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Pawel Szulc, Ez Zoubir Amri, Annie Varennes, Patricia Panaia-Ferrari, Eric Fontas, Joëlle Goudable, Roland Chapurlat, Véronique Breuil
AIM: Oxytocin regulates food intake, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and urinary sodium excretion. We assessed the association between serum oxytocin levels and presence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in older men. METHODS: Cross-sectional study was performed in 540 volunteer men aged 50-85yrs from the MINOS cohort. Oxytocin was measured in fasting serum by radioimmunoassay (Oxytocin RIA, Phoenix Pharmaceuticals). MetS was diagnosed using the harmonized definition...
October 1, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Abdulmoein E Al-Agha, Abrar M Alnawab, Tala M Hejazi
To determine the various etiologies of primary and secondary hyperlipidemia among children visiting the pediatric endocrine clinic. Methods: This is a retrospective, cross-sectional, cohort study conducted at King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from January 2010 to 2015 that included 253 children aged from birth to 12 years old. Data were obtained by reviewing medical reports of patients who presented with hyperlipidemia to the clinic, and their laboratory investigation results using KAUH electronic "Phoenix" system...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Bassem Yousef Sheikh, S M Neamul Kabir Zihad, Nazifa Sifat, Shaikh J Uddin, Jamil A Shilpi, Omer A A Hamdi, Hemayet Hossain, Razina Rouf, Ismet Ara Jahan
In addition to the rich nutritional value, date palm is also used in various ethnobotanical practices for the treatment of various disease conditions. Present investigation was undertaken to examine the neuropharmacological and antinociceptive effect of the ethanol extract of three date cultivars growing in Saudi Arabia, namely Ajwah, Safawy and Sukkari. Neuropharmacological effect was observed by pentobarbitone induced sleeping time, open field, and hole board test. Antinociceptive activity was tested by acetic acid induced writhing and hot plate test...
2016: Oriental Pharmacy and Experimental Medicine
Hajer Taleb, Sarah E Maddocks, R Keith Morris, Ara D Kanekanian
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Date fruit, Phoenix dactylifera L. has traditionally been used as a medicine in many cultures for the treatment of a range of ailments such as stomach and intestinal disorders, fever, oedema, bronchitis and wound healing. AIM OF THE REVIEW: The present review aims to summarise the traditional use and application of Phoenix dactylifera date fruit in different ethnomedical systems, additionally the botany and phytochemistry are identified...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Tae-Hyoung Kim, Oh Joo Kweon, Hye Ryoun Kim, Mi-Kyung Lee
Recently, several studies have revealed that commercial microbial identification systems do not accurately identify the uncommon causative species of candidiasis, including Candida famata, Meyerozyma guilliermondii, and C. auris. We investigated the accuracy of species-level identification in a collection of clinical isolates previously identified as C. famata (N=38), C. lusitaniae (N=12), and M. guilliermondii (N=5) by the Vitek 2 system. All 55 isolates were re-analyzed by the Phoenix system (Becton Dickinson Diagnostics), two matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analyzers (a Vitek MS and a Bruker Biotyper), and by sequencing of internal transcribed space (ITS) regions or 26S rRNA gene D1/D2 domains...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Gary Sweeten, Matthew Larson, Alex R Piquero
AIM: We estimate group-based dating violence trajectories and identify the adolescent risk factors that explain membership in each trajectory group. METHOD: Using longitudinal data from the Pathways to Desistance Study, which follows a sample of 1354 serious juvenile offenders from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona between mid-adolescence and early adulthood, we estimate group-based trajectory models of both emotional dating violence and physical dating violence over a span of five years in young adulthood...
October 2016: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health: CBMH
Virginia Pappas
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October 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Mehrab Dashtdar, Mohammad Reza Dashtdar, Babak Dashtdar, Gazala Afreen Khan, Karima Kardi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to obtain a natural antibiotic from Phenol-rich compounds; for the dressing and the treatment of chronic wounds. METHODS: The Phenol-rich compound sweet gel was prepared by blending four natural herbal extracts, Acacia catechu (L.F.), Momia (Shilajit), Castanea sativa, and Ephedra sinica stapf, with combination of a sweet gel medium, including honey, maple saps, Phoenix dactylifera L. (date), pomegranate extract and Azadirachta indica gum as a stabilizer...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
Alison J Popay, Neil R Cox
Aploneura lentisci Pass. is endemic to the Mediterranean region where it is holocyclic, forming galls on its primary host, Pistacia lentiscus and alternating over a 2-year period between Pistacia and secondary hosts, principally species of Gramineae. This aphid is widely distributed in Australia and New Zealand on the roots of the common forage grasses, ryegrass (Lolium spp.) and tall fescue (Schedonorus phoenix) where it exists as permanent, anholocyclic, parthenogenetic populations. Previous studies have indicated that infestations of A...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Arman Qamar, Deepak L Bhatt
Thrombotic events such as myocardial infarction or stent thrombosis are the major cause of adverse outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). While current antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants, and PCI techniques have reduced the risk of thrombotic events in PCI-treated patients, a considerable hazard still remains. Cangrelor is an intravenous P2Y12 receptor antagonist that provides a rapid onset and maximal platelet inhibition, which is quickly reversible. In the large-scale CHAMPION PHOENIX trial, cangrelor was shown to reduce ischemic events significantly, including myocardial infarction and stent thrombosis, without increasing the risk of severe bleeding across the full spectrum of patients undergoing PCI, with substantial benefits in all patient subgroups examined...
September 27, 2016: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
Mouna Chakroun, Bassem Khemakhem, Hazem Ben Mabrouk, Hanen El Abed, Mohamed Makni, Mohamed Bouaziz, Noureddine Drira, Naziha Marrakchi, Hafedh Mejdoub
Among various chronic disorders, cancer and diabetes mellitus are the most common disorders. This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of hydroalcoholic extract of Phoenix dactylifera L. leaves (HEPdL) in animal models of type II diabetes in vitro/in vivo and in a human melanoma-derived cell line (IGR-39). A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis was also performed to determine the amount of phenolic and flavonoid compounds in this plant. The physicochemical results by LC-MS/MS analysis of HEPdL showed the presence of 10 phenolic compounds...
September 23, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Mina Bashir, Mahjabeen Ahmed, Thomas Weinmaier, Doina Ciobanu, Natalia Ivanova, Thomas R Pieber, Parag A Vaishampayan
Strict planetary protection practices are implemented during spacecraft assembly to prevent inadvertent transfer of earth microorganisms to other planetary bodies. Therefore, spacecraft are assembled in cleanrooms, which undergo strict cleaning and decontamination procedures to reduce total microbial bioburden. We wanted to evaluate if these practices selectively favor survival and growth of hardy microorganisms, such as pathogens. Three geographically distinct cleanrooms were sampled during the assembly of three NASA spacecraft: The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' Multiple Testing Facility during DAWN, the Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (KSC-PHSF) during Phoenix, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Spacecraft Assembly Facility during Mars Science Laboratory...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Mohammed N A Khalil, Mostafa I Fekry, Mohamed A Farag
Dates (Phoenix dactylifera L.) are distributed worldwide as major food complement providing a source of sugars and dietary fiber as well as macro- and micronutrients. Although phytochemical analyses of date fruit non-volatile metabolites have been reported, much less is known about the aroma given off by the fruit, which is critical for dissecting sensory properties and quality traits. Volatile constituents from 13 date varieties grown in Egypt were profiled using SPME-GCMS coupled to multivariate data analysis to explore date fruit aroma composition and investigate potential future uses by food industry...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Jérémie Abtan, P Gabriel Steg, Gregg W Stone, Kenneth W Mahaffey, C Michael Gibson, Christian W Hamm, Matthew J Price, Freddy Abnousi, Jayne Prats, Efthymios N Deliargyris, Harvey D White, Robert A Harrington, Deepak L Bhatt
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine the safety and efficacy of cangrelor in patients with stable angina (SA) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS). BACKGROUND: The CHAMPION PHOENIX (A Clinical Trial Comparing Cangrelor to Clopidogrel Standard Therapy in Subjects Who Require Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) trial demonstrated that cangrelor significantly reduced periprocedural ischemic events in all-comer percutaneous coronary intervention with a modest increase in mild and moderate bleeding...
September 26, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Ronald Pope, Jianguo Wu, Christopher Boone
Quantifying spatial distribution patterns of air pollutants is imperative to understand environmental justice issues. Here we present a landscape-based hierarchical approach in which air pollution variables are regressed against population demographics on multiple spatiotemporal scales. Using this approach, we investigated the potential problem of distributive environmental justice in the Phoenix metropolitan region, focusing on ambient ozone and particulate matter. Pollution surfaces (maps) are evaluated against the demographics of class, age, race (African American, Native American), and ethnicity (Hispanic)...
November 2016: Environmental Management
Veronika Rachar, Martin Czejka, Marie Kitzmueller, Philipp Buchner, Maria Lichtneckert, Richard Greil, Herbert Geiler, Christian Dittrich
AIM: This study focuses on the plasma disposition and metabolic activation of capecitabine (CCB) when administered alone or when combined with cetuximab (CTX). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-four chemo-naïve patients with KRAS wild-type colorectal cancer were randomized into two arms and received either CCB alone (1,000 mg/m(2) bid p.o.), followed by CCB plus CTX (loading dose (LD)=400 mg/m(2) followed by 250 mg/m(2) weekly i.v. maintenance dose) (Arm A; n=12 patients (patients)) or CCB plus CTX followed by CCB alone (Arm B; n=12 patients)...
September 2016: Anticancer Research
John W Yaxley, Kevin Lah, Julian P Yaxley, Robert A Gardiner, Hema Samaratunga, James MacKean
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy for patients with intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analysed a prospective longitudinal cohort database including a single-surgeon series of 507 consecutive men treated with external beam radiotherapy and an HDR prostate brachytherapy boost between August 2000 and December 2009. The risk factors used were based on the D'Amico classification...
September 15, 2016: BJU International
Anise M S Wu, Jibin Li, Joseph T F Lau, Phoenix K H Mo, Mason M C Lau
BACKGROUND: Internet addiction (IA) is a risk factor while some psychosocial factors can be protective against depression among adolescents. Mechanisms of IA onto depression in terms of mediations and moderations involving protective factors are unknown and were investigated in this study. METHODS: A representative cross-sectional study was conducted among Hong Kong Chinese secondary school students (n=9518). RESULTS: Among males and females, prevalence of depression at moderate or severe level (CES-D≥21) was 38...
October 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Shanaaz Mathews, Lorna J Martin, David Coetzee, Chris Scott, Threnesan Naidoo, Yasheen Brijmohun, Karisha Quarrie
BACKGROUND: Child mortality trends in South Africa (SA) show a decrease, but remain high and appear to have plateaued. To attain the new sustainable development goals, we need a better understanding of causes of death and the associated factors. OBJECTIVES: To describe the SA child death review (CDR) pilot, the pattern of child deaths reviewed and the factors associated with these deaths. METHODS: CDR teams were established at two pilot sites, Salt River mortuary (Western Cape Province) and Phoenix mortuary (KwaZulu-Natal Province)...
September 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
R Rajabi, R Tahmasbi, O Dayani, A Khezri
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding ensiled alfalfa with waste date on ruminal fermentation characteristics, microbial protein synthesis, protozoa population and blood parameters in sheep. Eight rams were used in a 2 × 2 change over design. Each experimental period consisted of 21 days including 16 days for adaptation and 5 days for sampling. For ensiling, fresh alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) with different levels of waste date (Phoenix dactylifera L.) were mixed together and ensiled in 100-l containers for 45 days...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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