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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087985/prophylactic-tributyrin-treatment-mitigates-chronic-binge-alcohol-induced-intestinal-barrier-and-liver-injury
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Gail A Cresci, Bryan Glueck, Megan R McMullen, Wei Xin, Danielle Allende, Laura E Nagy
BACKGROUND/AIM: Impaired gut-liver axis is a potential factor contributing to alcoholic liver disease. Ethanol depletes intestinal integrity and causes gut dysbiosis. Butyrate, a fermentation byproduct of gut microbiota, is altered negatively following chronic ethanol exposure. This study aimed to determine whether prophylactic tributyrin could protect the intestinal barrier and liver in mice during combined chronic-binge ethanol exposure. METHODS: C57BL/6 J mice exposed to 5% v/v ethanol-containing diet for 10 days received a single ethanol gavage (5 g/kg) 9 hrs prior to euthanasia...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087401/how-the-eucerd-joint-action-supported-initiatives-on-rare-diseases
#2
REVIEW
Stephen Lynn, Victoria Hedley, Antonio Atalaia, Teresinha Evangelista, Kate Bushby
Joint Actions are successful initiatives from the European Commission (EC) that have helped to raise awareness and to bring significant benefit to those suffering from a rare disease (RD). In this paper, we will focus on the activities developed by the EUCERD Joint Action (EJA) and by the Orphanet Joint Action ("Orphanet Europe"). EUCERD Joint Action was co-funded by the EC and the Member States between 2012 and 2015 to help to define the activities and policies in the field of Rare Diseases and foster exchange of experiences amongst Member States...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087300/mutual-regulation-by-gnrh-and-kisspeptin-of-their-receptor-expression-and-its-impact-on-the-gene-expression-of-gonadotropin-subunits
#3
Tselmeg Mijiddorj, Haruhiko Kanasaki, Unurjargal Sukhbaatar, Aki Oride, Tomomi Hara, Satoru Kyo
Hypothalamic kisspeptin plays a pivotal role in the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis by stimulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release into the portal circulation, with the subsequent release of gonadotropins. Kisspeptin and its receptor, the kisspeptin 1 receptor (Kiss1R), are also expressed in the pituitary gland. This study demonstrates the interaction between GnRH and kisspeptin within the pituitary gonadotrophs by altering their individual receptor expression. Our results show that kisspeptin and Kiss1R are expressed in the mouse pituitary gonadotroph cell line LβT2...
January 10, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081586/a-case-of-levocetirizine-induced-liver-injury
#4
Moon Chan Jung, Ja Kyung Kim, Jae Yeon Cho, Jae Won Song, Bohyun Lee, Ji Won Park, Jinwon Seo, Sung Eun Kim
Levocetirizine is a second-generation nonsedative antihistaminic agent that has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for treating allergic disease. There was only one case report of levocetirizine-induced liver toxicity, but a liver biopsy was not performed. In this article, we present the first case of levocetirizine-induced liver injury with histologic findings. A 48-year-old man was hospitalized with jaundice and generalized pruritus that had developed after 2 months of therapy with levocetirizine for prurigo nodularis...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081575/what-arthroscopic-skills-need-to-be-trained-before-continuing-safe-training-in-the-operating-room
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Gabrielle Tuijthof, Federico Cabitza, Vincenza Ragone, Riccardo Compagnoni, Pietro Randelli
The purpose of this study was to generate consensus among experienced surgeons on "what skills a resident should possess before continuing safe training in the operating room (OR)." An online survey of 65 questions was developed and distributed to surgeons in the European community. A total of 216 responded. The survey included 15 questions regarding generic and specific skills; 16 on patient and tissue manipulation, 11 on knowledge of pathology and 6 on inspection of e-anatomical structures; 5 methods to prepare residents; and 12 on specific skills exercises...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079827/differentiating-malignant-from-benign-gastric-mucosal-lesions-with-quantitative-analysis-in-dual-energy-spectral-computed-tomography-initial-experience
#6
Xiaoyan Meng, Cheng Ni, Yaqi Shen, Xuemei Hu, Xiao Chen, Zhen Li, Daoyu Hu
To investigate the value of quantitative analysis in dual energy spectral computed tomography (DESCT) for differentiating malignant gastric mucosal lesions from benign gastric mucosal lesions (including gastric inflammation [GI] and normal gastric mucosa [NGM]). This study was approved by the ethics committee, and all patients provided written informed consent. A total of 161 consecutive patients (63 with gastric cancer [GC], 48 with GI, and 50 with NGM) who underwent dual-phase contrast enhanced DESCT scans in the arterial phase (AP) and portal venous phase (PVP) were included in this study...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079668/noninvasive-assessment-of-portal-hypertension-and-detection-of-esophageal-varices-in-cirrhosis-state-of-the-art
#7
Ana C de Oliveira
Portal hypertension (PHT) is a major consequence of any chronic liver disease and it is the main cause of complications in patients with cirrhosis. Measurement of hepatic vein pressure gradient is considered the gold standard for PHT assessment, together with its diagnosis and prognosis relevance. Even though hepatic vein pressure gradient measurement is a safe procedure, it is still considered an invasive technique and not widely available. There is thus a need for noninvasive methods that can predict the progression of PHT as well as the presence and the risk of complications related to esophageal varices...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079667/stage-of-fibrosis-and-portal-pressure-correlation-in-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#8
Achuthan Sourianarayanane, Jyothsna Talluri, Abinav Humar, Arthur J McCullough
BACKGROUND: Hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurement correlates with staging of liver fibrosis. Patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) have a different pattern of fibrosis compared with hepatitis C virus (HCV) with possible alterations in pressures. AIM: The aim of this study was to compare portal pressures with the stage of fibrosis in NASH in comparison with other liver diseases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Records of all patients who had undergone transjugular liver biopsy with pressure measurements between January 2001 and June 2013 were reviewed...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079252/outcomes-of-surgical-shunts-and-transjugular-intrahepatic-portasystemic-stent-shunts-for-complicated-portal-hypertension
#9
I Hosokawa, R Adam, M-A Allard, G Pittau, E Vibert, D Cherqui, A Sa Cunha, H Bismuth, M Miyazaki, D Castaing
BACKGROUND: Transjugular intrahepatic portasystemic stent shunt (TIPSS), instead of surgical shunt, has become the standard treatment for patients with complicated portal hypertension. This study compared outcomes in patients who underwent TIPSS or surgical shunting for complicated portal hypertension. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of all consecutive patients who received portasystemic shunts from 1994 to 2014 at a single institution. Patients who underwent surgical shunting were compared with those who had a TIPSS procedure following one-to-one propensity score matching...
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079234/evaluation-of-endoscopic-secondary-prophylaxis-in-children-and-adolescents-with-esophageal-varices
#10
Júlio Rocha Pimenta, Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira, Eleonora Druve Tavares Fagundes, Paulo Fernando Souto Bittencourt, Alice Mendes Moura, Simone Diniz Carvalho
BACKGROUND: - Bleeding of esophageal varices is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in children and adults with portal hypertension and there are few studies involving secondary prophylaxis in children and adolescents. OBJECTIVE: - To evaluate the efficacy of endoscopic secondary prophylaxis in prevention of upper gastrointestinal bleeding in children and adolescents with esophageal varices. METHODS: - This is a prospective analysis of 85 patients less than 18 years of age with or without cirrhosis, with portal hypertension...
January 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078806/prognostic-factors-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-with-portal-vein-tumor-thrombosis-treated-with-transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization
#11
Hongyuan Liang, Peng Cui, Qiyong Guo, Xiaonan Mao, Feng Wen, Wei Sun, Ming Shan, Zaiming Lu
AIM: To investigate the factors that influence survival of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) following transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). METHODS: Retrospectively enrolled HCC patients with PVTT (n = 57). Patients received TACE, and the local tumor response was evaluated by modified response evaluation criteria in solid tumor (mRECIST). Overall survival and disease progression were evaluated using Kaplan-Meier survival curves...
January 12, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076848/endovascular-brachytherapy-combined-with-portal-vein-stenting-and-transarterial-chemoembolization-improves-overall-survival-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-with-main-portal-vein-tumor-thrombus
#12
Tian-Zhu Yu, Wen Zhang, Qing-Xin Liu, Wen-Hui Li, Jing-Qin Ma, Zi-Han Zhang, Min-Jie Yang, Jian-Hua Wang, Bing Chen, Shao-Chong Zeng, Jian-Jun Luo, Ling-Xiao Liu, Zhi-Ping Yan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with main portal vein tumor thrombus have a median survival time of only about 4 months. We therefore compared the safety and efficacy of endovascular brachytherapy (EVBT) and sequential three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3-DCRT). From a cohort of 176 patients, we treated 123 with EVBT using iodine-125 seed strands (group A) and the remaining 53 with sequential 3-DCRT (group B). Overall survival, progression free survival and stent patency characteristics were compared between the two groups...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076614/association-between-asthma-and-female-sex-hormones
#13
Raquel Prudente de Carvalho Baldaçara, Ivaldo Silva
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: The relationship between sex hormones and asthma has been evaluated in several studies. The aim of this review article was to investigate the association between asthma and female sex hormones, under different conditions (premenstrual asthma, use of oral contraceptives, menopause, hormone replacement therapy and pregnancy). DESIGN AND SETTING: Narrative review of the medical literature, Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT) and Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp)...
January 5, 2017: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076509/animal-models-of-obesity-in-rodents-an-integrative-review
#14
Melina Ribeiro Fernandes, Nayara Vieira de Lima, Karoline Silva Rezende, Isabela Caroline Marques Santos, Iandara Schettert Silva, Rita de Cássia Avellaneda Guimarães
PURPOSE: To perform an integrative review of the main animal disease models in rodents used for obesity. METHODS: Research was conducted in the CAPES Portal database using the following keywords "obesity animal models, diet and rodents", published between the years 2010 to 2016. We found 108 articles, of which 19 were selected and analyzed in full for this study. RESULTS: Larger part of publications occurred in the last 6 years, the rats (n = 10) were used in the same proportion mice (n = 10)...
December 2016: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076260/medical-home-implementation-in-small-primary-care-practices-provider-perspectives
#15
Gilbert Gimm, Jay Want, Dan Hough, Treniese Polk, Margaret Rodan, Len M Nichols
BACKGROUND: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Maryland implemented a voluntary patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program in 2011 that did not require formal certification to participate. This study assessed attitudes and awareness of PCMH programs among participating providers in Maryland and Northern Virginia. METHODS: This qualitative study used information from 13 focus groups. In addition, 39 telephone interviews were conducted. An experienced facilitator moderated the focus groups...
November 2016: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075623/identifying-hidden-zones-of-the-far-posterior-cartilage-of-the-femoral-condyles-not-visible-during-knee-arthroscopy
#16
Mark J Sando, Sean S Rajaee, Joseph P Liu, Michael Banffy, Orr Limpisvasti, John V Crues
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare standard knee arthroscopic and MRI findings and measurements for visualization of the femoral condyle articular cartilage. The hypothesis was that certain posterior cartilage defects identified with MRI may not be accessible with routine arthroscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six cadaveric knees were examined by routine arthroscopy through standard inferomedial and inferolateral portals. Suture anchors were inserted into the femoral condyles at 30°, 60°, 90°, and 120° of flexion as markers of the cartilage surface at the most posterior aspect of the condyle that could be accessed at each degree of flexion...
January 11, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074705/an-uncommon-cause-of-sciatic-pain-tuberculous-osteomyelitis-of-the-ischial-tuberosity
#17
Pieter De Mulder, Charlotte Harth, Louis Ide, Jurgen Vallaeys, Nick Baelde, Thomas De Bo
A 66-year-old Caucasian female presented with insidious sciatic pain leading to an uncommon diagnosis of tuberculous osteomyelitis with unknown portal entry. The patient did not report a history of a previous tuberculosis (TB) infection and her chest X-ray was negative for TB. Considering TB in the differential diagnosis of a 'bone abscess', it is of paramount importance to come to a correct diagnosis. Conventional radiographs still remain the first-line imaging modality for evaluation of skeletal symptomatology...
January 11, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073411/-effect-of-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-on-immune-function-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-decompensated-hepatitis-b-cirrhosis
#18
X Q Fang, J F Zhang, H Y Song, Z L Chen, J Dong, X Chen, J J Pan, B Liu, C X Chen
Objective: To investigate the effect of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCMSCs) on the immune function and prognosis of patients with decompensated hepatitis B cirrhosis. Methods: A total of 65 patients with decompensated hepatitis B cirrhosis were divided into observation group and control group. The patients in the observation group were given intervention (via the proper hepatic artery or the portal vein) and intravenous infusion of 4×10(8) hUCMSCs in two doses, as well as the same basic treatment as in the control group...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073274/quantum-dots-embedded-in-graphene-nanoribbons-by-chemical-substitution
#19
Eduard Carbonell-Sanromà, Pedro Brandimarte, Richard Balog, Martina Corso, Shigeki Kawai, Aran Garcia-Lekue, Shohei Saito, Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Ernst Meyer, Daniel Sánchez-Portal, Jose Ignacio Pascual
Bottom-up chemical reactions of selected molecular precursors on a gold surface can produce high quality graphene nanoribbons (GNRs). Here, we report on the formation of quantum dots embedded in an armchair GNR by substitutional inclusion of pairs of boron atoms into the GNR backbone. The boron inclusion is achieved through the addition of a small amount of boron substituted precursors during the formation of pristine GNRs. In the pristine region between two boron pairs, the nanoribbons show a discretization of their valence band into confined modes compatible with a Fabry-Perot resonator...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073180/porto-systemic-collaterals-in-living-donor-liver-transplantation-what-s-all-the-fuss-about
#20
REVIEW
Mettu Srinivas Reddy, Mohamed Rela
Porto-systemic collaterals are a common finding in patients with cirrhosis undergoing liver transplantation. Recently, there has been renewed interest regarding their significance in the setting of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) due to concerns of graft hypo or hyper-perfusion and its impact on early post-transplant outcomes. Presence of these collaterals has greater significance in the LDLT setting when compared to deceased donor liver transplant setting as dictated by the difference in the physiology of partial liver grafts...
January 10, 2017: Liver Transplantation
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