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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089969/changes-in-treatment-patterns-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-initiating-biologic-and-nonbiologic-therapy-in-a-clinical-registry
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Philip J Mease, Tamara Lesperance, Mei Liu, David H Collier, Marc Mason, Sabrina Deveikis, Neil A Accortt
OBJECTIVE: Treatment options for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have increased and improved in the past decade; treatment patterns in PsA remain poorly understood. Understanding current practices would aid in treatment management of patients with PsA. METHODS: This observational study was based on data from the Corrona registry of adult patients with PsA in North America collected between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2012. Patients were divided among 3 therapy cohorts: tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) monotherapy, methotrexate (MTX) monotherapy, and TNFi and MTX combination therapy...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088177/a-novel-quantitative-pcr-detects-babesia-infection-in-patients-not-identified-by-currently-available-non-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests
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Lavoisier Akoolo, Samantha Schlachter, Rasel Khan, Laura Alter, Albert D Rojtman, Kristine Gedroic, Purnima Bhanot, Nikhat Parveen
BACKGROUND: Ticks transmit Babesia microti, the causative agents of babesiosis in North America and Europe. Babesiosis is now endemic in Northeastern USA and affects people of all ages. Babesia species infect erythrocytes and can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Whole blood and blood products, which are not tested for Babesia, can cause transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB) resulting in severe consequences in the immuno-compromised patients. The purpose of this study was epidemiological evaluation of babesiosis in a tick-infested state...
January 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086816/rationale-description-and-baseline-findings-of-a-community-based-prospective-cohort-study-of-kidney-function-amongst-the-young-rural-population-of-northwest-nicaragua
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Marvin González-Quiroz, Armando Camacho, Dorien Faber, Aurora Aragón, Catharina Wesseling, Jason Glaser, Jennifer Le Blond, Liam Smeeth, Dorothea Nitsch, Neil Pearce, Ben Caplin
BACKGROUND: An epidemic of Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along the Pacific coast of Central America, but the natural history and aetiology of the disease remain poorly understood. We have recently commenced a community-based longitudinal study to investigate Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Nicaragua. Although logistically challenging, study designs of this type have the potential to provide important insights that other study designs cannot...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075236/first-serological-evidence-of-west-nile-virus-in-horses-and-dogs-from-corsica-island-france
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Marianne Maquart, Mustapha Dahmani, Jean-Lou Marié, Patrick Gravier, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Bernard Davoust
West Nile virus (WNV) is widely distributed over the world, including Europe, Africa, and Asia and spread over the past two decades to North and South America. In the south of France, sporadic cases are frequently described and the virus is endemic in Italy with frequent cases and outbreaks. The aim of this study was to identify a possible WNV circulation in Corsica (French island in the Mediterranean Sea) in sheep, horses, and dogs as sentinel animals for the virus surveillance. In 2014, 386 blood samples were collected from 219 sheep, 96 horses, and 71 dogs, in 12 localities in Corsica, in the oriental coast of Corsica...
January 11, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073526/prevalence-of-algal-toxins-in-alaskan-marine-mammals-foraging-in-a-changing-arctic-and-subarctic-environment
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Kathi A Lefebvre, Lori Quakenbush, Elizabeth Frame, Kathy Burek Huntington, Gay Sheffield, Raphaela Stimmelmayr, Anna Bryan, Preston Kendrick, Heather Ziel, Tracey Goldstein, Jonathan A Snyder, Tom Gelatt, Frances Gulland, Bobette Dickerson, Verena Gill
Current climate trends resulting in rapid declines in sea ice and increasing water temperatures are likely to expand the northern geographic range and duration of favorable conditions for harmful algal blooms (HABs), making algal toxins a growing concern in Alaskan marine food webs. Two of the most common HAB toxins along the west coast of North America are the neurotoxins domoic acid (DA) and saxitoxin (STX). Over the last 20 years, DA toxicosis has caused significant illness and mortality in marine mammals along the west coast of the USA, but has not been reported to impact marine mammals foraging in Alaskan waters...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073319/no-clinically-relevant-effects-in-children-after-accidental-ingestion-of-panaeolina-foenisecii-lawn-mower-s-mushroom
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Katharina M Schenk-Jaeger, Katharina E Hofer-Lentner, Bettina Plenert, Dagmar Eckart, Bettina Haberl, Gabriele Schulze, Janine Borchert-Avalone, Uwe Stedtler, Rudolph Pfab
INTRODUCTION: Panaeolina foenisecii is one of the most common and widely distributed lawn mushrooms in Europe and North America, and frequently involved in accidental mushroom ingestion, mainly in children. Nevertheless, there is contradictory information regarding the toxicity profile of P. foenisecii in the literature. Objective of the study was to assess clinical effects with particular attention on psychoactive properties of P. foenisecii in case of accidental oral exposure. METHODS: This observational case series is based on prospectively collected data on mushroom poisoning using a structured data collection form, and it was performed in seven poisons centres in Germany and Switzerland...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069744/coeliac-disease-screening-is-suboptimal-in-a-tertiary-gastroenterology-setting
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Heba Iskandar, Darrell M Gray, Hongha Vu, Faiz Mirza, Mary Katherine Rude, Kara Regan, Adil Abdalla, Srinivas Gaddam, Sami Almaskeen, Michael Mello, Evelyn Marquez, Claire Meyer, Ahmed Bolkhir, Navya Kanuri, Gregory Sayuk, C Prakash Gyawali
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Coeliac disease (CD) is widely prevalent in North America, but case-finding techniques currently used may not be adequate for patient identification. We aimed to determine the adequacy of CD screening in an academic gastroenterology (GI) practice. METHODS: Consecutive initial visits to a tertiary academic GI practice were surveyed over a 3-month period as a fellow-initiated quality improvement project. All electronic records were reviewed to look for indications for CD screening according to published guidelines...
January 9, 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068423/the-association-of-hot-red-chili-pepper-consumption-and-mortality-a-large-population-based-cohort-study
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Mustafa Chopan, Benjamin Littenberg
The evidence base for the health effects of spice consumption is insufficient, with only one large population-based study and no reports from Europe or North America. Our objective was to analyze the association between consumption of hot red chili peppers and mortality, using a population-based prospective cohort from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) III, a representative sample of US noninstitutionalized adults, in which participants were surveyed from 1988 to 1994. The frequency of hot red chili pepper consumption was measured in 16,179 participants at least 18 years of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064562/new-interpretive-criteria-for-danofloxacin-antibacterial-susceptibility-testing-against-mannheimia-haemolytica-and-pasteurella-multocida-associated-with-bovine-respiratory-disease
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Michael T Sweeney, Mark G Papich, Jeffrey L Watts
Danofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibacterial agent approved for use in veterinary medicine to treat and control bovine respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica or Pasteurella multocida. Susceptible minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) breakpoint (≤0.25 µg/mL) and disk diffusion interpretive criteria (≥22 mm) values for danofloxacin against M. haemolytica and P. multocida were first approved by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) in 2003. However, intermediate and resistant breakpoint values were not established because only susceptible wild-type populations were evident at the time of breakpoint approvals...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061822/cardiovascular-risk-and-endothelial-function-in-people-living-with-hiv-aids-design-of-the-multi-site-longitudinal-endoafrica-study-in-the-western-cape-province-of-south-africa
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Hans Strijdom, Patrick De Boever, Gerhard Walzl, M Faadiel Essop, Tim S Nawrot, Ingrid Webster, Corli Westcott, Nyiko Mashele, Frans Everson, Stephanus T Malherbe, Kim Stanley, Harald H Kessler, Evelyn Stelzl, Nandu Goswami
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence of an interaction between HIV-infection, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Epidemiological studies in Europe and North America have been observing a shift towards an increased incidence of coronary heart disease and acute myocardial infarctions in HIV-infected populations compared to the general population even after adjusting for traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Despite South Africa (and sub-Saharan Africa, SSA) being regarded as the epicentre of the global HIV epidemic, very little is known about the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and precursors of vascular disease in HIV-infected populations in this region...
January 7, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056096/detection-of-viral-rna-in-tissues-following-plasma-clearance-from-an-ebola-virus-infected-patient
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Mirella Biava, Claudia Caglioti, Licia Bordi, Concetta Castilletti, Francesca Colavita, Serena Quartu, Emanuele Nicastri, Francesco Nicola Lauria, Nicola Petrosillo, Simone Lanini, Thomas Hoenen, Gary Kobinger, Alimuddin Zumla, Antonino Di Caro, Giuseppe Ippolito, Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, Eleonora Lalle
An unprecedented Ebola virus (EBOV) epidemic occurred in 2013-2016 in West Africa. Over this time the epidemic exponentially grew and moved to Europe and North America, with several imported cases and many Health Care Workers (HCW) infected. Better understanding of EBOV infection patterns in different body compartments is mandatory to develop new countermeasures, as well as to fully comprehend the pathways of human-to-human transmission. We have longitudinally explored the persistence of EBOV-specific negative sense genomic RNA (neg-RNA) and the presence of positive sense RNA (pos-RNA), including both replication intermediate (antigenomic-RNA) and messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules, in the upper and lower respiratory tract, as compared to plasma, in a HCW infected with EBOV in Sierra Leone, who was hospitalized in the high isolation facility of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases "Lazzaro Spallanzani" (INMI), Rome, Italy...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055330/hepatic-lipodystrophy-in-galloway-calves
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M Wieland, S Mann, A Hafner-Marx, A Ignatius, M Metzner
Hepatic lipodystrophy in Galloway calves is a fatal liver disease affecting a small proportion of the Galloway breed described in different parts of Europe and North America during the past decades. The clinical findings include a diversity of neurological signs. Clinical pathology findings frequently indicate hepatobiliary disease. Postmortem examination reveals an enlarged, pale yellow, and firm liver. Histologic lesions include hepatic fibrosis, hepatic lipidosis, and bile duct hyperplasia. To date, the etiopathogenesis remains obscure...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053181/comparison-of-risk-scoring-systems-for-patients-presenting-with-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-international-multicentre-prospective-study
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Adrian J Stanley, Loren Laine, Harry R Dalton, Jing H Ngu, Michael Schultz, Roseta Abazi, Liam Zakko, Susan Thornton, Kelly Wilkinson, Cristopher J L Khor, Iain A Murray, Stig B Laursen
OBJECTIVE:  To compare the predictive accuracy and clinical utility of five risk scoring systems in the assessment of patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. DESIGN:  International multicentre prospective study. SETTING:  Six large hospitals in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. PARTICIPANTS:  3012 consecutive patients presenting over 12 months with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:  Comparison of pre-endoscopy scores (admission Rockall, AIMS65, and Glasgow Blatchford) and post-endoscopy scores (full Rockall and PNED) for their ability to predict predefined clinical endpoints: a composite endpoint (transfusion, endoscopic treatment, interventional radiology, surgery, or 30 day mortality), endoscopic treatment, 30 day mortality, rebleeding, and length of hospital stay...
January 4, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050141/stakeholder-views-on-participant-selection-for-first-in-human-trials-in-cancer-nanomedicine
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P Satalkar, B S Elger, D M Shaw
BACKGROUND: Participant selection for first-in-human (fih) trials involves complex decisions. The trial design makes it unlikely that participants will receive clinically relevant therapeutic benefit, but they are likely to experience risks of various magnitudes and types. The aim of the present paper was to describe and discuss the views of investigators and ethics committee members about the choice of trial participants for fih trials in cancer nanomedicine. METHODS: We drew insights from an exploratory qualitative study involving thematic analysis of 46 in-depth interviews with key stakeholders in Europe and North America involved in fih nanomedicine trials...
December 2016: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048916/mo-ab-204-02-ihe-rad
#15
J Seibert
: You've experienced the frustration: vendor A's device claims to work with vendor B's device, but the practice doesn't match the promise. Getting devices working together is the hidden art that Radiology and Radiation Oncology staff have to master. To assist with that difficult process, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort was established in 1998, with the coordination of the Radiological Society of North America. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a consortium of healthcare professionals and industry partners focused on improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048268/mo-ab-204-03-profile-development-and-ihe-process
#16
C Pauer
: You've experienced the frustration: vendor A's device claims to work with vendor B's device, but the practice doesn't match the promise. Getting devices working together is the hidden art that Radiology and Radiation Oncology staff have to master. To assist with that difficult process, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort was established in 1998, with the coordination of the Radiological Society of North America. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a consortium of healthcare professionals and industry partners focused on improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047622/mo-ab-204-04-connectathons-and-testing
#17
W Bosch
: You've experienced the frustration: vendor A's device claims to work with vendor B's device, but the practice doesn't match the promise. Getting devices working together is the hidden art that Radiology and Radiation Oncology staff have to master. To assist with that difficult process, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort was established in 1998, with the coordination of the Radiological Society of North America. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a consortium of healthcare professionals and industry partners focused on improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047508/mo-ab-204-00-interoperability-in-radiation-oncology-ihe-ro-committee-update
#18
Scott Hadley
: You've experienced the frustration: vendor A's device claims to work with vendor B's device, but the practice doesn't match the promise. Getting devices working together is the hidden art that Radiology and Radiation Oncology staff have to master. To assist with that difficult process, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort was established in 1998, with the coordination of the Radiological Society of North America. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a consortium of healthcare professionals and industry partners focused on improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046852/mo-ab-204-01-ihe-ro-overview
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S Hadley
: You've experienced the frustration: vendor A's device claims to work with vendor B's device, but the practice doesn't match the promise. Getting devices working together is the hidden art that Radiology and Radiation Oncology staff have to master. To assist with that difficult process, the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) effort was established in 1998, with the coordination of the Radiological Society of North America. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a consortium of healthcare professionals and industry partners focused on improving the way computer systems interconnect and exchange information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043018/dynamic-axes-of-informed-consent-in-japan
#20
Laura Specker Sullivan
Scholarship in cross-cultural bioethics routinely frames Japanese informed consent in contrast to informed consent in North America. This contrastive analysis foregrounds cancer diagnosis disclosure and physician paternalism as unique aspects of Japanese informed consent that deviate from American practices. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 15 Japanese medical professionals obtained during fieldwork in Japan from 2013 to 15, this article complicates the informed consent discourse beyond East-West comparisons premised on Anglo-American ethical frameworks...
December 23, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
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