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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149698/ectrodactyly-in-a-chinese-patient-born-to-a-mother-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
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Yanyu Chang, Yaqing Shu, Xiaobo Sun, Chengfang Xu, Dan He, Ling Fang, Chen Chen, Xueqiang Hu, Allan Kermode, Wei Qiu
NMOSD develops primarily in women of childbearing age, and several previous studies have shown that the disorder may increase the risk of miscarriage. However, there are no reports, to our knowledge, of fetal malformation, other than neonatal hydrocephalus, related to NMOSD. We report a 30-year-old woman who experienced recurrent neuritis and who was seropositive for AQP4-IgG. She became pregnant, and the fetus was found to have ectrodactyly. Histological analysis of the placenta showed moderate inflammatory infiltration; however, whether fetal malformation in NMOSD is related to inflammation and AQP4-IgG remains to be determined...
November 8, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149630/age-related-vulnerability-of-pattern-separation-in-c57bl-6j-mice
#2
Aurélia Cès, Thibaut Burg, Karine Herbeaux, Céline Héraud, Jean-Bastien Bott, Ayikoe Guy Mensah-Nyagan, Chantal Mathis
Aging is associated with impaired performance in behavioral pattern separation (PS) tasks based on similarities in object features and in object location. These deficits have been attributed to functional alterations in the dentate gyrus (DG)-CA3 region. Animal studies suggested a role of adult-born DG neurons in PS performance. The present study investigated the effect of aging in C57BL/6J mice performing PS tasks based on either object features or object location. At the age of 18 months or more, performance was severely impaired in both tasks...
October 25, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149497/perceptions-of-general-and-postpresidential-election-discrimination-are-associated-with-loss-of-control-eating-among-racially-ethnically-diverse-young-men
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Nichole R Kelly, Tasia M Smith, Gordon C N Hall, Claire Guidinger, Gina Williamson, Elizabeth L Budd, Nicole R Giuliani
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the association between young men's perceived experiences with discrimination, both general and following the 2016 presidential election, and their loss of control (LOC) eating. The degree to which men identified with their ethnic identity was evaluated as a moderator. METHOD: The sample included 798 men (18-30 years; M = 24.0 ± 3.6) who identified as African American (n = 261), Asian/Asian American (n = 266), or Hispanic/Latino (n = 271)...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149439/trends-in-utilization-of-outpatient-respiratory-syncytial-virus-prophylaxis-with-palivizumab-among-medicaid-and-commercially-insured-infants
#4
Melissa Pavilack, Robert A Clifford, Tara Gonzales, Amanda M Kong, Sally Wade, Kimmie K McLaurin
INTRODUCTION: Palivizumab is indicated for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in high-risk children. Previous palivizumab utilization studies examined prior authorization claims but did not examine utilization within insured populations as a whole. This study describes outpatient palivizumab utilization trends and characterizes high-risk infants receiving palivizumab within Medicaid- and commercially insured populations. METHODS: Infants born July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2013 were identified in the MarketScan(®) Multistate Medicaid and Commercial claims databases...
November 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149432/ebola-in-the-netherlands-2014-2015-costs-of-preparedness-and-response
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Anita W M Suijkerbuijk, Corien M Swaan, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Johan J Polder, Aura Timen, Wilhelmina L M Ruijs
The recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) resulted in countries worldwide to prepare for the possibility of having an EVD patient. In this study, we estimate the costs of Ebola preparedness and response borne by the Dutch health system. An activity-based costing method was used, in which the cost of staff time spent in preparedness and response activities was calculated based on a time-recording system and interviews with key professionals at the healthcare organizations involved. In addition, the organizations provided cost information on patient days of hospitalization, laboratory tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the additional cleaning and disinfection required...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149298/vector-borne-diseases-and-climate-change-a-european-perspective
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Jan C Semenza, Jonathan E Suk
Climate change has already impacted the transmission of a wide-range of vector-borne diseases in Europe, and it will continue to do so in the coming decades. Climate change has been implicated in the observed shift of ticks to elevated altitudes and latitudes, notably including the Ixodes ricinus tick species which is a vector for Lyme borreliosis and tick-borne encephalitis. Climate change is also thought to have been a factor in the expansion of other important disease vectors in Europe: Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito), which transmits diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya, and Phlebotomus sandfly species, which transmits diseases including Leishmaniasis...
November 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149281/seroreactivity-to-the-c6-peptide-in-borrelia-miyamotoi-infections-occurring-in-the-northeastern-united-states
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Phillip J Molloy, Karen E Weeks, Brittany Todd, Gary P Wormser
Background: There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diagnostic tests for Borrelia miyamotoi infection, an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the FDA-approved C6 peptide ELISA currently used to diagnose Lyme disease may potentially serve as a diagnostic test for B. miyamotoi infections. Methods: Serum specimens from 30 patients from the Northeastern United States with B. miyamotoi infection established by a polymerase chain reaction assay of a blood specimen were tested using the C6 ELISA...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149182/comparison-between-public-and-private-sectors-of-care-and-disparities-in-adverse-neonatal-outcomes-following-emergency-intrapartum-cesarean-at-term-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Woonji Jang, Christopher Flatley, Ristan M Greer, Sailesh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Perinatal outcomes may be influenced by a variety of factors including maternal demographics and medical condition as well as socio-economic status. The evidence for disparities in health outcomes stratified by type of care (public or private) is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate short term neonatal outcomes following category 1 and 2 emergency cesareans at term between publicly and privately funded women at a single major tertiary centre in Australia. Category 1-immediate threat to life (maternal or fetal); Category 2-maternal or fetal compromise that is not immediately life-threatening...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149170/vibrio-parahaemolyticus-vtra-is-a-membrane-bound-regulator-and-is-activated-via-oligomerization
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Ryu Okada, Shigeaki Matsuda, Tetsuya Iida
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a Gram-negative pathogen that causes food-borne gastroenteritis. A major virulence determinant of the organism is a type III secretion system (T3SS2) encoded on a pathogenicity island, Vp-PAI. Vp-PAI gene expression is regulated by two transcriptional regulators, VtrA and VtrB, whose N-terminal regions share homology with an OmpR-family DNA-binding domain. VtrA activates the gene expression of VtrB, which in turn activates Vp-PAI gene expression; however, the mechanism of this transcriptional activation by VtrA is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149124/how-do-you-adapt-your-plans-for-a-nursing-career-when-the-unexpected-occurs
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Nadia Spawn
I graduated nursing school seven months pregnant in November 2015. My plans were to take the NCLEX immediately, give birth, take three months to adjust, and begin my nursing career in a glamorous emergency department position by the spring.
 Fast forward to January 2016. My family lost three members in a car accident and my daughter was born high-needs, requiring multiple hospitalizations. Although she and my family needed me, I was anxious about taking too much time off after nursing school, which could delay my career advancement...
December 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148822/the-effect-of-a-silymarin-phosphatidylserine-and-galega-galactagogue-on-mothers-of-preterm-infants-milk-production
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Francesca Serrao, Mirta Corsello, Costantino Romagnoli, Vito D'Andrea, Enrico Zecca
AIMS: To investigate the efficacy of a galactagogue, containing Sylimarin-phosphatidylserine (SILITIDIL) and galega consumed in the first month after delivery by mothers of preterm infants, in maintaining milk production during the first 3-6 months after delivery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mothers of infants born at gestational age (GA) between 27 and 32 weeks, enrolled in our previous prospective, double-blind, randomized trial and randomly allocated to receive either the galactagogue (GG) or a placebo (PG), were asked about their milk production at 3 and 6 months after delivery...
November 17, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148377/tick-borne-encephalitis-in-sheep-romania
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Jiri Salat, Andrei D Mihalca, Marian Mihaiu, David Modrý, Daniel Ruzek
Little is known about the occurrence of tick-borne encephalitis in Romania. Sheep are an infection source for humans and are useful sentinels for risk analysis. We demonstrate high antibody prevalence (15.02%) among sheep used as sentinels for this disease in 80% of the tested localities in 5 counties of northwestern Romania.
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148093/keeping-and-breeding-the-rescued-sunda-pangolins-manis-javanica-in-captivity
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Fuhua Zhang, Jiaming Yu, Shibao Wu, Shaoshan Li, Cuiyun Zou, Qiaoyun Wang, Ruyong Sun
The Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica Desmarest, 1822) is a Critically Endangered species. Given that this species lacks effective policies for in situ conservation and prevention of poaching in the wild, ex situ conservation and a captive breeding program are urgently needed to save this species from extinction. However, techniques for the maintenance and captive breeding of pangolins have not been well developed. In June 2010, we established the Pangolin Research Base for Artificial Rescue and Conservation Breeding of South China Normal University (PRB-SCNU)...
November 17, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148053/effective-inactivation-of-a-wide-range-of-viruses-by-pasteurization
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Albrecht Gröner, Connie Broumis, Randel Fang, Thomas Nowak, Birgit Popp, Wolfram Schäfer, Nathan J Roth
BACKGROUND: Careful selection and testing of plasma reduces the risk of blood-borne viruses in the starting material for plasma-derived products. Furthermore, effective measures such as pasteurization at 60°C for 10 hours have been implemented in the manufacturing process of therapeutic plasma proteins such as human albumin, coagulation factors, immunoglobulins, and enzyme inhibitors to inactivate blood-borne viruses of concern. A comprehensive compilation of the virus reduction capacity of pasteurization is presented including the effect of stabilizers used to protect the therapeutic protein from modifications during heat treatment...
November 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147950/mental-health-consultation-among-ontario-s-immigrant-populations
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Farah Islam, Nazilla Khanlou, Alison Macpherson, Hala Tamim
To determine the prevalence rates and characteristics of past-year mental health consultation for Ontario's adult (18 + years old) immigrant populations. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2012 was used to calculate the prevalence rates of past-year mental health consultation by service provider type. Characteristics associated with mental health consultation were determined by carrying out multivariable logistic regression analysis on merged CCHS 2008-2012 data. Adult immigrant populations in Ontario (n = 3995) had lower estimated prevalence rates of past-year mental health consultation across all service provider types compared to Canadian-born populations (n = 14,644)...
November 16, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147886/peromyscus-leucopus-mouse-brain-transcriptome-response-to-powassan-virus-infection
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Luwanika Mlera, Kimberly Meade-White, Eric Dahlstrom, Rachel Baur, Kishore Kanakabandi, Kimmo Virtaneva, Stephen F Porcella, Marshall E Bloom
Powassan virus (POWV) is a tick-borne Flavivirus responsible for life-threatening encephalitis in North America and some regions of Russia. The ticks that have been reported to transmit the virus belong to the Ixodes species, and they feed on small-to-medium-sized mammals, such as Peromyscus leucopus mice, skunks, and woodchucks. We previously developed a P. leucopus mouse model of POWV infection, and the model is characterized by a lack of clinical signs of disease following intraperitoneal or intracranial inoculation...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147877/efficacy-and-safety-of-fully-covered-self-expanding-metal-stents-for-malignant-esophageal-obstruction
#17
Hoonsub So, Ji Yong Ahn, Seungbong Han, Kyoungwon Jung, Hee Kyong Na, Jeong Hoon Lee, Kee Wook Jeong, Do Hoon Kim, Kee Don Choi, Ho June Song, Gin Hyug Lee, Hwoon-Yong Jung
BACKGROUND: Malignant dysphagia can result in poor nutritional status with severe weight loss. Rapid relief from dysphagia can be achieved with esophageal self-expanding metal stents (SEMSs), a minimally invasive method. In this study, we evaluated the usefulness of SEMSs for malignant dysphagia. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 119 patients with malignant dysphagia underwent esophageal SEMS insertion with endoscopic assistance. Their demographics and clinical outcomes were collected...
November 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147839/screening-accuracy-of-the-brief-infant-toddler-social-emotional-assessment-to-identify-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-toddlers-born-at-less-than-30%C3%A2-weeks-gestation
#18
Kelly M Boone, Anne K Brown, Sarah A Keim
Despite the higher prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children born preterm, valid screening tools for use in preterm populations are lacking. We aimed to evaluate the screening accuracy of the Brief Infant Toddler Social-Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) and to compare it to the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test-II, Stage 2, Developmental Clinic Screener (PDDST-II-DCS) in identifying ASD diagnosis in toddlers born at < 30 weeks' gestation. Caregivers (94% mothers) of 555 children completed questionnaires (BITSEA, PDDST-II-DCS, socio-demographics) when the children (58% male) were 18-36 months...
November 17, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147697/role-of-spin-orbit-interaction-on-the-nonlinear-optical-response-of-cspbco3f-using-dft
#19
E Narsimha Rao, G Vaitheeswaran, Ali H Reshak, S Auluck
We explore the effect of spin-orbit interaction (SOI) on the electronic and optical properties of CsPbCO3F using the full potential linear augmented plane wave method with the density functional theory (DFT) approach. CsPbCO3F is known for its high powder second harmonic generation (SHG) coefficient (13.4 times (d36 = 0.39 pm V(-1)) that of KH2PO4 (KDP)). Calculations are done for many exchange correlation (XC) potentials. After the inclusion of SOI, the calculated Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson (TB-mBJ) band gap of 5...
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147679/dense-fluidized-granular-media-in-microgravity
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Philip Born, Johannes Schmitz, Matthias Sperl
Handling and transport of granular media are inevitably governed by the settling of particles. Settling into a dense state is one of the defining characteristics of granular media, among dissipation and absence of thermal agitation. Hence, settling complicates the adaptation of microscopic theories from atomic, molecular, or colloidal media to granular media. It is desirable to provide experiments in which selectively one of the granular characteristics is tuned to test suitable adaptation of a theory. Here we show that gas fluidization of granular media in microgravity is a suitable approach to achieve steady states closer to thermally agitated systems free of settling...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
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