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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040243/toxic-shock-syndrome-still-a-timely-diagnosis
#1
Kira L Gossack-Keenan, April J Kam
BACKGROUND: Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is an acute, severe, toxin-mediated disease, characterized by fever, hypotension, and multiorgan system involvement. Toxic shock syndrome has made headlines because of its high associated morbidity and mortality rate in previously healthy young females. Incidence peaked in the early 1980s owing to increased usage of ultra-absorbent tampons. After improved patient education and tampon labeling, the incidence of menstrual TSS has declined. CASE: A previously healthy 14-year-old girl presented to an urgent care center with a 2-day history of fever, erythematous maculopapular rash, vomiting, diarrhea, and malaise...
October 16, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035709/heart-rate-variability-and-salivary-cortisol-in-very-preterm-children-during-school-age
#2
Natalie Urfer-Maurer, Sebastian Ludyga, Tobias Stalder, Serge Brand, Edith Holsboer-Trachsler, Markus Gerber, Alexander Grob, Peter Weber, Sakari Lemola
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays a major role in the human stress response and reflects physical and psychological adaptability to a changing environment. Long-term exposure to early life stressors may alter the function of the ANS. The present study examines differences in the ANS between children born very preterm and full-term as well as the association between the ANS and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the other main branch of the human stress system. Fifty-four healthy children born very preterm (<32nd gestational week) and 67 full-term children aged 7-12 years provided data for the present study...
October 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035307/effects-of-three-lipidated-oxytocin-analogs-on-behavioral-deficits-in-cd38-knockout-mice
#3
Stanislav M Cherepanov, Shirin Akther, Tomoko Nishimura, Anna A Shabalova, Akira Mizuno, Wataru Ichinose, Satoshi Shuto, Yasuhiko Yamamoto, Shigeru Yokoyama, Haruhiro Higashida
Oxytocin (OT) is a nonapeptide that plays an important role in social behavior. Nasal administration of OT has been shown to improve trust in healthy humans and social interaction in autistic subjects. As is consistent with the nature of a peptide, OT has some unfavorable characteristics: it has a short half-life in plasma and shows poor permeability across the blood-brain barrier. Analogs with long-lasting effects may overcome these drawbacks. To this end, we have synthesized three analogs: lipo-oxytocin-1 (LOT-1), in which two palmitoyl groups are conjugated to the cysteine and tyrosine residues, lipo-oxytocin-2 (LOT-2) and lipo-oxytocin-3 (LOT-3), which include one palmitoyl group conjugated at the cysteine or tyrosine residue, respectively...
October 16, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035067/executive-functioning-in-relation-to-coping-in-mild-versus-moderate-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#4
Sandra E Rakers, Myrthe E Scheenen, Herma J Westerhof-Evers, Myrthe E de Koning, Harm J van der Horn, Joukje van der Naalt, Jacoba M Spikman
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between executive functioning (EF) and coping styles, separately for mild and moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the chronic phase postinjury. METHOD: Patients with mild (n = 47) and moderate-severe TBI (n = 59) were included, in addition to healthy controls (HCs; n = 51). Assessment consisted of EF tests (Trail Making Test, Zoo Map Test, Controlled Oral Word Association Test) and questionnaires examining EF (Dysexecutive Questionnaire) and coping styles (Utrecht Coping List)...
October 16, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034310/further-education-improves-cognitive-reserve-and-triggers-improvement-in-selective-cognitive-functions-in-older-adults-the-tasmanian-healthy-brain-project
#5
Megan E Thow, Mathew J Summers, Nichole L Saunders, Jeffery J Summers, Karen Ritchie, James C Vickers
INTRODUCTION: The strong link between early-life education and subsequent reduced risk of dementia suggests that education in later life could enhance cognitive function and may reduce age-related cognitive decline and protect against dementia. METHODS: Episodic memory, working memory, executive function, and language processing performances were assessed annually over 4 years in 359 healthy older adults who attended university for a minimum of 12 months (intervention) and were compared against 100 healthy adult controls...
2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034164/aberrant-brain-functional-connectivity-in-newborns-with-congenital-heart-disease-before-cardiac-surgery
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Josepheen De Asis-Cruz, Mary T Donofrio, Gilbert Vezina, Catherine Limperopoulos
Newborns with congenital heart disease (CHD) requiring open heart surgery are at increased risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities. Recent quantitative MRI studies have reported disrupted growth, microstructure, and metabolism in fetuses and newborns with complex CHD. To date, no study has examined whether functional brain connectivity is altered in this high-risk population after birth, before surgery. Our objective was to compare whole-brain functional connectivity of resting state networks in healthy, term newborns (n = 82) and in term neonates with CHD before surgery (n = 30) using graph theory and network-based statistics...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033938/early-life-nutritional-factors-and-mucosal-immunity-in-the-development-of-autoimmune-diabetes
#7
REVIEW
Ling Xiao, Belinda Van't Land, Wouter R P H van de Worp, Bernd Stahl, Gert Folkerts, Johan Garssen
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an immune-mediated disease with a strong genetic basis but might be influenced by non-genetic factors such as microbiome development that "programs" the immune system during early life as well. Factors influencing pathogenesis, including a leaky intestinal mucosal barrier, an aberrant gut microbiota composition, and altered immune responsiveness, offer potential targets for prevention and/or treatment of T1D through nutritional or pharmacologic means. In this review, nutritional approaches during early life in order to protect against T1D development have been discussed...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032502/gut-microbiota-changes-in-the-extreme-decades-of-human-life-a-focus-on-centenarians
#8
REVIEW
Aurelia Santoro, Rita Ostan, Marco Candela, Elena Biagi, Patrizia Brigidi, Miriam Capri, Claudio Franceschi
The gut microbiota (GM) is a complex, evolutionarily molded ecological system, which contributes to a variety of physiological functions. The GM is highly dynamic, being sensitive to environmental stimuli, and its composition changes over the host's entire lifespan. However, the basic question of how much these changes may be ascribed to variables such as population, diet, genetics and gender, and/or to the aging process per se is still largely unanswered. We argue that comparison among studies on centenarians-the best model of healthy aging and longevity-recruited from different geographical areas/populations (different genetics and dietary habits) can help to disentangle the contribution of aging and non-aging-related variables to GM remodeling with age...
October 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032000/everyday-multitasking-habits-university-students-seamlessly-text-and-walk-on-a-split-belt-treadmill
#9
Dorelle Clare Hinton, Yeu-Yao Cheng, Caroline Paquette
With increasing numbers of adults owning a cell phone, walking while texting has become common in daily life. Previous research has shown that walking is not entirely automated and when challenged with a secondary task, normal walking patterns are disrupted. This study investigated the effects of texting on the walking patterns of healthy young adults while walking on a split-belt treadmill. Following full adaptation to the split-belt treadmill, thirteen healthy adults (23±3years) walked on a tied-belt and split-belt treadmill, both with and without a simultaneous texting task...
October 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031771/a-nonrandomized-controlled-clinical-pilot-trial-on-8%C3%A2-wk-of%C3%A2-intermittent-fasting-24%C3%A2-h-wk
#10
Christian S Kessler, Rainer Stange, Maike Schlenkermann, Michael Jeitler, Andreas Michalsen, Antonia Selle, Franca Raucci, Nico Steckhan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate whether intermittent fasting (IF) is an effective preventive measure, and whether it is feasible for healthy volunteers under every day conditions. METHODS: A nonrandomized controlled clinical trial on IF was performed with healthy volunteers over a period of 8 wk, and a subsequent 4-mo follow-up. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, after 8 wk, and after 6 mo. Volunteers who were not interested in fasting served as a control group...
August 12, 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031752/sleep-and-slow-wave-activity-in-depressed-adolescent-boys-a-preliminary-study
#11
Olena Santangeli, Tarja Porkka-Heiskanen, Jussi Virkkala, Anu E Castaneda, Mauri Marttunen, Tiina Paunio, Anna S Urrila
OBJECTIVE: Adolescence is a vulnerable period of life that is characterized by increasing incidence of depression. Sleep disturbance is one of the diagnostic symptoms of depressive disorder. Adolescence is also characterized by dramatic maturational changes in sleep and its regulation. The goal of this study was to assess sleep macroarchitecture and slow-wave activity (SWA) in depressed adolescent boys. METHODS: Eight non-medicated adolescent boys meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for depressive disorder and 10 age-matched healthy controls (average age 16...
October 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031488/-outcome-of-living-kidney-donors-for-transplantation
#12
Antoine Lanot, Nicolas Bouvier, Valérie Chatelet, Angélique Lecouf, Xavier Tillou, Bruno Hurault de Ligny
Nowadays, several treatments exist to treat terminal chronic renal failure. Best results for the recipients are obtained with kidney transplantation concerning mortality and quality of life. Transplantation is also the cheaper option for society. Living kidney donation raises the issue of the becoming of the donor, an absolutely healthy subject who gets to a surgical procedure. The becoming of living kidney donors has been compared with the one of controls subjects in several studies. The evaluations focused on the complications of nephrectomy in the short and long-term: kidney failure, hypertension, proteinuria, possibility of pregnancy, quality of life, and mortality...
October 11, 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031409/a-study-of-the-pharmacokinetic-properties-and-the-in-vivo-kinetics-of-erythrocytes-loaded-with-dexamethasone-sodium-phosphate-in-healthy-volunteers
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REVIEW
Shodeinde A Coker, Zbigniew M Szczepiorkowski, Alan H Siegel, Antonio Ferrari, Giovanni Mambrini, Ravi Anand, Richard D Hartman, Luca Benatti, Larry J Dumont
The objectives of this 2-phase study were to elucidate pharmacokinetics (PK), in vivo 24-hour recovery, and red blood cell (RBC) survival properties of RBC-encapsulated dexamethasone sodium phosphate (DSP) prepared using the EryDex System (EDS). The 24-hour RBC recovery and T50 survival phase studied subjects randomized to receive autologous RBCs loaded with either 15-20 mg DSP (Group 1A) or sham saline (Group 2A). Loaded RBCs were radiolabeled with 51-Cr, and the labeled RBCs were followed over time in vivo...
September 19, 2017: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031341/nutritional-needs-of-the-older-adult
#14
REVIEW
Melissa Bernstein
Older adults are particularly vulnerable to compromised nutritional status. With advancing age, the consumption of a high-quality, nutritionally dense diet is increasingly essential to optimize health and well-being. Proportionally, macronutrient needs for older adults are similar to younger adults, however overall calorie requirements tend to decline with age. Unique factors influencing food intake should be considered and individualized guidance should be designed to help overcome medical, physical, and social barriers to a healthy diet...
November 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031167/impaired-central-coherence-in-patients-with-anorexia-nervosa
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Sayo Hamatani, Masahito Tomotake, Tomoya Takeda, Naomi Kameoka, Masashi Kawabata, Hiroko Kubo, Masashi Ohta, Yukio Tada, Yukiko Tomioka, Shinya Watanabe, Masatoshi Inoshita, Makoto Kinoshita, Tetsuro Ohmori
The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of central coherence in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). 22 female patients with AN (median age = 31.50 (QD = 8.13) years) and 33 female healthy controls (HC) (median age = 28.00 (QD = 8.50) years) participated in the study. Their central coherence was assessed with the Rey Complex Figure Task (RCFT). Clinical symptoms were evaluated with the Beck Depression Inventory-II and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-Form JYZ. The results showed that AN patients' Central Coherence Index and accuracy scores in copy, 3-min delayed recall and 30-min delayed recall tasks of the RCFT were significantly lower than those of HC...
September 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030727/-parenteral-nutrition-in-premature-babies-with-a-birth-weight-1500g-a%C3%A2-systematic-single-center-analysis-and-comparison-with-current-guidelines
#16
Melanie Sirch, Martin Poryo, Mona Butte, Ulrike Lindner, Ludwig Gortner, Michael Zemlin, Holger Nunold, Sascha Meyer
BACKGROUND: Parenteral and enteral nutrition are essential for both growth and development of preterm infants. Based on the results of many studies, the rate of nutritional growth and the amount of substrate delivered parenterally are under debate. OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to assess parenteral nutrition in very and extremely immature preterm infants, i.e. very low birth weight (VLBW, birth weight <1500g) and extremely low birth weight (ELBW, birth weight <1000g) neonates, and to compare the amount of parenterally delivered substrate in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to current German guidelines...
October 13, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030644/how-to-prevent-the-detrimental-effects-of-two-months-of-bed-rest-on-muscle-bone-and-cardiovascular-system-an-rct
#17
Andreas Kramer, Albert Gollhofer, Gabriele Armbrecht, Dieter Felsenberg, Markus Gruber
Physical inactivity leads to a deconditioning of the skeletal, neuromuscular and cardiovascular system. It can lead to impaired quality of life, loss of autonomy, falls and fractures. Regular exercise would be a logical remedy, but the generally recommended high-volume endurance and strength training programs require a lot of time and equipment. In this randomized controlled study with 23 healthy participants, we established that a short, intensive jump training program can prevent the large musculoskeletal and cardiovascular deconditioning effects caused by two months of physical inactivity during bed rest, particularly the loss of bone mineral mass and density, lean muscle mass, maximal leg strength and peak oxygen uptake...
October 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030391/the-effect-of-plasma-auto-iggs-on-cd4-t-cell-apoptosis-and-recovery-in-hiv-infected-patients-under-antiretroviral-therapy
#18
Zhenwu Luo, Zejun Zhou, Elizabeth Ogunrinde, Tao Zhang, Zhen Li, Lisa Martin, Zhuang Wan, Hao Wu, Zhiqiang Qin, Tongwen Ou, Jiafeng Zhang, Lei Ma, Guoyang Liao, Sonya Heath, Lei Huang, Wei Jiang
Although effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) suppresses HIV viral replication, prevents AIDS-related complications, and prolongs life, a proportion of patients fails to restore the patients' CD4(+) T cell number to the level of healthy individuals. Increased mortality and morbidity have been observed in these patients. In the current study, we have investigated the role of auto-IgGs in CD4(+) T cell apoptosis and recovery in a cross-sectional study. All HIV(+) subjects were on viral-suppressive ART treatment with a different degree of CD4(+) T cell reconstitution...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029897/worldwide-trends-in-body-mass-index-underweight-overweight-and-obesity-from-1975-to-2016-a-pooled-analysis-of-2416-population-based-measurement-studies-in-128%C3%A2-9-million-children-adolescents-and-adults
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BACKGROUND: Underweight, overweight, and obesity in childhood and adolescence are associated with adverse health consequences throughout the life-course. Our aim was to estimate worldwide trends in mean body-mass index (BMI) and a comprehensive set of BMI categories that cover underweight to obesity in children and adolescents, and to compare trends with those of adults. METHODS: We pooled 2416 population-based studies with measurements of height and weight on 128·9 million participants aged 5 years and older, including 31·5 million aged 5-19 years...
October 10, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029865/total-proteolytic-activity-and-concentration-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-in-meconium-for-assessment-of-the-protease-antiprotease-balance
#20
Ewa Skarżyńska, Bartosz Kiersztyn, Paulina Wilczyńska, Artur Jakimiuk, Barbara Lisowska-Myjak
BACKGROUND: During intrauterine life, various proteolytic enzymes and their main inhibitor, alpha-1 antitrypsin, accumulate naturally in meconium. A protease/antiprotease balance is required to maintain the biological stability of the environment in which the fetus develops. METHODS: The pool of active proteases was determined using the EnzChek Protease Assay Kit. The concentration of alpha-1 antitrypsin in meconium was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
October 4, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
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