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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109038/lectin-complement-pathway-molecules-are-decreased-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-and-constitute-the-risk-of-bacterial-infections
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Ildiko Foldi, Tamas Tornai, David Tornai, Nora Sipeki, Zsuzsanna Vitalis, Istvan Tornai, Tamas Dinya, Peter Antal-Szalmas, Maria Papp
BACKGROUND&AIMS: Lectin pathway molecules of the complement system are synthesized by hepatocytes and have pivotal role in innate host defense against infectious organisms. Ficolins(FCNs) act as soluble pattern recognition molecules, while mannan-binding lectin serine proteases(MASPs) do as effector molecules in elimination of pathogens. We aimed to study the significance of low level of these molecules in the development of cirrhosis-associated bacterial infections, which has not been elucidated so far...
January 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108850/baicalein-promotes-neuronal-and-behavioral-recovery-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-via-suppressing-apoptosis-oxidative-stress-and-neuroinflammation
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Ning Wei, Yinghai Wei, Binru Li, Linlin Pang
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is an important public health problem in neurology, which is not only associated with high mortality but also leading to disability. Yet no satisfactory treatment has been developed. The secondary injury that resulted from a number of self-destructive processes such as neuroinflammation, apoptosis and oxidative stress, is the key factor contributing to ICH-induced brain damage. Baicalein has been proved to improve neuronal functional recovery in rat model of subarachnoid hemorrhage and ischemic brain damage...
January 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108847/airway-mucus-inflammation-and-remodeling-emerging-links-in-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-lung-diseases
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Zhe Zhou-Suckow, Julia Duerr, Matthias Hagner, Raman Agrawal, Marcus A Mall
Airway mucus obstruction is a hallmark of many chronic lung diseases including rare genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and primary ciliary dyskinesia, as well as common lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which have emerged as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, the role of excess airway mucus in the in vivo pathogenesis of these diseases remains poorly understood. The generation of mice with airway-specific overexpression of epithelial Na(+) channels (ENaC), exhibiting airway surface dehydration (mucus hyperconcentration), impaired mucociliary clearance (MCC) and mucus plugging, led to a model of muco-obstructive lung disease that shares key features of CF and COPD...
January 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108403/risk-of-cement-leakage-and-pulmonary-embolism-by-bone-cement-augmented-pedicle-screw-fixation-of-the-thoracolumbar-spine
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Insa Janssen, Yu-Mi Ryang, Jens Gempt, Stefanie Bette, Julia Gerhardt, Jan Kirschke, Bernhard Meyer
BACKGROUND: Cement augmented pedicle screw instrumentation (CAPSI) of the thoracolumbar spine is indicated in osteoporosis or osteopenia to improve pullout strength and biomechanical stability of pedicle screws (PS). Only few studies report on the incidence of pulmonary cement embolism or other complications associated with CAPSI. PURPOSE: Aim of this retrospective study was to assess the rate of CAPSI associated complications. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study...
January 17, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108227/cerebral-blood-flow-autoregulation-is-impaired-in-schizophrenia-a-pilot-study
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Hsiao-Lun Ku, Jiunn-Kae Wang, Hsin-Chien Lee, Timothy Joseph Lane, I-Chao Liu, Yung-Chan Chen, Yao-Tung Lee, I-Cheng Lin, Chia-Pei Lin, Chaur-Jong Hu, Nai-Fang Chi
Patients with schizophrenia have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and higher mortality from them than does the general population; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Impaired cerebral autoregulation is associated with cerebrovascular diseases and their mortality. Increased or decreased cerebral blood flow in different brain regions has been reported in patients with schizophrenia, which implies impaired cerebral autoregulation. This study investigated the cerebral autoregulation in 21 patients with schizophrenia and 23 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
January 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107875/risk-factors-associated-with-the-different-categories-of-piglet-perinatal-mortality-in-french-farms
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F Pandolfi, S A Edwards, F Robert, I Kyriazakis
We aimed to identify mortality patterns and to establish risk factors associated with different categories of piglet perinatal mortality in French farms. At farm level, the analyses were performed on data from 146 farms that experienced perinatal mortality problems. At piglet level, the analyses were performed on data from 155 farms (7761 piglets). All data were collected over a period of 10 years (2004-14) by a consulting company, using a non-probability sampling at farm level and a random sampling at sow level...
February 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107517/high-emigration-propensity-and-low-mortality-on-transfer-drives-female-biased-dispersal-of-pyriglena-leucoptera-in-fragmented-landscapes
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Marcelo Awade, Carlos Candia-Gallardo, Cintia Cornelius, Jean Paul Metzger
Dispersal is a biological process performed in three stages: emigration, transfer and immigration. Intra-specific variation on dispersal behavior, such as sex-bias, is very common in nature, particularly in birds and mammals. However, dispersal is difficult to measure in the field and many hypotheses concerning the causes of sex-biased dispersal remain without empirical confirmation. An important limitation of most empirical studies is that inferences about sex-biased dispersal are based only on emigration proneness or immigration success data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107311/performance-of-international-classification-of-diseases-based-injury-severity-measures-used-to-predict-in-hospital-mortality-and-intensive-care-admission-among-traumatic-brain-injured-patients
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Mathieu Gagné, Lynne Moore, Marie-Josée Sirois, Marc Simard, Claudia Beaudoin, Brice Lionel Batomen Kuimi
BACKGROUND: The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the main classification system used for population-based traumatic brain injury (TBI) surveillance activities but does not contain direct information on injury severity. International Classification of Diseases-based injury severity measures can be empirically derived or mapped to the Abbreviated Injury Scale, but no single approach has been formally recommended for TBI. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of different ICD-based injury severity measures for predicting in-hospital mortality and intensive care unit (ICU) admission in TBI patients...
February 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105362/pre-treatment-serum-inflammatory-cytokines-as-survival-predictors-of-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-receiving-chemoradiotherapy
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Adel F Al-Kholy, Omminea A Abdullah, Mamdouh Z Abadier, Manal M Hassaan, Mohamed F Shindy, Dalia M Nor El-Dien, Ali Hasaneen
The present study aimed to examine the predictability of pre-treatment serum levels of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α for determining the outcome of patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) assigned for chemoradiotherapy. A total of 35 patients with NPC were subjected to clinical examination and evaluation of performance status using Karnofsky scoring. Nasopharyngoscopy was performed for evaluation and to obtain a biopsy. Blood samples were obtained pre- and post-treatment for polymerase chain reaction quantitative estimation of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA plasma load and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for estimation of serum cytokines...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104669/sex-specific-outcomes-with-addition-of-defibrillation-to-resynchronisation-therapy-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Sérgio Barra, Rui Providência, Rudolf Duehmke, Serge Boveda, Eloi Marijon, Christian Reitan, Rasmus Borgquist, Didier Klug, Pascal Defaye, Nicolas Sadoul, Jean-Claude Deharo, Iannish Sadien, Kiran Patel, Khang-Li Looi, David Begley, Anthony W Chow, Jean-Yves Le Heuzey, Sharad Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Among primary prevention patients with heart failure receiving cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), the impact of additional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment on outcomes and its interaction with sex remains uncertain. We aim to assess whether the addition of the ICD functionality to CRT devices offers a more pronounced survival benefit in men compared with women, as previous research has suggested. METHODS: Observational multicentre cohort study of 5307 consecutive patients with ischaemic or non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy and no history of sustained ventricular arrhythmias having CRT implantation with (cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), n=4037) or without (cardiac resynchronisation therapy pacemaker (CRT-P), n=1270) defibrillator functionality...
January 19, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104387/impact-of-echinocandin-on-prognosis-of-proven-invasive-candidiasis-in-icu-a-post-hoc-causal-inference-model-using-the-amarcand2-study
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Sébastien Bailly, Olivier Leroy, Elie Azoulay, Philippe Montravers, Jean-Michel Constantin, Hervé Dupont, Didier Guillemot, Olivier Lortholary, Jean-Paul Mira, Pierre-François Perrigault, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Jean-François Timsit
OBJECTIVE: guidelines recommend first-line systemic antifungal treatment (SAT) with echinocandins in invasive candidiasis (IC), especially in critically ill patients. This study aimed at assessing the impact of echinocandins compared to azoles as initial SAT on the 28-day prognosis in adult ICU patients. METHODS: From the prospective multicenter AmarCAND2 cohort (835 patients), we selected those with documented IC and treated with echinocandins (ECH) or azoles (AZO)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104076/comparison-of-propensity-score-methods-and-covariate-adjustment-evaluation-in-4-cardiovascular-studies
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Markus C Elze, John Gregson, Usman Baber, Elizabeth Williamson, Samantha Sartori, Roxana Mehran, Melissa Nichols, Gregg W Stone, Stuart J Pocock
Propensity scores (PS) are an increasingly popular method to adjust for confounding in observational studies. Propensity score methods have theoretical advantages over conventional covariate adjustment, but their relative performance in real-word scenarios is poorly characterized. We used datasets from 4 large-scale cardiovascular observational studies (PROMETHEUS, ADAPT-DES [the Assessment of Dual AntiPlatelet Therapy with Drug-Eluting Stents], THIN [The Health Improvement Network], and CHARM [Candesartan in Heart Failure-Assessment of Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity]) to compare the performance of conventional covariate adjustment with 4 common PS methods: matching, stratification, inverse probability weighting, and use of PS as a covariate...
January 24, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102610/outcomes-of-hiv-positive-patients-lost-to-follow-up-in-african-treatment-programs
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Kathrin Zürcher, Anne Mooser, Nanina Anderegg, Olga Tymejczyk, Margaret J Couvillon, Denis Nash, Matthias Egger
OBJECTIVE: The retention of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is key to achieving global targets in response to the HIV epidemic. Loss to follow-up (LTFU) can be substantial, with unknown outcomes for patients lost to ART programs. We examined changes in outcomes of patients LTFU over calendar time, assessed associations with other studies and program characteristics, and investigated the relative success of different tracing methods. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and logistic random-effects meta-regression analysis of studies that traced adults or children who started ART and were LTFU in sub-Saharan African treatment programs...
January 19, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101910/a-practical-approach-to-vaccination-of-patients-with-autoimmune-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases-in-australia
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Peter Kk Wong, Hanish Bagga, Claire Barrett, Paddy Hanrahan, Doug Johnson, Amel Katrib, Karin Leder, Mona Marabani, Peta Pentony, John Riordan, Ray White, Laurel Young
Autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIIRD) such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are often complicated by infection, which results in significant morbidity and mortality. The increased risk of infection is probably due to a combination of immunosuppressive effects of the AIIRD, comorbidities, and the use of immunosuppressive conventional synthetic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) and more recently, targeted synthetic DMARDS and biologic DMARDS which block specific pro-inflammatory enzymes, cytokines or cell types...
January 19, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101475/anticonvulsive-effects-of-licofelone-on-status-epilepticus-induced-by-lithium-pilocarpine-in-wistar-rats-a-role-for-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase
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Seyyed Majid Eslami, Mohammad Mobin Moradi, Mehdi Ghasemi, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) is a neurological disorder with high prevalence and mortality rates, requiring immediate intervention. Licofelone is a cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) inhibitor, which its effectiveness to treat osteoarthritis has been approved. Increasing evidence suggests an involvement of COX and LOX enzymes in epileptic disorders. Thus, in the present study we investigate possible effects of licofelone on prevention and termination of SE...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100116/physician-opinions-concerning-legal-abortion-in-bogot%C3%A3-colombia
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Kaitlyn Stanhope, Roger Rochat, Lauren Fink, Kalie Richardson, Chelsey Brack, Dawn Comeau
Since the decriminalisation of abortion in 2006, women in Colombia have continued to seek clandestine abortions, endangering their health and contributing to maternal mortality and morbidity. The goal of this study was to explore physicians' opinions towards and knowledge about legal abortion in Bogotá, Colombia, and key barriers to the legal abortion access. We conducted 13 key informant interviews followed by a survey with a probability sample of 49 doctors working in public hospitals in Bogotá. Interview and survey data showed lack of technical experience in the provision of abortion and nuanced opinions towards its practice...
January 19, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100060/boerhaave-s-syndrome-diagnostic-gastroscopy
#17
Rocío Ferreiro-Iglesias, Manuel Narciso Blanco Freire, Manuel Paz Novo, J Enrique Domínguez Muñoz
A 47-year-old man was attended at the emergency room for severe chest pain after eating sausage with subsequent vomiting and mild upper gastrointestinal bleeding. In the chest radiography we could not see abnormalities. He referred previous episodes of choking without consulting. The urgent gastroscopy detected tertiary contractile activity (nutcracker esophagus) and a foreign body in the lower third of the esophagus. After removing the food bolus, we observed a 4 cm longitudinal tear compatible with esophageal rupture or Boerhaave's syndrome in the right posterior wall of the lower esophagus, proximal to the gastroesophageal junction...
January 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100019/a-randomized-trial-to-assess-whether-portal-pressure-guided-therapy-to-prevent-variceal-rebleeding-improves-survival-in-cirrhosis
#18
Càndid Villanueva, Isabel Graupera, Carles Aracil, Edilmar Alvarado, Josep Miñana, Ángela Puente, Virginia Hernandez-Gea, Alba Ardevol, Oana Pavel, Alan Colomo, Mar Concepción, María Poca, Xavier Torras, Josep M A Reñe, Carlos Guarner
: Monitoring the hemodynamic response of portal pressure to drug therapy accurately stratifies the risk of variceal rebleeding. We assessed whether guiding therapy with HVPG-monitoring may improve survival in the prevention of variceal rebleeding. Cirrhotic patients with controlled variceal bleeding were randomized to a HVPG-guided-therapy group (N= 84) or to a control group (N= 86). In both groups, HVPG and acute β-blocker response were evaluated at baseline and HVPG measurements were repeated at 2-4-weeks to determine chronic response...
January 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098629/right-dose-right-now-customized-drug-dosing-in-the-critically-ill
#19
Jason A Roberts, Anand Kumar, Jeffrey Lipman
Drugs are key weapons that clinicians have to battle against the profound pathologies encountered in critically ill patients. Antibiotics in particular are commonly used and can improve patient outcomes dramatically. Despite this, there are strong opportunities for further reducing the persisting poor outcomes for infected critically ill patients. However, taking these next steps for improving patient care requires a new approach to antibiotic therapy. Giving the right dose is highly likely to increase the probability of clinical cure from infection and suppress the emergence of resistant pathogens...
February 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098059/laparoscopic-ileocecal-resection-in-acute-and-chronic-presentations-of-crohn-s-disease-a-single-center-experience
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G Cocorullo, R Tutino, N Falco, G Salamone, T Fontana, L Licari, G Gulotta
INTRODUCTION: The terminal ileum is the most involved tract in Crohn's disease. The obstruction in this location is the most frequent complication. Acute or chronic presentations can occur. Surgery finds a role in the management of chronic strictures and in acute clinical presentations with complications not improving with conservative therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We investigate the outcome of patients with obstruction of the ileo-cecal bowel tract laparoscopically managed...
September 2017: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
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