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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819998/reliability-and-validity-of-the-script-concordance-test-for-postgraduate-students-of-general-practice
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Julie Subra, Bruno Chicoulaa, André Stillmunkès, Pierre Mesthé, Stéphane Oustric, Marie-Eve Rougé Bugat
BACKGROUND: The script concordance test (SCT) is a validated method of examining students' clinical reasoning. Medical students' professional skills are assessed during their postgraduate years as they study for a specialist qualification in general practice. However, no specific provision is made for assessing their clinical reasoning during their postgraduate study. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to demonstrate the reliability and validity of the SCT in general practice and to determine if this tool could be used to assess medical students' progress in acquiring clinical reasoning...
December 2017: European Journal of General Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818972/fertile-offspring-from-sterile-sex-chromosome-trisomic-mice
#2
Takayuki Hirota, Hiroshi Ohta, Benjamin E Powell, Shantha K Mahadevaiah, Obah A Ojarikre, Mitinori Saitou, James M A Turner
Having the correct number of chromosomes is vital for normal development and health. Sex chromosome trisomy (SCT) affects 0.1% of the human population and is associated with infertility. We show that during reprogramming to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), fibroblasts from sterile trisomic XXY and XYY mice lose the extra sex chromosome, by a phenomenon we term trisomy-biased chromosome loss (TCL). Resulting euploid XY iPSCs can be differentiated into the male germ cell lineage and functional sperm that can be used in intracytoplasmic sperm injection to produce chromosomally normal, fertile offspring...
August 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817402/the-importance-of-natural-killer-cell-killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-mismatch-in-transplant-outcomes
#3
Kate Stringaris, Austin J Barrett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In recent years, the rules of engagement between natural killer (NK) cells and their targets have become better defined with the identification of an array of NK surface molecules, notably the killer immunoglobulin-like (KIR) receptors and their ligands on target cells through which signals of activation or suppression of NK function are mediated. After allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT), the opportunity for NK cell activation can occur both in human leucocyte antigen (HLA) matched and HLA mismatched pairs...
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815619/sluggish-cognitive-tempo-in-children-and-adolescents-with-higher-functioning-autism-spectrum-disorders-social-impairments-and-internalizing-symptoms
#4
Outi Reinvall, Teija Kujala, Arja Voutilainen, Anu-Liisa Moisio, Pekka Lahti-Nuuttila, Marja Laasonen
Sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) was introduced in 1980s in the field of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Studies indicate that symptoms of SCT are separate from symptoms of ADHD and independently associated with multiple domains of functioning in clinical groups and in typical development. We assessed whether similar pattern would apply to higher functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Children with higher functioning ASD (N = 55; 5-15 years) were divided into the ASD+High SCT (n = 17), the ASD+Medium SCT (n = 18) and the ASD+Low SCT (n = 20) groups based on parent-rated daydreaming and slowness on the Five to Fifteen questionnaire (FTF)...
August 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810839/relationships-between-sickle-cell-trait-malaria-and-educational-outcomes-in-tanzania
#5
Kevin Croke, Deus S Ishengoma, Filbert Francis, Julie Makani, Mathias L Kamugisha, John Lusingu, Martha Lemnge, Horacio Larreguy, Günther Fink, Bruno P Mmbando
BACKGROUND: Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) has been shown to be protective against malaria. A growing literature suggests that malaria exposure can reduce educational attainment. This study assessed the relationship and interactions between malaria, SCT and educational attainment in north-eastern Tanzania. METHODS: Seven hundred sixty seven children were selected from a list of individuals screened for SCT. Febrile illness and malaria incidence were monitored from January 2006 to December 2013 by community health workers...
August 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808609/optimizing-peripheral-blood-stem-cells-transplantation-outcome-through-amend-relapse-and-graft-failure-a-review-of-current-literature
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Saeed Mohammadi, Amir Hossein Norooznezhad, Ashraf Malek Mohammadi, Hajar Nasiri, Mohsen Nikbakht, Najmaldin Saki, Mohammad Vaezi, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) has been considered as a valuable approach in treatment of numerous malignant and none malignant hematologic disorders. However, relapse and poor graft function (PGF) after allo-SCT remain to be controversial issues which may affect the transplantation outcome. Relevant articles were searched in MEDLINE database (2000-2016) using keywords and phrases: donor lymphocyte infusions, allogeneic stem cells transplantation, relapsed hematologic malignancies, booster schedules, cell dose, laboratory monitoring protocols and technical aspects of apheresis...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807770/gsta1-genetic-variants-and-conditioning-regimen-missing-key-factors-in-dosing-guidelines-of-busulfan-in-pediatric-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#7
T Nava, M A Rezgui, Crs Uppugunduri, P Huezo-Diaz Curtis, Y Théoret, M Duval, L E Daudt, M Ansari, M Krajinovic, H Bittencourt
Busulfan (Bu) is a key component of conditioning regimens used prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT) in children. Different predictive methods have been used to calculate the Bu first-dose. To evaluate the necessity of further improvements, we retrospectively analyzed the currently available weight- and age-based guidelines to calculate the first doses in 101 children who underwent allogenic SCT in CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, following an intravenous Bu-containing conditioning regimen according to genetic and clinical factors...
August 11, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805792/immune-reconstitution-in-patients-with-acquired-severe-aplastic-anemia-after-haploidentical-stem-cell-transplantation
#8
X-Y Pei, X-Y Zhao, L-P Xu, Y Wang, X-H Zhang, Y-J Chang, X-J Huang
Immune recovery (IR) after haploidentical stem cell transplantation (haplo-SCT) in severe aplastic anemia (SAA) patients remains relatively unknown. In this study, we examined immune cell subset counts and immunoglobulins in 81 SAA patients from day 30 to day 365 after haplo-SCT. Simultaneously, we determined which factors influence IR and analyzed the effects of immune cell subsets on transplant outcomes. We found that: (i) The reconstitution of different immune cell subsets occurred at different rates after haplo-SCT...
August 14, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805447/performance-on-naturalistic-virtual-reality-tasks-depends-on-global-cognitive-functioning-as-assessed-via-traditional-neurocognitive-tests
#9
Jorge Oliveira, Pedro Gamito, Daniyal M Alghazzawi, Habib M Fardoun, Pedro J Rosa, Tatiana Sousa, Luís Felipe Picareli, Diogo Morais, Paulo Lopes
This investigation sought to understand whether performance in naturalistic virtual reality tasks for cognitive assessment relates to the cognitive domains that are supposed to be measured. The Shoe Closet Test (SCT) was developed based on a simple visual search task involving attention skills, in which participants have to match each pair of shoes with the colors of the compartments in a virtual shoe closet. The interaction within the virtual environment was made using the Microsoft Kinect. The measures consisted of concurrent paper-and-pencil neurocognitive tests for global cognitive functioning, executive functions, attention, psychomotor ability, and the outcomes of the SCT...
August 14, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805282/autologous-breast-reconstruction-in-sickle-cell-trait-a-fine-line-between-success-failure
#10
Danny A Young-Afat, Marije J Hoornweg, Martine A van Huizum
Autologous breast reconstructions are increasingly being performed. While increased risks for flap loss after free tissue transfer (FTT) in sickle cell patients are known to most plastic surgeons, risks for patients with sickle cell trait (SCT) are less known. Unfortunately, recommendations to prevent complications after FTT in SCT are still scarce. We present additional and novel surgical measures that we took aiming to enhance probabilities for successful FTT in a SCT patient undergoing autologous breast reconstruction...
August 14, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804829/lupus-anticoagulant-testing-activated-partial-thromboplastin-time-aptt-and-silica-clotting-time-sct
#11
Armando Tripodi, Veena Chantarangkul
Actvated partial thromboplastin time and its congener test Silica clotting time are used for the laboratory detection of lupus anticoagulants. Their performance consists of mixing test plasma with activators of the contact coagulation factors, phospholipids and calcium chloride, and recording the clotting time. Here we describe the principle, performance and extensive practical details of the two methods, the problems that may be encountered and how they can be identified and overcome.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803458/neglect-and-aphasia-in-the-acute-phase-as-predictors-of-functional-outcome-seven-years-after-ischemic-stroke
#12
Joel Gerafi, Hans Samuelsson, Jo I Viken, Charlotte Blomgren, Lisbeth Claesson, Sakari Kallio, Christina Jern, Christian Blomstrand, Katarina Jood
BACKGROUND: Visuospatial inattention (VSI) and language impairment (LI) are often present early after stroke and associations with an unfavorable short-term functional outcome have been reported. The purpose of this study was to investigate if a screening of VSI and of LI as indicators of cortical symptoms early after stroke could predict long-term functional outcomes. METHODS: A consecutive cohort of 375 ischemic stroke patients was assessed for the occurrence of VSI, in median, 7 days after admission (interquartile range 5 days) using Star Cancellation Test (SCT) and for LI (within the first 7 days) with the language item in the Scandinavian Stroke Scale (SSS)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801815/plasma-levels-of-complement-activation-fragments-c3b-and-sc5b-9-significantly-increased-in-patients-with-thrombotic-microangiopathy-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation
#13
Jiaqian Qi, Jie Wang, Jia Chen, Jian Su, Yaqiong Tang, Xiaojin Wu, Xiao Ma, Feng Chen, Changgeng Ruan, X Long Zheng, Depei Wu, Yue Han
Transplantation-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is an uncommon but severe complication in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT). However, the mechanism is unclear. From 2011 to 2014, 20 patients with TA-TMA, 20 patients without, and 54 patients with various other complications, including veno occlusive disease (VOD), graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and infection, were recruited in the study. Plasma vWF antigen (vWFAg), vWF activity (vWFAc), and ADAMTS13 activity were determined in these patients by ELISAs and FRETS-vWF73 assay, respectively...
August 11, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800715/an-eeg-study-of-children-with-and-without-adhd-symptoms-between-group-differences-and-associations-with-sluggish-cognitive-tempo-symptoms
#14
Matthew A Jarrett, Philip A Gable, Ana T Rondon, Lauren B Neal, Hannah F Price, Dane C Hilton
OBJECTIVE: We examined differences between those with and without ADHD symptoms on resting state electroencephalography (EEG) indices and unique relations with sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) symptoms. METHOD: Children with ADHD symptoms ( n = 21) and healthy controls ( n = 20) were assessed using rating scales, a neuropsychological task measuring sustained attention and inhibitory control, and EEG activity during a resting state period. Between-group, correlational, and regression analyses were conducted...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Attention Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800601/sequence-homology-between-hla-bound-cytomegalovirus-and-human-peptides-a-potential-trigger-for-alloreactivity
#15
Charles E Hall, Vishal N Koparde, Maximilian Jameson-Lee, Abdelrhman G Elnasseh, Allison F Scalora, David J Kobulnicky, Myrna G Serrano, Catherine H Roberts, Gregory A Buck, Michael C Neale, Daniel E Nixon, Amir A Toor
Human cytomegalovirus (hCMV) reactivation may often coincide with the development of graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) in stem cell transplantation (SCT). Seventy seven SCT donor-recipient pairs (DRP) (HLA matched unrelated donor (MUD), n = 50; matched related donor (MRD), n = 27) underwent whole exome sequencing to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) generating alloreactive peptide libraries for each DRP (9-mer peptide-HLA complexes); Human CMV CROSS (Cross-Reactive Open Source Sequence) database was compiled from NCBI; HLA class I binding affinity for each DRPs HLA was calculated by NetMHCpan 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799238/everolimus-eluting-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffold-implantation-to-treat-saphenous-vein-graft-disease-single-center-initial-experience
#16
Fabien Picard, Guillaume Marquis-Gravel, Robert Avram, Hung Q Ly, Jean-François Dorval, Serge Doucet, Quentin de Hemptinne, Philippe L L'allier, Jean-François Tanguay
AIMS: Recent studies have shown favorable outcomes with everolimus-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Data on the use of BVS in saphenous vein graft disease (SVG) is currently lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 10 consecutive patients (13 lesions, including 6 in-stent restenosis) who underwent BVS for SVG disease between May 2013 and June 2015 at a tertiary care institution were included. Median follow-up period was 874 (720-926) days...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794968/successful-salvage-chemotherapy-and-allogeneic-transplantation-of-an-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patient-with-disseminated-fusarium-solani-infection
#17
Sheenu Sheela, Sawa Ito, Jeffrey R Strich, Maura Manion, Celina Montemayor-Garcia, Hao-Wei Wang, Karolyn A Oetjen, Kamile A West, Austin J Barrett, Mark Parta, Juan Gea-Banacloche, Steven M Holland, Christopher S Hourigan, Catherine Lai
Disseminated Fusarium infection is associated with high mortality in immunocompromised patients. Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) often have an extended duration of neutropenia during intensive induction chemotherapy, consolidation chemotherapy, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT). There is no consensus regarding management of invasive disseminated Fusarium infections in the setting of prolonged neutropenia (Tortorano et al., 2014) [1]. We report a case of disseminated Fusarium in a patient with relapsed AML who underwent successful chemotherapy and haplo-identical allogeneic SCT with administration of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and granulocyte infusions...
2017: Leukemia Research Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790105/value-of-cytogenetic-abnormalities-in-adults-with-ph-negative-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#18
Marina Lafage-Pochitaloff, Laurence Baranger, Mathilde Hunault, Wendy Cuccuini, Christine Lefebvre, Audrey Bidet, Isabelle Tigaud, Virginie Eclache, Eric Delabesse, Chrystèle Bilhou-Nabéra, Christine Terré, Elise Chapiro, Nathalie Gachard, Marie-Joelle Mozziconacci, Geneviève Ameye, Sarah Porter, Nathalie Grardel, Marie C Béné, Yves Chalandon, Carlos Graux, Françoise Huguet, Véronique Lhéritier, Norbert Ifrah, Hervé Dombret
Multiple cytogenetic subgroups have been described in adult Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-negative B-cell precursor (BCP) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), often comprising small numbers of patients. In this study, we aimed to reassess the prognostic value of cytogenetic abnormalities in a large series of 617 adult patients with Ph-negative BCP-ALL (median age, 38 years), treated in the intensified GRAALL-2003/2005 trials. Combined data from karyotype, DNA index, FISH and/or PCR screening for relevant abnormalities were centrally reviewed and were informative in 542 cases (88%), allowing classification in ten exclusive primary cytogenetic subgroups and in secondary subgroups including complex and monosomal karyotypes...
August 8, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782884/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-2017-update-on-diagnosis-risk-stratification-and-treatment
#19
REVIEW
Michael Hallek
DISEASE OVERVIEW: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the commonest leukemia in western countries. The disease typically occurs in elderly patients and has a highly variable clinical course. Leukemic transformation is initiated by specific genomic alterations that impair apoptosis of clonal B cells. DIAGNOSIS: The diagnosis is established by blood counts, blood smears, and immunophenotyping of circulating B lymphocytes, which identify a clonal B-cell population carrying the CD5 antigen and B-cell markers...
September 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769769/transplantation-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-promotes-functional-improvement-associated-with-nt-3-mek-1-activation-in-spinal-cord-transected-rats
#20
Liu-Lin Xiong, Fei Liu, Shi-Kang Deng, Jia Liu, Qi-Qin Dan, Piao Zhang, Yu Zou, Qing-Jie Xia, Ting-Hua Wang
Transected spinal cord injury (SCT) is a devastating clinical disease that strongly affects a patient's daily life and remains a great challenge for clinicians. Stem-cell therapy has been proposed as a potential therapeutic modality for SCT. To investigate the effects of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) on the recovery of structure and function in SCT rats and to explore the mechanisms associated with recovery, 57 adult Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham (n = 15), SCT (n = 24), and HSC transplantation groups (n = 15)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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