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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918379/nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-children-a-focus-on-bloodstream-infections
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Laila S Al Yazidi, Ben J Marais, Briony Hazelton, Alexander Outhred, Alison Kesson
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous organisms with variable disease-causing potential. Bloodstream infections caused by NTM in children are poorly described. METHODS: We describe a retrospective case series of children with culture-confirmed mycobacterial disease managed at The Children's Hospital at Westmead from July 2005 - June 2015. RESULTS: Sixty-five patients had 149 positive NTM cultures; 55 (83.0%) episodes in 54 patients were considered clinically significant...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918269/prevention-of-hospital-acquired-bloodstream-infections-through-chlorhexidine-gluconate-impregnated-washcloth-bathing-in-intensive-care-units-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomised-crossover-trials
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Elsa Afonso, Koen Blot, Stijn Blot
We assessed the impact of 2% daily patient bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) washcloths on the incidence of hospital-acquired (HA) and central line-associated (CLA) bloodstream infections (BSI) in intensive care units (ICUs). We searched randomised studies in Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library (CENTRAL) and Web of Science databases up to April 2015. Primary outcomes were total HABSI, central line, and non-central line-associated BSI rates per patient-days. Secondary outcomes included Gram-negative and Gram-positive BSI rates and adverse events...
November 17, 2016: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856070/impact-of-removing-mucosal-barrier-injury-laboratory-confirmed-bloodstream-infections-from-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection-rates-in-the-national-healthcare-safety-network-2014
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Isaac See, Minn M Soe, Lauren Epstein, Jonathan R Edwards, Shelley S Magill, Nicola D Thompson
Central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) event data reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network from 2014, the first year of required use of the mucosal barrier injury laboratory-confirmed bloodstream infection (MBI-LCBI) definition, were analyzed to assess the impact of removing MBI-LCBI events from CLABSI rates. CLABSI rates decreased significantly in some location types after removing MBI-LCBI events, and MBI-LCBI events will be removed from publicly reported CLABSI rates.
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833709/immediate-reconstruction-of-large-full-thickness-segmental-anterior-maxillary-defect-with-bone-transport
#4
Alberto Rocha Pereira, Nuno Montezuma, Luis Oliveira, Miguel Magalhães, José Rosa
Maxillary segmental defects are a reconstructive challenge particularly when the anterior arch is involved. Missing bone, mucosa, and teeth should be replaced; fistulae closure should be guaranteed by bone and mucosa continuity; stable functional occlusion should be achieved; and facial aesthetics restored. These defects resulting from tumor excisions, if left untreated, will cause additional problems related to interposed scar and collapse of lip and nose. Immediate reconstruction should avoid these problems and should be considered when safe tumor-free margins are obtained...
November 2016: Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstruction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814324/outcome-of-pediatric-gastroenterology-outpatients-with-fever-and-central-line
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Thomas Alexander, Julie Blatt, Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Ravi Jhaveri, Meghan Jobson, Katherine Freeman
OBJECTIVE: Although management algorithms for fever and central venous catheters (CVCs) have been implemented for pediatric oncology (PO) patients, management of pediatric outpatients with noncancer diagnoses and CVCs lacks clear protocols. The aim of the study was to assess outcomes for pediatric outpatients with gastrointestinal disorders presenting with fever and CVC. METHODS: Using a microbiology database and emergency department records, we created a database of pediatric gastroenterology (PGI) and PO outpatients with fever and a CVC who presented to our emergency department or clinics from January 2010 through December 2012...
November 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788992/catheter-related-infections-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancies-novel-preventive-and-therapeutic-strategies
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Ramia Zakhour, Anne-Marie Chaftari, Issam I Raad
Central venous catheters are essential for the treatment of patients with haematological malignancies and the recipients of stem-cell transplant. This patient population is, however, at high risk for catheter-related bloodstream infections that can result in substantial morbidity, mortality, and health-care-associated costs. Efficient prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment are essential to providing the best care to these patients. Although confirming the catheter as a source of infection remains challenging, the Infectious Diseases Society of America definition of catheter-related bloodstream infection remains the most precise definition to use in these patients...
November 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777164/upfront-gamma-knife-surgery-for-giant-central-neurocytoma
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Kuan-Pin Chen, Cheng-Chia Lee, Chia-Lin Liao, Tao-Chieh Yang, Tsung-Lang Chiu, Chain-Fa Su
BACKGROUND: In this report, we present the results of using upfront Gamma Knife surgery (GKS) in the management of giant central neurocytoma (CNC) (volume >50 mL) without the initial removal of the tumor mass. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: Two patients underwent GKS for histologically proven CNC. Clinical and imaging studies were performed to evaluate the response to treatment. GKS involved delivery doses of 12 or 13 Gy to the tumor margin at the isodose line of 50%. Tumor response to GKS appeared as early as 4-6 months after GKS, at which point a dramatic reduction in volume was observed...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743023/a-technique-for-re-utilizing-catheter-insertion-sites-in-children-with-difficult-central-venous-access
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S M Johnson, G M Garnett, R K Woo
Maintenance of central venous access in patients with chronic medical conditions such as short bowel syndrome demands forethought and ingenuity. We describe an innovative technique for re-utilizing central venous access sites in patients who have chronic central venous access needs. Records of patients undergoing this technique were reviewed between August 2012 and December 2015. The technique involves "cutting-down" to the sterile fibrous tunnel that naturally forms around tunneled catheters. The fibrous sheath is then isolated and controlled much as would be done for a venous "cut-down...
October 14, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738542/pyoderma-gangrenosum-a-rare-cause-of-cutaneous-ulceration-and-one-easily-misdiagnosed
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Wedad Abdelrahman, Maureen Y Walsh, Susannah E Hoey, Donal O'Kane
Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare inflammatory neutrophilic dermatosis often misdiagnosed. It is uncommon in infants and children accounting for 4% of cases. A one-year-old male in paediatric ICU ventilated for bronchopneumonia was referred with ulcerated areas on his neck and axilla corresponding to sites of recent removal of central and arterial lines. Examination revealed areas of deep ulceration with violaceous undermined borders in keeping with PG. This was supported by a skin biopsy showing a neutrophilic infiltrate in the deeper dermis...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730778/antibiotic-lock-therapy-in-the-era-of-gram-negative-resistance
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Rajeev Soman, Neha Gupta, Mitesh Suthar, Jatin Kothari, Alan Almeida, Anjali Shetty, Camilla Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Central-line-associated blood-stream infection (CLABSI) is a highly consequential nosocomial infection. The most effective management includes the removal of the infected catheter. Retention of the catheter and antibiotic lock therapy (ALT) along with systemic antibiotics may be attempted only if there are unusual extenuating circumstances. CLABSIs due to Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) is more common in our setting and the organisms are often highly resistant. Hence, there is a need to explore the use of novel antimicrobials for catheter lock solutions along with antibiofilm agents...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730581/degradfp-a-system-to-knockdown-gfp-tagged-proteins
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Emmanuel Caussinus, Markus Affolter
Protein depletion by genetic means, in a very general sense including the use of RNA interference [1, 2] or CRISPR/Cas9-based methods, represents a central paradigm of modern biology to study protein functions in vivo. However, acting upstream the proteic level is a limiting factor if the turnover of the target protein is slow or the existing pool of the target protein is important (for instance, in insect embryos, as a consequence of a strong maternal contribution). In order to circumvent these problems, we developed deGradFP [3, 4]...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713509/islanding-the-power-grid-on-the-transmission-level-less-connections-for-more-security
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Mario Mureddu, Guido Caldarelli, Alfonso Damiano, Antonio Scala, Hildegard Meyer-Ortmanns
Islanding is known as a management procedure of the power system that is implemented at the distribution level to preserve sensible loads from outages and to guarantee the continuity in electricity supply, when a high amount of distributed generation occurs. In this paper we study islanding on the level of the transmission grid and shall show that it is a suitable measure to enhance energy security and grid resilience. We consider the German and Italian transmission grids. We remove links either randomly to mimic random failure events, or according to a topological characteristic, their so-called betweenness centrality, to mimic an intentional attack and test whether the resulting fragments are self-sustainable...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694214/dyssynchronous-calcium-removal-in-heart-failure-induced-atrial-remodeling
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F Hohendanner, J DeSantiago, F R Heinzel, L A Blatter
We tested the hypothesis that in atrial myocytes from a rabbit left ventricular heart failure (HF) model, spatial inhomogeneity and temporal dyssynchrony of Ca removal during excitation-contraction coupling together with increased Na/Ca exchange (NCX) activity generate a substrate for proarrhythmic Ca release. Ca removal occurs via Ca reuptake into the sarcoplasmic reticulum and extrusion via NCX exclusively in the cell periphery since rabbit atrial myocytes lack transverse tubules. Ca removal kinetics were assessed by the time constant τ of decay of local peripheral subsarcolemmal (SS) and central (CT) action potential (AP)-induced Ca transients (CaTs) recorded in confocal line scan mode (using Fluo-4)...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27684636/clinical-application-of-prophylactic-ethanol-lock-therapy-in-pediatric-patients-with-intestinal-failure
#14
Sheila L Robbins Tighe
Patients with intestinal failure have an increased risk for catheter-related bloodstream infections that can necessitate central venous line replacement and result in morbidity, prolonged hospitalization, or mortality. For pediatric patients with intestinal failure, the severe loss of intestinal absorptive ability leads to reliance on parenteral nutrition to meet minimal needs required for growth and development. Reliance on parenteral nutrition, in turn, forces dependency on central venous lines. Recent research concentrating on the pediatric population with intestinal failure indicates that prophylactic ethanol lock therapy can reduce the rate of catheter-related bloodstream infections and decrease central venous line removal rates in this high-risk population...
September 2016: Gastroenterology Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669323/optimized-method-for-untargeted-metabolomics-analysis-of-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells
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Amanda L Peterson, Adam K Walker, Erica K Sloan, Darren J Creek
Cancer cells often have dysregulated metabolism, which is largely characterized by the Warburg effect-an increase in glycolytic activity at the expense of oxidative phosphorylation-and increased glutamine utilization. Modern metabolomics tools offer an efficient means to investigate metabolism in cancer cells. Currently, a number of protocols have been described for harvesting adherent cells for metabolomics analysis, but the techniques vary greatly and they lack specificity to particular cancer cell lines with diverse metabolic and structural features...
2016: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27664891/long-term-central-venous-access-in-a-pediatric-leukemia-population
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Aurelia B Fu, Erica I Hodgman, Lorraine S Burkhalter, Rachel Renkes, Tamra Slone, Adam C Alder
BACKGROUND: Central venous access devices (CVADs) play an important role in the management of pediatric oncology patients; unfortunately, they are also associated with potentially serious complication rates. We hypothesized that, despite the significantly different disease courses typical of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myelogenous leukemia, there would be identifiable risk factors for premature CVAD removal. METHODS: We retrospectively studied clinical characteristics and procedure records for all patients admitted with a leukemia diagnosis at our institution from May 2009 to July 2014...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650385/-ultrasound-guided-central-venous-catheterization-syringe-free-approach
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Francisco Matias, Edgar Semedo, Cláudia Carreira, Paula Pereira
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Central venous catheterization of the internal jugular vein is a commonly performed invasive procedure associated with a significant morbidity and even mortality. Ultrasound-guided methods have shown to improve significantly the success of the technique and are recommended by various scientific societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The aim of this report is to describe an innovative ultrasound-guided central line placement of the internal jugular vein...
September 17, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646924/low-angled-peripheral-intravenous-catheter-tip-placement-decreases-phlebitis
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Hidenori Tanabe, Ryoko Murayama, Koichi Yabunaka, Makoto Oe, Toshiaki Takahashi, Chieko Komiyama, Hiromi Sanada
INTRODUCTION: Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) are frequently removed due to phlebitis. We hypothesized that catheters made of polyurethane, which is more flexible than Teflon, would decrease phlebitis, and that flexibility could be estimated by measuring the catheter-tip angle. Ultrasonography in two groups of patients with different catheter types was then used to compare catheter-tip angles and phlebitis. METHODS: Observational studies were carried out at a medical ward in a university hospital...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27610954/perichromosomal-protein-ki67-supports-mitotic-chromosome-architecture
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Masatoshi Takagi, Toyoaki Natsume, Masato T Kanemaki, Naoko Imamoto
Although the condensin complexes and topoisomerase IIα (TopoIIα) are the central players in mitotic chromosome formation, they are insufficient for its completion, and additional factors involved in the process have been extensively sought. In this study, we examined the possibility that Ki67, a perichromosomal protein widely used as a cell proliferation marker, is one such factor. Using a combination of auxin-inducible degron and CRISPR-Cas9-based gene editing technologies, we generated a human HCT116 cell line in which Ki67 is rapidly depleted in a few hours...
October 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27578550/brachiocephalic-vein-for-percutaneous-ultrasound-guided-central-line-positioning-in-children-a-20-month-preliminary-experience-with-109-procedures
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Stefano Avanzini, Leila Mameli, Nicola Disma, Clelia Zanaboni, Andrea Dato, Giovanni Montobbio, Luigi Montagnini, Michela Bevilacqua, Filomena Pierri, Massimo Conte, Loredana Amoroso, Giovanna Pala, Sara Pestarino, Elio Castagnola, Angelo Claudio Molinari, Concetta Micalizzi, Giuseppe Morreale, Girolamo Mattioli, A Pini Prato
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound-guided (USG) cannulation of the brachiocephalic vein (BCV) is gaining worldwide consensus for central venous access in children. This study reports a 20-month experience with this approach in children. METHODS: All patients who underwent percutaneous USG central venous catheter (CVC) positioning in the BCV between August 2013 and March 2015 have been included. Devices inserted during this period were open-ended, either single or double-lumen tunneled CVC...
August 31, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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