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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934846/egfr-mutation-status-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-associated-malignant-pleural-effusion-and-efficacy-of-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
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Jiyoul Yang, Ok-Jun Lee, Seung-Myoung Son, Chang Gok Woo, Yusook Jeong, Yaewon Yang, Jihyun Kwon, Ki Hyeong Lee, Hye Sook Han
Purpose: Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) are often observed in lung cancer, particularly adenocarcinoma. The aim of this study was to investigate epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation status in lung adenocarcinoma-associated MPEs (LA-MPEs) and its correlation with efficacy of EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Methods: Samples comprised 40 cell blocks of pathologically-confirmed LA-MPEs collected before the start of EGFR TKI therapy. EGFR mutation status was re-evaluated by peptide nucleic acid clamping and the clinical outcomes of EGFR TKI-treated patients were analyzed retrospectively...
September 19, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934820/-bone-metastases-pathophysiology-diagnostic-testing-and-therapy-part-1
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Sebastian Koob, Michael Kehrer, Andreas Strauss, Viktor Janzen, Dieter Christian Wirtz, Jan Schmolders
In Germany and other European countries, cancer is the second most common cause of death after cardiovascular disease. Although 5-year survival rates for several types of cancer have significantly improved over the last 30 years, metastasis to the bone almost always leads to incurable disease. Aside from the rare primary bone tumours, the treatment of bone metastases now accounts for a major part of tumour orthopaedic workload and requires close interdisciplinary coordination between specialists in oncology, radiology and the discipline of the primary tumour entity...
September 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934818/effects-of-zinc-alpha2-glycoprotein-on-lipid-metabolism-of-liver-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Guoqiang Fan, Yu Qiao, Shixing Gao, Jun Guo, Ruqian Zhao, Xiaojing Yang
Zinc alpha2 glycoprotein (ZAG) is a new type of adipokine involved in adipose tissue mobilization, however, little is known about its lipid metabolism effect in liver. Therefore, we investigated the effects of ZAG in the regulation of hepatic lipid accumulation. Mice were randomly divided into two groups; one was fed a normal diet and another was fed a high-fat diet for eight weeks to establish obesity model. After that, the normal diet group was divided into ND (injection of pcDNA3.1) and NDZ (injection of ZAG recombinant plasmid) and the high-fat diet group was divided into HF (injection of pcDNA3...
September 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934787/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-type-i-a-debilitating-and-poorly-understood-syndrome-possible-role-for-pulsed-electromagnetic-fields-a-narrative-review
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Stefania Pagani, Francesca Veronesi, Nicolo Nicoli Aldini, Milena Fini
BACKGROUND: Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS-I), also called algodystrophy, is a complex syndrome characterized by limb pain, edema, allodynia, hyperalgesia and functional impairment of bone with a similar clinical picture of osteoporosis, including an increased release of various pro-inflammatory neuropeptides and cytokines. Several treatments have been proposed for CRPS-I, but due to the poor outcome of conventional drugs and the invasiveness of some techniques, expectations are now directed towards new resources that could be more effective and less invasive...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934780/efficacy-of-cannabis-based-medicines-for-pain-management-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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J Aviram, G Samuelly-Leichtag
BACKGROUND: The management of chronic pain is a complex challenge worldwide. Cannabis-based medicines (CBMs) have proven to be efficient in reducing chronic pain, although the topic remains highly controversial in this field. OBJECTIVES: This study's aim is to conduct a conclusive review and meta-analysis, which incorporates all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in order to update clinicians' and researchers' knowledge regarding the efficacy and adverse events (AEs) of CBMs for chronic and postoperative pain treatment...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934769/assessment-and-modelling-of-general-practice-and-community-setting-capacity-for-medical-trainees-in-northern-new-zealand
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Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Abbas Al-Murrani
AIMS: To estimate the capacity of general practice to accommodate undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees, and model efficient ways to utilise identified capacity and increase capacity. METHODS: We conducted an online survey, with phone follow-up to non-responders, of all general practices in the northern half of New Zealand. The main outcome measures were current placements and future intentions for taking medical trainees; factors influencing decisions and possible incentives to take trainees...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934744/association-of-serum-amyloid-a-with-kidney-outcomes-and-all-cause-mortality-in-american-indians-with-type-2-diabetes
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Pierre-Jean Saulnier, Brad P Dieter, Stephanie K Tanamas, Sterling M McPherson, Kevin M Wheelock, William C Knowler, Helen C Looker, Rick L Meek, Robert G Nelson, Katherine R Tuttle
BACKGROUND: Serum amyloid A (SAA) induces inflammation and apoptosis in kidney cells and is found to be causing the pathologic changes that are associated with diabetic kidney disease (DKD). Higher serum SAA concentrations were previously associated with increased risk of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and death in persons with type 2 diabetes and advanced DKD. We explored the prognostic value of SAA in American Indians with type 2 diabetes without DKD or with early DKD. METHODS: SAA concentration was measured in serum samples obtained at the start of follow-up...
September 22, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934739/differential-pressure-shunt-for-simultaneous-diversion-of-ventricular-fluid-and-extracerebral-fluid
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Daniel Craig, Ken R Winston, Zach Folzenlogen, Kathryn A Beauchamp
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The management of extracerebral collections of fluid in patients with hydrocephalus can be problematic for either their simultaneous separate management or sequential management, each of which may require multiple surgeries and the management of external drains. The object of this report is to review the experience with a shunt configuration that simultaneously diverts ventricular fluid and extracerebral fluid, whether subdural or subarachnoid in location, through different outflow resistances...
September 22, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934715/stercoral-perforation-of-the-rectosigmoid-colon-due-to-chronic-constipation-a-case-report
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Mustafa Fevzi Celayir, Hakan Mustafa Köksal, Mehmet Uludag
INTRODUCTION: Chronic constipation is very common in elderly patients. As a result of this situation fecaloma is also frequently seen at these ages. However, the stercoral perforation caused by fecaloma is a rare situation to occur. The rectosigmoid colon is the most affected colonic segment. It is seen in older patients with concomitant diseases and a low quality of life. PRESENTATION OF CASE: Here in this case, we have to report an 83 - year-old male patient who came to the emergency room with complaints of abdominal pain and constipation for two days...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934695/type-1-diabetes-and-viral-infections-what-is-the-relationship
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REVIEW
Nicola Principi, Maria Giulia Berioli, Sonia Bianchini, Susanna Esposito
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is the most common chronic metabolic disorder in children. Epigenetic and environmental factors capable of altering the penetrance of major susceptibility genes or capable of increasing the penetrance of low-risk genes are currently thought to play a role in triggering autoimmunity and T1D development. This paper discusses the current knowledge of the role of viruses in T1D. Most studies that have evaluated the potential association between viral infections and T1D have indicated that it is highly likely that some of these infectious agents play a role in T1D development...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934686/changes-in-microbial-community-during-removal-of-bde-153-in-four-types-of-aquatic-sediments
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Ying Pan, Juan Chen, Haichao Zhou, Nora F Y Tam
Indigenous microorganisms in sediments could degrade polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), but how the microbial communities respond to PBDEs was seldom reported. The effect of BDE-153, a common congener in aquatic environments, on the microbial communities in four types of aquatic sediments was evaluated during the 150days' incubation under an anaerobic condition. The intrinsic potential to remove BDE-153 varied significantly among four sediment types, and the removal rates of mangrove, mudflat, marine and freshwater sediments were 0...
September 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934683/histological-transformations-of-the-dental-pulp-as-possible-indicator-of-post-mortem-interval-a-pilot-study
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Patricio A Carrasco, Claudia I Brizuela, Ismael A Rodriguez, Samuel Muñoz, Marianela E Godoy, Carolina Inostroza
BACKGROUND: The correct estimation of the post mortem interval (PMI) can be crucial on the success of a forensic investigation. Diverse methods have been used to estimate PMI, considering physical changes that occur after death, such as mortis algor, livor mortis, among others. Degradation after death of dental pulp is a complex process that has not yet been studied thoroughly. It has been described that pulp RNA degradation could be an indicator of PMI, however this study is limited to 6 days...
September 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934670/conflicting-interactions-of-apolipoprotein-a-and-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-with-microvascular-complications-of-type-2-diabetes
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Zahra Aryan, Mohsen Afarideh, Alireza Ghajar, Sadaf Esteghamati, Alireza Esteghamati, Manouchehr Nakhjavani
AIMS: This study is amid at investigating the associations, and interactions of serum lipid biomarkers with microvascular complications of type 2 diabetes (T2D). METHODS: A nested case-control study was conducted within an ongoing prospective study on patients with T2D. Microvascular complications of T2D including diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic nephropathy were investigated. A total of 444 cases with at least one of the microvascular complications of T2D and 439 age- and gender-matched controls free of any of the chronic microvascular complications of T2D were included...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934669/transforming-growth-factor-beta-tgf-%C3%AE-mediates-cardiac-fibrosis-and-induces-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Yiyang Yue, Ke Meng, Yuejie Pu, Xiaoming Zhang
Cardiovascular diseases account for the major cause of morbidity and mortality among individuals with diabetes. The diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of diabetic cardiovascular disease, which further directs to the heart failure. The researchers found that diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis plays a vital role in several of the pathological changes that associated with DCM, causing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), diastolic dysfunction and systolic dysfunction. However, the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of DCM are still elusive...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934667/serum-calcium-changes-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-asian-population
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Sunghwan Suh, Ji Cheol Bae, Sang-Man Jin, Jae Hwan Jee, Mi Kyoung Park, Duk Kyu Kim, Jae Hyeon Kim
AIMS: We examined the association between changes in serum calcium levels with the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in apparently healthy South Korean subjects. METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal analysis was conducted with subjects who had participated in comprehensive health check-ups at least four times over a 7-year period (between 2006 and 2012). In total, 23,121 subjects were categorized into tertiles based on changes in their albumin-adjusted serum calcium levels...
September 5, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934653/mixed-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-enriched-microbial-fuel-cells-for-the-treatment-of-wastewater-containing-copper
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Waheed Miran, Jiseon Jang, Mohsin Nawaz, Asif Shahzad, Sang Eun Jeong, Che Ok Jeon, Dae Sung Lee
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) have been widely investigated for organic-based waste/substrate conversion to electricity. However, toxic compounds such as heavy metals are ubiquitous in organic waste and wastewater. In this work, a sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB)-enriched anode is used to study the impact of Cu(2+) on MFC performance. This study demonstrates that MFC performance is slightly enhanced at concentrations of up to 20 mg/L of Cu(2+), owing to the stimulating effect of metals on biological reactions...
September 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934557/a-safety-evaluation-of-empagliflozin-plus-linagliptin-for-treating-type-2-diabetes
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Baptist Gallwitz
Dipeptidyl-peptidase-IV inhibitors (DPP-4i) and sodium-glucose-transporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT-2i) are oral antidiabetic drugs that improve glycemic parameters and possess a very low intrinsic hypoglycemia risk and favorable cardiovascular data. Areas covered: An overview on the clinical studies investigating the combination therapy with the DPP-4i linagliptin and the SGLT-2i empagliflozin is given. The clinical evidence for the efficacy and safety of free combinations as well as for their fixed dose combinations is presented...
September 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934522/effects-of-cannabinoid-agonists-and-antagonists-on-sleep-and-breathing-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Michael W Calik, David W Carley
Study Objectives: There are no pharmacological treatments for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, but dronabinol showed promise in a small pilot study. In anesthetized rats, dronabinol attenuates reflex apnea via activation of cannabinoid (CB) receptors located on vagal afferents; an effect blocked by cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) and/or type 2 (CB2) receptor antagonists. Here, using a natural model of central sleep apnea, we examine the effects of dronabinol, alone and in combination with selective antagonists in conscious rats chronically instrumented to stage sleep and measure cessation of breathing...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934497/systematic-analysis-of-dna-crosslink-repair-pathways-during-development-and-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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David M Wilson, Matthias Rieckher, Ashley B Williams, Björn Schumacher
DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) are generated by endogenous sources and chemotherapeutics, and pose a threat to genome stability and cell survival. Using Caenorhabditis elegans mutants, we identify DNA repair factors that protect against the genotoxicity of ICLs generated by trioxsalen/ultraviolet A (TMP/UVA) during development and aging. Mutations in nucleotide excision repair (NER) components (e.g. XPA-1 and XPF-1) imparted extreme sensitivity to TMP/UVA relative to wild-type animals, manifested as developmental arrest, defects in adult tissue morphology and functionality, and shortened lifespan...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934493/ubalai-is-a-monomeric-type-iie-restriction-enzyme
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Giedrius Sasnauskas, Giedre Tamulaitiene, Gintautas Tamulaitis, Jelena Calyševa, Migle Laime, Renata Rimšeliene, Arvydas Lubys, Virginijus Siksnys
Type II restriction endonucleases (REases) form a large and highly diverse group of enzymes. Even REases specific for a common recognition site often vary in their oligomeric structure, domain organization and DNA cleavage mechanisms. Here we report biochemical and structural characterization of the monomeric restriction endonuclease UbaLAI, specific for the pseudosymmetric DNA sequence 5'-CC/WGG-3' (where W = A/T, and '/' marks the cleavage position). We present a 1.6 Å co-crystal structure of UbaLAI N-terminal domain (UbaLAI-N) and show that it resembles the B3-family domain of EcoRII specific for the 5'-CCWGG-3' sequence...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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