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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535617/epidemiology-and-clinical-characteristics-of-sarcoidosis-an-update-from-a-population-based-cohort-study-from-olmsted-county-minnesota
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P Ungprasert, C S Crowson, E L Matteson
Information about the epidemiology, clinical manifestations and comorbidities of sarcoidosis among Caucasians is relatively scarce. This review focuses primarily on the data from a recently published Caucasianpredominant population-based cohort from Olmsted County, Minnesota. Overall, the incidence rate was 10.0 per 100,000 population, which suggested that sarcoidosis is less common in Caucasians than in Blacks, but is more common in Caucasians than in Asians. Intrathoracic involvement was seen in the vast majority of patients, but less than half have respiratory symptoms...
May 22, 2017: Reumatismo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535467/molecular-approaches-to-the-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-production-diseases-in-pigs
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REVIEW
Timothy A Giles, Aouatif Belkhiri, Paul A Barrow, Neil Foster
Production disease in pigs is caused by a variety of different pathogens, mainly enteric and respiratory and can result in significant economic loss. Other factors such as stress, poor husbandry and nutrition can also contribute to an animal's susceptibility to disease. Molecular biomarkers of production disease could be of immense value by improving diagnosis and risk analysis to determine best practice with an impact on increased economic output and animal welfare. In addition to the use of multiplex PCR or microarrays to detect individual or mixed pathogens during infection, these technologies can also be used to monitor the host response to infection via gene expression...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535331/computer-and-mobile-technology-interventions-for-self-management-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#3
REVIEW
Catherine McCabe, Margaret McCann, Anne Marie Brady
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by airflow obstruction due to an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases, for example, cigarette smoke. The pattern of care for people with moderate to very severe COPD often involves regular lengthy hospital admissions, which result in high healthcare costs and an undesirable effect on quality of life. Research over the past decade has focused on innovative methods for developing enabling and assistive technologies that facilitate patient self-management...
May 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535026/tetanus-%C3%A2-n%C3%A3-stan-bortgl%C3%A3-md-men-allvarlig-sjukdom-%C3%A3-ldre-kvinnor-%C3%A3-r-en-riskgrupp-diagnosen-kan-vara-en-utmaning
#4
Bernhard Hozgraefe, Akad Koria, Victoria Sem, Joak Johansson
Tetanus, an almost forgotten but serious disease Tetanus is the systemic consequence of a local infection with Clostridium tetani, that produces toxin which spreads in the systemic circulation. In developed countries, it is extremely rare. Women born before 1950 are a group at risk due to lower prevalence of immunisation. This report describes a case of tetanus. The patient is a previously healthy 82-year-old woman. She presented to primary care with a complaint of stiffness in the neck and jaw. A physical exam and basic laboratory tests were normal apart from a slightly increased blood pressure...
May 22, 2017: Läkartidningen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534947/research-and-progress-on-clc%C3%A2-2-review
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Hongwei Wang, Minghui Xu, Qingjie Kong, Peng Sun, Fengyun Yan, Wenying Tian, Xin Wang
Chloride channel 2 (ClC-2) is one of the nine mammalian members of the ClC family. The present review discusses the molecular properties of ClC‑2, including CLCN2, ClC‑2 promoter and the structural properties of ClC‑2 protein; physiological properties; functional properties, including the regulation of cell volume. The effects of ClC‑2 on the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, nervous and optical systems are also discussed, in addition to the mechanisms involved in the regulation of ClC‑2. The review then discusses the diseases associated with ClC‑2, including degeneration of the retina, Sjögren's syndrome, age‑related cataracts, degeneration of the testes, azoospermia, lung cancer, constipation, repair of impaired intestinal mucosa barrier, leukemia, cystic fibrosis, leukoencephalopathy, epilepsy and diabetes mellitus...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534851/respiratory-care-considerations-for-children-with-medical-complexity
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REVIEW
Jackie Chiang, Reshma Amin
Children with medical complexity (CMC) are a growing population of diagnostically heterogeneous children characterized by chronic conditions affecting multiple organ systems, the use of medical technology at home as well as intensive healthcare service utilization. Many of these children will experience either a respiratory-related complication and/or they will become established on respiratory technology at home during their care trajectory. Therefore, healthcare providers need to be familiar with the respiratory related complications commonly experienced by CMC as well as the indications, technical and safety considerations and potential complications that may arise when caring for CMC using respiratory technology at home...
May 19, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534479/efficient-protein-production-inspired-by-how-spiders-make-silk
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Nina Kronqvist, Médoune Sarr, Anton Lindqvist, Kerstin Nordling, Martins Otikovs, Luca Venturi, Barbara Pioselli, Pasi Purhonen, Michael Landreh, Henrik Biverstål, Zigmantas Toleikis, Lisa Sjöberg, Carol V Robinson, Nicola Pelizzi, Hans Jörnvall, Hans Hebert, Kristaps Jaudzems, Tore Curstedt, Anna Rising, Jan Johansson
Membrane proteins are targets of most available pharmaceuticals, but they are difficult to produce recombinantly, like many other aggregation-prone proteins. Spiders can produce silk proteins at huge concentrations by sequestering their aggregation-prone regions in micellar structures, where the very soluble N-terminal domain (NT) forms the shell. We hypothesize that fusion to NT could similarly solubilize non-spidroin proteins, and design a charge-reversed mutant (NT*) that is pH insensitive, stabilized and hypersoluble compared to wild-type NT...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534235/nasal-high-flow-in-management-of-children-with-status-asthmaticus-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Florent Baudin, Alexandra Buisson, Blandine Vanel, Bruno Massenavette, Robin Pouyau, Etienne Javouhey
BACKGROUND: Asthma is the most common obstructive airway disease in children and adults. Nasal high flow (NHF) is a recent device that is now used as a primary support for respiratory distress. Several studies have reported use of NHF as a respiratory support in status asthmaticus; however, there are no data to recommend such practice. We therefore conducted this preliminary study to evaluate NHF therapy for children with status asthmaticus admitted to our PICU in order to prepare a multicentre randomized controlled study...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534038/analysis-of-mitochondrial-transfer-in-direct-co-cultures-of-human-monocyte-derived-macrophages-mdm-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-msc
#9
Megan V Jackson, Anna D Krasnodembskaya
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) are adult stem cells which have been shown to improve survival, enhance bacterial clearance and alleviate inflammation in pre-clinical models of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and sepsis. These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled inflammation often underpinned by bacterial infection. The mechanisms of MSC immunomodulatory effects are not fully understood yet. We sought to investigate MSC cell contact-dependent communication with alveolar macrophages (AM), professional phagocytes which play an important role in the lung inflammatory responses and anti-bacterial defence...
May 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533998/ipilimumab-as-a-cause-of-severe-pan-colitis-and-colonic-perforation
#10
Raj Shah, Danielle Witt, Talal Asif, Fahad F Mir
Ipilimumab is a human monoclonal antibody that functions as a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) inhibitor that is used to treat malignant melanoma. Due to ipilimumab's removal of immune regulation, specifically through the inactivation of CTLA-4, it is commonly associated with inflammatory and autoimmune events. Gastrointestinal (GI) related immune-related adverse events such as diarrhea occur in 29% of patients with 7.6% of patients specifically suffering from colitis. We describe a case of colonic perforation with ipilimumab use...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533980/mitochondrial-complex-i-deficiency-leads-to-the-retardation-of-early-embryonic-development-in-ndufs4-knockout-mice
#11
Mei Wang, Ya-Ping Huang, Han Wu, Ke Song, Cong Wan, A-Ni Chi, Ya-Mei Xiao, Xiao-Yang Zhao
BACKGROUND: The NDUFS4 gene encodes an 18-kD subunit of mitochondria complex I, and mutations in this gene lead to the development of a severe neurodegenerative disease called Leigh syndrome (LS) in humans. To investigate the disease phenotypes and molecular mechanisms of Leigh syndrome, the Ndufs4 knockout (KO) mouse has been widely used as a novel animal model. Because the homozygotes cannot survive beyond child-bearing age, whether Ndufs4 and mitochondrial complex I influence early embryonic development remains unknown...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533901/allergic-respiratory-disease-ard-setting-forth-the-basics-proposals-of-an-expert-consensus-report
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Ana M Navarro, Julio Delgado, Rosa M Muñoz-Cano, M Teresa Dordal, Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce
BACKGROUND: The variability of symptoms observed in patients with respiratory allergy often hampers classification based on the criteria proposed in guidelines on rhinitis and asthma. OBJECTIVES: We assessed specific aspects of allergic respiratory disease (ARD) that are not explicitly addressed in the guidelines in order to issue specific recommendations and thus optimize clinical practice. METHODS: Using the Delphi technique, 40 Spanish allergists were surveyed to reach consensus on 71 items related to ARD...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533473/u-s-food-and-drug-administration-approval-summary-pembrolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-or-metastatic-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-with-disease-progression-on-or-after-platinum-containing-chemotherapy
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Erin Larkins, Gideon M Blumenthal, Weishi Yuan, Kun He, Rajeshwari Sridhara, Sriram Subramaniam, Hong Zhao, Chao Liu, Jingyu Yu, Kirsten B Goldberg, Amy E McKee, Patricia Keegan, Richard Pazdur
On August 5, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to pembrolizumab (KEYTRUDA injection, Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ) for treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy. Approval was based on the objective response rate (ORR) and duration of response (DoR) in a cohort of patients in a nonrandomized multi-cohort trial (KEYNOTE-012) that included 174 patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC who had disease progression on or after platinum-containing chemotherapy...
May 22, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533325/physiologic-regulation-of-heart-rate-and-blood-pressure-involves-connexin-36-containing-gap-junctions
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Varinder K Lall, Gareth Bruce, Larysa Voytenko, Mark Drinkhill, Kerstin Wellershaus, Klaus Willecke, Jim Deuchars, Susan A Deuchars
Chronically elevated sympathetic nervous activity underlies many cardiovascular diseases. Elucidating the mechanisms contributing to sympathetic nervous system output may reveal new avenues of treatment. The contribution of the gap junctional protein connexin 36 (Cx36) to the regulation of sympathetic activity and thus blood pressure and heart rate was determined using a mouse with specific genetic deletion of Cx36. Ablation of the Cx36 protein was confirmed in sympathetic preganglionic neurons of Cx36 knockout (KO) mice...
May 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533007/free-25-oh-d-concentrations-are-associated-with-atopy-and-lung-function-in-children-with-asthma
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Suzanne L Pollard, John J Lima, Edward Mougey, Karina Romero, Carla Tarazona-Meza, Katherine Tomaino, Gary Malpartida Guzmán, Nadia N Hansel, William Checkley
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests free mono-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentrations are more strongly linked to certain outcomes than total concentrations; however, no studies have examined the relation between free 25(OH)D and respiratory or allergic disease. OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between total and free 25(OH)D concentrations and asthma outcomes. METHODS: We quantified total and free 25(OH)D concentrations in 137 Peruvian children with asthma and 152 children without asthma and examined associations with asthma outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532789/recombination-in-jxa1-r-vaccine-and-nadc30-like-strain-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-viruses
#16
Jiankui Liu, Xia Zhou, Junqiong Zhai, Chunhua Wei, Ailing Dai, Xiaoyan Yang, Manlin Luo
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is considered one of the most devastating swine diseases worldwide, resulting in immense economic losses. PRRS virus (PRRSV) has undergone rapid evolution since its first recognition in 1990s. In the present study, a PRRSV strain named FJXS15 causing high morbidity and mortality was isolated from piglets and sows from a farm participating in vaccination in China. Phylogenetic and molecular evolutionary analyses revealed that FJXS15 was highly similar to the JXA1-R vaccine strain (a live attenuated virus vaccine strain derived from the highly pathogenic PRRSV JXA1) in the ORF1a (nt 901-)-ORF4 (-nt 419) coding regions, as well as to FJZ03 (lineage 1, NADC30-like) in the 5'-UTR, ORF5a-ORF7 coding regions, and 3'-UTR, suggestive of a natural recombination event...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532492/innate-immune-responses-induced-by-the-saponin-adjuvant-matrix-m-in-specific-pathogen-free-pigs
#17
Viktor Ahlberg, Bernt Hjertner, Per Wallgren, Stina Hellman, Karin Lövgren Bengtsson, Caroline Fossum
Saponin-based adjuvants have been widely used to enhance humoral and cellular immune responses in many species, but their mode of action is not fully understood. A characterization of the porcine transcriptional response to Matrix-M was performed in vitro using lymphocytes, monocytes or monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDCs) and in vivo. The effect of Matrix-M was also evaluated in specific pathogen free (SPF) pigs exposed to conventionally reared pigs. The pro-inflammatory cytokine genes IL1B and CXCL8 were up-regulated in monocytes and lymphocytes after Matrix-M exposure...
May 22, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532487/degree-of-dyspnoea-at-admission-and-discharge-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-respiratory-diseases
#18
Lourdes Vicent, Juan Manuel Nuñez Olarte, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Oliva, Juan Carlos López, Andrea Postigo, Irene Martín, Raquel Luna, Francisco Fernández-Avilés, Manuel Martínez-Sellés
BACKGROUND: Dyspnoea is a disabling symptom in patients admitted with heart failure (HF) and respiratory diseases (RD). The main aim of this study is to evaluate its intensity at admission and discharge and the relation with quality of life. We also describe its management, intensity, and evolution in HF and RD. METHODS: In this descriptive, cross-sectional study, we included prospectively all patients admitted with decompensated HF and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/pulmonary fibrosis during 4 months...
May 22, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532459/mechanical-ventilation-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-a-nationwide-analysis-of-ventilator-use-outcomes-and-resource-burden
#19
Joshua J Mooney, Karina Raimundo, Eunice Chang, Michael S Broder
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is associated with increased risk of respiratory-related hospitalizations. Studies suggest mechanical ventilation (MV) use in IPF does not improve outcomes and guidelines recommend against its general use. Our objective was to investigate MV use and association with cost and mortality in IPF. METHODS: This retrospective study, using a nationwide sample, included claims with IPF (ICD-9-CM: 516.3) in 2009-2011 and principal respiratory disease diagnosis (ICD-9-CM: 460-519); excluding lung transplant...
May 22, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532447/clinical-characteristics-of-disseminated-cryptococcosis-in-previously-healthy-children-in-china
#20
Li-Wei Gao, An-Xia Jiao, Xi-Rong Wu, Shun-Ying Zhao, Yun Ma, Gang Liu, Ju Yin, Bao-Ping Xu, Kun-Ling Shen
BACKGROUND: Disseminated cryptococcosis is a rare and fatal disease, and limited data exist regarding it in children. This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics of disseminated cryptococcosis in previously healthy children in China. METHODS: Hospitalized patients with disseminated cryptococcosis were enrolled during January 1996 to December 2015 in Beijing Children's Hospital, Capital Medical University, China. Data on clinical manifestations, laboratory tests, treatment, and prognosis were evaluated...
May 22, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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