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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342778/-the-burden-of-fungal-infections-in-algeria
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REVIEW
M Chekiri-Talbi, D W Denning
In Algeria, superficial mycoses are very commonly diagnosed. Deep fungal infections are less often observed. Few data from Algeria are found in the literature. We report for the first time the main causes of these diseases in our country and provide burden estimates. We searched for existing data and estimated the incidence and prevalence of fungal diseases based on the population at risk and available epidemiological data. Demographic data were derived from the Service (Office) of the Statistics (ONES), World Health Organization (WHO), The Joint Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and national published reports...
March 22, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342349/evaluation-of-individual-and-area-level-factors-as-modifiers-of-the-association-between-warm-season-temperature-and-pediatric-asthma-morbidity-in-atlanta-ga
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Cassandra R O'Lenick, Andrea Winquist, Howard H Chang, Michael R Kramer, James A Mulholland, Andrew Grundstein, Stefanie Ebelt Sarnat
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have found associations between respiratory morbidity and high temperatures; however, few studies have explored associations in potentially sensitive sub-populations. METHODS: We evaluated individual and area-level factors as modifiers of the association between warm-season (May-Sept.) temperature and pediatric respiratory morbidity in Atlanta. Emergency department (ED) visit data were obtained for children, 5-18 years old, with primary diagnoses of asthma or respiratory disease (diagnoses of upper respiratory infections, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, or wheeze) in 20-county Atlanta during 1993-2012...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339769/incidence-and-potential-risk-factors-for-hospital-acquired-pneumonia-in-an-emergency-department-of-surgery
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Marie Stenlund, Rune Sjödahl, R N Pia Yngman-Uhlin
Objective: Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is associated with high mortality and is the second most common nosocomial infection. The aim of this study was to calculate the incidence and to identify potential risk factors for HAP in an emergency ward for surgical patients admitted because of acute abdomen or trauma. Design: A structured review of medical records was conducted. Patients diagnosed with pneumonia >48 h after admittance, were compared with a randomly chosen age-matched reference group...
February 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338298/tidal-airway-closure-in-asthma-and-copd
#4
Claudio Tantucci, Laura Pini
Functional closure of small airways can occur during tidal breathing above functional residual capacity (FRC) both in asthma and COPD patients, especially during exacerbations. Such event has several noxious consequences on gas exchange, airway hyperresponsiveness and mechanical stress and strain within lung tissue and airway wall, mostly due to increase in ventilation heterogeneity. The availability of simple functional tests based on sequential measurements of lung volumes (i.e.: FRC), by plethysmography and dilutional techniques may reveal and monitor easily tidal airway closure that can be and should be treated with the aim of abolishing or at least reducing this dangerous condition...
November 23, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336486/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-airway-disease
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Y S Prakash, Christina M Pabelick, Gary C Sieck
There is increasing appreciation that mitochondria serve cellular functions beyond oxygen sensing and energy production. Accordingly, it has become important to explore non-canonical roles of mitochondria in normal and pathophysiological processes that influence airway structure and function in the context of diseases such as asthma and COPD. Mitochondria can sense upstream processes such as inflammation, infection, tobacco smoke and environmental insults important in these diseases, and in turn can respond to such stimuli via altered mitochondrial protein expression, structure, and resultant dysfunction...
March 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334838/neutrophil-mediated-il-6-receptor-trans-signaling-and-the-risk-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-asthma
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Neda Farahi, Ellie Paige, Jozef Balla, Emily Prudence, Ricardo C Ferreira, Mark Southwood, Sarah L Appleby, Per Bakke, Amund Gulsvik, Augusto A Litonjua, David Sparrow, Edwin K Silverman, Michael H Cho, John Danesh, Dirk S Paul, Daniel F Freitag, Edwin R Chilvers
The Asp358Ala variant in the interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) gene has been implicated in asthma, autoimmune and cardiovascular disorders, but its role in other respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has not been investigated. The aims of this study were to evaluate whether there is an association between Asp358Ala and COPD or asthma risk, and to explore the role of the Asp358Ala variant in sIL-6R shedding from neutrophils and its pro-inflammatory effects in the lung. We undertook logistic regression using data from the UK Biobank and the ECLIPSE COPD cohort...
February 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333367/community-paramedicine-applied-in-a-rural-community
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Kevin J Bennett, Matt W Yuen, Melinda A Merrell
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Abbeville County Emergency Management Services (ACEMS) began a community paramedicine (CP) program to utilize trained paramedics to serve patients who frequently use the emergency department (ED) and have 1 or more of the following diagnoses: hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The objective of this study was to determine if the CP program reduced ED visits in Abbeville while improving patient outcomes. DESIGN: A pre/posttest with a comparison group study design was used to evaluate the CP program...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333128/a-randomised-open-label-cross-over-study-of-inhaler-errors-preference-and-time-to-achieve-correct-inhaler-use-in-patients-with-copd-or-asthma-comparison-of-ellipta-with-other-inhaler-devices
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Job van der Palen, Mike Thomas, Henry Chrystyn, Raj K Sharma, Paul Dlpm van der Valk, Martijn Goosens, Tom Wilkinson, Carol Stonham, Anoop J Chauhan, Varsha Imber, Chang-Qing Zhu, Henrik Svedsater, Neil C Barnes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332190/impact-of-disease-prevalence-adjustment-on-hospitalization-rates-for%C3%A2-chronic-ambulatory-care-sensitive-conditions-in-germany
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Johannes Pollmanns, Patrick S Romano, Maria Weyermann, Max Geraedts, Saskia E Drösler
OBJECTIVES: To explore effects of disease prevalence adjustment on ambulatory care-sensitive hospitalization (ACSH) rates used for quality comparisons. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: County-level hospital administrative data on adults discharged from German hospitals in 2011 and prevalence estimates based on administrative ambulatory diagnosis data were used. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cross-sectional study using in- and outpatient secondary data was performed...
March 22, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331966/increased-risk-of-incident-osteoporosis-and-osteoporotic-fracture-in-tuberculosis-patients-a-population-based-study-in-a-tuberculosis-endemic-area
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Y-Y Chen, J-Y Feng, W-Y Ting, Y-F Yen, P-H Chuang, S-W Pan, V Y-F Su, W-J Su
The occurrence of osteoporosis in tuberculosis, a chronic infection, has rarely been evaluated. In this study, we found significantly higher incidence rates of osteoporosis (Adjusted hazard ratio (AHR) 1.82) and osteoporotic fracture (AHR 2.33) in tuberculosis patients than matched cohorts, which suggest that osteoporosis screening should be considered in tuberculosis patients' follow-up program. The aim of this study is to determine the occurrence of incident osteoporosis in patients who completed anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment...
March 22, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325523/total-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-as-an-independent-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Katsuya Onishi
Patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) often have multiple comorbid conditions that may interact with each other, confound the choice of treatments, and reduce mortality. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most important comorbidities of CVD, which causes serious consequences in patients with ischemic heart disease, stroke, arrhythmia, and heart failure. COPD shares common risk factors such as tobacco smoking and aging with CVD, is associated with less physical activity, and produces systemic inflammation and oxidative stress...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324969/a-clinical-study-of-short-term-sternal-photoplethysmography-recordings-from-patients-with-obstructive-airways-diseases
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Shadi S Chreiteh, Dorthe B Saadi, Bo Belhage, Nassim Nabipour, Karsten Hoppe, Erik V Thomsen
Traditionally, measurements of the oxygen saturation (SpO2) has been confound to the extremities. In this study, we therefore investigated the possibility for reliable estimation of clinically relevant SpO2 levels from photoplethysmography (PPG) obtained on the sternum of patients with obstructive airway diseases. We initiated the study with a calibration of a prototype sternal PPG sensor. In accordance with the ISO 80601-2-61:2011 guidelines, the calibration was conducted as a controlled desaturation study...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323055/a-6-alkylsalicylate-histone-acetyltransferase-inhibitor-inhibits-histone-acetylation-and-pro-inflammatory-gene-expression-in-murine-precision-cut-lung-slices
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Thea van den Bosch, Niek G J Leus, Hannah Wapenaar, Alexander Boichenko, Jos Hermans, Rainer Bischoff, Hidde J Haisma, Frank J Dekker
Lysine acetylations are post-translational modifications of cellular proteins, that are crucial in the regulation of many cellular processes. Lysine acetylations on histone proteins are part of the epigenetic code regulating gene transcription and are installed by histone acetyltransferases. Observations that inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, are characterized by increased histone acetyltransferase activity indicate that development of small molecule inhibitors for these enzymes might be a valuable approach towards new therapies for these diseases...
March 16, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321782/targeting-interleukin-5-or-interleukin-5r%C3%AE-safety-considerations
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REVIEW
Diego Bagnasco, Matteo Ferrando, Marco Caminati, Alice Bragantini, Francesca Puggioni, Gilda Varricchi, Giovanni Passalacqua, Giorgio Walter Canonica
Asthma is a highly prevalent chronic disease of the airways; approximately 10% of patients with asthma will experience a severe form of the disease. New understanding of the pathogenesis of asthma has enabled the development of novel drugs and provided hope for patients with asthma. Interleukin (IL)-5 and IL-5 receptor subunit α (IL-5-Rα) plays a crucial role in the development, maturation, and operation of eosinophils so were the first important therapeutic target of these new drugs. While the results of early clinical trials of these drugs were not promising, results improved once researchers discovered the drugs worked best in patients with high eosinophil levels...
March 20, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321701/burden-of-disease-attributed-to-ambient-pm2-5-and-pm10-exposure-in-190-cities-in-china
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Kamal Jyoti Maji, Mohit Arora, Anil Kumar Dikshit
Particulate air pollution is becoming a serious public health concern in urban cities of China. Association of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and economic loss with air pollution-related health effects demand quantitative analysis for correctional measures in air quality. This study applies an epidemiology-based exposure-response function to obtain the quantitative estimate of health impact of particulate matter PM2.5 and PM10 across 190 cities of China during years 2014-2015. The annual average concentration of PM2...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316784/characteristics-of-an-optimized-patient-information-material-for-elderly-patients-with-obstructive-pulmonary-diseases-based-on-patients-and-experts-assessment
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Gábor Tomisa, Alpár Horváth, Brigitta Dombai, Lilla Tamási
BACKGROUND: Life-long regular use of drugs is necessary in chronic diseases like asthma and COPD. There are several methods to improve adherence including patient information and education; however, their effectiveness on the basis of practical experience is often lower than originally planned and expected. Our objective is to develop a patient information material based on the recommendations of patients and their treating healthcare professionals to fulfill their needs. METHODS: A survey was conducted among pulmonologists (N = 262), asthma nurses (N = 102), general practitioners (N = 321) and patients with obstructive pulmonary disease (N = 978) using on line questionnaires...
2017: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314480/airways-antiallergic-effect-and-pharmacokinetics-of-alkaloids-from-alstonia-scholaris
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Yun-Li Zhao, Jing Cao, Jian-Hua Shang, Ya-Ping Liu, Afsar Khan, Heng-Shan Wang, Yi Qian, Lu Liu, Min Ye, Xiao-Dong Luo
BACKGROUND: Alstonia scholaris (L.) R. Br. (Apocynaceae), an important herbal medicine, has been widely used to treat respiratory tract diseases, such as cough, asthma, phlegm, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. PURPOSE: To evaluate pharmacological effect of alkaloids from A. scholaris on ovalbumin induced airways allergic inflammatory model, and explore whether the dosing frequency is related to pharmacokinetics. STUDY DESIGN: After oral administration of total alkaloids, the pharmacokinetic study of it was investigated...
April 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304375/external-validation-of-a-copd-prediction-model-using-population-based-primary-care-data-a-nested-case-control-study
#18
Bright I Nwaru, Colin R Simpson, Aziz Sheikh, Daniel Kotz
Emerging models for predicting risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) require external validation in order to assess their clinical value. We validated a previous model for predicting new onset COPD in a different database. We randomly drew 38,597 case-control pairs (total N = 77,194) of individuals aged ≥35 years and matched for sex, age, and general practice from the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink database. We assessed accuracy of the model to discriminate between COPD cases and non-cases by calculating area under the receiver operator characteristic (ROCAUC) for the prediction scores...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303858/role-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-in-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#19
REVIEW
Ting Liu, Fa-Ping Wang, Geng Wang, Hui Mao
OBJECTIVE: Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are representative chronic inflammatory airway diseases responsible for a considerable burden of disease. In this article, we reviewed the relationship between neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and chronic inflammatory airway diseases. DATA SOURCES: Articles published up to January 1, 2017, were selected from the PubMed, Ovid Medline, Embase databases, with the keywords of "asthma" or "pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive", "neutrophils" and "extracellular traps...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301574/concurrent-physician-diagnosed-asthma-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-population-study-of-prevalence-incidence-and-mortality
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Tetyana Kendzerska, Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Shawn D Aaron, Teresa M To, M Diane Lougheed, J Mark FitzGerald, Andrea S Gershon
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a population-based cohort study to estimate trends in prevalence, incidence, and mortality of concurrent physician-diagnosed asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Two validated health administrative case definitions were used to identify asthma and COPD among all individuals aged 35 years and older living in Ontario, Canada. Annual asthma, COPD, and concurrent asthma and COPD prevalence, incidence, and mortality, standardized for age and sex, were estimated, and compared from 2002 to 2012, using generalized linear models...
2017: PloS One
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