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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231558/alleviating-effects-of-calcium-on-cobalt-toxicity-in-two-barley-genotypes-differing-in-cobalt-tolerance
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Jonas Lwalaba Wa Lwalaba, Gerald Zvobgo, Liangbo Fu, Xuelei Zhang, Theodore Mulembo Mwamba, Noor Muhammad, Robert Prince Mukobo Mundende, Guoping Zhang
Cobalt (Co) contamination in soils is becoming a severe issue in environment safety and crop production. Calcium (Ca)(,) as a macro-nutrient element, shows the antagonism with many divalent heavy metals and the capacity of alleviating oxidative stress in plants. In this study, the protective role of Ca in alleviating Co stress was hydroponically investigated using two barley genotypes differing in Co toxicity tolerance. Barley seedlings exposed to 100µM Co showed the significant reduction in growth and photosynthetic rate, and the dramatic increase in the contents of reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), reduced glutathione (GSH) and oxidized glutathione (GSSG), and the activities of anti-oxidative enzymes, with Ea52 (Co-sensitive) being much more affected than Yan66 (Co-tolerant)...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231380/perioperative-medications-for-preventing-temporarily-increased-intraocular-pressure-after-laser-trabeculoplasty
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REVIEW
Linda Zhang, Jennifer S Weizer, David C Musch
BACKGROUND: Glaucoma is the international leading cause of irreversible blindness. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is the only currently known modifiable risk factor; it can be reduced by medications, incisional surgery, or laser trabeculoplasty (LTP). LTP reduces IOP by 25% to 30% from baseline, but early acute IOP elevation after LTP is a common adverse effect. Most of these IOP elevations are transient, but temporarily elevated IOP may cause further optic nerve damage, worsening of glaucoma requiring additional therapy, and permanent vision loss...
February 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230252/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2-study-of-ganaxolone-as-add-on-therapy-in-adults-with-uncontrolled-partial-onset-seizures
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Michael R Sperling, Pavel Klein, Julia Tsai
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ganaxolone as adjunctive therapy in adults with uncontrolled partial-onset seizures despite taking up to three concomitant antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). METHODS: Adults aged 18-69 years and refractory to conventional AEDs were enrolled in a multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. After an 8-week baseline period, patients were randomized 2:1 to ganaxolone 1,500 mg/day or placebo for a 10-week treatment period (2-week forced titration and 8-week maintenance) followed by either tapering or entry into an open-label extension study...
February 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230062/triple-combination-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-hypertension-a-review-of-the-evidence
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REVIEW
R Düsing, B Waeber, M Destro, C Santos Maia, P Brunel
Hypertension is a serious public health concern with inadequate control of blood pressure (BP) worldwide. Contributing factors include low efficacy of drugs, underuse of combination therapies, irrational combinations, physicians' therapeutic inertia and poor adherence to treatment. Current guidelines recommend the use of initial (dual) combination therapy in high-risk patients for immediate BP response, better short- and long-term BP control, and continued/improved patient adherence. This article aims to review the existing evidence of triple-combination therapies with respect to efficacy, safety and adherence to treatment...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228784/atypical-periprosthetic-acetabular-fracture-in-long-term-alendronate-therapy
#5
Giuseppe Marongiu, Antonio Capone
Bisphosphonates have been commonly used in the treatment of osteoporosis, demonstrating its efficacy in fracture risk reduction. However, even if are generally safe and well tolerated, concerns have emerged about atypical fractures related to its prolonged use. Although atypical femoral fracture are more common, case reports demonstrated that even other skeletal areas can be involved by unusual pattern of fracture. We report a atypical acetabular periprosthetic fracture in a 83-year-old female patient after prolonged alendronate treatment for osteoporosis and isolated acetabular revision surgery...
September 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228759/interleukin-35-producing-cd8%C3%AE-dendritic-cells-acquire-a-tolerogenic-state-and-regulate-t-cell-function
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Sergio Haller, Anaïs Duval, Romain Migliorini, Mathias Stevanin, Vanessa Mack, Hans Acha-Orbea
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a central role in shaping immunogenic as well as tolerogenic adaptive immune responses and thereby dictate the outcome of adaptive immunity. Here, we report the generation of a CD8α(+) DC line constitutively secreting the tolerogenic cytokine interleukin (IL)-35. IL-35 secretion led to impaired CD4(+) and CD8(+) T lymphocyte proliferation and interfered with their function in vitro and also in vivo. IL-35 was furthermore found to induce a tolerogenic phenotype on CD8α(+) DCs, characterized by the upregulation of CD11b, downregulation of MHC class II, a reduced costimulatory potential as well as production of the immunomodulatory molecule IL-10...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228331/-efficacy-and-safety-of-available-therapies-in-the-management-of-idiopathic-overactive-bladder-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#7
J Moyson, F Legrand, M Vanden Bossche, T Quackels, T Roumeguère
OBJECTIVE: Study the efficacy and adverse events of different pharmacological lines in the treatment of idiopathic overactive bladder (iOAB). METHODS: PubMed research on meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials (RCT) focused on the efficacy and adverse effects of anticholinergics, botulinum toxin and mirabegron since 2005. RESULTS: Ten meta-analyses of anticholinergics were selected; 16 randomized controlled trials (ERC) comparing botulinum toxin A to either anticholinergic or placebo and 10 ERC studying mirabegron...
February 19, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228072/curcumin-and-endothelial-function-evidence-and-mechanisms-of-protective-effects
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Maryam Saberi Karimian, Matteo Pirro, Thomas P Johnston, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
BACKGROUND: The endothelium is a large paracrine organ regulating cell growth, vascular tone and thrombogenicity as well as platelet and leukocyte interactions. Endothelial function can be assessed by non-invasive techniques [e.g. flow-mediated vasodilation, nitroglycerin-mediated dilation and pulse wave velocity] and measuring specific circulating biomarkers [cell adhesion molecules, endothelial microparticles and endothelial progenitor cells]. Impaired endothelial function plays a key role in the development of atherosclerosis, arterial hypertension, heart failure, ischemia-reperfusion injury, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions...
February 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227704/comparing-glucose-and-insulin-data-from-the-two-hour-oral-glucose-tolerance-test-in-metabolic-syndrome-subjects-and-marathon-runners
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Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Sara Wong, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn
Glucose is the main energy source of the body's cells and is essential for normal metabolism. Two pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, are involved in glucose home-ostasis. Alteration in the plasma glucose and insulin concentrations could lead to distinct symptoms and diseases, ranging from mental function impairment to coma and even death. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are typical examples of abnormal glucose metabolism that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226960/a-robotic-exoskeleton-to-treat-crouch-gait-from-cerebral-palsy-initial-kinematic-and-neuromuscular-evaluation
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Zachary F Lerner, Diane L Damiano, Thomas C Bulea, Zachary F Lerner, Diane L Damiano, Thomas C Bulea, Diane L Damiano, Zachary F Lerner, Thomas C Bulea
A robotic exoskeleton was designed for individuals with crouch gait caused by cerebral palsy with the intent to supplement existing muscle function during walking. The aim of this study was to evaluate how powered knee extension assistance provided during stance and swing phases of the gait cycle affect knee kinematics, and knee flexor and extensor muscle activity. Muscle activity and kinematic data were collected from four individuals with crouch gait from cerebral palsy during their normal walking condition and while walking with the exoskeleton under stance, swing, and stance & swing assistance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226414/methylene-blue-for-the-treatment-of-intractable-pain-associated-with-oral-mucositis
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Carlos J Roldan, Kent Nouri, Thomas Chai, Billy Huh
Oral mucositis is a common and often debilitating complication among cancer patients receiving radiation therapy to the head and neck or chemotherapy agents, or undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Pain and decreased oral function associated with oral mucositis may persist long after the conclusion of therapy. Although most patients respond to conservative management, a subset of patients develop intractable pain with severe consequences. For some, the use of total parenteral nutrition with insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding tubes is the only alternative...
February 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226000/efficacy-and-safety-of-a-single-radiofrequency-ablation-of-solid-benign-non-functioning-thyroid-nodules
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Roberto Cesareo, Andrea Palermo, Valerio Pasqualini, Carla Simeoni, Alessandro Casini, Giuseppe Pelle, Silvia Manfrini, Giuseppe Campagna, Roberto Cianni
Objective: The objective of our study is to evaluate the clinical outcomes and safety of radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) for benign thyroid nodules (BTNs) over a 1-year follow-up. Subjects and methods: This is a monocentric retrospective study. Forty-eight patients with solid, non-functioning BTNs were treated by RFA using a 17G internally cooled electrode. We categorized thyroid nodules as small (≤ 12 mL), medium (12 to 30 mL), or large (over 30 mL). BTNs volume reduction, thyroid function, cosmetic and compressive score changes and side effect evaluation at 6 and 12 months were evaluated...
February 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225594/mass-spectral-feature-list-optimizer-ms-flo-a-tool-to-minimize-false-positive-peak-reports-in-untargeted-lc-ms-data-processing
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Brian C Defelice, Sajjan Singh Mehta, Stephanie Samra, Tomas Cajka, Benjamin Wancewicz, Johannes F Fahrmann, Oliver Fiehn
Untargeted metabolomics by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry generates data rich chromatograms in form of m/z-retention time features. Managing such datasets is a bottleneck. Many popular data processing tools, including XCMS-online and MZmine2, yield numerous false positive peak detections. Flagging and removing such false peaks manually is a time consuming task and prone to human error. We present a web application, MS Feature List Optimizer (MS-FLO), to improve the quality of feature lists after initial processing to expedite the process of data curation...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225027/variable-salinity-responses-of-12-alfalfa-genotypes-and-comparative-expression-analyses-of-salt-response-genes
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Devinder Sandhu, Monica V Cornacchione, Jorge F S Ferreira, Donald L Suarez
Twelve alfalfa genotypes that were selected for biomass under salinity, differences in Na and Cl concentrations in shoots and K/Na ratio were evaluated in this long-term salinity experiment. The selected plants were cloned to reduce genetic variability within each genotype. Salt tolerance (ST) index of the genotypes ranged from 0.39 to 1. The most salt-tolerant genotypes SISA14-1 (G03) and AZ-90ST (G10), the top performers for biomass, exhibited the least effect on shoot number and height. SISA14-1 (G03) accumulated low Na and Cl under salinity...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224315/modeling-of-free-fatty-acid-dynamics-insulin-and-nicotinic-acid-resistance-under-acute-and-chronic-treatments
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Robert Andersson, Tobias Kroon, Joachim Almquist, Mats Jirstrand, Nicholas D Oakes, Neil D Evans, Michael J Chappel, Johan Gabrielsson
Nicotinic acid (NiAc) is a potent inhibitor of adipose tissue lipolysis. Acute administration results in a rapid reduction of plasma free fatty acid (FFA) concentrations. Sustained NiAc exposure is associated with tolerance development (drug resistance) and complete adaptation (FFA returning to pretreatment levels). We conducted a meta-analysis on a rich pre-clinical data set of the NiAc-FFA interaction to establish the acute and chronic exposure-response relations from a macro perspective. The data were analyzed using a nonlinear mixed-effects framework...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223376/bactericidal-and-fungicidal-activity-of-n-chlorotaurine-is-enhanced-in-cystic-fibrosis-sputum-medium
#16
Martina Gruber, Ivan Moser, Markus Nagl, Michaela Lackner
Lung infections with multiresistant pathogens are a major problem of patients suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). N-chlorotaurine (NCT), a microbicidal active chlorine compound with no resistance development, is well tolerated upon inhalation. The aim of this study was to investigate NCT on its bactericidal and fungicidal activity in vitro in artificial sputum medium (ASM) mimicking the composition of cystic fibrosis mucus.The medium was inoculated with bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus including some MRSA strains, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) or spores of fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus terreus, Candida albicans, Scedosporium apiospermum, Scedosporium boydii, Lomentospora prolificans, Scedosporium aurantiacum, Scedosporium minutisporum, Exophiala dermatitidis, Geotrichum sp...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222373/phytochelatins-play-key-roles-for-the-difference-in-root-arsenic-accumulation-of-different-triticum-aestivum-cultivars-in-comparison-with-arsenate-uptake-kinetics-and-reduction
#17
Gao Ling Shi, Lai Qing Lou, Dao Jun Li, Zhu Bing Hu, Qing Sheng Cai
In the previous studies, we have found that arsenic (As) accumulation in roots of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings were significantly different among different wheat cultivars, and As(V) tolerant wheat cultivars have much higher capacities of root As accumulation. However, the reason for the difference remains unclear. Four wheat cultivars with high (MM45 and FM8) or low (QF1 and HM29) levels of arsenic (As) accumulation were selected to investigate the relationship between root As(V) uptake kinetics and root As accumulation...
February 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221833/evolution-of-thermal-reaction-norms-in-seasonally-varying-environments
#18
Priyanga Amarasekare, Christopher Johnson
Thermal reaction norms of ectotherms exhibit a distinctive latitudinal pattern: the temperature at which performance is maximized coincides with the mean habitat temperature in tropical ectotherms but exceeds the mean temperature in temperate ectotherms. We hypothesize, on the basis of Jensen's inequality, that this pattern is driven by latitudinal variation in seasonal temperature fluctuations. We test this hypothesis with an eco-evolutionary model that integrates the quantitative genetics of reaction norm evolution with stage-structured population dynamics, which we parameterize with data from insects...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221264/efficacy-and-safety-of-combined-oral-chelation-with-deferiprone-and-deferasirox-in-children-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major-an-experience-from-north-india
#19
Nupur Parakh, Jagdish Chandra, Sunita Sharma, Bhavna Dhingra, Rajesh Jain, DeoNath Mahto
OBJECTIVE: A combination of desferrioxamine with either deferiprone (DFP) or deferasirox (DFX) for patients with β-thalassemia major who do not achieve negative iron balance with monotherapy has been studied widely. However, poor compliance resulting from the need for parentral administration of desferrioxamine and its cost necessicitates combining 2 oral chelators. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in patients with transfusion-dependent β-thalassemia major in a tertiary care center over 2 years...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220376/unveiling-the-relative-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-prophylactic-medications-for-migraine-pairwise-and-network-meta-analysis
#20
Aijie He, Dehua Song, Lei Zhang, Chen Li
BACKGROUND: A large number patients struggle with migraine which is classified as a chronic disorder. The relative efficacy, safety and tolerability of prophylactic medications for migraine play a key role in managing this disease. METHODS: We conducted an extensive literature search for popular prophylactic medications that are used for migraine patients. Pairwise meta-analysis and network meta-analysis (NMA) were carried out sequentially for determining the relative efficacy, safety and tolerability of prophylactic medications...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
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