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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458223/what-does-antidepressant-drug-level-monitoring-reveal-about-outpatient-treatment-and-patient-adherence
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Petr Silhan, Romana Urinovska, Ivana Kacirova, Martin Hyza, Milan Grundmann, Eva Ceskova
INTRODUCTION: The evaluation of plasma levels of antidepressants may improve the treatment outcome. The aim was to verify adherence and adequacy of administered doses of antidepressants among patients hospitalized for inadequate outpatient therapeutic response. METHODS: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or venlafaxine plasma levels were assessed on the first day of hospitalization and after 3 days of controlled administration. The patients were considered adherent if the plasma level on admission was within the interval of the minimum and maximum plasma level on the fourth day, expanded by 30%...
February 19, 2018: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458218/effects-of-curcuminoids-plus-piperine-on-glycemic-hepatic-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Yunes Panahi, Nahid Khalili, Ebrahim Sahebi, Soha Namazi, Luis E Simental-Mendía, Muhammed Majeed, Amirhossein Sahebkar
INTRODUCTION: Curcuminoids have been shown to reduce glycemia and related complications in diabetes. In the present study, we evaluated the impact of curcuminoids plus piperine administration on glycemic, hepatic and inflammatory biomarkers in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients. METHODS: T2D patients aged 18-65 years were enrolled in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial and randomly allocated to standard-of-care treatment and dietary advises plus either curcuminoids (daily dose of 500 mg/day co-administered with piperine 5 mg/day) or placebo for a period of 3 months...
February 19, 2018: Drug Research
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/29458210/preparation-of-a-solid-self-microemulsifying-drug-delivery-system-by-hot-melt-extrusion
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Luis Antonio D Silva, Susana L Almeida, Ellen C P Alonso, Priscila B R Rocha, Felipe T Martins, Luís A P Freitas, Stephania F Taveira, Marcilio S S Cunha-Filho, Ricardo N Marreto
Hot-melt extrusion (HME) has gained increasing attention in the pharmaceutical industry; however, its potential in the preparation of solid self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (S-SMEDDS) is still unexplored. This study sought to prepare enteric S-SMEDDS by HME and evaluate the effects of the process and formulation variables on S-SMEDDS properties via Box-Behnken design. Liquid SMEDDS were developed, and carvedilol was used as a class II model drug. Mean size, polydispersity index (PdI) and zeta potential of the resulting microemulsions were determined...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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/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/29458192/magnetic-resonance-imaging-safety-in-non-conditional-pacemaker-and-defibrillator-recipients-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Anand D Shah, Mike A Morris, David S Hirsh, Megan Warnock, Yijian Huang, Mike Mollerus, Faisal M Merchant, Anshul M Patel, David B Delurgio, Adarsh U Patel, Michael H Hoskins, Mikhael F El Chami, Angel R Leon, Jonathan J Langberg, Michael S Lloyd
BACKGROUND: Recommendations regarding performance of MRI in non-MRI conditional pacemaker and defibrillator recipients are evolving. Previous studies suggest low adverse event rates with MRI in non-conditional CIED recipients, but low power limits optimal characterization of risk. OBJECTIVE: In order to improve power, a systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to characterize the clinical risk associated with MRI in CIED recipients. METHODS: PUBMED and CINAHL indexed articles from 1990-2017 were queried...
February 16, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458171/toxicology-studies-of-furosine-in-vitro-in-vivo-and-exploration-of-the-related-mechanism
#8
Hui-Ying Li, Lei Xing, Jia-Qi Wang, Nan Zheng
AIM: Furosine is one of the Maillard reaction products (MRPs) and is found in a variety of heat-processed food. Yet its toxicity is still unclear. The present study was designed to assess furosine toxicity in cell models and in CD-1 mice, respectively. METHODS: In vitro, the effects of furosine on the cell viability, cell cycle and apoptosis (Hek293, HepG2, SK-N-SH and Caco2) were detected and evaluated, sensitive cell lines and proper dosage of furosine for further animal experiment were determined, and the mechanisms of toxicity were explored...
February 16, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458166/statistical-approach-for-selection-of-biologically-informative-genes
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Samarendra Das, Anil Rai, D C Mishra, S N Rai
Selection of informative genes from high dimensional gene expression data has emerged as an important research area in genomics. Many gene selection techniques have been proposed so far are either based on relevancy or redundancy measure. Further, the performance of these techniques has been adjudged through post selection classification accuracy computed through a classifier using the selected genes. This performance metric may be statistically sound but may not be biologically relevant. A statistical approach, i...
February 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458165/a-microbial-identification-framework-for-risk-assessment
#10
Stéphane Bernatchez, Valar Anoop, Zeina Saikali, Marie Breton
Micro-organisms are increasingly used in a variety of products for commercial uses, including cleaning products. Such microbial-based cleaning products (MBCP) are represented as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to chemically based cleaning products. The identity of the micro-organisms formulated into these products is often considered confidential business information and is not revealed or it is only partly revealed (i.e., identification to the genus, not to the species). That paucity of information complicates the evaluation of the risk associated with their use...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458161/multiple-mycotoxin-analysis-in-nut-products-occurrence-and-risk-characterization
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Sara C Cunha, S Sá, José O Fernandes
Nuts consumption plays an important role in Mediterranean diet, being a good source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. However, nuts can be also a source of harmful mycotoxins with negative impact on human health. In this work, the occurrence of 16 mycotoxins belonging to different chemical classes, was assessed in several nut products. The analytical method used was based on modified QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) procedure followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458159/strawberry-extracts-efficiently-counteract-inflammatory-stress-induced-by-the-endotoxin-lipopolysaccharide-in-human-dermal-fibroblast
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Massimiliano Gasparrini, Francesca Giampieri, Tamara Y Forbes-Hernandez, Sadia Afrin, Danila Cianciosi, Patricia Reboredo-Rodriguez, Alfonso Varela-Lopez, JiaoJiao Zhang, Josè L Quiles, Bruno Mezzetti, Stefano Bompadre, Maurizio Battino
A protracted pro-inflammatory state is the common denominator in the development, progression and complication of the common chronic diseases. Dietary antioxidants represent an efficient tool to counteract this inflammatory state. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the effects of strawberry extracts on inflammation evoked by E. Coli lipopolysaccharide in Human Dermal Fibroblast, by measuring reactive oxygen species production, apoptosis rate, antioxidant enzymes activity, mitochondria functionality and also investigating the molecular pathway involved in inflammatory and antioxidant response...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458155/determining-risk-of-colorectal-cancer-and-starting-age-of-screening-based-on-lifestyle-environmental-and-genetic-factors
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Jihyoun Jeon, Mengmeng Du, Robert E Schoen, Michael Hoffmeister, Polly A Newcomb, Sonja I Berndt, Bette Caan, Peter T Campbell, Andrew T Chan, Jenny Chang-Claude, Graham G Giles, Jian Gong, Tabitha A Harrison, Jeroen R Huyghe, Eric J Jacobs, Li Li, Yi Lin, Loïc Le Marchand, John D Potter, Flora Qu, Stephanie A Bien, Niha Zubair, Robert J Macinnis, Daniel D Buchanan, John L Hopper, Yin Cao, Reiko Nishihara, Gad Rennert, Martha L Slattery, Duncan C Thomas, Michael O Woods, Ross L Prentice, Stephen B Gruber, Yingye Zheng, Hermann Brenner, Richard B Hayes, Emily White, Ulrike Peters, Li Hsu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Guidelines for initiating colorectal cancer (CRC) screening are based on family history but do not consider lifestyle, environmental, or genetic risk factors. We developed models to determine risk of CRC, based on lifestyle and environmental factors and genetic variants, and to identify an optimal age to begin screening. METHODS: We collected data from 9748 CRC cases and 10,590 controls in the Genetics and Epidemiology of Colorectal Cancer Consortium and the Colorectal Transdisciplinary study, from 1992 through 2005...
February 16, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458154/the-effect-of-endoscopic-surveillance-in-patients-with-barrett-s-esophagus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Don Chamil Codipilly, Apoorva Krishna Chandar, Siddharth Singh, Sachin Wani, Nicholas J Shaheen, John M Inadomi, Amitabh Chak, Prasad G Iyer
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Guidelines recommend endoscopic surveillance of patients with Barrett's esophagus (BE) to identify those with dysplasia (a precursor of carcinoma) or early-stage esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), who can be treated endoscopically. However, it is unclear whether surveillance increases survival times of patients with BE. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to qualitatively and quantitatively examine evidence for the association of endoscopic surveillance in patients with BE with survival and other outcomes...
February 16, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458152/controversies-in-endoscopic-eradication-therapy-for-barrett-s-esophagus
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Srinadh Komanduri, V Raman Muthusamy, Sachin Wani
Advances in Endoscopic Eradication Therapy for Barrett's Esophagus associated neoplasia have resulted in a significant paradigm shift in diagnosis and management of this complex disease. A robust body of literature critically evaluating outcomes of resection and ablative strategies has allowed gastroenterologists to make quality, evidence based decisions for their patients. Despite this progress, there are still many unanswered questions and challenges that remain. Ultimately, identification of a cost-effective screening modality, biomarkers for risk stratification, and strides to eliminate post surveillance endoscopy after EET are essential to reach our long term goal for eradication of esophageal adenocarcinoma...
February 16, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458150/pink1-protects-auditory-hair-cells-and-spiral-ganglion-neurons-from-cisplatin-induced-ototoxicity-via-inducing-autophagy-and-inhibiting-jnk-signaling-pathway
#16
Qianqian Yang, Gaoying Sun, Haiyan Yin, Hongrui Li, Zhixin Cao, Jinghan Wang, Meijuan Zhou, Haibo Wang, Jianfeng Li
Phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN)-induced putative kinase 1 (PINK1) gene encodes a serine/threonine kinase, which acts as a molecular sensor of mitochondrial health necessary for mitochondrial quality control. The present study was designed to examine whether PINK1 expressed in C57BL/6 murine cochlea and HEI-OC1 cells and, if so, to investigate the possible mechanisms underlying the action of PINK1 in cisplatin-induced death of sensory hair cells (HCs) and spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in vitro. The expression pattern of PINK1, formation of parkin particles, and autophagy were determined by immunofluorescent staining...
February 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458147/sessein-and-isosessein-with-anti-inflammatory-antibacterial-and-antioxidant-activity-isolated-from-salvia-sessei-benth
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Abraham Gómez-Rivera, Manasés González-Cortazar, Maribel Herrera-Ruíz, Alejandro Zamilpa, Verónica Rodríguez-López
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Salvia sessei Benth, popularly known as "pipilolxochitl" or "sabanito", is a plant utilized in Mexico in traditional medicine for the treatment of erysipela. To date, only one report, to our knowledge, has been found in which a royleanone-type diterpene of the aerial parts of the species was isolated but, again to our knowledge, studies have not been conducted on the pharmacological activity of extracts and compounds isolated from this plant...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458138/pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-evaluation-of-5-methoxy-2-aminoindane-meai-a-new-binge-mitigating-agent
#18
Jakob A Shimshoni, Eyal Sobol, Ezekiel Golan, Yulius Ben Ari, Orit Gal
5-Methoxy-2-aminoindane (MEAI) is a novel psychoactive aminoindane derivative, exerting euphoric, alcohol-like tipsy experience and reduced desire to consume alcoholic beverages. Our previous toxicological evaluation of MEAI in rats, clearly indicated MEAI's potential to be further evaluated as a promising binge mitigating agent due to its favorable safety profile. In the light of these observations, we have determined MEAI's pharmacokinetic (PK) profile in rats and evaluated in-vitro its pharmacodynamics (PD) profile...
February 16, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458136/changes-in-anatomic-position-of-root-canal-orifices-in-pluriradicular-teeth-following-re-location-during-endodontic-treatment
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Darian Rusu, Petra Surlin, Stratul Stefan-Ioan, Marius Boariu, Calniceanu Horia, Adrian Kasaj, Cosmin Sinescu, Didilescu Andreea
Direct access to the root canals in posterior teeth for endodontic treatment is most frequently facilitated by the straightening of the coronal parts of the root canals, having as a consequence the relocation of the canal orifices on the map of the floor of the pulp chamber (Christie & Thompson, 1994). This procedure intentionally moves the coronal aspect of a canal away from the center of the chamber, while simultaneously removing internal dentin from the pulp chamber walls. The aim of this study was to evaluate the displacement resulting from the relocation of root canal orifices during the initial phase of rotary root canal treatment in molars using the dental operating microscope (DOM) and digital image processing...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458135/porcine-heart-interatrial-septum-anatomy
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Mateusz K Hołda, Mateusz Koziej, Katarzyna Piątek, Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska
BACKGROUND: The left-sided atrial septal pouch (SP), a recently re-discovered anatomical structure within the human interatrial septum, has emerged as a possible source of thrombi formation and a trigger for atrial fibrillation, thereby potentially increasing the risk for ischemic stroke. In many studies, the swine interatrial septum has been used as model of the human heart. Also, possible new strategies and devices for management of the SPs may first be tested in this pig model. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to evaluate swine interatrial septum morphology and to compare it with the human analog, especially in the light of SP occurrence...
February 16, 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
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