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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330075/a-novel-multiplex-pcr-method-for-the-detection-of-virulence-associated-genes-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-food
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Vo Van Giau, Thuy Trang Nguyen, Thi Kim Oanh Nguyen, Thi Thuy Hang Le, Tien Dung Nguyen
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) strains are foodborne infectious agents that cause a number of life-threatening diseases, including hemorrhagic colitis (HC) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Shiga toxin 1 (stx1), shiga toxin 2 (stx2), or a combination of both are responsible for most clinical symptoms of these diseases. Hence, various diagnostic methods have been developed so far to detect shiga toxins such as cell culture, ELISA, Rapid Latex Agglutination (RPLA) and hybridization, but due to high costs and labor time in addition to low sensitivity, they have not received much attention...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329946/-a-cohort-study-on-association-between-the-first-trimester-phthalates-exposure-and-fasting-blood-glucose-level-in-the-third-trimester
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Y W Zhang, H Gao, K Huang, Y Y Xu, J Sheng, F B Tao
Objective: To examine the association between the phthalate exposure in the first trimester and fasting blood glucose level or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the third trimester in pregnant women. Methods: A total of 3 474 pregnant women, receiving their prenatal examination in Ma' anshan Maternal and Child Health-Care Hospital of Anhui province, were selected from May 2013 to September 2014. Questionnaires were used to collect the information about their socio-demographic characteristics, clinical characteristics and GDM diagnostic results in the first, second and third trimesters...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329906/-the-fabry-s-disease-cardiomyopathy-as-differential-diagnosis-of%C3%A2-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Daniel Oder, Stefan Störk, Christoph Wanner, Georg Ertl, Frank Weidemann, Peter Nordbeck
The progressive cardiomyopathy in patients with Fabry disease is often accompanied by angina pectoris and elevated levels of high-sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT), potentially mimicking acute coronary syndrome. Here, we present to representative cases with focus on clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic settings. An overview on the cardiomyopathy associated with Fabry disease and its role as differential diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome is provided. Fabry cardiomyopathy might exhibit similar clinical and biochemical constellations as seen in acute coronary syndrome...
March 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329902/-the-classification-of-headache-important-aspects-of-patient-s-history-and-clinical-diagnostic
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Katharina Kamm, Ruth Ruscheweyh, Ozan Eren, Andreas Straube
Headache disorders are the most occuring symptoms in human population. Basis for a successful therapy of headaches is a definite diagnosis, which needs in turn valid criteria for the graduation of headaches. Corresponding to the classification of the International Headache Society (IHS) especially relevant questions about patient's history and clinical examination lead to a diagnosis.
March 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329653/introducing-public-health-themes-in-clinical-dermatology
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Scott A Norton
The ACGME's Core Competencies comprise six domains, which in turn contain dozens of often overlapping milestones. Several competencies explicitly invoke public health topics - but if one wears the right set of lenses, nearly every milestone, nearly every aspect of health and medicine, can be viewed from a public health perspective. Why then is Dermatology generally taught - and practiced - in an Intensive Care manner, where seemingly unlimited diagnostic & therapeutic efforts focus on single individuals, not the community?In this presentation, I argue that topics of public health concern should not be relegated to the minor leagues of GME...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329651/infections-in-children-with-eczema-in-uk-general-practice-a-cohort-study
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Sinéad M Langan, Katrina Abuabara, Sarah E Henrickson, Ole Hoffstad, David J Margolis
BackgroundCase reports and cross-sectional studies suggest increased risks of cutaneous and non-cutaneous infections in eczema; this relationship needs to be assessed in large population-based studies with diagnostic confirmation. The objective was to examine associations between eczema and common childhood infections.MethodsIndividuals registered prior to age 18 in the Health Improvement Network, a UK general practice database, from 2003 to 2013 were included in this cohort study. We determined the association between eczema and selected infectious outcomes, including cutaneous (dermatophyte, herpes simplex virus, impetigo, molluscum contagiosum and warts), and non-cutaneous infections (otitis media, streptococcal throat infections, and pneumonia)...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329585/report-of-rare-case-of-dermatofibrosarcoma-protuberans-in-the-buccal-mucosa-review-of-diagnostic-histopathological-and-immunohistochemical-criteria
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Amanda Katarinny Goes Gonzaga, Angélica Lopes Cordeiro Mandú, Alexandre Oliveira Sales, Ana Miryam Costa Medeiros, Rodrigo Rodrigues Rodrigues, Patrícia Teixeira Oliveira, Adriano Rocha Germano, Éricka Janine Dantas Silveira
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is an uncommon intermediate-grade soft tissue sarcoma. The tumor is found preferentially on the trunk, whereas the head and neck region are affected in only 10% to 15% of cases. We report the case of a 44-year-old woman with a 5-month history of an asymptomatic, firm, yellow nodule in the mucosa of the right cheek measuring 2.5 cm. The clinical diagnosis was lipoma and an excisional biopsy was obtained. Histopathological analysis revealed a proliferation of spindle-shaped mesenchymal cells arranged in interlacing fascicles amidst fibrous stroma...
October 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329573/a-diagnostic-challenge
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D Ismail, G Langman, S D Orpin
A 74 year-old woman presented with a 9 month history of a slowly enlarging exophytic lesion over her left nasal alar. Examination revealed a firm, cystic mass fixed to underlying skin. It was pedunculated with occasional superficial telangiectasia and a violaceous hue. A differential diagnosis of dermoid or sebaceous cyst, dermatofibroma, and neurofibroma was considered. Histopathological examination confirmed the rare diagnosis of chondroid syringoma (CS), which has a reported incidence of 0.01- 0.098% of excised skin tumors...
November 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329454/adult-congenital-cardiac-care
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Brian E Kogon, Kati Miller, Paula Miller, Bahaaldin Alsoufi, Joshua M Rosenblum
BACKGROUND: The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is dedicated to supporting patients with congenital heart disease. To guide patients to qualified providers and programs, it maintains a publicly accessible directory of dedicated adult congenital cardiac programs. We analyzed the directory in 2006 and 2015, aiming to evaluate the growth of the directory as a whole and to evaluate the growth of individual programs within the directory. We also hope this raises awareness of the growing opportunities that exist in adult congenital cardiology and cardiac surgery...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329345/prevalence-and-clinical-correlates-of-sarcopenia-identified-according-to-the-ewgsop-definition-and-diagnostic-algorithm-in-hospitalized-older-people-the-glisten-study
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Lara Bianchi, Pasquale Abete, Giuseppe Bellelli, Mario Bo, Antonio Cherubini, Francesco Corica, Mauro Di Bari, Marcello Maggio, Giovanna Maria Manca, Maria Rosaria Rizzo, Andrea P Rossi, Francesco Landi, Stefano Volpato
Background: Prevalence of sarcopenia is substantial in most geriatrics settings, but estimates vary greatly across studies because of difference in population characteristics, diagnostic criteria, and methods used to assess muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical performance. We investigated the feasibility of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) algorithm assessment in hospitalized older adults and analyzed prevalence and clinical correlates of sarcopenia...
January 21, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329320/intravascular-multimodality-imaging-feasibility-and-role-in-the-evaluation-of-coronary-plaque-pathology
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Michael Michail, Patrick W Serruys, Rodrigue Stettler, Tom Crake, Ryo Torii, Erhan Tenekecioglu, Yaping Zeng, Yoshinobu Onuma, Anthony Mathur, Christos V Bourantas
Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of death in the developed world. Over recent years, research has been focused on the development of diagnostic intravascular imaging techniques that enable assessment of plaque composition and morphology, and allow identification of vulnerable, high-risk lesions. Nevertheless recent studies of coronary atherosclerosis have shown that invasive modalities have a limited accuracy in detecting lesions that will progress and cause events, whilst histology-based studies also highlighted the limitations of invasive imaging in assessing plaque characteristics...
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329162/the-value-of-fluorine-18-deoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-scans-in-patients-with-ventricular-assist-device-specific-infections%C3%A2
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Alexander M Bernhardt, Mustafa A Pamirsad, Chantal Brand, Daniel Reichart, Milena Tienken, Markus J Barten, Andreas Schaefer, Hanno Grahn, Meike Rybczynski, Tobias Deuse, Hermann Reichenspurner, Florian M Wagner
BACKGROUND: Infections are major complications in patients with ventricular assist devices (VAD). Positron emission tomography with deoxyglucose marked by fluorine-18 ( 18 F-FDG PET/CT) is a diagnostic tool to scan for tissue with high metabolism as present in infections. The specificity of 18 F-FDG PET/CT to discriminate between infection and an aseptic reaction of the implanted device is not defined and its evaluation is the aim of this retrospective analysis. METHODS: Until September 2015 a total of 100 patients underwent VAD implantations in our institution...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329108/increased-mortality-among-persons-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-with-moderate-or-severe-liver-disease-a-cohort-study
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Javier A Cepeda, David L Thomas, Jacquie Astemborski, Mark S Sulkowski, Gregory D Kirk, Shruti H Mehta
Background: Despite the availability of curative treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, because of cost, treatment is often denied until liver fibrosis has progressed to at least moderate fibrosis and in some cases cirrhosis. That practice is justified on assumptions that there are no medical consequences to having moderate disease and that disease stage transitions can be anticipated. Methods: We performed transient elastography on 964 people chronically infected with HCV with a history of injection drug use living in Baltimore, Maryland...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329096/diffuse-white-matter-signal-abnormalities-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging-are-associated-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-viral-escape-in-the-central-nervous-system-among-patients-with-neurological-symptoms
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Ruthiran Kugathasan, Dami A Collier, Lewis J Haddow, Kate El Bouzidi, Simon G Edwards, Jonathan D Cartledge, Robert F Miller, Ravindra K Gupta
Background.: Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) can replicate independently in extravascular compartments such as the central nervous system, resulting in either cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) discordance (viral load [VL] in CSF 0.5 log10 copies HIV-1 RNA greater than plasma VL) or escape (detection of HIV VL >50 copies/mL in CSF in patients with suppressed plasma VL <50 copies/mL). Both discordance and escape may be associated with neurological symptoms. We explored risk factors for CSF discordance and escape in patients presenting with diverse neurological problems...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328832/clinico-radiological-diagnosis-and-grading-of-rapidly-progressive-osteoarthritis-of-the-hip
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Ancuţa Zazgyva, Simona Gurzu, István Gergely, Ioan Jung, Ciprian O Roman, Tudor S Pop
Due to the current lack of standard definitions for rapidly progressive osteoarthritis of the hip (RPOH) in the literature, this observational study aimed to describe new diagnostic criteria and a grading system for the disease.From a consecutive series of patients undergoing total hip replacement, 2 groups were selected: 1 with RPOH and 1 with primary hip osteoarthritis (POH), and their clinical, paraclinical, and demographic data were compared. The newly proposed clinico-radiological diagnostic criteria are based on characteristics of pain, joint mobility, and radiological assessment...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328823/a-case-report-of-pycnodysostosis-with-atypical-femur-fracture-diagnosed-by-next-generation-sequencing-of-candidate-genes
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Hyung Keun Song, Young Bae Sohn, Yong Jun Choi, Yoon-Sok Chung, Ja-Hyun Jang
RATIONALE: Pycnodysostosis is a rare autosomal recessive skeletal dysplasia characterized by short stature, craniofacial dysmorphism, acro-osteolysis, osteosclerosis, and brittle bone with poor healing. Pycnodysostosis results from the deficient activity of cathepsin K, a lysosomal cysteine protease that is encoded by CTSK. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a Korean adult patient with pycnodysostosis and atypical femur fracture whose diagnosis was confirmed by next-generation sequencing (NGS) of candidate genes...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328809/infectious-diseases-prevalence-vaccination-coverage-and-diagnostic-challenges-in-a-population-of-internationally-adopted-children-referred-to-a-tertiary-care-children-s-hospital-from-2009-to-2015
#17
Sara Sollai, Francesca Ghetti, Leila Bianchi, Maurizio de Martino, Luisa Galli, Elena Chiappini
Infectious diseases are common in internationally adopted children (IAC).With the objective to evaluate infectious diseases prevalence in a large cohort of IAC and to explore possible risk factors for tuberculosis (TB) and parasitic infections, clinical and laboratory data at first screening visit of all IAC (<18 years) consecutively referred to our Center in 2009 to 2015 were collected and analyzed.In total, 1612 children (median age: 5.40 years; interquartile range: 3.00-7.90) were enrolled, 123/1612 (7...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328650/exosomes-in-critical-illness
#18
Nora Terrasini, Vincenzo Lionetti
OBJECTIVE: Exosomes are small, cell-released vesicles (40-100 nm in size) with the potential to transfer proteins, lipids, small RNAs, messenger RNAs, or DNA between cells via interstitial fluids. Due to their role in tissue homeostasis, exosomes have emerged as a new type of therapeutic and diagnostic (theranostic) tool in the noninvasive assessment of organ response to injury or treatment and in the development of reliable organ-protective intensive therapy. Our review provides current insights into the role of exosomes in the personalized management of injury and repair responses in critical illness...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328615/patient-reported-experience-of-diagnosis-management-and-burden-of-neuroendocrine-tumors-results-from-a-large-patient-survey-in-the-united-states
#19
Edward M Wolin, John Leyden, Grace Goldstein, Teodora Kolarova, Ron Hollander, Richard R P Warner
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this survey was to examine the experience of patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) to raise awareness of the NET-related burden and identify unmet needs. Here, we report data from patients in the United States. METHODS: Patients with NETs participated in a 25-minute anonymous survey, conducted primarily online from February to May 2014. Survey questions captured information on sociodemographics, clinical characteristics, NET diagnostic experience, disease impact/management, interaction with medical teams, and NETs knowledge/awareness...
March 21, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328565/control-of-walking-speed-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
#20
Jon R Davids, Nina Q Cung, Suzy Chen, Mitell Sison-Williamson, Anita M Bagley
BACKGROUND: Children's ability to control the speed of gait is important for a wide range of activities. It is thought that the ability to increase the speed of gait for children with cerebral palsy (CP) is common. This study considered 3 hypotheses: (1) most ambulatory children with CP can increase gait speed, (2) the characteristics of free (self-selected) and fast walking are related to motor impairment level, and (3) the strategies used to increase gait speed are distinct among these levels...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
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