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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448903/violence-trauma-and-living-with-hiv-longitudinal-predictors-of-initiating-crystal-methamphetamine-injection-among-sex-workers
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Elena Argento, Steffanie A Strathdee, Shira Goldenberg, Melissa Braschel, Julio Montaner, Kate Shannon
BACKGROUND: Despite rapid increases in crystal methamphetamine (CM) use worldwide and established gendered patterns of use, empirical research on CM injection initiation among sex workers is limited. Given the wide range of harms associated with CM, alongside stimulant effects including sexual dis-inhibition and prolonged awake-ness, this study aimed to longitudinally investigate socio-structural predictors of initiating CM injection among sex workers in Vancouver, Canada. METHODS: Data (2010-2014) were drawn from a community-based cohort of women sex workers: AESHA (An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access)...
April 19, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448759/ft3-is-higher-in-males-than-in-females-and-decreases-over-the-lifespan
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David Strich, Gilad Karavani, Shalom Edri, Cherut Chay, David Gillis
OBJECTIVE: Normal changes in Free triiodothyronine (FT3), Free thyroxine (FT4) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels over the lifespan and differences between genders are not well documented, mainly because even the largest-scale studies available include relatively small cohorts. The aim of this study was to define age-related trends including gender differences based on reliable data. METHODS: A large database including serum thyroid tests drawn in community clinics was studied...
April 27, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448641/detecting-glaucoma-with-a-portable-brain-computer-interface-for-objective-assessment-of-visual-function-loss
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Masaki Nakanishi, Yu-Te Wang, Tzyy-Ping Jung, John K Zao, Yu-Yi Chien, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Fabio B Daga, Yuan-Pin Lin, Yijun Wang, Felipe A Medeiros
Importance: The current assessment of visual field loss in diseases such as glaucoma is affected by the subjectivity of patient responses and the lack of portability of standard perimeters. Objective: To describe the development and initial validation of a portable brain-computer interface (BCI) for objectively assessing visual function loss. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case-control study involved 62 eyes of 33 patients with glaucoma and 30 eyes of 17 healthy participants...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448172/the-macrophage-stimulating-anti-cancer-agent-rrx-001-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Pedro Cabrales, Scott Caroen, Arnold Oronsky, Corey Carter, Jane Trepel, Thomas Summers, Tony Reid, Neil Oronsky, Michelle Lybeck, Bryan Oronsky
Introduction RRx-001, a clinical macrophage-stimulating anti-cancer agent that also produces nitric oxide (NO) was studied in a model of ischemia-reperfusion injury. Methods The production of NO is dependent on the oxygen tension because nitric oxide synthases convert l-arginine to NO and l-citrulline in the presence of O2. Since the P450 enzymes, which metabolize nitrate esters such as nitroglycerin are dependent on oxygen, the generation of 'exogenous' NO is also sensitive to alterations in tissue PO2. I/R injury was studied in a hamster chamber window, with compression of the periphery of the window for 1 hour to induce ischemia...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448011/turbidimetry-on-human-washed-platelets-the-effect-of-the-pannexin1-inhibitor-brilliant-blue-fcf-on-collagen-induced-aggregation
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Filippo Molica, Séverine Nolli, Pierre Fontana, Brenda Renata Kwak
Turbidimetry is a laboratory technique that is applied to measure the aggregation of platelets suspended in either plasma (platelet-rich plasma, PRP) or in buffer (washed platelets), by the use of one or a combination of agonists. The use of washed platelets separated from their plasma environment and in the absence of anticoagulants allows for studying intrinsic platelet properties. Among the large panel of agonists, arachidonic acid (AA), adenosine di-phosphate (ADP), thrombin and collagen are the most frequently used...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447987/live-cell-imaging-and-3d-analysis-of-angiotensin-receptor-type-1a-trafficking-in-transfected-human-embryonic-kidney-cells-using-confocal-microscopy
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Parnika Kadam, Ryan McAllister, Jeffrey S Urbach, Kathryn Sandberg, Susette C Mueller
Live-cell imaging is used to simultaneously capture time-lapse images of angiotensin type 1a receptors (AT1aR) and intracellular compartments in transfected human embryonic kidney-293 (HEK) cells following stimulation with angiotensin II (Ang II). HEK cells are transiently transfected with plasmid DNA containing AT1aR tagged with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). Lysosomes are identified with a red fluorescent dye. Live-cell images are captured on a laser scanning confocal microscope after Ang II stimulation and analyzed by software in three dimensions (3D, voxels) over time...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446864/neural-entrainment-to-polyrhythms-a-comparison-of-musicians-and-non-musicians
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Jan Stupacher, Guilherme Wood, Matthias Witte
Music can be thought of as a dynamic path over time. In most cases, the rhythmic structure of this path, such as specific sequences of strong and weak beats or recurring patterns, allows us to predict what and particularly when sounds are going to happen. Without this ability we would not be able to entrain body movements to music, like we do when we dance. By combining EEG and behavioral measures, the current study provides evidence illustrating the importance of ongoing neural oscillations at beat-related frequencies-i...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446584/the-human-primary-somatosensory-cortex-is-differentially-involved-in-vibrotaction-and-nociception
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Cédric Lenoir, Gan Huang, Yves Vandermeeren, Samar M Hatem, André Mouraux
The role of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1) in vibrotaction is well established. In contrast, its involvement in nociception remains debated. Here, we test whether S1 is similarly involved in the processing of non-nociceptive and nociceptive somatosensory input in humans by comparing the after-effects of high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) of the primary sensorimotor cortex on the event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited by non-nociceptive and nociceptive somatosensory stimuli delivered to the ipsilateral and contralateral hand...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446579/modulation-of-long-latency-afferent-inhibition-by-the-amplitude-of-sensory-afferent-volley
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Claudia V Turco, Jenin El-Sayes, Hunter J Fassett, Robert Chen, Aimee Jennifer Nelson
Long-latency afferent inhibition (LAI) is the inhibition of the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) motor-evoked potentials (MEP) by the sensory afferent volley following electrical stimulation of a peripheral nerve. It is unknown how the activation of sensory afferent fibres relates to the magnitude of LAI. This study investigated the relationship between LAI and the sensory nerve action potentials (SNAP) from the median nerve (MN) and the digital nerves (DN) of the second digit. LAI was obtained by delivering nerve stimulation 200 ms prior to a TMS pulse delivered over the motor cortex...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446461/developmental-changes-of-contractile-responses-to-cholinergic-stimuli-role-of-calcium-sensitization-and-related-pathways
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Young Jae Im, Jung Keun Lee, Sun Hee Lee, Seung-June Oh, Kwanjin Park
This study was carried out to analyze the developmental changes of bladder response to cholinergic stimulation in detail, highlighting calcium sensitization (CS) and its related pathways. Rats were divided into three groups in accordance with reported time of developmental milestones (newborn: day 1-4, youngster: day 5-14 and grown-up: day 15-21). Following cholinergic stimulation (carbachol 5 uM) the contractile response to detrusor were analyzed with respect to three phases (initial phasic, tonic and superimposed phasic contractions)...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445906/-bipolar-stimulation-may-improve-the-efficacy-of-the-percutaneous-nerve-evaluation-test-of-sacral-neuromodulation
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André Reitz, Tanja Hüsch, Regula Doggweiler, Stephan Buse, Axel Haferkamp
Purpose This study evaluates the hypothesis that bipolar stimulation of the S3 and S4 sacral roots may enhance the efficacy of the percutaneous nerve evaluation (PNE) test. Material and Methods In this case-control-study, we enrolled 43 patients undergoing bipolar PNE and 57 controls undergoing unipolar PNE. For bipolar PNE, four test electrodes were placed at the bilateral S3 and S4 roots. The electrodes at the S3 and S4 roots of each side were connected to obtain bipolar stimulation. The test protocol over eight days included unilateral and bilateral stimulation of the S3 and S4 sacral roots...
April 26, 2017: Aktuelle Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445862/treatments-of-traumatic-neuropathic-pain-a-systematic-review
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Chenglun Yao, Xijie Zhou, Bin Zhao, Chao Sun, Keshav Poonit, Hede Yan
Traumatic neuropathic pain caused by traumatic neuroma has long been bothering both doctors and patients, the mechanisms of traumatic neuropathic pain are widely discussed by researchers and the treatment is challenging. Clinical treatment of painful neuroma is unclear. Numerous treatment modalities have been introduced by experts in this field. However, there is still no single standard recognized treatment.Different forms of treatments have been tested in animals and humans, but pharmacotherapies (antidepressants, antiepileptics) remain the basis of traumatic neuropathic pain management...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445714/the-toll-like-receptor-2-agonist-pam3csk4-is-neuroprotective-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Nicole S Stivers, Nicolas Pelisch, Ben C Orem, Joshua Williams, Jacqueline M Nally, David P Stirling
Microglia/macrophage activation and recruitment following spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with both detrimental and reparative functions. Stimulation of the innate immune receptor Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) has shown to be beneficial following SCI, and it increases axonal regeneration following optic nerve crush. However, the mechanism(s) remain unclear. As microglia express high levels of TLR2, we hypothesized that modulating the microglial response to injury using a specific TLR2 agonist, Pam3CSK4, would prevent secondary-mediated white matter degeneration following SCI...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445546/a-coral-algal-phase-shift-in-mesoamerica-not-driven-by-changes-in-herbivorous-fish-abundance
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Jesús Ernesto Arias-González, Tak Fung, Robert M Seymour, Joaquín Rodrigo Garza-Pérez, Gilberto Acosta-González, Yves-Marie Bozec, Craig R Johnson
Coral-algal phase shifts in which coral cover declines to low levels and is replaced by algae have often been documented on coral reefs worldwide. This has motivated coral reef management responses that include restriction and regulation of fishing, e.g. herbivorous fish species. However, there is evidence that eutrophication and sedimentation can be at least as important as a reduction in herbivory in causing phase shifts. These threats arise from coastal development leading to increased nutrient and sediment loads, which stimulate algal growth and negatively impact corals respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445506/phenotype-function-and-differentiation-potential-of-human-monocyte-subsets
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Lisa B Boyette, Camila Macedo, Kevin Hadi, Beth D Elinoff, John T Walters, Bala Ramaswami, Geetha Chalasani, Juan M Taboas, Fadi G Lakkis, Diana M Metes
Human monocytes have been grouped into classical (CD14++CD16-), non-classical (CD14dimCD16++), and intermediate (CD14++CD16+) subsets. Documentation of normal function and variation in this complement of subtypes, particularly their differentiation potential to dendritic cells (DC) or macrophages, remains incomplete. We therefore phenotyped monocytes from peripheral blood of healthy subjects and performed functional studies on high-speed sorted subsets. Subset frequencies were found to be tightly controlled over time and across individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445462/cell-diversity-and-network-dynamics-in-photosensitive-human-brain-organoids
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Giorgia Quadrato, Tuan Nguyen, Evan Z Macosko, John L Sherwood, Sung Min Yang, Daniel R Berger, Natalie Maria, Jorg Scholvin, Melissa Goldman, Justin P Kinney, Edward S Boyden, Jeff W Lichtman, Ziv M Williams, Steven A McCarroll, Paola Arlotta
In vitro models of the developing brain such as three-dimensional brain organoids offer an unprecedented opportunity to study aspects of human brain development and disease. However, the cells generated within organoids and the extent to which they recapitulate the regional complexity, cellular diversity and circuit functionality of the brain remain undefined. Here we analyse gene expression in over 80,000 individual cells isolated from 31 human brain organoids. We find that organoids can generate a broad diversity of cells, which are related to endogenous classes, including cells from the cerebral cortex and the retina...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445389/fructose-glucocorticoids-and-adipose-tissue-implications-for-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Balázs Legeza, Paola Marcolongo, Alessandra Gamberucci, Viola Varga, Gábor Bánhegyi, Angiolo Benedetti, Alex Odermatt
The modern Western society lifestyle is characterized by a hyperenergetic, high sugar containing food intake. Sugar intake increased dramatically during the last few decades, due to the excessive consumption of high-sugar drinks and high-fructose corn syrup. Current evidence suggests that high fructose intake when combined with overeating and adiposity promotes adverse metabolic health effects including dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, type II diabetes, and inflammation. Similarly, elevated glucocorticoid levels, especially the enhanced generation of active glucocorticoids in the adipose tissue due to increased 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (11β-HSD1) activity, have been associated with metabolic diseases...
April 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445249/study-on-the-mechanisms-of-seizure-like-events-suppression-effect-by-electrical-stimulation-using-a-microelectrode-array
#18
Sora Ahn, Sumin Jo, Sang Beom Jun, Hyang Woon Lee, Seungjun Lee
In this paper, we studied the mechanisms underlying the suppression of seizure-like events (SLEs) by electrical stimulation. We conducted an in-vitro experiment using entorhinal cortex combined hippocampal slices and two convulsant drugs, bicuculline and 4-aminopyridine, to induce spontaneous SLEs. We used a microelectrode array to observe network dynamics over the entire hippocampal area simultaneously, including regions far from the stimulation site. We stimulated the entorhinal cortex region, which has been determined to be a focus of SLEs by Granger causality analysis of multichannel time series data, by an external electrode...
April 25, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444832/real-time-activation-of-central-cholinergic-circuits-during-recognition-memory
#19
Sonia Bonnì, Viviana Ponzo, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Carlo Caltagirone, Giacomo Koch
Short Latency Afferent Inhibition (SAI) is a paired-pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) protocol that consists in the inhibition of the Motor Evoked Potentials (MEPs) by afferent sensory impulses. SAI is thought to be mediated by cholinergic projections over M1 and can be considered a putative marker of central cholinergic activity. It's known that memory processes are regulated by acetylcholine. Nonetheless the influence of memory tasks on SAI has not been investigated. Here we tested changes in SAI circuits in healthy subjects performing a computerized non-verbal recognition memory task (RMT) requiring to recognize previously encoded faces...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444659/new-psychoactive-substances-nps-a-challenge-for-the-addiction-treatment-services
#20
Norbert Scherbaum, F Schifano, Udo Bonnet
Over the last few years, hundreds of new psychoactive substances (NPS) have been identified in Europe. Apart from some herbal compounds, NPS mainly include synthetic cannabinoids and a range of new synthetic stimulants (e. g., cathinones). Synthetic NPS are often developed whilst modifying the basic chemical (e. g., phenethylamine or tryptamine) structure. Although the pharmacology and toxicology of most NPS are hardly known, they are being offered, especially online, as "bath salts," as "incense mixtures," or under other misleading labels...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
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