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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161808/renal-outcome-of-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract-system-a-singe-center-retrospective-study
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Rahime Renda
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) have been defined in 20 to 50% of all fetal anomalies. The aim of this study was to determine the demographic and clinical characteristics of such patients, as well as to describe the outcome and risk factors that affect the prognosis. METHODS: The analysis investigated retrospective data from 303 patients diagnosed with CAKUT between January 2015 and April 2017. Demographic data, clinical history, diagnosis, investigations, disease outcomes, and treatment procedures were evaluated...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161804/importance-of-biological-ultrafine-particles-in-indoor-dust-as-a-pathogenesis-of-chronic-inflammatory-lung-diseases
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Young-Koo Jee, Jinho Yang, Yoon-Keun Kim, You-Young Kim, Tae Soo Kang
The role of infectious agents in the etiology of inflammatory diseases once believed to be non-infectious is increasingly being recognized. Many bacterial components in the indoor dust can evoke inflammatory lung diseases. Bacteria secrete nanometer-sized vesicles into the extracellular milieu, so-called extracellular vesicles (EVs). which are pathophysiologically related to inflammatory diseases. Microbiota compositions in the indoor dust revealed the presence of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161793/effect-of-rifaximin-on-hepatic-fibrosis-in-bile-duct-ligated-rat-model
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Seung Kak Shin, Oh Sang Kwon, Jong Joon Lee, Yeon Ho Park, Cheol Soo Choi, Sung Hwan Jeong, Duck Joo Choi, Yun Soo Kim, Ju Hyun Kim
Background/Aims: The translocation of bacteria and their lipopolysaccharides from the gut can promote fibrosis in cirrhotic patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of rifaximin on hepatic fibrosis in a bile duct-ligated rat model. Methods: The bile duct ligation (BDL) was carried out for eight days (acute injury model: sham-operated rats [G1], BDL rats [G2], and BDL rats treated with rifaximin [G3]) or 22 days (chronic injury model: sham-operated rats [G4], BDL rats [G5], and BDL rats treated with rifaximin [G6])...
November 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161722/the-impact-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-and-polymorphisms-on-long-term-stroke-outcomes
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Ju-Wan Kim, Man-Seok Park, Joon-Tae Kim, Hee-Ju Kang, Kyung-Yeol Bae, Sung-Wan Kim, Myung-Geun Shin, Ki-Hyun Cho, Jae-Min Kim
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of predictions regarding disability that sets in after stroke could be improved by using blood biomarker measurements. This study aimed to investigate the roles of serum tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL)-1β concentrations and polymorphisms in stroke outcomes. METHODS: In total, 286 patients were evaluated at the time of admission and at 2 weeks after stroke, and 222 of these patients (78%) were followed up for 1 year to evaluate the consequences of stroke during both the acute and chronic stages...
November 21, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161712/clostridium-difficile-infection-in-the-nephrology-ward
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Sylwia Dudzicz, Marcin Adamczak, Andrzej Więcek
Clostridium difficile is currently the most frequently identified pathogen causing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea. In recent years, increases incidence of infection, severe infection, recurrent infection and mortality from Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have been observed. This may be a consequence of excessive antibiotic use and spread of the hypervirulent epidemic BI/NAP1/027 strain of Clostridium difficile. The main risk factors for CDI are: antibiotic therapy, previous hospitalizations and number of comorbid conditions...
November 21, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161710/distribution-of-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-and-subtypes-in-the-metropolitan-area-of-naples-italy-in-the-era-of-interferon-free-regimens
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Elena Grimaldi, Maria Elena Della Pepa, Francesca Martora, Pasqualino Magliocca, Maria Rosaria Iovene, Nicola Coppola, Giovanna Donnarumma, Massimiliano Galdiero
AIMS: The objective of this work was to study the distribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes and subtypes from 2010 to 2015 in 1,221 anti-HCV/HCV-RNA-positive specimens from patients living in the metropolitan area of Naples, since HCV genotypes and subtypes remain cornerstones in the management of chronic HCV infection even in the directly acting antivirals era. METHODS: The study was carried out on 1,221 anti-HCV/HCV-RNA-positive plasma samples collected between April 2010 and December 2015...
November 22, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161692/association-between-extreme-values-of-markers-of-chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-and-bone-disorder-and-5-year-mortality-among-prevalent-hemodialysis-patients
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Jin-Gang Zhu, Jin-Bor Chen, Ben-Chung Cheng, Chih-Hsiung Lee, Gang Long, Yu-Shu Chien
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We examined the association between markers of chronic kidney disease - mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) and mortality in hemodialysis (HD) patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the association between markers of CKD-MBD and mortality in 1,126 HD patients from 2009 to 2013 with baseline (B), time-average (TA), and time-dependent (TD) Cox regression models. RESULTS: Hypercalcemia (10.9-11.9 mg/dL) indicated an increased risk of all-cause mortality (TA: hazard ratio [HR] 3...
November 22, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161628/stigma-accounts-for-depression-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Zerrin Yıldırım, Devrimsel Harika Ertem, Ayten Ceyhan Dirican, Sevim Baybaş
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a chronic disease with an increased risk of stigmatization due to psychosocial consequences of the seizures. Intuitively, one may well conclude that stigmatization would lead to depression in patients with epilepsy as well as in other patient groups with increased risk of stigmatization. Indeed, there are a few studies in support of this intuition. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between level of stigmatization and the severity of the depressive symptoms in our patients with epilepsy...
November 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161622/on-denny-brown-s-spastic-dystonia-what-is-it-and-what-causes-it
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Jakob Lorentzen, Maud Pradines, Jean-Michel Gracies, Jens Bo Nielsen
In this review, we will work around two simple definitions of two different entities, which most often co-exist in patients with lesions to central motor pathways: Spasticity is "Enhanced excitability of velocity-dependent responses to phasic stretch at rest", which will not be the subject of this review, while Spastic dystonia is tonic, chronic, involuntary muscle contraction in the absence of any stretch or any voluntary command (Gracies, 2005). Spastic dystonia is a much less well understood entity that will be the subject this review...
November 4, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161579/correlation-between-lung-perfusion-blood-volume-and-spect-images-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-by-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty
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Hirofumi Koike, Eijun Sueyoshi, Ichiro Sakamoto, Masataka Uetani, Tomoo Nakata, Kouji Maemura
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the reperfusion by balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) in lung PBV and SPECT images. METHODS: In total, 17 patients and 57 sessions were evaluated. Pre-BPA and post-BPA lung PBV and SPECT/CT images, based on both anatomical segments and physiologic regions (upper/middle/lower) were compared. RESULTS: BPA had a positive effect on most hypoperfused/unperfused segments/regions. There was generally a high rate of agreement between PBV measurements and SPECT/CT...
November 11, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161501/phenanthrene-induced-apoptosis-and-its-underlying-mechanism
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Xiangsheng Hong, Jianhui Qin, Rui Chen, Lilai Yuan, Jinmiao Zha, Chao Huang, Na Li, Xiaoya Ji, Zijian Wang
Phenanthrene (Phe) is one of the most abundant low-molecular-weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Widespread human and aquatic organism exposure to Phe has been reported, but the toxic effects of Phe and potential mechanisms are unclear. We focused on the chronic hepatotoxicity of Phe in adult Chinese rare minnows (Gobiocypris rarus) and the underlying mechanisms. The chronic effects of exposing Chinese rare minnows to 8.9, 82.3, or 510.0 μg/L Phe for 30 days were examined by histopathological observation, TUNEL assays, caspase activity assays, and gene expression profiles...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161418/no-improvement-in-hemoglobin-a1c-following-hepatitis-c-viral-clearance-in-patients-with-and-without-hiv
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Chloe S Chaudhury, Julia Sheehan, Cheryl Chairez, Elizabeth Akoth, Chloe Gross, Rachel Silk, Sarah Kattakuzhy, Elana Rosenthal, Shyam Kottilil, Henry Masur, Colleen Hadigan
Hepatitis C clearance with directly acting antivirals (DAAs) may be associated with acute decreases in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). We prospectively evaluated 251 chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected subjects (31% human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] positive) pre- and post-DAA therapy (median follow-up 28 months). Changes in HbA1c and glucose were minimal and did not differ by sustained virologic response (SVR), HIV, diabetes, or fibrosis. Following SVR, mean change in HbA1c was -0.022 ± 0.53%; however, total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol increased significantly...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161413/nrf2-regulates-endothelial-glycolysis-and-proliferation-with-mir-93-and-mediates-the-effects-of-oxidized-phospholipids-on-endothelial-activation
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Suvi M Kuosmanen, Emilia Kansanen, Minna U Kaikkonen, Virve Sihvola, Kati Pulkkinen, Henna-Kaisa Jyrkkänen, Pauli Tuoresmäki, Juha Hartikainen, Mikko Hippeläinen, Hannu Kokki, Pasi Tavi, Sami Heikkinen, Anna-Liisa Levonen
Phospholipids, such as 1-palmitoyl-2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (PAPC), are the major components of cell membranes. Their exposure to reactive oxygen species creates oxidized phospholipids, which predispose to the development of chronic inflammatory diseases and metabolic disorders through endothelial activation and dysfunction. Although the effects of oxidized PAPC (oxPAPC) on endothelial cells have been previously studied, the underlying molecular mechanisms evoking biological responses remain largely unknown...
November 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161336/efficacy-of-electrical-stimulation-of-the-occipital-nerve-in-intractable-primary-headache-disorders-a-systematic-review-with-meta-analyses
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Robert T Cadalso, John Daugherty, Caron Holmes, Saravanan Ram, Reyes Enciso
AIMS: To determine the efficacy of occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) in reducing the intensity, duration, and frequency of medically intractable primary headaches. METHODS: A systematic review was carried out by searching three electronic databases: the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE via PubMed, and Web of Science. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and case series were eligible for inclusion. RCTs were assessed for quality of evidence by using the Cochrane Risk of Bias and the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) tools...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161325/the-mechanisms-of-humic-substances-self-assembly-with-biological-molecules-the-case-study-of-the-prion-protein
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Gabriele Giachin, Ridvan Nepravishta, Walter Mandaliti, Sonia Melino, Alja Margon, Denis Scaini, Pierluigi Mazzei, Alessandro Piccolo, Giuseppe Legname, Maurizio Paci, Liviana Leita
Humic substances (HS) are the largest constituent of soil organic matter and are considered as a key component of the terrestrial ecosystem. HS may facilitate the transport of organic and inorganic molecules, as well as the sorption interactions with environmentally relevant proteins such as prions. Prions enter the environment through shedding from live hosts, facilitating a sustained incidence of animal prion diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease and scrapie in cervid and ovine populations, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161272/global-transcriptome-profile-reveals-abundance-of-dna-damage-response-and-repair-genes-in-individuals-from-high-level-natural-radiation-areas-of-kerala-coast
#16
Vinay Jain, Birajalaxmi Das
The high level natural radiation areas (HLNRA) of Kerala coast in south west India is unique for its wide variation in the background radiation dose (<1.0mGy to 45mGy/year) and vast population size. Several biological studies conducted in this area did not reveal any adverse effects of chronic low dose and low dose rate radiation on human population. In the present study, global transcriptome analysis was carried out in peripheral blood mono-nuclear cells of 36 individuals belonging to different background dose groups [NLNRA, (Group I, ≤1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161193/infectious-disease-and-imperfections-of-self-image
#17
Joshua M Ackerman, Joshua M Tybur, Chad R Mortensen
Infectious disease is an ever-present threat in daily life. Recent literature indicates that people manage this threat with a suite of antipathogenic psychological and behavioral defense mechanisms, which motivate the avoidance of people and objects bearing cues to pathogen risk. Here, we demonstrate that self-image is also impacted by these mechanisms. In seven studies, pathogen cues led individuals chronically averse to germs to express greater concern about their own physical appearance. Correspondingly, these people exhibited behavioral intentions and decisions intended to conceal or improve their appearance, such as purchasing facial products, taking pharmaceuticals, and undergoing cosmetic surgery...
November 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161179/synergistic-induction-of-apoptosis-by-quercetin-and-curcumin-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-k562-cells
#18
Ergül Mutlu Altundağ, Ayşe Mine Yılmaz, Semra Koçtürk, Yavuz Taga, A Suha Yalçın
Chronic myeloid leukemia is a major hematopoietic malignancy characterized by expansion of myeloid cells. In this study, we have investigated whether quercetin, curcumin and their combination induce apoptosis and inhibit growth of K562 cells. We have observed that quercetin and curcumin combination induced apoptosis accompanied by increased ROS and decreased GSH levels as well as loss of mitochondrial membrane potential. Our mRNA and protein expression results suggested that cytochrome c was released from mitochondria causing PARP and caspase-9 cleavages, the hallmarks of mitochondrial apoptotic pathway...
November 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161163/classification-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-according-to-the-new-global-initiative-for-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-gold-2017-comparison-with-gold-2011
#19
Raquel Marçôa, Daniela Marta Rodrigues, Margarida Dias, Inês Ladeira, Ana Paula Vaz, Ricardo Lima, Miguel Guimarães
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) project has been working to improve awareness, prevention and management of this disease. The aim of this study is to evaluate how COPD patients are reclassified by the 2017 GOLD system (versus GOLD 2011), to calculate the level of agreement between these two classifications in allocation to categories and to compare the performance of each classification to predict future exacerbations...
November 21, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161091/dealing-with-stress-defective-metabolic-adaptation-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-pathogenesis
#20
Charalambos Michaeloudes, Pankaj K Bhavsar, Sharon Mumby, Kian Fan Chung, Ian M Adcock
The mitochondrion is the main site of energy production and a hub of key signaling pathways. It is also central in stress-adaptive response due to its dynamic morphology and ability to interact with other organelles. In response to stress, mitochondria fuse into networks to increase bioenergetic efficiency and protect against oxidative damage. Mitochondrial damage triggers segregation of damaged mitochondria from the mitochondrial network through fission and their proteolytic degradation by mitophagy. Post-translational modifications of the mitochondrial proteome and nuclear cross-talk lead to reprogramming of metabolic gene expression to maintain energy production and redox balance...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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