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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335409/the-formyl-peptide-receptors-diversity-of-ligands-and-mechanism-for-recognition
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Hui-Qiong He, Richard D Ye
The formyl peptide receptors (FPRs) are G protein-coupled receptors that transduce chemotactic signals in phagocytes and mediate host-defense as well as inflammatory responses including cell adhesion, directed migration, granule release and superoxide production. In recent years, the cellular distribution and biological functions of FPRs have expanded to include additional roles in homeostasis of organ functions and modulation of inflammation. In a prototype, FPRs recognize peptides containing N-formylated methionine such as those produced in bacteria and mitochondria, thereby serving as pattern recognition receptors...
March 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335058/instructions-for-radiological-case-reports
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Peter Bannas
Purpose This paper explains the purpose and structure of a radiological case report and provides guidance for radiologists with respect to the writing of a well-structured patient case report. Materials and Methods The current literature and the author's experience as a writer were used to create a manual that describes steps for preparing a radiological case report containing all of the important ingredients for effective communication. Results Case reports are the first line of evidence in documenting clinical observations in the literature...
April 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335029/the-challenge-of-assessing-microcephaly-in-the-context-of-the-zika-virus-epidemic
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Llorenç Quintó, Alberto L García-Basteiro, Azucena Bardají, Raquel González, Norma Padilla, Flor E Martinez-Espinosa, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Eusébio Macete, Clara Menéndez
The present article examines the impact of the current limitations of the microcephaly definition in the context of the Zika virus outbreak. It highlights its dependence on the method used for determining gestational age and other anthropometric parameters, and includes original results of prevalence of microcephaly in four countries from two different continents (Mozambique, Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia). Alternative definitions of microcephaly are proposed to allow the identification of true cases of microcephaly in a more accurate manner...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334426/joint-modeling-of-longitudinal-recurrent-events-and-failure-time-data-for-survivor-s-population
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Qing Cai, Mei-Cheng Wang, Kwun Chuen Gary Chan
Recurrent events together with longitudinal measurements are commonly observed in follow-up studies where the observation is terminated by censoring or a primary failure event. In this article, we developed a joint model where the dependence of longitudinal measurements, recurrent event process and time to failure event is modeled through rescaling the time index. The general idea is that the trajectories of all biology processes of subjects in the survivors' population are elongated or shortened by the rate identified from a model for the failure event...
March 23, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334424/frequency-and-function-in-the-basal-ganglia-the-origins-of-beta-and-gamma-band-activity
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Alexander Blenkinsop, Sean Anderson, Kevin Gurney
Neural oscillations in the basal ganglia are well studied yet remain poorly understood. Behavioural correlates of spectral activity are well described, yet a quantitative hypothesis linking time domain dynamics and spectral properties to basal ganglia function has been lacking. We show, for the first time, that a unified description is possible by interpreting previously ignored structure in data describing GPi responses to cortical stimulation. These data were used to expose a pair of distinctive neuronal responses to the stimulation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334018/development-of-an-evidence-evaluation-and-synthesis-system-for-drug-drug-interactions-and-its-application-to-a-systematic-review-of-hiv-and-malaria-co-infection
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Kay Seden, Sara Gibbons, Catia Marzolini, Jonathan M Schapiro, David M Burger, David J Back, Saye H Khoo
BACKGROUND: In all settings, there are challenges associated with safely treating patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy. The need to characterise, understand and limit harms resulting from medication use is therefore increasingly important. Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) are prevalent in patients taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) and if unmanaged, may pose considerable risk to treatment outcome. One of the biggest challenges in preventing DDIs is the substantial gap between theory and clinical practice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333760/antibiotic-associated-apoptotic-enterocolitis-in-the-absence-of-a-defined-pathogen-the-role-of-intestinal-microbiota-depletion
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Philipp Wurm, Walter Spindelboeck, Robert Krause, Johannes Plank, Gottfried Fuchs, Mina Bashir, Wolfgang Petritsch, Bettina Halwachs, Cord Langner, Christoph Högenauer, Gregor Gorkiewicz
OBJECTIVE: Antibiotic therapy is a major risk factor for the development of diarrhea and colitis with varying severity. Often the origin of antibiotic-associated gastrointestinal deterioration remains elusive and no specific infectious agents could be discerned. PATIENTS: We represent three cases of intractable high-volume diarrhea associated with combined antibiotic and steroid therapy in critically ill patients not fitting into established disease entities. Cases presented with severe apoptotic enterocolitis resembling acute intestinal graft-versus-host-disease...
March 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333706/video-based-physiologic-monitoring-during-an-acute-hypoxic-challenge-heart-rate-respiratory-rate-and-oxygen-saturation
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Paul S Addison, Dominique Jacquel, David M H Foo, André Antunes, Ulf R Borg
BACKGROUND: The physiologic information contained in the video photoplethysmogram is well documented. However, extracting this information during challenging conditions requires new analysis techniques to capture and process the video image streams to extract clinically useful physiologic parameters. We hypothesized that heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation trending can be evaluated accurately from video information during acute hypoxia. METHOD: Video footage was acquired from multiple desaturation episodes during a porcine model of acute hypoxia using a standard visible light camera...
March 22, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333517/considering-a-family-systems-approach-to-surrogate-decision-making
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Elizabeth K Vig, Janelle S Taylor, Ann M O'Hare
Comments on the original article by Rolland, Emanuel, and Torke (see record 2017-05300-001) regarding a family systems approach to medical decision-making by proxy. The authors expanded the focus of clinicians beyond the patient to a more comprehensive understanding of the patient's family. They assert that a better understanding of family dynamics may help clinicians to engage with families more effectively when decision-making is needed for seriously ill loved ones, and may lessen the emotional challenges families and clinicians face when decisions are needed...
March 2017: Families, Systems & Health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333370/influence-of-nickel-titanium-rotary-systems-with-varying-tapers-on-the-biomechanical-behaviour-of-maxillary-first-premolars-under-occlusal-forces-a-finite-element-analysis-study
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S Askerbeyli Ors, A Serper
AIM: To evaluate the effect of three nickel-titanium (Ni-Ti) rotary systems with varying tapers on stress distribution and to analyse potential fracture patterns as well as the volume of fracture-susceptible regions in two-rooted maxillary premolars. METHODOLOGY: The root canals of three single-rooted premolars were prepared with either HeroShaper (Micro-Mega, Besançon, France) to (size 30, .04 taper), Revo-S (Micro-Mega) to AS30 (size 30, .06 taper) or ProTaper Universal (Dentsply Maillefer, Ballaigeus, Switzerland) to F3 (size 30, ...
March 23, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333254/comparison-of-efficacy-and-complications-among-various-spacer-grafts-in-the-treatment-of-lower-eyelid-retraction-a-systematic-review
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Eugene Park, Kevin Lewis, Mohammed S Alghoul
Background: Lower eyelid retraction is a difficult problem to treat, but it is a prevalent condition and a common complication of blepharoplasty. The use of spacer grafts to increase eyelid height and improve symptoms has been described for a long time, but the optimal choice of spacer graft material is unknown. Objectives: The authors reviewed the currently available evidence to determine the best available spacer graft material in terms of efficacy and complications...
March 3, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332729/transplantation-of-kidneys-from-hepatitis-c-positive-donors-into-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-recipients-followed-by-early-initiation-of-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Kalyan Ram Bhamidimarri, Marco Ladino, Fernando Pedraza, Giselle Guerra, Adela Mattiazzi, Linda Chen, Gaetano Ciancio, Warren Kupin, Paul Martin, George Burke, David Roth
The availability of direct acting antiviral agents (DAA) has transformed the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The current study is a case series that reports the outcomes from a cohort of twenty-five HCV-infected ESRD patients who received a kidney from an anti-HCV-positive deceased organ donor followed by treatment with DAAs in the early post-transplant period. Time to transplantation and the efficacy of DAA therapy as measured by sustained viral response at 12 weeks were assessed. The median waiting time from original date of activation on the UNOS waiting list until transplantation was 427 days, however, the median time from entering the patient into UNet(sm) for a HCV positive offer until transplantation was only 58 days...
March 23, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332645/epidemiological-role-of-birds-in-the-transmission-and-maintenance-of-zoonoses
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A Contreras, A Gómez-Martín, A Paterna, J Tatay-Dualde, M Prats-Van Der Ham, J C Corrales, C De La Fe, A Sánchez
The risk of zoonoses spreading from birds to humans is lower, quantitatively speaking, than the risk of transmission between other host groups, because the two taxonomic groups share fewer pathogens. Nevertheless, birds have a number of epidemiological characteristics that make them extremely important hosts in the transmission and maintenance of zoonoses, including their susceptibility to pathogens that are extremely hazardous to humans (such as highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, West Nile virus and Chlamydia psittaci) and their ability to travel long distances, especially in the case of migratory birds...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332211/a-multi-channel-block-matching-denoising-algorithm-for-spectral-photon-counting-ct-images
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Adam P Harrison, Ziyue Xu, David A Bluemke, Amir Pourmorteza, Daniel J Mollura
PURPOSE: We present a denoising algorithm designed for a whole-body prototype photon-counting computed tomography (PCCT) scanner with up to 4 energy thresholds and associated energy-binned images. METHODS: Spectral PCCT images can exhibit low signal to noise ratios (SNRs) due to the limited photon counts in each simultaneously-acquired energy bin. To help address this, our denoising method exploits the correlation and exact alignment between energy bins, adapting the highly-effective block-matching 3D (BM3D) denoising algorithm for PCCT...
March 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332062/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-metastases-to-the-thyroid-gland-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Patrizia Straccia, Claudia Mosseri, Chiara Brunelli, Esther Diana Rossi, Celestino Pio Lombardi, Alfredo Pontecorvi, Guido Fadda
The thyroid is a rare site of clinically detectable tumor metastases; even though the gland is a highly vascularized structure, the frequency of metastases in the routine practice is less than 0.2% of all thyroid malignancies. The purpose of our meta-analysis is to evaluate the frequency of metastatic diffusion from other primary tumors to the thyroid gland and to suggest the best possible treatment through an evidence-based study. Relevant studies were identified by searching the following databases: PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science...
March 22, 2017: Endocrine Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332016/radiology-research-in-mainland-china-in-the-past-10-years-a-survey-of-original-articles-published-in-radiology-and-european-radiology
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Long Jiang Zhang, Yun Fei Wang, Zhen Lu Yang, U Joseph Schoepf, Jiaqian Xu, Guang Ming Lu, Enzhong Li
PURPOSE: To evaluate the features and trends of Radiology research in Mainland China through bibliometric analysis of the original articles published in Radiology and European Radiology (ER) between 2006 and 2015. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the original articles published in Radiology and ER between 2006 and 2015. The following information was abstracted: imaging subspecialty, imaging technique(s) used, research type, sample size, study design, statistical analysis, study results, funding declarations, international collaborations, number of authors, department and province of the first author...
March 22, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329912/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-homocysteine-degradation-by-a-mutant-of-methionine-%C3%AE-lyase-based-on-substrate-assisted-catalysis
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Dan Sato, Tomoo Shiba, Shunsuke Yunoto, Kazuo Furutani, Mitsuki Fukumoto, Daizou Kudou, Takashi Tamura, Kenji Inagaki, Shigeharu Harada
Methionine γ-lyse (MGL) catalyzes the α, γ-elimination of l-methionine and its derivatives as well as the α, β-elimination of l-cysteine and its derivatives to produce α-keto acids, volatile thiols, and ammonia. The reaction mechanism of MGL has been characterized by enzymological studies using several site-directed mutants. The Pseudomonas putida MGL C116H mutant showed drastically reduced degradation activity toward methionine while retaining activity toward homocysteine. To understand the underlying mechanism and to discern the subtle differences between these substrates, we analyzed the crystal structures of the reaction intermediates...
March 22, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329042/longitudinal-cardiovascular-outcomes-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-children-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Zarmina Ehsan, Stacey L Ishman, Thomas R Kimball, Nanhua Zhang, Yuanshu Zou, Raouf S Amin
Objectives: The presence of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is known to impact long-term cardiovascular morbidity in adults; however, the long-term effects in children are poorly understood. We aimed to systematically review and synthesize studies published to date on the long-term effects of SDB in children. Study Design: Meta-analysis and systematic review using PubMed, CINAHL,Embase and Scopus (all indexed years). Methods: We searched for English-language articles containing original human data from prospective studies, with ≥7 participants, in children ≤18 years of age...
January 28, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328650/exosomes-in-critical-illness
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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/28328530/imaging-methods-for-bone-mass-evaluation-during-childhood-and-adolescence-an-update
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Isabela Leite Pezzuti, Adriana Maria Kakehasi, Maria Tereza Filgueiras, Juliana Albano de Guimarães, Isabela Alves Campos de Lacerda, Ivani Novato Silva
The objective of the work was to prepare an update on imaging methods for bone evaluation during childhood and adolescence. The text was based on original and review articles on imaging methods for clinical evaluation of bone mass in children and adolescents up to 20 years old. They were selected from BIREME and PUBMED by means of the following keywords: bone density; osteoporosis/diagnosis; densitometry; tomography; ultrasonography; magnetic resonance imaging; and radiogrammetry and published in Portuguese or English, in the last 10 years (2006-2016)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
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