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Ya-Long Dang, Yu-Jie Cen, Ying Hong, Ping Huang, Ning-Li Wang, Chao Wang, Chun Zhang
Background: The aim of the study was to evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of the Trabectome for Chinese glaucoma patients. Methods: This was a multicenter, retrospective, observational study. Glaucoma patients, except those with neovascular glaucoma, with/without a visually significant cataract were enrolled. The patients received Trabectome or a combined surgery with phacoemulsification and intraocular lens implantation. The primary outcome evaluation was a reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP), and the secondary outcomes were a reduction in glaucoma medication, the 2-year success percentages, and complications...
February 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Amna Parveen, Mirim Jin, Sun Yeou Kim
BACKGROUND: Owing to the multiple causative factors, the current advances in medication for diabetic nephropathy (DN) do not appear to have improved therapies for patients. Furthermore, use of multiple synthetic medications has shown various adverse effects and ultimately leads to deterioration of the condition. Medicinal plants and their bioactive constituents are considered to be safer and more effective than synthetic medicines against various chronic diseases. Therefore, the use of natural products in the management of DN has been suggested...
January 15, 2018: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Anas M Saad, Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Muneer J Al-Husseini, Sami Salahia, Anas Alrefai, Ahmed M Afifi, Mohamed M Abdel-Daim
BACKGROUND: The available literature on the incidence, management and prognosis of primary malignant cardiac tumors [PMCTs] is limited to single-center studies, prone to small sample size and referral bias. We used data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results [SEER]-18 registry (between 2000 and 2014) to investigate the distribution, incidence trends and the survival rates of PMCTs. METHODS: We used SEER*Stat (version 8.3.4) and the National Cancer Institute's Joinpoint Regression software (version 4...
December 28, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Carolin Maria Haas, Martina Maywald, Andreas Goetzenich, Christian Stoppe, Lothar Rink
Proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) as pantoprazole are highly effective acid suppressive agents that belong to the world's most sold medication. However, they are pronounced to have immunosuppressive aspects. In our study, a negative influence of PPI on functions of polymorphonuclear cells in vitro like phagocytosis, oxidative burst, chemotaxis, and killing activity was shown, whereas formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NET)osis remained unaffected. Pantoprazole stimulation additionally reduced the production of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-1β in whole blood assay as well as the production of IL-2 and IFN-γ after whole blood stimulation with phytohaemagglutinin...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Sirisha Asuri, Sarah McIntosh, Valerie Taylor, Andrew Rokeby, James Kelly, Karey Shumansky, L Leigh Field, Eric M Yoshida, Laura Arbour
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic autoimmune liver disease characterized by destruction of intrahepatic bile ducts, portal inflammation, and cirrhosis. Although rare in most populations, it is prevalent and often familial in British Columbia First Nations. We hypothesized that major genetic factors increased the risk in First Nations. METHODS: 44 individuals with PBC and 61 unaffected relatives from 32 First Nations families participated...
January 3, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Jeffrey A Alten, Akm Fazlur Rahman, Hayden J Zaccagni, Andrew Shin, David S Cooper, Joshua J Blinder, Lauren Retzloff, Inmaculada B Aban, Eric M Graham, Jeffrey Zampi, Yuliya Domnina, Michael G Gaies
BACKGROUND: Health-care associated infections (HAI) represent serious complications for patients within pediatric cardiac intensive care units (CICU). HAI are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and resource utilization. There are few studies describing the epidemiology of HAI across the entire spectrum of patients (surgical and non-surgical) receiving care in dedicated pediatric CICUs. METHODS: Retrospective analyses of 22,839 CICU encounters from 10/2013-9/2016 across 22 North American CICUs contributing data to the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium clinical registry...
December 26, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
R C Neves, T Stokol, K D Bach, J A A McArt
The objective of this study was to assess an optimized ion-selective electrode Ca-module prototype as a potential cow-side device for ionized Ca (iCa) measurements in bovine blood. A linearity experiment showed no deviation from linearity over a range of iCa concentrations compared with a commercial point-of-care (POC) device commonly used in the field (POCVS; VetScan i-STAT, Abaxis North America, Union City, CA) and a laboratory gold standard benchtop blood-gas analyzer [reference analyzer (RA); ABL-800 FLEX, Radiometer Medical, Copenhagen, Denmark]...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Amanda Y Leong, Mary Pederson
The workload measurement of an inpatient hospital dispensary is critical to improve efficiency in the face of limited budgets. This single-centre pilot study used work sampling to observe and identify areas to improve efficiency of dispensing prescribed medications at one tertiary level acute care teaching hospital. Workload sampling was conducted at a 1096-bed hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The dispensary services the entire hospital, 24 h per day, seven days per week. Pharmacists are solely involved in clinical screening...
November 27, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Wei-Ming Li, Chun-Nung Huang, Yi-Chen Lee, Szu-Han Chen, Hui-Hui Lin, Wen-Jeng Wu, Ching-Chia Li, Hsin-Chih Yeh, Lin-Li Chang, Wei-Chi Hsu, Hung-Lung Ke
Background: Signal transducer and activator of transcription proteins (STATs) play important roles in gene regulation, cell proliferation, and cell differentiation. We aimed to establish the relationship between phosphorylated STAT3 (p-Ser-STAT3) expression and the prognosis of upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC). Methods: This study retrospectively reviewed 100 patients with pathologically confirmed UTUC at Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital. We quantified the expression of p-Ser-STAT3 in cancer cells by immunohistochemistry, and determined the clinicopathological significance of p-Ser-STAT3 expression and prognostic outcomes in patients with UTUC...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Stephen P Higgins, Yi Tang, Craig E Higgins, Badar Mian, Wenzheng Zhang, Ralf-Peter Czekay, Rohan Samarakoon, David J Conti, Paul J Higgins
Fibrotic disorders of the renal, pulmonary, cardiac, and hepatic systems are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Effective therapies to prevent or curtail the advancement to organ failure, however, remain a major clinical challenge. Chronic kidney disease, in particular, constitutes an increasing medical burden affecting >15% of the US population. Regardless of etiology (diabetes, hypertension, ischemia, acute injury, urologic obstruction), persistently elevated TGF-β1 levels are causatively linked to the activation of profibrotic signaling networks and disease progression...
March 2018: Cellular Signalling
Laura R Monzon, Sue Pearring, Caitlin Miller, Jay R Vargas
The analytical value of vitreous humor as a specimen in postmortem forensic toxicology has been known for some time. Numerous medical examiner laboratories outsource the analysis of this important specimen for electrolyte and glucose measurements. This can be both time-consuming and costly. The utility of the i-STAT®1 medical device to measure electrolytes and glucose in whole blood samples has been demonstrated for over two decades in a clinical setting through single-use disposable cartridges that introduce samples to the i-STAT®1...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
Toby I Gropen, Amelia Boehme, Sheryl Martin-Schild, Karen Albright, Alyana Samai, Sammy Pishanidar, Nazli Janjua, Ethan S Brandler, Steven R Levine
BACKGROUND: This study aims to develop a simple scale to identify patients with prehospital stroke with large vessel occlusion (LVO), without losing sensitivity for other stroke types. METHODS: The Emergency Medical Stroke Assessment (EMSA) was derived from the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) items and validated for prediction of LVO in a separate cohort. We compared the EMSA with the 3-item stroke scale (3I-SS), Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Severity Scale (C-STAT), Rapid Arterial oCclusion Evaluation (RACE) scale, and Field Assessment Stroke Triage for Emergency Destination (FAST-ED) for prediction of LVO and stroke...
March 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
John Hartberg, Simone Garrett-Walcott, Angelo De Gioannis
RATIONALE: Depressive episodes are the leading cause of mental health-related hospital admissions in Australia, and 44% of those admitted have a previous history of hospitalisations for depression (Admitted patient mental health-related care: (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Aust Hospital Stat 2011-12, 2013). Despite numerous available antidepressant treatments, many patients do not respond to conventional therapy, having what is called 'treatment resistance' (Fava Biol Psychiatry 53:649-659, 2003)...
November 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
Matthew B Carroll, Charles Haller, Christopher Smith
Acute myocardial infarction (MI) occurs when blood supply falls below critical levels and normal cellular maintenance mechanisms fail. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a proinflammatory cytokine released in MI and associated with poor clinical outcomes. Tocilizumab (TCZ) is a humanized monoclonal antibody against the IL-6 receptor. In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo controlled trial we assigned subjects admitted with MI a single TCZ dose of 162 mg subcutaneously vs. placebo in addition to standard of care medications and interventions...
October 24, 2017: Rheumatology International
Stefan A Rovers, Maartje F Kemmere, Jos T F Keurentjes, Richard Hoogenboom
A system for multiple on-demand drug release has been prepared that can be activated with an alternating magnetic field as external trigger. The core/shell samples have been developed based on a macroscopic spherical iron core coated with a thermoresponsive polymer, poly(styrene-stat-butyl methacrylate), containing ibuprofen as a model drug. During exposure of the samples to the magnetic field (ON state), the release rate of ibuprofen is significantly increased, up to 35 times the release rate without the magnetic field (OFF state)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Shuai Liu, Xiao Yu, Qiankun Wang, Zhepeng Liu, Qiaoqiao Xiao, Panpan Hou, Ying Hu, Wei Hou, Zhanqiu Yang, Deyin Guo, Shuliang Chen
The synergistic activation mediator (SAM) system can robustly activate endogenous gene expression by a single-guide RNA. This transcriptional modulation has been shown to enhance gene promoter activity and leads to epigenetic changes. Human interferon-γ is a common natural glycoprotein involved in antiviral effects and inhibition of cancer cell growth. Large quantities of high-purity interferon-γ are important for medical research and clinical therapy. To investigate the possibility of employing the SAM system to enhance endogenous human interferon-γ with normal function in innate immunity, we designed 10 single-guide RNAs that target 200 bp upstream of the transcription start sites of the interferon-γ genome, which could significantly activate the interferon-γ promoter reporter...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Christine M Murphy, John J Devlin, Michael C Beuhler, Paul Cheifetz, Susan Maynard, Michael D Schwartz, Sherri Kacinko
AIM: Nitromethane, found in fuels used for short distance racing, model cars, and model airplanes, produces a falsely elevated serum creatinine with standard creatinine analysis via the Jaffé method. Erroneous creatinine elevation often triggers extensive testing, leads to inaccurate diagnoses, and delayed or inappropriate medical interventions. Multiple reports in the literature identify "enzymatic assays" as an alternative method to detect the true value of creatinine, but this ambiguity does not help providers translate what type of enzymatic assay testing can be done in real time to determine if there is indeed false elevation...
August 17, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
Bin-Feng Mo, Qiu-Fen Lu, Shang-Biao Lu, Yu-Quan Xie, Xiang-Fei Feng, Yi-Gang Li
BACKGROUND: The CHA2DS2-VASc score is used clinically for stroke risk stratification in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). We sought to investigate whether the CHA2DS2-VASc score predicts stroke and death in Chinese patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS) after pacemaker implantation and to evaluate whether the predictive power of the CHA2DS2-VASc score could be improved by combining it with left atrial diameter (LAD) and amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). METHODS: A total of 481 consecutive patients with SSS who underwent pacemaker implantation from January 2004 to December 2014 in our department were included...
August 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
Naoya Abe, Kenichiro Tomita, Mayumi Teshima, Maki Kuwabara, Satoshi Sugawa, Nae Hinata, Masaaki Matsuura, Mutsunori Fujiwara, Kazuhiko Takaya, Toru Hiyoshi, Hiroki Uozumi, Hiroshi Ikenouchi, Rie Ishikawa, Junko Shojima, Junko Komatsu
BACKGROUND: The 99th percentile of cardiac troponin I level in the general population is accepted as the cut-off for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, it is not clear whether the cut-offs derived in racially and geographically different populations are applicable in Japan. METHODS: Troponin I was determined using the Abbott ARCHITECT STAT high-sensitive troponin I immunoassay in 698 apparently healthy individuals who visited the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center for a health checkup...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
T Girardi, S Vereecke, S O Sulima, Y Khan, L Fancello, J W Briggs, C Schwab, J Op de Beeck, J Verbeeck, J Royaert, E Geerdens, C Vicente, S Bornschein, C J Harrison, J P Meijerink, J Cools, J D Dinman, K R Kampen, K De Keersmaecker
Several somatic ribosome defects have recently been discovered in cancer, yet their oncogenic mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we investigated the pathogenic role of the recurrent R98S mutation in ribosomal protein L10 (RPL10 R98S) found in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The JAK-STAT signaling pathway is a critical controller of cellular proliferation and survival. A proteome screen revealed overexpression of several Jak-Stat signaling proteins in engineered RPL10 R98S mouse lymphoid cells, which we confirmed in hematopoietic cells from transgenic Rpl10 R98S mice and T-ALL xenograft samples...
July 24, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
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