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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088844/role-of-contrast-ct-for-the-diagnosis-and-the-prognosis-of-suspected-lvad-thrombosis
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Bill C Tran, Prabhjot S Nijjar
BACKGROUND: There is an urgent need for further studies evaluating the role of imaging modalities in the management of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) thrombosis. This study reviews the role of computed tomography (CT) in the diagnosis of suspected LVAD thrombosis. METHODS: All contrast chest CTs performed in patients with suspected LVAD thrombosis at the University of Minnesota between January 2008 and April 2014 were reviewed. Significant CT findings were identified, operative notes were reviewed, and patient outcomes were reported...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088757/challenges-in-neonatal-transport-in-jamaica-a-resource-limited-setting
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Salome Henry, Helen Trotman
AIM: This study aimed to determine challenges associated with neonatal transport in Jamaica, a resource-limited setting. METHODS: This was a prospective descriptive study of neonates transported to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) over a 15 month period. Data on the clinical status of the neonates before, during and at the end of transport, as well as on accompanying staff and equipment, were collected. Neonatal demographics, reason for transfer and outcome at 48 h and at discharge were also collected...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088741/prevalence-and-correlates-of-fentanyl-contaminated-heroin-exposure-among-young-adults-who-use-prescription-opioids-non-medically
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Alexandria Macmadu, Jennifer J Carroll, Scott E Hadland, Traci C Green, Brandon D L Marshall
BACKGROUND: The rate of overdose deaths caused by fentanyl-contaminated heroin (FCH) use is increasing rapidly in the United States. We examined risk factors for exposure to FCH and experiences with FCH use among young adult non-medical prescription opioids (NMPO) users. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Rhode Island Young Adult Prescription Drug Study (RAPiDS), which enrolled young adults aged 18 to 29 reporting prior 30day NMPO use between January 2015 and February 2016...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088233/successful-recovery-from-a-subclavicular-ulcer-caused-by-lenvatinib-for-thyroid-cancer-a-case-report
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Morimasa Kitamura, Tomomasa Hayashi, Chiaki Suzuki, Shigeru Hirano, Ichiro Tateya, Yo Kishimoto, Koichi Omori
BACKGROUND: There are currently no effective therapeutic methods for locally recurrent, metastatic, or progressive radioactive iodine (RAI)-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer. However, multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) such as lenvatinib or sorafenib have been approved for patients with RAI-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer as a second targeted therapy, and these agents can prolong patient survival. However, several cases have been reported that TKIs have caused fatal complications such as fistula formation or bleeding...
January 14, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088203/a-3-arm-randomised-controlled-trial-of-communicating-healthy-beginnings-advice-by-telephone-chat-to-mothers-with-infants-to-prevent-childhood-obesity
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Li Ming Wen, Chris Rissel, Louise A Baur, Alison J Hayes, Huilan Xu, Anna Whelan, Myna Hua, Miranda Shaw, Philayrath Phongsavan
BACKGROUND: With an increasing prevalence of obesity in young children globally, there is an urgent need for the development of effective early interventions. A previous Healthy Beginnings Trial using a nurse-led home visiting program has demonstrated that providing mothers with evidence-based advice can improve maternal practice regarding obesity prevention, and can reduce Body Mass Index (BMI) in the first few years of life. However, the costs for scale-up of home visiting limit its population reach...
January 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088183/incidence-aetiology-and-outcome-of-community-acquired-acute-kidney-injury-in-medical-admissions-in-malawi
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Rhys D R Evans, Ulla Hemmilä, Alison Craik, Mwayi Mtekateka, Fergus Hamilton, Zuze Kawale, Christopher J Kirwan, Hamish Dobbie, Gavin Dreyer
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological data on Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) from low-income countries is sparse. The aim of this study was to establish the incidence, severity, aetiology, and outcomes of community-acquired AKI in Malawi. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of general medical admissions to a tertiary hospital in Blantyre between 27(th) April and 17(th) July 2015. All patients were screened on admission with a serum creatinine; those with creatinine above laboratory reference range were managed by the nephrology team...
January 14, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088130/vaccine-candidates-against-nontypeable-haemophilus-influenzae-a-review
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Ava Behrouzi, Farzam Vaziri, Fatemeh Rahimi-Jamnani, Parviz Afrough, Mohammad Rahbar, Fereshteh Satarian, Seyed Davar Siadat
Nonencapsulated, nontypeable Hemophilus influenzae (NTHi) remains an important cause of acute otitis and respiratory diseases in children and adults. NTHi bacteria are one of the major causes of respiratory tract infections, including acute otitis media, cystic fibrosis, and community-acquired pneumonia among children, especially in developing countries. The bacteria can also cause chronic diseases such as chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the lower respiratory tract of adults...
2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087951/a-phase-ii-study-of-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-and-erlotinib-for-inoperable-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Chuanhua Zhao, Li Lin, Jianzhi Liu, Rongrui Liu, Yuling Chen, Feijiao Ge, Ru Jia, Yang Jin, Yan Wang, Jianming Xu
Cisplatin-based concurrent chemoradiotherapy for patients with unresectable, locally advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is associated with significant toxicities that are often intolerable. Prognosis for this subgroup of patients remains poor, and new therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. We investigated the efficacy and safety of paclitaxel combined with erlotinib and concurrent radiotherapy in patients with inoperable ESCC. Erlotinib (150 mg) was administered daily for 60 days beginning at the start of radiotherapy, and paclitaxel (45 mg/m²) was administered weekly along with intensity modulated conformal radiotherapy (60 Gy in 30 fractions)...
August 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087924/clinical-testing-of-tuberculosis-vaccine-candidates
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Mark Hatherill, Dereck Tait, Helen McShane
It is almost 100 years since the development of bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the only licensed vaccine against tuberculosis (TB). While BCG does confer consistent protection against disseminated disease, there is an urgent need for a more effective vaccine against pulmonary disease. There are several indications for such an improved vaccine, including prevention of infection, prevention of disease, and a therapeutic vaccine to prevent recurrent disease. The two main approaches to TB vaccine development are developing an improved whole mycobacterial priming agent to replace BCG and/or developing a subunit booster vaccine to be administered after a BCG or BCG replacement priming vaccination...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087649/identification-of-unique-essential-proteins-from-a-m-tuberculosis-f15-lam4-kzn-phage-secretome-library
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Thamsanqa Emmanuel Chiliza, Manormoney Pillay, Balakrishna Pillay
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the causative agent of tuberculosis disease (TB), the leading cause of death from bacterial infection worldwide. Although treatable, the resurgence of multi- and extensively-drug resistance TB is a major setback for the fight against TB globally. Consequently, there is an urgent need for new Mtb derived biomarkers for use in the design of new drugs and rapid point-of-care diagnostic or prognostic tools for management of TB transmission. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify unique Mtb secreted proteins from the extensively drug resistant Mtb F15/LAM4/KZN phage secretome library...
January 12, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087222/revisiting-the-refeeding-syndrome-results-of-a-systematic-review
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Natalie Friedli, Zeno Stanga, Lubos Sobotka, Alison Culkin, Jens Kondrup, Alessandro Laviano, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
OBJECTIVE: Although described >70 y ago, the refeeding syndrome (RFS) remains understudied with lack of standardized definition and treatment recommendations. The aim of this systematic review was to gather evidence regarding standardized definition, incidence rate and time course of occurrence, association with adverse clinical outcomes, risk factors, and therapeutic strategies to prevent or treat this condition. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE for interventional and observational clinical trials focusing on RFS, excluding case reports and reviews...
June 8, 2016: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086878/a-case-of-cranium-bifidum-with-meningocele-in-ayrshire-calf
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Mosiany Letura Kisipan, Caleb Oburu Orenge, David Njogu Gacheru, Raphael Muchangi Ngure
BACKGROUND: Congenital cranial bone defects predispose to herniation of meninges, sometimes with brain tissue involvement, to form a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-filled cyst in the head. Such defects mainly results from focal failure of neural tube closure during fetal development and has been reported in various species of domestic mammals. CASE PRESENTATION: A one week old Ayrshire calf with a fluctuant swelling on parieto-occipital region of the head was referred to the faculty...
January 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086826/offering-patients-therapy-options-in-unplanned-start-options-implementation-of-an-educational-program-is-feasible-and-effective
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Anna Machowska, Mark Dominik Alscher, Satyanarayana Reddy Vanga, Michael Koch, Michael Aarup, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Rutherford
BACKGROUND: Patients with unplanned dialysis start (UPS) have worse clinical outcomes than non-UPS patients, and receive peritoneal dialysis (PD) less frequently. In the OPTiONS study of UPS patients, an educational programme (UPS-EP) aiming at improving care of UPS patients by facilitating care pathways and enabling informed choice of dialysis modality was implemented. We here report on impact of UPS-EP on modality choice and clinical outcomes in UPS patients. METHODS: This non-interventional, prospective, multi-center, observational study included 270 UPS patients from 26 centers in 6 European countries (Austria, Germany, Denmark, France, United Kingdom and Sweden) who prior to inclusion presented acutely, or were being followed by nephrologists but required urgent dialysis commencement by an acutely placed CVC or PD catheter...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086821/a-transcriptome-profile-in-hepatocellular-carcinomas-based-on-integrated-analysis-of-microarray-studies
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Feifei Wang, Ruliang Wang, Qiuwen Li, Xueling Qu, Yixin Hao, Jingwen Yang, Huixia Zhao, Qian Wang, Guanghui Li, Fengyun Zhang, He Zhang, Xuan Zhou, Xioumei Peng, Yang Bian, Wenhua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Despite new treatment options for hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) recently, 5-year survival remains poor, ranging from 50 to 70%, which may attribute to the lack of early diagnostic biomarkers. Thus, developing new biomarkers for early diagnosis of HCC, is extremely urgent, aiming to decrease HCC-related deaths. METHODS: In the study, we conducted a comprehensive characterization of gene expression data of HCC based on a bioinformatics method. The results were confirmed by real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and TCGA database to prove the credibility of this integrated analysis...
January 13, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086775/rapid-decline-in-the-susceptibility-of-plasmodium-falciparum-to-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-in-the-south-of-vietnam
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Ngo Viet Thanh, Nguyen Thuy-Nhien, Nguyen Thi Kim Tuyen, Nguyen Thanh Tong, Nguyen Thuy Nha-Ca, Le Thanh Dong, Huynh Hong Quang, Jeremy Farrar, Guy Thwaites, Nicholas J White, Marcel Wolbers, Tran Tinh Hien
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin resistant Plasmodium falciparum has emerged in the countries of the Greater Mekong sub-region posing a serious threat to global malaria elimination efforts. The relationship of artemisinin resistance to treatment failure has been unclear. METHODS: In annual studies conducted in three malaria endemic provinces in the south of Vietnam (Binh Phuoc, Ninh Thuan and Gia Lai) between 2011 and 2015, 489 patients with uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria were enrolled in detailed clinical, parasitological and molecular therapeutic response assessments with 42 days follow up...
January 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081594/management-of-direct-antiviral-agent-failures
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REVIEW
María Buti, Rafael Esteban
The current standard of care for patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a combination of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs). Most HCV patients treated with these drugs achieve viral elimination, but 1% to 15% fail to attain this objective. Treatment failures are usually related to relapse, and less often to on-treatment viral breakthrough. HCV drug resistant associated substitutions are detected in most patients who do not eliminate the virus. The risk of developing these variants depends on host- and virus-related factors, the properties of the drugs used, and the treatment strategies applied...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081554/alcohol-sponsorship-of-a-summer-of-sport-a-frequency-analysis-of-alcohol-marketing-during-major-sports-events-on-new-zealand-television
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Tim Chambers, Louise Signal, Mary-Ann Carter, Samuel McConville, Rebecca Wong, Wendy Zhu
AIMS: This research aims to assess the nature and extent of alcohol marketing through sport sponsorship over a summer of televised sport in New Zealand. METHODS: Frequency analysis of New Zealand television broadcasts of five international sporting events during the summer of 2014-2015. Broadcasts were analysed to identify the percentage of time when alcohol brands were visible during game-play. The number of independent alcohol brand exposures was recorded. RESULTS: Alcohol brands were observed during every televised event...
January 13, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081528/rapid-decrease-in-populations-of-wild-ring-tailed-lemurs-lemur-catta-in-madagascar
#18
Marni LaFleur, Tara A Clarke, Kim Reuter, Toby Schaeffer
Lemurs are the most threatened group of mammals on earth. Lemur catta (ring-tailed lemur) represents one of the most iconic lemur species and faces numerous anthropogenic threats in the wild. In this study, we present population estimates from 32 sites across the range of L. catta, collected from primary and secondary data sources, to assess the number of ring-tailed lemurs left in the wild. We estimate that there are approximately 2,220 individual L. catta remaining in the 32 sites considered. We note local extinctions of populations of L...
January 13, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081491/effect-of-humic-acid-based-amendments-with-foliar-application-of-zn-and-se-on-cd-accumulation-in-tobacco
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Yao Yu, Yanan Wan, Qi Wang, Huafen Li
The smoke of tobacco is a major source of exposure to Cd in humans and therefore it is urgent to find a way to a method to reduce Cd accumulation in tobacco. A four-month tobacco pot experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of two base treatments (humic acid-based amendments) and two foliar treatments (Zn and Se) on Cd uptake by tobacco. The results showed that Cd in tobacco was mainly transferred into leaves, which could be significantly reduced by both applied amendments. The Cd contents in leaves were reduced by up to 67%...
January 9, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081470/inhibition-viral-rnp-and-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-coumarins-against-influenza-virus
#20
YuTao Wang, Wen Yan, QiaoLian Chen, WanYi Huang, Zifeng Yang, Xiong Li, XinHua Wang
Influenza viruses pose a severe threat to human health and a significant increase in antiviral drug-resistant among influenza viruses worldwide has been observed. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop the new antiviral drugs, specifically from the natural products. In this study, the anti-viral and anti-inflammatory activities of coumarins against influenza A virus in vitro were investigated. One of the derivatives eleutheroside B1 showed a wide spectrum of anti- human influenza virus effect with the IC50 value of 64-125μg/ml in vitro, but it showed no effects against avian influenza virus...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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