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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107775/beta-caryophyllene-protects-against-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-metabolic-dysregulation-in-mice
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Zoltan V Varga, Csaba Matyas, Katalin Erdelyi, Resat Cinar, Daniela Nieri, Andrea Chicca, Balazs Tamas Nemeth, Janos Paloczi, Tamas Lajtos, Lukas Corey, Gyorgy Hasko, Bin Gao, George Kunos, Jürg Gertsch, Pal Pacher
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a plant-derived FDA approved food additive with anti-inflammatory properties. Some of its beneficial effects in vivo reported to involve activation of cannabinoid 2 receptors (CB2) that are predominantly expressed in immune cells. Herein, we evaluated the translational potential of BCP using a well-established model of chronic and binge alcohol-induced liver injury. METHODS: In this study we investigated the effects of BCP on liver injury induced by chronic plus binge alcohol feeding in mice in vivo by using biochemical assays, real-time PCR and histology analyses...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107772/a-preliminary-randomized-controlled-trial-of-contingency-management-for-alcohol-use-reduction-using-a-transdermal-alcohol-sensor
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Nancy P Barnett, Mark A Celio, Jennifer W Tidey, James G Murphy, Suzanne M Colby, Robert M Swift
AIMS: We tested the efficacy of daily contingent reinforcement for reducing alcohol use compared with (yoked) noncontingent reinforcement (NR) using a transdermal alcohol sensor to detect alcohol use. DESIGN: Pilot randomized controlled design with one baseline week, three intervention weeks, and one-month follow up. SETTING: New England, USA. PARTICIPANTS: Heavy drinking adults (47% female) not seeking treatment were randomized to 1) an escalating schedule of cash reinforcement (CR; n =15) for days on which alcohol was neither reported nor detected or 2) yoked NR (n =15)...
January 20, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107756/photocatalytic-reduction-of-cs-i-ions-removed-by-combined-maghemite-titania-pva-alginate-beads-from-aqueous-solution
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Zohreh Majidnia, Mohamad Ali Fulazzaky
The presence of Cs(I) ions in nuclear wastewater becomes an important issue for the reason of its high toxicity. The development of adsorbent embedded metal-based catalysts that has sufficient adsorption capacity is expected for the removal of Cs(I) ions from contaminated water. This study tested the use of maghemite, titania and combined maghemite-titania polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-alginate beads as an adsorbent to remove Cs(I) ions from aqueous solution with the variables of pH and initial concentration using batch experiments under sunlight...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107654/examining-the-link-between-nonmedical-use-of-sedatives-tranquilizers-and-pain-relievers-with-dispositions-toward-impulsivity-among-college-students
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Brittany E Blanchard, Angela K Stevens, Andrew K Littlefield, Amelia E Talley, Jennifer L Brown
BACKGROUND: The association between impulsive dispositions and the use of the central nervous system (CNS) depressant alcohol has been examined extensively; however, the links between other depressant use (sedatives, tranquilizers, and pain relievers) and impulsivity have been less studied, and findings have been equivocal. This may be due, in part, to varying operationalizations of "impulsivity," as well as issues related to the lumping versus splitting of various depressant substances when assessing use...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107511/environmental-enrichment-blunts-ethanol-consumption-after-restraint-stress-in-c57bl-6-mice
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Priscila Marianno, Karina Possa Abrahao, Rosana Camarini
Elevated alcohol intake after abstinence is a key feature of the addiction process. Some studies have shown that environmental enrichment (EE) affects ethanol intake and other reinforcing effects. However, different EE protocols may vary in their ability to influence alcohol consumption and stress-induced intake. The present study evaluated whether short (3 h) or continuous (24 h) EE protocols affect ethanol consumption after periods of withdrawal. Mice were challenged with stressful stimuli (24 h isolation and restraint stress) to evaluate the effects of stress on drinking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107498/delineating-substrate-diversity-of-disparate-short-chain-dehydrogenase-reductase-from-debaryomyces-hansenii
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Arindam Ghatak, Nagakumar Bharatham, Anirudh P Shanbhag, Santanu Datta, Janani Venkatraman
Short-chain dehydrogenase reductases (SDRs) have been utilized for catalyzing the reduction of many aromatic/aliphatic prochiral ketones to their respective alcohols. However, there is a paucity of data that elucidates their innate biological role and diverse substrate space. In this study, we executed an in-depth biochemical characterization and substrate space mapping (with 278 prochiral ketones) of an unannotated SDR (DHK) from Debaryomyces hansenii and compared it with structurally and functionally characterized SDR Synechococcus elongatus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107471/high-serum-lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-level-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-viral-infection-is-reduced-by-anti-viral-treatments
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Hsiao-Ching Nien, Shih-Jer Hsu, Tung-Hung Su, Po-Jen Yang, Jin-Chuan Sheu, Jin-Town Wang, Lu-Ping Chow, Chi-Ling Chen, Jia-Horng Kao, Wei-Shiung Yang
BACKGROUND: Lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) has been reported to associate with metabolic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with metabolic derangements, the relationship between LBP and HCV deserves additional studies. This study aimed to determine the serum LBP level in subjects with or without HCV infection and investigate the change of its level after anti-viral treatments with or without interferon...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107430/discontinuation-from-antiretroviral-therapy-a-continuing-challenge-among-adults-in-hiv-care-in-ethiopia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Paul Ward, Kifle Woldemichael Hajito, Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Leila Mohammadi, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: Discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the immunological benefit of treatment and increases complications related to human immune-deficiency virus (HIV). However, the risk factors for ART discontinuation are poorly understood in developing countries particularly in Ethiopia. This review aimed to assess the best available evidence regarding risk factors for ART discontinuation in Ethiopia. METHODS: Quantitative studies conducted in Ethiopia between 2002 and 2015 that evaluated factors associated with ART discontinuation were sought across six major databases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107374/combining-social-norms-and-social-marketing-to-address-underage-drinking-development-and-process-evaluation-of-a-whole-of-community-intervention
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Sandra C Jones, Kelly Andrews, Kate Francis
Youth alcohol consumption has been steadily declining in Australia, as in other countries; fewer young people are drinking and the age of initiation is increasing. However, young people, their parents and others in their communities continue to believe that adolescent (excessive) drinking is the norm. This perception, and the concurrent misperception that the majority of parents are happy to provide their underage children with alcohol, creates a perceived culture of acceptance of youth alcohol consumption...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107258/what-to-eat-and-drink-in-the-festive-season-a-pan-european-observational-cross-sectional-study
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Helen L Parker, Jelena Curcic, Henriette Heinrich, Matthias Sauter, Michael Hollenstein, Werner Schwizer, Edoardo Savarino, Mark Fox
BACKGROUND: Digestive discomfort after meals is common in the community, especially during the festive season. It is uncertain whether this is related to intake of either high-calorie or high-fat foods or, alternatively, intake of specific foods. This prospective, cross-sectional study tested the hypothesis that the risk of reflux or dyspepsia is associated with the fat content of the meal independent of caloric load in a 'real-life' setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four festive meals were served to delegates attending a conference on four consecutive days...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107218/depression-anxiety-and-alcohol-use-in-elite-rugby-league-players-over-a-competitive-season
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Etienne J Du Preez, Kenneth S Graham, Thomas Y Gan, Bassam Moses, Chris Ball, Donald E Kuah
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and rates of alcohol misuse in elite rugby league players in Australasia. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, epidemiological study with repeated measures. SETTING: Surveys were conducted during the 2015 preseason and in-season. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred four elite rugby league players participated preseason and 278 players in-season. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Symptoms of depression were measured using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 scale, symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with the GAD-7 scale, and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption scale was used to assess hazardous alcohol use...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107107/title-tobacco-alcohol-and-drug-use-of-people-with-mood-and-anxiety-disorders-differential-impact-of-family-and-friends
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Eunji Nam, Sadaaki Fukui
OBJECTIVE: Substance use among people with mood and anxiety disorders is highly prevalent. The literature suggests that substance use among people with mood and anxiety disorders is linked to social relational factors, yet it has been rarely the case that studies explicitly examine the differential impact of family and friends. This study investigated the association between family relationships, friendships, and substance use among people with mood and anxiety disorders. METHODS: Using the National Survey of American Life, structural equation modeling tested the unique effects of family relationships and friendships on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use (n = 1,076)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107050/evaluation-of-a-responsible-beverage-service-and-enforcement-program-effects-on-bar-patron-intoxication-and-potential-impaired-driving-by-young-adults
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James C Fell, Deborah A Fisher, Jie Yao, A Scott McKnight
OBJECTIVE: Studies of alcohol-related harm (violence, injury, illness) suggest that the most significant risk factors are the amount of alcohol consumed and whether obviously intoxicated patrons continue to be served. This study's objective was to investigate the effects of a responsible beverage service (RBS)/enhanced alcohol enforcement intervention on bars, bar patrons, and impaired driving. METHOD: Two communities-Monroe County, NY, and Cleveland, OH-participated in a demonstration program and evaluation...
January 20, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106941/serum-apob-levels-independently-predict-the-development-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-7-year-prospective-study
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Jinghua Wang, Wanlin Zhu, Shujun Huang, Lei Xu, Min Miao, Chenjiao Wu, Chaohui Yu, Youming Li, Chengfu Xu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cross-sectional studies have shown that apolipoprotein B (apoB) is positively associated with the prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This study aimed to investigate the prospective relationship between the serum apoB levels and the development of NAFLD in a Chinese population. METHODS: A cohort of 7077 initially NAFLD-free participants was enrolled in this prospectively study. The incidence of NAFLD was calculated among participants with different baseline serum apoB quintiles...
January 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106856/green-synthesis-and-characterization-of-palladium-nanoparticles-using-origanum-vulgare-l-extract-and-their-catalytic-activity
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Mohammed Rafi Shaik, Zuhur Jameel Qandeel Ali, Mujeeb Khan, Mufsir Kuniyil, Mohamed E Assal, Hamad Z Alkhathlan, Abdulrahman Al-Warthan, Mohammed Rafiq H Siddiqui, Merajuddin Khan, Syed Farooq Adil
The synthesis of Palladium (Pd) nanoparticles by green methods has attracted remarkable attention in recent years because of its superiority above chemical approaches, owing to its low cost and ecological compatibility. In this present work, we describe a facile and environmentally friendly synthesis of Pd nanoparticles (Pd NPs) using an aqueous extract of aerial parts of Origanum vulgare L. (OV) as a bioreductant. This plant is available in many parts of the world as well as in Saudi Arabia and is known to be a rich source of phenolic components, a feature we fruitfully utilized in the synthesis of Pd NPs, using various concentrations of plant extracts...
January 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106816/nutrient-patterns-associated-with-fasting-glucose-and-glycated-haemoglobin-levels-in-a-black-south-african-population
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Tinashe Chikowore, Pedro T Pisa, Tertia van Zyl, Edith J M Feskens, Edelweiss Wentzel-Viljoen, Karin R Conradie
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) burden is increasing globally. However, evidence regarding nutrient patterns associated with the biomarkers of T2D is limited. This study set out to determine the nutrient patterns associated with fasting glucose and glycated haemoglobin the biomarkers of T2D. Factor analysis was used to derive nutrient patterns of 2010 participants stratified by urban/rural status and gender. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was applied to 25 nutrients, computed from the quantified food frequency questionnaires (QFFQ)...
January 19, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106791/dietary-patterns-in-relation-to-cardiovascular-disease-incidence-and-risk-markers-in-a-middle-aged-british-male-population-data-from-the-caerphilly-prospective-study
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Elly Mertens, Oonagh Markey, Johanna M Geleijnse, David Ian Givens, Julie A Lovegrove
Dietary behaviour is an important modifiable factor in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. The study aimed to identify dietary patterns (DPs) and explore their association with CVD incidence and risk markers. A follow-up of 1838 middle-aged men, aged 47-67 years recruited into the Caerphilly Prospective Cohort Study at phase 2 (1984-1988) was undertaken. Principal component analysis identified three DPs at baseline, which explained 24.8% of the total variance of food intake. DP1, characterised by higher intakes of white bread, butter, lard, chips and sugar-sweetened beverages and lower intake of wholegrain bread, was associated with higher CVD (HR 1...
January 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106368/programmable-shape-recovery-process-of-water-responsive-shape-memory-polyvinyl-alcohol-by-wettability-contrast-strategy
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Zhiqiang Fang, Yudi Kuang, Panpan Zhou, Siyi Ming, Penghui Zhu, Yu Liu, Honglong Ning, Gang Chen
Water-responsive shape memory polymers (SMPs) are desirable for biomedical applications, but their limited shape recovery process is problematic. Herein, we demonstrate a shape-memory polyvinyl alcohol (SM-PVA) with programmable multi-step shape recovery processes in water via a wettability contrast strategy. A hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS)-treated SiO2 nanoparticle layer with varying loading weights was rationally deposited onto the surface of SM-PVA, aiming to create surface-wettability contrast. The varying wettability led to different water adsorption behaviors of SM-PVA that could be well described by the pseudo-first-order kinetic model...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106208/studies-on-cyclization-reactions-of-3-amino-2-4-dihydroxybutanoic-acid-derivatives
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Mathieu Esgulian, Vincent Belot, Régis Guillot, Sandrine Deloisy, David J Aitken
A number of cyclic derivatives of 3-amino-2,4-dihydroxybutanoic acid are known in the literature but they are often prepared from other cyclic precursors. This study showed that the title compound too may serve as a convenient substrate for cyclization reactions. Using orthogonally-protected linear derivatives, regioselective cyclizations were performed, leading to original and highly-functionalized γ-lactones, oxazolidinones, oxazolines and aziridines. In these reactions a key role was played by the C3 nitrogen group function, while the C2 alcohol function showed no propensity for participation in cyclization reactions...
January 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106137/ameliorative-effects-of-compound-k-and-ginsenoside-rh1-on-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-rats
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Xu-Jia Chen, Wen-Jing Liu, Meng-Liang Wen, Hong Liang, Shao-Mei Wu, Yun-Zhen Zhu, Jiang-Yuan Zhao, Xiang-Qian Dong, Ming-Gang Li, Li Bian, Cheng-Gang Zou, Lan-Qing Ma
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common liver disease, which has no standard treatment available. Panax notoginseng saponines (PNS) have recently been reported to protect liver against hepatocyte injury induced by ethanol or high fat diet (HFD) in rats. Compound K and ginsenoside Rh1 are the main metabolites of PNS. In this study, we evaluated the effects of CK and Rh1 on NAFLD. Rats fed HFD showed significant elevations in liver function markers, lipids, glucose tolerance, and insulin resistance...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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