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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923264/nationwide-access-to-an-internet-based-contingency-management-intervention-to-promote-smoking-cessation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jesse Dallery, Bethany R Raiff, Sunny Jung Kim, Lisa A Marsch, Maxine Stitzer, Michael J Grabinski
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Contingency management (CM) is one of the most effective behavioral interventions to promote drug abstinence, but availability of this treatment is limited. We evaluated the efficacy and acceptability of Internet-based CM relative to an Internet-based monitoring and goal setting control group in a nationwide sample of cigarette smokers. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial with 3- and 6-month follow ups. SETTING: USA. PARTICIPANTS: Smokers (n = 94) from 26 states were enrolled (mean age 36, 56% female)...
December 6, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923145/aging-and-behavior-of-functional-tio2-nanoparticles-in-aqueous-environment
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Huiting Lu, Haifeng Dong, Wenhong Fan, Jinxing Zuo, Xiaomin Li
Nanoparticles are usually functionalized with various surface capping moieties in practical applications. Understand the behavior and fate of them is critical to evaluate or even predict their risk to environment. However, little attention has been denoted on this issue until now. Using three commercial TiO2 nanoparticles with different capping moieties, their aging procedures and corresponding change as well as their byproducts were systematically studied. Comprehensive microscopic and spectrometric measurements demonstrated a capping agent-dependent with the aging procedure...
November 6, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922890/tolerability-and-biological-effects-of-long-acting-octreotide-in-patients-with-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Rajiv Malhotra, Keyur B Shah, Raveen Chawla, Sammy Pedram, Melissa C Smallfield, Anna G Priday, Christine T DeWilde, Donald F Brophy
Patients with implanted continuous, non-pulsatile, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have increased occurrence of gastrointestinal bleeding (GIB). While the pathophysiology is multifactorial, there are few treatments beyond supportive care. Octreotide acetate is a somatostatin analog that reduces GIB in various patient populations. However, there are sparse case-series that suggest octreotide acetate may reduce GIB in LVAD patients. This 10 patient, 28-week Phase I study evaluated the safety and tolerability of octreotide acetate long-acting release (LAR) 20 mg depot injection every four weeks until week 16 following LVAD placement...
December 2, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922865/additional-value-of-early-phase-18f-fp-cit-pet-image-for-differential-diagnosis-of-atypical-parkinsonism
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Soyoung Jin, Minyoung Oh, Seung Jun Oh, Jungsu S Oh, Sang Ju Lee, Sun Ju Chung, Jae Seung Kim
PURPOSE: Regional cerebral perfusion is coupled to metabolism in general. Early perfusion dominant imaging using F-FP-CIT PET (pCIT) may provide complementary information to delayed dopamine transporter dominant images. We investigated the ability of pCIT to differentiate atypical Parkinson disorder from Parkinson disease (PD) compared to FDG and the image quality for optimizing the acquisition time. METHODS: Sixty-seven subjects [PD, 23 subjects; multiple system atrophy-cerebellar type (MSA-C), 27 subjects; MSA-Parkinson type (MSA-P), 12 subjects; and progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), 5 subjects] underwent F-FP-CIT and FDG PET...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922603/digital-footprints-facilitating-large-scale-environmental-psychiatric-research-in-naturalistic-settings-through-data-from-everyday-technologies
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N Bidargaddi, P Musiat, V-P Makinen, M Ermes, G Schrader, J Licinio
Digital footprints, the automatically accumulated by-products of our technology-saturated lives, offer an exciting opportunity for psychiatric research. The commercial sector has already embraced the electronic trails of customers as an enabling tool for guiding consumer behaviour, and analogous efforts are ongoing to monitor and improve the mental health of psychiatric patients. The untargeted collection of digital footprints that may or may not be health orientated comprises a large untapped information resource for epidemiological scale research into psychiatric disorders...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922548/methylcobalamin-prevents-mutant-superoxide-dismutase-1-induced-motor-neuron-death-in-vitro
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Shunsuke Ito, Yukina Izumi, Tetsuhiro Niidome, Yuichi Ono
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an incurable progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes motor dysfunction. Treatments and drugs that slow progression of ALS have garnered great interest. In the present study, we show that the vitamin B12 analog methylcobalamin (MBL) effectively and dose dependently prevented embryonic stem cell-derived motor neuron death induced by cocultivation with astrocytes expressing mutant human superoxide dismutase-1 (G93A). Moreover, cotreatment of MBL with a conventional ALS drug, riluzole, further enhanced survival of motor neurons in this in-vitro ALS model...
December 2, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922007/generation-of-internal-solitary-waves-by-frontally-forced-intrusions-in-geophysical-flows
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Daniel Bourgault, Peter S Galbraith, Cédric Chavanne
Internal solitary waves are hump-shaped, large-amplitude waves that are physically analogous to surface waves except that they propagate within the fluid, along density steps that typically characterize the layered vertical structure of lakes, oceans and the atmosphere. As do surface waves, internal solitary waves may overturn and break, and the process is thought to provide a globally significant source of turbulent mixing and energy dissipation. Although commonly observed in geophysical fluids, the origins of internal solitary waves remain unclear...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921334/synacton-and-individual-activity-of-synthetic-and-natural-corticotropins
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T V Vyunova, L A Andreeva, K V Shevchenko, N F Myasoedov
Short endogenous peptides represent one of the most important constituents of the mammalian body's general regulatory system. Some synthesized analogs and modified natural peptides (eg, corticotropins) also show high biological activity. Nevertheless, the mechanism of action of regulatory peptides remains unclear. To explain the effects of peptides of intermolecular processes, the hypothesis that a synactonal mechanism underlies the action of regulatory peptides, exemplified by the heptapeptide Semax, has been proposed...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921176/two-feet-on-the-membrane-uptake-of-clostridial-neurotoxins
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Andreas Rummel
The extraordinary potency of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNT) and tetanus neurotoxin (TeNT) is mediated by their high neurospecificity, targeting peripheral cholinergic motoneurons leading to flaccid and spastic paralysis, respectively, and successive respiratory failure. Complex polysialo gangliosides accumulate BoNT and TeNT on the plasma membrane. The ganglioside binding in BoNT/A, B, E, F, G, and TeNT occurs via a conserved ganglioside-binding pocket within the most carboxyl-terminal 25 kDa domain HCC, whereas BoNT/C, DC, and D display here two different ganglioside binding sites...
December 1, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
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REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920926/crystal-structures-of-ethyl-2-4-4-iso-propyl-phen-yl-thia-zol-2-yl-phen-yl-carbamate-and-ethyl-2-4-3-nitro-phen-yl-thia-zol-2-yl-phen-yl-carbamate
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Elena V Sukhonosova, Sergey A Sokov, Gennady I Ostapenko, Alexander S Bunev, Pavel V Dorovatovskii, Yan V Zubavichus, Victor N Khrustalev
The title compounds, C21H22N2O2S (I) and C18H15N3O4S (II), are structural analogs of the alkaloid Thio-sporine B. Both mol-ecules adopt a near-planar V-shaped conformation, which is consolidated by intra-molecular N-H⋯N and C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The crystal structure of (I) consists of mlecular stacks along the a axis, in which the mol-ecules are linked to each other by π(S)⋯π(C) inter-actions. In the crystal of (II), mol-ecules are linked into chains by C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds and the chains are cross-linked into (100) sheets by π-π stacking inter-actions...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920841/wolffian-origin-of-vagina-unfolds-the-embryopathogenesis-of-ohvira-obstructed-hemivagina-and-ipsilateral-renal-anomaly-syndrome-and-places-ohvira-as-a-female-counterpart-of-zinner-syndrome-in-males
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Yashant Aswani, Ravi Varma, Pradeep Choudhary, Reeta B Gupta
BACKGROUND: The classical theory of Müllerian origin of upper vagina fails to explain complex urogenital malformations like OHVIRA syndrome; the Acien's hypothesis, however, unravels the hidden embryopathogenesis. As per Acien, Wolffian (mesonephric) ducts instead of Müllerian ducts and sinovaginal bulbs, give rise to the vagina. The new hypothesis, however, retains the concept of origin of the ureters (with ureters inducing renal development) by the former and the uterus by Müllerian ducts...
2016: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920805/abaloparatide
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REVIEW
Stefano Gonnelli, Carla Caffarelli
Abaloparatide is an investigational analog of human PTHrP (1-34) being developed for the treatment of osteoporosis. The amino-acid sequence of abaloparatide is identical to that of PTHrP in the first 20 amino-acids, while over half of the remaining amino-acids are different. Some studies in animals and in humans reported that abaloparatide presented a potent anabolic activity with reduced effects on bone resorption as compared to that observed with teriparatide. This may be due to a more transient signaling response of abaloparatide related to differing affinities of the two drugs to the specific conformations of the PTH1 receptor...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920724/insulin-induces-relaxation-and-decreases-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-vasoconstriction-in-human-placental-vascular-bed-in-a-mechanism-mediated-by-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-and-l-arginine-nitric-oxide-pathways
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Lissette Cabrera, Andrea Saavedra, Susana Rojas, Marcela Cid, Cristina Valenzuela, David Gallegos, Pamela Careaga, Emerita Basualto, Astrid Haensgen, Eduardo Peña, Coralia Rivas, Juan Carlos Vera, Victoria Gallardo, Leandro Zúñiga, Carlos Escudero, Luis Sobrevia, Mark Wareing, Marcelo González
HIGHLIGHTS Short-term incubation with insulin increases the L-arginine transport in HUVECs.Short-term incubation with insulin increases the NO synthesis in HUVECs.Insulin induces relaxation in human placental vascular bed.Insulin attenuates the constriction induced by hydrogen peroxide in human placenta.The relaxation induced by insulin is dependent on BKCa channels activity in human placenta. Insulin induces relaxation in umbilical veins, increasing the expression of human amino acid transporter 1 (hCAT-1) and nitric oxide synthesis (NO) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920669/the-neurovestibular-challenges-of-astronauts-and-balance-patients-some-past-countermeasures-and-two-alternative-approaches-to-elicitation-assessment-and-mitigation
#16
REVIEW
Ben D Lawson, Angus H Rupert, Braden J McGrath
Astronauts and vestibular patients face analogous challenges to orientation function due to adaptive exogenous (weightlessness-induced) or endogenous (pathology-induced) alterations in the processing of acceleration stimuli. Given some neurovestibular similarities between these challenges, both affected groups may benefit from shared research approaches and adaptation measurement/improvement strategies. This article reviews various past strategies and introduces two plausible ground-based approaches, the first of which is a method for eliciting and assessing vestibular adaptation-induced imbalance...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920613/core-and-complementary-chiropractic-lowering-barriers-to-patient-utilization-of-services
#17
John J Triano, Marion McGregor
OBJECTIVE: The use of chiropractic services has stalled while interest in accessing manipulation services is rising. The purpose of this paper is to consider this dilemma in the context of the dynamics of professional socialization, surveys of public attitudes, and a potential strategic action. DISCUSSION: This is a reflection work grounded in the literature on professional socialization and the attitudes held regarding chiropractic in modern society, to include its members, and in original data on training programs...
December 2016: Journal of Chiropractic Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920522/incorporation-of-heparin-binding-proteins-into-preformed-dextran-sulfate-chitosan-nanoparticles
#18
Paula Zaman, Julia Wang, Adam Blau, Weiping Wang, Tina Li, Daniel S Kohane, Joseph Loscalzo, Ying-Yi Zhang
Incorporation of proteins into dextran sulfate (DS)-chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (DSCS NPs) is commonly performed using entrapment procedures, in which protein molecules are mixed with DS and CS until particle formation occurs. As DS is an analog of heparin, the authors examined whether proteins could be directly incorporated into preformed DSCS NPs through a heparin binding domain-mediated interaction. The authors formulated negatively-charged DSCS NPs, and quantified the amount of charged DS in the outer shell of the particles...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920490/a-randomized-double-masked-study-to-compare-the-ocular-safety-tolerability-and-efficacy-of-bromfenac-0-075-compared-with-vehicle-in-cataract-surgery-subjects
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Kamran Hosseini, Thomas Walters, Robert DaVanzo, Richard L Lindstrom
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of a low-dose version of bromfenac 0.075% in DuraSite(®) (bromfenac 0.075%) compared with DuraSite(®) vehicle (vehicle) alone for the treatment of postoperative inflammation and ocular pain after cataract surgery. METHODS: A multicenter, double-masked, vehicle-controlled, parallel-group clinical trial of 240 subjects randomized in a 2:1 ratio to bromfenac 0.075% or vehicle was conducted...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920173/invasiveness-of-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus-and-vectorial-capacity-for-chikungunya-virus
#20
Leon Philip Lounibos, Laura D Kramer
In this review, we highlight biological characteristics of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, 2 invasive mosquito species and primary vectors of chikungunya virus (CHIKV), that set the tone of these species' invasiveness, vector competence, and vectorial capacity (VC). The invasiveness of both species, as well as their public health threats as vectors, is enhanced by preference for human blood. Vector competence, characterized by the efficiency of an ingested arbovirus to replicate and become infectious in the mosquito, depends largely on vector and virus genetics, and most A...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
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