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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245000/does-traumatic-brain-injury-hold-the-key-to-the-alzheimer-s-puzzle
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Robert E Becker, Dimitrios Kapogiannis, Nigel H Greig
INTRODUCTION: Neurodegenerative disorders have been a graveyard for hundreds of well-intentioned efforts at drug discovery and development. Concussion and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) share many overlapping pathologies and possible clinical links. METHODS: We searched the literature since 1995 using MEDLINE and Google Scholar for the terms concussion, AD, and shared neuropathologies. We also studied a TBI animal model as a supplement to transgenic (Tg) mouse AD models for evaluating AD drug efficacy by preventing neuronal losses...
December 12, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244650/pharmacotherapy-for-obesity-what-you-need-to-know
#2
Sophie Bersoux, Tina H Byun, Swarna S Chaliki, Kenneth G Poole
Weight-loss drugs are being evaluated for their role in obesity management. This article reviews the available weight-loss drugs, their efficacy and side effects, and their best clinical use.
December 2017: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242844/effects-of-increased-body-weight-and-short-term-weight-loss-on-serum-pcsk9-levels-a-prospective-pilot-study
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Theodosios D Filippatos, Evangelos Liberopoulos, Maria Georgoula, Constantinos C Tellis, Alexandros D Tselepis, Moses Elisaf
Introduction: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is associated with low-density lipoprotein (LDL) catabolism, but its serum concentration is not uniformly associated with cardiovascular disease in clinical studies. Obesity is linked with increased cardiovascular risk, but the effect of increased body weight and short-term weight loss on serum PCSK9 levels is not well studied. Material and methods: The aim of this prospective pilot study was to assess differences in serum PCSK9 levels (determined with a quantitative sandwich enzyme immunoassay) between otherwise healthy drug-naïve obese subjects and healthy individuals with normal body weight...
2017: Archives of Medical Sciences. Atherosclerotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241577/caulerpa-okamurae-extract-inhibits-adipogenesis-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes-and-prevents-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-c57bl-6-mice
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Bhesh Raj Sharma, Hyun Jung Kim, Min Suk Kim, Chul Min Park, Dong Young Rhyu
Seaweeds are considered a potential source of antiobesity agents. Because Caulerpa, a seaweed, has been consumed for food in Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia, we hypothesized that Caulerpa okamurae may have antiobesity effects in an animal model of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity in C57BL/6 mice. Herein, we found that the ethanolic extract of C okamurae (COE) significantly inhibited lipid accumulation and reduced the expression of the master regulator of adipogenesis, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ, sterol regulatory element binding protein-1c, and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-α in 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
November 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239480/cobinamide-is-effective-for-treatment-of-hydrogen-sulfide-induced-neurological-sequelae-in-a-mouse-model
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Poojya Anantharam, Elizabeth M Whitley, Belinda Mahama, Dong-Suk Kim, Souvarish Sarkar, Cristina Santana, Adriano Chan, Anumantha G Kanthasamy, Arthi Kanthasamy, Gerry R Boss, Wilson K Rumbeiha
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) is a highly neurotoxic gas. Acute exposure can lead to neurological sequelae among survivors. A drug for treating neurological sequelae in survivors of acute H2 S intoxication is needed. Using a novel mouse model we evaluated the efficacy of cobinamide (Cob) for increasing survival of, and reducing neurological sequalae in, mice exposed to sublethal doses of H2 S. There were two objectives: (1) to determine the dose-response efficacy of Cob and (2) to determine the effective therapeutic time window of Cob...
November 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237283/ghrelin-attenuated-hyperalgesia-induced-by-chronic-nitroglycerin-cgrp-and-trpv1-as-targets-for-migraine-management
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Fereshteh Farajdokht, Gisou Mohaddes, Dariush Shanehbandi, Pouran Karimi, Shirin Babri
Background According to the neurovascular theory of migraine, activation of the trigeminovascular system contributes to the development of migraine. This study examined the effects of chronic intraperitoneal ghrelin (150 µg/kg) treatment on the development of chronic migraine induced by intermittent injection of nitroglycerin 10 mg/kg. Methods Baseline and post-drug (2 h following nitroglycerin injection) mechanical and thermal sensitivity were assessed by von Frey hair and tail immersion tests, respectively on days 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236162/bisphosphonates-prevent-age-related-weight-loss-in-japanese-postmenopausal-women
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Tomohiko Urano, Masataka Shiraki, Tatsuhiko Kuroda, Shiro Tanaka, Fumihiko Urano, Kazuhiro Uenishi, Satoshi Inoue
Decline of body weight with aging is a major risk factor for frailty, osteoporosis and fracture, suggesting that treatment for osteoporosis may affect body composition. Recently, we have shown that 5-year treatment with raloxifene prevented age-related weight loss, suggesting some other drugs for osteoporosis may also prevent a decrease in body weight with aging. The present study aimed to identify the relationship between bisphosphonate treatment and body composition markers. We measured bone mineral density (BMD), body composition, and bone remodeling markers in 551 Japanese postmenopausal women with bisphosphonate treatment, which included risedronate or alendronate treatment (BP-treatment group; N = 193) and without treatment by any osteoporosis drug (no-treatment group; N = 358) for 4-7 years (mean observation periods; 5...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233184/effects-of-angelicae-pubescentis-and-loranthi-decotion-on-repairing-knee-joint-cartilages-in-rats
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Shun Lyu, Bin Ji, Wenwu Gao, Xianqi Chen, Xiaotao Xie, Junjie Zhou
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a common orthopedics disease and its pathological changes at early stage are the damage and loss of articular cartilage. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) prescription contains multiple components and has the unique advantages of the diversity of targets.We compared the traditional Chinese medical formulae (Angelicae Pubescentis and Loranthi decotion, APLD, or Duhuo Jisheng) with a western medicine (glucosamine sulfate, GS) to treat the rat arthritis models, and tracked the outcomes...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226105/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-clinical-update
#9
REVIEW
Joseph M Pappachan, Shithu Babu, Babu Krishnan, Nishal C Ravindran
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is currently the most common chronic liver disease in developed countries because of the obesity epidemic. The disease increases liver-related morbidity and mortality, and often increases the risk for other comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Insulin resistance related to metabolic syndrome is the main pathogenic trigger that, in association with adverse genetic, humoral, hormonal and lifestyle factors, precipitates development of NAFLD...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221645/primary-care-led-weight-management-for-remission-of-type-2-diabetes-direct-an-open-label-cluster-randomised-trial
#10
Michael Ej Lean, Wilma S Leslie, Alison C Barnes, Naomi Brosnahan, George Thom, Louise McCombie, Carl Peters, Sviatlana Zhyzhneuskaya, Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, Kieren G Hollingsworth, Angela M Rodrigues, Lucia Rehackova, Ashley J Adamson, Falko F Sniehotta, John C Mathers, Hazel M Ross, Yvonne McIlvenna, Renae Stefanetti, Michael Trenell, Paul Welsh, Sharon Kean, Ian Ford, Alex McConnachie, Naveed Sattar, Roy Taylor
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disorder that requires lifelong treatment. We aimed to assess whether intensive weight management within routine primary care would achieve remission of type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We did this open-label, cluster-randomised trial (DiRECT) at 49 primary care practices in Scotland and the Tyneside region of England. Practices were randomly assigned (1:1), via a computer-generated list, to provide either a weight management programme (intervention) or best-practice care by guidelines (control), with stratification for study site (Tyneside or Scotland) and practice list size (>5700 or ≤5700)...
December 4, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220303/locally-aggressive-connective-tissue-tumors
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Mrinal M Gounder, David M Thomas, William D Tap
In this review, we highlight the complexities of the natural history, biology, and clinical management of three intermediate connective tissue tumors: desmoid tumor (DT) or aggressive fibromatosis, tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) or diffuse-type pigmented villonodular synovitis (dtPVNS), and giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB). Intermediate histologies include tumors of both soft tissue and bone origin and are locally aggressive and rarely metastatic. Some common aspects to these tumors are that they can be locally infiltrative and/or impinge on critical organs, which leads to disfigurement, pain, loss of function and mobility, neurovascular compromise, and occasionally life-threatening consequences, such as mesenteric, bowel, ureteral, and/or bladder obstruction...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218481/concepts-for-a-therapeutic-prolongation-of-nephrogenesis-in-preterm-and-low-birth-weight-babies-must-correspond-to-structural-functional-properties-in-the-nephrogenic-zone
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REVIEW
Will W Minuth
Numerous investigations are dealing with anlage of the mammalian kidney and primary development of nephrons. However, only few information is available about the last steps in kidney development leading at birth to a downregulation of morphogen activity in the nephrogenic zone and to a loss of stem cell niches aligned beyond the organ capsule. Surprisingly, these natural changes in the developmental program display similarities to processes occurring in the kidneys of preterm and low-birth-weight babies. Although those babies are born at a time with a principally intact nephrogenic zone and active niches, a high proportion of them suffers on impairment of nephrogenesis resulting in oligonephropathy, formation of atypical glomeruli, and immaturity of parenchyma...
December 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217653/exenatide-treatment-causes-suppression-of-serum-fasting-ghrelin-levels-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Metin Guclu, Sinem Kiyici, Zulfiye Gul, Sinan Cavun
AIM: In the present study we investigated the long-term effects of exenatide treatment on serum fasting ghrelin levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: Type 2 diabetic patients, who were using metformin with and without the other antihiperglycemic drugs on a stable dose for at least 3 months, were enrolled in the study. BMI>35 kg/m2 and HbA1c>7.0% were the additional inclusion criteria. Oral antihyperglycemic drugs, other than metformin, were stopped and metformin treatment was continued at 2000 mg per day...
December 7, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214695/psoriasis-improvement-after-gastric-bandage-in-a-patient-partial-responder-to-infliximab
#14
Giulia Odorici, Andrea Conti
Patients overweight or obese have more severe psoriasis than normal weight patients. Sometimes the excessive weight is related to a lack of efficacy of systemic treatment. We report a case of a psoriatic patient that experienced a dramatic improvement of psoriasis after weight loss surgery by gastric bandage. The great weight loss was accompanied by an effectiveness gain of response to infliximab. The mechanism responsible for this association is not certain, but it is probably multifactorial, involving genetic, environmental and immune-mediated factors...
December 7, 2017: Dermatologic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213337/effectiveness-of-long-term-treatment-with-sglt2-inhibitors-real-world-evidence-from-a-specialized-diabetes-center
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Yotsapon Thewjitcharoen, Nalin Yenseung, Areeya Malidaeng, Soontaree Nakasatien, Phawinpon Chotwanvirat, Sirinate Krittiyawong, Ekgaluck Wanothayaroj, Thep Himathongkam
Background: Diabetes is a progressive disease needing multiple drugs for achieving and maintaining good glycemic control. Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i) is a novel class of anti-diabetic agent which offers several beneficial effects. However, the long-term effectiveness in clinical practice and safety data of SGLT2 inhibitors is limited, especially in Asian patients. To better understand the effectiveness of SGLT2i in clinical practice, we conducted a retrospective evaluation of patients with diabetes on SGLT2i...
2017: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212337/-status-of-pharmacotherapy-in-current-care-of-obese
#16
Petr Sucharda
Weight loss drugs or anti-obesity drugs have a long history but are still far from being successful. Only in two last decades have the drugs been launched, which, when appropriately indicated, may be significantly beneficial to patients in need of weight loss as they are comparably effective to intensive programs to promote changes in eating habits and lifestyles. The combination naltrexone/bupropion is promising for food intake control including the reward mechanism, but the experience with its use has only been short-term...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211913/single-centre-study-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-posaconazole-in-lung-transplant-recipients-factors-affecting-trough-plasma-concentrations
#17
Wirawan Jeong, Gregory I Snell, Bronwyn J Levvey, Glen P Westall, C Orla Morrissey, Rory Wolfe, Steven Ivulich, Chin Fen Neoh, Monica A Slavin, David C M Kong
Objectives: This study describes therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of posaconazole suspension and modified release (MR) tablets in lung transplant (LTx) recipients and evaluates factors that may affect posaconazole trough plasma concentration (Cmin). Methods: A single-centre, retrospective study evaluating posaconazole Cmin in LTx recipients receiving posaconazole suspension or MR tablets between January 2014 and December 2016. Results: Forty-seven LTx patients received posaconazole suspension, and 78 received the MR tablet formulation; a total of 421 and 617 Cmin measurements were made, respectively...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210833/influence-of-injection-drug-use-related-hiv-acquisition-on-cd4-response-to-first-antiretroviral-therapy-regimen-among-virally-suppressed-individuals
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Keri L Calkins, Catherine R Lesko, Geetanjali Chander, Richard D Moore, Bryan Lau
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory effects of injection drug use may result in an impaired immune response to antiretroviral therapy (ART). We examined CD4 response to first ART regimen among individuals in routine HIV care, stratified by injection drug use-related HIV acquisition. SETTING: Cohort study including patients who initiated ART between 2000-2015 in the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinic. METHODS: We followed individuals from ART initiation until death, loss to follow-up, loss of viral load suppression (<500 copies/mL) or administrative censoring...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209122/advances-in-endoscopic-balloon-therapy-for-weight-loss-and-its-limitations
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EDITORIAL
Dinesh Vyas, Kaivalya Deshpande, Yagnik Pandya
The field of medical and surgical weight loss is undergoing an explosion of new techniques and devices. A lot of these are geared towards endoscopic approaches rather than the conventional and more invasive laparoscopic or open approach. One such recent advance is the introduction of intrgastric balloons. In this article, we discuss the recently Food and Drug Administration approved following balloons for weight loss: the Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon System (Apollo Endosurgery Inc, Austin, TX, United States), the ReShape® Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Medical, Inc...
November 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203236/amylin-its-role-in-the-homeostatic-and-hedonic-control-of-eating-and-recent-developments-of-amylin-analogs-to-treat-obesity
#20
REVIEW
Christina Neuner Boyle, Thomas Alexander Lutz, Christelle Le Foll
BACKGROUND: Amylin is a pancreatic β-cell hormone that produces effects in several different organ systems. One of its best-characterized effects is the reduction in eating and body weight seen in preclinical and clinical studies. Amylin activates specific receptors, a portion of which it shares with calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). Amylin's role in the control of energy metabolism relates to its satiating effect, but recent data indicate that amylin may also affect hedonic aspects in the control of eating, including a reduction of the rewarding value of food...
November 23, 2017: Molecular Metabolism
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