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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214151/association-of-types-of-dyspnea-including-bendopnea-with-cardiopulmonary-disease-in-primary-care
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Diana María Martínez Cerón, Maria Luiza Garcia Rosa, Antônio Jose Lagoeiro Jorge, Wolney de Andrade Martins, Evandro Tinoco Mesquita, Monica Di Calafriori Freire, Dayse Mary da Silva Correia, Hye Chung Kang
INTRODUCTION: Dyspnea is the symptom most commonly reported by patients with heart failure (HF) and/or pulmonary disease, the obese and the elderly. Recently 'bendopnea' (shortness of breath when bending forward) has been described in patients with HF. OBJECTIVE: To determine the association of exertional dyspnea, orthopnea, paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea and bendopnea with chronic disease, especially heart failure, and their phenotypes in primary care. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 633 individuals aged between 45 and 99 years enrolled in a primary care program in Niteroi, Brazil...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213105/anxiolytic-and-antidepressant-like-effects-of-an-aqueous-extract-of-tanacetum-parthenium-l-schultz-bip-asteraceae-in-mice
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Jorge Cárdenas, Valeria Reyes-Pérez, María Dolores Hernández-Navarro, Ana María Dorantes-Barrón, Salvador Almazán, Rosa Estrada-Reyes
AIM: Tanacetum parthenium L. Schultz-Bip (Asteraceae) is widely used worldwide in traditional medicine for the treatment of convulsions and culture-bound syndromes such as susto (fear). The aim of this work was to evaluate the anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like effects of an aqueous extract of T. parthenium in behavioral paradigms in mice. The effects of T. parthenium were compared with those produced by anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs. We carried out the chemical characterization of the main constituents of T...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212655/elderly-onset-hereditary-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis-and-its-cytokine-profile
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Masayuki Ito, Kazuyuki Nakagome, Hiromitsu Ohta, Keiichi Akasaka, Yoshitaka Uchida, Atsushi Hashimoto, Ayako Shiono, Toshinori Takada, Makoto Nagata, Jun Tohyama, Koichi Hagiwara, Minoru Kanazawa, Koh Nakata, Ryushi Tazawa
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare lung disease characterized by surfactant accumulation, and is caused by disruption of granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) signaling. Abnormalities in CSF2 receptor alpha (CSF2RA) were reported to cause pediatric hereditary PAP. We report here the first case of CSF2RA-mutated, elderly-onset hereditary (h) PAP. CASE PRESENTATION: The patient developed dyspnea on exertion, and was diagnosed with PAP at the age of 77 years, based on findings from chest computed tomography scan and bronchoalveolar lavage...
February 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212537/itraconazole-exerts-its-anti-melanoma-effect-by-suppressing-hedgehog-wnt-and-pi3k-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Guanzhao Liang, Musang Liu, Qiong Wang, Yongnian Shen, Huan Mei, Dongmei Li, Weida Liu
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of all skin cancers. Itraconazole, a commonly used systemic antifungal drug, has been tested for its anti-tumor effects on basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. Whether itraconazole has any specific anti-tumor effect on melanoma remains unknown. However, the goal of this study is to investigate the effect of itraconazole on melanoma and to reveal some details of its underlying mechanism. In the in vivo xenograft mouse model, we find that itraconazole can inhibit melanoma growth and extend the survival of melanoma xenograft mice, compared to non-itraconazole-treated mice...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211825/multiple-mediation-path-model-of-pain-s-cascading-influence-on-physical-disability-in%C3%A2-individuals-with-sci-from-colombia-south-america
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Paul B Perrin, Alejandra Morlett Paredes, Silvia Leonor Olivera, Juan Esteban Lozano, Wendy Tatiana Leal, Usman F Ahmad, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla
BACKGROUND: Research has begun to document the bivariate connections between pain in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and various aspects of health related quality of life (HRQOL), such as fatigue, social functioning, mental health, and physical functioning. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to construct and test a theoretical path model illuminating the stage-wise and sequential (cascading) HRQOL pathways through which pain increases physical disability in individuals with SCI in a sample from Colombia, South America...
February 13, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211068/dentine-matrix-proteins-isolation-and-effects-on-human-pulp-cells
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M Widbiller, A Eidt, S R Lindner, K-A Hiller, H Schweikl, W Buchalla, K M Galler
AIM: To establish a simplified and efficient protocol for the isolation and concentration of matrix proteins from human dentine, and to assess the effects of extracted dentine matrix proteins (eDMP) on the behavior of human pulp cells. METHODOLOGY: Matrix proteins were isolated from human dentine, purified, concentrated and characterized with protein and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. Culture media were supplemented with eDMP in different concentrations, referred to as eDMP 1 to 10,000, to assess viability and proliferation of human pulp cells by DNA and MTT assays; apoptotic events were quantified by flow cytometry...
February 17, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209543/hpa-axis-and-inflammatory-reactivity-to-acute-stress-is-related-with-basal-hpa-axis-activity
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Xuejie Chen, Danielle Gianferante, Luke Hanlin, Alexander Fiksdal, Juliana G Breines, Myriam V Thoma, Nicolas Rohleder
INTRODUCTION: Inflammation is drawing attention as pathway between psychosocial stress and health, and basal HPA axis activity has been suggested to exert a consistent regulatory influence on peripheral inflammation. Here we studied the relationship between basal HPA axis activity and inflammatory and HPA axis acute stress reactivity. METHODS: We recruited 48 healthy individuals and collected saliva for diurnal cortisol sampling at 6 points. Participants were previously exposed to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) on two consecutive days...
February 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209155/intranasal-oxytocin-reduces-provoked-symptoms-in-female-patients-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-despite-exerting-sympathomimetic-and-positive-chronotropic-effects-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Sack, D Spieler, L Wizelman, G Epple, J Stich, M Zaba, U Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe psychiatric disease accompanied by neuroendocrine changes such as adrenergic overdrive and hence an elevated cardiovascular morbidity. Current pharmacotherapeutic options for PTSD are less than suboptimal, necessitating the development of PTSD-specific drugs. Although the neuropeptide oxytocin has been repeatedly suggested to be effective in PTSD treatment, there are, to our knowledge, only three studies that have assessed its efficacy on the intensity of PTSD symptoms in PTSD patients - among them one symptom provocation study in male veterans...
February 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209130/determination-of-antibacterial-activity-and-minimum-inhibitory-concentration-of-larval-extract-of-fly-via-resazurin-based-turbidometric-assay
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Chien Huey Teh, Wasi Ahmad Nazni, Ab Hamid Nurulhusna, Ahmad Norazah, Han Lim Lee
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is currently a major global issue. As the rate of emergence of antimicrobial resistance has superseded the rate of discovery and introduction of new effective drugs, the medical arsenal now is experiencing shortage of effective drugs to combat diseases, particularly against diseases caused by the dreadful multidrug-resistant strains, such as the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The ability of fly larvae to thrive in septic habitats has prompted us to determine the antibacterial activity and minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of larval extract of flies, namely Lucilia cuprina, Sarcophaga peregrina and Musca domestica against 4 pathogenic bacteria [Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S...
February 16, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208327/issues-associated-with-galilean-invariance-on-a-moving-solid-boundary-in-the-lattice-boltzmann-method
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Cheng Peng, Nicholas Geneva, Zhaoli Guo, Lian-Ping Wang
In lattice Boltzmann simulations involving moving solid boundaries, the momentum exchange between the solid and fluid phases was recently found to be not fully consistent with the principle of local Galilean invariance (GI) when the bounce-back schemes (BBS) and the momentum exchange method (MEM) are used. In the past, this inconsistency was resolved by introducing modified MEM schemes so that the overall moving-boundary algorithm could be more consistent with GI. However, in this paper we argue that the true origin of this violation of Galilean invariance (VGI) in the presence of a moving solid-fluid interface is due to the BBS itself, as the VGI error not only exists in the hydrodynamic force acting on the solid phase, but also in the boundary force exerted on the fluid phase, according to Newton's Third Law...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208093/oxidative-transformation-of-artificial-sweetener-acesulfame-by-permanganate-reaction-kinetics-transformation-products-and-pathways-and-ecotoxicity
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Kai Yin, Fei Li, Ying Wang, Qunying He, Yongxiu Deng, Shuo Chen, Chengbin Liu
Acesulfame has attracted much attention due to its wide application, environmental persistence and potential safety risk of transformation products (TPs). Little information is known on acesulfame transformation in the presence of oxidants/disinfectants. The acesulfame oxidation by permanganate (Mn(VII)) in water under environmentally relevant conditions was systematically evaluated. The pH of water showed negligible influence in acesulfame oxidation. Inorganic ligand (pyrophosphate) exhibited insignificant effect whereas organic ligands (oxalate, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, and humic acid) exerted obvious suppression on acesulfame oxidation...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208021/exercise-timing-and-blood-lactate-concentrations-in-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes
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Timothy D Heden, Ying Liu, Jill A Kanaley
The purpose of this study was to characterize how resistance exercise prior to or after a meal alters fasting and postprandial blood lactate concentrations in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Obese individuals with type 2 diabetes (N=12) completed three, 2-d trials including: 1) no exercise (NoEx), 2) resistance exercise prior to dinner (Ex-M), and 3) resistance exercise beginning 45-min postdinner (M-Ex). During day one of each trial fasting and postprandial blood lactate concentrations, perceived exertion, and substrate oxidation were measured, and subsequently on day two the following morning fasting blood lactate was measured...
February 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207815/generalist-dispersers-promote-germination-of-an-alien-fleshy-fruited-tree-invading-natural-grasslands
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Martín Raúl Amodeo, María Belén Vázquez, Sergio Martín Zalba
Plants with animal-dispersed fruits seem to overcome the barriers that limit their spread into new habitats more easily than other invasive plants and, at the same time, they pose special difficulties for containment, control or eradication. The effects of animals on plant propagules can be very diverse, with positive, neutral or negative consequences for germination and recruitment. Moreover, the environmental conditions where the seeds are deposited and where the post-dispersal processes take place can be crucial for their fate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204978/characterization-and-cytotoxic-effect-of-aqua-2-2-2-nitrilotriacetato-oxo-vanadium-salts-on-human-osteosarcoma-cells
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Aleksandra Tesmar, Dariusz Wyrzykowski, Rafał Kruszyński, Karolina Niska, Iwona Inkielewicz-Stępniak, Joanna Drzeżdżon, Dagmara Jacewicz, Lech Chmurzyński
The use of protonated N-heterocyclic compound, i.e. 2,2'-bipyridinium cation, [bpyH(+)], enabled to obtain the new nitrilotriacetate oxidovanadium(IV) salt of the stoichiometry [bpyH][VO(nta)(H2O)]H2O. The X-ray measurements have revealed that the compound comprises the discrete mononuclear [VO(nta)(H2O)](-) coordination ion that can be rarely found among other known compounds containing nitrilotriacetate oxidovanadium(IV) moieties. The antitumor activity of [bpyH][VO(nta)(H2O)]H2O and its phenanthroline analogue, [phenH][VO(nta)(H2O)](H2O)0...
February 15, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203067/silent-strain-of-caregiving-exploring-the-best-predictors-of-distress-in-family-carers-of-geriatric-patients
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Katarzyna Bień-Barkowska, Halina Doroszkiewicz, Barbara Bień
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this article was to identify the best predictors of distress suffered by family carers (FCs) of geriatric patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 100 FC-geriatric patient dyads was conducted. The negative impact of care (NIoC) subscale of the COPE index was dichotomized to identify lower stress (score of ≤15 on the scale) and higher stress (score of ≥16 on the scale) exerted on FCs by the process of providing care. The set of explanatory variables comprised a wide range of sociodemographic and care-related attributes, including patient-related results from comprehensive geriatric assessments and disease profiles...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202497/deficiency-of-the-angiotensinase-aminopeptidase-a-increases-susceptibility-to-glomerular-injury
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Juan Carlos Q Velez, Ehtesham Arif, Jessalyn Rodgers, Megan P Hicks, John M Arthur, Deepak Nihalani, Evelyn T Bruner, Milos N Budisavljevic, Carl Atkinson, Wayne R Fitzgibbon, Michael G Janech
Aminopeptidase A (APA) is expressed in glomerular podocytes and tubular epithelia and metabolizes angiotensin II (AngII), a peptide known to promote glomerulosclerosis. In this study, we tested whether APA expression changes in response to progressive nephron loss or whether APA exerts a protective role against glomerular damage and during AngII-mediated hypertensive kidney injury. At advanced stages of FSGS, fawn-hooded hypertensive rat kidneys exhibited distinctly increased APA staining in areas of intact glomerular capillary loops...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202079/a-novel-cytoprotective-peptide-protects-mesenchymal-stem-cells-against-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-apoptosis-induced-by-starvation-via-nrf2-sirt3-foxo3a-pathway
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Shuo Wang, Chao Zhang, Sidikejiang Niyazi, Long Zheng, Jiawei Li, Weitao Zhang, Ming Xu, Ruiming Rong, Cheng Yang, Tongyu Zhu
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) has been widely explored in the past decade as a cell-based treatment for various diseases. However, poor survival of adaptively transferred MSCs limits their clinical therapeutic potentials, which is largely ascribed to the nutrient starvation. In this study, we determined whether a novel kidney protective peptide CHBP could protect MSCs against starvation and invested the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: MSCs were subjected to serum deprivation and CHBP of graded concentrations was administered...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202007/diffusible-substances-from-lactic-acid-bacterial-cultures-exert-strong-inhibitory-effects-on-listeria-monocytogenes-and-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-in-a-co-culture-model
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Solomon H Mariam, Nigus Zegeye, Abraham Aseffa, Rawleigh Howe
BACKGROUND: Food-borne infections cause huge economic and human life losses. Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis are among the top ranking pathogens causing such losses. Control of such infections is hampered by persistent contamination of foods and food-processing environments, resistance of pathogens to sanitizing agents, existence of heterogeneous populations of pathogens (including culturable and viable but non-culturable cells) within the same food items, and inability to detect all such pathogens by culture-based methods...
February 15, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198688/cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-a-contemporary-and-versatile-clinical-tool
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Kenneth Leclerc
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) helps in detecting disorders of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and skeletal muscle systems. It has a class I (indicated) recommendation from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for evaluating exertional dyspnea of uncertain cause and for evaluating cardiac patients being considered for heart transplant. Advances in hardware and software and ease of use have brought its application into the clinical arena to the point that providers should become familiar with it and consider it earlier in the evaluation of their patients...
February 2017: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197349/corynebacterium-striatum-bacteremia-associated-with-a-catheter-related-blood-stream-infection
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Ueno Daisuke, Tomohiro Oishi, Kunikazu Yamane, Kihei Terada
A 49-year-old woman visited our emergency department because of exertional dyspnea due to severe left ventricular functional failure. It progressed to disseminated intravascular coagulation and disturbance of consciousness on day 67 of admission. Gram-positive bacilli were detected from two different blood culture samples on day 67 of admission. An API-Coryne test and sequencing (1~615 bp) of the 16S rRNA gene were performed, and the strain was identified as Corynebacterium striatum. The bacterium was detected from the removed central venous catheter tip too, and the patient was diagnosed with catheter-related bloodstream infection by C...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
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