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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933419/the-cardiovascular-effects-of-cocoa-polyphenols-an-overview
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Ana Clara Aprotosoaie, Anca Miron, Adriana Trifan, Vlad Simon Luca, Irina-Iuliana Costache
Cocoa is a rich source of high-quality antioxidant polyphenols. They comprise mainly catechins (29%-38% of total polyphenols), anthocyanins (4% of total polyphenols) and proanthocyanidins (58%-65% of total polyphenols). A growing body of experimental and epidemiological evidence highlights that the intake of cocoa polyphenols may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. Beyond antioxidant properties, cocoa polyphenols exert blood pressure lowering activity, antiplatelet, anti-inflammatory, metabolic and anti-atherosclerotic effects, and also improve endothelial function...
December 17, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928505/technological-and-sensorial-role-of-yeast-%C3%AE-glucan-in-meat-batter-reformulations
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Paul Mihai Apostu, Tamara Elena Mihociu, Anca Ioana Nicolau
This study shows that apart from acting as nutritional value improver, yeast β-glucan can be successfully used to reformulate meat products. When added to meat batters, yeast derived ingredients containing β-glucans (GOLDCELL(®) IY B and GOLDCELL(®) BETA GLUCAN) improved the emulsifying capacity (up to 5 increments), the water holding capacity (up to 8 increments) as well as the emulsion stability. A decrease in total fluid release up to 4.30% and 3.99%, respectively with GOLDCELL(®) IY B and GOLDCELL(®) BETA GLUCAN respectively, at 1...
August 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926190/an-8-year-follow-up-of-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-treatment-with-a-treat-and-extend-modality-for-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Karina Berg, Anca B Roald, Jesintha Navaratnam, Ragnheiður Bragadóttir
PURPOSE: To investigate long-term visual results of treatment with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) following a treat-and-extend regimen. METHODS: Retrospective review of 155 patients who initiated treatment with bevacizumab for nAMD in one eye. At the final 8-year visit, 40 patients (26%) remained for follow-up. Mean change in best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was calculated compared to baseline values...
September 19, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925946/development-and-biocompatibility-evaluation-of-photocatalytic-tio%C3%A2-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-nanoparticles-designed-for-self-cleaning-purposes
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Ionela Cristina Nica, Miruna S Stan, Marcela Popa, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Veronica Lazar, Iuliana Dumitrescu, Lucian Diamandescu, Marcel Feder, Mihaela Baibarac, Marin Cernea, Valentin Adrian Maraloiu, Traian Popescu, Anca Dinischiotu
Graphene is widely used in nanotechnologies to amplify the photocatalytic activity of TiO₂, but the development of TiO₂/graphene composites imposes the assessment of their risk to human and environmental health. Therefore, reduced graphene oxide was decorated with two types of TiO₂ particles co-doped with 1% iron and nitrogen, one of them being obtained by a simultaneous precipitation of Ti(3+) and Fe(3+) ions to achieve their uniform distribution, and the other one after a sequential precipitation of these two cations for a higher concentration of iron on the surface...
September 19, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925010/temporal-trends-in-quality-of-primary-care-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-population-based-retrospective-cohort-study-after-implementation-of-a-quality-improvement-initiative
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Carlos K H Wong, Colman S C Fung, Esther Y T Yu, Eric Y F Wan, Anca K C Chan, Cindy L K Lam
BACKGROUND: This study examined whether temporal trends exist in treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and quality of diabetes care after implementation of quality improvement initiative in primary care setting. METHODS: We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study of 202,284 patients with T2D who were routinely managed in primary care clinics. We examined the change over time and the variability between clinics in quality-of-care from Hospital Authority administrative data over a five-year period (2009-2013), and used multilevel logistic regression to adjust for patient and clinic characteristics...
September 19, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922445/position-paper-on-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-in-romania-2017-part-two
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Liana Gheorghe, Ioan Sporea, Speranta Iacob, Roxana Sirli, Anca Trifan, Mircea Diculescu, Carol Stanciu, Oliviu Pascu, Monica Acalovschi, Ciprian Brisc, Cristina Cijevschi, Cristian Gheorghe, Zeno Spârchez, Ion Rogoveanu, Daniela Dobru, Dan L Dumitrascu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a common condition with endemic prevalence in some areas of the world. In Romania, the mean prevalence is about 3%. New treatments have become available on the market in recent years and new drugs are in the pipeline. A re-evaluation of HCV therapy was considered mandatory. The Romanian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology undertook this task for the practitioners of this country. METHODOLOGY: A group of recognized experts was created who screened the available literature and the major available guidelines...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922440/real-life-use-of-3-direct-acting-antiviral-regimen-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-genotype-1b-hcv-compensated-cirrhosis
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Liana Gheorghe, Speranta Iacob, Manuela Curescu, Ciprian Brisc, Cristina Cijevschi, Florin Caruntu, Carol Stanciu, Iulia Simionov, Ioan Sporea, Cristian Gheorghe, Razvan Iacob, Victoria Arama, Roxana Sirli, Anca Trifan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Ombitasvir/Paritaprevir/ritonavir/Dasabuvir (OBV/PTV/r+DSV) is one of the elective direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) recommended by international guidelines and the only one covered by the National Insurance System in Romania until November 2016. Our aim was to present the first prospective Romanian cohort evaluating the effectiveness and safety in clinical practice of this 3DAA combination in patients with HCV genotype-1b Child A liver cirrhosis. METHODS: 681 patients received OBV/PTV/r+DSV+RBV for 12 weeks and were assessed clinically and biologically at baseline, week 4, 8, 12 (end of treatment, EOT), and 12 weeks after therapy (sustained viral response, SVR)...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922437/molecular-biomarkers-as-predictors-for-biliary-complications-following-liver-transplantation-a-prospective-study
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Bogdan Dorobantu, Irinel Popescu, Simona Dima, Anca Nastase, Speranta Iacob
BACKGROUND: The biliary complications (BC) have been always considered the "Achilles' heel" of liver transplantation (LT), being one of the leading causes of postoperative morbidity. AIM: To analyse predictors of BC, by monitoring in the peripheral blood the biomarkers involved in the inflammation and hepatic fibrosis, such as the matrix metalloproteinases (MMP 2, 9) and their tissue inhibitors (TIMP1), the interleukins (IL 2, 8), alfa-TNF, the endothelins and their receptors...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919990/pharmacological-targeting-of-peptidylarginine-deiminase-4-prevents-cancer-associated-kidney-injury-in-mice
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Jessica Cedervall, Anca Dragomir, Falk Saupe, Yanyu Zhang, Johan Ärnlöv, Erik Larsson, Anna Dimberg, Anders Larsson, Anna-Karin Olsson
Renal insufficiency is a frequent cancer-associated problem affecting more than half of all cancer patients at the time of diagnosis. To minimize nephrotoxic effects the dosage of anticancer drugs are reduced in these patients, leading to sub-optimal treatment efficacy. Despite the severity of this cancer-associated pathology, the molecular mechanisms, as well as therapeutic options, are still largely lacking. We here show that formation of intravascular tumor-induced neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) is a cause of kidney injury in tumor-bearing mice...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918161/clinical-and-pathological-significance-of-cutaneous-manifestations-in-anca-associated-vasculitides
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REVIEW
Laure Frumholtz, Sara Laurent-Roussel, Olivier Aumaître, François Maurier, Guillaume Le Guenno, Agnes Carlotti, Alexiane Dallot, Jean Louis Kemeny, Laurent Antunes, Nicolas Froment, Sylvie Fraitag, Jonathan London, Alice Berezne, Benoît Terris, Claire Le Jeunne, Luc Mouthon, Selim Aractingi, Loïc Guillevin, Nicolas Dupin, Benjamin Terrier
OBJECTIVES: Cutaneous manifestations (CM) in ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV) are frequent, but data on clinical significance and clinical-pathological correlations are lacking. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, retrospective study including 1553 AAV patients. Clinical, biological and pathological features have been analyzed, and tissue samples from 46 biopsies were reviewed in a blind manner. RESULTS: CM were more frequent in EGPA (53...
September 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917713/the-bvas-is-an-independent-predictor-of-cardiovascular-events-and-cardiovascular-disease-related-mortality-in-patients-with-anca-associated-vasculitis-a-study-of-504-cases-in-a-single-chinese-center
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Yi-Hua Bai, Zhi-Ying Li, Dong-Yuan Chang, Min Chen, Cees G M Kallenberg, Ming-Hui Zhao
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the major causes of death in antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) during long-term follow-up. This study investigated risk factors for cardiovascular events (CVE) and CVD-related mortality in Chinese AAV patients. METHODS: Five hundred and four AAV patients in our center were retrospectively included. The predictive value of variables associated with CVE and CVD-related mortality were analyzed...
August 31, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917396/modified-bean-shaped-ring-segments-for-suture-fixation-of-the-bag-in-the-lens-intraocular-implant
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Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill, Anca Cristina Dogaroiu, Nadia Zakaria, Marie-José Tassignon
We describe a surgical technique for secondary stabilization of a bag-in-the-lens intraocular lens (BIL IOL) using 2 modified bean-shaped ring segments in cases of zonular dehiscence associated with pseudophakodonesis. The first modified bean segment is anchored in the sulcus with a suture to the sclera in the area of maximum zonular dehiscence, and the second segment is implanted in the opposite sulcus area. Both segments are placed in the BIL IOL interhaptic groove. The segments stabilize and center the BIL IOL by creating an artificial zonule that provides the necessary extra support for the IOL...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916770/changes-in-cd73-cd39-and-cd26-expression-on-t-lymphocytes-of-anca-associated-vasculitis-patients-suggest-impairment-in-adenosine-generation-and-turn-over
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Lovis Kling, Urs Benck, Annette Breedijk, Lisa Leikeim, Marianne Heitzmann, Stefan Porubsky, Bernhard K Krämer, Benito A Yard, Anna-Isabelle Kälsch
Extracellular adenosine, generated via the concerted action of CD39 and CD73, contributes to T-cell differentiation and function. Adenosine concentrations are furthermore influenced by adenosine deaminase binding protein CD26. Because aberrant T-cell phenotypes had been reported in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic auto-antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) patients, an impaired expression of these molecules on T-cells of AAV patients was hypothesized in the present study. While in AAV patients (n = 29) CD26 was increased on CD4(+) lymphocytes, CD39 and CD73 were generally reduced on patients' T-cells...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914537/coupling-bioflocculation-of-dehalococcoides-mccartyi-to-high-rate-reductive-dehalogenation-of-chlorinated-ethenes
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Anca G Delgado, Devyn Fajardo-Williams, Emily Bondank, Sofia Esquivel-Elizondo, Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Continuous bioreactors operated at low hydraulic retention times have rarely been explored for reductive dehalogenation of chlorinated ethenes. The inability to consistently develop such bioreactors affects the way growth approaches for Dehalococcoides mccartyi bioaugmentation cultures are envisioned. It also affects interpretation of results from in situ continuous treatment processes. We report bioreactor performance and dehalogenation kinetics of a D. mccartyi-containing consortium in an upflow bioreactor...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914375/central-nervous-system-involvement-in-patients-with-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-single-center-retrospective-study
#15
George E Fragoulis, Sophia Lionaki, Aliki Venetsanopoulou, Panayiotis G Vlachoyiannopoulos, Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Athanasios G Tzioufas
The aims of this study were to estimate the frequency of central nervous system (CNS) involvement in Greek patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and describe the related clinical characteristics and long-term outcomes of these patients. Medical charts of all ANCA-associated vasculitis patients were retrospectively reviewed, and GPA patients with CNS involvement were identified. Demographics, serological, and clinical features throughout the disease course were recorded. Comparisons of disease characteristics and long-term outcomes were performed between GPA patients with and without CNS involvement...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910251/therapeutic-use-of-cannabis-prevalence-and-characteristics-among-adults-in-ontario-canada
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Hayley A Hamilton, Bruna Brands, Anca R Ialomiteanu, Robert E Mann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of therapeutic cannabis use within a general population sample of adults and to describe various characteristics associated with use. METHODS: Data were derived from the 2013 and 2014 CAMH Monitor Survey of adults in Ontario, Canada. This repeated cross-sectional survey employed a regionally stratified design and utilized computer-assisted telephone interviewing. Analyses were based on 401 respondents who reported using cannabis...
September 14, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905856/position-paper-revised-2017-international-consensus-on-testing-of-ancas-in-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-and-microscopic-polyangiitis
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REVIEW
Xavier Bossuyt, Jan-Willem Cohen Tervaert, Yoshihiro Arimura, Daniel Blockmans, Luis Felipe Flores-Suárez, Loïc Guillevin, Bernhard Hellmich, David Jayne, J Charles Jennette, Cees G M Kallenberg, Sergey Moiseev, Pavel Novikov, Antonella Radice, Judith Anne Savige, Renato Alberto Sinico, Ulrich Specks, Pieter van Paassen, Ming-Hui Zhao, Niels Rasmussen, Jan Damoiseaux, Elena Csernok
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) are valuable laboratory markers used for the diagnosis of well-defined types of small-vessel vasculitis, including granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). According to the 1999 international consensus on ANCA testing, indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) should be used to screen for ANCAs, and samples containing ANCAs should then be tested by immunoassays for proteinase 3 (PR3)-ANCAs and myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCAs. The distinction between PR3-ANCAs and MPO-ANCAs has important clinical and pathogenic implications...
September 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902283/new-perspectives-on-the-nutritional-factors-influencing-growth-rate-of-candida-albicans-in-diabetics-an-in-vitro-study
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Adrian Man, Cristina Nicoleta Ciurea, Dan Pasaroiu, Ana-Ioana Savin, Felicia Toma, Floredana Sular, Luigi Santacroce, Anca Mare
BACKGROUND: The link between Candida albicans and diabetes mellitus is well-acknowledged, but incompletely elucidated. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to assess the growth rate of C. albicans (CA) in the presence of different concentrations of glucose and fructose, two of the main pathophysiologic and nutritionally relevant sugars in diabetic patients, in order to obtain a better understanding of the nutrient acquisition strategy and its possible relation to the hyperglycemic status of diabetic patients...
September 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899799/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-nets-in-autoimmune-diseases-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Keum Hwa Lee, Andreas Kronbichler, David Duck-Young Park, YoungMin Park, Hanwool Moon, Hyungdo Kim, Jun Hyug Choi, YoungSeo Choi, Songjoo Shim, Il Suk Lyu, Byung Hwan Yun, Yeonseung Han, Donghee Lee, Sang Yoon Lee, Byung Hun Yoo, Kyung Hwan Lee, Tai Lim Kim, Heonki Kim, Joo Sung Shim, Wonseok Nam, Heesung So, SooYeon Choi, Sangmok Lee, Jae Il Shin
The structures named neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are fibrous networks which protrude from the membrane of activated neutrophils. NETs are found in a variety of conditions, such as infection, malignancy, atherosclerosis, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), psoriasis, and gout. The impact of NETs on the development mechanisms of autoimmune diseases are proposed to arise from an imbalance between "NETosis" which is a process of NET formation and NET degradation...
September 9, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895041/unmet-needs-in-the-pathogenesis-and-treatment-of-vasculitides
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REVIEW
Francesco Muratore, Giulia Pazzola, Alessandra Soriano, Nicolò Pipitone, Stefania Croci, Martina Bonacini, Luigi Boiardi, Carlo Salvarani
Despite the progress in the last years on the field of vasculitides, there are several unmet needs regarding classification, disease activity assessment, predictors of flares and complications, and type of treatment for the different forms. The 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria currently used to define giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis were designed to discriminate between different types of vasculitides but not to differentiate vasculitis from other disorders. Recently, efforts have been made to overcome the shortcomings of the ACR criteria...
September 11, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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