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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334548/waist-circumference-is-associated-with-liver-fat-in-black-and-white-adolescents
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SoJung Lee, Jennifer L Kuk, Chris Boesch, Silva Arslanian
We examined whether waist circumference (WC) is associated with liver fat in black and white adolescents. Liver fat was measured using a 3T proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) in 152 overweight/obese adolescents (94 black and 58 white, BMI >85th percentile, 12-18 yrs) without liver diseases or diabetes. WC was measured at the last rib. Total and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) were measured by DXA and MRI, respectively. The proportion of fatty liver (defined as liver fat >5.0% by 1H-MRS) was lower (P<0...
March 23, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334460/social-costs-of-illegal-drugs-alcohol-and-tobacco-in-the-european-union-a-systematic-review
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Pablo Barrio, Jillian Reynolds, Anna García-Altés, Antoni Gual, Peter Anderson
ISSUES: Drug use accounts for one of the main disease groups in Europe, with relevant consequences to society. There is an increasing need to evaluate the economic consequences of drug use in order to develop appropriate policies. Here, we review the social costs of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco in the European Union. APPROACH: A systematic search of relevant databases was conducted. Grey literature and previous systematic reviews were also searched. Studies reporting on social costs of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco were included...
March 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333563/effect-of-high-altitude-exposure-on-intraocular-pressure-using-goldmann-applanation-tonometry
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Gabriel Willmann, Kai Schommer, Maximilian Schultheiss, M Dominik Fischer, Karl-Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Florian Gekeler, Andreas Schatz
Willmann, Gabriel, Kai Schommer, Maximilian Schultheiss, M. Dominik Fischer, Karl-Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Florian Gekeler, and Andreas Schatz. Effect of high altitude exposure on intraocular pressure using Goldmann applanation tonometry. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2017. AIMS: The aim of the study was to quantify changes of intraocular pressure (IOP) during exposure to 4559 m using the state-of-the-art method of Goldmann applanation tonometry for IOP measurement and to detect correlations between IOP and acute mountain sickness (AMS) in a prospective manner...
March 23, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333116/effect-of-vernonia-amygdalina-del-leaf-ethanolic-extract-on-intoxicated-male-wistar-rats-liver
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Maria Immaculata Iwo, Sergia Louisa Sjahlim, Siti Farah Rahmawati
Vernonia amygdalina has been shown to have antioxidant activity, and is also expected to have hepatoprotective activity. This study was conducted to study the effect of V. amygdalina ethanol extracts on intoxicated rat livers. Fresh leaves were extracted in ethanol, and the hepatoprotective activity was tested on male Wistar rats induced with a combination of isoniazid (INH) and rifampicin. Parameters observed were the activity of the enzyme alanine transferase (ALT), serum albumin levels, liver index, and histopathological of the rat liver...
March 23, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332856/association-between-serum-gamma-glutamyl-transferase-and-serum-uric-acid-levels-in-chinese-females-a-cross-sectional-study
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Zhao Ya, Liu Fei, Zeng Yue, Liu Dan, Lin Neng-Bo, Luo Yi, Miao Ying, Wan Qin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) levels and serum uric acid levels in middle-aged and elderly Chinese females. METHODS: A cross-sectional population survey was performed in Luzhou, China (2014). Questionnaires, physical examinations and biochemical tests were conducted. Finally, we included 2486 females who were > 40 years old as participants. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to estimate the association of serum acid levels and other variables...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332301/a-randomized-trial-comparing-gliclazide-liraglutide-and-metformin-effects-on-diabetes-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Wenhuan Feng, Caixia Gao, Yan Bi, Min Wu, Ping Li, Shanmei Shen, Wei Chen, Tingting Yin, Dalong Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of gliclazide, liraglutide, and metformin in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: Eighty-seven subjects were randomized to receive liraglutide, metformin, or gliclazide for 24 weeks. Primary outcomes included hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels, intrahepatic fat (IHF) content, and liver function. RESULTS: HbA1c levels and IHF content reduced after treatment in the three groups...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332201/identification-of-novel-variants-in-hla-class-ii-region-related-to-hla-dpb1-expression-and-disease-progression-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Katsushi Hiramatsu, Hidetaka Matsuda, Tomoyuki Nemoto, Takuto Nosaka, Yasushi Saito, Tatsushi Naito, Kazuto Takahashi, Kazuya Ofuji, Masahiro Ohtani, Hiroyuki Suto, Toshihiro Yasuda, Yukio Hida, Hideki Kimura, Yoshihiro Soya, Yasunari Nakamoto
BACKGROUND: Recent genome-wide studies have demonstrated that HLA class II gene may play an important role in viral hepatitis. We studied genetic polymorphism and RNA expression of HLA class II genes in HCV-related liver diseases. METHODS: The study was performed in groups consisting of 24 patients with HCV-related liver disease (12 of persistent normal ALT: PNALT group and 12 of advanced liver disease: ALD group) and 26 patients without HCV infection (control group)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331563/%C3%A2-evaluation-of-serum-hbv-viral-load-transaminases-and-histological-features-in-chronic-hbeag-negative-hepatitis-b-patients
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Abbas Esmaeelzadeh, Hassan Saadatnia, Bahram Memar, Elham Mokhtari Amirmajdi, Azita Ganji, Ladan Goshayeshi, Zahra Meshkat, Alireza Pasdar, Hassan Vosoughinia, Mohammadreza Farzanehfar, Shahrzad Tehranian, Kamran Ghaffarzadehgan, Farnood Rajabzadeh, Mitra Ahadi
AIM: To evaluate the association between biochemical, virologic and histologic features in patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB). BACKGROUND: Hepatitis-B e-antigen (HBeAg)-negative is common in Iran, is progressive with poor prognosis. Therefore, it seems necessary to perform a comprehensive evaluation of different spectrum of laboratory measurements accompanying histological findings. METHODS: HBeAg- negative CHB patients referring to two university hospitals during two years were enrolled...
2017: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331445/negligible-oval-cell-proliferation-following-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-with-and-without-partial-hepatectomy
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Ek Khoon Tan, Maureen Shuh, Heather Francois-Vaughan, Jennifer A Sanders, Ari J Cohen
BACKGROUND: Hepatic oval cells proliferate to replace hepatocytes and restore liver function when hepatocyte proliferation is compromised or inadequate. Exposure to chemical carcinogens, severe liver steatosis, and partial hepatectomy has been used in animal models to demonstrate the role of oval cells in liver regeneration. Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) causes hepatocellular damage and death in the absence of confounding chemical toxicity; however, oval cell induction by IRI has not been demonstrated in vivo...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331337/serum-liver-enzymes-serve-as-prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
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Chenyue Zhang, Haiyong Wang, Zhouyu Ning, Litao Xu, Liping Zhuang, Peng Wang, Zhiqiang Meng
OBJECTIVE: Liver functions, reflective of the overall status of the host, have been reported to be important factors affecting the prognosis in many types of cancers. In this study, we explored the influences of liver enzymes albumin (ALB), globulin (GELO), total protein (TP), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), total bilirubin (TBIL), direct bilirubin (DBIL), gamma glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) on the overall survival (OS) in a number of 173 patients with intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC)...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330461/impaired-liver-regeneration-is-associated-with-reduced-cyclin-b1-in-natural-killer-t-cell-deficient-mice
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Ami Ben Ya'acov, Hadar Meir, Lydia Zolotaryova, Yaron Ilan, Eyal Shteyer
BACKGROUND: It has been shown that the proportion of natural killer T cells is markedly elevated during liver regeneration and their activation under different conditions can modulate this process. As natural killer T cells and liver injury are central in liver regeneration, elucidating their role is important. METHODS: The aim of the current study is to explore the role of natural killer T cells in impaired liver regeneration. Concanvalin A was injected 4 days before partial hepatectomy to natural killer T cells- deficient mice or to anti CD1d1-treated mice...
March 23, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330381/hepatotoxicity-induced-by-intragastrically-administrated-with-gardenia-decoction-in-mice
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Yizhe Cui, Rui Sun, Qiuju Wang, Mengzhu Wang
The study was to investigate the potential hepatotoxicity of Gardenia decoction induced by intragastrically administrated mice. Mice were randomly divided into four groups. Intragastric administration of the respective treatments was provided continuously for seven days and the body weight was recorded everyday. The activity levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in the serum were recorded. In addition, changes in liver morphology and organ coefficients were evaluated...
March 22, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329347/off-treatment-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-dna-levels-and-the-prediction-of-relapse-after-discontinuation-of-nucleos-t-ide-analogue-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-prospective-stop-study
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Jiawei Cao, Heng Chi, Tao Yu, Zhandong Li, Bettina E Hansen, Xiaoyong Zhang, Chunxiu Zhong, Jian Sun, Jinlin Hou, Harry L A Janssen, Jie Peng
Background.: The optimal management remains unknown after nucleos(t)ide analogue (NA) discontinuation in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). This prospective study investigated the role of off-treatment viral kinetics in predicting relapse after discontinuation of NA therapy. Methods.: A total of 82 noncirrhotic Asian patients with CHB who discontinued NA therapy according to international guidelines were prospectively followed. Patients with a hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA level of >2000 IU/mL and an alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level of >2 times the upper limit of normal (clinical relapse) were retreated...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329297/association-of-mutations-in-tlr2-signaling-genes-with-fulminant-form-of-hepatitis-b-related-acute-liver-failure
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Yue Han, Leilei Gu, Jing Liu, Xinhua Li, Mingjie Wang, Qiming Gong, Demin Yu, Zhitao Yang, Donghua Zhang, Huijuan Yang, Zhongliang Shen, Hongguang Zhu, Youhua Xie, Xinxin Zhang
Background: Fulminant form of hepatitis B related acute liver failure (FHB-ALF) is a rare but highly fatal outcome of acute hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Its related host factors have not been studied. Methods.: To identify functionally relevant biological pathway(s) in FHB-ALF pathogenesis, pathway enrichment analysis was conducted on a dataset of rare case-specific variants derived from exomic sequencing of ten unrelated cases. Key variants in identified pathways were validated using 312 HBV disease controls...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328926/frequency-and-role-of-nkp46-and-nkg2a-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Teppei Yoshioka, Tomohide Tatsumi, Takuya Miyagi, Kaori Mukai, Kumiko Nishio, Akira Nishio, Yoshinobu Yokoyama, Takahiro Suda, Tadashi Kegasawa, Minoru Shigekawa, Hayato Hikita, Ryotaro Sakamori, Tetsuo Takehara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the control of viral infection. However, the role of NK cells in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains unclear. This study investigated the frequencies and roles of NK cells in CHB, with a focus on activating receptor NKp46 and inhibitory receptor NKG2A. PATIENTS/METHOD: Peripheral blood lymphocytes were obtained from 71 CHB patients and 37 healthy subjects (HS). The expressions of NKp46 and NKG2A were analyzed using flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328813/evaluation-of-apri-and-fib-4-for-noninvasive-assessment-of-significant-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-hbeag-negative-chb-patients-with-alt%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-2-uln-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#16
Qiang Li, Xiaojing Ren, Chuan Lu, Weixia Li, Yuxian Huang, Liang Chen
To evaluate the performance of aspartate transaminase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) and fibrosis index based on four factors (FIB-4) to predict significant fibrosis and cirrhosis in hepatitis B virus e antigen (HBeAg)-negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients with alanine transaminase (ALT) ≤ twice the upper limit of normal (2 ULN).Histologic and laboratory data of 236 HBeAg-negative CHB patients with ALT ≤ 2 ULN were analyzed. Predicted fibrosis stage, based on established scales and cut-offs for APRI and FIB-4, was compared with METAVIR scores obtained from liver biopsy...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327881/feline-platynosomiasis-analysis-of-the-association-of-infection-levels-with-pathological-and-biochemical-findings
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Dirceu Guilherme de Souza Ramos, Amanda Raiza Gonçalves Lima Oliveira Santos, Leodil da Costa Freitas, Ísis Assis Braga, Erica Pereira da Silva, Luciana Maria Curtio Soares, Nádia Aline Bobbi Antoniassi, Fernando Henrique Furlan, Richard de Campos Pacheco
Platynosomiasis is a common feline hepatic disease caused by Platynosomum fastosum (Trematoda - Dicrocoelidae), which is also known as 'lizard poisoning'. Most reports of feline platynosomiasis show that this disease is sporadic and manifests with uncommon lesions; its pathogenicity is still not well understood. This study aimed to describe liver injuries and enzymatic changes associated with natural P. fastosum infection in 47 stray cats in an endemic area. Overall, 38.3% (18/47) of cats were parasitized, and 2,358 flukes (P...
March 16, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327612/endogenous-opioids-regulate-moment-to-moment-neuronal-communication-and-excitability
#18
Bryony L Winters, Gabrielle C Gregoriou, Sarah A Kissiwaa, Oliver A Wells, Danashi I Medagoda, Sam M Hermes, Neil T Burford, Andrew Alt, Sue A Aicher, Elena E Bagley
Fear and emotional learning are modulated by endogenous opioids but the cellular basis for this is unknown. The intercalated cells (ITCs) gate amygdala output and thus regulate the fear response. Here we find endogenous opioids are released by synaptic stimulation to act via two distinct mechanisms within the main ITC cluster. Endogenously released opioids inhibit glutamate release through the δ-opioid receptor (DOR), an effect potentiated by a DOR-positive allosteric modulator. Postsynaptically, the opioids activate a potassium conductance through the μ-opioid receptor (MOR), suggesting for the first time that endogenously released opioids directly regulate neuronal excitability...
March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326844/oxidative-stress-in-acute-hypobaric-hypoxia
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Sebastián Irarrázaval, Claudio Allard, Juan Campodónico, Druso Pérez, Pablo Strobel, Luis Vásquez, Inés Urquiaga, Guadalupe Echeverría, Federico Leighton
Irarrázaval, Sebastián, Claudio Allard, Juan Campodónico, Druso Pérez, Pablo Strobel, Luis Vásquez, Inés Urquiaga, Guadalupe Echeverría, and Federico Leighton. Oxidative stress in acute hypobaric hypoxia. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2017.-The effects of acute hypobaric hypoxia endured by mountaineers were studied, specifically as evidenced by acute mountain sickness (AMS) and oxidative stress damage. Ten male volunteers were exposed to acute hypobaric hypoxia, and AMS was evaluated through arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2), cardiac rate, and the Lake Louise Score (LLS)...
March 22, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326205/shigella-sonnei-bacteremia-presenting-with-profound-hepatic-dysfunction
#20
Oluwaseun Shogbesan, Andrew Rettew, Bilal Shaikh, Abdullateef Abdulkareem, Anthony Donato
Worldwide, Shigellosis is a significant public health issue, associated with nearly one million deaths annually. About half a million cases of Shigella infection are reported annually in the United States. Shigella bacteremia is uncommon and generally seen in children and immunocompromised adults. We present a case of a Shigella sonnei bacteremia with marked hepatic derangement in a 27-year-old previously healthy homosexual male with history of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, who presented to the emergency room with a 4-day history of loose watery stool, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, and yellow skin of 2-day duration...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
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