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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914087/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biofilm-formation-by-pathogenic-streptococci
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Yashuan Chao, Caroline Bergenfelz, Anders P Håkansson
This manuscript presents novel approaches to grow and evaluate Streptococcal biofilm formation using the human respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) as the main model organism on biological surfaces in vitro and in vivo. Most biofilm models are based on growth on abiotic surfaces, which is relevant for many pathogens whose growth on surfaces or medical devices is a major cause of disease transmission and infections, especially in hospital environments. However, most infections with commensal organisms require biofilm formation on biological surfaces in the host at the site of colonization or infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913785/safety-assessment-of-alumina-and-aluminum-hydroxide-as-used-in-cosmetics
#2
Lillian C Becker, Ivan Boyer, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
This is a safety assessment of alumina and aluminum hydroxide as used in cosmetics. Alumina functions as an abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, bulking agent, and opacifying agent. Aluminum hydroxide functions as a buffering agent, corrosion inhibitor, and pH adjuster. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated the safe use of alumina in several medical devices and aluminum hydroxide in over-the-counter drugs, which included a review of human and animal safety data. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel considered the FDA evaluations as part of the basis for determining the safety of these ingredients as used in cosmetics...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913583/epigenetic-control-of-microsomal-prostaglandin-e-synthase-1-by-hdac-mediated-recruitment-of-p300
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Christian Fork, Andrea E Vasconez, Patrick Janetzko, Carlo Angioni, Yannick Schreiber, Nerea Ferreiros, Gerd Geisslinger, Matthias S Leisegang, Dieter Steinhilber, Ralf P Brandes
: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most widely used medicine to treat pain, fever, inflammation and to inhibit platelet function. Understanding the expression regulation of enzymes of the prostanoid pathway is of great medical relevance. Histone acetylation crucially controls gene expression. We set out to identify the impact of histone deacetylases (HDACs) on the generation of prostanoids and examine the consequences on vascular function. Inhibition of HDACs (HDACi) with the pan HDAC inhibitor SAHA attenuated prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) generation in the murine vasculature and in human vascular smooth muscle cells...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913276/association-of-genetic-polymorphisms-of-angiopoietin-like-4-with-severity-of-posttransplant-proteinuria-in-kidney-allograft-recipients
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Youngil Chang, Tariq Shah, Jaewook Yang, David I Min
BACKGROUND: Proteinuria is a hallmark of glomerular injury, and persistent proteinuria is associated with graft failure in kidney transplant patients. Recently, it is known that the level of circulating angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) is elevated in the patients with human nephrotic syndrome, in which ANGPTL4 is responsible for relieving proteinuria. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine effects of clinical factors and genetic polymorphism of ANGPTL4 on proteinuria after kidney transplantation...
November 29, 2016: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913246/measuring-content-overlap-during-handoff-communication-using-distributional-semantics-an-exploratory-study
#5
Joanna Abraham, Thomas Kannampallil, Vignesh Srinivasan, William Galanter, Gail Tagney, Trevor Cohen
OBJECTIVE: We develop and evaluate a methodological approach to measure the degree and nature of overlap in handoff communication content within and across clinical professions. This extensible, exploratory approach relies on combining techniques from conversational analysis and distributional semantics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We audio-recorded handoff communication of residents and nurses on the General Medicine floor of a large academic hospital (n=120 resident and n=120 nurse handoffs)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913201/early-mortality-and-associated-factors-among-patients-with-stroke-admitted-to-a-large-teaching-hospital-in-tanzania
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Kigocha Okeng'o, Pilly Chillo, William K Gray, Richard W Walker, William Matuja
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of death worldwide and 85.5% of stroke deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries due to stroke. The aim of this study was to investigate correlates and predictors of 30-day mortality in stroke patients in urban Tanzania. METHODS: A prospective 30-day follow-up study was conducted at the Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We recruited all patients with stroke seen at the Emergency Medicine Department and medical wards...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913075/the-photosensitivity-model-is-not-a-model-for-partial-focal-seizures-rebuttal
#7
Roger J Porter
New, more effective and less toxic medications are desperately needed for patients with partial (focal) epilepsy. Many hurdles prevent the appropriate study of promising compounds. One of these hurdles is the gap between Phase I and Phase II-the expensive proof of concept to suggest that human trials in partial seizure patients will be successful. A short-cut, the photoparoxysmal response (PPR) model has recently been used to increase confidence in moving a compound into Phase II and III. This shortcut has substantial limitations...
November 22, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912956/further-comments-on-some-core-arguments-from-a-discussion-about-is-traditional-chinese-medicine-really-relevant
#8
Xiao Ye
A discussion on "Is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) really relevant?" was held in the University College London (UCL) on the afternoon of 31st March, 2015. The author summarized some core viewpoints of the participants and then tried to focus on the opponent's opinions to clear up the arguments by illustrating respects of history, knowledge learning process, evidence based medicine (EBM) and strengths of TCM. This article will propose that the human health is extremely delicate and complicated and that no system of medicine can resolve all the problems of the human body...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912864/clinical-and-epidemiological-aspects-of-scorpionism-in-the-world-a-systematic-review
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Maria S V Santos, Cláudio G L Silva, Basílio Silva Neto, Cícero R P Grangeiro Júnior, Victor H G Lopes, Antônio G Teixeira Júnior, Deryk A Bezerra, João V C P Luna, Josué B Cordeiro, Jucier Gonçalves Júnior, Marcos A P Lima
OBJECTIVE: Scorpion stings are registered worldwide, but the incidence and the features of the envenomations vary depending on the region. The aim of this review was to summarize the epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic data worldwide regarding humans stung by scorpions. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was conducted through the online databases of the Virtual Health Library (VHL), which hosts Medline and the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Informational (LILACS) database...
December 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912780/the-influence-of-cost-per-daly-information-in-health-prioritisation-and-desirable-features-for-a-registry-a-survey-of-health-policy-experts-in-vietnam-india-and-bangladesh
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Yot Teerawattananon, Sripen Tantivess, Inthira Yamabhai, Nattha Tritasavit, Damian G Walker, Joshua T Cohen, Peter J Neumann
BACKGROUND: Economic evaluation has been implemented to inform policy in many areas, including coverage decisions, technology pricing, and the development of clinical practice guidelines. However, there are barriers to evidence-based policy in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that include limited stakeholder awareness, resources and data availability, as well as the lack of capacity to conduct country-specific economic evaluations. This study aims to survey health policy experts' opinions on barriers to use of cost-effectiveness data in these settings and to obtain their advice on how to make a new cost-per-DALY database being developed by Tufts Medical Center more relevant to LMICs...
December 3, 2016: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912162/serotonin-2a-receptor-5-ht2a-gene-promoter-variant-interacts-with-chronic-perceived-stress-to-modulate-resting-parasympathetic-activity-in-humans
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Chuan-Chia Chang, Wen-Hui Fang, Hsin-An Chang, Tieh-Ching Chang, Jia-Fwa Shyu, San-Yuan Huang
Decreased resting vagal (parasympathetic) tone is implicated in the development of stress-related disorders, including anxiety and depression. Chronic stress elevates the expression of serotonin 2A receptors (5-HT2A), while activation of 5-HT2A leads to inhibition of parasympathetic synaptic transmission. The T allele of the promoter variant, rs6311 (C>T), of the 5-HT2A gene has been shown to increase the 5-HT2A expression in vitro and to be associated with anxiety and depressive disorders. We thus hypothesized that the 5-HT2A functional polymorphism may influence resting vagal activity among persons with chronically high levels of perceived stress...
November 16, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910808/magnesium-and-depression
#12
Anna Serefko, Aleksandra Szopa, Ewa Poleszak
Magnesium is one of the most important elements in the human body and is involved in a number of biochemical processes crucial for the proper functioning of the cardiovascular, alimentary, endocrine, and osteoarticular systems. It also plays a vital modulatory role in brain biochemistry, influencing several neurotransmission pathways associated with the development of depression. Personality changes, including apathy, depression, agitation, confusion, anxiety, and delirium are observed when there is a deficiency of this element...
March 1, 2016: Magnesium Research: Official Organ of the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910033/cytogenetic-resources-and-information
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Etienne De Braekeleer, Jean-Loup Huret, Hossain Mossafa, Philippe Dessen
The main databases devoted stricto sensu to cancer cytogenetics are the "Mitelman Database of Chromosome Aberrations and Gene Fusions in Cancer" ( http://cgap.nci.nih.gov/Chromosomes/Mitelman ), the "Atlas of Genetics and Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology" ( http://atlasgeneticsoncology.org ), and COSMIC ( http://cancer.sanger.ac.uk/cosmic ).However, being a complex multistep process, cancer cytogenetics are broadened to "cytogenomics," with complementary resources on: general databases (nucleic acid and protein sequences databases; cartography browsers: GenBank, RefSeq, UCSC, Ensembl, UniProtKB, and Entrez Gene), cancer genomic portals associated with recent international integrated programs, such as TCGA or ICGC, other fusion genes databases, array CGH databases, copy number variation databases, and mutation databases...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909987/orexin-ox2-receptor-antagonists-as-sleep-aids
#14
Laura H Jacobson, Sui Chen, Sanjida Mir, Daniel Hoyer
The discovery of the orexin system represents the single major progress in the sleep field of the last three to four decades. The two orexin peptides and their two receptors play a major role in arousal and sleep/wake cycles. Defects in the orexin system lead to narcolepsy with cataplexy in humans and dogs and can be experimentally reproduced in rodents. At least six orexin receptor antagonists have reached Phase II or Phase III clinical trials in insomnia, five of which are dual orexin receptor antagonists (DORAs) that target both OX1 and OX2 receptors (OX2Rs)...
December 2, 2016: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909857/privacy-autonomy-and-public-policy-french-and-north-american-perspectives
#15
Jennifer Merchant
This article raises the question of whether in both the United States and in France, an individual's autonomy and private decision-making right(s) in matters of health care and access to reproductive technologies can be conciliated with the general interest, and more specifically, the role of the State. Can a full-fledged right to privacy, the ability to exercise one's autonomy, exist alongside the general interest, and depend neither on financial resources like in the United States nor on centralised government decisions or the medical hierarchy like in France? The contrast between these two modern democracies justify the importance of comparing them...
December 2, 2016: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909632/a-framework-for-navigating-institutional-review-board-irb-oversight-in-the-complicated-zone-of-research
#16
Gretchen E Parker
The treatment therapies and technologies currently emerging from the rapidly evolving health care industry must undergo full examination in a clinical setting if they are to be marketed to the public. All elements of clinical studies involving human subjects must undergo thorough IRB review before study activities can commence. Regulations regarding IRB oversight apply to all clinical studies-including retrospective examinations of private medical data and identifiable biological samples. It is not uncommon for researchers to be unsure whether, or on what level, IRB review and oversight are required for a particular project...
October 25, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909140/longterm-work-productivity-costs-due-to-absenteeism-and-permanent-work-disability-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-nationwide-register-study-of-7831-patients
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Janne A Martikainen, Hannu Kautiainen, Vappu Rantalaiho, Kari T Puolakka
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the development and potential disproportional distribution of longterm productivity costs (PC) and their determinants leading to work absenteeism and permanent work disability in working-aged patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A cohort of subjects with early RA was created by identifying the new cases of RA from the national drug reimbursement register that had been granted a special reimbursement for their antirheumatic medications for RA from 2000-2007...
December 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909034/advance-care-planning-in-patients-with-incurable-cancer-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#18
Stephanie Johnson, Josephine Clayton, Phyllis N Butow, William Silvester, Karen Detering, Jane Hall, Belinda E Kiely, Jonathon Cebon, Stephen Clarke, Melanie L Bell, Martin Stockler, Phillip Beale, Martin H N Tattersall
INTRODUCTION: There is limited evidence documenting the effectiveness of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in cancer care. The present randomised trial is designed to evaluate whether the administration of formal ACP improves compliance with patients' end-of-life (EOL) wishes and patient and family satisfaction with care. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A randomised control trial in eight oncology centres across New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, is designed to assess the efficacy of a formal ACP intervention for patients with cancer...
December 1, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908880/an-anti-cd3-anti-cll-1-bispecific-antibody-for-the-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Steven R Leong, Siddharth Sukumaran, Maria Hristopoulos, Klara Totpal, Shannon Stainton, Elizabeth Lu, Alfred Wong, Lucinda Tam, Robert Newman, Brian R Vuillemenot, Diego Ellerman, Chen Gu, Mary Mathieu, Mark S Dennis, Allen Nguyen, Bing Zheng, Crystal Zhang, Genee Lee, Yu-Waye Chu, Rodney A Prell, Kedan Lin, Steven T Laing, Andrew G Polson
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is major unmet medical need. Most patients have poor long-term survival and treatment has not significantly changed in 40 years. Recently, bispecific antibodies that redirect the cytotoxic activity of effector T-cells by binding to CD3, the signaling component of the T-cell receptor, and a tumor target have shown clinical activity. Notably, blinatumomab is approved to treat relapsed/refractory acute lymphoid leukemia. Here we describe the design, discovery, pharmacological activity, pharmacokinetics, and safety of a CD3 T-cell-dependent bispecific (TDB) full-length human IgG1 therapeutic antibody targeting CLL-1 that could potentially be used in humans to treat AML...
December 1, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908833/pilot-evaluation-of-a-method-to-assess-prescribers-information-processing-of-medication-alerts
#20
Alissa L Russ, Brittany L Melton, Joanne K Daggy, Jason J Saleem
BACKGROUND: Prescribers commonly receive alerts during medication ordering. Prescribers work in a complex, time-pressured environment; to enhance the effectiveness of safety alerts, the effort needed to cognitively process these alerts should be minimized. Methods to evaluate the extent to which computerized alerts support prescribers' information processing are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To develop a methodological protocol to assess the extent to which alerts support prescribers' information processing at-a-glance; specifically, the incorporation of information into working memory...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
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