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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723287/advanced-renal-cell-carcinoma-role-of-the-radiologist-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
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Atul B Shinagare, Katherine M Krajewski, Marta Braschi-Amirfarzan, Nikhil H Ramaiya
For the past decade, advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has been at the forefront of oncologic innovation. Our rapidly evolving understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of RCC has revolutionized the management of advanced RCC; 10 novel molecular targeted agents and immune checkpoint inhibitor have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of advanced RCC in a little over a decade. Amid this progress, imaging has assumed a central role in metastatic surveillance and follow-up of advanced RCC...
August 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722581/epidemiology-of-diphtheria-in-india-1996-2016-implications-for-prevention-and-control
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Manoj Murhekar
Diphtheria is an acute disease caused by exotoxin-producing Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Globally, diphtheria has been showing a declining trend due to effective childhood vaccination programs. A substantial proportion of global burden of diphtheria is contributed by India. Hospital-based surveillance studies as well as diphtheria outbreaks published in last 20 years (1996-2016) indicate that diphtheria cases are frequent among school-going children and adolescents. In some Indian states, Muslim children are affected more...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722102/expression-of-cd34-and-cd146-vascular-markers-contributes-to-the-immunological-function-of-the-human-palatine-tonsil
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Marko Jović, Verica Avramović, Predrag Vlahović, Aleksandra Veličkov, Vladimir Petrović
The fundamental function of the palatine tonsil is the immune response to airborne and foodborne pathogenic agents. Small blood vessels have an important role in the provision of a special microenvironment in which the immune response occurs. In this study, we investigated the expression of vascular markers CD34 and CD146 and basal lamina marker - type IV collagen - in the small blood vessels of the human palatine tonsil in the context of their role in the immunological function of the tonsil. The tonsils were collected after tonsillectomy from ten patients with chronic tonsillitis, aged 18-28 years...
July 19, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720035/home-visiting-and-the-health-of-preterm-infants
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Patrick H Casey, Carmen Irby, Sandra Withers, Susan Dorsey, Jingyun Li, Malik Rettiganti
The results of home visiting programs which target medically fragile low-birth-weight preterm infants (LBWPT) have been inconsistent. We provided nurse/social worker home visits to families of LBWPT infants on a regular schedule. Teams were trained in approaches to improve the health and development of the infants. The completion of immunization series was sigmificantly higher and the infant mortality rates of the home visits childen were significanly lower compared to national and state rates. We used state Medicaid data and examined frequency of hospitalization, emergency department visits, routine and nonscheduled visits to primary care physician, and pharmacy use of the home-visited subjects compared with a propensity-matched group...
August 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719980/distinguishing-epidermolysis-bullosa-acquisita-from-bullous-pemphigoid-without-direct-immunofluorescence
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Kerry M Gardner, Richard I Crawford
BACKGROUND: It has been postulated that periodic acid-Schiff staining of basement membrane can predict direct immunofluorescence patterns seen in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita and bullous pemphigoid. It has also been suggested that the type of inflammatory infiltrate or presence of fraying of basal keratinocytes may differentiate these two conditions. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to confirm these observations. METHODS: We reviewed 13 cases of direct immunofluorescence-confirmed epidermolysis bullosa acquisita and 19 cases of direct immunofluorescence-confirmed bullous pemphigoid, all with a subepidermal blister in the routinely processed specimen...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719399/impact-of-rotavirus-vaccines-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Kulandaipalayam Natarajan Chella Sindhu, Sudhir Babji, Santhosh Kumar Ganesan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rotavirus vaccines are playing a pivotal role in improving lives of infants and young children in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Many of these countries have adopted the vaccine into their routine immunization, whereas others are considering introduction. This article provides an update on the impact of rotavirus vaccines in LMICs on morbidity and mortality in children aged less than 5 years, and their cost-effectiveness. RECENT FINDINGS: The WHO, in 2013, updated its recommendation to prioritize introduction of rotavirus vaccines in the routine immunization schedule, without age restrictions...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716027/cytomegalovirus-viraemia-and-mortality-in-renal-transplant-recipients-in-the-era-of-antiviral-prophylaxis-lessons-from-the-western-australian-experience
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Linda A Selvey, Wai H Lim, Peter Boan, Ramyasuda Swaminathan, Claudia Slimings, Amy E Harrison, Aron Chakera
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) establishes a lifelong infection that is efficiently controlled by the immune system; this infection can be reactivated in case of immunosuppression such as following solid organ transplantation. CMV viraemia has been associated with CMV disease, as well as increased mortality and allograft failure. Prophylactic antiviral medication is routinely given to renal transplant recipients, but reactivation during and following cessation of antiviral prophylaxis is known to occur...
July 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710916/systemic-immune-inflammation-index-and-circulating-t-cell-immune-index-predict-outcomes-in-high-risk-acral-melanoma-patients-treated-with-high-dose-interferon
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Jiayi Yu, Xiaowen Wu, Huan Yu, Siming Li, LiLi Mao, Zhihong Chi, Lu Si, Xinan Sheng, Chuanliang Cui, Jie Dai, Meng Ma, Huan Tang, Tianxiao Xu, Junya Yan, Yan Kong, Jun Guo
High-dose interferon alfa-2b (IFN-α-2b) improves the survival of patients with high-risk melanoma. We aimed to identify baseline peripheral blood biomarkers to predict the outcome of acral melanoma patients treated with IFN-α-2b. Pretreatment baseline parameters and clinical data were assessed in 226 patients with acral melanoma. Relapse-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) were assessed using the Kaplan-Meier method, and multivariate Cox regression analyses were applied after adjusting for stage, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), and ulceration...
July 12, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709556/intussusception-among-children-less-than-2years-of-age-findings-from-pre-vaccine-introduction-surveillance-in-pakistan
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Mohammad Tahir Yousafzai, Rozina Thobani, Saqib Hamid Qazi, Nasir Saddal, Catherine Yen, Negar Aliabadi, Syed Asad Ali
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccination introduction in routine immunization is under consideration in Pakistan. Data on the baseline epidemiology of intussusception will inform surveillance strategies for intussusception after rotavirus vaccine introduction in Pakistan. We describe the epidemiology of intussusception-associated hospitalizations among children <2years of age in Karachi, Pakistan. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review for July 01, 2012 through June 30, 2015 at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) and Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) Karachi...
July 11, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708945/methods-used-for-immunization-coverage-assessment-in-canada-a-canadian-immunization-research-network-cirn-study
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Sarah E Wilson, Susan Quach, Shannon E MacDonald, Monika Naus, Shelley L Deeks, Natasha S Crowcroft, Salaheddin M Mahmud, Dat Tran, Jeff Kwong, Karen Tu, Nicolas L Gilbert, Caitlin Johnson, Shalini Desai
Accurate and complete immunization data are necessary to assess vaccine coverage, safety and effectiveness. Across Canada, different methods and data sources are used to assess vaccine coverage, but these have not been systematically described. Our primary objective was to examine and describe the methods used to determine immunization coverage in Canada. The secondary objective was to compare routine infant and childhood coverage estimates derived from the Canadian 2013 Childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey (cNICS) with estimates collected from provinces and territories (P/Ts)...
July 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705515/combination-vaccine-strategies-to-prevent-enteric-infections
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Richard Walker, Peter Dull
New vaccine candidates entering the current routine immunization schedule can best be accommodated as combination vaccines. A combined Shigella and enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) vaccine could greatly benefit children in disease-endemic areas. New candidates are getting closer to being able to meet these needs, but they raise numerous strategic questions related to presentation, formulation, and regulatory approach. The "Combination Vaccine Strategies to Prevent Enteric Infections" workshop at the 2016 Vaccines Against Shigella and ETEC (VASE) Conference examined some of the considerations for developing such vaccines against enteric pathogens...
July 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705514/bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-vaccination-patterns-in-the-province-of-qu%C3%A3-bec-canada-1956-1974
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Marie-Claude Rousseau, Florence Conus, Khady Kâ, Mariam El-Zein, Marie-Élise Parent, Dick Menzies
BACKGROUND: In the province of Québec, Canada, the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine was offered to newborns and school-age children from the 1950s to mid-1970s in an organized tuberculosis prevention program. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to describe the annual rates of skin test administration, proportion of skin tests that were positive, and rates of BCG vaccination from 1956 to 1974 according to age, sex, and administrative region. METHODS: For rates, numerators were extracted from the Québec BCG Vaccination Registry whereas population denominators were obtained from the Canadian Census and governmental publications...
July 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705150/economic-burden-of-varicella-in-children-1-12%C3%A2-years-of-age-in-hungary-2011-2015
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Z Meszner, Z Molnar, E Rampakakis, H K Yang, B J Kuter, Lara J Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Although live-attenuated varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in preventing varicella and real-word evidence shows routine childhood immunization programs are effective in dramatically reducing varicella associated morbidity and mortality, varicella vaccine is not included in the National Immunization Program (NIP) in Hungary. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and economic burden associated with varicella in Hungary...
July 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704347/pneumococcal-vaccination-among-medicare-beneficiaries-occurring-after-the-advisory-committee-on-immunization-practices-recommendation-for-routine-use-of-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-and-23-valent-pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccine-for-adults-aged
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Carla L Black, Walter W Williams, Rob Warnock, Tamara Pilishvili, David Kim, Jeffrey A Kelman
On September 19, 2014, CDC published the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation for the routine use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) among adults aged ≥65 years, to be used in series with 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) (1). This replaced the previous recommendation that adults aged ≥65 years should be vaccinated with a single dose of PPSV23. As a proxy for estimating PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccination coverage among adults aged ≥65 years before and after implementation of these revised recommendations, CDC analyzed claims for vaccination submitted for reimbursement to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...
July 14, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702307/childhood-pneumonia-and-meningitis-in-the-eastern-highlands-province-papua-new-guinea-in-the-era-of-conjugate-vaccines-study-methods-and-challenges
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Christopher C Blyth, Rebecca Ford, Joycelyn Sapura, Tonny Kumani, Geraldine Masiria, John Kave, Lapule Yuasi, Andrew Greenhill, Ilomo Hwaihwanje, Amanda Lang, Deborah Lehmann, William Pomat
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia and meningitis are common causes of severe childhood illness in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The etiology of both clinical conditions in PNG has not been recently assessed. Changes in lifestyle, provision and access to healthcare, antimicrobial utilization and resistance, and the national childhood vaccination schedule necessitate reassessment. METHODS: A prospective case-control study was undertaken, enrolling children <5 years of age to determine the contemporary etiology of clinically defined moderate or severe pneumonia or suspected meningitis...
2017: Pneumonia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702104/immature-granulocytes-predict-severe-acute-pancreatitis-independently-of-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome
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Michał Lipiński, Grażyna Rydzewska
INTRODUCTION: Early prediction of severity of acute pancreatitis (AP) by a simple parameter that positively correlates with the activation stage of the immune system would be very helpful because it could influence the management and improve the outcome. Tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interleukin-1 (IL-1) play a critical role in the pathogenesis systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and severity of AP. One of the effects of IL-1 and TNF-α is an increase in the number of immature granulocytes (IGs) in the peripheral blood...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702098/hepatitis-b-and-c-seroprevalence-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-relationship-with-microvascular-complications
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Kadir Gisi, Ali Cetinkaya, Mesut Ozkaya, Bulent Kantarceken, Gokce Gisi, Sedat Koroglu
INTRODUCTION: Diabetic patients are susceptible to bacterial, viral and fungal infections because of various deficiencies in the immune system. AIM: To investigate a possible link between hepatitis B/C prevalence and microvascular complications as well as duration of diabetes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In total 1263 diabetic patients (1149 type 2, 114 type 1) were enrolled in the study. The control group consisted of 1482 healthy blood donors who were over 40 years old...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698816/lower-extremity-abscess-formation-in-premature-infants-due-to-routine-infant-vaccinations
#18
Yuhang Sun, Surya N Mundluru, Alice Chu
Since the introduction of vaccines, the impact of vaccinations has been immeasurable. Under the current immunization guidelines, infants receive the first of their routine infant vaccinations at 2 months of age. While the benefits of routine infant vaccinations in premature infants have been demonstrated, there is relatively little data on the dosing of these vaccines in premature infants. The medical records of two premature infants who developed intramuscular abscesses after receiving their routine infant vaccinations were reviewed...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697267/back-to-the-basics-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children
#19
Kathleen Boyd
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common childhood infection and often a reason for inpatient admission, especially when a child is hypoxic or in respiratory distress. Despite advances in technology and diagnostics, it remains difficult to accurately differentiate bacterial CAP from a viral process. Most of the laboratory tests routinely done in inpatient medicine, such as complete blood counts and acute phase reactants, do little to differentiate a viral pneumonia from a bacterial pneumonia. Clinicians must rely heavily on the clinical presentation and decide whether to treat empirically with antibiotics...
July 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697015/the-p50-research-center-in-perioperative-sciences-how-the-investment-by-the-national-institute-of-general-medical-sciences-in-team-science-has-reduced-post-burn-mortality
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Celeste C Finnerty, Karel Capek, Charles Voigt, Gabriel Hundeshagen, Janos Cambiaso-Daniel, Craig Porter, Linda E Sousse, Amina El Ayadi, Ramon Zapata-Sirvent, Ashley Guillory, Oscar E Suman, David N Herndon
Since the inception of the P50 Research Center in Peri-Operative Sciences (RCIPS) funding mechanism, the National Institute for General Medical Sciences has supported a team approach to science. Many advances in critical care, particularly burns, have been driven by RCIPS teams. In fact, burns that were fatal in the early 1970s, prior to the inception of the P50 RCIPS program, are now routinely survived as a result of the P50-funded research. The advances in clinical care that led to the reduction in post-burn death were made by optimizing resuscitation, incorporating early excision and grafting, bolstering acute care including support for inhalation injury, modulating the hypermetabolic response, augmenting the immune response, incorporating aerobic exercise, and developing anti-scarring strategies...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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