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Chung-Ching Chio, Mao-Tsun Lin, Ching-Ping Chang, Hung-Jung Lin
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) regulates many processes after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Both Neuro AiD(™) (MLC601) and Astragaloside (AST) attenuate microglia activation in rats with TBI. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether MLC601 or AST improves output of TBI by affecting microglial expression of TGF-β1. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (120 in number) were used to investigate the contribution of TGF-β1-containing microglia in the MLC601-mediated or the AST-mediated neuroprotection in the brain trauma condition using lateral fluid-percussion injury...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Jincai Zhao, Wanhong Ma
HO-adduct radicals have been investigated and confirmed as the common initial intermediates in TiO2 photocatalysis and Fenton degradations of water-insoluble aromatics. However, the evolution of HO-adduct radicals to phenols has not been completely clarified. In this study, we discovered that when 4-deuterium-toluene (4-d-toluene) and p-xylene were degraded by TiO2-photocatalysis and Fenton reactions, respectively, a portion of the 4-deuterium or 4-CH3 group (18~100%) at the attacked ipso position shifted to the adjacent position of the ring in the formed phenols (NIH shift)...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Emiliano Tognoli, Matte Leoni, Daniele Morelli, Elisa Sottotetti, Antonia Martinetti, Stefano Signoroni, Carlotta Galeone, Gianfranco Gallino
Unrestrained activation of the proteolytic systems in anastomotic tissue during repair has been implicated in the pathogenesis of anastomotic leakage. We hypothesized that this mechanism may promote an up-regulation of the urokinase-type plasminogen activator system and a spillover of Soluble Urokinase-type Plasminogen Activator Receptor (suPAR) into blood. In this retrospective analysis patients with anastomotic leakage were compared to a group of matched uncomplicated patients. Anastomotic leakage complicated patients had significantly higher suPAR (p=0...
October 19, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Tianyi Wang, Hui Cai, Shizuka Sasazuki, Shoichiro Tsugane, Wei Zheng, Eo Rin Cho, Sun Ha Jee, Angelika Michel, Michael Pawlita, Yong-Bing Xiang, Yu-Tang Gao, Xiao-Ou Shu, Wei-Cheng You, Meira Epplein
Epidemiological findings on the association between fruit and vegetable consumption and gastric cancer risk remain inconsistent. The present analysis included 810 prospectively ascertained non-cardia gastric cancer cases and 1,160 matched controls from the Helicobacter pylori Biomarker Cohort Consortium, which collected blood samples, demographic, lifestyle, and dietary data at baseline. Conditional logistic regression adjusting for total energy intake, smoking, and H. pylori status, was applied to calculate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for gastric cancer risk across cohort- and sex-specific quartiles of fruit and vegetable intake...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Bas P Hartel, Martijn J H Agterberg, Ad F Snik, Henricus P M Kunst, A John V Opstal, Arjan J Bosman, Ronald J E Pennings
OBJECTIVES: Usher syndrome is the leading cause of hereditary deaf-blindness. Most patients with Usher syndrome type IIa start using hearing aids from a young age. A serious complaint refers to interference between sound localization abilities and adaptive sound processing (compression), as present in today's hearing aids. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of advanced signal processing on binaural hearing, including sound localization. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: In this prospective study, patients were fitted with hearing aids with a nonlinear (compression) and linear amplification program...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
M Formánek, D Jančatová, P Komínek, P Matoušek, K Zeleník
OBJECTIVE: The human papillomavirus causes recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Although human papillomavirus prevalence is high, the incidence of papillomatosis is low. Thus, factors other than human papillomavirus infection probably contribute to recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. This study investigated whether patients with papillomatosis are more often infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 and chlamydia trachomatis and whether laryngopharyngeal reflux occurs in this group of patients more often...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Marlen Vitales-Noyola, Rita Martínez-Martínez, Juan P Loyola-Rodríguez, Lourdes Baranda, Perla Niño-Moreno, Roberto González-Amaro
BACKGROUND: Periodontal disease is chronic inflammatory process that affects the attachment structures of the teeth and constitutes a significant cause of tooth loss in adults. Although different bacteria play an important role in the triggering of this condition, the progression and severity of the disease are strongly affected by the host immune response, which is under the control of different immune-regulatory mechanisms, including T regulatory (Treg) cells. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency and function of CD69(+) Treg lymphocytes in patients with chronic periodontal disease...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
L Mo-Suwan, E McNeil, P Sangsupawanich, U Chittchang, C Choprapawon
AIM: The association between adiposity rebound and insulin resistance in middle childhood has seldom been studied. We examined the effect of body mass index (BMI) velocity and early adiposity rebound on the insulin resistance of prepubertal children. METHODS: BMI data from a longitudinal follow-up of a birth cohort in Thailand were used. The homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was calculated from 12-hour fasting plasma glucose and serum insulin at 8...
October 19, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Sandeep Prabhu, Vincent Mackin, Alex Ja McLellan, Tuong Phan, Desmond McGlade, Liang-Han Ling, Kah Y Peck, Alexandr Voskoboinik, Bupesh Pathik, Chrishan J Nalliah, Geoff R Wong, Sonia M Azzopardi, Geoffrey Lee, Justin Mariani, Andrew J Taylor, Jonathan M Kalman, Peter M Kistler
INTRODUCTION: The significance of adenosine induced dormant pulmonary vein (PV) conduction in AF ablation remains controversial. The optimal dose of adenosine to determine dormant PV conduction is yet to be systematically explored. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients undergoing index AF ablation received 3 adenosine doses (12mg, 18mg, 24mg) in a randomized blinded order, immediately after PVI. Electrophysiological (PR prolongation, AV block (AVB) and PV reconnection) and hemodynamic (BP) parameters were measured...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
H Zöllner, R Jouni, S Panzer, A Khadour, L Janzen, J Wesche, M Ten Berg, S Schellong, A Heinken, A Greinacher, T Bakchoul
BACKGROUND: Protamine (PRT) is used to stabilize insulin in Neutral Protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin, a commonly used therapeutic agent for diabetes mellitus. Immunization against PRT/heparin-complexes is common in diabetic patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of NPH-insulin on the interaction between anti-PRT/heparin antibodies and platelets. METHODS: The interaction between NPH-insulin and anti-PRT/heparin antibodies was tested using in-house enzyme immunoassays...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Bice S Martincigh, Moses A Ollengo
The photostabilizing ability of grape seed extract on three common sunscreen absorbers: 2-ethylhexyl-p-methoxcinnamate (EHMC), benzophenone-3 (BP3) and tert-butylmethoxy dibenzoylmethane (BMDBM), was investigated. Samples were exposed to simulated solar radiation and monitored by spectrophotometric and chromatographic methods. The chemical composition of the grape seed extract was determined by GC-MS and HPLC-MS and the major secondary metabolites were found to be epicatechin and catechin. Exposure of the extract to UV radiation increased the UV absorption capacity of the extract...
October 19, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Allison P O'Leary, Vladimir M Sloutsky
Two experiments investigated the development of metacognitive monitoring and control, and conditions under which children engage these processes. In Experiment 1, 5-year-olds (N = 30) and 7-year-olds (N = 30), unlike adults (N = 30), showed little evidence of either monitoring or control. In Experiment 2, 5-year-olds (N = 90) were given performance feedback (aimed at improving monitoring), instruction to follow a particular strategy (aimed at improving control), or both. Across conditions, feedback improved children's monitoring, and instruction improved both monitoring and control...
October 19, 2016: Child Development
Suma Babu, Erik P Pioro, Jianbo Li, Yuebing Li
INTRODUCTION: We compared the yield of limb and thoracic paraspinal muscles for revealing lower motor neuron (LMN) dysfunction on electromyography (EMG) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: A retrospective review of 354 patients with clinically definite or probable ALS was performed. Seventeen limb muscles and thoracic paraspinal muscles were evaluated for the presence of both active and chronic denervation. RESULTS: Distal limb muscles showed the highest electrodiagnostic sensitivities of LMN dysfunction in ALS regardless of onset region and diagnostic certainty at the time of diagnosis...
October 19, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Fabiana Q Silva, Mehreen Adhi, Karen M Wai, Leann Olansky, M Cecilia Lansang, Rishi P Singh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify whether endocrinologists and primary care physicians (PCP) adequately screen for ophthalmic symptoms/signs within office visits and provide timely ophthalmology referrals in patients with diabetes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients between the ages of 18 years and 80 years with diabetes who underwent an office visit with an endocrinologist or a PCP between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014, were identified...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Mehmet Murat Uzel, Mehmet Citirik, Cagri Ilhan, Merve Inanc
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of preoperative intravitreal bevacizumab (IVB) (Avastin; Genentech, South San Francisco, CA) injection on the choice of endotamponade at the end of surgery in patients who underwent pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for diabetic tractional retinal detachment (DTRD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventy-eight patients who had DTRD with macular involvement and underwent PPV by a single surgeon from January 2012 to May 2015 were included...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Yuji Itoh, Daniel Petkovsek, Peter K Kaiser, Rishi P Singh, Justis P Ehlers
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) features and functional outcomes for diabetic macular edema (DME) undergoing treatment with intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin; Genentech, South San Francisco, CA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Institutional review board-approved, retrospective, consecutive case series of eyes receiving intravitreal bevacizumab (1.25 mg) for DME. SD-OCT features were evaluated and correlated with functional response to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Christiane Al-Haddad, Maamoun Abdul Fattah, Karine Ismail, Ziad Bashshur
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To detect changes in the choroidal layer at the macular area in amblyopic eyes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 50 amblyopic patients (20 strabismic and 30 anisometropic) and 50 controls was done. Cross-sectional images using enhanced depth optical coherence tomography (OCT) were taken. Thicknesses were measured subfoveally and at 1,500 µm nasally, temporally, inferiorly, and superiorly. Submacular corresponding choroidal areas were also computed...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Howard F Fine, Samuel P Burke, Thomas A Albini
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October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Ulku Aka Akturk, Dilek Ernam, Makbule Ozlem Akbay, Nagihan Durmus Koçak, Erhan Ogur, Ilim Irmak
OBJECTIVES: Pleural effusion is a common diagnostic and clinical problem. The differential diagnosis of pleural effusion may be difficult and may require several procedures, including invasive ones. Certain studies have investigated biochemical parameters to facilitate the diagnosis of exudative pleural effusion; however, it remains a challenging problem in clinical practice. We aimed to investigate the potential role of the neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio, which can be easily obtained by determining the cell count of the pleural fluid, in the differential diagnosis of exudative pleural effusion...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Felipe P Andrade, Roberto Montoro, Renan Oliveira, Gabriela Loures, Luana Flessak, Roberta Gross, Camille Donnabella, Andrea Puchnick, Lisa Suzuki, Rodrigo Regacini
OBJECTIVES: 1) To verify clinical signs correlated with appropriate cranial computed tomography scan indications and changes in the therapeutic approach in pediatric minor head trauma scenarios. 2) To estimate the radiation exposure of computed tomography scans with low dose protocols in the context of trauma and the additional associated risk. METHODS: Investigators reviewed the medical records of all children with minor head trauma, which was defined as a Glasgow coma scale ≥13 at the time of admission to the emergency room, who underwent computed tomography scans during the years of 2013 and 2014...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
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