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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330123/microbial-degradation-of-low-density-polyethylene-ldpe-by-aspergillus-clavatus-strain-jask1-isolated-from-landfill-soil
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Anudurga Gajendiran, Sharmila Krishnamoorthy, Jayanthi Abraham
Polythene and plastic waste are found to accumulate in the environment, posing a major ecological threat. They are found to be considered non-degradable, once it enters the environment it has been found to remain there indefinitely. However, significant attention has been placed on biodegradable polymer, identification of microbes with degradative potential on plastic material. The aim of the present investigation was to biodegrade low-density polyethylene (LDPE) using potential fungi isolated from landfill soil...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329892/ocular-toxoplasmosis-therapy-related-adverse-drug-reactions-and-their-management
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M Helfenstein, S Zweifel, D Barthelmes, F Meier, J Fehr, C Böni
Background There are different treatment options for ocular toxoplasmosis (OT). "Classic" therapy consists of pyrimethamine, sulfadiazine and folinic acid combined with systemic steroids and is still widely used. However, potentially severe side effects of this therapy have been reported. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the incidence and types of adverse drug reactions in patients treated for OT. Clinical management of each adverse drug reaction was assessed. Patients and Methods In this retrospective analysis, we reviewed data of patients with OT, who were consecutively examined between December 2011 and December 2015 at the Department of Ophthalmology, University Hospital Zurich...
March 22, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329842/magnetic-resonance-imaging-reveals-progressive-brain-injury-in-rats-acutely-intoxicated-with-diisopropylfluorophosphate
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Brad A Hobson, Sílvia Sisó, Douglas J Rowland, Danielle J Harvey, Donald A Bruun, Joel R Garbow, Pamela J Lein
Acute intoxication with organophosphates (OPs) can trigger seizures that progress to status epilepticus, and survivors often exhibit chronic neuropathology, cognitive impairment, affective disorders and/or electroencephalographic abnormalities. Understanding how acute injury transitions to persistent neurological sequelae is critical to developing medical countermeasures for mitigating damage following OP-induced seizures. Here, we used in vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to monitor the spatiotemporal patterns of neuropathology for one month after acute intoxication with diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP)...
March 7, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329750/optoelectronic-plethysmography-in-clinical-practice-and-research-a-review
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Carlo Massaroni, Elena Carraro, Andrea Vianello, Sandra Miccinilli, Michelangelo Morrone, Irisz K Levai, Emiliano Schena, Paola Saccomandi, Silvia Sterzi, John W Dickinson, Samantha Winter, Sergio Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Optoelectronic plethysmography (OEP) is a non-invasive motion capture method to measure chest wall movements and estimate lung volumes. OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the clinical findings and research applications of OEP in the assessment of breathing mechanics across populations of healthy and diseased individuals. METHODS: A bibliographic research was performed with the terms "opto-electronic plethysmography," "optoelectronic plethysmography," and "optoelectronic plethysmograph" in 50 digital library and bibliographic search databases resulting in the selection of 170 studies...
March 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329653/introducing-public-health-themes-in-clinical-dermatology
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Scott A Norton
The ACGME's Core Competencies comprise six domains, which in turn contain dozens of often overlapping milestones. Several competencies explicitly invoke public health topics - but if one wears the right set of lenses, nearly every milestone, nearly every aspect of health and medicine, can be viewed from a public health perspective. Why then is Dermatology generally taught - and practiced - in an Intensive Care manner, where seemingly unlimited diagnostic & therapeutic efforts focus on single individuals, not the community?In this presentation, I argue that topics of public health concern should not be relegated to the minor leagues of GME...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329518/anetoderma-before-development-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies-delayed-development-and-monitoring-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies-in-an-sle-patient-presenting-with-anetoderma
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Fan Di Xia, Mai P Hoang, Gideon P Smith
INTRODUCTION: Anetoderma is an elastolytic skindisorder that has been associated with the presenceof antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Patients withantiphospholipid antibody-positive anetoderma havebeen reported to develop symptoms of Graves disease,antiphospholipid syndrome, and other autoimmuneconditions. The temporal relationship, however,between anetoderma onset and the emergence ofaPL remains unclear, a clarification of which may haveimplications for the screening and monitoring ofpatients with anetoderma...
March 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329441/a-framework-for-the-etiology-of-running-related-injuries
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M L Bertelsen, A Hulme, J Petersen, R Korsgaard Brund, H Sørensen, C F Finch, E T Parner, R O Nielsen
The etiology of running-related injury is important to consider as the effectiveness of a given running-related injury prevention intervention is dependent on whether etiologic factors are readily modifiable and consistent with a biologically plausible causal mechanism. Therefore, the purpose of the present article was to present an evidence-informed conceptual framework outlining the multifactorial nature of running-related injury etiology. In the framework, four mutually exclusive parts are presented: (A) Structure-specific capacity when entering a running session; (B) Structure-specific cumulative load per running session; (C) Reduction in the structure-specific capacity during a running session; and, (D) Exceeding the structure-specific capacity...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329412/measuring-flow-rate-in-crystalline-bedrock-wells-using-the-dissolved-oxygen-alteration-method
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Sarah A Vitale, Gary A Robbins
Determination of vertical flow rates in a fractured bedrock well can aid in planning and implementing hydraulic tests, water quality sampling, and improving interpretations of water quality data. Although flowmeters are highly accurate in flow rate measurement, the high cost and logistics may be limiting. In this study the dissolved oxygen alteration method (DOAM) is expanded upon as a low-cost alternative to determine vertical flow rates in crystalline bedrock wells. The method entails altering the dissolved oxygen content in the wellbore through bubbler aeration, and monitoring the vertical advective movement of the dissolved oxygen over time...
March 22, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329393/virological-outcomes-of-second-line-protease-inhibitor-based-treatment-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-in-a-high-prevalence-rural-south-african-setting-a-competing-risks-prospective-cohort-analysis
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Dami Collier, Collins Iwuji, Anne Derache, Tulio de Oliveira, Nonhlanhla Okesola, Alexandra Calmy, Francois Dabis, Deenan Pillay, Ravindra K Gupta
Background.: Second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) based on ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors (bPIs) represents the only available option after first-line failure for the majority of individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) worldwide. Maximizing their effectiveness is imperative. Methods.: This cohort study was nested within the French National Agency for AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Research (ANRS) 12249 Treatment as Prevention (TasP) cluster-randomized trial in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329366/ambulatory-voice-biofeedback-relative-frequency-and-summary-feedback-effects-on-performance-and-retention-of-reduced-vocal-intensity-in-the-daily-lives-of-participants-with-normal-voices
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Jarrad H Van Stan, Daryush D Mehta, Dagmar Sternad, Robert Petit, Robert E Hillman
Purpose: Ambulatory voice biofeedback has the potential to significantly improve voice therapy effectiveness by targeting carryover of desired behaviors outside the therapy session (i.e., retention). This study applies motor learning concepts (reduced frequency and delayed, summary feedback) that demonstrate increased retention to ambulatory voice monitoring for training nurses to talk softer during work hours. Method: Forty-eight nurses with normal voices wore the Voice Health Monitor (Mehta, Zañartu, Feng, Cheyne, & Hillman, 2012) for 6 days: 3 baseline days, 1 biofeedback day, 1 short-term retention day, and 1 long-term retention day...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329275/tissue-characterization-by-t1-and-t2-mapping-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-monitor-myocardial-inflammation-in-healing-myocarditis
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S Bohnen, U K Radunski, G K Lund, F Ojeda, Y Looft, M Senel, L Radziwolek, M Avanesov, E Tahir, C Stehning, B Schnackenburg, G Adam, S Blankenberg, K Muellerleile
Aims: Monitoring disease activity in myocarditis is important for tailored therapeutic strategies. This study evaluated the ability of T1 and T2 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) to monitor the course of myocardial inflammation in healing myocarditis. Methods and results: Forty-eight patients with strictly defined acute myocarditis underwent CMR at 1.5 T in the acute stage, at 3-months (n = 39), and at 12-months follow-up (FU) (n = 21). Normal values were obtained in a control group of 27 healthy subjects...
March 8, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329268/dynamics-of-cough-frequency-in-adults-undergoing-treatment-for-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Alvaro Proaño, Marjory A Bravard, José W Lopez, Gwenyth O Lee, David Bui, Sumona Datta, Germán Comina, Mirko Zimic, Jorge Coronel, Luz Caviedes, José L Cabrera, Antonio Salas, Eduardo Ticona, Nancy M Vu, Daniela E Kirwan, Maria-Cristina I Loader, Jon S Friedland, David A Moore, Carlton A Evans, Brian H Tracey, Robert H Gilman
Background: Cough is the major determinant of tuberculosis transmission. Despite this, there is a paucity of information regarding characteristics of cough frequency throughout the day and in response to tuberculosis therapy. Here we evaluate the circadian cycle of cough; cough frequency risk factors; and the impact of appropriate treatment on cough and bacillary load. Methods: We prospectively evaluated HIV-negative adults (n=64) with a new diagnosis of culture-proven, drug-susceptible pul-monary tuberculosis immediately prior to treatment and repeatedly until treatment day 62...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329223/effect-of-home-monitoring-via-mobile-app-on-the-number-of-in-person-visits-following-ambulatory-surgery-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Kathleen A Armstrong, Peter C Coyte, Mitchell Brown, Brett Beber, John L Semple
Importance: In the age of information and patient-centered care, new methods of delivering postoperative care must be developed and evaluated. Objective: To determine whether follow-up care delivered via a mobile app can be used to avert in-person follow-up care visits compared with conventional, in-person follow-up care in the first 30 days following ambulatory surgery. Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized clinical trial was conducted from February 1 to August 31, 2015, among ambulatory patients undergoing breast reconstruction at an academic ambulatory care hospital...
March 22, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329211/therapeutic-vaccine-for-genital-herpes-simplex-virus-2-infection-findings-from-a-randomized-trial
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David I Bernstein, Anna Wald, Terri Warren, Kenneth Fife, Stephen Tyring, Patricia Lee, Nick Van Wagoner, Amalia Magaret, Jessica B Flechtner, Sybil Tasker, Jason Chan, Amy Morris, Seth Hetherington
Background.: Genital herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection causes recurrent lesions and frequent viral shedding. GEN-003 is a candidate therapeutic vaccine containing HSV-2 gD2ΔTMR and ICP4.2, and Matrix-M2 adjuvant. Methods.: Persons with genital herpes were randomized into three dose cohorts to receive three intramuscular doses 21 days apart of 10 µg, 30 µg, or 100 µg of GEN-003, antigens without adjuvant, or placebo. Participants obtained genital swabs twice-daily for HSV-2 detection and monitored genital lesions for 28-day periods at baseline and intervals after the last dose...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329208/differentiated-hiv-rna-viral-load-monitoring-in-resource-limited-settings-an-economic-analysis
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Diana M Negoescu, Zhenhuan Zhang, Heiner C Bucher, Eran Bendavid
Background: Viral load (VL) monitoring for patients receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) is recommended worldwide. However, the costs of frequent monitoring are a barrier to implementation in resource-limited settings. The extent to which personalized monitoring frequencies may be cost-effective is unknown. Methods: We created a simulation model parameterized using person-level longitudinal data to assess the benefits of flexible monitoring frequencies. Our data-driven model tracked HIV+ individuals for 10 years following ART initiation...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329078/apical-closure-device-for-full-percutaneous-transapical-valve-implantation-stress-test-in-an-animal-model%C3%A2
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Enrico Ferrari, Stefanos Demertzis, Jennifer Angelella, Denis Berdajs, Piergiorgio Tozzi, Tiziano Moccetti, Francesco Maisano, Ludwig K von Segesser
OBJECTIVES: Transapical valve implantation is traditionally performed through a left antero-lateral mini-thoracotomy. A self-expandable apical closure device has recently been developed for full-percutaneous transapical valve implantation. We performed haemodynamics stress-tests on an animal model to evaluate the sealing properties. METHODS: Under general anaesthesia 5 pigs (mean weight: 67 ± 6 Kg) received full heparinization (100 IU/Kg; activated clotting time >250 s and, through inferior mini-sternotomies, 21-Fr introducer sheaths for transapical aortic valve implantation (outer diameter: 25-Fr) were placed over-the-wire in the apexes...
January 31, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329026/the-effect-of-early-versus-late-initiation-of-renal-replacement-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-a-meta-analysis-with-trial-sequential-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Yan-Mei Feng, Yuan Yang, Xiao-Li Han, Fan Zhang, Dong Wan, Rui Guo
BACKGROUND: The optimal timing for initiating renal replacement therapy (RRT) in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) remains controversial. METHODS: We conducted a meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis (TSA) of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using PUBMED, Cochrane Library databases, and Web of Science (from January 1, 1985, to August 21, 2016). Adult patients with AKI who received RRT with different timing were included. The primary outcome was mortality...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329012/tracking-the-stochastic-fate-of-cells-of-the-renin-lineage-after-podocyte-depletion-using-multicolor-reporters-and-intravital-imaging
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Natalya V Kaverina, Hiroyuki Kadoya, Diana G Eng, Michael E Rusiniak, Maria Luisa S Sequeira-Lopez, R Ariel Gomez, Jeffrey W Pippin, Kenneth W Gross, Janos Peti-Peterdi, Stuart J Shankland
Podocyte depletion plays a major role in focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS). Because cells of the renin lineage (CoRL) serve as adult podocyte and parietal epithelial cell (PEC) progenitor candidates, we generated Ren1cCre/R26R-ConfettiTG/WT and Ren1dCre/R26R-ConfettiTG/WT mice to determine CoRL clonality during podocyte replacement. Four CoRL reporters (GFP, YFP, RFP, CFP) were restricted to cells in the juxtaglomerular compartment (JGC) at baseline. Following abrupt podocyte depletion in experimental FSGS, all four CoRL reporters were detected in a subset of glomeruli at day 28, where they co-expressed de novo four podocyte proteins (podocin, nephrin, WT-1 and p57) and two glomerular parietal epithelial cell (PEC) proteins (claudin-1, PAX8)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328980/early-biomarkers-of-brain-injury-and-cerebral-hypo-and-hyperoxia-in-the-safeboosc-ii-trial
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Anne M Plomgaard, Thomas Alderliesten, Topun Austin, Frank van Bel, Manon Benders, Olivier Claris, Eugene Dempsey, Monica Fumagalli, Christian Gluud, Cornelia Hagmann, Simon Hyttel-Sorensen, Petra Lemmers, Wim van Oeveren, Adelina Pellicer, Tue H Petersen, Gerhard Pichler, Per Winkel, Gorm Greisen
BACKGROUND: The randomized clinical trial, SafeBoosC II, examined the effect of monitoring of cerebral oxygenation by near-infrared spectroscopy combined with a guideline on treatment when cerebral oxygenation was out of the target range. Data on cerebral oxygenation was collected in both the intervention and the control group. The primary outcome was the reduction in the burden of cerebral hypo- and hyperoxia between the two groups. In this study we describe the associations between the burden of cerebral hypo- and hyperoxia, regardless of allocation to intervention or control group, and the biomarkers of brain injury from birth till term equivalent age that was collected as secondary and explorative outcomes in the SafeBoosC II trial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328967/phenotypic-and-molecular-characterization-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-enterobacter-spp-isolates-from-companion-animals-in-japan
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Kazuki Harada, Takae Shimizu, Yujiro Mukai, Ken Kuwajima, Tomomi Sato, Akari Kajino, Masaru Usui, Yutaka Tamura, Yui Kimura, Tadashi Miyamoto, Yuzo Tsuyuki, Asami Ohki, Yasushi Kataoka
The emergence of antimicrobial resistance among Enterobacter spp., including resistance to extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESC), is of great concern in both human and veterinary medicine. In this study, we investigated the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance among 60 isolates of Enterobacter spp., including E. cloacae (n = 44), E. aerogenes (n = 10), and E. asburiae (n = 6), from clinical specimens of dogs and cats from 15 prefectures in Japan. Furthermore, we characterized the resistance mechanisms harbored by these isolates, including extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) and plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR); and assessed the genetic relatedness of ESC-resistant Enterobacter spp...
2017: PloS One
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