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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445859/a-risk-scoring-model-based-on-vital-signs-and-laboratory-data-predicting-transfer-to-the-intensive-care-unit-of-patients-admitted-to-gastroenterology-wards
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Won-Young Kim, Jinmi Lee, Ju-Ry Lee, Youn Kyung Jung, Hwa Jung Kim, Jin Won Huh, Chae-Man Lim, Younsuck Koh, Sang-Bum Hong
PURPOSE: To compare the ability of a score based on vital signs and laboratory data with that of the modified early warning score (MEWS) to predict ICU transfer of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive events triggering medical emergency team activation in adult patients admitted to the gastroenterology wards of the Asan Medical Center were reviewed. Binary logistic regression was used to identify factors predicting transfer to the ICU...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445806/patient-engagement-at-the-margins-health-care-providers-assessments-of-engagement-and-the-structural-determinants-of-health-in-the-safety-net
#2
Mark D Fleming, Janet K Shim, Irene Yen, Ariana Thompson-Lastad, Sara Rubin, Meredith Van Natta, Nancy J Burke
Increasing "patient engagement" has become a priority for health care organizations and policy-makers seeking to reduce cost and improve the quality of care. While concepts of patient engagement have proliferated rapidly across health care settings, little is known about how health care providers make use of these concepts in clinical practice. This paper uses 20 months of ethnographic and interview research carried out from 2015 to 2016 to explore how health care providers working at two public, urban, safety-net hospitals in the United States define, discuss, and assess patient engagement...
April 20, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445705/mutation-characterization-and-heterodimer-analysis-of-patients-with-leukocyte-adhesion-deficiency-including-one-novel-mutation
#3
Shahram Teimourian, Martin De Boer, Dirk Roos, Anna Isaian, Ehsan Moghanloo, Sharhzad Lashkary, Bita Hassani, Hasan Mollanoori, Vahid Babaei, Asaad Azarnezhad
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 (LAD-I) is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder of neutrophil migration, characterized by severe, recurrent bacterial infections, inadequate pus formation and impaired wound healing. The ITGB2 gene encodes the β2 integrin subunit (CD18) of the leukocyte adhesion cell molecules, and mutations in this gene cause LAD-I. The aim of the current study was to investigate the mutations in patients diagnosed with LAD-I and functional studies of the impact of two previously reported and a novel mutation on the expression of the CD18/CD11a heterodimer...
April 23, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445638/antigenic-gm3-lactone-mimetic-molecule-integrated-mannosylated-glycopeptide-nanofibers-for-the-activation-and-maturation-of-dendritic-cells
#4
Gokhan Gunay, Melis Sardan Ekiz, Xhenti Ferhati, Barbara Richichi, Cristina Nativi, Ayse Begum Tekinay, Mustafa O Guler
The ability of dendritic cells to coordinate innate and adaptive immune responses makes them essential targets for vaccination strategies. Presentation of specific antigens by dendritic cells is required for the activation of the immune system against many pathogens, and nanoscale materials can be functionalized for active targeting of dendritic cells. In this work, we integrated an immunogenic, carbohydrate melanoma-associated antigen-mimetic GM3-lactone molecule into mannosylated peptide amphiphile nanofibers to target dendritic cells through DC-SIGN receptor...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445607/fractal-characteristics-of-the-microvascular-network-a-useful-index-to-assess-vascularization-level-of-porous-silk-fibroin-biomaterial
#5
Kuihua Zhan, Lun Bai, Qinqin Wu, Derong Lei, Guangqian Wang
The neovascularization of biomaterials for tissue engineering is not only related to growth of capillaries but also involves appropriate hierarchy distribution of the microvessels. In this study, we proposed hierarchy distribution contrast method which can assess vascular transport capacity, in order to examine the hierarchy distribution of the neovessels during vascularization of the porous silk fibroin biomaterials implanted into rats and its evolution. The results showed that the fractal characteristics appeared toward the end of the vascularization stages, and the structure of the microvascular network after 3 weeks of implantation was similar to the fractal microvascular tree with bifurcation exponent x=3 and fractal dimension D=1...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445559/association-of-us-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services-hospital-30-day-risk-standardized-readmission-metric-with-care-quality-and-outcomes-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-findings-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-registry-acute-coronary-treatment
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Ambarish Pandey, Harsh Golwala, Hurst M Hall, Tracy Y Wang, Di Lu, Ying Xian, Karen Chiswell, Karen E Joynt, Abhinav Goyal, Sandeep R Das, Dharam Kumbhani, Howard Julien, Gregg C Fonarow, James A de Lemos
Importance: The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalizes hospitals with higher-than-expected risk-adjusted 30-day readmission rates (excess readmission ratio [ERR] > 1) after acute myocardial infarction (MI). However, the association of ERR with MI care processes and outcomes are not well established. Objective: To evaluate the association between ERR for MI with in-hospital process of care measures and 1-year clinical outcomes...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445540/individuals-with-severely-impaired-vision-can-learn-useful-orientation-and-mobility-skills-in-virtual-streets-and-can-use-them-to-improve-real-street-safety
#7
Ellen Lambert Bowman, Lei Liu
Virtual reality has great potential in training road safety skills to individuals with low vision but the feasibility of such training has not been demonstrated. We tested the hypotheses that low vision individuals could learn useful skills in virtual streets and could apply them to improve real street safety. Twelve participants, whose vision was too poor to use the pedestrian signals were taught by a certified orientation and mobility specialist to determine the safest time to cross the street using the visual and auditory signals made by the start of previously stopped cars at a traffic-light controlled street intersection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445490/the-effect-of-swimming-exercise-on-adenine-induced-kidney-disease-in-rats-and-the-influence-of-curcumin-or-lisinopril-thereon
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Badreldin H Ali, Turan Karaca, Yousuf Al Suleimani, Mohammed Al Za'abi, Jamila Al Kalbani, Mohammed Ashique, Abderrahim Nemmar
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have been reported to benefit from different types of exercises. It has also been shown that the ACE inhibitor lisinopril, and the natural product curcumin are also beneficial in different models of CKD in rats. We assessed the influence of moderate swimming exercise (SE) on rats with adenine-induced CKD, and tested the possible effects of lisinopril and/or curcumin thereon using several physiological, biochemical, histopathological and immunohistochemical parameters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445478/delayed-histochemical-alterations-within-the-neurovascular-unit-due-to-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia-and-experimental-treatment-with-neurotrophic-factors
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Dominik Michalski, Roman Pitsch, Deepu R Pillai, Bianca Mages, Susanne Aleithe, Jens Grosche, Henrik Martens, Felix Schlachetzki, Wolfgang Härtig
Current stroke therapy is focused on recanalizing strategies, but neuroprotective co-treatments are still lacking. Modern concepts of the ischemia-affected neurovascular unit (NVU) and surrounding penumbra emphasize the complexity during the transition from initial damaging to regenerative processes. While early treatment with neurotrophic factors was shown to result in lesion size reduction and blood-brain barrier (BBB) stabilization, cellular consequences from these treatments are poorly understood. This study explored delayed cellular responses not only to ischemic stroke, but also to an early treatment with neurotrophic factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445471/a-randomized-trial-comparing-concise-and-standard-consent-forms-in-the-start-trial
#10
Christine Grady, Giota Touloumi, A Sarah Walker, Mary Smolskis, Shweta Sharma, Abdel G Babiker, Nikos Pantazis, Jorge Tavel, Eric Florence, Adriana Sanchez, Fleur Hudson, Antonios Papadopoulos, Ezekiel Emanuel, Megan Clewett, David Munroe, Eileen Denning
BACKGROUND: Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of research informed consent is a high priority. Some express concern about longer, more complex, written consent forms creating barriers to participant understanding. A recent meta-analysis concluded that randomized comparisons were needed. METHODS: We conducted a cluster-randomized non-inferiority comparison of a standard versus concise consent form within a multinational trial studying the timing of starting antiretroviral therapy in HIV+ adults (START)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445441/mining-productive-associated-periodic-frequent-patterns-in-body-sensor-data-for-smart-home-care
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Walaa N Ismail, Mohammad Mehedi Hassan
The understanding of various health-oriented vital sign data generated from body sensor networks (BSNs) and discovery of the associations between the generated parameters is an important task that may assist and promote important decision making in healthcare. For example, in a smart home scenario where occupants' health status is continuously monitored remotely, it is essential to provide the required assistance when an unusual or critical situation is detected in their vital sign data. In this paper, we present an efficient approach for mining the periodic patterns obtained from BSN data...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445307/alteration-of-serum-high-mobility-group-protein-1-hmgb1-levels-in-children-with-enterovirus-71-induced-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease
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Weikun Zheng, Haifan Shi, Yiping Chen, Zhiwei Xu, Jie Chen, Longteng Jin
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common pediatric disease caused by enterovirus infection. It typically presents as a fever along with flat, discolored spots and bumps on the hands, feet, and mouth. Compared with other viruses, enterovirus 71 (EV71)-induced HFMD is more prone to cause severe complications in children, such as brainstem encephalitis, cardiopulmonary disorders, and even death. More in-depth studies are still necessary to understand the characteristics of EV71-induced HFMD, although some related research has been reported so far...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445305/a-case-report-of-painless-type-a-aortic-dissection-with-intermittent-convulsive-syncope-as-initial-presentation
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Chun-Hsien Chen, Kuan-Ting Liu
RATIONALE: The initial presenting symptoms and signs of acute aortic dissection are so diverse that it makes early and accurate diagnosis arduous. Painless and convulsive syncope due to cardiac arrhythmia were not typical presentations of acute aortic dissection. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 61-year-old male presenting with transient consciousness loss and suspected seizure attack was sent to emergency room (ER) by ambulance. Consciousness loss accompanying with upward gaze and limb convulsion was noted in ER, and electrocardiogram monitor recorded a transient cardiac asystole then spontaneous recovery of sinus rhythm...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445302/cholestasis-caused-by-panhypopituitarism-and-acquired-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-a-2-month-old-male-infant-a-case-report
#14
U Chan, Wai-Tao Chan, Wei-Hsin Ting, Che-Sheng Ho, Hsi-Che Liu, Hung-Chang Lee
RATIONALE: Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) is a rare congenital disorder that may cause jaundice in infants. However, it is usually prone to neglect and misdiagnosis in infants with cholestasis because endocrine disorder such as panhypopituitarism is rare in the cause of infantile cholestasis. We report a case of SOD concurrent with acquired cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, who presented with prolonged jaundice as the first clinical sign. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was a 2-month-old male infant who presented with cholestasis, combined with fever and panhypopituitarism...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445296/a-case-of-cerebral-hyperperfusion-following-spontaneous-recanalization-of-occluded-middle-cerebral-artery-reperfusion-injury-or-true-cerebral-hyperperfusion-syndrome
#15
Ziqi Xu, Jiajia Zhou, Hui Liang, Benyan Luo, Ping Liu
BACKGROUND: Cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome (CHS) and reperfusion injury are distinct pathological phenomena. CASE SUMMARY: We present the case of a young ischemic stroke patient with middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion and spontaneous recanalization. Follow-up transcranial Doppler ultrasound showed high velocity flow in the left MCA, and neuroimaging revealed infarction, brain edema, artery dilatation, and hyperperfusion, consistent with both CHS and reperfusion injury...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445188/tpmt-comt-and-acyp2-genetic-variants-in-paediatric-cancer-patients-with-cisplatin-induced-ototoxicity
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Signe Thiesen, Peng Yin, Andrea L Jorgensen, Jieying E Zhang, Valentina Manzo, Laurence McEvoy, Christopher Barton, Susan Picton, Simon Bailey, Penelope Brock, Harish Vyas, David Walker, Guy Makin, Srinivas Bandi, Barry Pizer, Daniel B Hawcutt, Munir Pirmohamed
OBJECTIVES: Cisplatin ototoxicity affects 42-88% of treated children. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) and AYCP2 genetic variants have been associated with ototoxicity, but the findings have been contradictory. The aims of the study were as follows: (a) to investigate these associations in a carefully phenotyped cohort of UK children and (b) to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS: We recruited 149 children from seven UK centres using a retrospective cohort study design...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445171/identification-of-depressive-signs-in-patients-and-their-family-members-during-ipad-based-audiovisual-sessions
#17
Carol E Smith, Marilyn Werkowitch, Donna Macan Yadrich, Noreen Thompson, Eve-Lynn Nelson
Home parenteral nutrition requires a daily life-sustaining intravenous infusion over 12 hours. The daily intravenous infusion home care procedures are stringent, time-consuming tasks for patients and family caregivers who often experience depression. The purposes of this study were (1) to assess home parenteral nutrition patients and caregivers for depression and (2) to assess whether depressive signs can be seen during audiovisual discussion sessions using an Apple iPad Mini. In a clinical trial (N = 126), a subsample of 21 participants (16...
April 25, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445055/the-molecular-mechanism-of-overhauser-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-in-insulating-solids
#18
Svetlana Pylaeva, Konstantin L Ivanov, Marc Baldus, Daniel Sebastiani, Hossam Elgabarty
Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP), a technique that significantly enhances NMR signals, is experiencing a renaissance owing to enormous methodological developments. In the heart of DNP is a polarization transfer mechanism that endows nuclei with the much larger electronic spin polarization. Polarization transfer via the Overhauser effect is traditionally known to be operative only in liquids and conducting solids. Very recently, surprisingly strong Overhauser effect DNP in insulating solids has been reported, with a DNP efficiency that increases with the magnetic field strength...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445006/equine-atypical-myopathy-in-the-uk-epidemiological-characteristics-of-cases-reported-from-2011-to-2015-and-factors-associated-with-survival
#19
S González-Medina, J L Ireland, R J Piercy, J R Newton, D M Votion
BACKGROUND: Equine atypical myopathy (AM) is a toxic rhabdomyolysis associated with ingestion of hypoglycin A, derived typically in Europe, from Acer pseudoplatanus tree. Despite the wide distribution of this tree species in the UK, the number of cases reported annually varies, and there has been an apparent increase in prevalence in recent years. Although AM was first recognised in the UK, epidemiological studies have never been conducted focused solely on this country. OBJECTIVES: To describe the spatiotemporal distribution, presentation, treatment and outcome of AM cases reported in the UK...
April 26, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444954/clinical-presentation-and-outcome-of-children-with-central-diabetes-insipidus-associated-with-a-self-limited-or-transient-pituitary-stalk-thickening-diagnosed-as-infundibuloneurohypophysitis
#20
J Schaefers, M Cools, K De Waele, I Gies, V Beauloye, P Lysy, I Francois, D Beckers, J De Schepper
OBJECTIVE: Despite lymphocytic or autoimmune infundibuloneurohypophysitis (INH) is an increasingly recognized etiology in children with central diabetes insipidus, clinical data on epidemiology (clinical evolution, predisposing factors, complications), diagnosis and management of this entity are limited and mostly based on published case reports. The aim of this study was to gain a broader insight in the natural history of this disease by analyzing the clinical presentation, radiological pituitary stalk changes, associated autoimmunity and hormonal deficiencies in children with CDI and a self-limiting or transient stalk thickening (ST), diagnosed as autoimmune INH, during the last 15 years in four Belgian university hospitals...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
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