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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343039/study-of-trace-metal-imbalances-in-the-blood-scalp-hair-and-nails-of-oral-cancer-patients-from-pakistan
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Muhammad Abdul Qayyum, Munir H Shah
Oral cancer is an important cause of cancer morbidity and mortality globally and exposure to trace metals alongside tobacco, alcohol and HPV are the important etiological factors in its development. Selected essential and toxic trace metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were measured in the blood, scalp hair and nails of oral cancer patients and counterpart controls by atomic absorption spectrometry. Mean concentrations of Cd, Ni and Pb were found to be significantly higher (p<0.05) and those of Cu, Fe and Zn were considerably lower in the blood, scalp hair and nails of the patients than the controls...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340112/long-term-mortality-of-patients-with-an-alcohol-related-wernicke-korsakoff-syndrome
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Arantza Sanvisens, Paola Zuluaga, Daniel Fuster, Inmaculada Rivas, Jordi Tor, Miguel Marcos, Antonio J Chamorro, Roberto Muga
Aims: To characterize a series of contemporary patients with alcohol-related Wernicke's encephalopathy (WE) or Korsakoff's syndrome (KS) and to update the current prognosis of disease. Methods: Retrospective and prospective study of patients diagnosed with an alcohol-related WE or KS between 2002 and 2011 in a tertiary hospital. Socio-demographic, alcohol use characteristics, signs and symptoms, co-morbidity and blood parameters were obtained at admission. Patients were followed up until 2013 and causes of death were ascertained through the review of charts...
March 10, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340039/infant-birth-outcomes-are-associated-with-dna-damage-biomarkers-as-measured-by-the-cytokinesis-block-micronucleus-cytome-assay-the-dadhi-study
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Mansi Dass Singh, Philip Thomas, Maryam Hor, Theodora Almond, Julie Owens, William Hague, Michael Fenech
Accumulation of DNA damage in the first 1000 days may increase risk of accelerated ageing and degenerative diseases in adult life such as cancers. The extent of DNA damage in infants and the correlation of maternal factors during pregnancy with neonate birth outcomes and DNA damage is not known in infants born in Australia. Therefore, we performed a prospective cohort study to collect data on DNA damage in lymphocytes of Australian infants (aged 0, 3 and 6 months), using the cytokinesis block micronucleus cytome (CBMN-Cyt) assay...
March 3, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338115/resveratrol-supplementation-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ahmed Elgebaly, Ibrahim A I Radwan, Mohamed M AboElnas, Hamza H Ibrahim, Moutaz F M Eltoomy, Ahmed A Atta, Hend A Mesalam, Alaa A Sayed, Amr A Othman
BACKGROUND: Resveratrol is a potential treatment option for management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties, and calorie restriction-like effects. We aimed to synthesise evidence from published randomized clinical trials (RCTs) about the efficacy of resveratrol in the management of NAFLD. METHODS: A computer literature search of PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and Cochrane Central was conducted using relevant keywords...
March 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336495/genetic-variation-and-epigenetic-modification-of-the-prodynorphin-gene-in-peripheral-blood-cells-in-alcoholism
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Claudio D'Addario, Klementy Shchetynsky, Mariangela Pucci, Carlo Cifani, Agneta Gunnar, Vladana Vukojević, Leonid Padyukov, Lars Terenius
Dynorphins are critically involved in the development, maintenance and relapse of alcoholism. Alcohol-induced changes in the prodynorphin gene expression may be influenced by both gene polymorphisms and epigenetic modifications. The present study of human alcoholics aims to evaluate DNA methylation patterns in the prodynorphin gene (PDYN) promoter and to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with alcohol dependence and with altered DNA methylation. Genomic DNA was isolated from peripheral blood cells of alcoholics and healthy controls, and DNA methylation was studied in the PDYN promoter by bisulfite pyrosequencing...
March 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335977/simultaneous-determination-of-ethanol-s-four-types-of-non-oxidative-metabolites-in-human-whole-blood-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Xinyu Zhang, Feng Zheng, Zebin Lin, Sys Stybe Johansen, Tianfang Yu, Yuming Liu, Zhibin Huang, Jiaolun Li, Jie Yan, Yulan Rao
The importance of ethanol non-oxidative metabolites as the specific biomarkers of alcohol consumption in clinical and forensic settings is increasingly acknowledged. Simultaneous determination of these metabolites can provide a wealth of information like drinking habit and history, but it was difficult to achieve because of their wide range of polarity. This work describes development and validation of a simple liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay for 4 types of ethanol non-oxidative metabolites (ethyl glucuronide, ethyl sulfate, fatty acid ethyl esters and phosphatidylethanols) in 50 μL of human whole blood...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332619/retinol-binding-protein-4-levels-and-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-community-based-cross-sectional-study
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Xuechen Chen, Tianran Shen, Qing Li, Xu Chen, Yanping Li, Dan Li, Gengdong Chen, Wenhua Ling, Yu-Ming Chen
Previous reports on the association between retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were controversial. This study aimed to investigate the association between the serum RBP4 levels and occurrence of NAFLD in Chinese population. In total, 2938 participants aged 40-75 years were involved in this community-based cross-sectional study. General information, lifestyle factors, serum levels of RBP4 and the presence of NAFLD were determined. Patients with NAFLD had significantly higher concentrations of RBP4 (37...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332482/development-of-novel-silk-fibroin-polyvinyl-alcohol-sol-gel-bioactive-glass-composite-matrix-by-modified-layer-by-layer-electrospinning-method-for-bone-tissue-construct-generation
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B N Singh, K Pramanik
The worldwide occurrence of bone tissue related defects as well as diseases and lack of successful perpetual cure has attracted attention and accelerated exploration of composite scaffolding material with superior bioactivity, osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity properties. Among such biomaterials, silk fibroin and bioglass composite attained special emphasis to develop tissue engineered construct with a hierarchical structure ranging from nano to microscale thereby mimicking bone tissue extracellular matrix...
March 23, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332430/preparation-of-pva-amino-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-nanocomposite-microspheres-for-endotoxin-adsorption
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Wenhui Zong, Jian Chen, Wenyan Han, Guanghui Cheng, Jie Chen, Yue Wang, Weichao Wang, Lailiang Ou, Yaoting Yu, Jie Shen
A novel polyvinyl alcohol-amino multi-walled carbon nanotube (PVA-AMWCNT) nanocomposite microsphere was prepared successfully for the first time and used for endotoxin removal. The resulting AMWCNT modified PVA microsphere was characterized by SEM, Raman spectrum and fluorescence image, which indicated AMWCNT was dispersed into the macropores of PVA microsphere uniformly. The PVA-AMWCNT microspheres showed better adsorption capability and faster adsorption equilibrium for endotoxin in aqueous solution when compared to the PVA microsphere with polymyxin B (PMB) as ligand...
March 23, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331804/infected-ascites-distinguishing-secondary-peritonitis-from-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis-in-a-cirrhotic-patient-with-classic-symptoms
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Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Akanksha Agarwal, Josh Sloan, Aaron Kosmin
INTRODUCTION: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis can be differentiated from secondary bacterial peritonitis by the absence of a surgically treatable intra-abdominal source of infection. However, oftentimes this is unapparent and other clinical clues need to be sought after to make the right diagnosis. CASE: A 64-year-old woman was admitted because of three days of worsening diffuse abdominal pain and distention. She was morbidly obese and had a history of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) cirrhosis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330423/geraniol-a-natural-monoterpene-ameliorates-hyperglycemia-by-attenuating-the-key-enzymes-of-carbohydrate-metabolism-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Sukumar Babukumar, Veerasamy Vinothkumar, Chandrasekaran Sankaranarayanan, Subramani Srinivasan
CONTEXT: Geraniol, an acyclic monoterpene alcohol is found in medicinal plants, is used traditionally for several medical purposes including diabetes. OBJECTIVES: The present study evaluates the antihyperglycemic potential of geraniol on key enzymes of carbohydrate metabolism in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diabetes was induced in experimental rats, by a single intraperitoneal (i.p) injection of STZ [40 mg/kg body weight (b...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329413/physical-activity-muscular-strength-and-polypharmacy-among-older-multimorbid-persons-results-from-the-kora-age-study
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K A Volaklis, B Thorand, A Peters, M Halle, M Heier, B Strasser, U Amann, K H Ladwig, H Schulz, W Koenig, C Meisinger
The purpose of this study was to examine if physical activity (PA) and muscular strength (MS) are related to polypharmacy. Our cross-sectional analysis was based on 711 patients with multimorbidity (ΜΜΒ), aged 65-94 years, who participated in the KORA-Age study. Participants underwent a face to face interview and extensive physical examinations including anthropometric measurements, registration of chronic diseases, determination of health-related behaviors (smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, etc), collection of blood samples and measurement of hand-grip strength...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329027/prevalence-and-predictors-for-compensated-advanced-chronic-liver-disease-c-acld-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-delta-virus-hdv-infection
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Ingrid Couto, Marilu Victoria, Valdiléa G Veloso, Lorena Rodrigues, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Marcus Lacerda, Flamir Victoria, Hugo Perazzo
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and predictor factors for compensated advanced chronic liver disease (c-ACLD) in patients with hepatitis Delta virus (HDV) infection. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included consecutive HDV-infected patients defined by positive anti-HDV. Patients with hepatitis C coinfection, liver transplantation or presence of conditions that limit liver (LSM) or spleen stiffness measurement (SSM) were excluded. Blood tests, abdominal ultrasound, SSM and LSM by transient elastography (FibroScan®) were performed at the same day...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328804/liver-function-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficient-individuals-at-37-to-40-years-of-age
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Behrouz Mostafavi, Sandra Diaz, Hanan A Tanash, Eeva Piitulainen
Severe alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency (PiZZ) is a risk factor for liver disease, but the prevalence of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer in PiZZ adults is unknown. The risk of liver disease in adults with moderate AAT deficiency (PiSZ) is also unknown. A cohort of 127 PiZZ, 2 PiZnull, 54 PiSZ, and 1 PiSnull individuals were identified by the Swedish national neonatal AAT screening program between 1972 and 1974, when all 200,000 newborn infants in Sweden were screened for AAT deficiency. The cohort has been followed up since birth...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326301/association-of-serum-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-concentration-and-arterial-stiffness-among-korean-adults-in-single-center
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Jung Hae Lee, Heuy Sun Suh
BACKGROUND: There are growing concerns about the role of vitamin D deficiency in cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, we investigated the correlation between serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25[OH]D) and arterial stiffness among Korean adults. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of 302 people (115 women and 187 men) who visited a tertiary hospital from January 2015 to December 2016. Serum 25(OH)D was measured using the radioimmunoassay technique, and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) was measured using an automatic wave analyzer...
February 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325277/reverse-expression-of-aging-associated-molecules-through-transfection-of-mirnas-to-aged-mice
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Jung-Hee Kim, Bo-Ram Lee, Eun-Sook Choi, Kyeong-Min Lee, Seong-Kyoon Choi, Jung Hoon Cho, Won Bae Jeon, Eunjoo Kim
Molecular changes during aging have been studied to understand the mechanism of aging progress. Herein, changes in microRNA (miRNA) expression in the whole blood of mice were studied to systemically reverse aging and propose them as non-invasive biomarkers. Through next-generation sequencing analysis, we selected 27 differentially expressed miRNAs during aging. The most recognized function involved was liver steatosis, a type of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Among 27 miRNAs, six were predicted to be involved in NAFLD, miR-16-5p, miR-17-5p, miR-21a-5p, miR-30c-5p, miR-103-3p, and miR-130a-3p; alterations in their blood and liver levels were confirmed by real-time qPCR...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325220/action-of-antibiotic-oxacillin-on-in%C3%A2-vitro-growth-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-previously-treated-with-homeopathic-medicines
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Tânia Aguiar Passeti, Leandro Ribeiro Bissoli, Ana Paula Macedo, Registila Beltrame Libame, Susana Diniz, Silvia Waisse
BACKGROUND: Resistance to antibiotics is a major public health concern worldwide. New treatment options are needed and homeopathy is one such option. We sought to assess the effect of the homeopathic medicine Belladonna (Bell) and a nosode (biotherapy) prepared from a multi-drug resistant bacterial species, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), on the same bacterium. METHODS: Bell and MRSA nosode were prepared in 6cH and 30cH potencies in 30% alcohol and sterile water, according to the Brazilian Homeopathic Pharmacopeia and tested on MRSA National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) 10442...
February 2017: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324675/arterial-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-youth-and-associations-with-hiv-related-variables
#18
Allison Ross Eckard, Paolo Raggi, Joshua H Ruff, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Julia C Rosebush, Danielle Labbato, Julie E Daniels, Monika Uribe-Leitz, Christopher T Longencker, Grace A McComsey
Children and young adults infected with HIV are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, scarce data exist on the utility of non-invasive methods to diagnose subclinical CVD, such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship of carotid-femoral PWV with subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), compare measurements to healthy controls, and evaluate variables associated with PWV in HIV-infected youth...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323228/protective-effect-of-berberis-aristata-against-peritonitis-induced-by-carbapenem-resistant-escherichia-coli-in-a-mammalian-model
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Pallavi Thakur, Raman Chawla, Alka Narula, Rakesh Kumar Sharma
OBJECTIVES: Berberis aristata is known to contain a variety of phenolic compounds contributing to its holistic capability of mitigating bacterial multidrug resistance. METHODS: Berberis aristata stem bark extract was prepared and was characterised using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS). The antimicrobial efficacy of the extract against carbapenem-resistant Escherichia coli was assessed in vivo in an animal model using Sprague Dawley rats. Microbial counts in blood and urine, physical health status, haematological and biochemical analysis of blood, and histopathology of the kidney were assessed as the study endpoints...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321313/correlation-study-of-adenosine-deaminase-and-its-isoenzymes-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#20
Lokendra Bahadur Sapkota, Sangita Thapa, Nuwadatta Subedi
OBJECTIVE: Adenosine deaminase (ADA) plays an important role in cell-mediated immunity and modulation of insulin activity. Its clinical and diagnostic significance in Nepalese type 2 diabetes is not yet characterized. So, this study's objective was to determine the isoenzymatic activities of ADA (ADA1, ADA2, and total ADA) and show its correlation with demographic, anthropometric, and biochemical characteristics of type 2 Nepalese subjects with diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This is a hospital-based cross-sectional study including 80 type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients and same number of age-matched and sex-matched healthy controls...
2017: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
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