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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528229/sensitive-uhplc-ms-ms-quantitation-and-pharmacokinetic-comparisons-of-multiple-alkaloids-from-fuzi-beimu-and-single-herb-aqueous-extracts-following-oral-delivery-in-rats
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Yanyan Xu, Yamei Li, Pengjie Zhang, Bin Yang, Huanyu Wu, Xuejun Guo, Yubo Li, Yanjun Zhang
Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata- Fritillariae Thunbergii bulbus, namely Fuzi- Beimu in Chinese, is a classic herb pair whose combined administration was prohibited according to the rule of "Eighteen antagonisms". However, incompatibility of Fuzi and Beimu has become controversial because of the application supported by many recorded ancient prescriptions and increasing modern researches and clinical practice. The present study aimed to investigate the pharmacokinetic differences of multiple alkaloids from Fuzi- Beimu and the single herb aqueous extracts following oral delivery in rats...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528130/increased-body-mass-index-is-a-risk-factor-for-end-stage-renal-disease-in-the-chinese-singapore-population
#2
Quan-Lan Jasmine Lew, Tazeen Hasan Jafar, Mohammad Talaei, Aizhen Jin, Khuan Yew Chow, Jian-Min Yuan, Woon-Puay Koh
The relationship between body mass index (BMI) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is confounded by co-morbidities associated with both conditions. Furthermore, the association at low range BMI is controversial. We studied this association in the Singapore Chinese Health Study, a population-based prospective cohort that recruited Singaporean Chinese men and women 45-74 years of age from 1993 to 1998. Self-reported weight, height, lifestyle factors, usual diet, and medical history were collected via an interviewer-administered questionnaire...
May 18, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528021/multicystic-peritoneal-mesothelioma-a-short-review
#3
Chi-Hao Zhang, Ji-Wei Yu, Meng Luo
Multicystic peritoneal mesothelioma (MCPM) is a rare neoplasm, predominantly affecting female patients during their reproductive years. The lesion is usually distributed diffusely in the abdomen and pelvis, but the peritoneum of the pelvic organs is the most common site. MCPM is composed of fluid-filled translucent cysts, connected by varying amounts of fibrous tissue, and lined by a layer of mesothelial cells. Because of the rarity of this disease, the pathogenesis and natural history of MCPM remain poorly understood and continuously debated...
March 31, 2017: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527969/surgically-managed-clinical-stage-iiia-clinical-n2-lung-cancer-in-the%C3%A2-society-of-thoracic-surgeons-database
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Daniel Boffa, Felix G Fernandez, Sunghee Kim, Andrzej Kosinski, Mark W Onaitis, Patricia Cowper, Jeffrey P Jacobs, Cameron D Wright, Joe B Putnam, Anthony P Furnary
BACKGROUND: The role of surgical resection in patients with clinical stage IIIA-N2 positive (cIIIA-N2) lung cancer is controversial, partly because of the variability in short- and long-term outcomes. The objective of this study was to characterize the management of cIIIA-N2 lung cancer in The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database (STS-GTSD). METHODS: The STS-GTSD was queried for patients who underwent operations for cIIIA-N2 lung cancer between 2002 and 2012...
May 17, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527922/bronchodilator-therapy-for-chronic-cough
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REVIEW
Maria Gabriella Matera, Paola Rogliani, Alessandro Zanasi, Mario Cazzola
Experimental studies indicate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex but it has proved difficult to demonstrate that airway calibre increases the sensitivity of the afferents involved in the cough reflex. Therefore, bronchodilators might have a role, although rather minor, in the treatment of cough. However, although bronchodilators represent the standard of care in the treatment of airway obstruction associated with asthma or COPD, controversy persists regarding the mechanism(s) by which these agents alleviate cough...
May 17, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527840/prevalence-of-middle-mesial-canals-and-isthmi-in-the-mesial-root-of-mandibular-molars-an-in%C3%A2-vivo-cone-beam-computed-tomographic-study
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Mehrnaz Tahmasbi, Poorya Jalali, Madhu K Nair, Sevin Barghan, Umadevi P Nair
INTRODUCTION: Many studies have investigated the morphology of the mandibular molar, but the prevalence of the middle mesial (MM) canal in the mesial root of the mandibular molar is still the subject of controversy. In addition, in previous literature, a true MM canal has not been clearly distinguished from an isthmus between the mesiobuccal and mesiolingual canals. Therefore, the objectives of this study were 2-fold: METHODS: Ninety limited field of view cone-beam computed tomographic scans were observed...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527280/-pperformance-of-led-fluorescence-microscopy-for-the-detection-of-acid-fast-bacilli-from-respiratory-samples-in-peripheral-laboratories-in-argentina
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María Imaz, Sonia Allassia, Mónica Aranibar, Alba Gunia, Susana Poggi, Ana Togneri, Lidia Wolff, Group Of Implementation Of Fluorescence
INTRODUCTION: Light-emitting diode fluorescence microscopy (LED-FM) has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) for tuberculosis diagnosis, but its accuracy in HIV-infected patients remains controversial, and only some few studies have explored procedural factors that may affect its performance. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of LED-FM for tuberculosis diagnosis in patients with and without HIV infection using a newer, less expensive LED lamp...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527211/alzheimer-s-disease-in-the-latino-community-intersection-of-genetics-and-social-determinants-of-health
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Irving E Vega, Laura Y Cabrera, Cassandra M Wygant, Daniel Velez-Ortiz, Scott E Counts
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia among individuals 65 or older. There are more than 5 million diagnosed cases in the US alone and this number is expected to triple by 2050. Therefore, AD has reached epidemic proportions with significant socioeconomic implications. While aging in general is the greatest risk factor for AD, several additional demographic factors that have contributed to the rise in AD in the US are under study. One such factor is associated with the relatively fast growth of the Latino population...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527065/migraine-with-aura-white-matter-lesions-preliminary-data-on-clinical-aspects
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Alberto Galli, P Di Fiore, G D'Arrigo, C Uggetti, S Squarza, M Leone, D D'Amico, F Frediani
A few clinic-based magnetic resonance imaging studies report an increased risk of signal abnormalities in migraineurs brain's white matter, especially in migraine with aura subjects. A vascular genesis has been hypnotized and migraine with aura was considered an independent risk factor for stroke. Available data of magnetic resonance imaging alterations are often nonspecific and sometimes controversial. The aim of our study is to investigate migraine with aura patients with standardized brain magnetic resonance imaging to detect and to quantify the presence of white matter lesions and to analyze their relation with clinical data...
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526894/association-of-hla-b27-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-clinical-features-of-the-hla-b27-associated-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-meta-analysis
#10
Hai Lin, Yi-Zhen Gong
Many studies have estimated the correlation between HLA-B27 polymorphisms and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, the results were controversial. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to determine the association of HLA-B*27 polymorphisms with AS and investigate the impacts of HLA-B27 on the clinical symptoms of AS patients. A comprehensive search was performed in PubMed, Web of Science and Embase databases to retrieve the eligible studies, which addressed the association between HLA-B27 polymorphisms and AS susceptibility...
May 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526805/evaluation-of-crescent-formation-as-a-predictive-marker-in-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xue Shao, Bingjue Li, Luxi Cao, Ludan Liang, Jingjuan Yang, Yucheng Wang, Shi Feng, Cuili Wang, Chunhua Weng, Xiujin Shen, Hong Jiang, Jianghua Chen
The 2009 Oxford Classification of immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy (IgAN) identifies four histological features as predictors of renal prognosis: mesangial hypercellularity (M), endocapillary hypercellularity (E), segmental glomerulosclerosis (S), and tubular atrophy/interstitial fibrosis (T). However, the clinical and prognostic significance of crescent formation still remains controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the association between crescents and kidney outcome in IgAN. A total of 20 studies published from January 2009 to July 2016 involving 5,285 patients were included after systematic searches of PubMed and EMBASE databases...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526778/nudges-in-a-post-truth-world
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Neil Levy
Nudges-policy proposals informed by work in behavioural economics and psychology that are designed to lead to better decision-making or better behaviour-are controversial. Critics allege that they bypass our deliberative capacities, thereby undermining autonomy and responsible agency. In this paper, I identify a kind of nudge I call a nudge to reason, which make us more responsive to genuine evidence. I argue that at least some nudges to reason do not bypass our deliberative capacities. Instead, use of these nudges should be seen as appeals to mechanisms partially constitutive of these capacities, and therefore as benign (so far as autonomy and responsible agency are concerned)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526644/simple-tumor-localization-scale-for-estimating-management-outcome-of-intracranial-meningioma
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Bruno Splavski, Irina Bagic, Vjenceslav Vrtaric, Brano Splavski
OBJECTIVE: Intracranial meningiomas are typically benign extracerebral tumors derived from dural arachnoid cells. Predominantly, these tumors are effectively managed surgically, but the prognosis is heavily dependent on tumors' histological heterogeneity and its location. It is known that reproductive and hormonal factors increase the risk for meningioma in adult females, but their prognostic value still remains controversial. This study's aim was to examine possible correlation between tumor location and outcome, and to evaluate prognostic value of the proposed simple tumor localization scale in predicting the management outcome of intracranial meningioma...
May 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526604/extramural-perineural-invasion-in-pt3-and-pt4-rectal-adenocarcinoma-as-prognostic-factor-after-preoperative-chemoradiotherapy
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Leonardo S Lino-Silva, Rosa A Salcedo-Hernández, Alejandro España-Ferrufino, Erika B Ruiz-García, Miguel Ruiz-Campos, Alberto M León-Takahashi, Abelardo Meneses-García
Perineural invasion (PNI) is widely studied in malignant tumors, and its prognostic significance is well demonstrated in the head and neck and prostate carcinomas, but its significance in rectal cancer is controversial. Most studies have focused on evaluating mural PNI (mPNI); however, extramural PNI (ePNI) may influence the prognosis after rectal cancer resection. We evaluated the prognostic value of ePNI compared with mPNI and with non-PNI, in rectal resections after preoperative chemoradiotherapy in 148 patients with pT3 and pT4 rectal carcinomas...
May 16, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526579/differential-involvement-of-vesicular-and-glial-glutamate-transporters-around-spinal-%C3%AE-motoneurons-in-the-pathogenesis-of-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#15
Tomohiro Ohgomori, Ryo Yamasaki, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Kenji Kadomatsu, Jun-Ichi Kira, Shozo Jinno
From a view point of the glutamate excitotoxicity theory, several studies have suggested that abnormal glutamate homeostasis via dysfunction of glial glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) may underlie neurodegeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the detailed role of GLT-1 in the pathogenies of ALS remains controversial. To assess this issue, here we elucidated structural alterations associated with dysregulation of glutamate homeostasis using SOD1(G93A) mice, a genetic model of familial ALS...
May 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526158/revisiting-oxycodone-analgesia-a-review-and-hypothesis
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REVIEW
Xiulu Ruan, Ken F Mancuso, Alan D Kaye
Oxycodone, a semisynthetic opioid analgesic, is widely used in clinical practice. Oxycodone and morphine seem to be equally effective and equipotent; however, morphine is 10 times more potent than oxycodone when given epidurally. This article provides an updated review of the basic pharmacology of oxycodone with a special focus on pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics properties. The controversy regarding oxycodone-mediated effects for visceral pain via agonism and the possible role of peripheral opioid analgesia are discussed in the present investigation in an attempt to propose a plausible explanation to the perplexing question of oxycodone analgesia...
June 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526077/the-optimal-extent-of-gastrectomy-for-middle-third-gastric-cancer-distal-subtotal-gastrectomy-is-superior-to-total-gastrectomy-in-short-term-effect-without-sacrificing-long-term-survival
#17
Xin Ji, Yan Yan, Zhao-De Bu, Zi-Yu Li, Ai-Wen Wu, Lian-Hai Zhang, Xiao-Jiang Wu, Xiang-Long Zong, Shuang-Xi Li, Fei Shan, Zi-Yu Jia, Jia-Fu Ji
BACKGROUND: The optimal extent of gastrectomy for middle-third gastric cancer remains controversial. In our study, the short-term effects and longer-term survival outcomes of distal subtotal gastrectomy and total gastrectomy are analysed to determine the optimal extent of gastrectomy for middle-third gastric cancer. METHODS: We retrospectively collect and analyse clinicopathologic data and follow-up outcomes from a prospectively collected database at the Peking University Cancer Hospital...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525904/prognostic-value-of-the-microrna-214-in-multiple-human-cancers-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
#18
Yajing Feng, Fujiao Duan, Weigang Liu, Xiaoli Fu, Shuli Cui, Zhenxing Yang
Previous studies showed that microRNA-214 (miR-214) may act as a prognostic biomarker of cancer. However, the available evidence is controversial. This study summarizes evidence and evaluates the prognostic role of miR-214 in various cancers. We carried out a systematic literature review and assessed the quality of included studies based on Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine Criteria and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale (NOS). Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for overall survival (OS) and disease free survival/progressive free survival/recurrence free survival (DFS/PFS/RFS) were calculated to measure the effective value of miR-214 expression on prognosis...
May 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525903/polymorphisms-in-methotrexate-transporters-and-their-relationship-to-plasma-methotrexate-levels-toxicity-of-high-dose-methotrexate-and-outcome-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#19
Shu-Guang Liu, Chao Gao, Rui-Dong Zhang, Xiao-Xi Zhao, Lei Cui, Wei-Jing Li, Zhen-Ping Chen, Zhi-Xia Yue, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Min-Yuan Wu, Jian-Xiang Wang, Zhi-Gang Li, Hu-Yong Zheng
High-dose methotrexate (HDMTX) plays an important role in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) although there is great inter-patient variability in the efficacy and toxicity of MTX. The relationship between polymorphisms in genes encoding MTX transporters and MTX response is controversial. In the present study, 322 Chinese children with standard- and intermediate-risk ALL were genotyped for 12 polymorphisms. SLCO1B1 rs10841753 showed a significant association with plasma MTX levels at 48 h (P = 0...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525818/hypertension-update-jnc8-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Tara Shrout, David W Rudy, Michael T Piascik
Hypertension is the most preventable major risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The etiology of elevated blood pressure is a complex process involving the interaction of genetics, demographics, comorbid disorders, and environmental influences. Effective hypertensive therapy has been shown to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. JNC reports have served as a valuable source of guidelines, and JNC 8 is the most recently updated guideline for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hypertension...
May 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
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