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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636123/sem-imaging-of-the-stimulatory-response-of-raw264-7-cells-against-porphyromonas-gingivalis-using-a-simple-technique-employing-new-conductive-materials
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Chisato Takahashi, Yoshiki Umemura, Ayako Naka, Hiromitsu Yamamoto
In the medical biology, it is essential to understand not only biological morphology but also the interaction between biological materials and agents. To study these, electron microscopy (EM) is often utilized. However, sample preparation techniques for EM require a high level of skill and a considerable time. Here, we conducted EM using a simple technique employing a conductive liquid, BEL-1, and compared the results with another simple technique employing an ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM][BF4 ])...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635342/healthcare-costs-in-psoriasis-and-psoriasis-subgroups-over-time-following-psoriasis-diagnosis
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Sarah Al Sawah, Shonda A Foster, Orin M Goldblum, William N Malatestinic, Baojin Zhu, Nianwen Shi, Xue Song, Steven R Feldman
AIMS: To quantify healthcare costs in patients with psoriasis overall and, in psoriasis patient subgroups, by level of disease severity, presence or absence of psoriatic arthritis, or use of biologics. METHODS: Administrative data from Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Research Database were used to select adult patients with psoriasis from January 2009 to January 2014. The first psoriasis diagnosis was set as the index date. Patients were required to have ≥6 months of continuous enrollment with medical and pharmacy benefits pre-index and ≥12 months post-index...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634106/biology-evolution-and-medical-importance-of-polyomaviruses-an-update
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REVIEW
Ugo Moens, Andi Krumbholz, Bernhard Ehlers, Roland Zell, Reimar Johne, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Chris Lauber
The family Polyomaviridae encompasses non-enveloped viruses with a circular dsDNA genome that is typically approximately 5000bp in length. Originally isolated from mammals, polyomavirus sequences have now been detected in invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, although it remains to be determined whether all these animals are genuine hosts. The genomes of all polyomaviruses encode at least two regulatory proteins (large and small tumour antigen) and two structural proteins (capsid proteins VP1 and VP2) whose functions have been defined...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/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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EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J 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, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631046/adherence-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-to-biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-a-cross-sectional-study
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Natalia Mena-Vazquez, Sara Manrique-Arija, Lucía Yunquera-Romero, Inmaculada Ureña-Garnica, Marta Rojas-Gimenez, Carla Domic, Francisco Gabriel Jimenez-Nuñez, Antonio Fernandez-Nebro
The aims of this study were to evaluate adherence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients to biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), identify potential risk factors, and analyze the discriminative ability of the Morisky-Green test (MGT) to detect bDMARD nonadherence. One hundred and seventy-eight adult RA patients treated with bDMARDs were included. Adherence was measured using the medication possession ratio (MPR) of the previous 6 months. An MPR >80% was considered good adherence. Patient demographics, clinical characteristics, and MGT scores were assessed through a standardized clinical interview at the cross-sectional date...
June 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630629/the-cedar-study-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-clinical-effects-of-conventional-dmards-and-biologic-dmards-in-australian-rheumatology-practice
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Lynden Roberts, Kathleen Tymms, Julien de Jager, Geoffrey Littlejohn, Hedley Griffiths, Dave Nicholls, Paul Bird, Jennifer Young, Julie Hill, Jane Zochling
OBJECTIVES: To observe the choices of conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) and biologic DMARDs (bDMARDs) in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Australian routine clinical practice, to assess treatment survival and determine the effect of cDMARDs/bDMARDs on disease activity. METHODS: Routinely collected, deidentified clinical data was sourced from 20 Australian rheumatology practices. RA patients aged ≥18 years, who had received cDMARDs/bDMARDs and a recorded subsequent visit, were included...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629905/2017-american-college-of-rheumatology-american-association-of-hip-and-knee-surgeons-guideline-for-the-perioperative-management-of-antirheumatic-medication-in-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases-undergoing-elective-total-hip-or-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Susan M Goodman, Bryan Springer, Gordon Guyatt, Matthew P Abdel, Vinod Dasa, Michael George, Ora Gewurz-Singer, Jon T Giles, Beverly Johnson, Steve Lee, Lisa A Mandl, Michael A Mont, Peter Sculco, Scott Sporer, Louis Stryker, Marat Turgunbaev, Barry Brause, Antonia F Chen, Jeremy Gililland, Mark Goodman, Arlene Hurley-Rosenblatt, Kyriakos Kirou, Elena Losina, Ronald MacKenzie, Kaleb Michaud, Ted Mikuls, Linda Russell, Alexander Sah, Amy S Miller, Jasvinder A Singh, Adolph Yates
OBJECTIVE: This collaboration between the American College of Rheumatology and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons developed an evidence-based guideline for the perioperative management of antirheumatic drug therapy for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis (SpA) including ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) undergoing elective total hip (THA) or total knee arthroplasty (TKA)...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629085/design-of-a-hybrid-biomaterial-for-tissue-engineering-biopolymer-scaffold-integrated-with-an-autologous-hydrogel-carrying-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Caroline R Weinstein-Oppenheimer, Donald I Brown, Rodrigo Coloma, Patricio Morales, Mauricio Reyna-Jeldes, María J Díaz, Elizabeth Sánchez, Cristian A Acevedo
Biologically active biomaterials as biopolymers and hydrogels have been used in medical applications providing favorable results in tissue engineering. In this research, a wound dressing device was designed by integration of an autologous clot hydrogel carrying mesenchymal stem-cells onto a biopolymeric scaffold. This hybrid biomaterial was tested in-vitro and in-vivo, and used in a human clinical case. The biopolymeric scaffold was made with gelatin, chitosan and hyaluronic acid, using a freeze-drying method...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629063/substitution-of-strontium-and-boron-into-hydroxyapatite-crystals-effect-on-physicochemical-properties-and-biocompatibility-with-human-wharton-jelly-stem-cells
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Joanna Kolmas, Frédéric Velard, Aneta Jaguszewska, Flora Lemaire, Halima Kerdjoudj, Sophie C Gangloff, Agnieszka Kaflak
Hydroxyapatite (HA) enriched with strontium and boron ions was synthesized using two different methods: the precipitation method (Sr,B-HAw) and the dry method (Sr,B-HAd). Additionally, for the sake of comparison, the "pure" unsubstituted HA was prepared together with HAs substituted only with one type of a foreign ion. The obtained materials were subjected to physicochemical analysis with the use of various analytical methods, such as powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and solid-state proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H ssNMR)...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628689/aggressive-skin-cancers-occurring-in-patients-treated-with-the-janus-kinase-inhibitor-ruxolitinib
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Adam B Blechman, Christine E Cabell, Christine H Weinberger, Anna Duckworth, Justin J Leitenberger, Fiona O Zwald, Mark A Russell
<p>The Food and Drug Administration approved Ruxolitinib in 2011 for the treatment of primary myelofibrosis. Five-year safety data showed a higher incidence of skin cancer in patients treated with Ruxolitinib compared to best available therapy for myelofibrosis. This report presents a series of five patients with history of myelofibrosis treated with Ruxolitinib who subsequently developed numerous skin cancers with aggressive biological behavior. Each patient in this report was treated by a Mohs surgeon affiliated with an academic institution...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628474/prediction-of-human-iron-bioavailability-using-rapid-c-elisas-for-human-plasma-hepcidin
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Nicole U Stoffel, Christophe Zeder, Eloïse Fort, Dorine W Swinkels, Michael B Zimmermann, Diego Moretti
BACKGROUND: Hepcidin is the central systemic regulator of iron metabolism, but its quantification in biological fluids is challenging. Rapid, accurate and user-friendly methods are needed. Our aim was to assess the ability of hepcidin as measured by three different c-ELISA assays to predict iron bioavailability in humans. METHODS: The three assays used were commercially available DRG and Peninsula assays and the c-ELISA method performed at Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Hepcidinanalysis...
June 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628468/dapsa-das28-and-mda-predict-long-term-treatment-regime-in-psoriatic-arthritis-the-swedish-early-psoriatic-arthritis-cohort
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Ulla Lindqvist, Mona-Lisa Wernroth, Tomas Husmark, Per Larsson, Mats Geijer, Annika Teleman, Elke Theander, Gerd-Marie Alenius
OBJECTIVES: To describe treatment patterns in the Swedish early psoriatic arthritis cohort (SwePsA) of the mono-/oligo-arthritic (M/O) and polyarthritis (P) and identify early predictive factors for treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic (DMARD), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), and tumour necrosis factor inhibition (TNFi) after 5 years. METHODS: Data for 198 M/O and P PsA were obtained within the programme for SwePsA. Multinomial and binary logistic regression analyses were used to assess the association between early predictive factors and treatment after 5 years adjusted for age at inclusion...
June 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628351/sleep-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-in-the-year-after-cancer-treatment
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Lauren C Daniel, Richa Aggarwal, Lisa A Schwartz
PURPOSE: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer are a vulnerable group facing more intense treatments, higher symptom burden, and poorer treatment outcomes relative to younger children. Sleep disruption is common during cancer treatment and sleep problems persist into adulthood for some survivors of AYA cancer. The developmental period of adolescence/emerging adulthood confers greater biological and behavioral risk for insufficient sleep relative to older or younger ages. Thus, understanding AYA sleep disturbances shortly after completing treatment can inform interventions to manage cancer-related symptoms and improve quality of life...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626828/contribution-of-risk-factors-to-excess-mortality-in-isolated-and-lonely-individuals-an-analysis-of-data-from-the-uk-biobank-cohort-study
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Marko Elovainio, Christian Hakulinen, Laura Pulkki-Råback, Marianna Virtanen, Kim Josefsson, Markus Jokela, Jussi Vahtera, Mika Kivimäki
BACKGROUND: The associations of social isolation and loneliness with premature mortality are well known, but the risk factors linking them remain unclear. We sought to identify risk factors that might explain the increased mortality in socially isolated and lonely individuals. METHODS: We used prospective follow-up data from the UK Biobank cohort study to assess self-reported isolation (a three-item scale) and loneliness (two questions). The main outcomes were all-cause and cause-specific mortality...
June 2017: Lancet. Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626564/integration-of-g-quadruplex-and-dna-templated-ag-ncs-for-nonarithmetic-information-processing
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Ru-Ru Gao, Tian-Ming Yao, Xiao-Yan Lv, Yan-Yan Zhu, Yi-Wei Zhang, Shuo Shi
To create sophisticated molecular logic circuits from scratch, you may not believe how common the building blocks can be and how diverse and powerful such circuits can be when scaled up. Using the two simple building blocks of G-quadruplex and silver nanoclusters (Ag NCs), we experimentally construct a series of multifunctional, label-free, and multi-output logic circuits to perform nonarithmetic functions: a 1-to-2 decoder, a 4-to-2 encoder, an 8-to-3 encoder, dual transfer gates, a 2 : 1 multiplexer, and a 1 : 2 demultiplexer...
June 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626424/relationship-of-mycotoxins-accumulation-and-bioactive-components-variation-in-ginger-after-fungal-inoculation
#16
Zhixin Yang, Haiwei Wang, Guangyao Ying, Meihua Yang, Yujiao Nian, Jiajia Liu, Weijun Kong
Ginger has got increasing worldwide interests due to its extensive biological activities, along with high medical and edible values. But fungal contamination and mycotoxin residues have brought challenges to its quality and safety. In the present study, the relationship of content of mycotoxins accumulation and bioactive components variation in ginger after infection by toxigenic fungi were investigated for the first time to elucidate the influence of fungal contamination on the inherent quality of ginger. After being infected by Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus carbonarius for different periods, the produced mycotoxins was determined by an immunoaffinity column clean-up based ultra-fast liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry, and the main bioactive components in ginger were analyzed by ultra performance liquid chromatography-photodiode array detection...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626380/clinical-and-pathologic-remission-of-pediatric-ulcerative-colitis-with-serum-derived-bovine-immunoglobulin-added-to-the-standard-treatment-regimen
#17
Rachelle A Soriano, Asuncion G Ramos-Soriano
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that is particularly troublesome for pediatric patients, as current therapeutic options consist of biologic agents and steroids which alter the immune response and have the harmful side effect of leaving the patient more susceptible to opportunistic infections and eventual surgery. Another option for therapy exists in the form of serum-derived bovine immunoglobulin/protein isolate (SBI), the key ingredient in a medical food, EnteraGam®. The FDA has reviewed the safety of SBI and issued a no challenge letter to the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) findings for this medical food...
May 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626189/successful-switch-to-golimumab-for-eosinophilia-and-skin-symptoms-related-to-multiple-biologics-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Naoto Azuma, Kiyoshi Matsui, Naoaki Hashimoto, Takahiro Yoshikawa, Hajime Sano
Biologics used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) rarely cause eosinophilia. We herein report a patient with RA being treated with infliximab, adalimumab, and tocilizumab who developed eosinophilia with skin symptoms. Interestingly, the marked eosinophilia and skin symptoms did not reappear after the patient's medication was switched to golimumab. In this case, the presence of biologics-specific antibodies suggested that immunogenicity caused the eosinophilia. Therefore, switching to a biologic with a lower immunogenicity was effective...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625636/prognostic-impact-of-ttf-1-expression-in-patients-with-stage-iv-lung-adenocarcinomas
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Juliana B Schilsky, Ai Ni, Linda Ahn, Sutirtha Datta, William D Travis, Mark G Kris, Jamie E Chaft, Natasha Rekhtman, Matthew D Hellmann
OBJECTIVES: Thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1) is routinely tested in the diagnostic evaluation of suspected lung cancers, is commonly expressed by lung adenocarcinomas, and may modulate lung cancer biology. We examined the role of TTF-1 as a predictive and prognostic marker in patients with advanced lung adenocarcinomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed clinical, pathologic, and molecular features, treatments received, and overall survival obtained from the medical records of 479 consecutive patients at a single site with stage IV lung adenocarcinomas and evaluable TTF-1 expression...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625441/the-protective-effects-of-dexmedetomidine-on-ischemic-brain-injury-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Lianxiang Jiang, Meizhu Hu, Yan Lu, Ya Cao, Yan Chang, Zeping Dai
BACKGROUND: Intracranial lesions, trauma or surgery-related damage activate immune inflammation and neuroendocrine responses, causing ischemic brain injury. Studies have shown that inflammatory cascade mediated by neuroendocrine hormones and proinflammatory mediators is implicated in the pathophysiology of ischemic brain injury. Alpha2-adrenoceptor agonists, dexmedetomidine, is widely used as neuroprotectants in anesthesia practice. However, it is still lack of a comprehensive meta-analysis to evaluate the neuroprotection of dexmedetomidine against ischemic brain injury via suppressing these two physiological responses...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
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