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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448071/azathioprine-maintenance-therapy-to-prevent-relapses-in-autoimmune-pancreatitis
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Nicolò de Pretis, Antonio Amodio, Laura Bernardoni, Pietro Campagnola, Fabiana Capuano, Suresh T Chari, Stefano Crinò, Armando Gabbrielli, Arianna Massella, Mark Topazian, Luca Frulloni
OBJECTIVES: Steroids are used to induce remission in autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP). Low-dosage steroid therapy or immunosuppressant (IMs) has been proposed as maintenance therapy to prevent AIP relapse. Few and conflicting data have been published on the efficacy of azathioprine (AZA) in preventing AIP relapse. The aim of this study was to evaluate the indication and efficacy of AZA as maintenance therapy to prevent disease relapse in AIP. METHODS: Patients suffering from AIP diagnosed according to the ICDC in type 1, type 2, and not otherwise specified (NOS) were divided in those treated with AZA (AZA(+) group) as maintenance therapy and not treated with maintenance therapy (AZA(-) group)...
April 27, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445943/a-molecular-inversion-probe-based-next-generation-sequencing-panel-to-detect-germline-mutations-in-chinese-early-onset-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Junxiao Zhang, Xiaoyan Wang, Richarda M de Voer, Jayne Y Hehir-Kwa, Eveline J Kamping, Robbert D A Weren, Marcel Nelen, Alexander Hoischen, Marjolijn J L Ligtenberg, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge, Xiangling Yang, Zihuan Yang, Xinjuan Fan, Lei Wang, Huanliang Liu, Jianping Wang, Roland P Kuiper, Ad Geurts van Kessel
The currently known Mendelian colorectal cancer (CRC) predisposition syndromes account for ~5-10% of all CRC cases, and are caused by inherited germline mutations in single CRC predisposing genes. Using molecular inversion probes (MIPs), we designed a targeted next-generation sequencing panel to identify mutations in seven CRC predisposing genes: APC, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, MUTYH and NTHL1. From a consecutive series of 2,371 Chinese CRC patients, 140 familial and non-familial cases were selected that were diagnosed with CRC at or below the age of 35 years...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444987/platelet-count-spleen-length-and-platelet-count-to-spleen-length-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-oesophageal-varices-in-people-with-chronic-liver-disease-or-portal-vein-thrombosis
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Agostino Colli, Juan Cristóbal Gana, Jason Yap, Thomasin Adams-Webber, Natalie Rashkovan, Simon C Ling, Giovanni Casazza
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend screening of people with oesophageal varices via oesophago-gastro-duodenoscopy at the time of diagnosis of hepatic cirrhosis. This requires that people repeatedly undergo unpleasant invasive procedures with their attendant risks, although half of these people have no identifiable oesophageal varices 10 years after the initial diagnosis of cirrhosis. Platelet count, spleen length, and platelet count-to-spleen length ratio are non-invasive tests proposed as triage tests for the diagnosis of oesophageal varices...
April 26, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444538/occurrence-and-genetic-diversity-analysis-of-apple-stem-pitting-virus-isolated-from-apples-in-china
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Guo-Jun Hu, Ya-Feng Dong, Zun-Ping Zhang, Xu-Dong Fan, Fang Ren, Zhengnan Li
Two primer pairs were used to detect apple stem pitting virus (ASPV) using a reverse transcription (RT)-PCR test. 82 out of the 141 randomly collected samples, from ten orchards in five provinces and regions of China, tested positive. In the positive samples forty-five (55%) were infected by ASPV and two other viruses. The full coat protein (CP) and the triple gene block (TGB) gene 1, 2 and 3 of partial ASPV isolates were subsequently cloned. The nucleotide and amino acid identities of 39 CP sequence variants from 31 Chinese apple samples were compared with that of previously reported ASPV isolates and were 67...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444484/effectiveness-of-drug-camps-in-treatment-of-substance-abuse-in-thailand
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Manop Kanato, Poonrut Leyatikul
Various drug camps have been introduced in Thailand since the 2000s. This study explored the effects of drug camps in Thailand. Four provinces were selected to represent different region throughout Thailand. Assessments of 2679 drug users were carried out longitudinally, age ranging from 11 to 67 years old; assessments occurred before camp, after camps, and after a 1 year follow-up. Two hundred twenty-six camps organizers, community leaders, and lay people were selected as key informants. Twenty communities were observed prospectively and 400 lay people were studied...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443790/do-pilates-based-exercises-following-total-knee-arthroplasty-improve-postural-control-and-quality-of-life
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Aysenur Karaman, Inci Yuksel, Gizem Irem Kinikli, Omur Caglar
PURPOSE: The aim of this prospective, randomized, controlled study was to investigate the effects of the addition of Pilates-based exercises to standard exercise programs performed after total knee arthroplasty on quality of life and balance. METHOD: Forty-six volunteers were divided into two groups. The control group (n = 17) was assigned a standard exercise program after discharge; the study group (n = 17) was assigned Pilates-based exercises along with the standard exercise program...
April 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443005/waking-up-buried-memories-of-old-tv-programs
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Christelle Larzabal, Nadège Bacon-Macé, Sophie Muratot, Simon J Thorpe
Although it has been demonstrated that visual and auditory stimuli can be recalled decades after the initial exposure, previous studies have generally not ruled out the possibility that the material may have been seen or heard during the intervening period. Evidence shows that reactivations of a long-term memory trace play a role in its update and maintenance. In the case of remote or very long-term memories, it is most likely that these reactivations are triggered by the actual re-exposure to the stimulus...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441828/-clinical-analysis-of-seven-cases-of-pulmonary-malignant-tumors-in-children
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D Xu, Z M Chen, W Z Gu, Y S Wang, M X Huang, L F Tang, Y Y Zhang, Y Jiang
Objective: To understand the clinical manifestation, imaging characteristics and outcomes of pulmonary malignant tumors in children. Method: We retrospectively collected information about seven cases of pulmonary malignant tumors in children in our hospital from Jan 2010 to Dec 2016. The information included clinical manifestation, imaging characteristics, pathologic results, and treatment. Result: (1) All the seven patients firstly visited pediatric internal medicine departments. Symptoms included cough (n=6), dyspnea (n=4), fever (n=2), anorexia (n=2), chest tightness (n=1), chest pain (n=1), lameness (n=1), abdominal distension and constipation (n=1)...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439664/women-at-familial-risk-of-breast-cancer-electing-for-prophylactic-mastectomy-frequencies-procedures-and-decision-making-characteristics
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Sarah Schott, Lisa Vetter, Monika Keller, Thomas Bruckner, Michael Golatta, Sabine Eismann, Nicola Dikow, Christina Evers, Christof Sohn, Joerg Heil
BACKGROUND: Some women of families at high risk of breast cancer (BC) choose prophylactic mastectomy (PM) in spite of ambiguous evidence for survival benefits. The aim of this study was to investigate counselees' characteristics, decisions on PM, and frequencies of different procedures to better understand how to tailor interventions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight hundred and forty-nine counselees who attended interdisciplinary consultation for genetic risk adjustment at the University Hospital Heidelberg between July 2009 and July 2011 received a tripartite questionnaire addressing sociodemographic characteristics, psychological parameters, behavioural questions, and medical data...
April 24, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439238/rechallenge-to-carboplatin-in-children-with-low-grade-glioma-and-carboplatin-hypersensitivity-reactions
#10
Antonio Ruggiero, Daniela Rizzo, Martina Catalano, Palma Maurizi, Stefano Mastrangelo, Giorgio Attinà, Riccardo Riccardi
Background: Carboplatin based regimens have demonstrated activity in pediatric patients with low grade gliomas (LGG). However, carboplatin hypersensitivity reactions (CHRs) may be a major problem leading to premature cessation of an effective therapy. The objectives of this study were to describe the prevalence, characteristics and management of CHR. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of children with LGG treated between January 1994 and July 2015 with carboplatin and vincristine who had a documented CHR...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438997/nucleophilic-water-attack-is-not-a-possible-mechanism-for-o-o-bond-formation-in-photosystem-ii
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Per E M Siegbahn
Two different types of mechanisms are at present suggested for the O-O bond-formation step in photosystem II. The first one is a coupling between an oxyl radical and a bridging oxo. The second one is a nucleophilic water attack on a terminal oxo (or oxyl) group. In the present short paper, the six most reasonable versions of the latter mechanism have been studied and compared with the oxo-oxyl mechanism. The barriers are found to be much too high for the water attack, and that mechanism can therefore safely be ruled out...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438560/longitudinal-investigation-of-salivary-proteomic-profiles-in-the-development-of-early-childhood-caries
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Shuang Ao, Xiangyu Sun, Xiangru Shi, Xin Huang, Feng Chen, Shuguo Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To investigate differentially expressed salivary peptides in the development of early childhood caries (ECC) in 3-4 year-old children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two caries-free children at baseline were followed-up for 1year, during which period 15 of them had developed ECC (GroupC), whilst another 15 cases out of the 31 individuals who remained healthy were marked as Group H. Stimulated whole saliva samples were collected at 0, 6 and 12 months, and analyzed using weak cation exchange magnetic beads combined with matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437373/resuscitation-with-balanced-fluids-is-associated-with-improved-survival-in-pediatric-severe-sepsis
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Elizabeth T Emrath, James D Fortenberry, Curtis Travers, Courtney E McCracken, Kiran B Hebbar
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate outcomes in patients receiving balanced fluids for resuscitation in pediatric severe sepsis. DESIGN: Observational cohort review of prospectively collected data from a large administrative database. SETTING: PICUs from 43 children's hospitals. PATIENTS: PICU patients diagnosed with severe sepsis. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We reviewed data from the Pediatric Health Information System database from 2004 to 2012...
April 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436186/protective-factors-against-cognitive-decline-among-community-dwelling-middle-aged-and-older-people-in-taiwan-a-6-year-national-population-based-study
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Wei-Ju Lee, Chih-Kuang Liang, Li-Ning Peng, Shu-Ti Chiou, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: Dementia and cognitive impairment are important public health challenges to a rapidly aging country. The present study aimed to explore the protective factors against cognitive decline among community-dwelling middle-aged and older people from health, social, and lifestyle perspectives. METHODS: Data of the Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study, a population-based cohort study in Taiwan, were retrieved for the study. Overall, 676 participants with intact baseline cognitive function (measured by the Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire) were enrolled and followed for six years...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435754/establishing-successful-patient-centered-medical-homes-in-rural-hawai-i-three-strategies-to-consider
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Melissa Nelson Scribner, Kasey Kehoe
The challenges to healthcare delivery posed by Hawai'i's unique geography, physician shortages, and dispersed population are of particular importance in light of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This study draws on central goals laid out in the ACA - to decrease costs, increase access, and improve patient outcomes. The use of the Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) is a care model that has the potential to meet all three goals. How to identify the most effective way to develop PCMHs in the specific context of Hawai'i is the focus of this study...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434845/abr-subspecialty-certifications-in-hospice-and-palliative-medicine-and-pain-medicine
#16
Paul E Wallner, Kay H Vydareny, Anne C Roberts
The ACGME currently approves fellowship training in 11 subspecialties of radiology, and the ABR currently offers six subspecialty certificates (vascular interventional radiology will be phased out in 2017) to its primary certificate holders. Four of the ABR-sponsored or co-sponsored subspecialties have been available to ABR diplomates for more than 18 years, but two-hospice and palliative medicine and pain medicine-are relatively new. The nature of specialty and subspecialty certificate development and details related to these two specific programs will be considered...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434406/efavirenz-based-simplification-after-successful-early-lopinavir-boosted-ritonavir-based-therapy-in-hiv-infected-children-in-burkina-faso-and-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire-the-monod-anrs-12206-non-inferiority-randomised-trial
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Désiré Lucien Dahourou, Madeleine Amorissani-Folquet, Karen Malateste, Clarisse Amani-Bosse, Malik Coulibaly, Carole Seguin-Devaux, Thomas Toni, Rasmata Ouédraogo, Stéphane Blanche, Caroline Yonaba, François Eboua, Philippe Lepage, Divine Avit, Sylvie Ouédraogo, Philippe Van de Perre, Sylvie N'Gbeche, Angèle Kalmogho, Roger Salamon, Nicolas Meda, Marguerite Timité-Konan, Valériane Leroy
BACKGROUND: The 2016 World Health Organization guidelines recommend all children <3 years start antiretroviral therapy (ART) on protease inhibitor-based regimens. But lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) syrup has many challenges in low-income countries, including limited availability, requires refrigeration, interactions with anti-tuberculous drugs, twice-daily dosing, poor palatability in young children, and higher cost than non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) drugs. Successfully initiating LPV/r-based ART in HIV-infected children aged <2 years raises operational challenges that could be simplified by switching to a protease inhibitor-sparing therapy based on efavirenz (EFV), although, to date, EFV is not recommended in children <3 years...
April 24, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432850/a-detailed-experimental-study-of-a-dna-computer-with-two-endonucleases
#18
Sebastian Sakowski, Tadeusz Krasiński, Joanna Sarnik, Janusz Blasiak, Jacek Waldmajer, Tomasz Poplawski
Great advances in biotechnology have allowed the construction of a computer from DNA. One of the proposed solutions is a biomolecular finite automaton, a simple two-state DNA computer without memory, which was presented by Ehud Shapiro's group at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The main problem with this computer, in which biomolecules carry out logical operations, is its complexity - increasing the number of states of biomolecular automata. In this study, we constructed (in laboratory conditions) a six-state DNA computer that uses two endonucleases (e...
April 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432641/dentatorubro-pallidoluysian-atrophy-drpla-among-700-families-with-ataxia-in-brazil
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Pedro Braga-Neto, José Luiz Pedroso, Gabriel Vasata Furtado, Tailise Conte Gheno, Maria Luiza Saraiva-Pereira, Laura Bannach Jardim, Orlando G P Barsottini
Dentatorubro-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA) is a spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) very rare in non-Asian populations. To date, DRPLA was undetected in the general Brazilian population. Adult-onset ataxic patients have been recruited from several Brazilian neurology and neurogenetics centers. CAG lengths at SCA1, SCA2, SCA3/MJD, SCA6, SCA7, SCA12, SCA17 and DRPLA associated genes, and ATTCT expansions at SCA10 gene were studied. A single DRPLA case detected is reported. Proband was a 69-year-old Brazilian woman of mixed ancestry, with a late-onset pure ataxia: her alleles at the associated gene, ATN1, presented 14/52 CAG repeats...
April 21, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431339/novel-coumarin-and-quinolinone-based-polycycles-as-cell-division-cycle-25-a-and-c-phosphatases-inhibitors-induce-proliferation-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
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Clemens Zwergel, Brigitte Czepukojc, Emilie Evain-Bana, Zhanjie Xu, Giulia Stazi, Mattia Mori, Alexandros Patsilinakos, Antonello Mai, Bruno Botta, Rino Ragno, Denise Bagrel, Gilbert Kirsch, Peter Meiser, Claus Jacob, Mathias Montenarh, Sergio Valente
Cell division cycle phosphatases CDC25 A, B and C are involved in modulating cell cycle processes and are found overexpressed in a large panel of cancer typology. Here, we describe the development of two novel quinone-polycycle series of CDC25A and C inhibitors on the one hand 1a-k, coumarin-based, and on the other 2a-g, quinolinone-based, which inhibit either enzymes up to a sub-micro molar level and at single-digit micro molar concentrations, respectively. When tested in six different cancer cell lines, compound 2c displayed the highest efficacy to arrest cell viability, showing in almost all cell lines sub-micro molar IC50 values, a profile even better than the reference compound NCS95397...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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