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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441503/robust-uniform-and-highly-emissive-quantum-dot-polymer-films-and-patterns-using-thiol-ene-chemistry
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Markus Smith, Sidney T Malak, Jaehan Jung, Young Jun Yoon, Chun Hao Lin, Sunghan Kim, Kyung Min Lee, Ruilong Ma, Timothy J White, Timothy J Bunning, Zhiqun Lin, Vladimir V Tsukruk
This work demonstrates a facile and versatile method for generating low scattering crosslinked quantum dots (QD)-polymer composite films and patterned highly emissive structures with ultra-high QD loading, minimal phase-separation, and tunable mechanical properties. Uniform QD-polymer films are fabricated using thiol-ene chemistry, in which cross-linked polymer networks are rapidly produced in ambient conditions via fast UV polymerization in bulk to suppress QD aggregation. UV-controlled thiol-ene chemistry limits phase separation through producing highly QD loaded crosslinked composites with loading rate above majority of those reported in literature (<1%) and approaching 30%...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439950/protein-disulfide-isomerase-inhibition-synergistically-enhances-the-efficacy-of-sorafenib-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jae-Kyung Won, Su Jong Yu, Chae Young Hwang, Sung-Hwan Cho, Sang-Min Park, Kwangsoo Kim, Won-Mook Choi, Hyeki Cho, Eun Ju Cho, Jeong-Hoon Lee, Kyung Bun Lee, Yoon Jun Kim, Kyung-Suk Suh, Ja-June Jang, Chung Yong Kim, Jung-Hwan Yoon, Kwang-Hyun Cho
Sorafenib is the only approved targeted drug for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but its effect on patients' survival gain is limited and varies over a wide range depending on patho-genetic conditions. Thus, enhancing the efficacy of sorafenib and finding a reliable predictive biomarker are crucial to achieve efficient control of HCCs. In this study, we employed a systems approach by combining transcriptome analysis of the mRNA changes in HCC cell lines in response to sorafenib with network analysis to investigate the action and resistance mechanism of sorafenib...
April 25, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438224/early-strong-intrathecal-inflammation-in-cerebellar-type-multiple-system-atrophy-by-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytokine-chemokine-profiles-a-case-control-study
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Ryo Yamasaki, Hiroo Yamaguchi, Takuya Matsushita, Takayuki Fujii, Akio Hiwatashi, Jun-Ichi Kira
BACKGROUND: The pathology of multiple system atrophy cerebellar-type (MSA-C) includes glial inflammation; however, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) inflammatory cytokine profiles have not been investigated. In this study, we determined CSF cytokine/chemokine/growth factor profiles in MSA-C and compared them with those in hereditary spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). METHODS: We collected clinical data and CSF from 20 MSA-C patients, 12 hereditary SCA patients, and 15 patients with other non-inflammatory neurological diseases (OND), and measured 27 cytokines/chemokines/growth factors using a multiplexed fluorescent bead-based immunoassay...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437942/optical-damage-resistant-ti-diffused-zr-er-codoped-lithium-niobate-strip-waveguide-for-high-power-980-nm-pumping
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Wen-Bao Sun, Xiao-Fei Yang, Zi-Bo Zhang, Wing-Han Wong, Dao-Yin Yu, Edwin Yue-Bun Pun, De-Long Zhang
Ti<sup>4+</sup>-diffused Zr<sup>4+</sup>/Er<sup>3+</sup>-codoped LiNbO<sub>3</sub> strip waveguide was fabricated on an X-cut LiNbO<sub>3</sub> substrate by thermal diffusion in sequence of Er<sup>3+</sup>, Zr<sup>4+</sup> and Ti<sup>4+</sup>. Secondary ion mass spectrometry study shows that the Ti<sup>4+</sup> ions follow a sum of two error functions in the width direction and a Gauss function in the depth direction of the waveguide...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435491/agreement-between-serum-assays-performed-in-ed-point-of-care-and-hospital-central-laboratories
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Meir Dashevsky, Steven L Bernstein, Carol L Barsky, Richard A Taylor
INTRODUCTION: Point-of-care (POC) testing allows for more time-sensitive diagnosis and treatment in the emergency department (ED) than sending blood samples to the hospital central laboratory (CL). However, many ED patients have blood sent to both, either out of clinical custom, or because clinicians do not trust the POC values. The objective of this study was to examine the level of agreement between POC and CL values in a large cohort of ED patients. METHODS: In an urban, Level I ED that sees approximately 120,000 patients/year, all patients seen between March 1, 2013, and October 1, 2014, who had blood sent to POC and CL labs had levels of agreement measured between serum sodium, potassium, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and hematocrit...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434010/dynamic-analysis-of-kidney-function-and-its-correlation-with-nutritional-indicators-in-a-large-sample-of-hospitalized-elderly-patients
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Li Qingping, Wei Ribao, Wang Yang, Su Tingyu, Yang Xi, Huang Mengjie, Miao Hui, Chen Xiangmei
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyze changes in kidney function and its correlation with nutritional metabolism indicators in hospitalized elderly patients in a large medical center over the past 7 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS The renal function of patients over 60 years old in the Chinese PLA General Hospital in 2008, 2011, and 2014 were comparatively analyzed. The hemoglobin, serum albumin, triglycerides, cholesterol, uric acid, and urea nitrogen data were collected and used as the nutritional metabolism indicators...
April 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432550/estradiol-mitigates-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-acute-renal-failure-through-nmda-receptor-antagonism-in-rats
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Amrit Pal Singh, Nirmal Singh, Preet Mohinder Singh Bedi
In the present study, we investigated possible involvement of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDAR) in estradiol mediated protection against ischemia reperfusion (I/R)-induced acute renal failure (ARF) in rats. Bilateral renal ischemia of 40 min followed by reperfusion for 24 h induced ARF in male wistar rats. Quantification of serum creatinine, creatinine clearance (CrCl), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), uric acid, potassium, fractional excretion of sodium (FeNa), and urinary microproteins was done to assess I/R-induced renal damage in rats...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432310/efficacy-of-alprostadil-for-preventing-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-a-meta-analysis
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Jing-Zhan Zhang, Xiao-Jing Kang, Ying Gao, Ying-Ying Zheng, Ting-Ting Wu, Long Li, Fen Liu, Yi-Ning Yang, Xiao-Mei Li, Yi-Tong Ma, Xiang Xie
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) has become the third-leading cause of hospital-acquired acute renal injury. Although alprostadil has been proposed as an effective preventative measure, this conclusion remains inconsistent. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis of the published studies on this topic to evaluate the preventative effect of alprostadil on CIN. Databases, including PubMed, the Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Wanfang, the China Biological Medicine Database (SinoMed) and the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) were systematically searched...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431516/evaluation-of-the-impact-of-disease-prevention-measures-a-methodological-note-on-defining-incidence-rates
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Yin-Bun Cheung, Ying Xu, Matthew Cairns, Paul Milligan
BACKGROUND: In studies of recurrent events, it is common to consider a person who has suffered a disease episode and received curative treatment to be not at risk of suffering a new episode for a duration of time. It is a common practice to deduct this duration from the person's observation time in the statistical analysis of the incidence data. METHODS: We examined the concepts of incidence and protective efficacy from a real life point of view. We developed simple formulae to show the relationship between the incidence rate and protective efficacy between analyses with and without deducting the curative treatment time from the observation time...
April 21, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428714/predictors-for-difficult-cecal-insertion-in-colonoscopy-the-impact-of-obesity-indices
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Soo Yun Moon, Byung Chang Kim, Dae Kyung Sohn, Kyung Su Han, Bun Kim, Chang Won Hong, Bum Joon Park, Kum Hei Ryu, Ji Hyung Nam
AIM: To identify the factors influencing cecal insertion time (CIT) and to evaluate the effect of obesity indices on CIT. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data for participants who received both colonoscopy and abdominal computed tomography (CT) from February 2008 to May 2008 as part of a comprehensive health screening program. Age, gender, obesity indices [body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip circumference ratio (WHR), waist circumference (WC), visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volume and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) volume on abdominal CT], history of prior abdominal surgery, constipation, experience of the colonoscopist, quality of bowel preparation, diverticulosis and time required to reach the cecum were analyzed...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427496/mortality-risk-factors-in-intensive-care-unit-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-requiring-renal-replacement-therapy-a-retrospective-cohort-study%C3%A2
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Michael Schmitz, Frank P Tillmann, Ausra Paluckaite, Erich A Laufer, Brian Rayner, Lars C Rump, Peter J Heering
BACKGROUND: Mortality of critically-ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) in an intensive-care setting continues to remain high. There is still uncertainty as to which factors should guide clinical judgement. METHODS: A cohort of 155 patients admitted to an intensive-care unit and necessitating RRT due to AKI were retrospectively analyzed. Demographic and clinical parameters at the time of RRT initiation were retrieved...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423882/various-levels-of-rapeseed-meal-in-weaning-pig-diet-from-weaning-to-finishing-periods
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Sung Ho Do, Byeong Ock Kim, Lin Hu Fang, Dong Hyeon You, Jin Su Hong, Y Y Kim
Objective: This experiment was conducted to investigate the influence of rapeseed meal (RSM) supplementation in weaning pig diet on growth performance, blood profile, carcass characteristics and economic analysis on weaning to finishing pigs. Methods: A total of 120 cross bred ([Yorkshire × Landrace] × Duroc) weaning pigs were allotted to 5 treatments in a randomized complete block (RCB) design. Each treatment had 4 replications with 6 pigs per pen. Five different levels of RSM (0, 2, 4, 6 and 8%) were used as dietary treatments...
March 25, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423673/ceruloplasmin-as-a-prognostic-marker-in-patients-with-bile-duct-cancer
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In Woong Han, Jin-Young Jang, Wooil Kwon, Taesung Park, Yongkang Kim, Kyoung Bun Lee, Sun-Whe Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Bile duct cancer is one of the lethal cancers, presenting difficulties in early diagnosis and limited treatment modalities. Despite current advances in biomarker research, most studies have been performed in Western populations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine a prognostic marker for bile duct cancer, especially in Korean patients, whose incidence of bile duct cancer is high. RESULTS: Comparing cancer and normal bile duct tissue, we identified 29091 differentially expressed genes...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420987/curcumin-ameliorates-cisplatin-induced-nephrotoxicity-and-potentiates-its-anticancer-activity-in-sd-rats-potential-role-of-curcumin-in-breast-cancer-chemotherapy
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Parveen Kumar, Chandana C Barua, Kunjbihari Sulakhiya, Rajeev Kumar Sharma
Breast malignant neoplastic disease is one of the most complex diseases, as it is a multifactorial disease in which virtually all the targets are instantly or indirectly inter-reliant on each other. Cisplatin (CIS), an inorganic antineoplastic agent is widely utilized in the treatment of various solid tumors including breast cancer. Despite everything, its clinical use is limited, due to ototoxicity, peripheral neuropathy, and nephrotoxicity. The present work was directed to assess the combined result of curcumin (CUR) and CIS in 7, 12-dimethyl benz[a]anthracene (DMBA) induced breast cancer in rats and the prevention of nephrotoxicity induced by the latter...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420565/analysis-of-prognostic-factors-for-acute-kidney-injury-with-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-severely-burned-patients
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Jaechul Yoon, Youngmin Kim, Haejun Yim, Yong Suk Cho, Dohern Kym, Jun Hur, Wook Chun, Hyeong Tae Yang
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a critical complications in severely burned patients associated with high morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of severity of AKI at the time of continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) start on patient outcome and to identify the prognostic factors in severely burned patients with CRRT application. METHODS: From January 2007 to June 2010, 84 burn patients with more than 40% of total body surface area (TBSA) burned who treated with continuous renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury were analyzed retrospectively...
April 15, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419963/acute-toxicity-and-anti-fatigue-activity-of-polysaccharide-rich-extract-from-corn-silk
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He-Peng Zhao, Yang Zhang, Zhuo Liu, Jiang-Yue Chen, Song-Yan Zhang, Xiu-Dong Yang, Hong-Li Zhou
The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and potential of PCS as the anti-fatigue functional food. PCS was prepared by water extracting-alcohol precipitating method, and its chemical compositions of monosaccharide were analyzed. Then, acute toxicity and anti-fatigue activity of PCS were evaluated. PCS is composed of Rha, Arab, Xyl, Man, Glu, and Gal, its molar ratio is 0.17: 0.30: 0.26: 0.35: 1.00: 0.57. No mortality and general symptoms of toxicity were observed in the PCS treated mice (7.5, 15, and 20g/kg body weight), the body weight and food consumption were not significantly changed compared with the normal control group...
April 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419605/radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-electrical-modification-suggesting-transmurality-is-faster-achieved-with-remote-magnetic-catheter-in-comparison-with-contact-force-use
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Sok-Sithikun Bun, Anis Ayari, Decebal Gabriel Latcu, Abdelkarim Errahmouni, Nadir Saoudi
BACKGROUND: Remote magnetic navigation (RMN) and contact force (CF) sensing catheters are available technologies for radiofrequency (RF) catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Our purpose was to compare time to electrogram (EGM) modification suggesting transmural lesions between RMN and CF-guided AF ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: 1008 RF applications were analyzed in 21 patients undergoing RMN (n = 11) or CF-guided ablation (n = 10) for paroxysmal AF. All procedures were performed in sinus rhythm during general anaesthesia...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419583/a-comparison-of-multi-factor-scoring-systems-and-single-serum-markers-for-the-early-prediction-of-the-severity-of-acute-pancreatitis
#18
Wen-Hua He, Yin Zhu, Yong Zhu, Qi Jin, Hong-Rong Xu, Zhi-Juan Xion, Min Yu, Liang Xia, Pi Liu, Nong-Hua Lu
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to clarify whether the current scoring systems and single serum markers used in pancreatitis remain applicable for the early prediction of infected pancreatic necrosis (IPN), the severity and mortality of acute pancreatitis (AP) in accordance with the revised Atlanta and determinant-based classifications. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and laboratory data from 708 consecutive patients with AP were prospectively collected between January 2011 and December 2012...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414680/a-rare-cause-of-abdominal-pain
#19
E M Dauchy, M Modica, N Masri
CASE: A 54 year old woman with hypothyroidism presented with right flank pain that began acutely one week prior to presentation. She was told initially she had a urinary tract infection and treatment resulted in mild symptomatic improvement. The pain returned and she presented to another Emergency Department (ED); and was told the pain was due to constipation. She returned to the ED the next day when her pain worsened and her labs were notable for WBC of 19,000/uL, BUN/Cr of 28/0.75 mg/dL, AST of 31 U/L, ALT of 92 U/L and total bilirubin of 0...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414670/diulafoy-s-lesion-an-uncanny-etiology-of-gastrointestinal-bleed
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V Gasia, O Lamendola
INTRODUCTION: Dieulafoy's lesion is a relatively rare, but potentially life-threatening, condition. It accounts for 1-2 percent of acute gastrointestinal (GI); bleeding. CASE: A 99-year-old woman was initially admitted due to left lower extremity cellulitis related to chronic venous stasis ulcer and was receiving broad-spectrum IV antibiotics. Upon admission to the medical floor, she had an episode of hematemesis and multiple bowel movements with black-tarry stools...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
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