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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544102/a-multicenter-retrospective-case-cohort-study-of-the-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-for-clostridium-difficile-infection-among-cord-blood-transplant-recipients
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Carolyn D Alonso, David A Braun, Ishan Patel, Mona Akbari, Daniel Jungmyung Oh, Tomi Jun, Malgorzata McMasters, Sarah P Hammond, Brett Glotzbecker, Corey Cutler, Daniel Leffler, Karen K Ballen, Ciarán P Kelly
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of health-care associated infectious diarrhea. The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology and risk factors for CDI in the 100 days following umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT) at three Boston hospitals. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, retrospective, case-cohort study of 226 UCBT recipients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center from 2003-2012...
May 24, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543860/a-unique-case-of-bilateral-ovarian-splenosis-and-review-of-the-literature
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Maria Giulia Disanto, Francesca Mercalli, Andrea Palicelli, Alberto Arnulfo, Renzo Boldorini
Splenosis is an acquired anomaly related to heterotopic auto-transplantation of splenic tissue following abdominal trauma or splenectomy. We report the first definitive bilateral ovarian case in a 65-year-old woman who underwent splenectomy following a motor vehicle accident 44 years prior to presentation. We review the literature and discuss the main differential diagnoses. Gross examination revealed a 1-cm well-circumscribed dark nodule on the surface of each ovary. Paraffin-embedded, formalin-fixed blocks were sectioned and stained with hematoxylin-eosin and immunostains (CK5/6, Calretinin, WT1, Vimentin)...
May 25, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543813/inhaled-pulmonary-vasodilator-therapy-for-management-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-placement-and-cardiac-transplantation
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Leah A Sabato, David M Salerno, Jeremy D Moretz, Douglas L Jennings
Right ventricular failure (RVF) after cardiac transplant (CTX) or implantation of a continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) is associated with significant post-operative morbidity and mortality. A variety of modalities have been used to treat post-operative RVF, including management of volume status, intravenous inotropes and vasodilators, and right-sided mechanical support. Inhaled vasodilator agents are a unique treatment option aimed at minimizing systemic absorption by delivering therapy directly to the pulmonary vasculature...
May 24, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542257/long-term-results-after-limited-macular-translocation-surgery-for-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Hisaaki Oshima, Takeshi Iwase, Kohei Ishikawa, Kentaro Yamamoto, Hiroko Terasaki
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term results of limited macular translocation (LMT) surgery with radial chorioscleral outfolding in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV). In addition, to identify the factors associated with the final best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA). METHODS: The medical records of 20 eyes of 20 consecutive patients (65.2±9.8 years) who had undergone LMT for the treatment of wet AMD and were followed for at least 5 years, were reviewed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542092/approach-to-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-non-hiv-immunocompromised-hosts
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Victoria E Burke, Fred A Lopez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Skin and soft tissue infections are frequent contributors to morbidity and mortality in the immunocompromised host. This article reviews the changing epidemiology and clinical manifestations of the most common cutaneous pathogens in non-HIV immunocompromised hosts, including patients with solid organ transplants, stem cell transplants, solid tumors, hematologic malignancies, and receiving chronic immunosuppressive therapy for inflammatory disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Defects in the innate or adaptive immune response can predispose the immunocompromised host to certain cutaneous infections in a predictive fashion...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540143/association-between-coronary-artery-disease-and-microrna-literature-review-and-clinical-perspective
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Rehan Malik, Raja S Mushtaque, Usman A Siddiqui, Adnan Younus, Muhammad A Aziz, Choudhry Humayun, Kanaan Mansoor, Muhammad A Latif, Salman Waheed, Salman Assad, Idrees Khan, Syed M Bukhari, Daniel DelCampo, Ali Adus, Swetha Gannarapu
BACKGROUND: Until recently, circulating micro-RNAs (miRNAs) have attracted major interest as novel biomarkers for the early diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). This review article summarizes the available evidence on the correlation of micro-RNAs with both the clinical and subclinical coronary artery disease and highlights the necessity for exploring miRNAs as a potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarker of early CAD in an adult population. METHODS: A systematic literature analysis and retrieval online systems Public/Publisher MEDLINE/ Excerpta Medica Database /Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online,(PUBMED/EMBASE/MEDLINE) search were conducted for relevant information...
April 23, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539897/long-term-effects-of-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-after-pediatric-cancer-a-qualitative-analysis-of-life-experiences-and-adaptation-strategies
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Magali Lahaye, Isabelle Aujoulat, Christiane Vermylen, Bénédicte Brichard
Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) improves the survival rate of children and adolescents with malignant and non-malignant conditions; however, the physical, psychological and social burden of such a procedure is considerable both during and after treatment. The present qualitative study investigated the long-term effects of HSCT after pediatric cancer. Thirty adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors (Mage = 23.61 years, SD = 5.21) participated in individual interviews and were invited to speak about their life experiences following their treatment and strategies they use to deal with their past medical experiences and the long-term sequelae...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539844/bariatric-surgery-and-liver-transplantation
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Duminda Suraweera, Elena G Saab, Gina Choi, Sammy Saab
Obesity is an important public health and medical concern in the United States. The rate of obesity has steadily risen for the past several decades. Obesity is associated with the development of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, which is one of the leading indications for liver transplantation. After liver transplantation, recipients tend to gain weight and develop recurrent fatty liver. Over time, recurrent fatty liver may impact patient and graft survival. A bariatric surgical approach may be beneficial in select patients...
March 2017: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539146/keratoconus-in-civil-aviation-pilots-in-a-report-of-six-cases
#9
Albert Rebello, Bênesson Rodrigues, Marcos Pereira
BACKGROUND: Keratoconus is a progressive noninflammatory ectatic corneal dystrophy, characterized by corneal thinning and increased curvature with central or paracentral tapered protrusion. Such changes in corneal morphology induce irregular astigmatism and myopia, resulting in visual acuity impairment. This report assesses cases in which keratoconus is not an absolute disabling condition for civil aviation pilots. METHODS: Six cases of keratoconus in active pilots are presented...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538499/expectations-and-experiences-of-follow-up-and-self-care-after-living-kidney-donation-a-focus-group-study
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Karine E Manera, Camilla S Hanson, Jeremy R Chapman, John Kanellis, John Gill, Jonathan C Craig, Steve J Chadban, Germaine Wong, Angelique F Ralph, Allison Tong
BACKGROUND: Ensuring donor wellbeing warrants ongoing monitoring following living kidney donation. However, there is considerable variability in donor follow up processes, including information provided to donors regarding self-care. Loss to follow up is common, suggesting that the aims and benefits of monitoring and follow up may not be apparent. We aimed to describe the experiences and expectations of living kidney donors regarding follow up and self-care after donation. METHODS: Participants from 3 transplant centers in Australia and Canada participated in 14 focus groups (n=123)...
May 24, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538090/late-effects-in-pediatric-high-risk-neuroblastoma-survivors-after-intensive-induction-chemotherapy-followed-by-myeloablative-consolidation-chemotherapy-and-triple-autologous-stem-cell-transplants
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Amy E Armstrong, Karina Danner-Koptik, Shannon Golden, Jennifer Schneiderman, Morris Kletzel, Jennifer Reichek, Yasmin Gosiengfiao
Multimodal treatment in high-risk neuroblastoma has modestly improved survival; limited data exist on the late effects from these regimens. We report the sequelae of treatment incorporating 3 consecutive cycles of high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplants (ASCTs) without the use of total body irradiation (TBI). We reviewed the medical records of 61 patients treated on or following the Chicago Pilot 2 protocol between 1991 and 2008. Of the 25 patients who are alive (41%), 19 had near complete data to report...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537866/eruptive-sebaceous-hyperplasia-as-a-side-effect-of-oral-tacrolimus-in-a-renal-transplant-recipient
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Katherine A Levandoski, Nicholas A Girardi, Manisha J Loss
Sebaceous hyperplasia, a benign proliferation ofsebaceous glands, has been well documented in organ transplant recipients treated with cyclosporine. Sebaceous hyperplasia has not been strongly associated with any other immunosuppressive medications. We report a case of eruptive sebaceous hyperplasia in a renal transplant recipient with no previous exposure to cyclosporine that was recently started on tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisone. To our knowledge, this is the first report of eruptive sebaceous hyperplasia in a renal transplant recipient who was immunosuppressed with tacrolimus and had no prior exposure to cyclosporine...
May 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536746/characteristics-of-clinically-diagnosed-pediatric-myocarditis-in-a-contemporary-multi-center-cohort
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Ryan J Butts, Gerard J Boyle, Shriprasad R Deshpande, Katheryn Gambetta, Kenneth R Knecht, Carolina A Prada-Ruiz, Marc E Richmond, Shawn C West, Ashwin K Lal
The objective of this study was to describe a contemporary cohort of pediatric patients hospitalized for clinically suspected myocarditis. A retrospective chart review was performed at seven tertiary pediatric hospitals. Electronic medical records were searched between 2008 and 2012 for patients ≤18 years admitted with an ICD-9 code consistent with myocarditis. Patients were excluded if the admitting or consulting cardiologist did not suspect myocarditis during the admission or an alternative diagnosis was determined...
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536320/-stress-response-mechanism-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells
#14
Keiyo Takubo
At steady state, hematopoietic stem cells(HSCs), the most undifferentiated cells in the hematological system, are kept quiescent in the cell cycle. Upon hematological stresses, including radiation, anti-cancer medication, infection, and transplantation, bone marrow HSCs enter the cell cycle and robustly repopulate the entire hematopoietic system via multi-lineage differentiation and self-renewal, partly due to the alteration of their surrounding microenvironment or niche. Such hematological repopulation activity is termed "stress hematopoiesis," an activity essential for homeostatic maintenance of blood production...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535517/coupled-plasma-filtration-adsorption-application-for-liver-and-thyroid-toxins
#15
Gabriele Donati, Irene Capelli, Anna Laura Croci Chiocchini, Nicolò Natali, Anna Scrivo, Gaetano La Manna
Coupled plasma filtration and adsorption (CPFA) is a detoxification system that combines a plasma adsorption circuit and a continuous renal replacement therapy circuit. Its main application is for sepsis and septic shock with or without acute renal failure. Several recent studies have suggested that CPFA can reduce the mortality when the volume of plasma absorbed on the styrenic resin is at least >0.18 L/kg/day. At present, new applications for CPFA are under investigation, also in patients without significant kidney failure...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534346/the-use-of-inexpensive-broad-spectrum-lower-toxicity-therapeutics-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#16
Goran Marjanovic
The use of new and highly efficient targeted therapies for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is costly and out of reach for many health care systems. On the other hand, in recent years, few inexpensive, broad-spectrum low-toxicity therapeutics have proven to be effective both in the preclinical and clinical settings. In early-stage CLL, the use of 2000 mg of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) from the green tea extract twice a day was able to reduce the absolute leukocyte count. Supplementation of >2000 IU/day of Vitamin D in early low-risk CLL patients is able to delay disease progression and postpone the moment of initiation of the first treatment...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533501/post-transplant-diabetes-mellitus-after-kidney-transplant-in-hispanics-and-caucasians-treated-with-tacrolimus-based-immunosuppression
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Pedro W Baron, Sergio Infante, Regina Peters, Jerusalem Tilahun, Jill Weissman, Lauren Delgado, Arputharaj Higgins Kore, W Lawrence Beeson, Michael E de Vera
BACKGROUND Development of post-transplant diabetes mellitus after kidney transplant (PTDM) significantly increases kidney graft loss and mortality. Several risk factors for PTDM have been reported, including Hispanic ethnicity and the use of calcineurin inhibitors and corticosteroids. The incidence and impact of PTDM in the Hispanic kidney transplant population is unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 155 Hispanic and 124 Caucasian patients, who were not diabetics and underwent kidney transplant between January 2006 and December 2011...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533058/music-therapy-for-symptom-management-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-results-from-a-randomized-study
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Debbie Bates, Brian Bolwell, Navneet S Majhail, Lisa Rybicki, Melissa Yurch, Donna Abounader, Joseph Kohuth, Shannon Jarancik, Heather Koniarczyk, Linda McLellan, Jane Dabney, Christine Lawrence, Lisa Gallagher, Matt Kalaycio, Ronald Sobecks, Robert Dean, Brian Hill, Brad Pohlman, Betty K Hamilton, Aaron T Gerds, Deepa Jagadeesh, Hien D Liu
High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) is frequently performed in patients with hematologic malignancies. ASCT can result in significant nausea, pain, and discomfort. Supportive care has improved and pharmacologic therapies are frequently employed, but with limitations. Music has been demonstrated to improve nausea and pain in patients undergoing chemotherapy but few data are available regarding the effects of music therapy in the transplant setting. In a prospective study, patients with lymphoma or multiple myeloma undergoing ASCT were randomized to receive either interactive music therapy (MT) with a board-certified music therapist or no music therapy (No MT)...
May 19, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532983/towards-the-goal-of-achieving-a-normal-duration-and-quality-of-life-after-fontan-operation-creation-of-the-international-fontan-interest-group-i-fig-an-international-collaborative-initiative-dedicated-to-improving-outcomes
#19
Yves d'Udekem, Jack Rychik
A growing population of patients are now surviving the Fontan procedure and face an uncertain future and a clear burden of disease. The best medical therapy and follow-up modalities for these patients have not yet been identified, indications for transplantation are unclear and we have not been successful in mechanically supporting their circulation. There has only been a limited number of trials to address these issues. An international group has now been created to launch the large scale multi-centric research needed to provide the best future to this growing population: the International Fontan Interest Group (I-FIG)...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532627/regenerative-medicine-in-hearing-recovery
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REVIEW
Edi Simoni, Giulia Orsini, Milvia Chicca, Simone Bettini, Valeria Franceschini, Alessandro Martini, Laura Astolfi
Hearing loss, or deafness, affects 360 million people worldwide of which about 32 million are children. Deafness is irreversible when it involves sensory hair cell death because the regenerative ability of these cells is lost in mammals after embryo development. The therapeutic strategies for deafness include hearing aids and/or implantable devices. However, not all patients are eligible or truly benefit from these medical devices. Regenerative medicine based on stem cell application could play a role in both improvement of extant medical devices and in vivo recovery of auditory function by regeneration of inner ear cells and neurons...
May 19, 2017: Cytotherapy
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