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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223956/residual-risk-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-events-in-relation-to-reductions-in-very-low-density-lipoproteins
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Patrick R Lawler, Akintunde O Akinkuolie, Paulo Harada, Robert J Glynn, Daniel I Chasman, Paul M Ridker, Samia Mora
BACKGROUND: It is uncertain whether pharmacological reductions in very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDLs), and their component triglyceride and cholesterol could reduce residual risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events among individuals in whom low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been adequately lowered. We examined whether individuals with greater on-statin reductions in VLDL-related measures-beyond reductions in LDL-C-were at further reduced risk of ASCVD...
December 9, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223847/funding-breakthrough-therapies-a-systematic-review-and-recommendation
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REVIEW
E Hanna, M Toumi, C Dussart, B Borissov, O Dabbous, K Badora, P Auquier
BACKGROUND: Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) are innovative therapies likely associated with high prices. Payers need guidance to create a balance between ensuring patient access to breakthrough therapies and maintaining the financial sustainability of the healthcare system. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to identify, define, classify and compare the approaches to funding high-cost medicines proposed in the literature, to analyze their appropriateness for ATMP funding and to suggest an optimal funding model for ATMPs...
December 2, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223777/child-care-centre-adherence-to-infant-physical-activity-and-screen-time-recommendations-in-australia-canada-and-the-united-states-an-observational-study
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Lyndel Hewitt, Sara E Benjamin-Neelon, Valerie Carson, Rebecca M Stanley, Ian Janssen, Anthony D Okely
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare adherence to physical activity and sedentary behaviour recommendations within the 2011 Institute of Medicine Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies as well as screen time recommendations from the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics for samples of infants in child care centres in Australia, Canada, and the United States (US). METHODS: This cross-sectional study used data from: the Australian 2013 Standing Preschools (N=9) and the 2014-2017 Early Start Baseline (N=22) studies; the 2011 Canadian Healthy Living Habits in Pre-School Children study (N=14); and the American 2008 (N=31) and 2013-2017 (N=31) Baby Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) trials...
December 7, 2017: Infant Behavior & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223730/characterization-of-a-new-decellularized-bovine-pericardial-biological-mesh-structural-and-mechanical-properties
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Alessandra Bielli, Roberta Bernardini, Dimitrios Varvaras, Piero Rossi, Giancarlo Di Blasi, Giuseppe Petrella, Oreste Claudio Buonomo, Maurizio Mattei, Augusto Orlandi
Implants made from naturally-derived biomaterials, also called biological meshes or biomeshes, typically derive from decellularized extracellular matrix of either animal or human tissue. Biomeshes have many biomedical applications such as ligament repair, bone and cartilage regeneration and soft tissue replacement. Bovine collagen is one of the most widely used and abundantly available xenogenic materials. In particular, bovine pericardium is widely used as extracellular matrix bioprosthetic tissue. The efficiency of a pericardial mesh to function as scaffold depends on the quality of the decellularization protocol used...
December 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222988/medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-in-patients-attending-a-medical-outpatient-clinic-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-north-india
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Mohit Sharma, Shubh Mohan Singh, Ajit Avasthi, Subhash C Varma, Aman Sharma, Vikas Suri
OBJECTIVE: Medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS) are commonly seen across health care settings. Earlier studies have focussed on prevalence, cost-utilization and burden. Data from India is scarce. Patients with persistent MUPS have more impairment and psychological distress. This study was designed to assess psychological morbidity, health anxiety (HA), somatic symptom load, disability, quality of life (QOL) in patients with persistent MUPS presenting to a general medical outpatient service and compare it with patients with medically explained physical symptoms (MEPS)...
December 2, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222852/free-breathing-whole-heart-3d-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-with-prospective-respiratory-motion-compensation
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Mehdi H Moghari, Ashita Barthur, Maria E Amaral, Tal Geva, Andrew J Powell
PURPOSE: To develop and validate a new prospective respiratory motion compensation algorithm for free-breathing whole-heart 3D cine steady-state free precession (SSFP) imaging. METHODS: In a 3D cine SSFP sequence, 4 excitations per cardiac cycle are re-purposed to prospectively track heart position. Specifically, their 1D image is reconstructed and routed into the scanner's standard diaphragmatic navigator processing system. If all 4 signals are in end-expiration, cine image data from the entire cardiac cycle is accepted for image reconstruction...
December 8, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222788/rat-pancreatic-beta-cell-culture
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Myrian Velasco, Carlos Larqué, Carlos Manlio Díaz-García, Carmen Sanchez-Soto, Marcia Hiriart
In this chapter, we describe the methods used to culture mainly rat pancreatic beta cells. We consider necessary to use this approach to get more information about physiological, biophysical, and molecular biology characteristics of primary beta cells. Most of the literature published has been developed in murine and human beta-cell lines. However, there are many differences between tumoral cell lines and native cells because, in contrast to cell lines, primary cells do not divide. Moreover, cell lines can be in various stages of the cell cycle and thus have a different sensitivity to glucose, compared to primary cells...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222667/drug-burden-and-its-association-with-falls-among-older-adults-in-new-zealand-a-national-population-cross-sectional-study
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Hamish A Jamieson, Prasad S Nishtala, Richard Scrase, Joanne M Deely, Rebecca Abey-Nesbit, Martin J Connolly, Sarah N Hilmer, Darrell R Abernethy, Philip J Schluter
BACKGROUND: Adverse outcomes associated with advanced diseases are often exacerbated by polypharmacy. OBJECTIVES: The current study investigated an association between exposure to anticholinergic and sedative medicines and falls in community-dwelling older people, after controlling for potential confounders. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study of a continuously recruited national cohort of community-dwelling New Zealanders aged 65 years and over...
December 8, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222619/improvement-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-after-a-tailored-behavioural-sleep%C3%A2-medicine-intervention-targeting-healthy-eating-and-physical-activity-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Helena Igelström, Pernilla Åsenlöf, Margareta Emtner, Eva Lindberg
PURPOSE: The aim of the present single-centre randomised controlled trial was to assess the effect of a behavioural sleep medicine (BSM) intervention on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity in patients who have been referred for new treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). METHODS: After baseline assessment including ventilatory and anthropometric parameters, and physical activity monitoring, 86 patients who were overweight (BMI ≥ 25) and had moderate-severe OSA with apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) ≥ 15 were randomised into a control group (CG; CPAP and advice about weight loss) or an experimental group (ExpG; CPAP and BSM intervention targeting physical activity and eating behaviour)...
December 8, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222305/biology-of-cns-lymphoma-and-the-potential-of-novel-agents
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REVIEW
James L Rubenstein
Primary and secondary CNS lymphomas are aggressive brain tumors that pose an immense challenge to define in terms of molecular pathogenesis, as well as to effectively treat. During the past 10 years improvements in survival have been achieved with the implementation of anti-CD20 immunotherapy and optimization of dose-intensive consolidation strategies. The applications of whole-exome sequencing, comparative genomic hybridization, transcriptional profiling, and examination of the tumor microenvironment, particularly in the context of clinical investigation, provide insights that create a roadmap for the development and implementation of novel targeted agents for this disease...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222026/transcriptome-analysis-provides-insights-into-the-immune-responsive-pathways-and-genes-in-the-head-kidney-of-tiger-grouper-epinephelus-fuscoguttatus-fed-with-spatholobus-suberectus-phellodendron-amurense-or-eclipta-prostrata
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Yan Cai, Shifeng Wang, Weiliang Guo, Zhenyu Xie, Yu Zheng, Zhenjie Cao, Yongcan Zhou
The tiger grouper, Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, is an economically important fish in Southeast Asia but has been plagued by several diseases. Spatholobus suberectus (S), Phellodendron amurense (P), and Eclipta prostrate (E) are three commonly used Chinese medicinal herbs. Although previous pharmacological and clinical studies indicated that S, P, and E possess a variety of beneficial functions in mammals, little is known about their functions in farmed fish and the underlying molecular mechanism of their actions...
December 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221525/peer-reviewed-veterinary-journals-from-arabic-speaking-countries-a-systematic-review
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Kristen M Robertson, Jacquelyn E Bowser, Joshua Bernstein, Basil H Aboul-Enein
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of diseases of foodborne and zoonotic origin in Arabic-speaking countries highlights the importance of collaboration between human and animal health professionals. However, accessibility of research and evidence-based practices in these countries is not well characterized. This brief report determines the availability of professional veterinary journals within the Arabic-speaking region. METHODS: An electronic search using 6 databases assessed for publication period, activity status, and available languages incorporated all aspects of veterinary medicine and specialties...
May 2017: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220861/do-we-need-plant-food-supplements-a-critical-examination-of-quality-safety-efficacy-and-necessity-for-a-new-regulatory-framework
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Mona Abdel-Tawab
Given the expanding market of plant food supplements (PFSs) not undergoing any pre-marketing authorization, the overall quality, safety and efficacy of PFSs were subjected to a critical examination. Although many high-quality PFSs exist on the legal market, quality concerns are in general justified. Besides economic adulteration, active ingredients dramatically differing from label claims and among products were reported in several studies. In addition, PFSs sold via the Internet may be intentionally adulterated with undeclared prescription drugs...
December 8, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220052/hypoglycemic-and-hypolipidemic-effects-of-anthocyanins-extract-from-black-soybean-seed-coat-in-high-fat-diet-and-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-mice
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Zhongqin Chen, Cong Wang, Yuxiang Pan, Xudong Gao, Haixia Chen
Black soybean seed coat extract (BSSCE) is a rich source of anthocyanins with multiple health effects. This study was aimed at investigating the composition and hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of BSSCE in vitro and in a high-fat diet and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice. The anthocyanins of BSSCE were identified as cyanidin-3-O-glucoside, delphinidin-3-O-glucoside, and peonidin-3-O-glucoside by HPLC-MS. Results demonstrated that BSSCE exhibited strong inhibitory activities for α-amylase, potent inhibition activity against lipid accumulation in HepG2 cells and protection effect on H2O2-induced oxidative stress-damaged HepG2 cells...
December 8, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219876/effectiveness-of-patient-centered-interventions-on-falls-in-the-acute-care-setting-compared-to-usual-care-a-systematic-review
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Donna Avanecean, Dawn Calliste, Teresita Contreras, Yeogyeong Lim, Aileen Fitzpatrick
BACKGROUND: Unintentional falls during hospitalization remain a concern for healthcare institutions globally despite implementation of various improvement strategies. Although the incidence of falls has been of heightened focus for many years and numerous studies have been done evaluating different approaches for fall prevention, fall rates remain high in acute care settings. Patient fall risk scales tend to address only particular intrinsic and extrinsic factors but do not adequately assess a patient's current fall risk status, subsequently warranting more patient-centered risk assessments and interventions...
December 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219263/-comparison-of-measurement-methods-of-exophthalmos-and-its-forensic-significance
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S L Tan, J M Chen, X Y Yu, M W Wang, P P Zhuo, S Zhou, W T Xia
OBJECTIVES: To compare the differences between Hertel exophthalmometry and CT on exophthalmos measurement, and explore its practical application value in forensic medicine. METHODS: Fifty-six normal individuals without eye injuries or diseases were selected as the control group. The absolute values of exophthalmos were measured in the standardized CT image workstation. The difference of binocular exophthalmos was compared in normal group. Forty-seven cases with unilateral orbital fracture were divided into injured eye group and normal eye group according to the presence of binocular orbital fractures...
August 2017: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219098/analyzing-implementation-dynamics-using-theory-driven-evaluation-principles-lessons-learnt-from-a-south-african-centralized-chronic-dispensing-model
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Bvudzai Priscilla Magadzire, Bruno Marchal, Tania Mathys, Richard O Laing, Kim Ward
BACKGROUND: Centralized dispensing of essential medicines is one of South Africa's strategies to address the shortage of pharmacists, reduce patients' waiting times and reduce over-crowding at public sector healthcare facilities. This article reports findings of an evaluation of the Chronic Dispensing Unit (CDU) in one province. The objectives of this process evaluation were to: (1) compare what was planned versus the actual implementation and (2) establish the causal elements and contextual factors influencing implementation...
December 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218937/-standard-decoction-of-leonuri-herba
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Zhe Deng, Fan Zhang, Jun Zhang, Qing Zhang, Meng-Jiao Jiao, Guo-Yuan Zhang, Jin-Tang Cheng, An Liu, Yue-Sheng Wang
To build an evaluation standard for quality of Leonuri Herba standard decoction. 13 batches of Leonuri Herba standard decoction with different quality were prepared. The contents of leonurine hydrochloride and stachydrine hydrochloride were determined; then the transfer rate and the extract rate were calculated and pH value was measured; and HPLC fingerprint method was established for analysis. The results of 13 batches of samples revealed that the transfer rate of leonurine hydrochloride and stachydrine hydrochloride was 30...
September 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218936/-comparative-study-on-acute-toxicity-of-different-active-ingredient-fractions-from-kansui-stir-baked-with-vinegar-on-zebrafish-embryos
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Jian-Wei Lou, Liang-Liang Cao, Qiao Zhang, Li Zhang, An-Wei Ding
The 24 h normal developing zebrafish embryos were used to evaluate the acute toxicity and the compounds of respective fractions were analyzed by UFLC-Q-TOF-MS simultaneously. Nine concentration groups with respective concentration and a blank control group were designed for each fraction to investigate their effect on survival rates of zebrafish embryos 96 h after drug administration, and calculate the median lethal concentration (LC₅₀) of different fractions to zebrafish embryos. The results showed that all of the fractions had acute toxicity to zebrafish embryos except VEKD, and the order was as follows: VEKB, VEKC, VEKA and VEKD...
September 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218934/-quantative-analysis-of-eupatilin-and-jaceosidin-in-folium-of-artemisia-argyi-from-different-areas-in-china-by-rp-hplc-based-on-ancient-medicine-books
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Xian-Zhang Huang, Li-Ping Kang, Li Gao, Yuan Zhang, Lan-Ping Guo, Lu-Qi Huang
In order to evaluate the quality of Artemisia argyi from Qichun, Ningbo, Anguo and Nanyang, the contents of eupatilin and jaceosidin were determined by RP-HPLC. The determination was performed on Agilent Eclipse XDB-C₁₈ (4.6 mm×250 mm, 5 μm) with mobile phase consisted of acetonitrile-0.2% phosphoric acid(35∶65) at the flow rate 1.0 mL•min ⁻¹. The detection wavelength was 350 nm and the column temperature was 25 ℃. The results showed that the amount of eupatilin and jaceosidin had a clear linear relationship in the range of 0...
September 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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