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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149175/the-introduction-of-dengue-follows-transportation-infrastructure-changes-in-the-state-of-acre-brazil-a-network-based-analysis
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Raquel Martins Lana, Marcelo Ferreira da Costa Gomes, Tiago França Melo de Lima, Nildimar Alves Honório, Cláudia Torres Codeço
Human mobility, presence and passive transportation of Aedes aegypti mosquito, and environmental characteristics are a group of factors which contribute to the success of dengue spread and establishment. To understand this process, we assess data from dengue national and municipal basins regarding population and demographics, transportation network, human mobility, and Ae. aegypti monitoring for the Brazilian state of Acre since the first recorded dengue case in the year 2000 to the year 2015. During this period, several changes in Acre's transport infrastructure and urbanization have been started...
November 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148424/effect-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-on-organ-damage-and-mortality-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-longitudinal-analysis
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Chi Chiu Mok, Sau Mei Tse, Kar Li Chan, Ling Yin Ho
OBJECTIVES: To study the effect of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) on organ damage and mortality in patients with SLE. METHODS: Consecutive patients who fulfilled ≥4 ACR criteria for SLE were assessed for the MetS in October 2010. The MetS was defined by the updated joint consensus criteria, using the Asian criteria for central obesity. Longitudinal data on organ damage and mortality were retrieved. The association between MetS and new damage and mortality was studied by logistic regression...
October 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148413/variable-impacts-of-different-remission-states-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Margaret H Y Ma, Fowzia Ibrahim, Gabrielle H Kingsley, Andrew Cope, David L Scott
OBJECTIVES: Targeting remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) improves health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and disability. However, the impacts of different remission criteria and durations and their frequencies are uncertain. Our observational study assessed these factors. METHODS: We recruited RA patients with disease durations <10 years, stable suppressive therapies and stable disease activity scores for 28 joints using ESR (DAS28-ESR) ≤3.2. Intermittent and sustained remisisons were classified using DAS28ESR, simple disease activity index (SDAI) and ACR/EULAR Boolean criteria...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148412/psychological-comorbidities-associated-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-greek-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-potential-contribution-of-sleep-impairment
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Theofanis Karageorgas, Dimitrios Ioakeimidis, Clio P Mavragani
OBJECTIVES: Impaired sleep and psychological disorders are increasingly recognised as prevalent comorbidities in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), as well as important contributors of atherosclerosis in the general population. In the current study we sought to explore a potential role of psychological comorbidities in the pronounced atherosclerotic risk of pSS patients. METHODS: Fifty-nine pSS patients fulfilling the ACR/EULAR criteria completed specific validated questionnaires assessing fatigue, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146891/heart-transplantation-and-risk-of-cardiac-vasculopathy-development-what-factors-are-important
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Małgorzata Sobieszczańska-Małek, Jerzy Korewicki, Krzysztof Komuda, Małgorzata Karczmarz, Sylwia Szymańska, Alicja Cicha-Mikołajczyk, Paweł Bekta, Adam Parulski, Maciej Pronicki, Wiesława Grajkowska, Grzegorz Małek, Przemysław Leszek, Maria Kaczorowska, Mariusz Kuśmierczyk, Tomasz Zieliński
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to find the main risk factors for development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), especially factors identified before the surgical procedure and factors related to the recipient profile and the medical history of the donor. MATERIAL AND METHODS There were 147 patients who had heart transplantation (HT) included in this study: mean age was 45.8±15.3 years. All study patients had coronary angiography after HT. Analyzed risk factors were: non-immunologic recipient risk factors (age of transplantation, smoking, hypertension, lipids, diabetes, obesity and weight gain after HT), immunologic recipient risk factors (acute cellular rejection (ACR), acute humoral rejection (AMR), cytomegalovirus (CMV) episodes), and donor-related risk factors (age, sex, catecholamine usage, ischemic time, compatibility of sex and blood groups, cause of death, cardiac arrest)...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146600/n-glycan-profile-and-kidney-disease-in-type-1-diabetes
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Mairead L Bermingham, Marco Colombo, Stuart J McGurnaghan, Luke A K Blackbourn, Frano Vučković, Maja Pučić Baković, Irena Trbojević-Akmačić, Gordan Lauc, Felix Agakov, Anna S Agakova, Caroline Hayward, Lucija Klarić, Colin N A Palmer, John R Petrie, John Chalmers, Andrew Collier, Fiona Green, Robert S Lindsay, Sandra Macrury, John A McKnight, Alan W Patrick, Sandeep Thekkepat, Olga Gornik, Paul M McKeigue, Helen M Colhoun
OBJECTIVE: Poorer glycemic control in type 1 diabetes may alter N-glycosylation patterns on circulating glycoproteins, and these alterations may be linked with diabetic kidney disease (DKD). We investigated associations between N-glycans and glycemic control and renal function in type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Using serum samples from 818 adults who were considered to have extreme annual loss in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; i.e., slope) based on retrospective clinical records, from among 6,127 adults in the Scottish Diabetes Research Network Type 1 Bioresource Study, we measured total and IgG-specific N-glycan profiles...
November 16, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144219/trypanosoma-sp-diversity-in-amazonian-bats-chiroptera-mammalia-from-acre-state-brazil
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Francisco C B Dos Santos, Cristiane V Lisboa, Samanta C C Xavier, Maria A Dario, Rair de S Verde, Armando M Calouro, André Luiz R Roque, Ana M Jansen
Bats are ancient hosts of Trypanosoma species and their flying ability, longevity and adaptability to distinct environments indicate that they are efficient dispersers of parasites. Bats from Acre state (Amazon Biome) were collected in four expeditions conducted in an urban forest (Parque Zoobotânico) and one relatively more preserved area (Seringal Cahoeira) in Rio Branco and Xapuri municipalities. Trypanosoma sp. infection was detected by hemoculture and fresh blood examination. Isolated parasite species were identified by the similarity of the obtained DNA sequence from 18S rDNA polymerase chain reaction and reference strains...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142974/profiling-of-plasma-metabolites-suggests-altered-mitochondrial-fuel-usage-and-remodeling-of-sphingolipid-metabolism-in-individuals-with-type%C3%A2-2-diabetes-and-kidney-disease
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Jian-Jun Liu, Sujoy Ghosh, Jean-Paul Kovalik, Jianhong Ching, Hyung Won Choi, Subramaniam Tavintharan, Choon Nam Ong, Chee Fang Sum, Scott A Summers, E Shyong Tai, Su Chi Lim
Introduction: Pathophysiology of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is incompletely understood. We aim to elucidate metabolic abnormalities associated with DKD in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) by targeted plasma metabolomics. Methods: A total of 126 T2DM participants with early DKD (urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio [ACR] 30-299 mg/g and eGFR ≥ 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2)), 154 overt DKD (ACR ≥ 300 mg/g or eGFR < 60 ml/min/1.73 m(2)), and 129 non-DKD T2DM controls (ACR < 30 mg/g and eGFR ≥ 60 ml/min/1...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142036/effect-of-glucocorticoids-on-the-clinical-and-radiographic-efficacy-of-tofacitinib-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-posthoc-analysis-of-data-from-6-phase-iii-studies
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Christina Charles-Schoeman, Désirée van der Heijde, Gerd R Burmester, Peter Nash, Cristiano A F Zerbini, Carol A Connell, Haiyun Fan, Kenneth Kwok, Eustratios Bananis, Roy Fleischmann
OBJECTIVE: Tofacitinib has been investigated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in phase III studies in which concomitant glucocorticoids (GC) were allowed. We analyzed the effect of GC use on efficacy outcomes in patients with RA receiving tofacitinib and/or methotrexate (MTX) or conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARD) in these studies. METHODS: Our posthoc analysis included data from 6 phase III studies (NCT01039688; NCT00814307; NCT00847613; NCT00853385; NCT00856544; NCT00960440)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142030/plasma-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-responding-to-adalimumab-plus-methotrexate-vs-methotrexate-alone-a-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Jacob Sode, Sophine B Krintel, Anting Liu Carlsen, Merete L Hetland, Julia S Johansen, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Kristian Stengaard-Pedersen, Torkell Ellingsen, Mark Burton, Peter Junker, Mikkel Østergaard, Niels H H Heegaard
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to identify plasma (i.e., cell-free) microRNA (miRNA) predicting antitumor necrosis and/or methotrexate (MTX) treatment response in patients enrolled in an investigator-initiated, prospective, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial (The OPERA study, NCT00660647). METHODS: We included 180 disease-modifying antirheumatic drug-naive patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) randomized to adalimumab (ADA; n = 89) or placebo (n = 91) in combination with MTX...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141762/efficacy-of-artemether-lumefantrine-for-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-cruzeiro-do-sul-brazil-2016
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Megumi Itoh, Suiane Negreiros do Valle, Sâmela Farias, Thayna Maria Holanda de Souza, Giselle Maria Rachid Viana, Naomi Lucchi, Stella Chenet, Paola Marchesini, Marinete Póvoa, Ana Carolina Faria E Silva Santelli, Alexandre Macedo de Oliveira
We evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of artemether-lumefantrine (AL) fixed-dose combination to treat uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre State, in the Amazon region of Brazil. Between December 2015 and May 2016, we enrolled 79 patients, 5-79 years old with fever or history of fever in the previous 48 hours and P. falciparum monoinfection confirmed by microscopy. Attempts were made to provide direct observation or phone reminders for all six doses of AL, and patients were followed-up for 28 days...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141665/matrix-metalloproteinase-3-and-the-7-joint-ultrasound-score-in-the-assessment-of-disease-activity-and-therapeutic-efficacy-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Ling Zhou, Geng Wang, Xin Liu, Jing Song, Ling Chen, Huji Xu
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the reliability and validity of serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) levels and articular ultrasound (US) scores in assessing disease activity and therapeutic response in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: A total of 151 RA patients were enrolled, of whom 22 were treated with certolizumab pegol (Cimzia, CZP). The RA patients were divided into the following four subgroups according to their disease activity score in 28 joints (DAS28): stable, mild activity, moderate activity, and high activity...
November 15, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139621/paneth-and-intestinal-stem-cells-preserve-their-functional-integrity-during-worsening-of-acute-cellular-rejection-in-small-bowel-transplantation
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M Pucci Molineris, V Gonzalez Polo, Federico Perez, D Ramisch, M Rumbo, G E Gondolesi, D Meier
Graft survival after small bowel transplantation remains impaired due to acute cellular rejection (ACR), the leading cause of graft loss. Although it was shown that the number of enteroendocrine progenitor cells in intestinal crypts was reduced during mild ACR, no results of Paneth and intestinal stem cells localized at the crypt bottom have been shown so far. Therefore, we wanted to elucidate integrity and functionality of the Paneth and stem cells during different degrees of ACR, and to assess whether these cells are the primary targets of the rejection process...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139590/breast-density-in-screening-mammography-in-indian-population-is-it-different-from-western-population
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Tulika Singh, Niranjan Khandelwal, Veenu Singla, Dileep Kumar, Madhu Gupta, Gurpreet Singh, Amanjit Bal
Mammography is the only method presently considered appropriate for mass screening of breast cancer. However, higher breast density was strongly associated with lower mammographic sensitivity. Breast density is also identified as independent and strongest risk factors for breast cancer. Studies have shown women with high breast density have four to six times increased risk of breast cancer as compare to women with fatty breast. It varies between different age group it generally decreases with increasing age in postmenopausal women and it can be different in different ethnic groups and people from different geographical areas...
November 15, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138257/clinical-juvenile-arthritis-disease-activity-score-proves-to-be-a-useful-tool-in-treat-to-target-therapy-in-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Joost F Swart, E H Pieter van Dijkhuizen, Nico M Wulffraat, Sytze de Roock
OBJECTIVES: To assess if the Juvenile Arthritis Disease Activity Score (JADAS71) could be used to correctly identify patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in need of antitumour necrosis factor therapy (anti-TNF) therapy 3 and 6 months after start of methotrexate (MTX). METHODS: Monocentric retrospective cohort study from 2011 to 2015 analysing all patients with oligoarticular JIA (OJIA) (n=39) and polyarticular course JIA (PJIA) (n=74) first starting MTX...
November 14, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136214/effects-of-dietary-supplemental-bile-acids-on-performance-carcass-characteristics-serum-lipid-metabolites-and-intestinal-enzyme-activities-of-broiler-chickens
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Wenqing Lai, Weigang Huang, Bing Dong, Aizhi Cao, Wenjuan Zhang, Juntao Li, Hui Wu, Liying Zhang
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of bile acids derived from swine on the growth performance, carcass traits, serum lipid metabolites and intestinal enzyme activities in broiler chickens. Four hundred thirty-two 1-day-old Arbor Acres male broilers were randomly assigned to 4 treatments with 6 replicates of 18 chicks each for 42 d. The experimental treatments received a corn-soybean basal diet containing lard and were as follows: 0 (control), 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg bile acids/kg of diet...
November 9, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127760/preoperative-breast-mri-examination-for-all-patients-with-histologically-proven-breast-cancer-a-concept-for-a-prospective-multicenter-trial
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Christina Kaiser, Christina Kehrer, Mignon-Denise Keyver-Paik, Thomas Hecking, Tiyasha Hosne Ayub, Claudia Leutner, Hans Schild, Walther Kuhn
Background A published retrospective data of our study group demonstrated that premenopausal women, patients with lobular invasive breast cancer or patients with high breast density [American College of Radiology (ACR) classification 3+4] significantly benefit from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) leading to additional detection of malignant foci of 20.2% in the index and 2.5% in the contralateral breast, which would otherwise not be detected by routine imaging. Critics of preoperative MRI focus on higher false-positive rates leading to unnecessary surgical procedures and mastectomies...
November 11, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126987/endothelial-and-kidney-function-in-women-with-a-history-of-preeclampsia-and-healthy-parous-controls-a-case-control-study
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Veronica A Lopes van Balen, Julia J Spaan, Tom Cornelis, Wieteke M Heidema, Ralph R Scholten, Marc E A Spaanderman
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy related endothelial disease characterized by hypertension and albuminuria. Postpartum endothelial dysfunction often persists in these women. We postulate that in women with a history of PE reduced endothelial dependent vasodilation coincides with attenuated kidney function, as both reflect endothelial dysfunction. METHODS: We assessed endothelial and kidney function in women with a history of PE (n=79) and uncomplicated pregnancies (n=49) at least 4years postpartum...
November 8, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126717/2013-acr-eular-systemic-sclerosis-classification-criteria-in-patients-with-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Beatriz E Joven, Pilar Escribano, Jose Luis Andreu, Estibaliz Loza, Carmen Jimenez, M Jesus Garcia de Yebenes, M Jose Ruiz-Cano, Loreto Carmona, Patricia E Carreira
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the performance of the 1980 ACR and new 2013 ACR/EULAR criteria for systemic sclerosis (SSc) in cutaneous SSc (lcSSc) patients, especially those affected by lcSSc and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: All patients with a clinical lcSSc diagnosis from a prospective observational SSc cohort were included. Sociodemographic and disease-related variables were collected, and PAH confirmed by right heart catheterization (RHC). Performance of the 2013 and 1980 SSc criteria was analyzed in terms of clinical diagnosis...
October 13, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125160/the-femtosecond-to-second-photochemistry-of-red-shifted-fast-closing-anion-channelrhodopsin-psacr1
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Yusaku Hontani, Matthias Broser, Arita Silapetere, Benjamin S Krause, Peter Hegemann, John T M Kennis
Anion channelrhodopsins (ACRs) are of great interest due to their ability to inhibit electrical signaling in optogenetic experiments. The photochemistry of ACRs is currently poorly understood and an improved understanding would be beneficial for rational design of ACRs with modified properties. Activation/deactivation of ACRs involves a series of photoreactions ranging from femtoseconds to seconds, thus real-time observation is essential to comprehend the full complexity of the photochemical processes. Here we investigate the photocycle of an ACR from Proteomonas sulcata (PsACR1), which is valuable for optogenetic applications due to the red-shifted absorption and action spectra compared to the prototype ACRs from Guillardia theta: GtACR1 and GtACR2, and the fast channel closing properties...
November 10, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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