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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437091/speeding-up-early-drug-discovery-in-antiviral-research-a-fragment-based-in-silico-approach-for-the-design-of-virtual-anti-hepatitis-c-leads
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Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natalia Dias Soeiro Cordeiro
Hepatitis C constitutes an unresolved global health problem. This infectious disease is caused by the hepatotropic hepatitis C virus (HCV), and it can lead to the occurrence of life-threatening medical conditions such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Nowadays, major clinical concerns have arisen due to the appearance of multidrug resistance (MDR), and the side effects especially associated with long-term treatments. In this work, we report the first multitasking model for quantitative structure-biological effect relationships (mtk-QSBER), focused on the simultaneous exploration of anti-HCV activity and in vitro safety profiles related to the absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and toxicity (ADMET)...
April 24, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436686/sparking-thinking-studying-modern-precision-medicine-will-accelerate-the-progression-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-patterns
#2
Bao-Cheng Liu, Guang Ji
Incorporating "-omics" studies with environmental interactions could help elucidate the biological mechanisms responsible for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) patterns. Based on the authors' own experiences, this review outlines a model of an ideal combination of "-omics" biomarkers, environmental factors, and TCM pattern classifications; provides a narrative review of the relevant genetic and TCM studies; and lists several successful integrative examples. Two integration tools are briefly introduced. The first is the integration of modern devices into objective diagnostic methods of TCM patterning, which would improve current clinical decision-making and practice...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436376/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-symptoms-causes-and-treatment-options-literature-reviev
#3
Radoslav Zamborsky, Milan Kokavec, Lukas Simko, Martin Bohac
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common form of entrapment neuropathy. Several authors have investigated the anatomical and pathophysiological features of CTS and have identified several parameters that, in combination, play a significant role in its pathophysiology. Advancement in biological research on CTS has enabled the advent of efficient diagnostic techniques such as provocative tests and nerve conduction studies. Sophisticated technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography (US), have facilitated the diagnosis of CTS...
January 26, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434948/international-and-multidisciplinary-expert-recommendations-for-the-use-of-biologics-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#4
REVIEW
Jean-François Kleinmann, Florence Tubach, Véronique Le Guern, Alexis Mathian, Christophe Richez, David Saadoun, Karim Sacre, Jérémie Sellam, Raphaèle Seror, Zahir Amoura, Emmanuel Andres, Sylvain Audia, Brigitte Bader-Meunier, Gilles Blaison, Bernard Bonnotte, Patrice Cacoub, Sophie Caillard, Laurent Chiche, Olivier Chosidow, Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Claire Daien, Eric Daugas, Nairouz Derdèche, Andrea Doria, Olivier Fain, Fadi Fakhouri, Dominique Farge, Cem Gabay, Sylvie Guillo, Eric Hachulla, Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni, Mohamed Hamidou, Frédéric A Houssiau, Noémie Jourde-Chiche, Isabelle Koné-Paut, Aïcha Ladjouz-Rezig, Olivier Lambotte, Dan Lipsker, Xavier Mariette, Nicolas Martin-Silva, Thierry Martin, François Maurier, Roderich Meckenstock, Arsène Mékinian, Olivier Meyer, Shirine Mohamed, Jacques Morel, Bruno Moulin, Denis Mulleman, Thomas Papo, Vincent Poindron, Xavier Puéchal, Leonardo Punzi, Pierre Quartier, Laurent Sailler, Amar Smail, Martin Soubrier, Agnès Sparsa, Zoubida Tazi-Mezalek, Leith Zakraoui, Stéphane Zuily, Jean Sibilia, Jacques-Eric Gottenberg
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Despite conventional immunosuppressants, active and steroid-dependent systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) represents a therapeutic challenge. Only one biologic, belimumab, has been approved, but other biologics are sometimes used off-label. Given the lack of evidence-based data in some clinical situations encountered in real life, we developed expert recommendations for the use of biologics for SLE. METHODS: The recommendations were developed by a formal consensus method...
April 18, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434870/maternal-socioeconomic-disadvantage-is-associated-with-transcriptional-indications-of-greater-immune-activation-and-slower-tissue-maturation-in-placental-biopsies-and-newborn-cord-blood
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Gregory E Miller, Ann E Borders, Amy H Crockett, Kharah M Ross, Sameen Qadir, Lauren Keenan-Devlin, Adam K Leigh, Paula Ham, Jeffrey Ma, Jesusa M G Arevalo, Linda M Ernst, Steve W Cole
Children from economically disadvantaged families experience worse cognitive, psychiatric, and medical outcomes compared to more affluent youth. Preclinical models suggest some of the adverse influence of disadvantage could be transmitted during gestation via maternal immune activation, but this hypothesis has not been tested in humans. It also remains unclear whether prenatal interventions can mitigate such effects. To fill these gaps, we conducted two studies. Study 1 characterized the socioeconomic conditions of 79 women during pregnancy...
April 20, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434387/cost-utility-of-biological-treatment-sequences-for-luminal-crohn-s-disease-in-europe
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Fanni Rencz, László Gulácsi, Márta Péntek, Krisztina B Gecse, Axel Dignass, Jonas Halfvarson, Fernando Gomollón, Petra Baji, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet, Péter L Lakatos, Valentin Brodszky
OBJECTIVES: To compare the cost-effectiveness of treatment sequences with available biologics, including adalimumab (ADA), biosimilar infliximab (bsIFX), originator infliximab (IFX) and vedolizumab (VEDO) for luminal Crohn's disease in nine European countries. METHODS: A Markov-model was constructed to simulate five-year medical costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). Data on clinical efficacy were obtained from randomised controlled trials. Country-specific unit costs, discount rates and a third-party payer perspective were applied...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
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
#7
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/28431944/green-seaweed-enteromorpha-compressa-chlorophyta-ulvaceae-derived-sulphated-polysaccharides-inhibit-herpes-simplex-virus
#9
Nayara Lopes, Sayani Ray, Samantha Fernandes Espada, Weslei Andrade Bomfim, Bimalendu Ray, Lígia Carla Faccin-Galhardi, Rosa Elisa Carvalho Linhares, Carlos Nozawa
The herpes simplex virus (HSV) diseases represent a relevant medical and social problem due to their communicability and recurrence following latency. The green algae are rich source of polysaccharides referred to as ulvans, reported as being biologically and pharmacologically active. In this work, we analyzed the activity of seven chemically modified polysaccharides from Enteromorpha compressa (Chlorophyta, Ulvaceae), against HSV. Only the derivative named SU1F1 showed satisfactory viral inhibition activity, with a high selectivity index, and, therefore, it was submitted to analysis of the probable mechanism of action and structure...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431902/addressing-unmet-maternal-health-needs-at-a-pediatric-specialty-infant-care-clinic
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Matthew L Zerden, Anna Falkovich, Erin K McClain, Sarah Verbiest, Diane D Warner, Janice Kay Wereszczak, Alison Stuebe
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this intervention was to evaluate the feasibility of screening mothers of medically fragile infants in the domains of 1) depression, 2) tobacco exposure, and 3) family planning at a post-neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) developmental pediatric visit. Additionally, we sought to estimate the percentage who met criteria for further evaluation in the three domains assessed. METHODS: A cross-sectional questionnaire was administered to 100 caregivers of medically fragile infants at a specialty, post-NICU clinic visit...
April 18, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431457/precision-medicine-and-pharmacogenetics-what-does-oncology-have-that-addiction-medicine-does-not
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Henry R Kranzler, Rachel V Smith, Robert Schnoll, Afaf Moustafa, Emma Greenstreet-Akman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Precision, personalized or stratified medicine, which promises to deliver the right treatment to the right patient, is a topic of international interest in both the lay press and the scientific literature. A key aspect of precision medicine is the identification of biomarkers that predict the response to medications (i.e. pharmacogenetics). We examined why, despite the great strides that have been made in biomarker identification in many areas of medicine, only in oncology has there been substantial progress in their clinical implementation...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431193/evaluation-of-cholesterol-as-a-biomarker-for-suicidality-in-a-veteran-sample
#12
Chuck Reuter, Barbara Caldwell, Heather Basehore
A reduction in total cholesterol may alter the microviscosity of the brain-cell-membrane, reducing serotonin receptor exposure. The resulting imbalance between serotonin and dopamine may lead to an increased risk for suicidality. The objective of this research was to evaluate total cholesterol as a biological marker for suicidality in a sample of US military veterans. The study population consisted of veterans who received care at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and were included in the Suicide Prevention Coordinator's database for having suicidal ideation with evidence of escalating intent, a documented suicide attempt, or committed suicide between 2009 and 2015...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431087/a-method-for-learning-a-sparse-classifier-in-the-presence-of-missing-data-for-high-dimensional-biological-datasets
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Kristen Severson, Brinda Monian, J Christopher Love, Richard D Braatz
Motivation: This work addresses two common issues in building classification models for biological or medical studies: learning a sparse model, where only a subset of a large number of possible predictors is used, and training in the presence of missing data. This work focuses on supervised generative binary classification models, specifically linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The parameters are determined using an expectation maximization algorithm to both address missing data and introduce priors to promote sparsity...
April 18, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
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S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
#15
John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429833/the-microbially-mediated-soil-organic-carbon-loss-under-degenerative-succession-in-an-alpine-meadow
#16
Yuguang Zhang, Xiao Liu, Jing Cong, Hui Lu, Yuyu Sheng, Xiulei Wang, Diqiang Li, Xueduan Liu, Huaqun Yin, Jizhong Zhou, Ye Deng
Land-cover change has long been recognized as having marked effect on the amount of soil organic carbon (SOC). However, the microbially-mediated processes and mechanisms on SOC are still unclear. In this study, the soil samples in a degenerative succession from alpine meadow to alpine steppe meadow in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau were analyzed using high-throughput technologies, including Illumina sequencing and GeoChip functional gene arrays. The soil microbial community structure and diversity were significantly (P < 0...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428756/neck-circumference-is-associated-with-muscle-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-overweight-and-obese-men-but-not-women
#17
Nora E Straznicky, Mariee T Grima, Carolina I Sari, Nina Eikelis, Paul J Nestel, John B Dixon, Gavin W Lambert, Markus P Schlaich, Sarah E Phillips, Elisabeth A Lambert
Background: Neck circumference (NC) is a predictor of cardiometabolic risk. The objective of this study was to explore the relationship of NC to muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) within an overweight and obese population. Methods: The study design was a retrospective cross-sectional analysis. Un-medicated persons (72 men, 53 postmenopausal women) aged 56 ± 1 years (mean ± SEM) with body mass index (BMI) 32.8 ± 0.4 kg/m(2), were studied. NC was measured together with traditional anthropometric measures, supine blood pressure, fasting blood lipids, insulin, and glucose...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428704/lead-poisoning-due-to-herbal-medications
#18
Shailja Chambial, Pankaj Bhardwaj, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Praveen Sharma
Lead ranks as one of the most serious environmental poisons all over the world amongst toxic heavy metals with no known biological function useful for the human body. A case of lead toxicity due to consumption of herbal medicine is being discussed. The case presented with gastrointestinal complaints and history of intake of herbal medicines for diabetes control for past 8 months. The analysis of the powdered herbal medicine procured from ayurveda practitioner was found to have high content of lead responsible for the lead toxicity...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427750/consensus-statements-for-medical-practice-biological-agents-and-lung-disease-abridged-english-translation-by-the-japanese-respiratory-society
#19
REVIEW
Hitoshi Tokuda, Masayoshi Harigai, Hideto Kameda, Kazunori Tomono, Noboru Takayanagi, Akira Watanabe, Sadatomo Tasaka, Takafumi Suda, Kazuhiro Tateda, Junichi Kadota
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427314/capturing-complexity-in-pulmonary-system-modelling
#20
Alys R Clark, Haribalan Kumar, Kelly Burrowes
Respiratory disease is a significant problem worldwide, and it is a problem with increasing prevalence. Pathology in the upper airways and lung is very difficult to diagnose and treat, as response to disease is often heterogeneous across patients. Computational models have long been used to help understand respiratory function, and these models have evolved alongside increases in the resolution of medical imaging and increased capability of functional imaging, advances in biological knowledge, mathematical techniques and computational power...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
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