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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107561/beta-blockers-for-hypertension
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REVIEW
Charles S Wiysonge, Hazel A Bradley, Jimmy Volmink, Bongani M Mayosi, Lionel H Opie
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers refer to a mixed group of drugs with diverse pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties. They have shown long-term beneficial effects on mortality and cardiovascular disease (CVD) when used in people with heart failure or acute myocardial infarction. Beta-blockers were thought to have similar beneficial effects when used as first-line therapy for hypertension. However, the benefit of beta-blockers as first-line therapy for hypertension without compelling indications is controversial...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107530/broad-scale-genetic-diversity-of-cannabis-for-forensic-applications
#2
Christophe Dufresnes, Catherine Jan, Friederike Bienert, Jérôme Goudet, Luca Fumagalli
Cannabis (hemp and marijuana) is an iconic yet controversial crop. On the one hand, it represents a growing market for pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. On the other hand, plants synthesizing the psychoactive THC produce the most widespread illicit drug in the world. Yet, the difficulty to reliably distinguish between Cannabis varieties based on morphological or biochemical criteria impedes the development of promising industrial programs and hinders the fight against narcotrafficking. Genetics offers an appropriate alternative to characterize drug vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107500/diagnostic-efficacy-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-early-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-66-studies
#3
Muyuan Liu, Steven J Wang, Xihong Yang, Hanwei Peng
OBJECTIVES: The diagnostic efficacy of sentinel lymph node biopsy(SLNB) in early oral squamous cell carcinoma(OSCC) still remains controversial. This meta-analysis was conducted to assess the diagnostic value of SLNB in clinically neck-negative T1-2 OSCC. METHODS: A systematic literature search for relevant literature published up to September 11, 2016 was conducted in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane Library and ClinicalTrials, and the reference lists of eligible studies were examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107337/e-cigarettes-and-smoking-cessation-a-primer-for-oncology-clinicians
#4
Yanina Zborovskaya
BACKGROUND: Electronic cigarettes 
(e-cigarettes) are a psychosocial phenomenon of the 21st century with serious implications to public and individual health. The significant increase of their popularity and use has raised concerns in the healthcare community regarding their potential benefits and harm, particularly their use as a smoking cessation methodology. 
. OBJECTIVES: Current knowledge is presented about e-cigarettes, including the clinical implications of their use, and associated controversies are analyzed...
February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107237/evaluating-a-posterior-approach-for-surgical-treatment-of-thoracolumbar-pseudarthrosis-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
#5
Ting Wang, Dechun Wang, Yanan Cong, Chuqiang Yin, Shuzhong Li, Xiaoliang Chen
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study of a posterior approach for surgical treatment of thoracolumbar pseudarthrosis in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to report the surgical results of symptomatic thoracolumbar pseudarthrosis in AS through a posterior approach. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal pseudarthrosis is a well-known complication in AS. The condition may complicate with mechanical back pain, spinal deformity, and sometimes neurological deficits...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107215/metabolic-cardiac-and-renal-effects-of-the-slow-hydrogen-sulfide-releasing-molecule-gyy4137-during-resuscitated-septic-shock-in-swine-with-pre-existing-coronary-artery-disease
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Benedikt L Nubaum, Josef Vogt, Ulrich Wachter, Oscar McCook, Martin Wepler, José Matallo, Enrico Calzia, Michael Gröger, Michael Georgieff, Mark E Wood, Matthew Whiteman, Peter Radermacher, Sebastian Hafner
Decreased levels of endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) contribute to atherosclerosis, whereas equivocal data are available on H2S effects during sepsis. Moreover, H2S improved glucose utilization in anaesthetized, ventilated, hypothermic mice, but normothermia and/or sepsis blunted this effect. The metabolic effects of H2S in large animals are controversial. Therefore, we investigated the effects of the H2S donor GYY4137 during resuscitated, fecal peritonitis-induced septic shock in swine with genetically and diet-induced coronary artery disease (CAD)...
January 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106804/ultrafast-electronic-deactivation-dynamics-of-xanthosine-monophosphate
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Katharina Röttger, Rebecca Stellmacher, Mayra C Stuhldreier, Friedrich Temps
Ultrafast energy dissipation is a crucial factor for the photostability of DNA and RNA, but even some of the key electronic deactivation pathways in monomeric nucleic acid building stones are still controversial. Here, we report on the excited-state dynamics of the rare nucleotide xanthosine monophosphate as a function of deprotonation state (XMP vs. XMP - ) and excitation wavelength ( λ pump = 278-243 nm) by femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy. We show that the predominating relaxation channel leads to a return of the photo-excited molecules to the electronic ground state in τ∼1 ps...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106720/25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-concentration-is-not-affected-by-severe-or-non-severe-pneumonia-or-inflammation-in-young-children
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Johanne Haugen, Ram K Chandyo, Manjeswori Ulak, Maria Mathisen, Sudha Basnet, Karl A Brokstad, Palle Valentiner-Branth, Prakash S Shrestha, Tor A Strand
Poor vitamin D status has been associated with increased risk and severity of respiratory tract infections. Whether or not inflammation and infection affects 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration is controversial and is important in the interpretation of observational studies using plasma-25(OH)D as a biomarker for status. Our objectives were to measure whether 25(OH)D concentration was altered by an episode of acute lower respiratory tract infection and whether markers of inflammation predicted the 25(OH)D concentration...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106675/treatment-of-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis-with-the-modified-dunn-procedure-a-multicenter-study
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Masquijo J Javier, Allende Victoria, D'Elia Martín, Miranda Gabriela, Fernández Claudio A
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of moderate to severe slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is controversial. Over the last years, 3 institutions in Argentina adopted the modified Dunn procedure for capital realignment in selected cases of SCFE. Our aim in this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome and the rate of complications of patients who had undergone surgical hip dislocation and capital realignment. METHODS: A multicenter retrospective cohort study of patients who received the modified Dunn procedure from January 2009 to 2013 was performed...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106660/different-branching-patterns-of-the-spinal-accessory-nerve-impact-on-neck-dissection-technique-and-postoperative-shoulder-function
#10
Boštjan Lanišnik
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite nerve-sparing surgery, postoperative shoulder morbidity remains high and significantly impacts patient's quality of life. This review will focus on recent findings of anatomical nuances of the cranial nerve XI (CN XI) along its course in the neck and possible reasons for postoperative morbidity. RECENT FINDINGS: The most recent studies identified three different branching patterns of the CN XI in the neck. In type 1 (66%), the branch for trapezius muscle exits at the posterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (mSCM)...
January 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106485/management-strategies-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Peysh A Patel, Noman Ali, Andrew Hogarth, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent cardiac arrhythmia, affecting 10% of those aged over 80 years. Despite multiple treatment options, it remains an independent prognostic marker of mortality due to its association with clinical sequelae, particularly cerebrovascular events. Management can be broadly divided into treatment of the arrhythmia, via rhythm or rate control, and stroke thromboprophylaxis via anticoagulation. Traditional options for pharmacotherapy include negatively chronotropic drugs such as β-blockers, and/or arrhythmia-modifying drugs such as amiodarone...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106343/net-clinical-benefit-of-hospitalization-versus-outpatient-management-of-patients-with-acute-pulmonary-embolism
#12
P-M Roy, D J Corsi, M Carrier, A Theogene, C de Wit, C Dennie, G Le Gal, A Delluc, T Moumneh, M Rodger, P Wells, E Gandara
BACKGROUND: The decision to hospitalize or not patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE) is controversial. Despite the advantages of close monitoring, hospitalization by itself may lead to in-hospital complications and potentially worsen the prognosis of PE patients. OBJECTIVES: To determine the net clinical benefit of hospitalization versus outpatient management of normotensive patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: Retrospective cohort propensity score analysis (radius marching with replacement)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106272/health-claims-and-methodological-controversy-in-nutrition-science
#13
Oliver Todt, José Luis Luján
This article analyzes the debate about data acquisition and assessment in health claims regulation by identifying the underlying controversies on methodological choice. Regulation in the European Union imposes the need for a scientific substantiation of all health claims (claims about a relationship between consumption of certain food ingredients and positive health effects). Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the method that generally is considered to provide the highest quality data for decision making in claims regulation because they allow for establishing cause-effect relationships...
January 20, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105930/genetic-diversity-among-eight-dendrolimus-species-in-eurasia-lepidoptera-lasiocampidae-inferred-from-mitochondrial-coi-and-coii-and-nuclear-its2-markers
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Alexander Kononov, Kirill Ustyantsev, Baode Wang, Victor C Mastro, Victor Fet, Alexander Blinov, Yuri Baranchikov
BACKGROUND: Moths of genus Dendrolimus (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) are among the major pests of coniferous forests worldwide. Taxonomy and nomenclature of this genus are not entirely established, and there are many species with a controversial taxonomic position. We present a comparative evolutionary analysis of the most economically important Dendrolimus species in Eurasia. RESULTS: Our analysis was based on the nucleotide sequences of COI and COII mitochondrial genes and ITS2 spacer of nuclear ribosomal genes...
December 22, 2016: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105796/the-geographical-distribution-of-grey-wolves-canis-lupus-in-china-a-systematic-review
#15
REVIEW
Lu Wang, Ya-Ping Ma, Qi-Jun Zhou, Ya-Ping Zhang, Peter Savolaimen, Guo-Dong Wang
The grey wolf (Canis lupus) is one of the most widely distributed terrestrial mammals, and its distribution and ecology in Europe and North America are largely well described. However, the distribution of grey wolf in southern China is still highly controversial. Several well-known western literatures stated that there are no grey wolves in southern China, while the presence of grey wolf across China has been indicated in A Guide to the Mammals of China, published by Princeton University Press. It is essential to solve this discrepancy since dogs may have originated from grey wolfs in southern China...
November 18, 2016: Zool Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105532/machiavellian-emotion-regulation-in-a-cognitive-reappraisal-task-an-fmri-study
#16
Anita Deak, Barbara Bodrogi, Brigitte Biro, Gabor Perlaki, Gergely Orsi, Tamas Bereczkei
Affective coldness is one of the main features of Machiavellianism. Recent studies have revealed that Machiavellians are emotionally detached and that this "affective blunting" is associated with intense feelings, emotional instability, negative emotions, and difficulty in enduring distress. We used brain-imaging techniques to investigate emotion regulation in Machiavellianism at a neuropsychological level. We used situations in which participants were required to demonstrate emotional flexibility to explore the controversy surrounding the fact that Machiavellianism is associated with both cold-mindedness and emotional instability...
January 19, 2017: Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105153/overexpression-of-microrna-205-predicts-lymph-node-metastasis-and-indicates-an-unfavorable-prognosis-in-endometrial-cancer
#17
Yong-Jing Ma, Chun-Fang Ha, Zhi-Miao Bai, Hai-Ning Li, Ying Xiong, Jie Jiang
As an integral component of the surgical staging system, lymphadenectomy for patients with endometrial cancer (EC) remains controversial, particularly in clinical stage I disease that includes not only low-risk, but also high-risk subgroups. In order to maximize the therapeutic effect of lymph node excision for high-risk patients who can potentially obtain survival benefits from it while minimizing its reverse effects in low-risk patients, pre-operative risk stratification of lymph node metastasis is necessary...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104975/antiepileptic-drugs-induced-stevens-johnson-syndrome-a-case-series
#18
Bhavi S Trivedi, Nishita H Darji, Supriya D Malhotra, Pankaj R Patel
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) is an acute life-threatening mucocutaneous reaction, characterized by extensive necrosis and detachment of the epidermis from the skin. The overall incidence of SJS is seen in five cases per million people per year. SJS is typically caused by drugs and is a kind of idiosyncratic reaction. Adverse drug reactions such an SJS have a remarkable effect on patient's safety issues. We encountered nine cases of antiepileptic drug (AED)-induced SJS, specifically with carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, and phenytoin...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104968/effects-of-rosuvastatin-alone-or-in-combination-with-omega-3-fatty-acid-on-adiponectin-levels-and-cardiometabolic-profile
#19
Hayder M Al-Kuraishy, Ali I Al-Gareeb
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin is an important adipocyte-related protein that has been postulated to participate in prevention of the development of metabolic syndrome. The relationship between adiponectin serum levels and risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) has been widely investigated and remains controversial. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of rosuvastatin and/or omega-3 fatty acid on adiponectin serum levels in patients with insulin resistance (IR) and CAD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study involved 87 patients with CADs and IR of different etiology, the patients were divided into three groups; 24 patients on treatment with rosuvastatin, 22 patients on treatment with omega-3 fatty acid, 23 patients on treatment with omega-3 fatty acid and rosuvastatin, 18 patients were not previously or currently treated with either rosuvastatin or omega-3 fatty acid, those regarded as control patients...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104772/the-elusive-progenitor-cell-in-cardiac-regeneration-slip-slidin-away
#20
REVIEW
Chen-Leng Cai, Jeffery D Molkentin
The adult human heart is unable to regenerate after various forms of injury, suggesting that this organ lacks a biologically meaningful endogenous stem cell pool. However, injecting the infarcted area of the adult mammalian heart with exogenously prepared progenitor cells of various types has been reported to create new myocardium by the direct conversion of these progenitor cells into cardiomyocytes. These reports remain controversial because follow-up studies from independent laboratories failed to observe such an effect...
January 20, 2017: Circulation Research
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