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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329658/potential-relationship-between-rosacea-and-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Erin Ibler, Beatrice Nardone, Sara Majewski, Nicholas Guido, Thy Huynh, Sarah Lyon, Stephanie M Rangel, Bethanee Schlosser, Dennis P West, Anne E Laumann
Rosacea is a common inflammatory condition characterized by transient or persistent facial erythema, telangiectasias, papules and pustules, for which an association has been reported to exist with Parkinson's disease (PD). We used a large, urban, single center, electronic medical record repository by searching the Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) (> 4 million patients) for this association. Patients were included if they had an in-person encounter (Jan 2001 to May 2016) and with 1 year documentation of follow-up...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329612/aquagenic-wrinkling-of-the-palms-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#2
Matteo Megna, Mariateresa Cantelli, Donata Martellotta, Gabriella Calabrò, Anna Balato, Fabio Ayala
Aquagenic wrinkling of the palms (AWP) is an unusual and rare dermatological condition characterized by excessive palmar wrinkling, occurring within a few minutes of water exposure. Cystic fibrosis (CF) or CF carrier state associated forms, drug induced cases, and idiopathic forms have been described. We report the case of a 27-year-old woman with a 7-year history of transient excessive wrinkling of her palms after brief exposure to water. We present also a comprehensive review of the literature. We believe that AWP has been underdiagnosed thus far and we would like to encourage investigations such as sweat chloride test or genetic studies in these patients because of the association with CF or CF carrier state, particularly when AWP appears in younger ages...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329347/off-treatment-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-dna-levels-and-the-prediction-of-relapse-after-discontinuation-of-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-prospective-stop-study
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Jiawei Cao, Heng Chi, Tao Yu, Zhandong Li, Bettina E Hansen, Xiaoyong Zhang, Chunxiu Zhong, Jian Sun, Jinlin Hou, Harry L A Janssen, Jie Peng
Background.: The optimal management remains unknown after nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) discontinuation in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). This prospective study investigated the role of off-treatment viral kinetics in predicting relapse after discontinuation of NA therapy. Methods.: A total of 82 noncirrhotic Asian patients with CHB who discontinued NA therapy according to international guidelines were prospectively followed. Patients with a hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA level of >2000 IU/mL and an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level of >2 times the upper limit of normal (clinical relapse) were retreated...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329346/posttreatment-reactions-after-single-dose-diethylcarbamazine-or-ivermectin-in-subjects-with-loa-loa-infection
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Jesica A Herrick, Fanny Legrand, Raceline Gounoue, Godwin Nchinda, Céline Montavon, Jean Bopda, Steve Mbickmen Tchana, Bienvenu Etogo Ondigui, Konrad Nguluwe, Michael P Fay, Michelle Makiya, Simon Metenou, Thomas B Nutman, Joseph Kamgno, Amy D Klion
Background.: Severe adverse reactions have been observed in individuals with Loa loa infection treated with either diethylcarbamazine (DEC), the drug of choice for loiasis, or ivermectin (IVM), which is used in mass drug administration programs for control of onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis in Africa. In this study, posttreatment clinical and immunologic reactions were compared following single-dose therapy with DEC or IVM to assess whether these reactions have the same underlying pathophysiology...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329254/periodic-limb-movements-and-white-matter-hyperintensities-in-first-ever-minor-stroke-or-high-risk-tia
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Mark I Boulos, Brian J Murray, Ryan T Muir, Fuqiang Gao, Gregory M Szilagyi, Menal Huroy, Alexander Kiss, Arthur S Walters, Sandra E Black, Andrew S Lim, Richard H Swartz
Study Objectives: Emerging evidence suggests that periodic limb movements (PLMs) may contribute to the development of cerebrovascular disease. White matter hyperintensities (WMHs), a widely accepted biomarker for cerebral small vessel disease, are associated with incident stroke and death. We evaluated the association between increased PLM indices and WMH burden in patients presenting with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), while controlling for vascular risk factors and stroke severity...
December 29, 2016: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329108/increased-mortality-among-persons-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-moderate-or-severe-liver-disease-a-cohort-study
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Javier A Cepeda, David L Thomas, Jacquie Astemborski, Mark S Sulkowski, Gregory D Kirk, Shruti H Mehta
Background: Despite the availability of curative treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, because of cost, treatment is often denied until liver fibrosis has progressed to at least moderate fibrosis and in some cases cirrhosis. That practice is justified on assumptions that there are no medical consequences to having moderate disease and that disease stage transitions can be anticipated. Methods: We performed transient elastography on 964 people chronically infected with HCV with a history of injection drug use living in Baltimore, Maryland...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329027/prevalence-and-predictors-for-compensated-advanced-chronic-liver-disease-c-acld-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-delta-virus-hdv-infection
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Ingrid Couto, Marilu Victoria, Valdiléa G Veloso, Lorena Rodrigues, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Marcus Lacerda, Flamir Victoria, Hugo Perazzo
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and predictor factors for compensated advanced chronic liver disease (c-ACLD) in patients with hepatitis Delta virus (HDV) infection. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included consecutive HDV-infected patients defined by positive anti-HDV. Patients with hepatitis C coinfection, liver transplantation or presence of conditions that limit liver (LSM) or spleen stiffness measurement (SSM) were excluded. Blood tests, abdominal ultrasound, SSM and LSM by transient elastography (FibroScan®) were performed at the same day...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328758/posttransfusion-increase-of-hematocrit-per-se-does-not-improve-circulatory-oxygen-delivery-due-to-increased-blood-viscosity
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Robert Zimmerman, Amy G Tsai, Beatriz Y Salazar Vázquez, Pedro Cabrales, Axel Hofmann, Jens Meier, Aryeh Shander, Donat R Spahn, Joel M Friedman, Daniel M Tartakovsky, Marcos Intaglietta
BACKGROUND: Blood transfusion is used to treat acute anemia with the goal of increasing blood oxygen-carrying capacity as determined by hematocrit (Hct) and oxygen delivery (DO2). However, increasing Hct also increases blood viscosity, which may thus lower DO2 if the arterial circulation is a rigid hydraulic system as the resistance to blood flow will increase. The net effect of transfusion on DO2 in this system can be analyzed by using the relationship between Hct and systemic blood viscosity of circulating blood at the posttransfusion Hct to calculate DO2 and comparing this value with pretransfusion DO2...
March 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328499/importance-of-matching-physical-friction-hardness-and-texture-in-creating-realistic-haptic-virtual-surfaces
#9
Heather Culbertson, Katherine J Kuchenbecker
Interacting with physical objects through a tool elicits tactile and kinesthetic sensations that comprise your haptic impression of the object. These cues, however, are largely missing from interactions with virtual objects, yielding an unrealistic user experience. This article evaluates the realism of virtual surfaces rendered using haptic models constructed from data recorded during interactions with real surfaces. The models include three components: surface friction, tapping transients, and texture vibrations...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328347/prevention-of-hereditary-angioedema-attacks-with-a-subcutaneous-c1-inhibitor
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Hilary Longhurst, Marco Cicardi, Timothy Craig, Konrad Bork, Clive Grattan, James Baker, Huamin H Li, Avner Reshef, James Bonner, Jonathan A Bernstein, John Anderson, William R Lumry, Henriette Farkas, Constance H Katelaris, Gordon L Sussman, Joshua Jacobs, Marc Riedl, Michael E Manning, Jacques Hebert, Paul K Keith, Shmuel Kivity, Sergio Neri, Donald S Levy, Maria L Baeza, Robert Nathan, Lawrence B Schwartz, Teresa Caballero, William Yang, Ioana Crisan, María D Hernandez, Iftikhar Hussain, Michael Tarzi, Bruce Ritchie, Pavlina Králíčková, Mar Guilarte, Syed M Rehman, Aleena Banerji, Richard G Gower, Debra Bensen-Kennedy, Jonathan Edelman, Henrike Feuersenger, John-Philip Lawo, Thomas Machnig, Dipti Pawaskar, Ingo Pragst, Bruce L Zuraw
Background Hereditary angioedema is a disabling, potentially fatal condition caused by deficiency (type I) or dysfunction (type II) of the C1 inhibitor protein. In a phase 2 trial, the use of CSL830, a nanofiltered C1 inhibitor preparation that is suitable for subcutaneous injection, resulted in functional levels of C1 inhibitor activity that would be expected to provide effective prophylaxis of attacks. Methods We conducted an international, prospective, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging, phase 3 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of self-administered subcutaneous CSL830 in patients with type I or type II hereditary angioedema who had had four or more attacks in a consecutive 2-month period within 3 months before screening...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328240/insights-on-cryopreserved-sheep-fibroblasts-by-cryomicroscopy-and-gene-expression-analysis
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Antonella Idda, Daniela Bebbere, Giuseppina Corona, Laura Masala, Elisa Casula, Alberto Cincotti, Sergio Ledda
Cryopreservation includes a set of techniques aimed at storing biological samples and preserving their biochemical and functional features without any significant alterations. This study set out to investigate the effects induced by cryopreservation on cultured sheepskin fibroblasts (CSSF) through cryomicroscopy and gene expression analysis after subsequent in vitro culture. CSSF cells were cryopreserved in a cryomicroscope (CM) or in a straw programmable freezer (SPF) using a similar thermal profile (cooling rate -5°C/min to -120°C, then -150°C/min to -196°C)...
March 22, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328227/ultrafast-relaxation-dynamics-of-photoexcited-heme-model-compounds-observation-of-multiple-electronic-spin-states-and-vibrational-cooling
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Chinju Govind, Venugopal Karunakaran
Hemin is a unique model compound of heme proteins carrying out variable biological functions. Here the excited state relaxation dynamics of heme model compounds in the ferric form are systematically investigated by changing the axial ligand (Cl/Br), the peripheral substituent (Vinyl/Ethylmeso) and the solvent (Methanol/DMSO) using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy upon excitation at 380 nm. The relaxation time constants of these model compounds are obtained by global analysis. Excited state deactivation pathway of the model compounds comprising the decay of the porphyrin excited state (S*) to Ligand to Metal Charge Transfer state (LMCT, t1), back electron transfer from Metal to Ligand (MLCT, t2) and relaxation to the ground state through different electronic spin states of iron (t3 and t4), is proposed along with the vibrational cooling processes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328070/modeling-and-simulation-of-dielectrophoretic-collective-dynamics-in-a-suspension-of-polarizable-particles-under-the-action-of-a-gradient-ac-electric-field
#13
Shigeru Tada, Yan Shen, Zhiyong Qiu
When a suspension of polarizable particles is subjected to a gradient AC electric field, the particles exhibit collective motion due to an interaction between the dipole induced in the particles and the spatial gradient of the electric field; this is known as dielectrophoresis. In the present study, the collective dynamics of suspended particles in a parallel-plate electric chamber was investigated by simulating numerically the trajectories of individual particles under the action of combined dielectrophoretic and dipole-dipole interparticle forces...
March 22, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327981/long-term-outcome-after-multiple-burr-hole-surgery-in-children-with-moyamoya-angiopathy-a-single-center-experience-in-108-hemispheres
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Thomas Blauwblomme, Bertrand Mathon, Olivier Naggara, Manoelle Kossorotoff, Marie Bourgeois, Stéphanie Puget, Philippe Meyer, Valentine Brousse, Marianne de Montalembert, Francis Brunelle, Michel Zerah, Christian Sainte-Rose
BACKGROUND: Multiple burr hole (MBH) surgery is a simple, safe, and effective indirect technique of revascularization in moyamoya angiopathy (MM). However, it is not yet recognized as a first-line treatment. OBJECTIVE: To assess the long-term outcome and perioperative complications in a large single-center cohort of children with MM who underwent burr hole surgery. METHODS: This study is a retrospective analysis of children who underwent surgery for MM in a national reference center for pediatric stroke between 1999 and 2015...
February 20, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327949/resection-of-navigated-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-positive-prerolandic-motor-areas-causes-permanent-impairment-of-motor-function
#15
Tobias Moser, Lucia Bulubas, Jamil Sabih, Neal Conway, Noémie Wildschutz, Nico Sollmann, Bernhard Meyer, Florian Ringel, Sandro M Krieg
BACKGROUND: Navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) helps to determine the distribution of motor eloquent areas prior to brain surgery. Yet, the eloquence of primary motor areas frontal to the precentral gyrus identified via nTMS is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the resection of nTMS-positive prerolandic motor areas and its correlation with postsurgical impairment of motor function. METHODS: Forty-three patients with rolandic or prerolandic gliomas (WHO grade I-IV) underwent nTMS prior to surgery...
February 24, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327634/scleraxis-is-required-for-maturation-of-tissue-domains-for-proper-integration-of-the-musculoskeletal-system
#16
Yuki Yoshimoto, Aki Takimoto, Hitomi Watanabe, Yuji Hiraki, Gen Kondoh, Chisa Shukunami
Scleraxis (Scx) is a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor that is expressed persistently in tendons/ligaments, but transiently in entheseal cartilage. In this study, we generated a novel Scx(Cre) knock-in (KI) allele, by in-frame replacement of most of Scx exon 1 with Cre recombinase (Cre), to drive Cre expression using Scx promoter and to inactivate the endogenous Scx. Reflecting the intensity and duration of endogenous expression, Cre-mediated excision occurs in tendinous and ligamentous tissues persistently expressing Scx...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327305/functional-analysis-of-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-1-of-the-silkworm-bombyx%C3%A2-mori
#17
Rina Hamajima, Asako Iwamoto, Moe Tomizaki, Ikue Suganuma, Koji Kitaguchi, Michihiro Kobayashi, Hayato Yamada, Motoko Ikeda
Recent advances in genome-wide surveys have revealed a number of lepidopteran insect homologs of mammalian and Drosophila genes that are responsible for apoptosis regulation. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms for apoptosis regulation in lepidopteran insect cells remain poorly understood. In the present study, we demonstrated that the transfection of Bombyx mori BM-N cells with dsRNA against the B. mori cellular iap1 gene (cbm-iap1) induces severe apoptosis that is accompanied by an increase of caspase-3-like protease activity...
December 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327200/a-first-in-human-phase-1-study-of-a-hepcidin-monoclonal-antibody-ly2787106-in-cancer-associated-anemia
#18
Saroj Vadhan-Raj, Rafat Abonour, Jonathan W Goldman, David A Smith, Christopher A Slapak, Robert L Ilaria, Ramon V Tiu, Xuejing Wang, Sophie Callies, Joanne Cox, Jay L Tuttle, Yiu-Keung Lau, Eric J Roeland
BACKGROUND: Hepcidin plays a central role in iron homeostasis and erythropoiesis. Neutralizing hepcidin with a monoclonal antibody (mAb) may prevent ferroportin internalization, restore iron efflux from cells, and allow transferrin-mediated iron transport to the bone marrow. This multicenter, phase 1 study evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD), and efficacy of a fully humanized mAb (LY2787106) with high affinity for hepcidin in cancer patients with anemia...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327159/the-clinical-use-of-stress-echocardiography-in-ischemic-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Rosa Sicari, Lauro Cortigiani
Stress echocardiography is an established technique for the assessment of extent and severity of coronary artery disease. The combination of echocardiography with a physical, pharmacological or electrical stress allows to detect myocardial ischemia with an excellent accuracy. A transient worsening of regional function during stress is the hallmark of inducible ischemia. Stress echocardiography provides similar diagnostic and prognostic accuracy as radionuclide stress perfusion imaging or magnetic resonance, but at a substantially lower cost, without environmental impact, and with no biohazards for the patient and the physician...
March 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326944/fatty-acid-binding-protein-inhibition-produces-analgesic-effects-through-peripheral-and-central-mechanisms
#20
Xiaoxue Peng, Keith Studholme, Martha P Kanjiya, Jennifer Luk, Diane Bogdan, Matthew W Elmes, Gregory Carbonetti, Simon Tong, Yu-Han Gary Teng, Robert C Rizzo, Huilin Li, Dale G Deutsch, Iwao Ojima, Mario J Rebecchi, Michelino Puopolo, Martin Kaczocha
Background Fatty-acid-binding proteins (FABPs) are intracellular carriers for endocannabinoids, N-acylethanolamines, and related lipids. Previous work indicates that systemically administered FABP5 inhibitors produce analgesia in models of inflammatory pain. It is currently not known whether FABP inhibitors exert their effects through peripheral or central mechanisms. Here, we examined FABP5 distribution in dorsal root ganglia and spinal cord and examined the analgesic effects of peripherally and centrally administered FABP5 inhibitors...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
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