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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458203/precision-pharmacology-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Harald Hampel, Andrea Vergallo, Lisi Flores Aguilar, Norbert Benda, Karl Broich, A Claudio Cuello, Jeffrey Cummings, Bruno Dubois, Howard J Federoff, Massimo Fiandaca, Remy Genthon, Marion Haberkamp, Eric Karran, Mark Mapstone, George Perry, Lon S Schneider, Lindsay A Welikovitch, Janet Woodcock, Filippo Baldacci, Simone Lista
The complex multifactorial nature of polygenic Alzheimer's disease (AD) presents significant challenges for drug development. AD pathophysiology is progressing in a non-linear dynamic fashion across multiple systems levels - from molecules to organ systems - and through adaptation, to compensation, and decompensation to systems failure. Adaptation and compensation maintain homeostasis: a dynamic equilibrium resulting from the dynamic non-linear interaction between genome, epigenome, and environment. An individual vulnerability to stressors exists on the basis of individual triggers, drivers, and thresholds accounting for the initiation and failure of adaptive and compensatory responses...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457474/the-importance-of-calibration-in-clinical-psychology
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Oliver Lindhiem, Isaac T Petersen, Lucas K Mentch, Eric A Youngstrom
Accuracy has several elements, not all of which have received equal attention in the field of clinical psychology. Calibration, the degree to which a probabilistic estimate of an event reflects the true underlying probability of the event, has largely been neglected in the field of clinical psychology in favor of other components of accuracy such as discrimination (e.g., sensitivity, specificity, area under the receiver operating characteristic curve). Although it is frequently overlooked, calibration is a critical component of accuracy with particular relevance for prognostic models and risk-assessment tools...
February 1, 2018: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454913/restoring-th17-treg-balance-via-modulation-of-stat3-and-stat5-activation-contributes-to-the-amelioration-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-by-bufei-yishen-formula
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Peng Zhao, Jiansheng Li, Yange Tian, Jing Mao, Xuefang Liu, Suxiang Feng, Junzi Li, Qingqing Bian, Huige Ji, Lanxi Zhang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Bufei Yishen formula (BYF), a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been extensively applied in clinical treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and provides an effective treatment strategy for the syndrome of lung-kidney qi deficiency in COPD patients. Here, we investigated its anti-COPD mechanism in COPD rats in relation to the balance between T helper (Th) 17 cells and regulatory T (Treg) cells. METHODS: Rat model of cigarette smoke- and bacterial infection-induced COPD was established, and orally treated with BYF for 12 consecutive weeks...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452723/q-marker-based-strategy-for-cmc-research-of-chinese-medicine-a-case-study-of-panax-notoginseng-saponins
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Yi Zhong, Jieqiang Zhu, Zhenzhong Yang, Qing Shao, Xiaohui Fan, Yiyu Cheng
BACKGROUND: To ensure pharmaceutical quality, chemistry, manufacturing and control (CMC) research is essential. However, due to the inherent complexity of Chinese medicine (CM), CMC study of CM remains a great challenge for academia, industry, and regulatory agencies. Recently, quality-marker (Q-marker) was proposed to establish quality standards or quality analysis approaches of Chinese medicine, which sheds a light on Chinese medicine's CMC study. PURPOSE: Here manufacture processes of Panax Notoginseng Saponins (PNS) is taken as a case study and the present work is to establish a Q-marker based research strategy for CMC of Chinese medicine...
January 31, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452579/reliability-of-diagnosis-and-clinical-efficacy-of-visceral-osteopathy-a-systematic-review
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Albin Guillaud, Nelly Darbois, Richard Monvoisin, Nicolas Pinsault
BACKGROUND: In 2010, the World Health Organization published benchmarks for training in osteopathy in which osteopathic visceral techniques are included. The purpose of this study was to identify and critically appraise the scientific literature concerning the reliability of diagnosis and the clinical efficacy of techniques used in visceral osteopathy. METHODS: Databases MEDLINE, OSTMED.DR, the Cochrane Library, Osteopathic Research Web, Google Scholar, Journal of American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) website, International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (IJOM) website, and the catalog of Académie d'ostéopathie de France website were searched through December 2017...
February 17, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451603/from-medicinal-chemistry-to-human-health-current-approaches-to-drug-discovery-for-cancer-and-neglected-tropical-diseases
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Leonardo G Ferreira, Glaucius Oliva, Adriano D Andricopulo
Scientific and technological breakthroughs have compelled the current players in drug discovery to increasingly incorporate knowledge-based approaches. This evolving paradigm, which has its roots attached to the recent advances in medicinal chemistry, molecular and structural biology, has unprecedentedly demanded the development of up-to-date computational approaches, such as bio- and chemo-informatics. These tools have been pivotal to catalyzing the ever-increasing amount of data generated by the molecular sciences, and to converting the data into insightful guidelines for use in the research pipeline...
February 15, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451516/-evidence-based-medicine-vs-personalized-medicine
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Lucio Capurso
Evidence-based medicine (EBM) and personalized medicine (PM) are driven by two diverse modes of reasoning about «evidence making». EBM has been criticized since his quality mark has been misappropriated by vested interests, the benefits statistically significant may be marginal in clinical practice, rigid rules and technology may produce care that is management driven rather than patient centered. On the contrary PM (or "precision medicine") refers to the tailoring of medical treatment to the specific characteristics of each patient involving the ability to classify individuals into subpopulations that are uniquely susceptible to a specific treatment, sparing expense and side effects and is derived from doubts on the results of subgroup analyses and on non responders in clinical trials typical of EBM...
January 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449443/sex-differences-in-ischemic-heart-disease-advances-obstacles-and-next-steps
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Niti R Aggarwal, Hena N Patel, Laxmi S Mehta, Rupa M Sanghani, Gina P Lundberg, Sandra J Lewis, Marla A Mendelson, Malissa J Wood, Annabelle S Volgman, Jennifer H Mieres
Evolving knowledge of sex-specific presentations, improved recognition of conventional and novel risk factors, and expanded understanding of the sex-specific pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease have resulted in improved clinical outcomes in women. Yet, ischemic heart disease continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in women in the United States. The important publication by the Institute of Medicine titled "Women's Health Research-Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise," highlights the persistent disparities in cardiovascular disease burden among subgroups of women, particularly women who are socially disadvantaged because of race, ethnicity, income level, and educational attainment...
February 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448883/natural-frequencies-do-foster-public-understanding-of-medical-tests-comment-on-pighin-gonzalez-savadori-and-girotto-2016
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Michelle McDowell, Mirta Galesic, Gerd Gigerenzer
Patients and doctors often need to make decisions based on the results of medical tests. When these results are presented in the form of conditional probabilities, even doctors find it difficult to interpret them correctly. There is over 20 y of research supporting the finding that people are better able to calculate the correct positive predictive value of a test when given information in natural frequencies, as opposed to conditional probabilities. Natural frequencies are one of a few psychological tools that have made it into evidence-based medicine...
February 1, 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447255/hydroxyethyl-starch-for-volume-expansion-after-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-and-renal-function-results-of-a-retrospective-analysis
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Sven Bercker, Tanja Winkelmann, Thilo Busch, Sven Laudi, Dirk Lindner, Jürgen Meixensberger
BACKGROUND: Hydroxyethyl starch (HES) was part of "triple-H" therapy for prophylaxis and therapy of vasospasm in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). The European Medicines Agency restricted the use of HES in 2013 due to an increase of renal failure in critically ill patients receiving HES compared to crystalloid fluids. The occurrence of renal insufficiency in patients with SAH due to HES is still uncertain. The purpose of our study was to evaluate whether there was an association with renal impairment in patients receiving HES after subarachnoid haemorrhage...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447027/current-knowledge-of-transient-hypothyroxinemia-of-prematurity-to-treat-or-not-to-treat
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Shigeo Iijima
Thyroid hormones (THs) play a critical role in normal maturation of the developing brain in the fetus and infant. Continuing advances in neonatal medicine have contributed to an increased survival of extremely premature infants with neonatal morbidities. In these infants, thyroid system immaturities, as well as morbidity-related thyroid dysfunction, contribute to transient hypothyroxinemia of prematurity (THOP), which is characterized by very low total and free thyroxine and normal or low thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446826/1-3-6-7-tetrahydroxy-8-prenylxanthone-ameliorates-inflammatory-responses-resulted-in-by-the-paracrine-interaction-of-adipocytes-and-macrophages
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Dan Li, Qianyu Liu, Wen Sun, Xiuping Chen, Ying Wang, Yuxiang Sun, Ligen Lin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Chronic inflammation in adipose tissue is critical in the onset and development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Macrophage infiltration into adipose tissue and pro-inflammatory polarization play key roles in adipose tissue inflammation. The fruit hull of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) has been used in traditional medicine for treatment of various inflammatory diseases. However, its role in regulating adipose tissue inflammation is unexplored. This study was designed to identify xanthones from G...
February 15, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446647/management-of-multi-casualty-incidents-in-mountain-rescue-evidence-based-guidelines-of-the-international-commission-for-mountain-emergency-medicine-icar-medcom
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Marc Blancher, François Albasini, Fidel Elsensohn, Ken Zafren, Natalie Hölzl, Kyle McLaughlin, Albert R Wheeler, Steven Roy, Hermann Brugger, Mike Greene, Peter Paal
Blancher, Marc, François Albasini, Fidel Elsensohn, Ken Zafren, Natalie Hölzl, Kyle McLaughlin, Albert R. Wheeler III, Steven Roy, Hermann Brugger, Mike Greene, and Peter Paal. Management of multi-casualty incidents in mountain rescue. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2018. INTRODUCTION: Multi-Casualty Incidents (MCI) occur in mountain areas. Little is known about the incidence and character of such events, and the kind of rescue response. Therefore, the International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine (ICAR MEDCOM) set out to provide recommendations for the management of MCI in mountain areas...
February 15, 2018: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445882/procedure-rates-performed-by-emergency-medicine-residents-a-retrospective-review
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Joshua T Bucher, Christopher Bryczkowski, Grant Wei, Renee L Riggs, Anoop Kotwal, Brian Sumner, Jonathan V McCoy
BACKGROUND: The purpose of our study is to investigate rates of individual procedures performed by residents in our emergency medicine (EM) residency program. Different programs expose residents to different training environments. Our hypothesis is that ultrasound examinations are the most commonly performed procedure in our residency. METHODS: The study took place in an academic level I trauma center with multiple residency and fellowship programs including surgery, surgical critical care, trauma, medicine, pulmonary/critical care, anesthesiology and others...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445716/a-study-on-performance-and-safety-tests-of-defibrillator-equipment
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A Tavakoli Golpaygani, M M Movahedi, M Reza
Introduction: Nowadays, more than 10,000 different types of medical devices can be found in hospitals. This way, medical electrical equipment is being employed in a wide variety of fields in medical sciences with different physiological effects and measurements. Hospitals and medical centers must ensure that their critical medical devices are safe, accurate, reliable and operational at the required level of performance. Defibrillators are critical resuscitation devices. The use of reliable defibirillators has led to more effective treatments and improved patient safety through better control and management of complications during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)...
December 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445175/a-novel-autophagy-inhibitor-berbamine-blocks-snare-mediated-autophagosome-lysosome-fusion-through-upregulation-of-bnip3
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Ruoqiu Fu, Qin Deng, Hongwei Zhang, Xiaoye Hu, Yunong Li, Yanxia Liu, Jinjiao Hu, Qingsong Luo, Yanhao Zhang, Xiuxing Jiang, Lirong Li, Chong Yang, Ning Gao
Increasing evidences reveal that autophagy inhibitor could enhance the effect of chemotherapy to cancer. However, few autophagy inhibitors are currently approved for clinical application in humans. Berbamine (BBM) is a natural compound extracted from traditional Chinese medicine that is widely used for treatment of a variety of diseases without any obvious side effects. Here we found that BBM is a novel auophagy inhibitor, which potently induced the accumulation of autophagosomes by inhibiting autophagosome-lysosome fusion in human breast cancer cells...
February 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443717/anticipating-and-training-the-physician-of-the-future-the-importance-of-caring-in-an-age-of-artificial-intelligence
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S Claiborne Johnston
Artificial intelligence and other forms of information technology are only just beginning to change the practice of medicine. The pace of change is expected to accelerate as tools improve and as demands for analyzing a rapidly growing body of knowledge and array of data increase. The medical students of today will practice in a world where information technology is sophisticated and omnipresent. In this world, the tasks of memorization and analysis will be less important to them as practicing physicians. On the other hand, the non-analytical, humanistic aspects of medicine-most importantly, the art of caring-will remain a critical function of the physician, and facility with improving systems of care will be required...
February 13, 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442539/platelets-in-wound-healing-and-regenerative-medicine
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Julia Etulain
Although platelets are widely recognized as having a critical role in primary hemostasis and thrombosis, increasing experimental and clinical evidence identifies these enucleated cells as relevant modulators of other physiopathological processes including inflammation and tissue regeneration. These phenomena are mediated through the release of growth factors, cytokines, and extracellular matrix modulators that sequentially promote (i) revascularization of damaged tissue through the induction of migration, proliferation, differentiation, and stabilization of endothelial cells in new blood vessels; (ii) restoration of damaged connective tissue through migration, proliferation, and activation of fibroblasts; and (iii) proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into tissue-specific cell types...
February 14, 2018: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441647/methods-for-addressing-innocent-bystanders-when-evaluating-safety-of-concomitant-vaccines
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Shirley V Wang, Abdurrahman Abdurrob, Julia Spoendlin, Edwin Lewis, Sophia R Newcomer, Bruce Fireman, Matthew F Daley, Jason M Glanz, Jonathan Duffy, Eric S Weintraub, Martin Kulldorff
PURPOSE: The need to develop methods for studying the safety of childhood immunization schedules has been recognized by the Institute of Medicine and Department of Health and Human Services. The recommended childhood immunization schedule includes multiple vaccines in a visit. A key concern is safety of concomitant (same day) versus separate day vaccination. This paper addresses a methodological challenge for observational studies using a self-controlled design to investigate the safety of concomitant vaccination...
February 13, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441576/barleria-cristata-perspective-towards-phytopharmacological-aspects
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REVIEW
Harish Kumar, Rohini Agrawal, Vipin Kumar
OBJECTIVES: Barleria cristata (Family: Acanthaceae), commonly known as Philippine violet, is used in different ethnomedical systems for the treatment of a wide range of ailments. This review aimed to provide a scientific overview of B. cristata with reference to its ethnobotanical aspects, geographical distribution, medicinal uses, phytochemistry and pharmacological activity, and critical analyses research gaps and future research opportunities for investigations on this plant. KEY FINDINGS: Ethnomedical uses of the plant have been observed in lungs disorders, inflammatory conditions, toothache, anaemia, snake bite, diabetes and tuberculosis...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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