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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334721/efficacy-and-safety-of-tocilizumab-in-korean-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Han Joo Baek, Mie Jin Lim, Won Park, Sung Hwan Park, Seung-Cheol Shim, Dae-Hyun Yoo, Hyun Ah Kim, Soo Kon Lee, Yun Jong Lee, Young Eun Park, Hoon-Suk Cha, Yeong-Wook Song
Background/Aims: To investigate the efficacy and safety of tocilizumab (TCZ) humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody, in Korean patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) refractory to conventional disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) including methotrexate (MTX). Methods: The main study was a 24-week, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial that was followed by a 48-week, open-labeled, extension phase. TCZ (8 mg/kg) or placebo was intravenously administered every 4 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334698/endoscopic-ultrasound-and-the-liver-current-applications-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Neil D Shah, Todd H Baron
The diagnosis and management of many gastrointestinal conditions has been augmented by the development of endoscopic ultrasound. Its role in the diagnosis and management of liver disease has been somewhat limited, but with the rapid development of therapeutic advancements it has quickly emerged as a useful tool in the management of complex hepatic conditions. This includes its use in the management of complications of portal hypertension as well as its use in liver lesions and cancer. In this paper, we review case studies, case series and trials for hepatic applications of endoscopic ultrasound to provide an overview of its utilization in this field and demonstrating its more novel applications for future use...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334663/acute-toxicity-screening-of-different-extractions-components-and-constituents-of-polygonum-multiflorum-thunb-on-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos-in-vivo
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Jian-Bo Yang, Wan-Fang Li, Yue Liu, Qi Wang, Xian-Long Cheng, Feng Wei, Ai-Guo Wang, Hong-Tao Jin, Shuang-Cheng Ma
Polygonum multiflorum Thunb. has been used widely in East Asia in treatment of diseases associated with aging. However, there are many reports referred to the toxicity of P. multiflorum, especially for liver adverse reactions. The toxicity of it is caused by over dosage or by the herb itself remains unclear. The aim of this study was to study the toxicity of different extractions, components and constituents of P. multiflorum, which were assessed in zebrafish embryos. Firstly, the difference of extracting solvent to the toxicity of P...
January 12, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334607/geographical-variations-and-trends-in-major-cancer-incidences-throughout-korea-during-1999-2013
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Young-Joo Won, Kyu-Won Jung, Chang-Mo Oh, Eun-Hye Park, Hyun-Joo Kong, Duk Hyoung Lee, Kang Hyun Lee
Purpose: We aimed to describe the temporal trends and district-level geographical variations in cancer incidences throughout Korea during 1999-2013. Materials and Methods: Data were obtained from the Korean National Cancer Incidence Database. We calculated the age-standardized cumulative cancer incidences according to sex and geographical region (metropolitan cities, provinces, and districts) for three 5-year periods (1999-2003, 2004-2008, and 2009-2013). Each quintile interval contained the same number of regions...
January 4, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334584/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-metabolite-identification-of-a-novel-benzimidazole-compound-zln005-by-lc-ms-ms
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Wenchao Sun, Khoa Dinh Nguyen, William L Fitch, Samuel D Banister, Hongxiang Tang, Xiaolan Zhang, Lewis Yu, Edgar G Engleman, Jayakumar Rajadas
RATIONALE: A novel benzimidazole compound ZLN005 was previously identified as a transcriptional activator of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) in certain metabolic tissues. Upregulation of PGC-1α by ZLN005 has been shown to have beneficial effect in a diabetic mouse model and in a coronary artery disease model in vitro. ZLN005 could also have therapeutic potential in neurodegenerative diseases involving down-regulation of PGC-1α. Given the phenotypic efficacy of ZLN005 in several animal models of human disease, its metabolic profile was investigated to guide the development of novel therapeutics using ZLN005 as the lead compound...
January 15, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333901/her2-positive-bilateral-metachronous-primary-breast-carcinoma-a-case-report
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Jinghao Yao, Jing Liu, Yawei Li, Yumei Li, Qiong Wu, Yan Yang
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) positive is a unique molecular subtype of breast cancer (BC) characterized by high malignancy and poor prognosis. Bilateral primary breast cancer (BPBC) harboring HER2 gene amplification is available to be detected among the BC survivors due to the increasing use of anti-HER2 adjuvant therapy. However, owing to the paucity of cases reported, knowledge of treating HER2-positive BPBC patients including the clinical behavior, histopathologic characteristics, anti-HER2 therapeutic response and disease outcome are not fully understood...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333610/clinical-features-and-treatment-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-across-the-asia-pacific-region-the-go-asia-initiative
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W-K Chan, S Treeprasertsuk, K Imajo, A Nakajima, Y Seki, K Kasama, S Kakizaki, J-G Fan, M J Song, S K Yoon, Y-Y Dan, L Lesmana, K-Y Ho, K-L Goh, V W-S Wong
BACKGROUND: The Gut and Obesity Asia (GO ASIA) workgroup was formed to study the relationships between obesity and gastrointestinal diseases in the Asia Pacific region. AIM: To study factors associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and advanced fibrosis, and medical treatment of biopsy-proven nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) patients. METHODS: Retrospective study of biopsy-proven NAFLD patients from centres in the GO ASIA Workgroup...
January 14, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333545/dynamic-changes-in-copper-homeostasis-and-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-atp7a-during-myogenic-differentiation
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Katherine E Vest, Amanda L Paskavitz, Joseph B Lee, Teresita Padilla-Benavides
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal required for activity of a number of redox active enzymes that participate in critical cellular pathways such as metabolism and cell signaling. Because it is also a toxic metal, Cu must be tightly controlled by a series of transporters and chaperone proteins that regulate Cu homeostasis. The critical nature of Cu is highlighted by the fact that mutations in Cu homeostasis genes cause pathologic conditions such as Menkes and Wilson diseases. While Cu homeostasis in highly affected tissues like the liver and brain is well understood, no study has probed the role of Cu in development of skeletal muscle, another tissue that often shows pathology in these conditions...
January 15, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333341/preventive-effects-of-salvia-officinalis-leaf-extract-on-insulin-resistance-and-inflammation-in-a-model-of-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice-that-responds-to-rosiglitazone
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Mohamed R Ben Khedher, Mohamed Hammami, Jonathan R S Arch, David C Hislop, Dominic Eze, Edward T Wargent, Małgorzata A Kępczyńska, Mohamed S Zaibi
Background: Salvia officinalis (sage) is a native plant to the Mediterranean region and has been used for a long time in traditional medicine for various diseases. We investigated possible anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects of sage methanol (MetOH) extract in a nutritional mouse model of obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance, as well as its effects on lipolysis and lipogenesis in 3T3-L1 cells. Methods: Diet-induced obese (DIO) mice were treated for five weeks with sage methanol extract (100 and 400 mg kg-1/day bid), or rosiglitazone (3 mg kg-1/day bid), as a positive control...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333101/variations-in-the-aurka-gene-biomarkers-for-the-development-and-progression-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Bin Wang, Chin-Jung Hsu, Chia-Hsuan Chou, Hsiang-Lin Lee, Whei-Ling Chiang, Chen-Ming Su, Hsiao-Chi Tsai, Shun-Fa Yang, Chih-Hsin Tang
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a liver malignancy and a major cause of cancer mortality worldwide. AURKA (aurora kinase A) is a mitotic serine/threonine kinase that functions as an oncogene and plays a critical role in hepatocarcinogenesis. We report on the association between 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the AURKA gene (rs1047972, rs2273535, rs2064836, and rs6024836) and HCC susceptibility as well as clinical outcomes in 312 patients with HCC and in 624 cancer-free controls. We found that carriers of the TT allele of the variant rs1047972 were at greater risk of HCC compared with wild-type (CC) carriers...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333079/type-1-autoimmune-hepatitis-presenting-with-severe-autoimmune-neutropenia
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Petros Doumtsis, Theodora Oikonomou, Ioannis Goulis, Kaliopi Zachou, George Dalekos, Evangelos Cholongitas
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a progressive, chronic liver disease characterized by unresolving hepatocellular inflammation of autoimmune origin. The clinical spectrum may vary from asymptomatic presentation, to non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, arthralgias, nausea and abdominal pain, to acute severe liver disease. AIH is characterized by the presence of interface hepatitis and portal plasma cell infiltration on histological examination, hypergammaglobulinemia, and positive autoantibodies. AIH is associated with other autoimmune diseases and its course is often accompanied by various non-specific hematological disorders...
January 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333071/factors-associated-with-waiting-time-on-the-liver-transplant-list-an-analysis-of-the-united-network-for-organ-sharing-unos-database
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Judy A Trieu, Mohammad Bilal, Bashar Hmoud
Background: Liver transplantation (LT) is an important treatment for acute liver failure and end-stage liver disease. In 2002, the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score was incorporated to prioritize patients awaiting LT. Although there is data on how the MELD score affects waiting times, there is a paucity of literature regarding other components. We aimed to evaluate the factors affecting LT waiting times in the United States. Methods: Using the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database, patients aged 12-75 years listed for LT over the years 2002-2015 were included...
January 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333070/bacterial-infections-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis-clinical-characteristics-and-the-role-of-c-reactive-protein
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Melanie Deutsch, Spilios Manolakopoulos, Ioannis Andreadis, Markos Giannaris, George Kontos, Hariklia Kranidioti, Maria Pirounaki, John Koskinas
Background: The diagnosis of bacterial infection in cirrhotic patients may be difficult, because of the absence of classical signs such as fever and raised white blood cell count. The role of C-reactive protein (CRP) in this context has not been clearly defined. Methods: Clinical and laboratory characteristics of 210 consecutive cirrhotic patients with (n=100) or without (n=110) bacterial infection were compared with a control group of non-cirrhotic patients with infection (n=106)...
January 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333065/hepatitis-c-infection-in-patients-with-hereditary-bleeding-disorders-epidemiology-natural-history-and-management
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REVIEW
Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Vasiliki Argiana, Melanie Deutsch
Hereditary bleeding disorders include a group of diseases with abnormalities of coagulation. Prior to 1990, infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) was mainly transmitted via pooled plasma products as a treatment for hereditary bleeding disorders. Anti-HCV positivity in these patients may be as high as >70% in some areas, while some of them have also been coinfected with human immunodeficiency virus. Since about 20% of HCV-infected patients clear the infection naturally, chronic HCV infection represents a significant health problem in this group of patients...
January 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333048/astaxanthin-ameliorates-hepatic-damage-and-oxidative-stress-in-carbon-tetrachloride-administered-rats
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Md Ariful Islam, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, Md Faruk, Md Tauhid Ul Islam, Md Mizanur Rahman, Mohammad Nazmul Alam, A F M Towheedur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud Reza, Md Ashraful Alam
Background: Astaxanthin is of carotenoids group which possess strong antioxidant properties. The present study was conducted to evaluate the hepatoprotective effects of astaxanthin in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-treated rats. Materials and Methods: Female Long-Evans rats were administered with CCl4 orally (1 ml/kg) twice a week for 2 weeks and were treated with astaxanthin (10 mg/kg) every day for 2 weeks. Blood plasma samples were isolated from each group and were analyzed for alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase activities...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333040/pharmacological-screening-of-trachyspermum-ammi-for-antihyperlipidemic-activity-in-triton-x-100-induced-hyperlipidemia-rat-model
#16
Uzma Saleem, Saba Riaz, Bashir Ahmad, Mohammad Saleem
Background: Mortality rate is increasing due to cardiovascular problems throughout the world. These cardiac problems are directly associated with dyslipidemia. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antihyperlipidemic effect of aqueous extract and methanol extract of Trachyspermum ammi at 1 g/kg, 3 g/kg, and 5 g/kg dose levels in rats. Materials and Methods: For this purpose, 45 male albino rats were used and randomly divided into nine equal groups (n = 5)...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333014/is-colorectal-cancer-in-young-40-years-different-from-those-in-the-elderly-40-years-experience-from-a-regional-care-center
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Rudresha A Haleshappa, Suparna Ajit Rao, Sunny Garg, C Lakshmaiah Kuntegowdanahalli, Govinda Babu Kanakasetty, Lokanatha Dasappa
Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is considered a disease of elderly. There has been a steady decrease in the incidence in those aged >50 years, with an alarming increase noted in adults aged <50 years. Subjects and Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 89 patients diagnosed with CRC aged <40 years between the years 2010 and 2014. Their clinical profile, treatment, and outcomes were studied. Results: The median age was 33 years with a male preponderance (56...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333006/rational-use-of-imaging-to-stage-breast-cancer-evidences-for-a-selective-approach
#18
S G D Gangadaran
Introduction: Staging investigations at diagnosis are customary to accurately assign a clinical stage before therapy. The practice of routine imaging in patients asymptomatic for metastasis is not recommended but widely adopted. This study was done to reexamine the basis behind guideline recommendations and to identify the factors predictive of asymptomatic metastasis. Methods: Oncology records of 200 breast cancer patients in clinical Stages I-III at diagnosis were prospectively reviewed...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332206/oncological-outcomes-after-cytoreductive-nephrectomy-for-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-inferior-vena-caval-tumor-thrombus
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Hideaki Miyake, Takayuki Sugiyama, Ryota Aki, Yuto Matsushita, Keita Tamura, Daisuke Motoyama, Toshiki Ito, Atsushi Otsuka
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the oncological outcomes of patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) involving the inferior vena cava (IVC) who received cytoreductive nephrectomy. METHODS: This study included 75 consecutive metastatis renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients with inferior vena cava (IVC) tumor thrombus undergoing cytoreductive nephrectomy and tumor thrombectomy followed by systemic therapy. RESULTS: Of the 75 patients, 11, 33, 24 and 7 had level I, II, III and IV IVC thrombus, respectively...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331969/temporal-trends-in-antithrombotic-treatment-of-real-world-uk-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-atrial-fibrillation-findings-from-the-garfield-af-registry
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Patricia N Apenteng, Haiyan Gao, Fd Richard Hobbs, David A Fitzmaurice
OBJECTIVE: To investigate evolving patterns in antithrombotic treatment in UK patients with newly diagnosed non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF). DESIGN: Prospective, multicentre, international registry. SETTING: 186 primary care practices in the UK. PARTICIPANTS: 3482 participants prospectively enrolled in four sequential cohorts (cohort 2 (C2) n=830, diagnosed September 2011 to April 2013; cohort 3 (C3) n=902, diagnosed April 2013 to June 2014; cohort 4 (C4) n=850, diagnosed July 2014 to June 2015; cohort 5 (C5) n=900, diagnosed June 2015 to July 2016)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
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