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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812472/modifiable-risk-factors-associated-with-bronchiolitis
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Raffaella Nenna, Renato Cutrera, Antonella Frassanito, Claudia Alessandroni, Ambra Nicolai, Giulia Cangiano, Laura Petrarca, Serena Arima, Serena Caggiano, Nicola Ullman, Paola Papoff, Enea Bonci, Corrado Moretti, Fabio Midulla
BACKGROUND: We sought to clarify possibly modifiable risk factors related to pollution responsible for acute bronchiolitis in hospitalized infants. METHODS: For this observational study, we recruited 213 consecutive infants with bronchiolitis (cases: median age: 2 months; age range: 0.5-12 months; boys: 55.4%) and 213 children aged <3 years (controls: median age: 12 months; age range: 0.5-36 months; boys: 54.5%) with a negative medical history for lower respiratory tract diseases hospitalized at 'Sapienza' University Rome and IRCCS Bambino Gesù Hospital...
August 1, 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810960/talk-to-the-hand-u-s-army-biophysical-testing
#2
William R Santee, Adam W Potter, Karl E Friedl
BACKGROUND: Many people are unaware of the science underlying the biophysical properties of Soldier clothing and personal protective equipment, yet there is a well-refined biomedical methodology initiated by Army physiologists in World War II. This involves a methodical progression of systematic material testing technologies, computer modeling, and human testing that enables more efficient development and rapid evaluation of new concepts for Soldier health and performance. Sophisticated manikins that sweat and move are a central part of this testing continuum...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807681/seasonal-changes-in-activity-patterns-of-japanese-flying-squirrel-pteromys-momonga
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Kei K Suzuki, Motokazu Ando
Seasonal changes of activity patterns are an important survival strategy for several species. Seasonal changes in the activity patterns of Japanese flying squirrels (Pteromys momonga) were studied at Daibosatsu Mountain on Honshu Island, Japan from 2 June to 20 November 2007 and 11 April to 14 November 2008, to discuss their survival strategy based on the change. Activity patterns were assessed using long-term sensor camera traps at 214 sites for 14 months of a 2-year period. The cameras were placed for a total of 7,317 camera trap nights over which total of 90 photographs of this species were collected from 22 of the 214 sites...
August 11, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802553/effect-of-cold-argon-plasma-on-eggs-of-the-blow-fly-lucilia-cuprina-diptera-calliphoridae
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Kwankamol Limsopatham, Dheerawan Boonyawan, Chanchai Umongno, Kabkaew L Sukontason, Tarinee Chaiwong, Rattana Leksomboon, Kom Sukontason
Non-thermal plasma has been used in many medical applications, including treatment of living cells, blood coagulation, wound healing, and sterilization. The process uses an environmentally friendly gas (e.g., argon, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, or hydrogen) to destroy bacteria cells with no serious adverse effect on humans or animals. However, information on the effect of argon plasma on blow fly eggs is lacking. In this study, we explored the ability of cold argon plasma to destroy the eggs of the Australian sheep blow fly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann, 1830); its larvae are a myiasis-producing agent in both human and animals...
August 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801784/prior-repeated-stress-attenuates-cold-induced-immunomodulation-associated-with-browning-in-mesenteric-fat-of-rats
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P Vargovic, M Laukova, J Ukropec, G Manz, R Kvetnansky
Continuous exposure to cold leads to activation of adaptive thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue but also to induction of brown/beige cell phenotype in white adipose tissue. The aim of this work was to investigate whether prior exposure to immobilization (IMO) stress may affect immune response associated with adipocyte "browning" in mesenteric adipose tissue (mWAT). In the first experiment, Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to acute (3 h) or prolonged (7 days) cold exposure (4 ± 1 °C). 7-day cold stimulated gene expression of uncoupling protein 1 and other "browning"-associated factors...
August 11, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800407/human-brown-adipose-tissue-function-and-therapeutic-potential-in-metabolic-disease
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Padmanabh Shrikant Bhatt, Waljit S Dhillo, Victoria Salem
There has been a resurgence of interest in brown adipose tissue (BAT) over the last decade. Key to this has been our ability to accurately image it, which has improved significantly. The role of BAT in regulating energy expenditure is important, and its pharmacological manipulation may hold therapeutic potential in metabolic disease. There is ample evidence of BAT activation by cold exposure, and pharmacological utilisation of similar pathways, using B3 receptor agonists holds promise since the development of selective agonists with limited cross-reactivity has rekindled interest...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800079/challenging-the-metallothionein-mt-gene-of-biomphalaria-glabrata-unexpected-response-patterns-due-to-cadmium-exposure-and-temperature-stress
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Michael Niederwanger, Martin Dvorak, Raimund Schnegg, Veronika Pedrini-Martha, Katharina Bacher, Massimo Bidoli, Reinhard Dallinger
Metallothioneins (MTs) are low-molecular-mass, cysteine-rich, metal binding proteins. In most animal species, they are involved in metal homeostasis and detoxification, and provide protection from oxidative stress. Gastropod MTs are highly diversified, exhibiting unique features and adaptations like metal specificity and multiplications of their metal binding domains. Here, we show that the MT gene of Biomphalaria glabrata, one of the largest MT genes identified so far, is composed in a unique way. The encoding for an MT protein has a three-domain structure and a C-terminal, Cys-rich extension...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798153/characterization-of-the-central-neural-projections-to-brown-white-and-beige-adipose-tissue
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Nicole M Wiedmann, Aneta Stefanidis, Brian J Oldfield
The functional recruitment of classic brown adipose tissue (BAT) and inducible brown-like or beige fat is, to a large extent, dependent on intact sympathetic neural input. Whereas the central neural circuits directed specifically to BAT or white adipose tissue (WAT) are well established, there is only a developing insight into the nature of neural inputs common to both fat types. Moreover, there is no clear view of the specific central and peripheral innervation of the browned component of WAT: beige fat. The objective of the present study is to examine the neural input to both BAT and WAT in the same animal and, by exposing different cohorts of rats to either thermoneutral or cold conditions, define changes in central neural organization that will ensure that beige fat is appropriately recruited and modulated after browning of inguinal WAT (iWAT)...
August 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793366/cadmium-induced-melatonin-synthesis-in-rice-requires-light-hydrogen-peroxide-and-nitric-oxide-key-regulatory-roles-for-tryptophan-decarboxylase-and-caffeic-acid-o-methyltransferase
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Kyungjin Lee, Geun-Hee Choi, Kyoungwhan Back
In plants, melatonin production is induced by stimuli such as cold and drought, and cadmium (Cd) is the best elicitor of melatonin production in rice. However, the mechanism by which Cd induces melatonin synthesis in plants remains unknown. We challenged rice seedlings with Cd under different light conditions and found that continuous light produced the highest levels of melatonin, while continuous dark failed to induce melatonin production. Transcriptional and translational induction of tryptophan decarboxylase contributed to the light induction of melatonin during Cd treatment, whereas the protein level of light-induced caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) was decreased by Cd treatment...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793212/intrinsically-disordered-stress-protein-cor15a-resides-at-the-membrane-surface-during-dehydration
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Anne Bremer, Ben Kent, Thomas Hauß, Anja Thalhammer, Nageshwar R Yepuri, Tamim A Darwish, Christopher J Garvey, Gary Bryant, Dirk K Hincha
Plants from temperate climate zones are able to increase their freezing tolerance during exposure to low, above-zero temperatures in a process termed cold acclimation. During this process, several cold-regulated (COR) proteins are accumulated in the cells. One of them is COR15A, a small, intrinsically disordered protein that contributes to leaf freezing tolerance by stabilizing cellular membranes. The isolated protein folds into amphipathic α-helices in response to increased crowding conditions, such as high concentrations of glycerol...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792416/identifying-coagulopathies-in-the-pathophysiology-of-cold-stress-syndrome-in-the-florida-manatee-trichechus-manatus-latirostris
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Ashley Barratclough, Bobbi J Conner, Marjory B Brooks, Alyssa Pontes Stablein, Trevor J Gerlach, Roger L Reep, Ray L Ball, Ruth Francis Floyd
Cold stress syndrome (CSS) in the Florida manatee Trichechus manatus latirostris has been defined as morbidity and mortality resulting from prolonged exposure to water temperatures <20°C. The pathophysiology is described as multifactorial, involving nutritional, immunological and metabolic disturbances; however, the exact mechanisms are unknown. We hypothesized that thromboembolic complications contribute to the pathophysiology of CSS in addition to the previously described factors. During the winter of 2014-2015, 10 Florida manatees with clinical signs of CSS were presented to Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, FL, USA...
August 9, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791197/ambient-temperature-and-cardiovascular-mortality-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohammad Taghi Moghadamnia, Ali Ardalan, Alireza Mesdaghinia, Abbas Keshtkar, Kazem Naddafi, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad
INTRODUCTION: Our study aims at identifying and quantifying the relationship between the cold and heat exposure and the risk of cardiovascular mortality through a systematic review and meta-analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted based on the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guideline. Peer-reviewed studies about the temperature and cardiovascular mortality were retrieved in the MEDLINE, Web of Science, and Scopus databases from January 2000 up to the end of 2015...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783885/performance-of-life-support-breathing-apparatus-for-under-ice-diving-operations
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Michael A Lang, John R Clarke
INTRODUCTION: Single-hose scuba regulators dived in very cold water may suffer first- or second-stage malfunction, yielding complete occlusion of air flow or massive freeflow that rapidly expends a diver's air supply. PURPOSE: This study, conducted in Antarctica, evaluated the under-ice performance of a sampling of commercially available regulators. METHODS: Seventeen science divers logged a total of 305 dives in -1.86°C seawater under 6-meter-thick Antarctic fast-ice over two field seasons in 2008 and 2009...
July 2017: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine: Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780561/behaviour-change-interventions-for-the-management-of-raynaud-s-phenomenon-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Jo Daniels, John D Pauling, Christopher Eccelston
INTRODUCTION: Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) describes excessive peripheral vasospasm to cold exposure and/or emotional stress. RP episodes are associated with digital colour changes, pain and reduced quality of life. Pharmacological interventions are of low to moderate efficacy and often result in adverse effects such as facial flushing and headaches. Recommended lifestyle and behavioural interventions have not been evaluated. The objectives of the proposed systematic review are to assess the comparative safety and efficacy of behaviour change interventions for RP and identify what we can learn to inform future interventions...
August 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777521/blue-fingered-diver-case-report
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Rebecca Cable, Lindell K Weaver, Anne B Roberts, Greg Goodman, Kayla Deru
Although Raynaud's phenomenon is a well-known consequence of exposure to cold, neither its incidence in recreational divers nor case reports in that population have been reported in the medical literature. We present a case report of the initial manifestation of primary Raynaud's phenomenon during a warm-water scuba dive. A healthy 18-year-old Caucasian male made four open-circuit compressed air scuba dives over two days in the Florida Keys to a maximum depth of 90 feet. After two of those dives, he noted painless, blue discoloration on three digits of his left hand, unaccompanied by sensory changes, which resolved within an hour of surfacing...
November 2016: Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine: Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774822/browning-deficiency-and-low-mobilization-of-fatty-acids-in-gonadal-white-adipose-tissue-leads-to-decreased-cold-tolerance-of-transglutaminase-2-knock-out-mice
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András Mádi, Ixchelt Cuaranta-Monroy, Kinga Lénárt, Attila Pap, Zoltán András Mezei, Endre Kristóf, Anna Oláh, György Vámosi, Zsolt Bacsó, Péter Bai, László Fésüs
During cold-exposure 'beige' adipocytes with increased mitochondrial content are activated in white adipose tissue (WAT). These cells, similarly to brown adipocytes (BAT), dissipate stored chemical energy in the form of heat with the help of uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1). We investigated the effect of TG2 ablation on the function of ATs in mice. Although TG2(+/+) and TG2(-/-) mice had the same amount of WAT and BAT, we found that TG2(+/+) animals could tolerate acute cold exposure for 4h, whereas TG2(-/-) mice only for 3h...
July 31, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774719/defective-methionine-metabolism-in-the-brain-after-repeated-blast-exposures-might-contribute-to-increased-oxidative-stress
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Peethambaran Arun, William B Rittase, Donna M Wilder, Ying Wang, Irene D Gist, Joseph B Long
Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (bTBI) is one of the major disabilities in Service Members returning from recent military operations. The neurobiological underpinnings of bTBI, which are associated with acute and chronic neuropathological and neurobehavioral deficits, are uncertain. Increased oxidative stress in the brain is reported to play a significant role promoting neuronal damage associated with both brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, brains of rats exposed to repeated blasts in a shock tube underwent untargeted profiling of primary metabolism by automatic linear exchange/cold injection GC-TOF mass spectrometry and revealed acute and sub-acute disruptions in the metabolism of the essential amino acid methionine and associated antioxidants...
July 31, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767579/the-identification-of-the-trpm8-channel-on-primary-culture-of-human-nasal-epithelial-cells-and-its-response-to-cooling
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Shao-Cheng Liu, Hsuan-Hsuan Lu, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Hsing-Won Wang, Hang-Kang Chen, Fei-Peng Lee, Chong-Jen Yu, Yueng-Hsiang Chu
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that the transient receptor potential (TRP) channel Melastatin 8 (TRPM8) is a cold-sensing TRP channel. However, its presence and its role in the nasal cavity have not yet been fully studied. METHODS: Immunohistology was used to study TRPM8 receptors in both the nasal mucosa tissue and the primary cultures of human nasal cells. Cells from primary cultures were immunostained with antibodies to TRPM8, mucin, cytokeratin (CK)-14, CK-18, and vimentin...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766264/acetaminophen-paracetamol-induces-hypothermia-during-acute-cold-stress
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Josh Foster, Alexis R Mauger, Andrew Govus, David Hewson, Lee Taylor
BACKGROUND: Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter drug used to treat pain and fever, but it has also been shown to reduce core temperature (T c) in the absence of fever. However, this side effect is not well examined in humans, and it is unknown if the hypothermic response to acetaminophen is exacerbated with cold exposure. OBJECTIVE: To address this question, we mapped the thermoregulatory responses to acetaminophen and placebo administration during exposure to acute cold (10 °C) and thermal neutrality (25 °C)...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763438/dynamic-transcriptome-changes-during-adipose-tissue-energy-expenditure-reveal-critical-roles-for-long-noncoding-rna-regulators
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Zhiqiang Bai, Xiao-Ran Chai, Myeong Jin Yoon, Hye-Jin Kim, Kinyui Alice Lo, Zhi-Chun Zhang, Dan Xu, Diana Teh Chee Siang, Arcinas Camille Esther Walet, Shao-Hai Xu, Sook-Yoong Chia, Peng Chen, Hongyuan Yang, Sujoy Ghosh, Lei Sun
Enhancing brown fat activity and promoting white fat browning are attractive therapeutic strategies for treating obesity and associated metabolic disorders. To provide a comprehensive picture of the gene regulatory network in these processes, we conducted a series of transcriptome studies by RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) and quantified the mRNA and long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) changes during white fat browning (chronic cold exposure, beta-adrenergic agonist treatment, and intense exercise) and brown fat activation or inactivation (acute cold exposure or thermoneutrality, respectively)...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
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