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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933734/improved-quality-of-life-in-asthma-patients-under-long-term-therapy-assessed-by-ahq-japan
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Yuji Tohda, Takashi Iwanaga, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroaki Kume, Kazuto Hirata, Noriyuki Ohkura, Isao Tachibana, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Hisako Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Minakata, Masanori Yoshikawa, Masaki Fujimura
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the effects of long-term management on patient quality of life (QOL) would be extremely useful for determining asthma treatment strategies. However, no studies have evaluated QOL over an extended period of time. This study evaluated the changes in QOL, drug management and disease severity in the same asthma patients at an interval of approximately 9 years. METHODS: We re-surveyed asthma patients enrolled in a survey conducted in 2004 to evaluate the effects of approximately a decade of treatment on disease severity and QOL assessed by the Japanese Asthma Health Questionnaire (AHQ-JAPAN)...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933716/risks-and-treatment-strategies-for-de-novo-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-from-anti-hbc-positive-donors-in-pediatric-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Chong Dong, Wei Gao, Nan Ma, Chao Sun, Wei-Ping Zheng, Kai Wang, Zhong-Yang Shen
The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence and risk factors of de novo HBV infection in pediatric patients receiving living donor liver transplants (LDLT) from HBcAb-positive donors, and to explore its treatment strategies. The data of 101 pediatric recipients receiving LDLT in Tianjin First Central Hospital between September 2006 and December 2012 were retrospectively analyzed. The HBV markers were regularly tested before and after the surgery, including HBsAb, HBsAg, HBeAg, HBeAb, and HBcAb. The median follow-up period was 25...
December 9, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933680/primary-breast-angiosarcoma-a-retrospective-study-of-36-cases-from-a-single-chinese-medical-institute-with-clinicopathologic-and-radiologic-correlations
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Lei Wang, I Weng Lao, Lin Yu, Wentao Yang, Jian Wang
The aim of this study was to present our experience with primary breast angiosarcoma (PBA) by describing a large series of cases with an emphasis on clinicopathologic and radiologic correlations. Thirty-six cases of PBA diagnosed at our institution between 2006 and 2014 were retrospectively evaluated. All but one case occurred in women with a median age of 35.5 years. The majority of patients presented with a deeply located painless mass, whereas a minority manifested as diffuse enlargement or swelling of the breast...
December 9, 2016: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933671/causal-inference-in-obesity-research
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REVIEW
P W Franks, N Atabaki-Pasdar
Obesity is a risk factor for a plethora of severe morbidities and premature death. Most supporting evidence comes from observational studies that are prone to chance, bias and confounding. Even data on the protective effects of weight loss from randomized controlled trials will be susceptible to confounding and bias if treatment assignment cannot be masked, which is usually the case with lifestyle and surgical interventions. Thus, whilst obesity is widely considered the major modifiable risk factor for many chronic diseases, its causes and consequences are often difficult to determine...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933661/mutations-in-the-neb-gene-cause-fetal-akinesia-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
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Michal Feingold-Zadok, David Chitayat, Karen Chong, Marie Injeyan, Patrick Shannon, Daphne Chapmann, Ron Maymon, Nir Pillar, Orit Reish
OBJECTIVE: We studied a series of patients with fetal akinesia deformation sequence (FADS)/arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), with nemaline bodies on muscle specimens, that revealed mutations in the NEB gene. METHOD: We pathologically assessed seven cases from three families, who presented with AMC/FADS. Targeted genetic analysis for Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) mutation (in relevant patients) was followed by next generation sequencing and Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification...
December 9, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933652/nonobstructive-diffuse-dilated-bowel-loops-prenatal-diagnosis-fetal-characteristics-and-neonatal-outcomes
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Guy Katz, Ben Pode-Shakked, Michal Berkenstadt, Ron Bilik, Sylvie Polak Charcon, Iris Barshack, Reuven Achiron, Yinon Gilboa
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics and outcomes of fetuses with a diagnosis of nonobstructive diffuse dilated bowel loops. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of all pregnancies with fetal diagnosis of nonobstructive diffuse dilated bowel loops over 14 years in a large tertiary referral center. Fetomaternal and neonatal characteristics and outcomes were assessed. RESULTS: Seven fetuses had sonograms showing diffuse dilated bowel loops; none of them had intestinal obstruction after labor...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933614/antiviral-agents-for-infectious-mononucleosis-glandular-fever
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REVIEW
Muireann De Paor, Kirsty O'Brien, Tom Fahey, Susan M Smith
BACKGROUND: Infectious mononucleosis (IM) is a clinical syndrome, usually caused by the Epstein Barr virus (EPV), characterised by lymphadenopathy, fever and sore throat. Most cases of symptomatic IM occur in older teenagers or young adults. Usually IM is a benign self-limiting illness and requires only symptomatic treatment. However, occasionally the disease course can be complicated or prolonged and lead to decreased productivity in terms of school or work. Antiviral medications have been used to treat IM, but the use of antivirals for IM is controversial...
December 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933577/environmental-and-health-impacts-of-effluents-from-textile-industries-in-ethiopia-the-case-of-gelan-and-dukem-oromia-regional-state
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Diriba Dadi, Till Stellmacher, Feyera Senbeta, Steven Van Passel, Hossein Azadi
This study focuses on four textile industries (DH-GEDA, NOYA, ALMHADI, and ALSAR) established between 2005 and 2008 in the peri-urban areas of Dukem and Gelan. The objectives of the study were to generate baseline information regarding the concentration levels of selected pollutants and to analyze their effects on biophysical environments. This study also attempts to explore the level of exposure that humans and livestock have to polluted effluents and the effects thereof. The findings of this study are based on data empirically collected from two sources: laboratory analysis of sample effluents from the four selected textile plants and quantitative as well as qualitative socioeconomic data collection...
January 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933555/pharmacist-s-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-introduction-and-evaluation-at-elderly-patient-admission
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Faiza Rhalimi, Mounir Rhalimi, Alain Rauss
BACKGROUND: The role of the clinical pharmacist within the healthcare system remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to describe a pharmacist's comprehensive geriatric assessment (pCGA) at admission of elderly patients and to assess its relevance in terms of medication compliance and pharmacist interventions (PIs). METHODS: We conducted a prospective interventional study over 29 months in a 34-bed medical/rehabilitation geriatric ward in a French geriatric hospital...
December 8, 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933545/the-collaborative-cross-resource-for-systems-genetics-research-of-infectious-diseases
#10
Paul L Maurizio, Martin T Ferris
An increasing body of evidence highlights the role of host genetic variation in driving susceptibility to severe disease following pathogen infection. In order to fully appreciate the importance of host genetics on infection susceptibility and resulting disease, genetically variable experimental model systems should be employed. These systems allow for the identification, characterization, and mechanistic dissection of genetic variants that cause differential disease responses. Herein we discuss application of the Collaborative Cross (CC) panel of recombinant inbred strains to study viral pathogenesis, focusing on practical considerations for experimental design, assessment and analysis of disease responses within the CC, as well as some of the resources developed for the CC...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933542/complex-genetics-of-behavior-bxds-in-the-automated-home-cage
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Maarten Loos, Matthijs Verhage, Sabine Spijker, August B Smit
This chapter describes a use case for the genetic dissection and automated analysis of complex behavioral traits using the genetically diverse panel of BXD mouse recombinant inbred strains. Strains of the BXD resource differ widely in terms of gene and protein expression in the brain, as well as in their behavioral repertoire. A large mouse resource opens the possibility for gene finding studies underlying distinct behavioral phenotypes, however, such a resource poses a challenge in behavioral phenotyping. To address the specifics of large-scale screening we describe how to investigate: (1) how to assess mouse behavior systematically in addressing a large genetic cohort, (2) how to dissect automation-derived longitudinal mouse behavior into quantitative parameters, and (3) how to map these quantitative traits to the genome, deriving loci underlying aspects of behavior...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933533/systems-genetics-as-a-tool-to-identify-master-genetic-regulators-in-complex-disease
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Aida Moreno-Moral, Francesco Pesce, Jacques Behmoaras, Enrico Petretto
Systems genetics stems from systems biology and similarly employs integrative modeling approaches to describe the perturbations and phenotypic effects observed in a complex system. However, in the case of systems genetics the main source of perturbation is naturally occurring genetic variation, which can be analyzed at the systems-level to explain the observed variation in phenotypic traits. In contrast with conventional single-variant association approaches, the success of systems genetics has been in the identification of gene networks and molecular pathways that underlie complex disease...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933529/qtl-mapping-and-identification-of-candidate-genes-in-do-mice-a-use-case-model-derived-from-a-benzene-toxicity-experiment
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Dan Gatti, John E French, Klaus Schughart
Diversity Outbred (DO) mice are a multiparental advanced generation intercross population derived from eight inbred strains which are genetically very diverse. They are maintained as an outbred population using a randomized mating design. Thus DO mice represent an ideal population to map phenotypic traits. Here, we provide a case study in which male DO mice were exposed to benzene and phenotyped for the number of micronucleated reticulocytes. We provide step-by-step R scripts for the analysis of phenotypes, genotypes, mapping of resistance gene loci and identification of candidate genes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933528/rna-seq-in-the-collaborative-cross
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Richard Green, Courtney Wilkins, Martin T Ferris, Michael Gale
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a large panel of inbred mouse strains currently being developed for multiple areas of research. Scientists are taking integrated omics-style approaches to collecting data in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying a number of diverse disease phenotypes. As the cost of the next generation sequencing (NGS) decreases, RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) has become the favored approach to transcriptomic analyses versus microarrays due to increases in sensitivity and resolution...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933521/genenetwork-a-toolbox-for-systems-genetics
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Megan K Mulligan, Khyobeni Mozhui, Pjotr Prins, Robert W Williams
The goal of systems genetics is to understand the impact of genetic variation across all levels of biological organization, from mRNAs, proteins, and metabolites, to higher-order physiological and behavioral traits. This approach requires the accumulation and integration of many types of data, and also requires the use of many types of statistical tools to extract relevant patterns of covariation and causal relations as a function of genetics, environment, stage, and treatment. In this protocol we explain how to use the GeneNetwork web service, a powerful and free online resource for systems genetics...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933515/serum-bilirubin-concentrations-and-incident-coronary-heart-disease-risk-among-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-the-dongfeng-tongji-cohort
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Jing Wang, Xiaofen Wu, Yaru Li, Xu Han, Hua Hu, Fei Wang, Caizheng Yu, Xiulou Li, Kun Yang, Jing Yuan, Ping Yao, Xiaoping Miao, Sheng Wei, Youjie Wang, Weihong Chen, Yuan Liang, Huan Guo, Handong Yang, Tangchun Wu, Xiaomin Zhang, Meian He
AIMS: Elevated serum bilirubin levels are associated with decreased coronary heart disease (CHD) risk in cross-sectional studies among diabetic patients, but prospective evidence is limited. We investigated the relationship of serum bilirubin levels with incident CHD risk among type 2 diabetes patients. METHODS: In a prospective study of 2918 type 2 diabetes embedded in the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort, serum total bilirubin (TBil), direct bilirubin (DBil), and indirect bilirubin (IBil) were measured at baseline...
December 8, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933478/mri-in-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-a-pictorial-review
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REVIEW
Ferenc Czeyda-Pommersheim, Bobby Kalb, James Costello, Joy Liau, Arash Meshksar, Hina Arif Tiwari, Diego Martin
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an ascending infection of the female genital tract caused by the spread of bacteria from the vagina to the pelvic reproductive organs and occasionally the peritoneum. The most common causative organisms are sexually transmitted. PID is a significant source of morbidity among reproductive age women both as a cause of abdominal pain and as a common cause of infertility. Its clinical presentation is often nonspecific, and the correct diagnosis may first come to light based on the results of imaging studies...
December 8, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933472/tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-inhibitors-did-not-influence-postoperative-morbidity-after-elective-surgical-resections-in-crohn-s-disease
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Paulo Gustavo Kotze, Mansur Paulo Saab, Bárbara Saab, Lorete Maria da Silva Kotze, Marcia Olandoski, Lilian Vital Pinheiro, Carlos Augusto Real Martinez, Maria de Lourdes Setsuko Ayrizono, Daniela de Oliveira Magro, Claudio Saddy Rodrigues Coy
BACKGROUND: The real impact of anti-tumor necrosis alpha (TNF) therapy in postoperative complications after intestinal resections in Crohn's disease (CD) still needs to be determined. AIMS: To compare the postoperative complication rates after elective intestinal resections in CD patients, with or without previous exposure to anti-TNF therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective and observational study, with elective intestinal resections for CD (emergency procedures were excluded)...
December 8, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933422/dual-mobility-cups-in-revision-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Anthony Viste, Romain Desmarchelier, Michel-Henri Fessy
AIM: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the dislocation and aseptic loosening rates of a dual mobility construct in revision total hip arthroplasty (THA). METHODS: Three hundred thirty-four revision THAs performed between 2006 and 2011, using a dual mobility cup, were included in this retrospective study. The indications for revision were aseptic loosening (70%), infection (21%) and recurrent instability (9%). The minimum follow-up was five years (mean 7 ± 2 years, maximum 10 years)...
December 8, 2016: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933412/genetic-diversity-study-on-12-x-str-loci-of-investigator%C3%A2-argus-x-str-kit-in-bangladeshi-population
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Abu Sufian, Md Ismail Hosen, Kaniz Fatema, Tania Hossain, Md Mahamud Hasan, Ashish Kumar Mazumder, Sharif Akhteruzzaman
The X-chromosome short tandem repeat (STR) loci are of particular interest for solving complex kinship and paternity cases. Here, we report the genetic data from 209 unrelated Bangladeshi individuals (102 males and 107 females) that were genotyped using the 12 X-chromosomal STR markers included in the Investigator® Argus X-12 kit (Qiagen). The 12 X-STR markers are located in four linkage groups (linkage group I: DXS10135, DXS10148, and DXS8378; linkage group II: DXS7132, DXS10079, and DXS10074; linkage group III: DXS10103, HPRTB, and DXS10101; and linkage group IV: DXS10146, DXS10134, and DXS7423)...
December 8, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
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