Using telemedicine interventions during COVID-19 to expand care post COVID-19 by Kjel A Johnson

Despite available technology and supportive evidence in the literature, the integration of telemedicine interventions in the US health care system has remained sluggish for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic catalyzed widespread utilization of virtual visits and remote monitoring in urgent, primary, and specialist care settings out of sheer necessity. Specifically, in the rheumatology subspecialty, a lack of available providers and a patient community hindered by mobility and access issues have… Continue reading →

NPY methylated ctDNA is a promising biomarker for treatment response monitoring in metastatic colorectal cancer by Katleen Janssens

Purpose Analysis of methylation markers in liquid biopsies is a promising technique for the follow-up of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients, since they can be used in all patients, regardless of their mutational status. Therefore, we studied the value of NPY methylation analysis in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) for accurate response monitoring in mCRC patients in the PANIB trial. Experimental design The PANIB trial was a randomized phase two trial designed to compare FOLFOX plus… Continue reading →

Teasing apart the evolution of lipoprotein trafficking in gram-negative bacteria reveals a bifunctional LolA by Hannah C Smith

The outer membrane (OM) is the defining feature of gram-negative bacteria and is an essential organelle. Accordingly, OM assembly pathways and their essential protein components are conserved throughout all gram-negative species. Lipoprotein trafficking lies at the heart of OM assembly since it supplies several different biogenesis machines with essential lipoproteins. The Escherichia coli Lol trafficking pathway relies on an inner membrane LolCDE transporter that transfers newly made… Continue reading →

Arabidopsis Sec14 proteins (SFH5 and SFH7) mediate interorganelle transport of phosphatidic acid and regulate chloroplast development by Hong-Yan Yao

Lipids establish the specialized thylakoid membrane of chloroplast in eukaryotic photosynthetic organisms, while the molecular basis of lipid transfer from other organelles to chloroplast remains further elucidation. Here we revealed the structural basis of Arabidopsis Sec14 homology proteins AtSFH5 and AtSFH7 in transferring phosphatidic acid (PA) from endoplasmic reticulum (ER) to chloroplast, and whose function in regulating the lipid composition of chloroplast and thylakoid development…. Continue reading →

Association of sarcopenia with important health conditions among community-dwelling Asian women by Beverly Wen-Xin Wong

This study aimed to examine sarcopenia prevalence using the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia 2019 (AWGS) and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) definitions, and their associations with important health conditions affecting midlife Singaporean women. Muscle mass and function were objectively assessed in 1201 healthy community-dwelling subjects aged 45-69 years under the Integrated Women’s Health Program (IWHP). Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), handgrip strength… Continue reading →

Early life experiences and adult attachment in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Part 1: Relationships between demographic, clinical, and psychological factors in pharmacoresistant OCD by

CONCLUSIONS: Early adverse experiences, perceived parental styles, and adult attachment anxiety could play a significant role in the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and dissociation. The connection with the specific obsessive-compulsive symptoms is less apparent. Still, adverse childhood events and adult attachment anxiety seem to influence the age of OCD onset. Continue reading →

Early life experiences and adult attachment in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Part 2: Therapeutic effectiveness of combined cognitive behavioural therapy and pharmacotherapy in treatment-resistant inpatients by

CONCLUSIONS: The early onset of the disorder was the sole predictor of the treatment outcomes regarding specific OCD symptomatology. Selected early adverse experiences, maternal care, and adult attachment anxiety predicted a change in the anxiety symptoms. Future research should focus on mediation and moderation analyses that could help target specific treatment strategies to decrease the impact of these factors. Continue reading →

Return to work following mild traumatic brain injury: Psychological and cognitive factors in a litigating sample in the post acute stage of recovery by Angela Sekely

The purpose of this study was to investigate return to work (RTW) rates following a single uncomplicated mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) in the post-acute stage in the context of active litigation. More specifically, we sought to determine what psychological and/or cognitive factors predict a RTW after mTBI. Archival data were obtained from a random sample of litigating patients (n = 125; 54% female; mean age: 42.96 (SD = 12.74) who were referred to a private practice for a neuropsychological… Continue reading →

Mitochondria-Targeting Polyprodrugs to Overcome the Drug Resistance of Cancer Cells by Self-Amplified Oxidation-Triggered Drug Release by Jean Felix Mukerabigwi

The multi-drug resistance (MDR) of cancers is one of the main barriers for the success of diverse chemotherapeutic methods and is responsible for most cancer deaths. Developing efficient approaches to overcome MDR is still highly desirable for efficient chemotherapy of cancers. The delivery of targeted anticancer drugs that can interact with mitochondrial DNA is recognized as an effective strategy to reverse the MDR of cancers due to the relatively weak DNA-repairing capability in the… Continue reading →