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Jing Wei, Xiuling Jiao, Ting Wang, Dairong Chen
Ink-free rewritable media has attracted great attention as a potential alternative to current paper prints, owing to its benefits to reducing paper production and consumption for environmental protection. It is desirable to develop rewritable media based on cheap, robust, and fast-response photochromic systems. Herein, we report the design and fabrication of flexible and photorewritable PVP/a-WO3 hybrid membranes through electrospinning, on which images with high resolution can be photoprinted and heat-erased for over 40 cycles...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sadegh Feizollahzadeh, Reza Ghiasvand, Abbas Rezaei, Hossein Khanahmad, Akram Sadeghi, Mitra Hariri
Probiotic therapies are going to be an effective alternative therapeutic strategy in the treatment and management of diabetes. The mechanism behind the essential effects of probiotic therapies in diabetic patients was not fully understood. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of probiotic soy milk containing Lactobacillus planetarum A7 on inflammation, lipid profile, fasting blood glucose, and serum adiponectin among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Forty patients with type 2 diabetes, at the age of 35-68 years old, were assigned to two groups in this randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial...
October 18, 2016: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
Hong-Wei Fan, Zhi-Xiang Ma, Jing Chen, Xing-Ye Yang, Jun-Lin Cheng, Ying-Bin Li
INTRODUCTION: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), 4-aminoquinoline, is an antimalarial drug and has become a basic therapy for rheumatic disease treatment. It can stabilize the condition of SLE patients and reduce the chances of patient relapse through its immunosuppressive function and antiinflammatory effects. This drug was absorbed completely and rapidly by oral administration, but has a prolonged half-life for elimination. The objective of this study was to evaluate the pharmacokinetic parameters and relative bioequivalence of a new generic (test) formulation with the branded (reference) formulation of HCQ in healthy Chinese male volunteers...
December 2015: Rheumatol Ther
H M M Herath, T P Weerarathna, C L Fonseka, A S Vidanagamage
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies indicate that modulation of post prandial blood sugar (PPBS) plays an important role in the long term glycemic control. Measurement of PPBS is more convenient for patients attending outpatient clinics than fasting blood sugar (FBS) as the former needs only two hours of fasting from the last meal. OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of PPBS monitoring in optimization of long term glycemic control among diabetic patients attending an outpatient clinic...
October 5, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
Per Insulander, Hamid Bastani, Frieder Braunschweig, Nikola Drca, Göran Kennebäck, Jonas Schwieler, Jari Tapanainen, Mats Jensen-Urstad
AIMS: Cryoablation is an alternative method to radiofrequency ablation for treatment of atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia (AVNRT). This study investigates the long-term safety and efficacy of cryoablation in AVNRT. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 515 consecutive patients (317 women, mean age 50 years, range 13-89 years) undergoing a first cryoablation for AVNRT between 2003 and 2008. Ablations were performed with a 6-mm Freezor Xtra catheter. Six patients were acute failures; 494 out of 509 (97%) primarily successfully ablated patients were followed up for a mean of 7...
October 13, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Serban San-Marina, Ayushman Sharma, Stephen G Voss, Jeffrey R Janus, Grant S Hamilton
Importance: Nasal reconstruction in patients who are missing a significant amount of structural nasal support remains a difficult challenge. One challenge is the deficiency of cartilage left within the nose as a consequence of rhinectomy or a midline destructive disease. Historically, the standard donor source for large quantities of native cartilage has been costal cartilage. Objective: To enable the development of protocols for new mesenchymal stem cell technologies as alternative procedures with reduced donor site morbidity, risk of infection and extrusion...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Eva Pedersen, Kylie Lange, Peter Clifton
BACKGROUND: People with type 2 diabetes are advised to consume an even meal distribution of carbohydrate. Whether this distribution is optimal is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to show that omitting carbohydrate in the first meal after a fast would lead to an augmented lunch response. DESIGN: Two diets of 1-d duration that differed only in the breakfast-meal composition (carbohydrate or no carbohydrate) were consumed on sequential days in a randomized crossover study...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
B A Alhamdan, A Garcia-Alvarez, A H Alzahrnai, J Karanxha, D R Stretchberry, K J Contrera, A F Utria, L J Cheskin
BACKGROUND: Alternate-day-fasting (ADF) has been proposed as an effective dieting method. Studies have found that it also can increase life span in rodents, and reduce inflammation in humans. The aim of this paper was to systematically review the efficacy of ADF compared to very-low-calorie dieting (VLCD) in terms of weight loss, and reduction of fat mass and fat-free mass. METHODS: Systematic review: PubMed literature searches were performed. Fixed review procedures were applied...
September 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
Gábor L Kovács, Gergely Montskó, Zita Zrínyi, Nelli Farkas, Ákos Várnagy, József Bódis
Human reproduction is a relatively inefficient process and therefore the number of infertile couples is high. Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have facilitated the birth of over five million children worldwide. ART, however, superimposes its own relative inefficiency on the preexisting inefficiency of normal reproduction. The efficiency (expressed as pregnancy rate) is generally not more than 30%. Modern reproductive medicine is gradually moving from multiple embryo transfer to the transfer of a single embryo, mainly because of obvious and unwanted side effects of multiple embryo transfer (e...
April 2016: EJIFCC
Spencer C Greene, Patrick K Noonan, Carlos Sanabria, W Frank Peacock
BACKGROUND: Oral solution N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an antidote for acetaminophen overdose, but its unpleasant taste and aroma can impede delivery even after the coadministration of antiemetic medications. Flavored effervescent NAC tablets dissolved in water might be a more palatable formulation than oral solution NAC diluted with soft drink. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the relative bioavailability of these 2 formulations and assess subjective preferences between them...
2016: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
Lydi-Anne Vézina-Im, Gaston Godin, Charles Couillard, Julie Perron, Simone Lemieux, Julie Robitaille
BACKGROUND: Short instruments measuring frequency of specific foods, such as fruit and vegetable (FV), are increasingly used in interventions. The objective of the study was to verify the validity and test-retest reliability of such an instrument among pregnant women. METHODS: Pregnant women from the region of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, were recruited through e-mails sent to female students and employees of the local university from October 2014 to April 2015...
2016: BMC Public Health
Sagar Munjal, Anirudh Gautam, Elliot Offman, Elimor Brand-Schieber, Kent Allenby, Dennis M Fisher
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Intranasal sumatriptan (Imitrex(®) ) may be an alternative for patients who refuse injections and cannot tolerate oral agents, but due to low bioavailability and slow absorption, the clinical utility of the currently marketed formulation is limited, highlighting an unmet need for an effective non-oral migraine medication with a rapid onset of action. To overcome the slow absorption profile associated with intranasal administration, we evaluated the impact of 1-O-n-Dodecyl-β-D-Maltopyranoside (DDM, Intravail A-3™), a permeation enhancer, on sumatriptan's pharmacokinetic profile by comparing the pharmacokinetic characteristics of two commercial sumatriptan products, 4 mg subcutaneous and 6 mg subcutaneous in healthy adults, with DFN-02 - a novel intranasal agent comprised of sumatriptan 10 mg plus 0...
October 2016: Headache
Elham Ghanbari, Vahid Nejati, Mozafar Khazaei
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of royal jelly (RJ) on serum biochemical alterations and oxidative stress status in liver and pancreas of streptozotocin (STZ)- induced diabetic rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, thirty two male Wistar rats were divided into the following four groups (n=8/group): i. Control (C), ii. Diabetic (D), iii. Royal jelly (R), and iv. Royal jelly-treated diabetic (D/R) groups. Diabetes was induced by single intraperitoneal (IP) injection of STZ (60 mg/kg)...
2016: Cell Journal
Shruti Pandey, Debapriya Garabadu
Piracetam exhibits anti-amnesic activity in several animal models of dementia. However, its anti-amnesic potential has yet to be evaluated in type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)-induced encephalopathy. Therefore, in the present study, piracetam (25, 50 and 100 mg/kg) was screened for anti-amnesic and anti-diabetic activity in T2DM-induced encephalopathic male rats. Subsequently, anti-amnesic and anti-diabetic activities were evaluated for piracetam, metformin and their combination in T2DM-induced encephalopathic animals...
September 1, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Victoria A Catenacci, Zhaoxing Pan, Danielle Ostendorf, Sarah Brannon, Wendolyn S Gozansky, Mark P Mattson, Bronwen Martin, Paul S MacLean, Edward L Melanson, William Troy Donahoo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and tolerability of alternate-day fasting (ADF) and to compare changes in weight, body composition, lipids, and insulin sensitivity index (Si) with those produced by a standard weight loss diet, moderate daily caloric restriction (CR). METHODS: Adults with obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m(2) , age 18-55) were randomized to either zero-calorie ADF (n = 14) or CR (-400 kcal/day, n = 12) for 8 weeks. Outcomes were measured at the end of the 8-week intervention and after 24 weeks of unsupervised follow-up...
September 2016: Obesity
Irfan Yalcinkaya, Serdar Evman, Tunc Lacin, Levent Alpay, Mustafa Kupeli, Ilhan Ocakcioglu
BACKGROUND: Diaphragmatic plication is an approved surgical procedure for treatment of symptomatic diaphragmatic paralysis and eventration. We aim to define our minimally invasive technique of plication and objectively assess our surgical outcomes of the largest series reported in the literature so far, using pulmonary function tests. METHODS: Symptomatic patients whom were planned to undergo plication using video-assisted mini-thoracotomy between December 2009 and December 2015 were the cohort of this retrospective study...
August 12, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Camran Nezhat, Lindsey A Grace, Gity M Razavi, Catalina Mihailide, Holden Bamford
BACKGROUND: Cesarean delivery adhesions, during laparoscopic hysterectomy, can present surgical challenges, including distortion of anatomy, prolonged operating time, and inadvertent injury to nearby structures. TECHNIQUE: At the time of laparoscopic hysterectomy, in patients with significant adhesions from prior cesarean deliveries, we use a reverse inferior to superior vesicouterine fold dissection to mobilize the scarred bladder. We use this as an alternative to the commonly practiced technique of mobilizing the bladder in a superior to inferior fashion at the time of laparoscopic hysterectomy...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Thiago F Guimarães, Amanda C C Comelli, Luciana A Tacón, Talita A Cunha, Ricardo N Marreto, Luís A P Freitas
This work aimed at developing enalapril maleate granules in order to improve its stability in solid dosage form. Granules were prepared by hot melt granulation using a fluidized bed apparatus. Gelucire 50/13®, polyethylene glycol 6000 e Poloxamer 407® were studied and compared as binders in 2 × 2 factorial designs where the proportions of enalapril maleate, binders and spray dried lactose were varied. The granulation process resulted in high yields and granule sizes that indicated the prevalence of particles coating...
August 3, 2016: AAPS PharmSciTech
Sebastian Ulrich, Barbara Biermaier, Oliver Bader, Georg Wolf, Reinhard K Straubinger, Andrea Didier, Brigitte Sperner, Karin Schwaiger, Manfred Gareis, Christoph Gottschalk
Stachybotrys (S.) spp. are omnipresent cellulolytic molds. Some species are highly toxic owing to their ability to synthesize various secondary metabolites such as macrocyclic trichothecenes or hemolysins. The reliable identification of Stachybotrys at species level is currently limited to genome-based identification. This study aimed to establish a fast and reliable MALDI-TOF MS identification method by optimizing the pre-analytical steps for protein extraction for subsequent generation of high-quality fingerprint mass spectra...
November 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Jun Li, Yanbin Liu, Haidong Xu, Qiang Fu
Macrophage activation and persistent inflammation contribute to the pathogenesis of spinal cord injury (SCI), and different phenotypes of macrophages play diverse roles in the pathological process of SCI. After SCI, there is an acute phase of alternatively activated (M2) macrophage infiltration, followed by a long-lasting phase of classically activated (M1) macrophage accumulation in the wound. The long-lasting predominance of M1 macrophages may derail healing and compromise organ functions. Based on the previous findings that the transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) up-regulates genes associated with M1 macrophages, we attempted to examine the effect of silencing IRF5 on SCI progression...
October 2016: Inflammation
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