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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346371/identification-of-novel-leishmanicidal-molecules-by-virtual-and-biochemical-screenings-targeting-leishmania-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-4a
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Emna Harigua-Souiai, Yosser Zina Abdelkrim, Imen Bassoumi-Jamoussi, Ons Zakraoui, Guillaume Bouvier, Khadija Essafi-Benkhadir, Josette Banroques, Nathan Desdouits, Hélène Munier-Lehmann, Mourad Barhoumi, N Kyle Tanner, Michael Nilges, Arnaud Blondel, Ikram Guizani
Leishmaniases are neglected parasitic diseases in spite of the major burden they inflict on public health. The identification of novel drugs and targets constitutes a research priority. For that purpose we used Leishmania infantum initiation factor 4A (LieIF), an essential translation initiation factor that belongs to the DEAD-box proteins family, as a potential drug target. We modeled its structure and identified two potential binding sites. A virtual screening of a diverse chemical library was performed for both sites...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346369/the-rise-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-in-the-new-texas
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REVIEW
Peter J Hotez
Within the last five years, the State of Texas has experienced either transmission or outbreaks of Ebola, chikungunya, West Nile, and Zika virus infections. Autochthonous transmission of neglected parasitic and bacterial diseases has also become increasingly reported. The rise of such emerging and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) has not occurred by accident but instead reflects rapidly evolving changes and shifts in a "new" Texas beset by modern and globalizing forces that include rapid expansions in population together with urbanization and human migrations, altered transportation patterns, climate change, steeply declining vaccination rates, and a new paradigm of poverty known as "blue marble health...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346353/the-burden-of-cancer-in-25-29-year-olds-in-new-zealand-a-case-for-a-wider-adolescent-and-young-adult-age-range
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Kirsten R Ballantine, Victoria Utley, Heidi Watson, Michael J Sullivan, Ruth Spearing
AIMS: New Zealand currently defines the adolescent and young adult (AYA) group for cancer services as young people 12-24 years of age, while other countries favour a designation of 15-29 years. This study was undertaken to compare cancer incidence and survival among 25-29 year olds to New Zealand's younger AYA population and to assess survival for our 15-29 year population against international benchmarks. METHODS: Diagnostic and demographic information for cancer registrations between 2000 and 2009 for 25-29 year olds was obtained from the New Zealand Cancer Registry...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346338/current-cigarette-smoking-among-adults-united-states-2016
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Ahmed Jamal, Elyse Phillips, Andrea S Gentzke, David M Homa, Stephen D Babb, Brian A King, Linda J Neff
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that the burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products (1). Cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. adults, and about 480,000 U.S. deaths per year are caused by cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure (1). To assess progress toward the Healthy People 2020 target of reducing the proportion of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years who smoke cigarettes to ≤12...
January 19, 2018: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346333/platelet-rich-plasma-new-insights-for-cutaneous-wound-healing-management
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REVIEW
Deborah Chicharro-Alcántara, Mónica Rubio-Zaragoza, Elena Damiá-Giménez, José M Carrillo-Poveda, Belén Cuervo-Serrato, Pau Peláez-Gorrea, Joaquín J Sopena-Juncosa
The overall increase of chronic degenerative diseases associated with ageing makes wound care a tremendous socioeconomic burden. Thus, there is a growing need to develop novel wound healing therapies to improve cutaneous wound healing. The use of regenerative therapies is becoming increasingly popular due to the low-invasive procedures needed to apply them. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is gaining interest due to its potential to stimulate and accelerate the wound healing process. The cytokines and growth factors forming PRP play a crucial role in the healing process...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346142/neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-an-update
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Lauren A Sanlorenzo, Ann R Stark, Stephen W Patrick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review provides an update focused on the evolving epidemiology of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), factors influencing disease expression, advances in clinical assessment of withdrawal, novel approaches to NAS treatment, and the emerging role of quality improvement in assessment and management of NAS. RECENT FINDINGS: The rise in the incidence of NAS disproportionately occurred in rural and suburban areas. Polysubstance exposure and genetic polymorphisms have been shown to modify NAS expression and severity...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346115/mitochondrial-dysfunction-a-key-player-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases-linked-to-air-pollution
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REVIEW
Sri Rahavi Boovarahan, Gino A Kurian
Air pollution has become an environmental burden with regard to non-communicable diseases, particularly heart disease. It has been reported that air pollution can accelerate the development of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Air pollutants encompass various particulate matters (PMs), which change the blood composition and heart rate and eventually leads to cardiac failure by triggering atherosclerotic plaque ruptures or by developing irreversible ischemia. A series of major epidemiological and observational studies have established the noxious effect of air pollutants on cardiovascular diseases (CVD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of its susceptibility and the pathological disease events remain largely elusive and are predicted to be initiated in the cell organelle...
January 18, 2018: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345387/fortuitous-benefits-of-living-kidney-donation-diagnosis-of-serious-medical-conditions-during-the-living-donor-evaluation
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Arika Hoffman, Ketki Tendulkar, Shaheed Merani, Alexander Maskin, Alan Langnas
BACKGROUND: All living kidney donors are counseled about the possible surgical and medical risks associated with donation. Only a minority of transplant centers discuss the potential benefit of discovering undiagnosed medical conditions in the donor during evaluation, as part of their consent process. METHODS: We retrospectively investigated all potential living kidney donors evaluated over a 10-year period at a single center to characterize incidentally diagnosed serious medical conditions...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345298/leishmania-amazonensis-isolated-from-human-visceral-leishmaniasis-histopathological-analysis-and-parasitological-burden-in-different-inbred-mice
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Celeste da Silva Freitas de Souza, Kátia da Silva Calabrese, Ana Lúcia Abreu-Silva, Luiz Otávio Pereira Carvalho, Flávia de Oliveira Cardoso, Maria Elizabeth Moraes Cavalheiros Dorval, Elisa Teruya Oshiro, Patrícia Flávia Quaresma, Célia Maria Ferreira Gontijo, Raquel da Silva Pacheco, Maria Isabel Doria Rossi, Sylvio Celso Gonçalves da Costa, Tânia Zaverucha do Valle
Leishmania amazonensis is a major etiological agent of human cutaneous leishmaniasis in the Americas; nevertheless there are some reports of this species causing visceral disease in dogs and men. In the present work we have studied a Leishmania strain isolated from a human case of visceral leishmaniasis. We have infected different mouse strains and analyzed the development of the disease, studying the parasite's ability to visceralize and whether this ability is influenced by host genetics. Female BALB/c, C57BL/6, C57BL/10, CBA, DBA/2, and C3H/He mice were subcutaneously infected with 104 L...
January 18, 2018: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345210/the-impact-of-time-from-diagnosis-to-treatment-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Colin Phipps, Yuh Shan Lee, Hao Ying, Chandramouli Nagarajan, Nicholas Grigoropoulos, Yunxin Chen, Tiffany Tang, Alan Z Goh, Aditi Ghosh, Heng Joo Ng, Sathish Gopalakrishnan, Yvonne Loh, Soon Thye Lim, William Hwang, Daryl Tan, Yeow Tee Goh
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a high-grade lymphoma that requires treatment. We retrospectively analyzed the impact of time from diagnosis-to-treatment (TDT) on progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in 581 R-CHOP-treated patients. TDT was defined as the interval between diagnostic biopsy date and day 1 R-CHOP. Cox regression showed stage 3-4 disease (p = .01) and longer TDT (HR 1.13, p =.031) were associated with shorter OS. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group ≥2 (p = ...
January 18, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345180/depression-among-caregivers-of-patients-with-dementia
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Abdullelah S Alfakhri, Ahmed W Alshudukhi, Ali A Alqahtani, Abdulrahman M Alhumaid, Omer A Alhathlol, Abdullah I Almojali, Muteb A Alotaibi, Meshal K Alaqeel
We aimed to assess depressive symptoms in caregivers of patients with dementia, taking into account variables such as severity of dementia, sex, age, and financial state of the patient. We recruited 222 caregivers of patients with dementia from King Abdulaziz Medical City, Saudi Alzheimer's Disease Association, and online, from February to June 2017, and employed the Patient Health Questionnaire to assess depression, and the Blessed Dementia Scale to assess severity of dementia. The prevalence of clinical depression among the caregivers was 14...
January 2018: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345092/-known-unknowns-examining-the-burden-of-neurocognitive-impairment-in-the-end-stage-renal-failure-population
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REVIEW
Scott Wilson, Arup Dhar, Peter Tregaskis, Gavin Lambert, David Barton, Rowan Walker
The burden of neurocognitive impairment (NCI) in patients receiving maintenance dialysis represents a spectrum of deficits across multiple cognitive domains which are associated with hospitalisation, reduced quality-of-life, mortality and forced decision-making around dialysis withdrawal. Point prevalence data suggests that dialysis patients manifest NCI at rates 3-5 fold higher than the general population with executive function the most commonly affected cognitive domain. The unique physiology of the renal failure state and maintenance dialysis appears to drive an excess of vascular dementia subtype compared to the general population where classical Alzheimer's disease predominates...
January 18, 2018: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345081/screening-for-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-the-era-of-biologics-and-targeted-synthetic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-india-a-high-burden-tb-country-the-importance-of-mantoux-and-quantiferon-tb-gold-tests
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Anand N Malaviya, Vishal K Aggarwal, Roopa Rawat, Sadhana Baghel, Ravita Thakran, Qamar Zaheer, Shriram Garg, Sanjiv Kapoor
AIM: To test the validity of an augmented tuberculosis skin test (a-TST) combined with Quantiferon TB-gold® (QFTG) test for the screening of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) being considered for treatment with biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or targeted synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. METHOD: Standard TST using 1 tuberculin unit (TU) of purified protein derivative (PPD, RT23 strain) was carried out...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344507/definition-management-and-outcomes-of-acute-kidney-injury-an-international-survey-of-nephrologists
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Umar Farooq, Aaron Tober, Vernon Chinchilli, W Brian Reeves, Nasrollah Ghahramani
Background: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a complex disease burdened by uncertainties of definition, management strategies, and prognosis. This study explores the relationship between demographic characteristics of nephrologists and their perceptions about the definition, management, and follow-up of AKI. Methods: We developed a Web-based survey, the International Survey on Acute Kidney Injury (ISAKI), consisting of 29 items in 4 categories: (1) demographic and practice characteristics, (2) definition of AKI, (3) management of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in AKI, and (4) sequelae of AKI...
December 2017: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344358/the-global-problem-of-childhood-diarrhoeal-diseases-emerging-strategies-in-prevention-and-management
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REVIEW
Margaret Mokomane, Ishmael Kasvosve, Emilia de Melo, Jeffrey M Pernica, David M Goldfarb
Acute diarrhoeal diseases remain a leading cause of global morbidity and mortality particularly among young children in resource-limited countries. Recent large studies utilizing case-control design, prospective sampling and more sensitive and broad diagnostic techniques have shed light on particular pathogens of importance and highlighted the previously under recognized impact of these infections on post-acute illness mortality and growth. Vaccination, particularly against rotavirus, has emerged as a key effective means of preventing significant morbidity and mortality from childhood diarrhoeal disease...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344023/eicosapentaenoic-acid-as-a-potential-therapeutic-approach-to-reduce-cardiovascular-risk-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-on-hemodialysis-a-review
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REVIEW
Kenneth M Borow, R Preston Mason, Krishnaswami Vijayaraghavan
Background: Patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis have excess cardiovascular disease (CVD) burden with substantially increased CV event rates compared with the general population. Summary: Traditional interventions that, according to standard clinical guidelines, reduce CV risk such as antihypertensive therapy, diet, exercise, and statins are not similarly effective in the hemodialysis population. This raises the question of whether additional risk factors, such as enhanced inflammation and oxidative stress, may drive the increased CVD burden in hemodialysis patients...
December 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343976/epidemiology-associated-burden-and-current-clinical-practice-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-japan
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REVIEW
William Montgomery, Kaname Ueda, Margaret Jorgensen, Shari Stathis, Yuanyuan Cheng, Tomomi Nakamura
The burden of dementia in Japan is large and growing. With the world's fastest aging population, it is estimated that one in five elderly people will be living with dementia in Japan by 2025. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease (AD), accounting for around two-thirds of dementia cases. A systematic review was conducted to examine the epidemiology and associated burden of AD in Japan and to identify how AD is diagnosed and managed in Japan. English and Japanese language databases were searched for articles published between January 2000 and November 2015...
2018: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343739/qualitative-systematic-review-of-barriers-and-facilitators-to-self-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-views-of-patients-and-healthcare-professionals
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REVIEW
Siân Russell, Oladapo J Ogunbayo, James J Newham, Karen Heslop-Marshall, Paul Netts, Barbara Hanratty, Fiona Beyer, Eileen Kaner
Self-management interventions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve quality of life, reduce hospital admissions, and improve symptoms. However, many factors impede engagement for patients and practitioners. Qualitative research, with its focus on subjective experience, can provide invaluable insights into such factors. Therefore, a systematic review and synthesis of qualitative evidence on COPD self-management from the perspective of patients, carers, and practitioners was conducted. Following a systematic search and screening, 31 studies were appraised and data extracted for analysis...
January 17, 2018: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343580/advancing-our-understanding-of-protective-maternal-immunity-as-a-guide-for-development-of-vaccines-to-reduce-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infections
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Sallie R Permar, Mark R Schleiss, Stanley A Plotkin
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the most common congenitally transmitted pathogen worldwide, impacting an estimated 1 million newborns annually. Congenital HCMV (cCMV) infection is a major global contributor to long-term neurologic deficits, including deafness, microcephaly, neurodevelopmental delay, as well as fetal loss and occasional infant mortality. Accordingly, a maternal vaccine to prevent cCMV continues to be a top public health priority. Nevertheless, we remain without a licensed vaccine. Maternal immunity provides partial protection, as the risk of vertical HCMV transmission from chronically infected mothers is reduced compared to settings in which the mother is newly infected during pregnancy...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343464/cardiorespiratory-fitness-coronary-artery-calcium-and-cardiovascular-disease-events-in-a-cohort-of-generally-healthy-middle-aged-men-results-from-the-cooper-center-longitudinal-study
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Nina B Radford, Laura F DeFina, David Leonard, Carolyn E Barlow, Benjamin L Willis, Larry W Gibbons, Susan C Gilchrist, Amit Khera, Benjamin D Levine
Background -A robust literature demonstrates that coronary artery calcification (CAC) and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) are independent predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Much less is known about the joint associations of CRF and CAC with CVD risk. In the setting of high CAC, high versus low CRF has been associated with decreased CVD events. The goal of this study was to assess the impact of continuous levels of CRF on CVD risk in the setting of increasing CAC burden. Methods -We studied 8,425 men without clinical CVD who underwent preventive medicine examinations that included an objective measurement of CRF and CAC between 1998-2007...
January 17, 2018: Circulation
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