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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324493/introduction-to-telomeres-and-telomerase
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Zhou Songyang
Telomeres are ends of chromosomes that play an important part in the biology of eukaryotic cells. Continued optimization and development of technologies have enabled researchers to probe the mechanisms of telomere maintenance in ever expanding areas. A combination of molecular, genetic, proteomic, and biochemical approaches has revealed the complex and coordinated action of telomerase and telomere-associated proteins. The length and integrity of telomeres are maintained to prevent telomere dysfunction, which has been linked to senescence, aging, disease, and cancer...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324029/vital-directions-for-health-and-health-care-priorities-from-a-national-academy-of-medicine-initiative
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Victor J Dzau, Mark B McClellan, J Michael McGinnis, Sheila P Burke, Molly J Coye, Angela Diaz, Thomas A Daschle, William H Frist, Martha Gaines, Margaret A Hamburg, Jane E Henney, Shiriki Kumanyika, Michael O Leavitt, Ruth M Parker, Lewis G Sandy, Leonard D Schaeffer, Glenn D Steele, Pamela Thompson, Elias Zerhouni
Importance: Recent discussion has focused on questions related to the repeal and replacement of portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, issues central to the future of health and health care in the United States transcend the ACA provisions receiving the greatest attention. Initiatives directed to certain strategic and infrastructure priorities are vital to achieve better health at lower cost. Objectives: To review the most salient health challenges and opportunities facing the United States, to identify practical and achievable priorities essential to health progress, and to present policy initiatives critical to the nation's health and fiscal integrity...
March 21, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323952/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-mufa-or-fiber-rich-diet-on-hepatic-fat-in-pre-diabetes
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Isabel Errazuriz, Simmi Dube, Michael Slama, Roberto Visentin, Sunita Nayar, Helen O'Connor, Claudio Cobelli, Swapan Kumar Das, Ananda Basu, Walter Karl Kremers, John Port, Rita Basu
Context: Increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and prediabetes worldwide has been attributed, at least in part, to a modern lifestyle, in particular, to an unhealthy diet. Objective: To evaluate whether 12 weeks of high MUFA or fiber-rich weight maintenance diet lowers hepatic fat and improves glucose tolerance in people with prediabetes. Design: Subjects underwent a [6, 6-2H2] labeled 75 g oral glucose tolerance test to estimate hepatic insulin sensitivity (Siliver) along with measurement of liver fat fraction (LFF) using magnetic resonance spectroscopy before and after intervention...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323898/perfluorocarbon-reduces-cell-damage-from-blast-injury-by-inhibiting-signal-paths-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mapk-and-bcl-2-bax-signaling-pathway-in-a549-cells
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Zhaorui Zhang, Zhixin Liang, Huaidong Li, Chunsun Li, Zhen Yang, Yanqin Li, Danyang She, Lu Cao, Wenjie Wang, Changlin Liu, Liangan Chen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Blast lung injury is a common type of blast injury and has very high mortality. Therefore, research to identify medical therapies for blast injury is important. Perfluorocarbon (PFC) is used to improve gas exchange in diseased lungs and has anti-inflammatory functions in vitro and in vivo. The aim of this study was to determine whether PFC reduces damage to A549 cells caused by blast injury and to elucidate its possible mechanisms of action. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A549 alveolar epithelial cells exposed to blast waves were treated with and without PFC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319949/the-impact-of-kidney-development-on-the-life-course-a-consensus-document-for-action
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Hypertension and chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a significant impact on global morbidity and mortality. The Low Birth Weight and Nephron Number Working Group has prepared a consensus document aimed to address the relatively neglected issue for the developmental programming of hypertension and CKD. It emerged from a workshop held on April 2, 2016, including eminent internationally recognized experts in the field of obstetrics, neonatology, and nephrology. Through multidisciplinary engagement, the goal of the workshop was to highlight the association between fetal and childhood development and an increased risk of adult diseases, focusing on hypertension and CKD, and to suggest possible practical solutions for the future...
March 21, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319787/motor-impulsivity-differentiates-between-psychiatric-inpatients-with-multiple-versus-single-lifetime-suicide-attempts
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Victoria A Colborn, Jessica M LaCroix, Laura L Neely, Jennifer Tucker, Kanchana Perera, Samantha E Daruwala, Geoffrey Grammer, Jennifer Weaver, Marjan Ghahramanlou-Holloway
A history of multiple suicide attempts conveys greater risk for suicide than a single attempt. Impulsivity may partially explain the association between multiple attempts and increased risk. We examined trait impulsivity, ability to engage in goal-directed behaviors, and impulse control among psychiatrically hospitalized United States military personnel and their dependents. Individuals with a history of multiple versus single attempts had significantly higher motor impulsivity, indicating spur of the moment action...
March 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319389/potential-antiosteoporotic-natural-product-lead-compounds-that-inhibit-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-2
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Anna Vuorinen, Roger T Engeli, Susanne Leugger, Fabio Bachmann, Muhammad Akram, Atanas G Atanasov, Birgit Waltenberger, Veronika Temml, Hermann Stuppner, Liselotte Krenn, Sylvin B Ateba, Dieudonné Njamen, Rohan A Davis, Alex Odermatt, Daniela Schuster
17β-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (17β-HSD2) converts the active steroid hormones estradiol, testosterone, and 5α-dihydrotestosterone into their weakly active forms estrone, Δ(4)-androstene-3,17-dione, and 5α-androstane-3,17-dione, respectively, thereby regulating cell- and tissue-specific steroid action. As reduced levels of active steroids are associated with compromised bone health and onset of osteoporosis, 17β-HSD2 is considered a target for antiosteoporotic treatment. In this study, a pharmacophore model based on 17β-HSD2 inhibitors was applied to a virtual screening of various databases containing natural products in order to discover new lead structures from nature...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319052/a-tail-of-opioid-receptor-variants
#8
Stephanie Puig, Howard B Gutstein
Opioids are the gold-standard treatment for severe pain. However, potentially life-threatening side effects decrease the safety and effectiveness of these compounds. The addiction liability of these drugs has led to the current epidemic of opioid abuse in the US. Extensive research efforts have focused on trying to dissociate the analgesic properties of opioids from their undesirable side effects. Splice variants of the mu opioid receptor (MOR), which mediates opioid actions, have unique pharmacological properties and anatomic distributions that make them attractive candidates for therapeutic pain relief...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318939/early-metabolic-improvement-after-bariatric-surgery-the-first-steps-toward-remission-of-type-2-diabetes
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REVIEW
Thomas Grenier-Larouche, Anne-Marie Carreau, André C Carpentier
The introduction of bariatric surgery into clinical practice in the 1980s was followed by a relatively long watch-and-wait period before the very rapid accumulation of scientific literature, over the past decade, concerning its clinical effectiveness and safety and its mechanisms of action in the treatment of obesity. These surgical procedures now emerge as the most effective therapeutic modality to induce long-term remission of type 2 diabetes. Recent research has shed light on the potential mechanisms leading to the profound improvement of glucose homeostasis following most bariatric surgery procedures...
March 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318760/from-undocumented-to-lawfully-present-do-changes-to-legal-status-impact-psychological-wellbeing-among-latino-immigrant-young-adults
#10
Caitlin Patler, Whitney Laster Pirtle
Exclusionary immigration policies, as a form of structural racism, have led to a sizeable undocumented population that is largely barred from access to resources in the United States. Existing research suggests that undocumented immigration status detrimentally impacts mobility, yet few studies have tested the impacts of legal status on psychological wellbeing. Most importantly, we know little about how changes to legal status impact wellbeing. Announced in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows eligible undocumented youth to apply for temporary lawful status...
March 9, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318674/organ-donor-management-eight-common-recommendations-and-actions-that-deserve-reflection
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C Chamorro-Jambrina, M R Muñoz-Ramírez, J L Martínez-Melgar, M S Pérez-Cornejo
Despite major advances in our understanding of the physiopathology of brain death (BD), there are important controversies as to which protocol is the most appropriate for organ donor management. Many recent reviews on this subject offer recommendations that are sometimes contradictory and in some cases are not applied to other critically ill patients. This article offers a review of the publications (many of them recent) with an impact upon these controversial measures and which can help to confirm, refute or open new areas of research into the most appropriate measures for the management of organ donors in BD, and which should contribute to discard certain established recommendations based on preconceived ideas, that lead to actions lacking a physiopathological basis...
March 16, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318602/metals-hormones-and-sexual-maturation-in-flemish-adolescents-in-three-cross-sectional-studies-2002-2015
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Sam De Craemer, Kim Croes, Nicolas van Larebeke, Stefaan De Henauw, Greet Schoeters, Eva Govarts, Ilse Loots, Tim Nawrot, Vera Nelen, Elly Den Hond, Liesbeth Bruckers, Yue Gao, Willy Baeyens
Sex hormone levels and timing of sexual maturation are considered important markers for health status of adolescents in puberty, and previous research suggests they might be influenced by metal exposure. In three campaigns of the Flemish Environment and Health Study (FLEHS I 2002-2006; FLEHS II 2007-2011 and FLEHS III 2012-2015), data were collected on internal exposure to metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, Cr, Mn, Tl, Ni, Sb, Hg, As and As species) and sexual maturation in 2671 14-15years old adolescents. All metals were measured in blood and/or urine, except total- and methylmercury which were measured in hair samples...
March 17, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318522/prognostic-stratification-and-healthcare-approach-in-patients-with-multiple-pathologies
#13
M Bernabeu-Wittel, B Barón-Franco, D Nieto-Martín, L Moreno-Gaviño, N Ramírez-Duque, M Ollero-Baturone
Polypathological patients constitute a prevalent, fairly homogeneous population, which is characterised by high clinical complexity, substantial vulnerability and significant resource consumption, in addition to high mortality and the need for comprehensive, coordinated care. It is particularly important to establish a reliable prognosis in these patients. It is also extremely useful for professionals involved in the decision-making process for patients and their families in vital planning and their preferences, for strategic health planning in management fields, and for clinical research, by facilitating their incorporation into clinical trials and other intervention studies...
March 16, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318367/combinatorial-control-of-messenger-rnas-by-pumilio-nanos-and-brain-tumor-proteins
#14
René M Arvola, Chase A Weidmann, Traci M Tanaka Hall, Aaron C Goldstrohm
Eukaryotes possess a vast array of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that affect mRNAs in diverse ways to control protein expression. Combinatorial regulation of mRNAs by RBPs is emerging as the rule. No example illustrates this as vividly as the partnership of three Drosophila RBPs, Pumilio, Nanos and Brain Tumor, which have overlapping functions in development, stem cell maintenance and differentiation, fertility and neurological processes. Here we synthesize thirty years of research with new insights into their molecular functions and mechanisms of action...
March 20, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318351/retinoids-a-journey-from-the-molecular-structures-and-mechanisms-of-action-to-clinical-uses-in-dermatology-and-adverse-effects
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Samar Khalil, Tara Bardawil, Carla Stephan, Nadine Darwiche, Ossama Abbas, Abdul Ghani Kibbi, Georges Nemer, Mazen Kurban
Retinoids are a class of compounds derived from vitamin A or have structural and/or functional similarity with vitamin A. They are classified into three generations based on their molecular structures. Inside the body, retinoids bind to several classes of proteins including retinoid-binding proteins and retinoid nuclear receptors. This eventually leads to the activation of specific regulatory regions of DNA - called the retinoic acid response elements - involved in regulating cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318146/allen-newell-s-program-of-research-the-video-game-test
#16
Fernand Gobet
Newell (1973) argued that progress in psychology was slow because research focused on experiments trying to answer binary questions, such as serial versus parallel processing. In addition, not enough attention was paid to the strategies used by participants, and there was a lack of theories implemented as computer models offering sufficient precision for being tested rigorously. He proposed a three-headed research program: to develop computational models able to carry out the task they aimed to explain; to study one complex task in detail, such as chess; and to build computational models that can account for multiple tasks...
March 20, 2017: Topics in Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317574/role-of-oral-microbial-infections-in-oral-cancer
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REVIEW
Brett L Ferguson, Scott Barber, Imani H Asher, Chalmers R Wood
The role of bacterial and viral carcinogenesis in the oral cavity is increasingly of interest, as a means to provide more methods of cancer prevention. There may be relationships between bacteria and multiple strains of viruses in the progression of malignancy. Cancer cause is closely related to the type of carcinogen, as well as the synergistic or additive actions of combined risk factors, the susceptibility of the host, and duration of interaction between host and exposure to risk factor. Much research is underway to further define the role of microbial and bacterial agents in the progression of malignancy...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317449/safety-leadership-and-systems-thinking-application-and-evaluation-of-a-risk-management-framework-in-the-mining-industry
#18
Sarah-Louise Donovan, Paul M Salmon, Michael G Lenné, Tim Horberry
Safety leadership is an important factor in supporting safety in high-risk industries. This article contends that applying systems-thinking methods to examine safety leadership can support improved learning from incidents. A case study analysis was undertaken of a large-scale mining landslide incident in which no injuries or fatalities were incurred. A multi-method approach was adopted, in which the Critical Decision Method, Rasmussen's Risk Management Framework, and Accimap method were applied to examine the safety leadership decisions and actions which enabled the safe outcome...
March 18, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317317/the-neuroprotective-effects-of-caffeine-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Mahshad Kolahdouzan, Mazen J Hamadeh
Caffeine is the most widely used psychostimulant in Western countries, with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties. In Alzheimer's disease (AD), caffeine is beneficial in both men and women, in humans and animals. Similar effects of caffeine were observed in men with Parkinson's disease (PD); however, the effect of caffeine in female PD patients is controversial due to caffeine's competition with estrogen for the estrogen-metabolizing enzyme, CYP1A2. Studies conducted in animal models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) showed protective effects of A2A R antagonism...
April 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317148/bortezomib-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-a-genome-wide-association-study-on-multiple-myeloma-patients
#20
Chiara Campo, Miguel Inacio da Silva Filho, Niels Weinhold, Seyed Hamidreza Mahmoudpour, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Kari Hemminki, Maximilian Merz, Asta Försti
The proteasome-inhibitor bortezomib was introduced into the treatment of multiple myeloma more than a decade ago. It is clinically beneficial, but peripheral neuropathy (PNP) is a side effect that may limit its use in some patients. To examine the possible genetic predisposing factors to PNP, we performed a genome-wide association study on 646 bortezomib-treated German multiple myeloma patients. Our aim was to identify genetic risk variants associated with the development of PNP as a serious side effect of the treatment...
March 20, 2017: Hematological Oncology
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