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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346837/a-phase-1-randomized-placebo-and-active-controlled-crossover-study-to-determine-the-effect-of-single-dose-ertugliflozin-on-qtc-interval-in-healthy-volunteers
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Vaishali Sahasrabudhe, Didier Saur, Kyle Matschke, Steven G Terra, Anne Hickman, Isabelle Huyghe, Haihong Shi, David L Cutler
Ertugliflozin, a selective sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor, is being developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. This randomized, 6-sequence, 3-period crossover study assessed the effect of ertugliflozin (100 mg; supratherapeutic dose) vs placebo and moxifloxacin (400 mg; positive control) on the QT interval corrected for heart rate (QTc) in 42 male or female healthy subjects. Triplicate electrocardiograms were performed predose and serially over 48 hours postdose in each treatment period...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346662/shifting-determinants-of-health-inequalities-in-unstable-times-portugal-as-a-case-study
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Inês Campos-Matos, Giuliano Russo, Luzia Gonçalves
Background: We explore how health inequalities (HI) changed in Portugal over the last decade, considering it is one of the most unequal European countries and has gone through major economic changes. We describe how inequalities in limitations changed considering different socioeconomic determinants, in order to understand what drove changes in HI. Methods: We used cross-sectional waves from the European Survey on Income and Living Conditions database to determine how inequalities in health limitations changed between 2004 and 2014 in Portugal in residents aged 16 years and over...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346436/bone-marrow-concentrate-promotes-bone-regeneration-with-a-suboptimal-dose-of-rhbmp-2
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Kazuhiro Egashira, Yoshinori Sumita, Weijian Zhong, Takashi I, Seigo Ohba, Kazuhiro Nagai, Izumi Asahina
Bone marrow concentrate (BMC), which is enriched in mononuclear cells (MNCs) and platelets, has recently attracted the attention of clinicians as a new optional means for bone engineering. We previously reported that the osteoinductive effect of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) could be enhanced synergistically by co-transplantation of peripheral blood (PB)-derived platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This study aims to investigate whether BMC can effectively promote bone formation induced by low-dose BMP-2, thereby reducing the undesirable side-effects of BMP-2, compared to PRP...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346059/fermented-extraction-of-citrus-unshiu-peel-inhibits-viability-and-migration-of-human-pancreatic-cancers
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Jungwhoi Lee, Jungsul Lee, Myungseung Kim, Jae Hoon Kim
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers with high mortality rates. Despite continuous efforts, there has been limited improvement in its prognosis. In this study, we prepared fermented extract of Citrus unshiu peel (fCUP) from the by-product after juice processing and then examined the anticancer effects of fCUP on human pancreatic cancer cells. Treatment with fCUP inhibited the growth of human pancreatic cancer cells through induction of caspase-3 cleavage both in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with fCUP also blocked the migration of human pancreatic cancer cells through activation of intracellular signaling pathways such as MKK3/6 and P38...
January 2018: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345915/the-effect-of-water-on-quinone-redox-mediators-in-nonaqueous-li-o2-batteries
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Tao Liu, James T Frith, Gunwoo Kim, Rachel N Kerber, Nicolas Dubouis, Yuanlong Shao, Zigeng Liu, Pieter C M M Magusin, Michael T L Casford, Nuria Garcia-Araez, Clare P Grey
The parasitic reactions associated with reduced oxygen species and the difficulty in achieving the high theoretical capacity have been major issues plaguing development of practical nonaqueous Li-O2 batteries. We hereby address the above issues by exploring the synergistic effect of 2,5-di-tert-butyl-1,4-benzoquinone and H2O on the oxygen chemistry in a nonaqueous Li-O2 battery. Water stabilizes the quinone monoanion and dianion, shifting the reduction potentials of the quinone and monoanion to more positive values (vs Li/Li+)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345749/self-production-of-oxygen-system-cao2-mno2-pda-mb-for-the-photodynamic-therapy-research-and-switch-control-tumor-cell-imaging
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Chenhui Ji, Zhongzhong Lu, Yonghui Xu, Beibei Shen, Shiyong Yu, Dan Shi
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) holds promise in biochemical study and tumor treatment. A novel multifunctional nanosystem CaO2 /MnO2 @polydopamine (PDA)-methylene blue (MB) nanosheet (CMP-MB) was designed. CaO2 nanoparticles were encapsulated by MnO2 nanosheet, and then PDA was coated on the surface of CaO2 /MnO2 nanosheets, which could adsorb photosensitizer MB through hydrophobic interaction or π-π stacking. In this nanosystem, CaO2 /MnO2 had the ability of self-production of oxygen, which solved the problem of tumor hypoxia largely...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345737/present-status-and-future-perspective-of-peptide-based-vaccine-therapy-for-urological-cancer
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REVIEW
Wataru Obara, Mitsugu Kanehira, Toyomasa Katagiri, Renpei Kato, Yoichiro Kato, Ryo Takata
The use of peptide-based vaccines as therapeutics aims to elicit immune responses through antigenic epitopes derived from tumor antigens. Peptide-based vaccines are easily synthesized and the lack of significant side effects when administered in-vivo. Peptide-based vaccine therapy against several cancers including urological cancers had made progress for several decades, but there is no approval peptide vaccine all over the world. Peptides vaccines were also shown to induce a high frequency of immune response in patients who were accompanied by clinical efficacy...
January 18, 2018: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345709/chain-conformation-of-poly-acrylic-acid-graft-poly-ethylene-oxide-graft-dodecyl-in-solution-an-anomalous-counter-ions-condensation
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Xinlu Zhou, Kongshuang Zhao
A dielectric spectroscopy study on a polyelectrolyte in aqueous solutions, which contains hydrophobic groups in part of the side chains poly(acrylic acid)-graft-poly(ethylene oxide)-graft-dodecyl (PAA-g-PEO-g-dodecyl) is reported. A refined double layer polarization model was proposed to analyze the double dielectric relaxations in the dielectric spectra. Various electrical and structural parameters of the copolymers were obtained. Besides the crossover concentration, another turning point around 4 mg mL-1 was identified through the analysis of all the dielectrical parameters including dielectric increment, relaxation time and correlation length...
January 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345690/clozapine-induced-myocarditis
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COMMENT
Tanuka Datta, Allen J Solomon
Approved in 1989 for the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Clozapine is a last-line atypical antipsychotic drug used with increasing frequency. In addition to its well-known side effect of agranulocytosis, this drug also carries with it rare but serious adverse cardiovascular risk of myocarditis. We present a patient on Clozapine who was admitted to the cardiology service with chest pain, ST segment elevations and elevated troponin concerning for acute myocardial infarction. Evaluation with imaging revealed decreased left ventricular function, however, no coronary artery disease was present on catheterization; findings consistent with a diagnosis of myocarditis...
January 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345573/precision-medicine-update-on-diagnosis-and-therapeutic-strategies-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Qing Liang, Xiaoying Shen, Guangchun Sun
Recent advances in multiple omics technologies and the advent of massively parallel sequencing provide technical supports for the implementation of precision medicine. The precision medicine emphasizes that heterogeneous diseases can be well classified into more precise subtypes by the powerful detection methods and integration of clinical features, so that the clinicians should develop more accurate diagnosis and therapeutic strategies for the disease subtype population, in an effort to maximize the efficacy and minimize the unnecessary side effects...
January 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345515/safety-of-biologic-agents-for-psoriasis-in-patients-with-viral-hepatitis
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Nawaf AlMutairi, Hesham Alaadin Abouzaid
INTRODUCTION: Biologics are highly effective, important treatment options for moderate-to-severe psoriasis. Biologics are well tolerated and have few side effects. However, the use of biologics in patients with concomitant chronic viral hepatitis is debatable. Recent reports have suggested a very low associated risk of reactivation of chronic hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCB). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of biologics for moderate to severe psoriasis patients with concomitant chronic viral hepatitis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345500/effects-of-l-arginine-supplementation-on-leukogram-inflammatory-bowel-infiltrates-and-immunoglobulins-with-5-fu-use-in-rats
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Bianca D Balmant, Eloisa O N Araújo, Denise Yabuki, Amanda B Novais, Sandra C Genaro, Cecilia B Laposy, Paulo F I Goiozo, Marcelo G M Chacur, Rogério Giuffrida, Luis S L S Reis
This study evaluated the effects of L-arginine supplementation on blood parameters, kidney and liver function, immunoglobulins and noninflammatory infiltrates in the small intestines of rats subjected to chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Thirty-two Wistar rats were randomly distributed into 4 groups (8 rats/group): an untreated control group, and test groups receiving one dose of 5-FU (G5-FU group), one dose of 5-FU and 295 mg L-arginine/day (GArg295 group) or one dose of 5-FU and 458 mg L-arginine/day (GArg458 group)...
January 18, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345445/the-impact-of-high-progesterone-levels-on-the-day-of-hcg-administration-in-assisted-human-reproduction-treatments
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Michelli S Tanada, Ivan H Yoshida, Monise Santos, Caroline Z Berton, Elen Souto, Waldemar P de Carvalho, Emerson B Cordts, Caio P Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: Progesterone is a steroid hormone that acts on the endometrium. It is known for producing physical and mood-related side effects. Few studies have looked into how progesterone levels affect embryo development and quality. This study aimed to find a cutoff level for serum progesterone on the day of HCG administration from which embryo quality is impaired. METHODS: The study included 145 cycles, from which 885 oocytes and 613 embryos were obtained. All patients had their serum progesterone levels measured on the day of HCG administration...
January 18, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345434/two-photon-excited-silica-and-organosilica-nanoparticles-for-spatiotemporal-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Jonas G Croissant, Jeffrey I Zink, Laurence Raehm, Jean-Olivier Durand
Coherent two-photon-excited (TPE) therapy in the near-infrared (NIR) provides safer cancer treatments than current therapies lacking spatial and temporal selectivities because it is characterized by a 3D spatial resolution of 1 µm3 and very low scattering. In this review, the principle of TPE and its significance in combination with organosilica nanoparticles (NPs) are introduced and then studies involving the design of pioneering TPE-NIR organosilica nanomaterials are discussed for bioimaging, drug delivery, and photodynamic therapy...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345400/fludrocortisone-a-treatment-for-tubulopathy-post-paediatric-renal-transplantation-a-national-paediatric-nephrology-unit-experience
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S R Ali, I Shaheen, D Young, I Ramage, H Maxwell, D A Hughes, D Athavale, M G Shaikh
Calcineurin inhibitors post-renal transplantation are recognized to cause tubulopathies in the form of hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, and acidosis. Sodium supplementation may be required, increasing medication burden and potentially resulting in poor compliance. Fludrocortisone has been beneficial in addressing tubulopathies in adult studies, with limited paediatric data available. A retrospective review of data from an electronic renal database from December 2014 to January 2016 was carried out. Forty-seven post-transplant patients were reviewed with 23 (49%) patients on sodium chloride or bicarbonate...
January 18, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345392/who-may-benefit-from-on-demand-control-of-deep-brain-stimulation-noninvasive-evaluation-of-parkinson-patients
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Daniel Graupe, Nivedita Khobragade, Daniela Tuninetti, Ishita Basu, Konstantin V Slavin, Leo Verhagen Metman
BACKGROUND: In closed-loop on-demand control (ODC) of deep brain stimulation (DBS), stimulation is applied only when symptoms appear. Following stimulation of a fixed duration, DBS is switched off until the symptoms reappear. By repeating these demand-driven cycles, the amount of stimulation delivered can be decreased, thereby reducing DBS side-effects and improving battery-life of the pulse-generator. This article introduces Ro metric for quantification of degree of benefit of ODC and explores candidate selection in tremor-dominant Parkinson's disease (PD)...
January 18, 2018: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345347/interferons-and-beyond-induction-of-antiretroviral-restriction-factors
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REVIEW
Dominik Hotter, Frank Kirchhoff
Antiviral restriction factors are structurally and functionally diverse cellular proteins that play a key role in the first line of defense against viral pathogens. Although many cell types constitutively express restriction factors at low levels, their induction in response to viral exposure and replication is often required for potent control and repulse of the invading pathogens. It is well established that type I IFNs efficiently induce antiviral restriction factors. Accumulating evidence suggests that other types of IFN, as well as specific cytokines, such as IL-27, and other activators of the cell are also capable of enhancing the expression of restriction factors and hence to establish an antiviral cellular state...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345195/mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-pulmonary-hypertension-cause-effect-or-both
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Jeffrey D Marshall, Isabel Bazan, Yi Zhang, Wassim H Fares, Patty J Lee
Pulmonary hypertension describes a heterogeneous disease defined by increased pulmonary artery pressures, and progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance due to pathologic remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature involving pulmonary endothelial cells, pericytes, and smooth muscle cells.  This process occurs under various conditions, and though these populations vary, the clinical manifestations are the same: progressive dyspnea, increases in right ventricular (RV) afterload and dysfunction, RV-pulmonary artery uncoupling, and right-sided heart failure with systemic circulatory collapse...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345173/effects-of-3-day-serial-sodium-bicarbonate-loading-on-performance-and-physiological-parameters-during-a-simulated-basketball-test-in-female-university-players
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Anne Delextrat, Sinead MacKessy, Luis Arceo-Rendon, Aaron Scanlan, Roger Ramsbottom, Julio Calleja-González
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 3-day serial sodium bicarbonate ingestion on repeated sprint and jump performance. Fifteen female university basketball players (23.3±3.4 years; 173.1±5.8 cm; 65.8±6.3 kg; 23.6±4.9% body fat) ingested 0.4 g·kg-1 of body mass of sodium bicarbonate or placebo for 3 days (split in 3 equal daily doses), before completing a simulated basketball exercise. Sprint and circuit times, jump heights, performance decrements and gastrointestinal (GI) side effects were recorded during the test and blood lactate concentration was measured pre- and post-test...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345096/psychiatric-sequelae-of-corticosteroid-use-in-hematology-in-australia-a-qualitative-study
#20
Dianne Clifton, Margaret Ross, Clare O'Callaghan
Despite widespread steroid usage for treating hematological conditions, minimal attention focuses on associated psychiatric side-effects. In the present study, we examined hematology patients' experiences of high-dose steroid treatment. This was undertaken by the use of a qualitative, descriptive design, which included convenience sampling and the inductive, cyclic, and constant comparative thematic analysis of interview transcripts. Eighteen patients participated, who were diagnosed with lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia, or idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura...
January 18, 2018: Nursing & Health Sciences
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