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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092934/visceral-leishmaniasis-treatment-outcome-and-its-determinants-in-northwest-ethiopia
#1
Berihun Assefa Dachew, Getachew Mebrahtu Welay, Kefyalew Addis Alene
Background: Poor treatment outcomes of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) are responsible for a high mortality rate in resource limited setting like Ethiopia. This study aimed at evaluating the magnitude and identifying determinants of poor VL treatment outcome in Kahsay Abera Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. Methods: A hospital based retrospective follow up study was conducted among 595 VL patients who were admitted to Kahsay Abera Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia from October 2010 to April 2013...
December 28, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092930/prevalence-of-latent-tuberculosis-among-laboratory-healthcare-workers-in-iran-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mahshid Nasehi, Abdolrazagh Hashemi-Shahraki, Amin Doosti-Irani, Saeed Sharafi, Ehsan Mostafavi
Objectives: The risk of transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from patients to health-care workers (HCWs) is a neglected problem in many countries including Iran. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), and related risk factors among TB laboratory staff in Iran. Methods: All TB laboratory staff (689 individual) who were working in TB laboratories of 50 Iranian Universities of Medical Sciences and a random sample consisted of 317 participants from low risk HCWs, were included in this cross sectional study...
December 30, 2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092915/malignant-mixed-m%C3%A3-llerian-tumour-of-the-uterus-analysis-of-44-cases
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Silvana Grasso, Vera Loizzi, Valentina Minicucci, Leonardo Resta, Anna Lina Camporeale, Ettore Cicinelli, Gennaro Cormio
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to evaluate the clinicopathological features and prognostic factors of uterine carcinosarcoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, the clinical characteristics of 44 patients with uterine MMMT were evaluated. Survival curves were estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method and compared by the log-rank test. RESULTS: Forty-four patients with uterine carcinosarcoma were referred to our unit between 1995 and 2015...
January 17, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092912/production-and-rheological-properties-of-welan-gum-produced-by-sphingomonas-sp-atcc-31555-with-different-nitrogen-sources
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Xiaopeng Xu, Zuoming Nie, Zhiyong Zheng, Li Zhu, Xiaobei Zhan
This study aimed to investigate the effect of nitrogen sources on the production and rheological properties of welan gum produced by Sphingomonas sp. ATCC 31555. Six different nitrogen sources were used for ATCC 31555 fermentation, and 2 of these were further analyzed due to their more positive influence on welan gum production and bacterial biomass. Bacterial biomass, welan gum yield, welan viscosity, molecular weight, monosaccharide composition, acyl content, and welan structure were analyzed. Welan gum production and the biomass concentration of ATCC 31555 were higher in media containing NaNO3 and beef extract...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092867/expression-of-mmp-2-and-timp-1-during-rapid-maxillary-expansion-in-rats
#5
Jianwei Chen, Jing Zhou, Fan Li, Jianfeng Sun, Guifeng Li, Shujuan Zou, Qingsong Ye
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of MMP-2 and TIMP-1 during midpalatal suture expansion in rats. DESIGN: 72 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: the experimental group and the control group. In the experimental group, opening loops were applied across the midpalatal suture with an initial force of 50g, whereas in the control group, rats were subjected to sham installation of opening loops without activation. On day 1, 4, 7 and 14, nine rats from each group were sacrificed, and the maxillae were dissected and prepared for Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and RT- PCR examination of MMP-2 and TIMP-1 expression...
January 4, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092862/protective-effects-of-total-flavonoids-of-astragalus-against-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-regulating-opg-rankl-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xin-Yu Liu, Lu Xu, Ying Wang, Jin-Xia Li, Yu Zhang, Chong Zhang, Sha-Sha Wang, Xue-Mei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge is one of the oldest and most frequently used crude herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) are the main active components isolated from Astragalus membranaceus Bunge. Our recent study has shown its potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo and in vitro. However, its anti-arthritic effects and mechanisms of action involved have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and possible mechanisms of TFA on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis in rats...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092845/cinnamaldehyde-potentially-attenuates-gestational-hyperglycemia-in-rats-through-modulation-of-ppar%C3%AE-proinflammatory-cytokines-and-oxidative-stress
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Ahmed A Hosni, A Adel Abdel-Moneim, Eman S Abdel-Reheim, Samah M Mohamed, Hamdi Helmy
Cinnamon has a history of use for medicinal purposes and its major benefits have been linked to cinnamaldehyde. The present study aimed to investigate the hypoglycemic action of cinnamaldehyde against fatty-sucrosed diet/streptozotocin (FSD/STZ)-rat model of gestational diabetes. Female albino rats were divided into three groups. Group I fed with normal diet (ND) while group II and III were fed with FSD for eight weeks (five weeks pre-gestational and three weeks gestational). Rats of group III were administered with a daily oral dose of 20mg/kg cinnamaldehyde one week before mating onward...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092843/therapeutic-effects-of-bach1-sirna-on-human-breast-adenocarcinoma-cell-line
#8
Mansoor Aletaha, Behzad Mansoori, Ali Mohammadi, Mehdi Fazeli, Behzad Baradaran
BACKGROUND: Despite the great improvements in clinical and therapeutic techniques in recent years, many advanced breast cancer patients still died of the postoperative recurrence and metastasis of disease. Bach1 plays a role in the development of the invasive phenotypes of cancer, cell division and apoptosis in tumor cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of specific bach1 siRNAs, on the proliferation, migration, invasive, induction of apoptosis, cell cycle arrest and alter EMT related miRNA of MDA-MB-468 cells (breast cancer)...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092841/phytochemical-study-and-protective-effect-of-trigonella-foenum-graecum-fenugreek-seeds-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-toxicity-in-liver-and-kidney-of-male-rat
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Sakhria Mbarki, Hichem Alimi, Hafsia Bouzenna, Abdelfettah Elfeki, Najla Hfaiedh
Liver and kidney diseases are a global concern, therefore considerable efforts to obtain fine herbs useful as drugs from medicinal plants are currently in progress. The aim of this work was to study the antioxidant effects of previous supplementation with fenugreek seeds (FS) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) toxicity in the liver and kidney. CCl4 toxicity was induced by one dose (i.g. 5ml CCl4/kg of body weight, 50% CCl4 in olive oil) after 7 weeks of normal diet or diet rich in 10% of grinded fenugreek seeds (20g of pellet rat food/rat/day)...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092840/suppressive-effect-of-spirulina-fusiformis-on-diclofenac-induced-hepato-renal-injury-and-gastrointestinal-ulcer-in-wistar-albino-rats-a-biochemical-and-histological-approach
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Jerine Peter S, Kadar Basha S, R Giridharan, Udhaya Lavinya B, Evan Prince Sabina
CONTEXT: The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), diclofenac causes hepato-renal toxicity and gastric ulcer. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect of Spirulina fusiformis on Diclofenac-induced toxicity in Wistar albino rats. METHODS: Rats were treated as follows: normal control (group I); diclofenac (50mg/kgb.w., i.p.) treated rats (group II); diclofenac-induced (50mg/kgb.w., i.p.) rats treated with Spirulina fusiformis (400mg/kgb...
January 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092838/development-and-validation-of-the-stigma-scale-for-epilepsy-in-turkey
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Sevim Baybaş, Zerrin Yıldırım, Harika Ertem Özhan, Ayten Dirican, Ahmet Dirican
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a chronic disease with an increased risk of stigma. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a scale developed by the authors to determine the level of stigma in Turkish patients with epilepsy and their relatives. METHODS: In this pilot study, two scales were developed, one consisting of 32 questions for the patients and one of 20 questions for the patients' relatives. Initially, a total of 30 patients with epilepsy and 30 relatives of the patients were included...
January 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092820/pcr-screening-of-an-african-fermented-pearl-millet-porridge-metagenome-to-investigate-the-nutritional-potential-of-its-microbiota
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Fabien Saubade, Christèle Humblot, Youna M Hemery, Jean-Pierre Guyot
Cereals are staple foods in most African countries, and many African cereal-based foods are spontaneously fermented. The nutritional quality of cereal products can be enhanced through fermentation, and traditional cereal-based fermented foods (CBFFs) are possible sources of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) with useful nutritional properties. The nutritional properties of LAB vary depending on the species and even on the strain, and the microbial composition of traditional CBFFs varies from one traditional production unit (TPU) to another...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092807/application-of-the-dreadd-technique-in-biomedical-brain-research
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REVIEW
Grzegorz Dobrzanski, Małgorzata Kossut
The DREADD (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs) technique is a new chemogenetic approach allowing for selective and remote control of neural activity with a high degree of spatial resolution. Since its discovery in 2007 the DREADD technique was successfully employed into basic research, and together with the optogenetic method provided so far the best tool to influence the activity of the brain circuits and cell populations. The first aim of this review was to concisely describe the technique with regard to such issues like the history of its development, biochemistry as well as modes of the designer receptors delivery and expression...
October 29, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092801/the-association-between-personal-income-and-aging-a-population-based-13-year-longitudinal-study
#14
Tzu-Yu Lin, Chia-Yu Chen, Chueh-Yung Tsao, Kuang-Hung Hsu
INTRODUCTION: Population aging is set to increase the elder dependency ratio, causing a rapid increase in healthcare expenditures and financial burden on the government. This study aims to construct an aging score from age-related diseases and to perform longitudinal analyses to examine the association between personal income and aging. METHODS: A total of 86,838 subjects drawn from a community with 384,617 residents in northern Taiwan were examined. Personal income and aging-related diseases were measured from the National Health Insurance database during 1997-2010...
January 9, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092800/effect-of-venepuncture-process-design-on-efficiency-and-failure-rates-a-simulation-model-study-for-secondary-care
#15
Sean Reed, Rasa Remenyte-Prescott, Ben Rees
BACKGROUND: Healthcare aims to deliver good patient outcomes. For many clinical procedures there are multiple alternative task sequences that can be performed. These deviations can influence procedure reliability, efficiency of usage of hospital resources and risk to staff and patient safety. Venepuncture is one of the most common invasive procedures in healthcare. Literature of clinical practice shows evidence of wide variability in the procedure order and the duration of each step, which can depend on attributes, such as patient health, sampling method and staff skills...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092791/minor-physical-anomalies-in-bipolar-i-and-bipolar-ii-disorders-results-with-the-m%C3%A3-hes-scale
#16
Hajnalka Berecz, Györgyi Csábi, Sára Jeges, Róbert Herold, Maria Simon, Tamás Halmai, Dániel Trixler, András Hajnal, Ákos Levente Tóth, Tamás Tényi
Minor physical anomalies (MPAs) are external markers of abnormal brain development, so the more common appearence of these signs among bipolar I and bipolar II patients can confirm the possibility of a neurodevelopmental deficit in these illnesses. The aim of the present study was to investigate the rate and topological profile of minor physical anomalies in patients with bipolar I and - first in literature - with bipolar II disorders compared to matched healthy control subjects. Using a list of 57 minor physical anomalies (the Méhes Scale), 30 bipolar I and 30 bipolar II patients, while as a comparison 30 matched healthy control subjects were examined...
January 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092790/comparison-of-quality-of-life-in-homeless-and-non-homeless-chinese-patients-with-psychiatric-disorders
#17
Xiao-Lan Cao, Yan-Nan Fu, Fu-Jun Jia, Helen F K Chiu, Gabor S Ungvari, Chee H Ng, Cai-Lan Hou, Yong-Qiang Lin, Xiao-Bin Zhong, Xiang-Min Liu, Larina C L Yim, Yu-Tao Xiang
To date, there are no data on quality of life (QOL) and its correlates in homeless Chinese patients with psychiatric disorders. This study aimed to compare QOL between homeless and non-homeless patients with psychiatric disorders in China. A total of 278 homeless and 222 non-homeless patients matched in age and gender were consecutively recruited. Socio-demographic and clinical data were collected from medical records. A clinical interview was conducted using standardized instruments. The physical and mental QOL in both groups were lower than the normative data for Chinese general population, but there was no significant difference in any QOL domain between the two groups...
January 6, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092771/plant-peroxisomes-a-nitro-oxidative-cocktail
#18
REVIEW
Francisco J Corpas, Juan B Barroso, José M Palma, Marta Rodriguez-Ruiz
Although peroxisomes are very simple organelles, research on different species has provided us with an understanding of their importance in terms of cell viability. In addition to the significant role played by plant peroxisomes in the metabolism of reactive oxygen species (ROS), data gathered over the last two decades show that these organelles are an endogenous source of nitric oxide (NO) and related molecules called reactive nitrogen species (RNS). Molecules such as NO and H2O2 act as retrograde signals among the different cellular compartments, thus facilitating integral cellular adaptation to physiological and environmental changes...
January 3, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092761/chlorinated-and-ultraviolet-radiation-treated-reclaimed-irrigation-water-is-the-source-of-aeromonas-found-in-vegetables-used-for-human-consumption
#19
Fadua Latif-Eugenín, Roxana Beaz-Hidalgo, Carolina Silvera-Simón, Xavi Fernandez-Cassi, María J Figueras
Wastewater is increasingly being recognized as a key water resource, and reclaimed water (or treated wastewater) is used for irrigating vegetables destined for human consumption. The aim of the present study was to determine the diversity and prevalence of Aeromonas spp. both in reclaimed water used for irrigation and in the three types of vegetables irrigated with that water. Seven of the 11 (63.6%) samples of reclaimed water and all samples of vegetables were positive for the presence of Aeromonas. A total of 216 Aeromonas isolates were genotyped and corresponded to 132 different strains that after identification by sequencing the rpoD gene belonged to 10 different species...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092760/serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-stability-of-depressive-symptoms-in-coronary-heart-disease-patients-a-prospective-study
#20
Stella L Kuhlmann, Mira Tschorn, Volker Arolt, Katja Beer, Julia Brandt, Laura Grosse, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Nina Rieckmann, Johannes Waltenberger, Katharina Warnke, Rainer Hellweg, Andreas Ströhle
OBJECTIVE: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) supports neurogenesis, angiogenesis, and promotes the survival of various cell types in the brain and the coronary system. Moreover, BDNF is associated with both coronary heart disease (CHD) and depression. The current study aims to investigate whether serum BDNF levels are associated with the course of depressive symptoms in CHD patients. METHODS: At baseline, N=225 CHD patients were enrolled while hospitalized...
December 23, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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