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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332341/risk-factors-for-acute-exacerbation-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#1
Meihua Qiu, Yuqing Chen, Qiao Ye
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic andprogressive fibrotic disease limited to the lungs.The course of disease varies widely, with some patients experiencing acute respiratory deterioration, a conditioncalled acute exacerbations of IPF (AE-IPF). The risk factors contributing to AE-IPF are unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis investigatedthe risk factors for AE-IPF. METHODS: Studies ofrisk factors for AE-IPF were identified in Medline, EMBASE and Cochrane databases...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331156/neonatal-high-permeability-pulmonary-edema-based-on-serial-cytokine-profiles-and-kl-6-in-serum-case-report
#2
Toshihiko Nakamura, Mari Nakamura, Naoto Takahashi
A newborn male with pulmonary edema was delivered at term by elective Caesarian section. Cytokine profiles of 17 cytokines and KL-6 in cord blood and serial serum values were investigated. The cord blood values of all 17 cytokines and KL-6 were within normal limits. Subsequently, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-13, IL-17, and IFNγ rapidly elevated during the first several hours after birth and dramatically decreased thereafter, whereas KL-6 rose to 611 U/ml on the 3(rd) day of life and then gradually decreased. These cytokines may induce pulmonary permeability, and KL-6 secreted in lining fluid could result in influx into the bloodstream...
March 22, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330215/bioremediation-of-high-strength-agricultural-wastewater-using-ochrobactrum-sp-strain-sz1
#3
Chin Hong Neoh, Chi Yong Lam, Suriati Mat Ghani, Ismail Ware, Siti Hajar Mat Sarip, Zaharah Ibrahim
The biggest agricultural sector that contributes to the Malaysian economy is the oil palm industry. The effluent generated during the production of crude palm oil known as palm oil mill effluent (POME). POME undergoes anaerobic treatment that requires long retention time and produces large amount of methane that consequently contributes to global warming. In this study, an isolated bacteria was selected based on its ability to degrade kraft lignin (KL) and identified as Ochrobactrum sp. The bacteria were able to treat POME (from anaerobic pond) under the aerobic condition without addition of nutrient, resulting in a significant chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal of 71 %, removal rate of 1385 mg/l/day, and 12...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323064/the-relevance-of-%C3%AE-klotho-to-the-central-nervous-system-some-key-questions
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REVIEW
Marina Minto Lopes-Cararo, Caio Henrique Yokoyama Mazucanti, Cristoforo Scavone, Elisa Mitiko Kawamoto, Daniel Charles Berwick
α-Klotho is well described as an anti-aging protein, with critical roles in kidney function as a transmembrane co-receptor for FGF23, and as a soluble factor in serum. α-Klotho is also expressed in the choroid plexus, where it is released into the cerebrospinal fluid. Nonetheless, α-Klotho is also expressed in the brain parenchyma. Accumulating evidence indicates that this pool of α-Klotho, which we define as brain α-Klotho, may play important roles as a neuroprotective factor and in promoting myelination, thereby supporting healthy brain aging...
March 18, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320669/regularized-speaker-adaptation-of-kl-hmm-for-dysarthric-speech-recognition
#5
Myungjong Kim, Younggwan Kim, Joohong Yoo, Jun Wang, Hoirin Kim
This paper addresses the problem of recognizing the speech uttered by patients with dysarthria, which is a motor speech disorder impeding the physical production of speech. Patients with dysarthria have articulatory limitation, and therefore, they often have trouble in pronouncing certain sounds, resulting in undesirable phonetic variation. Modern automatic speech recognition systems designed for regular speakers are ineffective for dysarthric sufferers due to the phonetic variation. To capture the phonetic variation, Kullback-Leibler divergence based hidden Markov model (KL-HMM) is adopted, where the emission probability of state is parametrized by a categorical distribution using phoneme posterior probabilities obtained from a deep neural network-based acoustic model...
March 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285618/therapeutic-effect-of-acupuncture-point-injection-with-placental-extract-in-knee-osteoarthritis
#6
Kyeong Mee Park, Tae Hwan Cho
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture point injection (API) with placental extract on pain reduction and joint function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Fifty-two patients with knee OA, with an average age of 64, and having a symptom duration of more than 3 months were studied in this report. Placental extract was injected weekly into acupuncture point ST35, BL23, BL24 and BL25 for 5 weeks; 8 mL of placental extract into ST35 on the affected side, and 1 mL of placental extract to BL23, BL24 and BL25 bilaterally...
March 2017: Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281096/avoidance-biomass-and-survival-response-of-soil-dwelling-endogeic-earthworms-to-oecd-artificial-soil-potential-implications-for-earthworm-ecotoxicology
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C Brami, A R Glover, K R Butt, C N Lowe
Soil dwelling earthworms are now adopted more widely in ecotoxicology, so it is vital to establish if standardised test parameters remain applicable. The main aim of this study was to determine the influence of OECD artificial soil on selected soil-dwelling, endogeic earthworm species. In an initial experiment, biomass change in mature Allolobophora chlorotica was recorded in Standard OECD Artificial Soil (AS) and also in Kettering Loam (KL). In a second experiment, avoidance behaviour was recorded in a linear gradient with varying proportions of AS and KL (100% AS, 75% AS + 25% KL, 50% KS + 50% KL, 25% AS + 75% KL, 100% KL) with either A...
March 9, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280907/high-prevalence-of-knee-osteoarthritis-at-a-minimum-10-year-follow-up-after-knee-dislocation-surgery
#8
Gilbert Moatshe, Grant J Dornan, Tom Ludvigsen, Sverre Løken, Robert F LaPrade, Lars Engebretsen
PURPOSE: Long-term outcomes and the prevalence of osteoarthritis after surgical treatment of knee dislocations are lacking in the literature. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis and knee function at a minimum of 10 years after knee dislocation surgery. METHODS: Sixty-five patients surgically treated for knee dislocations at a single level I trauma center between May 1996 and December 2004 were evaluated at a minimum of 10 years...
March 9, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276159/comparative-proteome-analysis-of-wild-type-and-klotho-knockout-mouse-kidneys-using-a-combination-of-maldi-ims-and-lc-ms-ms
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Yoko Fujino, Tomoko Minamizaki, Ikue Hayashi, Asako Kawakami, Takaaki Miyaji, Kaoru Sakurai, Hirotaka Yoshioka, Katsuyuki Kozai, Mitsugi Okada, Yuji Yoshiko
PURPOSE: Mutation of the klotho gene in mice elicits a syndrome resembling accelerated human aging. However, there is limited evidence for the role of Klotho in the kidney. We conducted a comparative proteome analysis of wild-type (WT) and Klotho-knockout (kl(-/-) ) mouse kidneys to identify proteins involved in Klotho deficiency. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: MALDI-IMS of frozen kidney sections from 7-week-old male WT and kl(-/-) mice was used to determine genotype-specific differences in the MS distribution...
March 8, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275485/serum-kl-6-and-surfactant-protein-d-as-monitoring-and-predictive-markers-of-interstitial-lung-disease-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-and-mixed-connective-tissue-disease
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Hideaki Yamakawa, Eri Hagiwara, Hideya Kitamura, Yumie Yamanaka, Satoshi Ikeda, Akimasa Sekine, Tomohisa Baba, Koji Okudela, Tae Iwasawa, Tamiko Takemura, Kazuyoshi Kuwano, Takashi Ogura
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is frequent complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD). The disease is heterogeneous, and its outcome is unpredictable. Some patients have severe and progressive deterioration of ILD, which is the leading cause of mortality. We aimed to determine whether serum levels of Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6) and surfactant protein-D (SP-D) correlate with SSc/MCTD-associated ILD activity. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 40 patients with SSc/MCTD-associated ILD: 29 patients with SSc and 11 patients with MCTD...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275476/serum-kl-6-in-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis-china-compared-historically-with-germany-and-japan
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Wen-Liang Guo, Zi-Qing Zhou, Lu Chen, Zhu-Quan Su, Chang-Hao Zhong, Yu Chen, Shi-Yue Li
BACKGROUND: KL-6 is a biomarker of the severity of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). We noticed a significant difference in the mean serum KL-6 level between Japanese and Caucasian patients. To assess the clinical value of serum KL-6 in Chinese PAP patients, and to compare the differences in serum KL-6 levels in Chinese patients and patients of other ethnicities. METHODS: From 2014-2016, we prospectively examined 37 Chinese Han patients with PAP, measured their serum KL-6 levels, evaluated the correlation between initial KL-6 levels and clinical variables, and compared our results with studies from Japan and Germany (similar methods were used)...
February 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272928/prospective-clinical-and-radiographic-outcomes-after-concomitant-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-and-meniscal-allograft-transplantation-at-a-mean-5-year-follow-up
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Bryan M Saltzman, Maximilian A Meyer, Alexander E Weber, Sarah G Poland, Adam B Yanke, Brian J Cole
BACKGROUND: Concomitant anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and meniscal allograft transplantation (ACLR/MAT) has demonstrated short-term success in small, retrospective cohort studies. Patient- and disease-specific predictors of success after ACLR/MAT are largely unknown. PURPOSE: To (1) prospectively evaluate the subjective and objective clinical and radiographic outcomes after ACLR/MAT and (2) conduct a subgroup analysis to identify patient- or disease-related factors that correlate with failure...
March 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272834/urate-oxidase-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-tumour-lysis-syndrome-in-children-with-cancer
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REVIEW
Daniel Kl Cheuk, Alan Ks Chiang, Godfrey Cf Chan, Shau Yin Ha
BACKGROUND: Tumour lysis syndrome (TLS) is a serious complication of malignancies and can result in renal failure or death. Previous reviews did not find clear evidence of benefit of urate oxidase in children with cancer. This review is the second update of a previously published Cochrane review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects and safety of urate oxidase for the prevention and treatment of TLS in children with malignancies. SEARCH METHODS: In March 2016 we searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, and CINAHL...
March 8, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272798/acidic-zeolite-l-as-a-highly-efficient-catalyst-for-dehydration-of-fructose-to-5-hydroxymethylfurfural-in-ionic-liquid
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Zhongsen Ma, Hualei Hu, Zhongqiang Sun, Wenting Fang, Jian Zhang, Longfei Yang, Yajie Zhang, Lei Wang
Zeolite L was synthesized by the hydrothermal method and post-treated by NH4-exchange to adjust its acidity. The samples were systematic characterized by various techniques including XRD, XRF, N2 adsorption-desorption, SEM, Py-IR, and NH3-TPD. The results demonstrate that the NH4-exchange post-treatment increase the surface areas, micropore volume, and acidity of zeolite L. The catalytic performances of the samples were tested in the dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([bmim]Br))...
March 8, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251374/perioperative-management-of-hepatectomy-in-patients-with-interstitial-pneumonia-a-report-of-three-cases-and-a-literature-review
#15
REVIEW
Norio Kubo, Kenichiro Araki, Takahiro Yamanaka, Kouki Hoshino, Norihiro Ishii, Mariko Tsukagoshi, Takamichi Igarashi, Akira Watanabe, Keitaro Hirai, Fumiyoshi Saitoh, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
PURPOSE: Interstitial pneumonia (IP) is a progressive and irreversible fibrosis and can be fatal if acute exacerbation (AE) occurs. While a useful risk-scoring system has been established for lung surgery, no risk evaluation exists for AE of IP related to non-pulmonary surgery. The objective of this review is to describe the management for patients with IP. METHODS: We experienced three hepatectomy cases with IP. The first was a 72-year-old male patient diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma...
March 1, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247721/-genetic-risk-factors-for-recurrence-free-urolithiasis-in-the-russian-population
#16
O I Apolikhin, A V Sivkov, O V Konstantinova, P A Slominsky, T V Tupitsyna, D N Kalinichenko
PURPOSE: Search for and identification of possible associations of recurrence-free urolithiasis with polymorphisms of urolithiasis candidate genes in the Russian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study involved 43 patients with recurrence-free urolithiasis, 13 (30.2%) women and 30 (69.8%) of men (main group) from Central Russia, and 189 healthy adults (control group) from the same region. The mean age of the main group was 42.5+/-13 years. The venous blood samples were used for the evaluation...
August 2016: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247041/volatile-organic-compounds-in-exhaled-breath-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-for-discrimination-from-healthy-subjects
#17
Yu-Ichi Yamada, Gen Yamada, Mitsuo Otsuka, Hirotaka Nishikiori, Kimiyuki Ikeda, Yasuaki Umeda, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Koji Kuronuma, Hirofumi Chiba, Jörg Ingo Baumbach, Hiroki Takahashi
Purpose Human breath analysis is proposed with increasing frequency as a useful tool in clinical application. We performed this study to find the characteristic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the exhaled breath of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) for discrimination from healthy subjects. Methods VOCs in the exhaled breath of 40 IPF patients and 55 healthy controls were measured using a multi-capillary column and ion mobility spectrometer. The patients were examined by pulmonary function tests, blood gas analysis, and serum biomarkers of interstitial pneumonia...
March 1, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246962/effects-of-medication-treated-diabetes-on-incidence-and-progression-of-knee-osteoarthritis-a-longitudinal-analysis-of-the-osteoarthritis-initiative-data
#18
Ivan V Shirinsky, Valery S Shirinsky
Diabetes has been proposed as a factor involved in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). Currently, there is a lack of research evaluating the prospective impact of diabetes on OA structural outcomes. In this study, we assessed the effects of medication-treated diabetes on incidence and progression of knee OA. We analysed longitudinal data from the multi-center, longitudinal, prospective observational Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) study. The main outcomes were radiographic OA incidence (development of Kellgren-Lawrence grade 2 with joint space narrowing, JSN) and progression (increase in semiquantitative JSN or a new knee replacement)...
February 28, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245947/a-novel-hierarchical-selective-ensemble-classifier-with-bioinformatics-application
#19
Leyi Wei, Shixiang Wan, Jiasheng Guo, Kelvin Kl Wong
Selective ensemble learning is a technique that selects a subset of diverse and accurate basic models in order to generate stronger generalization ability. In this paper, we proposed a novel learning algorithm that is based on parallel optimization and hierarchical selection (PTHS). Our novel feature selection method is based on maximize the sum of relevance and distance (MSRD) for solving the problem of high dimensionality. Specifically, we have a PTHS algorithm that employs parallel optimization and candidate model pruning based on k-means and a hierarchical selection framework...
February 25, 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240848/prognostic-significance-of-a-tumor-marker-index-based-on-preoperative-serum-carcinoembryonic-antigen-and-krebs-von-den-lungen-6-levels-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#20
Masaki Tomita, Takanori Ayabe, Eiichi Chosa, Naohiro Nose, Kunihide Nakamura
Background: We retrospectively analysed the prognostic significance of a tumor marker index (TMI) based on preoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and Krebs von den Lungen-6 (KL-6) levels in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Materials and Methods: We enrolled 176 NSCLC patients who had preoperative serum CEA and KL-6 level measurements and had undergone curative surgery between 2009 and 2011. Results: The 5-year disease-specific survival of patients with high serum CEA levels was significantly poorer compared with that of patients with normal levels...
January 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
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