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Ricardo Rozzi
The biocultural ethic recovers an understanding of the vital links between the life habits of the coinhabitants (humans and other-than-human) that share a habitat. The ″3Hs″ formal framework of the biocultural ethics provides a conceptual and methodological tool to understand and to better manage complex eco-social or biocultural systems in heterogeneous regions of the planet. From the global bioethics originally proposed by V.R. Potter, the integration of theory and praxis promoted by Alfredo Pradenas in the Bioethics Society of Chile, and the conceptual framework of biocultural ethics (including traditions of philosophical thought, scientific and Amerindians), I develop a comparative analysis of: 1...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092229/decamethylcyclopentasiloxane-d5
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Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5; CAS No. 541-02-6) is a precursor in the production of siloxane polymers for industry and medicine and is a carrier ingredient in many toiletries and cosmetics. D5 has a relatively low order of toxicity following acute administration via the oral, dermal, and inhalation routes of exposure. It is not considered to be a dermal or eye irritant or a dermal sensitizer. There is no appreciable dermal absorption of D5 based on results from in vivo and in vitro studies. It has not been shown to be genotoxic/mutagenic when tested in a number of short-term in vitro and in vivo assays and did not cause reproductive or developmental toxicity in rats...
January 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092219/the-21st-century-cures-act-pharmacoeconomic-boon-or-bane
#3
Roger Lee Mendoza
Barriers to entry in healthcare markets constitute one of the overriding concerns of health economists. The recent enactment of the 21st Century Cures Act in the United States is one landmark legislation that reduces statutory entry barriers to the discovery, development, testing and licensing of drugs and medical devices. However, it brings with it many critical challenges concerning the safety, efficacy and value of drugs and devices, along with novel opportunities for medical innovation and faster treatment of diseases...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091784/recognition-of-d-penicillamine-using-schiff-base-centered-fluorescent-organic-nanoparticles-and-application-to-medicine-analysis
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Prasad G Mahajan, Govind B Kolekar, Shivajirao R Patil
Schiff base centered fluorescent organic compound 1,1'-[(1E,2E)-hydrazine-1,2-diylidenedi(E)methylylidene]- dinaphthalen-2-ol (HN) was synthesized followed by spectral characterization viz., NMR, IR and Mass spectroscopy. The fluorescent nanoparticles of HN prepared using reprecipitation method shows red shifted aggregation induced enhanced emission (AIEE) with respect to HN solution in acetone. The average particle size of nanoparticles (HNNPs) is of 67.2 nm shows sphere shape morphology. The surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) used to stabilize HNNPs induces positive charge surface with zeta potential of 11...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090658/analysis-of-the-effects-of-noise-dwi-sampling-and-value-of-assumed-parameters-in-diffusion-mri-models
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Elizabeth B Hutchinson, Alexandru V Avram, M Okan Irfanoglu, C Guan Koay, Alan S Barnett, Michal E Komlosh, Evren Özarslan, Susan C Schwerin, Sharon L Juliano, Carlo Pierpaoli
PURPOSE: This study was a systematic evaluation across different and prominent diffusion MRI models to better understand the ways in which scalar metrics are influenced by experimental factors, including experimental design (diffusion-weighted imaging [DWI] sampling) and noise. METHODS: Four diffusion MRI models-diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI), mean apparent propagator MRI (MAP-MRI), and neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI)-were evaluated by comparing maps and histogram values of the scalar metrics generated using DWI datasets obtained in fixed mouse brain with different noise levels and DWI sampling complexity...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090656/real-time-monitoring-of-tissue-displacement-and-temperature-changes-during-mr-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound
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Pierre Bour, Fabrice Marquet, Valéry Ozenne, Solenn Toupin, Erik Dumont, Jean-François Aubry, Matthieu Lepetit-Coiffe, Bruno Quesson
PURPOSE: The therapy endpoint most commonly used in MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound is the thermal dose. Although namely correlated with nonviable tissue, it does not account for changes in mechanical properties of tissue during ablation. This study presents a new acquisition sequence for multislice, subsecond and simultaneous imaging of tissue temperature and displacement during ablation. METHODS: A single-shot echo planar imaging sequence was implemented using a pair of motion-encoding gradients, with alternated polarities...
January 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090408/development-of-microsatellite-markers-for-viscum-coloratum-santalaceae-and-their-application-to-wild-populations
#7
Bo-Yun Kim, Han-Sol Park, Soonok Kim, Young-Dong Kim
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Microsatellite primers were developed for Viscum coloratum (Santalaceae), a semiparasitic medicinal plant that is known for its anticancer properties. Due to excessive human harvesting and loss of suitable habitat of its populations, it has become a potentially threatened species requiring immediate conservation efforts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Based on transcriptome data for V. coloratum, 124 primer pairs were randomly selected for initial validation, of which 19 yielded polymorphic microsatellite loci, with two to six alleles per locus...
January 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090068/relationship-between-physicochemical-properties-of-medical-supplies-and-serious-adverse-drug-reactions-listed-in-the-package-inserts
#8
Reiko Yano, Fumiko Ohtsu, Nobuyuki Goto
<bibitem lang="en">  We sought to clarify the relationship between the physicochemical properties of each medical supply and serious adverse drug reactions listed in the package inserts, by reviewing new information. We investigated 1) 1,078 medicines currently available on the domestic Japanese market by using physicochemical data, such as cLogD, molecular weight (MW), and pKa and 2) the serious adverse drug reactions stated in the package inserts and the presence or absence of serious renal and liver disorders, as well as mental, extrapyramidal, and skin disorders...
January 13, 2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089739/the-influence-of-seasonality-on-the-content-of-goyazensolide-and-on-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-hyperuricemic-effects-of-the-ethanolic-extract-of-lychnophora-passerina-brazilian-arnica
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Bruno César de Albuquerque Ugoline, Jacqueline de Souza, Fernanda Cristina Ferrari, Zilma Schimith Ferraz Filha, Grazielle Brandão Coelho, Dênia Antunes Saúde-Guimarães
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Lychnophora passerina (Mart ex DC) Gardn (Asteraceae), popularly known as Brazilian arnica, is used in Brazilian folk medicine to treat pain, rheumatism, bruises, inflammatory diseases and insect bites. AIM OF THE STUDY: Investigate the influence of the seasons on the anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperuricemic activities of ethanolic extract of L. passerina and the ratio of the goyazensolide content, main chemical constituent of the ethanolic extract, with these activities...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087924/clinical-testing-of-tuberculosis-vaccine-candidates
#10
Mark Hatherill, Dereck Tait, Helen McShane
It is almost 100 years since the development of bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the only licensed vaccine against tuberculosis (TB). While BCG does confer consistent protection against disseminated disease, there is an urgent need for a more effective vaccine against pulmonary disease. There are several indications for such an improved vaccine, including prevention of infection, prevention of disease, and a therapeutic vaccine to prevent recurrent disease. The two main approaches to TB vaccine development are developing an improved whole mycobacterial priming agent to replace BCG and/or developing a subunit booster vaccine to be administered after a BCG or BCG replacement priming vaccination...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086770/social-pediatrics-weaving-horizontal-and-vertical-threads-through-pediatric-residency
#11
Meta van den Heuvel, Maria Athina Tina Martimianakis, Rebecca Levy, Adelle Atkinson, Elizabeth Ford-Jones, Michelle Shouldice
BACKGROUND: Social pediatrics teaches pediatric residents how to understand disease within their patients' social, environmental and political contexts. It's an essential component of pediatric residency training; however there is very little literature that addresses how such a broad-ranging topic can be taught effectively. The aim of this study was to determine and characterize social pediatric education in our pediatric residency training in order to identify strengths and gaps. METHODS: A social pediatrics curriculum map was developed, attending to 3 different dimensions: (1) the intended curriculum as prescribed by the Objectives of Training for Pediatrics of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), (2) the formal curriculum defined by rotation-specific learning objectives, and (3) the informal/hidden curriculum as reflected in resident and teacher experiences and perceptions...
January 13, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081477/pharmacokinetic-studies-of-active-triterpenoid-saponins-and-the-total-secondary-saponin-from-anemone-raddeana-regel
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Dandan Zhang, Tianli Lei, Chongning Lv, Huimin Zhao, Haiyan Xu, Jincai Lu
The rhizome of Anemone raddeana Regel, a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has a robust history treating rheumatism and neuralgia. The total secondary saponin (TSS) from it has demonstrated antitumor activity. In this study, a rapid and validated LC-MS/MS method was developed to simultaneously determine the active compounds (Hederacolchiside A1 and Eleutheroside K). Analytes were separated on a reverse-phase C18 column with acetonitrile-water (5mmol/L ammonium acetate) as the mobile phase. This assay showed acceptable linearity (r>0...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081471/in-situ-morphological-assessment-of-apoptosis-induced-by-phaleria-macrocarpa-boerl-fruit-ethyl-acetate-fraction-pmeaf-in-mda-mb-231-cells-by-microscopy-observation
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Nowroji Kavitha, Yeng Chen, Jagat R Kanwar, Sreenivasan Sasidharan
Phaleria macrocarpa (Boerl.) is a well-known medicinal plant and have been extensively used as traditional medicine for ages in treatment of various diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine the in situ cytotoxicity effect P. macrocarpa fruit ethyl acetate fraction (PMEAF) by using various conventional and modern microscopy techniques. The cytotoxicity of PMEAF treated MDA-MB-231 cells was determined through the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) cytotoxicity assay and CyQuant Cell Proliferation Assay after 24h of treatment...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081329/daily-surveillance-with-early-warning-scores-help-predicthospital-mortality-in-medical-wards
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Mine Durusu Tanrıöver, Burçin Halaçlı, Bilgin Sait, Serpil Öcal, Arzu Topeli
BACKGROUND/AIM: To analyze the potency of a modified early warning score (EWS) to help predict hospital mortality when used for surveillance in nonacute medical wards. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients in internal medicine wards were prospectively recruited. First, highest, and last scores; and mean daily score recordings and values were recorded. Nurses calculated scores for each patient upon admission and every 4 h. The last score was the score before death, discharge, or transfer to another ward...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081227/diagnostic-accuracy-of-genexpert-mtb-rif-assay-in-comparison-to-conventional-drug-susceptibility-testing-method-for-the-diagnosis-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis
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Pratikshya Pandey, Narayan Dutt Pant, Komal Raj Rijal, Bhawana Shrestha, Sirita Kattel, Megha Raj Banjara, Bhagwan Maharjan, Rajendra Kc
Xpert MTB/RIF assay is regarded as a great achievement of modern medicine for the rapid diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). The main purpose of this study was to determine the performance of Xpert MTB/RIF assay compared to conventional drug susceptibility testing (DST) method for the diagnosis of MDR-TB. A comparative cross sectional study was carried out at German-Nepal Tuberculosis Project, Kathmandu, Nepal, from April 2014 to September 2014. A total of 88 culture positive clinical samples (83 pulmonary and 5 extra-pulmonary) received during the study period were analyzed for detection of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by both GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay and conventional DST method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081198/molecular-analysis-of-chinese-celastrus-and-tripterygium-and-implications-in-medicinal-and-pharmacological-studies
#16
Xian-Yun Mu, Liang-Cheng Zhao, Zhi-Xiang Zhang
Celastrus and Tripterygium species, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, have attracted much attention due to their anti-tumor promoting and neuroprotective activities, in addition to their applications in autoimmune disorders. However, systematic relationships between them and among species are unclear, and it may disturb their further medicinal utilization. In the present study, the molecular analysis of combined chloroplast and nuclear markers of all Chinese Celastrus and Tripterygium was performed, and clear inter- and intra-genus relationships were presented...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080924/selected-plasma-biochemistry-analytes-of-healthy-captive-sulcata-african-spurred-tortoises-centrochelys-sulcata
#17
David Eshar, Ady Y Gancz, Nili Avni-Magen, Effi Wagshal, Lisa M Pohlman, Mark A Mitchell
The sulcata or African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) is a large tortoise species that is commonly kept in zoologic collections and as a pet. The objectives of this study were to establish reference intervals for selected biochemical analytes in clinically healthy captive sulcata tortoises and to evaluate the impact of blood sampling site and sex. Blood samples were collected from 60 tortoises from either the dorsal coccygeal (tail) vein or the subcarapacial venous plexus based on their body size. The packed cell volume and refractometric total solids (TS) were determined...
December 2016: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079901/the-clinical-utility-of-dna-based-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidy-by-primary-obstetrical-care-providers-in-the-general-pregnancy-population
#18
Glenn E Palomaki, Edward M Kloza, Barbara M O'Brien, Elizabeth E Eklund, Geralyn M Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based screening for aneuploidies offered through primary obstetrical care providers to a general pregnancy population. METHODS: Patient educational materials were developed and validated and providers were trained. Serum was collected for reflexive testing of cfDNA failures. Providers and patients were surveyed concerning knowledge, decision making, and satisfaction. Pregnancy outcome was determined by active or passive ascertainment...
January 12, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079791/a-possible-new-approach-in-the-prediction-of-late-gestational-hypertension-the-role-of-the-fetal-aortic-intima-media-thickness
#19
Silvia Visentin, Ambrogio P Londero, Martina Camerin, Enrico Grisan, Erich Cosmi
The aim was to determine the predictive role of combined screening for late-onset gestational hypertension by fetal ultrasound measurements, third trimester uterine arteries (UtAs) Doppler imaging, and maternal history. This prospective study on singleton pregnancies was conducted at the tertiary center of Maternal and Fetal Medicine of the University of Padua during the period between January 2012 and December 2014. Ultrasound examination (fetal biometry, fetal wellbeing, maternal Doppler study, fetal abdominal aorta intima-media thickness [aIMT], and fetal kidney volumes), clinical data (mother age, prepregnancy body mass index [BMI], and parity), and pregnancy outcomes were collected...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079593/improving-the-clinic-laboratory-interface-in-the-context-of-hiv-diagnosis-treatment-and-monitoring
#20
Timothy Johan Tucker, Peter Tsakani Manyike
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Laboratory support is central to clinical medicine. The present review focuses on the health systems strengthening needs of the clinic-laboratory-interface (CLI) in developing countries within the context of HIV diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. RECENT FINDINGS: Although significant improvements have been made in reducing error rates in the analytical phase of pathology services within laboratories, there remain substantial deficits in both the preanalytic and postanalytic phases of the entire value chain that require strengthening...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
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