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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150995/efficacy-and-safety-of-extracranial-vein-angioplasty-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Paolo Zamboni, Luigi Tesio, Stefania Galimberti, Luca Massacesi, Fabrizio Salvi, Roberto D'Alessandro, Patrizia Cenni, Roberto Galeotti, Donato Papini, Roberto D'Amico, Silvana Simi, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Graziella Filippini
Importance: Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by restricted venous outflow from the brain and spinal cord. Whether this condition is associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and whether venous percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is beneficial in persons with MS and CCSVI is controversial. Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of venous PTA in patients with MS and CCSVI. Design, Setting, and Participants: We analyzed 177 patients with relapsing-remitting MS; 62 were ineligible, including 47 (26...
November 18, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150987/therapeutic-effect-of-curcumin-and-methylprednisolone-in-the-rat-spinal-cord-injury
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Xuehong Liu, Yong Zhang, Yang Yang, Jingquan Lin, Xue Huo, Xiaoxue Du, Benson O A Botchway, Marong Fang
In addition to imperiling an individual's daily life, spinal cord injury (SCI), a catastrophic medical damage, can permanently impair an individual's body function. Methylprednisolone (MP), a medically accepted therapeutic drug for SCI, is highly controversial for the lack of consensus on its true therapeutic effect. In recent years, curcumin has served as a potential and novel therapeutic drug in SCI. Our study was intended to investigate the precise effect of MP and curcumin in SCI. We examined the function of MP and curcumin in a SCI model rat, both in vivo and in vitro, and found that there was a momentous improvement in Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) scores in the MP-treated group when compared to Cur-treated group within 14 days...
November 18, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150811/alk-expression-plays-different-roles-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphomas-and-outcome-of-crizotinib-use-in-relapsed-refractory-alk-patients-in-a-chinese-population
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Ling Huang, Fen Zhang, Jialong Zeng, Hanguo Guo, Sichu Liu, Xiaojuan Wei, Feili Chen, Xinmiao Jiang, Zhanli Liang, Yanhui Liu, Wenyu Li
The prognostic value of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) expression in patients with anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL) remains controversial. Data on the clinical features of ALCL in a Chinese population are limited. We retrospectively reviewed 1293 patients with pathologically diagnosed lymphoma at Guangdong General Hospital from June 2007 through August 2016. We evaluated the incidence of ALCL, clinical characteristics, survival status, and outcome of crizotinib use in four relapsed/refractory ALK-positive patients...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150625/porphyromonas-gingivalis-lipopolysaccharides-act-exclusively-through-tlr4-with-a-resilience-between-mouse-and-human
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Brice Nativel, David Couret, Pierre Giraud, Olivier Meilhac, Christian Lefebvre d'Hellencourt, Wildriss Viranaïcken, Christine Robert Da Silva
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a key bacterium in chronic periodontitis, which is associated with several chronic inflammatory diseases. Lipopolysaccharides from P. gingivalis (Pg LPS) can activate multiple cell types via the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. The receptors for Pg LPS have initially been reported as TLR2, contrasting with the well-studied TLR4 receptor for E. coli LPS; this observation remains controversial since synthetic Pg lipid A activates TLR4 but not TLR2. Despite this observation, the dogma of Pg LPS-mediated TLR2 activation remains the basis of many hypotheses and result interpretations...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150618/lexical-processing-of-chinese-sub-character-components-semantic-activation-of-phonetic-radicals-as-revealed-by-the-stroop-effect
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Su-Ling Yeh, Wei-Lun Chou, Pokuan Ho
Most Chinese characters are compounds consisting of a semantic radical indicating semantic category and a phonetic radical cuing the pronunciation of the character. Controversy surrounds whether radicals also go through the same lexical processing as characters and, critically, whether phonetic radicals involve semantic activation since they can also be characters when standing alone. Here we examined these issues using the Stroop task whereby participants responded to the ink color of the character. The key finding was that Stroop effects were found when the character itself had a meaning unrelated to color, but contained a color name phonetic radical (e...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150451/elucidating-mechanisms-for-insect-body-size-partial-support-for-the-oxygen-dependent-induction-of-moulting-hypothesis
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Sami M Kivelä, Sonja Viinamäki, Netta Keret, Karl Gotthard, Esa Hohtola, Panu Välimäki
Body size is a key life history trait and knowledge of its mechanistic basis is crucial in life history biology. Such knowledge is accumulating in holometabolous insects, whose growth is characterised and body size affected by moulting. According to the oxygen-dependent induction of moulting (ODIM) hypothesis, moult is induced at a critical mass where oxygen demand of growing tissues overrides the supply that principally grows only at moults. Support for the ODIM hypothesis is controversial partly because of a lack of proper data to explicitly test the hypothesis...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150385/igf-1r-mrna-expression-is-increased-in-obese-children
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Rafaela Cristina Ricco, Rubens Garcia Ricco, Mariangela Carletti Queluz, Mariana Teresa Sarti de Paula, Patricia Volpon Atique, Rodrigo José Custódio, Hugo Tourinho Filho, Raphael Del Roio Liberatori, Carlos Eduardo Martinelli
OBJECTIVES: Obese children are often taller than age-matched subjects. Reports on GH and IGF-I levels in obese individuals are controversial, with normal and reduced GH-IGF-I levels having been reported in this group of patients. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyse insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-IR) mRNA expression in obese children. METHODS: Forty-seven pre-pubertal children were included in this study: 29 were obese and taller than their target height, and 18 were normal eutrophic controls...
November 11, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150336/urinary-tract-infections-in-neonates-with-unexplained-pathological-indirect-hyperbilirubinemia-prevalence-and-significance
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Elif Bahat Ozdogan, Mehmet Mutlu, Secil Arslansoyu Camlar, Gülcin Bayramoglu, Sebnem Kader, Yakup Aslan
BACKGROUND: It is controversial to test for urinary tract infection (UTI) in patients with unexplained indirect hyperbilirubinemia in the first 2 weeks of life. We aimed to study the prevalence and significance of UTIs in such neonates who were requiring phototherapy. METHODS: Subjects were 2- to 14-day-old neonates with indirect bilirubin levels above phototherapy limit with no other abnormality in their bilirubinaemia-related etiologic workup. UTI was diagnosed by 2 consecutive positive cultures obtained by catheterisation, documenting growth of >10,000 colonies of the same microorganism with consistent antibiograms...
October 28, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150326/concomitant-mitral-valve-procedures-in-patients-undergoing-implantation-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-an-intermacs-database-analysis
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Jason O Robertson, David C Naftel, Susan L Myers, Ryan J Tedford, Susan M Joseph, James K Kirklin, Scott C Silvestry
BACKGROUND: Management of existing mitral valve (MV) disease in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation remains controversial. METHODS: Among continuous-flow LVAD patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation entered into the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) database between April 2008 and March 2014 (n = 4,930), outcomes were compared between patients who underwent MV repair (MVr, n = 252), MV replacement (MVR, n = 11) and no MV procedure (no MVP, n = 4,667)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150241/targeting-interleukin-1%C3%AE-protects-from-aortic-aneurysms-induced-by-disrupted-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
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Francesco Da Ros, Raimondo Carnevale, Giuseppe Cifelli, Dario Bizzotto, Manuel Casaburo, Marialuisa Perrotta, Lorenzo Carnevale, Iolanda Vinciguerra, Stefania Fardella, Roberta Iacobucci, Giorgio M Bressan, Paola Braghetta, Giuseppe Lembo, Daniela Carnevale
Aortic aneurysms are life-threatening conditions with effective treatments mainly limited to emergency surgery or trans-arterial endovascular stent grafts, thus calling for the identification of specific molecular targets. Genetic studies have highlighted controversial roles of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling in aneurysm development. Here, we report on aneurysms developing in adult mice after smooth muscle cell (SMC)-specific inactivation of Smad4, an intracellular transducer of TGF-β. The results revealed that Smad4 inhibition activated interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in SMCs...
November 10, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149953/myocardial-perfusion-scans-and-mortality-in-asymptomatic-patients-awaiting-renal-transplantation
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A Jauhal, S Harenberg, J J Crawford, I Bare, B Prasad, L Zahorski, G Ollenberger, V Trivedi, V Chopra, A Shoker, A Lavoie, P Dehghani
Cardiac risk assessment for asymptomatic patients awaiting renal transplantation is controversial. Patients awaiting renal transplantation in Southern Saskatchewan from 2005 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients underwent cardiac risk stratification with stress myocardial perfusion scan. Baseline clinical characteristics, nuclear scan results, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular events were analyzed. Abnormal scans were defined as studies with reversible defects, wall motion abnormalities, lung uptake, or transient ischemic dilation...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149948/knowledge-and-attitudes-toward-organ-donation-in-health-care-undergraduate-students-in-italy
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F Fontana, M Massari, L Giovannini, G Alfano, G Cappelli
INTRODUCTION: The number of organ donors in Italy is increasing, but with still disappointing living donation activity and relatively frequent objection by potential deceased donors' relatives to organ recovery. Few studies have assessed health care students' knowledge and attitude on donation. METHODS: We administered a questionnaire to medical (MS) and nursing students (NS) at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, and 749 students (406 MS and 343 NS) completed the questionnaire...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149871/near-work-outdoor-activity-and-myopia-in-children-in-rural-china-the-handan-offspring-myopia-study
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Zhong Lin, Tie Ying Gao, Balamurali Vasudevan, Kenneth J Ciuffreda, Yuan Bo Liang, Vishal Jhanji, Su Jie Fan, Wei Han, Ning Li Wang
BACKGROUND: The near work and outdoor activity are the most important environmental risk factors for myopia. However, data from Chinese rural children are relatively rare and remain controversial. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship of both near work and outdoor activities with refractive error in rural children in China. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 572 (65.1%) of 878 children (6-18 years of age) were included from the Handan Offspring Myopia Study (HOMS)...
November 17, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149868/can-high-flow-nasal-cannula-reduce-the-rate-of-reintubation-in-adult-patients-after-extubation-a-meta-analysis
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Yue-Nan Ni, Jian Luo, He Yu, Dan Liu, Bin-Miao Liang, Rong Yao, Zong-An Liang
BACKGROUND: The effects of high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) on adult patients after extubation remain controversial. We aimed to further determine the effectiveness of HFNC in comparison to noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) and conventional oxygen therapy (COT). METHODS: The Pubmed, Embase, Medline, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trails (CENTRAL) as well as the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) Web of Science were searched for all the controlled study comparing HFNC with NIPPV and COT in adult patients after extubation...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149865/cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intra-operative-peritoneal-chemotherapy-with-cisplatin-for-gastric-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-monocentric-phase-2-nonrandomized-prospective-clinical-trial
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Baki Topal, Karel Demey, Halit Topal, Joris Jaekers, Eric Van Cutsem, Vincent Vandecaveye, Xavier Sagaert, Hans Prenen
BACKGROUND: Cytoreductive surgery (CRS) plus hyperthermic intra-operative peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPC) for gastric peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) is controversial, and selection criteria for this treatment modality are lacking. METHODS: Thirty-two patients (F/M ratio 12/20; median (range) age 58 (32-75) years) underwent CRS + HIPC with cisplatin for PC from gastric adenocarcinoma in 2010-2014. This monocentric phase-2 nonrandomized prospective study with a power of 90% aimed to improve the 1-year overall survival (OS) rate with 40% (historical reference of 52% to 72%)...
November 17, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149815/stroke-and-hypertension-an-appraisal-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-practice
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Agata Buonacera, Benedetta Stancanelli, Lorenzo Malatino
Stroke as a cause of long-term disability is a growing public health burden. Therefore, focusing on prevention is important. The most prominent aim of this strategy is to treat modifiable risk factors, such as arterial hypertension, the leading modifiable contributor to stroke. Thus, efforts to adequately reduce blood pressure (BP) among hypertensives are mandatory. In this respect, although safety and benefits of BP control related to long-term outcome have been largely demonstrated, there are open questions that remain to be addressed, such as optimal timing to initiate BP reduction and BP goals to be targeted...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149395/shaken-baby-syndrome-what-certainty-do-we-have
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Matthieu Vinchon
BACKGROUND: Shaken baby syndrome is a common and devastating disease in infants. In spite of its frequency, many controversies persist, regarding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. AIM OF THE STUDY: We reviewed several salient and challenging issues related to SBS, like its pathogenesis, predisposing factors, differential diagnosis, and prevention programs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We derive arguments from the literature and from our prospective registry of accidental and non-accidental traumas in infants...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149388/problems-of-reconstructive-cranioplasty-after-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children
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Paolo Frassanito, Gianpiero Tamburrini, Luca Massimi, Simone Peraio, Massimo Caldarelli, Concezio Di Rocco
Cranial repair after traumatic brain injury in children is still burdened by unsolved problems and controversial issues, mainly due to the high rate of resorption of autologous bone as well as the absence of valid alternative material to replace the autologous bone. Indeed, inert biomaterials are associated to satisfactory results in the short period but bear the continuous risk of complications related to the lack of osteointegration capacity. Biomimetic materials claiming osteoconductive properties that could balance their mechanical limits seem to allow good cranial bone reconstruction...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149300/the-effect-of-non-reversibility-on-inferring-rooted-phylogenies
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Svetlana Cherlin, Sarah E Heaps, Tom M W Nye, Richard J Boys, Tom A Williams, T Martin Embley
Most phylogenetic models assume that the evolutionary process is stationary and reversible. In addition to being biologically improbable, these assumptions also impair inference by generating models under which the likelihood does not depend on the position of the root. Consequently, the root of the tree cannot be inferred as part of the analysis. Yet identifying the root position is a key component of phylogenetic inference because it provides a point of reference for polarising ancestor/descendant relationships and therefore interpreting the tree...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149153/analysis-of-reporting-bias-in-vertebral-augmentation
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Douglas P Beall, Sean M Tutton, Kieran Murphy, Wayne Olan, Christopher Warner, Jack B Test
Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and worldwide, with estimates of 750,000 to 1.5 million occurring annually. As the elderly population continues to increase, the incidence of OVCFs will continue to rise, as will the morbidity and mortality associated with this condition. Vertebral augmentation (VA) was almost universally accepted as the appropriate treatment modality prior to 2 sham trials published in 2009 by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)...
November 2017: Pain Physician
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