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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629132/effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-igf-1-and-calcitriol-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Marlene Pandis, Martin R Grübler, Nicolas Verheyen, Martin Gaksch, Armin Zittermann, Winfried März, Felix Aberer, Angelika Lang, Claudia Friedl, Andreas Tomaschitz, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Thomas R Pieber, Stefan Pilz, Gerlies Treiber
Increasing evidence suggests a possible interaction between vitamin D and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). We aimed to investigate effects of vitamin D supplementation on IGF-1 (primary outcome) and calcitriol (1,25(OH)₂D) concentrations (secondary outcome). This is a post-hoc analysis of the Styrian Vitamin D Hypertension Trial-a single-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial (RCT) conducted from 2011 to 2014 at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. Two-hundred subjects with arterial hypertension and 25(OH)D concentrations <30 ng/mL were randomized to either receive 2800 IU of vitamin D daily or placebo for eight weeks...
June 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624580/proton-pump-inhibitors-decrease-phlebotomy-need-in-hfe-hemochromatosis-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
#2
Annick Vanclooster, Cees van Deursen, Reggy Jaspers, David Cassiman, Ger Koek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622410/accuracy-of-deformable-image-registration-on-magnetic-resonance-images-in-digital-and-physical-phantoms
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Rachel B Ger, Jinzhong Yang, Yao Ding, Megan C Jacobsen, Clifton D Fuller, Rebecca M Howell, Heng Li, R Jason Stafford, Shouhao Zhou, Laurence E Court
PURPOSE: Accurate deformable image registration is necessary for longitudinal studies. The error associated with commercial systems has been evaluated using computed tomography (CT). Several in-house algorithms have been evaluated for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but there is still relatively little information about MRI deformable image registration. This work presents an evaluation of two deformable image registration systems, one commercial (Velocity) and one in-house (demons-based algorithm), with MRI using two different metrics to quantify the registration error...
June 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614671/gestalt-breastfeeding-helping-mothers-and-infants-optimize-positional-stability-and-intraoral-breast-tissue-volume-for-effective-pain-free-milk-transfer
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Pamela Douglas, Renee Keogh
In the past decade, biological nurturing and activation of maternal and infant instincts after birth have constituted a major advance in clinical breastfeeding support. Yet, physiologic breastfeeding initiation is not enough to ensure ongoing pain-free and effective breastfeeding for many pairs. Current interventions, including "hands-off" mammalian approaches, do not improve breastfeeding outcomes, including in randomized controlled trials. Back-arching, difficulty latching or staying on the breast, and fussing at the breast are common signs of infant positional instability during breastfeeding...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599767/cultural-capital-teacher-bias-and-educational-success-new-evidence-from-monozygotic-twins
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Mads Meier Jæger, Stine Møllegaard
In this paper we use new data on Danish monozygotic (MZ) twins to analyze the effect of cultural capital on educational success. We report three main findings. First, cultural capital has a positive direct effect on the likelihood of completing the college-bound track in Danish secondary education. Second, cultural capital leads teachers to form upwardly biased perceptions of children's academic ability, but only when their exposure to children's cultural capital is brief (as in oral and written exams) rather than long (as in grades awarded at the end of the school year)...
July 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597352/role-of-inflammatory-diseases-in-hypertension
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REVIEW
E Bartoloni, A Alunno, V Valentini, F Luccioli, E Valentini, G La Paglia, O Bistoni, Roberto Gerli
Chronic inflammatory diseases (CID) are characterized by an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Several mechanisms, including early acceleration of subclinical atherosclerotic damage, inflammatory markers and immune system deregulation factors, have been demonstrated to strictly interplay for development and progression of atherosclerosis. Moreover, traditional CV risk factors are likely to explain at least some of the excess of CV risk in these patients. Among traditional CV risk factors, compelling evidence suggests a higher incidence and prevalence of hypertension in patients with CID in comparison to the general population...
June 9, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587937/anti-inflammatory-and-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-strontium-ranelate-on-the-zymosan-induced-temporomandibular-joint-inflammatory-hypernociception-in-rats-depend-on-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibition
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Sheila Moreira Alves, Susana Capistrano Abreu, Jonas Cavalcante Lemos, Francisco Isaac Fernandes Gomes, Shirley Moreira Alves, Danielle Rocha do Val, Raul Sousa Freitas, Karuza Maria Alves Pereira, Vicente de Paulo Teixeira Pinto, Gerly Anne de Castro Brito, Mirna Marques Bezerra, Gerardo Cristino-Filho, Hellíada Vasconcelos Chaves
BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders show inflammatory components, heavily impacting on quality of life. Strontium ranelate has previously shown anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects on other experimental inflammatory pain models. Thus, we aim to investigate the strontium ranelate efficacy in reducing the zymosan-induced inflammatory hypernociception in the TMJ of rats by evaluating the TNF-α, IL-1β, and hemeoxygenase-1 (HO-1) involvement. METHODS: Wistar rats were treated with strontium ranelate (0...
March 12, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586254/hospitalizations-for-asthma-among-adults-exposed-to-the-september-11-2001-world-trade-center-terrorist-attack
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Sara A Miller-Archie, Hannah T Jordan, Howard Alper, Juan P Wisnivesky, James E Cone, Stephen M Friedman, Robert M Brackbill
OBJECTIVE: We described patterns of asthma hospitalization among persons exposed to the 2001 World Trade Center (WTC) attacks, and assessed whether 9/11-related exposures or comorbidities, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and gastroesophageal reflux symptoms (GERS), were associated with an increased rate of hospitalization. METHODS: Data for adult enrollees in the WTC Health Registry, a prospective cohort study, with self-reported physician-diagnosed asthma who resided in New York State on 9/11 were linked to administrative hospitalization data to identify asthma hospitalizations during September 11, 2001-December 31, 2010...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585785/-should-the-laparoscopic-approach-be-avoided-in-a-nissen-fundoplication-procedure
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P Rodríguez Iglesias, V Ibáñez Pradas, M Couselo Jerez, J M Lluna González, J J Vila Carbó
OBJECTIVE: A recently published trial concludes that the recurrence of GER by laparoscopic fundoplication (LF) is higher than by open surgery (OF) modifying their informed consent and the surgery approach. Objective: To analyze our results to assess changing clinical practice where the laparoscopy is the approach of choice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of patients undergoing laparoscopic fundoplication between 2010-2015. The same criteria of the reference clinical trial were applied in the collected data and recurrence criteria...
January 25, 2017: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585732/cost-effective-immobilization-for-whole-brain-radiation-therapy
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Ashley E Rubinstein, W Scott Ingram, Brian M Anderson, Skylar S Gay, Xenia J Fave, Rachel B Ger, Rachel E McCarroll, Constance A Owens, Tucker J Netherton, Kelly D Kisling, Laurence E Court, Jinzhong Yang, Yuting Li, Joonsang Lee, Dennis S Mackin, Carlos E Cardenas
To investigate the inter- and intra-fraction motion associated with the use of a low-cost tape immobilization technique as an alternative to thermoplastic immobilization masks for whole-brain treatments. The results of this study may be of interest to clinical staff with severely limited resources (e.g., in low-income countries) and also when treating patients who cannot tolerate standard immobilization masks. Setup reproducibility of eight healthy volunteers was assessed for two different immobilization techniques...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581835/development-and-gamma-scintigraphy-evaluation-of-gastro-retentive-calcium-ion-based-oral-formulation-an-innovative-approach-for-the-management-of-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-gerd
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Braj Gaurav Sharma, Kushagra Khanna, Neeraj Kumar, Dhruv K Nishad, Mitra Basu, Aseem Bhatnagar
Calcium chloride is an essential calcium channel agonist which plays an important role in the contraction of muscles by triggering calcium channel. First time hypothesized about its role in the treatment of GER (gastro-oesophageal reflux) and vomiting disorder due to its local action. There are two objectives covered in the present study as first, the development & optimization of floating formulation of calcium chloride and another objective was to evaluated optimized formulation through gamma scintigraphy in human subjects...
June 5, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579747/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-nepal-the-bhaktapur-retina-study
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Raba Thapa, Sanyam Bajimaya, Govinda Paudyal, Shankar Khanal, Stevie Tan, Suman S Thapa, Ger van Rens
AIM: This study aimed to explore the prevalence of and risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an elderly population in Nepal. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This is a population-based, cross-sectional study. A sample size of 2,100 was calculated. A total of 1,860 (88.6%) subjects aged >60 years were enrolled for the study from 30 clusters in the district. Detailed history, visual acuity, and anterior segment and posterior segment examinations were performed...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572803/insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-6-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-possible-novel-chemotactic-factor
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Alessia Alunno, Onelia Bistoni, Mirko Manetti, Giacomo Cafaro, Valentina Valentini, Elena Bartoloni, Roberto Gerli, Arcangelo Liso
OBJECTIVES: Immune cell migration from the bloodstream to target tissues is a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pathogenesis. The role of chemoattractants, mainly chemokines, and their possible targeting for therapeutic purposes have been under intense investigation over the last few years but the results were not as satisfactory as expected. The insulin-like growth factor binding protein 6 (IGFBP6), a direct inhibitor of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II, also exerts IGF-independent effects including tumor cell migration in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571526/trpa1-channels-mediate-hgf-response-to-phenytoin
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M J López-González, E Luis, O Fajardo, V Meseguer, K Gers-Barlag, S Niñerola, F Viana
Drug-induced gingival enlargement (GE) is a frequent adverse effect observed in patients treated with anticonvulsant, immunosuppressant, and some antihypertensive medications-the antiepileptic phenytoin being the main drug associated with GE due to its high incidence (around 50%). The molecular mechanisms behind drug-induced gingival overgrowth are still unknown. By reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, we demonstrate that the calcium-permeable ion channels TRPA1, TRPV1, and its capsaicin-insensitive isoform TRPV1b are expressed in human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs), the most abundant cellular type in periodontal tissue...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570699/vimentin-is-a-potential-prognostic-factor-for-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma-among-five-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-related-proteins
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Pei-Feng Liu, Bor-Hwang Kang, Yi-Min Wu, Ju-Hsin Sun, Liang-Ming Yen, Ting-Ying Fu, Yun-Chung Lin, Huei-Han Liou, Yaoh-Shiang Lin, Huei-Cin Sie, I-Chien Hsieh, Yu-Kai Tseng, Chih-Wen Shu, Yao-Dung Hsieh, Luo-Ping Ger
We aimed to investigate the association of the expression levels of five epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins (Snail, Twist, E-cadherin, N-cadherin, and Vimentin) with tumorigenesis, pathologic parameters and prognosis in tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) patients by immunohistochemistry of tissue microarray. The expression levels of Snail, E-cadherin, N-cadherin and Vimentin were significantly different between the tumor adjacent normal and tumor tissues. In tumor tissues, lower E-cadherin and higher N-cadherin levels were associated with a higher grade of cell differentiation, advanced stage of disease, and lymph node metastasis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559658/platelet-endothelial-cell-adhesion-molecule-1-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-coronary-artery-lesions-in-the-chronic-stage-of-kawasaki-disease
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Wen-Hsien Lu, Sin-Jhih Huang, Yeong-Seng Yuh, Kai-Sheng Hsieh, Chia-Wan Tang, Huei-Han Liou, Luo-Ping Ger
BACKGROUND: Kawasaki disease is the most common cause of pediatric acquired heart disease. The role of platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 in the inflammatory process has been documented. To date, no report has investigated the relationship between coronary artery lesions of Kawasaki disease and platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 polymorphisms. METHODS: A total of 114 Kawasaki disease children with coronary artery lesions and 185 Kawasaki disease children without coronary artery lesions were recruited in this study...
May 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558649/long-term-leukocyte-reconstitution-in-nsg-mice-transplanted-with-human-cord-blood-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Annette Audigé, Mary-Aude Rochat, Duo Li, Sandra Ivic, Audrey Fahrny, Christina K S Muller, Gustavo Gers-Huber, Renier Myburgh, Simon Bredl, Erika Schlaepfer, Alexandra U Scherrer, Stefan P Kuster, Roberto F Speck
BACKGROUND: Humanized mice (hu mice) are based on the transplantation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells into immunodeficient mice and have become important pre-clinical models for biomedical research. However, data about their hematopoiesis over time are scarce. We therefore characterized leukocyte reconstitution in NSG mice, which were sublethally irradiated and transplanted with human cord blood-derived CD34+ cells at newborn age, longitudinally in peripheral blood and, for more detailed analyses, cross-sectionally in peripheral blood, spleen and bone marrow at different time points...
May 30, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555181/fundoplication-in-patients-with-esophageal-atresia-patient-selection-indications-and-outcomes
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REVIEW
Risto J Rintala
Patients with esophageal atresia (EA) suffer from abnormal and permanent esophageal intrinsic and extrinsic innervation that affects severely esophageal motility. The repair of EA also results in esophageal shortening that affects distal esophageal sphincter mechanism. Consequently, gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is common in these patients, overall approximately half of them suffer from symptomatic reflux. GER in EA patients often resists medical therapy and anti-reflux surgery in the form of fundoplication is required...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544250/prevalence-of-and-risk-factors-for-intraoperative-gastroesophageal-reflux-and-postanesthetic-vomiting-and-diarrhea-in-dogs-undergoing-general-anesthesia
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Carlos Torrente, Isabel Vigueras, Edgar G Manzanilla, Cecilia Villaverde, Laura Fresno, Bibiana Carvajal, Marina Fiñana, Cristina Costa-Farré
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of intraoperative gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and postanesthetic vomiting and diarrhea, and to evaluate risk factors associated with these gastrointestinal disorders (GID) in dogs undergoing general anesthesia. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: University teaching hospital. ANIMALS: Two hundred thirty-seven client-owned dogs undergoing general inhalant anesthesia for diagnostic or surgical purposes...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539168/effectiveness-of-nutritional-supplementation-on-sarcopenia-and-recovery-in-hip-fracture-patients-a-multi-centre-randomized-trial
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Vincenzo Malafarina, Francisco Uriz-Otano, Concetta Malafarina, J Alfredo Martinez, M Angeles Zulet
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Functional deterioration and reduced mobility in elderly patients with a hip fracture are associated with a loss of both muscle mass and function (sarcopenia). The aim of this study was to assess whether oral nutritional supplementation (ONS) improves muscle mass and nutritional markers (BMI, proteins) in elderly patients with hip fracture. METHODS: Patients aged 65 years and over with hip fractures admitted to either of two rehabilitation facilities were included...
July 2017: Maturitas
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