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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346928/diet-and-gut-microbiota-in-health-and-disease
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Ting-Chin David Shen
Gut microbiota plays an important role in host health maintenance and disease pathogenesis. The development of a stable and diverse gut microbiota is essential to various host physiologic functions such as immunoregulation, pathogen prevention, energy harvest, and metabolism. At the same time, a dysbiotic gut microbiota associated with disease is altered in structure and function, and often characterized by a decrease in species richness and proliferation of pathogenic bacterial taxa. As a shared substrate between the host and the gut microbiota, diet significantly impacts the health and disease states of the host both directly and through gut microbial metabolite production...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346927/microbiota-in-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-in-infancy-implications-for-management
#2
Thomas R Abrahamsson, Richard Y Wu, Philip M Sherman
The complex and diverse intestinal microbiome is recognized as important in promoting human health. An altered gut microflora, referred to as dysbiosis, is increasingly recognized as having an etiologic role in a variety of conditions, including functional gastrointestinal disorders: colic in infants and irritable bowel syndrome in older children. Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that, if ingested in sufficient amounts, restore microbial homeostasis and have a benefit on health. Randomized controlled trials indicate that probiotics can be effective in a variety of intestinal conditions, including colic and irritable bowel syndrome...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346762/predicting-the-pain-continuum-after-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-surgery-a-prospective-cohort-study
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V Chidambaran, L Ding, D L Moore, K Spruance, E M Cudilo, V Pilipenko, M Hossain, P Sturm, S Kashikar-Zuck, L J Martin, S Sadhasivam
BACKGROUND: Chronic postsurgical pain (CPSP) affects half a million children annually in the United States, with dire socioeconomic consequences, including long-term disability into adulthood. The few studies of CPSP in children are limited by sample size, follow-up duration, non-homogeneity of surgical procedure and factors evaluated. METHODS: In a prospective study of 144 adolescents undergoing a single major surgery (spine fusion), we evaluated demographic, perioperative, surgical and psychosocial factors as predictors of a continuum of postsurgical pain: immediate, pain maintenance at 2-3 months (chronic pain/CP) and persistence of pain a year (persistent pain/PP) after surgery...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346742/leaf-economic-and-hydraulic-divergences-underpin-ecological-differentiation-in-the-bromeliaceae
#4
Jamie Males, Howard Griffiths
Leaf economic and hydraulic theory have rarely been applied to the ecological differentiation of speciose herbaceous plant radiations. The role of character trait divergences and network reorganisation in the differentiation of the functional types in the megadiverse Neotropical Bromeliaceae was explored by quantifying a range of leaf economic and hydraulic traits in 50 diverse species. Functional types, which are defined by combinations of C3 or CAM photosynthesis, terrestrial or epiphytic habits, and non-specialised, tank-forming or atmospheric morphologies, segregated clearly in trait space...
March 27, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346562/joint-association-of-obesity-and-hypertension-with-disability-in-the-elderly-a-community-based-study-of-residents-in-shanghai-china
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P Su, H Ding, W Zhang, G Duan, Y Yang, J Long, L Du, C Xie, C Jin, C Hu, Z Sun, Z Duan, L Gong, W Tian
BACKGROUND: Although both obesity and hypertension are known risk factors for disability, the joint association of obesity and hypertension with risk of disability is unknown. This paper is aim to examine the joint association of obesity and hypertension with risk of disability. METHODS: Cross-sectional study with 8060 elderly community-dwelling individuals participating in the survey initiated by Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission from March to September 2013...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346551/infrared-spectra-of-hscs-c-hscs-and-hcs2-produced-on-electron-bombardment-of-cs2-in-solid-para-hydrogen
#6
Masashi Tsuge, Yuan-Pern Lee
We report infrared (IR) spectra of HSCS(+), c-HSCS, HCS2(-), and other species produced on electron bombardment of a mixture of CS2 and para-hydrogen (p-H2) during deposition at 3.2 K. After maintenance of the deposited matrix in darkness for 12 h, the intensities of the absorption lines of HSCS(+) at 2477.2 (ν1), 1525.6 (ν2), and 919.6 cm(-1) (ν3) decreased through neutralization of HSCS(+) with trapped electrons. During this period, the intensities of the lines of HCS2(-) at 2875.7 (ν1), 1249.9 (ν5), 1003...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346452/purine-synthesis-promotes-maintenance-of-brain-tumor-initiating-cells-in-glioma
#7
Xiuxing Wang, Kailin Yang, Qi Xie, Qiulian Wu, Stephen C Mack, Yu Shi, Leo J Y Kim, Briana C Prager, William A Flavahan, Xiaojing Liu, Meromit Singer, Christopher G Hubert, Tyler E Miller, Wenchao Zhou, Zhi Huang, Xiaoguang Fang, Aviv Regev, Mario L Suvà, Tae Hyun Hwang, Jason W Locasale, Shideng Bao, Jeremy N Rich
Brain tumor initiating cells (BTICs), also known as cancer stem cells, hijack high-affinity glucose uptake active normally in neurons to maintain energy demands. Here we link metabolic dysregulation in human BTICs to a nexus between MYC and de novo purine synthesis, mediating glucose-sustained anabolic metabolism. Inhibiting purine synthesis abrogated BTIC growth, self-renewal and in vivo tumor formation by depleting intracellular pools of purine nucleotides, supporting purine synthesis as a potential therapeutic point of fragility...
March 27, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346445/potential-energy-landscapes-identify-the-information-theoretic-nature-of-the-epigenome
#8
Garrett Jenkinson, Elisabet Pujadas, John Goutsias, Andrew P Feinberg
Epigenetics is the study of biochemical modifications carrying information independent of DNA sequence, which are heritable through cell division. In 1940, Waddington coined the term "epigenetic landscape" as a metaphor for pluripotency and differentiation, but methylation landscapes have not yet been rigorously computed. Using principles from statistical physics and information theory, we derive epigenetic energy landscapes from whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) data that enable us to quantify methylation stochasticity genome-wide using Shannon's entropy, associating it with chromatin structure...
March 27, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346423/mob1-yap1-taz-nkx2-1-axis-controls-bronchioalveolar-cell-differentiation-adhesion-and-tumour-formation
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K Otsubo, H Goto, M Nishio, K Kawamura, S Yanagi, W Nishie, T Sasaki, T Maehama, H Nishina, K Mimori, T Nakano, H Shimizu, T W Mak, K Nakao, Y Nakanishi, A Suzuki
Mps One Binder Kinase Activator (MOB)1A/1B are core components of the Hippo pathway. These proteins, which coactivate LArge Tumour Suppressor homologue kinases, are also tumour suppressors. To investigate MOB1A/B's roles in normal physiology and lung cancer, we generated doxycycline (Dox)-inducible, bronchioalveolar epithelium-specific, null mutations of MOB1A/B in mice (SPC-rtTA/(tetO)7-Cre/Mob1a(flox/flox)/Mob1b(-/-); termed luMob1DKO mice). Most mutants (70%) receiving Dox in utero (luMob1DKO (E6.5-18.5) mice) died of hypoxia within 1 h post-birth...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346355/characterization-of-active-anthocyanin-degradation-in-the-petals-of-rosa-chinensis-and-brunfelsia-calycina-reveals-the-effect-of-gallated-catechins-on-pigment-maintenance
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Honghui Luo, Shuangfan Deng, Wei Fu, Xin Zhang, Xuelian Zhang, Zhaoqi Zhang, Xuequn Pang
Anthocyanin degradation decreases ornamental or nutritional values of horticultural products. To investigate factors that may influence colour change in flower development, anthocyanin degradation was compared between the flowers of Brunfelsia calycina and Rosa chinensis, which show rapid and slow degradation, respectively. In-gel activity assays, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of tannins, enzyme kinetics measurement and immune-detection of anthocyanin degradation related-perioxidases (PODs) were carried out for the comparison...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346290/endoscopic-ear-surgery-for-external-auditory-canal-cholesteatoma
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Jörg Dähn, Lukas Anschuetz, Masaya Konishi, Mark Sayles, Marco Caversaccio, Patrick Dubach
BACKGROUND: Treatment of external auditory canal cholesteatoma (EACC) has been a question of debate. To our knowledge and according to a systematic review of endoscopic ear surgery (EES) in 2015, this study describes for the first time the technique and outcome by solely transcanal EES for EACC. STUDY METHOD: Retrospective case series, level of evidence IV. METHODS: Between October 2014 and December 2016, nine patients with unilateral EACC have been treated by EES...
March 24, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346210/stability-of-alprostadil-in-0-9-sodium-chloride-stored-in-polyvinyl-chloride-containers
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Susan V McCluskey, Kylian Kirkham, Jessica M Munson
The stability of alprostadil diluted in 0.9% sodium chloride stored in polyvinyl chloride (VIAFLEX) containers at refrigerated temperature, protected from light, is reported. Five solutions of alprostadil 11 mcg/mL were prepared in 250 mL 0.9% sodium chloride polyvinyl chloride (PL146) containers. The final concentration of alcohol was 2%. Samples were stored under refrigeration (2°C to 8°C) with protection from light. Two containers were submitted for potency testing and analyzed in duplicate with the stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatography assay at specific time points over 14 days...
March 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346039/comparison-between-urinalysis-results-and-self-reported-heroin-use-among-patients-undergoing-methadone-maintenance-treatment-in-china
#13
Li Li, Li-Jung Liang, Chunqing Lin, Nan Feng, Zunyou Wu
BACKGROUND: The validity and concordance of two main measures of drug use behavior, self-report and urinalysis, has long been discussed. More understanding is needed about the underlying factors associated with discordance between these two methods. OBJECTIVES: Describe the pattern and associated factors of discordance between self-reported heroin use and the urinalysis results of opiate use among methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) patients in China. METHODS: A total of 2,448 MMT patients from 68 clinics in five provinces of China participated in a survey, which collected information on demographics, drug use and MMT-related factors, depressive symptoms, and drug avoidance self-efficacy...
March 27, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345965/experiences-of-attending-day-care-services-designed-for-people-with-dementia-a-qualitative-study-with-individual-interviews
#14
Margit Gausdal Strandenæs, Anne Lund, Anne Marie Mork Rokstad
OBJECTIVES: Day care is assumed to promote independence in home-dwelling people with dementia, increase well-being and enhance social stimulation. Few studies have directly engaged people with dementia to better understand the benefits and impacts of such services. The aim of this study was to explore attendees' experiences with day care designed for people with dementia. METHOD: This study had a qualitative descriptive design and included individual interviews with 17 users attending day care...
March 27, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345686/-effectiveness-of-physical-activity-intervention-at-workplace
#15
REVIEW
Marzena Malińska
A physical activity is a key factor contributing to the improvement and maintenance of one's general health. Although this issue is by no means limited to the workplace, it is precisely the work environment that can provide the basis for keeping and reinforcing more health-conscious attitudes and lifestyles, including programs promoting a physical activity. The paper presents an analysis of the literature on the effectiveness of physical activity intervention at the workplace. Particular attention is paid to the impact of the physical activity programs on musculoskeletal disorders, absenteeism, work ability, physical capacity and body weight of the participants...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345525/tolerance-of-monocytes-and-macrophages-in-response-to-bacterial-endotoxin
#16
Ewelina Wiśnik, Ewa Pikus, Piotr Duchnowicz, Maria Koter-Michalak
Monocytes belong to myeloid effector cells, which constitute the first line of defense against pathogens, also called the nonspecific immune system and play an important role in the maintenance of tissue homeostasis. In response to stimulation, monocytes differentiate into macrophages capable of microorganism phagocytosis and secrete factors that play a key role in the regulation of immune responses. However excessive exposure of monocytes/macrophages to the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Gram negative bacteria leads to the acquisition of immune tolerance by these cells...
March 7, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345481/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-implementing-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-programme-in-critical-care-units
#17
Jesus Ruiz-Ramos, Juan Frasquet, Eva Romá, Jose Luis Poveda-Andres, Miguel Salavert-Leti, Alvaro Catellanos, Paula Ramirez
AIMS: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship (AS) programme implementation focused on critical care units based on assumptions for the Spanish setting. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A decision model comparing costs and outcomes of sepsis, community-acquired pneumonia, and nosocomial infections (including catheter-related bacteremia, urinary tract infection, and ventilator-associated pneumonia) in critical care units with or without an AS was designed...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345452/l-glutamine-supplementation-promotes-an-improved-energetic-balance-in-walker-256-tumor-bearing-rats
#18
Heber Amilcar Martins, Roberto Barbosa Bazotte, Geraldo Emilio Vicentini, Mariana Machado Lima, Flavia Alessandra Guarnier, Catchia Hermes-Uliana, Flavia Cristina Vieira Frez, Gleison Daion Piovezana Bossolani, Luciane Fracaro, Larissa Dos Santos Fávaro, Mariana Inocêncio Manzano, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni
We evaluated the effects of supplementation with oral l-glutamine in Walker-256 tumor-bearing rats. A total of 32 male Wistar rats aged 54 days were randomly divided into four groups: rats without Walker-256 tumor, that is, control rats (C group); control rats supplemented with l-glutamine (CG group); Walker-256 tumor rats without l-glutamine supplementation (WT group); and WT rats supplemented with l-glutamine (WTG group). l-Glutamine was incorporated into standard food at a proportion of 2 g/100 g (2%). After 10 days of the experimental period, the jejunum and duodenum were removed and processed...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345136/twice-weekly-hemodialysis-in-china-can-it-be-a-better-option-for-initiation-or-maintenance-dialysis-therapy
#19
Yucheng Yan, Sylvia Ramirez, Shuchi Anand, Jiaqi Qian, Li Zuo
Cumulative evidence indicates it may be worthwhile revisiting the twice-weekly hemodialysis (HD) regimen as a valid option for individualized or incremental treatments for selected patients with end-stage renal disease. In this article, we will review the current evidences on the potential pros and cons of twice-weekly HD compared to thrice-weekly HD including China's experience in the practice of twice-weekly HD. A prudent patient selection and close dialysis adequacy monitoring might be necessary for this medical treatment choice...
March 26, 2017: Seminars in Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345131/effect-of-botulinum-toxin-on-inducibility-and-maintenance-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-ovine-myocardial-tissue
#20
Alireza Nazeri, Anand V Ganapathy, Ali Massumi, Mehran Massumi, Egemen Tuzun, Raymond Stainback, Ana-Maria Segura, Macarthur A Elayda, Mehdi Razavi
BACKGROUND: Aberrant vagal stimulation may promote the generation and propagation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Researchers have suggested that botulinum toxin (BTX), a neurotoxin that decreases neural vagal stimulation, may decrease the incidence of postoperative AF. The exact electrophysiologic mechanism underlying the observations and histopathologic alterations associated with BTX are unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the electrophysiologic, functional, and histopathologic effects of BTX on fibrillation induction in ovine atria...
March 27, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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