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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348277/chronic-strongyloidiasis-with-recurrent-asthma-exacerbations-and-steroid-associated-hives
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Scott A Weisenberg
A 74-year-old man experienced worsening asthma for several years. Oral steroids were required on multiple occasions for asthma treatment. During his steroid courses, he developed a hive-like rash, which would resolve after completion of each steroid course. He was from Romania, and had lived in the USA for many years. Laboratory testing had shown eosinophilia. He was eventually diagnosed with strongyloidiasis by serology. Treatment with ivermectin led to marked improvement but not resolution of his long-term asthma...
January 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328922/a-viral-arc-hive-for-metazoan-memory
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Nicholas F Parrish, Keizo Tomonaga
Arc, a master regulator of synaptic plasticity, contains sequence elements that are evolutionarily related to retrotransposon Gag genes. Two related papers in this issue of Cell show that Arc retains retroviral-like capsid-forming ability and can transmit mRNA between cells in the nervous system, a process that may be important for synaptic function.
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324841/honey-bee-apis-mellifera-nurses-do-not-consume-pollens-based-on-their-nutritional-quality
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Vanessa Corby-Harris, Lucy Snyder, Charlotte Meador, Trace Ayotte
Honey bee workers (Apis mellifera) consume a variety of pollens to meet the majority of their requirements for protein and lipids. Recent work indicates that honey bees prefer diets that reflect the proper ratio of nutrients necessary for optimal survival and homeostasis. This idea relies on the precept that honey bees evaluate the nutritional composition of the foods provided to them. While this has been shown in bumble bees, the data for honey bees are mixed. Further, there is controversy as to whether foragers can evaluate the nutritional value of pollens, especially if they do not consume it...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302217/caffeic-acid-phenethyl-ester-protects-against-photothrombotic-cortical-ischemic-injury-in-mice
#4
Sun Ae Hwang, Chi Dae Kim, Won Suk Lee
In this study, we aimed to investigate the neuroprotective effects of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), an active component of propolis purified from honeybee hives, on photothrombotic cortical ischemic injury in mice. Permanent focal ischemia was achieved in the medial frontal and somatosensory cortices of anesthetized male C57BL/6 mice by irradiation of the skull with cold light laser in combination with systemic administration of rose bengal. The animals were treated with CAPE (0.5-5 mg/kg, i.p.) twice 1 and 6 h after ischemic insult...
January 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298300/neonicotinoid-residues-in-uk-honey-despite-european-union-moratorium
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Ben A Woodcock, Lucy Ridding, Stephen N Freeman, M Gloria Pereira, Darren Sleep, John Redhead, David Aston, Norman L Carreck, Richard F Shore, James M Bullock, Matthew S Heard, Richard F Pywell
Due to concerns over negative impacts on insect pollinators, the European Union has implemented a moratorium on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticide seed dressings for mass-flowering crops. We assessed the effectiveness of this policy in reducing the exposure risk to honeybees by collecting 130 samples of honey from bee keepers across the UK before (2014: N = 21) and after the moratorium was in effect (2015: N = 109). Neonicotinoids were present in about half of the honey samples taken before the moratorium, and they were present in over a fifth of honey samples following the moratorium...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295715/symptoms-related-to-new-flight-attendant-uniforms
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Eileen McNeely, Steven J Staffa, Irina Mordukhovich, Brent Coull
BACKGROUND: Flight attendants at Alaska Airlines reported health symptoms after the introduction of new uniforms in 2011. The airline replaced the uniforms in 2014 without acknowledging harm. To understand possible uniform-related health effects, we analyzed self-reported health symptoms in crew who participated in the Harvard Flight Attendant Health Study between 2007 and 2015, the period before, during, and after the introduction of new uniforms. METHODS: We calculated a standardized prevalence of respiratory, dermatological and allergic symptoms at baseline, as well as during and after uniform changes in 684 flight attendants with a varying number of surveys completed across each time point...
January 3, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291561/occurrence-of-agrochemical-residues-in-beeswax-samples-collected-in-italy-during-2013-2015
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Monia Perugini, Serena M R Tulini, Daniela Zezza, Stefano Fenucci, Annamaria Conte, Michele Amorena
Considering the importance of honey bees for pollination activity and biodiversity preservation different studies have dealt with the impact of pesticides on honeybee health. Within the hive, beeswax is a matrix of particular interest because most of the chemicals used in agricultural and beekeeping activities can easily accumulate and persist in this matrix long after treatment has ceased, affecting honeybees survival. However, chemical analyses of pesticide residues in beeswax are not mandatory, so there are no residue limits, for beeswax...
December 29, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286367/monitoring-colony-level-effects-of-sublethal-pesticide-exposure-on-honey-bees
#8
William G Meikle, Milagra Weiss
The effects of sublethal pesticide exposure to honey bee colonies may be significant but difficult to detect in the field using standard visual assessment methods. Here we describe methods to measure the quantities of adult bees, brood, and food resources by weighing hives and hive parts, by photographing frames, and by installing hives on scales and with internal sensors. Data from these periodic evaluations are then combined with running average and daily detrended data on hive weight and internal hive temperature...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247217/automated-computer-based-detection-of-encounter-behaviours-in-groups-of-honeybees
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Christina Blut, Alessandro Crespi, Danielle Mersch, Laurent Keller, Linlin Zhao, Markus Kollmann, Benjamin Schellscheidt, Carsten Fülber, Martin Beye
Honeybees form societies in which thousands of members integrate their behaviours to act as a single functional unit. We have little knowledge on how the collaborative features are regulated by workers' activities because we lack methods that enable collection of simultaneous and continuous behavioural information for each worker bee. In this study, we introduce the Bee Behavioral Annotation System (BBAS), which enables the automated detection of bees' behaviours in small observation hives. Continuous information on position and orientation were obtained by marking worker bees with 2D barcodes in a small observation hive...
December 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244676/severe-metal-hypersensitivity-following-internal-fixation-of-an-ankle-fracture-a-case-report
#10
Bradley M Kruckeberg, Taylor J Ridley, Lee M Reichel
CASE: A 67-year-old woman underwent internal fixation of an ankle fracture. Ten days postoperatively, the patient developed systemic hives, difficulty breathing, and oral swelling. At 8 weeks postoperatively, the hardware was removed because of a suspected metal hypersensitivity. Despite experiencing perioral edema and difficulty breathing after the hardware removal, she had complete resolution of the symptoms at the 2-week, 6-week, and 12-month follow-up appointments. CONCLUSION: Hypersensitivities to metal-based implants can develop and cause local and systemic reactions...
April 2017: JBJS Case Connector
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242142/use-of-a-penicillin-allergy-screening-algorithm-and-penicillin-skin-testing-for-transitioning-hospitalized-patients-to-first-line-antibiotic-therapy
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Allison Ramsey, Mary L Staicu
BACKGROUND: Penicillin allergy is the most commonly reported antibiotic allergy. Avoidance of β-lactam antibiotics in hospitalized patients leads to the use of second-line therapies. OBJECTIVE: The utility of a penicillin allergy history algorithm (PAHA) and subsequent penicillin skin testing (PST) in transitioning hospitalized patients from second- to first-line antibiotic therapy is described. METHODS: Through an electronic medical record report, pharmacists identified adult inpatients with penicillin allergy receiving moxifloxacin, intravenous vancomycin, aztreonam, daptomycin, or linezolid, in which a β-lactam antibiotic was preferred...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236712/automatic-detection-and-decoding-of-honey-bee-waggle-dances
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Fernando Wario, Benjamin Wild, Raúl Rojas, Tim Landgraf
The waggle dance is one of the most popular examples of animal communication. Forager bees direct their nestmates to profitable resources via a complex motor display. Essentially, the dance encodes the polar coordinates to the resource in the field. Unemployed foragers follow the dancer's movements and then search for the advertised spots in the field. Throughout the last decades, biologists have employed different techniques to measure key characteristics of the waggle dance and decode the information it conveys...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209933/evaluating-the-role-of-drone-produced-chemical-signals-in-mediating-social-interactions-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Gabriel Villar, Megan D Wolfson, Abraham Hefetz, Christina M Grozinger
Pheromones play a critical role in shaping societies of social insects, including honey bees, Apis mellifera. While diverse functions have been ascribed to queen- and worker-produced compounds, few studies have explored the identity and function of male-produced (drone) compounds. However, several lines of evidence suggest that drones engage in a variety of social interactions inside and outside of the colony. Here we elucidate the chemical composition of extracts of the drone mandibular gland, and test the hypothesis that compounds produced in these glands, or a synthetic blend consisting of the six main compounds, mediate drone social interactions in and out of the colony...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202400/discovery-of-caffeic-acid-phenethyl-ester-derivatives-as-novel-myeloid-differentiation-protein-2-inhibitors-for-treatment-of-acute-lung-injury
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Lingfeng Chen, Yiyi Jin, Hongjin Chen, Chuchu Sun, Weitao Fu, Lulu Zheng, Min Lu, Pengqin Chen, Gaozhi Chen, Yali Zhang, Zhiguo Liu, Yi Wang, Zengqiang Song, Guang Liang
Myeloid differentiation protein 2 (MD2) is an essential molecule which recognizes lipopolysaccharide (LPS), leading to initiation of inflammation through the activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) from propolis of honeybee hives could interfere interactions between LPS and the TLR4/MD2 complex, and thereby has promising anti-inflammatory properties. In this study, we designed and synthesized 48 CAPE derivatives and evaluated their anti-inflammatory activities in mouse primary peritoneal macrophages (MPMs) activated by LPS...
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194737/differential-expression-of-a-fructose-receptor-gene-in-honey-bee-workers-according-to-age-and-behavioral-role
#15
Tomoyuki Takada, Taiyo Sasaki, Ryoichi Sato, Shingo Kikuta, Maki N Inoue
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) workers contribute to the maintenance of colonies in various ways. The primary functions of workers are divided into two types depending on age: young workers (nurses) primarily engage in such behaviors as cleaning and food handling within the hive, whereas older workers (foragers) acquire floral nutrients beyond the colony. Concomitant with this age-dependent change in activity, physiological changes occur in the tissues and organs of workers. Nurses supply younger larvae with honey containing high levels of glucose and supply older larvae with honey containing high levels of fructose...
December 1, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162843/behavioral-responses-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-to-natural-and-synthetic-xenobiotics-in-food
#16
Ling-Hsiu Liao, Wen-Yen Wu, May R Berenbaum
While the natural foods of the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) contain diverse phytochemicals, in contemporary agroecosystems honey bees also encounter pesticides as floral tissue contaminants. Whereas some ubiquitous phytochemicals in bee foods up-regulate detoxification and immunity genes, thereby benefiting nestmates, many agrochemical pesticides adversely affect bee health even at sublethal levels. How honey bees assess xenobiotic risk to nestmates as they forage is poorly understood. Accordingly, we tested nine phytochemicals ubiquitous in nectar, pollen, or propolis, as well as five synthetic xenobiotics that frequently contaminate hives-two herbicides (atrazine and glyphosate) and three fungicides (boscalid, chlorothalonil, and prochloraz)...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157160/quantitative-weight-of-evidence-assessment-of-higher-tier-studies-on-the-toxicity-and-risks-of-neonicotinoids-in-honeybees-4-thiamethoxam
#17
Gladys L Stephenson, Keith R Solomon
A quantitative weight of evidence (QWoE) methodology was used to assess several higher-tier studies on the effects of thiamethoxam (TMX) on honeybees. Assessment endpoints were population size and viability of commercially managed honeybee colonies and quantity of hive products. A higher-tier field toxicology study indicated a no-observed-adverse effect concentration (NOAEC) of 29.5 µg TMX/kg syrup, equivalent to an oral no-observed-adverse-effect-dose (NOAED) of 8.6 ng/bee/day for all responses measured...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144196/quantitative-weight-of-evidence-assessment-of-higher-tier-studies-on-the-toxicity-and-risks-of-neonicotinoids-in-honeybees-3-clothianidin
#18
Keith R Solomon, Gladys L Stephenson
A quantitative weight of evidence (QWoE) methodology was used to assess higher tier studies on the effects of clothianidin (CTD) on honeybees. Assessment endpoints were population size and viability of commercially managed bees and quantity of hive products. A colony-level no-observed-adverse effect concentration (NOAEC) of 25 µg CTD/kg syrup, equivalent to an oral no-observed-adverse effect-dose (NOAED) of 7.3 ng/bee/d for all responses measured. Based on a NOAEC of 19.7 µg/kg pollen, the NOAED for honeybee larvae was 2...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143171/neonicotinoid-insecticides-in-pollen-honey-and-adult-bees-in-colonies-of-the-european-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-l-in-egypt
#19
Garry Codling, Yahya Al Naggar, John P Giesy, Albert J Robertson
Honeybee losses have been attributed to multiple stressors and factors including the neonicotinoid insecticides (NIs). Much of the study of hive contamination has been focused upon temperate regions such as Europe, Canada and the United States. This study looks for the first time at honey, pollen and bees collected from across the Nile Delta in Egypt in both the spring and summer planting season of 2013. There is limited information upon the frequency of use of NIs in Egypt but the ratio of positive identification and concentrations of NIs are comparable to other regions...
November 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141565/radio-modulatory-potential-ofcaffeic-acid-phenethyl-ester-a-therapeutic-perspective
#20
Km Anjaly, Ashu Tiku
Use of natural agents is an upcoming area of research in cancer biology. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester has received great attention because of its therapeutic potential in various conditions including cancer. It is an active/abundant component of propolis. Propolis is a honey bee hive product produced by bees using their enzyme-rich digestive secretions on resinous mix, bee wax and pollen from plants. It is used to protect the beehive against bacteria and other infections.Although a lot of work has been done on chemotherapeutic aspects of CAPE, its role as a radiomodulator is yet to be delineated...
November 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
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