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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920720/validation-of-online-versions-of-tinnitus-questionnaires-translated-into-swedish
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Karolina Müller, Niklas K Edvall, Esma Idrizbegovic, Robert Huhn, Rilana Cima, Viktor Persson, Constanze Leineweber, Hugo Westerlund, Berthold Langguth, Winfried Schlee, Barbara Canlon, Christopher R Cederroth
Background: Due to the lack of objective measures for assessing tinnitus, its clinical evaluation largely relies on the use of questionnaires and psychoacoustic tests. A global assessment of tinnitus burden would largely benefit from holistic approaches that not only incorporate measures of tinnitus but also take into account associated fears, emotional aspects (stress, anxiety, and depression), and quality of life. In Sweden, only a few instruments are available for assessing tinnitus, and the existing tools lack validation...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914309/unique-approach-to-sensorimotor-training-with-a-new-device-combining-air-cushion-with-stochastic-translations-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Christian Mittermaier, Maximilian Schindler, Benjamin Loader, Thomas Waldhoer, Clemens Ambrozy, Richard Crevenna, Karin Pieber
Sensorimotor training with a wide variety of available devices represents an important component in rehabilitation and prevention of different sports injuries and chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a sensorimotor training with a newly developed device, which consists of an instable platform moving on an air cushion, providing dynamic balance training by tilting and unanticipated stochastic translations on postural control. Seventy-two healthy young subjects were included in this prospective, randomized, controlled, and observer-blinded study...
November 25, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909014/sodium-4-phenylbutyrate-attenuates-myocardial-reperfusion-injury-by-reducing-the-unfolded-protein-response
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Osamu Takatori, Soichiro Usui, Masaki Okajima, Shuichi Kaneko, Hiroshi Ootsuji, Shin-Ichiro Takashima, Daisuke Kobayashi, Hisayoshi Murai, Hiroshi Furusho, Masayuki Takamura
BACKGROUND: The unfolded protein response (UPR) plays a pivotal role in ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in various organs such as heart, brain, and liver. Sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (PBA) reportedly acts as a chemical chaperone that reduces UPR. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of PBA on reducing the UPR and protecting against myocardial I/R injury in mice. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to 30-minute myocardial I/R, and were treated with phosphate-buffered saline (as a vehicle) or PBA...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897967/an-observational-study-of-donor-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-in-uk-lung-transplantation-develop-uk
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Andrew Fisher, Anders Andreasson, Alexandros Chrysos, Joanne Lally, Chrysovalanto Mamasoula, Catherine Exley, Jennifer Wilkinson, Jessica Qian, Gillian Watson, Oli Lewington, Thomas Chadwick, Elaine McColl, Mark Pearce, Kay Mann, Nicola McMeekin, Luke Vale, Steven Tsui, Nizar Yonan, Andre Simon, Nandor Marczin, Jorge Mascaro, John Dark
BACKGROUND: Many patients awaiting lung transplantation die before a donor organ becomes available. Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) allows initially unusable donor lungs to be assessed and reconditioned for clinical use. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the Donor Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion in UK lung transplantation study was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of EVLP in increasing UK lung transplant activity. DESIGN: A multicentre, unblinded, non-randomised, non-inferiority observational study to compare transplant outcomes between EVLP-assessed and standard donor lungs...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896673/the-clinical-safety-biodistribution-and-internal-radiation-dosimetry-of-18-f-ah113804-in-healthy-adult-volunteers
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E J Somer, R Owenius, A Wall, G Antoni, A Thibblin, J Sörensen
BACKGROUND: Quantitative biodistribution, venous blood and excretion data have been obtained following the intravenous bolus injection of AH113804 ((18)F) Injection in six healthy volunteers (HVs), four males and two females, up to approximately 5 h post-injection. For each subject, key organs and tissues were delineated and analytical fits were made to the image data as functions of time to yield the normalised cumulated activities. These were input to an internal radiation dosimetry calculation based upon the Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) schema for the Cristy-Eckerman adult male or female phantom...
December 2016: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891164/a-low-carbohydrate-high-fat-diet-decreases-lean-mass-and-impairs-cardiac-function-in-pair-fed-female-c57bl-6j-mice
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Jessica Nilsson, Madelene Ericsson, Masoumeh Motamedi Joibari, Fredrick Anderson, Leif Carlsson, Stefan K Nilsson, Anna Sjödin, Jonas Burén
BACKGROUND: Excess body fat is a major health issue and a risk factor for the development of numerous chronic diseases. Low-carbohydrate diets like the Atkins Diet are popular for rapid weight loss, but the long-term consequences remain the subject of debate. The Scandinavian low-carbohydrate high-fat (LCHF) diet, which has been popular in Scandinavian countries for about a decade, has very low carbohydrate content (~5 E %) but is rich in fat and includes a high proportion of saturated fatty acids...
2016: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890471/rationale-and-study-design-of-motion-a-phase-4-prospective-single-arm-open-label-study-to-measure-outcomes-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-not-on-active-treatment
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Stephen C Mathai, Omar Minai, Sean D Sullivan, Debra Lerner, Deborah Levine
In clinical trials of treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), objective measures, such as 6-min walking distance (6MWD) are limited in their ability to characterize the impact of PAH therapy from a patient's perspective. Few clinical studies have evaluated the primary effects of pharmacologic treatment on patient-reported outcomes, such as symptoms, health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and productivity. MOTION (NCT02191137) is a prospective, multicenter, single-arm, open-label, phase 4 trial designed to assess whether riociguat monotherapy will improve patient-reported outcomes in patients with PAH in the United States who are not currently on treatment...
November 2, 2016: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890015/the-involvement-of-regulatory-non-coding-rnas-in-sepsis-a-systematic-review
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Jeffery Ho, Hung Chan, Sunny H Wong, Maggie H T Wang, Jun Yu, Zhangang Xiao, Xiaodong Liu, Gordon Choi, Czarina C H Leung, Wai T Wong, Zheng Li, Tony Gin, Matthew T V Chan, William K K Wu
BACKGROUND: Sepsis coincides with altered gene expression in different tissues. Accumulating evidence has suggested that microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs, and circular RNAs are important molecules involved in the crosstalk with various pathways pertinent to innate immunity, mitochondrial functions, and apoptosis. METHODS: We searched articles indexed in PubMed (MEDLINE), EMBASE and Europe PubMed Central databases using the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) or Title/Abstract words ("microRNA", "long non-coding RNA", "circular RNA", "sepsis" and/or "septic shock") from inception to Sep 2016...
November 28, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886523/two-years-follow-up-of-270-patients-treated-by-transvaginal-mesh-for-anterior-and-or-apical-prolapse
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Florence Hugele, Laure Panel, Camille Farache, Amgad Kashef, Arnaud Cornille, Christophe Courtieu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the 1 and 2 years outcomes of transvaginal single incision mesh surgery (SIMS) for anterior pelvic organ prolapse (POP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a prospective study including all patients from November 2008 to December 2012 who underwent SIMS for symptomatic anterior prolapse stage≥2, according to the POP Quantification (POP-Q). Symptoms and quality of life were assessed using validated questionnaires: Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI-20), Pelvic Floor Impact questionnaire (PFIQ-7), and Prolapse/Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12)...
November 11, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874996/patients-self-perceived-burden-caregivers-burden-and-quality-of-life-for-als-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Dan Geng, RuWei Ou, XiaoHui Miao, LiHong Zhao, QianQian Wei, XuePing Chen, Yan Liang, HuiFang Shang, Rong Yang
OBJECTIVES: This study surveys the quality of life (QOL) of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and the factors associated with ALS patients' self-perceived burden (SPB) and their caregivers' burden. BACKGROUND: Burdens of patients with ALS and their caregivers in Chinese population are largely unknown. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 81 pairs of ALS patients and their caregivers. METHODS: ALS patients' SPB and caregivers' burden were assessed by the Self-Perceived Burden Scale (SPBS) and Zarit-Burden Interview (ZBI), respectively...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873229/subclinical-kidney-damage-in-hypertensive-patients-a-renal-window-opened-on-the-cardiovascular-system-focus-on-microalbuminuria
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Giuseppe Mulè, Antonella Castiglia, Claudia Cusumano, Emilia Scaduto, Giulio Geraci, Dario Altieri, Epifanio Di Natale, Onofrio Cacciatore, Giovanni Cerasola, Santina Cottone
The kidney is one of the major target organs of hypertension.Kidney damage represents a frequent event in the course of hypertension and arterial hypertension is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal disease (ESRD).ESRD has long been recognized as a strong predictor of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. However, over the past 20 years a large and consistent body of evidence has been produced suggesting that CV risk progressively increases as the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) declines and is already significantly elevated even in the earliest stages of renal damage...
November 22, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873227/the-relationship-between-aortic-root-size-and-hypertension-an-unsolved-conundrum
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Giuseppe Mulè, Emilio Nardi, Massimiliano Morreale, Antonella Castiglia, Giulio Geraci, Dario Altieri, Valentina Cacciatore, Margherita Schillaci, Francesco Vaccaro, Santina Cottone
Thoracic aortic aneurysms rupture and dissection are among the most devastating vascular diseases, being characterized by elevated mortality, despite improvements in diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques.An increased aortic root diameter (ARD) represents the main risk factor for thoracic aortic dissection and rupture and for aortic valve regurgitation.Even though arterial hypertension is commonly regarded as a predisposing condition for the development of thoracic aorta aneurysms, the role of blood pressure (BP) as determinant of aortic root enlargement is still controversial...
November 22, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862767/dynamics-of-cerebral-blood-flow-in-patients-with-mild-non-ischaemic-heart-failure
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Christian D Erkelens, Haye H van der Wal, Bauke M de Jong, Jan-Willem Elting, Remco Renken, Marleen Gerritsen, Peter Jan van Laar, Vincent M van Deursen, Peter van der Meer, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Adriaan A Voors, Gert-Jan Luijckx
AIMS: Heart failure (HF) is associated with tissue hypoperfusion and congestion leading to organ dysfunction. Although cerebral blood flow (CBF) is preserved over a wide range of perfusion pressures in healthy subjects, it is impaired in end-stage HF. We aimed to compare CBF, autoregulation, and cognitive function in patients with mild non-ischaemic HF with healthy controls. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifteen patients with mild idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and 15 matched healthy controls were studied...
November 14, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861315/brincidofovir-is-not-a-substrate-for-the-human-organic-anion-transporter-1-oat1-a-mechanistic-explanation-for-the-lack-of-nephrotoxicity-observed-in-clinical-studies
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Timothy K Tippin, Marion E Morrison, Thomas M Brundage, Hervé Momméja-Marin
BACKGROUND: Brincidofovir (BCV) is an orally bioavailable lipid conjugate of cidofovir with increased in vitro potency relative to cidofovir against all five families of double-stranded DNA viruses that cause human disease. Following intravenous (IV) administration of cidofovir, the organic anion transporter 1 (OAT1) transports cidofovir from the blood into the renal proximal tubule epithelial cells with resulting dose-limiting nephrotoxicity. OBJECTIVE: To study whether OAT1 transports BCV and to evaluate the pharmacokinetic and renal safety profile of oral BCV compared with IV cidofovir...
November 16, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851688/brincidofovir-is-not-a-substrate-for-the-human-organic-anion-transporter-1-a-mechanistic-explanation-for-the-lack-of-nephrotoxicity-observed-in-clinical-studies
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Timothy K Tippin, Marion E Morrison, Thomas M Brundage, Hervé Momméja-Marin
BACKGROUND: Brincidofovir (BCV) is an orally bioavailable lipid conjugate of cidofovir (CDV) with increased in vitro potency relative to CDV against all 5 families of double-stranded DNA viruses that cause human disease. After intravenous (IV) administration of CDV, the organic anion transporter 1 (OAT1) transports CDV from the blood into the renal proximal tubule epithelial cells with resulting dose-limiting nephrotoxicity. OBJECTIVE: To study whether OAT1 transports BCV and to evaluate the pharmacokinetic and renal safety profile of oral BCV compared with IV CDV...
December 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847433/the-effects-of-paeoniflorin-injection-on-soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-1-strem-1-levels-in-severe-septic-rats
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Xiao-Rong Liu, Jie Xu, Yi-Min Wang, Ming-Suo Ji, Fu-Shan Liu
Paeoniflorin (PAE) is the most abundant compound in Xuebijing injection widely used to treat sepsis. We aimed to investigate effect of PAE on expression of soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (sTREM-1) in a rat model of sepsis. Wistar rats were divided into Normal, Model, and PAE groups (n=20 each). Endotoxin was administrated at 5 mg/ml/kg in Model and PAE rats to establish rat sepsis model. 1 h after endotoxin administration, PAE was administrated at 4 ml/kg in PAE group once per day for 3 days...
November 2016: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843053/prehypertension-is-associated-with-early-complications-of-atherosclerosis-but-not-with-exercise-capacity
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Mi-Hyang Jung, Sang-Hyun Ihm, Dong-Hyeon Lee, Woo-Baek Chung, Hae Ok Jung, Ho-Joong Youn
BACKGROUND: Prehypertension has a high risk of progression to hypertension, and intensive lifestyle modification including regular exercise is recommended for the management of prehypertensive individuals. However, data on the association between exercise capacity and hypertension status are limited. Therefore, we aimed 1) to define the characteristics of prehypertension, focusing on metabolic aspects and exercise capacity, and 2) to elucidate determinants of exercise capacity in healthy individuals without hypertension...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842540/the-impact-of-low-frequency-low-force-cyclic-stretching-of-human-bronchi-on-airway-responsiveness
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Morgan Le Guen, Stanislas Grassin-Delyle, Emmanuel Naline, Amparo Buenestado, Marion Brollo, Elisabeth Longchampt, Philippe Kleinmann, Philippe Devillier, Christophe Faisy
BACKGROUND: In vivo, the airways are constantly subjected to oscillatory strain (due to tidal breathing during spontaneous respiration) and (in the event of mechanical ventilation) positive pressure. This exposure is especially problematic for the cartilage-free bronchial tree. The effects of cyclic stretching (other than high-force stretching) have not been extensively characterized. Hence, the objective of the present study was to investigate the functional and transcriptional response of human bronchi to repetitive mechanical stress caused by low-frequency, low-force cyclic stretching...
November 14, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825987/safety-assessment-of-bacillus-subtilis-cu1-for-use-as-a-probiotic-in-humans
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Marie Lefevre, Silvia M Racedo, Muriel Denayrolles, Gabrielle Ripert, Thomas Desfougères, Alexandra R Lobach, Ryan Simon, Fanny Pélerin, Peter Jüsten, Maria C Urdaci
Bacillus subtilis CU1 is a recently described probiotic strain with beneficial effects on immune health in elderly subjects. The following work describes a series of studies supporting the safety of the strain for use as an ingredient in food and supplement preparations. Using a combination of 16S rDNA and gyrB nucleotide analyses, the species was identified as a member of the Bacillus subtilis complex (B. subtilis subsp. spizizenii). Further characterization of the organism at the strain level was achieved using random amplified polymorphic DNA polymerase chain reaction (RAPD PCR) and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analyses...
November 5, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822524/from-sample-to-multi-omics-conclusions-in-under-48-hours
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Robert A Quinn, Jose A Navas-Molina, Embriette R Hyde, Se Jin Song, Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, Greg Humphrey, James Gaffney, Jeremiah J Minich, Alexey V Melnik, Jakob Herschend, Jeff DeReus, Austin Durant, Rachel J Dutton, Mahdieh Khosroheidari, Clifford Green, Ricardo da Silva, Pieter C Dorrestein, Rob Knight
Multi-omics methods have greatly advanced our understanding of the biological organism and its microbial associates. However, they are not routinely used in clinical or industrial applications, due to the length of time required to generate and analyze omics data. Here, we applied a novel integrated omics pipeline for the analysis of human and environmental samples in under 48 h. Human subjects that ferment their own foods provided swab samples from skin, feces, oral cavity, fermented foods, and household surfaces to assess the impact of home food fermentation on their microbial and chemical ecology...
March 2016: MSystems
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