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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155984/cysteine-rich-angiogenic-inducer-61-cyr61-a-novel-soluble-biomarker-of-acute-myocardial-injury-improves-risk-stratification-after-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Roland Klingenberg, Soheila Aghlmandi, Christoph Liebetrau, Lorenz Räber, Baris Gencer, David Nanchen, David Carballo, Alexander Akhmedov, Fabrizio Montecucco, Stefan Zoller, Chad Brokopp, Dik Heg, Peter Jüni, Helena Marti Soler, Pedro-Manuel Marques-Vidal, Peter Vollenweider, Oliver Dörr, Nicolas Rodondi, François Mach, Stephan Windecker, Ulf Landmesser, Arnold von Eckardstein, Christian W Hamm, Christian M Matter, Thomas F Lüscher
Aims: We aimed to identify a novel biomarker involved in the early events leading to an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and evaluate its role in diagnosis and risk stratification. Methods and results: Biomarker identification was based on gene expression profiling. In coronary thrombi of ACS patients, cysteine-rich angiogenic inducer 61 (Cyr61, CCN1) gene transcripts were highly up-regulated compared with peripheral mononuclear cells. In a murine ischaemia-reperfusion model (I/R), myocardial Cyr61 expression was markedly increased compared with the controls...
November 16, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155815/allopurinol-attenuates-acute-kidney-injury-following-bothrops-jararaca-envenomation
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Pedro Henrique França Gois, Monique Silva Martines, Daniela Ferreira, Rildo Volpini, Daniele Canale, Ceila Malaque, Renato Crajoinas, Adriana Castello Costa Girardi, Maria Heloisa Massola Shimizu, Antonio Carlos Seguro
Snakebites have been recognized as a neglected public health problem in several tropical and subtropical countries. Bothrops snakebites frequently complicate with acute kidney injury (AKI) with relevant morbidity and mortality. To date, the only treatment available for Bothrops envenomation is the intravenous administration of antivenom despite its several limitations. Therefore, the study of novel therapies in Bothrops envenomation is compelling. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effect of Allopurinol (Allo) in an experimental model of Bothrops jararaca venom (BJ)-associated AKI...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155671/capacity-development-through-the-us-president-s-malaria-initiative-supported-antimalarial-resistance-monitoring-in-africa-network
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Eric S Halsey, Meera Venkatesan, Mateusz M Plucinski, Eldin Talundzic, Naomi W Lucchi, Zhiyong Zhou, Celine I Mandara, Hawela Moonga, Busiku Hamainza, Abdoul Habib Beavogui, Simon Kariuki, Aaron M Samuels, Laura C Steinhardt, Don P Mathanga, Julie Gutman, Yves Eric Denon, Aline Uwimana, Ashenafi Assefa, Jimee Hwang, Ya Ping Shi, Pedro Rafael Dimbu, Ousmane Koita, Deus S Ishengoma, Daouda Ndiaye, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar
Antimalarial drug resistance is an evolving global health security threat to malaria control. Early detection of Plasmodium falciparum resistance through therapeutic efficacy studies and associated genetic analyses may facilitate timely implementation of intervention strategies. The US President's Malaria Initiative-supported Antimalarial Resistance Monitoring in Africa Network has assisted numerous laboratories in partner countries in acquiring the knowledge and capability to independently monitor for molecular markers of antimalarial drug resistance...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155290/factors-associated-with-attrition-in-a-multicenter-longitudinal-observational-study-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Pedro E Perez-Cruz, Omar Shamieh, Carlos Eduardo Paiva, Jung Hye Kwon, Mary Ann Muckaden, Eduardo Bruera, David Hui
CONTEXT: Attrition is common in longitudinal observational studies in palliative care. Few studies have examined predictors of attrition. OBJECTIVES: To identify patient characteristics at enrollment associated with attrition in palliative oncology outpatient setting. METHODS: In this longitudinal observational study, advanced cancer patients [ACP] enrolled in an outpatient multicenter study were assessed at baseline and 2-5 weeks later. We compared baseline characteristics between patients who returned for follow-up and those who dropped out...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155257/contrasting-the-microbiomes-from-forest-rhizosphere-and-deeper-bulk-soil-from-an-amazon-rainforest-reserve
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Jose Pedro Fonseca, Luisa Hoffmann, Bianca Catarina Azeredo Cabral, Victor Hugo Giordano Dias, Marcio Rodrigues Miranda, Allan Cezar de Azevedo Martins, Clarissa Boschiero, Wanderley Rodrigues Bastos, Rosane Silva
Pristine forest ecosystems provide a unique perspective for the study of plant-associated microbiota since they host a great microbial diversity. Although the Amazon forest is one of the hotspots of biodiversity around the world, few metagenomic studies described its microbial community diversity thus far. Understanding the environmental factors that can cause shifts in microbial profiles is key to improving soil health and biogeochemical cycles. Here we report a taxonomic and functional characterization of the microbiome from the rhizosphere of Brosimum guianense (Snakewood), a native tree, and bulk soil samples from a pristine Brazilian Amazon forest reserve (Cuniã), for the first time by the shotgun approach...
November 15, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154691/optimal-screening-methods-to-detect-cardiac-disorders-in-athletes-an-evidence-based-review
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Zachary K Winkelmann, Ashley K Crossway
Reference/Citation:  Harmon KG, Zigman M, Drezner JA. The effectiveness of screening history, physical exam, and ECG to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders in athletes: a systematic review/meta-analysis. J Electrocardiol. 2015;48(3):329-338. CLINICAL QUESTION:   Which screening method should be considered best practice to detect potentially lethal cardiac disorders during the preparticipation physical examination (PE) of athletes? DATA SOURCES:   The authors completed a comprehensive literature search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), and SPORTDiscus from January 1996 to November 2014...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154427/design-of-a-multicentre-randomized-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-dose-titration-by-specialized-nurses-in-patients-with-heart-failure-etific-study-protocol
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Juana Oyanguren, LLuisa García-Garrido, Magdalena Nebot Margalef, Iñaki Lekuona, Josep Comin-Colet, Nicolás Manito, Julia Roure, Pilar Ruiz Rodriguez, Cristina Enjuanes, Pedro Latorre, Jesús Torcal Laguna, Susana García-Gutiérrez
AIMS: Heart failure (HF) is associated with many hospital admissions and relatively high mortality, rates decreasing with administration of beta-blockers (BBs), angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, and mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists. The effect is dose dependent, suboptimal doses being common in clinical practice. The 2012 European guidelines recommend close monitoring and dose titration by HF nurses. Our main aim is to compare BB doses achieved by patients after 4 months in intervention (HF nurse-managed) and control (cardiologist-managed) groups...
November 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154263/the-effectiveness-of-proprioceptive-and-neuromuscular-training-compared-to-bracing-in-reducing-the-recurrence-rate-of-ankle-sprains-in-athletes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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M Burger, D Dreyer, R L Fisher, D Foot, D H O'connor, M Galante, S Zalgaonkir
BACKGROUND: Ankle sprains are common musculoskeletal injuries in which the ligaments of the ankle partially or completely tear due to sudden stretching. OBJECTIVES: To critically appraise, evaluate and establish the best available evidence to determine the effectiveness of proprioceptive and neuromuscular training (PNT) compared to bracing in reducing the recurrence rate of ankle sprains in athletes. METHODOLOGY: The following seven databases were searched in June 2017: PubMed, Cochrane Library, PEDro, ScienceDirect, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, EBSCO Host: CINAHL...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153618/advantages-of-a-prospective-multidisciplinary-approach-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-eight-years-of-experience
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Cátia Costa, Rui Campante Teles, João Brito, José Pedro Neves, Henrique Mesquita Gabriel, Miguel Abecassis, Regina Ribeiras, João Abecasis, Tiago Nolasco, Maria da Conceição Furstenau, Nélson Vale, António Tralhão, Sérgio Madeira, João Mesquita, Carla Saraiva, Rita Calé, Manuel Almeida, Ana Aleixo, Miguel Mendes
INTRODUCTION: Aortic stenosis is the most prevalent type of valvular disease in Europe. Surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) is the standard therapy, while transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an alternative in patients at unacceptably high surgical risk. Assessment by a heart team is recommended by the guidelines but there is little published evidence on this subject. The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of a multidisciplinary TAVI program that began in 2008...
November 15, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153462/health-related-quality-of-life-and-toxicity-after-single-fraction-19%C3%A2-gy-high-dose-rate-prostate-brachytherapy-phase-ii-trial
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Alfonso Gomez-Iturriaga, Francisco Casquero, Jose Ignacio Pijoan, Pablo Minguez, Jose Maria Espinosa, Ana Irasarri, Andrea Bueso, Jon Cacicedo, David Buchser, Pedro Bilbao
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety, tolerance and impact on health-related-quality-of-life (HRQoL) of the high-dose-rate brachytherapy of 19 Gy (BRT-HDR-19 Gy) single fraction in prostate cancer. METHODS: From January 2014 to July 2016, 43 patients with low/intermediate risk were treated with BRT-HDR-19 Gy. The patients were monitored prospectively for toxicity and HRQoL. RESULTS: The median age, initial PSA and the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) were 71 years (55-78), 7...
November 15, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153346/gravity-tissue-engineering-and-the-missing-link
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Raquel Costa-Almeida, Pedro L Granja, Manuela E Gomes
The influence of microgravity and hypergravity on living systems has attracted significant attention, but the use of these tools in tissue engineering (TE) remains relatively unexplored. This Forum article highlights an emerging field of research to uncover new potential applications at the interface between altered gravity and TE.
November 16, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153045/treatment-of-clubfoot-with-the-modified-copenhagen-method-a-10-year-follow-up
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Elia Utrilla-Rodríguez, Pedro V Munuera-Martínez, Manuel Albornoz-Cabello
BACKGROUND: Clubfoot is one of the most frequent congenital malformations in the world. Non-operative methods follows limiting surgery to a minimum. The modified Copenhagen method has not been studied enough. STUDY DESIGN: longitudinal retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate prognostic factors for clinical rehabilitation with the modified Copenhagen method in a 10-year follow-up period. METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out on a 10-year follow-up of 82 children diagnosed with clubfoot at birth and treated with the modified Copenhagen method...
November 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153043/effectiveness-of-mirror-therapy-motor-imagery-and-virtual-feedback-on-phantom-limb-pain-following-amputation-a-systematic-review
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Laura Herrador Colmenero, Jose Manuel Perez Marmol, Celia Martí-García, María de Los Ángeles Querol Zaldivar, Rosa María Tapia Haro, Adelaida María Castro Sánchez, María Encarnación Aguilar-Ferrándiz
BACKGROUND: Phantom limb pain is reported in 50%-85% of people with amputation. Clinical interventions in treating central pain, such as mirror therapy, motor imagery, or virtual visual feedback, could redound in benefits to amputee patients with phantom limb pain. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the effectiveness of different techniques for treating phantom limb pain in amputee patients. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS: A computerized literature search up to April 2017 was performed using the following databases: PubMed, Scopus, CINAHL, MEDLINE, ProQuest, PEDro, EBSCOhost, and Cochrane Plus...
November 1, 2017: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151060/genetics-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-related-disorders
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REVIEW
Pei-Lan Zhang, Yan Chen, Chen-Hao Zhang, Yu-Xin Wang, Pedro Fernandez-Funez
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex and heterogeneous neurological condition characterised mainly by bradykinesia, resting tremor, rigidity and postural instability, symptoms that together comprise the parkinsonian syndrome. Non-motor symptoms preceding and following clinical onset are also helpful diagnostic markers revealing a widespread and progressive pathology. Many other neurological conditions also include parkinsonism as primary or secondary symptom, confounding their diagnosis and treatment. Although overall disease course and end-stage pathological examination single out these conditions, the significant overlaps suggest that they are part of a continuous disease spectrum...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150413/-the-situation-as-regards-diabetes-mellitus-type-1-in-andalusia-care-data-use-of-advanced-therapies-and-human-resources
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Juan Pedro López Siguero, Olga Pérez González, Ana Lucía Gómez Gila, Isabel Leiva Gea
INTRODUCTION: The representation of Spain in European epidemiological studies on diabetes is limited, with only one centre in the Hvidoere study and another in the SWEET study. No Spanish studies have been published that combine epidemiological data and care resources. The aim of this study was to determine the epidemiological data, care resources, and use of new technologies in all Andalusian hospitals that care for children with Diabetes Mellitus type 1 (DM1) under 14 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An electronic questionnaire of 18 questions was sent to all paediatric endocrinologists who treated children with diabetes in Andalusian hospitals...
November 14, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150242/anterior-inferior-cerebellar-artery-strokes-based-on-variant-vascular-anatomy-of-the-posterior-circulation-clinical-deficits-and-imaging-territories
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Melissa M Chen, Stephen R Chen, Pedro Diaz-Marchan, Donald Schomer, Vinodh A Kumar
We report imaging findings of 3 patients with anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) infarcts who presented with atypical clinical findings of cerebellar strokes. AICA strokes are rare, and diagnosis can be difficult because of the high variability of the posterior circulation vascular anatomy. We describe the embryology and variant anatomy of AICA so that clinicians can understand and recognize the patterns of these infarcts.
November 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149474/interventions-for-old-world-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
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REVIEW
Julio Heras-Mosteiro, Begoña Monge-Maillo, Mariona Pinart, Patricia Lopez Pereira, Emely Garcia-Carrasco, Pedro Campuzano Cuadrado, Ana Royuela, Irene Mendez Roman, Rogelio López-Vélez
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by a parasitic infection, is considered one of the most serious skin diseases in many low- and middle-income countries. Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) is caused by species found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and India. The most commonly prescribed treatments are antimonials, but other drugs have been used with varying success. As OWCL tends to heal spontaneously, it is necessary to justify the use of systemic and topical treatments...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147872/fluidized-bed-hot-melt-granulation-as-a-tool-to-improve-curcuminoid-solubility
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Cristiane C C Teixeira, Elias de Paiva Junior, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas
Curcumin is the main bioactive component of Curcuma longa L. and has recently aroused growing interest from the scientific community. Unfortunately, the medicinal properties attributed to curcuminoids are impaired by their low oral bioavailability or low solubility in aqueous solutions. Many strategies have been studied to improve curcumin solubility; however, the preparation of granules using hydrophilic materials has never been attempted. The aim of this work was to develop curcumin granules by fluidized bed hot-melt granulation using the hydrophilic carrier Gelucire® 50:13...
November 16, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147838/the-reactive-proactive-aggression-questionnaire-measurement-invariance-and-reliability-among-a-school-sample-of-portuguese-youths
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Pedro Pechorro, Lara Ayala-Nunes, Rachel Kahn, Cristina Nunes
Aggression is an important risk factor for various forms of problem behaviors in adolescence, and research has often distinguished between reactive and proactive forms of aggression. The aim of the present study was to compare the psychometric properties (i.e., structural invariance, internal consistency, and criterion validity) of the Reactive-Proactive Aggression Questionnaire (RPQ) between males and females among a mixed-gender school sample of 782 Portuguese youth (M = 15.87 years, SD = 1.72). Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that a two-factor first-order structure obtained the best fit and cross-gender measurement invariance was demonstrated after excluding item 21...
November 17, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147758/a-systematic-review-assessing-non-pharmacological-conservative-treatment-studies-for-people-with-non-inflammatory-multi-joint-pain-clinical-outcomes-and-research-design-considerations
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REVIEW
C Comer, T O Smith, B Drew, R Raja, S R Kingsbury, Philip G Conaghan
To systematically review the evidence to determine the clinical outcomes and the important methodological quality features of interventional studies on adults with non-inflammatory multi-joint pain (MJP). Systematic search of published and unpublished literature using the databases: AMED, CINAHL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, psycINFO, SPORTDiscus, PEDro, OpenGrey, the EU Clinical Trials Register, World Health Organization International Clinical Trial Registry Platform, ClinicalTrials.gov and the ISRCTN registry (search: inception to 19th October 2017)...
November 16, 2017: Rheumatology International
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