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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822350/baclofen-for-alcohol-withdrawal
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REVIEW
Jia Liu, Lu-Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Baclofen shows potential for rapidly reducing symptoms of severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) in people with alcoholism. Treatment with baclofen is easy to manage and rarely produces euphoria or other pleasant effects, or craving for the drug. This is an updated version of the original Cochrane Review published in 2015, Issue 4. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of baclofen for people with AWS. SEARCH METHODS: We updated our searches of the following databases to March 2017: the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group Specialised Register, CENTRAL, PubMed, Embase, and CINAHL...
August 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822346/comparative-study-of-single-combination-use-of-huang-lian-jie-du-decoction-and-berberine-on-their-protection-on-sepsis-induced-acute-liver-injury-by-nmr-metabolic-profiling
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Yan Lv, Junsong Wang, Dingqiao Xu, Shanting Liao, Pei Li, Qian Zhang, Minghua Yang, Lingyi Kong
Sepsis is a serious clinical disease with a high mortality rate all around the world. Liver organ dysfunction is an important sign for the severity and outcome of sepsis in patients. In this study, (1)H NMR-based metabolomics approach and biochemical assays were applied to investigate the metabolic profiling for cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) induced acute liver injury, the therapeutical effect of single/combination use of Huang-Lian-Jie-Du decoction (HLJDD) and berberine, and the interaction of them. Metabolomics analysis revealed significant perturbations in livers of septic rats, which could be ameliorated by HLJDD, berberine and their combination treatment...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822343/the-control-of-disinfection-byproducts-and-their-precursors-in-biologically-active-filtration-processes
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REVIEW
Chao Liu, Christopher I Olivares, Ameet J Pinto, Chance V Lauderdale, Jess Brown, Meric Selbes, Tanju Karanfil
While disinfection provides hygienically safe drinking water, the disinfectants react with inorganic or organic precursors, leading to the formation of harmful disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Biological filtration is a process in which an otherwise conventional granular filter is designed to remove not only fine particulates but also dissolved organic matters (e.g., DBP precursors) through microbially mediated degradation. Recently, applications of biofiltration in drinking water treatment have increased significantly...
August 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822341/mullins-effect-in-polyethylene-and-its-dependency-on-crystal-content-a-network-alteration-model
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M Makki, G Ayoub, H Abdul-Hameed, F Zaïri, B Mansoor, M Naït-Abdelaziz, M Ouederni
This contribution is focused on the Mullins effect in polyethylene. An ultra-low-density polyethylene with 0.15 crystal content, a low-density polyethylene with 0.3 crystal content and a high-density polyethylene with 0.72 crystal content are subjected to cyclic stretching over a large strain range. Experimental observations are first reported to examine how the crystal content influences the Mullins effect in polyethylene. It is found that the cyclic stretching is characterized by a stress-softening, a hysteresis and a residual strain, whose amounts depends on the crystal content and the applied strain...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822340/endothelial-glycocalyx-biomarkers-increase-in-patients-with-infection-during-emergency-department-treatment
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Lisa Smart, Stephen P J Macdonald, Sally Burrows, Erika Bosio, Glenn Arendts, Daniel M Fatovich
PURPOSE: Endothelial glycocalyx (EG) shedding may promote organ failure in sepsis. This study describes temporal changes in EG biomarkers from Emergency Department (ED) arrival, and associations with clinical characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study included 23 patients with simple infection, 86 with sepsis and 29 healthy controls. Serum EG biomarkers included syndecan-1, syndecan-4 and hyaluronan. Samples were taken on enrolment in the ED (T0), 1 hour (T1), 3 hours (T3) and 12 to 24 hours (T24) later...
July 2, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822335/specificity-protein-1-modulated-superoxide-dismutase-2-enhances-temozolomide-resistance-in-glioblastoma-which-is-independent-of-o-6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase
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Kwang-Yu Chang, Tsung-I Hsu, Che-Chia Hsu, Shan-Yin Tsai, Jr-Jiun Liu, Shao-Wen Chou, Ming-Sheng Liu, Jing-Ping Liou, Chiung-Yuan Ko, Kai-Yun Chen, Jan-Jong Hung, Wen-Chang Chang, Cheng-Keng Chuang, Tzu-Jen Kao, Jian-Ying Chuang
Acquisition of temozolomide (TMZ) resistance is a major factor leading to the failure of glioblastoma (GBM) treatment. The exact mechanism by which GBM evades TMZ toxicity is not always related to the expression of the DNA repair enzyme O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), and so remains unclear. In this study, TMZ-resistant variants derived from MGMT-negative GBM clinical samples and cell lines were studied, revealing there to be increased specificity protein 1 (Sp1) expression associated with reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation following TMZ treatment...
August 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822334/reported-maladaptive-decision-making-in-unipolar-and-bipolar-depression-and-its-change-with-treatment
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Lara F Alexander, Alison Oliver, Lauren K Burdine, Yilang Tang, Boadie W Dunlop
Mood disorder patients frequently experience difficulty making decisions and may make sub-optimal decisions with adverse life consequences. However, patients' styles for decision-making when ill and after treatment have received little study to date. We assessed healthy controls (HC, n = 69) and patients with major depressive disorder (MDD, n = 61) or bipolar disorder (BP, n = 26) in a current major depressive episode using the Melbourne Decision-making Questionnaire. A subset of participants was re-evaluated after completing six weeks of pharmacotherapy...
August 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822329/changes-in-gluteal-muscle-forces-with-alteration-of-footstrike-pattern-during-running
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Charles Nathan Vannatta, Thomas W Kernozek, Naghmeh Gheidi
Gait retraining is a common form of treatment for running related injuries. Proximal factors at the hip have been postulated as having a role in the development of running related injuries. How altering footstrike affects hip muscles forces and kinematics has not been described. Thus, we aimed to quantify differences in hip muscle forces and hip kinematics that may occur when healthy runners are instructed to alter their foot strike pattern from their habitual rear-foot strike to a forefoot strike. This may gain insight on the potential etiology and treatment methods of running related lower extremity injury...
August 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822325/are-there-regional-tendencies-toward-controversial-screening-practices-a-study-of-prostate-and-breast-cancer-screening-in-a-medicare-population
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Eric Raffin, Tracy Onega, Julie Bynum, Andrea Austin, Donald Carmichael, Kristen Bronner, Philip Goodney, Elias S Hyams
INTRODUCTION: Prostate and breast cancer screening in older patients continue to be controversial. Balancing the desire for early detection with avoidance of over-diagnosis has led to competing and contradictory guidelines for both practices. Despite similarities, it is not known how these screening practices are related at the regional level. In this study, we examined how screening PSA and mammography are related within healthcare regions, and, to better understand what may be driving these practices, whether they are associated with local intensity of care...
August 16, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822324/preventive-effects-of-interleukin-6-in-lipopolysaccharide-d-galactosamine-induced-acute-liver-injury-via-regulating-inflammatory-response-in-hepatic-macrophages
#10
Long Li, Chaoli Duan, Yan Zhao, Xiaofang Zhang, Hongyan Yin, Tianxi Wang, Caoxin Huang, Suhuan Liu, Shuyu Yang, Xuejun Li
Lipopolysaccharide/d-Galactosamine (LPS/d-Gal)-induced acute liver injury is characterized by significant inflammatory responses including TNF-α and interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is a widely applied experimental model for inflammation research. TNF-α is critical in the progression of LPS/d-Gal-induced liver injury. However, the role of IL-6 in this model is still unknown. In the present study, we aim to elucidate the involvement of IL-6 in the pathogenesis of acute liver injury induced by LPS/d-Gal in mice and its underlying mechanism...
August 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822321/neurostimulation-techniques-in-the-treatment-of-cocaine-dependence-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Fady Rachid
OBJECTIVE: Cocaine use disorder is a very common condition that represents a substantial public health problem, and no effective pharmacological or psychological therapies have been identified to date. Urgent therapeutic alternatives are therefore needed such as neurostimulation techniques. The purpose of this review is to describe and discuss studies that have evaluated the safety and efficacy of these techniques for the treatment of cocaine dependence. METHODS: The electronic literature on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, theta-burst stimulation, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, magnetic seizure therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, cranial electro-stimulation, and deep brain stimulation in the treatment of cocaine addiction were reviewed...
August 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822312/ossifying-fibromyxoid-tumor-of-the-trunk-mimicking-hydatid-cyst-a-case-report
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Nihed Abdessayed, Sarra Mestiri, Houssem Ammar, Ahlem Bdioui, Amine Chhaidar, Omar Toumi, Nozha Mhamdi, Rahul Gupta, Marwa Guerfela, Moncef Mokni
INTRODUCTION: Ossifying fibromyxoid tumor (OFMT) is a rare lesion that generally occurs in the soft tissues of proximal limbs, head or neck and presents as a slowly growing mass. Abdominal or trunk locations are extremely rare. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of 50-year-old man who presented with a painless, slow growing epigastric mass for 5 years. Radiologic assessment revealed a well circumscribed median subcutaneous parietal mass lesion present in front of the xiphoid process suspicious of a calcified hydatid cyst...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822310/gastroblastoma-a-biphasic-neoplasm-of-stomach-a-case-report
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Omar Toumi, Houssem Ammar, Ibtissem Korbi, Mariem Ayed, Rahul Gupta, Mohamed Nasr, Randa Salem, Rim Hadhri, Sonia Zayed, Faouzi Noomen, Abdelfatteh Zakhama, Khadija Zouari
INTRODUCTION: Gastroblastoma is a rare gastric biphasic tumor with both epithelial and mesenchymal components. To the best of our knowledge only eight cases have been reported in the English literature till date. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of a 29-year-old female, hospitalized for epigastric pain with poor general condition. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy showed a polypoid mass in the stomach near the gastric cardia suspicious of gastrointestinal stromal tumor...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822306/xyloglucan-endotransglucosylase-hydrolases-xths-are-inactivated-by-binding-to-glass-and-cellulosic-surfaces-and-released-in-active-form-by-a-heat-stable-polymer-from-cauliflower-florets
#14
Sandra C Sharples, Tu C Nguyen-Phan, Stephen C Fry
Xyloglucan endotransglucosylase (XET) activity, which cuts and re-joins hemicellulose chains in the plant cell wall, contributing to wall assembly and growth regulation, is the major activity of XTH proteins. During purification, XTHs often lose XET activity which, however, is restored by treatment with certain cold-water-extractable, heat-stable polymers (CHPs), e.g. from cauliflower florets. It was not known whether the XTH-activating factor (XAF) present in CHPs works by promoting (e.g. allosterically) XET activity or by re-solubilising sequestered XTH proteins...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822302/new-insight-in-spiral-drawing-analysis-methods-application-to-action-tremor-quantification
#15
André Pierre Legrand, Isabelle Rivals, Aliénor Richard, Emmanuelle Apartis, Emmanuel Roze, Marie Vidailhet, Sabine Meunier, Elodie Hainque
OBJECTIVE: Spiral drawing is one of the standard tests used to assess tremor severity for the clinical evaluation of medical treatments. Tremor severity is estimated through visual rating of the drawings by movement disorders experts. Different approaches based on the mathematical signal analysis of the recorded spiral drawings were proposed to replace this rater dependent estimate. The objective of the present study is to propose new numerical methods and to evaluate them in terms of agreement with visual rating and reproducibility...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822300/drinking-water-to-reduce-alcohol-craving-a-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-impact-of-ghrelin-in-mediating-the-effects-of-forced-water-intake-in-alcohol-addiction
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Anne Koopmann, Katharina Lippmann, Rilana Schuster, Iris Reinhard, Patrick Bach, Georg Weil, Marcella Rietschel, Stephanie H Witt, Klaus Wiedemann, Falk Kiefer
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that ghrelin is involved in the pathophysiology of alcohol use disorders, affecting alcohol self-administration and craving. Gastric ghrelin secretion is reduced by stomach distension. We now tested the hypothesis whether the clinically well-known effects of high-volume water intake on craving reduction in alcoholism is mediated by acute changes in ghrelin secretion. METHODS: In this randomized human laboratory study, we included 23 alcohol-dependent male inpatient subjects who underwent alcohol cue exposure...
August 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822288/two-sides-of-the-coin-part-2-colloid-and-surface-science-meets-real-biointerfaces
#17
Barry W Ninham, Kåre Larsson, Pierandrea Lo Nostro
Part 1 revisited developments in lipid and surfactant self assembly over the past 40 years [1]. New concepts emerged. Here we explore how these developments can be used to make sense of and bring order to a range of complex biological phenomena. Together with Part 1, this contribution is a fundamental revision of intuition at the boundaries of Colloid Science and Biological interfaces from a perspective of nearly 50 years. We offer new insights on a unified treatment of self assembly of lipids, surfactants and proteins in the light of developments presented in Part 1...
August 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822287/blue-light-induced-free-radicals-from-riboflavin-in-degradation-of-crystal-violet-by-microbial-viability-evaluation
#18
Ji-Yuan Liang, Jeu-Ming P Yuann, Zong-Jhe Hsie, Shiuh-Tsuen Huang, Chiing-Chang Chen
Crystal violet (CV) is applied in daily use mainly as a commercial dye and antimicrobial agent. Waste water containing CV may affect aquatic ecosystems. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is non-toxic and an essential vitamin required for the functions of the human body. Riboflavin is photosensitive to UV and visible light in terms of generating reactive oxygen species. This study investigated the potential application of blue light on riboflavin, so as to come up with an effective way of degrading CV during its treatment...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822286/effect-of-torrefaction-conditions-on-greenhouse-crop-residue-optimization-of-conditions-to-upgrade-solid-characteristics
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Irene Iáñez-Rodríguez, María Ángeles Martín-Lara, Gabriel Blázquez, Antonio Pérez, Mónica Calero
This work investigated the possibility of using a greenhouse crop waste as a fuel, since it is an abundant residue in the Mediterranean area of Spain. The residue is mainly composed by biomass with a little quantity of plastic. The physical and chemical characteristics of the biomass were determined by elemental analysis, proximate analysis, FT-IR, FE-SEM and thermogravimetry. Additionally, a torrefaction process was carried out as a pre-treatment to improve the energy properties of the biomass material. The optimal conditions (time and temperature) of torrefaction were found to be 263°C and 15min using the gain and loss method...
August 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822285/conversion-of-raw-and-untreated-disposal-into-ethanol
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Saurabh Sudha Dhiman, Aditi David, Namita Shrestha, Glenn R Johnson, Kenneth M Benjamin, Venkataramana Gadhamshetty, Rajesh K Sani
The one-pot CRUDE (Conversion of Raw and Untreated Disposal into Ethanol) process was developed for simultaneous hydrolysis and fermentation of unprocessed food waste into ethanol using thermophilic (growing at 65°C) anaerobic bacteria. Unlike existing waste to energy technologies, the CRUDE process obviates the need for any pre-treatment or enzyme addition. A High-Temperature-High-Pressure (HTHP) distillation technique was also applied that facilitated efficient use of fermentation medium, inoculum recycling, and in-situ ethanol collection...
July 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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