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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437722/effective-active-vaccination-against-methamphetamine-in-female-rats
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J D Nguyen, P T Bremer, C S Hwang, S A Vandewater, K C Collins, K M Creehan, K D Janda, M A Taffe
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapies directed against methamphetamine (MA) abuse have shown success in rodent models, however only a limited number of studies have investigated active vaccination in female mice and none in female rats. It is critical to determine if potential immunotherapeutic strategies generalize across sex, particularly for drugs that may produce significant sex-differences on behavioral or physiological endpoints. METHODS: Female Wistar rats were initially vaccinated with keyhole-limpet hemocyanin (KLH) or an anti-methamphetamine-KLH conjugate (MH6-KLH) three times over five weeks and implanted with radiotelemetry devices to assess locomotor activity and body temperature responses to MA...
April 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436723/asymptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease-can-limit-maximal-exercise-capacity-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-patients-regardless-of-airflow-obstruction-and-lung-hyperinflation
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Ernesto Crisafulli, Chiara Scelfo, Panagiota Tzani, Marina Aiello, Giuseppina Bertorelli, Alfredo Chetta
Background Silent/asymptomatic peripheral artery disease may occur in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but it is poorly investigated. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients the impact of asymptomatic/silent peripheral artery disease on maximal exercise capacity; the secondary aim was to search for predictors of peripheral artery disease. Methods We prospectively enrolled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease outpatients. Data on anthropometric characteristics, lung function, cardiopulmonary exercise test and ankle-brachial index were recorded...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435870/nanoparticles-that-do-not-adhere-to-mucus-provide-uniform-and-long-lasting-drug-delivery-to-airways-following-inhalation
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Craig S Schneider, Qingguo Xu, Nicholas J Boylan, Jane Chisholm, Benjamin C Tang, Benjamin S Schuster, Andreas Henning, Laura M Ensign, Ethan Lee, Pichet Adstamongkonkul, Brian W Simons, Sho-Yu S Wang, Xiaoqun Gong, Tao Yu, Michael P Boyle, Jung Soo Suk, Justin Hanes
Mucoadhesive particles (MAP) have been widely explored for pulmonary drug delivery because of their perceived benefits in improving particle residence in the lungs. However, retention of particles adhesively trapped in airway mucus may be limited by physiologic mucus clearance mechanisms. In contrast, particles that avoid mucoadhesion and have diameters smaller than mucus mesh spacings rapidly penetrate mucus layers [mucus-penetrating particles (MPP)], which we hypothesized would provide prolonged lung retention compared to MAP...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435681/a-hol-e-y-predicament
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Shaiva Ginoya Meka, Daniel Shelden, Amy Mertens, Paul Christensen, Meet Patel
Endocardial cushion defects are congenital abnormalities that result in valvular dysfunction as well as defects (or "holes") in the septa of the heart. They are typically diagnosed in early infancy; presentation late in life is rare. We present the case of a 72-year-old female admitted to the hospital with dyspnoea and palpitations. She was found to have multifocal atrial tachycardia. She suffered cardiac arrest associated with refractory hypoxaemia that required mechanical ventilation and vasodilator therapy with inhaled nitric oxide...
July 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435267/the-acute-pulmonary-and-thrombotic-effects-of-cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-after-intratracheal-instillation-in-mice
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Abderrahim Nemmar, Suhail Al-Salam, Sumaya Beegam, Priya Yuvaraju, Badreldin H Ali
Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs), used as a diesel fuel catalyst, can be emitted into the ambient air, resulting in exposure to humans by inhalation. Recent studies have reported the development of lung toxicity after pulmonary exposure to CeO2 NPs. However, little is known about the possible thrombotic effects of these NPs. The present study investigated the acute (24 hours) effect of intratracheal (IT) instillation of either CeO2 NPs (0.1 or 0.5 mg/kg) or saline (control) on pulmonary and systemic inflammation and oxidative stress and thrombosis in mice...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435240/risk-of-pneumonia-with-budesonide-containing-treatments-in-copd-an-individual-patient-level-pooled-analysis-of-interventional-studies
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Sally Hollis, Carin Jorup, Dan Lythgoe, Gunnar Martensson, Pontus Regnell, Göran Eckerwall
BACKGROUND: Concerns have been raised that treatment of COPD with inhaled corticosteroids may increase pneumonia risk. Responding to a request from the European Medicines Agency Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee, a pooled analysis of interventional studies compared pneumonia risk with inhaled budesonide-containing versus non-budesonide-containing treatments and the impact of other clinically relevant factors. METHODS: AstraZeneca-sponsored, parallel-group, double-blind, randomized controlled trials meeting the following criteria were included: >8 weeks' duration; ≥60 patients with COPD; inhaled budesonide treatment arm (budesonide/formoterol or budesonide); and non-budesonide-containing comparator arm (formoterol or placebo)...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435031/clinical-outcome-associated-with-the-use-of-different-inhalation-method-with-and-without-humidification-in-asthmatic-mechanically-ventilated-patients
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Islam O F Moustafa, Muhammad H E ElHansy, Moataz Al Hallag, James B Fink, Patricia Dailey, Hoda Rabea, Mohamed E A Abdelrahim
BACKGROUND: Inhaled-medication delivered during mechanical-ventilation is affected by type of aerosol-generator and humidity-condition. Despite many in-vitro studies related to aerosol-delivery to mechanically-ventilated patients, little has been reported on clinical effects of these variables. The aim of this study was to determine effect of humidification and type of aerosol-generator on clinical status of mechanically ventilated asthmatics. METHOD: 72 (36 females) asthmatic subjects receiving invasive mechanical ventilation were enrolled and assigned randomly to 6 treatment groups of 12 (6 females) subjects each received, as possible, all inhaled medication using their assigned aerosol generator and humidity condition during delivery...
April 20, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434932/combinatorial-treatment-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-using-nanoparticles-with-prostaglandin-e-and-sirna-s
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O B Garbuzenko, V Ivanova, V Kholodovych, D C Reimer, K R Reuhl, E Yurkow, D Adler, T Minko
Inhalation delivery of prostaglandin E (PGE2) in combination with selected siRNA(s) was proposed for the efficient treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) were used as a delivery system for PGE2 with and without siRNAs targeted to MMP3, CCL12, and HIF1Alpha mRNAs. The model of IPF was developed in SKH1 mice by intratracheal administration of bleomycin at a dose of 1.5U/kg. Results showed that NLC-PGE2 in combination with three siRNAs delivered locally to the lungs by inhalation markedly reduced mouse body mass, substantially limited hydroxyproline content in the lungs and disturbances of the mRNAs and protein expression, restricted lung tissue damage and prevented animal mortality...
April 18, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434454/measuring-to-improve-medication-reconciliation-in-a-large-subspecialty-outpatient-practice
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Elizabeth Kern, Meg B Dingae, Esther L Langmack, Candace Juarez, Gary Cott, Sarah K Meadows
BACKGROUND: To assess performance in medication reconciliation (med rec)-the process of comparing and reconciling patients' medication lists at clinical transition points-and demonstrate improvement in an outpatient setting, sustainable and valid measures are needed. METHODS: An interdisciplinary team at National Jewish Health (Denver) attempted to improve med rec in an ambulatory practice serving patients with respiratory and related diseases. Interventions, which were aimed at physicians, nurses (RNs), and medical assistants, involved changes in practice and changes in documentation in the electronic health record (EHR)...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434269/electronic-adherence-monitoring-device-performance-and-patient-acceptability-a-randomized-control-trial
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Amy Hai Yan Chan, Alistair William Stewart, Jeff Harrison, Peter Nigel Black, Edwin Arthur Mitchell, Juliet Michelle Foster
BACKGROUND: To investigate the performance and patient acceptability of an inhaler electronic monitoring device in a real-world childhood asthma population. METHODS: Children 6 to 15 years presenting with asthma to the hospital emergency department and prescribed inhaled corticosteroids were included. Participants were randomized to receive a device with reminder features enabled or disabled for use with their preventer. Device quality control tests were conducted...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434254/association-of-gstt1-null-xpd-751%C3%A2-cc-and-xpc-939%C3%A2-cc-genotypes-with-increased-levels-of-genomic-damage-among-hospital-pathologists
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Alfredo Santovito, Marta Delsoglio, Eleonora Manitta, Giulia Picco, Giulia Meschiati, Michela Chiarizio, Claudio Gendusa, Piero Cervella
CONTEXT: Hospital workers are at risk for genotoxic damage following occupationally exposure to xenobiotics. Pathologists are exposed to chemicals during their use in health care environments, particularly throughout inhalation of airborne agents, absorption through skin or contact with the patient's body fluids. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the level of genomic damage in a sample of 61 hospital pathologists (occupationally exposed to antineoplastic drugs and sterilizing agents) and 60 control subjects...
April 24, 2017: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434250/rolling-tobacco-in-banana-leaves-newspaper-or-copybook-paper-associated-with-significant-reduction-in-lung-function-in-vanuatu
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Charles A Weitz, Kathryn M Olszowy, Kelsey N Dancause, Cheng Sun, Alysa Pomer, Howard Silverman, G Lee, Len Tarivonda, Chim W Chan, Akira Kaneko, J K Lum, Ralph M Garruto
In addition to the widespread availability of packaged cigarettes, the inhabitants of island nations of the Southwest Pacific frequently smoke commercially available loose tobacco using manufactured rolling papers, as well as locally grown tobacco rolled in manufactured rolling paper or wrapped in leaves, copybook paper, and newspaper. In this study, Vanuatu men who smoked local tobacco rolled in leaves, copybook paper, or newspaper showed significantly lower forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1), and FEV1/FVC ratios than men who smoked packaged cigarettes, store-bought tobacco rolled in manufactured rolling paper, or who smoked locally grown tobacco rolled in manufactured rolling papers...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433997/argon-delays-initiation-of-liver-regeneration-after-partial-hepatectomy-in-rats
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Tom Florian Ulmer, Athanassious Fragoulis, Henriette Dohmeier, Andreas Kroh, Anne Andert, Christian Stoppe, Hamid Alizai, Christian Klink, Mark Coburn, Ulf Peter Neumann
BACKGROUND: The liver can heal up to restitutio ad integrum following damage resulting from various causes. Different studies have demonstrated the protective effect of argon on various cells and organs. To the best of our knowledge, the organ-protective effects of the noble gas argon on the liver have not yet been investigated, although argon appears to influence signal paths that are well-known mediators of liver regeneration. We hypothesized that argon inhalation prior to partial hepatectomy (70%) has a positive effect on the initiation of liver regeneration in rats...
April 22, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433929/pollution-characteristics-and-human-health-risks-of-potentially-eco-toxic-elements-ptes-in-road-dust-from-metropolitan-area-of-hefei-china
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Muhammad Ubaid Ali, Guijian Liu, Balal Yousaf, Qumber Abbas, Habib Ullah, Mehr Ahmed Mujtaba Munir, Biao Fu
This study aims to investigate the pollution characteristics of road dust and their associated health risks of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) to humans using array-based risk assessment models described by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in a metropolitan area of Hefei, China. Geoaccumulation index (Igeo) was used to describe pollution characteristics of roadside dust in urban, periurban and industrial areas. Results indicate that industrial roadside dust was contaminated with Fe, Ni, Cu, Ti, V, Pb, Ba, Sb, Cr, Sn, Pb, As and Ga showing Igeo value (log2 (x)) between Igeo class 3 to 4...
April 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433709/pulmonary-pathobiology-induced-by-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-in-mice-a-24-hour-and-28-day-follow-up-study
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Hsiao-Chi Chuang, Kai-Jen Chuang, Jen-Kun Chen, His-En Hua, Yen-Ling Shen, Wei-Neng Liao, Chii-Hong Lee, Chih-Hong Pan, Kuan-Yuan Chen, Kang-Yun Lee, Ta-Chih Hsiao, Tsun-Jen Cheng
Inhaled zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) have high deposition rates in the alveolar region of the lungs; however, the adverse health effects of ZnONPs on the respiratory system are unclear. Herein, pathobiological responses of the respiratory system of mice that received intratracheal administration of ZnONPs were investigated by a combination of molecular and imaging (SPECT and CT) approaches. Also, normal BEAS-2B and adenocarcinoma A549 cells were used to confirm the results in mice. First, female BALB/c mice were administrated a series of doses of 20-nm ZnONPs and were compared to the phosphate-buffered saline control for 24-h and 28-day follow-up observations...
April 19, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433669/environmental-enrichment-reverses-memory-impairment-induced-by-toluene-in-mice
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Sergio Montes, Rocío Del Carmen Solís-Guillen, David García-Jácome, Nayeli Páez-Martínez
Toluene is the main component of a variety of inhalants that are used for intoxication purposes. Alterations in memory have been reported in inhalant users; however, it is unclear whether these impairments could be reversed, and the mechanisms involved in the putative recovery. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to model the deleterious effects of toluene on memory in mice and to evaluate the effect of environmental enrichment on that response. In the second part of the study, the concentrations of glutamate and GABA, following chronic toluene exposure and after environmental enrichment treatment, were evaluated...
April 19, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432963/health-hazards-of-child-labor-in-the-leather-products-and-surgical-instrument-manufacturing-industries-of-sialkot-pakistan
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Muhammad Junaid, Riffat Naseem Malik, De-Sheng Pei
Child labor is a major challenge in the developing countries and comprehensive health hazard identification studies on this issue are still lacking. Therefore, the current study is an effort to highlight the health concerns of child labor exposed in the key small scale industries of Sialkot, Pakistan. Our findings revealed jolting levels of heavy metals in the urine, blood, serum, saliva, and hair samples collected from the exposed children. For example, in the urine samples, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb were measured at the respective concentrations of 39...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432702/tunable-porous-coordination-polymers-for-the-capture-recovery-and-storage-of-inhalation-anesthetics
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Brendan Francis Abrahams, David Dharma, Paul Stephen Donnelly, Timothy Adam Hudson, Cameron J Kepert, Richard Robson, Peter D Southon, Keith Forrest White
The uptake of inhalation anesthetics by three topologically identical frameworks is described. The 3D network materials, which possess square channels of different dimensions, are formed from the relatively simple combination of Zn(II) centres and dianionic ligands that contain a phenolate and a carboxylate group at opposite ends. All three framework materials are able to adsorb N2O, Xe and isoflurane. Whilst the framework with the widest channels is able to adsorb large quantities of the various guests from the gas phase, the frameworks with the narrower channels have superior binding enthalpies and exhibit higher levels of retention...
April 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431417/the-occurrence-of-single-and-multiple-organ-dysfunction-in-pediatric-electrical-versus-other-thermal-burns
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Gabriel Hundeshagen, Paul Wurzer, Abigail A Forbes, Charles D Voigt, Vanessa N Collins, Janos Cambiaso-Daniel, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Ludwik K Branski
BACKGROUND: Multiple organ failure (MOF) is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in burned children. While various complications induced by electrical injuries have been described, the incidence and severity of single organ failure (SOF) and MOF associated with this type of injury are unknown. The study was undertaken to compare the incidence and severity of SOF and MOF as well as other complications between electrically and thermally burned children. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2001 and 2016, 288 pediatric patients with electrical burns (EB; n = 96) or thermal burns (CTR; n = 192) were analyzed in this study...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431315/effects-of-pm2-5-exposure-on-the-notch-signaling-pathway-and-immune-imbalance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xing-Yu Gu, Xu Chu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Xiao-Ju Liu
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with T lymphocytes subset (Th1/Th2, Th17/Treg) imbalance. Notch signaling pathway plays a key role in the development of the adaptive immunity. The immune disorder induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is related to COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which PM2.5 influences the Notch signaling pathway leading to worsening immune disorder and accelerating COPD development. A COPD mouse model was established by cigarette smoke exposure...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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