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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922904/the-body-as-gift-commodity-or-something-in-between-ethical-implications-of-advanced-kidney-donation
#1
Julian J Koplin
An innovative program recently initiated at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center allows people to donate a kidney in exchange for a voucher that a loved one can redeem for a kidney if and when needed. As a relatively new practice, the ethical implications of advanced kidney donation have not yet been widely discussed. This paper reflects on some of the bioethical issues at stake in this new donation program, as well as some broader philosophical issues related to the meaning and moral salience of commodification...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922449/needle-syringe-programmes-and-opioid-substitution-therapy-for-preventing-hepatitis-c-transmission-in-people-who-inject-drugs
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REVIEW
Lucy Platt, Silvia Minozzi, Jennifer Reed, Peter Vickerman, Holly Hagan, Clare French, Ashly Jordan, Louisa Degenhardt, Vivian Hope, Sharon Hutchinson, Lisa Maher, Norah Palmateer, Avril Taylor, Julie Bruneau, Matthew Hickman
BACKGROUND: Needle syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for preventing hepatitis C transmission in people who inject drugsNeedle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution therapy (OST) are the primary interventions to reduce hepatitis C (HCV) transmission in people who inject drugs. There is good evidence for the effectiveness of NSP and OST in reducing injecting risk behaviour and increasing evidence for the effectiveness of OST and NSP in reducing HIV acquisition risk, but the evidence on the effectiveness of NSP and OST for preventing HCV acquisition is weak...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922135/learning-from-short-text-streams-with-topic-drifts
#3
Peipei Li, Lu He, Haiyan Wang, Xuegang Hu, Yuhong Zhang, Lei Li, Xindong Wu
Short text streams such as search snippets and micro blogs have been popular on the Web with the emergence of social media. Unlike traditional normal text streams, these data present the characteristics of short length, weak signal, high volume, high velocity, topic drift, etc. Short text stream classification is hence a very challenging and significant task. However, this challenge has received little attention from the research community. Therefore, a new feature extension approach is proposed for short text stream classification with the help of a large-scale semantic network obtained from a Web corpus...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922018/tacrolimus-ointment-for-refractory-posterior-blepharitis
#4
Fernando Eiji Sakassegawa-Naves, Helena Maria Moraes Ricci, Bernardo Kaplan Moscovici, Daniela Akemi Miyamoto, Brenda Biagio Chiacchio, Ricardo Holzchuh, Ruth Muyuki Santo, Richard Yudi Hida
PURPOSE: This prospective, randomized, double-blind interventional case series was designed to evaluate the short-term efficacy of 0.03% tacrolimus ointment as a new therapeutic approach for refractory cases of posterior blepharitis. METHODS: Forty eyes (20 patients) with posterior blepharitis refractory to previous treatment were randomized. Eighteen eyes (9 patients) were treated with 0.03% tacrolimus ointment and 20 eyes (10 patients) with placebo ointment twice daily...
September 18, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921687/multimodal-treatment-of-a-dog-with-disseminated-cutaneous-viral-papillomatosis
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Britt J Levy, Susannah J Sample, Hang Yuan
BACKGROUND: Canine papillomaviruses (CPVs) are associated with varied cutaneous manifestations. Spontaneous resolution typically occurs within one to 12 months. This case report describes multimodal treatment of a dog with severe disseminated papillomatosis. CLINICAL SUMMARY: An eight-month-old, female spayed, mixed breed dog was presented with a two month history of rapidly progressing papillomatosis and lack of response to oral azithromycin therapy. The dog was severely pruritic and malodorous; the weight and growth of lesions had progressed to affect the dog's gait and vision, and led to decreased quality of life...
September 18, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919812/the-effect-of-local-topical-analgesics-on-incisional-pain-in-a-pig-model
#6
David Castel, Itai Sabbag, Sigal Meilin
Interest in the development of new topical/local drug administration for blocking pain at peripheral sites, with maximum drug activity and minimal systemic effects, is on the rise. In the review article by Kopsky and Stahl, four critical barriers in the process of research and development of topical analgesics were indicated. The active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and the formulation are among the major challenges. The road to the development of such drugs passes through preclinical studies. These studies, if planned correctly, should serve as guidance for choosing the right API and formulation...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918359/major-depressive-disorder-and-anxiety-disorders-from-the-glial-perspective-etiological-mechanisms-intervention-and-monitoring
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REVIEW
Mari Sild, Edward S Ruthazer, Linda Booij
Despite intense ongoing research efforts, the etiology of psychiatric disorders remains incompletely understood. Among biological factors playing a role in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Anxiety Disorders (ANX), emerging evidence points to the relevance of different types of glia cells and efficient neuron-glia interactions. Here, we review recent findings highlighting the involvement of central nervous system (CNS) glia in MDD and ANX etiology and treatment response. Additionally, several relatively underexplored topics will be discussed: 1) glial response to non-pharmacological therapies, 2) impact of early life adversity on glia, 3) influence of lifestyle factors on glia in the context of MDD and ANX, and 4) monitoring glial functions in patients...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918165/delirium-following-topical-application-of-compounded-creams-containing-multiple-analgesic-medications-in-geriatric-patients-two-new-cases
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Alyssa A Soumoff, David L Cook, Caroline C Clark
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 12, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918154/hot-topic-geographical-distribution-and-strain-diversity-of-lactobacillus-wasatchensis-isolated-from-cheese-with-unwanted-gas-formation
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Michele Culumber, Donald J McMahon, Fatih Ortakci, Lauren Montierth, Beatriz Villalba, Jeffery R Broadbent, Craig J Oberg
Lactobacillus wasatchensis, an obligate heterofermentative nonstarter lactic acid bacteria (NSLAB) implicated in causing gas defects in aged cheeses, was originally isolated from an aged Cheddar produced in Logan, Utah. To determine the geographical distribution of this organism, we isolated slow-growing NSLAB from cheeses collected in different regions of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. Seven of the cheeses showed significant gas defects and 12 did not. Nonstarter lactic acid bacteria were isolated from these cheeses on de Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe medium supplemented with ribose, a preferred substrate for Lb...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917926/bioadhesive-and-biocompatible-films-as-wound-dressing-materials-based-on-a-novel-dendronized-chitosan-loaded-with-ciprofloxacin
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Mónica C García, Ana A Aldana, Luis I Tártara, Fabiana Alovero, Miriam C Strumia, Rubén H Manzo, Marisa Martinelli, Alvaro F Jimenez-Kairuz
The bioadhesive polymeric films as topical drug delivery systems are interesting alternatives to improve the pharmacotherapy and patient compliances. New derivate biomaterials based on weisocyanate- dendronized PVP- crosslinked chitosan and loaded with ciprofloxacin (CIP), as model drug, were used to prepare bioadhesive films. Relevant in vitro/in vivo attributes to define main physicochemical and biopharmaceutical characteristics for topical wound-healing applications were evaluated. A high proportion of CIP, uniformly dispersed along throughout the film, was loaded...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917779/-on-off-switchable-tool-for-food-sample-preparation-merging-molecularly-imprinting-technology-with-stimuli-responsive-blocks-current-status-challenges-and-highlighted-applications
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REVIEW
Raquel Garcia, Marco D R Gomes da Silva, Maria João Cabrita
Sample preparation still remains a great challenge in the analytical workflow representing the most time-consuming and laborious step in analytical procedures. Ideally, sample pre-treatment procedures must be more selective, cheap, quick and environmental friendly. Molecular imprinting technology is a powerful tool in the development of highly selective sample preparation methodologies enabling to preconcentrate the analytes from a complex food matrix. Actually, the design and development of molecularly imprinted polymers-based functional materials that merge an enhancement of selectivity with a controllable and switchable mode of action by means of specific stimulus constitutes a hot research topic in the field of food analysis...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917574/-apparent-worsening-of-psoriasis-lesions-revealing-methotrexate-overdosage
#12
R Haber, B Baroudjian, M Battistella, M Bagot, A Petit
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is an antimetabolite drug used in the treatment of cancers and autoimmune diseases and frequently in dermatology for cutaneous and/or arthritic psoriasis. Toxicities due to MTX overdosage are mainly cutaneous, hepatic and hematologic. Herein, we report a case of MTX overdosage presenting as an erosive and an inflammatory flare of preexisting psoriatic plaques and with new palmar lesions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 51-year-old male with a 6-year history of plaque psoriasis resistant to topical corticosteroids was started for the first time on MTX 20mg weekly...
September 13, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916918/mixed-blessings-religion-spirituality-predicts-better-and-worse-screening-behaviours
#13
David Speed
Some health research suggests that religious and spiritual variables positively predict health-screening behaviours. However, much of the literature on this topic has utilized exclusively religious samples, or has sampled from populations without uniform access to health care. Either of these issues may have artificially inflated the relationship between religion/spirituality and health-screening behaviours. The current study used data from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey to examine a general sample of women from New Brunswick and Manitoba (N > 1200)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916561/succinate-transport-is-not-essential-for-symbiotic-nitrogen-fixation-by-sinorhizobium-meliloti-nor-rhizobium-leguminosarum
#14
Michael J Mitsch, George C diCenzo, Alison Cowie, Turlough M Finan
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation (SNF) is an energetically expensive process performed by bacteria during endosymbiotic relationships with plants. The bacteria require the plant to provide a carbon source for generation of reductant to power SNF. While C4-dicarboxylates (succinate, fumarate, malate) appear to be the primary, if not sole, carbon source provided to the bacteria, the contribution of each C4-dicarboxylate is not known. We address this issue using a genetic and systems-level analyses. Expression of a malate specific transporter (MaeP) in Sinorhizobium meliloti Rm1021 dct mutants unable to transport C4-dicarboxylates resulted in malate import rates up to 30% that of wild type...
September 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915135/otolaryngologic-management-of-down-syndrome-patients-what-is-new
#15
Ethan C Bassett, Mary F Musso
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The management of children with Down syndrome as it pertains to the otolaryngologist continues to evolve. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has dominated the recent literature, but other topics including hearing loss, swallowing, and perioperative considerations are also reported. RECENT FINDINGS: The prevalence of OSA in children with Down syndrome ranges from 57 to 73% in certain cohorts, and, whereas adentonsillectomy can decrease Apnea-Hypopnea Index, up to 80% may have persistent OSA...
September 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914682/refractory-ulcerated-necrobiosis-lipoidica-closure-of-a-difficult-wound-with-topical-tacrolimus
#16
Luke Ginocchio, Lisa Draghi, Farbod Darvishian, Frank L Ross
OBJECTIVE: To report a case of refractory ulcerated necrobiosis lipoidica (NL) with significant response to treatment with topical tacrolimus. SUBJECT: A 55-year-old woman without diabetes and with a previous history of NL presented to the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Hyperbaric and Advanced Wound Healing Center of NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, with bilateral lower-leg ulcerations resistant to wound healing techniques at other institutions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Repeat biopsy performed at the author's institution confirmed the diagnosis of NL...
October 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914192/current-trends-in-cancer-biomarker-discovery-using-urinary-metabolomics-achievements-and-new-challenges
#17
Casey Burton, Yinfa Ma
The development of effective screening methods for early cancer detection is one of the foremost challenges facing modern cancer research. Urinary metabolomics has recently emerged as a potentially transformative approach to cancer biomarker discovery owing to its noninvasive sampling characteristics and robust analytical feasibility. OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of new developments in urinary metabolomics, cover the most promising aspects of hyphenated techniques in untargeted and targeted metabolomics, and to discuss technical and clinical limitations in addition to the emerging challenges in the field of urinary metabolomics and its application to cancer biomarker discovery...
September 13, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912743/act-on-numbers-numerical-magnitude-influences-selection-and-kinematics-of-finger-movement
#18
Rosa Rugani, Sonia Betti, Francesco Ceccarini, Luisa Sartori
In the past decade hand kinematics has been reliably adopted for investigating cognitive processes and disentangling debated topics. One of the most controversial issues in numerical cognition literature regards the origin - cultural vs. genetically driven - of the mental number line (MNL), oriented from left (small numbers) to right (large numbers). To date, the majority of studies have investigated this effect by means of response times, whereas studies considering more culturally unbiased measures such as kinematic parameters are rare...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906087/phototherapy-for-vitiligo-what-s-new
#19
Andrea Paro Vidolin, Caterina Aurizi, Giovanni Leone
Vitiligo is a disorder characterized by the development of depigmented macules and patches. Existing treatments include topical and systemic immunosuppressants, topical vitamin D analogues in monotherapy or in association with phototherapy, phototherapy and surgical techniques, which together may serve to halt disease progression, stabilize depigmented lesions, and encourage repigmentation. Narrow-band UVB (NB-UVB 310-315 nm) radiation is now considered as the "gold standard" for the treatment of diffuse vitiligo...
October 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906086/new-formulation-for-topical-treatment-of-onychomycoses
#20
Elisa M Difonzo, Federica Scarfì, Massimiliano Galeone
BACKGROUND: In order to treat onychomycosis, topical and systemic medications are available. The choice of a systemic or topic treatment depends on numerous factors, such as patient's age, the presence of comorbidity, responsible fungal species, the clinical form of onychomycosis, its location (fingernails or toenails), the number of nails affected and the percentage of the nail plate infected. As for topical medications, given that nail plate has an insufficiently permeable structure, it is necessary to use appropriate formulae that create in the surface of the nail plate a film able, in turn, to function both as an active ingredient's deposit and moisturising agent in nail's superficial layers in order to facilitate the spread of the active ingredient...
October 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
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