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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340316/npt-iib-inhibition-does-not-improve-hyperphosphatemia-in-ckd
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Tobias E Larsson, Chisato Kameoka, Ikumi Nakajo, Yuta Taniuchi, Satoshi Yoshida, Tadao Akizawa, Ronald A Smulders
Introduction: Serum phosphate levels are insufficiently controlled in many patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and novel therapeutic strategies are needed. Blocking intestinal phosphate absorption mediated by sodium-dependent phosphate co-transporter type 2b (NPT-IIb) holds promise; thus, we evaluated the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of the novel and specific small molecule NPT-IIb inhibitor ASP3325 for the first time in humans. Methods: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 1a single (n = 88) and multiple (n = 36) ascending dose study in healthy subjects, and a randomized, open-label, uncontrolled, phase 1b study in hyperphosphatemic ESRD patients on hemodialysis (single oral dose, n = 5; multiple oral doses, n = 17)...
January 2018: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336968/reappearance-of-motor-evoked-potentials-during-the-rewarming-phase-after-deep-hypothermic-circulatory-arrest
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Eiki Kanemaru, Kenji Yoshitani, Shinya Kato, Yuichi Tanaka, Yoshihiko Ohnishi
OBJECTIVE: Although motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) disappear in deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA), MEPs have been used to confirm whether motor function is intact after DHCA. It is crucial to know the timing, body temperature, and MEP amplitude at MEP reappearance to detect spinal cord ischemia after DHCA. However, data on these parameters are sparse. The authors investigated the characteristics of MEPs at reappearance after DHCA. DESIGN: A retrospective observational study...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334913/identifying-enablers-and-barriers-to-individually-tailored-prescribing-a-survey-of-healthcare-professionals-in-the-uk
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Joanne Reeve, Nicky Britten, Richard Byng, Jo Fleming, Janet Heaton, Janet Krska
BACKGROUND: Many people now take multiple medications on a long-term basis to manage health conditions. Optimising the benefit of such polypharmacy requires tailoring of medicines use to the needs and circumstances of individuals. However, professionals report barriers to achieving this in practice. In this study, we examined health professionals' perceptions of enablers and barriers to delivering individually tailored prescribing. METHODS: Normalisation Process Theory (NPT) informed an on-line survey of health professionals' views of enablers and barriers to implementation of Individually Tailored Prescribing (ITP) of medicines...
January 15, 2018: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333037/curcumin-and-natural-derivatives-inhibit-ebola-viral-proteins-an-in-silico-approach
#4
Shruti Baikerikar
Background: Ebola viral disease is a severe and mostly fatal disease in humans caused by Ebola virus. This virus belongs to family Filoviridae and is a single-stranded negative-sense virus. There is no single treatment for this disease which puts forth the need to identify new therapy to control and treat this fatal condition. Curcumin, one of the bioactives of turmeric, has proven antiviral property. Objective: The current study evaluates the inhibitory activity of curcumin, bisdemethoxycurcumin, demethoxycurcumin, and tetrahydrocurcumin against Zaire Ebola viral proteins (VPs)...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320915/healthcare-utilization-and-costs-associated-with-treatment-for-opioid-dependence
#5
Ankit Shah, Margaret Duncan, Nipun Atreja, Kei Sing Tai, Mugdha Gore
OBJECTIVE: Opioid use disorder (OUD) can be managed with medication assisted therapy (MAT) (methadone [MET], buprenorphine [BUP], or extended-release naltrexone [XR-NTX]) or counseling alone (non-pharmacological therapy [NPT]). The objective of this study was to evaluate healthcare resource utilization and costs associated with XR-NTX compared with alternative treatments for opioid dependence. METHODS: Adults with a diagnosis of opioid dependence who initiated treatment with XR-NTX, BUP, MET, or NPT between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014 were identified in the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial administrative claims database...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316892/a-conceptual-model-of-treatment-burden-and-patient-capacity-in-stroke
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Katie I Gallacher, Carl R May, Peter Langhorne, Frances S Mair
BACKGROUND: Treatment burden is the workload of healthcare experienced by those with long-term conditions and the impact that this has on well-being. Treatment burden can negatively impact on quality of life and adherence to treatments. Individuals are likely to differ in their ability to manage health problems and follow treatments, defined as patient capacity. This has been under investigated in stroke. The aim of this paper is to create a conceptual model of treatment burden and patient capacity for people who have had a stroke through exploration of their experiences of healthcare...
January 9, 2018: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306666/surface-modified-tio2-floating-photocatalyst-with-pdda-for-efficient-adsorption-and-photocatalytic-inactivation-of-microcystis-aeruginosa
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Xin Wang, Xuejiang Wang, Jianfu Zhao, Jingke Song, Chenliang Su, Zhongchang Wang
Microcystis aeruginosa, as the most common cyanobacteria, often grows uncontrollably in eutrophic lakes with the accumulation of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in water, which heavily pollutes water and hence imposes tremendous threat to aquatic animals and human beings. To remediate the harmful algae polluted water, here we synthesize a series of poly dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride (PDDA) modified TiO2 floating photocatalysts, PDDA@NPT-EGC, and apply them as a visible light driven multifunctional material. The fabricated PDDA@NPT-EGC composites have a worm-like structure with PDDA particles distributed on their surfaces, and the concentration of PDDA can affect the agglomerative condition and distribution of PDDA particles and the photoelectric properties of catalysts...
December 27, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300965/an-evaluation-of-the-target-treat-antibiotics-responsibly-guidance-education-tools-antibiotics-toolkit-to-improve-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-primary-care-is-it-fit-for-purpose
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Leah Ffion Jones, Meredith K D Hawking, Rebecca Owens, Donna Lecky, Nick A Francis, Chris Butler, Micaela Gal, Cliodna A M McNulty
Background: The TARGET (Treat Antibiotics Responsibly; Guidance, Education, Tools) Antibiotics Toolkit aims to improve antimicrobial prescribing in primary care through guidance, interactive workshops with action planning, patient facing educational and audit materials. Objective: To explore GPs', nurses' and other stakeholders' views of TARGET. Design: Mixed methods. Method: In 2014, 40 UK GP staff and 13 stakeholders participated in interviews or focus groups...
December 28, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251311/macromolecular-size-and-hardness-drives-structure-in-solvent-swollen-blends-of-linear-cyclic-and-star-polymers
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Thomas E Gartner, Arthi Jayaraman
In this paper, we apply molecular simulation and liquid state theory to uncover the structure and thermodynamics of homopolymer blends of the same chemistry and varying chain architecture in the presence of explicit solvent species. We use hybrid Monte Carlo (MC)/molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in the Gibbs ensemble to study the swelling of ∼12 000 g mol-1 linear, cyclic, and 4-arm star polystyrene chains in toluene. Our simulations show that the macroscopic swelling response is indistinguishable between the various architectures and matches published experimental data for the solvent annealing of linear polystyrene by toluene vapor...
December 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251283/genome-wide-expression-profiles-drive-discovery-of-novel-compounds-that-reduce-binge-drinking-in-mice
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Laura B Ferguson, Angela R Ozburn, Igor Ponomarev, Pamela Metten, Matthew Reilly, John C Crabbe, R Adron Harris, R Dayne Mayfield
Transcriptome-based drug discovery has identified new treatments for some complex diseases, but has not been applied to alcohol use disorder (AUD) or other psychiatric diseases, where there is a critical need for improved pharmacotherapies. High Drinking in the Dark (HDID-1) mice are a genetic model of AUD risk that have been selectively bred (from the HS/Npt line) to achieve intoxicating blood alcohol levels (BALs) after binge-like drinking. We compared brain gene expression of HDID-1 and HS/Npt mice to determine a molecular signature for genetic risk for high intensity, binge-like drinking...
December 18, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238251/the-acute-effects-of-static-and-cyclic-stretching-on-muscle-stiffness-and-hardness-of-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle
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Noriaki Maeda, Yukio Urabe, Shogo Tsutsumi, Shogo Sakai, Hironori Fujishita, Toshiki Kobayashi, Makoto Asaeda, Kazuhiko Hirata, Yukio Mikami, Hiroaki Kimura
This study aimed to clarify the acute effects of static stretching (SS) and cyclic stretching (CS) on muscle stiffness and hardness of the medial gastrocnemius muscle (MG) by using ultrasonography, range of motion (ROM) of the ankle joint and ankle plantar flexor. Twenty healthy men participated in this study. Participants were randomly assigned to SS, CS and control conditions. Each session consisted of a standard 5-minute cycle warm-up, accompanied by one of the subsequent conditions in another day: (a) 2 minutes static stretching, (b) 2 minutes cyclic stretching, (c) control...
December 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234458/robust-genetic-transformation-of-sorghum-sorghum-bicolor-l-using-differentiating-embryogenic-callus-induced-from-immature-embryos
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Srinivas Belide, Thomas Vanhercke, James Robertson Petrie, Surinder Pal Singh
Background: Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L.) is one of the world's most important cereal crops grown for multiple applications and has been identified as a potential biofuel crop. Despite several decades of study, sorghum has been widely considered as a recalcitrant major crop for transformation due to accumulation of phenolic compounds, lack of model genotypes, low regeneration frequency and loss of regeneration potential through sub-cultures. Among different explants used for genetic transformation of sorghum, immature embryos are ideal over other explants...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228770/polyelectrolyte-capping-as-straightforward-approach-towards-manipulation-of-diffusive-transport-in-mof-films
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Juan Alejandro Allegretto, Jimena S Tuninetti, Agustin Lorenzo, Marcelo Ceolin, Omar Azzaroni, Matias Rafti
We present experimental results demonstrating the suitability of polyelectrolyte capping as a simple and straightforward procedure to modify hydrophilic/hydrophobic character of porous films, thus allowing additional control on transport properties. In particular, we synthesized ZIF-8 Metal Organic Framework (MOF) films, an archetypal hydrophobic Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework, constituted by Zn2+ ions tetrahedrally coordinated with bidentate 2-methylimidazolate organic linker, and Poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) as capping agent (PSS)...
December 11, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217722/successfully-implementing-and-embedding-guidelines-to-improve-the-nutrition-and-growth-of-preterm-infants-in-neonatal-intensive-care-a-prospective-interventional-study
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Mark J Johnson, Alison A Leaf, Freya Pearson, Howard W Clark, Borislav D Dimitrov, Catherine Pope, Carl R May
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to improve the nutritional care of preterm infants by developing a complex (multifaceted) intervention intended to translate current evidence into practice. We used the sociological framework of Normalization Process Theory (NPT), to guide implementation in order to embed the new practices into routine care. DESIGN: A prospective interventional study with a before and after methodology. PARTICIPANTS: Infants <30 weeks gestation or <1500 g at birth...
December 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209588/efficient-genetic-transformation-of-momordica-charantia-l-by-microprojectile-bombardment
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Muralikrishna Narra, Raghu Ellendula, Srinivas Kota, Bharathkumar Kalva, Yashodhara Velivela, Sadanandam Abbagani
Here, we report the optimized conditions for biolistic particle delivery-mediated genetic transformation of bitter melon using petiole segments. In this study, DNA-coated gold particles of 0.6 µm were used for optimizing the parameters of transformation and eventually regeneration of bitter melon putative transgenics. Initially, biolistic parameters namely helium pressure and macrocarrier to target tissue distance, were optimized using binary vector pBI121 carrying both β-glucuronidase gene (GUS) and neomycin phosphotransferase II gene (npt II) as a reporter and as a selectable marker gene, respectively...
January 2018: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199091/nonpalpable-testes-ultrasound-and-contralateral-testicular-hypertrophy-predict-the-surgical-access-avoiding-unnecessary-laparoscopy
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Christoph Berger, Bernhard Haid, Tanja Becker, Mark Koen, Judith Roesch, Josef Oswald
INTRODUCTION: In up to 20% of patients presenting with undescended testes, one or both are non-palpable. Whereas the most reliable means to exclude an abdominal testis is laparoscopy, there has been a lot of debate about the role of inguinal ultrasound (US) in detecting non-palpable inguinal testis. While we do not aim to add another paper claiming the benefits of US, we wanted to determine the excess capability of US to determine the correct surgical approach - inguinal or laparoscopy...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193428/amalgamation-of-marginal-gains-amg-as-a-potential-system-to-deliver-high-quality-fundamental-nursing-care-a-qualitative-analysis-of-interviews-from-high-performance-amg-sports-and-healthcare-practitioners
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Claire Pentecost, David A Richards, Julia Frost
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the components of the Amalgamation of Marginal Gains (AMG) performance system to identify a set of principles that can be built into an innovative fundamental nursing care protocol. BACKGROUND: Nursing is urged to refocus on its fundamental care activities, but little evidence exists to guide practising nurses. Fundamental care is a combination of many small behaviours aimed at meeting a person's care needs. AMG is a successful system of performance management that focusses on small (or marginal) gains, and might provide a new delivery framework for fundamental nursing care...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177306/remediation-mechanisms-for-cd-contaminated-soil-using-natural-sepiolite-at-the-field-scale
#18
Xiuling Yin, Yingming Xu, Rong Huang, Qingqing Huang, Zhonglei Xie, Yanming Cai, Xuefeng Liang
Remediation of heavy metal polluted agricultural soil is essential for human health and ecological safety and remediation mechanisms at the microscopic level are vital for their large-scale utilization. In this study, natural sepiolite was employed as an immobilization agent for in situ field-scale remediation of Cd-contaminated paddy soil and the remediation mechanisms were investigated in terms of soil chemistry and plant physiology. Natural sepiolite had a significant immobilization effect for bioavailable Cd contents in paddy soil, and consequently could lower the Cd concentrations of brown rice, husk, straw, and roots of rice plants by 54...
November 27, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158899/diaphragm-thickening-fraction-to-predict-weaning-a-prospective-exploratory-study
#19
Sujay Samanta, Ratender Kumar Singh, Arvind K Baronia, Banani Poddar, Afzal Azim, Mohan Gurjar
Background: Diaphragm ultrasound (DUS) is a well-established point of care modality for assessment of dimensional and functional aspects of the diaphragm. Amongst various measures, diaphragmatic thickening fraction (DTf) is more comprehensive. However, there is still uncertainty about its capability to predict weaning from mechanical ventilation (MV). The present prospective observational exploratory study assessed the diaphragm at variable negative pressure triggers (NPTs) with US to predict weaning in ICU patients...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157254/the-implementation-of-medical-revalidation-an-assessment-using-normalisation-process-theory
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Abigail Tazzyman, Jane Ferguson, Charlotte Hillier, Alan Boyd, John Tredinnick-Rowe, Julian Archer, Sam Regan de Bere, Kieran Walshe
BACKGROUND: Medical revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors are legally required to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise in order to maintain their licence. Revalidation was introduced in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012, constituting significant change in the regulation of doctors. The governing body, the General Medical Council (GMC), envisages that revalidation will improve patient care and safety. This potential however is, in part, dependent upon how successfully revalidation is embedded into routine practice...
November 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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