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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458232/fibrinogen-and-neopterin-is-associated-with-future-myocardial-infarction-and-total-mortality-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Øistein Rønneberg Mjelva, Gard F T Svingen, Eva K R Pedersen, Reinhard Seifert, Jan Terje Kvaløy, Øivind Midttun, Per M Ueland, Jan E Nordrehaug, Ottar Nygård, Dennis W T Nilsen
Systemic fibrinogen and neopterin are related to inflammation. We investigated the prognostic utility and possible interactions of these biomarkers in stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) patients undergoing coronary angiography. We included 3,545 patients with suspected stable angina with a median follow-up of 7.3 and 10.2 years for incident acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and all-cause mortality, respectively. Prospective associations were explored by Cox regression. Potential effect modifications were investigated according to strata of fibrinogen, neopterin or high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) below and above the median, as well as gender and smoking habits...
February 19, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458228/efficacy-of-epidural-analgesia-after-laparotomy-in-children
#2
Klarieke Bravenboer-Monster, Claudia Keyzer-Dekker, Monique van Dijk, Lonneke Staals, Tom de Leeuw, Rene Wijnen
BACKGROUND: Epidural analgesia (EDA) is used as postoperative pain treatment in children, but little is known about its efficacy after laparotomy in children. This retrospective study investigated the efficacy of postoperative EDA after laparotomy in children and the frequencies of adverse effects and complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of all children aged 0 to 18 years undergoing laparotomy and treated with EDA in our hospital from January 2014 to December 2015 were collected...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458226/-outbreaks-of-scabies-in-schools-and-use-of-ivermectin
#3
Josef A I Weigl
BACKGROUND: At Pentecost 2017 outbreaks of scabies occurred in three schools in Ploen County. Several classes were supposed to go on an excursion or had returned from an excursion with symptomatic kids. METHODS: Rapid investigation, on site outbreak confirmation, home visits of the environment of the index cases, simultaneous mass treatment and post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) with Ivermectin according to the outbreak characteristics were applied. RESULTS: The index case of school A was ill since 5 months, but was misdiagnosed as eczema...
February 19, 2018: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458221/thyroid-stimulating-hormone-stimulated-human-adipocytes-express-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin
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Loretta Ma, AnneMarie Gagnon, Anne Landry, Timothea Le, Fengxia Xiao, Cathy Sun, Heather A Lochnan, Dylan Burger, Alexander Sorisky
When recombinant human (rh) thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is administered to thyroid cancer survivors, an acute extra-thyroidal effect raises pro-inflammatory cytokines and activates platelets. Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) is a cytokine recently implicated in platelet activation. Our aim was to measure platelet microparticle levels after rhTSH stimulation in vivo, and to investigate TSLP expression in TSH-stimulated human adipocytes in culture. Blood samples for total and platelet microparticle analysis were obtained from thyroid cancer survivors before (day 1) and after rhTSH administration (day 5)...
February 19, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458220/incidence-of-autoimmune-and-related-disorders-after-resolution-of-endogenous-cushing-syndrome-in-children
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Christina Tatsi, Meg Keil, Charalampos Lyssikatos, Elena Belyavskaya, Constantine A Stratakis, Maya B Lodish
Glucocorticoids are widely used for immunosuppression in autoimmune diseases. After the resolution of hypercortisolemia, the immune system recovers allowing for autoimmune diseases to manifest. Here we investigated the presence of autoimmune and related diseases that developed after cure of endogenous Cushing syndrome (CS) in children. We identified 129 children who were diagnosed and successfully treated for endogenous CS at the National Institutes of Health from 1997 until 2017, and who were followed for at least 6 months after treatment...
February 19, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458219/clinical-endocrine-and-imaging-characteristics-of-patients-with-primary-hypophysitis
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Anna Angelousi, Carolina Cohen, Soledad Sosa, Karina Danilowicz, Lina Papanastasiou, Marina Tsoli, Aparna Pal, Georgios Piaditis, Ashley Grossman, Gregory Kaltsas
Primary hypophysitis (PH) is a rare disease with a poorly-defined natural history. Our aim was to characterise patients with PH at presentation and during prolonged follow-up. Observational retrospective study of 22 patients was conducted from 3 centres. In 14 patients, PH was confirmed histologically and in the remaining 8 clinically, after excluding secondary causes of hypophysitis. All patients had hormonal and imaging investigations before any treatment. Median follow up was 48 months (25-75%: 3-60). There was a female predominance with a female/male ratio: 3...
February 19, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458217/a-new-two-dimensional-shear-wave-elastography-for-noninvasive-assessment-of-liver-fibrosis-in-healthy-subjects-and-in-patients-with-chronic-liver-disease
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Carla Serra, Valentina Grasso, Fabio Conti, Cristina Felicani, Elena Mazzotta, Marco Lenzi, Gabriella Verucchi, Antonietta D'errico, Pietro Andreone
PURPOSE: To assess the performance of two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2D-SWE) on the GE LOGIQ E9 ultrasound system in a cohort of healthy subjects and to investigate its accuracy in the staging of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) using liver biopsy as a reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From October 2014 to June 2016, 54 healthy subjects and 174 patients with CLD were consecutively enrolled. Liver fibrosis stage was assessed by the METAVIR scoring system...
February 19, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458214/effect-of-tetrahedral-dna-nanostructures-on-proliferation-and-osteo-odontogenic-differentiation-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-via-activation-of-the-notch-signaling-pathway
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Mi Zhou, Nan-Xin Liu, Si-Rong Shi, Yong Li, Qi Zhang, Quan-Quan Ma, Tao-Ran Tian, Wen-Juan Ma, Xiao-Xiao Cai, Yun-Feng Lin
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) derived from the human dental pulp tissue have multiple differentiation capabilities, such as osteo/odontogenic differentiation. Therefore, DPSCs are deemed as ideal stem cell sources for tissue regeneration. As new nanomaterials based on DNA, tetrahedral DNA nanostructures (TDNs) have tremendous potential for biomedical applications. Here, the authors aimed to explore the part played by TDNs in proliferation and osteo/odontogenic differentiation of DPSCs, and attempted to investigate if these cellular responses could be driven by activating the canonical Notch signaling pathway...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458208/the-use-of-fatty-acids-as-absorption-enhancer-for-pulmonary-drug-delivery
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Maliheh Ghadiri, Finbarr Canney, Cristina Pacciana, Gaia Colombo, Paul M Young, Daniela Traini
A limitation in the systemic uptake of many inhalable drugs is the restricted permeation through the pulmonary epithelial layer barrier. One strategy to bypass the epithelial layer when delivering non-permeable drugs is to alter the paracellular transport, allowing the uptake of drugs into the systemic circulation. In this study, the potential of sodium decanoate (Na dec), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as absorption enhancers has been investigated to increase pulmonary paracellular permeability by modulating epithelial cells' tight junctions...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458203/precision-pharmacology-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Harald Hampel, Andrea Vergallo, Lisi Flores Aguilar, Norbert Benda, Karl Broich, A Claudio Cuello, Jeffrey Cummings, Bruno Dubois, Howard J Federoff, Massimo Fiandaca, Remy Genthon, Marion Haberkamp, Eric Karran, Mark Mapstone, George Perry, Lon S Schneider, Lindsay A Welikovitch, Janet Woodcock, Filippo Baldacci, Simone Lista
The complex multifactorial nature of polygenic Alzheimer's disease (AD) presents significant challenges for drug development. AD pathophysiology is progressing in a non-linear dynamic fashion across multiple systems levels - from molecules to organ systems - and through adaptation, to compensation, and decompensation to systems failure. Adaptation and compensation maintain homeostasis: a dynamic equilibrium resulting from the dynamic non-linear interaction between genome, epigenome, and environment. An individual vulnerability to stressors exists on the basis of individual triggers, drivers, and thresholds accounting for the initiation and failure of adaptive and compensatory responses...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458202/validity-of-the-intra-operative-measurement-of-stem-anteversion-and-factors-for-the-erroneous-estimation-in-cementless-total-hip-arthroplasty-using-postero-lateral-approach
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Y K Lee, J W Kim, T Y Kim, Y C Ha, K H Koo
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative estimation of stem anteversion in total hip arthroplasty (THA) using postero-lateral approach is made by the surgeon's visual assessment, using the tibia as a guide, with the assumption that tibial axis is vertical to the trans-epicondylar axis. However, the accuracy of the intra-operative estimation has rarely been verified with postoperative CT-scans, with controversies regarding these measurements particularly in case of knee osteoarthritis. Therefore we performed a prospective study to: 1) determine the accuracy of the intra-operative measurement and 2) investigate factors affecting the discrepancy between the surgeon's estimation and the real stem anteversion HYPOTHESIS: Intra-operative estimation of stem anteversion correlated with the real stem anteversion on CT scan...
February 16, 2018: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458198/adverse-childhood-experiences-and-adult-inflammation-findings-from-the-1958-british-birth-cohort
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Mingyi Chen, Rebecca E Lacey
BACKGROUND: The relationship between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and poorer health across the life course is well established. Increased chronic inflammation might be one mechanism through which these associations operate. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between ACE and adult inflammation using a prospective longitudinal study. We also investigated whether associations were explained by life course socioeconomic, psychological and health behavioural factors, and whether associations differed by gender...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458197/changes-in-motor-function-cognition-and-emotion-related-behavior-after-right-hemispheric-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-various-brain-regions-of-mouse
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Wei Zhu, Yufeng Gao, Jieru Wan, Xi Lan, Xiaoning Han, Shanshan Zhu, Weidong Zang, Xuemei Chen, Wendy Ziai, Daniel F Hanley, Scott J Russo, Ricardo E Jorge, Jian Wang
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a detrimental type of stroke. Mouse models of ICH, induced by collagenase or blood infusion, commonly target striatum, but not other brain sites such as ventricular system, cortex, and hippocampus. Few studies have systemically investigated brain damage and neurobehavioral deficits that develop in animal models of ICH in these areas of the right hemisphere. Therefore, we evaluated the brain damage and neurobehavioral dysfunction associated with right hemispheric ICH in ventricle, cortex, hippocampus, and striatum...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458193/attenuation-of-neuro-inflammation-improves-survival-and-neurodegeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-severe-neonatal-hyperbilirubinemia
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Simone Vodret, Giulia Bortolussi, Alessandra Iaconcig, Elena Martinelli, Claudio Tiribelli, Andrés F Muro
All pre-term newborns and a high proportion of term newborns develop neonatal jaundice. Neonatal jaundice is usually a benign condition and self-resolves within few days after birth. However, a combination of unfavorable complications may lead to acute hyperbilirubinemia. Excessive hyperbilirubinemia may be toxic for the developing nervous system leading to severe neurological damage and death by kernicterus. Survivors show irreversible neurological deficits such as motor, sensitive and cognitive abnormalities...
February 16, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458189/impact-of-time-of-day-on-diffusivity-measures-of-brain-tissue-derived-from-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Cibu Thomas, Neda Sadeghi, Amrita Nayak, Aaron Trefler, Joelle Sarlls, Chris Baker, Carlo Pierpaoli
Diurnal fluctuations in MRI measures of structural and functional properties of the brain have been reported recently. These fluctuations may have a physiological origin, since they have been detected using different MRI modalities, and cannot be explained by factors that are typically known to confound MRI measures. While preliminary evidence suggests that measures of structural properties of the brain based on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) fluctuate as a function of time-of-day (TOD), the underlying mechanism has not been investigated...
February 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458187/mri-techniques-to-measure-arterial-and-venous-cerebral-blood-volume
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Jun Hua, Peiying Liu, Tae Kim, Manus Donahue, Swati Rane, J Jean Chen, Qin Qin, Seong-Gi Kim
The measurement of cerebral blood volume (CBV) has been the topic of numerous neuroimaging studies. To date, however, most in vivo imaging approaches can only measure CBV summed over all types of blood vessels, including arterial, capillary and venous vessels in the microvasculature (i.e. total CBV or CBVtot). As different types of blood vessels have intrinsically different anatomy, function and physiology, the ability to quantify CBV in different segments of the microvascular tree may furnish information that is not obtainable from CBVtot, and may provide a more sensitive and specific measure for the underlying physiology...
February 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458185/tiny-cerebral-aneurysms-can-be-safely-and-effectively-treated-with-lvis-stent-assisted-coiling-or-coiling-alone
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Bu-Lang Gao, Tian-Xiao Li, Li Li, Gang-Qin Xu, Bo-Wen Yang
BACKGROUND: The effect and safety of LVIS stent-coiling is currently not known for treating tiny intracranial aneurysms. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect and safety of LVIS stent-assisted coiling and coiling alone in treating patients with mostly ruptured tiny aneurysms. METHODS: Seventy-five patients with tiny intracranial aneurysms including 63 ruptured ones were treated endovascularly and analyzed. RESULTS: In the coiling group, complete occlusion was achieved in 35 patients (83...
February 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458183/age-dependent-attitudes-of-ischemic-patients-towards-disability-after-decompressive-hemicraniectomy-for-malignant-middle-cerebral-artery-infarction
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Byoung-Joon Kim, Yeon Ran Hong, Youngmin Han, Yang-Ha Hwang, Boram Ohk, Jaechan Park
OBJECTIVE: To improve the process of surgical informed consent, patient attitudes towards acceptable levels of disability after decompressive surgery for malignant middle cerebral artery infarction are investigated, including the impact of patient age. METHODS: Patients who had experienced a recent minor stroke were asked to complete a questionnaire comprised of 2 parts: 1) demographic information, including patient age, gender, years of education, working status, religion, and economic status and 2) acceptable level of disability based on a modified Rankin Scale (mRS) with corresponding illustrations to explain the mRS levels...
February 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458180/feature-guided-attentional-capture-cannot-be-prevented-by-spatial-filtering
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Nick Berggren, Martin Eimer
Feature-based control processes guide attention towards objects with target features in visual search. While these processes are assumed to operate globally across the entire visual field, it remains controversial whether target-matching objects at task-irrelevant locations can be excluded from attentional selection, especially when spatial attention is already narrowly focused elsewhere. We investigated whether probe stimuli at irrelevant lateral locations capture attention when they precede search displays where targets are defined either by a specific feature (colour or orientation) or by a colour/orientation conjunction by measuring N2pc components (an electrophysiological marker of attentional target selection) to these probes...
February 16, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458168/apoptosis-of-enterocytes-and-nitration-of-junctional-complex-proteins-promote-alcohol-induced-gut-leakiness-and-liver-injury
#20
Young-Eun Cho, Li-Rong Yu, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Seong-Ho Yoo, Byoung-Joon Song
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Binge alcohol causes gut leakiness, contributing to increased endotoxemia and inflammatory liver injury, although the molecular mechanisms are still elusive. This study was aimed at investigating the roles of apoptosis of enterocytes and nitration followed by degradation of intestinal tight junction (TJ) and adherent junction (AJ) proteins in binge alcohol-induced gut leakiness. METHODS: The levels of intestinal (ileum) junctional complex proteins, oxidative stress markers and apoptosis-related proteins in rodents, T84 colonic cells and autopsied human ileums were determined by immunoblot, immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, and mass-spectral analyses...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
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