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Rita S Suri, Alan S Kliger
The use of frequent hemodialysis (HD) is growing, with the hope of improving outcomes in end-stage renal disease. We narratively review the three randomized trials, 15 comparative cohort studies, and several case series of frequent HD that empirically demonstrate the potential efficacy and adverse effects of these regimens. Taken together, the randomized studies suggest frequent HD may result in left ventricular mass regression. This effect is most pronounced when left ventricular mass is abnormal, but attenuated by significant residual urine output...
March 12, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Kashif Aziz, Hafiz M Aeymon, Saba Batool
Sale of medicines is not rigorously controlled in Pakistan. Therefore, medical students start prescribing drugs and advising diagnostic tests before they graduate. This cross-sectional study investigated the frequency of independent medical prescription by 180 stratified, randomly selected final year medical students from 3 public medical colleges in Punjab, Pakistan. Data were obtained by self-administered questionnaire. One hundred and twelve students had prescribed medicines independently without any supervision; 38 had performed a physical examination before prescribing; and 74 had advised and 49 interpreted diagnostic tests independently...
March 5, 2018: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
Sehnaz Tezcan, Ebru Ayvazoglu Soy, Nihal Uslu, Mehmet Haberal
Urinary tract infection is the most common complication after kidney transplant and often is associated with graft loss and mortality. Ultrasonography is the most widely applied imaging modality for diagnosis of complications after kidney transplant. Here, we report a case of a 52-year-old male patient who underwent renal transplant 1 month earlier and who presented with fever, leukocytosis, and leukocyturia. Klebsiella pneumoniae was found in the urine and blood cultures. Ultrasonography revealed multiple, ill-defined margined, hypoechoic areas and cysts within the cortex...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Ruhsen Öcal, Serkan Öcal, Mahir Kırnap, Gökhan Moray, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Wilson disease is an autosomal, recessive, inherited disorder of copper metabolism that results in the accumulation of copper in many organs and tissues. This disease is mainly characterized by dysfunction due to copper accumulation in the liver, kidney, brain, cornea, bone, heart, and blood cells. The clinical spectrum is broad in Wilson disease. Asymptomatic Wilson disease may be present, but findings related to the involvement of an individual organ or multiple organ failure can be seen...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Shraddha Siwakoti, Rinku Sah, Rupa Singh Rajbhandari, Basudha Khanal
Introduction: Pantoea agglomerans, primarily an environmental and agricultural organism has been reported as both commensal and pathogen of humans. We present two case reports of P. agglomerans infections in children that involved the meninges and bloodstream. Case Presentations: A 6-month-old female baby, diagnosed as congenital hydrocephalus secondary to aqueduct stenosis with ventriculoperitoneal shunt in situ, operated 14 days back was brought to the pediatric emergency with a two-day history of high fever associated with vomiting, irritability, excessive crying, and decreased feeding...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Ryohei Ono, Koji Uehara, Izumi Kitagawa
Emphysematous osteomyelitis is a rare but potentially fatal infection. It is caused by gas-forming organismsand is characterized by the presence of intraosseous gas. A 75-year-old woman with untreated diabetes mellitus presented with difficulty in moving and anorexia. Laboratory studies revealed inflammation, a urinary infection, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Klebsiella pneumoniae was detected in both urine and blood cultures. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed emphysematous lesions in the paravertebral soft tissue, spinal canal, and iliopsoas muscle, with intraosseous gas at L1 and L2...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Lena Van den Eeden, Nathalie Lambrechts, Veerle Verheyen, Mario Berth, Greet Schoeters, Yves Jacquemyn
INTRODUCTION: Air pollution is a hot topic and is known to cause multiple health issues. Especially pregnant women seem to be vulnerable to environmental issues. There are data suggesting that exposure contributes to hypertensive disorders.This study aims to evaluate the effects of exposure to particulate matter (PM) and outdoor air pollutants on the clinical pregnancy outcome for mother and child and to determine which biochemical changes in maternal, placental and cord blood best explain this effect...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Open
Rocío Martínez, Carlos Torrente
A 3-month-old intact male Prague ratter was presented to the emergency service for evaluation of progressive lethargy, weakness, coughing and labour breathing after an episode of resistance to oral deworming. The patient exhibited depression, increased respiratory effort and cyanosis at initial presentation. Results of first diagnostic work-up (complete blood cell count, biochemistry panel and thoracic x-rays) were all consistent with aspiration pneumonia. The puppy was initially treated with balanced isotonic crystalloids, broad spectrum antibiotics, nebulization with thoracic coupage and was transferred to an infant incubator with a sustained FiO2 of 40-50%...
December 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
Paul Gavra, André Y Denault, Yves Théoret, Louis P Perrault, France Varin
OBJECTIVES: Milrinone pulmonary administration is used currently for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Several methods are available: simple jet nebulization, vibrating mesh nebulization, intratracheal instillation, and intratracheal atomization. The aim of this study was to explore the concentration-effect relationship of milrinone for each of these methods. DESIGN: Observational open-label pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics cohort study. SETTING: Single-center, hospital animal laboratory...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Kurt Barnhart, Linda Giudice, Steve Young, Tracey Thomas, Michael P Diamond, James Segars, Wahid A Youssef, Stephen Krawetz, Nanette Santoro, Esther Eisenberg, Heping Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Endometriosis is a chronic, estrogen dependent condition that affects 5-10% of reproductive aged women and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility. As the approach to therapy shifts from surgical ablation to pharmacological control, a non-surgical mode of diagnosis would be desirable. The ENDOmarker study was designed by the NICHD Reproductive Medicine Network (RMN) to obtain well characterized and phenotyped bio specimens in a standardized fashion from women with and without endometriosis...
March 7, 2018: Contemporary Clinical Trials
Thijs Devriendt, Davit Chokoshvili, Maddalena Favaretto, Pascal Borry
The Athlete's Biological Passport (ABP) refers to the collection of data related to an individual athlete. The ABP contains the Haematological Module and the Steroidal Module, which are used for the longitudinal monitoring of variables in blood and urine respectively. Based on changes in these variables, a statistical model detects outliers which indicate doping use and guide further targeted testing of the athlete. Presently, athletes can access their data of the Haematological Module in ADAMS. However, granting athletes access to this data has been a matter of debate within the anti-doping community...
March 10, 2018: Drug Testing and Analysis
Meredyth L Jones, Brandon J Dominguez, Michael A Deveau
BACKGROUND: Calcium carbonate is a common urolith type in small ruminants with no high-yield experimental model to evaluate animal susceptibility or preventative measure response. HYPOTHESIS: That novel plastic winged implants would allow accumulation and quantification of calcium carbonate calculus formation in goats on a high-calcium diet and identify individual variation between goats in the mass of calculi produced. ANIMALS: Eight nonpregnant 3- and 4-year-old Boer-cross does, weighing 22...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Xiao-Bo Fang, Dun-Jin Chen, Fang He, Jia Chen, Zhou Zhou, Yan-Ling Liang, Wei-Xi Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the predictive factors of oedema types in reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS) with preeclampsia (PE) and eclampsia, which is closely related to reversible lesions and clinical recovery. METHOD: We collected data from 44 consecutive patients diagnosed with RPLS in PE or eclampsia between 2013 and 2017. All patients were classified into vasogenic oedema (n = 31) or cytotoxic oedema (n = 13) groups according to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Rajesh Dabur, Amey Shirolkar, Vijender Mishra, Baljeet Singh Yadav
BACKGROUND: Excessive alcohol consumption damages the intestine and liver cells directly as well as through unbalancing the gut microbiota. OBJECTIVE: The current study was undertaken to correlate the alcohol consumption and change in urinary metabolites profile linked with gut microbiota. METHOD: Non-alcoholic (control) healthy (n=22) and moderate alcoholic (n=26) males with an average age of 39.3±1.83 years subjected to alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) were considered for study...
March 7, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Ji Soo Lee, Seung Hwan Lee, Kyeong Sik Kim, Eun Mi Gil, Gyu-Seoung Choi, Jong Man Kim, Kyong Ran Peck, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Jae-Won Joh, Suk-Koo Lee
Purpose: Infection remains the main cause of morbidity and mortality in liver transplantation (LT) recipients; however infection is notoriously difficult to diagnose because its usual signs and symptoms of infection may be masked or absent. This study comprises an analysis of bacterial infections in the early period after LT. Methods: This is a study of 129 adults who underwent LT from January 2013 to December 2013, and it includes patients who were followed daily from the day of transplantation to 1-week posttransplantation using bacteriological cultures of blood, urine, sputum, and drained ascites...
March 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Ke He, Yun Hu, Jun-Cheng Shi, Yun-Qing Zhu, Xiao-Ming Mao
Background: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur more frequently in diabetic patients. This study was conducted to investigate the prevalence, risk factors and microorganisms of UTIs in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Patients and methods: A total of 3,652 Chinese inpatients with T2D were reviewed and data on their clinical characteristics, symptoms of UTIs, random blood glucose, HbA1c, glutamic acid decarboxylase antibody, insulin autoantibody, albumin excretion rate in 24-hour urine, urine culture and susceptibility to antibiotics, and so on were collected...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
F Scheffler, S Kilian, B Chiliza, L Asmal, L Phahladira, S du Plessis, M Kidd, R M Murray, M Di Forti, S Seedat, R Emsley
While acute cannabis use stimulates appetite, general population studies suggest that chronic use is associated with reduced risk of obesity and other cardiometabolic risk factors. In this study we investigated changes in body mass index (BMI), fasting blood glucose and lipids, and rates of metabolic syndrome risk factors in cannabis users vs. non-users in 109 minimally treated patients with first-episode schizophrenia, schizophreniform or schizo-affective disorder who were treated according to a standardized treatment regime with depot antipsychotic medication over 12 months...
March 6, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
Agnieszka Kamińska, Tomasz Szymborski, Tomasz Jaroch, Adam Zmysłowski, Arkadiusz Szterk
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has been widely used in a variety of biomedical, analytical, forensic and environmental investigations due to its chemical specificity, label-free nature combined with high sensitivity. Here, we report a simple method for the fabrication of reproducible and reliable, well-defined, stable SERS substrates with uniform and giant Raman enhancement suitable for routine trace chemical analysis and detection of biological compounds in complex biological fluids. We prepared porous silicone (PS) surface by a galvanostatic anodic etch of crystalline silicon wafers...
March 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Abhishek Biswas, Hiren J Mehta, Michael A Jantz
A 62-year-old Hispanic woman, a resident of Puerto Rico, presented with symptoms of chronic cough and shortness of breath for the past 2 years that were slowly and progressively getting worse. She received a diagnosis of asthma on the basis of her history of symptomatic "wheezing" and had been on treatment with inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids with minimal symptomatic improvement. The peculiarity of her symptoms was that her dyspnea was worse when she was reclining in bed and she would often hear a "whistling" noise in her throat during those times...
March 2018: Chest
Mio Takayama, Brian Waters, Hiroshi Fujii, Kenji Hara, Masayuki Kashiwagi, Aya Matsusue, Natsuki Ikematsu, Shin-Ichi Kubo
Based on a prospective case-control study of forensic autopsies, the causes of cocaine (COC)-related sudden death (SD) are cardiovascular events in 62.0% of cases, cerebrovascular events in 14.0%, and others. A forensic autopsy of a male in his early forties revealed subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) at the base of the brain. A cerebral arterial aneurysm was not detected even though hemorrhage was clearly observed in the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) bifurcation area. The brain weighed 1488 g and was edematous...
March 2, 2018: Legal Medicine
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