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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535548/is-traumatic-and-non-traumatic-neck-pain-associated-with-brain-alterations-a-systematic-review
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Robby DePauw, Iris Coppieters, Mira Meeus, Karen Caeyenberghs, Lieven Danneels, Barbara Cagnie
BACKGROUND: Chronic neck pain affects 50% - 85% of people who have experienced an acute episode. This transition and the persistence of chronic complaints are believed to be mediated by brain alterations among different central mechanisms. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to systematically review and critically appraise the current existing evidence regarding structural and functional brain alterations in patients with whiplash associated disorders (WAD) and idiopathic neck pain (INP)...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534786/evolutionary-computing-enriched-computer-aided-diagnosis-system-for-diabetic-retinopathy-a-survey
#2
Romany Mansour
The alterations caused due to diabetes mellitus results into significant micro-vasculature that eventually causes diabetic retinopathy (DR) that keeps on increasing as per time and eventually causes complete vision loss. Identifying subtle variations in morphological changes in retinal blood vessels, optic disk, exudates, micro-aneurysms, hemorrhage etc is complicate and requires robust computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system so as to enable earlier and efficient DR diagnosis practices. In majority of the existing CAD systems, the need of functional enhancement has been realized time by time to ensure accurate and time efficient DR...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534106/detection-and-prevalence-of-haemoproteus-archilochus-haemosporida-haemoproteidae-in-two-species-of-california-hummingbirds
#3
A C Bradshaw, L A Tell, H B Ernest, S Bahan, J Carlson, R N M Sehgal
Haemosporidian blood parasites are transmitted to a wide range of avian hosts via blood-sucking dipteran vectors. Microscopy has revealed an impressive diversity of avian haemosporidia with more than 250 species described. Moreover, PCR and subsequent sequence analyses have suggested a much greater diversity of haemosporidia than morphological analyses alone. Given the importance of these parasites, very few studies have focused on the charismatic hummingbirds. To date, three Haemoproteus species (Haemoproteus archilochus, Haemoproteus trochili, and Haemoproteus witti) and one Leucocytozoon species (Leucocytozoon quynzae) have been described in blood samples taken from hummingbirds (Trochilidae)...
May 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533109/lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-chronically-infected-by-schistosoma-mansoni
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Amanda Esteves Rocha Pereira, Maria Ângela Rodrigues, Rômulo Dias Novaes, Ivo Santana Caldas, Raquel Lopes Martins Souza, Alessandro Antônio Costa Pereira
We used a murine model of Schistosoma mansoni (SM) infection and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endotoxicity to investigate if these conditions can interact to modify the pathological manifestations typically observed in each condition. Swiss mice were randomized into four groups: SAL, uninfected; SM, infected; LPS, uninfected + LPS; and SM + LPS, infected + LPS. S. mansoni infection developed over 120 days, after which blood samples and lungs were collected, peritoneal leukocytes were isolated and cultivated for 6 and 24 h after LPS inoculation (1 mL/kg)...
May 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532176/synthesis-of-n-alkylated-chitosan-and-its-interactions-with-blood
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Yuchen Huang, Yi Zhang, Longbao Feng, Liumin He, Rui Guo, Wei Xue
When hydrophobically modified chitosan (HM-CHI) comes into contact with red blood cells (RBCs), it can cause agglomeration. This property leads HM-CHI to be a potential agent to form a rapid haemostatic plug to stop bleeding at wound sites. In this study, we investigated the properties of the HM-CHI biopolymer to act as an agent that rapidly clots blood. We have examined the synthesis and structural characteristics of HM-CHI - blood substances using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis...
May 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532129/-131-i-traced-plga-lipid-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-carriers-for-the-targeted-chemotherapeutic-treatment-of-melanoma
#6
Haiyan Wang, Weizhong Sheng
Herein, folic acid (FA) conjugated Poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA)-lipid composites (FA-PL) were developed as nanocarriers for the targeted delivery of insoluble anti-cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX), resulting FA-PLP nanoparticles. Furthermore, (131)I, as a radioactive tracer, was used to label FA-PLP nanoparticles (FA-PLP-(131)I) to evaluate their cell uptake activity, in vivo blood circulation, and biodistribution. The FA-PLP-(131)I nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with great stability, a narrow size distribution (165...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531802/anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-effect-of-cerium-dioxide-nanoparticles-immobilized-on-the-surface-of-silica-nanoparticles-in-rat-experimental-pneumonia
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Z Serebrovska, R J Swanson, V Portnichenko, A Shysh, S Pavlovich, L Tumanovska, A Dorovskych, V Lysenko, V Tertykh, Y Bolbukh, V Dosenko
A massage with the potent counter-inflammatory material, cerium dioxide nanoparticles, is promising and the antioxidant properties of CeO2 are considered the main, if not the only, mechanism of this action. Nevertheless, the elimination of ceria nano-particles from the organism is very slow and there is a strong concern for toxic effect of ceria due to its accumulation. To overcome this problem, we engineered a combined material in which cerium nanoparticles were immobilized on the surface of silica nanoparticles (CeO2 NP), which is shown to be easily removed from an organism and could be used as carriers for nano-ceria...
May 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531179/the-gingival-vein-as-a-minimally-traumatic-site-for-multiple-blood-sampling-in-guinea-pigs-and-hamsters
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Mariana Valotta Rodrigues, Simone Oliveira de Castro, Cynthia Zaccanini de Albuquerque, Vânia Gomes de Moura Mattaraia, Marcelo Larami Santoro
Laboratory animals are still necessary in scientific investigation and vaccine testing, but while novel methodological approaches are not available for their replacement, the search for new, humane, easy, and painless methods is necessary to diminish their stress and pain. When multiple blood samples are to be collected from hamsters and guinea pigs, the number of available venipuncture sites-which are greatly diminished in these species in comparison with other rodents due to the absence of a long tail-, harasses animal caregivers and researchers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529701/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-review
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REVIEW
Francesco Bandello, Riccardo Sacconi, Lea Querques, Eleonora Corbelli, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Giuseppe Querques
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most important cause of vision loss in elderly people, is a degenerative disorder of the central retina with a multifactorial etiopathology. AMD is classified in dry AMD (d-AMD) or neovascular AMD depending on the presence of choroidal neovascularization. Currently, no therapy is approved for geographic atrophy, the late form of d-AMD, because no treatment can restore the damage of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) or photoreceptors. For this reason, all treatment approaches in d-AMD are only likely to prevent and slow down the progression of existing atrophy...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529673/on-chip-two-photon-metabolic-imaging-for-drug-toxicity-testing
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Fang Yu, Shuangmu Zhuo, Yinghua Qu, Deepak Choudhury, Zhiping Wang, Ciprian Iliescu, Hanry Yu
We have developed a microfluidic system suitable to be incorporated with a metabolic imaging method to monitor the drug response of cells cultured on a chip. The cells were perfusion-cultured to mimic the blood flow in vivo. Label-free optical measurements and imaging of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and flavin adenine dinucleotide fluorescence intensity and morphological changes were evaluated non-invasively. Drug responses calculated using redox ratio imaging were compared with the drug toxicity testing results obtained with a traditional well-plate system...
May 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529539/jiangtang-decoction-ameliorate-diabetic-nephropathy-through-the-regulation-of-pi3k-akt-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-in-kk-ay-mice
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Jin-Ni Hong, Wei-Wei Li, Lin-Lin Wang, Hao Guo, Yong Jiang, Yun-Jia Gao, Peng-Fei Tu, Xue-Mei Wang
BACKGROUND: Jiangtang decoction (JTD) is a China patented drug which contains Euphorbia humifusa Willd, Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge, Astragalus mongholicus Bunge, Anemarrhena asphodeloides Bunge, and Coptis chinensis Franch. For decades, it has also been used clinically to treat diabetic nephropathy (DN) effectively; however, the associated mechanisms remain unknown. Thus, the present study aimed to examine the protective efficacy of JTD in DN and elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms...
2017: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529111/the-results-of-total-hip-arthroplasty-after-sugioka-transtrochanteric-anterior-rotational-osteotomy-for-osteonecrosis
#12
Takeshi Utsunomiya, Goro Motomura, Satoshi Ikemura, Satoshi Hamai, Jun-Ichi Fukushi, Yasuharu Nakashima
BACKGROUND: Since Sugioka transtrochanteric anterior rotational osteotomy (ARO) for osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) changes the morphology of the proximal femur, total hip arthroplasty (THA) after previous ARO is considered a technically demanding procedure. The purpose of this study was to compare the clinicoradiologic outcomes of THA after ARO with those of THA without any antecedent surgery for ONFH. METHODS: Twenty-four hips in 20 patients who underwent cementless THA after ARO (postosteotomy group) were retrospectively reviewed and compared with patients who underwent cementless THA without any antecedent surgery for ONFH during the same period (primary group)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529037/diabetes-development-increased-concentrations-of-the-conjugated-bile-acid-taurocholic-acid-in-serum-while-treatment-with-microencapsulated-taurocholic-acid-exerted-no-hypoglycaemic-effects
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Sangeetha Mathavan, Momir Mikov, Svetlana Golocorbin-Kon, Hani Al-Salami
CONTEXT: The bile acid taurocholic acid (TCA) is endogenously produced, and has shown formulation-stabilising effects when incorporated into microcapsules containing potential antidiabetic drugs. This study aimed to develop and characterise TCA-microcapsules, and test their antidiabetic effects, in an animal model of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). METHODS: Using the polymer sodium alginate (SA), SA-microcapsules (control) and TCA-microcapsules (test) were prepared, and assessed for morphology, surface composition, chemical and thermal stability, swelling, buoyancy, mechanical, release and rheological properties...
May 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528579/phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibition-may-reduce-diastolic-function-in-women-with-ischemia-but-no-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease
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Michael D Nelson, Puja K Mehta, Janet Wei, Behzad Sharif, Louise E J Thomson, Daniel Berman, Debiao Li, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Ischemia, in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease, is prevalent in women, and associated with increased risk for major cardiovascular events. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is prevalent in these patients, and associated with impaired diastolic function. Despite our general understanding, however, optimal treatment of this cohort remains elusive. METHODS: To address this knowledge gap, we performed an open-label treatment trial to assess whether phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibition improves coronary microvascular perfusion and diastolic function in women with signs and symptoms of ischemia but no evidence of obstructive coronary artery disease...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528532/caged-young-pigeons-mortality-by-coleoptera-larvae
#15
Adele Magliano, Jiri Hava, Andrea Di Giulio, Antonino Barone, Claudio De Liberato
Dermestidae and Tenebrionidae are well known inhabitants of bird's nests and poultry farms, under favourable conditions they can be very abundant under favourable conditions. At times, their larvae shift from a scavenging behaviour to a parasitic/predatory one, entering nestling's plumage and feeding on skin and feathers, and nally provoking skin damages and blood losses. These episodes mainly involve species of the genus Dermestes, but the tenebrionid Alphitobius diaperinus h also been reported to be responsible of similar cases...
April 11, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527802/abrupt-weaning-reduces-postweaning-growth-and-is-associated-with-alterations-in-gastrointestinal-markers-of-development-in-dairy-calves-fed-an-elevated-plane-of-nutrition-during-the-preweaning-period
#16
M A Steele, J H Doelman, L N Leal, F Soberon, M Carson, J A Metcalf
The benefits of feeding elevated quantities of milk to dairy calves have been well established. However, there is a reluctance to adopt this method of feeding in commercial dairy production because of concerns around growth, health, and ruminal development during weaning. The objective of this study was to characterize the effect of an abrupt (0 d step-down) or gradual (12 d step-down) feeding scheme when calves are fed an elevated plane of nutrition (offered 1.35 kg of milk replacer/d). For this experiment, a total of 54 calves were randomly assigned to an abrupt or a gradual weaning protocol before weaning at 48 d of life...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527185/surface-heparinization-and-blood-compatibility-modification-of-small-intestinal-submucosa-sis-for-small-caliber-vascular-regeneration
#17
Bensong Han, Feng Xue, Cunyi Fan, Xiumei Mo
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the small intestinal submucosal (SIS) surface after heparinization with the hypothermia plasma technique, to improve the blood compatibility of SIS, and to explore the possibility of construction of small-caliber vascular grafts with modified SIS scaffolds in vivo. METHODS: SIS films prepared from jejunums of pigs were processed for surface treatment at different time periods with the argon plasma initiation technique under vacuum, and were then immediately immersed in 4% (m/v) heparin sodium solution for 24-h heparinization...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526627/dynamic-fatigue-measurement-of-human-erythrocytes-using-dielectrophoresis
#18
Yuhao Qiang, Jia Liu, E Du
Erythrocytes must undergo severe deformation to pass through narrow capillaries and submicronic splenic slits for several hundred thousand times in their normal lifespan. Studies of erythrocyte biomechanics have been mainly focused on cell deformability and rheology measured from a single application of stress and mostly under a static or quasi-static state using classical biomechanical techniques, such as optical tweezers and micropipette aspiration. Dynamic behavior of erythrocytes in response to cyclic stresses that contributes to the membrane failure in blood circulation is not fully understood...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526245/lymphogenous-metastasis-to-the-transverse-colon-that-originated-from-signet-ring-cell-gastric-cancer-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Hirofumi Sonoda, Kazushige Kawai, Hironori Yamaguchi, Koji Murono, Manabu Kaneko, Takeshi Nishikawa, Kensuke Otani, Kazuhito Sasaki, Koji Yasuda, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Keisuke Hata, Hiroaki Nozawa, Soichiro Ishihara, Susumu Aikou, Hiroharu Yamashita, Tetsuo Ushiku, Yasuyuki Seto, Masashi Fukayama, Toshiaki Watanabe
Metastases to the colon are rare and a high-frequency primary region is the stomach. In cases of metastases to the colon, the morphological type of the metastatic region is mostly the infiltrating type of poorly differentiated or undifferentiated adenocarcinoma with lymph and blood vessel invasion. A case of cancer metastasis to the transverse colon that originated from advanced gastric cancer, which shows the difficulties in the precise diagnosis of metastases to the colon, is presented. In the present case, the gastric carcinoma was determined to be an advanced infiltrative ulcerative adenocarcinoma and the colon carcinoma was determined to be a superficial depressed adenocarcinoma...
May 16, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525935/design-synthesis-and-characterization-of-doped-titanium-oxide-nanomaterials-with-environmental-and-angiogenic-applications
#20
Susheel Kumar Nethi, Neeraja Aparna Anand P, Beatriz Rico-Oller, Antonio Rodríguez-Diéguez, Santiago Gómez-Ruiz, Chitta Ranjan Patra
Since the last decade, the metal composite nanostructures have evolved as promising candidates in regard to their wide applications in the fields of science and engineering. Recently, several investigators identified the titanium based nanomaterials as excellent agents for multifunctional environmental and biomedical applications. In this perspective, we have developed a series of zinc-doped (2 and 5%) titanium oxide-based nanomaterials using various reaction conditions and calcination temperatures (TZ1-TZ3: calcined at 500°C, TZ4-TZ6: calcined at 600°C and TZ7-TZ9: calcined at 700°C)...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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