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Patrick Amoateng, Samuel Adjei, Dorcas Osei-Safo, Believe Ahedor, Seidu A Mahmood, Benoit B N'guessan, Isaac J Asiedu-Gyekye, Alexander K Nyarko
BACKGROUND: Conflicting reports about the toxicity of Synedrella nodiflora (L) Gaertn (family Asteraceae), a plant traditionally used in Ghana for the management of epilepsy, abound in literature. The present study evaluates the effect of a 90-day continuous oral administration of a hydro-ethanolic whole plant extract of Synedrella nodiflora (SNE) in male Sprague-Dawley rats. METHODS: The toxicological evaluation of the extract (100, 300 and 1000 mgkg(-1)) was focused on haematological, serum biochemical parameters and histopathological changes of some isolated organs...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Katrine Kveli Fjukstad, Anne Engum, Stian Lydersen, Ingrid Dieset, Nils Eiel Steen, Ole A Andreassen, Olav Spigset
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on cardiovascular risk factors in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. METHOD: We used data from a cross-sectional study on 1301 patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, of whom 280 were treated with SSRIs. The primary outcome variable was the serum concentration of total cholesterol. Secondary outcome variables were low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels, body mass index, waist circumference, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Xiangrong Cui, Xuan Jing, Xueqing Wu, Meiqin Yan
Male infertility is a complex, multifactorial and polygenic disease that contributes to ~50% cases of infertility. Previous studies have demonstrated that excess weight and obesity factors serve an important role in the development of male infertility. An increasing number of studies have reported that resveratrol may regulate the response of cells to specific stimuli that induce cell injury, as well as decrease germ cell apoptosis in mice or rats. In the present study, the semen quality and serum sex hormone levels were evaluated in 324 men, which included 73 underweight, 82 normal weight, 95 overweight and 74 obese men...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Paulina Płoszaj, Andrzej Regiec, Stanisław Ryng, Agnieszka Piwowar, Marian L Kruzel
The 5-amino-3-methyl-4-isoxazolecarboxylic acid hydrazide (HIX) is a synthetic isoxazole derivative with a potential for development as an anti-inflammatory drug candidate. The goal of this study was to explore in vitro autoimmune and inflammatory gene modulation by HIX in human Caco-2 cultured cells. The effect of low dose of HIX was tested on the expression level of RNA in 24h Caco-2 cultures using the QIAGEN Th17 for Autoimmunity & Inflammation RT(2) Profiler PCR Array. We choose the PCR technology as the most reliable and sensitive gene expression profiling method for analyzing specific gene regulatory networks...
October 17, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Eva Rasmussen-Barr, Ulrike Held, Wilhelmus Ja Grooten, Pepijn Ddm Roelofs, Bart W Koes, Maurits W van Tulder, Maria M Wertli
BACKGROUND: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are one of the most frequently prescribed drugs for the treatment of sciatica. A previous Cochrane review on the efficacy of NSAIDs summarised findings for acute and chronic low back pain (LBP) and sciatica. This is an update of the original review (2008) focusing on people suffering from sciatica. OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy of NSAIDs in pain reduction, overall improvement, and reported side effects in people with sciatica...
October 15, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Brent F B Huisman, J M Létang, É Testa, D Sarrut
There is interest in the particle therapy community in using prompt gammas (PGs), a natural byproduct of particle treatment, for range verification and eventually dose control. However, PG production is a rare process and therefore estimation of PGs exiting a patient during a proton treatment plan executed by a Monte Carlo (MC) simulation converges slowly. Recently, different approaches to accelerating the estimation of PG yield have been presented. Sterpin et al (2015 Phys. Med. Biol. 60 4915-46) described a fast analytic method, which is still sensitive to heterogeneities...
October 14, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Wei Qian, Yan-Kun Zhang, Wei Lv, Ying Hou, Qian Cao, Ju-Feng Fan
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the clinical application and efficacy of local injection of botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) at the depressor anguli oris in patients with congenital drooping mouth corner. METHODS: From September 2013 to March 2015, 36 cosmetic patients received local injections of botulinum toxin A at the depressor anguli oris, with 1-3 injection sites in the moving region of the depressor anguli oris on each side. At each injection site, 2-4 U of BTX-A was injected, and the total dose for any unilateral treatment did not exceed 8 U...
October 12, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
David L Thiele, Sarah-Ellyana Aliuddin, Mike Irvine, George P McGill
A computed tomography radiation dose survey was performed within our enterprise using three age-based paediatric phantoms representing a 1, 5 and 10 years old. Twenty-seven scanners were surveyed with volume computed tomography dose index and dose length product data collected for head, chest and abdomen-pelvis protocols at each age. Reconstruction method e.g. filtered back projection (FBP) or iterative (IR) was also recorded. About two-thirds of the 1 year old FBP chest scans exceeded the national Baby diagnostic reference level (DRL)...
October 11, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Sheena Derry, Cathy Stannard, Peter Cole, Philip J Wiffen, Roger Knaggs, Dominic Aldington, R Andrew Moore
BACKGROUND: Opioid drugs, including fentanyl, are commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, and are considered effective by some professionals. Most reviews have examined all opioids together. This review sought evidence specifically for fentanyl, at any dose, and by any route of administration. Other opioids are considered in separate reviews. OBJECTIVES: To assess the analgesic efficacy of fentanyl for chronic neuropathic pain in adults, and the adverse events associated with its use in clinical trials...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Adriana R Oller, Günter Oberdörster
Dosimetric models are essential tools to refine inhalation risk assessments based on local respiratory effects. Dosimetric adjustments to account for differences in aerosol particle size and respiratory tract deposition and/or clearance among rodents, workers, and the general public can be applied to experimentally- and epidemiologically-determined points of departure (PODs) to calculate size-selected (e.g., PM10, inhalable aerosol fraction, respirable aerosol fraction) equivalent concentrations (e.g., HEC or Human Equivalent Concentration; REC or Rodent Equivalent Concentration)...
September 2016: Journal of Aerosol Science
C S Moore, T J Wood, G Avery, S Balcam, L Needler, H Joshi, J R Saunderson, A W Beavis
The use of three physical image quality metrics, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and mean effective noise equivalent quanta (eNEQm) have recently been examined by our group for their appropriateness in the calibration of an automatic exposure control (AEC) device for chest radiography with an Agfa computed radiography (CR) imaging system. This study uses the same methodology but investigates AEC calibration for abdomen, pelvis and spine CR imaging. AEC calibration curves were derived using a simple uniform phantom (equivalent to 20 cm water) to ensure each metric was held constant across the tube voltage range...
October 7, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Ning Wen, Siming Lu, Jinkoo Kim, Yujiao Qin, Yimei Huang, Bo Zhao, Chang Liu, Indrin J Chetty
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the dosimetric uncertainty associated with Gafchromic™ (EBT3) films and establish a practical and efficient film dosimetry protocol for Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). METHOD AND MATERIALS: EBT3 films were irradiated at each of seven different dose levels between 1 and 15 Gy with open fields and standard deviations of dose maps were calculated at each color channel for evaluation...
October 4, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Moayyad E Suleiman, Mark F McEntee, Lucy Cartwright, Jennifer Diffey, Patrick C Brennan
INTRODUCTION: This work aims to explore radiation doses delivered in screening mammography in Australia, with a focus on whether compressed breast thickness should be used as a guide when determining patient derived diagnostic reference levels (DRLs). METHODS: Anonymized mammograms (52,405) were retrieved from a central database, and DICOM headers were extracted using third party software. Women with breast implants, breast thicknesses outside 20-110 mm and images with incomplete exposure or quality assurance (QA) data were excluded...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Mohammad Mahdi Sagheb, Mohammad Amin Fallahzadeh, Alireza Moaref, Mohammad Hossein Fallahzadeh, Banafshe Dormanesh
BACKGROUND: Hemoglobin levels measured after hemodialysis, as compared to hemoglobin levels measured before hemodialysis, are suggested to be a more accurate reflection of the hemoglobin levels between hemodialysis sessions, and to be a better reference point for adjusting erythropoietin dosing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the hemoglobin levels before and after hemodialysis, to calculate the required erythropoietin doses based on these levels, and to develop a model to predict effective erythropoietin dosing...
July 2016: Nephro-urology Monthly
Gayatri C Patel, Megha Kasarwala
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the application of a controlled porosity osmotic tablet (CPOT) utilizing solid dispersion (SD) of poorly soluble drug. The patents on Cyclobenzaprine HCl (US4968507 A) and Venlafaxine salts (EP 2085078 A1) helped in selection of drug and polymers. METHOD: The SDs having different ratio of drug to carrier (PVP K 30) were prepared by kneading method and optimized. Effect of three independent variables, total amount of osmogen (mannitol& potassium chloride), total amount of polymer (polyethylene oxide WSR 301, hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose K100 M), and polymer1: polymer 2 ratio was investigated using Box Behnken design...
October 4, 2016: Recent Patents on Drug Delivery & Formulation
L Maes, J Beyers, A Mondelaers, M Van den Kerkhof, E Eberhardt, G Caljon, S Hendrickx
OBJECTIVES: Despite a continued search for novel antileishmanial drugs, treatment options remain restricted to a few standard drugs, e.g. antimonials, miltefosine, amphotericin B and paromomycin. Although these drugs have now been used for several decades, their mechanism of action still remains partly hypothetical and their dynamics of cidal action and time-to-kill are still poorly documented. METHODS: An in vitro time-to-kill assay on intracellular amastigotes of the laboratory reference strains Leishmania donovani (MHOM/ET/67/L82) and Leishmania infantum [MHOM/MA(BE)/67/ITMAP263] evaluated the cidal action dynamics of the listed reference drugs at three different concentrations: at IC50, 2 × IC50 and the near cytotoxic dose level (CC90: determined on MRC-5 cells)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Laya Ekhlaspour, Debbie Mondesir, Norman Lautsch, Courtney Balliro, Mallory Hillard, Kendra Magyar, Laura Goergen Radocchia, Aryan Esmaeili, Manasi Sinha, Steven J Russell
BACKGROUND: The accuracy of point-of-care blood glucose (BG) meters is important for the detection of dysglycemia, calculation of insulin doses, and the calibration of continuous glucose monitors. The objective of this study was to compare the accuracy of commercially available glucose meters in a challenging laboratory study using samples with a wide range of reference BG and hemoglobin values. METHODS: Fresh, discarded blood samples from a hospital STAT laboratory were either used without modification, spiked with a glucose solution, or incubated at 37°C to produce 347 samples with an even distribution across reference BG levels from 20 to 440 mg/dl and hemoglobin values from 9 to 16 g/dl...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
Alexandra Cucoş Dinu, Monica I Călugăr, Bety D Burghele, Oana A Dumitru, Constantin Cosma, Bogdan P Onac
A comprehensive radon survey has been carried out in seven caves located in the western half of Romania's most significant karst regions. Touristic and non-touristic caves were investigated with the aim to provide a reliable distribution of their radon levels and evaluate the occupational exposure and associated effective doses. Radon gas concentrations were measured with long-term diffusion-type detectors during two consecutive seasons (warm and cold). All investigated caves exceed the European Union reference level of radon gas at workplaces (300 Bq/m(3))...
October 1, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
K Tinsley Anderson, Susan Greenfield, Luke R Putnam, Emma Hamilton, Akemi Kawaguchi, Mary T Austin, Lillian S Kao, Susan D John, Kevin P Lally, KuoJen Tsao
BACKGROUND: A pediatric computed tomography (CT) radiation dose reduction program was implemented throughout our children's associated hospital system in 2010. We hypothesized that the CT dose received for evaluation of appendicitis in children would be significantly higher among the 40 referral, nonmember hospitals (NMH) than the 9 member hospitals (MH). METHODS: Preoperative CTs of pediatric (<18years) appendectomy patients between April 2012 and April 2015 were reviewed...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Vishruti Makani, Bin Zhang, Heeoon Han, Yuemang Yao, Pierrik Lassalas, Kevin Lou, Ian Paterson, Virginia M Y Lee, John Q Trojanowski, Carlo Ballatore, Amos B Smith, Kurt R Brunden
Neurodegenerative disorders referred to as tauopathies, which includes Alzheimer's disease (AD), are characterized by insoluble deposits of the tau protein within neuron cell bodies and dendritic processes in the brain. Tau is normally associated with microtubules (MTs) in axons, where it provides MT stabilization and may modulate axonal transport. However, tau becomes hyperphosphorylated and dissociates from MTs in tauopathies, with evidence of reduced MT stability and defective axonal transport. This has led to the hypothesis that MT-stabilizing drugs may have potential for the treatment of tauopathies...
September 29, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
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