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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344053/an-overview-of-exposure-to-ethanol-containing-substances-and-ethanol-intoxication-in-children-based-on-three-illustrated-cases
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Kam Lun Hon, Alexander Kc Leung, Eddie Cheung, Bryan Lee, Michelle Mc Tsang, Alcy R Torres
Alcohol addiction and intoxication are major health problems worldwide. Acute alcohol intoxication is well reported in adults and adolescents but less frequently reported in children of younger ages. We report three anonymized cases of pediatric ethanol exposure and illustrate the different mechanisms of intoxication. In all cases, a focused history is the key to prompt diagnosis and timely management. Physicians should be aware of this potential poison in children presented with acute confusional or encephalopathic state...
2018: Drugs in Context
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333341/preventive-effects-of-salvia-officinalis-leaf-extract-on-insulin-resistance-and-inflammation-in-a-model-of-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice-that-responds-to-rosiglitazone
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Mohamed R Ben Khedher, Mohamed Hammami, Jonathan R S Arch, David C Hislop, Dominic Eze, Edward T Wargent, Małgorzata A Kępczyńska, Mohamed S Zaibi
Background: Salvia officinalis (sage) is a native plant to the Mediterranean region and has been used for a long time in traditional medicine for various diseases. We investigated possible anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects of sage methanol (MetOH) extract in a nutritional mouse model of obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance, as well as its effects on lipolysis and lipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells. Methods: Diet-induced obese (DIO) mice were treated for five weeks with sage methanol extract (100 and 400 mg kg-1/day bid), or rosiglitazone (3 mg kg-1/day bid), as a positive control...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326401/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-trastuzumab-emtansine-in-advanced-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-breast-cancer
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W Yeo, M Y Luk, I S Soong, T Ys Yuen, T Y Ng, F Kf Mo, K Chan, S Y Wong, J Tsang, C Leung, J Js Suen, R Kc Ngan
INTRODUCTION: The management of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer has changed dramatically with the introduction and widespread use of HER2-targeted therapies. There is, however, relatively limited real-world information about the effectiveness and safety of trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in the Hong Kong Chinese patients. We assessed the efficacy and toxicity profiles among local patients with HER2-positive advanced breast cancer who had received T-DM1 therapy in the second-line setting and beyond...
January 12, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323755/direct-acting-antiviral-regimens-are-safe-and-effective-in-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-in-simultaneous-liver-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Anupama U Nookala, James Crismale, Thomas Schiano, Helen Te, Joseph Ahn, Suzanne Robertazzi, Colleen Rodigas, Rohit Satoskar, Mandip Kc, Mohamed Hassan, Coleman Smith
Hepatitis C (HCV) remains the single most common etiology of end-stage liver disease leading to simultaneous liver/kidney transplant (SLKT) and has worse post transplant survival compared to non-HCV patients. We aim to assess the effectiveness and tolerance of the all-oral direct acting antiviral (DAA) agents with or without ribavirin (RBV) in the treatment of HCV recurrence post SLKT. 34 patients were studied retrospectively, composed predominantly of treatment-naïve (73.5%) non-Caucasian (61.8%) males (82...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319598/corneal-collagen-cross-linking-with-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-a-light-for-pediatric-keratoconus-ten-year-results
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Cosimo Mazzotta, Claudio Traversi, Stefano Baiocchi, Simone Bagaglia, Orsola Caporossi, Antonio Villano, Aldo Caporossi
PURPOSE: To assess the 10-year follow-up efficacy and safety of riboflavin ultraviolet A-induced cross-linking (CXL) in a population of pediatric patients aged 18 years and younger with progressive keratoconus (KC). METHODS: The prospective longitudinal cohort study included 62 eyes of 47 keratoconic patients undergoing epithelium-off CXL who completed 10-year follow-up. The surgical procedure was performed in all patients according to the Siena (Dresden modified) protocol...
January 9, 2018: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318704/use-of-antihypertensive-drugs-and-risk-of-keratinocyte-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Huilin Tang, Shuangshuang Fu, Suodi Zhai, Yiqing Song, Maryam M Asgari, Jiali Han
PURPOSE: Current epidemiologic evidence on the association between antihypertensive drugs and keratinocyte carcinoma (KC) risk is inconsistent. We sought to quantify this association by meta-analysis of observational studies. METHODS: We systematically reviewed observational studies published through August 2016 and reported the KC risk (basal cell carcinoma [BCC] and squamous cell carcinoma [SCC]) associated with antihypertensive drugs, including diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), beta-adrenergic blocking agents (β-blockers), and calcium channel blockers (CCBs)...
January 10, 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317901/attitudes-and-barriers-towards-hiv-screening-a-qualitative-study-of-people-living-with-hiv-aids-plwha-in-malaysia
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Syed Imran Ahmed, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Kaeshaelya Thiruchelvam, Syed Shahzad Hasan, Christopher Kc Lee
Background: Understanding patients' perspective towards HIV screening in Malaysia is pivotal to explore challenges faced by these individuals. This would be beneficial for developing local plans to improve the health-seeking behaviours among population at risk of HIV/AIDS. Methods: A qualitative research methodology was adopted to explore HIV/AIDS patients' views about disease screening. A semi-structured interview guide was used for in-depth patient interviews...
September 2017: Journal of Infection Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317282/personal-history-of-keratinocyte-carcinoma-is-associated-with-reduced-risk-of-death-from-invasive-melanoma-in-men
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Fengju Song, Steven T Chen, Xin Li, Jiali Han
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have found an increased risk of invasive cutaneous melanoma (CM) among those with a history of keratinocyte carcinoma (KC). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the risk of CM death after KC. METHODS: The study was based on the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). Cox proportional hazards model was used to examine the hazard ratio (HR) of CM death associated with personal history of KC, among the entire study population (primary analysis) and invasive CM cases (secondary analysis) respectively...
January 6, 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304171/mcp-1-kc-like-and-il-8-as-critical-mediators-of-pathogenesis-caused-by-babesia-canis
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Asier Galán, Iva Mayer, Renata Barić Rafaj, Krešo Bendelja, Velimir Sušić, José Joaquín Cerón, Vladimir Mrljak
Canine babesiosis caused by the intraerythrocytic protozoan parasite Babesia canis is a tick-borne disease characterized by a host response that involves both cellular and humoral immunity. This study focuses on the secretion of cytokines Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF), Keratinocyte Chemotactic-like (KC-like), Interleukins (IL)-2, IL-7, IL-8, IL-10, IL-15, IL-18 and Monocyte Chemotactic Protein-1 (MCP-1) in babesiosis caused by Babesia canis upon treatment with Imizol®. We assessed time dependent changes in cytokine levels and tested whether these changes correlate with pathogenesis of the disease...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303405/focal-adhesion-kinase-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-pancreatic-cancer-and-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Rajani Kanteti, Tamara Mirzapoiazova, Jacob J Riehm, Immanuel Dhanasingh, Bolot Mambetsariev, Jiale Wang, Prakash Kulkarni, Garima Kaushik, Parthasarathy Seshacharyulu, Moorthy P Ponnusamy, Hedy L Kindler, Mohd W Nasser, Surinder K Batra, Ravi Salgia
The non-receptor cytoplasmic tyrosine kinase, Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) is known to play a key role in a variety of normal and cancer cellular functions such as survival, proliferation, migration and invasion. It is highly active and overexpressed in various cancers including Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM). Here, initially, we demonstrate that FAK is overexpressed in both PDAC and MPM cell lines. Then we analyze effects of two small molecule inhibitors PF-573228, and PF-431396, which are dual specificity inhibitors of FAK and proline rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2), as well as VS-6063, another small molecule inhibitor that specifically inhibits FAK but not PYK2 for cell growth, motility and invasion of PDAC and MPM cell lines...
January 5, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302017/effectiveness-of-a-pharmacist-led-medication-review-programme-on-medication-appropriateness-and-hospital-readmissions-among-geriatric-in-patients-in-hong-kong
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P Kc Chiu, A Wk Lee, T Yw See, F Hw Chan
INTRODUCTION: Geriatric in-patients are at risk of drug-related problems. This study aimed to determine whether a pharmacist-led medication review programme could reduce inappropriate medications and hospital readmissions among geriatric in-patients in Hong Kong. METHODS: A prospective controlled study was conducted from December 2013 to September 2014 in the geriatric unit of a regional hospital in Hong Kong. A total of 212 subjects were allocated to receive either routine care or pharmacist intervention that included medication reconciliation, medication review, and medication counselling...
January 5, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299922/stabilization-of-human-tyrosine-hydroxylase-in-maltodextrin-nanoparticles-for-delivery-to-neuronal-cells-and-tissue
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Maria Teresa Bezem, Fredrik Gullaksen Johannessen, Kunwar Jung-Kc, Edvin Tang Gundersen, Ana Jorge-Finnigan, Ming Ying, Didier Betbeder, Lars Herfindal, Aurora Martinez
Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) is a therapeutic approach envisioned decades ago for the correction of genetic disorders, but it is only after improvements in recombinant protein expression and purification that the applicability of this approach has increased. Customarily, ERT has been less successful for the correction of disorders with neurological manifestations. In this work we have tested the functionality of nanoparticles (NP) composed of maltodextrin with a lipid core to bind and stabilize tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), which is a complex and unstable brain enzyme that catalyzes the rate limiting step in the synthesis of dopamine and other catecholamine neurotransmitters...
January 4, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298777/prevalence-of-keratoconus-in-paediatric-patients-in-riyadh-saudi-arabia
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Emilio Almeida Torres Netto, Wafa Majed Al-Otaibi, Nikki L Hafezi, Sabine Kling, Haya M Al-Farhan, J Bradley Randleman, Farhad Hafezi
BACKGROUND/AIM: Keratoconus (KC) is a ectatic corneal disorder with marked progression during childhood and puberty that may lead to severe visual loss. In addition to KC prevalence, estimate shows major geographical variations; recent studies using Scheimpflug technology are in contrast to the 1980s and 1990s literature. The present study aims to determine the prevalence of KC in paediatric patients in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (KSA). METHODS: This prospective, cross-sectional, observational, multicentre study collected data from paediatric patients from 6 years and 21 years of age who were seen at multiple non-ophthalmic emergency departments within KSA...
January 3, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297322/cnn-blpred-a-convolutional-neural-network-based-predictor-for-%C3%AE-lactamases-bl-and-their-classes
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Clarence White, Hamid D Ismail, Hiroto Saigo, Dukka B Kc
BACKGROUND: The β-Lactamase (BL) enzyme family is an important class of enzymes that plays a key role in bacterial resistance to antibiotics. As the newly identified number of BL enzymes is increasing daily, it is imperative to develop a computational tool to classify the newly identified BL enzymes into one of its classes. There are two types of classification of BL enzymes: Molecular Classification and Functional Classification. Existing computational methods only address Molecular Classification and the performance of these existing methods is unsatisfactory...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290811/development-and-comparison-of-two-immuno-disaggregation-based-bioassays-for-cell-secretome-analysis
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Pawan Kc, Fan Liu, Jiang Zhe, Ge Zhang
Cell secretome analysis has gained increasing attention towards the development of effective strategies for disease treatment. Analysis of cell secretome enables the platform to monitor the status of disease progression, facilitating therapeutic outcomes. However, cell secretome analysis is very challenging due to its versatile and dynamic composition. Here, we report the development of two immuno-disaggregation bioassays using functionalized microparticles for the quantitative analysis of the cell secretome...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288965/determination-of-total-plasma-oxysterols-by-enzymatic-hydrolysis-solid-phase-extraction-and-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-mass-spectrometry
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Isabel Mendiara, Celia Domeño, Cristina Nerín, Aron M Geurts, Jesús Osada, Roberto Martínez-Beamonte
The potential use of cholesterol esterases was tested to avoid alkaline hydrolysis for cleavage of plasma esterified oxysterols. The enzymatic hydrolysis was optimized by testing two sources of enzyme-Pseudomonas and bovine pancreas, presence of surfactants, incubation time and amount of enzyme. Free forms of 4β-, 7-, 24-, 25- and 27-hydroxycholesterol (HC) as well 7-ketocholesterol (7-KC) were analyzed by liquid chromatography and mass-spectrometry using the deuterated internal standard, 25-HC(d6). Enzymatic hydrolysis was more effective using the Pseudomonas enzyme and in presence of surfactants...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288534/an-overview-on-vadimezan-dmxaa-the-vascular-disrupting-agent
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REVIEW
Amir Daei Farshchi Adli, Rana Jahanban-Esfahlan, Khaled Seidi, Sonia Samandari-Rad, Nosratollah Zarghami
Vascular disrupting agents (VDAs), a group of cancer remedies, can cause a specific and irreversible destruction of established tumor vessels, and the complete halt of blood flow in the tumor. DMXAA(ASA404) or Vadimezan, a flavone-acetic acid-based drug is the most promising VDAs that induces a rapid shutdown of blood flow in tumors but not in normal tissue. The exact mechanism of vascular disruption is unknown; however proposed direct and indirect mechanisms of action for DMXAA comprises: i) inducing apoptosis in endothelial cells; ii) hemorrhagic necrosis and ischemia in tumor; iii) release of serotonin (5-HT); vi) stimulation of innate immune system; v) production of inflammatory cytokines e...
December 30, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287776/activin-a-causes-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-via-the-induction-of-tnf%C3%AE-%C3%AE%C2%BA%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tgf%C3%AE-in-kupffer-cells
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Foteini Kiagiadaki, Marilena Kampa, Argyro Voumvouraki, Elias Castanas, Elias Kouroumalis, George Notas
Background&Aims. TGFβ superfamily member Activin-A is a multifunctional hormone/cytokine expressed in multiple tissues and cells., where it regulates cellular differentiation, proliferation, inflammation and tissue architecture. High activin-A levels have been reported in alcoholic cirrhosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Our aim was to identify the cell types involved in the fibrotic processes induced by activin-A in liver and verify the liver diseases that this molecule can be found increased...
December 26, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283679/influence-of-short-term-orthokeratology-to-corneal-tangent-modulus-a-randomized-study
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Andrew Kc Lam, Stanley Yy Leung, Ying Hon, Lu Shu-Ho, Kit-Ying Wong, Pui-Kwan Tiu, David Cc Lam
PURPOSE: Influence of orthokeratology on corneal biomechanics is equivocal using Ocular Response Analyzer, ORA. Implementing indentation method, corneal tangent modulus was measured and monitored in short-term orthokeratology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixteen young subjects with refractive errors between -4D to -5D sphere and astigmatism within -1.50D were recruited. One randomly selected eye wore orthokeratology lens (treatment), and the fellow eye wore conventional rigid gas permeable lens (control)...
December 28, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280507/soybean-oil-containing-ginseng-saponins-as-adjuvants-promotes-production-of-cytokines-and-enhances-immune-responses-to-foot-and-mouth-disease-vaccine
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Cenrong Zhang, Wei Xu, Jian Chen, Ran Guan, Shicheng Bi, Haibo Jin, Xuemei Cui, Fushan Shi, Songhua Hu
The adjuvant effect of soybean oil containing ginseng root saponins (SO-GS-R) on the immune response to foot-and-mouth disease vaccine (FMDV) in mice was investigated in this study. When immunized with FMDV antigen emulsified in an SO-GS-R formulation, mice generated remarkably higher serum antibody and cytokine responses than mice immunized with FMDV antigen alone. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the adjuvant effect of SO-GS-R, we measured cytokines in the serum and muscle tissue after intramuscular injection of SO-GS-R...
December 27, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
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