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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334698/endoscopic-ultrasound-and-the-liver-current-applications-and-beyond
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Neil D Shah, Todd H Baron
The diagnosis and management of many gastrointestinal conditions has been augmented by the development of endoscopic ultrasound. Its role in the diagnosis and management of liver disease has been somewhat limited, but with the rapid development of therapeutic advancements it has quickly emerged as a useful tool in the management of complex hepatic conditions. This includes its use in the management of complications of portal hypertension as well as its use in liver lesions and cancer. In this paper, we review case studies, case series and trials for hepatic applications of endoscopic ultrasound to provide an overview of its utilization in this field and demonstrating its more novel applications for future use...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334659/serum-zinc-levels-in-acute-psychiatric-patients-a-case-series
#2
Peter Joe, Mara Getz, Samantha Redman, Matthew Petrilli, Thorsten Manfred Kranz, Samoon Ahmad, Dolores Malaspina
Zinc dysregulation is linked to neuropsychiatric disorders and a beneficial response to zinc supplementation has been demonstrated for depression. In this case series, we examined serum zinc levels with respect to clinical factors among 20 acutely ill psychiatric cases admitted to a large urban public hospital. The results showed frank clinical zinc insufficiency in a quarter of the subjects. Group-wise analyses showed a significant association between reduced serum zinc and diagnosis of depression, and reduced serum zinc in those with aggressive, assaultive, or violent behaviors...
January 6, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334638/the-effectiveness-of-physical-exercise-on-cognitive-and-psychological-outcomes-in-individuals-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Dan Song, Doris S F Yu, Polly W C Li, Yang Lei
OBJECTIVE: Individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at high risk for developing dementia. Physical exercise is a promising intervention for cognitive decline. Systematic reviews regarding the effects of physical exercise on cognitive and psychological outcomes among MCI patients are limited, and a systematic review exploring the effects of exercise modalities on the results has not been conducted. This study evaluated the effects of physical exercise on cognitive and psychological outcomes for MCI patients and attempted to identify which specific modality of exercise is more effective...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334635/the-effect-of-altitude-and-climate-on-the-suicide-rates-in-turkey
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Mahmut Asirdizer, Erhan Kartal, Yasin Etli, Ertugrul Tatlisumak, Orhan Gumus, Yavuz Hekimoglu, Sıddık Keskin
Suicide is one of the most important public health problems. There was an association between suicide and several factors such as psychiatric diseases and psychological characteristics, somatic illness, cultural, socioeconomic, familial, occupational and individual risk factors. Also, high altitude and climatic factors including high temperature, cloudiness, more sunshine and low rainfalls were defined as some of these risk factors in the literature. In this study, we aimed to investigate correlation between suicide rates and altitudes of all cities in Turkey and between suicide rates and climatic factors including Rainfall Activity Index, Winter Mean Temperatures, Summer Mean Temperatures and Temperature Difference between January and July previously defined by several authors in the broad series in Turkey...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334626/parenting-predicts-strange-situation-cortisol-reactivity-among-children-adopted-internationally
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Carrie E DePasquale, K Lee Raby, Julie Hoye, Mary Dozier
The functioning of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis can be altered by adverse early experiences. Recent studies indicate that children who were adopted internationally after experiencing early institutional rearing and unstable caregiving exhibit blunted HPA reactivity to stressful situations. The present study examined whether caregiving experiences post-adoption further modulate children's HPA responses to stress. Parental sensitivity during naturalistic parent-child play interactions was assessed for 66 children (M age = 17...
January 4, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334622/pyridazinone-hybrids-design-synthesis-and-evaluation-as-potential-anticonvulsant-agents
#6
Sangh Partap, Md Jawaid Akhtar, Mohammed Shahar Yar, Mohd Zaheen Hassan, Anees Ahmad Siddiqui
A series of new hybrid benzothiazole containing pyridazinones derivatives were designed and synthesized fulfilling all the pharmacophoric requirements essential for the anticonvulsant activity. In-silico and in vitro studies revealed that some of these hybrid derivatives demonstrated admirable GABA AT inhibitory activity. An attempt has also been made to validate the results of in vitro GABA AT inhibition of the most potent compound SPS-5F (IC50 9.10 μM) through in vivo anticonvulsant screening. Compound SPS-5F administration significantly increases the whole brain GABA level, might be through the inhibition of GABA AT enzyme...
January 3, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334611/understanding-complex-tribofilms-by-means-of-h3bo3-b2o3-model-glasses
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Fabiana Spadaro, Antonella Rossi, Shivaprakash N Ramakrishna, Emmanuel Lainé, Philip Woodward, Nicholas D Spencer
The discovery of the spontaneous reaction of boric oxides with moisture in the air to form lubricious H3BO3 films has led to great interest in the tribology of boron compounds in general. Despite this, a study of the growth kinetics of H3BO3 on a B2O3 substrate under controlled relative humidity (RH), has not yet been reported in the literature. Here, we describe the tribological properties of H3BO3-B2O3 glass systems after aging under controlled relative humidity over different lengths of time. A series of tribological tests has been performed applying a normal load of 15 N, at both room temperature and 100°C in Yubase 4 oil...
January 15, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334594/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-in-patients-with-loss-of-function-filamin-a-mutations-clinical-characterization-genetics-and-recommendations
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Ming Hui Chen, Sangita Choudhury, Mami Hirata, Siri Khalsa, Bernard Chang, Christopher A Walsh
The frequency and gender distribution of thoracic aortic aneurysm as a cardiovascular manifestation of loss-of-function (LOF) X-linked FilaminA (FLNA) mutations are not known. Furthermore, there is very limited cardiovascular morbidity or mortality data in children and adults. We analyzed cardiac data on the largest series of 114 patients with LOF FLNA mutations, both children and adults, with periventricular nodular heterotopia (PVNH), including 48 study patients and 66 literature patients, median age of 22...
February 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334588/molecular-wire-effects-in-phenyleneethynylene-oligomers-surprising-insights
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Uwe Heiko Bunz, Marcel Hergert, Markus Bender, Kai Seehafer
We report the synthesis and quenching behavior of a series of water soluble, carboxylate-carrying phenyleneethynylene oligomers - monomer to tetramer - and their polymers and investigate their quenching behavior with different test analytes (paraquat, lead salts, mercury salts, picric acid, methylpyridinium iodide) in water and compare the results to that of the conjugated polymer. We find significant but analyte-dependent enhancement effects. For monovalent quenchers only the molecular wire effect applies but for divalent quenchers multivalency effects are also important...
January 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334541/a-novel-technique-for-measuring-eyelid-force
#10
Shay Ofir, Avner Belkin, Arie Y Nemet
PURPOSE: We present a novel technique to directly measure the eyelid upward force generation. This technique can be used during routine clinical examination using an inexpensive, portable force gauge. METHODS: This prospective case series was conducted January to June 2015 in an ophthalmology clinic affiliated with a tertiary care medical center. A convenience sample of 42 patients (40-90 years of age) without known eyelid pathology participated. The eyelid upward net force generated was measured directly using a handheld dynamometer noninvasively attached to the upper eyelid...
January 12, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334534/symptomatic-hyperammonemia-with-erwinia-chrysanthemi-derived-asparaginase-in-pediatric-leukemia-patients
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Nathan Gossai, Michael Richards, Lara Boman, Yoav Messinger, Sara Gernbacher, Joanna Perkins, Bruce Bostrom
Erwinia chrysanthemi-derived asparaginase is increasingly integral to acute lymphoblastic leukemia therapy. In our series, 16% of patients developed symptomatic hyperammonemia following Erwinia administration with symptoms including refractory nausea, vomiting, profound fatigue, malaise, and coma. This series of patients receiving Erwinia indicates higher than expected incidence of hyperammonemia, correlation between ammonia and asparaginase levels and therapeutic asparaginase activity levels despite dose reduction...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334467/robot-assisted-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334461/enhanced-proton-loss-from-neutral-free-radicals-towards-carbon-centered-superacids
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John C Walton
Radical centers close to protons are known to enhance their dissociation. Investigation of the generality of this Radical Enhanced Deprotonation (RED-shift) phenomenon and the kinds of structures in which it operates are reported. The pKas for sulfinic, sulfonic, pentan-2,4-dione and Meldrum's acid species, with adjacent radicals centered on C-, N- and O-atoms, were computed by a DFT method from free energies of deprotonation. All series showed significant RED-shifts that increased with the electronegativity of the radical center...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334407/chiral-separation-of-novel-iminonaringenin-derivatives
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Meriem Bouanini, Nasser Belboukhari, J Carlos Menéndez, Khaled Sekkoum, Abdelkarim Cheriti, Hassan Y Aboul-Enein
A series of 4-iminonaringenin derivatives 2-6 have been prepared in good overall yields from a condensation reaction between naringenin and primary amines. The structures of all products were confirmed by ultraviolet, infrared, proton nuclear magnetic resonance, and carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic techniques. These derivatives were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography using polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases, namely, Chiralpak IB and Chiralcel OD, using various mobile phases...
January 15, 2018: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334389/effect-of-coordination-geometry-on-the-magnetic-properties-of-a-series-of-ln2-and-ln4-hydroxo-clusters
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Amaleswari Rasamsetty, Chinmoy Das, E Carolina Sañudo, Maheswaran Shanmugam, Viswanathan Baskar
A series of three isostructural tetranuclear complexes with the general molecular formula [Ln4(μ3-OH)4(L)4(μ2-piv)4(MeOH)4] (Ln = Gd 1, Dy 2 and Ho 3; LH = [1,3-bis(o-methoxyphenyl)-propane-1,3-dione]) were isolated and unambiguously characterized by single crystal XRD. Under similar reaction conditions, simply changing the co-ligand from pivalate to 2,6-bis(hydroxymethyl)-p-cresol (LH'3) led to the isolation of dinuclear Ln(iii) complexes with the general molecular formula [Ln2(L)4(μ2-LH'2)2]·4DMF (Ln = Gd 4, Dy 5 and Ho 6)...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334384/micrometer-sized-dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated-layered-double-hydroxides-synthesis-selective-infrared-absorption-properties-and-applications-as-agricultural-films
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Yixuan Guo, Jing Wang, Dianqing Li, Pinggui Tang, Fabrice Leroux, Yongjun Feng
High-performance heat-retention agents for multifunctional green agricultural films are today largely suitable to increase the production yield as well as to save energy. Here, an adapted ammonia releasing hydrothermal method was used to produce a series of micrometer-sized carbonate-layered double hydroxide (CO3-LDH) precursors of sizes ranging from 1.32 μm to 8.64 μm by simply adjusting the feeding Mg2+ concentration from 0.80 mol L-1 to 0.20 mol L-1. From these pristine LDH materials, μm-sized dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated LDHs (H2PO4-LDHs) were prepared by an anion-exchange method...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334270/secukinumab-in-multi-failure-psoriatic-patients-the-last-hope
#17
M Magnano, C Loi, A Patrizi, P Sgubbi, R Balestri, G Rech, L Tasin, C R Girardelli, A Conti, G Odorici, A Campanati, A M Offidani, F Bardazzi
Psoriasis is a multi-systemic chronic inflammatory disease that affects about 1.5-3% of the general population, of which almost 20% suffer from a moderate-severe form. Those patients can be treated with a systemic agent, and, in case of scarce response or contraindications, they may require a biologic therapy, such as tumor necrosis factor or interleukin-12/23 inhibitors. When also those agents fail, clinicians face a true therapeutic challenge. We report a case series of multi-failure 16 patients, successfully treated with secukinumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody that selectively neutralizes interleukin-17A, recently approved for the treatment of plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334041/autoantibodies-to-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-4-in-double-seronegative-myasthenia-gravis-a-systematic-review
#18
Stephen Bacchi, Philippe Kramer, Colin Chalk
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder of the neuromuscular junction in which a clinical diagnosis may be confirmed with serological testing. The most common autoantibodies used to support a diagnosis of MG are anti-acetylcholine receptor antibodies and anti-muscle-specific tyrosine kinase antibodies. In cases in which both of these autoantibodies are negative (termed double-seronegative [dSNMG]), other autoantibodies such as low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4 (LRP4) may be used to aid in diagnosis...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334016/case-report-to-demonstrate-the-need-for-selection-criteria-for-optimal-adjustable-velcro-wrap-prescription
#19
Suzie Ehmann, Karen Bock
Compression, in the form of either a compression bandage or a compression stocking, has been touted as the gold standard for treatment of swelling and venous leg ulcers (VLUs). Adjustable Velcro wraps have been marketed as compression alternative. Although there is a growing body of evidence to support use of these products, there has not been a critical evaluation of the functionality of the devices to best matching product to patient presentation and ability to use the device effectively. Unlike compression garments, which are classified by compression category (class I/II or flat knit/circular), there is not an algorithm to direct health professionals to best match a specific adjustable Velcro wrap to an individual patient presentation...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333947/persistence-of-hepatitis-b-immune-memory-until-9-10%C3%A2-years-of-age-following-hepatitis-b-vaccination-at-birth-and-dtap-ipv-hb-prp%C3%A2-t-vaccination-at-2-4-and-6-months
#20
Pope Kosalaraksa, Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, Suwat Benjaponpitak, Chitsanu Pancharoen, Sunate Chuenkitmongkol, Siham B'Chir, Xavier Da Costa, Emmanuel Vidor
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the long-term persistence of anti-hepatitis B surface (HBs) antibodies and the response to a HB challenge re-vaccination in children who had received a primary series of DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP∼T (Hexaxim™) or DTaP-IPV-HB/PRP∼T (Infanrix hexa™). METHODS: Two cohorts of participants who had previously received HB vaccine at birth followed by either DTaP-IPV-HB-PRP∼T or DTaP-IPV-HB/PRP∼T co-administered with PCV7 at 2, 4, 6 months of age in a randomized, Phase III, observer-blind study in Thailand, were followed up for anti-HBs antibodies (geometric mean concentrations [GMCs] and seroprotection [SP] rate [% of participants with a titer ≥10 mIU/mL]) at 12-18 months of age and 9-10 years of age...
January 15, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
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