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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148981/walnut-leaf-extract-acts-as-a-fertility-agent-in-male-wistar-albino-rats-a-search-for-herbal-male-fertility-enhancer
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Seun F Akomolafe, Ganiyu Oboh
Background Walnut leaf is one of the many medicinal plants used in folklore as male fertility enhancers. The present work was therefore undertaken with an aim to scientifically validate this claim. As such, we evaluated the effect of the aqueous extract from walnut leaves on biomolecules related to fertility in adult male rats and its mode of action as fertility-enhancing agent. Methods Twenty-five rats were randomly divided into five groups of five animals each; Group 1 served as control and received normal (0...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146112/different-concentrations-of-docosahexanoic-acid-supplement-during-lactation-result-in-different-outcomes-in-preterm-sprague-dawley-rats
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Qian Wang, Chunhong Jia, Xiaohua Tan, Fan Wu, Xinqi Zhong, Zhiwen Su, Weiwen Sun, Qiliang Cui
PROPOSE: In this study, we evaluated the effects of different concentrations of docosahexanoic acid (DHA) supplement on preterm Sprague-Dawley rat pups, and in parallel, measured the phosphorylation activity of the mTOR pathway in the hippocampal CA1 area. METHODS: Preterm Sprague-Dawley rat pups were randomly assigned to experimental groups which included; a sufficient DHA group (100 mg/kg/day); an enriched DHA group (300 mg/kg/day); an excess DHA group (800 mg/kg/day); and a deficient DHA group (normal saline gavage 0...
November 13, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145241/the-prognostic-value-of-the-serum-neuron-specific-enolase-and-lactate-dehydrogenase-in-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-receiving-first-line-platinum-based-chemotherapy
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Xiaofan Liu, Weiming Zhang, Wen Yin, Yang Xiao, Changzhi Zhou, Yi Hu, Shuang Geng
The aim of this study was to investigate the associations of serum levels of neuron-specific enolase (NSE), pro-gastrin releasing peptide (ProGRP), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) with clinical response and survival in small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients receiving first-line platinum-based chemotherapy.One hundred thirty-six patients with SCLC were recruited in this study. All the patients received first-line platinum-based chemotherapy. Clinical efficacy was assessed according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors v1...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145236/protection-by-nitrite-against-the-ischemic-effects-induced-by-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Yafei Wang, Xin Song, Xia Yue, Hong Su, Yuanliang Gu, Linda Bowman, Min Ding, Baobo Zou, Jinshun Zhao, Xialu Lin
OBJECTIVE: This research was aimed to investigate the correct dose of nitrite that would act as a protection against the ischemic effects induced by acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: Mice were randomly divided into a sham-operation group (sham), an AMI operation group (AMI), and a nitrite pretreatment+AMI operation group (N+AMI). Seven days before the AMI operation, mice in the N+AMI group were pretreated with sodium nitrite in drinking water. RESULTS: One week after the AMI operation, serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK) activities in both AMI and N+AMI group were significantly higher than those in the sham group, but there were no significant differences between AMI and N+AMI mice...
November 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144270/alkaline-phosphatase-in-infant-cardiopulmonary-bypass-kinetics-and-relationship-to-organ-injury-and-major-cardiovascular-events
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Jesse A Davidson, Tracy T Urban, Christine Baird, Suhong Tong, Alan Woodruff, Mark Twite, James Jaggers, Eric A F Simões, Paul Wischmeyer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the kinetics of alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity and concentration after infant cardiopulmonary bypass, including isoform-specific changes, and to measure the association between postoperative AP activity and major postoperative cardiovascular events, organ injury/dysfunction, and postoperative support requirements STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of 120 infants ≤120 days of age undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass. AP total and isoform-specific activity was assessed at 6 time points (preoperation, rewarming, 6, 24, 48, and 72 hours postoperation)...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142750/evaluation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-serum-levels-and-their-association-with-clinicopathological-characteristics-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Mehmet Karabulut, Cigdem Usul Afsar, Halil Alıs, Ebru Oran, Senem Karabulut, Cevher Akarsu, Nuri Alper Sahbaz, Alpen Yahya Gümüsoglu, Elif Bilgin, Nuri Faruk Aykan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major public health concern and one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality worldwide. The aim of the present study was to determine the serum epidermal growth factor receptor (sEGFR) levels in healthy volunteers and patients with CRC, to determine the association between tumor marker levels and clinicopathological findings, and investigate its prognostic value. A total of 140 patients with CRC were enrolled in the present study. Pre-treatment sEGFR levels were determined using ELISA...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142477/modified-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-improves-short-term-prognosis-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
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Wei Chen, Jia You, Jing Chen, Qi Zheng, Jia-Ji Jiang, Yue-Yong Zhu
AIM: To investigate whether the short-term prognosis of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) could be improved by using a modified model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) including serum lactate. METHODS: This clinical study was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital, Fujian Medicine University, China. From 2009 to 2015, 236 patients diagnosed with HBV-related ACLF at our center were recruited for this 3-month follow-up study...
October 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142413/antiurolithiatic-potential-of-neeri-against-calcium-oxalate-stones-by-crystallization-inhibition-free-radicals-scavenging-and-nrk-52e-cell-protection-from-oxalate-injury
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Parveen Kumar Goyal, Santosh Kumar Verma, Anil Kumar Sharma
Background: Neeri is a well-established polyherbal formulation prescribed for renal stones by the physicians but has not been experimentally evaluated for its antiurolithiatic potential using cell-lines. Objective: This study is aimed to scientifically substantiate the antiurolithiatic effect of Neeri extract (NRE) through calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystallization inhibition, scavenging of free radicals, and protection of renal tubular epithelial NRK-52E cells from oxalate-induced injury...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136752/-the-effect-of-breast-massage-at-different-time-in-the-early-period-after-cesarean-section
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J Y Chu, L Zhang, Y J Zhang, M J Yang, X W Li, L L Sun
Objective: To evaluate the effect of breast massage at different time in the early period on maternal lactation after cesarean section. Methods: 80 women delivered by cesarean section were randomly selected from maternity ward of a hospital in Shandong province during Jan. 2013 to Jan. 2015; which were divided into four groups, with 20 patients in each. Three groups received 3 times of breast massage every 24 hoursbeginning from 2, 12 and 24 h after cesarean section, respectively. The control group didn't receive any breast massage...
November 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136560/cytoprotective-effects-of-glycyrrhetinic-acid-liposome-against-cyclophosphamide-induced-cystitis-through-inhibiting-inflammatory-stress
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Bo Ge, Daping Yang, Xinmou Wu, Jing Zhu, Wu Wei, Bin Yang
This study was designed to investigate the pharmacological efficacy of glycyrrhetinic acid liposome (GAL) against female mice with nonbacterial cystitis induced by cyclophosphamide (CPS). Mice in different groups were subjected to tests for lactate dehydrogenase (LD), cytokine contents (IL-6, TNF-α) in serum, and histological changes in bladder tissue and to immunoassays. As a result, cyclophosphamide-induced cystitis in mice showed an increased LD level in serum, and the contents of cytokines (IL-6, TNF-α) were elevated...
November 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136400/changes-in-bone-turnover-and-calcium-homeostasis-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-in-mammals-a-meta-analysis
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Diego A Torres, Mariella B Freitas, Reggiani V Gonçalves
Large amounts of calcium are required during pregnancy and lactation to support fetal and neonatal bone growth and calcification. An inadequate supply of calcium during these stages can lead to unsuccessful reproduction or impaired offspring fitness. During reproduction, female mammals undergo numerous physiological changes, including adaptations to allow an adequate supply of calcium. The lack of quantitative studies analysing these physiological changes from a comparative perspective limits our ability to explain and understand these adaptations...
November 15, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135116/serum-s100b-levels-correlate-with-stage-n-status-mitotic-rate-and-disease-outcome-in-melanoma-patients-independent-to-ldh
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Athanasios Karonidis, Marina Mantzourani, Helen Gogas, Dimosthenis Tsoutsos
PURPOSE: S100B protein is currently used as an immunohistochemistry marker to confirm melanoma diagnosis in biopsy specimens. Moreover, accumulating evidence supports its potential use as a tumor biomarker in blood. This study aimed to explore the potential uses of serum S100B protein as a biomarker in melanoma patients. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, 107 sequential patients were diagnosed and treated for melanoma. All patients were tested for serum S100B and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) at diagnosis and during their regular follow-up...
September 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134689/effectiveness-of-controlled-internal-drug-release-device-treatment-to-alleviate-reproductive-seasonality-in-anestrus-lactating-or-dry-barki-and-rahmani-ewes-during-non-breeding-season
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M Y El-Mokadem, Anm Nour El-Din, T A Ramadan, A M Rashad, T A Taha, M A Samak, M H Salem
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of hormonal treatments on ovarian activity and reproductive performance in Barki and Rahmani ewes during non-breeding season. Forty-eight multiparous ewes, 24 Barki and 24 Rahmani ewes were divided into two groups, 12 lactating and 12 dry ewes for each breed. Controlled internal drug release (CIDR) device was inserted in all ewes for 14 days in conjunction with intramuscular 500 IU equine chronic gonadotrophin (eCG) at day of CIDR removal. Data were analysed using PROC MIXED of SAS for repeated measures...
November 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133080/population-pharmacokinetics-of-nintedanib-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Ulrike Schmid, Christiane Doege, Claudia Dallinger, Matthias Freiwald
BACKGROUND: Nintedanib is a potent intracellular inhibitor of tyrosine kinases, including the receptor kinases vascular endothelial growth factor, platelet-derived growth factor and fibroblast growth factor. A previous model assessed the population pharmacokinetics of nintedanib and its main metabolite BIBF 1202 in patients with non-small cell lung cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The objective of this analysis was to further characterise the population pharmacokinetics of nintedanib in patients with IPF by including data from the Phase III trials...
November 10, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132413/germacranolide-type-sesquiterpene-lactones-from-smallanthus-sonchifolius-with-promising-activity-against-leishmania-mexicana-and-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Jerónimo L Ulloa, Renata Spina, Agustina Casasco, Patricia B Petray, Virginia Martino, Miguel A Sosa, Fernanda M Frank, Liliana V Muschietti
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis and Chagas disease are life-threatening illnesses caused by the protozoan parasites Leishmania spp. and Trypanosoma cruzi, respectively. They are known as "neglected diseases" due to the lack of effective drug treatments and the scarcity of research work devoted to them. Therefore, the development of novel and effective drugs is an important and urgent need. Natural products are an important source of bioactive molecules for the development of new drugs. In this study, we evaluated the activity of enhydrin, uvedalin and polymatin B, three sesquiterpene lactones (STLs) isolated from Smallanthus sonchifolius, on Leishmania mexicana (MNYC/BZ/62/M) and Trypanosoma cruzi (Dm28c)...
November 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130117/correction-to-the-metabolic-cost-of-nesting-body-condition-and-blood-parameters-of-caiman-crocodilus-and-melanosuchus-niger-in-central-amazonia
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José António Lemos Barão-Nóbrega, Boris Marioni, Robinson Botero-Arias, António José Arsénia Nogueira, Emerson Silva Lima, William Ernest Magnusson, Ronis Da Silveira, Jaydione Luiz Marcon
Although nesting ecology is well studied in several crocodilian species, it is not known how nest attendance influences physiology and body condition of nesting females. In this study, we describe body condition and serum biochemical values of nesting female, non-nesting female and male spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) and black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in two areas of Central Amazonia. We also evaluated the effect of nest age and nest distance to water on body condition and blood parameters of nesting females...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128608/a-retrospective-comparison-of-survivors-and-non-survivors-of-massive-pulmonary-embolism-receiving-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
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Bennet George, Marc Parazino, Hesham R Omar, George Davis, Maya Guglin, John Gurley, Susan Smyth
INTRODUCTION: While the optimal care of patients with massive pulmonary embolism (PE) is unclear, the general goal of therapy is to rapidly correct the physiologic derangements propagated by obstructive clot. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in this setting is promising, however the paucity of data limits its routine use. Our institution expanded the role of ECMO as an advanced therapy option in the initial management of massive PE. The purpose of this project was to evaluate ECMO-treated patients with massive PE at an academic medical center and report shortterm mortality outcomes...
November 8, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126424/salivary-ph-calcium-phosphorus-and-selected-enzymes-in-healthy-dogs-a-pilot-study
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Ilaria Iacopetti, Anna Perazzi, Tamara Badon, Silvia Bedin, Barbara Contiero, Rebecca Ricci
BACKGROUND: Saliva in dogs, as in humans, is a complex fluid secreted by different salivary glands in the oral cavity to protect the oral mucosa and teeth. The use of saliva as a substitute for blood in diagnosing and prognosticating disease in humans is widely accepted. Salivary biochemistry has also been used as a marker for periodontal disease in humans. No studies have as yet investigated the relation between salivary biochemistry and periodontal disease in dogs, however; neither has the salivary composition of healthy dogs with no oral disease been assessed...
November 10, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123977/sodium-hydrosulfide-attenuates-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-suppressing-overactivated-autophagy-in-rats
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Wen-Wu Jiang, Bai-Sheng Huang, Yang Han, Lv-Hong Deng, Li-Xiang Wu
Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, and autophagy may be involved in the pathological process of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenous gasotransmitter with protective effects against multiple diseases. Here, we tested the effect of H2S on cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats. Sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), an H2S donor, improved neurological function and reduced the size of the infarcts induced by transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) followed by reperfusion in rats...
November 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123903/early-evaluation-of-severity-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-a-comparison-with-septic-shock-subgroup-analysis-of-the-japanese-association-for-acute-medicine-sepsis-registry-jaam-sr
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Takehiko Tarui, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Koichiro Suzuki, Ryosuke Tsuruta, Hiroto Ikeda, Hiroshi Ogura, Shigeki Kushimoto, Joji Kotani, Shin-Ichiro Shiraishi, Yasushi Suzuki, Kiyotsugu Takuma, Naoshi Takeyama, Seitaro Fujishima, Toshihiko Mayumi, Yasuo Miki, Norio Yamashita, Naoki Aikawa, Satoshi Gando
Aim: The purpose of this subgroup analysis of a Japanese multicenter registry, the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine Sepsis Registry Advanced (JAAM-SR-Advanced), was to identify early outcome indicators for severe sepsis that are useful and more objective than "septic shock." Methods: Among 624 patients with severe sepsis registered in JAAM-SR-Advanced, 554 with valid serum lactate data were retrospectively studied. Hypotension before and after fluid resuscitation and the highest lactate values over the initial 24 h were compared for their ability to predict in-hospital mortality...
October 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
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