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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637222/risk-factors-for-the-development-of-delayed-tsh-elevation-in-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-nicu-newborns
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Amnon Zung, Rachel Bier Palmon, Agneta Golan, Mara Troitzky, Smadar Eventov-Friedman, Ronella Marom, Rimona Keidar, Neri Kats, Shlomo Almashanu, Orna Flidel-Rimon
Context: Delayed TSH elevation (dTSH) is defined as elevated TSH in the second neonatal screen (following normal TSH in the initial screen) in premature, low-birth-weight and sick newborns, mostly in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) setting. The pathogenesis of dTSH is elusive. Objective: To identify risk factors for dTSH development among newborns in the NICU. Design: setting and patients: A retrospective chart review of neonates with dTSH was conducted in eight university-affiliated NICUs...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637215/managerial-ownership-in-nursing-homes-staffing-quality-and-financial-performance
#2
Sean Shenghsiu Huang, John R Bowblis
Purpose of the Study: Ownership of nursing homes (NHs) has primarily focused broadly on differences between for-profit (FP), nonprofit (NFP), and government-operated facilities. Yet, among FPs, the understanding of detailed ownership structures at individual NHs is rather limited. Particularly, NH administrators may hold significant equity interests in their facilities, leading to heterogeneous financial incentives and NH outcomes. Through the principal-agent theory, this article studies how managerial ownership of individual facilities affects NH outcomes...
June 20, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637150/family-matters-compensable-injury-and-the-effect-on-family
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Agnieszka Kosny, Sharon Newnam, Alex Collie
PURPOSE: It is well acknowledged that involvement in injury compensation processes can have a substantial impact on the recovery of the injured person. However, little attention has been given to the social or family consequences of compensable injury. The aims of this study were to better understand both the impact of compensable injury on the family and the role that families play after an injury, throughout the compensation process, and during return to work. METHODS: Eighteen injured persons and nine family members recruited through three compensation authorities in Victoria (Australia) were interviewed...
February 24, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637075/-vitamins-and-minerals-in-oncology
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Julian Walter Holch, Marlies Michl, Volker Heinemann, Nicole Erickson
The use of vitamins and minerals to prevent cancer as well as their supportive use in oncological patients is widespread and often occurs without the knowledge of the treating physician. Beyond general recommendations with regard to a balanced and healthy diet, no evidence exists supporting the use of vitamins and minerals in the prevention of cancer. Furthermore, the diet of oncological patients should contain vitamins and minerals of the same quantity as for healthy individuals. In particular, there is currently no rationale for a high-dosage administration of antioxidants...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637073/-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-oncology-what%C3%A2-makes-sense
#5
Axel Eustachi, Dieter Melchart
The basis of any complementary therapy should be the recommendation of a healthy lifestyle (diet, nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction), and appropriate self-help techniques (e. g. thermotherapy, herbal OTC-products) aimed at releasing the patients' most debilitating symptoms. For therapy-resistant or strong symptoms, more invasive interventions or medical treatments with an acceptable evidence base can be used (e. g. acupuncture for cancer pain, herbal prescriptions). The effects of any complementary intervention should be controlled for a period of six weeks after its administration...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637045/effects-of-injection-of-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-agonists-into-the-nucleus-accumbens-on-naloxone-induced-morphine-withdrawal
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Betilay Topkara, Hasan R Yananli, Eren Sakallı, Mehluge Caferova
AIMS: This study was to investigate the effects of local administration of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonists into the nucleus accumbens (NAc) on naloxone-induced morphine withdrawal symptoms. METHODS: Bilateral guide cannulas were stereotaxically implanted in the shell or core regions of the NAc of Sprague-Dawley rats. After a recovery period, 3 morphine pellets, each consisting of 75 mg morphine base, were placed subcutaneously on the first and third days of the study with the rats under mild ether anaesthesia...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637036/differentiating-incident-from-recurrent-stroke-using-administrative-data-the-impact-of-varying-lengths-of-look-back-periods-on-the-risk-of-misclassification
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John Mark Worthington, Melina Gattellari, Chris Goumas, Bin Jalaludin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Administrative data are widely used to monitor epidemiological trends in stroke and outcomes; yet there is scant empirical guidance on how to best differentiate incident from recurrent stroke. METHODS: We identified all hospital admissions in New South Wales, Australia, with a principal stroke diagnosis from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, linked to 12 years of previous admissions. We calculated the proportion of cases identified with a prior stroke to determine the number of years of look-back required to minimise misclassification of incident and recurrent strokes...
June 22, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637023/cationic-liquid-crystalline-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-synthetic-rnai-based-therapeutics
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Emanuela Gentile, Taro Oba, Jing Lin, Ruping Shao, Feng Meng, Xiaobo Cao, Heather Y Lin, Majidi Mourad, Apar Pataer, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, Dong Cai, Jack A Roth, Lin Ji
RNA interference (RNAi)-based therapeutics have been used to silence the expression of targeted pathological genes. Small interfering RNA (siRNAs) and microRNA (miRNAs) inhibitor have performed this function. However, short half-life, poor cellular uptake, and nonspecific distribution of small RNAs call for the development of novel delivery systems to facilitate the use of RNAi. We developed a novel cationic liquid crystalline nanoparticle (CLCN) to efficiently deliver synthetic siRNAs and miRNAs. CLCNs were prepared by using high-speed homogenization and assembled with synthetic siRNA or miRNA molecules in nuclease-free water to create CLCN/siRNA or miRNA complexes...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636998/physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modeling-for-predicting-irinotecan-exposure-in-human-body
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Yingfang Fan, Najia Mansoor, Tasneem Ahmad, Rafeeq Alam Khan, Martin Czejka, Syed Sharib, Dong-Hua Yang, Mansoor Ahmed
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Treatment of colorectal cancer remains a challenge to clinicians as well as drug developers. Irinotecan, a Camptothecin derivative, is successfully used for the treatment of this rapidly progressing malignancy and finds its place in the first line of therapeutic agents. Irinotecan is also effective in treating SCLC, malignant glioma and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. However, its adverse effects limit its clinical application...
June 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636995/experimental-study-on-the-therapeutic-effect-and-underlining-mechanisms-of-positron-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#10
Ying Wang, Ming Li, Rao Diao, Brian Tung, Dalong Zhang, Yaming Li
The purpose of this study was to assess the potential therapeutic effect of positrons emitted by 18F-2-Deoxy-2-Fluoro-D-Glucose (18F-FDG) on pancreatic cancer cells and elucidate its underlying mechanisms. Pancreatic cancer cells were incubated with different radioactive concentrations of 18F-FDG and evaluated for anti-cancer properties and underlining mechanisms. In addition, three groups of tumor-bearing mice were treated with different doses of 18F-FDG weekly, the tumor growth rate was calculated, and the mice were imaged by positron emission tomography (PET) with 18F-FDG before and after treatment...
June 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636984/whether-low-dose-metronomic-oral-cyclophosphamide-improves-the-response-to-docetaxel-in-first-line-treatment-of-non-triple-negative-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Jian Zhang, Leiping Wang, Zhonghua Wang, Biyun Wang, Jun Cao, Fangfang Lv, Sheng Zhang, Zhimin Shao, Xichun Hu
Oral metronomic chemotherapy may target tumor cells indirectly via antiangiogenic activity, restoration of anticancer immune response, or induction of tumor dormancy. We initiated the single-center, randomized, open-label, phase II study to determine whether the addition of metronomic cyclophosphamide to docetaxel (T) (w/o trastuzumab) improves overall response rate (ORR) as first-line treatment among patients with non-triple-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Eligible patients with previously untreated non-triple-negative MBC were randomly assigned (1:1) to receive 3-weekly cycles of Metro-TC (T 75mg/m2, d1 plus oral cyclophosphamide 50 mg daily) or T alone...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636884/major-achievements-of-evidence-based-traditional-chinese-medicine-in-treating-major-diseases
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REVIEW
Jung Chao, Yuntao Dai, Robert Verpoorte, Wing Lam, Yung-Chi Cheng, Li-Heng Pao, Wei Zhang, Shilin Chen
A long history of use and extensive documentation of the clinical practices of traditional Chinese medicine resulted in a considerable number of classical preparations, which are still widely used. This heritage of our ancestors provides a unique resource for drug discovery. Already, a number of important drugs have been developed from traditional medicines, which in fact form the core of Western pharmacotherapy. Therefore, this article discusses the differences in drug development between traditional medicine and Western medicine...
June 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
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Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636828/pharmacokinetic-drug-evaluation-of-extended-release-lorcaserin-for-the-treatment-of-obesity
#14
Kathryn Hurren, Marissa W Dunham
Lorcaserin is a serotonin 2C receptor antagonist that was FDA approved in 2012. Lorcaserin is recently available as an extended-release (ER) formulation for the treatment of obesity as an adjunct to lifestyle modification. Areas covered: The pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, efficacy, and safety of lorcaserin ER will be reviewed. Expert opinion: Lorcaserin ER 20mg daily provides drug exposure bioequivalent to lorcaserin immediate release (IR) 10mg twice daily. Lorcaserin IR is associated with 3.3% and 3.0% placebo-subtracted weight loss in patients without and with diabetes, respectively...
June 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636736/the-protective-effect-of-intratympanic-dexamethasone-on-streptomycin-ototoxicity-in-rats
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Aylin Gül, Engin Şengül, Beyhan Yılmaz, Fazıl Emre Özkurt, Mehmet Akdağ, Ayşenur Keleş, İsmail Topçu
The purpose of this experimental study was to investigate the protective role of intratympanically administered dexamethasone on the inner ears of rats that were exposed to streptomycin ototoxicity. Twenty-four adult Wistar albino rats were separated into 4 groups: Group 1 (only streptomycin), Group 2 (only intratympanic dexamethasone), Group 3 (streptomycin and intratympanic dexamethasone), and Group 4 (streptomycin and intratympanic saline). All rats were evaluated with distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAE) tests before the start of treatment and on the day it ended...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636718/trends-and-outcomes-of-off-label-use-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-insights-from-the-ncdr-sts-acc-tvt-registry
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Ravi S Hira, Sreekanth Vemulapalli, Zhuokai Li, James M McCabe, John S Rumsfeld, Samir R Kapadia, Mahboob Alam, Hani Jneid, Creighton Don, Mark Reisman, Salim S Virani, Neal S Kleiman
Importance: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for severe aortic stenosis in patients who cannot undergo surgery and for patients at high operative risk. Use of TAVR for off-label indications has not been previously reported. Objective: To evaluate patterns and adverse outcomes of off-label use of TAVR in US clinical practice. Design, Setting and Participants: Patients receiving commercially funded TAVR in the United States are included in the Transcatheter Valve Therapy Registry...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636707/incidence-and-predictors-of-opioid-prescription-at-discharge-after-traumatic-injury
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Muhammad Ali Chaudhary, Andrew J Schoenfeld, Alyssa F Harlow, Anju Ranjit, Rebecca Scully, Ritam Chowdhury, Meesha Sharma, Stephanie Nitzschke, Tracey Koehlmoos, Adil H Haider
Importance: In the current health care environment with increased scrutiny and growing concern regarding opioid use and abuse, there has been a push toward greater regulation over prescriptions of opioids. Trauma patients represent a population that may be affected by this regulation, as the incidence of pain at hospital discharge is greater than 95%, and opioids are considered the first line of treatment for pain management. However, the use of opioid prescriptions in trauma patients at hospital discharge has not been explored...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636634/cardiomyopathy-development-protection-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-successful-competition-for-major-dihydropyridines-common-metabolite-against-captopril
#18
Katarzyna A Mitręga, Adrianna M Spałek, Jerzy Nożyński, Maurycy Porc, Magdalena Stankiewicz, Tadeusz F Krzemiński
During the last 25 years angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors spectacularly conquered the field of cardiovascular diseases therapy. Nevertheless, lack of new studies concerning side effects associated with their chronic administration seems to be rather confusing. In our previous research, we proved that the main furnidipines' metabolite (M-2) possess multiple cardioprotective actions. Currently, we compared effects of post-infarction long-term oral treatment with M-2 and captopril on hemodynamic parameters and "ischemic cardiomyopathy" development in rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636622/inhibition-of-hepatitis-b-viral-entry-by-nucleic-acid-polymers-in-heparg-cells-and-primary-human-hepatocytes
#19
Clément Guillot, Nora Martel, Françoise Berby, Isabelle Bordes, Olivier Hantz, Matthieu Blanchet, Camille Sureau, Andrew Vaillant, Isabelle Chemin
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a major public health concern worldwide with 240 million individuals chronically infected and at risk of developing cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Current treatments rarely cure chronic hepatitis B infection, highlighting the need for new anti-HBV drugs. Nucleic acid polymers (NAPs) are phosphorothioated oligonucleotides that have demonstrated a great potential to inhibit infection with several viruses. In chronically infected human patients, NAPs administration lead to a decline of blood HBsAg and HBV DNA and to HBsAg seroconversion, the expected signs of functional cure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636533/microrna-149-suppresses-hepatic-inflammatory-response-through-antagonizing-stat3-signaling-pathway
#20
Qiqi Zhang, Jia Su, Ziwei Wang, Hui Qi, Zeyong Ge, Zhijun Li, Wei-Dong Chen, Yan-Dong Wang
Chronic inflammation is increasingly recognized as an important component of tumorigenesis and metabolic diseases. The roles of microRNA149* (miRNA149*) in inflammation remain poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that miR-149* is a suppressor of STAT3-mediated inflammation. MiR-149*-/- mice were generated with CRISPR/CAS9 technique. In a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation model, miR-149*-/- mice show more severe liver injury and inflammation, compared with wild-type (WT) mice. MiR-149*-/- mice also displayed elevated messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of interleukin (IL)-6, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), complement C3 (C3) and IL-4 in response to LPS...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
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