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Firas Rinawi, Shai Ashkenazi, Michael Wilschanski, Eli Somekh, Raanan Shamir
AIMS: The aim of these guidelines is to update and extend evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of children with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in Israel, based on new data and the recently published European update. METHODS: The recommendations, which are based on a systematic review of the literature, were graded by the level of evidence. The guidelines were endorsed by the Israeli societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Israeli Association of Pediatrics...
March 2017: Harefuah
Lihi Shapir, Bella Gross
AIMS: To find the correlation between plasma D-dimer levels after stroke with different etiologies, severity of the stroke and to uncover whether plasma D-dimer levels may be used as a prognostic factor of stroke complication. BACKGROUND: D-dimer is a product of fibrin degradation and it is elevated in systemic vascular events. The association between plasma D-dimer levels and stroke remain uncertain. METHODS: A total of 96 acute stroke patients were enrolled in this study...
May 2017: Harefuah
Maroua Belghali, Nathalie Chastan, Fabien Cignetti, Damien Davenne, Leslie M Decker
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases are age-related progressive neurodegenerative diseases of increasing prevalence worldwide. In the absence of curative therapy, current research is interested in prevention, by identifying subtle signs of early-stage neurodegeneration. Today, the field of behavioral neuroscience has emerged as one of the most promising areas of research on this topic. Recently, it has been shown that the exacerbation of gait disorders under dual-task conditions (i.e., simultaneous performance of cognitive and motor tasks) could be a characteristic feature of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases...
May 27, 2017: GeroScience
Mai Kawazoe, Kaichi Kaneko, Kotaro Shikano, Natsuko Kusunoki, Toshihiro Nanki, Shinichi Kawai
The objective of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis. A total of 91 patients with systemic autoimmune diseases who received initial glucocorticoid therapy with prednisolone (30-60 mg daily) were prospectively enrolled. We measured serum levels of N-terminal peptide of type I procollagen (P1NP), bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP), tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase isoform 5b (TRACP-5b), N-telopeptide cross-linked type I collagen (NTX), sclerostin, Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1), and Wnt3a before starting glucocorticoid therapy and every week for 4 weeks after its initiation...
May 27, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
Heberty di Tarso Fernandes Facundo, Robert Eli Brainard, Francisco Rodrigo de Lemos Caldas, Aline Maria Brito Lucas
Cardiac tissue responds to long-term hemodynamic load through initiation of a hypertrophic remodeling program. Importantly, if not counteracted this response will eventually lead to organ failure. Cardiac hypertrophic adaptations are complex, and involve multiple cellular events and the mechanisms underlying the development of cardiac hypertrophy are not well understood. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been indicated as a potential and important player in the development of cardiac hypertrophy. Additionally, substantial evidence shows that a significant portion of mitochondrial processes, necessary for normal cardiomyocyte physiology, are impacted by these hypertrophic changes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Elisa L Hill-Yardin, Sonja J McKeown, Gaia Novarino, Andreas M Grabrucker
Genetic factors might be largely responsible for the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that alone or in combination with specific environmental risk factors trigger the pathology. Multiple mutations identified in ASD patients that impair synaptic function in the central nervous system are well studied in animal models. How these mutations might interact with other risk factors is not fully understood though. Additionally, how systems outside of the brain are altered in the context of ASD is an emerging area of research...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
Nika Marđetko, Mitja Kos
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the economic outcomes that arose from the introduction of therapeutic reference pricing (TRP) into Slovenian practice in 2013, based on the first three therapeutic classes, namely proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), and lipid-lowering agents (LLAs). METHODS: National health claims data on prescription medicines from January 2011 to December 2015 were analyzed. Monthly medicine expenditure, medicine consumption, changes in medicine use, and market competition (Herfindahl-Hirschman index) were determined to assess the TRP impact on market dynamics...
May 27, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
Hsin-Yu Chiu, Jyh-DER Leu, Chun-Yuan Chang, Yi-Jang Lee, Wei R Chen
AIM: Effects of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) combining immunoadjuvant glycated chitosan (GC) on tumor control and potent cytokine responses were investigated in a syngeneic breast tumor model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Murine 4T1 breast carcinoma cells harboring the luciferase reporter gene were used to evaluate the tumor growth rate and metastasis in vivo using bioluminescent imaging. Plasma of RFA/GC-treated tumor-bearing mice was collected for ex vivo cytotoxicity analysis and mouse chemokine array assays...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
Patrícia Christina Genázio Pereira, Roberta Valoura Reimão, Thelma Pavesi, Enrico Mendes Saggioro, Josino Costa Moreira, Fábio Veríssimo Correia
The Indigo carmine (IC) dye has been widely used in textile industries, even though it has been considered toxic for rats, pigs and humans. Owing to its toxicity, wastes containing this compound should be treated to minimize or eliminate their toxic effects on the biota. As an alternative to wastewater treatment, advanced oxidative processes (AOPs) have been highlighted due to their high capacity to destruct organic molecules. In this context, this study aimed to evaluate Indigo Carmine toxicity to soil organisms using the earthworm Eisenia andrei as a model-organism and also verify the efficiency of AOP in reducing its toxicity to these organisms...
May 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
David Chang, Ryan Fox, Ethan Hicks, Rachel Ferguson, Kevin Chang, Douglas Osborne, Weiwei Hu, Orlin D Velev
The Poloxamer family of surfactants are commonly used in the biopharmaceutical industry as cell culture media additives to protect cells from the turbulent environment of sparged bioreactors. Despite the widespread use of poloxamers in cell culture, their performance as cell protectants varies depending on their physical structure, molecular weight, and batch-to-batch composition. In this study, the interfacial properties of Poloxamer 188 (P188), Poloxamer 407 (P407), and a mixture of P188 and P407 were characterized to investigate the mechanism of surfactant-mediated shear protection of mammalian cells...
May 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Zeinab Hosseinzade, Sheree A Pagsuyoin, Kumaraswamy Ponnambalam, Mohammad J Monem
The stiff competition for water between agriculture and non-agricultural production sectors makes it necessary to have effective management of irrigation networks in farms. However, the process of selecting flow control structures in irrigation networks is highly complex and involves different levels of decision makers. In this paper, we apply multi-attribute decision making (MADM) methodology to develop a decision analysis (DA) framework for evaluating, ranking and selecting check and intake structures for irrigation canals...
May 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Min Ah Kim, Soon Do Yoon, Chang-Moon Lee
The photothermal effect is used in a new drug release system to control drug delivery in a specific region. Melanin absorbs near-infrared (NIR) light with a high photothermal conversion efficiency, and as a result, an NIR laser can be used to induced drug release from alginate microparticles containing melanin (ALG-Mel microparticles). The temperature of the ALG-Mel microparticle solution at a concentration of 5mg/mL increased to 38.1°C from 26.0°C after irradiation with 808nm NIR at 1.5W/cm(2) for 5min, and this increase in temperature was found to be independent of the ALG-Mel microparticle concentration...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Zongfu Han, Yuxiang Qin, Yongsheng Deng, Fanjin Kong, Zongwen Wang, Guifang Shen, Jinghui Wang, Bing Duan, Ruzhong Li
The Gossypium harknessii background cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) system has been used in cotton hybrid breeding in China. However, the mechanism underlying pollen abortion and fertility restoration in CMS remains to be determined. In this study, we used RNA-seq to identify critical genes and pathways associated with CMS in G. harknessii based CMS lines (588A), the near isogenic restorer lines (588R), and maintainer lines (588B). We performed an assembly of 80,811,676 raw reads into 89,939 high-quality unigenes with an average length of 698 bp...
April 20, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Emily A Partridge, Marcus G Davey, Matthew A Hornick, Alan W Flake
Extreme prematurity is a major cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity, and remains an unsolved clinical challenge. The development of an artificial womb, an extrauterine system recreating the intrauterine environment, would support ongoing growth and organ maturation of the extreme preterm fetus and would have the potential to substantially improve survival and reduce morbidity. Previous efforts toward the development of such a system have demonstrated the ability to maintain the isolated fetus for short periods of support, but have failed to achieve the long-term stability required for clinical application...
May 24, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Wang Lin, Jie Hou, Honghui Guo, Yuming Qiu, Li Li, Dapeng Li, Rong Tang
Microcystins (MCs), produced by toxic cyanobacterial blooms that appeared world wildly in eutrophication waters, have often caused fish illness and even massive death cases. Among at least 90 structural variants, microcystin-LR (MC-LR) is the most common and toxic variant. In order to better understand innate immune responses in fish disrupted by environmental concentrations of MC-LR, male zebrafish (Danio rerio) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 1, 3, 10 and 30 μg/L MC-LR for 30 d, and the changes in splenic pathology and immunological gene expression as well as serum immune parameters were studied...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
Yuan Chen, Jiajiang Lin, Zuliang Chen
The treatment of a synthetically prepared wastewater containing diesel oil has been investigated using combined treatment schemes based on the biological treatment followed by an advanced oxidation process. 78% of diesel oil was degraded by Acinetobacter venetianus in 96 h, while the removal efficiency of chemical oxygen demand (COD) in the aqueous phase was only 56.8%, indicating that degraded metabolites existed in solution. To solve this problem, a Fenton-like system consisting of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) and hydrogen peroxide was used for further oxidation of the metabolites after biodegradation...
May 22, 2017: Chemosphere
Vasfiye Hazal Ozyurt, Semih Otles
To explain the formation of protein nitration marker, 3 nitrotyrosine (3NT), in food products was the basis for the present study. For the accurate detection as protein nitration marker of 3NT in food products, i) a new method was improved, which is optimized parameters affected the formation of 3NT, ii) HPLC-DAD was applied as a straightforward and rapid methodology and iii) finally the suspensions representing meat and dairy products were prepared and this method was used to these suspensions to evaluate the convenience of it...
August 15, 2017: Talanta
Sam-Ang Supharoek, Kraingkrai Ponhong, Kate Grudpan
A green and environmental friendly method with simple sequential injection spectrophotometry using natural reagent extract from pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata Decne) for determination of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) was developed. The maximum absorption of the yellow crude extract containing the β-carotene compound occurred at a wavelength of 450nm. The yellow extract solution was bleached by BPO to change the color to a colorless solution. The optimum conditions of the proposed method, such as extraction solvent influence of pH, dilution of pumpkin extracts solution, aspiration volume of reagent and sample, flow reversal, incubation time, mixing coil length, and dispensing flow rate were studied and optimized...
August 15, 2017: Talanta
Zhenzhen Li, Qiyi Zhang, Huaying Huang, Changjing Ren, Si Ouyang, Qiang Zhao
In this paper, near-infrared (NIR) light emitting L-noradrenaline functionalized CdSeTe QDs (NA-CdSeTe) were synthesized and applied to the biosensing of urea. When the pH value of NA-CdSeTe solution was adjusted from neutral to alkalinity, the noradrenaline on the surface of QDs would turn to quinone, which triggered the fluorescence quenching of NA-CdSeTe probe due to the charge transfer interactions between QDs and the proximal quinone. Based on the fact that the hydrolysis of urea in the presence of urease would release OH(-) and slightly change the pH value of the solution, the fluorescence intensity of NA-CdSeTe QDs could be linked to the enzymatic degradation of urea...
August 15, 2017: Talanta
Shan Luo, A James Melrose, Hilary Dorton, Jasmin Alves, John R Monterosso, Kathleen A Page
Feeding behavior is regulated by a complex interaction of central nervous system responses to metabolic signals that reflect nutrient availability and to food cues that trigger appetitive responses. Prior work has shown that the hypothalamus is a key brain area that senses and responds to changes in metabolic signals, and exposure to food cues induces the activation of brain areas involved in reward processing. However, it is not known how hypothalamic responses to changes in metabolic state are related to reward responses to food cues...
May 24, 2017: Appetite
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