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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445237/effects-of-polymyxin-b-hemoperfusion-on-mortality-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-a-systemic-review-meta-analysis-update-and-disease-severity-subgroup-meta-analysis
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Tzu Chang, Yu-Kang Tu, Chen-Tse Lee, Anne Chao, Chi-Hsiang Huang, Ming-Jiuh Wang, Yu-Chang Yeh
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have reported a survival benefit for polymyxin B hemoperfusion treatment in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. However, recently, a propensity-matched analysis and a randomized controlled trial reported no survival benefit for polymyxin B hemoperfusion treatment. We performed an up-to-date meta-analysis to determine the effect of polymyxin B hemoperfusion treatment on mortality in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched from inception to May 2016...
April 25, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444936/blood-flow-restriction-attenuates-eccentric-exercise-induced-muscle-damage-without-perceptual-and-cardiovascular-overload
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Victor M Curty, Alexandre B Melo, Leonardo C Caldas, Lucas Guimarães-Ferreira, Nuno F de Sousa, Paula F Vassallo, Elisardo C Vasquez, Valério G Barauna
The aim of this study was to evaluate the acute effects of high-intensity eccentric exercise (HI-ECC) combined with blood flow restriction (BFR) on muscle damage markers, and perceptual and cardiovascular responses. Nine healthy men (26 ± 1 years, BMI 24 ± 1 kg m(-) ²) underwent unilateral elbow extension in two conditions: without (HI-ECC) and with BFR (HI-ECC+BFR). The HI-ECC protocol corresponded to three sets of 10 repetitions with 130% of maximal strength (1RM). The ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and pain (RPP) were measured after each set...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444400/effects-of-insufficient-sleep-on-pituitary-adrenocortical-response-to-crh-stimulation-in-healthy-men
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Aurore Guyon, Lisa L Morselli, Marcella L Balbo, Esra Tasali, Rachel Leproult, Mireille L'Hermite-Baleriaux, Eve Van Cauter, Karine Spiegel
Study Objectives: Severe sleep restriction results in elevated evening cortisol levels. We examined whether this relative hypercortisolism is associated with alterations in the pituitary-adrenocortical response to evening corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) stimulation. Methods: Eleven subjects participated in 2 sessions (2 nights of 10h versus 4h in bed) in randomized order. Sleep was polygraphically recorded. After the second night of each session, blood was sampled at 20-min intervals from 09:00 to 24:00 for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol measurements, and perceived stress was assessed hourly...
April 21, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444336/intradialytic-hypotension-blood-pressure-changes-and-mortality-risk-in-incident-hemodialysis-patients
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Jason A Chou, Elani Streja, Danh V Nguyen, Connie M Rhee, Yoshitsugu Obi, Jula K Inrig, Alpesh Amin, Csaba P Kovesdy, John J Sim, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
Background.: Intradialytic hypotension (IDH) occurs frequently in maintenance hemodialysis (HD) patients and may be associated with higher mortality. We hypothesize that nadir intradialytic systolic blood pressure (niSBP) is inversely related to death risk while iSBP change (Δ) and IDH frequency are incrementally associated with all-cause mortality. Methods.: In a US-based cohort of 112 013 incident HD patients over a 5-year period (2007-11), using niSBP, ΔiSBP (pre-HD SBP minus niSBP) and IDH frequency (proportion of HD treatments with niSBP <90 mmHg) within the first 91 days of HD, we examined mortality-predictability at 1, 2 and 5 years using Cox models and restricted cubic splines adjusted for case-mix, comorbidities and laboratory covariates...
April 21, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444286/screening-for-preeclampsia-us-preventive-services-task-force-recommendation-statement
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Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, David C Grossman, Susan J Curry, Michael J Barry, Karina W Davidson, Chyke A Doubeni, John W Epling, Alex R Kemper, Alex H Krist, Ann E Kurth, C Seth Landefeld, Carol M Mangione, William R Phillips, Maureen G Phipps, Michael Silverstein, Melissa A Simon, Chien-Wen Tseng
Importance: Preeclampsia affects approximately 4% of pregnancies in the United States. It is the second leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide and may lead to serious maternal complications, including stroke, eclampsia, and organ failure. Adverse perinatal outcomes for the fetus and newborn include intrauterine growth restriction, low birth weight, and stillbirth. Many of the complications associated with preeclampsia lead to early induction of labor or cesarean delivery and subsequent preterm birth...
April 25, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443480/adverse-placental-perfusion-and-pregnancy-outcomes-in-a-new-nonhuman-primate-model-of-gestational-protein-restriction
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Victoria H J Roberts, Jamie O Lo, Katherine S Lewandowski, Peter Blundell, Kevin L Grove, Christopher D Kroenke, Elinor L Sullivan, Charles T Roberts, Antonio E Frias
Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy impacts fetal growth, with developmental consequences that extend to later life outcomes. In underdeveloped countries, this malnutrition typically takes the form of poor dietary protein content and quality, even if adequate calories are consumed. Here, we report the establishment of a nonhuman primate model of gestational protein restriction (PR) in order to understand how placental function and pregnancy outcomes are affected by protein deficiency. Rhesus macaques were assigned to either a control diet containing 26% protein or switched to a 13% PR diet prior to conception and maintained on this PR diet throughout pregnancy...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443247/evaluation-of-a-new-ifn-%C3%AE-release-assay-for-rapid-diagnosis-of-active-tuberculosis-in-a-high-incidence-setting
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Gen Li, Feng Li, Hui-Min Zhao, Han-Li Wen, Hai-Cong Li, Chun-Ling Li, Ping Ji, Peng Xu, Kang Wu, Zhi-Dong Hu, Shui-Hua Lu, Douglas B Lowrie, Jian-Xin Lv, Xiao-Yong Fan
Blood-based interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) release assays (IGRAs) have been proven to be useful in the diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection. However, IGRAs have not been recommended for clinical practice in most low-income settings due to cost-intensive limitations and shortage of clinical data available. The established T-SPOT. TB assay containing Mtb-specific antigens ESAT-6 and CFP10 are widely used for immunodiagonsis of Mtb infection, but the high cost is one of the restricting factors against its clinical application in the developing countries...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442583/seletalisib-characterization-of-a-novel-potent-and-selective-inhibitor-of-pi3k%C3%AE
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Rodger A Allen, Daniel C Brookings, Mark J Powell, Jean Delgado, Lindsay K Shuttleworth, Mark Merriman, Ian J Fahy, Roohi Tewari, John P Silva, Louise J Healy, Gareth C G Davie, Breda Twomey, Rona M Cutler, Apoorva Kotian, Andrea Crosby, Gillian McCluskey, Gillian Watt, Andrew Payne
PI3Ks are key signaling enzymes regulating cellular survival, development and function. Expression of the PI3Kδ isoform is largely restricted to leukocytes and it plays a key role in immune cell development and function. Seletalisib is a novel small molecule inhibitor of PI3Kδ that was evaluated in biochemical assays, cellular assays of adaptive and innate immunity, and an in vivo rat model of inflammation. Our findings show that seletalisib is a potent, ATP-competitive and highly selective PI3Kδ inhibitor able to block AKT phosphorylation following activation of the BCR in a B-cell line...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442582/lx2761-a-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-1-inhibitor-restricted-to-the-intestine-improves-glycemic-control-in-mice
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David R Powell, Melinda G Smith, Deon D Doree, Angela L Harris, Jennifer Greer, Christopher M DaCosta, Andrea Thompson, Sabrina Jeter-Jones, Wendy Xiong, Kenneth G Carson, Nicole C Goodwin, Bryce A Harrison, David B Rawlins, Eric D Strobel, Suma Gopinathan, Alan Wilson, Faika Mseeh, Brian Zambrowicz, Zhi-Ming Ding
LX2761 is a potent sodium/glucose cotransporter 1 inhibitor restricted to the intestinal lumen after oral administration. Studies presented here evaluated the effect of orally administered LX2761 on glycemic control in preclinical models. In healthy mice and rats treated with LX2761, blood glucose excursions were lower and plasma total glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels higher after an oral glucose challenge; these decreased glucose excursions persisted even when the glucose challenge occurred 15 hours after LX2761 dosing in ad-lib-fed mice...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440517/-efficacy-and-future-of-endoscopic-bariatric-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-obesity-and-metabolic-diseases
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Shangjia Huang, Junchang Zhang, Zhiyong Dong, Cunchuan Wang
The emerging endoscopic technologies are proved to be effective treatments for obesity in selected patients and to offer the potential advantages of reduced invasiveness, reversibility and repeatability. From the view of operation principle, endoscopic technologies can be classified as restrictive procedure, malabsorption procedure and endoscopic revision of gastric bypass. Restrictive procedures include intragastric balloon, aspiration therapy, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) and transoral gastroplasty...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440316/modest-and-severe-maternal-iron-deficiency-in-pregnancy-are-associated-with-fetal-anaemia-and-organ-specific-hypoxia-in-rats
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Andrew G Woodman, Alison S Care, Yael Mansour, Stephana J Cherak, Sareh Panahi, Ferrante S Gragasin, Stephane L Bourque
Prenatal iron-deficiency (ID) is known to alter fetal developmental trajectories, which predisposes the offspring to chronic disease in later life, although the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we sought to determine whether varying degrees of maternal anaemia could induce organ-specific patterns of hypoxia in the fetuses. Pregnant female Sprague Dawley rats were fed iron-restricted or iron-replete diets to induce a state of moderate (M-ID) or severe ID (S-ID) alongside respective controls. Ultrasound biomicroscopy was performed on gestational day (GD)20 to assess uterine and umbilical artery blood flow patterns...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439107/e-selectin-ligands-recognised-by-heca452-induce-drug-resistance-in-myeloma-which-is-overcome-by-the-e-selectin-antagonist-gmi-1271
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A Natoni, T A G Smith, N Keane, C McEllistrim, C Connolly, A Jha, M Andrulis, E Ellert, M S Raab, S V Glavey, L Kirkham-McCarthy, S K Kumar, S C Locatelli-Hoops, I Oliva, W E Fogler, J L Magnani, M E O'Dwyer
Multiple Myeloma (MM) is characterized by the clonal expansion and metastatic spread of malignant plasma cells to multiple sites in the bone marrow (BM). Recently, we implicated the sialyltransferase ST3Gal-6, an enzyme critical to the generation of E-selectin ligands, in MM BM homing and resistance to therapy. Since E-selectin is constitutively expressed in the BM microvasculature, we wished to establish the contribution of E-selectin ligands to MM biology. We report that functional E-selectin ligands are restricted to a minor subpopulation of MM cell lines which, upon expansion, demonstrate specific and robust interaction with recombinant E-selectin in vitro...
April 25, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438901/systolic-blood-pressure-and-vascular-disease-in-men-aged-65-years-and-over-the-hims-health-in-men-study
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Ben Lacey, Jonathan Golledge, Bu B Yeap, Sarah Lewington, Kieran A McCaul, Paul E Norman, Leon Flicker, Osvaldo P Almeida, Graeme J Hankey
There is uncertainty about the relation between blood pressure and vascular disease at older age. We assessed the association of systolic blood pressure (SBP) and major vascular events in a prospective cohort study of 7564 men aged 65 to 94 years, recruited in 1996-1999 from the general population in Perth, Western Australia. SBP was measured at baseline and again at resurvey in 2001-2004. Participants were monitored for fatal and nonfatal vascular events. To limit the effect of reverse causality, analyses were restricted to men without previous vascular disease at baseline...
April 24, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438898/cytotoxic-t-cell-functions-accumulate-when-cd4-is-downregulated-by-cd4-t-cells-in-african-green-monkeys
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Carol L Vinton, Alexandra M Ortiz, Nina Calantone, Joseph C Mudd, Claire Deleage, David R Morcock, Sonya Whitted, Jacob D Estes, Vanessa M Hirsch, Jason M Brenchley
African green monkeys (AGMs) are a natural host of SIV that do not develop simian AIDS. Adult AGMs naturally have low numbers of CD4(+) T cells and a large population of MHC class II-restricted CD8αα T cells that are generated through CD4 downregulation in CD4(+) T cells. In this article, we study the functional profiles and SIV infection status in vivo of CD4(+) T cells, CD8αα T cells, and CD8αβ T cells in lymph nodes, peripheral blood, and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of AGMs and rhesus macaques (in which CD4 downregulation is not observed)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438710/a-purpose-built-neck-coil-for-black-blood-dante-prepared-carotid-artery-imaging-at-7t
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Konstantinos Papoutsis, Linqing Li, Jamie Near, Stephen Payne, Peter Jezzard
Atherosclerotic plaques in the bifurcation of the carotid arteries can pose a significant health risk due to possible plaque rupture and subsequent stroke. The assessment of plaques, and evaluation of the risk they pose, can be performed with Black-Blood (BB) vessel wall magnetic resonance imaging. However, resolution at standard clinical field strengths (up to 3T) is limited, hampering reliable assessment and diagnosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the benefits of 7T MRI using a BB application that has been successful at clinical field strengths...
April 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435491/agreement-between-serum-assays-performed-in-ed-point-of-care-and-hospital-central-laboratories
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Meir Dashevsky, Steven L Bernstein, Carol L Barsky, Richard A Taylor
INTRODUCTION: Point-of-care (POC) testing allows for more time-sensitive diagnosis and treatment in the emergency department (ED) than sending blood samples to the hospital central laboratory (CL). However, many ED patients have blood sent to both, either out of clinical custom, or because clinicians do not trust the POC values. The objective of this study was to examine the level of agreement between POC and CL values in a large cohort of ED patients. METHODS: In an urban, Level I ED that sees approximately 120,000 patients/year, all patients seen between March 1, 2013, and October 1, 2014, who had blood sent to POC and CL labs had levels of agreement measured between serum sodium, potassium, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and hematocrit...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434971/prevalence-and-genetic-characterization-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-badgers-melogale-moschata-in-southern-china-by-pcr-rflp
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Kai Chen, Si-Yang Huang, Jin-Lei Wang, Rong-Liang Hu, Qiu-Xia Yao, Shou-Feng Zhang, Xing-Quan Zhu, Quan Liu
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular apicomplexan parasite which is able to infect almost all warm-blooded animals. There is no information about the prevalence and genetic characterization of T. gondii in badgers (Melogale moschata) in China. Here, a total of 367 badgers were captured from different cities in Jiangxi province, Southern China. Genomic DNA was extracted from brain tissues of each badgers, and 57 (15.45%) of them were positive for T. gondii by semi-nested PCR of the B1 gene. The positive DNA samples were typed at 11 genetic markers, including 10 nuclear loci (SAG1, 5'-SAG2 and 3'-SAG2, alternative SAG2, SAG3, BTUB, GRA6, c22-8, c29-2, L358, PK1) and an apicoplast locus (Apico), with multilocus polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technology...
April 20, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434208/dietary-interventions-for-adults-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Suetonia C Palmer, Jasjot K Maggo, Katrina L Campbell, Jonathan C Craig, David W Johnson, Bernadet Sutanto, Marinella Ruospo, Allison Tong, Giovanni Fm Strippoli
BACKGROUND: Dietary changes are routinely recommended in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on the basis of randomised evidence in the general population and non-randomised studies in CKD that suggest certain healthy eating patterns may prevent cardiovascular events and lower mortality. People who have kidney disease have prioritised dietary modifications as an important treatment uncertainty. OBJECTIVES: This review evaluated the benefits and harms of dietary interventions among adults with CKD including people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation...
April 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434050/prevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-hiv-infected-patients-and-food-animals-and-direct-genotyping-of-t-gondii-isolates-southern-ghana
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Faustina Pappoe, Weisheng Cheng, Lin Wang, Yuanling Li, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Samuel Victor Nuvor, Henock Ambachew, Xiaodong Hu, Qingli Luo, Deyong Chu, Yuanhong Xu, Jilong Shen
Toxoplasma gondii is of public health and veterinary importance causing severe diseases in immunocompromised individuals including HIV/AIDS patients and in congenital cases and animals. There is limited information on the epidemiology of T. gondii infection in humans, particularly HIV patients and food animals and the parasite genotypes in Ghana. A total of 394 HIV-infected patients from three hospitals were screened for T. gondii anti-IgG and IgM using ELISA. DNAs from blood samples of seropositve participants and 95 brain tissues of food animals were PCR assayed to detect Toxoplasma gra6...
April 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
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