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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528541/melanoma-frequency-among-symmetrical-spitzoid-looking-lesions-a-retrospective-study
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Claudia Costa, Matteo Megna, Milena Cappello, Maddalena Napolitano, Giuseppe Monfrecola, Massimiliano Scalvenzi
BACKGROUND: Many efforts have been spent attempting to define clinical, histopathological and molecular markers for differential diagnosis of Spitz nevus and melanoma. Dermoscopy has been widely used but it may be not always sufficient. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed evaluating Spitzoid-looking lesions showing symmetry at clinical and dermoscopic examination in patients ≥ 12 years attending our Clinic from 2004 to 2014. Demographic, clinical and dermoscopic data were assessed for each lesion in order to highlight the most common characteristics which could help the differential diagnosis between Spitz nevus and melanoma when clinical or dermoscopic asymmetry is lacking...
May 16, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528535/campylobacter-infections-a-significant-issue-of-veterinary-urban-hygiene-dog%C3%A2-related-risk-factors
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Filomena Iannino, Guido Di Donato, Enzo Ruggieri, Stefania Salucci, Fabrizio De Massis, Elisabetta Di Giannatale
Campylobacter spp. are ubiquitous bacteria and campylobacteriosis is the most frequently reported zoonotic disease in humans in Europe, since 2005. Handling or consuming contaminated/undercooked meat (especially poultry) are the most important sources of human campylobacteriosis. However, in recent years, the role of dogs as a source of infection for humans has been amply demonstrated. Approximately 6% of human campylobacteriosis cases are due to contact with pets. This review analyses the current literature related to risk factors at the dog-human interface...
March 3, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528528/ustekinumab-a-review-in-moderate-to-severe-crohn-s-disease
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Yvette N Lamb, Sean T Duggan
Ustekinumab (Stelara(®)) has been recently approved in the EU and the USA as intravenous induction and subcutaneous maintenance therapy for adult patients with moderately to severely active Crohn's disease who have failed or were intolerant to treatment with immunomodulators, corticosteroids or at least one tumour necrosis factor (TNF) antagonist. Ustekinumab, a monoclonal antibody to the shared p40 subunit of the proinflammatory interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 cytokines, has a unique mechanism of action distinct from that of TNF antagonists...
May 20, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528527/health-literacy-and-associated-factors-among-hmong-american-immigrants-addressing-the-health-disparities
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Belle P Khuu, Hee Y Lee, Anne Q Zhou
Hmong Americans face a disproportionate health burden ranging from the high prevalence of diabetes to depressive disorders. Little research attention has been paid toward exploring contributing factors to this disparity. As such, the present study seeks to fill the gap in the literature by examining the health literacy levels in Hmong Americans and its associated factors. The present study employed Andersen's behavioral model of health service as the theoretical framework. A cross-sectional survey research design was used and information was gathered from 168 Hmong American immigrants...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528521/myeloid-populations-in-systemic-autoimmune-diseases
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María Morell, Nieves Varela, Concepción Marañón
Systemic autoimmune diseases (SADs) encompass a wide spectrum of clinical signs as a reflection of their complex physiopathology. A variety of mechanisms related with the innate immune system are in the origin of the loss of self-tolerance in these diseases, and for most of them, the myeloid leukocytes are key actors. Monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, and neutrophils are first-line immune effectors located in the interface between innate and adaptive immunity. They are crucial in the organization of the local and systemic responses to damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) and determine the intensity, orientation, and duration of the local immune response through the expression of chemokines, costimulatory or protolerogenic factors...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528519/il-6-blockade-in-the-management-of-non-infectious-uveitis
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Giuseppe Lopalco, Claudia Fabiani, Jurgen Sota, Orso Maria Lucherini, Gian Marco Tosi, Bruno Frediani, Florenzo Iannone, Mauro Galeazzi, Rossella Franceschini, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Several pathogenetic studies have paved the way for a newer more rational therapeutic approach to non-infectious uveitis, and treatment of different forms of immune-driven uveitis has drastically evolved in recent years after the advent of biotechnological drugs. Tumor necrosis factor-α targeted therapies, the first-line recommended biologics in uveitis, have certainly led to remarkable results in patients with non-infectious uveitis. Nevertheless, the decision-making process turns out to be extremely difficult in anti-tumor necrosis factor or multidrug-resistant cases...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528514/tissue-metabolism-and-the-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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REVIEW
Jordi M Lanis, Daniel J Kao, Erica E Alexeev, Sean P Colgan
The intestinal mucosa provides a selective barrier between the anaerobic lumen and a highly metabolic lamina propria. A number of recent studies indicate that acute inflammation of the mucosa can result in tissue hypoxia and associated shifts in tissue metabolism. The activation of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) under these conditions has been demonstrated to function as an endogenous molecular cue to promote resolution of inflammation, particularly through the orchestration of barrier repair toward homeostasis...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528511/met-overexpression-and-gene-amplification-prevalence-clinico-pathological-characteristics-and-prognostic-significance-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-surgically-resected-nsclc
#8
William Sterlacci, Michael Fiegl, Mathias Gugger, Lukas Bubendorf, Spasenija Savic, Alexandar Tzankov
The prevalence of overexpression and amplification of the proto-oncogene mesenchymal epithelial transition (MET) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) varies greatly in the literature. Since MET is a potential treatment target, knowledge of its prevalence and prognostic importance is crucial. We investigated MET expression and gene status in 735 NSCLC cases using tissue microarrays. Prognostic significance as well as correlations with various clinico-pathological parameters were evaluated. The prevalence of MET overexpression was 17% and MET amplification was present in 2...
May 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528507/mertk-does-not-mediate-phagocytosis-of-staphylococcus-aureus-but-attenuates-inflammation-induced-by-staphylococcal-lipoteichoic-acid-through-blocking-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Bing Zhang, Huimei Wu, Lei Fang, Peishan Ding, Ke Xu, Qingbin Yang, Rongyu Liu
Mer receptor tyrosine kinase (MerTK) expressed in macrophages is essential for phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. Here, we investigate whether MerTK is involved in the phagocytosis of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and regulation of staphylococcal lipoteichoic acid (LTA)-induced inflammatory response in macrophages. We found that stimulating RAW264.7 macrophages with S. aureus activated multiple signaling pathways including toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2), scavenger receptor A (SR-A), and MerTK. Meanwhile, S. aureus stimulation also induced activation of proteins focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and Rac1, which are related to phagocytosis...
May 20, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528502/influence-of-amendments-on-cd-and-zn-uptake-and-accumulation-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-in-contaminated-soil
#10
Patompong Saengwilai, Weeradej Meeinkuirt, John Pichtel, Preeyaporn Koedrith
Cadmium is a toxic metallic element that poses serious human health risks via consumption of contaminated agricultural products. The effect of mixtures of dicalcium phosphate and organic amendments, namely cow manure (MD) and leonardite (LD), on Cd and Zn uptake of three rice cultivars (KDML105, KD53, and PSL2) was examined in mesocosm experiments. Plant growth, Cd and Zn accumulation, and physicochemical properties of the test soils were investigated before and after plant harvest. Amendment application was found to improve soil physicochemical properties; in particular, soil organic matter content and nutrient (N, P, K, Ca, and Mg) concentrations increased significantly...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528501/salicylic-acid-determination-in-estuarine-and-riverine-waters-using-hollow-fiber-liquid-phase-microextraction-and-capillary-zone-electrophoresis
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Gilmar Silvério da Silva, Diana L D Lima, Valdemar Inocêncio Esteves
A low-cost methodology using hollow fiber liquid-phase microextraction (HF-LPME) and capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with UV-Vis detector was developed to analyze the salicylic acid (SA) in estuarine and riverine waters. The technique is easy-to-use and rapid, and demands little volume of organic solvent. The extraction was carried out using a polypropylene membrane supporting into octan-1-ol. HF-LPME under optimized conditions (donor solution sample pH 2, acceptor solution pH 14, sample volume 25 mL, fiber length 10 cm, acceptor volume 25 μL, extraction time 3 h and stirring speed 350 rpm) presented high enrichment factor (407 times) and good recovery in real water samples (from 88 to 110%)...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528500/using-poly-glutamic-acid-as-soil-washing-agent-to-remediate-heavy-metal-contaminated-soils
#12
Zong-Han Yang, Cheng-Di Dong, Chiu-Wen Chen, Yih-Terng Sheu, Chih-Ming Kao
The extraction efficiency of heavy metals from soils using three forms of gamma poly-glutamic acid (γ-PGA) as the washing agents was investigated. Controlling factors including agent concentrations, extraction time, pH, and liquid to soil ratio were evaluated to determine the optimum operational conditions. The distribution of heavy metal species in soils before and after extraction processes was analyzed. Up to 46 and 74% of heavy metal removal efficiencies were achieved with one round and a sequential extraction process using H-bonding form of γ-PGA (200 mM) with washing time of 40 min, liquid to solid ratio of 10 to 1, and pH of 6...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528495/dairy-farm-demographics-and-management-factors-that-played-a-role-in-the-re-emergence-of-brucellosis-on-dairy-cattle-farms-in-fiji
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Andrew Tukana, B Gummow
Little is published on risk factors associated with bovine brucellosis in Pacific island communities. The 2009 re-emergence of bovine brucellosis in Fiji enabled us to do an interview-based questionnaire survey of 81 farms in the Wainivesi locality of the Tailevu province on the main island of Fiji to investigate what risk factors could have played a role in the re-emergence of the disease. The survey was conducted on 68 farms that had no positive cases of bovine brucellosis and on 13 farms in the same area where cattle had returned a positive result to the Brucella Rose Bengal test...
May 20, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528493/clinical-investigation-of-chronic-subdural-hematoma-with-impending-brain-herniation-on-arrival
#14
Hiroaki Matsumoto, Hiroaki Hanayama, Takashi Okada, Yasuo Sakurai, Hiroaki Minami, Atsushi Masuda, Shogo Tominaga, Katsuya Miyaji, Ikuya Yamaura, Yasuhisa Yoshida
Chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) with brain herniation signs is rarely seen in the emergent department. As such, there are few cumulative data to analyze such cases. In this study, we evaluated the clinical features, risk factors, and rates of completion with impending brain herniation on arrival in a cohort study. We analyzed 492 consecutive patients with CSDH between January 2010 and October 2015. First, we analyzed the clinical factors and compared them between patients with or without brain herniation signs on admission...
May 20, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528487/role-of-medicines-of-unknown-identity-in-adverse-drug-reaction-related-hospitalizations-in-developing-countries-evidence-from-a-cross-sectional-study-in-a-teaching-hospital-in-the-lao-people-s-democratic-republic
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Céline Caillet, Chanvilay Sichanh, Gaëtan Assemat, Myriam Malet-Martino, Agnès Sommet, Haleh Bagheri, Noudy Sengxeu, Niphonh Mongkhonmath, Mayfong Mayxay, Lamphone Syhakhang, Maryse Lapeyre-Mestre, Paul N Newton, Anne Roussin
INTRODUCTION: The health dangers of medicines of unknown identity (MUIs) [loose pharmaceutical units repackaged in individual bags without labelling of their identity] have been suspected in L/MICs. Using visual and analytical tools to identify MUIs, we investigated the frequency of, and factors associated with, adverse drug reaction (ADR)-related hospitalizations in a central hospital in Vientiane Capital, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). METHODS: All unplanned admissions, except for acute trauma and intentional overdose, were prospectively recorded during a 7-week period in 2013, leading to include 453 adults hospitalized for ≥24 h...
May 20, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528482/evertor-muscle-activity-as-a-predictor-for-recurrence-in-idiopathic-clubfoot
#16
Perajit Eamsobhana, Pipat Kongwachirapaitoon, Kamolporn Kaewpornsawan
BACKGROUND: Clubfoot is a complex three-dimensional deformity. Although brace compliance after initial correction was previously found to be significantly associated with recurrence in clubfoot, few previous studies have specifically examined evertor muscle function as a factor that contributes to recurrence in children with idiopathic and non-idiopathic clubfoot. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship among brace compliance, evertor muscle grading, and recurrence rate in pediatric clubfoot patients...
May 20, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528481/consent-an-event-or-a-memory-in-lumbar-spinal-surgery-a-multi-centre-multi-specialty-prospective-study-of-documentation-and-patient-recall-of-consent-content
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William B Lo, Ciaran P McAuley, Martin J Gillies, Patrick J Grover, Erlick A C Pereira
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, multi-centre, multi-specialty medical notes review and patient interview. PURPOSE: The consenting process is an important communication tool which also carries medico-legal implications. While written consent is a pre-requisite before spinal surgery in the UK, the standard and effectiveness of the process have not been assessed previously. This study assesses standard of written consent for elective lumbar decompressive surgery for degenerative disc disease across different regions and specialties in the UK; level of patient recall of the consent content; and identifies factors which affect patient recall...
May 20, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528475/effects-of-selenium-supplementation-on-gene-expression-levels-of-inflammatory-cytokines-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-patients-with-gestational-diabetes
#18
Mehri Jamilian, Mansooreh Samimi, Faraneh Afshar Ebrahimi, Esmat Aghadavod, Robabeh Mohammadbeigi, Maryam Rahimi, Zatollah Asemi
Selenium is known to exert multiple beneficial effects including anti-inflammatory actions. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of selenium supplementation on gene expression levels of inflammatory cytokines and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in women with gestational diabetes (GDM). This randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was carried out among 40 subjects diagnosed with GDM aged 18-40 years old. Subjects were randomly allocated into two groups to receive either 200 μg/day selenium supplements (n = 20) or placebo (n = 20) for 6 weeks...
May 21, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528465/contrast-induced-nephropathy-cin-of-patients-with-renal-dysfunction-in-ct-examination
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Yasuhiro Fukushima, Hitomi Miyazawa, Junpei Nakamura, Ayako Taketomi-Takahashi, Takayuki Suto, Yoshito Tsushima
PURPOSE: To investigate the incidence and risk factors of contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) after contrast enhanced (CE) computed tomography (CT) in patients with renal dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred sixteen inpatients with estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFR) <60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) underwent CE CT using iodine doses of 420 or 480 mg I/kg. Data of all enrolled patients was collected for baseline serum creatinine level (SCr), post-CE CT SCr within 3 days after CE CT, and conditions considered risk factors for CIN [renal dysfunction, contrast media dose, advanced age, diabetes mellitus, no intravenous hydration, cardiac dysfunction (left ventricular ejection fraction <60%) and intensive-care unit (ICU) admission]...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528464/evidence-based-identification-of-key-beliefs-explaining-infant-male-circumcision-motivation-among-expectant-parents-in-zimbabwe-targets-for-behavior-change-messaging
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Daniel E Montaño, Mufuta Tshimanga, Deven T Hamilton, Gerald Gorn, Danuta Kasprzyk
Slow adult male circumcision uptake is one factor leading some to recommend increased priority for infant male circumcision (IMC) in sub-Saharan African countries. This research, guided by the integrated behavioral model (IBM), was carried out to identify key beliefs that best explain Zimbabwean parents' motivation to have their infant sons circumcised. A quantitative survey, designed from qualitative elicitation study results, was administered to independent representative samples of 800 expectant mothers and 795 expectant fathers in two urban and two rural areas in Zimbabwe...
May 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
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