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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432944/phototoxic-action-of-a-zinc-ii-phthalocyanine-encapsulated-into-poloxamine-polymeric-micelles-in-2d-and-3d-colon-carcinoma-cell-cultures
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Nicolás Chiarante, María C García Vior, Josefina Awruch, Julieta Marino, Leonor P Roguin
Photodynamic therapy is emerging as a hopeful method for the treatment of oncological diseases. In the search of novel therapeutic strategies for colorectal cancer, in this work we reported the photocytotoxic activity of a lipophilic zinc(II) phthalocyanine on a murine colon adenocarcinoma cell line (CT26 cells). The 2,9(10),16(17),23(24) tetrakis[(2-dimethylamino)ethylsulfanyl]phthalocyaninatozinc(II), named Pc9, was encapsulated into Tetronic® 1107 polymeric poloxamine micelles (T1107) and assayed in 2D and 3D cell cultures...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432676/bifidobacterium-adolescentis-dsm-20083-and-lactobacillus-casei-lafti-l26-dsl-probiotics-able-to-block-the-in-vitro-adherence-of-rotavirus-in-ma104-cells
#2
Karem Prunella Fernandez-Duarte, Nury Nathalia Olaya-Galán, Sandra Patricia Salas-Cárdenas, Jazmin Lopez-Rozo, Maria Fernanda Gutierrez-Fernandez
Rotavirus is the leading worldwide cause of gastroenteritis in children under five years of age. Even though there are some available vaccines to prevent the disease, there are limited strategies for challenging diarrhea induced by rotavirus infection. For this reason, researchers are constantly searching for other approaches to control diarrhea by means of probiotics. In order to demonstrate the ability of some probiotic bacteria to interfere with the in vitro rotavirus infection in MA104 cells, strains of Lactobacillus sp...
April 21, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431632/combined-evaluation-of-personality-risk-and-coping-in-ms-patients-a-step-towards-individualized-treatment-choice-the-pericoms-study-i
#3
G Bsteh, E Monz, L Zamarian, S Hagspiel, H Hegen, M Auer, S Wurth, F Di Pauli, F Deisenhammer, T Berger
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory neurological disease requiring disease-modifying treatment (DMT). To provide patients with the optimal individual therapeutic option, treatment recommendations should be based not only on individual disease course and DMT specific benefit-risk estimates, but also on patient's individual characteristics such as personality, risk attitude and coping strategies. However, these characteristics are difficult to objectify in clinical routine practice without the support of appropriate evaluation instruments...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431554/a-need-to-accelerate-health-research-productivity-in-an-african-university-the-case-of-makerere-university-college-of-health-sciences
#4
Damalie Nakanjako, Dickens Akena, Dan K Kaye, James Tumwine, Elialilia Okello, Annettee Nakimuli, Andrew Kambugu, Hazel McCullough, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Moses R Kamya, Nelson K Sewankambo
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS) has taken strides in research and training to improve healthcare through collaborative training and research programs. However, there is limited data on the trends of MakCHS faculty contributions to research and on faculty growth to take leading roles in health research. This paper reviews MakCHS faculty research publications over 15.5 years and outlines possible strategies to enhance faculty research outputs...
April 21, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431552/strategies-to-improve-engagement-of-hard-to-reach-older-people-in-research-on-health-promotion-a-systematic-review
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Ann E M Liljas, Kate Walters, Ana Jovicic, Steve Iliffe, Jill Manthorpe, Claire Goodman, Kalpa Kharicha
BACKGROUND: This systematic review aimed to identify facilitators, barriers and strategies for engaging 'hard to reach' older people in research on health promotion; the oldest old (≥80 years), older people from black and minority ethnic groups (BME) and older people living in deprived areas. METHODS: Eight databases were searched to identify eligible studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods. Using elements of narrative synthesis, engagement strategies, and reported facilitators and barriers were identified, tabulated and analysed thematically for each of the three groups of older people...
April 21, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431490/new-challenges-in-therapeutic-vaccines-against-hiv-infection
#6
Lorna Leal, Constanza Lucero, Josep M Gatell, Teresa Gallart, Montserrat Plana, Felipe García
There is a growing interest in developing curative strategies for HIV infection. Therapeutic vaccines are one of the most promising approaches. We will review the current knowledge and the new challenges in this research field. Areas covered: PubMed and ClinicalTrial.gov databases were searched to review the progress and prospects for clinical development of immunotherapies aimed to cure HIV infection. Dendritic cells (DC)-based vaccines have yielded the best results in the field. However, major immune-virologic barriers may hamper current vaccine strategies...
April 21, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431424/sleep-disordered-breathing-postoperative-delirium-and-cognitive-impairment
#7
Enoch W K Lam, Frances Chung, Jean Wong
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is highly prevalent in the general population and has been associated with cognitive impairment in older individuals. Delirium is an acute decline in cognitive function and attention that often occurs after surgery, especially in older individuals. Several recent studies suggest an association between SDB and postoperative delirium. The aim of this systematic review is to examine the current literature on SDB, postoperative delirium, and cognitive impairment and to discuss the pathophysiology and perioperative considerations...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431368/correlates-of-perceived-stigma-for-people-living-with-epilepsy-a-meta-analysis
#8
REVIEW
Ying Shi, Shouqi Wang, Jie Ying, Meiling Zhang, Pengcheng Liu, Huanhuan Zhang, Jiao Sun
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy, one of the most common, serious chronic neurological diseases, is accompanied by different levels of perceived stigma that affects people in almost all age groups. This stigma can negatively impact the physical and mental health of people living with epilepsy (PLWE). Good knowledge of perceived stigma for PLWE is important. In this study, we conducted a meta-analysis to identify the correlates of perceived stigma for PLWE. METHODS: Studies on factors associated with perceived stigma for PLWE, including sociodemographic, psychosocial, and disease-related variables, were searched in PubMed, PsychINFO, EMBASE, and Web of Science...
April 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431008/diabetes-mellitus-as-the-major-risk-factor-for-mucormycosis-in-mexico-epidemiology-diagnosis-and-outcomes-of-reported-cases
#9
Dora E Corzo-León, Luis D Chora-Hernández, Ana P Rodríguez-Zulueta, Thomas J Walsh
Mucormycosis is an emerging infectious disease with high rates of associated mortality and morbidity. Little is known about the characteristics of mucormycosis or entomophthoromycosis occurring in Mexico. A search strategy was performed of literature published in journals found in available databases and theses published online at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) library website reporting clinical cases or clinical case series of mucormycosis and entomophthoromycosis occurring in Mexico between 1982 and 2016...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430624/photosensitizers-in-prostate-cancer-therapy
#10
REVIEW
Taher Gheewala, Troy Skwor, Gnanasekar Munirathinam
The search for new therapeutics for the treatment of prostate cancer is ongoing with a focus on the balance between the harms and benefits of treatment. New therapies are being constantly developed to offer treatments similar to radical therapies, with limited side effects. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising strategy in delivering focal treatment in primary as well as post radiotherapy prostate cancer. PDT involves activation of a photosensitizer (PS) by appropriate wavelength of light, generating transient levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
February 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430267/3d-cost-aggregation-with-multiple-minimum-spanning-trees-for-stereo-matching
#11
Lincheng Li, Xin Yu, Shunli Zhang, Xiaolin Zhao, Li Zhang
Cost aggregation is one of the key steps in the stereo matching problem. In order to improve aggregation accuracy, we propose a cost-aggregation method that can embed minimum spanning tree (MST)-based support region filtering into PatchMatch 3D label search rather than aggregating on fixed size patches. However, directly combining PatchMatch label search and MST filtering is not straightforward, due to the extremely high complexity. Thus, we develop multiple MST structures for cost aggregation on plenty of 3D labels, and design the tree-level random search strategy to find possible 3D labels of each pixel...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429327/large-scale-cultivation-of-euglena
#12
Kengo Suzuki
From the middle of the twentieth century, microalgae have been exploited as a candidate biomass source of food and other products. One such candidate source is the fast-proliferating microalga Euglena gracilis. The commercial cultivation of E. gracilis began in 2007, after the success of its outdoor mass cultivation and improvement of the harvesting and drying methods suitable for Euglena cells. The commercialization of Euglena production is based on the strategy of "5Fs of Biomass," which refers to the development and production of commercial products including food, fiber, feed, fertilizer, and fuel from biomass...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429241/pharmacological-approaches-to-the-management-of-secondary-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
A Nandoskar, J Raffel, A S Scalfari, T Friede, R S Nicholas
It is well recognised that the majority of the impact of multiple sclerosis (MS), both personal and societal, arises in the progressive phase where disability accumulates inexorably. As such, progressive MS (PMS) has been the target of pharmacological therapies for many years. However, there are no current licensed treatments for PMS. This stands in marked contrast to relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) where trials have resulted in numerous licensed therapies. PMS has proven to be a more difficult challenge compared to RRMS and this review focuses on secondary progressive MS (SPMS), where relapses occur before the onset of gradual, irreversible disability, and not primary progressive MS where disability accumulation occurs without prior relapses...
April 20, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429134/systematic-review-of-quality-of-life-and-functional-outcomes-in-randomized-placebo-controlled-studies-of-medications-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#14
REVIEW
David R Coghill, Tobias Banaschewski, César Soutullo, Matthew G Cottingham, Alessandro Zuddas
Children, adolescents and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience functional impairment and poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in addition to symptoms of inattention/hyperactivity-impulsivity. To synthesize qualitatively the published evidence from randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy on functional impairment or HRQoL in patients with ADHD, a systematic PubMed searching and screening strategy was designed to identify journal articles meeting pre-specified criteria...
April 20, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428891/dietary-inclusion-effects-of-phytochemicals-as-growth-promoters-in-animal-production
#15
REVIEW
Nidia Vanessa Valenzuela-Grijalva, Araceli Pinelli-Saavedra, Adriana Muhlia-Almazan, David Domínguez-Díaz, Humberto González-Ríos
Growth promoters have been widely used as a strategy to improve productivity, and great benefits have been observed throughout the meat production chain. However, the prohibition of growth promoters in several countries, as well as consumer rejection, has led industry and the academy to search for alternatives. For decades, the inclusion of phytochemicals in animal feed has been proposed as a replacement for traditional growth promoters. However, there are many concerns about the application of phytochemicals and their impact on the various links in the meat production chain (productive performance, carcass and meat quality)...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428857/how-repeatable-is-the-environmental-impact-classification-of-alien-taxa-eicat-comparing-independent-global-impact-assessments-of-amphibians
#16
Sabrina Kumschick, G John Measey, Giovanni Vimercati, F Andre de Villiers, Mohlamatsane M Mokhatla, Sarah J Davies, Corey J Thorp, Alexander D Rebelo, Tim M Blackburn, Fred Kraus
The magnitude of impacts some alien species cause to native environments makes them targets for regulation and management. However, which species to target is not always clear, and comparisons of a wide variety of impacts are necessary. Impact scoring systems can aid management prioritization of alien species. For such tools to be objective, they need to be robust to assessor bias. Here, we assess the newly proposed Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT) used for amphibians and test how outcomes differ between assessors...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428723/what-is-the-quantitative-risk-of-gastric-cancer-in-the-first-degree-relatives-of-patients-a-meta-analysis
#17
Mohammad Yaghoobi, Julia McNabb-Baltar, Raheleh Bijarchi, Richard H Hunt
AIM: To quantify the risk of gastric cancer in first-degree relatives of patients with the cancer. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was performed. Case-control trials comparing the frequency of a positive family history of gastric cancer in patients with gastric cancer, vs non-gastric cancer controls were retrieved. Studies with missed or non-extractable data, studies in children, abstracts, and duplicate publications were excluded. A meta-analysis of pooled odd ratios was performed using Review Manager 5...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428554/network-assisted-analysis-of-gwas-data-identifies-a-functionally-relevant-gene-module-for-childhood-onset-asthma
#18
Y Liu, M Brossard, C Sarnowski, A Vaysse, M Moffatt, P Margaritte-Jeannin, F Llinares-López, M H Dizier, M Lathrop, W Cookson, E Bouzigon, F Demenais
The number of genetic factors associated with asthma remains limited. To identify new genes with an undetected individual effect but collectively influencing asthma risk, we conducted a network-assisted analysis that integrates outcomes of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and protein-protein interaction networks. We used two GWAS datasets, each consisting of the results of a meta-analysis of nine childhood-onset asthma GWASs (5,924 and 6,043 subjects, respectively). We developed a novel method to compute gene-level P-values (fastCGP), and proposed a parallel dense-module search and cross-selection strategy to identify an asthma-associated gene module...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428437/bet-2-striking-the-right-balance-anticoagulation-and-isolated-distal-deep-vein-thrombosis
#19
Tom Jones, Dan Horner
A short-cut review was carried out to establish whether treatment of isolated distal deep vein thrombosis with therapeutic anticoagulation can reduce adverse clinical outcomes. A meta-analysis from 2011 and 11 subsequent directly relevant papers were found using the reported search strategy. Of these, 7 in total presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428435/bet-1-a-glass-half-full-thrombolysis-for-the-treatment-of-submassive-pulmonary-embolism
#20
Liam Barrett, Dan Horner
A short-cut review was carried out to establish whether thrombolysis in addition to therapeutic anticoagulation could be of benefit in submassive (intermediate risk) pulmonary embolism (PE). 64 directly relevant papers were found using the reported search strategy. Of these, three presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these best papers are tabulated. It is concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support the routine use of adjuvant thrombolytic therapy at any dose for patients with submassive PE...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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