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Sebastião Barreto de Brito-Filho, Egberto Gaspar de Moura, Orlando José Dos Santos, Euler Nicolau Sauaia-Filho, Elias Amorim, Ewaldo Eder Carvalho Santana, Allan Kardec Dualibe Barros-Filho, Rennan Abud Pinheiro Santos
Background: The health benefits associated with moderate wine consumption, as with ethanol and phenolic compounds, include different mechanisms still little understandable. Aim: Evaluate glycemic and weight variations, and the deposit of triglycerides, cholesterol and liver glycogen with red wine consumption. Methods: 60 ApoE knockout mice were divided into three groups of 20: Wine Group (WG), Ethanol Group (EG) and Water Group (WAG). They received daily: WG 50 ml of wine and 50 ml water; EG 6 ml ethanol and WAG 94 ml of water...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Marianne H Gillam, Nicole L Pratt, Maria C S Inacio, Elizabeth E Roughead, Sepehr Shakib, Stephen J Nicholls, Stephen E Graves
Background and purpose - It is unclear whether metal particles and ions produced by mechanical wear and corrosion of hip prostheses with metal-on-metal (MoM) bearings have systemic adverse effects on health. We compared the risk of heart failure in patients with conventional MoM total hip arthroplasty (THA) and in those with metal-on-polyethylene (MoP) THA. Patients and methods - We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs health claims database on patients who received conventional THA for osteoarthritis between 2004 and 2012...
October 19, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
M R Orazov, E N Nosenko, V E Radzinsky, M B Khamoshina, M G Lebedeva, M A Sounov
AIM: The study of peculiarities of expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the tissues of the endometrium and myometrium in patients with adenomyosis, associated with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Uterus macro-preparations obtained after hysterectomy in 60 patients with pelvic pain on a background of diffuse adenomyosis II-III degree were used for morphological examination, and macro-preparations received from 30 women with adenomyosis without pain syndrome...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Jinge Yang, Dan Wu, Yong Tang, Huabei Jiang
Acupuncture has been an effective treatment for various pain in China for several thousand years. However, the mechanisms underlying this mysterious ancient healing are still largely unknown. Here we applied photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) to investigate brain hemodynamic changes in response to electronic acupuncture (EA) at ST36 (Zusanli). Due to the high optical absorption of blood at 532 nm, PAM could sensitively probe changes in hemoglobin concentration (HbT, i.e., cerebral blood volume [CBV]) of cortical regions in high resolution...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
Gulgun Cetintas Afsar, Ozlem Oruc, Sema Sarac, Özgür Bilgin Topçuoğlu, Cuneyt Salturk, Fatma Merve Tepetam, Ismet Bulut
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep disorder affecting 2-4 % of the adult population. In addition to several potential mechanisms, inflammation is one of the suggested etiological factors in OSA. Fractalkine/CX3CL1 which is detected in activated or stressed endothelium, smooth muscle cells, skeletal muscle cells, macrophages, neurons, and hepatocytes is an inflammatory marker and attracts attention of sleep specialists in OSA pathogenesis. In this study, we had two goals...
October 17, 2016: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
Jun Qiu, Fang-Fang Li
Mechanical properties of a single cell and its mechanical response under stimulation play an important role in regulating interactions between cell and extracellular matrix and affecting mechanotransduction. Osteocytes exhibit solid-like viscoelastic behavior in response to the interstitial fluid shear resulting from tissue matrix deformation. This study intends to quantitatively describe the mechanical behavior of osteocytes combining in vitro experiment and fluid-structure interaction (FSI) finite element (FE) model...
October 17, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
Fikeremaryam Birara Feleke, Melaku Berhe, Getachew Gebru, Dana Hoag
The livestock sector serves as a foremost source of revenue for rural people, particularly in many developing countries. Among the livestock species, sheep and goats are the main source of livelihood for rural people in Ethiopia; they can quickly multiply, resilient and are easily convertible to cash to meet financial needs of the rural producers. The multiple contributions of sheep and goat and other livestock to rural farmers are however being challenged by climate change and variability. Farmers are responding to the impacts of climate change by adopting different mechanisms, where choices are largely dependent on many factors...
2016: SpringerPlus
Maya B Mathur, Michael Gould, Nayer Khazeni
Background: Direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertisements are thought to induce "boomerang effects," meaning they reduce the perceived effectiveness of a potential alternative option: non-pharmaceutical treatment via lifestyle change. Past research has observed such effects using artificially created, text-only advertisements that may not adequate capture the complex, conflicting portrayal of lifestyle change in real television advertisements. In other risk domains, individual "problem status" often moderates boomerang effects, such that subjects who currently engage in the risky behavior exhibit the strongest boomerang effects...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
H Y Tian, P Yu, C Y Yuan, W Zhang, Y X Qiu, D H Li, X J Liang, X Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To compare the durability of resin-based root-surface coating material and all-in-one self-etching adhesive on root surface in vitro. METHODS: Human extracted premolars or molars with intact roots were selected. The cementum was removed using a periodontal scaler to expose root dentin. The root surface was coated with an acid-resistant nail varnish, leaving a window of 3 mm×3 mm on the exposed dentin.The window was covered with either PRG Barrier Coat (PRG) or Clearfil S3 Bond (CS3)...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Rong-Qiang He, Zheng-Yu Weng
Many-body localization (MBL) is currently a hot issue of interacting systems, in which quantum mechanics overcomes thermalization of statistical mechanics. Like Anderson localization of non-interacting electrons, disorders are usually crucial in engineering the quantum interference in MBL. For translation invariant systems, however, the breakdown of eigenstate thermalization hypothesis due to a pure many-body quantum effect is still unclear. Here we demonstrate a possible MBL phenomenon without disorder, which emerges in a lightly doped Hubbard model with very strong interaction...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Jezid Miranda, Ghada Bourjeily, Andrew Levinson, Carmelo Dueñas, Camilo Bello Muñoz, José A Rojas-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Every day, about 830 women die worldwide from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric early-warning scores have been proposed as a potential tool to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, based upon the identification of predetermined abnormal values in the vital signs or laboratory parameters, to generate a rapid and effective medical response. Several early-warning scores have been developed for obstetrical patients, but the majority are the result of a clinical consensus rather than statistical analyses of clinical outcome measures (i...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jesus M Casida, Horng-Shiuann Wu, Martha Abshire, Bidisha Ghosh, James J Yang
BACKGROUND: There is no empirical study about the context and influence of self-management (SM) factors on quality of life (QOL) among adults with left ventricular assist device (LVADs). The purpose of this study was to close this knowledge gap by: (1) differentiating select SM factors (e.g., cognition) and overall QOL based on LVAD implant durations; (2) examining the relationships among SM factors and QOL variables; and (3) identifying which SM factors predict QOL. METHODS: An observational study was employed including 87 LVAD patients, ages 20 to 80 years, with mean implant durations of 18...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Afsin A Kundak, Ayhan Pektas, Aysegul Zenciroglu, Semra Ozdemir, Umit B Barutcu, Utku A Orun, Nurullah Okumus
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to determine the role of toxic elements and trace elements in the pathogenesis of conotruncal heart defects by measuring their concentrations in the first meconium specimens of the affected newborns. METHODS: Concentrations of lead, cadmium, iron, zinc, and copper were measured in 1st-day meconium specimens that were collected from 60 newborns with conotruncal heart defects (Group I) and 72 healthy newborns (Group II)...
October 18, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
Christopher Ioannou, Matthew Knight, Luca Daniele, Lee Flueckiger, Ezekiel S L Tan
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to analyse the effectiveness of the surgical torque limiter during operative use. The study also investigates the potential differences in torque between hand and drill-based screw insertion into locking plates using a standardised torque limiter. METHODS: Torque for both hand and power screw insertion was measured through a load cell, registering 6.66 points per second. This was performed in a controlled environment using synthetic bone, a locking plate and locking screws to simulate plate fixation...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
L Frerichs, O Ataga, G Corbie-Smith, S Tessler Lindau
A growing number of childhood obesity interventions involve children and youth in participatory roles, but these types of interventions have not been systematically reviewed. We aimed to identify child and youth participatory interventions in the peer-reviewed literature in order to characterize the approaches and examine their impact on obesity and obesity-related lifestyle behaviours. We searched PubMed/Medline, psychINFO and ERIC for quasi-experimental and randomized trials conducted from date of database initiation through May 2015 that engaged children or youth in implementing healthy eating, physical activity or weight management strategies...
October 17, 2016: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Jiri Parenica, Jiri Jarkovsky, Jan Malaska, Alexandre Mebazaa, Jana Gottwaldova, Katerina Helanova, Jiri Litzman, Milan Dastych, Josef Tomandl, Jindrich Spinar, Ludmila Dostalova, Petr Lokaj, Marie Tomandlova, Monika Goldergova Pavkova, Pavel Sevcik, Matthieu Legrand
INTRODUCTION: Cardiogenic shock (CS) patients are at a high risk of developing infectious complications; however, their early detection is difficult, mainly due to a frequently occurring non-infectious inflammatory response, which accompanies an extensive myocardial infarction or a post-cardiac arrest syndrome. The goal of our prospective study was to describe infectious complications in CS and the immune/inflammatory response based on a serial measurement of several blood-based inflammatory biomarkers...
September 29, 2016: Shock
Hailong Zhang, Liang Qiao, Xiaopeng Li, Yang Wan, Li Yang, Huijuan Wang
Lymph node metastasis is a decisive prognostic and therapeutic staging factor for colorectal cancer (CRC), which is one of the most prevalent types of cancer and a malignant tumor. The metabolic profiling of tissue samples from a large cohort of lymph node non‑metastatic CRC patients (n=73), lymph node metastatic CRC patients (n=52) and normal controls (n=41) was performed using 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) together with multivariate statistical analyses. Excellent separation was obtained between CRC patients and normal controls, and CRC patients were also perfectly classified according to lymph node metastasis...
October 14, 2016: Oncology Reports
Bjorn Baselet, Charlotte Rombouts, Abderrafi Mohammed Benotmane, Sarah Baatout, An Aerts
Traditionally, non-cancer diseases are not considered as health risks following exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation. Indeed, non-cancer diseases are classified as deterministic tissue reactions, which are characterized by a threshold dose. It is judged that below an absorbed dose of 100 mGy, no clinically relevant tissue damage occurs, forming the basis for the current radiation protection system concerning non-cancer effects. Recent epidemiological findings point, however, to an excess risk of non-cancer diseases following exposure to lower doses of ionizing radiation than was previously thought...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Guangbin Jiang, Li Wen, Hongmei Zheng, Zhiyuan Jian, Weiping Deng
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of cancer, which presents rapid tumor growth, drug resistance, and metastasis. Recently, microRNAs are shown to be involved in the cell biological processes in HCC, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unclear. This study aimed to investigate the cellular function and molecular mechanism of miR-204-5p in HCC. SIRT1 mRNA and miR-204-5p were examined by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. SIRT1 protein levels were measured by Western blotting...
October 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
Jean-François Müller, Zhen Liu, Vinh Son Nguyen, Trissevgeni Stavrakou, Jeremy N Harvey, Jozef Peeters
Methyl peroxy, a key radical in tropospheric chemistry, was recently shown to react with the hydroxyl radical at an unexpectedly high rate. Here, the molecular reaction mechanisms are elucidated using high-level quantum chemical methodologies and statistical rate theory. Formation of activated methylhydrotrioxide, followed by dissociation into methoxy and hydroperoxy radicals, is found to be the main reaction pathway, whereas methylhydrotrioxide stabilization and methanol formation (from activated and stabilized methylhydrotrioxide) are viable minor channels...
October 17, 2016: Nature Communications
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