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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911391/a-murine-model-of-group-b-streptococcus-vaginal-colonization
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Kathryn A Patras, Kelly S Doran
Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS), is a Gram-positive, asymptomatic colonizer of the human gastrointestinal tract and vaginal tract of 10 - 30% of adults. In immune-compromised individuals, including neonates, pregnant women, and the elderly, GBS may switch to an invasive pathogen causing sepsis, arthritis, pneumonia, and meningitis. Because GBS is a leading bacterial pathogen of neonates, current prophylaxis is comprised of late gestation screening for GBS vaginal colonization and subsequent peripartum antibiotic treatment of GBS-positive mothers...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904568/meta-analysis-of-studies-comparing-adjuvant-dexamethasone-to-glycerol-to-improve-clinical-outcome-of-bacterial-meningitis
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Siavash Vaziri, Fiezollah Mansouri, Babak Sayad, Keyghobad Ghadiri, Elham Torkashvand, Mansour Rezaei, Farid Najafi, Mohsen Azizi
BACKGROUND: Neurological complications are a problematic factor in acute bacterial meningitis; hence, its prevention is the key to ensure the success of meningitis treatment. Glycerol and dexamethasone are both applied in this regard. Oral glycerol is an appropriate alternative instead of intravenous dexamethasone because it does not have problems related to intravenous injection, the high cost, and drug complications. The main objective of this study was to compare the efficacy of adjuvant dexamethasone versus glycerol in order to improve the clinical outcome of bacterial meningitis...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886201/cryptococcal-meningitis-epidemiology-immunology-diagnosis-and-therapy
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Peter R Williamson, Joseph N Jarvis, Anil A Panackal, Matthew C Fisher, Síle F Molloy, Angela Loyse, Thomas S Harrison
HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis is by far the most common cause of adult meningitis in many areas of the world that have high HIV seroprevalence. In most areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incidence of cryptococcal meningitis is not decreasing despite availability of antiretroviral therapy, because of issues of adherence and retention in HIV care. In addition, cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-seronegative individuals is a substantial problem: the risk of cryptococcal infection is increased in transplant recipients and other individuals with defects in cell-mediated immunity, and cryptococcosis is also reported in the apparently immunocompetent...
November 25, 2016: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880884/anti-atherosclerosis-and-cardio-protective-effects-of-the-angong-niuhuang-pill-on-a-high-fat-and-vitamin-d3-induced-rodent-model-of-atherosclerosis
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Wen-Juan Fu, Ting Lei, Zhen Yin, Jian-Hao Pan, Yu-Shuang Chai, Xiao-Yun Xu, Yi-Xi Yan, Zhi-Hua Wang, Jian Ke, Gang Wu, Ren-He Xu, Manish Paranjpe, Lintao Qu, Hong Nie
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Angong Niuhuang Pill (ANP) is a well known Chinese traditional therapeutic for the treatment for diseases affecting the Central Nervous System (CNS). Components of the ANP formulation, including Bovis Calculus Sativus, Pulvis Bubali Comus Concentratus, Moschus, Margarita, Cinnabaris, Realgar, Coptidis Rhizoma, Scutellariae Radix, Gardeniae Fructus, Curcumae Radix, and Bomeolum Syntheticum, have been used for the treatment of stroke, encephalitis and emergency meningitis across Asia, especially in China for hundreds of years...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809794/alternative-pre-approved-and-novel-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-anthrax
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Breanne M Head, Ethan Rubinstein, Adrienne F A Meyers
BACKGROUND: Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, is a spore forming and toxin producing rod-shaped bacterium that is classified as a category A bioterror agent. This pathogenic microbe can be transmitted to both animals and humans. Clinical presentation depends on the route of entry (direct contact, ingestion, injection or aerosolization) with symptoms ranging from isolated skin infections to more severe manifestations such as cardiac or pulmonary shock, meningitis, and death...
November 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808261/community-acquired-bacterial-meningitis
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Diederik van de Beek, Matthijs Brouwer, Rodrigo Hasbun, Uwe Koedel, Cynthia G Whitney, Eelco Wijdicks
Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges and subarachnoid space that can also involve the brain cortex and parenchyma. It can be acquired spontaneously in the community - community-acquired bacterial meningitis - or in the hospital as a complication of invasive procedures or head trauma (nosocomial bacterial meningitis). Despite advances in treatment and vaccinations, community-acquired bacterial meningitis remains one of the most important infectious diseases worldwide. Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the most common causative bacteria and are associated with high mortality and morbidity; vaccines targeting these organisms, which have designs similar to the successful vaccine that targets Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis, are now being used in many routine vaccination programmes...
November 3, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733201/activation-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-hpa-axis-contributes-to-the-immunosuppression-of-mice-infected-with-angiostrongylus-cantonensis
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Ai-Ling Chen, Xi Sun, Wei Wang, Jin-Feng Liu, Xin Zeng, Jing-Fan Qiu, Xin-Jian Liu, Yong Wang
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppression has been described as a consequence of brain injury and infection by different mechanisms. Angiostrongylus cantonensis can cause injury to the central nervous system and eosinophilic meningitis to human. Both T cell and B cell immunity play an essential role in the resistance of the infection. However, whether brain injury caused by A. cantonensis infection can lead to immunosuppression is not clear. Therefore, the present study sought to observe the alteration of immune responses in mice infected with A...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707454/yellow-fever-vaccine-associated-neurotropic-disease-yel-and-a-case-report
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Jolanta Florczak-Wyspiańska, Ewa Nawotczyńska, Wojciech Kozubski
Yellow fever (YF) is a mosquito-borne viral hemorrhagic fever, which is a serious and potentially fatal disease with no specific antiviral treatment that can be effectively prevented by an attenuated vaccine (YEL). Despite the long history of safe and efficacious YF vaccination, sporadic case reports of serious adverse events (SAEs) have been reported, including yellow fever vaccine-associated neurotropic disease (YEL-AND). YEL-AND usually appears within one month of YF vaccination, manifesting as meningoencephalitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) or acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)...
September 22, 2016: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704036/treatment-of-spontaneous-eae-by-laquinimod-reduces-tfh-b-cell-aggregates-and-disease-progression
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Michel Varrin-Doyer, Kara L Pekarek, Collin M Spencer, Claude C A Bernard, Raymond A Sobel, Bruce A C Cree, Ulf Schulze-Topphoff, Scott S Zamvil
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of oral laquinimod, a candidate multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment, on induction of T follicular helper cells, development of meningeal B cell aggregates, and clinical disease in a spontaneous B cell-dependent MS model. METHODS: Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was induced in C57BL/6 mice by immunization with recombinant myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (rMOG) protein. Spontaneous EAE was evaluated in C57BL/6 MOG p35-55-specific T cell receptor transgenic (2D2) × MOG-specific immunoglobulin (Ig)H-chain knock-in (IgH(MOG-ki) [Th]) mice...
October 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27695532/role-of-endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-in-tuberculous-meningitis-with-hydrocephalus
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Yad R Yadav, Vijay S Parihar, Mina Todorov, Yatin Kher, Ishwar D Chaurasia, Sonjjay Pande, Hemant Namdev
Hydrocephalus is one of the commonest complications of tuberculous meningitis (TBM). It can be purely obstructive, purely communicating, or due to combinations of obstruction in addition to defective absorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) as an alternative to shunt procedures is an established treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus in TBM. ETV in TBM hydrocephalus can be technically very difficult, especially in acute stage of disease due to inflamed, thick, and opaque third ventricle floor...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27688899/patterns-and-trends-in-mortality-among-hiv-infected-and-hiv-uninfected-patients-in-a-major-internal-medicine-unit-in-yaound%C3%A3-cameroon-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Josephine Mbuagbaw, Ahmadou M Jingi, Jean Jacques N Noubiap, Arnaud D Kaze, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Jean Joel R Bigna, Edvine Wawo Yonta, Kathleen Ngu Blackett
OBJECTIVE: To describe the trends in mortality and the spectrum of disease in HIV-infected and -uninfected inpatients in a population in Yaoundé. DESIGN: A retrospective study. SETTING: Internal Medicine Unit, University Hospital Centre, Yaoundé, Cameroon. PARTICIPANTS: All deaths registered between January 2000 and May 2007 in the unit. MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURES: Sociodemographic characteristics, clinical features and results of all investigations done, cause of death...
September 2016: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677575/mitral-valve-replacement-in-neonatal-endocarditis-time-to-discuss-prevention-strategies-for-group-b-streptococcus-disease
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Sormeh Salehian, Abhinav Rastogi, Olivier Ghez, Margarita Burmester
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is recognised as one of the leading organisms in early-onset neonatal sepsis but is also a cause of late-onset GBS septicaemia, meningitis and rarely, infective endocarditis (IE). We report a case of a healthy term neonate who developed GBS septicaemia and meningitis having presented with parental concern and poor feeding. Subsequent identification and treatment of GBS resulted in the requirement for long-line intravascular access in order to administer antibiotic therapy. One week later, after repeated parental concern and symptoms of shortness of breath, the neonate presented to Accident and Emergency and subsequently a Paediatric Cardiorespiratory Intensive Care Unit where emergency resuscitation procedures were required and diagnosis of severe IE affecting the mitral valve was made...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648394/basic-imaging-of-skull-base-trauma
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Matthew Bobinski, Peter Y Shen, Arthur B Dublin
Skull base fractures extend through the floor of the anterior, middle, or posterior cranial fossa. They are frequently associated with complex facial fractures and serious complications such as cranial nerve or vascular injury, cerebrospinal fluid leak, or meningitis. Several distinct patterns of skull base fractures have been recognized, each of them associated with different complications. Recognition of, often subtle, skull base fracture is essential to prevent or allow early treatment of these serious complications...
October 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638075/bilateral-vestibulopathy
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M Strupp, K Feil, M Dieterich, T Brandt
The leading symptoms of bilateral vestibulopathy (BVP) are postural imbalance and unsteadiness of gait that worsens in darkness and on uneven ground. There are typically no symptoms while sitting or lying under static conditions. A minority of patients also have movement-induced oscillopsia, in particular while walking. The diagnosis of BVP is based on a bilaterally reduced or absent function of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR). This deficit is diagnosed for the high-frequency range of the angular VOR by a bilaterally pathologic bedside head impulse test (HIT) and for the low-frequency range by a bilaterally reduced or absent caloric response...
2016: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638043/mice-lacking-faim2-show-increased-cell-death-in-the-mptp-mouse-model-of-parkinson-disease
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Daniel Komnig, Jörg B Schulz, Arno Reich, Björn H Falkenburger
The death receptor Fas/CD95 mediates apoptotic cell death in response to external stimuli. In neurons, Fas-induced apoptosis is prevented by Fas-apoptotic inhibitory molecule 2 (Faim2). Mice lacking Faim2 showed increased neurodegeneration in animal models of stroke and bacterial meningitis. We therefore tested the relevance of Faim2 in a classical animal model of Parkinson disease and determined the toxicity of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) in Faim2-deficient mice. Without MPTP treatment, there was no difference in the dopaminergic system between Faim2-deficient mice and control mice...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630761/applying-central-composite-design-and-response-surface-methodology-to-optimize-growth-and-biomass-production-of-haemophilus-influenzae-type-b
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Seyed Bahman Momen, Seyed Davar Siadat, Neda Akbari, Bijan Ranjbar, Khosro Khajeh
BACKGROUND: Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, otitis media, pneumonia, cellulitis, bacteremia, and septic arthritis in infants and young children. The Hib capsule contains the major virulence factor, and is composed of polyribosyl ribitol phosphate (PRP) that can induce immune system response. Vaccines consisting of Hib capsular polysaccharide (PRP) conjugated to a carrier protein are effective in the prevention of the infections. However, due to costly processes in PRP production, these vaccines are too expensive...
June 2016: Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27606340/metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-5-a-target-for-migraine-therapy
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Maggie W Waung, Simon Akerman, Mark Wakefield, Charlotte Keywood, Peter J Goadsby
INTRODUCTION: Many patients suffering from migraine gain little relief from existing treatments partly because many existing acute and preventive therapies used in migraine have been adopted from other neurologic conditions such as depression or epilepsy. Here, we present data supporting a new migraine-specific target, the mGlu5 receptor. METHODS: We studied the effect of mGlu5 blockade using ADX10059, on neuronal firing in the trigeminocervical complex (TCC) and durovascular effects of nociceptive trigeminovascular activation in the anesthetized rat...
August 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27598999/differential-regulation-of-the-surface-exposed-and-secreted-ssle-lipoprotein-in-extraintestinal-pathogenic-escherichia-coli
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Lendl Tan, Danilo G Moriel, Makrina Totsika, Scott A Beatson, Mark A Schembri
Extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) are responsible for diverse infections including meningitis, sepsis and urinary tract infections. The alarming rise in anti-microbial resistance amongst ExPEC complicates treatment and has highlighted the need for alternative preventive measures. SslE is a lipoprotein secreted by a dedicated type II secretion system in E. coli that was first identified as a potential vaccine candidate using reverse genetics. Although the function and protective efficacy of SslE has been studied, the molecular mechanisms that regulate SslE expression remain to be fully elucidated...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27591787/meningococcal-pneumonia-in-japan-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Jun Hirai, Takeshi Kinjo, Takaaki Tome, Mao Hagihara, Daisuke Sakanashi, Hideta Nakamura, Shusaku Haranaga, Hiroshige Mikamo, Jiro Fujita
Neisseria meningitidis often causes meningitis and meningococcemia; however, meningococcal pneumonia is quite rare. Herein, we report a case of non-invasive meningococcal pneumonia initially misdiagnosed as pneumonia due to Moraxella catarrhalis on the basis of a Gram stain in a 43-year-old woman with asthma, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and schizophrenia. She visited our hospital following a 3-day history of fever, productive cough, and shortness of breath. Since her sputum smear revealed Gram-negative diplococcus and the chest radiograph showed infiltration in the lower right lung field, her initial diagnosis was pneumonia caused by M...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27588020/antimicrobial-proteins-and-peptides-in-early-life-ontogeny-and-translational-opportunities
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Anna J Battersby, Jasmeet Khara, Victoria J Wright, Ofer Levy, Beate Kampmann
While developing adaptive immune responses, young infants are especially vulnerable to serious infections, including sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia. Antimicrobial proteins and peptides (APPs) are key effectors that function as broad-spectrum anti-infectives. This review seeks to summarize the clinically relevant functional qualities of APPs and the increasing clinical trial evidence for their use to combat serious infections in infancy. Levels of APPs are relatively low in early life, especially in infants born preterm or with low birth weight (LBW)...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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