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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448859/evolution-of-the-methodological-quality-of-controlled-clinical-trials-for-myofascial-trigger-point-treatments-for-the-period-1978-2015-a-systematic-review
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Rahel Stoop, Ron Clijsen, Diego Leoni, Emiliano Soldini, Greta Castellini, Valentina Redaelli, Marco Barbero
BACKGROUND: The methodological quality of controlled clinical trials (CCTs) of physiotherapeutic treatment modalities for myofascial trigger points (MTrP) has not been investigated yet. OBJECTIVES: To detect the methodological quality of CCTs for physiotherapy treatments of MTrPs and demonstrating the possible increase over time. DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in two databases, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and Medicine Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System online (MEDLINE), using the same keywords and selection procedure corresponding to pre-defined inclusion criteria...
April 18, 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448309/clinical-feasibility-of-3-dimensional-magnetic-resonance-cholangiopancreatography-using-compressed-sensing-comparison-of-image-quality-and-diagnostic-performance
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Jeong Hee Yoon, Sang Min Lee, Hyo-Jin Kang, Elisabeth Weiland, Esther Raithel, Yohan Son, Berthold Kiefer, Jeong Min Lee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical feasibility of fast 3-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) using compressed sensing (CS) in comparison with conventional navigator-triggered 3D-MRCP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by our institutional review board, and the requirement of informed consent was waived. A total of 84 patients (male-to-female ratio, 41:43; mean age, 47.3 ± 18.8 years) who underwent conventional 3D navigator-triggered T2-weighted MRCP using sampling perfection with application optimized contrasts (SPACE) and fast 3D MRCP using SPACE with high undersampling combined with CS reconstruction (CS SPACE; CS-MRCP) on a 3 T scanner were included...
April 26, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447017/in-sickness-and-in-health-clinical-research-and-social-media
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REVIEW
Saswata Ray
In this "digital age," the model of healthcare is changing rapidly, primarily in the area of communication that is happening among the major stakeholders each minute. Patients, being the central point of the importance of all the work and development, are more empowered than ever with information from various sources, among which social media is leading from the front. This article reviews how social media engages healthcare service providers, service seekers, and regulatory authorities. If the gaps in the current regulations are filled, better healthcare outputs can be triggered...
April 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445290/efficacy-of-quadriceps-vastus-medialis-dry-needling-in-a-rehabilitation-protocol-after-surgical-reconstruction-of-complete-anterior-cruciate-ligament-rupture
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Jorge Velázquez-Saornil, Beatriz Ruíz-Ruíz, David Rodríguez-Sanz, Carlos Romero-Morales, Daniel López-López, Cesar Calvo-Lobo
BACKGROUND: Several new rehabilitation modalities have been proposed after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Among these, trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) might be useful in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome associated with ACL reconstruction to reduce pain intensity, increase knee flexion range and modify the mechanical properties of the quadriceps muscle during late-stage rehabilitation. To date, this is the first randomized clinical trial to support the use of TrP-DN in the early rehabilitation process after ACL reconstruction...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442987/compression-at-myofascial-trigger-point-on-chronic-neck-pain-provides-pain-relief-through-the-prefrontal-cortex-and-autonomic-nervous-system-a-pilot-study
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Yoshiki Morikawa, Kouich Takamoto, Hiroshi Nishimaru, Toru Taguchi, Susumu Urakawa, Shigekazu Sakai, Taketoshi Ono, Hisao Nishijo
Compression at myofascial trigger points (MTrPs), known as "ischemic compression," has been reported to provide immediate relief of musculoskeletal pain and reduce the sympathetic activity that exacerbates chronic pain. We conducted a pilot study to investigate the possible involvement of the prefrontal cortex in pain relief obtained by MTrP compression in the present study, and analyzed the relationships among prefrontal hemodynamic activity, activity of the autonomic nervous system, and subjective pain in patients with chronic neck pain, with and without MTrP compression...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442701/a-case-of-trigger-point-injection-induced-hypokalemic-paralysis
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Paolo K Soriano, Mukul Bhattarai, Carrie N Vogler, Tamer H Hudali
BACKGROUND Trigger-point injection (TPI) therapy is an effective modality for symptomatic treatment of myofascial pain. Serious adverse effects are rarely observed. In this report, we present the case of a 39-year-old man who experienced severe, transient hypokalemic paralysis in the context of TPI therapy with methylprednisolone, bupivacaine, and epinephrine. He was successfully treated with electrolyte replacement in a closely monitored setting. CASE REPORT A 39-year-old man with no past medical history except for chronic left hip pain from a work-related injury received a TPI with methylprednisolone and bupivacaine...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442587/combined-aurka-and-h3k9-methyltransferase-targeting-inhibits-cell-growth-by-inducing-mitotic-catastrophe
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Angela Mathison, Ann Salmonson, Mckenna Missfeldt, Jennifer Bintz, Monique Williams, Sarah Kossak, Asha Nair, Thiago M de Assuncao, Trace A Christensen, Navtej S Buttar, Juan L Iovanna, Robert Huebert, Gwen Lomberk
The current integrative pathobiological hypothesis states that pancreatic cancer (PDAC) develops and progresses in response to an interaction between known oncogenes and downstream epigenomic regulators. Congruently, this study tests a new combinatorial therapy based on the inhibition of the Aurora kinase A (AURKA) oncogene and one of its targets, the H3K9 methylation-based epigenetic pathway. This therapeutic combination is effective at inhibiting the in vitro growth of PDAC cells both, in monolayer culture systems, and in 3D spheroids and organoids...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441661/defective-platelet-activation-and-bleeding-complications-upon-cholestasis-in-mice
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Nina Sarah Gowert, Meike Klier, Maria Reich, Friedrich Reusswig, Lili Donner, Verena Keitel, Dieter Häussinger, Margitta Elvers
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Platelets are essential mediators of hemostasis to avoid excessive blood loss. Cirrhosis and chronic liver diseases are characterized by alterations in hemostasis. Alterations in the secondary hemostasis have been well studied, while defects in primary hemostasis, especially the consequences of cholestatic liver disease on platelet function are not well defined. METHODS: After bile duct ligation (BDL) platelet activation and thrombus formation were analyzed in mice...
April 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440895/the-relationship-between-rate-of-algometer-application-and-pain-pressure-threshold-in-the-assessment-of-myofascial-trigger-point-sensitivity
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L D Linde, D A Kumbhare, M Joshi, J Z Srbely
BACKGROUND: Pressure algometry is a commonly employed technique in the assessment of both regional and widespread musculoskeletal pain. Despite its acceptance amongst clinicians and scientists, the relationship between rate of pressure application (RoA) and pain pressure threshold (PPT) remains poorly understood. We set out to test the hypothesis that a strong, positive, linear relationship exists between the RoA and the PPT within the infraspinatus of young healthy subjects. METHODS: Thirty-three (n=33) participants were randomly recruited from the local university community...
April 25, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440894/chromatin-sumoylation-in-heat-stress-to-protect-pause-and-organise-sumo-stress-response-on-chromatin
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REVIEW
Einari A Niskanen, Jorma J Palvimo
Post-translational modifications, e.g. SUMO modifications (SUMOylation), provide a mechanism for swiftly changing a protein's activity. Various stress conditions trigger a SUMO stress response (SSR) - a stress-induced rapid change in the conjugation of SUMO to multiple proteins, which predominantly targets nuclear proteins. The SSR has been postulated to protect stressed cells by preserving the functionality of crucial proteins. However, it is unclear how it exerts its protective functions. Interestingly, heat stress (HS) increases SUMOylation of proteins at active promoters and enhancers...
April 25, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439463/molecular-assessment-of-the-fecal-microbiota-in-healthy-cats-and-dogs-before-and-during-supplementation-with-fructo-oligosaccharides-fos-and-inulin-using-high-throughput-454-pyrosequencing
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Jose F Garcia-Mazcorro, Jose R Barcenas-Walls, Jan S Suchodolski, Jörg M Steiner
Prebiotics are selectively fermentable dietary compounds that result in changes in the composition and/or activity of the intestinal microbiota, thus conferring benefits upon host health. In veterinary medicine, commercially available products containing prebiotics have not been well studied with regard to the changes they trigger on the composition of the gut microbiota. This study evaluated the effect of a commercially available nutraceutical containing fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and inulin on the fecal microbiota of healthy cats and dogs when administered for 16 days...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433875/framing-causal-questions-about-the-past-the-cambrian-explosion-as-case-study
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Greg Priest
About 540 million years ago, a rapid radiation of animal phyla radically changed the Earth's biota in a geological eye-blink. What caused this "Cambrian explosion"? Over the years, paleontologists have pointed to a wide array of different physical mechanisms as the causal "trigger" for the explosion. More recently, some paleontologists have proposed complex causal pathways to which multiple physical mechanisms are said to have contributed. Despite their variety, these answers share an assumption that a single explanation can in principle be constructed that identifies some factor or confluence of factors as the cause of the Cambrian explosion...
April 20, 2017: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432341/detection-of-red-blood-cell-surface-antigens-by-probe-triggered-cell-collision-and-flow-retardation-in-an-autonomous-microfluidic-system
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Éva Sautner, Krisztián Papp, Eszter Holczer, Eszter L Tóth, Rita Ungai-Salánki, Bálint Szabó, Péter Fürjes, József Prechl
Microfluidic devices exploit combined physical, chemical and biological phenomena that could be unique in the sub-millimeter dimensions. The current goal of development of Point-of-Care (POC) medical devices is to extract the biomedical information from the blood. We examined the characteristics of blood flow in autonomous microfluidic devices with the aim to realize sensitive detection of interactions between particulate elements of the blood and the appropriately modified surfaces of the system. As a model experiment we demonstrated the fast analysis of the AB0 blood group system...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430817/kaposi-sarcoma-herpesvirus-kshv-latency-associated-nuclear-antigen-lana-recruits-components-of-the-mrn-mre11-rad50-nbs1-repair-complex-to-modulate-an-innate-immune-signaling-pathway-and-viral-latency
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Giuseppe Mariggiò, Sandra Koch, Guigen Zhang, Magdalena Weidner-Glunde, Jessica Rückert, Semra Kati, Susann Santag, Thomas F Schulz
Kaposi Sarcoma Herpesvirus (KSHV), a γ2-herpesvirus and class 1 carcinogen, is responsible for at least three human malignancies: Kaposi Sarcoma (KS), Primary Effusion Lymphoma (PEL) and Multicentric Castleman's Disease (MCD). Its major nuclear latency protein, LANA, is indispensable for the maintenance and replication of latent viral DNA in infected cells. Although LANA is mainly a nuclear protein, cytoplasmic isoforms of LANA exist and can act as antagonists of the cytoplasmic DNA sensor, cGAS. Here, we show that cytosolic LANA also recruits members of the MRN (Mre11-Rad50-NBS1) repair complex in the cytosol and thereby inhibits their recently reported role in the sensing of cytoplasmic DNA and activation of the NF-κB pathway...
April 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430588/chronic-grouped-social-restriction-triggers-long-lasting-immune-system-adaptations
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Rui Tian, Gonglin Hou, Liuwei Song, Jianming Zhang, Ti-Fei Yuan
Chronic stress triggers rigorous psychological and physiological changes, including immunological system adaptations. However, the effects of long-term social restriction on human immune system have not been investigated. The present study is to investigate the effect of chronic stress on immune changes in human blood, with the stress stimuli controlled.10 male volunteers were group isolated from the modern society in a 50-meter-square room for 150 days, with enriched nutrition and good living conditions provided...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429848/stuck-in-fragments-population-genetics-of-the-endangered-collared-brown-lemur-eulemur-collaris-in-the-malagasy-littoral-forest
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Stefania Bertoncini, Jacopo D'Ercole, Francesca Brisighelli, Jean-Baptiste Ramanamanjato, Cristian Capelli, Sergio Tofanelli, Giuseppe Donati
OBJECTIVES: The Endangered collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) is the largest primate living in the littoral forest of southeastern Madagascar, a top priority habitat for biodiversity conservation on the island. Because this lemur is a key seed-disperser, an evaluation of the structure and connectivity of the populations surviving in the forest fragments is urgently needed to guide conservation plans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genetic variability at autosomal microsatellites and mitochondrial DNA was investigated in a total of 49 collared brown lemurs sampled by non-invasive methods in three littoral forest fragments and in the nearby lowland humid forest...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429669/what-can-pharmacological-models-of-retinal-degeneration-tell-us
#18
M H Reisenhofer, J Balmer, V Enzmann
Animal models with pharmacologically induced retinal degeneration including sodium iodate (NaIO3) and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) have been extensively used in ophthalmic research to investigate retinal degeneration. NaIO3 induces degeneration of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) followed by photoreceptor (PRC) cell death, mimicking features of age-related macular degeneration. In contrast, MNU leads to rapid destruction of the PRCs only, enabling the use of the MNU model to investigate degeneration induced in retinitis pigmentosa...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428629/the-role-of-glutamine-synthetase-isozymes-in-enhancing-nitrogen-use-efficiency-of-n-efficient-winter-wheat
#19
Zhiyong Zhang, Shuping Xiong, Yihao Wei, Xiaodan Meng, Xiaochun Wang, Xinming Ma
Glutamine synthetase (GS) isozymes play critical roles in nitrogen (N) metabolism. However, the exact relationship between GS and nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) remain unclear. We have selected and compared two wheat cultivars, YM49 and XN509, which were identified as the N-efficient and N-inefficient genotypes, respectively. In this study, agronomical, morphological, physiological and biochemical approaches were performed. The results showed that TaGS1 was high expressed post-anthesis, and TaGS2 was highly expressed pre-anthesis in N-efficient genotype compared to N-inefficient genotype...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426271/factors-associated-with-the-efficacy-of-trigger-point-injection-in-advanced-cancer-patients
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Hideaki Hasuo, Kenji Kanbara, Tetsuya Abe, Hiroko Sakuma, Mikihiko Fukunaga
BACKGROUND: Few studies have reported the efficacy of trigger point injection (TPI) to myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) in advanced cancer patients. Factors that are associated with TPI efficacy have not yet been elucidated. OBJECTIVE: The study was aimed at evaluating factors that are associated with TPI efficacy to MTrPs in advanced cancer patients. DESIGN: Factors that are associated with TPI efficacy were retrospectively identified based on a comparison between clinically relevant responders and nonresponders by using multivariate regression analysis...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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