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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231494/marijuana-and-other-substance-use-among-male-and-female-underage-drinkers-who-drive-after-drinking-and-ride-with-those-who-drive-after-drinking
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Lisa Buckley, Erin E Bonar, Maureen A Walton, Patrick M Carter, Diana Voloshyna, Peter F Ehrlich, Rebecca M Cunningham
The study sought to describe the occurrence of adolescent driving after drinking (DD) and riding with a driver who had been drinking (RWDD) and associations with substance use for both males and females. As part of screening for a randomized controlled trial, we surveyed 16-20year olds (N=3418) recruited from an emergency department (ED) and analyzed data from those reporting past-year alcohol consumption (n=2150, 58% females). DD was reported by 22% of females and 28% of males and RWDD was reported by 39% of females and 38% of males, also in the past year...
February 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231426/engineering-of-anti-cd133-tri-specific-molecule-capable-of-inducing-nk-expansion-and-driving-antibody-dependent-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-adcc
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Jörg U Schmohl, Martin Felices, Felix Oh, Alexander J Lenvik, Aaron M Lebeau, Jayanth Panyam, Jeffrey S Miller, Daniel A Vallera
Purpose: The selective elimination of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in tumor patients is a crucial goal because CSCs cause drug refractory relapse. To improve the current conventional bispecific immune-engager platform, a 16133 BiKE, consisting of scFvs binding FcγRIII (CD16) on NK cells and CD133 on carcinoma cells, was first synthesized and a modified IL-15 crosslinker capable of stimulating NK effector cells was introduced. Materials and Methods: DNA shuffling and ligation techniques were used to assemble and synthesize the 1615133 trispecific NK cell engager (TriKE)...
February 20, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230452/prescription-drug-utilization-and-reimbursement-increased-following-state-medicaid-expansion-in-2014
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Nirosha Mahendraratnam, Stacie B Dusetzina, Joel F Farley
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health care and medication insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion in select states. Expansion has the potential to increase the availability of health services to patients, including prescription medications. However, limited studies have examined how expansion affected prescription drug utilization and reimbursement. OBJECTIVE: To compare prescription drug utilization (number of prescriptions filled) and reimbursement trends between states that did and did not expand Medicaid coverage in 2014, while accounting for known effects of expansion on Medicaid enrollment...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228393/protein-turnover-provides-pancreatic-cancer-target
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Decreased activity of the chromatin remodeling factor gene SMARCB1 drives a switch in pancreatic cancer cells toward a more aggressive, mesenchymal state. This change makes the tumors more susceptible to drugs that target protein metabolism and associated stress responses.
February 22, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226536/evaluation-of-a-novel-portable-micro-pump-and-infusion-system-for-drug-delivery
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Paul Pankhurst, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Paul Pankhurst, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Zahra McGuinness Abdollahi, Paul Pankhurst
In this paper the design, fabrication and experimental results of a novel portable fixed-displacement micro-pump for controlled dosing and timing is described. The new pump is developed especially for high efficiency, high accuracy, ease of use and very low cost for single use drug delivery systems which can overcome many of the deficiencies of current portable pumps. Primary tests have been conducted and the results have demonstrated that the pump has the ability to deliver high performance and accuracy with less than +/-1% error over the whole operating flow rate range of 0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226253/modeling-single-vehicle-run-off-road-crash-severity-in-rural-areas-accounting-for-unobserved-heterogeneity-and-age-difference
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Linfeng Gong, Wei David Fan
This study investigates factors that significantly contribute to the severity of driver injuries resulting from single-vehicle run-off-road (SV ROR) crashes. A mixed logit model approach is employed to explore the potential unobserved heterogeneous effects associated with each age group: young (ages 16-24), middle-aged (ages 25-65), and older drivers (ages over 65). Likelihood ratio tests indicated that the development of separate injury severity models for each age group is statistically superior to estimating a single model using all data...
February 19, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225764/cynomolgus-macaques-naturally-infected-with-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-exhibit-an-overall-mixed-pro-inflammatory-modulated-cytokine-signature-characteristic-of-human-chagas-disease
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Danielle Marquete Vitelli-Avelar, Renato Sathler-Avelar, Armanda Moreira Mattoso-Barbosa, Nicolas Gouin, Marcelo Perdigão-de-Oliveira, Leydiane Valério-Dos-Reis, Ronaldo Peres Costa, Silvana Maria Elói-Santos, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Edward J Dick, Gene B Hubbard, Jane F VandeBerg, John L VandeBerg
BACKGROUND: Non-human primates have been shown to be useful models for Chagas disease. We previously reported that natural T. cruzi infection of cynomolgus macaques triggers clinical features and immunophenotypic changes of peripheral blood leukocytes resembling those observed in human Chagas disease. In the present study, we further characterize the cytokine-mediated microenvironment to provide supportive evidence of the utility of cynomolgus macaques as a model for drug development for human Chagas disease...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221043/radiolabeled-111-in-fgf-2-is-suitable-for-in-vitro-ex-vivo-evaluations-and-in-vivo-imaging
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Alessandra Moscaroli, Gabriel Jones, Tessa Lühmann, Lorenz Meinel, Stephanie Wälti, Alain Blanc, Eliane Fischer, Manuel Hilbert, Roger Schibli, Martin Béhé
Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) is a potent modulator of cell growth and regulation, with improper FGF-2 signaling being involved in impaired responses to injury or even cancer. Therefore, the exploitation of FGF-2 as a therapeutic drives the prerequisite for effective insight into drug disposition kinetics. In this article, we present an (111)In-radiolabeled FGF-2 derivative for noninvasive imaging in small animals deploying single photon emission tomography (SPECT). (111)In-FGF-2 is equally well suitable for in vitro and ex vivo investigations as (125)I-FGF-2...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220762/drug-detection-in-breath-non-invasive-assessment-of-illicit-or-pharmaceutical-drugs
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Phillip Trefz, Svend Kamysek, Patricia Fuchs, Pritam Sukul, Jochen Schubert, Wolfram Miekisch
Breath analysis not only holds great potential for the development of new non-invasive diagnostic methods, but also for the identification and follow up of drug levels in breath. This is of interest for both, forensic and medical science. On the one hand, the detection of drugs of abuse in exhaled breath - similar to the well-known breath alcohol tests - would be highly desirable as an alternative to blood or urine analysis in situations such as police controls for drugged driving. The noninvasive detection of drugs and their metabolites is thus of great interest in forensic science, especially since marijuana is becoming legalized in certain parts of the U...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220466/cardiovascular-toxicities-associated-with-cancer-immunotherapies
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Daniel Y Wang, Gosife Donald Okoye, Thomas G Neilan, Douglas B Johnson, Javid J Moslehi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the cardiovascular toxicities associated with cancer immune therapies and discuss the cardiac manifestations, potential mechanisms, and management strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The recent advances in cancer immune therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive cell transfer have improved clinical outcomes in numerous cancers. The rising use of cancer immune therapy will lead to a higher incidence in immune-related adverse events...
March 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219988/sex-differences-in-microglia-activity-within-the-periaqueductal-gray-of-the-rat-a-potential-mechanism-driving-the-dimorphic-effects-of-morphine
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H H Doyle, L N Eidson, D M Sinkiewicz, A Z Murphy
Although morphine remains the primary drug prescribed for alleviation of severe or persistent pain, both preclinical and clinical studies have shown that females require 2-3 times more morphine than males to produce comparable levels of analgesia. In addition to binding to the neuronal μ opioid receptor (MOR), morphine binds to the innate immune receptor toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) localized primarily on microglia. Morphine action at TLR4 initiates a neuroinflammatory response that directly opposes the analgesic effects of morphine...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219797/spectroscopy-analysis-and-molecular-dynamics-studies-on-the-binding-of-penicillin-v-and-sulbactam-to-beta-lactamase-ii-from-bacillus-cereus
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Penghui Shi, Pan Qiao, Yeli Zhang, Shuaihua Li, Xuan Feng, Liujiao Bian
The molecular recognition and interaction of beta-lactamase II from Bacillus cereus (Bc II) with penicillin V (PV) and sulbactam (Sul) especially conformational changes of Bc II in the binding process were studied through spectroscopy analysis in combination with molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The results show that in the binding process, a new coordination bond is observed between the Zn2 of Bc II and the carboxyl-O of PV or Sul by replacing His204. Electrostatic interaction between Zn2 and the ligand provide main driving force for the binding affinity...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219789/acetazolamide-lowers-intracranial-pressure-and-modulates-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-secretion-pathway-in-healthy-rats
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Maria Uldall, Hannah Botfield, Inger Jansen-Olesen, Alexandra Sinclair, Rigmor Jensen
Acetazolamide is one of the most widely used drugs for lowering intracranial pressure (ICP) and is believed to reduce cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) secretion via its action on the choroid plexus (CP). In the CP the main driving force for CSF secretion is primarily active transport of Na(+) ions facilitated by the Na/K ATPase. Transmembrane water channels, known as aquaporins (AQP), are also present in the CP and play an important role in the movement of water. In the present study, we investigated the effect of a single dose acetazolamide on the activity of the Na/K ATPase and ICP...
February 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215320/marine-enzymes-in-cancer-a-new-paradigm
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R H Prabhu, K S Bhise, V B Patravale
Over the last decades, the vast chemical and biodiversity of marine environment has been identified as an important source of new anticancer drugs. The evolution of marine life is a result of competition among microorganisms for space and nutrients in the marine environment, which drives marine microorganisms to generate diverse enzyme systems with unique properties to adapt to harsh conditions of ocean. Therefore, marine-derived sources offer novel enzymes endowed with extraordinary properties. Recent advances in cancer therapy have facilitated enzyme therapy as a promising tool...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213505/revealing-the-concealed-nature-of-long-qt-type-3-syndrome
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Amara Greer-Short, Sharon A George, Steven Poelzing, Seth H Weinberg
BACKGROUND: Gain-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5) are associated with the long-QT-3 (LQT3) syndrome. Nav1.5 is densely expressed at the intercalated disk, and narrow intercellular separation can modulate cell-to-cell coupling via extracellular electric fields and depletion of local sodium ion nanodomains. Models predict that significantly decreasing intercellular cleft widths slows conduction because of reduced sodium current driving force, termed "self-attenuation...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213480/a-common-genetic-variant-risk-score-is-associated-with-drug-induced-qt-prolongation-and-torsade-de-pointes-risk-a-pilot-study
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David G Strauss, Jose Vicente, Lars Johannesen, Ksenia Blinova, Jay W Mason, Peter Weeke, Elijah R Behr, Dan M Roden, Raymond Woosley, Gulum Kosova, Michael A Rosenberg, Christopher Newton-Cheh
Background -Drug-induced QT interval prolongation, a risk factor for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias, is a potential side effect of many marketed and withdrawn medications. The contribution of common genetic variants previously associated with baseline QT interval to drug-induced QT prolongation and arrhythmias is not known. Methods -We tested the hypothesis that a weighted combination of common genetic variants contributing to QT interval at baseline, identified through genome-wide association studies, can predict individual response to multiple QT-prolonging drugs...
February 17, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211993/recent-lab-on-chip-developments-for-novel-drug-discovery
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REVIEW
Nauman Khalid, Isao Kobayashi, Mitsutoshi Nakajima
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and micro total analysis systems (μTAS) revolutionized the biochemical and electronic industries, and this miniaturization process became a key driver for many markets. Now, it is a driving force for innovations in life sciences, diagnostics, analytical sciences, and chemistry, which are called 'lab-on-a-chip, (LOC)' devices. The use of these devices allows the development of fast, portable, and easy-to-use systems with a high level of functional integration for applications such as point-of-care diagnostics, forensics, the analysis of biomolecules, environmental or food analysis, and drug development...
February 17, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210205/the-atp-gated-p2x7-receptor-as-a-target-for-the-treatment-of-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Edward Beamer, Wolfgang Fischer, Tobias Engel
Despite the progress made in the development of new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), the biggest challenges that epilepsy presents to drug development have remained unchanged for the last 80 years: finding a treatment with potential for modifying disease progression and reducing the percentage of patients resistant to all pharmacological interventions. The mechanism of action of the majority of AEDs is based on blocking Na(+) and/or Ca(2+) channels, promotion of GABA or inhibition of glutamate signaling. In order for further progress to be made, however, a fuller picture of epilepsy will need to be considered, including changes to blood-brain barrier permeability, synaptic plasticity, network reorganization, and gliosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209527/exploring-deformable-particles-in-vascular-targeted-drug-delivery-softer-is-only-sometimes-better
#19
Margaret B Fish, Catherine A Fromen, Genesis Lopez-Cazares, Alexander W Golinski, Timothy F Scott, Reheman Adili, Michael Holinstat, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
The ability of vascular-targeted drug carriers (VTCs) to localize and bind to a targeted, diseased endothelium determines their overall clinical utility. Here, we investigate how particle modulus and size determine adhesion of VTCs to the vascular wall under physiological blood flow conditions. In general, deformable microparticles (MPs) outperformed nanoparticles (NPs) in all experimental conditions tested. Our results indicate that MP modulus enhances particle adhesion in a shear-dependent manner. In low shear human blood flow profiles in vitro, low modulus particles showed favorable adhesion, while at high shear, rigid particles showed superior adhesion...
February 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208210/heterogeneous-costs-of-alcohol-and-drug-problems-across-cities-and-counties-in-california
#20
Ted R Miller, Peter Nygaard, Andrew Gaidus, Joel W Grube, William R Ponicki, Bruce A Lawrence, Paul J Gruenewald
BACKGROUND: Estimates of economic and social costs related to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and abuse are usually made at state and national levels. Ecological analyses demonstrate, however, that substantial variations exist in the incidence and prevalence of AOD use and problems including impaired driving, violence, and chronic disease between smaller geopolitical units like counties and cities. This study examines the ranges of these costs across counties and cities in California...
February 16, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
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