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Katja Sauerstein, Jan Liebelt, Barbara Namer, Roland Schmidt, Roman Rukwied, Jürgen Sandkühler, Martin Schmelz
Secondary mechanical hyperalgesia to punctate mechanical stimuli and light touch (allodynia) are prominent symptoms in neuropathic pain states. In a combined microneurographic and psychophysical study, we investigated the role of mechano-insensitive (silent) nociceptors regarding induction. Electrical thresholds of mechano-sensitive and silent nociceptors were assessed by microneurography with two closely spaced intracutaneous electrodes (i.c.) and a transcutaneous configuration (t.c.) in the foot dorsum. For t...
March 15, 2018: Neuroscience
Ana L Schaigorodsky, Juan I Perotti, Nahuel Almeira, Orlando V Billoni
In this work we introduce a variant of the Yule-Simon model for preferential growth by incorporating a finite kernel to model the effects of bounded memory. We characterize the properties of the model combining analytical arguments with extensive numerical simulations. In particular, we analyze the lifetime and popularity distributions by mapping the model dynamics to corresponding Markov chains and branching processes, respectively. These distributions follow power laws with well-defined exponents that are within the range of the empirical data reported in ecologies...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Cristan Farmer, Margo Thienemann, Collin Leibold, Gabrielle Kamalani, Bethany Sauls, Jennifer Frankovich
Objectives: To establish the psychometric properties of the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI) in patients with Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), which is characterized by the abrupt onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder and/or restricted eating and at least two additional psychiatric symptoms. Parents of patients with PANS have reported high caregiver burden. However, no validated instrument of burden exists for this population. Methods: Study took place at a community-based PANS clinic where the CBI is administered as part of routine clinical care...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Tristan Pascart, Frédéric Lioté
This review article summarizes the relevant English literature on gout from 2010 through April 2017. It emphasizes that the current epidemiology of gout indicates a rising prevalence worldwide, not only in Western countries but also in Southeast Asia, in close relationship with the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics. New pathogenic mechanisms of chronic hyperuricaemia focus on the gut (microbiota, ABCG2 expression) after the kidney. Cardiovascular and renal comorbidities are the key points to consider in terms of management...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology
Sijie Ge, Sujing Wang, Qiang Xu, Thomas Ho
Emergency shutdowns of chemical plants (ESCP) inevitably generate intensive and huge amounts of VOCs and NOx emissions through flaring that can cause highly localized and transient air pollution events with elevated ozone concentrations. However, quantitative studies of regional ozone impact due to ESCP, in terms of how ESCP would affect and to what extent ESCP could impact, are still lacking. This paper reports a systematic study on regional air quality impact from an olefin plant emergency shutdown due to the sudden failure of its cracked gas compressor (CGC)...
March 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Lamis Baydoun, Fook Chang Lam, Sontje Schaal, Shugi Hsien, Silke Oellerich, Korine van Dijk, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To assess aqueous flare as a measure of subclinical inflammation after Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy. METHODS: In this prospective cross-sectional and longitudinal case series at a tertiary referral center, 173 DMEK eyes of 169 patients and 19 age-matched healthy control eyes were included. Aqueous flare [photon count per millisecond (ph/ms)] was assessed by laser flare photometry at 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month after DMEK in group I (evaluation of postsurgical blood-aqueous barrier recovery; n = 25) and on average 28 (±19) months (range, 3-86 months) after DMEK in group II (evaluation of long-term inflammation; n = 148)...
March 15, 2018: Cornea
E Littlejohn, W Marder, E Lewis, S Francis, J Jackish, W J McCune, E C Somers
Background Both C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) can be elevated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) flare and infection, and are therefore of limited utility for distinguishing between the two conditions in febrile SLE patients. Methods A medical records review of hospitalizations (1997-2006) of SLE patients in the Michigan Lupus Cohort was performed. Eligible hospitalizations were those in which patients presented with a temperature of >100.3°F or with subjective fevers as a presenting complaint at admission...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Janitzia Vazquez-Mellado, Ingris Peláez-Ballestas, Rubén Burgos-Vargas, Everardo Alvarez-Hernández, Sergio García-Méndez, Virginia Pascual-Ramos, Marina Rull-Gabayet
OMERACT proposed a set of mandatory and discretionary domains to evaluate the effect of treatment in patients with gout. To determine the percentage of improvement and the effect size 6 and 12 months after starting a proper treatment in patients with gout from our cohort (GRESGO) based on the OMERACT proposal for chronic gout. GRESGO is a cohort of consecutive, new patients with gout attending either of two dedicated clinics. This report includes 141 patients evaluated at baseline and 6 months plus 101 of them completing a 12-month follow-up in 2012...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Susan M Goodman, Vivian P Bykerk, Edward DiCarlo, Ryan W Cummings, Laura T Donlin, Dana E Orange, Annie Hoang, Serene Mirza, Michael McNamara, Kayte Andersen, Susan J Bartlett, Jackie Szymonifka, Mark P Figgie
OBJECTIVE: Rates of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and total hip arthroplasty (THA) remain high for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), who are at risk of flaring after surgery. We aimed to describe rates, characteristics, and risk factors of RA flare within 6 weeks of THA and TKA. METHODS: Patients with RA were recruited prior to elective THA and TKA surgery and prospectively followed. Clinicians evaluated RA clinical characteristics 0-2 weeks before and 6 weeks after surgery...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Quan-Bo Zhang, Yu-Feng Qing, Cong-Cong Yin, Li Zhou, Xian-Shuang Liu, Qing-Sheng Mi, Jing-Guo Zhou
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) serve as important regulators of inflammatory and immune responses and are implicated in several immune disorders including gouty arthritis. The expression of miR-146a is upregulated in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with inter-critical gout when compared to normouricemic and hyperuricemic controls and those patients with acute gout flares. However, the role of miR-146a in the development of gout remains unknown. Here, we used miR-146a knockout (KO) mice to test miR-146a function in a monosodium urate (MSU)-induced gouty arthritis model...
March 15, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Sarah Onuora
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March 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
A Echeverri, J Naranjo-Escobar, I Posso-Osorio, D Aguirre-Valencia, D Zambrano, G L Castaño, J D Martínez, C A Cañas, G J Tobón
Background/Objective Differentiating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) activity from infections in febrile patients is difficult because of similar initial clinical presentation. The aim of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of a number of biomarkers for differentiating infections from activity in SLE patients admitted with systemic inflammatory response (SIRS). Methods Patients with SLE and SIRS admitted to the emergency room were included in this study. Measurements of different markers including procalcitonin, neutrophil CD64 expression and presepsin, were performed...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
Armin Rashidi, Stephen I Fisher
A 24-year-old woman with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) presented with fever, polyarthralgia, and worsened neutropenia (0.5 x 109 /L). Her physical exam and other routine laboratory work up were unremarkable. Examination of a peripheral blood smear showed neutrophils (red arrows, A-C) engulfing homogenous, violaceus nuclear material (yellow arrows, A-C), confirming a suspected diagnosis of lupus flare. SLE-associated antinuclear antibodies opsonize nucleoproteins released from dying cells, with uptake by phagocytic cells, including polymorphonuclear leukocytes and macrophages, the so-called Lupus Erythematosus (LE) cells...
March 13, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
A Wollenberg, R Fölster-Holst, M Saint Aroman, F Sampogna, C Vestergaard
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, highly pruritic, chronic inflammatory skin disease. Dysfunction of the epidermal barrier is witnessed by an increased transepidermal water loss in lesional and non-lesional AD skin. The inflammation in lesional AD skin is well characterized. Non-lesional skin of AD patients shows histological signs of a subclinical inflammation and a pro-inflammatory cytokine milieu. This microinflammation is present even in seemingly healed skin and must be taken into account regarding treatment of AD...
April 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
A Haylett, D Koumaki, L E Rhodes
BACKGROUND: Solar urticaria (SU) is a rare chronic inducible urticaria triggered via uncharacterised chromophores. We detail responses of a large patient series to monochromator phototesting and broadband ultraviolet radiation (UVR); relationship to life quality is explored. METHODS: Retrospective review of all SU patients undergoing standardised diagnostic photoinvestigation at a specialist centre during 2000-2016. From 2011, patients completed dermatology life quality index (DLQI) questionnaires for the past week and year...
March 13, 2018: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
Ayako Ohyama, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hisashi Noma, Mayu Terasaki, Masaru Shimizu, Hirofumi Toko, Fumika Honda, Mizuki Yagishita, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Hiromitsu Asashima, Shinya Hagiwara, Yuya Kondo, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to clarify associations between maternal clinical features and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in mothers with connective tissue diseases (CTDs). METHODS: We retrospectively examined maternal clinical features including backgrounds, autoantibodies, CTD flare-ups, and therapies during pregnancies as well as fetal outcomes in 90 pregnancies (66 mothers) at our hospital from January 2006 to September 2016. RESULTS: Underlying CTDs were SLE (N = 41), MCTD (N = 10), RA (N = 15), SS (N = 10), and others (N = 14)...
March 13, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Philippe A Eigenmann
Skin diseases related to allergy are common in childhood and pediatric allergists are commonly faced with atopic eczema, treatment schemes for which include calcineurin inhibitors: commonly used topical drugs which control inflammatory skin flares. In the first review of this issue, Nakahira et al provide mechanistic insights, among others, into modulation of the immune response by tacrolimus (1). Prevention of atopic eczema is addressed by Wickens et al. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
I Arias de la Rosa, A Escudero-Contreras, S Rodríguez-Cuenca, M Ruiz-Ponce, Y Jiménez-Gómez, P Ruiz-Limón, C Pérez-Sánchez, M C Ábalos-Aguilera, I Cecchi, R Ortega, J Calvo, R Guzmán-Ruiz, M M Malagón, E Collantes-Estevez, A Vidal-Puig, Ch López-Pedrera, N Barbarroja
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at increased risk of insulin resistance (IR); however, the specific mechanisms mediating this association are currently unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the inflammatory activity associated with RA accounts for the observed defective glucose metabolism and lipid metabolism in these patients. METHODS: We followed two main strategies: (i) extensive metabolic profiling of a RA cohort of 100 patients and 50 healthy control subjects and (ii) mechanistic studies carried out in both a collagen-induced arthritis mouse model and 3T3-L1 adipocytes treated with conditioned serum from RA patients...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
Kyoko Ishida, Naoya Moroto, Kazuhiro Murata, Tetsuya Yamamoto
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March 12, 2018: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
Mohammad H Derakhshan, Himanshu Pathak, Debbie Cook, Sally Dickinson, Stefan Siebert, Karl Gaffney
Objectives: There have been significant advances in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), with implications for service delivery. We evaluated the state of axSpA rheumatology services and how people with axSpA perceive their care. Methods: An online patient survey was emailed to all members of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society and advertised widely via social media. Separately, a Web-based questionnaire about axSpA services was sent to rheumatologists at all 172 acute hospital trusts in the UK...
February 23, 2018: Rheumatology
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