Unintended Puns: Predicting Steroid Response in Asthma and Patient Perceptions of PCI

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Travis and Amol want you to:

1. Recognize IL-25 levels are good predictors of steroid-responsiveness in asthma.

2. Understand that the majority of patients who undergo elective percutaneous coronary intervention for stable angina are misinformed about its benefits.

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The papers

D Cheng et al. Epithelial Interleukin-25 Is a Key Mediator in Th2-High, Corticosteroid-Responsive Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2014 Sep 15;190(6):639-48. (PubMed). 

Good Stuff

Sugar Substitutes linked to obesity, Alison Abbot, Nature News, Sep 17, 2014.

J Suez et al. Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota. Nature. 2014 Oct 9;514(7521):181-6. (PubMed).

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant, Fergus Walsh, BBC News, Oct 21, 2014.

P Tabakow et al. Functional regeneration of supraspinal connections in a patient with transected spinal cord following transplantation of bulbar olfactory ensheathing cells with peripheral nerve bridging. Cell Transplant. 2014 Oct 21 ePub. (PubMed).

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