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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732315/total-and-ionized-magnesium-testing-in-the-surgical-intensive-care-unit-opportunities-for-improved-laboratory-and-pharmacy-utilization
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Daniel Dante Yeh, Nalin Chokengarmwong, Yuchiao Chang, Liyang Yu, Colleen Arsenault, Joseph Rudolf, Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, Kent Lewandrowski
PURPOSE: Ionized fraction (iMg) is the physiologically active form of magnesium (Mg); total Mg may not accurately reflect iMg status. Erroneously "low" Mg levels may result in unnecessary repetitive testing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 11/2015 to 01/2016, patients ordered for Mg from a pilot ICU also had iMg tested. Weighted kappa statistic was used to assess agreement between Mg categories (low, normal, high). Predictors of unnecessary repeated Mg testing and repletion using data were explored through logistic regression models using GEE techniques to account for repeated measurements in both bivariate and multivariable analyses...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732134/physical-functioning-pain-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-adults-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-longitudinal-30-year-follow-up-study
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Anita Tollisen, Anne M Selvaag, Hanne A Aulie, Vibke Lilleby, Astrid Aasland, Anners Lerdal, Berit Flatø
OBJECTIVES: To describe physical functioning, pain, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in adults with Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), investigate changes over time, and identify predictors of poorer HRQOL after 30 years of disease duration. METHODS: Patients (N=176) clinically examined after 15 years were reassessed with the Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index (HAQ-DI), Visual Analogue Scale Pain (VAS pain) and Medical Outcome Study 36-item Short Form (SF-36) after 23 and 30 years...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731517/mental-steps-differential-activation-of-internal-pacemakers-in-motor-imagery-and-in-mental-imitation-of-gait
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Lucia Maria Sacheli, Laura Zapparoli, Carlo De Santis, Matteo Preti, Catia Pelosi, Nicola Ursino, Alberto Zerbi, Giuseppe Banfi, Eraldo Paulesu
Gait imagery and gait observation can boost the recovery of locomotion dysfunctions; yet, a neurologically justified rationale for their clinical application is lacking as much as a direct comparison of their neural correlates. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we measured the neural correlates of explicit motor imagery of gait during observation of in-motion videos shot in a park with a steady cam (Virtual Walking task). In a 2 × 2 factorial design, we assessed the modulatory effect of gait observation and of foot movement execution on the neural correlates of the Virtual Walking task: in half of the trials, the participants were asked to mentally imitate a human model shown while walking along the same route (mental imitation condition); moreover, for half of all the trials, the participants also performed rhythmic ankle dorsiflexion as a proxy for stepping movements...
July 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731502/histologic-scoring-indices-for-evaluation-of-disease-activity-in-crohn-s-disease
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Gregor Novak, Claire E Parker, Rish K Pai, John K MacDonald, Brian G Feagan, William J Sandborn, Geert D'Haens, Vipul Jairath, Reena Khanna
BACKGROUND: Histologic assessment of mucosal disease activity has been increasingly used in clinical trials of treatment for Crohn's disease. However, the operating properties of the currently existing histologic scoring indices remain unclear. OBJECTIVES: A systematic review was undertaken to evaluate the development and operating characteristics of available histologic disease activity indices in Crohn's disease. SEARCH METHODS: Electronic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, and the Cochrane Library (CENTRAL) databases from inception to 20 July 2016 were supplemented by manual reviews of bibliographies and abstracts submitted to major gastroenterology meetings (Digestive Disease Week, United European Gastroenterology Week, European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation)...
July 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731364/synthesis-of-a-new-insulin-mimetic-anti-diabetic-drug-containing-vitamin-a-and-vanadium-iv-salt-chemico-biological-characterizations
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Abdel Majid A Adam, Ahmed M Naglah, Mohamed A Al-Omar, Moamen S Refat
Diabetes patients suffer from chronic disorders in the metabolism due to high blood sugar caused by anomalies in insulin excretion. Recently, vanadium compounds have been prepared and functionalized to decrease the level of hyperglycemia. Vitamin A boosts beta cell activity; therefore, the lack of this vitamin plays a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The aim of this article focused on the synthesis of a new anti-diabetic drug formed from the complexation of a vanadium(IV) salt with vitamin A. Vitamin A acts as a unidentate chelate through the oxygen of its -OH group...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730771/biomarkers-for-the-early-detection-of-relapses-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancers
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Gabriela Chereches, Otilia Barbos, Rares Buiga, Ovidiu Balacescu, Dana Iancu, Nicolae Todor, Loredana Balacescu, Nicu Miron, Nona Bejinariu, Tudor-Eliade Ciuleanu
PURPOSE: To assess prognostic/predictive value of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), transthyretin (TRT), αenolase (NNE), β2-microglobulin (β2-micro), B-cell activating factor (BAFF) and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients treated with chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab. METHODS: 72 histologically confirmed mCRC patients treated at Oncology Institute Cluj were included. Biomarker levels were measured through validated methods...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730748/extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-activation-in-the-spinal-cord-contributes-to-visceral-hypersensitivity-induced-by-craniofacial-injury-followed-by-stress
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Y-J Zhao, J-H Li, B Hu, Y Wang, X-F Chang, R J Traub, D-Y Cao
BACKGROUND: We previously developed an animal model to examine mechanisms that underlie the emergence of visceral hypersensitivity modeling pain characteristics of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients with comorbid irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In ovariectomized (OVx) rats with estradiol (E2) replacement, visceral hypersensitivity developed subsequent to masseter muscle inflammation followed by repeated forced swim (FS) stress. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in the spinal cord contributes to visceral hypersensitivity in this overlapping pain model...
July 21, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730667/role-of-plasma-exchange-leukocytapheresis-and-plasma-diafiltration-in-management-of-refractory-macrophage-activation-syndrome
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Noriko Kinjo, Kazuya Hamada, Chika Hirayama, Masaki Shimizu
Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a life-threating complication of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (s-JIA). Steroid and cyclosporine (CsA) are effective for MAS, but, treatment for steroid- and CsA-resistant patients is still challenging. We report the case of steroid and CsA resistant s-JIA associated MAS misdiagnosed as Kawasaki disease (KD), who was successfully treated with the combination of plasma exchange (PE) and leukocytapheresis (LCAP) followed by plasma diafiltration (PDF). PE + LCAP effectively removed proinflammatory cytokines and reduced the number of peripheral white blood cells...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730112/evaluation-of-antioxidants-and-argpyrimidine-in-normal-and-cataractous-lenses-in-north-indian-population
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Bharani K Mynampati, Sujata Ghosh, Thungapathra Muthukumarappa, Jagat Ram
AIM: To assess the level of glutathione, thioltransferase, and argpyrimidine in nuclear and cortical cataractous lenses as well as in the clear lenses in the north Indian population. METHODS: Human cataractous lenses were collected from the patients who underwent extracapsular cataract extraction surgery; clear lenses were collected from the freshly donated eye bank eyes. Antioxidant molecules such as glutathione and thioltransferase enzyme activity were measured; simultaneously in these lenses a blue fluorophore argpyrimidine, an advanced glycation end (AGE) product level was assessed using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730068/stroke-survivors-levels-of-community-reintegration-quality-of-life-satisfaction-with-the-physiotherapy-services-and-the-level-of-caregiver-strain-at-community-health-centres-within-the-johannesburg-area
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Adrian Kusambiza-Kiingi, Douglas Maleka, Veronica Ntsiea
BACKGROUND: Stroke survivors are discharged home before they are functionally independent and return home with activity limitations that would not be manageable without a caregiver. AIM: To determine stroke survivors' levels of community reintegration, quality of life (QOL), satisfaction with the physiotherapy services and the level of caregiver strain at community health centres within the Johannesburg area. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study using the following outcome measures: Maleka Stroke Community Reintegration Measure, Stroke-specific quality of life scale, Caregiver strain index and Physical therapy patient satisfaction questionnaire...
2017: Afr J Disabil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729927/fatigue-and-cognition-pupillary-responses-to-problem-solving-in-early-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Sigrid A de Rodez Benavent, Gro O Nygaard, Hanne F Harbo, Siren Tønnesen, Piotr Sowa, Nils I Landrø, Marte Wendel-Haga, Lars Etholm, Kristian B Nilsen, Liv Drolsum, Emilia Kerty, Elisabeth G Celius, Bruno Laeng
INTRODUCTION: In early multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, cognitive changes and fatigue are frequent and troublesome symptoms, probably related to both structural and functional brain changes. Whether there is a common cause of these symptoms in MS is unknown. In theory, an altered regulation of central neuropeptides can lead to changes in regulation of autonomic function, cognitive difficulties, and fatigue. Direct measurements of central neuropeptides are difficult to perform, but measurements of the eye pupil can be used as a reliable proxy of function...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729905/an69st-membranes-adsorb-nafamostat-mesylate-and-affect-the-management-of-anticoagulant-therapy-a-retrospective-study
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Takahiro Hirayama, Nobuyuki Nosaka, Yasumasa Okawa, Soichiro Ushio, Yoshihisa Kitamura, Toshiaki Sendo, Toyomu Ugawa, Atsunori Nakao
BACKGROUND: In Japan, nafamostat mesylate (NM) is frequently used as an anticoagulant during continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). The dialyzer membrane AN69ST has been reported to adsorb NM and affect the management of anticoagulant therapy. However, the adsorbed amount has not yet been quantitatively assessed. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated the pre- and post-hemofilter prolongation of the activated clotting time (ACT) in patients with AN69ST and PS membranes. We also measured the adsorption of NM in three types of CRRT membranes using an experimental model...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729798/evaluation-of-salivary-flow-rate-and-gustatory-function-in-hiv-positive-patients-with-or-without-highly-active-antiretroviral-therapy
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Neha Verma, Ranjitkumar Patil, Vikram Khanna, Vandana Singh, Anurag Tripathi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to evaluate the salivary flow rate and gustatory changes in HIV-positive patients on highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) and without HAART. We also correlated CD4 count and salivary flow rate and gustatory function in both groups. METHODS: Sample size for each group was thirty. After obtaining informed consent, we measured salivary flow rate using Schimer's method and gustatory function using four tastants (sweet, sour, bitter, and salty) of different concentrations...
April 2017: European Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729675/oxygen-induced-impairment-in-arterial-function-is-corrected-by-slow-breathing-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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Luciano Bernardi, Daniel Gordin, Marco Bordino, Milla Rosengård-Bärlund, Anna Sandelin, Carol Forsblom, Per-Henrik Groop
Hyperoxia and slow breathing acutely improve autonomic function in type-1 diabetes. However, their effects on arterial function may reveal different mechanisms, perhaps potentially useful. To test the effects of oxygen and slow breathing we measured arterial function (augmentation index, pulse wave velocity), baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) and oxygen saturation (SAT), during spontaneous and slow breathing (6 breaths/min), in normoxia and hyperoxia (5 L/min oxygen) in 91 type-1 diabetic and 40 age-matched control participants...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729428/fluorine-18-labeled-carboplatin-derivative-for-pet-imaging-of-platinum-drug-distribution
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Narottam Lamichhane, Gajanan K Dewkar, Sundaresan Gobalakrishnan, Li Wang, Purnima Jose, Muhammad Otabashi, Jean-Luc Morelle, Nicholas Farrell, Jamal Zweit
Increasing evidence indicates that reduced intracellular drug accumulation is the parameter most consistently associated with platinum drug resistance, and emphasizes the need to directly measure intra-tumor drug concentration. In the era of precision medicine and with the advent of powerful imaging and proteomics technologies, there is an opportunity to better understand drug resistance, by exploiting these techniques to provide new knowledge on drug-target interactions. Here, we are contributing to this endeavor by reporting on the development of a fluorine-18 labeled carboplatin derivative ((18)F-FCP) that can be used to potentially image drug uptake and retention, including intra-tumoral distribution, by positron emission tomography (PET)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729315/sequence-analysis-to-assess-labour-market-participation-following-vocational-rehabilitation-an-observational-study-among-patients-sick-listed-with-low-back-pain-from-a-randomised-clinical-trial-in-denmark
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Louise Lindholdt, Merete Labriola, Claus Vinther Nielsen, Trine Allerslev Horsbøl, Thomas Lund
INTRODUCTION: The return-to-work (RTW) process after long-term sickness absence is often complex and long and implies multiple shifts between different labour market states for the absentee. Standard methods for examining RTW research typically rely on the analysis of one outcome measure at a time, which will not capture the many possible states and transitions the absentee can go through. The purpose of this study was to explore the potential added value of sequence analysis in supplement to standard regression analysis of a multidisciplinary RTW intervention among patients with low back pain (LBP)...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729151/standard-dose-pembrolizumab-in-combination-with-reduced-dose-ipilimumab-for-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-keynote-029-an-open-label-phase-1b-trial
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Georgina V Long, Victoria Atkinson, Jonathan S Cebon, Michael B Jameson, Bernie M Fitzharris, Catriona M McNeil, Andrew G Hill, Antoni Ribas, Michael B Atkins, John A Thompson, Wen-Jen Hwu, F Stephen Hodi, Alexander M Menzies, Alexander D Guminski, Richard Kefford, Benjamin Y Kong, Babak Tamjid, Archana Srivastava, Anna J Lomax, Mohammed Islam, Xinxin Shu, Scot Ebbinghaus, Nageatte Ibrahim, Matteo S Carlino
BACKGROUND: Reduced-dose nivolumab in combination with standard-dose ipilimumab improves objective response and progression-free survival compared with standard-dose ipilimumab alone, but increases toxicity. We assessed the safety and anti-tumour activity of standard-dose pembrolizumab in combination with reduced-dose ipilimumab. METHODS: In this open-label, phase 1b trial, we recruited patients from 12 medical centres in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Eligible patients were aged at least 18 years, had advanced melanoma, had an Eastern Coooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 or 1, had measurable disease according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1...
July 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729016/learning-based-structurally-guided-construction-of-resting-state-functional-correlation-tensors
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Lichi Zhang, Han Zhang, Xiaobo Chen, Qian Wang, Pew-Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measures changes in blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) signals to detect brain activities. It has been recently reported that the spatial correlation patterns of resting-state BOLD signals in the white matter (WM) also give WM information often measured by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). These correlation patterns can be captured using functional correlation tensor (FCT), which is analogous to the diffusion tensor (DT) obtained from DTI. In this paper, we propose a noise-robust FCT method aiming at further improving its quality, and making it eligible for further neuroscience study...
July 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728890/clinical-influence-of-preoperative-factor-xiii-activity-in-patients-undergoing-pancreatoduodenectomy
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Nobuyuki Watanabe, Yukihiro Yokoyama, Tomoki Ebata, Gen Sugawara, Tsuyoshi Igami, Takashi Mizuno, Junpei Yamaguchi, Masato Nagino
BACKGROUND: The influence of decreased factor XIII (FXIII) activity on perioperative bleeding has been reported in some surgical procedures. The purposes of this study were to investigate the perioperative dynamics of FXIII in patients undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy and to clarify the effects of low preoperative FXIII activity on intraoperative bleeding and postoperative complications. METHODS: Total of 43 patients who underwent a pancreatoduodenectomy were enrolled...
July 17, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728856/achaete-scute-complex-homologue-2-accelerates-the-development-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-like-disease-in-the-nod-shiltj-mouse
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Sung-Min Kim, Jeong-Eun Kwon, Jin-Sil Park, Hyeon-Beom Seo, Kyung-Ah Jung, Young-Mee Moon, Jennifer Lee, Seung-Ki Kwok, Mi-La Cho, Sung-Hwan Park
Achaete-scute complex homologue 2 (Ascl2) has been reported to induce the differentiation and activation of follicular helper T (TFH) cells, which are essential for development of Sjögren's syndrome (SS). This study examined whether Ascl2 plays a role in the development of SS. NOD/ShiLtJ mice were injected with an Ascl2-overexpression vector, and the infiltration of lymphocytes into salivary and lacrimal glands was assessed. The expression of inflammatory cytokines and chemoattractants for T or B cells was measured...
July 17, 2017: Immunology Letters
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