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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776650/signaling-pathway-deregulation-and-molecular-alterations-across-pediatric-medulloblastomas
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REVIEW
B Lhermitte, A F Blandin, A Coca, E Guerin, A Durand, N Entz-Werlé
Medulloblastomas (MBs) account for 15% of brain tumors in children under the age of 15. To date, the overall 5-year survival rate for all children is only around 60%. Recent advances in cancer genomics have led to a fundamental change in medulloblastoma classification and is evolving along with the genomic discoveries, allowing to regularly reclassify this disease. The previous molecular classification defined 4 groups (WNT-activated MB, SHH-activated MB and the groups 3 and 4 characterized partially by NMYC and MYC driven MBs)...
May 15, 2018: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773271/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-associated-uveitis
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REVIEW
Ethan S Sen, A V Ramanan
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the commonest rheumatic disease in children and JIA-associated uveitis its most frequent extra-articular manifestation. The uveitis is potentially sight-threatening and thus carries a considerable risk of morbidity with associated reduction in quality of life. The commonest form of uveitis seen in association with JIA is chronic anterior uveitis, which is almost always asymptomatic in the initial stages. Therefore, screening for JIA-associated uveitis in at-risk patients is essential...
August 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771780/biomarkers-of-aging-in-hiv-infected-children-on-suppressive-antiretroviral-therapy
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Stephanie Shiau, Renate Strehlau, Jing Shen, Avy Violari, Faeezah Patel, Afaaf Liberty, Marc Foca, Shuang Wang, Mary Beth Terry, Michael T Yin, Ashraf Coovadia, Elaine J Abrams, Stephen M Arpadi, Louise Kuhn
BACKGROUND: Data on accelerated aging in HIV-infected children are limited. In this study we assess two biomarkers of aging - telomere length and DNA methylation (DNAm) age - in a cohort of early-treated HIV-infected children and compare these aging biomarkers to HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) and HIV-unexposed uninfected (HUU) children. SETTING: Cross-sectional study of 120 HIV-infected, 33 HEU, and 25 HUU children enrolled in a cohort study in Johannesburg, South Africa...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771758/opportunistic-fungal-infection-in-children-and-management
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Joseph M Lam
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An opportunistic mycosis is a fungal agent of low pathogenicity that specifically infects immunocompromised hosts. Advances in transplantation, preterm care, immunosuppressive therapies and intensive care, have lead to the emergence of pediatric patients with serious immunodeficiency who are vulnerable to nonpathogenic fungi. RECENT FINDINGS: The advent of the use of biologic agents in pediatric disease as well as the advances in care of preterm and immunosuppressed patients opens up a new cohort of patients at risk of opportunistic mycotic infections...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770930/safety-profile-of-the-interleukin-1-inhibitors-anakinra-and-canakinumab-in-real-life-clinical-practice-a-nationwide-multicenter-retrospective-observational-study
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Jurgen Sota, Antonio Vitale, Antonella Insalaco, Paolo Sfriso, Giuseppe Lopalco, Giacomo Emmi, Marco Cattalini, Raffaele Manna, Rolando Cimaz, Roberta Priori, Rosaria Talarico, Ginevra de Marchi, Micol Frassi, Romina Gallizzi, Alessandra Soriano, Maria Alessio, Daniele Cammelli, Maria Cristina Maggio, Stefano Gentileschi, Renzo Marcolongo, Francesco La Torre, Claudia Fabiani, Serena Colafrancesco, Francesca Ricci, Paola Galozzi, Ombretta Viapiana, Elena Verrecchia, Manuela Pardeo, Lucia Cerrito, Elena Cavallaro, Alma Nunzia Olivieri, Giuseppe Paolazzi, Gianfranco Vitiello, Armin Maier, Elena Silvestri, Chiara Stagnaro, Guido Valesini, Marta Mosca, Salvatore de Vita, Angela Tincani, Giovanni Lapadula, Bruno Frediani, Fabrizio De Benedetti, Florenzo Iannone, Leonardo Punzi, Carlo Salvarani, Mauro Galeazzi, Rossella Angotti, Mario Messina, Gian Marco Tosi, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
A few studies have reported the safety profile of interleukin (IL)-1 blockers from real life. The aim of this study is to describe anakinra (ANA) and canakinumab (CAN) safety profile in children and adults, based on data from a real-life setting. Demographic, clinical, and therapeutic data from patients treated with ANA and CAN were retrospectively collected and analyzed. Four hundred and seventy five patients were enrolled; ANA and CAN were prescribed in 421 and 105 treatment courses, respectively. During a mean follow-up of 24...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757046/biologic-treatment-of-recalcitrant-pediatric-psoriasis-a-case-series-from-a-tertiary-medical-center
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Ayelet Ollech, Alex Zvulunov, Lev Pavlovsky, Emmilia Hodak, Dan Ben Amitai
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data on the use of biologic therapy in recalcitrant pediatric psoriasis. The current study presents pediatric psoriasis cases treated with biologic agents in a tertiary referral center. METHODS: In this retrospective case series, data was collected on all patients ≤ 18 years old with severe psoriasis treated with biological therapy from 2010 through 2016 in a tertiary children's hospital. We included demographic data, previous systemic treatments, reason for discontinuation or switch to other systemic treatments, efficacy and side effects...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754841/-risks-associated-with-the-use-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-during-pneumonia
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REVIEW
G Voiriot, M Chalumeau, J Messika, D Basille, B Philippe, J-D Ricard, C Andrejak, V Jounieaux, O Sanchez, M Fartoukh
INTRODUCTION: Outpatient treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) patients with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is frequent, although this is not based on clinical recommendations and there is no scientific evidence supporting better symptom relief in comparison to acetaminophen. STATE OF THE ART: Experimental data suggest that NSAIDs alter the intrinsic functions of neutrophils, limit their locoregional recruitment, alter bacterial clearance and delay the resolution of inflammatory processes during acute bacterial pulmonary challenge...
May 10, 2018: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754509/-new-and-traditional-directions-in-the-biology-and-management-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Bálint Egyed, Gábor Kovács, Nóra Kutszegi, Andrea Rzepiel, Judit Csányiné Sági, Dániel János Erdélyi, Judit Müller, Ágnes Félné Semsei
Owing to clinical trials and improvement over the past few decades, the majority of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survive by first-line chemotherapy and combat with the problems of returning to community. However, many patients may have severe acute or late therapeutic side effects, and the survival rate in some groups (e.g., patients with MLL rearrangements, hypodiploidy, IKZF1 mutation or early precursor T cell phenotype) is far behind the average. Innovative strategies in medical attendance provide better clinical outcomes for them: complete gene diagnostics, molecularly targeted anticancer treatment, immuno-oncology and immune cell therapy...
May 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747981/the-tempest-difficult-to-control-asthma-in-adolescence
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Gregory T Burg, Ronina Covar, Alyssa A Oland, Theresa W Guilbert
Severe asthma is associated with significant morbidity and is a highly heterogeneous disorder. Severe asthma in adolescence has some unique elements compared with the features of severe asthma a medical provider would see in younger children or adults. A specific focus on psychological issues and adherence highlights some of the challenges in the management of asthma in adolescents. Treatment of adolescents with severe asthma now includes 3 approved biologic phenotype-directed therapies. Therapies available to adults may be beneficial to adolescents with severe asthma...
May 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742885/malignant-brain-tumours-in-children-present-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
James T Rutka
In contrast to many of the malignant tumors that occur in the central nervous system in adults, the management, responses to therapy, and future perspectives of children with malignant lesions of the brain hold considerable promise. Within the past 5 years, remarkable progress has been made with our understanding of the basic biology of the molecular genetics of several pediatric malignant brain tumors including medulloblastoma, ependymoma, atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour, and high grade glioma/diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma...
May 2018: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732366/importance-of-comprehensive-molecular-profiling-for-clinical-outcome-in-children-with-recurrent-cancer
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Olga Østrup, Karsten Nysom, David Scheie, Ane Y Schmidt, Rene Mathiasen, Lisa L Hjalgrim, Tina E Olsen, Jane Skjøth-Rasmussen, Birthe M Henriksen, Finn C Nielsen, Peder S Wehner, Henrik Schrøder, Astrid M Sehested, Catherine Rechnitzer, Maria Rossing
Purpose: Pediatric cancers are often difficult to classify and can be complex to treat. To ensure precise diagnostics and identify relevant treatment targets, we implemented comprehensive molecular profiling of consecutive pediatric patients with cancer relapse. We evaluated the clinical impact of extensive molecular profiling by assessing the frequency of identified biological onco-drivers, altered diagnosis, and/or identification of new relevant targeted therapies. Patients and Methods: Forty-six tumor samples (44 fresh-frozen; two formalin-fixed paraffin embedded), two bone marrow aspirates, three cerebrospinal fluid samples, and one archived DNA were obtained from 48 children (0-17 years; median 9...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725317/psychopathy-to-altruism-neurobiology-of-the-selfish-selfless-spectrum
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REVIEW
James W H Sonne, Don M Gash
The age-old philosophical, biological, and social debate over the basic nature of humans as being "universally selfish" or "universally good" continues today highlighting sharply divergent views of natural social order. Here we analyze advances in biology, genetics and neuroscience increasing our understanding of the evolution, features and neurocircuitry of the human brain underlying behavior in the selfish-selfless spectrum. First, we examine evolutionary pressures for selection of altruistic traits in species with protracted periods of dependence on parents and communities for subsistence and acquisition of learned behaviors...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724313/-analysis-of-differentially-expressed-genes-and-the-interaction-network-between-acute-and-chronic-idiopathic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-in-children
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Xiao Mei Ren, Qi Ling Liu, Bao Xin, Rong Qiang Zhang
Objective To analyze the differentially expressed genes and key proteins in T cells between acute and chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in children and provide the basis for the prevention and therapies of this disease. Methods Microarray gene chip data from T cells of children with acute or chronic ITP were downloaded from the GEO Database. The gene expression profiles,gene function,and protein interaction network were analyzed by R,QOE,Networkanalyst,GCBI,and GenClip. Results The gene expression profiles between these two groups were significantly different...
April 28, 2018: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29716390/influence-of-nitrosative-stress-on-fatigue-during-childhood-leukemia-treatment
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Marilyn J Hockenberry, Ida M Ki Moore, Michael E Scheurer, Mary C Hooke, Olga A Taylor, Kari M Koerner, Patricia M Gundy, Wei Pan
The focus on a cure for childhood leukemia over the last three decades has resulted in survival rates of more than 80%. However, efforts to manage leukemia-treatment symptoms have not kept pace with new therapies. Symptom toxicity during treatment can result in complications, treatment delays, and therapy dose reductions. Compromise in therapy can negatively influence the quality of life and, even more notably, jeopardize chances for long-term survival. This study examined biologic mechanisms that influence fatigue caused by increased reactive oxidative species (ROS) or actual failure of the antioxidant defense system due to genetic variation by investigating reactive nitrosative species, a "downstream" consequence of ROS...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29714140/omalizumab-in-the-therapy-of-pediatric-asthma
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Dimitri Poddighe, Ilaria Brambilla, Amelia Licari, Gian Luigi Marseglia
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic asthma is driven by Th2 immune response and is usually characterized by the increase of total serum IgE levels and/or specific IgE that express single or multiple allergen sensitization. In such an immune- pathological background, the anti-IgE therapy, namely omalizumab, found its main clinical utility and recommendation to treat severe asthma. OBJECTIVE: in this mini-review, we summarized the most relevant immuno-pathological and clinical evidences supporting the use of omalizumab in the therapy of pediatric asthma, Furthermore, we provided the main practical points for such a therapeutic management...
April 30, 2018: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692255/juvenile-scleroderma-what-has-changed-in-the-meantime
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Amra Adrovic, Sezgin Sahin, Kenan Barut, Ozgur Kasapcopur
BACKGROUND: Juvenile scleroderma is a rarely seen chronic connective tissue disorder characterized by stiffening of the skin. The frequency of the disease was reported as one per million. According to organ involvement, the disease is divided into two main forms: systemic and localized scleroderma. OBJECTIVES: Since it is uncommon in children, many aspects of the disease remain discussable. With this review, we aimed to revise recent findings and new developments in this rare condition...
April 22, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691928/circadian-rhythms-refractive-development-and-myopia
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Ranjay Chakraborty, Lisa A Ostrin, Debora L Nickla, P Michael Iuvone, Machelle T Pardue, Richard A Stone
PURPOSE: Despite extensive research, mechanisms regulating postnatal eye growth and those responsible for ametropias are poorly understood. With the marked recent increases in myopia prevalence, robust and biologically-based clinical therapies to normalize refractive development in childhood are needed. Here, we review classic and contemporary literature about how circadian biology might provide clues to develop a framework to improve the understanding of myopia etiology, and possibly lead to rational approaches to ameliorate refractive errors developing in children...
May 2018: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681186/role-of-dendritic-cells-in-peanut-allergy
#18
Raquel Aguilera-Insunza, Luis F Venegas, Mirentxu Iruretagoyena, Leticia Rojas, Arturo Borzutzky
The prevalence of peanut allergy (PA) has increased, affecting approximately 1.1% of children in Western countries. PA causes life-threatening anaphylaxis and frequently persists for life. There are no standardized curative therapies for PA, and avoidance of peanuts remains the main therapeutic option. A better understanding of the pathogenesis of PA is essential to identify new treatment strategies. Intestinal dendritic cells (DCs) are essential in the induction and maintenance of food tolerance because they present dietary allergens to T cells, thereby directing subsequent immune responses...
April 23, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652901/early-postnatal-soluble-fgfr3-therapy-prevents-the-atypical-development-of-obesity-in-achondroplasia
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Celine Saint-Laurent, Stephanie Garcia, Vincent Sarrazy, Karine Dumas, Florence Authier, Sophie Sore, Albert Tran, Philippe Gual, Isabelle Gennero, Jean-Pierre Salles, Elvire Gouze
BACKGROUND: Achondroplasia is a rare genetic disease is characterized by abnormal bone development and early obesity. While the bone aspect of the disease has been thoroughly studied, early obesity affecting approximately 50% of them during childhood has been somewhat neglected. It nevertheless represents a major health problem in these patients, and is associated to life-threatening complications including increasing risk of cardiovascular pathologies. We have thus decided to study obesity in patients and to use the mouse model to evaluate if soluble FGFR3 therapy, an innovative treatment approach for achondroplasia, could also impact the development of this significant complication...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644994/autoimmune-hepatitis
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REVIEW
Giorgina Mieli-Vergani, Diego Vergani, Albert J Czaja, Michael P Manns, Edward L Krawitt, John M Vierling, Ansgar W Lohse, Aldo J Montano-Loza
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a severe liver disease that affects children and adults worldwide. The diagnosis of AIH relies on increased serum transaminase and immunoglobulin G levels, presence of autoantibodies and interface hepatitis on liver histology. AIH arises in genetically predisposed individuals when a trigger, such as exposure to a virus, leads to a T cell-mediated autoimmune response directed against liver autoantigens; this immune response is permitted by inadequate regulatory immune control leading to a loss of tolerance...
April 12, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
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