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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346806/lithium-and-renal-impairment-a-review-on-a-still-hot-topic
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René Ernst Nielsen, Lars Vedel Kessing, Willem A Nolen, Rasmus W Licht
INTRODUCTION: Lithium is established as an effective treatment of mania, of depression in bipolar and unipolar disorder, and in maintenance treatment of these disorders. However, due to the necessity of monitoring and concerns about irreversible adverse effects, in particular renal impairment, after long-term use, lithium might be underutilized. METHODS: This study reviewed 6 large observational studies addressing the risk of impaired renal function associated with lithium treatment and methodological issues impacting interpretation of results...
January 18, 2018: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346798/uric-acid-in-the-follow-up-determines-30-decline-in-estimated-gfr-over-2-years-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Wen Xiu Chang, Ning Xu, Takanori Kumagai, Ryutaro Iijima, Kaito Waki, Masaki Yamanaka, Michito Nagura, Shigeyuki Arai, Yoshifuru Tamura, Shigeru Shibata, Yoshihide Fujigaki, Shunya Uchida
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Higher level of serum uric acid (SUA) predicts early entry to dialysis in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. However, a short-term effect of SUA remains to be elucidated using a novel surrogate endpoint. METHODS: Japanese CKD stage 3 to 4 patients were retrospectively examined (n= 701). The follow-up level of SUA was estimated as time-averaged uric acid (TA-UA). A propensity score for 6.0, 6.5 or 7.0 mg/dL of TA-UA was respectively calculated using baseline 23 covariates...
December 4, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346793/epicardial-fat-thickness-in-non-obese-neurologically-impaired-children-association-with-unfavorable-cardiometabolic-risk-profile
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Valeria Calcaterra, Hellas Cena, Pietro Mariano Casali, Gianluca Iacobellis, Riccardo Albertini, Mara De Amici, Annalisa de Silvestri, Calogero Comparato, Gloria Pelizzo
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular risk is reported in disabled children and epicardial fat (EF) is considered an independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). No data on the EF thickness (EFT) evaluation in disabled children have been published. OBJECTIVE: We investigated EFT in neurologically impaired (NI) children; its relationship with their metabolic profile was also considered. METHODS: Clinical data, body composition estimation, biochemical profile, and ultrasound-measured EFT were performed in 32 disabled patients (12...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346675/in-search-of-the-best-xenogeneic-material-for-a-paediatric-conduit-an-experimental-study
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Irina Y Zhuravleva, Nataliya R Nichay, Yuriy Y Kulyabin, Tatyana P Timchenko, Alexander A Korobeinikov, Yuliya F Polienko, Svetlana S Shatskaya, Elena V Kuznetsova, Alexey V Voitov, Alexander V Bogachev-Prokophiev, Alexander M Karaskov
OBJECTIVES: The development of calcification-resistant bioprosthetic materials is a very important challenge for paediatric surgery. The subcutaneous implantation in rats is the well-known first-stage model for this kind of research. Using this model, we aimed to compare calcification of the porcine aortic wall and bovine pericardium and jugular vein wall cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GA) and ethylene glycol diglycidyl ether (DE). We also determined the efficacy of DE-preserved tissue modification with 2-(2-carboxyethylamino)ethylidene-1,1-bisphosphonic acid (CEABA)...
January 15, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346598/accuracy-of-preoperative-staging-for-a-priori-resectable-esophageal-cancer
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M Winiker, S Mantziari, S G Figueiredo, N Demartines, P Allemann, M Schäfer
This study assessed the accuracy of preoperative staging in patients undergoing oncological esophagectomy for adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. All patients undergoing surgery for resectable esophageal cancer in a university hospital from 2005 to 2016 were identified from our institutional database. Patients with neoadjuvant treatment were excluded to avoid bias from down-staging effects. Routinely, all patients had an upper endoscopy with biopsy, a thoracoabdominal CT scan, an 18-FEG PET-CT, and endoscopic ultrasound...
January 1, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346540/blood-and-lymphatic-vessels-contribute-to-the-impact-of-the-immune-microenvironment-on-clinical-outcome-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Giovanna Armani, Denise Madeddu, Giulia Mazzaschi, Giovanni Bocchialini, Francesco Sogni, Caterina Frati, Bruno Lorusso, Angela Falco, Costanza Annamaria Lagrasta, Stefano Cavalli, Chiara Mangiaracina, Rocchina Vilella, Gabriella Becchi, Letizia Gnetti, Emilia Corradini, Eugenio Quaini, Konrad Urbanek, Matteo Goldoni, Paolo Carbognani, Luca Ampollini, Federico Quaini
OBJECTIVES: Lymphangiogenesis plays a critical role in the immune response, tumour progression and therapy effectiveness. The aim of this study was to determine whether the interplay between the lymphatic and the blood microvasculature, tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes and the programmed death 1 (PD-1)/programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) immune checkpoint constitutes an immune microenvironment affecting the clinical outcome of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. METHODS: Samples from 50 squamous cell carcinomas and 42 adenocarcinomas were subjected to immunofluorescence to detect blood and lymphatic vessels...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346533/density-of-emerald-ash-borer-coleoptera-buprestidae-adults-and-larvae-at-three-stages-of-the-invasion-wave
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Stephen J Burr, Deborah G McCullough, Therese M Poland
Emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), an invasive phloem-feeding buprestid, has killed hundreds of millions of ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees in the United States and two Canadian provinces. We evaluated EAB persistence in post-invasion sites and compared EAB adult captures and larval densities in 24 forested sites across an east-west gradient in southern Michigan representing the Core (post-invasion), Crest (high EAB populations), and Cusp (recently infested areas) of the EAB invasion wave...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346528/a-novel-stromal-lncrna-signature-reprograms-fibroblasts-to-promote-the-growth-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-via-lncrna-caf-interleukin-33
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Liang Ding, Jing Ren, Dongya Zhang, Yi Li, Xiaofeng Huang, Qingang Hu, Hui Wang, Yuxian Song, Yanhong Ni, Yayi Hou
Stromal carcinoma-related fibroblasts (CAFs) are the main type of non-immune cells in the tumor microenvironment (TME). CAFs interact with cancer cells to promote tumor proliferation. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to regulate cell growth, apoptosis, and metastasis of cancer cells, but their role in stromal cells is unclear. Using RNA sequencing, we identified a stromal lncRNA signature during the transformation of CAFs from normal fibroblasts (NFs) in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We uncovered an uncharacterized lncRNA, FLJ22447, which was remarkably up-regulated in CAFs, referred to LncRNA-CAF (Lnc-CAF) hereafter...
January 13, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346524/-effects-of-a-primary-care-based-multifactorial-intervention-on-physical-and-cognitive-function-in-frail-elderly-individuals-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Laura Romera-Liebana, Francesc Orfila, Josep Maria Segura, Jordi Real, Maria Lluïsa Fabra, Mercedes Möller, Santiago Lancho, Anna Ramirez, Nuria Marti, Montserrat Cullell, Nuria Bastida, Dolors Martinez, Maria Giné, Patricia Cendrós, Anna Bistuer, Elena Perez, Maria Assumpta Fabregat, Gonçal Foz
Background: Detecting and managing frailty at early stages can prevent disability and other adverse outcomes. The study aim was to evaluate whether a multifactorial intervention program could modify physical and cognitive frailty parameters in elderly individuals. Methods: We conducted a multicenter, randomized, single-blind, parallel-group trial in community-living pre-frail/frail elderly individuals in Barcelona. A total of 352 patients, aged ≥65 years old with positive frailty screening, was randomized into two groups to receive a 12-week multidisciplinary intervention or usual care, with concealed allocation...
January 16, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346522/serious-fall-injury-history-and-adverse-health-outcomes-after-initiating-hemodialysis-among-older-u-s-adults
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C Barrett Bowling, Rasheeda Hall, Anjali Khakharia, Harold A Franch, Laura C Plantinga
Background: Although older adults with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at higher risk for falls, the prognostic significance of a serious fall injury prior to dialysis initiation has not been well described in the end-stage renal disease population. Methods: We examined the association between a serious fall injury in the year prior to starting hemodialysis and adverse health outcomes in the year following dialysis initiation using a retrospective cohort study of U...
January 16, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346503/p53%C3%AE-a-new-prognostic-marker-for-patients-with-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-from-5-3-years-of-median-followup
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Haiyang Zhang, Yong Zhao, Peng Sun, Miaoqing Zhao, Zhenhui Su, Xunbo Jin, Wei Song
We previously reported six different p53 isoforms in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In the present study, influences of p53β on recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) were evaluated. Patients diagnosed with RCC in our center were into this study. mRNA expressions of p53 isoforms (p53α, p53β, p53γ) in tumors were determined by RT-PCR and real-time PCR. Functional yeast-based assay was performed to analyze p53 mutational status. p53β transfected 786-O and CAKi-1 cells were cultured to examine expressions of B-cell lymphoma 2-associated X protein (bax) and caspase-3, and ratios of apoptosis...
January 15, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346471/use-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-and-mammographic-density-plus-classic-risk-factors-for-breast-cancer-risk-prediction
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Elke M van Veen, Adam R Brentnall, Helen Byers, Elaine F Harkness, Susan M Astley, Sarah Sampson, Anthony Howell, William G Newman, Jack Cuzick, D Gareth R Evans
Importance: Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have demonstrated an association with breast cancer susceptibility, but there is limited evidence on how to incorporate them into current breast cancer risk prediction models. Objective: To determine whether a panel of 18 SNPs (SNP18) may be used to predict breast cancer in combination with classic risk factors and mammographic density. Design, Setting, and Participants: This cohort study enrolled a subcohort of 9363 women, aged 46 to 73 years, without a previous breast cancer diagnosis from the larger prospective cohort of the PROCAS study (Predicting Risk of Cancer at Screening) specifically to evaluate breast cancer risk-assessment methods...
January 18, 2018: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346403/prime-incision-a-minimally-invasive-approach-to-breast-cancer-surgical-treatment-a-2-cohort-retrospective-comparison-with-conventional-breast-conserving-surgery
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Silvio Eduardo Bromberg, Patricia Rodrigues Alves de Figueiredo Moraes, Felipe Ades
The prime incision technique is an oncoplastic surgery aimed to remove both the breast tumor and the sentinel lymph node through one incision, thus providing better aesthetic results than the conventional breast conservative two incision technique. We retrospectively evaluated 2 cohorts of 60 consecutive breast cancer patients operated by either conventional breast conservative surgery (N = 26) or one incision surgery (N = 34). There were no recurrence or death events observed in any group. No difference was seen regarding the incidence of surgical complications...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346383/seasonally-timed-treatment-programs-for-ascaris-lumbricoides-to-increase-impact-an-investigation-using-mathematical-models
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Emma L Davis, Leon Danon, Joaquín M Prada, Sharmini A Gunawardena, James E Truscott, Johnny Vlaminck, Roy M Anderson, Bruno Levecke, Eric R Morgan, T Deirdre Hollingsworth
There is clear empirical evidence that environmental conditions can influence Ascaris spp. free-living stage development and host reinfection, but the impact of these differences on human infections, and interventions to control them, is variable. A new model framework reflecting four key stages of the A. lumbricoides life cycle, incorporating the effects of rainfall and temperature, is used to describe the level of infection in the human population alongside the environmental egg dynamics. Using data from South Korea and Nigeria, we conclude that settings with extreme fluctuations in rainfall or temperature could exhibit strong seasonal transmission patterns that may be partially masked by the longevity of A...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346374/epidemiological-investigation-into-the-prevalence-of-abnormal-inter-arm-blood-pressure-differences-among-different-ethnicities-in-xinjiang-china
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Ling Sun, Ting Zou, Bao-Zhu Wang, Fen Liu, Qing-Hua Yuan, Yi-Tong Ma, Xiang Ma
OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of and risk factors for IAD among different ethnicity groups was unknown. Our aim was to investigate the prevalence of and risk factors for IAD among Han, Uygur and Kazakh ethnicities in Xinjiang. China. METHODS: In total, 14,618 adult participants (7,799 males and 6,819 females) were recruited from the Cardiovascular Risk Survey. A 4-stage stratified cluster random sampling method was used. The participants' personal information and medical history were assessed by questionnaire...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346365/the-iscb-student-council-internship-program-expanding-computational-biology-capacity-worldwide
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Jigisha Anupama, Margherita Francescatto, Farzana Rahman, Nazeefa Fatima, Dan DeBlasio, Avinash Kumar Shanmugam, Venkata Satagopam, Alberto Santos, Pandurang Kolekar, Magali Michaut, Emre Guney
Education and training are two essential ingredients for a successful career. On one hand, universities provide students a curriculum for specializing in one's field of study, and on the other, internships complement coursework and provide invaluable training experience for a fruitful career. Consequently, undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to undertake an internship during the course of their degree. The opportunity to explore one's research interests in the early stages of their education is important for students because it improves their skill set and gives their career a boost...
January 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346349/early-treatment-of-siv-macaques-with-an-%C3%AE-4%C3%AE-7-mab-alters-virus-distribution-and-preserves-cd4-t-cells-in-later-stages-of-infection
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P J Santangelo, C Cicala, S N Byrareddy, K T Ortiz, D Little, K E Lindsay, S Gumber, J J Hong, K Jelicic, K A Rogers, C Zurla, F Villinger, A A Ansari, A S Fauci, J Arthos
Integrin α4β7 mediates the trafficking of leukocytes, including CD4+ T cells, to lymphoid tissues in the gut. Virus mediated damage to the gut is implicated in HIV and SIV mediated chronic immune activation and leads to irreversible damage to the immune system. We employed an immuno-PET/CT imaging technique to evaluate the impact of an anti-integrin α4β7 mAb alone or in combination with ART, on the distribution of both SIV infected cells and CD4+ cells in rhesus macaques infected with SIV. We determined that α4β7 mAb reduced viral antigen in an array of tissues of the lung, spleen, axillary, and inguinal lymph nodes...
December 20, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346314/sustainable-transportation-attitudes-and-health-behavior-change-evaluation-of-a-brief-stage-targeted-video-intervention
#18
Norbert Mundorf, Colleen A Redding, Andrea L Paiva
Promoting physical activity and sustainable transportation is essential in the face of rising health care costs, obesity rates, and other public health threats resulting from lack of physical activity. Targeted communications can encourage distinct population segments to adopt active and sustainable transportation modes. Our work is designed to promote the health, social, and environmental benefits of sustainable/active transportation (ST) using the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM), which has been successfully applied to a range of health, and more recently, sustainability behaviors...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346311/apoptotic-and-nonapoptotic-activities-of-pterostilbene-against-cancer
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Rong-Jane Chen, Hsiao-Che Kuo, Li-Hsin Cheng, Yu-Hsuan Lee, Wen-Tsan Chang, Bour-Jr Wang, Ying-Jan Wang, Hung-Chi Cheng
Cancer is a major cause of death. The outcomes of current therapeutic strategies against cancer often ironically lead to even increased mortality due to the subsequent drug resistance and to metastatic recurrence. Alternative medicines are thus urgently needed. Cumulative evidence has pointed out that pterostilbene (trans-3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxystilbene, PS) has excellent pharmacological benefits for the prevention and treatment for various types of cancer in their different stages of progression by evoking apoptotic or nonapoptotic anti-cancer activities...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346300/trapezium-bone-density-a-comparison-of-measurements-by-dxa-and-ct
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Sebastian Breddam Mosegaard, Kamille Breddam Mosegaard, Nadia Bouteldja, Torben Bæk Hansen, Maiken Stilling
Bone density may influence the primary fixation of cementless implants, and poor bone density may increase the risk of implant failure. Before deciding on using total joint replacement as treatment in osteoarthritis of the trapeziometacarpal joint, it is valuable to determine the trapezium bone density. The aim of this study was to: (1) determine the correlation between measurements of bone mineral density of the trapezium obtained by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans by a circumference method and a new inner-ellipse method; and (2) to compare those to measurements of bone density obtained by computerized tomography (CT)-scans in Hounsfield units (HU)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
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