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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933734/improved-quality-of-life-in-asthma-patients-under-long-term-therapy-assessed-by-ahq-japan
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Yuji Tohda, Takashi Iwanaga, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroaki Kume, Kazuto Hirata, Noriyuki Ohkura, Isao Tachibana, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Hisako Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Minakata, Masanori Yoshikawa, Masaki Fujimura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the effects of long-term management on patient quality of life (QOL) would be extremely useful for determining asthma treatment strategies. However, no studies have evaluated QOL over an extended period of time. This study evaluated the changes in QOL, drug management and disease severity in the same asthma patients at an interval of approximately 9 years. METHODS: We re-surveyed asthma patients enrolled in a survey conducted in 2004 to evaluate the effects of approximately a decade of treatment on disease severity and QOL assessed by the Japanese Asthma Health Questionnaire (AHQ-JAPAN)...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933666/risk-of-stroke-and-recurrence-after-af-ablation-in-patients-with-an-initial-event-free-period-of-12-months
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Simon Kochhäuser, Pouria Alipour, Tanjah Haig-Carter, Kathleen Trought, Philip Hache, Yaariv Khaykin, Zaev Wulffhart, Alfredo Pantanomd, Bernice Tsang, David Birnie, Atul Verma
INTRODUCTION: Because of the unclear prognostic effects of ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), oral anticoagulation (OAC) is often continued after ablation even in asymptomatic patients. We sought to determine the frequency of stroke and AF recurrence in patients on and off therapeutic OAC one year after a successful AF ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients that underwent AF ablation and were free of AF 12 months after ablation were selected from our AF database...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933614/antiviral-agents-for-infectious-mononucleosis-glandular-fever
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REVIEW
Muireann De Paor, Kirsty O'Brien, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinical syndrome, usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EPV), characterised by lymphadenopathy, fever and sore throat. Most cases of symptomatic IM occur in older teenagers or young adults. Usually IM is a benign self-limiting illness and requires only symptomatic treatment. However, occasionally the disease course can be complicated or prolonged and lead to decreased productivity in terms of school or work. Antiviral medications have been used to treat IM, but the use of antivirals for IM is controversial...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933604/chemoresistant-lung-cancer-stem-cells-display-high-dna-repair-capability-to-remove-cisplatin-dna-damage
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Wai-Kin Yu, Zhigang Wang, Chi-Chun Fong, Dandan Liu, Tak-Chun Yip, Siu-Kie Au, Guangyu Zhu, Mengsu Yang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The persistence of lung cancer stem cells (LCSCs) has been proposed to be the main factor of lung cancer recurrence due to their high resistance to conventional chemotherapy. The underlying mechanisms, however, have not been fully addressed. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In this study, we examined the cellular response of a human lung cancer stem cell line upon treatment with cisplatin, a DNA-damaging anticancer drug that is extensively applied in clinics...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933565/kshv-strategies-for-host-dsdna-sensing-machinery
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REVIEW
Hang Gao, Yanyan Song, Chengrong Liu, Qiming Liang
The innate immune system utilizes pattern recognition receptors cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) to sense cytosolic double-stranded (ds) DNA and initiate type 1 interferon signaling and autophagy pathway, which collaborate to limit pathogen infections as well as alarm the adaptive immune response. The genomes of herpesviruses are large dsDNA, which represent a major class of pathogen signatures recognized by cellular DNA sensor cGAS. However, to successfully establish the persistent infection, herpesviruses have evolved their viral genes to modulate different aspects of host immune signaling...
December 5, 2016: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933553/spontaneous-honeybee-behaviour-is-altered-by-persistent-organic-pollutants
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Jade Drummond, Sally M Williamson, Ann E Fitchett, Geraldine A Wright, Sarah J Judge
The effect of environmental pollutants on honeybee behaviour has focused mainly on currently used pesticides. However, honeybees are also exposed to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The aim of this laboratory based study was to determine if exposure to sublethal field-relevant concentrations of POPs altered the spontaneous behaviour of foraging-age worker honeybees. Honeybees (Apis mellifera) were orally exposed to either a sublethal concentration of the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) mixture Aroclor 1254 (100 ng/ml), the organochlorine insecticide lindane (2...
December 8, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933523/integrative-functional-genomics-for-systems-genetics-in-geneweaver-org
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Jason A Bubier, Michael A Langston, Erich J Baker, Elissa J Chesler
The abundance of existing functional genomics studies permits an integrative approach to interpreting and resolving the results of diverse systems genetics studies. However, a major challenge lies in assembling and harmonizing heterogeneous data sets across species for facile comparison to the positional candidate genes and coexpression networks that come from systems genetic studies. GeneWeaver is an online database and suite of tools at www.geneweaver.org that allows for fast aggregation and analysis of gene set-centric data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933365/ketamine-decreases-sensitivity-of-male-rats-to-misleading-negative-feedback-in-a-probabilistic-reversal-learning-task
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Michal Rychlik, Eva Bollen, Rafal Rygula
RATIONALE: Depression is characterized by an excessive attribution of value to negative feedback. This imbalance in feedback sensitivity can be measured using the probabilistic reversal-learning (PRL) task. This task was initially designed for clinical research, but introduction of its rodent version provides a new and much needed translational paradigm to evaluate potential novel antidepressants. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we aimed at evaluating the effects of a compound showing clear antidepressant properties-ketamine (KET)-on the sensitivity of rats to positive and negative feedback in the PRL paradigm...
December 8, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933357/bilateral-increases-in-erk-activation-at-the-spinomedullary-junction-region-by-acute-masseter-muscle-injury-during-temporomandibular-joint-inflammation-in-the-rats
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Masayuki Kurose, Hiroki Imbe, Yosuke Nakatani, Mana Hasegawa, Noritaka Fujii, Ritsuo Takagi, Kensuke Yamamura, Emiko Senba, Keiichiro Okamoto
We determined the role of persistent monoarthritis of temporomandibular joint region (TMJ) on bilateral masseter muscle (MM) nociception in male rats using orofacial nocifensive behaviors, phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase and Fos induction at the trigeminal subnucleus caudalis/upper cervical spinal cord (Vc/C2) region in response to formalin injection to the MM region. TMJ inflammation was induced by local injection of CFA into the left TMJ region. Orofacial nocifensive behaviors evoked by formalin injection ipsilateral or contralateral to the TMJ inflammation appeared to be increased at 1-14 days or at 1, 10 and 14 days after induction of TMJ inflammation, respectively, while increases in behavioral duration were seen mainly in the late phase rather than the early phase...
December 8, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933296/modeling-diet-induced-obesity-with-obesity-prone-rats-implications-for-studies-in-females
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REVIEW
Erin D Giles, Matthew R Jackman, Paul S MacLean
Obesity is a worldwide epidemic, and the comorbidities associated with obesity are numerous. Over the last two decades, we and others have employed an outbred rat model to study the development and persistence of obesity, as well as the metabolic complications that accompany excess weight. In this review, we summarize the strengths and limitations of this model and how it has been applied to further our understanding of human physiology in the context of weight loss and weight regain. We also discuss how the approach has been adapted over time for studies in females and female-specific physiological conditions, such as menopause and breast cancer...
2016: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933285/developmental-profile-and-diagnoses-in-children-presenting-with-motor-stereotypies
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Francesco Cardona, Francesca Valente, Daniela Miraglia, Caterina D'Ardia, Valentina Baglioni, Flavia Chiarotti
INTRODUCTION: Motor stereotypies represent a typical example of the difficulty in distinguishing non-clinical behaviors (physiological and transient) from symptoms or among different disorders ["primary stereotypies," associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disabilities, genetic syndromes, and sensory impairment]. The aim of this study was to obtain an accurate assessment on the relationship between stereotypies and neurodevelopmental disorders. METHODS: We studied 23 children (3 girls), aged 36-95 months, who requested a consultation due to the persistence or increased severity of motor stereotypies...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933199/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-repository-corticotropin-injection-in-patients-with-persistently-active-sle-results-of-a-phase-4-randomised-controlled-pilot-study
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Richard Furie, Margaret Mitrane, Enxu Zhao, Maya Das, Daner Li, Patrice M Becker
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of a prolonged-release formulation of a porcine adrenocorticotropic hormone analogue (repository corticotropin injection (RCI)) added to standard of care in patients requiring moderate-dose corticosteroids for symptomatic SLE. METHODS: This prospective, randomised, double-blind, phase 4, pilot study (NCT01753401) enrolled 38 patients with persistently active SLE involving skin and/or joints. Enrolled patients received RCI, 40 U daily or 80 U every other day, or volume-matched placebo gel, for 8 weeks, with dose tapering to twice weekly during weeks 5-8...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933198/interferon-ifn-%C3%AE-is-a-potential-mediator-in-lupus-nephritis
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Agneta Zickert, Vilija Oke, Ioannis Parodis, Elisabet Svenungsson, Yvonne Sundström, Iva Gunnarsson
OBJECTIVES: Interferon (IFN)-α is thought to be central in the pathogenesis for lupus nephritis (LN) and recent studies also indicate a role for IFNλ. Little is known about these cytokines in the context of treatment response. We studied levels of IFNα and IFNλ in patients with LN in association with clinical and histological response (HR) to treatment. METHODS: Fifty-six patients with active LN were included. Renal biopsies were performed at baseline and after immunosuppressive therapy...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933175/hyperinsulinemic-hypoglycemia-associated-with-insulin-antibodies-caused-by-exogenous-insulin-analog
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Chih-Ting Su, Yi-Chun Lin
: Insulin antibodies (IA) associated with exogenous insulin administration seldom caused hypoglycemia and had different characteristics from insulin autoantibodies (IAA) found in insulin autoimmune syndrome (IAS), which was first described by Dr Hirata in 1970. The characteristic of IAS is the presence of insulin-binding autoantibodies and related fasting or late postprandial hypoglycemia. Here, we report a patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus under insulin glargine and insulin aspart treatment who developed recurrent spontaneous post-absorptive hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia with the cause probably being insulin antibodies induced by exogenous injected insulin...
2016: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933169/why-is-prone-positioning-so-unpopular
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EDITORIAL
Jason Chertoff
Recent studies have shown acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to be underdiagnosed and inadequately treated, as evidenced by underutilization of low-tidal volume ventilation. Despite a proven survival benefit in patients with severe ARDS, studies have also shown underutilization of prone positioning. Many questions persist as to the reasons for prone positioning's unpopularity. Additional studies are required to uncover the causes of this prone positioning underutilization phenomenon.
2016: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933161/parallel-reductions-of-ige-and-exhaled-nitric-oxide-after-optimized-anti-inflammatory-asthma-treatment
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Jörgen Syk, Andrei Malinovschi, Magnus P Borres, Anna-Lena Undén, Anna Andreasson, Mats Lekander, Kjell Alving
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is crucial for the development of airway inflammation in atopic asthma, and inhibition of IgE using monoclonal antibodies is now part of asthma therapy. However, the impact of ordinary anti-inflammatory treatment on IgE is unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate if optimization of treatment with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and leukotriene-receptor antagonist (LTRA) according to symptoms or exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) levels over a one-year period affects IgE concentrations...
June 2016: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933140/mitigating-pharmaceutical-waste-exposures-policy-and-program-considerations
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EDITORIAL
Eric D Amster
Pharmaceutical disposal and the environmental fate of medication metabolites directly impacts the public's health in two significant ways: accidental medication ingestion of pharmaceuticals that were not disposed of properly results in inadvertent toxicity; and environmental health consequences of pharmaceuticals that were inappropriately disposed and which contaminate municipal water supply. In reviewing the effectiveness of medication disposal policy globally, it is crucial to not only determine which policies are effective but also to assess why they are effective...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933106/screening-detected-rheumatic-heart-disease-can-progress-to-severe-disease
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Daniel Engelman, Gavin R Wheaton, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Bo Remenyi, Andrew C Steer
OBJECTIVES: Echocardiography is a sensitive test for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening; however the natural history of RHD detected on screening has not been established. We aimed to evaluate the progression of screening-detected RHD in Fiji. METHODS: All young people previously diagnosed with RHD through screening, with echocardiograms available for review, were eligible. All baseline echocardiograms were reported again. Participants underwent follow-up echocardiography...
2016: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933091/spatially-heterogeneous-environmental-selection-strengthens-evolution-of-reproductively-isolated-populations-in-a-dobzhansky-muller-system-of-hybrid-incompatibility
#19
Samuel A Cushman, Erin L Landguth
Within-species hybrid incompatibility can arise when combinations of alleles at more than one locus have low fitness but where possession of one of those alleles has little or no fitness consequence for the carriers. Limited dispersal with small numbers of mate potentials alone can lead to the evolution of clusters of reproductively isolated genotypes despite the absence of any geographical barriers or heterogeneous selection. In this paper, we explore how adding heterogeneous natural selection on the genotypes (e...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933045/what-is-the-link-between-stringent-response-endoribonuclease-encoding-type-ii-toxin-antitoxin-systems-and-persistence
#20
Bhaskar C M Ramisetty, Dimpy Ghosh, Maoumita Roy Chowdhury, Ramachandran S Santhosh
Persistence is a transient and non-inheritable tolerance to antibiotics by a small fraction of a bacterial population. One of the proposed determinants of bacterial persistence is toxin-antitoxin systems (TASs) which are also implicated in a wide range of stress-related phenomena. Maisonneuve E, Castro-Camargo M, Gerdes K. 2013. Cell 154:1140-1150 reported an interesting link between ppGpp mediated stringent response, TAS, and persistence. It is proposed that accumulation of ppGpp enhances the accumulation of inorganic polyphosphate which modulates Lon protease to degrade antitoxins...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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