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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448590/significant-changes-in-circulating-microrna-by-dietary-supplementation-of-selenium-and-coenzyme-q10-in-healthy-elderly-males-a-subgroup-analysis-of-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-among-elderly-swedish-citizens
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Urban Alehagen, Peter Johansson, Jan Aaseth, Jan Alexander, Dick Wågsäter
BACKGROUND: Selenium and coenzyme Q10 is essential for important cellular functions. A low selenium intake is reported from many European countries, and the endogenous coenzyme Q10 production is decreasing in the body with increasing age. Supplementation with selenium and coenzyme Q10 in elderly have shown reduced cardiovascular mortality and reduced levels of markers of inflammation. However, microRNA analyses could give important information on the mechanisms behind the clinical effects of supplementation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441522/feeling-safe-but-appearing-anxious-differential-effects-of-alcohol-on-anxiety-and-social-performance-in-individuals-with-social-anxiety-disorder
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Stephan Stevens, Ruth Cooper, Trisha Bantin, Christiane Hermann, Alexander L Gerlach
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) and alcohol use disorders (AUD) co-occur frequently and there is preliminary evidence that alcohol might reduce social anxiety. It is, however, unclear which mechanisms contribute to the anxiety reducing effect, particularly regarding key aspects of social anxiety such as deficits in social performance. We compared self-rated and physiological measures of anxiety as well as self- and observer-rated social performance in a sample of 62 individuals with SAD and 60 nonanxious control participants during a speech task after receiving either alcohol, an alcohol-free placebo drink or orange juice...
April 18, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440810/naltrexone-modulates-dopamine-release-following-chronic-but-not-acute-amphetamine-administration-a-translational-study
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N Jayaram-Lindström, J Guterstam, J Häggkvist, M Ericson, T Malmlöf, B Schilström, C Halldin, S Cervenka, T Saijo, A-L Nordström, J Franck
The opioid antagonist naltrexone has been shown to attenuate the subjective effects of amphetamine. However, the mechanisms behind this modulatory effect are currently unknown. We hypothesized that naltrexone would diminish the striatal dopamine release induced by amphetamine, which is considered an important mechanism behind many of its stimulant properties. We used positron emission tomography and the dopamine D2-receptor radioligand [(11)C]raclopride in healthy subjects to study the dopaminergic effects of an amphetamine injection after pretreatment with naltrexone or placebo...
April 25, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439774/albumin-induced-neuroprotection-in-focal-cerebral-ischemia-in-the-alias-trial-does-severity-mechanism-and-time-of-infusion-matter
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Rakesh Khatri, Mohammad Rauf Afzal, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Alberto Maud, Muhammad Shah Miran, Mohtashim Arbaab Qureshi, Salvador Cruz-Flores, Adnan I Qureshi
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether there is any differential benefit of albumin administration within 2 h of onset of ischemia and in settings (severe ischemia with reperfusion in cardioembolic strokes with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale [NIHSS] ≥15), most representative of experimental models of cerebral ischemia in which albumin was effective in reducing neurological injury. BACKGROUND: High-dose intravenous (IV) albumin treatment for acute ischemic stroke (ALIAS) trial did not show overall clinical benefit in ischemic stroke patients in contrast to preclinical studies; however, models of preclinical studies were not completely followed...
April 24, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437507/effects-of-experimental-pain-and-lidocaine-on-mechanical-somatosensory-profile-and-face-perception
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Yuri Martins Costa, Eduardo E Castrillon, Leonardo Rigoldi Bonjardim, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti, Lene Baad-Hansen, Peter Svensson
AIMS: To assess the effects of experimental muscle pain and topical lidocaine applied to the skin overlying the masseter muscle on the mechanical somatosensory profile and face perception of the masseter muscle in healthy participants. METHODS: A total of 28 healthy participants received a 45-minute application of a lidocaine or placebo patch to the skin overlying the masseter muscle followed by one injection of 0.2 mL sterile solution of monosodium glutamate. Measurements were taken four times during each session of quantitative sensory testing (QST) (T0 = baseline, T1 = 45 minutes after patch application, T2 = immediately after glutamate injection, and T3 = 25 minutes after the glutamate injection), and the following variables were measured: mechanical detection threshold (MDT), mechanical pain threshold (MPT), pressure pain threshold (PPT), pain report (pain on palpation, pain spreading on palpation, and pain intensity), pain drawing, and perceptual distortion...
April 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437458/isomalto-oligosaccharides-ameliorate-visceral-hyperalgesia-with-repair-damage-of-ileal-epithelial-ultrastructure-in-rats
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Weida Wang, Haiwei Xin, Xiucai Fang, Hongtao Dou, Fangyi Liu, Dan Huang, Shaomei Han, Guijun Fei, Liming Zhu, Shenghua Zha, Hong Zhang, Meiyun Ke
BACKGROUND: Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with probiotics has achieved effectiveness to a certain extent. Whether prebiotics will work is still unclear. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects of the prebiotic isomalto-oligosaccharides (IMO) on visceral hypersensitivity (VHS) in rats and to explore potential mechanism. METHODS: Water avoidance stress (WAS) was used to induce VHS in rats. The score for the abdominal withdrawal reflex (AWR) was determined while colorectal distension and compared between VHS group and control group in order to validate VHS preparation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435464/clinical-efficacy-of-omalizumab-in-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria-is-associated-with-a-reduction-of-fc%C3%AE%C2%B5ri-positive-cells-in-the-skin
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Martin Metz, Petra Staubach, Andrea Bauer, Randolf Brehler, Janine Gericke, Michael Kangas, Joanna Ashton-Chess, Philip Jarvis, Panayiotis Georgiou, Janice Canvin, Rainer Hillenbrand, Veit J Erpenbeck, Marcus Maurer
Background. Treatment with omalizumab, a humanized recombinant monoclonal anti-IgE antibody, results in clinical efficacy in patients with Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU). The mechanism of action of omalizumab in CSU has not been elucidated in detail. Objectives. To determine the effects of omalizumab on levels of high affinity IgE receptor-positive (FcεRI(+)) and IgE-positive (IgE(+)) dermal cells and blood basophils. Treatment efficacy and safety were also assessed. Study design. In a double-blind study, CSU patients aged 18‑75 years were randomized to receive 300 mg omalizumab (n=20) or placebo (n=10) subcutaneously every 4 weeks for 12 weeks...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431669/after-the-leader-trial-and-sustain-6-how-do-we-explain-the-cardiovascular-benefits-of-some-glp-1-receptor-agonists
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B Vergès, B Charbonnel
Recent cardiovascular outcome trials - the LEADER with liragutide and SUSTAIN-6 with semaglutide - have shown significant reductions of major cardiovascular (CV) events with these glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 receptor agonists. Progressive separation of the treatment and placebo curves, starting clearly between 12 and 18 months of the trial period, and significant reductions in the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, indicate that the beneficial CV effects observed with GLP-1 receptor agonists could be due to an antiatherogenic effect...
April 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430976/acute-and-chronic-noradrenergic-effects-on-cortical-excitability-in-healthy-humans
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Hsiao-I Kuo, Walter Paulus, Giorgi Batsikadze, Asif Jamil, Min-Fang Kuo, Michael A Nitsche
Background: Noradrenaline is a major neuromodulator in the central nervous system, and it is involved in the pathophysiology of diverse neuropsychiatric diseases. Previous transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies suggested that acute application of selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (NRI) enhances cortical excitability in the human brain. However, other, such like clinical effects, usually require prolonged NRI treatment, which might go along with different physiological effects...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429311/improving-animal-welfare-using-continuous-nalbuphine-infusion-in-a-long-term-rat-model-of-sepsis
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Victor Jeger, Mattia Arrigo, Florian F Hildenbrand, Daniel Müller, Paulin Jirkof, Till Hauffe, Burkhardt Seifert, Margarete Arras, Donat R Spahn, Dominique Bettex, Alain Rudiger
BACKGROUND: Sepsis research relies on animal models to investigate the mechanisms of the dysregulated host response to infection. Animal welfare concerns request the use of potent analgesics for the Refinement of existing sepsis models, according to the 3Rs principle. Nevertheless, adequate analgesia is often missing, partly because the effects of analgesics in this particular condition are unknown. We evaluated the use of nalbuphine, an opioid with kappa agonistic and mu antagonistic effects, in rats with and without experimental sepsis...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429081/cognitive-and-mood-improvements-following-acute-supplementation-with-purple-grape-juice-in-healthy-young-adults
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C F Haskell-Ramsay, R C Stuart, E J Okello, A W Watson
PURPOSE: Berry-derived phenolic compounds found in grapes have been associated with a number of health benefits, including the augmentation of human brain function and cognition. Previous intervention studies of Concord grape juice have demonstrated improvement to memory and driving ability following 3- to 4-month supplementation in middle-aged and older adults. However, no studies to date have demonstrated acute cognitive benefits of grape juice, and investigation of these effects in young adults is lacking...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422520/low-level-laser-therapy-improves-performance-and-reduces-fatigue-in-competitive-cyclists
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Fábio J Lanferdini, Rodrigo R Bini, Bruno M Baroni, Kelli D Klein, Felipe P Carpes, Marco A Vaz
Evidence supports that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) minimizes fatigue effects on muscle performance. However, the ideal LLLT dosage to improve athletes' performance during sports activities, such as cycling, is still unclear. Therefore, the goal of this study was to investigate the effects of different LLLT dosages on cyclists' performance in time-to-exhaustion tests. In addition, we looked at the effects of LLLT on the frequency content of the EMG signals to assess fatigue mechanisms. Twenty male competitive cyclists participated in a crossover, randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421648/placebo-like-analgesia-via-response-imagery
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K J Peerdeman, A I M van Laarhoven, D J P Bartels, M L Peters, A W M Evers
BACKGROUND: Placebo effects on pain are reliably observed in the literature. A core mechanism of these effects is response expectancies. Response expectancies can be formed by instructions, prior experiences and observation of others. Whether mental imagery of a response can also induce placebo-like expectancy effects on pain has not yet been studied systematically. METHODS: In Study 1, 80 healthy participants were randomly allocated to (i) response imagery or (ii) control imagery...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419624/the-effect-of-single-oral-doses-of-duloxetine-reboxetine-and-midodrine-on-the-urethral-pressure-in-healthy-female-subjects-using-urethral-pressure-reflectometry
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Niels Klarskov, Dirk Cerneus, William Sawyer, Donald Newgreen, Olivier van Till, Gunnar Lose
AIMS: To evaluate the effect on urethral pressure of reference drugs known to reduce stress urinary incontinence symptoms by different effect size and mechanisms of action on urethral musculature under four test conditions in healthy female subjects using urethral pressure reflectometry. METHODS: Healthy females aged 18-55 years were recruited by advertising for this phase 1, single site, placebo-controlled, randomized, four-period, crossover study. The interventions were single oral doses of 10 mg Midodrine, 80 mg Duloxetine, 12 mg Reboxetine, and placebo...
April 18, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418213/pain-thresholds-supra-threshold-pain-and-lidocaine-sensitivity-in-patients-with-erythromelalgia-including-the-i848tmutation-in-nav-1-7
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T Helås, D Sagafos, I P Kleggetveit, H Quiding, B Jönsson, M Segerdahl, Z Zhang, H Salter, M Schmelz, E Jørum
OBJECTIVES: Nociceptive thresholds and supra-threshold pain ratings as well as their reduction upon local injection with lidocaine were compared between healthy subjects and patients with erythromelalgia (EM). METHODS: Lidocaine (0.25, 0.50, 1.0 or 10 mg/mL) or placebo (saline) was injected intradermally in non-painful areas of the lower arm, in a randomized, double-blind manner, to test the effect on dynamic and static mechanical sensitivity, mechanical pain sensitivity, thermal thresholds and supra-threshold heat pain sensitivity...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418082/non-digestible-carbohydrates-supplementation-increases-mir-32-expression-in-the-healthy-human-colorectal-epithelium-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fiona C Malcomson, Naomi D Willis, Iain McCallum, Long Xie, Bart Lagerwaard, Seamus Kelly, Michael Bradburn, Nigel J Belshaw, Ian T Johnson, John C Mathers
Colorectal cancer (CRC) risk is modulated by diet and there is convincing evidence of reduced risk with higher non-digestible carbohydrates (NDCs) consumption. Resistant starch (RS), a NDC, positively modulates the expression of oncogenic microRNAs, suggesting that this could be a mechanism through which NDCs protect against CRC. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of supplementation with two NDCs, RS and polydextrose (PD), on microRNA expression in the macroscopically-normal human rectal epithelium using samples from the DISC Study, a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled dietary intervention...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414564/tivantinib-for-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jan Best, Clemens Schotten, Gregor Lohmann, Guido Gerken, Alexander Dechêne
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide with a poor prognosis due to late diagnosis in the majority of cases. Physicians are frequently confronted with patients who are not eligible for curative or locoregional treatments any more. In this scenario, the multi-tyrosine kinase inhibitor sorafenib remains the only systemic first-line treatment option providing modest survival benefit compared to placebo with significant but for most patients acceptable adverse effects...
May 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411139/the-quidam-study-hydroquinidine-therapy-in-the-management-of-brugada-syndrome-patients-at-high-arrhythmic-risk
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Antoine Andorin, Jean-Baptiste Gourraud, Jacques Mansourati, Swanny Fouchard, Hervé le Marec, Philippe Maury, Philippe Mabo, Jean-Sylvain Hermida, Jean-Claude Deharo, Beatrice Delasalle, Simon Esnault, Nicolas Sadoul, Jean-Marc Davy, Antoine Leenhardt, Didier Klug, Pascal Defaye, Dominique Babuty, Frédéric Sacher, Vincent Probst
BACKGROUND: Although the implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) remains the main therapy in Brugada syndrome (BrS), it does not reduce life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia. Based on pathophysiological mechanisms, hydroquinidine (HQ) has been suggested for the effective prevention of arrhythmia. OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence-based data supporting HQ use to prevent life threatening ventricular arrhythmia in high-risk patients with BrS. METHODS: We performed a prospective multicentre randomised (HQ vs...
April 11, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409566/combined-effects-of-glucocorticoid-and-noradrenergic-activity-on-loss-aversion
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Zsofia Margittai, Gideon Nave, Marijn Van Wingerden, Alfons Schnitzler, Lars Schwabe, Tobias Kalenscher
Loss aversion is a well-known behavioral regularity in financial decision-making, describing humans' tendency to overweigh losses compared to gains of the same amount. Recent research indicates that stress and associated hormonal changes affect loss aversion, yet the underlying neuroendocrine mechanisms are still poorly understood. Here, we investigated the causal influence of two major stress neuromodulators, cortisol and noradrenaline, on loss aversion during financial decision-making. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled between subject design, we orally administered either the α2-adrenergic antagonist yohimbine (increasing noradrenergic stimulation), hydrocortisone, both substances, or a placebo to healthy young men...
April 14, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405353/effects-of-25-mg-oxazepam-on-emotional-mimicry-and-empathy-for-pain-a-randomized-controlled-experiment
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Gustav Nilsonne, Sandra Tamm, Armita Golkar, Karolina Sörman, Katarina Howner, Marianne Kristiansson, Andreas Olsson, Martin Ingvar, Predrag Petrovic
Emotional mimicry and empathy are mechanisms underlying social interaction. Benzodiazepines have been proposed to inhibit empathy and promote antisocial behaviour. First, we aimed to investigate the effects of oxazepam on emotional mimicry and empathy for pain, and second, we aimed to investigate the association of personality traits to emotional mimicry and empathy. Participants (n=76) were randomized to 25 mg oxazepam or placebo. Emotional mimicry was examined using video clips with emotional expressions...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
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