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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531870/an-unusual-case-of-jaundice-biliary-tumor-thrombus-in-fibrolamellar-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jairo A Espinosa, Alex Merlo, Mohamed-Omar Arafeh, Gitonga Munene
BACKGROUND: Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FL-HCC) is a rare and unique variant of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whose presentation remains inadequately described. We present a resectable case of FL-HCC which involved tumor thrombus of the common bile duct. PRESENTATION: A 27 year-old male presenting with jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting, hepatic dysfunction and hyperbilirubinemia was found to have a large liver mass and lymphadenopathy on preoperative imaging...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531767/the-standard-joint-unit
#2
Cristina Casajuana Kögel, María Mercedes Balcells-Olivero, Hugo López-Pelayo, Laia Miquel, Lídia Teixidó, Joan Colom, David John Nutt, Jürgen Rehm, Antoni Gual
OBJECTIVE: Reliable data on cannabis quantities is required to improve assessment of cannabis consumption for epidemiological analysis and clinical assessment, consequently a Standard Joint Unit (SJU) based on quantity of 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (9-THC) has been established. METHODOLOGY: Naturalistic study of a convenience sample recruited from February 2015-June 2016 in universities, leisure spaces, mental health services and cannabis clubs in Barcelona. Adults, reporting cannabis use in the last 60 days, without cognitive impairment or language barriers, answered a questionnaire on cannabis use and were asked to donate a joint to further determine their 9-THC and Cannabidiol (CBD) content...
May 16, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520575/predictors-of-bile-tree-pathology-in-patients-presenting-with-gallbladder-disease
#3
Mahmoud A Rahal, Mohammad O Rammal, Walid Karaoui, Ali Hallal, Hani Tamim, Yasser Shaib
BACKGROUND: Patients with gallstone disease can present with elevated liver function tests (LFTs). It is often challenging to differentiate those with a common bile duct (CBD) stone from those without a CBD stone on the basis of the LFTs levels. In this study, we aim to evaluate the predictors of a CBD stones among patients presenting with symptomatic gallbladder disease and elevated LFTs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively examined all patients who had undergone a cholecystectomy between January 2010 and December 2015...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501518/cannabidiol-in-medical-marijuana-research-vistas-and-potential-opportunities
#4
REVIEW
Carola Rong, Yena Lee, Nicole E Carmona, Danielle S Cha, Renee-Marie Ragguett, Joshua D Rosenblat, Rodrigo B Mansur, Roger C Ho, Roger S McIntyre
The high and increasing prevalence of medical marijuana consumption in the general population invites the need for quality evidence regarding its safety and efficacy. Herein, we synthesize extant literature pertaining to the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) and its brain effects. The principle phytocannabinoid Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(9)-THC) and CBD are the major pharmacologically active cannabinoids. The effect of CBD on brain systems as well as on phenomenological measures (e.g. cognitive function) are distinct and in many cases opposite to that of Δ(9)-THC...
May 10, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492950/psychoactive-constituents-of-cannabis-and-their-clinical-implications-a-systematic-review
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Cristina Casajuana, Hugo López-Pelayo, Mª Mercedes Balcells, Joan Colom, Antoni Gual
Objective This systematic review aims to summarize current evidence on which naturally present cannabinoids contribute to cannabis psychoactivity, considering their reported concentrations and pharmacodynamics in humans. Design Following PRISMA guidelines, papers published before March 2016 in Medline, Scopus-Elsevier, Scopus, ISI-Web of Knowledge and COCHRANE, and fulfilling established a-priori selection criteria have been included. Results In 40 original papers, three naturally present cannabinoids (∆-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, ∆-8-Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabinol) and one human metabolite (11-OH-THC) had clinical relevance...
April 12, 2017: Adicciones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489929/a-content-analysis-of-nature-photographs-taken-by-lebanese-rural-youth
#6
Miriam Mattouk, Salma N Talhouk
'Living in Harmony with Nature' is a 2050 vision put forth by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which takes into consideration culture and locality of perceptions of nature and aspirations for its use. Considering that 54% of the world population lives in cities, where nature has been decimated, the role of rural communities, living within or in proximity of natural and semi natural areas, will effectively influence the fate of the 'remaining' nature while they engage in local development. Reconciling between growth and development on the one hand, and nature conservation on the other, necessitates an understanding of how rural communities, especially the youth, imprint their own ideas on landscapes and develop ownership over natural spaces...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480387/politics-of-biopiracy-an-adventure-into-hoodia-xhoba-patenting-in-southern-africa
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Lere Amusan
BACKGROUND: Africa is being described as the wretched of the earth, despite this, the continent is endowed with natural resources, dynamic ecosystem, and different species of plants and animals, and species derivatives. This paper area of departure is to focus on Hoodia, a plant that is being a source of food, medicine and water for the San and Khoe indigenous peoples before the advent of Europeans into southern Africa. South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) dubiously patented Hoodia without observing the basic indices of geographical indications (GIs), indigenous knowledge (IK), novelty, access sharing benefit (ASB), prior informed consent (PIC) and sustainability of ecosystem before the rights was sold to Phytopharm pharmaceutical company...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479376/extracellular-vesicles-in-bile-as-markers-of-malignant-biliary-stenoses
#8
Valeria Severino, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Myriam Delhaye, Solange Moll, Isabelle Annessi-Ramseyer, Xavier Robin, Jean-Louis Frossard, Annarita Farina
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Algorithms for diagnosis of malignant common bile duct (CBD) stenoses are complex and lack accuracy. Malignant tumors secrete large numbers of extracellular vesicles (EVs) into surrounding fluids; EVs might therefore serve as biomarkers for diagnosis. We investigated whether concentrations of EVs in bile could discriminate malignant from nonmalignant CBD stenoses. METHODS: We collected bile and blood samples from 50 patients undergoing therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography at university hospitals in Europe for CBD stenosis of malignant (pancreatic cancer, n=20 or cholangiocarcinoma, n=5) or nonmalignant (chronic pancreatitis [CP], n=15) origin...
May 4, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479140/cannabidiol-administration-reduces-sublesional-cancellous-bone-loss-in-rats-with-severe-spinal-cord-injury
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Dehao Li, Lin Lin, Qingyi Meng, Kun Wang, Jiajia Wu, Hongda Yan
Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) undergo severe loss of bone mineral below the level of lesion, and data on available treatment options after SCI is scarce. The aim of this work was to investigate the therapeutic effect of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabis, on sublesional bone loss in a rat model of SCI. The adult male rats were exposed to surgical transection of the cord and treated with CBD for consecutive 14 days. It was found that CBD treatment elevated the serum levels of osteocalcin, reduced the serum levels of collagen type I cross-linked C-telopeptide, and enhanced bone mineral density of tibiae and femurs...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475645/aromatic-amino-acids-in-the-cellulose-binding-domain-of-penicillium-crustosum-endoglucanase-egl1-differentially-contribute-to-the-cellulose-affinity-of-the-enzyme
#10
Jiang-Ke Yang, Wei Xiong, Fang-Yuan Chen, Li Xu, Zheng-Gang Han
The cellulose binding domain (CBD) of cellulase binding to cellulosic materials is the initiation of a synergistic action on the enzymatic hydrolysis of the most abundant renewable biomass resources in nature. The binding of the CBD domain to cellulosic substrates generally relies on the interaction between the aromatic amino acids structurally located on the flat face of the CBD domain and the glucose rings of cellulose. In this study, we found the CBD domain of a newly cloned Penicillium crustosum endoglucanase EGL1, which was phylogenetically related to Aspergillus, Fusarium and Rhizopus, and divergent from the well-characterized Trichoderma reeseis cellulase CBD domain, contain two conserved aromatic amino acid-rich regions, Y451-Y452 and Y477-Y478-Y479, among which three amino acids Y451, Y477, and Y478 structurally sited on a flat face of this domain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466915/a-binder-free-wet-chemical-synthesis-approach-to-decorate-nanoflowers-of-bismuth-oxide-on-ni-foam-for-fabricating-laboratory-scale-potential-pencil-type-asymmetric-supercapacitor-device
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N M Shinde, Qi Xun Xia, Je Moon Yun, Saurabh Singh, Rajaram S Mane, Kwang-Ho Kim
The present study involves the synthesis of a bismuth oxide (Bi2O3) electrode consisting of an arranged nano-platelets for evolving a flower-type surface appearance on nickel-foam (Bi2O3-Ni-F) by a simple, inexpensive, binder-free and one-step chemical bath deposition (CBD) method, popularly known as a wet chemical method. The as-prepared Bi2O3 on Ni-foam, as an electrode material, demonstrates 557 F g(-1) specific capacitance (SC, at 1 mA cm(-2)), of which 85% is retained even after 2000 cycles. With specific power density of 500 kW kg(-1), the Bi2O3-Ni-F electrode documents a specific energy density of 80 Wh kg(-1)...
May 3, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463706/thc-and-cbd-in-blood-samples-and-seizures-in-norway-does-cbd-affect-thc-induced-impairment-in-apprehended-subjects
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Stine Marie Havig, Gudrun Høiseth, Maren Cecilie Strand, Ritva Anneli Karinen, Gerd-Wenche Brochmann, Dag Helge Strand, Liliana Bachs, Vigdis Vindenes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several publications have suggested increasing cannabis potency over the last decade, which, together with lower amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), could contribute to an increase in adverse effects after cannabis smoking. Naturalistic studies on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD in blood samples are, however, missing. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between THC- and CBD concentrations in blood samples among cannabis users, and to compare cannabinoid concentrations with the outcome of a clinical test of impairment (CTI) and between traffic accidents and non-accident driving under the influence of drugs (DUID)-cases...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458551/levodopa-responsive-depression-associated-with-corticobasal-degeneration-a-case-report
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Natsumi Tarakita, Haruo Nishijima, Norio Yasui-Furukori
A 60-year-old female was treated for depression with the antidepressant paroxetine for 13 years. The patient had experienced clumsiness and mild rigidity in the left hand, and had agraphia and mild subjective memory complaints for 3 years prior to admission in our hospital. She experienced exacerbated depression that included worsened depressive mood, lowered motivation, and suicidal ideation without precipitating stressful life events for 2 years prior to admission, and although she had continued taking the antidepressant, these symptoms were not ameliorated by increasing the dose of paroxetine...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457055/short-term-efficacy-of-cbd-enriched-hemp-oil-in-girls-with-dysautonomic-syndrome-after-human-papillomavirus-vaccination
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Beniamino Palmieri, Carmen Laurino, Maria Vadalà
BACKGROUND: Cannabidiol (CBD)-based treatments for several diseases, including Tourette's syndrome, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, movement disorders and glaucoma, are proving to be beneficial and the scientific clinical background of the drug is continuously evolving. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the short-term effect of CBD-enriched hemp oil for relieving symptoms and improving the life quality (QOL) in young girls with adverse drug effects (ADRs) following human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine...
February 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451047/-detection-of-an-unusual-case-of-acute-mega-cholecystitis-associated-with-cystic-dilatation-of-the-common-bile-duct-cbd
#15
Ababacar Abdoulaye Traore, Alami Badreeddine
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449268/ventral-but-not-dorsal-hippocampus-inactivation-impairs-reward-memory-expression-and-retrieval-in-contexts-defined-by-proximal-cues
#16
Sadia Riaz, Anett Schumacher, Seyon Sivagurunathan, Matthijs Van Der Meer, Rutsuko Ito
The hippocampus (HPC) has been widely implicated in the contextual control of appetitive and aversive conditioning. However, whole hippocampal lesions do not invariably impair all forms of contextual processing, as in the case of complex biconditional context discrimination, leading to contention over the exact nature of the contribution of the HPC in contextual processing. Moreover, the increasingly well-established functional dissociation between the dorsal (dHPC) and ventral (vHPC) subregions of the HPC has been largely overlooked in the existing literature on hippocampal-based contextual memory processing in appetitively-motivated tasks...
April 27, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445853/cannabidiol-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-interactions-on-acute-pain-and-locomotor-activity
#17
Stevie C Britch, Jenny L Wiley, Zhihao Yu, Brian H Clowers, Rebecca M Craft
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) may potentiate or antagonize Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol's (THC) effects. The current study examined sex differences in CBD modulation of THC-induced antinociception, hypolocomotion, and metabolism. METHODS: In Experiment 1, CBD (0, 10 or 30mg/kg) was administered 15min before THC (0, 1.8, 3.2, 5.6 or 10mg/kg), and rats were tested for antinociception and locomotion 15-360min post-THC injection. In Experiments 2 and 3, CBD (30mg/kg) was administered 13h or 15min before THC (1...
June 1, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445405/significant-tic-reduction-in-an-otherwise-treatment-resistant-patient-with-gilles-de-la-tourette-syndrome-following-treatment-with-nabiximols
#18
Ahmad Seif Kanaan, Ewgeni Jakubovski, Kirsten Müller-Vahl
Early anecdotal reports and preliminary studies suggested that cannabinoid-based medicines such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are effective in the treatment of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (TS). We report a single case study of a patient with otherwise treatment-resistant TS successfully treated with nabiximols. Our patient was a 22-year-old male suffering from severe and complex TS. Treatment with nabiximols was commenced at a dose of 1 puff/day (= 100 μL containing 2.7 mg THC and 2.5 mg cannabidiol (CBD)) and slowly increased up to a dosage of 3 × 3 puffs/day (= 24...
April 26, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441624/various-soil-amendments-and-environmental-wastes-affect-the-im-mobilization-and-phytoavailability-of-potentially-toxic-elements-in-a-sewage-effluent-irrigated-sandy-soil
#19
Sabry M Shaheen, Mohamed S Shams, Mohamed R Khalifa, Mohamed A El-Dali, Jörg Rinklebe
Contamination of long-term sewage effluent irrigated soils by potentially toxic elements (PTEs) is a serious concern due to its high environmental and health risk. Our scientific hypothesis is that soil amendments can cause contradictory effects on the element mobilization and phytoavailability depending on the type of element and amendment. Therefore, we aimed to assess the impact of the application (1%) of several low cost amendments and environmental wastes on the (im)mobilization, availability, and uptake of Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, and Zn by sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in a long term sewage effluent irrigated sandy soils collected from Egypt...
August 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434588/the-endocannabinoid-system-as-a-target-for-novel-anxiolytic-drugs
#20
REVIEW
Sachin Patel, Mathew N Hill, Joseph F Cheer, Carsten T Wotjak, Andrew Holmes
The endocannabinoid (eCB) system has attracted attention for its role in various behavioral and brain functions, and as a therapeutic target in neuropsychiatric disease states, including anxiety disorders and other conditions resulting from dysfunctional responses to stress. In this mini-review, we highlight components of the eCB system that offer potential 'druggable' targets for new anxiolytic medications, emphasizing some of the less well-discussed options. We discuss how selectively amplifying eCBs recruitment by interfering with eCB-degradation, via fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), has been linked to reductions in anxiety-like behaviors in rodents and variation in human anxiety symptoms...
May 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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