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Dian He, Yuan Li, Yunli Yu, Gang Cai, Fu Ouyang, Yuchan Lin, Hongjuan Lu, Lan Chu
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder that primarily affects the skin and the nervous system. This condition is called segmental NF1 (also called neurofibromatosis type V) when clinical features are limited to one area of the body. Segmental NF1 is generally thought to result from somatic mosaicism due to a postzygotic mutation in the NF1 gene, thus a test for NF1 gene abnormalities in peripheral blood is usually negative. Here we report a 31-year-old male presenting with epileptic seizures, who had a history of neurofibromas confirmed by biopsy, but lacked a family history of neurofibromatosis...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Nan Shwe Nwe Htun, Peter Odermatt, Ivan Müller, Peiling Yap, Peter Steinmann, Christian Schindler, Markus Gerber, Rosa Du Randt, Cheryl Walter, Uwe Pühse, Jürg Utzinger, Nicole Probst-Hensch
BACKGROUND: Low- and middle-income countries are facing a dual disease burden with infectious diseases (e.g., gastrointestinal tract infections) and non-communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes) being common. For instance, chronic parasite infections lead to altered immune regulatory networks, anemia, malnutrition, and diarrhea with an associated shift in the gut microbiome. These can all be pathways of potential relevance for insulin resistance and diabetes. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between common gastrointestinal tract infections and glycemia in children from non-fee paying schools in South Africa...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Sheng Yan, Hangyan Shi, Da Chen, Jincai Guo, Yi Sun, Sufan Wu
The reconstruction of large full-thickness scalp defects remains a surgical challenge, especially when the skull is exposed completely without periosteum. Surgical technique options for wound coverage have included tissue expansion, skin grafting, local or regional flaps, and microvascular free tissue transfer. In recent years, some authors have reported to use biological material as an alternative for repairing complex wounds. The authors report the successful reconstruction of a large defect with bare skull in bilateral temporal regions of a 3-year-old child...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Raed M Almannie, Waleed H Alkhamis
Rectus sheath hematoma is a collection of blood in the sheath of rectus abdominis muscle due to an injury of one of the epigastric vessels or the muscle itself. It is a rare condition that could be caused by the use of anticoagulant injections. We report a 60-year-old lady who received enoxaparin injection on the lower abdomen. Subsequently, she developed bladder perforation secondary to rectus sheath hematoma and was diagnosed using CT angiography scan. Exploratory laparotomy was performed and bleeding was controlled with bladder wall repair...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
J H C de Roo, T M Bosch, A van Rhijn, R Del Canho
BACKGROUND: Medication is not always delivered in a safe dosing format. Up to 33% of medication errors can be attributed to confusing packaging or labelling. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 6-year-old boy with ADHD, for which he was being treated with methylphenidate and pipamperone drops, was brought to the A&E department with signs of severe encephalopathy. He had apparently been given pipamperone in streams rather than in drops in the previous months. The pipamperone level in his blood was raised to toxic levels...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Heather Hayes Betz, Joey C Eisenmann, Kelly R Laurson, Katrina D DuBose, Mathew J Reeves, Joseph J Carlson, Karin A Pfeiffer
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to examine the independent and combined association of physical activity and body mass index (BMI) with blood pressure in youth. METHODS: Youth aged 8-18 years from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) with BMI, blood pressure, and physical activity (accelerometer) were included in the analyses. A total of 2585 subjects (1303 males; 47% of all 8- to 18-year-olds) met these criteria. RESULTS: Obese youth had a systolic blood pressure that was 8 mm Hg higher than normal weight youth...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Exercise Science
Michał Romański, Anna Zacharzewska, Artur Teżyk, Franciszek K Główka
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Treosulfan is a prodrug applied in the treatment of ovarian cancer and conditioning prior to stem cell transplantation. So far, the bioanalysis of treosulfan in either whole blood or red blood cells (RBC) has not been carried out. In this work, the RBC/plasma partition coefficient (Ke/p ) of treosulfan and its active monoepoxide was determined for the first time. METHODS: Male and female 10-week-old Wistar rats (n = 6/6) received an intraperitoneal injection of treosulfan at the dose of 500 mg/kg body weight...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Daniele Alberti, Laura Righetti, Adrian Bianchi, Gian Luigi de'Angelis, Giovanni Boroni
BACKGROUND: Bowel dilatation is a common adaptive mechanism after intestinal resection. The symptomatic dilated dysmotile duodenum is difficult to manage, since conventional bowel tailoring and lengthening techniques are potentially hazardous because of the anatomy of the duodenal blood supply, the proximity to the pancreas, and the risk of injury to the common bile duct. METHODS: A 2-month-old child with short bowel and a symptomatic massively dilated duodenum was treated with a Transverse Flap Duodenoplasty (TFD)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
Timothy S Walsh, Nicole P Juffermans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2018: Intensive Care Medicine
Kui Wu, Yan Cheng, Tingting Li, Ziwen Ma, Junxiu Liu, Qingying Zhang, Haidong Cheng
Aims: To evaluate the utility of glycated haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) alone and in combination with haematocrit (HCT) for screening gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) between 12-16 gestational weeks. Methods: This prospective study was carried out in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital of Fudan University from November 2014 to February 2015. In total, 690 pregnant women between 20 and 35 years old were included in this study. All subjects received a routine blood examination for HbA1c and HCT at 12-16 gestational weeks (gw) and a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 gw...
2018: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome
Lucyna Kaszubowska, Jerzy Foerster, Jan Jacek Kaczor, Daria Schetz, Tomasz Jerzy Ślebioda, Zbigniew Kmieć
Background: Natural killer cells (NK cells) are cytotoxic lymphocytes of innate immunity that reveal some immunoregulatory properties, however, their role in the process of ageing is not completely understood. The study aimed to analyze the expression of proteins involved in cellular stress response: sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and manganese superoxide dismutase (SOD2) in human NK cells with reference to the process of ageing. Non-stimulated and stimulated with IL-2, LPS or PMA with ionomycin cells originated from peripheral blood samples of: seniors aged over 85 ('the oldest'; n  = 25; 88...
2018: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
Nur S Ibrahim, Chee K Chen, Ayunizma Ayub, Ayu S Muhamad
Introduction: Lysozyme is one of the salivary antimicrobial proteins which act as the "first line of defence" at the mucosal surface. The effects of prolonged exercise in the hot and cool environments among recreational athletes on salivary lysozyme responses are very limited in the literature, especially in the Asian countries. Objective: To determine the effects of prolonged running in the hot and cool environments on selected physiological parameters and salivary lysozyme responses among recreational athletes...
December 2017: Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Reiji Yoshimura, Taro Kishi, Kiyokazu Atake, Asuka Katsuki, Nakao Iwata
Background: There are complicated interactions between catecholaminergic neurons and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the brain. However, no reports have addressed the relationship among 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG), homovanillic acid (HVA), and BDNF in the blood. Objective: This paper sought to investigate correlations between serum BDNF and plasma levels of MHPG and HVA in people with major depression (MD). Materials and methods: A total of 148 patients (male/female 65/83, age 49...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Ewa Jaskiewicz, Thierry Peyrard, Radoslaw Kaczmarek, Agata Zerka, Marlena Jodlowska, Marcin Czerwinski
Antigens of the Gerbich blood group system are expressed on glycophorin C (GPC) and glycophorin D (GPD), minor sialoglycoproteins of human erythrocytes. GPC and GPD help maintain erythrocyte shape of and contributes to the stability of its membrane. There are six high-prevalence Gerbich antigens: Ge2, Ge3, Ge4, GEPL (GE10), GEAT (GE11), GETI (GE12) and five low-prevalence Gerbich antigens: Wb (GE5), Lsa (GE6), Ana (GE7), Dha (GE8), GEIS (GE9). Some Gerbich antigens (Ge4, Wb, Dha , GEAT) are expressed only on GPC, two (Ge2, Ana ) are expressed only on GPD, while others (Ge3, Lsa , GEIS, GEPL, GETI) are expressed on both GPC and GPD...
March 2, 2018: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Young-Nam Kim, Ji Hyeon Hwang, Youn-Ok Cho
Information is limited on the current vitamin B12 status of South Koreans, including the results of biochemical indices. The objective of this study was to assess vitamin B12 status with vitamin B12 intake, major food sources, and plasma vitamin B12 concentration in Korean adults. We hypothesized that vitamin B12 intake and status would be different between sex and age groups. Three consecutive 24-hour recalls and fasting blood samples were obtained from healthy 20- to 64-year-old adults (N=141). The dietary vitamin B12 intake of the men (10...
February 2018: Nutrition Research
Haili Luo, Shaohong Wang, Tongmei Yuan, Jingtao Liu, Ling Yao, Xianguo Pan, Xuemei Long, Juncheng Wu, Feng Shen
BACKGROUND: More and more cases of human infections with avian influenza A H7N9 have been reported since it was first mentioned in 2013 in China, but concurrence of influenza A H7N9 with Mycoplasma pneumoniae, however, has never been described. Here, we reported the case of a woman co-infected by influenza A H7N9 and Mycoplasma pneumoniae, whose treatment process was a little bit longer and a little bit complicated as well. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient was an 80-year-old Chinese woman who presented with fever, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Hong-Ren Yu, You-Lin Tain, Mao-Meng Tiao, Chih-Cheng Chen, Jiunn-Ming Sheen, I-Chun Lin, Shih-Wen Li, Ching-Chou Tsai, Yu-Ju Lin, Kai-Sheng Hsieh, Li-Tung Huang
BACKGROUND: Hypertension may result from high-fat (HF) diet induced-obesity and overexposure to glucocorticoids in utero. Recent studies demonstrated the potent contribution of adipose tissue's renin-angiotensin system (RAS) to systemic RAS, which plays a key role in regulating blood pressure (BP). In this study, we investigated the effects of prenatal dexamethasone (DEX) exposure and postnatal HF diet on RAS of adipose tissue. METHODS: RAS and BP of 6-month old rats exposed to prenatal DEX and/or postnatal HF diet were examined...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Joseph Loscalzo, Nathalie Roy, Ravi V Shah, Joy N Tsai, Alexis M Cahalane, Johannes Steiner, James R Stone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
F Popescu, C R Jaslow, W H Kutteh
STUDY QUESTION: Will the addition of 24-chromosome microarray analysis on miscarriage tissue combined with the standard American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) evaluation for recurrent miscarriage explain most losses? SUMMARY ANSWER: Over 90% of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) will have a probable or definitive cause identified when combining genetic testing on miscarriage tissue with the standard ASRM evaluation for recurrent miscarriage...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction
Eduardo José Pereira Oliveira, Vinício Felipe Brasil Rocha, Denismar Alves Nogueira, Alessandro Aparecido Pereira
This research aimed to assess the oral health related to quality of life among hypertensive and diabetic patients in the city of Alfenas, Brazil. This was a domiciliary-based, descriptive-analytical, cross-sectional research with a random, systematic sample stratified by the Family Health Team, consisting of 218 individuals. The following indexes were applied: DMFT, T-Health, FS-T, SiC index, use and need of prosthesis and OHIP-14. Most of the patients (56.42%) had only high blood pressure, were females (67...
March 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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