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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772037/a-review-of-fabry-disease
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A Cinats, E Heck
The class of medications known as Janus kinase inhibitors block cytokine-mediated signaling via the Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT) pathway, which plays an important role in immunoregulation and normal cell growth. This class includes the drugs tofacitinib, approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and ruxolitinib, approved for the treatment of myelofibrosis and polycythemia rubra vera. The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in patients taking tofacitinib are infections, whereas the most common AEs in patients taking ruxolitinib are anemia and thrombocytopenia...
May 2018: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29723627/production-of-high-molecular-weight-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate-copolymer-by-cupriavidus-malaysiensis-usmaa1020-utilising-substrate-with-longer-carbon-chain
#2
Kai-Hee Huong, K A R Elina, A A Amirul
Long carbon chain alkanediols are used in the production of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) [P(3HB-co-4HB)], however these substrates possess high toxicity towards bacterial cells. This study demonstrated the effective utilisation of a long carbon chain alkanediol, namely 1,8-octanediol, to enhance the yield and production of a copolymer with a high molecular weight of over 1000 kDa, which is desirable for novel applications in medical and biopharmaceuticals. The increased PHA content (47-61 wt%) and concentration (1...
April 30, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29699879/treatment-of-post-intubation-laryngeal-granulomas-systematic-review-and-proportional-meta-analysis
#3
Caroline Fernandes Rimoli, Regina Helena Garcia Martins, Daniele Cristina Catâneo, Rui Imamura, Antonio José Maria Catâneo
INTRODUCTION: Laryngeal granulomas post intubation are benign but recurrent lesions. There is no consensus for its treatment. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effectiveness of different treatment modalities for primary or recurrent laryngeal granulomas resulting from endotracheal intubation. METHODS: Systematic review and proportional meta-analysis. Eligibility criteria - experimental or observational studies with at least five subjects. Outcomes studied - granuloma resolution, recurrence, and time for resolution...
April 14, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29686358/generalized-extracellular-molecule-sensor-platform-for-programming-cellular-behavior
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Leo Scheller, Tobias Strittmatter, David Fuchs, Daniel Bojar, Martin Fussenegger
Strategies for expanding the sensor space of designer receptors are urgently needed to tailor cell-based therapies to respond to any type of medically relevant molecules. Here, we describe a universal approach to designing receptor scaffolds that enables antibody-specific molecular input to activate JAK/STAT, MAPK, PLCG or PI3K/Akt signaling rewired to transgene expression driven by synthetic promoters. To demonstrate its scope, we equipped the GEMS (generalized extracellular molecule sensor) platform with antibody fragments targeting a synthetic azo dye, nicotine, a peptide tag and the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) biomarker, thereby covering inputs ranging from small molecules to proteins...
April 23, 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679037/the-therapeutic-potential-and-molecular-mechanism-of-isoflavone-extract-against-psoriasis
#5
Hsin-Ju Li, Nan-Lin Wu, Gon-Ann Lee, Chi-Feng Hung
Psoriasis is a common inflammatory disease. It affects 1-3% of the population worldwide and is associated with increasing medical costs every year. Typical psoriatic skin lesions are reddish, thick, scaly plaques that can occur on multiple skin sites all over the body. Topical application of imiquimod (IMQ), a toll-like receptor (TLR)7 agonist and potent immune system activator, can induce and exacerbate psoriasis. Previous studies have demonstrated that isoflavone extract has an antioxidant effect which may help decrease inflammation and inflammatory pain...
April 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677063/the-anesthesia-perioperative-call-for-help-experience-at-a-quaternary-pediatric-medical-center-analysis-of-67-564-anesthesia-encounters
#6
Bistra G Vlassakova, Sean M Sinnott, Nissa Askins, Matthew X Callahan, Izabela C Leahy, David Zurakowski, Paul R Hickey, Joseph P Cravero
BACKGROUND: During the past several decades, anesthesia has become increasingly safe. Truly major adverse events are rare, and anesthesia quality researchers have instituted programs to evaluate "near miss" or less critical adverse events to evaluate the safety of anesthesia delivery. In this study, we aimed to evaluate calls for emergency help in our institution as a surrogate for pending critical events. We hypothesized that calls would be more common in patients with high American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status, history of prematurity, and children with recent respiratory illness compared to those without these characteristics...
April 17, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649115/public-health-care-financing-and-the-costs-of-cancer-care-a-cross-national-analysis
#7
Ana Iolanda Voda, Ionel Bostan
Expenditure and financing aspects in the healthcare system in general, and in cancer care in particular, are subjects of increasing concern to the medical community. Nowadays, it is imperative for the healthcare system to respond to the challenge of universal access to quality healthcare, by measuring the financial resources within the healthcare sector. The purpose of this review is to highlight the major gaps in the healthcare expenditures for all types of care, as well as on cancer and anti-cancer drugs across 28 European Union member states...
April 12, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29620180/a-study-on-the-correlation-between-stat%C3%A2-1-and-mutant-p53-expression-in-glioma
#8
Wenbo Yang, Hongwei Wang, Haitao Ju, Changwu Dou
Glioma is the most common primary brain tumor in adults and the second most common malignant tumor in children. Aberrant expression of signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT‑1) and p53 are known to affect the occurrence and progression of malignant tumors. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression of STAT‑1 and mutant p53 gene, as well as their correlation, in patients with glioma. The present study included 50 patients who underwent glioma resection at the First Affiliated Hospital of Inner Mongolia Medical University between December 2007 and December 2011, and 10 patients with acute cerebral contusion who underwent intracerebral hematoma removal at the same hospital between January 2013 and January 2014...
March 28, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615169/serum-cystatin-c-as-an-early-diagnostic-biomarker-of-diabetic-kidney-disease-in-type-2-diabetic-patients
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Ayesha Qamar, Asma Hayat, Tariq Mahmood Ahmad, Alamgir Khan, Mohammad Najam Ul Hasnat, Sufyan Tahir
OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic accuracy and cut-off values of serum cystatin C as early diagnostic biomarker of diabetic kidney disease. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analytical study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Pathology, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi in collaboration with Endocrinology Department, Military Hospital (MH), Rawalpindi from November 2015 to November 2016. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and nineteen diagnosed patients of type 2 diabetes mellitus were enrolled in the study from the outpatient Endocrinology Department of the MH Rawalpindi...
April 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614587/-role-of-rac1-signaling-pathway-of-azathioprine-and-peptidoglycan-in-the-regulation-of-monocyte-macrophage-apoptosis-in-crohn-s-disease
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Z Zhou, Y Jing, Y Ran, J Zhao, L Zhou, B M Wang
Objective: To evaluate the changes of macrophages and expression of Rac1 in the inflammatory site of Crohn's disease, and to investigate the effects of 6-thioguanine (6-TG) and peptidoglycan on apoptosis of human peripheral blood monocyte-macrophage by regulating Rac1 signaling pathway. Methods: Ten patients with Crohn's disease and eight healthy controls diagnosed were enrolled at Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital from January 2013 to January 2014. The number of macrophages, apoptosis and expression of Rac1 in the inflammation sites and non-inflammation sites of intestinal mucosa were detected in both patients and controls...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29581383/high-altitude-arterialised-capillary-earlobe-blood-gas-measurement-using-the-abbott-i-stat
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Christopher T Lewis, W L Malein, Ian Chesner, S Clarke
INTRODUCTION: Measurement of physiological parameters in extreme environments is essential to advancing knowledge, prophylaxis and treatment of altitude sickness. Point-of-care testing facilitates investigation in non-specialist and remote settings, as well as becoming increasingly popular at the bedside for real-time results in the clinical environment. Arterialised capillary earlobe blood gases are recommended as a valid alternative to arterial sampling in research. This study aimed to test the feasibility of obtaining and analysing daily earlobe samples at high altitude...
March 25, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29578852/economic-burden-of-patients-with-inadequate-response-to-targeted-immunomodulators-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Vibeke Strand, Namita Tundia, Yan Song, Dendy Macaulay, Mahesh Fuldeore
BACKGROUND: Targeted immunomodulators (TIMs), including biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and JAK/STAT inhibitors, are effective therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but some patients fail to respond or lose response over time. This study estimated the real-world prevalence of RA patients with inadequate responses to an initial TIM (nonresponders) in the United States and assessed their direct and indirect economic burden compared with treatment responders. METHODS: Administrative claims data (January 1999-March 2014) from a large private-insurer database were used, which included work-loss data from a subset of reporting companies...
April 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451146/safety-and-efficiency-of-trabectome-mediated-trabecular-meshwork-ablation-for-chinese-glaucoma-patients-a-two-year-retrospective-multicentre-study
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433676/bioactive-phytochemicals-that-regulate-the-cellular-processes-involved-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414429/characteristics-survival-and-incidence-rates-and-trends-of-primary-cardiac-malignancies-in-the-united-states
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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...
March 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350834/proton-pump-inhibitors-elevate-infection-rate-in-cardiothoracic-surgery-patients-by-influencing-pmn-function-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#16
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...
April 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297981/primary-biliary-cholangitis-in-british-columbia-first-nations-clinical-features-and-discovery-of-novel-genetic-susceptibility-loci
#17
Sirisha Asuri, Sarah McIntosh, Valerie Taylor, Andrew Rokeby, James Kelly, Karey Shumansky, Lanora Leigh Field, Eric M Yoshida, Laura Arbour
BACKGROUND & 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: In all, 44 individuals with Primary Biliary Cholangitis 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280785/the-epidemiology-of-health-care-associated-infections-in-pediatric-cardiac-intensive-care-units
#18
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248221/method-comparison-and-validation-of-a-prototype-device-for-measurement-of-ionized-calcium-concentrations-cow-side-against-a-point-of-care-instrument-and-a-benchtop-blood-gas-analyzer-reference-method
#19
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]...
February 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203407/optimising-workflow-processes-in-an-advanced-medication-dispensary
#20
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
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