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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332210/pathogen-specific-leptospiral-proteins-in-urine-of-patients-with-febrile-illness-aids-in-differential-diagnosis-of-leptospirosis-from-dengue
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R Chaurasia, K C Thresiamma, C K Eapen, B J Zachariah, R Paul, M Sritharan
Leptospirosis and dengue are two commonly seen infectious diseases of the tropics. Differential diagnosis of leptospirosis from dengue fever is often difficult due to overlapping clinical symptoms and lack of economically viable and easy-to-perform laboratory tests. The gold standard for diagnosis is the microscopic agglutination test (MAT). In this study, the diagnostic potential of screening for pathogen-specific leptospiral antigens in urine samples is presented as a non-invasive method of disease diagnosis...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331959/probenecid-improves-cardiac-function-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-vivo-and-cardiomyocyte-calcium-sensitivity-in-vitro
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Nathan Robbins, Mark Gilbert, Mohit Kumar, James W McNamara, Patrick Daly, Sheryl E Koch, Ginger Conway, Mohamed Effat, Jessica G Woo, Sakthivel Sadayappan, Jack Rubinstein
BACKGROUND: Transient receptor potential vanilloid 2 is a calcium channel activated by probenecid. Probenecid is a Food and Drug Administration-approved uricosuric drug that has recently been shown to induce positive lusitropic and inotropic effects in animal models through cardiomyocyte transient receptor potential vanilloid 2 activation. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that oral probenecid can improve cardiac function and symptomatology in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and to further elucidate its calcium-dependent effects on myocyte contractility...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331859/development-of-a-method-to-determine-axitinib-lapatinib-and-afatinib-in-plasma-by-micellar-liquid-chromatography-and-validation-by-the-european-medicines-agency-guidelines
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Jaume Albiol-Chiva, Josep Esteve-Romero, Juan Peris-Vicente
A method based on micellar liquid chromatography to quantify the tyrosine kinase inhibitors axitinib, lapatinib and afatinib in plasma is reported. The sample pretreatment was a simple 1/5-dilution in a pure micellar solution, filtration and direct injection, without requiring extraction or purification steps. The three drugs were resolved from the matrix in 17min, using an aqueous solution of 0.07M sodium dodecyl sulfate - 6.0% 1-pentanol, buffered at pH7 with 0.01M phosphate salt as mobile phase, running under isocratic mode at 1mL/min through a C18 column...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331650/echocardiographic-patterns-of-postresuscitation-myocardial-dysfunction
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Kyoung-Chul Cha, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Yong Sung Cha, Hyun Kim, Kang Hyun Lee, Sung Oh Hwang
BACKGROUND: Postresuscitation myocardial dysfunction (PRMD) can develop after successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest. However, echocardiographic patterns of PRMD remain unknown. This study aimed to investigate PRMD manifestations with serial echocardiography during the post-cardiac arrest period. METHODS: We enrolled non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients older than 19 years who underwent successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). We excluded patients with myocardial infarction or pre-existing cardiac disease, including heart failure or myocardial disease...
January 11, 2018: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331571/interdepartmental-imaging-protocol-for-clinically-based-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-can-provide-accurate-measurement-of-glenoid-version
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Connor L Zale, Gregory I Pace, Gregory S Lewis, John Chan, H Mike Kim
BACKGROUND: Conventional computed tomography (CT) is not accurate for glenoid version measurement. This study sought to examine the feasibility of an interdepartmental protocol implemented between orthopedic surgery and radiology departments for acquisition of anatomic axial CT images and to validate the glenoid version measured through such a protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 30 conventional CT scans of 10 normal and 20 osteoarthritic glenoids were transferred to clinical 3-dimensional imaging software by a radiology technician trained for the study...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331561/long-term-outcome-of-neurological-wilson-s-disease
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Harald Hefter, Osman Tezayak, Dietmar Rosenthal
INTRODUCTION: Aim of the study was to characterize the clinical spectrum of long-term treated patients with Wilson's disease (WD) and to identify risk factors influencing long-term outcome. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study 30 WD-patients being treated for at least 2.5 and up to 31 years underwent a detailed clinical investigation, scoring of clinical findings yielding 7 motor and 3 non-motor subscores as well as laboratory testing. A factor analysis of these subscores and laboratory parameters was performed to detect those items with the highest influence on outcome, an ANOVA and subgroup analysis tested the influence of age, age at onset of diagnosis and duration of treatment on outcome...
January 4, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331397/persistent-hyperparathyroidism-as-a-risk-factor-for-long-term-graft-failure-the-need-to-discuss-indication-for-parathyroidectomy
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Maria Júlia Correia Lima Nepomuceno Araujo, Janaina Almeida Mota Ramalho, Rosilene Motta Elias, Vanda Jorgetti, William Nahas, Melani Custodio, Rosa M A Moysés, Elias David-Neto
BACKGROUND: Although a successful kidney transplant (KTx) improves most of the mineral and bone disorders (MBD) produced by chronic kidney disease (CKD), hyperparathyroidism may persist (pHPT). Current guidelines recommend parathyroidectomy if serum parathormone is persistently elevated 1 year after KTx, because pHPT has been recently associated with poor graft outcomes. However, whether patients with pHPT and adequate renal function are at risk for long-term graft failure is unknown...
January 10, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331259/public-and-physician-s-expectations-and-ethical-concerns-about-electronic-health-record-benefits-outweigh-risks-except-for-information-security
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Eleni Entzeridou, Evgenia Markopoulou, Vasiliki Mollaki
INTRODUCTION: Electronic Health Record systems (EHRs) offer numerous benefits in health care but also pose certain risks. As we progress toward the implementation of EHRs, a more in-depth understanding of attitudes that influence overall levels of EHR support is required. OBJECTIVES: To record public and physicians' awareness, expectations for, and ethical concerns about the use of EHRs. METHODS: A convenience sample was surveyed for both the public and physicians...
February 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331237/time-lapse-algorithms-and-morphological-selection-of-day-5-embryos-for-transfer-a-preclinical-validation-study
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Ashleigh Storr, Christos Venetis, Simon Cooke, Suha Kilani, William Ledger
OBJECTIVE: To determine the agreement between published time-lapse algorithms in selecting the best day-5 embryo for transfer, as well as the agreement between these algorithms and embryologists. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: Private in vitro fertilization center. PATIENT(S): Four hundred and twenty-eight embryos from 100 cycles cultured in the EmbryoScope. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Interalgorithm agreement as assessed by the Fleiss kappa coefficient...
January 11, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331169/the-introduction-of-simple-cardiorespiratory-fitness-testing-in-overweight-obese-type-2-diabetics-a-pilot-study
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Ľubica Cibičková, David Karásek, Jiří Lukeš, Norbert Cibiček
BACKGROUND: Low level of cardiorespiratory fitness has been recognized as an important independent and modifiable risk factor of increased morbidity and mortality. However, in standard outpatient settings, patients are not routinely screened for fitness and advantages of such testing for the management of type 2 diabetes have not been defined. Aim To describe the toleration of a fast, simple and practicable fitness test (2-min step-in-place test) by overweight/obese type 2 diabetics and their performance indicated by 2-min step-in-place test score (STS)...
January 14, 2018: Primary Health Care Research & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330981/comparison-of-ziehl-neelsen-based-light-microscopy-with-led-fluorescent-microscopy-for-tuberculosis-diagnosis-an-insight-from-a-limited-resource-high-burden-setting
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Muhammad Yahya Noori, Faiza Ali, Zaheer Ali, Shaheen Sharafat
BACKGROUND: Microscopy is the most widely used tool for Tuberculosis screening. Conventionally, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining has been the widely used for staining Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB) but with the advent of Fluorescent staining, Auramine O stain is now being adapted as the preferred method for setups with high workload as it has the advantage of being less laborious, since bacteria fluoresce in front of a dark background and are easier to count. This study was performed to compare the efficiency of the two methods in a high-burden, limited resource setting to see the magnitude of diagnostic accuracy between ZN and Fluorescent Microscopy, using culture as the standard...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330742/henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-nephritis-initial-risk-factors-and-outcomes-in-a-latin-american-tertiary-center
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Izabel M Buscatti, Beatriz B Casella, Nadia E Aikawa, Andrea Watanabe, Sylvia C L Fahrat, Lucia M A Campos, Clovis Artur Silva
The objective of this study was to evaluate prevalence, initial risk factors, and outcomes in Henoch-Schönlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) patients in Latin America. Two hundred ninety-six patients (validated EULAR/PRINTO/PRES HSP criteria) were assessed by demographic data, clinical/laboratorial involvements, and treatments in the first 3 months after diagnosis. They were followed-up in a Latin American tertiary center and were divided in two groups: with and without nephritis. Persistent non-nephrotic proteinuria, nephrotic proteinuria, and acute/chronic kidney injury were also systematically evaluated at 1, 5, 10, and 15 years after diagnosis...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330741/coronary-artery-aneurysm-regression-after-kawasaki-disease-and-associated-risk-factors-a-3-year-follow-up-study-in-east-china
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Yunjia Tang, Wenhua Yan, Ling Sun, Qiuqin Xu, Yueyue Ding, Haitao Lv
Kawasaki disease (KD) is the leading cause of acquired heart disease due to its complicated coronary artery lesions. Up to now, few studies were focused on the status of persistent coronary artery aneurysms (CAA) in KD patients. The present study was designed to identify the coronary artery outcomes and seek the risk factors associated with the regression of CAA in KD patients. One hundred and twenty KD patients with CAA hospitalized in Children's Hospital of Soochow University from Jan 2008 to Dec 2013 were prospectively studied by a 3-year follow-up...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330643/antihypertensive-medication-and-dementia-risk-in-older-adult-african-americans-with-hypertension-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Michael D Murray, Hugh C Hendrie, Kathleen A Lane, Mengjie Zheng, Roberta Ambuehl, Shanshan Li, Frederick W Unverzagt, Christopher M Callahan, Sujuan Gao
BACKGROUND: African Americans are especially at risk of hypertension and dementia. Antihypertensive medications reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, but may also reduce the risk of dementia. OBJECTIVE: To assess the longitudinal effects of antihypertensive medications and blood pressure on the onset of incident dementia in a cohort of African Americans. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. PARTICIPANTS: 1236 community-dwelling patients from an inner-city public health care system, aged 65 years and older, with a history of hypertension but no history of dementia, and who had at least three primary care visits and a prescription filled for any medication...
January 12, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330227/earlier-post-operative-hypocortisolemia-may-predict-durable-remission-from-cushing-s-disease
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Natasha Ironside, Gregoire Chatain, David Asuzu, Sarah Benzo, Maya Lodish, Susmeeta Sharma, Lynnette Nieman, Constantine Stratakis, Russell Lonser, Prashant Chittiboina
CONTEXT: Achievement of hypocortisolemia following transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) for Cushing's disease (CD) is associated with successful adenoma resection. However, up to one third of these patients recur. OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether delay in reaching post-operative cortisol nadir may delineate those at risk of recurrence for CD following TSS. METHODS: A retrospective review of of 257 patients who received 291 TSS procedures for CD at NIH, between 2003 and 2016...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330128/exploiting-ion-channel-structure-to-assess-rare-variant-pathogenicity
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Brett M Kroncke, Tao Yang, Prince Kannankeril, M Benjamin Shoemaker, Dan M Roden
BACKGROUND: A 27-year-old female was seen for long QT syndrome. She was found to be a carrier of two variants, KCNQ1 Val162Met and KCNH2 Ser55Leu, and both were annotated as pathogenic by a diagnostic laboratory in part because of sequence proximity to other known pathogenic variants. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between both the KCNQ1 and KCNH2 variants and clinical significance using protein structure, in vitro functional assays, and familial segregation...
January 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330084/real-time-reverse-transcription-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-assay-for-rapid-detection-of-porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus
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Jianchang Wang, Ruoxi Zhang, Jinfeng Wang, Qingan Han, Libing Liu, Yanan Li, Wanzhe Yuan
Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), which is caused by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), is an acute, highly contagious enteric disease characterized by severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and high mortality in suckling piglets. A real-time reverse-transcription recombinase polymerase amplification assay (RT-RPA) was developed based on the nucleocapsid gene of PEDV. RT-RPA assay was performed at 40 °C for 20 min. The assay could detect both the classical and variant PEDV strains, and there was no cross-reaction with other pathogens tested...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329957/safety-and-tolerability-of-a-novel-polyclonal-human-anti-mers-coronavirus-antibody-produced-from-transchromosomic-cattle-a-phase-1-randomised-double-blind-single-dose-escalation-study
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John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Parag Kumar, Kanakatte Raviprakash, Hua Wu, Jin-An Jiao, Eddie Sullivan, Thomas Luke, Richard T Davey
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a severe respiratory illness with an overall mortality of 35%. There is no licensed or proven treatment. Passive immunotherapy approaches are being developed to prevent and treat several human medical conditions where alternative therapeutic options are absent. We report the safety of a fully human polyclonal IgG antibody (SAB-301) produced from the hyperimmune plasma of transchromosomic cattle immunised with a MERS coronavirus vaccine...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329922/a-multistate-investigation-of-health-care-associated-burkholderia-cepacia-complex-infections-related-to-liquid-docusate-sodium-contamination-january-october-2016
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Janet Glowicz, Matthew Crist, Carolyn Gould, Heather Moulton-Meissner, Judith Noble-Wang, Tom J B de Man, K Allison Perry, Zachary Miller, William C Yang, Stephen Langille, Jessica Ross, Bobbiejean Garcia, Janice Kim, Erin Epson, Stephanie Black, Massimo Pacilli, John J LiPuma, Ryan Fagan
BACKGROUND: Outbreaks of health care-associated infections (HAIs) caused by Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) have been associated with medical devices and water-based products. Water is the most common raw ingredient in nonsterile liquid drugs, and the significance of organisms recovered from microbiologic testing during manufacturing is assessed using a risk-based approach. This incident demonstrates that lapses in manufacturing practices and quality control of nonsterile liquid drugs can have serious unintended consequences...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329754/comparison-of-cepheid%C3%A2-xpert-flu-and-roche-realtime-ready-influenza-a-h1n1-detection-set-for-detection-of-influenza-a-h1n1
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Ali A Rabaan, Ali M Bazzi, Sana A Alshaikh
OBJECTIVE: To compare two influenza polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods. METHODS: A total of 749 suspected MERS-CoV patients presenting at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Saudi Arabia, each submitted a clinical sample for influenza A reflex testing using the on-site Cepheid® Xpert Flu assay and at the Ministry of Health laboratory by the Roche PCR assay. RESULTS: There was 92.12% overall agreement between the two methods. Specificity of the Cepheid® Xpert Flu was 95...
December 16, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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