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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630102/the-phenotype-and-function-of-preterm-infant-monocytes-implications-for-susceptibility-to-infection
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REVIEW
Emma de Jong, Tobias Strunk, David Burgner, Pascal M Lavoie, Andrew Currie
The extreme vulnerability of preterm infants to invasive microbial infections has been attributed to "immature" innate immune defenses. Monocytes are important innate immune sentinel cells critical in the defense against infection in blood. They achieve this via diverse mechanisms that include pathogen recognition receptor- and inflammasome-mediated detection of microbes, migration into infected tissues, and differentiation into Mϕs and dendritic cells, initiation of the inflammatory cascade by free radicals and cytokine/chemokine production, pathogen clearance by phagocytosis and intracellular killing, and the removal of apoptotic cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619165/the-use-of-animals-as-a-surveillance-tool-for-monitoring-environmental-health-hazards-human-health-hazards-and-bioterrorism
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REVIEW
Jacqueline Pei Shan Neo, Boon Huan Tan
This review discusses the utilization of wild or domestic animals as surveillance tools for monitoring naturally occurring environmental and human health hazards. Besides providing early warning to natural hazards, animals can also provide early warning to societal hazards like bioterrorism. Animals are ideal surveillance tools to humans because they share the same environment as humans and spend more time outdoors than humans, increasing their exposure risk. Furthermore, the biologically compressed lifespans of some animals may allow them to develop clinical signs more rapidly after exposure to specific pathogens...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608612/factors-impacting-the-accuracy-of-intra-operative-evaluation-of-sentinel-lymph-nodes-in-breast-cancer
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Catherine L Akay, Constance Albarracin, Tiffany Torstenson, Roland Bassett, Elizabeth A Mittendorf, Min Yi, Henry M Kuerer, Gildy V Babiera, Isabelle Bedrosian, Kelly K Hunt, Rosa F Hwang
Sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) is a standard axillary staging technique in breast cancer and intraoperative sentinel lymph node (SLN) assessment is important for decision-making regarding additional treatment and reconstruction. This study was undertaken to investigate clinicopathologic factors impacting the accuracy of intraoperative SLN evaluation. Records of patients with clinically node-negative, invasive breast cancer who underwent SLND with frozen section intraoperative pathologic evaluation from 2004 to 2007 were reviewed...
June 13, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590337/spontaneous-pneumothorax-in-diffuse-cystic-lung-diseases
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Joseph Cooley, Yun Chor Gary Lee, Nishant Gupta
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Diffuse cystic lung diseases (DCLDs) are a heterogeneous group of disorders with varying pathophysiologic mechanisms that are characterized by the presence of air-filled lung cysts. These cysts are prone to rupture, leading to the development of recurrent spontaneous pneumothoraces. In this article, we review the epidemiology, clinical features, and management DCLD-associated spontaneous pneumothorax, with a focus on lymphangioleiomyomatosis, Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome, and pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583789/prognostic-factors-in-merkel-cell-carcinoma-patients-undergoing-sentinel-node-biopsy
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I Mattavelli, R Patuzzo, V Torri, G Gallino, A Maurichi, M Lamera, B Valeri, E Bolzonaro, C Barbieri, E Tolomio, D Moglia, A M Nespoli, C Galeone, R Saw, M Santinami
INTRODUCTION: Debate remains about prognostic factors in primary Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). We investigated clinicopathological factors as determinants of survival in patients with MCC submitted to sentinel node biopsy. METHODS: Sixty-four consecutive patients treated for a primary MCC were identified from a prospectively maintained database at Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan. Time to events outcome were described by product limit estimators and proportional hazards model was used to investigate the association between outcome and potential predictors...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578429/a-potential-role-of-esophageal-cancer-related-gene-4-for-atrial-fibrillation
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Li Huang, Hua Yu, Xinrong Fan, Xue Li, Liang Mao, Jun Cheng, Xiaorong Zeng, Xitong Dang
Epidemiological studies have shown a strong correlation between tumor and AF. However, the molecular link between tumor and AF remains unknown. ECRG4, a tumor suppressor gene that is expressed in the A-V node and in sporadic ventricular myocytes, inhibits tumorigenesis and monitors tissue homeostasis by functioning as a 'sentinel' molecule gauging inflammatory and cell proliferative responses. To explore the potential physiological function of Ecrg4 in heart, we evaluated its distribution in heart, analyzed its expression in patients with persistent AF and in a canine AF model, and dissected the molecular events downstream of Ecrg4...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558983/enhancing-global-vaccine-pharmacovigilance-proof-of-concept-study-on-aseptic-meningitis-and-immune-thrombocytopenic-purpura-following-measles-mumps-containing-vaccination
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Silvia Perez-Vilar, Daniel Weibel, Miriam Sturkenboom, Steven Black, Christine Maure, Jose Luis Castro, Pamela Bravo-Alcántara, Caitlin N Dodd, Silvana A Romio, Maria de Ridder, Swabra Nakato, Helvert Felipe Molina-León, Varalakshmi Elango, Patrick L F Zuber
New vaccines designed to prevent diseases endemic in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are now being introduced without prior record of utilization in countries with robust pharmacovigilance systems. To address this deficit, our objective was to demonstrate feasibility of an international hospital-based network for the assessment of potential epidemiological associations between serious and rare adverse events and vaccines in any setting. This was done through a proof-of-concept evaluation of the risk of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and aseptic meningitis (AM) following administration of the first dose of measles-mumps-containing vaccines using the self-controlled risk interval method in the primary analysis...
May 27, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549789/systematic-approaches-to-adverse-events-in-obstetrics-part-i-event-identification-and-classification
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Christian M Pettker
Despite our best intentions to improve health when a patient presents for care, adverse events are ubiquitous in medical practice today. Known complications related to the course of a patient's illness or condition or to the characteristics of the treatment have been an openly stated part of taking care of patients for centuries. However, it is only in the past decade that preventable adverse events, instances of harm related to error and deviations in accepted practice have become a primary part of these conversations...
May 23, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538463/implementation-of-a-modified-bedside-handoff-for-a-postpartum-unit
#9
Christine A Wollenhaup, Eleanor L Stevenson, Julie Thompson, Helen A Gordon, Gloria Nunn
The most frequent cause of sentinel events is poor communication during the nurse-to-nurse handoff process. Standardized methods of handoff do not fit in every patient care setting. The aims of this quality improvement project were to successfully implement a modified bedside handoff model, with some report outside and some inside the patient's room, in a postpartum unit. A structured educational module and champion nurses were used. The new model was evaluated based on the change in compliance, patient satisfaction, and nursing satisfaction...
June 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528017/-identification-of-sentinel-events-in-primary-care
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G Olivera Cañadas, A Cañada Dorado, M Drake Canela, B Fernández-Martínez, G Ordóñez León, M Cimas Ballesteros
OBJECTIVE: To identify and describe a list of sentinel events (SEs) for Primary Care (PC). METHODODOLOGY: A structured experts' consensus was obtained by using two online questionnaires. The participants were selected because of their expertise in PC and patient safety. The first questionnaire assessed the suitability of the hospital SEs established in the National Quality Forum 2006 for use in PC via responses of "yes", "no", or "yes but with modification". In the latter case, a re-wording of the SE was requested...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Calidad Asistencial: Organo de la Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527266/-risk-factors-associated-with-the-development-of-perinatal-asphyxia-in-neonates-at-the-hospital-universitario-del-valle-cali-colombia-2010-2011
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Javier Torres-Muñoz, Christian Rojas, Diana Mendoza-Urbano, Darly Marín-Cuero, Sandra Orobio, Carlos Echandía
INTRODUCTION: Perinatal asphyxia is one of the main causes of perinatal mortality and morbidity worldwide and it generates high costs for health systems; however, it has modifiable risk factors. OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk factors associated with the development of perinatal asphyxia in newborns at Hospital Universitario del Valle, Cali, Colombia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incident cases and concurrent controls were examined. Cases were defined as newborns with moderate to severe perinatal asphyxia who were older than or equal to 36 weeks of gestational age, needed advanced resuscitation and presented one of the following: early neurological disorders, multi-organ commitment or a sentinel event...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515354/clinical-application-and-outcomes-of-sentinel-node-navigation-surgery-in-patients-with-early-gastric-cancer
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Takaaki Arigami, Yoshikazu Uenosono, Shigehiro Yanagita, Keishi Okubo, Takashi Kijima, Daisuke Matsushita, Masahiko Amatatsu, Takahiko Hagihara, Naoto Haraguchi, Yuko Mataki, Katsuhiko Ehi, Sumiya Ishigami, Shoji Natsugoe
Sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS) has been recognized as a minimally invasive tool for individualized lymphadenectomy in patients with early gastric cancer (EGC). The aim of this study was to compare clinicopathological factors, adverse events, and clinical outcomes between sentinel node mapping (SNM) and SN dissection (SND) groups and assess the clinical utility of SNNS in patients with EGC. The clinical data of 157 patients with EGC, diagnosed as clinical T1N0M0 with tumors ≤ 40 mm, undergoing SNNS between March 2004 and April 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
May 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502497/the-9p21-3-locus-and-cardiovascular-risk-in-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Martine Paquette, Michael Chong, Yascara Grisel Luna Saavedra, Guillaume Paré, Robert Dufour, Alexis Baass
BACKGROUND: Carrying a risk variant in the 9p21.3 locus represents one of the strongest genetic risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in the general population. However, the effect of these polymorphisms in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) has never been studied. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the association between the sentinel 9p21.3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) rs1333047 and ASCVD susceptibility in FH subjects...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501763/optimal-duration-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-high-risk-node-negative-n-breast-cancer-patients-6-year-results-of-the-prospective-randomised-multicentre-phase-iii-unicancer-pacs-05-trial-ucbg-0106
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Pierre Kerbrat, Isabelle Desmoulins, Lise Roca, Christelle Levy, Alain Lortholary, Alain Marre, Rémy Delva, Maria Rios, Patrice Viens, Étienne Brain, Daniel Serin, Magali Edel, Marc Debled, Mario Campone, Marie-Ange Mourret-Reynier, Thomas Bachelot, Marie-Josèphe Foucher-Goudier, Bernard Asselain, Jérôme Lemonnier, Anne-Laure Martin, Henri Roché
PURPOSE: Optimal duration of adjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer remained to be investigated rigorously for the standard regimens in widespread use in North America (doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide, AC) and Europe (5-fluorouracil/epirubicin/cyclophosphamide, FEC). Whether six cycles of FEC 100 present an advantage, or not, compared with only four cycles was tested directly in a phase III prospective multicentre trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2002 and 2006, 1515 women between 18 and 65°years of age, with node negative N(-) high-risk early-stage breast cancer, were included in the study following breast surgery and axillary lymph node dissection or procedure by sentinel node technique...
July 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500923/history-injury-and-psychosocial-risk-factor-commonalities-among-cases-of-fatal-and-near-fatal-physical-child-abuse
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Mary Clyde Pierce, Kim Kaczor, Deborah Acker, Tina Webb, Allen Brenzel, Douglas J Lorenz, Audrey Young, Richard Thompson
Failure to recognize child maltreatment results in chronic exposure to high-risk environments where re-injury or death may occur. We analyzed a series (n=20) of fatal (n=10) and near-fatal (n=10) physical child abuse cases from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to identify commonalities and determine whether indicators of maltreatment were present prior to the child's fatal or near-fatal event. We conducted retrospective state record reviews involving children <4years of age classified as physical child abuse by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services during a 12 month period...
May 10, 2017: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497727/using-white-tailed-deer-odocoileus-virginianus-in-infectious-disease-research
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Mitchell Palmer, Rebecca J Cox, W Ray Waters, Tyler C Thacker, Diana L Whipple
Between 1940 and 2004, more than 335 emerging infectious disease events were reported in the scientific literature. Themajority (60%) of these events involved zoonoses, most of which (72%) were of wildlife origin or had an epidemiologically important wildlife host. Because this trend of increasing emerging diseases likely will continue, understanding the pathogenesis, transmission, and diagnosis of these diseases in the relevant wildlife host is paramount. Achieving this goal often requires using wild animals as research subjects, which are vastly different from the traditional livestock or laboratory animals used by most universities and institutions...
May 11, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496271/an-analysis-of-quality-improvement-education-at-us-colleges-of-pharmacy
#17
Janet Cooley, Samuel F Stolpe, Amber Montoya, Angela Walsh, Ana L Hincapie, Vibhuti Arya, Melissa L Nelson, Terri Warholak
Objective. Analyze quality improvement (QI) education across US pharmacy programs. Methods. This was a two stage cross-sectional study that inspected each accredited school website for published QI curriculum or related content, and e-mailed a questionnaire to each school asking about QI curriculum or content. T-test and chi square were used for analysis with an alpha a priori set at .05. Results. Sixty responses (47% response rate) revealed the least-covered QI topics: quality dashboards /sentinel systems (30%); six-sigma or other QI methodologies (45%); safety and quality measures (57%); Medicare Star measures and payment incentives (58%); and how to implement changes to improve quality (60%)...
April 2017: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481926/delineating-morbillivirus-entry-dissemination-and-airborne-transmission-by-studying-in-vivo-competition-of-multicolor-canine-distemper-viruses-in-ferrets
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Rory D de Vries, Martin Ludlow, Alwin de Jong, Linda J Rennick, R Joyce Verburgh, Geert van Amerongen, Debby van Riel, Peter R W A van Run, Sander Herfst, Thijs Kuiken, Ron A M Fouchier, Albert D M E Osterhaus, Rik L de Swart, W Paul Duprex
Identification of cellular receptors and characterization of viral tropism in animal models have vastly improved our understanding of morbillivirus pathogenesis. However, specific aspects of viral entry, dissemination and transmission remain difficult to recapitulate in animal models. Here, we used three virologically identical but phenotypically distinct recombinant (r) canine distemper viruses (CDV) expressing different fluorescent reporter proteins for in vivo competition and airborne transmission studies in ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)...
May 8, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469889/a-quality-improvement-approach-to-standardization-and-sustainability-of-the-hand-off-process
#19
Craig Fryman, Carine Hamo, Siddharth Raghavan, Nirvani Goolsarran
There is mounting evidence that communication and hand-off failures are a root cause of two-thirds of sentinel events in hospitals. Several studies have shown that non-standardized hand-offs have yielded poor patient outcomes and adverse events. At Stony Brook University Hospital, there were numerous reported adverse events related to poor hand-off during the transfer of patient responsibility from one resident caregiver to the next. A resident-conducted root cause analysis identified lack of a standardized hand-off process and formal training on safe and efficient hand-off among caregivers as key contributing factors...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455205/meningococcal-disease-in-the-middle-east-and-africa-findings-and-updates-from-the-global-meningococcal-initiative
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REVIEW
Ray Borrow, Dominique A Caugant, Mehmet Ceyhan, Hannah Christensen, Ener Cagri Dinleyici, Jamie Findlow, Linda Glennie, Anne Von Gottberg, Amel Kechrid, Julio Vázquez Moreno, Aziza Razki, Vincent Smith, Muhamed-Kheir Taha, Hassiba Tali-Maamar, Khalid Zerouali
The Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) has recently considered current issues in Middle Eastern and African countries, and produced two recommendations: (i) that vaccination of attendees should be considered for some types of mass-gathering events, as some countries mandate for the Hajj, and (ii) vaccination of people with human immunodeficiency virus should be used routinely, because of increased meningococcal disease (MD) risk. Differences exist between Middle Eastern and African countries regarding case and syndrome definitions, surveillance, and epidemiologic data gaps...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Infection
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