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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226445/difficulty-understanding-speech-in-noise-by-the-hearing-impaired-underlying-causes-and-technological-solutions
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Eric W Healy, Sarah E Yoho, Eric W Healy, Sarah E Yoho, Sarah E Yoho, Eric W Healy
A primary complaint of hearing-impaired individuals involves poor speech understanding when background noise is present. Hearing aids and cochlear implants often allow good speech understanding in quiet backgrounds. But hearing-impaired individuals are highly noise intolerant, and existing devices are not very effective at combating background noise. As a result, speech understanding in noise is often quite poor. In accord with the significance of the problem, considerable effort has been expended toward understanding and remedying this issue...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226319/oral-and-sublingual-immunotherapy-potential-causes-for-eosinophilic-gastrointestinal-disorders
#2
Delara Babaie, Mehrnaz Mesdaghi, Makoto Nishino, Mahboubeh Mansouri, Motohiro Ebisawa
Food allergy is a common health problem worldwide, with increasing prevalence during recent decades. The only approved treatments for food allergy are food avoidance and administration of emergency medications in case of accidental exposure, which negatively affects patients' quality of life, so new treatments are highly desirable. Different food immunotherapy modalities have recently been used, with variable success rates in the induction of desensitization and tolerance, and different numbers and types of adverse reactions...
February 23, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225987/can-fib4-and-nafld-fibrosis-scores-help-endocrinologists-refer-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fat-liver-disease-to-a-hepatologist
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Rodrigo Bremer Nones, Cláudia Pontes Ivantes, Maria Lucia Alves Pedroso
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate the performance of mathematical models used in non-invasive diagnosis of liver fibrosis in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients to determine when the patient needs to be referred to a hepatologist. Subjects and methods: Patients referred by endocrinologists to the liver outpatient departments in two hospitals in Curitiba, Brazil, over a 72-month period were analyzed. The results calculated using the APRI, FIB 4, FORNS and NAFLD Fibrosis Score non-invasive liver fibrosis assessment models were analyzed and compared with histological staging of this population...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225809/the-renal-consequences-of-maternal-obesity-in-offspring-are-overwhelmed-by-postnatal-high-fat-diet
#4
Sarah J Glastras, Hui Chen, Michael Tsang, Rachel Teh, Rachel T McGrath, Amgad Zaky, Jason Chen, Muh Geot Wong, Carol A Pollock, Sonia Saad
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Developmental programming induced by maternal obesity influences the development of chronic disease in offspring. In the present study, we aimed to determine whether maternal obesity exaggerates obesity-related kidney disease. METHODS: Female C57BL/6 mice were fed high-fat diet (HFD) for six weeks prior to mating, during gestation and lactation. Male offspring were weaned to normal chow or HFD. At postnatal Week 8, HFD-fed offspring were administered one dose streptozotocin (STZ, 100 mg/kg i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225292/-the-importance-of-evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-the-ventilation-ve-vco2-slope-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Filip Dosbaba, Petra Žurková, Ladislav Baťalík, Hana Dosbaba, Marián Felšőci, Robert Vysoký, Jindřich Špinar, Ondřej Ludka
Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) is accompanied by a whole range of symptoms, which significantly decrease the quality of life; these typically concern dyspnoea, fatigue and exercise intolerance. The objectification of the patients condition but must have an effective means of evaluation. One such resource is cardiopolmonary exercise (CPX) testing with it is functional parameters. CPX test with its functional parameters is one of such means. VO2peak is undoubtebly the parameter, which was used the most often in the past 25 years, however, it has many limitations...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224207/-differentiated-application-of-recommended-guideline-techniques-for-treatment-of-inguinal-hernia
#6
H Niebuhr, M Pawlak, F Köckerling
The new worldwide guidelines of all international hernia societies only recommend the mesh-based methods TEP, TAPP and Lichtenstein. The best mesh-free technique, the Shouldice operation, should only be used if the patient has declined the use of a mesh or no mesh is available. The systematic use of the Shouldice technique for smaller inguinal hernias and younger men should be confined to study settings. A tailored approach should be taken for mesh-based procedures to minimize the risk to patients. Due to lower pain rates the laparoendoscopic techniques TEP and TAPP are the methods of choice for primary male unilateral inguinal hernia...
February 21, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224045/dj-1-maintains-energy-and-glucose-homeostasis-by-regulating-the-function-of-brown-adipose-tissue
#7
Rong Wu, Xiao-Meng Liu, Jian-Guang Sun, Hong Chen, Jun Ma, Meng Dong, Shengyi Peng, Ji-Qiu Wang, Jian-Qing Ding, Dong-Hao Li, John R Speakman, Guang Ning, Wanzhu Jin, Zengqiang Yuan
DJ-1 protein is involved in multiple physiological processes, including Parkinson's disease. However, the role of DJ-1 in the metabolism is largely unknown. Here we found that DJ-1 maintained energy balance and glucose homeostasisvia regulating brown adipose tissue (BAT) activity. DJ-1-deficient mice reduced body mass, increased energy expenditure and improved insulin sensitivity. DJ-1 deletion also resisted high-fat-diet (HFD) induced obesity and insulin resistance. Accordingly, DJ-1 transgene triggered autonomous obesity and glucose intolerance...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223464/reversal-of-pap-failure-with-the-repap-protocol
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Barry Krakow, Victor A Ulibarri, Natalia D McIver, Carli Yonemoto, Alyssa Tidler, Jessica Obando, Michelle R Foley-Shea, Jonathan Ornelas, Spencer Dawson
BACKGROUND: Re-titrations, an atypical approach to reverse PAP failure, was investigated retrospectively. METHODS: Application of our re-titration of PAP (REPAP) protocol in subjects with previous PAP failure assessed original technology (masks, modes, and pressures) in 273 subjects, of which 70% reported co-occurring psychiatric conditions. The REPAP protocol emphasized changes in pressure modes and settings to address expiratory pressure intolerance and residual breathing events; mask changes were facilitated...
February 21, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223344/an-intestinal-farnesoid-x-receptor-ceramide-signaling-axis-modulates-hepatic-gluconeogenesis-in-mice
#9
Cen Xie, Changtao Jiang, Jingmin Shi, Xiaoxia Gao, Dongxue Sun, Lulu Sun, Ting Wang, Shogo Takahashi, Mallappa Anitha, Kristopher W Krausz, Andrew D Patterson, Frank J Gonzalez
Increasing evidence supports the view that intestinal farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is involved in glucose tolerance and that FXR signaling can be profoundly impacted by the gut microbiota. Selective manipulation of the gut microbiota-FXR signaling axis was reported to significantly impact glucose intolerance, but the precise molecular mechanism remains largely unknown. Here, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), an over-the-counter dietary supplement and an inhibitor of bacterial bile salt hydrolase, increased levels of intestinal tauro-β-muricholic acid, which selectively suppresses intestinal FXR signaling...
March 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223293/the-loss-of-macrophage-fatty-acid-oxidation-does-not-potentiate-systemic-metabolic-dysfunction
#10
Elsie Gonzalez-Hurtado, Jieun Lee, Joseph Choi, Ebru S Selen Alpergin, Samuel L Collins, Maureen R Horton, Michael J Wolfgang
Fatty acid oxidation in macrophages has been suggested to play a causative role in high-fat diet-induced metabolic dysfunction, particularly in the etiology of adipose driven insulin resistance. To understand the contribution of macrophage fatty acid oxidation directly to metabolic dysfunction in high-fat diet-induced obesity, we generated mice with a myeloid-specific knockout of carnitine palmitoyltransferase 2 (CPT2 Mϕ-KO), an obligate step in mitochondrial long-chain fatty acid oxidation. While fatty acid oxidation was clearly induced upon IL-4 stimulation, fatty acid oxidation deficient CPT2 Mϕ-KO bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDM) displayed canonical markers of M2 polarization following IL-4 stimulation in vitro...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223291/ctrp7-deletion-attenuates-obesity-linked-glucose-intolerance-adipose-tissue-inflammation-and-hepatic-stress
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Pia S Petersen, Xia Lei, Risa M Wolf, Susana Rodriguez, Stefanie Y Tan, Hannah C Little, Michael A Schweitzer, Thomas H Magnuson, Kimberley E Steele, G William Wong
Chronic low-grade inflammation and cellular stress are important contributors to obesity-linked metabolic dysfunction. Here, we uncover an immune-metabolic role for C1q/TNF-related protein 7 (CTRP7), a secretory protein of the C1q family with previously unknown function. In obese humans, circulating CTRP7 levels were markedly elevated and positively correlated with BMI, glucose, insulin, insulin resistance index, hemoglobin A1c, and triglyceride levels. Expression of CTRP7 in liver was also significantly upregulated in obese humans and positively correlated with gluconeogenic genes...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223018/cerebral-ischemia-induced-elevation-of-hepatic-inflammatory-factors-accompanied-by-glucose-intolerance-suppresses-hypothalamic-orexin-a-mediated-vagus-nerve-activation
#12
Shinichi Harada, Yudai Nozaki, Wataru Matsuura, Yui Yamazaki, Shogo Tokuyama
Activation of vagus nerve exerts orexin-A (OXA)-mediated suppression of post-ischemic glucose intolerance and cerebral ischemic neuronal damage. Cerebral ischemia induces hepatic inflammatory factors and contributes to the development of hepatic insulin resistance by activating sympathetic nerves. However, it is not enough to understand whether OXA regulates these phenomena through activation of vagus nerve. In this study, we demonstrated that the involvement of OXA-induced activation of vagus nerve in the induction of hepatic inflammatory factors by cerebral ischemia...
February 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222655/a-cytologic-diagnosis-of-braf-v600e-erdheim-chester-disease-on-pericardial-fluid
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P Chasseur, M Kyriakopoulou, B Vokaer, I Beukinga, R Casado Arroyo, E Cogan, B Couturier
We report the case of a 74-year-old woman admitted to the emergency unit for resting dyspnea. Clinical presentation, cardiac MRI and echocardiography were consistent with cardiac tamponade requiring emergency pericardiocentesis. Cytologic examination of the pericardial fluid revealed the presence of CD68(pos) CD1a(neg) S100(neg) foamy histiocytes (Fig. 1). Additional investigations complied with the diagnosis of Erdheim-Chester histiocytosis. Treatment with αIFN was initiated but the patient developed severe neutropenia that contraindicated further administration...
February 22, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222463/changes-in-body-mass-index-in-pheochromocytoma-patients-following-adrenalectomy
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Ariadni Spyroglou, Christian Adolf, Stefanie Hahner, Marcus Quinkler, Roland Ladurner, Martin Reincke, Felix Beuschlein
Catecholamine excess from pheochromocytoma results in cardiovascular symptoms such as arterial hypertension and tachycardia and induces metabolic alterations including glucose intolerance and increase in resting metabolic rate. The objective of our study was to investigate the effect of surgical cure of pheochromocytoma on body-mass-index and the correlation of body-mass-index changes to preoperative endocrine parameters. Pheochromocytoma patients from the Munich ENSAT Registry were matched (1:2) for age and gender to patients from the German Conn's Registry, who had undergone surgery for aldosterone-producing-adenomas...
February 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221250/factors-associated-with-discontinuation-of-anti-tnf-inhibitors-among-persons-with-ibd-a-population-based-analysis
#15
Laura E Targownik, Aruni Tennakoon, Stella Leung, Lisa M Lix, Zoann Nugent, Harminder Singh, Charles N Bernstein
INTRODUCTION: Antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) medications are known to be highly efficacious in persons with moderate-to-severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There is a paucity of data from population-based sources to elucidate persistence with these medications in the general population of IBD. Discontinuation of anti-TNF therapy is a marker of lack of effectiveness, intolerance, and patient/physician practice preferences. METHODS: We identified all persons with IBD in Manitoba who were dispensed infliximab (IFX) and adalimumab (ADA) between 2001 and 2014...
March 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220526/balloon-valvuloplasty-of-tricuspid-stenosis-a-retrospective-study-of-5-labrador-retriever-dogs
#16
G A Lake-Bakaar, L G Griffiths, M D Kittleson
BACKGROUND: There are limited reports of severe tricuspid valve stenosis in dogs and limited data regarding treatment and outcome. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical signs, echocardiographic features, and outcome of balloon valvuloplasty (BV) in dogs with severe tricuspid valve stenosis (TVS) in which BV was attempted. ANIMALS: Five client-owned dogs with severe TVS. METHODS: Records were retrospectively reviewed and data collected regarding signalment, clinical signs, diagnostic findings, procedures, and outcome...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219187/-clinical-application-of-acutegastrointestinal-injury-grading-system-assocaited-with-clinical-severity-outcome-in-critically-ill-patients-a-multi-center-prospective-observational-study
#17
B C Hu, R H Sun, A P Wu, Y Ni, J Q Liu, L J Ying, Q P Xu, G P Ge, Y C Shi, C W Liu, L Xu, R H Lin, R L Jiang, J Lu, Y N Zhu, W D Wu, X J Ding, B Xie
Objective: To investigate the feasibility of utilizing the current acute gastrointestinal injury(AGI) grading system, and explore the association of severity of AGI grade with clinical outcome in critically ill patients. Methods: The adult patients from 14 general ICUs in Zhejiang Province with an expected admission to ICU for at least 24 h were recruited, and all clinical, laboratory, and survival data were prospectively collected. The AGI grade was daily assessed based on GIsymptoms, feeding details and organ dysfunctionon the first week of admission to ICU...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217973/unravelling-thyroid-dysfunction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-history-matters
#18
Joseph Anoop, Francis Geetha, Idiculla Jyothi, Pradeep Rekha, Vineeta Shobha
AIM: Autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) frequently coexists with other systemic autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Due to the overlapping and nonspecific nature of symptoms, it is difficult to clinically uncover thyroidal illnesses in RA patients. This study was conducted to estimate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction including the presence of anti-thyroid peroxidase (antiTPO) autoantibodies in patients with RA and to analyze symptomatology of thyroid dysfunction in patients diagnosed with RA...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217871/secukinumab-in-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-and-active-comparator-controlled-phase-3-study
#19
Francisco J Blanco, Rüdiger Möricke, Eva Dokoupilova, Christine Codding, Jeffrey Neal, Mats Andersson, Susanne Rohrer, Hanno Richards
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of secukinumab in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had an inadequate response or intolerance to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNF-inhibitors). METHODS: In this phase 3 study, 551 patients were randomized (1:1:1:1) to receive intravenous secukinumab 10 mg/kg (baseline, weeks 2, 4) followed by subcutaneous secukinumab 150 mg or 75 mg every 4 weeks or abatacept or placebo at the same dosing schedule...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217821/physicians-experiences-as-patients-with-statin-side-effects-a-case-series
#20
Hayley J Koslik, Athena Hathaway Meskimen, Beatrice Alexandra Golomb
Physicians are among those prescribed statins and therefore, subject to potential statin adverse effects (AEs). There is little information on the impact of statin AEs on physicians affected by them. We sought to assess the character and impact of statin AEs occurring in physicians and retired physicians, and to ascertain whether/how personal experience of AEs moderated physicians' attitude toward statin use. Seven active or retired physicians from the United States communicated with the Statin Effects Study group regarding their personal experience of statin AEs...
December 2017: Drug Safety—Case Reports
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