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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942191/improving-the-thermal-efficiency-of-a-jaggery-production-module-using-a-fire-tube-heat-exchanger
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Raul La Madrid, Elder Mendoza Orbegoso, Rafael Saavedra, Daniel Marcelo
Jaggery is a product obtained after heating and evaporation processes have been applied to sugar cane juice via the addition of thermal energy, followed by the crystallisation process through mechanical agitation. At present, jaggery production uses furnaces and pans that are designed empirically based on trial and error procedures, which results in low ranges of thermal efficiency operation. To rectify these deficiencies, this study proposes the use of fire-tube pans to increase heat transfer from the flue gases to the sugar cane juice...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941188/androgen-alleviates-neurotoxicity-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-a%C3%AE-by-promoting-microglial-clearance-of-a%C3%AE-and-inhibiting-microglial-inflammatory-response-to-a%C3%AE
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Peng-Le Yao, Shu Zhuo, Hong Mei, Xiao-Fang Chen, Na Li, Teng-Fei Zhu, Shi-Ting Chen, Ji-Ming Wang, Rui-Xing Hou, Ying-Ying Le
AIMS: Lower androgen level in elderly men is a risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD). It has been reported that androgen reduces amyloid peptides (Aβ) production and increases Aβ degradation by neurons. Activated microglia are involved in AD by either clearing Aβ deposits through uptake of Aβ or releasing cytotoxic substances and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Here, we investigated the effect of androgen on Aβ uptake and clearance and Aβ-induced inflammatory response in microglia, on neuronal death induced by Aβ-activated microglia, and explored underlying mechanisms...
September 20, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938337/pulse-pressure-is-associated-with-plasma-amyloid-%C3%AE-transport-dysfunction
#3
Yu Jiang, Suhang Shang, Pei Li, Chen Chen, Liangjun Dang, Jin Wang, Kang Huo, Meiying Deng, Jingyi Wang, Qiumin Qu
OBJECTIVE: Increased pulse pressure (PP) has been implicated in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease in middle-aged and elderly adults. Considering the close relationship between peripheral amyloid-β clearance and brain amyloid-β deposition, we investigated the potential association between PP and plasma amyloid-β transport function. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, a total of 1118 participants underwent a health assessment and quantification of plasma amyloid-β and amyloid-β transporter expression...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935572/macrophage-infiltration-is-a-causative-factor-for-ligamentum-flavum-hypertrophy-through-the-activation-of-collagen-production-in-fibroblasts
#4
Takeyuki Saito, Masamitsu Hara, Hiromi Kumamaru, Kazu Kobayakawa, Kazuya Yokota, Ken Kijima, Shingo Yoshizaki, Katsumi Harimaya, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Kenichi Kawaguchi, Mitsumasa Hayashida, Yutaka Inagaki, Keiichiro Shiba, Yasuharu Nakashima, Seiji Okada
Ligamentum flavum (LF) hypertrophy causes lumbar spinal canal stenosis, leading to leg pain and disability in activities of daily living in elderly individuals. Although there have been previous studies on LF hypertrophy, its pathomechanisms have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that infiltrating macrophages were a causative factor for LF hypertrophy. Induction of macrophages into the mouse LF by applying a micro-injury resulted in LF hypertrophy along with collagen accumulation and fibroblasts proliferation at the injured site, which were very similar to the characteristics observed in the severely hypertrophied LF of human...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934519/intra-pericardial-use-of-recombinant-factor-viia-in-a-patient-with-acute-hemorrhagic-pericardial-effusion-following-transcutaneous-aortic-valve-replacement-a-case-report
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Vanya Jaitly, Kimberly Klein, Hlaing Tint, Alice Chen, Paul Allison, Bindu Akkanti, Pranav Loyalka, Brian Castillo
Perioperative bleeding can be a serious life-threatening complication in adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery, given the older age and additional comorbidities present in this patient population. The standard treatment options include transfusion of blood components and surgical re-exploration. We report the first case of an elderly female patient treated with local administration of recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) for intractable hemorrhagic pericardial effusion, which developed following a transcutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure for severe aortic stenosis...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930140/identification-of-phlogacantholide-c-as-a-novel-adam10-enhancer-from-traditional-chinese-medicinal-plants
#6
Myriam Meineck, Florian Schuck, Sara Abdelfatah, Thomas Efferth, Kristina Endres
Background: Alzheimer's disease is one of the most prevalent dementias in the elderly population with increasing numbers of patients. One pivotal hallmark of this disorder is the deposition of protein aggregates stemming from neurotoxic amyloid-beta peptides. Synthesis of those peptides has been efficiently prevented in AD model mice by activation of an enzyme called alpha-secretase. Therefore, drugs with the capability to increase the expression of this enzyme, named ADAM10, have been suggested as a valuable therapeutic medication...
December 5, 2016: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922621/a-21-winter-seasons-retrospective-study-of-antibody-response-after-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-60-85%C3%A2-years-old-and-very-elderly-85%C3%A2-years-old-institutionalized-subjects
#7
Emilia Nunzi, Anna Maria Iorio, Barbara Camilloni
Influenza vaccination is considered the best mean for preventing the higher rates of mortality associated with influenza virus infection in the elderly as compared with younger people. Since the number of very elderly subjects, aged >85 years, is rapidly increasing, and some authors reported increments in influenza-associated mortality with age, the aim of this study was to increase the limited information available on the immunogenicity of the influenza vaccines in this age group. This was a retrospective study which analyzed the antibody response induced by commercially available trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in 1491 elderly subjects (60-85 years old) and 1139 very elderly subjects (>85 years old) during 21 winter seasons included between 1993-1994 and 2014-2015...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921725/coenzyme-q10-prevents-the-interleukin-1-beta-induced-inflammatory-response-via-inhibition-of-mapk-signaling-pathways-in-rat-articular-chondrocytes
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Xing Li, Yuanqing Guo, Shuai Huang, Minhui He, Qiaoli Liu, Weizhi Chen, Minghao Liu, Dongliang Xu, Peiheng He
Preclinical Research Osteoarthritis (OA) is a widely prevalent degenerative joint disease that severely impairs the health of the elderly population resulting in a heavy economic burden worldwide. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has shown anti-inflammatory effects in some diseases. The present study aimed to investigate if CoQ10 would suppress catabolic responses of interleukin (IL)-1β-induced chondrocytes. Rat chondrocytes were cultured and pretreated with CoQ10, and then stimulated with or without IL-1β (10 ng/ml)...
September 17, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921674/decline-in-effort-capacity-with-age-echocardiographic-stress-analysis-in-the-elderly
#9
Anat Milman, Gad Keren, Yan Topilsky
BACKGROUND: The present study was designed to assess the underlying mechanism of decline in effort capacity seen with aging. METHODS: We analyzed 250 healthy senior patients (≥65 years) with an ejection fraction ≥60% who underwent a stress echocardiogram test. The seniors (aged 65-94) were divided into 3 equal age groups (groups 1, 2, and 3), and their echo characteristics at rest and peak exercise (measured and calculated) were compared. RESULTS: Diastolic function at rest declined significantly (E lateral, E septal, E/E', A) with age, while other rest parameters were similar...
September 17, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918822/a-theoretical-model-to-explain-the-smart-technology-adoption-behaviors-of-elder-consumers-elderadopt
#10
Stephen M Golant
A growing global population of older adults is potential consumers of a category of products referred to as smart technologies, but also known as telehealth, telecare, information and communication technologies, robotics, and gerontechnology. This paper constructs a theoretical model to explain whether older people will adopt smart technology options to cope with their discrepant individual or environmental circumstances, thereby enabling them to age in place. Its proposed constructs and relationships are drawn from multiple academic disciplines and professional specialties, and an extensive literature focused on the factors influencing the acceptance of these smart technologies...
August 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918484/drug-herb-interactions-in-the-elderly-patient-with-ibd-a-growing-concern
#11
REVIEW
Haider Rahman, Marina Kim, Galen Leung, Jesse A Green, Seymour Katz
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is becoming more prevalent with the elderly being the fastest growing group. Parallel to this, there is an increasing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Nearly half of patients with IBD have used CAM at one time. The elderly patients, however, are burdened by comorbid conditions, polypharmacy, and altered functional status. With increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine in our elderly patients with IBD, it is vital for the provider to provide counsel on drug-herb potential interactions...
September 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910744/advanced-glycation-end-products-induced-il-6-and-vegf-a-production-and-apoptosis-in-osteocyte-like-mlo-y4-cells-by-activating-rage-and-erk1-2-p38-and-stat3-signalling-pathways
#12
Helin Chen, Wenjia Liu, Xiangnan Wu, Min Gou, Jiefei Shen, Hang Wang
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are involved in osteopenia in people with diabetes and the elderly. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) are potent regulators of bone metabolism, and in bone tissue, osteocytes are an important source of these regulators. However, whether AGEs can directly regulate IL-6 and VEGF-A secretion by osteocytes is unknown. In this study, we evaluated the effect of AGEs on IL-6 and VEGF- A production as well as apoptosis in osteocyte-like MLO-Y4 cells...
September 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910544/human-microbiota-in-aging-and-infection-a-review
#13
Elisavet Stavropoulou, Eugenia Bezirtzoglou
In most developed countries, ageing of the population started more than a century ago and it seems to be emerged in a wide range of developing countries as well. Moreover, research into ageing has moved forward in extremely rapidly rhythms nowadays, and the scientific area is of great interest, as implications for nearly all sectors of society, including work, social, economic features, in addition to nutrition and health issues which are involved. The fragile elder population is affected and experienced more frequently infections than the younger population...
September 14, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906131/effects-of-immunomodulators-on-the-response-induced-by-vaccines-against-autoimmune-diseases
#14
Dante J Marciani
A promising treatment for T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases is the induction of immune tolerance by modulating the immune response against self-antigens, an objective that may be achieved by vaccination. There are two main types of vaccines currently under development. The tolerogenic vaccines, composed of proteins formed by a cytokine fused to a self-antigen, which usually induce tolerance by eliminating the T-cells that are immune reactive against the self-antigen. The immunogenic vaccines, comprised of a self-antigen plus a sole Th2 adjuvant either free or conjugated, that alleviate autoimmunity by switching the immune response against the self-antigen, from a damaging pro-inflammatory Th1/Th17 to an anti-inflammatory Th2 immunity...
September 14, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900532/mitochondrial-function-and-mitophagy-in-the-elderly-effects-of-exercise
#15
REVIEW
Osvaldo C Moreira, Brisamar Estébanez, Susana Martínez-Florez, José A de Paz, María J Cuevas, Javier González-Gallego
Aging is a natural, multifactorial and multiorganic phenomenon wherein there are gradual physiological and pathological changes over time. Aging has been associated with a decrease of autophagy capacity and mitochondrial functions, such as biogenesis, dynamics, and mitophagy. These processes are essential for the maintenance of mitochondrial structural integrity and, therefore, for cell life, since mitochondrial dysfunction leads to an impairment of energy metabolism and increased production of reactive oxygen species, which consequently trigger mechanisms of cellular senescence and apoptotic cell death...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894110/omega-3-fatty-acids-correlate-with-gut-microbiome-diversity-and-production-of-n-carbamylglutamate-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-women
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Cristina Menni, Jonas Zierer, Tess Pallister, Matthew A Jackson, Tao Long, Robert P Mohney, Claire J Steves, Tim D Spector, Ana M Valdes
Omega-3 fatty acids may influence human physiological parameters in part by affecting the gut microbiome. The aim of this study was to investigate the links between omega-3 fatty acids, gut microbiome diversity and composition and faecal metabolomic profiles in middle aged and elderly women. We analysed data from 876 twins with 16S microbiome data and DHA, total omega-3, and other circulating fatty acids. Estimated food intake of omega-3 fatty acids were obtained from food frequency questionnaires. Both total omega-3and DHA serum levels were significantly correlated with microbiome alpha diversity (Shannon index) after adjusting for confounders (DHA Beta(SE) = 0...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893473/data-and-product-needs-for-influenza-immunization-programs-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-rationale-and-main-conclusions-of-the-who-preferred-product-characteristics-for-next-generation-influenza-vaccines
#17
Kathleen M Neuzil, Joseph S Bresee, Fernando de la Hoz, Kari Johansen, Ruth A Karron, Anand Krishnan, Shabir A Madhi, Punam Mangtani, David J Spiro, Justin R Ortiz
In 2017, WHO convened a working group of global experts to develop the Preferred Product Characteristics (PPC) for Next-Generation Influenza Vaccines. PPCs are intended to encourage innovation in vaccine development. They describe WHO preferences for parameters of vaccines, in particular their indications, target groups, implementation strategies, and clinical data needed for assessment of safety and efficacy. PPCs are shaped by the global unmet public health need in a priority disease area for which WHO encourages vaccine development...
September 8, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893250/association-between-dietary-patterns-and-cognitive-function-among-70-year-old-japanese-elderly-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-sonic-study
#18
Hitomi Okubo, Hiroki Inagaki, Yasuyuki Gondo, Kei Kamide, Kazunori Ikebe, Yukie Masui, Yasumichi Arai, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Satoshi Sasaki, Takeshi Nakagawa, Mai Kabayama, Ken Sugimoto, Hiromi Rakugi, Yoshinobu Maeda
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of studies in Western countries have shown that healthy dietary patterns may have a protective effect against cognitive decline and dementia. However, information on this relationship among non-Western populations with different cultural settings is extremely limited. We aim to examine the relationship between dietary patterns and cognitive function among older Japanese people. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 635 community-dwelling people aged 69-71 years who participated in the prospective cohort study titled Septuagenarians, Octogenarians, Nonagenarians Investigation with Centenarians (SONIC)...
September 11, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888079/bioabsorbable-nerve-conduits-coated-with-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neurospheres-enhance-axonal-regeneration-in-sciatic-nerve-defects-in-aged-mice
#19
Takuya Yokoi, Takuya Uemura, Kiyohito Takamatsu, Kosuke Shintani, Ema Onode, Mitsuhiro Okada, Noriaki Hidaka, Hiroaki Nakamura
Aging influences peripheral nerve regeneration. Nevertheless, most basic research of bioabsorbable nerve conduits including commercial products have been performed in very young animals. Results from these studies may not provide information about axonal regeneration in aged tissue, because young nerve tissue holds sufficient endogenous potential for axonal regeneration. The clinical target age for nerve conduit application is most likely going to increase with a rapidly growing elderly population. In the present study, we examined axonal regeneration after sciatic nerve defects in aged and young mice...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887377/outcome-after-stroke-thrombolysis-in-patients-80-years-treated-within-3-hours-vs-3-4-5-hours
#20
Niaz Ahmed, Kennedy R Lees, Peter A Ringleb, Christopher Bladin, David Collas, Danilo Toni, Gary A Ford
OBJECTIVE: To determine outcomes and risks of IV thrombolysis (IVT) in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) >80 years of age within 3 hours compared to >3 to 4.5 hours recorded in the Safe Implementation of Treatment in Stroke (SITS) International Stroke Thrombolysis Registry. METHODS: A total of 14,240 (year 2003-2015) patients >80 years of age with AIS were treated with IVT ≤4.5 hours of stroke onset (3,558 in >3-4.5 hours). Of these, 8,658 (2,157 in >3-4...
September 8, 2017: Neurology
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