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Saba Mahdavi Hezaveh, Hamid Khanmohammadi, Mojgan Zendehdel
The immobilized azo-azomethine receptors on amorphous SiO2 , S-B, SiO2 nanoparticles, S-NPs, and NaY zeolite, S-ZY, have been prepared and applied as solid phase sensors for detection of HSO4 - , over other interfering anions, in 100% aqueous media. Remarkably, S-B and S-ZY show unique and rapid sensitivity towards HSO4 - , which could it easily visualized through naked eye detection even at 5×10-4 molL-1 and 4×10-4 molL-1 , respectively. The fabricated solid phase sensors were characterized using powder XRD diffraction, TGA-DTA, FE-SEM and also FT-IR techniques...
March 13, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Steven J Pascoe, Wei Wu, Kathryn A Collison, Linda M Nelsen, Keele E Wurst, Laurie A Lee
Background: There is no consensus on how to define patients with symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A diagnosis of asthma-COPD overlap (ACO) syndrome has been proposed, but its value is debated. This study (GSK Study 201703 [NCT02302417]) investigated the ability of statistical modeling approaches to define distinct disease groups in patients with obstructive lung disease (OLD) using medical history and spirometric data. Methods: Patients aged ≥18 years with diagnoses of asthma and/or COPD were categorized into three groups: 1) asthma (nonobstructive; reversible), 2) ACO (obstructive; reversible), and 3) COPD (obstructive; nonreversible)...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Han-Yu Jiang, Jin-Lin Zhang, Jiang-Wei Yang, Hui-Ling Ma
Creeping bentgrass ( Agrostis stolonifera ) is the preferred green lawn grass, with excellent turf characteristics but poor disease resistance. At present, the mechanisms of disease resistance in creeping bentgrass are poorly understood, especially the ethylene signal transduction pathway under the induced systemic resistance (ISR) response. In this study, butanediol (BDO), as a new type of disease-resistance compound, was applied to creeping bentgrass seedlings to induce the ISR response. Then, we measured ethylene production and related enzyme activities...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tudor Borza, Mary K Oerline, Ted A Skolarus, Edward C Norton, Justin B Dimick, Bruce L Jacobs, Lindsey A Herrel, Chad Ellimoottil, John M Hollingsworth, Andrew M Ryan, David C Miller, Vahakn B Shahinian, Brent K Hollenbeck
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) on hospital readmission after common surgical procedures. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Hospital readmissions following surgery lead to worse patient outcomes and wasteful spending. ACOs, and their associated hospitals, have strong incentives to reduce readmissions from 2 distinct Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policies. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using a 20% national Medicare sample to identify beneficiaries undergoing 1 of 7 common surgical procedures-abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colectomy, cystectomy, prostatectomy, lung resection, total knee arthroplasty, and total hip arthroplasty-between 2010 and 2014...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Matthew J Resnick, Amy J Graves, Sunita Thapa, Robert Gambrel, Mark D Tyson, Daniel Lee, Melinda B Buntin, David F Penson
Importance: Despite rapid diffusion of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), whether ACO enrollment results in observable changes in cancer screening remains unknown. Objective: To determine whether Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO enrollment changes the appropriateness of screening for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers. Design, Setting, and Participants: For this population-based analysis of Medicare beneficiaries, we used Medicare data from 2007 through 2014 and evaluated changes in screening associated with ACO enrollment using differences-in-differences (DD) analyses...
March 19, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Jun-Jun Yeh, Yu-Feng Wei, Cheng-Li Lin, Wu-Huei Hsu
Background: To evaluate the association of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease syndrome (ACOS) with neurodegenerative diseases (stroke, Parkinson's disease and dementia) and the role of the steroids in the neurodegenerative diseases among the ACOS cohort. Materials and Methods: Comparison of the ACOS cohort ( N = 10,260) with the non-ACOS cohort ( n = 20,513) based on the patients aged ≧40 years in the National Health Insurance Research Database from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Akifumi Uchida, Kohta Sakaue, Hiromasa Inoue
The term "asthma-COPD overlap" (ACO) has been applied to the condition in which a person has persistent airflow limitation with clinical features of both asthma and COPD. The certain definition and diagnostic criteria for ACO have not yet been established, and ACO prevalence has varied widely in studies: from 0.9% to 11.1% in the general population, from 11.1% to 61.0% in asthma patients, and from 4.2% to 66.0% in COPD patients. Furthermore, the frequency of exacerbations and prognosis in ACO patients have not been clearly demonstrated...
March 15, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Mari Hikichi, Shu Hashimoto, Yasuhiro Gon
Asthma and COPD appear as a result of different mechanisms triggered by different pathogeneses and although they present different features and symptoms of airway inflammation and airway obstruction, there are also cases that present the features of both asthma and COPD. This type of pathology is known as asthma-COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). Asthma-COPD overlap is identified in clinical practice by the features that it shares with both asthma and COPD. This is not a definition, but a description for clinical use, as asthma-COPD overlap includes several different clinical phenotypes and there are likely to be several different underlying mechanisms"...
March 14, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Jisoo Park, Eun Kyung Kim, Mi Ae Kim, Tae Hyung Kim, Jung Hyun Chang, Yon Ju Ryu, Sei Won Lee, Yeon Mok Oh, Suk Joong Yong, Won Il Choi, Kwang Ha Yoo, Ji Hyun Lee
BACKGROUND: Obstructive airway disease patients with increased variability of airflow and incompletely reversible airflow obstruction are often categorized as having asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS). ACOS is heterogeneous with two sub-phenotypes: asthma-ACOS and COPD-ACOS. The objective of this study was to determine the difference in risk of exacerbation between the two sub-phenotypes of ACOS. METHODS: A total of 223 patients exhibiting incompletely reversible airflow obstruction with increased variability (spirometrically defined ACOS) were enrolled...
March 7, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Guang Ren, Agnes M Rimando, Suresh T Mathews
Pterostilbene, a bioactive component of blueberries and grapes, shows structural similarity to resveratrol, and exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, hypoglycemic, and cholesterol lowering effects. Recent evidence indicates that pterostilbene is an agonist of the nuclear receptor, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha (PPAR-α). Since PPAR-α agonists induce peroxisomal proliferation and fatty acid oxidation, we examined gene expression of acyl CoA oxidase (ACO) and carnitine palmitoyl transferase-1 (CPT-1)...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Antonio Anzueto, Marc Miravitlles
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated in many patients. COPD is a distinct disease from adult-onset asthma; however, some patients with COPD may present with several forms of airway disease described as asthma-COPD overlap (ACO). Bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) both have a place in standard maintenance treatment of COPD and asthma; however, recommendations for use differ widely. In patients with COPD, long-acting bronchodilators are effective initial monotherapy treatment, while ICS monotherapy is recommended as initial treatment in patients with asthma...
March 7, 2018: Chest
Amol S Navathe, Alexander M Bain, Rachel M Werner
BACKGROUND: While early evidence suggests that Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) may reduce post-acute care (PAC) utilization for attributed beneficiaries, whether these effects spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in ACOs stray is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate whether changes in PAC use and Medicare spending spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Thao Bich Nguyen, Shigeru Kitani, Shuichi Shimma, Takuya Nihira
In streptomycetes, autoregulators are important signaling compounds that trigger secondary metabolism, and they are regarded as Streptomyces hormones based on their extremely low effective concentrations (nM) and the involvement of specific receptor proteins. Our previous distribution study revealed that butenolide-type Streptomyces hormones, including avenolide, are a general class of signaling molecules in streptomycetes and that Streptomyces albus J1074 may produce butenolide-type Streptomyces hormones. Here, we describe metabolite profiling of a disruptant of the S...
March 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Hye Yun Park, Suh-Young Lee, Danbee Kang, Juhee Cho, Hyun Lee, Seong Yong Lim, Ho Il Yoon, Seung Won Ra, Ki Uk Kim, Yeon-Mok Oh, Don D Sin, Sang-Do Lee, Yong Bum Park
BACKGROUND: The recognition of asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap (ACO) as a distinct phenotype of COPD or asthma has increased. Although ACO has worse clinical features than non-ACO COPD, limited information is available on long-term outcomes of lung function decline for ACO and non-ACO COPD. METHODS: COPD patients with at least 3 years of follow-up were selected from the Korean Obstructive Lung Disease cohort. ACO was defined based on 3 major criteria: 1) airflow limitation in individuals 40 years of age and older, 2) ≥10 pack-years of smoking history, and 3) a history of asthma or bronchodilator response of > 400 mL in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1 ) at baseline; and at least 1 minor criterion: 1) history of atopy or allergic rhinitis, 2) two separated bronchodilator responses of ≥12% and 200 mL in FEV1 , or 3) peripheral blood eosinophils ≥300 cells/μL...
March 2, 2018: Respiratory Research
Iñigo Ojanguren, Gregory Moullec, Jad Hobeika, Marc Miravitlles, Catherine Lemiere
INTRODUCTION: Although Asthma-COPD Overlap (ACO) has been described among populations of subjects with COPD or asthma, ACO has never been described among a population of subjects with occupational asthma (OA). OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to: 1. identify ACO in a population of subjects with OA; and 2. compare the clinical characteristics between ACO and OA. METHODS: This retrospective study included all subjects diagnosed with OA between 2000 and 2017 in an OA referral center...
2018: PloS One
X H Gao, P J Li, W Cao
Objective: To investigate the prognostic significance of central venous-arterial carbon dioxide tension to arterial-venous oxygen content ratio (Pcv-aCO(2)/Ca-cvO(2)) combined with lactate clearance rate (LCR) as early resuscitation goals of septic shock. Methods: One hundred and forty-five septic shock patients admitted to Second Department of Critical Care Medicine of Lanzhou University Second Hospital from March 2013 to May 2017 were enrolled in this study.All septic shock patients received an initial resuscitation therapy according to early goal-directed therapy...
February 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
María Del Carmen Giménez-Espert, Vicente Javier Prado-Gascó
AIM: To analyse link between empathy and emotional intelligence (EI) as a predictor of nurses' attitudes towards communication while comparing the contribution of emotional aspects and attitudinal elements on potential behaviour. BACKGROUND: Nurses' attitudes towards communication, empathy and emotional intelligence are key skills for nurses involved in patient care. There are currently no studies analysing this link, and its investigation is needed because attitudes may influence communication behaviours...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Irfan Ismail Ayub, Abdul Majeed Arshad, Prathipa Sekar, Natraj Manimaran, Dhanasekar Thangaswamy, Chandrasekar Chockalingam
Background: There is dearth of literature on asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS) in India. The aim was to compare clinical characteristics between patients with ACOS and non-ACOS COPD and to identify clinical predictors of ACOS in patients with COPD. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study by reviewing data collected from patients performing spirometry at our hospital. Those with postbronchodilator FEV1 /FVC <70% were included in the study...
March 2018: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Luis Pérez de Llano, Borja G Cosío, Amanda Iglesias, Natividad de Las Cuevas, Juan Jose Soler-Cataluña, Jose Luis Izquierdo, Jose Luis López-Campos, Carmen Calero, Vicente Plaza, Marc Miravitlles, Alfons Torrego, Eva Martinez-Moragon, Joan B Soriano, Antolin Lopez Viña, Irina Bobolea
Introduction: The asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap (ACO) is a clinical condition that combines features of those two diseases, and that is difficult to define due to the lack of understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Determining systemic mediators may help clarify the nature of inflammation in patients with ACO. Objectives: We aimed at investigating the role and interaction of common markers of systemic inflammation (IL-6, IL-8, and tumor necrosis factor-α), Th2-related markers (periostin, IL-5, and IL-13), and IL-17 in asthma, COPD, and ACO...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Young-Rock Hong, Frederick Kates, Soon Ju Song, Nayoung Lee, R Paul Duncan, Nicole M Marlow
Early evidence has shown that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have achieved some success in improving the quality of care and reducing Medicare costs. However, it has been argued that the ACO rewarding model may disproportionately affect relatively low-spending (LS; considered as efficient) organizations that have fewer options to cut unnecessary services compared with high-spending (HS; inefficient) organizations. We conducted a cross-sectional retrospective study to compare ACO financial and quality of care performance between HS-ACO and LS-ACO...
February 16, 2018: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
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