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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238865/an-australian-nationwide-survey-on-medicinal-cannabis-use-for-epilepsy-history-of-antiepileptic-drug-treatment-predicts-medicinal-cannabis-use
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Anastasia S Suraev, Lisa Todd, Michael T Bowen, David J Allsop, Iain S McGregor, Carol Ireland, Nicholas Lintzeris
Epilepsy Action Australia conducted an Australian nationwide online survey seeking opinions on and experiences with the use of cannabis-based products for the treatment of epilepsy. The survey was promoted via the Epilepsy Action Australia's main website, on their Facebook page, and by word of mouth. The survey consisted of 39 questions assessing demographics, clinical factors, including diagnosis and seizure types, and experiences with and opinions towards cannabis use in epilepsy. A total of 976 responses met the inclusion criteria...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238705/an-informed-consent-program-enhances-surgery-resident-education
#2
Sarah E Koller, Ryan F Moore, Michael B Goldberg, Jeanette Zhang, Daohai Yu, Charles B Conklin, Richard E Milner, Amy J Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: First-year residents often obtain informed consent from patients. However, they typically receive no formal training in this area before residency. We wished to determine whether an educational program would improve residents' comfort with this process. DESIGN: Our institution created an informed consent educational program, which included a didactic component, a role-play about informed consent, and a simulation exercise using standardized patients. Residents completed surveys before and after the intervention, and responses to survey questions were compared using the signed-rank test...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238591/attitudes-and-experiences-of-early-and-midcareer-pediatricians-with-the-maintenance-of-certification-process
#3
Bobbi J Byrne, Mary Pat Frintner, Heather N Abraham, Amy J Starmer
OBJECTIVE: Maintenance of certification (MOC) value and relevance have been recent topics of controversy and discussion in medicine. Systematically assessing pediatrician's attitudes and experiences to encourage and inform future modifications is important. METHODS: We surveyed 866 pediatricians in 2014 who graduated from residency 10 to 12 years ago and are part of a larger longitudinal study. Cross-sectional quantitative and qualitative data on understanding, attitudes, barriers, and needs specific to MOC part 2 (self-assessment/continued learning activities) and part 4 (quality improvement projects) were analyzed...
February 23, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238155/safety-of-herbal-medicine-use-during-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-ovarian-cancer-a-bedside-to-bench-approach
#4
Eran Ben-Arye, Ofer Lavie, Noah Samuels, Hazem Khamaisie, Elad Schiff, Orit Gressel Raz, Jamal Mahajna
In this study, we explored herbal supplements used by patients during chemotherapy and test for herb-drug interactions and response of cancer cells to treatment. Patients with gynecological cancer referred to a complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) service were asked about their use of herbal medicine during chemotherapy. The leading five clinically relevant herbs selected for cytotoxicity analysis included the following: wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum), European mistletoe (Viscum album), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Ephedra (Ephedra campylopoda), and Oriental mistletoe (Viscum cruciatum)...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238145/high-accuracy-determination-of-cytotoxic-responses-from-graphene-oxide-exposure-using-imaging-flow-cytometry
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Sandra Vranic, Kostas Kostarelos
Graphene and other 2D materials have received increased attention in the biomedical field due to their unique properties and potential use as carriers for targeted drug delivery or in regenerative medicine. Before the exploitation of graphene-based materials in biomedicine becomes a reality, it is necessary to establish the full toxicological profile and better understand how the material interacts with cells and tissues. Because specific properties, such as flake size and surface chemistry, might determine whether graphene can achieve therapeutic efficacy without causing toxicity, it is important to develop highly accurate and reliable screening techniques to accurately assess the biocompatibility of different types of graphene-based materials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237197/toward-a-broader-concept-of-value-identifying-and-defining-elements-for-an-expanded-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Louis P Garrison, Sachin Kamal-Bahl, Adrian Towse
This commentary identifies and defines potentially useful expansions to traditional cost-effectiveness analysis as often used in health technology assessment. Since the seminal 1977 article by Weinstein and Stason, the recommended approach has been the use of the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio based on the metric of the cost per quality-adjusted life-year gained, allowing comparisons across different technologies. An expanded framework, incorporating a wider range of the elements of value, is proposed...
February 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236763/palmatine-inhibits-trif-dependent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-against-inflammation-induced-by-lps-in-goat-endometrial-epithelial-cells
#7
Baoqi Yan, Dongsheng Wang, Shuwei Dong, Zhangrui Cheng, Lidong Na, Mengqi Sang, Hongzao Yang, Zhiqiang Yang, Shidong Zhang, Zuoting Yan
Palmatine, a natural pharmaceutical drug, possesses many biological activities. But its clinical application is rarely reported in the veterinary medicine. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of palmatine on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in goat endometrial epithelial cells (gEECs), and the possible molecular mechanisms. Palmatine cell toxicity was determined by MTT assay, and the production of inflammatory cytokine in the cultured medium was measured with ELISA, qRT-PCR and Western blotting...
February 21, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236713/tinkering-toward-departure-the-limits-of-improvisation-in-rural-ethiopian-biomedical-practices
#8
Stephanie Rieder
This paper explores Ethiopian physicians' responses to tensions produced by gaps between ideals of biomedicine and realities of clinical practice in two rural Ethiopian hospitals. Physicians engage in creativity and improvisation, including relying on informal networks and practices and tinkering within diagnoses and procedures, to overcome constraints of lack of resources and limited opportunities to engage in "good medicine." These courageous, but often unsuccessful attempts to mitigate professional and personal conflicts within their medical practices represent improvisation in impossible circumstances...
February 16, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236615/effects-of-music-therapy-on-endothelial-function-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-participating-in-aerobic-exercise-therapy
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Marina Deljanin Ilic, Radmila F Pavlovic, Gordana Kocic, Dejan Simonovic, Gordana Lazarevic
Context • Pleasant music that evokes a positive emotional response may activate brain pathways of the insular cortex, central nucleus of the amygdala, and lateral hypothalamus, which are involved in the integration of emotional and ambient sensory input, with corresponding autonomic responses. Exercise training can improve endothelium-dependent vasodilatation, both in epicardial coronary vessels and in resistance vessels, for patients with coronary heart disease. Objective • The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects on endothelial function when patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) listened to their favorite music...
February 27, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235740/influence-of-metals-on-essential-oil-content-and-composition-of-lemongrass-cymbopogon-citratus-d-c-stapf-grown-under-different-levels-of-red-mud-in-sewage-sludge-amended-soil
#10
Meenu Gautam, Madhoolika Agrawal
Lemongrass is a commercially important perennial herb with medicinal value and ability to tolerate high alkaline and saline conditions. Essential oil bearing plants can grow safely in soil contaminated with heavy metals without severe effects on morphology and oil yield. The present study was aimed to assess the essential oil content and composition in lemongrass in response to elevated metals in above-ground plant parts. Pot experiment was conducted for six months using sewage sludge as soil amendment (soil: sludge: 2:1 w/w) followed by red mud treatments (0, 5, 10 and 15% w/w)...
February 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235611/a-survey-on-ivivc-ivivr-development-in-the-pharmaceutical-industry-past-experience-and-current-perspectives
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REVIEW
M A Nguyen, T Flanagan, M Brewster, F Kesisoglou, S Beato, J Biewenga, J Crison, R Holm, R Li, E Mannaert, M McAllister, M Mueller-Zsigmondy, U Muenster, K Ojala, S Page, A Parr, S Rossenu, P Timmins, A Van Peer, A Vermeulen, P Langguth
The present work aimed to describe the current status of IVIVC/IVIVR development in the pharmaceutical industry, focusing on the use and perception of specific approaches as well as successful and failed case studies. Two questionnaires have been distributed to 13 EFPIA partners of the Oral Biopharmaceutics Tools Initiative and to the Pharmacokinetics Working Party of the European Medicines Agency in order to capture the perspectives and experiences of industry scientists and agency members, respectively. Responses from ten companies and three European Agencies were received between May 21st 2014 and January 19th 2016...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235408/the-chinese-prescription-lianhuaqingwen-capsule-exerts-anti-influenza-activity-through-the-inhibition-of-viral-propagation-and-impacts-immune-function
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Yuewen Ding, Lijuan Zeng, Runfeng Li, Qiaoyan Chen, Beixian Zhou, Qiaolian Chen, Pui Leng Cheng, Wang Yutao, Jingping Zheng, Zifeng Yang, Fengxue Zhang
BACKGROUND: Lianhuaqingwen Capsule (LH-C) is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formula used to treat respiratory tract infectious diseases in Chinese. The aim of this study was to determine the antiviral activity of LH-C and its immunomodulatory effects on viral infection. METHOD: The in vitro cytotoxicity and antiviral activity of LH-C was determined by MTT and Plaque reduction assays. Time course study under single-cycle virus growth conditions were used to determine which stage of viral replication was blocked...
February 24, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231559/prostate-cancer-heterogeneity-discovering-novel-molecular-targets-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Chiara Ciccarese, Francesco Massari, Roberto Iacovelli, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Rodolfo Montironi, Vincenzo Di Nunno, Francesca Giunchi, Matteo Brunelli, Giampaolo Tortora
Prostate cancer (PCa) shows a broad spectrum of biological and clinical behavior, which represents the epiphenomenon of an extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent genomic profiling studies have deeply improved the knowledge of the genomic landscape of localized and metastatic PCa. The AR and PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathways are the two most frequently altered, representing therefore interestingly targets for therapy. Moreover, somatic or germline aberrations of DNA repair genes (DRGs) have been observed at high frequency, supporting the potential role of platinum derivatives and PARP inhibitors as effective therapeutic strategies...
February 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231532/paeonifiorin-sulfonate-as-a-characteristic-marker-for-specifically-inspecting-chinese-patent-medicine-liu-wei-di-huang-wan-contained-sulfur-fumigated-moutan-cortex
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Xiu-Yang Li, Fang Long, Jin-Di Xu, Hong Shen, Ming Kong, He Zhu, Ye-Qing Zhang, Song-Lin Li
Sulfur fumigation can induce chemical transformation of bioactive components, consequently the alteration of bioactivities or even toxicities of medicinal herbs. Inspecting Chinese patent medicines (CPM) contained sulfur-fumigated constituent herbs is crucial for ensuring the safety and efficacy of CPM. Paeonifiorin sulfonate is a sulfur-fumigation induced compound of Moutan Cortex (MC), one of the main constituent herbs of a commonly used CPM Liu-Wei-Di-Huang-Wan (LWDHW). Herein, we investigated the approach of paeonifiorin sulfonate as a characteristic marker for specifically inspecting LWDHW potentially contained sulfur-fumigated MC (SFMC)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230931/spatially-assembled-bilayer-cell-sheets-of-stem-cells-and-endothelial-cells-using-thermosensitive-hydrogels-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
#15
Indong Jun, Taufiq Ahmad, Seongwoo Bak, Joong-Yup Lee, Eun Mi Kim, Jinkyu Lee, Yu Bin Lee, Hongsoo Jeong, Hojeong Jeon, Heungsoo Shin
Although the coculture of multiple cell types has been widely employed in regenerative medicine, in vivo transplantation of cocultured cells while maintaining the hierarchical structure remains challenging. Here, a spatially assembled bilayer cell sheet of human mesenchymal stem cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells on a thermally expandable hydrogel containing fibronectin is prepared and its effect on in vitro proangiogenic functions and in vivo ischemic injury is investigated. The expansion of hydrogels in response to a temperature change from 37 to 4 °C allows rapid harvest and delivery of the bilayer cell sheet to two different targets (an in vitro model glass surface and in vivo tissue)...
February 23, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230154/compiler-aided-systematic-construction-of-large-scale-dna-strand-displacement-circuits-using-unpurified-components
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Anupama J Thubagere, Chris Thachuk, Joseph Berleant, Robert F Johnson, Diana A Ardelean, Kevin M Cherry, Lulu Qian
Biochemical circuits made of rationally designed DNA molecules are proofs of concept for embedding control within complex molecular environments. They hold promise for transforming the current technologies in chemistry, biology, medicine and material science by introducing programmable and responsive behaviour to diverse molecular systems. As the transformative power of a technology depends on its accessibility, two main challenges are an automated design process and simple experimental procedures. Here we demonstrate the use of circuit design software, combined with the use of unpurified strands and simplified experimental procedures, for creating a complex DNA strand displacement circuit that consists of 78 distinct species...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229980/acupuncture-improves-intestinal-absorption-of-iron-in-iron-deficient-obese-patients-a-randomized-controlled-preliminary-trial
#17
Xin-Cai Xie, Yan-Qiang Cao, Qian Gao, Chen Wang, Man Li, Shou-Gang Wei
BACKGROUND: Obesity has an adverse effect on iron status. Hepcidin-mediated inhibition of iron absorption in the duodenum is a potential mechanism. Iron-deficient obese patients have diminished response to oral iron therapy. This study was designed to assess whether acupuncture could promote the efficacy of oral iron supplementation for the treatment of obesity-related iron deficiency (ID). METHODS: Sixty ID or ID anemia (IDA) patients with obesity were screened at Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and were randomly allocated to receive either oral iron replacement allied with acupuncture weight loss treatment (acupuncture group, n = 30) or oral iron combined with sham-acupuncture treatment (control group, n = 30)...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229833/portuguese-medical-students-knowledge-and-attitudes-towards-homosexuality
#18
Lucas Lopes, Jorge Gato, Manuel Esteves
INTRODUCTION: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people still face discrimination in healthcare environments and physicians often report lack of knowledge on this population's specific healthcare needs. In fact, recommendations have been put forward to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health in medical curricula. This study aimed to explore factors associated with medical students' knowledge and attitudes towards homosexuality in different years of the medical course...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229593/development-of-laser-structured-liquid-infused-titanium-with-strong-biofilm-repellent-properties
#19
Katharina Doll, Elena Fadeeva, Joern Schaeske, Tobias Ehmke, Andreas Winkel, Alexander Heisterkamp, Boris N Chichkov, Meike Stiesch, Nico S Stumpp
Medical implants are commonly used in modern medicine but still harbor the risk of microbial infections caused by bacterial biofilms. As their retrospective treatment is difficult, there is a need for biomedical materials, which inhibit bacterial colonization from the start without using antibacterial agents, as these can promote resistance development. The promising concept of slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) possesses enormous potential for this purpose. In the present study, this principle was applied to titanium, a common material in implantology, and its biofilm-repellent properties were demonstrated...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228231/evaluating-community-pharmacists-perspectives-and-practices-concerning-generic-medicines-substitution-in-saudi-arabia-a-cross-sectional-study
#20
Fahad S Alkhuzaee, Hamdan M Almalki, Ammar Y Attar, Shoeab I Althubiani, Wassam Ali Almuallim, Ejaz Cheema, Muhammad Abdul Hadi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the community pharmacists' knowledge, attitude, perception and current practices towards generic medicines substitution in Saudi Arabia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted between February and March 2016 in the Makkah region, Saudi Arabia. A 25-item, structured, validated, pilot-tested and self-completed questionnaire was used to achieve study objectives. A 4-step systematic sampling technique was used to recruit community pharmacists...
December 2016: Health Policy
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