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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926981/efficacy-of-allergen-immunotherapy-in-reducing-the-likelihood-of-developing-new-allergen-sensitizations-a-systematic-review
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Danilo Di Bona, Antonella Plaia, Maria Stefania Leto-Barone, Simona La Piana, Luigi Macchia, Gabriele Di Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: Guidelines and position papers indicate that allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is the only disease-modifying treatment, including prevention of the onset of new allergen sensitizations. However, this preventive effect was shown by only a few observational studies. Our aim was to systematically review the efficacy of AIT in preventing the onset of new allergen sensitizations. METHODS: Computerized bibliographic searches of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library (through June 2015) were supplemented with manual searches of reference lists...
December 7, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926944/targeting-neutrophils-to-prevent-malaria-associated-acute-lung-injury-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-mice
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Michelle K Sercundes, Luana S Ortolan, Daniela Debone, Paulo V Soeiro-Pereira, Eliane Gomes, Elizabeth H Aitken, Antonio Condino Neto, Momtchilo Russo, Maria R D' Império Lima, José M Alvarez, Silvia Portugal, Claudio R F Marinho, Sabrina Epiphanio
Malaria remains one of the greatest burdens to global health, causing nearly 500,000 deaths in 2014. When manifesting in the lungs, severe malaria causes acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS). We have previously shown that a proportion of DBA/2 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA) develop ALI/ARDS and that these mice recapitulate various aspects of the human syndrome, such as pulmonary edema, hemorrhaging, pleural effusion and hypoxemia. Herein, we investigated the role of neutrophils in the pathogenesis of malaria-associated ALI/ARDS...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926942/actin-related-protein-2-arp2-and-virus-induced-filopodia-facilitate-human-respiratory-syncytial-virus-spread
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Masfique Mehedi, Thomas McCarty, Scott E Martin, Cyril Le Nouën, Eugen Buehler, Yu-Chi Chen, Margery Smelkinson, Sundar Ganesan, Elizabeth R Fischer, Linda G Brock, Bo Liang, Shirin Munir, Peter L Collins, Ursula J Buchholz
Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an enveloped RNA virus that is the most important viral cause of acute pediatric lower respiratory tract illness worldwide, and lacks a vaccine or effective antiviral drug. The involvement of host factors in the RSV replicative cycle remains poorly characterized. A genome-wide siRNA screen in human lung epithelial A549 cells identified actin-related protein 2 (ARP2) as a host factor involved in RSV infection. ARP2 knockdown did not reduce RSV entry, and did not markedly reduce gene expression during the first 24 hr of infection, but decreased viral gene expression thereafter, an effect that appeared to be due to inhibition of viral spread to neighboring cells...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926882/effect-of-reduced-humic-acid-on-the-transport-of-ferrihydrite-nanoparticles-under-anoxic-conditions
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Peng Liao, Wenlu Li, Dengjun Wang, Yi Jiang, Chao Pan, John D Fortner, Songhu Yuan
Humic acid (HA) occurs ubiquitously in the subsurface environments and is well-known to play a critical role in the fate and transport of ferrihydrite nanoparticles (NPs) and NPs-associated contaminants. Under anoxic conditions, HA can readily be reduced by microorganisms or geochemical reducing species, and the mechanisms and kinetics of ferrihydrite reduction by reduced HA (HAred) are well-documented; however, the role of these redox reactions on the transport of ferrihydrite NPs is largely underestimated...
December 1, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926846/alamethicin-supramolecular-organization-in-lipid-membranes-from-19-f-solid-state-nmr
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Evgeniy S Salnikov, Jesus Raya, Marta De Zotti, Ekaterina Zaitseva, Cristina Peggion, Gema Ballano, Claudio Toniolo, Jan Raap, Burkhard Bechinger
Alamethicins (ALMs) are antimicrobial peptides of fungal origin. Their sequences are rich in hydrophobic amino acids and strongly interact with lipid membranes, where they cause a well-defined increase in conductivity. Therefore, the peptides are thought to form transmembrane helical bundles in which the more hydrophilic residues line a water-filled pore. Whereas the peptide has been well characterized in terms of secondary structure, membrane topology, and interactions, much fewer data are available regarding the quaternary arrangement of the helices within lipid bilayers...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926839/circular-dichroism-spectroscopy-of-collagen-fibrillogenesis-a-new-use-for-an-old-technique
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Kathryn E Drzewiecki, Daniel R Grisham, Avanish S Parmar, Vikas Nanda, David I Shreiber
Type-I collagen assembles in a stepwise, hierarchic fashion from the folding of the triple helix to the assembly of fibrils into fibers. The mature assembled fibers are crucial for tissue structure and mechanics, cell interactions, and other functions in vivo. Although triple helix folding can be followed with the use of optical methods such as circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy, fibrillogenesis is typically measured by alternative methods such as turbidity, rheology, and microscopy. Together, these approaches allow for investigation of the mechanical properties and architectures of collagen-based scaffolds and excised tissues...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926825/mycobacterium-malmesburyense-sp-nov-a-novel-non-tuberculous-mycobacterium-species-revealed-by-multiple-gene-sequence-characterization
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Nomakorinte Gcebe, Victor Rutten, Nicolaas Gey van Pittius, Brendon Naicker, Anita Michel
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous in the environment and an increasing number of NTM species have been isolated and characterized from both humans and animals, highlighting the zoonotic potential of these bacteria. Host exposure to NTM may impact on cross-reactive immune responsiveness which may affect diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis and may also play a role in the variability of the efficacy of Mycobacterium bovis BCG vaccination against tuberculosis. In this study we characterized 10 NTM isolates originating from water, soil, nasal swabs of cattle and African buffalo as well as bovine tissue samples...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926804/the-impact-of-racism-and-midwifery-s-lack-of-racial-diversity-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Jyesha Wren Serbin, Elizabeth Donnelly
INTRODUCTION: The United States is increasingly racially diverse. Racial disparities in maternal-child health persist. Despite national calls for workforce diversification, more than 90% of certified nurse-midwives are white. This systematic review examines how racism and midwifery's lack of racial diversity impact both midwives and their patients. METHODS: Databases were searched in January 2016 for studies that explored 1) racially concordant or racially discordant maternity care provided, at least in part, by midwives; 2) women of color's experience of race and discrimination in maternity care provided, at least in part, by midwives; and 3) midwives of color's experience of race and discrimination in clinical, educational, and/or professional settings...
November 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926800/interobserver-reproducibility-of-cytologic-p16-ink4a-ki-67-dual-immunostaining-in-human-papillomavirus-positive-women
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Maria Benevolo, Elena Allia, Daniela Gustinucci, Francesca Rollo, Simonetta Bulletti, Elena Cesarini, Basilio Passamonti, Maria Rosaria Giovagnoli, Elisabetta Carico, Francesca M Carozzi, Alessandra Mongia, Giulia Fantacci, Massimo Confortini, Teresa Rubino, Cristina Fodero, Sonia Prandi, Natalina Marchi, Angelo Farruggio, Anna Coccia, Luigia Macrì, Bruno Ghiringhello, Guglielmo Ronco, Emma Bragantini, Enzo Polla, Vincenzo Maccallini, Giovanni Negri, Paolo Giorgi Rossi
BACKGROUND: The accumulation of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (p16(ink4a) ) protein in a cell is associated with neoplastic progression in precancerous cervical lesions. Dual staining for p16(ink4a) and Ki-67 has been proposed as a triage test in cervical cancer screening for women who test positive for human papillomavirus DNA. In this study, interobserver reproducibility of the interpretation of this test was assessed. METHODS: Forty-two immunostained, liquid-based cytology slides were divided into 2 sets and were interpreted by 17 to 21 readers from 9 different laboratories, yielding a total of 816 reports...
December 7, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926795/tumour-budding-evaluated-in-biopsy-specimens-is-a-useful-predictor-of-prognosis-in-patients-with-cn0-early-stage-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Mai Seki, Takaaki Sano, Satoshi Yokoo, Tetsunari Oyama
AIMS: Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) prognosis depends on lymph node metastasis (LNM). We recently reported that tumour budding is a good predictive factor for LNM in squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and floor of the mouth (FOM). Our aim was to evaluate whether tumour budding is a good prognostic factor in OSCC. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined conventional histopathological assessment and a new factor, tumour budding, in 209 cases of OSCC in incisional biopsy specimens...
December 7, 2016: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926743/antecedents-of-new-onset-major-depressive-disorder-in-children-and-adolescents-at-high-familial-risk
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Frances Rice, Ruth Sellers, Gemma Hammerton, Olga Eyre, Rhys Bevan-Jones, Ajay K Thapar, Stephan Collishaw, Gordon T Harold, Anita Thapar
Importance: Early-onset major depressive disorder (MDD) is common in individuals at high familial risk of depression and is associated with poor long-term mental health, social, and educational outcomes. Objectives: To examine the developmental pathways that lead to first-episode adolescent-onset MDD (incident cases) in those at high familial risk and to postulate a theoretically informed model that enables simultaneous testing of different pathways to incident adolescent-onset MDD composed of contributions from familial/genetic and social risk factors, as well as effects via specific clinical antecedents...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926732/electric-field-stimulated-protein-mechanics
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Doeke R Hekstra, K Ian White, Michael A Socolich, Robert W Henning, Vukica Šrajer, Rama Ranganathan
The internal mechanics of proteins-the coordinated motions of amino acids and the pattern of forces constraining these motions-connects protein structure to function. Here we describe a new method combining the application of strong electric field pulses to protein crystals with time-resolved X-ray crystallography to observe conformational changes in spatial and temporal detail. Using a human PDZ domain (LNX2(PDZ2)) as a model system, we show that protein crystals tolerate electric field pulses strong enough to drive concerted motions on the sub-microsecond timescale...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926681/influence-of-immediate-and-delayed-lower-limb-amputation-compared-with-lower-limb-salvage-on-functional-and-mental-health-outcomes-post-rehabilitation-in-the-u-k-military
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Peter Ladlow, Rhodri Phillip, Russell Coppack, John Etherington, James Bilzon, M Polly McGuigan, Alexander N Bennett
BACKGROUND: Medical practitioners face difficult decisions over whether to amputate or to salvage a lower limb that has undergone trauma. To our knowledge, there has been little evidence reporting the impact of different surgical decisions on functional and mental health outcomes following intensive rehabilitation that might inform decision-making. METHODS: This study is a retrospective, independent-group comparison of rehabilitation outcomes from a U.K. military complex trauma rehabilitation center...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926671/of-20-376-lumbar-discectomies-2-6-of-patients-readmitted-within-30-days-surgical-site-infection-pain-and-thromboembolic-events-are-the-most-common-reasons-for-readmission
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Matthew L Webb, Stephen J Nelson, Ameya Save, Jonathan Cui, Adam M Lukasiewicz, Andre M Samuel, Pablo J Diaz-Collado, Daniel D Bohl, Nathaniel T Ondeck, Ryan P McLynn, Jonathan N Grauer
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: As an initial effort to address readmissions after lumbar discectomy, reasons for hospital readmission are identified and discussed. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Lumbar discectomy is a commonly performed procedure. The Affordable Care Act codifies penalties for hospital readmissions. New quality-based reimbursements tied to readmissions call for a better understanding of the causes of readmission after procedures such as lumbar discectomy...
December 6, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926652/hysteroscopic-sterilization-with-essure-summary-of-the-u-s-food-and-drug-administration-actions-and-policy-implications-for-postmarketing-surveillance
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Jessica R Walter, Comeron W Ghobadi, Emily Hayman, Shuai Xu
In September 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a meeting of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Advisory Board Committee to address the sudden increase of patient-reported adverse events surrounding Essure, a Class III device offering a less invasive method for permanent female sterilization. After a review of the premarketing and postmarketing data and existing scientific literature, the FDA concluded there was insufficient evidence to remove the device from the market. However, the FDA did release a new guidance document requiring a black box warning for the device and ordered a new postmarketing study comparing Essure's safety and efficacy with laparoscopic tubal sterilization...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926651/factors-underlying-the-temporal-increase-in-maternal-mortality-in-the-united-states
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K S Joseph, Sarka Lisonkova, Giulia M Muraca, Neda Razaz, Yasser Sabr, Azar Mehrabadi, Enrique F Schisterman
OBJECTIVE: To identify the factors underlying the recent increase in maternal mortality ratios (maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) in the United States. METHODS: We carried out a retrospective study with data on maternal deaths and live births in the United States from 1993 to 2014 obtained from the birth and death files of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Underlying causes of death were examined between 1999 and 2014 using International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926637/pigmentation-and-pregnancy-knowing-what-is-normal
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Amy Kalowitz Bieber, Kathryn J Martires, Jennifer A Stein, Jane M Grant-Kels, Marcia S Driscoll, Miriam Keltz Pomeranz
Changes in melanocytic nevi during pregnancy are frequently attributed to the new hormonal milieu and are dismissed without concern for malignancy. Recent studies suggest that pregnancy itself does not induce significant change in nevi, and delays in the assessment of changing moles may contribute to the often more advanced nature of melanomas diagnosed during or soon after pregnancy. Nevi on the breasts and abdomen can grow as a result of skin expansion, but studies have found no significant changes in nevi located in more stable areas such as the back or lower extremities...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926623/clinician-perceptions-of-teamwork-in-the-emergency-department-does-nurse-and-medical-provider-workspace-placement-make-a-difference
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Amy L Weaver, Susan Hernandez, Daiwai M Olson
OBJECTIVE: This study was intended to determine whether positioning emergency department (ED) physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners at the same workstations as registered nurses (RNs) improved communication and teamwork. BACKGROUND: Historically in this organization, providers and staff had separate physical locations (workstations). Construction of a new ED provided the opportunity to redesign the physical layout and to study whether a new design improved the perception of communication and teamwork among medical providers...
January 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926618/does-sensory-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-prevent-pneumonia-in-the-acute-stage-of-stroke-a-preliminary-study
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Satoshi Hamada, Hirofumi Yamaguchi, Hiroyoshi Hara
Acute stroke patients with dysphagia are at risk of developing pulmonary infection, which increases the risk of death. Therefore, optimal management of dysphagia is essential; however, available evidence supporting the effectiveness of dysphagia treatments is limited. Surface electrical stimulation (e-stim) has been developed as a new treatment modality for dysphagia. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of surface sensory e-stim therapy in preventing pulmonary infection in 53 acute stroke patients with dysphagia...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926614/clinical-coordination-in-accountable-care-organizations-a-qualitative-study
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Valerie A Lewis, Karen Schoenherr, Taressa Fraze, Aleen Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are becoming a common payment and delivery model. Despite widespread interest, little empirical research has examined what efforts or strategies ACOs are using to change care and reduce costs. Knowledge of ACOs' clinical efforts can provide important context for understanding ACO performance, particularly to distinguish arenas where ACOs have and have not attempted care transformation. PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to understand ACOs' efforts to change clinical care during the first 18 months of ACO contracts...
December 6, 2016: Health Care Management Review
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