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Transition medicine

Madhav V Deo
A buzzword in Indian press and amongst the policy makers is that India is short of the WHO recommended doctor to population ratio of 1:1000. The recommendations were formulated to facilitate programs to achieve some of the health related UN-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Infections and malnutrition, which can be comfortably handled by a basic MBBS doctor, were the dominant health issues at the time of the formulation of the MDGs. However, all countries worldwide are going through health epidemiological transition and health impact of the non-communicable disorders (NCDs) can be no more ignored even by the low income nations...
October 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Anjali Nagpal, Chris Juttner, Monica Anne Hamilton-Bruce, Paul Rolan, Simon A Koblar
The encouraging pace of discovery and development in the field of regenerative medicine holds tremendous potential for bringing therapies to the clinic that may offer meaningful benefit to patients, particularly in diseases with no or suboptimal therapeutic options. Academic researchers will continue to play a critical role in developing concepts and therapies, thus determining whether regenerative medicine will be able to live up to this potential that clearly excites clinicians, researchers and patients alike...
October 17, 2016: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Songjia Lu, Chunhui Cai, Gonghong Yan, Zhuan Zhou, Yong Wan, Vicky Chen, Lujia Chen, Gregory F Cooper, Lina M Obeid, Yusuf A Hannun, Adrian V Lee, Xinghua Lu
Defining processes that are synthetic lethal with p53 mutations in cancer cells may reveal possible therapeutic strategies. In this study, we report the development of a signal-oriented computational framework for cancer pathway discovery in this context. We applied our bipartite-graph-based functional module discovery algorithm to identify transcriptomic modules abnormally expressed in multiple tumors, such that the genes in a module were likely regulated by a common, perturbed signal. For each transcriptomic module, we applied our weighted k-path merge algorithm to search for a set of somatic genome alterations (SGA) that likely perturbed the signal, i...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Martin Jastroch, Sylvain Giroud, Perry Barrett, Fritz Geiser, Gerhard Heldmaier, Annika Herwig
Endothermic mammals and birds require intensive energy turnover to sustain high body temperatures and metabolic rates. To cope with energetic bottlenecks associated with the change of seasons, and to minimise energy expenditure, complex mechanisms and strategies, such as daily torpor and hibernation, are used. During torpor metabolic depression and low body temperatures save energy. However, these bouts of torpor lasting for hours to weeks are interrupted by active 'euthermic' phases with high body temperatures...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Juliessa M Pavon, Sandro O Pinheiro, Gwendolen T Buhr
OBJECTIVE: We developed a Transitions of Care (TOC) curriculum to teach and measure learner competence in performing TOC tasks for older adults. DESIGN: Internal medicine interns at an academic residency program received the curriculum, which consisted of experiential learning, self-study, and small group discussion. Interns completed retrospective pre/post surveys rating their confidence in performing five TOC tasks, qualitative open-ended survey questions, and a self-reflection essay...
October 18, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Sean Yiu, Brian Tom
Multistate processes provide a convenient framework when interest lies in characterising the transition intensities between a set of defined states. If, however, there is an unobserved event of interest (not known if and when the event occurs), which when it occurs stops future transitions in the multistate process from occurring, then drawing inference from the joint multistate and event process can be problematic. In health studies, a particular example of this could be resolution, where a resolved patient can no longer experience any further symptoms, and this is explored here for illustration...
October 17, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
Junji Hamuro, Morio Ueno, Kazuko Asada, Munetoyo Toda, Monty Montoya, Chie Sotozono, Shigeru Kinoshita
Purpose: To clarify whether cultured human corneal endothelial cells (cHCECs), heterogeneous in their differentiation state, exhibit distinctive energy metabolism with the aim to develop a reliable method to sort cHCECs applicable for regenerative medicine. Methods: The presence of cHCEC subpopulations (SPs) was verified via surface cluster-of-differentiation (CD) marker expression. Cultured HCEC metabolic extracts or corresponding culture supernatants with distinctive cellular phenotypes in regard to energy-metabolism-related functional markers c-Myc and CD44 were prepared and analyzed via capillary electrophoresis-tandem mass spectrometry...
August 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
E Chapman, A Eastman, A Gilmore-Bykovskyi, B Vogelman, A J Kind
Older adults often face poor outcomes when transitioning from hospital to home. Although physicians play a key role in overseeing transitions, there is a lack of practice-based educational programs that prepare resident physicians to manage care transitions of older adults. An educational intervention to provide residents with real-life transitional care practice was therefore developed-Resident-coordinated Transitional Care (RC-TraC). RC-TraC adapted the evidence-based Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) nurse role for residents, providing opportunities to follow patients during the peri-hospital period without additional costs to the residency program...
October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Tareq Abu-Izneid, Aneela Maalik, Saud Bawazeer, Ajmal Khan, Abdur Rauf, Taibi Ben Hadda, Haroon Khan, Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan, Imran Khan, Mohammad S Mubarak, Ghias Uddin, Alia Bahadar, Shujaat Ali Khan
BACKGROUND: Pistacia integerrima has many medicinal uses in therapeutic as well as folk medicine. P. integerrima has been used for the treatment of different ailments such as blood purifier, anti-inflammatory, and as remedy for gastrointestinal disorders such as vomiting and diarrhea, expectorant, cough, asthma and fever. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this research work was to evaluate the effect of pistagremic acid (PA) isolated from the galls of Pistacia integerima in acute toxicity and gastrointestinal (GIT) motility tests...
October 7, 2016: Medicinal Chemistry
Hamde Nazar, Steven Brice, Nasima Akhter, Adetayo Kasim, Ann Gunning, Sarah P Slight, Neil W Watson
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate an electronic patient referral system from one UK hospital Trust to community pharmacies across the North East of England. SETTING: Two hospital sites in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and 207 community pharmacies. PARTICIPANTS: Inpatients who were considered to benefit from on-going support and continuity of care after leaving hospital. INTERVENTION: Electronic transmission of an information related to patient's medicines to their nominated community pharmacy...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
John V Thomas, Rupan Sanyal, Janis P O'Malley, Satinder P Singh, Desiree E Morgan, Cheri L Canon
The academic educator's portfolio is a collection of materials that document academic performance and achievements, supplementing the curriculum vitae, in order to showcase a faculty member's most significant accomplishments. A decade ago, a survey of medical schools revealed frustration in the nonuniform methods of measuring faculty's medical education productivity. A proposed solution was the use of an academic educator's portfolio. In the academic medical community, compiling an academic portfolio is always a challenge because teaching has never been confined to the traditional classroom setting and often involves active participation of the medical student, resident, or fellow in the ongoing care of the patient...
October 11, 2016: Academic Radiology
Doreen C Harper, Teena M McGuinness, Jean Johnson
BACKGROUND: The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree positions nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advanced practice registered nurses, with clinical competencies similar to other disciplines requiring doctoral education (medicine, physical therapy, psychology, and pharmacy). In addition, all these disciplines also offer residencies. However, nursing is the only discipline that does not require a doctoral degree and/or have a systematic approach to residency training for advanced practice roles...
August 31, 2016: Nursing Outlook
Cristiano Pagnini, Michela Martorelli, Claudio Lanini, Gianfranco Delle Fave
The consistent technical and conceptual progress in the study of the microbiota has led novel impulse to the research for therapeutical application of probiotic bacteria in human pathologies, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Considering the heterogenous results of probiotics in clinical studies, the model of translational medicine may lead to a more specific and efficacious utilization of probiotic bacteria in IBD. In this regard, the selection and utilization of appropriate experimental models may drive the transition from pure in vitro systems to practical clinical application...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Luigi Sapio, Monica Gallo, Michela Illiano, Emilio Chiosi, Daniele Naviglio, Annamaria Spina, Silvio Naviglio
Cancer is a major public health problem and the second leading cause of mortality around the world. Although continuous advances in the science of oncology and cancer research are now leading to improved outcomes for many cancer patients, novel cancer treatment options are strongly demanded. Naturally occurring compounds from a variety of vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants have been shown to exhibit various anticancer properties in a number of in vitro and in vivo studies and represent an attractive research area for the development of new therapeutic strategies to fight cancer...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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Howard Jacob is best known for pioneering genomic sequencing of a patient to solve a mysterious pediatric case in 2010. With roots in pharmacology and cardiovascular disease, however, his career has largely been dedicated to dissecting the physiology and genetics of the rat to help understand complex human diseases. Howard was Director of the Human and Molecular Genetics Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 16 years, during which time he applied a combination of approaches, including quantitative genetics, integrative physiology and next-generation sequencing, in rat models to shed light on cardiovascular, metabolic and renal disorders...
October 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Ningning Liu, Lailai Li, Xin Zhu, Zhiqiang Ling, Jianguo Feng, Ying Hu, Yi Wang, Lijun Mou, Yi Wang
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide health problem with growing prevalence in developing countries. Renal tubular epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a critical step and key factor in the development of this condition. Renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis is a basic pathological change at the later stages of the disease. Therefore, blocking the development of EMT could be a critical factor in curing CKD. We have established a cell-based high-content screening (HCS) method to identify inhibitors of EMT in human proximal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells by automatic acquisition and processing of dual-fluorescent labeled images...
October 10, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Manishekhar Kumar, Jeannine M Coburn, David L Kaplan, Biman B Mandal
Macrophages, the key players in immunoregulation, are actively involved in tissue remodelling and vascularization. Recent advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine illustrate the importance of 'immuno-informed' biomaterials to regulate the microenvironment of biomedical implants. In the current study, silk-based 3D hydrogels were utilized to regulate cytokine delivery for macrophage, a type of immune cell, differentiation and polarization. Three different hydrogel variants, silk-poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) (SP), silk-horseradish peroxidase (HRP) (SH) and silk-sonicated (SS) hydrogels were studied...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
David A Raichlen, Herman Pontzer, Jacob A Harris, Audax Z P Mabulla, Frank W Marlowe, J Josh Snodgrass, Geeta Eick, J Colette Berbesque, Amelia Sancilio, Brian M Wood
OBJECTIVES: Time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular health, yet few humans living in industrialized societies meet current recommendations (150 min/week). Researchers have long suggested that human physiological requirements for aerobic exercise reflect an evolutionary shift to a hunting and gathering foraging strategy, and a recent transition to more sedentary lifestyles likely represents a mismatch with our past in terms of physical activity...
October 9, 2016: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
Zeinab Moussa, Mazhar Chebl, Digambara Patra
Stability of curcumin in neutral and alkaline buffer conditions has been a serious concern for its medicinal applications. We demonstrate that the stability of curucmin can be improved in 1,2-Dioctadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSPC) liposomes. Curcumin strongly partition into liquid crystalline phase compared to solid gel phase of DSPC liposomes. Variation of fluorescence intensity of curcumin associated with liposomes with temperature successfully determines phase transition temperature of DSPC liposomes...
October 3, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
George Larcos, Mirela Prgomet, Andrew Georgiou, Johanna Westbrook
BACKGROUND: Errors by nuclear medicine technologists during the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals or at other times can cause patient harm and may reflect the impact of interruptions, busy work environments and deficient systems or processes. We aimed to: (a) characterise the rate and nature of interruptions technologists experience and (b) identify strategies that support safety. METHODS: We performed 100 hours of observation of 11 technologists at a major public hospital and measured the proportions of time spent in eight categories of work tasks, location of task, interruption rate and type and multitasking (tasks conducted in parallel)...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Quality & Safety
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