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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779076/adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-a-comparison-of-risk-factors-and-prevalence-in-native-and-migrant-mothers-of-portuguese-generation-xxi-birth-cohort
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Musa Abubakar Kana, Sofia Correia, Henrique Barros
Epidemiological studies report conflicting findings regarding association between maternal immigration status and pregnancy outcomes. In this study we compared risk factors and prevalence of adverse pregnancy outcomes in native Portuguese and migrants. Cross-sectional analysis was conducted using information collected at delivery from the participants of Generation XXI birth cohort. Logistic regression models were fitted to assess the association between migrant status and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Prevalence of risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes varied between native Portuguese and migrants: teenage mothers (5...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776810/congenital-heart-disease-in-adults-assessmentof-functional-capacity-using-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing
#2
Sílvia Aguiar Rosa, Ana Agapito, Rui M Soares, Lídia Sousa, José Alberto Oliveira, Ana Abreu, Ana Sofia Silva, Sandra Alves, Helena Aidos, Fátima F Pinto, Rui Cruz Ferreira
AIM: The aim of the study was to compare functional capacity in different types of congenital heart disease (CHD), as assessed by cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of adult patients with CHD who had undergone CPET in a single tertiary center. Diagnoses were divided into repaired tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries (TGA) after Senning or Mustard procedures or congenitally corrected TGA, complex defects, shunts, left heart valve disease and right ventricular outflow tract obstruction...
May 15, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775148/the-pterygoclival-ligament-a-novel-landmark-for-localization-of-the-internal-carotid-artery-during-the-endoscopic-endonasal-approach
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Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Andrew S Little, Vera Vigo, Arnau Benet, Sofia Kakaizada, Michael T Lawton
OBJECTIVE The transpterygoid extension of the endoscopic endonasal approach provides exposure of the petrous apex, Meckel's cave, paraclival area, and the infratemporal fossa. Safe and efficient localization of the lacerum segment of the internal carotid artery (ICA) is a crucial part of such exposure. The aim of this study is to introduce a novel landmark for localization of the lacerum ICA. METHODS Ten cadaveric heads were prepared for transnasal endoscopic dissection. The floor of the sphenoid sinus was drilled to expose an extension of the pharyngobasilar fascia between the sphenoid floor and the pterygoid process (the pterygoclival ligament)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774053/postherpes-simplex-encephalitis-a-case-series-of-viral-triggered-autoimmunity-synaptic-autoantibodies-and-response-to-therapy
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Harry Alexopoulos, Sofia Akrivou, Sotiria Mastroyanni, Maria Antonopoulou, Argirios Dinopoulos, Melpo Giorgi, Kostas Konstantinou, Evangelos Kouremenos, Maria Lariou, Dimitrios Naoumis, Efterpi Pavlidou, Evaggelos Pavlou, Konstantinos Voudris, Panayotis Vlachoyiannopoulos, Marinos C Dalakas
Background: Recent evidence suggests that patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis may relapse because of autoimmunity against the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR). We present a case series of post-HSV relapsing encephalopathy associated with antibodies to central nervous system (CNS) synaptic antigens. Patient/Methods: Sera and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from five patients with HSV encephalitis who relapsed after antiviral therapy were tested for anti-NMDAR, gamma-aminobutyric acid b receptor (GABAbR), α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor (AMPAR), Leucine-rich, glioma inactivated 1 (LGI1), anti -contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CASPR2) and dipeptidyl-peptidase-like protein-6 (DDPX) antibodies using cell-based assays...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773584/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-cell-cycle-regulation-in-adrenocortical-carcinoma
#5
Sofia Pereira, Mariana P Monteiro, Isabelle Bourdeau, Andre Lacroix, Duarte Pignatelli
Adrenocortical carcinomas are rather rare endocrine tumors that often have a poor prognosis. The reduced survival rate associated with these tumors is due to their aggressive biological behavior, combined with the scarcity of effective treatment options that are currently available. The recent identification of the genomic alterations present in ACC have provided further molecular mechanisms to develop consistent strategies for the diagnosis, prevention of progression and treatment of advanced ACCs. Taken together, molecular and genomic advances could be leading the way to develop personalized medicine in ACCs similarly to similar developments in lung or breast cancers...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771232/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-argenteus-misidentified-as-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-emerging-in-western-sweden
#6
Erika Tång Hallbäck, Nahid Karami, Ingegerd Adlerberth, Sofia Cardew, Maria Ohlén, Hedvig Engström Jakobsson, Liselott Svensson Stadler
Two strains included in a whole-genome sequencing project for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were identified as non-Staphylococcus aureus when the sequences were analysed using the bioinformatics software ALEX (www.1928diagnostics.com, Gothenburg, Sweden). Sequencing of the sodA gene of these strains identified them as Staphylococcus argenteus. The collection of MRSA in western Sweden was checked for additional strains of this species. A total of 18 strains of S. argenteus isolated between 2011 and December 2017 were identified...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770215/heterogeneity-in-geographical-trends-of-hiv-epidemics-among-key-populations-in-pakistan-a-mathematical-modeling-study-of-survey-data
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Dessalegn Y Melesse, Leigh Anne Shafer, Faran Emmanuel, Tahira Reza, Baseer K Achakzai, Sofia Furqan, James F Blanchard
Background: Assessing patterns and trends in new infections is key to better understanding of HIV epidemics, and is best done through monitoring changes in incidence over time. In this study, we examined disparities in geographical trends of HIV epidemics among people who inject drugs (PWIDs), female sex workers (FSWs) and hijra /transgender/male sex workers (H/MSWs), in Pakistan. Methods: The UNAIDS Estimation and Projection Package (EPP) mathematical model was used to explore geographical trends in HIV epidemics...
June 2018: Journal of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769703/preoperative-thyroid-function-and-weight-loss-after-bariatric-surgery
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João Sérgio Neves, Pedro Souteiro, Sofia Castro Oliveira, Jorge Pedro, Daniela Magalhães, Vanessa Guerreiro, Maria Manuel Costa, Rita Bettencourt-Silva, Ana Cristina Santos, Joana Queirós, Ana Varela, Paula Freitas, Davide Carvalho
Thyroid function has an important role on body weight regulation. However, the impact of thyroid function on weight loss after bariatric surgery is still largely unknown. We evaluated the association between preoperative thyroid function and the excess weight loss 1 year after surgery, in 641 patients with morbid obesity who underwent bariatric surgery. Patients with a history of thyroid disease, treatment with thyroid hormone or antithyroid drugs and those with preoperative evaluation consistent with overt hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism were excluded...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769091/use-of-health-services-among-international-migrant-children-a-systematic-review
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Niina Markkula, Baltica Cabieses, Venla Lehti, Eleonora Uphoff, Sofia Astorga, Francisca Stutzin
BACKGROUND: Migrant children have specific health needs, and may face difficulties in accessing health care, but not enough is known about their health service use. This study aims to describe patterns of use of health services of international migrant children and differences to respective native populations. METHODS: Electronic databases PubMed and Web of Science, references of identified publications, and websites of relevant international agencies were searched...
May 16, 2018: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768639/mirror-syndrome-assocciated-with-patau-syndrome-a-case-report
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Ana Sofia Pais, Ana Luísa Fialho Amaral de Areia, Sofia Margarida Perienes Franco, Etelvina Morais Ferreira Fonseca, José Paulo Achando Silva Moura
Mirror syndrome is an unusual pathological condition in which maternal edema in pregnancy is seen in association with severe fetal and/or placental hydrops. The disease can be life-threatening for both the mother and the fetus. The pathogenesis is poorly understood, and may be confused with preeclampsia, even though distinguishing features can be identified. We report a rare case of mirror syndrome with maternal pulmonary edema associated with fetal hydrops due to Patau syndrome.
May 16, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768603/-satisfaction-of-chagas-disease-patients-attended-at-a-pharmaceutical-care-service-in-the-state-of-cear%C3%A3-brazil
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Alanna Carla da Costa, Darlan da Silva Cândido, Arduina Sofia Ortet de Barros Vasconcelos Fidalgo, José Damião da Silva Filho, Carlos Eduardo Menezes Viana, Monise Anne Lima, Mônica Coelho Andrade, Maria de Fátima Oliveira
In 2005, a pharmaceutical care service was created in the State of Ceará to provide pharmacotherapeutic follow-up for individuals infected with Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas Disease). After 10 years of operation, an evaluation was conducted to assess the degree of satisfaction of patients treated under the service. This prospective study used a questionnaire comprising the following sections: socioeconomic data; infrastructure, facilities and operations; pharmaceutical care; and importance of the service. Seventy patients of both sexes and over 18 years of age were interviewed between August 2014 and May 2015...
May 2018: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768550/insect-vectors-of-chagas-disease-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-northeastern-brazil
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Arduina Sofia Ortet de Barros Vasconcelos Fidalgo, Alanna Carla da Costa, José Damião da Silva Filho, Darlan da Silva Cândido, Erlane Chaves Freitas, Laíse Dos Santos Pereira, Mônica Coelho de Andrade, Kátia Cristina Morais Soares Gomes, Cláudia Mendonça Bezerra, Maria de Fátima Oliveira
INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease remains a public health problem in the rural and urban areas of 19 countries in the Americas. METHODS: The aim of the present study was to investigate the Trypanosoma cruzi infection rate of triatomines collected from both intra- and peridomiciliary areas in eleven municipalities of Southeastern Ceará, Brazil, from 2009 to 2015. RESULTS: A total of 32,364 triatomine specimens, including nymphs and adults, were collected, and 31,736 (98...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768526/validation-and-invariance-across-gender-of-the-beliefs-about-appearance-scale-baas-in-a-community-sample-of-heterosexual-adults-in-a-committed-relationship
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Patrícia M Pascoal, Maria-João Alvarez, Magda Sofia Roberto
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Beliefs About Appearance Scale (BAAS) in terms of its factorial structure and invariance, reliability, and validity when applied to adults from the community. METHODS: Participants consisted of 810 heterosexual Portuguese individuals in a committed relationship. As a confirmatory factor analysis did not support the original structure of the BAAS, an exploratory factor analysis was performed. RESULTS: A 12-item version was extracted comprising two dimensions: one personal and the other social...
May 14, 2018: Trends in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765702/is-radiographic-progression-in-radiographic-axial-spondyloarthritis-related-to-matrix-metalloproteinase-degradation-of-extracellular-matrix
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Anne Sofie Siebuhr, Desirée van der Heijde, Anne-C Bay-Jensen, Morten Asser Karsdal, Robert Landewé, Astrid van Tubergen, Sofia Ramiro
Background: Radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (r-axSpA) is associated with extracellular matrix (ECM) remodelling of affected tissues. We investigated whether there was a relationship between biomarkers of ECM remodelling and 2-year radiographic progression in r-axSpA. Methods: Patients from the Outcome in Ankylosing Spondylitis International Study (OASIS) were included if they had serum, clinical and spinal radiographic assessments available at baseline and 2 years later...
2018: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764786/instability-in-patients-with-canvas-can-computerized-dynamic-posturography-help-in-diagnosis
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Alba Marina Milá de la Roca-Morales, Joan F Andreo-Marroig, Sofía Santos-Pérez, Andrés Soto-Varela
OBJECTIVE: To describe the pattern of dynamic posturography or its role in diagnosis in patients with cerebellar ataxia with neuropathy and vestibular arreflexia syndrome (CANVAS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We present and describe posturographic data of four patients diagnosed with the CANVAS syndrome in a tertiary hospital. RESULTS: In all patients, the average balance score was diminished. Two patients presented a pattern of visual dependence...
April 2018: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764449/primo-software-as-a-tool-for-monte-carlo-simulations-of-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-a-feasibility-study
#16
Alessandro Esposito, Sofia Silva, Jorge Oliveira, Joana Lencart, João Santos
BACKGROUND: IMRT provides higher dose conformation to the target and dose sparing to surrounding tissues than 3DCRT. Monte Carlo method in Medical Physics is not a novelty to approach dosimetric problems. A new PENELOPE based code named PRIMO recently was published. The most intriguing features of PRIMO are the user-friendly approach, the stand-alone property and the built-in definition of different linear accelerators models. Nevertheless, IMRT simulations are not yet implemented. METHODS: A Varian Trilogy with a Millennium120 MLC and a Varian Novalis with 120HD MLC were studied...
May 15, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763572/determinants-of-response-to-roflumilast-in-severe-copd-pooled-analysis-of-two-randomized-trials
#17
Fernando J Martinez, Klaus F Rabe, Peter M A Calverley, Leonardo M Fabbri, Sanjay Sethi, Emilio Pizzichini, Andrew McIvor, Antonio Anzueto, Vijay K T Alagappan, Shahid Siddiqui, Colin Reisner, Sofia Zetterstrand, Jonas Román, Debasree Purkayastha, Nitin Bagul, Stephen I Rennard
RATIONALE: Roflumilast reduces exacerbations in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations. Further characterization of patients most likely to benefit is warranted. OBJECTIVES: Define characteristics that most robustly identify patients who derive greatest exacerbation risk reduction with roflumilast. METHODS: Predefined, pooled analyses of REACT (NCT01329029) and RE2 SPOND (NCT01443845) multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies...
May 15, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762157/recent-advances-in-the-classification-of-low-grade-papillary-like-thyroid-neoplasms-and-aggressive-papillary-thyroid-carcinomas-evolution-of-diagnostic-criteria
#18
Zhenying Guo, Minghua Ge, Ying-Hsia Chu, Sofia Asioli, Ricardo V Lloyd
Papillary thyroid carcinomas account for ∼80% of well-differentiated thyroid tumors. During the past decade, several new variants of papillary-like thyroid neoplasms and papillary thyroid carcinomas have been recognized. Some of these neoplasms that were previously classified as malignant have been reclassified as low-grade neoplasms, as the diagnostic criteria have evolved. Similarly, some of the papillary thyroid carcinomas that were previously classified as conventional or classic papillary thyroid carcinomas have now been recognized as more aggressive variants of papillary thyroid carcinomas...
May 12, 2018: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761876/differential-gip-glp-1-intestinal-cell-distribution-in-diabetics-yields-distinctive-rearrangements-depending-on-roux-en-y-biliopancreatic-limb-length
#19
António M Palha, Sofia S Pereira, Madalena M Costa, Tiago Morais, André F Maia, Marta Guimarães, Mário Nora, Mariana P Monteiro
As incretins are known to play an important role in type 2 diabetics (T2D) improvement observed after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), our aim was to assess whether increasing the length of RYGB biliopancreatic limb in T2D would modify the incretin staining cell density found after the gastric outlet. Small intestine biopsies (n = 38) were harvested during RYGB at two different distances from the duodenal angle; either 60-90 cm (n = 28), from non-diabetic (n = 18) patients, and T2D (n = 10), or 200 cm (n = 10) from T2D...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760706/complement-opsonized-hiv-1-alters-cross-talk-between-dendritic-cells-and-natural-killer-nk-cells-to-inhibit-nk-killing-and-to-upregulate-pd-1-cxcr3-and-ccr4-on-t-cells
#20
Rada Ellegård, Mohammad Khalid, Cecilia Svanberg, Hanna Holgersson, Ylva Thorén, Mirja Karolina Wittgren, Jorma Hinkula, Sofia Nyström, Esaki M Shankar, Marie Larsson
Dendritic cells (DCs), natural killer (NK) cells, and T cells play critical roles during primary HIV-1 exposure at the mucosa, where the viral particles become coated with complement fragments and mucosa-associated antibodies. The microenvironment together with subsequent interactions between these cells and HIV at the mucosal site of infection will determine the quality of immune response that ensues adaptive activation. Here, we investigated how complement and immunoglobulin opsonization influences the responses triggered in DCs and NK cells, how this affects their cross talk, and what T cell phenotypes are induced to expand following the interaction...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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