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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351128/nanoparticles-of-titanium-and-zinc-oxides-as-novel-agents-in-tumor-treatment-a-review
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Janusz Bogdan, Joanna Pławińska-Czarnak, Joanna Zarzyńska
Cancer has become a global problem. On all continents, a great number of people are diagnosed with this disease. In spite of the progress in medical care, cancer still ends fatal for a great number of the ill, either as a result of a late diagnosis or due to inefficiency of therapies. The majority of the tumors are resistant to drugs. Thus, the search for new, more effective therapy methods continues. Recently, nanotechnology has been attributed with big expectations in respect of the cancer fight. That interdisciplinary field of science creates nanomaterials (NMs) and nanoparticles (NPs) that can be applied, e...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351089/leptin-and-its-receptors-in-human-placenta-of-small-adequate-and-large-for-gestational-age-newborns
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Maria-Luisa Lazo-de-la-Vega-Monroy, Martha I González-Domínguez, Silvio Zaina, Myrna Sabanero, Leonel Daza-Benítez, Juan Manuel Malacara, Gloria Barbosa-Sabanero
Alterations in birth weight impact postnatal outcome and adult metabolic health. Therefore, fetal growth regulation is crucial for preventing chronic metabolic diseases. Leptin has been suggested to play an important role in placental and fetal growth, albeit its specific mechanisms of action have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to analyze leptin concentrations in placenta, cord blood, and maternal blood of SGA, AGA, and LGA (small, adequate and large for gestational age, respectively) newborns, as well as placental leptin receptor (LEPRa and LEPRb) protein expression...
March 28, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351086/independent-risk-factors-predicting-central-lymph-node-metastasis-in-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma
#3
Xiaolong Yu, Xuejia Song, Wenhai Sun, Shihua Zhao, Jiajun Zhao, Yan-Gang Wang
The incidence of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) has risen rapidly in recent years, and PTMC patients with central lymph node metastasis (CLNM) usually have poor prognosis. Independent risk factors predicting CLNM in PTMC have not been well understood. The aim of our study was to identify useful clinicopathological risk factors predicting CLNM in PTMC patients. This was a retrospective study of 917 patients with PTMC treated with surgery from January 2014 to December 2015 in our hospital. The relationship between clinicopathological factors and CLNM was analyzed to identify those factors predicting CLNM in PTMC...
March 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351066/bringing-rounds-back-to-the-patient-a-one-year-evaluation-of-the-chiefs-service-model-for-inpatient-teaching
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Nadia L Bennett, Judd D Flesch, Peter Cronholm, James B Reilly, Jack Ende
PURPOSE: The Chiefs' Service (CS), a structured approach to inpatient teaching rounds, focuses on resident education and patient-centered care without disrupting patient census sizes or admitting cycles. It has five key elements: morning huddles; bedside rounds; diagnostic "time-outs"; day-of-discharge rounds; and postdischarge follow-up rounds. The authors hypothesized the CS model would be well received by residents and considered more effective than more-traditional rounds. METHOD: The CS was implemented on Penn Presbyterian Medical Center's general medicine inpatient service using a quasi-experimental design...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351065/institutional-incentives-for-mentoring-at-the-u-s-department-of-veterans-affairs-and-universities-associations-with-mentors-perceptions-and-time-spent-mentoring
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Natalya C Maisel, Max A Halvorson, John W Finney, Xiaoyu Bi, Ko P Hayashi, Daniel M Blonigen, Julie C Weitlauf, Christine Timko, Ruth C Cronkite
PURPOSE: Limited empirical attention to date has focused on best practices in advanced research mentoring in the health services research domain. The authors investigated whether institutional incentives for mentoring (e.g., consideration of mentoring in promotion criteria) were associated with mentors' perceptions of mentoring benefits and costs and with time spent mentoring. METHOD: The authors conducted an online survey in 2014 of a national sample of mentors of U...
April 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351060/blood-pressure-variability-in-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-data-from-4-randomised-controlled-cpap-withdrawal-trials
#6
Franziska Lettau, Esther I Schwarz, John R Stradling, Malcolm Kohler
BACKGROUND: Increased daytime blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular risk. Preliminary data suggest that obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) might contribute to increased daytime BPV. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy withdrawal on daytime BPV. METHODS: A total of 183 patients previously diagnosed with OSA and treated with CPAP were randomised to either continue or withdraw from CPAP within 4 trials...
March 29, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351056/comparison-of-umbilical-serum-copeptin-relative-to-erythropoietin-and-s100b-as-asphyxia-biomarkers-at-birth
#7
Milla Summanen, Laura Seikku, Petri Rahkonen, Vedran Stefanovic, Kari Teramo, Sture Andersson, Kai Kaila, Leena Rahkonen
BACKGROUND: Birth asphyxia, estimated to account for a million neonatal deaths annually, can cause a wide variety of neurodevelopmental impairments. There is a need to develop new, swift methods to identify those neonates who would benefit from neuroprotective treatments such as hypothermia. OBJECTIVES: To examine the utility of cord serum copeptin, a stable byproduct of arginine vasopressin release, as a biomarker of birth asphyxia based on a comparison with 2 biomarkers of hypoxia and brain trauma: erythropoietin and S100B...
March 29, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351051/insights-into-the-physiopathology-of-inflammatory-macular-edema
#8
Marc D de Smet
Macular edema is one of the most common causes of permanent vision loss in patients with uveitis. The current understanding of water balance and metabolism within the retina has given us better insight into the mechanisms underlying macular edema arising from both acute and chronic inflammation. Uveitic macular edema (UME) occurs when the equilibrium between water influx and efflux is lost, and more importantly when compensatory mechanisms are overwhelmed. While in the acute setting, control of inflammation can reestablish homeostasis, chronic inflammation can lead to alternate pathways to establish a water balance...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351050/miscellaneous
#9
Catherine Creuzot-Garcher
This chapter provides the reader with practical information to be applied to the various remaining causes of macular edema. Some clinical cases of macular edema linked to ocular diseases like postradiotherapy for ocular melanomas remained of poor functional prognosis due to the primary disease. On the contrary, macular edema occurring after retinal detachment or after diverse systemic or local treatment use is often temporary. Macular edema associated with epiretinal membranes or vitreomacular traction is the main cause of poor functional recovery...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351048/retinitis-pigmentosa-and-other-dystrophies
#10
Sarah Mrejen, Isabelle Audo, Sébastien Bonnel, José-Alain Sahel
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a heterogeneous group of inherited retinal degenerations characterized by progressive degeneration of rod and cone cells that affects predominantly peripheral visual fields. Macular edema may cause additional central visual acuity decrease. Cystoid macular edema (CME) is one of the few treatable causes of visual loss in RP. The prevalence of CME in RP has been found to be between 10 and 20% on fluorescein angiography-based studies, and as high as 49% on reports based on optical coherence tomography...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351039/prognostic-value-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-newborns-with-hypoxic-ischaemic-encephalopathy-treated-with-therapeutic-hypothermia
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Eva-Marie Heursen, Amaya Zuazo Ojeda, Isabel Benavente Fernández, Gema Jimenez Gómez, Rosalía Campuzano Fernández-Colima, José Paz-Expósito, Simón Pedro Lubián López
BACKGROUND: Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) quantification has been proven to be of prognostic value in term newborns with hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) who were treated under normothermia. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prognostic value of ADC in standardized brain regions in neonates with HIE who were treated with therapeutic hypothermia (TH). METHODS: This prospective cohort study included 54 term newborns who were admitted with HIE and treated with TH...
March 29, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351035/resting-state-functional-connectivity-changes-associated-with-visuospatial-cognitive-deficits-in-patients-with-mild-alzheimer-disease
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Rakesh Balachandar, Srikala Bharath, John P John, Himanshu Joshi, Shilpa Sadanand, Jitender Saini, Keshav J Kumar, Mathew Varghese
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive disconnection of various brain networks leading to neuropsychological impairment. Pathology in the visual association areas has been documented in presymptomatic AD and therefore we aimed at examining the relationship between brain connectivity and visuospatial (VS) cognitive deficits in early AD. METHODS: Tests for VS working memory, episodic memory and construction were used to classify patients with AD (n = 48) as having severe VS deficits (n = 12, female = 4) or mild deficits (n = 11, female = 4)...
March 29, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351032/baicalein-a-natural-anti-cancer-compound-alters-microrna-expression-profiles-in-bel-7402-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Beibei Bie, Jin Sun, Jun Li, Ying Guo, Wei Jiang, Chen Huang, Jun Yang, Zongfang Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Baicalein has been shown to possess significant anti-hepatoma activity by inhibiting cell proliferation. Whether the anti-proliferative effect of baicalein is related to its modulation of miRNA expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unknown. METHODS: The anti-proliferative effects of baicalein on HCC cell line Bel-7402 was assessed by detecting the proliferation activity, cell cycle distribution, expression changes of p21/CDKN1A, P27/CDKN1B, total Akt and phosphoryted AKT...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351027/re-thinking-elective-single-embryo-transfer-increased-risk-of-monochorionic-twinning-a-systematic-review
#14
Margaret Dziadosz, Mark I Evans
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Multiple pregnancies have tripled in the United States over the past 3 decades. Attributed to increasing maternal age at delivery but more so assisted reproductive technological advances, an effort has been made to decrease twinning through elective single embryo transfer. We sought to review and evaluate risks of monochorionic twinning as a predictable consequence of increasing utilization of elective single embryo transfer on perinatal outcomes. Primary outcomes included twinning rates, fetal anomalies, growth, preterm birth, and mortality...
March 29, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351024/evaluating-the-prognostic-value-of-microrna-203-in-solid-tumors-based-on-a-meta-analysis-and-the-cancer-genome-atlas-tcga-datasets
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Yingjie Shao, Wendong Gu, Zhonghua Ning, Xing Song, Honglei Pei, Jingting Jiang
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that miR-203 expression was aberrant in various types of cancers, and it could be used as a prognostic biomarker. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of miR-203 expression in solid tumors by using meta-analysis and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) datasets. METHODS: By doing a literature research in PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library (last update by December 2016), we were able to identify the studies assessing the prognostic role of miR-203 in various tumors...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351022/reference-values-and-factors-associated-with-musculoskeletal-symptoms-in-healthy-adolescents-and-adults
#16
Jennifer N Baldwin, Marnee J McKay, Niamh Moloney, Claire E Hiller, Elizabeth J Nightingale, Joshua Burns
BACKGROUND: Insufficient attention has been given to individuals who report musculoskeletal symptoms yet experience minimal disability. OBJECTIVES: To examine musculoskeletal symptoms among healthy individuals, and compare demographic, psychological and physical factors between individuals with and without symptoms. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. METHOD: Data were from the 1000 Norms Project which recruited 1000 individuals aged 3-101 years...
March 23, 2017: Musculoskelet Sci Pract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351020/optimization-of-a-new-methodology-for-trace-determination-of-elements-in-biological-fluids-application-for-speciation-of-inorganic-selenium-in-children-s-blood
#17
Reza Akramipour, Mitra Hemati, Nazir Fattahi, Meghdad Pirsaheb, Toraj Ahmadi-Jouibari
The continuous sample drop flow microextraction (CSDFME) joined with the iridium-modified tube graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) has been developed as a highly sensitive technique for the speciation of selenium in blood samples. In this method 32.0μl carbon tetrachloride is transferred to the bottom of a conical sample cup. Then the 5.0ml of aqueous solution transforms to fine droplets while passing through the organic solvent. At this stage, Se(IV)-APDC hydrophobic complex is extracted into the organic solvent...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351017/performance-of-a-docking-molecular-dynamics-protocol-for-virtual-screening-of-nutlin-class-inhibitors-of-mdmx
#18
Nagakumar Bharatham, Kristin E Finch, Jaeki Min, Anand Mayasundari, Michael A Dyer, R Kiplin Guy, Donald Bashford
A virtual screening protocol involving docking and molecular dynamics has been tested against the results of fluorescence polarization assays testing the potency of a series of compounds of the nutlin class for inhibition of the interaction between p53 and Mdmx, an interaction identified as a driver of certain cancers. The protocol uses a standard docking method (AutoDock) with a cutoff based on the AutoDock score (ADscore), followed by molecular dynamics simulation with a cutoff based on root-mean-square-deviation (RMSD) from the docked pose...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351011/fine-cutting-edge-shaped-bi2o3rods-reduced-graphene-oxide-rgo-composite-for-supercapacitor-and-visible-light-photocatalytic-applications
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D Maruthamani, S Vadivel, M Kumaravel, B Saravanakumar, Bappi Paul, Siddhartha Sankar Dhar, Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh, A Manikandan, Govindarajan Ramadoss
Bi2O3 rods/RGO composite has been synthesized by a simple precipitation and calcination method. The crystallnity, structural, and morphological features were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) techniques. The supercapacitor behavior was studied using cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge discharge and impedance analysis, respectively. The Bi2O3 rods/RGO nanocomposite exhibits a maximum specific capacitance of 1041Fg(-1) at a current density of 2Ag(-1)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351010/vanadium-sulfide-sub-microspheres-a-new-near-infrared-driven-photocatalyst
#20
Yanli Zhou, Pengfei Liu, Fuyi Jiang, Jian Tian, Hongzhi Cui, Jian Yang
Recently, finding a novel near-infrared (NIR) photocatalyst has been the focus in photocatalysis. Here, VS4 sub-microspheres with a chain-like structure were prepared via a facile solvothermal method. As a new photocatalyst, it presents excellent NIR photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity. Theoretical calculations and experimental results demonstrate that the improved NIR photocatalytic property originated from the narrow band gap of VS4, which significantly improves the NIR light absorption...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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