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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207803/side-effects-induced-by-the-acute-levodopa-challenge-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-atypical-parkinsonisms
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Rosario Vasta, Alessandra Nicoletti, Giovanni Mostile, Valeria Dibilio, Giorgia Sciacca, Donatella Contrafatto, Calogero Edoardo Cicero, Loredana Raciti, Antonina Luca, Mario Zappia
INTRODUCTION: Acute levodopa challenge may be performed to predict levodopa chronic responsiveness. The aim of the study was to investigate frequency of side effects during the acute levodopa challenge in PD and atypical parkinsonisms. METHODS: We enrolled 34 de novo PD patients and 29 patients affected by atypical parkinsonisms (Multiple System Atrophy, MSA, n = 10; Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, PSP, n = 12 and Corticobasal Degeneration, CBD, n = 7) who underwent an acute levodopa challenge...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207408/evaluation-of-cannabinoids-concentration-and-stability-in-standardized-preparations-of-cannabis-tea-and-cannabis-oil-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Roberta Pacifici, Emilia Marchei, Francesco Salvatore, Luca Guandalini, Francesco Paolo Busardò, Simona Pichini
BACKGROUND: Cannabis has been used since ancient times to relieve neuropathic pain, to lower intraocular pressure, to increase appetite and finally to decrease nausea and vomiting. The combination of the psychoactive cannabis alkaloid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with the non-psychotropic alkaloids cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabinol (CBN) demonstrated a higher activity than THC alone. The Italian National Institute of Health sought to establish conditions and indications on how to correctly use nationally produced cannabis to guarantee therapeutic continuity in individuals treated with medical cannabis...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203125/migration-of-surgical-clips-into-the-common-bile-duct-after-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Krishn Kant Rawal
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is currently the treatment of choice for symptomatic gallstones. Associated complications include bile duct injury, retained common bile duct (CBD) stones, and migration of surgical clips. Clip migration into the CBD can present with recurrent cholangitis over a period of time. Retained CBD stones can be another cause of recurrent cholangitis. A case of two surgical clips migrating into the common bile duct with few retained stones following LC is reported here. The patient had repeated episodes of fever, pain at epigastrium, jaundice, and pruritus 3 months after LC...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202406/cannabis-cultivation-methodological-issues-for-obtaining-medical-grade-product
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REVIEW
Suman Chandra, Hemant Lata, Mahmoud A ElSohly, Larry A Walker, David Potter
As studies continue to reveal favorable findings for the use of cannabidiol in the management of childhood epilepsy syndromes and other disorders, best practices for the large-scale production of Cannabis are needed for timely product development and research purposes. The processes of two institutions with extensive experience in producing large-scale cannabidiol chemotype Cannabis crops-GW Pharmaceuticals and the University of Mississippi-are described, including breeding, indoor and outdoor growing, harvesting, and extraction methods...
February 12, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197668/mechanisms-controlling-germline-cyst-breakdown-and-primordial-follicle-formation
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REVIEW
Chao Wang, Bo Zhou, Guoliang Xia
In fetal females, oogonia proliferate immediately after sex determination. The progress of mitosis in oogonia proceeds so rapidly that the incompletely divided cytoplasm of the sister cells forms cysts. The oogonia will then initiate meiosis and arrest at the diplotene stage of meiosis I, becoming oocytes. Within each germline cyst, oocytes with Balbiani bodies will survive after cyst breakdown (CBD). After CBD, each oocyte is enclosed by pre-granulosa cells to form a primordial follicle (PF). Notably, the PF pool formed perinatally will be the sole lifelong oocyte source of a female...
February 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194850/cannabidiol-reduces-ethanol-consumption-motivation-and-relapse-in-mice
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Adrián Viudez-Martínez, María S García-Gutiérrez, Carmen María Navarrón, María Isabel Morales-Calero, Francisco Navarrete, Ana Isabel Torres-Suárez, Jorge Manzanares
This study evaluated the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on ethanol reinforcement, motivation and relapse in C57BL/6 J mice. The effects of CBD (60 mg/kg, i.p.) on blood ethanol concentration, hypothermia and handling-induced convulsions associated to acute ethanol administration were evaluated. The two-bottle choice paradigm was performed to assess the effects of CBD (30, 60 and 120 mg/kg/day, i.p.) on ethanol intake and preference. In addition, an oral ethanol self-administration experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of CBD [a single s...
February 13, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192758/ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-for-simple-and-simultaneous-quantification-of-cannabinoids
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Rohitash Jamwal, Ariel R Topletz, Bharat Ramratnam, Fatemeh Akhlaghi
Cannabis is used widely in the United States, both recreationally and for medical purposes. Current methods for analysis of cannabinoids in human biological specimens rely on complex extraction process and lengthy analysis time. We established a rapid and simple assay for quantification of Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), 11-hydroxy Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (11-OH THC) and 11-nor-9-carboxy-Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannbinol (THCCOOH) in human plasma by U-HPLC-MS/MS usingΔ9-tetrahydrocannabinol-D3 (THC-D3) as the internal standard...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190698/therapeutic-effects-of-cannabinoids-in-animal-models-of-seizures-epilepsy-epileptogenesis-and-epilepsy-related-neuroprotection
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REVIEW
Evan C Rosenberg, Pabitra H Patra, Benjamin J Whalley
The isolation and identification of the discrete plant cannabinoids in marijuana revived interest in analyzing historical therapeutic claims made for cannabis in clinical case studies and anecdotes. In particular, sources as old as the 11th and 15th centuries claimed efficacy for crude marijuana extracts in the treatment of convulsive disorders, prompting a particularly active area of preclinical research into the therapeutic potential of plant cannabinoids in epilepsy. Since that time, a large body of literature has accumulated describing the effects of several of the >100 individual plant cannabinoids in preclinical models of seizures, epilepsy, epileptogenesis, and epilepsy-related neuroprotection...
February 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188044/cannabinoids-in-treatment-resistant-epilepsy-a-review
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REVIEW
Brooke K O'Connell, David Gloss, Orrin Devinsk
Treatment-resistant epilepsy (TRE) affects 30% of epilepsy patients and is associated with severe morbidity and increased mortality. Cannabis-based therapies have been used to treat epilepsy for millennia, but only in the last few years have we begun to collect data from adequately powered placebo-controlled, randomized trials (RCTs) with cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabis derivative. Previously, information was limited to case reports, small series, and surveys reporting on the use of CBD and diverse medical marijuana (MMJ) preparations containing: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD, and many other cannabinoids in differing combinations...
February 7, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185872/neuronal-and-molecular-effects-of-cannabidiol-on-the-mesolimbic-dopamine-system-implications-for-novel-schizophrenia-treatments
#10
REVIEW
Justine Renard, Christopher Norris, Walter Rushlow, Steven R Laviolette
Growing clinical and pre-clinical evidence points to a critical role for cannabidiol (CBD), the largest phytochemical component of cannabis, as a potential pharmacotherapy for various neuropsychiatric disorders. In contrast to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is associated with acute and neurodevelopmental pro-psychotic side-effects, CBD possesses no known psychoactive or dependence-producing properties. However, evidence has demonstrated that CBD strongly modulates the mesolimbic dopamine (DA) system and may possess promising anti-psychotic properties...
February 7, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179089/a-snare-assisted-peroral-direct-choledochoscopy-and-pancreatoscopy-using-an-ultra-slim-upper-endoscope-a-case-series-study
#11
Yong-Hui Huang, Hong Chang, Wei Yao, Yao-Peng Zhang, Ke Li, Ye Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of a new snare-assisted peroral direct choledochoscopy/pancreatoscopy (PDCPS) technique. METHODS: From November 2014 through December 2016, 20 consecutive patients with indications for PDCPS were enrolled in this observational study. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography was initially performed using a conventional duodenoscope, and endoscopic papillary balloon dilation was performed. Next, an ultra-slim endoscope was inserted to perform the PDCPS; a snare tightened around the end of the scope's bending section facilitated its entry into the common bile duct (CBD)...
January 20, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178882/fluorescent-imaging-with-indocyanine-green-during-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-in-patients-at-increased-risk-of-bile-duct-injury
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Marjolein Ankersmit, Dieuwertje A van Dam, Anne-Sophie van Rijswijk, Baukje van den Heuvel, Jurriaan B Tuynman, Wilhelmus J H J Meijerink
BACKGROUND: Although rare, injury to the common bile duct (CBD) during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) can be reduced by better intraoperative visualization of the cystic duct (CD) and CBD. The aim of this study was to establish the efficacy of early visualization of the CD and the added value of CBD identification, using near-infrared (NIR) light and the fluorescent agent indocyanine green (ICG), in patients at increased risk of bile duct injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients diagnosed with complicated cholecystitis and scheduled for LC were included...
January 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174126/accuracy-of-asge-high-risk-criteria-in-evaluation-of-patients-with-suspected-common-bile-duct-stones
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Huiqin He, Chenfei Tan, Jiaguo Wu, Ning Dai, Weiling Hu, Yawen Zhang, Loren Laine, James Scheiman, John J Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is recommended for patients considered high-risk for choledocholithiasis after biochemical testing and abdominal ultrasound. Our aim was to determine whether American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) guidelines accurately select patients where the risk of ERCP is justified. METHODS: Consecutive patients hospitalized with suspected choledocholithiasis at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital who received biochemical testing, abdominal ultrasound, and definitive testing for choledocholithiasis (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ERCP, intraoperative cholangiogram (IOC), common bile duct (CBD) exploration) were identified...
February 4, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169144/the-legal-status-of-cannabis-marijuana-and-cannabidiol-cbd-under-u-s-law
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REVIEW
Alice Mead
In the United States, federal and state laws regarding the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids are in conflict and have led to confusion among patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. Currently, cannabis is legal for medical purposes in 50% of the states, and another seventeen states allow products that are high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) for medical use. Many of these artisanal products are sold in dispensaries or over the internet. However, none of these products has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
February 3, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162157/-comparison-of-three-surgical-patterns-for-cholecysto-choledocholithiasis
#15
J W Du, J H Jin, W X Hu, Z X Wang, H P Zhao
Objective: To investigate the clinical efficiencies of the three surgical patterns in the treatment of cholecysto-choledocholithiasis (CCL). Methods: A total of 157 patients with CCL, during the period from Janury 2012 to Janury 2016 at the Affiliated Hospital of Inner Mongolia Medical University, were divided into three groups according to surgical patterns: LC-LCBDE Group (laparoscopic cholecystectomy+ laparoscopic common bile duct exploration, n=49), ERCP-LC Group (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography+ laparoscopic cholecystectomy, n=51) and OC-OCBDE Group (open cholecystectomy+ open common bile duct exploration, n=57)...
January 24, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152515/o-6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase-expression-is-associated-with-pituitary-adenoma-tumor-recurrence-a-systematic-meta-analysis
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Congxin Dai, Bowen Sun, Xiaohai Liu, Xinjie Bao, Ming Feng, Yong Yao, Junji Wei, Kan Deng, Chengxian Yang, Xueyuan Li, Wenbin Ma, Renzhi Wang
O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) reportedly counteracts the cytotoxic effects of the alkylating agent temozolomide. MGMT expression is often low in aggressive pituitary adenomas (PAs) and recurrent PAs. However, because these associations are controversial, we performed this meta-analysis to clarify the involvement of MGMT in the prognosis and clinicopathology of PA. We searched for relevant studies in electronic databases (MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library Database, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science and the Chinese Biomedical Database (CBD)) and calculated/pooled the odds ratios (ORs) or standard mean differences (SMDs) with 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs)...
February 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145662/unsuspected-duplicated-gallbladder-in-a-patient-presenting-with-acute-cholecystitis
#17
Woohyung Lee, Dae Hyun Song, Jin Kwon Lee, Ji Ho Park, Ju Yeon Kim, Seung Jin Kwag, Taejin Park, Sang Ho Jeong, Young Tae Ju, Eun Jung Jung, Young Joon Lee, Soon Chan Hong, Sang Kyung Choi, Chi Young Jeong
Duplicated gallbladder (GB) is a rare congenital disease. Surgical management of a duplicated GB needs special care because of concurrent bile duct anomalies and the risk of injuring adjacent arteries during surgery. An 80-year-old man visited an emergency room with right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Computed tomography (CT) revealed cholecystitis with a 2-bodied GB. Because of this unusual finding, magnetic resonance choledochopancreatography was performed to detect possible biliary anomalies. The 2 GB bodies were unified at the neck with a common cystic duct, a so-called V-shaped duplicated GB...
March 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133480/manometric-measurement-of-the-sphincter-of-oddi-in-patients-with-common-bile-duct-stones-a-consecutive-study-of-the-han-population-of-china
#18
Yadong Feng, Jie Zhang, Chunhua Jiao, Hong Zhu, Wenfang Cheng, Shunfu Xu, Bin Xiao, Jinliang Ni, Xiaoxing Chen
Objective. Role of dysfunction of the sphincter of Oddi (SO) in choledocholithiasis is controversial. This study was to evaluate SO motor activity in patients with common bile duct (CBD) stones in the Han population of China. Patients and Methods. In this study, 76 patients with CBD stones were enrolled in a single tertiary endoscopy center. Data of SO motor activities was prospectively evaluated by endoscopic manometry. Mean basal SO pressure, amplitude, and frequency were collected and analyzed. Results. The mean basal SO pressure, amplitude, and frequency were 52...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125224/streamlined-synthesis-of-polycyclic-conjugated-hydrocarbons-containing-cyclobutadienoids-via-c-h-activated-annulation-and-aromatization
#19
Zexin Jin, Yew Chin Teo, Nicolo G Zulaybar, Matthew D Smith, Yan Xia
The juxtaposition of fused cyclobutadienoid (CBD) with benzenoid creates intriguing alternating antiaromatic and aromatic conjugation. Synthetic accessibility of such molecules, however, has been challenging and limited in scope. We report a modular and streamlined synthetic strategy to access a large variety of polycyclic conjugated hydrocarbons with fused CBD. Synthesis was achieved through efficient palladium-catalyzed C-H activated annulation between abundant aryl bromides and oxanorbornenes, followed by aromatization under acidic conditions...
January 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122324/a-study-of-cannabis-potency-in-france-over-a-25-years-period-1992-2016
#20
Laurence Dujourdy, Fabrice Besacier
Cannabis contains a unique class of compounds known as the cannabinoids. Pharmacologically, the principal psychoactive constituent is Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The amount of THC in conjunction with selected additional cannabinoid compounds (cannabidiol/CBD, cannabinol/CBN), determines the strength or potency of the cannabis product. Recently, reports have speculated over the change in the quality of cannabis products, from nearly a decade, specifically concerning the increase in cannabinoid content...
January 16, 2017: Forensic Science International
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