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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144436/an-in-silico-subject-variability-study-of-upper-airway-morphological-influence-on-the-airflow-regime-in-a-tracheobronchial-tree
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Yu Feng, Jianan Zhao, Xiaole Chen, Jiang Lin
Determining the impact of inter-subject variability on airflow pattern and nanoparticle deposition in the human respiratory system is necessary to generate population-representative models, useful for several biomedical engineering applications. Thus, the overall research objective is to quantitatively correlate geometric parameters and coupled transport characteristics of air, vapor, and nanoparticles. Focusing on identifying morphological parameters that significantly influence airflow field and nanoparticle transport, an experimentally validated computational fluid-particle dynamics (CFPD) model was employed to simulate airflow pattern in three human lung-airway configurations...
November 16, 2017: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144160/high-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-in-adults-an-evidence-based-assessment
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Matthew G Drake
High flow nasal cannula oxygenation has distinct advantages over other oxygen devices due to its unique effects on respiratory physiology. In particular, adjustable oxygen delivery and flow-dependent carbon dioxide clearance from the upper airway reduce work of breathing and can better match inspiratory demand during respiratory distress. Historically, few studies had evaluated whether the physiologic effects of these devices translated into clinical benefit. However, recent publications have begun to address this knowledge gap...
November 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143417/can-antarctic-lichens-acclimatise-to-changes-in-temperature
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Claudia Colesie, Burkhard Büdel, Vaughan Hurry, T G Allan Green
The Antarctic Peninsula, a tundra biome dominated by lichens and bryophytes, is an ecozone undergoing rapid temperature shifts. Such changes may demand a high physiological plasticity of the local lichen species in order for them to maintain their role as key drivers in this pristine habitat. This study examines the response of net photosynthesis and respiration to increasing temperatures for three Antarctic lichen species with different ecological response amplitudes. We hypothesise that negative effects caused by increased temperatures can be mitigated by thermal acclimation of respiration and/or photosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142211/the-microbiota-protects-against-respiratory-infection-via-gm-csf-signaling
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Rebecca L Brown, Richard P Sequeira, Thomas B Clarke
The microbiota promotes resistance to respiratory infection, but the mechanistic basis for this is poorly defined. Here, we identify members of the microbiota that protect against respiratory infection by the major human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae and Klebsiella pneumoniae. We show that the microbiota enhances respiratory defenses via granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) signaling, which stimulates pathogen killing and clearance by alveolar macrophages through extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141703/pilot-of-an-elementary-school-cough-etiquette-intervention-acceptability-feasibility-and-potential-for-sustainability
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Farhana Sultana, Fosiul A Nizame, Dorothy L Southern, Leanne Unicomb, Peter J Winch, Stephen P Luby
Schools convene many people together for a prolonged time, facilitating spread of respiratory pathogens and amplifying epidemics. Crowded Bangladeshi schools lack the infrastructure to support optimal cough etiquette behaviors. We collected formative data on current practices from four elementary schools, and developed and piloted a low-cost cough etiquette intervention, promoting coughing and sneezing into upper sleeves at four additional schools. We trained teachers to lead behavior change sessions during regular hygiene classes for 4 weeks...
October 16, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139249/-clinical-features-analysis-of-qingkailing-injection-for-adolescent-patients-based-on-real-world-his
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Li-Zhen Chen, Yan-Ming Xie, Lian-Xin Wang, Yin Zhang, Qun Wang, Ping-Ping Jia, Bo Feng
To explore the clinical application features of Qingkailing injection for adolescent patients. This study was based on the information from the hospitalized patients in 1998-2011 in HIS (hospital information system) of 16 tertiary hospitals in China. 615 adolescent patients with Qingkailing injection were used to investigate the clinical characteristics of Qingkailing injection. Apriori algorithm was adopted to establish the model, and Clementine 12.0 was used for correlation analysis. The results showed that male patients (355 cases) were more than female patients (243 cases); the age of the most patients was under 14 years old, with an average age of 9...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137346/safety-of-the-neprilysin-renin-angiotensin-system-inhibitor-lcz696
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Bo Li, Yunhe Zhao, Bo Yin, Mengfei Helian, Xinmei Wang, Feng Chen, Hongxia Zhang, Hui Sun, Bin Meng, Fengshuang An
Objectives: The combined neprilysin/rennin-angiotensin system inhibitor sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) has shown its superiority over ACEI/ARB therapy. In view of the existing concern of its adverse effects, we aimed to provide evidence of the safety of the new drug. Results: A total of 6 randomized trials with 11,821 subjects were included in this analysis. No significant differences were found in any adverse effects between LCZ696 and ACEI/ARB or placebo groups...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136293/efficacy-and-safety-of-tofacitinib-for-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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C-M Kuo, T-H Tung, S-H Wang, C-C Chi
The effects of tofacitinib in treating moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis were unclear. We aimed to assess the effects of tofacitinib in treating moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. We searched PubMed, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and EMBASE for relevant randomised controlled trials (RCTs), and conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis. Four RCTs with 2,724 participants were included. Compared to placebo, tofacitinib significantly improved psoriasis (≥ 75% reduction in the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score: 5 mg BID: risk difference (RD) 0...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135910/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-children-with-recurrent-wheeze-asthma-a-single-centre-study
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Marco Zaffanello, Emma Gasperi, Laura Tenero, Michele Piazza, Angelo Pietrobelli, Luca Sacchetto, Franco Antoniazzi, Giorgio Piacentini
The relationship between asthma and sleep-disordered breathing is bidirectional due to common risk factors that promote airway inflammation. Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing and recurrent wheeze/asthma are conditions that involve the upper and the lower respiratory system, respectively. The aim of the present study was to investigate the sleep disordered breathing in children with recurrent wheeze/asthma. This was a retrospective study concerning children older than 2 years who underwent-between January 2014 and November 2016-an in-laboratory overnight polygraphic study...
November 14, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135841/severe-warm-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-in-a-7-month-old-infant-associated-with-a-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-infection
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Cierra Wandro, Leili Dolatshahi, Douglas Blackall
A 7-month-old female infant had clinical and laboratory evidence of severe warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia. She also had clinical evidence of an upper respiratory tract infection with molecular detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Although reticulocytopenic initially, she responded to red blood cell transfusion, steroids, and intravenous immunoglobulin and remains well today. With the increasing use of multiplex respiratory viral and bacterial pathogen detection systems, the rare association described in this report may prove to be more common than previously thought and may provide insight into the pathogenesis and clinical consequences of red blood cell autoantibodies...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135467/univariate-and-multivariate-conditional-entropy-measures-for-the-characterization-of-short-term-cardiovascular-complexity-under-physiological-stress
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Martina Valente, Michal Javorka, Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Jana Krohova, Barbora Czippelova, Zuzana Turianikova, Giandomenico Nollo, Luca Faes
A defining feature of physiological systems under the neuroautonomic regulation is their dynamical complexity. The most common approach to assess physiological complexity from short-term recordings, i.e. to compute the rate of entropy generation of an individual system by means of measures of conditional entropy (CE), does not consider that complexity may change when the investigated system is part of a network of physiological interactions. This study aims at extending the concept of short-term complexity towards the perspective of network physiology, defining multivariate CE measures whereby multiple physiological processes are accounted for in the computation of entropy rates...
November 14, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135336/a-retrospective-observational-analysis-of-post-pandemic-influenza-related-outcomes-in-the-united-kingdom-2010-2014
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Sankarasubramanian Rajaram, Witold Wiecek, Richard Lawson, Betina Blak, Yanli Zhao, Judith Hackett, Robert Brody, Tehseen Salimi, Billy Amzal, Vishal Patel
This study set out to evaluate influenza- and respiratory-related illnesses recorded during primary care physician consultations in England following the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 and to enable the development of a dynamic disease model. Data were obtained from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink of primary care records over four influenza seasons (2010-2014). The primary outcome of the study was incidence of influenza- and respiratory-related diagnoses, calculated per practice and by season and age group. Upper respiratory tract infection diagnoses were most frequently recorded (mean seasonal practice level incidence; 3,762 consultations per 100,000 [SD = 1,989]), and influenza-related diagnoses were least frequently recorded across all seasons, except one...
November 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134822/treating-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-with-guselkumab-a-review-of-phase-ii-and-phase-iii-trials
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Seth T Howell, Leah A Cardwell, Steven R Feldman
OBJECTIVE: Guselkumab, an anti-interleukin-23 monoclonal antibody was recently approved for the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. This article will review the available phase II and phase III guselkumab clinical trial data. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search was conducted using the terms guselkumab, interleukin-23, psoriasis, adalimumab, and ustekinumab (January 2014 to August 2017). STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: Articles detailing the results of phase II and phase III clinical trials were selected for review...
November 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134096/co-infection-does-not-predict-disease-signs-in-gopherus-tortoises
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Chava L Weitzman, Ryan Gov, Franziska C Sandmeier, Sarah J Snyder, C Richard Tracy
In disease ecology, the host immune system interacts with environmental conditions and pathogen properties to affect the impact of disease on the host. Within the host, pathogens may interact to facilitate or inhibit each other's growth, and pathogens interact with different hosts differently. We investigated co-infection of two Mycoplasma and the association of infection with clinical signs of upper respiratory tract disease in four congeneric tortoise host species (Gopherus) in the United States to detect differences in infection risk and disease dynamics in these hosts...
October 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133669/severe-gemella-haemolysans-endophthalmitis-following-ranibizumab-intravitreal-injection
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Silvia Olivia Salceanu, Sarah Levy, Richard Cunningham, Kwabena Frimpong-Ansah
Gemella haemolysans is a commensal of the upper respiratory tract that is rarely involved in ocular pathology. We present a unique case of endophthalmitis with negative cultures and positive 16s ribosomal ribonucleic acid gene sequencing showing G. haemolysans infection after an intravitreal ranibizumab injection for wet age-related macular degeneration.
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133387/insights-into-functions-of-the-h-channel-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-from-atomistic-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Vivek Sharma, Pablo G Jambrina, Markus Kaukonen, Edina Rosta, Peter R Rich
Proton pumping A-type cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) terminates the respiratory chains of mitochondria and many bacteria. Three possible proton transfer pathways (D, K, and H channels) have been identified based on structural, functional, and mutational data. Whereas the D channel provides the route for all pumped protons in bacterial A-type CcOs, studies of bovine mitochondrial CcO have led to suggestions that its H channel instead provides this route. Here, we have studied H-channel function by performing atomistic molecular dynamics simulations on the entire, as well as core, structure of bovine CcO in a lipid-solvent environment...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132198/clinical-features-of-snoring-patients-during-sedative-endoscopy
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Jung Wha Chung, Nayoung Kim, Jee Hye Wee, Jaebong Lee, Jongchan Lee, Soohoon Kwon, Young-Jae Hwang, Hyuk Yoon, Cheol Min Shin, Young Soo Park, Dong Ho Lee, Jin-Wook Kim
Background/Aims: Snoring is the sound of turbulence and vibration of the upper respiratory tissues and has been identified as a risk factor of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to identify associated clinical factors in snoring patients undergoing sedative endoscopy. Methods: A total of 49 patients who snored during standard sedative endoscopy and 127 controls were prospectively enrolled from June 2015 to June 2016...
November 15, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130800/the-role-of-the-microbiome-in-childhood-asthma
#18
Giovanna Pisi, Valentina Fainardi, Marina Aiello, Giuseppina Bertorelli, Ernesto Crisafulli, Alfredo Chetta
It is now well established that the healthy bronchial tree contains a microbiome distinct from that of the upper respiratory tract and that the lung microbiome may be dysregulated in individuals with a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma. In addition, after birth, gut microbes interact with the host tissue, especially with the lymphatic tissue, thereby guaranteeing efficient immune activation. This review focuses on the available literature on the relationships between the gut microbiome, immune function and asthma in childhood, as well as the therapeutic strategies aimed at acting on the modulation of the microbiome...
November 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128256/megf10-related-myopathies-a-new-case-with-adult-onset-disease-with-prominent-respiratory-failure-and-review-of-reported-phenotypes
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Elizabeth Harris, Chiara Marini-Bettolo, Ana Töpf, Rita Barresi, Tuomo Polvikovski, Geraldine Bailey, Richard Charlton, James Tellez, Daniel MacArthur, Michela Guglieri, Hanns Lochmüller, Kate Bushby, Volker Straub
Recessive mutations in MEGF10 (multiple epidermal growth factor 10) have been reported in a severe early onset disorder named Early Myopathy, Areflexia, Respiratory Distress and Dysphagia, and a milder form with cores in the muscle biopsy; and a possible genotype-phenotype correlation determining the clinical presentation has been suggested. We undertook exome sequencing in a 66 year old male with a 20 year history of progressive proximal and distal weakness of upper and lower limbs, facial weakness and dysphagia, who developed respiratory failure requiring ventilation while still ambulant in his 50s...
October 12, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126536/a-53-year-old-man-with-a-bronchial-mass-and-multiple-bone-lesions
#20
Sujith V Cherian, Rosa M Estrada-Y-Martin, Shahreen Billah, Annikka Weissferdt
A 53-year-old man was admitted with complaints of back pain of 3 months' duration along with numbness and weakness in his left upper and lower extremities. He denied any respiratory complaints or anorexia but did report an 11 kg weight loss over the last 3 months. He had no other significant medical history and denied any history of cigarette smoking or recreational drug use. Family history was significant for prostate cancer in his father.
November 2017: Chest
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