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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918587/genome-wide-association-studies-of-albuminuria-towards-genetic-stratification-in-diabetes
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REVIEW
Cristian Pattaro
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been very successful in unraveling the polygenic structure of several complex diseases and traits. In the case of albuminuria, despite the large sample size achieved by some studies, results look sparse with a limited number of loci reported so far. This review searched for GWAS studies of albumin excretion, albuminuria, and proteinuria. The resulting picture sets elements of uniqueness for albuminuria GWAS with respect to other complex traits. So far, very few loci associated with albuminuria have been validated by means of genome-wide significant evidence or formal replication...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918542/current-chemotherapeutic-regimens-for-brain-metastases-treatment
#2
Joo Yeon Nam, Barbara J O'Brien
Brain metastasis is a common complication in advanced systemic cancer, with an increasing incidence. The diagnosis of brain metastasis historically portended a dismal prognosis. The successful development of effective treatments for patients with brain metastasis is complicated by the differences among cancer subtypes, the limited understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of BM, the impact of the blood-brain barrier, and other factors. There is now renewed interest in treating this often devastating complication of cancer, and in understanding the underlying mechanisms of disease in this "sanctuary" site...
September 16, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918515/oligodendrocyte-neuron-interactions-impact-on-myelination-and-brain-function
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Takeshi Shimizu, Yasuyuki Osanai, Kazuhiro Ikenaka
In the past, glial cells were considered to be 'glue' cells whose primary role was thought to be merely filling gaps in neural circuits. However, a growing number of reports have indicated the role of glial cells in higher brain function through their interaction with neurons. Myelin was originally thought to be just a sheath structure surrounding neuronal axons, but recently it has been shown that myelin exerts effects on the conduction velocity of neuronal axons even after myelin formation. Therefore, the investigation of glial cell properties and the neuron-glial interactions is important for understanding higher brain function...
September 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918511/the-role-of-major-virulence-factors-of-aiec-involved-in-inflammatory-bowl-disease-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Yuqian Yang, Yuexia Liao, Yan Ma, Weijuan Gong, Guoqiang Zhu
Adherent-invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC) has recently attracted more attention because it is closely related to the pathogenicity of human inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). AIEC possesses a multitude of virulence factors. Considering these virulence factors belonging to various virulence groups, including adhesins, invasins, toxins, protectins, and siderophore-mediated iron acquisition, this review summarizes the current knowledge of how the major virulence factors assisting in AIEC survive in, adhere to, and invade host cells...
September 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918484/drug-herb-interactions-in-the-elderly-patient-with-ibd-a-growing-concern
#5
REVIEW
Haider Rahman, Marina Kim, Galen Leung, Jesse A Green, Seymour Katz
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is becoming more prevalent with the elderly being the fastest growing group. Parallel to this, there is an increasing interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Nearly half of patients with IBD have used CAM at one time. The elderly patients, however, are burdened by comorbid conditions, polypharmacy, and altered functional status. With increasing use of complementary and alternative medicine in our elderly patients with IBD, it is vital for the provider to provide counsel on drug-herb potential interactions...
September 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918442/the-role-of-periostin-in-lung-fibrosis-and-airway-remodeling
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REVIEW
David N O'Dwyer, Bethany B Moore
Periostin is a protein that plays a key role in development and repair within the biological matrix of the lung. As a matricellular protein that does not contribute to extracellular matrix structure, periostin interacts with other extracellular matrix proteins to regulate the composition of the matrix in the lung and other organs. In this review, we discuss the studies exploring the role of periostin to date in chronic respiratory diseases, namely asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Asthma is a major health problem globally affecting millions of people worldwide with significant associated morbidity and mortality...
September 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918428/modification-of-cardiovascular-pharmacotherapy-in-palliative-care-patients-with-cancer-narrative-review
#7
Tomasz Pasierski
Palliative care cancer patients are treated with many drugs especially at the end of life. Limiting of polypharmacy a decreases the risk of associated adverse effects, medical errors and harmful drug interactions The time lag to benefit of many medications used for cardiovascular diseases or risk factors like hypertension, hypercholesterolemia is frequently longer than palliative care cancer patient's life expectancy. It is ethically appropriate to modify, even to discontinue cardiovascular pharmacotherapy when there is no prospect of benefit...
September 13, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918422/the-modern-art-of-reading-computed-tomography-images-of-the-lungs-quantitative-ct
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Felix J F Herth, Miranda Kirby, Jered Sieren, Jonas Herth, Joshua Schirm, Susan Wood, Maren Schuhmann
Lung diseases are increasing in prevalence and overall burden worldwide. To stem the tide, more and more national and international guidelines are recommending the use of various diagnostic algorithms that are disease specific. There is growing consensus among the respiratory community that although patient histories and lung function testing are the minimum required for clinical examinations, these tests alone are not sufficient for disease characterization. Therefore, the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging is increasing used in clinical decision making for lung diseases...
September 16, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918389/glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-for-the-management-of-obesity-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-novel-therapeutic-option
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REVIEW
Gauri Dhir, Kenneth Cusi
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and is associated with a cluster of metabolic factors that lead to poor cardiovascular outcomes. In non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), liver fat (triglyceride) accumulation closely mirrors adipose tissue dysfunction and insulin resistance in obesity and T2DM. It is now recognized as the most common chronic liver disease in Westernized societies, often progressing to more severe forms of the disease such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), or cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918384/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-effectiveness-of-preoperative-embolization-in-surgery-for-metastatic-spine-disease
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Panya Luksanapruksa, Jacob M Buchowski, Sasima Tongsai, Weerasak Singhatanadgige, Jack W Jennings
BACKGROUND: Preoperative embolization (PE) may decrease intraoperative blood loss (IBL) in decompressive surgery of hypervascular spinal metastases. However, no consensus has been found in other metastases and no meta-analysis which reviewed the benefit of PE in spinal metastases has been conducted. OBJECTIVE: To assess IBL in spinal metastases surgery in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) and cohort studies comparing PE and a control group of non-embolized patients...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918383/liver-transplantation-in-children-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Rohit Kohli, Miriam Cortes, N D Heaton, Anil Dhawan
In this review, we provide a state of the art of liver transplantation in children, as the procedure is now carried out for more than 30 years and most of our paediatric colleagues are managing these patients jointly with liver transplant centres. Our goal for this article is to enhance the understanding of the liver transplant process that a child and his family goes through while explaining the surgical advances and the associated complications that could happen in the immediate or long-term follow-up. We have deliberately introduced the theme that 'liver transplant is a disease' and 'not a cure', to emphasise the need for adherence with immunosuppression, a healthy lifestyle and lifelong medical follow-up...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918360/do-bacteria-shape-our-development-crosstalk-between-intestinal-microbiota-and-hpa-axis
#12
REVIEW
Carolina de Weerth
The human body contains as many bacteria in the intestine as the total number of human body cells. These bacteria have a central position in human health and disease, and would also play a role in the regulation of emotions, behavior, and even higher cognitive functions. The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis (HPA axis) is a major physiological stress system that produces cortisol. This hormone is involved in responding to environmental stress and also shapes many aspects of brain development. Both the HPA axis and the intestinal microbiota show rapid and profound developmental changes during the first years of life...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918345/meta-analysis-on-the-impact-of-the-acute-care-surgery-model-of-disease-specific-and-patient-outcomes-in-appendicitis-and-biliary-disease
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Patrick B Murphy, Kristin DeGirolamo, Theunis Jean Van Zyl, Laura Allen, Elliott Haut, W Robert Leeper, Ken Leslie, Neil Parry, Morad Hameed, Kelly N Vogt
BACKGROUND: The acute care surgery (ACS) model was developed to acknowledge the complexity of a traditionally fractured emergency general surgery patient population; however there are variations in the design of ACS service models. This meta-analysis analyzes the impact of implementation of different ACS models on the outcomes for appendicitis and biliary disease. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic, English-language search of major databases was conducted. From 1,827 papers, 2 independent reviewers identified 25 studies that reported on outcomes for patients with appendicitis (13) biliary disease (7) or both (5) before and after implementation of an ACS service...
September 13, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918306/smoking-and-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation
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EDITORIAL
Ichiro Watanabe
Ahmed et al. showed that atrial fibrillation (AF) was identified in 9.5% in smokers vs 7.8% in non-smokers (p<0.001) and smoking was associated with a 15% increased risk of AF during 10 years follow up in 11,047 participants. However, heterogeneities in the association were observed among subgroups; the association was stronger in young compared to older participants and in those with prior cardiovascular disease compared to without cardiovascular disease, also the association was significant in blacks but not in whites [1]...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918243/homeostatic-systems-biocybernetics-and-autonomic-neuroscience
#15
REVIEW
David S Goldstein, Irwin J Kopin
In this review we describe a series of major concepts introduced during the past 150years that have contributed to our current understanding about how physiological processes required for well-being and survival are regulated. One can theorize that hierarchical networks involving input-output relationships continuously orchestrate and learn adaptive patterns of observable behaviors, cognition, memory, mood, and autonomic systems. Taken together, these networks function as "good regulators" determining levels of internal variables and act as if there were homeostatic comparators ("homeostats")...
September 5, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918230/biosensing-methods-for-determination-of-triglycerides-a-review
#16
REVIEW
C S Pundir, Vinay Narwal
Triglycerides (TGs) are the major transporters of dietary fats throughout the bloodstream. Besides transporting fat, TGs also act as stored fat in adipose tissue, which is utilized during insufficient carbohydrates supply. TG level is below 150mg/dL in healthy persons. Elevated TGs level in blood over 500mg/dL is a biomarker for cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer disease, pancreatitis and diabetes. Numerous methods are accessible for recognition of TGs, among them, most are cumbersome, time-consuming, require sample pre-treatment, high cost instrumental set-up and experienced personnel to operate...
September 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918199/psychosocial-barriers-to-healthcare-use-among-individuals-with-diabetes-mellitus-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Andrea Paduch, Silke Kuske, Tim Schiereck, Sigrid Droste, Adrian Loerbroks, Monica Sørensen, Marina Maggini, Andrea Icks
PURPOSE: To conduct a systematic review regarding psychosocial barriers to healthcare use in individuals with diabetes mellitus, using a well-established model of health-service use as a theoretical framework. METHODS: We used database-specific controlled vocabularies and additional free text terms, and conducted searches via MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Web of Science, OVID Journals. Included studies were rated according to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) criteria...
September 13, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918173/edited-course-of-biomedical-research-leaping-forward-with-crispr
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REVIEW
Patrick J Collins, Christopher M Hale, Han Xu
Within the short few years since the report of its application in precise genome editing, CRISPR technology has become the method of choice to modify and modulate gene expression in biomedical research and therapeutic development. Subsequently, a variety of research, diagnostic, and therapeutic tools have been developed based upon CRISPR's mechanism of action. Such tools have helped to deepen the understanding of fundamental biology and broaden the horizon in the search for treatments for diseases that have been considered hard or impossible to cure...
September 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918172/melatonin-and-periodontal-tissues-molecular-and-clinical-perspectives
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REVIEW
Agata Rita Carpentieri, María Elena Peralta Lopez, Javier Aguilar, Verónica Mariana Solá
Periodontal disease is a frequent chronic inflammatory pathology that implies the destruction of the tissues supporting the teeth, which represents a high sanitary cost. It usually appears associated with other systemic conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression and Alzheimer disease among others. The presence of melatonin and its receptors in the oral cavity supports the hypothesis that this hormone could play a role in homeostasis of periodontal tissues. In the present review we will discuss the potential role of melatonin, a circadian synchronizing hormone, with proved antiinflammatory and antioxidant profile, in the pathogenesis and treatment of periodontitis...
September 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918116/atherosclerotic-disease-and-its-relationship-to-lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease-facet-arthritis-and-stenosis-with-computed-tomography-angiography
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William J Beckworth, John F Holbrook, Lisa G Foster, Laura A Ward, James R Welle
BACKGROUND: The intervertebral disc is the largest avascular structure in the body. It relies on passive diffusion from arteries at the periphery of the disc for nutrition. Prior studies have suggested a correlation between vascular disease and lumbar degenerative disc disease (DDD) but the association with facet arthritis and stenosis has not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the degree of lumbar artery stenosis, aortic atherosclerosis on computed tomography angiography (CTAs) and its relationship to lumbar DDD, facet arthritis and spinal canal stenosis...
September 13, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
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