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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145680/-a-rare-differential-diagnosis-of-chronic-cough
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Michael Dicker, Tino Schneider, Johannes von Kempis, Markus Diethelm
History and admission findings We report on a 62-year-old male patient with dry cough for 3 months, constitutional symptoms and elevated inflammatory markers. Investigations Despite extensive diagnostics no infectious, malignant or rheumatologic disease could be found. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed lymphocytosis. 18-FDG-PET/CT demonstrated increased metabolic activity of the aorta and its primary branches. Diagnosis, treatment and course We diagnosed large vessel vasculitis consistent to a subtype of giant cell arteritis (GCA) without cranial manifestation...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145462/circulating-soluble-endoglin-modifies-the-inflammatory-response-in-mice
#2
Laura Ruiz-Remolina, Claudia Ollauri-Ibáñez, Lucía Pérez-Roque, Elena Núñez-Gómez, Fernando Pérez-Barriocanal, José Miguel López-Novoa, Miguel Pericacho, Alicia Rodríguez-Barbero
Inflammation is associated with every health condition, and is an important component of many pathologies such as cardiovascular diseases. Circulating levels of soluble endoglin have been shown to be higher in the serum of patients with cardiovascular diseases with a significant inflammatory component. The aim of this study was to evaluate the implication of circulating soluble endoglin in the inflammatory response. For this purpose, a transgenic mouse expressing human soluble endoglin (sEng+) was employed, and three different inflammatory approaches were used to mimic inflammatory conditions in different tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145431/effects-of-periodontitis-on-the-development-of-asthma-the-role-of-photodynamic-therapy
#3
Larissa Carbonera Candeo, Nicole Cristine Rigonato-Oliveira, Aurileia Aparecida Brito, Rodrigo Labat Marcos, Cristiane Miranda França, Kristianne Porta Santos Fernandes, Raquel Agnelli Mesquita-Ferrari, Sandra Kalil Bussadori, Rodolfo Paula Vieira, Adriana Lino-Dos-Santos-Franco, Ana Paula Ligeiro-Oliveira, Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini Horliana
To evaluate whether periodontitis modulates lung inflammation in an experimental model of asthma as well as the photodynamic therapy (PDT) is associated with a reduction of lung inflammation. Seventy-two BALB/c male mice (~2 months) were randomly divided into 8 groups (n = 9): Basal, Periodontitis (P), P+PT, P+PT+PDT, Asthma (A), A+P, A+P+PT, and A+P+PT+PDT. Periodontitis was induced by using the ligature technique and asthma was induced by ovalbumin (OVA). PT was performed with curettes and PDT with methylene blue (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143683/the-progression-of-heartworm-associated-respiratory-disease-hard-in-spf-cats-18%C3%A2-months-after-dirofilaria-immitis-infection
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A Ray Dillon, Bryon L Blagburn, Michael Tillson, William Brawner, Betsy Welles, Calvin Johnson, Russell Cattley, Pat Rynders, Sharron Barney
BACKGROUND: Heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD) in cats is induced by the arrival and death of immature adult Dirofilaria immitis in the pulmonary system and is indistinguishable from mature adult heartworm infection. METHODS: A controlled, blind research study investigated the long-term (18 months post infection, PI) consequences of the inflammatory response associated with the death of immature adult heartworms in cats. Three groups of cats, 10 per group, were infected with 100 third-stage (L3) larvae by subcutaneous injection...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143661/heartworm-associated-respiratory-disease-hard-induced-by-immature-adult-dirofilaria-immitis-in-cats
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A Ray Dillon, Byron L Blagburn, Michael Tillson, William Brawner, Betsy Welles, Calvin Johnson, Russell Cattley, Pat Rynders, Sharron Barney
BACKGROUND: A controlled, blind research study was conducted to define the initial inflammatory response and lung damage associated with the death of immature adult Dirofilaria immitis in cats as compared with cats developing adult heartworm infections and cats on preventive medication. METHODS: Three groups of cats were utilized, 10 per group. All cats were infected with 100 third-stage (L3) larvae by subcutaneous injection. Group A cats were treated topically with selamectin (Revolution®; Zoetis) per label directions at 28 days post infection (PI) and once monthly for 8 months...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142351/development-of-a-simple-image-processing-application-that-makes-abdominopelvic-tumor-visible-on-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-image
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Anil Kumar Pandey, Kartik Saroha, Param Dev Sharma, Chetan Patel, Chandrashekhar Bal, Rakesh Kumar
Introduction: In this study, we have developed a simple image processing application in MATLAB that uses suprathreshold stochastic resonance (SSR) and helps the user to visualize abdominopelvic tumor on the exported prediuretic positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) images. Methods: A brainstorming session was conducted for requirement analysis for the program. It was decided that program should load the screen captured PET/CT images and then produces output images in a window with a slider control that should enable the user to view the best image that visualizes the tumor, if present...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142348/-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-tuberculosis-spectrum-of-manifestations
#7
Krishan Kant Agarwal, Abhishek Behera, Rakesh Kumar, Chandrasekhar Bal
The objective of this article is to provide an illustrative tutorial highlighting the utility of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) imaging to detect spectrum of manifestations in patients with tuberculosis (TB). FDG-PET/CT is a powerful tool for early diagnosis, measuring the extent of disease (staging), and consequently for evaluation of response to therapy in patients with TB.
October 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142344/investigating-the-role-of-global-histogram-equalization-technique-for-99m-technetium-methylene-diphosphonate-bone-scan-image-enhancement
#8
Anil Kumar Pandey, Param Dev Sharma, Pankaj Dheer, Girish Kumar Parida, Harish Goyal, Chetan Patel, Chandrashekhar Bal, Rakesh Kumar
Purpose of the Study: (99m)Technetium-methylene diphosphonate ((99m)Tc-MDP) bone scan images have limited number of counts per pixel, and hence, they have inferior image quality compared to X-rays. Theoretically, global histogram equalization (GHE) technique can improve the contrast of a given image though practical benefits of doing so have only limited acceptance. In this study, we have investigated the effect of GHE technique for (99m)Tc-MDP-bone scan images. Materials and Methods: A set of 89 low contrast (99m)Tc-MDP whole-body bone scan images were included in this study...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142343/calculating-gamma-camera-uniformity-parameters-beyond-the-vendor-specific-protocol
#9
Anil Kumar Pandey, Param Dev Sharma, Jay Prakash Kumar, Kartik Saroha, Chetan Patel, Chandra Sekhar Bal, Rakesh Kumar
Objectives: The aim of this study was to develop and verify a personal computer-based software tool for calculating uniformity indices of gamma camera. Materials and Methods: The program was developed in MATLAB R2013b under Microsoft Windows operating system. Noise-less digital phantoms with known uniformity parameters were used to verify the accuracy of the program. Two hundred and forty-four Co-57 flood source images were acquired on Symbia T6 and Discovery nuclear medicine/computed tomography 670...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140934/response-of-symptomatic-persistent-chronic-disseminated-candidiasis-to-corticosteroid-therapy-in-immunosuppressed-pediatric-patients-case-study-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
Vered Shkalim-Zemer, Itzhak Levi, Salvador Fischer, Hannah Tamary, Joanne Yakobovich, Gali Avrahami, Gil Gilad, Sara Elitzur, Isaac Yaniv, Ronit Elhasid, Michal Manistersky, Itamar Shalit
BACKGROUND: Chronic disseminated candidiasis (CDC) is a severe invasive fungal infection principally observed during neutrophil recovery in patients with acute leukemia treated with intensive chemotherapy. Its pathophysiology remains unclear. We describe the management of six children with symptomatic CDC who did not respond to antifungal therapy. METHODS: The databases of the hematology-oncology departments of two tertiary pediatric medical centers were searched for all patients diagnosed with CDC from 2003 to 2015 who responded to corticosteroids after failing antifungal therapy...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140132/mediation-of-the-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-induced-pulmonary-fibrogenic-response-by-osteopontin-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Timur O Khaliullin, Elena R Kisin, Ashley R Murray, Naveena Yanamala, Michael R Shurin, Dmitriy W Gutkin, Liliya M Fatkhutdinova, Valerian E Kagan, Anna A Shvedova
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: A number of in vivo studies have shown that pulmonary exposure to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) may lead to an acute local inflammatory response, pulmonary fibrosis, and granulomatous lesions. Among the factors that play direct roles in initiation and progression of fibrotic processes are epithelial-mesenchymal transition and myofibroblasts recruitment/differentiation, both mediated by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). Yet, other contributors to TGF-β1 associated signaling, such as osteopontin (OPN) has not been fully investigated...
October 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140131/effects-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-on-the-expression-of-tnf-family-molecules-in-murine-model-of-allergic-asthma
#12
Fei Shi, Yarui Zhang, Chen Qiu, Yi Xiong, Manhui Li, Aijun Shan, Ying Yang, Binbin Li
BACKGROUND: The tumor necrosis factor superfamily member LIGHT (the official gene symbol approved by NCBI Gene Database), an inflammatory factor secreted by T cells after allergen exposure, recently discovered to play crucial roles in asthmatic airway remodeling. However, it is unclear whether LIGHT could be controlled by inhaled corticosteroids, a key component of asthma management. This study was to investigate the effects and potential mechanisms of inhaled budesonide on the expressions of LIGHT and its receptors (LTβR and HVEM) of lung tissues in ovalbumin-sensitized mice...
October 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139590/breast-density-in-screening-mammography-in-indian-population-is-it-different-from-western-population
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Tulika Singh, Niranjan Khandelwal, Veenu Singla, Dileep Kumar, Madhu Gupta, Gurpreet Singh, Amanjit Bal
Mammography is the only method presently considered appropriate for mass screening of breast cancer. However, higher breast density was strongly associated with lower mammographic sensitivity. Breast density is also identified as independent and strongest risk factors for breast cancer. Studies have shown women with high breast density have four to six times increased risk of breast cancer as compare to women with fatty breast. It varies between different age group it generally decreases with increasing age in postmenopausal women and it can be different in different ethnic groups and people from different geographical areas...
November 15, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139546/up-regulation-of-pyk2-pkc%C3%AE-dependent-ho-1-by-co-releasing-molecule-corm-2-attenuates-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-lung-inflammation
#14
Chih-Chung Lin, Yu-Ching Chiang, Rou-Ling Cho, Wei-Ning Lin, Chien-Chung Yang, Li-Der Hsiao, Chuen-Mao Yang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) could provide cytoprotection against various inflammatory diseases. However, the mechanisms underlying carbon monoxide-releasing molecule-2 (CORM-2)-induced HO-1 expression protecting against TNF-α-induced inflammatory responses in human pulmonary alveolar epithelial cells (HPAEpiCs) remain unknown. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: CORM-2-induced HO-1 protein and mRNA expression, and signaling pathways were determined by Western blot and real-time PCR, coupled using respective pharmacological inhibitors or transfection with siRNAs...
November 15, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138816/protective-effects-of-fucoidan-against-hyperoxic-lung-injury-via-the-erk-signaling-pathway
#15
Minghao Nie, Yan Wang, Yanhong Lu, Ying Yuan, Yingying Liu, Xiurong Li
High oxygen mechanical ventilation is widely used to treat various lung diseases; however, it may result in hyperoxia, which induces inflammation and lung injury. Fucoidan is an extract of the seaweed Fucus vesiculosus, which has previously been reported to exert effects against diabetic nephropathy. The present study is the first, to the best of our knowledge, to investigate the protective effects of fucoidan against hyperoxic lung injury. Balb/c mice were ventilated with 100% oxygen, with or without the atomization inhalation of fucoidan, for 36 h...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138212/bax-inhibiting-peptide-attenuates-bleomycin-induced-lung-injury-in-mice
#16
Kunihiro Suzuki, Toyoshi Yanagihara, Tetsuya Yokoyama, Takashige Maeyama, Saiko Ogata-Suetsugu, Masako Arimura-Omori, Hironori Mikumo, Naoki Hamada, Eiji Harada, Kazuyoshi Kuwano, Taishi Harada, Yoichi Nakanishi
Rationale: Bax is a pro-apoptotic member of the Bcl-2 family of proteins, and plays a central role in mitochondria-dependent apoptosis. Several lines of evidence have implied that Bax is involved in both epithelial apoptosis and fibroblast proliferation in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; however, the mechanisms remain unknown. Bax-inhibiting peptide V5 (BIP-V5) exhibits membrane permeability and inhibits the activation of Bax.Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the control of Bax activity by BIP-V5 reduces the degree of bleomycin-induced lung injury...
November 14, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137224/role-of-the-inflammasome-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
#17
Chiara Colarusso, Michela Terlizzi, Antonio Molino, Aldo Pinto, Rosalinda Sorrentino
Inflammation is central to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a pulmonary disorder characterized by chronic bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction, emphysema, associated to progressive and irreversible decline of lung function. Emerging genetic and pharmacological evidence suggests that IL-1-like cytokines are highly detected in the sputum and broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) of COPD patients, implying the involvement of the multiprotein complex inflammasome. So far, scientific evidence has focused on nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-like receptors protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, a specialized inflammatory signaling platform that governs the maturation and secretion of IL-1-like cytokines through the regulation of caspase-1-dependent proteolytic processing...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136326/dna-based-testing-in-lung-transplant-recipients-with-suspected-non-viral-lower-respiratory-tract-infection-a-prospective-observational-study
#18
Nora Drick, Benjamin Seeliger, Mark Greer, Benjamin A Bollmann, Stefan Ziesing, Tobias Welte, Jens Gottlieb
BACKGROUND: Non-viral lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) are common among lung transplant (LTx) recipients with increased mortality. Early pathogen identification is crucial to guide therapy and avoid adverse events. Results from cultures may require up to 72 hours. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay (PCR) may allow faster pathogen identification, but its utility in LTx recipients with suspected non-viral LRTI remains unclear. METHODS: In a prospective open-label observational trial, LTx recipients presenting with suspected LRTI received bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)...
November 14, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135899/new-oxidative-stress-markers-useful-in-the-diagnosis-of-acute-appendicitis-in-children-thiol-disulfide-homeostasis-and-the-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-level
#19
Bahri Elmas, Turan Yildiz, Hayrullah Yazar, Zekeriya İlçe, Ceylan Bal, Betül Özbek, Yusuf Yürümez
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate 2 new oxidative stress markers, thiol/disulfide homeostasis status and the asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) level, in children with acute appendicitis (AA) and to evaluate their diagnostic utility. METHODS: This case-control study included 45 patients with AA and 35 healthy children. Age, sex, white blood cell count, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) level, ultrasonographic findings, thiol/disulfide homeostasis parameters (native and total thiol levels, native thiol/total thiol ratios [antioxidant parameters], and disulfide, disulfide/native thiol, and disulfide/total thiol ratios [oxidant parameters]), and the ADMA level were compared between the 2 groups...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135404/-bilateral-total-lung-lavage-in-a-patient-with-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
#20
Müge Erbay, Yılmaz Bülbül, Funda Öztuna, Mehmet Kılıç, Neslihan Özçelik, Şafak Ersöz
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a rare pulmonary disease characterised by alveolar accumulation of surfactant composed of proteins and lipids. Three main categories of PAP have been defined depending on the aetiology: primer/idiopathic, neonatal/congenital, secondary and exogenous/environmental exposure. Radiologically diffuse ground glass opacities, interlobular and intralobular septal thickening is seen. Although open lung biopsy is accepted as the gold standard in diagnosis, it can be diagnosed by showing bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid with a milky appearance and periodic acid-schiff (PAS) positive globules in biopsy with clinical and radiological findings...
September 2017: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
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