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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717053/pure-autonomic-failure
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REVIEW
Thomas P Brown
Pure autonomic failure is a degenerative disorder of the peripheral autonomic nervous system. Patients experience symptomatic hypotension that requires them to sit, squat or lie down to prevent syncope. It is associated with characteristic histopathological findings, resulting in neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions in the peripheral autonomic nerves. These lesions are responsible for defects in the synthesis and release of norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve terminals, resulting in significant hypotension. Patients with autonomic failure also have exaggerated blood pressure responses to common stimuli such as food or fluid intake, heat, exercise and medications...
July 17, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712894/antimicrobial-and-immunomodulatory-activity-of-host-defense-peptides-clavanins-and-ll-37-in-vitro-an-endodontic-perspective
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Stella Maris F Lima, Mirna S Freire, Ana Luisa O Gomes, Ana Paula C Cantuária, Flávia Rodrigues P Dutra, Beatriz S Magalhães, Maurício Gonçalves C Sousa, Ludovico Migliolo, Jeeser A Almeida, Octávio L Franco, Taia Maria B Rezende
Endodontic treatment is mainly based on root canal disinfection and its failure may be motivated by microbial resistance. Endodontic therapy can be benefitted by host defense peptides (HDPs), which are multifunctional molecules that act against persistent infection and inflammation. This study aimed to evaluate the antimicrobial, cytotoxic and immunomodulatory activity of several HDPs, namely clavanin A, clavanin A modified (MO) and LL-37, compared to intracanal medication Ca(OH)2. HDPs and Ca(OH)2 were evaluated by: (1) antimicrobial assays against Candida albicans and Enterococcus faecalis, (2) cytotoxicity assays and (3) cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, interleukin (IL)- 1α, IL-6, IL-10 and IL-12 and nitric oxide (NO) production by RAW 264...
July 13, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708376/self-healing-nano-textured-vascular-like-materials-mode-i-crack-propagation
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Minwook Lee, Soumyadip Sett, Seongpil An, Sam Sukgoo Yoon, Alexander L Yarin
Here we investigate crack propagation initiated from an initial notch in a self-healing material. The crack propagation in the core-shell nanofiber mats formed by co-electrospinning and the composites reinforced by them is in focus. All samples are observed from the crack initiation until complete failure. Due to the short-time experiments done on purpose, the resin and cure released from the cores of the core-shell nanofibers could not achieve a complete curing and stop crack growth, especially given the fact that no heating was used...
July 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706219/high-temperature-induced-production-of-unreduced-pollen-and-its-cytological-effects-in-populus
#4
Jun Wang, Daili Li, Fengnan Shang, Xiangyang Kang
Temperature change is of potential to trigger the formation of unreduced gametes. In this study, we showed that short periods of high temperature treatment can induce the production of 2n pollen in Populus pseudo-simonii Kitag. The meiotic stage, duration of treatment, and temperature have significant effects on the induction of 2n pollen. Heat stress resulted in meiotic abnormalities, including failure of chromosome separation, chromosome stickiness, laggards and micronuclei. Spindle disorientations in the second meiotic division, such as parallel, fused, and tripolar spindles, either increased in frequency or were induced de novo by high temperature treatment...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701862/protective-effect-of-ginsenosides-rk3-and-rh4-on-cisplatin-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Seung-Hoon Baek, Byong-Kyu Shin, Nam Jae Kim, Sun-Young Chang, Jeong Hill Park
BACKGROUND: Nephrotoxicity is the major side effect in cisplatin chemotherapy. Previously, we reported that the ginsenosides Rk3 and Rh4 reduced cisplatin toxicity on porcine renal proximal epithelial tubular cells (LLC-PK1). Here, we aimed to evaluate the protective effect of ginsenosides Rk3 and Rh4 on kidney function and elucidate their antioxidant effect using in vitro and in vivo models of cisplatin-induced acute renal failure. METHODS: An enriched mixture of ginsenosides Rk3 and Rh4 (KG-KH; 49...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701216/the-effect-of-ambient-temperature-on-type-2-diabetes-case-crossover-analysis-of-4-million-gp-consultations-across-england
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S Hajat, A Haines, C Sarran, A Sharma, C Bates, L E Fleming
BACKGROUND: Given the double jeopardy of global increases in rates of obesity and climate change, it is increasingly important to recognise the dangers posed to diabetic patients during periods of extreme weather. We aimed to characterise the associations between ambient temperature and general medical practitioner consultations made by a cohort of type-2 diabetic patients. Evidence on the effects of temperature variation in the primary care setting is currently limited. METHODS: Case-crossover analysis of 4,474,943 consultations in England during 2012-2014, linked to localised temperature at place of residence for each patient...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698308/the-role-of-attenuated-redox-and-heat-shock-protein-responses-in-the-age-related-decline-in-skeletal-muscle-mass-and-function
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REVIEW
Anne McArdle, Malcolm J Jackson
The loss of muscle mass and weakness that accompanies ageing is a major contributor to physical frailty and loss of independence in older people. A failure of muscle to adapt to physiological stresses such as exercise is seen with ageing and disruption of redox regulated processes and stress responses are recognized to play important roles in theses deficits. The role of redox regulation in control of specific stress responses, including the generation of heat shock proteins (HSPs) by muscle appears to be particularly important and affected by ageing...
July 15, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696268/personalizing-risk-stratification-for-sudden-death-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-the-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Brian P Halliday, John G F Cleland, Jeffrey J Goldberger, Sanjay K Prasad
Results from the DANISH Study (Danish Study to Assess the Efficacy of ICDs in Patients With Non-Ischemic Systolic Heat Failure on Mortality) suggest that for many patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators do not increase longevity. Accurate identification of patients who are more likely to die of an arrhythmia and less likely to die of other causes is required to ensure improvement in outcomes and wise use of resources. Until now, left ventricular ejection fraction has been used as a key criterion for selecting patients with DCM for an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator for primary prevention purposes...
July 11, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686597/altered-paracellular-cation-permeability-due-to-a-rare-cldn10b-variant-causes-anhidrosis-and-kidney-damage
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Joakim Klar, Jörg Piontek, Susanne Milatz, Muhammad Tariq, Muhammad Jameel, Tilman Breiderhoff, Jens Schuster, Ambrin Fatima, Maria Asif, Muhammad Sher, Katrin Mäbert, Anja Fromm, Shahid M Baig, Dorothee Günzel, Niklas Dahl
Claudins constitute the major component of tight junctions and regulate paracellular permeability of epithelia. Claudin-10 occurs in two major isoforms that form paracellular channels with ion selectivity. We report on two families segregating an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by generalized anhidrosis, severe heat intolerance and mild kidney failure. All affected individuals carry a rare homozygous missense mutation c.144C>G, p.(N48K) specific for the claudin-10b isoform. Immunostaining of sweat glands from patients suggested that the disease is associated with reduced levels of claudin-10b in the plasma membranes and in canaliculi of the secretory portion...
July 7, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686013/in-line-shunt-flow-monitor-for-hydrocephalus
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Chuchu Qin, Brian N Stamos, Purnendu K Dasgupta
In hydrocephalus cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the cranial cavity causing swelling of the head and potentially brain damage. A shunt to drain the fluid into a body cavity is now universally used but failure is all too common. Techniques for ascertaining shunt failure are time-consuming, expertise-dependent and often inconclusive. We report here an in-line system that reliably and quantitatively measures the CSF flow rate. The system uses a single thermistor to both heat the surrounding and to sense the temperature...
July 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684590/heat-acclimation-has-a-protective-effect-on-the-central-but-not-peripheral-nervous-system
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Sebastien Racinais, Mathew G Wilson, Nadia Gaoua, Julien D Périard
This study aimed to clarify the pathway mediating hyperthermia-induced alterations in neural drive transmission, and determine if heat acclimation protects voluntary muscle activation and cognitive function in hyperthermic humans. Electrically evoked potentials (H-reflex and M-wave), executive function (special planning and working memory) and maximal voluntary isometric contractions (120 s) were assessed in fourteen participants in control condition (CON, 24ºC, 40% RH) and hyperthermic states (HYP, 44-50ºC, 50% RH), on consecutive days in a counterbalanced order...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678786/bidirectional-interplay-of-hsf1-degradation-and-upr-activation-promotes-tau-hyperphosphorylation
#12
Eunhee Kim, Kazuko Sakata, Francesca-Fang Liao
The unfolded protein response (UPR) in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the cytoplasmic heat stress response are two major stress response systems necessary for maintaining proteostasis for cellular health. Failure of either of these systems, such as in sustained UPR activation or in insufficient heat shock response activation, can lead to the development of neurodegeneration. Alleviation of ER stress and enhancement of heat shock response through heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) activation have previously been considered as attractive potential therapeutic targets for Alzheimer's disease (AD)-a prevalent and devastating tauopathy...
July 5, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677732/jnk-signaling-is-required-for-the-mip%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-%C3%A2-associated-regulation-of-kupffer-cells-in-the-heat-stroke-response
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Xiao-Juan Chen, Zhong-Zhi Tang, Guo-Guo Zhu, Qing Cheng, Wen-Kai Zhang, Hui-Min Li, Wei Fu, Qi-Ping Lu
Severe heat stroke (HS) consists of extreme hyperthermia with thermoregulatory failure, leading to high morbidity and mortality. Liver injury is a complication of HS that is associated with inflammatory responses and Kupffer cells (KCs), which are resident macrophages in the liver that serve as a major source of inflammatory cytokines; however, the association and the underlying mechanisms of KC functions in HS‑induced endotoxemia and inflammation require an improved understanding. The important chemokine macrophage inflammatory protein‑1α (MIP‑1α) increases inflammatory responses and the secretion of inflammatory molecules from KCs, including tumor necrosis factor‑α, interleukin (IL)‑1β and IL‑6...
July 5, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673566/cancer-is-an-adaptation-that-selects-in-animals-against-energy-dissipation
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Anthonie W J Muller
As cancer usually follows reproduction, it is generally assumed that cancer does not select. Graham has however argued that juvenile cancer, which precedes reproduction, could during evolution have implemented a "cancer selection" that resulted in novel traits that suppress this juvenile cancer; an example is protection against UV sunlight-induced cancer, required for the emergence of terrestrial animals from the sea. We modify the cancer selection mechanism to the posited "cancer adaptation" mechanism, in which juvenile mortality is enhanced through the diminished care received by juveniles from their (grand) parents when these suffer from cancer in old age...
July 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667552/paying-for-the-tolls-the-high-cost-of-the-innate-immune-system-for-the-cardiac-myocyte
#15
Anne A Knowlton
The cardiac myocyte differs strikingly from the specialized cells of the immune system, which has two different responses to invading organisms and tissue damage. Adaptive or acquired immunity generates highly specific antibodies in response to threats and is an essential component of immunity; however, adaptive immunity can take 4-7 days to mobilize, and a more primitive response, innate immunity, fills the gap. Innate immunity is expressed in complex and in primitive life forms. Specialized receptors, Toll-like receptors (TLRs), which are widely distributed throughout different tissues recognize danger signals and rapidly respond with the release of noxious substances, such as TNFα...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663046/long-term-vagal-stimulation-for-heart-failure-eighteen-month-results-from-the-neural-cardiac-therapy-for-heart-failure-nectar-hf-trial
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Gaetano M De Ferrari, Craig Stolen, Anton E Tuinenburg, D Jay Wright, Josep Brugada, Christian Butter, Helmut Klein, Petr Neuzil, Cornelis Botman, Maria Angeles Castel, Antonio D'Onofrio, Gert J de Borst, Scott Solomon, Kenneth M Stein, Bernd Schubert, Kevin Stalsberg, Nicholas Wold, Stephen Ruble, Faiez Zannad
BACKGROUND: The NECTAR-HF study evaluated safety and feasibility of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) for the treatment of heart failure patients. The first six-month randomized phase of the study did not show improvement in left ventricular remodelling in response to VNS. This study reports the 18-month results and provides novel findings aiming to understand the lack of efficacy of VNS, including a new technique assessing the effects of VNS. METHODS: Ninety-six patients were randomized 2:1 to active or inactive VNS for 6months, thereafter VNS was activated for all patients...
June 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662861/the-influence-of-y-tzp-surface-treatment-on-topography-and-ceramic-resin-cement-interfacial-fracture-toughness
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P N G Paes, F L Bastian, P M Jardim
OBJECTIVE: Consider the efficacy of glass infiltration etching (SIE) treatment as a procedure to modify the zirconia surface resulting in higher interfacial fracture toughness. METHODS: Y-TZP was subjected to 5 different surface treatments conditions consisting of no treatment (G1), SIE followed by hydrofluoric acid treatment (G2), heat treated at 750°C (G3), hydrofluoric acid treated (G4) and airborne-particle abrasion with alumina particles (G5). The effect of surface treatment on roughness was evaluated by Atomic Force Microscopy providing three different parameters: Ra, Rsk and surface area variation...
June 26, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654138/a-prospective-cohort-study-of-awake-fibreoptic-intubation-practice-at-a-tertiary-centre
#18
K El-Boghdadly, D N Onwochei, J Cuddihy, I Ahmad
Contemporary data are lacking for procedural practice, training provision and outcomes for awake fibreoptic intubation in the UK. We performed a prospective cohort study of awake fibreoptic intubations at a tertiary centre to assess current practice. Data from 600 elective or emergency awake fibreoptic intubations were collected to include information on patient and operator demographics, technical performance and complications. This comprised 1.71% of patients presenting for surgery requiring a general anaesthetic, with the majority occurring in patients presenting for head and neck surgery...
June 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652802/comparison-of-quadrapolar%C3%A2-radiofrequency-lesions-produced-by-standard-versus-modified-technique-an-experimental-model
#19
Ramin Safakish
Lower back pain (LBP) is a global public health issue and is associated with substantial financial costs and loss of quality of life. Over the years, different literature has provided different statistics regarding the causes of the back pain. The following statistic is the closest estimation regarding our patient population. The sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is responsible for LBP in 18%-30% of individuals with LBP. Quadrapolar™ radiofrequency ablation, which involves ablation of the nerves of the SI joint using heat, is a commonly used treatment for SI joint pain...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648417/effect-of-heart-failure-reversal-treatment-as-add-on-therapy-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-a-randomized-open-label-study
#20
Rohit Sane, Abhijeet Aklujkar, Atul Patil, Rahul Mandole
OBJECTIVES: The present study was designed to evaluate effect of heart failure reversal therapy (HFRT) using herbal procedure (panchakarma) and allied therapies, as add-on to standard CHF treatment (SCT) in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. METHODS: This open-label, randomized study conducted in CHF patients (aged: 25-65 years, ejection fraction: 30-65%), had 3-phases: 1-week screening, 6-week treatment (randomized [1:1] to HFRT+SCT or SCT-alone) and follow-up (12-week)...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
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