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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337386/long-term-clinical-outcomes-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-concomitant-coronary-artery-disease
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Marco Spartera, Cosmo Godino, Elena Baldissera, Corrado Campochiaro, Ketty La Spina, Patrizia Aiello, Anna Salerno, Michela Cera, Valeria Magni, Richard J Jabbour, Lorenzo Dagna, Moreno Tresoldi, Alberto Cappelletti, Ottavio Alfieri, Antonio Colombo, Maria Grazia Sabbadini, Alberto Margonato
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with high morbidity and mortality predominately due to increased cardiovascular risk. Few reports are available regarding the management of coronary artery disease (CAD) in RA patients and the long-term clinical outcomes after coronary revascularization. METHODS AND RESULTS: All consecutive patients with RA were identified by retrospective review at a rheumatology tertiary center in Milan, Italy between 2001 and 2013...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300948/superwellness-program-a-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-based-group-intervention-to-reduce-weight-gain-in-patients-treated-with-antipsychotic-drugs
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Laura R Magni, Clarissa Ferrari, Giuseppe Rossi, Elena Staffieri, Aldo Uberti, Dario Lamonaca, Ileana Boggian, Silvia Merlin, Giuseppe Primerano, Alessandra Mombrini, Roberto Poli, Francesco M Saviotti, Maria T Caldera, Luciana Zanotti, Roberta Rossi
Objective: To assess the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy-based intervention (Superwellness Program) on weight gain compared with a treatment-as-usual (TAU) approach in patients treated with antipsychotics, and to evaluate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) variation and clinical variables. Method: Eighty-five patients treated with antipsychotics were allocated across two groups, experimental (n=59) and control (n=26). The Superwellness Program (experimental group) consisted of 32 twice-weekly 1-hour sessions, conducted by a psychologist and a nutritionist/nurse, concurrently with moderate food intake and moderate physical activity plans...
March 13, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285553/carbon-nanopowder-acts-as-a-trojan-horse-for-benzo-%C3%AE-pyrene-in-danio-rerio-embryos
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A Binelli, L Del Giacco, N Santo, L Bini, S Magni, M Parolini, L Madaschi, A Ghilardi, D Maggioni, M Ascagni, A Armini, L Prosperi, C Landi, C La Porta, C Della Torre
Carbon-based nanoparticles are largely distributed worldwide due to fossil fuel combustion and their presence in many consumer products. In addition to their proven toxicological effects in several biological models, attention in recent years has focused on the role played by carbon-based nanoparticles as Trojan-horse carriers for adsorbed environmental pollutants. This role has not been conclusively determined to date because carbon-based nanoparticles can decrease the bioavailability of contaminants or represent an additional source of intake...
March 13, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242718/enterococcus-faecalis-uses-a-pts-permease-and-a-host-colonization-related-abc-transporter-for-maltodextrin-uptake
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Nicolas Sauvageot, Abdelhamid Mokhtari, Philippe Joyet, Aurélie Budin-Verneuil, Víctor S Blancato, Guillermo D Repizo, Céline Henry, Andreas Pikis, John Thompson, Christian Magni, Axel Hartke, Josef Deutscher
Maltodextrin is a mixture of maltooligosaccharides, which are produced by the degradation of starch or glycogen. They are mostly composed of α-1,4- and some α-1,6- linked glucose residues. Genes presumed to code for the Enterococcus faecalis maltodextrin transporter were induced during enterococcal infection. We therefore carried out a detailed study of maltodextrin transport in this organism. Depending on their length (3 to 7 glucose residues), E. faecalis takes up maltodextrins either via MalT, a maltose-specific permease of the phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP):carbohydrate phosphotransferase system (PTS), or the ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter MdxEFG/MsmX...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228972/emergency-preparedness-and-management-at-the-university-of-l-aquila-central-italy-and-the-role-of-students-associations-in-the-april-6th-2009-earthquake
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Michele Magni, Rita Fraboni, Fausto Marincioni
INTRODUCTION: On April 6th 2009 an earthquake of Mw=6.3 hit the historical downtown of L'Aquila and its hinterland causing more than 300 fatalities and severe damage to private and public buildings. At the time, the University of L'Aquila represented a major source of employment and income for the city. The earthquake impacted both the facilities and the administrative, financial and patrimonial activities of the university, bringing into the open the tendency - widespread in Italy - to rely on adaptive tactics rather than on strategic pre-disaster plans...
January 12, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216246/effect-of-kras-and-braf-mutations-on-survival-of-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-after-liver-resection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Federica Tosi, Elena Magni, Alessio Amatu, Gianluca Mauri, Katia Bencardino, Mauro Truini, Silvio Veronese, Luciano De Carlis, Giovanni Ferrari, Michele Nichelatti, Andrea Sartore-Bianchi, Salvatore Siena
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether the mutational status of Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) or b-viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) could be an independent prognostic factor in the subset of patients with colorectal cancer liver metastases (CRLM) who undergo complete liver resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed to identify articles reporting relapse-free survival (RFS) and/or overall survival (OS) of patients who underwent complete liver resection for CRLM, stratified according to KRAS and BRAF mutational status...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209893/localized-aliphatic-organic-material-on-the-surface-of-ceres
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M C De Sanctis, E Ammannito, H Y McSween, A Raponi, S Marchi, F Capaccioni, M T Capria, F G Carrozzo, M Ciarniello, S Fonte, M Formisano, A Frigeri, M Giardino, A Longobardo, G Magni, L A McFadden, E Palomba, C M Pieters, F Tosi, F Zambon, C A Raymond, C T Russell
Organic compounds occur in some chondritic meteorites, and their signatures on solar system bodies have been sought for decades. Spectral signatures of organics have not been unambiguously identified on the surfaces of asteroids, whereas they have been detected on cometary nuclei. Data returned by the Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer on board the Dawn spacecraft show a clear detection of an organic absorption feature at 3.4 micrometers on dwarf planet Ceres. This signature is characteristic of aliphatic organic matter and is mainly localized on a broad region of ~1000 square kilometers close to the ~50-kilometer Ernutet crater...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209096/increased-oxidative-stress-alters-nucleosides-metabolite-levels-in-sickle-cell-anemia
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Lívia Gelain Castilhos, Juliana Sorraila de Oliveira, Stephen Adeniyi Adefegha, Luana Pereira Magni, Pedro Henrique Doleski, Fatima Husein Abdalla, Cínthia Melazzo de Andrade, Daniela Bitencourt Rosa Leal
OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to assess the markers of oxidative stress, myeloperoxidase (MPO), acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and xanthine oxidase (XO) activities as well as the levels of nucleotide metabolites in sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients. METHODS: Fifteen SCA treated patients and 30 health subjects (control group) were selected. The markers of oxidative stress (levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), plasma proteins, carbonyl content, lipid peroxidation (TBARS), total thiols (T-SH), glutathione and catalase activity), MPO, AChE and XO activities as well as the levels of nucleotide metabolites were measured in SCA patients...
February 16, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185542/analysis-of-amplicon-based-ngs-data-from-neurological-disease-gene-panels-a-new-method-for-allele-drop-out-management
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Susanna Zucca, Margherita Villaraggia, Stella Gagliardi, Gaetano Salvatore Grieco, Marialuisa Valente, Cristina Cereda, Paolo Magni
BACKGROUND: Amplicon-based targeted resequencing is a commonly adopted solution for next-generation sequencing applications focused on specific genomic regions. The reliability of such approaches rests on the high specificity and deep coverage, although sequencing artifacts attributable to PCR-like amplification can be encountered. Between these artifacts, allele drop-out, which is the preferential amplification of one allele, causes an artificial increase in homozygosity when heterozygous mutations fall on a primer pairing region...
November 8, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162781/intra-articular-corticosteroids-versus-intra-articular-corticosteroids-plus-methotrexate-in-oligoarticular-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-multicentre-prospective-randomised-open-label-trial
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Angelo Ravelli, Sergio Davì, Giulia Bracciolini, Angela Pistorio, Alessandro Consolaro, Evert Hendrik Pieter van Dijkhuizen, Bianca Lattanzi, Giovanni Filocamo, Sara Verazza, Valeria Gerloni, Maurizio Gattinara, Irene Pontikaki, Antonella Insalaco, Fabrizio De Benedetti, Adele Civino, Giuseppe Presta, Luciana Breda, Valentina Marzetti, Serena Pastore, Silvia Magni-Manzoni, Maria Cristina Maggio, Franco Garofalo, Donato Rigante, Marco Gattorno, Clara Malattia, Paolo Picco, Stefania Viola, Stefano Lanni, Nicolino Ruperto, Alberto Martini
BACKGROUND: Little evidence-based information is available to guide the treatment of oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. We aimed to investigate whether oral methotrexate increases the efficacy of intra-articular corticosteroid therapy. METHODS: We did this prospective, open-label, randomised trial at ten hospitals in Italy. Using a concealed computer-generated list, children younger than 18 years with oligoarticular-onset disease were randomly assigned (1:1) to intra-articular corticosteroids alone or in combination with oral methotrexate (15 mg/m(2); maximum 20 mg)...
February 2, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154787/survivors-solidarity-and-attachment-in-the-immediate-aftermath-of-the-typhoon-haiyan-philippines
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Andrea Bartolucci, Michele Magni
INTRODUCTION: Anti-social behavior and self-preservation are often assumed to be normal responses to threats and disasters; on the contrary, decades of research and empirical studies in social sciences showed that pro-social behaviors are frequently common and that solidarity is the typical response to a variety of threats. The main objective of this study is to investigate and describe survivors' behavior, especially solidarity, according to the presence of familiar persons and to the perception of physical danger, elaborating the framework of Mawson's social attachment theory...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149381/comparison-between-two-types-of-anaerobic-speed-endurance-training-in-competitive-soccer-players
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Magni Mohr, Peter Krustrup
The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of additional in-season speed endurance production versus speed endurance maintenance training regimes on performance in competitive male soccer players. In a randomised controlled trial 18 male sub-elite players were exposed to additional speed endurance production (SEP) or speed endurance maintenance (SEM) training (two additional sessions/wk for 4 weeks) during the competitive season. Players performed the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 2 test (YYIR2) and a repeated sprint test (RST) pre- and post-intervention...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148700/the-omeract-ultrasound-group-a-report-from-the-omeract-2016-meeting-and-perspectives
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Lene Terslev, Annamaria Iagnocco, George A W Bruyn, Esperanza Naredo, Jelena Vojinovic, Paz Collado, Nemanja Damjanov, Andrew Filer, Georgios Filippou, Stephanie Finzel, Frederique Gandjbakhch, Kei Ikeda, Helen I Keen, Marion C Kortekaas, Silvia Magni-Manzoni, Sarah Ohrndorf, Carlos Pineda, Viviana Ravagnani, Bethan Richards, Ilfita Sahbudin, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Heidi J Siddle, Maria S Stoenoiu, Marcin Szkudlarek, Nikolay Tzaribachev, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino
OBJECTIVE: To provide an update from the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Ultrasound Working Group on the progress for defining ultrasound (US) minimal disease activity threshold at joint level in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and for standardization of US application in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). METHODS: For minimal disease activity, healthy controls (HC) and patients with early arthritis (EA) who were naive to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs were recruited from 2 centers...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142298/palm-oil-and-human-health-meeting-report-of-nfi-nutrition-foundation-of-italy-symposium
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Franca Marangoni, Claudio Galli, Andrea Ghiselli, Giovanni Lercker, Carlo La Vecchia, Claudio Maffeis, Carlo Agostoni, Donatella Ballardini, Ovidio Brignoli, Pompilio Faggiano, Rosalba Giacco, Claudio Macca, Paolo Magni, Giuseppe Marelli, Walter Marrocco, Vito Leonardo Miniello, Gian Francesco Mureddu, Nicoletta Pellegrini, Roberto Stella, Ersilia Troiano, Elvira Verduci, Roberto Volpe, Andrea Poli
The use of palm oil by the food industry is increasingly criticized, especially in Italy, for its purported negative effects on human health and environment. This paper summarizes the conclusions of a Symposium on this topic, gathered by the Nutrition Foundation of Italy, among experts representing a number of Italian Medical and Nutritional Scientific Societies. Toxicological and environmental issues were not considered. Participants agreed that: no evidence does exist on the specific health effects of palm oil consumption as compared to other saturated fatty acids-rich fats; the stereospecific distribution of saturated fatty acids in the triacylglycerol molecule of palm oil limits their absorption rate and metabolic effects; in agreement with International guidelines, saturated fatty acids intake should be kept <10% of total energy, within a balanced diet; within these limits, no effect of palm oil consumption on human health (and specifically on CVD or cancer risk) can be foreseen...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124139/biomarkers-of-endothelial-activation-and-thrombosis-in-tunnel-construction-workers-exposed-to-airborne-contaminants
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Dag G Ellingsen, Ingebjørg Seljeflot, Yngvar Thomassen, Magny Thomassen, Berit Bakke, Bente Ulvestad
OBJECTIVES: The aims were to study biomarkers of systemic inflammation, platelet/endothelial activation and thrombosis in tunnel construction workers (TCW). METHODS: Biomarkers and blood fatty acids were measured in blood of 90 TCW and 50 referents before (baseline) and towards the end (follow-up) of a 12 days work period. They had been absent from work for 9 days at baseline. Air samples were collected by personal sampling. RESULTS: Personal thoracic air samples showed geometric mean (GM) particulate matter and α-quartz concentrations of 604 and 74 µg/m(3), respectively...
January 25, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105744/multiclass-hcv-resistance-to-direct-acting-antiviral-failure-in-real-life-patients-advocates-for-tailored-second-line-therapies
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Velia C Di Maio, Valeria Cento, Ilaria Lenci, Marianna Aragri, Piera Rossi, Silvia Barbaliscia, Michela Melis, Gabriella Verucchi, Carlo F Magni, Elisabetta Teti, Ada Bertoli, FrancescoPaolo Antonucci, Maria C Bellocchi, Valeria Micheli, Chiara Masetti, Simona Landonio, Simona Francioso, Francesco Santopaolo, Adriano M Pellicelli, Vincenza Calvaruso, Laura Gianserra, Massimo Siciliano, Dante Romagnoli, Raffaele Cozzolongo, Antonio Grieco, Jacopo Vecchiet, Filomena Morisco, Manuela Merli, Giuseppina Brancaccio, Antonio Di Biagio, Elisabetta Loggi, Claudio M Mastroianni, Valeria Pace Palitti, Pierluigi Tarquini, Massimo Puoti, Gloria Taliani, Loredana Sarmati, Antonino Picciotto, Vincenzo Vullo, Nicola Caporaso, Maurizio Paoloni, Caterina Pasquazzi, Giuliano Rizzardini, Giustino Parruti, Antonio Craxì, Sergio Babudieri, Massimo Andreoni, Mario Angelico, Carlo F Perno, Francesca Ceccherini-Silberstein
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Despite the excellent efficacy of direct-acting antivirals (DAA) reported in clinical trials, virological failures can occur, often associated with the development of resistance-associated substitutions (RASs). This study aimed to characterize the presence of clinically relevant RASs to all classes in real-life DAA failures. METHODS: Of the 200 virological failures that were analyzed in 197 DAA-treated patients, 89 with pegylated-interferon+ribavirin (PegIFN+RBV) and 111 without (HCV-1a/1b/1g/2/3/4=58/83/1/6/24/25; 56...
January 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104306/midterm-and-one-year-outcome-of-amphilimus-polymer-free-drug-eluting-stent-in-patients-needing-short-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-insight-from-the-astute-registry-amphilimus-italian-multicenter-registry
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Cosmo Godino, Mauro Chiarito, Michael Donahue, Luca Testa, Riccardo Colantonio, Alberto Cappelletti, Alberto Monello, Valeria Magni, Diego Milazzo, Rosario Parisi, Annamaria Nicolino, Shahram Moshiri, Rossella Fattori, Gianfranco Aprigliano, Altin Palloshi, Giuseppe Caramanno, Matteo Montorfano, Francesco Bedogni, Carlo Briguori, Alberto Margonato, Antonio Colombo
BACKGROUND: To assess clinical outcomes of patients needing short dual antiplatelet therapy (S-DAPT) after PCI with Cre8 polymer-free amphilimus eluting-stent (AES). The Cre8-AES with pure i-Carbofilm coating was supposed to induce faster stent endothelialization and reduce device thrombogenicity. METHODS: We performed a sub-analysis of unrestricted consecutive patients treated with Cre8-AES between August 2011 and January 2015. Two groups were formed: 1) patients discharged with S-DAPT (≤3-month), because of high bleeding risk or attending urgent non-cardiac surgery; and 2) patients discharged with Recommended DAPT duration (R-DAPT; ≥6-month)...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092515/towards-a-run-to-run-adaptive-artificial-pancreas-in-silico-results
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Chiara Toffanin, Roberto Visentin, Mirko Messori, Federico Di Palma, Lalo Magni, Claudio Cobelli
Contemporary and future outpatient long-term artificial pancreas (AP) studies need to cope with the well-known large intra- and inter-day glucose variability occurring in type 1 diabetic (T1D) subjects. Here we propose an adaptive Model Predictive Control (MPC) strategy to account for it and test it in silico. METHODS: A Run-to-Run (R2R) approach adapts the subcutaneous basal insulin delivery during the night and the carbohydrate-to-insulin ratio (CR) during the day, based on some performance indices calculated from subcutaneous continuous glucose sensor data...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067533/frequent-coexistence-of-chronic-heart-failure-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-in-respiratory-and-cardiac-outpatients-evidence-from-suspirium-a-multicentre-italian-survey
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Raffaele Griffo, Antonio Spanevello, Pier Luigi Temporelli, Pompilio Faggiano, Mauro Carone, Giovanna Magni, Nicolino Ambrosino, Luigi Tavazzi
Background Chronic heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) frequently coexist but concurrent COPD + CHF has been little investigated. Design This multicentre survey (SUSPIRIUM) was designed to evaluate: the prevalence of COPD in stable CHF and CHF in stable COPD; diagnostic/therapeutic work-up for concurrent COPD + CHF; clinical profile of patients with COPD + CHF; predictors of COPD in CHF and CHF in COPD. Methods A 5-month-long cross-sectional prospective observational survey was conducted in 10 cardiac and 10 respiratory connected outpatient units...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009426/-christmas-balls-a-christmas-carol-by-the-adolescent-cancer-patients-of-the-milan-youth-project
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Andrea Ferrari, Stefano Signoroni, Matteo Silva, Paola Gaggiotti, Laura Veneroni, Chiara Magni, Michela Casanova, Stefano Chiaravalli, Mirko Capelletti, Pietro Lapidari, Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Maura Massimino
The Youth Project is a program developed at the Pediatric Oncology Unit at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, dedicated to adolescents and young adults with cancer. Among its various goals, the Youth Project organizes structured creative activities with the support of professionals, with the objective of offering young people a new way to express their hopes and fears. This article describes a project centered around music: patients created a Christmas carol with the help of musicians and authors. The adolescents explained with their own words the meaning of the lyrics, telling the story of a Christmas spent in a cancer hospital ward...
December 19, 2016: Tumori
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