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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926981/efficacy-of-allergen-immunotherapy-in-reducing-the-likelihood-of-developing-new-allergen-sensitizations-a-systematic-review
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Danilo Di Bona, Antonella Plaia, Maria Stefania Leto-Barone, Simona La Piana, Luigi Macchia, Gabriele Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: Guidelines and position papers indicate that allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is the only disease-modifying treatment, including prevention of the onset of new allergen sensitizations. However, this preventive effect was shown by only a few observational studies. Our aim was to systematically review the efficacy of AIT in preventing the onset of new allergen sensitizations. METHODS: Computerized bibliographic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library (through June 2015) were supplemented with manual searches of reference lists...
December 7, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926924/the-impact-of-excluding-trials-from-network-meta-analyses-an-empirical-study
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Jing Zhang, Yiping Yuan, Haitao Chu
Network meta-analysis (NMA) expands the scope of a conventional pairwise meta-analysis to simultaneously compare multiple treatments, which has an inherent appeal for clinicians, patients, and policy decision makers. Two recent reports have shown that the impact of excluding a treatment on NMAs can be substantial. However, no one has assessed the impact of excluding a trial from NMAs, which is important because many NMAs selectively include trials in the analysis. This article empirically examines the impact of trial exclusion using both the arm-based (AB) and contrast-based (CB) approaches, by reanalyzing 20 published NMAs involving 725 randomized controlled trials and 449,325 patients...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926844/intracellular-requirements-for-passive-proton-transport-through-the-na-k-atpase
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Kevin S Stanley, Dylan J Meyer, Craig Gatto, Pablo Artigas
The Na(+),K(+)-ATPase (NKA or Na/K pump) hydrolyzes one ATP to exchange three intracellular Na+ (Na(+)i) for two extracellular K+ (K(+)o) across the plasma membrane by cycling through a set of reversible transitions between phosphorylated and dephosphorylated conformations, alternately opening ion-binding sites externally (E2) or internally (E1). With subsaturating [Na(+)]o and [K(+)]o, the phosphorylated E2P conformation passively imports protons generating an inward current (IH), which may be exacerbated in NKA-subunit mutations associated with human disease...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926760/epidermal-nerve-fiber-quantification-in-patients-with-erythromelalgia
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William G Mantyh, P James B Dyck, Peter J Dyck, Janean K Engelstad, William J Litchy, Paola Sandroni, Mark D P Davis
Importance: Erythromelalgia is a clinical diagnosis based on intermittent warmth, erythema, and pain in the distal extremities. One problem facing physicians is how to objectively test for this disease. Given that other painful conditions of the distal extremities (ie, neuropathy related to human immunodeficiency virus, diabetes, or Fabry disease) can be evaluated with a skin biopsy to visualize pathologically decreased densities of the small nerve fibers that innervate the epidermis, one hypothesis is that erythromelalgia could similarly be associated with a loss of epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD)...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926753/in-vivo-observation-of-lens-regeneration-in-rat-using-ultra-long-scan-depth-optical-coherence-tomography
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Kai-Jing Zhou, Yi-Ni Li, Fu-Rong Huang, Qin-Mei Wang, A-Yong Yu
Purpose: To evaluate morphologic changes of lens regeneration in rats in vivo after extracapsular lens extraction (ECLE) by ultra-long scan depth optical coherence tomography (UL-OCT). Methods: A total of 42 Sprague-Dawley rats were used in this study. We performed ECLE on the right eyes of animals in the surgery group (n = 34). Biomicroscopy and UL-OCT scans were carried out for the surgery group immediately (within 1 hour postoperatively) and at days 1 and 3, weeks 1 and 2, and months 1, 2, and 3 postoperatively...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926736/structure-of-cc-chemokine-receptor-2-with-orthosteric-and-allosteric-antagonists
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Yi Zheng, Ling Qin, Natalia V Ortiz Zacarías, Henk de Vries, Gye Won Han, Martin Gustavsson, Marta Dabros, Chunxia Zhao, Robert J Cherney, Percy Carter, Dean Stamos, Ruben Abagyan, Vadim Cherezov, Raymond C Stevens, Adriaan P IJzerman, Laura H Heitman, Andrew Tebben, Irina Kufareva, Tracy M Handel
CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) is one of 19 members of the chemokine receptor subfamily of human class A G-protein-coupled receptors. CCR2 is expressed on monocytes, immature dendritic cells, and T-cell subpopulations, and mediates their migration towards endogenous CC chemokine ligands such as CCL2 (ref. 1). CCR2 and its ligands are implicated in numerous inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases including atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, neuropathic pain, and diabetic nephropathy, as well as cancer...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926587/anti-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-tolerance-and-efficacy-after-ipilimumab-immunotherapy-observational-study-of-39-patients
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Reyhan Amode, Barouyr Baroudjian, Anita Kowal, Majdi Jebali, Clara Allayous, Martine Bagot, Nika Madjlessi, Jennifer Roux, Manuelle Viguier, Nicole Basset Seguin, Raphaël Porcher, Cécile Pagès, Céleste Lebbé
In patients with ipilimumab (IPI)-refractory melanoma, the anti-programmed cell death proteins 1 (PD1s) nivolumab (NIV) and pembrolizumab (PEM) are considered to be a new standard of treatment. Few data are available on anti-PD1 safety in patients who develop IPI-related severe adverse events (AEs) (grade≥3). The aim of this study was to compare the anti-PD1 safety and efficacy in patients with previous severe toxicity to IPI versus in those showing moderate and no previous IPI-related AEs. This single institution-based observational study included all patients treated with anti-PD1 (PEM or NIV) and previously treated with IPI for unresectable stage III or IV melanoma...
December 6, 2016: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926543/effects-of-exercise-interventions-and-physical-activity-behavior-on-cancer-related-cognitive-impairments-an-update
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Nils Schaffrath, Max Oberste, Philipp Zimmer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to give an update on studies investigating the influence of physical activity behavior and exercise interventions on cancer-related cognitive impairments. RECENT FINDINGS: Cross-sectional and observational studies underline previous findings, revealing an association of cancer patients' fitness and their cognitive functions. Results from interventional studies are sparse. Only one study investigated self-perceived cognitive function in breast cancer patients as a secondary outcome, indicating no effects...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926459/dietary-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-supplementation-in-an-animal-model-of-anxiety
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Brian M Ross, Imran Malik, Slim Babay
A large body of evidence suggests that dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may ameliorate depressed mood. The magnitude of the effect varies between studies, however, ranging from none at all to being of clinical significance. Given that substantial comorbidity occurs between mood and anxiety disorders, suggesting that they have one or more pathophysiological mechanisms in common, we hypothesized that omega-3 fatty acids may be acting primarily to reduce anxiety rather than depression per se, a possibility which could underlie their variable effects on mood...
November 2016: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926447/motivation-and-attention-following-hemispheric-stroke
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E Olgiati, C Russell, D Soto, P Malhotra
Spatial neglect (SN) is an extremely common disorder of attention; it is most frequently a consequence of stroke, especially to the right cerebral hemisphere. The current view of SN is that it is not a unitary deficit but a multicomponent syndrome. Crucially, it has been repeatedly shown that it has a considerable negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. Although a number of behavioral and pharmacological therapies have been developed, none of these appears to be applicable to all patients with SN or has proved unequivocally successful in clinical trials...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926438/exploring-individual-differences-in-task-switching-persistence-and-other-personality-traits-related-to-anterior-cingulate-cortex-function
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A Umemoto, C B Holroyd
Anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is involved in cognitive control and decision-making but its precise function is still highly debated. Based on evidence from lesion, neurophysiological, and neuroimaging studies, we have recently proposed a critical role for ACC in motivating extended behaviors according to learned task values (Holroyd and Yeung, 2012). Computational simulations based on this theory suggest a hierarchical mechanism in which a caudal division of ACC selects and applies control over task execution, and a rostral division of ACC facilitates switches between tasks according to a higher task strategy (Holroyd and McClure, 2015)...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925609/a-comparison-of-virological-suppression-and-rebound-between-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-persons-initiating-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-in-a-multisite-cohort-of-individuals-living-with-hiv-in-canada
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Anita C Benoit, Jaime Younger, Kerrigan Beaver, Randy Jackson, Mona Loutfy, Renée Masching, Tony Nobis, Earl Nowgesic, Doe O'Brien-Teengs, Wanda Whitebird, Art Zoccole, Mark Hull, Denise Jaworsky, Anita Rachlis, Sean Rourke, Ann N Burchell, Curtis Cooper, Robert Hogg, Marina B Klein, Nima Machouf, Julio Montaner, Chris Tsoukas, Janet Raboud, Building Bridges
BACKGROUND: This study compared time to virologic suppression and rebound between Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals living with HIV in Canada initiating combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). METHODS: Data were from the Canadian Observational Cohort collaboration; 8 studies of treatment-naïve persons with HIV initiating cART after 1/1/2000. Fine and Gray models were used to estimate the effect of ethnicity on 1) time to virologic suppression (two consecutive viral loads (VLs) <50 copies/mL at least three months apart) after adjusting for the competing risk of death and 2) time until virologic rebound (two consecutive VLs >200 copies/mL at least three months apart) following suppression...
December 7, 2016: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925606/increasing-awareness-and-acceptance-through-mindfulness-and-somatic-education-movements
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Paulo Vicente Bloise, Mário César Rezende Andrade, Hans Machado, Sérgio Baxter Andreoli
Context • The main feature of mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) is the encouragement of present moment awareness and of self-regulation, which are associated with health benefits. Meditating with the body in movement has been referred to as one of the most accessible ways of reaching such awareness. An MBI program, Mindfulness and Movements of Integration (MMI), has the same structure as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) but puts more emphasis on the body and uses somatic education (SE) movements instead of yoga postures...
October 2016: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925410/unraveling-the-role-of-formic-acid-and-the-type-of-solvent-in-the-catalytic-conversion-of-lignin-a-holistic-approach
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Mikel Oregui Bengoechea, Iñaki Gandarias, Pedro Luis Arias, Tanja Barth
The role of formic acid together with the effect of the solvent type and their synergic interactions with a NiMo catalyst were studied for the conversion of lignin into bio-oil in an alcohol/formic acid media. Replacing formic acid with molecular hydrogen or isopropanol decreased the oil yield to a considerable degree, increased the solid yield and altered the nature of the bio-oil. The differences induced by the presence of molecular hydrogen were comparable to the ones observed in the isopropanol system, suggesting similar lignin conversion mechanisms for both systems...
December 7, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925389/the-long-term-immunological-effects-of-alloferon-and-its-analogues-in-the-mealworm-tenebrio-molitor
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Elżbieta Czarniewska, Arkadiusz Urbański, Szymon Chowański, Mariola Kuczer
The subject of this paper is a search for the long-term immunological effects of alloferon and 3 structural analogues of alloferon, which were earlier characterised by the highest pro-apoptotic activity in Tenebrio molitor. The differences in the actions of these peptides on immune response were observed. Alloferon increased nodulation and significantly phenoloxidase activity in the haemolymph of experimentally infected T. molitor. However, [Phe(p-NH2 )(1) ]- and [Phe(p-OMe)(1) ]-alloferon strongly inhibited cellular and humoral defense of the mealworm against Staphylococcus aureus infection...
December 7, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925352/forage-intake-and-weight-gain-of-ewes-is-affected-by-roughage-mixes-during-winter-in-northeastern-china
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Zhiming Yang, Yunbo Wang, Xia Yuan, Ling Wang, Deli Wang
We studied the effect of dietary roughage species and their combinations on forage intake and growth rate of ewes during winter in a pastoral-farming area of northeast China. Twenty-five Northeast crossbred ewes (fine-wool sheep × Small-tailed Han sheep) were randomly selected and divided into five groups (G1, G2, G3, G4 and G5). During a 30 day feeding trial, each group of ewes were offered the same basal diet (composed of 0.36 kg chopped maize stalk (10 mm), 0.14 kg corn meal, 0.05 kg soybean meal and 1...
December 7, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925306/graphene-oxide-based-enzyme-nanoarchitectonics-for-substrate-channeling
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Motilal Mathesh, Jingquan Liu, Colin J Barrow, Wenrong Yang
The controlled spatial organization or compartmentalization of multi-enzyme cascade reactions to transfer a substrate from one enzyme to another for substrate channeling on scaffolds has sparked increasing interest in recent years. Here, we use graphene oxides to study the dependence of the activity of cascade reactions in a closely packed, randomly immobilized enzyme system on a 2 D scaffold. We first observe that the hydrophobicity of graphene oxides and various enzyme architectures for co-immobilized systems are important attributes for achieving high product-conversion rates...
December 7, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925236/stresses-and-strains-analysis-using-different-palatal-expander-appliances-in-upper-jaw-and-midpalatal-suture
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Larissa Carvalho Trojan, Libardo Andrés González-Torres, Ana Claudia Moreira Melo, Estevam Barbosa de Las Casas
Rapid maxillary expansion (RME) is the technique of increasing the transverse dimension of the upper jaw using lateral forces applied by palatal expander. Usually, this palatal appliance is anchored on posterior teeth. The purposes of this computer simulation study were to analyze the stress and strain distribution generated in the maxilla, mainly in midpalatal suture (MPS), during RME by tooth-borne and bone-borne expanders and to study the correlation between mechanical strain and Wolff's Law. The analysis was performed with finite element models developed based on Cone Beam computed tomography (CT)...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925228/a-mock-circulatory-system-incorporating-a-compliant-3d-printed-anatomical-model-to-investigate-pulmonary-hemodynamics
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Paul G M Knoops, Giovanni Biglino, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Linzhang Xu, Silvia Schievano, Ryo Torii
A realistic mock circulatory system (MCS) could be a valuable in vitro testbed to study human circulatory hemodynamics. The objective of this study was to design a MCS replicating the pulmonary arterial circulation, incorporating an anatomically representative arterial model suitable for testing clinically relevant scenarios. A second objective of the study was to ensure the system's compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional measurements. A latex pulmonary arterial model with two generations of bifurcations was manufactured starting from a 3D-printed mold reconstructed from patient data...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925227/an-erp-study-of-response-inhibition-in-the-auditory-domain-in-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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Matthew M Gerhold, Sandra W Jacobson, Joseph L Jacobson, Christopher D Molteno, Ernesta M Meintjes, Colin M Andrew
BACKGROUND: Previous event-related potential (ERP) studies of response inhibition in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have used a visual Go/NoGo task to study the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on response inhibition. No studies exist using auditory versions of the task; thus, it is unclear how the deficits observed in visual tasks translate into the auditory domain. METHODS: This study examined ERPs using an auditory Go/NoGo paradigm in a sample of 35 school-age children-18 with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and 17 normally developing controls...
December 7, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
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