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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922704/direct-acting-antivirals-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Janus C Jakobsen, Emil Eik Nielsen, Joshua Feinberg, Kiran Kumar Katakam, Kristina Fobian, Goran Hauser, Goran Poropat, Snezana Djurisic, Karl Heinz Weiss, Milica Bjelakovic, Goran Bjelakovic, Sarah Louise Klingenberg, Jian Ping Liu, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Ronald L Koretz, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: Millions of people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, which can lead to severe liver disease, liver cancer, and death. Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), e.g. sofosbuvir, are relatively new and expensive interventions for chronic hepatitis C, and preliminary results suggest that DAAs may eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the blood (sustained virological response). Sustained virological response (SVR) is used by investigators and regulatory agencies as a surrogate outcome for morbidity and mortality, based solely on observational evidence...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921643/bridging-adult-experience-to-pediatrics-in-oncology-drug-development
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Ruby Leong, Hong Zhao, Gregory Reaman, Qi Liu, Yaning Wang, Clinton F Stewart, Gilbert Burckart
Pediatric drug development in the United States has grown under the current regulations made permanent by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. Over 1200 pediatric studies have now been submitted to the US FDA, but there is still a high rate of failure to obtain pediatric labeling for the indication pursued. Pediatric oncology represents special problems in that the disease is most often dissimilar to any cancer found in the adult population. Therefore, the development of drug dosing in pediatric oncology patients represents a special challenge...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919115/global-regional-and-national-under-5-mortality-adult-mortality-age-specific-mortality-and-life-expectancy-1970-2016-a-systematic-analysis-for-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2016
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BACKGROUND: Detailed assessments of mortality patterns, particularly age-specific mortality, represent a crucial input that enables health systems to target interventions to specific populations. Understanding how all-cause mortality has changed with respect to development status can identify exemplars for best practice. To accomplish this, the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016 (GBD 2016) estimated age-specific and sex-specific all-cause mortality between 1970 and 2016 for 195 countries and territories and at the subnational level for the five countries with a population greater than 200 million in 2016...
September 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919019/epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-epigenetic-reprogramming-driving-cellular-plasticity
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Nicolas Skrypek, Steven Goossens, Eva De Smedt, Niels Vandamme, Geert Berx
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells lose their junctions and polarity to gain a motile mesenchymal phenotype. EMT is essential during embryogenesis and adult physiological processes like wound healing, but is aberrantly activated in pathological conditions like fibrosis and cancer. A series of transcription factors (EMT-inducing transcription factor; EMT-TF) regulate the induction of EMT by repressing the transcription of epithelial genes while activating mesenchymal genes through mechanisms still debated...
September 14, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916965/factors-affecting-operative-efficiency-and-post-operative-convalescence-in-laparoendoscopic-single-site-less-adrenalectomy
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Yao-Chou Tsai, Chung-Hsien Chen, Ya-Hui Hu, Leay-Kiaw Er, Che-Hsiung Wu, Shih-Chieh Chueh, Victor Chia-Hsiang Lin
BACKGROUND: Laparoendoscopic single-site (LESS) adrenalectomy is a novel challenging technique which is still under clinical evaluation. Initial reports have revealed its superiority in patient convalescence. In addition, it has been reported that some patient or anatomic factors might affect the ergonomics of LESS adrenalectomy. The aim of this study is to investigate the possible factors that might affect procedural efficiency and patient convalescence in LESS adrenalectomy. METHODS: Between October 2009 and July 2015, 105 consecutive adult patients with benign adrenal tumors, who underwent LESS retroperitoneal adrenalectomy were enrolled in this study...
September 15, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916295/utilization-of-hospice-services-in-a-population-of-patients-with-huntington-s-disease
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Margaret O Johnson, Samuel Frank, Matthew Mendlik, David Casarett
CONTEXT: Although the early and middle stages of Huntington's Disease (HD) and its complications have been well described, less is known about the course of late-stage illness. In particular, little is known about the population of patients who enroll in hospice. OBJECTIVES: Our goal is to describe the characteristics of patients with HD who enrolled in hospice. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of electronic medical record data from 12 not-for-profit hospices in the United States from 2008 to 2012...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914368/macrophage-activation-syndrome-in-still-s-disease-analysis-of-clinical-characteristics-and-survival-in-paediatric-and-adult-patients
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Piero Ruscitti, Carmela Rago, Luciana Breda, Paola Cipriani, Vasiliki Liakouli, Onorina Berardicurti, Francesco Carubbi, Caterina Di Battista, Alberto Verrotti, Roberto Giacomelli
Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a reactive form of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, complicating Still's disease, both in paediatric and adult patients. In this work, we aimed to investigate clinical picture and outcome of Still's disease patients developing MAS. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients, both paediatrics and adults, affected by Still's disease attending our department. During the follow-up, each patient was investigated for MAS occurrence and possible predictors, clinical and laboratory factors, were analysed...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905246/-immunizing-is-not-only-a-children-s-matter-why-vaccinations-are-also-important-for-adults
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Ursula Kunze, Ernest Groman
Vaccinations belong to the ten most effective public health achievements worldwide. While immunization programms for children are installed in Europe, vaccinations for adults are not established. However, adult vaccination is extremely meaningful: increasing age means a higher susceptibility to infectious diseases, health problems and multimorbidity will increase. The burden of vaccine-preventable diseases is still high in Europe. Due to immunosenescence (older) adults are less protected against pathogens, antibody titers after vaccinations are lower and immunity lasts shorter...
September 13, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899881/tet1-overexpression-leads-to-anxiety-like-behavior-and-enhanced-fear-memories-via-the-activation-of-calcium-dependent-cascade-through-egr1-expression-in-mice
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Wookbong Kwon, Hyeng-Soo Kim, Jain Jeong, Yonghun Sung, Minjee Choi, Song Park, Jinhee Lee, Soyoung Jang, Sung Hyun Kim, Sanggyu Lee, Myoung Ok Kim, Zae Young Ryoo
Ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1) initiates DNA demethylation by converting 5-methylcytosine (5-mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC) at CpG-rich regions of genes, which have key roles in adult neurogenesis and memory. In addition, the overexpression of Tet1 with 5-hmC alteration in patients with psychosis has also been reported, for instance in schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. The mechanism underlying Tet1 overexpression in the brain; however, is still elusive. In the present study, we found that Tet1-transgenic (Tet1-TG) mice displayed abnormal behaviors involving elevated anxiety and enhanced fear memories...
September 12, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899403/effects-of-hla-drb1-alleles-on-susceptibility-and-clinical-manifestations-in-japanese-patients-with-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Tomoyuki Asano, Hiroshi Furukawa, Shuzo Sato, Makiko Yashiro, Hiroko Kobayashi, Hiroshi Watanabe, Eiji Suzuki, Tomoyuki Ito, Yoshifumi Ubara, Daisuke Kobayashi, Nozomi Iwanaga, Yasumori Izumi, Keita Fujikawa, Satoshi Yamasaki, Tadashi Nakamura, Tomohiro Koga, Toshimasa Shimizu, Masataka Umeda, Fumiaki Nonaka, Michio Yasunami, Yukitaka Ueki, Katsumi Eguchi, Naoyuki Tsuchiya, Shigeto Tohma, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Hiromasa Ohira, Atsushi Kawakami, Kiyoshi Migita
BACKGROUND: HLA-DRB1 alleles are major determinants of genetic predisposition to rheumatic diseases. We assessed whether DRB1 alleles are associated with susceptibility to particular clinical features of adult onset Still's disease (AOSD) in a Japanese population by determining the DRB1 allele distributions. METHODS: DRB1 genotyping of 96 patients with AOSD and 1,026 healthy controls was performed. Genomic DNA samples from the AOSD patients were also genotyped for MEFV exons 1, 2, 3, and 10 by direct sequencing...
September 12, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898588/micrornas-in-the-pathogenesis-of-type-2-diabetes-new-research-progress-and-future-direction
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Chenggui Miao, Guoxue Zhang, Zhongwen Xie, Jun Chang
MicroRNA (miRNA) is a short non-coding RNA that can influence messenger RNA (mRNA) processing at the post-transcriptional level. A large number of miRNAs have been found in virtually all species so far, and these small molecules play an important role in many different physiological processes and various pathologic conditions, such as cell metabolism, cancer, autoimmune disease, and diabetes mellitus. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) arises from a dysregulated response to the elevated glucose level in the circulation...
September 12, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894816/evaluation-of-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-through-biomaterial-conduits-via-micro-ct-imaging
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Sarah K Pixley, Tracy M Hopkins, Kevin J Little, David B Hom
OBJECTIVE: Hollow nerve conduits made of natural or synthetic biomaterials are used clinically to aid regeneration of peripheral nerves damaged by trauma or disease. To support healing, conduit lumen patency must be maintained until recovery occurs. New methods to study conduit structural integrity would provide an important means to optimize conduits in preclinical studies. We explored a novel combined technique to examine structural integrity of two types of nerve conduits after in vivo healing...
December 2016: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889269/copper-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Zoe K Mathys, Anthony R White
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of adult neurode-generation and is characterised by progressive loss of cognitive function leading to death. The neuropathological hallmarks include extracellular amyloid plaque accumulation in affected regions of the brain, formation of intraneuronal neurofibrillary tangles, chronic neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and abnormal biometal homeostasis. Of the latter, major changes in copper (Cu) levels and localisation have been identified in AD brain, with accumulation of Cu in amyloid deposits, together with deficiency of Cu in some brain regions...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887947/therapeutic-pipeline-for-atopic-dermatitis-end-of-the-drought
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REVIEW
Amy S Paller, Kenji Kabashima, Thomas Bieber
Until the past year, our therapeutic armamentarium for treating atopic dermatitis (AD) was still primarily topical corticosteroids and, for more severe disease, systemic immunosuppressants. The pipeline of more targeted topical and systemic therapies is expanding based on our growing understanding of the mechanism for AD and is particularly focused on suppressing the skewed immune activation. Most agents are in phase 2 clinical trials. Crisaborole, a topical phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor, became available in late 2016 in the United States for mild-to-moderate AD, with other PDE4 inhibitors, an agonist of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, Janus kinase inhibitors, and commensal organisms also in trials for topical application...
September 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887056/quantification-of-volume-and-lipid-filling-of-intracellular-vesicles-carrying-the-abca3-transporter
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Stefanie Höppner, Susanna Kinting, Adriano A Torrano, Ulrike Schindlbeck, Christoph Bräuchle, Ralf Zarbock, Thomas Wittman, Matthias Griese
The ABCA3 lipid transporter is located in the limiting membrane of lamellar bodies (LBs) in type-II-pneumocytes. Mutations within the ABCA3 gene may functionally impair the transporter, causing lung diseases in newborns, children and adults. Assays to quantify volume and lipid filling of the LBs on the level of the vesicular structures and thereby assess the function of ABCA3 are still lacking. In the present study human influenza haemagglutinin- (HA-) tagged wild type and mutant ABCA3 proteins were stably expressed in lung A549 cells...
September 5, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883837/role-of-the-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-in-regulating-the-behavior-of-germline-stem-cells
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Shiqin Li, Meng Wang, Yanghui Chen, Wei Wang, Junying Wu, Chengpeng Yu, Yuehui Zheng, Zezheng Pan
Germline stem cells (GSCs) are adult stem cells that are responsible for the production of gametes and include spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) and ovarian germline stem cells (OGSCs). GSCs are located in a specialized microenvironment in the gonads called the niche. Many recent studies have demonstrated that multiple signals in the niche jointly regulate the proliferation and differentiation of GSCs, which is of significance for reproductive function. Previous studies have demonstrated that the hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway participates in the proliferation and differentiation of various stem cells, including GSCs in Drosophila and male mammals...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879072/association-between-screen-time-and-depression-among-us-adults
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K C Madhav, Shardulendra Prasad Sherchand, Samendra Sherchan
Epidemiological surveys conducted in general populations have found that the prevalence of depression is about 9% in the United States. World Health Organization has projected that depression will be leading cause of disease burden by the year 2030. Growing evidence suggests that sedentary lifestyle is an important risk factor of depression among adults. The relationship between television watching/computer use and depression in US adults is still unknown. The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between television watching/computer use and depression...
December 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878949/association-of-life-s-simple-7-and-presence-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-general-australians
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Yang Peng, Zhiqiang Wang
OBJECTIVE: The American Heart Association developed Life's Simple 7 to define and monitor cardiovascular health (CVH), but their contributions to cardiovascular disease (CVD) in general Australians are still unclear. Our study aimed to evaluate the separate and combined effects of Life's Simple 7 on CVD among Australians. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study based on 7499 adults (≥18 years) who have been tested for total cholesterol and fasting plasma glucose as part of the 2011-2012 Australian Health Survey...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878085/hcmv-particles-treated-with-specific-antibodies-induce-intrinsic-and-adaptive-but-not-innate-immune-responses
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Zeguang Wu, Ruifang Qin, Li Wang, Matteo Bosso, Myriam Scherer, Thomas Stamminger, Dominik Hotter, Thomas Mertens, Giada Frascaroli
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) persistently infects 40% to 100% of the human population worldwide. Experimental and clinical evidence indicates that humoral immunity to HCMV plays an important role in restricting virus dissemination and protecting the infected host from disease. Specific immunoglobulin preparations from pooled plasma of adults selected for high titers of HCMV antibodies, have been used for prevention of CMV disease in transplant recipients and pregnant women. Even though incubation of HCMV particles with these preparations leads to neutralization of the viral infectivity, it is still unclear whether the antibody-treated HCMV particles (here defined as HCMV-Ab) enter into the cells and modulate anti-viral immune responses...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874197/environmental-drivers-of-ixodes-ricinus-abundance-in-forest-fragments-of-rural-european-landscapes
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Steffen Ehrmann, Jaan Liira, Stefanie Gärtner, Karin Hansen, Jörg Brunet, Sara A O Cousins, Marc Deconchat, Guillaume Decocq, Pieter De Frenne, Pallieter De Smedt, Martin Diekmann, Emilie Gallet-Moron, Annette Kolb, Jonathan Lenoir, Jessica Lindgren, Tobias Naaf, Taavi Paal, Alicia Valdés, Kris Verheyen, Monika Wulf, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
BACKGROUND: The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) transmits infectious diseases such as Lyme borreliosis, which constitutes an important ecosystem disservice. Despite many local studies, a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers of tick abundance at the continental scale is still lacking. We analyze a large set of environmental factors as potential drivers of I. ricinus abundance. Our multi-scale study was carried out in deciduous forest fragments dispersed within two contrasting rural landscapes of eight regions, along a macroclimatic gradient stretching from southern France to central Sweden and Estonia...
September 6, 2017: BMC Ecology
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