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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727592/nutrition-exercise-and-skin-integrity-among-frail-older-adults-in-taiwan
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Chia-Te Chen, Heng-Hsin Tung, Tao-Hsin Tung, Jong-Chyou Denq
OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to determine the correlation between nutrition status and skin integrity in the frail older adult population. DESIGN AND SETTING: Participants (N = 94) in this cross-sectional study were recruited through convenience sampling from the neurology and geriatrics outpatient department at a regional teaching hospital in Northern Taiwan. Study tools included a Basic Participant Profile Fill-in Sheet, which assesses demographic and exercise habit; the Comorbidity Index; Skin Integrity Evaluation Chart; Mini-Nutritional Assessment-Short Form; and Taiwan International Physical Activity Questionnaire Form...
August 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727545/role-of-age-and-acculturation-in-diet-quality-among-mexican-americans-findings-from-the-national-health-and-nutrition-examination-survey-1999-2012
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Yilin Yoshida, Richard Scribner, Liwei Chen, Stephanie Broyles, Stephen Phillippi, Tung-Sung Tseng
Age and acculturation may play a role in diet quality among Mexican Americans. This study examined diet quality in Mexican Americans by age and whether acculturation influences diet quality across different age groups, using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Diet quality, measured by the Healthy Eating Index 2010, improved with age except in categories of dairy, sodium, and refined grains. More acculturation was associated with lower scores in overall diet quality and categories of vegetables, fruits, and sodium and empty calories across almost all ages, but higher scores in grain categories, especially in younger groups...
July 20, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723643/methyltransferase-g9a-promotes-cervical-cancer-angiogenesis-and-decreases-patient-survival
#3
Ruey-Jien Chen, Chia-Tung Shun, Men-Luh Yen, Chia-Hung Chou, Ming-Chieh Lin
Research suggests that the epigenetic regulator G9a, a H3K9 histone methyltransferase, is involved in cancer invasion and metastasis. Here we show that G9a is linked to cancer angiogenesis and poor patient survival. Invasive cervical cancer has a higher G9a expression than cancer precursors or normal epithelium. Pharmacological inhibition and genetic silencing of G9a suppresses H3K9 methylation, cancer cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and cancer cell invasion/migration, but not apoptosis. Microarray and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analyses reveal that G9a induces a cohort of angiogenic factors that include angiogenin, interleukin-8, and C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 16...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722353/auramine-o-an-incense-smoke-ingredient-promotes-lung-cancer-malignancy
#4
Jia-Chen Tung, Wei-Chien Huang, Juan-Cheng Yang, Guan-Yu Chen, Chi-Chen Fan, Yu-Chuan Chien, Pei-Shan Lin, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Wei-Chao Chang
Burning incense to worship deities is a popular religious ritual in large parts of Asia, and is a popular custom affecting more than 1.5 billion adherents. Due to incomplete combustion, burning incense has been well recognized to generate airborne hazards to human health. However, the correlation between burning incense and lung cancer in epidemiological studies remains controversy. Therefore, we speculated that some unknown materials in incense smoke are involved in the initiation or progression of lung cancer...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722351/%C3%AE-mangostin-suppresses-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-invasion-through-inhibition-of-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-expression-and-activating-the-erk-and-jnk-pathways
#5
Chien-Feng Huang, Ying-Hock Teng, Fung-Jou Lu, Wen-Hung Hsu, Chia-Liang Lin, Chia-Chen Hung, Jai-Nien Tung, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Chung-Jung Liu
β-mangostin is a dietary xanthone that has been reported to have the anticancer properties in some human cancer cell types. However, the antimetastatic effect and molecular mechanism of β-mangostin action in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells remain unknown. In this study, we found that β-mangostin did not induce cytotoxicity in human HCC cells (SK-Hep-1, Huh-7 and HA22T/VGH cells). β-mangostin could inhibit migration and invasion of human HCC cells. Meanwhile, β-mangostin significantly decreased the protein activities and expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 via increasing the activation of MEK1/2, ERK1/2, MEK4 and JNK1/2 signaling pathways...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720577/lysyl-oxidase-like-protein-loxl2-promotes-lung-metastasis-of-breast-cancer
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Fernando Salvador, Alberto Martin, Celia López-Menéndez, Gema Moreno-Bueno, Vanesa Santos, Alberto Vazquez-Naharro, Patricia G Santamaría, Saleta Morales, Pierre Dubus, Laura Muinelo-Romay, Rafael López López, Jason C Tung, Valerie M Weaver, Francisco Portillo, Amparo Cano
The lysyl oxidase-like protein LOXL2 has been suggested to contribute to tumor progression and metastasis, but in vivo evidence has been lacking. Here we provide functional evidence that LOXL2 is a key driver of breast cancer metastasis in two conditional transgenic mouse models of PyMT-induced breast cancer. LOXL2 ablation in mammary tumor cells dramatically decreased lung metastasis, whereas LOXL2 overexpression promoted metastatic tumor growth. LOXL2 depletion or overexpression in tumor cells does not affect extracellular matrix stiffness or organization in primary and metastatic tumors, implying a function for LOXL2 independent of its conventional role in extracellular matrix remodeling...
July 18, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719790/disease-burden-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infection-in-hong-kong
#7
Joyce H S You, Kin-Wing Choi, Tin-Yau Wong, Margaret Ip, Wai-Kit Ming, Rity Yee-Kwan Wong, Sze-Ngai Chan, Hoi-Tung Tse, Carrie T S Chau, Nelson L S Lee
We aimed to describe disease burden, characteristics, and outcomes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection (BSI) in Hong Kong. A retrospective, observational study was conducted in 26 Hong Kong public hospitals between January 2010 and December 2012. The primary outcome measures were 30-day mortality rate and infection-related hospital cost. Of 1133 patients reviewed, 727 (64.17%) were male, 1075 (94.88%) had health care-associated community-onset and 44 (3.88%) had hospital-onset MRSA infection...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716883/role-of-the-%C3%AE-common-%C3%AE-c-family-of-cytokines-in-health-and-disease
#8
Timothy R Hercus, Winnie L T Kan, Sophie E Broughton, Denis Tvorogov, Hayley S Ramshaw, Jarrod J Sandow, Tracy L Nero, Urmi Dhagat, Emma J Thompson, Karen S Cheung Tung Shing, Duncan R McKenzie, Nicholas J Wilson, Catherine M Owczarek, Gino Vairo, Andrew D Nash, Vinay Tergaonkar, Timothy Hughes, Paul G Ekert, Michael S Samuel, Claudine S Bonder, Michele A Grimbaldeston, Michael W Parker, Angel F Lopez
The β common ([βc]/CD131) family of cytokines comprises granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), interleukin (IL)-3, and IL-5, all of which use βc as their key signaling receptor subunit. This is a prototypic signaling subunit-sharing cytokine family that has unveiled many biological paradigms and structural principles applicable to the IL-2, IL-4, and IL-6 receptor families, all of which also share one or more signaling subunits. Originally identified for their functions in the hematopoietic system, the βc cytokines are now known to be truly pleiotropic, impacting on multiple cell types, organs, and biological systems, and thereby controlling the balance between health and disease...
July 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716601/changes-in-refractive-status-in-an-elderly-chinese-population-in-a-7-year-follow-up-the-shihpai-eye-study
#9
Tung-Mei Kuang, Su-Ying Tsai, Catherine Jiu-Ling Liu, Yu-Chieh Ko, Shui-Mei Lee, Pesus Chou
BACKGROUND: Refractive error is the major cause of moderate and severe visual impairment. Visual impairment limits people's ability to perform daily tasks and affects their quality of life. Longitudinal data on the refractive status of the elderly was available only for whites and Africans. The purpose of this study was to report the 7-year incidence of myopia, hyperopia and refractive error change as well as their associated risk factors in a metropolitan elderly Chinese population. METHODS: The Shihpai Eye Study 2006 included 460/824 (55...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716567/moving-the-goalposts-a-comparison-of-different-definitions-for-primary-external-ventricular-drain-infection-and-its-risk-factors-a-multi-center-study-of-2575-patients
#10
Peter Y M Woo, Hoi-Tung Wong, Jenny K S Pu, Wai-Kei Wong, Larry Y W Wong, Michael W Y Lee, Kwong-Yui Yam, Wai-Man Lui, Wai-Sang Poon
External ventricular drainage is the most common procedure performed in daily neurosurgical practice. One devastating complication is ventriculostomy-associated infection, but the establishment of evidence-based management guidelines has been hindered by the lack of an universal definition. There is also limited data with regard to the utility of comorbidity health indices and surgery-related factors in predicting infection. This study aims to compare the incidence of infection according to five commonly used definitions and to identify risk factors for this complication...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715377/creation-of-cardiac-tissue-exhibiting-mechanical-integration-of-spheroids-using-3d-bioprinting
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Chin Siang Ong, Takuma Fukunishi, Andrew Nashed, Adriana Blazeski, Huaitao Zhang, Samantha Hardy, Deborah DiSilvestre, Luca Vricella, John Conte, Leslie Tung, Gordon Tomaselli, Narutoshi Hibino
This protocol describes 3D bioprinting of cardiac tissue without the use of biomaterials, using only cells. Cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells and fibroblasts are first isolated, counted and mixed at desired cell ratios. They are co-cultured in individual wells in ultra-low attachment 96-well plates. Within 3 days, beating spheroids form. These spheroids are then picked up by a nozzle using vacuum suction and assembled on a needle array using a 3D bioprinter. The spheroids are then allowed to fuse on the needle array...
July 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714978/%C3%AE-ketoglutarate-orchestrates-macrophage-activation-through-metabolic-and-epigenetic-reprogramming
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Pu-Ste Liu, Haiping Wang, Xiaoyun Li, Tung Chao, Tony Teav, Stefan Christen, Giusy Di Conza, Wan-Chen Cheng, Chih-Hung Chou, Magdalena Vavakova, Charlotte Muret, Koen Debackere, Massimiliano Mazzone, Hsien-Da Huang, Sarah-Maria Fendt, Julijana Ivanisevic, Ping-Chih Ho
Glutamine metabolism provides synergistic support for macrophage activation and elicitation of desirable immune responses; however, the underlying mechanisms regulated by glutamine metabolism to orchestrate macrophage activation remain unclear. Here we show that the production of α-ketoglutarate (αKG) via glutaminolysis is important for alternative (M2) activation of macrophages, including engagement of fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and Jmjd3-dependent epigenetic reprogramming of M2 genes. This M2-promoting mechanism is further modulated by a high αKG/succinate ratio, whereas a low ratio strengthens the proinflammatory phenotype in classically activated (M1) macrophages...
July 17, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714207/synthetic-multispecies-microbial-communities-reveals-shifts-in-secondary-metabolism-and-facilitates-cryptic-natural-product-discovery
#13
Yutong Shi, Chengqian Pan, Kuiwu Wang, Xuegang Chen, Xiaodan Wu, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Bin Wu
Chemically mediated interactions have been hypothesized to be essential for ecosystem functioning as co-occurring organisms can influence the performance of each other by metabolic means. Here we present a co-culture device that allows co-culturing of microorganisms that are physically separated but can exchange chemical signals and metabolites. This setup was adopted to perform investigations on the secondary metabolisms of both a fungal-bacterial community and an actinomycetic-actinomycetic community. This study employed a metabolomics approach integrating LC-MS profiling, multivariate data analysis and molecular networking techniques...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711026/recent-advancement-in-biosensors-technology-for-animal-and-livestock-health-management
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REVIEW
Suresh Neethirajan, Satish K Tuteja, Sheng-Tung Huang, David Kelton
The term biosensors encompasses devices that have the potential to quantify physiological, immunological and behavioural responses of livestock and multiple animal species. Novel biosensing methodologies offer highly specialised monitoring devices for the specific measurement of individual and multiple parameters covering an animal's physiology as well as monitoring of an animal's environment. These devices are not only highly specific and sensitive for the parameters being analysed, but they are also reliable and easy to use, and can accelerate the monitoring process...
July 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709390/elevated-homocysteine-in-human-abdominal-aortic-aneurysmal-tissues
#15
Crystal Yin Tung Chan, Stephen Wing Keung Cheng
An abnormally high level of homocysteine (Hcy) has been consistently observed in the blood of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) patients. However, the expression of Hcy in human AAA tissues has not been investigated. In this study, the expression of Hcy in aneurysmal tissues from AAA patients ( n=30) was compared with non-aneurysmal tissues from organ donors ( n=31) by dot blotting and immunohistochemistry. A significantly higher expression of Hcy was observed in AAA than control tissues ( p<0.001). Furthermore, the associations of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphism, detected by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism, with both AAA and tissue Hcy expression were evaluated...
July 1, 2017: Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708573/natural-product-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
REVIEW
Thanh Tung Bui, Thanh Hai Nguyen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is related to increasing age. It is mainly characterized by progressive neurodegenerative disease, which damages memory and cognitive function. Natural products offer many options to reduce the progress and symptoms of many kinds of diseases, including AD. Meanwhile, natural compound structures, including lignans, flavonoids, tannins, polyphenols, triterpenes, sterols, and alkaloids, have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-amyloidogenic, and anticholinesterase activities. In this review, we summarize the pathogenesis and targets for treatment of AD...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706951/effectiveness-of-different-pain-control-methods-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-after-knee-arthroplasty
#17
Jin-Lain Ming, Shiao-Pei Hung, Hui-Mei Huang, Li-Hua Tseng, Chiung-Hui Huang, I-Chun Chen, Yu-Ping Chen, Chien-Kun Ting, Chen-Yin Tung
The number of patients with knee osteoarthritis has increased in tandem with population aging. Consequently, the number of knee arthroplasties has also risen. The postoperative pain is the biggest challenge faced by patients soon after knee arthroplasty; therefore, this study is among different methods for post-knee arthroplasty pain control. A prospective longitudinal research design was employed; 177 adult patients who proposed for primary knee arthroplasty were enrolled and recruited. The patients were divided into conventional Group 1 (n = 120) and patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) Group 2 (n = 57) according to the treatment methods they received...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706498/editorial-eastern-philosophies-and-psychology-towards-psychology-of-self-cultivation
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EDITORIAL
Kwang-Kuo Hwang, Yung-Jong Shiah, Kin-Tung Yit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704138/evaluation-of-a-successful-aging-promotion-intervention-program-for-middle-aged-adults-in-taiwan
#19
Hui-Chuan Hsu, Shu-Hui Chuang, Shang-Wei Hsu, Ho-Jui Tung, Shu-Ching Chang, Ming-Ming Lee, Jiun-Yi Wang, Li-Ting Kuo, Fang-Ya Tseng, An-Ting Po
PURPOSE: This study was to implement and evaluate a successful aging intervention program for middle-aged private insurance beneficiaries. METHODS: The participants were recruited from the staff and middle-aged clients for the experimental and control groups of a private insurance company. The two client (experimental and control) groups were matched by comparable age groups, gender, education, and purchased insurance types. The intervention program provided for the staff and the experimental group consisted of a series of educational courses on the topics about successful aging and preparation for 4 months...
July 1, 2017: Global Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703231/tracking-the-fe-iv-o-intermediate-and-o-o-bond-formation-of-a-nonheme-iron-catalyst-for-water-oxidation
#20
Bing Yang, Qing-Qing Yang, Xin Jiang, Bin Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
To identify the short-lived, highly-active iron intermediate generated in situ for water oxidation, we describe here a new complex 1 by subtle modulation of the TPA ligand and succeed in capturing the high-valent Fe(IV)(O) species, which is responsible for the O-O bond formation and oxygen evolution with higher efficiency.
July 13, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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