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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238224/a-comparative-toxidrome-analysis-of-human-organophosphate-and-nerve-agent-poisonings-using-social-media
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D S Reddy, E Colman
Here we utilized social media to compare the toxidrome of three lethal chemical exposures worldwide. YouTube videos were the main source from which the data were collected, but published reports and news were also utilized to fill in some gaps. All videos were organized in a database detailing symptoms and severity of each victim, along with demographics such as approximate age and gender. Each symptom was rated as mild, moderate, or severe and corresponding pie graphs for each incident were compared. The videos displayed symptoms ranging from mild to severe cholinergic toxicity and life-threatening convulsions...
February 26, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235530/intraoperative-aberrant-bispectral-index-values-due-to-facial-nerve-monitoring
#2
Dhritiman Chakrabarti, Rohini Mrugank Surve, Deepti Bs, Dheeraj Masapu
Bispectral index is an accepted depth of anaesthesia monitor for guiding intraoperative hypnotic agent administration. Frontalis EMG displayed on BIS monitor may increase due to twitching of frontalis muscle. EMG increases are also known to cause artefactual increases in BIS values. We report a case of artefactual increase of EMG and subsequently BIS values, due to electrical artefact from cranial nerve stimulator being used to identify the facial nerve. An explanation of the effect of stimulator signal on BIS EMG and BIS values has been provided...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228068/stress-in-gastrointestinal-tract-and-stable-gastric-pentadecapeptide-bpc-157-finally-do-we-have-a-solution
#3
Predrag Sikiric, Sven Seiwerth, Rudolf Rucman, Domagoj Drmic, Mirjana Stupnisek, Antonio Kokot, Marko Sever, Ivan Zoricic, Zoran Zoricic, Lovorka Batelja, Tihomil Ziger, Josipa Vlainic, Zarko Rasic, Martina Lovric Bencic
Selye's syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents and "response to damage as such" means Selye's stress triad in stress coping response to reestablish homeostasis. Logically, from the gastrointestinal tract viewpoint, such organoprotective/healing response implies the angiogenic growth factors that commonly signify the healing. Thereby, the gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157-organoprotection (huge range of beneficial effects) signifies the Selye's stress concept/stress coping response implemented in and from gastrointestinal tract, and BPC 157 as an integrative mediator that integrates the adaptive bodily response to stress...
February 20, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226350/-value-of-endoscopy-application-in-the-management-of-complications-after-radical-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer
#4
Yiqun Zhang, Pinghong Zhou
Endoscopy plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of postoperative complications of gastric cancer. Endoscopic intervention can avoid the second operation and has attracted wide attention. Early gastric anastomotic bleeding after gastrectomy is the most common. With the development of technology, emergency endoscopy and endoscopic hemostasis provide a new treatment approach. According to the specific circumstances, endoscopists can choose metal clamp to stop bleeding, electrocoagulation hemostasis, local injection of epinephrine or sclerotherapy agents, and spraying specific hemostatic agents...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225154/human-butyrylcholinesterase-efficacy-against-nerve-agent-exposure
#5
Beth A Reed, Carol L Sabourin, David E Lenz
Acetylcholinesterase is vital for normal operation of many processes in the body. Following exposure to organophosphorus (OP) nerve agents, death can ensue without immediate medical intervention. Current therapies mitigate the cholinergic crisis caused by nerve agents but do not fully prevent long-term health concerns, for example, brain damage following seizures. Human butyrylcholinesterase (HuBChE) is a stoichiometric bioscavenger being investigated as an antidote for OP nerve agent poisoning. HuBChE sequesters OP nerve agent in the bloodstream preventing the nerve agent from reaching critical target organ systems...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223856/uncertainties-around-incretin-based-therapies-a-literature-review
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Bader Al Tulaihi, Samia Alhabib
Background: Diabetes mellitus is a chronic debilitating and non-communicable disease. It has several long-term outcomes that are associated with various end organ damage, mainly the heart, blood vessels, eyes, nerves, and kidneys. There are different modalities of treatment of diabetes. The recent incretin-based therapies provided an innovative class of drugs including GLP-1 receptor agonists and DPP-4 inhibitors. This review aims to summarize the available evidence of their effectiveness. Method: This is a narrative review...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220163/a-microneedle-biosensor-for-minimally-invasive-transdermal-detection-of-nerve-agents
#7
Rupesh K Mishra, A M Vinu Mohan, Fernando Soto, Robert Chrostowski, Joseph Wang
A microneedle electrochemical biosensor for the minimally invasive detection of organophosphate (OP) chemical agents is described. The new sensor relies on the coupling of the effective biocatalytic action of organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) with a hollow-microneedle modified carbon-paste array electrode transducer, and involves rapid square-wave voltammetric (SWV) measurements of the p-nitrophenol product of the OPH enzymatic reaction in the presence of the OP substrate. The scanning-potential SWV transduction mode offers an additional dimension of selectivity compared to common fixed-potential OPH-amperometric biosensors...
February 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217445/the-controversy-surrounding-penile-rehabilitation-after-radical-prostatectomy
#8
REVIEW
Jonathan Clavell-Hernández, Run Wang
Radical prostatectomy (RP) techniques have been refined in the last few decades. Despite nerve-sparing surgery, erectile dysfunction (ED) still seems to be affecting more than half of patients undergoing RP. Penile rehabilitation consists of understanding the mechanisms that affect erectile function (EF) and utilizing pharmacologic agents, devices or interventions to promote male sexual function before and after any insult to the penile erectile physiologic axis. There currently is a limited amount of clinical trials that assess treatments with the goal of recovering post-prostatectomy EF...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211186/sacral-neuromodulation-compared-with-injection-of-bulking-agents-for-faecal-incontinence-following-obstetric-anal-sphincter-injury-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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M Rydningen, T Dehli, T Wilsgaard, A Rydning, M Kumle, R O Lindsetmo, S Norderval
AIM: The purpose of this trial was to compare the effectiveness of sacral neuromodulation (SNM) with a sub-mucosal injection of collagen (Permacol(®) ) in women with faecal incontinence following obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASIS). METHOD: This single blinded randomized controlled trial at two hospital units in Norway included women with faecal incontinence following OASIS. Eligible women who had had a successful percutaneous nerve evaluation were randomly assigned to SNM or Permacol(®) ...
February 17, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209378/facial-nerve-paralysis-after-super-selective-intra-arterial-chemotherapy-for-oral-cancer
#10
S Sugiyama, T Iwai, S Oguri, T Koizumi, K Mitsudo, I Tohnai
Facial nerve paralysis (FNP) after super-selective intra-arterial chemotherapy (SSIAC) is a relatively rare local side effect of SSIAC to the maxillary artery (MA) or the middle meningeal artery (MMA). The incidence and prognosis of FNP after SSIAC in 381 patients with oral cancer (133 with catheterization of the MA, 248 without) was investigated retrospectively. Only three patients (two male and one female) had FNP, for an incidence of 0.8%. All patients with FNP had undergone catheterization of the MA, and the incidence of FNP in this group was 2...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208252/high-confidence-qualitative-identification-of-organophosphorus-nerve-agent-adducts-to-human-butyrylcholinesterase
#11
Thomas P Mathews, Melissa D Carter, Darryl Johnson, Samantha L Isenberg, Leigh Ann Graham, Jerry D Thomas, Rudolph C Johnson
In this study, a data-dependent, high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (ddHRMS/MS) method capable of detecting all organophosphorus nerve agent (OPNA) adducts to human butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) was developed. After an exposure event, immunoprecipitation from blood with a BChE-specific antibody and digestion with pepsin produces a nine amino acid peptide containing the OPNA adduct. Signature product ions of this peptic BChE nonapeptide (FGES*AGAAS) offer a route to broadly screen for OPNA exposure. Taking this approach on an HRMS instrument identifies biomarkers, including unknowns, with high mass accuracy...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197706/efficacy-of-the-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-for-predicting-the-prognosis-of-bell-palsy-a-pilot-study
#12
Yuichiro Horibe, Tohru Tanigawa, Rei Shibata, Hiroshi Nonoyama, Fumiya Kano, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Kenta Murotani, Takaki Ogawa, Hiromi Ueda
The aim of this study was to investigate the association between RDW values and the prognosis of patients with Bell palsy in an effort to find a prognostic biomarker that predicts recovery from Bell palsy. We measured RDW and evaluated facial movement in 61 patients with Bell palsy aged 50 years and less. All patients were treated with a steroid plus an antiviral agent. Seven patients underwent surgery for facial nerve decompression. During the post-treatment period, patients with a Yanagihara grading score of 36 or more were regarded as having a satisfactory recovery...
February 14, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193218/a-combined-model-reduction-algorithm-for-controlled-biochemical-systems
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Thomas J Snowden, Piet H van der Graaf, Marcus J Tindall
BACKGROUND: Systems Biology continues to produce increasingly large models of complex biochemical reaction networks. In applications requiring, for example, parameter estimation, the use of agent-based modelling approaches, or real-time simulation, this growing model complexity can present a significant hurdle. Often, however, not all portions of a model are of equal interest in a given setting. In such situations methods of model reduction offer one possible approach for addressing the issue of complexity by seeking to eliminate those portions of a pathway that can be shown to have the least effect upon the properties of interest...
February 13, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192113/a-randomised-clinical-trial-comparing-the-effects-of-antitussives-on-respiratory-centre-output-in-patients-with-chronic-cough
#14
Claudia Mannini, Federico Lavorini, Alessandro Zanasi, Federico Saibene, Luigi Lanata, Giovanni Fontana
BACKGROUND: Cough is produced by the same neuronal pool implicated in respiratory rhythm generation and antitussive drugs acting at the central level, such as the opioids, may depress ventilation. Levodropropizine is classified as a non-opioid, peripherally-acting antitussive drug acting at the level of airway sensory nerves. However, the lack of a central action by Levodropropizine remains to be fully established. We set out to compare the effects of Levodropropizine and the opioid antitussive agent Dihydrocodeine on the respiratory responses to a conventional CO2 re-breathing test in patients with chronic cough of any origin...
February 10, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192057/tongue-and-taste-organ-biology-and-function-homeostasis-maintained-by-hedgehog-signaling
#15
Charlotte M Mistretta, Archana Kumari
The tongue is an elaborate complex of heterogeneous tissues with taste organs of diverse embryonic origins. The lingual taste organs are papillae, composed of an epithelium that includes specialized taste buds, the basal lamina, and a lamina propria core with matrix molecules, fibroblasts, nerves, and vessels. Because taste organs are dynamic in cell biology and sensory function, homeostasis requires tight regulation in specific compartments or niches. Recently, the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway has emerged as an essential regulator that maintains lingual taste papillae, taste bud and progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation, and neurophysiological function...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190463/prophylactic-topical-paeoniflorin-prevents-mechanical-allodynia-caused-by-paclitaxel-in-mice-through-adenosine-a1-receptors
#16
Tsugunobu Andoh, Nao Kobayashi, Daisuke Uta, Yasushi Kuraishi
BACKGROUND: The chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel (PTX) causes refractory peripheral neuropathy as a side effect. Prophylactic oral administration of the traditional herbal medicine Shakuyakukanzoto containing Paeoniae Radix and Glycyrrhizae Radix prevents the development of PTX-induced mechanical allodynia in mice via peripheral effects, mostly due to Paeoniae Radix. However, the bioactive component responsible for the prevention of PTX-induced neuropathic pain remains unknown. PURPOSE: To determine whether a monoterpene glycoside paeoniflorin (PF), which is the principal bioactive constituent of Paeoniae Radix, has inhibitory effects on PTX-induced mechanical allodynia and investigate the underlying mechanisms...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190439/neurologic-complications-of-polytrauma
#17
R M Jha, L Shutter
Neurologic complications in polytrauma can be classified by etiology and clinical manifestations: neurovascular, delirium, and spinal or neuromuscular problems. Neurovascular complications include ischemic strokes, intracranial hemorrhage, or the development of traumatic arteriovenous fistulae. Delirium and encephalopathy have a reported incidence of 67-92% in mechanically ventilated polytrauma patients. Causes include sedation, analgesia/pain, medications, sleep deprivation, postoperative state, toxic ingestions, withdrawal syndromes, organ system dysfunction, electrolyte/metabolic abnormalities, and infections...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184331/verticillin-a-inhibits-leiomyosarcoma-and-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumor-growth-via-induction-of-apoptosis
#18
A Zewdu, G Lopez, D Braggio, C Kenny, D Constantino, H K Bid, K Batte, O H Iwenofu, N H Oberlies, C J Pearce, A M Strohecker, D Lev, R E Pollock
OBJECTIVE: The heterogeneity of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) represents a major challenge for the development of effective therapeutics. Comprised of over 50 different histology subtypes of various etiologies, STS subsets are further characterized as either karyotypically simple or complex. Due to the number of genetic anomalies associated with genetically complex STS, development of therapies demonstrating potency against this STS cluster is especially challenging and yet greatly needed...
November 2016: Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179194/rsdl-decontamination-of-human-skin-contaminated-with-the-nerve-agent-vx
#19
L Thors, S Lindberg, S Johansson, B Koch, M Koch, L Hägglund, A Bucht
Dermal exposure to low volatile organophosphorus compounds (OPC) may lead to penetration through the skin and uptake in the blood circulation. Skin decontamination of toxic OPCs, such as pesticides and chemical warfare nerve agents, might therefore be crucial for mitigating the systemic toxicity following dermal exposure. Reactive skin decontamination lotion (RSDL) has been shown to reduce toxic effects in animals dermally exposed to the nerve agent VX. In the present study, an in vitro flow-through diffusion cell was utilized to evaluate the efficacy of RSDL for decontamination of VX exposed to human epidermis...
February 6, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169488/acetylcholinesterase-capped-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-controlled-by-presence-of-inhibitors
#20
Lluis Pascual, Sameh El Sayed, Maria D Marcos, Ramón Martínez-Máñez, Felix Sancenon
Two different acetylcholinesterase (AChE)-capped mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), S1-AChE and S2-AChE, were prepared and characterized. MSNs were loaded with rhodamine B and the external surface was functionalized with either pyridostigmine derivative P1 (to yield solid S1) or neostigmine derivative P2 (to obtain S2). The final capped materials were obtained by coordinating grafted P1 or P2 with AChE's active sites (to give S1-AChE and S2-AChE, respectively). Both materials were able to release rhodamine B in the presence of diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) or neostigmine in a concentration-dependent manner via the competitive displacement of AChE through DFP and neostigmine coordination with the AChE`s active sites...
February 7, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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