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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027750/a-simple-and-robust-method-for-culturing-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-an-undifferentiated-state-using-botulinum-haemagglutinin
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Mee-Hae Kim, Yoshifumi Matsubara, Yukako Fujinaga, Masahiro Kino-Oka
Clinical and industrial applications of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been hindered by the lack of robust culture strategies capable of sustaining a culture in an undifferentiated state. Here, we developed a simple and robust hiPSC-culture-propagation strategy incorporating botulinum haemagglutinin (HA)-mediated selective removal of cells deviating from an undifferentiated state. After HA treatment, cell-cell adhesion was disrupted, and deviated cells detached from the central region of the colony to subsequently form tight monolayer colonies following prolonged incubation...
October 13, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978116/modulation-of-dkk-3-and-claudin-5-as-new-therapeutic-strategy-in-the-treatment-of-meningiomas
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Maria Caffo, Emanuela Esposito, Valeria Barresi, Gerardo Caruso, Salvatore M Cardali, Mariagrazia Rinaldi, Raffaella Mallamace, Michela Campolo, Giovanna Casili, Alfredo Conti, Antonino Germanò, Salvatore Cuzzocrea, Letteria Minutoli
Meningiomas are the most common tumors of the central nervous system, where the incidence is around 25% of all primary brain tumors. The optimal treatment is represented by total resection accompanied by the removal of the dura mater and bone when infiltrated by the tumor. The histological grading is the most important prognostic factor in the outcome. However, recurrences do occur in a significant proportion (10-25%) of cases, representing the most relevant clinical complication. Molecular therapies are providing to give different opportunities in the development of new treatments...
September 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28966069/biotimer-assay-a-reliable-and-rapid-method-for-the-evaluation-of-central-venous-catheter-microbial-colonization
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Luigi Rosa, Antimo Cutone, Monica Coletti, Maria Stefania Lepanto, Mellani Scotti, Piera Valenti, Giammarco Raponi, Maria Cristina Ghezzi, Francesca Berlutti
Adherent bacteria and biofilm frequently colonize central venous catheters (CVCs). CVC colonization is correlated to infections and particularly to bloodstream ones. The classical microbiological methods to determine of CVC colonization are not fully reliable and are time-consuming. BioTimer Assay (BTA) is a biological method already used to count bacteria adherent to abiotic surfaces and biofilm without sample manipulation. BTA employs specific reagents whose color changed according to bacterial metabolism...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956014/development-of-a-primary-microglia-screening-assay-and-its-use-to-characterize-inhibition-of-system-xc-by-erastin-and-its-analogs
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Mariana Figuera-Losada, Ajit G Thomas, Marigo Stathis, Brent R Stockwell, Camilo Rojas, Barbara S Slusher
The inflammatory response in the central nervous system involves activated microglia. Under normal conditions they remove damaged neurons by phagocytosis. On the other hand, neurodegenerative diseases are thought to involve chronic microglia activation resulting in release of excess glutamate, proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species, leading to neuronal death. System xC(-) cystine/glutamate antiporter (SXC), a sodium independent heterodimeric transporter found in microglia and astrocytes in the CNS, imports cystine into the cell and exports glutamate...
March 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948347/central-venous-catheter-salvage-in-children-with-staphylococcus-aureus-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection
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Kristine S Corkum, Rachel E Jones, Caroline H Reuter, Larry K Kociolek, Elaine Morgan, Timothy B Lautz
BACKGROUND: Prompt central venous catheter (CVC) removal is currently recommended in children with Staphylococcus aureus central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). Our objective was to examine the outcome of attempted line salvage in children with S. aureus CLABSI and assess predictors of success. METHODS: A single-institution, retrospective cohort study was performed of all children with S. aureus CLABSI between 2012 and 2015. Patients with and without immediate CVC removal (≤ 2 days after first positive culture) were compared...
September 25, 2017: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918617/right-ventricular-thrombosis-combined-with-fetal-death-and-acrocyanosis-in-pregnancy
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Feridoun Sabzi, Aghigh Heidari
Prepartum or postpartum right ventricular thrombosis (RVT) is an exceedingly rare and potentially lethal phenomenon in pregnancy. We here report a case of a pregnant patient with near term pregnancy admitted for dyspnea, amniotic fluids discharge and labor pain in a gynecology center that an eight-month dead fetus was diagnosed and delivered vaginally by induction. A post delivery period was complicated by aggravation of her dyspnea and pleuritic chest pain that she referred for further evaluation in our cardiac center...
July 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917411/accelerated-15%C3%A2-mw-pulsed-light-crosslinking-to-treat-progressive-keratoconus-two-year-clinical-results
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Cosimo Mazzotta, Stefano Baiocchi, Simone Alex Bagaglia, Mario Fruschelli, Alessandro Meduri, Miguel Rechichi
PURPOSE: To assess the clinical and microstructural results of accelerated 15 mW pulsed-light corneal crosslinking (CXL) to treat progressive keratoconus. SETTING: Siena Crosslinking Center, Siena, Italy. DESIGN: Prospective case series. METHODS: After epithelium removal (with Epi-Clear) and 10 minutes stromal soaking with riboflavin 0.1% hydroxypropyl methylcellulose solution, all eyes had 15 mW/cm(2) pulsed-light epithelium-off accelerated CXL for 6 minutes of ultraviolet-A (UVA) irradiation (1 second on/1 second off), maintaining a total UVA exposure of 12 minutes at a fluence of 5...
August 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912948/outbreak-of-fusarium-oxysporum-infections-in-children-with-cancer-an-experience-with-7-episodes-of-catheter-related-fungemia
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Fabianne Carlesse, Anna-Paula C Amaral, Sarah S Gonçalves, Hemilio Xafranski, Maria-Lucia M Lee, Victor Zecchin, Antonio S Petrilli, Abdullah M Al-Hatmi, Ferry Hagen, Jacques F Meis, Arnaldo L Colombo
BACKGROUND: Fusarium species are widely spread in nature as plant pathogens but are also able to cause opportunistic fungal infections in humans. We report a cluster of Fusarium oxysporum bloodstream infections in a single pediatric cancer center. METHODS: All clinical and epidemiological data related to an outbreak involving seven cases of fungemia by Fusarium oxysporum during October 2013 and February 2014 were analysed. All cultured isolates (n = 14) were identified to species level by sequencing of the TEF1 and RPB2 genes...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899488/investigating-the-structural-and-functional-features-of-representative-recombinants-of-chondroitinase-abc-i
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Khadijeh Moradi, Seyedeh Akram Shirdel, Masoumeh Shamsi, Vahab Jafarian, Khosrow Khalifeh
Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycans (CSPGs) are the main inhibitors for axon regeneration after damaging of Central Nervous System (CNS). Chondroitinase ABC I (cABC I) can degrade CSPGs by removing chondroitin and dermatan sulfate side chains from proteoglycans. Hence, it may be considered as an attractive candidate in biomedicine. For practical applications of this enzyme, increasing the effective circulating level and reducing the number and volume of injections for patients is one of the main concerns which is directly related to conformational stability and catalytic efficiency of the enzyme...
December 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866629/strategies-to-reduce-line-infections-in-a-small-child-with-homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-who-cannot-yet-receive-ldl-apheresis
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Misan Lee, Janet Barr, Stewart Kribs, Guido Filler
Patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia are optimally treated with low-density lipoprotein apheresis. Young patients who do not meet a weight threshold (25 kg) receive regular plasmapheresis. This approach may remove excessive immunoglobulins and vascular access set-up can be challenging. We report the case of a 4 year-old child who exhibited repeated septic infections (5 in 6 months) and had recurrent access issues before two interventions were implemented: (1) the percutaneous central venous line was modified to two implanted paediatric ports, and (2) the patient started receiving two bags of Octaplasma at the end of each plasmapheresis treatment to account for the excessive loss of immunoglobulins...
September 1, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854516/risk-of-morbidity-following-catheter-removal-among-neonates-with-catheter-associated-bloodstream-infection
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J S Garland, S Kanneberg, K A Mayr, D M Porter, A Vanden Heuvel, T L McAuliffe
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that infectious morbidities following percutaneously inserted central venous catheter (PICC) removal would be greater among neonates with central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLBASI). STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective cohort study, included all neonates who required a PICC over a ten-year period. Outcomes assessed following PICC removal included: late bloodstream infection, rule-out sepsis workups, need for a subsequent PICC and antibiotic days and PICC days after PICC removal...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851322/portable-oct-assisted-surgical-treatment-of-intracorneal-pre-descemet-epithelial-cyst-a-case-report
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Sang Woo Kim, Eung Kweon Kim
BACKGROUND: Intracorneal epithelial cysts are a rare clinical condition that can occur anywhere in the corneal tissue; however, they appear most commonly in the stroma. They are sometimes challenging to treat because of their location, depth, and visual outcomes. Herein, we report a pre-Descemet epithelial cyst that was successfully treated surgically, with guidance from Fourier-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT). CASE PRESENTATION: This interventional case report presents a patient with gradually decreasing vision caused by a pre-Descemet epithelial cyst...
August 29, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838302/integrating-mhealth-at-point-of-care-in-low-and-middle-income-settings-the-system-perspective
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Lee Wallis, Paul Blessing, Mohammed Dalwai, Sang Do Shin
While the field represents a wide spectrum of products and services, many aspects of mHealth have great promise within resource-poor settings: there is an extensive range of cheap, widely available tools which can be used at the point of care delivery. However, there are a number of conditions which need to be met if such solutions are to be adequately integrated into existing health systems; we consider these from regulatory, technological and user perspectives. We explore the need for an appropriate legislative and regulatory framework, to avoid 'work around' solutions, which threaten patient confidentiality (such as the extensive use of instant messaging services to deliver sensitive clinical information and seek diagnostic and management advice)...
June 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836932/a-better-journey-for-patients-a-better-deal-for-the-nhs-the-successful-implementation-of-an-enhanced-recovery-program-after-renal-transplant-surgery
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Ahmed Halawa, Stephen Rowe, Fleur Roberts, Chidambaram Nathan, Ahmed Hassan, Avneesh Kumar, Branislav Suvakov, Ben Edwards, Cavin Gray
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to apply the principles of enhanced recovery in renal transplant recipients and to assess the changes in the quality of patient care and patient satisfaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our study included 286 consecutive renal transplant patients. Of these, 135 patients went through the enhanced recovery program and 151 patients had traditional recovery. Patient education and discharge planning were commenced on admission. For enhanced recovery, prolonged preoperative fasting was avoided by carbohydrate loading...
August 24, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780309/clinical-and-microbiological-characteristics-of-pantoea-agglomerans-infection-in-children
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Ayşe Büyükcam, Özlem Tuncer, Deniz Gür, Banu Sancak, Mehmet Ceyhan, Ali Bülent Cengiz, Ateş Kara
Pantoea agglomerans is an environmental Gram-negative bacterium that rarely is responsible for the infections in humans but it is often a causative factor of a number of occupational diseases. This study evaluated the clinical and microbiological characteristics and pathogenicity of P. agglomerans in children. We retrospectively reviewed microbiological test results for all children (1 month old to 18 years old) who were admitted to our pediatric hospital between January 2000 to June 2015 and had positive clinical specimen cultures for P...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770366/management-of-pregnancy-related-issues-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-the-need-for-an-interdisciplinary-approach
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Maria Pia Amato, Antonio Bertolotto, Roberto Brunelli, Paola Cavalla, Benedetta Goretti, Maria Giovanna Marrosu, Francesco Patti, Carlo Pozzilli, Leandro Provinciali, Nicola Rizzo, Nicola Strobelt, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Maria Trojano, Giancarlo Comi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating and neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system (CNS), most probably autoimmune in origin, usually occurring in young adults with a female/male prevalence of approximately 3:1. Women with MS in the reproductive age may face challenging issues in reconciling the desire for parenthood with their condition, owing to the possible influence both on the ongoing or planned treatment with the possible consequences on the disease course and on the potential negative effects of treatments on foetal and pregnancy outcomes...
August 2, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762352/a-comparative-study-to-associate-the-presence-of-neonatal-line-in-deciduous-teeth-of-infants-with-the-occurrence-of-live-birth
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Shruti Srinivasan, Prashanth Sadashiva Murthy, Seema Deshmukh, N M Shamsundar
CONTEXT: The prominent striae of retzius corresponding to the occurrence of live birth is known as the neonatal line (NNL). The very presence of this line indicates the exposure of the infant to the stressful event of birth. AIMS: The study was aimed at locating the NNL in the developing primary teeth of the neonate and associating the presence of NNL to the occurrence of live birth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The donated bodies of the neonates were taken, and a surgical incision was made along the crest of the alveolar ridge in the maxillary anterior region, enabling the careful removal of the tooth germs from within the jaw segment...
July 2017: Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752005/ultrasound-guided-cannulation-of-the-brachiocephalic-vein-in-infants-and-children-is-useful-and-stable
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Mark E Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Ultrasound-guided (USG) cannulation of the brachiocephalic vein (BCV) has been shown to be technically easy. We hypothesised that adoption of USG in-plane cannulation of the BCV as the primary approach to central venous cannulation at our institution would lead to central venous cannulation for a greater variety of indications. METHODS: We performed retrospective, descriptive comparison of all central lines placed in patients aged <16 years who underwent any surgical operation during calendar years 2012-2014 at a small, free-standing children's hospital...
June 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746169/traditional-long-term-central-venous-catheters-versus-transhepatic-venous-catheters-in-infants-and-young-children
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Amanda Marie Marshall, David A Danford, Christopher L Curzon, Venus Anderson, Jeffrey W Delaney
OBJECTIVES: Children with congenital heart disease may require long-term central venous access for intensive care management; however, central venous access must also be preserved for future surgical and catheterization procedures. Transhepatic venous catheters may be an useful alternative. The objective of this study was to compare transhepatic venous catheters with traditional central venous catheters regarding complication rate and duration of catheter service. DESIGN: Retrospective review of 12 congenital heart disease patients from September 2013 to July 2015 who underwent placement of one or more transhepatic venous catheters...
July 25, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721474/single-stick-tunneled-central-venous-access-using-the-jugular-veins-in-infants-weighing-less-than-5%C3%A2-kg
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Will S Lindquester, C Matthew Hawkins, Eric J Monroe, Anne E Gill, Giridhar M Shivaram, F Glen Seidel, Matthew P Lungren
BACKGROUND: Despite the demonstrated feasibility of the single-stick technique in the femoral vein, its use in neonates and infants for placing central lines in internal and external jugular veins has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: Describe and assess the safety and efficacy of tunneled jugular central venous catheter placement performed under ultrasound (US) and fluoroscopic guidance in neonates and infants weighing <5 kg using the single-stick technique at three tertiary pediatric hospitals...
July 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
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