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Synthesis of fly ash based zeolite-reduced graphene oxide composite and its evaluation as an adsorbent for arsenic removal.

Chemosphere 2018 Dec 4;219:504-509. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

School of Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, 175005, Himachal Pradesh, India. Electronic address:

A zeolite-reduced graphene oxide (ZrGO) based composite was synthesized to remove arsenic from water. To make a low-cost adsorbent, zeolite was synthesized using an inexpensive waste material; fly ash, which was further used to produce the ZrGO composite. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Raman spectra were used to characterize the morphology and surface composition of the synthesized materials. Read More

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December 2018

Urinary levels of bisphenol A, F and S and markers of oxidative stress among healthy adult men: Variability and association analysis.

Environ Int 2018 Dec 12;123:301-309. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Environment and Health, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Environmental Protection, State Key Laboratory of Environmental health (incubating), School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, PR China; Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, PR China. Electronic address:

Background: Bisphenol F (BPF) and bisphenol S (BPS) are increasingly used as alternatives to endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA). Evidence from in vitro and animal studies demonstrates that BPA, BPF and BPS induce oxidative stress, a proposed mechanism that is relevant to various adverse health effects. Evaluation in humans is hampered by the potentially high within-subject variability of urinary measurements. Read More

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December 2018

Checkpoint-modulating immunotherapies in tumor treatment: Targets, drugs, and mechanisms.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 12;67:160-175. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Wuya College of Innovation, Key Laboratory of Structure-Based Drug Design & Discovery, Ministry of Education, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang 110016, China; Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Resource Evaluation, School of Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China. Electronic address:

Tumor immunotherapy, as a new treatment of cancer, has been developing on the basis of tumor immunology. Tumor immunotherapy stimulates and enhances the function of immune system in human bodies, in order to control and kill tumor cells. It is often used as an adjuvant therapy combined with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other conventional methods. Read More

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December 2018

Therapeutic evaluation of acupoint stimulation with needle-scapelon on rat model of degenerative cervical intervertebral discs.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;110:677-684. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Acupuncture, Qianfo Shan Hospital, Jinan, Shandong Province, 250014, China.

Cervical spondylosis (CS), which is resulted from degeneration of cervical intervertebral disc, is a common disease seriously threatening human health and quality of life. However, there is still no effective clinic strategies for the treatment of this disease. The acupoint stimulation with needle-scalpel is a widely used approach to treat orthopedic diseases. Read More

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December 2018

Evaluation of an untargeted chemometric approach for the source inference of ignitable liquids in forensic science.

Forensic Sci Int 2018 Dec 5;295:8-18. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

UMR Ingénierie Procédés Aliments, AgroParisTech, Inra, Université Paris-Saclay, 91300 Massy, France. Electronic address:

Recent research efforts in the domain of fire debris analysis have been mainly oriented towards the development of innovative analytical procedures and chemometric approaches for the detection and classification of ignitable liquids in fire specimens according to the ASTM E1618. However, less attention has been brought to the question of the source inference of ignitable liquids. Infer the identity of source of ignitable liquids recovered from arson sites is still a challenging and ongoing research area. Read More

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December 2018

Ventilation/perfusion SPECT/CT in patients with severe and rigid scoliosis: An evaluation by relationship to spinal deformity and lung function.

Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2018 Dec 6;176:97-102. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Orthopedics, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 37 Guoxue Rd, Chengdu, 610041, China. Electronic address:

Objective: Structural changes of the spine and chest wall associated with SRS result in poor cardiopulmonary function. Comprehensive assessment of pulmonary function is extremely important for patients with SRS before a correction operation. We explore the changes of distribution of lung ventilation and perfusion function in patients with SRS using SPECT/CT and describe the relation between these changes with Cobb angle and FVC%. Read More

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December 2018

Influence of hypertension on brain amyloid deposition and Alzheimer's disease signature neurodegeneration.

Neurobiol Aging 2018 Nov 16;75:62-70. Epub 2018 Nov 16.

Department of Neuropsychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Institute of Human Behavioral Medicine, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Department of Psychiatry, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

This study aimed to investigate the relationship of hypertension with beta-amyloid (Aβ) and neurodegeneration biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the modulating effect of apolipoprotein E-ε4 (APOE4). In total, 259 cognitively normal (CN) and 79 AD dementia older adults received clinical assessments including the evaluation for the presence of hypertension, [C]-Pittsburgh-compound-B-positron emission tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and APOE genotyping. We used a clinical stage-specific approach, separately focusing on CN and AD dementia stages. Read More

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November 2018

Idiopathic toe walking-A follow-up survey of gait analysis assessment.

Gait Posture 2018 Dec 6;68:300-304. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Background: Toe-walking is a normal variant in children up to 3 years of age but beyond this a diagnosis of idiopathic toe-walking (ITW) must be considered. ITW is an umbrella term that covers all cases of toe-walking without any diagnosed underlying medical condition and before assigning these diagnosis potential differential diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, peripheral neuropathy, spinal dysraphism and myopathy must be ruled out. Gait laboratory assessment (GLA) is thought to be useful in the evaluation of ITW, and kinematic, kinetic and electromyography features associated with ITW have been described. Read More

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December 2018

Synthesis and evaluation of clioquinol-rolipram/roflumilast hybrids as multitarget-directed ligands for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Eur J Med Chem 2018 Dec 7;163:512-526. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510006, China. Electronic address:

Considering the importance of PDE4D inhibition and the modulation of biometals in Alzheimer's disease (AD) therapeutics, we have designed, synthesized and evaluated a series of new clioquinol-rolipram/roflumilast hybrids as multitarget-directed ligands for the treatment of AD. In vitro studies demonstrated that some of the molecules processed remarkable inhibitory activity against phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D), strong intracellular antioxidant capacity, potent inhibition of metal-induced aggregation of Aβ, and potential blood-brain barrier permeability. Compound 7a demonstrated significant improvement in cognitive and spatial memory in an Aβ-induce mouse model in Morris water-maze test (MWM). Read More

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December 2018

Synthesis of new chalcone-based homoserine lactones and their antiproliferative activity evaluation.

Eur J Med Chem 2018 Dec 7;163:500-511. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, 450001, PR China. Electronic address:

Three series of new homoserine lactone analogs were efficiently synthesized starting from methionine and further evaluated for their antiproliferative activity against different cancer cell lines. Among these compounds, some of the chalcone containing compounds 6a-n showed acceptable antiproliferative activity against prostate cancer cells DU145 and PC-3 with the IC values less than 10 μM. Compounds 6c, 6e and 6h inhibited growth of DU145 and PC-3 cells at low micromolar levels with the IC values ranging from 3. Read More

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December 2018

Predictive factors associated with driving under the influence among Brazilian drug-using drivers.

Accid Anal Prev 2018 Dec 12;123:256-262. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Rua Professor Álvaro Alvim, 400, 90420-020, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

The incidence of driving under the influence of psychoactive substances (DUI) and its recidivism can be curtailed by the proper identification of specific and predictive characteristics among drug users. In this sense, interpersonal violence (IV), psychiatric comorbidity and impulsivity seem to play an important role in DUI engagement according to previous studies. There are, however, limited data originated from low and middle income countries. Read More

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December 2018

Predictors of self-harm emergency department visits in adolescents: A statewide longitudinal study.

Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2018 Dec 8;56:28-35. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA. Electronic address:

Objective: This study investigated patient- and area-level characteristics associated with adolescent emergency department (ED) patients' risk of subsequent ED visits for self-harm.

Method: Retrospective analysis of adolescent patients presenting to a California ED in 2010 (n = 480,706) was conducted using statewide, all-payer, individually linkable administrative data. We examined associations between multiple predictors of interest (patient sociodemographic factors, prior ED utilization, and residential mobility; and area-level characteristics) and odds of a self-harm ED visit in 2010. Read More

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December 2018

'There is no point giving cash to women who don't spend it the way they are told to spend it' - Exploring women's agency over cash in a combined participatory women's groups and cash transfer programme to improve low birthweight in rural Nepal.

Soc Sci Med 2018 Dec 6;221:9-18. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Institute for Global Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, WC1N 1EH, United Kingdom. Electronic address:

Cash transfer programmes form an integral part of nutrition, health, and social protection policies worldwide, but the mechanisms through which they achieve their health and nutritional impacts are incompletely understood. We present results from a process evaluation of a combined participatory women's groups and cash transfer programme to improve low birth weight in rural Nepal. We explored the ways in which context, implementation, and mechanism of the intervention affected beneficiary women's agency over cash transfers. Read More

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December 2018
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Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured lipid-poloxamer organogels for enhanced skin local anesthesia.

Eur J Pharm Sci 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Human and Natural Sciences Center, Federal University of ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil. Electronic address:

The aim of this study was to synthesize a novel drug delivery system using organogels (ORGs) and characterize its physicochemical properties, in vitro and ex vivo permeation abilities, cytotoxicity and in vivo local anesthetic effects. The ORG formulations contained a mixture of oleic acid-lanolin (OA-LAN), poloxamer (PL407), and the commonly used local anesthetic lidocaine (LDC). The main focus was to evaluate the impact of LAN and PL407 concentrations on the ORG structural features and their biopharmaceutical performance. Read More

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December 2018
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High-fat diet induces aberrant hepatic lipid secretion in blunt snout bream by activating endoplasmic reticulum stress-associated IRE1/XBP1 pathway.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing 210095, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

This study was conducted to understand the effect of high-fat diet challenge on lipid transport and endoplasmic reticulum stress in blunt snout bream. Ninety fish (average weight: 41.84 ± 0. Read More

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December 2018

A framework for offline evaluation and optimization of real-time algorithms for use in neurofeedback, demonstrated on an instantaneous proxy for correlations.

Neuroimage 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Section on Functional Imaging Methods, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 20892, USA.

Interest in real-time fMRI neurofeedback has grown exponentially over the past few years, both for use as a basic science research tool, and as part of the search for novel clinical interventions for neurological and psychiatric illnesses. In order to expand the range of questions which can be addressed with this tool however, new neurofeedback methods must be developed, going beyond feedback of activations in a single region. These new methods, several of which have already been proposed, are by their nature complex, involving many possible parameters. Read More

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December 2018
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Prepared for the Unexpected: Accessory Ovaries with Abernethy Malformation.

J Minim Invasive Gynecol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Surgery.

Supernumerary and accessory ovaries are collectively coined ectopic ovaries. These are rarely encountered by the benign gynecologist, and are often discovered incidentally during evaluation for other gynecologic, gastrointestinal or urologic pathologies. We report the presentation of a patient with multiple accessory ovaries in addition to a rare congenital anomaly of the splanchnic vasculature called an Abernethy malformation. Read More

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December 2018

Evaluation of antioxidant and antimicrobial potential of a novel Himalayan plant Reinwardtia indica dumort: Scientifically unexplored.

Microb Pathog 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Kriyasharir Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221005, India.

Reinwardtia indica (Lineceae) is a medicinal plant cultivated in the Himalayan region. It is effectively used in folk medicines for the treatment of various health complications. In the present study, the shade dried leaves and stem were extracted in three different solvents such as ethyl acetate, ethanol, and hydro-alcoholic. Read More

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December 2018

Revival of a Potent Therapeutic Maytansinoid Agent using a Strategy that Combines Covalent Drug Conjugation with Sequential Nanoparticle Assembly.

Int J Pharm 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

The First Affiliated Hospital, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Key Laboratory of Combined Multi-Organ Transplantation, Ministry of Public Health, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310003, PR China. Electronic address:

Maytansine and its related analogues are a class of highly potent anti-proliferation agents that have failed to be exploited as clinical drugs for human therapy due to unacceptable systemic toxicity. Here, we delineate a novel strategy that combines rational drug conjugation with subsequent nanoparticle assembly to systemically deliver this highly potent and toxic drug. To demonstrate this concept, we covalently coupled the thiolated maytansine derivative, the DM1 agent, to amphiphilic block co-polymers, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-block-polylactide (PLA), in varying molecular weights to generate two prodrug constructs (i. Read More

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December 2018

Defective repair capacity of variant proteins of the DNA glycosylase NTHL1 for 5-hydroxyuracil, an oxidation product of cytosine.

Free Radic Biol Med 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Tumor Pathology, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan.

The NTHL1 gene encodes DNA glycosylase, which is involved in base excision repair, and biallelic mutations of this gene result in NTHL1-associated polyposis (NAP), a hereditary disease characterized by colorectal polyposis and multiple types of carcinomas. However, no proper functional characterization of variant NTHL1 proteins has been done so far. Herein, we report functional evaluation of variant NTHL1 proteins to aid in the accurate diagnosis of NAP. Read More

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December 2018

Effects of cellular differentiation in human primary bronchial epithelial cells: Metabolism of 4-(methylnitrosamine)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone.

Toxicol In Vitro 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Division of Genetic and Molecular Toxicology, Division of Biochemical Toxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR 72079, United States. Electronic address:

Many of the toxicants in tobacco smoke undergo biotransformation in the lungs of smokers, both to reactive and to detoxified derivatives. Human air-liquid-interface (ALI) airway tissue models have emerged as an advanced in vitro model for evaluating the toxicity of inhaled substances; however, the metabolic potential of these cultures has not been evaluated extensively. In this study, we compared the metabolic activities of an ALI tissue model to the undifferentiated normal human primary bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells from which it was derived. Read More

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December 2018
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Real-time dynamic analysis with low-field nuclear magnetic resonance of residual oil and sophorolipids concentrations in the fermentation process of Starmerella bombicola.

J Microbiol Methods 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China. Electronic address:

The yeast Starmerella bombicola is known to produce sophorolipids (SLs) by fermentation method. In the fermentative production of SLs, at least three phases i.e. Read More

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December 2018

Preclinical Evaluation of Dose-Volume Effects and Lung Toxicity Occurring in- and out-of-field.

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

Purpose: The aim of this study was to define the dose and dose-volume relationship of radiation induced pulmonary toxicities occurring in and out-of-field in mouse models of early inflammatory and late fibrotic response.

Materials And Methods: Early radiation induced inflammation and fibrosis were investigated in C3H/NeJ and C57BL/6J mice respectively. Animals were irradiated with 20 Gy delivered to the upper region of the right lung as a single fraction or as three consecutive fractions using the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP, Xstrahl Inc. Read More

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December 2018

Long-term outcomes for patients with desmoid fibromatosis treated with radiation therapy: a 10-year update and re-evaluation of the role of radiation therapy for younger patients.

Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Departments of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Health Services Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.

Objective: To update our experience with long-term outcomes in patients with desmoid fibromatosis treated with radiation therapy (RT) and to characterize factors associated with increased risk of local recurrence.

Methods: We reviewed the records of 209 consecutive patients with desmoid fibromatosis treated with RT, either alone or as combined modality therapy (CMT) with surgery, at our institution from 1965 to 2015.

Results: Median follow-up time was 98 months (range, 1-509 months). Read More

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December 2018

Protocol for evaluation of topical ophthalmic drug products in different compartments of fresh eye tissues in a rabbit model.

J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Office of Translational Science, Office of Clinical Pharmacology, Division of Applied Regulatory Science, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, White Oak Federal Research Center, 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20993, USA. Electronic address:

Topical ophthalmic drugs are the most commonly used dosage form to treat diseases of the anterior segment of the eye. Although this dosage form has the advantages of ease of application, small volume dose, and rapid action and is largely devoid of systemic adverse effects, the bioavailability is low due to pre-corneal anatomical barriers and the nature of the drug formulation itself. Some complex generic formulations (suspensions, ointments, gels) for topical ophthalmic products face impediments to rapid regulatory approval because of the complex nature of the formulations and difficulties in determining bioequivalence with the innovator product. Read More

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December 2018

Development of Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery to Brain Tumor: The Effect of Surface Materials on Penetration into Brain Tissue.

J Pharm Sci 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, 4 Engineering Drive 4, Singapore, 117585, Singapore. Electronic address:

Surface modified PLGA nanoparticles were fabricated via nanoprecipitation for obtaining therapeutic concentration of paclitaxel (PTX) in brain tumor. The cellular uptake and cytotoxicity of NPs were evaluated on C6 glioma cells in vitro and BALB/c mice were used to study the brain penetration and bio-distribution upon intravenous administration. Results showed that by finely tuning nanoprecipitation parameters, PLGA nanoparticles coated with surfactants with a size around 150nm could provide a sustained release of PTX for >2 weeks. Read More

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December 2018

UROFLOWMETRY BEFORE AND AFTER MEATOTOMY IN BOYS WITH SYMPTOMATIC MEATAL STENOSIS FOLLOWING NEONATAL CIRCUMCISION - A LONG-TERM PROSPECTIVE STUDY.

Urology 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Urology department, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Objective: To assess uroflowmetry in the long-term follow-up of symptomatic meatal stenosis patients prior to and following meatotomy. Severity of symptoms and treatment success have been defined by patient history, physical examination and witnessed voiding. Uroflowmetry might add objective parameters for the assessment, however long term data is lacking. Read More

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December 2018

The influence of the OPRM1 (A118G) polymorphism on behavioral and neural correlates of aggression in healthy males.

Neuropharmacology 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, 52074, Aachen, Germany; JARA Institute Brain Structure Function Relationship Institute for Neuroscience and Medicine (INM 10), Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany.

Current models of aggression suggest that in addition to personality traits and environmental factors, biological vulnerability associated with genetics substantially impacts aggressive behavior. In a functional imaging study, we investigated the influence of the single nucleotide polymorphism of the mu 1 subtype opioid receptor gene (OPRM1), implicated in sociability, on correlates of trait and state aggression to delineate the function of these influences in aggression. A key aim was further to differentiate different aspects of aggressive reactions - namely, the reaction to provocation and the decision to punish an opponent. Read More

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December 2018

Technical Aspects of the Use of the Radial Artery in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.

Ann Thorac Surg 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, United States.

Background: The radial artery (RA) has been used for coronary artery bypass surgery for more than 25 years. The recent confirmation of the clinical benefits associated with the use of the artery is likely to drive a new interest toward this conduit in the next few years METHODS: A group of surgeons with extensive experience in the systematic use of the RA summarize here the key technical aspects of the use of the conduit for coronary bypass operations.

Results: Preoperative evaluation of the ulnar collateral circulation and attention to the characteristics of the target vessel are key for the successful use of the radial artery. Read More

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December 2018

Prospective instrumental evaluation of swallowing, tongue function, and QOL measures following transoral robotic surgery alone without adjuvant therapy.

Head Neck 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

THANC Foundation, New York, New York.

Background: Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) has been utilized to deintensify treatment. No studies have measured swallow safety and efficiency, nor assessed the functional impact of TORS alone.

Methods: This prospective cohort underwent baseline and 1-month postsurgery assessments including modified barium swallow evaluation, using the Dynamic Imaging Grade of Swallowing Toxicity (DIGEST) rating system, tongue range of motion assessment, the Performance Status Scale (PSS), and quality of life with the MD Anderson Dysphagia Inventory (MDADI). Read More

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December 2018

Ulnar Artery Occlusion and severity markers of vasculopathy in Systemic sclerosis: a multicenter cross-sectional study.

Arthritis Rheumatol 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, CHU Rennes, Univ Rennes, France.

Objective: to evaluate the association of ulnar artery occlusion (UAO) assessed by Doppler Ultrasonography (dUS) with the severity markers of systemic sclerosis (SSc) METHODS: 204 unselected patients fulfilling 2013 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for SSc were included in this cross-sectional multicenter study. All patients benefit from bilateral hand dUS evaluating the presence of UAO and clinical/paraclinical visceral evaluation according to current guidelines. Univariable and multivariable ordinal regression models were conducted, grading the severity of UAO as "no UAO", "only one UAO" and "UAO on both hands" and assessing its association with clinical features of SSc. Read More

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December 2018
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Breast lesion detection and characterization with contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging: Prospective randomized intraindividual comparison of gadoterate meglumine (0.15 mmol/kg) and gadobenate dimeglumine (0.075 mmol/kg) at 3T.

J Magn Reson Imaging 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy, Division of Molecular and Gender Imaging, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Background: Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (CE-MRI) of the breast is highly sensitive for breast cancer detection. Multichannel coils and 3T scanners can increase signal, spatial, and temporal resolution. In addition, the T -reduction effect of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) is higher at 3T. Read More

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December 2018

Influence of comorbidity on therapeutic decision making and impact on outcomes in patients with head and neck squamous cell cancers: Results from a prospective cohort study.

Head Neck 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India.

Background: High prevalence of comorbidity in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) often lead to suboptimal treatment. The presence study aims to evaluate the presence of comorbidity, its impact on therapeutic decision making, treatment compliance, and overall survival in HNSCC.

Methods: Five hundred eighteen patients with nonmetastatic HNSCC, elder than 18 years of age, without any prior history of cancer or anticancer treatment in the last 5 years were evaluated using Adult Comorbidity Evaluation 27 (ACE 27) index. Read More

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December 2018

Factors influencing return for maintenance treatment with Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation for the management of the overactive bladder.

BJU Int 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Uro-Neurology, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG, United Kingdom.

Objectives: To identify factors influencing return for maintenance Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) treatment after successful completion of a 12-week course of treatment for the overactive bladder (OAB).

Patients And Methods: Patients with OAB symptoms referred for PTNS treatment underwent twelve sessions of weekly PTNS treatment and evaluated at baseline and week 12 using the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire on OAB (ICIQ-OAB), lower urinary tract symptoms related quality of life questionnaire (ICIQ-LUT symptoms QOL) and bladder diary (BD). Responders to treatment, evaluated using two patient-reported outcome measurements, were invited to return for maintenance treatments when symptoms returned. Read More

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December 2018

The structure of mammalian β-mannosidase provides insight into β-mannosidosis and Nystagmus.

FEBS J 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Biochemistry and Groupe de Recherche Axé sur la Structure des Protéines, McGill University, Montreal, QC, H3G 0B1, Canada.

β-mannosidase is a lysosomal enzyme from the glycosyl hydrolase family 2 that cleaves the single β(1-4)-linked mannose at the non-reducing end of N-glycosylated proteins, and plays an important role in the polysaccharide degradation pathway. Mutations in the MANBA gene, which encodes the β-mannosidase, can lead to the lysosomal storage disease β-mannosidosis, as well as nystagmus, an eye condition characterized by involuntary eye movements. Here, we present the first structures of a mammalian β-mannosidase in both the apo and mannose-bound forms. Read More

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December 2018

Healthcare staff's evaluation of a walk-in centre at a healthcare centre in an immigrant-dense area.

J Clin Nurs 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Aims And Objectives: To evaluate a walk-in centre at a healthcare centre in an immigrant-dense area where a high proportion of the patients have limited language ability in Swedish, from the perspective of healthcare personnel.

Background: Increased global migration results in higher vulnerability in migrants, with the risk of increased morbidity and mortality. Migrants' health often deteriorates, which can be attributed to an increased level of stress and adaptation to a new lifestyle. Read More

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December 2018

Design and visualization of second generation cyanoisoindole based fluorescent strigolactone analogs.

Plant J 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

SynBioC Research Group, Department of Green Chemistry and Technology, Campus Coupure, Ghent University Coupure Links 653, 9000, Ghent, Belgium.

Strigolactones (SLs) are a family of terpenoid allelochemicals that were recognized as plant hormones only a decade ago. They influence a myriad of both above- and belowground developmental processes, and are an important survival strategy for plants in nutrient-deprived soils. A rapidly emerging approach to gain knowledge on hormone signaling is the use of traceable analogs. Read More

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December 2018

Impact of cell culture media additives on IgG glycosylation produced in CHO cells.

Biotechnol Bioeng 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Merck Life Sciences, Upstream R&D, Frankfurter Strasse 250, Darmstadt, Germany.

Glycosylation is a key critical quality attribute for monoclonal antibodies and other recombinant proteins because of its impact on effector mechanisms and half-life. In this study, a variety of compounds were evaluated for their ability to modulate glycosylation profiles of recombinant monoclonal antibodies produced in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Compounds were supplemented into the cell culture feed of fed-batch experiments performed with a CHO K1 and a CHO DG44 cell line expressing a recombinant IgG1. Read More

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December 2018

Cytohistological correlation, immunohistochemistry and Murine Double Minute Clone 2 amplification of pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma: A case report with review of literature.

Diagn Cytopathol 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Pathology, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.

Pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma is a rare aggressive intraluminal tumor often misdiagnosed as acute or chronic pulmonary thromboembolism due to its clinical presentation and radiological findings. Thus early diagnosis is very crucial and may improve patient outcome. There is limited literature on diagnosis of pulmonary artery sarcoma by endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). Read More

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December 2018

EFFECT OF TIME OF THE DAY AND SPECIALITY ON POLYP DETECTION RATES IN AUSTRALIA.

J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

School of Medicine, the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Background And Aim: Adenoma detection rate (ADR) is an important quality metric in colonoscopy. However, there is conflicting evidence around factors that influence ADR. This study aims to investigate the effect of time of day and endoscopist background on ADR and sessile serrated adenoma/polyp detection rate (SSA/P-DR) for screening colonoscopies. Read More

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December 2018

Pediatric encephalic ultrasonography: the essentials.

J Ultrasound 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Radiology Department, "Santobono-Pausilipon" Children Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Nowadays, cranial ultrasonography (US) of the newborn represents the first imaging method in brain damage study and its possible outcomes. This exam is performed using the natural fontanelles, especially the anterior one. It is fast, non-invasive and does not produce any side effect. Read More

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December 2018

Anatomy of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS).

Cancer Treat Res 2019 ;171:93-105

Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomic Research, College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

This Chapter provides an introduction and overview of the U.S. FDA REMS program and applicable regulatory aspects. Read More

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January 2019

Use of Decision Modelling in Economic Evaluations of Diagnostic Tests: An Appraisal and Review of Health Technology Assessments in the UK.

Pharmacoecon Open 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Academic Unit of Health Economics, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Worsley Building, Clarendon Way, Leeds, LS2 9LJ, UK.

Diagnostic tests play an important role in the clinical decision-making process by providing information that enables patients to be identified and stratified to the most appropriate treatment and management strategies. Decision analytic modelling facilitates the synthesis of evidence from multiple sources to evaluate the cost effectiveness of diagnostic tests. This study critically reviews the methods used to model the cost effectiveness of diagnostic tests in UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) reports. Read More

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December 2018

Feasibility of transcatheter prosthetic paravalvular leakage closure: a single-center, exploratory safety evaluation study of transcatheter closure of prosthetic paravalvular regurgitation in Japan (STOP PARA study).

Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Japan.

Objective: The standard treatment of prosthetic paravalvular leakage (PVL) accompanied by heart failure or hemolytic anemia is repeat open surgery. Although favorable outcomes for transcatheter prosthetic PVL closure in patients with a high surgical risk for repeat open surgery have been reported, procedural feasibility has not been examined in Japan.

Methods: From March 2015 to November 2015, transcatheter PVL closure in mitral position was performed in four patients (age range 41-78, three females) with high surgical risk due to history of repeated surgeries, chest radiation and reconstruction of the mitral annulus after debridement of abscess owing to infective endocarditis. Read More

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December 2018
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Alternative transcript imbalance underlying breast cancer susceptibility in a family carrying PALB2 c.3201+5G>T.

Breast Cancer Res Treat 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Oncogenetics Group, Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology, VHIO, 08035, Barcelona, Spain.

Purpose: Disruption of splicing motifs by genetic variants can affect the correct generation of mature mRNA molecules leading to aberrant transcripts. In some cases, variants may alter the physiological transcription profile composed of several transcripts, and an accurate in vitro evaluation is crucial to establish their pathogenicity. In this study, we have characterized a novel PALB2 variant c. Read More

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December 2018

Pitfalls in the triage and evaluation of patients with suspected acute ethanol intoxication in an emergency department.

Intern Emerg Med 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Community Medicine, Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals and Geneva University, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland.

Acute ethanol intoxication (AEI) is frequent in emergency departments (EDs). These patients are at risk of mistriage, and to leave the ED without being seen. This study's objective was to describe the process and performance of triage and trajectory for patients with suspected AEI. Read More

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December 2018

FcRγ deficiency improves survival in experimental sepsis by down-regulating TLR4 signaling pathway.

Immunol Res 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Oncology, General Hospital of Chinese PLA, 28 Fuxing Road, Beijing, 100853, China.

Fc receptor common γ signaling chain (FcRγ), a common subunit shared by Fc receptors (FcγRI, III, IV, FcαRI, and FcεRI), is an important immune regulator both in innate and adaptive immunity. Previous studies have shown that FcRγ was a potential target of inflammatory diseases, whereas the role of FcRγ in sepsis has been poorly understood. In this study, we found that deficiency of FcRγ resulted in increased survival in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/D-galactosamine and E. Read More

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December 2018

Evaluation of the potential clinical prognostic value of lncRNA-BANCR gene in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

Mol Biol Rep 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Molecular Genetics, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran.

Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in worldwide. LncRNA-BANCR is a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), which has made new windows in cancer investigations. The aim of this survey was to determine the lncRNA-BANCR gene expression changes in patients with ESCC. Read More

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December 2018

Identifying optimal approaches to scale up colorectal cancer screening: an overview of the centers for disease control and prevention (CDC)'s learning laboratory.

Cancer Causes Control 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Use of recommended screening tests can reduce new colorectal cancers (CRC) and deaths, but screening uptake is suboptimal in the United States (U.S.). Read More

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December 2018
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Effectiveness of 2% Articaine as an anesthetic agent in children: randomized controlled trial.

Clin Oral Investig 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Pediatric dentistry, Goa Dental College, Goa, Bambolim, India.

Aim: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of 2% articaine and 2% lignocaine in achieving adequate anesthesia in children between the age group of 6-13 years using inferior alveolar nerve block.

Methods: A triple blinded randomized controlled trial was conducted in 180 participants (90 patients- 2% articaine, 90 patients-2% lignocaine). Effectiveness of the anesthetic agent was determined at 3 points determined by subjective evaluation of pain using pain scales (FPS-R). Read More

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December 2018
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