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Rocío Melero-Suárez, José Antonio Sánchez-Santos, Gabriel Domínguez-Maldonado
BACKGROUND: Closely related pathologic disorders sometimes manifest with the same symptoms, making for a complex differential diagnosis. This is the situation in plantar fasciitis (PF) and myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) with myofascial trigger points (MTPs) in the sole of the foot. This research assessed the analgesic effect on plantar pain of combination therapy with interferential current stimulation therapy (ICST), treating MTPs in the great toe adductor muscle and the short flexor muscles of the toes in patients whose diagnosis was compatible with PF or MPS...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Michael A Taylor, Jong W Yu, Thomas L Howell, Stephen H Jones
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading cause of seafood-borne human infections in the United States, and many of these illnesses are associated with consumption of raw molluscan shellfish. V. parahaemolyticus levels in shellfish vary temporally and spatially with environmental conditions in and around production areas. The objective of this study was to study the potential for reducing levels of V. parahaemolyticus in live oysters by relaying them during higher-risk warm weather to a site with elevated salinity and consistently low V...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
Tony L R Silveira, Gabriel B Martins, William B Domingues, Mariana H Remião, Bruna F Barreto, Ingrid M Lessa, Lucas Santos, Danillo Pinhal, Odir A Dellagostin, Fabiana K Seixas, Tiago Collares, Ricardo B Robaldo, Vinicius F Campos
Silversides are fish that inhabit marine coastal waters, coastal lagoons, and estuarine regions in southern South America. The freshwater (FW) silversides have the ability to tolerate salinity variations. Odontesthes humensis have similar habitats and biological characteristics of congeneric O. bonariensis , the most studied silverside species and with great economic importance. Studies revealed that O. bonariensis is not fully adapted to FW, despite inhabiting hyposmotic environments in nature. However, there is little information about stressful environments for cultivation of silverside O...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Mario Francesco Mirabelli, Renato Zenobi
A novel capillary ionization source based on atmospheric pressure photoionization (cAPPI) was developed and used for the direct interfacing between solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and mass spectrometry (MS). The efficiency of the source was evaluated for direct and dopant-assisted photoionization, analyzing both polar (e.g., triazines and organophosphorus pesticides) and nonpolar (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs) compounds. The results show that the range of compound polarity which can be addressed by direct SPME-MS can be substantially extended by using cAPPI, compared to other sensitive techniques like direct analysis in real time (DART) and dielectric barrier discharge ionization (DBDI)...
March 14, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Youmei Wang, Minghua Lu, Dianping Tang
A new photoluminescence (PL) enzyme immunoassay was designed for sensitive detection of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 ) via an innovative enzyme substrate, 6-aza-2-thiothymine-stabilized gold nanocluster (AAT-AuNC) with L-arginine. The enzyme substrate with strong PL intensity was formed through supramolecular host-guest assembly between guanidine group of L-arginine and AAT capped on the surface of AuNC. Upon arginase introduction, the captured L-arginine was hydrolyzed into ornithine and urea, thus resulting in the decreasing PL intensity...
March 5, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Frank A Giordano, Stefanie Brehmer, Bettina Mürle, Grit Welzel, Elena Sperk, Anke Keller, Yasser Abo-Madyan, Elisabeth Scherzinger, Sven Clausen, Frank Schneider, Carsten Herskind, Martin Glas, Marcel Seiz-Rosenhagen, Christoph Groden, Daniel Hänggi, Peter Schmiedek, Bahman Emami, Luis Souhami, Kevin Petrecca, Frederik Wenz
BACKGROUND: The median time to recurrence of glioblastoma (GB) following multimodal treatment is ∼7 mo. Nearly all cancers recur locally, suggesting that augmenting local treatments may improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) to the resection cavity is safe and effective. METHODS: INTRAGO was a phase I/II trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of IORT with 20 to 40 Gy of low-energy photons in addition to standard radiochemotherapy (ClinicalTrials...
March 8, 2018: Neurosurgery
Gulzar Ahmad, Florence Gattacecca, Rana El Sadda, Galina Botchkina, Iwao Ojima, James Egan, Mansoor Amiji
PURPOSE: The main purpose of this study was to formulate an oil-in-water nanoemulsion of a next generation taxoid DHA-SBT-1214 and evaluate its biodistribution and pharmacokinetics. METHODS: DHA-SBT-1214 was encapsulated in a fish oil containing nanoemulsion using a high pressure homogenization method. Following morphological characterization of the nanoemulsions, qualitative and quantitative biodistribution was evaluated in naïve and cancer stem cell-enriched PPT-2 human prostate tumor bearing mice...
March 8, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Fan Yang, Johnson Efome, Dipak Rana, Takeshi Matsuura, Christopher Lan
Among other applications, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are slowly gaining grounds as fillers for desalination composite membranes. In this study, superhydrophobic poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibrous membranes were fabricated with MOF (Iron-BTC) loading of up to 5 wt.% via electro-spinning on a nonwoven substrate. To improve attachment of nanofibers unto the substrate, a substrate pre-treatment method called 'solvent basing' was employed. Iron content in the nanofiber, measured by dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), increased proportionally with the increase of MOF concentration in the spinning dope, indicating a uniform distribution of MOF in the nanofiber...
March 8, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Manman Li, Yanping Chen, Pengfei Zhang, Ling Zhang, Ri Zhou, Yan Xu, Hongda Ding, Qiujing Wang, Zhicai Wang
Tweleve pseudo-ginsensides were synthesized under a mild condition, via a simple three-step called acetylation, elimination-addition and saponification. The inhibitory effects of these tweleve pseudo-ginsenosides were screened on the hemolysis of rabbit erythrocytes caused by 2,2' -azobis (2-amidinopropane hydrochloride) (AAPH). It was found that the IC50 values followed the sequence of (20Z) pseudo-protopanaxatriol (pseudo-PPT) < (20Z) pseudo-protopanaxadiol (pseudo-PPD) < (20Z) pseudo-Rh2 < (20E) pseudo-PPT< (20E) pseudo-PPD < (20E) pseudo-Rh2 < (20Z) pseudo-Rg2 < (20E) pseudo-Rg2 < Rb1 < (20Z) pseudo-Rh1 < Rg2 < (20E) pseudo-Rh1...
March 7, 2018: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Saara Vuontisjärvi, Henna-Riikka Rossi, Sauli Herrala, Laure Morin-Papunen, Juha S Tapanainen, Salla Karjula, Jaro Karppinen, Juha Auvinen, Terhi T Piltonen
Previous studies have shown increased pain sensitivity in fertile-aged women with endometriosis in response to mechanical stimuli. As yet, population-based studies on the association of endometriosis with pain sensation and pain symptoms in late fertile age are lacking. The main objective of this population-based cohort study was to investigate whether a history of endometriosis is associated with altered pain sensation and musculoskeletal pain symptoms at age 46. Our data is derived from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966, which contains postal questionnaire data (72% response rate) as well as clinical data assessing pressure-pain threshold (PPT) and maximal pain tolerance (MaxPTo)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
Joana C Prata, Beatriz R B O Lavorante, Maria da Conceição B S M Montenegro, Lúcia Guilhermino
Microplastics and pharmaceuticals are considered ubiquitous and emergent pollutants of high concern but the knowledge on their effects on primary producers is still limited, especially those caused by mixtures. Thus, the goal of the present study was to investigate if the presence of microplastics (1-5 μm diameter) influences the toxicity of the pharmaceuticals procainamide and doxycycline to the marine microalga Tetraselmis chuii. Bioassays (96 h) to investigate the toxicity of those substances individually and in mixtures (i...
February 21, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Hasan Norouzi, Karim Khoshgard, Fatemeh Akbarzadeh
Hyperthermia is an anti-cancer treatment in which the temperature of the malignant tumor is increased more than other adjacent normal tissues. Microwave, ultrasound, laser, and radiofrequency sources have been used for hyperthermia of cancerous tissues. In the past decade, near-infrared (NIR) laser for cancer therapy, known as photo-thermal therapy (PTT), was expanded in which the photo-sensitizer agent converts the light photon energy to heat. The heat following PTT can destroy cancer cells. There are some photo-sensitizer agents which have been used for PTT; however, owing to recent advances in nanotechnology, noble metal nanoparticles like gold (Au) nanoparticles (GNPs) have been used successfully in PTT...
February 28, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Angeline Seeto, Grant D Searchfield
BACKGROUND: Advances in digital signal processing have made it possible to provide a wide-band frequency response with smooth, precise spectral shaping. Several manufacturers have introduced hearing aids that are claimed to provide gain for frequencies up to 10-12 kHz. However, there is currently limited evidence and very few independent studies evaluating the performance of the extended bandwidth hearing aids that have recently become available. PURPOSE: This study investigated an extended bandwidth hearing aid using measures of speech intelligibility and sound quality to find out whether there was a significant benefit of extended bandwidth amplification over standard amplification...
March 2018: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Fernanda Rossi Paolillo, Alessandra Rossi Paolillo, Jessica Patrícia João, Daniele Frascá, Marcelo Duchêne, Herbert Alexandre João, Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato
This study evaluated the synergistic effects of ultrasound (US) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT) with or without therapeutic exercises (TE) in women with knee osteoarthritis. Forty-two Caucasian women with knee osteoarthritis were allocated into three groups: (1) the placebo group who did not perform TE, but the prototype without emitting light or ultrasonic waves was applied, (2) the US + LLLT group in which only the prototype was applied and (3) the TE + US + LLLT group that performed TE before the prototype was applied...
February 26, 2018: Rheumatology International
Zobair M Younossi, Atsushi Tanaka, Yuichiro Eguchi, Linda Henry, Rachel Beckerman, Masashi Mizokami
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a serious complication of hepatitis B and (HBV) C virus (HCV) infection. Sustained virologic response (SVR) for HCV is associated with a reduction in cirrhosis, HCC and mortality and their associated costs. Japanese HCV patients are older with higher prevalence of HCC. Here we used a decision analytic Markov model to estimate the economic benefit of HCV cure by reducing HCC and DCC in Japan. A cohort of 10,000 HCV genotype 1b (GT1b) Japanese patients was modeled with a hybrid decision tree and Markov state-transition model capturing natural history of HCV over a lifetime horizon...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Cong Lu, Jingwei Lv, Liming Dong, Ning Jiang, Yan Wang, Qiong Wang, Yinghui Li, Shanguang Chen, Bei Fan, Fengzhong Wang, Xinmin Liu
20(S)-protopanaxatriol (PPT), one of the ginsenosides from Panax ginseng, has been reported to have neuroprotective effects and to improve memory. The present study was designed to investigate the protective effect of PPT on scopolamine-induced cognitive deficits in mice. Male Institute of Cancer Research mice were pretreated with 2 different doses of PPT (20 and 40 μmol/kg) for 27 days by intraperitoneal injection, and scopolamine (0.75 mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally for 9 days to induce memory impairment...
February 22, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Simone Hasenbein, Helen Poynton, Richard E Connon
Global climate change (GCC) is likely to intensify the synergistic effects between altered physicochemical parameters [of changing habitats] and other anthropogenic threats, such as water pollution, posing increased risks to aquatic biodiversity. As such, it is critical to understand how organisms will respond to changes in water temperature and salinity in the presence of contaminants. We exposed the epibenthic amphipod Hyalella azteca to a 3 × 3 factorial treatment design of three temperatures and three salinities ranging from 12 to 18 °C and 0 to 8 parts per thousand (ppt), respectively, in combination with a low-level environmentally relevant concentration of the pyrethroid insecticide bifenthrin (1 ng/L)...
February 20, 2018: Ecotoxicology
Antonino Lo Giudice, Idona Brewer, Rosalia Leonardi, Neal Roberts, Gianluca Bagnato
The aim of the study was to evaluate whether a reduced pain threshold is associated with increased temporomandibular dysfunction in systemic sclerosis (SSc) compared to psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and healthy controls. Ninety subjects participated in the study (30 SSc, 30 PsA, and 30 healthy controls). The Helkimo index was used to evaluate temporomandibular dysfunction. Digital palpation was performed at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surface and at the superficial masseter muscle (SMM) and pain intensity was recorded on a visual analog scale (VAS), while pain pressure threshold (PPT) was measured at the same sites through a pressure algometer...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Kehinde Akin-Akinyosoye, Nadia Frowd, Laura Marshall, Joanne Stocks, Gwen Fernandes, Ana Valdes, Daniel F McWilliams, Weiya Zhang, Michael Doherty, Eamonn Ferguson, David A Walsh
This study aimed to identify self-report correlates of central pain augmentation in individuals with knee pain. A subset of participants (n=420) in the Knee Pain and related health In the Community (KPIC) baseline survey undertook pressure pain threshold (PPT) assessments. Items measuring specific traits related to central pain mechanisms were selected from the survey based on expert consensus, face validity, item association to underlying constructs measured by originating host questionnaires, adequate targeting and PPT correlations...
February 9, 2018: Pain
Yu Shi, Na Chen, Yuanyuan Su, Houyu Wang, Yao He
Lead ions (Pb2+) and mercury ions (Hg2+), the two commonly coexisting heavy metal ions, pose severe risks to environment and human health. To date, no surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor has been reported for the simultaneous quantification of Pb2+ and Hg2+ in real systems. Herein, the first demonstration of SERS chips for simultaneous quantification of Pb2+ and Hg2+ in real systems is presented based on the combination of reproducible silicon nanohybrid substrates and a corrective internal standard (IS) sensing strategy...
February 12, 2018: Nanoscale
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