understand the mediating effects of female sexual functioning in the association between medication adherence and quality of life (QoL) in Iranian women with epilepsy (WWE). METHODS: Women's sexual functioning was measured using Female Sexual Function Index; QoL using Quality of Life in Epilepsy; epilepsy severity using Liverpool Seizure Severity Scale; subjective medication adherence using Medication Adherence Report Scale; and objective medication adherence using serum level for antiepileptic drugs in 567 WWE...
January 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087174/hgdb-a-web-retrieving-cardiovascular-associated-gene-data
#3
Faezeh Noorabad-Ghahroodi, Samaneh Abdi, Amir Hossein Zand, Mohammad Najafi
BACKGROUND: The use of data obtained from high throughput techniques in genetics studies is an essential subject in biology. The system approaches of networking and enriching may improve the data management. Here, we annotated the molecular features for cardiovascular-associated genes and presented the HGDB search-based database (www.hgdb.ir). METHODS: The initial seed data was primarily used from Gene Ontology and was automatically enriched with other molecular features...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086935/does-the-transfer-of-a-poor-quality-embryo-together-with-a-good-quality-embryo-affect-the-in-vitro-fertilization-ivf-outcome
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Eliana Muskin Wintner, Anat Hershko-Klement, Keren Tzadikevitch, Yehudith Ghetler, Ofer Gonen, Oren Wintner, Adrian Shulman, Amir Wiser
BACKGROUND: IVF cycles which result in only one good quality embryo, and a second poor quality embryo present a dilemma when the decision involves transferring two embryos. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a poor quality embryo has a negative effect on a good quality embryo when transferred along with a good quality embryo. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles involving single embryo transfers (SET) and double embryo transfers (DET)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081455/correlates-of-vitamin-d-in-psychotic-disorders-a-comprehensive-systematic-review
#5
James Adamson, John Lally, Fiona Gaughran, Amir Krivoy, Lauren Allen, Brendon Stubbs
People with psychosis have high prevalence of low vitamin D levels but the correlates and relevance of this deficiency are unclear. A systematic search of major databases from inception to 03/2016 was undertaken investigating correlates of vitamin D in people with psychosis. Data was summarised with a best evidence synthesis. Across 23 included studies (n=1770 psychosis, n=8171 controls) a mean difference in vitamin D levels between both groups of -11.14ng/ml±0.59 was found. 53 unique correlations between vitamin D and outcomes in people with psychosis were identified...
December 31, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079766/attempted-and-successful-vacuum-assisted-vaginal-delivery-by-prepregnancy-body-mass-index
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Sebastian Z Ramos, Molly E Waring, Katherine Leung, Nili S Amir, Annika L Bannon, Tiffany A Moore Simas
OBJECTIVE: To examine rates of attempted and successful vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery by prepregnancy body mass index (BMI). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 2,084 women with singleton gestations needing operative delivery assistance and vacuum-eligible (fully dilated, +2 station or greater, 34 weeks of gestation or greater) using 2006-2014 inpatient records. Prepregnancy BMI was categorized as underweight (less than 18.5), normal weight (18...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079513/high-dose-aspirin-for-kawasaki-disease-outdated-myth-or-effective-aid
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Gil Amarilyo, Yael Koren, Dafna Brik Simon, Maskit Bar-Meir, Hilla Bahat, Mona Hanna Helou, Amir Mendelson, Nofar Hezkelo, Gabriel Chodick, Yackov Berkun, Eli Eisenstein, Yonatan Butbul Aviel, Galia Barkai, Yoav Bolkier, Shai Padeh, Riva Brik, Phillip J Hashkes, Liora Harel, Yosef Uziel
OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy and safety of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) plus high-dose aspirin (HDA) vs. IVIG plus low-dose aspirin (LDA) for the treatment of Kawasaki disease, with an emphasis on coronary artery outcomes. METHODS: This study was a retrospective, medical record review of paediatric patients with Kawasaki disease comparing 6 centres that routinely used HDA for initial treatment and 2 that used LDA in 2004-2013. Treatment response and adverse events were compared...
January 5, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079022/lifitegrast-for-the-treatment-of-dry-eye-disease-results-of-a-phase-iii-randomized-double-masked-placebo-controlled-trial-opus-3
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Edward J Holland, Jodi Luchs, Paul M Karpecki, Kelly K Nichols, Mitchell A Jackson, Kenneth Sall, Joseph Tauber, Monica Roy, Aparna Raychaudhuri, Amir Shojaei
PURPOSE: Lifitegrast is a lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 antagonist developed to reduce inflammation in dry eye disease (DED). We report the results of OPUS-3 (NCT02284516), a phase III study evaluating the efficacy and safety of lifitegrast versus placebo in participants with DED. DESIGN: Twelve-week, phase III, randomized, double-masked, multicenter, placebo-controlled study. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged ≥18 years with Schirmer tear test (without anesthesia) ≥1 and ≤10 mm, corneal fluorescein staining score ≥2...
January 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078249/effects-of-urtica-dioica-supplementation-on-blood-lipids-hepatic-enzymes-and-nitric-oxide-levels-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-a-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial
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Alidad Amiri Behzadi, Hamid Kalalian-Moghaddam, Amir Hossein Ahmadi
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of diabetic complications including metabolic abnormality-induced diabetic micro-vascular and macro-vascular complications. Urtica dioica L. (U. dioica) has been traditionally used in Iranian medicine as an herbal remedy for hypoglycemic or due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of hydro-alcoholic extract of U. dioica on blood lipids, hepatic enzymes and nitric oxide levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078246/the-effects-of-crocin-insulin-and-their-co-administration-on-the-heart-function-and-pathology-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
#10
Amir Abbas Farshid, Esmaeal Tamaddonfard, Masoumeh Moradi-Arzeloo, Navideh Mirzakhani
OBJECTIVE: Crocin is a saffron constituent with a potent anti-oxidant activity. The present study investigated the effects of crocin and insulin treatments (alone or in combination) on cardiac function and pathology in diabetic rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of streptozotocin (STZ, 50 mg/kg). Thereafter, crocin (5, 10 and 20 mg/kg, i.p.), subcutaneous (s.c.) injection of insulin (4 IU/kg) and their combination were administered for eight weeks...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077899/a-double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial-comparing-the-effect-of-neostigmine-and-metoclopramide-on-gastric-residual-volume-of-mechanically-ventilated-icu-patients
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Afshin Gholipour Baradari, Abbas Alipour, Abolfazl Firouzian, Laleh Moarab, Amir Emami Zeydi
BACKGROUND: In critically ill patients, enteral feeding through the nasogastric tube is the method of choice for nutritional support. Gastrointestinal feeding intolerance and disturbed gastric emptying are common challenges in these patients. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of Neostigmine and Metoclopramide on gastric residual volume (GRV) in mechanically ventilated ICU patients. METHODS: In a double blind, randomized clinical trial, a total of 60 mechanically ventilated ICU patients with GRV >120 mL (3 hours after the last gavage), were randomly assigned into two groups A and B...
December 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077898/quality-improvement-of-liver-ultrasound-images-using-fuzzy-techniques
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Azadeh Bayani, Mostafa Langarizadeh, Amir Reza Radmard, Ahmadreza Farzaneh Nejad
BACKGROUND: Liver ultrasound images are so common and are applied so often to diagnose diffuse liver diseases like fatty liver. However, the low quality of such images makes it difficult to analyze them and diagnose diseases. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to improve the contrast and quality of liver ultrasound images. METHODS: In this study, a number of image contrast enhancement algorithms which are based on fuzzy logic were applied to liver ultrasound images - in which the view of kidney is observable - using Matlab2013b to improve the image contrast and quality which has a fuzzy definition; just like image contrast improvement algorithms using a fuzzy intensification operator, contrast improvement algorithms applying fuzzy image histogram hyperbolization, and contrast improvement algorithms by fuzzy IF-THEN rules...
December 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077887/examination-of-the-predictive-power-of-electromyography-and-urodynamic-study-in-patients-with-cauda-equina-syndrome-horse-tail-syndrome
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Mohammadreza Shahmohammadi, Reza Jalil Khoshuod, Alireza Zali, Amir Saied Seddeghi, Nima Mohseni Kabir
BACKGROUND: Cauda equina syndrome is a rare disorder that causes loss of Lumbar plexus function (nerve roots) lower than conus medullaris. No risk factor has been defined for this disease yet. Due to the high morbidity of Cauda equina syndrome and lack of sufficient information about the connection between the disease and urodynamic findings and EMG (Electromyography) findings, the need for this comprehensive study is felt. OBJECTIVE: The aim is to determine the predictive power of findings resulted from urodynamics and electromyography of perineal region and around sphincter in the clinical cure rate of urination in patients with urinary retention followed by Cauda equina syndrome...
October 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075506/efficacy-of-chlorhexidine-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-oral-mucositis-in-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analyses
#14
REVIEW
Alvin Cardona, Amir Balouch, Moiz A Mohammed, Parish P Sedghizadeh, Reyes Enciso
BACKGROUND: Oral mucositis occurs in patients undergoing chemoradiation for cancer treatment. It is believed that colonization of ulcerated mucosa by bacteria, fungi and virus results in secondary infections. The effect of chlorhexidine (CHX) on the incidence and severity of oral mucositis in cancer patients was evaluated in this review. METHODS: Studies were limited to randomized placebo-controlled trials. Three databases were searched: MEDLINE (via PubMed), Web of Science and the Cochrane Library up to May 25, 2016...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075018/c-met-as-a-potential-target-for-the-treatment-of-gastrointestinal-cancer-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#15
REVIEW
Afsaneh Bahrami, Soodabeh Shahidsales, Majid Khazaei, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan, Mina Maftouh, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Amir Avan
Aberrant activation of the HGF/c-Met signalling pathways is shown to be related with cell proliferation, progression, metastasis and worse prognosis in several tumor types, including gastrointestinal cancers, suggesting its value as a stimulating-target for cancer-therapy. Several approaches have been developed for targeting HGF and/or c-Met, and one of them, crizotinib (dual c-Met/ALK inhibitor), is recently been approved by FDA for lung-cancers with ALK-rearrangement. The main aim of current review is to give an overview on the role of c-Met/HGF pathway in gastrointestinal cancer, in preclinical and clinical trials...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074434/lessons-learned-from-the-world-s-first-successful-penis-allotransplantation
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REVIEW
Andre van der Merwe, Amir Zarrabi, Alexander Zühlke, Nicola Barsdorf, Rafique Moosa
We performed a successful penis allotransplantation on 11 December 2014. Sharing the lessons learned might help more patients in need to be treated this way. We divided the project into manageable segments that was each overseen by an expert. The ethical review and conduct paved the way for a publically acceptable and successful project. Screening for a psychological stable recipient is important. The most difficult part of the project was finding a donor penis. This was successfully negotiated with the family of a brain dead donor by creating a neo-phallus for the donor, thereby maintaining the dignity of the donor...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074305/clinical-effectiveness-of-low-level-laser-treatment-on-peripheral-somatosensory-neuropathy
#17
REVIEW
Alireza Fallah, Alireza Mirzaei, Norbert Gutknecht, Amir Saberi Demneh
Peripheral sensory neuropathy treatment is one of the common treatment problems and causes morbidity and mortality in people suffering from that. Although treatment depends on the underlying cause of the condition, nevertheless, in some cases, there is no cure for it, and it requires palliative and symptomatic treatment. In laboratory studies, low-level laser has been effective in the nerves protection and restoration. The aim of this article is to investigate the clinical efficacy of low-level laser on improvement of the peripheral somatosensory neuropathy...
January 10, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073958/rudeness-and-medical-team-performance
#18
Arieh Riskin, Amir Erez, Trevor A Foulk, Kinneret S Riskin-Geuz, Amitai Ziv, Rina Sela, Liat Pessach-Gelblum, Peter A Bamberger
OBJECTIVES: Rudeness is routinely experienced by medical teams. We sought to explore the impact of rudeness on medical teams' performance and test interventions that might mitigate its negative consequences. METHODS: Thirty-nine NICU teams participated in a training workshop including simulations of acute care of term and preterm newborns. In each workshop, 2 teams were randomly assigned to either an exposure to rudeness (in which the comments of the patient's mother included rude statements completely unrelated to the teams' performance) or control (neutral comments) condition, and 2 additional teams were assigned to rudeness with either a preventative (cognitive bias modification [CBM]) or therapeutic (narrative) intervention...
January 10, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073653/rare-lateral-dislocation-of-the-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
Amir Reza Vosoughi, Pascal F Rippstein
Traumatic lateral dislocations of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint are very rare. A 44-year-old male was referred after a motorcycle to car accident because of an exposed head of the left first metatarsal through a laceration on the medial aspect of the first MTP joint. Radiographs showed a lateral dislocation of the first MTP joint, with concomitant fractures of the neck of the second metatarsal and the base of the third and fourth metatarsal bones. The dislocation was reduced in the emergency department with the patient under conscious sedation after thorough irrigation...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073403/arcanobacterium-wilhelmae-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-genital-tract-of-a-rhinoceros-rhinoceros-unicornis
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Osama Sammra, Jörg Rau, Jörn-Peter Wickhorst, Mazen Alssahen, Abdulwahed Ahmed Hassan, Christoph Lämmler, Peter Kämpfer, Stefanie P Glaeser, Hans-Jürgen Busse, Tanita Kleinhagauer, Tobias Knauf-Witzens, Ellen Prenger-Berninghoff, Amir Abdulmawjood, Günter Klein
AbstractA polyphasic taxonomic study was performed on an unidentified Arcanobacterium-like Gram-stain-positive bacterium isolated from the genital tract of a rhinoceros. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing showed that the bacterium belonged to the genus Arcanobacterium and was most closely related to the type strains of Arcanobacterium canis (98.8 %), Arcanobacterium phocisimile (97.8 %), Arcanobacterium phocae (97.7%), Arcanobacterium haemolyticum (97.4 %), Arcanobacterium hippocoleae (96.6 %), Arcanobacterium pinnipediorum (96...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
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