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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351561/preconception-use-of-cart-by-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-increases-the-risk-of-infants-being-born-small-for-gestational-age
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Ingrid J M Snijdewind, Colette Smit, Mieke H Godfried, Rachel Bakker, Jeannine F J B Nellen, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Elisabeth van Leeuwen, Peter Reiss, Eric A P Steegers, Marchina E van der Ende
BACKGROUND: The benefits of combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-positive pregnant women (improved maternal health and prevention of mother to child transmission [pMTCT]) currently outweigh the adverse effects due to cART. As the variety of cART increases, however, the question arises as to which type of cART is safest for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. We studied the effect of timing and exposure to different classes of cART on adverse birth outcomes in a large HIV cohort in the Netherlands...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348296/cart-targeting-of-solid-tumors-more-pieces-to-the-puzzle
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Michael Kalos
CART-based targeting of solid tumors remains a considerable and worthwhile challenge in the field of immunotherapy. The role of chemotherapy to target stroma and enhance CAR cell anti-tumor function, expansion and persistence is still unresolved.
January 18, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346632/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-jc-virus-dna-in-plasma-in-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy
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Francesca Ferretti, Arabella Bestetti, Constantin T Yiannoutsos, Beverly S Musick, Simonetta Gerevini, Laura Passeri, Simona Bossolasco, Antonio Boschini, Diego Franciotta, Adriano Lazzarin, Paola Cinque
Background: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a severe demyelinating disease caused by the polyomavirus JC (JCV) affecting subjects with impaired immune system. While JCV-DNA detection in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is diagnostic of PML, the clinical significance of plasma JCV-DNA is still uncertain. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed plasma samples drawn from patients with PML close to disease onset, and controls without PML. In PML patients, we compared plasma JCV DNA detection and levels to: JCV DNA in the other biological samples, clinical and laboratory parameters and patients' survival...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346443/exposure-to-previous-cart-is-associated-with-significant-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients
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Evrim Anadol, Kristina Lust, Christoph Boesecke, Carolynne Schwarze-Zander, Raphael Mohr, Jan-Christian Wasmuth, Jürgen Kurt Rockstroh, Jonel Trebicka
INTRODUCTION: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has improved survival in HIV-patients. While the first antiretrovirals, which became available in particular D-drugs (especially didanosine and stavudine) and unboosted protease inhibitors, may impair liver function, the modern cART seems to decrease liver fibrosis. This study assessed the influence of exposure to previous antiretrovirals on liver fibrosis in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: This observational cross-sectional single-center study recruited 333 HIV patients and assessed liver fibrosis using transient elastography (TE)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343582/hiv-replication-and-latency-in-a-humanized-nsg-mouse-model-during-suppressive-oral-combinational-art
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Sangeetha Satheesan, Haitang Li, John C Burnett, Mayumi Takahashi, Shasha Li, Shiny Xiaqin Wu, Timothy W Synold, John J Rossi, Jiehua Zhou
Although current combinatorial antiretroviral therapy (cART) is therapeutically effective in the majority of HIV patients, interruption of therapy can cause a rapid rebound in viremia, demonstrating the existence of a stable reservoir of latently infected cells. HIV latency is therefore considered a primary barrier to HIV eradication. Identifying, quantifying, and purging the HIV reservoir is crucial to effectively curing patients and relieving them from the lifelong requirement for therapy. Latently infected transformed cell models have been used to investigate HIV latency; however, they cannot accurately represent the quiescent cellular environment of primary latently infected cells in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339640/application-of-immunocytochemistry-on-cell-block-sections-for-the-investigation-of-thyroid-lesions
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Niki Margari, Ilias Giovannopoulos, Abraham Pouliakis, Emmanouil Mastorakis, Alina Roxani Gouloumi, Ioannis G Panayiotides, Petros Karakitsos
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of Classification and Regression Trees (CARTs) for the diagnosis of thyroid lesions based on cell block immunocytochemistry and cytological outcome. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 956 histologically confirmed cases (673 benign and 283 malignant) from patients with thyroid nodules were prepared via liquid-based cytology and evaluated; 4 additional slides were stained for cytokeratin 19 (CK-19), galectin 3 (Gal-3), Hector Battifora mesothelial cell 1 (HBME-1), and thyroglobulin...
January 16, 2018: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334553/post-treatment-controllers-after-treatment-interruption-in-chronically-hiv-infected-patients
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Franco Maggiolo, Elisa Di Filippo, Laura Comi, Annapaola Callegaro
OBJECTIVE: Control HIV replication requires continuous combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) as discontinuation of cART results in a rapid viral rebound. However, a few individuals exist who took cART for several years and did not show the expected viral rebound after treatment cessation. Most post-treatment controllers (PTCs) are early treated individuals. We report three cases who started cART during chronic infection. DESIGN: Patients were treated and monitored according to Italian guidelines...
January 13, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331972/cohort-profile-the-comparative-outcomes-and-service-utilization-trends-coast-study-among-people-living-with-and-without-hiv-in-british-columbia-canada
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Oghenowede Eyawo, Mark W Hull, Kate Salters, Hasina Samji, Angela Cescon, Paul Sereda, Viviane D Lima, Bohdan Nosyk, David G T Whitehurst, Scott A Lear, Julio S G Montaner, Robert S Hogg
PURPOSE: The Comparative Outcomes And Service Utilization Trends (COAST) Study in British Columbia (BC), Canada, was designed to evaluate the determinants of health outcomes and health care services use among people living with HIV (PLHIV) as they age in the period following the introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). The study also assesses how age-associated comorbidities and health care use among PLHIV may differ from those observed in the general population. PARTICIPANTS: COAST was established through a data linkage between two provincial data sources: The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Drug Treatment Program, which centrally manages cART dispensation across BC and contains prospectively collected data on demographic, immunological, virological, cART use and other clinical information for all known PLHIV in BC; and Population Data BC, a provincial data repository that holds individual event-level, longitudinal data for all 4...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331435/complications-of-chronic-total-occlusion-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-subepicardial-hematoma
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Punag Divanji, Kendrick Shunk
A 67-year-old man with coronary artery disease and previous coronary underwent successful Guideliner reverse CART percutaneous coronary intervention of a chronic total occlusion of the right coronary artery. He later developed evidence of myocardial ischemia, and imaging, including angiogram, echocardiogram, and cardiac computed tomography revealing active dye extravasation from the previously normal RV marginal branches, in addition to a large subepicardial hematoma. Despite these dramatic findings, the patient remained hemodynamically stable and pain-free, with resolving ECG changes...
December 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329318/erythrocyte-inosine-triphosphatase-activity-a-potential-biomarker-for-adverse-events-during-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-for-hiv
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N Chantal Peltenburg, Jörgen Bierau, Jaap A Bakker, Jolanda A Schippers, Selwyn H Lowe, Aimée D C Paulussen, Bianca J C van den Bosch, Mathie P G Leers, Bettina E Hansen, Annelies Verbon
The purine analogues tenofovir and abacavir are precursors of potential substrates for the enzyme Inosine 5'-triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase (ITPase). Here, we investigated the association of ITPase activity and ITPA genotype with the occurrence of adverse events (AEs) during combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. In 393 adult HIV-seropositive patients, AEs were defined as events that led to stop of cART regimen. ITPase activity ≥4 mmol IMP/mmol Hb/hour was considered as normal...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329205/improving-odometric-accuracy-for-an-autonomous-electric-cart
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Jonay Toledo, Jose D Piñeiro, Rafael Arnay, Daniel Acosta, Leopoldo Acosta
In this paper, a study of the odometric system for the autonomous cart Verdino, which is an electric vehicle based on a golf cart, is presented. A mathematical model of the odometric system is derived from cart movement equations, and is used to compute the vehicle position and orientation. The inputs of the system are the odometry encoders, and the model uses the wheels diameter and distance between wheels as parameters. With this model, a least square minimization is made in order to get the nominal best parameters...
January 12, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325542/visceral-adipose-tissue-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-hiv-infected-patients-undergoing-cart-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Maria Teresa Beires, André Silva-Pinto, Ana Cristina Santos, António José Madureira, Jorge Pereira, Davide Carvalho, António Sarmento, Paula Freitas
BACKGROUND: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-infected patients has been associated with lipodystrophy, metabolic abnormalities, and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Ultrasound measures of carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) have been used as a valid measure of subclinical atherosclerosis and as a tool to predict the risk of cardiovascular events. Our aim was to evaluate the progression of cIMT in HIV-infected patients subjected to cART, with and without lipodystrophy, over a one-year period...
January 11, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323557/neuropsychological-assessment-of-412-hiv-infected-individuals-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Maria Rita Polo Gascón, José Ernesto Vidal, Yolanda Marques Mazzaro, Jerusa Smid, Rosa Maria Nascimento Marcusso, Claudio Garcia Capitão, Elizeu Macedo Coutinho, Glaucia Rosana Guerra Benute, Mara Cristina Souza De Lucia, Augusto César Penalva de Oliveira
HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) remain frequent even among individuals receiving combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). In addition, HAND may adversely affect the quality of life and adherence to cART. There is scarce epidemiological information about HAND in Latin America. This cross-sectional study recruited HIV-infected patients from a tertiary teaching institution in São Paulo, Brazil, between May 2013 and February 2015. The patients were adults with at least 4 years of education and patients with current neurological or psychiatric diseases were excluded...
January 2018: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322103/a-national-survey-of-mri-safety-practices-in-ghana
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Albert Dayor Piersson, Philip Nii Gorleku
Objective: The aim of the present study was to assess current MRI safety practices among MRI facilities in Ghana, and their compliance with the 2013 American College of Radiology (ACR) guidance document on MR safe practices. Material and methods: A questionnaire developed from the 2013 ACR Guidance Document was used to collect information on magnetic field strengths, MR safety policy and compliance, patient screening, emergency preparedness, infection control, MRI safety accessories, equipment safety, signage and barriers, report of adverse incidents, and access and communication...
December 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320531/integrating-community-pharmacy-into-community-based-anti-retroviral-therapy-program-a-pilot-implementation-in-abuja-nigeria
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Yohanna Kambai Avong, Gambo Gumel Aliyu, Bolajoko Jatau, Ritmwa Gurumnaan, Nanfwang Danat, Gbenga Ayodele Kayode, Victor Adekanmbi, Patrick Dakum
BACKGROUND: The landscape of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic control is shifting with the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 benchmarks for epidemic control. Community-based Antiretroviral Therapy (CART) models have improved treatment uptake and demonstrated good clinical outcomes. We assessed the feasibility of integrating community pharmacy as a task shift structure for differentiated community ART in Abuja-Nigeria. METHODS: Stable patients on first line ART regimens from public health facilities were referred to community pharmacies in different locations within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for prescription refills and treatment maintenance...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318459/incidence-and-predictors-of-single-drug-discontinuation-according-to-the-presence-of-hcv-coinfection-in-hiv-patients-from-the-icona-foundation-cohort-study
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Sebastiano Leone, Milensu Shanyinde, Alessandro Cozzi Lepri, Fiona C Lampe, Pietro Caramello, Andrea Costantini, Andrea Giacometti, Andrea De Luca, Antonella Cingolani, Francesca Ceccherini Silberstein, Massimo Puoti, Andrea Gori, Antonella d'Arminio Monforte
To evaluate incidence rates of and predictors for any antiretroviral (ART) drug discontinuation by HCV infection status in a large Italian cohort of HIV infected patients. All patients enrolled in ICONA who started combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) containing abacavir or tenofovir or emtricitabine or lamivudine plus efavirenz or rilpivirine or atazanavir/r or darunavir/r (DRV/r) or lopinavir/r or dolutegravir or elvitegravir or raltegravir were included. Multivariate Poisson regression models were used to determine factors independently associated with single ART drug discontinuation...
January 9, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318172/clinical-factors-that-predict-a-second-acl-injury-after-acl-reconstruction-and-return-to-sport-preliminary-development-of-a-clinical-decision-algorithm
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Mark V Paterno, Bin Huang, Staci Thomas, Timothy E Hewett, Laura C Schmitt
Background: Biomechanical predictors of a second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury after ACL reconstruction (ACLR) and return to sport (RTS) have been identified; however, these measures may not be feasible in a standard clinical environment. Purpose/Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether standard clinical measures predicted the risk of second ACL injuries. The hypothesis tested was that a combination of strength, function, and patient-reported measures at the time of RTS would predict the risk of second ACL injuries with high sensitivity and specificity...
December 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313985/cart-peptide-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-shell-inhibits-cocaine-induced-locomotor-sensitization-to-transient-overexpression-of-%C3%AE-ca2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii
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Lixia Xiong, Qing Meng, Xi Sun, Xiangtong Lu, Qiang Fu, Qinghua Peng, Jianhua Yang, Ki-Wan Oh, Zhen Zhen Hu
Cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART) peptide is a widely distributed neurotransmitter that attenuates cocaine-induced locomotor activity when injected into the nucleus accumbens (NAc). Our previous work first confirmed that the inhibitory mechanism of the CART peptide on cocaine-induced locomotor activity is related to a reduction in cocaine-enhanced phosphorylated Ca2+ /calmodulin-dependent protein kinaseIIα (pCaMKIIα) and the enhancement of cocaine-induced D3R function. The present study investigated whether CART peptide inhibited cocaine-induced locomotor activity via inhibition of interactions between pCaMKIIα and the D3 dopamine receptor (D3R)...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310596/different-responses-of-weather-factors-on-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-in-three-different-climate-areas-of-gansu-china
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Faxiang Gou, Xinfeng Liu, Jian He, Dongpeng Liu, Yao Cheng, Haixia Liu, Xiaoting Yang, Kongfu Wei, Yunhe Zheng, Xiaojuan Jiang, Lei Meng, Wenbiao Hu
BACKGROUND: To determine the linear and non-linear interacting relationships between weather factors and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in children in Gansu, China, and gain further traction as an early warning signal based on weather variability for HFMD transmission. METHOD: Weekly HFMD cases aged less than 15 and meteorological information from 2010 to 2014 in Jiuquan, Lanzhou and Tianshu, Gansu, China were collected. Generalized linear regression models (GLM) with Poisson link and classification and regression trees (CART) were employed to determine the combined and interactive relationship of weather factors and HFMD in both linear and non-linear ways...
January 8, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307696/role-of-hypothalamic-leptin-leprb-signaling-in-npy-cart-mediated-appetite-suppression-in-amphetamine-treated-rats
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Shu-Chen Chu, Pei-Ni Chen, Jeng-Rung Chen, Ching-Han Yu, Yih-Shou Hsieh, Dong-Yih Kuo
Leptin is an adipose tissue hormone which plays an important role in regulating energy homeostasis. Amphetamine (AMPH) is a drug of appetite suppressant, which exerts its effect by decreasing the expression of hypothalamic neuropeptide Y (NPY) and increasing that of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript (CART). This study investigated whether leptin, the leptin receptor (LepRb) and the signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) were involved in NPY/CART-mediated appetite suppression in AMPH-treated rats...
January 4, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
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