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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818840/hcn4-ion-channel-function-is-required-for-early-events-that-regulate-anatomical-left-right-patterning-in-a-nodal-and-lefty-asymmetric-gene-expression-independent-manner
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Vaibhav P Pai, Valerie Willocq, Emily J Pitcairn, Joan M Lemire, Jean-François Paré, Nian-Qing Shi, Kelly A McLaughlin, Michael Levin
Laterality is a basic characteristic of all life forms, from single cell organisms to complex plants and animals. For many metazoans, consistent left-right asymmetric patterning is essential for the correct anatomy of internal organs, such as the heart, gut, and brain; disruption of left-right asymmetry patterning leads to an important class of birth defects in human patients. Laterality functions across multiple scales, where early embryonic, subcellular and chiral cytoskeletal events are coupled with asymmetric amplification mechanisms and gene regulatory networks leading to asymmetric physical forces that ultimately result in distinct left and right anatomical organ patterning...
August 17, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818483/intermittent-hypoxia-and-cancer-undesirable-bed-partners
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REVIEW
Isaac Almendros, David Gozal
The deleterious effects of intermittent hypoxia (IH) on cancer biology have been primarily evaluated in the context of the aberrant circulation observed in solid tumors which results in recurrent intra-tumoral episodic hypoxia. From those studies, IH has been linked to an accelerated tumor progression, metastasis and resistance to therapies. More recently, the role of IH in cancer has also been studied in the context of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), since IH is a hallmark characteristic of this condition. Such recent studies are undoubtedly adding more information regarding the role of IH on tumor malignancy...
August 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818436/use-of-the-hemangioma-severity-scale-to-facilitate-treatment-decisions-for-infantile-hemangiomas
#3
Andre Vadimovich Moyakine, Bjorn Herwegen, Catharina Joanna Maria van der Vleuten
BACKGROUND: The Hemangioma Severity Scale (HSS) assesses the severity of an infantile hemangioma (IH). OBJECTIVE: First, to compare HSS scores between patients with IH for whom propranolol treatment was indicated at their first visit and those who were not treated. Second, to assess suitable cutoff values for the need for propranolol treatment. METHOD: All patients with IH who attended our tertiary referral center since 2008 and were 0 to 6 months of age at their first visit were included...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813627/the-impact-on-resource-utilization-of-supportive-care-consults-on-patients-at-the-university-of-north-carolina-hospital-2010-2012
#4
Kristen Westfall, Dominic Moore, Matthew Meeneghan, Sandra Jarr, John Valgus, Stephen Bernard
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients have a high rate of emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient hospitalizations (IHs) that may be reduced by use of outpatient palliative care services. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the outpatient adult palliative care service at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital, begun in 2008, reduced the frequency of ED visits and IH during a two-year period. DESIGN: The charts of patients with lung cancer or head and neck cancer seen by the supportive care service from 2010 to 2011, and of a contemporaneous set of potential consults that were not seen, were retrospectively reviewed to determine the impact of this care delivery model...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810774/effect-of-solute-nature-on-the-polyamorphic-transition-in-glassy-polyol-aqueous-solutions
#5
Yoshiharu Suzuki
I examined the polyamorphic behavior of glassy dilute aqueous solutions of polyols (ethylene glycol, glycerol, meso-erythritol, xylitol, and D-sorbitol) under pressure at low temperatures. Although the volume change of the glassy aqueous solution varied continuously against pressure, the rate of the volume change appeared to vary discontinuously at the onset pressure of the gradual polyamorphic transition. It is thought that low-density liquid-like solvent water and high-density liquid-like solvent water coexist during the transition...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805348/levocarnitine-decreases-intradialytic-hypotension-episodes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Héctor Raúl Ibarra-Sifuentes, Ángel Del Cueto-Aguilera, Daniel Alberto Gallegos-Arguijo, Sergio Andres Castillo-Torres, Raymundo Vera-Pineda, Rolando Jacob Martínez-Granados, Alexandro Atilano-Díaz, Jesus Eduardo Cuellar-Monterrubio, Cesar Octaviano Pezina-Cantú, Edgar de Jesús Martínez-Guevara, Juan Francisco Ortiz-Treviño, Guillermo Rubén Delgado-García, José Guadalupe Martínez-Jiménez, Jesús Cruz-Valdez, Concepción Sánchez-Martínez
Intradialytic hypotension is common complication in stage 5 chronic kidney disease patients on hemodialysis. Incidence ranges from 15 to 30%. These patients have levocarnitine deficiency. A randomized, placebo-controlled quadruple-blinded trial was designed to demonstrate the levocarnitine efficiency on intradialytic hypotension prevention. Patients were randomized into four groups, to receive levocarnitine or placebo. During the intervention period, levocarnitine and placebo was administered 0 and 30 min before each hemodialysis session, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804922/study-of-cognitive-function-in-children-treated-with-propranolol-for-infantile-hemangioma
#7
Nieves González-Llorente, Isabel Del Olmo-Benito, Natalia Muñoz-Ollero, Miguel Angel Descalzo, Ignacio García-Doval, Antonio Torrelo
BACKGROUND: Oral propranolol is considered the first choice for the treatment of infantile hemangiomas (IHs). There is a concern that administering propranolol in newborns and infants could induce adverse effects in learning and memory processes in the long term. The purpose of this study was to assess cognitive and memory functions in children who had been treated with propranolol for IH during their infancy. METHODS: A total of 23 children between 5 and 7.5 years of age who had been treated with oral propranolol for IH during infancy were tested for cognitive functions with the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence, Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) test and for memory functions with the Test of Memory and Learning (TOMAL)...
August 14, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801916/adenosine-and-dopamine-oppositely-modulate-a-hyperpolarization-activated-current-ih-in-chemosensory-neurons-of-the-rat-carotid-body-in-co-culture
#8
Min Zhang, Cathy Vollmer, Colin A Nurse
Adenosine and dopamine (DA) act as neurotransmitters or neuromodulators at the carotid body (CB) chemosensory synapse, however, their mechanisms of action are not fully understood. Using a functional co-culture model of rat CB chemoreceptor (type I) cell clusters and juxtaposed afferent petrosal neurons (PNs), we tested the hypothesis that adenosine and DA act postsynaptically to modulate a hyperpolarization-activated, cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) cation current (Ih ). In whole-cell recordings from hypoxia-responsive PNs, cAMP mimetics enhanced Ih whereas the HCN blocker ZD7288 (2 μm) reversibly inhibited Ih ...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799444/the-msoac-approach-to-developing-performance-outcomes-to-measure-and-monitor-multiple-sclerosis-disability
#9
Nicholas G LaRocca, Lynn D Hudson, Richard Rudick, Dagmar Amtmann, Laura Balcer, Ralph Benedict, Robert Bermel, Ih Chang, Nancy D Chiaravalloti, Peter Chin, Jeffrey A Cohen, Gary R Cutter, Mat D Davis, John DeLuca, Peter Feys, Gordon Francis, Myla D Goldman, Emily Hartley, Raj Kapoor, Fred Lublin, Gary Lundstrom, Paul M Matthews, Nancy Mayo, Richard Meibach, Deborah M Miller, Robert W Motl, Ellen M Mowry, Rob Naismith, Jon Neville, Jennifer Panagoulias, Michael Panzara, Glenn Phillips, Ann Robbins, Matthew F Sidovar, Kathryn E Smith, Bjorn Sperling, Bernard Mj Uitdehaag, Jerry Weaver
BACKGROUND: The Multiple Sclerosis Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC) was formed by the National MS Society to develop improved measures of multiple sclerosis (MS)-related disability. OBJECTIVES: (1) To assess the current literature and available data on functional performance outcome measures (PerfOs) and (2) to determine suitability of using PerfOs to quantify MS disability in MS clinical trials. METHODS: (1) Identify disability dimensions common in MS; (2) conduct a comprehensive literature review of measures for those dimensions; (3) develop an MS Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) data standard; (4) create a database of standardized, pooled clinical trial data; (5) analyze the pooled data to assess psychometric properties of candidate measures; and (6) work with regulatory agencies to use the measures as primary or secondary outcomes in MS clinical trials...
August 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795057/side-effects-of-indomethacin-in-refractory-post-traumatic-intracranial-hypertension-a-comprehensive-case-study-and-review
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REVIEW
Daniel Agustín Godoy, Pablo David Guerrero Suarez, Luis Rafael Moscote-Salazar, Mario Di Napoli
Intracranial hypertension (IH) is one of the final pathways of acute brain injury. In severe traumatic brain injury (sTBI), it independently predicts poor outcomes. Its control represents a key aspect of the management. Lack of response to conventional therapies signals a state of ''refractory IH'', with an associated mortality rate of 80-100%. In such cases, hypothermia, barbiturates at high doses (BBT), decompressive craniectomy (DC), and extreme hyperventilation are utilized. However, none of them has proven efficacy...
July 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791600/laparoscopic-repair-of-ventral-incisional-hernias-with-the-slim-mesh-technique-without-transabdominal-fixation-sutures-preliminary-report-on-short-midterm-results
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Silvio Alen Canton, Claudio Pasquali
This study details our experience with a new laparoscopic technique called "Slim-Mesh" without using transabdominal full-thickness stitches, to treat ventral and incisional hernias (V/IH). Since 2009-May 2015, 28 consecutive patients with V/IH were treated in our center, with this new SM technique. Fifty percent males were included in this retrospective study, averaging 59 years (range 31-81 years). Mean body mass index was 26 and VH size was <10 cm in 24 cases and in 4 cases was larger, up to 22 cm...
August 8, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781969/immunomodulatory-effects-of-taiwanese-neolitsea-species-on-th1-and-th2-functionality
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Yin-Hua Cheng, Ying-Chi Lin, Ih-Sheng Chen, Sian-De Liu, Jih-Heng Li, Chia-Chi Wang
Neolitsea species, medicinal plants belonging to Lauraceae, contain rich alkaloids, steroids, sesquiterpenoids, and triterpenoids which possess antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory bioactivities. However, species differences in the immunomodulatory effects and evidence pertaining to the effects of Neolitsea species on adaptive immunity are scarce. This study aimed to evaluate the immunomodulatory properties of ten Taiwanese Neolitsea plants on T helper (Th) cell functionality, especially Th1 and Th2...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781129/safety-tolerability-and-pharmacokinetics-of-single-doses-of-oxytocin-administered-via-an-inhaled-route-in-healthy-females-randomized-single-blind-phase-1-study
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Disala Fernando, Sarah Siederer, Sunita Singh, Ian Schneider, Ashutosh Gupta, Marcy Powell, Duncan Richards, Michelle P McIntosh, Peter Lambert, Susan Fowles
BACKGROUND: The utility of intramuscular (IM) oxytocin for the prevention of postpartum hemorrhage in resource-poor settings is limited by the requirement for temperature-controlled storage and skilled staff to administer the injection. We evaluated the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics (PK) of a heat-stable, inhaled (IH) oxytocin formulation. METHODS: This phase 1, randomized, single-center, single-blind, dose-escalation, fixed-sequence study (NCT02542813) was conducted in healthy, premenopausal, non-pregnant, non-lactating women aged 18-45years...
August 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774004/a-study-on-the-susceptibility-to-scc-of-7050-aluminum-alloy-by-dcb-specimens
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Xing Qi, Jirong Jin, Chunli Dai, Wenjuan Qi, Wangzhao He, Renguo Song
The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of different aging states for 7050 aluminum alloy in 3.5% sodium chloride aqueous solution has been studied by means of double cantilever beam (DCB) specimens, cathodic polarization, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and time-of-flying second ion mass spectrometer (ToF-SIMS). The results showed that the susceptibility to SCC (Iscc) of 7050 aluminum alloy decreases with increasing the aging time. When a cathodic polarization potential of -1100 mV was applied to DCB specimens, the ion current intensity of hydrogen (IH⁺) near the crack tip and Iscc increased obviously, thus the degree of the diffusion of hydrogen into the grain boundary become more serious...
November 1, 2016: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770109/ocular-adverse-effects-of-intravitreal-bevacizumab-are-potentiated-by-intermittent-hypoxia-in-a-rat-model-of-oxygen-induced-retinopathy
#15
Jeffrey J Tan, Charles L Cai, Eric M Shrier, Lois McNally, Douglas R Lazzaro, Jacob V Aranda, Kay D Beharry
Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) use in preterm infants with retinopathy of prematurity is associated with severe neurological disabilities, suggesting vascular leakage. We examined the hypothesis that intermittent hypoxia (IH) potentiates intravitreal Avastin leakage. Neonatal rats at birth were exposed to IH from birth (P0)-P14. At P14, the time of eye opening in rats, a single dose of Avastin (0.125 mg) was injected intravitreally into the left eye. Animals were placed in room air (RA) until P23 or P45 for recovery (IHR)...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767511/protein-kinase-a-regulates-inflammatory-pain-sensitization-by-modulating-hcn2-channel-activity-in-nociceptive-sensory-neurons
#16
Stefan Herrmann, Hamsa Rajab, Irina Christ, Christoph Schirdewahn, Daniel Höfler, Michael Jm Fischer, Ariane Bruno, Stefanie Fenske, Christian Gruner, Felix Kramer, Tassilo Wachsmann, Christian Wahl-Schott, Juliane Stieber, Martin Biel, Andreas Ludwig
Several studies implicated cAMP as an important second messenger for regulating nociceptor sensitization, but downstream targets of this signaling pathway which contribute to neuronal plasticity are not well understood. We used a Cre/loxP based strategy to disable the function of either HCN2 or PKA selectively in a subset of peripheral nociceptive neurons and analyzed the nociceptive responses in both transgenic lines. A near complete lack of sensitization was observed in both mutant strains when peripheral inflammation was induced by intradermal injection of 8br-cAMP...
July 31, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761028/variation-in-access-to-pediatric-surgical-care-among-coexisting-public-and-private-providers-inguinal-hernia-as-a-model
#17
Ayman Al-Jazaeri, Lama Alshwairikh, Manar A Aljebreen, Nourah AlSwaidan, Tarfah Al-Obaidan, Abdulrahman Alzahem
BACKGROUND: Faced with growing healthcare demand, the Saudi government is increasingly relying on privatization as a tool to improve patient access to care. Variation in children's access to surgical care between public (PB) and private providers (PV) has not been previously analyzed. OBJECTIVES: To compare access to pediatric surgical services between two coexisting PB and PV. DESIGN: Retrospective comparative study. SETTINGS: A major teaching hospital and the largest PV group in Saudi Arabia...
July 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755358/social-functioning-and-behaviour-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-ih-hurlers-syndrome
#18
Annukka Lehtonen, Stewart Rust, Simon Jones, Richard Brown, Dougal Hare
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidosis type IH (MPS-IH) [Hurlers Syndrome] is a developmental genetic disorder characterised by severe physical symptoms and cognitive decline. This study aimed to investigate the behavioural phenotype of MPS-IH treated by haematopoietic cell transplantation, focusing on social functioning and sleep. Parental stress was also measured. METHODS: Participants were 22 children with MPS-IH (mean age 9 years 1 month), of whom 10 were male (45%)...
July 29, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754174/rnai-therapy-to-the-wall-of-arteries-and-veins-anatomical-physiologic-and-pharmacological-considerations
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REVIEW
Christoph S Nabzdyk, Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, Frank W LoGerfo
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease remains a major health care challenge. The knowledge about the underlying mechanisms of the respective vascular disease etiologies has greatly expanded over the last decades. This includes the contribution of microRNAs, endogenous non-coding RNA molecules, known to vastly influence gene expression. In addition, short interference RNA has been established as a mechanism to temporarily affect gene expression. This review discusses challenges relating to the design of a RNA interference therapy strategy for the modulation of vascular disease...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750252/neural-correlates-of-bilingual-language-control-during-interlingual-homograph-processing-in-a-logogram-writing-system
#20
Ming-Che Hsieh, Hyeonjeong Jeong, Kelssy Hitomi Dos Santos Kawata, Yukako Sasaki, Hsun-Cheng Lee, Satoru Yokoyama, Motoaki Sugiura, Ryuta Kawashima
Bilingual studies using alphabetic languages have shown parallel activation of two languages during word recognition. However, little is known about the brain mechanisms of language control during word comprehension with a logogram writing system. We manipulated the types of words (interlingual homographs (IH), cognates, and language-specific words) and the types of participants (Chinese (L1)-Japanese (L2) bilinguals vs. Japanese monolinguals). Greater activation was found in the bilateral inferior frontal gyri, supplementary motor area, caudate nucleus and left fusiform gyrus, when the bilinguals processed IH, as compared to cognates...
July 24, 2017: Brain and Language
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