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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160620/dna-methylation-of-mb-comt-in-malaysian-schizophrenia-patients
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Abd Rahim Nour El Huda, Ku Zaifah Norsidah, Rahim Mohd Nabil Fikri, Mohd Noor Hanisah, Abdullah Kartini, A Talib Norlelawati
AIM: This study examined catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) DNA methylation in the peripheral blood of schizophrenia patients and also in healthy controls to investigate its potential use as a peripheral biomarker of schizophrenia and its relationships with the clinical variables of schizophrenia patients. METHODS: We examined the DNA methylation levels of COMT using genomic DNA from the peripheral blood of schizophrenia patients (n = 138) and healthy control participants (n = 132); all were Malaysian Malays...
November 21, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144171/circadian-gene-methylation-in-rotating-shift-nurses-a-cross-sectional-study
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Edyta Reszka, Edyta Wieczorek, Monika Przybek, Ewa Jabłońska, Paweł Kałużny, Agnieszka Bukowska-Damska, Shanbeh Zienolddiny, Beata Pepłońska
Investigating the methylation status of the circadian genes may contribute to a better understanding of the shift work-related circadian disruption in individuals exposed to artificial light at night. In the present study, we determined the methylation status of the circadian genes associated with a shift work pattern among nurses and midwives participating in a cross-sectional study in Lodz, Poland. Quantitative methylation polymerase chain reaction assays were used to assess promoter CpG methylation in PER1, PER2, PER3, CRY1, CRY2, BMAL1, CLOCK, and NPAS2 in genomic DNA from whole blood of 347 women having a rotating-shift work schedule and 363 women working days only...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136389/factors-that-influence-fda-decisions-for-postmarketing-requirements-and-commitments-during-review-of-oncology-products
#3
Atsushi Hyogo, Masayuki Kaneko, Mamoru Narukawa
PURPOSE: With the recent use of expedited drug development and approval programs for several oncology products in the United States, the importance of postmarketing plans to confirm clinical benefits and safety is increasing. To discuss postmarketing requirements (PMRs) and postmarketing commitments (PMCs) required for oncology products approved in the United States, we investigated the factors that influenced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions for PMR/PMCs during FDA review...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136209/use-of-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-diagnosis-of-polymyalgia-rheumatica-a-prospective-study-of-99-patients
#4
Liesbet Henckaerts, Olivier Gheysens, Steven Vanderschueren, Karolien Goffin, Daniel Blockmans
Objective: Previous studies have shown that the majority of patients with PMR have increased 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake around the shoulders, hips and processes of the cervical and lumbar spine on PET. The specificity of these findings for PMR is, however, not known. Methods: We prospectively included 99 consecutive patients with a possible clinical diagnosis of PMR. All patients underwent 18F-FDG-PET scanning before treatment with glucocorticoids was started...
October 7, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128213/the-effects-of-feeding-a-partial-mixed-ration-plus-a-top-dress-before-feeding-on-milk-production-and-the-daily-rhythm-of-feed-intake-and-plasma-hormones-and-metabolites-in-dairy-cows
#5
M Niu, K J Harvatine
Total mixed rations (TMR) are commonly fed to dairy cows with a goal of reducing ruminal acidosis, but the daily pattern of feed intake has major implication for rumen fermentation and postabsorptive physiology. Generally there is low feed intake during the overnight period and high intake after feeding and during the afternoon. The objective of this study was to determine if feeding a partial mixed ration (PMR) plus a high starch top-dress before feeding of the PMR would improve production and modify key daily rhythms...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125905/arthritis-after-cancer-immunotherapy-symptom-duration-and-treatment-response
#6
Melanie H Smith, Anne R Bass
OBJECTIVE: Musculoskeletal manifestations of immune related adverse events (irAEs) after checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy for cancer remain incompletely characterized and poorly understood. A recently published case series suggested that immunotherapy-induced arthritis is an aggressive process requiring high dose corticosteroids. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of all patients with musculoskeletal irAEs first seen by one of the authors between 2014 and 2016...
November 10, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124397/long-term-glucocorticoid-treatment-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-giant-cell-arteritis-or-both-diseases-results-from-a-national-rheumatology-database
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Katinka Albrecht, Dörte Huscher, Frank Buttgereit, Martin Aringer, Guido Hoese, Wolfgang Ochs, Katja Thiele, Angela Zink
The objective of this study was to evaluate glucocorticoid (GC) use in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), giant cell arteritis (GCA) or both diseases (PMR + GCA) under rheumatological care. Data from patients with PMR (n = 1420), GCA (n = 177) or PMR + GCA (n = 261) from the National Database of the German Collaborative Arthritis Centers were analyzed regarding GCs and related comorbidities (osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease), stratified by disease duration (DD). Longitudinal data were analyzed for all patients with a DD ≤ 2 years at database entry (n = 1397)...
November 9, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122897/polymyalgia-rheumatica-development-in-a-patient-under-pi3k-inhibitor-therapy-for-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia
#8
Sanah Sajawal, Sarah L Mackie, Peter Hillmen, Dennis McGonagle
We report a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) who was treated with idelalisib, a PI3Kδ inhibitor with rituximab. After 20 weeks of treatment, the patient developed classical signs and symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) in association with an elevated C reactive protein of 74 mg/L. After 2 weeks of prednisolone 15 mg daily symptoms had resolved and acute phase markers normalised. To our knowledge, this is the first report of PMR developing as a complication of PI3Kδ inhibitor treatment of CLL...
November 8, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121248/fusion-of-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging-reveals-hamstring-peritendonitis-in-polymyalgia-rheumatica
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Claire E Owen, Aurora M T Poon, Sze Ting Lee, Lee Pheng Yap, Richard B Zwar, Christine M McMenamin, Simon K L Lam, David F L Liew, Kunthi Pathmaraj, Andrew Kemp, Andrew M Scott, Russell R C Buchanan
Objectives: To characterize 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) uptake on whole-body PET/CT in PMR, and identify its precise anatomic correlate using MRI. Methods: Patients with newly diagnosed PMR according to the 2012 EULAR/ACR classification criteria were prospectively recruited. Participants with GCA were excluded. A whole-body 18F-FDG PET/CT scan was performed in all untreated patients. Qualitative and semiquantitative [standardized uptake value maximum (SUVmax)] scoring of abnormal 18F-FDG uptake was undertaken...
November 7, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118757/decreased-immunity-to-varicella-zoster-virus-in-giant-cell-arteritis
#10
Christien Rondaan, Kornelis S M van der Geest, Elisabeth Eelsing, Annemieke M H Boots, Nicolaas A Bos, Johanna Westra, Elisabeth Brouwer
Introduction: Herpes zoster, which can have a major impact on quality of life, results from reactivation of a latent varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection. We hypothesized that giant cell arteritis (GCA) patients are at increased risk of herpes zoster because of treatment with high-dose glucocorticoids and advanced age. Aim of the study, therefore, was to determine cell-mediated and humoral immunity to VZV in patients with GCA, patients with closely related disease polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR; treated with lower doses of glucocorticoids) and healthy controls (HCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105171/performance-body-fat-reserves-and-plasma-metabolites-in-brown-swiss-dairy-cows-indoor-feeding-versus-pasture-based-feeding
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H-J Frey, J J Gross, R Petermann, S Probst, R M Bruckmaier, P Hofstetter
Feeding dairy cows indoors or on pasture affects not only labour, machinery and housing costs, but also animals' performance and metabolism. This study investigates the effects of indoor feeding (IF) with a partial-mixed ration (PMR) versus pasture-based feeding (PF) on milk production, fertility, backfat thickness (BFT), body weight (BW) loss and energy metabolism of Brown Swiss (BS) dairy cows with similar genetic production potential. The IF herd consisted of 13 cows fed a PMR composed of maize and grass silage plus protein concentrate according to each cow's requirements...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29088976/incidence-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-polymyalgia-rheumatica-in-an-inland-area-of-central-italy-results-of-the-campo-rhe-study
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Antonia De Socio, Fabio Massimo Perrotta, Guido Maria Grasso, Ennio Lubrano
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the CAMPO-RHE study was to determine the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) in patients attending a rheumatologic outpatient's clinic of a new institution in Campobasso, Italy. METHODS: Campobasso is a small town of approximately 50,000 inhabitants located in the inland territory of central Italy (Molise), and Public Health is managed from a single health authority. In Italy, all citizens are registered with a National Health System of General Practitioner (GP) Physicians...
November 3, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081326/treatment-of-storm-fears-using-virtual-reality-and-progressive-muscle-relaxation
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Jessica Lima, Hanna McCabe-Bennett, Martin M Antony
BACKGROUND: The present study examined the efficacy of virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy for treating individuals with storm fears by comparing a one-session VR exposure treatment with a one-session progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and psychoeducation session. AIMS: It was predicted that there would be a reduction in storm-related fear post-treatment for individuals in both conditions, but that this reduction would be greater for those in the VR exposure condition...
October 30, 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073559/effect-of-pyrolysis-temperature-on-chemical-form-behavior-and-environmental-risk-of-zn-pb-and-cd-in-biochar-produced-from-phytoremediation-residue
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Hui Huang, Wenlin Yao, Ronghua Li, Amjad Ali, Juan Du, Di Guo, Ran Xiao, Zhanyu Guo, Zengqiang Zhang, Mukesh Kumar Awasthi
This study aimed to evaluate the chemical forms, behavior and environmental risk of heavy metal (HMs) Zn, Pb and Cd in phytoremediation residue (PMR) pyrolyzed at 350 °C, 550 °C and 750 °C, respectively. The behavior of HMs variation during the PMR pyrolysis process was analyzed and the potential HMs environmental risk of phytoremediation residue biochars (PMB) was assessed which was seldom investigated before. The results showed that the pyrolysis temperature increase decreased the soluble/exchangeable HMs fraction and alleviated the HMs bioavailability...
October 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069518/current-and-emerging-therapies-in-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Tanaz A Kermani, Bhaskar Dasgupta
GCA shares many clinical features with PMR and Takayasu arteritis. The current mainstay of therapy for all three conditions is glucocorticoid therapy. Given the chronic, relapsing nature of these conditions and the morbidity associated with glucocorticoid therapy, there is a need for better treatment options to induce and sustain remission with fewer adverse effects. Conventional immunosuppressive treatments have been studied and have a modest effect. There is a keen interest in biologic therapies with studies showing the efficacy of IL-6 antagonists in PMR and GCA...
October 24, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058690/advillin-acts-upstream-of-phospholipase-c-%C3%AF%C2%B51-in-steroid-resistant-nephrotic-syndrome
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Jia Rao, Shazia Ashraf, Weizhen Tan, Amelie T van der Ven, Heon Yung Gee, Daniela A Braun, Krisztina Fehér, Sudeep P George, Amin Esmaeilniakooshkghazi, Won-Il Choi, Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Ronen Schneider, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Eugen Widmeier, Jillian K Warejko, Tobias Hermle, David Schapiro, Svjetlana Lovric, Shirlee Shril, Ankana Daga, Ahmet Nayir, Mohan Shenoy, Yincent Tse, Martin Bald, Udo Helmchen, Sevgi Mir, Afig Berdeli, Jameela A Kari, Sherif El Desoky, Neveen A Soliman, Arvind Bagga, Shrikant Mane, Mohamad A Jairajpuri, Richard P Lifton, Seema Khurana, Jose C Martins, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) is a frequent cause of chronic kidney disease. Here, we identified recessive mutations in the gene encoding the actin-binding protein advillin (AVIL) in 3 unrelated families with SRNS. While all AVIL mutations resulted in a marked loss of its actin-bundling ability, truncation of AVIL also disrupted colocalization with F-actin, thereby leading to impaired actin binding and severing. Additionally, AVIL colocalized and interacted with the phospholipase enzyme PLCE1 and with the ARP2/3 actin-modulating complex...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030047/evaluation-of-the-time-dependent-changes-and-the-vulnerability-of-carotid-plaques-using-contrast-enhanced-carotid-ultrasonography
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Hirofumi Shimada, Toshiyasu Ogata, Koichi Takano, Hiroshi Abe, Toshio Higashi, Takaaki Yamashita, Akira Matsunaga, Tooru Inoue
BACKGROUND: The association of carotid plaque enhancement on contrast-enhanced carotid ultrasound (CEUS) and plaque vulnerability evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was to be determined. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The 103 patients underwent CEUS from May 2013 until June 2016. CEUS images of the carotid plaque were obtained offline. Plaque images obtained at 1, 3, 5, and 10 minutes were compared with the reference image, defined as the image obtained at 0 minute...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020715/diagnosis-and-management-of-polymyalgia-rheumatica
#18
REVIEW
Olwyn Jones, Fraser Birrell
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a common inflammatory condition of unknown aetiology with a prevalence of 1 in 133 in the over 50s, and a female to male ratio of 2:1. Symptoms develop over a matter of weeks; typically bilateral shoulder or pelvic girdle pain and stiffness, that is worse in the mornings. Associated symptoms include low-grade fever, malaise, fatigue, low mood, poor appetite, and weight loss. There is no specific diagnostic test for PMR but the usual pattern is a commensurate rise in CRP and ESR...
December 2016: Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994265/recognition-of-giant-cell-arteritis-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-who-have-a-stroke-a-cautionary-tale
#19
Donald H Gutteridge, Frank L Mastaglia
An 82-year-old woman with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) on prednisone 7 mg daily was admitted to an acute stroke unit with a right homonymous hemianopia, a left posterior cerebral artery occlusion and occipital lobe infarct. She had raised inflammatory markers, did not have a temporal artery biopsy, and was discharged on the same dose of prednisone. After 21 months, off prednisone, her ophthalmologist, concerned about giant cell arteritis (GCA), restarted prednisone 40 mg daily, with rapid, profound visual improvement...
October 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975885/pet-ct-findings-in-patients-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-without-symptoms-of-cranial-ischaemia
#20
Alexander Lund-Petersen, Anne Voss, Helle Laustrup
INTRODUCTION: Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory disorder that affects the elderly. At present, evidence is limited regarding the usefulness of positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) in the diagnosis of PMR. This study aimed to compare patient characteristics and symptoms with PET-CT findings in a Danish population of PMR patients without clinical symptoms of giant cell arteritis. METHODS: The medical records of 50 Danish PET-CT-scanned patients with PMR were reviewed...
October 2017: Danish Medical Journal
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