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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343372/east-of-the-andes-the-genetic-profile-of-the-peruvian-amazon-populations
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T Di Corcia, C Sanchez Mellado, T J Davila Francia, G Ferri, S Sarno, D Luiselli, O Rickards
OBJECTIVES: Assuming that the differences between the Andes and the Amazon rainforest at environmental and historical levels have influenced the distribution patterns of genes, languages, and cultures, the maternal and paternal genetic reconstruction of the Peruvian Amazon populations was used to test the relationships within and between these two extreme environments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed four Peruvian Amazon communities (Ashaninka, Huambisa, Cashibo, and Shipibo) for both Y chromosome (17 STRs and 8 SNPs) and mtDNA data (control region sequences, two diagnostic sites of the coding region, and one INDEL), and we studied their variability against the rest of South America...
March 25, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343354/unusual-severe-case-of-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-due-to-shiga-toxin-2d-producing-e-coli-o80-h2
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Kioa L Wijnsma, Anne M Schijvens, John W A Rossen, A M D Mirjam Kooistra-Smid, Michiel F Schreuder, Nicole C A J van de Kar
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is one of the most common causes of acute renal failure in children, with the majority of cases caused by an infection with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Whereas O157 is still the predominant STEC serotype, non-O157 serotypes are increasingly associated with STEC-HUS. However, little is known about this emerging and highly diverse group of non-O157 serotypes. With supportive therapy, STEC-HUS is often self-limiting, with occurrence of chronic sequelae in just a small proportion of patients...
March 25, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343173/fast-track-protocols-using-highly-sensitive-troponin-assays-for-ruling-out-and-ruling-in-non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Simona Ferraro, Alberto Dolci, Mauro Panteghini
The introduction of "highly sensitive" cardiac troponin assays (hsTn) has reinforced the evidence that only serial testing incorporated in running algorithms allows a more accurate diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. In this report, we consider the available evidence supporting the use of fast track protocols for ruling out and ruling in non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and compare it with the content of recently released guideline by the European Society of Cardiology, noting some uncomfortable aspects that need urgent clarification and/or revision...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343162/mesothelin-promoter-variants-are-associated-with-increased-soluble-mesothelin-related-peptide-levels-in-asbestos-exposed-individuals
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Chiara De Santi, Perla Pucci, Alessandra Bonotti, Ombretta Melaiu, Monica Cipollini, Roberto Silvestri, Veronika Vymetalkova, Elisa Barone, Elisa Paolicchi, Alda Corrado, Irene Lepori, Irene Dell'Anno, Lucia Pellè, Pavel Vodicka, Luciano Mutti, Rudy Foddis, Alfonso Cristaudo, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
BACKGROUND: Soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP) is a promising diagnostic biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but various confounders hinder its usefulness in surveillance programmes. We previously showed that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) within the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of the mesothelin (MSLN) gene could affect the levels of SMRP. OBJECTIVES: To focus on SNPs located within MSLN promoter as possible critical genetic variables in determining SMRP levels...
March 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343046/perioperative-hemoglobin-a1c-as-a-predictor-of-deep-infection-following-single-level-lumbar-decompression-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, Dennis Q Chen, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Adam L Shimer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although multiple studies have cited diabetes mellitus as a risk factor decreased functional outcomes, increased infectious complications, and overall increased reoperation rate following degenerative lumbar spinal surgery, few have investigated how perioperative glycemic control influences such complications. PURPOSE: The primary goal of the present study was to use a national database to evaluate the association of perioperative glycemic control as demonstrated by Hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with diabetes undergoing primary, single level decompression without concomitant fusion with the incidence of deep postoperative infection following requiring operative irrigation and debridement...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343011/ultrasound-characterization-of-ankle-involvement-in-l%C3%A3-fgren-syndrome
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Claire Goussault, Jean-David Albert, Guillaume Coiffier, François Lamer, Raphaël Guillin, Benoit Le Goff, Béatrice Bouvard, Emmanuelle Dernis, Marine Ferreyra, Grégoire Cormier, Pascal Guggenbuhl, Aleth Perdriger
BACKGROUND: Bilateral ankle arthritis is a classic diagnostic criterion for Löfgren syndrome. The objective of this study was to use ultrasonography to characterize the articular and peri-articular involvement of the ankles in patients with Löfgren syndrome. METHODS: Single-center descriptive cohort study of patients with Löfgren syndrome who underwent ultrasonography of the ankles. We collected clinical data, imaging study findings, blood test results, and joint fluid properties in patients who underwent joint aspiration...
March 22, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342947/what-good-are-positive-emotions-for-treatment-trait-positive-emotionality-predicts-response-to-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-anxiety
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Charles T Taylor, Sarah E Knapp, Jessica A Bomyea, Holly J Ramsawh, Martin P Paulus, Murray B Stein
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is empirically supported for the treatment of anxiety disorders; however, not all individuals achieve recovery following CBT. Positive emotions serve a number of functions that theoretically should facilitate response to CBT - they promote flexible patterns of information processing and assimilation of new information, encourage approach-oriented behavior, and speed physiological recovery from negative emotions. We conducted a secondary analysis of an existing clinical trial dataset to test the a priori hypothesis that individual differences in trait positive emotions would predict CBT response for anxiety...
March 22, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342912/peanut-oleosins-associated-with-severe-peanut-allergy-importance-of-lipophilic-allergens-for-comprehensive-allergy-diagnostics
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Christian Schwager, Skadi Kull, Jochen Behrends, Niels Röckendorf, Frauke Schocker, Andreas Frey, Arne Homann, Wolf-Meinhard Becker, Uta Jappe
BACKGROUND: Peanut allergy is one of the most common and most severe food allergies in Western countries and its accurate diagnosis to prevent potential life-threatening allergic reactions is crucial. However, aqueous extracts used for routine diagnostic measurements are devoid of lipophilic allergens such as oleosins. We have recently succeeded in the isolation and purification of these unique proteins, and the current study evaluates their allergenic potential and clinical relevance...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342830/patients-taking-amoxicillin-clavulanic-can-become-simultaneously-sensitized-to-both-drugs
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María Salas, Jose Julio Laguna, Inmaculada Doña, Esther Barrionuevo, Rubén Fernandez-Santamaría, Adriana Ariza, Ezequiel Perez-Inestrosa, Cristobalina Mayorga, Tahia Diana Fernández, María José Torres
BACKGROUND: Patients can react to amoxicillin (AX) and clavulanic acid (CLV) taken in combination because of selective reactions to either drug. However, scant information exists concerning patients who react simultaneously to both compounds. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the mechanisms involved in 4 patients who developed allergic reactions to AX-CLV administration (3 with immediate IgE-mediated reaction and 1 with nonimmediate T-cell-mediated reaction) and who responded specifically to both AX and CLV...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342740/the-development-of-a-real-time-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction-rrt-pcr-assay-using-taqman-technology-for-the-pan-detection-of-bluetongue-virus-btv
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Catherine Mulholland, Michael J McMenamy, Bernd Hoffmann, Bernadette Earley, Bryan Markey, Joseph Cassidy, Gordon Allan, Michael D Welsh, John McKillen
Bluetongue virus (BTV) is an infectious, non-contagious viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants that is transmitted by adult females of certain Culicoides species. Since 2006, several serotypes including BTV-1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 16, have spread from the Mediterranean basin into Northern Europe for the first time. BTV-8 in particular, caused a major epidemic in northern Europe. As a result, it is evident that most European countries are at risk of BTV infection. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assay based on TaqMan technology for the detection of representative strains of all BTV serotypes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342726/noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-fetal-aneuploidy-and-single-gene-disorders
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REVIEW
Hannah Skrzypek, Lisa Hui
Our concept of nucleic acid biology has advanced dramatically over the past two decades, with a growing appreciation that cell-free DNA (cfDNA) fragments are present in all body fluids including plasma. In no other field has plasma DNA been as rapidly translated into clinical practice as in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for fetal chromosome abnormalities. NIPT is a screening test that requires confirmation with diagnostic testing, but other applications of cfDNA provide diagnostic information and do not require invasive testing...
February 28, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342715/prediction-of-neonatal-respiratory-morbidity-by-quantitative-ultrasound-lung-texture-analysis-a-multicenter-study
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Montse Palacio, Elisenda Bonet-Carne, Teresa Cobo, Alvaro Perez-Moreno, Joan Sabrià, Jute Richter, Marian Kacerovsky, Bo Jacobsson, Raúl A García-Posada, Fernando Bugatto, Ramon Santisteve, Àngels Vives, Mauro Parra-Cordero, Edgar Hernandez-Andrade, José Luis Bartha, Pilar Carretero-Lucena, Kai Lit Tan, Rogelio Cruz-Martínez, Minke Burke, Suseela Vavilala, Igor Iruretagoyena, Juan Luis Delgado, Mauro Schenone, Josep Vilanova, Francesc Botet, George Sh Yeo, Jon Hyett, Jan Deprest, Roberto Romero, Eduard Gratacos
BACKGROUND: Prediction of neonatal respiratory morbidity may be useful to plan delivery in complicated pregnancies. The limited predictive performance of the current diagnostic tests together with the risks of an invasive procedure, limit the use of fetal lung maturity assessment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of quantitative ultrasound texture analysis (quantusFLM®) to predict neonatal respiratory morbidity in preterm and early-term (<39.0 weeks) deliveries ...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342384/utility-and-diagnostic-accuracy-of-bedside-lung-ultrasonography-during-medical-emergency-team-met-activations-for-respiratory-deterioration
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Soumitra Sen, Ghazwan Acash, Akmal Sarwar, Yuxiu Lei, James M Dargin
PURPOSE: We investigated the feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of lung ultrasonography during medical emergency team (MET) activations for respiratory deterioration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a prospective study of inpatients requiring MET evaluation for respiratory decompensation. A blinded investigator recorded videos of lung and lower extremity ultrasonography. The videos were reviewed by blinded investigators to determine a ultrasonography diagnosis...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342334/oncogene-addiction-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-focus-on-ros1-inhibition
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REVIEW
Francesco Facchinetti, Giulio Rossi, Emilio Bria, Jean-Charles Soria, Benjamin Besse, Roberta Minari, Luc Friboulet, Marcello Tiseo
Detection of molecular aberrations driving the biology and the clinical behavior of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) allows the adoption of specific therapeutic strategies dramatically impacting disease courses. Among these, ROS1 rearrangements are present in 1-2% of lung adenocarcinomas. Thanks to similarities between ALK and ROS1 oncogenes, lessons inferred from ALK can be applied to ROS1-positive NSCLC; nevertheless, disparities exist between diseases mastered by these two fusion genes. In the absence of more common genetic alterations detected in NSCLC (e...
March 12, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340467/the-clinical-use-of-chromosomal-microarray-analysis-in-detection-of-fetal-chromosomal-rearrangements-a-study-from-china-mainland
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Yi Wu, Yanlin Wang, Jiong Tao, Xu Han, Xinrong Zhao, Chunmin Liu, Li Gao, Weiwei Cheng
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the detection rate of chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) in prenatal fetuses compared with conventional karyotype and to assess the additional diagnostic yields of CMA in groups of different indications. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 217 fetuses were divided into seven groups according to different indications. All cases were tested by both CMA and karyotype. The detection rates of CMA and karyotype were evaluated. The increased value of CMA in each group was also calculated...
March 7, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340431/utility-of-repetitive-nerve-stimulation-test-for-als-diagnosis
#16
Yuki Hatanaka, Mana Higashihara, Takashi Chiba, Yosuke Miyaji, Yasuomi Kawamura, Masahiro Sonoo
OBJECTIVE: Decremental responses in the repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) test in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients have been reported, although their possible diagnostic role has received little investigation. We investigated their diagnostic role in differentiation between ALS and cervical spondylotic amyotrophy (CSA), an important ALS mimic especially in Japan. METHODS: Patients were prospectively enrolled and the diagnosis was confirmed by follow-up...
March 6, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340393/when-public-health-intervention-is-not-successful-cost-sharing-crowd-out-and-selection-in-korea-s-national-cancer-screening-program
#17
Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, Sun-Mi Lee
This study investigates the impact of and behavioral responses to cost sharing in Korea's National Cancer Screening Program, which provides free stomach and breast cancer screenings to those with an income below a certain cutoff. Free cancer screening substantially increases the screening take up rate, yielding more cancer detections. However, the increase in cancer detection is quickly crowded out by cancer detection through other channels such as diagnostic testing and private cancer screening. Further, compliers are much less likely to have cancer than never takers...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340255/massive-gastric-juvenile-polyposis%C3%A2-a-clinicopathologic-study-using-smad4-immunohistochemistry
#18
Margaret E Lawless, Daniel L Toweill, Kim D Jewell, Dhanpat Jain, Laura Lamps, Alyssa M Krasinskas, Paul E Swanson, Melissa P Upton, Matthew M Yeh
Objectives: Juvenile polyps involving the stomach are uncommon. Massive gastric juvenile polyposis is even rarer. Methods: We describe the clinicopathologic features of nine cases of massive gastric juvenile polyposis. Results: All patients had anemia; four had hypoalbuminemia. The polyps were composed predominantly of dilated crypts lined by columnar epithelium and abundant edematous stroma with mixed inflammatory infiltrates. One patient had a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, arising in juvenile polyp-associated intraepithelial neoplasia...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340215/development-of-enzyme-immunoassays-elisa-and-western-blot-for-the-serological-diagnosis-of-dermatophytosis-in-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-cats
#19
Aline Elisa Santana, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Julia So Severo, Glauce Mary Gomes Rittner, Julian Esteban Muñoz, Carlos Eduardo Larsson, Carlos Eduardo Larsson
Dermatophytosis is the most common fungal infection in cats worldwide and plays an important role in both animal and human health due to their high zoonotic potential. Effective screening is a strong preventive measure and the fungal culture is quite useful but requires full laboratorial experience and it takes a long time to obtain the result. A rapid and accurate screening test for dermatophytosis in cats is crucial for the effective control of disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of enzyme immunoassays (ELISA and Western blot [WB]) for the rapid and precise diagnosis of dermatophytosis in cats...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340175/funresdb-a-web-resource-for-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-of-aspergillus-fumigatus
#20
Michael Weber, Jonas Schaer, Grit Walther, Kerstin Kaerger, Jörg Steinmann, Peter-Michael Rath, Birgit Spiess, Dieter Buchheidt, Axel Hamprecht, Oliver Kurzai
Therapy of invasive aspergillosis is becoming more difficult due to the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. A majority of resistant strains carries mutations in the CYP51A gene. Due to a lack of sensitivity of culture-based methods, molecular detection of A. fumigatus has become an important diagnostic tool. We set up the database FunResDB (www.nrz-myk.de/funresdb) to gather all available information about CYP51A-dependent azole resistance from published literature. In summary, the screening resulted in 79 CYP51A variants, which are linked to 59 nonsynonymous mutations...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
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