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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934922/extreme-activity-of-drug-nanocrystals-coated-with-a-layer-of-non-covalent-polymers-from-self-assembled-boric-acid
#1
Honglei Zhan, Jun F Liang
Non-covalent polymers have remarkable advantages over synthetic polymers for wide biomedical applications. In this study, non-covalent polymers from self-assembled boric acid were used as the capping reagent to replace synthetic polymers in drug crystallization. Under acidic pH, boric acid self-assembled on the surface of drug nanocrystals to form polymers with network-like structures held together by hydrogen bonds. Coating driven by boric acid self-assembly had negligible effects on drug crystallinity and structure but resulted in drug nanocrystals with excellent dispersion properties that aided in the formation of a more stable suspension...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931783/reduced-p3b-brain-response-during-sustained-visual-attention-is-associated-with-remote-blast-mtbi-and-current-ptsd-in-u-s-military-veterans
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Casey S Gilmore, Craig A Marquardt, Seung Suk Kang, Scott R Sponheim
Approximately 275,000 American service members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), with 75% of these incidents involving an explosive blast. Combat-related mTBI is frequently associated with comorbid mental health disorders, especially posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Attention problems, including sustained attention, are common cognitive complaints of veterans with TBI and PTSD. The present study sought to examine neural correlates of sustained attention in veterans with blast mTBI and/or current PTSD...
December 5, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930984/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-conditioned-media-could-potentially-ameliorate-ovalbumin-induced-asthmatic-changes
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Mahdi Ahmadi, Reza Rahbarghazi, Mohammad Reza Aslani, Amir-Ali Shahbazfar, Masoumeh Kazemi, Rana Keyhanmanesh
BACKGROUND: The major feature of asthma is governed by chronic airway inflammation. This investigation was proposed to achieve the suitable candidate for ameliorating long-term chronic asthmatic changes of respiratory tract. METHODS: 36 rats were classified into healthy (C) and ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized animals (S). To sensitize, the rats were exposed to OVA over a course of 32±1days. One day after sensitization, equal six different groups were subjected to experimental procedure (n=6); Rats only received intratracheally 50ml PBS (CPT and SPT groups), 50μl conditioned medium (CM) (CST and SST groups) and 50μl PBS containing 2×10(6) rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (rBMMSCs) (CCT and SCT groups)...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927591/utilization-trends-in-noncardiac-thoracic-imaging-2002-2014
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Sarah I Kamel, David C Levin, Laurence Parker, Vijay M Rao
PURPOSE: To analyze recent trends in utilization of the various noncardiac thoracic imaging modalities in the Medicare population. METHODS: The Medicare Part B databases for 2002 through 2014 were reviewed. All CPT codes pertaining to noninvasive imaging of the thorax were selected and grouped into seven categories: x-ray, CT, computed tomographic angiography (CTA), nuclear scans (noncardiac), MRI, MR angiography, and ultrasound. Yearly utilization rates per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries were calculated...
December 4, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926678/cost-minimization-analysis-of-open-and-endoscopic-carpal-tunnel-release
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Steven Zhang, Molly Vora, Alex H S Harris, Laurence Baker, Catherine Curtin, Robin N Kamal
BACKGROUND: Carpal tunnel release is the most common upper-limb surgical procedure performed annually in the U.S. There are 2 surgical methods of carpal tunnel release: open or endoscopic. Currently, there is no clear clinical or economic evidence supporting the use of one procedure over the other. We completed a cost-minimization analysis of open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release, testing the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the procedures in terms of cost. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review using a private-payer and Medicare Advantage database composed of 16 million patient records from 2007 to 2014...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926611/enhanced-anticancer-activity-of-drug-nanoparticles-formulated-with-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin
#6
Honglei Zhan, Tina Jagtiani, Jun F Liang
Camptothecin (CPT) is a potent chemotherapeutic agent that shows a broad spectrum of anticancer activities. However, it is clinically inactive because of poor aqueous solubility, rapid aqueous hydrolysis, and unexpected side effects. Three strategies have extensively been adopted to improve its dissolution rate including reduction of drug particle size to a nanoscale, use of an amorphous state, and the formation of inclusion compounds. In our study, we combined these three strategies together by constructing CPT nanoparticles by creating an inclusion complex with β-cyclodextrin (BCD)...
December 6, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924155/versatile-ph-response-micelles-with-high-cell-penetrating-helical-diblock-copolymers-for-photoacoustic-imaging-guided-synergistic-chemo-photothermal-therapy
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Shengyu Shi, Yajing Liu, Yu Chen, Zhihuang Zhang, Yunsheng Ding, Zongquan Wu, Jun Yin, Liming Nie
With high optical absorption efficiency, near infrared (NIR) dyes have been proposed as theranostic agents for fluorescence imaging, photoacoustic imaging (PAI), and photothermal therapy (PTT). However, inherent hydrophobicity and short circulation time of small molecule hinder the further biomedical application. Herein smart amphiphilic copolymer was synthesized containing IR780/camptothecin@poly(ε-caprolactone) (IR780/CPT@PCL) as core, helical poly(phenyl isocyanide) (PPI) blocks as shell with the pH-responsive rhodamine B (RhB) moieties in the core-shell interface...
2016: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922836/a-novel-method-for-full-locomotion-compensation-of-an-untethered-walking-insect
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Shunsuke Shigaki, Shunpei Fukushima, Daisuke Kurabayashi, Takeshi Sakurai, Ryohei Kanzaki
In this study, we developed a novel unfixed-type experimental system that we call a '3-DOF servosphere.' This system comprises one sphere and three omniwheels that support the sphere. The measurement method is very simple. An experimental animal is placed on top of the sphere. The position and heading angle of the animal are observed by using a high-speed camera installed above the sphere. Because the system can rotate the sphere with three degrees of freedom (DOFs) independently, the position and heading angle at the origin can be maintained without fixing the body...
December 6, 2016: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922760/nervecheck-for-the-detection-of-sensory-loss-and-neuropathic-pain-in-diabetes
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Georgios Ponirakis, Maria N Odriozola, Samantha Odriozola, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Shazli Azmi, Maryam Ferdousi, Hassan Fadavi, Uazman Alam, Andrew Marshall, Maria Jeziorska, Anthony Miro, Ahmad Kheyami, Mitra Tavakoli, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Maria B Odriozola, Ariel Odriozola, Rayaz A Malik
BACKGROUND: Accurate and economic detection of nerve damage in diabetes is key to more widespread diagnosis of patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and painful diabetic neuropathy. This study examined the diagnostic performance of NerveCheck, an inexpensive ($500) quantitative sensory testing (QST) device. METHODS: One hundred forty-four subjects (74 with and 70 without diabetes) underwent assessment with NerveCheck, neuropathy disability score (NDS), nerve conduction studies (NCS), intraepidermal and corneal nerve fiber density (IENFD and CNFD), and McGill questionnaire for neuropathic pain...
December 6, 2016: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922580/comparative-analysis-of-peri-operative-outcomes-using-nationally-derived-hospital-discharge-data-relative-to-a-prospective-multi-center-surgical-database-of-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery
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Gregory W Poorman, Peter G Passias, Aaron J Buckland, Cyrus M Jalai, Michael Kelly, Daniel M Sciubba, Brian J Neuman, D Kojo Hamilton, Amit Jain, Bassel Diebo, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess, Eric O Klineberg
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of three prospectively collected databases. OBJECTIVE: compare peri-operative outcomes in Adult Spinal Deformity (ASD) surgeries in a surgeon-run (SR-ASD) and two national databases: the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: has been learned on the treatment of ASD in the last decade with prospective multicenter collaborative research focusing on this specific condition...
December 2, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920741/inducing-proactive-control-shifts-in-the-ax-cpt
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Corentin Gonthier, Brooke N Macnamara, Michael Chow, Andrew R A Conway, Todd S Braver
The Dual Mechanisms of Control (DMC) account (Braver, 2012) proposes two distinct mechanisms of cognitive control, proactive and reactive. This account has been supported by a large number of studies using the AX-CPT paradigm that have demonstrated not only between-group differences, but also within-subjects variability in the use of the two control mechanisms. Yet there has been little investigation of task manipulations that can experimentally modulate the use of proactive control in healthy young adults; such manipulations could be useful to better understand the workings of cognitive control mechanisms...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917869/neurophysiological-characterization-of-attentional-performance-dysfunction-in-schizophrenia-patients-in-a-reverse-translated-task
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Jared W Young, Andrew W Bismark, Yinming Sun, Wendy Zhang, Meghan McIlwain, Ibrahim Grootendorst, Gregory A Light
Attentional dysfunction in schizophrenia (SZ) contributes to the functional deficits ubiquitous to the disorder. Identifying the neural substrates of translational measures of attentional dysfunction would prove invaluable for developing therapeutics. Attentional performance is typically assessed via continuous performance tasks (CPTs), though many place additional cognitive demands with little cross-species test-relevance. Herein, event related potentials (ERPs) were utilized to investigate the neurophysiological correlates of attention and response inhibition of SZ and healthy participants, while they performed the cross-species translated five-choice CPT (5C-CPT)...
December 5, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917691/impact-a-multifaceted-implementation-for-conversation-partner-training-in-aphasia-in-dutch-rehabilitation-settings
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Sandra Wielaert, Mieke W M E van de Sandt-Koenderman, Nina Dammers, Karen Sage
PURPOSE: Exploration of the clinical uptake of a novel conversation partner training (CPT) programme in aphasia in 10 Dutch rehabilitation facilities and identification of its perceived facilitators and barriers in service providers, and the evaluation of the implementation methods used. METHOD: Ten rehabilitation centres took part in a multifaceted implementation of CPT over 13 months. Each centre selected two speech and language therapists to act as knowledge brokers whose role was to raise awareness of CPT in the team and to facilitate getting partners of people with aphasia into the programme...
December 5, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917117/training-on-working-memory-and-inhibitory-control-in-young-adults
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Maria J Maraver, M Teresa Bajo, Carlos J Gomez-Ariza
Different types of interventions have focused on trying to improve Executive Functions (EFs) due to their essential role in human cognition and behavior regulation. Although EFs are thought to be diverse, most training studies have targeted cognitive processes related to working memory (WM), and fewer have focused on training other control mechanisms, such as inhibitory control (IC). In the present study, we aimed to investigate the differential impact of training WM and IC as compared with control conditions performing non-executive control activities...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910140/side-effects-of-irinotecan-cpt-11-the-clinically-used-drug-for-colon-cancer-therapy-are-eliminated-in-experimental-animals-treated-with-latex-proteins-from-calotropis-procera-apocynaceae
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Nylane Maria Nunes de Alencar, Flávio da Silveira Bitencourt, Ingrid Samantha Tavares de Figueiredo, Patrícia Bastos Luz, Roberto César P Lima-Júnior, Karoline Sabóia Aragão, Pedro Jorge Caldas Magalhães, Gerly Anne de Castro Brito, Ronaldo Albuquerque Ribeiro, Ana Paula Fragoso de Freitas, Marcio Viana Ramos
Intestinal mucositis (IM) is the critical side effect of irinotecan (CPT-11), which is the front-line drug used for the treatment of colorectal cancer. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of latex proteins (LP) from Calotropis procera to prevent IM and diarrhea in animals. Swiss mice were treated daily with saline or LP (1, 5, or 50 mg/kg, i.v.) 24 h prior to CTP-11 (75 mg/kg/4 days, i.p) and for additional 6 days. Animal survival, body weight variation, and diarrhea were registered. After animal sacrifice (day 7 post first injection of CPT-11), intestinal samples were collected to study morphology and inflammatory parameters...
December 2, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909561/korean-solar-salts-reduce-obesity-and-alter-its-related-markers-in-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Jaehyun Ju, Jia-Le Song, Eui-Seong Park, Myoung-Sool Do, Kun-Young Park
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The aim of this experiments was to show anti-obesity effects of Korean solar salt from different salt fields in diet-induced obese mice. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Diet-induced obesity (DIO) was induced by a high-fat diet (HFD; 45% cal from fat) in C57BL/6J mice for eight weeks. The mice were fed with the designated diets (chow diet for Normal, HFD for Control, 0.47%-salt-mixed HFD for purified salt (PS), Guerande solar salt from France (SS-G), solar salt from Y salt field (SS-Y), solar salts from T salt field (SS-T) and S salt field (SS-S)) for another eight weeks...
December 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905499/the-correlation-between-plasma-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-cognitive-function-in-bipolar-disorder-is-modulated-by-the-bdnf-val66met-polymorphism
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Sheng-Yu Lee, Tzu-Yun Wang, Shiou-Lan Chen, Yun-Hsuan Chang, Po-See Chen, San-Yuan Huang, Nian-Sheng Tzeng, Liang-Jen Wang, I Hui Lee, Kao Chin Chen, Yen Kuang Yang, Yi-Hsin Yang, Ru-Band Lu, Cheng-Sheng Chen
We explored the effect of the Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met polymorphism (rs6265) on correlation between changes in plasma BDNF levels with cognitive function and quality of life (QoL) after 12 weeks of treatment in bipolar disorder (BD). Symptom severity and plasma BDNF levels were assessed upon recruitment and during weeks 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12. QoL, the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), and the Conners' Continuous Performance Test (CPT) were assessed at baseline and endpoint. The BDNF Val66Met polymorphism was genotyped...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905292/the-effect-of-iron-deficiency-on-the-temporal-changes-in-the-expression-of-genes-associated-with-fat-metabolism-in-the-pregnant-rat
#18
Susan M Hay, Harry J McArdle, Helen E Hayes, Valerie J Stevens, William D Rees
Iron is essential for the oxidative metabolism of lipids. Lipid metabolism changes during gestation to meet the requirements of the growing fetus and to prepare for lactation. The temporal effects of iron deficiency during gestation were studied in female rats fed complete or iron-deficient diets. Plasma triglycerides were elevated in the iron-deficient group throughout gestation. There were time-dependent changes in the triglyceride content of the maternal liver, falling at the midpoint of gestation and then increasing on d21...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898461/cold-pain-threshold-identifies-a-subgroup-of-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis-that-present-with-multimodality-hyperalgesia-and-elevated-pain-levels
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Anthony Wright, Heather A E Benson, Rob Will, Penny Moss
OBJECTIVES: Cold hyperalgesia has been established as an important marker of pain severity in a number of conditions. This study aimed to establish the extent to which patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) demonstrate widespread cold, heat, and pressure hyperalgesia. OA participants with widespread cold hyperalgesia were compared with the remaining OA cohort to determine whether they could be distinguished in terms of hyperalgesia, pain report, pain quality, and physical function. METHODS: A total of 80 participants with knee OA and 40 matched healthy controls participated...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898457/ethnicity-cortisol-and-experimental-pain-responses-among-persons-with-symptomatic-knee-osteoarthritis
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Matthew S Herbert, Burel R Goodin, Hailey W Bulls, Adriana Sotolongo, Megan E Petrov, Jeffrey C Edberg, Laurence A Bradley, Roger B Fillingim
OBJECTIVES: While several factors are known to contribute to ethnic differences in pain, relatively little attention has been devoted to physiological factors. Our first aim was to examine the relationship between cortisol and pain responses during a cold-pressor task (CPT) among African American (AA) and non-Hispanic White (NHW) adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Our second aim was to assess the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and cortisol among AA participants...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Journal of Pain
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