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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426964/ipsc-derived-human-microglia-like-cells-to-study-neurological-diseases
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Edsel M Abud, Ricardo N Ramirez, Eric S Martinez, Luke M Healy, Cecilia H H Nguyen, Sean A Newman, Andriy V Yeromin, Vanessa M Scarfone, Samuel E Marsh, Cristhian Fimbres, Chad A Caraway, Gianna M Fote, Abdullah M Madany, Anshu Agrawal, Rakez Kayed, Karen H Gylys, Michael D Cahalan, Brian J Cummings, Jack P Antel, Ali Mortazavi, Monica J Carson, Wayne W Poon, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Microglia play critical roles in brain development, homeostasis, and neurological disorders. Here, we report that human microglial-like cells (iMGLs) can be differentiated from iPSCs to study their function in neurological diseases, like Alzheimer's disease (AD). We find that iMGLs develop in vitro similarly to microglia in vivo, and whole-transcriptome analysis demonstrates that they are highly similar to cultured adult and fetal human microglia. Functional assessment of iMGLs reveals that they secrete cytokines in response to inflammatory stimuli, migrate and undergo calcium transients, and robustly phagocytose CNS substrates...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425957/investigating-surface-and-near-surface-bushfire-fuel-attributes-a-comparison-between-visual-assessments-and-image-based-point-clouds
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Christine Spits, Luke Wallace, Karin Reinke
Visual assessment, following guides such as the Overall Fuel Hazard Assessment Guide (OFHAG), is a common approach for assessing the structure and hazard of varying bushfire fuel layers. Visual assessments can be vulnerable to imprecision due to subjectivity between assessors, while emerging techniques such as image-based point clouds can offer land managers potentially more repeatable descriptions of fuel structure. This study compared the variability of estimates of surface and near-surface fuel attributes generated by eight assessment teams using the OFHAG and Fuels3D, a smartphone method utilising image-based point clouds, within three assessment plots in an Australian lowland forest...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425409/the-utilization-of-palliative-care-services-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-who-have-been-denied-liver-transplantation-a-single-center-retrospective-review
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Sean G Kelly, Toby C Campbell, Luke Hillman, Adnan Said, Michael R Lucey, Parul D Agarwal
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: Utilization of palliative care services in patients dying of end-stage liver disease (ESLD) is understudied. We performed a retrospective review of palliative care services among patients with ESLD unsuitable for liver transplantation (LT) at a tertiary care center. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Deceased ESLD patients considered unsuitable for LT from 2007-2012 were identified. Patients were excluded if they received a transplant, had an incomplete workup, were lost to follow up or whose condition improved so LT was not needed...
May 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425095/psychomotor-tremor-and-proprioceptive-control-problems-in-current-and-former-stimulant-drug-users-an-accelerometer-study-of-heavy-users-of-amphetamine-mdma-and-other-recreational-stimulants
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Luke A Downey, Brenda Tysse, Talitha C Ford, Angela C Samuels, Rory P Wilson, Andrew C Parrott
The recreational use of various stimulant drugs has been implicated in the development of movement disorders through dysregulation of the dopaminergic and serotoninergic neurotransmitter systems. The present study investigated psychomotor differences in current and former recreational stimulant drug users compared with nonusing controls. Sixty participants comprised 3 groups: 20 current stimulant drug users (CSUs; 11 men, aged 31.4 ± 9.1 years), 20 former stimulant drug users (FSUs; 5 men, aged 39.1 ± 8.5 years), and 20 nonuser controls (NUCs; 5 men, aged 35...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424445/management-of-tachyarrhythmia-during-pregnancy
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Emily Ann Enderlin, Khaldia Taufiq Khaled, Luke Oke, Mohammed Madmani, Hakan Paydak
Maternal tachyarrhythmia is a common complication during pregnancy due to hormonal changes that enhance pre-existing arrhythmias or induce new arrhythmias in the presence of congenital heart defects in pregnant females. Presence of tachyarrhythmia during pregnancy poses risk to the mother and fetus, calling for proper treatment with medications. Use of antiarrhythmic drugs in cases of maternal tachyarrhythmia must give due consideration of potential teratogenic side effects. Utilization of antiarrhythmic drugs during pregnancy has been well studied; some result in minimal fetal harm or none at all...
March 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420762/resting-heart-rate-variability-and-exercise-capacity-in-type-1-diabetes
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Luke C Wilson, Karen C Peebles, Neil A Hoye, Patrick Manning, Catherine Sheat, Michael J A Williams, Gerard T Wilkins, Genevieve A Wilson, James C Baldi
People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) have lower exercise capacity (V̇O2max) than their age-matched nondiabetic counterparts (CON), which might be related to cardiac autonomic dysfunction. We examined whether Heart Rate Variability (HRV; indicator of cardiac autonomic modulation) was associated with exercise capacity in those with and without T1D. Twenty-three participants with uncomplicated T1D and 17 matched CON were recruited. Heart rate (HR; ECG), blood pressure (BP; finger photo-plethysmography), and respiratory rate (respiratory belt) were measured during baseline, paced-breathing and clinical autonomic reflex tests (CARTs); deep breathing, lying-to-stand, and Valsalva maneuver...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418870/neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-as-prognostic-indicator-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Randy C Bowen, Nancy Ann B Little, Joshua R Harmer, Junjie Ma, Luke G Mirabelli, Kyle D Roller, Andrew Mackay Breivik, Emily Signor, Alec B Miller, Hung T Khong
An accurate, time efficient, and inexpensive prognostic indicator is needed to reduce cost and assist with clinical decision making for cancer management. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), which is derived from common serum testing, has been explored in a variety of cancers. We sought to determine its prognostic value in gastrointestinal cancers and performed a meta-analysis of published studies using the Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology guidelines. Included were randomized control trials and observational studies that analyzed humans with gastrointestinal cancers that included NLR and hazard ratios (HR) with overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), progression-free survival (PFS), and/or cancer-specific survival (CSS)...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418387/mitochondria-are-the-powerhouses-of-immunity
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REVIEW
Evanna L Mills, Beth Kelly, Luke A J O'Neill
Recent evidence indicates that mitochondria lie at the heart of immunity. Mitochondrial DNA acts as a danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP), and the mitochondrial outer membrane is a platform for signaling molecules such as MAVS in RIG-I signaling, and for the NLRP3 inflammasome. Mitochondrial biogenesis, fusion and fission have roles in aspects of immune-cell activation. Most important, Krebs cycle intermediates such as succinate, fumarate and citrate engage in processes related to immunity and inflammation, in both innate and adaptive immune cells...
April 18, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417938/recent-advances-in-cyanamide-chemistry-synthesis-and-applications
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REVIEW
M R Ranga Prabhath, Luke Williams, Shreesha V Bhat, Pallavi Sharma
The application of alkyl and aryl substituted cyanamides in synthetic chemistry has diversified multi-fold in recent years. In this review, we discuss recent advances (since 2012) in the chemistry of cyanamides and detail their application in cycloaddition chemistry, aminocyanation reactions, as well as electrophilic cyanide-transfer agents and their unique radical and coordination chemistry.
April 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417588/a-scalable-and-versatile-synthesis-of-oxime-based-hormone-dimers-and-gels-for-sustained-release
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Christopher W Bennett, Joe Collins, Zeyun Xiao, Daniel Klinger, Luke A Connal
Well-defined steroid hormone dimers and organogels were produced via a facile and scalable synthesis using oxime click chemistry. The versatile synthetic procedure extends to a wide range of hormones and linker groups exemplified here through the synthesis of cortisol- and progesterone-dimers linked via hydrophobic, hydrophilic or functional groups. This method was also extended to the synthesis of cortisone-based organogels. Owing to the dynamic nature of the oxime bond, the hormone-based materials are degradable via acidic hydrolysis and transoximination representing new materials for the controlled release of steroid hormones...
April 18, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416697/small-molecule-mediated-inhibition-of-myofibroblast-transdifferentiation-for-the-treatment-of-fibrosis
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Michael J Bollong, Baiyuan Yang, Naja Vergani, Brittney A Beyer, Emily N Chin, Claudio Zambaldo, Danling Wang, Arnab K Chatterjee, Luke L Lairson, Peter G Schultz
Fibrosis, a disease in which excessive amounts of connective tissue accumulate in response to physical damage and/or inflammatory insult, affects nearly every tissue in the body and can progress to a state of organ malfunction and death. A hallmark of fibrotic disease is the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix-secreting activated myofibroblasts (MFBs) in place of functional parenchymal cells. As such, the identification of agents that selectively inhibit the transdifferentiation process leading to the formation of MFBs represents an attractive approach for the treatment of diverse fibrosis-related diseases...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416613/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-activates-insig-2-transcription-for-degradation-of-hmg-coa-reductase-in-the-liver
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Seonghwan Hwang, Andrew D Nguyen, Youngah Jo, Luke J Engelking, James Brugarolas, Russell A DeBose-Boyd
Cholesterol synthesis is a highly oxygen-consuming process. As such, oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) limits cholesterol synthesis through incompletely understood mechanisms mediated by the oxygen-sensitive transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α. We show here that HIF-1α links pathways for oxygen sensing and feedback control of cholesterol synthesis in human fibroblasts by directly activating transcription of the INSIG-2 gene. Insig-2 is one of two endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane proteins that inhibit cholesterol synthesis by mediating sterol-induced ubiquitination and subsequent ER-associated degradation of the rate-limiting enzyme in the pathway, HMG CoA reductase (HMGCR)...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416500/cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-consumer-behaviour-intervention-to-improve-healthy-food-purchases-from-online-canteens-study-protocol
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Tessa Delaney, Rebecca Wyse, Sze Lin Yoong, Rachel Sutherland, John Wiggers, Kylie Ball, Karen Campbell, Chris Rissel, Luke Wolfenden
INTRODUCTION: School canteens represent an opportune setting in which to deliver public health nutrition strategies given their wide reach, and frequent use by children. Online school canteen ordering systems, where students order and pay for their lunch online, provide an avenue to improve healthy canteen purchases through the application of consumer behaviour strategies that impact on purchasing decisions. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a consumer behaviour intervention implemented in an online school canteen ordering system in reducing the kilojoule, saturated fat, sugar and sodium content of primary student lunch orders...
April 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414688/ecg-of-the-month-mental-disturbance-for-4-days
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D Luke Glancy, Theresa Mills, Fred Lopez
A family brought their 61-year-old mother to the emergency department because for 4 days she had been confused, incoherent, and somnolent. She also had dysphagia, dysarthria, diplopia, and had fallen out of bed. She had been in the hospital 3 weeks earlier for atrial fibrillation and an exacerbation of congestive heart failure. She also carried a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and used an albuterol inhaler. She was obese (BMI of 45); and had adult-onset diabetes mellitus. She had a 43 pack-year history of cigarette smoking but had recently quit...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413384/pyogenic-granuloma-of-the-penis-an-uncommon-lesion-with-unusual-presentation
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Rateb F Katmeh, Luke Johnson, Eilis Kempley, Shrinal Kotecha, Wael Hamarneh, Sudhanshu Chitale
We present the case of a 37-year-old man who presented with a penile lesion that engorged on erection. Ultrasound examination demonstrated vascularity of the lesion and the decision was made to perform a complete excision. Histological analysis confirmed the diagnosis of a pyogenic granuloma of the penis. Follow-up demonstrated no recurrence at 3 months.
January 2017: Current Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412927/widespread-subcutaneous-necrosis-in-spotted-fever-group-rickettsioses-from-the-coastal-belt-of-sri-lanka-a-case-report
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Nathasha Luke, Hasini Munasinghe, Lakshmi Balasooriya, Ranjan Premaratna
BACKGROUND: Spotted fever group rickettsioses (SFGR) transmitted mostly by ticks are increasingly discovered around the World and some of them are either re-emerging or emerging in Sri Lanka. Accidental human infections caused by these vector borne zoonotic diseases generally give rise to nonspecific acute febrile illnesses which can be complicated by multi organ involvement carrying high morbidity and mortality. Nonspecific clinical features and non-availability of early diagnostic facilities are known to result in delay in the diagnosis of rickettsial infections...
April 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412083/elucidation-of-the-complex-metabolic-profile-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-using-an-untargeted-biochemical-profiling-assay
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Adam D Kennedy, Kirk L Pappan, Taraka R Donti, Anne M Evans, Jacob E Wulff, Luke A D Miller, V Reid Sutton, Qin Sun, Marcus J Miller, Sarah H Elsea
We sought to determine the molecular composition of human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and identify the biochemical pathways represented in CSF to understand the potential for untargeted screening of inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs). Biochemical profiles for each sample were obtained using an integrated metabolomics workflow comprised of four chromatographic techniques followed by mass spectrometry. Secondarily, we wanted to compare the biochemical profile of CSF with those of plasma and urine within the integrated mass spectrometric-based metabolomic workflow...
April 9, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412073/pediatric-acute-flaccid-paralysis-enterovirus-d68-associated-anterior-myelitis
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James A Yoder, Michael Lloyd, Luke Zabrocki, Jonathan Auten
BACKGROUND: Enteroviral infections can cause acute flaccid paralysis secondary to anterior myelitis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is important in the diagnosis of this potentially devastating pediatric disease. Before the 2014 outbreak of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), the virus was considered a relatively benign disease. CASE REPORT: A fully immunized 8-year-old boy was brought to the emergency department complaining of a cough, headache, neck pain, and right arm pain and weakness...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411287/impact-of-a-connected-care-model-on-30-day-readmission-rates-from-skilled-nursing-facilities
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Luke D Kim, Lei Kou, Bo Hu, Eiran Z Gorodeski, Michael B Rothberg
BACKGROUND: About one-fifth of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for post-acute care. Readmissions are common but interventions to reduce readmissions are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of a connected care model on 30-day hospital readmission rates among patients discharged to SNFs. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: SNFs that receive referrals from an academic medical center in Cleveland, Ohio...
April 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411209/phylogeography-of-the-wild-and-cultivated-stimulant-plant-qat-catha-edulis-celastraceae-in-areas-of-historical-cultivation
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Luke R Tembrock, Mark P Simmons, Christopher M Richards, Patrick A Reeves, Ann Reilley, Manuel A Curto, Harald Meimberg, Grace Ngugi, Sebsebe Demissew, Abdul Wali Al Khulaidi, Mansoor Al-Thobhani, Sheron Simpson, Daniel M Varisco
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Qat (Catha edulis, Celastraceae) is a woody plant species cultivated for its stimulant alkaloids. Qat is important to the economy and culture in large regions of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Yemen. Despite the importance of this species, the wild origins and dispersal of cultivars have only been described in often contradictory historical documents. We examined the wild origins, human-mediated dispersal, and genetic divergence of cultivated qat compared to wild qat. METHODS: We sampled 17 SSR markers and 1561 wild and cultivated individuals across the historical areas of qat cultivation...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Botany
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