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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081591/new-perspectives-of-biomarkers-for-the-management-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Chih-Lin Lin, Jia-Horng Kao
With recent advances in molecular and genomic investigations, the impact of hepatitis B viral and host factors on the progression of chronic HBV infection has been explored. For viral factors, hepatitis B viral load is a strong predictor for liver disease progression. Hepatitis B viral kinetics appear to be important for successful anti-viral therapy. Serum HBsAg level serves as a complementary marker to viral load for the prediction of HBV-related adverse outcomes in patients with low viral load. In those with low viral load, high serum HBsAg level is associated with higher risks of cirrhosis and HCC...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079165/oriented-and-ordered-biomimetic-remineralization-of-the-surface-of-demineralized-dental-enamel-using-hap-acp-nanoparticles-guided-by-glycine
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Haorong Wang, Zuohui Xiao, Jie Yang, Danyang Lu, Anil Kishen, Yanqiu Li, Zhen Chen, Kehua Que, Qian Zhang, Xuliang Deng, Xiaoping Yang, Qing Cai, Ning Chen, Changhong Cong, Binbin Guan, Ting Li, Xu Zhang
Achieving oriented and ordered remineralization on the surface of demineralized dental enamel, thereby restoring the satisfactory mechanical properties approaching those of sound enamel, is still a challenge for dentists. To mimic the natural biomineralization approach for enamel remineralization, the biological process of enamel development proteins, such as amelogenin, was simulated in this study. In this work, carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) conjugated with alendronate (ALN) was applied to stabilize amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) to form CMC/ACP nanoparticles...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077151/multi-strategic-intervention-to-enhance-implementation-of-healthy-canteen-policy-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Luke Wolfenden, Nicole Nathan, Lisa M Janssen, John Wiggers, Kathryn Reilly, Tessa Delaney, Christopher M Williams, Colin Bell, Rebecca Wyse, Rachel Sutherland, Libby Campbell, Christophe Lecathelinais, Chris Oldmeadow, Megan Freund, Sze Lin Yoong
BACKGROUND: Internationally, governments have implemented school-based nutrition policies to restrict the availability of unhealthy foods from sale. The aim of the trial was to assess the effectiveness of a multi-strategic intervention to increase implementation of a state-wide healthy canteen policy. The impact of the intervention on the energy, total fat, and sodium of children's canteen purchases and on schools' canteen revenue was also assessed. METHODS: Australian primary schools with a canteen were randomised to receive a 12-14-month, multi-strategic intervention or to a no intervention control group...
January 11, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074401/adipsic-diabetes-insipidus-in-adult-patients
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REVIEW
Martín Cuesta, Mark J Hannon, Christopher J Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Adipsic diabetes insipidus (ADI) is a very rare disorder, characterized by hypotonic polyuria due to arginine vasopressin (AVP) deficiency and failure to generate the sensation of thirst in response to hypernatraemia. As the sensation of thirst is the key homeostatic mechanism that prevents hypernatraemic dehydration in patients with untreated diabetes insipidus (DI), adipsia leads to failure to respond to aquaresis with appropriate fluid intake. This predisposes to the development of significant hypernatraemia, which is the typical biochemical manifestation of adipsic DI...
January 10, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074366/improved-slant-drilling-well-for-in-situ-remediation-of-groundwater-and-soil-at-contaminated-sites
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Yasuhide Furukawa, Kazuhiro Mukai, Keisuke Ohmura, Takeshi Kobayashi
Soil contamination has become a crucial issue in urban redevelopment. Japan has many contaminated sites on which manufacturing has been conducted over several decades. Site holders are now under pressure to manage chemical contamination; however, the use of heavy machinery is difficult in remedial operations on restricted sites, especially where there are still working factories. The slant well is a potentially useful technique in such settings, but its use is technically challenging because of the need for high drilling accuracy and the difficulty in sealing the slanted bores...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072802/efficacy-of-adjuvant-10-hypertonic-saline-in-transforaminal-epidural-steroid-injection-a-retrospective-analysis
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Eun Young Joo, Won Uk Koh, Seong-Soo Choi, Jae-Hyung Choi, Ho-Soo Ahn, Hye Joo Yun, Jin-Woo Shin
BACKGROUND: Chronic lower back pain with or without radiculopathy represents an important medical, social, and economic problem. Many treatment modalities and techniques, including surgery and epidural administration of steroids, have been used to manage this pain. Hypertonic saline, which has been used as an adjunct to percutaneous epidural adhesiolysis, can also be injected via a transforaminal approach in expectation of longer-lasting effects. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the effect of adding hypertonic saline to conventional transforaminal epidural steroid injections (TFEI) to provide pain relief for chronic radiculopathy patients...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067891/an-interactive-web-based-intervention-on-nutritional-status-physical-activity-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patient-with-metabolic-syndrome-a-randomized-controlled-trial-the-red-ruby-study
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L Jahangiry, A Montazeri, M Najafi, M Yaseri, M A Farhangi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Physical inactivity and unhealthy nutritional behaviors are recognized as the key factors in the cause and management of metabolic syndrome (MetS). The effectiveness of interactive web-based interventions on dietary intakes, physical activity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among people with MetS is currently unknown. METHODS: The two-arm randomized-controlled trial was conducted for patients with MetS from June through December 2012 in Tehran, Iran...
January 9, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063802/resolving-the-kga1c-paradox-in-the-management-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Jaime Davidson, Sanjay Kalra, Vikram Singh, Mayuresh Fegade, Gursimran Singh, Amey Mane
Excess body weight is a leading cause of metabolic complications such as hypertension and dyslipidemia in T2DM patients. Available antihyperglycemic agents have minimal or no impact on these complications and a majority are known to trigger weight gain, thereby exerting a paradoxical effect on overall metabolic status. This review introduces the concept of 'KgA1c paradox' and underscores the significance of resolving this paradox for comprehensive T2DM management. It provides a therapeutic rationale for inclusion of sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors in the T2DM treatment algorithm as these agents have demonstrated favorable glycemic effects along with reduction in body weight...
December 13, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057444/redefining-beta-blocker-use-in-hypertension-selecting-the-right-beta-blocker-and-the-right-patient
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REVIEW
Samuel J Mann
Randomized controlled trials have concluded that the cardiovascular outcome of first-step treatment of hypertension with traditional vasoconstricting beta-blockers is inferior to treatment with other antihypertensive drug classes. Beta-blocker use is also associated with undesirable side effects. Consequently, some recent guidelines consider beta-blockers an inferior option for first-step treatment of hypertension. Despite this, beta-blockers are still widely prescribed, and likely overused, in the management of hypertension...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054519/radioiodine-as-an-adjuvant-therapy-and-its-role-in-follow-up-of-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
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REVIEW
S Padma, P Shanmuga Sundaram
Papillary and follicular cancers of thyroid are the most common varieties of differentiated thyroid cancers exhibiting excellent long-term prognosis when carefully managed. Being a slow-growing malignancy, guidelines exist on the staging, preoperative risk stratification, and management of these cancers to increase the overall survival of these patients. Radioactive iodine has a central role in differentiated thyroid malignancies. It has the same physical properties as stable iodine, thus both normal and malignant thyrocytes cannot differentiate radioactive from stable iodine...
July 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054290/treatment-of-hyponatremia-in-patients-with-acute-neurological-injury
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Theresa Human, Aaron M Cook, Brian Anger, Kathleen Bledsoe, Amber Castle, David Deen, Haley Gibbs, Christine Lesch, Norah Liang, Karen McAllen, Christopher Morrison, Dennis Parker, A Shaun Rowe, Denise Rhoney, Kiranpal Sangha, Elena Santayana, Scott Taylor, Eljim Tesoro, Gretchen Brophy
BACKGROUND: Little data exist regarding the practice of sodium management in acute neurologically injured patients. This study describes the practice variations, thresholds for treatment, and effectiveness of treatment in this population. METHODS: This retrospective, multicenter, observational study identified 400 ICU patients, from 17 centers, admitted for ≥48 h with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), traumatic brain injury (TBI), intraparenchymal hemorrhage, or intracranial tumors between January 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012...
January 4, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049781/isolating-dna-from-gram-negative-bacteria
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Michael R Green, Joseph Sambrook
The isolation of DNA from bacteria, described in this protocol, relies upon the use of sodium dodecyl sulfate and proteinase K to lyse the cells. High-molecular-weight DNA is then sheared (to reduce its viscosity and make it more manageable), extracted with phenol:chloroform, and precipitated with isopropanol. DNA isolated according to this procedure ranges from 30 to 80 kb in length.
January 3, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043708/emerging-roles-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-in-cardiology
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REVIEW
Atsushi Tanaka, Koichi Node
The ultimate goal of treatment in people with diabetes mellitus is to prevent development of cardiovascular (CV) disease, resulting in prolongation of healthy life expectancy. Although impaired glycemic metabolism has a central role in its pathology, a number of studies have demonstrated that remedy for its imbalance cannot necessarily be accomplished as a therapeutic goal. A comprehensive medical approach against multi-factorial pathologies in diabetes, such as insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, in addition to diet and exercise therapy should be rather performed in the routine clinical setting...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043338/molecular-diagnostics-for-detecting-pyrethroid-and-abamectin-resistance-mutations-in-tetranychus-urticae
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Aris Ilias, Vassilis A Vassiliou, John Vontas, Anastasia Tsagkarakou
Avermectin and pyrethroid resistance mutations (the G314D and the G326E in the glutamate gated chloride channels, and the F1538I in the voltage gated sodium channel) have been reported in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae, one of the most devastating pests of protected and open field crops worldwide. We developed three TaqMan molecular diagnostic assays for monitoring the presence and frequency of these mutations in T. urticae field populations. The TaqMan assays were validated against known genotypes and subsequently used to monitor the frequency of the resistance mutations in eleven T...
January 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043267/-investigation-of-emergency-capacities-for-occupational-hazard-accidents-in-silicon-solar-cell-producing-enterprises
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D D Yang, J N Xu, B L Zhu
Objective: To investigate and analyze the influential factors of occupational hazard acci-dents, emergency facilities and emergency management in Silicon solar cell producing enterprises, then to pro-vide scientific strategies. Methods: The methods of occupationally healthy field investigating, inspecting of ven-tilation effectiveness, setup of emergency program and wearing chemical suit were used. Results: The mainly occupational hazard accidents factors in the process of Silicon solar cell producing included poisoning chemi-cals, high temperature, onizing radiation and some workplaces...
November 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043127/potential-of-three-ethnomedicinal-plants-as-antisickling-agents
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Ismaila O Nurain, Clement O Bewaji, Jarrett S Johnson, Robertson D Davenport, Yang Zhang
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic blood disorder that affects the shape and transportation of red blood cells (RBCs) in blood vessels, leading to various clinical complications. Many drugs that are available for treating the disease are insufficiently effective, toxic, or too expensive. Therefore, there is a pressing need for safe, effective, and inexpensive therapeutic agents from indigenous plants used in ethnomedicines. The potential of aqueous extracts of Cajanus cajan leaf and seed, Zanthoxylum zanthoxyloides leaf, and Carica papaya leaf in sickle cell disease management was investigated in vitro using freshly prepared 2% sodium metabisulfite for sickling induction...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042364/predictors-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-neurocritical-care-patients-receiving-continuous-hypertonic-saline
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Michael J Erdman, Heidi Riha, Lauren Bode, Jason J Chang, G Morgan Jones
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Continuous intravenous 3% hypertonic saline (HTS) infusions are commonly used for the management of cerebral edema following severe neurologic injuries. Despite widespread use, data regarding the incidence and predictors of nephrotoxicity are lacking. The purpose of this study was to describe the incidence and identify predictors of acute kidney injury (AKI) in neurocritical care patients administered continuous infusion HTS. METHODS: This was an institutional review board-approved, multicenter, retrospective cohort study of patients receiving HTS infusions at 2 academic medical centers...
January 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036099/can-drugs-induce-or-aggravate-sleep-apneas-a-case-non-case-study-in-vigibase-%C3%A2-the-who-pharmacovigilance-database
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Mélanie Linselle, Agnès Sommet, Emmanuelle Bondon-Guitton, Florence Moulis, Geneviève Durrieu, Justine Benevent, Vanessa Rousseau, Leila Chebane, Haleh Bagheri, François Montastruc, Jean-Louis Montastruc
The potential favorising role of drugs in Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS) is unknown. The present study investigates drugs associated with SAS in a pharmacovigilance database. SAS recorded as Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) in Vigibase(®) , the WHO pharmacovigilance database (more than 11 million reports), from 1978 to 2015 were selected. The risk of SAS reports was estimated using the case non-case method, with cases being SAS and non-cases all other recorded ADRs. During this 37-year period, 3,325 ADRs including the word SAS were registered (0...
December 30, 2016: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019074/identification-and-detection-of-indoxacarb-resistance-mutations-in-the-para-sodium-channel-of-the-tomato-leafminer-tuta-absoluta
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Emmanouil Roditakis, Konstantinos Mavridis, Maria Riga, Emmanouil Vasakis, Evangelia Morou, Jean Luc Rison, John Vontas
BACKGROUND: Indoxacarb is an important active ingredient extensively used for the control of Tuta absoluta, a major tomato pest, holding a particular role in insecticide resistance management schemes. RESULTS: Reduced susceptibility to indoxacarb was identified (1794-fold resistance), through toxicological bioassays in a field population from Greece and evolved rapidly to resistance after short laboratory selection. Combined bioassays with synergists and biochemical analysis suggested only a partial involvement of detoxification enzymes in the resistant phenotype...
December 26, 2016: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017986/incorporation-of-carrot-pomace-powder-in-wheat-flour-effect-on-flour-dough-and-cookie-characteristics
#20
Mukhtar Ahmad, Touseef Ahmed Wani, S M Wani, F A Masoodi, Adil Gani
Carrot pomace powder (CPP) of 72 and 120 mesh sizes was incorporated in wheat flour at 10, 15 and 20 % level and its impact on flour, dough and cookie characteristics was evaluated. Protein content of the flour blends (8.84-7.88 %) decreased and fibre content (4.63-6.68 %) increased upon blending of CPP in wheat flour. Wheat flour containing 120 mesh CPP showed better functional properties [water absorption (1.16-1.47 %), oil absorption (1.11-1.39 %), solubility index (41-50 %) and swelling power (1.34-1...
October 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
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