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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431436/enhanced-tearing-by-electrical-stimulation-of-the-anterior-ethmoid-nerve
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Mark Brinton, Andrea L Kossler, Zara M Patel, James Loudin, Manfred Franke, Christopher N Ta, Daniel Palanker
Purpose: Electrical neurostimulation enhances tear secretion, and can be applied to treatment of dry eye disease. Using a chronic implant, we evaluate the effects of stimulating the anterior ethmoid nerve on the aqueous, lipid, and protein content of secreted tears. Methods: Neurostimulators were implanted beneath the nasal mucosa in 13 New Zealand white rabbits. Stimulations (2.3-2.8 mA pulses of 75-875 μs in duration repeated at 30-100 Hz for 3 minutes) were performed daily, for 3 weeks to measure changes in tear volume (Schirmer test), osmolarity (TearLab osmometer), lipid (Oil-Red-O staining), and protein (BCA assay, mass spectrometry)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431368/correlates-of-perceived-stigma-for-people-living-with-epilepsy-a-meta-analysis
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Ying Shi, Shouqi Wang, Jie Ying, Meiling Zhang, Pengcheng Liu, Huanhuan Zhang, Jiao Sun
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy, one of the most common, serious chronic neurological diseases, is accompanied by different levels of perceived stigma that affects people in almost all age groups. This stigma can negatively impact the physical and mental health of people living with epilepsy (PLWE). Good knowledge of perceived stigma for PLWE is important. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis to identify the correlates of perceived stigma for PLWE. METHODS: Studies on factors associated with perceived stigma for PLWE, including sociodemographic, psychosocial, and disease-related variables, were searched in PubMed, PsychINFO, EMBASE, and Web of Science...
April 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431365/attitudes-towards-people-with-epilepsy-in-moscow
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Alla Guekht, Anna Gersamiya, Igor Kaimovskiy, Maria Mizinova, Alexander Yakovlev, Alexander Shpak
PURPOSE: To assess the knowledge and attitudes in Moscow towards people with epilepsy (PWE). METHODS: Data were collected from 1167 adults, permanent residents of Moscow, who were interviewed. A 10-item questionnaire was used addressing three major domains: familiarity with epilepsy (2 questions), understanding of epilepsy (5 questions), and attitude towards the PWE (3 questions). Results were standardized to the Moscow population. RESULTS: The study population was generally well informed about epilepsy...
April 17, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431322/xanthohumol-and-8-prenylnaringenin-ameliorate-diabetic-related-metabolic-dysfunctions-in-mice
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Raquel Costa, Ilda Rodrigues, Luísa Guardão, Sílvia Rocha-Rodrigues, Carolina Silva, José Magalhães, Manuel Ferreira-de-Almeida, Rita Negrão, Raquel Soares
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a chronic disease characterized by metabolic disturbances in specific tissues. The present work aimed to analyze the effects of xanthohumol (XN) and 8-prenylnaringenin (8PN), two beer-derived polyphenols, in liver and skeletal muscle lipid and glycolytic metabolism in T2DM mice model. Thirty C57Bl/6 mice were randomly divided into five groups: standard diet (control), high-fat diet (DM), high-fat diet plus ethanol (DM-Ethanol), high-fat diet plus 10 mg/L XN (DM-XN) and high-fat diet plus 10 mg/L 8PN (DM-8PN) during 20 weeks...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431317/ambient-pm2-5-exposure-and-premature-mortality-burden-in-the-holy-city-varanasi-india
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Vaishali Jain, Sagnik Dey, Sourangsu Chowdhury
More than 3 million population residing in the holy city Varanasi and sub-urban areas is exposed to very high level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from various sources. Continuous monitoring by Central Pollution Control Board started only in 2015; therefore what was the pollution level in the past and how it has changed over the years are not known. We use MODIS aerosol products to infer PM2.5 and examine 15-year climatology. Data shows a rapid (1.5-3% per year) increase in PM2.5 in the last 15 years and high (87% days in a year) persistence of PM2...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431315/effects-of-pm2-5-exposure-on-the-notch-signaling-pathway-and-immune-imbalance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xing-Yu Gu, Xu Chu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Xiao-Ju Liu
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with T lymphocytes subset (Th1/Th2, Th17/Treg) imbalance. Notch signaling pathway plays a key role in the development of the adaptive immunity. The immune disorder induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is related to COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which PM2.5 influences the Notch signaling pathway leading to worsening immune disorder and accelerating COPD development. A COPD mouse model was established by cigarette smoke exposure...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431280/interleukin-1-receptor-associated-kinase-1-is-a-potential-therapeutic-target-of-anti-inflammatory-therapy-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Mingfang Li, Datang Yu, Bing Ni, Fei Hao
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease and currently has no effective therapy. The genome-wide analyses indicate that interleukin-1 receptor associated kinase 1 (IRAK1) is associated with the susceptibility of SLE in humans. In the present study, we identified that IRAK1 was overexpressed and hyper-activated in splenic mononuclear cells from B6.MRL-Fas(lpr)/Nju (B6.lpr) mice and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from SLE patients. Intraperitoneal treatment with a small molecular inhibitor of IRAK1 (IRAK1/4 inhibitor or IRAK-Inh) significantly mitigated inflammatory responses and renal injury in B6...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431157/agreement-between-renal-prescribing-references-and-determination-of-prescribing-appropriateness-in-hospitalised-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Niamh Allen, John O'Regan, Edwina Payne-Danson, Lise Mentre, Dawn Davin, Peter Lavin, Tamasine Grimes
Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for adverse drug events. The clinical significance of discordance between renal prescribing references is unknown. Aim: We determined the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in CKD, measured agreement between two prescribing references, and assessed potential for harm consequent to PIP. Design: Single-centre observational study. Methods: A random sample of hospitalised patients with CKD were grouped according to baseline CKD stage (3, 4, or 5)...
April 18, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431138/cardiovascular-outcome-trials-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-challenges-associated-with-selection-of-patients-and-endpoints
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Patrick Rossignol, Rajiv Agarwal, Bernard Canaud, Alan Charney, Gilles Chatellier, Jonathan C Craig, William C Cushman, Ronald T Gansevoort, Bengt Fellström, Dahlia Garza, Nicolas Guzman, Frank A Holtkamp, Gerard M London, Ziad A Massy, Alexandre Mebazaa, Peter G M Mol, Marc A Pfeffer, Yves Rosenberg, Luis M Ruilope, Jonathan Seltzer, Amil M Shah, Salim Shah, Bhupinder Singh, Bergur V Stefánsson, Norman Stockbridge, Wendy Gattis Stough, Kristian Thygesen, Michael Walsh, Christoph Wanner, David G Warnock, Christopher S Wilcox, Janet Wittes, Bertram Pitt, Aliza Thompson, Faiez Zannad
Although cardiovascular disease is a major health burden for patients with chronic kidney disease, most cardiovascular outcome trials have excluded patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. Moreover, the major cardiovascular outcome trials that have been conducted in patients with end-stage renal disease have not demonstrated a treatment benefit. Thus, clinicians have limited evidence to guide the management of cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, particularly those on dialysis...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430993/a-multi-systemic-mitochondrial-disorder-due-to-a-dominant-p-y955h-disease-variant-in-dna-polymerase-gamma
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Triinu Siibak, Paula Clemente, Ana Bratic, Helene Bruhn, Timo E S Kauppila, Bertil Macao, Florian A Schober, Nicole Lesko, Rolf Wibom, Karin Naess, Inger Nennesmo, Anna Wedell, Bradley Peter, Christoph Freyer, Maria Falkenberg, Anna Wredenberg
Mutations in the mitochondrial DNA polymerase, POLG, are associated with a variety of clinical presentations, ranging from early onset fatal brain disease in Alpers syndrome to chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia. The majority of mutations are linked with disturbances of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) integrity and maintenance. On a molecular level, depending on their location within the enzyme, mutations either lead to mtDNA depletion or the accumulation of multiple mtDNA deletions, and in some cases these molecular changes can be correlated to the clinical presentation...
April 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430976/acute-and-chronic-noradrenergic-effects-on-cortical-excitability-in-healthy-humans
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Hsiao-I Kuo, Walter Paulus, Giorgi Batsikadze, Asif Jamil, Min-Fang Kuo, Michael A Nitsche
Background: Noradrenaline is a major neuromodulator in the central nervous system, and it is involved in the pathophysiology of diverse neuropsychiatric diseases. Previous transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies suggested that acute application of selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (NRI) enhances cortical excitability in the human brain. However, other, such like clinical effects, usually require prolonged NRI treatment, which might go along with different physiological effects...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430927/the-association-between-health-changes-and-cessation-of-alcohol-consumption
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Ji-Eun Park, Yeonhee Ryu, Sung-Il Cho
Aims: To assess whether health changes affect cessation of alcohol consumption and to compare the health status of former drinkers and abstainers. Methods: Cohort data from 9001 Korean participants aged 40-69 years old were analyzed. Alcohol consumption was assessed every 2 years for 10 years. Participant age, sex, marital status, education level, employment status, smoking, chronic disease, perceived health and changes in these variables were analyzed to identify factors associated with quitting alcohol drinking...
May 1, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430921/association-between-cardiovascular-health-and-endothelial-function-with-future-erectile-dysfunction-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Abbi D Lane-Cordova, Kiarri Kershaw, Kiang Liu, David Herrington, Donald M Lloyd-Jones
BACKGROUND: The association of Cardiovascular Health (CVH; defined by the American Heart Association by assigning points for health-related behavioral and clinical factors) with endothelial and erectile dysfunction has not been reported, although endothelial and erectile dysfunction have been associated with components of CVH. METHODS: Data were collected in 1,136 men in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis at baseline and erectile dysfunction status (measured by survey or medication use) at exam 5...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430920/rates-and-predictors-of-hospital-readmission-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Anna Franzone, Thomas Pilgrim, Nicolas Arnold, Dik Heg, Bettina Langhammer, Raffaele Piccolo, Eva Roost, Fabien Praz, Lorenz Räber, Marco Valgimigli, Peter Wenaweser, Peter Jüni, Thierry Carrel, Stephan Windecker, Stefan Stortecky
Aims: To analyse reasons, timing and predictors of hospital readmissions after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Methods and Results: Patients included in the Bern TAVI Registry between August 2007 and June 2014 were analysed. Fine and Gray competing risk regression was used to identify factors predictive of hospital readmission within 1 year after TAVI with bootstrap analysis for internal validation. Of 868 patients alive at discharge, 221 (25.4%) were readmitted within 1 year...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430872/optimal-screening-schedules-for-disease-progression-with-application-to-diabetic-retinopathy
#15
Ionut Bebu, John M Lachin
Clinical management of chronic diseases requires periodic evaluations. Subjects transition between various levels of severity of a disease over time, one of which may trigger an intervention that requires treatment. For example, in diabetic retinopathy, patients with type 1 diabetes are evaluated yearly for either the onset of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) or clinically significant macular edema (CSME) that would require immediate treatment to preserve vision. Herein, we investigate methods for the selection of personalized cost-effective screening schedules and compare them with a fixed visit schedule (e...
April 20, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430865/unmet-needs-in-the-first-line-treatment-of-follicular-lymphoma
#16
C Casulo, L Nastoupil, N H Fowler, J W Friedberg, C R Flowers
For the majority of patients with newly diagnosed follicular lymphoma (FL), current treatments, while not curative, allow for long remission durations. However, several important needs remain unaddressed. Studies have consistently shown that approximately 20% of patients with FL experience disease progression within 2 years of first-line treatment, and consequently have a 50% risk of death in 5 years. Better characterization of this group of patients at diagnosis may provide insight into those in need of alternate or intensive therapies, facilitate a precision approach to inform clinical trials, and allow for improved patient counseling...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430830/assessment-of-global-kidney-health-care-status
#17
Aminu K Bello, Adeera Levin, Marcello Tonelli, Ikechi G Okpechi, John Feehally, David Harris, Kailash Jindal, Babatunde L Salako, Ahmed Rateb, Mohamed A Osman, Bilal Qarni, Syed Saad, Meaghan Lunney, Natasha Wiebe, Feng Ye, David W Johnson
Importance: Kidney disease is a substantial worldwide clinical and public health problem, but information about available care is limited. Objective: To collect information on the current state of readiness, capacity, and competence for the delivery of kidney care across countries and regions of the world. Design, Setting, and Participants: Questionnaire survey administered from May to September 2016 by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) to 130 ISN-affiliated countries with sampling of key stakeholders (national nephrology society leadership, policy makers, and patient organization representatives) identified by the country and regional nephrology leadership through the ISN...
April 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430811/antimicrobial-resistance-in-coagulase-positive-staphylococci-isolated-from-companion-animals-in-australia-a-one-year-study
#18
Sugiyono Saputra, David Jordan, Kate A Worthing, Jacqueline M Norris, Hui S Wong, Rebecca Abraham, Darren J Trott, Sam Abraham
Methicillin-resistant coagulase-positive staphylococci (CoPS) have become increasingly recognised as opportunistic pathogens that limit therapeutic options in companion animals. The frequency of methicillin resistance amongst clinical isolates on an Australia-wide level is unknown. This study determined antimicrobial susceptibility patterns for CoPS isolated from clinical infections in companion animals (dogs, cats and horses) as part of the first nation-wide survey on antimicrobial resistance in animal pathogens in Australia for a one-year period (January 2013 to January 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430784/non-invasive-quantification-of-collagen-turnover-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Elisabeth G D Stribos, Signe Holm Nielsen, Susanne Brix, Morten Asser Karsdal, Marc A Seelen, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Peter Olinga, Henricus A M Mutsaers, Federica Genovese
Kidney allograft failure due to chronic injury/rejection remains the main cause of graft loss in renal transplant recipients (RTR). Here, we investigated whether specific biomarkers of extracellular matrix (ECM) turnover are associated with allograft function and chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage in RTR. Seventy-eight patients who attended the University Medical Center Groningen for a routine check-up after kidney transplantation were enrolled in the study. Plasma and/or 24h-urine samples were collected and specific matrix-metalloproteinase-generated neo-epitope fragments of collagens were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430675/identifying-risk-factors-leading-to-unanticipated-postoperative-readmission
#20
Peter A Felice, David T Kerekes, Bruce A Mast
INTRODUCTION: Unanticipated postoperative readmissions are a grading metric directly linked to both the quality of patient care and physician reimbursement. However, little data exist to define factors responsible for these readmissions in the plastic surgery patient population. This study aims to identify patient risk factors contributing to unanticipated postoperative readmissions to optimize perioperative patient care and mitigate negative financial impact upon providers. METHODS: We present an institutional review board-approved study retrospective review of 819 plastic surgery patients undergoing operative procedures performed at our institution between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2014...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
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