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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735444/past-present-and-future-of-the-climate-and-human-health-commission
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Pablo Fdez-Arroyabe, Daysarih Tápanes Robau
The following paper presents the history of the Climate and Human Health Commission at the International Society of Biometeorology after more than one decade since its creation. A brief history of the origins of the human biometeorology is revealed through some of the main research topics and publications of the founders of the society in this field. Secondly, it is presented as a brief review of the activities of the commission in the last 10 years, based on the reports that have periodically been submitted by members of the commission to the Bulletin of the society...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735360/navigating-the-future-of-cardiovascular-drug-development-leveraging-novel-approaches-to-drive-innovation-and-drug-discovery-summary-of-findings-from-the-novel-cardiovascular-therapeutics-conference
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REVIEW
Thomas J Povsic, Rob Scott, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Robert Blaustein, Jay M Edelberg, Martin P Lefkowitz, Scott D Solomon, Jonathan C Fox, Kevin E Healy, Aarif Y Khakoo, Douglas W Losordo, Fady I Malik, Brett P Monia, Rusty L Montgomery, Jeffrey Riesmeyer, Gregory G Schwartz, Steven L Zelenkofske, Joseph C Wu, Scott M Wasserman, Matthew T Roe
PURPOSE: The need for novel approaches to cardiovascular drug development served as the impetus to convene an open meeting of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and academia to assess the challenges and develop solutions for drug discovery in cardiovascular disease. METHODS: The Novel Cardiovascular Therapeutics Summit first reviewed recent examples of ongoing or recently completed programs translating basic science observations to targeted drug development, highlighting successes (protein convertase sutilisin/kexin type 9 [PCSK9] and neprilysin inhibition) and targets still under evaluation (cholesteryl ester transfer protein [CETP] inhibition), with the hope of gleaning key lessons to successful drug development in the current era...
July 22, 2017: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735216/elastic-properties-and-strain-to-crack-initiation-of-calcium-phosphate-bone-cements-revelations-of-a-high-resolution-measurement-technique
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Ingrid Ajaxon, Alice Acciaioli, Giacomo Lionello, Maria-Pau Ginebra, Caroline Öhman-Mägi, Massimiliano Baleani, Cecilia Persson
Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) should ideally have mechanical properties similar to those of the bone tissue the material is used to replace or repair. Usually, the compressive strength of the CPCs is reported and, more rarely, the elastic modulus. Conversely, scarce or no data are available on Poisson's ratio and strain-to-crack-initiation. This is unfortunate, as data on the elastic response is key to, e.g., numerical model accuracy. In this study, the compressive behaviour of brushite, monetite and apatite cements was fully characterised...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735154/accuracy-of-c-reactive-protein-as-a-bacterial-infection-marker-in-critically-immunosuppressed-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Vanessa Martins de Oliveira, Rafael Barberena Moraes, Airton Tetelbom Stein, Eliana Márcia Wendland
BACKGROUND: There is a need for a better understanding of the role of C-reactive protein (CRP) as a valid marker for the detection of bacterial infections in critically immunosuppressed patients. A high negative predictive value of CRP is also needed to rule out sepsis and bacterial infections in immunocompetent patients. However, few studies have evaluated the performance of CRP in immunocompromised hosts. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the performance of CRP as a marker of infection in critically immunosuppressed patients...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735082/aeromonas-caviae-alters-the-cytosolic-and-mitochondrial-creatine-kinase-activities-in-experimentally-infected-silver-catfish-impairment-on-renal-bioenergetics
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Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Guerino B Júnior, Camila Marina Verdi, Karen L S Moreira, Maria Izabel U M da Rocha, Marcelo L da Veiga, Roberto C V Santos, Bruno S Vizzotto, Bernardo Baldisserotto
Cytosolic and mitochondrial creatine kinases (CK), through the creatine kinase-phosphocreatine (CK/PCr) system, provide a temporal and spatial energy buffer to maintain cellular energy homeostasis. However, the effects of bacterial infections on the kidney remain poorly understood and are limited only to histopathological analyses. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of cytosolic and mitochondrial CK activities in renal energetic homeostasis in silver catfish experimentally infected with Aeromonas caviae...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735013/simultaneous-intrinsic-signal-imaging-of-auditory-and-visual-cortex-reveals-profound-effects-of-acute-hearing-loss-on-visual-processing
#6
Manuel Teichert, Jürgen Bolz
It has been suggested that primary sensory cortices do not work in isolation but receive subthreshold inputs originating from other senses. However, repercussions of an acute loss of one sense on multimodal sensory processing remain elusive. Here we investigated the early effects of acute hearing loss on visual processing in adult mice. For this, we developed a method to simultaneously map the primary auditory (A1) and visual cortex (V1) using periodic intrinsic optical imaging. We found that reducing sound evoked A1 responsiveness due to the induction of conductive hearing loss (CHL) led to a concomitant increase of visually driven V1 activity...
July 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734986/exogenous-hedgehog-antagonist-delays-but-does-not-prevent-fracture-healing-in-young-mice
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Xiaochen Liu, Jennifer A McKenzie, Clayton W Maschhoff, Michael J Gardner, Matthew J Silva
Fracture healing recapitulates many aspects of developmental osteogenesis. The hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, essential to skeletal development, is upregulated during fracture healing, although its importance is unclear. Our goal was to assess the functional importance of Hh signaling in endochondral fracture healing. We created closed, transverse diaphyseal femur fractures in mice, stabilized with an intramedullary pin, and administered a systemic Hh inhibitor or vehicle. Because Hh pathway activation is mediated by the receptor Smoothened (Smo), we used the Smo antagonist GDC-0449 (GDC, 50mg/kg, twice daily) to target the pathway...
July 19, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734931/piperlongumine-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-modulating-the-expression-of-e-cadherin-snail1-and-twist1
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Min-Ju Park, Da-Eun Lee, Man Kyu Shim, Eun Hyang Jang, Jong Kil Lee, Seo Young Jeong, Jong-Ho Kim
Cancer is a life-threatening disease, and the occurrence of metastasis, which increases the lethality of primary tumors, is increasing. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a biological process by which epithelial cells lose cell-cell adhesion properties and acquire mesenchymal properties, including motility and invasiveness. EMT is considered an early stage of metastasis; therefore, inhibiting EMT may be an effective anticancer therapy. In the present study, the antimetastatic effect of piperlongumine (PL) was assessed in human cancer cells...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734844/tlr3-blockade-in-rhinovirus-induced-experimental-asthma-exacerbations-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Philip E Silkoff, Susan Flavin, Robert Gordon, Mathew J Loza, Peter J Sterk, Rene Lutter, Zuzana Diamant, Ronald B Turner, Brian J Lipworth, David Proud, Dave Singh, Andreas Eich, Vibeke Backer, James E Gern, Christian Herzmann, Scott A Halperin, Tjeert T Mensinga, Alfred M Del Vecchio, Patrick Branigan, Lani San Mateo, Frédéric Baribaud, Elliot S Barnathan, Sebastian L Johnston
BACKGROUND: Human rhinoviruses (HRV) commonly precipitate asthma exacerbations. TLR3, an innate pattern-recognition receptor, is triggered by HRV driving inflammation that may worsen asthma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an inhibitory monoclonal antibody to TLR3, CNTO3157, on experimental HRV-16 inoculation in healthy and asthmatic subjects. METHODS: In this double-blind multicenter randomized parallel-group study in North America and Europe, healthy and mild-moderate stable asthmatic subjects received single or multiple doses of CNTO 3157 or placebo, respectively, and were then inoculated with HRV-16 within 72 hours...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734781/toward-uniform-standards-for-pharmacy-technicians-summary-of-the-2017-pharmacy-technician-stakeholder-consensus-conference
#10
William A Zellmer, Everett B McAllister, Janet A Silvester, Peter H Vlasses
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734659/comparative-effectiveness-study-between-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-and-conventional-wound-dressing-on-perforator-flap-at-the-chinese-tertiary-referral-teaching-hospital
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Regis Ernest Mendame Ehya, Yong Zhao, Xun Zheng, Wanrong Yi, Guy-Armel Bounda, Zonghuan Li, Weidong Xiao, Aixi Yu
BACKGROUND: Perforator flap techniques with conventional wound dressing have being extensively used in the management of soft-tissue defects. However; the flap's survival rate is not always guaranteed and the wound healing time always long. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical effectiveness use of a freshly transplanted perforator flap in conjunction with Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) for better clinical outcomes. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, effectiveness study comparing the clinical outcomes of VAC versus traditional wrap and bandages for the treatment of open wounds that required hospital admission and operative debridement using perforator flaps, was carried out from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016 at Wuhan University Zhongnan Hospital...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Viability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734225/adverse-effects-of-methylmercury-mehg-on-life-parameters-antioxidant-systems-and-mapk-signaling-pathways-in-the-rotifer-brachionus-koreanus-and-the-copepod-paracyclopina-nana
#12
Young Hwan Lee, Duck-Hyun Kim, Hye-Min Kang, Minghua Wang, Chang-Bum Jeong, Jae-Seong Lee
To evaluate the adverse effects of MeHg on the rotifer Brachionus koreanus and the copepod Paracyclopina nana, we assessed the effects of MeHg toxicity on life parameters (e.g. growth retardation and fecundity), antioxidant systems, and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways at various concentrations (1ng/L, 10ng/L, 100ng/L, 500ng/L, and 1000ng/L). MeHg exposure resulted in the growth retardation with the increased ROS levels but decreased glutathione (GSH) levels in a dose-dependent manner in both B...
July 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734131/changes-in-health-related-quality-of-life-in-older-candidates-waiting-for-kidney-transplantation
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Kjersti Lønning, Karsten Midtvedt, Tomm Bernklev, Cathrine Brunborg, Marit Helen Andersen, Nanna von der Lippe, Anna V Reisaeter, Pål-Dag Line, Anders Hartmann, Kristian Heldal
AIM: There is limited available knowledge regarding health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older patients with chronic kidney disease. We aimed to describe HRQoL in renal transplant candidates 65 years or older at transplant acceptance, and during the first year on the waiting list.. METHODS: A nationwide prospective observational study in Norway was conducted. HRQoL was evaluated at baseline (wait listing) and after 6 and 12 months using the patient self-reported Kidney Disease and Quality of Life Short form version 1...
July 22, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733798/silence-surrounding-hepatitis-c-status-in-risk-relationships-among-rural-people-who-use-drugs
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Megan G Hofmeister, Jennifer R Havens, April M Young
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has reached epidemic proportions in rural Central Appalachia in recent years. We sought to identify demographic, behavioral, and interpersonal characteristics associated with HCV serostatus disclosure among high risk people who use drugs (PWUD) in Appalachian Kentucky. HCV antibody-positive participants (n = 243), drawn from the fifth follow-up assessment of a longitudinal study of rural PWUD, completed interviewer-administered questionnaires eliciting demographic and interpersonal characteristics, risk behaviors, and information about HCV disclosure...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Primary Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733615/impact-of-natural-blind-spot-location-on-perimetry
#15
Mengyu Wang, Lucy Q Shen, Michael V Boland, Sarah R Wellik, Carlos Gustavo De Moraes, Jonathan S Myers, Peter J Bex, Tobias Elze
We study the spatial distribution of natural blind spot location (NBSL) and its impact on perimetry. Pattern deviation (PD) values of 11,449 reliable visual fields (VFs) that are defined as clinically unaffected based on summary indices were extracted from 11,449 glaucoma patients. We modeled NBSL distribution using a two-dimensional non-linear regression approach and correlated NBSL with spherical equivalent (SE). Additionally, we compared PD values of groups with longer and shorter distances than median, and larger and smaller angles than median between NBSL and fixation...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733536/do-cancer-patients-with-dementia-receive-less-aggressive-treatment-in-end-of-life-care-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#16
Huei-Kai Huang, Jyh-Gang Hsieh, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Ying-Wei Wang
Dementia is a progressive, incurable disease that can deprive patients of the ability to make decisions. This study determines whether dementia influences the medical care that a cancer patient receives at the end of life. We conducted a nationwide population-based cohort study on patients aged ≥20 with newly diagnosed cancer during 2000-2012. After matching to reduce confounders, there were 7,111 patients with and 28,444 without dementia. The adjusted odd ratios (OR) for medical interventions, including intensive care, palliative care, invasive procedures, and advanced diagnostic testing, were calculated for the final month and three months of life by a multiple logistic regression model...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733473/do-depression-and-anxiety-reduce-the-likelihood-of-remission-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-data-from-the-prospective-multicentre-nor-dmard-study
#17
Brigitte Michelsen, Eirik Klami Kristianslund, Joseph Sexton, Hilde Berner Hammer, Karen Minde Fagerli, Elisabeth Lie, Ada Wierød, Synøve Kalstad, Erik Rødevand, Frode Krøll, Glenn Haugeberg, Tore K Kvien
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of baseline depression/anxiety on the likelihood of achieving joint remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) as well as the associations between baseline depression/anxiety and the components of the remission criteria at follow-up. METHODS: We included 1326 patients with RA and 728 patients with PsA from the prospective observational NOR-DMARD study starting first-time tumour necrosis factor inhibitors or methotrexate...
July 21, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733339/quality-improvement-in-neurology-inpatient-and-emergency-care-quality-measure-set-executive-summary
#18
S Andrew Josephson, John Ferro, Adam Cohen, Adam Webb, Erin Lee, Paul M Vespa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733329/the-antifungal-activity-of-the-peptide-periplanetasin-2-derived-from-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#19
JiEun Yun, Jae-Sam Hwang, Dong Gun Lee
The cockroach, which is a household insect, is an established model organism in research. Periplanetasin-2, derived from the American cockroach Periplaneta americana, exerted potent antifungal effect against pathogenic fungi without causing hemolysis. Periplanetasin-2 induced oxidative stress by generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation. Periplanetasin-2 also caused apoptosis by exposure of phosphatidylserine and fragmentation of DNA, exerted in a concentration-dependent manner. Hence, we investigated the mitochondrial apoptotic mechanism of periplanetasin-2 in Candida albicans After treatment with periplanetasin-2, we observed mitochondrial depolarization and calcium accumulation...
July 21, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733160/triamcinolone-injection-for-treatment-of-mitrofanoff-stomal-stenosis-optimizing-results-and-reducing-cost-of-care
#20
P P Reddy, A C Strine, T Reddy, P H Noh, W R DeFoor, E Minevich, C A Sheldon, B A VanderBrink
INTRODUCTION: Stomal stenosis is the most common complication after the creation of a continent catheterizable channel (CCC), but is challenging to treat. OBJECTIVE: To describe early experience with triamcinolone injection for the treatment of stomal stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was performed of patients who had undergone a triamcinolone injection (40 mg/ml) for the treatment of stomal stenosis at the present institution...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
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