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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345030/wearable-disposable-sweat-based-glucose-monitoring-device-with-multistage-transdermal-drug-delivery-module
#1
Hyunjae Lee, Changyeong Song, Yong Seok Hong, Min Sung Kim, Hye Rim Cho, Taegyu Kang, Kwangsoo Shin, Seung Hong Choi, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Electrochemical analysis of sweat using soft bioelectronics on human skin provides a new route for noninvasive glucose monitoring without painful blood collection. However, sweat-based glucose sensing still faces many challenges, such as difficulty in sweat collection, activity variation of glucose oxidase due to lactic acid secretion and ambient temperature changes, and delamination of the enzyme when exposed to mechanical friction and skin deformation. Precise point-of-care therapy in response to the measured glucose levels is still very challenging...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344013/a-self-adherent-bullet-shaped-microneedle-patch-for-controlled-transdermal-delivery-of-insulin
#2
Keum-Yong Seong, Min-Soo Seo, Dae Yeon Hwang, Eoin D O'Cearbhaill, Seamus Sreenan, Jeffrey M Karp, Seung Yun Yang
Proteins are important biologic therapeutics used for the treatment of various diseases. However, owing to low bioavailability and poor skin permeability, transdermal delivery of protein therapeutics poses a significant challenge. Here, we present a new approach for transdermal protein delivery using bullet-shaped double-layered microneedle (MN) arrays with water-swellable tips. This design enabled the MNs to mechanically interlock with soft tissues by selective distal swelling after skin insertion. Additionally, prolonged release of loaded proteins by passive diffusion through the swollen tips was obtained...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343842/cranial-nerve-palsy-following-central-neuraxial-block-in-obstetrics-a-review-of-the-literature-and-analysis-of-43-case-reports
#3
D J Chambers, K Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Cranial nerve palsy is a rarely reported complication of central neuraxial block in obstetrics. The aetiology is diverse and includes both decreased and increased intracranial pressure. METHODS: Medline, CINAHL, and EMBASE databases were searched to identify cases of cranial nerve palsy following obstetric central neuraxial block. Possible aetiology, clinical symptoms and signs, treatment, and time to resolution were assessed. RESULTS: Forty-one articles containing 43 case reports of cranial nerve palsy following obstetric central neuraxial block were identified...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343583/indirect-hand-and-forearm-vasomotion-regional-variations-in-cutaneous-thermosensitivity-during-normothermia-and-mild-hyperthermia
#4
Catriona A Burdon, Kyoko Tagami, Joonhee Park, Joanne N Caldwell, Nigel A S Taylor
In this experiment, hand and forearm vasomotor activity was investigated during localised, but stable heating and cooling of the face, hand and thigh, under open-loop (clamped) conditions. It was hypothesised that facial stimulation would provoke the most potent vascular changes. Nine individuals participated in two normothermic trials (mean body temperature clamp: 36.6°C; water-perfused suit and climate chamber) and two mildly hyperthermic trials (37.9°C). Localised heating (+5°C) and cooling (-5°C) stimuli were applied to equal surface areas of the face, hand and thigh (perfusion patches: 15min), while contralateral forearm or hand blood flows (venous-occlusion plethysmography) were measured (separate trials)...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340880/mycosis-fungoides-and-sezary-syndrome
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REVIEW
Francine M Foss, Michael Girardi
Mycosis fungoides and the Sezary syndrome (SS) are rare lymphomas of CD4(+) helper T cells. There is stagewise progression from patch/plaques to thicker tumor lesions/diffuse erythroderma. Blood involvement is a characteristic of SS. Outcomes are related to the extent of skin, blood, lymph node, and visceral organ involvement. Patients with limited patch and plaque disease are treated with skin-directed therapies. More advanced/refractory disease is treated with skin-directed therapies and oral or systemic immunomodulatory agents...
April 2017: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339449/reversal-of-progressive-conscious-disturbance-with-epidural-blood-patch-for-cerebrospinal-fluid-leakage-at-c2-level
#6
Yi-Chen Lai, Yuan-Yi Chia, Wei-Hung Lien
Intracranial hypotension syndrome (IHS) is generally caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Complications include bilateral subdural hygroma or haematoma and herniation of the cerebellar tonsils. Epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy is indicated if conservative treatment is ineffective. We reported the case of a 46-year-old man with a history of postural headache and dizziness. The patient was treated with bed rest and daily hydration with 2000 mL of fluid for 2 weeks. However, dizziness and headache did not resolve, and he became drowsy and disoriented with incomprehensible speech...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337083/continuous-infusion-etomidate-in-a-patient-receiving-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#7
Joseph M LaRochelle, Bonnie Desselle, Janet L Rossi
We describe a 16-year-old, 65-kg male deployed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for refractory respiratory failure secondary to ingestion of multiple substances. During his ECMO course, standard sedative and analgesic strategies failed and alternative medications were used. The patient received various dosages of fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone, clonidine patches, dexmedetomidine, lorazepam, methadone, pentobarbital, olanzapine, and propofol. Despite administration of multiple agents, on day 29 of ECMO the patient experienced elevated blood pressures due to agitation, and continuous infusion etomidate was started...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335261/nanomaterials-for-cardiac-myocyte-tissue-engineering
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Rodolfo Amezcua, Ajay Shirolkar, Carolyn Fraze, David A Stout
Since their synthesizing introduction to the research community, nanomaterials have infiltrated almost every corner of science and engineering. Over the last decade, one such field has begun to look at using nanomaterials for beneficial applications in tissue engineering, specifically, cardiac tissue engineering. During a myocardial infarction, part of the cardiac muscle, or myocardium, is deprived of blood. Therefore, the lack of oxygen destroys cardiomyocytes, leaving dead tissue and possibly resulting in the development of arrhythmia, ventricular remodeling, and eventual heart failure...
July 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331292/an-open-label-two-period-comparative-study-on-pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-a-combined-ethinylestradiol-gestodene-transdermal-contraceptive-patch
#9
Chao Zhang, Haiyan Li, Xin Xiong, Suodi Zhai, Yudong Wei, Shuang Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Lin Xu, Li Liu
We investigated the pharmacokinetics and safety profiles of a newly developed combined ethinylestradiol (EE)/gestodene (GSD) transdermal contraceptive patch after a single-dose administration and compared with the market available tablet formulation in healthy adult subjects. An open-label, two-period comparative study was conducted in 12 healthy women volunteers. A single dose of the study combined EE/GE transdermal contraceptive patch and oral tablet (Milunet(®)) were administered. Blood samples at different time points after dose were collected, and concentrations were analyzed...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320851/tmem16a-contributes-to-endothelial-dysfunction-by-facilitating-nox2-nadph-oxidase-derived-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-in-hypertension
#10
Ming-Ming Ma, Min Gao, Kai-Min Guo, Mi Wang, Xiang-Yu Li, Xue-Lin Zeng, Lu Sun, Xiao-Fei Lv, Yan-Hua Du, Guan-Lei Wang, Jia-Guo Zhou, Yong-Yuan Guan
Ca2(+)-activated Cl(-) channels play a crucial role in various physiological processes. However, the role of TMEM16A in vascular endothelial dysfunction during hypertension is unclear. In this study, we investigated the specific involvement of TMEM16A in regulating endothelial function and blood pressure and the underlying mechanism. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, coimmunoprecipitation, confocal imaging, patch-clamp recordings, and TMEM16A endothelial-specific transgenic and knockout mice were used...
March 20, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
#11
Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318091/insulin-responsive-glucagon-delivery-for-prevention-of-hypoglycemia
#12
Jicheng Yu, Yuqi Zhang, Wujin Sun, Anna R Kahkoska, Jinqiang Wang, John B Buse, Zhen Gu
Hypoglycemia, the state of abnormally low blood glucose level, is an acute complication of insulin and sulfonylurea therapy in diabetes management. Frequent insulin dosing and boluses during daily diabetes care leads to an increased risk of dangerously low glucose levels, which can cause behavioral and cognitive disturbance, seizure, coma, and even death. This study reports an insulin-responsive glucagon delivery method based on a microneedle (MN)-array patch for the prevention of hypoglycemia. The controlled release of glucagon is achieved in response to elevated insulin concentration by taking advantage of the specific interaction between insulin aptamer and target insulin...
March 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306530/ascorbic-acid-does-not-modulate-potassium-currents-in-cultured-human-lymphocytes
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Saravanakumar Snekalatha, Praghalathan Kanthakumar
BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid (AA) is known to modulate lymphocyte function, but the mechanism of action is not clearly understood. As voltage-gated potassium currents play an important role in lymphocyte function, the effect of AA on voltage-gated potassium currents was studied. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured in the presence of increasing concentrations of AA (0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, and 1 mM). Potassium currents in resting lymphocytes were studied by whole cell patch clamp technique using a depolarizing protocol...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297585/electromechanical-conditioning-of-adult-progenitor-cells-improves-recovery-of-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
#14
Aida Llucià-Valldeperas, Carolina Soler-Botija, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Santiago Roura, Cristina Prat-Vidal, Isaac Perea-Gil, Benjamin Sanchez, Ramon Bragos, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Antoni Bayes-Genis
Cardiac cells are subjected to mechanical and electrical forces, which regulate gene expression and cellular function. Therefore, in vitro electromechanical stimuli could benefit further integration of therapeutic cells into the myocardium. Our goals were (a) to study the viability of a tissue-engineered construct with cardiac adipose tissue-derived progenitor cells (cardiac ATDPCs) and (b) to examine the effect of electromechanically stimulated cardiac ATDPCs within a myocardial infarction (MI) model in mice for the first time...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295944/paracentral-acute-middle-maculopathy-as-a-finding-in-patients-with-severe-vision-loss-following-phacoemulsification-cataract-surgery
#15
Katarina Creese, Daini Ong, Sukhpal S Sandhu, David Ware, C Alex Harper, Salmaan H Al-Qureshi, Sanjeewa S Wickremasinghe
IMPORTANCE: Paracentral acute middle maculopathy (PAMM) as diagnosed by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) may be associated with "patch off" visual loss post cataract surgery. BACKGROUND: To report a case series of severe vision loss due to PAMM after cataract surgery DESIGN: Retrospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Cases from five surgical centres (public and private) in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of cases with unexplained "patch-off" vision loss post cataract surgery...
March 13, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291738/design-and-validation-of-realistic-breast-models-for-use-in-multiple-alternative-forced-choice-virtual-clinical-trials
#16
Premkumar Elangovan, Alistair Mackenzie, David R Dance, Kenneth C Young, Victoria Cooke, Louise Wilkinson, Rosalind M Given-Wilson, Matthew G Wallis, Kevin Wells
A novel method has been developed for generating quasi-realistic voxel phantoms which simulate the compressed breast in mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). The models are suitable for use in virtual clinical trials requiring realistic anatomy which use the multiple alternative forced choice (AFC) paradigm and patches from the complete breast image. The breast models are produced by extracting features of breast tissue components from DBT clinical images including skin, adipose and fibro-glandular tissue, blood vessels and Cooper's ligaments...
April 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286482/restoration-of-epithelial-sodium-channel-function-by-synthetic-peptides-in-pseudohypoaldosteronism-type-1b-mutants
#17
Anita Willam, Mohammed Aufy, Susan Tzotzos, Heinrich Evanzin, Sabine Chytracek, Sabrina Geppert, Bernhard Fischer, Hendrik Fischer, Helmut Pietschmann, Istvan Czikora, Rudolf Lucas, Rosa Lemmens-Gruber, Waheed Shabbir
The synthetically produced cyclic peptides solnatide (a.k.a. TIP or AP301) and its congener AP318, whose molecular structures mimic the lectin-like domain of human tumor necrosis factor (TNF), have been shown to activate the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) in various cell- and animal-based studies. Loss-of-ENaC-function leads to a rare, life-threatening, salt-wasting syndrome, pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1B (PHA1B), which presents with failure to thrive, dehydration, low blood pressure, anorexia and vomiting; hyperkalemia, hyponatremia and metabolic acidosis suggest hypoaldosteronism, but plasma aldosterone and renin activity are high...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285154/the-pharmacokinetics-of-12-week-continuous-contraceptive-patch-use
#18
Antonella F Lavelanet, Denis Rybin, Katharine O White
OBJECTIVES: We sought to assess the change in serum ethinyl estradiol (EE2) and norelgestromin (NGMN) levels over 12 weeks of continuous contraceptive patch use. STUDY DESIGN: We asked participants (n=30) to apply consecutive patches to be worn continuously (without a patch-free interval) for 12 weeks. We collected blood samples at the end of each patch week and two times during weeks 4, 8, and 12 (with the additional blood draw occurring mid-week). Liquid chromatography-tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was utilized to assess EE2 and NGMN levels...
March 8, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283371/chiari-like-displacement-due-to-spontaneous-intracranial-hypotension-in-an-adolescent-successful-treatment-by-epidural-blood-patch
#19
Jan Schönberger, Markus Möhlenbruch, Angelika Seitz, Cornelia Bußmann, Heidi Bächli, Stefan Kölker
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous intracranial hypotension is a rarely diagnosed cause of headache, especially in children and adolescents. It is due to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage via spinal fistulae occurring without major trauma. CASE PRESENTATION: An adolescent patient presented with a 3-month history of strictly postural headache. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed pronounced Chiari-like prolapse of the cerebellar tonsils, narrow ventricles and enlarged cerebral veins...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273941/arterial-graft-with-elastic-layer-structure-grown-from-cells
#20
Utako Yokoyama, Yuta Tonooka, Ryoma Koretake, Taisuke Akimoto, Yuki Gonda, Junichi Saito, Masanari Umemura, Takayuki Fujita, Shinya Sakuma, Fumihito Arai, Makoto Kaneko, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
Shortage of autologous blood vessel sources and disadvantages of synthetic grafts have increased interest in the development of tissue-engineered vascular grafts. However, tunica media, which comprises layered elastic laminae, largely determines arterial elasticity, and is difficult to synthesize. Here, we describe a method for fabrication of arterial grafts with elastic layer structure from cultured human vascular SMCs by periodic exposure to extremely high hydrostatic pressure (HP) during repeated cell seeding...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
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