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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054110/mortality-burden-from-seasonal-influenza-and-2009-h1n1-pandemic-influenza-in-beijing-china-2007-2013
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REVIEW
Shuangsheng Wu, Zaihua Wei, Carolyn M Greene, Peng Yang, Jianting Su, Ying Song, A Danielle Iuliano, Quanyi Wang
BACKGROUND: Data about influenza mortality burden in northern China are limited. This study estimated mortality burden in Beijing associated with seasonal influenza from 2007-2013 and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. METHODS: We estimated influenza-associated excess mortality by fitting a negative binomial model using weekly mortality data as the outcome of interest with the percent of influenza positive samples by type/subtype as predictor variables. RESULTS: From 2007 to 2013, an average of 2,375 (CI 1,002-8,688) deaths was attributed to influenza per season, accounting for 3% of all deaths...
October 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054106/age-of-diagnosis-incidence-and-prevalence-of-recurrent-respiratory-papillomatosis-a-south-african-perspective
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R Y Seedat, R Schall
OBJECTIVES: To determine the distribution of the age of onset of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) and to determine the incidence and prevalence of RRP in both adults and children in the Free State province of South Africa in order to provide data from a population in sub-Saharan African. DESIGN: Retrospective record review. PARTICIPANTS: All patients with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in the Free State province of South Africa between 2011 and 2015...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053932/the-patterns-of-in-vitro-cell-death-and-inflammatory-cytokines-induced-by-distinct-bcg-vaccine-strains-are-differentially-induced-in-human-mononuclear-cells
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C Ponte, M Hacker, M Moraes, L Castello-Branco, F Silva, P Antas
Tuberculosis (TB) remains among the world's leading cause of mortality. For its control, studies of TB vaccines are needed. Since live-attenuated Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only TB vaccine currently in use, studies on the protective role of BCG are required. In this study, we analyzed host cells purified directly from whole blood of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative volunteers, comprising adult healthy donors (HD) and neonates (umbilical cord bloods, UCB), with the aim to directly compare in vitro immune responses with distinct BCG strains in human mononuclear cells...
October 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053910/a-simplified-protocol-using-rituximab-and-immunoglobulin-for-abo-incompatible-low-titer-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Seong Hoon Kim, Eung Chang Lee, Jae Ryong Shim, Sang Jae Park
BACKGROUND & AIMS: No consensus has been reached regarding optimal treatment strategies for ABO-incompatible (ABO-I) living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We introduce a simplified protocol using rituximab and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). METHODS: Data were analyzed on adult patients who underwent ABO-I LDLT of which protocol added rituximab (300 mg/m(2) ) before surgery and IVIG (0.8 g/kg) on postoperative days 1 and 4 to the conventional immunosuppressive regimen used in ABO-compatible (ABO-C) LDLT, without plasmapheresis, splenectomy, or graft local infusion...
October 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053909/impact-of-ledipasvir-sofosbuvir-on-the-work-productivity-of-genotype-1-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients-in-asia
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Zobair M Younossi, Henry Lik Yuen Chan, Yock Young Dan, Mei Hsuan Lee, Young-Suk Lim, Eliza Kruger, Seng Chuen Tan
Chronic, untreated hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with a poor clinical prognosis and a detrimental impact on patients' lives, including on work productivity. To estimate the value of productivity losses due to genotype 1 (GT1) HCV infection in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan and to estimate the potential productivity gains associated with treating patients with ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) therapy,an economic model was developed with a time horizon of one year. HCV patients entered the model at 12 weeks post-treatment, having achieved or not achieved sustained virological response (SVR)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053891/look-beyond-the-door-not-through-the-keyhole-evidence-from-a-cognitive-assessment-including-social-cognition-evaluation-in-multiple-sclerosis
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EDITORIAL
Antonio Carotenuto
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder leading to both physical and cognitive disability in young adults. These limitations harshly impact the overall subject's habits and are predictive of poor social integration, resulting in reduced working activity and limited social network [1]. To this point, among the cognitive domains that could be impaired in MS, Social Cognition (SC) can have a direct impact on this outcome, due to its involvement in social interactions. This article is protected by copyright...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053888/epidemiological-patterns-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-in-lithuania-and-clinical-features-in-adults-in-the-light-of-the-high-incidence-in-recent-years-a-retrospective-study
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Daiva Radzišauskienė, Kęstutis Žagminas, Loreta Ašoklienė, Arminas Jasionis, Rūta Mameniškienė, Arvydas Ambrozaitis, Ligita Jančorienė, Dalius Jatužis, Iveta Petraitytė, Evelina Mockienė
BACKGROUND: Lithuania is one of the countries with the highest incidence of TBE in Europe. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiological patterns of TBE in Lithuania, and characterize clinical features in adults in the light of the high incidence in recent years. METHODS: Surveillance data available on the website of the Center for Communicable Diseases and AIDS of Lithuania were used to describe the epidemiological patterns of TBE. The retrospective study included 712 patients hospitalized in the Center for Infectious Diseases and the Center for Neurology of Vilnius University in the years 2005-2014...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053887/low-foxg1-and-high-olig-2-labelling-indices-define-a-prognostically-favorable-subset-in-idh-mutant-gliomas
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Sarah Schäfer, Felix Behling, Marco Skardelly, Marilin Koch, Ines Ott, Frank Paulsen, Ghazaleh Tabatabai, Jens Schittenhelm
AIMS: Previous data suggest that expression of transcription factors FoxG1 and Olig-2 can separate hotspot H3F3A-mutant tumors in pediatric glioma. We evaluated their prognostic potential and feasibility for identifying H3F3A-mutant tumors among IDH-mutant/wildtype gliomas. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry of FoxG1/Olig-2 and ATRX in 471 cases of diffuse gliomas and molecular determination of IDH, H3F3A, MGMT and 1p/19 codeletion status. RESULTS: Mean percentage of FoxG1 positive tumor cells increased from 17% in WHO grade II to over 21% in grade III to 37% in grade IV tumors, while mean Olig-2 indices decreased from 29% to 28% to 17% respectively...
October 20, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053189/pilot-screening-study-of-targeted-genetic-polymorphisms-for-association-with-seasonal-influenza-hospital-admission
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Tonia C Carter, Scott J Hebbring, Jixia Liu, Jonathan D Mosley, Christian M Shaffer, Lynn C Ivacic, Sarah Kopitzke, Elisha L Stefanski, Rob Strenn, Maria E Sundaram, Jennifer Meece, Murray H Brilliant, Jill M Ferdinands, Edward A Belongia
Host response to influenza is highly variable, suggesting a potential role of host genetic variation. To investigate the host genetics of severe influenza in a targeted fashion, 32 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within viral immune response genes were evaluated for association with seasonal influenza hospitalization in an adult study population with European ancestry. SNP allele and genotype frequencies were compared between hospitalized influenza patients (cases) and population controls in a case-control study that included a discovery group (26 cases and 993 controls) and two independent, validation groups (one with 84 cases and 4,076 controls; the other with 128 cases and 9,187 controls)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053168/fl-926-16-a-novel-bioavailable-carnosinase-resistant-carnosine-derivative-prevents-onset-and-stops-progression-of-diabetic-nephropathy-in-db-db-mice
#10
Carla Iacobini, Stefano Menini, Claudia Blasetti Fantauzzi, Carlo M Pesce, Andrea Giaccari, Enrica Salomone, Annunziata Lapolla, Marica Orioli, Giancarlo Aldini, Giuseppe Pugliese
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) participate in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN) by promoting renal inflammation and injury. L-carnosine acts as a quencher of the AGE precursors reactive carbonyl species (RCS), but it is rapidly inactivated by carnosinase. This study evaluated the effect of FL-926-16, a carnosinase-resistant and bioavailable carnosine derivative, on the onset and progression of DN in db/db mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Adult male db/db mice and coeval db/m controls were left untreated or treated with FL-926-16 (30 mg·kg(-1) body weight) from week 6 to 20 (prevention protocol) or from week 20 to 34 (regression protocol)...
October 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052906/evaluation-of-adherence-and-tolerability-of-prolonged-release-tacrolimus-advagraf-%C3%A2-in-kidney-transplant-patients-in-germany-a-multicenter-non-interventional-study
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Lukas J Lehner, Petra Reinke, Jan Hörstrup, Thomas Rath, Barbara Suwelack, Bernhard K Krämer, Klemens Budde, Bernhard Banas
This study assessed adherence to prolonged-release tacrolimus (PR-T)-based immunosuppression during routine maintenance of renal transplant recipients in Germany. Patients had received PR-T for ≥1 month at inclusion. Data were collected during four visits (V): baseline (V1), 6 (V2), 12 (V3) and 18 (V4) months. Composite primary endpoint: non-adherence at V4, defined as self-reported non-adherence on the Basel Assessment of Adherence with Immunosuppressive Medication Scale (BAASIS©), investigator-rated non-adherence, and/or V4 tacrolimus trough level outside a pre-defined range...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052494/occurrence-of-toluene-in-canadian-total-diet-foods-and-its-significance-to-overall-human-exposure
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Xu-Liang Cao, Luc Pelletier, Melissa Sparling, Robert Dabeka
Levels of most VOCs in foods are usually low because of their volatility, and human exposure to VOCs is expected to be mainly via inhalation of ambient and indoor air. However, dietary exposures to VOCs can be significant to overall exposures if elevated concentrations of VOCs are present in foods consumed in high amounts and/or on a regular basis, and this was demonstrated in this study with the occurrence data of toluene from the recent 2014 Canadian Total Diet Study (TDS). Concentrations of toluene in the composite samples of most food types from the 2014 TDS are low and similar to the results from the previous 2007 TDS with some exceptions, such as beef steak (670 ng/g (2014 TDS) vs...
October 20, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052315/identification-and-evolution-of-latrophilin-receptor-gene-involved-in-tribolium-castaneum-devolopment-and-female-fecundity
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Shanshan Gao, Xing Liu, Juanjuan Liu, Wenfeng Xiong, Xiaowen Song, Wu Wei, Luting Wei, Bin Li
Latrophilins (LPHs) are adhesion G-protein-coupled receptors comprising three paralogous forms (LPH-1, LPH-2 and LPH-3) and known receptors for α-latrotoxin, which are involved in growth, development, adaptability and schizophrenia and other diseases in vertebrates. However, the functions of LPH are poorly understood in most insects. Here, phylogenetic and synteny analysis indicated that LPH-1 and LPH-3 evolved separately from a common ancestor LPH-2. Then, latrophilin (Tclph) was cloned in Tribolium castaneum, and three alternatively spliced transcripts (Tclpha, Tclphb and Tclphc) were identified...
October 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052288/implementation-of-a-gerontology-nurse-specialist-role-in-primary-health-care-health-professional-and-older-adult-perspectives
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A I I King, M L Boyd, L Dagley, D L Raphael
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore an innovative primary healthcare gerontology nurse specialist role from the perspectives of older people and health professionals. BACKGROUND: Primary care is struggling to meet the needs and demands of complex older people. New models which incorporate holistic assessment and care coordination are necessary. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive general inductive design was used. METHODS: Older people at risk of health and functional decline were identified and received a comprehensive gerontology assessment and care coordination...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052004/hypoxia-regulated-catecholamine-secretion-in-chromaffin-cells
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REVIEW
Colin A Nurse, Shaima Salman, Angela L Scott
Adrenal catecholamine (CAT) secretion is a general physiological response of animals to environmental stressors such as hypoxia. This represents an important adaptive mechanism to maintain homeostasis and protect vital organs such as the brain. In adult mammals, CAT secretory responses are triggered by activation of the sympathetic nervous system that supplies cholinergic innervation of adrenomedullary chromaffin cells (AMC) via the splanchnic nerve. In the neonate, the splanchnic innervation of AMC is immature or absent, yet hypoxia stimulates a non-neurogenic CAT secretion that is critical for adaptation to extra-uterine life...
October 19, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051562/motifs-in-the-tau-protein-that-control-binding-to-microtubules-and-aggregation-determine-pathological-effects
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Aurélien Lathuilière, Pamela Valdés, Stéphanie Papin, Matthias Cacquevel, Catherine Maclachlan, Graham W Knott, Andreas Muhs, Paolo Paganetti, Bernard L Schneider
Tau pathology is associated with cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease, and missense tau mutations cause frontotemporal dementia. Hyperphosphorylation and misfolding of tau are considered critical steps leading to tauopathies. Here, we determine how motifs controlling conformational changes in the microtubule-binding domain determine tau pathology in vivo. Human tau was overexpressed in the adult mouse forebrain to compare variants carrying residues that modulate tau propensity to acquire a β-sheet conformation...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051456/self-reported-symptoms-and-pesticide-use-among-farm-workers-in-arusha-northern-tanzania-a-cross-sectional-study
#17
Wilbert Bunini Manyilizu, Robbinson Hammerton Mdegela, Arnfinn Helleve, Eystein Skjerve, Rudovick Kazwala, Hezron Nonga, Mette Hellen Bjorge Muller, Elisabeth Lie, Jan Lyche
The objective of the study was to describe self-reported health symptoms, the use of personal protective gear and clothing and poor safety procedures when applying pesticides among farm workers. A total of 128 adult farm workers were interviewed using a structured questionnaire during the farming season. The commonly used pesticides included profenofos, mancozeb, chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin, deltamethrin, permethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, endosulfan and carbosulfan. The majority (>90%) of farm workers used no personal protective clothing while handling pesticides...
September 27, 2017: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049981/angiotensin-receptor-blockade-improves-cardiac-mitochondrial-activity-in-response-to-an-acute-glucose-load-in-obese-insulin-resistant-rats
#18
Max Thorwald, Ruben Rodriguez, Andrew Lee, Bridget Martinez, Janos Peti-Peterdi, Daisuke Nakano, Akira Nishiyama, Rudy M Ortiz
Hyperglycemia increases the risk of oxidant overproduction in the heart through activation of a multitude of pathways. Oxidation of mitochondrial enzymes may impair their function resulting in accumulation of intermediates and reverse electron transfer, contributing to mitochondrial dysfunction. Furthermore, the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) becomes inappropriately activated during metabolic syndrome, increasing oxidant production. To combat excess oxidant production, the transcription factor, nuclear factor erythriod-2- related factor 2 (Nrf2), induces expression of many antioxidant genes...
October 7, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049855/intra-arterial-transplantation-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-hbmmscs-improves-behavioral-deficits-and-alters-gene-expression-in-rodent-stroke-model
#19
Vibhuti, Rehan Khan, Alpana Sharma, Suman Jain, Sujata Mohanty, Kameshwar Prasad
Stroke is a multi-factorial polygenic disease and is a major cause of death and adult disability. Administration of bone marrow stem cells protects ischemic rat brain by facilitating recovery of neurological functions. But the molecular mechanism of stem cells action and their effect on gene expression is not well explored. In this study, we have transplanted 1× 10(6) human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBMMSCs) in middle cerebral artery occluded (MCAo) adult male Wistar rats through intracarotid artery route at 24 hours after surgery...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049398/gravidity-is-not-associated-with-telomere-length-in-a-biracial-cohort-of-middle-aged-women-the-coronary-artery-risk-development-in-young-adults-cardia-study
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Abbi D Lane-Cordova, Eli Puterman, Erica P Gunderson, Cheeling Chan, Lifang Hou, Mercedes Carnethon
OBJECTIVE: Having experienced 2-3 births is associated with reduced mortality versus women with <2 or ≥4 births. The effect of 2-3 births on lifespan may be associated with delayed cellular aging. We hypothesized telomere length, a marker of cellular aging, would be longer in women who had 2-3 pregnancies. METHODS: Leukocyte telomere length was measured using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction in 620 women in CARDIA at the year 15 and 20 exams, expressed as the ratio of telomere repeat copy number to single-copy gene copy number (T/S)...
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