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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806491/the-association-between-dysregulated-adipocytokines-in-early-pregnancy-and-development-of-gestational-diabetes
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Sally K Abell, Soulmaz Shorakae, Cheryce L Harrison, Danielle Hiam, Alba Moreno-Asso, Nigel K Stepto, Barbora De Courten, Helena J Teede
BACKGROUND: To investigate the association of adipocytokines and other inflammatory markers with development of GDM. METHODS: Serum adipocytokines and inflammatory markers were studied at 12-15 weeks gestation using biobanked control samples from a randomised trial. Study participants were identified as high risk for GDM using a validated clinical risk prediction tool. Markers were tested using commercial ELISA kits for high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin, interleukin-6 (IL-6), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, visfatin, omentin-1, sex-hormone binding globulin, monocyte chemoattractant protein and asymmetrical dimethylarginine...
August 14, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805588/weight-in-parkinson-s-disease-phenotypical-significance
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Jagdish C Sharma, Anna Lewis
Body weight in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a significant nonmotor feature. Weight homeostasis is a complex physiological process and gets deranged in PD patients leading to changes in weight. While both the low and high body weight have been reported as risk factors for PD, the majority of PD patients have a lower weight and a subset of patients lose weight during the course of the disease, while a small proportion gain weight. A number of clinical parameters such as older age, impaired cognition, severity of disease, and an imbalance of food intake determined by satiety and hunger hormones have been reported to be associated with but not the cause of weight change...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805571/palliative-care-and-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-parkinsonism
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Nataliya Titova, K Ray Chaudhuri
The term palliative care (PC) is defined as a collection of interventions and strategies that helps to improve and sustain the quality of life of patients and caregivers in situations and scenarios associated with life-threatening illness. This is usually implemented by means of early identification and treatment of relevant motor and nonmotor issues such as pain, sleep, and autonomic dysfunction, dementia, and depression. In addition, a holistic PC program also includes delivery of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805570/swallowing-dysfunctions-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Janine A Simons
Dysphagia is a very frequent and highly relevant symptom in Parkinson's disease (PD) for quality of life, morbidity, and remaining lifetime, which is unfortunately widely underdiagnosed and underestimated regarding patients' centered care. Especially in early stages, the causal association between disease and swallowing disabilities remains unnoticed, which may be accounted for by the inability of caregivers and physicians to detect subtle swallowing problems and by the low self-awareness among PD patients...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804643/local-staging-of-sigmoid-colon-cancer-using-mri
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Claus Dam, Jan Lindebjerg, Anders Jakobsen, Lars Henrik Jensen, Hans Rahr, Søren Rafael Rafaelsen
BACKGROUND: An accurate radiological staging of colon cancer is crucial to select patients who may benefit from neoadjuvant chemotherapy. PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in identifying locally advanced sigmoid colon cancer, poor prognostic factors, and the inter-observer variation of the tumor apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using 1...
July 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802932/anosmia-and-ageusia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Arjun Tarakad, Joseph Jankovic
Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, is a common nonmotor feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Ageusia, the loss of sense of taste, is additionally an underappreciated nonmotor feature of PD. The olfactory tract is involved early in PD as indicated by frequent occurrence of hyposmia or anosmia years or decades before motor symptoms and by autopsy studies showing early synuclein pathology in the olfactory tract and anterior olfactory nucleus even in the early stages of PD. Testing for olfaction consists of evaluation of olfactory thresholds, smell identification and discrimination, and olfactory memory...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802365/exploring-reasons-for-late-identification-of-children-with-early-onset-hearing-loss
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Elizabeth M Fitzpatrick, Johnny Cesconetto Dos Santos, Viviane Grandpierre, JoAnne Whittingham
INTRODUCTION: Several studies have shown that early identification of childhood hearing loss leads to better language outcomes. However, delays in the confirmation of hearing loss persist even in the presence of well-established universal newborn hearing screening programs (UNHS). The objective of this population-based study was to document the proportion of children who experienced delayed confirmation of congenital and early onset hearing loss in a UNHS program in one region of Canada...
September 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802139/analysis-of-neurobehavioural-data-by-chemometric-methods-in-ecotoxicological-studies
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Cristian Gómez-Canela, Eva Prats, Romà Tauler, Demetrio Raldúa
Incorporation of chemometric tools in behavioural data management workflows allows for the early identification of most relevant endpoints complementarily to statistical confirmatory approaches. In this work, the effects of two model neurotoxicants, chlorpyrifos (CPF) and nicotine, exposures on behavioural profiles of adult zebrafish at three different times (2, 6 and 24h) were evaluated using open field test (OFT) paradigm experiments. Two chemometric methods like Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Analysis of Variance-Simultaneous Component Analysis (ASCA) have been used to interpret the changes observed in the obtained behavioural data...
August 9, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802012/the-inhibitory-effect-of-5-7-dmf-on-pancreatic-sphere-forming-cell-function-mediated-by-foxm1-gene-expression
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Deyu Zeng, Jian Ma, Rongrong Li, Jianfeng Yang, Xianli Yin
Pancreatic cancer is one of the major human malignant tumors severely endangering human health and life with high mortality due to the concealment of early symptoms and lack of effective therapies during advanced stages. The identification of pancreatic cancer stem cell functions has been as important strategy for understanding of pancreatic cancer biology and novel drug and therapy development. In the present study, we successfully isolated the pancreatic sphere-forming cells from pancreatic cancer cell line PANC-1 by sphere-forming method and we found that the sphere-forming ability and the cell migration rate of pancreatic sphere-forming cells were significantly inhibited by 5,7-DMF treatment, which was supported by the corresponding changes of several EMT biomarkers after being treated with 5,7-DMF...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801991/early-autism-symptoms-in-infants-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Nicole M McDonald, Kandice J Varcin, Rujuta Bhatt, Joyce Y Wu, Mustafa Sahin, Charles A Nelson, Shafali S Jeste
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a rare, autosomal dominant genetic syndrome that confers significantly increased risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), with 50-60% of infants with TSC meeting criteria for ASD by 3 years of age. In a previous study of the current longitudinal cohort, we found that infants with TSC who develop ASD (TSC/ASD) evidence decreased cognitive abilities that diverge from infants with TSC and no ASD (TSC/no ASD). We extended this work by asking whether TSC/ASD infants (n = 13) differed from TSC/no ASD infants (n = 10) and infants with low developmental risk and no ASD (LR; n = 21) in their social communication functioning during the first year of life...
August 11, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801917/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-interaction-between-socioeconomic-status-and-parental-history-of-adhd-determines-prevalence
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Andrew S Rowland, Betty J Skipper, David L Rabiner, Fares Qeadan, Richard A Campbell, A Jack Naftel, David M Umbach
BACKGROUND: Many studies have reported a higher prevalence of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among disadvantaged populations, but few have considered how parental history of ADHD might modify that relationship. We evaluated whether the prevalence of ADHD varies by socioeconomic status (SES) and parental history of ADHD in a population-sample of elementary school children age 6-14 years. METHODS: We screened all children in grades 1-5 in 17 schools in one North Carolina (U...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801871/pediatric-delirium-evaluation-management-and-special-considerations
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REVIEW
Nasuh Malas, Khyati Brahmbhatt, Cristin McDermott, Allanceson Smith, Roberto Ortiz-Aguayo, Susan Turkel
Delirium describes a syndrome of acute brain dysfunction with severe consequences on patient outcomes, medical cost, morbidity, and mortality. It represents a final common pathway of numerous pathophysiologic disturbances disrupting cerebral homeostasis. The diagnosis is predicated on recognition of the clinical features of the syndrome through ongoing clinical assessment. Early identification can be aided by routine screening, particularly in high-risk populations. Evaluation and management are continuous and simultaneous processes involving a multidisciplinary care team including child psychiatry consultation...
August 12, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801124/changing-our-approach-to-stage-d-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Miriam Becnel, Hector O Ventura, Selim R Krim
Despite the tremendous progress made in the management of heart failure (HF), many patients reach advanced stages. This paper aims to present a practical approach to the stage D HF patient who is no longer responding to optimal medical therapy. We discuss all available therapies for this patient population. We also offer some important caveats with regard to identification, risk stratification, evaluation and treatment including early patient referral to a center with an advanced HF program. Given the changing landscape of heart transplantation and an impending change in the allocation system, we also intend to engage a discussion on the need for a paradigm shift towards left ventricular assist device therapy in this population...
August 8, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801004/the-palliative-care-journey-in-kenya-and-uganda
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Emmanuel S Kamonyo
Palliative care is "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. This update is aimed at examining palliative care development/achievements and challenges in Kenya and Uganda and the role of various actors in palliative care establishment in the region...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800650/peptide-nucleic-acid-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-for-detection-of-staphylococci-from-endophthalmitis-isolates-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Nimesh Patel, Darlene Miller, Nidhi Relhan, Harry W Flynn
Purpose: Rapid identification of pathogens causing endophthalmitis may improve treatment outcomes through early administration of species-specific medication. The current study reports a new molecular application of peptide nucleic acid-fluorescence in situ hybridization (PNA-FISH) with Staphylococcus-specific molecular PNA probes for the potential rapid detection of common pathogens causing endophthalmitis. Methods: An experimental study was designed to evaluate the proof of concept at the microbiology laboratory of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800276/enhancing-informed-consent-for-physician-aid-in-dying-potential-role-of-handout-on-possible-benefits-of-palliative-care
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Harry Peled, Kathleen E Bickel, Christina Puchalski
In the United States, physician aid in dying (PAD) is now legal in several states. However, neither a requirement for a palliative care (PC) consultation nor a defined education in PC exists for physicians participating in PAD or patients requesting assistance. Patients with advanced chronic and serious illness often experience complex physical, psychosocial, and spiritual distress. PC focuses on relieving this distress and improving patient quality of life through early identification and intervention in all domains of suffering, including physical, psychological, social, and spiritual...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800104/chemometric-analysis-of-lavender-essential-oils-using-targeted-and-untargeted-gc-ms-acquired-data-for-the-rapid-identification-and-characterization-of-oil-quality
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David J Beale, Paul D Morrison, Avinash V Karpe, Michael S Dunn
Standard raw material test methods such as the ISO Standard 11024 are focused on the identification of lavender oil and not the actual class/quality of the oil. However, the quality of the oil has a significant effect on its price at market. As such, there is a need for raw material tests to identify not only the type of oil but its quality. This paper describes two approaches to rapidly identifying and classifying lavender oil. First, the ISO Standard 11024 test method was evaluated in order to determine its suitability to assess lavender oil quality but due to its targeted and simplistic approach, it has the potential to miss classify oil quality...
August 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800040/effect-of-continuous-positive-airway-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-high-urinary-metanephrines
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Luisa Gilardini, Carolina Lombardi, Gabriella Redaelli, Paola Mattaliano, Paolo Fanari, Mauro Cornacchia, Massimo Scacchi, Stefania Mai, Patrizia Ferronato, Gianfranco Parati, Cecilia Invitti
OBJECTIVE: Some cases of pseudopheochromocytoma have been described among hypertensive patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study examined whether a pathological rise of urinary metanephrines is a common feature in hypertensive OSA patients and, in such a case, whether the ventilation treatment during sleep (continuous or biphasic positive airway pressure) may normalize high metanephrines levels. METHODS: Patients with endocrine diseases, drug abuse, therapy with TCA and cardiovascular events in the previous 6 months were excluded...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800033/predictors-of-early-discontinuation-of-interferon-free-direct-antiviral-agents-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-and-advanced-liver-fibrosis-results-of-a-real-life-cohort
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Noelle Miotto, Leandro C Mendes, Letícia P Zanaga, Eduardo S L Goncales, Maria S K Lazarini, Marcelo N Pedro, Fernando L Gonçales, Raquel S B Stucchi, Aline G Vigani
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine risk factors for premature treatment discontinuation among patients with hepatitis C and advanced fibrosis with advanced fibrosis treated with interferon (IFN)-free direct antiviral agents (DAA)-based therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included all patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and advanced liver fibrosis in whom treatment was initiated with IFN-free DAA therapy at a university hospital from December 2015 through June 2016...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799854/proteomic-studies-in-the-discovery-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
Peggy Barschke, Patrick Oeckl, Petra Steinacker, Albert Ludolph, Markus Otto
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive degenerative motor neuron disease, which usually leads to death within a few years. The diagnosis is mainly based on clinical symptoms and there is a need for ALS-specific biomarkers to make an early and precise diagnosis, for development of disease-modifying drugs and to gain new insights into pathophysiology. Areas covered: In the present review, we summarize studies using mass spectrometric (MS) approaches to identify protein alterations in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of ALS patients...
August 14, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
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