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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551822/glucocorticoid-therapy-causes-contradictory-changes-of-serum-wnt-signaling-related-molecules-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases
#1
Mai Kawazoe, Kaichi Kaneko, Kotaro Shikano, Natsuko Kusunoki, Toshihiro Nanki, Shinichi Kawai
The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis. A total of 91 patients with systemic autoimmune diseases who received initial glucocorticoid therapy with prednisolone (30-60 mg daily) were prospectively enrolled. We measured serum levels of N-terminal peptide of type I procollagen (P1NP), bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP), tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase isoform 5b (TRACP-5b), N-telopeptide cross-linked type I collagen (NTX), sclerostin, Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1), and Wnt3a before starting glucocorticoid therapy and every week for 4 weeks after its initiation...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551036/a-patient-with-muenke-syndrome-manifesting-migrating-neonatal-seizures
#2
Yukimune Okubo, Taro Kitamura, Mai Anzai, Wakaba Endo, Takehiko Inui, Yusuke Takezawa, Sato Suzuki-Muromoto, Takuya Miyabayashi, Noriko Togashi, Hiroshi Oba, Hirotomo Saitsu, Naomichi Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Haginoya
We report a patient with Muenke syndrome who had repetitive apneic spell followed by focal status epilepticus in the early infancy. Ictal EEG showed focal spikes bursts originated from the left hemisphere and sifted to the right hemisphere, during which he had migrating tonic seizures from right side of the body to the left side of the body. Brain MRI showed abnormal development of bilateral hippocampus, which was characterized as abnormal folding of hippocampal gyri. However, the long-term seizure prognosis was favorable...
May 24, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549369/safety-analysis-of-occupational-exposure-of-healthcare-workers-to-residual-contaminations-of-cytotoxic-drugs-using-fmeca-security-approach
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Laetitia Minh Mai Le, Delphine Reitter, Sophie He, Franck Té Bonle, Amélie Launois, Diane Martinez, Patrice Prognon, Eric Caudron
Handling cytotoxic drugs is associated with chemical contamination of workplace surfaces. The potential mutagenic, teratogenic and oncogenic properties of those drugs create a risk of occupational exposure for healthcare workers, from reception of starting materials to the preparation and administration of cytotoxic therapies. The Security Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) was used as a proactive method to assess the risks involved in the chemotherapy compounding process. FMECA was carried out by a multidisciplinary team from 2011 to 2016...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548964/the-value-of-phosphohistone-h3-as-a-proliferation-marker-for-evaluating-invasive-breast-cancers-a-comparative-study-with-ki67
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Ji-Ye Kim, Hyang Sook Jeong, Taek Chung, Moonsik Kim, Ji Hee Lee, Woo Hee Jung, Ja Seung Koo
BACKGROUND: Established measurements of proliferation in breast cancer are Ki67 and mitotic-activity-index (MAI), with problems in reproducibility and prognostic accuracy. Phosphohistone H3 (PHH3), a relatively novel IHC marker is specific for mitosis with good reproducibility. We hypothesized that PHH3 would be more reproducible and better represent proliferation than Ki67. RESULTS: PHH3 identified easily-missed mitosis by MAI, as demonstrated by upgrading M grade at diagnosis (n = 29/218, evenly distributed)...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547390/mono-substitution-effects-on-antimicrobial-activity-of-stapled-heptapeptides
#5
Huy X Luong, Do-Hee Kim, Ngoan T Mai, Bong-Jin Lee, Young-Woo Kim
We previously reported a de novo design of antimicrobial heptapeptide helices using Verdine's all-hydrocarbon peptide stapling system. One of the important structure-activity relationships we found from these previous studies was that extending of the hydrophobic face by replacing of alanine with leucine in positon 5 increases antimicrobial activity. In this study, to further improve the activity profile of this peptide series, we investigated the substitution effects of position 5 on conformational and proteolytic stability as well as antimicrobial and hemolytic activity...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545980/altered-brain-function-in-new-onset-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-before-chemotherapy-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Zhanqi Hu, Dongfang Zou, Huirong Mai, Xiuli Yuan, Lihong Wang, Yue Li, Jianxiang Liao, Liwei Liu, Guosheng Liu, Hongwu Zeng, Feiqiu Wen
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive impairments had been reported in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, what caused the impairments needed to be demonstrated, chemotherapy-related or the disease itself. The primary aim of this exploratory investigation was to determine if there were changes in brain function of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia before chemotherapy. METHODS: In this study, we advanced a measure named regional homogeneity to evaluate the resting-state brain activities, intelligence quotient test was performed at same time...
May 22, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544813/nursing-diagnosis-risk-for-delayed-surgical-recovery-00246-concept-clarification-and-definition-of-empirical-referents
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Simone Martins Rembold, Rosimere Ferreira Santana, Priscilla Alfradique de Souza, Sócrates Miranda de Oliveira Xavier Schwartz
PURPOSE: To clarify the concept of risk for delayed surgical recovery (00246) and to define the empirical referents for identification of predictive factors of delay in recovery. METHOD: A concept analysis was developed based on the eight steps proposed by Walker and Avant. RESULTS: Defining attributes were determined and antecedents and consequents identified. Cases were proposed cases and empirical referents established. CONCLUSION: The results provided evidences and instrumentalize empirical referents, which may support an accurate nursing diagnosis...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544732/similar-familial-underpinnings-for-full-and-subsyndromal-pediatric-bipolar-disorder-a-familial-risk-analysis
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Janet Wozniak, Mai Uchida, Stephen V Faraone, Maura Fitzgerald, Carrie Vaudreuil, Nicholas Carrellas, Jacqueline Davis, Rebecca Wolenski, Joseph Biederman
OBJECTIVES: To examine the validity of subthreshold pediatric bipolar I disorder (BP-I), we compared the familial risk for BP-I in the child probands who had either full BP-I, subthreshold BP-I, ADHD, or were controls that neither had ADHD nor bipolar disorder. METHODS: BP-I probands were youth aged 6-17 years meeting criteria for BP-I, full (N=239) or subthreshold (N=43), and also included were their first-degree relatives (N=687 and N=120, respectively). Comparators were youth with ADHD (N=162), controls without ADHD or bipolar disorder (N=136), and their first-degree relatives (N=511 and N=411, respectively)...
May 22, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544284/the-national-healthcare-system-claims-databases-in-france-sniiram-and-egb-powerful-tools-for-pharmacoepidemiology
#9
Julien Bezin, Mai Duong, Régis Lassalle, Cécile Droz, Antoine Pariente, Patrick Blin, Nicholas Moore
The French health care system is based on universal coverage by one of several health care insurance plans. The SNIIRAM database merges anonymous information of reimbursed claims from all these plans, linked to the national hospital-discharge summaries database system (PMSI) and the national death registry. It now covers 98.8% of the French population, over 66 million persons, from birth (or immigration) to death (or emigration), making it possibly the world's largest continuous homogeneous claims database...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544070/the-importance-of-assessing-out-of-pocket-payments-when-the-financing-of-antiretroviral-therapy-is-transitioned-to-domestic-funding-findings-from-vietnam
#10
Benjamin Johns, Le Bao Chau, Kieu Huu Hanh, Nguyen Thuy Huong, Hoa Mai Do, Anh Thuy Duong, Long Hoang Nguyen
OBJECTIVE: To assess out-of-pocket payments and catastrophic health expenditures among antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients in Vietnam, and to model catastrophic payments under different copayment scenarios when the primary financing of ART changes to social health insurance. METHODS: Cross-sectional facility-based survey of 843 patients at 42 health facilities representative of 87% of ART patients in 2015. RESULTS: Because of donor and government funding, no payments were made for antiretroviral drugs...
May 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543396/functional-and-structural-assessment-of-the-effect-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Somia H Abd Allah, Samia Hussein, Mai M Hasan, Raghda H A Deraz, Wafaa F Hussein, Laila M E Sabik
Cardiomyopathy induced by doxorubicin (DOX) was recognized at an early stage and also several years after drug administration. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have many properties that make them suitable for preventive and/ or regenerative therapies. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MSCs in the functional and the structural improvement of DOX-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Ninety adult male albino rats were randomly divided into three equal groups of thirty rats each: Group I (control): rats received normal saline...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541686/general-oriented-formation-of-carbon-nanotubes-from-metal-organic-frameworks
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Jiashen Meng, Chaojiang Niu, Linhan Xu, Jiantao Li, Xiong Liu, Xuanpeng Wang, Yuzhu Wu, Xiaoming Xu, Wenyi Chen, Qi Li, Zi-Zhong Zhu, Dongyuan Zhao, Liqiang Mai
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are of great interest for many potential applications because of their extraordinary electronic, mechanical and structural properties. However, issues of chaotic staking, high cost and high energy dissipation in the synthesis of CNTs remain to be resolved. Here we develop a facile, general and high-yield strategy for the oriented formation of CNTs from metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) through a low-temperature (as low as 430 °C) pyrolysis process. The selected MOF crystals act as a single precursor for both nanocatalysts and carbon sources...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539550/a-retrospective-analysis-of-7-cases-of-familial-mediterranean-fever
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Chie Ogita, Kiyoshi Matsui, Dai Kisida, Masahide Yazaki, Akinori Nakamura, Satosi Kaku, Hidehiko Makino, Rei Tadokoro, Kouta Azuma, Kazuyuki Tsuboi, Mei Tani, Masao Tamura, Takahiro Yoshikawa, Mai Morimoto, Aki Nishioka, Masahiro Sekiguchi, Naoto Azuma, Masayasu Kitano, Shinichiro Tsunoda, Hideaki Sawai, Hajime Sano
BACKGROUND: Familial mediterranean fever (FMF) is a single inherited autoinflammatory disease characterized by periodic fever with relatively short duration of 1 to 3 days and sterile serositis. Although the prevalence rate is highest in the Mediterranean coastal area, a large number of cases have been reported recently by genetic analysis by identification of MEFV (Mediterranean fever) which is responsible gene in Japan too. In outpatient department of rheumatology, diagnosis and treatment of FMF is performed in cases where fever and abdominal pain attack are repeated for a short period of time...
2017: Nihon Rinshō Men'eki Gakkai Kaishi, Japanese Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538782/diffuse-cystic-lung-diseases-differential-diagnosis
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Bruno Guedes Baldi, Carlos Roberto Ribeiro Carvalho, Olívia Meira Dias, Edson Marchiori, Bruno Hochhegger
Diffuse cystic lung diseases are characterized by cysts in more than one lung lobe, the cysts originating from various mechanisms, including the expansion of the distal airspaces due to airway obstruction, necrosis of the airway walls, and parenchymal destruction. The progression of these diseases is variable. One essential tool in the evaluation of these diseases is HRCT, because it improves the characterization of pulmonary cysts (including their distribution, size, and length) and the evaluation of the regularity of the cyst wall, as well as the identification of associated pulmonary and extrapulmonary lesions...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538780/anatomic-pulmonary-resection-via-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery-analysis-of-117-cases-at-a-referral-center-in-brazil
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Stephan Adamour Soder, Frederico Barth, Fabiola Adelia Perin, José Carlos Felicetti, José de Jesus Peixoto Camargo, Spencer Marcantônio Camargo
Objective: To describe our experience with video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for anatomic pulmonary resection at a referral center for thoracic surgery in Brazil. Methods: All patients who underwent anatomic pulmonary resection by VATS between 2010 and 2015 were included. Clinical and pathological data, as well as postoperative complications, were analyzed. Results: A total of 117 pulmonary resections by VATS were performed, of which 98 were lobectomies and 19 were anatomic segmentectomies...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538776/spontaneous-pneumomediastinum-experience-in-18-patients-during-the-last-12-years
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Patrícia Dionísio, Luís Martins, Susana Moreira, Alda Manique, Rita Macedo, Fátima Caeiro, Luísa Boal, Cristina Bárbara
Objective: To characterize clinically all of the patients with spontaneous pneumomediastinum (SPM) admitted to an adult pulmonology ward in Lisbon, Portugal. Methods: This was a retrospective descriptive study of all adult patients (≥ 18 years of age) diagnosed with SPM between January of 2004 and September of 2015. Results: At least one predisposing factor was identified in most (88.9%) of the 18 patients who presented with SPM during the study period...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538762/papillary-muscle-free-strain-in-patients-with-severe-degenerative-and-functional-mitral-regurgitation
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Alev Kılıcgedik, Gokhan Kahveci, Ahmet Seyfeddin Gurbuz, Can Yucel Karabay, Ahmet Guler, Suleyman Cagan Efe, Soe Moe Aung, Ugur Arslantas, Serdar Demir, Ibrahim Akin Izgi, Cevat Kirma
Fundamento: The role of papillary muscle function in severe mitral regurgitation with preserved and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and the method of choice to evaluate PM have still been the subjects of controversy. Objectives: To evaluate and compare papillary muscle function in and between patients with severe degenerative and functional mitral regurgitation by using the free strain method. Methods: 64 patients with severe mitral regurgitation - 39 patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR group) and 25 patients with severe functional mitral regurgitation (FMR group) - and 30 control subjects (control group) were included in the study...
April 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538759/comparison-of-two-central-venous-pressure-control-strategies-to-prevent-atrial-fibrillation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
#18
Mario Augusto Cray da Costa, Wesley Lirani, Ana Caroline Wippich, Luana Lopes, Eduardo de Souza Tolentino, Beatriz Zampar, Marcelo Derbli Schafranski
Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) takes place in 10-40% of patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and increases cardiovascular mortality. Enlargement of atrial chambers is associated with increased AF incidence, so patients with higher central venous pressure (CVP) are expected to have larger atrial distension, which increases AF incidence. Objective: To compare post-CABG AF incidence, following two CVP control strategies. Methods: Interventional, randomized, controlled clinical study...
April 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538242/neuropsychiatric-features-of-neurosyphilis-frequency-relationship-with-the-severity-of-cognitive-impairment-and-comparison-with-alzheimer-disease
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Xiaomei Zhong, Haishan Shi, Le Hou, Ben Chen, Qi Peng, Xinru Chen, Zhangying Wu, Yanhua Wang, Naikeng Mai, Xingbing Huang, Yuping Ning
BACKGROUND: The pattern of neuropsychiatric features of patients with neurosyphilis and the impact of the severity of cognitive impairment on neuropsychiatric syndromes are unknown. OBJECTIVE: We aim to assess the neuropsychiatric features of patients with neurosyphilis, and compare the impact of the severity of cognitive impairment on the neuropsychiatric syndromes between neurosyphilis and Alzheimer disease (AD). METHODS: Neuropsychiatric symptoms and the degree of cognitive impairment were assessed in a case-control study of 91 neurosyphilis, 162 AD, 157 mild cognitive impairment, and 139 normal controls by the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) scale and Clinical Dementia Rating scale, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536950/women-with-breast-cancer-report-substantially-more-disease-and-treatment-related-side-or-late-effects-than-registered-by-clinical-oncologists-a-cross-sectional-study-of-a-standard-follow-up-program-in-an-oncological-department
#20
Mai-Britt Bjørklund Ellegaard, Cai Grau, Robert Zachariae, Anders Bonde Jensen
BACKGROUND: Follow-up after breast cancer treatment is standard due to the risk of development of new primary cancers and recurrent disease. The aim of the present study was to evaluate a standard follow-up program in an oncological department by assessing: (1) Symptoms or signs of new primary cancer or recurrent disease, (2) Disease- and treatment-related physical and psychosocial side or late effects, and (3) relevant actions by oncology staff. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 194 women who came for follow-up visit after treatment for primary surgery were included...
May 23, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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