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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641407/efficacy-of-ezetimibe-combined-with-atorvastatin-in-treatment-of-carotid-artery-plaque-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Jing Wang, Xiao-Bo Ai, Fei Wang, Yao-Wu Zou, Li Li, Xiao-Lei Yi
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy of ezetimibe combined with atorvastatin in treatment of carotid artery plaque in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: A total of 100 patients with carotid atherosclerosis (CAS) confirmed by ultrasound and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and CHD were randomly assigned to atorvastatin group (atorvastatin 20 mg/d) or combined treatment group (ezetimibe 10 mg/d and atorvastatin 20 mg/d)...
June 21, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641404/ph-rather-than-nitrification-and-urease-inhibitors-determines-the-community-of-ammonia-oxidizers-in-a-vegetable-soil
#2
Ruijiao Xi, Xi-En Long, Sha Huang, Huaiying Yao
Nitrification inhibitors and urease inhibitors, such as nitrapyrin and N-(n-butyl) thiophosphoric triamide (NBPT), can improve the efficiencies of nitrogen fertilizers in cropland. However, their effects on ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) across different soil pH levels are still unclear. In the present work, vegetable soils at four pH levels were tested to determine the impacts of nitrification and urease inhibitors on the nitrification activities, abundances and diversities of ammonia oxidizers at different pHs by real-time PCR, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and clone sequence analysis...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641403/a-molasses-habitat-derived-fungus-aspergillus-tubingensis-xg21-with-high-%C3%AE-fructofuranosidase-activity-and-its-potential-use-for-fructooligosaccharides-production
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Yijia Xie, Huanxia Zhou, Caixia Liu, Jing Zhang, Ning Li, Zhanli Zhao, Guoyong Sun, Yaohua Zhong
The industrial microorganisms used for fructooligosaccharides (FOS) synthesis are generally fermented with sucrose as carbon source to induce the production of β-fructofuranosidase (FFase) having transfructosylation activity. Consequently, isolation of novel FFase producers from a sucrose-enriched biotope would help improve FOS productivity and reduce the process cost. Here, three fungi isolated from a unique sugarcane molasses habitat were found to possess FFase activity and one of them, XG21, exhibited a high capacity to synthesize FOS...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641400/cytosolic-delivery-of-sirna-by-ultra-high-affinity-dsrna-binding-proteins
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Nicole J Yang, Monique J Kauke, Fangdi Sun, Lucy F Yang, Katie F Maass, Michael W Traxlmayr, Yao Yu, Yingda Xu, Robert S Langer, Daniel G Anderson, K Dane Wittrup
Protein-based methods of siRNA delivery are capable of uniquely specific targeting, but are limited by technical challenges such as low potency or poor biophysical properties. Here, we engineered a series of ultra-high affinity siRNA binders based on the viral protein p19 and developed them into siRNA carriers targeted to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Combined in trans with a previously described endosome-disrupting agent composed of the pore-forming protein Perfringolysin O (PFO), potent silencing was achieved in vitro with no detectable cytotoxicity...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641399/compannotate-a-comparative-approach-to-annotate-base-pairing-interactions-in-rna-3d-structures
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Shahidul Islam, Ping Ge, Shaojie Zhang
The analysis of RNA tertiary structure is hindered by the fact that not too many structural data are available and a significant amount of them are in low resolution. Due to the atomic coordinate errors posed by the limitations of low-resolution RNA three-dimensional structures, it becomes a critical challenge to extract key geometric characteristics of RNA, particularly, the interaction of bases. To address this issue, we have devised a comparative method, named CompAnnotate, that utilizes more precise structural information of high-resolution homologs to annotate the base-pairing interactions in the low-resolution structures, by aligning and making comparative geometric assessments...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641391/a-multicentre-study-to-improve-clinical-interpretation-of-proteinase-3-and-myeloperoxidase-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibodies
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Xavier Bossuyt, Niels Rasmussen, Pieter van Paassen, Bernard Hellmich, Bo Baslund, Pieter Vermeersch, Daniel Blockmans, Jan-Willem Cohen Tervaert, Elena Csernok, Jan Damoiseaux
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June 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641385/development-of-an-electronic-medical-record-based-child-physical-abuse-alert-system
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Rachel P Berger, Richard A Saladino, Janet Fromkin, Emily Heineman, Srinivasan Suresh, Tom McGinn
Objective: Physical abuse is a leading cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality. Physicians do not consistently screen for abuse, even in high-risk situations. Alerts in the electronic medical record may help improve screening rates, resulting in early identification and improved outcomes. Methods: Triggers to identify children < 2 years old at risk for physical abuse were coded into the electronic medical record at a freestanding pediatric hospital with a level 1 trauma center...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641383/neuroprotection-in-stroke-the-importance-of-collaboration-and-reproducibility
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Ain A Neuhaus, Yvonne Couch, Gina Hadley, Alastair M Buchan
Acute ischaemic stroke accounts for 6.5 million deaths per year, and by 2030 will result in the annual loss of over 200 million disability-adjusted life years globally. There have been considerable recent advances in the gold standard of acute ischaemic stroke treatment, some aspects of which-aspirin to prevent recurrence, and treating patients in specialized stroke wards-are widely applicable. Recanalization of the occluded artery through thrombolysis and/or endovascular thrombectomy is restricted to only a small proportion of patients, due to contra-indications and the costs associated with establishing the infrastructure to deliver these treatments...
June 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641363/a-phase-iii-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-efficacy-and-improved-bowel-function-of-prolonged-release-pr-oxycodone-naloxone-up-to-160-80-mg-daily-vs-oxycodone-pr
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D Dupoiron, A Stachowiak, O Loewenstein, A Ellery, W Kremers, B Bosse, M Hopp
BACKGROUND: Oxycodone/naloxone (OXN PR) is a prolonged-release formulation containing oxycodone and naloxone in a 2:1 ratio. This study aimed to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of doses up to OXN160/80 mg PR compared with oxycodone prolonged-release formulation (OxyPR) in a randomised controlled trial. METHODS: Two hundred and forty-three patients were randomised to treatment with OXN PR (n = 123) or OxyPR (n = 120) during the 5-week double-blind study...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641333/validation-of-brain-angiotensin-system-blockade-as-a-novel-drug-target-in-pharmacological-treatment-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders
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Dominik Wincewicz, Jan J Braszko
Retreat in psychiatric drug development results in innovative medication decline that might be at least partially overcome by adjunct therapy. New evidence from clinical studies has shown a possible role for brain Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS) in both affective and psychotic disorders. Simultaneously, rapidly accumulating data from basic studies indicate effectiveness of central RAS blockade in much broader range of neuropsychiatric disease. Recent findings implicate brain RAS, especially Angiotensin II (Ang II), in neural pathophysiology of mental disorders through neuroendocrine modulation and effects on neurotransmitter release, mostly noradrenaline, acetylcholine and dopamine...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641324/treatment-preferences-for-decompression-illness-amongst-singapore-dive-physicians
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Valerie Huali Tan, Kenneth Chin, Aravin Kumar, Jeremiah Chng, Chai Rick Soh Rick Soh
INTRODUCTION: Owing to the scarcity of randomized controlled trials to guide treatment for decompression illness (DCI), there are many unanswered questions about its management. Apart from reviews and expert opinion, surveys that report practice patterns provide information about useful management strategies. Hence, this study aimed to identify current treatment preferences for DCI amongst diving physicians in Singapore. METHODS: An anonymous web-based questionnaire was sent to known diving physicians in Singapore...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641319/understanding-scuba-diving-fatalities-carbon-dioxide-concentrations-in-intra-cardiac-gas
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Vincent Varlet, Alejandro Dominguez, Marc Augsburger, Maisy Lossois, Coraline Egger, Cristian Palmiere, Raquel Vilarino, Silke Grabherr
INTRODUCTION: Important developments in the diagnosis of scuba diving fatalities have been made thanks to forensic imaging tool improvements. Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) permits reliable interpretation of the overall gaseous distribution in the cadaver. However, due to post-mortem delay, the radiological interpretation is often doubtful because the distinction between gas related to the dive and post-mortem decomposition artifactual gases becomes less obvious. METHODS: We present six cases of fatal scuba diving showing gas in the heart and other vasculature...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641315/sequential-vs-concurrent-epirubicin-and-docetaxel-as-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-high-risk-node-negative-early-breast-cancer-an-interim-analysis-of-a-randomised-phase-iii-study-from-the-hellenic-oncology-research-group
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Dimitrios Mavroudis, Emmanouil Saloustros, Ioannis Boukovinas, Pavlos Papakotoulas, Stylianos Kakolyris, Nikolaos Ziras, Charalampos Christophylakis, Nikolaos Kentepozidis, Georgios Fountzilas, Georgios Rigas, Ioannis Varthalitis, Konstantinos Kalbakis, Sofia Agelaki, Dora Hatzidaki, Vasilios Georgoulias
BACKGROUND: Sequential anthracyclines and taxanes are standard adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with high-risk axillary node-positive breast cancer. We compared a sequential to a concurrent regimen in high-risk node-negative early breast cancer. METHODS: Patients were eligible if they had tumours >2 cm or T1c with two of the following characteristics: no oestrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) expression, histological grade III, Ki67 >40% and vascular, lymphovascular or perineural invasion...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641310/potentiating-the-effects-of-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-the-role-of-aspirin-statins-and-metformin-as-adjuncts-to-therapy
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K J Gash, A C Chambers, D E Cotton, A C Williams, M G Thomas
BACKGROUND: Complete tumour response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer is associated with a reduction in local recurrence and improved disease-free and overall survival, but is achieved in only 20-30% of patients. Drug repurposing for anti-cancer treatments is gaining momentum, but the potential of such drugs as adjuncts, to increase tumour response to chemo-radiotherapy in rectal cancer, is only just beginning to be recognised. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted and all studies investigating the use of drugs to enhance response to neo-adjuvant radiation in rectal cancer were included...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641307/human-equilibrative-nucleoside-transporter-1-gene-expression-is-associated-with-gemcitabine-efficacy-in-advanced-leiomyosarcoma-and-angiosarcoma
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Bruno Vincenzi, Silvia Stacchiotti, Paola Collini, Francesco Pantano, Carla Rabitti, Giuseppe Perrone, Michele Iuliani, Alfonso Baldi, Giuseppe Badalamenti, Roberta Sanfilippo, Daniele Santini, Andrea Onetti Muda, Alessandro Gronchi, Paolo Casali, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Giuseppe Tonini
BACKGROUND: The expression of human equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (hENT1), the major gemcitabine transporter into cells, has been thoroughly investigated as a predictive marker of response to gemcitabine in pancreatic cancer and biliary tract cancers. Since gemcitabine is widely used in the treatment of leiomyosarcoma and angiosarcoma, we investigated the correlation between hENT1 expression and gemcitabine efficacy in these sarcoma subtypes. METHODS: We retrospectively identified 71 patients affected by advanced angiosarcoma (26) or leiomyosarcoma (45) treated within five Italian referral centres for sarcoma; among them, 49 patients (15 angiosarcoma, 34 leiomyosarcoma) were treated with gemcitabine...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641304/hyperemesis-gravidarum-a-review-of-recent-literature
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Viktoriya London, Stephanie Grube, David M Sherer, Ovadia Abulafia
BACKGROUND: In the United States, hyperemesis gravidarum is the most common cause of hospitalization during the first half of pregnancy and is second only to preterm labor for hospitalizations in pregnancy overall. In approximately 0.3-3% of pregnancies, hyperemesis gravidarum is prevalent and this percentage varies on account of different diagnostic criteria and ethnic variation in study populations. Despite extensive research in this field, the mechanism of the disease is largely unknown...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641292/the-incidence-clinical-significance-and-treatment-effects-of-depression-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-recipients
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Tomasz Podolecki, Robert Pudlo, Michal Mazurek, Monika Koziel, Ewa Jedrzejczyk-Patej, Joanna Boidol, Katarzyna Przybylska, Adam Sokal, Oskar Kowalski, Jacek Kowalczyk, Radoslaw Lenarczyk, Zbigniew Kalarus
OBJECTIVES: Chronic heart failure (HF) is associated with significantly increased prevalence of depression. The aim of the study was to assess the incidence and clinical impact of depression as well as the effectiveness of depression treatment in HF patients. METHODS: A prospective interventional trial included 285 consecutive cardiac resynchronization therapy recipients. Patients underwent a psychiatric examination at the time of implantation and then it was routinely repeated at 3, 6, and 12 months after the procedure, and every 6 months thereafter...
June 23, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641283/-healing-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
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Inge Mangelsdorf, Harald Walach, Joachim Mutter
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to death within 3-5 years in most cases. New approaches to treating this disease are needed. Here, we report a successful therapy. CASE REPORT: In a 49-year-old male patient suffering from muscle weakness and fasciculations, progressive muscular atrophy, a variant of ALS, was diagnosed after extensive examinations ruling out other diseases. Due to supposed mercury exposure from residual amalgam, the patient's teeth were restored...
June 12, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641277/association-of-the-cfh-y402h-polymorphism-with-the-1-year-response-of-exudative-amd-to-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment-in-the-brazilian-population
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Flavio Mac Cord Medina, Augusto Alves Lopes da Motta, Walter Yukihiko Takahashi, Pedro Carlos Carricondo, Mario Martins Dos Santos Motta, Monica B Melo, Jose Paulo C Vasconcellos
AIM: Evidence of the relationship between the polymorphism of the complement factor H (CFH) gene at position 402 (Y402H) and the response to the treatment of wet AMD is controversial. The aim of this study was to compare the functional and morphological 1-year evolution of patients with exudative AMD treated with antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with the CFH Y402H polymorphism in the Brazilian population. METHODS: Forty-six patients treated for wet AMD with bevacizumab or ranibizumab in a pro re nata regimen were included...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641274/an-efficient-multiple-variants-coordination-framework-for-differential-evolution
#20
Sheng Xin Zhang, Shao Yong Zheng, Li Ming Zheng
Differential evolution (DE) is recognized as a simple but powerful algorithm in the family of evolutionary algorithms. Over the past two decades, many advanced DE variants with significantly improved performance have been proposed. However, the variants may only achieve the best performance on a certain type of functions. Moreover, a specific optimizer may not always be suitable for the whole optimization process. To overcome these weaknesses, this paper proposes a multiple variants coordination (MVC) framework with two mechanisms, namely, the multiple variants adaptive selecting mechanism and the multiple variants adaptive solutions preserving mechanisms (MV-APM)...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
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