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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719948/isolation-and-genotyping-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-brazilian-dogs
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Jamille Rodrigues da Silva, Bianca Mendes Maciel, Luana Karla Nogueira de Santana Souza Santos, Fábio Santos Carvalho, Daniele de Santana Rocha, Carlos Wilson Gomes Lopes, George Rêgo Albuquerque
Strains of Toxoplasma gondii in Brazil are highly genetically diverse compared to strains from North America and Europe. Dogs are epidemiologically important because they act as sentinels for T. gondii infections in humans and are good indicators of environmental contamination. The aim of this study was to isolate and genetically characterize T. gondii strains from tissues of naturally infected Brazilian dogs. For this study, 21 blood samples were collected from dogs at the Zoonosis Control Centers of Ilhéus and Itabuna cities, Bahia, Brazil...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717937/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-of-childhood-onset-membranous-lupus-nephritis
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Maria Pereira, Eyal Muscal, Karen Eldin, M John Hicks, Anna Carmela P Sagcal-Gironella, Marietta DeGuzman, Scott E Wenderfer
BACKGROUND: Best practices for managing childhood-onset membranous lupus nephritis (MLN) are not yet established. Most studies involve primarily or exclusively adult cohorts or pediatric cohorts with combinations of pure or mixed membranous and proliferative nephritis. METHODS: We performed a single-center cohort study of consecutively diagnosed children with pure MLN from 1990 and 2016. Patients received care in Houston, Texas, one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in North America...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712519/contemporary-outcomes-of-infants-with-gastroschisis-in-north-america-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Brenna S Fullerton, Cristine S Velazco, Eric A Sparks, Kate A Morrow, Erika M Edwards, Roger F Soll, Biren P Modi, Jeffrey D Horbar, Tom Jaksic
OBJECTIVE: To quantify outcomes and analyze factors predictive of morbidity and mortality in infants with gastroschisis. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical data regarding neonates with gastroschisis born between 2009 and 2014 were prospectively collected at 175 North American centers. Multivariate regression was used to assess risk factors for mortality and length of stay (LOS). RESULTS: Gastroschisis was diagnosed in 4420 neonates with median birth weight 2410 g (IQR 2105-2747)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709585/patients-come-from-populations-and-populations-contain-patients-a-two-stage-scientific-and-ethics-review-the-next-adaptation-for-single-institutional-review-boards
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David Knopman, Eli Alford, Kaitlin Tate, Mark Long, Ara S Khachaturian
INTRODUCTION: For nearly 50 years, institutional review boards (IRB) and independent ethics committees have featured local oversight as a core function of research ethics reviews. However growing complexity in Alzheimer's clinical research suggests current approaches to research volunteer safety is hampering development of new therapeutics. As a partial response to this challenge, the NIH has mandated that all NIH-funded multi-site studies will use a single Institutional Review Board...
July 11, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705277/spectrum-of-autoimmune-bullous-diseases-in-the-middle-east-a-15-year-review
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Roger Haber, Josiane Helou, Carla Habr, Roland Tomb
Characteristics of autoimmune bullous diseases (AIBDs) show wide geographic variation. The aim of this study was to determine retrospectively the characteristics of patients with AIBD admitted to Hôtel-Dieu de France Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, between 1999 and 2014 and to compare them with those from other areas in the Middle East, the Far East, Asia, North Africa, Europe, and North America. For the patients with AIBDs and who were hospitalized at a major tertiary referral center between 1999 and 2004, we studied demographics, diagnosis, length of stay, department/floor, comorbidities, clinical features, in-hospital evolution, diagnostic tests, and treatment...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701493/the-crest-e-study-of-creatine-for-huntington-disease-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Steven M Hersch, Giovanni Schifitto, David Oakes, Amy-Lee Bredlau, Catherine M Meyers, Richard Nahin, Herminia Diana Rosas
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether creatine administration could slow progressive functional decline in adults with early symptoms of Huntington disease. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of up to 40 g daily of creatine monohydrate in participants with stage I and II HD treated for up to 48 months. The primary outcome measure was the rate of change in total functional capacity (TFC) between baseline and end of follow-up...
July 12, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700829/fast-sensitive-and-quantitative-point-of-care-platform-for-the-assessment-of-drugs-of-abuse-in-urine-serum-and-whole-blood
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Ying Li, Uvaraj Uddayasankar, Bangshun He, Ping Wang, Lidong Qin
Drug abuse is a major public health problem in many countries in Europe and North America. Currently available platforms for drug abuse assessment are facing technical challenges of non-quantitation, inaccuracy, low throughput, incompatible with diverse complex specimens, long assay time and requirement of instrument and/or expertise for readout. Here, we report an integrated Competitive Volumetric-bar-chart Chip (CV-Chip) to assay multiple drug targets at the point-of-care (POC). To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that a POC platform has been demonstrated to fully address the above-mentioned limitations...
July 12, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698181/risk-factors-for-surgical-site-infection-following-cesarean-delivery-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Felicia Ketcheson, Christy Woolcott, Victoria Allen, Joanne M Langley
BACKGROUND: The rate of cesarean delivery is increasing in North America. Surgical site infection following this operation can make it difficult to recover, care for a baby and return home. We aimed to determine the incidence of surgical site infection to 30 days following cesarean delivery, associated risk factors and whether risk factors differed for predischarge versus postdischarge infection. METHODS: We identified a retrospective cohort in Nova Scotia by linking the provincial perinatal database to hospital admissions and physician billings databases to follow women for 30 days after they had given birth by cesarean delivery between Jan...
July 11, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693463/descriptive-analysis-of-cochrane-child-relevant-systematic-reviews-an-update-and-comparison-between-2009-and-2013
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Katelynn Crick, Denise Thomson, Ricardo M Fernandes, Megan Nuspl, Dean T Eurich, Brian H Rowe, Lisa Hartling
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews support health systems and clinical decision-making by identifying and summarizing all existing studies on a particular topic. In 2009, a comprehensive description of child-relevant systematic reviews published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews was compiled. This study aims to provide an update, and to describe these systematic reviews according to their content and methodological approaches. METHODS: All child-relevant systematic reviews published by the Cochrane Collaboration in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) as of March, 2013 were identified and described in relation to their content and methodological approaches...
July 11, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692442/current-issues-in-allogeneic-islet-transplantation
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Charles A Chang, Michael C Lawrence, Bashoo Naziruddin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Transplantation of allogenic pancreatic islets is a minimally invasive treatment option to control severe hypoglycemia and dependence on exogenous insulin among type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients. This overview summarizes the current issues and progress in islet transplantation outcomes and research. RECENT FINDINGS: Several clinical trials from North America and other countries have documented the safety and efficacy of clinical islet transplantation for T1D patients with impaired hypoglycemia awareness...
July 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688206/absence-of-clinical-disease-and-contact-transmission-of-north-american-clade-2-3-4-4-h5nx-hpai-in-experimentally-infected-pigs
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Bryan S Kaplan, Mia Kim Torchetti, Kelly M Lager, Richard J Webby, Amy L Vincent
BACKGROUND: In the fall of 2014, clade 2.3.4.4 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype H5N8 was introduced into North America by migrating waterfowl from Asia where, through reassortment, novel HPAI H5N2 and H5N1 viruses emerged. OBJECTIVES: Assess the susceptibility of pigs to North American HPAI clade 2.3.4.4 H5N1, H5N2, and H5N8. METHODS: Pigs and trachea explants were inoculated with a representative panel of clade 2.3.4.4 HPAI viruses from North America...
July 8, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686490/preliminary-inter-rater-reliability-of-the-wheelchair-components-questionnaire-for-condition
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Karen Rispin, John DiFrancesco, Lawrence A Raymond, Kristopher Riseling, Joy Wee
PURPOSE: The Wheelchair Components Questionnaire for Condition (WCQ-C) enables the collection of data on wheelchair maintenance condition and durability in resource-limited environments. It can be used in large studies to indicate typical patterns of wear at a location, or for a type of wheelchair. It can also be used in clinical settings as an evidence based indication that a wheelchair may need repair or replacement. This type of data can enable effective use of limited funds by wheelchair providers, manufacturers and users...
July 7, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686474/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-demonstrates-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-oral-aripiprazole-for-the-treatment-of-tourette-s-disorder-in-children-and-adolescents
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Floyd Sallee, Eva Kohegyi, Joan Zhao, Robert McQuade, Kevin Cox, Raymond Sanchez, Alet van Beek, Margaretta Nyilas, William Carson, Roger Kurlan
OBJECTIVES: Aripiprazole modulates dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways that may play a role in the pathogenesis of Tourette's disorder (TD). This trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of oral aripiprazole in the suppression of tics in children and adolescents with TD. METHODS: This phase 3, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (ClinicalTrials.gov , NCT01727700) recruited patients who were 7-17 years old with a diagnosis of TD from hospitals, private practices, and research clinics at 76 sites in the United States, Canada, Hungary, and Italy...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686324/demographics-and-co-occurring-conditions-in-a-clinic-based-cohort-with-down-syndrome-in-the-united-arab-emirates
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Jennifer Price Corder, Fatima Jaber Sehmi Al Ahbabi, Hind Saif Al Dhaheri, Fares Chedid
The majority of studies describing demographics and co-occurring conditions in cohorts with Down syndrome come from regions outside of the Middle East, mainly from Europe and North America. This paper describes demographics and co-occurring conditions in a hospital-based cohort of individuals with Down syndrome living in the Middle Eastern country of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The first dedicated Down syndrome clinic in the UAE was established in 2012 at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain. This paper describes a clinic-based cohort of 221 participants over 4 years from the Gulf Down Syndrome Registry, a new Down syndrome database and contact registry created at Tawam Hospital...
July 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684096/epidemiology-of-atrial-fibrillation-the-australian-and-asia-pacific-perspective
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Christopher X Wong, Alex Brown, Hung-Fat Tse, Christine M Albert, Jonathan M Kalman, Thomas H Marwick, Dennis H Lau, Prashanthan Sanders
The epidemic of atrial fibrillation (AF) is increasingly recognised as a growing health problem worldwide. Although epidemiological studies on AF in the Asia-Pacific region are scarce, given the increasing age and size of populations in this region, the burden of AF is expected to be far greater than in North America and Europe. This is not only due to the growing, ageing population but also an increased incidence of risk factors for AF, such as hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, in the Asia-Pacific region...
May 24, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678119/risk-factors-for-and-clinical-outcomes-of-dysphagia-after-anterior-cervical-surgery-for-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy-results-from-the-aospine-international-and-north-america-studies
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Narihito Nagoshi, Lindsay Tetreault, Hiroaki Nakashima, Paul M Arnold, Giuseppe Barbagallo, Branko Kopjar, Michael G Fehlings
BACKGROUND: Although dysphagia is a common complication after anterior cervical decompression and fusion, important risk factors have not been rigorously evaluated. Furthermore, the impact of dysphagia on neurological and quality-of-life outcomes is not fully understood. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of and risk factors for dysphagia, and the impact of this complication on short and long-term clinical outcomes, in patients treated with anterior cervical decompression and fusion...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677422/evaluation-of-a-standardized-perioperative-management-protocol-in-the-adult-hematology-anticoagulation-management-service
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Diane J Lum, Patricia A Ross, Martin A Bishop, Michelle L Caetano, Michael B Streiff
BACKGROUND: In North America, 250,000 patients on vitamin K antagonists require surgical procedures each year. Temporary interruption of oral anticoagulation and perioperative bridging therapy with unfractionated heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin are recommended by the American College of Chest Physicians 2012 for select patients. OBJECTIVES: The study objectives are to evaluate adherence and nonadherence to the Johns Hopkins clinic guidelines for perioperative management of anticoagulation and identify bleeding or thromboembolic events during perioperative management of anticoagulation...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676192/eosinophilic-esophagitis-the-north-against-the-south-a-bio-economic-social-mechanistic-approach-and-clinical-implications
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D García-Compeán, J A González-González, E I González-Moreno, H J Maldonado-Garza
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic antigen-mediated disease characterized by esophageal symptoms, esophageal eosinophilia, and the absence of response to proton pump inhibitors. It is the most frequent cause of dysphagia and food impaction in adults. Its incidence and prevalence is very high in the developed countries (USA, Europe, Australia), where its connotation is that of an emerging epidemic. While studies have been published with large case series in the developed countries, those published in Latin America are small or consist of isolated case reports...
July 1, 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666758/the-changing-epidemiology-of-invasive-haemophilus-influenzae-disease-emergence-and-global-presence-of-serotype-a-strains-that-may-require-a-new-vaccine-for-control
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Raymond S W Tsang, Marina Ulanova
BACKGROUND: More than two decades after the implementation of the Hib conjugate vaccine in North America, Haemophilus influenzae serotype a (Hia) has emerged as a significant cause of invasive disease in Indigenous communities. However, little is known about the global presence of this pathogen. METHODS: We interrogated the H. influenzae Multi-Locus Sequence Typing (MLST) website (https://pubmlst.org/hinfluenzae/) by selecting for serotype a records. We also updated our previous literature review on this subject matter...
June 27, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662647/a-phase-ii-randomized-trial-of-observation-versus-stereotactic-ablative-radiation-for-oligometastatic-prostate-cancer-oriole
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Noura Radwan, Ryan Phillips, Ashley Ross, Steven P Rowe, Michael A Gorin, Emmanuel S Antonarakis, Curtiland Deville, Stephen Greco, Samuel Denmeade, Channing Paller, Daniel Y Song, Maximilian Diehn, Hao Wang, Michael Carducci, Kenneth J Pienta, Martin G Pomper, Theodore L DeWeese, Adam Dicker, Mario Eisenberger, Phuoc T Tran
BACKGROUND: We describe a randomized, non-blinded Phase II interventional study to assess the safety and efficacy of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for hormone-sensitive oligometastatic prostate adenocarcinoma, and to describe the biology of the oligometastatic state using immunologic, cellular, molecular, and functional imaging correlates. 54 men with oligometastatic prostate adenocarcinoma will be accrued. The primary clinical endpoint will be progression at 6 months from randomization with the hypothesis that SABR to all metastases will forestall progression by disrupting the metastatic process...
June 29, 2017: BMC Cancer
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