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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677538/improvement-effects-of-a-mixed-extract-of-flowers-of-pueraria-thomsonii-benth-and-peels-of-citrus-unshiu-markovich-on-postmenopausal-symptoms-of-ovariectomized-mice
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Na-Ra Han, Sun-Young Nam, Sungwei Hong, Hee-Yun Kim, Phil-Dong Moon, Hyeong-Jin Kim, Hosong Cho, Boyoung Lee, Hyung-Min Kim, Hyun-Ja Jeong
BACKGROUND: Menopausal hot flushes occur frequently in postmenopausal women. In the present study, we investigated a regulatory effect of a mixed extract of flowers of Pueraria thomsonii Benth. and peels of Citrus unshiu Markovich (PCE17), an extract of flowers of Pueraria thomsonii Benth. (PE), an extract of peels of Citrus unshiu Markovich (CE), a mixture of tectorigenin 7-O-xylosylglucoside, tectoridin, and tectorigenin (Tec, the active compounds of PE), and hesperidin (Hes, an active compound of CE) on menopausal hot flushes...
April 17, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674249/correlates-of-poly-tobacco-use-among-youth-and-young-adults-findings-from-the-population-assessment-of-tobacco-and-health-study-2013-2014
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Olatokunbo Osibogun, Ziyad Ben Taleb, Raed Bahelah, Ramzi G Salloum, Wasim Maziak
INTRODUCTION: Poly-tobacco use is common among youth and young adults. This study examined sociodemographic, tobacco-related, and substance use characteristics of poly-tobacco use compared to mono-tobacco use among youth and young adults (12-34 years) in the United States. METHODS: We conducted a descriptive analysis by age-group of 12898 youth (12-17 years), 8843 younger young adults (18-24 years), and 6081 older young adults (24-34 years) from the 2013-2014 Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study...
April 10, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671942/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-biosimilar-infliximab-and-originator-infliximab-in-combination-with-methotrexate-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#3
Sang-Cheol Bae, Young Ho Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the relative efficacy and safety of biosimilar-infliximab and originator-infliximab in combination with methotrexate (MTX) compared to placebo plus MTX in active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We performed a Bayesian network meta-analysis to combine direct and indirect evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the efficacy and safety of biosimilar + MTX and infliximab + MTX and placebo + MTX (MTX group) in patients with active RA despite treatment with MTX...
April 19, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649868/hybrid-black-phosphorus-0d-quantum-dots-phototransistors-tunable-photodoping-and-enhanced-photoresponsivity
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A-Young Lee, Hyun-Soo Ra, Dohyun Kwak, Jeong Min-Hye, Jeong-Hyun Park, Yeon-Su Kang, Weon-Sik Chae, Jong-Soo Lee
Recently, black phosphorus (BP) with direct band gap exhibited excellent potential for optoelectronic applications due to its high charge carrier mobility and low dark current as well as the variable band gap of 0.3 eV to 1.5 eV depending on the number of layers. However, few-layer BP-based phototransistors (photo-FETs) have been limited in sensitivity and wavelength selectivity. To overcome the drawback of these photo-FETs, we studied hybrid photo-FETs combined with the novel properties of the two materials between the channel and sensitizer layers...
April 13, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649058/asymptomatic-deep-vein-thrombosis-during-free-flap-concerns-in-free-flap-surgery
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Jae-A Jung, Bo Young Park, So-Ra Kang, Min Ji Kim
BACKGROUND: Venous insufficiency is the most frequent cause of failure in free flap reconstruction of the lower extremity. When deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is detected during preoperative assessment of the lower extremity, decisions regarding treatment plans become difficult, and no relevant guidelines regarding surgery and preoperative treatment of patients with DVT who need a free flap transfer are currently available. METHODS: In order to find a relevant guideline in decision-making regarding surgery and preoperative treatment of patients with DVT who require free flap reconstruction, a systematic literature review was conducted searching MEDLINE, PubMed Central, Cochrane, and Embase databases for articles published between 1996 and 2015...
March 30, 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629350/is-the-ghost-surgery-the-subject-of-legal-punishment-in-korea
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Seung Eun Hong, Min Ki Hong, Bo Young Park, Kyong Jae Woo, So Ra Kang
Purpose: Recently a controversy has arisen about so-called "ghost surgery" practices, and people have voiced their opinions for legal sanction against such practices, which clearly undermine the foundation of medical ethics. However, there has been a lack of legal basis for punishing those actions. The present study aims to examine which pre-existing legal provisions could be applied to regulate ghost surgery. Methods: The Korean Medical Service Act has a provision relating to informed consent to inhibit ghost surgery but does not include penalty provisions prohibiting ghost surgery itself...
April 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625115/administration-of-placenta-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-counteracts-a-delayed-anergic-state-following-a-transient-induction-of-endogenous-neurogenesis-activity-after-global-cerebral-ischemia
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A Ra Kho, Ok Joon Kim, Jeong Hyun Jeong, Ji Min Yu, Hye Sun Kim, Bo Young Choi, Sang Won Suh, Tae Nyoung Chung
BACKGROUND: Global cerebral ischemia (GCI) is a major obstacle for cardiac arrest survival. Recent studies have suggested the possibility of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) as a novel therapeutic option for GCI, but these results were limited to the neuroprotective effects of MSCs. Therefore, we aimed to investigate specific characteristics of neurogenesis after transient GCI, and to assess the effect of MSC on these characteristics. METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to 7 minutes of transient GCI and randomized into 7 groups: baseline, MSC, and control administered groups, to be analyzed at 2, 3, and 4 weeks after GCI, respectively...
April 3, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29615809/tagln2-polymerizes-g-actin-in-a-low-ionic-state-but-blocks-arp2-3-nucleated-actin-branching-in-physiological-conditions
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Hye-Ran Kim, Min-Sung Kwon, Sangmin Lee, YeVin Mun, Kyung-Sik Lee, Chang-Hyun Kim, Bo-Ra Na, Bit Na Rae Kim, Indre Piragyte, Hyun-Su Lee, Youngsoo Jun, Mi Sun Jin, Young-Min Hyun, Hyun Suk Jung, Ji Young Mun, Chang-Duk Jun
TAGLN is an actin-binding protein family that comprises three isoforms with theorized roles in smooth muscle differentiation, tumour development, lymphocyte activation, and brain chemistry. However, their fundamental characteristics in regulation of the actin-based cytoskeleton are not fully understood. Here we show that TAGLN2 (including TAGLN1 and TAGLN3) extensively nucleates G-actin polymerization under low-salt conditions, where polymerization would be completely suppressed. The calponin homology domain and actin-binding loop are essential to mechanically connect two adjacent G-actins, thereby mediating multimeric interactions...
April 3, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614819/emerging-roles-of-vascular-cell-adhesion-molecule-1-vcam-1-in-immunological-disorders-and-cancer
#9
REVIEW
Deok-Hoon Kong, Young Kwan Kim, Mi Ra Kim, Ji Hye Jang, Sukmook Lee
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that triggers the expression of inflammatory molecules, including other cytokines and cell adhesion molecules. TNFα induces the expression of intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). VCAM-1 was originally identified as a cell adhesion molecule that helps regulate inflammation-associated vascular adhesion and the transendothelial migration of leukocytes, such as macrophages and T cells. Recent evidence suggests that VCAM-1 is closely associated with the progression of various immunological disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, transplant rejection, and cancer...
April 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29604407/the-effect-of-movement-and-load-on-the-dynamic-coupling-of-abdominal-electromyography
#10
Adam C King
This study investigated the degree of neural coupling in abdominal muscle activity and whether the task constraints of movement and load altered the coupling within three muscle pairings. Nineteen young, physically-active individuals performed sit-up and reverse crunch movements in bodyweight (BW) and loaded (+4.54 kg) conditions. Surface electromyography (sEMG) was recorded from the rectus abdominus (RA), external oblique (EO), and transverse abdominus (TA) muscles. Linear (correlation coefficient) and non-linear (Cross-Approximate Entropy) measurements evaluated the degree of couplings across three muscle pairings...
March 28, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29593636/combined-treatment-with-dichloroacetic-acid-and-pyruvate-reduces-hippocampal-neuronal-death-after-transient-cerebral-ischemia
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Dae Ki Hong, A Ra Kho, Bo Young Choi, Song Hee Lee, Jeong Hyun Jeong, Sang Hwon Lee, Kyoung-Ha Park, Jae-Bong Park, Sang Won Suh
Transient cerebral ischemia (TCI) occurs when blood flow to the brain is ceased or dramatically reduced. TCI causes energy depletion and oxidative stress, which leads to neuronal death and cognitive impairment. Dichloroacetic acid (DCA) acts as an inhibitor of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDK). Additionally, DCA is known to increase mitochondrial pyruvate uptake and promotes glucose oxidation during glycolysis, thus enhancing pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) activity. In this study, we investigated whether the inhibition of PDK activity by DCA, which increases the rate of pyruvate conversion to adenosine triphosphate (ATP), prevents ischemia-induced neuronal death...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29593455/abo-mistyping-of-cis-ab-blood-group-by-the-automated-microplate-technique
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Sejong Chun, Mi Ra Ryu, Seung-Yeon Cha, Ji-Young Seo, Duck Cho
Background: The cis -AB phenotype, although rare, is the relatively most frequent of ABO subgroups in Koreans. To prevent ABO mistyping of cis -AB samples, our hospital has applied a combination of the manual tile method with automated devices. Herein, we report cases of ABO mistyping detected by the combination testing system. Methods: Cases that showed discrepant results by automated devices and the manual tile method were evaluated. These samples were also tested by the standard tube method...
January 2018: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29590474/the-association-of-obesity-with-disease-activity-functional-ability-and-quality-of-life-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-data-from-the-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-study-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-network-uk-prospective-cohorts
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Elena Nikiphorou, Sam Norton, Adam Young, Josh Dixey, David Walsh, Henrietta Helliwell, Patrick Kiely
Objectives: To examine associations between BMI and disease activity, functional ability and quality of life in RA. Methods: Data from two consecutive, similarly designed UK multicentre RA inception cohorts were used: the Early RA Study (ERAS) and the Early RA Network (ERAN). Recruitment figures/median follow-up for the ERAS and ERAN were 1465/10 years (maximum 25 years), and 1236/6 years (maximum 10 years), respectively. Standard demographic and clinical variables were recorded at baseline and annually...
March 26, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580473/genotypic-characterization-of-esbl-producing-e-coli-from-imported-meat-in-south-korea
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Young-Jo Kim, Jin-San Moon, Deog-Hwan Oh, Jung-Whan Chon, Bo-Ra Song, Jong-Su Lim, Eun-Jeong Heo, Hyun-Jung Park, Sung-Hwan Wee, Kidon Sung
Twenty extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing E. coli strains were isolated from imported meat in South Korea. ESBL strains of E. coli were detected in chicken (14/20) more often than in pork (6/20) and beef (0/20); the highest number (12/20) was detected in Brazilian meats. The blaCTX-M genes were predominant in meats from many countries. E. coli from pork imported from France produced the blaCTX-M-58 enzyme, which has never been documented previously in ESBL-producing bacteria from clinical or environmental sources...
May 2018: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29579371/synovial-cell-metabolism-and-chronic-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Jane Falconer, Anne N Murphy, Stephen Young, Andrew R Clark, Stefano Tiziani, Monica Guma, Christopher D Buckley
Metabolomic studies of body fluids show that immune-mediated inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are associated with metabolic disruption. This is likely to reflect the increased bioenergetic and biosynthetic demands of sustained inflammation and changes to nutrient and oxygen availability in damaged tissue. The synovial membrane lining layer is the principle site of inflammation in RA. Here the resident cells are the fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) and the synovial tissue macrophages (STM), which are transformed toward overproduction of enzymes which degrade cartilage and bone, and cytokines which promote immune cell infiltration...
March 26, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29578394/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-plus-methotrexate-versus-oral-triple-therapy-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis-that-inadequately-responds-to-methotrexate-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#16
Sang-Cheol Bae, Young Ho Lee
AIMS: The study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFI) with methotrexate (MTX) vs. oral triple therapy in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), showing inadequate response to MTX. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (913 MTX-resistant RA patients) to examine the relative efficacy and safety of TNFI+MTX compared to triple therapy (hydroxychloroquine, sulfasalazine, MTX) in patients with RA responding inadequately to MTX...
March 26, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29577791/automated-detection-and-classification-of-the-proximal-humerus-fracture-by-using-deep-learning-algorithm
#17
Seok Won Chung, Seung Seog Han, Ji Whan Lee, Kyung-Soo Oh, Na Ra Kim, Jong Pil Yoon, Joon Yub Kim, Sung Hoon Moon, Jieun Kwon, Hyo-Jin Lee, Young-Min Noh, Youngjun Kim
Background and purpose - We aimed to evaluate the ability of artificial intelligence (a deep learning algorithm) to detect and classify proximal humerus fractures using plain anteroposterior shoulder radiographs. Patients and methods - 1,891 images (1 image per person) of normal shoulders (n = 515) and 4 proximal humerus fracture types (greater tuberosity, 346; surgical neck, 514; 3-part, 269; 4-part, 247) classified by 3 specialists were evaluated. We trained a deep convolutional neural network (CNN) after augmentation of a training dataset...
March 26, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29572291/impact-of-temporary-methotrexate-discontinuation-for-2-weeks-on-immunogenicity-of-seasonal-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-randomised-clinical-trial
#18
Jin Kyun Park, Yun Jong Lee, Kichul Shin, You-Jung Ha, Eun Young Lee, Yeong Wook Song, Yunhee Choi, Kevin L Winthrop, Eun Bong Lee
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a 2-week methotrexate (MTX) discontinuation after vaccination improves the efficacy of seasonal influenza vaccination in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: In this prospective randomised parallel-group multicentre study, patients with RA on stable dose of MTX were randomly assigned at a ratio of 1:1 to continue MTX or to hold MTX for 2 weeks after 2016-2017 quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccine containing H1N1, H3N2, B-Yamagata and B-Victoria...
March 23, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29553406/definition-causes-and-consequences-of-hamm-idiom-of-distress-in-arabic-in-the-palestinian-context-a-qualitative-study
#19
Abeer A Nasir, Razan Salah, Abla Sayyed Ahmad, Samah Abu Hijleh, Sa'eed Abu Kattab, Alia Al Kurd, Rawan Al Sharif, Raed Amro, Ahmad Khatib, Hana' Mousa, Walaa Shamasnah, Khammisa Shqerat, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Hamm is an Arabic word that is used to express suffering. Idioms of distress are communicated differently in different contexts and cultures. Understanding idioms of distress and symptoms can help in diagnosis and lead to socioculturally sensitive health care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we did semi-structured interviews with men and women of all age groups. Questions focused on the definition, causes, and consequences of Hamm. Responses were analysed by reading and re-reading interview transcripts until themes and subthemes emerged...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29546668/tofacitinib-for-treating-rheumatoid-arthritis-after-the-failure-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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REVIEW
Lesley Uttley, Iñigo Bermejo, Shijie Ren, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Ruth Wong, David L Scott, Adam Young, Matt Stevenson
As part of its Single Technology Appraisal process, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer (Pfizer) of tofacitinib (TOF; Xeljanz® ) to submit evidence of the drug's clinical and cost-effectiveness in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after the failure of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs). The School of Health and Related Research Technology Appraisal Group at the University of Sheffield was commissioned to act as the independent Evidence Review Group (ERG)...
March 15, 2018: PharmacoEconomics
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