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Predictive Value of Age-Bilirubin-International Normalized Ratio-Creatinine Score in Short-Term Survival of Acute-on-Chronic Hepatitis B Liver Failure.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2484-2495. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Hepatic Surgery, The Third Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong, China.

Background/aims: The age-bilirubin-international normalized ratio-creatinine (ABIC) score, which is a predictive model commonly used for alcoholic hepatitis, has not yet been studied in acute-on-chronic hepatitis B liver failure (HBV-ACLF). We aimed to investigate the predictive value of the ABIC score in patients with HBV-ACLF.

Methods: This retrospective study involved 398 patients diagnosed with HBV-ACLF, who were divided into a training cohort of 305 patients and a validation cohort of 93 patients. Read More

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December 2018

Renal Functions and Prognosis Stratification in Chronic Heart Failure Patients and the Importance of Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin.

Kidney Blood Press Res 2018 Dec 7;43(6):1865-1877. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Internal Cardiology Medicine, Faculty Hospital Brno, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

Background/aims: The rate of incidence and prevalence of acute kidney injury is increasing due to an increased number of patients with heart failure. Therefore it is very pertinent to early detect the level of renal injuries and to make necessary heart failure predictions. Thus the aim of this study is to determine renal functions and prognosis stratification in chronic heart failure patients and importance of Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin (NGAL), an early diagnostic marker of acute kidney injury, as well as stratification of cardiovascular risk in heart failure patients. Read More

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December 2018

Cortisol Stress Reactivity to the Trier Social Stress Test in Obese Adults.

Obes Facts 2018 Dec 11;11(6):491-500. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Objective: Approximately 600 million adults worldwide suffer from obesity. In addition to individual's eating behavior and lack of physical activity in the development of obesity and overweight, psychosocial stress as well as hormonal stress reactivity must also be considered as important contributing factors. In the current study we compared the cortisol stress response pathway in a psychosocial stress induction (Trier Social Stress Test; TSST) with obese individuals and normal-weight controls. Read More

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December 2018
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Highly sensitive nitric oxide gas sensor based on ZnO-nanorods vertical resistor operated at room temperature.

Nanotechnology 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Electronics Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, 1001 Ta-Hsueh Road, Hsinchu 300, TAIWAN, Hsinchu, TAIWAN.

We successfully demonstrated a simple and low-cost nitric oxide (NO) gas sensor to deliver parts-per-billion (ppb) regime detection at room temperature operation. A vertical-channel ZnO nanorods resistor is fabricated by putting silver nanowire electrode onto the hydrothermal ZnO nanorods film. With suitable process condition, the nanorods film exhibits a uniform morphology to enable the formation of gas-permeable nanowire top electrode while also the nanorods provide good surface-to-volume ratio to deliver strong reaction with NO gas. Read More

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December 2018

Prospective study of clinical, neurophysiological and urodynamic findings in multiple scleosis patients undergoing percutaneous transluminal venous angioplasty.

Clin Neurophysiol 2018 Nov 26;130(1):138-144. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience, Unit of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Siena, Italy. Electronic address:

Objective: Verify whether Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) may affect neural conduction properties in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, thereby modifying patients' disability, with prospective neurophysiological, urodynamic, clinical and subjective well-being evaluations.

Methods: In 55 out of 72 consecutively screened MS patients, the following procedures were carried out before (T0), at 2-6 months (T1) and at 6-15 months (T2) after a diagnostic phlebography, eventually followed by the PTA intervention if chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) was diagnosed: clinical/objective evaluation (Expanded Disability Status Scale, EDSS), ratings of subjective well-being, evaluation of urodynamic functions and multimodal EPs (visual, acoustic, upper and lower limbs somatosensory and motor evoked potentials).

Results: The number of dropouts was relatively high, and a complete set of neurophysiological and clinical data remained available for 37 patients (19 for urological investigations). Read More

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November 2018

Is antibody-mediated rejection in kidney transplant recipients a risk factor for developing cytomegalovirus or BK virus infection? Results from a case-control study.

J Clin Virol 2018 Dec 1;110:45-50. Epub 2018 Dec 1.

Infectious Diseases Department, Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain; Departament of Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

Background: Data are scarce on cytomegalovirus (CMV) and BK virus (BKV) infection after antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR).

Objectives: We hypothesized that the immunological response in patients with ABMR or the immune modulation associated with its treatment could predispose to CMV and BKV infection. Our objective was to investigate this hypothesis. Read More

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December 2018

Distal Thrombectomy for Acute Anterior Circulation Stroke with Chronic Large Vessel Occlusion.

World Neurosurg 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Neurology, Shandong Provincial Qianfoshan Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan, 250014, Shandong, China. Electronic address:

Background: Endovascular therapy has been increasingly recommended for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke with large vessel occlusion of the anterior circulation. However, occlusions of the distal cerebral artery are not uncommon and may cause clinical deficits, especially when combined with ipsilateral chronic large vessel occlusion. Therefore, in this patient population, the recognition of chronic occlusion and recanalization of the distal occlusive artery might be of great value for flow compensation. Read More

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December 2018

Treatment of chronic osteomyelitis with multi-dose oritavancin: a case series and literature review.

Int J Antimicrob Agents 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Downtown Dublin Wound Center, Meadows Regional Medical Center, Dublin, GA, 31021, USA.

Osteomyelitis remains difficult to treat, typically requiring a prolonged course of intravenous (IV) antibiotics. The optimal route and duration of antibiotics remains ill-defined due to limited prospective clinical trials. Oritavancin is a long acting, semisynthetic, lipoglycopeptide antibiotic with rapid, concentration-dependent bactericidal activity against many Gram-positive organisms. Read More

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December 2018

BH3-Mimetic Drugs: Blazing the Trail for New Cancer Medicines.

Cancer Cell 2018 Dec;34(6):879-891

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia; Department of Medical Biology, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia. Electronic address:

Defects in apoptotic cell death can promote cancer and impair responses of malignant cells to anti-cancer therapy. Pro-survival BCL-2 proteins prevent apoptosis by keeping the cell death effectors, BAX and BAK, in check. The BH3-only proteins initiate apoptosis by neutralizing the pro-survival BCL-2 proteins. Read More

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December 2018

From Basic Knowledge to Effective Therapies.

Cancer Cell 2018 Dec;34(6):871-873

Division of Cancer Epigenomics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany; The German Cancer Research Consortium. Electronic address:

In this issue of Cancer Cell, Ott et al. use integrative analysis of histone ChIP-seq and ATAC-seq to describe enhancer-based regulatory circuits in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This work identified and validated transcription factor PAX5 as main driver of an oncogenic circuitry, which can be disrupted by BET bromodomain inhibition. Read More

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December 2018

Novel trends in application of stem cells in skin wound healing.

Eur J Pharmacol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Centre of Biotechnology, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland; LinkoCare Life Sciences AB, Sweden; Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, UPR4301 CNRS CS80054, Rue Charles Sadron, 45071 Orleans cedex 2, France.

The latest findings indicate the huge therapeutic potential of stem cells in regenerative medicine, including the healing of chronic wounds. Main stem cell types involved in wound healing process are: epidermal and dermal stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). In the therapy of chronic wounds, they can be administrated either topically or using different matrix like hydrogels, scaffolds, dermal substitutes and extracellular matrix (ECM) derivatives. Read More

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December 2018
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Preferences for rural specialist health care in the treatment of Parkinson.

Aust J Prim Health 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

People living with Parkinson's disease (PWPD) in rural areas have limited access to local condition-specific care. This paper examines the healthcare preferences of PWPD living in rural areas and how a community-driven initiative to employ a movement disorder nurse (MDN) functioned to address barriers to health services access. A qualitative design facilitated an understanding of how interactions with the health system shaped PWPD and their carer's experiences of living in a regional community. Read More

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December 2018

Microbiota modulation by eating patterns and diet composition: impact on food intake.

Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2018 Dec 19;315(6):R1254-R1260. Epub 2018 Sep 19.

Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia , Athens, Georgia.

There is accumulating evidence that the gut microbiota and its composition dynamics play a crucial role in regulating the host physiological functions and behavior. Diet composition is the primary modulator of bacterial richness and abundance in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Macronutrient (fat, sugar, and protein) and fiber contents are especially important in determining microbiota composition and its effect on health outcomes and behavior. Read More

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December 2018
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Elevated resting blood pressure augments autonomic imbalance in posttraumatic stress disorder.

Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2018 Dec 10;315(6):R1272-R1280. Epub 2018 Oct 10.

Renal Division, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine , Atlanta, Georgia.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by increased sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity, blunted parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activity, and impaired baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), which contribute to accelerated cardiovascular disease. Patients with PTSD also have chronic stress-related elevations in resting blood pressure (BP), often in the prehypertensive range; yet, it is unclear if elevated resting blood pressure (ERBP) augments these autonomic derangements in PTSD. We hypothesized that compared with normotensive PTSD (N-PTSD), those with ERBP (E-PTSD) have further increased SNS, decreased PNS activity, and impaired BRS at rest and exaggerated SNS reactivity, PNS withdrawal, and pressor responses during stress. Read More

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December 2018

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia and immune thrombocytopenia following hematopoietic stem cell transplant: A critical review of the literature.

Pediatr Blood Cancer 2018 Dec 10:e27569. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology Section, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Autoimmune cytopenias (AIC) post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) are rare but exceptionally challenging complication. We conducted a comprehensive literature review and identified a pooled incidence of post-HSCT autoimmune hemolytic anemia and/or immune thrombocytopenia of 2.66% (SE = 0. Read More

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December 2018

Genes known to escape X chromosome inactivation predict co-morbid chronic musculoskeletal pain and posttraumatic stress symptom development in women following trauma exposure.

Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Institute for Trauma Recovery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Co-morbid chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMSP) and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) are frequent sequelae of motor vehicle collision, are associated with greater disability than either outcome alone, and are more prevalent in women than men. In the current study we assessed for evidence that gene transcripts originating from the X chromosome contribute to sex differences in vulnerability to CMSP and PTSS after motor vehicle collision. Nested samples were drawn from a longitudinal study of African American individuals, and CMSP (0-10 numeric rating scale) and PTSS (impact of events scale, revised) outcomes were assessed 6 months following motor vehicle collision. Read More

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December 2018
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Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival by Socioeconomic Status Despite Medicare and Medicaid Insurance.

Milbank Q 2018 Dec;96(4):706-754

Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Policy Points Patients with low socioeconomic status (SES) experience poorer survival rates after diagnosis of breast cancer, even when enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Most of the difference in survival is due to more advanced cancer on presentation and the general poor health of lower SES patients, while only a very small fraction of the SES disparity is due to differences in cancer treatment. Even when comparing only low- versus not-low-SES whites (without confounding by race) the survival disparity between disparate white SES populations is very large and is associated with lower use of preventive care, despite having insurance. Read More

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December 2018

IL-37 alleviates house dust mite-induced chronic allergic asthma by targeting TSLP through the NF-κB & ERK1/2 signaling pathways.

Immunol Cell Biol 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Pulmonary Diseases, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Institute of Respiratory Diseases of Sun Yat, Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Interleukin (IL)-37 has been described as a negative regulator of immune responses and is critical for asthma pathogenesis, but the mechanisms behind the protective role of IL-37 against allergic asthma are less well understood. We show here that IL-37 administered intranasally (i.n. Read More

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December 2018

A New Drug Delivery System based on Tauroursodeoxycholic Acid and PEDOT.

Chemistry 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

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Localized drug delivery represents one of the most challenging uses of systems based on conductive polymer films. Typically, anionic drugs are incorporated within conductive polymers through the electrostatic interaction with the positively charged polymer. Following this approach, the synthetic glucocorticoid Dexamethasone-phosphate is often delivered from neural probes to reduce the inflammation of the surrounding tissue. Read More

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December 2018

Virus genotyping by massive parallel amplicon sequencing: adenovirus and enterovirus in the Norwegian MIDIA study.

J Med Virol 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Division of Mental and Physical Health, Department of Chronic Diseases and Ageing, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.

Objectives: Direct genotyping of adenovirus or enterovirus from clinical material using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by Sanger sequencing is often difficult due to the presence of multiple virus types in a sample, or due to varying efficacy of PCR amplifying the capsid gene on the background of foreign nucleic acids. Here we present a simple protocol for virus genotyping using massive parallel amplicon sequencing.

Methods: The protocol utilized a set of 16 tailed degenerate primers flanking the seventh hypervariable region of the adenovirus hexon gene and 9 tailed degenerate primers targeted to the proximal portion of the enterovirus VP1 gene. Read More

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December 2018

Effects of chronic diseases on health-related quality of life and self-rated health among three adult age groups.

Nurs Health Sci 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Health Services and Outcomes Research, National Healthcare Group, Singapore.

Little is known about whether there is any difference in associations of chronic diseases with health-related quality of life and self-rated health across age groups. The purpose of the present study was to examine the associations of one specific and multiple chronic diseases with health-related quality of life and self-rated health (measured using the 5-level EQ-5D version) in three age groups: young (21-44 years), middle-aged (45-64 years), and older adults (≥65 years). Secondary data analysis of 1932 participants in the Population Health Index Survey was performed. Read More

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December 2018

Osteitis is associated with dysregulated pro-osteoblastic activity in patients with nasal polyps.

Laryngoscope 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Objectives/hypothesis: The overlying inflammatory mucosa plays a crucial role in the initiation of osteitis; however, the molecular mechanism is unclear. The objective of this study was to explore the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) pathway and to correlate the expression of key signaling molecules with the degree of osteitis in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP).

Study Design: Prospective experimental analysis. Read More

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December 2018

Serum liver fibrosis markers discriminate significant liver inflammation in chronic hepatitis B patients with normal or near-normal alanine aminotransferase.

J Med Virol 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Chronic liver inflammation caused by chronic hepatitis B virus (CHB) infection leads to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Recently, the role of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) as a predictor of liver inflammation has been questioned. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of noninvasive fibrosis markers including hyaluronic acid (HA), collagen type IV (CIV), N-terminal propeptide of type III procollagen (PIIINP), and laminin (LN) in identifying significant liver inflammation in patients with CHB, especially in patients with normal or near-normal ALT. Read More

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December 2018

Effectiveness of self-management program in people with chronic kidney disease: A pragmatic randomized controlled trial.

J Adv Nurs 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia.

Aims: To examine the effectiveness of a self-management intervention compared with usual care in adults with chronic kidney disease on self-management, knowledge, self-efficacy, health-related quality of life and blood pressure.

Design: A parallel group randomized controlled trial.

Methods: Patients aged ≥ 18 years with chronic kidney disease stages 3-5 were recruited between November 2015 - June 2016. Read More

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December 2018

Effects of GST variants on the risk odds of hematological malignancy: A meta-analysis.

J Cell Biochem 2018 Dec 9. Epub 2018 Dec 9.

Department of Medical Oncology, Linyi Cancer Hospital, Linyi, Shandong, China.

Background: Whether glutathione S-transferases (GST) polymorphisms influence the risk odds of hematological malignancy remains controversial. Therefore, we performed this meta-analysis to better analyze correlations between GST polymorphisms and hematological malignancy.

Methods: Literature retrieve was conducted in PubMed, MEDLINE, and Embase. Read More

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December 2018

Multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome is not caused by contact allergy.

Contact Dermatitis 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Cutaneous Allergy, St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

There is a lack of published data on the role of patch testing in patients with so-called multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also known as idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI). This disputed chronic condition is characterised by symptoms that the affected person attributes to low-level exposures to commonly used chemicals. Symptoms are typically vague and non-specific and may include fatigue, headaches, nausea, dizziness, a sensation of skin burning or pain. Read More

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December 2018
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Effects of the strict control of blood pressure in pediatric renal transplant recipients-ESCORT trial.

Pediatr Transplant 2018 Dec 9:e13329. Epub 2018 Dec 9.

Department of Pediatrics and Transplantation Center, University Hospital Motol, 2nd Medical Faculty Prague, Charles University Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.

Objectives: Strict BP control can retard progression of CKD in children. This prospective 3-year randomized controlled trial is aimed to investigate whether strict BP control can retard progression of chronic allograft dysfunction.

Methods: Twenty-three pediatric patients were randomly selected to the standard BP group (STAND, target 24-hour MAP 50-95th percentile, n = 11) or the intensified BP group (INTENS, target 24-hour MAP <50th percentile, n = 12). Read More

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December 2018

MYD88 L265P mutations identify a prognostic gene expression signature and a pathway for targeted inhibition in CLL.

Br J Haematol 2018 Dec 9. Epub 2018 Dec 9.

Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA.

The L265P somatic mutation in the Myeloid Differentiation Primary Response 88 (MYD88) gene is a recurrent mutation in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). This mutation has functional effects in various haematological malignancies but its role in CLL remains to be fully elucidated. Here, we report that MYD88 L265P mutations are associated with mutated immunoglobulin heavy-chain gene (IGHV-M) status and that among IGHV-M patients, the presence of MYD88 L265P is associated with younger age at diagnosis. Read More

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December 2018

Mothering under political violence: Post-traumatic symptoms, observed maternal parenting practices and child externalising behaviour.

Int J Psychol 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

Using the family stress model as our conceptual framework, we explored whether observed maternal parenting practices (positive and coercive) account for the associations between mothers' post-traumatic stress symptoms and children's externalising behaviours. Mothers' self-reported post-traumatic stress symptoms, observed maternal practices, and reports of children's externalising behaviour were collected from 123 Israeli mothers and their children, who were exposed to ongoing rocket attacks in southern Israel. A structural equation model revealed that mothers' post-traumatic stress symptoms were linked with greater maternal coercive parenting practices, which in turn were associated with more externalising behaviours in children. Read More

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December 2018

Neuroactive steroid levels and cocaine use chronicity in men and women with cocaine use disorder receiving progesterone or placebo.

Am J Addict 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

The Yale Stress Center, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.

Background And Objectives: Neuroactive steroids (NAS) may play a role in addiction, with observed increases in response to acute stress and drug use, but decreases with chronic substance use, suggesting that NAS neuroadaptations may occur with chronic substance use. However, levels of NAS in addicted individuals have not been systematically examined. Here, we evaluated a panel of NAS in men and women with cocaine use disorder (CUD) who participated in a clinical laboratory study of progesterone. Read More

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December 2018

Anaemia in pregnancy among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of Far North Queensland: A retrospective cohort study.

Nutr Diet 2018 Nov;75(5):457-467

Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Aim: Anaemia during pregnancy is common worldwide. In Australia between 7.1% and 11% of mothers have been reported to have anaemia in pregnancy. Read More

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November 2018

Exosomes in chronic inflammatory skin diseases and skin tumors.

Exp Dermatol 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Dermatology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China.

Exosomes are a type of endosome that can mediate communication between cells and the transport of cellular components such as microRNAs, mRNAs, proteins and DNA. Recently, exosomes have been under investigation for their significant roles in both healthy physiology and disease states. Herein, we review the role of exosomes in chronic inflammatory skin diseases and skin tumors, especially focusing on systemic lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, bullous pemphigoid and melanoma. Read More

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December 2018
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Implantable cardiac defibrillators for people with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2018 Dec 8;12:CD012738. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

Background: There is evidence that implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) for primary prevention in people with an ischaemic cardiomyopathy improves survival rate. The evidence supporting this intervention in people with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy is not as definitive, with the recently published DANISH trial finding no improvement in survival rate. A systematic review of all eligible studies was needed to evaluate the benefits and harms of using ICDs for primary prevention in people with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Read More

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December 2018

Myeloid-derived suppressor cells and tumor: Current knowledge and future perspectives.

J Cell Physiol 2018 Dec 7. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Immunology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

The immunosuppressive features of tumor lesions participate not only as one of the major players inducing cancer progression but also a big challenge for effective immunotherapy. It has been found that immunosuppression associated with chronic inflammatory factors, such as growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines is generated by stroma and tumor cells. Chronic and exhaustive secretion of these mediators triggers the generation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) demonstrating one of the key players engaged in tumor immunosuppression. Read More

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December 2018

HIV Disease Progression: Overexpression of the Ectoenzyme CD38 as a Contributory Factor?

Bioessays 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Laboratory of Integrative Immunology, National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER), Calzada de Tlalpan 4502, 14080 Mexico City, Mexico.

Despite abundant evidence associating CD38 overexpression and CD4 T cell depletion in HIV infection, no causal relation has been investigated. To address this issue, a series of mechanisms are proposed, supported by evidence from different fields, by which CD38 overexpression can facilitate CD4 T cell depletion in HIV infection. According to this model, increased catalytic activity of CD38 may reduce CD4 T cells' cytoplasmic nicotin-amide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), leading to a chronic Warburg effect. Read More

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December 2018
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Trial Versus No Trial of Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Neuropathic Pain: Cost Analysis in United Kingdom National Health Service.

Neuromodulation 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals, Basildon, UK.

Objectives: The aim of the current project was to evaluate the spinal cord stimulation (SCS) screening trial success rate threshold to obtain the same cost impact across two identical sets of patients following either a prolonged screening trial prior to implantation strategy or a full implant without a screening trial.

Materials And Methods: A cost impact analysis was carried out from a health care perspective and considered trial to implant rates reported in the literature. Items of resource use were costed using national averages obtained from the National Health Service (NHS) reference cost data base. Read More

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December 2018

Functional fat injection under local anesthesia to treat severe postsurgical dysphagia, a case report.

Head Neck 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Division of Otorhinolaryngology, San Giuseppe Hospital, IRCCS Multimedica, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.

Background: In this study, we present the first application of functional fat injection performed under local anesthesia in the treatment of severe dysphagia secondary to head and neck cancer surgery.

Methods: Functional fat injection was performed using a transcervical approach. Control of injection depth and site was performed through a transnasal flexible endoscope. Read More

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December 2018

Remote monitoring of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: Patient experiences and preferences for follow-up.

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Cardiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Background: Patient satisfaction with remote patient monitoring (RPM) of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) seems to be high, yet knowledge on long-term patient experiences is limited. The European REMOTE-CIED study explored patient experiences with RPM, examined patient preferences for ICD follow-up, and identified determinants of patient preferences in the first two years post-implantation.

Methods: European heart failure patients (N = 300; median age = 66 years (IQR = 59-73), and 22% female) with a first-time ICD received a Boston Scientific LATITUDE® RPM system and had scheduled in-clinic follow-ups once a year. Read More

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December 2018

Angioplasty versus stenting for infrapopliteal arterial lesions in chronic limb-threatening ischaemia.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2018 Dec 8;12:CD009195. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Medical Imaging, Gold Coast University Hospital, 1 Hospital Blvd, Southport, Queensland, Australia, 4215.

Background: Chronic limb-threatening ischaemia (CLTI) is a manifestation of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) that includes chronic ischaemic rest pain or ischaemic skin lesions, ulcers, or gangrene for longer than two weeks. The severity of the disease depends on the extent of arterial stenosis and the availability of collateral circulation. Treatment for CLTI aims to relieve ischaemic pain, heal ischaemic ulcers, prevent limb loss, improve quality of life, and prolong survival. Read More

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December 2018
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Complement factor and T-cell interactions during alloimmune inflammation in transplantation.

J Leukoc Biol 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Organ Transplant Research Section, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Complement factor and T-cell signaling during an effective alloimmune response plays a key role in transplant-associated injury, which leads to the progression of chronic rejection (CR). During an alloimmune response, activated complement factors (C3a and C5a) bind to their corresponding receptors (C3aR and C5aR) on a number of lymphocytes, including T-regulatory cells (Tregs), and these cell-molecular interactions have been vital to modulate an effective immune response to/from Th1-effector cell and Treg activities, which result in massive inflammation, microvascular impairments, and fibrotic remodeling. Involvement of the complement-mediated cell signaling during transplantation signifies a crucial role of complement components as a key therapeutic switch to regulate ongoing inflammatory state, and further to avoid the progression of CR of the transplanted organ. Read More

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December 2018

Impact of Diabetes on Clinical Periodontal Outcomes Following Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy.

J Clin Periodontol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX.

Aim: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the impact of diabetes mellitus on clinical outcomes of non-surgical periodontal therapy.

Materials And Methods: Searches were conducted in electronic databases to screen studies published from January 1960 to August 2018. The included studies had at least two groups of patients: chronic periodontitis only (P) or both diabetes and chronic periodontitis (DMP). Read More

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December 2018

Otopathology in Angiosarcoma of the Temporal Bone.

Laryngoscope 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Objectives/hypothesis: Investigate the otopathology of angiosarcoma of the temporal bone, which has not been previously described in the literature.

Study Design: Postmortem evaluation and literature review.

Methods: Postmortem histological evaluation of the temporal bones and review of the literature for the treatment and prognosis of this rare disease were performed. Read More

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December 2018

Differential Mucosal Gene Expression Patterns in Candida-Associated, Chronic Oral Denture Stomatitis.

J Prosthodont 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Touro College of Pharmacy, New York, NY.

Purpose: Denture stomatitis is a common condition manifested by inflammation of the oral mucous membrane beneath a denture. The objective of this study was to compare the transcriptome of human palatal mucosa with chronic oral stomatitis-associated Candida albicans infection to that of healthy oral mucosa.

Materials And Methods: Oral palatal biopsies were obtained from 17 healthy and 15 C. Read More

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December 2018

Protective effects of plant-derived natural products on renal complications.

J Cell Physiol 2018 Dec 7. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Biotechnology Research Center, Pharmaceutical Technology Institute, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

Diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of renal failure worldwide. This debilitating disorder has several underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms, and therefore a variety of pharmacologic agents have been developed to prevent or treat diabetic nephropathy; however, synthetic drugs may possess unfavorable side effects. In response to this, the global use of herbal-based pharmacologic agents is increasing among diabetic patients. Read More

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December 2018

Robust kidney perfusion mapping in pediatric chronic kidney disease using single-shot 3D-GRASE ASL with optimized retrospective motion correction.

Magn Reson Med 2018 Dec 7. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, United Kingdom.

Purpose: To develop a robust renal arterial spin labeling (ASL) acquisition and processing strategy for mapping renal blood flow (RBF) in a pediatric cohort with severe kidney disease.

Methods: A single-shot background-suppressed 3D gradient and spin-echo (GRASE) flow-sensitive alternating inversion recovery (FAIR) ASL acquisition method was used to perform 2 studies. First, an evaluation of the feasibility of single-shot 3D-GRASE and retrospective noise reduction methods was performed in healthy volunteers. Read More

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December 2018

Incidence, severity, longitudinal trends and predictors of acute and chronic oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy in Taiwanese patients with colorectal cancer.

Eur J Cancer Care (Engl) 2018 Dec 10:e12976. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Lin-Ko, Taiwan.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the longitudinal incidence, severity, pattern of changes or predictors of oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy (OXAIPN) in Taiwanese patients with colorectal cancer. A longitudinal repeated measures study design was employed, and 77 participants were recruited from the colorectal and oncology departments of two teaching medical centres in Taiwan. Physical examinations were performed, and self-reports regarding adverse impacts of OXAIPN and quality of life were obtained at five time points throughout 12 cycles of chemotherapy (C/T). Read More

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December 2018

Ruxolitinib treatment for steroid refractory acute and chronic graft versus host disease in children: Clinical and immunological results.

Am J Hematol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Stem cell transplant unit, Avda. Menendez Pelayo n°65, Hospital Niño Jesús (Madrid).

Ruxolitinib is a promising treatment for steroid refractory graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). However, data concerning effects on T cells are probably involved in increased risk of opportunistic infections. We analyzed clinical and immunological changes in children with GvHD taking ruxolitinib. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular and cellular basis of depigmentation in vitiligo patients.

Exp Dermatol 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Institut Curie, PSL Research University, INSERM U1021, Normal and Pathological Development of Melanocytes, Orsay, France.

Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease characterized by the appearance of zones of depigmentation. It is mostly described as an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys the melanocytes. Consistent with this origin, genetic studies have implicated genes encoding proteins mediating the immune response targeting melanocytes in the etiology of this disease, together with proteins specific to these cells. Read More

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Farnesoid X receptor interacts with cAMP response element binding protein to modulate glucagon-like peptide-1 (7-36) amide secretion by intestinal L cell.

J Cell Physiol 2018 Dec 7. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of General Surgery, Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, China.

Type II diabetes is a complex, chronic, and progressive disease. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (7-36) amide (GLP-1) is a gut hormone released from the L cells which stimulate insulin secretion and promotes insulin gene expression and β-cell growth and differentiation. Elevated levels of hormones secreted by L cells are an essential reason for diabetes improvement. Read More

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December 2018

Two-year prevalence of dysphagia and related outcomes in head and neck cancer survivors: An updated SEER-Medicare analysis.

Head Neck 2018 Dec 7. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

Background: The aim of the study was to examine prevalence of dysphagia at the population level in head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors.

Methods: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare claims among 16 194 patients with HNC (2002-2011) were analyzed to estimate 2-year prevalence of dysphagia, stricture, and aspiration pneumonia, and derive treatment- and site-specific estimates.

Results: Prevalence of dysphagia, stricture, pneumonia, and aspiration pneumonia was 45. Read More

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