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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102955/compound-speckle-model-detects-anti-angiogenic-tumor-response-in-preclinical-nonlinear-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography
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Matthew R Lowerison, Justin J Tse, M Nicole Hague, Ann F Chambers, David W Holdsworth, James C Lacefield
PURPOSE: This paper proposes a method for analyzing the first-order speckle statistics of nonlinear contrast-enhanced ultrasound images from tumors. METHODS: Contrast signal intensity is modeled as a compound distribution of exponential probability density functions with a gamma weighting function. The gamma probability weighting function serves as an approximation for log-normally distributed flow velocities in a vascular network. The model was applied to sub-harmonic bolus-injection images acquired from a mouse breast cancer xenograft model treated with murine version bevacizumab...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102743/expression-and-alteration-of-bkca-channels-in-the-sphincter-of-oddi-s-from-rabbits-with-hypercholesterolemia
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Dan Feng, Haiyan Nan, Wen Wang, Linfeng Yan, Pang Du, Lin Zuo, Kun Zhang, Minggao Zhao, Guangbin Cui
This study aimed to investigate the expression and function of BKCa channels in the Sphincter of Oddi (SO) in a rabbit model of hypercholesterolemia (HC). New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into two groups: the control group was fed standard chow (n = 18) whereas the high-cholesterol group was fed cholesterol-enriched chow containing 1.5% cholesterol (n = 18). The serum cholesterol level was significantly greater in the HC groups than in the control group, but there was no significant difference in body weight between the control and HC groups...
January 19, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102615/comparative-effectiveness-of-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-options-for-the-patient-undergoing-total-hip-and-knee-replacement-a-network-meta-analysis
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A Kapoor, A Ellis, N Shaffer, J Gurwitz, A Chandramohan, J Saulino, A Ishak, T Okubanjo, F Michota, E Hylek, T A Trikalinos
: Essentials Despite trial data, guidelines have not endorsed direct oral Xa inhibitors above other options. We provide profiles of venous thromboembolism and hemorrhage risk for 12 options. Direct oral Xa inhibitors had a favorable profile compared with low-molecular-weight heparin. Other options did not have favorable profiles compared with low-molecular-weight heparin. SUMMARY: Background There are numerous trials and several meta-analyses comparing venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis options after total hip and knee replacement (THR and TKR)...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102434/low-muscle-mass-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults-findings-from-the-koges
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Jang Won Son, Seong Su Lee, Sung Rae Kim, Soon Jib Yoo, Bong Yun Cha, Ho Young Son, Nam H Cho
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Asians have a propensity to develop type 2 diabetes with a lower BMI than Western populations. This discrepancy may be due to differences in body fat and muscle mass for a given BMI. However, unlike adiposity, it is unclear whether muscle mass affects the risk of type 2 diabetes in Asian populations. METHODS: We conducted a 2-yearly prospective assessment of 6895 participants who were free of diabetes at the baseline examination as part of the Korean Genome Epidemiology Study...
January 19, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102093/cardiovascular-safety-and-benefits-of-glp-1-receptor-agonists
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Niels B Dalsgaard, Andreas Brønden, Tina Vilsbøll, Filip K Knop
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs) constitute a class of drugs for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and currently, six different GLP-1RAs are approved. Besides improving glycemic control, the GLP-1RAs have other beneficial effects such as weight loss and a low risk of hypoglycemia. Treatment with the GLP-1RA lixisenatide has been shown to be safe in patients with type 2 diabetes and recent acute coronary syndrome. Furthermore, liraglutide and semaglutide have been shown to reduce cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD) risk in type 2 diabetes patients with established and/or high risk of CVD...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102030/impact-of-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitors-on-nonglycemic-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Jennifer M Trujillo, Wesley A Nuffer
The efficacy of the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin in reducing hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes is well documented. In addition, positive effects have been observed with these agents on nonglycemic variables, such as reductions in body weight and blood pressure, which may confer additional health benefits. SGLT2 inhibitors are also associated with evidence of renal-protecting benefits. Furthermore, during the landmark Empagliflozin, Cardiovascular Outcomes, and Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes (EMPA-REG OUTCOME) trial, a substantial reduction in major adverse cardiovascular outcomes was demonstrated with empagliflozin therapy...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101970/neuropeptide-y-resists-excess-loss-of-fat-by-lipolysis-in-calorie-restricted-mice-a-trait-potential-for-the-life-extending-effect-of-calorie-restriction
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Seongjoon Park, Toshimitsu Komatsu, Sang Eun Kim, Katsuya Tanaka, Hiroko Hayashi, Ryoichi Mori, Isao Shimokawa
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is an orexigenic peptide that plays an essential role in caloric restriction (CR)-mediated lifespan extension. However, the mechanisms underlying the NPY-mediated effects in CR are poorly defined. Here, we report that NPY deficiency in male mice during CR increases mortality in association with lipodystrophy. NPY(-/-) mice displayed a rapid decrease in body weight and fat mass, as well as increased lipolysis during CR. These alterations in fat regulation were inhibited by the lipolysis inhibitor, acipimox, a treatment associated with reduced mortality...
January 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101844/prediction-of-diabetes-remission-at-long-term-following-biliopancreatic-diversion
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Nicola Scopinaro, Gian Franco Adami, Paolo Bruzzi, Renzo Cordera
IMPORTANCE: In obese patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM), the marked weight loss following bariatric surgery is accompanied in a consistent number of cases by T2DM resolution or control. The clinical need of preoperative parameters reliable in predicting a positive metabolic outcome at long term following the operation has then emerged. OBSERVATION: A cohort of 135 consecutive T2DM patients with a wide range of body mass index (BMI) at more than 5 years following biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) was considered...
January 18, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101792/medical-management-of-diabesity-do-we-have-realistic-targets
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REVIEW
Joseph M Pappachan, Ananth K Viswanath
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The global prevalence of "diabesity"-diabetes related to obesity-is increasing steadily over the past few decades because of the obesity epidemic. Although bariatric surgery is an effective treatment option for patients with diabesity, its limited availability, invasiveness, relatively high costs and the potential for surgical and postsurgical complications restrict its widespread use. Therefore, medical management is the only option for a majority of patients with diabesity...
January 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101776/plyometric-exercise-and-bone-health-in-children-and-adolescents-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Alejandro Gómez-Bruton, Ángel Matute-Llorente, Alejandro González-Agüero, José A Casajús, Germán Vicente-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Many jumping interventions have been performed in children and adolescents in order to improve bone-related variables and thus, ensure a healthy bone development during these periods and later in life. This systematic review aims to summarize and update present knowledge regarding the effects that jumping interventions may have on bone mass, structure and metabolism in order to ascertain the efficacy and durability (duration of the effects caused by the intervention) of the interventions...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101755/does-n-terminal-pro-brain-type-natriuretic-peptide-predict-cardiac-complications-after-hip-fracture-surgery
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Hiroki Ushirozako, Tsuyoshi Ohishi, Tomotada Fujita, Daisuke Suzuki, Kazufumi Yamamoto, Tomohiro Banno, Hiroyuki Takase, Yukihiro Matsuyama
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients with hip fracture are at risk for cardiac complications. N-terminal pro-brain type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has been shown to predict cardiac complications in surgical patients; however, to our knowledge, only two studies have evaluated the utility of this test in patients with hip fracture. We believe it is important to assess a more accurate cutoff value of NT-proBNP with exclusion of patients with renal failure. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: To assess the association between preoperative NT-proBNP and cardiac complications after hip fracture surgery...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101590/-minimally-invasive-treatment-of-intra-articular-calcaneal-fractures-with-the-2%C3%A2-point-distractor
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G Mattiassich, W Litzlbauer, M Ponschab, R Ortmaier, C Rodemund
OBJECTIVE: Open treatment of calcaneus fractures often has an increased risk of wound healing. Minimally invasive treatment with small incisions reduces complications. INDICATIONS: Calcaneal fractures with malalignment/comminution >1-2 mm; broadening, varus alignment of the calcaneal length axis or shortening; emergency surgery for open fractures or compartment syndrome. CONTRAINDICATIONS: Local or general contraindications. SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: Standardised positioning; restoration of length/axis with 2‑point distractor under fluoroscopic control...
January 18, 2017: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101564/changes-in-body-composition-after-spasticity-treatment-with-intrathecal-baclofen
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Olle Skogberg, Kersti Samuelsson, Per Ertzgaard, Richard Levi
OBJECTIVE: To assess changes in body composition, body weight and resting metabolic rate in patients who received intrathecal baclofen therapy for spasticity. DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal, quasi-experimental, with a pre/post design. PATIENTS: Twelve patients with spasticity, fulfilling study criteria, and due for pump implantation for intrathecal baclofen therapy, completed the study. METHODS: Data were obtained before, 6 months and 12 months after commencement of intrathecal baclofen therapy as regards body composition (by skinfold calliper), body weight, and resting metabolic rate (by resting oxygen consumption)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101310/effectiveness-and-safety-of-sitagliptin-in-patients-with-beta-thalassaemia-major-and-diabetes-mellitus-a-case-series
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Shahrzad Zonoozi, Maria Barnard, Emma Prescott, Romilla Jones, Farrukh T Shah, Ploutarchos Tzoulis
Sitagliptin, a modern antidiabetic agent which is weight neutral and associated with low rate of hypoglycaemias, is being increasingly used in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM). However, there is a paucity of data about its efficacy and safety in beta-thalassaemia major (β-TM). This retrospective case series of five patients (mean age of 45 years) is the first study evaluating the use of sitagliptin in patients with β-TM and DM. Four patients responded well to sitagliptin, as evidenced by a decrease in fructosamine by 77 and 96μmol/L (equivalent reduction in HbA1c of 1...
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101199/ultrastructural-changes-during-lung-carcinogenesis-modulation-by-curcumin-and-quercetin
#16
Xin Wang, Lei Wang, Hao Zhang, Ke Li, Jiqin You
The aim of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of curcumin and quercetin in modulating ultrastructural changes during lung carcinogenesis. A total of 24 male laka mice were divided into the normal control, benzo[a]pyrene (BP)-treated, BP+curcumin-treated, BP+quercetin- treated, and BP+curcumin+quercetin-treated groups (n=6 per group). Lung carcinogenesis was induced by a single intraperitoneal injection of BP [100 mg/kg of body weight (b.wt.)]. Curcumin was supplemented to mice at a dose level of 60 mg/kg of b...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100919/preventive-effect-of-eucommia-leaf-extract-on-aortic-media-hypertrophy-in-wistar-kyoto-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#17
Shingo Hosoo, Masahiro Koyama, Akira Watanabe, Ryuya Ishida, Tetsuya Hirata, Yasuyo Yamaguchi, Hiroo Yamasaki, Keiji Wada, Yukihito Higashi, Kozo Nakamura
Eucommia ulmoides Oliver leaf extract (ELE) has been shown to have anti-hypertensive and anti-obesity effects in rats that are fed a high-fat diet (HFD). To explore the effects of chronic administration of ELE on body weight, blood pressure and aortic media thickness, 7-week-old male Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were orally administered a normal diet, a 30% HFD, or a 5% ELE plus HFD ad libitum for 10 weeks. The HFD treatment caused mild obesity and hypertension in the normotensive rats, while rats receiving both ELE and the HFD had significantly lower body weights, less visceral and perirenal fat, lower blood pressure and thinner aortic media than the control rats receiving the HFD only...
January 19, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100915/whole-exome-sequencing-study-reveals-common-copy-number-variants-in-protocadherin-genes-associated-with-childhood-obesity-in-koreans
#18
S Moon, M Y Hwang, H B Jang, S Han, Y J Kim, J-Y Hwang, H-J Lee, S I Park, J Song, B-J Kim
Recently, the prevalence of childhood obesity has significantly increased in industrialized countries, including Korea, and now controlling obesity is becoming an economic burden. However, knowledge of the risk factors associated with obesity is still limited. In this study, we aimed to discover additional obesity-associated loci in children. To achieve this, we conducted an exome-wide association analysis of copy number variation (CNV) using whole-exome sequencing (WES) data from a total of 102 cases and 86 controls...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100734/does-the-superior-colliculus-control-perceptual-sensitivity-or-choice-bias-during-attention-evidence-from-a-multialternative-decision-framework
#19
Devarajan Sridharan, Nicholas A Steinmetz, Tirin Moore, Eric I Knudsen
: Distinct networks in the forebrain and the midbrain coordinate to control spatial attention. The critical involvement of the superior colliculus (SC)-the central structure in the midbrain network-in visuospatial attention has been shown by four seminal, published studies in monkeys (Macaca mulatta) performing multialternative tasks. However, due to the lack of a mechanistic framework for interpreting behavioral data in such tasks, the nature of the SC's contribution to attention remains unclear...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100656/perceptual-attraction-in-tool-use-evidence-for-a-reliability-based-weighting-mechanism
#20
Nienke B Debats, Marc O Ernst, Herbert Heuer
Humans are well able to operate tools whereby their hand movement is linked, via a kinematic transformation, to a spatially distant object moving in a separate plane of motion. An everyday example is controlling a cursor on a computer monitor. Despite these separate reference frames, the perceived positions of the hand and the object were found to be biased towards each other. We propose that this perceptual attraction is based on the principles by which the brain integrates redundant sensory information of single objects or events, known as optimal multisensory integration...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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