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Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, Stavros Petrou, Danielle Cohen, Peter MacPherson, Felistas Kumwenda, David G Lalloo, Elizabeth L Corbett, Aileen Clarke
INTRODUCTION: Although HIV infection and its associated co-morbidities remain the commonest reason for hospitalisation in Africa, their impact on economic costs and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are not well understood. This information is essential for decision-makers to make informed choices about how to best scale-up anti-retroviral treatment (ART) programmes. This study aimed to quantify the impact of HIV infection and ART on economic outcomes in a prospective cohort of hospitalised patients with high HIV prevalence...
2018: PloS One
Xingpo Ma, Xingjian Liu, Junbin Liang, Yin Li, Ran Li, Wenpeng Ma, Chuanda Qi
A novel network paradigm of mobile edge computing, namely TMWSNs (two-tiered mobile wireless sensor networks), has just been proposed by researchers in recent years for its high scalability and robustness. However, only a few works have considered the security of TMWSNs. In fact, the storage nodes, which are located at the upper layer of TMWSNs, are prone to being attacked by the adversaries because they play a key role in bridging both the sensor nodes and the sink, which may lead to the disclosure of all data stored on them as well as some other potentially devastating results...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Jildou Hoekstra, Aafke H C van Roon, Frank C Bekkering, Antonie J P van Tilburg, Rachel L West
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate information provided on pregnancy, personal decision making, disease course, and outcome of pregnancy from a patient's perspective in a population of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) attending two general hospitals. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to all female patients with IBD in two general hospitals in the Netherlands. The questionnaire comprised four sections: (i) demographic data and medication use (ii) details on previous pregnancies and reasons for not becoming pregnant, (iii) outcome of pregnancies before IBD diagnosis, and (iv) outcome of pregnancies after IBD diagnosis...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Cristina Rodríguez-Seco, Lydia Cabau, Anton Vidal-Ferran, Emilio Palomares
Over hundreds of new organic semiconductor molecules have been synthesized as hole transport materials (HTMs) for perovskite solar cells. However, to date, the well-known N2 , N2 , N2' , N2' , N7 , N7 , N7' , octakis-(4-methoxyphenyl)-9,9-spirobi-[9,9'-spirobi[9 H-fluorene]-2,2',7,7'-tetramine (spiro-OMeTAD) is still the best choice for the best perovskite device performance. Nevertheless, there is a consensus that spiro-OMeTAD by itself is not stable enough for long-term stable devices, and its market price makes its use in large-scale production costly...
March 15, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Sebastian Wallis, Lorcan O'Toole, Laszlo Karsai, Jose Jemy
Cancer of the unknown primary (CUP) makes up 2-4% of new head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) diagnoses. This scenario is recognised as a diagnostic challenge for head and neck surgeons. For all patients with proven cervical lymph node metastatic SCC without a clinically apparent primary site, the current UK guidelines recommends PET-CT, panendoscopy with directed biopsies and bilateral tonsillectomy as a standard of care. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
L Vincze, M E Rollo, M J Hutchesson, R Callister, C E Collins
BACKGROUND: A tailored approach to nutrition and physical activity advice can support women following childbirth in managing barriers (i.e. time and childcare) to making healthy lifestyle changes. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the implementation, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a personally tailored nutrition and exercise programme for postpartum women delivered via video-consultations by an accredited practising dietitian (APD) and accredited exercise physiologist (AEP)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: the Official Journal of the British Dietetic Association
J H C de Roo, T M Bosch, A van Rhijn, R Del Canho
BACKGROUND: Medication is not always delivered in a safe dosing format. Up to 33% of medication errors can be attributed to confusing packaging or labelling. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 6-year-old boy with ADHD, for which he was being treated with methylphenidate and pipamperone drops, was brought to the A&E department with signs of severe encephalopathy. He had apparently been given pipamperone in streams rather than in drops in the previous months. The pipamperone level in his blood was raised to toxic levels...
2018: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Rania Nabil, Elsemieke Plasmeijer, Remco van Doorn, Wilma Bergman, Nicole A Kukutsch
Approximately 10% of all melanomas occur in subjects with a family history of melanoma. This retrospective follow-up study investigated the characteristics of patients with familial melanoma who made unscheduled visits to our pigmented lesions clinic, and the diagnosis of excised lesions. A total of 110 out of 1,267 (9%) patients made at least one unscheduled visit between May 2011 and February 2016. Histopathology was taken from 59 patients. Thirty-four naevi, 7 melanomas and 3 basal cell carcinomas were detected...
March 15, 2018: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Hitoyoshi Yasuo, Alex McDougall
Phallusia mammillata has recently emerged as a new ascidian model. Its unique characteristics, including the optical transparency of eggs and embryos and efficient translation of exogenously introduced mRNA in eggs, make the Phallusia system suitable for fluorescent protein (FP)-based imaging approaches. In addition, genomic and transcriptomic resources are readily available for this ascidian species, facilitating functional gene studies. Microinjection is probably the most versatile technique for introducing exogenous molecules such as plasmids, mRNAs, and proteins into ascidian eggs/embryos...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Nazmi Narin, Ozge Pamukcu, Aydin Tuncay, Ali Baykan, Suleyman Sunkak, Onur Tasci, Kazim Uzum, Levent Saltık
Untreated ventricular septal defect (VSD) is an important cause of congestive heart failure in early infancy. Growth is impaired in this population, and surgical closure is challenging because of congestion in the lungs, making infants prone to respiratory infection, and because of their poor nutritional status. The aim of this study is to share our experience with percutaneous VSD closure in patients under 1 year of age. Patients with hemodynamically significant left-to-right shunt, less than 1 year of age, and with VSD diameter ≤ 6 mm were retrospectively included in the study between December 2014 and January 2017...
March 15, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Tsutomu Namikawa, Kazune Fujisawa, Eri Munekage, Masaya Munekage, Yusuke Oki, Hiromichi Maeda, Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Hiroshi Ueta, Michiya Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Hanazaki
The present case report presents a rare case of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated early gastric carcinoma with lymphoid stroma, accompanied by lymph node metastasis. A 61-year-old woman was referred to our hospital following observation of a gastric mass lesion that was initially diagnosed at a medical check-up. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed a slightly elevated lesion with a central irregular depression in the middle third of the stomach. Endoscopic ultrasonography revealed a well-circumscribed hypoechoic mass located predominantly within the submucosa and the mucosa...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Nauman Ahmed, Hammad Naeem Rana
Primary Small bowel adenocarcinoma, a rare entity and having varied clinical presentation, makes its clinical detection a diagnostic challenge. Moreover, its true prevalence in sub-continent population has not yet been established, which makes it more difficult for its detection. We present the case of a 60 year old male who came with abdominal pain and weight loss for two years as the only symptoms. A series of tests in the two year period remained inconclusive. Later Computed tomography showed a suspicious mass at the terminal ileum...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Allan J C Calsavara, Priscila A Costa, Vandack Nobre, Antonio L Teixeira
This study aimed to assess cognition in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock and whether cognitive impairment was associated with clinical and laboratory parameters. We conducted a cohort study of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock evaluated within 24 h and one year after ICU discharge. Demographic, clinical and laboratory data were analyzed, and the following neuropsychological tests were applied: Consortium to Establish Registry for Alzheimer's Disease, Mini-Mental State Examination, and Trail Making Test forms A and B...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Anna Maria Fratta Pasini, Chiara Stranieri, Anna Maria Rigoni, Sergio De Marchi, Denise Peserico, Chiara Mozzini, Luciano Cominacini, Ulisse Garbin
AIM: Ischemia-reperfusion (I-R) produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) that damage cells and favour cytotoxicity and apoptosis in peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients. Since brief episodes of I-R (ischemic conditioning) protect cells against ischemic harms, we evaluated whether a short-course of supervised treadmill training, characterized by repeated episodes of I-R, makes peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from PAD patients with intermittent claudication more resistant to I-R injuries by reducing oxidative stress and by inducing an adaptative response of unfolded protein response (UPR) and nuclear factor-E2-related factor (Nrf2) pathway expression...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Ali J Marian, Yanli Tan, Lili Li, Jeffrey T Chang, Petros Syrris, Manouchehr Hessabi, Mohammad H Rahbar, James T Willerson, Benjamin Y Cheong, Chia-Ying Liu, Neal S Kleiman, David A Bluemke, Sherif F Nagueh
<u>Rationale:</u> Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a genetic paradigm of cardiac hypertrophy. Cardiac hypertrophy and interstitial fibrosis are important risk factors for sudden death and morbidity in HCM. Oxidative stress is implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Treatment with anti-oxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC) reverses cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in animal models of HCM. <u>Objective:</u> To determine effect sizes of NAC on indices of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis in patients with established HCM...
March 14, 2018: Circulation Research
Sonia S Anand, Francois Caron, John W Eikelboom, Jackie Bosch, Leanne Dyal, Victor Aboyans, Maria Teresa Abola, Kelley R H Branch, Katalin Keltai, Deepak L Bhatt, Peter Verhamme, Keith A A Fox, Nancy Cook-Bruns, Vivian Lanius, Stuart J Connolly, Salim Yusuf
BACKGROUND: Patients with lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) are at increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and major adverse limb events (MALE). There is limited information on the prognosis of patients who suffer MALE. OBJECTIVES: Among participants with lower extremity PAD, we investigated: 1) if hospitalizations, MACE, amputations, and deaths are higher after first episode of MALE compared with PAD patients who do not experience MALE and 2) the impact of treatment with low dose rivaroxaban and aspirin compared to aspirin alone on the incidence of MALE, peripheral vascular interventions, and all peripheral vascular outcomes over a median follow-up of 21 months...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Filomena E C de Alencar, Rosely Dos Santos Malafronte, Crispim Cerutti Junior, Lícia Natal Fernandes, Julyana Cerqueira Buery, Blima Fux, Helder Ricas Rezende, Ana Maria Ribeiro de Castro Duarte, Antonio Ralph Medeiros-Sousa, Angelica Espinosa Miranda
BACKGROUND: The hypotheses put forward to explain the malaria transmission cycle in extra-Amazonian Brazil, an area of very low malaria incidence, are based on either a zoonotic scenario involving simian malaria, or a scenario in which asymptomatic carriers play an important role. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of asymptomatic infection by detecting Plasmodium spp. DNA and its role in residual malaria transmission in a non-Amazonian region of Brazil. METHODS: Upon the report of the first malaria case in 2010 in the Atlantic Forest region of the state of Espírito Santo, inhabitants within a 2 km radius were invited to participate in a follow-up study...
March 14, 2018: Malaria Journal
Lindsey Realmuto, Alexandra Kamler, Linda Weiss, Tiffany L Gary-Webb, Michael E Hodge, José A Pagán, Elizabeth A Walker
The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) has been effectively translated to various community and clinical settings; however, regardless of setting, enrollment among men and lower-income populations is low. This study presents participant perspectives on Power Up for Health, a novel NDPP pilot adaption for men residing in low-income communities in New York City. We conducted nine interviews and one focus group with seven participants after the program ended. Interview and focus group participants had positive perceptions of the program and described the all-male aspect of the program and its reliance on male coaches as major strengths...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
J Straatman, L C B Groen, N van der Wielen, E P Jansma, F Daams, M A Cuesta, D L van der Peet
Over the coming years octogenarians will make up an increasingly large proportion of the population. With the rise in octogenarians more paraesophageal hiatal hernias may be identified. In research for the optimal treatment for paraesophageal hiatal hernias, octogenarians are often omitted and the optimal surgical strategy for this patient group remains unclear. A systematic search in PubMed, Embase, and The Cochrane Library was conducted, including articles compromising 'surgery,' 'paraesophageal hiatal hernia,' and 'octogenarians...
March 12, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Erin M Ellis, Glyn Elwyn, Wendy L Nelson, Peter Scalia, Sarah C Kobrin, Rebecca A Ferrer
Background: People often use affective forecasts, or predictions about how a decision will make them feel, to guide medical and health decision making. However, these forecasts are susceptible to biases and inaccuracies that can have consequential effects on decision making and health. Purpose: A meta-analysis was performed to determine the effectiveness of intervening to address affective forecasting as a means of helping patients make better health-related choices...
February 5, 2018: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
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