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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150985/general-illness-and-psychological-factors-in-patients-with-chronic-nasal-symptoms
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Naveed Kara, Alexander C Yao, Julia Newton, Vincent Deary, James O'Hara, Janet A Wilson
OBJECTIVES: Only a minority of patients referred to specialists with sinonasal symptoms have clear evidence of chronic rhinosinusitis. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of and associations between (i) general illness factors (fatigue, autonomic dysfunction) and (ii) psychological factors (anxiety, depression, somatisation, personality traits) in patients presenting with sinonasal symptoms. DESIGN: The following validated questionnaires were administered to patients: the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22) to identify symptom burden, Composite Autonomic Symptom Score-31 (COMPASS-31) measuring autonomic function, Chalder fatigue questionnaire, Patient Health Questionnaire-15 (PHQ-15) addressing somatisation symptoms, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and the International Personality Item Pool-50 (IPIP-50)...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150980/adjuvant-radiotherapy-in-sinonasal-mucosal-melanoma-a-retrospective-analysis
#2
Coosje J I Caspers, Emilie A C Dronkers, Dominiek Monserez, Marjan H Wieringa, Robert J Baatenburg de Jong, Jose A U Hardillo
OBJECTIVES: Evaluation of outcome after curative treatment for sinonasal mucosal melanoma, focused on the effect of adjuvant radiotherapy on recurrence and survival. DESIGN: Retrospective chart analysis. SETTING: Tertiary referral hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 51 patients with primary sinonasal mucosal melanoma who underwent surgical resection with curative intention between 1980 and 2016 at Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150957/randomized-controlled-clinical-two-center-study-using-xenogeneic-block-grafts-loaded-with-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-or-autogenous-bone-blocks-for-lateral-ridge-augmentation
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Daniel S Thoma, Michael Payer, Norbert Jakse, Stefan P Bienz, Jürg Hüsler, Patrick R Schmidlin, Ui-Won Jung, Christoph H F Hämmerle, Ronald E Jung
OBJECTIVES: to test whether or not the use of a xenogeneic block loaded with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) results in different bone quantity and quality compared to an autogenous bone block. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 24 patients with insufficient bone volume for implant placement were randomly assigned to two treatment modalities: a xenogeneic bone block loaded with rhBMP-2 (test) or an autogenous bone block (control). The horizontal ridge width was evaluated prior to augmentation, after augmentation and at 4 months...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150952/ck-2127107-amplifies-skeletal-muscle-response-to-nerve-activation-in-humans
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Jinsy A Andrews, Timothy M Miller, Vipin Vijayakumar, Randall Stoltz, Joyce K James, Lisa Meng, Andrew A Wolff, Fady I Malik
INTRODUCTION: Three studies evaluated safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of CK-2127107 (CK-107), a next-generation fast skeletal muscle troponin activator (FSTA), in healthy subjects. We tested the hypothesis that CK-107 would amplify the force-frequency response of muscle in humans. METHODS: To assess the force-frequency response, subjects received single doses of CK-107 and placebo in a randomized, double-blind, 4-period, crossover study...
November 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150949/chromium-hazard-and-risk-assessment-new-insights-from-a-detailed-speciation-study-in-a-standard-test-medium
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Imad Aharchaou, Jean-Sebastien Py, Sebastien Cambier, Jean-Luc Loizeau, Geert Cornelis, Philippe Rousselle, Eric Battaglia, Davide A L Vignati
Despite the consensus about the importance of chemical speciation in controlling the bioavailability and ecotoxicity of trace elements, detailed speciation studies during laboratory ecotoxicity testing remain scarce, contributing to uncertainty when extrapolating laboratory findings to real field situations in risk assessment. We characterized the speciation and ecotoxicological effects of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in the ISO medium for algal ecotoxicity testing. Total and dissolved (<0.22 μm) Cr concentrations showed little variability in media spiked with Cr(VI) , while dissolved Cr concentration decreased by as much as 80% over 72 hours in medium amended with Cr(III) ...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150921/tgf-%C3%AE-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-when-a-friend-becomes-an-enemy
#6
Marco Arrese, Daniel Cabrera, Alejandra Hernandez, Luis Astete, Lisbell Estrada, Claudio Cabello-Verrugio
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second most common cause of cancer death worldwide accounting for more than 700 thousand deaths per year. Most of the HCC develops in a cirrhotic liver, a microenvironment where fibrotic tissue replaces parenchymal cells. Thus, there is a close connection between fibrosis and HCC development. Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in this process is a crucial step to advance in novel therapeutic or pharmacological strategies to prevent or improve the course of this malignancy...
November 16, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150876/toxicological-characterization-of-zno-nanoparticles-in-malignant-and-non-malignant-cells
#7
Helena Moratin, Agmal Scherzad, Thomas Gehrke, Pascal Ickrath, Katrin Radeloff, Norbert Kleinsasser, Stephan Hackenberg
The increasing usage of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) in industrial applications as well as in consumer products raises concern regarding their potential adverse effects to a greater extend. Numerous studies have demonstrated toxic properties of NPs, however there is still a lack of knowledge concerning the underlying mechanisms. This study was designed to systematically investigate cytotoxicity, apoptosis, cell cycle alterations, and genotoxicity induced by ZnO-NP. Moreover, it was an aim of the investigations to specify the diverse effects of nanoparticle exposure in malignant in comparison with non-malignant cells...
November 18, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150866/the-minimum-test-battery-to-screen-for-binocular-vision-anomalies-report-3-of-the-band-study
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Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, Archayeeta Rakshit, Neeraj Kumar Singh, Meenakshi Swaminathan, Ronnie George, Suman Kapur, Mitchell Scheiman, Krishna Kumar Ramani
PURPOSE: This study aims to report the minimum test battery needed to screen non-strabismic binocular vision anomalies (NSBVAs) in a community set-up. When large numbers are to be screened we aim to identify the most useful test battery when there is no opportunity for a more comprehensive and time-consuming clinical examination. METHODS: The prevalence estimates and normative data for binocular vision parameters were estimated from the Binocular Vision Anomalies and Normative Data (BAND) study, following which cut-off estimates and receiver operating characteristic curves to identify the minimum test battery have been plotted...
November 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150860/quality-of-life-outcomes-after-subthalamic-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease-depends-on-age
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Haidar S Dafsari, Paul Reker, Lisa Stalinski, Monty Silverdale, Alexandra Rizos, Keyoumars Ashkan, Michael T Barbe, Gereon R Fink, Julian Evans, Julia Steffen, Michael Samuel, Till A Dembek, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Angelo Antonini, K Ray-Chaudhuri, Pablo Martinez-Martin, Lars Timmermann
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate how quality of life outcome after bilateral subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in Parkinson's disease (PD) depends on age. METHODS: In this prospective, open-label, multicenter study including 120 PD patients undergoing bilateral STN-DBS, we investigated the PDQuestionnaire-8 (PDQ-8), Unified PD Rating Scale-III, Scales for Outcomes in PD-motor examination, complications, activities of daily living, and levodopa equivalent daily dose preoperatively and at 5 months follow-up...
November 18, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150850/comparison-of-pharmacodynamic-effects-of-ticagrelor-vs-prasugrel-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease
#10
L-L Shang, D-D Guo, H-Y Zhao, A-J Quan, P-G Cao
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at higher risk of thrombotic complications. Studies have indicated that patients with T2DM have impaired clopidogrel-induced antiplatelet effect. Ticagrelor and prasugrel are two latest generation P2Y12 inhibitors with advantageous platelet inhibitory profiles. However, the pharmacodynamic differences between the two drugs in patients with T2DM remain poorly explored. METHODS: This study, involving 140 patients with T2DM following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), evaluated the efficacy of aspirin upon concomitant use of prasugrel (10 mg/d) or ticagrelor (90 mg/d)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150791/16-channel-flexible-system-to-measure-electrophysiological-properties-of-bioengineered-hearts
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Betsy H Salazar, Kristopher A Hoffman, Anilkumar K Reddy, Sridhar Madala, Ravi K Birla
As tissue engineering continues to mature, it is necessary to develop new technologies that bring insight into current paradigms and guide improvements for future experiments. To this end, we have developed a system to characterize our bioartificial heart model and compare them to functional native structures. In the present study, the hearts of adult Sprague-Dawley were decellularized resulting in a natural three-dimensional cardiac scaffold. Neonatal rat primary cardiac cells were then cultured within a complex 3D fibrin gel, forming a 3-dimensional cardiac construct, which was sutured to the acellular scaffold and suspended in media for 24-48 h...
November 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150731/cellular-and-molecular-responses-of-adult-zebrafish-after-exposure-to-cuo-nanoparticles-or-ionic-copper
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Unai Vicario-Parés, Jose M Lacave, Paul Reip, Miren P Cajaraville, Amaia Orbea
Due to their antimicrobial, electrical and magnetic properties, copper nanoparticles (NPs) are suitable for a vast array of applications. Copper can be toxic to biota, making it necessary to assess the potential hazard of copper nanomaterials. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) were exposed to 10 µg Cu/L of CuO NPs of ≈100 nm (CuO-poly) or ionic copper to compare the effects provoked after 3 and 21 days of exposure and at 6 months post-exposure (mpe). At 21 days, significant copper accumulation was only detected in fish exposed to ionic copper...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150710/computed-tomography-perfusion-is-a%C3%A2-useful-adjunct-to-computed-tomography-angiography-in-the-diagnosis-of-brain-death
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M Sawicki, J Sołek-Pastuszka, K Chamier-Ciemińska, A Walecka, J Walecki, R Bohatyrewicz
BACKGROUND: In the diagnosis of brain death (BD), computed tomography angiography (CTA) results in some cases show intracranial filling, leading to diagnostic confusion. Because cerebral circulatory arrest commences at the capillary level, we hypothesized that computed tomography perfusion (CTP) would be a more sensitive approach than CTA; therefore, the aim of the study was to compare the sensitivities of CTP and CTA in the diagnosis of BD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Whole brain CTP was performed in patients in the intensive care unit diagnosed with BD and CTA was derived from CTP datasets...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150706/application-of-directed-evolution-to-develop-ethanol-tolerant-oenococcus-oeni-for-more-efficient-malolactic-fermentation
#14
Alice L Betteridge, Krista M Sumby, Joanna F Sundstrom, Paul R Grbin, Vladimir Jiranek
Malolactic fermentation (MLF) is an important step in winemaking, which can be notoriously unreliable due to the fastidious nature of Oenococcus oeni. This study aimed to use directed evolution (DE) to produce a more robust strain of O. oeni having the ability to withstand high ethanol concentrations. DE involves an organism mutating and potentially adapting to a high stress environment over the course of extended cultivation. A continuous culture of O. oeni was established and exposed to progressively increasing ethanol content such that after approximately 330 generations, an isolate from this culture was able to complete MLF in high ethanol content medium earlier than its parent...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150682/enantioselective-transformation-of-fluoxetine-in-water-and-its-ecotoxicological-relevance
#15
María Jesús Andrés-Costa, Kathryn Proctor, Marco T Sabatini, Anthony P Gee, Simon E Lewis, Yolanda Pico, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
European legislation focusing on water quality is expected to broaden to encompass several pharmaceuticals as priority hazardous substances. This manuscript aims to challenge current regulatory approaches that do not recognize stereochemistry of chiral pharmaceuticals by testing the hypothesis that environmental transformation and effects of chiral pharmaceuticals are stereoselective. Our experiments revealed that, while degradation of chiral fluoxetine (FL) in river water occurs via non-enantioselective photochemical and mildly-enantioselective microbial processes favoring the (R)-enantiomer, a pronounced enantioselectivity favoring (S)-FL (leading to the formation of (S)-NFL (norfluoxetine)) is observed during activated sludge treatment...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150666/dogs-reaction-to-inequity-is-affected-by-inhibitory-control
#16
Désirée Brucks, Friederike Range, Sarah Marshall-Pescini
Inequity aversion is thought to act as a mechanism to ensure cooperation and has been studied in many different species, consistently revealing inter-individual variation. Inhibitory control has been proposed to act as one factor responsible for this variation since individuals need to inhibit performing the required action and/or refuse rewards in order to exhibit inequity aversion. Here, we investigated if dogs' sensitivity to inequity is affected by their capacity for inhibitory control, assessed in a test battery and questionnaire...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150661/morphological-differentiation-of-brachionus-calyciflorus-caused-by-predation-and-coal-ash-pollution
#17
Ying-Hao Xue, Xiao-Xue Yang, Gen Zhang, Yi-Long Xi
Different rotifer stains exhibited remarkably morphological differences which could not be eliminated under laboratory conditions. In the present study, we hypothesized that predation pressure and pollution might be two forces driving morphological differentiation of rotifer. To test this hypothesis, rotifers (Brachionus calyciflorus) belonging to two sibling species were collected from three special lakes (with coal ash pollution, high predation pressure or neither) and cultured for more than three months to investigate their potential differentiation in morphology...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150615/balancing-a-genetic-toggle-switch-by-real-time-feedback-control-and-periodic-forcing
#18
Jean-Baptiste Lugagne, Sebastián Sosa Carrillo, Melanie Kirch, Agnes Köhler, Gregory Batt, Pascal Hersen
Cybergenetics is a novel field of research aiming at remotely pilot cellular processes in real-time with to leverage the biotechnological potential of synthetic biology. Yet, the control of only a small number of genetic circuits has been tested so far. Here we investigate the control of multistable gene regulatory networks, which are ubiquitously found in nature and play critical roles in cell differentiation and decision-making. Using an in silico feedback control loop, we demonstrate that a bistable genetic toggle switch can be dynamically maintained near its unstable equilibrium position for extended periods of time...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150589/change-in-hydration-indices-associated-with-an-increase-in-total-water-intake-of-more-than-0-5%C3%A2-l-day-sustained-over-4%C3%A2-weeks-in-healthy-young-men-with-initial-total-water-intake-below-2%C3%A2-l-day
#19
Jodi D Stookey, Janice Hamer, David W Killilea
This secondary data analysis addressed gaps in knowledge about effects of chronic water intake. Longitudinal data from the Adapt Study were used to describe effects of prescribing a sustained increase in water intake relative to baseline, for 4 weeks, on multiple indices of total body water (TBW) flux, regulation, distribution, and volume in five healthy, free-living, young men, with mean total water intake initially below 2 L/day. Indices were measured weekly. Within-person fixed effect models tested for significant changes in indices over time and associations between changes in indices...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150495/small-dense-high-density-lipoproteins-display-potent-vasorelaxing-activity-reflecting-their-elevated-content-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate
#20
Laurence Persegol, Maryam Darabi, Carolane Dauteuille, Marie Lhomme, Sandrine Chantepie, Kerry-Anne Rye, Patrice Therond, M John Chapman, Robert Salvayre, Anne Negre-Salvayre, Philippe Lesnik, Serge Monier, Anatol Kontush
AIMS: Functional heterogeneity of HDL is attributed to its diverse bioactive components. We evaluated whether vasodilatory effects of HDL differed across HDL subpopulations, reflecting their distinct molecular composition. METHODS: Capacity of five major HDL subfractions to counteract inhibitory effects of oxidized low-density lipoprotein on acetylcholine-induced vasodilation was tested in a rabbit aortic rings model. Nitric oxide (NO) production, an essential pathway in endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, was studied in SV40-transformed murine endothelial cells (SVEC)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
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