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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646795/offsetting-the-impact-of-smoking-and-e-cigarette-vaping-on-the-cerebrovascular-system-and-stroke-injury-is-metformin-a-viable-countermeasure
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Mohammad A Kaisar, Heidi Villalba, Shikha Prasad, Taylor Liles, Ali Ehsan Sifat, Ravi K Sajja, Thomas J Abbruscato, Luca Cucullo
Recently published in vitro and in vivo findings strongly suggest that BBB impairment and increased risk for stroke by tobacco smoke (TS) closely resemble that of type-2 diabetes (2DM) and develop largely in response to common key modulators such oxidative stress (OS), inflammation and alterations of the endogenous antioxidative response system (ARE) regulated by the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2). Preclinical studies have also shown that nicotine (the principal e-liquid's ingredient used in e-cigarettes) can also cause OS, exacerbation of cerebral ischemia and secondary brain injury...
June 17, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646727/pulmonary-embolism-prognostic-factors-and-length-of-hospital-stay-a-cohort-study
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Marco Paolo Donadini, Francesco Dentali, Marco Castellaneta, Paola Gnerre, Micaela La Regina, Luca Masotti, Filippo Pieralli, Fulvio Pomero, Roberta Re, Luigina Guasti, Walter Ageno, Alessandro Squizzato
INTRODUCTION: Patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) are commonly admitted to hospital for their initial treatment. We aimed to assess the association of length of hospital stay with commonly available clinical variables and their combinations. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter cohort study was conducted on consecutive PE patients admitted to eight Italian centers. Logistic regression analysis was performed to evaluate the association between the length of hospital stay and the Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index (PESI) parameters, National Early Warning Score (NEWS) and other possible determinants...
June 8, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646624/prognostic-relevance-of-oxidative-stress-measurement-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Giovanni D'Arena, Candida Vitale, Omar Perbellini, Marta Coscia, Francesco La Rocca, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carlo Visco, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Idanna Innocenti, Vincenzo Pizza, Silvia Deaglio, Giovanni Di Minno, Aldo Giudice, Gioacchino Calapai, Pellegrino Musto, Luca Laurenti, Eugenio Luigi Iorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic significance of oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidant defense status measurement in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHOD: d-ROMs test and BAP test were evaluated at diagnosis of 165 patients with CLL and correlated with clinical-biological features and prognosis. RESULTS: An increased oxidative damage (d-ROMs test) and a reduced antioxidant potential (BAP test), were found in CLL patients than normal controls (p <0...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645930/genomic-and-non-genomic-effects-of-androgens-in-the-cardiovascular-system-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Angela K Lucas Herald, Rheure Alves-Lopes, Augusto C Montezano, S Faisal Ahmed, Rhian M Touyz
The principle steroidal androgens are testosterone and its metabolite 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is converted from testosterone by the enzyme 5α-reductase. Through the classic pathway with androgens crossing the plasma membrane and binding to the androgen receptor (AR) or via mechanisms independent of the ligand-dependent transactivation function of nuclear receptors, testosterone induces genomic and non-genomic effects respectively. AR is widely distributed in several tissues, including vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645622/in-vivo-effects-of-knocking-down-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-5-in-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Tiziana Bonifacino, Luca Cattaneo, Elena Gallia, Aldamaria Puliti, Marcello Melone, Francesca Provenzano, Simone Bossi, Ilaria Musante, Cesare Usai, Fiorenzo Conti, Giambattista Bonanno, Marco Milanese
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder due to loss of upper and lower motor neurons (MNs). The mechanisms of neuronal death are largely unknown, thus prejudicing the successful pharmacological treatment. One major cause for MN degeneration in ALS is represented by glutamate(Glu)-mediated excitotoxicity. We have previously reported that activation of Group I metabotropic Glu receptors (mGluR1 and mGluR5) at glutamatergic spinal cord nerve terminals produces abnormal Glu release in the widely studied SOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS...
June 20, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645207/development-and-validation-of-an-electronic-medical-record-emr-based-computed-phenotype-of-hiv-1-infection
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Devon W Paul, Nigel B Neely, Meredith Clement, Isaretta Riley, Mashael Al-Hegelan, Matthew Phelan, Monica Kraft, David M Murdoch, Joseph Lucas, John Bartlett, Mehri McKellar, Loretta G Que
Background: Electronic medical record (EMR) computed algorithms allow investigators to screen thousands of patient records to identify specific disease cases. No computed algorithms have been developed to detect all cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection using administrative, laboratory, and clinical documentation data outside of the Veterans Health Administration. We developed novel EMR-based algorithms for HIV detection and validated them in a cohort of subjects in the Duke University Health System (DUHS)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643477/red-wine-polyphenols-do-not-improve-obesity-associated-insulin-resistance-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jorn Woerdeman, Daniele Del Rio, Luca Calani, Etto C Eringa, Yvo M Smulders, Erik H Serné
Preclinical studies have suggested that polyphenols extracted from red wine (RWPs) favorably affect insulin sensitivity, but controversy exists on whether RWPs exert similar effects in humans. This study aimed to determine whether RWPs improve insulin sensitivity in obese volunteers. Obese (BMI>30) volunteers were randomly allocated to RWPs 600 mg/day (n = 14) or matched placebo (n = 15) in a double-blind fashion (parallel-arm) for 8 weeks. Subjects were investigated at baseline and at the end of the study (EOS)...
June 23, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643086/gallic-and-ellagic-acids-two-natural-immunomodulator-compounds-solve-infection-of-macrophages-by-leishmania-major
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Michel Muálem de Moraes Alves, Lucas Moreira Brito, Adriana Cunha Souza, Bárbara Cristina Silva Holanda Queiroz, Thaynara Parente de Carvalho, Joilson Ferreira Batista, Jéssica Sara de Sousa Macêdo Oliveira, Ivete Lopes de Mendonça, Silvéria Regina de Sousa Lira, Mariana Helena Chaves, Juan Carlos Ramos Gonçalves, Sabrina Maria Portela Carneiro, Daniel Dias Rufino Arcanjo, Fernando Aécio de Amorim Carvalho
Leishmaniasis is a complex of parasitic protozoan diseases caused by more than 20 different species of parasites from Leishmania genus. Conventional treatments are high costly, and promote a sort of side effects. Besides, protozoan resistance to treatments has been reported. Natural products have been investigated as a source of new therapeutic alternatives, not only acting directly against the parasite but also being able to synergistically act on the host immune system in order to control parasitemia. Gallic acid (GA) and ellagic acid (EA) are plant-derived phenolic compounds which are able to induce antiinflammatory, gastroprotective, and anticarcinogenic activities...
June 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642831/treatment-of-hypochondriasis-in-two-schizophrenia-patients-using-clozapine
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Antonio Tundo, Luca Proietti, Rocco de Filippis
Hypochondriasis (HYPO), an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder, is frequent in patients with schizophrenia (SCH) (20%), especially among those treated with clozapine (36.7%). Treatment options for OCS/OCD in patients under clozapine (CLZ) include combining clozapine with amisulpride/aripiprazole or a mood stabilizer, augmenting clozapine with a serotoninergic reuptake inhibitor, adding cognitive behavioural therapy, and gradually reducing dosage. No treatments have been proposed for HYPO in patients using clozapine so we examine these options in 2 cases and report the results...
2017: Case Reports in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642474/comparing-dna-enrichment-of-proliferating-cells-following-administration-of-different-stable-isotopes-of-heavy-water
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Don E Farthing, Nataliya P Buxbaum, Philip J Lucas, Natella Maglakelidze, Brittany Oliver, Jiun Wang, Kevin Hu, Ehydel Castro, Catherine V Bare, Ronald E Gress
Deuterated water ((2)H2O) is a label commonly used for safe quantitative measurement of deuterium enrichment into DNA of proliferating cells. More recently, it has been used for labeling proteins and other biomolecules. Our in vitro - in vivo research reports important stable isotopic labeling enrichment differences into the DNA nucleosides and their isotopologues (e.g. deoxyadenosine (dA) M + 1, dA M + 2, dA M + 3), as well as tumor cell proliferation effects for various forms of commercially available stable heavy water ((2)H2O, H2(18)O, and (2)H2(18)O)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642257/interaction-between-the-fto-gene-body-mass-index-and-depression-meta-analysis-of-13701-individuals
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REVIEW
Margarita Rivera, Adam E Locke, Tanguy Corre, Darina Czamara, Christiane Wolf, Ana Ching-Lopez, Yuri Milaneschi, Stefan Kloiber, Sara Cohen-Woods, James Rucker, Katherine J Aitchison, Sven Bergmann, Dorret I Boomsma, Nick Craddock, Michael Gill, Florian Holsboer, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Ania Korszun, Zoltan Kutalik, Susanne Lucae, Wolfgang Maier, Ole Mors, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Michael J Owen, Brenda W J H Penninx, Martin Preisig, John Rice, Marcella Rietschel, Federica Tozzi, Rudolf Uher, Peter Vollenweider, Gerard Waeber, Gonneke Willemsen, Ian W Craig, Anne E Farmer, Cathryn M Lewis, Gerome Breen, Peter McGuffin
BackgroundDepression and obesity are highly prevalent, and major impacts on public health frequently co-occur. Recently, we reported that having depression moderates the effect of the FTO gene, suggesting its implication in the association between depression and obesity.AimsTo confirm these findings by investigating the FTO polymorphism rs9939609 in new cohorts, and subsequently in a meta-analysis.MethodThe sample consists of 6902 individuals with depression and 6799 controls from three replication cohorts and two original discovery cohorts...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641875/prevention-of-incisional-hernia-with-prophylactic-onlay-and-sublay-mesh-reinforcement-versus-primary-suture-only-in-midline-laparotomies-prima-2-year-follow-up-of-a-multicentre-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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An P Jairam, Lucas Timmermans, Hasan H Eker, Robert E G J M Pierik, David van Klaveren, Ewout W Steyerberg, Reinier Timman, Arie C van der Ham, Imro Dawson, Jan A Charbon, Christoph Schuhmacher, André Mihaljevic, Jakob R Izbicki, Panagiotis Fikatas, Philip Knebel, René H Fortelny, Gert-Jan Kleinrensink, Johan F Lange, Hans J Jeekel
BACKGROUND: Incisional hernia is a frequent long-term complication after abdominal surgery, with a prevalence greater than 30% in high-risk groups. The aim of the PRIMA trial was to evaluate the effectiveness of mesh reinforcement in high-risk patients, to prevent incisional hernia. METHODS: We did a multicentre, double-blind, randomised controlled trial at 11 hospitals in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands. We included patients aged 18 years or older who were undergoing elective midline laparotomy and had either an abdominal aortic aneurysm or a body-mass index (BMI) of 27 kg/m(2) or higher...
June 19, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641768/disease-reactivation-following-fingolimod-withdrawal-in-multiple-sclerosis-two-case-reports
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Benedetta Forci, Alice Mariottini, Claudia Mechi, Luca Massacesi, Anna Repice
BACKGROUND: Severe multiple sclerosis reactivation following second line treatment withdrawal, defined "rebound syndrome", is becoming a prominent issue to consider when deciding to discontinue a treatment. In particular disease recurrence after cessation of fingolimod is actually poorly characterized as to date, only case reports and small case series have been described. CASE PRESENTATION: We herewith describe 2 cases of severe disease reactivation associated to a high number of brain gadolinium enhancing lesions at magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) despite high dose steroid treatment, observed a few weeks after cessation of fingolimod administration, causing a substantial and persistent worsening of patient disability that required long term hospitalization...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641248/method-for-simulating-dose-reduction-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Lucas R Borges, Igor Guerrero, Predrag R Bakic, Alessandro Foi, Andrew D A Maidment, Marcelo A C Vieira
This work proposes a new method of simulating dose reduction in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), starting from a clinical image acquired with a standard radiation dose. It considers both signal-dependent quantum and signal-independent electronic noise. Furthermore, the method accounts for pixel crosstalk, which causes the noise to be frequency-dependent, thus increasing the simulation accuracy. For an objective assessment, simulated and real images were compared in terms of noise standard deviation, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640531/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-estrogen-receptor-positive-and-lymph-node-negative-invasive-breast-cancers-at-3-0t-dw-mri-a-potential-predictor-for-an-oncotype-dx-test-recurrence-score
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Sunitha B Thakur, Manuela Durando, Soledad Milans, Gene Y Cho, Lucas Gennaro, Elizabeth J Sutton, Dilip Giri, Elizabeth A Morris
PURPOSE: To measure the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) and axillary lymph node-negative (LN-) invasive breast cancer and investigate the correlation of ADC with Oncotype Dx test recurrence scores (ODxRS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant single-site retrospective study. Patients underwent preoperative 3.0T MRI scans with additional diffusion-weighted imaging sequential scans (b = 0, 600 and b = 0, 1000 s/mm(2) ) from January 2011 to 2013...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640196/vitamin-d%C3%A2-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d%C3%A2-content-of-retail-white-fish-and-eggs-in-australia
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Eleanor Dunlop, Judy Cunningham, Jill L Sherriff, Robyn M Lucas, Heather Greenfield, Jayashree Arcot, Norbert Strobel, Lucinda J Black
Dietary vitamin D may compensate for inadequate sun exposure; however, there have been few investigations into the vitamin D content of Australian foods. We measured vitamin D₃ and 25-hydroxyvitamin D₃ (25(OH)D₃) in four species of white fish (barramundi, basa, hoki and king dory), and chicken eggs (cage and free-range), purchased from five Australian cities. Samples included local, imported and wild-caught fish, and eggs of varying size from producers with a range of hen stocking densities. Raw and cooked samples were analysed using high performance liquid chromatography with photodiode array...
June 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638983/treatment-of-benign-thyroid-nodules-by-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-hifu-at-different-acoustic-powers-a-study-on-in-silico-phantom
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Fabiano Bini, Pierpaolo Trimboli, Franco Marinozzi, Luca Giovanella
BACKGROUND: The non-surgical therapies of benign thyroid nodules are gaining momentum due to the possibility to reduce the nodule's volume and avoid surgery. As the last technique introduced, high intensity focused ultrasound allows the thermal tissue treatment by directing energy inside the targeted nodule with no invasive instruments. In the present study we applied the Food and Drug Administration high intensity focused ultrasound simulator to in-silico phantom to evaluate the effects obtained by different acoustic powers...
June 21, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638744/azacytidine-prevents-experimental-xenogeneic-graft-versus-host-disease-without-abrogating-graft-versus-leukemia-effects
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Grégory Ehx, Gilles Fransolet, Laurence de Leval, Stéphanie D'Hondt, Sophie Lucas, Muriel Hannon, Loïc Delens, Sophie Dubois, Pierre Drion, Yves Beguin, Stéphanie Humblet-Baron, Frédéric Baron
The demethylating agent 5-azacytidine (AZA) has proven its efficacy in the treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. In addition, AZA can demethylate FOXP3 intron 1 (FOXP3i1) leading to the generation of regulatory T cells (Treg). Here, we investigated the impact of AZA on xenogeneic graft-vs.-host disease (xGVHD) and graft-vs.-leukemia effects in a humanized murine model of transplantation (human PBMCs-infused NSG mice), and described the impact of the drug on human T cells in vivo...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638670/arthroscopic-treatment-of-2-consecutive-cases-of-dysplasia-epiphysealis-hemimelica-of-the-ankle-a-5-year-follow-up-report
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Cosma Calderaro, Carlo Iorio, Francesco Turturro, Federico Morelli, Luca Labianca, Antonello Montanaro, Andrea Ferretti
The dysplasia epiphysealis hemimelica (DEH) is a rare disease of unknown etiology consisting in an abnormal osteocartilaginous growth at the epiphysis, usually hemimelic with histological findings similar to benign osteochondroma. In this case series, we described the results of the arthroscopic treatment of 2 consecutive cases of intra-articular ankle localization of DEH in 2 patients aged 9 and 10 years. The good result obtained, persistent at the 5-year follow-up, leads us to consider the arthroscopic approach as a reliable treatment in patient affected by intra-articular ankle DEH...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638243/subacromial-anesthetics-increase-proprioceptive-deficit-in-the-shoulder-and-elbow-in-patients-with-subacromial-impingement-syndrome
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Lucas R Ettinger, Matthew Shapiro, Andrew Karduna
Shoulder proprioception gives information regarding arm joint position and movement direction. Several studies have investigated shoulder proprioceptive acuity in patients with subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS); however, differences in protocols and between-subjects designs have limited scientific inferences regarding proprioception and SIS. We aimed to determine within-subject differences in shoulder and elbow proprioceptive acuity in 17 patients with stage 2 SIS following treatment of a local anesthetic injection...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
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