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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/28341877/short-courses-of-daily-prednisolone-during-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-reduce-relapse-frequency-in-childhood-nephrotic-syndrome
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Asiri S Abeyagunawardena, R S Thalgahagoda, Pathum V Dissanayake, Shamali Abeyagunawardena, Y A Illangasekera, Umeshi I Karunadasa, Richard S Trompeter
BACKGROUND: Relapses of childhood nephrotic syndrome (NS) are frequently precipitated by viral upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs). A review of the literature reveals that in patients with steroid-dependent NS on alternate day corticosteroids, a short course of daily corticosteroid therapy during the course of an URTI may reduce relapse frequency. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a short course of low-dose corticosteroid therapy during the course of an URTI on relapse frequency in patients with steroid-sensitive NS who have not been taking any treatment for a minimum period of 3 months...
March 24, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341037/influenza-virus-infection-exacerbates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-disease-by-promoting-type-i-t-cells-infiltration-into-central-nervous-system
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Qingyun Chen, Yinping Liu, Aizhen Lu, Ke Ni, Zheng Xiang, Kun Wen, Wenwei Tu
Multiple sclerosis starts with increased migration of auto-reactive lymphocytes across the blood-brain barrier, resulting in persistent neurodegeneration. Clinical and epidemiological studies indicated upper respiratory viral infections are associated with clinical exacerbation of multiple sclerosis. However, so far there is no any direct evidence to support it. Using the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis mice as the model for multiple sclerosis, we demonstrated that mice experienced with influenza virus infection were unable to recover from experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis with a long-term exacerbation...
February 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340861/a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-long-term-extension-study-of-the-efficacy-safety-and-tolerability-of-fixed-dose-combinations-of-aclidinium-formoterol-or-monotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Anthony D'Urzo, Stephen Rennard, Edward Kerwin, James F Donohue, Alejhandra Lei, Eduard Molins, Anne Leselbaum
INTRODUCTION: Aclidinium bromide/formoterol fumarate (AB/FF) 400/12 μg efficacy and safety was demonstrated in two 6-month Phase III studies (AUGMENT and ACLIFORM) and a 12-month study in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This Phase III, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 6-month AUGMENT extension investigated the long-term safety and tolerability of AB/FF 400/12 μg (NCT01572792). METHODS: Patients were randomised in AUGMENT (1:1:1:1:1) to twice-daily AB/FF 400/12 μg, AB/FF 400/6 μg, AB 400 μg, FF 12 μg or placebo...
April 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337541/tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-therapy-induced-changes-in-humoral-immunity-in-patients-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Hanna L M Rajala, Mohamed El Missiry, Anniina Ruusila, Perttu Koskenvesa, Tim H Brümmendorf, Bjorn T Gjertsen, Jeroen Janssen, Kourosh Lotfi, Berit Markevärn, Ulla Olsson-Strömberg, Leif Stenke, Jesper Stentoft, Johan Richter, Henrik Hjorth-Hansen, Anna Kreutzman, Satu Mustjoki
PURPOSE: Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have well-characterized immunomodulatory effects on T and NK cells, but the effects on the humoral immunity are less well known. In this project, we studied TKI-induced changes in B cell-mediated immunity. METHODS: We collected peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) samples from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients before and during first-line imatinib (n = 20), dasatinib (n = 16), nilotinib (n = 8), and bosutinib (n = 12) treatment...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337489/antibiotic-resistance-profiling-and-microbiota-of-the-upper-respiratory-tract-of-apparently-healthy-dogs-in-ibadan-south-west-nigeria
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Oluwafemi Babatunde Daodu, Elizabeth Adesola Amosun, Daniel Oladimeji Oluwayelu
BACKGROUND: Rearing of dogs and other pets has become increasingly popular in modern society. Bacterial flora resides within the nasal and oral cavities of dogs and when chanced, can be pathogenic. Certain similarities between humans and dogs portends dangerous behavioral habits that could lead to zoonotic disease transmission. This study was aimed at isolation, identification and antibiotic profiling of bacteria from nasal swabs of apparently healthy dogs. The zoonotic risk was also considered...
2017: African Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334924/throat-swabs-in-children-with-respiratory-tract-infection-associations-with-clinical-presentation-and-potential-targets-for-point-of-care-testing
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Hannah V Thornton, Alastair D Hay, Niamh M Redmond, Sophie L Turnbull, Hannah Christensen, Tim J Peters, John P Leeming, Andrew Lovering, Barry Vipond, Peter Muir, Peter S Blair
Background and objectives.: Diagnostic uncertainty over respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in primary care contributes to over-prescribing of antibiotics and drives antibiotic resistance. If symptoms and signs predict respiratory tract microbiology, they could help clinicians target antibiotics to bacterial infection. This study aimed to determine relationships between symptoms and signs in children presenting to primary care and microbes from throat swabs. Methods.: Cross-sectional study of children ≥3 months to <16 years presenting with acute cough and RTI, with subset follow-up...
February 18, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334685/serum-ifn-%C3%AE-induced-protein-10-ip-10-as-a-biomarker-for-severity-of-acute-respiratory-infection-in-healthy-adults
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Mary S Hayney, Kelsey M Henriquez, Jodi H Barnet, Tola Ewers, Heather M Champion, Sean Flannery, Bruce Barrett
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory chemokine, interferon-gamma inducible protein of 10kDa (IP-10), is a biomarker associated with several conditions. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated serum concentrations of IP-10 in healthy individuals who developed acute respiratory infection (ARI). The hypothesis is that serum IP-10 concentrations correlate with ARI severity and detection of viral pathogens. STUDY DESIGN: Data come from a randomized controlled trial measuring the effects of mindfulness meditation or exercise on ARI (Clinical Trials ID: NCT01654289)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331093/structural-characterization-of-hcov-nl63-n-protein
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Bozena Szelazek, Wojciech Kabala, Krzysztof Kus, Michal Zdzalik, Aleksandra Twarda-Clapa, Przemyslaw Golik, Michal Burmistrz, Dominik Florek, Benedykt Wladyka, Krzysztof Pyrc, Grzegorz Dubin
Coronaviruses are responsible for upper and lower respiratory tract infections in humans. It is estimated that 1-10% of the population suffers annually from cold-like symptoms related to infection with HCoV-NL63, an alphacoronavirus. The nucleocapsid (N) protein, the major structural component of the capsid, facilitates RNA packing, links the capsid to the envelope and is also involved in multiple other processes including viral replication and evasion of the immune system. Although the role of N protein in viral replication is relatively well described, no structural data are currently available regarding the N proteins of alphacoronaviruses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330238/isolation-of-antimicrobial-resistant-bacteria-in-upper-respiratory-tract-infections-of-patients
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Li-Min Wang, Xiao-Liang Qiao, Liang Ai, Jing-Jing Zhai, Xue-Xia Wang
Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Moraxella catarrhalis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae are usual cause of upper respiratory tract infection cases. The present study aims the isolation of bacterial strains which are resistant to the commonly prescribed antibiotics. In total, 900 throat swabs were obtained from the patients suffering from upper respiratory tract infections residing in three different localities. The maximum number of isolates (64 %) were obtained from locality-1 (L-1), whereas lowest isolates were found in second locality (L-2)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329404/tofacitinib-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-chronic-plaque-psoriasis
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A K Gupta, M Cernea, C W Lynde
Tofacitinib is an oral immunosuppressant approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is currently undergoing investigation (Phase III trials) for treating chronic plaque psoriasis. Tofacitinib inhibits Janus kinases (JAKs), which are essential for the signaling of multiple inflammatory pathways and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of RA and psoriasis. The efficacy and safety of tofacitinib in the treatment of RA and psoriasis have been demonstrated in Phase III trials. Across all studies, the efficacy of tofacitinib in alleviating symptoms of RA and psoriasis were superior to placebo...
March 2017: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329388/healthcare-claims-data-an-underutilized-tool-for-pediatric-outpatient-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Joshua R Watson, Ling Wang, Jennifer Klima, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel, Sean Gleeson, Kelly Kelleher, Preeti Jaggi
Background: Healthcare claims are under-utilized to identify factors associated with high outpatient antibiotic use. Methods: We evaluated ambulatory encounter claims of Medicaid-insured children in 34 Ohio counties in 2014. 1) Rates of total antibiotic and azithromycin prescriptions dispensed were determined by county of patient residence. 2) Standardized treatment rates by county were estimated for uncomplicated upper respiratory tract encounters (acute otitis media, pharyngitis, sinusitis, presumed viral infection) after adjusting for patient age and encounter provider type...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327685/recurrence-risk-of-febrile-seizures-in-children
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J Agrawal, P Poudel, G S Shah, S Yadav, S Chaudhary, S Kafle
BACKGROUND: Identifying children with febrile seizure who are at risk for recurrence is important so that special attention can be given to them. The objective of this study was to identify the risk factors for recurrence of febrile seizures in children. METHODS: This prospective hospital based study was conducted from July 2013 to August 2014 'among children of 6 months to 6 years of age at Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Nepal...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327082/out-of-hours-care-in-germany-high-utilization-by-adult-patients-with-minor-ailments
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R Leutgeb, P Engeser, S Berger, J Szecsenyi, G Laux
BACKGROUND: Family practitioners (FPs) who work in Out-Of-Hours Care (OOHC) - especially in rural areas - complain about high workload related to low urgency and potentially unnecessary patient presentations with minor ailments. The aim of this study was to describe Reasons for Encounter (RFEs) in primary OOHC taken into account the doctor's perspective in the context of high workload without knowing patients' motives for visiting an OOHC-centre. METHODS: Within this descriptive study, OOHC data from 2012 were evaluated from a German statutory health insurance company in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg...
March 21, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324273/acute-pancreatitis-caused-by-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-an-unusual-etiology
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Teresa Valdés Lacasa, María Alejandra Duarte Borges, Alicia García Marín, Covadonga Gómez Cuervo
It is well known that the most important etiologies of acute pancreatitis are gallstones and alcohol consumption. Once these causes have been ruled out, especially in young adults, it is important to consider less frequent etiologic factors such as drugs, trauma, malformations, autoimmunity or systemic diseases. Other rare and less well studied causes of this pathology are infections, among which Mycoplasma pneumoniae has been reported to cause acute pancreatitis as an unusual extrapulmonary manifestation. Here, we report the case of a 21-year-old patient who had acute idiopathic pancreatitis associated with an upper respiratory tract infection...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321277/clinical-outcomes-among-febrile-children-aged-2-to-59-months-with-negative-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-test-results-in-mchinji-district-malawi
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Dyson Mwandama, Chawanangwa Mwale, Andrew Bauleni, Themba Phiri, Joseph Chisaka, Humphreys Nsona, Don P Mathanga
BACKGROUND: Malawi malaria treatment guidelines recommend a definitive diagnosis, using a malaria rapid diagnostic test (mRDT), for all patients with fever or history of fever. Improving the management and outcomes of febrile children with negative mRDT results should be a priority. METHODS: Through a prospective cohort study designed to investigate clinical outcomes of children treated at the community level, we followed, for 7 days, children aged 2 to 59 months, who had negative mRDT results and were treated with antipyretic medication...
December 2016: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318509/chest-pain-and-st-segment-elevation-in-an-18-year-old-man
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Mazen M Kawji, David Luke Glancy
An 18-year-old man came to the hospital because of 1 day of chest pain typical of pericarditis. He had had an upper respiratory infection 10 days earlier. His electrocardiograms indicated evolving pericarditis. His echocardiogram showed mild, diffuse left ventricular hypokinesia, and his troponin I level peaked at 47.5 ng/ml. Thus, he had myopericarditis.
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316764/the-association-between-oral-hygiene-and-gastric-pathology-in-patients-with-dyspepsia-a-cross-sectional-study-in-southeast-iran
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Leili Zahedi, Elham Jafari, Molook Torabi Parizi, Sara Shafieipour, Mehdi Hayat Bakhsh Abbasi, Sodaif Darvish Moghadam, Mohammad Javad Zahedi
BACKGROUND Many studies have reported an association between periodontal infections and some systemic diseases such as respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Some studies found a direct association between chronic gastritis caused by Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection and poor periodontal health. METHODS In a cross-sectional study from November 2014 to December 2015 in Kerman, the largest province in southeast Iran, patients with dyspepsia who were candidate for diagnostic upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy were included in our study...
January 2017: Middle East Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316109/airway-inflammation-and-symptoms-in-children-following-liver-and-heart-transplantation
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Andrew J Redmann, John C Bucuvalas, Robert E Wood, Clifford Chin, Catherine K Hart
OBJECTIVES: Describe the upper airway endoscopic findings of children with upper airway symptoms after liver transplantation (LT) or heart transplantation (HT). METHODS: Review of children undergoing airway endoscopy after LT or HT from 2011 to 2015 at a tertiary care pediatric hospital. Airway findings, biopsy results, immunosuppression and Ebstein Barr virus (EBV) levels were recorded. RESULTS: Twenty-three of 158 LT (111) and HT (47) recipients underwent endoscopy...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303008/an-analysis-of-echinacea-chloroplast-genomes-implications-for-future-botanical-identification
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Ning Zhang, David L Erickson, Padmini Ramachandran, Andrea R Ottesen, Ruth E Timme, Vicki A Funk, Yan Luo, Sara M Handy
Echinacea is a common botanical used in dietary supplements, primarily to treat upper respiratory tract infections and to support immune function. There are currently thought to be nine species in the genus Echinacea. Due to very low molecular divergence among sister species, traditional DNA barcoding has not been successful for differentiation of Echinacea species. Here, we present the use of full chloroplast genomes to distinguish between all 9 reported species. Total DNA was extracted from specimens stored at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, which had been collected from the wild with species identification documented by experts in the field...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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