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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735818/curcuminoids-modify-lipid-profile-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#1
Yunes Panahi, Nahid Khalili, Ebrahim Sahebi, Soha Namazi, Željko Reiner, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahbekar
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is an established risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and is associated with disturbed metabolism of lipids and lipoproteins. Curcuminoids are natural products with anti-diabetic and lipid-modifying actions but their efficacy in improving dyslipidemia in diabetic individuals has not been sufficiently studied. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of supplementation with curcuminoids, plus piperine as an absorption enhancer, in improving serum lipids in patients with T2D...
August 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733786/developing-an-environmental-water-quality-monitoring-program-for-haraz-river-in-northern-iran
#2
Mitra Tavakol, Reza Arjmandi, Mansoureh Shayeghi, Seyed Masoud Monavari, Abdolreza Karbassi
Water quality management plans are an indispensable strategy for conservation and utilization of water resources in a sustainable manner. One common industrial use of water is aquaculture. The present study is an attempt to use statistical analyses in order to prepare an environmental water quality monitoring program for Haraz River, in Northern Iran. For this purpose, the analysis of a total number of 18 physicochemical parameters was performed at 15 stations during a 1-year sampling period. According to the results of the multivariate statistical methods, the optimal monitoring would be possible by only 3 stations and 12 parameters, including NH3, EC, BOD, TSS, DO, PO4, NO3, TDS, temperature, turbidity, coliform, and discharge...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733299/robot-assisted-surgery-in-a-broader-healthcare-perspective-a-difference-in-difference-based-cost-analysis-of-a-national-prostatectomy-cohort
#3
Vibe Bolvig Hyldgård, Karin Rosenkilde Laursen, Johan Poulsen, Rikke Søgaard
OBJECTIVE: To estimate costs attributable to robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) as compared with open prostatectomy (OP) and laparoscopic prostatectomies (LP) in a National Health Service perspective. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Register-based cohort study of 4309 consecutive patients who underwent prostatectomy from 2006 to 2013 (2241 RALP, 1818 OP and 250 LP). Patients were followed from 12 months before to 12 months after prostatectomy with respect to service use in primary care (general practitioners, therapists, specialists etc) and hospitals (inpatient and outpatient activity related to prostatectomy and comorbidity)...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731963/audiologic-gain-of-incus-short-process-vibroplasty-with-conventional-incus-long-process-vibroplasty-a-retrospective-analysis-of-36-patients
#4
Jeon Mi Lee, Young Ho Lee, Jinsei Jung, Sung Huhn Kim, In Seok Moon, Jae Young Choi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the audiological and non-audiological benefits of incus short process (SP) vibroplasty with those of conventional incus long process (LP) vibroplasty. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. SETTING: Tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Thirty-six patients with sensorineural hearing loss were treated with the semi-implantable middle ear hearing device. Of these, 22 were treated with conventional LP vibroplasty, and 14 were treated with SP vibroplasty using SP couplers...
July 20, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730556/stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelium-the-role-of-pigmentation-as-maturation-marker-and-gene-expression-profile-comparison-with-human-endogenous-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#5
A Bennis, J G Jacobs, L A E Catsburg, J B Ten Brink, C Koster, R O Schlingemann, J van Meurs, T G M F Gorgels, P D Moerland, V M Heine, A A Bergen
In age-related macular degeneration (AMD) the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) deteriorates, leading to photoreceptor decay and severe vision loss. New therapeutic strategies aim at RPE replacement by transplantation of pluripotent stem cell (PSC)-derived RPE. Several protocols to generate RPE have been developed where appearance of pigmentation is commonly used as indicator of RPE differentiation and maturation. It is, however, unclear how different pigmentation stages reflect developmental stages and functionality of PSC-derived RPE cells...
July 21, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729361/cetp-cholesteryl-ester-transfer-protein-inhibition-with-anacetrapib-decreases-production-of-lipoprotein-a-in-mildly-hypercholesterolemic-subjects
#6
Tiffany Thomas, Haihong Zhou, Wahida Karmally, Rajasekhar Ramakrishnan, Stephen Holleran, Yang Liu, Patricia Jumes, John A Wagner, Brian Hubbard, Stephen F Previs, Thomas Roddy, Amy O Johnson-Levonas, David E Gutstein, Santica M Marcovina, Daniel J Rader, Henry N Ginsberg, John S Millar, Gissette Reyes-Soffer
OBJECTIVE: Lp(a) [lipoprotein (a)] is composed of apoB (apolipoprotein B) and apo(a) [apolipoprotein (a)] and is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease and aortic stenosis. In clinical trials, anacetrapib, a CETP (cholesteryl ester transfer protein) inhibitor, causes significant reductions in plasma Lp(a) levels. We conducted an exploratory study to examine the mechanism for Lp(a) lowering by anacetrapib. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We enrolled 39 participants in a fixed-sequence, double-blind study of the effects of anacetrapib on the metabolism of apoB and high-density lipoproteins...
July 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728363/effect-of-different-levels-of-protein-concentrates-supplementation-on-the-growth-performance-plasma-amino-acids-profile-and-mtor-cascade-genes-expression-in-early-weaned-yak-calves
#7
Quhani Peng, Nazir Ahmad Khan, B Xue, T H Yan, Z S Ahmad Wang
Objective: Yak is anone of the most important livestock species in the alpine-meadow grasslands of Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. WeThis study evaluated the effects of different levels of protein concentrate supplementation on the growth performance of yak calves, and correlated the growth rate to the changes occurring in the plasma- amino acids, and -insulin profile, and to the signaling activity of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) cascade, in order to characterize the mechanism through which the protein synthesis can be improved in early weaned yaks...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727575/surface-energy-tunable-iso-decyl-acrylate-based-molds-for-low-pressure-nano-imprint-lithography
#8
Hyowon Tak, Dongha Tahk, Chanho Jeong, Sori Lee, Tae-Il Kim
We presented surface energy-tunable nanoscale molds for unconventional lithography. The mold is highly robust, transparent, has a minimized haze, does not contain additives, and is a non-fluorinated IDA Isodecyl acrylate (IDA) and Trimethylolpropane Triacrylate (TMPTA) based polymer. By changing the mixing ratio of the polymer components, the cross-linking density, mechanical modulus, and surface energy (crucial factors in low pressure (1~2×105 N/m2) nanoimprint lithography (LP-NIL)), can be controlled. To verify these properties of the molds, we also characterized the surface energy by measuring the contact angles and calculating the work of adhesion among the wafer, polymer film, and mold for successful demolding in nanoscale structures...
July 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726966/ab-initio-performance-predictions-of-single-layer-in-v-tunnel-field-effect-transistors
#9
Juan Lu, Zhi-Qiang Fan, Jian Gong, Xiang-Wei Jiang
The device performances of both n-type and p-type tunnel field-effect transistors (TFETs) made of single-layer InX (X = N, P, As, Sb) are theoretically evaluated through density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio simulations in this paper. It is found that a promising steep subthreshold swing (SS) of [less-than-or-eq] 60 mV dec(-1) can be obtained with gate length LG = 15.2 nm for all two-dimensional (2D) InX TFETs. In particular, an outstanding on-current of ∼1058 μA μm(-1) (or 880 μA μm(-1)) is estimated in a 2D p-type (or n-type) InSb device, which could barely satisfy the ITRS requirements for future high-performance (HP) applications...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726649/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-as-a-marker-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
#10
P Štefanič, I Kopolovets, Z Hertelyová, Š Tóth, M Frankovičová
The aim of this study was to compare the concentration of inflammatory vascular markers and morphological structure of atherosclerotic plaque in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with the stenosis of internal carotid artery (ICA). The research was carried out in 70 patients with hemodynamically significant stenosis of ICA out of which 40 (57%) were asymptomatic patients and 30 (43%) were symptomatic patients, of which 20 patients (66%) have had a stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), 10 patients (33%)...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725318/detection-of-apolipoprotein-e-gene-polymorphism-and-blood-lipid-level-in-hemodialysis-patients
#11
Yuxin Wang, Ning Wang, Yuanshan Lu, Qing Yu, Lina Zhou, Qinjun Xu
BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the clinical characteristics of lipid metabolism and the effect of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene polymorphism on lipid metabolism in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: The serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC), ApoA1, ApoB, ApoE and lipoprotein Lp(a) were detected by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length (PCR-RFLP)...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724687/direct-and-trans-generational-effects-of-male-and-female-gut-microbiota-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#12
Juliano Morimoto, Stephen J Simpson, Fleur Ponton
There is increasing evidence of the far-reaching effects of gut bacteria on physiological and behavioural traits, yet the fitness-related consequences of changes in the gut bacteria composition of sexually interacting individuals remain unknown. To address this question, we manipulated the gut microbiota of fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, by monoinfecting flies with either Acetobacter pomorum (AP) or Lactobacillus plantarum (LP). Re-inoculated individuals were paired in all treatment combinations. LP-infected males had longer mating duration and induced higher short-term offspring production in females compared with AP-infected males...
July 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721320/detection-of-chronic-kidney-disease-by-using-different-equations-of-glomerular-filtration-rate-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-cross-sectional-analysis
#13
Sojib Bin Zaman
Introduction Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a global threat due to its high mortality. It is essential to know the actual magnitude of diabetic CKD to design a specific management program. However, there is limited knowledge regarding the most suitable equation to measure CKD in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This paper aimed to analyze estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) based on different equations to detect the CKD among T2DM.  Methods A hospital-based cross-sectional study was carried out, and a clinical registry was used to collect 4,042 T2DM patients from a large district hospital in Northeast Thailand...
June 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720993/inserting-pedicle-screws-in-lumbar-spondylolisthesis-the-easy-bone-conserving-way
#14
Hitesh Lal, Lalit Kumar, Ramesh Kumar, Tankeshwar Boruah, Pankaj Kumar Jindal, Vinod Kumar Sabharwal
BACKGROUND: Pedicle screw fixation in high grade lumbar listhetic vertebral body has been nightmare for Orthopaedic and spine surgeons. This is because of abnormally positioned listhetic pedicles and non-visualization of pedicle in conventional image intensifier (C-Arm). This results into increased surgical time, more blood loss, radiation exposure and more chances of infection. To overcome this problem, we have devised a new Technique of putting of pedicle screw fixation in listhetic vertebrae...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720857/population-variation-in-the-trophic-niche-of-the-trinidadian-guppy-from-different-predation-regimes
#15
Eugenia Zandonà, Christopher M Dalton, Rana W El-Sabaawi, Jason L Howard, Michael C Marshall, Susan S Kilham, David N Reznick, Joseph Travis, Tyler J Kohler, Alexander S Flecker, Steven A Thomas, Catherine M Pringle
Population variation in trophic niche is widespread among organisms and is of increasing interest given its role in both speciation and adaptation to changing environments. Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata) inhabiting stream reaches with different predation regimes have rapidly evolved divergent life history traits. Here, we investigated the effects of both predation and resource availability on guppy trophic niches by evaluating their gut contents, resource standing stocks, and δ(15)N and δ(13)C stable isotopes across five streams during the wet season...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720532/lipoid-proteinosis-a-clinical-and-molecular-study-in-egyptian-patients
#16
Hanan H Afifi, Khalda S Amr, Angie M S Tosson, Tarak A Hassan, Mennat I Mehrez, Ghada Y El-Kamah
Lipoid proteinosis (LP) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by the loss of function of ECM1 gene. Clinical features include varying degrees of skin thickening, hoarseness of voice and less frequently neuropsychiatric abnormalities. Twelve patients from ten unrelated families with a clinical diagnosis of lipoid proteinosis were enrolled in this study. Extraction of DNA samples of the 12 patients and their parents from peripheral blood by standard methods was performed. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of the ECM1 gene was conducted using eight pairs of primers spanning over the 10 exons and splice junctions...
July 15, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719872/health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-undergoing-lumbar-total-disc-replacement-a-comparison-with-the-general-population
#17
Pablo Clavel, Gheorghe Ungureanu, Ignasia Catalá, Guillermo Montes, Xavier Málaga, Moisés Ríos
OBJECTIVES: In up to half of the cases, low back pain (LBP) is thought to be related to a degeneration of the lumbar disc. Lumbar total disc replacement (LTDR) emerged as an alternative to fusion, but its use and indications are still subject to debate. The purpose of this paper was to compare Health-related Quality of life (HRQOL) in patients undergoing LTDR for one or two-level degenerative disc disease (DDD) with the paired age and gender general population values and to assess functional disability and residual pain at one year after the surgical procedure...
July 11, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718810/dna2-an-important-player-in-dna-damage-response-or-just-another-dna-maintenance-protein
#18
REVIEW
Elzbieta Pawłowska, Joanna Szczepanska, Janusz Blasiak
The human DNA2 (DNA replication helicase/nuclease 2) protein is expressed in both the nucleus and mitochondria, where it displays ATPase-dependent nuclease and helicase activities. DNA2 plays an important role in the removing of long flaps in DNA replication and long-patch base excision repair (LP-BER), interacting with the replication protein A (RPA) and the flap endonuclease 1 (FEN1). DNA2 can promote the restart of arrested replication fork along with Werner syndrome ATP-dependent helicase (WRN) and Bloom syndrome protein (BLM)...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717794/the-influence-of-maxillary-incisor-torque-on-the-esthetic-perception-%C3%A2-of-the-smile
#19
Javier Giron de Velasco, Pablo de la Cuadra, Gorka Urizar
PURPOSE: An esthetically pleasing smile is one of our patients' main goals. However, it is not always clear that the esthetic perceptions of patients and clinicians are the same. The purpose of this study was to evaluate and quantify the discrepancies in the esthetic perception of maxillary incisor torque among professionals, and between professionals and the general public. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A photograph of a 30-year-old woman was digitally manipulated to obtain nine smile images and nine full-profile images with various maxillary incisor torques, while maintaining the overjet...
2017: International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715436/use-of-water-turnover-method-to-measure-mother-s-milk-flow-in-a-rat-model-application-to-dams-receiving-a-low-protein-diet-during-gestation-and-lactation
#20
Thomas Sevrin, Marie-Cécile Alexandre-Gouabau, Dominique Darmaun, Antoine Palvadeau, Agnès André, Patrick Nguyen, Khadija Ouguerram, Clair-Yves Boquien
Assessment of milk production is of utmost relevance for pediatricians and scientists interested in early life nutrition. The weight-suckle-weight (WSW) method, which consists of weighing babies before and after they suckle their mother, uses the difference in body weight as an estimate of milk intake. However, this is prone to many sources of error. In the current study, we used for the first time the water turnover method and compartmental analysis with deuterated water (D2O) as a non-toxic tracer to quantify in vivo milk production in a rat model...
2017: PloS One
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