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Zoraida Andreu, Renan Otta Oshiro, Alberto Redruello, Soraya López-Martín, Cristina Gutiérrez-Vázquez, Esperanza Morato, Ana Isabel Marina, Carlos Olivier Gómez, María Yáñez-Mó
Bladder cancer is the second most frequent malignancy of the urinary tract after prostate cancer. Current diagnostic techniques, such as cystoscopy and biopsies are highly invasive and accompanied of undesirable side effects. Moreover, there are no suitable biomarkers for relapse or progression prognosis. We analysed whether the specific composition of microRNAs (miRNAs) and proteins of extracellular vesicles (EVs) that urothelial tumor cells of bladder mucosa release into the urine, could reflect their pathologic condition...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kathy A Møen, Bernadette Kumar, Samera Qureshi, Esperanza Diaz
The prevalence of cervical cancer is high among some groups of immigrants. Although there is evidence of low participation in cervical cancer screening programs among immigrants, studies have been subject to selection bias and accounted for few immigrant groups. The aim of this study was to compare the proportion of several groups of immigrants versus nonimmigrants attending the cervical cancer-screening program in Norway. In addition, we aimed to study predictors for attendance to the screening program. Register-based study using merged data from four national registries...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Leticia Leon, Jose Ivorra-Cortes, Alejandro Gómez, Jose Ramon Lamas, Esperanza Pato, Juan Angel Jover, Lydia Abásolo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the mortality rate (MR) and the mortality risk of a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) inception cohort, with and without biologic agents (BAs). Other factors associated to mortality were also investigated. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal study of RA patients, attending the rheumatology outpatient clinic of a tertiary Hospital (Madrid), collected over 5 years (2000-2004), and followed from the diagnosis of RA up to the patients' death, lost to follow-up or September 2013...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Johannes Roth, Viviana Ravagnani, Marina Backhaus, Peter Balint, Alessandra Bruns, George A Bruyn, Paz Collado, Lorenia De la Cruz, Severine Guillaume-Czitrom, Troels Herlin, Cristina Hernandez, Annamaria Iagnocco, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Stefano Lanni, Vibke Lilleby, Clara Malattia, Silvia Magni-Manzoni, Consuelo Modesto, Ana Narrodi, Juan-Carlos Nieto, Sarah Ohrndorf, Linda Rossi, Anne-Marit Selvaag, Nanno Swen, Tracy Ting, Nikolay Tzaribachev, Patricia Vega-Fernandez, Jelena Vojinovic, Daniel Windschall, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino, Esperanza Naredo
Objectives Musculoskeletal ultrasonography (US) has the potential to be an important tool in the assessment of disease activity in childhood arthritides. To assess pathology, clear definitions for synovitis need to be developed first. The aim of this study was to develop and validate these definitions through an international consensus process. Methods The decision on which US techniques to use, the components to be included in the definitions as well as the final wording were developed by 31 ultrasound experts in a consensus process...
October 16, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
David Gómez-Almaguer, Edson René Marcos-Ramírez, Efreen Horacio Montaño-Figueroa, Guillermo J Ruiz-Argüelles, Carlos Roberto Best-Aguilera, María Del Carmen López-Sánchez, Esperanza Barrera-Chairez, José Luis López-Arrollo, Christian Omar Ramos-Peñafiel, Andrés León-Peña, Elías Eugenio González-López, Perla Edith Rivas-García, Carlos Alberto Tellez-Hinojosa, Andrés Gómez-De León, José Carlos Jaime-Pérez
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute leukemia (AL) has increased. Its prognosis is variable and depends on several baseline characteristics with a highly heterogeneous presentation. In Mexico, large-scale descriptive studies have not yet been published; the objective of this study was to analyze the initial basic characteristics of patients diagnosed with AL in our population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this multicenter, retrospective study, 1018 patients ≥ 16 years of age and diagnosed with AL between 2009 and 2014, were included...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Juan Francisco Morales, Sebastián Scioli Montoto, Pietro Fagilino, María Esperanza Ruiz
The blood brain barrier (BBB) is a physical and biochemical barrier that restricts the entry of certain drugs to the Central Nervous System (CNS), while allowing the passage of others. The ability to predict the permeability of a given molecule through the BBB is a key aspect in CNS drug discovery and development, since neurotherapeutic agents with molecular targets in the CNS should be able to cross the BBB, whereas peripherally acting agents should not, to minimize the risk of CNS adverse effects. In this review we examine and discuss QSAR approaches and current availability of experimental data for the construction of BBB permeability predictive models, focusing on the modeling of the biorelevant parameter unbound partitioning coefficient (Kp,uu) ...
October 13, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Lars T Fadnes, Kathy Ainul Møen, Esperanza Diaz
OBJECTIVES: Health status, disease spectrum and use of healthcare have been reported to vary across groups of migrants and according to the different phases of migration. However, most studies are conducted among adults. This study assesses usage of primary healthcare (PHC) by children with immigrant background compared with non-immigrant children in Norway and describes their relative morbidity burden. DESIGN: Population-based retrospective cohort study. SETTING: This study used 3 linked population-based registers in Norway for children under 18 years of age in 2008...
October 13, 2016: BMJ Open
Rosa Casado-Mejía, Esperanza Ruiz-Arias
PURPOSE: To analyze the factors that influence the strain on family caregivers of elderly dependent people, relating it to the strategy of care, with a gender perspective. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: We interviewed 328 Spanish family caregivers in 2012. Main variable: Caregiver Strain Index (CSI). INDEPENDENT VARIABLES: relationship, sex, age, marital status, education level, employment status, socioeconomic status, family and/or institutional supports, time they devote to care, and how long they have been giving care...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Gabriela Rodríguez-Fuentes, Valeria Marín-López, Esperanza Hernández-Márquez
Since several reports have indicated that cholinesterases (ChE) type and distribution is species specific and that in some species there is a relationship among gender, size and ChE activities, characterization has been suggested. The aim of the present study was to characterize the ChE present in head and muscle of Gambusia yucatana (using selective substrates and inhibitors) and to find its relationship with total length or gender. Results indicated that the ChE present in G. yucatana is an acetylcholinesterase (AChE) with high sensitivity to BW284C51 and an atypical smaller Km with butyrylthiocholine...
October 11, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Esperanza Huerta Lwanga, Hennie Gertsen, Harm Gooren, Piet Peters, Tamás Salánki, Martine van der Ploeg, Ellen Besseling, Albert A Koelmans, Violette Geissen
Pollution caused by plastic debris is an urgent environmental problem. Here, we assessed the effects of microplastics in the soil surface litter on the formation and characterization of burrows built by the anecic earthworm Lumbricus terrestris in soil and quantified the amount of microplastics that was transported and deposited in L. terrestris burrows. Worms were exposed to soil surface litter treatments containing microplastics (Low Density Polyethylene) for 2 weeks at concentrations of 0%, 7%, 28%, 45% and 60%...
October 7, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Vanesa Calvo-Río, Ricardo Blanco, Montserrat Santos-Gómez, David Díaz-Valle, Esperanza Pato, Javier Loricera, María C González-Vela, Rosalía Demetrio-Pablo, José L Hernández, Miguel A González-Gay
PURPOSE: To evaluate tocilizumab (TCZ) efficacy in severe and refractory birdshot chorioretinopathy (BSCR). METHODS: Assessment of BSCR patients refractory to conventional immunosuppressive and anti-TNF-α drugs who underwent TCZ therapy. RESULTS: Two HLA-A29 positive patients (man/37 years and woman/38 years; four affected eyes) with BSCR were studied. They had a chronic bilateral posterior uveitis. Patient 1 had been treated with intraocular and oral corticosteroids, cyclosporine A, and infliximab whereas Patient 2 received intravenous methylprednisolone pulses, cyclosporine A, azathioprine, and adalimumab...
October 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
José Edgardo Dipierri, Alvaro Rodríguez-Larralde, Italo Barrai, Esperanza Gutiérrez Redomero, Concepción Alonso-Rodríguez, Emma Laura Alfaro
In human populations various flexible, labile and interdependent structures (genetic, demographic, socioeconomic) co-exist, each of which can be organized in an hierarchical order corresponding to administrative entities. The relationship between consanguinity, as estimated by random isonymy (F ST), and socioeconomic conditions was analysed at different levels of political and administrative organization in Argentina. From the surnames of 22,666,139 voters from the 2001 electoral roll, F ST was estimated for 510 Argentinian departments...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Biosocial Science
María Del Rocío Reyes-Montes, María Ameyali Pérez-Huitrón, Jorge Luis Ocaña-Monroy, María Guadalupe Frías-De-León, Erick Martínez-Herrera, Roberto Arenas, Esperanza Duarte-Escalante
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, a potentially fatal fungal infection, is considered an emergent mycotic disease because of the increased incidence of fungal infections registered over recent years. Infection occurs through the inhalation of arthroconidia from two main species of Coccidioides: Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii, which are both endemic to arid and semi-arid regions of North America. Coccidioides species not only infect humans but can also infect other mammals (land, aquatic, wild or domestic), reptiles and birds...
October 10, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
José de Jesús Guerrero-García, Lucrecia Carrera-Quintanar, Rocío Ivette López-Roa, Ana Laura Márquez-Aguirre, Argelia Esperanza Rojas-Mayorquín, Daniel Ortuño-Sahagún
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder of the Central Nervous System that has been associated with several environmental factors, such as diet and obesity. The possible link between MS and obesity has become more interesting in recent years since the discovery of the remarkable properties of adipose tissue. Once MS is initiated, obesity can contribute to increased disease severity by negatively influencing disease progress and treatment response, but, also, obesity in early life is highly relevant as a susceptibility factor and causally related risk for late MS development...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Martha Adriana Badillo-Soto, Mayra Rodríguez-Rodríguez, María Elena Pérez-Pérez, Leonel Daza-Benitez, Juan José Bollain-Y-Goytia, Miguel Angel Carrillo-Jiménez, Esperanza Avalos-Díaz, Rafael Herrera-Esparza
OBJECTIVE: The molecular mechanism of citrullination involves the calcium-dependent peptidylarginine deiminase (PAD) family of enzymes. These enzymes induce a stereochemical modification of normal proteins and transform them into autoantigens, which in rheumatoid arthritis trigger a complex cascade of joint inflammatory events followed by chronic synovitis, pannus formation, and finally, cartilage destruction. By hypothesizing that PAD2 and PAD4 enzymes produce autoantigens, we investigated five possible synovial protein targets of PAD enzymes...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Victoria A Ferrer-Perez, Esperanza Bosch-Fiol
Intimate partner violence against women is a social and women's health concern. Much effort has gone into providing services and support for victims of this violence. By contrast, intervention programs focusing on the batterers themselves have received far less attention. The purpose of this article is to provide a systematic review of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs (BIPs) implemented in Spain as provided by research published in peer-reviewed journals and scientific reports...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Esperanza Johnson, Ramón Hervás, Carlos Gutiérrez López de la Franca, Tania Mondéjar, Sergio F Ochoa, Jesús Favela
Assistive technologies can improve the quality of life of people diagnosed with different forms of social communication disorders. We report on the design and evaluation of an affective avatar aimed at engaging the user in a social interaction with the purpose of assisting in communication therapies. A human-avatar taxonomy is proposed to assist the design of affective avatars aimed at addressing social communication disorder. The avatar was evaluated with 30 subjects to assess how effectively it conveys the desired emotion and elicits empathy from the user...
September 30, 2016: Health Informatics Journal
Esperanza Macarena López-Pliego, Miguel Ángel Giráldez-Sánchez, Juan Mora-Macías, Esther Reina-Romo, Jaime Domínguez
INTRODUCTION: Bone transport (BT) for segmentary bone defects is a well-known technique as it enables correction with new bone formation, which is similar to the previous bone. Despite the high number of experimental studies of distraction osteogenesis in bone lengthening, the types of ossification and histological changes that occur in the regenerate of the bone transport process remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to provide the complete evolution of tissues and the types of ossification in the regenerate during the different phases of bone formation after BT until the end of the remodelling period...
September 2016: Injury
Esperanza García-Sancho, José M Salguero, Pablo Fernández-Berrocal
Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been associated with several indicators of psychosocial adjustment, including aggressive behavior, but the relevant research has been mostly cross-sectional, focused on adults, and limited to trait EI measures (García-Sancho, Salguero & Fernández-Berrocal, 2014; Mayer, Roberts & Barsade, ). The present work explored the relationship between Ability Emotional Intelligence (AEI) and aggression in both adults and adolescents using cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. We conducted two studies...
September 28, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
María Sonia Baquedano, Natalia Perez Garrido, Javier Goñi, Nora Saraco, Paula Aliberti, Esperanza Berensztein, Marco A Rivarola, Alicia Belgorosky
We hypothesized that DNA methylation is involved in human adrenal functional zonation. mRNAs expression and methylation pattern of RARB, NR4A1 and HSD3B2 genes in human adrenal tissues (HAT) and in pediatric virilizing adrenocortical tumors (VAT) were analyzed. For analysis of the results samples were divided into 3 age groups according to FeZ involution, pre and post-adrenarche ages. In all HAT, similar RARB mRNA was found including microdissected zona reticularis (ZR) and zona fasciculata, but HSD3B2 and NR4A1 mRNAs were lower in ZR (p < 0...
September 23, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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