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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911654/online-social-support-for-the-prevention-of-smoking-relapse-a-content-analysis-of-the-whatsapp-and-facebook-social-groups
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Yee Tak Derek Cheung, Ching Han Helen Chan, Man Ping Wang, Ho Cheung William Li, Tai-Hing Lam
BACKGROUND: Online social groups have been increasingly used for smoking cessation intervention. INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to explore the social support components of the online discussion through WhatsApp and Facebook, how these components addressed the need of relapse prevention, and how the participants evaluated this intervention. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We coded and analyzed the posts (N = 467) by the 82 recent quitters in WhatsApp and Facebook social groups, who were recruited from the eight smoking cessation clinics in Hong Kong to participate in a pragmatic randomized trial of relapse prevention...
December 2, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910945/thyroid-transcription-factor-1-distinguishes-subependymal-giant-cell-astrocytoma-from-its-mimics-and-supports-its-cell-origin-from-the-progenitor-cells-in-the-medial-ganglionic-eminence
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Jen-Fan Hang, Chih-Yi Hsu, Shih-Chieh Lin, Chih-Chun Wu, Han-Jui Lee, Donald Ming-Tak Ho
Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma is a benign brain tumor mostly associated with tuberous sclerosis complex. However, it may be misinterpreted as other high-grade brain tumors due to the presence of large tumor cells with conspicuous pleomorphism and occasional atypical features, such as tumor necrosis and endothelial proliferation. In this study, we first investigated thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1) expression in a large series of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas and other histologic and locational mimics to validate the diagnostic utility of this marker...
December 2, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908308/remarkable-damage-along-with-poor-quality-of-life-in-takayasu-arteritis-cross-sectional-results-of-a-long-term-followed-up-multicentre-cohort
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Ahmet Omma, Burak Erer, Omer Karadag, Neslihan Yilmaz, Fatma Alibaz-Oner, Fatih Yildiz, Melike Kalfa, Gezmis Kimyon, Sedat Kiraz, Haner Direskeneli, Eren Erken, Kenan Aksu, Ahmet Mesut Onat, Ahmet Gül, Lale Ocal, Murat Inanc, Sevil Kamali
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the outcome of a large Takayasu arteritis (TAK) cohort using the vasculitis damage index (VDI) and quality of life (QoL) scale, tools which have been validated for vasculitis. METHODS: Disease activity, damage and QoL were cross-sectionally evaluated in 165 TAK patients from 6 centres. SF-36 were applied to 51 age-matched healthy controls (HC). Persistent activity for ≥6 months was considered as treatment resistance (r-TAK). The correlation between VDI, clinical characteristics and mental (MCS)/physical (PCS) component scores of SF-36 were analysed...
November 10, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902185/oryzomicrobium-terrae-gen-nov-sp-nov-of-the-family-rhodocyclaceae-isolated-from-paddy-soil
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Chi-Te Liu, Shih-Yao Lin, Asif Hameed, You-Cheng Liu, Yi-Han Hsu, Wai-Tak Wong, Ching-Han Tseng, Huu-Sheng Lur, Chiu-Chung Young
A polyphasic approach was used to characterize a novel bacterium, designated strain TPP412T, isolated from a paddy soil in Taiwan. Strain TPP412T was Gram-staining-negative, facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped, motile with single polar flagellum and lacks bacteriochlorophyll. Growth was observed at 24-45 ºС (optimal 25 ºС), pH 5.0-10.0 (optimal pH 7.0) and salinity (0-0.75 %, w/v). Strain TPP412T showed highest 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity to the members of genera Rhodocyclus (94.1-94.5 %), Azospira (93...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900964/incidence-of-pediatric-acute-kidney-injury-in-hospitalized-patients
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Mohd Ashraf, Naveed Shahzad, Altaf Hussain, Shafat Ahmed Tak, Syed Tariq Ahmed Bukhari, Aliya Kachru
Pediatric acute kidney injury (pAKI) is a common complication associated with high mortality in children. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) and mortality in hospitalized (critically ill and non-critically ill) patients. This was a retrospective study conducted during the period of June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2014, at the Postgraduate Department of Pediatrics, G. B. Pant Hospital, an Associated Hospital of Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900526/the-prospective-associations-between-self-efficacy-and-depressive-symptoms-from-early-to-middle-adolescence-a-cross-lagged-model
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Yuli R Tak, Steven M Brunwasser, Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Rutger C M E Engels
Over the course of adolescence, an increasing number of adolescents experience depression. In order to effectively target depression, identifying risk factors for depressive symptoms is pivotal. Since low levels of self-efficacy were associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms in previous studies, the current study investigated the bidirectional and prospective associations between depressive symptoms and academic, social and emotional self-efficacy from early to mid adolescence in a cross-lagged path model...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899498/association-of-visit-to-visit-variability-of-systolic-blood-pressure-with-cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-in-primary-care-chinese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-retrospective-population-based-cohort-study
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Eric Yuk Fai Wan, Colman Siu Cheung Fung, Esther Yee Tak Yu, Daniel Yee Tak Fong, Julie Yun Chen, Cindy Lo Kuen Lam
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the impact of visit-to-visit variability (VVV) of systolic blood pressure (SBP) on cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality among primary care Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted in 124,105 Chinese adult primary care patients with T2DM and without prior diagnosed CVD from August 2008 to December 2009. The VVV of SBP was evaluated using SDs of SBP over 24 months...
November 29, 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899277/protective-role-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-dependent-cd39-and-cd73-in-fulminant-acute-liver-failure
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Eunyoung Tak, Dong-Hwan Jung, Seok-Hwan Kim, Gil-Chun Park, Dae Young Jun, Jooyoung Lee, Bo-Hyun Jung, Varvara A Kirchner, Shin Hwang, Gi-Won Song, Sung-Gyu Lee
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a severe life-threatening disease which usually arises in patients with-irreversible liver illnesses. Although human ectonucleotide triphosphate diphosphohydrolase-1, E-NTPDase1 (CD39) and ecto-5'-nucleotidase, Ecto5'NTase (CD73) are known to protect tissues from ALF, the expression and function of CD39 and CD73 during ALF are currently not fully investigated. We tested whether CD39 and CD73 are upregulated by hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1α, and improve ischemic tolerance to ALF...
November 26, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899112/a-comparison-of-intimate-partner-violence-and-associated-physical-injuries-between-cohabitating-and-married-women-a-5-year-medical-chart-review
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Janet Yuen-Ha Wong, Anna Wai-Man Choi, Daniel Yee-Tak Fong, Edmond Pui Hang Choi, John Kit-Shing Wong, Fung Ling So, Chu-Leung Lau, Chak-Wah Kam
BACKGROUND: Cohabitation, referring to a co-residential romantic relationship between two intimate partners without a marriage license, has become widely accepted in contemporary societies. It has been found that cohabitating women have a higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) than married women. However, as yet, no studies have investigated the level and pattern of IPV-associated physical injuries and its mental health impact on cohabitating women. Therefore, we aim to compare IPV-associated physical injuries between cohabitating and married women by conducting a review of 5-year medical records from the emergency departments of two major public hospitals in Hong Kong...
November 29, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888629/inhibition-of-bcr-signaling-using-the-syk-inhibitor-tak-659-prevents-stroma-mediated-signaling-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells
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Noelia Purroy, Júlia Carabia, Pau Abrisqueta, Leire Egia, Meritxell Aguiló, Cecilia Carpio, Carles Palacio, Marta Crespo, Francesc Bosch
Proliferation and survival of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells depend on microenvironmental signals coming from lymphoid organs. One of the key players involved in the crosstalk between CLL cells and the microenvironment is the B-cell receptor (BCR). Syk protein, a tyrosine kinase essential for BCR signaling, is therefore a rational candidate for targeted therapy in CLL. Against this background, we tested the efficacy of the highly specific Syk inhibitor TAK-659 in suppressing the favorable signaling derived from the microenvironment...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884479/a-pilot-training-program-for-people-in-recovery-of-mental-illness-as-vocational-peer-support-workers-in-hong-kong-job-buddies-training-program-jbtp-a-preliminary-finding
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Kevin Kei Nang Yam, William Tak Lam Lo, Rose Lai Ping Chiu, Bien Shuk Yin Lau, Charles Ka Shing Lau, Jen Kei Yu Wu, Siu Man Wan
OBJECTIVES: The present study reviews the delivery of a pilot curriculum-mentorship-based peer vocational support workers training in a Hong Kong public psychiatric hospital. The present paper reports (1) on the development of a peer vocational support workers training - Job Buddies Training Program (JBTP) in Hong Kong; and (2) preliminary findings from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. METHOD: The curriculum consists of 15-session coursework, 8-session storytelling workshop and 50-hour practicum to provide Supported Employment Peer Service (SEPS) under the mentorship of occupational therapists...
October 24, 2016: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884323/the-toll-like-receptor-4-antagonist-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activated-kinase-tak-242-attenuates-taurocholate-induced-oxidative-stress-through-regulating-mitochondrial-function-in-mice-pancreatic-acinar-cells
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Long-Fei Pan, Lei Yu, Li-Ming Wang, Jun-Tao He, Jiang-Li Sun, Xiao-Bo Wang, Zheng-Hai Bai, Li-Juan Su, Hong-Hong Pei
BACKGROUND: Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a commonly occurring and potentially life-threatening disease. Recently, toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) has been considered as a new clue for studying the pathogenesis of AP due to its important role in inflammatory response cascade. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The aim of this study was to investigate the potential protective effect of transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase (TAK)-242, a novel TLR4 antagonist, in taurocholate-treated mice pancreatic acinar cells...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884313/normal-body-mass-index-with-central-obesity-has-increased-risk-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-korean-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Mi Jung Lee, Jung Tak Park, Kyoung Sook Park, Young Eun Kwon, Seung Hyeok Han, Shin-Wook Kang, Kyu Hun Choi, Kook-Hwan Oh, Sue Kyung Park, Dong Wan Chae, Kyubeck Lee, Young-Hwan Hwang, Soo Wan Kim, Yeong Hoon Kim, Sun Woo Kang, Joongyub Lee, Curie Ahn, Tae-Hyun Yoo
In chronic kidney disease (CKD), overweight and mild obesity have shown the lowest cardiovascular (CV) risk. However, central obesity has been directly associated with CV risk in these patients. This bidirectional relationship of body mass index (BMI) and central obesity prompted us to evaluate CV risk based on a combination of BMI and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) in nondialysis CKD patients. We included 1078 patients with CKD stage 2 through 5 (nondialysis) enrolled in a nationwide prospective cohort of Korea...
December 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876620/the-gabab-positive-allosteric-modulators-cgp7930-and-gs39783-stimulate-erk1-2-signalling-in-cells-lacking-functional-gabab-receptors
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Maria C Olianas, Simona Dedoni, Pierluigi Onali
The present study shows that the GABAB positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) CGP7930 and GS39783 stimulate extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) signalling in cells that do not express functional GABAB receptors. In human SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells, CGP7930 and GS39783 induced a time- and concentration-dependent increase in ERK1/2 phosphorylation with potencies similar to those displayed as GABAB PAMs. Conversely, γ-aminobutyric acid and the GABAB receptor agonists (-)baclofen and SKF97541 were completely inactive...
November 19, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876501/serum-and-urinary-biomarkers-that-predict-hepatorenal-syndrome-in-patients-with-advanced-cirrhosis
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Desmond Y H Yap, Wai Kay Seto, James Fung, Siu Ho Chok, See Ching Chan, Gary C W Chan, Man Fung Yuen, Tak Mao Chan
BACKGROUND: Prediction of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) remains difficult in advanced cirrhotic patients. AIMS: To evaluate use of serum and urine biomarkers to predict HRS. METHODS: We prospectively recruited Child's B or C cirrhotic patients with normal serum creatinine, and followed them for 12 weeks for the development of HRS. Serum Cystatin C (CysC), serum and urine Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin (NGAL), serum and urine IL-18, serum N-acetyl-β-d glucosaminidase (NAG), urine kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) and urine liver-type fatty acid binding protein (LFABP) were measured at recruitment (baseline), and their relationship with subsequent HRS investigated...
November 10, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872270/hiv-glycoprotein-gp120-impairs-fast-axonal-transport-by-activating-tak1-signaling-pathways
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Sarah H Berth, Nichole Mesnard-Hoaglin, Bin Wang, Hajwa Kim, Yuyu Song, Maria Sapar, Gerardo Morfini, Scott T Brady
Sensory neuropathies are the most common neurological complication of HIV. Of these, distal sensory polyneuropathy (DSP) is directly caused by HIV infection and characterized by length-dependent axonal degeneration of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Mechanisms for axonal degeneration in DSP remain unclear, but recent experiments revealed that the HIV glycoprotein gp120 is internalized and localized within axons of DRG neurons. Based on these findings, we investigated whether intra-axonal gp120 might impair fast axonal transport (FAT), a cellular process critical for appropriate maintenance of the axonal compartment...
December 2016: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870477/ascending-single-dose-double-blind-placebo-controlled-safety-study-of-noribogaine-in-opioid-dependent-patients
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Paul Glue, Gavin Cape, Donna Tunnicliff, Michelle Lockhart, Fred Lam, Noelyn Hung, C Tak Hung, Sarah Harland, Jane Devane, R S Crockett, John Howes, Borje Darpo, Meijian Zhou, Holger Weis, Lawrence Friedhoff
Ibogaine is a psychoactive substance that may reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. This was the first clinical trial of noribogaine, ibogaine's active metabolite, in patients established on methadone opioid substitution therapy (OST). In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled single ascending-dose study, we evaluated the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of noribogaine in 27 patients seeking to discontinue methadone OST who had been switched to morphine during the previous week. Noribogaine doses were 60, 120, or 180 mg (n = 6/dose level) or matching placebo (n = 3/dose level)...
November 2016: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869328/real-life-efficacy-and-safety-of-paritaprevir-ritonavir-ombitasvir-and-dasabuvir-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-hong-kong
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Henry Lik-Yuen Chan, Owen Tak-Yin Tsang, Yee-Tak Hui, James Fung, Grace Chung-Yan Lui, Ching-Lung Lai, Grace Lai-Hung Wong, Kam-Hon Chan, David Yiu-Kuen But, Moon-Sing Lai, Wai-Cheung Lao, Carmen Ka-Man Chan, Yip-Shun Lam, Wai-Kay Seto, Carlton Li, Man-Fung Yuen, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In registration studies, combination therapy of paritaprevir/ritonavir, ombitasvir and dasabuvir (PrOD) with and without ribavirin for 12-24 weeks can achieve >90% sustained virological response (SVR) for genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. However, data in Asia is scanty. We aimed to study the efficacy and safety of this combination therapy in chronic hepatitis C patients in Hong Kong. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data from 6 local hospitals which have prescribed PrOD with and without ribavirin to patients with genotype 1 chronic HCV infection as part of a global compassionate program...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867080/biomechanical-advantages-of-robot-assisted-pedicle-screw-fixation-in-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-compared-to-free-hand-technique-in-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-perspective-for-patient-specific-finite-element-analysis
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Ho-Joong Kim, Kyoung-Tak Kang, Sung-Cheol Park, Bong-Soon Chang, Choon-Ki Lee, Jin S Yeom, Lawrence G Lenke
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: There have been conflicting results regarding the surgical outcome of lumbar fusion surgery using two different techniques between robot-assisted pedicle screw fixation and conventional free-hand technique. In addition, there have been no studies about biomechanical issues between the both techniques. PURPOSE: To investigate biomechanical properties in terms of stress at adjacent segments using robot-assisted pedicle screw insertion technique (robot-assisted minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion, Rom-PLIF) and free-hand technique (conventional, free-hand, open approach, posterior lumbar interbody fusion, Cop-PLIF) for instrumented lumbar fusion surgery...
November 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866205/disparities-in-kidney-transplantation-access-among-korean-patients-initiating-dialysis-a-population-based-cohort-study-using-national-health-insurance-data-2003-2013
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Young Choi, Jaeyong Shin, Jung Tak Park, Kyoung Hee Cho, Eun-Cheol Park, Tae Hyun Kim
BACKGROUND: The socioeconomic status of a person has an impact on his or her access to kidney transplantation as has been reported in western countries. This study examined the association between income level and kidney transplantation among chronic kidney disease patients undergoing dialysis in South Korea. METHODS: We analyzed data from 1,792 chronic kidney disease patients undergoing dialysis and listed in the Korean National Health Insurance Claim Database (2003-2013)...
November 19, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
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