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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811244/comparison-of-the-clinical-course-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-gdh-positive-toxin-negative-patients-diagnosed-by-pcr-to-those-with-a-positive-toxin-test
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Julia Origüen, Laura Corbella, María Ángeles Orellana, Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Francisco López-Medrano, Rafael San Juan, Manuel Lizasoain, Tamara Ruiz-Merlo, Alejandra Morales-Cartagena, Guillermo Maestro, Patricia Parra, Jennifer Villa, Rafael Delgado, José María Aguado
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the potential role of PCR-based assays in the overdiagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by using a validated diagnostic algorithm in daily clinical practice. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study evaluating all C. difficile-positive stool samples identified at our institution during a 12-month period, to compare outcomes and recurrence rate between patients with a positive enzyme-immunoassay (EIA) for both glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and toxin A/B ("toxin-positive group"), with those with GDH-positive, toxin-negative samples in which the diagnosis was made by a positive PCR-based assay ("toxin-/PCR+ group")...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810400/an-event-level-examination-of-successful-condom-negotiation-strategies-among-young-women
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Courtney Peasant, Erika A Montanaro, Trace S Kershaw, Gilbert R Parra, Nicole H Weiss, Jaimie P Meyer, James G Murphy, Tiarney D Ritchwood, Tami P Sullivan
This study examines the effect of condom negotiation strategies on condom use and partner type and substance use before sex as moderators of strategy effectiveness. Women reported their daily sexual behavior during the last month. Withholding sex was more strongly associated with condom use when utilized with a non-casual sex partner. Directly requesting condom use was more strongly and using deceptive reasons to influence condom use was less strongly related to condom use during substance use. Results underscore the importance of understanding the contexts in which condom negotiation strategies are successful in order to improve HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention efforts among women...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806479/zika-virus-disease-in-children-in-colombia-august-2015-to-may-2016
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Natalia Tolosa, Sarah C Tinker, Oscar Pacheco, Diana Valencia, Daniela Salas Botero, Van T Tong, Marcela Mercado, Suzanne M Gilboa, Maritza Gonzalez, Christina A Nelson, Lissethe Pardo, Carol Y Rao, Angélica Rico, Meredith Moore, Edgar Parra, Margaret A Honein, Martha L Ospina Martínez
BACKGROUND: Children are considered a potentially vulnerable population for Zika virus infection. However, data on paediatric Zika virus infection are sparse. METHODS: We analysed data from Colombia's national surveillance system during the 2015-2016 Zika virus outbreak on patients meeting the clinical case definition of Zika virus disease (ZVD) among children aged 1 month to 18 years to estimate incidence by demographic characteristics and characterize the occurrence of selected complications...
August 14, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805451/genetic-characterisation-and-analysis-of-infectious-bronchitis-virus-isolated-from-brazilian-flocks-between-2010-and-2015
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Claudia Carranza, Claudete S Astolfi-Ferreira, Silvana H Santander Parra, Luis F N Nuñez, Zoltan Penzes, Jorge L Chacón, Luiz Sesti, Ruy D Chacón, Antonio J Piantino Ferreira
Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) variants in Brazil were isolated during 2010-2015 for epidemiological and molecular analysis to characterise the different variants and perform a bioinformatic analysis to compare with sequences of variants collected over the previous 40 years. Of the 453 samples examined, 61.4% were positive for IBV and 75.9% of these were considered to have the BR-I genotype and were detected in birds of all ages distributed in all five Brazilian regions. The ratio of non-synonymous substitutions per non-synonymous site (dN) to synonymous substitutions per synonymous site (dS), i...
August 14, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803689/sun-exposure-influences-the-prognostic-power-of-components-of-mineral-metabolism-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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A Aceña, J A Franco-Peláez, C Gutierrez-Landaluce, A M Pello, C Cristóbal, N Tarín, A Huelmos, R Carda, M L Martín-Mariscal, J Alonso, E González-Parra, M L González-Casaus, Ó Lorenzo, L López Bescos, J Egido, J Tuñón
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Calcidiol (vitamin D metabolite) plasma levels vary with sun exposure (SE). However, it is not known if SE influences its prognostic ability. We have studied the effect of SE on plasma levels of the components of mineral metabolism (calcidiol, fibroblast growth factor-23 [FGF-23], parathormone [PTH], and phosphate [P]) and on their prognostic value in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied prospectively 704 patients with stable CAD...
June 15, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801649/protein-o-mannosylation-deficiency-increases-lprg-associated-lipoarabinomannan-release-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-enhances-the-tlr2-associated-inflammatory-response
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Henar Alonso, Julien Parra, Wladimir Malaga, Delphine Payros, Chia-Fang Liu, Céline Berrone, Camille Robert, Etienne Meunier, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Michel Rivière, Christophe Guilhot
Protein O-mannosylation is crucial for the biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis but the key mannosylated protein(s) involved and its(their) underlying function(s) remain unknown. Here, we demonstrated that the M. tuberculosis mutant (Δpmt) deficient for protein O-mannosylation exhibits enhanced release of lipoarabinomannan (LAM) in a complex with LprG, a lipoprotein required for LAM translocation to the cell surface. We determined that LprG is O-mannosylated at a unique threonine position by mass spectrometry analyses of the purified protein...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799562/ophthalmic-features-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-7
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A Campos-Romo, E O Graue-Hernandez, L Pedro-Aguilar, J C Hernandez-Camarena, D Rivera-De la Parra, V Galvez, R Diaz, A Jimenez-Corona, J Fernandez-Ruiz
PurposeTo analyze the relation between ophthalmologic and motor changes in spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7).Patients and methodsThis was a case series study. Sixteen SCA7 patients underwent a comprehensive ophthalmic examination, including ocular extrinsic motility testing, color vision test, and optical coherence tomography of the optic nerve and macula. Changes in the corneal endothelium, electroretinographic patterns, and a complete neurologic evaluation using the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) were evaluated...
August 11, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799442/the-use-of-innervated-radial-artery-superficial-palmar-branch-perforator-free-flap-for-complex-digital-injuries-reconstruction
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Zhenglin Chi, Georgios Pafitanis, Luis Eduardo Parra Pont, Roshan Vijayan, Stefano Marcelli, Weiyang Gao, Zan Li, Xiao Zhou, Dajiang Song, Peng Yang
Loco-regional flaps have been widely used for the reconstruction of digital injuries without requiring microvascular anastomosis, however, they result in scarring and compromised functional outcomes. This study demonstrates our experience utilizing the innervated radial artery superficial palmar branch (RASPB) perforator free flap for complex digital injury reconstruction. From May 2007 to March 2014, the innervated RASPB perforator free flap was used to reconstruct 79 distal complex hand and digital soft tissue defects of which 14 were used to re-vascularise the distal digit in a flow-through fashion...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780409/antiparasitic-activity-against-trypanosomatid-diseases-and-novel-metal-complexes-derived-from-the-first-time-characterized-5-phenyl-1-2-4-triazolo-1-5-a-pyrimidi-7-4h-one
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J M Méndez-Arriaga, G M Esteban-Parra, M J Juárez, A Rodríguez-Diéguez, M Sánchez-Moreno, J Isac-García, J M Salas
A serie of isostructural complexes with general formula [M(ftpO)2(H2O)4] have been obtained from reaction between the first time characterized triazolopyrimidine derivative 5-phenyl-1,2,4-triazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidi-7(4H)-one (HftpO) (1) and first row transition nitrates (M=Cu (2), Co (3), Ni (4) and Zn (5)). A copper complex with formula [Cu(HftpO)2(NO3)2(H2O)2]·H2O (6) was also isolated. HftpO and their metal complexes have been characterized by spectroscopic and thermal analysis and their crystal structures have been solved by X-ray diffraction methods...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777835/effect-of-methotrexate-on-an-in-vitro-patient-derived-model-of-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy
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Dhanesh Amarnani, Arturo Israel Machuca-Parra, Lindsay L Wong, Christina K Marko, James A Stefater, Tomasz P Stryjewski, Dean Eliott, Joseph F Arboleda-Velasquez, Leo A Kim
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a method for isolating, culturing, and characterizing cells from patient-derived membranes in proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) to be used for drug testing. Methods: PVR membranes were obtained from six patients with grade C PVR. Membrane fragments were analyzed by gross evaluation, fixed for immunohistologic studies to establish cell identity, or digested with collagenase II to obtain single cell suspensions for culture...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776572/molecular-based-classification-algorithm-for-endometrial-carcinoma-categorizes-ovarian-endometrioid-carcinoma-into-prognostically-significant-groups
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Carlos Parra-Herran, Jordan Lerner-Ellis, Bin Xu, Sam Khalouei, Dina Bassiouny, Matthew Cesari, Nadia Ismiil, Sharon Nofech-Mozes
The Cancer Genome Atlas classification divides endometrial carcinoma in biologically distinct groups, and testing for p53, mismatch repair proteins (MMR), and polymerase ɛ (POLE) exonuclease domain mutations has been shown to predict the molecular subgroup and clinical outcome. While abnormalities in these markers have been described in ovarian endometrioid carcinoma, their role in predicting its molecular profile and prognosis is still not fully explored. Patients with ovarian endometrioid carcinomas treated surgically in a 14-year period were selected...
August 4, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772455/biocompatibility-and-corrosion-protection-behaviour-of-hydroxyapatite-sol-gel-derived-coatings-on-ti6al4v-alloy
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Amir A El Hadad, Eduardo Peón, Federico R García-Galván, Violeta Barranco, Juan Parra, Antonia Jiménez-Morales, Juan Carlos Galván
The aim of this work was to prepare hydroxyapatite coatings (HAp) by a sol-gel method on Ti6Al4V alloy and to study the bioactivity, biocompatibility and corrosion protection behaviour of these coatings in presence of simulated body fluids (SBFs). Thermogravimetric/Differential Thermal Analyses (TG/DTA) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) have been applied to obtain information about the phase transformations, mass loss, identification of the phases developed, crystallite size and degree of crystallinity of the obtained HAp powders...
January 24, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768519/synthetic-hematocrit-derived-from-the-longitudinal-relaxation-of-blood-can-lead-to-clinically-significant-errors-in-measurement-of-extracellular-volume-fraction-in-pediatric-and-young-adult-patients
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Frank J Raucci, David A Parra, Jason T Christensen, Lazaro E Hernandez, Larry W Markham, Meng Xu, James C Slaughter, Jonathan H Soslow
BACKGROUND: Extracellular volume fraction (ECV) is altered in pathological cardiac remodeling and predicts death and arrhythmia. ECV can be quantified using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping but calculation requires a measured hematocrit (Hct). The longitudinal relaxation of blood has been used in adults to generate a synthetic Hct (estimate of true Hct) but has not been validated in pediatric populations. METHODS: One hundred fourteen children and young adults underwent a total of 163 CMRs with T1 mapping...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765608/endocannabinoid-modulation-of-stimulus-specific-adaptation-in-inferior-colliculus-neurons-of-the-rat
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C Valdés-Baizabal, G G Parras, Y A Ayala, M S Malmierca
Cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) are widely distributed in the brain, including the inferior colliculus (IC). Here, we aim to study whether endocannabinoids influence a specific type of neuronal adaptation, namely, stimulus-specific adaptation (SSA) found in some IC neurons. SSA is important because it has been found as early as the level of the midbrain and therefore it may be a neuronal correlate of early indices of deviance detection. Furthermore, recent studies have demonstrated a direct link between SSA and MMN, that is widely used as an outcome measure in a variety of human neurodegenerative disorders...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762136/predicting-cortisol-exposure-from-paediatric-hydrocortisone-formulation-using-a-semi-mechanistic-pharmacokinetic-model-established-in-healthy-adults
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Johanna Melin, Zinnia P Parra-Guillen, Niklas Hartung, Wilhelm Huisinga, Richard J Ross, Martin J Whitaker, Charlotte Kloft
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Optimisation of hydrocortisone replacement therapy in children is challenging as there is currently no licensed formulation and dose in Europe for children under 6 years of age. In addition, hydrocortisone has non-linear pharmacokinetics caused by saturable plasma protein binding. A paediatric hydrocortisone formulation, Infacort(®) oral hydrocortisone granules with taste masking, has therefore been developed. The objective of this study was to establish a population pharmacokinetic model based on studies in healthy adult volunteers to predict hydrocortisone exposure in paediatric patients with adrenal insufficiency...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761779/identification-of-ecogeographical-gaps-in-the-spanish-aegilops-collections-with-potential-tolerance-to-drought-and-salinity
#16
Rosa María Garcia, Mauricio Parra-Quijano, Jose María Iriondo
Drought, one of the most important abiotic stress factors limiting biomass, significantly reduces crop productivity. Salinization also affects the productivity of both irrigated and rain-fed wheat crops. Species of genus Aegilops can be considered crop wild relatives (CWR) of wheat and have been widely used as gene sources in wheat breeding, especially in providing resistance to pests and diseases. Five species (Ae. biuncialis, Ae. geniculata, Ae. neglecta, Ae. triuncialis and Ae. ventricosa) are included in the Spanish National Inventory of CWRs...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760404/retinal-toxicity-after-accidental-intravitreal-injection-of-mepivacaine-and-adrenaline
#17
F López-Herrero, J L Sánchez-Vicente, J Monge-Esquivel, E Parra-Oviedo, A Martínez-Borrego, A Muñoz-Morales
CASE REPORT: The case is presented of a 32 year-old male with no medical history of interest who suffered a traffic accident with mild traumatic brain injury. He had a left supraciliary incised and contused wound that extended to the left upper eyelid, with no loss of vision. After palpebral anaesthetic injection, there was a sudden visual acuity decrease in the left eye and hyposphagma located between I-III at 4mm from the limbus, with increased intraocular pressure. A whitish lesion with a central haemorrhagic focus was observed in the ocular fundus, corresponding to the area where the hyposphagma was located...
July 28, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759929/gastric-peroral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-gastroparesis-after-botulinum-toxin-injection
#18
Monica Saumoy, Najib Nassani, Joaquin Ortiz, Viviana Parra, Amy Tyberg, Michel Kahaleh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 31, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757016/characterization-of-corynebacterium-diphtheriae-c-confusum-and-c-amycolatum-isolated-from-sows-with-genitourinary-infection
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André P Poor, Luisa Z Moreno, Carlos E C Matajira, Beatriz M Parra, Vasco T M Gomes, Ana Paula S Silva, Mauricio C Dutra, Ana Paula G Christ, Mikaela R F Barbosa, Maria Inês Z Sato, Andrea M Moreno
Porcine Corynebacterium infection is still poorly studied, even though the pig has been described as an asymptomatic carrier of Corynebacterium species, including the zoonotic species C. ulcerans, C. confusum and C. amycolatum. Here we present the identification, molecular and antimicrobial susceptibility characterization of coryneform bacteria isolated from sows with urinary tract infection. C. diphtheriae, C. confusum and C. amycolatum were isolated from sows with urinary infection and metritis. Corynebacterium species were identified by MALDI-TOF MS and confirmed by 16S rRNA and rpoB sequencing...
August 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755649/tests-of-linear-and-nonlinear-relations-between-cumulative-contextual-risk-at-birth-and-psychosocial-problems-during-adolescence
#20
Gilbert R Parra, Gail L Smith, W Alex Mason, Jukka Savolainen, Mary B Chmelka, Jouko Miettunen, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
This study tested whether there are linear or nonlinear relations between prenatal/birth cumulative risk and psychosocial outcomes during adolescence. Participants (n = 6963) were taken from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort Study 1986. The majority of participants did not experience any contextual risk factors around the time of the target child's birth (58.1%). Even in this low-risk sample, cumulative contextual risk assessed around the time of birth was related to seven different psychosocial outcomes 16 years later...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Adolescence
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