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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933516/anti-il5-therapies-for-asthma
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Hugo A Farne, Amanda Wilson, Colin Powell, Lynne Bax, Stephen J Milan
BACKGROUND: This review is the first update of a previously published review in The Cochrane Library (Issue 7, 2015). Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is the main cytokine involved in the activation of eosinophils, which cause airway inflammation and are a classic feature of asthma. Monoclonal antibodies targeting IL-5 or its receptor (IL-5R) have been developed, with recent studies suggesting that they reduce asthma exacerbations, improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and lung function...
September 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932811/effects-of-non-pharmacological-treatments-on-quality-of-life-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-review
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Sangwoo Ahn, Yan Chen, Tim Bredow, Corjena Cheung, Fang Yu
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative chronic condition with a declining trajectory and lack of a cure, making quality of life an important aspect of care. The purpose of this literature review was to analyze the state-of-the-science on the effects of non-pharmacological treatments on quality of life in person's with Parkinson's disease. Literature search was conducted using keywords in electronic databases up to September 1, 2016 and cross-searching the references of identified articles. Of the 259 articles generated, 26 met the eligibility criteria and were included in this review...
April 2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929275/current-pesticide-dietary-risk-assessment-in-light-of-comparable-animal-study-noaels-after-chronic-and-short-termed-exposure-durations
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Jürg A Zarn, Caitlyn D O'Brien
Dietary risk assessment (DRA) of pesticides includes the estimation of chronic and acute exposures from crop residues, but assesses acute exposures only for pesticides with an acute reference dose (ARfD). Acute estimation uses high percentiles of food consumption surveys which are considerably higher than per capita lifetime averaged food consumption values which are used for chronic estimations. Assessing acute risks only for pesticides with an ARfD tacitly assumes that chronic risk assessment covers also intermittent occurring exposures which could significantly exceed chronic estimates...
September 19, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928163/high-bcr-abl-gusis-levels-at-diagnosis-of-chronic-phase-cml-are-associated-with-unfavorable-responses-to-standard-dose-imatinib
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Paolo Vigneri, Fabio Stagno, Stefania Stella, Alessandra Cupri, Stefano Forte, Michele Massimino, Agostino Antolino, Sergio Siragusa, Donato Mannina, Stefana S Impera, Caterina Musolino, Alessandra Malato, Giuseppe Mineo, Carmela Tomaselli, Pamela Murgano, Maurizio Musso, Fortunato Morabito, Stefano Molica, Bruno Martino, Livia Manzella, Martin C Müller, Andreas Hochhaus, Francesco Di Raimondo
PURPOSE: The approval of second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) for the first line treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) has generated an unmet need for baseline molecular parameters associated with inadequate Imatinib responses. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We correlated BCR-ABL/GUSIS and BCR-ABL/ABLIS transcripts at diagnosis with the outcome - defined by the 2013 European LeukemiaNet recommendations - of 272 newly diagnosed CML patients receiving Imatinib 400 mg/daily...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924507/awareness-about-antibiotic-resistance-in-a-self-medication-user-group-from-eastern-romania-a-pilot-study
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Gabi Topor, Ionela-Alina Grosu, Cristina Mihaela Ghiciuc, Aurel Lulu Strat, Cătălina Elena Lupuşoru
BACKGROUND: Awareness about antibiotic resistance depends on the attitudes and information about antibiotic resistance of both patients and physicians. Persons who practice self-medication are at high risk of also self-medicating with antibiotics. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the awareness about antibiotic resistance by investigating the practice in a group of self-medication users in a sample of adults in Romania and the variables associated with such practice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional self-filled questionnaire based study was conducted from December 2016 through January 2017 amongst 218 self-medication users (SMUG)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924485/hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-men-uncommonly-low-testosterone-levels
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Ana Coelho Gomes, José Maria Aragüés, Sílvia Guerra, Joana Fernandes, Mário Rui Mascarenhas
Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) is common and occurs prematurely in HIV-infected men. However, HH with very low testosterone has not been described. Three men with normal pubertal development and HIV1 diagnosis at the ages of 22, 34 and 35 years. All complained of decreased libido, anejaculation and erectile dysfunction thirteen years, six months and one year after HIV diagnosis, respectively. Two had depressive syndrome and two were treated with antiretroviral therapy. Laboratory tests revealed isolated HH in all...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922669/a-critical-commentary-on-the-2017-agnp-consensus-guidelines-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-in-neuropsychopharmacology
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Jose de Leon
In 2004, 2011, and 2017, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Neuropsychopharmakologie und Pharmakopsychiatrie (AGNP), a group of German-speaking psychiatric researchers and psychiatrists, published successive versions of therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) expert group consensus guidelines. The 2017 version has as a major strength its encyclopedic nature, including 1358 references. The guideline has 3 major sections: 1) theoretical aspects of TDM, 2) drug concentration levels in blood to guide neuropsychopharmacotherapy, and 3) practical aspects of TDM in psychiatry and neurology...
September 18, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916796/low-temperature-plasma-promoting-fibroblast-proliferation-by-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-and-increasing-cyclind1-expression
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Jin-Ren Liu, Gui-Min Xu, Xing-Min Shi, Guan-Jun Zhang
The potential applications of low temperature plasma (LTP) in wound healing have aroused the concern of many researchers. In this study, an argon atmospheric pressure plasma jet was applied to generate LTP for treatment of murine fibroblast cell (L929) cultured in vitro to investigate the effect of NF-κB pathway on fibroblast proliferation. The results showed that, compared with the control, L929 cells treated with plasma for less than 20 s had significant increases of proliferation; the productions of intracellular ROS, O2(-) and NO increased with prolongation of LTP treatment time; NF-κB pathway was activated by LTP in a proper dose range, and the expression of cyclinD1 in LTP-treated cells increased with the same trend as cell proliferation...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916128/causes-of-failure-to-achieve-the-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-therapeutic-target-in-patients-with-high-and-very-high-vascular-risk-controlled-in-lipid-and-vascular-risk-units-eromot-study
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Clotilde Morales, Núria Plana, Anna Arnau, Laia Matas, Marta Mauri, Àlex Vila, Lluís Vila, Cristina Soler, Jesús Montesinos, Lluís Masana, Juan Pedro-Botet
OBJECTIVES: Determination of the level of achievement of the low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) therapeutic target in patients with high and very high vascular risk treated in Lipid Units, as well as the causes of non-achievement. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Multicentre retrospective observational study that included patients over 18 years with high and very high vascular risk, according to the criteria of the 2012 European Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, referred consecutively to Lipid Units between January and June 2012 and with follow-up two years after the first visit...
September 12, 2017: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915960/pleiotropic-effects-of-metformin-to-rescue-statin-induced-muscle-injury-and-insulin-resistance-a-proposed-mechanism-and-potential-clinical-implications
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Nicholas W Carris, Srinivas M Tipparaju, David J Magness, Kalyan C Chapalamadugu, Ronald R Magness
The 2013 American Heart Association Blood Cholesterol Guidelines increased the number of patients recommended for statin therapy in the United States to 56million. Two common statin side effects are muscle pain, referred to as "statin-associated muscle symptoms", and increased risk for new onset type-2-diabetes mellitus. Up to 25% of statin users report muscle symptoms resulting in many patients being switched to lower dose or lower potency statins, or refusing statins altogether. The most likely signaling mechanisms for statin-associated muscle symptoms overlaps with the proposed mechanism of statin-induced insulin resistance...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914430/position-paper-recommendations-for-a-digital-mammography-quality-assurance-program%C3%A2-v4-0
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J C P Heggie, P Barnes, L Cartwright, J Diffey, J Tse, J Herley, I D McLean, F J Thomson, R K Grewal, L T Collins
In 2001 the ACPSEM published a position paper on quality assurance in screen film mammography which was subsequently adopted as a basis for the quality assurance programs of both the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and of BreastScreen Australia. Since then the clinical implementation of digital mammography has been realised and it has become evident that existing screen-film protocols were not appropriate to assure the required image quality needed for reliable diagnosis or to address the new dose implications resulting from digital technology...
September 15, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905640/neurobiological-mechanisms-of-exercise-and-psychotherapy-in-depression-the-speed-study-rationale-design-and-methodological-issues
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Stephan Heinzel, Michael A Rapp, Thomas Fydrich, Andreas Ströhle, Christina Terán, Gunnar Kallies, Melanie Schwefel, Andreas Heissel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Even though cognitive behavioral therapy has become a relatively effective treatment for major depressive disorder and cognitive behavioral therapy-related changes of dysfunctional neural activations were shown in recent studies, remission rates still remain at an insufficient level. Therefore, the implementation of effective augmentation strategies is needed. In recent meta-analyses, exercise therapy (especially endurance exercise) was reported to be an effective intervention in major depressive disorder...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904802/analytical-study-of-226-ra-activity-concentration-in-market-consuming-foodstuffs-of-ramsar-iran
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M Gooniband Shooshtari, M R Deevband, M R Kardan, N Fathabadi, A A Salehi, K Naddafi, M Yunesian, R Nabizadeh Nodehi, M Karimi, S S Hosseini
BACKGROUND: Ramsar, a city of Iran located on the coast of the Caspian Sea, has been considered to be enormously important due to its high natural radioactivity levels. People living in High Level Natural Radiation Areas (HLNRAs) have been exposed by several sources, one of which could be foodstuff. However, many studies have been carried out to measure the environmental radioactivity in Ramsar, but no survey has been conducted in all stapled consumed foods yet. This study was dedicated to determine (226)Ra activity concentration in the daily diets of Ramsar residents as a probable exposure...
2017: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903490/estimating-methylmercury-intake-for-the-general-population-of-south-korea-using-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modeling
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Seungho Lee, Yu-Mei Tan, Martin B Phillips, Jon R Sobus, Sungkyoon Kim
The Korean National Environmental Health Survey (KoNEHS 2009-2011) tracks levels of environmental pollutants in biological samples from the adult Korean population (age 19-88). Recent survey results for blood mercury (Hg) suggest some exceedance above existing blood Hg reference levels. Because total blood Hg represents both organic and inorganic forms, and methylmercury (MeHg) has been specifically linked to several adverse health outcomes, a need exists to quantify MeHg intake for this population. Gender, age, and frequency of fish consumption were first identified as important predictors of KoNEHS blood Hg levels using generalized linear models...
September 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901958/pilot-study-of-the-tart-cherry-juice-for-the-treatment-of-insomnia-and-investigation-of-mechanisms
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Jack N Losso, John W Finley, Namrata Karki, Ann G Liu, Alfredo Prudente, Russell Tipton, Ying Yu, Frank L Greenway
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is common in the elderly and is associated with chronic disease, but use of hypnotics increases the incidence of falls. Montmorency tart cherry juice has improved insomnia by self-report questionnaire. STUDY QUESTION: Is insomnia confirmed by polysomnography and is tryptophan availability a potential mechanism for treating insomnia? STUDY DESIGN: A placebo-controlled balanced crossover study with subjects older than 50 years and insomnia were randomized to placebo (2 weeks) or cherry juice (2 weeks) (240 mL 2 times/d) separated by a 2-week washout...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901764/equilibrium-passive-sampling-of-pop-in-lipid-rich-and-lean-fish-tissue-quality-control-using-performance-reference-compounds
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Tatsiana P Rusina, Pernilla Carlsson, Branislav Vrana, Foppe Smedes
Passive sampling is widely used to measure levels of contaminants in various environmental matrices, including fish tissue. Equilibrium passive sampling (EPS) of persistent organic pollutants (POP) in fish tissue has been hitherto limited to application in lipid-rich tissue. We tested several exposure methods to extend EPS applicability to lean tissue. Thin-film polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) passive samplers were exposed statically to intact fillet and fish homogenate and dynamically by rolling with cut fillet cubes...
September 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901610/low-dose-dynamic-myocardial-perfusion-ct-imaging-using-a-motion-adaptive-sparsity-prior
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Zhaoying Bian, Dong Zeng, Zhang Zhang, Changfei Gong, Xiumei Tian, Gang Yan, Jing Huang, Hong Guo, Bo Chen, Jing Zhang, Qianjin Feng, Wufan Chen, Jianhua Ma
PURPOSE: Dynamic myocardial perfusion computed tomography (DM-PCT) imaging offers benefits over quantitative assessment of myocardial blood flow (MBF) for diagnosis and risk stratification of coronary artery disease. However, one major drawback of DM-PCT imaging is that a high radiation level is imparted by repeated scanning. To address this issue, in this work, we developed a statistical iterative reconstruction algorithm based on the penalized weighted least-squares (PWLS) scheme by incorporating a motion adaptive sparsity prior (MASP) model to achieve high-quality DM-PCT imaging with low tube current dynamic data acquisition...
September 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901442/the-uptake-exploration-of-68ga-labeled-ngr-in-well-differentiated-hepatocellular-carcinoma-xenografts-indication-for-the-new-clinical-translational-of-a-tracer-based-on-ngr
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Yongheng Gao, Zhengjie Wang, Xiaowei Ma, Wenhui Ma, Mingxuan Zhao, Tianming Fu, Guoquan Li, Shengjun Wang, Zhe Wang, Weidong Yang, Fei Kang, Jing Wang
18F-FDG has low uptake and poor diagnostic efficiency in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), particularly in well-differentiated HCC. The NGR peptide selectively targets CD13, which is overexpressed in many types of tumor cells as well as neovasculature cells. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the feasibility of utilizing 68Ga-NGR to image CD13-positive well-differentiated HCC xenografts. The in vitro cellular uptake, in vivo micro-PET/CT imaging and biodistribution studies of 68Ga-NGR and 18F-FDG were quantitatively compared in SMMC-7721-based well‑differentiated HCC xenografts...
August 31, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900537/protective-effect-of-two-extracts-of-cydonia-oblonga-miller-quince-fruits-on-gastric-ulcer-induced-by-indomethacin-in-rats
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Morteza Parvan, Sayed-Ebrahim Sajjadi, Mohsen Minaiyan
BACKGROUND: In various studies, Cydonia oblonga Miller (quince) has been reported to have many properties such as antioxidant and anti-ulcerative effects. This study has aimed to investigate the protective effects of quince aqueous extract (QAE) and quince hydroalcoholic extract (QHE) on gastric ulcer caused by indomethacin and the relevant macroscopic, histopathology, and biochemical factors in rats. METHODS: Ten groups of male Wistar rats, six in each, were used in this study...
2017: International Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898129/trans-atlantic-comparison-of-ct-radiation-doses-in-the-era-of-radiation-dose-tracking-software
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Anushri Parakh, Andre Euler, Zsolt Szucs-Farkas, Sebastian T Schindera
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to compare diagnostic reference levels from a local European CT dose registry, using radiation-tracking software from a large patient sample, with preexisting European and North American diagnostic reference levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data (n = 43,761 CT scans obtained over the course of 2 years) for the European local CT dose registry were obtained from eight CT scanners at six institutions. Means, medians, and interquartile ranges of volumetric CT dose index (CTDIvol), dose-length product (DLP), size-specific dose estimate, and effective dose values for CT examinations of the head, paranasal sinuses, thorax, pulmonary angiogram, abdomen-pelvis, renal-colic, thorax-abdomen-pelvis, and thoracoabdominal angiogram were obtained using radiation-tracking software...
September 12, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
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