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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392739/preanalytical-investigations-of-phlebotomy-methodological-aspects-pitfalls-and-recommendations
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REVIEW
Cristiano Ialongo, Sergio Bernardini
Phlebotomy is often addressed as a crucial process in the pre-analytical phase, in which a large part of laboratory errors take place, but to date there is not yet a consolidated methodological paradigm. Seeking literature, we found 36 suitable investigations issued between 1996 and 2016 (April) dealing with the investigation of pre-analytical factors related to phlebotomy. We found that the largest part of studies had a cohort of healthy volunteers (22/36) or outpatients (11/36), with the former group showing a significantly smaller median sample size (N = 20, IQR: 17...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373772/infection-does-not-increase-long-term-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-severe-alcoholic-hepatitis-treated-with-corticosteroids
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Ashwin D Dhanda, Ashish Sinha, Vicky Hunt, Sarah Saleem, Matthew E Cramp, Peter L Collins
AIM: To determine whether infection in patients with acute severe alcoholic hepatitis (AAH) treated with corticosteroids is associated with increased mortality. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AAH were treated with steroids and recruited to the study. Clinically relevant infections (body temperature > 38 °C or < 36 °C for more than 4 h, ascitic neutrophil count > 0.25 ×10(9)/L, consolidation on chest radiograph or clinically relevant positive microbiological culture of bodily fluid) were recorded prospectively...
March 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370532/sleep-dependent-consolidation-of-face-recognition-and-its-relationship-to-rem-sleep-duration-rem-density-and-stage-2-sleep-spindles
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Elizaveta Solomonova, Philippe Stenstrom, Emilie Schon, Alexandra Duquette, Simon Dubé, Christian O'Reilly, Tore Nielsen
Face recognition is a highly specialized capability that has implicit and explicit memory components. Studies show that learning tasks with facial components are dependent on rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement sleep features, including rapid eye movement sleep density and fast sleep spindles. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between sleep-dependent consolidation of memory for faces and partial rapid eye movement sleep deprivation, rapid eye movement density, and fast and slow non-rapid eye movement sleep spindles...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364428/enhanced-memory-consolidation-via-automatic-sound-stimulation-during-non-rem-sleep
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Miika M Leminen, Jussi Virkkala, Emma Saure, Teemu Paajanen, Phyllis C Zee, Giovanni Santostasi, Christer Hublin, Kiti Müller, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen, Minna Huotilainen, Tiina Paunio
Introduction: Slow-wave sleep (SWS) slow waves and sleep spindle activity have been shown to be crucial for memory consolidation. Recently, memory consolidation has been causally facilitated in human participants via auditory stimuli phase-locked to SWS slow waves. Aims: Here, we aimed to develop a new acoustic stimulus protocol to facilitate learning and to validate it using different memory tasks. Most importantly, the stimulation setup was automated to be applicable for ambulatory home use...
March 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337445/rapid-chondrocyte-isolation-for-tissue-engineering-applications-the-effect-of-enzyme-concentration-and-temporal-exposure-on-the-matrix-forming-capacity-of-nasal-derived-chondrocytes
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Srujana Vedicherla, Conor Timothy Buckley
Laboratory based processing and expansion to yield adequate cell numbers had been the standard in Autologous Disc Chondrocyte Transplantation (ADCT), Allogeneic Juvenile Chondrocyte Implantation (NuQu®), and Matrix-Induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI). Optimizing cell isolation is a key challenge in terms of obtaining adequate cell numbers while maintaining a vibrant cell population capable of subsequent proliferation and matrix elaboration. However, typical cell yields from a cartilage digest are highly variable between donors and based on user competency...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330138/vdap-gui-a-user-friendly-pipeline-for-variant-discovery-and-annotation-of-raw-next-generation-sequencing-data
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Ramesh Menon, Namrata V Patel, Amitbikram Mohapatra, Chaitanya G Joshi
Even though next-generation sequencing (NGS) has become an invaluable tool in molecular biology, several laboratories with NGS facilities lack trained Bioinformaticians for data analysis. Here, focusing on the variant detection application of NGS analysis, we have developed a fully automated pipeline, namely Variant Discovery and Annotation Tool-Graphical User Interface (VDAP-GUI), which detects and annotates single nucleotide polymorphisms and insertions/deletions from raw sequence reads. VDAP-GUI consolidates several proven methods in each step such as quality control, trimming, mapping, variant detection and annotation...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329381/the-effects-of-an-afternoon-nap-on-episodic-memory-in-young-and-older-adults-napping-and-aging
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Michael K Scullin, Jacqueline Fairley, Michael J Decker, Donald L Bliwise
Study Objectives: In young adults, napping is hypothesized to benefit episodic memory retention (e.g., via consolidation). Whether this relationship is present in older adults has not been adequately tested, but is an important question because older adults display marked changes in sleep and memory. Design: Between-subjects design. Setting: Sleep laboratory at Emory University School of Medicine. Participants: 50 healthy young adults (18-29) and 45 community dwelling older adults (58-83)...
March 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317515/howard-wilcox-haggard-and-the-institutionalization-of-modern-alcohol-studies
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Nicholas Allred, William Bejarano, Judit Ward
OBJECTIVE: This biographical sketch and accompanying bibliography provide a new look at Howard Wilcox Haggard, M.D., Ph.D., whose career highlights the consolidation of alcohol studies as a field in twentieth-century America. METHOD: The article relies in large part on the works of Haggard assembled for the bibliography project, supplemented by published and unpublished documents and records from collections at Rutgers University. RESULTS: Haggard began his career in respiratory physiology, influenced by his work on chemical weapons for the Army during the First World War...
March 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306733/hypervirulent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-strain-triggers-necrotic-lung-pathology-associated-with-enhanced-recruitment-of-neutrophils-in-resistant-c57bl-6-mice
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Fabrício M Almeida, Thatiana L B Ventura, Eduardo P Amaral, Simone C M Ribeiro, Sanderson D Calixto, Marcelle R Manhães, Andreza L Rezende, Giliane S Souzal, Igor S de Carvalho, Elisangela C Silva, Juliana Azevedo da Silva, Eulógio C Q Carvalho, Afranio L Kritski, Elena B Lasunskaia
Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that in most cases induces irreversible necrosis of lung tissue as a result of excessive inflammatory reactions. The murine model of TB in resistant C57BL/6 mice infected with reference Mtb strains is widely used in TB studies; however, these mice do not show a necrotic pathology, which restricts their use in studies of irreversible tissue damage. Recently, we demonstrated that necrotic lung lesions could be induced in the C57BL/6 mice by highly virulent Mtb strains belonging to the modern Beijing sublineage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301387/antibody-mediated-rejection-in-heart-transplantation-new-developments-and-old-uncertainties
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Valentina Manfredini, Ornella Leone, Valentina Agostini, Luciano Potena
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) currently represents one of the main problems for clinical management of heart transplant because of its diagnostic complexity and poor evidences supporting treatments. RECENT FINDINGS: Disorder-based diagnosis is a cornerstone in defining AMR. The limitations of the current classification have been partially overcome by novel studies improving the description of the immune-pathological graft abnormalities, and by new molecular approaches allowing a better understanding of the mechanisms behind AMR and of its relationship with cellular rejection and chronic vasculopathy...
March 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270346/molecular-and-hematologic-relapses-in-adult-patients-with-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-a-cohort-study
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Ilana de França Azevedo, Michelline Gomes Magalhães, Fernanda Ribeiro Souto, Washington Batista das Neves, Fárida Coeli de Barros Correia Melo, Eduardo Magalhães Rego, Raul Antônio Morais Melo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate factors predictive for relapse in a cohort of adult patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia monitored by molecular methods during consolidation and during at least one month of maintenance therapy. METHODS: The charts and laboratory data of 65 adult patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia treated according to the International Consortium on Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia 2006 protocol were reviewed. The identification of the promyelocytic leukemia-retinoic acid receptor-alpha gene rearrangement at diagnosis, post-induction, post-consolidation and during maintenance treatment was performed by qualitative and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270104/clinical-features-of-community-acquired-adenovirus-pneumonia-during-the-2011-community-outbreak-in-southern-taiwan-role-of-host-immune-response
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Ching-Fen Shen, Shih-Min Wang, Tzong-Shiann Ho, Ching-Chuan Liu
BACKGROUND: Human adenovirus 7 (HAdV-7) was responsible for a significant number of fatalities during the 2011 community outbreak in Taiwan. The mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of severe adenovirus infections in non-immunocompromised individuals remain unclear. Adenovirus pneumonia was associated with pleural effusion in a number of patients from the 2011 outbreak suggesting that similar to bacterial pneumonia, patients diagnosed with adenovirus pneumonia who have pleural effusion are more severely and systemically infected, and may have a more protracted disease course...
March 7, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261498/tomographic-aspects-of-advanced-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis-and-evaluation-of-sequelae-following-treatment
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Rafael Barcelos Capone, Domenico Capone, Thiago Mafort, Roberto Mogami, Rosana de Souza Rodrigues, Miriam Menna Barreto, Rogerio Rufino
Objectives. To evaluate tomographic changes in pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), degree of agreement among three radiologists regarding tomographic diagnoses, and sequelae following treatment. Methods. Cross-sectional and descriptive study of 74 TB patients confirmed by sputum culture and chest computed tomography before (CT1) and 6 months after (CT2) drug therapy. Results were performed by three radiologists blinded to clinical and laboratory results. Results. Main findings in CT1 included nodules indicating the presence of a tree-in-bud pattern in 93% of cases, ill-defined nodules in 84% of cases, consolidation in 77% of cases, architectural distortion in 71% of cases, cavitary lesions in 62% of cases, and ground glass opacities in 37% of cases...
2017: Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165489/the-interrelated-effect-of-sleep-and-learning-in-dogs-canis-familiaris-an-eeg-and-behavioural-study
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Anna Kis, Sára Szakadát, Márta Gácsi, Enikő Kovács, Péter Simor, Csenge Török, Ferenc Gombos, Róbert Bódizs, József Topál
The active role of sleep in memory consolidation is still debated, and due to a large between-species variation, the investigation of a wide range of different animal species (besides humans and laboratory rodents) is necessary. The present study applied a fully non-invasive methodology to study sleep and memory in domestic dogs, a species proven to be a good model of human awake behaviours. Polysomnography recordings performed following a command learning task provide evidence that learning has an effect on dogs' sleep EEG spectrum...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121776/collaborative-public-health-investigation-of-clenbuterol-adulterated-heroin-outbreak-richmond-virginia-march-april-2015
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Brigette Gleason, Angela West, Danny Avula, Okey Utah, Marshall Vogt, Kirk Cumpston, Michael Kelly, Paul Brasler, Shane Wyatt, Laurie Forlano
CONTEXT: In March 2015, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) was alerted by the Virginia Poison Center of a 6-patient cluster treated for severe clinical presentations after using heroin. Patients' symptoms were atypical for heroin use, and concern existed that patients were exposed to heroin that had been adulterated with or replaced by another substance. OBJECTIVE: To understand the extent and characterization of the outbreak and implement response measures to prevent further cases...
March 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119127/antagonizing-the-different-stages-of-kappa-opioid-receptor-activation-selectively-and-independently-attenuates-acquisition-and-consolidation-of-associative-memories
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Ryan Loh, Lily Chau, Ali Aijaz, Kevin Wu, Roberto Galvez
Previous work from our laboratory has shown that nonspecific kappa opioid receptor (KOR) antagonism in primary somatosensory cortex (S1) can inhibit acquisition for the forebrain-dependent associative task, Whisker-Trace Eyeblink conditioning (WTEB). Although studies have demonstrated that KOR activation can alter stimuli salience, our studies controlled for these factors, demonstrating that KOR also plays a role in facilitating learning. KOR has two distinct phases of activation followed by internalization/downregulation, that each independently activate kinases and transcription factors known to mediate task acquisition and memory consolidation respectively...
April 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115369/angioimmunoblastic-t-cell-lymphoma-the-many-faced-lymphoma
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REVIEW
Matthew A Lunning, Julie M Vose
Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is an uncommon subtype of mature peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). The history of AITL is much longer and deeper than the literature would suggest given the many names that have preceded it. Advanced-stage disease is common with uncharacteristic laboratory and autoimmune findings that often slow or mask the diagnosis. Significant strides in the immunohistochemical and molecular signature of AITL have brought increased ability to diagnose this uncommon type of PTCL...
March 2, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114362/clinical-features-and-courses-of-adenovirus-pneumonia-in-healthy-young-adults-during-an-outbreak-among-korean-military-personnel
#18
Ji Young Park, Bong-Joon Kim, Eun Jung Lee, Kwi Sung Park, Hee Sun Park, Sung Soo Jung, Ju Ock Kim
BACKGROUND: The number of pneumonia patients increased suddenly in Korean military hospitals in late December 2014, indicating the urgent need for an epidemic outbreak investigation. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of pneumonia etiology among immunocompetent young adults admitted to Daejeon Armed Forces hospital. Patient blood and sputum samples were subjected to conventional culture, serology, and polymerase chain reaction tests for respiratory viruses and atypical pathogens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100279/severe-community-acquired-adenovirus-pneumonia-treated-with-oral-ribavirin-a-case-report
#19
Byung Woo Yoon, Yong Geon Song, Seung Hyeun Lee
BACKGROUND: Adenovirus is a common pathogen of acute upper respiratory infection in children and is generally self-limiting. Severe adenovirus infections have been reported in immunocompromised hosts especially bone marrow transplantation recipients due to hematologic malignancy. Severe adenovirus pneumonia in immunocompetent hosts has rarely been reported and optimal treatment has not been established. We report a case of community-acquired severe adenovirus pneumonia which was successfully treated with early administration of oral ribavirin...
January 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079811/routine-application-of-lung-ultrasonography-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Shui-Wen Chen, Wei Fu, Jing Liu, Yan Wang
The aim of this study was to study the features of lung ultrasonography (LUS) in lung disease and to evaluate the usefulness of LUS in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).All of 3405 neonates included in this study underwent an LUS examination. Diagnoses were based on medical history, clinical manifestation, laboratory examination, and signs on chest radiography (CR) and/or computed tomography (CT). A single expert physician performed all LUS examinations.There were 2658 cases (78.9%) with lung disease and 747 cases (21...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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