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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737672/mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-vehicles-in-cancer
#1
REVIEW
Anna Watermann, Juergen Brieger
Even though cancer treatment has improved over the recent decades, still more specific and effective treatment concepts are mandatory. Surgical removal is not always possible, metastases are challenging and chemo- and radiotherapy can not only have severe side-effects but also resistances may occur. To cope with these challenges more efficient therapies with fewer side-effects are required. One promising approach is the use of drug delivery vehicles. Here, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) are discussed as biodegradable drug carrier to improve efficacy and reduce side-effects...
July 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737464/acute-glycemic-and-pressure-responses-of-continuous-and-interval-aerobic-exercise-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#2
Éder Santiago, Rodrigo Sudatti Delevatti, Cláudia Gomes Bracht, Nathalie Netto, Salime Chedid Lisboa, Alexandra Ferreira Vieira, Rochelle Rocha Costa, Alexandra Hübner, Marco Antônio Fossati, Luiz Fernando Martins Kruel
BACKGROUND: Aerobic training has been widely indicated to patients with type 2 diabetes. However, there are still few studies comparing acute glycemic and blood pressure effects of different methods of aerobic training. The aim is to compare glycemic and pressure acute responses of continuous aerobic exercise to interval aerobic exercise in patients with type 2 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is a randomized, crossover clinical trial. Fourteen patients with type 2 diabetes performed two sessions of aerobic training with different methods (continuous and interval)...
July 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737454/bioactivity-of-epigallocatechin-gallate-nanoemulsions-evaluated-in-mice-model
#3
Antonios E Koutelidakis, Konstantina Argyri, Zoi Sevastou, Dimitra Lamprinaki, Elli Panagopoulou, Evi Paximada, Aggeliki Sali, Vassilis Papalazarou, Athanasios Mallouchos, Vasiliki Evageliou, Vasiliki Kostourou, Ioanna Mantala, Maria Kapsokefalou
The hypothesis that incorporation of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) into nanoemulsions may increase its bioactivity compared with EGCG aqueous solutions was examined in mice. After an in vitro study in a model system with stimulated gastrointestinal conditions, the following EGCG nanoemulsions were used in a mice experiment: Emulsion I: emulsion water in oil (W/O), which contained 0.23 mg/mL EGCG in aqueous phase; Emulsion II: emulsion oil in water (O/W), which contained 10% olive oil and 0.23 mg/mL esterified EGCG in fatty phase; and Emulsion III: emulsion O/W in water (W1/O/W2; 8:32:60), which contained 32% olive oil and 0...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736305/better-with-ultrasound-pleural-procedures-in-critically-ill-patients
#4
REVIEW
Scott J Millington, Seth Koenig
Procedures designed to drain fluid or air from the pleural spaces can be technically challenging in patients who are critically ill, and are associated with significant complications. Many individual ultrasound techniques have been described, each with the goal of making pleural drainage procedures safer. This article presents a systemic approach for incorporating many of these tools into procedures such as diagnostic thoracentesis, therapeutic drainage, or pleural catheter insertion. A series of illustrative figures and narrated video presentations are included to demonstrate many of the described techniques...
July 20, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736271/b-cells-and-their-cytokine-activities-implications-in-human-diseases
#5
Simon Fillatreau
B cells are the only cell type that can give rise to antibody-producing cells, and the only cell type whose selective depletion can, today, lead to an improvement of a wide range of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, including disorders not primarily driven by autoantibodies. Here, I discuss this paradoxical observation, and propose that the capacity of B cells to act as cytokine-producing cells explains how they can control monocyte activity and subsequently disease pathogenesis. Together with current data on the effect of anti-CD20 B cell-depleting reagents in the clinic, this novel knowledge on B cell heterogeneity opens the way for novel safer and more efficient strategies to target B cells...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736269/iodine-lithium-alpha-dextrin-il%C3%AE-d-against-staphylococcus-aureus-skin-infections-a-comparative-study-of-in-vitro-bactericidal-activity-and-cytotoxicity-between-il%C3%AE-d-and-povidone-iodine
#6
A P Zisi, M K Exindari, E K Siska, G G Koliakos
BACKGROUND: As antimicrobial resistance continuously increases, revisiting old antimicrobial agents, modified to enhance efficacy and safety, becomes important. Iodine has been widely used for more than 150 years as a wound and skin disinfectant; it is an effective broad range bactericide, and to date, it lacks reports of resistance development. The most important iodine-based agent is Povidone-Iodine (PVP-I) which provides excellent antibacterial activity. However, its safety profile has been questioned...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736264/mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cell-extracellular-vesicles-from-active-principle-to-next-generation-drug-delivery-system
#7
REVIEW
Barbara Crivelli, Theodora Chlapanidas, Sara Perteghella, Enrico Lucarelli, Luisa Pascucci, Anna Teresa Brini, Ivana Ferrero, Mario Marazzi, Augusto Pessina, Maria Luisa Torre
It has been demonstrated that the biological effector of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) is their secretome, which is composed of a heterogeneous pool of bioactive molecules, partially enclosed in extracellular vesicles (EVs). Therefore, the MSC secretome (including EVs) has been recently proposed as possible alternative to MSC therapy. The secretome can be considered as a protein-based biotechnological product, it is probably safer compared with living/cycling cells, it presents virtually lower tumorigenic risk, and it can be handled, stored and sterilized as an Active Pharmaceutical/Principle Ingredient (API)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735838/cardiovascular-effects-of-air-pollution
#8
REVIEW
Thomas Bourdrel, Marie-Abèle Bind, Yannick Béjot, Olivier Morel, Jean-François Argacha
Air pollution is composed of particulate matter (PM) and gaseous pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and ozone. PM is classified according to size into coarse particles (PM10), fine particles (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles. We aim to provide an original review of the scientific evidence from epidemiological and experimental studies examining the cardiovascular effects of outdoor air pollution. Pooled epidemiological studies reported that a 10μg/m(3) increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 was associated with an 11% increase in cardiovascular mortality...
July 20, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735693/concomitant-use-of-atypical-antipsychotics-with-other-psychotropic-medication-classes-and-the-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#9
Mehmet Burcu, Julie M Zito, Daniel J Safer, Laurence S Magder, Susan dosReis, Fadia T Shaya, Geoffrey L Rosenthal
OBJECTIVE: More than half of youth treated with atypical antipsychotic (AAP) medications are also treated with concomitant antidepressants or stimulants. This study assessed the association between antidepressant or stimulant use concomitant with AAPs and the risk of incident type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHOD: Medicaid Analytic eXtract data were used to conduct a retrospective cohort study of youth (aged 5-20 years) who initiated AAP treatment. In AAP-treated youth, concomitant antidepressant (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRI]/serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors [SNRIs], tricyclic/other cyclic antidepressants [TCAs], and other antidepressants) or stimulant use was assessed...
August 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734868/a-single-and-multiple-dose-study-to-investigate-the-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-opicapone-a-novel-comt-inhibitor-in-rat
#10
Daniela Gonçalves, Gilberto Alves, Ana Fortuna, Maria João Bonifácio, Patrício Soares-da-Silva, Amílcar Falcão
Opicapone is a novel catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitor that emerged to fulfil the need of a safer and more efficacious COMT inhibitor. The present study was carried out in order to assess and compare the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (COMT inhibition) of opicapone after single and multiple oral administrations (30 mg/kg) to Wistar rats. For this purpose, at predefined time points up to 72 h post-dosing, blood, liver and kidneys were collected and, then, the concentrations of opicapone and its active metabolite (BIA 9-1079) were determined in plasma and in liver and kidney tissues, as well as the erythrocyte, liver and kidney COMT activity...
July 19, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734174/old-and-new-adjuvants
#11
REVIEW
Amy S McKee, Philippa Marrack
Adjuvants have been deliberately added to vaccines since the 1920's when alum was discovered to boost antibody responses, leading to better protection. The first adjuvants were discovered by accident and were used in the safer but less immunogenic subunit vaccines, supposedly by providing an antigen depot to extend antigen presentation. Since that time, much has been discovered about how these adjuvants impact cells at the tissue site to activate innate immune responses, mobilize dendritic cells and drive adaptive immunity...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734018/influence-of-cryoprecipitate-factor-xiii-and-fibrinogen-concentrate-on-hyperfibrinolysis
#12
Melissa M Cushing, Meghann M Fitzgerald, Rebecca M Harris, Lars M Asmis, Thorsten Haas
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis is a potentially life-threatening condition associated with poor clot integrity and excessive bleeding. Although antifibrinolytics are an effective treatment, more liberal use of these drugs may lead to a prothrombotic risk, and an earlier and potentially safer treatment option would be desirable. Hyperfibrinolysis has been shown to be attenuated by in vitro supplementation of purified human Factor (F)XIII concentrate. Cryoprecipitate represents an alternative source of FXIII and the only approved source of concentrated FXIII in some countries...
July 21, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733749/usefulness-of-the-s-o-clip-for-gastric-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-with-video
#13
Rintaro Hashimoto, Dai Hirasawa, Tomoyuki Iwaki, Hajime Yamaoka, Kousuke Nihei, Ippei Tanaka, Akimichi Chonan, Kei Takase
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is technically one of the most complicated endoscopic procedures. Traction methods have been reported to be effective for ESD. A recent study revealed that the S-O clip allowed faster and safer colonic ESD. We assessed the efficacy and safety of gastric ESD with the S-O clip for gastric epithelial neoplasm. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients treated for gastric ESD using the S-O clip between September and November 2016 (SO group, n = 48)...
July 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733690/do-obstetric-patients-opt-to-undergo-general-anaesthesia-to-avoid-being-conscious-despite-safer-alternatives
#14
Daryl Ja Tan, Melissa Mh Chan
There are various modes of anaesthesia available in the community today. This gives anaesthesiologists the freedom to select those that are safe, efficacious and most suitable for patients. However, patients may not always agree with their anaesthesiologist on the preferred mode of anaesthesia because they may have a different set of priorities, with many of them electing to have the lack of intraoperative awareness as the primary objective. Hence, disagreements between anaesthesiologists and patients may arise and could potentially disrupt doctor-patient relationship...
June 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733016/interaction-between-cavitation-microbubble-and-cell-a-simulation-of-sonoporation-using-boundary-element-method-bem
#15
Xiasheng Guo, Chenliang Cai, Guangyao Xu, Yanye Yang, Juan Tu, PinTong Huang, Dong Zhang
Sonoporation has been widely accepted as a significant tool for gene delivery as well as some bio-effects like hemolysis, bringing in high demands of looking into its underlying mechanism. A two-dimensional (2D) boundary element method (BEM) model was developed to investigate microbubble-cell interaction, especially the morphological and mechanical characteristics around the close-to-bubble point (CP) on cell membrane. Based on time evolution analysis of sonoporation, detailed information was extracted from the model for analysis, including volume expansion ratio of the bubble, areal expansion ratio of the cell, jet velocity and CP displacement...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731401/intraoperative-perception-and-estimates-on-extent-of-resection-during-awake-glioma-surgery-overcoming-the-learning-curve
#16
Darryl Lau, Shawn L Hervey-Jumper, Seunggu J Han, Mitchel S Berger
OBJECTIVE There is ample evidence that extent of resection (EOR) is associated with improved outcomes for glioma surgery. However, it is often difficult to accurately estimate EOR intraoperatively, and surgeon accuracy has yet to be reviewed. In this study, the authors quantitatively assessed the accuracy of intraoperative perception of EOR during awake craniotomy for tumor resection. METHODS A single-surgeon experience of performing awake craniotomies for tumor resection over a 17-year period was examined...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730958/engineering-synergistically-active-and-bioavailable-cost-effective-medicines-for-neglected-tropical-diseases-the-role-of-excipients
#17
Dolores R Serrano, Aikaterini Lalatsa, M Auxiliadora Dea-Ayuela
Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease responsible for the ninth largest disease burden in the world threatening 350 million people mostly in developing countries. The lack of efficacy, severe adverse effects, long duration, high cost and parenteral administration of the current therapies result in poor patient compliance and emergence of resistance. Leishmaniasis' unmet need for safer, affordable and more effective treatments is only partly addressed by today's global health product pipeline that focuses on products amenable to rapid clinical development, mainly by reformulating or repurposing existing drugs for new uses...
July 19, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730734/efficacy-and-safety-of-sugarcane-policosanol-on-dyslipidemia-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#18
Jing Gong, Xin Qin, Fen Yuan, Meilin Hu, Guang Chen, Ke Fang, Dingkun Wang, Shujun Jiang, Jingbin Li, Yan Zhao, Zhaoyi Huang, Hui Dong, Fuer Lu
SCOPE: This study aimed to systematically investigate whether sugarcane policosanol was effective and safe on dyslipidemia. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 11 databases including the PubMed, Web of science, Embase, Scopus, the Cochrane library and SinoMed databases were searched for available studies investigating the effects of policosanol on dyslipidemia. A total of 22 studies including 1886 subjects were included in the analysis. The pooled results showed that compared with placebo, sugarcane policosanol could significantly reduce total cholesterol (TC, 95% CI: -0...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730366/to-coil-or-not-to-coil-application-practices-perception-and-efficacy-of-mosquito-coils-in-a-malaria-endemic-community-in-ghana
#19
Silas W Avicor, Mustafa F F Wajidi, Ebenezer O Owusu
Although evidence of mosquito coils' impact on disease epidemiology is limited, they are popularized as mosquito-borne disease prevention devices. Their usage affects the environment, human and mosquito health. This study investigated the perception, usage pattern and efficacy of coils in a predominantly poor malaria-endemic Ghanaian peri-urban area. Information on protection methods, perception and usage pattern was garnered using questionnaires. The efficacy of commonly used coils in the area was then assessed on the malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae, in a glass chamber...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730124/cataract-surgery-on-post-radial-keratotomy-patients
#20
Alessandro Meduri, Mario Urso, Giuseppe A Signorino, Miguel Rechichi, Cosimo Mazzotta, Stephen Kaufman
This study aims to evaluate and to compare three different approaches of cataract surgery to patients with previous radial keratotomy (RK), and to analyze the mechanical properties of the cornea after cataract surgery. Three groups of patients, each one including 8 eyes of patients with 16 RK incisions. The first group includes eyes with the first cataract incision superiorly, the second group in the temporal area, the third group in temporal area and a precautionary stabilizing suture across the RK incision adjacent to the main tunnel...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
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