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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811672/an-evaluation-of-the-in-vivo-safety-of-nonporous-silica-nanoparticles-ocular-topical-administration-versus-oral-administration
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Martha Kim, Joo-Hee Park, Hyejoong Jeong, Jinkee Hong, Woo Sung Choi, Byung-Han Lee, Choul Yong Park
Nonporous silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) have potential as promising carriers for ophthalmic drugs. However, the in vivo safety of ocular topical SiNPs remains unclear. This study investigated the in vivo safety of oral and ocular topical applications of 100 nm-sized SiNPs in Sprague-Dawley rats. The rats were divided into the following four groups: low-dose oral administration (total 100 mg/kg of SiNPs mixed with food for one week), high-dose oral administration (total 1000 mg/kg of SiNPs mixed with food for one week), ocular topical administration (10 mg/ml concentration, one drop, applied to the right eyes four times a day for one month), or a negative control (no SiNP treatment)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810961/resuscitation-of-hypotensive-traumatic-brain-injured-animals-with-spray-dried-plasma-does-not-adversely-alter-physiology-and-improves-blood-brain-barrier-function
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Steven McDaniel, Stephanie Golla, Anthony N Moore, Joe DaCorta, Arthur Bode, Shibani Pati, Pramod K Dash, Jing Zhao
INTRODUCTION: According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, the number of soldiers who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has risen dramatically over the past decade. Studies have shown that brain damage can be exacerbated if blood loss occurs (often occurring in polytrauma). As blood supply is critical for brain function and survival, TBI patients must be properly resuscitated to maintain blood volume, blood pressure, and cerebral perfusion...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810603/intratracheal-administration-of-isosorbide-dinitrate-improves-pulmonary-artery-pressure-and-ventricular-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-following-myocardial-infarction
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Xuelian Wang, Qingqing Xu, Tianqi Li, Yaocong Rong, Weilin Hong, Yan Huang, Xingui Guo
Pulmonary hypertension due to left heart disease is associated with poor outcomes. This study investigated the beneficial effects of isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN) inhalation on pulmonary pressure and ventricular remodeling in a rat model of heart failure (HF) following myocardial infarction (MI). To assess the effect of ISDN on pulmonary pressure, 20 male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomized to four groups: Normal saline (NS) 1 ml/kg, ISDN 1 mg/kg, NS 3 ml/kg or ISDN 3 mg/kg following coronary ligation. Assessments included pulmonary and systemic artery pressure alterations, lung weight/body weight and plasma nitric oxide (NO) concentration...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805026/correlation-of-6-minute-walk-test-with-left-ventricular-function-and-quality-of-life-in-heart-failure-due-to-chagas-disease
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Mayara da Costa Chambela, Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano, Roberto Rodrigues Ferreira, André Miguel Japiassú, Mariana Caldas Waghabi, Gilberto Marcelo Sperandio da Silva, Roberto Magalhães Saraiva
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the correlation of the total distance walked during the six-minute walk test (6-MWT) with left ventricular function and quality of life in patients with Chagas Disease (ChD) complicated by heart failure. METHODS: This cross-sectional study of adult patients with ChD and heart failure diagnosed based on Framingham criteria. 6MWT was performed following international guidelines. New York Heart Association functional class, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) serum levels, echocardiographic parameters, and quality of life (SF-36 and MLHFQ questionnaires) were determined and their correlation with the distance covered at the 6MWT was tested...
August 14, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803798/radiosynthesis-and-preclinical-pet-evaluation-of-89-zr-nivolumab-bms-936558-in-healthy-non-human-primates
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Erin L Cole, Joonyoung Kim, David J Donnelly, R Adam Smith, Daniel Cohen, Virginie Lafont, Paul E Morin, Richard Y-C Huang, Patrick L Chow, Wendy Hayes, Samuel Bonacorsi
Cancer immunotherapy, unlike traditional cytotoxic chemotherapeutic treatments, engages the immune system to identify cancer cells and stimulate immune responses. The Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) protein is an immunoinhibitory receptor expressed by activated cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTL) that seek out and destroy cancer cells. Multiple cancer types express and upregulate the Programmed Death-Ligand 1 (PD-L1) and 2 (PD-L2) which bind to PD-1 as an immune escape mechanism. Nivolumab is a fully human IgG4 anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) approved for treatment of multiple cancer types...
August 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795669/-evaluation-of-volume-overload-in-critical-patients-by-monitoring-change-of-cardiac-output-under-bed-head-raising-combined-with-passive-leg-raising
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Long Zhang, Luhao Wang, Weixiong Luo, Meihua Mei, Youjuan Chen, Bin Ouyang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the change of cardiac output (CO) with bed head raising (BHR) combined with passive leg raising (PLR) can be used to assess volume overload in critical patients. METHODS: A prospective observational diagnostic trial was designed. The patients who underwent fluid resuscitation 6 hours or more, and admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Meizhou People's Hospital in Guangdong Province from January to December in 2016 were enrolled...
August 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792966/maternal-exposure-to-an-environmentally-relevant-dose-of-triclocarban-results-in-perinatal-exposure-and-potential-alterations-in-offspring-development-in-the-mouse-model
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Heather A Enright, Miranda J S Falso, Michael A Malfatti, Victoria Lao, Edward A Kuhn, Nicholas Hum, Yilan Shi, Ana Paula Sales, Kurt W Haack, Kristen S Kulp, Bruce A Buchholz, Gabriela G Loots, Graham Bench, Kenneth W Turteltaub
Triclocarban (TCC) is among the top 10 most commonly detected wastewater contaminants in both concentration and frequency. Its presence in water, as well as its propensity to bioaccumulate, has raised numerous questions about potential endocrine and developmental effects. Here, we investigated whether exposure to an environmentally relevant concentration of TCC could result in transfer from mother to offspring in CD-1 mice during gestation and lactation using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). 14C-TCC (100 nM) was administered to dams through drinking water up to gestation day 18, or from birth to post-natal day 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791849/echocardiographic-assessment-and-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-hypertensives-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Paweł Krzesiński, Beata Uziebło-Życzkowska, Grzegorz Gielerak, Adam Stańczyk, Katarzyna Piotrowicz, Wiesław Piechota, Paweł Smurzyński, Andrzej Skrobowski
BACKGROUND: N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) release is associated with left ventricular expansion and pressure overload. Elevation of serum levels of natriuretic peptides is observed in patients with impaired as well as preserved left ventricular systolic function. High NT-proBNP has been shown to be related not only to preload but also to increased afterload, especially blood pressure and arterial stiffness. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of NT-proBNP and echocardiographic parameters in hypertensives with metabolic syndrome...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782198/postmortem-examination-of-human-fetuses-a-comparison-of-2-dimensional-ultrasound-with-invasive-autopsy
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Xin Kang, Susan C Shelmerdine, Ivan Hurtado, Elisa Bevilacqua, Ciaran Hutchinson, Uday Mandalia, Valerie Segers, Teresa Cos Sanchez, Mieke M Cannie, Andrew Carlin, Neil J Sebire, Owen J Arthurs, Jacques C Jani
OBJECTIVE: To compare the diagnostic usefulness of postmortem ultrasound with invasive autopsy in fetuses at different gestational ages. METHODS: We performed postmortem 2-dimensional ultrasound on 163 fetuses at 13-42 weeks gestation, blinded to clinical details. Logistic regression analysis was used to investigate the effect on non-diagnostic results of gestational age during postmortem ultrasound, presence of maceration, and cause of death. In 123 cases where invasive autopsy was available, the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound in detecting major organ abnormalities was evaluated, using invasive autopsy as a gold standard...
August 7, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781414/test-suite-for-image-based-motion-estimation-of-the-brain-and-tongue
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Jordan Ramsey, Jerry L Prince, Arnold D Gomez
Noninvasive analysis of motion has important uses as qualitative markers for organ function and to validate biomechanical computer simulations relative to experimental observations. Tagged MRI is considered the gold standard for noninvasive tissue motion estimation in the heart, and this has inspired multiple studies focusing on other organs, including the brain under mild acceleration and the tongue during speech. As with other motion estimation approaches, using tagged MRI to measure 3D motion includes several preprocessing steps that affect the quality and accuracy of estimation...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780372/species-specific-effects-of-neuregulin-1%C3%AE-cimaglermin-alfa-on-glucose-handling-in-animal-models-and-humans-with-heart-failure
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Zhihong Huang, Douglas B Sawyer, Erika L Troy, Corissa McEwen, John H Cleator, Abigail Murphy, Anthony O Caggiano, Andrew Eisen, Tom J Parry
Neuregulin-1β is a member of the neuregulin family of growth factors and is critically important for normal development and functioning of the heart and brain. A recombinant version of neuregulin-1β, cimaglermin alfa (also known as glial growth factor 2 or GGF2) is being investigated as a possible therapy for heart failure. Previous studies suggest that neuregulin-1β stimulation of skeletal muscle increases glucose uptake and, specifically, sufficient doses of cimaglermin alfa acutely produce hypoglycemia in pigs...
August 2, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777701/a-pet-mr-imaging-approach-for-the-integrated-assessment-of-chemotherapy-induced-brain-heart-and-bone-injuries-in-pediatric-cancer-survivors-a-pilot-study
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Ashok J Theruvath, Anat Ilivitzki, Anne Muehe, Johanna Theruvath, Praveen Gulaka, Christine Kim, Sandra Luna-Fineman, Kathleen M Sakamoto, Kristen W Yeom, Phillip Yang, Michael Moseley, Frandics Chan, Heike E Daldrup-Link
Purpose To develop a positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance (MR) imaging protocol for evaluation of the brain, heart, and joints of pediatric cancer survivors for chemotherapy-induced injuries in one session. Materials and Methods Three teams of experts in neuroimaging, cardiac imaging, and bone imaging were tasked to develop a 20-30-minute PET/MR imaging protocol for detection of chemotherapy-induced tissue injuries of the brain, heart, and bone. In an institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant, prospective study from April to July 2016, 10 pediatric cancer survivors who completed chemotherapy underwent imaging of the brain, heart, and bone with a 3-T PET/MR imager...
August 4, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776144/-validation-of-medical-ethical-decisions-at-the-bedside-by-the-autopsy-experience-of-the-ethics-committee-at-the-stuttgart-clinic
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A Bosse, C Schupp
BACKGROUND: Ethics consultations in a clinical setting can be challenging, specifically with respect to limiting therapeutic interventions in terminally ill patients. Some decisions will even be controversial. OBJECTIVE: Can a clinical autopsy be used to confirm the recommendations given by the ethics committee, i. e. limitation of therapy to palliative care? MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report an exemplary case of a patient with endocarditis and subsequent septic cerebral infarction...
August 3, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775050/risk-assessment-prognosis-and-guideline-implementation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Athénaïs Boucly, Jason Weatherald, Laurent Savale, Xavier Jaïs, Vincent Cottin, Grégoire Prevot, François Picard, Pascal de Groote, Mitja Jevnikar, Emmanuel Bergot, Ari Chaouat, Céline Chabanne, Arnaud Bourdin, Florence Parent, David Montani, Gérald Simonneau, Marc Humbert, Olivier Sitbon
Current European guidelines recommend periodic risk assessment for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The aim of our study was to determine the association between the number of low-risk criteria achieved within 1 year of diagnosis and long-term prognosis.Incident patients with idiopathic, heritable and drug-induced PAH between 2006 and 2016 were analysed. The number of low-risk criteria present at diagnosis and at first re-evaluation were assessed: World Health Organization (WHO)/New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class I or II, 6-min walking distance (6MWD) >440 m, right atrial pressure <8 mmHg and cardiac index ≥2...
August 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774157/the-potential-liver-brain-and-embryo-toxicity-of-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-on-mice
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Xiaochuan Jia, Shuo Wang, Lei Zhou, Li Sun
Nanoscale titanium dioxide (nano-TiO2) has been widely used in industry and medicine. However, the safety of nano-TiO2 exposure remains unclear. In this study, we evaluated the liver, brain, and embryo toxicity and the underlying mechanism of nano-TiO2 using mice models. The results showed that titanium was distributed to and accumulated in the heart, brain, spleen, lung, and kidney of mice after intraperitoneal (i.p.) nano-TiO2 exposure, in a dose-dependent manner. The organ/body weight ratios of the heart, spleen, and kidney were significantly increased, and those of the brain and lung were decreased...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768311/temporal-relation-between-myocardial-fibrosis-and-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-association-with-baseline-disease-severity-and-subsequent-outcome
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Erik B Schelbert, Yaron Fridman, Timothy C Wong, Hussein Abu Daya, Kayla M Piehler, Ajay Kadakkal, Christopher A Miller, Martin Ugander, Maren Maanja, Peter Kellman, Dipan J Shah, Kaleab Z Abebe, Marc A Simon, Giovanni Quarta, Michele Senni, Javed Butler, Javier Diez, Margaret M Redfield, Mihai Gheorghiade
Importance: Among myriad changes occurring during the evolution of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), cardiomyocyte-extracellular matrix interactions from excess collagen may affect microvascular, mechanical, and electrical function. Objective: To investigate whether myocardial fibrosis (MF) is similarly prevalent both in those with HFpEF and those at risk for HFpEF, similarly associating with disease severity and outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Observational cohort study from June 1, 2010, to September 17, 2015, with follow-up until December 14, 2015, at a cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) center serving an integrated health system...
August 2, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768058/prenatal-influence-of-congenital-heart-defects-on-trajectories-of-cortical-folding-of-the-fetal-brain-using-three-dimensional-ultrasound
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Irene V Koning, Anne W van Graafeiland, Irene A L Groenenberg, Sofie C Husen, Attie T J I Go, Jeroen Dudink, Sten P Willemsen, Jerome M J Cornette, Régine P M Steegers-Theunissen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prenatal influence of congenital heart defects (CHD) on trajectories of fetal cortical folding using three-dimensional ultrasound (3D-US). METHOD: We included 20 CHD fetuses and 193 controls for studying the fetal brain at 22, 26 and 32 weeks gestational age (GA). The Sylvian, insula and parieto-occipital fissure (POF) depths were measured using 3D-US and reliability was evaluated. Doppler indices of the umbilical artery and middle cerebral artery were measured to calculate the cerebro-placental ratio (CPR)...
August 2, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764220/to-evaluate-the-change-in-brain-natriuretic-peptide-levels-in-outpatients-with-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-and-its-association-with-functional-capacity-a-pilot-study
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Amarapalli Jayachandra, Vivek Aggarwal
INTRODUCTION: Literature is sparse on the clinical correlation of six minute walk test (6MWT) and Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels in ischemic Cardiomyopathy (Ischemic CMP) patients. New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification is most commonly used for functional assessment of Heart Failure (HF), which is very subjective. This limitation is overcome by 6MWT which has prognostic significance in addition to assessment of level of functional impairment. Serum BNP correlate with clinical severity of HF as assessed by NYHA class...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761252/additive-effect-of-photoactivated-disinfection-on-the-antibacterial-activity-of-qmix-2in1-against-6-week-enterococcus-faecalis-biofilms-an-in-vitro-study
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Deepa Vaid, Nimisha Shah, Dwij Kothari, Priyanka Bilgi
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of the additive effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on the antibacterial activity of 2.5% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and QMix against 6-week Enterococcus faecalis biofilms contaminated root canals. AIMS: To establish the most suitable irrigant for eradication of 6-week E. faecalis biofilms. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: In vitro study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 6-week E. faecalis (ATCC 29212) biofilm was formed in 190 extracted teeth that were subsequently subjected to irrigation protocols as follows...
January 2017: Journal of Conservative Dentistry: JCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750365/a-novel-evaluation-for-predicting-aortic-complicated-lesions-using-calcification-on-chest-x-ray
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Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, Tomotaka Tanaka, Sohei Yoshimura, Masatoshi Koga, Kazuyuki Nagatsuka, Kazunori Toyoda
BACKGROUND: The aorta is a significant source of cerebral thromboembolisms. Aortic complicated lesions (ACLs) are key findings on transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) for assessing aortic sources of emboli to the brain. TEE is sometimes avoided due to its invasiveness. However, few reports have examined alternative methods for predicting ACLs. We investigated relationships between aortic arch calcification (AAC) on chest X-ray and ACLs. METHODS: Participants comprised 300 patients with acute ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack who underwent TEE for the evaluation of the aortic arch and heart...
July 28, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
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