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Emeli Månsson, Berolla Sahdo, Åsa Nilsdotter-Augustinsson, Eva Särndahl, Bo Söderquist
Nosocomial sequence types of Staphylococcus epidermidis dominate in prosthetic joint infections. We examined caspase-1 activation in human neutrophils after incubation with Staphylococcus epidermidis isolated from prosthetic joint infections and normal skin flora. Active caspase-1 was lower after incubation with isolates from prosthetic joint infections than after incubation with commensal isolates. Both host and isolate dependent differences in active caspase-1 were noted. Our results indicate that there might be a host-dependent incapacity to elicit a strong caspase-1 response towards certain strains of S...
2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Infection
Miranda van Lunteren, Zineb Ez-Zaitouni, Anoek de Koning, Hanne Dagfinrud, Roberta Ramonda, Lennart Jacobsson, Robert Landewé, Désirée van der Heijde, Floris A van Gaalen
OBJECTIVE: In early axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), data are lacking about the relationship between disease activity and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). We assessed and quantified the association between change in Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) and HRQOL over time in early axSpA. METHODS: Baseline and 1-year data of patients with axSpA fulfilling the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis international Society (ASAS) classification criteria from the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early (SPACE) cohort were analyzed...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Chuan-Xing Li, Craig E Wheelock, C Magnus Sköld, Åsa M Wheelock
Rationale: COPD represents an umbrella diagnosis caused by a multitude of underlying mechanisms, and molecular sub-phenotyping is needed to facilitate the development of molecular diagnostic/prognostic tools and efficacious treatments. Objectives: To investigate whether multi-omics integration improves the accuracy of molecular classification of COPD in small cohorts. Measurements and Results: Nine omics data-blocks (mRNA, miRNA, proteomes, metabolomes) collected from several anatomical locations from 52 female subjects were integrated by similarity network fusion (SNF)...
March 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Kinga I Gawlik, Vahid M Harandi, Rachel Y Cheong, Åsa Petersén, Madeleine Durbeej
Muscular dystrophies, including laminin α2 chain-deficient muscular dystrophy (LAMA2-CMD), are associated with immense personal, social and economic burdens. Thus, effective treatments are urgently needed. LAMA2-CMD is either a severe, early-onset condition with complete laminin α2 chain-deficiency or a milder, late-onset form with partial laminin α2 chain-deficiency. Mouse models dy3K /dy3K and dy2J /dy2J , respectively, recapitulate these two forms of LAMA2-CMD very well. We have previously demonstrated that laminin α1 chain significantly reduces muscular dystrophy in laminin α2 chain-deficient dy3K /dy3K mice...
March 12, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Jildou Hoekstra, Aafke H C van Roon, Frank C Bekkering, Antonie J P van Tilburg, Rachel L West
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate information provided on pregnancy, personal decision making, disease course, and outcome of pregnancy from a patient's perspective in a population of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) attending two general hospitals. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to all female patients with IBD in two general hospitals in the Netherlands. The questionnaire comprised four sections: (i) demographic data and medication use (ii) details on previous pregnancies and reasons for not becoming pregnant, (iii) outcome of pregnancies before IBD diagnosis, and (iv) outcome of pregnancies after IBD diagnosis...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Cristina Remondi, Francesco Sesti, Giuseppe Sorrenti, Giovannella Venezia, Roberto Sorge, Adalgisa Pietropolli, Beatrice Silvi, Emilio Piccione
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare 22 Fr unipolar resectoscope with the traditional 26 Fr unipolar resectoscope in endometrial polypectomy performed under paracervical block anesthesia. METHODS: The trial took place in Gynecologic Unit, Department of Surgery, Tor Vergata University Hospital, Rome. Inclusion criteria were: diagnosis of endometrial polyps <3 cm at office hysteroscopy; agreement of patients to perform surgery under paracervical block anesthesia but not in office setting...
March 15, 2018: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
M J Young, M Elmussareh, T Morrison, J R Wilson
Introduction Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is considered the gold standard surgical treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. The number of TURPs performed has declined significantly over the last three decades owing to pharmaceutical therapy. TURP data from a single institution for the years 1990, 2000 and 2010 were compared to assess the difference in performance. Methods A retrospective analysis was undertaken of all patients who underwent TURP between January and December 2010...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Ramón E Ruiz-Curiel, Ydaly Bonilla H, Alberto Baptista, Manuel Bronstein
OBJECTIVES: propofol is a rapid acting hypnotic that is becoming the drug of choice for sedation in digestive endoscopy worldwide. There is some controversy with regard to the use of propofol by physicians who are not anesthesiologists. We present our experience of the administration of propofol by endoscopist and nursing personnel. METHODS: this was a retrospective study of sedation in endoscopy. Propofol was exclusively used and administered by the endoscopist who performed the procedure and the nursing staff...
March 15, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Ozgur Mete, Sylvia L Asa, Thomas J Giordano, Mauro Papotti, Hironobu Sasano, Marco Volante
Careful morphological evaluation forms the basis of the workup of an adrenal cortical neoplasm. However, the adoption of immunohistochemical biomarkers has added tremendous value to enhance diagnostic accuracy. The authors provide a brief review of immunohistochemical biomarkers that have been used in the confirmation of adrenal cortical origin and in the detection of the source of functional adrenal cortical proliferations, as well as diagnostic, predictive, and prognostic biomarkers of adrenal cortical carcinoma...
March 14, 2018: Endocrine Pathology
Haruhiko Tokuda, Gen Kuroyanagi, Takashi Onuma, Yukiko Enomoto, Tomoaki Doi, Hiroki Iida, Takanobu Otsuka, Shinji Ogura, Toru Iwama, Kumi Kojima, Osamu Kozawa
It has been previously reported that HSP27 is released from platelets in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients according to phosphorylation. In the present study, we investigated the effect of ristocetin, a glycoprotein (GP)Ib/IX/V activator, on the release of HSP27 and the effect of anti-platelet agents, such as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), on this release. Forty-six patients with type 2 DM were recruited, and classified into two groups depending on administration of anti-platelet agents, resulting in 31 patients without these agents (control group) and 15 patients with them (anti-platelet group)...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Cuimei Zhang, Shangli Shi
Drought severely limits global plant distribution and agricultural production. Elucidating the physiological and molecular mechanisms governing alfalfa stress responses will contribute to the improvement of drought tolerance in leguminous crops. In this study, the physiological and proteomic responses of two alfalfa ( Medicago sativa L.) varieties contrasting in drought tolerance, Longzhong (drought-tolerant) and Gannong No. 3 (drought-sensitive), were comparatively assayed when seedlings were exposed to -1...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Fredrik Dahl, Olle Ericsson, Olof Karlberg, Filip Karlsson, Mathias Howell, Fredrik Persson, Fredrik Roos, Johan Stenberg, Tarja Ahola, Ida Alftrén, Björn Andersson, Emelie Barkenäs, Birgit Brandner, Jenny Dahlberg, Sara Elfman, Magnus Eriksson, Per-Ola Forsgren, Niels Francois, Anna Gousseva, Faizan Hakamali, Åsa Janfalk-Carlsson, Henrik Johansson, Johanna Lundgren, Atefeh Mohsenchian, Linus Olausson, Simon Olofsson, Atif Qureshi, Björn Skarpås, Anna Sävneby, Eva Åström, Ove Öhman, Magnus Westgren, Helena Kopp-Kallner, Aino Fianu-Jonasson, Argyro Syngelaki, Kypros Nicolaides
Cell-free DNA analysis is becoming adopted for first line aneuploidy screening, however for most healthcare programs, cost and workflow complexity is limiting adoption of the test. We report a novel cost effective method, the Vanadis NIPT assay, designed for high precision digitally-enabled measurement of chromosomal aneuploidies in maternal plasma. Reducing NIPT assay complexity is achieved by using novel molecular probe technology that specifically label target chromosomes combined with a new readout format using a nanofilter to enrich single molecules for imaging and counting without DNA amplification, microarrays or sequencing...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marianna Galeazzi, Paolo Mazzola, Breanna Valcarcel, Giuseppe Bellelli, Marco Dinelli, Giulio Maria Pasinetti, Giorgio Annoni
BACKGROUND: The incidence of biliary tract pathology is growing with an age-related trend, and progresses as the population ages. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) represents the gold standard for treatment in these cases, but evidence about its safety in the elderly is still debated. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical records of all patients aged ≥65 undergoing ERCP between July 2013 and July 2015. Of 387 ERCP cases, 363 (~ 94%) were completed entirely...
March 14, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
Wataro Tsuruta, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Go Ikeda, Masayuki Sato, Yoshiro Ito, Tomoji Takigawa, Aiki Marushima, Yasunobu Nakai, Yuji Matsumaru, Akira Matsumura
BACKGROUND: Endovascular surgery for vertebral artery dissections (VADs) carries the risk of spinal cord infarction (SCI). Although SCI in the region of the anterior spinal artery (ASA) has been reported, SCI in the region of the posterior spinal artery (PSA) is rare. OBJECTIVE: To investigate PSA infarction after endovascular surgery for VAD. METHODS: Infarction in the region of the PSA after endovascular surgery for VADs carried out in consecutive 21 cases was investigated...
March 9, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Åsa Torinsson Naluai, Ladan Saadat Vafa, Audur H Gudjonsdottir, Henrik Arnell, Lars Browaldh, Staffan Nilsson, Daniel Agardh
BACKGROUND: We have previously performed a Genome Wide Association and linkage study that indicated a new disease triggering mechanism involving amino acid metabolism and nutrient sensing signaling pathways. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate if plasma amino acid levels differed among children with celiac disease compared with disease controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fasting plasma samples from 141 children with celiac disease and 129 non-celiac disease controls, were analyzed for amino acid levels by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS)...
2018: PloS One
Li-Zhi Zhang, Jie Gao, Zhi-Cheng Zhang, Xiao-Wei Wang, Jian-Zheng Zhang, Tian-Sheng Sun
OBJECTIVE: To compare of clinical effects of different surgical methods in the treatment of elderly femoral neck fractures. METHODS: From January 2013 to June 2016, 144 elderly patients with femoral neck were treated and divided into artificial hip replacement group and cannulated screw fixation group according to the surgical methods. In the total hip arthroplasty group, there were 89 cases, 28 males and 61 females, with an average age of(84.10±3.10) years old;Hollow nail fixation group 55 cases, 20 males and 35 females, with an average age of (86...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
S Löb, K Luetkens, K Krajinovic, A Wiegering, C-T Germer, F Seyfried
PURPOSE: Defunctioning ileostomies reduce the consequences of distal anastomotic leakage following bowel resections. Ileostomy reversal in itself, however, is associated with appreciable morbidity (3-40%) and mortality (0-4%). Despite being a common teaching procedure, there is limited information on the impact of surgical proficiency levels on postoperative outcome. METHODS: Adult patients undergoing closure of a defunctioning ileostomy between September 2008 and January 2017 were identified from a surgical administrative database that was collected prospectively (n = 558)...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Jarmo Niemelä, Raija Kallio, Pasi Ohtonen, Jukka Perälä, Juha Saarnio, Hannu Syrjälä
BACKGROUND: Malignant biliary obstruction is a challenging problem for cancer patients. Here we evaluate predictive factors for survival following percutaneous drainage for malignant biliary obstruction in patients in whom endoscopic drainage was unsuccessful or insufficient. METHODS: A retrospective register study in a tertiary-level university hospital. RESULTS: A total of 643 cancer patients (317 females and 326 males) with malignant biliary obstruction were treated with percutaneous drainage at our hospital between 1999 and 2016...
March 13, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
H T Sun, M Xu, G L Chen, J He
Objective: This study aimed to compare dexmedetomidine with remifentanil for conscious sedation in patients undergoing radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods: Sixty patients, who were aged 41 to 73 years with American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status Ⅰ-Ⅱ, and scheduled for elective radiofrequency ablation of hepatocellular carcinoma under conscious sedation in National Cancer Center/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, from January 2014 to June 2016, were allocated randomly to receive dexmedetomidine maintenance regimen(group D, n =30)or remifentanil maintenance regimen(group R, n =30)by random digital table...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
J He, X Q Zheng, C H Luo, Z X Huang, W Y He, H B Wang, C X Yang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of ultrasound guided quadratus lumborum block combined with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for postoperative analgesia in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty. Methods: From January to June 2017, sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status Ⅰ to Ⅲ patients, aged 55-75 yr, scheduled for total hip arthroplasty, were randomly divided into control group(group N) and quadratus lumborum block (group R). Ultrasound guided quadratus lumborum block was implemented on the affected side at the end of operation...
February 27, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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