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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775877/communication-and-social-interaction-anxiety-enhance-interleukin-1-beta-and-cortisol-reactivity-during-high-stakes-public-speaking
#1
Brandon J Auer, Jessica L Calvi, Nicolas M Jordan, David Schrader, Jennifer Byrd-Craven
BACKGROUND: Worry or fear related to speaking in front of others, or more broadly, communicating and interacting with others, is common. At elevated levels, however, it may contribute to heightened stress reactivity during acute speaking challenges. The purpose of this study was to examine multi-system physiological stress reactivity in the context of high-stakes public speaking while considering the impact of hypothesized individual difference risk factors. METHODS: University student participants (n = 95) delivering speeches as a heavily-weighted component of their final grade had saliva samples collected immediately prior to speaking, immediately after, and 20 min after speech completion...
May 8, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775554/outcomes-and-predictors-of-early-infection-after-heart-transplantation
#2
Kendall C Shultes, Jerrica E Shuster, Scott Micek, Justin M Vader, Keki Balsara, Akinobu Itoh, Bethany R Tellor
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on the incidence and outcome of early infection after orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). The purpose of this study was to describe characteristics and outcomes of OHT recipients with an early infection and to identify predictors of such infections. METHODS: This retrospective, single-center study included patients greater than 18 years of age who underwent OHT from February 2009 to May 2014 and had an infection within 30 days of transplantation...
May 18, 2018: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775169/outcry-consistency-and-prosecutorial-decisions-in-child-sexual-abuse-cases
#3
Tammy E Bracewell
This study examines the correlation between the consistency in a child's sexual abuse outcry and the prosecutorial decision to accept or reject cases of child sexual abuse. Case-specific information was obtained from one Texas Children's Advocacy Center on all cases from 2010 to 2013. After the needed deletion, the total number of cases included in the analysis was 309. An outcry was defined as a sexual abuse disclosure. Consistency was measured at both the forensic interview and the sexual assault exam. Logistic regression was used to evaluate whether a correlation existed between disclosure and prosecutorial decisions...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775087/does-armodafinil-improve-driving-task-performance-and-weight-loss-in-sleep-apnea-a-randomized-trial
#4
Julia Louise Chapman, Elizabeth Anne Cayanan, Camilla Miranda Hoyos, Yasmina Serinel, Maria Comas, Brendon John Yee, Keith Keat Huat Wong, Ronald Robert Grunstein, Nathaniel Stuart Marshall
RATIONALE Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients unable to tolerate standard treatments have few alternatives. They may benefit from weight loss, but the major symptom of daytime performance impairment may remain during weight loss programs. OBJECTIVES We hypothesized that wakefulness-promoter armodafinil would improve driving task performance over placebo in patients undergoing weight loss. METHODS Placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial of Armodafinil vs Placebo daily for 6 months in patients who were also randomized to one of two diets for six months with follow-up at one year in overweight, adult, OSA patients who had rejected standard treatment and suffered daytime sleepiness...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774968/granulysin-mediated-apoptosis-of-trophoblasts-in-blighted-ovum-and-missed-abortion
#5
Tamara Gulic, Gordana Laskarin, Marin Dominovic, Lana Glavan Gacanin, Emina Babarović, Zeljka Rubesa, Herman Haller, Daniel Rukavina
PROBLEM: Granulysin (GNLY) is a cytotoxic molecule mostly present in decidual natural killer (NK) cells. Blighted ovum (BO) and missed abortion (MA) represent the early pathological pregnancies with hindered development of the embryoblast or a dead embryo. We investigated the GNLY-mediated apoptotic mechanism potentially responsible for delayed termination of pregnancy. METHOD OF STUDY: We performed immunohistological and immunofluorescence labeling of decidual tissues (GNLY, Apaf-1, NF-κB)...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774602/pancreas-transplantation-using-compatible-but-non-identical-abo-blood-group-donors
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Santosh Nagaraju, Richard S Mangus, John A Powelson, Jonathan A Fridell
METHODS: A review of all pancreas transplants from a single institution from 01/2003 to 07/2016 (n=606) revealed 41 recipients of a NIC donor pancreas which were matched for age, race, gender, year and type of transplant with 41 ABO identical cases. Groups were compared for allograft survival, incidence of acute cellular rejection (ACR), length of hospital stay, 3-month readmissions and transfusion requirements. Serum haptoglobin and Lactate dehydrogenase were used to identify hemolysis in patients requiring repeated transfusions without overt blood loss...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774593/bk-viremia-is-not-associated-with-adverse-outcomes-in-the-absence-of-bk-nephropathy
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Amber L Hertz-Tang, Brad C Astor, Didier A Mandelbrot, Maha A Mohamed, Arjang Djamali, Sandesh Parajuli
There are limited data regarding the association of different levels of BK viremia and BK nephropathy (BKN), and graft outcomes. We studied the BK plasma PCR levels of all kidney transplant recipients (KTR) transplanted at our institution between 01/01/2006 and 06/30/2014. Patients were divided into groups based on their highest BK plasma PCR level within the first year following transplantation: undetectable, low (<1000 copies/ml), moderate (1000-10,000 copies/ml), high (>10,000-100,000 copies/ml), very high (>100,000copies/ml), and those that had biopsy-proven BKN...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774066/caveolae-mediated-mesenchymal-stem-cell-labelling-by-pss-coated-plga-pfob-nano-contrast-agent-for-mri
#8
Hieu Vu Quang, Chi-Chih Chang, Ping Song, Ellen-Margrethe Hauge, Jørgen Kjems
Rationale: Non-invasive tracking of transplanted cells is critical in evaluating delivery, migration and prognosis of cell therapies. Methods: We formulated a nano-contrast agent consisting of a perfluorooctylbromide (PFOB) core within a shell of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) followed by a coat of polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) for 19 F MRI. The nano-contrast agent (PSS-NP) was characterised by DLS and the uptake efficiency of the nano-contrast agent (PSS-NP) was tested using flow cytometry, in vitro MRI and confocal microscopy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773311/-corneal-endothelial-cell-therapy-a-review
#9
REVIEW
V Kocaba, O Damour, C Auxenfans, C Burillon
In France, endothelial dysfunction represents approximately one half of the indications for corneal transplants performed each year. However, the use of endothelial keratoplasty is limited by the technical difficulty of the procedure, a shortage of available grafts, and the potential for graft failure or rejection. These limitations are driving researchers to develop new, less invasive, and more effective therapies. Corneal endothelial cell therapy is being explored as a potential therapeutic measure, to avoid the uncertainty associated with grafting...
May 14, 2018: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772912/relations-between-empathy-and-anxiety-dimensions-in-inpatient-adolescents
#10
Malgorzata Gambin, Carla Sharp
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A better understanding of the relationships between empathy and internalizing disorders is needed to plan therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents. Several studies have revealed positive relations of internalizing symptoms to personal distress and affective empathy. However, there is a lack of studies that take into account the multidimensional nature of anxiety in its relation to empathy. DESIGN: Structural equation modeling was used to test the moderated mediation model of the relations between empathy, depression and anxiety dimensions and the moderating role of gender on these associations in inpatient adolescents...
May 17, 2018: Anxiety, Stress, and Coping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772561/thyroid-cancer-phenotypes-in-relation-to-inflammation-and-autoimmunity
#11
Loredana Pagano, Chiara Mele, Maria Teresa Sama, Marco Zavattaro, Marina Caputo, Lucrezia De Marchi, Samuele Paggi, Flavia Prodam, Gianluca Aimaretti, Paolo Marzullo
Thyroid cancer represents the most frequent endocrine neoplasm and is epidemiologically linked to a growing incidence worldwide, which is only in part explained by the increased detection of small cancers in a preclinical stage. Understanding the molecular pathogenesis of well-differentiated thyroid cancers and poorly-differentiated thyroid cancers has prompted interest into the identification of crucial signaling pathways and molecular derangements related to genetic and epigenetic alterations. Increasing attention has been recently focused on inflammation and immunity as major culprit mechanisms involved in thyroid tumourigenesis, through the detection of activated immune cells, pro-inflammatory cytokines, as well as signal integrations between inflammatory and proliferative pathways within the thyroid tumour micro-environment...
June 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772494/effects-of-ceftriaxone-induced-intestinal-dysbacteriosis-on-regulatory-t-cells-validated-by-anaphylactic-mice
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Xia Luo, Zengfeng Pan, Shuang Luo, Qi Liu, Shaowei Huang, Guanghua Yang, Feifei Nong, Yajun Fu, Xiangliang Deng, Lian Zhou
Both probiotics and pathogens in the human gut express pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and die with the release of endotoxin and bacterial DNA, which can stimulate our immune system and cause immune reaction. However, it's interesting and fascinating to address why the normal intestinal flora will not generate immunological rejection like the pathogen does. By investigating the changes in cells and molecules relevant to immune tolerance in mice with ceftriaxone-induced dysbacteriosis, our study discovered that both the Evenness indexes and Shannon Wiener index of intestinal flora showed a decrease in dysbacteriosis mice...
May 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772069/nature-of-tumor-rejection-antigens-in-ovarian-cancer
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REVIEW
Muzamil Y Want, Amit A Lugade, Sebastiano Battaglia, Kunle Odunsi
Major progress in the analysis of human immune responses to cancer has been made through the molecular characterization of human tumor antigens. The development of therapeutic strategies for eliciting immune-mediated rejection of tumors has accelerated due to the elucidation of the molecular basis for tumor cell recognition and destruction by immune cells. Of the various human tumor antigens defined to date in ovarian cancer, the cancer-testis (CT) family of antigens have studied extensively pre-clinically and clinically due their testis-restricted expression in normal tissues and ability to elicit robust immune responses...
May 17, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771930/perspectives-of-human-verification-via-binary-qrs-template-matching-of-single-lead-and-12-lead-electrocardiogram
#14
Vessela Krasteva, Irena Jekova, Ramun Schmid
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to validate the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) as a biometric modality based on two straightforward binary QRS template matching characteristics. Different perspectives of the human verification problem are considered, regarding the optimal lead selection and stability over sample size, gender, age, heart rate (HR). METHODS: A clinical 12-lead resting ECG database, including a population of 460 subjects with two-session recordings (>1 year apart) is used...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771697/influenza-vaccine-strategies-for-solid-organ-transplant-recipients
#15
Cédric Hirzel, Deepali Kumar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to highlight recent evidence on important aspects of influenza vaccination in solid organ transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: Influenza vaccine is the most evaluated vaccine in transplant recipients. The immunogenicity of the vaccine is suboptimal after transplantation. Newer formulations such as inactivated unadjuvanted high-dose influenza vaccine and the administration of a booster dose within the same season have shown to increase response rates...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770706/intestinal-transplants-review-of-normal-imaging-appearance-and-complications
#16
Bashir Hakim, Daniel T Myers, Todd R Williams, Shunji Nagai, John Bonnett
Intestinal transplant (IT) is one of the least common forms of organ transplant but is increasing both in volume of cases and number of centers performing intestinal transplants, with the busiest centers in North America and Europe. IT can be performed in isolation or as part of a multivisceral transplant (MVT). Intestinal failure either in the form of short gut syndrome or functional bowel problems is the primary indication for IT. The normal post-surgical anatomy can be variable due to both recipient anatomy in regard to amount of residual bowel and status of native vasculature as well as whether the transplant is isolated or part of an multivisceral transplant...
May 17, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770085/a-guide-to-publishing-scientific-research-in-the-health-sciences
#17
P Huston, Bck Choi
Effective communication of scientific research is critical to advancing science and optimizing the impact of one's professional work. This article provides a guide on preparing scientific manuscripts for publication in the health sciences. It is geared to health professionals who are starting to report their findings in peer-reviewed journals or who would like to refresh their knowledge in this area. It identifies five key steps. First, adopt best practices in scientific publications, including collaborative writing and ethical reporting...
September 7, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769027/immune-monitoring-after-pediatric-liver-transplantation-the-prospective-chilsfree-cohort-study
#18
Imeke Goldschmidt, André Karch, Rafael Mikolajczyk, Frauke Mutschler, Norman Junge, Eva Doreen Pfister, Tamara Möhring, Lorenzo d'Antiga, Patrick McKiernan, Deirdre Kelly, Dominique Debray, Valérie McLin, Joanna Pawlowska, Loreto Hierro, Kerstin Daemen, Jana Keil, Christine Falk, Ulrich Baumann
BACKGROUND: Although trough levels of immunosuppressive drugs are largely used to monitor immunosuppressive therapy after solid organ transplantation, there is still no established tool that allows for a validated assessment of functional degree of immunosuppression or the identification of clinically relevant over- or under-immunosuppression, depending on graft homeostasis. Reliable non-invasive markers to predict biopsy proven acute rejection (BPAR) do not exist. Literature data suggest that longitudinal measurements of immune markers might be predictive of BPAR, but data in children are scarce...
May 16, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767827/directing-citizens-to-create-advance-directives
#19
Sophie Haesen, David Shaw
This article describes the Swiss law on advance directives that was passed at the beginning of 2013 and led to more certainty about the legally binding character of such directives. However, for various reasons the drafting of advance directives is not yet widespread in Switzerland, and many resources might be put to better use if this became a common practice. A recent proposal by members of a political party to make the discussion, although not the actual drafting, of advance directives mandatory was rejected by the Swiss Federal Parliament, and the proposal was written off after having been pending for 2 years...
May 16, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767471/converting-immunosuppression-from-an-oral-suspension-to-a-granule-formulation-of-tacrolimus-in-pediatric-renal-transplant-recipients
#20
Georgia Malakasioti, Christine Booth, Stephen D Marks
OS of tacrolimus prepared from tacrolimus powder is not licensed for children. A licensed GF for OS allows flexibility for body weight-based dose adjustments. This study aimed at exploring the efficacy of conversion from OS to the GF of tacrolimus in stable pediatric renal transplant recipients. Records of 25 pediatric renal transplant recipients aged under 18 years who were switched from an unlicensed tacrolimus OS to GF were reviewed. At day 0, 1 week, and 4-8 weeks post-conversion, there were no differences regarding daily tacrolimus dose (3...
May 16, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
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